(2016) James Franco, Amber Heard, Christian Slater, Ed Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, Cynthia Nixon. Franco stars as a famous but troubled author whose fascination with a high-profile murder case brings his own dark past into focus. Based on the best-selling book by Stephen Elliott, "The Adderall Diaries" follows one man's desperate journey through sex, drugs, and lies as he tries to separate fact from fiction and ignite a life-changing romance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Blood and Black Lace
(1964) The Cristiana Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models ... and backstabbing. .. and blackmail ... and drug deals ... and now MURDER. Having established a template for the giallo with "The Girl Who Knew Too Much," Mario Bava set about cementing its rules with "Blood and Black Lace." In doing so he created one of the most influential films ever made -- an Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre, provide a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese. Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see "Blood and Black Lace" afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking. New 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. Optional Italian and English soundtracks presented in original uncompressed mono PCM audio.
Formats: Dual Format Blu-Ray/DVD. Extras:New audio commentary by Mario Bava's biographer Tim Lucas; "Gender and Giallo" visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the giallo's relationship with the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s; "An Appreciation" by Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani, the creative duo behind "Amer" and "The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears"; "Yellow," a neo-giallo by Ryan Hansom & Jon Britt; "The Sinister Image: Cameron Mitchell" episode of David Del Valle's television series, devoted to the star of "Blood and Black Lace" and presented in full; the alternative US opening titles, sourced from Joe Dante's private print and scanned in 2K especially for this release; original theatrical trailer, with optional English and Italian audio; original theatrical trailer, with optional English and Italian audio; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes, author of Cinema Italiano, and an interview with Joe Dante, illustrated with archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Boy & the World
(2013 -- Brazil) Brazilian artist Alê Abreu's Academy Award-nominated animated masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color. Cuca's cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city. Determined to reunite his family, Cuca embarks on a journey that unfolds like a tapestry -- the film's stunning visuals becoming more complex as his small world expands. The story of a changing world through the eyes of a curious child, "Boy and the World" depicts a clash between village and city, nature and industry, the rich and the poor -- and despite the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Boy & the World," Music video: "Aos Olhos De Uma Criança" by Emicida, theatrical trailer. (Universal).
By the Sea
(2015) Written, directed and produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt. Melodrama follows a writer, Roland (Brad Pitt), and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a seaside resort in 1970s France. As they spend time with fellow travelers and locals, the couple come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. Co-stars Mélanie Laurent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Making By the Sea," "Gena Rowlands: An Inspiration." (Universal).
(2016) Gage Golightly, Nadine Crocker, Samuel Davis, Dustin Ingram. Just out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying – only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. Remake of the 2002 Eli Roth horror flick. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of Cabin Fever, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe
(2015 -- China) Wang Qingxiang, Mark Chao, Yao Chen. The Mongolian border, 1979: Massive fossils of unknown creatures are discovered in the mountains, and the research team assigned to excavate the remains includes acclaimed Professor Yang, Hu Bayi, and Ping, the professor’s beautiful daughter. When a freak explosion, lethal bat attack, and fall to the mountain’s floor leaves only a handful of survivors, the small remaining band uncovers a mythic Cyclopean Temple – and an Interdimensional Portal that lets loose a pack of ravenous Hell-Beasts, leaving only Hu alive. New York City, present day: Now living a quiet but tormented life as a librarian, Hu studies demonology manuscripts to find answers for that fateful day. Little does he know that Professor Yang has just been found wandering the mountains thousands of miles from where he supposedly died; a young woman with amnesia was just discovered in a recently-uncovered tomb; and a Northern Chinese mining town has just been ravaged by giant, unknown creatures. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
Code of Honor
(2015) Steven Seagal, Craig Sheffer, Louis Mandylor, Helena Mattsson, Griff Furs, Rafael Petardi, Michael Flynn, James Russo. When his family is killed in a drive-by shooting, Robert Sikes (Seagal), a former Special Ops operative, vows to rid his city of every last criminal. Sikes's former protégé, FBI agent Porter (Sheffer), with help from a witness (Mattsson), tries to find his vigilante friend before the police -- or the maniacal mobster Romano -- are able to. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2016) Isabelle Fuhrman, Liana Liberato, Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas, Luke Wilson, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ione Skye. Best friends Max (Isabelle Fuhrman) and Ellie (Liana Liberato) decide to leave their rural hometown on an adventurous, cross-country road trip to meet former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Sneaking away in a bright blue convertible belonging to Ellie's dad (Luke Wilson), they set out with the wind in their hair and the radio turned up. While trying to stay a step ahead of Ellie's father and the police, the girls cross paths with an eclectic mix of people. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Kevin Connolly, commentary with screenwriters Cecilia Contreras and Amy Garcia. (Sony).
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl
(2015) Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Andy Buckley. Two superheroes, Electra Woman (Grace Helbig) and Dyna Girl (Hannah Hart) move from Akron to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big in the crime fighting world, only to find competition with other vigilantes and infighting amongst themselves. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, "Making of" Electra Woman & Dyna Girl featurette, "Inside Creative Masked Management" featurette, eight behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Electra Car for Sale," "Making the Movie Poster," "CMM: The Superhero Agency," "Dan Dixon: CMM Super Agent," "Megaline: The Source for Celebrity news," "Everybody Loves Plant Man," "There's No Sidekick Here," "Grace & Hannah at San Diego Comic-Con." (Sony).
