From the Big Screen:
This Week's Highlights:
"Bambi Signature Collection": “Bambi,” which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, was released in 1942 during World War II and took over five years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Beloved by generations, “Bambi” holds the No. 3 spot on the American Film Institute’s “10 Top 10,” honoring the 10 greatest animated films of all time. The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl — and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest. New extras include "The Bambi Effect": “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time, and this featurette takes a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today; "Studio Stories: Bambi”: Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi”; deleted scene: "Bambi’s Ice and Snow"; deleted scene: "The Grasshopper"; Bambi Fawn Facts; "Oswald The Lucky Rabbit: “Africa Before Dark” Oswald Short. Vintage extras include four deleted scenes; a five-part "The Making of Bambi: A Prince Is Born"; "Trick of the Trade" (excerpt); "Inside the Disney Archives"; "The Old Mill" animated short; original theatrical trailer; "The Golden Age." On DVD, Blu-ray from Disney.
"Ugetsu": (1953) Having refined his craft in the silent era, Kenji Mizoguchi was
an elder statesman of Japanese cinema — fiercely revered by Akira Kurosawa and other younger directors — by the time he made "Ugetsu." And with this exquisite ghost story, a fatalistic wartime tragedy derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, he created a touchstone of his art, his long takes and sweeping camera guiding the viewer through a delirious narrative about two villagers whose pursuit of fame and fortune leads them far astray from their loyal wives. Moving between the terrestrial and the otherworldly, "Ugetsu" reveals essential truths about the ravages of war, the plight of women, and the pride of men. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc in a new 4K digital restoration undertaken by The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
From The Criterion Collection.
From TV to DVD:
"Becker: The Complete Series" (1998-2004) is a 17-disc set with all 129 episodes of the fan-favorite series, now available in a newly packaged complete series collection. The comedy follows Dr. John Becker (Ted Danson), a dedicated and talented physician who's extremely devoted to his Bronx medical practice. However, because Dr. Becker looks at the world around him and sees a society gone mad, he has no qualms about saying anything that comes to mind — anything. Becker often unleashes his views on his friends: Jake (Alex Desert), the blind proprietor of the local newsstand; Bob (Saverio Guerra), the annoying but somehow likable super of Becker's apartment building; Margaret (Hattie Winston), his head nurse; and Linda (Shawnee Smith), his slightly ditzy nurse's aide. He also has to deal with his neighbor — and on-again, off-again love interest — Chris (Nancy Travis). Even though he seems to be insulting them at every turn, the people in his life persist in trying to connect with him to find the nice guy they know is in there somewhere. From CBS/Paramount … "Damien" (2016) features all 10 episodes of the series follow-up to the classic horror film "The Omen" that centers on the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist. From Fox … "Kingdom: Seasons One and Two" (2014-15) is a nine-disc set with all 30 episodes of the series that centers on a family of fighters set against the backdrop of their Mixed Martial Arts gym. Frank Grillo stars in this gritty drama as former pro fighter Alvey Kulina, who, along with his girlfriend, Lisa (Kiele Sanchez), runs a Mixed Martial Arts gym in Venice, California. Tensions mount when Alvey’s estranged ex-wife, Christina (Joanna Going), stops being estranged. Meanwhile, Lisa’s ex-fiancé, Ryan (Matt Lauria), returns from prison to resurrect his fighting career — with Alvey as his trainer. And although Alvey and Christina’s sons, Jay (Jonathan Tucker) and Nate (Nick Jonas), show promise as fighters, each contends with demons and secrets of his own. From Shout! Factory … "Numb3rs: The Complete Series:" (2005-10). Thirty-one disc set with all six seasons. When cases defy ordinary solutions, dedicated FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) turns to his younger sibling, Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz), a mathematical prodigy. As a seasoned investigator, Don deals in hard facts and evidence whereas Charlie, a math professor at a California university, functions in a world of mathematical probability and equations. Their father, Alan (Judd Hirsch), is happy to see his sons working together even though he doesn't understand what Charlie does for a living. When Charlie has doubts about the collaboration, he turns to his physicist friend, Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol), as he understands that math is the language of human nature and can be used to solve some of life's biggest mysteries. Inspired by actual cases, the series depicts how the-confluence of police work and mathematics provides unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions. From Paramount … "Queen of the South" (2016) features all 13 episodes of the dramatic adaptation of Arturo Pérez-Reverte's bestselling novel "La Reina Del Sur" (aka “Queen of the South”), the story of Teresa Mendoza, who after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America. There, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the same drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the cartel. From Fox … "Van Helsing: Season One" (2016) includes all 13 episodes of the series set in the near future where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton) is humanity's last hope for survival, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray from Universal … " The Young Pope" (2017) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the limited series that delves into the life of a newly elected pope (Jude Law) — the youngest in history and first-ever American — whose audacity, independence and arch-conservatism wreaks havoc within the Vatican. Co-stars Diane Keaton, Scott Shepherd, James Cromwell, Ludivine Sagnier, Silvio Orlando, Cécile De France. Directed and edited by Paolo Sorrentino, co-writer and director of "The Great Beauty" and winner of an Academy Award for the Best Foreign-Language Film in 2014. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO.