Adventures in Zambezia
(2013) Voices of Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Samuel L. Jackson. New animated adventure. When a spirited young falcon named Kai learns of Zambezia, the fabulous city of birds, he leaves his remote country home against the wishes of his father. 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: "Come Fly With Me" music video by Jewels Jaselle and Benj Heard, four featurettes: "Birds of a Feature," "The Tree City," "The Tree City," "Technical Challenges."(Sony).
(2012) Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Malcolm McDowell. An employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to rabid fans who wish to partake in the ultimate form of communion supplements his income by selling illegal samples on the black market. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills a superstar, he becomes a target for collectors and obsessed fans and must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he too meets a morbid end. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Battlestar Galactica -- 35th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1978) Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Jr. Herb Jefferson, Maren Jensen. Theatrical feature culled from the first and fourth episodes of the fondly remembered TV show that -- two decades later -- launched the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon. (Universal).
The Best of Fridays
(1980-82) ABC's now-cult late-night skit comedy "Fridays" presented a hilariously twisted view of the early '80s to adventurous viewers on a weekly basis. This disc features 16 episodes -- originally airing from 1980 to 1982 -- that showcased the edgy and subversive sketch comedy that helped launch the careers of Melanie Chartoff ("Parker Lewis Can't Lose"), Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), and more, and offered outrageous characters -- from the paranoid Drugs R Us Pharmacist to the rabbinical action heroes of Matzoi! to the laid-back Nat E. Dred, "The Rasta Gourmet." Features vintage musical performances from Devo, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Cars, The Clash, KISS, Graham Parker and The Rumour and more, as well as infamous guest appearances by stars such as Andy Kaufman, Billy Crystal, Valerie Harper and William Shatner.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and writers reunion, "The Andy Kaufman Incident: What Really Happened?" behind-the-scenes photos, more. (Shout! Factory).
The Borgias -- The Third Season
(2012) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $56.00; Blu-ray Disc, $74.00. Extras: "Borgias Bloopers," first two episodes of "Ray Donovan." (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
A Boy and His Dog BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1975) Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards, Alvy Moore, Charles McGraw. Directed by L.Q. Jones and based on the award-winning novella by acclaimed science-fiction author Harlan Ellison, the film is a dark and often wickedly funny trip through a post-apocalyptic world, where the friendship between a boy and his dog is the only currency that matters. Newly restored high-definition transfer. Extras: "In Conversation": Harlan Ellison and L.Q. Jones (2013); commentary Jones, director of photography John Arthur Morrill and critic Charles Champlin; vintage radio spots. Available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo. (Shout! Factory).
The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection
(2012) Eleven-disc Blu-ray/DVD box set in book-style packaging with first-ever Blu-ray presentations of "The Big Boss," "Fist Of Fury," "Way of the Dragon" and "Game of Death"; three documentaries on two discs, "Bruce Lee: The Legend" (and the original version "Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend"), the critically acclaimed "I Am Bruce Lee" and "The Grandmaster and the Dragon: William Cheung and Bruce Lee"; four DVD versions of "The Big Boss," "Fist Of Fury," "Way of the Dragon" and "Game of Death"; and a bonus disc with hours of extra content. The deluxe book-style packaging includes 68 pages of archival materials, rare and never-before-released photos, a new essay on Lee's amazing career, and much more. $119.99. Extras: Commentaries on all four films by Hong Kong film expert Mike Leeder; "Return to Pak Chong: The Big Boss Revisited"; "Bruce Lee: The Early Years" featurette; new interviews with Robert Chua, Gene LeBell, Jon Benn, Bob Wall and many more; interviews with Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Yuen Wah and Wong Jing; "Remembering Fist of Fury" featurette; "Bruce Lee Martial Arts Master" featurette; "Game of Death: Then & Now"; "Game of Death Memories" featurette;
extensive still galleries on all four films including rare stills, movie posters; theatrical trailers and TV spots; alternate title sequences; "Game of Death" outtake montage; "Game of Death" revisited; more. (Available only direct from Shout! Factory until Sept. 17; then available everywhere).
Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart -- The Movie
(2013) New care Bears feature revolves around the antics of Wonderheart Bear as she attempts to join the Cub Bouts. Formats: DVD, $14.98.; VOD; Digital. Extras: "Can't Wait to Be the One" music video, "Care Hugs" music video. (Lionsgate).
Cavalcade BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1933) Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin. The acclaimed screen epic based on Noel Coward's popular play that earned three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Frank Lloyd, "Cavalcade" received the most write-in votes in the studio's first-of-its-kind "Voice Your Choice" campaign, a unique initiative allowing film lovers to vote on classic films from each decade -- from the 1930s through the 1960s -- they'd like to see digitally restored and transferred to Blu-ray for the very first time. This new restoration was created using the only existing elements available from the Academy Film Archive and is being made available in the best presentation possible. Nostalgic and atmospheric, "Cavalcade" traces the lives of two different families over three decades, from the Boer War at the close of the 19th century through World War I and the early 1930s. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by film historian Richard Schickel, Fox Movietone News: "Cavalcade Wins First Honors." (Fox).
Charlie Chan Collection
Four remastered films making their DVD debut: "Shadows Over Chinatown" (1946), starring Sidney Toler in one of his last Chan films; "Docks of New Orleans" (1948), "Shanghai Chest" (1948) and "The Golden Eye" (1948) starring Roland Winters, the last actor to play the detective on film. Formats: DVD, $39.92. (Warner).
(2012) Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Rachele Brooke Smith, Steven Brand, Robert Miano. Based on Justin Price's book of the same name, "The Cloth" is a tale of intrigue, mystery and celestial influences surrounding the Catholic Church's darkly secret organization specifically formed to combat the alarming rise of demonic possessions across the country. The story follows a godless young man who is recruited in order to gird a new generation with the unique and necessary tools to eradicate the terrifying rise of evil. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment/VIVA Pictures).
The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Fifth Season BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1965-1966) Three-disc set with 31 episodes, $59.98. Extras: TV Academy tribute to Carl Reiner featuring Garry Shandling, network promo spots, commentaries with Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner, clips from TV Land awards featuring the cast, more. (Image Entertainment).
Do Not Disturb
(2013) Stephen Geoffreys, Tiffany Shepis, Ezra Buzzington, Corey Haim. Holed up in a seedy hotel, Hollywood screenwriter Don Malek is scripting a diabolical plan to seek revenge on the killers who brutally murdered his girlfriend. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Duch: Master of the Forges of Hell
(2012 -- France/Cambodia) From Rithy Panh, director of the notorious documentary "S21: the Khmer Rouge Killing Machine," comes this searing follow-up. Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the death of nearly 2 million people in Cambodia -- a quarter of the population. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, directed both the M13 and S21 centers where tens of thousands of people were tortured and executed. He is the first Khmer Rouge leader to be brought before an international criminal justice court; he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Panh films an incredible, horrifying in-depth interview with Duch, who candidly talks about his ascension in the Khmer Rouge party, and his involvement in the mass murder of his fellow Cambodians. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Duck Dynasty: Season 3
(2013) The Quack Pack is back. A national sensation -- about a close-knit backwoods clan that has made a fortune selling duck calls, turning their backyard business into a multimillion-dollar sporting empire. Season 3 premiered on A&E to a staggering 8.6 million viewers, an all-time record for the network -- which was quickly surpassed by the season finale, which amassed 9.6 million viewers. For Willie Robertson, the company's CEO, running a family operation can be tough when all your employees live one distraction at a time and find any excuse to leave the warehouse. Of course, these challenges and even the most ordinary affairs are met with a special Robertson twist of down-home practicality, wit and humor. They may be living the rags-to-riches American dream, but they always stay true to their rugged, modest, outdoor lifestyle and their deep Southern roots. Day-to-day life in the bayou may be mundane for some, but for the Robertsons, every day brings a new adventure. Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, webisodes, mash-ups, Amanda Ryan song recaps. (Lionsgate).
The Earrings of Madame De ... BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1953) The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, "The Earrings of Madame de ..." is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de (Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay a debt, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair. Ophuls's adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin's incisive fin de siecle novel employs the elegant and precise camera work for which the director is so justly renowned, to ravishing effect. Restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Commentary featuring film scholars Susan White and Gaylyn Studlar; introduction by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson; interviews with director Max Ophuls's collaborators Alan Jessua, Marc Frederix and Annette Wademant; visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher; archival interview with novelist Louise de Vilmorin on Ophuls's adaptation of her story; booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell, an excerpt from costume designer Georges Annenkov's 1962 book "Max Ophuls," and the 1951 source novel by Vilmorin, "Madame de." (The Criterion Collection).
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal
(2012) Thure Lindhardt, Georgina Reilly, Dylan Smith, Paul Braunstein, Alain Goulem, Stephen McHattie. Cult horror-comedy film festival favorite about a painter struggling for inspiration who finds an unexpected muse after he accepts a teaching position in a small town and becomes the caregiver to Eddie, a seemingly docile art student with a rare sleepwalking condition -- a form of somnambulism that transforms him from a docile, cereal-obsessed art student into a ravenous sleepwalking cannibal! Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, interview with director Boris Rodriguez, theatrical trailer. (Doppelganger Releasing).
(2011) Ian Bohen, Kristina Anapau, Samaire Armstrong, Steve Bacic. When a man mysteriously falls into a coma following a routine doctor's visit, he awakens in a hospital to find a strange man waiting at the foot of his bed. The eerie visitor presents him with a Faustian deal -- kill five people to reconcile his life's misdeeds and live, or decline the offer and die. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media).
