(2016) Animated family tale with the voices of Rob Schneider, Haylie Duff, Norm MacDonald, Lauren Elizabeth, Tom Kenny. When Patrick (Schneider), a peaceful soldier from ancient China, is magically transported to Merryland and turned into a Panda, he must join forces with Peggy the flying pig (Elizabeth), GoGo the daring goat (Duff) and King Leo the courageous lion (MacDonald) in order to free the once-peaceful world from the tyranny of the evil nine-headed snake that has enslaved them. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The American Side
(2016) Greg Stuhr, Matthew Broderick, Camilla Belle, Janeane Garofalo, Alicja Bachleda. When Charlie Paczynski's raven-haired partner is caught in the crossfire of a blackmail scheme gone bad, he trails the prime suspect to the brink of Niagara, only to receive a cryptic warning. Thrust into a world populated by a whiskey-swilling raconteur, strangely bonded siblings, and a dubious government agent, Paczynski joins the quest for a long-lost design by enigmatic genius Nikola Tesla. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
April and the Extraordinary World
(2016 -- France) Animated, with the voices of Paul Giamatti, Tony Hale, Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons. Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of a powerful discovery when a mysterious force suddenly abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Years later, April carries on her family's research in secret with her cat, Darwin, but soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered airships and cyborg rat spies. Alternate original French soundtrack with the voices of Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort, Olivier Gourmet, Marc-Andre Grondin. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "The Origin of The Extraordinary World" featurette. (GKIDS/Universl).
Batman: The Killing Joke
(2016) DC Universe Original Movie. Based on the acclaimed 1988 graphic novel of the same name (and a two-time Eisner Award winner), the R-rated animated thriller takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime -- from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It's up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker's latest scheme and save one of Gotham City's finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon's heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, "Batman: The Killing Joke" stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans' imaginations for nearly three decades -- spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the punchline that will leave you speechless.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: 'Batman: The Killing Joke – Madness Set To Music" featurette, 'Many Shades of Joker: The Tale of The Killing Joke' featurette, two 22-minute episodes from the DC Comics Vaut: "The New Batman Adventures -- Old Wounds' and "Batman: The Animated Series -- Christmas with The Joker.' The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive limited edition The Joker figurine. (Warner).
(2015) Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrene Denkers. While on her bachelorette party getaway, the bride to be gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect and, after returning home she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, the woman succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary from writer-director/producer Chad Archibald, five behind-the-scenes documentary shorts featuring looks at special effects makeup, creating the set and more. (Scream Factory).
The Blacklist: The Complete Third Season
(2015-16) Five-disc set with all 23 episodes. Former government agent turned master criminal Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) has eluded capture for decades, but he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone), a young FBI profiler who's just barely out of Quantico. The mystery deepens as Reddington and Keen start to hunt down criminals that are on the arch-villain's "blacklist." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Outside the Box: Making The Blacklist Comic Book," "All About Aram," "Red's Gems: Favorite Lines From Season 3." Blu-ray adds deleted and extended scenes, "From the Shadows: Villains of Season 3," episode commentaries, "Creating The Stunts: Script to Screen." (Sony).
Blindspot: The Complete First Season
(2015) All 23 episodes of the series that tells the story of a beautiful woman (Jaimie Alexander who is found naked in Times Square, with her body completely covered in cryptic, intricate tattoos. With no memories of her past, and clueless about her own identity, this Jane Doe ignites the attention of the FBI when it's discovered that one of her mysterious tattoos bears the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton). As Weller and his teammates at the FBI begin to investigate the mysterious map of Jane Doe's strange tattoos, they are drawn into a high-stakes underworld that twists and turns through a labyrinth of secrets and revelations. Formats: Five-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Seven featurettes: "Casting the Team," "Oscar: The Handler." "Weller Takes Action," "Double Vision," "Rich Dotcom," "Make It GO Boom!' and "Tattooed Clues"; 19 deleted scenes; 2015 Comic-Con Panel; "Bound and Gag" reel; 'Pilot' audio commentary. (Warner).
Breaking the Bank
(2014) Kelsey Grammer, Tamsin Greig, John Michael Higgins, Sonya Cassidy. When ruthless U.S. and Japanese investment banks circling Tuftons, a struggling two-hundred-year-old, family-run British bank, its bumbling, incompetent chairman Sir Charles Bunbury (Grammer) loses the bank and ends up on the street, homeless. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
(2016) Melissa Rauch, Sebastian Stan, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, Haley Lu Richardson. A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status reluctantly trains a rising Olympics aspirant. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. (Sony).
(2016) Luke Mably, Ana Ularu, Julian Shatkin, Harvey Keitel. An unassuming young Hungarian lawyer leads a fight against the Nazis near the end of World War II. Inspired by true events. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2016) Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Hudson. HBO film details the explosive Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern-day race relations. It looks behind the curtain of Washington politics, depicting a pivotal moment in American culture that became a turning point in workplace equality and gender politics. In July 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated Judge Clarence Thomas to fill Justice Thurgood Marshall’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. In October, during the final days of
cThomas’ confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, both Newsday and NPR broke the story that one of Thomas’ former employees, law professor Anita Hill, had accused him of sexually harassing her 10 years earlier. These revelations triggered a maelstrom of events, with both Hill and Thomas testifying about the allegations before a stunned and riveted television audience. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Brief discussions with Washington and Pierce on the historical impact of the hearings as well as "Character Spot" featuring cast members discussing the character they play. (HBO).
(2016) Crystal the Monkey, Shannon Elizabeth, Peyton Meyer, Shelby Lyon, Ysa Penarejo, Sean Patrick Flanery, Vivica A. Fox. A young girl, who has lost interest in school and gymnastics after the loss of her mother, finds an unlikely and uplifting friendship with an adorable monkey in this light-hearted family film. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Monkeying Around With the Cast and Crew of Gibby," "On the Red Carpet of the Gibby Premiere," Crystal the monkey's audition. (Shout! Factory).
(2016 -- Spain) James D'Arcy, Jack Davenport, María Valverde, Hugo Silva. Brings to life the tragic events immortalized in Pablo Picasso's painting Guernica. As the citizens of the village of Guernica live with the day-to-day realities of the Spanish Civil War in 1937, a cynical American journalist (D'Arcy) secretly joins forces with a local press-office censor (Valverde) to work against the stringent restrictions that are becoming more common. But everything changes when Hitler's Condor Legion German forces attack the town. Shot on location in Spain. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes. (Sony).
