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Agatha Christie's Marple Fan Favorites Collection (2013) Released in anticipation of the final episodes airing this September on Masterpiece Mystery!, this release includes Miss Marple's five most popular mysteries, as voted by Agatha Christie fans. Three-disc set with five feature-length mysteries: "The Murder at the Vicarage" (Series 1: U.K. broadcast 2004); "A Murder Is Announced" (Series 1: U.K. broadcast 2005); "At Bertram's Hotel" (Series 3: U.K. broadcast 2007); "A Pocket Full of Rye" (Series 4: U.K. broadcast 2008) and "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side" (Series 5: U.K. broadcast 2010). Formats: DVD, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Agatha Christie's Poirot Fan Favorites Collection A collection of favorite cases chosen by Christie's fans. Three-disc set with six mysteries starring David Suchet: "Murder on the Orient Express "(Series 12, 2010); "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" (Series 6, 1995); "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (Series 3, 1990); "The ABC Murders "(Series 4, 1992); "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb" (Series 5, 1993) and "Four and Twenty Blackbirds" (Series 1, 1989). Formats: DVD, $39.99. (Acorn Media).


America's Wild West (2013) Three-disc set with eight documentaries on the men and women who helped to tame the West: "Annie Oakley," "Billy the Kid," "Buffalo Bill," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Custer's Last Stand," "Jesse James," "Kit Carson" and "Wyatt Earp." Formats: DVD, $39.99 (PBS Distribution).
Anna (2013) Mark Strong, Brian Cox, Taissa Farmiga. A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled 16-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma. Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).
photo for Around the Block Around the Block (2013 -- Australia) Christina Ricci, Hunter Page-Lochard, Jack Thompson, Damian Walshe-Howling, Ruby Rose. American drama teacher Dino Chalmers (Ricci) moves to Sydney's Redfern district to be with her fiance and is hired by the local school in what may be the school's final term. Dino's passion for Shakespeare drives her vision of producing a school play as part of the Indigenous cultural program, and finds that 16-year-old Aborigine Liam (Page-Lochard) has a natural gift for performance. But there is a shadow over Liam's life, with his father in jail and his older brother determined to avenge the death of his uncle. With Dino's encouragement as she faces tough choices in her own life, Liam confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future. Set amid the 2004 Redfern riots, the film was shot in the very neighborhood where tensions between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Australians reached a fever pitch a decade ago. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media/Cinedigm).
The Birthday Boys: The Complete First Season (2013) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, "The Making of Season One," "From Stage to Screen," bonus videos, promos. (Anchor Bay).
Bicycling With Moliere (2013 -- France) Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson. From Philippe Le Guay, the director of the hit comedy "The Women on the 6th Floor" comes this warm, funny, literate comedy about Gauthier (Wilson), a handsome and famous soap opera star from Paris and Serge (Luchini), a serious stage actor who has renounced his profession to live on an idyllic island off the French coast. When Gauthier visits Serge to convince him to join him in a production of Moliere's "The Misanthrope," a battle of wits ensues over who will play the lead role of Alceste. Between rehearsals, the two bike along the windswept beaches, rival for the affections of a beautiful Italian divorcee and offer advice to an aspiring porn actress. As tensions mount, Gauthier begins to wonder if Serge is really considering leaving his island paradise for the stage or if he's just toying with him. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
The Broker's Man, Series 2 (1998-99) North American DVD debut of the series starring Kevin Whately as an ex-cop turned insurance investigator who exposes con men and other fraudsters. Two-disc set with six episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Californication: The Final Season (2013) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $46.99. Formats: DVD. (Showtime Networks/CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Community Service (2013) JD Lawrence, Clifton Powell, Terri J. Vaughn. A struggling New York actor/playwright who will do almost anything to help a friend agrees to represent his best friend in traffic court ... but things get complicated when a simple $25 traffic ticket turns into a sentence for 5,000 hours of community service at the local community center run by the judge's temperamental uncle, Bishop Nixon. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Community: The Complete Fifth Season (2013-14) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $35.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, outtakes, two featurettes: "Re-Animating the '80s" and "Advanced Television Production: 5 Days, 2 Scripts, No Sleep." (Sony).
Divergent (2014) Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zo Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Kate Winslet. Read more about "Divergent" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Neil Burger, commentary with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. Blu-ray adds "Bringing Divergent to Life" documentary, "Faction Before Blood" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Dream Deceivers (1991) Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance -- severely disfigured -- survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band "mesmerized" their sons. The unprecedented trial is the framework for this one-of-a-kind, Emmy-nominated documentary. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Full Monty BLU-RAY DEBUT (1997) Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer. Extras: Commentary by director Peter Cattaneo and actor Mark Addy, commentary by producer Uberto Pasolini, "The Deleted Footage," "The Cast," original publicity campaign, music machine, "Development," "Production," "The Success and Its Aftermath," "A Bigger Picture - A Look at the British Film Industry in the '90s." (Fox).
Getting Go, the Go Doc Project (2013) Tanner Cohen, Matthew Camp. A shy college student invents a fake documentary project to get close to Go, a NYC go-go dancer he is infatuated with. Formats: DVD. (Wolfe Video).
God's Not Dead (2014) Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White, Tommy Blaze, Dean Cain. Read more about "God's Not Dead" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Pure Flix Entertainment).
photo for I'll Follow You Down I'll Follow You Down (2013) Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, Victor Garber. Sci-fi exploration of wormholes, parallel universes, love, and the possibility of starting over. After the disappearance of an accomplished physicist (Rufus Sewell) on a business trip, his son Erol (Haley Joel Osment) and wife Marika (Gillian Anderson) struggle to cope. Years later, now a young scientist himself, Erol uncovers papers, formulas, a machine, and a mind-bending possibility that could kill him, throw him into the unknown ... or bring his family back together. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Well Go USA).
Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014) Michelle Fairley, Tom Austen, Tom Rhys Harries, Roxanne McKee. One of the few survivors of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fights to protect his family's estate from fierce Celtic raiders in this sequel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
photo for Ja'mie: Private School Girl Ja'mie: Private School Girl (2013 -- TV) Two-disc set with six episodes of the continuing story of Ja'mie King, a private school princess slumming it at a lowly public school with a delusional self-obsession and a vicious potty mouth. A conniving Year 12 student at Hillford Girls Grammar, a tony private school in Sydney, Australia, Ja'mie, the self-promoting "queen bee," returns from an exchange semester at public school Summer Heights High for her last three months at Hillford, where she's the unchallenged diva among the school's most popular girls. Ja'mie turns her attention to conquering the opposite sex. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Digital. Extras: Blooper reel, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes. (HBO).
Last Tango in Halifax: Season Two (2013) Two-disc set with six episodes of the PBS favorite series about two childhood sweethearts who work to finally make a life together after nearly 60 years apart. Formats: DVD, $34.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
photo for More Than the Rainbow More Than the Rainbow (2014) After three decades turning his lens on New York City, taxi driver turned street photographer Matt Weber has seen it all. This documentary not only chronicles the life and times of Weber, but becomes a vibrant conversation about the photographic medium, artistic expression, and New York City. There is no telling how many stories Weber has attempted to capture since he first started taking pictures out of the window of the cab he used to drive. But his quarter century-plus devotion to candidly depicting the lives of his fellow New Yorkers, many of them from the fringes of society, has yielded a remarkable document of a New York that most of us will never experience. Shot partially in gorgeous 35mm and largely scored to the music of Thelonious Monk, "More Than the Rainbow" interweaves verite, still photography and revealing interviews with Weber and fellow photographers to create an evocative documentary that is a poetic celebration of the world's greatest city and the individuals who walk its streets. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Mythbusters Collection 11 (2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Fearless leaders Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage explore all forms of the unusual -- from bazookas and toilet bombs to duct-tape airplanes and rock sleds -- leaving no mystery unsolved. Additional, the duo attempts to create a Newton's cradle using wrecking balls! Formats: DVD, $29.93. (Cinedigm).
Need for Speed (2014) Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton. Read more about "Need for Speed" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Capturing Speed: Making an Authentic Car Movie," "Need for Speed Rivals" trailer. Blu-ray adds "Ties That Bind," "The Circus Is In Town," commentary with director Scott Waugh and Aaron Paul, Monarch & Maverick outtakes, deleted scenes, "The Sound of Need for Speed," "B-Camera" crash compilation (Easter Egg). (Disney).
Oculus (2014) Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, James Lafferty, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Kate Siegel. Read more about "Oculus" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Deleted scenes, "Inside the Mirror: Creating Oculus," original "Oculus" 33-minute short film, commentary by Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, theatrical trailer. (Fox).
photo for Perry Mason Movie Collection Volume Three Perry Mason Movie Collection Volume Three Three-disc set with six movies, $59.99: "The Case of the Poisoned Pen," "The Case of the Dangerous Deception," "The Case of the Silenced Singer," "The Case of the Defiant Daughter," "The Case of the Ruthless Reporter" and "The Case of the Maligned Mobster." Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Phantom of the Paradise BLU-RAY DEBUT (1974) Dir.: Brian De Palma; Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham. Extras: New interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Williams and Tom Burman; new audio commentary with producer Jack Fisk; new audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor and Harold Oblong aka Peter Eibling); a DVD of additional bonus content including a new interview with producer Edward R. Pressman, a new featurette on the neon poster art, more. (Shout! Factory).
The Saint, Set 1 (1989) Based on the bestselling, long-running novel series by Leslie Charteris, "The Saint" follows the adventures of Simon Templar, played by British actor Simon Dutton, a debonair thief who targets only evildoers. Produced in 1989, this series of TV movies had limited broadcast in the U.S. through syndication to independent commercial stations; this DVD set is the first opportunity for most U.S. viewers to watch this version of the timeless character. Three-disc set with three feature-length movies. Formats: DVD, $49.99. (Acorn Media).
