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 10th 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: Sly Stallone’s motley brigade of Expendables return, Ice Age 4 arrives in both 2D and 3D and Keith Lemon makes his big-screen debut…
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) – with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard – are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job.
The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way….
Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
Get ready for the uncut, lewderer, cruderer and ruderer comedy treat of the year – Keith Lemon The Film. Ooosh, bang tidy! The best person on telly hits the big screen in this story of rags to riches… and that fit bird, Kelly Brook. In this outrageous and hilarious adventure, Keith Lemon comes to London from Leeds and, just like his hero Richard Branson, becomes an overnight billionaire! Then an over day failure before finding the road to redemption.
With so much unseen stuff that wasn’t allowed in the cinemas, and bursting with juicy special features, this extended blu-ray disc will have you shipped off to the hospital with your sides splitting. Get ready to laugh your pants off.
Tooned arrives for the first time on DVD. Join McLarens two Formula 1 World Champions, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, who voice their own characters, as well as the acclaimed British actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong, in this new animated series about their adventures at McLaren HQ. Including all 12 episodes and 4 special bonus features.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Two travels warp speed into the next realm of adventure. Under the leadership of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), the Enterprise faces a season of new changes and big challenges. With Dr. Crusher on sabbatical, Chief Medical Officer Katherine Pulaski (Diana Muldaur) fills in. And Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) arrives as 10 Forward’s wise El-Aurian bartender. This voyage explores watershed moments, including Riker (Jonathan Frakes) experiencing the Klingon culture, Data (Brent Spiner) defending his humanity and the introduction of the Borg, a species of terrifying cybernetic conquerors threatening the fate of intelligent life. Presented for the first time on Blu-ray in 1080p high definition and digitally remastered 7.1 sound, this mission is not to be missed.
Seasons 6 through 10 of this seminal and hard-hitting cop drama are finally coming to DVD. NYPD Blue is set in the 15th Precinct of New York and created by Stephen Bochco. The series broke new ground for US television shows, was notable for showing subjects not normally covered such as vigilante violence and bribery, and has gone on to win over 20 Emmys.
Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse return in their double BAFTA award-winning sketch show.
This series welcomes the incomprehensible Horse Trainers, the hard-bitten American Cops, the overlooked but jolly Minor Royals (featuring Victoria Wood), the gossipy 50s Typists (featuring Kevin Eldon), the bizarrely threatening Portuguese Curse Lady and the Everything’s Better in Scotland bloke. Of course, their affectionate but wicked satire reappears in gems such as When Life Was Simpler, remembering a time before such inconveniences as holding a driving licence or having to remember the name of your wife, and in fabulous spoofs of the likes of Question Time, The King’s Speech and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. And, there’s still a place for some brilliant old faces as The Surgeons, I Saw You Coming, Is He a Quare? and the Dragons’ Den.
Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of the seminal fantasy trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein, made by overlaying animation on live action actors (a unique pre-computer graphics technique). Set in the fictional world of Middle Earth, The Lord of the Rings tells the epic story of Frodo, a Hobbit who must defeat the evil figure Sauron who holds the Ring of Power, which controls the fate of all Middle Earth. On the way he and his band of friends and cousins must do battle with Black Riders, a Balrog and various other animated perils.
The Colditz Story is an outstanding factual prisoner of war film directed by Guy Hamilton, starring John Mills (Ice Cold in Alex) as Officer Pat Reid and Eric Portman (The 49th Parallel) as Colonel Richmond. It is based on the book written by Pat Reid, a British army officer who was imprisoned in Oflag IV-C, Colditz Castle, in Germany during the Second World War and who was the Escape Officer for British POWs within the castle.
Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.
In this revealing and exclusive documentary, we examine the trials and triumphs of the legend – Sir Michael Phillip “Mick” Jagger. Mick Jagger is a phenomenal talent. He is most known for his charismatic performances as the lead singer of the legendary band The Rolling Stones. Mick was born into a middle class family. His father was a teacher and his mother was a hair dresser. It was assumed that Mick would someday follow in his father’s footsteps. However Mick loved the wild side of life. Inspired by Little Richard, Jagger was determined to rock & shock the world. He would eventually contribute to the evolution of rock & roll. However his success came with its fair share of sex, drugs, and scandals.