(2016) Greer Grammer, Joey Lawrence, Missi Pyle, Jennifer Taylor. While fulfilling her community service hours at a horse rescue ranch, Emma (Grammer) forms an unlikely bond with an abused show horse who won't let anyone ride him. Gaining new skills and confidence, Emma hatches a plan to redeem herself and ultimately save the ranch when it's threatened by a predatory horse-buyer. Formats: DVD, Digital. Sony).
The Family Fang
(2016) Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, Josh Pais, Maryann Plunkett. A pair of grown siblings (Nicole Kidman and director-star Jason Bateman) are compelled to search for their missing eccentric parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), conceptual performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes whose lifetime of public interventions have alienated their children. Unsure whether it's foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
House of Cards: The Complete Fourth Season
(2016) Four-disc set with all 13 epiosdes. Kevin Spacey returns as President Frank Underwood alongside Robin Wright as his wife, first lady Claire Underwood. Season Four reveals even more of the dark twisted underbelly of politics as the Underwood's continue their pursuit of power, battling everyone in their way, including each other. Featuring guest stars Cicely Tyson, Neve Campbell, Ellen Burstyn, Joel Kinnaman and Colm Feore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Sony).
I Saw the Light
(2016) Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt, David Krumholtz. The story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams (Hiddleston). Read more about "I Saw the Light" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Illuminating a Legend: Inside I Saw The Light' and 'Talking Hank'; commentary with director Marc Abraham. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; 'A Night in Nashville: Premiere and Musical Performance by Tom Hiddleston' featurette. (Sony).
(1979) Peter Falk and Alan Arkin make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman ("Blazing Saddles", "The In-Laws" may at first seem like a generic meet-the-parents comedy, as Arkin's mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Falk's volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter. But soon, through a series of events too serpentine and surprising to spoil, the two men are brought together by a dangerous mission that takes them from suburban new Jersey to Honduras. Fueled by elaborate stunt work and the laconic, naturalistic charms of its two stars, "The In-Laws" deserves its status as a madcap classic -- and has continued to draw ardent fans in the years since its release. new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew Bergman; new interview with Arkin; "In Support of The In-Laws," a new interview program featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong, and David Paymer; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by comedy writer Stephen Winer and a 2011 recollection of the making of the film by Hiller. (The Criterion Collection).
Joseph & Mary
(2016) Katie Boland, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Sorbo, Lara Jean Chorostecki. Recipient of the "Faith-Based Seal" by The Dove Foundation. Follows Elijah (McCarthy), a devout Rabbi, during a time of unrest when King Herod the Great's slaughter of innocents claims the lives of two boys Elijah had sworn to protect. Elijah makes it his life's mission to avenge their deaths, but when he meets Joseph (Sorbo), Mary (Chorostecki) and their young son Jesus, the beliefs fueling his revenge are put into question. When the time comes to face his life-long enemy, Elijah finds himself warring within whether or not to kill or choose forgiveness. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
The Levenger Tapes
(2016) Johanna Braddy, Lili Mirojnick, Morgan Krantz, Chris Mulkey. Found footage horror tale follows three college students on an ill-fated weekend getaway. After finding what seems to be evidence of murder, the kids disappear, leaving behind a video camera. Thinking the missing students' footage may help solve the kidnapping of a teenage girl, the police uncover even greater terror. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2016 -- China) Dir.: Stephen Chow; Stars Deng Chao, Yun Lin, Show Luo, Yuqi Zhang, Pierre Bourdaud. From Stephen Chow, director of "Kung Fu Hustle," comes China's biggest film of all time, a fantasy adventure about a real estate tycoon's plans to develop a pristine coastal enclave that harbors a secret: It's home to the last surviving mermaids, and they're done playing nice. Read more about "The Mermaid" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: 'The Making of The Mermaid,' 'The Mermaid: Behind the Scenes,' Invincible music video. (Sony).
(1991 -- Japan) Having lived her whole life in the city, 27-year-old Taeko (Daisy Ridley) decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. As she travels, memories of her youth resurface and after meeting young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), she wonders if she's been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Deftly switching between past and present, "Only Yesterday" is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by Studio Ghibli. From Academy Award-nominated director Isao Takahata ("The Tale of the Princess Kaguya") and general producer Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away"), this critically acclaimed film has never before been released in North America until now -- in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Making of Only Yesterday," "Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast," "Interview with the English Dub Team," foreign trailers and TV spots, U.S. trailer. (Universal).
(2015) Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips. Man's best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family's farmhouse in a remote stretch of the Australian Outback. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of The Pack" featurette, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2016) Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Adam Pally, Shannon Woodward When the love of his life jilts him at the altar thanks to his hard partying pals Jason and Evan, Nardo follows her down to Mexico where he's carjacked and left naked in the middle of nowhere. Reluctantly summoning Jason and Evan to help reunite him with his runaway bride-to-be, Nardo becomes involved in an escalating series of outrageous misadventures courtesy of the guys who created the mess in the first place. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Sesame Street: Elmo's Favorite Stories
(2016) A compilation of engaging and educational stories for preschool children. In one story, a disagreement arises between Big Bird and Elmo as they are about to act out one of Elmo's favorite stories, "Maria the Cowgirl." In another story Abby recalls that green creatures are often princes in disguise! Abby soon concludes that Oscar could be a frog—he is green isn't he?—and therefore is also an enchanted prince! She thinks that a kiss is the only way to break the spell and turn Oscar back into Prince Oscar. Children will learn early reading skills such as letter recognition, letter sounds, and story structure (beginning/middle/end) as the Sesame friends use their imaginations to make up and act out all kinds of stories. Formats: DVD: $14.97, Digital. (Warner).