Sorcerer (1977) Dir.: William Friedkin; Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou. Due to the overwhelmingly positive reception of the April remastered Blu-ray edition of "Sorcerer," Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release this week a remastered DVD version as well as a digital download. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Tarzan (2013) CGI-animation reimagining of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic. Tarzan and Jane Porter face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan's parents after they died in a helicopter crash. Voices of Kellan Lutz, Robert Capron, Jaime Ray Newman, Spencer Locke, Brian Bloom, Mark Deklin. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Exclusively at Walmart. Extras: Three featurettes: "Behind the Scenes with Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke," "Becoming Gorillas" featurette, "The Making of Tarzan." (Lionsgate).
Top Gear 21 (2014) Three-disc set with six episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Top Gear Burma Special," an epic two-part adventure across the wilds of Burma. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series (2005) Seven-disc set finds the Autobots embarking on a quest to locate mystical artifacts to save their homeworld of Cybertron from being sucked into a black hole. Formats: DVD, $44.99. (Shout! Factory).
The Trip to Bountiful (2014 -- TV) Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Keke Palmer, Blair Underwood. Based on the critically acclaimed Tony Award-nominated play by Horton Foote, the drama follows Carrie Watts (Tyson), an active widow living in a cramped apartment with her son (Underwood) and daughter-in-law (Williams), who escapes to realize her dearest dream: to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
photo for Without Warning Without Warning (1980) Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Tarah Nutter, Christopher S. Nelson, Cameron Mitchell, Neville Brand, Sue Ane Langdon, Ralph Meeker, Larry Storch. Earth is the new hunting ground for an alien life form that preys on human fear and feeds on human flesh. A group of teenagers head out to a lake for a relaxing camping trip in the mountains but things go terribly wrong when they run into an extraterrestrial who throws deadly discs that suck the blood of their victims. The group heads back to the local truck stop for help from the eclectic group of residents -- a crazy war veteran (Martin Landau) and a determined hunter (Jack Palance). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with producer/director Greydon Clark; new interviews with cinematographer Dean Cundey, co-writer/co-producer Daniel Grodnik, special make-up effects creator Greg Cannom and actors Christopher S. Nelson and Tarah Nutter; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad BLU-RAY DEBUT (1949) Voices of Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, Digital. (Disney).
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Disney).
Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising (2014) Brigitte Kingsley, Landy Cannon, Michael Ironside, Julia Schneider, Angel Williams, aka Angelina Love, of TNA Wrestling fame. When the "Rising Dark Agency," a black ops division of the Government, suspects that a sudden surge of supernatural activity and violent attacks on Earth are the work of an evil Demon-God capable of destroying worlds, it must call upon the services of super soldier Summer Vale (Brigitte Kingsley) to solve the mystery and prevent the coming apocalypse. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Level 33 Entertainment).
Arthur Goes Back to School (2014) Four "back-to-school" tales based on the children's books by Marc Brown that chronicle the adventures of eight-year-old Arthur through engaging, emotional stories that explore issues faced by real kids. Aimed at viewers four to eight. Episodes: "To Eat or Not to Eat," "S.W.E.A.T.," "Baseball Blues" and "Brain's Biggest Blunder." Formats: DVD, $9.99. Extras: Printable coloring pages and activities. (PBS Distribution).
Bedknobs and Broomsticks BLU-RAY DEBUT (1971) Voices of Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Disney).
photo for Bitten: The Complete First Season Bitten: The Complete First Season (2014) Four-disc set with 13 uncut episodes, including footage not seen on U.S. Television. Based on the "Otherworld" novels by best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, the series stars Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, the world's only female werewolf. Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena abandons her pack and takes refuge in a new city, starting over with a new romance and a successful photography career. But when bodies turn up in the werewolf sanctuary, Elena is torn between the life she's building and the wild and dangerously unpredictable one she thought she left behind. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, split screen stunt choreography, commentary with producers and Laura Vandervoort. (Entertainment One).
Black Angel (Senso '45) BLU-RAY DEBUT (2002) Anna Galiena, Gabriel Garko. In 1945 Italy, Livia, the bored wife of an Italian official, recalls the taboo affair she has been having with a much younger Nazi lieutenant. The elation of her middle-aged sexual awakening is soon diminished when she discovers that her lover's intentions are far from honest. By maestro-of-erotica Tinto Brass with a score by Ennio Morricone. Extras: "The Making of Black Angel," "Black Angel" promo, theatrical trailer, photo video gallery, motion picture soundtrack. (Cult Epics/CAV Distributing).
The Blacklist: The Complete First Season (2013-14) Five-disc set with 22 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary on select episodes, "The Insider: Making Season One" featurette, "Beyond the Blacklist" behind-the-scenes look at all 22 episodes. Blu-ray adds "Inception: Making the Pilot," "Rogue's Gallery: Villains," seven-part "Character Dossiers." (Sony).
Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) Seamus O'Brien, Seamus O'Brien, Viju Krem, Niles McMaster. A bizarre Off-Brordway theatre of the macabre, operated by a deranged impresario, stages tortures, dismemberments, and other gruesome acts that appear to be faked. When people begin disappearing off the streets of Manhattan, the twisted truth begins to chillingly sink in: these horrifying bloodcurdling acts are not theatrical at all. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, interviews with Eli Roth and Chris Jericho, trailers, Tromatic Extras. (Troma Entertainment).
photo for Boredom Boredom (2014) According to The Gates Foundation, 47% of U.S. high school dropouts claim they were bored. In 2010, researchers at the University College of London put forth that employees in boring jobs have a 40% higher mortality rate. But what is boredom and where does it come from? Can one really be "bored to death'? And how can you fight it? In this documentary, award-winning director and investigative journalist Albert Nerenberg poses these essential questions, asks why the subject of boredom has been so religiously avoided and shows that boredom isn't what you think it is. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Revolutionary Accelerated Unboring Version for the Easily Bored. Really!" "Stages of Boredom" featurette, "The Mountain That Boredom Built" featurette. (TDC Entertainment).
Breathe In (2014) Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis. A middle-aged music teacher, bored and restless with his life and marriage, is reinvigorated when a teenage British exchange student and piano prodigy comes to stay with the family. The mutual attraction between teacher photo for The Crown and the Dragon and student is immediate, and when their shared passion for music progresses to passion for each other, the forbidden relationship threatens to destroy everything. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
The Crown and the Dragon (2013) Amy De Bhrun, Claire Cordingley. Independently produced Kickstarter crowd-sourced swords-and-sorcerers movie that later inspired a fantasy novel of the same name. In a war-torn country that is plagued by a vicious dragon, Elenn, a noblewoman, accompanies her aunt on a mission to bring an ancient relic to the secret coronation of the rightful king. When her aunt is murdered on the road, Elenn must take her aunt's place at the coronation and hires a smuggler to escort her across the volatile country. Elenn must find within herself the strength to fulfill her aunt's calling to free the people, and become the Paladin -- the long foretold dragon slayer. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
photo for Decline of an Empire Decline of an Empire (2014) Nicole Keniheart, Peter O'Toole, Joss Ackland, Steven Berkoff, Edward Fox. Hoping to find his missing childhood friend, Constantine joins the Roman army, finding instead success in battle that propels him to become emperor of the Western Roman Empire, eventually pitting him against Eastern Emperor Maxentius, who has imprisoned his friend, leading to an all-out war between East and West. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Devil's Ride: Season 2 (2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes of the Discovery Channel's motorcycle club series. When the Laffing Devils strike out against Sinister Mob, the once-dominating San Diego club faces chaos and defeat in a fight for survival. In preparation for battle, both clubs set out to do whatever it takes to strengthen and straighten up their armies, as dismembered bikes are discovered and risky races are run. Formats: DVD, $29.93. (Cinedigm).
Devo -- Men Who Make the Music/Butch Devo & the Sundance Gig (2014) "The Men Who Make the Music" (1989) combines concert footage from Devo's 1978 tour with music videos and interstitials featuring a vague "story" about Devo's rocky relationship with "Big Entertainment." The film was originally shelved by Time Life due to concerns about its anti-music industry content. "Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig" documents the group's January 1996 gig closing the Sundance Film Festival. According to the group, "We wore 20s style prison suits and dished out classic Devo songs to an unsuspecting audience of Hollywood elite." Available for the first time on DVD (the original VHS version sells for hundreds of dollars). Formats: DVD, $14.95 (MVD Visual).
photo for Disneynature's Bears Disneynature's Bears (2014) Showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Welcome to Alaska," "A Guide to Living With Bears," "How Did They Film That? "Carry On" music video by Olivia Holt. (Disney).
Eleanor's Secret (2009 -- France) Voices of Jeanne Moreau, Pierre Richard, Paul Bandey, Pascal Berger, Lorant Deutsch. Wonderfully animated film about a boy -- who doesn't know how to read -- who discovers a magical book collection in the house bequeathed to his family by his eccentric old aunt. The books are a shelter for all the heroes found in children's literature -- Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Puss in Boots, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood -- and if they leave the library, they will disappear along with their stories forever. When his parents start selling off the books, the boy must learn to read so he can recite a magical inscription to save the characters for future generations. With the original French audio track and a dubbed English track. Formats: DVD. (GKIDS/Cinedigm).
photo for lvis: That's The Way It Is BLU-RAY DEBUT Elvis: That's The Way It Is BLU-RAY DEBUT (1970) This ground-breaking film documents Elvis Presley's Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August 1970; it was his first return to live performances after 13 years of making clunky musicals. A two-disc Blu-ray/DVD special edition premium Digibook newly remastered with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. Includes rare, behind-the-scenes photos. Released to coincide with this year's Elvis Week, which will be held August 9-August 17 in Memphis at Elvis Presley's Graceland. Extras: "Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis: That's The Way It Is," 12 outtakes: song/nonmusical sequences, 1970 original theatrical version. (Warner).
