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


Oct 302013


Young Man of Steel

THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (1991-92) Joining series star (and now full Producer) Gerard Christopher were comic scribes Andy Helfer, Mike Carlin, and J.M. Dematteis as well as future Justice League animated mainstay Stan Berkowitz who all helped The Adventures of Superboy sail above any syndicated show limits thanks to their ample imaginations and affection for the source material. This 3-Disc, 22-Episode complete series collection sees young Clark Kent/Kal-El ready to break the bonds of boyhood and emerge as the legendary Man of Steel while battling and befriending classic four color foes like Lex Luthor (Sherman Howard, Batman Beyond), Metallo (Michael Callan, Mysterious Island) and Bizarro (Barry Meyers aka Douglas B. Meyers, Mr. Silver the Robotic Performer), as well as TV originals Chaos (Paul McCrane, Robocop), Adrian Temple (Roddy Piper, They Live) and Tommy Puck (Billy Mummy, Babylon 5). It all leads up to a one-two punch season finale, "Rites of Passage" that sees Superboy return to Smallville to begin his final steps into Supermanhood. Note: Initial quantities of this release will be traditionally replicated (pressed) in anticipation of high consumer demand.

Middle-Aged Man of No Fear – on Blu-Ray!

FEARLESS (1993) Peter Weir directs this visionary tale of ordinary folk transformed by extraordinary events to tragic and transcendent ends. Jeff Bridges delivers one of his most unforgettable performances as Max, an architect who survives a horrific plane crash unscathed. But Max's family might not be so lucky, as the experience has left the now shamanistic survivor seemingly beyond the reach of his wife (a deeply anchored Isabella Rossellini) and son (Spencer Vrooman). Rosie Perez plays "the other woman" Carla, whose overwhelming grief may prove to be the panacea for both her and Max. Finally presented in it's correct wide screen aspect ratio, Weir and cinematographer Allen Daviau's vision comes to breathtaking Blu-ray from a sparkling new master. Also stars Tom Hulce, John Turturro, Benicio Del Toro, and John De Lancie. Adapted for the screen by Rafael Yglesias from his own novel. 16×9 Widescreen 1080p HD, DTS-HD Audio, Blu-ray Disc


Lee Tracy: Blarney Man of Ballyhoo

THE HALF NAKED TRUTH (1932) Pre-Code cinema fast-talker Lee Tracy helps give birth to a new queen comedienne when he teams up with "The Hot Pepper" Lupe Velez and director Gregory La Cava in this Big top-cum-Great-White-Way ballyhoo. Tracy and Velez play a carnie pitchman and hoochie-coochie girl who take their act off the road to make big rubes out of the seen-it-all citizens of the Big Apple. Eugene Pallette co-star as their circus strongman pal strong-armed into playing a "Turkish" bodyguard (and "Turkish" is code for a specific type of harem guardian, if you know what we mean) for Velez's faux fugitive queen. Nothing fails quite like success and the perfect pair of pitchers have a falling out, thanks to a wannabe lothario (Frank Morgan). And this, of course, means war…

 THE NUISANCE (1933) Lee Tracy is sublimely in his element as an in-it-to-win-it shyster bleeding the "soulless corporation" running his city's streetcars in this pitch perfect cynical crusader flick. Unfortunately for the gentry of this fine city, Tracy's J. Phineas Stevens, Esq. who has the moral edge (albeit a thin one) over the corrupt public utility corp. Creating the quandary is lay private detective Madge Evans, sent undercover and under the sheets to get the goods on Stevens. Frank Morgan plays Stevens secret weapon, a dyspeptic dipsomaniac doc who knows how to doctor an X-ray, while Charles Butterworth plays an archetypical example of the now-vanished art of flop men, who throw themselves under cars for a quick payoff (no foolin'!). Directed by Jack Conway.

