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article imageThe secrets behind the 'Sons Of Anarchy' - told from the inside Special

By Earl Dittman     Sep 7, 2011 in Entertainment
Internationally known actors Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal & Adam Arkin plus creator/showrunner Kurt Sutter reveal the secrets behind Season Three of the hit biker series 'Sons Of Anarchy' (now on Blu-ray and DVD).
Considered one of the FX Network's most dynamic and highest-rated series -- created by Kurt (The Shield) Sutter and starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and 2011 Golden Globe Award-winner Katey Sagal --the Third Season of Sons of Anarchy (both Blu-Ray and DVD) is the adrenalized drama about a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town -- Charming -- against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegally thriving arms business.
English actor Charlie Hunnam (best known for the period film Nicholas Nickleby and the '90 look at Britain's gay culture in Queer As Folk) stars as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, a man whose love for the brotherhood is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness. Katey Sagal (Peggy Bundy for several seasons of Married With Children and a one-time Harlet back-up dancer for Bette Midler) stars as Gemma Teller Morrow, Jax’s force-of-nature mother, who along with Ron Perlman (the leading creature of Hellboy and the upcoming heist picture Drive) as Clarence ‘Clay’ Morrow, Jax’s stepfather and MC president, have their own darker vision for the club.
In Season Three of Sons Of Anarchy, chaos and confusion reign after Jax’s infant son is kidnapped and Gemma is framed for murder. When Abel’s trail leads SAMCRO to Belfast, Ireland, secrets are revealed and the bonds of brotherhood are shattered. Jax is left reeling with more questions than answers as he struggles with the legacy of his father, the future of the club, and the fate of his family.
During various press days, Hunnam, Perlman, Sagal, creator/showrunner Kurt Sutter (also Sagal's husband) and Adam Arkin all talk about their time working on Sons Of Anarchy.
The Sons Of Anarchy
The Sons Of Anarchy
Sons Of Anarchy is a really powerful show, and there's a lot of that notion of family in it -- almost like there's an aspect of The Godfather at times, but more visceral. Could some of you talk about your definition of family and that notion and how you try to push the notion of it within all these characters?
KURT SUTTER: "You know, and I say this a lot -- ultimately, you know, the world that this show takes place in, is a subculture."
KATEY SAGAL: "The show is really the background for, what is a family drama. I think to make, characters like the Sons relatable and palatable to an audience, you really have to stress, you know, those elements of family and brotherhood and love and, yeah, I think all those things are important to me."
KURT SUTTER: "You know, I think also one of the things that's so -- that I'm really on top of it in this show and really -- no pun intended -- but a Nazi about is, you know, the details of this world, the small -- the grittiness, the details, the specificity -- you know, keeping it -- we have two consultants on the show who are part of an outlaw club, you know. Because to me, if we can keep those details real and keep the show rooted in that reality, then I'm given the freedom to tell really big, dramatic, almost epic stories that, if I didn't have this, I wouldn't be able to do. They would lapse into melodrama, or they would seem unbelievable. It's why I'm blessed with, you know, a great crew, a great creative staff and actors that can take all that big stuff and really root it and make organic choices and make it real."
Charlie and Kurt, have you heard from any of the real outlaw gangs?
KURT SUTTER: "Yeah, and we have been given a lot of I creative license."
Charlie how did you feel about on the motorcycles?
CHARLIE HUNNAM: "It was incredibly cool. I've had nothing but a blast. I mean, here you have this classically-trained English boy riding around like an American biker." It was so hip. It's exciting".
Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller in  Sons Of Anarchy
Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller in 'Sons Of Anarchy'
Charlie, what do you think are Jax's (Charlie' character) true allegiances? Obviously, you were conflicted the first season year with your father, who was the leader of the club, to Clay (Pearlman), especially what happened at the end of Season Three? How would you describe, kind of, where your allegiances lie at this point? CHARLIE HUNNAM: "I think his allegiance lie, ultimately, just to the club and the future of the club
and the well-being of his own family. I mean, that's, I think, my central focus as Jax, on a day-to-day basis, is family, friends and the club. He feels it's his responsibility to protect everyone close to him."
