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    March 5
  • The Nativity Story

    (2006) Dir.: Catherine Hardwicke; Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Nativity Story: A Director's Journey" featurette. (Warner).
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Blu-ray Collection

    All seven original "Nightmare" films on five discs, $59.99. Extras: "The Life and Crimes of Freddy Krueger" featurette. (Warner).
  • One Night With the King

    (2006) Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif, John Rhys-Davies, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Peter O'Toole. Extras: Commentary. (Fox).
  • Schindler's List 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

    (1993) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz. Restored from the original film negative in high definition, supervised by Spielberg. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Voices from the List" documentary with testimonies from those who survived the Holocaust thanks to Oskar Schindler; "USC Shoah Foundation Story with Steven Spielberg": The director shows how filming "Schindler's List" inspired him to establish the USC Shoah Foundation. (Universal).
  • Westworld

    (1973) Dir.: Michael Crichton; Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin. (Warner).


    March 12
  • The Blob

    (1958) A cult classic of gooey greatness," The Blob" follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQuee playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects help "The Blob" transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, "The Blob" helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film's many unexpected pleasures. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder and the other by director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and actor Robert Fields; trailer; "Blobabilia!": a gallery of collector Wes Shank's rare trove of stills, posters, props (including the blob itself) and other ephemera; essay by critic Kim Newman. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Brother Bear & Brother Bear 2 -- 2 Movie Collection

    (2003,2006) Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: Deleted song, deleted scenes, outtakes, Rutt & Tuke's commentary, bear legends, sing-along songs, music video, "The Making of Brother Bear," "Behind the Music of Brother Bear 2." (Disney).
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame & The Hunchback of Notre Dame II -- 2 Movie Collection

    (1996, 2002) Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: "The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame," commentary, multi-language reel: "A Guy Like You," "Behind the Scenes With Jennifer Love Hewitt," "A Gargoyle's Life." (Disney).
  • Ministry of Fear

    (1944) Suffused with dread and paranoia, this Fritz Lang adaptation of a novel by Graham Greene is a plunge into the eerie shadows of a world turned upside down by war. En route to London after being released from a mental institution, Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) stops at a seemingly innocent village fair, after which he finds himself caught in the web of a sinister underworld with possible Nazi connections. Lang was among the most illustrious of the European emigre filmmakers working in Hollywood during World War II, and "Ministry of Fear" is one of his finest American productions, an unpredictable thriller with style to spare. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney, trailer, essay by critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Mulan & Mulan II: 15th Anniversary Edition -- 2 Movie Collection

    (1998, 2004) Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo, two-disc DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes; backstage Disney featurettes; music videos including Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, 98 Degrees, Jackie Chan and more; commentary.(Disney).
  • Tristana

    (1970 -- Spain) Dir.: Luis Bunuel; Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero. A surreal criticism of Catholicism and the modern world, told through the story of Tristana (Deneuve), a young Spanish woman left to the care of Don Lope (Rey) -- a protective but impoverished aristocrat -- when her mother dies. Don Lope sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the dispossessed and downtrodden of society. He takes advantage of the vulnerable Tristana, seducing her, but she eventually leaves him when she falls in love with Horacio (Nero). Unable to commit to him, she returns to Don Lope when she falls ill. He asks for her hand in marriage, and she accepts after losing her leg to cancer, finally choosing to remain in a passionless union rather than be subject to the harsh realities of society. Lovingly restored and remastered. Extras: Alternate ending montage, commentary between Catherine Deneuve and critic Kent Jones; 30-minute visual essay about the film featuring Bunuel scholar Peter William Evans; excerpts from Deneuve's diary entries written during production; new essay by Cineaste editor Richard Porton; a chapter on the film from scholar Raymond Durgnat's now out of print book on Bunuel. (Cohen Media Group's Cohen Film Collection).
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  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition

    (1988) Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: The Roger Rabbit Shorts (Digitally Restored): "Tummy Trouble," "Roller-Coaster Rabbit" and "Trail Mix-Up"; "Who Made Roger Rabbit?" featurette; theatrical trailer; deleted scene; "On Set! Benny the Cab"; "Behind the Ears: The True Story"; "Before & After Split-Screen"; "Toon Stand-Ins"; commentary; "Toontown Confidential" feature trivia subs, "The Valiant Files" interactive set-top gallery. (Disney).
  • Willow

    (1988) Dir.: Ron Howard; Warwick Davis, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Val Kilmer. New digital transfer overseen by Lucasfilm. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Willow: An Unlikely Hero" personal video diary of Warwick Davis, "The Making of an Adventure," "From Morf to Morphing," matte paintings, Easter Egg. (Fox).
  • Zulu Dawn

    (1979) Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Simon Ward, Bob Hoskins, John Mills. Extras: "The History of the Zulu Wars" new featurette with "Zulu Rising" author Ian Knight and historical Advisor Midge Carter, "Recreating the War" new interview with Carter,"A Visit to the Battlefield," theatrical trailer. (Severin/CAV).

    March 19
  • Badlands

    (1973) "Badlands" announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The film also introduced many of the elements that would earn Malick his passionate following: the enigmatic approach to narrative and character, the unusual use of voice-over, the juxtaposition of human violence with natural beauty, the poetic investigation of American dreams and nightmares. This debut has spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity. New 4K digital restoration, approved by Malick, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making Badlands," a new documentary featuring Sheen and Spacek and production designer Jack Fisk; new interview with editor Billy Weber about director Malick's unique approach to editing; new interview with producer Edward Pressman; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda. (The Criterion Collection).
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    (1943) Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmoded English militarism as the indelible General Clive Candy, who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history (1902 to 1942) only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr provide unforgettable support, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Blimp's and she as young women of three consecutive generations -- ­a socially committed governess, a sweet-souled war nurse, and a modern-thinking army driver -- ­who inspire him. "Colonel Blimp" is both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence shot in gorgeous Technicolor. New 4K digital master from the 2012 Film Foundation restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese, video introduction by Scorsese, "A Profile of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," restoration demonstration, hosted by Scorsese, interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell (Michael Powell's widow), Gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production stills, Gallery tracing the history of David Low's original Colonel Blimp cartoons, booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell. (The Criterion Collection).
  • On Approval

    (1944) Classic, witty British comedy of manners. Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted by two impoverished British aristocrats and invite the men to spend a month at a Scottish mansion to test their compatibility as suitors. When the unmarried foursome arrives, the staff -- shocked by the impropriety -- refuses to stay and they are left entirely on their own, and the fireworks begin. (Inception Media Group).

    March 26
  • From Beyond Collector's Edition

    (1986) Dir.: Stuart Gordon; Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree. H.P. Lovecraft's classic comes to life in this unrated director's cut. The Resonator, a powerful machine that can control the sixth sense, has killed its creator and sent his associate into an insane asylum. But when a beautiful psychiatrist becomes determined to continue the experiment, she unwittingly opens the door to a hostile parallel universe ... and to the deviant behavior within the human psyche. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with writer Denis Paoli, "Multiple Dimensions" SFX featurette, "Paging Dr. McMichaels" featurette with Barbara Crampton, "A Tortured Soul" interview with Jeffrey Combs, "An Empire Production" interview with executive producer Charles Band, commentary with director Stuart Gordon and cast, "The Director's Perspective" interview with Gordon, "The Editing Room: Lost and Found" restoration team interview, interview with composer Richard band, storyboard-to-film comparison, photo galleries. (Shout! Factory).
  • Futureworld

    (1976) Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner. Sequel to 1973's "Westworld" -- in which robots went amuck and killed guests -- has the resort rebuilt and redesigned to be fail-safe -- but a pair of reporters discover that all might be as sound as it seems. Extras: Radio spots, still gallery, trailer. (Shout! Factory).
  • A Man Escaped

    (1956) With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson made one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time. Based on the memoirs of an imprisoned French resistance leader, this unbelievably taut and methodical marvel follows the fictional Fontaine's single-minded pursuit of freedom, detailing the planning and carrying out of his escape with gripping precision. But Bresson's film is not merely process-minded -- ­it's a work of intense spirituality and humanity. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc Extras: "Bresson: Without a Trace," a 1965 episode of the television program "Cineastes de notre temps" in which the director gives his first on-camera interview; "The Essence of Forms," a 45-minute documentary from 2010 in which some of Bresson's collaborators and admirers, including actor Francois Leterrier and director Bruno Dumont, share their thoughts about the director and his work; new visual essay with text by film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Monsieur Verdoux

    (1947) Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder. Chaplin is a 20th century Bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support his wife and child, attempting to bump off a series of wealthy widows (including one played by the indefatigable Martha Raye, in a hilarious performance). This deeply philosophical and wildly entertaining film is a work of true sophistication, both for the moral questions it dares to ask and the way it deconstructs its megastar's loveable on-screen persona. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Chaplin Today: “Monsieur Verdoux," a 2003 program on the film's production and release, featuring filmmaker Claude Chabrol and actor Norman Lloyd; "Charlie Chaplin and the American Press," a new documentary featuring Chaplin specialist Kate Guyonvarch and author Charles Maland; new video essay featuring an audio interview with actress Marilyn Nash; radio advertisements and trailers; booklet featuring an essay by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and reprinted pieces by Chaplin and critic Andre Bazin. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Phantasm II Collector's Edition

    (1988) Dir.: Don Coscarelli; James LeGros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine. Released from a mental hospital, Mike continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise -- Season One

    (2001-02) Six-disc set with 25 episodes on six discs, $130.00. The cult-classic series recounts the adventures of the pioneers of space travel who ventured into the universe 100 years before James T. Kirk helmed the starship of the same name. Set in the 22nd century, "Enterprise" takes place in an era when interstellar travel is still in its infancy. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) has assembled a crew of explorers to chart the galaxy on a photo revolutionary spacecraft: Enterprise NX- 01. As the first human beings to venture into deep space, these men and women will experience the wonder and mystery of the final frontier as they seek out new life and new civilizations. Extras: "To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise" three-part retrospective documentary: "Part One: Countdown" chronicles the challenges faced by the producers and creative staff as they attempt to launch a new chapter in the Star Trek saga by making the then-radical decision to create a prequel to the beloved original series; "Part Two: Boarding the NX-01" follows the team as they begin the casting process and production on the series two-hour pilot "Broken Bow"; "Part Three: First Flight" charts the course for the rest of the series' first season including all-new interviews with key production and post-production personnel. The set also includes a candid conversation with the series' creators, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, offering a glimpse into their creative process. In addition, the Blu-ray features brand new commentaries on select episodes, along with a host of previously released special features such as deleted scenes and outtakes. Read the complete press release here. (Paramount).
  • Terminator Blu-ray Anthology

    Five-disc set with all four "Terminator" films, $49.99. (Warner).


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