 TURN BACK THE CLOCK (1933) This landmark comedic fantasy directed by Edgar Selwyn and co-written by Selwyn and the great Ben Hecht stars Lee Tracy as the time-tossed middle-aged everyman Joe Gimlet. NYC tobacconist and WWI vet Joe is struck in a rut, married to his high school sweetheart Mary (the always pleasing Mae Clarke) when a chance encounter with his hometown pal-made-good Ted Wright (a charming Otto Kruger) causes Joe to doubt his life's choices. A horrible accident sends Joe plunging down the depths of his own past and finds himself back in the innocent days of 1910, armed with the memories of 1932. This time around Joe ain't gonna be a sap, he's gonna go for the dough, see? He sets Mary aside and makes a play for the one he let away, the wealthy Elvina (Peggy Shannon), and formerly future Mrs. Ted Wright. As Joe changes the present to avoid his future, Joe and Ted trade lives in bittersweet fashion as they discover middle-aged regret is a class-less affair. As an extra bonus – look for a cameo by the now Ted Healy-free Three Stooges as a trio of wedding singers!


HBO on the Hunt

MANHUNT (2013) The May 1, 2011 raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan that culminated in the killing of Osama bin Laden took 40 minutes, but the CIA¹s hunt for bin Laden took two decades. Manhunt tells the remarkable true story of this nearly 20-year pursuit of the world¹s most notorious terrorist. Directed by Greg Barker and based on the book ³Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden ­ from 9/11 to Abbottabad² by Peter Bergen, this documentary feature is a real-life spy thriller that reveals behind-the-scenes accounts from CIA analysts, targeters and operatives who testify to the disagreements, frustrations, tragedies and triumphs that make up this fascinating yet painful chapter in American military and political history.

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection or WB Shop.com.
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Oct 292013

photo for R.I.P.D. I really wanted to like "R.I.P.D." It had gotten such bad buzz before it opened, and then such a lukewarm reception by the critics, that I wanted to give the film the benefit of the doubt and be generous with what — in concept — sounded like a great idea: A police force made up of dead cowboys and deceased cops whose mission was to return to the "other side" monstrous spirits still roaming the Earth (the screenplay was based on the Dark Horse graphic novel). Unfortunately, however, the whole affair came off as a re-purposed "Men in Black," right down to the use of secret entrances to the agents' headquarters, the pairing of a grizzled veteran (Jeff Bridges as a long-dead old West gunslinger) and a newbie (Ryan Reynolds as a recently dead cop), and outlandish bodies for the evil spirits once their human facades are stripped off. The plot: Reynolds, on the verge of becoming a dirty cop, is killed in the line of duty and in order to redeem himself, he's forced to join the Rest in Peace Department and, with veteran dead sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges), has to track down criminals trying to escape final judgment. They soon uncover a plot to open a tunnel between Earth and the afterlife that would begin sending angry souls the wrong way, an action that could end life as we know it. Despite sporadic spectacular special effects, the film drags, especially in lengthy "talky" scenes between Bridges — here making a mockery of his "True Grit" persona — and Reynolds. And the one original bit — both men have avatars that represent them when they're seen by the living, a Chinese man for Reynolds, a sexy woman for Bridges — falls flat because of stilted acting and pacing. Extras: Deleted and alternate scenes, gag reel, "Transferring R.I.P.D. – The Making of." Blu-ray adds alternate openings, "R.I.P.D Motion Comics: Bringing the Avatars to Life," "Nick's New Avatars," "Filming the Other Side," "Walking Among Us: Deados & Avatars," "Anatomy of a Shootout." Vitals: Director: Robert Schwentke. Stars: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Supernatural Action Comedy, Box office gross: $32.731 million, Universal. 2 stars