Favourites of the Moon (1984 -- France) 30th anniversary edition, digitally remastered and now available for the first time ever in the U.S. Absurdist comedy with a sprawling cast of crooks, thieves, anarchists, prostitutes, chief inspectors, art dealers, and inventors that revolves around two objects, a rare set of 18th-century Limoges china, and a 19th century aristocratic portrait. As these items are passed, sold, or stolen from one character to another, a giddy round dance of excess begins to take shape, one which suggests that if history doesn't repeat itself, it certainly rhymes. Directed by Otar Iosseliani. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
photo for Filth Filth (2013) James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots. Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve the brutal murder of a Japanese student, and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, he sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted, extended and alternate scenes; outtakes; "On the Set: Merry Filthmas"; "James McAvoy as Detective Bruce Robertson: The Antihero"; AXS TV: "A Look at Filth"; commentary with director Jon S. Baird and author Irvine Welsh. (Magnet Label/Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Frankie & Alice (2014) Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, Rosalyn Coleman, Joanne Baron, Brian Markinson. Read more about "Frankie & Alice" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Frankie & Alice with Halle Berry" featurette. (Lionsgate).
photo for >Gunsmoke: The Tenth Season, Volume One and Volume Two Gunsmoke: The Tenth Season, Volume One and Volume Two (1964-65) James Arness returns in his legendary role as Matt Dillon, the U.S. Marshal in charge of Dodge City, the wildest town in the West. This adventurous installment has Marshal Dillon up against deceptive carnies, a stagecoach hijacking, and a would-be bank robber putting a baby in the line of fire. It's up to Dillon and company to find the truth and restore order to a town where anything can happen. A collection of amazing guest stars include Katharine Ross, Kurt Russell and Dennis Hopper. Each volume contains 18 episodes. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
Hateship Loveship (2013) Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sami Gayle, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte. A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her shy, shabby housekeeper (Kristen Wiig) and her father, who is a recovering addict, never dreaming of the potential harm. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
A Haunted House 2 (2014) Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, Steele Stebbins, Rick Overton. Read more about "A Haunted House 2" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes; commentary with actor/co-writer/producer Marlon Wayans, director Michael Tiddes and co-writer/producer Rick Alvarez. (Universal).
Hercules BLU-RAY DEBUT (1997) Voices of Tate Donovan, James Woods, Danny DeVito. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, Digital. (Disney).
Jesse (2011) Stephanie Finochio, William Forsythe, Armand Assante, Eric Roberts. A Nassau County, New York Police detective with a drinking problem turns vigilante as she investigates her brother's murder and enters into a world of crime, corruption, and shocking deception. After her mother is savagely beaten, she takes to the streets with a sawed-off shotgun, and dispatches those responsible with exquisite precision. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Kilimanjaro (2013) Brian Geraghty, Jim Gaffigan, Alexia Rasmussen, John Cullum, Chris Marquette, Abigail Spencer. A melancholy office worker stuck in a bad relationship decides to chuck everything and make one last stab at happiness: knowing he must make every day count, the first thing on his new to-do list is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
photo for The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man: Season 1 The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man: Season 1 (2013) Two-disc set with nine episodes, $19.98. Louisiana log man Shelby must leave the swamp and enter the contemporary world of unfamiliar experiences that push him well past his comfort level. Formats: DVD,. Extras: Webisodes, "Shelby's Greatest Hits," "A Very Shelby Christmas." (Lionsgate).
Locke (2014) Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Ben Daniels Read more about "Locke" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Ordinary Unraveling: Making Locke" featurette, commentary with writer-director Steven Knight. (Lionsgate).
Love Streams (1984) The electric filmmaking genius John Cassavetes and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded characters who reunite after years apart. Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, "Love Streams" is a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling. This inquiry into the nature of love in all its forms was Cassavetes' last truly personal work. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Edition & two-disc DVD Only Edition. Extras: New audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura; new video essay on actor Gena Rowlands by film critic Sheila O'Malley; new interviews with executive producer and director of photography Al Ruban and actor Diahnne Abbott; interview from 2008 with actor Seymour Cassel; "I'm Almost Not Crazy ... John Cassavetes: The Man and His Work" (1984), a photo for Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series 60-minute documentary by Ventura on the making of "Love Streams"; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Dennis Lim and a 1984 piece by Cassavetes on the film from the New York Times. (The Criterion Collection).
Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series (2013) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the AMC remake of the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name about murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred, set in contemporary Detroit. The show begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective's life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Formats: DVD, $49.98. Extras: "A Look at Low Winter Sun" featurette, "Detroit Grit," "Designing the Precinct," episode featurettes, deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).
photo for The Marx Brothers TV Collection The Marx Brothers TV Collection (2014) The first set of its kind dedicated to the comedic trio. The set features more than 50 performances on TV programs including The GE Theater, The DuPont Show With June Allyson, The Jack Benny Program, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dick Cavett Show, All Star Revue, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Kraft Music Hall, The Red Skelton Hour, The RCA Victor Show, The Perry Como Show, The Arthur Murray Party, Championship Bridge, Celebrity Golf, Celebrity Billiards and many, many more. The collection also features a 40-page book with rare photos from the Marx Brothers family archive, program notes and an essay by Marx Brothers historian Robert S. Bader. Formats: Three-disc DVD set, $39.97. Extras: Bonus clips and short films. (Shout! Factory). Customers ordering directly from shoutfactory.com will receive a free, limited-edition poster, free U.S. shipping, early shipping on July 15, and a free bonus DVD titled "More Bits and Pieces," featuring 90 minutes of content, including appearances on Silver Theater: Papa Romani (5/15/50), The Christophers: It's Your Serve (12/19/54), Hollywood Palace (4/17/65), Hollywood Palace (3/14/64), See You At the Polls (10/9/56), One Man Show (11/1/69), and the Maxine Marx Interview (1971).
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers BLU-RAY DEBUT (2004) Voices of Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Bill Farmer. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, Digital. (Disney).
The Midnight Game (2013) Guy Wilson, Renee Olstead, Shelby Young, Valentina de Angelis, Spencer Daniels. A group of teens decide to perform an ancient pagan ritual game found online called "The Midnight Game": Candles are lit, a drop of blood is spilled, worst fears are confessed, and an entity is summoned. But if the game is not taken seriously, a demonic horror will be unleashed, and now, even daylight cannot stop the nightmares that may destroy them all. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
photo for Motel Hell Motel Hell (1980) Rory Calhoun, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod, Paul Linke, Wolfman Jack. Farmer Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) run the respectable Motel Hello where they also produce and sell popular meat products. But the wonderful flavor that makes up Vincent's locally legendary smoked meats has a special ingredient: Their secret garden is filled with "animals" that they ambush, capture, and raise buried ... in the earth. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director Kevin Connor, moderated by filmmaker Dave Parker; "It Takes All Kinds: The Making of Motel Hell"; " Shooting Old School" with cinematographer Thomas Del Ruth; "Another Head on the Chopping Block" interview with actor Paul Linke; "From Glamour to Gore" interview with actress Rosanne Katon; "Ida, Be Thy Name" look back at "Motel Hell's" frightful female protagonist, Ida Smith; theatrical trailer; photo galleries.(Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. Read more about "Muppets Most Wanted" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "I'll Get You What You Want" music video performed by Bret McKenzie. Blu-ray adds "The Unnecessarily Extended Cut" featuring 12 minutes of exclusive scenes not seen in theaters; "The Statler and Waldorf Cut," "The Longer Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History," "Rizzo's Biggest Fan." (Disney).
Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride (2014) Twelve episodes of the pre-school Nick Jr. series from the U.K. about the adventures of Peppa Pig and her animal friends, including Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony, Danny Dog and more. The adventures range from a hot air balloon ride to fun with painting to a new baby piggy and an exciting bicycle race -- and, of course, jumping in muddy puddles. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Entertainment One).
photo for Power Rangers Megaforce: A Battle to the Finish Power Rangers Megaforce: A Battle to the Finish (2013) Four episodes: In the shadow of an impending alien invasion, Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake must battle their greatest enemies in four final duels. With the help of Robo Knight, the Ultra Gosei Great Megazord and all of their Power Cards and Morphers, the Power Rangers race against time to defeat a reborn Admiral Malkor, a giant Metal Alice, the transformed Cyborg Vrak and a powerful new alien called The Messenger. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Zord Gallery. (Lionsgate).
Proxy (2013) Joe Swanberg, Alexa Havins, Alexia Rasmussen, Kristina Klebe. In the last month of her pregnancy, Esther Woodhouse is savagely beaten in an alleyway by an unknown assailant and loses her baby. To aid in her recovery, she attends a support group for grieving parents where she meets Melanie, who claims her son and husband were killed by a drunk driver. Esther and Melanie develop a friendship, but soon it becomes clear that both are harboring much darker secrets than they initially let on. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Rage (2013) Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Danny Glover, Aubrey Peeples. When the daughter of a reformed criminal (Cage) is kidnapped, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Rage" featurette, deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).
The Railway Man (2014) Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jeremy Irvine. The remarkable autobiography of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tormented and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Decades later, still suffering the trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax and his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
photo for Romance Classics Romance Classics Five-disc set with A&E's most memorable romance productions: "Pride and Prejudice," "Victoria & Albert" and "Edward & Mrs. Simpson," $24.98. Extras: "The Definitive Pride and Prejudice" featurette, "Love or Money? Courtship and Marriage in Pride and Prejudice," "Lifestyles of the Wealthy in Early 19th Century England," "Victoria & Albert" cast biographies and filmographies, Wallis Simpson episode from A&E's Biography series. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Santa Sangre (1989 -- Mexico/Italy) Dir.: Alejandro Jodorowsky; Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell. In the 1970s, his legendary films "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" redefined movies as both art and entertainment while changing the face of cinema forever. And in 1989, visionary writer-director Alejandro Jodorowsky returned with his modern masterpiece, the story of a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul, and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother and his deaf-mute lover. It's an odyssey of ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness ... it's an epic of surreal genius. One of the most photo for Shuriken School: The Complete Series provocative and unforgettable motion picture experience of our time -- fully restored. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with Jodorowsky and journalist Alan Jones, deleted scenes with Jodorowsky commentary, theatrical trailer, Japanese trailer. (Severin Films/CAV Distributing).
Sex Pistols -- The TV Tapes (2014) This TV history of the Sex Pistols follows their truly outrageous exploits from 1976 to the present day, including the death of Sid Vicious, the split and then reforming of the band, with rare and forgotten archive film. Formats: DVD, $16.95. (Odeon Entertainment/MVD Entertainment).
