Ancient Aliens: Season Three
(2011) Four-disc set with 16 episodes. The third installment of the otherworldly, hit History series delves even more deeply into the 75 million years of the most credible alien evidence found on Earth. $29.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
(2011) Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, David Thewlis, Edward Hogg. Read more about "Anonymous" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Commentary with director Roland Emmerich and Writer John Orloff, deleted scenes, "Who Is the Real William Shakespeare?" Blu-ray adds extended scenes, "More Than Special Effects" featurette, "Speak the Speech ..." featurette, "Anonymous PS3" wallpaper/theme. (Sony).
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation -- Grave Danger
(2005) Two-part Season Five finale directed by Quentin Tarantino. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $24.99. Extras: "CSI: Tarantino Style." (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
(1988) Dir.: Stephen Frears; Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Uma Thurman. Extras: Commentary by Frears. (Warner).
Downton Abbey Season 2
(2012) Three-disc set: DVD, $44.99 and Blu-ray, $49.99. As the Great War rages across Europe, discord is sown even into the serene Yorkshire countryside. Simmering tensions behind the gates of Downton Abbey are beginning to come to a boil as the men and women of Downton do their part on both the front lines and the home front. What's more, the brutality and intensity of war seem to inflame more familiar passions -- love, loss, blackmail, and betrayal - leaving family and staff alike to struggle in an ever-changing world, against a host of new demons. Extras: "House to Hospital" featurette, "Romance in a Time of War" featurette, "Fashion and Uniforms" costumes featurette. (PBS Distribution).
(2011) Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor and activist Woody Harrelson, "Ethos" lifts the lid on a Pandora's Box of systemic issues that guarantee failure in every aspect of our lives, from the environment to our democracy and our own personal liberty. From conflicts of interest in politics to unregulated corporate power, to a military industrial complex that just about owns our government, the film explains how our country is controlled by some very wealthy families and not our chosen government; these families control the main pillars of our society which include politics, corporations, banks and the media. We cannot change our system until we know how it works and this film, with interviews from some of today's leading thinkers, will show you how to make meaningful and sustainable change. With interviews from influential thought-leaders including author and activist Noam Chomsky ("Manufacturing Dissent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media"), Chalmers Johnson ("Blowback: The Sorrows of Empire"), Oscar-winning documentarian Michael Moore and Howard Zinn ("A People's History of the United States"). Formats: DVD Digital.(Cinema Libre Studio).
Father Dowling Mysteries: The First Season
(1987-88) Two-disc set with eight episodes, Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Fireflies in the Garden
(2008) Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Julia Roberts, Ioan Gruffudd, Hayden Panettiere. A family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "A Flash of Life: The Making of Fireflies in the Garden" featurette. (Sony).
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred
(2011) Lucas Cruikshank, Jake Weary, Siobhan Fallon. Nickelodeon movie follows the titular hero on his quest to expose his new music teacher Mr. Devlin as an evil vampire. (Lionsgate).
(2011) Sarah Hyland, Matt Prokop, Sasha Pieterse. Disney Channel original movie about a high school film geek who makes a documentary on the school's most popular girl. Extras: Ten Episodes of Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!" (Disney).
(2011) Set behind the scenes of the BBC newsroom just as a new investigative program is launched, the drama plots the personal lives and professional interplay between an aspiring but renegade journalist, a beautiful ambitious young producer with whom he is in love, and his handsome rival, the face and lead anchorman of this rising television news team. "The Hour" plays out as a riveting thriller set against the backdrop of the Cold War. Two-disc set with 12 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Behind the Scenes at The Hour," "Creating The Hour." (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Jazz Singer
(1959) A rare dramatic performance by Jerry Lewis, produced as a special for NBC's Lincoln-Mercury Startime TV series, never rebroadcast or distributed in any home format since its original 1959 airing. Included are the transfer of a B&W kinescope of the broadcast and an extremely rare video recording, one of the earliest surviving examples of color television. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
Lady and The Tramp Diamond Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1955) Available in a three-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) for $44.99, a two-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) for $39.99 and a one-Disc DVD for $29.99. (Disney).
La Jetee and Sans Soleil BLU-RAY DEBUT
One of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made and a mind-bending free-form travelogue: "La Jetee" (1963)and "Sans Soleil" (1983) couldn't seem more different-- but they're the twin pillars of an unparalleled and uncompromising career in cinema. A filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, Chris Marker has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his investigations of time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. These two films -- a tale of time travel told in still images and a journey to Africa and Japan-- remain his best-loved and most widely seen. Restored high-definition digital transfers, approved by director Chris Marker, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras: Two interviews with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin; "Chris on Chris," a video piece on Marker by filmmaker and critic Chris Darke; two excerpts from the French television series "Court-circuit (le magazine)": a look at David Bowie's music video for the song "Jump They Say," inspired by "La Jetee," and an analysis of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" and its influence on Marker; "Junkopia," a six-minute film by Marker about the Emeryville Mudflats; booklet featuring an essay by Marker scholar Catherine Lupton, an interview with Marker, notes on the films and filmmaking by Marker, and more.(The Criterion Collection).
Love Story BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1970) Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw. Extras: Commentary by director Arthur Hiller, "Love Story: A Classic Remembered." (Paramount).
New Tricks, Season 6
(2011) Retired cops solve cold cases in this smash hit, ongoing BBC series seen on public television. Combining compelling stories, likeable characters, and a top-notch cast, this long-running series stars Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam as a team of semi-retired and somewhat curmudgeonly detectives investigating cold cases. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
(2011) In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before. Inspired by the original staging by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne, this lavish, fully-staged production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London's legendary Royal Albert Hall features a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some very special guest appearances. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
(2011) Dir.: James Marsh. The remarkable story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised as a human child to tragic consequences. Extras: Commentary and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. This is the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim's natural instincts take over and the humans around him fail to protect him, Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society. (Lionsgate).
(2009) Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Bartha. A newly single mother with two kids moves from the suburbs to New York City, where she gets involved with a younger man. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Fox).
Rocko's Modern Life: Season Two
(1994-95) Two-disc set with 22 episodes, $19.93. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Trash-O-Madness" original pilot version, "Behind the Characters with Joe Murray."
The Song of Lunch
(2011) Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson star in this arresting fusion of poetry and drama. "The Song of Lunch" is based on award-winning author Christopher Reid's narrative poem following the story of an unnamed book editor who is meeting his former love 15 years after their break-up for a nostalgic lunch at the Soho restaurant they used to frequent. The woman is now living a glamorous life in Paris, married to a world-renowned writer. The unnamed editor has failed in his writing career, detests his mundane publishing job and regrets the end of their love affair. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2011) Grahame Fox, Martin Delaney, Katie Flynn. The military has captured and imprisoned a supernatural entity ... and now it wants to play. (Lionsgate).
The Sunset Limited
(2011) Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson. Based on Cormac McCarthy's play that mixes humor and pathos to examine the relationship between strangers brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men -- a deeply religious black ex-con (Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Jones) who tried to throw himself in front of an oncoming subway train, The Sunset Limited. The men lock themselves in a passionate philosophical exchange of opposing views, each seeking the language and inspiration that will convert the other. The conflict reaches a shattering conclusion. Extras: Commentary by star and director Jones, Jackson and McCarthy' "The Making of The Sunset Limited" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO).
The Valentine's Collection ... Featuring One Zillion Valentines
(2012) Five stories about friendship from top children's authors. When Marvin shows Milton how to make valentines, they decide to make one for each person in their neighborhood in "One Zillion Valentines," an animated adaptation of Frank Modell's sweet book about random acts of kindness and generosity. The additional stories featured include "Goggles," Ezra Jack Keats' Caldecott Award-winner, "A Letter to Amy," "Will I Have A Friend" and "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge." The DVD also includes Scholastic's read-along function. $14.95. Formats: DVD. (Scholastic).
(1985) High school wrestler Louden Swain is a man obsessed, trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on Shute, the undefeated, tough-as-nails 168-pound champion who's the best wrestler in the state. Matthew Modine stars as the mop-headed student undeterred in his Vision Quest ... until the day a sexy drifter (Linda Fiorentino) threatens to pin Louden and his dreams to the mat of unrequited love. The much-in-demand film returns to DVD for the first time in it's widescreen version. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2011 -- Japan) Tak Sakaguchi. A hard-hitting maverick returns to Tokyo to discover his Yakuza father murdered, his family headquarters turned into a shady loan shop, and a powerful gang leader attempting to overthrow the entire criminal underworld. With rival gangs jacked up on "hyperdrug," he must becomes a one-man, butt-kicking army -- and things only get wilder when he loses an arm and a leg, only to have them replaced with more firepower than the entire Japanese military. Extras: "The Making of Yakuza Weapon" featurette, director’s discussion, Tokyo stage greeting, spinoff film: "Takuzo Weapon." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
(2011) Dir.: Bill Condon; Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Anna Kendrick, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Lee Pace.
Read more about "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Six-part making-of documentary, wedding video, "Jacob’s Destiny" featurette, commentary with director Bill Condon, two fast forward features for scenes with Edward or Jacob. (Summit). Back to top
All Quiet on the Western Front
(1930) Dir.: Lewis Milestone; Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres. Extras: Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne. BLU-RAY DEBUT in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with a 40-page book.Read more here. (Universal).
All Things Fall Apart
(2011) Dir.: Mario Van Peebles; 50 Cent, Mario Van Peebles, Lynn Whitfield, Ray Liotta. A drama centered around a promising football running back during his senior year in college.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Beavis and Butt-Head: Volume Four
(1994) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $21.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc (Paramount).
(2011) Rob Freeman, Prince David Osei. When the last flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, Lt. Brian Murphy is the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living. When he crosses paths with local solider Daniel Dembele, a man frantically searching for his son, they join forces. Two desperate men from two very different cultures fight side-by-side to survive across the incredible vistas of Africa as the world around them succumbs to the deadliest of viruses. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by writer-producer-director Howard J. Ford and writer-director of photography/co-director Jon Ford; "Unearthing The Dead: Behind the Scenes" featurette, deleted scene. (Anchor Bay).
(2007 -- Israel) Gila Almagor, Oded Teomi, Itay Tiran, Yehezkel Lazarov, Edgar Selge, Neta Garty. Three ex-Mossad agents must protect a lie in Asaf Bernstein's acclaimed Israeli thriller, that received an English language remake in 2011. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
The Devil's Rock
(2011) Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela. On the Eve of D-Day, two Allied commandos sent to destroy a German gun installation uncover a secret occult lair where the Nazis are hiding a deadly she-demon, whom they plan to use to turn the tide of the war.
Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Dr. Seuss's The Lorax
(1972) Classic TV special that tells the tale of how an enterprising but greedy villain named the Once-ler strips a forest of its lush Truffula trees, bringing them to near extinction for the sake of profit, and how the Lorax, an endearing and wise little forest creature, tried to warn him that his greed was making him crazy. Extras: Two bonus Dr. Seuss animated classics" "Butter Battle Book" and "Pontoffel Pock & His Magical Piano." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
(2011) The 2011 "Doctor Who Christmas Special." Matt Smith, Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir, Alexander Armstrong. It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness -- all she has to do is make a wish. Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost overseas, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever. The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe Prequel," "The Best of The Doctor" special, "The Best of The Companions" special, "The Best of The Monsters" special. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Sensorites
The First Doctor (William Hartnell), Ian, Barbara and Susan land on a spaceship orbiting a distant and mysterious world, where a human crew lies frozen somewhere between life and death. The planet is the Sense-Sphere, home of the Sensorites, beings of immense intelligence and power. Unable to leave, the Doctor and his companions must deduce the Sensorites' intentions. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani Special Edition
On the cave-riddled world of Androzani Minor, the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) and Peri inadvertently find themselves enmeshed in a war fought between the ruthless General Chellak and the sinister Sharaz Jek and his army of androids. Two-disc set. Formats: DVD.(BBC Home Entertainment).
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
(2010 -- Brazil) Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, Andre Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz. The sprawling slum that surrounds Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on earth, so as the head of Rio's Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE), Captain Nascimento has seen his share of intense situations. When a BOPE mission to stop a jail riot ends in the violent death of a gang leader, Nascimento finds himself accused of a massacre ... but the citizens of Rio, tired of the crime and drugs that plague their city, embrace him as a national hero. Brazil's official submission for Best Foreign Picture in the 2012 Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Flatiron Film Company/New Video).
Family Matters: The Complete Second Season
(1990-91) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Ghost Hunters International Season 2: Part 1
(2011) Three-disc set with 13 episode, $24.98. (Image Entertainment).
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
(2011) Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddi Black. The first film's evil Dr. Heiter has inspired a real-life protege, the sickly, disturbed security guard Martin. Martin decides to re-create the sick feat of the original film -- in which Heiter sewed three kidnap victims together to form one long, continuous digestive tract. Martin plans to up the ante for his piece de resistance: a 12-person human centipede of his own. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with filmmaker Tom Six, commentary by Six and Laurence R. Harvey, set tour of warehouse, foley sound effects, making the poster, deleted scenes. (IFC Midnight/MPI Media).
Killer by Nature
(2010) Ron Perlman, Armand Assante, Zachary Ray Sherman, Lin Shaye, Haley Hudson, Svetlana Efremova. Horrific murders that once lived only in a young man's nightmares suddenly begin occurring in chilling reality in his hometown. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (MTI Home Video).
The Marriage Chronicles
(2012) Vivica Fox, Jazsmin Lewis, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Mel Jackson, Terri J. Vaughn, Persia White, Clifton Powell. When three married couples trying to spice up their marriages go on a retreat at a tranquil Malibu estate run by sexy psychologist, Dr. Jalen Masters, their vows are sorely tested. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2011) Edward Furlong, Method Man, Dash Mihok, Wendell Pierce, Blake Michael. Urban thriller about an inner city mortician whose life is changed when a woman's body arrives at his table and stirs up memories of his past. Meanwhile, he finds a young boy hiding in the morgue, on the run from his father, who wants him dead. Determined to help him, the mortician takes on the role of personal protector and will stop at nothing to end the cycle of abuse. (Lionsgate).
(2010 -- France) Marie Feret, David Moreau, Marc Barbe, Delphine Chuillot, Clovis Fouin. A gorgeous, music-filled tale of the early life of Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart, Wolfgang's overshadowed older sister and a musical prodigy in her own right. An accomplished singer, harpsichordist and violinist, Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart (Marie Feret) is originally her family's featured performer. But Nannerl gives way to her five-years-younger brother Wolfgang (David Moreau) as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold (Marc Barbe) tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French Revolution Europe. It is as Nannerl approaches marriageable age that her father bows to social strictures and forbids her from violin playing or composing, while privately conceding her talent to his wife. Though she is restrained by the limitations imposed by her time and gender, Nannerl's friendship with the son and daughter of France's Louis XV offers her ways to challenge the established sexual and social order of the day. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital). Extras: Original soundtrack musical CD with original score by Marie-Jeanne Serero. (Music Box).
Nude Nuns With Big Guns
(2010) Asun Ortega, David Castro, Perry D'Marco. Shortly after entering a convent, Sister Sarah becomes enslaved and victimized by drug-pushing predators that lurk within that haven. Suddenly there is only one message that matters to Sarah -- and it isn't a divine on. Seeking revenge against those who would desecrate her heavenly refuge, she becomes a sister of no mercy. Changing her spiritual vows to earthly vengeance, Sarah goes on a rampage against the unholy men and their profane partners in crime, a gang known as Los Muertos. Packed with sex, violence, and unhallowed havoc. (Image Entertainment).
(2011) Wang (Jet Li in his first dramatic role), a maintenance man at an Ocean Park-style water theme park, lives with his 20-year-old son, David (Wen Zhang). David suffers from autism and is unable to function independently in the outside world. He is a competent swimmer and regularly joins Wang at work, where he is allowed to play in the large aquariums with the dolphins, turtles and other tropical fish. However, when Wang discovers he has terminal cancer and only a matter of months left to live, he must help David assimilate into normal society, or risk him being incarcerated in a hellish mental asylum.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Jet Li Interview about Autism, deleted scenes, photo gallery. (Well Go USA).
Paranormal Activity 3 (Single DVD)
(2011) Christopher Nicholas Smith, Lauren Bittner, Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Dustin Ingram, Maria Olsen. Formats: Single DVD. Blu-ray/DVD Combos were released Jan. 24. Extras: Lost Tapes. (Paramount).
The Rum Diary
(2011) Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi. Read more about "The Rum Diary" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: "A Voice Made of Ink and Rage: Inside The Rum Diary" featurette, "The Rum Diary Back-Story" documentary. (Sony).
Swinging With the Finkels
(2011) Martin Freeman, Mandy Moore, Jonathan Silverman, Melissa George, Angus Deayton, Paul Chowdhry, Daisy Beaumont, Jerry Stiller. A suburban couple decide to shake up their marriage by "swinging" with another couple. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: "Sex With The Finkels," the short film on which the feature film is based. (Freestyle Digital Media).
(2011) Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Kathy Baker, Katy Mixon, Shea Whigham, Tova Stewart. Read more about "Take Shelter" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD.Extras: Deleted scenes, Q&A with actors Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham, commentary with Michael Shannon and writer-director Jeff Nichols, behind- the-scenes featurette. (Sony).
Three Outlaw Samurai
(1964) This first film by the legendary Hideo Gosha ("Sword of the Beast") is among the most canonized chambara (sword-fighting) films. An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television series phenomenon of the same name, "Three Outlaw Samurai" is a classic in its own right. In it, a wandering, seen-it-all ronin (Tetsuro Tamba) becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira), hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, this is an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2010) Lena Dunham got her start making YouTube videos, but she emerged as a major talent thanks to the breakthrough success of this exceptionally sharp comedy, which garnered the 24-year-old writer-director-actor comparisons to the likes of Woody Allen. The filmmaker herself plays Aura, a recent college graduate who returns to New York and moves back in with her mother and sister (played by their real-life counterparts). Though Aura is gripped by stasis and confusion about her future, Dunham locates endless sources of refreshing humor in her plight. As painfully confessional as it is endlessly amusing, "Tiny Furniture" is an authentic, incisive portrait of a young woman at a crossroads. New digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Director Lena Dunham talks about filmmaking and autobiography in a new interview with writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron; new interview with writer-director Paul Schrader; "Creative Nonfiction," Dunham's first feature film; four short films by Dunham; booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2010 -- Brazil) Wagner Moura, Emiliano Ruschel. Marcelo, an average teenager, always wanted to be someone ... else. Always impersonating those around him and dreaming of traveling the world and living the high life as a pilot like his father, he runs away from home. But what begins as just another flight of fancy will send him from seamy criminal underworld to the glamorous world of high society. Based on the true story of one of the world's most legendary con men. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Woody Allen: A Documentary
(2011) In 2010, iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access,filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create this ultimate film biography, which chronicles the trajectory and longevity of Allen's career from his teenage years furnishing jokes for comics and publicists, his work in the 1950s-60s as a TV scribe for Sid Caesar, stand-up comedian and frequent TV talk show guest, to a writer-director averaging one film each year for more than 40 years. Two-disc set. (Docurama). Back to top
Anatomy of a Murder
(1959) A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: That of a young Army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick). This gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, the most popular film from Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex -- more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast -- including a young George C. Scott as a fiery prosecuting attorney and legendary real-life attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge -- and influential jazz score by Duke Ellington, "Anatomy of a Murder" is a Hollywood landmark; it was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: New interview with Otto Preminger biographer Foster Hirsch; critic Gary Giddins explores Duke Ellington's score in a new interview; a look at the relationship between graphic designer Saul Bass and Preminger with Bass biographer Pat Kirkham; newsreel footage from the set; excerpts from a 1967 episode of "Firing Line," featuring Preminger in discussion with William F. Buckley Jr.; excerpts from the work in progress "Anatomy of Anatomy: The Making of a Movie"; behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine's Gjon Mili; trailer, featuring on-set footage; booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton and a 1959 Life magazine article on real-life lawyer Joseph N. Welch, who plays the judge in the film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Borgia Faith and Fear: Season One
(2011) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "The Making of Borgia Faith and Fear" featurette, Borgia Diaries. (Lionsgate).
Fort Apache BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1948) Dir.: John Ford; John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendariz, Ward Bond, George O'Brien, Victor McLaglen. Extras: Commentary by F.X. Feeney, vintage featurette "Monument Valley: John Ford Country." (Warner).
(2011) Katerina Graham, Randy Wayne with moves from some of America's top dance crews, including Quest Crew, Beat Freaks, Strikers All-Stars, Super Cr3w and Fanny Pak. Recently released from juvenile detention, talented dancer Maria Ramirez finds an outlet for her passion with a new dance crew. Available as a Blu-ray Disc combo pack with UltraViolet and on DVD. (Universal).
I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac
(2011) Documentary on the acclaimed comedian, who died in 2008. The film unearths early footage and never-before-seen performances courtesy of Bernie's friends and family, and includes better-known work, such as the Kings of Comedy Tour, "The Bernie Mac Show" and several of his feature films, as well as fascinating behind-the-scenes memories. (Image Entertainment).
(2011) Dir;: Clint Eastwood; Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Josh Hamilton, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Lea Thomspon, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Lucas, Ken Howard.Read more about "J. Edgar" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Lawrence Welk Classic Episodes, Vol. 1-4
(1960) Four-disc set of classic Lawrence Welk shows. Hosted by iconic musician, accordionist and band leader Lawrence Welk -- whose style came to be known as "champagne music" -- "The Lawrence Welk Show" first aired locally in Los Angeles from 1951-55, broadcast from the Aragon Ballroom in Venice Beach. (The show debuted nationally in July 1955, taping at the Hollywood Palladium for 23 of its 27 years on air). Joining him here are his "Champagne Lady" of 22 years, Norma Zimmer, polka musician Walter "Li'l Wally" Jagiello and many more. $34.98. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest).
(2010) Dir.: William Monahan; Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Ben Chaplin, Ray Winstone. The directorial debut of William Monahan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The Departed" is a stylish crime thriller. An ex-con trying to make a fresh start enters into a relationship with a reclusive actress, but the star-crossed lovers run afoul of one of London's most vicious crime bosses. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Extras: "Making-of" featurette. (Sony).
Martha Marcy May Marlene
(2011) Elizabeth Olsen, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, Maria Dizzia, Julia Garner, John Hawkes. Read more about "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Mary Last Seen," the chilling short film by writer/director Durkin. Blue-ray adds "Spotlight on Elizabeth Olsen," "The Story" featurette, "The Making of Martha Marcy May Marlene," "A Conversation With the Filmmakers," "The Psyche of a Cult," "Marcy's Song" music video by John Hawkes. (Fox).
Matlock: The Seventh Season
(1992-93) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $54.99. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
The Mighty Macs
(2011) Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton, David Boreanaz, Phyllis Somerville, Ellen Burstyn. Inspiring true story of the underdog women's basketball team at tiny Immaculate College that went on -- against all odds -- to win the national championship. Formats: DVD.Extras: Deleted Scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).
Nurse Jackie: Season Three
(2011) Single-disc with 12 episodes, $39.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Extras: Commentaries, "Inside Akalitus" featurette highlighting the career of Anna Deavere Smith, "Jackie's Guys" featurette, gag reel. (Lionsgate).
On the Bowery: The Lionel Rogosin Collection Volume 1
Three films by 1950s political filmmaker Lionel Rogosin. For songwriter Woody Guthrie, his guitar was a machine that "kills fascists." For Rogosin, the weapon of choice was a movie camera, and his first battle was waged on the streets of New York City. Exploring the underworld of the city's skid row, Rogosin developed his signature style. After months drinking with men he met on the Bowery, he worked with his buddies to write a screenplay that reflected their lives -- and then cast them as themselves. This technique of making films "from the inside" allowed Rogosin to film ordinary people caught up in universal problems. His films explored alcoholism, homelessness, racial discrimination, war, labor conflict, and poverty with great compassion and honesty. "On the Bowery" chronicles three days in the drinking life of Ray Salyer, a part-time railroad worker adrift on New York's skid row. When the film opened it 1956, it exploded on the screen. Now gloriously restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, "On the Bowery" is both an incredible document of a bygone era and a vivid and devastating portrait of addiction that resonates today just as it did when it was made. With an introduction by Martin Scorsese. Also included in the set: "Good Times, Wonderful Times," Rogosin's powerful anti-war film released during the height of Vietnam conflict, that juxtaposed footage of war atrocities from national archives with scenes of a London cocktail party; and "Out," never before released in the U.S., a documentary made by Rogosin for the United Nations that tells the plight of Hungarian refugees fleeing to Austria in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Read more here.(Milestone/Oscilloscope Laboratories).
(2011) Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, Jamie Bell. Three inhabitants of a remote island off the coast of Scotland are cut off from civilization when a deadly virus infects Europe. As they fight for survival, it becomes clear the virus is not the only thing they need to be concerned about. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery.(Sony).
The Son of No One
(2011) Channing Tatum, Tracey Morgan, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche, Al Pacino, Jake Cherry. A second-generation cop gets in over his head when he's assigned to re-open a double homicide cold case in his Queens neighborhood. An anonymous source feeding new information on the long-unsolved murders to a local reporter leads to evidence suggesting a possible cover-up by the former lead detective who was on the investigation. As he digs deeper into the assignment, a dark secret about the case emerges, which threatens to destroy his life and his family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Anchor Bay).
The Space Between
(2010) Melissa Leo, Anthony Keyvan, Brad William Henke, AnnaSophia Robb. Montine McLeod, a world-weary flight attendant, and Omar Hassan, a prematurely wise 10-year-old Pakastani-American boy, connect with one another amidst the chaos of September 11, 2001. When Montine discovers the boy's direct personal link to the terrorist attacks, she instinctively embarks on an unsanctioned cross-country road trip to help Omar discover his uncertain future. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
(2012) Based on the best-selling children's book by Janell Cannon, the fun-filled animated feature follows a spirited young fruit bat who finds friendship, love and acceptance in the most unexpected places. $12.95. Formats: DVD. (Scholastic).
That Show With Joan Rivers, Vol. 1-3
(1968-69) Three-disc set of Rivers' first talk show, which aired weekdays in syndication from 1968-69 on NBC. $24.98. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest).
(2011) Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena, Gabourey Sidibe Read more about "Tower Heist" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD; Blu-ray Disc Combo with DVD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud); VOD. Extras: Commentary with director Brett Ratner, editor Mark Helfrich and co-writers Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson; two alternate endings; deleted and alternate scenes; gag reel; "Plotting Tower Heist" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Tower Heist Video Diary" and Universal's second Screen interactive storyboard, behind-the-scenes and music features. (Universal).
(1988) Dir.: Nicolas Roeg; Theresa Russell, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd. (Image Entertainment).
Underdog: Complete Collector's Edition
(1964-67) Nine-disc set with more than 20 hours of content, including the show's three seasons comprised of 62 four-part episodes, the original shorts featuring the characters Go Go Gophers, Klondike Kat and Commander McBragg as well as all-new extras; $69.97. Extras: Bonus Cartoons: "Tooter The Turtle" and "The Hunter," alternate episode openings and closings, featurette, commentaries. (Shout! Factory).
Unforgiven 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Book
(1992) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Saul Rubinek, Frances Fisher. Extras: Commentary by Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel; "All on Accounta Pullin' a Trigger," featuring interviews with Morgan Freeman and others; "Eastwood ... A Star"; "Eastwood & Co.: Making Unforgiven"; "Eastwood on Eastwood": A career retrospective from Time critic/biographer Richard Schickel; "Maverick" TV series episode "Duel at Sundown" (1959), in which Eastwood plays a virtual younger incarnation of his "Unforgiven" role. The Blu-ray Book contains 54 pages of behind-the-scenes filmmaking insight, rare Eastwood observations, photos, trivia and more. (Warner).
War of the Arrows
(2011 -- South Korea) Hae-il Park, Moon Chae-Won. The best archer in 17th century Korea is forced to go up against the Qing Dynasty in order to save his younger sister from Mongolian invaders. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: Actor and director interviews, "The Making of War of the Arrows," deleted scenes. (Well Go USA).
Weeds: Season Seven
(2011) Single-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Extras: Commentaries, "Uncle Andy's Tricks of the Trade" mockumentary, "Puff Puff Pass" Q&A, "Growing Up in the Weeds" featurette, gag reel, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
World on a Wire
(1973) "World on a Wire" is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future from German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With dashes of Stanley Kubrick, Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, as well as a flavor entirely his own, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of a reluctant action hero, Fred Stiller, a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy. At risk? (Virtual) reality as we know it. Originally made for German television, this recently rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema's kinkiest geniuses. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Fassbinder's "World on a Wire: Looking Ahead to Today," a 50-minute documentary about the making of the film by Juliane Lorenz; new interview with German-film scholar Gerd Gemunden; trailer for the 2010 theatrical release; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Ed Halter. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
ZAAT (The Blood Waters of Dr. Z)
(1971) Marshall Grauer, Wade Popwell, Paul Galloway, Gerald Cruse, Sanna Ringhaver, Dave Dickerson. An obsessed scientist, Dr. Kurt Leopold -- who has been scorned by his peers -- is convinced he can transform humans into fish. In his isolated backwoods laboratory, he proves his hypothesis by turning himself into a horrible, vengeful creature that is part man, part walking catfish. Armed with his mutagenic chemical compound, ZAAT, the monster is bent on revenge, determined to turn the tables on humanity by making his fishy friends the dominant species on Earth. All that stands in his way are a small town sheriff, a dedicated young biologist and a couple of swinging agents from the Inter-Nations Phenomenon Investigations Team. Restored and remastered in HD. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by cast and crew, original 35mm trailer, television spots, outtakes, radio interview, before-and-after restoration demo, an original movie art postcard. (Film Chest on the CULTRA and HD Cinema Classics labels).
Puss in Boots
(2011) Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris, Constance Marie, Guillermo del Toro. Read more about "Puss in Boots" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack, Digital Download. Extras: "Purr-fect Pairings: The Voices Behind the Legends," additional scenes, "World of DreamWorks Animation" featurette. (DreamWorks/Paramount).
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The Angry Beavers: Season 3, Part 1
(2011) Two-disc set with the first 13 episodes of Season 3, $19.93. Formats: DVD.(Shout! Factory).
Answers to Nothing
(2011) Dane Cook, Julie Benz, Zach Gilford, Elizabeth Mitchell, Barbara Hershey. Ensemble melodrama of personal stories that intersect during the search for a missing girl in Los Angeles. Their lives will be forever changed as the young girl's life hangs in the balance. Formats: DVD, Digital Download, VOD. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, music videos. (Lionsgate).
Beneath the Darkness
(2011) Dennis Quaid, Tony Oller, Aimee Teegarden. High school kids are pitted against a psychotic killer in a community where adults blindly refuse to see the ominous dangers right before their eyes. Dennis Quaid plays Ely, the well-respected mortician of rustic Smithville Texas, where he was once a heralded high school football star. Among the kids, however, he is legendary for a more sinister reason -- rumors that his house is haunted. The truth is, this pillar of the community is actually a flesh-and-blood monster who buries his victims alive; a sociopath who befriends adults and police while openly flaunting his murderous intentions to the youths. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Image Entertainment).).
Bounty Hunters (aka Bail Enforcers)
(2011) WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus, Boomer Phillips, Frank J. Zupancic, Joe Rafla, Andrea James Lui. A group of down-on-their-luck bounty hunters hit the jackpot one night when they pick up an informant with $100,000 on his head. When the local mob boss offer them a million dollars in exchange for the informant, they refuse, and the Mafia unleashes a trio of assassins who use all their power to bring the bounty hunters down.
Formats: DVD. (MPI Home Video).
Enemies of the People
(2009 -- U.K./Cambodia) Award-winning investigative documentary presents exclusive interviews, confessions, revelations, and chilling footage behind Cambodia's "killing fields" of the 1970s. Extras: Six hours of bonus features (deleted scenes, extensive interviews, more) plus a 28-page booklet. (Old Street Films).
(2011) Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Lee, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone. Read more about "Hugo" in the February Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Shoot the Moon (The Making of Hugo)." Blu-ray adds "The Cinemagician, Georges Melies," "The Mechanical Man at the Heart of Hugo," "Big Effects, Small Scale," "Sacha Baron Cohen: Role of a Lifetime." (Paramount).
I Melt With You
(2011) Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, Thomas Jane. Centers on a foursome of men approaching middle age, burdened by the responsibilities of their respective jobs and families. To get away from their day-to-day lives, the group attends an annual weekend retreat, but it becomes increasingly clear this trip will be unlike the rest. Fueled by excess during three days of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the men are forced to take a hard look at their lives and the choices they have made. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scene featurettes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Johnny English BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Tasha de Vasconcelos, Ben Miller. Extras: "The Making of Johnny English," deleted scenes, spy tips, character profiles, observation test. (Universal).
Johnny English Reborn
(2011) Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Richard Schiff, Ben Miller. Read more about "Johnny English Reborn" in the February Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, Digital, VOD. Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, gag reel, "The Wheelchair Chase" stunt featurette,
commentary by director Oliver Parker and screenwriter Hamish McColl. Blu-ray adds "The English Files: The Making of Johnny English Reborn," "Working With Rowan," "Gadgets" featurette, "English in Hong Kong" featurette. (Universal).
Justice League: Doom
(2011) Voices of Nathan Fillion, Tim Daly and Michael Rosenbaum. Latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie. "Justice League: Doom" finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight's "contingency plans" for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid's much-heralded "JLA: Tower of Babel." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Featurettes, commentary, digital comic book. (Warner).
King of Triads
(2010 -- Hong Kong) Simon Yam, Kenneth Low. When the boss of a ruling Hong Kong triad is arrested and executed in China for counterfeiting money, mayhem ensues as the mob's leading contenders circle the throne. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (Lionsgate).
Law & Order: The Tenth Year
(1999-2000) Five-disc set with 24 episodes. (Universal)
(2009 -- Chile) Marko Zaror, Celine Reymond. Mixing breathtaking action sequences with sultry romance, "Mandrill" centers on Antonio (Zaror), a man on a quest to avenge the murder of his parents. Working as a ruthless bounty hunter with the code name "Mandrill," Antonio's only weakness is women. When he's hired to capture a powerful Mafioso casino owner, he soon discovers that this is the man he has searched for all these years. But upon meeting Dominique, the casino owner's beautiful daughter, he begins an impossible romance that ends up being only obstacle to his revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment's Magnet Label).
Midsomer Murders, Set 19
(2009) John Nettles stars as the unflappable DCI Tom Barnaby, with Jason Hughes as his earnest, efficient protege. Includes "The Made-to-Measure Murders", "The Sword of Guillaume," "Blood on the Saddle" and "The Silent Land." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Acorn Media).
Mission: Impossible: The '89 TV Season
(1989) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $42.99. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
The Myth of the American Sleepover
(2010) Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer. Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.
Formats: DVD. (IFC).
Top Gear 17
(2011) Three-disc set with the complete six-episode, 17th U.K. season. Extras: Bonus episodes, behind-the-scenes chats. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Vanya on 42nd Street
(1994) In the nineties, Andre Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. These treasures of pure theater would have been lost to time had they not been captured on film, with subtle cinematic brilliance, by Louis Malle. In "Vanya on 42nd Street," a stellar cast of actors -- including Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith and George Gaynes -- embark on a full read-through of "Uncle Vanya" (adapted into English by David Mamet); the result is as memorable and emotional a screen version of Chekhov's masterpiece as one could ever hope to see. This film, which turned out to be Malle's last, is a tribute to the playwright's devastating work as well as to the creative process itself. New high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: New documentary featuring interviews with Andre Gregory, the play's director; actors Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Julianne Moore, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, and Brooke Smith; and producer Fred Berner; booklet featuring an essay by critic Steven Vineberg and a 1994 on-set report by film critic Amy Taubin. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
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