(2012) Wesley Snipes, Kevin Howarth, Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix. A mysterious gunman (Snipes), the son of a nun who broke her covenant with God to ensure his survival, is cursed by his mother's act: All those who die by his gun will return -- and he soon finds himself hunted by a gang of his undead former victims. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Gallowwalkers" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Gunsmoke: The Ninth Season Volume One and Volume Two
(1963-64) James Arness stars as Marshall Matt Dillon in the longest-running Western (and, tied with "Law & Order," the longest-running TV drama of all time); he's in charge of Dodge City, a Wild West town full of lawbreakers and personal tragedies. In a place where some people often have no respect for the law, Dillon deals with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, standover tactics, killer ex-cons, desperate farmers, sneaky medicine men, aggressive prairie clans, and land fraud, and he faces each dangerous situation with sound judgment, fearless actions -- and occasional gunplay. Each volume contains five discs with 18 episodes. Formats: DVD, $44.99 each volume. (CBS/Paramount).
Ishtar BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Dir.: Elaine May; Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani, Charles Grodin, Jack Weston, Tess Harper, Carol Kane. This high-profile flop, panned by the critics as being one of the unfunniest comedies of all time, finally makes it to DVD -- in Blu-ray only -- thus giving film buffs another chance to evaluate it with some 25 years of filmic hindsight. Beatty and Hoffman star as down-and-out singer-songwriters who refuse to believe they are anything but undiscovered musical geniuses. With no job prospects on the horizon in New York, they travel to the Far East to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel, but end up amidst an international crossfire during a layover in the fictional Middle Eastern state of Ishtar between the country's government, the CIA, and left-wing revolutionary rebels. (Sony).
The King of the Streets
(2012 -- China) Yue Song, Li YuFei, Yang JianPing, Kang En, Becki Li. Produced, written, directed and starring Yue Song, an up-and-coming martial arts action star, this gritty tale of guilt, redemption and rebirth follows an angry young man with exceptional street fighting abilities -- recently released from prison and looking to straighten out his life -- who instead gets caught up again in violence as he must avenge the death of his parents at the hands of local gangsters. The action pits Yue Song against more than 10 of the world's top contenders in MMA, Jiu-jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Sanda, and Muay Thai boxing. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2010) Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, this award-winning documentary follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives a worrisome result. Thus, we begin two journeys: Sandra's private struggle with a possible cancer recurrence and her public quest to bring attention to the toxic chemicals in our environment, how they enter our bodies and, once inside, how they may contribute to cancer formation. Experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research talk about their own findings -- findings that illuminate the significant connection between a healthy environment and human health. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two commentaries, five mini docs:" Why Talk About Chemical Destruction?" "What Causes Cancer?" "Who Is Most Vulnerable?" "What Is the Precautionary Principle?" "What Can We Do?" (First Run features).
(2013) Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Michael Cera. Alicia (Temple) arrives in South America to vacation with her cousin, Sarah (Browning). But when Sarah is suddenly called away, Alicia is stuck on a remote island off Chile with three of Sarah's friends, including Barbara (Moreno) and Brink (Cera), an American exchange student with a sadistic streak. Bewildered, frightened, and unable to sleep, Alicia's reality becomes a nightmare from which there is no waking, replete with ancient indigenous rites, disturbing animal behavior, and captivating hypnotic trances.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making Magic Magic" featurette. (Sony).
Midsomer Murders Set 22
(2011) The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars Neil Dudgeon as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Jason Hughes as his earnest, efficient partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. North American debut. Four full-length mysteries. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $49.99; two-disc Blu-ray, $59.99. Extras: "Midsomer Murders in Conversation." (Acorn Media).
(2013) Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Joe Don Baker, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon. Read more about "Mud" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Jeff Nichols, "A Very Personal Tale: Writing and Directing Mud" featurette, "The Arkansas Ensemble: The Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud" featurette, "Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas" featurette, "The Snake Pit: The Slithering Co-stars of Mud" featurette. (Lionsgate).
My Amityville Horror
(2012) For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975 and spawned a book and movie franchise. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
My Little Pony Equestria Girls
(2013) New full-length feature by Hasbro Studios. When Twilight Sparkle's crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, she pursues the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into ... a teenage girl. To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight must learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High. Formats: DVD, $16.99; Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $24.97. Extras: "Through the Mirror of Equestria Girls," karaoke songs, "Pony-fy Yourself," printable movie poster. (Shout! Factory Kids).
(2013) Cody Longo, John Schneider, Shari Rigby, Cassie Scerbo. A spoiled, SoCal rich-kid partying in India is oblivious to the so-called "untouchables" until a chance encounter with a young girl sold by her impoverished family to find a "better life" draws him into the world of India's outcast Dalits. Fighting to find her, Caden finds himself and his faith re-energized. Faith-based film centers on the fight against international human trafficking. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "DELETES: The Plight of the Dalits" featurette, 'A Look Behind Not Today' featurette, 'Why Not Today -- The Story That Inspired the Movie" featurette, 'Not Today Coalition' featurette, "Not Today" partner videos. (Lionsgate).
(2013) Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell. Read more about "Oblivion" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski; deleted scenes; M83 isolated score (watch the entire film accompanied by the evocative music track); "Promise of a New World: The Making of Oblivion" multi-part featurette including "Destiny," which looks inside the conceptualization, development and pre-production; "Voyage," that follows the creation of the amazing Bubble Ship from its early design conception to its journey around the world (Blu-ray exclusive); "Combat" explores the film's action and death-defying stunts (Blu-ray exclusive); "Illusion" focuses on the film's post-production and dazzling visual effects; "Harmony" delves into the innovative musical world of M83. (Universal).
Oliver & Company BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Dom DeLuise, Natalie Gregory, Bette Midler. Formats: Two-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. (Disney).
On the Road
(2012) Dire.: Walter Salles; Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard, Tom Sturridge, Sam Riley, Alice Braga.
Read more about "On the Road" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
(2013 -- Austria/Germany/France) Margarete Tiesel. Teresa, a 50-year-old woman, travels to the beaches of Kenya as a sex tourist or "Sugar Mama." There she moves from one "Beach Boy" to the next, buying their love only to be disappointed and quickly learning that there, love is strictly a business. With his very unique brand of realism, socio-political critique and warped humor, director Ulrich Seidl deals with the market value of sexuality, older women and young men, the power of skin color, Europe and Africa, and the exploited, who have no choice but to exploit others. Seidl's film is the opener in the Paradise Trilogy about three women in one family who take separate vacations: one as a sex tourist ("Paradise: Love"), another as a Catholic missionary ("Paradise: Faith") and the third at a diet camp for teenagers ("Paradise: Hope"). Three films, three women, three stories of the longing to find happiness in contemporary society. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
The Place Beyond the Pines
(2013) Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Emory Cohen, Dane DeHaan, Gabe Fazio, Bruce Greenwood, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Harris Yulin. Read more about "The Place Beyond the Pines" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes and extended scenes, commentary with director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance. (Universal).
Political Animals: The Complete Series
(2012) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the miniseries that follows a high-profile former first family as they weather the dynamics of their political and personal lives with grit, intelligence, and honesty. Politicians are a breed of their own, striving to serve their country while their personal dramas play out under the media spotlight's glare. Golden Glober award winner Sigourney Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish Hammond, a former first lady and current Secretary of State, who struggles to keep her family together as she deflects probing questions from prize-winning journalist Susan Berg (Carla Gugino). While resolving international crises alongside manipulative colleagues and strategizing her own Oval Office bid, Elaine must also cope with her brilliant ex-husband's philandering exploits and her twin sons' struggles with drugs and guilt. Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Warner).
Quicksilver BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Rudy Ramos. A bicycle messenger uncovers a web of murder and intrigue when he falls for a fellow messenger who has become a pawn of an unscrupulous drug dealer. (Image Entertainment).
A Resurrection (aka The Sibling)
(2013) Mischa Barton, Devon Sawa, Jonathan Michael Trautman, Michael Clarke Duncan. A down-to-earth school psychologist tries to help a mentally ill student who actually believes his brother is coming back from the grave for revenge on the students who killed him. One of the last films starring Michael Clarke Duncan. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Archstone Distribution).
Robin Hood BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1973) Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Andy Devine, Monica Evans, Terry Thomas, Roger Miller. Formats: Two-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Copy. Extras: Deleted storyline "Love Letters" (new), alternate ending, "Oo-de-lally" Disney sing-along song, Disney song selection, Robin Hood storybook, Robin Hood art gallery, "Ye Olden Days" bonus short, "Sing Along with the Movie." (Disney).
Smash: Season Two
(2013) Four-disc set with 17 episodes of the series about an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe. In this season, Broadway-bound musical "Bombshell" has competition on its heels in the form of "Hit List," a rock musical written by two Broadway newcomers that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of "Bombshell's" team. As tension mounts on the road to Broadway, new romances are formed, loyalties are betrayed, and rivalries are reignited, all leading up to theater's biggest night -- The Tony Awards. Guest stars include Jennifer Hudson, Liza Minnelli, Sean Hayes and Bernadette Peters. Formats: DVD, $44.98. (Universal).
Smiley's People BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Anthony Bate, Bernard Hepton, Michael Lonsdale, Beryl Reid, Patrick Stewart, Bill Paterson. Alec Guinness reprises the role of British spymaster George Smiley in this gripping sequel to the television masterpiece of John le Carre's Cold War spy drama "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." Filmed on location in London, Paris, Hamburg and Bern. Two-disc set, $59.99. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, interview with John le Carre, production notes, John le Carre biography and booklist, an insert with a glossery of main characters and terms. (Acorn Media).
Strike Back: Cinemax Season 2
(2011) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray, $49.99. Extras: Commentaries. (HBO).
