Ancient Aliens: Season 5 -- Volume 1
(2012) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2013 -- Spain) Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. This twist on the "Snow White" fairy tale is set in southern Spain in the 1920s and is director Pablo Berger's tribute to silent films. Winner of the 2013 Goya Award for best Picture. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Making-of featurette, booklet, introduction by filmmaker Pablo Berger. Blu-ray adds a free digital download of the film's score by Alfonso de Vilallonga. (Cohen Media Group).
The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers
Warner Home Video will release another new DVD box set as part of their 90th Anniversary celebration. Check out the complete list of films here.Formats: DVD, $98.92. (Warner).
Beyond the Walls
(2012 -- Belgium) Matila Malliarakis, Guillaume Gouix. When Paulo, a young pianist, meets Ilir, a lone bass player, it's love at first sight. Confronted by his girlfriend, Paulo finds himself out on the streets and soon living with Ilir. After Paulo promises Ilir that he will love him forever, Ilir leaves town for a concert and never comes back. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Cockneys vs. Zombies
(2012 -- U.K.) Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, Georgia King, Richard Brier, Honor Blackman, Alan Ford. When some down-on-their-luck old-timers are at risk of losing their home to developers, a group of young, inept criminals decide to take matters into their own hands. The only thing standing in their way? A zombie outbreak in London. Now, it's up to a bunch of east-enders to fight their way out of the zombie-infested city, led by an unlikely gang of amateur bank robbers and foul-mouthed, plucky pensioners. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Matthias Hoene, commentary with writer James Moran, behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes, trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Criminal Minds -- The Eighth Season
(2012) Six-disc set with 23 episodes of the series that revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them. $64.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Killing Season" writer's roundtable; six featurettes: "The Profiler's Handbook: Cooperative Vigilantism," "The Profiler's Handbook: God Complex," "The Profiler's Handbook: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," "The Profiler's Handbook: Peter Pan Syndrome," "The Profiler's Handbook: Dissociative Identity Disorder," "The Profiler's Handbook: Obsessive Imitation"; "Alex and Jeanne" featurette on the new series regulars; "New Directions" featurette on the episode "The Fallen"; "Beautiful Minds" featurette. (CBS/Paramount).
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
(2013) As the annual Halloween Boo Festival approaches, George the inquisitive monkey and his friends hear about a legendary scarecrow who steals hats, and they set out to find him. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Universal).
Da Vinci's Demons -- The Complete First Season
(2013) Three-disc set with all eight episodes of the Starz Original series that follows the "untold" story of Leonardo Da Vinci during his early years in Renaissance Florence, using only his genius to fight against those who use history, religion and politics to suppress the truth.
Formats: DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray Disc, $54.99. Extras: Commentaries with writer-creator-executive producer-director David S. Goyer and the cast, three featurettes: "Mastering Da Vinci," "Constructing Da Vinci" and "Dressing Da Vinci," and deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).
DCI Banks: Aftermath
(2010) Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in this chilling crime story based on the hugely successful novel from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson. A young woman is unconscious, bleeding from a head wound. Her husband is hiding in the cellar, ready to wield a knife at anyone who tries to enter and desperate to protect his secret. What happens next leaves one of the officers dead, the other fighting for her career and Banks with a chilling murder investigation that will test him to the limit. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Duane Allman -- Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of The Allman Brothers
(2013) In the early to mid 1970s a handful of bands from the Deep South reinvigorated American popular music by fusing blues, country, and rock 'n' roll styles into a new and unique form. But the man who had sparked this renaissance and who had struggled to gain acceptance in an industry firmly established in the North and out West, was by then just a memory. Duane Allman, the lead guitarist and driving force behind Southern Rock pioneers The Allman Brothers Band, lived a tragically short life, but during his brief career he changed music forever. This documentary looks at Allman's life, work and musical output, from his early days in Florida to his influential session work in Muscle Shoals, his monumental collaboration with Eric Clapton in Derek & The Dominos and the inimitable virtuosity with which he set The Allman Brothers Band alight.
Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
(2012) Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts, Dwayne Johnson, Nikki Reed. A security guard job with the Empire State Armored Truck Company is unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the company, resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. history. Hot on their trail is a veteran NYPD Detective, as well as the local crime bosses who want to know who pulled a job on their turf. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Dito Montiel, deleted scenes, "Creating an Empire" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Anatomy of a Heist: Interview with Chris Potamitis -- The Mastermind Behind the Robbery" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The English Teacher
(2013) Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Fiona Shaw, Nathan Lane. Linda (Julianne Moore) is a 40-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in a small town where she shares a small apartment with two cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors. But her simple life changes when former star pupil Jason (Michael Angarano) returns to town after failing as a playwright in New York. Pressured by his overbearing father (Greg Kinnear), Jason may be forced to give up his dreams and go to law school. Unwilling to let that happen, Linda mounts his play at her school with flamboyant drama teacher Carl (Nathan Lane) directing, and puts her own reputation and teaching career on the line. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Cinedigm).
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
(2012) Morton Downey Jr. earned his name as "Father of Trash Television" by tearing apart the traditional TV talk format and turning the debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following in the late 1980s. The documentary includes archival footage of Downey (who also was a successful songwriter, penning such tunes as "Because We're Young" and "Hearts Are Wild") and bizarre animation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Memorable Moments"; "Behind the Animation"; "An Evening With Kellie Everts"; commentary with directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger; trailer (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
From Up on Poppy Hill
(2011 -- Japan) From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli comes this uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in Yokohama in 1963, two youngsters join forces to save their high school's ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. Read more about "From Up on Poppy Hill" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original Japanese language and English language versions with subtitles and dubtitles; feature-length storyboards; celebrity cast recording featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews; an interview with Goro Miyazaki; original Japanese trailer and TV spots; the music video for the theme song by Aoi Teshima; a featurette about Yokohama, exploring the history of the seaside setting where the film takes place. Blu-ray adds a staff speech and press conference by Hayao Miyazaki days after the Fukushima earthquake; and a 20-page booklet containing the original project proposal by Hayao Miyazaki and a letter from Goro Miyazaki. (Studio Ghibli/Cinedigm).
The Fugitive 20th Anniversary Blu-ray
(1993) Dir.: Andrew Davis; Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbe. Extras: New featurette "The Fugitive: Thrill of the Chase" featuring Andrew Davis, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones and more; introduction by Andrew Davis and Harrison Ford; commentary by Andrew Davis and Tommy Lee Jones; "On the Run With the Fugitive" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Derailed: Anatomy of a Train Wreck" behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Fugitive" (2000 WB Pilot); theatrical trailer. (Warner).
Haven: The Complete Third Season
(2012) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. When FBI Agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine on a routine case, she quickly finds herself involved in the return of the Troubles, a series of supernatural afflictions that have long cursed the seaside town and its residents. Joining the Haven Police Department, Audrey began to realize that it was fate -- not luck -- that brought her to this place and that she is inexplicably linked to the mysteries of Haven. This season picks up immediately after the end of Season 2, with Audrey having been brutally kidnapped, Nathan warned against pursuing a relationship with Audrey, and Duke seemingly engaged in a fight to death with Nathan after he discover his family lineage is to kill Haven citizens with Troubles.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Haunting truth About Haven: A Documentary," "Escape to Haven" webisode series, deleted and alternate scenes, commentaries on select episodes, vast and crew interviews, Haven panel from the New York Comic Co, behind-the-scenes footage, blooper reel, 16-page comic book "Haven: After the Storm." (Entertainment One).
(2013) Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, Robert Davi, Danny Abeckaser, Stephen Dorff, James Franco.
Read more about "The Iceman" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD. Extras: "The Making of The Iceman" featurette, "The Iceman Behind the Scenes" featurette. (Millennium Films).
The Jesse Stone Collection
Eight-disc set with all the installments of the Tom Selleck-starring crime drama. Formats: DVD. Extras: Collectable Paradise Police Department baseball hat. (Sony).
Mama's Family: The Complete Series
(1983-1990) From the first time the wildly-popular sketch "The Family" aired on "The Carol Burnett Show" in 1974, Vicki Lawrence has been followed by a buxom, blue-haired, purse-lipped, 65-year-old widow. This is, of course, Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, Lawrence's indelible, abrasive and smart alecky alter ego who would eventually be spun-off into her own delightfully offbeat sitcom "Mama's Family," which debuted on NBC on January 22, 1983 and ran for six seasons. Set in the fictional city of Raytown, "Mama's Family" revolves around the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by formidable matriarch, Mama Harper, a fiery-tempered no-nonsense woman who does not suffer fools gladly. In fact, she makes everybody suffer a little with her patented snappy retorts that truly put the "diss" in dysfunction. Across 130 30-minute episodes spanning six seasons, viewers were treated to hilarious -- and sometimes heart-warming -- family comedy. Adding to the mix were Mama's journalist sister, Fran (Rue McClanahan), who lives with her; her youngest son, Vint (Ken Berry), who moves in with his two teenagers after he's evicted; and Naomi (Dorothy Lyman), who marries Vint by Episode 4. Mama's extended family includes her two daughters, highfalutin' Ellen (Betty White) and high-strung Eunice (Carol Burnett), as well as Eunice's husband, Ed (Harvey Korman). The set is comprised of 130 episodes across 24 DVDs in a collector's set with an introductory note from Vicki Lawrence, $199.95 from MamasFamilyDVDs.com.Formats: DVD. Extras: Collectible "Mama's Family" album featuring character bios, a "Mama's Family" tree, and interviews and anecdotes from cast members; 10 hours of specially-created bonus material including interviews, featurettes and more, including: a cast reunion roundtable with Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Beverly Archer, Betty White and Allan Kayser (Bubba); a special interview featuring Vicki "interviewing" Mama through the magic of split-screen technology; an exclusive, new interview featuring Lawrence and Carol Burnett; crew interviews with executive producer Rick Hawkins, costumers Ret Turner and Bob Mackie and show writers Jim Evering and Manny Basanese; the 1982 CBS-TV original movie "Eunice" -- the precursor to the "Mama's Family" -- which takes the Harpers on a 23-year journey; Key "Family" sketches from "The Carol Burnett Show." (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
Now You See Me
(2013) Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent. Read more about "Now You See Me" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with producer Bobby Cohen and director Louis Leterrier, "Now You See Me Revealed" featurette. Blu-ray adds extended director's cut featuring 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage, "A Brief History of Magic" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
The Office Season Nine
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 23 episodes. Join the Scranton gang for the ninth and final season of the groundbreaking Emmy Award-winning hit series. Andy's back in charge as regional manager at Dunder Mifflin, but a journey of self-discovery leads to unexpected consequences. Jim lands the job of his dreams, but he and Pam must now adjust to a long-distance relationship. Meanwhile, Dwight steps up on the family farm; Darrel looks at new career opportunities; and Erin struggles with matters of the heart. And ... everyone is excited to finally see the long awaited documentary about their lives in the office, an event nine years in the making. Formats: DVD, $49.99; Blu-ray Disc, $59.98; Digital; UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "2003 Casting": Never before seen audition tapes featuring the cast of the show, plus a few surprise auditions from future comedy stars including Seth Rogen, Eric Stonestreet, Jon Cho and more; deleted scenes (two hours worth); "The Office: A Look Back" retrospective with the cast and their memories of the show; "Finale Table Read"; blooper reel; "Autotune Andy" autotune music video. Blu-ray adds "The Office: Behind-the-Scenes Panel Discussion." (Universal).
Parks and Recreation: Season Five
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 22 episodes of the ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun. In this season, Knope takes on new challenges as the newly-elected City Councilwoman of Pawnee, standing her ground for what she believes in and putting up a strong fight, all the while balancing her personal relationship with Ben and planning for a wedding. Meanwhile, assistant Andy pursues a career in law enforcement, Ann makes a dramatic life decision, and Ron is smitten with a new lady. Formats: DVD, $39.98. Extras: Extended episodes, deleted scenes, uncensored gag reel, webisodes, promos, Patton Oswalt's sci-fi filibuster, more. (Universal).
Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season
(2012-13) All 22 episodes of the series about investigators who save potential criminal targets and prevent violent crimes before they happen. Formats: Five-disc DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray/DVD Combo with five DVDs, five Blu-rays, $69.97; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "View From the Machine: 24 Hours Behind Person of Interest" featurette; commentary on Episode 22, "God Mode" season finale; gag reel. (Warner).
(2012) Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Tobias Segal, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Christine Lahti, Michael Urie. An off-beat family of New Yorkers must come to terms with their own misgivings about life, relationships and the sheer unpredictability of love itself. The comedy weaves together the lives of three brothers as they unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them; it's is a film about a dysfunctional family unit on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director Ash Christian, featurette featuring Christine Lahti. (Wolfe Video).
Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultimate Team Power -- Volume 1
(2012) Includes the first four episodes of Power Rangers Megaforce with five new Power Rangers protecting the Earth from the evil Warstar aliens and their massive invasion, $14.98. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "Power Rangers Morph Through 20 Years" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Regular Show: Fright Pack
(2013) Cartoon Network's Emmy Award-winning hit animated comedy series "Regular Show" is back with its fifth and most frightening DVD ever, just in time for Halloween. Features 14 scary stories, $19.82. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Revolution: The Complete First Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 20 episodes, $59.98. Also available as a nine-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo with UltraViolet digital copies, $69.97. Extras: An in-depth look at the "Revolution" pilot featurette, "Creating a Revolution" featurette, deleted scenes, NBC.com webisodes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds "Revolution Cast & Creative Team at the 2013 Paley Festival." (Warner).
Scandal: The Complete Second Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Closer Look: President Grant's Assassination Attempt," "Hanging With Huck" featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes. (Disney).
The Shield: The Complete Series Collection
Boxset contains all 88 episodes on 28 discs plus a bonus disc, with previously released special features including cast auditions, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, cast and crew commentary, and more. Repackaged and repriced. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Sinbad: The Complete First Season
(2012) Three-disc set with 12 episodes of the SyFy series.
Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $34.98. Extras: Three featurettes: "The Magic of Sinbad," "The Magic of Malta" and "The Magical Costumes of Sinbad." (BBC Home Entertainment).
Slightly Single in L.A.
(2013) Lacey Chabert, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Kip Pardue, Haylie Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Simon Rex,
Mircea Monroe, Chris Kattan. A hip, quirky, independent single gal living in the glossy city of Los Angeles can't seem to make things work -- at her job, with her friends, and definitely not with men. In a city where hype, hookups, and heartbreak are as common as reality shows, it's hard for her to find something real ... until she gets caught in the middle of a love triangle with her best friend and a guy from her past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Trailer. (Well Go USA).
Spartacus: War of the Damned -- The Complete Third Season
(2013) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber, Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, they have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. The Roman Senate turns to Marcus Crassus, a wealthy, strategic politician, for aid. He respects his opponent and refuses to make the same mistakes Glaber and his predecessors have. With a young and fiercely competitive Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus is determined to crush Spartacus and his rebellion. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.99. Extras: Featurettes: "Spartacus: The Legend Retold," "The Price of Being a Gladiator," "A Bloody Farewell," "The Spoils of War," "Revealed: Visual Effects," "Adorning the Damned," "The Mind Behind Spartacus." Blu-ray adds extended episodes,commentaries. (Anchor Bay).
Stories We Tell
(2013) A documentary by Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director Sarah Polley that discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers, playfully interviewing and interrogating a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each family member relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Read more about "Stories We Tell" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
The Stranger Within
(2012) Billy Baldwin, Estella Warren, Sarah Butler. A psychological thriller about a young married couple whose vacation on a remote Mediterranean island becomes a living nightmare when they meet a mysterious woman with blood on her hands and a penchant for mind games. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.98. This season starts off with everything in transition. Senior year is finally here, and Elena should be having the time of her life. Instead, she faces her worst nightmare, struggling with the painful transformation from human to vampire. As Damon mentors Elena into a supernatural life, their repressed passions explode, causing Stefan to undertake a desperate quest to restore humanity to the girl he adores. But as Elena ruthlessly quenches her newfound thirst for blood, and her friends race to find a vampire cure based on clues inked onto Jeremy's flesh, the world around them falls prey to a host of sinister forces. Also available as a nine-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo with UltraViolet digital copies, $69.97. Extras: "The Evolution of Elena Gilbert," "Blood, Boys, and Bad Behavior: Becoming a Vampire," "The Vampire Diaries: The Ultimate Prop Master," "Creating Silas's Island," "The Impact of a Single Show: The Vampire Diaries" heartfelt fan video, fan gallery of fan-created artwork, "Second Bite" gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Wild Kratts: Wildest Animal Adventures
(2013) Five-disc set with 20 episodes of the kids series that transforms Martin and Chris Kratt into animated versions of themselves, allowing the real-life zoologists to visit wild animals in their little-seen habitats and to showcase key science concepts along the way. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (PBS Distribution).
What If...? (Notre univers impitoyable)
(2007 -- France) Alice Taglioni, Jocelyn Quivrin, Thierry Lhermitte. Victor and Margot are two lawyers on the fast track to success at a major law firm ... and also a loving couple. After a senior partner at the firm dies unexpectedly, it's decided that either Margot or Victor will be promoted to the important position. The other will have to settle for a supporting role. The romantic comedy cleverly delves into both scenarios: Margot as the new senior partner, breaking down gender barriers and becoming the glamorous new star of the firm, while Victor labors in her shadow; or Victor as the gung-ho, hard-driving new partner, with Margot relegated to serving coffee at the office and caring for their children. In both scenarios, the couple's relationship is rocked by infidelity, family versus career conflicts, and questions about true values. Formats: DVD. (First Run features).
An American Hippie In Israel (aka The Hitch Hiker)
(1972 -- Israel) One of cult cinema's legendary lost classics. Machine gun wielding mimes, robots, blood thirsty sharks, free loving debauchery and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies, all this and more is present in writer-director-prophet Amos Sefer's allegorical independent film. Incited by a disillusioned young man who has decided to flee from civilization, a group of 4 people go searching for freedom and happiness on an isolated island. When their boat goes astray and they are left without food, their animal instincts take over. Formats: Limited edition (2000 individually numbered copies) three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Hitchhiker," the uncensored director's cut; six controversial scenes deleted from the original release; in-depth interviews with stars Asher Tzarfati and Shmuel Wolf; "Asher Tzarfati -- An Israeli Actor in Israel" featurette; interview with production manager Moshe Berman; interview with singer/co-star Susan Devore; Channel 10 Tel Avi news segment; "A Cult Is Born" featurette on the film's revival in Tel Aviv; 16mm screen tests; "Be Careful Children" Amos Sefer 16mm short film; bonus 5.1 audio track -- "The Beverly Cinema Experience"; liner notes by acclaimed horror novelist John Skipp; still galleries; trailer; filmographies; more. (Grindhouse Releasing).
The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
(2009) Danielle Harris, Robert Patrick, James Duval. Nine friends take a holiday at a Victorian home on a private island and uncover a game that when played brings out the worst in each of them. Jealously, greed, hatred, lust, all of the things they keep buried deep inside themselves rise to the surface and come to a boil. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2012) Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox. Thriller charting the moral collapse of a police family. Two cop brothers, smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father, must investigate a crime they themselves have committed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
Blood Thirst/Thirsty Dead
Two blood drinking B-movies made by Americans in Manila: "Thirsty Dead" (1966): A sinister cult kidnaps beautiful women to use in their ghastly blood rites. "Blood Thirst" (1972): After a series of brutal killings, an American investigator probes the violent goings on and discovers a horrifying secret. Formats: DVD. (Vinegar Syndrome).
Blue Bloods -- The Third Season
(2012-13) Six-disc set with 23 episodes of the series about the Reagans, a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement, starring Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Amy Carlson, Sami Gayle and Len Cariou, $64.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Four featurettes: The Story of the Reagans, Season Three," "Dinner With the Reagans," exclusive set tour, "Growing Up Reagan." (CBS/Paramount).
(2012) Documentary about acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog, who headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. His revolutionary time-lapse cameras -- set up across the brutal Arctic -- captures a multi-year record of the world's changing -- and diminishing -- glaciers. Read more about "Chasing Ice" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: TBA. (New Video).
Chicago Fire: Season One
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $44.98. An up-close and personal view into the lives of everyday heroes follows the adventures of the men and women of Chicago Firehouse 51, the courageous firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics whose actions make the difference between life and death. From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order"). Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, Otis' podcasts (13 podcasts about life as a firefighter. (Universal).
Chime Time Adventures
(2013) Follows the everyday adventures of 6-year-old twins Tommy and Tallulah as they work to "chime the time" and keep everything running smoothly in Tickety Town. Traveling through the special Tickety Toc clock, where Tommy and Tallulah live, audiences enter a fantastical CGI world of eclectic characters and tag along on escapades filled with surprises. First DVD release from the pre-school Nick Jr. TV Series. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Anchor Bay).
(2013) Brad Rowe, Christina Cox, Danny Trejo, Taylor Spreitler, Arianne Zucker. One family's world begins to unravel when a newly hired contractor with a sinister agenda enters their home, sabotaging their car, ruining the house's plumbing and planting evidence framing the husband for an affair. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Sean Olson, behind-the-scenes interviews with Danny Trejo and the cast, stills gallery. (Lionsgate).
