Three-disc set. Bob Hope, the greatest entertainer of the 20th century, spent nearly half of his 100 Christmases heading up USO shows as a globetrotting Santa Claus with a golf club, a sackful of jokes, and an airplane filled with stars. Armed with a lifelong dedication to America's troops and a star-studded crew of performers, he performed on battleships and battlefields, sometimes accompanied by the sound of fighter jets overhead. The missions were often dangerous, and their schedule brutal, yet for thousands of servicemen and women far from home there was no one like Hope for the holidays. Bob Hope's legendary NBC-TV comedy and Christmas specials -- some of the most-watched programs in television history -- spanned five decades, from President Truman to Clinton. This set collects some of the legendary performer's greatest and most patriotic holiday specials, including seven classic shows from the '60s to the '90s, re-mastered from original broadcast elements for optimal viewing: Bob Hope's Christmas Cheer in Saudi Arabia (Original Airdate: 1/12/91), The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the World with the USO (Original Airdate: 1/16/69), Bob Hope: Memories of WWII, The Bob Hope Christmas Special (Original Airdate: 1/15/65), The Bob Hope Christmas Show (1/16/63), The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the Globe with the U.S.O. (Original Airdate: 1/17/72), The Bob Hope Christmas Special (Original Airdate: 1/17/73). Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(1977 -- Japan) Released just as the popularity of yakuza movies was waning in Japan, and as the country's film industry was undergoing some fundamental shifts, "Doberman Cop" is a unique entry in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku ("Battles Without Honor and Humanity," "Cops vs Thugs"), and reunited him with star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba in an American-style crime movie that mixes gunplay and pulp fiction with martial arts and lowbrow comedy. Based on a popular manga by "Buronson" (creator of "Fist of the North Star"), "Doberman Cop" follows the fish-out-of-water adventures of Joji Kano (Chiba), a tough-as-nails police officer from Okinawa who arrives in Tokyo's Kabuki-cho nightlife district to investigate the savage murder and mutilation of an island girl who had been working as a prostitute. Initially dismissed as a country bumpkin (complete with straw hat and live pig in tow!), Kano soon proves himself a more savvy detective than the local cops, and a tougher customer than anyone expected. As he probes deeper into the sleazy world of flesh-peddling, talent agency corruption and mob influence, Kano uncovers the shocking truth about the girl, her connection to a yakuza-turned-music manager (Hiroki Matsukata), and a savage serial killer who is burning women alive. Made to appeal both to the youth market with its biker gangs and popular music, as well as to old-time yakuza movie fans, "Doberman Cop" is an surprising oddity in Fukasaku's career, his sole film adapted directly from a manga and never before released on video outside of Japan. Featuring Chiba at his charismatic best -- channeling a Japanese Dirty Harry while doing all his own stunts -- and Fukasaku at his most fun, deftly showcasing the combined talents of his "Piranha Army" stock company of actors and other regular players -- "Doberman Cop" is a classic action comedy and a missing link in 1970's Japanese cinema deserving of rediscovery. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with high definition digital transfer and original uncompressed mono audio. Extras: "Beyond the Film: Doberman Cop," a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane, new video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba, new video interview with screenwriter Koji Takada, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Series
(1993-1999) Thirty-five disc box set with all 122 episodes. A critical smash and a three-time Peabody Award winner, the series presented viewers with a gritty and realistic examination of detectives working the homicide division in Baltimore and remains one of television's finest hours about one of America's toughest jobs. Based on the book "Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets" by David Simon, the critically acclaimed series became one of the most seminal drama series of all time by virtue of its powerful writing, gritty realism, emotionally charged storylines and outstanding ensemble cast, including Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Yaphet Kotto, Melissa Leo and Ned Beatty. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, interviews, featurettes, "Law & Order" crossover episodes, "Homicide: The Movie" (2000). (Shout! Factory).
Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy Limited Edition
After over a decade in the wilderness following his firing from Nikkatsu for "Branded to Kill" (1967), maverick director Seijun Suzuki returned with a vengeance with his critically-praised tryptic of cryptic supernatural dramas set during the liberal enlightenment of Japan's Taisho Era (1912-26). In the multiple Japanese Academy Award-winning "Zigeunerweisen" (1980), two intellectuals and former colleagues from military academy involve their wives in a series of dangerous sexual games. In "Kageroza" (1981), a playwright is drawn like a moth to a flame to a mysterious beauty who might be a ghost, while "Yumeji" (1991) imagines the real-life painter-poet Takehisa Yumeji's encounter with a beautiful widow with a dark past. Presented together on Blu-ray for the first time outside of Japan, the films in the Taisho Trilogy are considered Suzuki's masterpieces in his homeland. Presenting a dramatic turn from more his familiar tales of cops, gangsters and unruly youth, these surrealistic psychological puzzles drip with a lush exoticism, distinctively capturing the pandemonium of a bygone age of decadence and excess, when Western ideas, fashions, technologies and art fused into everyday aspect of Japanese life. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations, with original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray). Extras: New introductions to each film by critic Tony Rayns, making-of featurette, vintage interview with Seijun Suzuki, limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Song to Song
(2016) Dir.: Terrence Malick; Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman. In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples -- struggling songwriters Faye (Mara) and BV (Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Portman) -- chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. Features performances by Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, Patti Smith, Lykke Li, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Big Freedia, Diplo, Alan Palomo of Neon Indian, Spank Rock, Dana Falconberry, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears and The Black Lips. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Music Behind the Movie” featurette. (Broad Green Pictures).
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends Featuring Steve Martin, Robin Williams & Eddie Murphy
Contains nine new-to retail shows from the '70s, '80s and '90s featuring three of the most loved guests from "The Tonight Show" -- Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy. Each DVD contains complete, unedited shows -- including vintage commercials -- highlighting some of the most cherished moments from 30 years of "The Tonight Show." Disc 1: Steve Martin (original air dates: July 21, 1976: Steve Martin, Jimmy Stewart, Karen Black, and more; May 21, 1982: Steve Martin, Sylvester Stallone; December 19, 1991: Steve Martin, Cathy Ladman, Leon Redbone). Disc 2: Robin Williams (original air dates: April 3, 1984: Robin Williams, Phyllis Newman; January 10, 1991: Robin Williams, Steve Lawrence; September 19, 1991: Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Park Overall). Disc 3: Eddie Murphy (original air dates: January 1, 1982: Eddie Murphy, McLean Stevenson; February 10, 1982: Eddie Murphy, Wayne Rogers, Albert Hague; July 30, 1982: Eddie Murphy, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Angela Bofill. Formats: DVD,Extras: (Time Life).
The Zookeeper’s Wife
(2017) Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel
Brühl, Iddo Goldberg, Efrat Dor. The true story of Antonina and Jan
Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of
people and animals during the German invasion. Read more about "The Zookeeper’s Wife" in
the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo,VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: Deleted
scenes, "The Making of The Zookeeper’s Wife," "The Zabinski Family" A
closer look at the selfless family at the center of "The Zookeeper’s
Wife," including interviews with Teresa Zabinska and Ryszard Zabinski,
the real-life children of Antonina and Jan.
(2016) Thirteen stories from the PBS KIDS series as Caillou takes his first plane ride and as he explores, and helps steer, a big sailboat. In the new DVD, Caillou also takes the subway with his mother, watches a big bulldozer at a construction site, and rides the school bus for the first time. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Do You Take This Man
(2016) Anthony Rapp, Jonathan Bennett, Alyson Hannigan, Thomas Dekker,
Mackenzie Astin. An intimate group of friends and family gather at the
home of two gay men (Anthony Rapp and Jonathan Bennett) to celebrate
their nuptials and when the wedding hits a snag, they help the grooms
to see that all marriages have their challenges, and love is just the
beginning. Formats: DVD, VOD.
(Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Fate of the Furious
(2017) Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Michelle Rodriguez, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, Kristofer Hivju, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris. When a mysterious woman named the Cipher seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. Read more about "The Fate of the Furious" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "All About the Stunts," extended fight scenes, feature commentary with director F. Gary Gray.Blu-ray adds "The Cuban Spirit": As the first major studio motion picture to shoot in Cuba in decades, the country's effusive spirit permeates the making of the film; "In the Family"; "Car Culture" puts viewers into the driver's seat of the supercharged vehicles showcased in film. Director's extended cut on Digital versions. (Unversal).
(1983 -- France) In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, "L’argent" follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence. With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with a new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Press conference from the 1983 Cannes Film Festival; “L’argent, A to Z," a new video essay by film scholar James Quandt; trailer; an essay by critic Adrian Martin and a newly expanded 1983 interview with director Robert Bresson by critic Michel Ciment.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Craig Fairbrass, James Cosmo, Mem Ferda, Steven Berkoff, Nick Moran. Jack Cregan (Fairbrass) -- career criminal, family man, and vicious armed robber -- is on a mission for revenge when his father (Berkoff) is brutally murdered, and the money from their Heathrow airport heist is stolen. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Lost City of Z
(2017) Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Franco Nero. Tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization. Supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) -- Fawcett returns time and again to his beloved jungle in search of the lost city. What he discovered became legendary. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary, three behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Broad Green Pictures).
(2016) Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Harris Yulin, Josh Charles. Norman Oppenheimer (Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money; his incessant networking leads him nowhere, but he does befriend a young but charismatic politician Micha Eshel (Ashkenazi) at a low point in his life. Three years later, the politician becomes an influential world leader, and Norman attempts to use Eshel’s name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman’s nephew (Sheen), a rabbi (Buscemi), a mogul (Yulin), his assistant (Stevens), and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman’s kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital. Extras: "Norman: Making the Connection" red carpet cast and crew interviews, "An Evening with Norman" Q & A with director Joseph Cedar and actor Richard Gere. (Sony).
(2001 -- Japan) Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered
one of the finest entries in the "J-Horror" cycle of films with this
moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread
along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet
and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa's dark and apocalyptic film
foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows
more important to our lives. A group of young people in Tokyo begin to
experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends,
technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the
compelling question, "Do you want to meet a ghost?" After the
unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to
explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve
the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned
construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.
Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi ("Ring," "Dark
Water"), a dark and unsettling tone that lingers long after the movie
is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story that anticipates 21st century
disconnection and social media malaise, "Pulse" is one of the greatest
and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark
mirror for our contemporary digital world.
Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo with Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on
the Blu-ray). Extras: New
interview with writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa; new interview with
cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi; "The Horror of Isolation": a new
video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett ("Blair
Witch," "You're Next"); archive "Making of" documentary, plus four
archive behind-the-scenes featurettes; premiere footage from the
Cannes Film Festival; cast and crew introductions from opening day
screenings in Tokyo; trailers and TV Spots; reversible sleeve
featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket.
(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
A Quiet Passion
(2017) Dir.: Terence Davies; Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine. Biographical portrait of the life of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson (Nixon), whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. It begins with Dickinson’s early days as a young schoolgirl and the growth of her wit, intellectual independence and sense of pathos that fueled her work. Dickinson's deep attachment to her close-knit family and the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry are subsequently examined, leading to her later years as a brilliant but reclusive and unrecognized artist.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Q&A with Terence Davies and Cynthia Nixon; behind the scenes of "A Quiet Passion," including interviews with cast and crew; collector’s Booklet with interviews,
photos and a critical essay. (Music Box Films).
Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy BLU-RAY DEBUT
Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. And it was with his trilogy of films made during and after World War II -- "Rome Open City" (1945), "Paisan" (1946), and "Germany Year Zero" (1948) -- that he left his first transformative mark on cinema. With their stripped-down aesthetic, largely nonprofessional casts, and unorthodox approaches to storytelling, these intensely emotional works were international sensations and came to define the neorealist movement. Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany, these three films are some of our most lasting, humane documents of devastated postwar Europe, containing universal images of both tragedy and hope. Special Edition three-disc set with new high-definition digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras: Introductions by Roberto Rossellini to all three films; interviews from 2009 with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà, film critic and Rossellini friend Father Virgilio Fantuzzi, and filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani; audio commentary from 2009 on "Rome Open City" by film scholar Peter Bondanella; "Once Upon a Time ... Rome Open City,” a 2006 documentary on the making of this historic film, featuring rare archival material and footage of Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Ingrid Bergman, and many others; "Rossellini and the City," a 2009 video essay by film scholar Mark Shiel on Rossellini’s use of the urban landscape in "The War Trilogy"; excerpts from rarely seen videotaped discussions Rossellini had in 1970 about his craft with faculty and students at Rice University; "Into the Future," a 2009 video essay about "The War Trilogy" by film scholar Tag Gallagher; "Roberto Rossellini," a 2001 documentary by Carlo Lizzani, assistant director on "Germany Year Zero," tracing Rossellini’s career through archival footage and interviews with family members and collaborators, with tributes by filmmakers François Truffaut and Martin Scorsese; "Letters from the Front: Carlo Lizzani on Germany Year Zero,” a podium discussion with Lizzani from the 1987 Tutto Rossellini conference; Italian credits and prologue from "Germany Year Zero"; essays by James Quandt, Irene Bignardi, Colin McCabe, and Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection).
Smurfs: The Lost Village
(2017) Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pud, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Mandy Patinkin, Julia Roberts. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on a race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Filmmaker commentary, Meghan Trainor “I'm A Lady” music video, "The Emoji" movie sneak peek, 11 featurettes. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes and an additional featurette. (Sony).
Species Collector’s Edition
(2016) Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge. (When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. New 4K scan of the film’s inter-positive.
Formats: Two-disc Blu-ray set. Extras: Commentary with Henstridge, Madsen and director Roger Donaldson; commentary with Donaldson, make-up effects creator Steve Johnson, visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and producer Frank Mancuso Jr.; new "Afterbirth: The Evolution of Secies" featurette; "From Sil to Eve" an interview with Henstridge; "Engineering Life" featurette; "HR Giger at Work"; "The Making Of Species: The Origin, The Concept, The Discovery"; "Designing a Hybrid"; theatrical trailer; alternate ending; photo galleries (production design, creature designs, film stills, behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards). (Scream Factory).
(1988) In 1988, Mike Figgis ("Internal Affairs," "Leaving Las Vegas")
made his feature directorial debut with "Stormy Monday," a taut,
noir-influenced gangster movie that drew on his key formative
influences, including his youth in the Newcastle of the late '50s and
early '60s, and the city's vibrant jazz scene. Sean Bean plays
Brendan, a young loafer taken under the wing of jazz club owner
Finney (Sting), who's under pressure from American mobster Cosmo (Tommy Lee
Jones) to sell up in exchange for a cut of a local land development
deal. Brendan just wants to earn an honest crust, but his burgeoning
relationship with Cosmo's ex-lover Kate (Melanie Griffith) threatens
to drag him into the middle of the impending showdown. A romantic
crime thriller with genuine heart, "Stormy Monday" features striking,
rain-drenched cinematography by Roger Deakins and a seductive jazz
score provided by the director himself. Presented here for the first
time in high definition in the US. Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
with original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray Disc).
Extras: Audio commentary
with Figgis, moderated by critic Damon Wise; new video appreciation by
critic Neil Young, and a "then and now" tour of the film's Newcastle
locations; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original
and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey.
