DVD updates for late summer viewing

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Summer is flying by but there is still time to catch up on "Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Eleventh Season" which comes to DVD on Aug. 18. Now you can binge watch all 24 episodes of the past pulse-pounding eleventh season as the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial face stunning surprises, challenges and life changing decisions.

Summer is flying by but there is still time to catch up on "Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Eleventh Season" which comes to DVD on Aug. 18. Now you can binge watch all 24 episodes of the past pulse-pounding eleventh season as the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial face stunning surprises, challenges and life changing decisions.

You will also be able to venture even deeper into the heart of "Grey's Anatomy" with never before seen bonus features available only on DVD. Bonus features include "Spotlight: Caterina Scorsone" which lets you get to know the actress who also appeared on "Private Practice" before joining the cast of "Grey's Anatomy" as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, little sister of Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Find out how she came to the role, what it's like to be a series regular on two shows produced by Shonda Rhimes and what a typical day on set is like for her.
In "How To Say Goodbye" show creator Shonda Rhimes reflects on the heartbreaking loss of the show's character Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy. "In Stitches," filled with scenes of the cast cutting up in and out of the OR, will make you laugh and you will also enjoy checking out deleted scenes.

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In the fourth season of ABC-TV's "Once Upon A Time," Storybrooke has frozen over and added a whole new cast of characters to this episodic fairytale fantasy for grownups. Now, on Aug. 18, you can relive all 23 thrilling episodes and enjoy the magic and mystery on DVD and Blu-ray.

In this season Emma and Hook unwittingly bring Elsa of Arendale to Storybrooke and encounter the mysterious Snow Queen as a result. Unfortunately for all concerned the Snow Queen is obsessed with both Emma and Elsa. On a happier note, Regina has at last found true love with Robin Hood, but how will she react when her happy ending is thwarted yet again by a twist of fate?

Along with the new characters Queens of Darkness, Maleficent, Ursula and Cruella De Vil also are part of the story. "Defrosting Frozen" features conversations with the actors who play Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and the Snow Queen. This bonus segment also explores how the Disney animated blockbuster film was adapted for the small screen.

In "Behind the Magic Tour, Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin take you on an exclusive back stage tour of the stages featured in the series. You will see the sets, meet the crew and learn what makes this TV show such a magical experience. Other extras are: "The Fairest Bloopers of Them All," Deleted Scenes and Audio Commentaries.

 

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For the younger crowd, check out Disney's newest movie event, "Descendents," now available on DVD as of July 31. From the Emmy Award -winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical" franchise), "Descendents" is an original story based on classic Disney characters who have been reinvented and placed in a contemporary time frame. Belle and the Beast are the rulers of a lovely kingdom and have a teenaged son who will soon be crowned king.

He tells his parents that his first proclamation will be to offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen from "Snow White" and Jafar. Soon these kids must decide whether to follow in their evil parents' footsteps or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom from their parents. It's a lot of fun for young and old alike.

Bonus features include Bloopers and "Backstage Dance Rehearsals" in which the cast goes through rigorous dance rehearsals conducted by director/choreographer Kenny Ortega. Rated G, of course–it's from Disney.

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Kevin James is back as Paul Blart in the comedic sequel "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2." Now, after six years of keeping our malls safe, Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Las Vegas with his teenage daughter for a security guard expo, but when Blart stumbles upon a heist he must answer the call of duty. The Blu-ray features all new bonus materials including six deleted scenes, a gag reel and eight behind-the-scenes featurettes with Kevin James.

You also take a look at the filming of LeReve, see how the action sequences were created and hear from a real-life security officer who shares his thoughts on the fictional Paul Blart. From Sony Pictures, rated PG for some violence.

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"Get Hard," starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, is now available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD which includes an unrated cut of the film not seen in theaters. The film was directed and co-written by Ethan Cohen who is making his directorial debut following a successful writing career ("Tropic Thunder," "Men in Black 3").
Prison school is about to be in session when mild mannered millionaire hedge-fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is sentenced for fraud and scheduled for a stretch in San Quentin. But before he heads to jail the judge gives him thirty days to get his affairs in order. In desperation he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) for help. He wants him to prepare him for life behind bars.

However James is wrong about Darnell. He is not a former crook who can teach him how to survive in prison, he is a hard-working small business owner who has never even received a parking ticket. As the two men do whatever it takes to help James "get hard" in order to survive, the two guys discover they were wrong about a lot of things, including each other.  Rated R for crude sexual content and language.