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    August 7
  • Adventures In Babysitting 25th Anniversary Edition

    (1987) Dir.: Chris Columbus; Elisabeth Shue, Penelope Ann Miller, Vincent D'Onofrio, John Chandler, Keith Coogan, Maia Brewton. (Disney).
  • Blues Brothers 2000

    (1998) Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman Erykah Badu. Bonus features: "The Making of Blues Brothers 2000." (Universal).
  • Clue

    (1985) Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren. Bonus features: Three endings. (Paramount).
  • Evan Almighty

    (2007) Steve Carell, organ Freeman. Bonus features: "The Ark-itects of Noah's Ark," "Steve Carell Unscripted," "Animals on Set Two by Two," "The Almighty Green Set." (Universal).
  • Full Metal Jacket 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Book

    (1987) Dir.: Stanley Kubrick; Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Kevyn Major Howard, Arliss Howard. With a 44-page book that includes a personal letter and intimate reflections from star Matthew Modine, as well as behind-the-scenes photos specifically selected for this release. Bonus features: Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and critic/screenwriter Jay Cocks; "Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil" featurette; bonus disc with the 60-minute documentary "Stanley Kubrick's Boxes." (Warner).
  • Grosse Pointe Blank 15th Anniversary Edition

    (1997) John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Hank Azaria. (Disney).
  • High Fidelity

    (2000) Dir.: Stephen Frears; John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins, Chris Rehmann, Ben Carr, Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Sara Gilbert, Bruce Springsteen. Extras: Conversations with writer/co-producer John Cusack and director Stephen Frears, deleted scenes. (Disney).
  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet

    (1964) Don Knotts, Carole Cook, Jack Weston. (Warner).
  • The Preacher's Wife

    (1996) Dir.: Penny Marshall; Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines, Jenifer Lewis, Loretta Devine. Extras: Production featurette. (Disney).
  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 15th Anniversary Edition

    (1997) Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming. Extras: Production featurette. (Disney).
  • Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition

    (1987) Dir.: Mel Brooks; Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten. Bonus Features: New "Farce Yourself! Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi" featurette , commentary by Mel Brooks; additional commentary tracks: Mawgese, Dinkese; "Spaceballs: The Documentary" featurette; "In Conversation: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan" featurette; "John Candy: Comic Spirit" featurette; "Watch the Movie in Ludicrous Speed" featurette; Still Galleries; Trailers; Exhibitor trailer with Mel Brooks introduction; theatrical trailer; film flubs; storyboards-to-film comparison. (MGM/Fox).


    August 14
  • Cradle 2 the Grave

    (2003) Jet Li, DMX, Anthony Anderson, Kelly Hu, Tom Arnold. (Warner).
  • Fallen

    (1998) Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini, Elias Koteas. (Warner).
  • Jaws

    (1975) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton. New, digitally remastered and fully restored picture with 7.1 surround sound. Bonus features: New feature-length documentary "The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws," "Jaws: The Restoration," "The Making of Jaws," "From the Set," deleted scenes and outtakes, "Jaws" Archives. (Universal).
  • La promesse

    (1996) This is the breakthrough feature from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("The Kid With a Bike"), who would go on to become a force in world filmmaking. The brothers brought the unerring eye for detail and the compassion for those on society's lowest rungs developed in their earlier documentary work to this absorbing drama about a teenager (Jeremie Renier) gradually coming to understand the implications of his father's making a living off of illegal alien workers. Filmed in the Dardennes' industrial hometown of Seraing, Belgium, "La promesse" is a brilliantly economical and observant tale of a boy's troubled moral awakening. Director-approved special edition features new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Bonus features: Conversation between film critic Scott Foundas and filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne; new interviews with actors Jeremie Renier and Olivier Gourmet; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones. (The Criterion Collection).
  • A Man Apart

    (2003) Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate, Timothy Olyphant. (Warner).
  • New Jack City

    (1991) Dir.: Mario Van Peebles; Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles. (Warner).
  • Romeo Must Die

    (2000) Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, Delroy Lindo. (Warner).
  • Rosetta

    (1999) The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("The Kid With a Bike") turned heads with "Rosetta," an intense verite drama that closely follows a poor young woman struggling to hold on to a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother. It's a swift and simple tale made revelatory by the raw, empathetic way in which the directors render Rosetta's desperation, keeping the camera nearly perched on her shoulder throughout. Many have copied the Dardennes' style; few have equaled it. This ferocious film won big at Cannes, earning the Palme d'Or for the filmmakers and the best actress prize for the indomitable Emilie Dequenne ("The Girl on the Train"). Director-approved special edition features new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Bonus features: Conversation between film critic Scott Foundas and filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, new interview with actors Emilie Dequenne and Olivier Gourmet, trailer, booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones. (The Criterion Collection).
  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    (2001) Royal Tenenbaum( Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston) had three children: ­Chas, Margot, and Richie -- ­and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. "The Royal Tenenbaums" is a hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption from director Wes Anderson. Director-approved Blu-ray special edition features restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Bonus features: Commentary by Anderson; "With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles," featuring Anderson, interviews with and behind-the-scenes footage of actors Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Danny Glover; outtakes; "The Peter Bradley Show," featuring interviews with additional cast members; scrapbook featuring young Richie's murals and paintings, still photographs by set photographer James Hamilton, book and magazine covers, and storyboards; "Studio 360" radio segment on painter Miguel Calderon, along with examples of his work; trailers; insert with Eric Anderson's drawings of the Tenenbaum house; essay by film critic Kent Jones. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Shaft

    (1971) Dir.: Gordon Parks; Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn. (Warner).

    August 21
  • The AristoCats: Special Edition

    (1970) Two-disc Blu-ray Combo. (Disney).
  • Good Will Hunting: 15th Anniversary Edition

    (1997) Dir.: Gus Van Sant; Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver. Bonus features: "Reflecting on a Journey: Good Will Hunting 15 Years Later" new four-part featurette showcasing retrospective interviews with Damon, Affleck, Williams, Van Sant, Chris Moore and Kevin Smith; "Matt Damon Remembers Good Will Hunting" new interview with Damon; commentary with director Van Sant and actors-writers Damon and Affleck; deleted scenes; Academy Awards Best Picture montage; production featurette; "Miss Misery" music video; behind-the-scenes footage; theatrical trailer; "The Era of Good Will Hunting"; cast and crew spotlight; "Academy Awards: A Winning Season"; "Life Goes On." (Lionsgate).
  • Halloween 4

    (1988) Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur, George P. Wilbur. Extras: Deleted and alternate Scenes (30 minutes of new scenes); commentary with director Dwight H. Little and author Justin Beahm (new); commentary with actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harri; commentary with writer Alan B. McElroy, "Halloween 4/5" discussion panel, theatrical trailer. (Anchor Bay).
  • Halloween 5

    (1989) Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur. Extras: Commentary with director Dominique Othenin-Girard and actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman; commentary with actor Don Shanks and author Justin Beahm (new); "Halloween 5: Original Promo" (new) and "Halloween 5: On Set Footage" (new - 17 mins. of raw footage.) (Anchor Bay).
  • The Rescuers: 35th Anniversary & The Rescuers Down Under

    (1977, 1990) Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo. (Disney).
  • Weekend

    (2011) This sensual, remarkably observed, beautifully acted wonder is the breakout feature from British writer-director-editor Andrew Haigh. Rarely has a film been as honest about sexuality -- ­in both depiction and discussion -- ­as this tale of a one-night-stand that develops into a weekend-long idyll for two very different young men (exciting Tom Cullen and Chris New) in Midlands England. It's an emotionally naked film that's both an invaluable snapshot of the complexities of contemporary gay living and a universally identifiable portrait of a love affair. Director-approved special edition features new high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Andrew Haigh and director of photography Ula Pontikos, featuring 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Bonus features: New program featuring interviews with Haigh, Pontikos, producer Tristan Goligher, and actors Tom Cullen and Chris New; new interview with Haigh on the film's sex scenes; on-set video footage shot by New and others, and two scenes from Cullen's and New's auditions; video essay on the film' set photographers, Oisin Share and Colin Quinn; "Cahuenga Blvd." (2005) and "Five Miles Out" (2009), two short films by Haigh; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection).

    August 28
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

    (1948) Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Lenore Aubert. (Studio). Also available on DVD. (Universal).
  • Airport

    (1970) Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisse, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, Barry Nelson, Dana Wynter, Lloyd Nolan, Barbara Hale, Gary Collins. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
  • Harvey

    (1950) Dir.: Henry Koster; James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway, Victoria Horne, Jesse White. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
  • Lonesome

    (1928) The early Hollywood gem "Lonesome" is the creation of a little-known but audacious and one-of-a-kind auteur, Paul Fejos (a filmmaker/explorer/anthropologist/doctor!), who bridged the gap between the silent and sound eras. Fejos pulled out all the stops for this lovely New York City symphony set in antic Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend -- employing color tinting, superimposition effects, experimental editing, and a roving camera (plus three dialogue scenes, added because of the craze for talkies). For years, "Lonesome" has been a rare treat for festival and cinematheque audiences; it's only now coming to home video. Rarer still are the two other Fejos films included in this release: "The Last Performance" (featuring a new score by Donald Sosin) and a reconstruction of the previously incomplete sound version of "Broadway," in its time the most expensive film ever produced at Universal. New digital restoration, featuring uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Bonus features: Commentary featuring film historian Richard Koszarski; "The Last Performance," director Paul Fejos's 1929 silent starring Conrad Veidt, with a new score by Donald Sosin; reconstructed sound version of "Broadway," Fejos's 1929 musical; "Fejos Memorial," a 1963 visual essay produced by Paul Falkenberg in collaboration with Fejos's wife, Lita Binns Fejos, featuring Paul Fejos narrating the story of his life and career; audio excerpts about "Broadway" from an interview with cinematographer Hal Mohr; booklet featuring essays by critic Phillip Lopate and film historian Graham Petrie and an excerpt about "Lonesome" from Fejos's autobiography. (The Criterion Collection).
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition Blu-ray

    Five-disc set of the Extended Edition: Two discs of the feature and three discs of bonus material. $34.99. Read the complete press release with list of bonus features (Warner).
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition Blu-ray

    Five-disc set of the Extended Edition: Two discs of the feature and three discs of bonus material. $34.99. Read the complete press release with list of bonus features (Warner).
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Extended Edition Blu-ray

    Five-disc set of the Extended Edition: Two discs of the feature and three discs of bonus material. $34.99. Read the complete press release with list of bonus features (Warner).
  • Quadrophenia

    (1979) The Who's classic rock opera "Quadrophenia" was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled London of the early 1960s. Our antihero, Jimmy (Phil Daniels), is a teenager dissatisfied with family, work, and love, who identifies with the fashionable, pill-popping, scooter-driving mods, a group whose opposition to the motorcycle-riding rockers leads to a climactic riot in Brighton. Director Franc Roddam’'s rough-edged film is a quintessential chronicle of youthful rebellion and turmoil, with Pete Townshend's brilliant songs (including "I've Had Enough," "5:15" and "Love, Reign O'er Me") providing emotional support, and featuring Sting and Ray Winstone in early roles. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Director-approved special edition features new high-definition digital restoration of the uncut version, with the original 2.0 stereo soundtrack as well as an all-new 5.1 surround mix, supervised by the Who and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio. Bonus features: New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and director of photography Brian Tufano; new interview with Bill Curbishley, the film's co-producer and the Who's co-manager; new interview with the Who's sound engineer, Bob Pridden, discussing the new mix, featuring a restoration demonstration; on-set and archival footage; behind-the-scenes photographs; booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick James, a reprinted personal history by original mod Irish Jack, and Pete Townshend's liner notes from the album. (The Criterion Collection).
  • The Terminator Anthology Blu-ray

    Five-disc set with all four "Terminator" films, $49.99 from Best Buy. Extras: The Terminator: A Retrospective, deleted scenes, three versions of "T2": theatrical, extended and special editions; "T2" commentary with James Cameron and writer William Wisher, "T2" cast and crew commentary, deleted scenes/outtakes, eight hours of interactive special features: behind-the-scenes video and multimedia galleries, storyboard-script mode, quizzes and games, "Terminator: Rise of the Machines": three Audio Commentaries, "Terminator Salvation" mythology timelines, "Terminator Salvation" "Re-Forging the Future" documentary. (Warner).
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season Limited Edition Blu-ray

    (2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, housed in a zombie statue created by McFarlane Toys and designed by Greg Nicotero; $99.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, 10 featurettes, commentaries. (Anchor Bay).


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