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Oct 292013

photo for Monsters University Ever since the release of "Toy Story" (1995), the folks over at Pixar have striven to equal (or surpass) the breathtaking excitement of that ground-breaking film. Although they've rarely fallen on their faces, it's been pretty hard to match the humor, kindness, warmth, love and sense of adventure of the three "Toy Storys." They've never really had a flop, but some of their outings have failed to stir the imagination and have fallen somewhere between the redundancy of "Cars 2" and the creativity of "Finding Nemo." "Monsters University" lands somewhere in the lower portion of that continuum, a weak prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc." Where that film came up with the brilliant story of Monsters, Inc., a company that sends "Scarers" into bedrooms to generate their city's power by frightening children, "Monsters University" breaks no new ground but instead comes off as a bland animated buddy film created to cash in on and take advantage of Disney's merchandising juggernaut. (That being said, of course, I have to note that even a lackluster Pixar outing is still more entertaining than 90 percent of what passes for family product on the big — and little — screen). The story here revolves around college-bound monster Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal), who's dreamed of becoming a Scarer since a little kid. Knowing that the best Scarers come from Monsters University, he enrolls in the school, but his plans go awry when he meets natural-born scarer James P. Sullivan, "Sulley" (voice of John Goodman). The two begin to compete with each other, and their outrageous shenanigans get them kicked out of the university's elite Scare Program. It's then that they realize they'll have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Extras: DVD: Commentary; "The Blue Umbrella," an animated short film from Pixar Animation Studios about two umbrellas who fall in love during a rain storm. Blu-ray sets add: "Campus Life" look at a day in the life of the "Monsters University" crew through their own eyes; "Story School" documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story; "Scare Games" featurette on the Pixar Scare Games competitions; "Welcome to MU" look at the Monsters University campus and its development; "Music Appreciation" documentary on Randy Newman's scores; "Scare Tactics" behind-the-scenes with the animators; "Color and Light" featurette; "Paths to Pixar – MU Edition" crew featurette; "Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective" explores the difficulties in creating characters that are 20 years younger with tools that are 10 years more advanced; deleted scenes; promo picks; college campaign; theatrical campaign; set flythroughs; art gallery; more. Vitals: Director: Dan Scanlon. Stars: Voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Julia Sweeney, John Krasinski, Aubrey Plaza, Bonnie Hunt, Frank Oz, Steve Buscemi, Charlie Day. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: G, 103 min., Animated, Box office gross: $258.565 million, Disney. 3 stars

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Oct 282013

photo for This comedy from acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar follows a flight crew and their passengers in a precarious situation aboard a flight headed to Mexico City. Desperate to divert attention from the scenario — something is wrong with the landing gear — a trio of campy flight attendants launch into fits of lip-synching, boozing, drugging and matchmaking with the colorful assortment of passengers. But life in the clouds is as complicated as it is at ground level, and for the same reasons, which can be summarized in two words: sex and death. Extras: Two featurettes: "Presenting I'm So Excited!" follows Almodovar and cast members through a day of press, Q&As and finally the New York City film premiere; "Making I'm So Excited!" Vitals: Director: Pedro Almodovar. Stars: Antonio De La Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Angel Silvestr, Laya Marti, Javier Camara, Carlos Areces, Raul Arevalo, Jose Maria Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, Jose Luis Torrijo, Lola Duenas, Cecilia Roth, Blanca Suarez. 2013 — Spain, CC, MPAA rating: R, 102 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $1.359 million, Sony.

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Oct 282013

photo for Palestinian surgeon Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman) is fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society, has a loving wife, an exemplary career and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing leaves 17 dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem) not only died in the explosion, but was responsible for it. Initially interrogated as a possible accomplice, Amin is shaken further when he receives a posthumous letter from Sihem confirming her role in the carnage. Shattered by this revelation, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland to enter the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the zealots who recruited his wife. Based on Yasmina Khadra's prize-winning and bestselling novel. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. Extras: Interview with director Ziad Doueiri, theatrical trailer, photo gallery. Vitals: Director: Ziad Doueiri. Stars: Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsellem, Evgenia Dodena, Dvir Benedek, Uri Gavriel. 2013 — Lebanon/France/Qatar/Belgium, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.714 million, Cohen Media Group.

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Oct 282013

From the Big Screen:

"Monsters University" and "R.I.P.D." For more releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.


