The Beginner's Bible
(2014) Single disc with three animated Bible stories: "The Story of Easter," "The Story of Moses" and "The Story of the Nativity." Formats: DVD, $9.95. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
(2014) Alex Russell, Zachary Knighton, Johanna Braddy, Miles Fisher, Sinqua Walls, Max Adler, Nick Offerman, Christopher McDonald. Desperate, broke, and out of ideas, four college seniors start a fake charity to embezzle money for tuition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Virgil Films).
Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream BLU-RAY DEBUT
Two great Blaxploitation classics. "Blacula" (1972): William Marshall, Denise Nicholas, Vonetta McGee; "Scream, Blacula, Scream" (1973): William Marshall, Don Mitchell, Pam Grier. Extras: New commentary on "Blacula" with author/film historian/filmmaker David F. Walker ("Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak"), new interview with actor Richard Lawson ("Scream, Blacula, Scream"), theatrical trailers. (Scream Factory).
(2012 -- Philippines) In this relentless thriller, Isabelle Huppert brings passion and courage to her portrayal of a hostage caught in a seemingly hopeless situation. At a beach resort in the Philippines, 20 guests are kidnapped by an Islamic separatist group fighting for their independence. French social worker Therese Bourgoine is among those taken to a jungle island, with the Filipino army in pursuit. As the captors and their hostages journey through dense jungle terrain, trying to avoid the bullets and artillery salvos fired indiscriminately at them, an unexpected bond grows between the kidnappers and hostages. Packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2014) Dir.: Atom Egoyan; Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson. Read more about "The Captive" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Atom Egoyan, "Captive Thoughts" featurette, alternate ending, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
CHiPs: The Complete Third Season
(1979-80) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Da Vinci's Demons: The Complete Second Season
(2014) Starz Original series follows the "adventures" of scientific and literary genius Leonardo da Vinci as he travels to South America, Naples, and Turkey in his quest to find answers. The second season begins as Florence is thrown into chaos in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy and da Vinci must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome. When the dust settles, friends are buried and rivalries enflamed. While the Medicis go to unthinkable lengths to deal with new threats, da Vinci continues on his quest to find the fabled Book of Leaves and uncover the secret history of his mother. He'll come to realize that he has lethal competition in his quest -- new enemies who may be even worse than the forces of Pope Sixtus. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $44.98, three-disc Blu-ray: $54.99, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes: "New Sets," "Creating the World" and "A Closer Look"; "The Journey Begins: Season 1 Recap." (Anchor Bay).
The Dog Who Saved Easter
(2015) Dean Cain, Mario Lopez, Elisa Donovan, Beverley Mitchell, Patrick Muldoon, Catherine Hicks, Mindy Sterling. Mario Lopez is back as everyone's favorite dog, Zeus, in the latest installment of the heart-warming family franchise. When a rival business puts Zeus' daycare in jeopardy, it's up to him, with the help of his canine companions, to save the day. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Sean Robert Olson, producer Peter Sullivan and executive Producers Jeffrey Schenck and Barry Barnholtz; behind-the-scenes featurette; stills gallery. (Lionsgate).
Exterminators of the Year 3000 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Robert Iannucci, Alicia Moro, Luciano Pigozzi, Eduardo Fajardo. Italian-made exploitation classic set in a post-apocalyptic future where the earth is a desert and water is the most precious substance of all. A band of survivors must turn to a mysterious stranger to battle a ruthless gang of motorcycle psychos for control of the wasteland and the water. Extras: Commentary with actor Robert Iannucci, interview with Iannucci, TV spots. (Shout! Factory).
(2014) Dir.: Bennett Miller; Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall. Read more about "Foxcatcher" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Story of Foxcatcher" featurette. (Sony).
(2014) Sophie Curtis, Kelly Reilly, Graham Phillips. Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, 16-year-old Beckett and her novelist father move to Manhattan and attempt to piece together their shattered life. Enrolled at an exclusive preparatory school, Beckett's psychosis and hallucinations intensify with the dubious suicides of current and past students and the subsequent discovery that her new school may be run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
The Last of Robin Hood
(2014) Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Sean Flynn, Max Casella. Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl's fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother-- which only fed Florence's need to stay in the spotlight. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Samuel Goldwyn Films).
Let's Kill Ward's Wife
(2014) Amy Acker, Patrick Wilson, Nicollette Sheridan, Scott Foley, Greg Grunberg, Donald Faison. Everyone hates Ward's wife and wants her dead. Especially Ward (Donald Faison). But when murderous fantasies accidentally get real, Ward and his pals have all new problems: Disposing of the body. Getting away with murder. Making their 3 p.m. tee time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Outtakes. (Well Go USA).
(2014) Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody. Straight Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian Sasha (Meester) are codependent best friends in their late 20s who have spent the last 10 years acting more like wives than friends: they talk to each other on the toilet; they drive each other to the doctor. And as with any good marriage, they're a perfect yin and yang. Until the night Paige meets Tim (Brody). Despite some superficial drawbacks, he's the kind of guy you marry. As Paige and Tim's relationship grows, the bond between Paige and Sasha inevitably shifts. Suddenly without a “partner,” Sasha is left to examine her own shortcomings and panic about her impending 30th birthday. Passive-aggressive conflict brews in their friendship until the girls must finally confront the question they've been avoiding: can their friendship survive growing up? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Longmire: The Complete Third Season
(2014) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Outlander: Season 1, Volume 1
(2014) Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the STARZ series about a WWII nurse who, while on a second honeymoon with her husband, finds herself inexplicably transported back in time to Scotland, circa 1743. Based on Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series. A Limited Collector's Edition features a 32-page book with excerpts from the scripts, photographs and an introduction from author Diana Gabaldon. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: "Outlander: An Epic Adaptation" and "Authentic in Design: The Dresses & Kilts of Outlander." Blu-ray adds 21 deleted scenes, four additional featurettes: "Casting Outlander," "On Location: Castle Leoch and the Magic of Scotland," "Emerging a Scot: Cast Goes to Bootcamp" and "Walk Through the Sets and Stages With Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore." (Sony).