Death Force/Vampire Hookers
(1978) Two blood soaked epics from the king of Filipino exploitation, Cirio H. Santiago. "Death Force": After being left for dead by his fellow smugglers, Doug (James Inglehart) is rescued by two Japanese soldiers, living on a remote island, who teach him the ways of the samurai. Finally returning to the USA, he quickly exacts a brutal and bloody revenge. Co-stars Leon Issac Kennedy and Jayne Kennedy. Presented uncut and under its original title for the first time on home video. "Vampire Hookers": When their commanding officer goes missing, two American sailors discover a group female of vampires who pose as prostitutes to lure men into their secret lair. Stars John Carradine. Formats: DVD. (Vinegar Syndrome).
(2011) Keir Gilchrist, Janet Kidder, Matt Frewer, Erin Karpluk, Ryan Robbins, Seth Green, Gil Bellows. When a nearly triggered nuclear reactor meltdown turns out to be the work of a world-wide artificial intelligence that has turned into a conscious entity with the sole purpose of destroying the world, one disaster at a time, the only way to save the world is to create a second form of artificial intelligence that is just as alive, just as intelligent and just as dangerous. Part of the Doomsday thriller series. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
The Doll Squad/Mission: Killfast Blu-ray
Two classics from cult movie legend Ted V. Mikels explode. In "The Doll Squad" (1973), a foursome of female agents are out to stop a vicious evil mastermind from unleashing the bubonic plague. In "Mission: Killfast," martial arts master Tiger Yang faces off against a group of savvy weapons dealers, resulting in a non-stop orgy of shoot-outs, explosions, and bikini clad beauties. Extras: Commentary track with Ted Mikels, interviews with Ted Mikels, "Doll Squad" trailer, interview with the "Doll Squad's" Francine York. (Vinegar Syndrome).
Dora the Explorer: Dora's Great Roller Skate Adventure
(2012) Three new-to-DVD episodes: Dora and Boots zoom into Skate Park and stand up to the bullying Big Wheeler, Dora brings her friends to the doctor, Dora goes to the Green Power Science Fair.
Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Flair Bartending: The Working Flair Series
(2013) Two-disc instructional DVD that includes step-by-step, slow-motion tutoring of 240 Flair Bartending moves, hosted by Scott Young, an internationally renowned bartending instructor and founder of ExtremeBartending.com. Flair Bartending series and Extreme Bartending have been seen on "The Rachel Ray Show" and featured in over 400 TV interviews and magazine/newspaper articles.
Formats: DVD, $19.98; Digital. (Shelter Island).
The Fly BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1958) David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall. Extras: Commentary with Hedison and film historian David Del Valle, "Biography: Vincent Price," "Fly Trap: Catching a Classic," Fox Movietone News. (Fox).
(1990) James Lorinz, Patty Mullen, Louise Lasser, Jennifer Delora. When Jeffrey Franken's fiancee is chopped to pieces by the blades of a remote-controlled lawnmower, he uses his dubious medical knowledge to try to bring her back to life, reassembling her using the body parts of New York City's finest prostitutes and resurrecting her during a heavy lightning storm. Unfortunately for Jeffrey, his dear Elizabeth's brain is scrambled and she runs amok on 42nd Street, turning tricks and bringing high-voltage death to her customers. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Frank Henenlotter and make-up effects designer Gabe Bartalos, "A Salad That Was Once Named Elizabeth" featurette, "A Stitch in Time: The Make-Up Effects of Frankenhooker" featurette, "Turning Tricks: Jennifer Delora Remembers Frankenhooker" featurette, Jennifer Delora's Frankenhooker Photo Scrapbook," trailer. (Synapse Films).
(2013) Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym, Alexander Mercury. Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab in which a German scientist, Viktor, has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of Dr. Frankenstein, with the goal to create an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of fallen Germans -- in a desperate attempt to prevent Hitler's defeat. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette, interviews, creature spots. (MPI/Dark Sky Films).
Hammer of the Gods
(2013) Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo. In 871 AD Britain, a young man transforms into a brutal warrior as he travels the unforgiving landscape in search of his long lost brother, Hakan the Ferrocious, whose people are relying on him to restore order to their kingdom. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews, "Making Of Hammer of the Gods," "Behind the Visual Effects," AXS TV: "A Look At Hammer of the Gods." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Homeland Season Two
(2012) Four-disc set with 12 episodes. Formats: DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray Disc, $69.99. Extras: "The Border: Prologue to Season 3," deleted scenes, "Return to the Homeland: Filming in Israel," "Damian Lewis: A Personal Video Diary," "The Choice: The Making of the Season Finale." (Fox).
How to Be the Life of the Party
(2013) Jam-packed, ultra-fun three hour program that teaches viewers how to be the center-of-attention at any party, birthday bash, BBQ or friendly gathering. Formats: DVD, $9.98; Digital. (Shelter Island).
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 8
(2012) Ten episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary on select episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel, "Lady House" featurette, "Frank Reynolds' How to Be a Warthog," "Fat Mac: In Memoriam." (Fox).
La Cage aux Folles BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD
(1978) Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Michel Serrault) -- a middle-aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in St. Tropez -- agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the ultraconservative parents of Renato's son's fiancee come for a visit. This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and the beauty of being true to oneself. A modest French comedy that became a breakout art-house smash in America, Edouard Molinaro's "La Cage aux Folles" inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake "The Birdcage." But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there's nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie. New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: New interview with director Edouard Molinaro; archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of "La Cage aux Folles"; new interview with Laurence Senelick, author of "The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre"; French and U.S. trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein. (The Criterion Collection).
The Last Keepers
(2013) Aidan Quinn, Virginia Madsen, Zosia Mamet, Olympia Dukakis. When the teenage daughter of a reclusive family of artists falls in love with an unusual boy at school, she awakens mysterious powers -- she's the last in a long line of female mystics who have practiced their magical traditions in secret for centuries -- and discovers ancient secrets that will change her life forever. Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).
The League Season 4
(2012) Thirteen episodes. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $34.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Taco Tones," "Rafi's Helpful Holiday Hints," "Witchy Woman" podcast, "Alt Nation," gag reel. (Fox).
Love Is All You Need
(2013) Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind.
Read more about "Love Is All You Need" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with Pierce Brosnan and director Susanne Bier; Q&A with Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen; behind-the-scenes featurette with Dyrholm, as well as interviews with the cast at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. (Sony).
(2013) Idris Elba returns as John Luther in the third installment of the riveting psychological mini-series. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $34.98. Extras: cast and crew interviews. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Mama's Family: The Complete First Season
(1983) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $22.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Featurette: "Mama's Family Tree: The Branches (All About Eunice and Ellen)"; "Family History": A Classic "Family" Sketch from "The Carol Burnett Show," featuring Betty White. (StarVista/Time Life).
Mama's Family: The Complete Second Season
(1983-84) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Movie: "Eunice" (original air date: March 15, 1982); featurette: "Mama's Family Tree: The Roots (All About Mama and Fran)"; interviews: Vicki Lawrence interviews Mama, Vicki Lawrence interviews Carol Burnett, Betty White. (StarVista/Time Life).
Mama's Family: Season One Favorites and Mama's Family: Season Two Favorites
(1983-84) The best episodes, highlighting the most memorable moments from the Harper family escapades; $12.95 each. Formats: DVD. (StarVista/Time Life).
The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue
(2010) Mike Bradecich, John LaFlamboy, Robert Englund, Tim Kazurinsky. Two slacker brothers inherit a brownstone apartment building and run it into the ground: Tenants are moving out, no one drinks at the bar downstairs, and the building's pets go missing. To make matters worse, they soon discover a mysterious creature is hiding in the basement, trying to eat every living thing in the building one by one. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Level 33 Entertainment).
The Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary Edition
(1993) Dir.: Henry Selick; voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Paul Reubens.
Formats: Three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), DVD. (Disney).
Official Digimon Adventure: Volume 4
(2013) The first 21 episodes of Season 2. Commonly referred to as "Digimon Zero Two," the second season takes place four years after the original series. With most of the original characters now in junior high school, the Digital World was supposedly secure and peaceful. However, a new evil has appeared in the form of the Digimon Emperor, and three new children are chosen to save the World. Three-disc set, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2012) Five-part miniseries explores a bygone England -- spanning from the Edwardian era to the chaos and destruction of World War I, based on four related novels by Ford Madox Ford published in the 1920s. Adapted for the small screen by Tom Stoppard, who vividly captures the devastation of war and the end of Edwardian ideals, bridging the gap between feudal England and the dawn of modernism.
Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray Disc with Digital. (HBO).
(2013) Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, Tyler James Williams, Kali Hawk, Malcolm Barrett, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, Kimrie Lewis-Davis. Read more about "Peeples" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Tina Gordon Chism, producer Stephanie Allain and actors Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, Tyler James Williams, Kali Hawk, Malcolm Barrett and Kimrie Lewis-Davis; "Meet the Peeples, Jam With the Fam" three-part featurette, gag reel. (Lionsgate).
(2012 -- U.K.) Documentary about eight pensioners -- in their 80s and 90s and one 100-year-old, with 703 years of experience between them -- from across the planet who compete in the World Over 80s Table Tennis Championship in Inner Mongolia. The film shows that the advanced masters scene is like those in other sports, with rivalries, egomania and even dirty tricks -- like stealing an opponent's bat. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended and deleted scenes. (Cinedigm).
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales Run For Your 'Rife!
(2012) Two-disc set with 13 spooky mysteries in which Scooby and the gang come face-to-face with werewolves, zombies, ghosts and even the abominable snowman. Includes "Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow," a new 22-minute cartoon, as well as "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Werewolf?," "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts," "Which Witch Is Which," "A Tiki Scare Is No Fair," "Scared a Lot in Camelot," "Hang in There, Scooby-Doo," "Snow Job Too Small," "The Stoney Glare," "Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too," "A Scooby-Doo Halloween," "Scoobra-Kadoobra," "Scooby in Kwackyland." Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Warner).
Sesame Street: C is for Cooking
(2013) Cookie Monster and lovable Elmo are in the kitchen with memorable songs and stories about how eating healthy can be beneficial and delicious for children. The also promotes math skills, such as counting, addition and measuring, as well cognitive reasoning skills such as following the steps of a recipe. Kids will discover how to make sushi, bread and oatmeal cookies, and then, join Murray as he takes a trip to cooking school. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Includes a special bonus adventure, "Elmo's Magic Cookbook," and a booklet of six delicious dishes. (Warner).
