"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Oct 022014

photo for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes It's 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, they discover a highly evolved community of intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). The two species form a fragile peace but dissension grows and the groups find themselves hurtling toward all-out war. Extras: "Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar," four galleries. Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, "Journey to Dawn," "Humans and Apes: The Cast of Dawn," "The World of Dawn," "The Ape Community," "Move Like an Ape: An Artists Artist's Medium," "Weta and Dawn," "The Fight for a New Dawn," commentary by director Matt Reeves. Vitals: Director: Matt Reeves. Stars: Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 130 min., Sci-Fi Action, Box office gross: $207.604 million, Fox.

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Sep 302014

From the Big Screen:

"Chef" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

Hollywood is rife with horror tales of producers and studios yanking a film from a director's hands and destroying it; the 1980s seemed to be a decade in which top directors saw their heartfelt projects edited into oblivion (though some were quickly resurrected). Among them: Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" (1980), Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" (1982) and Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (1985). One of the most egregious hack jobs was the U.S. theatrical release of Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America in 1984. Leone's original cut ran some 4 and photo for Once Upon a Time in America Extended Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT a half hours; it premiered at Cannes that May in a trimmed 3 hours-49 minute version. When it was released in the U.S., the film was cut to 139 minutes — almost two hours shorter than Leone's original cut and 90 minutes short than the Cannes version. Not only that, but the flashback format of the film was edited away so that the story was told in chronological order, destroying the impact of the film. Since then, of course, restored versions have been shown on the big screen and ported to home video, but until now, the director's original vision has not been available on DVD. Warner has remedied that with the release of "Once Upon a Time in America Extended Edition," a 251-minute cut — with 22-minutes of restored footage — funded by The Film Foundation, the film preservation organization founded by Martin Scorsese, and its partner Gucci. The film — which starred Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams, Danny Aiello, William Forsythe and Darlanne Fluegel — will also be available on DVD. The Blu-ray extras include a new 32-page book with rare photos and insightful notes that chronicle the movie's production history; the book also includes a letter written by Martin Scorsese. Other special features (available on all the editions) include commentary by film historian and critic Richard Schickel, and a making-of documentary "Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone."

There's two spectacular releases from The Criterion Collection this week: First is the Blu-ray debut of "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" (1974) in which the wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with an "update" of that filmmaker's 1955 "All That Heaven Allows." A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker photo for Sundays and Cybele (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise — and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul," Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture. In a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Next up is "Sundays and Cybele" (1962), a provocative Academy Award winner from French director Serge Bourguignon. A psychologically damaged war veteran and a neglected child begin a startlingly intimate friendship — one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris. Bourguignon's film makes thoughtful, humane drama out of potentially incendiary subject matter, and with the help of the sensitive cinematography of Henri Decae and a delicate score by Maurice Jarre, "Sundays and Cybele" becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.

Seems like every couple of years Warner Home Video trots out a "newer" version of classic films in their library ("Casablanca," "The Wizard of Oz") with extra added features and packaging aimed at enticing you to buy the film "one more time." It was only five years ago that Warners gave us a 70th anniversary Blu-ray edition of "Gone With the Wind" (David O. Selznick's monumental 1939 production of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning book) and now they've released photo for "Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition" which, thankfully, is well-worth the price ($49.99). Not only do you get a high-def version of the film, you also get new memorabilia and new special features that include a replica of Rhett Butler's handkerchief and a music box paperweight playing Tara's theme with an image on top of the Rhett-Scarlett kiss. Also included is a 36-page companion booklet featuring a look at the immortal style of "Gone with the Wind," written by New York fashion designer and "Project Runway" finalist Austin Scarlett. New special features include footage of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh attending the original movie premiere in Atlanta and "Old South/New South," a journey through today's South, revisiting the real-life locations depicted to see how the world of the Old South continues to inform life in the New South's cosmopolitan world. The set is limited and numbered, with new collectible packaging.

