Every week we take a brief look at the biggest and best new releases on DVD and Blu-Ray. Unless otherwise stated, everything listed below is due for release next Monday – so in this case, Monday 3rd December – and each title is now available for pre-order on zavvi.com. You can view each individual DVD or Blu-Ray on zavvi.com by clicking on the corresponding title below, or alternately you can visit the DVD homepage by clicking here, or the Blu-Ray homepage by clicking here.

This week: the Grey’s Anatomy crew return to DVD, the ever-popular Bourne franchise is resurrected and (of course) the Dark Knight Rises…

The Dark Knight Rises [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Bourne Legacy [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

The Bourne Legacy introduces a brand new hero Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) – an agent on the run from destruction and on a journey to discover the truth, in life-or-death stakes created by events of the first three Bourne Films. Cross and Dr. Shearing (Rachel Weisz) fight to survive as CIA Ops, led by Eric Byer (Edward Norton) attempt to shut down their Operation and make everyone involved disappear for good.

Grey’s Anatomy – Series 8 [DVD]

Enjoy all the romance, laughter and heart-stopping moments of one of television’s most celebrated dramas with ABC Studios’ Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Eighth Season. No matter how hot it gets – in the operating room or in the bedroom – the doctors of Seattle Grace know they can always lean on one another. As fifth year residents, it’s do or die for the doctors, and things get bumpy when the chief makes a decision that rocks the entire staff.

New Year’s Eve [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

“New Year’s Eve” celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. Special features include an audio commentary with director Garry Marshall and a gag reel.

New Girl – Season 1 [DVD]

A new comedy series from executive producer and writer Liz Meriwether (No Strings Attached), New Girl features a young ensemble cast that takes a fresh look at modern relationships. Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) is an offbeat and “adorkable” woman in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves into a loft with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s quirky and somewhat awkward, Jess is comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys – especially at home.

The Simpsons – Season 15 [DVD]

The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. Homer works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear power plant; Marge tries to keep the peace in her family; Bart is the mischievous ten-year-old hellion; eight-year-old Lisa is the intelligent, saxophone-playing vegetarian member of the family; and baby Maggie conveys emotions via pacifier sucks. Viewers also have come to know and love the rich, and sometimes quirky, universe of characters who inhabit Springfield. Guest stars paying Springfield a visit this season include British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Glenn Close, famed author J.K. Rowling, Jennifer Garner, comedian Jerry Lewis, Evan Marriott, Sir Ian McKellan, documentarian Michael Moore and Simon Cowell.

Attenborough 60 Years in the Wild [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Sir David Attenborough revisits his award-winning shows, shares anecdotes from an astonishing career spanning 60 years, returns to the Borneo jungle as he tracks a lifetime of developments in filming technology and scientific discovery and explores the ever-growing plight of the natural environment. Through such acclaimed series as Life on Earth, The Private Life of Plants, Life in Cold Blood and Frozen Planet, Sir David Attenborough has been at the forefront of natural history film making for over half a century, witnessing an unparalleled period of change in our planet’s history.

Secret State [DVD]

n the run up to a general election, an accident on Teesside raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of a US petrochemical company, PetroFex. The Prime Minister claims to have secured a compensation package from them, but on his return from PetroFex HQ, his plane crashes in the Atlantic under mysterious circumstances. Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins (Gabriel Byrne) takes the reins and during his quest to find justice and the truth for the victims on Teesside, he uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system. How will he deal with the powers at play? And can he remain that rare thing: a decent, honest man in politics?

Limmy’s Show – Series 2 [DVD]

Hello and welcome to the DVD for the second series of Limmy’s Show! Another six episodes packed with my observations, sketches, animations and other odds and ends for your entertainment. But it doesn’t stop there. I’ve also chucked in hours of extras, including a picture-in-picture video commentary and special behind the scenes footage.