The Sword in the Stone BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1963) Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Rickie Sorensen, Junius Matthews, Martha Wentworth, Norman Alden, Alan Napier. Formats: Two-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Copy. Extras: New alternative opening, original classic DVD release bonus features including "Music and Magic: The Sherman Brothers," "Sing-along with the Movie," "All About Magic" (excerpt), "A Knight for a Day" and "Brave Little Tailor." (Disney).
The Thick of It: Season 1-4
(2005-12) Seven-disc set with 21 episodes of the British series series that chronicles the blunders of the fictitious Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, a government department barely registering on the national radar. In this Ministry, every announcement is followed by a whirlwind of u-turns, every policy is a scramble and every mishap is met with abuse from the Prime Minister's policy enforcer. Formats: DVD, $79.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
To the Wonder
(2013) Dir.: Terrence Malick; Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, Jessica Chastain.
Read more about "To the Wonder" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of To the Wonder," "The Actors' Experience," "The Ballet," "Local Flavor," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure
(2013) New, full-length animated adventure tells the story of how the popular cat and mouse duo team up with a young boy named Jack as they journey to Fairyland and confront a greedy giant named Ginormous. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three bonus Tom and Jerry episodes. (Warner).
Top Gear: The Complete Season 3
(2012-13) Four-disc set with 16 episodes. Adam, Tanner and Rutledge hit the road and criss-cross the nation behind the wheels of some of the most iconic vehicles on the planet. They compete over who had the best college car on an epic road trip through Mexico, tackle volcanoes and glaciers in America's toughest 4-wheel drives, reinvent the RV and Taxis, and build a car capable of handling the apocalypse. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Twilight Zone: The Complete Fourth Season
(1963) Five-disc set with 18 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
West of Memphis
(2012) Documentary tells the powerful story of the 18-year fight to free the "West Memphis 3," three teenagers (Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin) wrongfully convicted of the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Read more about "West of Memphis" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Damien's Past Re-Creations." Blu-ray adds commentary with director Amy Berg, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis (Echols' wife); Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet and Q&A; Toronto International Film Festival Press Conference. (Sony).
(2013 -- Italy-USA-Germany-Canada) Tara Cardinal, Mike Mitchell, Christian Boeving. A bacteriological weapon developed by the U.S. Government to create an army of super soldiers spreads an epidemic, turning the citizens of a quiet Eastern European town into mutated zombies. In order to conceal the outbreak, a plan is hatched to detonate an atomic bomb inside the local nuclear power plant and pretend that a terrible accident occurred. But when a team of mercenaries is put together to carry out the mission, they must first wage war against the horde of monsters in order to succeed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Making-of featurette, storyboard comparison, teaser and trailer. (Entertainment One).
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AllyCat the Ballet Cat
(2012) Acclaimed Russian Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva of the American Ballet Theatre brings her talent, artistry and enthusiasm to children in this all-new educational DVD aimed to get kids active through ballet. The program also features film producer/ballet dancer Allyson Tang, who plays AllyCat, who joins Vishneva in helping children learn ballet using humor, imagination and comprehensive ballet techniques. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Arzura/Ytinifni Pictures).
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Party
(2012) The third and final DVD installment -- with 12 episodes -- from Season 1 of the award-winning Cartoon Network show. In the titular episode, "The Party," the pressure is on as Gumball and his best friend, Darwin, set out to find dates to an upcoming high school party. Additional episodes: "The Debt," "The Painting," "The Kiss," "The Goons," "The Secret," "The Poltergeist," "The Date," "The Fight," "The Ghost," "The Prank" and "The Robot." Extras: Character gallery. Formats: DVD, $14.97. (Cartoon Network).
A Band Called Death
(2012) Rockumentary chronicling the rebirth and rise to cult stardom of early-'70s African-American "proto-punk" trio Death. Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in 1971 by three teenage brothers in Detroit, Michigan, the group is widely acknowledged as being one of the first punk bands. After years of struggling with canceled contracts, increasing debts, family tragedy, and a controversial name that barred them from future success, Death sold off their instruments and disbanded with their recordings lying dormant in an attic for decades. After years of silence, a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger, sparking unexpected demand from rabid internet fans and record collectors, ushering in a renowned appreciation and a swarm of national media attention that has now secured the group's place in the annals of rock history. A limited edition 45 RPM 7" vinyl reissue of "Politicians In My Eyes" and "Keep On Knocking, "originally pressed by Death in 1976 and featured in the film, will be available for purchase in custom double-gatefold packaging along with a DVD or Blu-ray version of the film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, Q&A Live at The Vermont International Film Festival, "Let The World Turn" music video, trailers, 20-page Booklet with liner notes by MC5's Wayne Kramer. (Drafthouse Films).
The Big Wedding
(2013) Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace. Read more about "The Big Wedding" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Coordinating The Big Wedding" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Bill Moyers: Faith & Reason Collection
Three PBS-broadcast documentaries: "On Faith & Reason," "The Wisdom of Faith With Huston Smith" and "Amazing Grace." Formats: Six-disc DVD, $99.99. Extras: "Pure Pete Seeger," a musical portrait of the folk singer; three 12-page viewer's guides with articles related to each program; biographies of Bill Moyers and program participants. (Athena).
The Captains Close Up With William Shatner
(2012) Five-part EPIX series that takes an intimate look at the actors who sat in "Star Trek's" captain's chair. Behind-the-scenes look at Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and
Scott Bakula. Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: Additional interviews with Shatner. (Entertainment One).
(2013) Matthew Modine, Maxim Roy, Spiro Malandrakis, Francis X. McCarthy, Kate Drummond.
The greatest breakthrough in global defense research becomes the greatest weapon known to man -- and the irreversible catalyst in bringing about Armageddon. After a government experiment to harness endless energy from the sun goes terribly wrong, it’s only a matter of hours before the Earth’s atmosphere will be ignited. Third entry in the ongoing ReelzChannel Doomsday Series.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Gaiam Vivendi).
The Company You Keep
(2013) Dir.: Robert Redford; Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho. Read more about "The Company You Keep" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes: The Movement": Cast and crew discuss the movement that inspired a group of young activists to form The Weather Underground; "Behind the Scenes: The Script, Preparation and The Cast" featurette; "On the Red Carpet" at the New York premiere; "The Company You Keep" press conference with Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci, Brit Marling and Jackie Evancho. (Sony).
Combat!: The Complete Fifth Season
(1966-67) Eight-disc set with 25 episodes of one of television's most popular series that offered a gritty, unflinching look at American soldiers battling in Europe during World War II, confronting imposing odds and demonstrating remarkable levels of ingenuity and courage. Vic Morrow and Rick Jason head a stellar cast in the critically drama, featuring an incomparable list of guest stars from Hollywood's Golden Age as well as top directorial talent. Formats: DVD, $39.98. Extras: Commentaries, photo gallery, oddities, bloopers, more. (Image Entertainment).
(1947 -- France) Set in the closing days of World War II, "The Damned" is a gritty mix of film noir and suspense about Nazis fleeing for South America in a submarine. This rediscovered masterpiece by director Rene Clement ("Forbidden Games," "Purple Noon") has been remastered and is available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD. The 1947 Cannes winner for Best Adventure and Crime Film, featuring stunning cinematography by Henri Alekan ("Roman Holiday," "Wings of Desire"), is part of the Cohen Film Collection's Classics of French Cinema series. It arrives in the centennial year of a director about whom film historian Ephraim Katz said, "His insistence on authenticity of detail nearly approaches an obsession." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by scholars Judith Mayne and John E. Davidson, 2010 documentary "Rene Clement or The Cinema of Sketches." In French with English subtitles. (Cohen Media Group).
(2003) Shane Brolly, John Patrick, Kaarina Aufranc. Seeking a cure for his wife's serious illness and working with secret military backing, a scientist heads deep into a forbidden jungle in Guatemala, trapping thousands of killer wasps in the belief that the venom from the wasp's stingers can be of great medicinal benefit. But when the scientists try to illegally smuggle the wasps into the U.S., their truck crashes and the wasps are set free to wreak havoc. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Doctor Who: The Green Death (Special Edition)
(1973) When a man is found dead with his skin glowing green in an abandoned mine, it's not long before the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee), Jo Grant and UNIT head to Wales to investigate.
Formats: Two-disc DVD. Extras: Commentary; "Global Conspiracy?," a spoof investigative report looks at the strange happenings in the village of Llanfairfach; "The One With the Maggots" making-of featurette; interviews; T"he Sarah Jane Adventures – Death of the Doctor, Parts 1 and 2" with commentary with actress Katy Manning and series creator Russell T Davies. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1970) As punishment for breaking the laws of time, the Time Lords have forced the Doctor to change his appearance, taken away his ability to time travel, and exiled him to Earth. But newly regenerated Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) isn't the only alien to have arrived, as a swarm of meteorites have crashed into the sleepy English countryside, bringing with them a terrible new threat to mankind: the Nestene consciousness, a disembodied alien intelligence with an affinity for plastic. Restored from original film elements. Extras: "A Dandy and a Clown," an exclusive profile of Jon Pertwee; "Carry On: The Life of Caroline John," a tribute to the actress who played companion Liz Shaw; title sequence material; restoration comparison featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2010) Adam Butcher, Shane Kippel, Mateo Morales. Follows three juveniles and their troubles and travails as they move through the criminal justice system, including a 15-year-old arrested for assault and auto theft, a 16-year-old arrested for narcotics, and a 17-year-old arrested for assault on a correctional officer. Formats: DVD. (Tribeca Film).