Shuriken School: The Complete Series (2006-07) Four-disc set with 26 episodes of the kids series that follows the extraordinary adventures of a 10-year-old boy named Eizan Kaburagi and his friends during their first year at a ninja school. They invent the craziest weapons, using highly original components. They learn to pass through walls, disappear in clouds of smoke and fly over rooftops. The methods at this school are not particularly orthodox, and anything can happen. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Sol LeWitt (2012) Documentary on Sol LeWitt, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Notoriously camera-shy, LeWitt refused awards and rarely granted interviews, yet in this sensitive cinematic portrait, the pioneering conceptual American artist comes alive. LeWitt's artwork can be seen as obsession pushed to the limit of paradox and absurdity: simple ideas, communicated simply. Sometimes his wall drawings are like a visual explosion of pulsating photo for Sol LeWitt colors, sometime they consist of thousands of pencil lines or scribbles. For example, Wall drawing #801 'Spiral', installed in Maastricht in 2011 (four years after the death of the artist), is a simple concept: a white line spirals down the black wall of a cupola, 5.2 kilometers long. A team of eight assistants worked 30 days to install it. When the painstaking work is done and the scaffolding taken away, the result is intense. What we see is a complete transformation of space by a simple idea. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Summer in February (2013) Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens, Emily Browning. Tragic love triangle between upcoming pre-painter Alfred Munnings, his blue-blood best friend Gilbert and beauty Florence Carter-Wood set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coast of pre-WWI England. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
photo for Swelter Swelter (2014) Lennie James, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Grant Bowler, Josh Henderson, Alfred Molina, Jean Claude Van Damme. In the most notorious robbery in Las Vegas history, five men, nicknamed the Rat Pack, hit the Luxor Casino for over $100 million. Four of the men are soon captured, while one barely escapes. Ten years later, after blasting their way out of a maximum-security prison, the four jailed members of the Rat Pack are hot on the trail of their former accomplice and the remaining millions in stolen cash. But they find their former partner is not the man he once was ... he's become a law-abiding sheriff without any memory of his past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with the cast and crew, trailer. (Well Go USA).
Tarzan BLU-RAY DEBUT (1999) Voices of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed , Glenn Close Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Disney).
Tinto Brass: Maestro of Erotica Cinema Four-disc Blu-ray set of Tinto Brass' erotic films of recent years: "Cheeky!," "Black Angel," "Private" and "Monamour." Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Bonus DVD documentary "Tinto Brass: Maestro of Erotica Cinema," featuring an in-depth interview with Brass, illustrated with rare footage; trailers; photo video galleries; making-of featurettes; 40-page collectible booklet. (Cult Epics/CAV Distributing).
The Toxic Avenger BLU-RAY DEBUT (1984) Andree Maranda, Mitchell Cohen, Pat Ryan Jr., Jennifer Baptist, Robert Pritchard, Cindy Canion, Gary Schneider, Mark Torgl. Extras: Behind the scenes and production slideshow; interviews with Jennifer Babtist, Robert Prichard, Mitch Cohen, Dan Snow, Gary Schneider, Michael Herz; director's commentary; cast commentary; Mark Torgl's special video. (Troma/CAV Distributing).
Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Go behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets to discover the real origin story of four of pop culture's most enduring heroes. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Paramount).
photo for Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT (1964) Dir.: George Sidney; Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest. One of Elvis' better musical outings; here he plays a race car driver who wants to enter the first Las Vegas Grand Prix -- but first he has to get the money to repair his car and woo Ann-Margret. Premium Digibook includes rare, behind-the-scenes photos. Released to coincide with this year's Elvis Week, which will be held August 9-August 17 in Memphis at Elvis Presley's Graceland. Extras: Commentary by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of "Elvis in Hollywood"; "Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas" featurette; theatrical trailer. (Warner).
William Shatner's Get a Life! (2014) Based on Shatner's successful book of the same name (in response to his now infamous 1986 skit on "Saturday Night Live" penned by Bob Odenkirk and Judd Apatow), the documentary examines the cultural phenomenon of Star Trek and its obsessed fans. On the surface, the film is an exploration of annual strangers who attend Star Trek conventions, looking somewhat foolish to observers -- but Shatner, fully embracing his role as Captain James T. Kirk, uncovers the many secrets and motives behind the Trekkers' compulsion to attend. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Fanaddicts/Get A Life" sizzle reel, William Shatner and Robert Walker, The Jue Family, Pete and Charlotte, Dr. Scott Richards, Mr. Shatner and the fans. (Entertainment One).
Worm (2013) John Ferguson, Shane O'Brien, Jes Mercer, Scott Ferguson, Sarah Shoemaker. In a future where we no longer have the ability to dream, people have turned to "Fantasites," genetically engineered worm-like parasites, for sleep relief. Delivered right to your door, these "worms" allow you to experience your wildest nocturnal fantasies by just dropping one in your ear canal right before bedtime. But things squirm out of control when the Government bans the product and people seek the addictive "Fantasites" through underground illegal means. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Worm" original short, commentary, deleted scenes, trailers. (Synapse Films).

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Ace Wonder (2014) Gator Moore, Derek Moreland, Jeff Moreland, Robert Grossman, Jeff Moore, John Robert Moore. In this family/mystery, Ace Wonder is a 10-year-old detective, struggling to find a story line for his latest novel. When his path tangles with Derek Morton, a simple family mystery becomes a very real case of corporate espionage, scientific discovery, and one cold blooded killer. Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Dane DeHaan, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Chris Cooper, Colm Feore, Marton Csokas, Chris Zylka, Frank Deal. Read more about "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in the August Calendar. Formats: 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Four deleted scenes, filmmaker commentary, Alicia Keys' "It's On Again" music video. Blu-ray adds six-part, behind-the-scenes documentary "The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2," nine additional deleted scenes (including "Peter Meets His Father.") (Sony).
photo for Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season (2013) The four-disc set with all 12 episodes of Season Four of the Emmy Award-winning series traces the continuing rise of organized crime and the expansion of Nucky's (Steve Buscemi) empire into far-flung territories, while also taking a closer look at the rapidly expanding role that African Americans played in U.S. culture throughout the 1920s, with the addition of Chalky White's (Michael K. Williams) Onyx Club and a new gangster from Harlem (Jeffrey Wright). Formats: DVD: $59.99, Blu-ray Disc: $79.98, Digital. Extras: "The Onyx Club: A Step Back In Time," "Becoming Harrow," "New Characters," "Season 3: Revisited," commentaries. Blu-ray adds "Boardwalk Chronicle," an interactive, in-feature guide that offers character and location info as well as historical facts that are woven into each episode, "Scouting the Boardwalk," "PaleyFest: Made in NY Boardwalk Empire Panel." (HBO).
photo for A Brony Tale A Brony Tale (2014) Lots of little girls love the cute, cuddly and colorful equine creatures featured in the cartoon series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic." Apparently, so do a shocking number of adult males. Bronies, or "Bro Ponies," are a subculture of adult men who are unlikely fans of "My Little Pony." It is a craze that has taken the United States by storm -- there are believed to be more than 3 million Bronies nationwide -- but how does this fit with a culture that has told boys how to act since childhood: Legos, not Barbies! Toy soldiers, not fairies! Why are so many grown men embracing this series made for girls? Are these men just abnormal, or is there something more going on? Brent Hodge asked all these questions while making "A Brony Tale" over a two-year period, and he came up with some startling answers. Traveling across North America, Hodge locates and interviews Bronies in the unlikeliest of circumstances -- bodybuilders, fundraisers, military men. He also follows Canadian actress Ashleigh Ball, the voice of several "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" cartoon characters, to the 2012 BronyCon event in New York City, where she meets and embraces these unique, adoring fans. The film, delves deeply into this strange world and challenges some deeply felt preconceptions. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Virgil Films).
The Empty Hours (2013 -- Spain) Kristyan Ferrer, Adriana Paz. On the desolated coast of Veracruz, 17 year-old Sebastain takes over running his uncle's small and cozy rent-by-the hour motel. There he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. As Sebastain and Miranda get to know each other, an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Fading Gigolo (2014) Dir.: John Turturro; John Turturro, Woody Allen, Liev Schreiber, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, Sharon Stone, Max Casella, Jill Scott, Aida Turturro, Bob Balabani. Murray (Allen) talks his friend Fioravante (Turturro into becoming a gigolo as a way of making some much needed cash after an out-of-the-blue request from his dermatologist. With Murray acting as Fioravante's "manager," the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money -- especially when Fioravante falls for a young Hasidic woman. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Millennium Films).
The Flintstones BLU-RAY DEBUT (1974) John Goodman, Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell), Elizabeth Perkins, Elizabeth Taylor. Extras: "Discovering Bedrock" featurette, MCA soundtrack presentation, art department concept sketches, opening sequence comparisons, production photographs, teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, commentary with director Brian Levant. (Universal).
Go for Sisters (2013) LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Edward James Olmos. Written, edited and directed by John Sayles, the film tells the story of Bernice (Hamilton) and Fontayne (Ross), who grew up the closest of friends but took very different paths in life. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer. But when Bernice's son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady partners in hiding are brutally murdered, she needs someone who can navigate Rodney's world without involving the police ... and turns to Fontayne. The pair enlist the services of Freddy (Olmos), a disgraced ex-LAPD photo for A Good Man detective, and plunge into the underbelly of Tijuana, quickly finding themselves in a potentially deadly cat-and-mouse game with a ruthless gang of human traffickers. Formats: DVD. (Freeestyle Digital Media).