To Write Love On Her Arms
(2014) Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray, Rupert Friend, Corbin Bleu. Kat Dennings stars as Renee, a Florida girl who struggles with addiction and abuse. In a creative blend of artistic fantasy and music conflicted with hard reality, Renee discovers the value of genuine friendships and embarks on a daunting yet courageous journey towards recovery with a vision of hope, healing and redemption. Based on the true story that started a global movement. A portion of net proceeds will be donated to the To Write Love On Her Arms non-profit organization. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Making of the Movie: From Story to Screen," "First Look: Renee Yohe's Story," "Music in the Movie: Amplifying the Story," character profiles, on-set video blogs. (Sony).
Transporter: The Series – The Complete First Season
(2012) Four-disc set with 12 episodes of the series based on the hugely popular films that follows British ex-commando Frank Martin -- a high-stakes courier who delivers dangerous cargo -- to exotic locations, where he deals with clients whose business is top-secret. Although he swears never to learn the truth about his deliveries, he often breaks that code, putting his life at even greater risk. Formats: DVD. Extras: "From Film to TV," "The Women of The Transporter," car stunts, fight choreography, "Who is Frank Martin," the Audi A8, "Frank's Packages," "The Making of Season One." (Fox).
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
(2014) Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson,
Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, Evan Ross. Read more about "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson, deleted scenes, sneak peek of "The Divergent Series: Insurgent." Blu-ray adds "The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of Mockingjay – Part 1" eight-part feature-length documentary, "Straight From the Heart: A Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman" featurette, "Songs of Rebellion: Lorde on Curating the Soundtrack" featurette, "Yellow Flicker Beat” Lorde music video. (Lionsgate).
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B
(2014) Alexandra Shipp, Rachel Crawford, Lyriq Bent, Elise Neal, Christopher Jacot, Cle Bennett. Lifetime biodrama about "street but sweet" music and video star Aaliyah, whose life ended tragically in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Ancient Aliens: Season 7 - Volume 1
(2014) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $19.98. More and more information comes to light from the Earth's darkest recesses. "Underground Portals" explores the 10,000-year-old prehistoric artwork discovered in a cave in India. Could the face of Giza's Great Sphinx prove to be older than once thought, and what otherworldly being might it actually represent? Moving through the Egyptian pyramids, Central American temples and Earth's enigmatic caves, this collection offers viewers a detailed account of the mysteries of life that continue to elude us, while traveling across 75 million years of the most credible alien evidence right here on earth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
Bank$tas (aka Cubicle Warriors)
(2013) Alan Thicke, Laura Vandervoort, Michael Seater, Joe Dinicol. Two recent college grads concoct a crazy scheme of sex, drugs and espionage to stop their new high-finance boss from planning a crooked student loan deal. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition
(1985) Dir.: John Hughes; Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy. All-new, digitally remastered and fully restored version of the film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New "Accepting the Facts: The Breakfast Club Trivia Track," "Sincerely Yours: A 12-Part" documentary, commentary with Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson, "The Most Convenient Definitions: The Origins of The Brat Pack," theatrical trailer. (Universal).
Devil May Call
(2013) Corri English, Tyler Mane, Traci Lords, Van Hansis, Camillia Monet. A young, blind operator for a suicide hotline descends into a night of unrelenting terror when an obsessive caller turns out to be a serial killer. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Commentary with director Jason Cuadrado, Jason Cuadrado's short film "Monstrous Nature," "Composing the Score" featurette with Nicolas Pike, cast interviews. (Lionsgate).
The John Hughes Yearbook Collection
Three-disc set with "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and "Weird Science." Formats: DVD: $26.98, Blu-ray Disc: $34.98. (Universal).
Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf
(2014) Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Tina Louise. A blind war veteran faces off with a wolf-like creature that's been terrorizing his retirement community. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with Director Adrian Garcia Bogliano, making-of Featurette, FX Featurette. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).
Listen Up Philip
(2014) Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Josephine de La Baume, Jonathan Pryce. Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself. Formats: DVD. (TriBeca Film/Cinedigm).
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
(2014) Dir.: Shawn Levy; Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Crystal the Monkey, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney.
Read more about "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two deleted and extended scenes, "Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up - The Comedy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," two galleries. Blu-ray adds five more deleted and extended scenes, bonus digital HD movie (either "Night at the Museum" or "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"), "The Theory of Relativity," "Becoming Laaa," "A Day in the Afterlife," "The Home of History: Behind the Scenes of The British Museum," "Fight at the Museum," "Creating Visual Effects," commentary by director Shawn Levy. (Fox).
(2013 -- Norway) Aksel Hennie, Stephen Lang, Wes Bentley. Thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind the scenes features with cast and crew, "Making of Pioneer: A Dive Into the Depths of the Seas," "Working on Pioneer" featurette, AXS TV: "A Look at Pioneer." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2013 -- Japan) In this audaciously kinky, metacomedic thriller, a lonely father with a secret taste for S&M (Nao Omori) hires a boutique dominatrix agency that specializes in guerrilla acts of public degradation, including being kicked, slapped, beaten and spit on by drop-dead gorgeous women. Although the rough treatment and humiliation Takafumi Katayama receives from these leather-clad ladies -- in cafes and on the street -- drive him to ecstatic pleasure, he soon finds himself over his head during a surprise house call by one of the mistresses. After a freak and fatal accident, Katayama is forced into action, with a slew of vengeful dominatrixes chasing him down. With the help of his son, he has to devise a plan to take on the relentless femmes fatales, who each possess a unique S&M talent by which to exact painful revenge. The title is a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18. The film is billed as "Not suitable for anyone under the age of 100." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: 12-page booklet, theatrical trailer. (Drafthouse Films).
The Red Road: The Complete First Season
(2014) Two-disc set with six episodes, $29.98. Hard-hitting drama that revolves around a local cop (Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring mountains, home of a Native American tribe. After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the cop's wife (Julianne Nicholson), an unholy alliance is forged between the cop and Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa), a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Sundance on Set: The Red Road," "Behind the Screen: The Red Road," "The Red Road: Cast and Crew." (Anchor Bay).