From the opening shots of "La Notte" (1961), you know you're in the hands of a master filmmaker. The stark black-and-white images contrast old and new Milan from a street-level camera view of a pre-war building and a modern skyscraper, them moves to the top of a newly constructed high-rise, finally descending to earth as an outdoor elevator moves to the ground floor. The contrasts between the values of the old and photo for La Notte the new, between love and lust, and between ennui and happiness continues in this psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work — director Michelangelo Antonioni's follow-up to the epochal "L'avventura." Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel. Antonioni's muse Monica Vitti smolders as an industrialist's tempting daughter. "La notte" is an indelible illustration of romantic and social deterioration. In a gorgeous looking new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. From where else — The Criterion Collection … "The Beauty of the Devil" (1950), directed by master filmmaker Rene Clair ("Under the Roofs of Paris," "A Nous la Liberte," "I Married a Witch," "And Then There Were None"), is a retelling of the Faust legend. An aging professor of alchemy makes a bargain with the Devil that will give him youth, fame and riches in exchange for his soul. Clair creates an allegorical fantasy that is both whimsical and tragicomic in this rarely seen masterpiece. Stars Michel Simon and Gerard Philipe. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc, newly remastered by Cohen Media Group.

From TV to DVD:

David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie's mustachioed mystery-solver in "Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 9" (2003), which consists of four feature-length episodes: "Five Little Pigs," "Sad Cypress," "Death on the Nile" and "The Hollow." Newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Acorn Media … Set in Montpelier in the south of France, "Antigone 34" (2012) is a stylish, fast-paced police-photo for thriller that examines the dark underbelly that lies beneath one of Europe's most beautiful cities, featuring Victor, a disbarred doctor, and Helene, a non-conformist psycho-criminologist. Three-disc set with six episodes, $39.95 from MHz Networks Home Entertainment … "Cook's Country, Season 6" (2013) is a two-disc set with 13 episodes of the series that features the best regional home cooking in the country and relies on the same practical, no-nonsense food approach that has made Cook's Country magazine so successful. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc, $29.99 from PBS Distribution … "Family Tree: The Complete First Season" (2013) is a two-disc set with eight episodes that centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd) who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. Unsure of his identity, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters as well as a growing sense of who he and his real family are. photo for The Johan Falk TrilogyWriter-director Christopher Guest's first television series. $29.98 from HBO … "The Johan Falk Trilogy" includes three feature films about touch Swedish cop Johan Falk, whose fictional exploits are based on true stories of criminals, victims, law enforcement operatives and private security companies. Three-disc DVD, $39.95 from MHz Networks Home Entertainment … "Line of Duty, Series 1" (2012) is a two-disc set with five episodes of the British police drama series about a London police officer who is transferred to the anti-corruption unit after he refuses to participate in a bureaucratic cover-up following a botched counterterrorism raid. $39.99 from Acorn Media … "Spiral: Series 2" (2008) is a four-disc set with eight episodes of the hard-hitting Parisian cop procedural/thriller. $49.95 from MHz Networks Home Entertainment.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"Bounty Killer" (2013), starring Matthew Marsden, Christian Pitre, Barak Hardley, Eve, Gary Busey, Beverly D'Angelo and Alexa Vega, postulates a near-future in which corporate greed led to a fierce global battle that laid waste to the world and in which a new breed of killers — who compete for body photo for count, fame and a fat stack of cash — hunt down white collar criminals and exterminate self-serving CEOs. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Arc Entertainment … In "Byzantium" (2013), directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, vampire Clara and her daughter Eleanor have been sating their need for blood for 200 years. Sensitive Eleanor relies on the elderly to survive, but Clara is far less compassionate, working as a prostitute and bringing a violent end to those who would take advantage of women. When the trail of bloodless corpses left in their wake forces them to flee to a coastal town in England, Clara turns a rundown hotel into a brothel and Eleanor tells her story to a young man she befriends, jeopardizing their existence. On DVD and Blu-ray from IFC Films.