Sisters & Brothers
(2011) Cory Monteith, Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Camille Sullivan, Kacey Rohl. Follows the hardships, laughter and tears of a group of brothers and sisters as they work out their issues while trying not to be overcome by them. Hollywood star Justin and his struggling brother Rory uneasily face the perils of Hollywood. Long-bickering sisters Nikki and Maggie are forced together on a long road trip from Hell. Louise struggles with the challenges of being the primary caregiver for her mentally ill brother , and spoiled teen little sister Sarah is about to meet her opposite half-sister she just found out she had. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow
(2013) New animated mini-movie (22 minutes) -- with the voices of Hank Azaria, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen and Anton Yelchin -- that revolves around the annual Smurfberry Hunt and the Headless Horseman. Formats: DVD, $6.99. (Sony).
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1965) The acclaimed, best-selling novel by John le Carre, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. Richard Burton is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with a beautiful librarian, played by Claire Bloom, puts his assignment in jeopardy. "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" is a hard-edged and tragic thriller, suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt's career. High-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carre; selected-scene commentary featuring director of photography Oswald Morris; "The Secret Centre: John le Carre," a 2000 BBC documentary on the author's life and work; interview with actor Richard Burton from a 1967 episode of the BBC series "Acting in the '60s," conducted by critic Kenneth Tynan; audio conversation from 1985 between director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan; gallery of set designs; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).
Star Trek: The Original Series -- Origins BLU-RAY DEBUT
Collection showcases the origins episodes of the most significant characters from "Star Trek: The Original Series." Introduced by Rod Roddenberry, son of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Ricardo Montalban, this collection includes: "The Cage," thr original pilot episode of the epic series that introduced the iconic characters Captain Pike and Spock; "Where No Man Has Gone Before" second pilot episode in which Captain James T. Kirk is first seen at the helm of the Enterprise; "Space Seed" debut of the unforgettable super villain, Khan; "Errand of Mercy" introduces the legendary alien race the Klingons; "The Trouble With Tribbles." (CBS/Paramount).
Star Trek Into Darkness
(2013) Dir.: J.J. Abrams; John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Peter Weller, Anton Yelchin.
Read more about "Star Trek Into Darkness" in the September Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital. Blu-ray Extras: "Creating the Red Planet" featurette, "Attack on Starfleet" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Klingon Home World" featurette, "The Enemy of My Enemy" featurette, "Ship to Ship" visual effects featurette, "Brawl by the Bay" preparation for the film's climax, "Continuing the Mission," an inspiring look at the partnership between the film's crew and the organization that assists returning veterans to find meaningful ways to contribute on the home front. (Paramount).
Star Trek: Stardate Collection
All 10 original "Star Trek" films together on Blu-ray in a premium, collectible package with 12 discs and 25 hours of illuminating bonus content: interviews with the cast and crew, commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and much more. "Star Trek I: The Motion Picture," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "Star Trek VII: Generations," "Star Trek VIII: First Contact," "Star Trek IX: Insurrection" and ""Star Trek X: Nemesis." Formats: DVD, $84.94; Blu-ray Disc, $119.99. Extras: Disc 11: "Star Trek Summit" Parts 1-3; Disc 12: "Evolutions": The Evolution of the Enterprise," "Villains of Star Trek," "I Love the Star Trek Movies," "Farewell to Star Trek: The Experience," "Klingon Encounter," "Borg Invasion 4D," "Charting the Final Frontier." (Paramount).
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries
(2013) Strawberry and her pals learn to face their fears, become real-life heroines and find some missing VIPs (Very Important Pets) in this hour of mysteries. Formats: DVD. Extras: Printable coloring pages. (Fox).
Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.98. Also available as a four-disc Blu-ray with UltraViolet digital copies, $69.97. After a year apart, Sam and Dean are reunited in the Eighth Season premiere. After escaping from Purgatory with the help of a vampire named Benny, Dean heads straight for Sam, but the reunion isn't exactly everything he imagined it would be. Although Sam drops everything to join his brother, leaving the life he had grown accustomed to enjoy turns out to be harder than he imagined. In the meantime, Benny's help turns out to be more than what Dean bargained for. As the brothers struggle with their unexpected reunion, they make a shocking discovery that could lead them on a deeply personal mission to settle old scores. If only they could agree -- is this a "family business" or isn't it? Extras: "Finding Supernatural" behind-the-scenes of the "Found Footage" episode, "Angel Warrior: The Story of Castiel," "For the Defense of Mankind: The Tablets Revealed," producers' commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Twins of Evil
(1971) Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Playboy centerfold models twins Mary and Maria Gellhorn. Hammer horror classic about satanism and witch hunts. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Flesh and the Fury: X-Posing Twins of Evil" feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary, trailer. (Synapse Films).
Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk
(2013) Brings two of Marvel's greatest heroes -- Wolverine and the Hulk -- together like never before for their most brutal encounter yet in Marvel Knights Animation's latest animated adventure in a unique comic book style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. Formats: DVD, $14.97. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Shout! Factory).
(2012 -- Canada) Rachel Mwanza. In Sub-Sahara Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. Though she discovers a valuable intuition about the presence of the enemy and becomes a "War Witch," she escapes from the camp with an older albino soldier only to face fresh tragedy that forces her to confront the ghosts haunting her mind. In French and Lingala with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette with director Kim Nguyen. (Tribeca Film).
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
(2013) From Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney comes this gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Paralleling Assange's rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, the documentary is a multi-layered expose about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Wish You Were Here
(2012) Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Anthony Starr, Felicity Price. The lives of a group of Australian friends are irreparably changed after one of them goes missing during a spontaneous vacation in Cambodia. As the investigation into the disappearance begins to reveal the nefarious motivations behind their trip, the remaining three struggle to carry on with their lives in Sydney amidst the threat that even more damning details will emerge .Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette, Q&A, cast and crew interviews. (Entertainment One).
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
(2013) For more than thirty years, "Friday the 13th" has proven to be as unstoppable at the box office as its hockey-masked villain Jason Voorhees, having spawned 12 feature films (and counting), a syndicated television series and an extensive line of books, merchandise and collectibles. For its creators, the franchise has been anything but "bad luck," generating nearly $600 million in domestic box office receipts and turning an unstoppable, machete-wielding madman into a true pop-culture icon. Inspired by the book, "Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th" takes viewers behind the mask on a journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise -- from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 "reboot." Combining hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all twelve films and the television series, this is the ultimate tribute to one of horror's most iconic and enduring franchises. $29.95.
Formats: Two Blu-ray/Two DVD Combo. Extras: Trailers, filmmaker commentary.(1428 Films).
Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT
All 12 films from Warner Bros. and Paramount in one "Horrific" collection: a 10-Disc set with seven Blu-ray debuts and 11 Hours of extra content in collectible tin packaging; includes a 40-page book with behind-the-scenes photos, a Camp Crystal Lake counselor patch, more. $129.95. The discs: Disc 1: "Friday the 13th" (1980), Disc 2: "Friday the 13th Part 2" (1981), Disc 3: "Friday the 13th Part 3" in 3D (1982), Disc 4: "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" (1984) (new to Blu-ray), Disc 5: "Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning" (1985) and "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives" (1986) (new to Blu-ray), Disc 6: "Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood" (1988) and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" (1989) (new to Blu-ray), Disc 7: "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday" (1993) and "Jason X" (2002) (new to Blu-ray), Disc 8: "Freddy vs. Jason" (2003), Disc 9: "Friday the 13th" (2009) (theatrical version and "Killer Cut" extended version), Disc 10: Killer Bonus DVD Disc. Also includes digital (UltraViolent) versions. (Warner).
Adventure Time: Jake the Dad
(2013) All-new compilation DVD release features 16 popular episodes from seasons 4 and 5 of the series, plus a must-have Jake hat included as an on-pack bundle, $24.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
And Now a Word From Our Sponsor
(2012) Bruce Greenwood, Parker Posey, Allie MacDonald, Callum Blue. An advertising CEO wakes up in the hospital speaking only in ad slogans and is taken home by the hospital's Head of Charity Foundation, who has a past history with him. There he begins to have a positive affect on the dysfunctional relationship she has with her daughter. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
Arrow: The Complete First Season
(2012-13) Twenty-three episodes of CW's modern-day re-imagining of the iconic DC Comics superhero. After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, Oliver returns to Starling City a new man -- determined to right the wrongs of his father and sworn to bring justice to those who've corrupted his city. But Oliver finds his crusade complicated by his friends and family who are all affected by his return. Formats: Five-disc DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray/DVD Combo (four Blu-ray discs, five DVD discs), $69.97; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Arrow Comes Alive!" documentary, " Arrow: Fight School/Stunt School" featurette, Arrow at Paley Fest 2013, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
(2013 -- France) Vincent Lindon, Soko, Chiara Mastroianni, Olivier Rabourdin, Roxane Duran. The true story of the unusual relationship that developed between a pioneering 19th century French neurologist and his star patient, a teenaged maid, is brought to life in this darkly sensual period drama, a complex and startling portrait of power, desire and madness, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Alice Winocour. In Belle Epoque Paris, 19-year-old kitchen maid Augustine (Soko) suffers an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed, and she is shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the then-fashionable ailment of "hysteria." Augustine captures the attention of renowned neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (Lindon), mentor of Sigmund Freud, after she has another attack that appears to give her intense physical pleasure. Intrigued, Charcot begins using her as his principal subject, hypnotizing her in front of his fellow doctors. As Augustine displays her spectacular fits in lecture halls, the lines between doctor and patient become blurred, radically impacting the course of both of their lives.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Hysteria Gallery: Photography from the Salpetriere," Q&A with Soko, interview with director Alice Winocour, theatrical trailer, "Kitchen" and "Magic Parisa," two films by Alice Winocour, two music videos by Soko. (Music Box Films).
Autumn Sonata BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD
(1978) "Autumn Sonata" was the only collaboration between cinema's two great Bergmans -- Ingmar, the iconic director of "The Seventh Seal," and Ingrid, the monumental star of "Casablanca." The grand dame, playing an icy concert pianist, is matched beat for beat in ferocity by the filmmaker's recurring lead Liv Ullmann as her eldest daughter. Over the course of a long, painful night that the two spend together after an extended separation, they finally confront the bitter discord of their relationship. This cathartic pas de deux, evocatively shot in burnished harvest colors by the great Sven Nykvist, ranks among Ingmar Bergman's major dramatic works. New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Introduction by Ingmar Bergman from 2003; audio commentary featuring Bergman expert Peter Cowie; "The Making of Autumn Sonata," a three-and-a-half-hour program examining every aspect of the production; new interview with Liv Ullmann; a 1981 conversation between Ingrid Bergman and critic John Russell Taylor at the National Film Theatre in London; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
Barney: Most Huggable Moments
(2013) This two-disc set celebrates more than 25 years of sharing, caring and imagination with Barney and his friends; includes episodes never-before seen on DVD and the delightful "Barney: Dino-mite Birthday." Barney brings preschoolers on journeys big and small and reminds everyone that they're special just the way they are. $14.98. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Five karaoke music videos. (Lionsgate).
