From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Highlights:
You can never have enough “Aliens” in your moviegoing life, and to feed your need comes
“Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition” (1986), directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein in the fastest-paced, most straight-ahead in the “Alien” franchise. This set features both the Theatrical and Special Edition versions of the film on Blu-ray, and includes collectible art cards and a book featuring art from the Dark Horse Comics “Aliens” series with an all-new cover created exclusively for this edition. The Blu-ray and Digital HD release include an all-new documentary titled “The Inspiration and Design of Aliens,” which delves into the origins of the film. James Cameron directed this critically acclaimed sequel starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the Nostromo’s deadly encounter with the monstrous Alien. After drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years, Ripley returns to Earth, haunted by nightmares of the past. Although her story is initially met with disbelief, she agrees to accompany a team of Colonial Marines back to LV-426 … and this time it’s war as the marines encounter a deserted planet overrun with Aliens. From Fox.
“The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum” (1939 – Japan) is a heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art and marked the director’s first use of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define his films. The adopted son of legendary kabuki actor Kikunosuke (Shotaro Hanayagi), who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother’s wet nurse (Kakuko Mori) for support and affection—and she soon gives up everything for her beloved’s creative glory. Featuring fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of kabuki theater in the late nineteenth century, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum is a critique of the oppression of women and the sacrifices required of them, and the pinnacle of Mizoguchi’s early career. On DVD and Blu-ray in a new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. From The Criterion Collection.
From TV to DVD:
“The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Ninth Season” (2015-16) includes all 24 episodes of the hit series that follows the saga of Leonard and Sheldon, two genius roommates who are brilliant in the lab, but socially challenged outside of it. In a three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray set, from Warner … “Chicago P.D.: Season Three” (2015-16) is a six-disc set with all 23 episodes. Return to ground zero in the fight against Chicago crime with this critically acclaimed drama from Primetime Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf (“Law & Order”). In Season Three, Hank Voight’s (Jason Beghe) intelligence unit is in the final stretch of taking down a powerful kingpin when one of his detectives is severely beaten and kidnapped. In a race against time, Voight makes the difficult decision to bring back one of the disgraced former members of his unit. From Universal … “Empire: The Complete Second Season” (2015-16) is a five-disc set with all 18 episodes. Three months have passed since Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) shocking arrest. Now, released from prison, he and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) enter a hostile competition to dominate the music industry. Despite an ongoing feud between their sons Jamal and Hakeem, a stunning betrayal may unite the family against an outside takeover of Empire Entertainment Records. From Fox … “Hawaii Five-0” (2015-16) is a six-disc set with all 25 episodes. The heat’s on as the Hawaii Five-0 team takes on some of the Aloha State’s most notorious and baffling criminal cases involving murder, the Mob, espionage, and kidnapping. With McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) at the helm, the team interrogates members of a renegade stunt-bikers gang, pursues a rogue Russian spy with access to NSA secrets, and partners with an autistic child in a murder investigation. From Universal … In “Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection,” the story of the Ingalls family concludes with three newly restored and uncut movie adventures:” Look Back to Yesterday,” “Bless All the Dear Children,” and “The Last Farewell.” From Lionsgate … “Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season” (2015) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Netflix contemporary Western series. The new season finds unflappable Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) and his deputies trying to put the troubling events of the past behind them. The mysterious White Warrior who tormented Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) is dead, Walt’s best friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) is a free man, Longmire’s right-hand deputy Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) is newly divorced, and the mystery of Walt’s wife’s murder is seemingly resolved. However, just as it looks like a second chance is truly possible for everyone; the opening of the new casino on the Reservation brings dark new problems to Walt’s corner of Wyoming. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Warner … “Scorpion: Season Two” (2015-16) is a six-disc set with all 24 epiosdes. Elyes Gabel stars as the leader of Scorpion, a team of prodigies who use their intellect to solve the world’s deadliest problems. Also starring Robert Patrick as tough-as-nails Homeland Security agent Cabe Gallo, and Katherine McPhee as Paige, a former waitress who interprets the “normal” world for the team, while they help her understand her withdrawn, genius son. From CBS/Paramount.