An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars
(2011) Nia Vardalos, Ian Ziering, Cathy Rigby, Kerris Dorsey, Jade Pettyjohn. (Scheduled to air July 14 on NBC.) Available at Wal-Mart and American Girl stores. A young girl whose dream to compete as a world class gymnast is jeopardized when she begins to have trouble in school. Inspired by the American Girl line of dolls. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
The American Dream (aka Make a Movie Like Spike)
(2012) Jamil Walker Smith, Malcolm Goodwin. Portrays the yearning wanderlust that accompanies coming-of-age young men who imagine a brighter future than they see possible in their own backyards. Before shipping off to Afghanistan, Luis and Ronald, best friends and newly-enlisted Marines, capture their few remaining days at home using a movie camera. The footage chronicles the loved ones these young soldiers will be leaving behind as they embark on a life-changing journey in a far-away place. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (Image Entertainment).
Barbarella BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1968) Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea, Marcel Marceau. Who can perform a zero-gravity striptease, seduce an angel and still have time to save the universe? Sexy, sultry, space adventurer Barbarella, that's who! Jane Fonda stars as the titular heroine who lands on the planet Lythion in the year 40,000. Faced with robots, monsters and evil of varying stripes, she must vanquish her enemies, all while attempting -- and failing -- to keep her skin-tight spacesuit on. Along the way she receives assistance from a variety of handsome men, each of whom receives her uninhibited appreciation. Directed by Roger Vadim (Fonda's ex-husband), "Barbarella"is a kind of sexual Alice in Wonderland of the future, replete with psychedelic set designs, far-out characters and an outrageously entertaining story set amongst the stars. (Paramount).
(2011) Scott Martin, Clint Glenn Hummel. Story of an elite fighting unit formed in 1942 -- officially named the First Special Service Force -- made up of mountain men, hunters and all around misfits, trained to scale cliffs, jump out of airplanes and kill Nazis. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (Lionsgate).
Born on the Fourth of July Universal 100th Anniversary Edition
(1989) Dir.: Oliver Stone; Tom Cruise, Tom Berenger, Frank Whaley, Stephen Baldwin, Kyra Sedgwick. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: Commentary by Stone, "From the NBC News Archives: Backstory Born on the Fourth of July," "100 Years of Universal: The 80s," "100 Years of Universal: Academy Award Winners." (Universal).
Chesty Morgan's Bosom Buddies BLU-RAY DEBUT
Three James Bond spoofs featuring busty super agents by exploitation director Doris Wishman: "Deadly Weapons" (1974), "Double Agent 73" (1974) and "The Immoral Three" (1975), Extras: (Image Entertainment/Something Weird Video).
Dynasty: The Sixth Season Volume One and Volume Two
(1985-86) Two four-disc sets with 30 episodes, $72.99. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Giant Monsters
Two-disc set with four classic 'B' movies curated by the "Scream Queen": "The Giant Gila Monster" (1959), "Teenagers From Outer Space" (1959), "Attack of the Giant Leeches" (1959) and "Monster From a Prehistoric Planet" (1967); $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Josh Hutcherson, Hayden Panettiere, Alfred Molina, Lauren Bacall, Dina Eastwood, Billy Boyd. Troubled, homeless 15-year-old Joshua (Josh Hutcherson) lives from hand to mouth on the streets until he arrives in artsy Carmel by the Sea, where his prodigious art skill is discovered and he is lured into the underground world of high dollar art forgery. Formats: DVD. (Big Air Studios).
The French Chef: Julia Child's French Classics
This special collection of six original black-and-white episodes of "The French Chef" from the 1960s brings Julia back into the kitchen to teach cooks at all levels how to prepare some of her favorite French classics: French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin and Quiche Lorraine, Chocolate Mousse, French Crepes II (Crepes with Orange Butter and Almonds; Crepes with Apples and Macaroons; Crepes Suzette) and French Tarts Apple Style. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (PBS Distribution).
George Gently, Season 4
Martin Shaw is back as Inspector George Gently, a by-the-book cop from London now working in the North East of England. This corner of the country is just starting to experience the social changes sweeping the rest of 1960s Britain, but the former Scotland Yard detective finds that crime occurs here the same as anywhere else. In his meticulous manner, Gently examines the passions and planning that lead to murder, his methods more often than not offset by those of his cocky young sidekick, Sergeant John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby). Two feature-length episodes: "Goodbye China" and "Gently Upside Down." Formats: Two-disc DVD, single Blu-ray Disc, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
God Bless America
(2012) Dir.: Bobcat Goldthwait; Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith. Divorced, recently fired and possibly terminally ill, Frank (Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. He sees America as overrun with cruelty, stupidity and intolerance. Finding himself with nothing to live for, he decides not to take his own life, but instead buys a gun to take out his frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine -- reality television stars. On his journey, he finds an unusual accomplice in a high-school student named Roxy (Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Together they embark on a nation-wide assault on our country's dumbest, most irritating celebrities. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment Magnet Label).
Home on the Range BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Voices of Judi Dench, Cuba Gooding Jr. (Disney).
The Horse Whisperer BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998) Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas. (Disney).
(2011 -- Australia) Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O'Connor. A skilled mercenary is hired by an anonymous company to go to the island of Tasmania (off the coast of Australia) on a hunt to collect genetic material from the believed-to-be-extinct Tasmanian tiger and gets involved in unforeseen dangers. Read more about "The Hunter" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Jesus Henry Christ
(2012) Toni Collette, Michael Sheen, Jason Spevack, Samantha Weinstein. At the age of 10, Henry James Hermin, a boy who was conceived in a petri-dish and raised by his feminist mother, follows a string of Post-It notes in hopes of finding his biological father.Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews. (Entertainment One).
Joe + Belle
(2011 -- Israel) Veronica Kedar, Sivan Levy. Things get very complicated very quickly in this dark comedy when an angst-ridden drug dealer meets a buoyant suicidal psychopath. After an outlandish accident in Tel Aviv leaves the pair of women with a body to dispose of, they embark on a madcap journey to lose the cops -- and end up finding love together in Sderot (the target of ongoing rocket attacks). Formats: DVD. (Wolfe Video).
Mannix: The Seventh Season
(1973-74) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $54.99. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Midsomer Murders, Set 20
For more than a decade, DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) has policed the murderous county of Midsomer, winning legions of fans-including the queen of England herself. In these four new, contemporary stand-alone mysteries, Barnaby investigates his final cases before leaving the denizens of Midsomer in the capable hands of his cousin, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon). Set in England's picture-perfect but perilous Midsomer County, Set 20's episodes are available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this release. The Mysteries: "Master Class," "The Noble Art," "Not in My Back Yard" and "Fit for Murder." Formats: Four-disc DVD, $49.99; two-disc Blu-ray Disc, $59.99.. Extras: "Barnaby Through the Years" photo gallery and "Saying Goodbye to Barnaby" essay. (Acorn Meda).
Phenomenon BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick. (Studio).
Step Up BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Channing Tatum. (Disney).
The Streets of San Francisco Season Three Volume One
(1974-75) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $42.99. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
The Streets of San Francisco Season Three Volume Two
(1974-75) Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $42.99. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Treasure Planet 10th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002) Voices of Joseph-Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson. DVD/Blu-ray disc combo. (Disney).
Under the Tuscan Sun BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh. (Disney).
(2010 -- China) Wu Jing, Zhang Li, Yihong Duan, Francis Ng. Action-packed "martial arts Western" in which cold-blooded killer Zhang Ning sneaks back into China but is quickly pursued by two fierce and brutal bounty hunters, resulting in a grisly battle between the killer, bounty hunters and cops involving a flurry of gunfights, martial arts combats, car chases, equestrian acrobatics and pyrotechnic extravaganza. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scene featurettes. (Well Go USA).
The Women of SNL
(2012) Showcase reunion of the women of "Saturday Night Live," with classic sketches such as Debbie Downer, Mary Katherine Gallagher, The Lawrence Welk Show, Oprah, Bronx Beat and the Nerds as well as the work of Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin. Formats: Single-disc DVD. (Universal).
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Adventure Time: The Complete First Season
(2010) Two-disc set with 26 episodes from the acclaimed Cartoon Network series about
a human boy and his adopted brother -- a magical dog -- who set out to become righteous adventurers in the Land of Ooo. Formats: DVD, $26.95. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, animatics, commentaries. (Warner).
Altered States BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1980) Dir.: Ken Russell; William Hurt, Blair Brown. (Warner).
(2012) Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne. Read more about "American Reunion" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Unrated version; Alternate takes, gag reel, the "Out of Control" track, "The Reunion Reunion: Re-Launching the Series," "The Best of Biggs: Hangin' With Jason B.," "Lake Bake," "Dancing With the Oz," "American Gonad-iators: The Fight Scene," "Jim's Dad," "Ouch! My Balls!" "American Reunion Yearbook," commentary with co-directors/co-writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. (Universal).
The Astronaut's Wife BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999) Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron. (Warner).
(2010) David Arquette, Bijou Phillips, Vivica A. Fox, Nicholas Bishop, Lin Shaye. Jack MacKenzie, once a hot Hollywood composer, has fallen on hard times. Having resorted to taking a draining job as a limo driver just to make ends meet, he's a broken man, trying to put his life back together by picking up the pieces of a shattered family and career. Battling his repressed memories, depression and addiction, Jack starts to lose control of the one thing he values most -- his mind. He must now pull himself together before something goes horribly wrong. However, in the city of dreams ... life isn't always at it seems. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Blade II BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002) Dir.: Guillermo del Toro; Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Thomas Kretschmann. New extras: "Blade II: Blood Brothers" featurette, commentary by Guillermo del Toro, director's notebook. (Warner).
Brainstorm BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002) Christopher Plummer, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher. (Warner).
(1993 -- Hong Kong) Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung. Members of an elite group of assassins loyal to the king must infiltrate a group of rebels when the group threaten to take down the empire. Formats: DVD. (Well Go USA).
Chariots of Fire BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Ian Holm, John Gielgud, Lindsay Anderson. In a Blu-ray book with rare insights into the film's production and cast, including trivia and in-depth photos. In addition, there is a CD sampler featuring some of the songs from the film. Extras: New featurettes: "Paris, 1924 -- Birth of the Modern Olympics", "David Puttnam, A Cinematic Champion" and "Hugh Hudson -- Journey to the Gold"; "Wings on their Heels: The Making of Chariots of Fire"; "Chariots of Fire: A Reunion"; "Sprint Around the Quad"; "Famous Opening Shot"; commentary by Director Hugh Hudson; deleted scenes; screen tests. (Warner).
(2011) Julin Jean, Nick Manning, John Gabriel Rodriquez. Homage to the action exploitation films of the early 1980s ("Spit On Your Grave"). When exotic dancer Cherry is attacked by a group of sleazy men in the club where she works, she vows revenge by killing them off one by one. Things start to spiral out of control when a mysterious hit man named Bull is hired to put an end to her bloody tirade. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download Extras: (Well Go USA).
Coma BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1978) Michael Douglas, Genevieve Bujold. (Warner).
Dark Nemesis (aka The Dark Knight)
(2011) Kyle Walsh, Aaron Farb, Debra Lopez. In a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by feuding warlords, a group of desperate soldiers hatch a plan to steal a Warlord's treasure and start a new life. When they are faced with the threat of horrific death at the hands of the Warlord's executioners, they escape into a desolate and forbidden land where they must fend off the Warlord's vicious assassins while defending themselves from the terrifying creatures that inhabit the land. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MTI Home Video).
Doctor Who: Ep. 72 -- Death to the Daleks
(1974) "Death to the Daleks" and "The Krotons". Formats: DVD. (BBC/Warner).
