‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘Scooby Doo,’ ‘Nashville,’ More Available on Home Entertainment … plus a giveaway!


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Exploring the thin lines between love and cruelty, revenge and redemption, as Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in “Nocturnal Animals,” arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday Feb. 21, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The dark drama also is available on Digital HD.

The dark drama also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) in his Golden Globe award-winning role. “Nocturnal Animals” on Blu-ray and DVD comes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette about the making of the film including an inside look with writer/director Tom Ford.

In the haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension from acclaimed writer/director Tom Ford (“A Single Man”), Susan (Adams) is in an unfulfilling second marriage when she receives a package containing a manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward (Gyllenhaal). Moved by Edward’s writing, Susan cannot help but reminisce over the most private moments from her own love story with the author. Trying to look within herself and beyond the glossy surface of the life and career that she has made, Susan increasingly interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and re-awakens a love that she feared was lost as the story builds to a reckoning that will define both the novel’s hero and her own.

“Nocturnal Animals” also stars Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), Isla Fisher (“Now You See Me”), Karl Glusman (“The Neon Demon”), Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”), Academy Award nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages”), Andrea Riseborough (“Birdman”) and Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”).

Heartwarming inspiration and fun are on tap in the miraculous story of a mischievous little angel on a mission when the faith-based family feature “Heaven Sent,” arriving on DVD Tuesday Feb. 21 from Lionsgate. Currently available on Digital HD, the story unfolds when a young couple, on the eve of their painful divorce, receives a surprising houseguest, an 8-year-old runaway from Heaven. Cleverly guided by Divine intervention, she helps them rediscover their hope and faith in the power of love. The cast includes Christian Kane (“The Librarians”), Marley Shelton (“Uptown Girls”), Mallory James Mahoney (“Adventures in Babysitting”) and Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) The film premiered on the Lifetime network last year. Directed by Michael Landon Jr. and written by Rick Ramage, the film is Dove Faith Friendly approved for ages 12 and over. The DVD arrives just in time for the Easter season and will be available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $14.98

Get set for a good time with Scooby-Doo and the gang. “Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown” is an all-new, original animated feature from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which is now available on DVD. Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages won’t want to miss this brand new, western-themed mystery in which Scooby-Doo and his friends visit a dude ranch that’s haunted by ghastly outlaw Dapper Jack Rogers. It’s high action and spirited adventure when the Mystery Inc. gang visits the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, located in Sorghum City, an abandoned cowboy town–turned–tourist attraction. While visiting his cousin Tawny, Shaggy and his pals discover that the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, owned by Tawny’s family, is tormented by a ghostly cowboy named Dapper Jack Rogers, an ancestor who bears a striking resemblance to Shaggy.

The gang of amateur sleuths soon learns that Dapper Jack’s ghostly apparition has frightened most of the visitors from the ranch and nearby Sorghum City, forcing many businesses in the area to close. Without any tourists, the Crazy Q Dude Ranch, which has been struggling, is sure to close its doors. Unless Tawny raises enough money for the next mortgage payment, the family business will be sold.

Determined to save his cousin’s ranch, Shaggy puts the Mystery Inc. gang on the case, and together they set out to solve the mystery behind Dapper Jack’s haunting. It’s an unforgettable adventure set in the wild West, filled with rodeos, barn dances and non-stop cowboy hijinks.

Fans of the “Scooby-Doo!” franchise will be thrilled to learn that “Shaggy’s Showdown” features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley.  The film was executive produced by Sam Register, written by Doug Langdale and directed by Brandon Vietti. Matthew Peters acted as producer.  “Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown” DVD will retail for $19.98 SRP. The mystery comedy is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

“Decanted” is a feature length documentary about the world of winemaking. It is available Tuesday Feb. 28 on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play directed by Nicholas Kovacic (“Brewmore Baltimore”) that tracks the trials and tribulations of winemaking in the Napa Valley, and discovers what it takes to create a new winery from the ground up. From the initial growth of the grapes all the way to the fermentation process, there are infinite ways to create wine. “Decanted” encapsulates what it means to be in Napa Valley, and displays the perks and challenges that emanate from the profession.