Bates Motel: Season One
(2013) A modern day re-imagining of the classic film "Psycho" looks at Norman Bates' teenage years and his intricate relationship with his mother. This re-imagining weaves a web of deception, murder and unexpected twists in a small town where nothing is what it seems. Stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga. Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, Paley Center discussion with the cast and creative team. (Universal).
Behind the Candelabra
(2013) Dir.: Steven Soderbergh; Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Dan Aykroyd, Paul Reiser. Read more about "Behind the Candelabra" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Blu-ray Extras: "The Making of Behind the Candelabra" featurette that explores the legacy of Liberace through costumes, sets, locations, and prosthetics with several cast and the crew members including Douglas and Damon. (HBO).
A Big Love Story
(2012) Robbie Kaller, Jillian Leigh, Tommy Snider, Constance Reese. A former college football star whose chance to play in the NFL abruptly ended with a blown out knee finds himself alone, working a minimum wage job and weighing a deadly 413 pounds -- until he meets up with a personal trainer who not only helps him lose weight -- but find love. Director Ryan Sage found the script for the award-winning feature in a rather unusual place: Craigslist, where he purchased it from Chicago comedian Dale Zawada for $500. Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
Bless Me, Ultima
(2013) Miriam Colon, Benito Martinez, Dolores Heredia. Written for the screen and directed by Carl Franklin. A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
The Bling Ring
(2013) Dir.: Sofia Coppola; Israel Broussard, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, Georgia Rock, Gavin Rossdale, Paris Hilton.
Read more about "The Bling Ring" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Bling" making-of featurette, "Scene of the Crime with Paris Hilton" featurette, "Tabloid Culture: A Master Class Featuring Nancy Jo Sales" (who wrote the Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins") featurette, theatrical trailer. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Three-disc set with 10 programs of the series of conversations called Brainwave that take place in New York City each year in which the best and brightest artists and scientists participate in provocative, far-reaching, unscripted conversations to explore memory and perception, creativity and consciousness, happiness, fear, illusions, and dreams. Launched by the Rubin Museum of Art in 2008 and now in its sixth edition, Brainwave pairs celebrities from many walks of life -- actors, musicians, comedians, composers, filmmakers, choreographers, artists, and authors -- with leading neuroscientists and other experts to explore how the human mind works. The series has not aired on television, and this collection features some of the most interesting participants, including superstar chef Mario Batali, author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps series), Debra Winger, comedian Lewis Black and musician Henry Rollins. Formats: DVD, $59.99. Extras: Sixteen-page booklet with an article on different cultures' views on dreams, milestones in neuroscience, information about the Rubin Museum of Art, and profiles of the participants. (Athena).
Breakout (aka Split Decision)
(2013) Brendan Fraser, Dominic Purcell, Ethan Suplee, Daniel Kash, Holly Deveaux, Amy Price-Francis. An innocent camping trip takes a dark turn for a young brother and sister when they witness a murder and become the killers' next target. Serving time over a protest gone terribly wrong, their father, Jack Damson (Fraser), devises a plan to break out of prison and rescue his kids. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
The Bride of Frankenstein BLU-RAY SINGLE DEBUT
(1935) Dir.: James Whale; Boris Karloff, Ernest Thesiger, Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester. Also available as a single-disc DVD. Extras: "She's Alive! Creating The Bride of Frankenstein," "The Bride of Frankenstein Archive," commentary with Scott MacQueen, trailer gallery, "100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics." (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection).
The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection
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. Order now. (Shout! Factory).
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation -- The Thirteenth Season
(2012-13) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $69.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary on select episodes; music videos: "End of the Beginning"; festurettes:
"CSI NY crossover episode "Seth and Apep"; "Tennis, Anyone?" with tennis pros Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob for the episode "Double Fault"; "A Tale of Two CSI's" discussion with Danson and Sinise about the crossover episode; "Chapter Thirteen" Season 13 recap discussion with cast and crew; "The Extended Family" look at the supporting cast; "Drawing Blood" examination of the series' use of blood; "Providing Food & Shelter" for the sets of two episodes; "Observing the Sabbath" with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath for the season finale "Skin in the Game"; "Anatomy of a TV Hit." (CBS/Paramount).
Dalziel & Pascoe: Season 8
(2004) Superintendant Andy Dalziel, a blowhard old-school detective and his cultured by-the-book partner, Peter Pascoe, return for another season of puzzling cases and surprising twists.
Formats: Two-disc DVD, $34.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2013) Jason Bateman, Hope Davis,, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard. Read more about "Disconnect" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making the Connections: Behind the Scenes of Disconnect" featurette, commentary with director Henry-Alex Rubin. (Lionsgate).
Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors
(1967) In the distant future, Earth faces a new Ice Age. While a dedicated team of scientists battle to hold the approaching glaciers at bay, a startling discovery is made deep within the ice -- an alien warrior, frozen for millennia. When the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie and Victoria arrive they soon discover Earth is under threat from the Ice Warriors, fearsome Martians intent on conquering our planet for themselves. This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic contains the original episodes plus brand new animated versions of Episodes Two and Three, currently missing from the BBC Archives. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $34.98. Extras: Commentary, "Cold Fusion" making-of featurette, (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka
(2003) The first official, fully-animated Doctor Who story comes to DVD with digitally remastered picture and sound quality. Voice talents include Richard E. Grant as the Doctor and Derek Jacobi as the Master. Formats: DVD, $24.98. Extras: Commentary, interviews, "Carry on Screaming" making-of featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Dracula BLU-RAY SINGLE DEBUT
(1931) Dir.: Tod Browning; Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Helen Chandler. Also available as a single-disc DVD. Extras: "Dracula" (1931) Spanish version, with introduction by Lupita Tovar Kohner; "The Road to Dracula"; "Lugosi: The Dark Prince"; "Dracula: The Restoration"; "Monster Tracks"; "Dracula Archives"; alternate score by Philip Glass, performed by the Kronos Quartet; commentary with Film historian David J. Skal; commentary with Steve Haberman, screenwriter of "Dracula: Dead and Loving It"; trailer gallery. (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection).
(2012) Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel, Sam Worthington. Two brothers in Australia in the 1970s battle killer waves, uptight society, corruption and ruthless bikers to create a surf business -- rethinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van -- and kick-start the modern surf industry. Inspired by a real story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
(2013) Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson, Shiloh Fernandez. Read more about "The East" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind the Scenes: "Two Brothers: Collaboration," "Cause and Effect: The Movement of The East," "Examining the Moral Gray." Blu-ray adds: Behind the Scenes: "The East Exposed: The Story," "Off the Grid: Creating the Story," "Casting The East"; deleted scenes. (Fox).
(2005) Three-disc set explores the legends of ghosts, vampires and the history of the haunting holiday of Halloween. This creepy compilation features over three hours of frightening programming with three History specials: "The Hauntings," "Vampire Secrets" and "The Haunted History of Halloween." $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Frankenstein BLU-RAY SINGLE DEBUT
(1931) Dir.: James Whale; Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke. Also available as a two-disc DVD set. Extras: "The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster," "Karloff: The Gentle Monster," "Monster Tracks," "Universal Horror," "Frankenstein Archives," "Boo! A Short Film," commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer, commentary with historian Christopher Frayling, trailer gallery, "100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics." (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection).
Gimme the Loot
(2012) Ty Hickson, Tashiana Washington. When their latest work is buffed by a rival crew, two determined graffitti writers embark on an elaborate plan to "bomb" the ultimate location: the New York Mets' Home Run Apple. But first they need to raise money to meet their goal. Over the course of two whirlwind summer days, the pair travel on a epic urban adventure involving black-market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high-stakes heist, and a beautiful girl whose necklace is literally their key to fame. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
A Girl and a Gun
(2012) Bringing a female perspective to the debate that's raging across the nation, this documentary explores the intersection of "girl power" and firepower. Filmed throughout the U.S., the film delves deep into the American gun world to show the relationship between women and their guns. The classic Hollywood portrayals of pistol packin' mamas, tomboy sharp shooters, sexually twisted femme fatales, and high-heeled, cold-blooded assassins are caricatures. In truth, the typical woman who hangs out at rifle ranges and keeps ammo in her purse is the girl-next-door, the single mom, a hard working sister or aunt. Breaking through the stereotypes, the film reveals how some women have embraced this object whose history is deeply bound to men and masculinity. Formats: DVD. Extras: Julia Haltigan's "A Girl and a Gun" theme song music video, bonus scenes and interviews. (First Run Features).
Greetings From Tim Buckley
(2013) Penn Badgley, Imogen Poots, Ben Rosenfield. In 1991, a young musician named Jeff Buckley rehearses for his public singing debut at a Brooklyn tribute concert for his father, the late folk singer Tim Buckley. Struggling with the legacy of a man he barely knew, Jeff finds solace in a relationship with an enigmatic young woman working at the show. As they explore New York City, their adventures recall glimpses of Tim's own 60s heyday, and Jeff finds himself on the verge of stardom. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes with Penn Badgley, director Daniel Algrant and Imogen Poots. (Tribeca Film).
Grimm: Season Two
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes. Now fully embracing his identity as a Grimm (a line of guardians who mediate between the human world and the world of the monsters of mythology), Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt tackles even more gruesome and bizarre crimes linked to creatures of lore. With the help of his partner Hank and Wesen confidants Monroe and Rosalee, Nick must face an ancient royal bloodline linked to the mysterious Captain Renard, all while fighting to keep from losing the love of his life forever. Formats: DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray Disc, $69.98; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; "Grimm: Myths, Monsters & Legends" featurette with producers and cast about the ever-expanding mythology of the show, including the season's terrifying Wesen, the Seven Royal Families, and the mysteries of Aunt Marie's trailer; "Grimm: Creatures and Chaos" featurette on the creatures of "Grimm"; "Bad Hair Day Webisodes"; "Monroe's Best Moments," the quips and quibbles of Wesen Monroe. (Universal).
(2013) Takes viewers deep into frightening ghostly events that linger within historic locations across the United States. Driven by terrifying eyewitness accounts, each episode examines a site's spooky events in relation to its gruesome past. Hear the ghosts of soldiers at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, meet the restless souls plaguing Salem, Massachusetts, visit Chicago's infamous "Murder Castle" and many more. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).
