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Tuesday, January 13 -- Monday, January 19

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  • Gone Girl

    photo for Gone Girl Based upon the best seller by Gillian Flynn, this well-done-if-middle-of-the-road-thriller-with-twists by director David Fincher ("Seven," "Zodiac," "The Social Network") unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Vitals: Director: David Fincher. Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Ratajkowski, Sela Ward, Missi Pyle. Blu-ray Extras: Commentary by director David Fincher, "Amazing Amy Tattle Tale" comic book. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 149 min., Mystery Drama, Box office gross: $163.249 million, Fox. 3 stars


  • A Walk Among the Tombstones

    photo for A Walk Among the Tombstones An ex-NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the wives of drug dealers escalates to grisly murder, Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother (Boyd Holbrook) hunt the two men down and bring them to bloody justice. An unlicensed private detective, Matt gets help from his former colleague (Ruth Wilson) and a homeless 17 year-old artist, TJ (Brian "Astro" Bradley). Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself. Vitals: Director: Scott Frank. Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roche, Brian "Astro" Bradley, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson. Extras: "A Look Behind the Tombstones" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Matt Scudder: Private Eye" page-to-screen featurette. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 114 min., Crime Drama, Box office gross: $20.830 million, Universal. 2 stars

    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) (Criterion)
  • Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  • My Left Foot (1989)
  • Skin (1981 -- Italy/France)
  • Supernova (2000)

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photo for Ancient Aliens Season 6 Volume 2 Ancient Aliens Season 6 Volume 2 (2013-14) Three-disc set with the final 12 episodes of Season 6, $19.99. 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. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

Bad Turn Worse (2014) Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman, Mackenzie Davis, William Devane, Mark Pellegrino. After a weekend of partying with stolen money, three Texas teens find themselves indebted to a sociopathic criminal named Giff. To pay their debt, Giff forces the teens to steal from his boss, a money-laundering gangster named Big Red. But things go from bad to worse when betrayal, distrust, and corruption complicate an already dangerous plan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

Bird People (2014 -- France) Josh Charles, Anais Demoustier, Radha Mitchell. In an airport hotel on the outskirts of Paris, a Silicon Valley engineer (Charles) abruptly quits his job, breaks up with his wife, and isolates himself in his room. But as fate draws him and a young French maid (Demoustier) together, he may just discover the unexpected shakeup his life so desperately needed. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

photo for 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. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Ballhaus and actors Margit Carstensen, Eva Mattes, Katrin Schaake, and Hanna Schygulla; new interview with film scholar Jane Shattuc about Fassbinder and the film; "Role Play: Women on Fassbinder," a 1992 German television documentary by Thomas Honickel featuring interviews with Carstensen, Schygulla, and actors Irm Hermann and Rosel Zech; an essay by critic Peter Matthews. (The Criterion Collection).

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 photo for Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (2014) Concluding a 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. Formats: DVD: $59.99, Blu-ray Disc: $79.98. Extras: Four audio commentaries, eight "Scouting the Boardwalk" location pieces. (HBO).

The Bridge Season Two (2014) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Building the Bridge" featurettes, "Building the Bridge: Wrap-up," "Blurring the Border Line" featurette, deleted scenes. (Fox).

Dallas: The Complete Third and Final Season (2014) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Warner).

Duck Commander: Before the Dynasty (2014) Nine episodes of the "Duck Dynasty" series prequel, $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

photo for Episodes: The Third Season Episodes: The Third Season (2014) 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. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

Fitzcarraldo BLU-RAY DEBUT (1982) Dir. Werner Herzog; Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale. Extras: Commentary with Herzog, trailer. (Shout! Factory)).

Four Adventures of Reinette & Mirabelle (1987 -- France) In Eric Rohmer's "Four Adventures of Reinette & Mirabelle", two young women -- one from the city, the other from the country -- meet and bond over an exquisite atmospheric event, and then room together in Paris, where they encounter many of the inevitable characters of a modern city: the impossible waiter, the metro station hustler, and the snooty gallery owner. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).

Gone Girl (2014) Director: David Fincher. Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Ratajkowski, Sela Ward, Missi Pyle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director David Fincher, "Amazing Amy Tattle Tale" comic book. (Fox).

