(2017) This season finds the Smith family in a flood of trouble aboard Stan’s modern-day ark, a time-traveling Steve trying to save his cool future self, Roger deciding to quit all his personas, and everyone fighting to survive the post-apocalyptic 200th episode.
Formats: Three-disc DVD. (Fox).
(2017) Voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Chris Cooper, Isiah Whitlock Jr., team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson, Kerry Washington, Margo Martindale, Nathan Fillion, Lea DeLaria, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. A fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic "Cars" friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez. Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition. Read more about "Cars 3" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Uktra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Brian Fee (director), Kevin Reher (producer), Andrea Warren (co-producer) and Jay Ward (creative director); theatrical short “Lou”: When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. Blu-ray adds "Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool" new mini-movie; "Let’s. Get. Crazy." featurette that takes a look at the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race; "Legendary" look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited; "Ready for the Race" in which Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers; "World’s Fastest Billboard" featurette on all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible; "Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could" featurette on the filmmakers' journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer; "Generations: The Story of Cars 3" behind-the-scenes featurette; "My First Car" collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew; deleted scenes, with an introduction as to why each scene was removed from the film: “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint”; "Cars to Die(cast) For" takes a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the "Cars" universe. (Disney).
The Crown: Season One
(2016) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Jared Harris, John Lithgow. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne ... a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The show explores the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Winner of three Emmy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Doctor Who: The Complete Tenth Series
(2017) The tenth season of the beloved series sees Peter Capaldi embark on his thrilling final chapter as the Twelfth Doctor as well as the first introduction of companion Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole. Fantastic adventures await the team of heroes as they journey through space and time in this latest instalment of the globally-renowned drama. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, audio commentary, an “Inside Look” into each episode, “Becoming the Companion”: following Mackie as she travels from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS to a once-in-a-lifetime role, more. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Family Guy Season 15
(2016-17) Three-disc set with 20 episodes (16 are totally uncensored), in which viewers are taken way too far behind the scenes, Stewie and Brian run a bed-and-breakfast brothel, Peter gets into a sackful of trouble as a mall Santa, and the cast takes a novel approach to reenacting American literary classics. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Family Guy" Remembers Carrie Fisher, Adam West Tribute. (Fox).
The Glass Castle
(2017) Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Read more about "The Glass Castle" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Nine deleted scenes, "The Glass Castle: Memoir to Movie," "A Conversation with Jeannette Walls," "Making of Summer Storm by Joel P West," "Scoring The Glass Castle." (Lionsgate).
The Godfather Trilogy: Omertà Edition
Celebrating its 45th anniversary, director Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Godfather" is widely considered one of the most influential films in cinematic history. Now the entire epic trilogy will be available on Blu-ray in a spectacular 4-disc "Omertà Edition," which includes the Coppola Restoration of "The Godfather" and "The Godfather, Part II," as well as the remastered version of "The Godfather, Part III." In a numbered, limited edition set of 45,000 sets. Includes commentary by Coppola on all three films, a full disc of previously released in-depth special features, as well as exclusive new collectible trivia cards, magnetic poetry, an "Anatomy of a Scene" fold out and quote cards. (Paramount).
(2017 -- UK) Antonio Banderas, Olga Kurylenko, Mark Valley. When vacationing in Chile, an aging and pampered rock star’s (Banderas) supermodel wife is suddenly kidnapped by renegades. Unable to navigate more than ordering a sandwich from room service, now he must take to the backstreets of Santiago to save her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Rock Star, the Pirate, and the Cast of Gun Shy” featurette, “Just Who I Can Be” music montage. (Lionsgate).
Ingrid Goes West
(2017) Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, Pom Klementieff. Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing "likes" for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Olsen)is an Instagram-famous "influencer" whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid's latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star's life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, director's commentary. (Universal).
(2017) Mark Webber, Daniel Ahearn, Jessica Kaye, Louis C. Oberlander. Chronicles one woman's efforts to reconcile her past with her present. As she returns to her childhood home in Belize, successful television actor Mara is faced with the death of her estranged father, the ire and instability of her brother, and her increasingly frayed relationship with her new lover. Everything comes to the surface as she struggles to get through her father's tense all-night wake. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind the scenes, deleted scenes, audio commentary. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Into the Night BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1975) Dir.: John Landis; Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, David Bowie, Dan Aykroyd. Unhappily married, unsatisfyingly employed and unsurprisingly depressed, aerospace engineer and insomniac Ed Okin (Goldblum) needs to get away. But getting away proves to be no easy feat when Ed drives to the airport and a gorgeous smuggler, Diana (Pfeiffer), leaps his car, pursued by four killers. Chased across the landscape of a truly mythical Los Angeles, Ed and Diana encounter an endless array of intriguing nocturnal characters (played by a bevy of famous directors) and a charming English hitman (Bowie). Extras: New "John Landis: Back Into The Night” featurette, new "Jeff Goldblum: Requiem for an Insomniac” featurette, award-winning documentary "B.B. King Into the Night," original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory Select).
(2016 -- UK) Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens, John Hurt. In 2006, amid the decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner was Ian Paisley, the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other was Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each began to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual.
Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait
(2017) Documentary chronicles the personal life and public career of the celebrated artist and filmmaker. Written and directed by Italy's Pappi Corsicato, the film details the Brooklyn-born Schnabel's formative years in Brownsville, Texas; the beginning of his professional career in New York City in the late 1970s; and his rise in the '80s to superstar status in Manhattan's art scene as well as international acclaim as a leading figure in the Neo-Expressionism movement.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: (Cohen Media Group).
The Limehouse Golem
(2016) Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays, Eddie Marsan. The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer -- dubbed The Limehouse Golem -- is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Nighy) -- a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (RLJ Entertainment).
(2017) Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas, Gaia Weiss. Two car thief brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities, wind up in the cross hairs of the local crime boss. The legendary car thieves get caught in the act of stealing from notorious crime boss Jacomo Morier and, in order to win back their freedom, they're put to the ultimate test -- the theft of a priceless car from Morier’s sworn enemy. While putting together a crew to pull off the daring heist they're joined by two beautiful women, who are more dangerous than they look. The team has one week to put the plan in motion, steal the car, and make their escape or lose everything, including their lives.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Blu-ray extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Paramount).
(2017) Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett. Drama is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (Fox).
The Philadelphia Story
(1940) With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady -- thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play "The Philadelphia Story," Hepburn snapped up the screen rights, handpicking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award–winning performance). A fast-talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regrets and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger; new introduction to actor Katharine Hepburn’s role in the development of the film by documentarians David Heeley and Joan Kramer; "In Search of Tracy Lord," a new documentary about the origin of the character and her social milieu; two full episodes of "The Dick Cavett Show" from 1973, featuring rare interviews with Hepburn, plus an excerpt of a 1978 interview from that show with director George Cukor; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1943, featuring an introduction by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille; restoration demonstration; an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
Poldark Season 3
(2017) Three-disc set with all nine episodes that follows Ross Poldark, who returns home after the American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it. Follows the latest thrilling exploits of Ross Poldark and his fiery partner, Demelza, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson as the intrepid eighteenth-century duo as they encounter new loves and new enemies. Also enlivening the new season are a mysterious plague of frogs, a thwarted famine, and Aunt Agatha’s eagerly anticipated one-hundredth birthday party, which has a catastrophic catch. But the most stirring action involves the French Revolution, which manages to ensnare one of the program’s main characters in its Reign of Terror, prompting Poldark’s most dangerous mission yet.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
The Red Skelton Hour In Color: Deluxe Collection
(1951-71) Twenty-two disc set with 130 remastered episodes. Red Skelton, America's Clown Prince, was a brilliant performer, a passionate patriot, and a master of simple, hilarious and classic comedy. Featuring over 65 hours of episodes from The Red Skelton Hour, many of which have been unseen for over 50 years. With a heart of pure gold, uproarious jokes and an unparalleled gift for physical comedy, Skelton kept TV audiences in stitches for 20 groundbreaking seasons on CBS-TV's The Red Skelton Show. Each week, viewers were treated to his memorable lineup of inimitable characters including country bumpkin Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye and lovable hobo Freddie the Freeloader, as well as the biggest movie and TV stars of the day who all clamored to appear on Red's show including John Wayne, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Milton Berle, Jackie Cooper, Tim Conway, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Simon and Garfunkel, Phyllis Diller, Merv Griffin, Audrey Meadows, Mickey Rooney, Nipsey Russell, Robert Goulet, Audrey Meadows and many more. Included here are The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years (8 discs), The Red Skelton Hour: In Color (10 discs), The Complete 20th Season: In Color (3 discs), Red Skelton: The Farewell Specials (1 disc), a full-length biography and a collectible memory book. Formats: DVD, $199.99. (Time Life).
(2017) Josh Duhamel, Giancarlo Esposito, Famke Janssen. Thriller about a reality show that exploits the on-camera deaths of its players -- on live TV. After a dating show ends in violence, its host Adam Rogers (Duhamel) and a ratings-hungry network exec (Janssen) launch a terrifying new program that promises fresh kills every week. The tension mounts as a kindhearted janitor (Esposito) joins the deadly program, hoping to help his struggling family survive … at any cost. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2017) Chris Staples, Michael Irvin, Jose Canseco, Porter Maberry. The film also stars Ryan Gunnarson. Wrongfully accused and sent to prison, a former basketball star prepares for the national slam dunk competition while finding redemption in himself and in those he loves. Five-time world slam dunk champion and former Harlem Globetrotter Chris Staples, makes his acting debut playing the lead role of Michael Diggs. Relying on the strength of his faith and conviction to family, Michael faces the challenges presented to him on and off the court in this story of defying all odds. Extras: "Slam Dunkers" featurette, deleted scenes. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
(2012 -- Germany) The two-part miniseries is a sweeping, monumental look at the decline of Communist East Germany in the 1980s as seen through the eyes of one privileged suburban family. Based on the acclaimed novel "The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land," which won the 2008 German Book Prize and was heralded by the German national weekly newspaper Die Zeit as “one of the most important books of European post-War literature,” the series casts its gaze on the Hoffman family of suburban Dresden. But even for the cultivated few living in the villas of Dresden's noble suburbs, the growing cracks in their repressive police state’s façade begin to take their toll in 1982. Under pressure against increasingly tense climate and the secret police lurking around, the Hoffmann family make difficult choices with unsettling repercussions. As the 1980s come to a close and East Germany’s citizens publicly clamor for more freedom (arriving in the form of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989), the Hoffmann family must come to terms with the lives they’ve lived and have been forever changed. Formats: DVD. (Music Box Films).
(2016 -- Mexico) Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio. Psychological thriller follows young mother Alejandra whose life is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious woman, Veronica. She introduces her to an isolated cabin in the woods where an otherworldly creature dwells, a source of great pleasure but also great danger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Strand Releasing).
Westworld: Season One
(2016) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the HBO series. Based on the film written by best-selling author Michael Crichton, "Westworld" is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and a reimagined past, the series explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Features a star-studded cast led by Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins, Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson and Shannon Woodward.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo-Pack (six discs), Digital. Extras: "Inside Look with Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy – Season One," "Imagining the Main Title," :"Key to The Chords," "2017 Comic Con Panel," gag reel, "Welcome to Westworld," "Crafting the Narrative," "An Invitation to the Set," "Welcome to Westworld: About the Series," "Reality of A.I.: Westworld," "The Big Moment." The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray sets will also include a premium collectible booklet. (Warner).
(2016 -- Poland) Legendary director Andrzej Wajda's final film is a passionate portrait of renowned avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who challenged Stalinist orthodoxy. Looking at the last years of the controversial and visionary artists' life, "Afterimage" follows Poland's best-known interwar artist and theoretician as he wages war against Stalinism. Though he didn't start painting until after becoming a double amputee, the ever-compelling and charismatic Strzeminski eventually became a professor at the National School of Fine Arts in Lodz. It's there that students treat him like the "messiah of modern painting," but university authorities and the Ministry of Culture have a differing opinion. Refusing to comply with Party regulations, the rebellious artist is eventually expelled from the university and the artists' union. And as the Communist authorities continue their efforts to ruin him, Strzeminski, brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda, remains steadfast in his political and artistic convictions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Feature-length HD documentary "Wajda by Wadja": The filmmaker offers a unique perspective on his work and provides the keys to understanding it shortly before his death; commentary by History and Theory of Cinema Professor Emeritus Stuart Liebman from the CUNY Graduate Center. (Film Movement).
Amityville: The Awakening
(2017) Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler. Belle and her family move into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur, she begins to suspect her mother isn’t telling her everything. She soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Making of Amityville: The Awakening” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgard, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Daniel Bernhardt, James Faulkner, Roland Moller, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Sam Hargrave, Attila Arpa, Daniel Hargrave, Declan Hannigan. An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. Read more about "Atomic Blonde" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted/extended scenes; "Welcome to Berlin" location featurette; "Blondes Have More Gun"; "Spymaster" cast and crew behind-the-scenes featurette; "Anatomy of a Fight Scene"; "Story in Motion" storyboards with optional commentary by director David Leitch; feature commentary with Leitch and editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir.
D.C. Follies: The Complete Series
(1987-89) Four-disc set with all 44 episodes. Brought to you by those masters of trippy TV, Sid & Marty Krofft ("H.R. Pufnstuf," "Land of the Lost"), "D.C. Follies" stars the one and only Fred Willard as the bartender in the hottest joint our nation’s capital has ever seen ... and where the clientele is made up of puppet caricatures of the biggest names in show biz and affairs of state. From the world stage to the puppet stage, Fred and his most-irregular regulars sock it to the culture of the day with a satiric style like none other: President Reagan tries to wipe out the national debt with a TV home shopping show, Dolly Parton gives makeup tips to Barbara Bush, Margaret Thatcher confers with Madonna to find a new image, and Nixon’s Presidential Library ... is a bookmobile. Includes non-puppet guest stars such as Betty White, Martin Mull, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Leslie Nielsen, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and many more. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(1985) Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first narrative feature, "Desert Hearts," was groundbreaking upon its 1985 release: A love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a self-financed shoestring budget, by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breathtaking desert landscape. With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, "Desert Hearts" beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit and created by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and the Sundance Institute, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch; new conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch;
new conversation between Deitch, Elswit, and production designer Jeannine Oppewall about the film’s visual style; new interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau; excerpt from "Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule," a 1995 documentary about the author of "Desert of the Heart," the 1964 novel on which the film is based; an essay by critic B. Ruby Rich. (The Criterion Collection).
Eight Films By Jean Rouch
Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film "The Mad Masters" through 1969’s darkly comic "Little By Little," these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch’s practice of “shared anthropology" -- a process of collaboration with his subjects. Astonishing on their own terms, now restored in high definition and released for the first time, "Eight Films By Jean Rouch" is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole. The four-disc set includes eight newly restored films, a 24-page booklet with two essays about Rouch and his methodology, and a new documentary about Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema: "The Adventurous Filmmaker." The eight titles: "The Mad Masters" (1955), "Mammy Water" (1956), "The Human Pyramid" (1961), "The Lion Hunters" (1965), "Jaguar" (1967), "Little By Little" (1969), "The Punishment" (1962) and "Jean Rouch, The Adventurous Filmmaker" (2017). In French & English w/English subtitles.
Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
George Romero "Between Night and Dawn"
Limited Edition six-disc box set. Three films made between "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead" showcase the extraordinary versatility and dynamism of this irreplaceable American auteur. When George A. Romero passed away in July, the film world didn't just lose its beloved "King of Zombies," but also a groundbreaking and fearless innovator who inspired not only generations of genre directors, but also experimental and guerilla filmmakers for whom he laid down the template. The three films collected in this box set -- two early Seventies "lost films" and a classic plague panic thriller -- show there's more to the legendary director than simply gut-munching ghouls. The comedy romance "There's Always Vanilla," psychological thriller "Season of the Witch," and infection horror "The Crazies" -- all filmed in and around Pittsburgh -- serve to display the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre. "The Crazies" is one of his strongest horror offerings, with memorable performances from Lynn Lowry and Richard Liberty. Romero managed to inject his films with subtle social allegories, nuanced examinations of the human condition, and just the right amount of black humor, so that they were immediately recognized as his and his alone. The box set showcases the director feeling his way towards the mainstream and showing a formidable assurance in three very distinct genres. Includes brand new restorations of the three films, a lavish 60-page booklet featuring new writing on this fascinating chapter of Romero's career, a wealth of extras including interviews, featurettes and behind the scenes documentaries, reversible sleeves for all three films featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork, and a beautifully designed and striking slipcase featuring an iconic image of the man himself. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Hamilton: Building America
(2017) HISTORY documentary captures the amazing life and times of our nation’s forgotten founding father: Alexander Hamilton. Explores the iconic American political and financial institutions he helped to create -- from the U.S. Mint and Wall Street to the two-party political system. Ron Chernow, whose biography of Alexander Hamilton served as the basis for the hit Broadway play, along with other notable names including Tom Brokaw and Maria Bartiromo, contribute to an all-encompassing look at one of our nation’s most accomplished leaders. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Incredible Shrinking Woman BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, Henry Gibson. Exposed to a heady mix of household chemicals, housewife Pat Kramer (Tomlin) contracts a strange side effect: She begins to shrink! Baffling doctors, Pat’s diminishing size starts to really bring her down -- until her story captures the hearts of the American people and the attention of a sinister group of scientists bent on world domination. Getting out of this predicament while still taking care of her family will be no small feat. 2017 high-definition transfer. Extras: New conversation with Lily Tomlin and writer-executive producer Jane Wagner; new interview with director Joel Schumacher; new interview with cinematographer and visual effects supervisor Bruce Logan; new audio interview with composer Suzanne Ciani; new "On Location: Now and Then" featurette; “Edith Ann” deleted scene; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Shout! Factory).
(2016 -- TV) Mira Sorvino, Cary Elwes, Katherine McNamara, Christopher Backus. While her politician husband (Elwes) and precocious teenage daughter (McNamara) are away, New Orleans psychiatrist Veronica Simon (Sorvino) enjoys a weekend fling with Victor (Backus), an alluring young sculptor. But after Veronica calls off the affair, Victor refuses to let go -- and will stop at nothing to have Veronica for himself. Just how far will Victor go to get what he wants, and is there anything Veronica can do to stop his mad obsession before it destroys her family?
Formats: DVD. (MPI Home Video).
(1976) It wasn't long before the Blaxploitation boom moved into the horror market, bringing the world "Blacula," "Blackenstein," "Abby" (Blaxploitation's "The Exorcist") and cult favorite "J.D.'s Revenge." Law student Ike is enjoying a night on the town with his friends when his life changes dramatically. Taking part in a nightclub hypnosis act, he becomes possessed with the spirit of a violent gangster murdered in the 1940s. Believing himself to be the reincarnation of murderous J.D., Ike launches a revenge campaign against those who had done "him" wrong all those years ago. Directed by Arthur Marks ("Bucktown," "Friday Foster") and starring Glynn Turman ("Cooley High") and Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr., "J.D.'s Revenge" is alternately tough and terrifying -- a Blaxploitation gem waiting to be rediscovered. New 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interview with producer-director Arthur Marks, original theatrical trailer, Arthur Marks trailer reel, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips. First pressing only: Collector's booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman, author of "Nightmare Movies." (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2017 -- Turkey) A documentary profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat. Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame -- and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentaries with director-producer Ceyda Torun, cinematographer-producer Charlie Wuppermann, editor Mo Stoebe and the cats; "Making of Kedi"; deleted scenes; extended & outtake scenes, theatrical trailer. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
(1987 -- France) In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville, "Le samouraï" is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture -- with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of "Melville on Melville," and Ginette Vincendeau, author of "Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris"; archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier; "Melville-Delon: D’Honneur et de nuit" (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on this film; an essay by film scholar David Thomson. The Blu-ray also features an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo and excerpts from "Melville on Melville." (The Criterion Collection).
Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You
(2017) Narrated and executive produced by Mariah Carey, the animated family film follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true. Joining Carey in the voice cast are Breanna Yde as little Mariah; Henry Winkler as Grandpa Bill; Lacey Chabert as Mariah’s mother Penelope; and Phil Morris as Mariah’s father Bud. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "A Wish Come True: Making Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You" in which Carey and Yde discuss their roles in the film, their love for dogs, and their favorite things about Christmastime. (Universal).
Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature
(2017) Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudoplh, Bobby Moynihan, Isabela Moner, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias. Surly Squirrel (Arnett) and the gang are back, returning to Liberty Park after they are forced to leave their easy life at the nut store. Getting back to nature is the last thing Surly wants to do, but when a greedy mayor decides to destroy the park to build an amusement park, Surly and his ragtag critter friends must band together to save the place they call home. The film introduces new characters including Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan), the adorable but deadly city mouse, and Frankie, the love-struck bulldog (Bobby Canavale). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scene;
animation progression reels with two key scenes brought to life, from storyboard and pre-visualization, to final animation, lighting and effects; concept art reel; commentary with director/co-writer Cal Brunker and producer/co-writer Bob Barlen. (Universal).
Preacher: Season Two
(2017) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. The second season is a genre-bending thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his bad ass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God (upon learning He is absent from Heaven) and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between. Finding themselves in New Orleans, the gang must dodge local gangsters, dangerous secret agents and the Saint of Killers, an unstoppable murderous cowboy from Hell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Gag reel, featurette “Raising the Stakes: Action on Set.” (Sony).
The Sissi Collection
(1955-57 -- Austria) At the age of 17, Romy Schneider vaulted to international stardom through her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria in the first of three lavish films directed by Ernst Marischka. And, while she would go on to work with some of the most influential and daring European directors of the era, Schneider will always be remembered by this defining role in the internationally beloved series. Five-disc set, newly restored in 2K and available for the first time ever on Blu-ray in North America. Includes the Cannes Golden Palm-Nominated "Sissi Trilogy" along with "Victoria In Dover" (1954), a precursor to the Sissi films in which Schneider plays Britain's Princess Victoria; and "Forever My Love" (1962), a condensed English-dubbed version of the trilogy. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "From Romy to Sissi" making-of Featurette, "Sissi's Great-Grandson at the Movies" excerpt from the documentary film "Elisabeth: Enigma of an Empress," 20-page collector's booklet. (Film Movement).
Thanks For The Memories: The Bob Hope Specials Deluxe Collection
Bob Hope, America's greatest entertainer of the 20th century, is celebrated with the most complete collection of his television specials ever assembled, culled from the very best of Hope's 250 network specials spanning five decades, many in support of the U.S. Armed Forces. This one-of-a-kind collection is packed with comedy, music, dancing, movie stars, and, of course, Bob's memorable monologues -- all perfect for family viewing. Across 19 DVDs, fans will find more than 37 hours of specials, including 20 that have not been seen since their original broadcast, as well as an incredible collection of celebrity guest appearances from the biggest stars of the era such as John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Raquel Welch, Desi Arnaz, Jack Benny, Don Rickles, Barbra Streisand, George Burns, Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Lucille Ball, Steve McQueen, Lola Falana, Tom Jones, Carol Burnett, Angie Dickinson, Andy Williams, Lana Turner, Jayne Mansfield, Redd Foxx, Zsa Zsa Gabor and many others. Included here: "Thanks for the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials" (six discs) featuring 13 specials from 1956 to 1996; "Bob Hope: Entertaining the Troops" (four discs) featuring 10 shows from 1950 to 1993, including several USO Christmas specials filmed in front of troops serving in locations all over the world, from the Cold War through the Vietnam years to the Persian Gulf; "Bob Hope: TV Legend" (eight discs), a collection of 16 classic variety specials from 1958-1973; "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Bob Hope" (one disc). Includes a 32-page memory book filled with rare, archival photos and stories, all housed in a deluxe collector's box. Formats: DVD, $249.95. (Time Life).
(2017 -- Mexico) Jose Carlos Ruiz, Gabino Rodríguez, Monica Jimenez. Award winning-film uses the beautiful backdrop of a Mexican fishing village to tell the story of betrayal, love, honor and delusion. Ruiz plays Romero Kantun, a retired fisherman who discovered an oil field in his village. This discovery caused his friends and neighbors to lose their livelihoods, leaving him alienated. Now an alcoholic schizophrenic haunted by his past, Romero sets out to reclaim the love and honor he lost decades ago after he betrayed his village. Formats: DVD. (FilmRise).
(2017) Dir.: Michael Apted; Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Toni Collette. Rapace stars in this action-thriller as Alice Racine, one of the CIA’s top interrogators, whose career is sidelined after she fails to unlock a prisoner in time to save the lives of dozens of innocent people from a terrorist attack in Paris. Now, leading a quiet life in London as a caseworker, Alice is unexpectedly called back into action when the CIA apprehends a suspect believed to have direct ""knowledge of another imminent attack. Turning to the few people she can trust (Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, and Toni Collette), Alice seeks out the responsible parties as she races against the clock to prevent a deadly biological attack on the citizens of London.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Making Unlocked” featurette.
(2017) Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, "Whose Streets?" is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis. Grief, long-standing racial tensions, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military-grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2017) Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Martin Sensmeir, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones. A rookie FBI agent (Olsen) who teams up with a game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Renner) to investigate the mysterious killing of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation. Read more about "Wind River" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes video gallery, deleted scenes.
(2016 -- Russia) Writer-director Ivan I. Tverdovsky's prize-winning sophomore feature (Special Prize of the Jury at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Best Picture at Fantastic Fest) deftly mixes the deadpan humour of Aki Kaurismäki with a poignant examination of social issues including loneliness and aging. Natasha is a middle-aged admin employee at a zoo where her female co-workers take pleasure in making fun of her. She lives with her God-fearing mother and leads a dull existence without prospects, until one day she grows a tail. Medical examinations follow where she meets Peter, a young radiologist and her dreary life is turned upside down. Described as "Kafka meets Cronenberg," Tverdovsky's film is a beautifully photographed portrait of Eastern Europe that recalls the recent New Romanian Cinema and features a brave and brilliant central performance from Natalya Pavlenkova. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016 --France) Cédric Kahn, Bérénice Bejo. Tells the stark story of Boris (Kahn) and Marie (Bejo), a couple who have decided to separate after 15 years together. They have two girls that they adore. However, cash-strapped Boris is still living in the family home. When all is said and done, neither of the two is willing to give up. Now this apartment is a war zone and their situation a nightmare. The film is a painfully intimate, harrowingly and fascinating drama about the emotional and financial complexities of a separation and the end of a long love story. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Icarus Films/Distrib Films US).
(2017) Every Sunday afternoon two atheists in Austin debate callers for one hour on the only atheist television show in America. Over the span of 20 years, The Atheist Experience has grown from local oddity to nationwide internet phenomenon. Along the way it has provided concentrated and entertaining insight into the culture wars that divide the nation today. This documentary portrays the show, its protagonists, and the funny, touching and often shocking discussions that arise between the hosts and their audience. The film also reveals how religion has permeated public life in Texas -- from prayers before rodeos, NASCAR races and Republican party rallies to Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church and David Barton's "WallBuilders" radio show. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).
Birth of the Dragon
(2016 -- China) Philip Ng, Yu Xia, Billy Magnussen. Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, the film is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man -- a battle that gave birth to a legend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Becoming the Dragon" featurette, "Building the Story," "The Stunts," "The Fight." (Universal).
Bob Hope: The Ultimate Movie Collection
Features 21 of the funniest movies from the legendary comedian. As a recognized genius of American comedy, Bob Hope has no equal. From his early days in vaudeville to his years as a top Hollywood boxoffice draw and star of radio, TV and live performances, Bob Hope’s innocent charm and lightning-quick wit have delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Co-starring some of Hollywood’s greatest stars including Lucille Ball, W.C. Fields, Dorothy Lamour, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard, Jane Russell and, of course, Bing Crosby, this collection will entertain longtime fans and introduce a whole new generation to the unforgettable style of one of the most famous comedians of all time. Check out the complete list of titles here.Formats: DVD. Extras: New documentary, "American Masters: This Is Bob Hope"; "Bob Hope and the Road to Success"; "Entertaining the Troops"; "Command Performance 1944"; "Command Performance 1945"; "Hollywood Victory Caravan." (Universal).
(2017) Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Amari Cheatom, Marsha Stephanie Blake. Based on an incredible true story. In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin’s childhood friend Carl 'KC' King devotes his life to fighting for Colin’s freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system. Adapted from the acclaimed "This American Life" piece. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Broad Green Pictures).
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Series
(2000-15) Every episode from all 15 seasons, plus the finale, of the drama that changed the television landscape. CSI was the second most-watched show on television by 2002, taking the top position for Season 3, and was named the most-watched show in the world six times, more than any other show (2016 Monte-Carlo TV Festival). All-star cast: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue. During its 15-year run, "CSI" became a global phenomenon producing three spin-off series: "CSI: Miami," "CSI: NY," and "CSI: Cyber"; a book series; several video games; and an exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. 93-disc set includes 19 hours of special features, all 15 seasons and all 337 episodes, plus the two-hour finale. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Procedures of Handling Evidence," "The Autopsy Theater Tour," "The Gun Lab Tour," "The Trace Lab Tour," "The A/V Lab Tour," commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reels, behind-the scenes featurettes, more. (CBS/Paramount).
CSI: Miami: The Complete Series
(2002-12) Horatio Caine (David Caruso), a former homicide detective, heads a group of investigators who work crimes amid the steamy, tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. His team includes Calleigh Dusquene, a bilingual Southern beauty with a specialty in ballistics; Tim Speedle, a cocky yet disarming investigator who is well connected on the street, and Eric Delko, an underwater recovery expert who knows all the twists and turns of the Florida waterways. Rounding out the team is Alexx Woods, the no-nonsense, know-it-all coroner. And, after Speedle is killed in Action, Former Patrolman Ryan Wolfe joins the team. Together, these investigators collect and analyze the evidence to solve the crimes and to vindicate those who often cannot speak for themselves. Formats: 65-disc DVD. Extras: "CSI: Miami Uncovered," "Creating CSI: Miami," "The CSI Tour: Polie Station," "The CSI Shot: Making It Real," "The Writers' Room," "CSI Moves Into Season Three," "Crime Scene Field Kit," "The Evolution of an Episode From Concept to Completion," "Pre-Production," "Production," "Post-Production," commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, character profiles. (CBS/Paramount).
The Film Critic
(2013 -- Argentina) Rafael Spregelburd, Dolores Fonzi, Blanca Lewin. Víctor Tellez, a prestigious film critic who has lost faith in the art form sparks with a young woman whose tastes run opposite of his. Crotchety Buenos Aires film critic -- whose "capacity for gusto" has been sucked out of him -- until he learns that all that those sappy, feel-good romantic comedies that he’s come to disdain in Hollywood cinema can be more than simply a movie genre -- much more. Tellez is a man who has spent the last 20 years sitting, and must now take action. The excuse is this girl in the movie, but she could very well be the product of his imagination, something created by his unconscious that drives him out of that very rigid structure that traps him. Formats: DVD.
(Music Box Films).
Free to Rock: How Rock & Roll Brought Down The Wall
(2017) Broadcast on PBS stations and worldwide, "Free to Rock" is a multi-award winning documentary directed by four-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Jim Brown and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. It captures the dramatic -- and at times even humorous -- story of how rock 'n' roll tore a hole in the Iron Curtain and spread like a virus across the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe despite Communist attempts to outlaw it. Thousands of underground bands -- including the Flowers, Kino and the Plastic People of the Universe -- and millions of young fans who yearned for Western freedoms helped fuel the nonviolent implosion of the Soviet regime. Free To Rock features presidents, diplomats, spies and rock stars from the West and the Soviet Union who reveal how rock music helped bring down The Wall. This 10-year production features interviews and performances including: Presidents Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev and Latvian President Vike-Freiberga, former KGB General Oleg Kalugin, former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elton John, Billy Joel, Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper ("The Wall - Live in Berlin"), Metallica, Stas Namin, Pits "Pete" Anderson, Boris Grebenshikov, Andrey Makarevich, Valery Saifudinov, Yuri Schevchuk and more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus disk: "Rockin The Kremlin": Outtakes and original stories behind the making of "Free To Rock." (Pop Twist/MVD Visual).
From the Land of the Moon
(2016 -- France) Marion Cotillard, Àlex Brendemühl, Louis Garrel. In 1950s France, a passionate, free-spirited woman in a loveless marriage falls for another man when she's sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2017) Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Taliah Webster, Buddy Duress. Racing against the clock to get his brother out of jail, Connie Nikas (Pattinson) finds himself trying to make some quick hustles while evading arrest on the colorful streets of New York. An official selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival that received a six-minute standing ovation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Pure and the Damned: Good Time” featurette; audio commentary with directors Josh and Benny Safdie, producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, and actors Taliah Lennice Webster and Buddy Duress; Music Video. (Lionsgate).
High School Lover
(2017) Paulina Singer, François Arnaud, James Franco. When 17-year-old Kelly (Singer) sneaks out to the city one night with her friends, she isn’t expecting to meet Hollywood’s hottest actor, Christian Booth (Arnaud). To Kelly’s surprise, Christian contacts her and they begin spending time together. When her father (Franco) finds out about the relationship -- and the wide age gap -- he demands that Kelly stop seeing Christian. As Christian’s adoration turns into obsession, Kelly realizes that she’s put her family in danger. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Hitman's Bodyguard
(2017) Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek. When Michael Bryce, an elite bodyguard, and Darius Kincaid, a renowned hit man, are forced to work together, they don’t just have to avoid getting killed…they also have to avoid killing each other. Read more about "The Hitman's Bodyguard" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Big Action in a Big World” featurette, director’s commentary. Blu-ray adds Outtakes, deleted scenes, extended scenes, alternate scenes, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard: A Love Story” featurette, “Hitman vs. Bodyguard” featurette, “Dangerous Women” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(1977) Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town’s only possible savior but Dennis Cooper (Michael Palin), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight? Terry Gilliam’s first outing as a solo director -- inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky” and made on the heels of Gilliam’s success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python -- showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, this fantasy remains one of the filmmaker’s most uproarious visions of society run amok. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam; 5.1 surround mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin; new documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin, and actor Annette Badland; new interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs; selection of Gilliam’s storyboards and sketches; an essay by critic Scott Tobias. (The Criterion Collection).
Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth
(2007) David Lee Smith, John Billingsley, William Katt, Ellen Crawford, Tony Todd, Annika Peterson, Alexis Thorpe, Richard Riehle. The provocative final screenplay by renowned science fiction author and screenwriter Jerome Bixby ("Star Trek", "The Twilight Zone", "Fantastic Voyage," "It! The Terror From Beyond Space") tells the story of a mysterious professor named John Oldman (David Lee Smith). During a cold night in a remote cabin, an uneventful, impromptu goodbye party for Oldman becomes something extraordinary when he makes a prodigious announcement: He is an immortal who has migrated through 140 centuries of evolution and now must move on. Is Oldman truly Cro-Magnon or simply insane? Now one man will force five scholars to confront their own notions of history, religion, science and humanity, all reading to a final revelation that may shatter their world forever. Bixby's script explores themes first presented in the classic season three "Star Trek" episode "Requiem For Methuselah". He began work on the script in the early 1960's and completed it on his death bed in 1998. A decade after its initial release "The Man From Earth" has become a world-wide cult classic and has become a favorite film among fans of the genre. The film currently ranks among the top 50 science fiction films of all time on the IMDb, was selected by AOL's "Sci-Fi Squad"as one of the Top 10 "Best Science Fiction Films of the Decade" (2000 - 2009) and was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in 2008. The movie's success has spawned a sequel, "The Man From Earth: Holocene," which is scheduled for release in theaters Fall 2017. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with original 2.0 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Extras: New feature-length retrospective documentary "The Man From Earth: Legacy" chronicling the history and the phenomenon of the film with all-new interviews with the director, producers and the cast; commentary with producer-director Richard Schenkman and actor John Billingsley; commentary with executive producer Emerson Bixby and author/sci-fi scholar Gary Westfahl; "From Script To Screen" (2007 featurette); "Star Trek: Jerome Bixby's Sci-Fi Legacy" (2007 featurette); "On the Set" (2007 featurette); "The Story of the Story" (2007 featurette); original theatrical trailer; "The Man From Earth: Holocene" teaser trailer, the "mini-short" film "Contagion" (2016) from the producers and director of "The Man From Earth" (Richard Schenkman and Eric D. Wilkinson) starring William Katt; before/after comparison of the new HD digital restoration of the feature film; photo gallery. (MVD Entertainment).
(2017) Voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, Mel Brooks, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon. An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. Read more about "Leap!" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “In the Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler” featurette; Behind-the-scenes video gallery: "The Birth of a Dream," "Animating the Dance" and "Reconstructing 19th Century Paris." (Lionsgate).
(2017) Bret Gelman, Michael Cera, Judy Greer, Gillian Jacobs, Jeff Garlin. Lemon: a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory. Isaac Lachmann (Brett Gelman) is a dud. Isaac Lachmann is 40. Isaac Lachmann is a man in free fall immobilized by mediocrity. His career is going nowhere. His girlfriend of ten years is leaving him. And his overbearing family doesn't help matters. What did he do to deserve this? Things were supposed to work out differently for him. Isaac Lachmann had big dreams. Now he just watches as his life unravels. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, interviews with writer-director Janicza Bravo and writer-actor Brett Gelman, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
My Journey Through French Cinema
(2016) Bertrand Tavernier, one of modern cinema's most revered directors, gives a personal guided tour of his country's film history. Tavernier became an internationally acclaimed director with his first feature, 1974's "The Clockmaker," and in the more than four decades since, he has created such classically rigorous masterpieces as "The Judge and the Assassin," "Coup de Torchon," "A Sunday in the Country," "Life and Nothing But" and "It All Starts Today." Here he looks back over his nation's rich, complicated legacy in a deeply rewarding and highly personal documentary that is both educational and revelatory. He discusses -- and shows copious clips from -- films he enjoyed as a boy to those of his contemporaries and his own early career. The three-hour-plus film is told through portraits of key creative figures, including such towering directors as Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol and Jean-Pierre Melville, as well as Jean Gabin (regarded by many as the "French Spencer Tracy") and the composers who've added so much to the films. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: An interview with Tavernier and writer Jean Ollé-Laprune. (Cohen Media Group).
The Pulitzer at 100
(2017) This new documentary by Academy Award-winning director Kirk Simon celebrates the centenary of the Pulitzers – the revered national award for excellence in journalism and the arts. The Pulitzers have had an immeasurable impact on American sensibility and beyond over the past 100 years. The riveting tales of the winning artists give an insider's view of how these pinnacles of achievement are selected and how the award has the power to change lives and communities. The diverse stories explored in the film relate to immigration, race, gender, and above all freedom of speech – all issues that are ever more relevant in America today. Featuring interviews with notable prize recipients including authors, journalists, playwrights and musicians such as Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz, Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, Carl Bernstein, Robert Caro, Nicholas Kristof, Thomas Friedman, David Remnick and Wynton Marsalis, the film also brings Pulitzer-winning works to life through readings by John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Liev Schreiber, Martin Scorsese, and Yara Shahidi. Interwoven with the stories and readings is the history of the man who created it. Joseph Pulitzer came to America to fight as a mercenary in the Civil War, made a fortune in publishing, and, upon his death in 1911, left money to Columbia University, a portion of which was used to establish the Pulitzer Prizes. First awarded in 1917, the iconic prizes represent the highest standards of integrity and excellence in the arts. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.
(First Run Features).
(2017) Ed Asner, Patrick Muldoon, Brooke Langton, Jack Brunault. Danny and his brainy buddies launch an “X-Files”-style investigation to discover the truth about Santa. But they have no clue that St. Nick (Asner) is real -- and he’s making toys right in their hometown. As Danny’s flirty mom (Langton) gets wrapped up with Santa’s social-media director (Muldoon), Danny and his gang of secret sleuths unravel the funny, festive truth that’s out there. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
(2016 -- Germany) Tells the story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.
(First Run Features).
Time to Die
(1966 -- Mexico) Jorge Martinez de Hoyos, Marga López, Enrique Rocha. Arturo Ripstein's landmark Mexican Western comes to home video for the very first time in a pristine 2K restoration. Fresh from serving 18 years in jail for shooting a man in self-defense, Juan Sayago comes back to his hometown to start life anew and reunite with old flame Mariana. However, the two sons of the man he killed, consumed by an overwhelming thirst for revenge, have been anxiously awaiting his return ... they have other plans for him. From an original story by Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez ("One Hundred Years of Solitude"), and featuring dialogue by iconic Mexican novelist/essayist Carlos Fuentes ("The Death of Artemio Cruz," "The Old Gringo"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Video introduction by director Alex Cox ("Repo Man"); commentary by director Ripstein and actor Enrique Rocha; new essay by Carlos A. Gutiérrez, co-founder of Cinema Tropical. (Film Movement).
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
(2017) Dir: Luc Besson; Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rihanna, Rutger Hauer, Herbie Hancock. A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Read more about "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Citizens of Imagination: Creating the Universe of Valerian” five-part documentary: "Paper, Ink, Flesh, Blood: Origins and Characters," "To Alpha and Beyond: Production and Stunts," "Denizens of the Galaxy: Humans and Aliens," "The Final Element: Visual Effects" and "Wrap Up"; Enhancement Pods; “The Art of Valerian” photo gallery. (Lionsgate).
(2017 -- South Korea) Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, BangG Sung-jun. Honed from childhood into a merciless killing machine by a criminal organization, assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after 10 years of service -- and she jumps at the chance for a normal life. But soon enough, secrets from her past destroy everything she’s worked for, and now nobody can stand in her way as she embarks on a roaring rampage of revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
The Violent Years
(1956) Written by legendary Hollywood outsider Edward D. Wood, Jr. ("Plan 9 From Outer Space," "Glen or Glenda") and helmed by B-film director William Morgan, the gang-girl saga "The Violent Years" is the story of Paula Parkins (Jean Moorehead), a good-girl-gone-bad who leads her degenerate teenage hellcats down a path of gas station hijackings, pajama party orgies, and cold-blooded murder. From Wood's patently deranged dialogue to the scene where the gang performs a "man attack," "The Violent Years" is an essential exposé on crime, gender politics, and sweater-stealing. Remember, "This is a story of violence!" New 4K scan from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary track with filmmaker Frank Henenlotter ("Basket Case," "Frankenhooker") and Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey; gutter-noir trailers from the Something Weird vault; memorabilia scrapbook; bonus movie: "Anatomy of a Psycho" (1961), with a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print;
reversible cover art. (American Genre Film Archive/Something Weird).
(2017) Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban.
A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Speaking Out on Acts of Vengeance” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2000) Troubled youth Ron Decker (Edward Furlong) is sentenced to a 10-year stint in the notorious San Quentin State Prison for a drug-dealing conviction. Inexperienced in the ways of prison life, he's taken under the wing of Earl Copen (Willem Dafoe), an experienced con with the entire prison in the palm of his hand -- inmates and guards alike. But as Ron grows increasingly cocky in his privileged role as Earl's confidant, is he in danger of biting off more than he can chew with some of the jail's more volatile inhabitants? Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Eddie Bunker ("Reservoir Dogs"), "Animal Factory" was Steve Buscemi's second stint in the director's chair and sees him marshaling a formidable ensemble cast, including Bunker, Danny Trejo and Mickey Rourke, for a powerful and sincere account of the men caught up in the penal system and the deals they cut with each other, and themselves, in order to survive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with critic Barry Forshaw covering Eddie Bunker's varied career; audio commentary by novelist/co-writer/actor Eddie Bunker and co-producer/actor Danny Trejo; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips. First pressing only: Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Glenn Kenny. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) The first feature-length narrative film from visual artist Dean Dempsey (who also stars) uses Dempsey's biological father and a handful of true stories to weave an eccentric, eclectic and compelling black comedy in an homage to New York's gritty Lower East Side of the 70s and 80s. Features a cast of familiar art world and nightlife faces like the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Sophia Lamar. After burning bridges out west, double-amputee punk rocker Terry Trash moves back to New York to room with his adult son Bobby (Dempsey) in a small apartment on the Lower East Side. Bobby is reluctant, but committed, to helping his ex-junkie father, all the while trying to stay focused on his own creative pursuits. A fledgling filmmaker, Bobby tries to cast Trash and the neighborhood characters that inspire him, but constantly fails to finish a project, so he turns to sex work organized by his confidant, Lady (Lamar). Meanwhile, Trash has all but abandoned landing a job or reigniting his band, and, instead, has befriended local eccentric, Roxy (Neon Music). With the help of hallucinogens, the two embark on regular adventures through New York and other worlds. Formats: DVD. (IndiePix Films).
The Defiant Ones
(2017) Four part documentary. Director Allen Hughes ("Menace II Society," "Dead Presidents") has made an unquestionably bold film about the unlikely but unbreakable bond of trust and friendship between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, two street-smart men from different worlds who have shaped many of the most exciting and extreme moments in recent pop culture. The series includes extensive interviews with Dre and Iovine, who speak frankly about their highs and lows as well as interviews with major music icons including: Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, Gwen Stefani, Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Stevie Nicks, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Jon Landau, Patti Smith, Lady Gaga, Doug Morris, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Diddy, Alonzo Williams and will.i.am. The series also features never-before-seen footage from a multitude of recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, JJ Fad, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, The D.O.C., Bruce Springsteen and U2, among others. Set amid many of the defining societal and cultural events of the past four decades, "The Defiant Ones" tells the stories of two men from different tough neighborhoods and their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture. This revealing, compelling and often-gritty story takes place in recording studios, in humble homes, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
(2017) Take a stroll down memory lane with four 90-minute seasonal chapters, directed, written, and executive produced by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. This special series begins nearly 10 years after the original series ended. Lorelai still runs the Dragonfly Inn (and chugs coffee like it's water) and Rory, now 32, has experienced some career success. As Rory works through job-related struggles and Lorelai deals with some unresolved issues of her own, Emily Gilmore has been handling the loss of her husband. Emily is at a major crossroads in her life, trying to figure out what to do next. Richard's death forces Emily and Lorelai to finally reexamine their own fraught relationship, which hasn't changed much since the beginning of the series. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Warner).
(2016 -- Japan) With his highly perceptive attention to character, acclaimed director Kôji Fukada creates an explosive family drama that captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. Winner of the prestigious Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival. Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) sees his seemingly ordinary life take an ominous turn when Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano), a mysterious friend from his past, arrives unexpectedly -- recently released from prison and in need of a helping hand. Toshio gives him a job and generously takes him in to live with his wife and daughter, but he soon regrets this decision as Yasaka gradually disrupts the family before finally causing irreparable damage. Formats: DVD. Extras: NYAFF chat interview with "Harmonium" star Kanji Furutachi; bonus short film "Birds" (directed by Fukada) in which a confrontation between a wife, her husband and his lover reaches unexpected heights of absurdity. (Film Movement).
(2017) Dir.: Steven Soderbergh; Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig. West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track's underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent. Read more about "Logan Lucky" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/ Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. (Universal).
Lost in Paris
(2016 -- France/Belgium) Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s signature whimsical style, "Lost in Paris" stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Emmanuelle Riva) who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom (Abel), the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone. Replete with the amazing antics and intricately choreographed slapstick that has come to define Abel and Gordon’s work, "Lost in Paris" is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Paris pieds nus de Abel & Gordon" on-set interview from Belgium TV; "Abel & Gordon and the Quest for Burlesque" video essay by Variety film critic Peter Debruge; "Walking on the Wild Side, The Tent -- two short films by Abel & Gordon; theatrical trailer.(Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Mario Lanza: The Best of Everything
(2017) Mario Lanza was an opera singer and Hollywood film star, but the most dramatic role he ever played was that of Mario Lanza himself. It was a life overflowing with fame, passion, tantrums, success, vices, generosity and incomprehensible tragedies. Featuring interviews with his daughter Ellisa and contemporary musicians including Joseph Calleja and Gianluca Terranova, as well as rare archival concert footage, the film is an intimate portrait of a true superstar. Lanza was a tenor like no other, and was the first true crossover artist when MGM made him a matinee idol. As his daughter says in the film, “He could act, he could sing and he was handsome!” Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo, and Bocelli all trace their inspiration back to Lanza. Lanza’s voice even impressed pop-stars Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Lanza’s Hollywood career catapulted in the 1950s when he starred in the box office hits “The Toast of New Orleans,” “The Great Caruso,” and “Because You’re Mine.” His singing voice was also featured in “The Student Prince.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Gallery of Mario Lanza’s personal photos; his rarely seen full 15-minute performance at the London Palladium in 1957; a “Lanza Extravaganza Countdown,” featuring clips of film interviewees talking about their favorite Lanza recordings. (FilmRise).
Misery Collector's Edition
(1990) Dir.: Rob Reiner; James Caan, Kathy Bates. Two-disc set with 4K restoration from the original film elements. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New interview with director Rob Reiner, new interview with special makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero, audio commentary with Reiner, audio commentary with screenwriter William Goldman, “Misery Loves Company” featurette, “Marc Shaiman’s Musical Misery Tour” featurette, “Diagnosing Annie Wilkes” featurette, “Advice For The Stalked” featurette, “Profile of a Stalker” featurette, “Celebrity Stalkers” featurette, “Anti-Stalking Laws” featurette, trailers.(Scream Factory).
(2017) Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Anton Yelchin, Henry Ian Cusick. Thriller explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a person’s memories. Gordon’s wife, Carolyn (Ormond), retreats into her house and cuts off contact with the outside world when a mysterious man (Dinklage) shows up. After stealing the machine, he uses it to try and solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Mark Palansky and Peter Dinklage, “The Memories We Keep” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk. Psychological thriller about a haunted young woman who spirals in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Making Woodshock: A Mental Landscape” featurette. (Lionsgate).
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