Warner also has on hand this week the "Audrey Hepburn Blu-ray Collection," a nifty set with three of Hepburn's most endearing photo for Audrey Hepburn Blu-ray Collection films on Blu-ray for the first time: "Funny Face," "Sabrina" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The latter two account for two of Hepburn's five Best Actress Academy Award nominations (The other Best Actress nominations were "Wait Until Dark," "The Nun's Story," and "Roman Holiday," for which she took home the statue. She was also honored posthumously by the Academy with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993). Born in 1929 in Brussels, Hepburn spent part of her youth at an English boarding school and studied at The Netherlands' Arnhem Conservatory. After World War II, she studied ballet in Amsterdam and London and made her stage debut in 1948 in the chorus of "High Button Shoes." Additional small parts on the British stage were followed by appearances in English films, including the Alec Guinness classic "The Lavender Hill Mob." Soon after, she came to America to take on the title role in the Broadway production "Gigi" and her career took off. All three discs are loaded with bonus features. $29.99.

Another impressive set is "Motown 25: Yesterday — Today — Forever" (2014). "Motown 25" was an iconic TV concert event — airing on NBC on May 16, 1983 — for so many reasons: It celebrated one of the most influential labels in music history, put all of its biggest stars — from Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye to Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and many more — on a single stage for one incredible night and introduced the world to the moonwalk in six seconds that would change the world. It was a true water cooler event in the era before social media. "Motown 25" was taped before a live audience and showcased virtually every Motown artist from the company's inception, including Jackson, Gaye, Robinson, Wonder, Ross, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, The Miracles, The photo for Motown 25: Yesterday -- Today -- Forever Temptations, Four Tops and many others. The show also featured many guests outside the Motown Records sphere who had been influenced by Motown artists, including Linda Ronstadt, who performed a memorable duet with Smokey Robinson, Billy Dee Williams, Jose Feliciano and British new wave star Adam Ant, who was riding a wave of popularity from MTV exposure. As an added highlight, the historic evening was hosted by Richard Pryor, who was arguably the hottest comedian in the world at the time. A seminal event in pop culture history, this concert event would establish the gold standard for all future televised concert events and go on to provide the backstory for the Tony-nominated Broadway play, "Motown the Musical." There are three configurations for the release: A deluxe six-DVD Set ($79.95) featuring the Extended version of the original broadcast with new 5.1 surround sound and hours of bonuses including nine specially-produced featurettes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder's rehearsal footage, a "Motown 25" performers roundtable, interviews with Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Otis Williams and many more, an exclusive collector's book and a copy of the "Motown 25" program; available direct from MOTOWN25DVDS.COM. Also available at retail on September 30 will be a three-DVD set ($39.95) and a single ($19.95). From StarVista Entertainment/Time Life.

Lastly, there's "Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray" (1995). Mamoru Oshii's cyberpunk thriller gets an all new HD transfer. 2029 – A female government cyber agent and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of a "The Puppet Master" – a computer virus capable of invading cybernetic brains and altering its victim's memory. Created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and codenamed "Project 2501", this "hacker" is actually a prototype virtual agent which has now defied its makers by seeking asylum within a new host body outside of the electronic net. Now the two agencies must maneuver against each another in a violent, high-tech race to capture the omnipresent entity. From Anchor Bay.

From TV to DVD:

Julia McKenzie stars in the final three episodes of "Agatha Christie's Marple, Series 6" (2014); the release coincides with their broadcast premiere on PBS on Masterpiece Mystery! In a three-disc set with three mysteries: "A Caribbean Mystery," "Greenshaw's Folly" and "Endless Night." $49.99 from Acorn Media … "The Field of Blood, Set 1" (2011-13) is the photo for The Field of Blood, Set 1 North American DVD debut of the mystery series about a gutsy young reporter-in-training in the gritty Glasgow of the early 1980s. At work, Paddy is up against hardened reporters who doubt her; at home, she's fighting her rigid Catholic family, who just wants her to get married. But Paddy's passion for digging into the darkest corners of the city comes first. The two-disc Set 1 contains two feature-length mysteries that comprise Series 1 (2011) and Series 2 (2013), $39.99 from Acorn Media … "The Mentalist: The Complete Fifth Season" (2012-13) is a five-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98 from Warner … "Mike & Molly: The Complete Fourth Season" (2013-14) is a three-disc set with 22 episodes, $38.99 from Warner … "Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series" makes its Blu-ray debut in a 12-disc set, $229.98. Jeremy Brett has been acclaimed as the greatest interpreter of Holmes, and commanded the role for role for 11 years, from 1984's series "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" until 1994's "The Memoirs of Sherlock photo for Walker, Texas Ranger: The Reunion Holmes." Famous, baffling episodes in this mega-set include "The Red-Headed League," "The Final Problem," "Wisteria Lodge," "Silver Blaze," "The Master Blackmailer" and "The Cardboard Box," among many more. Also included are the full-length mysteries "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Sign of Four." This is the definitive collection of Jeremy Brett's Holmes — a longtime staple of PBS' Mystery! series. From MPI Home Video … "24: Live Another Day" (2014) includes all 12 episodes of "Season Nine." Exiled in London for four years, former Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) must spring into action to try to save U.S. President James Heller (William Devane). In retribution for a drone strike he ordered, Heller sits in the crosshairs of the widow of an al-Qaeda leader. From Fox … "24: The Complete Series" (2001-10, 2014) contains all nine seasons, including "24: Live Another Day" and the TV movie "24: Redemption." $179.98 from Fox … In "Walker, Texas Ranger: The Reunion" (1994) Walker is reunited with old colleagues at a shooting competition, and he gets involved in investigating a potential assassination attempt on a local senator. Available exclusively at Walmart from CBS/Paramount.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"Decoding Annie Parker" (2014), starring Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul, Maggie Grace, Rashida Jones, Alice Eve, Corey Stoll and Marley Shelton, is the incredible true story of how the paths of cancer survivor Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) and geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) intersect, resulting in one of the most significant genetic discoveries of the 20th century: a link between DNA and cancer. Being Released in time for National photo for Cold in July Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Entertainment One … "Cold in July" (2013) stars Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard and Vinessa Shaw in a failed modern-noir thriller. While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) puts a bullet in the brain of lowlife burglar Freddy. Although he's hailed as a small-town hero, Richard soon finds himself fearing for his family's safety when Freddy's ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. But not all is as it seems in this seemingly peaceful community, and soon Richard's life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence that will pit him against the most unlikely of foes. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from IFC Films/MPI Media Group … When a young couple agrees to document their first pregnancy for a new reality show, things begin to unravel when the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading the young wife to believe that a malicious spirit has possessed their unborn child in "Delivery: The Beast Within" (2013), starring Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay. From Cinedigm … "Third Person" (2014) is a "Crash"-like photo for Third Person interlaced storyline film by writer-director Paul Haggis, with Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Moran Atias, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger. A collection of multi-strand stories of love, relationships and betrayal weaves together the stories of three couples, in three different cities, who appear to have nothing related — but share deep commonalities: lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found. The tales play out Paris, where a Pulitzer Prize-winning author (Neeson) who recently left his wife (Basinger) is having a tempestuous affair with an ambitious young journalist (Wilde); in Rome, where a shady American businessman (Brody) meets a mysterious woman (Atias); and in New York, where a lawyer (Bello) is helping a young mother (Kunis) in a custody battle with her famous ex-husband (Franco). From Sony … After 10 years of hard time in prison, an ex-con's got 24 hours to exact his brutal revenge on every person who had a hand in wrongfully sending him there in "American Muscle" (2014), starring Nick Principe, Robin Sydney and George P. Wilbur. From Well Go USA … In "Grave Halloween" (2013), Maiko, a college student whose mother, years earlier, took her life in the "Suicide Forest" in Japan, on the northwest base of Mount Fuji, leads a student documentary film crew to shed light not only on this infamous cultural landmark but also bring some closure to her own inner demons. Soon the entire group realizes that their hunt for the truth is now coming after photo for Delivery: The Within them, in a fight for survival against those who may have died in the Suicide Forest, but never left it. Stars Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle, Hiro Kanagawa. From Anchor Bay … "Sniper: Legacy" (2014), starring Tom Berenger, Chad Michael Collins and Dennis Haysbert, is the fifth in the sniper franchise; it brings back Berenger from the first film to join the sequels' star Collins as two generations of sharpshooter heroes team up to stop a rogue sniper targeting former U.S. military personnel. From Sony … In the cult comedy "Sordid Lives" (2000), starring Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedelia, Beth Grant and Leslie Jordan, from writer-director Del Shores (and based on his long-running play), a gay West Hollywood actor returns home to his small Texas town for his grandmother's funeral, only to be confronted by the hilariously trashy truth of his dysfunctional family's "sordid lives." From Wolfe Video … In "The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill" (2013), starring Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett, Mark Jeavons and Rob Whitaker, six investigators head to one of the world's most haunted places — St. Mary's Church at Clophill — to uncover the source of supernatural sightings and phenomena in the site known for centuries as a notorious magnet for grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists. Over the course of three chilling nights, it becomes clear that they have unleashed something ancient and evil that has long been hungry to escape into this world. From Image Entertainment.

