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Against the Sun (2014) Tom Felton, Garret Dillahunt, Jake Abel. A true story out of World War II of three U.S. Navy airmen who have crash landed in the South Pacific and must find a way to survive the most impossible of odds. A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind the scenes look, "A Plane Takes Flight," "Starving at Sea," "Working on Water," "F/X: On Set and Off." "Blisters, Burns and Bites" "Dressing the Part." (Anchor Bay).
Amira & Sam (2014) Martin Starr, Laith Naklil, Dina Shihabi, Paul Wesley. A U.S. army veteran's unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant is put to the test when she is faced with the prospect of deportation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Sean Mullin and stars Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi; "The Making of Amira & Sam"; script table read; stand-up outtakes; crew stand-up; director Sean Mullin stand-up; theatrical trailer. (Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm).
Black or White (2015) Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, Anthony Mackie, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle. Read more about "Black or White" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Shades of Gray: The Making of Black or White," theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds Kevin Costner featurette, "Family First" featurette. (Fox).


photo for >Black Sea Black Sea (2014) Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, David Threlfall, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Michael Smiley, Grigory Dobrygin. Thriller centers on a rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As the captain and his crew embark on their expedition, greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel -- and the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other and fight for their own survival. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Dive into the Black Sea" behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary with director Kevin Macdonald. (Universal).
photo for The Bridge: Season 2 The Bridge: Season 2 (2013) Four-disc set with 10 episodes, $49.95. The Danish-Swedish crime series ups the stakes, and the body count, as a shipwreck leads the international team of detectives to forge one hell of a partnership. An abandoned tanker ship crashes into the Oresund bridge, on the border between Sweden and Denmark. Onboard are five Swedish and Danish youths, chained below deck, unconscious. Investigating the incident is Scandinavia's oddest couple: Swedish detective Saga Noren, hampered by primitive social skills, and Martin Rohde from Denmark, still reeling from the death of his son. Theirs is a friendship born from having been through hell together on the job; adversity has given them grace for the other's weaknesses. More bizarre crimes follow the tanker incident and they discover they're up against a deranged activist group who will stop at nothing to convey their message: "The World is Bigger than Us." As the body count escalates, Saga and Martin know that they're running out of time and that the next attack could result in the death of thousands. In Danish and Swedish with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
photo for Broadchurch: The Complete Second Season Broadchurch: The Complete Second Season (2015) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $39.98. In the critically acclaimed second season of the top-rated British mystery series, David Tennant returns as Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman resumes her role as Ellie Miller, last seen having her life torn apart as husband Joe confessed to murdering local schoolboy Danny Latimer in the seaside town. And in the eight gripping episodes of Season Two, the focus is the trial for Latimer's murder, as well as the return of a murder case that continues to haunt Detective Hardy. Additionally, Hardy and Miller are joined by Emmy nominated film and television actress Charlotte Rampling and Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Marianne Jean-Baptiste, as well as James D'Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes, "The Making of Broadchurch," behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Entertainment One).
photo for Children's Classics Collection Children's Classics Collection Seven animated tales in one package: "Dorothy in the Land of Oz," "The World of Strawberry Shortcake," "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City," "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Puff the Magic Dragon in the land of Living Lies," "Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody" and "Peter & the Magic Egg"; $16.99. Formats: DVD. (CBS Entertainment/Paramount).
Dancing on the Edge (2013) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Jacqueline Bisset, Tom Hughes, Angel Coulby, Wunmi Mosaku. In the early 1930s London, the black jazz group known as the Louis Lester Band is on the rise. Managed by the compassionate yet short-tempered Wesley Holt, the band lands a gig at the Imperial Hotel, thanks to the cunning journalist, Stanley Mitchell. They prove to be a hit, and their star begins to rise. Countless aristocrats -- including the royal family -- ask the band to play at parties, catching the eye of the ambitious American businessman Walter Masterson and his enthusiastic employee, Julian. But just as the band's success balloons, tragedy strikes, setting off a chain of events that may put an end to it all. Three-disc set with all six episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
A Few Best Men (2011) Rebel Wilson, Olivia Newton-John, Laura Brent, Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop. A groom and his three best men travel to the Australian outback for his wedding, where they discover that unpredictable relatives, a cross-dressing sheep and a deranged drug dealer don't necessarily add up to a match made in heaven. Directed by Stephan Elliot ("The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"). Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
photo for Frank Sinatra: 5 Film Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT The best is yet to come when three Frank Sinatra movies come to Blu-ray for the first time. Celebrate "The Chairman of the Board's" Centennial with five classic Sinatra movies on Blu-ray, including newly re-mastered releases of "Anchors Aweigh," "On the Town" and "Robin and the 7 Hoods" for the first time on Blu-ray. "Ocean's 11" and "Guys and Dolls" rounds out the set, which includes a 32-page photo book. $69.96. Extras: Vintage cartoons, vintage featurettes, commentaries, shorts, trailers, more. (Warner)
Great Figures of the Bible (1999) Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel looks at the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, Job, Moses, and David. With the presence of a master storyteller and the keen insights of a historian, he explores the human condition as revealed in these extraordinary tales and discovers exciting insights for today's times. Filmed on location in Israel and featuring works of art from around the world, this is compelling viewing for audiences of all faiths. Six half-hour episodes, $24.95. Formats: DVD. (SISU Home Entertainment).
photo for >Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season (2014) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the AMC series that presents a fictionalized account of the early days of the personal computer creation and the tech heads who would soon create a revolution. Set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product – the IBM PC. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan, plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark, a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan's rogue PC project. The show explores what it's like to stand at the forefront of something world-changing and work towards it, no matter the risk. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Inside Episodes," "Re-Making the 80s," "Rise of the Digital Cowboys," "Setting the Fire: Research and Technology." (Anchor Bay).
photo for Hating Obama Hating Obama (2014) President Obama has been the recipient of some of the most groundbreaking and hate-filled moments in American Presidential history. While it is clear and apparent that all Presidents have received some form of opposition and low approval ratings throughout their terms in office, President Obama has experienced many more instances that could be attributed to racism as America's first "black" President. The purpose of this documentary is to shine a light on the most egregious and hateful moments that we have seen President Obama and his family subjected to, while taking a look at his record of accomplishments and responses to some of the hatred. Ultimately the film leads us to open and continue a dialogue by asking the question: Is President Obama hated for his policies or because he's black? Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Extended interviews. (Cinedigm).
The Last Five Years (2014) Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Meg Hudson, Cat Lynch. A musical chronicling a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wallerstein (Jordan) is a young, photo for The Last Five Years talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Sing-a-long version of the film, conversation with composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown. (Radius-TWC/Anchor Bay).
Lost Rivers (2012) Nearly every major city was built near the convergence of many rivers. As cities grew with the Industrial Revolution, these rivers became conduits for disease and pollution. The 19th century solution was to bury them underground and merge them with the sewer systems. They still run through today's metropolises, but do so out of sight. This documentary examines hidden waterways in cities around the world and introduces people dedicated to exploring and exposing them. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Love, Rosie (2014) Lily Collins, Sam Claflin. Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie and Alex have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, they always find their way back to each other. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Mad Max Collector’s Edition (1979) Dir.: George Miller; Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel. Released just in time for the "Mad Max" redo "Mad Max: Fury Road." Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and director of photography David Eggby; audio commentary by art director Jon Dowding, director of photography David Eggby, special effects artist Chris Murray and Tim Ridge; "Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Superstar"; "Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon"; theatrical trailers; TV spots; Photo Galleries; contains both the original Australian English audio and the U.S. English dubbed audio. (Shout! Factory).
Mahogany The Couture Edition (1975) Dir.: Berry Gordy; Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins. 40th anniversary edition sports retro packaging and celebrates the film's influence on fashion with collectible fashion prints of design sketches and many of the iconic and groundbreaking looks worn by Ross in the film (available for a limited time only) and also includes a photo gallery of images of the fashions showcased in the film. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge Season 3 (2015) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Based on the historical exploits of the founder of London's legendary department store, Selfridge & Co., the series follows Harry through tumultuous times and changing fashions—trends that he helped set. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes feature. (PBS Distribution).
Masters of Sex: Season Two (2014) Two-disc set with all 12 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Making History" featurette: An exploration of the time period shift from the 50s to the 60s, including the introduction of Alcoholics Anonymous, diet pills and the start of the Civil Rights movement. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; "The Men of Sex: Actors' Roundtable"; "The Women of Sex" featurette exploring the show’s powerful team of women, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. (Sony).
photo for Miss Julie Miss Julie (2014) Dir.: Liv Ullmann; Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton. Chastain and Farrell take a sizzling turn as a wealthy aristocrat and her father's valet whose innocent flirtation turns into a heated and dangerous affair that tests the boundaries of class and desire, based on Strindberg's play. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Interviews with director Liv Ullmann and actress Jessica Chastain. (Lionsgate).
Mr. Turner (2014) Dir.: Mike Leigh; Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Karl Johnson, Ruth Sheen, Sandy Foster, Amy Dawson. Read more about "Mr. Turner" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Mike Leigh, "Many Colours of Mr. Turner" featurette, deleted scene. Blu-ray adds "The Cinematic Palette: The Cinematography of Mr. Turner" featurette. (Sony).
Parenthood: Season Six (2014-15) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Get ready to say goodbye to the Braverman family in the sixth and final season of "Parenthood," the gripping series lauded by critics and beloved by viewers. The tightknit siblings turn to each other as they face uncertain futures: Sarah considers her relationship with Hank, Adam and Crosby struggle to keep The Luncheonette afloat, and Julia and Joel ponder reconciliation. But the greatest concern for everyone is the health of Zeek, the adored and booming patriarch who has always led their clan with vigor ... until now. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Farewell: A Parenthood Retrospective: The Braverman Siblings," "Farewell: A Parenthood Retrospective: On Making Parenthood," "Farewell: A Parenthood Retrospective: Reflections on Parenthood." (Universal).
photo for Parenthood: The Complete Series Parenthood: The Complete Series (2010-15) Twenty-three-disc set with 103 episodes, $119.98. Family always comes first with the Bravermans in this collection that captures every wise, warm and witty moment from the critically lauded series. From executive producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Jason Katims comes all six seasons of "Parenthood," the dramatic series that touches on all the rewarding and real aspects of being a parent, child or sibling. Join an all-star cast, including Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard and Erika Christensen, as they take on raising babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and even older parents. Formats: DVD. Extras: 100th episode special, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary on select episodes, deleted storyline, "From Page to Screen" featurette, more. (Universal).
Pitch Perfect Sing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition (2012) Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks. All-new sing-along version with on-screen lyrics -- just in time for the May 15 theatrical release of "Pitch Perfect 2". Newly arrived college freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick) can't seem to find her place in Barden University's dog-eat-dog social scene until she discovers a niche that she never knew she was looking for -- the school's struggling a cappella singing group, the Bellas. With Beca's photo for Pitch Perfect Sing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition help, the Bellas start to break free of their bottom-of-the-barrel status by busting out a new and original sound. Includes original and sing-along versions of the film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and Extended scenes, feature commentary with director Jason Moore and producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, feature commentary with producer Paul Brooks, "On The Set: Burrito Drive By!" behind-the-scenes footage with Fat Amy, "Backstage at Barden" profiles and interviews with characters Benji and Bumper, "A Look Inside" at the ensemble cast and the characters , "Line-O-Rama," "Meanwhile ..." alternative scenes, "Starships, The Pitch Perfect Music Video." (Universal).
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Surf's Up Scooby-Doo! (2014) Two-disc set with 13 fan favorite mysteries, $19.98. Includes the new 22-minute cartoon "Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie." Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Selma (2014) David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Tessa Thompson, Giovanni Ribisi, Lorraine Toussaint. Read more about "Selma" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (Paramount).
Sesame Street: Elmo The Musical Volume 2: Learn and Imagine (2015) Seven episodes will have kids singing, dancing, playing and imagining along with Elmo on math-filled adventures. Each episode is an interactive musical adventure created by Elmo and the child at home focusing on imagination and math skills, such as enumeration, relational concepts, addition/subtraction, geometric shapes and many more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Full-Length video of "Play With Me: Imagine With Me!" (Warner).
photo for Spare Parts Spare Parts (2015) George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos PenaVega, Marisa Tomei. The remarkable true story of four Phoenix high school students who come together against all odds to compete against MIT in a national underwater robotics competition. When four wildly different high schoolers team up to enter a robotics competition against the nation's top tech colleges, no one believes they have a chance-no one but Fredi (Lopez), their new substitute teacher. As Fredi challenges his students to be the best they can be, they show him the power of never giving up, in an unforgettable tale that shines with heart, humor, and hope. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
White Collar: The Complete Sixth Season (2014) Two-disc set with all six episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "White Collar: Case Closed – A Retrospective," deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary. (Fox).
White Collar: The Complete Collection (2009-14) All six seasons, $139.98. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
photo for Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Season 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Season 1 (2011) Fourth series of the global franchise based on the Japanese collectible trading card game. When aspiring duelist Yuma meets Astral, a mysterious visitor from another world, it seems like the perfect match. While Yuma requires Astral's dueling expertise, Astral needs Yuma to gather 99 Number Cards that contain his lost memories. They would be dueling’s greatest tag team…if they could only get along. Formats: Six-disc DVD, $44.99. (Cinedigm).

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Marcia Gay Harden, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Rita Ora. Read more about "Fifty Shades of Grey" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The World of Fifty Shades of Grey -- Friends and Family" offers profiles of cast members, "Behind the Shades" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds "Fifty Shades of Grey" unrated version; "The World of Fifty Shades of Grey" featurette with profiles of stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, and the characters they play ("Inside the World of Christian Grey," "Christian Grey Profile," "Jamie Dornan Profile," "Christian’s Apartment," "Christian's Wardrobe," "A Rich Man's Toys": Christian's cars, the plane, the helicopter, all of the recognizable items from the book, now on screen; All About Ana," "Dakota Johnson Profile," "Ana's World," "Ana's Wardrobe"); "E.L. James & Fifty Shades" featurette; "Fifty Shades: The Pleasure of Pain" discussion with the BDSM consultant and a show-and-tell with property master; 360° set tours of Christian and Ana's apartments including the Red Room; music videos from Skylar Grey, The Weekend and Ellie Goulding; "Behind the Scenes of The Weekend's "Earned It" music video. (Universal).

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Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2014) New DC Comics Original Movie. When Gotham City is plagued by a slew of bizarre crimes committed by the animal-inspired villain squad, known as the Animilitia – made up of Silverback, Cheetah, Killer Croc and Man-Bat – Batman must swing into action to investigate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Exclusive Firebat figurine, while supplies last. (Warner).
Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection Blu-ray (1978-80) Both original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series remastered for the first time in 16:9 widescreen presentation, plus the theatrical version of the premiere episode "Saga of a Star World" presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. The set includes widescreen and 4:3 full screen (TV) presentations of all 24 episodes of "Battlestar Galactica: The Original Series," widescreen and 4:3 full screen (TV) presentations of all 10 episodes of the spin-off "Galactica 1980: The Complete Series," and "Battlestar Galactica," the 125-minute theatrical edit of the premiere episode "Saga of a Star World."

photo for Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection Blu-rayIn "Battlestar Galactica: The Original Series," the Twelve Colonies, hopeful for lasting peace following centuries of intense warfare, gather to sign a treaty with their dreaded enemies, the Cylons. But after an act of treachery on the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons launch a devastating surprise attack, destroying the Colonies' home planets and most of their military strength. A lone flagship battlestar, the Galactica, remains to aid the surviving colonists on their epic journey to a new home on a far-off, legendary planet—Earth. The series starred Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson Jr., John Colicos , Maren Jensen, Noah Hathaway, Laurette Spang, Tony Swartz and Terry Carter. "Galactica 1980: The Complete Series" picks up 30 years after the events of "Battlestar Galactica," as the original crew finally makes the long-anticipated descent to Earth. With time running out and the Cylons closing in on their trail, Commander Adama and the Galactica team work harder than ever to help Earth create the technology necessary for battle. Starred Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Robyn Douglass and Lorne Greene.

Extras: More than three hours of deleted scenes; "Remembering Battlestar Galactica," a 45-minute retrospective documentary featuring cast and crew on the making of the ground-breaking series; episode commentary with Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Herbert Jefferson Jr.; show creator Glen Larson on the "Creation of Battlestar Galactica"; "Stu Phillips: Composing the Score"; more. $149.98. (Universal).

Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Collection Blu-ray For the less ambitious collector of all-things "Battlestar Galactica," this set contains just the remastered widescreen versions of "Battlestar Galactica: The Original Series" and "Galactica 1980: The Complete Series" as well as all the extras mentioned above. $119.98. (Universal).
photo for Beloved Sisters Beloved Sisters (2014 -- Germany) Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius. Intimate romantic drama that illuminates the storied lives of two bold young women, Weimar-era sisters Caroline and Charlotte von Lengefeld and the celebrated German poet Friedrich Schiller. It's a surprisingly contemporary story of women who dared to flaunt convention as they approached love, marriage, sexuality and society on their own terms. Defying the mores of their time, the sisters decide to share their love for Schiller, with Charlotte and Schiller marrying so that the three lovers may pursue their menage a trois under the guise of convention. But as Caroline reveals herself to be a talented author in her own right, the trio's fragile balance is threatened and the sisters' once unbreakable connection is irrevocably changed. Germany's official submission to the Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (Music Box Films).
The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show Culled from over 1,000 hours of classic television from 1948 to 1971, this new, six-disc collection ($59.95) delivers unforgettable performances and rare appearances from the biggest photo for The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show names in music, comedy and variety: Includes rare appearances by Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire; rock 'n' roll's greatest, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Byrds, Janis Joplin; comedic talents Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Phyllis Diller, Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, the Smothers Brothers, Flip Wilson; classic Broadway performances from "My Fair Lady," "Man of la Mancha" and "West Side Story"; the best of the daring acrobats, challenging balancing acts and dexterous jugglers, selected by Sullivan as his personal favorites; Zippy the roller-skating chimp, Heidi the Talking Dog, the legendary Lipizzaner stallions and more than a dozen other amazing animal acts; Sullivan in a rare comic sketch with comedy legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Formats: DVD. Extras: The only surviving on-camera interview with Ed and Sylvia Sullivan; exclusive interviews with Milton Berle, Phyllis Diller, Shari Lewis, Johnny Mathis, Michelle Phillips, Joan Rivers, Smokey Robinson, Señor Wences, Flip Wilson and more. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show: Unforgettable Performances Single disc hosted by Carol Burnett. Features the very best of the sensational talent that Sullivan gathered over the years, including Presley, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, influential performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Sammy Davis Jr, comedy legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, rare performances from Barbra Streisand and Bobby Darin and more. $12.99. Formats: DVD. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
Blackhat photo for Blackhat (2014) Dir.: Michael Mann; Chris Hemsworth, Set within the world of global cybercrime, the thriller follows furloughed convict Nicholas Hathaway (Hemsworth) as he hunts a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Cyber Threat," "On Location Around the World," "Creating Reality." (Universal).
The Cobbler (2014) Adam Sandler, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dascha Polanco. Max Simkin has had enough of working in his little New York shoe repair shop where he quietly envies people with more interesting lives. So when he discovers an old family heirloom with the magical ability to change his appearance and transform into any of his customers, the temptation is too good to pass up. However, his newfound ability to become someone else proves to be as troublesome as it is fun. When a ruthless real estate developer tries to take over his neighborhood, Max uses his gift to become the hero he always hoped he could be. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJE/Image Entertainment).
photo for The Colbys: The Complete Series The Colbys: The Complete Series (1985-87) Twelve-disc set with all 49 episodes from two seasons, $119.00. A spin-off from the television phenomenon "Dynasty," "The Colbys" explored the lives and loves of a fabulously wealthy California family as they confront challenges from both outsiders and within their own lineage. To maintain power and control over their empire, the Colbys would stop at nothing ... including juicy schemes and shocking betrayals. Featuring an all-star cast, including Charlton Heston, John James, Katharine Ross, Emma Samms, Maxwell Caulfield, Tracy Scoggins, Ricardo Montalban, and Barbara Stanwyck, "The Colbys" is a glittering saga of the power and passion that drove the dreams of the 80s. Formats: DVD. Extras: New cast interviews with John James (Jeff), Maxwell Caulfield (Miles) and Stephanie Beacham (Sable). (Shout! Factory).
Digimon Tamers Volume 2 (2001) Three-disc set includes episodes 18-34 of the third season. Three normal kids who are photo for Digimon Tamers Volume 2 mega fans of the Digimon card game quest through the Digital World, which is plagued by Evil God Type Digimons. In an effort to defeat those who seek to annihilate the World's barriers and networks, they pair up with good Digimon and together battle the heinous forces. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (Cinedigm).
The Drownsman (2014) Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett. After almost drowning in a lake accident, Madison (Michelle Mylett) develops hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. After shutting the world and her friends out for over a year, her friends attempt an intervention. But, instead of curbing Madison's fear, they unknowingly unleash something far worse: The vision of serial-killer–turned-supernatural psychopath Sebastian Donner -- known as "The Drownsman" -- who begins to stalk the women one by one, dragging them into a lair of submerged torment from which there is no escape. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Jamaica Inn BLU-RAY DEBUT (1939) Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Marie Ney, Leslie Banks, Robert Newton. Alfred Hitchcock's visually inventive film, seen for years in substandard prints and home video releases, has been fully restored in 4K in collaboration with the British Film Institute from an archival picture negative. "Jamaica Inn" was Hitchcock's last prewar film and the last from his great English period before he went to Hollywood. It was his first of three films based on the work of Daphne du Maurier, to be followed by "Rebecca" and "The Birds." Also available on DVD. Extras: Commentary by critic Jeremy Arnold, new video essay by Alfred Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto, 2014 re-release trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
The Jester's Supper (1942 -- Italy) Amedeo Nazzari, Osvaldo Valenti, Clara Calamai, Alfredo Varelli, Valentina Cortese. In Florence, at the time of Lorenzo de' Medici, known also as Lorenzo the Magnificent, the aristocrat brothers Chiaramantesi rule with an iron fist the streets of the city. Ruthless and fierce, the two brothers have chosen as their special victim the innocent and harmless Giannetto. Even though determined to not react to the cruel pranks of the brothers, Giannetto is forced to take a stand when Ginevra, a beautiful girl that works in the Chiaramantesi household, is dragged into the game. To defend his honor and protect the girl, Giannetto works out a fiendish plot that will end in blood and madness. Formats: DVD. Photo gallery. (One 7 Movies).
Lilith, A Vampire Who Comes Back (2008) Cinzia Susino, Tanino Golino, Emanuele Giammusso, Denise Uccello, Giuliana Accolla. Lusilla Helm has to marry against her will baron Ludwig Von Reder. But her honeymoon doesn't last very long. The poor girl dies and is buried inside the family tomb. After a short while, another girl announces herself at the doors of the baron's mansion. Her looks recall Lusilla's but in a disturbing way. As soon as the mysterious girl sets foot in the rooms where the baron's former wife used to live, strange noises and happenings start to haunt the silent halls of the house. Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo gallery, trailer. (One 7 Movies).
The Magic School Bus: Season Two (1995) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes, $19.97. Ms. Frizzle and her class journey inside a volcano, take flight high in the sky and go back in time to visit the dinosaurs. Formats: DVD. (Scholastic/Cinedigm).
photo for Magical Universe Magical Universe (2013) Filmed over a decade, the documentary is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88-year-old reclusive outsider artist who spends his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art -- mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate dioramas. Profiling Carbee's amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle, "Magical Universe" explores Carbee's story through the prism of his unlikely friendship with New York filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who unexpectedly becomes Carbee's closest friend and only link to the outside world. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Make Way for Tomorrow Blu-ray Debut (1937) "Make Way for Tomorrow," by Leo McCarey ("An Affair to Remember"), is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap. Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore headline a cast of incomparable character actors, starring as an elderly couple who must move in with their grown children after the bank takes their home, yet end up separated and subject to their offspring's selfish whims. An inspiration for Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story," this is among American cinema's purest tearjerkers, all the way to its unflinching ending, which McCarey refused to change despite studio pressure. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: "Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today," an interview from 2009 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich discussing the career of McCarey and "Make Way for Tomorrow"; video interview from 2009 with critic Gary Giddins, in which he talks about McCarey's artistry and the political and social context of the film; a booklet featuring essays by critic Tag Gallagher and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, and an excerpt from film scholar Robin Wood's 1998 piece "Leo McCarey and Family Values." (The Criterion Collection).
The Midnight Special Three-disc set with more than four hours of classic performances from the 1970s groundbreaking late-night live TV show. A cultural phenomenon and visual spectacle, "The Midnight Special" was the show to watch for incredible live performances by the biggest music acts of the 70s. From photo for The Midnight Special rock and pop to R&B and country, millions of music fans faithfully tuned in every week for the sounds, the fashions, the humor ... and the crazy hair. Among the many highlights of the set are an incredible 7+ minute "Moondance" performance featuring Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Etta James, George Benson and Dr. John; as well as Heart pounding out "Crazy on You," Steely Dan reeling off "Reeling in the Years" and "Do it Again," and Jim Croce performing his 1972 hit "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)." Other live performances include (in alphabetical order): Bay City Rollers: "Saturday Night," Glen Campbell: "Southern Nights," Charlie Daniels Band: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Christopher Cross: "Sailing," Natalie Cole: "I've Got Love on My Mind," Earth, Wind & Fire: "Shining Star," Aretha Franklin: "Something He Can Feel," Gloria Gaynor: "I Will Survive," Heart: "Crazy On You," Etta James & Dr. John: "I'd Rather Go Blind," Barry Manilow: "Mandy": "It's a Miracle," Dolly Parton: "Jolene": "I Will Always Love You," REO Speedwagon: "Keep on Loving You," Linda Ronstadt: "You're No Good," Carlos Santana & George Benson: "Breezin'," Spinners: "Could it Be I'm Falling in Love," Donna Summer: "Love to Love You Baby," Wild Cherry: "Play the Funky Music." Formats: DVD, $29.95. Extras: Interviews with George Benson, interview with David Steinberg, featurette on creator Burt Sugarman. (StarVista/Time Life).
photo for Mister Ed: The Complete Sixth Season Mister Ed: The Complete Sixth Season (1965-66) Final season. Two-disc set with all 13 episodes, $16.97. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Mortdecai (2015) Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum. Read more about "Mortdecai" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Stolen Moments: On the Set of Mortdecai" featurette, "The Art of Noise: Making Music for Mortdecai" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Retaliation (1969 -- Japan) In 1969 future sexploitation specialist Yasuharu Hasebe ("Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter") teamed up with the inimitable Jo Shishido for a follow up to their yakuza hit "Massacre Gun." A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period's most iconic stars, Akira Kobayashi is a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed. Shishido is the rival waiting to kill him and a young Meiko Kaji is the girl caught in the crossfire. Gritty and cynical, "Retaliation" is a hardboiled precursor to Kinji Fukasaku's revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s. In a limited edition of 3,000 copies. Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation, on Blu-ray for the first time in the world!, with original uncompressed mono PCM audio. Newly translated English subtitles. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interview with star Jo Shishido, interview with critic and historian Tony Rayns, original theatrical trailer, gallery featuring rare promotional images, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan, booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
photo for Slam Dunk: Season 1, Volume 1 Slam Dunk: Season 1, Volume 1 (1993) Two-disc set with 14 episodes. Hanamichi Sakuragi is a high school punk who hates basketball, mostly because the girls he likes always prefer basketball players to him. Things change, however, when he meets the cute and available Haruko Akagi. She loves basketball and thinks Hanamichi has the height and prowess to play. Hanamichi, quite willing to settle for collateral affection, immediately takes up the sport, never mind the fact that he doesn't know the rules, can't dribble and is constitutionally unsuited to teamwork and sportsmanship. If playing basketball will get Haruko to look at him, then he'll be a basketball star. But a weird thing happens: he starts to like it and, what's more, he gets good at it. Formats: DVD, $19.93. (Cinedigm).
The Sleepwalker (2014) Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Stephanie Ellis, Brady Corbet. Young couple Kaia and Andrew are restoring her family's sprawling and secluded rural estate when their peace is upended with the unexpected arrival of Kaia's emotionally disturbed sister Christine and her distraught boyfriend Ira. As Christine's behavior grows increasingly unhinged-including an unsettling incident of sleepwalking-long-buried traumas resurface and Kaia is forced to confront Christine's increasingly tangled perception of reality, which in turn may have begun to alter her own. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
photo for Stay As You Are BLU-RAY DEBUT Stay As You Are BLU-RAY DEBUT (1978 -- Italy) Marcello Mastroianni, Nastassja Kinski. An erotic drama about the impossible love between an older man and a young girl, the film tells the controversial story of an architect, Roue Giulio Marengo (Mastroianni), who is unhappy in his marriage and starts a romance with the young and beautiful Florentine (Nastassja Kinski). When he finds out through his wife that she may be his daughter, he has to make a life-altering decision. Extras: Original motion picture soundtrack, trailers, optional English language or Italian language with English subtitles. (Cult Epics/CAV Distributing).
Still Alice (2014) Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, Victoria Cartagena, Hunter Parrish. Read more about "Still Alice" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three deleted scenes; three featurettes: "Directing Alice," "Finding Alice" in which the cast, filmmakers and Alzheimer's experts discuss what went into creating an accurate depiction of Alice Howland's disease, "Interview With Composer Ilan Eshkeri." (Sony).
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981 -- France) It's the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiance, the beautiful Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro), attended by various pillars of Victorian society, including the astonishing Patrick Magee in one of his final roles. But when people are found raped and murdered outside and ultimately inside the house, it becomes clear that a madman has broken in to disrupt the festivities -- but who is he? And why does Dr Jekyll keep sneaking off to his laboratory? We know the answer, of course, but Walerian Borowczyk's visually stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's much-filmed tale is crammed with wildly imaginative and outrageously perverse touches characteristic of the man who scandalized audiences with "Immoral Tales" and "The Beast," not least the explicitly sexualized nature of Mr Hyde's primal urges. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Texas Rangers: The Real Stories (2015) Three complete HISTORY specials chronicling the adventures of the legendary Texas Rangers. Just in time for the HISTORY broadcast premiere on Memorial Day of "Texas Rising," an eight-hour miniseries event starring Bill Paxton, Olivier Martinez, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
photo for These Final Hours These Final Hours (2014 -- Australia) Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook, Angourie Rice, Jessica de Gouw, Kathryn Beck, Daniel Henshall, Lynette Curran. For something completely different, take a look at "These Final Hours", a low-budget Australian end-of-the-world drama that kind of mixes "On the Beach" with a taste of "Mad Max." After an asteroid lands in the North Atlantic, a firestorm of destruction moves around the world, wiping out the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia, with the last stop on the road to total destruction being Australia. With just 12 hours left to go before the end of the world, the citizens of Perth celebrate in a variety of ways: murder, suicide, sexual perversions and a gigantic party to end all parties. One such partygoer is James (Nathan Phillips), a self-absorbed hooligan who leaves his pregnant girlfriend to meet up with his mates at an end-of-the-world affair. As he travels through the now lawless and chaotic city, he meets all sorts of unsavory situations and characters, eventually saving a little girl from a pair of predators. The girl begs him to help her find her father -- whom she was separated from -- and James -- against his "better" judgement -- takes her with him. He ends up at the party -- a debauched orgy of Russian roulette, sex and drugs -- but discovers that there's a better way in which to celebrate the end of existence. Despite some predictable and sentimental situations, this is an absorbing look at human nature under fire (so to speak), with beautiful moments co-existing with the ugly (just like in real life). The movie sputters here and there but overall it's a riveting, straight ahead trip through a blood-soaked world that, despite its shortcomings, offers redemption. An auspicious outing from young Australian director-writer Zak Hilditch (with superb cinematography by Bonnie Elliott). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
photo for Tracers Tracers (2015) Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos, Adam Rayner, Rafi Gavron. In debt to the Chinese mafia, a New York City bike messenger (Lautner) joins a gang of thieves who use parkour to pull off heists. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Art of Motion: The Making of Tracers" featurette, director's pitch reel. (Lionsgate).
Two Men in Town (2014) Forest Whitaker, Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzman, Harvey Keitel, Ellen Burstyn. After a troubled youth and 18 years in prison in New Mexico for killing a sheriff's deputy, William Garnett (Forest Whitaker) is being released. With the help of an idealistic but hard-nosed parole agent (Brenda Blethyn) and his newfound Islamic faith, Garnett struggles to rebuild his life and overcome the violent impulses that possess him. But an old friend (Luis Guzman) shows up and tries to drag him back into a world of crime while the local sheriff (Harvey Keitel) is convinced that he's an unredeemable threat to the public. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
photo for Unforgettable: Season Three Unforgettable: Season Three (2014) In the third season, Detective Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery) works high-profile cases in the NYPD Major Crimes Department while using her unique skill -- a perfect memory that lets her remember every detail of her life -- to help solve the crimes. She's committed to protecting Manhattan, along with her ex-boyfriend-turned-partner, Lieutenant Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), and team, including Detective Jay Lee (James Hiroyuki Liao), Detective Cherie Rollins-Murray (Tawny Cypress), Dr. Joanne Webster (Jane Curtin), and Captain Eliot Delson (Dallas Roberts). The third season finds Carrie and Al dealing with a dangerously illegal underground poker ring, a murdered high-profile television star, and the death of a college dropout who lived in an abandoned island community. However, the biggest challenge occurs when Carrie's life and memory are put on the line by a crazed assassin. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Unforgettable Moments: Inside Season 3," gag reel, deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
Wet Hot American Summer BLU-RAY DEBUT photo for Wet Hot American Summer BLU-RAY DEBUT (2001) Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Molly Shannon, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter. Cult classic satire takes place during the last day of Camp Firewood's 1981 season, where there's still time for the big talent show, a little romance ... and for everyone to be wiped out by the piece of NASA's Skylab that's hurtling toward Earth. Extras: New "10th Anniversary Event Highlights" in which the filmmakers and cast return for a special evening of celebration; new "Wet Hot American Summer: Live at SF Sketchfest" in which cast members and special guests re-enact select scenes from the live radio play; deleted scenes; cast comments; behind the scenes; feature commentary with cast and crew; songs with production stills; theatrical trailer. (Universal).

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photo for American Hercules: Babe Ruth American Hercules: Babe Ruth (2014) By wielding a powerful home run swing, a megawatt smile and an unrivaled zest for life, an incorrigible young boy from Baltimore named George Ruth transformed into a global phenomenon named "The Babe" -- a global transcendent superstar on the most famous team in all of sports, the New York Yankees. Through the use of rare and enhanced archival material, state-of-the-art production techniques and fresh historical and psychological perspectives on the Ruth legend, the filmmakers from Major League Baseball present a compelling case for Babe's profound impact on society and his enduring star appeal, even to this day. Narrated by Martin Sheen. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
American Sniper (2014) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Kyle Gallner, Luke Grimes, Sam Jaeger, Brando Eaton, Keir O'Donnell, Eric Close, Brian Hallisay. Read more about "American Sniper" in the May Calendar. Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, photo for Beauty & the Beast: Season TwoUltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper" featurette, "Making of American Sniper" featurette. (Warner).
Beauty & the Beast: Season Two (2013-14) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $54.99. Homicide detective Catherine "Cat" Chandler teams with the mysterious Dr. Vincent Keller -- an ex-soldier who goes into hiding from the secret government organization that turned him into a mechanically charged being -- who saved her life years earlier and who, when he is enraged, becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. In the second season, Cat works to recover the parts of Vincent that have been lost, stopping at nothing to save the man she loves. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Season in Review: The Beast Is Back," "From Script to Screen: Creating an Episode," set tour of the Gentleman's Club, gag reel, deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
photo for Before I Disappear Before I Disappear (2014) Shawn Christensen, Emmy Rossum, Fatima Ptacek, Ron Perlman, Paul Wesley. As his life hits rock bottom, Richie decides to end it all -- only to have his half-hearted suicide attempt interrupted by an urgent request from his sister to babysit her straight-laced, precocious daughter. So begins a madcap tour of Manhattan after dark, as uncle and niece find unexpected bonds in the unlikeliest of places. Written and directed by Christensen, based on his 2013 Academy Award-winning short "Curfew." Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
The Blue Room (2014) Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation -- but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Bordering on Bad Behavior (2014) Tom Sizemore, Bernard Curry, Oz Zehavi. In this politically incorrect, dark comedy, a Lebanese soldier stumbles upon a top-secret, Israeli base where he encounters an Israeli soldier and an American CIA agent. A scuffle ensues and, in the melee, the center's emergency lockdown mechanism is triggered. Realizing they're trapped for six hours, the sworn enemies must figure out how to not kill each other. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
photo for Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Series Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Series (2010-14) Twenty-disc set with all 56 episodes in a collector's box. Throughout its five-season run, the hit HBO series garnered 18 Emmy Awards and critical accolades for its superb cast and its unfaltering attention to 1920s period detail. From Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Terence Winter and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, the series chronicles the life and times of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi) as he undergoes vicious power struggles and deals with opportunistic rivals -- including Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone -- at a time when Prohibition proved to be a major catalyst in the rise of organized crime in America. Formats: DVD: $199.99, Blu-ray Disc: $239.99. Extras: In addition to the bonus features previously included on individual season releases, "Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Series" includes an exclusive bonus disc containing never-before-seen content, including: "Building The Boardwalk" in which executive producer/director Tim Van Patten and crew discuss how the Atlantic City boardwalk was brought to life; "Shooting the Series" that shows how the look of the series was developed through conversations with directors of photography Jonathan Freeman and Bill Coleman; "Designing the Series" in which production designer Bill Groom and set decorator Carol Silverman discuss their process and the challenges faced in creating the authentic look of the series; "Visual Effects" in which visual effects supervisor Lesley Robson-Foster illustrates the creation of some of the show's award-winning visual effects; "The Final Shot: A Farewell to Boardwalk Empire" look back with the cast and crew; "Anatomy of a Hit" in which creator/executive producer/writer Terence Winter, executive producer/director Tim Van Patten and executive producer/writer Howard Korder discuss the choreography for some of the series' most murderous hits. (HBO).
photo for Camp Massacre Camp Massacre (2014) Bree Olson, Al Snow, Scott Tepperman, Jim O'Rear, Daniel Emery Taylor, Shawn C. Phillips, Dick Warlock. Ten contestants appear on a competitive summer boot camp reality show geared toward weight-loss. As the competition grows more intense, the contestants realize they are losing more than just weight; they are losing competitors. As contestants disappear in the night, it becomes apparent that a killer is on the loose, and one million dollars is at stake. Formats: DVD. (ITN Distribution/MVD Entertainment).
Captain Z & the Terror of Leviathan (2014) Zoltan Zilai, Steve Rudzinski, Madison Siple, Aleen Isley, Seth Gontkovic, Ian S. Livingston. In 1714 Captain Zachariah Zicari stops a group of possessed townsfolk from using a powerful amulet that would have released the ultimate evil, the Leviathan. Fast forward to 2014 and the amulet is again in the wrong hands. Can Captain Z save the Earth? Formats: DVD. Extras: Bloopers, trailers, commentary. (SGL Entertainment/MVD Entertainment).
Cymbeline (2014) Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, Anton Yelchin. Modernization of a Shakespeare tragedy becomes a gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with screenwriter-director Michael Almereyda, Hawke and Anthony Holden; "Behind the Scenes of Cymbeline" featurette; extended interviews with cast and crew. (Lionsgate).
photo for CPO Sharkey: The Complete First Season CPO Sharkey: The Complete First Season (1976-77) Previously unavailable on any format, the 70s-era sitcom was a showcase for iconic comedian Don Rickles, who played U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey, an abrasive, sharp-tongued veteran in charge of a company of new seaman recruits on a San Diego naval base. After serving in the Navy during WWII in real life, the legendary Rickles found a perfect vehicle for his inimitable brand of comedy with "CPO Sharkey", a satirical look at Navy life which ran on NBC for two seasons and 37 episodes (1976-78). As a 24-year naval veteran, Otto Sharkey had pretty much seen and heard it all. The unseasoned recruits he whipped into shape received most of his wisdom, though sometimes it was served up as sharp-tongued, ethnic barbs: there was Daniels (Jeff Hollis), an African-American, the Polish Kowalski (Tom Ruben), the Jewish Skolnick (David Landsberg), Mignone (Barry Pearl), an Italian-American and Rodriguez (Richard Beauchamp), a Puerto Rican. And, though the men of Company 144 were bunglers and blockheads, they were his bunglers and blockheads -- ready, willing, and able to endure one verbal Shark attack after another. Beneath his barbed exterior, however, there was a heart of gold and Otto helped his recruits survive boot camp and life with equal measure. Three-disc set with all 15 30-minute long episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD,. Extras: A legendary clip from "The Tonight Show" featuring Johnny Carson storming the "CPO Sharkey" set. (Time Life).
Duck Dynasty: Season 7 (2014-15) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Glee Music Jukebox," "Glee: The Final Curtain," "Looking Back Video Yearbook Featurettes. (Lionsgate).
photo for #EM3 (Eenie Meenie Miney Moe) #EM3 (Eenie Meenie Miney Moe) (2013) Andres Dominguez, Belkys Galvez, David Lago, Ky-Mani Marley, Oscar Torre. Easy money and easier women lure tow-truck driver Raul into a web of crime in Miami's dazzling nightclub scene. Chopping cars and pushing stolen drugs comes easy at first ... until they get in the way of love. Formats: DVD. (Urban Action/MVD Entertainment).
Glee -- The Final Season (2015) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Glee Music Jukebox," "Glee: The Final Curtain," "Looking Back Video Yearbook" featurettes. (Fox).
Glee -- The Complete Series (2009-15) Thirty-four disc set, $99.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Over five hours of special features including the "Celebration of 100 Episodes," "Meet Jane Lynch," full-length audition pieces and more. (Fox).
Gunland (2014) Documentary explores the issue of gun violence in Chicago, a city that has a staggeringly high homicide rate with a shooting occurring once every 6.3 seconds. The death toll in Chicago
photo for Gunland for this decade is greater than the number of American forces who have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2012, Chicago averaged 42 homicides per month with nearly 70 percent of deaths caused by guns. "Gunland" begs the question, "Why Chicago?" Some people believe that hip-hop and its glorification of violence, guns and carnage is to blame for Chicago's gun-toting culture; however, this film goes beyond the headlines and stereotypes to discover that much more lies beneath the surface. The documentary attempts to discover the real reasons behind why young men and women of color are dying at the hands of their peers. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Moguldom Studios/Cinedigm).
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man BLU-RAY DEBUT (1991) Mickey Rourke, Don Johnson, Tom Sizemore, Chelsea Field, Tia Carrere, Vanessa Williams. Genre collision of biker movie, heist thriller and buddy flick. Extras: Vintage featurette, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Holocaust: Genocide & Survival (2014) Three-disc set with three documentaries about endurance and determination: "I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust," "Out of Europe -- Escaping The Holocaust: One Lucky Family's Survival Route from Belgium to America," "Last Stop Kew Gardens: You Can Go Home Again" (The story of a post-Holocaust "immigrant village" in New York that gave birth to stars of film, TV, and comedy). Formats: DVD, $39.95. (SISU Home Entertainment).
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase, Angela Kerecz, Gillian Jacobs. Includes an unrated version. Read more about "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Paramount).
Leviathan (2014 -- Russia) Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleksey Serebryakov, Sergey Pokhodaev, Roman Madyanov. Read more about "Leviathan" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Andrey Zvyagintsev and producer Alexander Rodnyansky, "The Making of Leviathan," TIFF Q&A with Zvyagintsev, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Limelight (1952) Charlie Chaplin's masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer-director's most touching films. Chaplin plays Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat. A glimmer of hope arrives when he meets a beautiful but melancholy ballerina (Claire Bloom) who lives downstairs. An elegant mix of the comic and the tragic, this poignant film also features Buster Keaton in an extended cameo, marking the only time the two silent comedy icons appeared together on-screen. Made at a time when Chaplin was under attack by the American press and far right, "Limelight" was barely distributed in the United States upon its initial release, but it is now considered one of his essential and most personal works. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Chaplin's Limelight: Its Evolution and Intimacy," a new video essay by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson; new interviews with Claire Bloom and Norman Lloyd; "Chaplin Today: Limelight," a 2002 documentary on the film, featuring director Bernardo Bertolucci and actors Bloom and Sydney Chaplin; outtake from the film; archival audio recording of Chaplin reading two short excerpts from his novella "Footlights"; two short films by Chaplin: "A Night in the Show" (1915) and the never completed "The Professor" (1919); trailers; an essay by critic Peter von Bag. (The Criterion Collection).
Maya the Bee Movie (2014) Voices of Coco Jack Gillies, Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Justine Clarke. Based on the well-known children's novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, The Dove Foundation recommended film offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. The animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and her exciting adventures. Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive. Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery. Formats: DVD, two-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital). Extras: "A Interview With Maya," "Dancing With Bees" episode of "The Maya The Bee" TV series. blooper reel, trailers. (Shout! Factory Kids).
On Tender Hooks (2013) An eye-opening documentary exploring the world of human suspension which challenges the perceptions and squeamishness of even the most hardened viewer. Director Kate Shenton's film looks at the body modification and suspension community without judgement. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Gimp," "Turn Your Phone Off" and "Pig," three short films by Kate Shenton, director's commentary. (Jinga Films/MVD Entertainment).
photo for Orange Is the New Black – Season Two Orange Is the New Black – Season Two (2014) Four-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray with all 13 episodes. Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, the hugely popular dark comedy from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohanis is a fierce and funny series that follows Piper Chapman when a crime she committed in her past sends her to an all-women's prison with an unforgettable and irreverent group of fellow inmates. Shocking revelations and new arrivals shake up the lives and relationships of Litchfield's prisoners in this highly anticipated second season. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentaries with cast and crew, "Back Before the Potato Sack" featurette, "Orange Peeled" featurette, "A Walk Around the Block" featurette, "The VEE.I.P. Treatment" featurette. (Lionsgate).
photo for Rogue: The Complete Second Season Rogue: The Complete Second Season (2014) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.98. Undercover detective Grace Travis (Thandie Newton) crossed the line between right and wrong and her involvement with the city's most powerful and dangerous crime family caused her to pay the ultimate price -- the loss of her son. This season, she's left undercover life behind to be a better mother to her daughter. She also has a new job as a handler for an FBI task force investigating corporate espionage in San Francisco. When her undercover operative goes missing, Grace is forced back into a world of lies and deceit, following a trail of dirty money and investigating four soldiers at the center of the drama. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Script to Screen" behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Casting," "Developing Characters/Story," "Inside the FBI Task Force," "Who's Spying on Who?"; "Set Tour #1 With Nick Hamm"; "Set Tour #2 of Grace's Apartment." (Entertainment One).
Roommate Wanted (2015) Alexa Vega, Spencer Grammer, Kathryn Morris, Richard Riehle. Two polar opposite roommates -- an ambitious student and a gorgeous socialite -- become roommates from hell over the course of one crazy day. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
The Rose (1979) Bette Midler exploded onto the screen with her take-no-prisoners performance in this quintessential film about fame and addiction from director Mark Rydell. Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as The Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road. Incisively scripted by Bo Goldman ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") and beautifully shot by "Blow Out's" Vilmos Zsigmond (with assistance on the dazzling concert scenes by a host of other world-class cinematographers, including Conrad L. Hall, Laszlo Kovacs, Owen Roizman, and Haskell Wexler), this is a sensitively drawn and emotionally overwhelming melodrama that made the popular singer into a movie star as well. New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring director Mark Rydell; new interviews with Rydell, Zsigmond, and Midler; archival interviews with Midler and Rydell, with on-set footage; an essay by music critic Paula Mejia. (The Criterion Collection).
Smokey and the Hotwire Gang (1979) James Keach, Stanley Livingston, George Barris, Tony Lorea, Randee Lynne Jensen. A group of hard living truckers make a play to rob an armored van, and get into a world of trouble. Remarkable only for a fleet of custom 1970s cars by George Barris. Formats: DVD. (Peter Rodgers Organization/MVD Entertainment).
Stigmata BLU-RAY DEBUT (1999) Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne. Extras: Audio commentary with director Rupert Wainwright, "Incredible But True – Stigmata: Marked For Life," "Divine Rights: The Story of Stigmata," music video "Identify" by Natalie Imbruglia, deleted scenes, alternate ending, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
Strange Magic (2015) Voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare. New animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, photo for 3 Holes and a Smoking Gun and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
3 Holes and a Smoking Gun (2015) Zuher Khan, James Wilder, Joaquim de Almeida. An ex-Hollywood screenwriter now teaching an evening class in New York finds himself in a sinister battle with his devious, younger protege. Nineteen-year-old Jack Ariamehr toils daily as a sign spinner on the street corners of New York. But under the gaze of the Statute of Liberty, he dreams of bigger things -and who wouldn't? No one is more aware of this than Jack's teacher, Bobby Blue Day -- an ex-Hollywood screenwriter who shows up at Jack's apartment early one morning eager to talk about Jack's screenplay. To Bobby's astonishment, Ariamehr has written the best screenplay he has ever read. And Bobby will do anything to get a piece of this last chance at the American dream. Formats: DVD. (ITN Distribution/MVD Entertainment).
photo for Valley of the Cycle Sluts Valley of the Cycle Sluts (1992) Jason Williams, Amerika, Mary Jo Cruse, Barne Wms Subkoski, Michael Shamus Wiles, Susan Brinkley. Motorcycle-riding, tough guy cop Wade Olson takes his renegade brand of justice too far -- and ends up captured by the meanest gang of biker chicks ever imagined -- The Sisters of Mercy. As revenge for busting their boyfriends, they take him far into the desert, and serve up their own nude, naughty brand of justice, using their weapon of choice ... sex. Formats: DVD. (Peter Rodgers Organization/MVD Entertainment).
The Vatican Exorcisms (2013 -- Italy) Joe Marino, Piero Maggio. An unnerving descent into black masses, orgies and possession. Hoping to expose a shocking scandal inside the Vatican, a documentary filmmaker travels to Rome to interview several key witnesses but finds himself unearthing something far more sinister. Delving deeper, he becomes dangerously close to exposing a much darker reality of corruption and demonic forces. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
photo for Welcome to Sweden: The Complete First Season Welcome to Sweden: The Complete First Season (2014) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes, $34.98. Based on Greg Poehler's true life story, the seriers follows a successful New York money manager to the stars, Bruce (Poehler) who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), and follows her back to her native Stockholm when she returns for a job. Moving halfway around the world with a new love is a huge step and Bruce, with no job, friends or real clue about what he is getting himself into, is quick to face the many unique challenges and culture clashes that living in a foreign land presents -- most notably, how to win over Emma's strange and very Swedish family. Guest stars include Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

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Assassin's Game (2014) Tom Sizemore, Vivica A. Fox, Bai Ling. When his son fails to assassinate an important target, a legendary hit-man is forced out of retirement to finish the job -- or his son will be killed. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Ballet 422 photo for Ballet 422 (2014) From first rehearsal to world premiere, "Ballet 422" takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. "Ballet 422" illuminates the process behind the creation of a single ballet within the ongoing cycle of work at one of the world's great ballet companies. New York City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, boasts a roster of more than 90 elite dancers and a repertory of works by many of the greatest choreographers in the history of the art form. When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the company's 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create "Paz de la Jolla," NYCB's 422nd new ballet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Jody Lee Lipes and choreographer Justin Peck, "Creating Ballet 422," deleted scenes, choreography sketches gallery, costume design gallery, music, lighting and stage management gallery. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Bob's Burgers: The Complete 4th Season (2013-14) Single-disc with 22 episodes, $26.96. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
The Confession (1970) The master of the political thriller, Costa-Gavras, became an instant phenomenon after the mammoth success of "Z," and he quickly followed it with the perhaps even more riveting "The Confession." Based on a harrowing true story, the film stars Yves Montand as an influential Czechoslovak dignitary who, in the early fifties, was abducted, imprisoned, and interrogated by fellow members of his country's Communist ruling party -- their intentions vague, their methods terrifying. Also starring Simone Signoret and Gabriele Ferzetti, Costa-Gavras's film is an unflinching depiction of a troubled historical period and the miasma of 20th-century politics. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "You Speak of Prague: The Second Trial of Artur London" (1971), a 21-minute documentary by Chris Marker shot on the set of "The Confession"; new interview with the film's editor, Francoise Bonnot; conversation between Costa-Gavras and programmer and scholar Peter von Bagh about the director's life and career, from the 1988 Midnight Sun Film Festival; "Portrait London," a 1981 interview with Artur and Lise London, the real-life figures on whose story the film is based; interview with Montand from 1970; new interview with John Michalczyk, author of "Costa-Gavras: The Political Fiction Film"; an essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova. (The Criterion Collection).
photo for Cut Bank (2014) Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg, Oliver Platt, John Malkovich. Looking to leave his sleepy town of Cut Bank, Dwayne McClaren (Hemsworth) hatches a get-rich scheme to get himself out. But when Dwayne's plan backfires and he's swept into a murder investigation led by the local sheriff (Malkovich), he discovers that Cut Bank is a small town full of big -- and deadly -- surprises in this thriller filled with plot twists, dark humor and a gallery of unforgettable characters. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Matt Shankman and writer Roberto Patino, "Bad Karma: Life in Cut Bank" featurette, deleted scenes, extended scenes. (Lionsgate).
Empire of the Ants and Jaws of Satan BLU-RAY DEBUT "Empire of the Ants": (1977) Joan Collins, Robert Lansing, John David Carson, Albert Salmi. Extras: New audio commentary with director Bert I. Gordon. "Jaws of Satan": (1981) Fritz Weaver, Gretchen Corbett, Jon Korkes, Norman Lloyd. (Scream Factory).
The Food of the Gods and Frogs BLU-RAY DEBUT "The Food of the Gods": (1976) Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher, Ida Lupino. Extras: New audio commentary with director Bert I Gordon, new interview with actress Belinda Balaski. "Frogs": (1972) Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke. Extras: New interview with actress Joan Van Ark. (Scream Factory).
Gun Woman (2014 -- Japan) Asami, Kairi Narita. A brilliant doctor vows revenge on a crazy sadistic killer following the murder of his wife ... and devises the perfect assassination plan by turning a young woman into the most lethal assassin the world has ever seen. He buys a young woman and trains her, implanting gun parts in her body that she must later assemble and use to kill her target before she bleeds to death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Kurando Mitsutake and actress Asami, commentary with writer-director Kurando Mitsutake, behind-the-scenes, theatrical trailers. (Scream Factory).
photo for Hello Ladies: The Complete Series and the Movie Hello Ladies: The Complete Series and the Movie (2013) Three-disc set, $19.98. Eight episodes of the HBO series about a gawky Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles. In his first starring series role, Stephen Merchant portrays Stuart, a web designer who relocated to L.A. from England in hopes of finding excitement, romance, and maybe even a soul mate. Working out of his home office, Stuart has an easy rapport with his attractive roommate Jessica (Christine Woods), though it's clear she's not romantically interested in him. Half as charming as he thinks he is -- and twice as desperate -- Stuart is obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people. Seduced by the promise of the best restaurants and hottest nightclubs, Stuart's cheapness and pettiness often finds him just outside the door of L.A.'s most desirable locales. Stuart doggedly hits the L.A. social scene in search of beautiful women, often in the company of pals Wade (Nate Torrence), who's in the throes of a divorce, and Kives (Kevin Weisman), a charismatic paraplegic who fares far better with the ladies than either Stuart or Wade. The series concludes with an 80-minute special, "Hello Ladies: The Movie." Formats: DVD. (HBO).
Island of Death (1976 -- Greece) Welcome to Mykonos, the holiday destination of choice for sun, sea and slaughter. From cult director Nico Mastorakis, "Island of Death" is a travelogue of atrocities with scenes so strong that the British government was once compelled to ban it as a "video nasty." Arriving on the idyllic Greek island, Christopher and Celia appear to be every inch the perfect, handsome young couple. Little do the welcoming locals realize that they are in fact a pair of murderous degenerates, determined to spread their own particular brand of perversion across the island. DIY crucifixions, opportunistic bestiality, sexual peeing and murder by all conceivable forms ensue -- including death by makeshift blowtorch, samurai sword, dump truck and more. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interview with director Nico Mastorakis; "The Films of Nico Mastorakis," in which the director hosts this documentary covering his varied career in cinema, including a look at "Island of Death"; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Loft (2015) Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Rhona Mitra, Margarita Levieva, Eric Stonestreet. Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city -- a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge -- but the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman there. Read more about "The Loft" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces Compilation comprised of 18 classic theatrical shorts with two hours of hilarious musical numbers, featuring opera, piano concertos, jazz and much more. From the brilliant minds of maestro Carl Stalling and animation legends including Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones, comes 18 musical treasures. Join the likes of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig in classics including "Corny Concerto," "What's Opera, Doc?", "Rabbit of Seville," "Three Little Bops," "I Love to Singa" and "Rhapsody in Rivets." The complete list: "Corny Concerto," "Page Miss Glory," "Rabbit of Seville," "Katnip Kollege," "One Froggy Evening," "High Note," "Rhapsody Rabbit," "Pigs in a Polka," "What's Opera, Doc?," "Three Little Bops," "Hillbilly Hare," "Rhapsody in Rivets," "Pizzicato Pussycat," "Back Alley Oproar," "Nelly's Folly," "Holiday Shoestrings," "I Love to Singa," "Lights Fantastic." These shorts were previously released on "Looney Tunes Golden Collections." Formats: DVD, $19.97. (Warner).
Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles (2014) Documentary looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary -- the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably "Citizen Kane," (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following "Citizen Kane," Welles's career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. The documentary features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from "Hearts of Age," (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like "The Other Side of the Dream," "The Deep" and "Don Quixote," as well as his television and commercial work. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: EPK featurette interview with Annette Insdorf, trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season (2014-15) Four-disc set with all 19 episodes, $59.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971) New German Cinema icon Rainer Werner Fassbinder kicked off a new phase of his young career when he made the startling "The Merchant of Four Seasons." In this despairing yet mordantly funny film, Fassbinder charts the decline of a self-destructive former policeman and war veteran struggling to make ends meet for his family by working as a fruit vendor. Fassbinder had skyrocketed to renown on the acclaim of a series of trenchant, quickly made early films, but for this one he took more time and forged a new style -- featuring a more complexly woven script and narrative structure and more sophisticated use of the camera, and influenced by the work of his recently discovered idol, Douglas Sirk. The result is a meticulously made, unforgiving social satire. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring filmmaker Wim Wenders; new interviews with actors Irm Hermann and Hans Hirschmuller; new interview with film scholar Eric Rentschler; an essay by film scholar Thomas Elsaesser. (The Criterion Collection).
Mutant World (2014) Kim Coates, Ashanti, Holly Deveaux, Amber Marshall. After emerging from their bunker following an apocalyptic meteor strike, a group of survivalists discover that the world is overrun with crazed mutants. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
photo for The Nanny: The Complete Series The Nanny: The Complete Series (1993-99) Nineteen-disc set with all 146 episodes, $149.99. Starring Fran Drescher in her signature role, "The Nanny" -- that flashy girl from Flushing with the heart of an angel (and the voice of a slighty more nasal angel) -- charmed television audiences throughout its six-season network run detailing the comic misadventures of the sweet and sassy Fran Fine (Drescher), her sophisticated employer, Broadway producer Mr. Sheffield (Charles Shaugnessy), his boisterous brood (Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury and Madeline Zima) and his wisecracking staff (Lauren Lane and Daniel Davis). Formats: DVD. Extras: New interview with Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson about the real behind-the-scenes story of "The Nanny"; "Pilot" commentary with Drescher; "Imaginary Friend" commentary with Drescher; "I Don't Remember" commentary with Drescher; "The Making of the Nanny." (Shout! Factory).
Nightlight (2015) Shelby Young, Chloe Bridges, Carter Jenkins, Mitch Hewer, Taylor Murphy. Undeterred by the news of a classmate who recently took his life in nearby Covington Forest, five teens journey into the woods for an evening of flashlight games and ghost stories. But their plans go awry when the friends awaken an unseen evil that will seize upon their deepest fears and plunge them into a nightmare of absolute terror. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Nightlight Behind the Scenes" featurette, deleted scenes and alternate ending, commentary with writers-directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and producer Darren Brandl. (Lionsgate).
photo for Ray Donovan: Season Two Ray Donovan: Season Two (2014) Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), Boston-bouncer turned Hollywood crisis fixer, can protect just about anything except the unity of his family. As his estranged ex-con father (Jon Voight) dodges the law, Ray's lonely wife Abby finds herself drawn to a cop. Son Conor may be too close to home while daughter Bridget is slipping away. Can he hold the pieces of his family together while going to bat for celebrities in crisis? Twelve episodes. Formats: Four-disc DVD: $39.98, three-disc Blu-ray: $49.99. Extras: Commentary on select episodes, "Shooting Ray Donovan," "Jon on Mickey," "Musically Ray" (via eBridge technology). (Paramount).
The Rockford Files: Movie Collection - Volume 2 Two-disc set with four features: "Friends & Foul Play," "Murder and Misdemeanors," "Punishment and Crime" and "If It Bleeds... It Leads," $26.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
The Rockford Files: The Complete Collection Thirty-four disc set with all 120 episodes from its six seasons and all eight television movies, $239.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
See You In Valhalla (2015) Sarah Hyland, Steve Howey, Odeya Rush, Bret Harrison, Emma Bell, Jake McDorman, Beau Mirchoff, Michael Weston, Conor O'Farrell. After the bizarre death of her brother, Johana Burwood (Sarah Hyland) must return home after four years, to face her strange siblings, her out of touch father and her very touchy past. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Seventh Son (2015) Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Djimon Hounsou, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams, Jason Scott Lee. The queen of evil witches escapes the pit she was imprisoned in and only one man and his apprentice can stop her. Read more about "Seventh Son" in the May Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
photo for So Bright Is the View So Bright Is the View (2014 -- Romania) Bianca Valea, Robi Ers, Ovidiu Niculescu. The debut of filmmaking brothers Michael and Joel Florescu and an official selection of the 36th Moscow International Film Festival. Romanian drama follows Estera (Bianca Valea), a middle class Jewish girl in modern-day Bucharest, who's at a crossroads, forced to choose between pursuing a job in Atlanta working for a nouveau riche business thug, or joining her mother in Israel. With her father in prison for unspecified crimes and her mother about to be evicted, the pregnant Estera -- trying hard to work out some sort of future with her boyfriend, Vlad (Robi Ers) -- has only one hope: a "friend-interview" with Mike (Ovidiu Niculescu), a Romanian-American businessman, who may or may not have a job offer. Formats: DVD. (IndiePix Films).
Sons of Liberty (2015) Five-hour HISTORY miniseries follows a group of very different men fighting in the American Colonies for freedom: Samuel and John Adams, George Washington, Ben Franklin and John Hancock, from the street brawls in the streets of Boston to the Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere's ride and the Battle of Lexington. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Lensing Liberty: The Making of Sons of Liberty" featurette, "Men of Independence: The Historic Figures of Sons of Liberty" featurette, "The Choreography of War: Creating the Battles and SPFX of Sons of Liberty" featurette. (Lionsgate).
State of Siege (1972) Costa-Gavras ("Z") puts the United States' involvement in South American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller. An urban guerilla group, outraged at the counterinsurgency and torture training clandestinely organized by the CIA in their country (unnamed in the film), abducts a U.S. official (Yves Montand) to bargain for the release of political prisoners; soon the kidnapping becomes a media sensation, leading to violence. Co-written by Franco Solinas ("The Battle of Algiers"), the electrifying "State of Siege" piercingly critiques the American government for helping institute foreign dictatorships while also asking difficult questions about the efficacy of radical violent acts to oppose such regimes. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between Costa-Gavras and film scholar Peter Cowie; NBC News excerpts from 1970 on the kidnapping of Dan Mitrione, on which the film is based; an essay by journalist Mark Danner. (The Criterion Collection).
Sword of Vengeance (2015) Stanley Weber, Annabelle Wallis, Ed Skrein, Dave Legeno, Karel Roden. In 1066, following the brutal genocide ordered by William the Conqueror in order to control the unrelenting Rebels of the North, it's a world of dark times and dark deeds. After years of slavery, a Norman Prince (Weber) returns to the lost lands to seek revenge on his father's murderer by leading a band of farmers in bloody retribution. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage of key sequences. (Well Go USA).
photo for The Wonder Years - Season 3 The Wonder Years - Season 3 (1989-90) Four-disc set with 23 episodes, $29.98. Kevin experiences a lot of firsts in Season 3 – he gets his first pimple and his first puppy; he has his first French Kiss and joins his first band; and he gets his first "D" in math class. Paul is still as allergic as ever, but gets a boost of confidence from a date with Norma; and Jack and Karen stop fighting long enough to celebrate her 18th birthday, if only for a moment. This season features many fan-favorite episodes -- including "Summer Song," "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre," and the Emmy award–winning "Goodbye" -- as well as over 50 songs as they were featured in the original broadcast, with classics by The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Collins, The Lovin' Spoonful, James Taylor, The Who, The Righteous Brothers, James Brown, The Byrds, Jackie Wilson, and many others. Extras: "Hall Pass: Roundtable With Danica McKellar, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano"; "A Family Affair: At Home With the Arnolds" featurette; interviews with Olivia d'Abo (Karen Arnold), Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold), Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper), Crystal McKellar (Becky Slater). Formats: DVD. (StarVista/Time Life).

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