The Haunting of Helena
(2012 -- Italy) Harriet MacMasters-Green, Jarreth J. Merz, Matt Patresi, Giuliano Montaldo, Sabrina Jolie Perez. After a young girl has her first baby tooth fall out, she becomes haunted by a hideous "tooth Fairy." Formats: DVD, Digital. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Hidden in the Woods
(2012 -- Chile) Siboney Lo, Carolina Escobar. Based on a bizarre true story and not for the faint of heart -- and also being remade in the U.S. by actor Michael Biehn with the original's director, Patricio Valladares -- the film features extreme violence, prostitution, sexual assault, buckets of blood and even cannibalism. Deep in the Chilean countryside, Ana and Anny live with their deformed brother and are subject to their father's perverse and sadistic whims. After a dispute with the police leaves a wake of death and mutilation, they flee and find refuge in a remote cabin hidden from society. Meanwhile, a crime lord, convinced they have stolen the massive stash of drugs their father was hiding, sends a violent pack of thugs to find them. Spanish with English subtitles. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director Patricio Valladares at Fantasia 2012, eight-page collector's booklet, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Artsploitation Films).
The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series
(2012) Miniseries adaptation of four of Shakespeare's most celebrated historical plays: "Richard II," "Henry IV (Part 1 and Part 2)," and "Henry V." Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw in his award-winning role as Richard II star in this epic tale of three Kings and their battle for survival, and the rise and fall of a dynasty. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette with cast and crew interviews, "The Making of a King" featurette that looks at this landmark Shakespearean series. (Universal).
In the Fog
(2012 -- Russia) Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashin, Sergei Kolesov. It's 1942 and the western edge of the USSR is under German occupation. In the region, local partisans are waging a brutal battle against their foreign enemies. Sushenya, an innocent rail worker, is arrested with a band of saboteurs when a train is derailed not far from his village. The German officer decides to set him free rather than hang him with the others, but rumors of Sushenya's "treason" spread quickly and partisans Burov and Voitik seek revenge. Captured by the partisans, Sushenya is led through the forest where they are ambushed. Soon he finds himself one-on-one with his wounded enemy, forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
(2013) Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz, Ario Bayu. A Muslim detective teams with an American FBI agent/Marine posing as a graduate student to find the man behind a series of deadly terrorist bombings in Indonesia. The unlikely duo embark on a treacherous manhunt for the attacks' real perpetrator, a new breed of klepto-terrorist who is even more twisted and terrifying than the Jihadist terrorists he hides behind. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
The Last Tycoon
(2012 -- Hong Kong) Chow Yun-Fat, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Francis Ng. Spanning 30 tumultuous years in Shanghai beginning at the turn of the 20th century, the film tells the story of the rise and fall of real-life gangster Cheng Daqi (Yun-Fat) and his violent swath through the criminal underworld.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "The Making of The Last Tycoon" featurette, trailer. (Well Go USA).
A Letter to Three Wives BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1949) Dir.: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Ann Sothern, Linda Darnell, Jeanne Crain, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas. In this award-winning melodrama, a letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend," Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands -- but she doesn't say which one, forcing the women to reminisce about the ups and downs of their marriages -- giving the viewer a glimpse into their lives and loves. A fabulous peek at mid-century culture and mores -- with great acting and directing. Extras: Commentary with Kenneth Geist, Cheryl Lower and Christopher Mankiewicz; "Biography: Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel," Fox Movietone News: Oscars Presented for Achievements in Motion Pictures, theatrical trailer. (Fox).
Leverage Season Five
(2012) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary. (Fox).
(2013) Trevor Lissauer, Jill Crenshaw, Michael Madsen, Brien Perry, Daniel Roebuck, Deirdre Lovejoy. An angst-ridden young man, who desperately wants to marry his girlfriend against the wishes of her imposing father, inherits $10,000 but spends it all on a worthless fake diamond. To save the relationship, he sets out to get back his money and prove his love, but his lawyer, criminal investigators, the mob and even the pizza boy all get involved in the action. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
The Mentalist: The Complete Fifth Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes of the show about Patrick Jane, the California Bureau of Investigation consultant and former faux-psychic obsessed with finding Red John, the serial killer who murdered his family. The Sunday night hit procedural combines crime-solving twists with wry humor that celebrate mind over matter. Though Red John may still be at large, the CBI has captured Lorelei, one of his accomplices. With Lorelei firmly in the grasps of the CBI, will Jane be able to get information about Red John out of her? Formats: DVD, $59.98. Extras: "The Artistry of Action: From Script to Screen" featurette about the choreography of the show's stunts, "Arresting Excitement: Keeping it Real with the CBI" behind-the-scenes action featurette. (Warner).
Nashville: The Complete First Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 21 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Nashville Comes to Nashville" cast tour through the soul of "Music City"; "On the Record -- The 'B' Side" expansion of the popular On the Record series, "The Stellas Go On Tour" featurette; deleted scenes; bloopers. (Disney).
(2012 -- USA/China) Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe, Bill Paxton, Alan Ruck, Geng Le, Zhu Zhu. A New York attorney is sent to Shanghai on business, where he finds himself in a legal mess that threatens his career. With the help of a relocation specialist and her contacts, he soon learns to appreciate the wonders of Shanghai. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).
Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven
(2011) Rena Riffel, Glenn Plummer, Dewey Weber,Greg Travis. Unofficial follow-up to Paul Verhoeven's 1995 cult sensation. With fame and fortune in her eyes, Vegas stripper Penny Slot sets out on an adventure to become the star dancer on a TV series but instead finds danger in a town more wicked than Sin City. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with writer-director-star Rena Riffel, lost footage reel, behind-the-scenes featurette, hot dog scene remix. (Wild Eye Releasing).
(2012) Brady Corbet, Mati Diop. A recent college graduate flees to Paris after a break-up, where his involvement with a prostitute begins to reveal a potentially dark past. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Slacker BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1991) "Slacker," directed by Richard Linklater, presents a day in the life of a loose-knit Austin, Texas, subculture populated by eccentric and overeducated young people. Shooting on 16mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over 100 characters, each as compelling as the last. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s. High-definition restored digital film transfer, supervised by director Richard Linklater and director of photography Lee Daniel, featuring 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: Three audio commentaries, featuring Linklater and members of the cast and crew; "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" (1988), Linklater's first full-length feature, with commentary by the director; "Woodshock," a 1985 16mm short by Linklater and Daniel; casting tapes featuring select "auditions" from the more-than-100-member cast; footage from the Slacker 10th-anniversary reunion; early film treatment; home movies; 10-minute trailer for a 2005 documentary about the landmark Austin cafe Les Amis; deleted scenes and alternate takes; original theatrical trailer; a booklet featuring essays by author and filmmaker John Pierson and Michael Barker, as well as reviews, production notes, and an introduction to "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" by director Monte Hellman. (The Criterion Collection).
Somebody Up There Likes Me
(2013) Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Megan Mullally. Comedic fable about a man watching his life fly by. Max (Poulson), along with his best friend Sal (Offerman) and the woman they both adore, Lyla (Weixler), stumble through 35 years of seemingly mandatory but unfulfilling entanglements. With music by Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio and animation sequences by Bob Sabiston ("A Scanner Darkly," "Waking Life"). Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews. (Tribeca Film).
Space Junk 3D
(2013) Originally created for exhibition in IMAX theatres, and narrated by Tom Wilkinson, "Space Junk 3D" is the first movie to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that's orbiting -- and threatening -- out planet's space lanes. Formats: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray. (Image Entertainment).
(2013) Dir.: Uwe Boll; Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell, Michael Pare. Remake of the 1954 Frank Sinatra classic that follows the journey of a washed-up war veteran, now a local cop and town drunk, as he must come to grips with his demons in order to stop three assassins before they kill the U.S. president as his travelcade passes through the small town of Suddenly. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World
(2013) Hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May travel to the very distant North of England to name and shame the most rubbish car from a manufacturer which, frankly, should have known better, and argue over the great and the awful from Peugeot, Ford, Mahindra, FSO, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Citroen, Saab, and many more. Formats: DVD, $9.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Tremors Attack Pack BLU-RAY DEBUT
"Tremors" (1990), "Tremors II: Aftershocks" (1996), "Tremors 3: Back to Perfection" (2001) and "Tremors 4: The Legend Begins" (2004). (Universal).
Two Men in Manhattan BLU-RAY AND DVD DEBUT
(1959) Rediscovered classic from master filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville. Melville's moody dramas, including "Bob le Flambeur," "Le Doulos," "Le Samourai" and "Army of Shadows," were deeply influenced by classic Hollywood crime pictures, making iconic use of cigarette-smoking, world-weary gangsters and detectives in trenchcoats and fedora hats. His minimalist style, including shooting on real locations rather than in studios, was a major influence on the next generation of filmmakers that would create the New Wave. The dark shadows of New York come to life here in Melville's rarely seen, jazz-soaked noir masterpiece. A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Melville himself) and hard-drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasse) on an ethically fraught mission to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women. Set against a smoky jazz score and featuring stunning black-and-white cinematography by Nicolas Hayer that beautifully captures the gritty streets at night, this is director Melville's love letter to New York City and homage to American film noir. Extras: A conversation between critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky; a new essay by Melville scholar Ginette Vincendeau; trailers. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2009) Jerome Braggs, Amy Briede, Lezette Boutin. Fifteen years after an on-campus murder, students re-open the case for a class and uncover a truth more horrifying and closer to home than they ever imagined. Formats: DVD. Extras: (MVD Entertainment).
Vegas -- The DVD Edition
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 21 episodes, $64.99. Inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a former military police officer, who now patrols the once-desolate desert city. As corruption builds within Las Vegas during the 1960s, Lamb is called upon to bring order to the new entertainment mecca, putting him face-to-face with the ruthless Chicago gangster who intends to claim Vegas as his own. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew commentary, "He Ain't Like the Real Law," which profiles the real life of Sheriff Ralph Lamb; set tour with actor Michael Chiklis. (CBS/Paramount).
Waking The Dead: Season Eight
(2012) The Award-winning crime drama returns with a dark and frightening new season. The Cold Case Squad has new offices in an eerie basement and a new team member who is keeping secrets. Three months have passed since the death of his son, and Boyd is determined to get back to work with his team he seems more reckless than ever. And could Eve be in a relationship with a man who was involved in a murder thirteen years ago? Two-disc set with eight episodes. Formats: DVD, $34.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
War of the Buttons
(2012 -- France) Jean Texier, Ilona Bachelier, Guillaume Canet, Laetitia Casta, Kad Merad. Set in France during WWII, "War of the Buttons" tells the tale of two rival groups of kids from neighboring villages. Pre-teen rebel Lebrac leads a spirited group of kids in a pint-sized "war" where the victory comes from capturing the enemies' buttons, belts, and laces -- forcing them to return home ragged to face their mothers' reprimand. When Violette, a young Jewish girl, comes to town to hide from the Nazis, Lebrac befriends her and the children put their own conflicts aside to protect their new friend from the very real war happening around them. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of War of the Buttons" featurette, bloopers, deleted scenes. (The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay).