On the Indie Front:

In "Hellion" (2014), starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins and Deke Garner, hard-drinking single dad Hollis (Aaron Paul) struggles to raise his two boys, including rebellious 13-tear-old Jacob (Josh Wiggins), amid the haunting refineries of southeast Texas. Obsessed with heavy metal and seething with rebellious anger, Jacob finds release in the high-risk, white-knuckle world of motocross — but his reckless behavior threatens to spin out of control. When the authorities catch wind of the volatile situation, the younger brother, Wes, is put in the custody of his Aunt Pam (Juliette Lewis), leaving Jacob and Hollis to fend for themselves. From IFC Films … In "Lucky Them" (2013), starring Toni Collette, Johnny Depp, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt and Amy Seimetz, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) — more interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work — has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine's editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long-lost rock god Matthew Smith (Johnny Depp), who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. From IFC Films.

For the Family:

"My Little Pony: The Complete Series" (1985-87) is a four-disc set with all 65 Episodes of the original TV series that started the My Little Pony phenomenon. Return to Ponyland, the home of the favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike! Together, they live a life of games, songs and harmony with allies like the Bushwoolies and Furbobs. But, occasionally, there are problems in Ponyland and the Little Ponies of Paradise Estate must photo for My Little Pony: The Complete Series face evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles and more. From (Shout! Factory Kids … "My Little Pony: Escape From Catrina and Other Adventures" (1985) includes the title episode plus five others: When the evil, cat-like Catrina attempts to enslave the Little Ponies of Paradise Estates to create a Witchweed potion that will grant her control of the weather, it's up to Sundance and Baby Moondancer to save the day. $12.99 from Shout! Factory Kids … "Monster High: Freaky Fusion" (2014) is the latest in the Monster High franchise. While attempting to help Frankie Stein learn more about her freakycool scaritage, the fashionably fierce ghoulfriends travel back in time to the first day ever of Monster High where they meet Sparky, a skullastic teen with an obsession for creating life. But when Sparky follows the ghouls through a killer time portal to modern-day Monster High, the event results in eight of them fusing together into four creeperiffic hybrid Monsters. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal … "Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome" (2014) features the latest animated adventures of the toy franchise. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal … "Thunder and the House of Magic" (2013) is a whimsical animated family adventure that tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don't all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in the hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, the young hero and his new friends join forces to save their magical home. On DVD, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo — available exclusively at Walmart — from Shout! Factory … photo for Henry & Me "Henry & Me" (2013) is the heart-warming story of Jack, an 11 year-old baseball fan with cancer who finds himself magically transported from his hospital bed to an amazing world where he meets Yankee legends old and new (including Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Thurman Munson, and Mickey Mantle), and learns valuable lessons about baseball and the curveballs that life throws you. With the voices of Richard Gere, Cyndi Lauper, Chazz Palminteri, Lucie Arnaz, Danny Aiello, and Paul Simon, and Yankee greats Mariano Rivera, Reggie Jackson, Hideki Matsui, Yogi Berra, Jorge Posada, CC Sabathia, and Mark Teixeira. A portion of the proceeds from the DVD and digital sales will benefit a collection of participating charities including: Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, St. Jude's, Lou Gehrig Society, Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, The New York Yankees Foundation, Jason Mraz Foundation, International Campaign for Tibet, Children's Health Fund, NIMBY, The Max Cure Foundation, CC Sabathia's Pitch In Foundation, Joe Girardi's Catch 25 Foundation, Harlem RBI, Leukemia Society, Curtis Granderson's Grand Kids Foundation, Sarah McLachlan's Sarah School of Music, Pitch for a Cure, American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, and many more. From Henry & Me Productions.

