New on DVD & Blu-ray: April 24, 2012

Posted: April 24, 2012 in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
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This week’s releases include: an epic historical drama; a reenactment of  the making of TV’s first reality show; the suave Avenger in cartoon form; a sexy sci-fi series; an extended version of an ill-fated voyage; a horror picture wrapped in tradition; and a new cartoon adventure for Marvel’s team of mutants.

Camelot on Blu-rayCamelot (Blu-ray)
There have been many interpretations of Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table, the glories of the kingdom of Camelot and the doomed love triangle of King Arthur, Lady Guenevere and Sir Lancelot du Lac. The musical Camelot, however, remains the most iconic. Seven years later, it became a triple Oscar-winner.

Special features include: commentary by Stephen Farber; “The story of Camelot”; “The world premiere of Camelot”; “Camelot: Falling Kingdoms”; five theatrical trailers; a CD soundtrack sampler with four songs; and a 36-page book. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group)

Cinema Verite on Blu-rayCinema Verite (Blu-ray)
Decades before housewives had screaming matches with each other on camera in public, the Loud family became a television sensation of a new kind when they appeared on the groundbreaking 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family. Witness the birth of reality television as Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini star in HBO Films’ presentation of Cinema Verite.

Special features include: commentary by directors Shari Springer and Robert Pulcini and actress Diane Lane; and a making-of featurette. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group)

Iron Man Animation (DVD)
Tony Stark arrives in Japan to help implement his goal of world peace by building the Arc Reactor, a carbon-neutral power plant, that once operational will be able to provide limitless (thus free) energy to the world. Set to retire his Iron Man persona, and about to mass-produce a line of Iron Man armour known as “Iron Man Dio,” Stark’s plans are derailed by a series of high tech Mech monsters. Zodiac, a top secret organization funded by the terrorist group A.I.M. is out to disrupt the Arc Station, steal the Dio armour and put an end to Iron Man. The armoured Avenger’s fight is only just beginning.

Special features include: “Re-Imagining Iron Man” explores the plot and themes of the anime series; “21st Century Hero: The Technology of Iron Man” introduces fans to Tony Stark’s high-tech suits and gadgets; “Special Cross Talk,” a round table discussion with the creators of the Iron Man and Wolverine anime series; and “Voicing Tony Stark,” an interview with Japanese actor, Keiji Fujiwara. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Lost Girl Season 1 on DVDLost Girl – Season One (DVD)
Supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk) is a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy (sometimes called “Chi”) of humans.  Growing up with human parents, Bo has no reason to believe she’s anything other than the girl next door – until she drains her boyfriend to death in their first sexual encounter. Once she hits the road, Bo discovers she is one of the Fae, creatures of legend and folklore, who pass as humans while feeding off them secretly, as they have for millennia. Relieved yet horrified to find out that she is not alone, Bo is faced with choosing an allegiance between the Dark and Light Fae clans.  Bo decides to take the middle path between the humans and the Fae while embarking on a personal mission to unlock the secrets of her origin.

There are no special features. (Entertainment One)

Titanic miniseries on Blu-rayTitanic – Miniseries (Blu-ray)
The four-part miniseries reveals a world built upon class distinction headed towards destruction as surely as Titanic was towards the iceberg. From the aristocratic elite to the officers, crew, second class and steerage passengers, Titanic follows the destinies of both victims and survivors as their stories of passion, betrayal and hope unfold amidst the tragic events of that fateful evening.

Special features include: episode one commentary; a making-of featurette; “Titanic: Behind-the-Production”; and “The Curse of the Titanic Sisters” documentary. (Entertainment One)

The Wicker Tree on Blu-rayThe Wicker Tree (Blu-ray)
When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol and Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by the locals in the town of Tressock, and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision, and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock’s seemingly friendly townspeople.

Special features include: a making-of featurette; deleted scenes; and the trailer. (Anchor Bay Entertainment)

X-Men Animation (DVD)
The X-Men are reunited following the death of a teammate and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki. There, they confront the U-MEN, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen its own army, and the battle for justice is on. Discovering a series of bizarre occurrences in the area, the X-Men investigate only to be confronted with a terrible truth that will force them to confront long buried secrets.

Special features include: “Re-Examining The X-Men” takes viewers behind-the-scenes of creating X-Men’s mutant tales; “X-Men: A Team of Outsiders” provides an in-depth exploration of Marvel’s most heroic and infamous mutants; and “Special Talk Session,” a round table discussion with the creators of Marvel anime’s X-Men and Blade. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)


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