With more heart-stopping romance, roof-raising drama, and game-changing twists, the acclaimed ABC television series “Nashville” cranks up the heat in its scorching fourth season, available Tuesday Feb. 21 on DVD. For Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), the road to intimacy is rocky as ever. Devastated by his sister’s death, jealous of Rayna’s focus on a sexy recording artist and unsettled in his new role as Maddie’s father, Deacon lashes out, forcing Rayna to make some agonizing choices. And, despite having a new baby and a hit movie, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is spiraling downward in a haze of partying, drugs and booze after her split from Avery. When her manager, Jeff Fordham, tries to intervene, his resulting tragic fate prompts an anguished Layla Grant to seek the ultimate revenge on Juliette. Meanwhile, Scarlett and Gunnar are finally enjoying success as “The Exes,” but the fallout from their volatile past and the strain of their explosive on-again, off-again affair threatens to destroy their fragile partnership. Indulge in the passion and guilty pleasure of all 21 tantalizing episodes, featuring exciting musical performances, with “Nashville: The Complete Fourth Season.”

The British thriller “The Level” will be available Tuesday Feb. 21 on Blu-ray and DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment. This Acorn TV Original Series and ITV co-production stars Karla Crome (“Under the Dome”) as a detective with a secret double life that is about to unravel. Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin (Crome) is a good cop with a dark secret: she’s loyal to drug trafficker Frank Le Saux (Philip Glenister, “Life on Mars”), who is like a father to her. But when their clandestine meeting turns violent, leaving Frank dead and Nancy with a bullet wound, Nancy fears her double life may soon be exposed. Assigned to Brighton to investigate the crime, Nancy must track down Frank’s killer while concealing her role and her injury from her enigmatic new partner, DS Gunner Martin (Noel Clarke, “Star Trek Into Darkness”), and her old friend, DS Kevin O’Dowd (Robert James-Collier in his first series since playing conniving butler Thomas on “Downton Abbey”). Nancy has to stay one step ahead of her colleagues and the killer.

The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets feature all six episodes plus nearly an hours-worth of bonus behind-the-scenes featurettes (SRP: $39.99 each, AcornOnline.com). “The Level” made its U.S. premiere in December on Acorn TV.

Delve into the world of high-stakes espionage with “Berlin Station” Season One, arriving on Digital HD Tuesday Feb. 21, from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The spy thriller depicts the activity of a CIA office on a global stage in the midst of an investigation into a now-famous whistleblower.  The series follows Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage, “Hannibal”), a new arrival at Berlin’s CIA station who is on a clandestine mission to uncover the source of the Thomas Shaw leaks.  Richard Jenkins (“Olive Kitteridge”) stars as Steven Frost, the head of the station, who carries the burden of his own secrets;  Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”) stars as Valerie Edwards, the no-nonsense Internal Branch Chief; Rhys Ifans (Snowden) stars as Hector DeJean, a dark, charming and tenacious case officer and old friend of Daniel; Leland Orser (“Ray Donovan”) stars as Robert Kirsch, a devoted and successful deputy chief; and Tamlyn Tomita (“Resurrection”) stars as Sandra Abe, the assistant to Frost and a quiet presence lording over the efficient operation of the station.

Season One of “Berlin Station” aired on premium TV network EPIX in October and has already been renewed for a second season that is set to air this year.  The show is produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content and created by New York Times best-selling author Olen Steinhauer, who also serves as executive producer.  Bradford Winters (“The Americans”) is the showrunner and an executive producer.  Academy Award winner Eric Roth (“House of Cards”) and Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Keith Redmon and Luke Rivett from Anonymous Content also serve as executive producers.

Join a big-city mouse on a big mission to save his friends from evil weasels when “Air Bound” is available Tuesday Feb. 21 on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand, from Lionsgate. A producer of “Spider-Man” and “Iron Man” shares this charming tale that celebrates friendship, perseverance, and teamwork. Awarded the Dove Foundation’s seal of approval, the film stars YouTube sensations Nash Grier, Jimmy Tatro and Justine “iJustine” Ezarik, along with comedian Jon Lovitz (“Saturday Night Live”). Including four bonus episodes from TV’s “Minuscule” and featuring a “Bringing Characters to Life” featurette, the “Air Bound” DVD will be available for $19.98 (SRP).

Enjoy some quality family time with your family courtesy of Front Row Features. We’re giving away a copy of the film “Air Bound” on DVD to three lucky readers. Awarded the Dove Foundation’s seal of approval, the animated adventure tells the story of a big-city mouse on a mission to save his friends from some evil weasels and features the voices of YouTube sensations Nash Grier, Jimmy Tatro and Justine “iJustine” Ezarik as well as comedian Jon Lovitz. The release also includes a “Bringing the Characters to Life” featurette that takes viewers into the recording studio with the cast and four episodes of the TV series “Minuscule.” To enter the contest, simply email socalmovieeditor@aol.com by Tuesday Feb. 28. Good luck!