A Good Man (2014) Steven Seagal, Victor Webster, Tzi Ma, Iulia Verdes, Claudiu Bleont. After an illustrious special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander (Seagal) goes off the grid and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex. But when one of his tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a Russian gangster, Alexander is dragged into an all-out war between rival Chinese and Russian gangs, forcing him to not only defend the family, but bringing him face to face with an old foe. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
The Good Wife: The Fifth Season (2013-14) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $64.99. Season Five marks a new start for Alicia Florrick photo for The Good Wife: The Fifth Season (Julianna Margulies) as she and Cary (Matt Czuchry) join forces to launch their own law firm. As they sever ties with Lockhart/Gardner, tensions escalate and explode as the new rivals go into attack mode -- battling each other both in and out of court. Meanwhile, newly elected Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) and his Chief of Staff Eli (Alan Cumming) face new corruption issues as the Ethics Commission investigates possible voter fraud during Peter's gubernatorial campaign. Alicia's new venture leads her to volatile showdowns, altering every major relationship she's cultivated. Formats: DVD. Extras: Additional scenes: deleted scenes, "Requiem for a Friend: Inside Episode 515," Thicky Trick music video, "New Season, New Alicia," bloopers: gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
Hey Arnold! The Complete Series (1996-2001) Sixteen-disc box set featuring all 99 big-city adventures from the classic Nickelodeon animated series. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Home Is Where the Heart Is (aka Watercolor Postcards) (2013) Bailee Madison, Laura Bell Bundy, Conrad Goode, Jonathan Banks, John C. McGinley. Disillusioned actress Sunny returns to her struggling-to-stay-alive hometown of Bent Arrow, Texas, to attend her mother's funeral and provide guardianship for a half-sister she never knew, meets an ex-NFL player who is coping with a heart-wrenching loss by painting watercolor postcards at a roadside stand, and together they come up with a plan to help save the town. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire (2014) Jason Wong, Stephen Lang, Cole Hauser, Esai Morales, Josh Kelly, Danielle Savre, Bokeem Woodbine, Ronny Jhutti. Sequel has battle-scarred Marines helping a Navy SEAL get an Afghan woman famous for her defiance of the Taliban escape the country ... without tanks or air support. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
photo for Leviathan BLU-RAY DEBUT Leviathan BLU-RAY DEBUT (1989) Dir.: George P. Cosmatos; Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Michael Carmine, Lisa Eilbacher and Hector Elizondo. Extras: New interviews with actors Hector Elizondo, Ernie Hudson and creature effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Like Water for Chocolate BLU-RAY DEBUT (1992 -- Mexico) Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torne. Extras: Commentary with Alfonso Arau, Lumi Cavazos and Marco Leonardi. (Lionsgate).
Magnificent Doll (1946) Dir.: Frank Borzage; Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Burgess Meredith. One woman's romantic entanglements have historic repercussions in Borzage's "Magnificent Doll." Dorothea "Dolly" Payne (Ginger Rogers) is torn between her affection for Aaron Burr (David Niven), vice president under Thomas Jefferson and something of a scoundrel, and James Madison (Burgess Meredith), a political idealist soon to be known as the "Father of the Constitution." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
photo for The Millers: The First Season The Millers: The First Season (2013-14) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $49.98. The show stars Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the single life until his parents' marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, his father (Beau Bridges) is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife (Margo Martindale) of 43 years. Already in shock, Nathan is even more aghast when his meddlesome mom decides to move in with him. Meanwhile, his absent-minded dad imposes upon Nathan's sister Debbie, her husband Adam and their daughter Mikayla. Now, as Nathan and his sister settle in with their truly impossible parents, they both wonder just how long this is going to last. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Season In Review: Year One" behind-the-scenes featurette, "J.B. (per REQ) Smoove Walks The Streets, "A Conversation With William Arnett: The Actor's Actor." (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
The Mindy Project: Season Two (2013-14) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Universal).
photo for NCIS: The Eleventh Season NCIS: The Eleventh Season (2013-14) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $64.99. Special Agent Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) continues to guide the elite unit from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into dangerous waters in order to protect the nation from biological attacks, hospital bombings and an unpredictable terrorist group known as "The Brotherhood of Doubt." This season, the NCIS team is tested like never before when one of their own is taken hostage by a terrorist at large and the mysterious re-emergence of the infamous Privileged Killer takes the team to New Orleans for a two-part episode. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Celebrating 250 Episodes," "NCIS in New Orleans," "Remembering Jackson Gibbs: A Tribute to Ralph Waite," "On the Record" behind-the-scenes soundtrack featurette, "Finding Ellie Bishop," "In the Stills of the Night" featurette on crime scene and evidence photos, "Background Check" featurette on the squad room extras, "Joe Spano: Fornell for real," commentaries on select episodes, additional scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
NCIS: Los Angeles: The Fifth Season (2013-14) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $64.99. In the fifth season of the series, the NCIS team stop a mastermind from bombing a train, solves a top-secret vaccine-related murder, and embarks on a rescue mission in Afghanistan to save one of their own. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Unexpected Developments " interviews with the cast and crew, "Crafting Afghanistan" Santa Clarita, Calif. location featurette, "Happy 100th Episode" featurette, "No Crew Is Superior" LL Cool J remix, "The Write Stuff" writing featurette, deleted scenes, commentary on select episodes, Easter Egg. (CBS/Paramount).
photo for Newhart: The Complete Fourth Season Newhart: The Complete Fourth Season (1985-86) Three-disc set with 24 episodes. In this season (which originally aired on CBS from 1985-86), life at the Stratford Inn gets even more eccentric for Dick (Bob Newhart) and his wife Joanna (Mary Frann). But in their little Vermont town, and for their friends George (Tom Poston), Stephanie (Julia Duffy) and Michael (Peter Scolari), "eccentric" is business as usual. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season (2014) Twenty-two episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).
Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Dir.: Jim Jarmusch; Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright. Read more about "Only Lovers Left Alive" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital. Extras: "Traveling at Night With Jim Jarmusch" featurette, deleted and extended scenes, Yasmine Hamdan "Hal" music video. (Sony).
P-51 Dragon Fighter (2014) Scott Martin, Stephanie Beran, Ozman Sirgood, Robert Pike. As WWII rages on, the Allies are about to push the Germans out of North Africa when the Nazis turn up the heat, unleashing their secret Weapon -- dragons. Now the Allies must assemble a group of the best pilots from different nations to battle this new threat to civilization. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Parenthood: Season 5 (2013-14) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Parks and Recreation: Season Six (2013-14) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Parks and Recreation in Europe," "The Hapley Group," "Winter Games" promos, 100th episode feature, Rashida and Rob farewells, "T-Dazzle" commercial, Chipp McCapp music video, gag reel. (Universal).
The Quiet Ones (2014) Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Laurie Calvert, Max Pirkis. Read more about "The Quiet Ones" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director John Pogue and producer Tobin Armbrust, deleted scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds "Welcome to the Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones" documentary, "Manifesting Evil: Visual Effects" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Revolution: The Complete Second Season (2013-14) All 22 episodes of the series about a family struggling to survive in a world where all technology -- computers, planes, cars, phones, lights -- has been blacked out; what's left is a post-apocalyptic landscape inhabited by ruthless paramilitary groups and heroic freedom fighters. Formats: Five-disc DVD: $59.98, nine-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo: $69.97, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Revolution: Heading West" featurette, "Impact Revolution: Conversations With the United Nations" featurette, "United Nations: The Mission Continues" PSA, 2013 Comic Con panel, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Rosemary's Baby (2014) NBC miniseries based on the best-selling novel by Ira Levin. Set in present-day France, the thriller centers on a young married couple who escape New York and move to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can't refuse -- an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past, and an immeasurable price. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Fear is Born: The Making of Rosemary's Baby" featurette, "Grand Guignol: Parisian Production Design" featurette. (Lionsgate).
photo for The Sacrament The Sacrament (2013) Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil, AJ Bowen. Two reporters journey to a remote Central American compound to document their friend's journey to reunite with his estranged sister, where they find an isolated community of true believers devoted to a shadowy but charismatic figure called "Father" whose utopian claims rapidly take a very dark turn. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with writer-direcor Ti West, Amy Seimetz and AJ Bowen; "Creating The Sacrament: Revealing the Vision"; "Working With the Director: The Ti West Story"; "Preparing for Takeoff: Behind the Scenes Helicopter Sequence"; AXS TV: A Look at The Sacrament"; theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy (2014) Original animated feature with two episodes: "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" and "To Switch a Witch," $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Silent Mountain (2014) William Moseley, Eugenia Costantini, Claudia Cardinale, Werner Daehn. At his sister's wedding, young Andreas meets 17-year-old Francesca, but is sent to the front lines of World War I the next day. Determined to withstand the conflict, Andreas fights his way through the mountainous battleground of the Alps to rescue Francesca and escape the escalating combat. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
That's My Man (1947) Dir.: Frank Borzage; Don Ameche, Catherine McLeod, Roscoe Karns. Virtually unseen by the public for more than 60 years. Don Ameche stars as a bookkeeper who yearns to own a racehorse, and whose dreams materialize when he comes into possession of a promising stallion named Gallant Man. But his passion for racing threatens to spoil his relationship with his wife (Catherine McLeod), who shares Joe's idealism but not his willingness to wager their future on such a high stakes dream. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) Pedro Almodovar's colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome, "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" is a rambunctious dark comedy starring Antonio Banderas as an unbalanced but alluring former mental patient and Victoria Abril as the B-movie and porn star he takes prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. A highly unconventional romance that came on the spike heels of Almodovar's international sensation "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," this is a splashy, sexy central work in the career of one of the world's most beloved and provocative auteurs, radiantly shot by the director's great cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine. New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodovar and executive producer Agusti­n Almodovar, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD Edition & DVD Only Edition. Extras: New documentary on the making of the film including interviews with Pedro and Agustin Almodovar; actors Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Loles Leon, Rossy de Palma, and Penelope Cruz; production manager Esther Garci­a; editor Jose Salcedo; and cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine; new interview with Almodovar collaborator and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker; conversation from 2003 between Almodovar and Banderas; footage from the film's 1990 premieres in Madrid and New York; a booklet featuring a 1990 piece about the film by Almodovar, a conversation between filmmaker Ces Anderson and critic Kent Jones, and an interview with Almodovar from 1989. (The Criterion Collection).
