About a Boy BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002) Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette. (Universal).
American Experience: Jesse Owens
(2012) Jesse Owens was the most famous athlete of his time, whose stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world, even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, his grace and athleticism rallied crowds around the world. Yet when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he couldn't even ride in the front of a bus. This documentary follows his life and career. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century: Season 6
(2012) Peabody Award-winning documentary series that offers viewers a unique look into the thoughts, processes, and lives of today's most accomplished artists. Formats: DVD. $29.99. (PBS Distribution).
Casablanca: 70th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1942) Dir.: Michael Curtiz; Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page. Single-disc version of the film, pulled from the "Casablanca 70th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo," with more than five hours of bonus content including over 45 minutes of two new documentaries. (Warner).
(2010 -- Bosnia) Miki Manojlovic, Mira Furlan, Boris Ler. Following the fall of the communist regime in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1991, Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlovic) returns to his former home after a 20-year exile in Germany. Returning with an attractive young girlfriend, a flashy new Mercedes, a pocketful of cash, and a lucky black cat, things are looking good for Divko. When his cat goes missing things begin to fall apart: trouble with his girlfriend and the fledgling relationship with his estranged son are strained as the entire town scrambles to find the cat and collect a cash reward. Divko's personal tumult mirrors the country's situation at large, with signs appearing that the Bosnian War is coming. As the war looms, tensions run high and Divko must decide whether to stay in his newly reestablished home or retreat. Directed by Danis Tanovie ("No Man's Land"). Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Clueless BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Dir.: Amy Heckerling; Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, Jeremy Sisto, Breckin Meyer. Extras: New "Clue or False Trivia Game," featurettes: "The Class of '95," "Creative Writing," "Fashion 101," "Language Arts," "Suck 'N Blow -- A Tutorial," "Driver's Ed," "We're History." (Paramount).
Covert Affairs: Season Two
(2011) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, on-location featurette. (Universal).
Definitely, Maybe BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2008) Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Isla Fischer. (Universal).
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Carl Reiner's Favorites
(2011) Twenty classic episodes personally handpicked by comedy genius and creator-producer Carl Reiner, $24.98. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Dirty Sexy Money: Season One
(2007) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.98
Formats: DVD. Extras: Four featurettes, deleted scenes, "Dirty Sexy" bloopers. (Lionsgate).
Dirty Sexy Money: Season Two
(2008) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.98.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Three featurettes, "Faux pas" bloopers, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Felicity: Season One
(1998-99) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $19.98.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Pilot episode, commentaries. (Lionsgate).
Felicity: Season Two
(1999-2000) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $
Formats: DVD. Extras: Pilot episode, "Finding Felicity" Kerri Russell audition, "Felicity" Emmy telecast parody, commentaries. (Lionsgate).
Fight the Fight (aka Choy Lee Fut: The Speed of Light)
(2011 -- Hong Kong) Sammo Hung, Yuen Wah, Kane Kosugi. Actioner about a young man who returns home to his father's martial arts school only to find that the older man has consented to sell out to an evil competitor. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Cast interviews. (Lionsgate).
The Front Line
(2011 -- South Korea) Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu, Je-hoon Lee. Centers on the Korean War's final battle to determine the border between North and South Korea; South Korea's submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Making of The Front Line" featurette. (Well Go USA).
(2012) Dir.: Steven Soderbergh; Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum.
Read more about "Haywire" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: "Gina Carano in Traing" featurette exploring Carano's transition from the MMA world to film, "The Men of Haywire." (Lionsgate).
(2012) Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, Jesse L. Martin, Jeremy Jordan, Kris Kristofferson. Read more about "Joyful Noise" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes. (Warner).
Masterpiece Classic: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
(2012) Matthew Rhys, Tamzin Merchant. On June 8, 1870, Charles Dickens concluded a full-day's work on his latest novel and set down his pen. He died the next day, leaving "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" a mystery indeed. Masterpiece Classic uses clues left by the author himself, together with inspired guesswork, to solve this famous literary puzzle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Meet Joe Black BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998) Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani. (Universal).
Men in Black II BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002) Dir.: Barry Sonnenfeld; Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, Tony Shalhoub, Patrick Warburton. Includes UltraViolet version. (Sony).
New Year's Eve
(2011) Dir.: Garry Marshall; James Belushi, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Robert De Niro, Carla Gugino, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Cary Elwes, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara. Read more about "New Year's Eve" in the May.Formats:Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director Garry Marshall, cast interviews, gag reel, more. (Warner).
Nova: Secrets of the Sun
(2012) With the help of new spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, scientists are seeing the sun as they never have before and are even re-creating what happens at the very center of the sun in labs here on Earth. Their work will help us understand aspects of the sun that have puzzled scientists for decades -- and may even help us predict and track solar storms that have the power to zap our power grid, shut down telecommunications, and ground global air travel for days, weeks, or even longer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Pillow Talk: Universal 100th Anniversary Collector's Series
(1959) Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Thelma Ritter, Tony Randall. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: "Back in Bed With Pillow Talk," "Chemistry 101: The Film Duo of Doris Day and Rock Hudson," commentary with film historians Jeff Bond, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman. (Universal).
Samantha Who?: Season One
(2007-08) Three-disc set with 15 episodes, $19.98.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Samantha Whoops?" blooper reel, deleted scenes, commentaries. (Lionsgate).
Samantha Who?: Season Two
(2008-09) Two-disc set with 20 episodes, $19.98.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Bloopers, deleted scenes, set tour, "Christina Dance Moment." (Lionsgate).
She's Not Our Sister
(2011) Kellita Smith, Drew Sidora, Azur-De, Christian Keyes, Clifton Powell, Tony Grant, Jazsmin Lewis. Sibling relationships are complicated, even on a good day, but when three sisters learn that their estranged father may have left them a multi-million dollar inheritance, fireworks really ignite -- and then there's the half-sister they soon discover was one of their father's deep secrets. Musical stage play; highest-rated GMC World Premiere Gospel Play to date; and has since become a hit GMC television series titled, "She's Still Not Our Sister." Formats: DVD, Digital Download. (One Village Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
Snow White: A Tale of Terror
(1997 -- TV) Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Monica Keena. A more accurate -- and gruesome -- take on the Grimm Brothers' story. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Strip Strip Hooray
Get ready for a real eye opener! Image Entertainment takes you back in time to the gorgeous, glamorous, girl-esque of the 1950’s with a six-movie compilation featuring the best of burlesque exploitation films: "Midnight Frolics" (1949, B/W, 68 mins.): Direct from L.A.'s Belasco Theatre comes a galaxy of gorgeous girls including Sunny Knight (The Golden Girl of the Golden West), Mickey "Ginger" Jones, Aleene, Boo LaVon, Shirley Heart, Annette Warren and "Sonney's Sunkist Beauties"; "Everybody's Girl" (1950, B/W, 83 mins.): Gay Dawn heads a "Whirly-Girly cast of 40" including Mary Andes, Sylvia, Levalon, Leonora, Alberta, Charmaine, and Diana (The Glamour Girl of Burlesque). If you don’t have high blood pressure already, you will after ogling this humdinger; "French Follies" (1951, B/W, 77 mins.): The Strip Parade continues with Mary Andes, Jennie Lee (The Sexiest Girl in Burlesque), Joanne Bridges (The Platinum Dream Girl), Ruby Lee, headliner Val de Val (The H Bomb of Burlesque), and the classic "Crazy House" comedy routine; "'B' Girl Rhapsody" (1952, B/W, 77 mins.): To be or double-D is the question, and here to answer it is Amber Dawn, Frenchy La Von, Ruby Lee (The Wham-Wham Girl), Nona Carver (The Blonde Venus), smoking (literally) Joan Bridges, red hot Chili Pepper (The South American Cyclone) and headliner Lily; "The A-B-C's of Love" (1953, B/W, 74 mins.): Get ready for more wiggles, jiggles, and giggles featuring Blaza Glory, Mae Blondell (The Blonde Temptress), Bebe Hughes, Helen Lewis, and headliner Gilda (The Golden Girl) who’s actually former Little Rascals child-star Shirley Jean Rickert turned Striptease Queen; "A Night in Hollywood "(1953, B/W & Color, 62 mins.): Misty Ayers, Jeanne Saunders, Rea Walker, and Mae Blondell set the stage on fire before the tempestuous Tempest Storm, The Girl with the Fabulous Front, turns this black-and-white film into gorgeous color for a dazzling bra-busting climax. Formats: DVD. $19.98. (Image Entertainment).
Suits: Season One
(2011) Three-disc set with 12 episodes.
Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, extended pilot, commentaries on select episodes. (Universal).
(2011) Andrea Riseborough, Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy. Read more about "W.E." in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: "The Making of W.E." featurette. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Who Do You Think You Are? Season 2
(2012) Second season of NBC and Lisa Kudrow's celebrity family history series features Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Vanessa Williams, Rosie O'Donnell, Kim Cattrall, Steve Buscemi, Lionel Richie and Ashley Judd. Working alongside genealogists, researchers and historians, the stars excavates stories from their families' past. The fascinating series paints an intimate portrait of how a journey through history can change everything -- including one's idea of self. (Acorn Media).
A Woman of Substance Trilogy
New edition of the star-studded miniseries, with casts that included Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr, Jenny Seagrove and Anthony Hopkins. The trilogy brings to life two of Barbara Taylor Bradford's most unforgettable heroines from her bestselling trilogy; includes the three complete miniseries: "A Woman of Substance," "Hold the Dream" and "To Be the Best," plus bonus interviews with Bradford. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
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(2011) Aimee Teegarden, Patricia Richardson, Lance Henriksen, Helen Slater. In Santa Cruz for the summer, a young woman discovers the sport of surfing -- and a family secret as well. Filmed on location in Malibu and Santa Cruz, Calif., and Baja, Mexico, the film follows the summer adventure of introspective teen Nicole (Teegarden), who is sent from her home in New York City to sunny Santa Cruz to spend her vacation with her estranged grandmother. Upon her arrival, Nicole meets a group of locals who work at her grandmother's surf shop. After encountering a mysterious vintage truck and special map left behind by the grandfather (Henriksen) she never met, Nicole and her new friends set out on a road trip to find the elusive "untouched" surf spot off the Baja coast. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
The Big C: The Complete Second Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Sony).
Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
(2011) Five-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three hours of never-before-seen bonus features, including six brand-new featurettes, two full-length commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel, and an extended version of the series finale episode. (Warner).
Cold War: The Complete Series
(2011) Six-disc set with 24 episodes of the CNN documentary series that outlines the events that shaped the course of the Cold War and the United States' relationship with the Soviet Union. Released in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. $68.92. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, each episode delivers an impactful account of the events that fueled the rivalry between world superpowers, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. The story of the Cold War is depicted through the use of striking, historical newsreel footage and interviews from key leaders and political figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Fidel Castro, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Lech Walesa and others. The series' 24 episodes take viewers through major historical events that impacted the world and shaped the Cold War, including the Russian Revolution in 1917, World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and much more.
Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Hoaxters," the Academy Award-nominated (Best Documentary, Features, 1953) propaganda film that offers a short history of Russian communism and warns against its dangers to the American way of life; "Castro in His Own Words": Pat Mitchell's extensive interview with Cuban leader Fidel Castro in its entirety. (Warner).
Doctor Who: Nightmare Of Eden
When two spacecrafts collide together after emerging from hyperspace, mayhem breaks loose. From the mad scientist Professor Tryst, who is in possession of the Continuous Event Transmuter, to the unknown drug smuggler of addictive drug vraxion, the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Lalla Ward) are in for a wild ride. Formats: DVD. (BBC Worldwide Americas).
Doctor Who: Dragonfire
At the Iceworld Space Trading Colony on Svartos, the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel (Bonnie Langford) unexpectedly encounter an old "friend," the penniless and desperate Sabalom Glitz, whom they join to find the fabled "Dragonfire" treasure concealed somewhere in the depths of the planet. Formats: DVD. (BBC Worldwide Americas).
Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol
On the planet Terra Alpha, where sadness is against the law and is enforced by the uniformed Happiness Patrol, the Doctor and Ace find themselves in a sugar nightmare as they try to topple the entire regime in just one night. Formats: DVD. (BBC Worldwide Americas).
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Wild Women
Two-disc set with four 'B' films: "Untamed Women" (1952), about a tribe of beautiful, primitive cave-women discovered by a stranded American bomber pilot during WWII; "Hercules and the Captive Women" (1961), in which the mighty and heroic Hercules battles the seductive powers of the wicked Queen of Atlantis; "Wild Women of Wongo," from iconic director Roger Corman, starring Adrienne Barbeau as one of the Wild Women tasked with fending off a tribe of evil ape men; "The Wasp Woman" (1959), Susan Cabot's ("Machine-Gun Kelly") final film, in which she turns into a lusting Queen Wasp after administering a serum developed to stop the aging process. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Elvira's Movie Macabre Behind the Scenes Footage," "Photo Shoot With Chris Ameruso," "Mistress of the Dark" music video by Ghoultown "and "The Making of Ghoultown Video." (Entertainment One).
Fantasy Island: The Complete Second Season
(1978-79) Six-disc set with 25 episodes, $39.97. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
From Reykjavik to Rotterdam
(2010 -- Iceland) An ex-con working as a security guard is sucked back into the smuggling business; remade in a U.S. version as "Contraband." Baltasar Kormakur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson, Lilja Nott Porarinsdottir. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Frontline: Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown
(2012) In the desperate hours and days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the fate of thousands of Japanese citizens fell into the hands of a small corps of engineers, firemen and soldiers who risked their lives to prevent the Daiichi nuclear complex from complete meltdown. Now, one year later, Frontline presents their story, with rare footage from inside the plant and eyewitness testimony. Formats: DVD. $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
The Genesis Code
(2010) Logan Bartholemew, Kelsey Sanders, Lance Henriksen, Fred Thomas, Louise Fletcher. A college hockey player and a female journalism student struggle to find common ground with their spiritual faith and scientific studies. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2011) Anne Heche, James Tupper. Inspired by a true story, this is the harrowing tale of a school girl who runs afoul of some friends on social media, is beaten by them, and further humiliated when the girls post the beating video on the Internet. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Inside Nature's Giants: Great White Shark
(2012) An international team of experts explore the Great White Shark's anatomy to find out how it has evolved into one of the most feared predators in the ocean. Formats: DVD. $19.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2011 -- New Zealand) Calvin Tuteao, Nathalie Bolt, George Henare, Vicki Haughton, Dean O'Gorman. A critically-acclaimed psychological drama that follows Kawa, a successful businessman in Auckland, New Zealand, as he is forced to reveal his lifelong secret that he is gay. Adapted from the Witi Ihimaera novel "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" by writer-director Katie Wolfe. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. Extras: (Wolfe Video).
(1995) Mathieu Kassovitz ("The Crimson Rivers") took the film world by storm with "La haine (Hate)", a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieues on Paris's outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Kounde), and Said (Said Taghmaoui) white, black, and Arabgive human faces to France's immigrant and otherwise marginalized populations, their resentment at their situation simmering until it reaches a boiling point. A work of tough beauty, "La haine" is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country's ongoing identity crisis. Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mathieu Kassovitz, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Introduction by actor Jodie Foster; "Ten Years of La haine," an 80-minute documentary that brings together cast and crew a decade after the film's landmark release; featurette on the film's banlieue setting, including interviews with sociologists Sophie Body-Gendrot, Jeffrey Fagan, and William Kornblum; production footage; deleted and extended scenes, each featuring an afterword by Kassovit; gallery of behind-the-scenes photos; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 2006 appreciation by Costa-Gavras. (The Criterion Collection).
Love's Everlasting Courage
(2011 -- TV) Wes Brown, Cheryl Ladd, Bruce Boxleitner, Julie Mond. Takes place in the early West and follows a young husband's trials in raising his child after his wife's unexpected death. Another film based on the "Love Comes Softly" series by Janette Oke. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
Menopause in an Hour: An Appointment With Tara Allmen, MD
(2012) A two-disc set that explains menopause to the 40+ million women in North America who are experiencing it or are about to experience it. The clear and concise user-friendly program also helps family and friends understand and get involved. Includes a 48-page guidebook, "Symptoms and Solutions," that addresses hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sexual interest, weight gain, mood changes, cognitive issues and more. Formats: DVD. $24.98. (True Mind).
(2010) Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Patrick John Flueger, Warren Kole, Deborah Ann Woll. The sadistic members of a villainous family -- headed up by their mother -- return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests. Remake of the Troma cult film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary. (Anchor Bay).
Norman Mailer: The American
(2012) Norman Mailer was an American iconoclast who lived by his own rules. This documentary goes beyond the Mailer of the bookshelves and The New York Times best sellers list to the social critic, family man, filmmaker and lover. This film takes a look into the life of a complex, intellectual, working class hero. The documentary includes never before seen footage of Adele Morales Mailer's startling revelations after being stabbed by her husband and also features footage and interview from wives and lovers, enemies and admirers, his children and the man himself. Formats: DVD. Extras: Norman Mailer speaks about various topics from writing to celebrities; a gallery of Mailer's letters to Adele. (Cinema Libre Studio).
(2011) Christian Slater, Johnny Pacar, Toby Hemingway, Amber Childers. The unnerving film follows a group of high school students who begin to dig into their town's infamous past and unwittingly unlock a dark secret that has been kept hidden for years. Now an evil spirit has awakened and will stop at nothing to get what it wants. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Plot of Fear
(1976 -- Italy) Michele Placido, Corninne Clery. Told through ingenious flashbacks, the film tells the story of a group of wealthy men and women who get murdered one by one at a decadent weekend party. In his attempt to find a connection between the victims, Inspector Lomenzo encounters a mysterious fashion model who becomes his informant. She reveals that at the drugged-out sex party one of the young girls was "accidently" killed during a gruesome practical joke ... but it seems that someone at the party is killing the others, but who and why?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Interviews. (Rarovideo/Entertainment One).
Shock Labyrinth 3D
(2009) Yagira Yuya, Maeda Ai, Renbutsu Misako, Katsuji Ryo. Japan's first full-length, live-action digital 3D feature, directed by Takashi Shimizu ("The Grudge"). The horror-thriller follows a group of teenagers dealing with the sudden return of a friend who went missing a decade ago. When the friend falls ill they take her to a hospital, but end up trapped in a horrific labyrinth. The film was inspired by Fuji-Q High Land's famous "Labyrinth of Horrors" haunted house ride, and the film was shot at night in the amusement park.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Making-of featurette "Behind-the-Scenes of Shock Labyrinth," interviews with the filmmakers. (Well Go USA).
Tom & Jerry: Around the World
Single-disc with 22-cartoon collection consisting of classic theatrical shorts and episodes from "Tom & Jerry Tales," $19.97.
Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
The Twilight Zone: More Fan Favorites
(1959 - 1964) Five-disc set with 20 episodes from the legendary series, $29.98.
Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
(2011) Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley, Sandrine Holt, Charles Dance Read more about "Underworld: Awakening" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Filmmaker commentary. Blu-ray adds blooper reel; "Heavy Prey" music video by Lacey Sturm featuring Geno Lenardo; five behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Selene Rises," "Casting the Future of Underworld," "Resuming the Action," "Building a Better Lycan" and "Awakening a Franchise, Building a Brutal New World"; "Cracking the Underworld" picture-in-picture experience that takes viewers on a visual journey through the history of all four "Underworld" films. 3D Blu-ray loses the "Cracking the Underworld" feature but adds previsualization 3D sequences. (Sony).
Vega$: The Third Season, Volume One
(1980-81) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.99. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(2012) Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange, Scott Speedman. Read more about "The Vow" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo,Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director Michael Sucsy, deleted scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds three featurettes. (Sony).
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(2011) Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, Brendan Gleeson, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Read more about "Albert Nobbs" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download, VOD). Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Being John Malkovich
(1999) Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Or, more specifically, have you ever wanted to crawl through a portal hidden in an anonymous office building and thereby enter the cerebral cortex of John Malkovich for 15 minutes before being spat out on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike? Then director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman have the movie for you. Melancholy marionettes, office drudgery, a frizzy-haired Cameron Diaz, but that’s not all! Surrealism, possession, John Cusack, a domesticated primate, Freud, Catherine Keener, non sequiturs, and absolutely no romance! But wait: get your Being John Malkovich now and we'll throw in emasculation, slapstick, Abelard and Heloise, and extra Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich. New high-definition digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New selected-scene audio commentary featuring filmmaker Michel Gondry; new behind-the-scenes documentary by filmmaker Lance Bangs; conversation between John Malkovich and humorist John Hodgman; director Spike Jonze discusses "Being John Malkovich" via photos from its production; two films within the film: "7½ Floor Orientation" and "“American Arts & Culture Presents John Horatio Malkovich, Dance of Despair and Disillusionment"; "An Intimate Portrait of the Art of Puppeteering," a documentary by Bangs; trailer and TV spots; booklet featuring a conversation between Jonze and pop-culture critic Perkus Tooth. (The Criterion Collection).
The Bling Ring
(2011) Austin Butler, Yin Chang, Jennifer Grey. True story of the group of average, middle-class teens from a quiet suburb who broke into celebrities homes -- including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan -- and robed them of millions of dollars in clothes and jewelry. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Bringing Down the House BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Betty White, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright. (Disney).
Chained: Code 207
(2011) Tino Struckmann, Jill Headrick, Jack Dimich, Tiffany Anne Hughes, Chase Stevens, Tommy Mercer. A criminal gang that kidnaps women and sells them to wealthy clients meets its match when they abduct the wife of an Army Ranger. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (MTI Home Video).
(2011) Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw.
Director's cut. Read more about "Chronicle" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: Deleted scenes, pre-viz, camera test. (Fox).
(2008 -- Chile) Karina Pizarro, Cristobal Barra, Patricio Lynch, Sergio Allard. In an unknown future, the Earth has been destroyed by man and the air is polluted with a mysterious virus that turns humans into zombies, and only a few children are immune to the disease. Camille, a 9-year-old girl, wanders through these desolate wastelands, protecting herself from zombie and armed military forces that roam the land killing anyone in sight. As she makes her escape to the ocean, she will do whatever it takes to survive and be among other Descendents.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (Lionsgate).
The Devil Inside
(2012) Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama, Suzan Crowley. In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,VOD, Digital Download. Extras: (Paramount).
(2011) Documents the transgressions of Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a local skate legend from the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California, in the aftermath of America's economic collapse.
Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty, the film captures the life and times of Sandoval -- new father -- as his endless summer finally collides with the future. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Father of the Bride/Father of the Bride II BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1991/1995) Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, George Newbern, Martin Short, Kieran Culkin. Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo. (Disney).
(2012) Musical send-up from the inventive minds at the Upright Citizens Brigade
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Image Entertainment).
Flashpoint: The Fourth Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 18 episodes, $42.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Music of Flashpoint," "On the Set of Flashpoint," "Sgt. Greg Parker Character Study." (CBS/Paramount).
(2012) Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, James Badge Dale, Joe Anderson, Dallas Roberts, Nonso Anozie. Read more about "The Grey" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by co-writer/director Joe Carnahan and editors Roger Barton and Jason Hellmann; deleted scenes. (Universal).
Hell on Wheels: The Complete First Season
(2011-12) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc ($39.98/$44.98). Extras: "Recreating the Past: The Making of Hell on Wheels," "Crashing a Train: From Concept to Camera," seven making-of featurettes, 10 "Inside the Episode" featurettes, seven character featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage. (Entertainment One).
(2011 -- Austria). Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger. A drama focused on five months in the life of pedophile -- Michael, a seemingly meek insurance agent -- who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. An official selection at the Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
One for the Money
(2012) Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, Sherri Shepherd, Debbie Reynolds, John Leguizamo. Read more about "One for the Money" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Featurettes, gag reel, deleted scene. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Steve Buscemi, Jon Bernthal, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Brie Larson, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Foster, Robert Wisdom. Read more about "Rampart" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: Interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Millennium Films).
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales Around the World
(2012) Join Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their canine pal as they visit some of the coolest and creepiest destinations across the world. They get shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle with scary skeleton scuba divers, chased through the canals of Venice by the Ghostly Gondolier, travel on a haunted Aztec barge, and visit the headhunter-happy jungles of Brazil. $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion
The popular British science-reality series presented by "Blackadder's" Tony Robinson makes its U.S. debut. Go along as archaeologists dig up the past in this long-running U.K. hit. Accompanied by an eclectic band of historians and experts, Robinson travels across Britain to unearth secrets from the era of the Roman occupation. Includes 12 collected episodes about Britain's Roman past from Series 2-18 (1995-2011), plus a 16-page viewer’s guide.
Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Treasure Houses of Britain
(2012) New documentary offers intimate tours of England’s most magnificent homes. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
The Universe: The Complete Season Six
(2011) Four-disc set. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (A&E).
Walking Tall Trilogy Collectors Edition DVD and BLU-RAY DEBUT
Three-disc set with all three "Walking Tall" films, remastered and with new bonus features, including "Walking Tall: The Buford Pusser Story" documentary with new interviews, $24.97 DVD and $39.97 Blu-ray. "Walking Tall" (1973) starring Joe Don Baker, Noah Berry Jr., Elizabeth Hartman and Felton Perry; "Walking Tall Part 2" (1975), starring Bo Svenson, Richard Jaeckel, Noah Berry Jr.; "Final Chapter: Walking Tall" (1977), starring Bo Svenson,Margaret Blye, Forrest Tucker, Morgan Woodward. (Shout! Factory).
The War BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2007) Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's powerful and acclaimed documentary arrives on Blu-ray. Six years in the making, the epic, seven-part film explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective through the personal accounts of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. Narrated by Keith David with voiceovers from Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Lucas, Adam Arkin and Eli Wallach, and featuring recordings by Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis, as well as war-era favorites from Benny Goodman, Nat "King" Cole and more. Six-disc set, $129.99. Extras: "Making The War Featurette," commentary by Burns and Novick, deleted scenes, additional interviews. (PBS Distribution/Paramount Home Media ).
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All God's Creatures
(2011) Josh Folan, Jessica Kaye. A mild-mannered New York barista turns into a cold-blooded killer at night, ridding the city of "filthy women." Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
(2011) Jon Voight, Teri Polo, Julian Morris, Dermot Mulroney, Brett Baker. When a 7-year-old girl is kidnapped from her bedroom in a small suburb of Anchorage, a detective on the verge of retirement (Voight) with an obsessive hatred for child abductions, anxiously begins the hunt for the culprit. As the trail gets cold and time is running out, the detective forms an unlikely partnership with a mysterious radio psychic (Morris) who claims to have visions of the missing girl. The case takes a disturbing twist when it becomes clear that the most substantial clues all lead towards something outside of the law, past human reason and forever frighteningly "beyond." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2012) T.J. Storm, Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa, Jeff Wolfe, Michael Chinyamurindi, Damian Poitier. Direct-to-DVD about one man' journey across the country, smuggling and selling illegal black diamonds to pay for his father's pardon in South Africa. But when he arrives in the U.S. to finalize what appears to be a simple transaction, he is soon double-crossed and becomes caught up in a lethal battle with a powerful opponent. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Deleted scenes, an alternate ending, outtakes. (Lionsgate).
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
(2012) A documentary on Broadway legend Carol Channing. If Channing didn't exist, no one could have made her up. One in a billion, at 89, she remains an unstoppable, megawatt dynamo. Broadway diva extraordinaire is just the icing. Carol Channing hovered at the pinnacle of the entertainment world from the late-1950's through the 1960's and beyond, living life sensationally large. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Creating Dolly," "Hello Dolly" opening night crew stories, Barbara Walters on Channing, Joan Crawford's wedding. (Entertainment One).(Studio).
Castle in the Sky BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986 -- Japan) Dir.: Hayao Miyazaki; voices of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill. Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, and discovers they are both searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. Together, they embark on a daring quest and encounter greedy pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles that keep them from the truth -- and from each other.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, single DVD. Extras: Disc introduction by John Lasseter, original Japanese storyboards, seven-part "Behind the Studio" featurette. (Studio Ghibli/Disney).
(2010 -- France) The great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami travels to Tuscany for a luminous and provocative romance in which nothing is as it appears. What seems at first to be a straightforward tale of two people -- played by Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimell -- getting to know each other over the course of an afternoon gradually reveals itself as something richer, stranger, and trickier: a mind-bending reflection on authenticity, in art as well as in relationships. Both cerebrally and emotionally engaging, "Certified Copy (Copie conforme)" reminds us that love itself is an enigma. New high-definition digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with director Abbas Kiarostami; "Let's See Copia conforme," an Italian documentary on the making of "Certified Copy," featuring interviews with Kiarostami and actors Juliette Binoche and William Shimell; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire. (The Criterion Collection).
Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.
Rarely do landmark works of cinema seem so ... wrong. Robert Downey Sr. emerged as one of the most irreverent filmmakers of the new American underground of the early sixties, taking no prisoners in his rough-and-tumble treatises on politics, race, and consumer culture. In his most famous, the midnight-movie mainstay "Putney Swope," an advertising agency is turned on its head when a militant African American man takes charge. Like Swope, Downey held nothing sacred. This selection of five of his most raucous and outlandish films, dating from 1964 to 1975, offers a unique mix of the hilariously abrasive and the intensely experimental. The two-disc box set includes: "Babo 73" (1964): Taylor Mead plays the president of the United Status, who conducts his top-secret international affairs on a deserted beach when he isn't at the White House (a dilapidated Victorian), in this political satire. Downey’s first feature is a rollicking, slapstick, ultra-low-budget 16 mm comedy experiment; "Chafed Elbows" (1966): This bad-taste riot was a breakthrough for Downey Sr., thanks to rave notices. Visualized largely in still 35mm photographs, it follows a shiftless downtown Manhattanite having his "annual November breakdown," wandering from one odd job to the next, and encountering all sorts of sordid types, from desperate low-budget filmmakers to destitute dirty-sock sniffers. And there are incest, murder, and bad pop songssomething to offend everyone. "No More Excuses" (1968): Downey Sr. takes his camera and microphone onto the streets (and into some bedrooms) for a close look at Manhattan's swinging singles scene of the late sixties. Of course, that's not all: "No More Excuses" cuts between this footage and the fragmented tale of a time-traveling Civil War soldier, a rant from the director of the fictional Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, and other assorted improprieties; "Putney Swope" (1969): The most popular film by Downey Sr. is this oddball classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, his voice dubbed by a gravelly Downey), the token black man on the board of a Madison Avenue advertising agency, is inadvertently elected chairman. Putney summarily fires all the whiteys, replaces them with Black Power apostles, renames the company Truth and Soul, Inc., and proceeds to wreak politically incorrect havoc; "Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight" (1975): "A film without a beginning or an end," in Downey Sr.’s words, this Dadaist thingamajiga never-before-seen, newly reedited version of the director's 1975 release "Moment to Moment" (also known as "Jive") is a cascade of curious sketches, scenes, and shots that takes on a rhythmic life. It stars Downey’s wife, Elsie, in an endless succession of off-the-wall roles, from dancer to cocaine fiend. Formats: DVD. (The Criterion Collection).
The First Beautiful Thing
(2010 -- Italy) Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Valerio Mastandrea. Comedic drama follows a strong and optimistic mother as she tries to raise her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Palisades Tartan).
Ghost Hunters International Season 2: Part 2
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
The Kane Files
(2010) Drew Fuller, Ethan Embry, William Devane, William Atherton, Whitney Able. A former hit man returns to a life of crime to earn money to pay for the treatment for his gravely ill son. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
(2011) Jill Andresevic's award-winning documentary travels through the boroughs of New York City to find the reality of love: In the forms of an elderly couple proving that love truly lasts forever, a teenage couple caught up in the effervescence of first love, a divorced parent starting over, a couple diving into the sanctity of marriage, and a single gay man embarking on the journey of parenthood. Presented by Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, filmmaker panel, introduction from Oprah Winfrey. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
(2012) Eight-disc set of the Discovery Channel program with more than 25 hours showcasing some of the most incredible, history-making engineering projects and the people who make it happen.
Formats: DVD. $59.98 (Entertainment One).
(2011) Lou Diamond Phillips, Nicole Deboer, Greg Evigan, Stephen MacDonald, John Maclaren. When a ground-breaking industrial experiment goes awry, the energy overflow manifests into a deadly swirling magnetic field that quickly overwhelms the plant and begins consuming anything metallic -- growing in strength and shredding everything in its path. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Mutant Girls Squad
(2010 -- Japan) Three leaders in the Japanese splatter movement -- Noboru Iguchi ("The Machine Girl"), Yoshihiro Nishimura ("Tokyo Gore Police") and Tak Sakaguchi ("Yoroi: Samurai Zombie") -- join forces to bring three times the heart-pounding action, three times the jaw-dropping comedy and three times the head-exploding splatter of your average action/horror/comedy with this story -- touted as a warped version of X-Men -- focuses on Rin, a beautiful 16-year-old who experiences one hell of a coming-of-age when her birthday present from nature comes in the form of a shocking revelation: while her mother is human, her dad is a Hiruko, a race of mutant creatures whose bodies transform themselves in strange ways and can sprout weapons at will. When the government launches a campaign to eradicate the Hirukos, she teams up with other similar kids to fight back. A soon-to-be cult film from the prolific Japanese cult film label Sushi Typhoon. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Opening Day" featurette, interviews with the filmmakers, "The Making of Mutant Girls Squad" featurette,
"Yoshie Zero" short film prequel. (Well Go USA Entertainment).
My Babysitter's a Vampire: The First Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $24.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "My Babysitter's a Vampire" original movie. (Warner).
95 Miles to Go
(2004) Ray Romano's eight-day drive through the south on a stand-up comedy tour becomes more than he bargains for when longtime friend and opening act, Tom Caltabiano, brings a film student along to document their thousand-mile journey. Together, all three struggle with Ray's obsessions, phobias, and insecurities in this unscripted exploration of newfound fame. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, deleted, alternate and extended scenes, Kansas City stand up show. (Video Services Corp.).
(2011) Eva Green, Ewan McGregor, Connie Nielsen, Stephen Dillane, Ewen Bremner. A chef and a scientist fall in love as a worldwide epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
(2012) Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, Elijah Kelley, Tristan Wilds, Method Man, Ne-Yo, Michael B. Jordon, Leslie Odom, Jr., Marcus T. Paulk, Kevin Philips, Andre Royo, Daniela Ruah, Gerald McRaney, Bryan Cranston. Read more about "Red Tails" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War, interview with executive producer George Lucas, interview with director Anthony Hemingway, interview with composer Terence Blanchard, "The Cast of Red Tails," "Movie Magic." (Fox).
The River: The Complete First Season
(2012) Eight episodes, $29.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (ABC/Disney).
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season
(2011) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Unaired scenes, gag reel, "From the Ground Up - Building Episode 214" behind-the-scenes look at the intensive and rigorous process of generating the 14th episode. (Warner).
Route 66: The Complete Series
(1960-64) Twenty-four disc set with all 116 episodes,
Formats: DVD. Extras: Rare 1990 William S. Paley Television Festival panel Q&A-style feature focusing on "Route 66" with the following participants: Marion Dougherty (casting director), Arthur Hiller (director), Elliot Silverstein (director), George Maharis ("Buz Murdock"), Herbert B. Leonard (writer-producer); vintage commercials; bonus DVD: "Great Cars: Corvette." $129.99. (Shout! Factory).
The Secret World of Arrietty BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2010 -- Japan) Based on the acclaimed children's book series "The Borrowers," by Mary Norton. This Studio Ghibli film is an imaginative tale of "little people" living furtively among us, and the unlikely friendship that forms when their hidden world is discovered. Voices of Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Bridgit Mendler, Moises Arias, David Henrie, Carol Burnett. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo and single DVD. Extras: "Summertime" music video, "The Making of "Summertime." Blu-ray adds storyboard presentation of the film, original Japanese trailers and television commercials, "Arrietty's Song" music video. (Studio Ghibli/Disney).
Sherlock: Season Two
(2012) Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Holmes and Martin Freeman is back as Dr. John Watson in three new 90-minute stories -- inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tales of the brilliant crime-solving icon -- in this spectacular blend of the 21st century and the original wit and spirit of the mysteries. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Sherlock Uncovered" behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2011) Cassie Scerb, Lindsey Shaw, Chris Zylk, Tim Gunn. Popular (but decidedly mean-spirited) Amber achieves the hard-fought pinnacle of her dreams when she's crowned Prom Queen, but her moment of glory is short lived when a freak accident ends her earth-bound existence. Landing in limbo, she has to earn her wings by transforming a notoriously shy and socially awkward fellow student into the next Prom Queen. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Teen Wolf Season 1
(2011) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted, alternate and extended scenes; extended season finales; gag reel; Season 1 Shirtless Montage; behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Fox).
This Means War
(2012) Dir.: McG; Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Chelsea Handler , Angela Bassett, Abigail Spencer. Read more about "This Means War" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: Three alternate endings, bachelorette party, uncensored gag reel, deleted scenes, alternative opening concept, commentary by director McG. (Fox).
Whisper of the Heart BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995 -- Japan) Voices of Brittany Snow, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Cary Elwes, David Gallagher. A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Challenged by Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on curious adventures beyond the boundaries of her imagination.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, single DVD. Extras: "4 Masterpieces of Naohisa Inoue" featurette, original Japanese storyboards, behind the microphone, original Japanese trailers and TV commercials. (Studio Ghibli/Disney).
The Woman in Black
(2012) Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Liz White. Read more about "The Woman in Black" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director James Watkins and screenwriter Jane Goldman, "Inside the Perfect Thriller: Making Woman in Black" featurette, "No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps" featurette. (Sony).
Worried About the Boy
(2011) Douglas Booth, Marc Warren. Biopic captures the true life story of George O'Dowd, the iconoclast who would eventually become known as Boy George.Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, interviews. (Entertainment One).
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The Aggression Scale
(2012) Dana Ashbrook, Derek Mears, Ray Wise, Ryan Hartwig, Fabianne Therese. A unique take on the home invasion thriller with two teenagers -- one of whom is emotionally disturbed with a history of violent behavior -- confronting some heavily armed bad guys who are looking for stolen cash, leading to a bloody battle of wits and will.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of The Aggression Scale" featurette. (Anchor Bay).
(2011) Dir.: Ralph Fiennes; Ralph Fienne, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox. Read more about "Coriolanus" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director-star, Ralph Fiennes, "The Making of Coriolanus" featurette. (Anchor Bay).
(2012) Christian Slater, Jill Hennessy, Donald Sutherland. Remake of the John Wayne 1935 Western. Story of vengeance and passion set in the American West. When the father of gunslinger John Mason (Christian Slater) is shot to death by masked bandits, he sets out with guns blazing to track down the killers. During his quest, he finds himself involved in a grim love triangle when he falls for Alice, the determined and beautiful woman also adored by John's best friend. Available at Wal-Mart. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Nasser Entertainment and Vivendi Entertainment).
Dirty Old Town
(2010) William Leroy, Nicholas De Cegli, Scott Dillin. The Bowery becomes a nexus of shattered dreams when a merchant has 72 hours to pay his rent. Facing extinction, his ramshackle tent of antiquities lures a troop of misfits, freaks and renegades who form a tableaux full of carnival pageantry, white lies and victimless crime in a fleeting glimpse of Downtown New York. Formats: DVD. (Microcinema International).
Drop Dead Diva: The Complete Third Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Fairly Legal: Season One
(2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, commentaries. (Universal).
The Garfield Show: Summer Adventures
(2012) There's one adventure after another as Garfield and his pals look for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, try to save their favorite pizza place, morph into superheroes, more. Six episodes. Formats: DVD. $14.93. (Vivendi Entertainment).
(2012) Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy. Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. Read more about "Goon" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
Henning Mankell's Wallander
(2009-10) Seven-disc set with 13 feature-length episodes from the acclaimed Swedish series about Kurt Wallander, a brilliant but flawed detective who drinks a little too much, struggles with anger control, meets opposition from his friends, family and co-workers, but who always is on the job when it comes to tracking down the evildoers who slither through Sweden's dark underbelly. $74.95. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Music Box Films).
In Plain Sight: Season Four
(2011) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted and extended scenes. (Universal).
Jules Verne's Mysterious Island
(2012) Pruitt Taylor Vince, Lochlyn Munro, Susie Arbromeit. Modern updating of the classic. As famine and death ravage Richmond, Va., five northern Civil War POWs plan a daring escape by hijacking a hot air balloon. Drifting through the night, they wake to find themselves marooned on a strange island littered with wreckage and home to a cast of survivors who have been lost in space and time. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp
(1970-72) Three-disc set with 17 episodes, $24.98. Proceeds will benefit Lancelot's retirement home, Los Angeles' Wildlife Waystation. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with producer Allan Sandler and musical director Bob Emenegger; live video footage of Sandler with Lancelot at the Waystation in 2011; the 1999 documentary short "I Created Lancelot Link" by Diane Bernard and Jeff Krulik; picture slideshow of real-life Lancelot Link (provided by Sandler and Life magazine); and complete Evolution Revolution vignettes from all 17 original episodes. (Film Chest).
Life Without Principle
(2011 -- Hong Kong) Dir.: Johnny To; Ching Wan Lau, Richie Ren, Denise Ho, Hoi-pang Lo, Terrance Yin, Hang-shuen So. An ordinary bank teller turned financial analyst is forced to sell high-risk securities to her customers in order to meet her sales target. A small-time thug delves into the futures index hoping to earn easy money to post bail for a buddy in trouble with the law. A straight-arrow Police inspector who has always enjoyed his middle income lifestyle is suddenly desperate for money when his wife puts a down payment on a luxury flat she can’t afford and his dying father wants him to look after a young half-sister he never knew he had. Three in dire need of money have nothing in common until a bag of stolen money lands them in an intricate situation that forces them into making soul searching decisions about right and wrong and everything in between. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: (Indomina Releasing/Vivendi).
Love Never Dies
(2012) Ben Lewis, Anna O'Byrne. Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel of sorts to his "The Phantom of the Opera." Having relocated to a vivacious amusement resort in Coney Island, The Phantom of the Paris Opera House uses a pseudonym to invite renowned soprano Christine Daae to perform. She and her husband Raoul have no idea what lies in store. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Universal).
Man on a Ledge
(2012) Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Edward Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, Ed Harris. Read more about "Man on a Ledge" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: "Making of" featurette, commentary by Elizabeth Banks. (Summit/Lionsgate).
Maverick: The Complete First Season
(2011) Seven-disc set with 27 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2011) Jonathan Bennett, James Cromwell, John Cromwell, Jackson Bond, Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding. It's Memorial Day 1993, when 13-year-old Kyle Vogel stumbles upon his grandfather Bud's World War II footlocker. Though reluctant to discuss the war with his grandson, Bud strikes a deal with Kyle: He'll tell the stories of any three objects from the footlocker that Kyle choose; as the WWII tales from Europe unfold, the film flashes forward to see how the present day SSgt. Kyle Vogel's experiences in Iraq parallel them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Extras: Commentary by the cast, director Sam Fischer and writer Marc Conklin, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Image Entertainment).
Monroe, Series 1
(2011) James Nesbitt stars in this new medical drama described as a dose of "House's" dark humor mixed with an infusion of humanity and warmth. Nesbitt stars as Dr. Monroe, a neurosurgical genius with a quick wit and a heart to match his titanic ego. Series 1 premiered on ITV in March 2011. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 4
(2012) Forensic sleuthing in the Age of Invention with the charming period mystery available to U.S. audiences for the first time. Based on the characters from award-winning author Maureen Jennings' Detective Murdoch novels. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.(Acorn Media).
Necessary Roughness: Season One
(2011) Three-disc set with 12 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel. (Universal).
(2011) Brittany Snow, Evan Ross, Christian Serratos, David Oyelowo. Intense story of four lives slammed together after a terrifying carjacking, intercutting between the carjacking and the separate stories of the four young people involved. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Rookie Blue: The Complete Second Season
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes interview. (Entertainment One).
Royal Pains: Season Three -- Volume Two
(2011-12) Two-disc set with eight episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel. (Universal).
Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte
(2011) A survey of the life and times of Harry Belafonte. Most people know the lasting legacy of Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally. Formats: DVD. (Docurama).
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1946) Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas. With the cooperation of the U.S. Library of Congress, the film noir classic was transferred by Film Chest from the original, damaged 35mm elements with their new division, Process Blue, which uses the Golden Eye III, a state-of-the-art film scanner, and digitally restored it in high definition. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by author William Hare ("Early Film Noir: Greed, Lust and Murder Hollywood Style," "L.A. Noir: Nine Dark Visions of the City of Angels," "Hitchcock and the Methods of Suspense"); a before-and-after restoration demo; an original movie art postcard. (Film Chest/HD Cinema Classics Label ).
(1951) Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career -- isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past -- the 10th film by Ingmar Bergman was a gentle sway toward true mastery. In one of the director's great early female roles, Maj-Britt Nilsson beguiles as Marie, an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student (Birger Malmsten). Her memories of the rocky shores of Stockholm's outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works. A film that the director considered a creative turning point, "Summer Interlude" is a reverie on life and death that bridges the gap between Bergman's past and future, theater and cinema. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Peter Cowie. (The Criterion Collection).
Summer With Monika
(1953) Inspired by the earthy eroticism of his muse Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this ravaging, sensual tale of young love. In Stockholm, a girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair is forced to return to reality. The version originally released in the U.S. was reedited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original "Summer With Monika," as presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman's most important films. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman; new interview with actress Harriet Andersson, conducted by film critic Peter Cowie; new interview with film scholar Eric Schaefer about Kroger Babb and Babb's distribution of "Monika: Story of a Bad Girl" as an exploitation film; "Images from the Playground," a half-hour documentary by Stig Bjorkman with behind-the-scenes footage shot by Bergman, archival audio interviews with Bergman, and new interviews with actresses Bibi Andersson and Harriet Andersson; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Hubner, a 1958 review by filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, and a publicity piece from 1953 in which Bergman interviews himself. (The Criterion Collection).
Titanic's Final Mystery
(2012) For the last 100 years, the sinking of the RMS Titanic has grown so large that legend has replaced the truth. However, recent findings and modern technology have raised new questions about what really happened that fateful night. Follow Titanic detective Tim Maltin from the icy Labrador current of the Atlantic to the blistering deserts of the Mojave as he shatters old myths and sheds new light on the disaster that sent over 1,500 passengers and crew to a watery grave. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Inception Media Group).
Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
(2011) An exploration of the clothes, the glamour and the decadence of iconic fashion designer Halston. At the height of his fame -- in the 60s and 70s -- Halston was an emperor of fashion and style. He had his name and distinct aesthetic on everything from luxurious towels, sheets, sunglasses, carpets, shoes, gloves to a successful line of fragrance. His circle of clients and friends included Jackie Kennedy (for whom he designed the famous pill box hat), Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Betty Ford, Bianca Jagger and Lauren Bacall.Formats: DVD. (Tribeca Film/New Video).
(2011) Sam Lant, Elijah Stevens. As summer begins for five teenage boys, everything seems absolutely perfect ... until each loses his innocence while facing life-changing issues, including divorcing parents. Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season
(2011) Five-disc set with 12 episodes, $59.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Inside the Episodes," "True Blood The Final Touches," commentaries, "True Blood Lines," "Character Perspectives," "Flashback/Flash Forward," "Vampire Histories/Character Bios/Hints/FYIs." (HBO).
Valley of the Sun
(2011) Johnny Whitworth, Heather Burns, Beth Grant, Barry Corbin, Garrett Morris, Graham Greene. A young adult film star, feeling disillusioned and trapped, walks off the set and lands in a mental hospital, where his unwitting parents retrieve him and take him back to their Arizona retirement community for rest and relaxation; his troubles seemingly disappear until his past comes back to haunt him in the last place on Earth he expected. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
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