On the Indie Front:

"Margarita" (2012) is a charming lesbian drama that tells the tale of an undocumented Mexican nanny, Margarita, whose girlfriend is reluctant to commit and whose yuppie employers — a nice Toronto family with money problems — are about to let her go, leading to her possible deportation. Stars Nicola photo for Margarita Correia Damude, Christine Horne, Patrick McKenna, Claire Lautier and Maya Ritter. From Wolfe Video … A Stanford law-school dropout retreats to Los Angeles and helps run her best friend's ice cream truck, fending off locals and oddball friends alike as she doles out free soft serve and, on the day of her boyfriends's birthday, finds herself being courted by a young man whom she barely remembers from the night before in "Free Samples" (2012), starring Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Halley Feiffer and Tippi Hedren. From Anchor Bay … Successful businessman Archie Skidmarks Fenton returns to his hometown to run for mayor and winds up facing his mullet-wearing childhood buddy Reg, the local tow-truck driver in "Running Mates" (2011), starring Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini, DJ Qualls, Graham Greene, Henry Winkler and Jane McLean.From Monarch Home Entertainment.

For the Family:

Get ready for a gigantic onslaught of Christmas DVDs as this year's holiday gift-selling season starts much sooner than ever — the first salvo of DVDs includes "Coming Home for Christmas" (2013), starring George Canyon, Amy Jo Johnson, Britt McKillip and Carly McKillip in a tale about an estranged family that agrees to come back together to their old family home for a Christmas reunion. But there's one big problem — there's someone else living in their home now. From Nasser Entertainment … "Little Brother, Big Trouble — A Christmas Adventure" (2012) is an animated feature about a young reindeer who must find his missing little brother in order to save Christmas. From Lionsgate … photo for Curious what Santa Claus, his nine flying reindeer and the Elves do the other 364 days of the year? In the non-stop adventure "The Secret World of Santa Claus" (1997), Santa and his team search for the perfect presents for boys and girls around the globe. Each two-disc set contains a dozen episodes of the animated series. In "The Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland," after sleighing around the world, they journey into a place full of magic where they discover the evil Gruzzlebeard has cast a spell on all the toys, making them come to life. With Christmas rapidly approaching, Santa and the Elves must undo this evil spell before it's too late. In "The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa," the children from a nearby village meet with the Elves and work together to make Santa a gift — he's the only person on the planet who never receives presents on Christmas. $14.95 each from Cinedigm … "Saving Santa" (2013) is an animated family film with the voices of Martin Freeman, Noel Clark, Tim Conway, Tim Curry, Ashley Tisdale, Joan Collins. A lowly stable elf finds that he is the only one who can stop an eccentric billionaire scoundrel's invasion of the North Pole by using the secret of Santa's sleigh, a TimeGlobe, to travel back in time to Save Santa — twice. Due Nov. 1 on DVD and in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Anchor Bay.

Special Interest:

In "American Experience: War of the Worlds" (2013), PBS examines the infamous radio broadcast on its 75th anniversary. On October 30, 1938, just after 8 p.m. on the East Coast, the millions photo for American Experience: War of the Worlds of Americans tuned to CBS Radio were treated to an unusual dramatization of H.G. Wells's classic "The War of the Worlds," performed by 23-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles and his "Mercury Theater on the Air." Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, thousands of others — perhaps a million or more — were plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. With the CBS radio broadcast serving as its narrative spine, the film examines the elements that came together to create one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history: our longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful, pervasive medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937, the first disaster to broadcast live; a nation anxious about the imminent outbreak of war in Europe; and the brilliant enfant terrible Orson Welles. $24.99 from PBS Distribution.

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Oct 242013

photo for You're Next A fresh twist on home-invasion horror. Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their significant others to a family reunion at their remote weekend estate. But the family reunion goes awry when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing assailants. The family has no idea who's attacking them or why they're under attack. The hapless victims seem trapped … until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all. Extras: "No Ordinary Home Invasion: The Making of You're Next" featurette; commentary with director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and actors Sharni Vinson and Barbara Crampton; commentary with Wingard and Barrett. Vitals: Director: Adam Wingard. Stars: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen, Ti West, Rob Moran, Joe Swanberg, Wendy Glenn, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 94 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $18.474 million, Lionsgate.

