FOXLight – DVD Releases: Week of 4-16-2012

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Tom Cruise’s mission was to wipe out the stinkfest of M:I:3, and he chose to accept it, in this week’s FOXLight DVD release roundup.  Six years and one unfortunate couch jump later, Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and brings more action and charm, and less complexity, than the previous three combined…

Michael Fassbender is a joyless sex addict, and Carey Mulligan is his equally unhappy sister in Shame.  When sis moves in uninvited, Fassbender’s privacy is shattered, and unhealthy feelings stemming from unspoken family misdeeds rise to the surface in this unflinching character study…

Morgan Freeman narrates the IMAX feature Born To Be Wild, which tracks orphaned elephants and orangutans and the human teams that seek to rescue and rehabilitate them in their own habitat.

Coming straight-to-DVD

The Divide did well on the festival circuit, which is rare for popcorn action-ers of this type.  In it, nine strangers are barricaded in their apartment building’s basement as nuclear warheads rain down on Manhattan.  Starring Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Rosanna Arquette and Michael Biehn

And a different group of strangers find themselves stranded in a house where some gruesome murders occurred 100 years earlier in 7 Below.  Starring Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames and Bonnie Somerville.

New on Blu-ray

Tom Selleck and Bess Armstrong take the High Road To China

Universal continues their 100th Anniversary Collector’s Series with Abbott & Costello’s 1941 smash Buck Privates

And the 1973 horror cult-classic The Asphyx.

Deadheads can rejoice with this week’s sole Music on DVD release, Grateful Dead: All The Years Combine – a 14-disc set featuring 38 hours of live shows from 1977-1991, plus the 1992 documentary Backstage Pass and tons of extras.

And commercial-free TV on DVD

Classic family drama Eight Is Enough: The Complete First Season…

The HBO Original hit Treme: The Complete Second Season

Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns: Season 5, Episodes 81-100

Two from FOX’s Animation Nation: American Dad: Volume 7 Uncensored…and Bob’s Burgers: The Complete First Season

And a quintet of cable reality series: Top Shot: Season 3 – The Gauntlet…Ice Road Truckers: Season Five…19 Kids and Counting: Season 4…Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy: Volume Two…and Frozen Planet: The Complete Series Collection.

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In New York…I’m Rob Maurer, FOX News Talk!