The Honeymoon (2014) Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown. A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after the husband finds his wife wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, he begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of Honeymoon, effects featurette, AXS TV: A Look At Honeymoon, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).

photo for House of Lies: The Third Season (2014) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

The Identical (2014) Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano, Blake Rayne. Melodrama follows twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. One, raised by his birth parents, grows up to achieve rock-n-roll stardom 20 years later; the other, adopted by a reverend and his wife, struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his parents who believe he has been called on by God to become a preacher. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Music of The Identical," trailer. Blu-ray adds "Making of" featurette, behind-the-scenes commentary with the cast, deleted scenes. (Cinedigm).

Jessabelle (2014) Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, a young woman comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return and clearly has no intention of letting her photo for escape. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Kevin Greutert, writer Robert Ben Garant and executive producer Jerry P. Jacobs; "Jessabelle: Deep in the Bayou" featurette; deleted scenes; outtakes; extended ending. (Lionsgate).

Jimi: All Is By My Side (2013) Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Andrew Buckley, Ruth Negga. OutKast's Andre Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave"). Covering a transformative year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67, in which he went from a New York City backing musician to making his mark in London's music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (XLRator Media).

Men, Women & Children (2014) Dir.: Jason Reitman; Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dean Norris, Judy Greer. A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Virtual Intimacy" in which the cast and director discuss the effects of technology and social media on our lives and relationships; "Seamless Interface" behind-the-scenes look at how the digital world of the film was created; deleted scenes, including a never-before-seen storyline. (Paramount).

Middle of Nowhere (2012) Emayatzy Corinealdi, Omari Hardwick, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Sharon Lawrence. When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Rudy drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi. (Lionsgate).

My Left Foot BLU-RAY DEBUT (1989) Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally, Fiona Shaw. Extras: "The Real Christy Brown" featurette, "An Inspirational Journey: The Making of My Left Foot" featurette. (Lionsgate).

MythBusters 10th Anniversary Collection photo for (2014) 10-disc collection 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. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm ).

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014 -- Hong Kong) Philip Ng, Andy On, Sammo Hung. A country bumpkin moves to 1930's Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich, but ends up honing his kung fu skills to become a lethal fighting machine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Well Go USA).

Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014) Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr., Shuya Chang, Eugenia Yuan, Geoff Pierson, Ray Liotta. Based on a New Yorker article chronicling New York's most notorious street gang, the Green photo for Dragons. Two immigrant brothers join the Green Dragons gang and quickly rise up the ranks and become notorious in the community, drawing the attention of the NYPD's Detective Bloom. But when an ill-fated love affair pits one of the brothers against the gang's leader, he sets out for revenge on the group. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Andrew Lau and writer-director Andrew Loo, "The Not So American Dream: The Cast" featurette, "Stitches in Time: Costume Design" featurette, "A Claustrophobic World: Production Design" featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

photo for The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (2015) Victor Webster, Lou Ferrigno, Ellen Hollman, Barry Bostwick, Michael Biehn, Rutger Hauer, Roy "Big Country" Nelson, Royce Gracie, Don Wilson. Third sequel in the action-packed franchise. After the king of Norvania is assassinated, the legendary Scorpion King Mathayus is framed for the crime and must fight off an entire kingdom of soldiers. Now Mathayus (Victor Webster) and his only remaining allies, a mysterious woman and her unconventional father, are the last hope to stop the evil heir to the throne on his quest for an ancient and almighty mystical power. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag Reel, "A Brand New World" production featurette, "Great Chemistry" on-location featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Real Fighters, Fake Punches" featurette. (Universal).

Skin (1981 -- Italy/France) Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale. Director Liliana Cavani's ("The Night Porter") Palme d'Or nominee. Based on the short stories of Curzio Malaparte, the film is Cavani's controversial look at the aftermath of German occupation of Italy during World War II. After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women; many must sacrifice their dignity and morals in order to survive. Marcello Mastroianni plays Malaparte, a diplomatic liaison between the Allied and Italian forces, who chronicled the desperate measures taken by his Italian countrymen to endure even after the defeat of their enemy. Burt Lancaster plays liberating American Gen. Mark Clark, who struggles to fathom the devastation around him. Restored and remastered for its U.S. debut. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Four featurettes, including three with director Liliana Cavani and one with production designer Dante Ferretti ("At the Frontier of the Apocalypse," "Malaparte, Great Reporter," "The Individual and History" and "Dante Ferretti Revisits Naples"); commentary by critics Wade Major and Andy Klein; original French release trailer; 2014 re-release trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).

The Strange Little Cat (2014 -- Germany) In Ramon Zurcher's "The Strange Little Cat," a mother desperately trying not to implode and her youngest daughter who explodes constantly form poles between which sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, cats and cousins weave in and around each other in the tight domestic space of a middle-class Berlin flat. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).