Toy Story of Terror (2013) Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Carl Weathers, Stephen Tobolowsky, Timothy Dalton, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles. Twenty-two minute short addition to the "Toy Story" franchise. What starts out as a fun road trip for the "Toy Story" gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).
photo for Walker, Texas Ranger: Something in the Shadows Walker, Texas Ranger: Something in the Shadows (1994) Chuck Norris is back in action as iconic hero Cordell Walker in this two-part adventure in which he gets tangled up in two investigations at a college where Assistant D.A. Alex Cahill teaches. Formats: DVD, exclusively at Walmart. (CBS/Paramount).
Varsity Blood (2014) Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon, Natalie Peyton, Blair Jackson. A pack of small town jocks and cheerleaders with a dark secret head out to a remote farmhouse for a raucous Halloween pasture party, only to be met by an uninvited guest dressed as their high school mascot armed with a bow and arrow, a battle-axe, and an insatiable appetite for butchery. Formats: DVD. (RLJ/Image Entertainment).
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) The smash road comedy from the Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron is that rare movie to combine raunchy subject matter and emotional warmth. Gael Garci­a Bernal and Diego Luna shot to international stardom as a pair of horny Mexico City teenagers from different classes who, after their girlfriends jet off to Italy for the summer, are bewitched by a gorgeous older Spanish woman (Maribel Verdu) they meet at a wedding. When she agrees to accompany them on a trip to a faraway beach, the three form an increasingly intense and sensual alliance that ultimately strips them both physically and emotionally bare. Shot with elegance and dexterity by the great Emmanuel Lubezki, "Y Tu Mama Tambien" is a funny and moving look at human desire. New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki and approved by director Alfonso Cuaron, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: "On Y tu mama tambien: Then" and "On Y tu mama tambien: Now," two new pieces on the making of the film, featuring interviews with actors Gael Garci­a Bernal, Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdu; Cuaron; co-writer Carlos Cuaron; and Lubezki; new interview with philosopher Slavoj Zizek about the film; on-set documentary from 2001; deleted scenes; "You Owe Me One" (2002), a short film by Carlos Cuaron; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by critic Charles Taylor and character biographies by Carlos Cuaron. (The Criterion Collection).

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Adventure Planet (2014) Voices of Jane Lynch, Brooke Shields, Bailee Madison, Drake Bell, J.K. Simmons. Animated action adventure about a sister and brother living in Thailand who have unique abilities to communicate with nature and who try to stop an invasion of energy-hungry devices that threaten to engulf the Earth. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Aftermath (aka Remnants) (2012) Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo, C.J. Thomason, Christine Kelly. Post-nuclear apocalyptic thriller has nine desperate strangers clinging to life in a farmhouse cellar, while radioactive fallout, dwindling supplies, poisonous air and hordes of devastated refugees who want in threaten their existence. Soon they have two choices: let the makeshift shelter become their tomb or face the terrors of the world outside. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
photo for Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013 -- France/Germany) Mads Mikkelsen, Melusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz. Michael Kohlhaas is a well-to-do 16th Century horse merchant in Southern France who is wronged when a local nobleman and his lackeys steal two of his horses. Kohlhaas repeatedly seeks fairness and compensation through legal means, but is unjustly rebuffed because of his lack of influence. Matters take a turn for worse when Kohlhaas's persistence leads to his wife's murder, leaving the horse merchant and his daughter stricken with grief ... and a rising anger that prompts Kohlhaas to turn to fanatical and violent extremes to obtain justice. Adapted from German author Heinrich von Kleist's classic novella. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with Mads Mikkelsen, interview with director Arnaud Des Pallieres, deleted scenes. (Music Box Films).
All That Jazz (1979) The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule -- mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie at night -- and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon's (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ben Vereen, Leland Palmer, and the awesomely leggy Ann Reinking, "All That Jazz" pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Two audio commentaries: a feature-length one with editor Alan Heim and a scene-specific one with actor Roy Scheider; "Razzle-Dazzle," a new video essay on the film by critic Matt Zoller Seitz; episode from 1980 of the television talk show "Tomorrow," featuring director Bob Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille; new interview with Heim; new interview with Fosse biographer Sam Wasson; interview excerpts and footage from the set, featuring Fosse and Scheider; "Portrait of a Choreographer," a 2007 documentary on Fosse; "The Soundtrack: Perverting Thee Standards," a 2007 documentary about the music in the film; interview from 2007 with George Benson about his song "On Broadway," which opens the film; a booklet featuring an essay by theater critic Hilton Alls. (The Criterion Collection).
Belle (2014) Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode. Read more about "Belle" in the August Calendar. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Belle: The Story," "Gugu Mbatha-Raw Breakout Role," "The Power of Belle," "From Painting to Screen," "The History Behind the Painting," stills gallery. (Fox).
Blandings, Series 2 (2013-14) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $39.99. North American DVD debut of the BBC series. P.G. Wodehouse's beloved Blandings Castle stories follow the foibles of an eccentric aristocrat, his peculiar family, and the ramshackle ancestral home they share. Starring in this witty BBC series are Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders, Jack Farthing. Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Blended (2014) Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joel McHale, Abdoulaye Ngom, Jessica Lowe, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann. Read more about "Blended" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Adam and Drew: Back Together Again," "Bella Thorne's Makeover," deleted scenes, "Georgia." Blu-ray adds "Safari," "Animals," "Parasailing," "Ostriches," "Dick's Customer Service," "Herlihopps: Basketball Actor," "Nickens." (Warner).
Blood Glacier (2013 -- Austria) Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren. Scientists working in the Austrian Alps discover that a glacier is leaking a liquid that appears to be affecting local wildlife, causing changes in the fauna that are at first curious but soon become deathly horrifying. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Cat Run 2 (2014) Scott Mechlowicz, Alphonso McAuley, Winter Ave Zoli. When several high-ranked officials are massacred on their own military base, two wannabe detectives discover a top-secret experiment that threatens their lives and the nation's security. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Cesare Mori - The Complete Series (2012) The true story of how Cesare Mori (""The Iron Prefect"") cleaned up the Sicilian Mafia is a little-known chapter of Italian history and spans the years from World War I to the rise of Fascism. In one night alone, he and his men arrested 300 delinquents and Mafia thugs who had taken total control of the people and the economy of the Madonie mountain region in Sicily. Summoned to the area because of his reputation as a man of action, he and his deputy are willing to do whatever necessary to loosen the criminal grip on the region. In Italian with English subtitles. Two-disc set, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
photo for Circle the Wagen Circle the Wagen (2013) Docu-drama explores the Volkswagen subculture in the United States. In this optimistic feature-length buddy/roadtrip/docu-dramedy, two friends work in tandem to get "The Croc," a ramshackle 1972 VW bus, across the country. The story follows Dave Torstenson, an idealistic adventurer and automotive neophyte, and his convivial co-pilot, Charlie Pecoraro, on their journey down Route 66 in a baby blue bus purchased, sight unseen, on eBay for $787. Dave has thus fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning a vintage Volkswagen bus. Now, the challenge is to get the rickety vehicle across the country to Los Angeles. Formats: DVD: $19.95, VOD, Digital. (Frontiersman Pictures/Devolver Digital Films/BRINKvision).
Closed Circuit Extreme (2012 -- Italy) Stefano Fregni, Francesca Cuttica, Guglielmo Favilla, Gaia Insenga. After their friend goes missing, a young couple break into the house of a suspected serial killer and plant hidden cameras ... but when they attempt to retrieve the evidence, they're trapped and forced to fight for their lives. Formats: DVD. Extras: Trailer. (Jinga Films/MVD Entertainment).
Criminal Minds – The Ninth Season (2013-14) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $64.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, bloopers, Easter Egg. (CBS/Paramount).
Deadbeat (2014) Single-disc with 10 episodes of the series about a moneyless, clueless young man who can see dead people; faced with a constant stream of stubborn spirits, Pac goes to whatever lengths require the least amount of effort to help New York City's most frivolous ghosts finish their unfinished business. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Caracters of Deadbeat" featurette, "Medium for Hire: What Is Deadbeat?" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Donna Detective: Season 1 (2007) When Senior Detective Lisa Milani requested a desk job in a small town outside of Rome, it was to allow her spend more time with family. But after shes called on to assist with a major case, her extreme competence causes her to end up in charge of an entire investigative squad in the big city. Now she must report to investigating magistrates and demanding superiors, solve cases involving serial killers and other deadly criminals, and at the same time juggle her family life. In Italian with English subtitles. Three-disc set with six episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
photo for The Double The Double (2014) Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine. Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) -- a timid man scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world -- is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite -- confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly begins taking over his life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of The Double," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Earth: The Sequel (2009) Based on the New York Times bestselling book by the same name, this documentary provides a straightforward look at the green energy revolution taking place all around us, featuring the inventors and entrepreneurs who are leading the charge in pushing the boundaries of science to harness energy from the sun, waves, wind, and even heat from the earth itself. Formats: DVD, $29.93. (Cinedigm).
Elementary – The Second Season (2013-14) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $64.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, bloopers, "Second Chapter: Inside Elementary Season 2" featurette, "Skill Sets," "Art in the Blood: Meet Mycroft," "Life of Clyde." (CBS/Paramount).
photo for Fall Away Fall Away (2010) Nathanael Card, Erinn Strain, Robert Tobin, Ryan Redyea, Ali Goodman, David Golan, Grant Stokes. When the secretly gay lead singer of up and coming band "65 Home" is brutally murdered in a Chicago back alley, his friends and lovers travel back to Nashville with his ashes to honor him and examine why he was killed. They discover that there were many Jake's -- the brother, the lover, the poet, the liar and the cruel manipulator. Everyone knew a different side of him and the conflicted and seemingly contradictory aspects of his life. Torn between his personal and professional relationship with his co-writer Mel and their unborn child, committed to his affair with his secret love John, Jake was determined to make it big at all costs. But why was he killed? Formats: DVD. (Live Wire/MVD Entertainment).
