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Tuesday, July 9 -- Monday, July 15

All DVD Releases

  • Spring Breakers

    photo Sometimes it's best not to expect anything in a movie -- avoid the reviews, skip the trailers, nix the pundits. Thankfully, that's what I did with "Spring Breakers" and I'm pretty happy I did. I'm not a fan of director Harmony Korine's much-touted "Gummo," but this phantasmagoria of a movie knocked me out. It's perverse, wild, crazy and a heck of a lot of fun; it's kind of a "Disney Girls Gone Wild" meets "Set It Off" and "Thelma and Louise" via "Enter the Void" and "El Topo." Korine takes four female stars with fairly clean filmic and TV reputations, throws them into the booze and dope bonging world of spring break in Florida, mixes in a nasty, silver-toothed pimp gangster, shakes the ingredients with a heavy dose of disjointed, hallucinatory camera work, and comes up with a sex-infused bad girl epic that harks back to the bad girl and "women-in-prison" exploitation films of the 1950s and 60s, but with a 21st century mentality. The plot: Brit (Ashley Benson of "Pretty Little Liars"), Faith (Selena Gomez, singer and star of the "Wizards of Waverly Place" and dating Justin Bieber), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens of the "High School Musicals") and Cotty (Rachel Korine, the director's wife) are college friends who don't have the money to cut loose for spring break so they hold up a restaurant with baseball bats and squirt guns. They steal a car, head out to Florida, get arrested during a motel party, and get bailed out by Alien (James Franco in an incredible performance), an infamous local thug, rapper, drug pusher and arms dealer, who takes them under his wing and introduces them to a seedy world that they could never have imagined -- but one that, finally, they can embrace. Be forewarned: there's a lot of boobs and butts, booze and drugs, violence and nasty behavior, highlighted by some glorious cinematic moments. Events repeat themselves from different camera perspectives, there's bizarre, almost psychedelic shots and scenes, and the bravura hold-up scene, shot in one take, seen from the front of the getaway car as it circles the restaurant being robbed -- all set to a propulsive electronic dance music, rap and hip-hop score. Vitals: Director: Harmony Korine. Stars: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 92 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $13.831 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars


  • The Host

    photo If you're a fan of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" novels and movies, you might like this adaptation of her 2008 novel "The Host," a rip-off of countless sci-fi stories about an alien presence that takes over the bodies and minds of human hosts (exemplified by John W. Campbell Jr.'s "Who Goes There?" sci-fi short story -- made into "The Thing" -- and innumerable "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" remakes and clones). Like the "Twilight Saga" films, there's more talk than action, but unlike that series, the characters are a heck of a lot less engaging. In the near future, the Earth has been invaded by an unseen enemy with humans becoming hosts for the invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact, continuing their lives, apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed. When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refuses to relinquish possession of her mind. Vitals: Director: Andrew Niccol. Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Frances Fisher, Jake Abel, Max Irons, William Hurt. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 126 min., Sci-Fi Action, Box office gross: $25.866 million, Universal. 2 stars

  • Dead Man Down

    photo Niels Arden Oplev, the acclaimed director of the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," makes his American theatrical debut, teaming up again with Noomi Rapace. Victor (Colin Farrell), a professional killer and the right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City, is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge. Vitals: Director: Niels Arden Oplev. Stars: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Armand Assante, Isabelle Huppert. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $10.880 million, Sony. 3 stars

  • Admission

    photo Tina Fey knows how to take chances -- witness her gigs on "SNL" and "30 Rock" -- but her choices in movie roles are pretty mainstream (take "Date Night," for example -- please). "Admission" is a middle-of-the-road light comedy in which she plays a straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer who reconnects with a former college classmate, free-spirited John Pressman (Paul Rudd), a teacher at an alternative high school, who persuades her to bend the rules for one of his very bright students. It's a by-the-book comedy with uninspired set-ups and gags and bogus plotlines (the student just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption). There's a lot of talent wasted here. Vitals: Director: Paul Weitz. Stars: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $17.873 million, Universal. 2 stars

  • Tyler Perry's Temptation

    photo An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life. AKA "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor." Vitals: Director: Tyler Perry. Stars: Jurnee Smollett, Lance Gross, Robbie Jones, Vanessa Williams, Kim Kardashian, Eric West, Brandy Norwood. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 111 min., Drama, Box office gross: $51.954 million, Lionsgate. 2 stars

    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Blood and Sand (1941)
  • Cohen & Tate (1988)
  • The Life of Oharu (1952) (Criterion)
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    All DVD Releases

    Admission (2013) Dir.: Paul Weitz; Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Early Admission With Tina Fey & Paul Rudd." (Universal).

    After Newtown: Guns In America (2013) Explores the evolution of guns in America, their frequent links to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity. There are more than 300 million personal firearms in America -- representing nearly one third of all personal firearms on the planet. But how did the U.S.s become awash in guns? With every new mass shooting, the battle lines seem to be drawn sharper between those who argue for little or no regulation of firearms and those who advocate for strict gun control. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

    Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection (2012) Eight-disc special collector's set with 52 episodes of the series that explored the universe's most bizarre and seemingly inexplicable mysteries, hosted by Arthur C. Clarke. Includes episodes from "Mysterious World" (1980), narrated by author, actor and newscaster Gordon Honeycomb, "World of Strange Powers" (1985), narrated by English journalist Anna Ford, and "Mysterious Universe" (1995), narrated by British TV personality Carol Vorderman. Formats: DVD, $59.99. Extras: (Visual Entertainment).

    Ben 10 Omniverse: Heroes Rise (2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.97. Formats: DVD. (Cartoon Network/Warner).

    Best of Daizy (2013) Fourth and final title in the "Best of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" DVD collection is a compilation of seven entertaining and charming episodes starring Wubbzy's independent next door neighbor and gal pal. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Anchor Bay).

    Blood and Sand BLU-RAY DEBUT (1941) Dir.: Rouben Mamoulian; Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Anthony Quinn, J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine. In this Academy Award-winning classic, Juan Gallardo (Power) returns home to claim the hand of his childhood love and continue his rise toward becoming Spain's greatest matador. But when he catches the eye of a beautiful seductress (Hayworth), Juan will learn that the battles that matter most are fought outside the ring. Extras: Commentary by Richard Crudo, director of photography. (Fox).

    photo Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume One (1964-65) Five-disc set with 19 episodes, $46.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Special cast promos with restored visual elements accompanied by original narrations from the cast on several fan-favorite episodes, including "Old Sheba," "Invention of a Gunfighter" and "The Wild One"; commentaries on select episodes; "Excerpts": Michael Landon sings Nathaniel Shilkret and Gene Austinís 1920s standard "Lonesome Road," Lorne Greene performs his hit melody "Ringo" and satirist Allan Sherman performs on "Allan Shermanís Funnyland"; photo galleries. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

    Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume Two (1964-65) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $46.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo galleries. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

    Cohen & Tate BLU-RAY DEBUT (1988) Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley Cross. Two mismatched hitmen kidnap a 9-year-old boy -- an eyewitness to a recent mob rub-out -- and endeavor to deliver him to Houston where he'll be eliminated. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Eric Red, more. (Shout! Factory).

    Combat Girls (2011 -- Germany) Alina Levshin, Jella Haase. Searing coming-of-age drama follows two suburban girls from vastly different backgrounds who become ensnared in the Neo-Nazi youth movement. Twenty-year-old Melissa is a hard-core believer, a semi-skinhead who is adorned with Nazi tattoos. Fourteen-year-old Svenja is a sheltered, spoiled, straight A student who becomes fascinated with the group because of her Neo-Nazi boyfriend. They began as adversaries but soon become best friends though their loyalty to each other is shaken when Marisa decides she wants to leave the group. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with Alina Levshin, eight-page booklet. (Artsploitation Films).

    Dark Power (2013) Sean Patrick Flanery, Kristanna Loken. When the mayor of a crime-ridden city and his opponent are both assassinated while seeking election, two FBI agents reluctantly join forces to investigate the murder ... only to discover that City Hall holds more secrets than the identity of the killer. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).

    Dead Man Down (2013) Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Armand Assante, Isabelle Huppert. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Featurettes: "Firefight Choreography: Staging the Gunfights of Dead Man Down," "Revenge Technique: The Cinematography of Dead Man Down," "Revenge, Redemption, and The Art of Filming Dead Man Down." (Sony).

    Drive-in Collection: Vixens of Kung Fu and Oriental Blue (1975) Double bill with" Vixens of Kung Fu," about a young prostitute who, after being brutally assaulted by a group of men, is in taken in by a secret sect of beautiful female kung-fu masters who teach her about the erotic side of martial arts; and "Oriental Blue," about an underground white slave trade operation in a hidden apartment beneath a Chinese restaurant. Formats: DVD. (Vinegar Syndrome).

    photo Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume One (1986-87) Four-disc set with the first 17 episodes of the seventh season of the primetime soap opera that follows the exploits of the Carringtons and Colbys, both "oil-rich" family dynasties in Denver, as they accrue and manipulate power and wealth. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

    Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume Two (1986-87) Three-disc set with the last 12 episodes of the seventh season of the primetime soap opera that follows the exploits of the Carringtons and Colbys, both "oilrich" family dynasties in Denver, as they accrue and manipulate power and wealth. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

    For Richer or Poorer (2012) Rockmond Dunbar, LeToya Luckett, Angell Conwell, Jackee Harry. A spoiled prima donna with a taste for the finer things in life has to kiss her expensive fashions goodbye when her handsome, doting husband -- who indulges her every whim -- loses his well-paying job and has to flip burgers to pay the bills. Formats: DVD, Digital. Originally aired on the Gospel Music Channel. (Image Entertainment).

    Frontline: Never Forget to Lie (2013) Over the course of his 50-year career, filmmaker Marian Marzynski has occasionally turned his cameras on himself and his story of surviving the Holocaust, which claimed the life of his father and millions of other European Jews. In his latest film, Marzynski returns to Poland and the Jewish ghettos of his childhood. But this time, he is not alone. The film chronicles the poignant, painful recollections of other child survivors and rescues haunting pieces of the past while exploring the conflicting feelings about national, cultural, and religious identity that mark many survivors. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

    The Gatekeepers (2012) Charged with overseeing Israel's war on terror -- both Palestinian and Jewish -- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The documentary offers an account of the sum of their success and failures, and validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary and Q&A with Director Dror Moreh. (Sony).

    Hands of the Ripper (1971) Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell. The daughter of Jack the Ripper -- who watched in horror as an infant when he brutally murdered her mother -- channels her dead father's spirit and continues his murderous spree. Completely restored in high-definition and released uncut for the first time on Blu-ray in the U.S.; considered one of the most gruesome Hammer horror films ever made. Formats: DVD/Blue-ray Combo. Extras: "The Devil's Bloody Plaything: Possessed By Hands of the Ripper" featurette, "Slaughter of Innocence: The Evolution of Hammer Gore" motion still gallery, U.S. television introduction, original theatrical trailer and TV spots, still gallery, isolated music and effects audio track. (Synapse Films).

    The Host (2013) Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Frances Fisher, Jake Abel, Max Irons, William Hurt. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: deleted scenes, "Bringing The Host to Life" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Seeker PSA" commentary with author-producer Stephenie Meyer, screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol, and producer Nick Wechsler. (Universal).

    How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 2 (2012) Three-disc set with 19 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (Lionsgate).

    photo How the West Was Won: The Complete First Season (1977) Based on the 1962 film of the same name, the first season of this series features an all-star cast including James Arness, Eva Marie Saint and Bruce Boxleitner. The two-disc set contains the entire first season, told in three 90-minute segments. As an added bonus, the release includes the "The Macahans," the 1976 TV movie about the Macahan family's initial journey out West to escape the Civil War. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $19.98. (Warner).

    Killing Twice (2007) Julian Lara, Jose Manuel Gomen, Jesus Gallardo. The monster possessed by the spirit of a biblical demon goes on a killing spree in a high school and it's up to two buddies to hunt and kill the creature -- at night, alone in the school building. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Making-of featurette, trailer. (Troma).

    Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1999 (1999) The world's longest-running sitcom returns with more antics from everyone's favorite elder delinquents. Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).

    The Legend of Korra: Book One: Air (2012) Nickelodeon CGI series follows a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack. From the creators of the "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Legend of Puppetbender Presents 'The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story' Part One" (original short), commentaries from series creators, cast and crew on select episodes. Blu-ray adds commentaries from series creators, cast and crew for all 12 episodes; series creators' favorite scenes: eight animatics. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

    The Life of Oharu (1952 -- Japan) A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, Kenji Mizoguchi had already been directing movies for decades when he made "The Life of Oharu" in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the incredibly talented Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained its director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him. In Japanese with English subtitles. New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Introductory commentary by scholar Dudley Andrew; "Mizoguchi's Art and the Demimonde," an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew; "Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure," a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez. (The Criterion Collection).

    My Best Enemy (2011 -- Austria) Moritz Bleibtreu, Georg Friedrich, Ursula Strauss, Uwe Bohm, Marthe Keller. Comedy-drama full of twists and turns about two friends in pre-war Vienna -- Victor, the son of wealthy Jewish art gallery owners, and Rudi, the son of their servants, whose lives are changed when the Nazis take over: Rudi becomes a Nazi and Victor is sent to a concentration camp. When the Nazi want a priceless Michelangelo sketch, Victor is taken out of the concentration camp to produce the genuine article, but a dramatic plane crash, switched identities and an elaborate scheme engender a complicated game of cat and mouse. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

    Open 24/7 (2010) Philippe Beun-Garbe, Emilie Brunner, Veronique Caldarola. The menu at a late-night backwood's restaurant includes horror, cannibalism, sex and violence. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes, SFX behind the scenes. (Troma).

    Our Wild Hearts (2013 -- TV) Cambrie Schroder, Ricky Schroder. A wealthy teenage girl from Malibu falls in love with a beautiful wild mustang, adventure, and the father she has never known in the wild Sierra Nevada Mountains. Formats: DVD, VOD. (ARC Entertainment).

    Portlandia Season Three (2013) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $19.95; Blu-ray Disc, $24.95. Extras: "Winter in Portlandia" special episode, Portland tours led by Kumail Nanjiani featuring locations like the Feminist Book store and a vegan strip club, deleted scenes. (VSC).

    The Power of Few (2012) Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Moon Bloodgood, Nicky Whelan, Q'orianka Kilcher, Juvenile. Set in New Orleans, a smuggling ring's efforts to steal a priceless artifact unfold through the perspective of five sets of characters, each with overlapping story lines. What begins as the tale of a store heist becomes a much bigger exploration of urban existence, religious conspiracy and the interconnectedness of life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making of The Power of Few"; deleted scenes; interviews with Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson and Juvenile; community outreach featurette; QR Code for exclusive online bonus footage. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).

    Punk Vacation (1987) Stephen Fiachi, Sandra Bogan, Roxanne Rogers, Rob Garrison. A peaceful California town is shaken after the brutal murder of diner owner by a gang of vicious punks. When the daughter of the slain man attempts to avenge her father's death, she's held hostage by the gang, resulting in an epic battle between punks and rednecks. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interviews with producer Stephen Fusci and production coordinator Steve Rowland, still gallery, bonus feature film: "Nomad Riders" (DVD only). (Vinegar Syndrome).

    Spring Breakers (2013) Dir.: Harmony Korine; Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Breaking It Down: Behind Spring Breakers" three-part behind-the-scenes documentary; deleted scene/outtakes; "Harmony's Ear Candy" music featurette; commentary with writer-director Korine; "VICE" featurettes: an inside look at the ATL Twins and real life partying in Panama City Beach; theatrical trailer/TV spots. (Lionsgate).