Kurt, you are releasing Season 3 of Sons Of Anarchy on Blu-ray and DVD, and Season Four begins hits prime-time this week. What are your longtime plans for Sons Of Anarchy? There's sort of a trend amongst showrunners and creators of setting a fixed end date for their show. Lost and Supernatural have said, "We're doing X number of seasons." Do you have a mental plan for how long Sons Of Anarchy run? Will you go 12 seasons if you can keep everyone together?
KURT SUTTER: "I don't think we'll go 12 seasons. Yeah, I mean, I have a blueprint in my head of where I want it to go and how I'd like it to end. Of course, all that depends upon, you know, the arc of the show and people's response to that. And, you know, if I'm ever blessed enough to get the run that The Shield had of seven seasons, I have a plan in mind.."
Charlie, you are an British-trained actor who won critical-acclaim for the film Nicholas Nickleby and the British TV series Queer As Folk to winning bigger raves for playing an American biker and drug dealer. How do you emotionally go about shaping the seemingly naturally and organic character of Jax (Jackson)?CHARLIE HUNNAM: "Luckily, Kurt and Katey introduced me to an acting coach, and they were very helpful in turning this urban English bloke into a long-haired bike ride. Of course, I also used the acting skills I've learned over the years. I mixed it all up and came up with the naturalness that is Jax."
Ron Perlman and Katay Sagal in  Sons Of Anarchy
Ron Perlman and Katay Sagal in 'Sons Of Anarchy'
How do you get along with Katey and Ron?
CHARLIE HUNNAM: "They are great. I didn't get to work much with Katey in the first two seasons. But we worked a lot together in Season Three, and she is the best. Luckily, I've always been able to work closely with Ron Perlman, from the beginning -- just from the structure of the show. With Ron, we have a really nice time together, and a really good friendship. We've been having a lot of good fun."
Ron, this must be a really exciting time in his career? You have so many projects going on.
RON PERLMAN: "I'm feeling so carefree that I don't remember ever worry about anything. From the Hellboy movies, to films like Drive to Sons Of Anarchy, my life is just ducky right now. The things that have happened to me have gone so far beyond anything I might've dreamt or imagined that I stopped dreaming and imagining. I just basically wake up everyday and take what the good Lord gives me because it's pretty trippy. It's pretty trippy that we were able to do Hellboy with a guy who's basically lived on the fringes pretty much his whole career. I've never been invited to the party, to the mainstream party and has sort of backed his way in with the good graces of (director/producer) Guillermo del Toro who's been fighting for me for seven years. So it's all phenomenal."
What about the comparisons to Lon Chaney?
RON PERLMAN: "It's obvious why. So much of my stuff, also purely coincidentally, that has been transformational like Lon Chaney's career. I mean, he was a giant. He was a true, true cinema giant. He was a true giant in this profession. I don't like comparisons like that because I consider myself just kind of like a working stiff who's happened to have a lot of really great opportunities. This seemed to be something that was an obsession with Lon Chaney. For me, I just take every job as it comes and if it happens to require transforming myself into a rather grotesque or obscure or abstract creation then so be it, but I would never compare myself to a giant like Lon Chaney. I see the comparisons though."
It sound like life couldn't get any better for you than it is today...
RON PERLMAN: "My family is doing really good. Everyone is firing on all cylinders. We're a family of all artists. My son has gotten into his college of choice and he wants to have a career in music. My daughter made an album and she was in the first Hellboy and wants to be an actress and she's firing on all cylinders. My wife is a fashion designer and she does amazingly remarkable stuff. (Director) Guillermo del Toro pointed out to me that I'm the least talented member of the Perlman family. He's absolutely right. I'm far and away the least talented, but things are going really, really well. I've just got this little TV series on FX where the writing is absolutely superb and the character is unlike anything I've ever attempted before. Work is coming and all the things that I ever dreamt about are really beginning to happen. So when your dreams come true, how does it get any better than this. "
Charlie, have you had an opportunity to spend much time with real motorcycle enthusiasts (or hippies) when you are off the set or do you just do your own thing?
CHARLIE HUNNAM: "We've all spent time with guys that really live this lifestyle, and I particularly have become really, really friendly with a couple of guys that helped me in the beginning of this, understand what this world is and have, you know, continued to be good friends of mine. And the reaction is overwhelmingly positive. I mean, they -- I think that the feeling is that we honor this world. We don't, you know, take too many liberties with telling their story. And, you know I think that there's a big degree of pride, you know, with particularly the guys that have helped us, that they had an opportunity to be part of telling this story."
Okay Adam, you get a call. from someone who says they want you to play a white supremacist on Sons Of Anarchy, what was your reaction?
"ADAM ARKIN: A separatist. A separatist, please. (laughs) Well, it wasn't just under those circumstances. I knew it was this show. I knew it was (show creator) Kurt (Sutter). I knew it was this company of actors, and it piqued my interest immediately, and after having one conversation with Kurt, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved with."
The SOA return home from Ireland
The SOA return home from Ireland
Katey, do you find it comfortable playing the lead actress of the show -- since you are married to the Kurt Sutter? I mean, after a particularly horrific day on the set, can you drag your hubby Kurt home and spent a normal evening at home? Or does the tension of a really traumatic day on the set end up coming home with the two of you?
KATEY SAGAL: "In the second season and what transpired in the first episode, it actually was -- I call it -- it was a rough six weeks. the commitment you want to make with material like this, as an actor, you have to shake the stuff off, but this was a particular experience where it was difficult. And it wasn't so much, you know, coming home to have a normal evening. 'We sort of have normal evenings, don't we, honey (to Kurt)?' But we're kind of working in progress right now. We have family at home, kids at home, and they're a pleasant distraction from what transpired in the beginning of the past few season. So I guess my answer to you is it was difficult. It was sometimes difficult. But it's not always difficult. You know, but uncomfortable is not necessarily a bad thing."
Are you looking forward to Season Four?
KATEY SAGAL: "Absolutely! Season Three was such a great season, it's going to be tough trying to top it, but I think we are. It just seems to get better and better, and that's not just because my husband came up with the idea for the show and has me in it. (laughs) Seriously, I think everyone who loved Season Three will be shocked by how good Season 4 really is."
Kurt, I mean this in the nicest possible way. But what is wrong with you? You are sort of famous for conceiving the really dark stuff on The Shield. Obviously, you've done some groundbreaking, dark stuff on this show. Where does it come from? Why do you feel the need to put it on television?
KURT SUTTER: "That's a much longer conversation. (laughs) You know, look, I'd like to believe that the
pushing of that envelope is never gratuitous. I'd like to believe that I support it through character, and I will say, even the turn that we take in the premiere -- and we were discussing this a little bit yesterday -- that, you know, it becomes the emotional engine for, you know, Gemma and for some of the bigger seasonal arcs coming up. And I'll tease this much and say that, you know, to put a character like Gemma Teller on any kind of spiritual path, it would take an act as strong and visceral and violent as what happened in the premiere."
KATEY SAGAL: "She's not going to come to Jesus, though, really."
ADAM ARKIN: "She'll meet him halfway."
CHARLIE HUNNAM: "Jax will see his mom there, too, that's for sure."
Sons Of Anarchy: Season Three: "The Future Begins Now:" Four all-new, season-spanning scenes show you what's in store for Season Four; "Custom Bike Build - Directing The Season Finale with Kurt Sutter"; 3 Extended Episodes; Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel.
Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) stars in the action-thriller Hanna.Raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA agent, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe, eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence. Eric Bana, who has player several types of roles in his diverse career, confesses that he's been happy with all the choices that he's made -- from Star Trek, Hulk and The Time Traveler's Wife. "I have no regrets," the Aussie-born star of the upcoming film Blackbird. "I firmly believe that you’re meant to have all kinds of experiences in life and I’m very realistic about that and doing the best I can, and as much as I can be in control of and not stress about the stuff that I’m not, so no I wouldn’t change anything. I would do exactly the same thing. Because its rarely easy; at every point you’re making a decision, like every time a film comes along, I chose the best thing that’s available to me. You can’t really have regrets." Bonus Features: Alternate Ending; Deleted Scenes; Anatomy Of A Scene: The Escape From Camp G; the featurettes "Adapt Or Die," "Central Intelligence Allegory," "Chemical Reaction," and "The Wild World Of Hanna"; Hanna Promo; BD-Live; pocket-BLU - Advanced Remote Control, Video Timeline, Mobile-To-Go, Browse Titles and Keyboard.; uHEAR; MY SCENES and Feature Commentary with Director Joe Wright.
House, M.D. Season Seven
In seven seasons of House, and the upcoming number Eight about to hit airwaves, how does the cast, and more importantly the writers, know that they almost, all the time -- using a similar formula -- make sure each episode is distinctive and that each character is doing something different? "I would come right back at you and say that we lose fewer patients than Columbo didn’t solve murders," says Englishman Hugh Laurie, who can be heard this Holiday season in the new Christmas movie, Arthur Christmas. "You know, there is something necessary, unavoidable, about delivering, you know, what you set out to deliver. We have to be what we are. If we depart too far from the structure that David set out right in the beginning, I think it risks disappointing more than satisfying. the writers than it is for the actors because we are blessed with the most fantastically innovative and imaginative scripts, — and we can’t wait to get at them. Freshness, in fact, if anything I’ve got too much freshness. I have to sort of dial it back. I sort of go over fresh a lot of the time. So — but the writers, I’m sure they must have many, many times where they put their head in their hands and go 'There are only so many ways a tumor can present itself or a disease can progress in a person, and we are out of them.' But that, mercifully, is their problem, not mine." Bonus Features: Trailers; Previews: BD-Live; U-Control "A Beginners Guide To Diagnostic Medicine; pocket-BLU - Advanced Remote Control, Video Timeline, Mobile-To-Go, Browse Titles and Keyboard.; uHEAR; MY SCENES; Featurettes - "Meet Martha Masters," "Huddy Dissected" and "Anatomy Of An Episode: Bombshells" and "Thirteen Returns"; Featurette Commentaries - Bombshells Commentary With Director Greg Yaitanes & Series Star Lisa Edelstein; The Dig Commentary With Writers Sara Hess & David Hoselton and Moving On Commentary With Creator/Executive Producer David Shore & Director/Executive Producer Greg Yaitanes.
40 Days and 40 Nights
In one of his first starring roles of his incredible successful film career, Josh Hartnett portrays heartthrob Matt Sullivan, who challenges himself -- and libido -- to to go without sex for the religious holiday Lent. His career is right on track until he meets Erica (Shannyn Sossamon), who might make him derail his plans for Lent. In real life, Josh isn't sure how most people from the state of Minnesota (where he grew up) would make the forty days without missing sex. "I think there are an inordinate amount of creative people that come from my hometown because we literally spend six months out of the year inside with nothing to do but -- imagine," jokes Hartnett, who can soon be seen in the film, Stuck Between Stations. "Really great musicians come from Minnesota because there's just so much time to practice. We have a couple of true geniuses like Bob Dylan and Prince and other artists as well. And I come from an artistic family, so I think climate ultimately affects everything. If you have nothing but beaches around you, you'll probably surf and have a great tan. It's going to affect the way you look and the way you act. Period." Blu-Ray Bonus Features: Audio Commentary with director Michael Lehmann; producer Michael London and writer Robert Perez and Teaser Trailer.
Skateland"After the tremendous success we all had with the Twilight movies, I know that most of us -- the actors in the films -- wanted to try some different roles so that we didn't get typecast in our Twilight personalities," says Ashley Greene, one of the stars of the Twilight Saga. "The role of Michelle seemed perfect for me. It was the kind of role I could really relate to and believe. Ashley Greene stars in Skateland with Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), a powerful coming-of-age drama about Ritchie Wheeler (Fernandez), a carefree teenager growing up in a small Texas town. But Skateland is simply more than just about a local roller rink -- it's a fading symbol of friendship and good times. Everything around him seems to be changing but the one thing Ritchie can hang on to is his budding romance with the sweet and beautiful Michelle (Green). But one fateful night will force Ritchie to face the future and make the most important decision of his life. "The film shows a lot about what teenagers go through in life, whether they are rich or poor, beautiful or plain," Greene explains. "I've seen a lot of coming-of-age movies, and some of them are okay, but Skateland really touches the heart. That is one of the main reasons I wanted to do Skateland." Blu-ray Bonus Feature: Deleted Scenes.