The Red Tent
(2014) Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Ferguson, Iain Glen, Will Tudor, Debra Winger.
Based on Anita Diamant's bestselling novel. The re-imagined story of the 12 tribes of Israel is told through the eyes of Jacob's only daughter, Dinah. Premiered as a two-night special event on the Lifetime network Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Remote Area Medical
(2014) A debate over healthcare has been raging nationwide, but what's been lost in the discussion are the American citizens who live day after day, year after year without solutions for their most basic needs. This documentary documents the annual three-day "pop-up" medical clinic organized by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee's NASCAR speedway. Instead of a film about policy, "Remote Area Medical" is about people, about a proud Appalachian community banding together to try and provide some relief for friends and neighbors who are simply out of options. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Soft Skin
(1964) Francois Truffaut followed up the international phenomenon "Jules and Jim" with this tense tale of infidelity. The unassuming Jean Desailly (Le doulos) is perfectly cast as a celebrated literary scholar, seemingly happily married, who embarks on an affair with a gorgeous stewardess, played by Françoise Dorleac ("The Young Girls of Rochefort"), who is captivated by his charm and reputation. As their romance gets serious, the film grows anxious, leading to a wallop of a conclusion. Truffaut made "The Soft Skin" at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master's influence can be felt throughout this complex, insightful, underseen French New Wave treasure. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by screenwriter Jean-Louis Richard and Francois Truffaut scholar Serge Toubiana, new video essay by filmmaker and critic Kent Jones, interview with Truffaut from 1965 about the film, an essay by critic Molly Haskell. (The Criterion Collection).
The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Edition
(1965) Dir.: Robert Wise; Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Heather Menzies-Urich, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner. Available as a five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition with three Blu-rays (the film and extras that include "Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration" immersive viewing experience with behind-the-scenes images, on-screen lyrics, trivia track and location quiz; music machine sing-along; audio commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and director Robert Wise; "Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music," an interactive "Backlot Tour" with in-depth featurettes on the songs, the stage show & movie, the film and sound restoration and the real-life von Trapp family; "A City of Song" virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria; "Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs"; new hour-long documentary "The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg"; screen Tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries and more) a DVD with an optional sing-along track, music machine sing-along and "The Sound of Music Tour – A Living Story"; and an exclusive 50th Anniversary soundtrack (featuring a selection of international performances of The Sound of Music musical favorites); all for $49.99. The single disc DVD will also be available for $19.98. (Fox).
Stop Pepper Palmer
(2014) Lonzo Liggins, Carleton Bluford, Too $hort, Scott Schwartz. Comedy about the only three black guys in Utah who begin to vie for a black woman who has come to town. Fearing they aren't "black enough" to appeal to her, they hire someone from out of own, Pepper Palmer, to teach them how to act "blacker" ... but when he arrives, he's not quite what they had expected. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (Level 33 Entertainment).
(2014) Cambridge Jones, Tim Abell. In 1943, the Navy submarine USS Lionfish was inexplicably shut down, and its commander, Tony Sterling (Jones), disappeared without a trace. Seventy years later, Sterling's grandson, professor Peter Williams (Abell), is recruited by a top-secret government agency to investigate. Aboard the Lionfish, Peter and his team uncover clues to the sub's cryptic past and are plunged into a terrifying supernatural journey that will take them across the dark abyss of time, with history hanging in the balance. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate ending, gag reel, interview with the last surviving member of the USS Lionfish incident, "Torpedo Loading Sequence" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Teeth & Blood
(2015) Two detectives go undercover at a film studio when a diva actress is murdered and uncover an age-old war between rival vampire covens that threatens to consume humanity. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Urban Movie Channel/RLJ Entertainment).
White Haired Witch (of Lunar Kingdom)
(2014 -- China) Fan Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming. Elaborate wuxia-fantasy: In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption. To save the people from their suffering, sorceress Jade Raksha fights those who oppress people for their own gain. As payback, local government officials decide to pin the murder of Governor Zhuo Zhonglian on Jade, turning her and the members of her cult into wanted fugitives for a crime they didn't commit. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette.(Well Go USA).
(2014) Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Aidan Devine, Sarah Lind. "Half man. Half wolf. All cop." Nuff said. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Wolfcop Unleashed Behind the Scenes," outtakes, a "Wolfcop" music video, the original concept trailer, film commentary with writer-director Lowell Dean and special effects artist Emersen Ziffle. (Image Entertainment).
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1
Includes the wildly-successful film "Bonds Beyond Time," as well as the first episodes from four series: "Yu-Gi-Oh!," "Yu-Gi-Oh! GX," "Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's" and "Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL!" With his world crumbling into chaos, a masked menace known as Paradox travels into the past to eliminate the source for his world's destruction -- the Duel Monsters card game. Standing in his way are three legendary duelists who will do whatever it takes to save what's on the line -- their friends, their family and the game they love. For the first time ever, Yugi, Jaden and Yusei will team together and battle with all their hearts in a duel that will decide the past, present and future. Formats: DVD, $16.95. (Cinedigm).
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(2014) Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx,Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Read more about "Annie" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Director's commentary, "The Making-of Annie," "You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" music video. Blu-ray adds bloopers; "Something Was Missing" deleted song with Jamie Foxx; Sing-Alongs: "Hard Knock Life," "I Don’t Need Anything But You," "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," "Opportunity" and "Tomorrow"; fourf eaturettes: "It's a Hard Knock Camp," "Fun With Sandy the Dog," "A Day on Set With Quvenzhane" and "Moonquake Lake – On Set!"; "Tomorrow Around the World": photo gallery; trivia track. (Sony).
Dexter: Most Shocking Episodes
Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $24.99. For fans new and old, Dexter's most shocking moments are available in one killer collection, including the unforgettable pilot episode that started it all, his devastating confrontation with the Trinity Killer , and eight more chilling episodes. Michael C. Hall stars as the titular antihero who -- through eight seasons -- coped with his insatiable homicidal urges and navigated through life as a vigilante serial killer. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Dissecting Dexter Part 1: Dexter's Origins," "Dissecting Dexter Part 2: Dexter's Awakening," "Dissecting Dexter Part 3: Dexter's Coming of Age," "The Kill Room," the first two chapters of "Dexter in the Dark." (CBS/Paramount).