(2015) Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Harrison Thomas. Hank Harris (Roth) is a U.S. agent out to bust an international arms-smuggling racket. While attempting an arrest, Hank is overpowered by a young Mexican gunrunner (Ferrer), who makes a fateful decision to smuggle Hank into Mexico and deliver him to his crime bosses. As the two enemies begin a tense journey into the heart of deadly cartel country, they are suddenly bound together in a desperate fight for survival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1993) Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Seconds", the desert noir of "Detour" and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara's "The Face of Another" and "Woman of the Dunes," "Suture" is one of great feature debuts -- by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee -- and a truly unique piece of cinema. The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father's funeral and is struck by their similarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity. After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. "Suture" went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance, where it deservedly won the award for Best Cinematography. Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee; all-new interviews with Siegel, McGehee, executive producer Steven Soderbergh, actor Dennis Haysbert, cinematographer Greg Gardiner, editor Lauren Zuckerman and production designer Kelly McGehee; deleted scenes; "Birds Past," Siegel & McGehee's first short film, about two young San Franciscans who journey to Bodega Bay along the path set by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock's classic, "The Birds"; U.S. theatrical trailer; European theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Swinging Cheerleaders
(1974) Jack Hill spent the seventies specializing in tough female characters. He made movies about girl gangs ("Switchblade Sisters") and women in prison ("The Big Doll House," "The Big Bird Cage"), turned Pam Grier a star with "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown," and contributed to the Cheerleaders line of drive-in favorites with "The Swinging Cheerleaders." Kate, an undergraduate at Mesa University, goes undercover as a cheerleader for her college newspaper in order to expose "female exploitation in contemporary society." But instead of oppression she finds love, friendship and a bigger fish to fry: corruption in the football team, headed up by the coach and his pals. A favorite of Quentin Tarantino, who screened it at the very first Tarantino Film Fest, "The Swinging Cheerleaders" features a cast of cult favorites including Colleen Camp, Rainbeaux Smith and future Playmate of the Month Rosanne Katon. Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-director Jack Hill, recorded exclusively for this release; new interview with Jack Hill; archive interview with cinematographer Alfred Taylor; archive interview with Hill and Johnny Legend; Q&A with Hill, and actors Colleen Camp and Rosanne Katon recorded at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles in 2012; TV spots; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, Jonathan Banks, Mike Epps, Jon Favreau. Nick Barrow (Vaughn) plans and sells heists to the highest bidder. But when his latest job goes horribly wrong and the son of a major drug cartel leader is assassinated, he finds himself being hunted by the head of the cartel. To clear his name, Nick must expose the dirty cops who committed the crime, but with both the Cartel and the cops tracking him, he does the only thing he can think of to help his estranged daughter, Cate (Steinfeld): He takes out a million dollar life insurance policy on himself with her as the beneficiary. But the policy will not take effect for 21 days and now his enemies also have their sights on Cate as well, forcing the pair to go on the run and forcing him to be a father for the very first time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Focus Features/Universal).
(2016) Paul Sloan, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Michael Jai White, Jason Mewes, Michael Madsen. Based off the popular web series on Chill.com. Revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters, led by an elusive, brooding anti-hero of near-mythical physical and weapons skills, known only as The Vigilante (Sloan). Abandoned by governments, corporations and his handlers and with a bounty on his head, The Vigilante's jam-packed missions of rescue and revenge move from the mega-mansions and underbelly of Los Angeles to far-flung locales including Iraq, Armenia, Russia, and the UK. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).
(1973 -- Japan) One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, newly restored in 4k for this first-ever U.S. release. Director Eiichi Yamamoto's film follows the mad and sensual tale of Jeanne, an innocent young woman who makes a pact with the devil (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa's "Ran"). Filled with explicit Egon Schiele-inspired eroticism, the film is a swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery replete with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Extremely transgressive and not for the easily offended, "Belladonna" is fueled by a mindblowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. Restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements -- including over eight minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (Cinelicious Pics).
Carnival of Souls
(1962) A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, this eerily effective B-movie classic was intended to have "the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau" -- and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today. new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Herk Harvey and screenwriter John Clifford; new interview with comedian and writer Dana Gould; new video essay by film critic David Cairns; "The Movie That Wouldn't Die!," a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the film's cast and crew; "The Carnival Tour," a 2000 update on the film's locations; excerpts from movies made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas, that once employed Harvey and Clifford; deleted scenes; outtakes, accompanied by Gene Moore's organ score; "History of the Saltair Resort in Salt Lake City," where key scenes in the film were shot; trailer; an essay by writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse.
(The Criterion Collection).
Colony: Season One
(2016) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that enters on one family's struggle to survive in an occupied Los Angeles, now a dangerous world of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Zero Day" deleted scenes, "Colony: Behind the Wall." (Universal).
Crimes of Passion
(1964) In the early eighties, British enfant terrible Ken Russell travelled to America and placed his unorthodox imprint on a pair of US movies. The first was the "Altered States," so out-there its screenwriter disowned it. The second was the equally crazy "Crimes of Passion," starring Kathleen Turner at the height of her powers. Fashion designer Joanna Crane (Turner) leads a double life. By night she is China Blue, a prostitute who's attracted the unwanted attention of two men. One is a sexually frustrated private detective hired by her employees. The other is psychopathic priest (played by Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins) in possession of a murderous sex toy. With its outré screenplay by Barry Sandler and over the top score by Rick Wakeman, "Crimes of Passion is one of the most outrageous Ken Russell films ever made. Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with director Ken Russell and producer-screenwriter Barry Sandler; seven deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Sandler; new interview with Sandler recorded especially for this release; home movie footage of Ken Russell visiting Florida for a retrospective screening of "Crimes of Passion" at the 2009 Florida Film Festival; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil; illustrated booklet containing new writing by Ken Russell's biographer, Paul Sutton, correspondence between Russell and Kathleen Turner, and an on-set interview with Russell. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Dark Horse
(2014 -- New Zealand) Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Wayne Hapi. Based on a powerful true story. The uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. Genesis 'Gen' Potini (Curtis), a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion, finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life. After years in and out of mental institutions, Genesis is released into the care of his estranged brother Ariki (Hapi) and thrust into his volatile gang lifestyle. Seeking to escape this toxic environment, Genesis finds solace by volunteering at the Eastern Knights chess club and sharing his gift with the disadvantaged Maori children of his community. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures).
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
(2015) Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Bill Skarsgård, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Ashley Judd. The third installment of the worldwide hit franchise. Tris and Four lead a team of rebels in a daring escape over the city wall -- into a strange new world where they face a threat more dangerous than they ever imagined. Together, Tris and Four wage a furious battle for survival, fighting not only for their factions and loved ones, but for the future of an entire city. Read more about "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher; two featurettes: "Allegiant: Book to Film" and "Battle in the Bullfrog: The Stunts and Choreography Behind This Thrilling Sequence." Blu-ray adds four additional featurettes: "Finding the Future: Effects & Technology," "Characters in Conflict: The Motivations Behind the Film's Antagonists," "The Next Chapter: Cast & Characters," "Building the Bureau." (Lionsgate).
(2016) Ian McKellen, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Watson, Vanessa Kirby. Adapted from the classic 1980 West End and Broadway play by Ronald Harwood (and made into a 1983 film by
Peter Yates starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Edward Fox). One fateful night in a small English regional theatre during World War II, a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear." Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is going up in one hour, but the actor-manager Sir (Hopkins), who is playing Lear, is nowhere to be found. His dresser, Norman (McKellen), must scramble to keep the production alive. Meanwhile, Sir reflects on his lifelong accomplishments and seeks to reconcile his turbulent friendships with those in his employ before the final curtain. Recently aired on Starz. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Emergency! The Complete Series
With sirens blaring, dedicated paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) respond to the most desperate calls in the City of Angels.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Studio).
Everybody Wants Some!!
(2015) Dir.: Richard Linklater. Stars Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, J. Quinton Johnson, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch. A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Read more about "Everybody Wants Some!!" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Everybody Wants Some!! More Stuff That's Not in the Movie," "Rickipedia," "Baseball Players Can Dance," "Skills Videos," "History 101: Stylin' the 80s." (Paramount).
(2016) Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Mark Webber. Members (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat) of a punk-rock band and a tough young woman (Imogen Poots) battle murderous white supremacists at a remote Oregon roadhouse after witnessing a murder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio Commentary with director Jeremy Saulnier, "Into the Pit: Making Green Room" featurette. (Lionsgate).
iZOMBIE: The Complete Second Season
(2015-16) Four-disc set with all 19 episodes of the series that stars Rose McIver as Olivia "Liv" Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life ... until she's turned into a zombie. But Liv finds her calling -- and an endless supply of food -- working at the Seattle coroner's office, helping to solve crimes with her "visions," while her boss and sole confidante, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, works on a cure for her condition. As Season Two begins, Liv's ex-fiancé and love, Major, is reeling from recent events and the knowledge that Liv is a zombie. Formats: DVD. Extras: iZombie: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
(2016) new animated feature. When Batgirl and Nightwing take Batman on a trip down memory lane -- literally -- to visit one of the key mentors from his formative years, it's up to the Justice League to keep Gotham City crime-free. But neither situation proves to be a "vacation" as the Bat trio encounters old nemeses on their adventure, and the Justice League discovers just how busy Batman is on a regular basis.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Includes exclusive LEGO Nightwing Figurine. (Warner).
Miracles From Heaven
(2016) Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Eugenio Derbez, Queen Latifah, John Carroll Lynch.
Christy Beam's (Garner) daughter Annabel (Rogers) suffers from a rare digestive disorder it is miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. Read more about "Miracles From Heaven" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven' three-part featurette: 'Bearing Witness,' "Creating Heaven: Concept Art Exploration," "'Your Words' music montage; commentary with director Patricia Riggen and screenwriter Randy Brown. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Accounts From Annabel" featurette. (Sony).
