Labor Day weekend's DVD/Blu-ray releases are all about catching up on last season's primetime faves before the 2011 fall season starts. If you're set on a movie night, however, there are a few fresh picks out there and the releases currently ruling the rental battle are Limitless, Priest, Arthur, Soul Surfer, Jumping the Broom, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Take Me Home Tonight, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Mars Needs Moms and The Conspirator, in that order.
New primetime releases include The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season, Cougar Town: The Complete Second Season, Nikita: The Complete First Season, House: Season 7, 90210: 3 Season Pack, 90210: The Third Season, Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season, Parenthood: Season 2, Running Wilde: Season One, Detroit 1-8-7: The Complete First Season, Sons of Anarchy: Season Three, Hell's Kitchen: The Complete Fifth Season, Paranormal State: Season 5, all the seasons of Friends, Red Faction: Origins, Federal Men Volume 6, Only In America with Larry The Cable Guy: Volume 1, Sinbad & the Minotaur, Murphy's Law: Complete Collection, Murphy's Law: Series 4 & 5, Storage Wars: Season 1, Medical Center: The Complete First Season, Meet the Browns: Season 1 and Vera.
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family: In this installment of the Madea comedy franchise, Shirley (Loretta Devine) learns her health is fading and it's up to Madea (Perry) and Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) to bring a fractured family together around her. Bow Wow also stars.
The Perfect Host: David Hyde Pierce gets freaky in this psychological thriller about a criminal on the run who cons his way into a dinner party, only to realize he's crashed the wrong party.
Wrecked: Adrien Brody stars in this thriller about a man trapped in a car wreck at the bottom of a cliff who has no idea how he got there and no way to escape.
Police, Adjective: This Romanian crime drama about a police officer who refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends won a Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Dramas: Skateland (Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman), Me, Too (Spanish), Phantom Pain (German), A River Called Titus (Netherlands), The Ideal Husband (Shanti Lowry, Darrin Henson, Jackée Harry), The 5th Quarter (Aiden Quinn, Ryan Merriman, Andie MacDowell), In a Better World (Danish), Laugh To Keep From Crying (Palmer Williams, Jr., Cheryl Pepsi Riley),
Comedies: True Adolescents, Cherry (Brittany Robertson, Esai Morales) and Comedians Of Comedy: At The Troubadour.
Action/Thrills/Horror: Bereavement, Uh Oh Show (Herschell Gordon Lewis), Blackmail Boys, Border Outlaws, The Devil's Teardrop, Cell 211, Children of the Corn: Genesis, Gantz and Stained (Tinsel Korey).
Retro Releases: TV Mysteries of '50s, Birth of Motion Pictures: Quad Feature Silents, Vintage Comedy and Music Classics Volume 2, Frankie Darro & Mantan Moreland Collection (Up In The Air (1940) / Gang's All Here (1941) / Irish Luck (1939) / You're Out of Luck (1941) / On The Spot (1940)), Crazy Comedies & Rhythm (Mickey's Derby Day (1933) / Play Girls (1937) / War Babies (1932)), Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom (1924/Russian); The Ed Wynn Show (1958-59), The Complete Jean Vigo (À propos de Nice / Taris, roi de l'eau / Zéro de conduite / Le Chaland qui passe), Murder is News (1937), Irish Gringo (1935), Rex Bell Double Feature: Lucky Larrigan / Fighting Texans, Rex Miller Double Feature: Gunfire / Fugitive, The People's Enemy (1935), Tracy Rides (1935) / Pinto Rustlers (1936)
Documentary/Educational: Managing Menopause Naturally; Royal Wedding of a Lifetime; If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front; An American Family: Loud Story Short; Millions Call Him Father: The Story of Pedro De Gante; World War II: Documents; Baseball Legends: Philadelphia Athletics; Breaking News, Breaking Down, El Greco: Mystic Under The Blazing Sun, Goya: From Humble Abode To Royal Palace, Forks Over Knives, WW II Start to Finish, Hermitage: Journey in Time & Space, Wonders of the Universe
Family/Kids: Prom (Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell), Angelina Ballerina: The Shining Star Trophy, Dora the Explorer: Dora's Halloween Parade, Dora: Dora's Ballet Adventures, iCarly: The Complete 3rd Season, Scooby-Doo & The Ghosts, Scooby-Doo & The Pirates, Scooby-Doo & The Robots, Scooby-Doo & The Zombies, Kaboom Kids: Ready For Playtime, Kaboom: Outdoor Adventures, Strawberry Shortcake: Growing Up Dreams; Wubbzy: Wubb Idol / Big Movie / Saves The Day,
Music: Hip Hop Backstage Pass: 4 Movie Collection, Rock & Roll Backstage Pass: 4 Movie Collection, August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall (Counting Crows), Bach: Sacred Music, Bach: Secular Music, Andre Rieu: Unforgettable Evening with Andre Rieu, Salonen Esa-Pekka In Rehearsal, Heifetz Master Classes and Pentagram: When The Screams Come.
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