(2015) Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, Jeremy Irons,. Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2016) Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine. The worlds of classical dance and modern hip-hop music collide in the inspirational drama in which real-life ballet star Keenan Kampa (Russia’s world-famous Mariinsky Ballet) gives a breakout lead performance as a young dancer who partners up with a subway hip-hop violinist to enter a life-changing performing arts competition. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
In the Deep
(2016) Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Yani Gellman, Matthew Modine. Two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) become trapped at the bottom of the ocean when a diving expedition to observe sharks goes horribly wrong. When the cable attaching the observation cage to the boat breaks and the cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean, the sisters must figure out a way to get back to safety battling injuries, lack of oxygen, and, worst of all, blood thirsty, great white sharks. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay).
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Collector's Edition) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1978) Dir.: Philip Kaufman; stars Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum. Features a new HD transfer, and packed with new bonus features, including interviews and audio commentary with cast and crew, and a limited-edition collectible slipcover with newly rendered artwork. (Scream Factory).
(2016) Keegan-Michael Key, Luis Guzman, Nia Long, Jordan Peele, Rob Huebel, Jason Mitchell, Method Man, Will Forte. Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. Read more about "Keanu" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Keanu: My First Movie" featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Key & Peele: The Complete Series
(2012-15) Ten-disc set with all 53 episodes from five seasons of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's subversive sketch comedy show -- including two seasons that are all-new to DVD -- from Mr. Garvey's irrepressible rage to every incarnation of the East/West Bowl rivalry to Luther, Obama's anger translator. Guest appearances throughout the series include Ty Burrell, Rashida Jones, Rebecca Romijn, Mekhi Phifer, Rob Riggle, and many more. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
The Knick: The Complete Second Season
(2015) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes of Season Two of the Peabody Award-Winning Cinemax Series. From executive producer Steven Soderbergh (who directed all 10 episodes), and starring Clive Owen as brilliant surgeon John Thackery, the series pushes the boundaries of medicine, morality and race relations in 1900 at a downtown NYC hospital known as The Knick. In the second season, The Knick faces an upheaval, as Dr. John Thackery's absence (due to his hospitalization for cocaine addiction), a dearth of affluent patients, and financial missteps have led to the board's decision to shutter the hospital in favor of a new building uptown. In this world of corruption, invention and progress, everyone is searching for the new path that will help him or her survive. As relocation plans proceed, the gifted but under-appreciated Dr. Algernon Edwards jockeys to become Thackery's successor as chief of surgery, while fellow doctors, nurses, nuns and administrators grapple with challenges at work and in their private lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Knick Under Construction" walking tour of the most notable sets from The Knick with the man who envisioned them, production designer Howard Cummings; "Inside the Costume Shop" with costume designer Ellen Mirojnick; "Invitation to the Ball" extensive look at how director Steven Soderbergh and show creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler went about creating the extravagant charity ball featured in Episode 7; "Inside the Body Shop" four in-depth looks at the show's medical procedures including the eye-opening ocular surgical sequence, a bloody leg abscess, a brain surgery and a guts-and-all analysis of a heroin addicts autopsy; five "Behind the Scenes" vignettes with cast and crew; 10 "Post-Ops" inside-the-episode recaps; "Knicktoids" scoops behind many of the fascinating details seen in Season Two; three commentaries with cast and crew. (HBO).
Last Days in the Desert
(2016) Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds, Ayelet Zurer. Follows Jesus (McGregor) in an imagined chapter in his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. During his time in the wilderness, he is faced with temptations from the Devil, also played by McGregor, over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures).
(2016) Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw. In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in 45 days or are transformed into the animal of their choice and sent off into The Woods. 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner. Read more about "The Lobster" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Fabric of Attraction: Concocting The Lobster" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Louder Than Bombs
(2015 -- Norway) Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid, Amy Ryan, Ruby Jerins, Megan Ketch, David Strathairn. The truth behind a war photographer's mysterious death is revealed in this powerful drama. The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer. An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house - forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to
connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by director Joachim Trier, a behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery. (Sony).
(2016) Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Jennifer Beals, Linda Lavin, Campbell Scott, Steven Berkoff. The story of Porter Wren, a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy and anything that passes for the truth. At home he is a model family man, devoted to his loving wife. But when Caroline, a seductive stranger, asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon, he can't resist. Porter gets drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and when a rich mogul blackmails him into investigating Caroline, he realizes this job could cost him everything -- his job, his marriage and his life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with director-producer-screenwriter Brian DeCubellis, actor/co-producer Campbell Scott, and cinematographer David Tumblety; "Behind the Scenes with Cast & Crew"; "The Watcher" featurette; deleted/extended scenes; director's notebook and storyboards. (Lionsgate).
Meet the Blacks
(2015) Mike Epps, Zulay Henao, George Lopez, Mike Tyson, Alex Henderson, Bresha Webb, Lil Duval, Phil Austin, Kate Enggren. As Carl Black gets the opportunity to move his family out of Chicago in hope of a better life, their arrival in Beverly Hills is timed with that city's annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours. Read more about "Meet the Blacks" in the August
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Meet the Blacks" featurette, "Hit the Gas" music video, "Behind the Scenes of Hit the Gas," "Don't Hate Wiring!" parody commercial, outtakes. (Lionsgate).
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 9
(2015) All 18 episodes. Winningly clever and playful, this acclaimed Canadian series returns with new mysteries set in Edwardian-era Toronto. In Season 9, Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and his wife, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), plan their dream home; Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris) faces dire consequences for his decisions; and Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly) experiences a personal crisis. Meanwhile, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) endures an eccentric houseguest, and a new morgue cleaner turned lab attendant (Mouna Traoré) brings fresh blood to the team. While battling criminals from serial killers to bank robbers, from the darkest opium dens to the atmosphere of outer space, Murdoch and his friends encounter historical figures like Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery, temperance advocate Carrie Nation, and American humorist Mark Twain (in a special guest appearance by William Shatner).
Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray. Extras: "Making Murdochs" featurettes, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
(2016) Dir.: Garry Marshall. Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo, Jack Whitehall. Ensemble film connects the lives of a group of people maneuvering their way through relationships and family dysfunction in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Read more about "Mother's Day" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Universal).
Peter – The Redemption,
(2016) John Rhys-Davies, Stephen Baldwin, Steve Byers. Faith-based film retells the biblical narrative of Apostle Peter during the first Christian persecution. Follows Peter (Rhys-Davies) as he is tormented by his denial of Christ. Having spent his life attempting to atone for his failures, Peter's true devotion as a witness for the Lord is tested yet again as he faces certain death at the hand of the cruel Roman Emperor Nero (Baldwin).
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Puerto Ricans in Paris
(2016) Luis Guzmán, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Miriam Shor, Rosie Perez. Two hardheaded New York detectives invade the City of Lights when they're recruited by a fashion agency to track down the thief who has stolen its latest handbag designs.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Sniper: Ghost Shooter
(2016) Chad Michael Collins, Billy Zane, Dennis Haysbert. Latest addition to the "Sniper" franchise. Elite snipers Brandon Beckett (Collins) and Richard Miller (Zane) are fighting extremists in the Middle East when Colonel (Haysbert) gives them a new mission: to protect a gas pipeline stretching from the Republic of Georgia to Western Europe from terrorists eager to make a political statement. But when skirmishes with the enemy lead to U.S. snipers being killed by a ghost shooter who locks into their exact location, a security breach is suspected. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
(2015) Diego Boneta, Jocelin Donahue, Maiara Walsh, Andrés Velencoso. Four American counselors at a European summer camp must deal with the outbreak of a rage-inducing plague among the children they're supervising. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Michael Paré, Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins, Tom Sizemore, Martin Kove, Quinton Aaron. In 1880s Kansas, sharpshooter turned rancher Clay Travis (Paré goes from happily married father of two to a man on a mission after the disappearance of his 17 year-old daughter, Lily. Clay leaves his quiet ranch and heads to Wichita where, after confronting the ruthless Ty Stover (Adkins), he discovers that Lily's been traded away into an underground sex ring in Dodge City. There, with the help of an unlikely companion -- hardened old barkeep Billy (Kristofferson) -- Clay makes a stand to bring his daughter home, leaving a trail of gunsmoke and bodies in his wake. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of Traded," Deleted scenes. (Cinedigm).
(2016) Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Jerry Lewis, Kevin Weisman. When two nobody police officers who work in the evidence room of the Las Vegas Police Department discover an unusually high bail receipt in connection to a drug bust, the two friends set in motion a plan to find the source of the money and concoct a plan to rob a bank-style vault that belongs to a high-end heroin dealer. But what they find inside puts their lives in grave danger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Dynamics of a Duo: Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood" featurette, "The Visuals of Vegas" featurette, audio commentary with directors Alex and Benjamin Brewer. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Sofia Black-D'Elia, Analeigh Tipton, Travis Tope, Michael Kelly. Teenaged sisters
Emma (Sofia Black-D'Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads throughout the town, the two band together to barricade themselves from infection. But it may already be too late -- when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Dimension Films/Anchor Bay).
(2016) James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Cherry Jones, Lucy Fry, George MacKay, Daniel Webber, T.R. Knight, Kevin J. O'Connor, Josh Duhamel, Chris Cooper. Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the Hulu Original series based on the number-one bestselling novel by Stephen King about the JFK assassination. James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high school teacher at a loss with his life, who wants to make a difference and do something meaningful. Encouraged by his ailing friend (Chris Cooper), Jake journeys back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The story transports audiences into the world of 1960s Texas as Jake explores the multiple mysteries surrounding the alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber). But Jake's mission faces threats not only from Oswald, but from Sadie (Sarah Gadon), a beautiful librarian he falls in love with, and from the Past itself ... which doesn't want to be changed. And if the Past doesn't want to be changed, it will push back -- often violently. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "When the Future Fights Back" featurette with King, Franco, executive producers J.J. Abrams and Bridget Carpenter. (Warner).
The First Monday in May
(2016) Follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in various fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano), as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Frontline: The Secret History of ISIS
(2016) "They came out of nowhere." That was the common refrain when ISIS captured the world's attention by seizing large swaths of Iraq, declaring an Islamic caliphate, and initiating a series of deadly terrorist attacks around the globe, including those in Paris and Brussels. But the program reveals in grim detail, the emergence of the brutal terrorist group should not have been a surprise — especially to the U.S. government. Going behind the headlines, the film shows how Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a one-time thug turned jihadi leader, was able to outmaneuver the American government for a time and build a brutal terrorist organization that would destabilize the Middle East and inflict violence around the world. An epic story spanning more than a decade, the program lays out decisions made by the United States government and their unintended consequences: from a missed opportunity to kill Zarqawi in 2002, to a speech by former Secretary of State Colin Powell that inadvertently turned Zarqawi into a jihadist celebrity, to multiple missteps in the occupation of Iraq, to the Obama administration's failure to counter the threat posed by ISIS in Syria. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
A Hologram for the King
(2016) Director:Tom Tykwer. Stars: Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Sarita Choudhury, Tom Skerritt, Sidse Babett Knudsen. Cultures collide when a recently divorced American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Read more about "A Hologram for the King" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of A Hologram For The King" featurette, "From Novel to Screen: The Adaptation of A Hologram For The King" featurette, "Perfecting the Culture" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Line Of Duty, Series 3
(2016) Three-disc set with six episodes. The powerful, critically acclaimed BBC drama returns with Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) back on the trail of corrupt police officers. After a criminal is shot dead during a police raid, the AC-12 team begins examining the conduct of Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays), leader of an elite unit. But Waldron's loyal team obstructs the investigation, and the truth about the shooting proves more complicated than Arnott and Fleming could ever have imagined. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
A Monster with a Thousand Heads
(2016 -- Mexico) Jana Raluy, Sebastián Aguirre Boëda, Hugo Albores, Nora Huerta. A taut and efficient mix of thriller, drama and socio-political commentary from Mexican-based Uruguayan filmmaker Rodrigo Plá. When Sonia (Jana Raluy) receives the news that her husband's cancer has progressed to a terminal stage, she races to secure the insurance company approval for the care that can help him. Met with indifference and negligence at every turn, Sonia works her way from hospital employees and doctors up to senior officials and insurance company executives. Chasing down the higher-ups she needs at their homes and hangouts, Sonia's growing desperation triggers a primal survival instinct as a series of increasingly violent
confrontations unfold. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Deleted scenes, theatrical trailer. (Music Box Films).
Perry Mason: The Complete Movie Collection
Starring Hollywood legend Raymond Burr. Revisit all the suspense of one of television's most acclaimed courtroom dramas. In the new 15-disc set, the iconic titular attorney works passionately to solve cases involving bribery, extortion, entrapment and murder. As a famed defense lawyer, he cracks seemingly unsolvable mysteries to clear the names of the innocent, and bring justice to the wretched within the courtroom. Includes all 30 digitally enhanced made-for-television movies.
Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon
(2016) Everyone's favorite mystery-solving gang reunites with WWE to defeat the evil phantom, Inferno, in this all-new animated film. When Scooby and the gang attend an off-road racing competition, the last thing they expect is to stumble upon a menacing phantom. However, before they can say "ruh-roh," things take a turn for the worse, as Inferno schemes to sabotage the race and cause chaos for everyone. With the help of WWE Superstars Triple H, Paige and Sheamus, as well as Scooby's new driving partner, The Undertaker, it's up to Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang to save the race before it's too late. With a star-studded voice cast, including WWE Superstars The Undertaker, Triple H, Paige, Sheamus, Mr. McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Lana, Rusev, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, and Goldust. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Supergirl: The Complete First Season
(2015-16) All 20 episodes from Season 1. Born on the doomed planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped at the same time as her cousin, Superman, but didn’t arrive on Earth until years later after being lost in the Phantom Zone. Raised by her adopted family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to hide the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin. Years later, at age 24, and now living in National City while working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant, Kara has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray. Extras: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, "The Man From Mars" documentary on J’onn J’onzz, "A World Left Behind: Krypton" explores the history of this famous planet and its role and depiction in "Supergirl," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2015 -- South Korea) Choi Min-sik, Jung Man-sik, Kim Sang-ho. An ex-sharpshooter for the Kingdom of Korea is hunting the last tiger in Japanese-occupied Korea in 1925. But Japanese forces and vicious local poachers also seek "The Four-Legged Mountain Lord," and will stop at nothing to claim their prey. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2016) British crime drama from the makers of the Broadchurch series is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead in the middle of the Channel Tunnel, straddling the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck, played by Stephen Dillane and Elise Wassermann, played by Clémence Poésy, are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries. The case takes a surreal turn when a shocking discovery is made at the crime scene, forcing the French and British police into an uneasy partnership. As the serial killer uses ever more elaborate and ingenious methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society, Karl and Elise are drawn deeper into his increasingly personal agenda. Based on the original hit Swedish series from Filmlance International "The Bridge." Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Women He's Undressed
(2015) Documentary traces the rise and fall and rise again of one of the most prolific, and spectacularly talented costume designers of Hollywood's golden age: legendary three-time Academy Award winner Orry-Kelly. Tracing his four-decade career (which included a very close, live-in relationship with a young Cary Grant) and dazzling creative relationships with a who's who of Hollywood, this dishy and glamorous film -- inspired by his recently published posthumous, long-lost memoir, discovered in a pillow case -- unveils the secrets of one of Hollywood's most singular and outspoken talents. Veteran Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong ("My Brilliant Career") mixes recreations of Orry-Kelly's life with testimonies from intimates, admirers, and Hollywood royalty to create an unforgettable portrait of one of Hollywood's grand godfathers of glamour. Outspokenly gay at a time when Hollywood was deeply conservative, a lover of boxing and booze, a charming rebel with a biting wit, Australian born Orry-Kelly always lived a life of artistic and personal integrity. His accounts of life behind the Hollywood golden curtain are legendary, and include his very close relationship with handsome British actor Archie Leach, who later changed his name to become Cary Grant, and entertaining stories of his powerful friendships with top actresses and Hollywood icons of the time, including Bette Davis and Jack and Ann Warner. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
(2015) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes. With a murder unsolved and a betrayal exposed, everyone's truth is suspect. Full of complex family ties, passionate betrayals and the vengeful emotions that have resulted from an illicit summer liaison, the Showtime series follows the differing perspectives of the two couples -- Noah Solloway and Helen Solloway, and Alison Lockhart and Cole Lockhart -– all still reeling from the ramifications of Noah and Alison's extramarital affair. Told from four different points of view, the story cracks wide open to reveal a complicated web of intrigue and deceit more dangerous than anyone imagined. As the two estranged couples try individually to plan for the future, a new series of deceptions will once again force them to question everything they believed.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Character profiles, tour of Montauk on Long Island where the series takes place, "Memory Lanes." (Showtime/CBD/Paramount).
The Angry Birds Movie
(2016) Voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts -- Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Bonus scene: "Chuck's Rescue," Symphony Mode, "Making Music! With Composer Heitor Pereira," Blake Shelton music video "Friends," photo gallery. Blu-ray adds all-new short "The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm," three more Hatchlings shorts, Deleted Scenes, "Crafty Birds – How to Build Your Own Piggy Tower," "Dance Along Birds and Pigs," "Creating the Real World of Angry Birds," Meet the Birds," "Meet the Pigs," "Meet the Hatchlings." (Sony).
A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits
(2016) Sofia Carson, Jennifer Tilly, Thomas Law. Contemporary musical finds Tessa Golding (Sofia Carson) forced to go on vacation with her evil stepmother, Divine, and evil stepsisters, Olympia and Athena. Once at the posh resort, she realizes she was brought only as a servant to assist the stepsisters as they compete for the lead roles in a live musical performance of "Cinderella" with Reed West, the infamous pop-star, as the Prince. Tessa secretly dreams of auditioning but Divine forbids it. Georgie, a make-up artist, transforms Tessa's identity to "Bella Snow" so she can audition without Divine and her mischievous daughters getting in the way. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Cinderella Mash" (music video), "Do You" (music video), "Style#n Cinderella" featurette, "Get Your Glam On" featurette, "How to Get Loose"
featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
(2015-16) All 22 episodes of the second season of the story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival. In this season, Detective Gordon's moral compass wavers as he confronts Gotham City's most notorious criminals while simultaneously attempting to gain the trust of young Bruce Wayne, a boy now clearly on the path toward the man he is destined to be. And all the while, Gotham follows the intriguing origin stories and evolution of some of the city's most infamous personalities, including Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Hugo Strange and Mr. Freeze.
Formats: Six-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gotham: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, "Gotham by Noir Light" featurette, "Alfred: Batman's Greatest Ally" featurettes, "Cold Hearted – The Tale of Victor Fries" featurette, character featurettes. (Warner).
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
(2015) Whether headlining films in Sweden, Italy, or Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman always pierced the screen with a singular soulfulness. With this new documentary, made on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of Bergman's birth, director Stig Björkman allows us unprecedented access to her world, culling from the most personal of archival materials -- letters, diary entries, photographs, and Super 8 and 16 mm footage Bergman herself shot -- and following her from youth to tumultuous married life and motherhood. Intimate and artful, this lovingly assembled portrait, narrated by actor Alicia Vikander, provides luminous insight into the life and career of an undiminished legend. High-definition digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray.
Extras: New interview with director Stig Björkman; Super 8 home movies shot by Bergman in the 1930s; two deleted scenes, showing Bergman's daughters reading an essay she wrote at age 17 and an interview with film historian and Bergman scholar Rosario Tronnolone; extended versions of scenes featuring interviews with actors Sigourney Weaver and Liv Ullmann and Bergman's daughter Isabella Rossellini and with the three Rossellini siblings; clip from the 1932 film "Landskamp," featuring Bergman in her first screen role; outtakes from Bergman's 1936 film "On the Sunny Side"; music video for Eva Dahlgren's song "The Movie About Us," which is included on the film's soundtrack; trailer; an essay by film scholar Jeanine Basinger. (The Criterion Collection)
(1983) Stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife's predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism. Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life -- his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals -- when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he has a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying. Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick's horrorfest is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as "I'm so hungry I could eat a whore." Vegetarians need not apply! Director-approved special edition in a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, with original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler, moderated by Mike Tristano; new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein; trailer; original treatment and eight-page synopsis (BD/DVD-ROM content); reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Our Last Tango
(2015 -- Argentina) Documentary tells the life and love story of Argentina's most famous tango dancers, Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly 50 years until a painful separation tore them apart. Relaying their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, their story of love, hatred and passion is transformed into unforgettable tango-choreographies. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
(2016) After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene ... except one; the film's explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, "Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made" is just that: the story of this long-gestating project's culmination, chronicling the friends' dedication to their artistic vision -- mixed in with some movie magic -- to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentarties, deleted scenes, more. (Drafthouse Films/MVD Entertainment).
Session 9 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) David Caruso, Josh Lucas. Larry Fessenden. It looms up out of the woods like a dormant beast. Grand, imposing ... abandoned and deteriorating, the Danvers State Mental Hospital, closed down for 15 years is about to receive five new visitors. Donning protective gear, the men of the Hazmat Elimination Co. venture into the eerily vast and vacant asylum that is filled with an evil and mysterious past. Rampant patient abuse, medieval medical procedures and rumors of demonic possession are some of the many dark secrets the hospital holds -- but then so do each of the men.
Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New "Return to Danvers: The Secrets of Session 9" featuring interviews with director/co-writer Brad Anderson, actor/co-writer Stephen Gevedon, actors Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III, Larry Fessenden, composers The Climax Golden Twins and director of photography Uta Briesewitz; new "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" - revisiting the locations of the film; commentary with Brad Anderson and Stephen Gevedon; deleted scenes/alternate ending; story to screen; "The Haunted Palace"; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2015) Devon Werkheiser, Sean Marquette, Camilla Belle, Teri Hatcher, John Michael Higgins. Best friends Logan and Blake jet to exotic Puerto Vallarta over spring break, hoping to hook up with their crushes. But after Logan meets a local beauty named Gaby, he awakens to find he’s minus a valuable watch. Suddenly, the pair are plunged into a wild underworld of gangstas, strip clubs, and high-speed chases. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Seventh Season
(2015-16) In season seven, after saying an emotional goodbye to Elena Gilbert, some characters will recover while others falter.
Formats: Five-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: The Vampire Diaries: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, "Directing Vampires" behind-the-scenes featurette,, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the half-hour STARZ Original series that is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film "The Evil Dead"; the series is executive produced by "Evil Dead" creator Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, and stars Campbell in his iconic role as Ash, the stock boy, now an aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons -- personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentaries by Campbell, more. (Anchor Bay).
The Bloodstained Butterfly
(1971) Directed by Duccio Tessari ("Death Occurred Last Night," "A Pistol for Ringo"), "The Bloodstained Butterfly" melds the lurid giallo traditions popularized by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces. When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi, seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning ... but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there's more to the case than meets the eye. Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart and Carole André and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio, "The Bloodstained Butterfly" is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before. New 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman; "Murder in B-Flat Minor," a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth; new career retrospective on director Duccio Tessari; original Italian and English theatrical trailers; gallery of original promotional images; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; limited edition 36-page booklet illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes and Leonard Jacobs. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) This atmospheric four-part crime drama is a gripping story of greed and revenge in a small Irish town. Car dealer Frank Mallon (Adam Fergus) is watching his life fall apart around him. His wife has left him, his cars aren't selling, and his teenage daughter, Corrina (Kelly Thornton), is out of control. When bank manager Desmond Rane (Aidan McArdle) tells Frank he's about to lose everything, Frank devises a plan to fix his money problems while also getting revenge on the people who are making his life miserable. But when the plan goes awry and one of his conspirators (Damien Molony) disappears, Frank’s troubles multiply as old jealousies come to light and lives are put at risk. Formats: Two-disc DVD, VOD. (Acorn Media).
(2014) Laura Allen, Andy Powers, Peter Stormare. Story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume -- red nose and wig included -- will not come off and his own personality changes in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making Clown Featuring Producer Eli Roth." (Dimension Films/Anchor Bay).
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season
(2016) All 16 episodes. From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this Super Hero team-up that combines characters from both series, as well as new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon. Focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time. Formats: Four-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, "Jonah Hex: Hex Marks the Spot" featurette, "A Fantastic Voyage: Touring the Waverider Set " featurette, "History in the Making" featurette, gag reel. (Warner).
DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year
(2016) Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy and Katana band together to navigate the twists and turns of high school at Super Hero High in these six animated adventures for girls 6-12.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2016) Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth. A Texas Ranger (Hemsworth) investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher (Harrelson); the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the Ranger, who must solve the case before he loses everything to the mysterious town. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Kieran Darcy-Smith and production designer Toby Corbett. (Lionsgate).
Elementary: The Fourth Season
(2015-16) Six-disc set with all 24 episodes that follows the adventures of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, living in NYC; Jonny Lee Miller portrays the iconic detective and Lucy Liu plays his legendary investigating partner Dr. Joan Watson. In the latest season, Holmes struggles to maintain his sobriety and attempts to keep his sanity despite the looming threat of a prison sentence. Meanwhile, the crime-solving duo continues to crack some of the NYPD's toughest cases when old enemies resurface, former files are reopened and new crimes run rampant close to home. Yet, the biggest obstacle the duo must face follows the unexpected arrival of Sherlock's estranged father, Morland Holmes (John Noble). Does he hold their best interest at heart or is he scheming for something far bigger than all of them combined?
Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, "The Signs of Fourth" behind-the-scenes fourth season featurette "Villainy!" inside look at the series' villains, "Mina, Cassie, & Ally," "Father Holmes," behind-the-scenes look at the "Wag the Dog: Hounded" episode. (CBS/ Paramount).
The Huntsman: Winter's War
(2016) Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Sheridan Smith, Sophie Cookson, Colin Morgan, Rob Brydon, Nick Frost. Huntsman Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna. Includes an extended version as well as the theatrical release version. Read more about "The Huntsman: Winter's War" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Dressed To Kill" costumes featurette, "Love Conquers All" behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Blu-ray adds "Two Queens and Two Warriors" featurette on the strength and complexity of the film's female roles, "Meet the Dwarfs" featurette, "Magic All Around" visual effects featurette. (Universal).
Lucifer: The Complete First Season
(2015-16) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes of the series that follows Lucifer, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, who has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels where he is indulging in a few of his favorite things — wine, women and song. When a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered before his eyes, he feels something awaken deep within him – for the first time in roughly 10 billion years. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Decker, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. As they work together to solve the murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe's inherent goodness. Used to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, he begins to wonder if there's hope yet, and he becomes a consultant for the LAPD. Based on the character from DC Entertainment's Vertigo comic. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Lucifer: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, four character profiles (Amenadiel, Linda, Chloe Decker, Dan), "Devilish Duo " featurette, "Lucifer Morningstar" featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
(2016) Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph. Twentysomething New Yorker Maggie's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage. Read more about "Maggie's Plan" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Controlling Fate: The Making of Maggie's Plan" featurette, outtakes, Q & A at The Sundance Film Festival, commentary with writer-director Rebecca Miller. (Sony).
The Man Who Knew Infinity
(2016) Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam.
The true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he forged a bond with his mentor, the eccentric professor GH Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (IFC Films).
Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour Series 3
(2016) Two-disc set with four all new episodes that follow a young Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) as he and his partner, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), investigate crimes around Oxford in 1967. The crimes include a carnival that turns sinister when a young bus conductress is murdered, a horrendous house fire, a missing person's case that contains similarities to a cold case, and a run-in with a notorious Oxford crime family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Masterpiece Mystery!: Inspector Lewis Season 8
(2015) Two-disc set with three full-length episodes. Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for one last time as Inspector Lewis and Inspector Hathaway, investigating new cases of murder and other crimes in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford. The arrival of new Chief Superintendent heralds a fresh dawn for Oxfordshire Police, although the high flyer soon clashes with Robbie Lewis over the latter’s more traditional approach to detective work. With forensic pathologist Laura Hobson contemplating early retirement, and the new boss piling on the pressure, will Lewis finally decide to call time on his policing career? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Midnight Run BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Dir.: Martin Brest; stars Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano. Extras: New interview with Robert De Niro; "We've Got the Duke" interview with actor Charles Grodin; "Moscone Bail Bonds" interview with actor Joe Pantoliano; "Hey Marvin!" interview with actor John Ashton; "I'm Mosely!" interview with actor Yaphet Kotto; "Midnight Writer" interview with writer George Gallo; vintage making-of featurette; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory Shout Select).
Narcos: Season 1
(2015)Ten episodes. This Golden Globe-nominated series follows the true-life story of the rise of international cocaine cartels -- and the battle waged by law enforcement to stop them. At the center of the conflict are Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), the notorious Colombian drug kingpin, and the two DEA agents sent to take him down: Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal). Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Establishing the Route" featurette, "The Colombian Connection" featurette, "The Language Barrier" featurette, deleted scenes, commentary with cast and crew on select episodes. (Lionsgate).
NCIS: The Thirteenth Season
(2015-16) Six-disc set with all 24 episodes. Led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), the NCIS team continues to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties, from murder and espionage, to terrorism and stolen submarines. The popular ensemble cast also includes Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, David McCallum and Emily Wickersham. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; commentaries; "The Definitive DiNozzo" featurette includes special tributes to departing star Michael Weatherly from the cast, producers and crew; "BOOM" explosions featurette; "The Agency Turns 50" highlights the 50th anniversary celebration of the real-life NCIS; " Crossing Over: A Look at Sister City" profiles the special two-hour episode when the "NCIS" cast meets the stars of "NCIS: New Orleans"; more. (CBS/Paramount).
The Nice Guys
(2016) Dir.: Shane Black. Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Beau Knapp, Angourie Rice. A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. Read more about "The Nice Guys" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Always Bet On Black" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Worst. Detectives. Ever. Making The Nice Guys" featurette. (Warner).
Psycho IV: The Beginning
(1990 - TV) Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas, Olivia Hussey, CCH Pounder. Prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller. A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late-night radio show where the host (Pounder) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trials as a young boy (Thomas) living with his widowed schizophrenic mother (Hussey). These haunting memories are more than just disturbing visions of the past; they threaten to rekindle his killing urge. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Mick Garris, actors Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey; new "The Making of Mother," an interview with make-up effects artist Tony Gardner; rare behind-the-scenes footage from director Mick Garris; Mick Garris rare photo gallery. (Scream factory).