Cougar Town: The Complete Second Season
"To be honest, it doesn’t really make sense to me," wonders Courteney Cox, who plays Jules Cobb, the lead in the older woman/younger man series. There’s no negative word for a man dating a younger woman. The word Cougar gets a bad connotation only when someone has had plastic surgery, lifts and fake boobs and they are dating younger men and they are fighting being older. If you are just okay with who you are, that’s fine. If a term is dating younger men – who cares? Take someone like actress Susan Sarandon. She’s so smart, worldly, sexy, I don’t care what age is. I don’t care how old she gets she will always have absolute sex appeal." In second season of Cougar Town, Jules is learning the idea of family isn't always so traditional on her not so quiet Florida cul-de-sac. Together with her teenage son, friends, neighbors and even ex-husband, the dysfunctional, yet supportive extended family manages the next stages of their lives together. Despite her flaws and minor-malfunctions, what does Cox like the most about Jules? "I just really love to be able to play myself -- a really a heightened version of myself. To play someone I can relate to. The creators spent so much time with me that they actually figured out what are the quirks of my personality that they could bring to this show. I’ve never been able to play something before that came so easily." (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: "Cougar Town: Season 2"; "Andy's Dreams - Six Webisodes with introduction by Ian "One Take" Gomez; Deleted Scenes and Outtakes.
Wonders Of The Universe
The universe is 13.7 billion years old. It spans 93 billion light years across and is filled with over 100 billion galaxies, each filled with hundreds of billions of stars. A place so unimaginably vast and complex, it is almost inconceivable that it could ever be understood. But for 2,500 years, humanity has triedto unlock its secrets. This fall, renowned Professor Brian Cox explains the mysteries in this BBC Blu-ray/DVD release. The groundbreaking four-part series explores some of the most profound questions we can ask about ourselves and the celestial world in which we live. In each episode, this fascinating program explains the vast and unfathomable phenomena of deep space by re-examining the familiar on Earth. Taking science away from telescopes and labs, this series travels into the natural world and across the planet, from the scorched plains of Africa to the snow capped Canadian Rockies. These journeys, across the planet are combined with spectacular images of space. Inspired by the latest data and imagery captured from telescopes and using stunning high definition CGI, Wonders Of The Universe offers views of giant supernova, gamma ray bursts and recently discovered galaxies and sheds light on the furthest reaches of the universe, just moments after its creation.
Henry's Crime
"It's such a treat to work with actors that are totally the opposite than you expected them to be," Up In The Air star Vera Farmiga admits. "Keanu is known for playing these wonderful, dramatic and dark roles, but he is a really funny guy in person. He's a hoot to be around. Luckily, a lot of his real humor comes out in the movie. It was such a treat." And what about the iconic Sonny Corleone -- James Caan? "I thought I would be meeting this really tough Italian that would scare you with every word. He had me laughing at every word. Coming to the set every day was like showing up at a comedy club. It put me in the perfect mood to do the movie." In Henry's Crime, Keanu Reeves stars as Henry Torne, a wrongly accused man who winds up behind bars for a bank robbery he didn't commit. After befriending a charismatic lifer (played by James Caan) in prison, Henry finds his purpose -- having done the time, he decides he may as well do the crime. But his outlandish plan to rob the very same bank spins wildly out of control, as he finds himself performing in a stage play and falling in love with the production's seductive leading lady, who just so happens to be Vera Farmiga. It's a pairing made in heaven itself.
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season
Live is far from normal on Wisteria Lane. Rivals are always stirring up more excitement, deceit and romance in the neighborhood. That's why Eva Longoria is still a part of the longtime series. "We have such a great writing staff, that they always keep you excited and thrilled about each episode they write for us," the sassy Latina actress says about the show. "Most show's don't make it past a handful of seasons these days before they are cancelled," she adds. "I'm just glad that so many people watch it, because it provides so many ways we can always use the show's popularity to promote the causes what believe in." Next month, Eva Longoria will use her star power, after eight years on the hit show, to promote the ALMA Heritage Award that promotes quality and artistic growth in the Hispanic culture. “Being on hit shows like Desperate Housewives is a job I really love, because I am able to use my visibility to give something back to the community. It’s a real honor to (a) do a great show for Housewives fans every week and (B) use the popularity that it has given all of us the chance to put it to good use. I’m one lucky lady.” (Only on DVD) Bonus Feature: “Desperate For Trivia,”; “Growing Up On Wisteria Lane” featurette; 12 Deleted scenes Straight From The Cutting Room Floor and Bloopers, Outtakes & Gags.
Parks and Recreations Season 3
Creative and hilarious Saturday Night Live veteran Amy Poehler portrays the true, loyal and dedicated government employee Leslie Knope, who, along with her fellow colleagues are returning to TV for another season of gigantic laughs from the small town of Pawnee, Indiana, in the hilarious third season of Parks and Recreation. "I've been offered several shows to do," admits actor Rob Lowe. "I went through a lot of dramatic scripts that were okay, but nothing had me laughing as Parks and Recreations. It was a perfect fit." It's also a perfect fit for Lowe and Poehler's castmates which includes Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari. Their funny antics continue as they ramp up for their most important civic project yet: The Harvest Festival. As Leslie Knope plans, prepares and publicizes, her colleagues take on other challenges such as a crippling flu, the statewide softball tournament and the sad demise of a local icon: a miniature horse named Li'l Sebastian. Don't miss a minute of it. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: 3 Extended Episodes; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel and Li'l Sebastian Tribute.
Red Faction: Origins
Red Faction: Origins is a new, original movie based on the critically, best-selling video game franchise. Chronicling the exploits of rebel hero Alec Mason, set during a period between the Red Faction Guerilla and Red Faction Armageddon. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) stars as Alec, Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe) plays Jake Mason, Alec's last-surviving son and an officer in the Red Faction Militia, and former Battlestar Galactica Kate Vernon as Alec's long-thought dead sister. Produced by the same people who produced Caprica, Battletstar Galatica, Torchwood, Fringe, Warehouse 13 and Dexter, Robert Patrick couldn't wait to join the cast of Red Faction. "I'm no newcomer to the world of science fiction or action and thriller movies," Patrick confesses. "So, I've been able to spot the good ones from the bad ones by the time i get to the second page of the screenplay. This one was a Must-Do on page one." In the film, it has been a quarter of a century since Alec led the Martian Colonies to freedom, and twelve years since his vengeful enemies killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter and left a broken hero in the wake. As a powerful new enemy swarms the planet, Jack goes to find her, only to learn that Alec is brought to live when his son Jake informs him that his lost sister is one of them -- a cold-blooded soldier sworn to destroy the Red Faction. Jake must now battle the relentless regime and somehow reunite a family torn by war. "This is more that just a shoot 'em up thriller, hi-tech film," Patrick says. "Red Faction is also a film with a whole lot of heart and a ton of guts." (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: "Warning Factions: The Making of Red Faction"; Photo Gallery and a Feature Commentary with Cast and Crew.
