From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia ("Senna"), "Amy" is the incredible story of six-time Grammy-award winner Amy Winehouse -- in her own words. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense -- she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which -- coupled with Amy's troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle -- saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27. Features never-before-seen footage of the talented singer (including collaborations with her musical idol Tony Bennett and producer Mark Ronson) along with interviews with her closest friends and family, extensive never-before-seen archival footage and previously unheard tracks.
Vitals: Director: Asif Kapadia.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 128 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $8.019 million, A24 Films/Lionsgate.Extras: Previously unseen performances, deleted scenes, commentary with director Asif Kapadia. Blu-ray adds interviews with friends and musicians.
In a lonesome house in the countryside in the heat of mid-summer, 9-year-old twin brothers await their mother’s return from the hospital. When she comes home with her face obscured by bandages, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying struggle with fatal consequences. Austria’s official 2016 entry for Best Foreign-language Film.
Vitals: Director: Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Stars: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz.
2015 -- Austria, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Horror, Box office gross: $.650 million, RADiUS/Anchor Bay.Extras: "A Conversation with Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala."
Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) -- a proud resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town -- she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. This modern screwball comedy is about dream-chasing, score-settling, make-shift families and cat stealing.
Vitals: Director: Noah Baumbach. Stars: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Chernus.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 86 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.465 million, Fox.Extras: Three featurettes: "Story," "Brooke" and "Tracy"; gallery.
The breakout stars from the "Despicable Me" franchise headline their own movie. The story of Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolved through the ages, perpetually serving (and accidentally eliminating) the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters -- from T. rex to Napoleon -- the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he -- alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob -- ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embark upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in "mod" London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind ... from annihilation.
Vitals: Director: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda. Stars: Voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Pierre Coffin.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: 91, PG min., Animated, Box office gross: $333.923 million, Universal.Extras: Deleted scene, "Jingle Bells Minion Style." Blu-ray adds Three new original Mini-Movies: "Cro Minion," "Competition," "Binky Nelson Unpacified"; "Around The World Interactive Map" explores the world of the Minions with and features a collection of games, trivia, featurettes, storyboards, and more all themed to movie locations; "Behind the Goggles – The Illumination Story of the Minions" with eight "behind the googles" look at the history and evolution of the yellow henchmen; "Illumination Macguff Animation" seven-part exploration of the challenges and excitement behind the Minion characters and bringing them alive through animation in the movie.
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The next installment in Marvel's cinematic universe of "The Avengers" features a size-changing scientist using his technological advances to become a superhero. When a petty crook named
Scott Lang gets his hands on a formula that enables him to shrink down to an insect's size, Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man and inventor of the formula, comes along to mentor Scott in taking over the role. With the help of his new powers and Hank's positive influence, Scott may
just be able to turn his life around for the better as a crimefighter and defender of the world. With humanity’s fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds.
Vitals: Director: Peyton Reed. Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 115 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $178.753 million, Disney.Extras: Deleted scene. Blu-ray adds "Making of an Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide"; "Let's Go to the Macroverse" featurette; "WHIH NewsFront" collection of content, including a glimpse at the future of Pym Technologies with Darren Cross, anchor Christine Everhart's interview with soon-to-be-released prisoner Scott Lang on his notorious VistaCorp heist, and more; deleted and extended scenes; gag reel; commentary by Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd.
Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation
With his elite organization shut down by the CIA, agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) race against time to stop the rise of a new global threat, The Syndicate, a dangerous network of rogue operatives turned traitors. To stop them, Ethan must join forces with an elusive, disavowed agent (newcomer Rebecca Ferguson) who may or may not be on his side as he faces his most impossible mission yet. Full of jaw-dropping stunts and fast-paced action, including a spectacular Airbus stunt, a nail-biting underwater sequence and a riveting Moroccan car and motorcycle chase.
Vitals: Director: Christopher McQuarrie. Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $193.530 million, Paramount.Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Tom Cruise and director-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie; seven featurettes go behind the scenes and explore the stunts and story: "Lighting the Fuse," "Cruise Control," "Heroes," "Cruising Altitude," "Mission: Immersible," "Sand Theft Auto" and "The Missions Continue."