Drive-In Collection: The Sexualist/Wendy's Palace
(1973/1971) "The Sexualist" (1973): A tongue-in-cheek examination of sex films as a beautiful starlet learns the ins and outs of show business. Features Tina Russell and Jennifer Welles. "Wendy's Palace" (1971): A sordid tale of a small town girl who comes to the big city seeking fame and fortune only to be lured into the world's oldest profession, and loving it. Formats: DVD. Extras: Theatrical trailers, outtakes from "The Sexualist." (Vinegar Syndrome).
(2013) Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune, Aaron Jackson, Kaori Momoi. Read more about "Emperor" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Revenge or Justice -- The Making of Emperor" featurette, commentary with director Peter Webber and producer Yoko Narahashi, behind-the-Scenes photo gallery, historical photo gallery, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Enlightened: The Complete Second Season
(2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes of the HBO comedy series that centers on Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), a well-intentioned employee of a Southern California corporation who, after flipping out and going to anger-management rehab, emerges with a singular, if at times hilariously misguided, mission to make her company more responsible. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Digital. Extras: "Inside the Episodes" summaries, three audio commentaries with cast and crew. (HBO).
Errors of the Human Body
(2012 -- Germany/USA) Michael Eklund, Karoline Herfurth, Tomas Lemarquis, Rik Mayall. A scientist's work on a human regenerative gene spirals out of control when he uncovers a conspiracy among his colleagues: he's been duped into developing a terrifying new virus, with potentially devastating consequences for humanity. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
(2010 -- France) Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jacky Nercessian, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Luc Besson produced and directed this film that transports audiences to a world of action fantasy and visual wonder in the early part of the 20th century with French comics heroine Adele Blanc-Sec, a popular writer-adventurer who has to deal with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters (including a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg that hatches in a museum in Paris and terrorizes the city) ... and other distractions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes, music featurette. (Shout! Factory).
Family Ties: The Seventh and Final Season
(1988-89) Four-disc set with 24 episodes of the conclusion to one of America's most popular TV series, $46.99. In this season, the Keatons' world is turned upside down when Steven (Michael Gross) has a heart attack, Elyse's (Meredith Baxter Birney) strength keeps the family rock-solid, Jennifer (Tina Yothers) learns to drive and works to save the environment, Mallory (Justine Bateman) gets her big break in the world of fashion, and Alex (Michael J. Fox) moves to NYC to pursue a career on Wall Street. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
From This Day Forward
(2012) Essence Atkins, Leon, Vanessa Simmons, Antwon Tanner. Family film about two sexy, confident women with great relationships who have it all wrong when it comes to love. Before they drive their men crazy, they've got some tough lessons to learn about trust and fidelity. Originally aired on the Gospel Music Channel. Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).
Girls: The Complete Second Season
(2013) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.99; Digital. Extras: "Guys on Girls," "Inside the Episodes," Episode 5 table read, commentary with cast and crew. Blu-ray adds Deleted and extended scenes; gag reel; "The Making of Girls"; Charlie Rose interview with Lena Dunham; "The New Yorker Festival 2012": Emily Nussbaum interviews Lena Dunham; Judy Collins "Songs for Judith (Open the Door)" and "Someday Soon" extended scenes; The Swell Season (with special guest Daniel Johnston): "Life in Vain" - Austin City Limits, 2008 - a musical performance of the song "Life in Vain" performed by The Swell Season and special guest Daniel Johnston. (HBO).
Good Luck Miss Wyckoff
(1978) Anne Heywood, Donald Pleasence, Robert Vaughn, John Lafayette, Dorothy Malone, Ronee Blakley, Carolyn Jones. Set in the small town of Freedom, Kansas in 1954, Evelyn Wyckoff (Heywood) is a virginal high-school teacher who learns that she has started early menopause. Feeling hopeless and isolated, she is advised by her doctor (Vaughn) and psychiatrist (Pleasance) to find a lover, which results in a series of brutal and horrifying events. Based on a novel by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright William Inge ("Picnic," "Splendor in the Grass"), this is a haunting story of ill-fated lust and sexual repression set against a backdrop of American racism. Presented uncut for the first time. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with CD soundtrack. Extras: Theatrical trailers, television spots, re-release version: "The Sin," "Thoughts on William Inge With Actress Shirley Knight, still gallery. (Vinegar Syndrome).
(2012 -- China) Xiaoming Huang, Ethan Juan, Zhang Wen, Shawn Yue, Yuchun Li, Boran Jing. An elite crime-fighting unit in the court of the Chinese emperor relies on flying swords to defeat their enemies during the Manchurian-ruled Qing Dynasty. The secret brotherhood of assassins -- the Guillotines -- once favored by the Emperor, are now a force of terror and oppression under a new regime. Exiled to a remote village and hunted by a squad of fighters with firearms that challenge their cold steel, the Guillotines must now outwit and outfight enemies from both sides. Directed by Andrew Lau ("Infernal Affairs"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of The Guillotines" featurette, interviews with cast and crew. (Well Go USA ).
(2012) Conclusion of the saga begun in the 2006 thriller. Vengeful Marybeth continues seeking out a way to destroy Victor Crowley, a hulking, seemingly-invincible sociopath rampaging through a sleepy Louisiana swamp. While a heavily-armed team of mercenaries takes to the bayou surrounding Crowley's home, Marybeth finds herself begrudgingly teaming up with a local policeman and his ex-wife -- an expert on the maniac who may have uncovered the secret to ending his murderous rampage once and for all. In R-rated and unrated versions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew commentaries, "Hatchet III: Behind the Scenes" featurette, "Raising Kane" featurette, "Swamp Fun" featurette. (Dark Sky Films).
The Hot Flashes
(2013) Dir.: Susan Seidelman; Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Camryn Manheim, Eric Roberts. An unlikely group of middle-aged women -- The Hot Flashes -- challenge the high school girls' state basketball champs to raise money for a mobile breast cancer screening truck. Sparks fly as the women go to comic extremes to prove themselves on and off the court, gaining a new lease on life. Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).
The Hot Spot/Killing Me Softly Double Feature BLU-RAY DEBUT
Two sexy thrillers: "The Hot Spot" (1990), directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly, Charles Martin Smith, William Sadler, Barry Corbin, Jack Nance; and "Killing Me Softly" (2002) starring Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes, Natascha McElhone and Ulrich Thomsen. (Shout! Factory).
The House of Seven Corpses
(1973) John Ireland, Faith Domergue, John Carradine. A film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor with a grisly history of family bloodshed awakens the undead to make the fictional movie all too real. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Archive interview with Carradine, commentary with associate producer Gary Kent. (Severin Films).
The Mindy Project: Season One
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
The Muppet Movie: Special Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1979) Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt. Extras: Disney Intermission, never-before-seen content. (Disney).
The Odd Angry Shot
(1979 -- Australia) Bryan Brown, John Hargreaves, Graham Kennedy, Graeme Blundell. In a tour of duty in Vietnam, a company of professional soldiers from Australia's toughest Army unit believe they can deal with any situation. They pass the time playing practical jokes, getting into drunken brawls and humoring themselves to keep their minds off the war. But when the first "odd angry shot" rings out, and an enemy mortar barrage hits their camp causing many casualties, the men realize their protective shield of humor is no defense at all against the harsh realities of armed combat.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring producer-director Tom Jeffrey,producer Sue Milliken, and actor Graeme Blundell; "Stunts Down Under" with Buddy Joe Hooker featurette; original theatrical trailer. (Synapse Films).
The Office: Season Nine
(2012-13) The final season, with 23 episodes of the incredibly popular series. Formats: Five-disc DVD, $49.98; four-disc Blu-ray, $59.98. (Universal).
Olympus Has Fallen
(2013) Dir.: Antoine Fuqua; Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd, Rick Yune, Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser. Read more about "Olympus Has Fallen" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: Five featurettes: "Under Siege: The Making of Olympus Has Fallen," "The Epic Ensemble," "Creating the Action: Visual FX & Design," "Deconstructing the Black Hawk Sequence" and "Ground Combat: Fighting the Terrorists"; bloopers (Sony).
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes. Formats: DVD, $45.99; Blu-ray Disc, $79.99. Extras: "A Fractured Family Tree" magical genealogy featurette about the series' fairytale family; "Sincerely, Hook" featurette; "Girl Power" featurette; "The Fairest Bloopers of Them All" featurette; deleted scenes; commentaries. (Disney).
Perry Mason: The Ninth and Final Season, Vol. 2
(1966) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $46.99. Raymond Burr starred as the iconic Perry Mason, an attorney who specialized in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) and investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper), he dug deeply into a case, uncovering startling facts and evidence. And, relying on his outstanding courtroom skills, he often tricked or trapped people into unwittingly admitting their guilt. In this final season, one of the most surprising murders in the show's history is revealed. Formats: DVD. Extras: Includes a special introduction by Barbara Hale to "The Case of the Twice-Told Twist," the only episode shot in color. (CBS/Paramount).
(2012 -- Italy) Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone. From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone ("Gomorrah") comes this darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show "Big Brother" leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano's own reality begins to spiral out of control. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, interview with Garrone, "Dreams Are My reality" featurette, "Inside Reality" effects and production featurette. (Oscilloscope Pictures).
(2012) Felicia Day, Andrew Bowen, Gerry Bednob, Jason Mewes. Comedy about a group of dysfunctional government employees responsible for shooting down asteroids that are headed for Earth -- yet spend most of the evening fighting off boredom, themselves, and a meddling government bureaucrat hell-bent on shutting them down. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Seconds BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD
(1966) Rock Hudson is a revelation in this sinister, science-fiction-inflected dispatch from the fractured 1960s. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence who elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. Starting over in America, however, is not as easy as it sounds. This paranoiac symphony of canted camera angles (courtesy of famed cinematographer James Wong Howe), fragmented editing, and layered sound design is a remarkably risk-taking Hollywood film that ranks high on the list of its legendary director's major achievements. New 4K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary featuring director John Frankenheimer; Alec Baldwin on Frankenheimer and "Seconds"; new program on the making of "Seconds," featuring interviews with Evans Frankenheimer, the director's widow, and actor Salome Jens; interview with Frankenheimer from 1971; new visual essay by film scholars R. Barton Palmer and Murray Pomerance; an essay by critic David Sterritt. (The Criterion Collection).
Shane BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1953) Dir.: George Stevens; Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Elisha Cook Jr. (Warner).
Southland: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
(2013) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Southland: Shooting in Progress" featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2011) Juliet Aubrey, Richard Burgi. A "super volcano" lying dormant for thousands of years under Yellowstone National Park, is threatening to erupt and wipe out much of North America. As lava explodes through the park, Yellowstone's top scientist and a fearless park ranger work frantically together on a plan to save not only the park, but the entire world.
Formats: DVD. (Arc Entertainment).
(2012) David Sutcliffe, Erica Cerra, Brett Dier, Leah Cairns, Luisa D'Oliveira, Mitch Pileggi. When Jupiter's red spot suddenly disappears, it triggers furious electrical storms and savage mega-cyclones that destroy America's major cities -- and only a small-town detention-bound teen with an extraordinary science project has the answer that could halt Earth's annihilation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2013) J.K. Simmons, Tim Allen, Mike O'Malley, Kevin Pollak, Basil Hoffman, Randy Couture. A Hollywood actor J takes up residence at The Coconuts convalescent home to research what it's like to be old for an upcoming movie role. But when he meets the other residents, he quickly discovers that his perceptions of the elderly may be far different from reality. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Time Team: The Team's Favorite Digs
Best of the British pop-science show that provides a fast-paced, fun introduction to archaeology. For these eight episodes, the team members have selected their favorite digs, ranging from Iron Age, Roman, and Saxon Britain to a World War II crash site in France and a sugar plantation in the Caribbean. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $59.99. Extras: Time Team's first episode and two follow-up episodes; 16-page viewer's guide; glossary of terms; biographies of the Time Team. (Athena).
Trial & Retribution: Complete Collection
(1997-2009) All 22 feature-length mysteries of the gritty British drama that follows each case from the scene of the crime to the courtroom verdict. From the creator of "Prime Suspect," Lynda La Plante. Formats: 18-disc DVD, $149.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary with cast and crew interviews; interviews with Lynda La Plante, David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit, and Colin Salmon; Set 6 behind-the-scenes footage; description of the Criminal Investigation Department; photo galleries; biography of Lynda La Plante; glossary of terms. (Acorn Media).
A Werewolf Boy
(2012 -- South Korea) Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young. A young woman tames a feral and mute orphan "wolf boy" with unintended consequences. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making-of" featurette, "The Language of Cheol-su," "Beautiful Wolf" featurette, deleted scenes, poster shoot. (CJ Entertainment).
What Maisie Knew
(2013) A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Millennium Films).
(2011) Jade Dornfeld, Tamara Feldman, James Duval, Eddie Rouse, Larry Cedar. After accidentally knocking her best friend off a roof, Alyce is haunted by guilt and delves into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart along with anyone else who gets in her way. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews, trailer. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
(2012 -- France) Dir.: Michael Haneke; Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. Read more about "Amour" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of Amour," Q & A with director Michael Haneke. (Sony).
Being Human: Season 5
(2013) Two-disc set with six episodes. Formats: DVD $34.98; Blu-ray $39.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Best of American Pickers: Mike and Frank's Picks
(2012) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $14.98. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory. This collection highlights some of their finest excursions and best picks. From the holy grail of motorbikes (the XAVW) to military artifacts, and from rare toys to huge elephant heads, Mike and Frank never know what they'll come across or who they'll meet along the way. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Best of Pawn Stars: The Greatest Stories Ever Sold
(2009-2012) Two-disc set with eight episodes, handpicked by the stars, $14.98. Ccontains the best episodes from the hit series. See Chumlee dress up like an elf, lasso a mechanical horse, and mash grapes with his feet to make wine (not at the same time). Catch Rick in complete hysterics when Corey wears a classic Christmas sweater knit by his grandma. And watch the old man purchase an amazing book from Isaac Newton's library -- with Newton's own handwritten notes in the margins. It makes Rick bounce off the walls with excitement. In another priceless episode, a man unable to sell his Pez dispensers lets everyone know, in no uncertain terms, that he's totally pezzed off. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Best of Storage Wars: Life in the Locker
(2011-13) Two-disc set with 13 episodes that revisits the highs and lows of the modern-day treasure hunters -- Barry, Jarrod, Brandi, Darrell, Brandon, Dan and Laura -- in their bidding wars for the ultimate jackpot in storage locker auctions. Each buyer has chosen their favorite and least favorite episodes. In "Portrait of the Gambler," Darrell's favorite episode, Barry bids blindfolded on his mother's advice and makes a sweet score -- candy-making equipment. In Dan's favorite episode, "The Drone Wars," Barry tries to use a mini helicopter mounted with a video camera to get a unique look inside a unit which disqualifies him from the bidding -- and a big payout. In Jarrod's favorite, he and Brandi walk away with real pirate booty, while Dave lands a rare snuff box and looks headed for a big score -- until he drops it on the way to getting it appraised. And in Darrell's least favorite episode, Barry discovers a unique $7,000 toy car while Dave goes all out for a unit that hasn't been opened in 20 years. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
The Big City
(1963) "The Big City (Mahanagar)," set in mid-1950s Calcutta and directed by the great Satyajit Ray ("The Music Room"), follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray gradually builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the contemporary Indian woman. New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with actor Madhabi Mukherjee; "Satyajit Ray and the Modern Woman," a new interview program featuring Ray historian Suranjan Ganguly; "The Coward" (1965), a feature film directed by Ray that also addresses modern female identity and stars Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee; booklet featuring an essay by scholar Chandak Sengoopta and an interview with Ray from the 1980s by his biographer Andrew Robinson. (The Criterion Collection).
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season
(2012) Five-disc set with 12 episodes of the immensely popular HBO series. In this season, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) has become Atlantic City's undisputed czar during Prohibition and is facing the challenge of mending old relationships. While his marriage lies in shambles, he faces new competition from Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale), a hair-trigger gangster determined to siphon off his alcohol business. The conflict brings out the best and worst in Nucky, who proves his brutal mettle in a series of violent encounters, as new and familiar faces also undergo compelling metamorphoses. Formats: DVD, $59.99; Blu-ray Disc, $79.98; Digital. Extras: "Distilling Season 2"; "New Characters"; "Boardwalk Empire -- Director's Chair"; "Scorsese on Season 3": Award-winning director and executive producer Martin Scorsese provides a unique and detailed perspective on the third season; six audio commentaries with cast and crew. Blu-ray adds "American Empires": Interactive compendium on Prohibition, the gangsters, their influence, and their systems of distribution; "Boardwalk Chronicle": Interactive feature to track the major players and locations within each episode; "Newsreels" explores some of the real-world events and historical figures that inspired Season Three with 24 exclusive featurettes. (HBO).
(1964) This film about a woman's artistic and romantic yearning by Satyajit Ray ("The Music Room") is set in late 19th-century, pre-independence India. It takes place in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely, stifled wife, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee), whose exquisitely composed features mask a burning creativity. When her husband's poet cousin comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both inspired by him to pursue her own writing and dangerously drawn to him physically. Based on a novella by Rabindranath Tagore, "Charulata" is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice. New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview program with actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee; "Adapting Tagore," a new interview program featuring Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali literature historian Supriya Chaudhuri; archival audio interview with director Satyajit Ray by film historian Gideon Bachmann; booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson. (The Criterion Collection).
Chuggington: Chug Patrol -- Ready to Rescue
(2012) Six new episodes for the pre-school train crowd. In the title episode, a special slated to premiere on Disney Junior and Disney Channel this fall, Wilson takes on new challenges and makes daring rescues as the newest member of Chuggington's emergency rescue squad. Other episodes include "Skylar's Squad," "Brewster's Crane Training," "Wobbly Wheels," "Wilson's Paper Trail" and "Koko's Guard." Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Two bonus episodes, coloring and activity sheets. (Anchor Bay).
The Dragon Pearl
(2011) Sam Neill, Louis Cobett, Li Lin Jin, Wang Ji. When two kids join their parents on a "boring" archaeological dig in China, they discover a mournful dragon trapped deep inside a mystical temple; the pair must battle evil forces (and some very skeptical parents) to help the dragon regain its life force: a sacred, magical pearl. Formats: DVD. (Ketchup Entertainment).
(2013) Voices of Amanda Seyfried, Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Allison Bills, Jim Conroy, Todd Cummings, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Pitbull and Beyonce.
Read more about "Epic" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Mub & Grub Intro" tour through the special features; "Rot Rocks"; "Bugs of Camouflage"; "Epic Coloring & Storybook Builder App" with exclusive pages on your iOS or Android devices that allows you to become the story teller by recording your own voice and sharing with family and friends; theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "Birds, Bugs and Slugs: Forest Explorer"; "The Epic Life at Two Inches Tall"; "Mysteries of Moonhaven Revealed" with the filmmakers, artists, and animators at Blue Sky films. (Fox).
(2013) Stephen Moyer, Radha Mitchell, Torrey DeVitto, Caitlin Stasey, Dale Dickey. A detective hunts down a killer using video footage shot by the victims of a massacre at an abandoned gas station. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
(2012 -- Hong Kong) Aaron Kwok, Charlie Yeung, Nina Paw, Josie Ho, Annie Liu. Based on the true story of a Hong Kong businessman who learns about his mysterious roots, this sweeping social-historical drama is set against the backdrop of the British-colonized harbor that is still known today as "the Floating Village." In the early 1990s, Bo Wah Chuen (Aaron Kwok) attracted great attention as a business executive in the Imperial East India Company of Hong Kong, his prominence overshadowing even that of his British superiors. His rise to prominence had as much to do with the British imminent return of Hong Kong to China, as it had to do with his considerable ability. And, to the astonishment of many, Bo Wah Chuen looked nothing like a Chinese -- or his six siblings. As a child, when he desperately asked his parents about the origin of his peculiar features, all he could get out of them was a good beating. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
(2012) A gripping historic account of the tumultuous events that befell African-American activist, writer and scholar Angela Davis and her cohorts in the turbulent 1960s. Told for the first time by Davis and others who lived through the events firsthand, this fascinating true story of justice, strength and political freedom provides a candid and powerful account of how the woman with the signature Afro hairstyle became an iconic symbol of the political and social movement. Executive Produced By Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
The Good Wife: The Fourth Season
(2012-13) Six-disc set with 22 episodes of the series that follows Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), a wife and mother who reclaims control of her personal and professional lives as an attorney after her husband is involved in a very public sex and political scandal. Formats: DVD, $64.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, four featurettes: "Seat of Power: Directing The Good Wife," "Standards & Practices: Sex and The Good Wife," "Style Evolution: The Fashion of The Good Wife," and "The Ties That Bind." (CBS/Paramount).
(2013) Billy Burke, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes, Danny Glover, Deborah Ann Woll, Bo Derek. Comedy about a closeknit high school faculty who put their faith in a record lotto pool in one last bid to save their school after hearing budget cuts have eliminated all their jobs. Formats: DVD. (Tribeca Film).
Hitting the Cycle
(2012) J. Richey Nash, Courtney Henggelar, Bruce Dern. Battling back from a debilitating knee injury and struggling with his own inner demons, a professional baseball player nearing the end of his career reluctantly revisits his long-forgotten hometown to finally face his estranged, dying father. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
The Life of Muhammad
(2013) Three-part program, presented by acclaimed journalist and author Rageh Omaar, charts the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world forever. Taking a journey that is both historical and relevant today, Omaar documents Muhammad's life from his humble beginnings in Mecca, to his struggles with accepting his prophetic role, his flight to Medina, the founding of the first Islamic constitution and his subsequent military and political successes and failures -- and to his death and his legacy. Filmed on location in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Turkey, Syria, the U.S., the United Kingdom and Jordan. Formats: DVD, $24.99; Blu-ray, $29.99. (PBS Distribution).
Mike & Molly: The Complete Third Season
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel (Warner).
NCIS: The Tenth Season
(2012-13) Six-disc set with 24 episodes of the No. 1 scripted TV series, about the men and women of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service; the show throws in a good dose of humor with its crime-solving agenda as it focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team of special agents forced to work together in high-stress situations: From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines. Formats: DVD, $64.99. Extras: Commentaries; deleted scenes; eight featurettes: "A Death in the Family," "Mr. Carroll Goes to Washington," "10 Items or Less: 10 Random Looks at NCIS," "X Marks the Spot: A Look at Season X." "You Wear It Well," "Dinozzo's Digs" and "Ten Years Aft"; Webisodes: "Inside NCIS." (CBS/Paramount).
NCIS: Los Angeles: The Fourth Season
(2012-13) Six-disc set about the high stakes world of the Office of Special Projects, a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation's security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets. Formats: DVD, $69.99. Extras: Four featurettes: "Un4gettable: Season Four of NCIS: Los Angeles," "Chris at the Helm," "Sound Off" and " Some Assembly Required." (CBS/Paramount).
No Place on Earth
(2012) October 1942: Esther Stermer, along with some family members and a group of other families, seek asylum underground to evade being caught by pursuing Nazis. They remain hidden below for nearly a year and a half -- the longest recorded uninterrupted underground survival occurrence. Their harrowing story is unearthed by accident when cave explorer Chris Nicola stumbles upon remnants left behind by the cave dwellers. Through extensive research and determination, Nicola locates a few of the survivors and has them share their incredible story of strength and perseverance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Nine featurettes, photo galleries, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Parenthood: Season 4
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 15 episodes, $69.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Post Tenebras Lux
(2013 -- Mexico-France-Germany-The Netherlands) Adolfo Jinenez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo, Willebaldo Torres, Rut Reygadas. Cannes Film Festival prize winning film follows an upscale Mexican family whose move to the countryside in search of an ideal life results in domestic crisis and class friction. Stunningly photographed, the film is an enthralling and enigmatic exploration of the primal conflicts of the human condition.
Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
(2013) Craig Robinson, Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, Ana Gasteyer. When the apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured to heaven, Lindsey (Kendrick) and her boyfriend Ben (Daley) are left behind in suburban Seattle. Amidst talking locusts, blood rain showers and pot-smoking wraiths, the young couple attempts to live a normal, everyday life. When the Anti-Christ (Robinson) settles down in their neighborhood things quickly take a turn for the worse, especially after Lindsey finds herself the object of Satan's affection. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "It's Good to Be the Beast" featurette, commentary with Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Lionsgate).
Scary MoVie V
(2013) Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, Katt Williams, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Simon Rex, Jerry O'Connell, Sarah Hyland, Katrina Bowden, Tyler Posey, Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, Mac Miller, Mike Tyson. Read more about "Scary MoVie V" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, DVD/Blu-ray Disc combo (unrated). Extras: Extended, deleted scenes. (Dimension Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright
(2013) New animated feature-length movie has Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang trying to raise the curtain on a ghostly mystery that's haunting a creepy opera house, which happens to be the home of a popular, hit TV talent show. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Bonus episodes "Don't Fool with a Phantom" and "Never Ape an Ape Man." (Warner).
(2012) Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson. Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Shadow Dancer," cast and crew interviews, AXS TV: "A Look at Shadow Dancer." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Simon Rumley Trilogy
Youth culture trilogy of films from one of the UK's leading independent filmmakers, Simon Rumley, celebrates clubbing, Britpop and growing up in the bustling center of 1990s London. "Strong Language" (2000): Sixteen young people talk about everything from ecstasy to one-night stands as a narrator relates a night of terror that changes his life forever. "The Truth Game" (2001): A group of twentysomething friends gather for a dinner party. But what should be a pleasant evening turns into a night where self-perception, trust and integrity are all challenged to the extreme. "Club Le Monde" (2002): It's Saturday night and a horde of clubbers turn up to a smoky, dingy, messy, drug-fuelled underground club. Drinking, dancing, drugging and talking bullshit. What else is there? Formats: DVD, $16.95 each. Extras: Each film includes a premiere featurette, a photo gallery and director's commentary. "Club le monde adds deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer. (Jinga Films).
Spooks, Hoods & JFK: The Shocking Truth
(2008) First in an anticipated spate of documentaries commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. CIA contract agent and underworld figure the late Chauncey Holt recounts his participation in deep cover black operations run by the intelligence community during the height of the Cold War. Holt carefully connects how these "black ops" were turned against JFK, leading up to his assassination in 1963. Two other documentaries from Bruder Releasing, already released, are being reissued: "I Shot JFK: The Shocking Truth" and "Confessions From the Grassy Knoll: The Shocking Truth," both of which show the meticulous research by private investigator Joe West, who, tipped off by FBI agent Zack Shelton, found a convict named James E. Files, who confessed to being the shooter on the infamous grassy knoll on November 22, 1963 and who implicated organized crime members Charles Nicoletti, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana in JFK's death. Formats: DVD, $14.95 each. (MVD Entertainment).
(2013) Donald Faison, Jon Dore, Eva Amurri Martino. The orchestrater of hazing pranks at his friend's stag parties gets his payback when its time for his stag party. Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).
Star Trek: Enterprise — The Complete Second Season BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002-2003) Six-disc set with all 26 episodes of the series that tracks the adventures of the pioneers of space travel who ventured into the universe in the 22nd century, 100 years before the events of "Star Trek: The Original Series." $120.99. Extras: Newly produced cast reunion feature, "In Conversation: The First Crew"; "Uncharted Territory," a three-part retrospective providing an inside look at the challenges faced by the writing staff and creators during the creative development of the second season; newly produced commentaries by cast and crew; deleted scenes; outtakes; archival mission logs; archival interviews; photo galleries; promos. (CBS/Paramount).
Starzinger: The Movie Collection
(1978 -- Japan) Known as the "Spaceketeers" in the U.S., "Starzinger" is the anime saga dealing with the impending death of the Great Planet, caused by the frailty of its elderly Queen. To prevent this calamity, Princess Aurora of the Moon volunteers to become the new Queen, and sets out on a dangerous journey -- along with her friends and escorts, the powerful cyborgs Kugo, Djorgo, and Haka -- to the Great King planet to restore the Galaxy's Energy. Formats: DVD, $19.93. (Shout! Factory).
(2011) Kevin Zegers, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Adelaide Clemens, Kristin Kreuk, Rachael Leigh Cook. A dedicated teacher, living a normal life, has a dark secret -- he's a vampire, compelled to drink human blood in order to survive. Using online chat rooms as his hunting grounds, he searches for suicidal young women who will satisfy his hunger and ensure his survival.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2012 -- Sweden) Patrik Almkvist, Lisa Henni, Patrick Saxe. Swedish tribute to Sam Raimi's horror classic "Evil Dead" is a bloody, scary tale of demonic possession. A group of naive young people come to find that their carefree weekend in an isolated country house goes off the hinges when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Illustrated eight page booklet, deleted scene, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Artsploitation Films).
