Brad Pitt takes on a zombie invasion in the summer hitWorld War Z; theBates Motelis open for business; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon get cozyBehind the Candelabra; celebrities become targets for Emma Watson inThe Bling Ringand more in this week's new releases.
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New on Blu-ray & DVD: September 17
Brad Pitt takes on a zombie invasion in the summer hit World War Z; the Bates Motel is open for business; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon get cozy Behind the Candelabra; celebrities become targets for Emma Watson in The Bling Ring and more in this week's new releases.
World War Z
Brad Pitt vs. a horde of swarming zombies. Enough said? This intense thriller casts Brad as a United Nations rep who traverses the globe amid a deadly epidemic in search of a cure, is directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) and co-stars Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz and James Badge Dale. Bonus features on the unrated extended cut include the behind-the-scenes featurettes Origins (the filmmakers discuss collaborating with Brad to create a zombie film the likes of which have never been seen); Looking to Science (explore the scientific realities of zombie behavior in nature and learn more about zombies in literature and film); and the four-part WWZ: Production, which goes on set and dissects key scenes from the film, from the breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia and the dramatic escape in South Korea to the epic scene in Jerusalem and the final confrontation between Gerry and the zombies.
The Bling Ring
Former Harry Potter star Emma Watson sheds her Hermione school uniform to let loose her inner wild child in The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola. Based on actual events, the film follows a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and celebrity who decide to take their fixation one step further by invading their favorite stars' homes -- including Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox -- and burglarizing them! Tracking their targets' whereabouts online, they break-in and steal their designer clothes and possessions to the tune of more than $3 million. What starts out as a little teenage "fun" quickly spins way out of control... But do they really care? Also starring Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien and Leslie Mann, plus Gavin Rossdale and real-life Bling Ring victim Paris Hilton.
Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon play against their big-screen personas to take on this flashy, dramatic true story of legendary entertainer Liberace -- and his outrageous lifestyle that was almost derailed by his tempestuous relationship with his young, live-in lover, Scott Thorson, during the late '70s and early '80s. Based on Thorson's tell-all memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, the film is directed by Steven Soderbergh and co-stars Scott Bakula, Lowe, Paul Reiser and Debbie Reynolds. Special features include The Making of Behind the Candelabra, which explores the legacy of Liberace through costumes, sets, locations, and prosthetics with several cast and the crew members including Douglas and Damon.
Bates Motel: Season One
The Bates Motel is back open for business! Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore headline this twisty, creepy, contemporary prequel to the genre-defining Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho that weaves a web of deception, murder, and unexpected twists in a small town where nothing is what it seems. Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Mike Vogel, Nicola Peltz and Olivia Cooke co-star. Bonus features include deleted scenes and a Paley Center Panel Discussion with the Bates Motel cast and creative team.
This taut thriller starring Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling follows an ambitious new recruit at an elite private intelligence firm whose first undercover assignment is to infiltrate "The East," an elusive activist collective that terrorizes corporate leaders who commit crimes against humanity. The more involved she gets, the more her life is in danger… Special features include deleted scenes and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Arrow: The Complete First Season
Warner Home Video
A modern-day re-imagining of the DC Comics superhero for television, Arrow follows billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who returns home -- after being marooned on a remote island for five years -- with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime, The big hit of The CW contains all 23 gripping episodes from the first season, plus over an hour of bonus content, including a documentary, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, highlights from the Arrow panel at Paley Fest 2013, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.
Nashville: The Complete First Season
Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton go head-to-head in this entertaining musical drama from Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) that finds Britton's reigning queen of country up against Panettiere's hot young diva looking to knock her of her throne. The seductive mix of music, intrigue and passion is full of bonus features including deleted scenes, blopers and making-of featurettes.
The Hollow Crown
Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons and Ben Whishaw take on Shakespeare in this Sam Mendes-produced BBC series that re-imagines four of the bard's best: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V, filmed in the visually breathtaking landscape and architecture of the period. Includes behind-the-scenes making-of featurettes.
Day of the Dead on Blu-ray
The third chapter of George A. Romero's now-classic zombie series that started it all is now on Blu-ray in a Collector's Edition from Shout! Factory. Featuring an all-new HD transfer of the film, this must-have collector’s edition contains a brand new interview with George A. Romero as well as a bevy of insightful bonus features, including a new documentary World’s End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead, new audio commentaries, behind the scenes footage and more!
Leverage: The 5th Season
20th Century Fox
Everyone's favorite gang of thieves, grifters and con artists is back and ready to help innocent victims by catching the bad guys. Timothy Hutton, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge star in TNT's high-octane original series. This season features guest stars Cary Elwes, Matthew Lillard and Mark Sheppard.
Jason Bateman gets serious alongside Alexander Skarsgard and Paula Patton to explore the at times detrimental and devastating consequences of online interaction in Disconnect. A riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world, Disconnect casts Jason as a hard-working lawyer and dad who is attached to his cell phone at the expense of his family. His story intersects with Alexander and Paula's as a couple who are drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. Other elements include a widowed ex-cop who struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate, while an ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site.
Grimm: Season Two
The supernatural fun continues as Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt embraces his new identity as Grimm and takes on even more gruesome and bizarre crimes linked to creatures of lore. This season, Nick must face an ancient royal bloodline linked to the mysterious Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz), all while fighting to keep from losing the love of his life (Bitsie Tulloch) -- forever. Bonus features include an interactive Grimm Guide to the show's creatures, deleted scenes, a gag reel, featurettes, an extended episode and more.
CSI: The 13th Season
Ted Danson leads America's favorite team of crime scene investigators into the 13th season of the long-running, hit CBS show. The new DVD contains all 22 episodes, deleted scenes, commentary and multiple featurettes.
Vegas: The DVD Edition
Sin City lawman Dennis Quaid and Chicago mobster Michael Chiklis face off in a high-stakes game of poker as corruption builds in 1960s Las Vegas. The intense drama from the writer of Goodfellas and Casino includes a supporting cast including Carrie-Anne Moss, Jason O'Mara, Taylor Handley and Sarah Jones.
The Mentalist: The Complete Fifth Season
Warner Home Video
Simon Baker is back as Patrick Jane, the California Bureau of Investigation consultant and former faux-psychic, whose obsession with finding Red John consumes his every waking moment, drawing him outside the law and closer than ever to the serial killer’s true identity. Also starring Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman and Amanda Righetti. The fifth season DVD includes all 22 one-hour episodes plus never-before-seen behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew.