As humanity picks up the pieces following the conclusion of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control — all the while as an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs, forcing a mechanic and his family to join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world. Blu-ray extras: "Bay on Action" in-depth interview with Michael Bay; seven-part "Evolution Within Extinction" documentary: "Drive Like Hell," "Small Town, Big Movie," "Shadow Protocol Activated," "The Last Stand," "The People’s Republic," "Rise of the DINOBOTS," "The Finishing Touch"; "Just Another Giant Effin' Movie" featurette; "A Spark of Design" featurette; "T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie"; "KRE-O TRANSFORMERS Take Us Through the Movies!"; "The Angry Birds TRANSFORMERS: Origin Story"; trailers. Vitals: Director: Michael Bay. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller, James Bachman, Thomas Lennon. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 164 min., Action, Box office gross: $241.206 million, Paramount.
From the Big Screen:
"Belle" and "Blended." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
This Week's Highlights:
There's two fabulous releases this week from The criterion Collection:
"All That Jazz" (1979): The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule — mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie at night — and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon's (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ben Vereen, Leland Palmer, and the awesomely leggy Ann Reinking, "All That Jazz" pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights. In a Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition with a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Criterion will also release this week the Blu-ray debut of "Vengeance Is Mine" (1979): A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story — about the 78-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family — into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive co-existing with the modern. More than just a true-crime tale, "Vengeance Is Mine" bares humanity's snarling id. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
Also due this week: "Queen Margot: 20th Anniversary Director's Cut" (2013 — France), starring Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Virna Lisi and Vincent Perez. Digitally remastered director's, cut 20 minutes longer than the theatrical release, available for the first time in the U.S. France, 1572. During an uneasy break in the wars of religion, Catholic King Charles IX concludes a marriage of state between his sister, Margot (Isabelle Adjani), and the Protestant Huguenot King Henry of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil), by ramming forward a reluctant Margot's head in lieu of a "Oui." But Margot's skull-faced Queen Mother is already plotting the attack on the Huguenots that would come to be known as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, and Margot is in the throes of a throbbingly romantic affair with the Protestant La Male. The late director Patrice Chereau's high octane adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel begins in fifth gear and never lets up, plunging in hip-deep in history and into a dizzying array of characters, with passionate performances and a riveting, horrific staging of the Massacre. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Cohen Film Collection … And then there's the Blu-ray debut of "High School Confidential! (1958), directed by Jack Arnold and starring Russ Tamblyn, Mamie Van Doren, Jackie Coogan, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Diane Jergens, Ray Anthony, Charles Chaplin Jr., Michael Landon and Lyle Talbot. Fanning the flames of Eisenhower America's growing paranoia, "High School Confidential!" is the quintessential juvenile delinquency film that celebrates the very sex-drugs-and-rock 'n' roll culture it pretends to condemn. Staring Russ Tamblyn as Tony Baker, the new kid at Santa Bellow High, whose cocky attitude and ambitious weed-dealing enable him to infiltrate the gang of a local narcotics boss played by Jackie Coogan. But "High School Confidential!" is much more than a hardboiled crime picture: It's a pop-culture touchstone. From Olive Films … and, lastly, there's the Blu-ray debut of "The Legend of Hell House" (1973, starring Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill and Gayle Hunnicutt. It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It's Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call "the Mt. Everest of haunted houses." It's already destroyed one team of researchers. Now this brave quartet ventures in for another try at unraveling its secrets. From Scream Factory/Shout! Factory.
From TV to DVD:
"Blandings, Series 2" (2013-14) is a two-disc set with seven episodes, $39.99 from Acorn Media … "Cesare Mori – The Complete Series" (2012) is the true story of how Cesare Mori (""The Iron Prefect"") cleaned up the Sicilian Mafia is a little-known chapter of Italian history and spans the years from World War I to the rise of Fascism. Two-disc set, $29.95 from MHz Home Entertainment … "Criminal Minds – The Ninth Season" (2013-14) is a six-disc set with 24 episodes, $64.99 from CBS/Paramount … "Deadbeat" (2014) is a single-disc with 10 episodes of the series about a moneyless, clueless young man who can see dead people; faced with a constant stream of stubborn spirits, Pac goes to whatever lengths require the least amount of effort to help New York City's most frivolous ghosts finish their unfinished business. From Lionsgate … "Donna Detective: Season 1" (2007) is a three-disc set with six episodes that follows Senior Detective Lisa Milani solving cases involving serial killers and other deadly criminals in a small town outside of Rome. $29.95 from MHz Home Entertainment … "Elementary – The Second Season" (2013-14) is a six-disc set with 24 episodes, $64.99 from CBS/Paramount … "Haven: The Complete Fourth Season" (2013) is a four-disc set with 13 episodes. DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.98, from Entertainment One … "Heartland: The Complete Fourth Season" (2010-11) is a five-disc set with 18 episodes, $44.98 from Entertainment One … "Inspector Manara: Season One and Season Two" (2009-10) follows Inspector Luca Manara, a dreamy man and a supervisor's worst nightmare who arrives on a motorcycle to head up the police department in Tuscany. Four-disc sets each with all 12 episodes, $39.95 from MHz Home Entertainment … "Lucky in Love" (2014) is a Hallmark Channel Movie starring Jessica Szohr, Ryan Kennedy, Ben Hollingsworth and Deidre Hall. Mira Simon has a definite idea of what her fantasy life entails: the perfect job, the perfect house and the perfect man. After a few innocent April Fool s jokes, Mira s dream life starts becoming a reality, and she soon realizes living her fantasy may not be all that it s cracked up to be. From Cinedigm … "Masterpiece: Breathless" (2014), starring Jack Davenport, Zoe Boyle and Catherine Steadman, follows the exploits of doctors, nurses, and spouses connected with a busy obstetrics ward at a National Health Service hospital in London in 1961. It's a time when gynecologists are all men and nurses aspire to a trip down the aisle with a good-looking doctor. Abortion is illegal, the Beatles are still nobodies, and society is on the cusp of profound change. Airs on Masterpiece on PBS Sundays, August 24 to September 7.Two-disc DVD from PBS Distribution … "Murder in Suburbia Complete Collection" (2004-05) is a four-disc set with 12 episodes of the BBC/ITV series about two female detectives who patrol an upscale suburb where perfect-looking lives crack to reveal all kinds of depravity, $59.99 from Acorn Media … "The Musketeers" (2014) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes of BBC America's new action-packed adventure series. Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, the series gives a contemporary take on the classic story of "The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas. DVD: $34.98, Blu-ray: $39.98. From BBC Home Entertainment … "My Gal Sunday" (2014) is a Hallmark Movie Channel movie starring Rachel Blanchard, Erica Carroll, Elizabeth Higgins Clark and Cameron Mathison. A newlywed couple proves their crime-solving prowess when their political ties and successful private-eye business suddenly puts them in grave danger. When their parents are taken hostage by a vengeful kidnapper looking for justice for the wrongful murder conviction of his brother, the duo must work together to uncover the clues that will save their parents' lives — and put their own on the line. From Cinedigm … "The Normal Heart" (2014)stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock, B.D. Wong. When writer Larry Kramer hosted a gathering of gay men at his home in 1981 to discuss the "gay cancer" that was plaguing their community, he effectively launched a series of events that would change the face of the Gay Rights Movement and American activism. In 1985, he immortalized the events in the groundbreaking play "The Normal Heart," which was later revived on Broadway in 2011, garnering five Tony Award nominations. Three decades after its Off Broadway debut, Kramer's dream of a film version to bring his urgent and pivotal story to an even wider audience finally arrived when "The Normal Heart" was broadcast on HBO. The drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. It explores the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the epidemic to a city in denial. Mark Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO … "Now and Again: The DVD Collection" (1999-2000) is a five-disc set with all 22 episodes, $42.99. From CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount … "Portlandia Season 4" (2014) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.98. Fred, Carrie, Toni, Candace, Lance, Nina and many more of Portlandia's most loved and eccentric characters are back for a fourth season that includes a Pride Parade, a celery salesman, Ecoterrorists, informed ghosts, social bankruptcy, a punk from the '80s who wakes up from a coma, and many, many other quirky events. Guests include Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Vanessa Bayer ("Saturday Night Live"), Kirsten Dunst, Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), k.d. lang, Duff McKagan (Gun N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Silas Weir Mitchell ("Grimm"), Michael Nesmith (The Monkees), Mark Proksch ("The Office"), Maya Rudolph, columnist Dan Savage, Nick Swardson ("Reno 911!"), jazz duo Tuck and Patti, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Olivia Wilde. Paul Allen and members of the Portland Trail Blazers also stop by this season.From Video Services Corp … "Revenge: The Complete Third Season" (2014) is a five-disc set with 25 episodes, $45.99 from Disney … "Sons of Anarchy Season Six" (2013) includes 13 episodes, on DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Fox … "Twilight Zone 80's: The Complete Series" Collection contains all three seasons (65 episodes) from the '80s TV series. From (RLJ/Image Entertainment … "The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season" (2013-14) is a five-disc set with 16 episodes. Formats: DVD: $69.98, Blu-ray Disc: $79.99, Limited Edition "Tree Walker" Blu-ray set designed by MacFarlane Toys: $129.99. From Anchor Bay … "Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series" (1975-79) is a 16-disc set with all 95 episodes. From Shout! Factory.