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Oct 242013

photo for On the surface Adam (Mark Ruffalo), an over-achieving environmental consultant, Mike (Tim Robbins), a long-married small-business owner, and Neil (Josh Gad), a wisecracking emergency-room doctor, have little in common. But all are in different stages of dealing with addiction. Confident and successful in his career, Adam is afraid to allow love back into his life, even if that means losing a chance to start over with smart, beautiful and accomplished Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow); Mike's efforts to control his wife, Katie (Joely Richardson), and son, Danny (Patrick Fugit), as tightly as he does his impulses are tearing the family apart; and Neil is still deeply in denial when befriended by Dede (Alecia Moore), who has just begun to take her own small steps back to health. As they navigate the rocky shores of recovery, Adam, Mike and Neil become a family that encourages, infuriates and applauds each other on the journey toward a new life. Extras: "One Step at a Time: The Making of Thanks for Sharing" featurette, commentary with co-writer/director Stuart Blumberg and co-writer Matt Winston, gag reel, deleted scenes. Vitals: Director: Stuart Blumberg. Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson, Patrick Fugit, Alecia Moore. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $1.032 million, Lionsgate.

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Oct 232013

photo for A look at hit pop group One Direction and its meteoric rise to fame, from humble hometown beginnings and competing on the "X-Factor" to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena. A captivating and intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon, interspersed with live concert footage. Available as a DVD, an Ultimate Fan Edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo, and an Ultimate Fan Edition DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray. Blu-ray extras: Extended cut with 20 minutes of new footage and four additional songs; three featurettes: "I Didn't Do It" in which the boys try to complete on-air promotions at a Japanese radio station, "Hold That Pose" in which the boys visit the famed Madam Tussauds wax museum to experience their own sculptures being created; and "Up All Night!," two mini movies previously only shown during the live concert; "Best Song Ever" music video; five "Going Home" featurettes in which each member of the group visits their home town, family and friends offering fans a glimpse at their life off the road; "Before the Show" featurette with the boys hanging out, playing games, exercising/training, and getting ready for one of their performances; "1D Family" featurette on the fans of One Direction; extended scenes. DVD extras: Select featurettes from the Ultimate Fan Edition. Vitals: Director: Morgan Spurlock. Stars: Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 92 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $28.818 million, Sony.

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Oct 232013



SUGARFOOT: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (1958-59) Saddle up for another shot of sarsaparilla alongside the wild west's coolest counselor-by-correspondence, "Sugarfoot" Tom Brewster (Will Hutchins). Tom continues to wander the west while pursuing his law degree by mail, always ready to outwit first and resort to violence last in this 5-Disc, 20-Episode collection. The griping season opener, "Ring of Sand," sees Tom going round in circles in an arid wasteland as he desperately tries to save a grieving father (Will Wright) from his suicidal quest for vengeance. He later tests his mettle against foes like his evil, identical cousin "The Canary Kid" (Will Hutchins) which guest stars Wayde Preston as Colt .45's Christopher Colt! Tom also aids friends valiant and true, including a caped, crusading Polish pianist played by Adam West! Other notable guests include 77 Sunset Strip's Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Ed "Kookie" Byrnes, Jay North, Tommy Rettig, Martin Landau, John Carradine, Don "Red" Barry, Dorothy Provine and Virginia Gregg.  Note: Initial quantities of this release will be traditionally replicated (pressed) in anticipation of high consumer demand.

ALICE: THE COMPETE FOURTH SEASON (1979-80) Farewell, Flo – and hello Belle! Alice's fourth season saw some big changes coming to Mel's Diner. Polly Holiday's Flo proved to be such an irresistible spin-off lure, midway through the season she heads off to Flo's Yellow Rose. In a serendipitous twist, Flo's fill in turns out to be no less a talent than the original Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore's Flo, Diane Ladd! Ladd plays Belle, a former employee and flame of Mel's, who considers herself something of a country-western warbler – look out, Alice! This season the show puts celebrities playing themselves on the menu, including Art Carney (who turns out to be Vera's cousin), both Telly and George Savalas make a pit stop and Dinah Shore even hosts Mel – and his chili – on her talk show! Memorable guests NOT playing themselves include the great Eve Arden as a local talk host and Martha Raye as Mel's overbearing mother. 3-Disc, 26 Episode Collection. Note: Initial quantities of this release will be traditionally replicated (pressed) in anticipation of high consumer demand.