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Sep 162014

From the Big Screen:

"Godzilla," Think Like a Man Too" and "The Fault in Our Stars." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

"Eraserhead": When I first saw "Eraserhead" back in 1977 during the now-defunct Filmex Los Angeles film festival, high above Beverly Hills in the Greystone Mansion (which, at the time, housed the American Film Institute), I was astounded and shocked at what unfurled before my eyeballs. Don't forget, this was a time in film history when many, many films were released with little or no fanfare; there was no Entertainment Tonight, no TMZ, no Indiewire, no blogging and photo for EraserheadInternet universe to leave no stone unturned as to the production, filming and gossip surrounding virtually every film that gets made today. It was a time when you could be truly surprised at the cinema, a time when an "El Topo" or an "Eraserhead" could burst upon the scene and change everything that came after it. Lynch's debut feature — a work of extraordinary craft and beauty — became a lasting cult sensation. Its story — with undercurrents of sex, industrial living and surrealism, shot with mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes, with bizarre set designs by Jack Fisk and a unique industrial sound design — takes place in a nightmare world and revolves around Henry Spencer (Jack Nance in an unforgettably enigmatic performance), an expressionless man who must marry his girlfriend, Mary X, when she gives birth to an inhuman child —- a swaddled bundle with a snakelike face — and live with her in his small apartment. After Mary leaves him and the child, Spencer begins having visions, including those of a planet with a man pulling levers and some involving the famous singing and dancing Lady in the Radiator. It's all very mind-blowing and fantastical, a very, very dark dream of life. The folks at The Criterion Collection have put out a director-approved DVD and Blu-ray special editions of the film with a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: include "Eraserhead Stories," a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film; new high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch: "Six Figures Getting Sick" (1966), "The Alphabet" (1968), "The Grandmother" (1970), "The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2" (1974), and "Premonitions Following an Evil Deed" (1996), all with video introductions by Lynch; new and archival interviews with cast and crew; trailer. Fascinating, freaky stuff.

"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition" (1974): Tobe Hooper's horror-thriller gets a 40th anniversary makeover with an all-new 4K digital transfer and a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix (supervised by Hooper). The release marks the only transfer of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled photo for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition through the cameras. The Limited Deluxe "Black Maria" Edition will be released at retail on October 14 but will be available exclusively for $99.98 at www.gorgon-video.com for 30 days beginning September 16. Fans of the film will recognize the unique packaging as a replica of the iconic "Black Maria" cattle truck that comes to Sally Hardesty's rescue when she's being pursued by Leatherface, a fitting nod to the legions of "TCSM" enthusiasts who were instrumental in keeping the film at the forefront of the genre for the past 40 years and a true collectible display piece. This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack will include such extras as a Leatherface apron, theatrical mini-poster, five audio options, feature commentaries with the filmmakers and cast, several making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes, bloopers, trailers and more. A Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo and single DVD and Blu-ray will also be available on September 16. From Dark Sky Films.

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"Ghostbusters Anniversary Editions": To celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Ghostbusters" (1984) and the 25th anniversary of "Ghostbusters II" (1989), Sony will release 4K remastered versions of both films on Blu-ray (with the sequel making its Blu-ray debut) as well as a two-disc anniversary edition Blu-ray Digibook that includes both films as well as a Limited Edition gift set that includes both films, an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine and the two-disc Digibook. Both films were directed by Ivan Reitman and starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson. From Sony.