Supernova BLU-RAY DEBUT (2000) Dir.: Walter Hill; James Spader, Angela Bassett, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Forster, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney. In the farthest reaches of deep space, the medical vessel Nightingale keeps a lonely vigil for those in trouble. When a frantic cry for help pierces the void, the crew responds with a near fatal, hyper-space dimension jump into the gravitational pull of a dying star. The disabled ship rescues a shuttlecraft containing a mysterious survivor and a strange alien artifact. Now the crew must unravel a chilling secret and escape the nearby imploding star before the rapidly forming supernova blasts them and the entire galaxy into oblivion. Extras: "The Making of Supernova" featurette with new interviews with actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Robert Forster, producer Daniel Chuba and filmmaker Jack Sholder; deleted scenes; alternate ending; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).

Twilight Saga Extended Editions Triple Feature (2008-10) All three films -- "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse" -- re-edited to include deleted scenes. Formats: DVD: $19.98, Blu-ray Disc: $24.99. (Lionsgate).

The Two Faces of January (2014) Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac. A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).

Two Mothers (Zwei Mütter) (2013 -- Germany) Karina Plachetka, Sabine Wolf. A lesbian couple struggle against inconsistent laws and bigotry in an effort to have a child. Formats: DVD. (Canteen Outlaws).

Tyrant Season One (2014) 10 episodes, $49.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Family of Tyranny" in-depth look at key family members and the pivotal roles they play in the drama, deleted scenes. (Fox).

Viktor (2014) Gerard Depardieu, Elizabeth Hurley, Eli Danker, Polina Kuzminskaya. After spending seven years in jail for an art heist, Frenchman Victor Lambert returns to Moscow to uncover the circumstances behind his son's brutal murder. Unconcerned for his own well-being, Viktor enters a dark and violent underworld of drugs, diamonds and smugglers, embarking on his own pitiless manhunt. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roche, Brian "Astro" Bradley, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Look Behind the Tombstones" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Matt Scudder: Private Eye" page-to-screen featurette. (Universal).

Wetlands (2013 -- Germany) Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Marlen Kruse, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg. An unapologetically sexy and subversive comedy based on the best-selling novel by Charlotte Roche. When a bizarre shaving accident lands rebellious teen Helen (Carla Juri) in the hospital, she develops an unlikely bond with her male nurse (Christoph Letkowski) who she seduces with stories of her sexual adventures while using her illness to try and reunite her divorced parents. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Trailers. (Strand Releasing).

photo for Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis? (2014) Ignorance, negligence and indifference at the hands of the U.S. healthcare system are but a few of the unsettling things audiences will witness in an unprecedented documentary that captures the events that precipitated the alleged murder of autistic Chicago teen, Alex Spourdalakis. The documentary from the Autism Media Channel, filmed in the months leading up to Alex's death, is a troubling and haunting film that depicts a healthcare system ill-equipped to treat a disorder that is increasingly prevalent in our country. Mute and afflicted with severe autism, Alex Spourdalakis went from being a handicapped but happy adolescent to a sleepless, violent young man out of control. Gastrointestinal pain and inflammation lay at the heart of his problem, but failing to recognize this, successive doctors put him in locked restraints for over 70 days while, despite expert advice, they numbed his brain with dangerous psychotropic drugs. Helpless and beyond exhausted, overwhelmed by Alex's suffering, his mother and Godmother plotted his death and their own, unsuccessful, suicide. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with the filmmakers, "A Success Story" featurette, "Tribute to Alex. (TDC Entertainment).

Twilight Saga Extended Editions Triple Feature (2008-10) All three films -- "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse" -- re-edited to include deleted scenes. Formats: DVD: $19.98, Blu-ray Disc: $24.99. (Lionsgate).

Zarra's Law (2014) Brendan Fehr, Erin Cummings, Nick Sandow, Tony Sirico, Burt Young. A retired cop Tony (Sirico) infiltrates the seamy world of organized crime and gets lost in a labyrinth of greed, dead ends, lies when he tries to avenge the death of his brother. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).

Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse (2014) Joel Gretsch, Aaron Douglas, Andrea Brooks, Christopher Lloyd. A 2,000-year-old ivory carved astrology board holds the secret to a series of global catastrophes unleashed when a mysterious planet crosses the sun. A rogue scientist is the key to deciphering the symbols and humanity's only chance at survival. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).

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