The We and the I
(2012) Michel Gondry's cinema verite-style drama that gives an inside look into the dynamics, drama and hilarity that emerge on a real-time bus ride with a group of remarkable nonprofessional high-school actors. It's the last day of the school year, and a group of high-schoolers board a city bus to make their way home. With the summer break ahead, and feeling more liberated than usual, this colorful crowd of kids - the cool ones, the outsiders, and everyone in between -- act out as only teens can when they are among their peers and away from authority figures. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan: Creepy Crawlers and Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan: Deadliest Critters
(2012) Actor and wildlife enthusiast Dominic Monaghan travels across the globe, from the rainforests of Ecuador to an underground river in Laos, to uncover the scariest and most exotic creatures on the planet. InCreepy Crawlers," Monaghan meets the giant white goliath beetle of Cameroon, the Giant Huntsman Spider of Laos, the worlds largest centipede -- scolopendra gigantica -- of Venezuela, an aggressive, venomous carnivore that is rumored to snatch bats right out of the air. In "Deadliest Critters" he travels to Guatemala to seek out an endangered and venomous reptile, the Guatemalan beaded lizard, then he meets one of the most dangerous scorpions in the world, the black hairy thick-tailed scorpion in Namibia, then goes to the Ecuadorian rainforest to face off with a 4 million-strong colony of flesh-eating, venom injecting army ants, and finally travels from the snake-infested rice paddies of Vietnam' Mekong Delta to a crocodile filled lake in search of one of the world's most dangerous aquatic insects -- the giant water bug.
Formats: DVD, $14.98 each. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Wolf Man BLU-RAY SINGLE DEBUT
(1941) Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaya. Also available as a single-disc DVD. Extras: "Monster by Moonlight," "The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth," "Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr.," "He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce," "The Wolf Man Archives," trailer gallery, "100 Years of Universal: The Lot," commentary with film historian Tom Weaver. (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection).
World War Z
(2013) Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Elyes Gabel, Fana Mokoena, Matthew Fox, Ludi Boeken, David Morse. Read more about "World War Z" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: Unrated cut -- packed with thrills and action too intense for theaters -- as well as the theatrical cut; "Origins" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Looking to Science" featurette explores the scientific realities of Zombie behavior in nature and Zombies in literature and film; four-part "WWZ: Production" featurette: "Outbreak" behind-the-scenes look at the film's breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia, "The Journey Begins" behind-the-scenes of the dramatic escape in South Korea, "Behind the Wall" explores the epic scene in Jerusalem, and "Camouflage" behind-the-scenes of the final confrontation with the Zombies. (Paramount).
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Anything Is Possible
(2013) Ethan Bortnick, Jonathan Bennett, Lacey Chabert. Twelve-year-old Ethan Bortnick, the Guinness World Book of Records' youngest solo headline entertainer, plays Nathan, a boy who becomes separated from his mother during a tsunami rescue mission in Japan. When he returns to Detroit, Child Care Services threatens to take him away from his dad when it's revealed that the man isn't his biological father, and Nathan runs away. But with the help and support of the strangers he meets along the way -- including a homeless Iraq-war veteran, a wealthy philanthropist and kids at the local orphanage -- he discovers his musical gift, a sense of belonging and his true purpose. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
(2012) Ajay Naidu, Faran Tahir, Heather Burns, Piper Perabo. A young Indo-American man struggles in the inner city of New York to support himself and his mentally ill older brother. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
(2012) Billy Zane, Hristo Shopov, Paolo Seganti, Christiana Capotondi, Filippo Nigro. Based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist, winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature, "Barabbas" is a two-part mini-series that explores the story of a man whose life was spared because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Filmed on location in Tunisia, this story of redemption picks up where the Bible left off. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Blood of Redemption
(2013) Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Billy Zane, Robert Davi, Gianni Capaldi. A gangster with power, money and love is betrayed by his inner circle, arrested and sent to jail. When he's released, he makes a bloody return to the underworld to exact revenge on those who set him up.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Jim Tavare, Rae Latt, Lexi Giovagnoli, Alex Dobrenko, Randi Lamey. Three years after a tragic accident left a student dead at the annual homecoming dance, a group of seniors find themselves haunted by a deadly visitor from their past who hunts them down in the halls of academe.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Image/RLJ Entertainment).
The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray
Six-disc set with "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises," with the existing extra content for each film. "Batman Begins" and its special features reside on one disc; "The Dark Knight" and its special features take up two discs; "The Dark Knight Rises" also takes up two discs; a sixth disc is devoted to new special features, which include two new featurettes -- "The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy" (with never- before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others) and "Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation" (Nolan and Richard Donner ["Superman"] sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how "Superman" influenced Nolan when developing" Batman Begins"); IMAX sequences: Scenes from "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises" in the original IMAX aspect ratio; exclusive new collectible memorabilia: Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler, newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra's al Ghul, 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, $99.97; UltraViolet. (Warner).
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete Collection
The Ultimate Roasters DVD set features all 54 roasts from "The Dean Martin Show" and "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," and includes roastees such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, George Burns, Don Rickles, Hank Aaron, Wilt Chamberlin, Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan, Martin himself, and many, many more. The 25-Disc set includes over 40 hours of incomparable comedy, along with more than 15 hours of bonus features highlighted by comedy sketches from "The Dean Martin Show," exclusive interviews (with 34 former Roast participants, production personnel, critics and fans including: Don Rickles, Carol Burnett, Ruth Buzzi, Tony Danza, Abe Vigoda, Angie Dickinson, Dan Haggerty, Ed Asner, Fred Willard, Jimmie Walker, Rich Little, Rip Taylor, Shirley Jones, Tim Conway, Florence Henderson and many more), rare home movies, 11 featurettes and a 44-page collector's book with archival production materials and more. Available exclusively online at deanroasts.com, $249.95. Ships this week. Read the complete press release here. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
Dear Mom, Love Cher
(2013) Provides a rare peek into Cher's fascinating family history and features in-depth interviews with her mother, Georgia Holt, daughters Cher and Georganne LaPiere Bartylak, and grandchildren Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
Detective Montalbano: Episodes 23 & 24 and Detective Montalbano: Episodes 25 & 26
(2012) Murder, betrayal, office politics, temptation ... it's all in a day's work for Detective Salvo Montalbano. The very popular series is filmed in the ancient, sun-washed Sicilian city of Ragusa, and is based on the international best-selling mystery novels by Andrea Camilleri. Luca Zingaretti stars as Montalbano, the head of the police precinct who balances the demands of his Northern Italian superiors and the realities of local Sicilian crime. He has his own way of doing things, and his superiors regard him as something of a loose cannon. Each two discs sells for $29.95. In Italian with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. (MHz Networks).
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series
(2013) Matt Smith returns as the 11th Doctor in this collection of all 13 episodes from the seventh series, plus the 2011 and 2012 Christmas Specials. Formats: Five-disc DVD, $79.98; four-disc Blu-ray, $89.98. Extras: Commentaries, behind-the-scenes features, episode prequels, Doctor Who on The Nerdist, Doctor Who at Comic Con, BBC America specials "The Companions" and" Doctor Who in the U.S." (BBC Home Entertainment).
Family Guy Volume 11, Season 12
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Animatics, Deleted Scenes, "Looking Back to the Pilot," "Fishin' Around With Ricky Gervais," "Ron MacFarlane Reads Viewer Mail." (Fox).
Fill the Void
(2012 -- Israel) Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein. A devout 18-year-old Israeli is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister. Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, where religious law, tradition and the rabbi's word are absolute. Israel's official 2012 Oscar submission for Best Foreign-language film. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with Hadas Yaron and writer-director Rama Burshtein, Write's Bloc Q&A with Burshtein. (Sony).
Foyle's War Set 7
(2013) Three new mysteries of the acclaimed Masterpiece Mystery! series, featuring the complete U.K. broadcast editions. As the series returns, World War II is over, but the Cold War simmers in 1946 London. DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) has retired from police work when Britain's secret intelligence service compels him to join its ranks. Reunited with his former colleague, newlywed Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks), Foyle faces newbut no less deadlythreats in the world of spies and counterintelligence. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray; $49.99 each. Extras: Recap of Sets 1-6, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, introductions by writer and creator Anthony Horowitz, more. (Acorn Media).
Gene Simmons Family Jewels -- The Final Season
(2013) Three-disc set, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (A&E/Lionsgate).
Geronimo Stilton: Operation ShuFongFong
(2013) Four adventures of the brilliant mouse journalist and his courageous pals as they launch paws-first into exciting capers in search of the next big scoop. The hit animated TV series is inspired by the best-selling Scholastic book series of the same name. The episodes: "Operation ShuFongFong," in which Geronimo and his sidekicks journey deep into the Bandel Jungle to retrieve a pair of stolen ShuFongFong lizards; "Mouse House of the Future," where Geronimo reluctantly accepts Professor Cheesewheel's offer to make his messy house fully automatic, complete with a robot butler; "Reported Missing," which finds Geronimo and team trekking to Africa to uncover the secret of an adventurer who vanished without a trace long ago; and "It's My Scoop," where Geronimo learns that he needs to be more careful with his notes if he is to stop getting scooped by rival news organization, The Daily Rat. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Halloween 35th Anniversary BLU-RAY
(1978) Dir.: John Carpenter; Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Kyle Richards, Nancy Loomis, Charles Cyphers, Brian Andrews. An all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film's original cinematographer, 'Dean Cundey, a new 7.1 audio mix (as well as the original mono audio), a brand-new feature length audio commentary by writer-director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all-new bonus feature with Curtis, as well as selected legacy bonus features from previous releases. Available in a collectible limited-edition book-style package (available only for the first printing) with 20 pages featuring archival photos, an essay by "Halloween" historian Stef Hutchinson and specially commissioned cover art by Jay Shaw. $34.99. Other Extras: "The Night She Came Home" new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis, "On Location," trailers, TV and radio spots, additional scenes from TV version. (Anchor Bay).
Hannibal: Season One
(2012) Thirteen episodes of the TV series -- based on the novels of Thomas Harris -- that delves into the complex mind of iconic villain Hannibal Lecter. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $39.97; three-disc Blu-ray, $39.98; Digital. Extras: An episode unaired on TV, commentaries on select episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel, storyboards, multiple featurettes that delve into the creation of the series. (Lionsgate).