(2009 -- China) Huang Weikai's one-of-a-kind news documentary captures, with remarkable freedom, the anarchy, violence, and seething anxiety animating China's major cities today. Unshowable on China's heavily controlled television networks, or in China's cinemas, "Disorder" springs from an emerging underground media, of which Huang Weikai is one of the leading figures, filmmakers who reject compromise and cooperation with the official media channels and censors. Huang Weikai collects footage from a dozen amateur videographers and weaves them into a unique city symphony of urban social decay: One man dances in the middle of traffic while another attempts to jump from a bridge before dozens of onlookers. Pigs run wild on a highway while dignitaries swim in a polluted river. The result is a unique and compelling film capturing the ground-level upheaval of Chinese society like no other film before it. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
Exodus: Gods and Kings
(2014) Dir.: Ridley Scott; Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro. Read more about "Exodus: Gods and Kings" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 3D/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, commentary by director-producer Ridley Scott and co-screenwriter Jeffrey Caine. Blu-ray adds "The Exodus Historical Guide," a feature length trivia track; "Keepers of the Covenant" documentary including 14 enhancement pods; "The Lawgiver's Legacy: Moses Throughout History"; "The Gods and Kings Archive"; promotional featurettes including the HBO First Look; 11 galleries. (Fox).
Ghost Whisperer: The Complete Series
(2005-10) Twenty-nine disc set with all 107 episodes plus bonus features, $79.99. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Mark of the Devil
(1970 -- West Germany) Once proclaimed as "positively the most horrifying film ever made", "Mark of the Devil" arrives in a director-approved edition featuring a new restoration. A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, "Mark of the Devil" sees horror icon Udo Kier play a witchfinder's apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group).
Maude: The Complete Series
Nineteen-disc set with all 141 episodes and a 40-page collector's book containing an essay by Pulitzer Prize–winning TV critic Tom Shales, $159.99. Television history has given us many memorable, amazing women ... and then there's Maude, starring Bea Arthur as the feisty and funny title character. Created by Norman Lear ("All In The Family"), "Maude" pushed the boundaries for network television during its six-year run from 1972 to 1978. Often controversial and always refreshingly honest, the series never shied away from tackling the topical issues of the day, yet its depth of character and humor left audiences laughing all the way. Decades after its initial broadcast, Maude remains a benchmark in television for its sharp, intelligent writing, impressive supporting cast (including Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain and Rue McClanahan) and of course, the amazing Arthur. In a role that earned her a well-deserved Emmy award, Arthur created an indelible portrait of a fiercely liberated woman, paving the way for other noteworthy, female-driven sitcoms from "Roseanne" and "Murphy Brown" to "30 Rock." Formats: DVD. Extras: Original "All in the Family" episode "Cousin Maude's Visit," original "All in the Family episode "Maude - Pilot," unaired episode 115 "The Double Standard," unaired episode 316 "Maude's New Friends," syndication sales presentation (hosted by Norman Lear), three featurettes: "And Then There's Maude: Television's First Feminist," "Everything but Hemorrhoids: Maude Speaks to America," "Memories of Maude" - featuring new interviews with Adrienne Barbeau and Bill Macy. (Shout! Factory).
(2015) Kane Hodder, Lachlan Buchanan, Puja Mohindra, Bryce Drape, Lauren Francesca. After narrowly escaping an ancient burial ground, a group of friends find themselves trapped between two evils, forcing them to fight, die, or go back the way they came. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
My Girl BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1991) Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Anna Chlumsky. Restored at 4K resolution. Extras: Commentary with writer Laurice Molinari; two new featurettes: "A Day on Set: Bingo!" behind-the-scenes look at filming the very funny bingo scene with Aykroyd and Curtis; "A Day on Set: First Kiss," which offers a rare look at filming Thomas and Vada's first kiss; original theatrical behind-the-scenes featurette created for the theatrical release featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Chlumsky, Culkin, Aykroyd and Curtis. (Sony).
Revelation: The End of Days
(2013) Two-disc set of the History Channel miniseries that brings viewers an imagining of the end of the world and life as predicted in the Bible, told through the perspective of several different people,with first-hand accounts from found footage, cell phones and cameras to illustrate the world's final days. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
Ride the Pink Horse
(1947) Hollywood actor turned idiosyncratic auteur Robert Montgomery ("Here Comes Mr. Jordan") directs and stars in this striking crime drama based on a novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. He plays a tough-talking former GI who comes to a small New Mexico town to shake down a gangster who killed his best friend; things quickly turn nasty. "Ride the Pink Horse" features standout supporting performances from Fred Clark, Wanda Hendrix, and especially Thomas Gomez, who became the first Hispanic actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for his role here. With its relentless pace, expressive cinematography by the great Russell Metty ("All That Heaven Allows)", and punchy, clever script by Charles Lederer ("His Girl Friday") and Ben Hecht ("Spellbound"), this is an overlooked treasure from the heyday of 1940s film noir. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring film noir historians Alain Silver and James Ursini; new interview with Imogen Sara Smith, author of "In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City"; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1947, featuring Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, and Thomas Gomez; an essay by filmmaker and writer Michael Almereyda. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Shantel VanSanten, John Robinson, Julian Morris, Brittany Murphy. A young couple seeks to re-build their lives after a disastrous car crash kills her parents but secrets from their past threaten to disrupt their budding relationship: Christine is stalked by a creepy, masked stranger, while James experiences freakish encounters that nearly kill him. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (ARC Entertainment).
Son of a Gun
(2015) Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman. After breaking out of prison, Brendan Lynch (McGregor), Australia's most notorious criminal, enlists 19-year-old JR (Thwaites) to accompany him and his crew on a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. Naturally things start to go wrong and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Partners in Crime: The Making of Son of a Gun" featurette, commentary with writer-director Julius Avery. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Dir.: Chris Rock; Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Sherri Shepherd, Brian Regan, Ben Vereen. Read more about "Top Five" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Chris Rock and JB Smoove, "It's Never Just A Movie: Chris Rock and Top Five," "The Making of Top Five," "Top Five" Andre Allen standup outtakes, "Top Five Moments You Didn't See in the Film," deleted scenes. (Paramount).