My Golden Days
(2016 -- France) Mathieu Amalric, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Cécile Garcia-Fogel. The story of Paul De'dalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan. Reflecting on his life, he has a series of flashbacks starting from his childhood in Roubaix—his mother's attacks of madness, his father's alienating depression. He remembers a student trip to the USSR, where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity for a young Russian, whom he considered a phantom twin for the remainder of his life. He remembers University life, and returning to his hometown to party with his sister and her best friend, his shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. And most of all he remembers Esther, the beautiful, rude, haughty soul and love of his life.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Naked and Afraid XL: Season 1
(2015) Ten epiosdes. In this spin-off, six men and six women, all extreme survivalists with their own expertise, must take on a grueling survival challenge. With no food, no water, and no clothing, the challengers must have the skills and willpower to endure 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
No Men Beyond This Point
(2015) Rekha Sharma, Ben Cotton, Patrick Gilmore, Hilary Jardin, Tara Pratt, Bruce Harwood. Imagine a world where, since 1953, women have been able to reproduce without men and they are no longer giving birth to male babies. Now, over 60 years later, this deadpan mockumentary follows the youngest man still alive -- 37-year-old Andrew Myers. Working as a housekeeper for a family of women, Andrew finds himself at the center of a battle to prevent men from going extinct. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Sony).
Slasher: Season One
(2016) Two-disc set with eight episodes. Thirty years ago, in the sleepy community of Waterbury, a killer known as "The Executioner" murdered Sarah Bennett's parents. Now Sarah (Katie McGrath) and her husband Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren) have returned to town, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying murders centered around the seven deadly sins. It seems "The Executioner" is back. But if Tom Winston -- the original Executioner -- is behind bars, who is the new person behind the mask? As the murders escalate, long-buried secrets are revealed, making everyone around Sarah a suspect ... or a victim. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Scream Factory).
Sressed to Kill
(2016) Armand Assante, Bill Oberst Jr., Derek Roberts, Marshal Hilton, Sonia Curtis. To reduce his blood pressure after a heart attack, a man begins killing the people who are stressing him out. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
(1996) Michael Pare, Mason Gamble, Mariel Hemmingway. A photojournalist visiting his family in the Pacific Northwest transfigures into a horrific werewolf at night and goes on a horrific killing spree. He's eventually undone by the family's dog, Thor, who is devoted to defending the household. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: High-definition theatrical cut of the film plus a new director's version supervised and approved by director Eric Red; new "Nature of the Beast: Making Bad Moon" featurette featuring interviews with writer-director Red, actors Pare and Gamble, special effects make-up artist Steve Johnson and stunt coordinator Ken Kirzinger; new audio commentary with Red (director's version only); commentary with Red and Pare (theatrical cut); unrated opening scene from the director's first cut (sourced from VHS); three storyboard sequences; original theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition
(2016) Dir.: Zack Snyder. Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Martha Kent Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot. Batman and Superman face off with one another in this effects-driven extravaganza. All editions of the release (except DVD) feature both the Ultimate version of the film (with an additional 30 minutes of footage) and the theatrical version. Read more about "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in the July Calendar.Formats: Two-disc DVD, Ultra 4K/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Uniting the World’s Finest," "Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants," "The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder," "Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile," "Superman: Complexity & Truth," "Batman: Austerity & Rage," "Wonder Woman: Grace & Power," "Batcave: Legacy of the Lair," "The Might and the Power of a Punch," "The Empire of Luthor," "Save the Bats" (Warner).
Bitten: The Final Season
(2016) Three-disc set with all 10 unedited episodes of the Syfy Channel's steamy, supernatural saga following Elena Michaels, the world's only female werewolf. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, extended scenes, "A Look at the Final Season" featurette. (Entertainment One).
Caillou Goes for the Gold
(2016) Features 11 sports-themed stories from the PBS KIDS series. Caillou loves staying active and playing sports with his friends! He quickly learns that playing soccer, baseball, and running aren’t as easy as they look, but it’s always fun to try something new.
Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Elvis & Nixon
(2016) Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters, Ashley Benson. The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Liza Johnson and Jerry Schilling, "Crazy but True" featurette.(Sony).
Kill Zone 2
(2015 -- Hong Kong) Tony Jaa, Zhang Jin, Simon Ya, Louis Koo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. When an undercover cop gets too close to revealing the mastermind of a drug syndicate, his cover is blown. Double-crossed and under a false identity, he's thrown into a Thai prison, where a guard discovers the inmate -- claiming he's a cop -- is a bone marrow match for his dying daughter ... and his warden may have an even deadlier operation hidden within the prison walls. Extras: Three-part "making-of" documentary, deleted scenes. (Well Go USA).
The Magicians: Season One
(2015-16) Thirteen episodes of the series based on Lev Grossman's New York Times best seller about a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his twentysomething friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real -- and poses grave danger to humanity. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag Reel, "The World of The Magicians." (Universal).
(2016) Inspired by events in his life,the bio-drama is an impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music's creative geniuses, Miles Davis. Read more about "Miles Ahead" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Don Cheadle and co-writer Steven Baigelman; "The Truth: Becoming Miles Davis" with Cheadle, members of the Davis family and others discussing Cheadle's transformation and the enduring legacy of the man on which the film is based; Sundance Film Festival Q&A with Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and LaKeith Lee Stanfield. (Sony).
