From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Highlight:
The long-awaited Criterion Collection edition of “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (1971) has finally arrived. This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema that transformed Hollywood in the early 1970s. It stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as an enterprising gambler and a bordello madam, both newcomers to the raw Pacific Northwest mining town of Presbyterian Church, who join forces to provide the miners with a superior kind of whorehouse experience. The appearance of representatives of a powerful mining company with interests of its own, however, threatens to be the undoing of their plans. With its fascinating flawed characters, evocative cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, and a soundtrack that innovatively interweaves overlapping dialogue and haunting Leonard Cohen songs, McCabe & Mrs. Miller brilliantly deglamorized and revitalized the most American of genres. On DVD and Blu-ray, in a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Also from Criterion this week: “Boyhood” (2014), from director Richard Linklater. An event film of the utmost modesty, it was shot over the course of 12 years in the director’s native Texas and charts the physical and emotional changes experienced by a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette, who won an Oscar for her performance, and Ethan Hawke), and his older sister (Lorelei Linklater). Alighting not on milestones but on the small, in-between moments that make up our lives, Linklater fashions a flawlessly acted, often funny portrait that flows effortlessly from one year to the next. Allowing us to watch people age on film with documentary realism while gripping us in a fictional narrative of exquisite everydayness, “Boyhood” has a power that only the art of cinema could harness.On DVD and Blu-ray, with a new 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Also notable this week: Universal’s “Gregory Peck Centennial Collection.” Gregory Peck was much more than one of the most accomplished actors of all time. He lived his life with integrity as a father, husband, humanitarian and role model for generations of fans both old and new. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth, this special collection features two of his most iconic roles: “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Cape Fear.” Available as a three-disc DVD set and a two-disc Blu-ray set as well as Digital … Just in time for the theatrical release of the third film in the Da Vinci Code trilogy, Sony has released new 4K and Blu-ray edition of “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) and “Angels & Demons” (2009) in advance of the October 28 release of “Inferno.” “The Da Vinci Code 10th Anniversary” was directed by Ron Howard and starred Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno. Dan Brown’s international bestseller comes alive as symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) and cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Tautou) attempt to solve a bizarre murder mystery that will take them from France to England — and behind the veil of a mysterious ancient society, where they discover a secret protected since the time of Christ. “Angels & Demons,” also directed by Howard, again stars Hanks with Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Thure Lindhardt, David Pasquesi. Expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) pursues ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by a deadly secret society, the Illuminati. With the Cardinals’ lives on the line, and the Camerlengo (McGregor) desperate for help, Langdon embarks on a nonstop, action-packed race through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, and the most secret vault on Earth … And, last but not least, the folks at Scream Factory are celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Carrie” with “Carrie [40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition]” (1976). Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, this spellbinding horror movie has become a pervasive, pop-culture touchstone for anyone who’s ever wanted to get even. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie deliver Oscar-nominated performances and John Travolta and Amy Irving are terrific in this ultimate revenge fantasy that has become one of the all-time great horror classics, and is now, finally, offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a high school loner with no confidence, no friends … and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her “special gift ” causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone. New 4K scan of the original negative. And the set is loaded with bonus features.
From TV to DVD:
“Feed the Beast: Season 1” (2016) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess star as two friends who risk it all when they open a restaurant in the Bronx, and find they have to navigate in a world of petty criminals, corrupt officials, and violent gangsters. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … “Impractical Jokers: The Complete Fourth Season” (2015) is a three-disc set with all 26 episodes, including the “Impractical Jokers 100th Episode Live Punishment Special,” which saw the stars test their balance and fear of heights with a high-wire walk from New York City’s South Street Seaport, resulting in 3.7 million viewers and 150 million social media impressions. “Impractical Jokers is the longest-running series on truTV with season four becoming a top-five cable program among Men 18-24 and Men 18-34 in its time period.” From Turner … “Mike & Molly: The Complete Sixth and Final Season” (2016) features all 13 of the series’ final episodes about the warm-hearted working-class Chicago couple who always find a way to make true love work, starring Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy. From Warner … From the delightfully twisted minds behind TV’s “Robot Chicken” comes the uncensored edition of Crackle’s edgy stop-motion animated comedy-adventure “Supermansion: Season 1” (2015). The two-disc set with all 13 uncensored episodes of the series follows the League of Freedom, a group of hapless superheroes who are fighting to stay relevant in a changing world. Led by their aging leader Titanium Rex, voiced by Bryan Cranston, the League of Freedom live together in a mansion and work together battling evildoers, government funding restrictions, modern technology and their own personal demons. Titanium Rex is an aging superhero who has long been the head of the League of Freedom, a once-proud assembly of superheroes that isn’t what it used to be. The irritable Titanium Rex finds himself playing mentor to a new crop of Millennial-aged heroes who have little interest in their noble profession. Much to his dismay, they’re all thrown together to live in the SuperMansion, where the young heroes learn how to harness their superpowers and fight for justice, liberty — and the need to stay relevant to society. Also starring Zeb Wells and Keegan-Michael Key, with guest stars Seth Green, Chris Pine, Nick Kroll, Ron Perlman, Matthew Senreich and more. From Sony.