Luck – Series 1 [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

HBO presents this provocative original series set in the worlds of horseracing and gambling. Created and executive produced by David Milch (Deadwood), legendary director Michael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies) and Carolyn Strauss, this one-hour drama series centers on Chester ‘Ace’ Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), an intuitive tough guy with a long history in dirty pool. Recently released after three years in prison, Ace and his longtime chauffeur (Dennis Farina) craft a complex plan to reverse the sagging fortunes of a California racetrack. Meanwhile, four dissolute gamblers at the track pool their resources in an effort to win an elusive Pick Six bet while a weathered trainer (Nick Nolte) sees a second chance in an untested thoroughbred. The stellar cast also includes: John Ortiz, Richard Kind, Kevin Dunn, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon and Jill Hennessy.

Keep on Burning – The Story of Northern Soul [DVD]

Keep on Burning tells the fascinating story of the world’s most enduring underground music movement: Northern Soul! Featuring interviews with key DJ’s, journalists and promoters, including soul radio pioneer Tony Blackburn, this new documentary was filmed on location at Manchester’s iconic Twisted Wheel and London’s 100 Club Wigan Casino founder Russ Winstanley and Blue and Soul music journalist Tony Cummings recount the artists, records and stories which have made Northern Soul a way of life for its aficionados.

Step Up 4: Miami Heat [DVD] [Blu-Ray] [3D Blu-Ray]

Step Up Revolution, the fourth installment in Summit Entertainment’s sizzling dance and romance franchise, ups the ante with unparalleled 3D action in sultry, sexy Miami where a group of hot young performers takes to the streets to what they do best – Dance! Childhood friends Sean (Ryan Guzman) and Eddy (Misha Gabriel) work as waiters at Miami Beach’s ultra-posh Dimont Hotel, owned by ruthless developer Bill Anderson (Peter Gallagher). In their off-duty hours, they lead a renegade crew known only as “The Mob,” a group of cutting-edge dancers, musicians and artists that captures the collective imagination of the city with dazzling, high-tech, hit-and-run flash mobs that appear out of nowhere – and vanish in an instant.

Prometheus to Alien: The Evolution Box Set [Blu-Ray]

Box Set Includes:

  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Resurrection
  • 2 Alien VAM
  • Prometheus 3D (Includes 2D Blu-Ray)
  • Prometheus VAM
  • Weyland Corporation T-Shirt
  • Exclusive ‘Art of Prometheus’ Book Extract
  • Art-Cards
  • Poster

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet [DVD]

Jason Becker should have been a household name. A guitar prodigy from a young age, Jason burst onto the scene with his band Cacophony, garnering notice from the major industry players. In 1991 Becker was hired as lead guitarist in David Lee Roth’s band, the most coveted guitar gig at the time, but Jason never made it on tour. Shortly after recording the album, he was diagnosed with ALS and given five years to live. Archival footage of Jason’s rise to almost-stardom is given the exposure it deserves with this inspiring rock doc. More than 20 years later, Jason is still living strong and making music by communicating with his eyes. A true testament to the strength and possibility of the human spirit.

Anne of Green Gables: The Complete Four-Part Collection [DVD]

Anne of Green Gables: The Complete Four-Part Collection includes a total of 18 hours of viewing for the entire family including: Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story & Anne of Green Gables – A New Beginning. This complete collection offers more special features than any other Anne Collector’s box, making it a must-have for all fans.

British Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld – Series 1 [DVD]

Villains, gangsters or “Faces” as they prefer to be called, are the men, gang and family members who have made headlines over the past 50 years for all the wrong reasons. Some are household names: the Krays, the Richardsons, Paul Ferris, Frankie Fraser, Arthur Thompson and Vic Dark. Many you will not recognise, but the mere mention of these people has struck fear into individuals and entire communities. Despite their notoriety, the faces of Britain’s most feared criminals remain largely unknown. That is until now.

The Paradise [DVD]

Set amidst the Victorian splendour of Britain’s first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise finds her feet as a lowly shop girl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs. When the shop’s dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. Through sexy, episodic stories driven by romance and glamour, this series creates a world as colourful and captivating as the silks on display in the store. This is a love story, a story of ambition and progress, with a mysterious, dark secret at its heart.

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