Welcome to another Monday. I know, they’re never easy. But, hopefully this list of new releases will help. If not for your own pleasure, maybe it’ll help with shopping ideas for a few people on your Christmas list. This week’s featured release is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Check out a synopsis below.

From Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer come all the fun, epic adventure and humor that ignited the original. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. A tale of truth, betrayal, youth, demise — and mermaids! When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love, or if she’s a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Forced aboard the ship of the most feared pirate ever, Jack doesn’t know whom to fear more — Blackbeard (Ian McShane) or the woman from his past. Directed by Rob Marshall, it’s filled with eye-popping action, mystery and all-out wit. Complete with a bounty of bonus features, this is one thrilling journey you won’t want to end.

You can choose this as a stand alone DVD or to add to the collection of an avid Johnny Depp or Pirates fan. Check out more new releases below.

West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition

The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) remains irresistible. Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, the film stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighborhoods–and ethnicities. The film’s real selling points, however, are the highly charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colorful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score.

The Lion King

The story finds a lion cub, son of a king, sent into exile after his father is sabotaged by a rivalrous uncle. The little hero finds his way into the “circle of life” with some new friends and eventually comes back to reclaim his proper place. Characters are very strong, vocal performances by the likes of Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, and Whoopi Goldberg are terrific, the jokes are aimed as much (if not more) at adults than kids, the animation is sometimes breathtaking, and the music is more palatable than in many Disney features.

Larry Crowne

Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts come together for a romantic and optimistic comedy about how it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. When he suddenly finds himself without his long-standing blue-collar job, Larry Crowne (Hanks) enrolls at his local college to start over. There, he becomes part of an eclectic community of students and develops a crush on his teacher (Roberts). Now this simple guy will discover that when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might find your reason to live.

Being Human: The Complete First Season

Being Human… nobody ever said it was easy. But for three twenty-something roommates – vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) and a werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) – is it even possible? While these outsiders come to realize that there are fates even worse than death, they also discover that there’s more to life (and the afterlife) than most “normal” humans could ever imagine.

Glee The Music: The Christmas Album Volume 2

The second volume of Christmas tunes performed by the cast of the television series Glee includes a variety of yuletide tunes such as ‘Little Drummer Boy,’ ‘Let It Snow,’ ‘Santa Baby,’ ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ and more.

“Take Care” – Drake

This is the sophomore album from the Canadian rapper. The album features collaborations and production from the likes of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Andr‚ 3000, Boi-1da, Noah 40 and others. Features ‘Headlines’ and ‘Make Me Proud’. The deluxe edition includes two bonus tracks.

“Get Along” – Tegan & Sara

2011 CD/DVD release from the Canadian duo, a collection of a live album and three films that offers viewers a rare and intimate look into the lives of widely celebrated songwriters, performers, and musicians Tegan and Sara Quin. The first film, States, is a 30 minute documentary that uses American touring footage and interviews with Tegan and Sara as a backdrop to illuminate their early career beginnings and unique connection with their fanbase. The second film, India, is a 25 minute documentary shot during Tegan and Sara s first ever tour of India, using interview footage with Tegan, Sara, and a cast of family and friends to chronicle diverse reflections on road life. The third film, For The Most Part, is a 70 minute stripped-down studio concert, shot before a live audience of 75 fans, friends, and family over two days at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC.

“The Papercut Chronicles II” – Gym Class Heroes

McCoy had discussed the band’s album, The Papercut Chronicles II, “All I got to say is it’s definitely going back to the essence of Gym Class Heroes, which is four dudes sitting in a room, vibing off each other.”

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