Father Dowling Mysteries: The Second Season
(1990) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.99. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2011) Documentary that focuses on a group of young athletes in southern Louisiana as they work toward achieving their goals of becoming professional mixed martial arts fighters.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Media Group).
The Flowers of War
(2011 -- China) Dir.: Yimou Zhang; Christian Bale, Paul Schneider, Ni Ni, Tong Dawei. A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download,. Extras: Five-part feature length "making of" documentary. (Lionsgate).
(2010) From the creative minds at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Musical, dance comedy where the sexy and wealthy Cocolonia (Megan Heyn) decides to escape her uptight mother (Amy Poehler) and learn to dance fight in the streets with the help of Funky Bunch (Michael Cassady), the leader of a local dance crew. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. Extras: (Image Entertainment).
Frequency BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2000) Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel. (Warner).
Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street
(2012) Special four-hour investigation tells the inside story of the origins of the financial meltdown and the battle to save the global economy. Two-disc set, $29.99. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Series 2, Season 2
(1984) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.93.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Retrospective featurette with the Hasbro Toy Team. (Shout! Factory).
The Glades Season 2
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel, featurettes, commentary. (Fox).
iCarly: The Complete 4th Season
(2010-11) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five episodes of Nick's "How to Rock" series. (Nickelodeon Home Entertainment/Paramount).
(2011) Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Sarah Steele, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, J. Smith-Cameron, Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby, Kieran Culkin, Krysten Ritter, Michael Ealy. centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life. In her attempts to set things right, she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Fox).
(2011) Robert Miano, Danny Glover, Michael Rooker. A once famous and now a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter fighting to finish his latest script finds himself in the center of a murder investigation involving a prominent politician's wife; the events give him new inspiration for his script until he's discovers that he's being framed for the murder.
Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
The Note 3: Notes From the Heart Healer
(2012) Genie Francis, Ted McGinley. Third installment in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie Series "The Note." A romantic getaway for advice columnist Peyton MacGruder and husband King Danville takes an unexpected detour when an infant is abandoned at their doorstep, transforming them into temporary parents. Peyton is reminded of her secret past and relies on her journalistic instincts to uncover the baby's story. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).
Outland BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen. (Warner).
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
(2004 -- Japan) Based on a true story, this is the sweet tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. The film follows Quill from the litter to his selection as a guide dog shortly after his first birthday. After training at a school for guide dogs, Quill is paired with a blind man named Watanabe who at first is reluctant to rely on him. But Quill's great patience, gentleness and skill eventually win him over and they become inseparable friends. Formats: DVD,Digital Download. Extras: (Music Box Films).
(2011) Grant Bowler, Evalena Marie, Tawny Cypress, Miko Hughes, Anthony Marks, Jessica
Alexandra Green, Kevin Shea, Lance Reddick. Reno may be the “Biggest Little City in the World,” but when a "Peace Bomb" nuclear test goes awry in the Nevada desert and turns most of the population into bloodthirsty zombies, the gambling Mecca becomes the biggest zombieland of all time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, short film: "Remains: Road to Reno, the Prequel," bloopers, TV Spots, Comic-Con teaser. (Shout! Factory).
Spawn Director's Cut BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1997) John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White. (Warner).
Warehouse 13: Season Three
(2011) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Webisode series "Of Monsters and Men." (Universal).
You're Nobody Till Somebody Kills You
(2012) James McDaniel , Michael Mosle, Chance Kelly. Two New York City detectives have just been assigned to the biggest homicide case their division has ever seen: They must track down a serial killer with an appetite for some of hip-hop's biggest stars. As the detectives dive into this case, they uncover a complex web of murder, sex and money that leads them to the killer's next victim. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Commentary. (Lionsgate).
My House Is Full of Mirrors
(2011 -- Italy) An authorized biographical mini-series about Sophia Loren, based on the best selling book by Maria Scicolone (Loren's sister). Sophia Loren takes on a challenging role, perhaps the most difficult of her career -- playing her mother. Formats: DVD. (Vanguard Cinema).
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Alphas: Season One
(2011) Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended premiere episode.(Universal).
American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
(2012) Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life and a part of the zeitgeist. In a 2007 TV Land/Entertainment Weekly poll, Americans voted Carson the greatest icon in the history of television. Narrated by Kevin Spacey, this American Masters documentary features 45 original interviews with Carson's friends, family and colleagues, including his second wife, Joanne, Dick Cavett, Doc Severinsen, and other "The Tonight Show" staff. Performers who appeared, or began their careers, on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" are also interviewed, including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Drew Carey, Garry Shandling, Steve Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ellen DeGeneres, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, and David Steinberg. Late night TV hosts Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien also discuss Carson's influence on their careers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
The Beat Hotel
(2011) 1957, Paris. The Latin Quarter. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for a new breed of artists struggling to free themselves from the conformity and censorship of America. Called the Beat Hotel, it soon became an epicenter of the Beat generation. Alan Govenar's new documentary delves deep into this amazing place and time. Fleeing the obscenity trials surrounding the publication of "Howl," Allen Ginsberg, along with Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, happened upon the hotel in Paris's Latin Quarter and were soon joined by William Burroughs, Ian Somerville and Brion Gysin. Run by Madame Rachou, the Beat Hotel was a hotbed of creativity and permissiveness, where Burroughs finished "Naked Lunch"; Ginsberg began his poem "Kaddish"; Somerville and Gysin invented the "Dream Machine"; Corso wrote some of his greatest poems; and Harold Norse wrote a novella, aptly called "The Beat Hotel." British photographer Harold Chapman's iconic photos and Scottish artist Elliot Rudie's drawings, interwoven with firsthand accounts, capture the Beats just as they were beginning to establish themselves, and bring The Beat Hotel to life. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Big Man: Crossing the Line
(1990) Kenny Ireland, Liam Neeson, Joanne Whalley, Billy Connolly. An unemployed Scottish miner (Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet. Formats: DVD. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Bonanza: The Official Third Season Vol. One and Vol. Two
(1961-62) Nine-disc set with 34 episodes, $76.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo galleries, original Chevrolet commercials with the "Bonanza" cast, excerpts from "Tales of Nevada -- Past and Present: Bonanza Days" radio show, "The New March of Dimes: The Scene Stealers," "Perry Como Kraft Music Hall," "Henry Fonda and the Family." (CBS/Paramount).
The Butterfly Effect BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart. (Warner).
The Butterfly Effect 2 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Eric Lively, Erica Durance. (Warner).
Casa De Mi Padre
(2012) Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez, Gael Garcia Bernal..
Read more about "Casa De Mi Padre" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: "Making of" featurette, deleted scenes, "Fight for Love" music video, commerciales, commentary with director Matt Piedmont, writer-producer Andrew Steele and star Will Ferrell. (Lionsgate).
Cellular BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Kim Basinger, Chris Evans. (Warner).
Dan Vs. -- The Complete First Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
(2011) Steve Talley, Eric Roberts, Anna Felix, Lauren Jenkins. Fact-based mystery-thriller inspired by the true-crime story of the murder of an black youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost 20 years. That all changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic blue blood bent on discovering the truth. Harper, aided by grizzled veteran newsman Ronnie Bullock, undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from local forces, a break-up with his fiance and his father's cancer diagnosis. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (Freestyle Digital Media).
(2002) Paul Fox, Tom Hardy, Englishman Simon Murray, disillusioned by a failed romance, blindly joins the French Foreign Legion. His idealistic fantasy is soon shattered when he encounters his fellow recruits, all escaping pasts far less innocent than his own, and then marches off to battle in North Africa in an effort to quell the bloody, 1960 Algerian civil uprising for independence. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Inception Media Group).
(2011) A.J. Buckley, Jewel Staite, Alan Dale. When the Earth's solar system aligns with the Milky Way's galactic equator, previously unseen forces begin to pull the Earth apart at the seams -- causing massive earthquakes and vast chasms that swallow up populated areas -- and only one man, using a magic rod, must uncover an age-old mystery and save the planet from imminent destruction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Doomsday Prophecy: The Stories Are True." (Anchor Bay).
Down by Law BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout "Stranger Than Paradise" with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in America. When fate lands three hapless men - an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie) and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) - in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure begins. Described by Jarmusch as a "neo-Beat noir comedy," "Down by Law" is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white photography by esteemed cinematographer Robby Muller. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack, approved by the director. Extras: Thoughts and reflections on the making of the film from Jarmusch (2002); interview with director of photography Muller from 2002; footage from the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, including a press conference featuring Jarmusch and actors John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, and Nicoletta Braschi, and an interview with Lurie; outtakes; music video for Tom Waits's cover of Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me," directed by Jarmusch; Q&A with Jarmusch; recordings of phone conversations between Jarmusch and Waits, Benigni, and Lurie; production Polaroids and location stills; isolated music track; an essay by critic Luc Sante. (The Criterion Collection).
Eureka: Season 5
(2012) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $34.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, "Anatomy of an Episode: Jack of All Trades," "Ode to Carl the Jeep," "A Fond Farewell," commentary. (Universal).
(2011 -- Spain) Michelle Jenner, Julian Villagra. Sexy, apocalyptic sci-fi comedy about two lovers who, after a one-night stand, wake up to discover giant flying saucers hovering above the now-deserted city. The only other people left are a creepy neighbor and the girl's ex-boyfriend. What's a guy to do when he faces jealousy and the end of the world? Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Fear City BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1984) Dir.: Abel Ferrara; Tom Berenger, Jack Scalia, Melanie Griffith, Billy Dee Williams, Rae Dawn Chong, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rossano Brazzi, Jan Murray. A psychopath on the loose in Manhattan is stalking and mutilating beautiful strippers. (Shout! Factory).
4:44 Last Day on Earth
(2011) Dir.: Abel Ferrara; Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne. Tomorrow at 4:44 a.m., the world is going to come to an end, brought about by the destruction of the ozone layer. As panic hits the Earth's population, two lovers -- actor and recovering drug addict Cisco and painter Skye -- seclude themselves in their Manhattan apartment to spend their last hours of existence together. Accepting their doomed fate, Cisco and Skye call their loved ones to say goodbye, they make love, they order Chinese takeout -- and discover more about themselves and each other in a few short hours than most people do in an entire lifetime. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films/MPI Media Group).
Friends With Kids
(2012) Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox, Edward Burns. Read more about "Friends with Kids" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Making-of" featurette, commentary by writer-director-actress Jennifer Westfeldt, actor-producer Jon Hamm and director of photography Will Rexer II. (Lionsgate).
Girls Gone Dead
(2012) Krystyna Ahlers, David Ausem, Tony Batman, Beetlejuice. Six beautiful high school friends reunite on the Florida coast -- near the shoot for the topless "Crazy Girls Unlimited" line of DVDs -- for spring break during their freshman year in college -- only to find a sadistic killer with a medieval war hammer has targeted them. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, featurettes. (Entertainment One).
Hard to Kill BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock. (Warner).
(2011) Ben Foster, Lubna Azabal, Peter Coyote. Cartographer Will Shepard hits the road for his latest job: to create a new, more accurate satellite survey of Armenia. During his assignment, he forms a bond with an Armenian expatriate and art photographer. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interlude Films (eight short films), Gadarine's Photographs (two photo galleries). (Strand Releasing).
The Inbetweeners: The Complete Series
(2011) Three-disc set with 18 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2011) Clive Owen, Carice van Houten. Chilling story of two children living in different countries, each visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Extras: Making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Millennium Entertainment).
IRT: Deadliest Roads: Season Two -- The Andes
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Just Cause BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne. (Warner).
Leverage: The 4th Season
(2011-12) Fur-disc set with 18 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, "Behind-the-Scenes of The Long Job Down," "Writers' Room Job," deleted scenes, gag reel. (Fox).
(2012) Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Peter Stormare. Sc-fi actioner produced by Luc Besson follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce) whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the president's daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Breaking Into Lockout" featurette, "A Vision of the Future" featurette. (Sony).
Mean Streets BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1973) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; Robert De Niro, Harbey Keitel. (Warner).
(2011) Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish. Twisting, terrifying tale of vampirism and humanity and how the two conditions can intertwine. Jacob is a young man with a rare skin disorder that forces him to avoid exposure to the sun…confining him to a life of seclusion and shadow. As his symptoms worsen, Jacob's mental and physical health begin to crumble, forcing him to cross a barrier that few would consider: drinking human blood. When Jacob meets Mary, who is as lonely and damaged as himself, he falls in love. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Murder in the First BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon. (Warner).
Next of Kin BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson. (Warner).
(2011) Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region flow two of the world's purest rivers, the Baker and Pascua. Fed by vast glacial systems, these untouched rivers drive biodiversity in rainforests, estuaries and marine ecosystems. Now, five huge hydroelectric dams are planned for the two rivers. Promoted as "clean" energy, damming these major rivers would make floodplains out of river valleys, force ranchers off their land and wreak havoc on the massive ice fields and watersheds already under stress from global warming. Over the past century more than 45,000 large dams have altered the health of the planet's rivers with disastrous impacts that continue to unfold. This award-winning documentary captures the heated battle between those who wish to exploit the rivers, and those who wish to preserve the rivers and their surrounding lands. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Perfect Murder BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998) Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow. (Warner).
The Perfect Murder BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998) Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow. (Warner).
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
(2012) Dir.: Lasse Hallstrom; Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked.
Read more about "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Miracles Happen: Making Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and "The Fisherman in the Middle East: Novelist Paul Torday." (Studio).
Sanctuary: The Complete Fourth Season
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Entertainment One).
Scooby-Doo! Laff-a-Lympics: Spooky Games
(2012) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.98. The Scooby Doobies, The Yogi Yahooeys or the Really Rottens as they compete in a series of zany sports competitions in exotic locations throughout the world. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Singin' in the Rain 60th Anniversary
Three-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition
(1952) Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Rita Moreno. New limited and numbered Blu-ray/DVD pack includes 4K feature scan, collectible memorabilia with 48-page hard cover book with new photos, memos and promotional art reproductions, collectible full-size umbrella. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo ($84.99), two-disc DVD ($14.96), single-disc Blu-ray ($19.98). Extras: "Singin' in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation" new documentary; commentary by Stanley Donen, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, and film historian Rudy Behlmer; "Great Performances: Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM", a 1996 PBS documentary about the career of producer-songwriter Arthur Freed; "The Making of Singin' in the Rain"; "You Are My Lucky Star" outtake musical number; Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed film excerpts (a collection of 12 film clips from earlier films with Freed/Brown songs); scoring stage session cues; stills gallery; theatrical trailer. (Warner).
Storage Wars: Volume Three
(2011-12) Two disc set with 16 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
The Three Stooges
(2012) Dir.: The Farrelly Bros; Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch, Sofía Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko, Stephen Collins, Larry David.
Read more about "The Three Stooges" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Blu-ray Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, "What's the Big Idea? A History of The Three Stooges," "Knuckleheads: Behind the Scenes of The Three Stooges," "Did You Hear that? The Three Stooges Sound Effects," "Poifect: Casting The Three Stooges," "The Three Stooges Mash-up," original screen test. (Fox).
(2012) Rick Faugno, Paige Howard, Bronson Pinchot, Patrick Zeller, Elizabeth Masucci. In an effort to save his newly inherited house from foreclosure, a 26-year-old scrap hauler turns it into a brothel -- even though he's a virgin. Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
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Age of the Dragons
(2011) Danny Glover, Vinnie Jones, Corey Sevier, Larry Bagby, Kepa Kruse, Sofia Pernas, Dave Morgan. An adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby Dick." Set in a medieval realm where Captain Ahab and crew hunt dragons for the vitriol that powers their world, Ishmael, a charismatic harpooner, and his friend, Queequeg, join the quest. Ahab's obsession to seek revenge on a great "White Dragon" that slaughtered his family when he was young and left his body scarred and mauled, drives the crew deeper into the heart of darkness.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (ARC Entertainment).
Boss: Season One
(2011) Three-disc set with eight episodes, $39.97. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Commentaries, "The Mayor and His Maker" with Kelsey Grammer and Farhad Safinia featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Stephen Dorff, Chyler Leigh, JR Bourne, Tom Berenger. A Secret Service Agent is held captive in the trunk of a car and endures mental and physical torture as terrorists attempt to extract information for their plot against the President of the United States. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC).
Childrens Hospital: The Complete Third Season
(2011) Two-disc set with 14 episodes, $24.98.
Formats: DVD. (Warners).
The Deep Blue Sea
(2011) Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Ann Mitchell. Read more about "The Deep Blue Sea" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Collectors booklet; commentary; interviews with Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Terence Davies; Terence Davies' Master Class; "The Look of The Deep Blue Sea." (Music Box Films).
Eclipse Series 34: Jean Gremillon During the Occupation
Though little known outside of France, Jean Gremillon is a consummate filmmaker from his country's golden age. A classically trained violinist who discovered cinema as a young man when his orchestra was hired to accompany silent movies, he went on to make almost 50 films - which ranged from documentaries to avant-garde works to melodramas with major stars - in a career that started in the mid-1920s and didn't end until the late 1950s. Three of his richest films came during a dire period in French history: "Remorques," starring Jean Gabin, was begun in 1939 but finished and released after Germany invaded France, and "Lumiere d'ete" and "Le ciel est a vous" were produced during the occupation. These are character-driven dramas that reveal either a society on the precipice of doom or people breaking free of societal limitations; humane, entertaining, and technically brilliant, they show Gremillon to be one of cinema's true hidden masters. Formats: DVD. $44.95. The three-DVD box set includes:
Jacques Prevert co-wrote this atmospheric tale of the romantic trials of a tugboat captain, played by the iconic French star Jean Gabin. For Andre and the other members of the Cyclone's crew, existence is harshly divided between the danger of the stormy seas and the safety of life at home with their patient women. When Andre meets temptation in the form of the alluring Catherine during a risky rescue, he comes perilously close to betraying his wife of 10 years.
Lumiere d'ete (1943):
A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provencal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about lives on the edge. This Jacques Prevert and Pierre Laroche–scripted tale of an obsessive love pentangle -- whose principals range from artist to hotel manager to dam worker -- was banned from theaters for the duration of the occupation for its dark portrayal of the hedonistic excesses of the ruling class. Today, it is often singled out as Gremillon's greatest achievement.
Le ciel est a vous (1944):
In this soaring romantic drama, the wife of a former fighter pilot who is preoccupied with his glory days in the sky during World War I, falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession, and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman. A warm look at a working-class family as well as a triumphant tale of determination, this was one of Gremillon's most successful films, and can be interpreted as a necessarily stealthy portrait of nonconformity.
The Girl From the Naked Eye
(2012) Jason Yee, Samantha Streets, Ron Yuan, Dominique Swain, Sasha Grey. When a high-class escort is murdered, her protector, Jake (Yee), stops at nothing to find her killer. Leaving a bloody trail in his path, Jake risks everything to uncover the truth and avenge the death of the woman he loved. Formats: DVD. (Arch Stone).
Inspector Lewis 5
Kevin Whately returns for a fifth season as Inspector Lewis. He and his young partner, DS Hathaway (Laurence Fox), continue to solve cases in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford. Two-disc set with four mysteries. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
The Island of Dr. Moreau: Unrated Director's Cut BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dir.: John Frankenheimer; Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk. (Warner).
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
(2011) A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in a Tokyo subway station, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. Read more about "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Last Days of Disco BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998) "The Last Days of Disco" is a cleverly comic return to an early 1980s Manhattan party scene from director Whit Stillman ("Metropolitan"). At the center of the film's roundelay of revelers are the icy Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale) and the demure Alice (Chloe Sevigny), by day toiling as publishing house assistants and by night looking for romance and entertainment at a Studio 54–like club. "The Last Days of Disco" is an affectionate yet unsentimental look at the end of an era, brimming with Stillman's trademark dry humor. Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by Stillman, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Stillman and actors Sevigny and Chris Eigeman; four deleted scenes; audio recording of Stillman reading a chapter from his book "The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards"; behind-the-scenes featurette; stills gallery with captions by Stillman;
an essay by novelist David Schickler. (The Criterion Collection).
Life BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999) Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Anthony Anderson, Ned Beatty. Extras: "Spotlight on Location: The Making of Life," director's edits, commentary by director Ted Demme. (Universal).
The Love Guide
(2011) Christy Scott Cashman, Jay Harrington, Michael Panes, Parker Posey. A hippie-yogi, personal growth guru helps save a couple's marriage when the wife appears on a reality TV show. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour
Prequel to the "Inspector Morse" series. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the UK premiere of "Inspector Morse" in 1987, "Endeavour" turns back the clock to 1965 to tell the story of the making of the legendary detective, who was played by John Thaw in 33 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
(2012) Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Wilson, Leslie Bibb. A young man is taken on a murder-fueled ride by a mysterious stranger that transforms the weak-willed, disillusioned husband and father into a desperate hero willing to go to any length to protect his family. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. (Sony).
Metropolitan BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) One of the great American independent films of the 1990s, this surprise hit by writer-director Whit Stillman is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man's romantic misadventures in New York City's debutante society. Stillman's deft, literate dialogue and hilariously highbrow observations earned this first film an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. Alongside the wit and sophistication, though, lies a tender tale of adolescent anxiety. Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary by Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols; rare outtakes and alternate casting, with commentary by Stillman; booklet featuring an essay by critic Luc Sante. (The Criterion Collection).
(2011 -- Sweden) Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, Henrik Rafaelsen. After escaping an abusive husband, Anna and her 8-year-old son move to a secret location in a giant apartment building. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son's room at all times. But strange noises echo in the baby monitor from elsewhere in the building. When she thinks she hears the sounds of another child being hurt, she relives the nightmare she recently escaped and must figure out what's real and what isn't before she loses her sanity and her child. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2011 -- South Korea) Jang Dong-Gun, Joe Odagiri, Fan Bingbing. After emerging as bitter rivals and enemies as young marathon Olympic runners, Korean native Kim Jun-shik and Japanese aristocrat Tatsuo Hasegawa both find themselves in the Japanese army, fighting the Chinese and Soviets in a bloody battle. Jun-shik is there under duress, while Tatsuo is a powerful colonel. After both are taken prisoner by the Soviets, and forced to fight the Nazis, the two eventually rely on each other for survival, making it to Germany, where they are in turn separated and forced to fight for the Nazis. They meet again at Normandy Beach, both unlikely survivors, bonded together by history as they struggle to survive one more terrible battle as the Allies arrive on D-Day. Korea's most expensive feature to date -- and inspired by a true story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making-of" featurette, behind-the-scenes featurette, cast interviews, interview with director Kang Je-Gyu. (Well Go USA).
Mystery Men BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999) Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Reubens, Kel Mitchell, Wes Studi, Geoffrey Rush. Extras: "Spotlight on Location: The Making of Mystery Men," commentary by director Kinka Usher.(Universal).
On the Inside
(2011) Nick Stahl, Olivia Wilde, Dash Mihok. A decent but troubled young man is sent to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane and soon finds himself in a fight for his life battling ghosts inside his head and very real enemies all around him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Anchor Bay).
Sliders: The First Season
(1995) Three-disc set with 9 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Pilot.(Universal).
Sliders: The Second Season
(1996) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Universal).
Touched By an Angel: The Fifth Season
(1998-99) Seven-disc set with 26 episodes, $57.99. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(2011) Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland, Toby Regbo, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Mays. SyFy miniseries redo of the classic.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Sonar Entertainment and Vivendi Entertainment).
Untouchables: The Fourth Season, Vol. 1
(1962-63) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $42.99. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount.
Untouchables: The Fourth Season, Vol. 2
(1962-63) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $42.99. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount.
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(2012) Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty. On a late night visit to an ATM, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC).
Cole Younger and the Black Train
(2012) Cody McCarver, Jerry Chesser. Western follows the life of Cole Younger from his teenage years to his criminal partnership with Jesse James. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Stills gallery. (Lionsgate).
(2011) Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook. In this comedy-horror hybrid, a group of high school seniors must prevent themselves from becoming the victims of a slasher-movie villain terrorizing their small town of Grizzly Lake. Along the way, they encounter body-switching, time-travel, and even a human-insect hybrid. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Extras: "Cheat Mode: The Unbelievably Mind Melting Making of Detention" featurette, "Fight Rehearsal" featurette, "Riffing With Dane" featurette, three screen tests with Shanley Caswell, Aaron David Johnson, Yves Bright. (Sony).
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: The Complete Series
Sixteen-disc box set features nearly 40 hours of content, including all 110 episodes of "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" (36 episodes), "The New Fat Albert Show" (24 episodes) and "The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" (50 episodes), of which Seasons 2-4 have never before been released on DVD before.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by Cosby, documentary on the history Of Fat Albert featuring Cosby, booklet with an essay by Dr. Gordon Berry, the show's educational advisor. (SHout! Factory).
(1954-55) "Federal Men," which ran for five seasons (1950-55) on ABC, featured true government stories of fraud and deception.In each thrilling episode -- based on real-life cases -- "The Chief" (Walter Greaza) and his agents pursue counterfeiters, loan sharks, gamblers, bootleggers, swindlers, smugglers and confidence men. Includes 15 episodes from the fifth and final season. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest).
Forever Marilyn BLU-RAY DEBUT
Seven-disc set with "The Misfits," "Some Like It Hot," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "River of no Return," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "How to Marry a Millionaire" and "The Seven Year Itch"; $99.98. Each title will also be released separately on single Blu-ray Discs for $24.99 each. (Fox).
(2010) Emma Roberts, Noel Clarke, Ophelia Lovibond, Tamsin Egerton, Shanika Warren-Markland, Mandy Patinkin, Eve. British crime thriller about four friends who inadvertently get involved in a diamond heist. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. (Universal).
Hatfields & Mccoys
(2012) Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe, Jena Malone, Mare Winningham. History Channel's most-watched production, and No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad supported cable television history. Bonded by their oath to the same flag, two Confederate soldiers, "Devil" Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton), return home seeking peace after tireless months of battle. Their expectations are quickly shattered when a murder based on misunderstandings and an illicit love affair triggers warfare between former comrades and their clans. This historic feud teeters on the brink of an all-out civil war as friends and neighbors join opposing sides in a rivalry that would ultimately shape American history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "I Know These Hills" music video, featuring Kevin Costner & Modern West. (Sony).
Hellraiser BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Dir.: Clive Barker; Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
(2012) Randy Couture, Dominic Purcell, Tiffany Dupont, Holt McCallany, Craig Fairbrass , Vinnie Jones. A special agent's plans to reconcile with his ex-fiance are ruined when she boards a private jet that is targeted by hijackers working for the same crime lord he's chasing. With no time to inform his team, he wriggles his way aboard the aircraft and risks it all to save the love of his life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Anchor Bay).
(2011 -- South Korea) Kang-ho Song, Se-Kyung Shin. Once a legendary and brutal figure in organized crime, Doo-heon just wants the chance to lead a normal life and dreams of becoming a chef with his own restaurant. When a young woman, Se-bin, comes into his life, a shared passion for cooking soon becomes a romantic attraction, taking them both by surprise. But when deadly cartel politics erupt -- drawing a reluctant Doo-heon back into the violent shadows of the underworld as heir apparent -- he becomes the assassination target of former colleagues and discovers the lovely Se-bin isn't who she appears to be. Formats: DVD). Extras: Making-of and behind-the-scenes featurettes. (CJ Entertainment America).
The Jodi Picoult Collection
Three-disc set with a trio of Lifetime Movies based on the work of the best-selling author: "Salem Falls," "Plain Truth" and "The Pact," $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
La Grande Illusion BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1937) From the StudioCanal Collection comes this masterpiece of French cinema, "La Grande Illusion," directed by Jean Renoir; the film was the first foreign language film ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (1938). Named one of "The 100 Best Films in World Cinema" in 2010, the film stars Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich Von Stroheim, Marcel Dalio and Julien Carette. Remastered in 1080P High Definition, "La Grande Illusion" Blu-ray Disc includes comprehensive special features. During the thick of World War I, a German POW camp holds a group of French prisoners, including the aristocratic Boieldieu (Fresnay), Marechal the foreman (Gabin) and the Jewish banker Rosenthal (Dalio). The trio prepares to make their escape, but is soon moved to a seemingly impenetrable fortress.
Extras: "La Grande Illusion: Success and Controversy" by Olivier Curchod, cinema expert and Jean Renoir specialist; "The original negative of La Grande Illusion" by Natacha Laurent from la Cinematheque de Toulouse; "Restoring La Grande Illusion"; "La Grande Illusion" by Ginette Vincendeau, cinema professor and film critic; John Truby film presentation; trailers from 1937 and 1958 - Presentation of the movie by Jean Renoir. (Lionsgate).
