With the fall 2011 TV season about to launch, Redbox, Netflix and OnDemand are flush with last season’s fave shows, so you can play catch up over Labor Day Weekend. DVD/Blu-Ray new releases include The Vampire Diaries, Cougar Town, Nikita, House, Desperate Housewives, Parenthood, Detroit 1-8-7, Sons of Anarchy, 90210 and more.
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.
More DVD/Blu-ray releases
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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