    Street Trash -- Special Meltdown Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (1987) Mike Lackey, Bill Chepil, Vic Noto. Subversive cult classic/horror comedy about homeless men living in a junkyard, a stash of 40-year-old wine (Tenafly Viper) that's gone so bad it melts anyone who drinks it, and an insane Vietnam War veteran who goes after a young runaway who falls for his secretary. A classic of the genre, with self-referential humor that makes it a fun gore outing. High-definition transfer from the original camera negative with 5.1 Surround remix created specifically for home theatre environments. Extras:Two audio commentaries featuring producer Roy Frumkes and director James Muro; "The Meltdown Memoirs" feature-length documentary on the history and making of "Street Trash"; the original "Street Trash" 16mm short film that inspired the movie; the original promotional teaser; original theatrical trailer. (Synapse Films/CAV Distributing).

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enter Shredder (2012) Seven episodes of the Nick CGI-animated series, $14.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Animated comic books, "Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part One," "Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Two," "The Mutation of a Scene: New Girl in Town." (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

    The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season (1961-62) Five-disc set with 37 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).

    Tyler Perry's Temptation (2013) Dir.: Tyler Perry; Jurnee Smollett, Lance Gross, Robbie Jones, Vanessa Williams, Kim Kardashian, Eric West, Brandy Norwood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Unforgettable: The First Season Unforgettable: The First Season (2011-12) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $61.99. Poppy Montgomery stars as NYC Queen's homicide Det. Carrie Wells, a cop with hyperthymesia, which means she visually remembers everything; in her case, however, that means everything except remembering what happened on the day her sister was murdered. CBS had cancelled the series last summer but reconsidered and will bring it back for 13 episodes beginning Sunday, July 28. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary; "The Rememberers," a featurtte that explores the fascinating world of those with a Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) with real-life HSAMer Marilu Henner and neurobiologist Dr. James McGaugh; "Keeping It Memorable: Cast & Crew of Unforgettable" behind-the-scenes featurette; and a tour of the Queens PD set with production designer Vincent Peranio. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

    Warehouse 13: Season Four photo for Warehouse 13: Season Four (2012-13) Five-disc set with 20 episodes of the SyFy series about secret service agents assigned to a warehouse in South Dakota that houses supernatural artifacts. Prepare for more paranormal thrills, chills, excitement and steampunk action. After the destruction of the Warehouse, the agents risk the use of a mythical artifact in an attempt to restore all they've lost. But the use of this dangerous artifact could change the Warehouse team and the world forever. Featuring guest appearances by Brent Spiner, Sam Huntington and other sci-fi favorites. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, episode podcasts with cast and crew, 10-part animated web series "Grand Design." (Universal).

    Women Who Kill (2012) Top comediennes and close friends Amy Schumer, Rachel Feinstein, Nikki Glaser and Marina Franklin come together in New York City for a special evening of killer comedy that aired March, 2013, on Showtime. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Slumber Party," "Photo Shoot," "Gossip in the Make-Up Room" and "The Jist of Rachel." (Entertainment One).

    Wolverine: Origin (2012) Animated, motion comic reveals the secret history of Wolverine that changed the Marvel Universe forever. Written by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Paul Jenkins and Bill Jemas, with artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove. The adventures of Wolverine's early days and the startling revelation of his true origins are brought to life by Marvel Knights Animation. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with the creators and illustrators. (Shout! Factory).

    Would You Rather (2012) Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, Sasha Grey, John Heard, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Eddie Steeples, Charlie Hofheimer. A seemingly philanthropic aristocrat offers a group of desperate individuals all looking to make some easy money a chance at untold riches. But the guests soon find themselves trapped in the man's mansion and forced to play a sadistic parlor game of Would You Rather, where one is faced with two grim, violent choices and where only the winner will get out alive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/MPI Media Group).

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