Out Next Week: DVD & Blu-Ray Round-Up Volume #14

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 26th November – 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: comedy smash Ted and Pixar’s hit animation Brave both land on DVD and Blu-Ray, Steven Soderbergh’s latest arrives and The Amazing Spider-Man emerges in both 2D and 3D…

Ted [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish… and has refused to leave his side ever since.

Brave [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Pixar Animation Studios, the creator of Toy Story 3, whisks you away on an astonishing adventure to an ancient land full of mystery and tradition. Bursting with heart, unforgettable characters and Pixar’s signature humour. Take a heroic journey with Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. When Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom, she must harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Everybody’s favorite wimp, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), is back for three times the fun in the latest film based on the super-popular book series! When Greg’s dad (Steve Zahn) threatens to send him to military school if he doesn’t stay out of trouble, Greg finds all-new ways to land himself in the doghouse! For starters, Greg’s in over his head when he pretends to work at the swanky country club where Rowley’s family has a membership. Things don’t go much better on a father-son camping trip with the Wilderness Explorers, and then there’s the Heffley’s new dog, Sweetie, who fetches even more trouble for Greg in this hilarious family film!

The Amazing Spider-Man [DVD] [Blu-Ray] [3D Blu-Ray]

Teenage social outcast Peter (Andrew Garfield) spends his days trying to unravel the mystery of his own past and win the heart of his high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). A mysterious briefcase belonging to his father, who abandoned him when he was a child, leads Peter to his dad’s former partner, Dr. Connors. The discovery of his father’s secret will ultimately shape his destiny of becoming “Spider-Man” and bring him face to face with Connors’ villainous alter ego, the Lizard.

Magic Mike [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Channing Tatum (Step Up) sizzles as the irresistible Magic Mike – the shining star act in ‘Xquisite’ – a steamy men’s dance show. Along with his mentor, Dallas (Matthew McConaughey, Tropic Thunder), Mike takes young dancer ‘Kid’ (Alex Pettyfer, I am Number Four) under his wing to school him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women and making easy money! From director Steven Soderburg (Ocean’s Eleven) Magic Mike is a hedonistic thrill-ride jam-packed with stunning moves, shimmering six-packs and the kind of relentless entertainment guaranteed to satisfy!

Criminal Minds: Season 7 [DVD]

Evil is a State of Mind. The FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) is trained to blow your mind. Season 7 of Criminal Minds explodes on to DVD with 23 thrilling episodes. The season begins with the team reeling from the presumed death of Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), and answering to a Senate Committee about their subsequent actions. Profiling expert David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) is faced with a personal crisis involving his ex-wife, while team leader Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) oversees his crew on a series of increasingly twisted, complex cases. But with a powerhouse team that includes Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), Special Agent Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (A.J. Cook) and technical analyst Penelope Garcia (Krisen Vangsness), no killer ever makes a clean getaway.

Palin’s Brazil [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world – both in terms of population and geography. Over 192 million people call this land their home. Taking up over half of South America, Brazil is a mix of races, religions, sophistication, wildness, wealth, poverty and unexplored wilderness. The country is considered one of the rising global powers with Vast natural resources, a burgeoning industrial base and a strong currency. In this programme Michael Palin visits Brazil for the very first time, travelling from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, to meet the people and visit the places that shape this nation.

Game of Thrones – Season 1 Gift Set [Blu-Ray]

This stunning limited edition gift set includes the complete first season of the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, alongside a Blu-ray bonus disc of Season 2 Episode 1 and dragon egg paper-weight. Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all will play the ‘Game of Thrones.’ A new original series based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series.

Hunted Series 1 [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Meet Sam. A spy for hire. A ruthless operative. A determined hunter. And herself hunted by a hidden enemy more brutal and dogged than any she’s ever known. Sam has been running from her past her entire life. But when she returns to her job at Byzantium following a near fatal attempt on her life, she will discover the only way to escape that past… is to confront it. Trapped in an intricate web of suspense and paranoia, Sam must discover who wants her dead at the same time as completing her mission for Byzantium before it is too late.

New Tricks: Series 9 [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman heads The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS), cracking previously unsolved crimes from the past. Her team are ex policemen who have opted for early retirement.

In series nine Jack Halford deals a devastating blow to UCOS – he’s quitting. But before the team can question the reasons behind his decision and persuade him to stay, shadowy Whitehall Intelligence figure Stephen Fisher arrives with one of his secret cases, the unsolved murder of a woman dating back 100 years. UCOS have just 24 hours to solve it.

Al Murray: The Only Way is Epic [DVD]

Broken Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope – Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back to fill it up again, with a brand new stand-up show of epic proportions. Britain’s most irrepressible Innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery on this latest live DVD, recorded as part of his 2012 ‘The Only Way is Epic Tour’. This monumental new show from the multi-award-winning comedian directly follows the nationwide success of the Guv’s twice extended Barrel of Fun tour.

Stewart Francis Live: Outstanding In His Field Tour [DVD]

Live from London’s Hammersmith Apollo, this specially-filmed performance of the 2012 stand-up show from killer-gag purveyor, Stewart Francis, features a brand new crop of brilliant one liners and wisecracks – including the gag that won the funniest joke award at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe.

Delivering devastating jokes at maximum laughs-per-minute, Francis has earned rave reviews, including “a brilliant comic brain… some of the best one liners I’ve ever heard” (The Guardian) and “a veritable barrage of perfectly crafted gags” (Sunday Times). Having regularly stolen the show on the BBC’s Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live at The Apollo, he has established himself as a premier league comedian and has produced one of the year’s most eagerly-awaited comedy DVDs.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 [Blu-Ray]

Another night falls over Gotham City and with the darkness out crawls the crime and villainy from the shadows. The days of The Batman and other noble super heroes are but faded memories; violence and despair are now the harbingers of our time. But one event will set a change into motion: when Harvey “Two Face” Dent shuns a former rehabilitated life for a descent into corruption, an aged and weathered Bruce Wayne dons the mask and cape once more. With a stellar voice cast headed by Peter Weller, Ariel Winter and David Selby, this gritty DC Comics legend comes to life with unforgettable battles, thrilling chases and the promise of a better tomorrow for humanity, because there is nowhere for criminals to hide when the Dark Knight returns.

Harry Hill’s Cream of TV Burp [DVD]

How does Harry find himself on the set of Downton Abbey? Why would boxer Frank Bruno be dressed as a waiter and throwing a trifle in his face? Who invited an alcoholic dog on ‘May The Best House Win’, ITV1? Ever wondered who would win a fight between ‘nervous’ and ‘knackered’? All will be revealed in the brilliant new Cream Of TV Burp. And if that’s not enough there are plenty of hilarious out-takes and unseen footage to tickle your funny bone. Includes 20 minutes of hilarious extras.

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