From TV to DVD:

"About a Boy: Season One" (2013) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98 from Universal …
"Arrow: The Complete Second Season" (2013) includes all 23 episodes plus a Season One recap. Based on the DC Comics "Green Arrow" superhero comic book series. Billionaire archery enthusiast Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns for another season in Starling City. Sworn to fight crime and corruption in his city, Oliver (aka the Arrow) — with the help of the tech-savvy Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and his iron-fisted right hand, John Diggle (David Ramsey), and the occasional, reluctant assistance of former police detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) — has been waging a one-man war on crime. But in all wars, there are casualties. To honor his fallen friend, Tommy Merlyn, and protect the people he loves, Oliver must rededicate photo for Arrow: The Complete Second Season himself to his mission and be more than just a vigilante. He must become a beacon of hope for the city's most vulnerable…and a weapon of justice against those who prey upon them. Formats: Five-disc DVD: $59.98, nine-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo: $69.97. From Warner … "Awkward Season Three" (2013) is a four-disc set with 20 episodes of the MTV series, $26.99 from MTV/Paramount … "Bones Season Nine" (2013-14) is a six-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.98 from Fox … "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – The Fourteenth Season" (2013-14) is a six-disc set with 22 episodes, $69.99 from CBS/Paramount … In "DCI Banks: Season Two" (2014), Stephen Tompkinson returns as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks in three more chilling crime stories. Two-disc set, $34.98 from BBC Home Entertainment … In "Death in Paradise: Season Two" (2014), Ben Miller returns as Detective Richard Poole, solving more mysterious murders and still stuck in paradise on the stunning Caribbean island of photo for Grimm: Season Three Saint-Marie. Two-disc set, $34.98 from BBC Home Entertainment … In "Father Brown: Season One" (2013), "Harry Potter's" Mark Williams plays GK Chesterton's ecclesiastical sleuth in the 10-episode first season of this crime drama. Four-disc set, $39.98 from BBC Home Entertainment … "Grimm: Season Three" (2013-14) is a five-disc set with 22 episodes. Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt is back — but not exactly himself — as "Grimm" returns for another 22 hair-raising episodes. With his abilities manifesting in new and unusual ways, Nick is stronger than ever with his partner, Hank, and reunited love, Juliette, by his side as he tracks down Wesen criminals with renewed determination. But things are changing all around him. As Captain Renard embroils himself with the birth of a royal child and Monroe and Rosalee's relationship intensifies, the ties between humans and the Wesen world will become even more irrevocably intertwined. DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray Disc: $69.98 from Universal … "Hannibal: Season photo for Hannibal: Season Two Two" (2014) is a three-disc set with 13 episodes. Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris, "Hannibal" stars Mads Mikkelsen as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne. The second season continues with Will Graham (Dancy) locked in a mental asylum, accused of Hannibal Lecter's (Mikkelsen) crimes. Jack Crawford (Fishburne) is dealing with his own feelings about Will, and whether his protege is in fact a cold-blooded killer. With Will locked up, Hannibal becomes Jack's new consultant on cases. The deadly dance between these characters continues to turn in startling and unexpected ways. Formats: DVD: 39.97, Blu-ray: $39.98 from Lionsgate … "Hawaii Five-O (2010) – The Fourth Season" (2013-14) is a six-disc set with 22 episodes, $64.99. The Hawaii Five-O team fights to keep paradise safe from the most dangerous criminals on the islands. This season, Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan) pursue an expert hacker and are taken hostage by an escaped convict who convinces them of his innocence while the danger of Kono's (Grace Park) relationship with the son of a Yakuza boss escalates. Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) is investigated by Internal Affairs about his ties to the head of a drug cartel, and Catherine (Michelle Borth) gains a spot on the team but must repay a debt of honor in photo for Hawaii Five-O (2010) – The Fourth Season Afghanistan. From CBS/Paramount … "Petals on the Wind" (2014) stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash in this sequel to V.C. Andrews's best-selling novel and Lifetime's hit movie "Flowers in the Attic." Set 15 years in the future from the end of the previous film, the second installment shadows the Dollanganger children as they attempt to find their way in the world following their escape after years of imprisonment. From Lionsgate … Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return in "Scott & Bailey: Season Two" (2014), Sally Wainwright's investigative drama that explores the personal and professional lives of two female detectives. Two-disc set, $34.98 from BBC Home Entertainment … "South Park: The Complete 17th Season" (2013) is a two-disc set with 10 episodes. DVD: $29.99, Blu-ray Disc: $39.99 from Paramount … "Spartacus: The Complete Series" (2013) is a 13-disc set with all 39 episodes. DVD: $199.99, Blu-ray Disc: $149.99. A limited edition Blu-ray set packaged with a Spartacus collector's figurine will also be available for $199.99. From Anchor Bay.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"Friend 2: The Legacy" (2013 — South Korea), stars Yoo Oh-seong, Joo Jin-mo, Kim Woo-bin in the sequel to the Asian action hit of 2001; it picks up 17 years later as Joon-seok is discharged from prison to find his gang has been taken over by a treacherous new leader. As he plots to regain power, he is confronted with younger, more ruthless gangsters in what has become the region's most powerful crime organization, as well as a rival gang whose blood-drenched photo for Friend 2: The Legacy violence knows no bounds. From CJ Entertainment … "The Dead 2" (2013), starring Joseph Millson, Meenu Mishra and Anand Goyal, is a equel to the zombie apocalypse thriller that took place in Africa: A ship docks from Somalia that contains one infected worker who passes unnoticed into the very heart of India's overpopulated bustling streets, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay … "The Big Operator" (1959), starring Mickey Rooney, Steve Cochran, Mel Torme, Mamie Van Doren, Vampira, Jim Backus and Jackie Coogan, is a hardboiled B-movie crime drama that features Mickey Rooney as the cruelest and most crooked union boss this side of Johnny Friendly from "On the Waterfront," Little Joe Braun, a shady labor union boss who uses strong-arm tactics to evade a federal corruption probe. Two honest factory-workers — Steve Cochran and velvet-voiced Mel Torme find themselves caught in the gang photo for Warrior Princess lord's struggle for power, but come to realize they have the power to end Little Joe's reign of terror … if they can survive Little Joe's attempts to silence them. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Olive Films … "Warrior Princess" (2013) is a tale of heroism inspired by the true story of Queen Ahno of Mongolia, who gave her life to save her husband and sons in battle. A monk renounces his role to become King after his brother is killed. His new Queen is forced to choose sides between her husband and her father from a rival land, which eventually leads to an all out war for sovereignty. From Lionsgate … In a world ravaged by the undead, two men must not only survive zombie apocalyptic mayhem, but also learn to survive each other. In "The Battery" (2012), starring Jeremy Gardner, Adam Cronheim, Niels Boole, Alana O'Brien, Jamie Pantanella, Larry Fessenden and Kelly McQuade, two former baseball players traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead, psychological strain and their stark personality differences. Ben embraces an increasingly feral, lawless, and nomadic lifestyle, while Mickey is unable to accept the harsh realities of the new world. Mickey refuses photo for The Battery to engage in Ben's violent games and longs for the creature comforts he once took for granted. When they intercept a radio transmission from a seemingly thriving, protected community, Mickey will stop at nothing to find it, even though it is made perfectly clear that he is not welcome. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Shout! Factory … In "Armed Response" (2013), starring Ethan Embry, Cary Elwes, Michael Gladis, Clea Duvall, Ed Begley Jr., Ving Rhames and Vinnie Jones, when a home security business falls on hard times, the owners decide to start robbing local homes in a desperate attempt to create the need for their services. The plan seems to work perfectly until, in an attempt to one-up the competition, they finish a job with more in their haul than they bargained for. From Lionsgate … Based on true events, "The Perfect Wave" (2013), starring Scott Eastwood, Cheryl Ladd, Patrick Lyster and Rachel Hendrix, follows avid surfer and future ordained minister, Ian McCormack, on his travels to the world's most exotic surf spots to find the perfect wave. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay.