(2011 -- French) In this warmhearted comic yarn from Aki Kaurismaki ("The Match Factory Girl"), fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (Andre Wilms), a kindly bohemian who shines shoes for a living, in the French harbor city Le Havre. With inborn optimism and the support of most of his tight-knit community, Marcel stands up to the officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past, especially the poetic realist works of Jean Duvivier and Marcel Carne, "Le Havre" is a charming, deadpan delight and one of the Finnish director's finest films. New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Kaurismaki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with actor Wilms; Cannes Film Festival press conference from 2011, featuring cast and crew; French television interview with Kaurismaki, Wilms, and actors Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Kati Outinen; concert footage of Little Bob, the rock group featured in the film; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sicinski. (The Criterion Collection).
(2012) Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Thomas Jane, Douglas Booth, Gina Gershon. In a world connected by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Miley Cyrus stars as a teen girl navigating her way through the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship, while dodging her protective mother (Demi Moore) in this coming-of-age comedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Commentary with director Lisa Azuelos and cast members Ashley Hinshaw and Lina Esco, "The Cast of LOL" featurette, "Like Mother Like Daughter" featurette, "Lots of Love For Lisa Azuelos" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Misfits: Season One
(2009) Two-disc set with six episodes of the U.K. series, $24.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making of Misfits," cast and crew interviews, "Simon's Films," Misfits T-shirt. (BBC Worldwide Americas).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV
Four schlocky transplants from Russia, Italy and two from Japan, watched by Joel, Mike and their band of robot brothers (Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot) with a joyously irreverent stream of higher consciousness: "The Sword and the Dragon" (Russia --1956), "Samson Vs. The Vampire Women" (Mexico -- 1962) and "Fugitive Alien" and "Star Force: Fugitive Alien II" (1987)(Both Japan -- 1987). Formats: DVD, $41.98. Extras: "You Asked For It! Sandy Frank Speaks," MST hour wraps, "Life After MST3K: Frank Conniff," MST3K Shorts: "Snow Thrills" and "A Date With Your Family," "Lucha Gringo: K. Gordon Murray Meets Santo," four exclusive mini-posters by artist Steve Vance (Shout! Factory).
(2010 -- South Korea) Hye-jin Han, Nam Kyung-eub, Sang-wook Park, Lee Seong-ho, Kyung-gu Sol. Forensic pathologist Kang is assigned to examine the dismembered corpse of a female murder victim. Detective Min points to a fanatic environmentalist, Lee Sung-ho, as the primary suspect. But when Kang's daughter is kidnapped, and he tampers with the evidence, a manipulative game begins between Kang and Lee, who holds secrets about the homicide case.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette, interviews, music video "Slow Motion" by Epic High. (CJ Entertainment America).
(2011) Margo Martindale, Hanna Hall, Adam Scarimbolo. A perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student by a mentally handicapped man and his mother's subsequent revenge after his incarceration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Perceiving Reality: The Making of Scalene." (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Surviving High School
From inappropriate crushes and bullying to racial equality and the prom, this two-disc set of Lifetime Movies tackles real-life issues for teens: "Odd Girl Out," "Augusta, Gone," "The Perfect Teacher" and "For One Night," $19.95, Formats: DVD. (A&E).
A Three Stooges Celebration
Two-disc set features more than five hours of classic Stooge-mania on two-discs, with short films, live footage of the boys from a TV show called "Camel Comedy Caravan," and the special documentary "The Three Stooges Celebration"; $9.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition
(1990) Dir.: Paul Verhoeven; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox. New director approved, high-definition transfer from the original film negative ... just in time for the Aug. 3 release of the remake. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Extras: New interview with director Paul Verhoeven, new restoration comparison, "Models and Skeletons: The Special Effects of Total Recall" featurette, commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven, "Imagining Total Recall" documentary featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the film's stars and special effects specialists, "Making of" featurette, photo gallery. (Lionsgate).
Transformers Prime -- One Shall Stand
(2012) Featuring the seven-part story arc spanning the first two seasons of the series seamlessly edited together in this special presentation produced by Hasbro Studios.
Formats: DVD. $14.97. (Shout! Factory).
We the Party
(2012) Dir.: Mario Van Peebles; Mandela Van Peebles, Simone Battle, Moises Arias, Makaylo Van Peebles, Patrick Cage II, Y.G., Mario Van Peebles, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Michael Jai White, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Snoop Dogg. In Los Angeles, five high-school friends deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, Facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves. A portrait of contemporary youth culture. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD. (XLrator Media).
The Weight of the Nation
(2012) Three-disc set -- based on the four-part HBO documentary miniseries -- addresses the obesity epidemic in America. The package was put together by HBO and the Institute of Medicine in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The centerpiece of "The Weight Of The Nation" campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation's leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. The first film, "Consequences," examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The second, "Choices", offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The third, "Children In Crisis," documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation's children. The fourth film, "Challenges," examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry. Includes 11 bonus shorts and a 20-page booklet.
Formats: DVD, $19.97. (HBO).
The Whisperer in Darkness
(2011) Annie Abrams, Stephen Blackehart, Matt Lagan. Celebrated author H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of alien horror bursts onto the screen in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s, such as "Frankenstein" and "King Kong." Professor Albert Wilmarth investigates legends of strange creatures in the remote hills of Vermont. His inquiry reveals a terrifying glimpse of the truth that lurks behind the legends. Lovecraft wrote this classic tale of alien horror in 1931. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society adapted Lovecraft's story as a feature-length motion picture. As with their previous silent movie adaptation of Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu," the HPLHS used their Mythoscope technique to evoke the look and feel of early cinema. The production was shot on location in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts to authentically capture the actual locations depicted in the story. A cast of Los Angeles actors, including Matt Foyer and Barry Lynch, bring the sweeping period tale to dramatic life. The result is a motion picture (a talkie, no less) that expands Lovecraft's short story into the kind of thrilling cinematic experience that Lovecraft himself might have enjoyed in 1931. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, interviews, trailers, more. (Microcinema).
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