From the Big Screen:
“Gone Girl” and “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
This Week’s Highlight:
“The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” (1972): In the early 1970s, Rainer Werner Fassbinder discovered the American melodramas of Douglas Sirk and was inspired by them to begin working in a new, more intensely emotional register. One of the earliest and best-loved films of this period in his career is “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant,” which balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theater. This unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer (Margit Carstensen) and a beautiful but icy ingenue (Hanna Schygulla) — based, in a sly gender reversal, on the writer-director’s own desperate obsession with a young actor — is a fully Fassbinder affair, featuring exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography by Michael Ballhaus and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast. New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Michael Ballhaus, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from The Criterion Collection.
From TV to DVD:
“Ancient Aliens Season 6 Volume 2” (2013-14) is a three-disc set with the final 12 episodes of Season 6, $19.99. It’s a journey into a yet uncharted world of astonishing ancestors and phenomenal technological advances. From which supernatural beings do healers and superheroes really gather their powers? Who, or what, were the voices that drove Nikola Tesla to his compulsive need to reinvent the future? Were the winged messengers revered within age-old texts really birds, angels … or aliens? Investigates the creatures of early religious texts including the scorpion-tailed locust in Revelations; Ezekiel’s fiery, angel-driven chariots; and India’s half-human half-reptile gods called Nagas. The voyage travels down the paths of extraterrestrial seduction, Nazi time travel and the mysterious megalithic stone structures which continue to baffle archaeologists. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … “Boardwalk Empire: Season 5” (2014) concludes the powerful and groundbreaking five-season run. Season 5 of “Boardwalk Empire” begins in 1931, a full six years after the end of Season 4. In stark contrast with the Roaring 20s, the country is in the throes of the Great Depression, and with the end of Prohibition in sight, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) is looking to legitimize himself by forging alliances with liquor producers, including Bacardi in Cuba. Season 5 also includes flashback scenes of Nucky, Eli, the Commodore, Gillian and others from 1884-1900 — childhood experiences that would shape their relationships and their futures. On DVD: $59.99, Blu-ray Disc: $79.98 from HBO … “The Bridge Season Two” (2014) is a four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98 from Fox … “Dallas: The Complete Third and Final Season” (2014) is a three-disc set with 14 episodes, $39.98 from Warner … “Duck Commander: Before the Dynasty” (2014) features nine episodes of the “Duck Dynasty” series prequel, $14.98 from Lionsgate … “Episodes: The Third Season” (2014) is a two-disc set with nine episodes, $25.49. Stars Matt LeBlanc in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning role as a fictionalized version of himself. Season Three picks up with Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig), the English couple whose hit U.K. sitcom is remade for U.S. audiences and corrupted beyond recognition, back together but they soon discover that it’s not so easy to heal old wounds. Things get no easier for Matt this year as his career and ego continue to be pummeled. From CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount … “House of Lies: The Third Season” (2014)is a two-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98 from CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount … “MythBusters 10th Anniversary Collection” (2014) is a 10-disc set that includes 50 episodes selected by the “MythBusters” cast. Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Grant Imahara, Kari Byron, and Tory Belleci tackle more than 35 hours of debunking in this anniversary collection. To celebrate their 10-years, those mad scientists in the MythBusters lab have cooked up their biggest concoction yet with the craziest, coolest, and most combustible conundrums that the scientific world has to offer … and they risk life, limb, and eyebrows to stamp each myth with the official Mythbusters seal. $99.99. From Cinedigm.