Valkyrie, A Bug's Life, Batman 20th Anniversary on Blu-ray, Plus 24 & True Blood
The new host, Mr. Arkwright, can be seen only on DVD, and is a new driver on the Island of Sodor. Mr. Arkwright is Sir Topham Hatt's right-hand man, and engages children with interactive dialogue and extra fun, like showing how to build a cardboard engine for Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren. As an added bonus, Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment are also releasing a special limited edition of THOMAS & FRIENDS: TEAM UP WITH THOMAS packaged with a Thomas Wooden Railway engine.
Thomas, Edward, Toby, James and the rest of the engines introduce young engineers to Hank, a big, strong, new engine, and Flora, a lovely new lady steam engine. Together, they take us along on their tasks around the island. Be careful: trouble may lie around the next bend. But one thing's for certain -- you'll always come home with a brand new friend!
-- "Heave Ho Thomas" -- Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas to show Hank, the new engine, around the island. Thomas quickly rails against Hank's brash personality and refuses to let Hank help him with his important jobs. When overloaded, Thomas cracks a cylinder and needs Hank's help. The two soon become good friends.
-- "James Works it Out" -- It's winter on the island and James is telling everyone he always knows best and never needs advice from anyone! When Hector tries to warn him about the bad weather, he decides to ignore him. He soon changes his mind when they get stuck in the snow. Luckily, Hector is happy to help his friend James.
-- "Tram Trouble" -- Toby is very excited about leading the parade at the first Great Waterton festival, so when Thomas discovers that Flora, the new steam tram, is also leading the parade, Thomas is worried his friend will be upset. Thomas tries to impede the forthcoming events... little does he know that Toby is scared of leading the parade on his own!
-- "Push Me Pull You" -- The Puppet Show has arrived on the Island of Sodor and Skarloey excitedly asks Sir Topham Hatt if he can pull the puppet show special. The trucks are very heavy, and instead of accepting Rheneas' offer of help, Skarloey challenges him to a tug of war with the trucks. Disaster quickly ensues, and Skarloey learns that friendship is the strongest thing of all.
Special Features Include:
-- Spot the Difference Game
-- Sir Topham Hatt's Helping Hands
-- Bonus Episode: ROARY THE RACING CAR - "Roary Takes Off" The all-new TV series from the creators of BOB THE BUILDER
TRUE BLOOD: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray
For the first time ever, HBO Home Entertainment is simultaneously releasing a DVD and Blu-ray version of an HBO original series when TRUE BLOOD: The Complete First Season hits stores on May 19, 2009 -- just weeks before the second, highly-anticipated season of the show premieres on the network. TRUE BLOOD: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray features 12 episodes on five discs and is the perfect antidote for audiences that want to catch up or catch on to HBO's highest-rated series of 2008.
The meticulously-crafted and alluring world of TRUE BLOOD, which will also be available for digital download beginning May 19th, 2009, is created and executive produced by Alan Ball (Emmy-winning creator of HBO series SIX FEET UNDER) and based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
While reaction to the series has been mixed, with critics and fans split down the middle on the success of Ball's wildly explicit take on love, sex and vampirism, TRUE BLOOD is definitely generating buzz and a confirmed second season.
And that's good news for Zoic Studios, the renowned visual effects company enlisted by Ball to make the otherworldly aspects of his series come to life so realistically that you'd swear vampires could be lurking just outside our doors. Visual Effects Supervisor Jon Massey and In-House Visual Effects Supervisor Andrew Orloff talk to VFXWORLD about the challenges of making Ball's vision of the supernatural world come to life like audiences have never quite seen before.
Read more at VFXWorld.com.
Now, HBO Home Ent. is giving audiences a chance to immerse themselves even deeper into Sookie's world with original, in-story DVD and Blu-ray bonus materials.