The sequel to the surprise hit "Ted" (2012) finds John (Mark Wahlberg) dejected after a speedy marriage and divorce, but Ted's romance with co-worker Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) is full-speed ahead after a dream wedding presided over by none other than Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) himself. But when the pair tries to adopt a child, they are stunned by the contention that Ted is not a person. With the help of John and newly minted lawyer and longtime weed aficionado Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), the couple takes on the intolerance of a system unable to understand their love. Contains unrated extended edition that features never-before-seen footage of sophomoric, scatological humor that was too rude for the cinema.
Vitals: Director: Seth McFarlane. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, John Slattery, NFL star Tom Brady, Liam Neeson, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $81,284 million, Universal.Extras: "Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe," "Roadtripping," "Creating Comic-Con," commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Jessica Barth. Blu-ray adds "A Giant Opening Dance Number," deleted scenes, gag reel, "Cameo Buddies."
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Second in the Maze Runner franchise, based on author James Dashner's best-selling book series that takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction world. They may have escaped from the Maze, but Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers now face a greater challenge: searching for clues about the secret organization known as WCKD. Their journey leads them to the Scorch, a desolate wasteland filled with unimaginable dangers. The mystery deepens at every turn as the Gladers work together to discover their purpose and battle to survive.
Vitals: Director: Wes Ball. Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $80.821 million, Company.Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel
galleries of concept art and storyboards, theatrical trailers. Blu-ray adds "Janson's Report," a perfect bridge from the film that's full of debriefing videos with Janson, Thomas, Newt, Minho, Frypan and Aris after they arrive at the compound; "Secrets of the Scorch," visual effects breakdowns and reels.
Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all -- great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan's world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a "war room" and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony's hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara's wisdom that victories don't come by accident.
Vitals: Director: Alex Kendrick. Stars: Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore, Alex Kendrick, Michael Jr.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 120 min., Drama, Box office gross: $63.570 million, Sony.Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary with director Alex Kendrick and producer Stephen Kendrick; eight featurettes: "Making of War Room,” "War Room in 60 Seconds,” "The Heart of War Room,” "From Auditioning to Acting: A Look at What It Takes to Cast a Movie," "Molly Bruno - Modern Day Miss Clara," "Investing in the Next Generation," "The Church on Its Knees," "A Pastor's Call to Prayer." Blu-ray adds bloopers & outtakes; two additional featurettes: "The Art of Jumping Rope" and "Behind the Scenes: Color Grading"; "Warrior" music video by Steven Curtis Chapman.
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities don't exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny -- to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.
Vitals: Director: Joe Wright. Stars: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 111 min., Family Adventure, Box office gross: $34.727 million, Warner.Extras: "The Boy Who Would Be Pan" featurette. Blu-ray adds director’s commentary, "Never Grow Up: The Legend of Pan," "The Scoundrels of Neverland," "Wondrous Realms."
The Perfect Guy
After a painful breakup with her long-term boyfriend (Morris Chestnut), successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger, Carter (Michael Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But, after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he turns her life upside down.
Vitals: Director: David M. Rosenthal. Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Suspense, Box office gross: $54.737 million, Sony.Extras: "Lust and Obsession: Making The Perfect Guy" featurette.
Hitman: Agent 47
Action-thriller based on the award-winning video game franchise. A genetically engineered assassin with superior intelligence and superhuman abilities, 47, turns the tables on a sinister organization that's out to create an army of unstoppable killers with his DNA. Teaming up with a mysterious young woman (Ware), he uncovers secrets about his origins and faces an epic battle with his deadliest foe.
Vitals: Director: Aleksander Bach. Stars: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto.
2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 96 min., Action-Thriller, Box office gross: $22.467 million, Fox.Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Hit Counter," "Re-Imagining Hitman," "Ultimate Action: Staging the Fights," "Hitman: Agent 47" comic, "Making of the Comic Book," promotional featurettes, gallery, poster gallery, theatrical trailers.
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Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center),
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