  • photo for The German Doctor"The German Doctor" (2014 — Argentina): Àlex Brendemuhl, Natalia Oreiro. Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva, Enzo and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith, to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring "the German Doctor" to justice. Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding," along with many other Nazis, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals. On DVD from First Run Features.
  • "Ilo Ilo" (2013 — Singapore): Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tianwen, Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler. The film, winner of the Camera d'Or for best first film at the Cannes Film Festival, follows the middle-class Lim family as they navigate economic and domestic struggles in 1997 Singapore. The family's live-in maid Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, is an outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, seeking to manage the antics of rambunctious young Jiale and find solid footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, the financial crisis hits home, challenging the relationships among them all. On DVD. from Film Movement.

For the Family:

"Ben 10 Omniverse: Galactic Monsters" (2014) features a three-episode story arc plus two bonus episodes of the Cartoon Network favorite in which Ben transforms into heroes like Frankenstrike and Whampire in order to battle the vilest villains in the galaxy, $14.97 from Warner … "Denver, the Last Dinosaur Complete Series" (1988-90) is a six-disc set with all 52 episodes, $59.99. When a pleasant and unusually intelligent dinosaur unexpectedly hatches from a fossilized egg in present day California, a group of teenagers adopt him as their new best photo for Ben 10 Omniverse: Galactic Monsters friend, protect him from the prying eyes of other humans and teach him their favorite pastimes, including skateboarding. From Cinedigm … In "Barbie and the Secret Door" (2014), Barbie stars as Alexa, a shy princess who discovers a secret door in her kingdom and enters a whimsical land filled with magical creatures — mermaids and fairies — and surprises. From Universal … After a monstrous storm on the Island of Sodor, Thomas spots some giant footprints that are unearthed after a landslide. Percy quickly becomes convinced that there is a monster on the island in "Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave – The Movie" photo for Denver, the Last Dinosaur Complete Series (2014) On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal … In "Ella the Elephant Season 1 Volume 1: The Magic of Friendship" (2013), Ella the Elephant and her magical red hat arrive with eight delightful stories about fun, friendship, love and laughs from the Animated Preschool Series. $14.98 from Warner … When Orange Blossom's general store overflows with a new line of fruits and veggies, she tries to handle all of the details without any help from others, and, as a result, when she become exhausted, Strawberry helps out to build a new marketplace in "Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best Friends" (2014). From Fox … When an evil scientist threatens the planet, courage and true friendship are put to the test in order to save the rainforest in the animated adventure "Jungle Master" (2014); with the voices of Victoria Justice, David Spade, Josh Peck, Jon Lovitz and Jane Lynch. Available exclusively at Walmart. From Lionsgate.

Special Interest:

  • "Casting By" (2013): Documentary places the spotlight on one of filmmaking's unsung heroes — the casting director — and takes us on a journey through 50 years of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective. Pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were iconoclasts whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped draw the curtain on the old studio system and usher in the "New Hollywood" with movies like "Midnight Cowboy," "The Graduate," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "Bonnie and Clyde." In the process they launched the careers of countless iconic actors including James Dean, Robert Duvall, Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman, Glenn Close, John Travolta, Jeff Bridges and Bette Midler. From First Run Features.
  • "Evergreen: The Road to Legalization" (2013): After a 40-year-old nationwide "War on Drugs," the state of Washington became a key battleground in the fight to legalize marijuana. This documentary is a scintillating inside look at a political clash that exposes the economic and human impact of marijuana legalization. (Initiative 502 has since passed). On DVD from First Run Features. photo for The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
  • "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" (2014) Seven-part, 14-hour documentary by Ken Burns weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative. "the Roosevelts" follows the family’s story for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th president of the United States, and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry Franklin, a fifth cousin of theirs from a different branch of the family, who became the 32nd president. Together, they redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, and redefined, as well, the role of the United States within the wider world. Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in readings from her personal letters and writings, Paul Giamatti as the voice of Theodore Roosevelt and Edward Herrmann as the voice of FDR. Rounding out the cast are Patricia Clarkson, Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Keith Carradine, Kevin Conway, Ed Harris, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Carl Lumbly, Amy Madigan, Carolyn McCormick, Pamela Reed, Billy Bob Thornton and Eli Wallach. DVD: $99.99, Blu-ray Disc: $129.99. From PBS Distribution.

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