Troop Beverly Hills BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross. Restored at 4K resolution. Extras: Deleted scenes; two new featurettes: "The Real Phyllis Nefler: Ava Ostern Fries": Ava Ostern Fries, the real life Phyllis Nefler, discusses how she was inspired to create the film using her real-life experiences with her daughter's Girl Scout troop; "Shelley Long Remembers Troop Beverly Hills." (Sony).
TURN: Washington's Spies: The Complete First Season
(2014) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the AMC series that tells the true story of the Culper Ring -- an unlikely team of secret agents during the American Revolution who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of war but also gave birth to modern spycraft. Formats: DVD: $49.98, Blu-ray Disc: $59.99, Digital. Extras: "The History of TURN: Washington's Spies," "From Art to Image," deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).
(2014) Thomas Jane, Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers, Johnathon Schaech, Bryan Greenberg, Colin Egglesfield. Julian Michaels (Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes, and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down VICE. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Brian A. Miller and actors Ambyr Childers and Bryan Greenberg, "Behind the Scenes of Vice" featurette, cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
Wolfy, the Incredible Secret
(2013 -- France) Animated tale about friends Loulou the wolf and Tom the rabbit, inseparable since they were little, who live the easy life in the Land of the Rabbits. But Loulou, who thought he was an orphan, learns that his bohemian mother is alive, and they set out to find her in the Land of the Wolves -- but they arrive in the middle of the Meat-eaters' Festival, a yearly get together for the world's great carnivores, putting their friendship to its ultimate test. Winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Film. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Random Media).
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(1981) Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale. The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places ... And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth. From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. Digital transfer of the original uncensored director's cut. Formats: Three-disc collector's edition: two Blu-rays + CD. Extras: Commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and genre superstar David Warbeck; optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix; new in-depth interviews with stars MacColl, Cinzia Monreale and Giovanni De Nava, U.S. production manager Larry Ray, make-up artists Giannetto DeRossi and Maurizio Trani, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, writer Dardano Sacchetti, producer Fabrizio De Angelis, composer Fabio Frizzi, original U.S. distributor Terry Levene, and Antonella Fulci; rare archival interviews with Fulci and Warbeck; lost German pre-credit sequence in Full color; extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers; liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun and EuroHorror expert Martin Beine; the bonus CD features the original soundtrack album by Fabio Frizzi, newly remastered in stunning 96khz sound from the original studio master tapes; chilling glow-in-the-dark slip cover limited to the first 5000 copies. (Grindhouse Releasing).
Blind Woman's Curse
(1970 -- Japan) A bizarre Yakuza film featuring eye-popping visuals, sensational fight sequences and the gorgeous Meiko Kaji ("Lady Snowblood," "Stray Cat Rock"), in her first major role. Akemi (Kaji) is a dragon tattooed leader of the Tachibana Yakuza clan. In a duel with a rival gang Akemi slashes the eyes of an opponent and a black cat appears, to lap the blood from the gushing wound. The cat along with the eye-victim go on to pursue Akemi's gang in revenge, leaving a trail of dead Yakuza girls, their dragon tattoos skinned from their bodies. Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group).
Bukow and Konig: Sets 1 & 2
(1971 -- Germany) Alexander Bukow is a veteran cop who doesn't mind working at the edge of the law to get results. Katrin Konig has a sterling reputation as an analyst and profiler and is esteemed by all who know her for her assessments and concentrated professionalism. Bukow knows the town where they work, Rostock, like his own backyard and he should; it's where he grew up. He has contacts on every corner and can be charming enough to wrap friends and enemies around his finger, but never reveals much about himself. He's also got a life outside the job and is married with two small children. For Konig, the job is her life, which is how she became such an accomplished criminal profiler. She's a strait-laced control freak and all too aware of her partner's seedy past and questionable allegiances. Despite, or perhaps because of their differences, they make a successful crime-fighting team -- when they're not fighting each other. Each three-disc set contains five episodes; $39.95 each. Formats: DVD, VOD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Confessions of a Prodigal Son
(2015) Kevin Sorbo, Nathan Clarkson, Rachael Lee, Azel James, Tanya Chisholm, Michael Christopher Bolten, Darwin Harris. A modern retelling of the Prodigal Son story. A rebel leaves his home and family to reflect on self-discovery, suddenly finding himself questioning everything he once learned. He encounters a professor who challenges his thoughts and emotions, helping him realize that life is a story full of unexpected events, but no matter what happens, everyone has a second chance. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Diamond Heist (aka Magic Boys)
(2012) Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones. After witnessing a murder, a hapless pair of misfits escape their own near death experience by posing as male strippers -- only to find themselves neck deep in even bigger trouble. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Random Media).
Don Matteo: Sets 9 & 10
(2005-06 -- Italy) Terence Hill stars as Don Matteo, a thoroughly ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. He's a parish priest who never met an unjustly accused person he didn't want to help. In fact, he never met anyone marginalized he didn't want to help: the elderly, the homeless, the immigrant, the unemployed. He sees them all as he bicycles along the streets and through the countryside of his parish. His friend and chess partner is policeman Marshal Cecchini, who slips him information about new cases much to the chagrin of the police chief who isn't at all thrilled about the collaboration. But he's in agreement with Don Matteo about one thing: the importance of justice being served. Each three-disc set contains 11 episodes; $39.95 each. Formats: DVD, VOD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
The Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida
With his trademark mixture of empathy and scrutiny, Errol Morris ("The Thin Blue Line") has changed the face of documentary filmmaking in the United States, and his career began with two remarkable tales of American eccentricity: "Gates of Heaven" (1978) and "Vernon, Florida" (1981). The first uses two Southern California pet cemeteries as the bases for a profound and funny rumination on love, loss, and industry; the second travels to a languorous southern backwater and meets a handful of fascinating folks -- a determined turkey hunter, a curious minister, a laconic policeman -- engaged in individualistic, sometimes absurd pursuits. Morris consistently creates humane portraits of true candor, and these early works remain two of his greatest and most provocative films. New 2K digital restorations of both films, supervised by director Errol Morris, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Morris; "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" (1980), a 20-minute film by Les Blank featuring Herzog fulfilling a bet intended to inspire Morris to complete his first feature; footage of Herzog professing his admiration for "Gates of Heaven" at the 1980 Telluride Film Festival; an essay by critic Eric Hynes. (The Criterion Collection).
Gone With the Pope
(1981) Duke Mitchell, Lorenzo Dardado, Peter Milo, Jim LoBianco. Lost for over 30 years, "Gone With the Pope" stars famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell as Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and charge a dollar from every Catholic in the world as the ransom. Shot in 1975, the film was unfinished at the time of Mitchell's death in 1981. Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered the film in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski ("The Hurt Locker," "Army of Darkness") spent 15 years completing "Gone With the Pope" from the surviving film elements. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: In-depth interviews with stars Jim LoBianco and John Murgia, cinematographer Peter Santoro, editors Bob Leighton and Robert Florio, and legendary exploitation producer-director Matt Cimber; footage from the 2010 Hollywood World Premiere; deleted scenes and bloopers; liner notes by horror novelist John Skipp; extensive still galleries and theatrical trailer. (Grindhouse Releasing).
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
(2014) Dir.: Peter Jackson; Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Stephen Fry, Jed Brophy, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, John Bell.
Read more about "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" in the March Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, two-disc DVD Special Edition, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Recruiting the Five Armies," "Completing Middle-earth," "The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes," "The Last Goodbye Music Video," "New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 3."
Hobbit, The: Motion Picture DVD Trilogy: $49.99 Hobbit, The: Motion Picture Blu-Ray Trilogy: $57.98 Hobbit, The: Motion Picture 3D Blu-Ray Trilogy: $129.95
Into the Woods
(2014) Dir.: Rob Marshall; Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy. Read more about "Into the Woods" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Deeper Into The Woods: Magic of the Woods" featurette. Blu-ray adds never-before-seen Sondheim original song: "She'll Be Back" performed by Meryl Streep; "There’s Something About The Woods" behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Cast As Good As Gold" featurette; "Deeper Into The Woods" 4 segment featurette: "From Stage to Screen," "Magic of the Woods," "Designing the Woods" and "The Costumes of the Woods"; commentary with director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca; "Music & Lyrics" direct access to the musical song segments, with optional sing-along lyrics; "5 Golden Eggs" (Easter Eggs). (Disney).
(2014) David Cade, Gina Holden, Christopher Judge, Eric Allan Kramer. Volcanic activity at the Earth's core turns L.A. into a living nightmare, ripping the city apart. After a mass evacuation, Calvin Crawford is one of few left, desperately searching for his fiancee, Ashley Pace, who unbeknownst to him, has been kidnapped and is being held hostage. With L.A. becoming more unstable by the minute, Calvin must find a way to save Ashley and get them both to safety before the city is completely annihilated. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Lonesome Dove Church
(2014) Tom Berenger, Alex Zahara, Alex Zahara. The true story of the formation of the Lonesome Dove Church in Texas. A preacher delivers frontier justice on the journey to find and save his outlaw son. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Lonesome Dove Church" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Michael Guy Allen, Meg Braden, Julian Curi, Zac Snyder. When PTSD-plagued war vet Nick returns home and finds that his finance Kayla has committed suicide, he decides to take his own life, but what he sees in flashbacks moments before he is resuscitated leads him to believe Kayla was murdered. Now Nick must travel back and fourth between our world and the afterlife in a search for her killer -- but to do it, he has to die over and over again. Formats: DVD. Extras: Director' commentary, deleted scenes, short films, promotional videos, screen tests trailers. (MVD Entertainment).
Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean: 25th Anniversary Collection
(1990-95) Four-disc set with all 14 episodes of the British series, $24.97. He captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide and has been called the most embarrassing man on earth. He is the character who everyone wants to help out of his sticky situations, but nobody would invite for tea. Behold the man who is a bean, Mr. Bean. Starring award-winning British comedy genius Rowan Atkinson, the internationally acclaimed TV series continues to enthrall audiences worldwide. This set brings together all 14 uncut British episodes of "Mr. Bean." Formats: DVD. Extras: Missing scenes from three episodes, "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean," "The Story of Mr. Bean" documentary, never before seen-on-TV Sketches "Bus Stop" and "Library," "Mr. Bean: The Animated Series" trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Sebastian Bergman: Dark Secrets
(2010 -- Sweden) Every criminal has his own handwriting, but only Sebastian Bergman can read it. Bergman is Sweden's most famous criminal profiler, having written a definitive, best-selling book about workings of the criminal mind. Bergman is strong-headed, politically incorrect, intuitive, abrasive -— and grief-stricken. He's struggling to come to terms with the loss of his wife and young daughter from the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, an event that caused his life to careen out of control. Returning to work, Bergman had one more surprise waiting for him -- an adult daughter he never knew he had, now working alongside him as a fellow investigator in the Stockholm police department. At the same time, he discovers a personal connection in the case of three girls who were found dead in a small-town mine. It could have been a triple suicide or murder. More dark secrets emerge as the corpse of a notorious serial killer is found buried in a field. Clues lead to a nearby convent, where the body of a young girl is also unearthed. He has to figure out who killed the girl and who killed the killer. Bergman is played by Swedish actor Rolf Lassgard, famous for his performance as the original Wallander, based on Henning Mankell's wildly popular crime novels. Two-disc set, $29.95. Formats: DVD, VOD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
The Sins of Dracula
(2014) Michael Thurber, Jamie Dufault, Sarah Nicklin, Samantha Acampora, Steven O'Broin. The young star of a local church choir goes against the wishes of his pastor and follows his girlfriend into the world of secular entertainment, joining a local community theatre troupe where he's introduced to a whole new world of drugs, sexual perversion, and table-top game-play. But nothing could prepare him for the darkest truth of them all: The theatre group is actually a front for a Satanic cult intent on raising Dracula from the grave. Tongue-in-cheek satire of the Christian scare films of the 70s and 80s. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Richard Griffin and writer Michael Varrati, commentary with stars Sarah Nicklin and Jamie Dufault, short film "They Stole the Pope's Blood," Easter Egg. (MVD Entertainment).