Paramount Playhouse – Back in Print

THE ROSE TATTOO (1955) Tennessee Williams reportedly tailored the part of Serafina Delle Rose for Italian actress Anna Magnani (Rome, Open City) but Magnani did not feel her command of English was sufficient to the demands of William's prosodic dialogue on stage. Thankfully, when the play came to be adapted for film four years later, that was no longer the case and Magnani astonishes. Serafina is a widowed recluse, clashing with her amorous age teenage daughter (Marisa Pavan) when her world is upended by the seemingly cloddish truck driver played by a beaming Burt Lancaster. Daniel Mann directs under producer Hal Wallis, with legendary lensman James Wong Howe framing the action.

THE MATCHMAKER (1958) Thornton Wilder's classic comedy about love and errant clerks  – which would later become the musical, Hello Dolly – comes to the big screen courtesy of director Joseph Anthony and writer John Michael Hayes (Winter Kill). Yonkers matchless matchmaker Dolly Levi (Shirley Booth) sets her sights on miserly department store magnate Horace Vandergelder (Paul Ford) who already has intentions towards the lovely lady milliner Irene Malloy (Shirley MacLaine). It's a good thing for Dolly that Vandergelder's overworked clerks Cornelius Hackl (Anthony Perkins) and Barnaby Tucker (Broadway cast transplant Robert Morse) decide to play hooky and monkey wrench the works. 16×9 Widescreen.

THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED (1966) Sidney Pollack directs this cinematic expansion of Tennessee Williams' devastating one act play, with a young Francis Ford Coppola making script contributions. A waif dressed in rags (To Kill a Mockingbird's Mary Badham) tells a tale of woe to a young boy (Jon Provost) outside a condemned boarding house. It's the story of her sister Alva Starr (Natalie Wood), the town's main attraction at the too-young age of sixteen and Owen Legate (Robert Redford), the railroad man sent to shut the town down. In a storm of passions and cheap experiences, the chance of reclaimed innocence flickers. But can love truly triumph over knowledge? A superb cast fills out the passion play, including Charles Bronson, Kate Reid, Dabney Coleman and Robert Blake. 16×9 Widescreen.

FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER (1981) Master craftsmen Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Inherit the Wind) presciently presented a play about the first woman justice on the Supreme Court – a conservative! – in 1977. By the time Ronald Neame directed the film adaptation, life imitated art in a very big way when Ronald Reagan (Voice of the Turtle) nominated Sandra Day O'Connor to the bench on July 7, 1981. Jill Clayburgh plays the conservative Judge Loomis, while Walter Matthau plays her left-leaning foil, Judge Snow, in full amiable curmudgeon mode. Barnard Hughes plays the Chief Justice charged with keeping his fractious court in balance as they take on standards of indecency, pornography and free speech. 16×9 Widescreen.

SHIRLEY VALENTINE (1989) Willy Russell's one woman show Shirley Valentine, the tale of a lower middle class Liverpudlian lass' middle aged sexual re-awakening, was a smash stage hit with Pauline Collins in the role. Lewis Gilbert wisely retained her services for this cinematic treatment thats opens the story up while still retaining its dramaturgical charms. Tom Conti is a delight as an aging Greek Casanova, lampooning his own considerable screen smolder reputation. Shirley Valentine took world cinema by storm upon its initial release, and still strikes a moving, quirky chord decades later. 16×9 Widescreen.

HBO Never Forgets

AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS (2013) Elephants, majestic and intelligent,have suffered under the hands of humans for hundreds of years. They're poached for their tusks, chained in captivity and their natural habitats destroyed. Narrated and executive produced by Lily Tomlin and directed and produced by Amy Schatz, An Apology to Elephants is an HBO family documentary that illustrates how elephants live in the wild – from their matriarchal structure to their truly impressive memories – and examines the problems and issues that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.

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