Virgil Films
Fork Over Knives
America is suffering from a health epidemic – Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death and the medicines prescribed to remedy these and other diseases cost this country over 120 billion dollars each year. Recent research proves there is a correlation between these deadly diseases and the amount of meat, dairy and processed foods consumed. The research from two world-renowned experts, biochemist and co-author of The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell Ph.D., and internationally-acclaimed physician and author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., convinced former president Bill Clinton to treat his heart disease in a new way, which led to the life-changing documentary, Forks Over Knives. To further support the uncovered evaluations, the film also follows the journey of real patients who are diagnosed with chronic conditions, from heart disease to diabetes. Viewers are given a first-hand look at their shocking physical and medical transformations after each patient adopts a whole food, plant-based diet. Forks Over Knives was featured recently on Real Time with Bill Maher, and received special attention on “The Dr. Oz Show” earlier this year when film experts T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., Neal Barnard, M.D., Rip Esselstyn, and filmmaker Lee Fulkerson all appeared on the show. Bonus Features: Extended interviews with film experts and filmmakers, and the companion book, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. Further information about this film can be found online at
90210: The Third Season
According to prime-time ratings, the contemporary spin-off of the iconic teen drama Beverly Hills 90210 returns to DVD with 90210: The Third Season even higher on the charts than the original. What's the most world-famous zip code in the world? Want a hint? The neighborhood is filled with Beemers, bad boys, and bodatious babes. "I think everyone, at least every guy I know, wish that they lived in that zip code, they would be telling you a lie if they told you otherwise," jokes series star Tristan Wilds, who has also appeared in the highly-acclaimed series The Wire. "I mean, even some of us on the series are saving our coins to get a house in 90210. It's just a lot of fun to dream and imagine if that the lives that they really lead." As the next generation of West Beverly High students start their senior year, they face a whole new collection of crushes, academic pressures, friendships and family issues. Filled with all the edgy drama fans love, this 6-disc set also contains exclusive extras. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: Cast Commentaries on Select Episodes; Deleted Scenes; Coming Out; Behind The Scenes with Matt Lanter and Michael Steger; Kime Buzelli, Artist; "A 90210 Wedding" and "A Season In Review: Senior Year".
The Perfect Host
Looking for the right person to host your all-important dinner party or even a dinner party crasher that'll bring lively fun to the event? With standout performances from David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) and Clayne Crawford (24), The Perfect Host takes viewers on a suspense-filled ride revealing just how far people are willing to go to satisfy their needs. From the producers of the Saw franchise and Poltergeist, The Perfect Host follows Warwick Wilson (Pierce), in a performance as delicate and delicious as the finest cooked duck. Warwick, the meticulously perfect host who receives an unexpected dinner guest in John Taylor (Crawford), a bank robber on the run. Yet Taylor gets more then bargained for when he rings Warwick’s doorbell. As the night wears on, secrets are revealed and it becomes clear that nothing is quite as it seems. "I think it is a tasty little film that several movie-goers have just the right palette for," says the 51-year-old actor who recently added his voice to Stingray Sam. "It's just a smart, thrilling and witty little movie. It really has found an audience with the indie crowd, and I'm just hoping more of the mainstream audiences find it just as funny and smart." An official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival and the Sitges Film Festival, co-writers Nick Tomnay and Krishna Jones have created, what one Slug writer calls “a seamlessly crafted story that keeps you guessing with every scene. Bonus Feature: "Making The Perfect Host with Writer/Dirctor Nick Tomnay"; HDNet: A Look At The Perfect Host" and Theatrical Trailer.
BKO: Bangkok Knockout
When a group of old friends come together one night they end up doing more then talking about the past in Bangkok fight cinema. They came up with the film BKO: Bangkok Knockout -- from Director and Fight Choreographer, Panna Rittikrai (Ong Bak Franchise, Born To Fight), Thai action cinema legend, action superstar and mentor to many of today’s top martial arts legends including Tony Ja (Ong Bak), Dan Chupong (Dynamite Warrior) and Jija Yanin (Chocolate), BKO: Bangkok Knockout takes fight sequences to a whole new level. A group of ex-marital arts students attend a reunion party to reminisce about their old ‘fight club,’ but this reunion is not all fun and games when some of the members are kidnapped by a group of deadly assassins, leaving the remaining members to save their friends in the ultimate battle for survival. Packed with death-defying action and highlighting a range of martial arts disciplines from Muay Thai to Capoeira, Kung Fu to Tai Chi, the BKO: Bangkok Knockout release features explosive fight scenes never seen before. Bonus Features: "Making of BKO: Bangkok Knockout; a behind-the-scenes featurette and an International Theatrical Trailer.
