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New in Blu: Blu-ray New Releases April 25-April 29, 2014

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Although the Memorial Day weekend that traditionally opens the summer movie season is still a few weeks away, home video fans still have much to look forward to. Blu-ray aficionados will see an assortment of new titles available between Friday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Restored Big Band Jazz Classics
Restored Big Band Jazz Classics Mark Davis

Restored Big Band Jazz Classics

"Restored Jazz Big Band Classics": If you enjoy music from the Big Band and Jazz eras, you'll love this collection of audio Blu-ray discs. This set features tracks by great artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and more! Contains a  40-disc Blu-ray audio collection in DTS-HD Stereo. Divided into Volumes 1 and 2. Running Time: 3423 minutes. Parental Rating: G. Release Date: April 25, 2014

Space Battleship Yamato
Space Battleship Yamato Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Space Battleship Yamato

"Space Battleship Yamato" (2010): This anime feature from Takashi Yamazaki depicts the efforts of the Earth Defense Force to free the planet from the evil Gamilons. In their desperate fight against the invaders, the EDF raises the Super Battleship Yamato from her watery grave and refits her with 22nd Century technology. Running time: 138 minutes. Includes DVD copy. Parental Rating: Unrated. Release Date: April 29, 2014

The Legend of Hercules
The Legend of Hercules Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The Legend of Hercules

.  "The Legend of Hercules" (2014): This Lionsgate re-telling of the ancient Greek myth about Hercules, the half-mortal son of Zeus was directed by Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2"). Starring Kellan Lutz as Hercules and Gaia Weiss as Cretan Princess Hebe, the film tells the origins story of the muscular demigod andhis adventures in love and battle. Running Time: 99 minutes. Parental Rating: PG-13 Release Date: April 29, 2014

The Wind and the Lion
The Wind and the Lion Theo Wargo/Getty Images

The Wind and the Lion

"The Wind and the Lion" (1975): Writer/director John Milius ("Red Dawn") based this Warner Bros. adventure/romance film on the true story of an American woman (Candice Bergen) abducted by a Berber chieftain (Sean Connery) in 1900s Morocco. Co-starring Brian Keith as President Teddy Roosevelt, "The Wind and the Lion" depicts a clash of cultures between America and tribal Muslims.  Running Time: 119 minutes. Parental Rating: PG. Release Date: April 29, 2014

Labor Day
Labor Day Photo by Stuart C. Wilson

Labor Day

5. "Labor Day" (2013): Kate Winslet ("Titanic") plays Adele, a depressed single mom who lives with her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). One fateful day, they encounter Frank (Josh Brolin)  a wounded escaped con and give him a ride home. With the police on Frank's trail, Adele and Henry bond with the fugitive even as their circumstances get more grievous. Jason Reitman directed this 2013 Paramount Pictures release. Running Time: 111 minutes. Parental Rating: PG-13. Release Date: April 29, 2014


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