This week’s releases include: a slasher sequel; a dark, cyberpunk future; a political docudrama; an historical trek through South America; an eccentric family’s opening season; a police mystery; a fantastic mandated job; and a physical odyssey.

Chromeskull - Laid to Rest 2 on blu-rayChromeskull – Laid to Rest 2 (Blu-ray)
The game of cat-and-mouse is on as ChromeSkull’s assistant, Preston (Brian Austin Green), scrambles to tie up the loose ends left behind after his deranged boss’s last killing spree. He finds that he likes taking care of business-maybe a little too much. One bloody mess leads to another and the bodies pile up in a visual feast of the most spectacular kills ever filmed.

Special features not available. (Entertainment One)

Johnny Mnemonic on blu-rayJohnny Mnemonic (Blu-ray & DVD combo pack)
Johnny Mnemonic (Keanu Reeves) is an elite agent who is hired to deliver a vital message past the Yakuza by storing the encrypted information in his wet wired brain in the year 2021. The downloaded message exceeds his storage capacity, and without knowing its importance, he races to get this toxic message out of his head before it kills him.

Based on a short story by cyberpunk godfather William Gibson, this technological sci-fi film creates a world in which computer hardware has infiltrated every aspect of our existence, from physical enhancements to disease. But some things never change and capitalism still reigns supreme. Reeves gives the appropriate robotic performance for which he became so well known, while Henry Rollins has a passionate cameo as an underground doctor and rebel. In addition, Dolph Lundgren plays a crazed street preacher who is barely even human anymore and a military-trained dolphin that proves the smartest of all the oddball characters encountered.

Special features not available. (Alliance Films)

The Kennedys on blu-rayThe Kennedys (DVD)
Inspired by one of the world’s most iconic families, this eight-part scripted drama/miniseries ventures upstairs at the White House to chronicle the saga of America’s first “royal” family during the 1960s. Through exhaustive research, The Kennedys provides an intimate look at how Joseph Kennedy, Sr. shaped his sons John and Robert to become two of the most influential men in America’s history. With political events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs and the civil rights movement playing background to the personal stories of the relationships between brother and brother and father and son, series details how the two men handled their father, whose ambition exceeded their own, and ultimately made them who they were. The Kennedys recounts the scandal, tragedy, public greatness and private frailty of America’s most fabled political family during one of the most momentous decades in history.

Special features include: “The Kennedys: From Story to Film,” a 45-minute featurette with behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews. (Entertainment One)

The Motorcycle Diaries on blu-rayThe Motorcycle Diaries (Blu-ray & DVD combo pack)
Tracing the youthful origins of a revolutionary spirit, the film follows two daring friends, Ernesto Che Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna), who hop on the back of a beat up motorcycle for a breathtaking and exciting road trip across Latin America.

Part historical re-enactment, part travelogue, this film recounts the inspiring journey of a young man who went on to a lead a nation to freedom through guerrilla warfare. Inklings of his ideals and dedication to change are evident, but there’s also a level of virtuousness not equated with the “Che” with whom everyone is familiar. The picture is carried by an outstanding performance from Bernal and is a beautiful tour of Latin America.

Special features not available. (Alliance Films)

Raising Hope - Season One on DVDRaising Hope – Season One (DVD)
A one night stand becomes a life-long commitment when 23-year-old Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) inadvertently impregnates a wanted felon and decides to raise Hope (a.k.a. Princess Beyonce) on his own.  Jimmy, together with his family – his Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), mother Virginia (Martha Plimpton), and father Burt (Garret Dillahunt) – face play dates, amusing family photo shoots, rock star dreams, vasectomies and much more.

The Chances are sort of this generation’s Connors (from the long running series Roseanne), only lighter. They are sarcastic, barely getting by financially and the black sheeps of their neighbourhood. But they love each other and when push comes to shove, they’ve got each others’ backs. Maw Maw is like the toy surprise in each episode — you don’t know what she might pop up or what she’ll do, but it’s always worth a laugh. The freshman season filled the schedule void left by Brothers and Sisters on Global, but it’s worthy of a more visible primetime slot.

Special features include: commentaries; featurettes; deleted and extended scenes; a gag reel; and the un-aired pilot never shown on television. (Fox Home Entertainment)

The River Murders on DVDThe River Murders (DVD)
When the first body was discovered, it seemed a coincidence. But now homicide detective Jack Verdon (Ray Liotta) has cause to worry: the victims of a series of brutal sex murders are all his former girlfriends. Suspected by the FBI agent who’s taken over the case (Christian Slater) and suspended by his captain (Ving Rhames), Jack must work outside the law if he’s to find the killer, save his future and protect what’s left of his past.

Special features include: commentary by director/producer Rich Cowan, cinematographer Dan Heigh and editor Jason A. Payne; commentary by writer Steve Anderson, actor/producer Sarah Ann Schultz and actors Gisele Fraga and Michael Rodrick; and a making-of featurette. (Sony Pictures Home Entetainment)

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal on blu-rayTerry Pratchett’s Going Postal (Blu-ray)
Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle) is a con man and a charlatan – and he loves every minute of it. From confidence tricks to far-reaching financial fraud, von Lipwig revels in hoodwinking, fleecing, and otherwise ripping off the citizens of Ankh-Morpork. When the law finally catches up to him, the city’s shrewd leader, Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance), offers von Lipwig a choice: he can take over the derelict post office or suffer a painful death. The reluctant postmaster finds himself in charge of thousands of undelivered letters, commanding a charmingly deranged staff of misfits, and at odds with corrupt businessman Reacher Gilt (David Suchet), who will stop at nothing to crush his competition. Along the way, he falls under the spell of the icy Adora Dearheart (Claire Foy), much to her chagrin.

Special features not available. (Entertainment One)

Y tu mama tambien on blu-rayY tu mama tambien (Blu-ray & DVD combo pack)
Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) are two teens ruled by raging hormones and a mission to consume exotic substances. But one summer, the boys learn more about life when they set off on a wild, cross-country road trip with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa (Ana López Mercado). Both boys taste forbidden fruit as Luisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her may destroy their friendship forever.

This isn’t your average road trip movie; it’s more a tale of sexual exploration and discovery. It also introduced audiences to two young, sexy Mexican exports: Bernal and Luna. Both went on to make various critically acclaimed pictures, including Bad Education and Milk respectively. The film is sensual and the actors are passionate, displaying emotions that cover a wide spectrum. Though they are best friends, their relationship is stretched to the limit and draws the audience down the bumpy road with them.

Special features not available. (Alliance Films)

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