The women of comedy finally get a chance to shine in one of the funniest films of the year, Bridesmaids. “SNL”’s Kristen Wiig stars as a reluctant Maid of Honor for her best friend (Maya Rudolph) who is thrown in with a ragtag group of bridesmaids. Paul Feig, co-creator of “Freaks & Geeks,” directs.
Also available: off-Broadway musical Forever Plaid: The Movie
Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) picks up the mighty hammer for the latest Marvel adaptation, Thor. Continuing the strange trend of unlikely comic book film directors, Kenneth Branagh brings together a stellar cast including Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Stellan Skarsgård for an entertaining summer blockbuster inspired by Nordic myth.
Bruce Willis stars alongside Ryan Phillippe and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in the heist film, Setup.
Also available: Barbie: Princess Charm School
Book ’em, Danno! Hawaii Five-0: The First Season breathes new life into the classic cop show. Alex O’Loughlin stars as the leader of an elite task force of cops tasked with wiping out crime in beautiful locales. Scott Caan (“Entourage”) and Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”) co-star in this action-packed reboot.
One of television’s landmark shows, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” arrives in a new 50th Anniversary Fan Favorites set, featuring 20 classics episodes and tons of extras, including rehearsal footage, the original pilot episode, interviews and more.
Long unavailable, “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” brought the hardboiled detective to the small screen in 1958. All 78 episodes are now available in The Complete Series. Darren McGavin (A Christmas Story) stars.
The controversial miniseries, The Kennedys, sheds light on the relationship between patriarch and political powerhouse Joseph Kennedy (Tom Wilkinson) and sons Bobby (Barry Pepper) and Jack (Greg Kinnear). It’s a fascinating portrait set against a turbulent era. Katie Holmes is Jackie.
For decades, Mad Magazine has been synonymous with parody. The new animated series from the people behind “Robot Chicken” and “Crank Yankers,” Mad: Season 1, Part 1 deflates celebrities, the superhero craze and more.
Two History Channel specials commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War: “Gettysburg,” produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, sheds light on the pivotal battle, and “Lee & Grant,” profiles the two legendary generals.
It’s been 10 years since 9/11, and its impact remains. Rescue Me: The Complete Sixth Season combines the final two seasons of the searing drama, which follows a tortured New York firefighter (Denis Leary) whose comrades died in the rescue effort.
Also available: Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season, Ghost Hunters: Season 6, Part 1, Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Six, Trigun: Badlands Rumble
Under the Radar:
hitRECord’s RECollection: Vol. 1 is the first tactile release from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s revolutionary online open-collaborative project, featuring 36 short films, songs and stories.
A star-studded cast, including Joseph Cross, Heather Graham and Danny Glover, takes on religion in the age of the media spectacle in the satire Son of Morning.
Also available: comedy 35 & Ticking, Horror flick Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2, documentaries Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World, My Run: The Terry Hitchcock Story, Dutch historical drama Bride Flight
From the Vault:
Jeff Lieberman’s genre-blending cult horror flick Blue Sunshine comes to DVD in a 35th Anniversary Edition, featuring a new interview with the writer/director. The film follows a man falsely accused of a string of murders which may have been committed by a group of hippies who took the same LSD years prior.
One of the great horror films of the ’70s, Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes hits Blu-ray. A family on a road trip becomes stranded in the desert and has to fend off an inbred clan of cannibals.
Bridesmaids, Thor, "Rescue Me" and more.