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May 272014

photo for Russell Crowe stars as Noah, the man chosen by his God to undertake the great task of saving animal species before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. An interesting and exciting — if controversial to some — take on the Biblical epic. Blu-ray extras: Three behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Iceland: Extreme Beauty,” “The Ark Exterior: A Battle for 300 Cubits” and “The Ark Interior: Animals Two By Two.” Vitals: Director: Darren Aronofsky. Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Nick Nolte. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 137 min., Drama, Box office gross: $99.877 million, Paramount.

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May 272014

photo for As an auteur whose midnight movie classics, “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain” captivated enthusiastic audiences, cult-film director Alejandro Jodorowsky set his sights on his most ambitious project yet — a feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s futuristic best-seller, “Dune.” In 1975, Jodorowsky began work on this most ambitious project. Starring his own 12-year-old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger (“Alien”)and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of the novel was poised to change cinema forever. After two years, however, the project fell apart. Through interviews with legends and luminaries including Giger, Gary Kurtz (producer, “Star Wars: Episodes IV and V”) and Nicholas Winding Refn (director, “Drive”), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky, director Frank Pavich’s film finally unearths the full saga of “The Greatest Science Fiction Movie Never Made.” Jodorowsky granted Pavich unprecedented access to his production materials on the ill-fated project, including the extraordinary hard-bound book of meticulous story boards, which Jodorowsky used as a “calling card” to pitch his film to Hollywood studios. Jodorowsky also provided candid and comprehensive interviews about his ambitious screenplay, and his global search for a stellar cast and crew to bring his vision to the screen. Extras: Deleted scenes. Vitals: Director: Frank Pavich. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $.523 million, Sony.

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May 272014

From the Big Screen:

“Endless Love.” For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Highlights:

Now that director Wes Anderson has had a critical and boxoffice success with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (which is due to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17), pundits have been reevaluating the auteur’s output and are casting gleeful eyes at many of his overlooked gems, taking closer looks at “The Royal Tenenbaums,” (2001) “Rushmore” (1998) and “Bottle Rocket” (1996). The folks over at The Criterion Collection are one step ahead of the curve, and have re-released one of photo for Anderson’s most overlooked films, “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” (2004) in a new Blu-ray edition. Once again Anderson has created a unique world of his own, populated with oddball and over-the-edge characters reveling in oddball and over-the-edge adventures. Internationally famous and eccentric oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew — Team Zissou — set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot (Owen Wilson); a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett); and Zissou’s estranged wife, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). Anderson assembled an all-star cast that also included Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Seu Jorge, and Bud Cort for this wildly original adventure comedy. And don’t forget the pirates. In a new, restored digital transfer, approved by Anderson, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Also this week from Criterion are restored versions of Howard Hawks’ classic Western “Red River” (1948), a rowdy and whip-smart film that stars John Wayne as an embittered, tyrannical Texas rancher whose tensions with his independent-minded adopted son, played by Montgomery Clift in a breakout performance, reach epic proportions during a cattle drive to Missouri, which is based on a real-life late 19th century expedition. Hawks is less interested in historical accuracy than in tweaking the codes of masculinity that propel the myths of the American West. The film is in two versions: a new 4K digital restoration of the rarely presented original theatrical release version, the preferred cut of Hawks, with monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; and a 2K restoration of the longer version of “Red River.” In a Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition.

There’s plenty of great TV coming to DVD this week:
“The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series” (1972-78) Nineteen-disc set with all 142 episodes of the sitcom classic that stars the incomparable Bob Newhart as Dr. Robert Hartley, a Chicago psychologist who finds himself surrounded by some unusual and neurotic characters on the job, as well as at home. Stars Suzanne photo for The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series Pleshette as his quick-witted and understanding wife and Bill Daily as his off-kilter neighbor. David Davis and Lorenzo Music, the writers and producers behind “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” created the series specifically with Bob Newhart in mind. According to Vince Waldron in his essay printed in the set’s accompanying 40-page booklet, like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the series was populated by witty, sincere people who daily faced the irrational realities of ordinary life. The show’s undercurrent of preposterous logic was actually an outgrowth of Newhart’s own clearly defined comic persona. The performer, whose nightclub act routinely featured one-sided conversations with Abraham Lincoln, Sir Walter Raleigh, and King Kong, was certainly no stranger to surrealism. “Comedy,” Newhart once said, “is my way of bringing logic to an illogical situation.” There’s also little doubt that Pleshette’s unapologetic sensuality gave the show a distinctive, sophisticated edge. Extras include the original unaired pilot; “Group Therapy” (2014), in which Newhart sits down with Peter Bonerz, Jack Riley, Bill Daily and Michael Zinberg; “The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary” (1991), in which the entire cast assembles for a one-hour clip show that finds the show’s characters in the present day; commentaries with Newhart, Marcia Wallace, David Davis, Peter Bonerz, Fred Willard, Jim Burrows, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston and Jack Riley; gag reel; 40 page collectable booklet with an essay by Emmy-winning writer Vince Waldron. $129.99 from Shout! Factory.

“The Bridge – Season One”photo for The Bridge - Season One (2011 — Denmark/Sweden) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. The series begins when a woman is found murdered in the middle of the Oresund Bridge, right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. Police from both countries are called to the scene and what looks like one murder, turns out to be two. It’s a spectacular double murder: the bodies have been brutally cut in half at the waist and put together to form a single corpse. It’s also just the beginning of a wave of violence the likes of which no one has ever seen before. Both police forces find themselves in a race against the clock in a deadly showdown with a superior enemy, and no one will be the same when it’s over. Inspired the FX remake that aired in the U.S. in 2013. In Swedish and Danish with English Subtitles. $49.95 from MHz Home Entertainment.

“Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series” (1967-68) Eight-disc set with all 23 feature-length episodes, $79.98. Airing on CBS from September 1967 to March of 1968, the series was produced by the creators of “Gunsmoke,” and was one of only three 90-minute photo for Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series weekly Western series that aired during the 1960s (the others are “The Virginian” and, for one season, “Wagon Train”) and the only 90-minute series of any kind to be centered primarily around one lead character. Set in 1888 as the frontier was closing, U.S. Marshall Jim Crown (Stuart Whitman) was assigned to protect Cimarron (the border region between the Kansas Territory and Indian Territory) and surrounding areas, following a stint cleaning up Abilene. Arriving to find that the local sheriff had resigned, it falls upon Crown to keep law and order in a lawless land. Guest stars included Beau Bridges, David Carradine, Seymour Cassel, Joseph Cotton, Robert Duvall, Victor French, Mariette Hartley, Darren McGavin, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Oates, Slim Pickens, Suzanne Pleshette, Denver Pyle, Telly Savalas, John Saxon, Tom Skerrit, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Voight, Tuesday Weld and many more. From Entertainment One.

“Wallander (Season 3)” (2013 – Sweden) Krister Henriksson returns as Detective Kurt Wallander from the best-selling crime series by Swedish author Henning Mankell. Wallander is Ystad’s veteran detective who’s photo for Wallender (Season 3) finally learned to find respite from the job in the moments of grace that came from living on the beach with his dog, Jussi, or spending time with his granddaughter. He’s still on the outs at work, however: offbeat methods make him an irritant for management and his colleague, Martinsson, is angling for his position. But no one in the department has the uncanny sense of the criminal mind that he does. Whether it’s Cold War spies, pedophiles, human traffickers or kidnappers, Wallander knows when he’s being lied to and when the story hasn’t been fully told. Wallander is also trying to get a few things right with his daughter and fellow cop, Linda. He’s arrived at his life’s twilight clinging to the one thing he knows, which is how to do police work. In that, Wallander is a man at the top of his game. He’s also a man at the end of his game. In Swedish with English Subtitles. Four-disc set with five episodes, $69.95 from MHz Home Entertainment.

There’s a pair of horror outings making their Blu-ray debuts this week:
“Sleepaway Camp Collector’s Edition” (1983), starring Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Paul DeAngelo, Karen Fields, Desiree Gould, Frank Saladino in a new 2K scan of the original photo for Sleepaway Camp Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT camera negative, available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo from Scream factory/Shout! Factory: Welcome to Camp Arawak, where teenagers learn to experience the joys of nature, as well as each other. But when these happy campers begin to die in a series of horrible “accidents,” they discover that someone — or something — has turned their summer of fun into a vacation to dismember … and “Dan Curtis’ Dracula” (1974 — TV), starring Jack Palance, Fiona Lewis, Simon Ward and Nigel Davenport. Adapted for the small screen by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson (“The Twilight Zone,” “I Am Legend,” “Duel”) and produced by the legendary Dan Curtis (“Dark Shadows,” “Trilogy of Terror,” “The Winds of War”). Palance stars as Count Dracula, whose centuries-old existence is threatened after he attacks the lovely Lucy Westenra and her fiance calls in famed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing to investigate. Transferred and restored in 2K High Definition from the original 35mm camera negative. From MPI Home Video.

From TV to DVD:

“Covert Affairs: Season Four” (2013) is a four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.98 from Universal … In “Jack Irish, Set 2” (2014), Guy Pearce returns as down-on-his-luck private detective Jack Irish in this cinematic Australian noir series. The feature-length mystery finds jack grappling with more personal and professional drama as he continues to investigate crimes in Melbourne’s seedy underbelly. When a man he’s been tasked to find turns up photo for Jack Irish, Set 2 dead from a drug overdose, Jack thinks his job is done. But his client compels him to continue working on the case, revealing a personal stake that Jack can’t ignore. As he digs deeper, Jack uncovers a conspiracy involving smuggling, police corruption, and blackmail that could compromise someone close to his heart. On Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Acorn Media … “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 2” (2014) includes all 13 episodes of the second series. Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is back with more intriguing mysteries and exquisite fashion. A private detective in 1920s Melbourne, Phryne has a knack for being in the right place at the right time — and she’s usually armed with the right weapon. Aided by her maid, Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), Phryne ventures from the city’s mansions to its brothels, gaining admirers and enemies along the way. Often assisting their investigations are Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt). Jack finds Phryne’s eager interest in his cases photo for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Series 2 exasperating, but he comes to rely on her crime-solving instincts — and is increasingly captivated by her other charms. In a four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray from Acorn Media … In “Pioneers of Television: Season 4” (2013), Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Ray Romano, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Bob Newhart, Dick Van Dyke and dozens more A-list TV stars tell behind-the-scenes tales of America’s most popular shows in the fourth season of the PBS series: “Standup to Sitcom,” “Doctors and Nurses,” “Acting Funny” and “Breaking Barriers.” $24.99 from PBS Distribution … “Suits: Season Three” (2013-14) is a four-disc set with 12 episodes, $44.98 from Universal … How were ancient builders, including those at Stonehenge, able to create structures around the world with one consistent unit of measurement — the “megalithic yard” — despite being oceans apart? “The Universe: Season 7 – Ancient Mysteries Solved” (2014) uses experts and CGI from “The Universe” to reveal the answer and demonstrate how our past is connected to the history of the universe. DVD: $19.98, Blu-ray Disc: $19.99 from Lionsgate.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In order to be reinstated to the bar and regain custody of her daughter, hotshot lawyer Cate McCall (Kate Beckinsale) — sober, in recovery and on probation — reluctantly takes on the appeal of a woman who claims she was wrongfully convicted of murder … and uncovers a web of deceit and corruption that extends to the most powerful echelons of the police department in “The Trials of Cate McCall” (2013), co-starring Nick Nolte, James Cromwell, Clancy Brown and Taye Diggs. From Vertical Entertainment … “Journey to the West” (2013 — China) is the latest action-comedy from Stephen Chow, centered on Tang Sanzang, a Buddhist trying to protect a village from three demons, his emerging feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who helps him, and Sanzang’s transformative encounter with the Monkey King. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment … “Gambit” (2013), starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman, is a caper comedy about an art curator who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet … but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen. This remake of the 1966 caper comedy was directed by Michael Hoffman from a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Sony … Boasting a large cult following overseas and a film festivals favorite, photo for House in the Alley the gripping haunted house thriller “House in the Alley” (2012 — Vietnam), starring Thanh Van Ngo, Son Bao Tran and Van Hai Bui, is about a couple who slowly lose their sanity haunted by the traumatic death of their son and the paranormal disturbances in their house from an unspeakable past. From Scream Factory/Shout! Factory … “Independence Daysaster” (2013), starring Ryan Merriman, Andrea Brooks, Emily Holmes and Tom Everett Scott, is a Syfy Original Movie that puts a small town firefighter, a rag-tag team of nerds and do-gooders, a rogue scientist, and the stranded president of the United States up against some very evil space invaders that make the Transformers look like kids toys. From Anchor Bay … “An Adventure in Space and Time” (2013), starring David Bradley, Jessica Raine, Sacha Dhawan and Brian Cox, is a BBC drama that travels back in time over 50 years to witness the creation of an icon — the birth of Doctor Who. From BBC Home Entertainment … When a young model is found brutally murdered, a fetish photographer and homicide detective are brought together at the crime scene through a shared if sadistic interest and, before long, an unlikely friendship develops between the two, as each tries to involve themselves in the other’s professional life — leading to horrific consequences in “24 Exposures” (2013), starring Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Helen Rogers and Caroline White. From IFC Films … In “Eastern Bandits” (2012 — China), starring Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Yi, Zhang Xinyi and Ni Jingyang, an anti-Japanese resistance fighter during World War II infiltrates a gang of bandits to enlist their help in assassinating a Japanese prince. When the plan goes awry, they’re ambushed and must escape to save their lives. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA … photo for Claire In “Claire” (2013), starring Aiden Bristow, Cory Driscoll, Avital Ash, Jennifer Baute, Landon Ashworth and Tybee Diskin, a high school football hero obsesses on the death of Claire, a girl he didn’t know and who was killed by a drunk driver; in the course of his investigation of her life he alienates his social group friends, who had wronged her in the past, and his own life spirals out of control when he confronts the question: Did he unknowingly play a role in Claire’s death? From Monarch Home Entertainment … “Cheap Thrills” (2013), starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner and Amanda Fuller, is a black comedy/thriller about a scheming couple who put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares during the course of an evening at a local bar. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Drafthouse Films … “Tapped Out” (2013) follows a former Karate prodigy who decides to compete in an MMA tournament to avenge his family’s death. Stars MMA champion Krzysztof Soszynski, MMA champion Anderson Silva, MMA champion Lyoto Machida, Jess Brown, Daniel Faraldo and Martin Kove. From Lionsgate … In “Buttwhistle” (2014), Ogden Confer, a community college student who, while dealing with the recent loss of his best pal, Rose, foils the suicide effort of a mysterious young lady, Beth, discovers that the young woman wants to make him pay for not minding his own business. Star Trevor Morgan, Elizabeth Rice, Analeigh Tipton and Thomas Jane. From Breaking Glass Pictures … The new fitness club in town has everything a health nut could ever want: a variety of workout machines, classes taught by friendly (and frisky) instructors, and a state-of-the-art computer control system for maximum client comfort. Unfortunately, it’s also possessed by the evil spirit of the owner’s dead wife, and before long every dumbbell, leg press and rowing machine becomes a deadly weapon for her to enact bloody vengeance on the club’s beautiful members in “Death Spa” (1989), starring William Bumille, Brenda Bakke, Ken Foree and Rosalind Cash. From Gorgon Video/MPI).

On the Indie Front:

After her husband suffers a debilitating stroke, spirited Irish housewife Vanetia Casey struggles to keep her family together in the wake of tragedy in “Run and Jump” (2013), starring Maxine Peake and Will Forte. Help comes in the form of American doctor Ted Fielding, whose research grant for documenting the family’s recovery process takes care of photo for saving Grace B. Jones finances but also requires that the straight-laced doctor live with the chaotic Casey family for two months. From IFC Films … “Could This Be Love” (2014), starring Drew Sidora, Tommy Ford and Romeo Miller, is an urban rom-com about a small town country girl who returns home after college to take over the family business, her father’s beloved bed and breakfast. Facing an unfaithful husband and dysfunctional relationship with her mother, she finds herself at a difficult crossroads … until a young, handsome lawyer checks in and opens her eyes to an entirely different life. From Entertainment One … In a 1950s-era Missouri town the life of a couple is thrown into chaos when the husband’s sister is released from the local asylum and comes to live with the family in “Saving Grace B. Jones” (2009), directed by Connie Stevens and starring Michael Biehn, Tatum O’Neal, Penelope Ann Miller, Piper Laurie and Scott Wilson. From ARC Entertainment.

For the Family:

In “Dora and Boots – Best Friends Forever” (2013), the inseparable Nickelodeon duo explore a magical rainforest amusement park, celebrate Best Friends Day, rescue Boots’ beloved shiny red boots, recover Boot’s lost cuddly dinosaur, and more. Eight episodes, $14.99 from Nickelodeon/Paramount … “Dreamworks Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 2” (2013) is the second part of the award-winning TV series based on the animated movie “How to Train Your Dragon.” From Fox.