(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafli, Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Richard E. Grant, Bill Nighy. With England’s morale at stake in 1940 during The Blitz, Catrin (Arterton), an untried screenwriter, works under fire with a makeshift cast and crew to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. Catrin and a fellow writer, Buckley (Claflin), reluctantly joins forces with a fading matinee idol, Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy), on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American public. Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Flickers of Hope: The Making of Their Finest” featurette, commentary with director Lone Scherfig. (Lionsgate).
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(20167) New animated movie. Based on the beloved children’s book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," by Roald Dahl, and the iconic musical family film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," this new adaptation adds Tom and Jerry’s antics to the classic story of young Charlie Bucket’s unforgettable visit to Willy Wonka’s marvelous chocolate factory.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Five bonus "Tom and Jerry" episodes.
Underground: Season Two
(2017) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Season Two continues to draw inspiration from America’s historical roots, bringing pioneering hero and infamous conductor, Harriet Tubman, to life along with renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In one of history’s greatest escape stories, the Macon 7 face endless challenges in their dangerous escape to freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war.
Formats: DVD. Extras: gag reel, deleted scenes. (Sony).
(2016) The reigning monarch of Candy Kingdom, Princess Bubblegum, gets her very own personalized DVD cover this single-disc with all 25 episodes from the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning animated series’ seventh season -- that includes the popular “Stakes” story arc. Join Jake the Dog and Finn the Human as they embark on a set of unforgettable adventures on the seventh season of Adventure Time. As season seven unfolds, major changes are in store for some of the inhabitants of Candy Kingdom. Princess Bubblegum is exiled to live on the shores of Lake Butterscotch, where she tries to grow a new kingdom made of vegetables. Marceline decides she no longer wants to be a vampire and asks Princess Bubblegum to help her get rid of her vampiric essence. Her quest to become mortal sets off a series of events that are captured in the eight-part “Stakes” story arc.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Animatics, galleries, song demos, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Bad Jubies” episode, title card creation. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
(2017) Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor. Action-thriller about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong, set in 1970s Boston. Justine (Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Hammer) arrange a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Murphy) and shifty South African gunrunner Vernon (Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on battle royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with co-writer/director Ben Wheatley, “The Making of Free Fire” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Kong: Skull Island
(2017) Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz. A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. Read more about "Kong: Skull Island" in the
July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo,
Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud).
commentary, "Creating a King: Realizing an Icon," "Creating a King:
Summoning a God," "Monarch Files 2.0," "Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid
Traveler," "Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography," "On
Location: Vietnam," deleted scenes.
Love by the 10th Date
(2017) Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Kellee Stewart. Romantic comedy follows four friends — who work at an upscale digital magazine in Los Angeles — navigating the ups downs of dating while on the journey toward the “elusive 10th date.” Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The 100: The Complete Fourth Season
(2017) All 13 episodes. In the latest season of The CW’s hit show, the 100 are still fighting for survival after suffering devastating hardships that have almost completely torn them apart. The fight has taken countless lives and set Earth’s survivors against each other. After Season Three’s all-out war, a far more lethal threat has risen to the surface: Clarke has learned that Earth’s remaining nuclear reactors are melting and will soon set the atmosphere on fire. ALIE, the A.I. who launched the world’s nuclear missiles causing the apocalypse, was telling the truth. With the human race doomed to face an unbeatable enemy, Clarke and her allies amongst Arkadia and the Grounders must fight for humankind and all life itself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The 100": 2016 Comic-Con Panel, "From Outcasts to Leaders," "Creating a Post-Apocalyptic World," "Jasper’s Journey," "The Stunts of the 100," deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
(1979 -- USSR) Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of "Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room"; interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky; interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin; interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev; an essay by critic Mark Le Fanu.
(The Criterion Collection).
Teen Wolf Season 6 Part I
(2016) Three-disc set of the series about a somewhat awkward teen who is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes look at Beacon Hills, VFX reel, gag reel. (Fox).