Fear in the Night (1947) DeForest Kelley, Paul Kelly, Ann Doran, Kay Scott. A man (DeForest Kelley) dreams he committed murder and, when he awakens to discover bruises on his body and more unsettling evidence, he then begins to suspect it was real. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
The Forbidden Girl (2013 -- Germany) Peter Gadiot, Jytte-Merle Bohrnsen, Jeanette Hain. A troubled young man who lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident must resist the seductive lure of a young woman he's tutoring -- an ancient witch -- or be condemned to an eternal life on the dark side. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
Fuhrer Cult and Megalomania (2011) "Even the pyramids," Hitler told his protege, architect Albert Speer, "will be dwarfed by the stone and concrete masses I plan to erect." By early in the 20th century, Nuremberg was regarded as the most anti-Semitic city in Europe. By 1929 Hitler had decided to make Nuremberg the "City of the Party Rallies" and a symbol representing the greatness of the German Empire in medieval times. Up to 1.5 million people converged on Nuremberg in the course of a party rally, which lasted eight days, forming an indispensable platform for the Nazis once a year -- with a gigantic propaganda machine, brochures and books, recordings, radio and films. This film documents the construction of Hitler's propaganda center. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Giovani Falcone: The Judge/Borsellino: The 57 Days (2012) Luza Zingaretti stars in two Maia stories. "Giovani Falcone" is the real-life story of one of Sicily's bravest sons standing up to the Mafia, wielding the law to break the back of organized crime. Giovanni Falcone was the judge who unmasked the Mafia during the 1980s and 90s by methodically following the money. His discoveries exposed the vast hierarchy of criminal families across Italy and around the world. In "Borsellino," Zingaretti stars as Judge Paolo Borsellino, who on May 23, 1992, waited in Palermo for a personal visit from his friend Judge Giovanni Falcone. They planned to celebrate Falcone's recent appointment in Rome as head of a national anti-Mafia office. May 23, 1992 also became the beginning of the 57 days in which Judge Borsellino lived and continued working as a marked man. Despite the danger and with unwavering support from his family, he used each day to advance the cause of bringing down the Mafia. In Italian with English subtitles. Two-disc set, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
photo for Haven: The Complete Fourth Season Haven: The Complete Fourth Season (2013)Four-disc set with 13 episodes. When FBI Agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine on a routine case, she quickly finds herself involved in the return of the Troubles, a series of supernatural afflictions that have long cursed the seaside town and its residents. Joining the Haven Police Department, Audrey begins to realize that it was fate not luck that brought her to this place and that she is inexplicably linked to the mysteries of Haven. Based on "The Colorado Kid" and the universe of Stephen King. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.98. Extras: Thirteen "Inside Haven" featurettes; "Haven" panel highlights from San Diego Comic-Con, Nerd HQ, and New York Comic Con; three interviews with the cast; six audio commentaries with the writers; "Darkside Seekers" Webisode series; "Pancakes: The Morning After" deleted scene, behind-the-scenes and blooper reel; 16-page comic book "Haven: In the Beginning," which features an original story by "Haven" story editor Nick Parker. (Entertainment One).
Heartland: The Complete Fourth Season (2010-11) Five-disc set with 18 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
photo for High School Confidential! BLU-RAY DEBUT High School Confidential! BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD (1958) Dir.: Jack Arnold; Russ Tamblyn, Mamie Van Doren, Jackie Coogan, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Diane Jergens, Ray Anthony, Charles Chaplin Jr., Michael Landon, Lyle Talbot. Fanning the flames of Eisenhower America's growing paranoia, "High School Confidential!" is the quintessential juvenile delinquency film that celebrates the very sex-drugs-and-rock 'n' roll culture it pretends to condemn. Staring Russ Tamblyn as Tony Baker, the new kid at Santa Bellow High, whose cocky attitude and ambitious weed-dealing enable him to infiltrate the gang of a local narcotics boss played by Jackie Coogan. But "High School Confidential!" is much more than a hardboiled crime picture: It's a pop-culture touchstone, a" Rebel Without a Cause" without the angst," The Wild One," but even wilder. The opening sequence with a piano pounding performance of the theme song by Jerry Lee Lewis on a flatbed truck is one that still sizzles and shakes. (Olive Films).
Inspector Manara: Season One and Season Two (2009-10) Guido Caprino stars as Inspector Luca Manara, a dreamy man and a supervisor's worst nightmare. He dismisses procedure and refuses to kowtow to local power players, but he's also without ego and a gifted investigator. When Manara arrives on a motorcycle to head up the police department in Tuscany, his offbeat methods endear him to colleagues and build espirit de corps. In Italian with English subtitles. Four-disc sets each with all 12 episodes, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
I've Always Loved You (1946) Dir.: Frank Borzage; Catherine McLeod, Philip Dorn, William Carter, Maria Ouspenkaya. In this a stirring romance set in the world of classical music, a domineering maestro (Philip Dorn) exerts a Svengali-like control over Myra, a talented young pianist (Catherine McLeod). Frustrated by Leopold's domineering nature, the girl abandons her professional career and marries a humble farmer (William Carter). Years later, haunted by regret, Myra returns to face her former mentor, to prove that she was, and continues to be, a better musician than he ever credited her with being. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
photo for Jackpot Jackpot (2011 -- Norway) A winning soccer pool ticket propels an out-of-control and darkly humorous tale of murder, greed and betrayal, based on a story by bestselling Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. In a small Norwegian town near the Swedish border, a bloody shootout leaves eight people dead in an adult book shop. Buried alive under a large woman is bloodied and dazed Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar (Kyrre Hellum), who must explain the scenario to a hard-boiled police inspector (Henrik Mestad). In Oscar's version of events -- ­which involve everything from a missing corpse, a tanning bed, a wood chipper, a sex-shop blow-up doll, a nail gun, a pigsty and Monopoly money -- he joins up with a trio of dangerous ex-con colleagues at the factory and wins the jackpot prize in a soccer betting pool. But when his co-workers get into a vicious battle over how to divide the money, Oscar is dragged along for a violent, gory and body-strewn ride. In Norwegian with English subtitles. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Doppelganger Releasing).
Jersey Shore Massacre (2014) Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella,Giovanni Roselli, Chris Lazzaro, Sal Governale, Richard Christy, Bigfoot, Ron Jeremy. A typical weekend down the shore takes a bizarre turn in the New Jersey Pine Barrens as six girls and five obnoxious fist-pumpers become the unsuspecting targets of a deranged killer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Attack Entertainment).
photo for The Legend of Hell House BLU-RAY DEBUT (1973) Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt. It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It's Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call "the Mt. Everest of haunted houses." It's already destroyed one team of researchers. Now this brave quartet ventures in for another try at unraveling its secrets. Extras: New interview with director John Hough, new audio commentary with actress Pamela Franklin, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Live Nude Girls (2014) Mike Hatton, Dave Foley, Andy Dick, Bree Olson, singers Har Mar Superstar and Kuba Ka, adult superstar AVN Hall of Famer Tera Patrick. When Shane (Hatton) inherits a gentleman's club from his estranged uncle, he leaves his Midwestern home for a life of partying in Los Angeles. Once he arrives, Shane finds the club run by a boozehound (Foley), employing a horde of wild, sexy strippers and on the verge of bankruptcy. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Screen Media Films).
photo for Lucky in Love Lucky in Love (2014) Jessica Szohr, Ryan Kennedy, Ben Hollingsworth, Deidre Hall. Mira Simon has a definite idea of what her fantasy life entails: the perfect job, the perfect house and the perfect man. After a few innocent April Fool s jokes, Mira s dream life starts becoming a reality, and she soon realizes living her fantasy may not be all that it s cracked up to be. A Hallmark Channel Movie. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Masterpiece: Breathless (2014) Jack Davenport, Zoe Boyle, Catherine Steadman. Follows the exploits of doctors, nurses, and spouses connected with a busy obstetrics ward at a National Health Service hospital in London in 1961. It's a time when gynecologists are all men and nurses aspire to a trip down the aisle with a good-looking doctor. Abortion is illegal, the Beatles are still nobodies, and society is on the cusp of profound change. Airs on Masterpiece on PBS Sundays, August 24 to September 7. Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
Medieval Lives (2013) An engrossing glimpse into the experiences of birth, marriage, and death in the Middle Ages. Presented by Cambridge historian Dr. Helen Castor. Two-disc set with three episodes, $34.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Twelve-page viewer's guide with a timeline, articles on the eras within the Middle Ages and the Black Death; biographies of selected medieval movers and shakers; fun facts; biography of Dr. Castor. (Athena).
Murder in Suburbia Complete Collection (2004-05) Four-disc set with 12 episodes of the BBC/ITV series about two female detectives who patrol an upscale suburb where perfect-looking lives crack to reveal all kinds of depravity, $59.99. (Acorn Media).
The Musketeers (2014) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of BBC America's new action-packed adventure series. Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, the series gives a contemporary take on the classic story of "The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas. Formats: DVD: $34.98, Blu-ray: $39.98. Extras: "Creating Their World," "Bootcamp, Muskets, Leather, Corsets and Swords" and "Saving Constance: Their Finest Hour" featuettes. (BBC Home Entertainment).
photo for My Gal Sunday My Gal Sunday (2014) Rachel Blanchard, Erica Carroll, Elizabeth Higgins Clark, Cameron Mathison. A newlywed couple proves their crime-solving prowess when their political ties and successful private-eye business suddenly puts them in grave danger. When their parents are taken hostage by a vengeful kidnapper looking for justice for the wrongful murder conviction of his brother, the duo must work together to uncover the clues that will save their parents' lives -- and put their own on the line. A Hallmark Movie Channel movie. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Normal Heart (2014) Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock, B.D. Wong. When writer Larry Kramer hosted a gathering of gay men at his home in 1981 to discuss the "gay cancer" that was plaguing their community, he effectively launched a series of events that would change the face of the Gay Rights Movement and American activism. In 1985, he immortalized the events in the groundbreaking play "The Normal Heart," which was later revived on Broadway in 2011, garnering five Tony Award nominations. Three decades after its Off Broadway debut, Kramer's dream of a film version to bring his urgent and pivotal story to an even wider audience finally arrived when "The Normal Heart" was broadcast on HBO. The drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. It explores the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the epidemic to a city in denial. Mark Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (HBO).
