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article imageEssential late-summer Blu-ray/DVD must-own discs Special

By Earl Dittman     Aug 20, 2015 in Entertainment
As the summer of 2015 winds to an end, there are several newly-released titles you'll want to add to your disc library: from the animated 'Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem' to the past seasons of 'Mike & Molly' and 'Rookie Blue' and 'NCIS: New Orleans.'
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD:
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Warner Bros
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem
It's Halloween night in Gotham City and a mysterious crime spree has Batman on the trail of the city's spookiest villains: Scarecrow, Clayface, Silver Banshee and Solomon Grundy. Ruling over these misfits is the clown prince of crime himself, The Joker. Armed with a computer virus and diabolical plan to unleash "digital laugher" upon Gotham's technology, only the Dark Knight can stop this gruesome gang. Joining forces with Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing and Red Robin, it's an action-packed race to stop the Joker and save the city. When the sun rises, will it shine upon Gotham City or Jokertown? Bonus (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Features: "Gotham Of Tomorrow: Designing a Future World" Featurette; A Collection of 10 DC Nation Shorts and Bonus Cartoon from the DC Comics Vault.
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Cinedigm
Knifed Up: The Evolution of Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery has emerged among white women as a means to achieve a standard of beauty made famous by America's first Barbie Doll in 1959 and echoed throughout Hollywood's most elite. Now, as pop culture remains oversaturated with these manufactured ideas of beauty, even African American women are susceptible to the repercussions of this ill-fated delirium. Knifed Up: The Evolution of Plastic Surgery explores the underlying causes and influences of the sudden growth in popularity among African Americans in recent years. Stars as celebrated as Nicki Minaj and her infamous booty, to Wendy Williams who proudly boasts of the "work" she's had done, add to this mounting trend. Rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, and the latest sensation known as a buttock augmentation are all among the most popular cosmetic procedures. Along with surgery, come health risks and even the prospect of death. Is the reward truly worth the risks and how susceptible are these clients to the addictive behavior found prominent among cosmetic clients? Bonus Feature: Extended Interviews.
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Universal
Little Boy
A powerful, moving, and heartwarming film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his father home from World War II, Little Boy will capture your heart and lift your spirits. From the executive producers of Son of God and Touched by an Angel, this instant cinematic classic captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a 7-year-old child and reminds us of the power of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity. Little Boy also stars Academy Award Nominee Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything) and Tom Wilkinson (Selma). Bonus (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Features: Deleted Scenes and Animated Short "Snack Attack."
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Warner Bros
Mike & Molly: The Complete Fifth Season
When she returns from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with a publisher's check in hand, it's official: Molly's a real writer. Now all she has to do is bang out that romance novel and start signing books. No sweat, right? As Molly struggles to cope with writer's block, her publisher's bizarre notes and stressful deadlines, her hubby feels the pinch. And with his in-laws living under the same roof and his partner dating Molly's sister, Mike's got his own world of drama to deal with. But when it comes to making true love work no matter what life throws in their way, this couple wrote the book. Bonus Feature: Hilarious gag reel.
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EOne
Rookie Blue: Season Five - Volume One
Five years ago, a group of green rookies fresh out of the Academy started their careers with 15th Division, one of the most units in the city. Now, as Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and her fellow officers enter their next year as seasoned pros, more resilient than ever, each day still continues to bring new surprises and revelations. Season Five begins with two lives hanging in the balance, officers Sam Swarek and Chloe Price have been shot in the line of duty. But life at 15 Division must go on. Our officers have sworn an oath to serve and protect, no matter the consequences. But as the shell-shocked officers struggle to pull the pieces of their lives back together, they can t help but wonder: Will things ever work out the way they're supposed to? Bonus Feature: "Life Is Not A Fairytale" Featurette and Webisodes.
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Cindigm
It Happened Here
It Happened Here is a feature length documentary about the alarming pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses, the impact on the student, their family and institution, and the burgeoning movement of student survivors coming forth and taking action against their schools on campus and in federal court. Through the personal portraits of five students at three schools, testimonials from college administrators, educators, mental health experts and legal scholars, It Happened Here breaks the silence surrounding campus sexual violence and asks why is this happening? What are schools doing about it? What is "rape culture" and what can we do to prevent campus assault? Bonus Features: Trailer; "If You Need Help" - resource websites and discussion guide and "If You Want To Get Involved" - Int's On Us Website and Pledge Challenge.