Hawaii Five-0 -- The Third Season
(2012-13) Six-disc set with 24 episodes of this contemporary take on the classic series, but here about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands' sun-drenched beaches. Formats: Seven-disc DVD, $64.99; six-disc Blu-ray, $72.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, a cast and crew gag reel, four behind-the-scene featurettes: "Shore Lines, Season 3," "Aloha Action! Season 3," "Script to Screen," "Hawaii Five-Over The Whole Wide World" (with the series licensed in more than 200 markets around the world, this featurette follows cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Michelle Borth's recent visit to the Far East and Monte Carlo to promote the show). (CBS/Paramount).
Iron Man 3
(2013) Director: Shane Black. Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany, William Sadler, James Badge Dale, Yvonne Zima. Read more about "Iron Man 3" in the September Calendar.Formats: Three-Disc 3D Super Set (3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy), DVD/Digital Copy, Blu-ray/DVD Combo (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy), Blu-ray/DVD Combo (Blu-ray/DVD), VOD. Extras: "Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter," "Deconstructing the Scene: Attack on Air Force One"; "Behind-the-Scenes Look -- Marvel's Thor"; "Marvel's Iron Man 3 Unmasked" featurette; gag reel; deleted and extended scenes; commentary with screenwriter Drew Pearce and director Shane Black; more. (Disney).
The Lady Vanishes
(2013) Tuppence Middleton. A new adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1938 thriller sees a beautiful, spoiled young woman risk her life to solve the mysterious disappearance of a woman on a train. Formats: DVD, $24.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- The Fourteenth Year
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 24 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit
(2011 -- China) Voices of Jon Heder, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rebecca Black, Claire Geare, Tom Arnold. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. In order to keep his promise to aging kung fu master Sifu, Fu the rabbit, a humble chef, must venture out of the comfort of his kitchen, team up with Penny, a kung fu prodigy, and her sidekick Biggie, and go on a heroic quest to defeat Sifu's arch-nemesis, Slash, to save their kung fu academy from peril. Extras: "Giving the Characters a Voice," at the recording studio with Jon Heder, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rebecca Black and Tom Arnold featurette; "Miniscule" sneak peek -- four award-winning short films. (Lionsgate).
The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
(2012 -- Georgia) Filmmaker Tinatin Gurchiani put out a casting call for young adults, aged 15-23, to make a film about growing up in her home country, Georgia, and to find commonalities across social and ethnic lines. The boys and girls who responded to the call were radically different from one another, as were their personal reasons for auditioning. Some wanted to be movie stars and saw the film as a means to that end; others wanted to tell their personal story. Gurchiani traveled through cities and villages interviewing the candidates and filming their daily lives. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Interview with director Tinatin Gurchiani. (Icarus Films Home Video).
Modern Family Season Four
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 24 episodes. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.99. Extras: Deleted and alternate scenes, commentary on select episodes, "An Addition to the Family," "A Day With Eric," "A Modern Guide to Parenting," "Modern Family Writers," gag reel. (Fox).
New Tricks Collection: Seasons 1-5
(2012) This long-running, award-winning British series follows a motley crew of semi-retired detectives as they investigate cold cases in this fast paced and witty U.K. import. Value-priced 15-Disc Collector's Edition features the longer, unedited UK edition of the 39 episodes from Seasons 1-5. Formats: DVD, $124.99. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast filmographies. (Acorn Media).
Paid in Full BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002) Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, Chi McBride, Kevin Carroll. Extras: Commentary with director Charles Stone III. (Lionsgate).
The Power of Love
(2013) Vivica Fox, Malik Barnhardt, Wood Harris, Joe Torry. The vivacious author of the best-selling book "The Power of Love" is invited to a radio talk show, where she helps listeners improve their relationships by counseling callers with their love matters, eventually and unwittingly exposing her own love-related issues on air. Formats: DVD. (Maddox Entertainment).
Prince of Darkness (Collector's Edition) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Dir.: John Carpenter; Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Lisa Blount, Alice Cooper, Dennis Dun. Extras: Commentary with John Carpenter, "Sympathy for the Devil": new interview with writer-director Carpenter, "Alice at the Apocalypse": new interview with actor and rock legend Alice Cooper, "The Messenger": new interview with actor and special visual effects supervisor Robert Grasmere, "Hell on Earth": A look at the film's score with co-composer Alan Howarth, "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" with host Sean Clark, alternate opening from TV version, original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
Psycho II (Collector's Edition) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Dir.: Richard Franklin; Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz. Extras: New commentary with screenwriter Tom Holland, vintage interviews with cast and crew including Anthony Perkins and director Richard Franklin, vintage audio interviews with cast and crew, TV spots, original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
Psycho III (Collector's Edition) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Dir.: Anthony Perkins; Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell, Hugh Gillin. Extras: New commentary with screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue, "Watch the Guitar": New interview with Actor Jeff Fahey, "Patsy's Last Night": New interview with actress Katt Shea, "Mother's Maker": interview with special make-up effects creator Michael Westmore, "Body Double": interview with Brinke Stevens, original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
(2013) Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong, Ger Ryan. Joey Jones (Statham) comes home to London from the Afghan war a shattered man. Broke, homeless and lost in a haze of drugs and alcohol, he attempts to piece his life back together with the help of Sister Cristina (Buzek), a nun who works at an inner-city parish. Joey's expert training as a soldier marks him as a valuable asset to the mob and he soon finds himself employed with the dark web of London's criminal underworld ... until he finds out that a young girl he had earlier befriended was brutally murdered, sending him headlong into a typical Statham revenge spree. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Redemption" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2013) Documentary on the hidden codes and meanings of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Read more about "Room 237" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The mstrmnd Speaks: Commentary With Kevin McLeod," a key figure in the online examination of Kubrick's film; "Secrets of The Shining," an hour-long panel discussion from the first Stanley Film Festival, an event at Colorado's historic Stanley Hotel, which inspired one-time guest Stephen King to write his novel; 11 deleted scenes; "The Making of the Music" featurette; Mondo poster design discussion with artist Aled Lewis; trailers. (IFC Films).
(2013) Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler. Tensions rise between lifelong friends Mitchell and Carter after their truck breaks down on an isolated desert road and they start to attack each other's life decisions with unwavering -- and life-threatening -- brutality. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Vertical Entertainments).
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales Ruh-Roh Robot!
(2012) Two-disc set with 13 fan-favorite zany mysteries, $19.98. Includes the new episode, "Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace." Formats: DVD. (Warner).
She's Got It
(2007 -- Israel) Dorit Bar-Or, Yuval Segal, Yael Poliakov, Eyal Rosales, Evelyn Kaplun. Crime-caper comedy about a local printer and a security guard in a small town who plot to steal money from an illegal casino. All bets are off when a group of recently fired seamstresses in the town find out about the heist and plan their own "sting." Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo gallery. (SISU Home Entertainment).
3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD.
In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman found herself so moved by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini that she sent the director a letter, introducing herself and offering her talents. The resulting collaboration produced a series of films that are works of both sociopolitical concern and metaphysical melodrama, each starring Bergman as a woman experiencing physical dislocation and psychic torment in postwar Italy. It also famously led to a scandalous affair and eventual marriage between filmmaker and star, and the focus on their personal lives in the press unfortunately overshadowed the extraordinary films they made together. "Stromboli" (1950), "Europe '51" (1952) and "Journey to Italy" (1954) are intensely personal portraits that reveal the director at his most emotional and the glamorous actor at her most anguished, and that capture them and the world around them in transition. New digital film restorations of the English- and Italian-language versions of "Stromboli" and "Europe '51" and the English-language version of "Journey to Italy", with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions. Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Archival television introductions by director Roberto Rossellini to all three films; audio commentary for "Journey to Italy" featuring scholar Laura Mulvey; "Rossellini Through His Own Eyes," a 1992 documentary on the filmmaker's approach to cinema, featuring archival interviews with Rossellini and Bergman; new visual essays about Rossellini by scholars Tag Gallagher and James Quandt; "Rossellini Under the Volcano," a 1998 documentary that returns to the island of Stromboli 50 years after the making of "Stromboli"; new interview with critic Adriano Apra about each of the films; new interview with Fiorella Mariani, Rossellini's niece, featuring home movies shot by Bergman; new interview with film historian Elena Degrada about the different versions of "Europe '51"; new interviews with Isabella Rossellini and Ingrid Rossellini, daughters of Rossellini and Bergman; "Ingrid Bergman Remembered," a 1996 documentary on the actor's life, narrated by her daughter Pia Lindstrom; "My Dad Is 100 Years Old," a 2005 short film, directed by Guy Maddin and starring Isabella Rossellini; "The Chicken," a 1952 short film by Rossellini, starring Bergman; "A Short Visit With the Rossellini Family," a six-minute film shot on Capri while the family was there during the production of "Journey to Italy"; a booklet featuring essays by critics Richard Brody, Fred Camper, Dina Iordanova, and Paul Thomas; letters exchanged by Rossellini and Bergman; "Why I Directed Stromboli," a 1950 article by Rossellini; a 1954 interview with Rossellini conducted by Eric Rohmer and Francois Truffaut for "Cahiers du cinema"; and excerpts from a 1965 interview with Rossellini conducted by Apa and Maurizio Ponzi for "Filmcritica." (The Criterion Collection).
2 Broke Girls: The Complete Second Season
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $44.98. In the second season, best friends Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) are still waiting tables in Brooklyn, but the future looks bright for their start-up business venture. There's a boost from a famous television personality's review of Max's cupcakes, a lucky break in real estate, and a surprise influx of cash, resulting in the grand opening of Max's Homemade Cupcakes. But success doesn't happen overnight. There are rat droppings to be dealt with, plus ex-boyfriends, a new flame, long nights packing a pastry gun ... and an eviction notice. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Max Homemade Cupcakes" featurette, "Sophie's Advice for Young Entrepreneurs" featurette, 2013 Paley Festival cast Q&A, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
An Unfinished Life BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2005) Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas, Damian Lewis, Camryn Manheim. Extras: Commentary with director Lasse Hallstrom, "The Making of An Unfinished Life" featurette, "Training Bart the Bear" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2013) From the minds that brought you last year's "V/H/S" comes this all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student's disappearance. Directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale,
Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans and Jason Eisener. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VHS. Extras: "Tape 49 Rewind," "Dissecting Phase I Clinical Trials," "Inside Safe Haven," "Slumber Party Alien," "Abduction: Behind the Lights,"" A Ride in the Park: I Dare You," AXS TV: "A Look at V/H/S/2," behind the scenes photo galleries, filmmaker commentary, theatrical trailers. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
War and Peace
(2007) Lavish international co-production adaptation of Tolstoy's classic featuring an ensemble cast including Clemence Poesy, Brenda Blethyn, Malcolm McDowell and Ken Duken, filmed on location in Russia and Lithuania. The program aired in Belgium and France in 2007 but was never available in the U.S. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $49.99. (Acorn Media).
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