Muriel, or the Time of Return
(1963) Alain Resnais's follow-up to "Last Year at Marienbad" is as radical a reflection on the nature of time and memory as its predecessor. The always luminous Delphine Seyrig ("Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles") stars as an antique shop owner and widow in Boulogne-sur-Mer, whose past comes back to haunt her when a former lover reenters her life. Meanwhile, her stepson is tormented by his own ghosts, related to his service in France's recently ended war in Algeria. Featuring a multilayered script by Jean Cayrol, and inventively edited to evoke its middle-class characters' political and personal realities, the fragmented, emotionally powerful "Muriel" reminds viewers that the past is always present. new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Excerpt from the 1980 documentary "Une approche d'Alain Resnais, révolutionnaire discret"; excerpt from a 1969 interview with actor Delphine Seyrig; interview with composer "Hans Werner Henze from 1963; new interview with film scholar Francois Thomas, author of L'atelier d'Alain Resnais"; trailer; an essay by film scholar James Quandt. (The Criterion Collection).
My Best Friend
(2016) Dane Jamieson, Patrick Muldoon,C atherine Bach. After moving away from the city, a tweenage girl must adjust to her new country lifestyle and -- with the help of a telepathic horse named Sanford -- she's finally able to fit in. Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Cast interviews. (Lionsgate).
Night and Fog
(1955) Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in "Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard)," one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust. Juxtaposing the stillness of the abandoned camps' empty buildings with haunting wartime footage, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of humanity's violence against humanity, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again. new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Excerpt from a 1994 audio interview with Resnais; new interview with documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer; "Face aux fantômes," a 99-minute 2009 documentary featuring historian Sylvie Lindeperg that explores the French memory of the Holocaust and the controversy surrounding the film's release; an essay by film scholar Colin MacCabe. (The Criterion Collection).
The 100: The Complete Third Season
(2016) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes of The CW sci-fi series about 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth form an ark-like space ship in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet almost a century after a nuclear war destroyed civilization and made the planet uninhabitable. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc only via online retailers. Extras: "A Short Lived Victory: Unlocking the Season 3 Finale," "Arkadia: From Wreckage to Salvation," "Ice Nation: Brutal and Fierce," "Wanheda: Clarke's Journey," "Polis: Capital of the Grounders," "The 100 Pre-Viz Stunts Season 3," 2015 Comic-Con Panel, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Orphan Black: Season Four
(2016) Ten episodes of the series about clones and conspiracies. United in their mission to end the constant threats to their lives once and for all, the sisters are taking matters into their own hands. No more looking for guidance, permission or consensus on decisions -- the clones are taking full ownership ... no matter the cost to those around them. Retracing steps from the beginning will uncover revelations that had been there all along, and will ultimately shake their fragile world to the core. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes content, an extended scene from Episode Eight. (BBC America).
The Perfect Match
(2016) Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura, Paula Patton, Kali Hawk Lauren London, Brandy Norwood, Donald Faison. Read more about "The Perfect Match" in the July Calendar. A playboy, convinced that all relationships are dead, meets his match when he agrees to a casual affair with the beautiful and mysterious Eva.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making The Perfect Match" featurette, "What's Love Without Comedy" featurette, "Nobody's Perfect" featurette, "Chillin' With the Perfect Cast" cast & director commentary. (Lionsgate).
Person of Interest: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
(2016) Six-disc set with all 13 episodes. For years, the Person of Interest team has been protected by The Machine. As worlds collided, however, and a rival AI known as Samaritan finally cornered The Machine inside the nation's power grid, it was the POI team's turn to protect Finch's creation. In season five, the cold war is over. The world might appear to look the same, but something has drastically changed. Samaritan's lethal "correction" has initiated its control. POI tech genius Harold Finch's Machine is essentially dead. And missing-in-action operative Sameen Shaw is still missing. And the team is once again hiding in plain sight. But with Samaritan's invisible grip tightening everywhere, will Finch be able to rebuild and resurrect The Machine? And if he does, will it be the same Machine when it comes back online? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, "Finale for the Fans" featurette, "Revelations of Person of Interest" featurette. (Warner).
The Return of the Living Dead Collector's Edition
(1985) Writer-director Dan O'Bannon ("Alien," "Lifeforce") puts an uproarious spin on the zombie apocalypse movie in 1985's cult classic, starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa. Considered one of the campiest undead romps of its time, the film helped launch the career of scream queen Linnea Quigley and features a killer soundtrack with tracks from many songs from punk artists such as The Cramps, T.S.O.L. SSQ and 45 Grave. Formats: Two-disc Blu-ray set. Extras:Disc 1: new 2K scan of the inter-positive; new commentary with Gary Smart (co-author of "The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead") and Chris Griffiths; commentary with director Dan O'Bannon and production designer William Stout; commentary with the cast and crew featuring production designer William Stout and actors Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman; "The Decade of Darkness" featurette on ‘80s horror films; Theatrical Trailers; TV spots; still gallery – posters, lobby cards, movie stills and behind-the-scenes photos; still gallery: behind-the-scenes photos from special make-up effects artist Kenny Myers' personal collection; Zombie subtitles for the film; "In Their Own Words: The Zombies Speak." Disc 2: new "The FX of the Living Dead" with production designer William Stout, FX make-up artists William Munns, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers and Craig Caton-Largnet, visual effects artists Bret Mixon and Gene Warren Jr. and actor Brian Peck; new "Party Time: The Music of The Return of the Living Dead" with music consultants Budd Carr and Steve Pross and soundtrack artists Dinah Cancer (45 Grave), Chris D (The Flesh Eaters), Roky Erickson, Karl Moet (SSQ), Joe Wood (T.S.O.L.), Mark Robertson (Tall Boys) plus musicians Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) and John Sox (The F.U.'s, Straw Dogs); new "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" revisiting the locations of the film; "Return of the Living Dead Workprint" with 20 minutes of additional footage; "More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead" definitive documentary on "The Return of the Living Dead"; "A Conversation With Dan O'Bannon" in his final interview; "The Origins of the Living Dead" interview with John A. Russo; "The Return of the Living Dead -- The Dead Have Risen" interviews with cast members Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Brian Peck, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley and more; "Designing the Dead" interviews with O'Bannon and production designer William Stout. (Scream Factory).
Royal Pains: Season Eight
(2016) Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the series about an unfairly discredited but brilliant diagnostic surgeon who winds up working with his cheesy brother in the Hamptons as a concierge doctor to the uber-rich and ultra-elite. Formats: DVD. (UNiversal).
A Touch of Zen
(1971) "Visionary" barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese cinema and martial arts moviemaking. "A Touch of Zen" by King Hu depicts the journey of Yang (Hsu Feng), a fugitive noblewoman who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she finds with a shy scholar and two aides in disguise is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the four against legions of blade-wielding opponents. At once a wuxia film, the tale of a spiritual quest, and a study in human nature, "A Touch of Zen" is an unparalleled work in Hu's formidable career and an epic of the highest order, characterized by breathtaking action choreography, stunning widescreen landscapes, and innovative editing. new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Documentary from 2012 about director King Hu; new interviews with actors Hsu Feng and Shih Chun; new interview with filmmaker Ang Lee; new interview with film scholar Tony Rayns; trailer; an essay by film scholar David Bordwell and notes by Hu from a 1975 Cannes Film Festival press kit. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, J.B. Smoove, Common, Nicki Minaj. As their surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, the crew at Calvin's Barbershop come together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood. Read more about "Barbershop: The Next Cut," in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp," deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2016) Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Tyler Labine. Melissa McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. Read more about "The Boss" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, extended/alternate scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds
the original sketch from 2005 at the Groundlings of Melissa McCarthy's character "Michelle Darnell," in all its glory; Origin Story of "Michelle Darnell"; "Peter Dinklage Gets to the Point" piece about the "Game of Thrones" star, including on-set and sit-down interviews and showcasing his sword fight and stunt training, eclectic wardrobe and hair styles; "Everybody Loves Kristen Bell" look inside Bell's character, Claire. (Universal).
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
(1973) Kerwin Mathews, Elaine Devry, Scott Sealey, Robert J. Wilke. Richie Bridgestone's parents are getting a divorce, but that's the least of his problems: While on a visit to his father's secluded cabin, Richie witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf but no one in the town will believe his claims that his father will change into a werewolf at the next full moon. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Original theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2016) Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot.
In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in the hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission. Read more about "Criminal" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Criminal Intent" featurette, "Director’s Notes" featurette, Deleted Scenes, Madsonik's "Drift and Fall Again" music video. (Lionsgate).
Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection
(1972) Starring the iconic and beautiful Meiko Kaji ("Lady Snowblood," "Stray Cat Rock") in a role that came to define her career, the four-film "Female Prisoner Scorpion" series charts the vengeance of Nami Matsushima, who assumes the mantle of "Scorpion," becoming an avatar of vengeance and survival, and an unlikely symbol of female resistance in a male-dominated world. "Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion" introduces Nami, a gullible young woman unjustly imprisoned, who must find a way to escape in order to exact revenge upon the man who betrayed her. The visually avant-garde "Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41" sees director Shunya Ito and star Meiko Kaji re-unite as Nami and six other female convicts escape prison once more. The Gothic horror-inspired "Beast Stable" finds Nami branded public enemy No. 1 and on the run. She soon finds refuge with a sympathetic prostitute, but runs afoul of a local gang. The final film in the series, "#701's Grudge Song" (from director Yasuharu Hasebe, "Retaliation," "Massacre Gun"), shows a gentler side of Nami as she falls in with Kudo, an ex-radical suffering from physical and psychological trauma caused by police torture. Spiritual kin to "Ms. 45," "Coffy" and "The Bride Wore Black," the "Female Prisoner Scorpion" is the pinnacle of early 1970s exploitation cinema from Japanese grindhouse studio Toei, and one of the greatest female revenge sagas ever told. Brand new 2K restorations of all four films in the series presented on High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD. Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays) for all films. Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interviews, appreciations, theatrical trailers for all films in the series, Japanese cinema critic Jasper Sharp looks over the career of Shunya Ito, new visual essay on the career of star and icon Meiko Kaji by critic Tom Mes,reversible sleeves for all films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan, booklet featuring new writing on the films, an archive interview with Meiko Kaji, and a brand new interview with Toru Shinohara, creator of the original Female Prisoner Scorpion manga, more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Aha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova, Tim Roth. Henry is resurrected from death with no memory, and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers. The first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. Read more about "Hardcore Henry" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Fan Chat": Director Ilya Naishuller and star Sharlto Copley answer fan questions about how "Hardcore Henry" was made, feature commentary with director-producer Ilya Naishuller and star-executive producer Sharlto Copley. (Universal).
