Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases This Week (August 5, 2008)
August 3rd, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 4,161 Views
Detective chief superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) is forced to come out of retirement to aid the undermanned police force in Hastings, a coastal English town surrounded by the chaos and confusion of the ongoing WWII campaign. Expertly blending fiction and history, the fifth season of this period crime drama has Foyle investigating a death linked to a priest, the murder of a young doctor, and a suicide. DVD
Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, this Emmy-winning spoof of the spy genre stars Don Adams as bumbling operative Maxwell Smart, who — aided by shapely Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon) — must outwit the dastardly KAOS organization. Despite his ineptness with the gadgets at his disposal, clueless Max invariably foils the baddies, but if he needs help, his boss (Edward Platt) is only a shoe-phone call away. First season guests include Leonard Nimoy.
When the young island-dwelling Nim (Abigail Breslin) loses contact with her scientist father (Gerard Butler) who’s lost at sea, she reaches out to her favorite author (Jodie Foster) for help. Problem is, the writer — of adventure stories no less — is a recluse who hasn’t left her house in years. Can the agoraphobic author summon the same courage she’s instilled in the hero of her novels in time to rescue her biggest fan? DVD | Blu-Ray
Facing an ethical quandary, Jewish master forger Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) must choose between abetting the Nazis and saving his skin in this taut Oscar-nominated drama based on a true story. Assembled at a death camp, a cadre of printers, artists and chiselers — led by the opportunistic Sorowitsch — is tasked with counterfeiting currencies to weaken Allied economies. But will Sorowitsch’s conscience begin to gnaw at him as the war draws to a close? DVD | Blu-Ray
In this sci-fi adventure based on a novel by Robert A. Heinlein and directed by Paul Verhoeven, fire-spitting, brain-sucking bugs attack Earth, and the city of Buenos Aires is wiped off the map. Coming to the rescue are Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien), Dizzy (Dina Meyer), Carmen (Denise Richards) and Ace (Jake Busey), courageous soldiers who travel to the distant Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown.
The Starship Troopers (played by Bill Brown, Colleen Porch, Cy Carter, Drew Powell and Ed Lauter) are back to take action against the Bugs in this fast-paced film directed by Academy Award winner Phil Tippett. Unfortunately, their enemies are ready for them, and they end up stranded, unable to fight their way out unless they team up with those who betrayed them. Includes interviews with Tippett and the producers, a featurette and more.
When a Federation starship crash-lands on the far-flung alien planet OM-1, its passengers, including Starship leader Sky Marshal Anoke (Stephen Hogan) and pilot Lola Beck (Jolene Blalock), find themselves stranded, and their only hope for salvation lies with Col. Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien). Now, Rico — the hero of Planet P’s Bug Invasion — must mobilize a team of Troopers for a death-defying rescue mission.
Larry McMurtry’s novel comes to the screen as a six-hour epic with a cast of legendary performers led by Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Duvall) and Woodrow F. Call (Jones) saddle up for the cattle drive to end all cattle drives: a 2,500-mile journey from the Rio Grande to Montana. “Lonesome Dove” ranks with director John Ford’s greatest Westerns.
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