Ratchet & Clank
(2016) Voices of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone. Based on the popular video game franchise, this animated sci-fi adventure follows two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy "Lombax" who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called the Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Ratchet & Clank: A Hero's Journey" and "Ratchet & Clank: Leveling Up." (Universal).
The Strain Season 2
(2015) Thirteen episodes. The mysterious epidemic transforming the citizens of New York into horrifying creatures continues to rage during the second season of this acclaimed horror series. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Meet the Crew of The Strain," "The White Room," audio commentary on "Night Train" featuring Carlton Cuse, gag reel, Beyond the Page" "Sentient strigoi." (Fox).
(2016 -- U.K.) Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Mark Bonnar. Director Terence Davies' ("The House of Mirth") intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman's endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. The film takes place during the early years of the 20th century and is driven by the young heroine Chris (Deyn,) and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan (Guthrie) and for the unforgiving land. The First World War reaches
out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet in a final moment of grace, Chris endures, now a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future. "Sunset Song" adds another
small gem to writer-director Terence Davies' filmography. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Superstore: Season One
(2015-16) Two-disc set with all 11 episodes. A hilarious workplace comedy venturing into the world of retail hell. Starring America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty") and Ben Feldman ("Mad Men, A to Z"), the giant megastore is staffed by employees ranging from bright-eyed newbies and the seen-it-all veterans, to the clueless summer hires and the in-it-for-life managers. Together they tackle the day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters, riot-causing sales and nap-worthy training sessions. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Universal).
A Taste of Honey
(1961) The revolutionary British New Wave films of the early 1960s were celebrated for their uncompromising depictions of working-class lives and relations between the sexes. Directed by Tony Richardson, a leading light of that movement, and based on one of the most controversial plays of its time, "A Taste of Honey" stars Rita Tushingham, in a star-making debut role, as a disaffected teenager finding her way amid the economic desperation of industrial Manchester, and despite an absent, self-absorbed mother. With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, Richardson's classic is a still startling benchmark work of realism. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray.
Extras: New interviews with actors Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin; audio interview with director and co-screenwriter Tony Richardson, conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival; new interview with Kate Dorney, curator of modern and contemporary theater at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, about "A Taste of Honey's" onstage origins; excerpt from a 1960 television interview with "A Taste of Honey" playwright Shelagh Delaney; "Momma Don't Allow" (1956), Richardson's first theatrical film; an essay by film scholar Colin MacCabe. (The Criterion Collection)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season
(2015-2016) Five-disc set with all 16 episodes. Season Six starts with Alexandria's safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with Rick and the other survivors' hardness, while many of Rick's people will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they've needed to embrace. These reversals won't happen easily, or without conflict. But now Rick's group is fighting for something more than surviva l... They're fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Episode 616: "Last Day on Earth" the extended version, deleted scenes, "The Making of the Walking Dead," six featurettes: "In Memoriam," "601: Out of the Quarry," "Guts & Glory: The Death of Nicholas," "Strength in Bonds," "Negan: Someone to Fear," "The Face of Death: Iconic Walkers of the Season." (Starz/Anchor Bay).
Woman in the Dunes
(1964) One of the 1960s' great international art-house sensations, "Woman in the Dunes" was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic world of Hiroshi Teshigahara ("The Face of Another"). Eiji Okada ("Hiroshima mon amour") plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle found in a vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night with a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) in her hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema's most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of the Sisyphean struggle of everyday life -- an achievement that garnered Teshigahara an Academy Award nomination for best director. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray.
Extras: Video essay on the film from 2007 by film scholar James Quandt; four short films from director Hiroshi Teshigahara's early career: "Hokusai" (1953), "Ikebana" (1956), "Tokyo 1958" (1958) and "Ako" (1965);
"Teshigahara and Abe," a 2007 documentary examining the collaboration between Teshigahara and novelist Kobo Abe, featuring interviews with film scholars Donald Richie and Tadao Sato, film programmer Richard Peña, set designer Arata Isozaki, producer Noriko Nomura, and screenwriter John Nathan; trailer; an essay by film scholar Audie Bock and a 1980 interview with Teshigahara. (The Criterion Collection)
The Wonder Years: The Complete Series
(1988-1993) Twenty-two disc set with all 115 landmark episodes and nearly 12 hours of exclusive bonus features. Formats: DVD: $119.95. Extras: Highlights from the first cast reunion in 16 years; roundtable discussions with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage, and Josh Saviano; six newly produced featurettes; farewell set tour; one-hour ABC broadcast of the series finale; exclusive interviews with the show's creators and cast including Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Alley Mills, Dan Lauria, Olivia d'Abo, Jason Hervey, and more. (Time Life).
(2015-16) All 23 episodes from the fourth season as well as "The Flash" crossover episode. After defeating his most formidable foe to date and riding off into the sunset with longtime flame Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen (aka The Arrow) left Star City with the hopes of beginning a new life. But will Oliver ever truly be able to leave behind his past as The Arrow, and, if so, what becomes of the team he has worked so hard to assemble? Will military vet John Diggle, Oliver’s sister Thea Queen, and lawyer-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance continue Oliver's fight without him? And with Malcolm Merlyn having ascended to the top of the League of Assassins as the new Ra's al Ghul, is anyone really safe?
Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Star Crossed Hawks" featurette, "Star Crossed Hawks: The Hunt for Vandal Savage" featurette; "Smooth Criminal: The Damien Darhk Story" featurette; Arrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel; deleted scenes; gag reel. (Warner).
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the STARZ original half-hour series, set in Los Angeles, that follows Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart), a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news. Through the platform of his nightly news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. The witty comedy also stars Jacki Weaver as Rosalie, Blunt's tough and motherly producer-manager, Adrian Scarborough as Harry, Blunt's manservant, and Timm Sharp. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary on the writing and making of each episode from creator Jonathan Ames. (Anchor Bay).
The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection
(2015) Twenty-two disc set with 45 of the long lost episodes from the first five seasons
of "The Carol Burnett Show." Includes a collectible guest book, and
over 20 hours of extras including a backstage tour of CBS Studio 33, bloopers and outtakes, and exclusive interviews with Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Burt Reynolds, rare TV specials and more. The set features original broadcast episodes from Seasons 1-5 (1967-1972), hand-picked by Carol herself, not seen since their original airing more than 40 years ago. Fans will see the very first steps of a TV icon, the magic of Carol's cast coming together, and an incredible array of guest stars, including Carol's hero, Lucille Ball, along with Eddie Albert, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Chita Rivera, Joan Rivers, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Jonathan Winters and many, many more. Formats: DVD: $249.95. (Time Life).
Chicago Fire: Season Four
(2015-16) Six-disc set with all 23 episodes. Emotions flare during the fourth season of this drama about the brave firefighters, rescue squad members, and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. As firehouse Lt. Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) deals with the fallout of his undercover work and Rescue Squad Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) struggles with a demotion, personal matters threaten the focus needed for the crew's daily life-and-death decisions. From Primetime Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order").
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "Chicago Med" and "Chicago P.D." crossover episodes. (Universal).
Chicago Med: Season One
(2015-16) Five-disc set with all 18 episodes. From Primetime Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order") comes the newest installment of the compelling Chicago franchise. The doctors, nurses and staff of the city's most cutting-edge trauma center take on critical medical cases and their ethical dilemmas. Woven into this high-intensity environment are engrossing personal dramas where life or death is always on the line. Along with familiar faces from "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D.," this ensemble cast includes Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCost, Colin Donnell, Brian Tee, Torrey DeVitto and Rachel DiPillo. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D." crossover episodes. (Universal).
Chimes at Midnight
(1966) The crowning achievement of Orson Welles's extraordinary film career, "Chimes at Midnight" was the culmination of the filmmaker's lifelong obsession with Shakespeare's ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff -- the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV's wayward son Prince Hal -- here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both "Henry IV" plays as well as "Richard II," "Henry V" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," Welles created a gritty and unorthodox Shakespeare film, one that he intended, he said, as "a lament . . . for the death of Merrie England." Poetic, philosophical, and visceral -- with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence that rivals anything else in the director's body of work -- "Chimes at Midnight" is as monumental as the figure at its heart. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary featuring film scholar James Naremore, author of "The Magic World of Orson Welles"; new interview with actor Keith Baxter; new interview with Welles' daughter Beatrice Welles, who appeared in the film at age seven; new interview with actor and Welles biographer Simon Callow; new Interview with film historian Joseph McBridge, author of "What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?"; interview with Welles while at work editing the film, from a 1965 episode of "The Merv Griffin Show"; trailer. (The Criterion Collection)
The Commitments 25th Anniversary Edition
(1991) "The Irish are the blacks of Europe, Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland, and the North Siders are the blacks of Dublin ... so say it loud -- I'm black and I'm proud!" Or so Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) tells his slightly puzzled friends as he tries to assemble a rhythm & blues show band in a working class community in Dublin in Alan Parker's stirring music film. Jimmy is a would-be music business wheeler and dealer, and he's decided what Dublin needs is a top-shelf soul band. However, top-shelf soul musicians are hard to find in Dublin, so he has to make do with what he can find. However, after a long round of auditions, Jimmy makes two inspired discoveries: Deco (Andrew Strong), an abrasive and alcoholic streetcar conductor who nevertheless has a voice like the risen ghost of Otis Redding, and Joey "The Lips" Fagan (Johnny Murphy), a horn player who knows soul music backwards and forwards and claims to have played with everyone from Wilson Pickett to Elvis Presley. Before long, the band -- called the Commitments -- is packing them in at local clubs. But do they have what it takes to make the big time? Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, who also co-wrote the screenplay, "The Commitments" is sparked by fine performances by its young cast and enthusiastic performances of a number of '60s soul classics; the cast, who play their own instruments, reassembled the band for a concert tour after the film became a hit. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
The Immortal Story
(1968) Orson Welles' first color film and final completed fictional feature, "The Immortal Story" is a moving and wistful adaptation of a tale by Isak Dinesen. Welles stars as a wealthy merchant in 19th-century Macao, who becomes obsessed with bringing to life an oft-related anecdote about a rich man who gives a poor sailor a small sum of money to impregnate his wife. Also starring an ethereal Jeanne Moreau, this jewel-like film, dreamily shot by Willy Kurant ("Masculin féminin") and suffused with the music of Erik Satie, is a brooding, evocative distillation of Welles' artistic interests -- a story about the nature of storytelling and the fine line between illusion and reality. • New, restored 4K digital transfer of the English-language version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray.
Extras: Alternate French-language version of the film; audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Adrian Martin; "Portrait: Orson Welles," a 1968 documentary directed by François Reichenbach and Frédéric Rossif; new interview with actor Norman Eshley interview from 2004 with cinematographer Willy Kurant; new interview with Welles scholar François Thomas; an essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection)
The Jungle Book
(2016) Dir.: Jon Favreau. Stars: Neel Sethi, voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Garry Shandling. Live-action adventure based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories, inspired by Disney's classic 1967 animated film. Read more about "The Jungle Book" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). The 3D version of "The Jungle Book" will be available later this year. Extras: "King Louie's Temple: Layer by Layer" featurette. Blu-ray adds "The Jungle Book Reimagined," "I Am Mowgli" featurette on Neel Sethi, commentary with director Jon Favreau. (Disney).
Me Before You
(2016) Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle, Stephen Peacocke, Matthew Lewis, Jenna Coleman, Samantha Spiro, Vanessa Kirby. A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of. Read more about "Me Before You" in the August
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Me Before You: From Page to Screen," outtakes, deleted scenes. (Warner).
The Night Manager
(2016) Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston lead an incredible British cast in the intense BBC One/AMC spy thriller in its original, uncensored version. Miniseries based on John le Carré's best-selling spy novel follows hotel manager Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) in his quest to bring down international arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). After being recruited by a British intelligence officer to infiltrate Roper's inner circle, Pine is thrust into a world of international intrigue – but in his quest to do the right thing, Pine must first become a criminal himself. Two-disc sets with all six unrated episodes, as originally aired on the BBC. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
(2015) Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti, Johnny Simmons. A Major League rookie pitcher loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist. In the process, hidden conflicts with his overbearing father are brought to light, and the psychologist urges him to let go of the past so he can find success on the field. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
Shameless: The Complete Sixth Season
(2016) All 12 episodes of the Showtime series starring William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic, single father of six clever and resourceful kids from Chicago's South Side. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Running The Table: A Shameless Conversation" featurette, "Shamelessly Shanola" featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).
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