X-ray/Schizoid Double Feature"X-ray" (a.k.a Hospital Massacre) (1982): Susan Jeremy (Barbi Benton) goes to a local hospital for a "routine examination," but someone doesn't want her to check out…unless it's in a body bag. "Schizoid" (1980): A newspaper advice columnist (Marianna Hill) starts receiving threats from a mysterious person; at the same time, the female members of her psychiatrist's (Klaus Kinski) therapy group are being murdered one by one by a maniac wielding a large pair of scissors. Formats:Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Schizoid": interview with actress Donna Wilkes, theatrical trailer. "X-ray": Interview with director Boaz Davidson. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
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(2012) Directed by veteran scream queen Danielle Harris (the "Halloween" franchise). Danielle Harris, Christopher Backus, Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen. A group of friends get together for an '80s-themed murder mystery party, but things take a dark turn when someone from their past out for blood hijacks the evening. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: commentary with director Danielle Harris and actors Jennifer Blanc and AJ Bowen. (Lionsgate).
At Any Price
(2013) Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Maika Monroe.
Read more about "At Any Price" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Ramin Bahrani and Dennis Quaid, Toronto International Film Festival Q&A, four rehearsal footage scenes. (Sony).
Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess
(2013) Mariposa becomes the royal Ambassador of Flutterfield and is sent to bring peace between her fairy land and their rivals, the Crystal Fairies of Shimmervale. Formats: DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray Disc, $26.98. (Universal).
Billy the Kid
(2013) Cody McCarver, Jerry Chesser, Christopher Bowman, Billy Joe Royal, Jason Harbour. When a bounty hunter kills an outlaw gang member, the gang retaliates, killing the soon-to-be-famous Billy the Kid's mother, and the Kid and the bounty hunter team up to avenge her death.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary, "I Just Might Live Forever" music video by Cody McCarver, outtakes. (Lionsgate).
Call Me Fitz: The Complete Third Season
(2012) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the DirecTV series, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Inside Call Me Fitz," "Meet Melody Gray," sizzle reel, Season 3 featurette, "The World of Fitz." (Entertainment One).
(2013) Miles Elliot, Michael Mattera. A deeply troubled boy and an apathetic investment advisor get paired together at a summer camp for foster kids and discover the meaning of unconditional love.
Formats: DVD. (Word Films).
Children Make Terrible Pets ... And More Stories About Family
(2013) In the title animated tale based on Peter Brown's children's book, Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming young boy in the forest and brings him home. Her mother, however, has other ideas and cautions her that, "children make terrible pets." Other stories include "All the World" (by Liz Garton Scanlon, narrated by Joanne Woodward), "Crow Call" (by Lois Lowry, narrated by Julia Fein) and "Elizabeti's Doll" (by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, narrated by Lynn Whitfield). Formats: DVD, $14.95. Extras: Read-along function; author interviews with Peter Brown and Lois Lowry and illustrator Marla Frazee. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
A Company Man
(2012 -- South Korea) So Ji-sub, Lee Mi-yeon, Gwak Do-won, Kim Dong-jun, Lee Gyeong-yeong, Jeon Guk-hw. Hyeong-do wears a suit and tie like any other rank-and-file white collar worker ... except his profession is murder. Seemingly a section chief in the sales division of a metal fabrication company that is actually a front for an organization of hit men, Hyeong-do is regarded as one of the best contract killers in the business ... until he falls in love with a married woman, quits his job, and is targeted and hunted down by his former employers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Making of A Company Man" featurette, trailer. (Well Go USA).
Damian Lewis Double Feature
(2012) Early feature performances by the star of "Band of Brothers" and "Homeland": "Friends and Crocodiles," about the shifting power balance between a boss and his secretary as their careers rise and fall through the changing corporate landscape of 80s and 90s Britain; and "Much Ado About Nothing," a modern-day take on the Shakespeare classic set in a London television news studio.
Formats: DVD. (BBC Worldwide America).
Dark Angel BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley. To the Alien that has arrived on earth, humans represent ideal drug factories because of our endorphins. To detective Jack Caine (Lundgren), the Alien represents mankind's worst threat and it's up to him and his straight-arrow FBI partner (Benben) and girlfriend, the city coroner (Brantley), to send the alien home in pieces before the Earth's population is destroyed. Extras: Interviews with director Craig R. Baxley and actors Dolph Lundgren and Brian Benben, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late ... And More Stories by Mo Willems
(2013) Three animated adaptations of stories by the New York Times best-selling author: "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late," "Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion" and "Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct." Narrators for the stories include Cher Willems, John Scieszka and Mo Willems himself. Formats: DVD, $14.95. Extras: Read-along function, interview with Mo Willems, recipe for Edwina's chocolate chip cookies. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder
From the very beginning of his incandescent career, the New German Cinema enfant terrible Rainer Werner Fassbinder refused to play by the rules. His politically charged, experimental first films, made at an astonishingly rapid rate between 1969 and 1971, were influenced by the work of the antiteater, an avant-garde stage troupe that he had helped found in Munich. Collected here are five of those fascinating and confrontational works; whether a self-conscious meditation on American crime movies, a scathing indictment of xenophobia in contemporary Germany, or an off-the-wall look at the dysfunctional relationships on film sets, each is a startling glimpse into the mind of a twentysomething man who would become one of cinema's most madly prolific artists. Formats: DVD. (The Criterion Collection): Love Is Colder Than Death (1969)
For his debut, Fassbinder fashioned an acerbic, unorthodox crime drama about a love triangle involving the small-time pimp Franz (Fassbinder), his gangster friend Bruno (Ulli Lommel), and Franz's prostitute girlfriend, Joanna (future Fassbinder mainstay Hanna Schygulla). With its minimalist tableaux and catalog of New Wave and Hollywood references, this is a stylishly nihilistic cinematic statement of intent. Katzelmacher (1969)
Fassbinder's second film dramatizes the intolerance of a circle of financially and sexually frustrated friends when an immigrant laborer (Fassbinder) moves to their Munich neighborhood. This scalpel-sharp, theatrical experiment (based on one of the director's successful early stage plays) is both a personal expression of alienation on the part of the filmmaker and a comment on the persistence of xenophobic scapegoating in German society. Gods of the Plague (1969)
Harry Baer, a Fassbinder discovery, plays a newly released ex-convict who slowly but surely makes his way back into the Munich criminal underworld. Meanwhile, his attentions are torn between two women (Hanna Schygulla and Margarethe von Trotta) and the beloved friend (Gunther Kaufmann) who shot his brother. This is a sensual, artfully composed study of romantic and professional futility. The American Soldier (1970)
The German-born Ricky (Karl Scheydt) returns to Munich from Vietnam and is promptly hired as a contract killer. Fassbinder's experimental noir is a subversive, self-reflexive gangster movie full of unexpected asides and stylistic flourishes, and featuring an audaciously bonkers final shot and memorable turns from many of the director's rotating gallery of players. Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)
In Fassbinder's brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking, a film crew -- played by, and not so loosely based on, his own frequent collaborators -- deals with an aloof star (Eddie Constantine), an abusive director (Lou Castel), and a financially troubled production. Inspired by the hellish process of making the 1971 "Whity," this is a vicious look at behind-the-scenes dysfunction.
Elementary -- The First Season
(2012-13) Six-disc set with 24 episodes of the modern day drama about the iconic crime-solving duo, starring Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. In this contemporary take, Holmes is joined by Watson, a former surgeon who is hired by Holmes' wealthy father to help keep the eccentric detective sober while he works as a consultant to Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) to crack the NYPD's most impossible cases. $55.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Holmes of Their own" featurette, "In Liu of Watson" featurette," "Set Tour With Lucy Liu," "Holmes Sweet Holmes" featurette, interviews with cast and crew, deleted scenes, gag reel. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Fear the Forest
(2009) Anna Kendrick, Matthew Bora, Don Evans. A group of friends go deep inside the woods in search of the legendary big foot monster, a "silent killer" eliminating people in the dark. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Frank Riva: The Complete Series
(2003-04) French mystery series starring the great Alain Delon as Frank Riva, ex-undercover cop called in from retirement after 25 years of exile to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of his brother in a drug sting operation. Riva is forced to pick up the pieces of a life he left behind a quarter of a century ago: his old flame Catherine, Nina Rizzi, the daughter he never knew, and Xavier Unger, his former partner, now chief of the Paris police. He's a cop who follows his instinct and refuses to be deflected from his mission, a man who ignores social convention and flouts rules and regulations, and who lives according to his own deep conviction of right and wrong. In French with English Subtitles. Three-disc set, $39.95.
Formats: DVD. ((MHz Networks).
Ghost Hunters International: The Final Season
(2012) The TAPS team travels to new, exotic locales and the most remote places of the world to hunt the paranormal in their third and final season. Supernatural investigations include the ominous Castle Rising castle where Queen Isabella of France (whom was known as the She-Wolf) used to live, eerie Mayan Ruins where ancient rituals included violent bloodletting and human sacrifice, and even the mysterious birthplace of Frankenstein in Italy. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $24.98. Extras: Bonus footage (Image Entertainment).
The Great Gatsby
(2013) Dir.: Baz Luhrmann; Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan. Read more about "The Great Gatsby" in the August Calendar.Formats: 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, two-disc DVD special edition, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Greatness of Gatsby," "Within and Without" With Tobey Maguire, "The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby," "The Jazz Age," "Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the '20s," "Fitzgerald's Visual Poetry," "Gatsby Revealed," deleted scenes, trailers. (Warner).
The Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries
(2004, 2009) Italian mystery series about Inspector Federico Vivaldi, an old-school cop in a new world -- his son is gay (and also his partner on the force), his wife has left him, and he's got an ambitious colleague nipping at his heels to take over his position -- solving crimes ranging from insurance fraud to murder and human trafficking in the northeastern Italian city of Trieste. In Italian with English subtitles. Four-disc set, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Networks).
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1977) Voices of Sebastian Cabot, Sterling Holloway, Paul Winchell, Dori Whitaker, John Fiedler, Ralph Wright. Available in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo, on DVD as well as Digital. DVD Extras: New mini-"Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" short: "Geniuses," vintage "The Winnie the Pooh Theme Song" performed by Carly Simon. New Blu-ray Extras: "Disney Intermission," in which a narrator invites younger viewers to play along with the Hundred Acre Wood friends in a variety of engaging activities when "Pause" is pressed; "Pooh Play-Along"; five mini-"Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" Shorts: "If I Wasn't So Small," "Piglet's Drawings," "The Expedition," "Geniuses" and "The Honey Song." Vintage Blu-ray extras": "A Day for Eeyore" classic animated short, "The Story Behind the Masterpiece" making-of featurette, the "The Winnie the Pooh Theme Song" performed by Simon. (Disney).
Meddling Mom and the Sweeter Side of Life
(2013) Hallmark Movie Channel double feature. In "Meddling Mom," starring Sonia Braga, Tony Plana, Mercedes Renard and Ana Ayora, mom does just that, meddling in her oldest daughter's new affair to make sure her boyfriend is Mr. Right. In "The Sweeter Side of Life," a pampered Manhattan housewife has to return to her roots to help her father in his struggling bakery after she's dumped by her wealthy husband. Stars Kathryn Morris. Formats: DVD, $14.93. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Missions That Changed the War: Germany's Last Ace
(2011) Four-part Military Channel documentary tells the story of three fighter pilots who played decisive roles in the aerial battles over Germany: Lt. Col. Hubert Zemke, Lt. Robert Rankin, and Luftwaffe squadron commander Gunther Rall. Through original footage, expert military analyses, and never-before-seen interviews with the participants, the docu revisits the events of May 12, 1944, which Nazi armaments minister Albert Speer considered the day that Germany lost the war. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $49.99. Extras: Interview with historian Dr. Kurt Braatz; 16-page viewer's guide; timeline of the momentous month of May 1944. (Athena).
(2010) Clayne Crawford, Sean Faris, Arielle Kebbel, Rob Mayes, Dania Ramirez, Evan Ross, Matt Servitto. Four upscale Manhattanites run for their lives in the Brooklyn subway tunnels after a botched drug deal. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Jesse Terrero. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Morgan Ayers, Kelsey Sanders, Esseri Holmes. Romantic drama of faith and forgiveness. A happily married man logs into a social networking site and re-connects with his old high school flame; what begins as a harmless "Hello" rapidly escalates into a rekindling of their past romance, and he must face the consequences of his decisions. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Slingshot Pictures).
(2011 -- France) A feast for the eyes as well as the imagination, this wry parable from visionary animator-director Jean-Francois Laguionie centers on a kingdom in a painter's studio that is divided into three castes: The impeccably painted Alldunns, who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies, who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. The story follows the adventures of Lola, a Halfir, and Ramo, an Alldunn, as they break through the canvas of their painting into the Painter's studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world, and they explore first one picture and then another, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations. In French with English subtitles and an optional English audio track. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette, concept art slideshow. (GKIDS/Cinedigm).
Pain & Gain
(2013) Dir.: Michael Bay; Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Bar Paly. Read more about "Pain & Gain" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1991-2006) Seven-disc set with all nine feature-length mysteries of the iconic, universally acclaimed police drama starring Oscar-winner Helen Mirren in her Emmy-winning role as Detective Jane Tennison, in this revolutionary police drama broadcast on PBS to universal acclaim and more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys (three-time winner of "Outstanding Miniseries"), eight BAFTAs, and a Peabody. Guest stars include Ralph Fiennes, Tom Wilkinson and Jonny Lee Miller.Extras: a 50-minute behind-the-scenes special, featurette, and more. (Acorn Media).
Q The Winged Serpent BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Michael Moriarty, Richard Roundtree, David Carradine, Candy Clark, James Dixon. Quetzalcoatl, a dragon-like Aztec god that is summoned to modern-day Manhattan by a mysterious cult, roosts at the top of the Chrysler Building and begins feasting on window washers, construction workers and rooftop sunbathers. Moriarty is a small-time thief who finds the nest of the creature, and Roundtree and Carradine are New York's finest, hot on the serpentine tail of the bloodthirsty Q! A bizarre masterpiece by cult director Larry Cohen. Extras: New commentary with writer-producer-director Cohen, theatrical trailer, teaser trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory)).
(2011 -- Australia) John Jarratt, Craig McLachlan, Chris Haywood. A group of strangers are forced to take shelter in an outback roadhouse while a flood rages around them. But the danger lurking within is far greater than the threat from outside and as the water level rises, so does the tension, and the line between hunter and hunted begins to blur. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
(2013) Documentary on the Bergdorf Goodman's department store with footage of Joan Rivers, Rachel Zoe, Candice Bergen, Susan Lucci, Nicole Richie, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Diane von Fürstenberg, Michael Kors, Isaac Mizrahi, Christian Louboutin, Domenico Dolce, Lauren Bush, Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik, Bobbi Brown, Stefano Gabbana, Iris Apfel, Laudomia Pucci, Mary-Kate Olsen, William Fichtner, Ashley Olsen. Read more about "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's" in the August Calendar.Extras: Additional interview clips. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Esai Morales, Ona Grauer, Jared Abrahamson, MacKenzie Porter. When an unidentified object is shot down by the military and crashes into Seattle's Puget Sound, it sets off a series of strange weather phenomena: earthquakes, tornados and lightning storms that begin to spread, threatening the city and the entire planet. Formats: DVD. (Arc Entertainment).
(2012) Josh Hopkins, Cameron Monaghan, Kevin Sussman and Guillermo Díaz. A former tennis pro forced to work at a public recreation center must regain his self-respect and lead his team of oddball amateurs to victory in a prestigious, annual tournament showdown. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Sons of Anarchy Season Five
(2012) Contains 13 extended episodes. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $59.98; three-disc Blu-ray, $69.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary on "Sovereign," gag reel, "Opie Winston," "Kurt Sutter: Creating Anarchy," fan concert at the club house, commentary on "Darthy." (Fox).
(2012) Christian Slater, Brendan Fehr, Amy Matysio, Michael Therriault. An isolated U.S. military moonbase is bombarded by a rogue meteor storm harboring alien spores ... and they're replicating. Now a vicious, shape-shifting predatory life form is loose inside the crippled facility, picking off victims one by one. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD
(2011 -- Switzerland-Germany) An informative and entertaining investigation into the history of a drug so potent that mere fractions of a milligram can alter a subject's perception of reality. In 1943, at the Sandoz chemical-pharmaceutical laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, chemist Albert Hofmann, in search of a respiratory and circulatory stimulant, first synthesized LSD. Hofmann's discovery quickly left the lab and moved into military experiments, clinicians' offices, and then into the streets. The notoriety and sense of possibility surrounding LSD persist to this day; decades after it first began to appear on international drug blacklists, doctors and researchers have resumed exploring its potential medical and therapeutic applications. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Interview with director Martin Witz. (Icarus Films Home Video).
(2013) John Ratzenberger, Michael Teigen, Jason Earles. Budderball, Mudbud, B-Dawg, Buddha and Rosebud discover mysterious rings that grant them each a unique super power, and the pups unleash their amazing abilities and race to the rescue when a shape-shifting bully from outer space threatens the planet. Latest in the popular Buddies franchise. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Disney).
Tales of the City: 20th Anniversary Edition
(1993) Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Billy Campbell, Paul Gross, Thomas Gibson, Parker Posey, Marcus D'Amico, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Barbara Garrick. Two-disc set includes all six episodes of the Peabody Award-winning PBS miniseries based on the ground breaking novel by Armistead Maupin that follows a colorful cast of characters living at 28 Barbary Lane in anything-goes 1970s San Francisco, $49.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries on episodes 1, 3, and 6 with Armistead Maupin, director Alastair Reid, Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, and Barbara Garrick; behind-the-scenes location and rehearsal footage; insert with an introduction by Armistead Maupin, notes by producer Alan Poul, and filming locations and landmarks. (Acorn Media).
To Be or Not to Be BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1942) As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard, as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot. "To Be or Not to Be" is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled. New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring film historian David Kalat; "Lubitsch le patron," a 2010 French documentary on director Ernst Lubitsch's career; "Pinkus's Shoe Palace," a 1916 German silent film directed by and starring Lubitsch; two episodes of "The Screen Guild Theater," a radio anthology series: "Variety" (1940), starring Jack Benny, Claudette Colbert, and Lubitsch, and "To Be or Not to Be" (1942), an adaptation of the film, starring William Powell, Diana Lewis, and Sig Ruman; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with all 16 episodes. Formats: DVD, $69.98; Blu-ray, $79.99. The Blu-ray set also will be available in a limited edition "zombie head tank" package (water not included!) specially created once again by McFarlane Toys (to complement last year's Season 2 limited edition "zombie head" packaging; $149.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, commentaries from cast and crew, deleted scenes, other surprises. (Anchor Bay).
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