(1985) Judy Landers, Ray Sharkey, Mary Woronov, Marjoe Gortner, Richard Cox, Terry Moore, Edy Williams, Robert Z'Dar, Dyanne Thorne. Having witnessed her mother's brutal death, Susan (Judy Landers) gets amnesia from a fall while being pursued by the killer, Silk (Ray Sharkey), and awakens in a sanitarium where a psychotic scientist (Mary Woronov) has been testing a new lobotomy technique using helpless inmates as her guinea pigs. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New Interview with Mary Woronov, original theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
I Am Wrath
(2016) John Travolta, Amanda Schull, Christopher Meloni, Rebecca De Mornay. A man sets out to get justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Jack Irish, Season 1
(2016 -- Australia) Guy Pearce returns as Peter Temple's charismatic antihero in this new six-part noir thriller that co-stars Marta Dusseldorp ("A Place to Call Home," "Janet King"). Jack Irish is a former criminal lawyer and now part-time investigator, debt collector, apprentice carpenter, and sometimes lover. From the island of Mindanao in the Philippines to Melbourne, Jack is caught in a global web of religious zealotry among right-wing Christians and media-savvy jihadists. When Jack is contracted to find a man with a criminal past who is then killed in front of him, Jack suspects a set-up. The case spirals into a larger international conspiracy involving Muslim extremists and born-again Christians. Meanwhile, Jack’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, journalist Linda Hillier (Marta Dusseldorp), leaves Melbourne to further her career as a foreign correspondent in Manila. Though the job is not exactly what she had planned, Linda quickly realizes she may be on to a big story. As their cases eventually intertwine, Jack and Linda’s reunion is tested by the arrival of Sarah Longmore (Claudia Karvan), a metal sculptor with connections.
Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Jack Irish: The Movies
Three television movies -- "Bad Debts" (2012), "Black Tide" (2012) and "Dead Point" (2014) based on the award-winning novels by Peter Temple. Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) is down on his luck. Reeling from his wife's murder, the former lawyer has reinvented himself as a private investigator and debt collector, with a penchant for drowning his demons at the local pub. When an old client dies, Jack is thrust back into the criminal underworld that took everything away from him—but might offer his only chance at redemption. World-weary with a dash of dark humor, Jack takes on cases that dig into the dregs of Australian society and expose conspiracy and corruption among the power elite. Along the way, he becomes involved with smart, ambitious journalist Linda Hillier (Marta Dusseldorp, who realizes there's an honorable man hiding behind his disheveled exterior. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Acorn Media).
LEGO Nexo Knights – Season 1
(2016) All 10 episodes from the first season of the comedy animated series that premiered on Cartoon Network in January. The season opens at the Nexo Knight's graduation ... but something isn't right. The King's Jester, Jestro, is acting strange and it's soon discovered that he's stolen the evil and mysterious Book of Monsters. With some of the most powerful spells at Jestro's fingertips, he wreaks havoc on the Kingdom of Knighton -- and it's now up to the brave, yet inexperienced, Nexo Knights to save the future of the Kingdom. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
The New World
(2005) This singular vision of early 17-century America from Terrence Malick is a work of astounding elemental beauty, a poetic meditation on nature, violence, love, and civilization. It reimagines the apocryphal story of the meeting of British explorer John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Powhatan native Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher, in a revelatory performance) as a romantic idyll between spiritual equals, then follows Pocahontas through her marriage to John Rolfe (Christian Bale) and her life in England. With art director Jack Fisk's raw re-creation of the Jamestown colony, Emmanuel Lubezki's marvelous, naturally lit cinematography, and James Horner's soaring musical score, "The new World" is a film of uncommon power and technical splendor, one that shows Malick at the height of his visual and philosophical powers. new 4K digital restoration of the 172-minute extended cut of the film, supervised by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and director Terrence Malick and featuring material not released in theaters, with both theatrical and near-field 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-ray. High-definition digital transfers of the 150-minute first cut and the 135-minute theatrical cut of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: new interviews with actors Colin Farrell and Q'orianka Kilcher; new program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West; "Making The new World," a documentary shot during the production of the film in 2004, directed and edited by Austin Jack Lynch; new program about the process of cutting "The new World" and its various versions, featuring interviews with editors Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, and Mark Yoshikawa; trailers; a book featuring an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning, a 2006 interview with Lubezki from American Cinematographer, and a selection of materials that inspired the production. (The Criterion Collection).
People's Gala Concert
(1991 -- Russia) Born in the midst of Stalinism, filmmaker Semyon Aranovich presents remorseless accounts about Josef Stalin's final years as dictator of the Soviet Union's Communist Party. Aranovich examines Stalin's brutal decisions to persecute Jewish citizens of the USSR. Although the title does not directly correlate to the documentary's archival footage, photographs, and personal accounts, it does however, imply a subtext about a massive group of citizens being prosecuted, beaten, and executed before, during, and after WWII. An estimated 20 million-60 million people perished under Stalin's regime. A vast majority of those victims died due to starvation and disease, while many others, especially those of Jewish descent, were executed. Formats: DVD. (Facets).
(2016) Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Kelly Thornton, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band ... yet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Sing Street," "Writer-Director John Carney and Adam Levine Talk Sing Street," nine cast auditions. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
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