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Lionsgate
Vendetta
Dean Cain stars as Mason Danvers, a detective seeking vengeance on Victor Abbott (WWE Superstar The Big Show), the violent felon who brutally murdered Mason's wife. To reach Abbot in jail, Mason deliberately commits a crime to seek his revenge. Once inside the prison walls, Mason discovers nothing is as it seems in this electrifying thriller packed with punishing action. Bonus (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) Features: "The Making of Vendetta"; "A Haunted Location" and "A Big Transformation."
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CBS/Paramount
NCIS: New Orleans - The First Season
In a city that keeps surviving disaster, one elite team is dedicated to making our shores a little safer. Dwayne Cassius "King" Pride (Scott Bakula) knows every corner of the Crescent City from his days as a deputy. Now, his mission has higher stakes as he leads an elite crew that tackles crimes that threaten national security. The Big Easy is in good hands with a supremely professional team with a passion for justice. Pride's trusted right-hand man Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black) loves this city like few others. Newcomer Meredith Brody (Zoe McLelllan) unleashes her unique skills in interrogation to corner the crooks. Eccentric forensic scientist Sebastian Lund (Rod Kerkovich) tackles the evidence with high-tech tactics while Medical Examiner Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder) employs her wisdom and experience to reveal the secrets of the dead. Together, they can counter any threat, from escaped prisoners, to bio-threats, to unrepentant killers. Bonus Features: Spin-off episodes from "NCIS Season 11: Crescent City (Part 1) & Crescent City (Part 2); "Spooktacular'; "Mardi Gras: The NCIS Way"; "After The Storm"; "Starting Up In New Orleans"; "A Big Easy Success" and "The Write Angle."
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CBS/Paramount
NCIS: The Twelfth Season
World Class Action. Fielding cases from local cyber-terrorists to international pirates and elusive serial killers, the NCIS team keeps adventure in the line of fire. Led by Special Agent Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), this expert squad hunts down humanity's most notorious enemies in the name of freedom and justice for all. Co-starring Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, David McCallum and Emily Wickersham, this 6-disc, 24 episode set showcases suspense at its nail-biting, pulse-pounding best. For the first time on BD/DVD, NCIS Season 12 is reporting for duty.
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Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon Favorites: Celebrate Fall
Have a ball in Fall with your Nick Jr. pals in these 7 seasonal adventures. Save a talent show and a corn roast with the PAW Patrol: "Pups Save A Talent Show/Pups Save The Corn Roast," gear up for Blaze and the Monster Machines: "Truckball Team-Up," rock a Fall Festival with the Fresh Beats Band, gobble for fall with the Bubble Guppies ("Gobble Gobble Guppies!"), count on a good Halloween with Team Umizoomi ("The Ghost Family Costume Party") and have a magical time with Wallykazam ("The Explorers Club").
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Lionsgate
The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe
Based on The New York Times best-seller, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe begins with the young Norma Jeane Mortenson as she battles a lonely, loveless existence with an absent and mentally ill mother. She ultimately reinvents herself as the sex symbol of an era. A fragile artist, she is very different from the larger-than-life image she portrayed. The great secret of Marilyn's life is that her mother, Gladys (Sarandon), remained a vital - and troubling - part of her world. Her marriages to Joe DiMaggio (Morgan) and Arthur Miller collapse in part due to her own inner demons and the onslaught of her mother's illness. As Marilyn cares for her mother, her obsession with President John F. Kennedy leads to a breakdown and hospitalization. Still, she gives the performance of her life as Marilyn Monroe. Featuring Kelli Garner (The Aviator) as Marilyn, and Emily Watson (The Book Thief) as Marilyn's legal guardian, Grace McKee.
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Lionsgate
The Royals: The Complete First Season
Set in modern-day England, The Royals follows the lives of a fictional British Royal family that inhabits a world of opulence and regal tradition catering to any and every desire - a world that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny. Prince Liam (William Moseley) is thrust into the spotlight after his older brother's death puts him next in line to the throne. When King Simon (Vincent Regan) announces that he is considering abolishing the Monarchy, the manipulative Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) will do whatever it takes to remain in power. Bonus (DVD + UltraViolet) Features: "Madness In Great Ones: Creating The Royals"; "Behind the Royal Wardrobe" and "Private vs. Public: A Modern-Day Monarchy."
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