After the success of restarting franchises like Batman and James Bond, Friday the 13th has gotten its own franchise reboot. As Jared Padalecki (Cry_Wolf, Flight of the Phoenix) searches for his sister (Amanda Righetti: Role Models, The O.C.) who went missing while camping on Camp Crystal Lake, he ends up between a machete wielding rumor and his traditional prey: self-indulgent college-age partiers (including: Danielle Panabaker: Mr. Brooks, Sky High, and Travis Van Winkle: Transformers, Accepted). Being the 12th Friday the 13th movie, the victims of the film are hardly the point... as a reboot, Friday the 13th focuses on Jason Voorhees, re-imagining him as a self reliant forest dweller and survivor, and tells the story of his mother's fate, his reclusive life on Crystal Lake, and even shows the legendary boogeyman finding his first hockey mask. On DVD and Blu-Ray.
Tyler Perry's (The Family That Preys, Meet the Browns) newest film is Madea Goes to Jail, where Madea finds herself in front of a judge after the freeway chase at the end of Meet the Browns, and ends up in prison, where she has to sort out her anger management issues. The film also focuses on the DA (Derek Luke: Miracle at St. Anna, Definitely Maybe) and his controversial client (Keshia Knight Pulliam: Beauty Shop, The Last Dragon).
Tessie Santiago (Kitchen Confidential) stars in The Cell 2 as a psychic investigator, and the only survivor of a notorious serial killer called "The Cusp." Brought in by an FBI agent (Bart Johnson: Daddy Day Camp, High School Musical) to use her special skills, she must now enter the mind of the killer who once tried to murder her.
Doris Dorrie's (Enlightenment Guaranteed) new film is Cherry Blossoms, centering on the relationship of Rudi and Trudi, a married couple... only Trudi knows that her husband has a terminal illness, and she decides that, instead of telling him he's dying, they should visit family in Berlin. When she dies suddenly, Rudi's whole understanding of his life changes, and he travels to Tokyo to understand his wife's secret dreams.
Tom Selleck (Sea Change, Meet the Robinsons) returns to lead the fifth film in the Jesse Stone series, Thin Ice. Stone's in trouble after being involved in a shoot-out, which involves Captain Healey (Stephen McHattie: Shoot Em Up, The Fountain), and puts his job on the line while a case involving a missing girl is his first priority. With Kathy Baker (Last Chance Harvey, The Jane Austen Book Club), Kohl Sudduth (Bowfinger, Road Trip), and Camryn Manheim (Slipstream, An Unfinished Life).
A pair of new documentaries are out this week, including A Man Named Pearl, about the topiary artist who undertook a simple mission to counter a bigoted remark, and rose to national prominence due to drive and general goodwill. The other new documentary is Disney's Morning Light, where fifteen young sailors are filmed as they're trained and entered in an ocean race, and they're given a shot at fame and success.
Reckless Video's TV New Releases this week include the seventh season of the animated comedy Family Guy, as well as the second season of both the spy comedy Burn Notice and the spiritual cop drama Saving Grace. We also have the five disc set of Ray Bradbury Theater and the third season of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother.