The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 Extended Edition
(2011) Features eight minutes of never-before-seen footage added back into the film by director Bill Condon; includes the theatrical version as well. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Commentary by Condon. (Lionsgate).
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2
(2012) Dir.: Bill Condon; Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Reaser.
Read more about "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn –- Part 2" in the March Calendar.Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Forever: Filming Breaking Dawn Part 2" seven-part making-of documentary, "Two Movies at Once" featurette about the simultaneous shooting of both "Breaking Dawn" parts, commentary with director Bill Condon, "Jump to" features that allow fans to watch only their favorite scenes in the film featuring Edward Cullen and Jacob Black, "The Forgotten" Green Day music video. (Lionsgate).
Abducted: The Carlina White Story
(2012) Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd, Roger Cross. In August of 1987, new parents Joy White and Carl Tyson took their 19-day-old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever. Ann Pettway, who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own, posed as a hospital nurse and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view. While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina in Bridgeport, Connecticut--a mere 45 miles from New York City. As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation. A Lifetime Original Movie based on a true story. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Beyond the Headlines: The Carlina White Story" documentary. (Lionsgate).
Barney: Play With Barney
(2013) Barney and his friends teach the importance of being a team payer in four episodes: "Let's Play games," "Playing Games," "Riff to the Rescue!" and "For the Fun of It."
Formats: DVD, $14.98; VOD; Digital. Extras: "Let's Play With Opposites" games, "Let's Play With Barney" videos, two karaoke music videos. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Dir.: Barry Levinson; Kristen Connolly, Christopher Denham, Kether Donohue, Michael Beasley. An ecological disaster that claimed 700 human lives, 2 million fish and 1,000 blackbirds in a small Maryland town is revealed through people's iPhones, Androids, 911 calls and web cams three years after the mysterious parasitic outbreak was covered up by the government. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Barry Levinson, "Into the Unknown: Barry Levinson on The Bay" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Danny Masterson, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez.
A former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm near Los Angeles gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation, forcing him to confront the past and current demons in his life. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scene, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Strand Releasing).
Care Bears: Totally Sweet Adventures
(2013) The Care Bears embark on new adventures with a new look, new attitude and new music. Four episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Share and Care" sing-along. (Lionsgate).
(2011) Martin Donovan, Olivia Williams, Katherine Helmond, David Morse. A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Dalziel & Pascoe: Season 7
(2002) Two-disc set with six episodes, $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
A Dark Truth
(2012) Andy Garcia, Forest Whitaker, Eva Longoria, Deborah Kara Unger, Steven Bauer. A former CIA agent-turned-political talk show host descends into the treacherous jungles of Ecuador to rescue a team of environmental activists caught up in the criminal corporate cover-up of a violent local massacre. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Behind the Truth" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).
Duck Dynasty Season 2: Volume 1
(2012) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (A&E).
(2011 -- Italy) Rosella Elmi, Guglielmo Favilla, Elisa Ferretti. After the devastation of the Great Epidemic during which the world was overrun by hordes of living dead, two zombie hunters and a scientist set out to find the cause of the obliteration of the human race and a cure for the epidemic, leading them to neo-Nazis and the daughter of the feared plague-spreader. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Jon Huck, Jed Rees, with special appearances by Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Billy Baldwin and Steven Bauer. Two hapless garbage truck drivers become overnight celebrities after an amazing discovery: On a routine garbage run through Hollywood, the pair notice a shiny gold object sticking out of a landfill -- Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "Jerry Maguire." Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
Grave Encounters 2
(2012) Richard Harmon, Dylan Playfair, Stephanie Bennett. A film student who is obsessed with the movie "Grave Encounters" sets out with his friends to visit the psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film. When they find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable horror, they bank on the hope that their knowledge of the original film will help them survive the sequel. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with writers the Vicious Brothers. (Tribeca Film).
Gun Hill Road
(2011) Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Miriam Colon, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Franky G. An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
H20: Just Add Water: The Complete Season One, The Complete Season Two, The Complete Season Three
(2006-10) Each four-disc set includes 13 episodes from each season of Teen Nick's #1 rated series about three normal teenage girls growing up on sun-drenched beaches Down Under who stumble upon an ancient cavern that transforms them into mermaids with magical powers. Formats: DVD, $24.95 each. Extras: Cast photos. (Flatiron Film Company).
Interview With a Hitman
(2012) Luke Goss, Caroline Tillette, Stephen Marcus, Danny Midwinter. Viktor is a ruthless Eastern European assassin at the top of his profession. After a ruthless betrayal by the men who trained him, he escapes to London to and joins a new "family" -- but his past secrets won't fade away and he gets sucked into a viscous power struggle to survive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Extras: "The Making of Interview With a Hitman" featurette. (Well Go USA).
Lay the Favorite
(2012) Dir.: Stephen Frears; Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall, Joshua Jackson, Vince Vaughn, Laura Prepon, Frank Grillo. A professional odds-maker's (Willis) small-time sports gambling world is turned upside down when he meets up with a former stripper and gambling prodigy (Hall) who helps him score big -- and earns the ire of his wife (Zeta-Jones). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).
LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Season 2
(2011) Thirteen episodes of the Cartoon Network series. Formats: DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray Disc, $24.98. (Warner).
The Marine 3: Homefront
(2011) Mike "The Miz" Mizani, Neal McDonough, Ashley Bell After returning to his hometown on leave, Sgt. Jake Carter (WWE's Mizani) learns that his sister has been abducted by a band of violent extremists. To save her, Carter launches a daring one-man assault on their base of operations ... only to discover the group's ruthless leader is plotting a deadly terrorist strike. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Shipwrecked: Breaking Down the Boat, "The Miz Rocks the Boat," "The Miz Declassified," "Casting Call: Ready to Enlist," "Miz Journal." (Fox).
(2013) Kris Kristofferson, Jodelle Ferland, Chelah Horsdal. A young girl and her family are rescued from their financial struggle by an unexpected guest: A mysterious, wild stallion in a nearby meadow that may hold the key to saving the family's farm. DOVE-approved family film. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
MLB Superstars: Impact Players
(2013) This original program constructs a 25- man dream team of current stars and cornerstone players. Assembled from a general manager's perspective, the all-star lineup includes: Matt Kemp, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, Justin Verlander and many more. Formats: DVD, $14.95. Extras: "Walk-Offs," "Phenom Firsts: Troy Tulowitski Hits for the Cycle," "Phenom Firsts: Matt Cain Perfect Game Highlights." (Lionsgate).
Muay Thai Warrior
(2010 -- Thailand) Seigi Ozeki, Kanokkorn Jaicheun. Betrayed and left for dead by treacherous Japanese forces, ruthless samurai Yamada Nagamasa is rescued, taken to a remote Thai village and nursed back to health among the acolytes in the monastery. Working tirelessly to master the art of Muay Boran (Thai boxing), fearless and brutal Yamada is selected to become a royal bodyguard to King Naresuan the Great. His greatest challenge comes on the day he's forced to fight back against the elite Japanese warriors who left him behind. Based on actual events from the 17th century's Ayutthaya period. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Murdoch Mysteries Collection: Seasons 1-4
The charming hit mystery series features forensic sleuthing in the Age of Invention. 16-disc DVD boxed set and 12-disc Blu-ray set with 52 episodes, $149.99. (Acorn Media).
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 5
(2012) Murdoch helps a woman accused of murder; investigates an Egyptian curse; experiments with time travel; and crosses paths with Jack London, Henry Ford, and his idol, Alexander Graham Bell. 13 episodes in a DVD 4-disc boxed set and Blu-ray three-disc set, $59.99. (Acorn Media).
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
(2011) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 of the U.K. reality series (airing on TLC in the U.S.) about modern gypsies and travelers and their lavish weddings -- a world of ancient traditions meeting extravagance in extraordinary rites of passage. With unprecedented access, cameras capture their lives through births, evictions, divorces and their complex relationship with the "non-gypsy" community. Formats: DVD,$29.95. Extras: Three one-hour specials not seen in the U.S. (Flatiron Film Co.).
The Nativity Story BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Dir.: Catherine Hardwicke; Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Nativity Story: A Director's Journey" featurette. (Warner).
A Nightmare on Elm Street Blu-ray Collection
All seven original "Nightmare" films on four discs, $59.99. Extras: The fifth disc includes new featurettes "Fear Himself: The Life and Crimes of Freddy Krueger"; "Freddy's Nightmares Episode 2: It's a Miserable Life," the second episode from the television spinoff series (October 15, 1988); "Freddy's Nightmares Episode 3: Killer Instinct," the third episode from the television spinoff series (October 22, 1988); "Welcome to Prime Time" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Conclusions," a detailed examination of the series' sadomasochistic elements, its style, the series' mythos and importance in teenage culture. (Warner).
One Night With the King BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif, John Rhys-Davies, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Peter O'Toole. Extras: Commentary. (Fox).
Playing for Keeps
(2012) Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid. Read more about "Playing for Keeps" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, two behind-the-scenes featurettes: "The Playbook: Making Playing for Keeps" and "Creating an All-Star Team: The Cast of Playing for Keeps." (Sony).
Power Rangers: Clash of the Red Rangers -- The Movie
(2011) The Samurai Rangers team up with the mysterious RPM Red Ranger to fight off dual threats from Master Xandred's Mooger army and a robotic super villain from the RPM Ranger's dimension. Formats: DVD, $14.98; Digital Extras: "The Power Rangers MEGA Album Playlist" video, "Train Like a Ranger" video, bloopers, "Auditions" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(1996) Gunnar Hansen, Brinke Stevens. A top-secret military experiment turns burly soldiers into sexy nymphets who turn into alligators when they have an orgasm. We kid you not! Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Bret McCormick, behind-the-scenes featurette. (MVD Entertainment).
(2012) Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Edwin Hodge, Connor Cruise, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Read more about "Red Dawn" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: TBA. (Fox).
Regular Show: Party Pack
(2013) Sixteen episodes from all three seasons of the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series. Formats: DVD, $19.82. Extras: Character gallery. (Warner).
(2012) The California Condor neared extinction in the 1980s until biologists nurtured the population and saw their numbers grow upward to 160. However, these noble birds face a grave threat which prevents them from flourishing further: lead poisoning. This documentary chronicles the battle between bird and man, as the birds, which mostly reside in Northern Arizona, are coming down with lead poisoning which they contract from eating the flesh of buckshot deer. Formats: DVD. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Schindler's List 20th Anniversary Limited Edition
(1993) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz. Restored from the original film negative in high definition, supervised by Spielberg. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Voices from the List" documentary with testimonies from those who survived the Holocaust thanks to Oskar Schindler; "USC Shoah Foundation Story with Steven Spielberg": The director shows how filming "Schindler's List" inspired him to establish the USC Shoah Foundation. (Universal).
Scooby-Doo and the Circus Monsters
(2013) New Scooby-Doo compilation includes three funny-bone chilling cases for Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. crew. Formats: DVD, $9.97. (Warner).
The Seven Year Hitch
(2012 -- TV) Darin Brooks, Natalie Hall, Frances Fisher, Griffin Cleveland, Ryan Doom, George Wendt. Two best friends accidentally take their relationship to the next level and suddenly find themselves saying "I do." Hallmark Movie Channel movie. Formats: DVD.(Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
(2012) Toby Regbo, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Gallagher, Lucy Liu. Coming-of-age drama about a 17-year-old boy who -- ignored by his divorced parents -- decides to skip college and instead attempts to work out his confusion by talks with his grandmother and a life-coach. Formats: DVD. (FilmBuff).
Sophia the First: Once Upon a Princess
(2012) Disney Junior's animated television movie. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever
(2013) Strawberry and Blueberry prepare for the very formal Berry Bitty Buggy Derby. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Never Say Never" music video, printable coloring pages. (Fox).
Thomas & Friends: Go Go Thomas
(2013) Thomas and his locomotive friends are charged up and ready to go, go in five episodes: "Express Coming Through," "Race to the rescue," "Flash Bang Wallop," "Welcome Stafford" and "O' Wheezey Wobbles." Formats: DVD, $14.98; VOD; Digital. Extras: "The Great Sodor Engine Race" game, "Go Go Thomas" karaoke music video, "Guess Who?" puzzles, fun and activities with driver Perkins. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Two episodes ("Sleepyhead" and "Scaredy Cat") -- which originally aired on ENCORE as part of their Big Mini-series Showcase -- center on the complex and unpredictable Detective Inspector Tom Thorne (David Morrissey) as he goes on an intense chase through chilling crime scenes, deliberately manipulated clues and the darkest depths of London.
Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Tom and Jerry: Pint-Sized Pals
Thirty Tom & Jerry cartoons featuring some of the tussling twosome's most popular pals, $19.97. The cartoon selection is comprised of several legendary classics, including the Academy Award-winning "The Two Mousketeers." Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Tom and Jerry: Musical Mayhem
(2013) Seven Tom and Jerry episodes in a musical themed pack, with the sound of crazy and endless chases, from classical music concerts to evenings at the opera house and waltz rhythms. Formats: DVD, $9.97. (Warner).
Tyler Perry's House of Payne: Volume Ten
(2012) Three-disc set, $29.98. Formats: DVD, Digital). (Lionsgate).
(2010) Voices of Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee, John Hurt. CGI-animated feature-length movie interpretation of the internationally successful Warhammer 40,000 Universe. In the 41st Millennium, the only force that stands between humanity and alien hordes are the Space Marines. Genetically enhanced, clad in power armour and knowing no fear, they are the angels of death. When a select squad of scarred veterans and raw recruits responds to a distant planet's distress beacon, they discover a horrific evil has been unleashed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Into the Void: Making of Ultramarines," "Between Chaos & Darkness: The World of the Space Marines," "Creating the Daemon," Ultramarines prequel animated onscreen graphic novel. (Anchor Bay).
Waiting for Lightning
(2012) The inspirational story of Danny Way, a young boy from a broken home in Vista, Calif., whose passion for skateboarding would one day bring him fame and a lifetime of accomplishments. A visionary skateboarder whose love of big air in half-pipes and on gigantic ramps have garnered him fame and fans around the world, Way decides to attempt the impossible: jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard. Features a who's who of action sports all-stars including Way, Travis Pastrana, Laird Hamilton, Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Mat Hofman, and Ken Block. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Blu-ray Extras: Seven Videos including: "X Games Featurette," "Kauai MegaRamp with Laird Hamilton & Jake Brown," "Woodward MegaDay," "Chronicles of Gnarly & Tribute to Mike Temasky"; deleted scenes; interview with director Jacob Rosenberg. (First Run Features).
Westworld BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1973) Dir.: Michael Crichton; Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin. (Warner).
(2012) Voices of John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Ed O'Neill, Alan Tudyk, Rachael Harris, Stefanie Scott, Mindy Kaling, Dennis Haysbert, Adam Carolla, Edie McClurg. Read more about "Wreck-It Ralph" in the March Calendar.Formats: 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), DVD. Extras: "Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph" behind-the-scenes featurette; alternate and deleted scenes; Video game commercials for Fix It Felix Jr., Sugar Rush, Hero's Duty and Fix It Felix Hammer; "Paperman" animated short film that played in theaters before "Wreck It Ralph." Blu-ray adds "Disney Intermission: The Gamer's Guide to Wreck-It-Ralph," a series of 10 video segments offering an inside look at the many video game references, Disney references and other hidden surprises featured in the film. (Disney).
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond
(2009) Documentary examines the history of "The Wizard of Oz," using clips and celebrity interviews with the likes of Tommy Tune, Joan Leslie, Mickey Rooney, Dom DeLuise, Joel Grey, and three of the original munchkins from the classic 1939 film and its producer Mervyn LeRoy. Chronicles the earliest stage and screen Oz adaptations, such as the 1925 silent version and the even earlier "The Scarecrow of Oz," to the quintessential 1939 film to the successful stage play "Wicked" and every production in between. The original 1925 silent film version of The Wizard of Oz featuring Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man is included as a bonus. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
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Alfred Hitchcock: The Classic Collection Blu-ray
Three-disc set with "Notorious," "Rebecca" and "Spellbound." (Fox).
Alice in Wonderland
(1986) Classic BBC production of the Lewis Carroll classic. Features "Doctor Who's" Elisabeth Sladen as the Dormouse Formats: DVD, $14.97. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Alice Through the Looking Glass
(1973) BBC production of Lewis Carroll's fantasy classic. Features Judy Parfitt as the Red Queen and "Doctor Who's" Sarah Sutton as Alice. Formats: DVD, $14.97. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Angelina Ballerina: The Mouseling Mysteries
(2012) Angelina and her pirouetting posse in a collection of five whodunits: "Angelina and Roquefort's Rhythmic Ghost," "Angelina and the Case of the Missing Music," Angelina, the Pet Sitter," "Angelina and Super Polly" and "Angelina and the Marcel Mousseau Mime Challenge."
Formats: DVD, $14.98; VOD; Digital. Extras: "Solve a Mystery" karaoke music video, "Prima Ballerina" puzzles. (Lionsgate).
Black Eagle (aka Soar Into the Sun)
(2012 -- South Korea) Jung Ji-hoon (aka "Rain"), Yu Jun-sang. A hotshot elite Air Force pilot is kicked off the military's top-notch air team and demoted into combat where his brash ways cause tension with the unit's own ace top gun ... until a North Korean MIG enters their airspace and feuds are set aside to battle the aggressors. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Sortie's Ready! 500 Days of Filming," "Pilot G-Force Test" and "Characters" featurettes; behind-the-scenes; outtakes. (CJ Entertainment America).
(1958) A cult classic of gooey greatness," The Blob" follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects help "The Blob" transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, "The Blob" helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film's many unexpected pleasures. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film historian Bruce Eder and the other by director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and actor Robert Fields; trailer; "Blobabilia!": a gallery of collector Wes Shank's rare trove of stills, posters, props (including the blob itself) and other ephemera; essay by critic Kim Newman. (The Criterion Collection).