Special Interest:

“The People vs. Paul Crump” (1962): William Friedkin’s first feature film, newly restored from an archival 16mm print. Before directing “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist,” William Friedkin made one of the most powerful documentaries you’ve never seen. Paul Crump, 22, was caught up in a failed robbery with photo for The People vs. Paul Crump four other black men and was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Friedkin so believed in Crump’s innocence that he made “The People vs. Paul Crump” in order to save his life. On March 20, 1953, five men robbed a meatpacking plant in Chicago’s Union Stock Yards. Their getaway went awry, and a security guard was killed. Four of the men received jail sentences and were eventually paroled. The fifth, Paul Crump, confessed under questionable interrogation tactics, then retracted, only to be convicted and sentenced to the chair. After 14 stays of execution, local TV director William Friedkin and his cinematographer Bill Butler took to the streets with lightweight cameras to appeal for Crump’s return to society. The resulting film contributed to the commutation of Crump’s sentence and launched Friedkin’s Hollywood career. Produced for Chicago’s WBKB (ABC) with a budget of only $14,000, the film was never aired due to its controversial subject matter. Besides the occasional retrospective, opportunities to see this formative Friedkin film are rare. From Facets Releasing … “The Kennedys: Triumph and Tragedy” (2014) is a box set that features the two-part documentary “The Kennedys,” the bonus program “Oswald’s Ghost,” as well as a booklet and 24 pieces of memorabilia related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. DVD, $29.99, from PBS Distribution … the documentary photo for Hitler and the Nazi “Hitler and the Nazi” (2014) offers an absorbing look at Adolf Hitler’s brutal rise to power and features archived footage and interviews. Tracing his rise, first through politics and then through force, to become Germany’s most powerful leader, the film captures the ruthless dictator as he marches Germany into another war in a delusional quest for global domination. Three-disc DVD, $29.98 from Cinedigm … Chief Petty Officer Lance Vacarro, a highly-decorated Navy SEAL, gave his life for his country in 2008. Two years later, to honor his sacrifice, four Navy SEAL riders and a support team launched The Lance Vacarro Memorial Ride that covered the continental United States — from Virginia to Alaska and back — in his honor and memory. “Ride for Lance” (2014) documents the event. $24.98 from Anchor Bay.

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May 262014

photo for Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with this subversive comedy … and stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, “The Minds and Mouths Behind Bad Words,” commentary with Jason Bateman. Vitals: Director: Jason Bateman. Stars: Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall, Judith Hoag, Beth Grant. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 89 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $7.738 million, Universal.

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May 262014

July. A time for baseball, apple pie, barbecues and ice-cold lemonade on hot nights. Also time to catch up on Olive Films’ July slate of classic and cult DVD & Bluray releases:

July 1: Operation Petticoat
July 1: So This Is New York
July 1: Good Sam
July 8: Caught
July 8: The Lost Moment
July 8: Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid
July 15: Armored Attack
July 15: Arch of Triumph
July 22: Forever Female
July 22: The Other Love
July 29: Daisy: A Hen in the Wild

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May 232014





 For The First Time Ever, Acclaimed Television Series And Feature Film Arrive In One Complete Box Set With Upgraded Picture,

 Newly Produced And Archival Special Features …

All Under the Personal Supervision of David Lynch

 Available July 29, 2014

 HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (May 15, 2014) – Twenty-five years after the shocking murder of  Laura Palmer in the acclaimed series from legendary filmmaker David Lynch and writer/producer Mark Frost, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution will release TWIN PEAKS – THE ENTIRE MYSTERY.

Arriving for the first time on stunning High Definition Blu-ray with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on July 29th, this comprehensive collection contains every episode from the complete television series; both the U.S. and international versions of the series’ Pilot; the North American Blu-ray debut of Lynch’s follow-up feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me; and nearly 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes from the film. The set also features newly transferred Log Lady introductions for each episode; picture upgrades to many shots in the TV series; a new featurette with Lynch and the actors who portrayed the Palmer family which includes a mesmerizing return to the lives of their characters today; and hours of never-before-released material that dives into the fascinating story behind the celebrated pop culture classic.

Along with a newly transferred version of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, created from a 4K scan of the original negative, TWIN PEAKS – THE ENTIRE MYSTERY Blu-ray box set boasts the long-awaited missing pieces from the original version of the film – nearly an hour-and-a-half of deleted/alternate scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – often referred to as the “holy grail” of Twin Peaks fandom. This feature-length experience has been directed and edited by Lynch exclusively for this release. Capping off more than 30 deleted/alternate scenes is an epilogue providing a fascinating glimpse beyond the cliffhanger finale of the TV series.

“During the last days in the life of Laura Palmer many things happened, which have never been seen before” said David Lynch. “They’re here now alongside the new transfer of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Twin Peaks, the television series.”

“We set the bar very high with our prior complete series TWIN PEAKS DVD Gold Box,” said Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Home Entertainment. “THE ENTIRE MYSTERY Blu-ray had to be spectacular in terms of both content and presentation. We are confident that we hit the mark and are bringing the fans something very special. None of this could have been possible without the day-to-day involvement of David Lynch.”

TWIN PEAKS – THE ENTIRE MYSTERY is loaded with special features. In the two-part feature “Between Two Worlds,” Lynch himself interviews the Palmer family (Leland, Sarah and daughter Laura) about their current existence in this life and the next, and follows up with a discussion with the actors who portray them. TWIN PEAKS – THE ENTIRE MYSTERY also features “Moving Through Time: Fire Walk With Me Memories,” an exclusive retrospective documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew who recount the making of the Twin Peaks movie and working with David Lynch. The collection also features high-definition versions of the Log Lady episode introductions, transferred from recently unearthed 16mm film negative, a selection of newly discovered deleted scenes and outtakes from the television series, and three Twin Peaks photo galleries with over 130 behind-the-scenes images from David Lynch’s personal never-before-released collection. Also new to this release are 10 vignettes of iconic Twin Peaks themes called “Atmospherics.” Each features a unique montage of music, dialogue and video (including some rare outtakes) that appear as both menu backgrounds and as their own textless experience to further immerse fans in the mysterious world of Twin Peaks.

Additionally, the set features a massive collection of pre-existing special features, some of which have been re-mastered in high definition exclusively for this release, including the award-winning four-part documentary “Secrets From Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks,” and a newly extended version of the Gold Box featurette “A Slice of Lynch,” featuring the complete and uncut conversation between David Lynch and actors Kyle MacLachlan and Mädchen Amick. Additionally, this 10-disc set houses an extraordinary archive of special features culled from the entire history of Twin Peaks on home video, including featurettes, cast and crew interviews, promotional reels, archival deleted scenes…and much, much more.

Winning a Golden Globe® for Best Television Series – Drama in 1991, and a fixture in all-time top TV series lists from TIME, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide, Twin Peaks follows the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who are stunned after the homecoming queen Laura Palmer is suddenly found murdered. The investigation that follows engenders an eerie chain of events with cataclysmic results felt across the entire town. The series features an ensemble cast including Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Ray Wise, Peggy Lipton and Warren Frost. Although shot after the series ended, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is the prequel to the television series and focuses on the seven days leading up to Laura Palmer’s death. Many of the TV series cast members reprise their roles in the film and are joined by others including
Kiefer Sutherland, David Bowie, Chris Isaak and Harry Dean Stanton.

TWIN PEAKS – THE ENTIRE MYSTERY will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (Series and Feature), original English Stereo 2.0 (Series and Feature), Latin American Spanish Mono (Series), Latin American Spanish Stereo (Feature), Brazilian Portuguese Mono (Series), French Mono (Series), French 5.1 (Feature), Italian Mono (Series), Italian Stereo (Feature), German Mono (Series), German 5.1 (Feature), Castilian Mono (Series), Castilian Stereo (Feature), Japanese Mono (Series), and Japanese Stereo (Feature). The 10-disc collection also includes English SDH, Latin American Spanish, French, Italian, German, Castilian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish subtitles (Series and Feature).

It will be available for the suggested retail price of $109.99 U.S. and $129.99 Canada.  The disc breakdown is as follows:

 Disc One:

  • Pilot

o        Original Version

o        Alternate International Version

  • Episode 1
  • Episode 2
  • Special Features

o        Log Lady Intros (HD)

o        Preview and recaps on select episodes (HD)


Disc Two:

  • Episode 3
  • Episode 4
  • Episode 5
  • Episode 6
  • Episode 7
  • Special Features

o        Season 1 Image Gallery

o        Twin Peaks Sneak Peeks (HD)

o        Log Lady Intros (HD)

o        Previews and recaps on select episodes (HD)


 Disc Three:

  • Episode 8
  • Episode 9
  • Episode 10
  • Special Features

o        A Slice of Lynch: Uncut (HD) – NEW!

o        Season 2 Image Gallery

o        Promos (HD/SD)

o        Log Lady Intros (HD)

o        Preview and recaps on select episodes (HD)


Disc Four:

  • Episode 11
  • Episode 12
  • Episode 13
  • Episode 14
  • Special Features

o        Series Deleted Scenes

o        Series Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!

o        Outtakes (HD) – NEW!

o        Log Lady Intros (HD)

o        Preview and recaps on select episodes (HD)


Disc Five:

  • Episode 15
  • Episode 16
  • Episode 17
  • Episode 18
  • Special Features

o        Return To Twin Peaks

o        Location Guide

o        The Glastonbury Archives

§         17 Pieces of Pie: Shooting at the Mar T (AKA RR) Diner

§         Mark Frost Interview with Wrapped in Plastic

§         Learning to Speak in the Red Room

§         An Introduction to David Lynch

§         Lucy Bumpers

§         1-900 Hotline

§         Production Documents

§         Image Galleries

o        Log Lady Intros (HD)

o        Preview and recaps on select episodes (HD)


Disc Six:

  • Episode 19
  • Episode 20
  • Episode 21
  • Episode 22
  • Special Features

o        Postcards From The Cast

o        Twin Peaks Sneak Peaks (HD)

o        Log Lady Intros (HD)

o        Preview and recaps on select episodes (HD)


Disc Seven:

  • Episode 23
  • Episode 24
  • Episode 25
  • Episode 26
  • Special Features

o        Cast And Crew Interviews

o        Log Lady Intros (HD)

o        Preview and recaps on select episodes (HD)


Disc Eight:

  • Episode 27
  • Episode 28
  • Episode 29
  • Special Features

o        Secrets From Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks (HD)

§         Northwest Passage: Creating the Pilot

§         Freshly Squeezed: Creating Season One

§         Where We’re From: Creating the Music

§         Into the Night: Creating Season Two

o        Log Lady Intros (HD)

o        Preview and recaps on select episodes (HD)


Disc Nine:

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me  
  • The Missing Pieces: Deleted/Alternate Scenes (HD)NEW!
  • Special Feature

o        Archival Interviews


Disc Ten:

  • Special Features

o        Between Two Worlds (HD) – NEW!

§         Palmer Family Interview

§         Actors Discussion

o        Moving Through Time: Fire Walk With Me Memories (HD) – NEW!

o        Reflections On The Phenomenon Of Twin Peaks

o        US Trailer

o        International Trailer

o        Fire Walk With Me Photo Gallery – NEW!

o        Atmospherics (HD) – NEW!

§         Trees/Woods

§         Pie

§         Signs/Places

§         Coffee

§         Notes

§         Water

§         Donuts

§         Owls

§         The Ring

§         The Red Room
High Definition special features are denoted (HD).  Configuration and names of special features are subject to change.


Street Date:                 July 29, 2014

Suggest retail price:       $109.99 US / $129.99 CAN

Catalog #:                     144394

Series Run Time:           Approx. 25 hours, 3 minutes

Film Run Time:              Approx. 2 hours, 14 minutes

Series U.S. Rating:        NR

Film Run Time:              R – Strong Violence, Sex and Drug Content, Language

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May 232014

photo for 3 Days to Kill Kevin Costner plays a dying CIA hit man who quits the agency to get closer to his estranged wife and daughter in Paris but takes on one last job when he’s offered an experimental drug that could save his life. The catch: He has to hunt down and kill the world’s most ruthless terrorist while looking after his angry teenage daughter for the first time in 10 years while his wife is out of town. While it’s a distinct pleasure to see the 59-year-old Costner take on the bad guys (and even some teen bad guys who mess with his daughter), the film is much too uneven to make it a totally enjoyable viewing experience; the story bounces back and forth between super-violent CIA killing sprees and domestic housekeeping. But Costner, a grizzled veteran of the Hollywood wars, redeems the film as he moves seamlessly from confident killer to worried dad. Writer Luc Besson loves strong women, and throws in a tarted-up Amber Heard as Costner’s CIA handler, putting a new spin on “La Femme Nikita” for director McG. Extras: “Covert Operation” featurette, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds extended cut, “The Making of 3 Days to Kill,” “McG’s Method.” Vitals: Director: McG. Stars: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Tomas Lemarquis, Richard Sammel. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 117 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $28.462 million, Fox. 2 stars

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May 232014

photo for “The Monuments Men” could have been an exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR to go into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from the Nazis but instead becomes a muddled mess in the hands of director George Clooney, whose previous helming duties have been spotty at best — aside from his debut behind the camera on “Good Night, and Good Luck.” The problem is uneven pacing, truncated and unfinished sequences, and an elliptical structure that never lets the viewer get a handle on the plot line or the characters. Which is a shame, because the true story of the seven museum directors, curators, and art historians who were part of the real-life Monuments Men is at once fascinating and awe-inspiring as they found themselves behind enemy lines in Germany to salvage 1,000 years of culture one step ahead of the advancing Allies and Russians. For a more involving and exciting look at an attempt to rescue a Nazi horde of art, check out John Frankenheimer’s 1964 “The Train,” starring Burt Lancaster. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes: “George Clooney’s Mission” and “Marshaling the Cast.” Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, “The Real Monuments Men,” “A Woman Amongst the Monuments Men.” Vitals: Director: George Clooney. Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Drama, Box office gross: $73.881 million, Sony. 2 stars

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May 232014

Due August 5: Need for Speed photo for

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle-cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west. Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first. Based on the best-selling video game series. Extras: “Capturing Speed: Making an Authentic Car Movie,” “Need for Speed Rivals” trailer. Blu-ray adds “Ties That Bind,” “The Circus Is In Town,” commentary with director Scott Waugh and Aaron Paul, Monarch & Maverick outtakes, deleted scenes, “The Sound of Need for Speed,” “B-Camera” crash compilation (Easter Egg). Vitals: Director: Scott Waugh. Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 130 min., Action, Box office gross: $43.189 million, Disney.

Due August 12: photo for Muppets Most Wanted

Two Frogs! One Pig! Intrigue! Music! Mayhem! Muppets! Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit — and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two (Ricky Gervais). Kermit is put behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey), and Constantin takes his place. As Constantine Dominic plot the robbery of the century, they are pursued by Sam Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Will Constantine get away with his nefarious scheme? Will Kermit escape in time to save the day? With guest cameos by Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoph Waltz and more. Extras: “I’ll Get You What You Want” music video performed by Bret McKenzie. Blu-ray adds “The Unnecessarily Extended Cut” featuring 12 minutes of exclusive scenes not seen in theaters; “The Statler and Waldorf Cut,” “The Longer Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History,” “Rizzo’s Biggest Fan.” Vitals: Director: James Bobin. Stars: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 107 min., Family, Box office gross: $50.012 million, Disney.

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May 232014

Due July 8: The Raid 2

photo for Immediately following the events of the sleeper hit “The Raid” (2011) — in which he fought his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen — Rama (Iko Uwais) is forced to reinvent himself as an undercover cop in order to provide protection for his wife and child. Working for the anti-corruption taskforce led by the one person he can trust, Bunawar (Cok Simbara), he is given a mission to engage himself as an enforcer for a local mob boss, Bangun (Tio Pakusodewo). Finding a way in through Bangun’s son Uco (Arifin Putra), Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with police force corruption. All the while, he harbors a dangerous and personal vendetta for revenge and justice that threatens to consume him — and bring both this mission and the organized crime syndicates crashing down. Extras: English dub in addition to the original Indonesian language version of the film; director commentary with Gareth Huw Evans; featurettes: “The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel” and “Cinefamily Foundation Q&A with Gareth Huw Evans, Iko Uwais & Joe Trapanese.” Blu-ray adds “Gang War” deleted scene; featurettes: “Ready for a Fight: On Location” and “Violent Ballet: Behind the Choreography.” Vitals: Director: Gareth Huw Evans. Stars: Iko Uwais, Cok Simbara, Tio Pakusodewo, Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 150 min., Action, Box office gross: $2.586 million, Sony.

Due August 5: Divergent

photo for Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another — for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests that transform them all. But Tris has a secret: She’s a Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. Targeted by a faction leader determined to eliminate all Divergents, Tris turns to the one person she believes she can trust: Four, an instructor for the militant Dauntless faction, and a man full of dark secrets. Together, Tris and Four uncover a mind-bending conspiracy that will put their courage to the ultimate test … and forever link their destinies. Based on Veronica Roth’s No. 1 New York Times best-selling book series which has sold nearly 22 million copies worldwide. The next three installments — “Insurgent” and “Allegiant Parts 1 & 2” — will be released theatrically on March 20, 2015, March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017, respectively. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Neil Burger, commentary with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. Blu-ray adds “Bringing Divergent to Life” documentary, “Faction Before Blood” featurette. Vitals: Director: Neil Burger. Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zo Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q , Mekhi Phifer, Kate Winslet. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 139 min., Sci-Fi-Action-Romance, Box office gross: $146.775 million, Lionsgate.

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