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    September 4
  • Jeepers Creepers

    (2001) Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher. Extras: Director's cameo, commentary by director Victor Salva, "Behind the Peepers -- The Making of Jeepers Creepers," deleted and extended scenes, photo gallery -- "Last Looks," original theatrical trailer. (Fox).
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space

    (1988) Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon. Extras: Commentary with the Chiodo Brothers; five featurettes: "The Making of Killer Klowns," "Komposing Klowns," "Visual Effects with Gene Warren, Jr.," "Kreating Klowns," "Chiodo Brothers' Earliest Films"; two deleted scenes; bloopers; original theatrical trailer. (Fox).
  • Mad Monster Party

    (1967) Voices of Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller. Baron Von Frankenstein has decided to retire as the head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters. But first, he must inform the other monsters about his plans. How to deliver the news? How else -- through a Mad Monster Party. Von Frankenstein's guests include a who's who of Halloween favorites, including the Werewolf, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and more. Extras: "Mad Monster Party: Making of a Cult Classic" featurette, "Groovy Ghouls: The Music of Mad Monster Party" featurette, "It's Sheer Animagic! Secrets of Stop-Motion Animation" featurette, two bonus sing-along tracks for kids of all ages, trailer. (Lionsgate).
  • Mother's Day

    (1980) Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce, Frederick Coffin, Michael McCleery, Beatrice Pons. The cult classic remastered. Three young women are abducted by homicidal momma's boys Ike and Addley while camping. Ike and Addley are goaded by their "Mother" into violent and graphic acts of torture against the three women. While doing everything to stay alive, the three women muster the courage to escape, and serve their maniacal abductors some old-fashioned justice. Bonus features:Commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, new featurette with genre favorite Eli Roth. (Anchor Bay).
  • Re-Animator

    (1985) Dir.: Stuart Gordon; Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson. Extras: "Re-Animator Resurrectus" documentary, commentary by director Stuart Gordon, commentary by producer Brian Yuzna and actors Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson, interview with Gordon and Yuzna, interview with writer Dennis Paoli, interview with composer Richard Band, music discussion with composer Richard Band, interview with Fangoria Magazine editor Tony Timpone, deleted and extended scenes, theatrical trailer, TV spots. Also available on DVD. (Image Entertainment).
  • Sixteen Candles

    (1984) Dir.: John Hughes; Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Paul Dooley, John Cusack, Jami Gertz, Joan Cusack, Gedde Watanabe. (Universal).
  • Umberto D.

    (1952) This neorealist masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica follows the daily life of an elderly pensioner as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic recovery. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto is determined to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. His simple quest to satisfy his most fundamental needs -- ­food, shelter, companionship­ -- makes for one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: "That's Life: Vittorio De Sica," a 55-minute documentary made for Italian television in 2001; video interview with actress Maria Pia Casilio from 2003; booklet featuring an essay by critic Stuart Klawans and reprinted recollections by De Sica and Carlo Battisti, who plays Umberto D. (The Criterion Collection).

    September 7
  • Harry Potter Wizard's Collection

    New limited and numbered 31-disc collection features all previously released content plus five hours of never-before-seen exclusive material, with all eight movies in Blu-ray and DVD as well as UltraViolet digital copies (and with " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1 and Part 2" in 2D and 3D). Packaged in a gift box measuring 12-3/4 x 10-9/16 x 11-1/4 and weighing 19 lbs, with eight must-have pieces of collectible movie memorabilia. Read the complete press release. (Warner).


    September 10
  • Titanic

    (1997) Dir.: James Cameron; Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill, David Warner. A four-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo (with digital copy), a four-disc 3D Blu-ray set and a two-disc DVD version. Both Blu-ray sets feature more than 2 1/2 hours of new bonus footage, including a fascinating in-depth exploration of the film with Cameron, as well as new National Geographic documentary footage that further probes the mysteries of why and how the "unsinkable" ship sank. The sets also boast previously released special features including 30 deleted scenes, over 60 behind-the-photo scenes featurettes, a look at the groundbreaking visual effects, over 2,000 photos, three commentaries and much, much more. The two-disc DVD set comes with deleted scenes and digital download. Breakdown: Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack: Disc 1 (Blu-ray): Hi-def version of the film. with commentary by director James Cameron, cast and crew commentary, historical commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall. Disc 2 (DVD) and Disc 3 (DVD): Feature film in standard definition. Disc 4 (Blu-ray): Documentaries: "Reflections on Titanic," "Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron (deleted scenes with commentary by James Cameron, behind-the-scenes featurettes, construction timelapse, Deep Dive presentation, "$200,000,001: A Ship's Odyssey" -- the Titanic crew video, videomatics, visual effects, music video: "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, trailers, TV Spots, still galleries), "Titanic Scriptment" by James Cameron, storyboard sequences, production artwork, photographs, Ken Marshall's painting gallery, concept posters and one sheets, "By the Numbers," Bibliography, "Titanic" Parodies. Four-Disc 3D Blu-ray: Discs 1 and 2: 3D version of the film. Discs 3 and 4: Same as Disc 1 and 4 in the Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Two-Disc DVD: Disc 1 (DVD): Feature film in standard definition (Part 1). Disc 2 (DVD): Feature film in standard definition (Part 2), deleted scenes with commentary by James Cameron. (Paramount/Fox).

    September 11
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    (1986) Dir.: Tobe Hooper; Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson. Extras: Commentary with director Tobe Hooper and filmmaker David Gregory; commentary with Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, special makeup effects creator Tom Savini and content producer Michael Felsher; "The Cutting Room Floor," "It Runs in the Family," original theatrical trailer. (Fox).
  • The Tim Burton Blu-Ray Collection

    Includes "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," "Batman," "Batman Returns," "Beetlejuice," "Mars Attacks!", "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory," "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" as well as a 64-page collectible hardcover book. $59.99. (Warner).

    September 18
  • The Brothers McMullen

    (1995) Dir.: Edward Burns; Edward Burns, Michael McGlone, Jack Mulcahy. Extras: Commentary by director Edward Burns, Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman, 28-page booklet on the making of the film with an in-depth profile of the director and production stills. (Fox Filmmaker Signature Series).
  • Children of Paradise

    (1945) Poetic realism reached sublime heights with "Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis)," widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of 19th-century Paris's theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a street mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic elan, director Marcel Carne and screenwriter Jacques Prevert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. Thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever. New high-definition digital transfer from Pathe's 2011 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentaries by film scholars Brian Stonehill and Charles Affron; video introduction by director Terry Gilliam; "Once Upon a Time: Children of Paradise," a 2010 documentary on the making of the film; new visual essay on the design of "Children of Paradise" by film writer Paul Ryan; "The Birth of Children of Paradise," a 1967 German documentary that visits Nice, where the film was partially shot, and features interviews with cast members Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, production designer Alexandre Trauner and others; restoration demonstration; U.S. trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew and excerpts from a 1990 interview with director Marcel Carne. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Devil's Advocate: Unrated Director's Cut

    (1997) Dir.: Taylor Hackford; Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Thereon. Extras: Commentary by Hackford, deleted scenes. (Warner).
  • Ed Wood

    (1994) Dir.: Tim Burton; Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Murray. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Making Bela" make-up featurette, "Pie Plates Over Hollywood" production design featurette, "Let's Shoot the F#*%@r!" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Theremin" documentary, commentary with cast and filmmakers, Howard Shore music video. (Disney).
  • The French Connection Filmmaker Signature Series

    (1971) Dir.: William Friedkin; Gene hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director William Friedkin, commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, Isolated Score Track, Deleted Scenes, "Anatomy of a Chase," Hackman on Doyle, Friedkin and Grosso remember the Real French Connection, "Scene of the Crime," "Cop Jazz: The Music of Don Ellis," "Rogue Cop: The Noir Connection," "Making the Connection: The Untold Stories of the French Connection." (Fox).
  • Hoffa

    (1992) Dir.: Danny DeVito; Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante, J.T. Walsh, John C. Reilly, Frank Whaley. Extras: Commentary by director Danny DeVito, "The Music of Hoffa: A Conversation with Danny DeVito & David Newman," Danny DeVito's speech at the Teamsters Convention, Las Vegas, 2011, excised scenes, historical news coverage, personal anecdotes from Teamsters members, special shots, "DeVito's 11," discussion after the first script read-through, production gallery, "Hoffa" shooting script. (Fox Filmmaker Signature Series).
  • Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures

    "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Supervised by Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" has been meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel of the film. The original negative was first scanned at 4K and then examined frame-by-frame so that any damage could be repaired. The sound design was similarly preserved using Burtt's original master mix, which had been archived and unused since 1981. New stereo surrounds were created using the original music tracks and original effects recorded in stereo but used previously only in mono. In addition, the sub bass was redone up to modern specifications and care was taken to improve dialogue and correct small technical flaws. Extras: Documentaries, interviews, featurettes and new bonus features. Read the complete press release here. $99.99 but available for $68.99 preorder from Amazon. (Paramount).
  • Judge Dredd

    (1995) Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jurgen Prochnow, Max von Sydow, Diane Lane, Joanna Miles, Joan Chen, Balthazar Getty. (Disney).
  • Les visiteurs du soir

    (1942) A work of poetry and dark humor, "Les visiteurs du soir" is a lyrical medieval fantasy from the great French director Marcel Carne. Two strangers (Arletty and Alain Cuny), dressed as minstrels, arrive at a castle in advance of court festivities -- s­and it is revealed that they are actually emissaries of the devil himself, dispatched to spread heartbreak and suffering. Their plans, however, are thwarted by an unexpected intrusion: human love. Often interpreted as an allegory for the Nazi occupation of France, during which it was made, "Les visiteurs du soir­" -- wittily written by Jacques Prevert and Pierre Laroche, and elegantly designed by Alexandre Trauner and shot by Roger Hubert, ­is a moving and whimsical tale of love conquering all. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "L'aventure des Visiteurs du soir," a documentary on the making of the film; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Queen of the Damned

    (2002) Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau. Extras: "Aaliyah Remembered" tribute, "Creating the Vampires" featurette, "The Music of Lestat" featurette, commentary, additional scenes, gag reel, three music videos. (Warner).
  • She's the One

    (1996) Dir.: Edward Burns; John Mahoney, Edward Burns, Michael McGlone, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Amanda Peet. Extras: Commentary by director Edward Burns, featurette, "Walls" music video by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. (Fox Filmmaker Signature Series).
  • Wall Street Filmmaker Signature Series

    (1987) Dir.: Oliver Stone; Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Hal Holbrook, Martin Sheen. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director Oliver Stone, "Greed Is Good," deleted Scenes, "Money Never Sleeps -- The Making of Wall Street," Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman. (Fox).
  • >The War of the Roses

    (1989) Dir.: Danny DeVito; Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Marianne Sagebrecht, Sean Astin, Heather Fairfield. Extras: Commentary by director Danny DeVito, "Danny DeVito and producer James L. Brooks: Revisiting The War of the Roses," "The Music of War of the Roses: A Conversation with Danny DeVito and Composer David Newman," deleted scenes montage, trailers, TV spots, production gallery, script. (Fox Filmmaker Signature Series).

    September 25
  • The American President

    (1995) Dir.: Rob Reiner; Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Deavere Smith, Samantha Mathis. (Warner).
  • Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection Blu-ray

    James Bond's golden anniversary gets a fitting celebration with this release of all 22 007 films on Blu-ray -- together for the first time ever -- neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box set. This marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable on Blu-ray. The set comes with a dossier of more than 122 hours of bonus features, including previous bonus content as well as a 23rd disc with two new documentaries -- "The World of Bond" and "Being Bond" -- and behind-the-scenes videoblogs about the making of "Skyfall," the latest Bond outing. Suggested retail price for the set is $299.00, but Amazon is already taking pre-orders at $199.00. Order your copy here. And check out the complete press release with all the bonus features here (MGM).
  • Dave

    (1993) Dir.: Ivan Reitman; Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley, Charles Grodin, Laura Linney, Bonnie Hunt. (Warner).
  • Eating Raoul

    (1982) A sleeper hit of the early 1980s, "Eating Raoul" is a bawdy, gleefully amoral tale of conspicuous consumption. Warhol superstar Mary Woronov and cult legend Paul Bartel (who also directed) portray a prudish married couple feeling put upon by the swingers who live in their apartment building; one night, by accident, they discover a way to simultaneously realize their dream of opening a little restaurant and rid themselves of the "perverts" down the hall. A mix of hilarious, anything-goes slapstick and biting satire of me-generation self-indulgence, "Eating Raoul" marks the end of the sexual revolution with a thwack. New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Gary Thieltges, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring screenwriter Richard Blackburn, art director Robert Schulenberg, and editor Alan Toomayan; "The Secret Cinema" (1968) and "Naughty Nurse" (1969), two short films by director Paul Bartel; "Cooking Up Raoul," a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with stars Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, and Edie McClurg; gag reel of outtakes from the film; archival interview with Bartel and Woronov; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Ehrenstein. (The Criterion Collection).
  • The Game

    (1997) Enormously wealthy and emotionally remote investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) receives a strange gift from his ne'er-do-well younger brother (Sean Penn) on his 48th birthday: a voucher for a game that, if he agrees to play it, will change his life. Thus begins a trip down a rabbit hole that is puzzling, terrifying, and exhilarating for Nicholas and viewer alike. This multilayered, noirish descent into one man's personal hell is also a surreal, metacinematic journey that, two years after the phenomenon "Se7en," further demonstrated that director David Fincher was one of Hollywood's true contemporary visionaries. New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director David Fincher and director of photography Harris Savides, with original theatrical 5.1 surround theatrical soundtrack, in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Alternate 5.1 surround mix optimized for home theater viewing, supervised by sound designer Ren Klyce and Fincher, in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition; audio commentary by Fincher, Savides, Douglas, screenwriters John Brancato and Michael Ferris, digital animation supervisor Richard "Dr." Baily, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug, and visual effects producer Robyn D'Arcy; an hour’s worth of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and film-to-storyboard comparisons for four of the film's major set pieces, with commentary; alternate ending; trailer and teaser trailer, with commentary; booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt. (The Criterion Collection).
  • G.I. Joe: Renegades The Complete First Season

    (2010) Three-disc set with 26 episodes, $49.97. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Shout! Factory).


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