Now and Again: The DVD Collection (1999-2000) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes, $42.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Four-part documentary, "Gimme a Sign: Engineering Now and Again," "Now and Again: On the Set" behind-the-scenes featurette, "In Conversation: Writing Now and Again" interviews with the series creator Glenn Gordon Caron and members of the show's writing staff. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
photo for Portlandia Season 4 Portlandia Season 4 (2014) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.98. Fred, Carrie, Toni, Candace, Lance, Nina and many more of Portlandia's most loved and eccentric characters are back for a fourth season that includes a Pride Parade, a celery salesman, Ecoterrorists, informed ghosts, social bankruptcy, a punk from the '80s who wakes up from a coma, and many, many other quirky events. Guests include Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Vanessa Bayer ("Saturday Night Live"), Kirsten Dunst, Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), k.d. lang, Duff McKagan (Gun N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Silas Weir Mitchell ("Grimm"), Michael Nesmith (The Monkees), Mark Proksch ("The Office"), Maya Rudolph, columnist Dan Savage, Nick Swardson ("Reno 911!"), jazz duo Tuck and Patti, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Olivia Wilde. Paul Allen and members of the Portland Trail Blazers also stop by this season. Formats: DVD. (Video Services Corp.).
The Possession of Michael King (2014) Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko, Dale Dickey, Julie McNiven, Tomas Arana. Following the sudden death of his wife, a documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural and decides to make himself the center of the experiment -- allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him -- and an evil and horrifying force takes over his being. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay).
President Wolfman (2012) Marc Evan Jackson, Ashley Ann, Anthony Jenkins. The President of the United States has been bitten by a werewolf and is loose on the streets of Washington. This comedy/horror/political satire is also a "green movie," created entirely out of recycled stock and public domain film footage culled from over one hundred grainy government instructional shorts, classroom education movies, vintage stag reels and features that have fallen out of copyright -- as well as from the favor of the public -- with a newly scripted, scored and re-voiced soundtrack with enhanced visuals and effects. Formats: DVD. Extras: Several short films from director Mike Davis, outtakes, a music video, highlight reel of the production. (Wild Eye Releasing).
photo for A Promise A Promise (2013 -- France) Dir.: Patrice Leconte; Richard Madden, Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall. Germany, 1912. Friedrich (Richard Madden), a graduate of humble origins, takes up a clerical post in a steel factory, soon becoming the elderly owner Karl's (Alan Rickman) private secretary and boarder. There he meets Lotte (Rebecca Hall), Karl's reserved and beautiful young wife. Starting an illicit romance, the two young lovers dreams are dashed when Karl announces he's sending his secretary to oversee his mines in Mexico. But Lotte makes a promise to Friedrich: when he returns in two years, she will be his no matter what. With the outbreak of World War I prohibiting his return to Germany, Friedrich must wait eight long years before returning to Europe and finding out if the woman he pines for has kept her promise during that brutal passage of time. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
photo for Queen Margot: 20th Anniversary Director's Cut Queen Margot: 20th Anniversary Director's Cut (2013 -- France) Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Virna Lisi, Vincent Perez. Digitally remastered director's, cut 20 minutes longer than the theatrical release, available for the first time in the U.S. France, 1572. During an uneasy break in the wars of religion, Catholic King Charles IX concludes a marriage of state between his sister, Margot (Isabelle Adjani), and the Protestant Huguenot King Henry of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil), by ramming forward a reluctant Margot's head in lieu of a "Oui." But Margot's skull-faced Queen Mother is already plotting the attack on the Huguenots that would come to be known as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, and Margot is in the throes of a throbbingly romantic affair with the Protestant La Male. The late director Patrice Chereau's high octane adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel begins in fifth gear and never lets up, plunging in hip-deep in history and into a dizzying array of characters, with passionate performances and a riveting, horrific staging of the Massacre. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Film Collection).
Quicksand (1950) Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates, Peter Lorre. After borrowing $20 from his employer's cash register, an auto mechanic is plunged into a series of increasingly disastrous circumstances which rapidly spiral out of his control. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media photo for Revelation Trail Group).
Revelation Trail (2013) Daniel Van Thomas, Jordan Elizabeth. Cross genre thriller billed as "The Walking Dead Meets Hell on Wheels." It's the late 19th century and a gruesome zombie plague threatens the American frontier. As the dead rise, the West may fall, but standing tall against the horde is a conflicted holy man known only as Preacher (Daniel Van Thomas), forced to find his purpose in the fight against the undead. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director John P. Gibson; bloopers and outtakes; behind-the-scenes featurettes "The Voice of Daniel Thomas," "Life on the Trail" and "Who Shot Who"; "On Location: Copper Canyon Ranch," "The Cabin" and "Old West Festival"; "My Beloved" music video by Angry Killbillies. (Entertainment One).
Revenge: The Complete Third Season (2014) Five-disc set with 25 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
photo for A River of Skulls A River of Skulls (2010) Kelly Nixon, Erik MacRay, Aleph Ayin, Bruce D. Cole. A young woman and a half breed lose their families and struggle to survive the chaotic 1870's during the California Gold Rush, finding each other in the process. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Making-of featurette. (Lionsgate).
Same Same But Different (2009 -- Germany) Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, David Kross. Based on a true story, "Same Same But Different" revolves around Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post-graduation summer trip, and Sreykeo, a 21-year-old bar girl in Phnom Penh. The two meet in a nightclub and quickly fall in love. After Ben returns home to Germany, Sreykeo, Skyping from Cambodia, reveals that she is HIV-positive; Ben immediately feels he must help her. In doing so he quickly discovers a world where not everyone is dealt the same cards and where motivations are not always pure. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum (2012) Sasha Ramos, Erin Cline, Emily Rogers, Anthony Rutowicz, Joe Coffey, Chris Greene, Catherine Trail, Julianna Pitt. A summer swimming party goes terribly wrong when a neighbor shows up unannounced -- completely naked and brandishing a gun. Forcing the young hostess to admit to their failed tryst, he turns the gun on himself and falls dead into the pool. From that flash point starts a nightmarish odyssey for everyone involved. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Midnight Releasing).
photo for 75 Years of WWII 75 Years of WWII (2014) Two-disc set with a new mini-series, "D-Day in HD," as well as three additional History specials: "Bloody Santa Cruz," "Enterprise Versus Japan" and "Ultimate World War II Weapons"; $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Siege of Leningrad (2013) In 1941, Hitler ordered the German Army to invade Russia. The Nazis raced across Russia's heartland until they reached Leningrad -- the cradle of the Bolshevik Revolution. But the city did not fall quickly to Hitler's troops; instead it resisted. The siege of Leningrad began on September 8, 1941 and ended on January 27, 1944. For 872 days the city was surrounded. Within, the inhabitants fell into despair, starvation and cannibalism. Well over a million people lost their lives during this period. This documentary chronicles the breathtaking story both of heroism and mankind's failings -- and one of the worst atrocities carried out by Germany during the Second World War. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Sons of Anarchy Season Six (2013) 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Anarchy Afterword," commentary on select episodes, season premiere, season finale, "Character Good Byes," gag reel. (Fox).
photo for The Stream The Stream (2013) Mario Lopez, Kelly Rutherford, Christopher Gorham, Rainn Wilson. A unique family comedy that benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the organization to support their youth development programs. Nearly 200 teenagers from BGCA, as well as additional teens from Philadelphia's Big Picture Alliance and from Dreaming Tree's Fresh Films Chicago program, worked behind the camera and/or in the editing bay during filming. In the summer of 1981, five preteen friends engaging in "Star Wars" Jedi battles face a gigantic epic adventure when a bully snaps in half a plastic bat being used as a lightsaber: the boys must follow a nearby stream to the town mall, buy a new bat and return home before their parents realize they're missing, all the while wrestling with small crushes, big imaginations and equivalent coming-of-age obstacles on a lazy summer afternoon. The film is bolstered by a nostalgic top-40 soundtrack with songs from Billy Squier, The Go-Go's, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and, of course, John William's iconic "Star Wars" score. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Triad (2012 -- Hong Kong) William Chan, Michele Wai, Derek Tsang. Three childhood friends join the Hong Kong Triads, only to discover that fame and fortune will ultimately break them apart as only one can become the leader of the gang. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Triad" featurette. (Well Go USA).
Twilight Zone 80's: The Complete Series Collection contains all three seasons (65 episodes) from the '80s TV series. Formats: DVD. (RLJ/Image Entertainment).
Vengeance Is Mine BLU-RAY DEBUT (1979) A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story -- about the 78-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family -- into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive co-existing with the modern. More than just a true-crime tale, "Vengeance Is Mine" bares humanity's snarling id. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Commentary from 2005 featuring critic Tony Rayns; excerpts from a 1999 interview with director Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan; trailer and tease; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, a 1994 interview with Imamura by writer Toichi Nakata, and writings by Imamura on "Vengeance Is Mine" and his approach to filmmaking. (The Criterion Collection).
photo for The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (2013-14) Five-disc set with 16 episodes. Formats: DVD: $69.98, Blu-ray Disc: $79.99, Limited Edition "Tree Walker" Blu-ray set designed by MacFarlane Toys: $129.99. Extras: Featurettes: "Inside The Walking Dead," "The Making of The Walking Dead," "Drawing Inspiration," "Hershel," "The Governor Is Back," "Society, Science & Survival," "Inside KNB EFX," "A Journey Back to Brutality"; deleted scenes, commentary on select episodes. Blu-ray adds two "extended" episodes (Episode 9, "After" and Episode 14. "The Grove," seen for the first time. (Anchor Bay).
Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series (1975-79) Sixteen-disc set with all 95 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Original screen tests, "Only a Few Degrees From a Sweathog" featurette. (Shout! Factory).
Young and Beautiful (2013 -- France) Dir.: Francois Ozon; Marine Vacth, Geraldine Pailhas, Frederic Pierrot, Fantin Ravat. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting older gentlemen for erotic hotel room trysts. But throughout her sexual escapades Isabelle remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes from them. What does Isabelle hope to gain by offering her body up to the whims of strangers? Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

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