Borgen Season 1
(2011 -- Denmark) Denmark's blockbuster political drama. Sidse Babett Knudsen stars as Birgitte Nyborg, the idealistic head of the moderate party who becomes prime minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to quickly learn the ways of power, all in the glare of a relentless Danish press corps that covers her administration in incessant news cycles. She's an altruistic public servant in an old boys' club and must master the art of the deal overnight, manage her image and understand that she has advisors, but no real friends. She must also perform the impossible juggling act of maintaining a family life while serving as Denmark's first female prime minister. Formats: Four-DVD set, $49.95. (MHz Networks).
Brother Bear & Brother Bear 2 -- 2 Movie Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003,2006) Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: Deleted song, deleted scenes, outtakes, Rutt & Tuke's commentary, bear legends, sing-along songs, music video, "The Making of Brother Bear," "Behind the Music of Brother Bear 2." (Disney).
Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away
(2012) Takes audiences on a wondrous journey across the imaginative landscapes of Cirque du Soleil, capturing the feats of the extraordinary artists up close using cameras that sometimes soar 70 feet in the air. Read more about "Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo, three-disc 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: Featurette, a coupon for 20% off the total ticket price on select Cirque du Soleil live shows. (Paramount).
(2011) Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening and inspiring film, director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding the Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for the National Day of Unplugging, Shlain s love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life ... and our interconnected future. A personal film with universal relevance, "Connected" explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two bonus short films: "A Declaration of Interdependence," "Yelp: Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's Howl." (Docurama).
Curandero: Dawn of the Demon
(2005) Carlos Gallardo, Gizeht Galatea, Gabriel Pingarron, Jose Carlos Rui. Action-packed horror flick that takes a couple on a horrifying journey through the deepest bowels of the Mexican underworld. When beautiful federal agent Magdalena calls upon the local curandero for his services to purify a police station, the two suddenly find themselves immersed in a satanic cult's blood-thirsty battleground. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Miramax).
Curious George Swings Into Spring
(2013) George and best friend Hundley explore all the wonders of the season together -- blooming flowers, baby animals, canoe rides -- until Hundley loses his way and George takes to the skies to find his pal, in this new animated feature. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Universal).
The Devil's in the Details
(2012) Ray Liotta, Emilio Rivera, Joel Mathews. A vetearn soldier is kidnapped by a drug cartel's ruthless enforcer and forced to help smuggle a fortune in drugs across the border ... or see his innocent wife and daughter killed; only a former Navy SEAL can help bring an end to the family's nightmare. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "The Making of The Devil's in the Details." (RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Aztecs
The TARDIS materializes inside an Aztec tomb in the 15th century with First Doctor William Hartnell and his companions. Formats: Two-disc DVD, remastered, $34.98. Extras: Commentary with actors William Russell, Carole Ann Ford and producer Verity Lambert; more. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Ark in Space
The TARDIS lands on a space station orbiting the earth in the distant future and, although it's seemingly deserted, the Doctor (Fourth Doctor Tom Baker), Sarah Jane and Harry soon discover that they're not alone. Formats: Two-disc DVD, remastered, $34.98. Extras: Commentary with actors Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe; more. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Drive-In Collection: Savage Water + Death By Invitation
Two grimy, regional sleaze-fests. "Savage Water" (1979): Regional horror filmmaking at its most bare-bones, Paul Kener's Utah lensed proto-giallo is a schizoid blend of big budget home movie and ultra cheap sleaze. "Death By Invitation" (1971): One of producer Leonard Kirtman's odd ventures into horror filmmaking, an effectively gritty tale of 20th century witchery topped off with a pleasant touch of psychedelia. Formats: DVD. (Vinegar Syndrome).
Drive-In Collection: Expectations + Confessions
Two forgotten adult exploitation B-pictures. "Expectations" (1978): Two women, one a wealthy socialite and the other a swinger, decide to swap lives; as the novelty wears off, they become slaves to each other's misery. "Confessions" (1977): A bored, upscale housewife decides to dabble in the world of anonymous sex and prostitution but quickly learns the unfortunate reality of that lifestyle. Directed by sleazemaster Anthony Spinelli, who made movies under a dozen different names. Formats: DVD. (Vinegar Syndrome).
(2012) Steven Weber, Sarah Smyth, Allison Hossack. A homeless Iraq War vet leaves his dying dog and best friend, Duke, on the doorstep of a clinic. The dedicated staff nurse Duke back to health, and then launch a campaign to locate the vet and re-unite him with his best pal. Hallmark Movie Channel original. Formats: DVD, $14.93. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Fairy in a Cage
(1977 -- Japan) Controversial Japanese erotic bondage film, part of the Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection, about a young woman and a kabuki actor tortured by an evil military judge during WWII. New high-definition transfer taken from the original 35mm camera negative.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Impulse Pictures).
(2012) Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney. A young man, released from prison for a murder he didn't commit, teams up with a priest and a young hustler to put an end to the serial killer known as "The Father's Day Killer." 1970s-style gore-fest.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Deleted scenes, teasers, behind the scenes photos. (Troma Entertainment).
Father Dowling Mysteries: The Final Season
(1990-91) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $61.99. The final season of the popular series starring Tom Bosley as an amiable, inquisitive Chicago priest who moonlights as a detective, assisted by a rather worldly, lock-picking nun (Tracy Nelson). Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
Female Teacher: In Front of the Students
(1982 -- Japan) A teacher gets more than she bargained for when she takes a new teaching job at a creepy old high school. Part of the Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection. Formats: DVD. (Impulse Pictures).
The First Time
(2012) Dylan O'Brien, Britt Robertson, Victoria Justice, James Frecheville. A romantic comedy centered on two high schoolers: Dave, who until now has pined for a girl he can't have, and Aubrey, a creative type who's dating a guy who doesn't quite understand her. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
(2011 -- Israel) As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents -- both immigrants from Nazi Germany -- he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story: They were good friends with Leopold von Mildenstein, a leading official in the Nazi propaganda ministry, and remained friends with him following World War II. This documentary explores that relationship. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2009) Dwayne Boyd, Jason Sylvain. A single dad and his best friend go to a speed-dating event and get involved in a host of predicaments. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Foyle's War: The Home Front Files (Sets 1-6)
Michael Kitchen stars as DCS Christopher Foyle, who investigates crimes on the home front as WWII rages. The 22-disc set features the complete U.K. broadcast edition of the 22 mysteries, plus interviews with series writer and creator Anthony Horowitz, co-stars Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks, making-of documentaries, notes on a real-life Foyle, and more. Formats: DVD, $149.99. (Acorn Media).
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys -- Season Four
(1997-98) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $26.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: Vol. 1 Escape from the Kitchen
(2013) The first 10 episodes of the Cartoon Network series that follows the adventures of Orange and his pals Pear, Passion Fruit, Marshmallow and their wacky human handler Nerville as they travel through time and space in their magical fruit cart; from the prehistoric era to colonial times, Orange and the crew are dropped into random adventures and forced to squeeze their way out. Spin-off from the YouTube hit, with guest stars Tim Curry and Michael Clarke Duncan. Formats: DVD, $14.93. (Gaiam Vivendi).
(2012) Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, Danny Huston, Kurtwood Smith, Ralph Macchio, James D'Arcy, Michael Stuhlbarg. Read more about "Hitchcock" in the March Calendar.Formats:Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scene, "Becoming the Master: From Hopkins to Hitchcock," "Obsessed With Hitchcock," Sacha Gervasi's behind the scenes cell phone footage, Hitchcock cell phone PSA, five featurettes: "The Story," "The Cast," "Danny Elfman Maestro," "Hitch and Alma " and "Remembering Hitchcock," commentary with director Sacha Gervasi and writer Stephen Rebello. (Fox).
The Hunchback of Notre Dame & The Hunchback of Notre Dame II -- 2 Movie Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996, 2002) Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: "The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame," commentary, multi-language reel: "A Guy Like You," "Behind the Scenes With Jennifer Love Hewitt," "A Gargoyle's Life." (Disney).
In Their Skin
(2012) Joshua Close, Selma Blair, James D'Arcy, Rachel Miner. A young couple's cottage vacation is violently interrupted by a family on a murderous and identity stealing journey in search of the "perfect" life. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Jay and Silent Bob Get Irish
(2012) Film and pop culture icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes took their live comedy show to England, Scotland and Ireland to help celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last year; their show, dubbed Tea Bagging in the U.K., was performed before sold-out crowds in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin. This two-disc set collects material from the two-night tour stop at the Vicor St. Theatre in Dublin. Formats: Two-disc DVD, 19.95; Digital. Extras: "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old": Las Vegas show, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes get a visit from adult film stars Kathy Morgan and Cassie Young. (Industrial Entertainment/CAV Distributing).
(2000) Gerard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen, John Malkovich, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Asia Argento, Jeanne Moreau, Christian Clavier. Fox Family Channel miniseries.
Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: The Complete Season Two
(1975-76) Formats: DVD. (Inception Media).
Life of Pi
(2012) Dir.: Ang Lee; Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Ayush Tandon. Read more about "Life of Pi" in the March Calendar.Formats: Three-disc 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: Three documentaries: "Remarkable Vision," "Epic Journey" and "Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright"; stills gallery, storyboards. 3D combo adds deletd scenes, VFX progression. (Fox).
Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home
(2012) Narrated by Catherine Keener, this documentary takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals -- people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness in Los Angeles' skid row. The film shows how their descent into society's basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing criminalization of homeless people, while exposing the draconian changes to the mental health care system that have brought us here.
Formats: DVD. (Cinema Libre).
Max & Ruby: A Bunny For Every Season
Forty-eight bunny stories spread out over four DVDs: "Springtime for Max & Ruby," "Summertime With Max & Ruby," "Perfect Pumpkin!" and "Everybunny Loves Winter!" Formats: DVD, $26.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Ministry of Fear
(1944) Suffused with dread and paranoia, this Fritz Lang adaptation of a novel by Graham Greene is a plunge into the eerie shadows of a world turned upside down by war. En route to London after being released from a mental institution, Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) stops at a seemingly innocent village fair, after which he finds himself caught in the web of a sinister underworld with possible Nazi connections. Lang was among the most illustrious of the European emigre filmmakers working in Hollywood during World War II, and "Ministry of Fear" is one of his finest American productions, an unpredictable thriller with style to spare. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney, trailer, essay by critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection).
The Mob Doctor: The Complete Series
(2012) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
(2012 -- Hong Kong) Anthony Wong, Shawn Yue, Josie Ho. A rookie cop in the Stealth Riders division, a secret police unit consisting of the best drivers on the force who go after criminals in the drag-racing underworld, teams up with a veteran partner to take on a legendary escape driver who has never been caught. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Motorway" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Mulan & Mulan II: 15th Anniversary Edition -- 2 Movie Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998, 2004) Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo, two-disc DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes; backstage Disney featurettes; music videos including Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, 98 Degrees, Jackie Chan and more; commentary.(Disney).
Ode to Billy Joe
(1976) Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor. Formats: DVD. Southern melodrama based on Bobbie Gentry's hit song "Ode to Billy Joe," exploring why Billy Joe McAllister threw himself off the Tallahachee Bridge. Extras: Vintage featurette: "Bobbie Gentry: A Voice of the South." (Warner).
Pioneers of Television: Season 3
(2012) In the third season of "Pioneers of Television," more than 100 stars bring their stories to life, telling backstage tales of America's favorite shows. Each episode melds compelling new interviews with iconic clips and never-before-seen photos to offer an insider's look at television's biggest celebrities. The four episodes featured are "Funny Ladies," "Primetime Soaps," "Superheroes" and "Miniseries." Formats: Two-disc DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2011) Luke Goss, Tyler Johnston, Jeffrey Ballard. A short-term drug deal set up by an investment banker goes awry when a couple of joyriding teenagers stumble across the illicit money hidden in the back seat of the man's car. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media).
The Real Vikings Collection
(2012) Anthology of three History specials on the Vikings: "Foot Soldier: The Vikings": A look at the sea-going warriors who attacked Europe with savage fury and violence from 800-1050 AD; "The Vikings: Lost Worlds": A team of historical detectives track the Vikings who raided and plundered Western Europe at the end of the 8th century; "Viking Terror": Green Beret Terry Schappert reveals why the Vikings were called the "Hells Angels of the Middle Ages, and tests the weapons and tactics used to pillage Europe. Timed for the release of History's "The Vikings" action series starring Gabriel Byrne. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
Red Skelton -- The Farewell Specials
Forever known as one of the ultimate family entertainers, Red Skelton's legendary comedic characters have left viewers in stitches for over 50 years. Red's zany, unexpected and classically hilarious crowing performances are celebrated in this compilation of farewell specials, which includes "Freddie the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner" featuring Vincent Price and Imogene Coca, "More Funny Faces" with Marcel Marceau, "Funny Faces III" and "A Royal Command Performance" before Britain's royal family at London's Royal Albert Hall. Formats: DVD, $9.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Return of The Beverly Hillbillies
(1981) Telefilm has Uncle Jed, Jethro and Elly May Clampett back to solve the energy crisis.
Formats: DVD. (MPI Media Group).
(2012-13) Eight episodes of the period drama about Inspector Edmund Reid who, haunted by the failure to catch London's most evil killer, Jack the Ripper, now heads up the notorious H Division -- the toughest police district in London's East End. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $29.98; two-disc Blu-ray, $34.98. Extras: "Three Inside Looks" from the cast and production team; character profiles; "London Calling: Whitechapel," a tour of modern Whitechapel; and "Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect": Can modern forensic science finally solve the case of Jack the Ripper? (BBC Home Entertainment).
Rise of the Guardians
(2012) Voices of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Dakota Goyo, Dominique Grund. Read more about "Rise of the Guardians" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Dreamers and Believers" cast and character featurette; "Sandy's Dream Guide," interactive guide in which The Sandman helps interpret your dreams; "More Magic" (DVD-ROM) printable egg holders, coloring sheets and more, perfect for Easter fun; commentary with director Peter Ramsey and producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein. Blu-ray adds "Behind the Magic" four-part behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Man Behind the Guardians" about author William Joyce; two games: "Jack Frost Snowball Showdown!" and "Rock, Paper, Scissors With Sandy." (Paramount).
Roseanne -- Season 7
(1994-95) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Roseanne -- Season 8
(1995-96) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Roseanne: Working Class Actress" candid interview with Roseanne, optional video commentary with Roseanne and Michael Fishman on select episodes. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Samson and Delilah
(1949) Dir.: Cecil B. DeMille; Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Henry Wilcoxon. Fully restored to its original glory. The original nitrate three-strip Technicolor negatives were scanned in 4K, and the three strip image was registered, cleaned and color corrected in 4K. In addition, DeMille's original nitrate print was used in order to complete the original music overture and special effect work was done to clean up original optical images, a particularly tricky three-strip challenge. Finally, the original mono audio track was cleaned up and restored. Interestingly, the restoration team noticed a shimmer effect in some of the scenes. Since they were simultaneously restoring "Sunset Boulevard," they looked at production photos of Norma Desmond's visit to the "Samson and Delilah" set and saw the enormously powerful lights that were required for the Technicolor production. This explained the shimmer effect, which was left intact. Formats: DVD. (Paramount Home Media Distribution).
Shaman Healer Sage
(2013) Documentary tells the story of Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., who transitioned from a successful career in modern medical science in the U.S. to study ancient energy medicine of the legendary Inka and Q'ero shamans of South America. His best-selling book serves as the foundation for this biographical documentary in which he shares his life's work. Villoldo ultimately founded the Four Winds Society, which brings the teachings of the master healers to the West. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Energetic Interventions" featurette in which Villoldo demonstrates some of the energy healing techniques featured in the film. (True Mind).
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
(2011) A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof," "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing In The Darkness" tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, he captured that world with brilliant humor. Sholem Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a new modern Jewish identity, but one of the very men who forged it. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two featurettes: "Making the Film"; "On Sholem Aleichem." (Docurama).
(2012) Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Mary Kay Place. A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol put their relationship to the test when the wife decides to get sober. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director James Ponsoldt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, deleted scenes, "Making Smashed" featurette, "Toronto Film Festival Red Carpet and Q&A." (Sony).
(2012) Noel Clarke, Colin O'Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock. In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome predator. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Dis. Extras: Commentary, creature development featurette, production design & costume featurette, music & sound design featurette, on set featurette, video blogs, "A Day in the Life Of: Clarke & O'Donoghue", scene commentaries, deleted scenes, photo gallery (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2010) Drew Bolduc, Colleen Walsh. In a world in which The Taint poisons the minds of men, turning them into raging misogynists, one young man and his girlfriend fight back against castration and endless head crushing. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurette. (Troma).
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Sidney Poitier
"Blackboard Jungle" (1955), "Edge of the City" (1957), "Something oOf Value" (1957), "A Patch of Blue" (1965). Formats: DVD. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Natalie Wood
"Splendor in the Grass" (1961), "Gypsy" (1962), "Sex and the Single Girl" (1964), "Inside Daisy Clover" (1965). Formats: DVD. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Judy Garland
"For Me and My Gal" (1942), "The Harvey Girls" (1946), "In The Good Old Summertime" (1949), "Summer Stock" (1950). Formats: DVD. (Warner).
That '70s Show -- Season 7
(2004-05) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "A '70s Show Flashback: Don Stark," "Behind the Polyester: Writing That '70s Show," "That Seventh '70s Season Highlights," commentary, promos for each episode. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
That '70s Show -- Season 8
(2005-06) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Season 8 in 8 Minutes" featurette, "That '70s Show Flashback: Tommy Chong," "That '70s Set Tour With Director David Trainer," "That '70s Show Flashback: Josh Meyers," "That '70s Show Retrospective," commentary, promos for each episode. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
This Must Be the Place
(2012) Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Harry Dean Stanton, Joyce Van Patten, David Byrne. Though he's turned 50, former rock star Cheyenne still dresses "Goth" and lives in Dublin off his royalties. When his estranged father dies, he travels to New York, where he discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered at the hands of a Nazi war criminal, now hiding somewhere in America. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay).
Tristana BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1970 -- Spain) Dir.: Luis Bunuel; Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero. A surreal criticism of Catholicism and the modern world, told through the story of Tristana (Deneuve), a young Spanish woman left to the care of Don Lope (Rey) -- a protective but impoverished aristocrat -- when her mother dies. Don Lope sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the dispossessed and downtrodden of society. He takes advantage of the vulnerable Tristana, seducing her, but she eventually leaves him when she falls in love with Horacio (Nero). Unable to commit to him, she returns to Don Lope when she falls ill. He asks for her hand in marriage, and she accepts after losing her leg to cancer, finally choosing to remain in a passionless union rather than be subject to the harsh realities of society. Lovingly restored and remastered. Extras: Alternate ending montage, commentary between Catherine Deneuve and critic Kent Jones; 30-minute visual essay about the film featuring Bunuel scholar Peter William Evans; excerpts from Deneuve's diary entries written during production; new essay by Cineaste editor Richard Porton; a chapter on the film from scholar Raymond Durgnat's now out of print book on Bunuel. (Cohen Media Group's Cohen Film Collection).
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis; Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye. Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: The Roger Rabbit Shorts (Digitally Restored): "Tummy Trouble," "Roller-Coaster Rabbit" and "Trail Mix-Up"; "Who Made Roger Rabbit?" featurette; theatrical trailer; deleted scene; "On Set! Benny the Cab"; "Behind the Ears: The True Story"; "Before & After Split-Screen"; "Toon Stand-Ins"; commentary; "Toontown Confidential" feature trivia subs, "The Valiant Files" interactive set-top gallery. (Disney).
Willow BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Dir.: Ron Howard; Warwick Davis, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Val Kilmer. New digital transfer overseen by Lucasfilm. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Willow: An Unlikely Hero" personal video diary of Warwick Davis, "The Making of an Adventure," "From Morf to Morphing," matte paintings, Easter Egg. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo and as a DVD. (Fox).
Xena: Warrior Princess -- Season Four
(1998-99) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
You've Been Trumped
(2011) In this David and Goliath tale, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on Donald Trump as he gets set to destroy the crown jewels of Scotland's national heritage -- a globally unique landscape that has been the backdrop of their lives -- in order to build a luxury golf resort. The local residents make their last stand in the face of police harassment, constant legal threats and interruption of their water and electricity. Director Anthony Baxter himself becomes international news after being thrown in jail.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Extra Footage: Opening of Trump Golf Course, Trump in Scottish Parliament; Occupy Wall Street projects the "You've Been Trumped" trailer on Trump Tower; Filmmaker Anthony Baxter on Moyers & Company. (Docurama).
Zulu Dawn BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1979) Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Simon Ward, Bob Hoskins, John Mills. Extras: "The History of the Zulu Wars" new featurette with "Zulu Rising" author Ian Knight and historical Advisor Midge Carter, "Recreating the War" new interview with Carter,"A Visit to the Battlefield," theatrical trailer. (Severin/CAV).
Action-Packed Movie Marathon
Four explosive outings: two revenge flicks -- "Eye of the Tiger" (1986) and "Exterminator 2" (1984) -- and two sci-fi adventures -- "Alienator" (1990) and "Cyclone" (1987) -- in a two-disc set for the amazingly low price of $9.99.
Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People
(2012) Inspirational film follows the individual journeys of three men -- a desperate criminal who narrowly evades death at gunpoint, a hardened auto mechanic who finds himself caught between grief and debt, and a struggling young alcoholic who yearns to escape from his misery -- leading up to their attendance of the 2010 Mighty Men Conference, an annual gathering of Christian men to worship and connect with God. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making Angus Buchan's Ordinary People" featurette. (Sony).
(2012) Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson. Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school and, on the night before the nuptuals, go searching for a little fun that involves an epic girls' night out filled with strip clubs, ex-boyfriends and innumerable unmentionables. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Bloopers, "Behind the Scenes of Bachelorette" featurette, commentary with writer-director Leslye Headland. (Anchor Bay).
(1973) "Badlands" announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The film also introduced many of the elements that would earn Malick his passionate following: the enigmatic approach to narrative and character, the unusual use of voice-over, the juxtaposition of human violence with natural beauty, the poetic investigation of American dreams and nightmares. This debut has spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity. New 4K digital restoration, approved by Malick, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making Badlands," a new documentary featuring Sheen and Spacek and production designer Jack Fisk; new interview with editor Billy Weber about director Malick's unique approach to editing; new interview with producer Edward Pressman; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda. (The Criterion Collection).
The Big Picture
(2012 -- France) Romain Duris, Marina Fois, Niels Arestrup, Branka Katic, Catherine Deneuve. When a successful man's ideal life starts to fall apart, he desperately tries to assume another's identity in this psychological thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley. Paul Exben is a handsome and successful Parisian lawyer with a beautiful wife, two children, and a bright future in the firm he co-owns with his mentor, Anne. But behind this deceptively perfect facade lies a restless spirit who's uncomfortable in his conformist life and envies the freedom of his neighbor Gre, an uncompromising photojournalist. After Greg's unexpected death throws his life into chaos, Paul embarks on a cross-continent odyssey of self-discovery and reinvention, leading him to uncover the answer to the question: Is it possible to become someone else? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Media Group).
Chance in a Million Complete Collection
(1984-86) All three seasons of the star-studded, award-winning British comedy starring Simon Callow as Tom Chance, a man who seems cursed by fate. When he meets Alison Little (Brenda Blethyn), they begin a courtship marred by a barrage of absurd coincidences and ludicrous circumstances. Three-disc set with 18 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Alternate pilot episode, episode commentaries, more. (Acorn Media).
(2010) Troian Bellisario, Peter Vack. A wealthy Manhattan family's inability to cope with the suicide of their eldest daughter sends them into a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol and sexual taboos that threatens to destroy them. Formats: DVD, Digital. (New Video).
(2012 -- TV) Mischa Barton, Dan Levy. A young woman, hiding for years after her life was destroyed by a frightening online stalker, soon discovers that, though she may have disappeared, his dangerous obsession has been waiting for her. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Daniel Day-Lewis Triple Feature
Three pivotal early performances in Daniel Day-Lewis' career: "How Many Miles to Babylon?," "The Insurance Man" and "Dangerous Corner." Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2013) Andy Rudick, Victoria Nugent, Michael Reed, Evalena Marie. A film crew moves into an abandoned psychiatric hospital with a shadowy past to shoot a low budget horror movie ... and the leaky, wet building comes to life, feeding off its new inhabitants. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2011 -- Argentina) A fascinating historical tour of the La Recoleta Cemetery, which rests in the heart of one of Buenos Aires' swankiest neighborhoods. A city-within-a-city, it is an inward-facing place with its own interior geography. Like the Pere-Lachaise graveyard in France, La Recoleta is the final resting place for key figures of its nation's history: statesmen and poets, founding fathers and oppositional voices. And with Argentina's history so fraught with unrest, this relationship between the necropolis, the city and the nation reveals civil wars, battles with the country's native population, conflict between the city and the provinces, and years of military dictatorship.
Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child
(2011) A fascinating look at the creative process, this unique documentary explores what happens when the artist Gottfried Helnwein takes on the role of production designer for a never-before-seen opera written by Israel's most famous playwright, Hanoch Levin. For Helnwein, the child has always been the symbol of innocence and innocence betrayed, a motif that persists throughout much of his work. But when the Israeli Opera creative team casts an adult to play the lead child, Helnwein must fight to preserve the opera's integrity and Levin's original vision. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). (First Run Features).
The Great Magician
(2011 -- Hong Kong) Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Lau Ching-wan, Zhou Xun. Blends vaudeville-style humor, vivid magic sequences and ruthless political gamesmanship, set in the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the Republic. Village warlord Bully Lei is accused of using magic to recruit soldiers to his cause and new arrival Zhang aims to thwart these plans with an ambitious kidnap scheme and various tricks of his own. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Making the Magic" featurette. (Well Go USA).
(2011) Cary Elwes, William Hurt, Ploy Jindachote, Paula Taylor. After a horrible car accident that takes the lives of his Thai wife and son, a western businessman must travel to the shadow world between life and death to set their souls free. (IFC Films).
(2012 -- Netherlands) Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen. Dutch director Sacha Polak's debut feature is a frank and explicit look at carnal desire that is told from a distinctly female perspective. She paints an erotically charged portrait of a woman whose casual sexual encounters mask loneliness and a craving for intimacy. Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra) is a young woman who drifts through a series of anonymous one-night stands and seems only close to her father. When he finds himself a girlfriend, her jealousy puts her on the emotional edge. An emotionally and physically raw study of sexuality that is nothing less than mesmerizing. Uncut and uncensored. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Interview with director Sacha Polak, star Hannah Hoekstra and screenwriter Helena Van Der Meulen; 12-page collectable booklet. (Artsploitation Films).
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
(2012) Dir.: Peter Jackson; Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more about "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in the March Calendar.Formats: Three-disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Five-disc Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Full suite of Peter Jackson's production videos, behind the scenes video journals covering start of production, location scouting, filming in 3D, post-production overview and Wellington world premiere. (Warner).
The Hunt for Bin Laden
(2012) Smithsonian Channel documentary offers an inside look at the mission that lead to the capture of America's most wanted man. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Inception media).
(2010 -- Germany) Axel Wedekind, Rungano Nyoni. English-language thriller about a young investment banker who must escape from a locked vault or face a slow death from starvation. Who kidnapped him and why? Formats: DVD. (Jinga Films/MVD Distribution).
Jersey Shore: The Uncensored Final Season
(2012) Four-disc set with 13 uncensored episodes, $26.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Gym, Tan, Look Back" special, deleted scenes, "Breakdowns, Boobs 'N Bronzer" special featuring hilarious moments from the show, "Jersey Shore Dictionary" special, multiple "After Hours" specials, the "Jersey Shore Reunion special," a "Most Outrageous Moments" montage, more. (MTV/Paramount).
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
(1943) Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmoded English militarism as the indelible General Clive Candy, who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history (1902 to 1942) only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr provide unforgettable support, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Blimp's and she as young women of three consecutive generations -- a socially committed governess, a sweet-souled war nurse, and a modern-thinking army driver -- who inspire him. "Colonel Blimp" is both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence shot in gorgeous Technicolor. New 4K digital master from the 2012 Film Foundation restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese, video introduction by Scorsese, "A Profile of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," restoration demonstration, hosted by Scorsese, interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell (Michael Powell's widow), Gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production stills, Gallery tracing the history of David Low's original Colonel Blimp cartoons, booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell. (The Criterion Collection).
A Mind to Kill Complete Collection
(1994-2001) Compared to "Cracker" and "Wallander" for its gritty realism and no-holds-barred storytelling. Philip Madoc stars as brooding detective Noel Bain, an old-fashioned and kindhearted cop who solves crimes with his unerring instinct, keen intelligence, and passion for defending the innocent, while struggling to protect his daughter from the crime-filled world he knows too well. Eleven-disc set with 21 mysteries. Never aired in the U.S.
Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
My Brother Jonathan
(1985) An early melodrama in Daniel Day-Lewis' career; based on the Edwardian romance book by Francis Brett Young. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
No Job for a Lady: The Complete Collection
(1990-92) All three series of the witty Brit-com following Jean Price (Penelope Keith), who has just been elected Member of Parliament for the left-wing Labour Party. Now her real work begins: Getting along with her chauvinist fellow MPs while navigating the Machiavellian world of Westminster. Three-disc set with 18 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
On Approval BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1944) Classic, witty British comedy of manners. Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted by two impoverished British aristocrats and invite the men to spend a month at a Scottish mansion to test their compatibility as suitors. When the unmarried foursome arrives, the staff -- shocked by the impropriety -- refuses to stay and they are left entirely on their own, and the fireworks begin. (Inception Media Group).
The Other Son
(2012 -- France) Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbe, Mehdi Dehbi, Jules Sitruk, Areen Omari, Khalifa Natour. Two young men from opposite sides of a bitter social and religious divide discover that they are really not who they were brought up to be. Read more about "The Other Son" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes, blooper reel. (Cohen Media Group).
A Royal Affair
(2012 -- Denmark) Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Trine Dyrholm. The true story of an ordinary man who wins a queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever-more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee, who is a man of enlightenment and idealism, and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, "AXS TV: A Look at A Royal Affair." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Rust and Bone
(2012 -- France/Belgium) Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Corinne Masiero, Bouli Lanners, Celine Sallette. Read more about "Rust and Bone" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Audiard and screenwriter Thomas Bidegain; deleted scenes; two featurettes: "VFX Breakdown by Mikros" and "Making Rust and Bone: A Film by Antonin Peretjatko," a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film; "On the Red Carpet: Toronto International Film Festival." (Sony).
(2012) Dallas Roberts, Alison Eastwood, Anne Dudek, Mattie Liptak. A radio talk show host unravels a conspiracy about encounters with mysterious beings known as The Shadow People and their role in the unexplained deaths of several hundred people in the 1980s. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2013) Ryan Phillippe, Anna Paquin, Luke Wilson, Powers Boothe, Tess Harper. Seeking redemption, family outcast and ex-drug addict Scott returns to his hometown only to throw everyone's lives into disarray, in particular his sister-in-law, who was once his high school sweetheart. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (Millennium Entertainment).
(2012) Voices of Tim Curry, Claudia Black, Ron Glass, Juliet Landau, Tara Strong, George Takei. First animated sci-fi lesbian rock musical explores the theme of the transformative power of love between two women, bringing viewers into a world of space pirates, indentured slaves and genetic mutations. Set at the end of the 28th century, the human race has long since abandoned a desolate earth. In order to survive, humanity has been using genetic engineering to adapt to otherworld environments, to the point where changing one's skin color or gender has become commonplace. On the moon Ganymede, saxophonist Parker (Claudia Black) and guitarist Naia (Tara Strong) develop a close relationship. The two embark on their new relationship and form a new band but they also must fight for their freedom from the evil Mig (Tim Curry). Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scene. (Wolfe Video).
Time of My Life
(2012 -- Belgium) Koen De Graeve, Geert Van Rampelberg, Lotte Pinoy. Based on the true story of Mario Verstraete, this melodrama revolves around a vigorous campaign to legalize euthanasia in Belgium. Just when Mario's political career is about to get under stream he is diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis. Told through the eyes of his doctor friend, Thomas, the film focuses on how Mario and his friends deal with the crisis and come to terms with both the philosophical and profoundly human sides of the issue. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
TimERideR: The Adventure of Lyle Swan BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, L.Q. Jones, Ed Lauter, Richard Masur, Tracey Walter. Champion off-road racer Lyle Swann is accidentally zapped into a time-travel experiment and is sent 100 years into the past, where a gang of brutal bandits steals his motorcycle; Swann must outsmart the local cowboys and submit to the desires of a beautiful outlaw woman to survive the Wild West and get back to his future. Extras: Commentary with director William Dear, interviews with producer Michael Nesmith and writer-director William Dear, storyboard gallery. (Shout! Factory).
(2013) Malinda Williams, Tatyana Ali, Keith Robinson, Darius McCrary, Lynn Whitfield. The lives and intimacies of seven seemingly unrelated people are examined in this tale of modern romance. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. Extras: Deleted scenes, photo gallery. (RLJ Entertainment/One Village Entertainment).
Zero Dark Thirty
(2012) Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Jason Clarke, Edgar Ramirez, Chris Pratt, Scott Adkins, Nash Edgerton, Harold Perrineau, Taylor Kinney. Read more about "Zero Dark Thirty" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Four featurettes: "Small Feat" with director Bigelow sharing why this project, and the recounting of this historic event, was so important; "The Compound" behind-the-scenes featurette on the re-creation of Osama bin Laden's lair; "Geared Up" behind-the-scenes of the the raid; "Targeting Jessica Chastain." (Sony).
(2012) Director: Tom Hooper. Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen. Read more about "Les Misérables" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Stars of Les Misérables" casting featurette with director Tom Hooper; "Creating the Perfect Paris" production design featurette; "The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugo's Les Misérables" mini-documentary takes a look at the historical backdrop and universal themes of Hugo's classic; commentary with Hooper. Blu-ray adds "Les Misérables Singing Live" featurette on the daunting challenge of singing live rather than lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks; "Battle at the Barricade" featurette on the building of the barricade scene; "The West End Connection" featurette with renowned West End producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was deeply involved in the filming, as well as former "Les Misérables" theatrical stars who appeared in supporting roles in the current film; "Les Misérables on Location" featurette. (Universal).
This Is 40
(2012) Dir.: Judd Apatow; Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segal, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Albert Brooks, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Robert Smigel, Chris O'Dowd, Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel, Charlyne Yi, Lena Dunham. Read more about "This Is 40" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo (with unrated version on the Blu-ray), VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Judd Apatow, gag reel, Line-O-Rama, deleted scenes, music from Graham Parker and the Rumour, and Ryan Adams. Blu-ray adds "The Making of This Is 40," "This Is Albert Brooks (At Work)," Graham Parker & The Rumour: "Long Emotional Ride," Brooks-O-Rama, "Biking With Barry," "Triumph The Insult Comic Dog," "Kids on the Loose 3," "Bodies By Jason" commercial, "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, deleted, extended and alternate scenes. (Universal).
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Adventures in Zambezia
(2013) Animated with the voices of Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Samuel L. Jackson. When a spirited young falcon named Kai (Suarez) learns of Zambezia, the fabulous city of birds, he leaves his remote country home against the wishes of his father (Jackson). But when his dad is captured by an evil lizard who plans to attack the city, Kai must learn the importance of teamwork if he's to rescue his father, save his new friends and help keep Zambezia lizard free. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Four featurettes: "Birds of a Feature," "An African Story," "The Tree City" and "Technical Challenges." (Triggerfish Animation Studios).
(2011) Dave Franco, Elisabeth Harnois, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Pellegrino. Ordered to a delinquent camp by their exasperated parents, a group of wayward teens fall foul of a deadly virus that infects the guards and turns them into flesh-eating monsters. Formats: DVD. (Jinga Films/MVD Distribution).
(2011 -- France/Thailand) Jon Foo, Caroline Ducey, Michael Cohen. A young boy left for dead by the cop/assassins who killed his parents is taken under the wing of a martial-arts master and shaped into a lethal killing machine with an insatiable appetite for revenge.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Borgias: The Second Season
(2012) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $49.99; Blu-ray Disc, $69.99. Extras: "The World of Borgias" featurette, interviews and behind-the-scenes information. (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).
The Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together
(2012) Six-disc set 17 complete and unedited episodes hand picked by Burnett, including "The Family," "Mr. Tudball & Mrs. Wiggins," "The Oldest Man," "The Charwoman," "The Ham Actor" and "As the Stomach Turns" as well as such parodies and segments as "TV Commercials," "No Frills Airline," "The Recital," "Airline Security" and the ester Williams spoof. Guests include Dick Van Dyke, the Pointer Sisters, Hal Linden, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Madeline Kahn, Peggy Lee, Stiller & Meara, Ken Berry, Petula Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., Roddy McDowall, Bernadette Peters and Lily Tomlin. Formats: DVD, $59.95. Extras: "This Time Together" cast reunion with Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Lyle Waggoner; interviews with Tim Conway, Steve Lawrence, Burnett and Vicki Lawrence; "Gags and Gowns: A Tribute to Designer Bob Mackie" featurette; "Bring Up the Lights: Carol's Q&A's"; "Focus on the Family." (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
(2012) Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Lee Tergesen, Christopher McDonald. A twisted madman "collects" humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors. Read more about "The Collection" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director/co-writer Marcus Dunstan and co-writer Patrick Melton, five behind-the-scenes mini-featurettes, alternate/deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Gregg Turkington. Explores the aimless adventures of an aging hipster -- on the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, offering him the possibility of a sheltered life -- and his like-minded friends in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with Tim Heidecker and director Rick Alverson. (Tribeca Film).
Continuum: Season One
(2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.98. Extras: "Meet the Makers, Protectors and Terrorists." (Universal).
(2011 -- Australia) Matt Bell, Luke Cadden, Morgan Coyle, Tim Dashwood, Chris Davis, Ian McFadyen. A self-proclaimed anarchist enters the closed and poisonous world of an isolated privileged private school for boys, where his ideas and actions begin to unravel the framework of the stoic institution, fostering a rebellion among the students. Formats: DVD. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2010 -- Sweden) Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni. Swedish crime thriller based on the international best-selling novel "Snabba Cash" by Jens Lapidus. Lower-class business student JW falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm's wealthy elite. To keep up the facade of his lifestyle, he's lured into a world of crime and becomes a drug runner; his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge. Formats: DVD. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
(2011 -- Iceland) Sveinn Olafsson, Hilmar Gudjonsson, Thorsteinn Bachmann. Dramatic comedy set in the remote north of Iceland, in the mid 1980s, where two employees of the Icelandic Road Administration spend the summer painting lines on the winding roads that stretch out to the distant horizon and where the barren wilderness becomes a place of adventure, disaster and discovery as both men reach difficult crossroads in their lives. Formats: DVD. (Vanguard Cinema).
The Frankenstein Theory
(2013) Kris Lemche, Joe Egender, Timothy V. Murphy, Eric Zuckerman. A discredited university professor travels to the Arctic Circle to prove his obscure theory that Mary Shelley's literary classic "Frankenstein" is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy; what he finds is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction. Formats: DVD. (RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
From Beyond Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Dir.: Stuart Gordon; Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree. H.P. Lovecraft's classic comes to life in this unrated director's cut. The Resonator, a powerful machine that can control the sixth sense, has killed its creator and sent his associate into an insane asylum. But when a beautiful psychiatrist becomes determined to continue the experiment, she unwittingly opens the door to a hostile parallel universe ... and to the deviant behavior within the human psyche. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with writer Denis Paoli, "Multiple Dimensions" SFX featurette, "Paging Dr. McMichaels" featurette with Barbara Crampton, "A Tortured Soul" interview with Jeffrey Combs, "An Empire Production" interview with executive producer Charles Band, commentary with director Stuart Gordon and cast, "The Director's Perspective" interview with Gordon, "The Editing Room: Lost and Found" restoration team interview, interview with composer Richard band, storyboard-to-film comparison, photo galleries. (Shout! Factory).
Frontline: Inside Obama's Presidency
(2013) Frontline goes behind closed doors to examine the first four years of the Obama administration and the decisions that led to health care reform, the expanded drone war, the economic stimulus package, and the failure to compromise with Congress that created the fiscal cliff crisis. Formats: DVD, $24.99, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
Futureworld BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1976) Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner. Sequel to 1973's "Westworld" -- in which robots went amuck and killed guests -- has the resort rebuilt and redesigned to be fail-safe -- but a pair of reporters discover that all might not be as sound as it seems. Extras: Radio spots, still gallery, trailer. (Shout! Factory).
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
(2013) "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW)" burst onto the scene in 1986 as the first ever all-female wrestling show on television. Like its competitor/frequent imitator the World Wrestling Federation, GLOW was a primetime wrestling series, complete with elaborate characters, costumes, skits, personalized raps and, of course, wrestling. By 1989, the GLOW girls were an international phenomenon, attracting over 7 million viewers worldwide, touring the nation and making big bank for the show's producers. One year later, GLOW was gone. This documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the show through the stories of those who lived it. For some, the show was a brief foray into acting and a short-lived adventure. For others, their time in GLOW would impact and influence their lives for years to follow. For all of the women, working on GLOW was a unique and exciting experience that will bond them forever. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, extended interviews, deleted scenes, collection of GLOW skits, GLOW opening raps, select matches, United Film Festival Q&A, featurettes. (Docurama).
(2011) Stacey Dash, Jayceon "The Game" Taylor. A young woman living the high life is arrested with her boyfriend for a crime she didn't commit, and is placed under house arrest and forced to move back in with her mother and daughter -- on the ghetto side of town. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot: The Complete Series
(1967–68) Four-disc collector's edition featuring all 26 episodes of the fantasy series from Toei Studios, $39.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: 24-page book with special essay by Japanese pop culture expert August Ragone. (Shout! Factory).
Jurassic Park BLU-RAY
(1993) Blu-ray combo pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet), $34.98. (Universal).
Jurassic Park III BLU-RAY
(2001) Blu-ray combo pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet), $34.98. (Universal).
Killing Them Softly
(2012) Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine, Sam Shepard.
Read more about "Killing Them Softly" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Blu-ray Extras: "The Making of Killing Them Softly," deleted scenes. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out
(2013) 22-minute original standalone LEGO tongue-and-cheek special. The heroes of the Rebel Alliance including heroic Luke Skywalker, swaggering Han Solo and steadfast Princess Leia have no time to celebrate their victory over the Empire as a new Imperial threat arises. But as Jedi-in training Luke embarks on this next mission, he discovers that his celebrity status as a "Death-Star-Blower-Upper" can be a double-edged lightsaber when he's constantly mobbed by crazed fans. So much for secret missions! Meanwhile, Darth Vader and Darth Maul are locked in a hilarious "Sith-ling" rivalry as they compete for the Emperor's approval. Formats: DVD. Extras: Includes an exclusive collectible Darth Vader LEGO minifigure. (Fox).
(2012) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Bruce McGill, Tim Blake Nelson, Joseph Cross, Jared Harris. Read more about "Lincoln" in the March Calendar.Formats: Single-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack Super Set (Blu-ray + Bonus Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Journey to Lincoln" behind-the-scenes featurette. Two-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack adds "A Historic Tapestry: Richmond, Virginia," about the choice of this landmark area as a shooting site. Four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack adds more featurettes: "In The Company of Character," which delves into Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln; "Crafting the Past," which examines the re-creation of Lincoln's era through authentic period details in production design, costume and makeup; "Living With Lincoln" production featurette; "In Lincoln's Footsteps," which explores the film's editing, sound design, and the musical score by John Williams. (DreamWorks/Disney).
The Lost World: Jurassic Park BLU-RAY
(1997) Blu-ray combo pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet), $34.98. (Universal).
MADtv Season 2
(2012) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.93. Special guest hosts Christina Applegate, Ice-T, Harry Connick, Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and others usher in some of the most entertaining sketches from fan-favorite cast members like Nicole Sullivan, Orlando Jones, Phil LaMarr, Brian Callen, Debra Wilson, Mary Scheer and Artie Lange.
Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Maigret Set 7
(2001-02) Bruno Cremer brings the beloved Parisian Inspector Maigret to life in this French TV series based on the best-selling crime novels by the legendary Georges Simenon. Six-disc set includes "Maigret and the Wine Merchant," "Maigret and the Minister,"" Maigret and the Madman of St. Clothilde," "Maigret Goes to School," "Felicie's House," "Maigret and the Princess." Formats: DVD, $59.95. (MHz Networks).
Maigret Set 8
(2002-03) Bruno Cremer brings the beloved Parisian Inspector Maigret to life in this French TV series based on the best-selling crime novels by the legendary Georges Simenon. Six-disc set includes "To Any Lengths," "Maigret's Failure," "Maigret's Boyhood Friend," "Maigret Has Scruples," "Little Pigs Without a Tail," "Maigret and the Tramp." Formats: DVD, $59.95. (MHz Networks).
A Man Escaped
(1956) With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson made one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time. Based on the memoirs of an imprisoned French resistance leader, this unbelievably taut and methodical marvel follows the fictional Fontaine's single-minded pursuit of freedom, detailing the planning and carrying out of his escape with gripping precision. But Bresson's film is not merely process-minded -- it's a work of intense spirituality and humanity. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc Extras: "Bresson: Without a Trace," a 1965 episode of the television program "Cineastes de notre temps" in which the director gives his first on-camera interview; "The Essence of Forms," a 45-minute documentary from 2010 in which some of Bresson's collaborators and admirers, including actor Francois Leterrier and director Bruno Dumont, share their thoughts about the director and his work; new visual essay with text by film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo. (The Criterion Collection).
Men at Work: The Complete First Season
(2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $35.99. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Midsomer Murders: Tom Barnaby's Last Cases
(2009-11) Value-priced collector's set of the 15 stand-alone mysteries in broadcast order from Series 12 and 13 about DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon)'s investigations of most sinister secrets of the cozy villages of Midsomer County. Formats: DVD, $149.99. Extras: Cast interviews, fascinating facts, production notes, behind-the-scenes photo gallery, "Barnaby Through the Years" photo gallery, "Saying Goodbye to Barnaby" essay. (Acorn Media).
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series 1
(2012) New, glamorous "lady detective" series makes its North American debut. Based on the popular detective novels by Kerry Greenwood, the gorgeously costumed and evocatively shot mystery series features Essie Davis as the Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher, a sly sleuth and thoroughly modern woman of the late 1920s operating in a mostly male-dominated detective world. Produced for ABC Australia and filmed on location in Melbourne. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. (Acorn Media).
(1947) Charlie Chaplin plays shockingly against type in his most controversial film, a brilliant and bleak black comedy about money, marriage, and murder. Chaplin is a 20th century Bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support his wife and child, attempting to bump off a series of wealthy widows (including one played by the indefatigable Martha Raye, in a hilarious performance). This deeply philosophical and wildly entertaining film is a work of true sophistication, both for the moral questions it dares to ask and the way it deconstructs its megastar's loveable on-screen persona. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Chaplin Today: “Monsieur Verdoux," a 2003 program on the film's production and release, featuring filmmaker Claude Chabrol and actor Norman Lloyd; "Charlie Chaplin and the American Press," a new documentary featuring Chaplin specialist Kate Guyonvarch and author Charles Maland; new video essay featuring an audio interview with actress Marilyn Nash; radio advertisements and trailers; booklet featuring an essay by critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and reprinted pieces by Chaplin and critic Andre Bazin. (The Criterion Collection).
The Official Digimon Adventure Set: The Complete Second Season
(2012) Eight-disc set with all 50 complete, unedited episodes, $79.95. For the uninitiated, there are five complete seasons in the Digimon franchise (not including the sixth, soon to launch as "Digimon Fusion" on Nickelodeon later in 2013), but fans consider Seasons 1 & 2 to be the original, classic episodes. It is these episodes that have never been officially released in the U.S. until Flatiron unleashed them in all their digital glory. Season 1 found seven kids who, while at summer camp, discover seven "Digivices" that transported them to a strange digital world. It's here that these "DigiDestined" befriended Digimon -- short for Digital Monsters -- who were born to defend their world from various evil forces. After learning they have the ability to help their new Digimon friends "digivolve" into different monsters and fight as a team, the kids form a pact and hope the digi beings can ultimately help them find their way home. This is the direct sequel to Season 1, and takes place four years after the original series. Commonly referred to as Digimon Zero Two, it finds most of the original characters now in junior high school, with the Digital World supposedly secure and peaceful. However, a new evil has appeared in the form of the Digimon Emperor, a human just like the DigiDestined, who has been enslaving all Digimon. Formats: DVD. Extras: Full-color 36-page character guide book and a gallery featuring more than 40 villain Digimon sketches. Digimon Adventure: Volume 2
(2012) Three-disc set including 18 full-length episodes from Season 1 of the animated show, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (Flatiron Film Company/Cinedigm).
(1982) George C. Scott, Tim Curry, Michael Hordern, Timothy West, Eileen Atkins. DVD debut of the 1982 CBS miniseries. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Entertainment One).
One Last Game
(2011 -- Germany) Ken Duken, Regina Lund, Dan van Husen. English-language drama follows the reminisces of a young man addicted to poker ala Elizabeth Kuebler Ross's five stages of grief. Formats: DVD. (House of Film/MVD Distribution).
(2012) Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Jennifer Crystal Foley. Read more about "Parental Guidance" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Andy Fickman and Billy Crystal. Blu-ray adds gag reel. "In Character With Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei" featurette. (Fox).
Phantasm II Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Dir.: Don Coscarelli; James LeGros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine. Released from a mental hospital, Mike continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory)
(2012) Suzanne Tufan, Jon Ashley Hall, Shelly Lipkin. In a post-apocalyptic future, only one survivor remains on earth -- a woman named Lilith, who desperately wanders a planet devoid of humanity. Formats: DVD, VOD.(Green Apple Entertainment).
The Sandlot: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray
(1993) Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopard, Marty York, Brandon Quintin Adams, Karen Allen, James Earl Jones, Denis Leary. Extras: Featurette. (Fox).
Sexsquatch: The Legend of Blood Stool Creek
(2012) Comedy about teens at a "get-laid" party in the woods who are confronted by an oversexed sasquatch. Formats: DVD. (SRS Cinema/MVD Distribution).
(2012) Combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts -- Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant -- to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Two-disc set. Formats: DVD, $34.89. (PBS Distribution).
The Springtime Collection Featuring Max's Chocolate Chicken
(2013) Three-disc set with 13 award-winning stories, headlined by Rosemary Wells' delightful Easter-themed tale "Max's Chocolate Chicken." The title disc also includes "Max's Christmas," "Morris's Disappearing Dog," "Otto Runs for President" and "Max's Christmas -- Spanish Version." The other two discs: "The Ren Hen ... and More Cooking Stories," which includes "Bread Comes to Life," "How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?," and "Arnie the Doughnut"; and "Chicken Little ... and More Zany Animal Stories," which includes "The Great White Man-Eating Shark," "The Three-Legged Cat" and "Dooby Dooby Moo."
Formats: DVD, $24.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Stagnight of the Dead
(2011 -- U.K.) Sebastian Street, Sophie Lovell Anderson, Bruce Lawrence. Zombie comedy. In a world recovering from a global zombie outbreak, private companies have created money-spinning ways of disposing of the undead: a game called Zomball -- like paintball, except that you get to shoot zombies. Amidst this, a group of friends organize a stag weekend for a soon-to-be-married friend, with a PVC-clad stripper and a game of Zomball, but the zombies get loose and attack the group. Formats: DVD. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2011) Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney, David O'Hara, Yaya DaCos. In a misguided attempt to protect his family and pay back gambling debts to the local mobster, a young man robs a fish market, which is coincidentally owned by the same mobster. On the run from the police and the mobster's crew, he's cornered in a local curio shop, where he takes hostage an assortment of colorful characters, who he enlists to help him escape. Formats: DVD. (Ketchup Entertainment).
Star Trek: Enterprise -- Season One BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001-02) Six-disc set with 25 episodes on six discs, $130.00. The cult-classic series recounts the adventures of the pioneers of space travel who ventured into the universe 100 years before James T. Kirk helmed the starship of the same name. Set in the 22nd century, "Enterprise" takes place in an era when interstellar travel is still in its infancy. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) has assembled a crew of explorers to chart the galaxy on a revolutionary spacecraft: Enterprise NX- 01. As the first human beings to venture into deep space, these men and women will experience the wonder and mystery of the final frontier as they seek out new life and new civilizations. Extras: "To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise" three-part retrospective documentary: "Part One: Countdown" chronicles the challenges faced by the producers and creative staff as they attempt to launch a new chapter in the Star Trek saga by making the then-radical decision to create a prequel to the beloved original series; "Part Two: Boarding the NX-01" follows the team as they begin the casting process and production on the series two-hour pilot "Broken Bow"; "Part Three: First Flight" charts the course for the rest of the series' first season including all-new interviews with key production and post-production personnel. The set also includes a candid conversation with the series' creators, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, offering a glimpse into their creative process. In addition, the Blu-ray features brand new commentaries on select episodes, along with a host of previously released special features such as deleted scenes and outtakes. Read the complete press release here. (Paramount).
Terminator Blu-ray Anthology
Five-disc set with all four "Terminator" films, $49.99. (Warner).
Tom Green: Live
(2012) Green's first stand-up comedy special, recorded at the Wilbur Theater in Boston.
Formats: DVD, $14.98; Digital. Extras: (RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
Veep: The Complete First Season
(2012) Two-disc set with eight episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.99, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "The Making of Veep," "Veep: Misspoke," "Veep: Obesity" public service announcement (and outtakes) about obesity, deleted scenes, 12 audio commentaries. (HBO).
(2012 -- Argentina) Ricardo Darin, Jeremie Renier, Martina Gusman. In the "Villa Virgin," a shantytown in the slums of Buenos Aires, two priests and long-standing friends, Julian and Nicolas, work tirelessly to help the local people by building a hospital, all the while facing the threats of paramilitary forces, the slum's drug-dealing cartels, and the pleasures of the flesh. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
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