(2014) Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield. Estranged from her family, Franny (Anne Hathaway) returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester (Johnny Flynn) and, against the backdrop of Brooklyn's music scene, they develop an unexpected relationship and face the realities of their lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes recording of the soundtrack. (Cinedigm).
The Sure Thing 30th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1985) Dir.: Rob Reiner; John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Viveca Lindfors, Nicollette Sheridan. Extras: Commentary with director Rob Reiner, "Road to The Sure Thing," "Casting The Sure Thing," "Reading The Sure Thing," "Dressing The Sure Thing," theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
The Thin Blue Line
(1988) Among the most important documentaries ever made, "The Thin Blue Line," by Errol Morris, erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite overwhelming evidence that he did not commit the crime. Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Philip Glass, Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers. "The Thin Blue Line" effected real-world change, proving film's power beyond the shadow of a doubt. New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Errol Morris and producer Mark Lipson, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Morris, new interview with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing"), NBC report from 1989 covering Randall Adams's release from prison, an essay by film scholar Charles Musser. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Dir.: Angelina Jolie; Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Miyavi, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, John Magaro, Ross Anderson Read more about "Unbroken" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Real Louis Zamperini" behind the scenes interviews with the late Louis Zamperini and the cast and crew. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Inside Unbroken" behind-the-scenes look at the film, cast and crew concert featuring Miyavi, "Prison Camp Theater: Cinderella" in which the Omori prisoners perform their version of Cinderella, "Louis' Path to Forgiveness" featurette on Zamperini's life after the war and his journey from recovery to forgiveness. (Universal).
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Case Histories Complete Collection
(2011, 2013) Based on the bestselling novels by Kate Atkinson. Jason Isaacs stars as Jackson Brodie, a former Edinburgh cop turned private detective. Tough but good-hearted, Brodie can't turn a blind eye to injustice and people in need. Although it does little to line his pockets, he finds himself investigating everything from lost cats to missing children and killers on the run. Four-disc set with nine episodes, $59.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast and crew interviews. (Acorn Media).
Chuggington: Fire Patrol Rescue
(2015) In this latest collection of six Chuggington adventures, Wilson sets out on fire patrol duty with his new friend Asher and learns to use a fire hose in a rescue. Also, there is a friendly contest of Chug Patrol versus Speed Fleet; Hodge find himself in a high-rise jam; and all the Chuggers practice emergency drills at the roundhouse. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus Badge Quest episode, Calley and Skylar character montages, coloring and activity pages. (Anchor Bay).
(2014 -- Switzerland) Matthias Hungerbuhler, Sven Schelker. A dramatization of gay lovers Ernst and Robi from meeting in Zurich in 1958 against the backdrop of "The Circle" (the pioneering gay organization and internationally renowned underground club) to 2003 when they became the first same-sex couple to enjoy legal recognition in Switzerland. The award-winning drama showcases their true story, featuring interviews with the men (now in their 80s) along with stunning archival images and fascinating research into this incredible era in gay history. Matthias Hungerbuhler and Sven Schelker star as Ernst and Robi. Switzerland's official entry for Foreign-language Oscar. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
Cries and Whispers
(1972) This existential wail of a drama from Ingmar Bergman concerns two sisters, Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullmann), keeping vigil for a third, Agnes (Harriet Andersson), who is dying of cancer and can find solace only in the arms of a beatific nurse (Kari Sylwan). An intensely felt film that may be Bergman's most striking formal experiment, "Cries and Whispers" (which won an Oscar for the extraordinary color photography of Sven Nykvist) is a powerful depiction of human behavior in the face of death, positioned on the borders between reality and nightmare, tranquillity and terror. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Introduction by Ingmar Bergman from 2001; new interview with actor Harriet Andersson, conducted by film scholar Peter Cowie; new video essay on the film's visuals by filmmaker : : kogonada; behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by Cowie; "Ingmar Bergman: Reflections on Life, Death, and Love With Erland Josephson" (2000), a 52-minute interview with Bergman and his longtime collaborator; trailer; optional English-dubbed soundtrack; an essay by film scholar Emma Wilson. (The Criterion Collection).
Day of Anger
(1967 -- Italy) Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma. When Sergio Leone turned Lee Van Cleef into a major star with "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," the actor sensibly stayed in Italy to make several more spaghetti westerns, including this one from Leone's former assistant Tonino Valerii that genre aficionados rank amongst the best ever made. Giuliano Gemma plays street cleaner Scott Mary, relentlessly bullied by the people of the small town of Clifton. When legendarily ruthless master gunfighter Frank Talby (Van Cleef) rides into town, Scott seizes the opportunity to lift himself out of the gutter, and possibly even surpass Talby's own skills.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group).
Harlock: Space Pirate
(2013 -- Japan) David Matranga, Emily Neves, Rob Mungle. Live-action adventure based on the comic book and TV series. A mysterious space pirate of the future, Captain Harlock, is determined to return his death ship and loyal crew to a battered Earth, which has been declared off-limits by the intergalactic Gaia Coalition. The rogue captain comes up with an incredible plan to go back in time to rescue Earth, but that includes the destruction of everything, as it exists.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Includes the Original Japanese version. (Ketchup Entertainment).
(1994) Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible -- professional basketball glory -- in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, "Hoop Dreams," by Steve James ("Life Itself"), Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This landmark film, which documents the journeys of two remarkable families, continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema. New digital restoration, with 4.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two audio commentaries: one by filmmakers Peter Gilbert, Steve James, and Frederick Marx, and one by the film's subjects, Arthur Agee and William Gates; "Life After Hoop Dreams," a new documentary catching up with Agee, Gates, and their families; additional scenes; collection of excerpts from Siskel & Ebert tracking the acclaim for "Hoop Dreams"; original music video for the film's theme song from 1994; trailers; essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene. (The Criterion Collection).