In Norway, even film directors believe fairy tales can be true and-- deadly. Heck, even after you watch it, everyone will believe in them when they see Trollhunter. Norwegian director Andre Ovredal (Future Murder) presents an incredibly entertaining look at a creature thought only to exist in fairy tales when Trollhunter is uncovered on Blu-ray and DVD. Shot in vérité style in the vein of popular films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield, Trollhunter follows three Norwegian film students as they travel to the mountains to catch a real-life troll on camera, a creature whose existence has been covered up for years by the local government -- the government says its just problem with bears in the mountains and forests of Norway. The students' persistence quickly pays off as they trail a shadowy poacher, leading them straight into the path of the menacing trolls and documenting every last second of this “Trollhunter’s” heroics. Having been labeled "one of the coolest monster movie import since The Host and “the best ‘found footage’ movie ever," Trollhunter is beautifully shot, offering awesome images of the titular monsters destroying the Norwegian countryside. Bonus Features: "Making of Trollhunter"; Deleted Scenes; "HDNet: A Look at Trollhunter"; and an International Trailer.
The 5th Quarter
When a close-knit family is nearly broken by tragedy, hope is restored by their eldest son who carries the weight of victory on his shoulders in The Fifth Quarter. A recent recipient of the Dove Foundation’s "Family-Approved" seal for all audiences over the age of twelve and in the spirit of The Blind Side, comes this inspiring true story of family, faith and football. Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall) and Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) deliver emotionally stirring performances as the mother and father of Jon Abbate, a rising football star at Wake Forest University. Their lives are suddenly shattered when the family’s youngest son, Luke, is killed in a tragic accident. Inspired by Luke’s memory, Jon courageously leads the Wake Forest team to a series of last-minute victories — leading to a thrilling climax that will have you cheering. Bonus Feature: "The Making Of The 5th Quarter."
Follow the delightfully-fun -- and often hilarious -- journey of a group of young teenagers as they navigate through the most memorable and also difficult times of their lives in the film PROM. An enchanting coming-of-age story is the perfect family-friendly film that captures all the anticipation, excitement, drama, and humor that accompany every young person’s journey through high school. PROM stars Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Thomas McDonell (The Forbidden Kingdom), Danielle Campbell (Prison Break), Yin Chang (Gossip Girl), Nicholas Braun (10 Things I Hate About You), Jared Kusnitz (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Jonathan Keltz (Entourage), De’Vaughn Nixon ("Sonny with a Chance"), Nolan Sotillo ("Corey and Lucas for the Win"), Cameron Monaghan ("Corey and Lucas for the Win") and Raini Rodriguez ("I’m in the Band"). Bonus Features: “Last Chance Lloyd” short; Deleted Scenes; "Putting On The PROM: Making Of" featurette; Seven Music Videos including "Not Your Birthday" by Allstar Weekend, "Your Surrender" by Neon Trees, "Time Stand" by Moon and Bloopers. For more information on this release, please visit
Bambi II: Special EditionDisney Studios invites audiences to once again fall in love with the adorable, beloved forest friends -- Bambi, Thumper, Owl, Flower and Faline -- in the fun and exciting Bambi II Special Edition, the heartwarming story of a son’s courage and a father’s love. This touching sequel to Walt Disney’s original animated classic Bambi is finally being released from the Disney vault. Celebrate the unbreakable bonds of family and the power of friendship in this remarkable story, which reveals how Bambi was raised by his father, the Great Prince of the Forest. Bonus Features: A new deleted song; Interactive Games, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.
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Godfrey: Black By Accident
In this live stand-up act, filmed at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, Godfrey shows the world just how comical everyday activities can be when joking about surviving the summer heat, struggling with an umbrealla in the rain and reacting to someone begging for money. While singing his renditions of the Russian, Jamaican and Chinese national anthems, Godfrey points out the ridiculousness of the Olympic Medal Ceremony. Describing his frustrations with bedding -- his dislike for fitted bed sheets, as well as comforters, are just a few topics hilariously brought to discussion in his first ever one-hour Comedy Central special.
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