(2016) Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Sam Neill. The inspirational, true story of “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris, the real-life father-and-son team that revolutionized the modern game of golf. Set against the early days of the sport, the film follows the challenging and complex relationship between the two as they grow into golf legends. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Far and Sure” behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
All four groundbreaking, action-packed classics from ’70s pop culture icon Billy Jack featuring all of the fast-kicking, politically aware stories that had audiences cheering. "Born Losers" (1967), "Billy Jack" (1971), "Trial of Billy Jack" (1974) and "Billy Jack Goes to Washington" (1977). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor and Frank Laughlin on all four films;, trailers; still galleries. (Shout! Factory Shout Selec).
The Boss Baby
(2016) Voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Miles Bakshi. Read more about "The Boss Baby" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New mini adventure: "The Boss Baby and Tim’s Treasure Hunt Through Time," "The Forever Puppy Infomercial," "BabyCorp and You" featurette, "Babies vs. Puppies: Who Do YOU Love?" featurette, "The Boss Baby's Undercover Team," "Cookies Are for Closers: Inside BabyCorp" behind the scenes with director Tom McGrath, "The Great Sibling Competition." (Fox).
Ghost in the Shell
(2017) Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Takeshi
Kitano, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbaek, Rila Fukushima. In the near
future, Major Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind:
A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a
perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous
criminals. Read more about "Ghost in the
Shell" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Hard-Wired Humanity: Making Ghost in the Shell," "Section 9: Cyber Defenders," "Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy."
(2017) Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Julie Ann Emery. Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. Read more about "Gifted" in the
July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: TBA. (Fox).
LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash!
(2017) New supernatural crime mystery. Scooby-Doo! and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are no strangers to solving spooky mysteries filled with all types of ghouls and goblins. This time is no different. As Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party in the Mystery Machine, the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes. It is up to Scooby and the gang to get the party back on track, without missing a beat.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Lost in America
(1985) In this hysterical satire of Reagan-era values, written and directed by Albert Brooks, a successful Los Angeles advertising executive (Brooks) and his wife (Julie Hagerty) decide to quit their jobs, buy a Winnebago, and follow their Easy Rider fantasies of freedom and the open road. When a stop in Las Vegas nearly derails their plans, they’re forced to come to terms with their own limitations and those of the American dream. Brooks’s barbed wit and confident direction drive "Lost in America," an iconic example of his restless movies about insecure characters searching for satisfaction in the modern world that established his unique comic voice and transformed the art of observational humor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation with director Albert Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide; new interviews with actor Julie Hagerty, executive producer Herb Nanas, and comic writer and director James L. Brooks; trailer; an essay by critic Scott Tobias.
(The Criterion Collection).
Pretty Little Liars: The Seventh and Final Season
(2016-17) Four-disc set with all 20 episodes. In season six, the series leaped forward five years, when a shocking event brought the girls -- now young women -- together again, back in the town of Rosewood, to face a new threat. Now the girls band together to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets and take down “Uber A” for good.
Formats: DVD. Extras: “Pretty Little Liars: A-List Wrap Party," nine new featurettes, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2017) Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd,
Sarah Burns, Whitney Cummings, Simon Kassianides, Isabella Kai Rice,
Robert Ray Wisdom. A woman (Heigl) sets out to make life hell for her
ex-husband's new wife (Dawson). Read more
about "Unforgettable" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
Director's commentary. Blu-ray
adds "Reclaiming What's Yours: Making Unforgettable"
featurette, deleted scene.
Two-disc set with all three films about a 17th-century Warlock who is transported to the 20th century, where he looks to end all of creation: "Warlock" (1989), "Warlock: The Armageddon" (1993) and "Warlock III: The End of Innocence" (1999). Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New commentaries, new interviews, vintage featurettes, still galleries, TV spots, trailers. (Lionsgate/Vestron Video Collector’s Series).
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