(2013) Adriana Solis, Blair Wojcik, Monica Percich. A student in need of money gets more than she bargained for when she takes a housekeeping job that turns deadly. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (After Dark Films/Lionsgate).
The Imitation Game
(2014) Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Charles Dance, Mark Strong. Read more about "The Imitation Game" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of The Imitation Game," deleted scenes, commentary. Blu-ray adds "Q&A Highlights." (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment).
(2014) Director: Christopher Nolan. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Wes Bentley, William Devane, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin (voice). Read more about "Interstellar" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo (Blu-ray Disc 1: Feature Film, Blu-ray Disc 2: Extras, DVD Disc 3: Feature Film in SD), VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "The Science of Interstellar" extended cut of the broadcast special; "Plotting an Interstellar Journey" featurette discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs; Life on Cooper’s Farm" featurette brings Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie; "The Dust" featuette on how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and how to create, and clean up after, a catastrophic dust storm; "TARS and CASE" featurette on designing and building these unique characters and how they were brought to life on set and in the film; "Cosmic Sounds" featuette on the concepts, process, and recording of Hans Zimmer's unforgettable score; "The Space Suits" featurette on the design and build of the suits and helmets, and what it was like to wear them; "The Endurance" featurette explores the massive set with a guided tour by production designer Nathan Crowley; "Shooting in Iceland: Miller’s Planet/Mann’s Planet" featurette; "The Ranger and the Lander" spaceships featurette; "Miniatures in Space"; "The Simulation of Zero-G" featurette on the various methods that the filmmakers used to create a zero gravity environment; "Celestial Landmarks" featurette on how the filmmakers used practical special effects informed by real scientific equations to give the illusion of real space travel for both the actors and the audience; "Across All Dimensions and Time" featurette on t the concept and design of the Tesseract, which incorporated a practical set rather than a green screen; "Final Thoughts" in which the cast and crew reflect back on their Interstellar experience; theatrical trailers. For a limited time, the Blu-ray Combo Pack will also include an authentic, collectible "Interstellar" film cell from an original 70MM IMAX print of the film. (Paramount).
Lovejoy, Series 5
(1993) Based on the novels by Jonathan Gash. Ian McShane stars as Lovejoy, a rascal of an antiques dealer with a heart of gold. Lovejoy's world faces upheaval -- and not just from the risky deals made by the cunning antiques dealer. After a change in Lady Jane's (Phyllis Logan) circumstances, Lovejoy loses the companionship of one of his most-trusted confidants. But lovely auctioneer Charlotte Cavendish (Caroline Langrishe) soon becomes the (mostly) unyielding object of his affections. Tinker (Dudley Sutton) takes on an assistant, Beth (Diane Parish), whose youthful exuberance and flair for the trade breathe new life into the team's dicey operation. That's good news for Lovejoy, since he'll need all the help he can get to withstand the challenges that lie ahead -- such as impending eviction, an attempt on his life, and a perilous journey to America. Four-disc set with 14 episodes, $49.99. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(2014) Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen, Andy On, Yifei Liu. A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel brother, who seeks their deaths. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (Entertainment One).
Silicon Valley: Season 1
(2014) Two-disc set with eight episodes. From the offbeat mind of Mike Judge ("Office Space," "Beavis and Butt-head"), this HBO half-hour comedy takes viewers inside the world of tech start-ups -- and the socially awkward underdogs who try to navigate its lucrative potential. Starring a talented ensemble of young comic actors and veterans, "Silicon Valley" charts the rising fortunes of Richard, an introverted computer programmer who lives in a "Hacker Hostel" start-up incubator along with his friends Big Head, Gilfoyle and Dinesh. These social misfits live under the watch of Erlich, a dotcom millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free -- as long as he gets a 10 percent stake in their projects. Stuck working part-time at a large tech company called Hooli, Richard's obscure website, Pied Piper, is going nowhere fast. But when a mid-level Hooli executive named Jared is apprised of the value of the site's novel compression algorithm, Richard finds himself caught in the middle of an extreme bidding war between Hooli founder Gavin Belson and independent billionaire venture capitalist Peter Gregory. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Making Silicon Valley" behind-the-scenes featurette, behind-the-scenes on the "Tech Crunch: Disrupt!" conference, tour of the Hacker Hostel, eight audio commentaries, episode previews. (HBO).
VEEP: The Complete Third Season
(2014) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Following the whirlwind day-to-day existence of Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her Emmy-winning role), "VEEP" skewers everyday office politics against the backdrop of the second highest office in the land. After the revelation at the end of Season 2 that the president will not run for reelection, Season 3 begins with Selina, eying a promotion, courting Iowa caucus voters at a signing for her new book, "Some New Beginnings." Soon, Selina and her staff, back in D.C. for a wedding, learn that Secretary of Defense Maddox is resigning -- setting Selina up for a possible run in the presidential primaries against Maddox and her nemesis, war-vet Danny Chung. Over the course of the season's 10 episodes, Selina and her staff will set up an exploratory campaign office in D.C. and travel to Silicon Valley (to raise money) and London (to meet with heads of state), while Amy (Anna Chlumsky) and Dan (Reid Scott) vie to be Selina's campaign manager. As always, "VEEP" will continue to show that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, cast commentaries. (HBO).
WWJD: The Journey Continues
(2015) John Schneider, Lorenzo Lamas, Joseph Nasser. Based on the inspirational novel "In His Steps -- What Would Jesus Do?" by Charles Sheldon. The drifter (Schneider) once again arrives in a new town, inspiring a group of people to live as Jesus would. A pastor seeks to lead his wayward ex-con brother to Christ as they work together to renovate a dilapidated church but when a desperate man robs the church at gunpoint, one brother's sacrifice sets events into motion that lead the pastor, the gunman, and the community on an improbable journey of faith and redemption.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making of WWJD: The Journey Continues." (Cinedigm).
(2014) Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik García-Lorido, Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Max Casella, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci. Nick Wild (Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a sadistic thug beats his friend, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Original Sin: Las Vegas and the Characters of Wild Card" featurette, "Script Vignette" featurette, commentary with director Simon West. (Lionsgate).
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