Four-disc set with Penelope Spheeris' critically acclaimed rock films "The Decline of Western Civilization," "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years" and "The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III," with new 2K high-definition scans of each film, supervised by Spheeris. Includes a 40-page book containing an essay written by rock historian Domenic Priore ("Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood") and rare stills.
From the Big Screen:
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
This Week's Highlights:
Lost for over 30 years, "Gone With the Pope" (1981) stars famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell as Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and charge a dollar from every Catholic in the world as the ransom. Shot in 1975, the film was unfinished at the time of Mitchell's death in 1981. Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered the film in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski ("The Hurt Locker," "Army of Darkness") spent 15 years completing "Gone With the Pope" from the surviving film elements. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Grindhouse Releasing … The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places … And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth. From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes "The Beyond" (1981), the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. Digital transfer of the original uncensored director's cut. In a three-disc collector's edition: two Blu-rays plus a CD featuring the original soundtrack album by Fabio Frizzi, newly remastered in stunning 96khz sound from the original studio master tapes. Also from Grindhouse Releasing.
From TV to DVD:
- "Bukow and Konig: Sets 1 & 2" (1971 — Germany): Alexander Bukow is a veteran cop who doesn't mind working at the edge of the law to get results. Katrin Konig has a sterling reputation as an analyst and profiler and is esteemed by all who know her for her assessments and concentrated professionalism. Bukow knows the town where they work, Rostock, like his own backyard and he should; it's where he grew up. He has contacts on every corner and can be charming enough to wrap friends and enemies around his finger, but never reveals much about himself. He's also got a life outside the job and is married with two small children. For Konig, the job is her life, which is how she became such an accomplished criminal profiler. She's a strait-laced control freak and all too aware of her partner's seedy past and questionable allegiances. Despite, or perhaps because of their differences, they make a successful crime-fighting team — when they're not fighting each other. Each three-disc set contains five episodes; $39.95 each. From MHz Home Entertainment.
- "Don Matteo: Sets 9 & 10" (2005-06 — Italy): Terence Hill stars as Don Matteo, a thoroughly ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. He's a parish priest who never met an unjustly accused person he didn't want to help. In fact, he never met anyone marginalized he didn't want to help: the elderly, the homeless, the immigrant, the unemployed. He sees them all as he bicycles along the streets and through the countryside of his parish. His friend and chess partner is policeman Marshal Cecchini, who slips him information about new cases much to the chagrin of the police chief who isn't at all thrilled about the collaboration. But he's in agreement with Don Matteo about one thing: the importance of justice being served. Each three-disc set contains 11 episodes; $39.95 each. From MHz Home Entertainment.
- "Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean: 25th Anniversary Collection" (1990-95): Four-disc set with all 14 episodes of the British series, $24.97. He captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide and has been called the most embarrassing man on earth. He is the character who everyone wants to help out of his sticky situations, but nobody would invite for tea. Behold the man who is a bean, Mr. Bean. Starring award-winning British comedy genius Rowan Atkinson, the internationally acclaimed TV series continues to enthrall audiences worldwide. This set brings together all 14 uncut British episodes of "Mr. Bean." Extras include missing scenes from three episodes, "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean," "The Story of Mr. Bean" documentary, never before seen-on-TV Sketches "Bus Stop" and "Library," "Mr. Bean: The Animated Series" trailer. From Shout! Factory.
- "Sebastian Bergman: Dark Secrets" (2010 — Sweden): Every criminal has his own handwriting, but only Sebastian Bergman can read it. Bergman is Sweden's most famous criminal profiler, having written a definitive, best-selling book about workings of the criminal mind. Bergman is strong-headed, politically incorrect, intuitive, abrasive -— and grief-stricken. He's struggling to come to terms with the loss of his wife and young daughter from the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, an event that caused his life to careen out of control. Returning to work, Bergman had one more surprise waiting for him — an adult daughter he never knew he had, now working alongside him as a fellow investigator in the Stockholm police department. At the same time, he discovers a personal connection in the case of three girls who were found dead in a small-town mine. It could have been a triple suicide or murder. More dark secrets emerge as the corpse of a notorious serial killer is found buried in a field. Clues lead to a nearby convent, where the body of a young girl is also unearthed. He has to figure out who killed the girl and who killed the killer. Bergman is played by Swedish actor Rolf Lassgard, famous for his performance as the original Wallander, based on Henning Mankell's wildly popular crime novels. Two-disc set, $29.95. From MHz Home Entertainment.