Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 7 & 8
(2000) Poirot (David Suchet) solves these complex cases with flair and finesse with the help of Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran). Newly remastered editions of four mysteries in their original U.K. broadcast order:
"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd," "Lord Edgware Dies," "Murder in Mesopotamia" and "Evil Under the Sun." Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. (Acorn Media).
The Amityville Horror Trilogy Deluxe Collector's Edition BLU-RAY
Three-disc set with "The Amityville Horror" (starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder and Oscar(R)-winner Rod Steiger), "Amityville II: The Possession" (starring James Olson, Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, Andrew Prine, Jack Magner, Diane Franklin) and "Amityville 3D" (starring Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Candy Clark). Extras:"The Amityville Horror": New interview, "Haunted Melodies With Composer Lalo Schifrin"; "For God's Sake, Get Out!" documentary with actors James Brolin and Margot Kidder; audio commentary by Dr. Hans Holzer, Ph.D. in Parapsychology (author of "Murder in Amityville"); original theatrical trailer; TV spot; radio spots. "Amityville II: The Possession": "The Possession of Damiani" interview with director Damiano Damiani; "Adapting Amityville" new interview with screenwriter Tommy Lee Wallace; "Family Matters" new interview with Actress Diane Franklin; "A Mother's Burden" new interview with actress Rutanya Alda; "Father Tom's Memories" new interview with actor Andrew Prine; new interview with ghost hunter/author Alexandra Holzer ("Growing Up Haunted: A Ghostly Memoir"); new audio commentary with Holzer; original theatrical trailer. "Amityville 3-D": "A Chilly Reception" new interview with actress Candy Clark, original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Awkward Seasons One & Two
(2013) Four-disc with all 24 episodes of MTV's hit series about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager, $26.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Webisodes, set tour, cast chemistry, cast awkward moments, Valerie's desk, mothers and daughters, wardrobe trailer, Jake and Lissa's relationship, peer-enting, pranks, character intros, about the show, dressing awkward, what's to come, character advice, Team Matty vs. Team Jake, cast vs. fans, fan correspondents, on the red carpet, interview with Molly. (Paramount).
Beauty & the Beast -- The First Season
(2012-13) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $54.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary, three featurettes: "Season in Review: The Beginning," "Dressing the Beauty," "Creating the Beast."
The Big Parade DVD and BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1925) Dir.: King Vidor; John Gilbert, Renee Adoree, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell. First-time release to DVD and Blu-ray. Blu-ray is packed with a 64-page book with comprehensive notes by film historian Kevin Brownlow, with original art, photos and advertising material. Extras: Commentary by historian Jeffrey Vance with King Vidor, "The Men Who Made the Movies: King Vidor" documentary, vintage short: 1925 studio tour. (Warner).
(2013) On October 3, 1951 Ralph Branca became a legendary figure in baseball history. The 26-year old Brooklyn Dodger pitcher became infamous for losing the 1951 National League Pennant to the bitter rival New York Giants, by giving up the game winning homerun termed "The Shot Heard Round the World." Jeered by once-adoring fans and labeled a scapegoat for the rest of his life, Ralph never reclaimed his career. This feature-length documentary follows Branca' journey to pen a memoir that finally tells his side of the story (he shares a secret held for over 50 years --
that the New York Giants cheated) to try and restore his fascinating, yet overlooked legacy in baseball. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey/In Pursuit of the Dragon
(2013) Two documentaries on the legend: "A Warrior's Journey" reveals the soul of Bruce Lee and includes 33 minutes of continuous action footage that was shot for "The Game of Death" but had been lost and appears for the first time here. "In Pursuit of the Dragon" follows the chronology of Lee's four films: "The Big Boss," "Fist of Fury," "The Way of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon." Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
China Beach: The Complete Season One
(2012) Three-disc set with eight episodes, including the two-hour pilot, $22.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: The 25th Anniversary Reunion, December 12, 2012 in Los Angeles; "China Beach: How It All Began" featurette in which the creators and cast reunite and reminisce about the China Beach journey, with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; interviews with Dana Delany and Chloe Webb; pilot episode commentary by series co-creator and executive producer John Sacret Young and director-producer Rod Holcomb. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
(2012) Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Charlie Young, Andy On, Terence Yin. In the safest city in Asia, the Hong Kong police department has been untouchable for years. That was until they receive an anonymous call after a fully loaded police van, carrying five highly trained officers and equipment, disappears off the grid. After several cryptic phone calls, it becomes clear that the hijackers are aware of every crucial decision the task force makes. As the perpetrators execute a carefully planned attack, the police do their best to fight back but little do they know they've become unwitting pawns in a bigger, more dangerous game. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Cold War" featurette, cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
(2013) Voices of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, Chris Sanders, Randy Thom. Read more about "The Croods" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Includes a Belt plush toy for a limited time, "Belt's Cave Journal," "Croods Cuts" (lost scenes), "World of DreamWorks Animation." Blu-ray adds "The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods!," "Be An Artist" and "The Croods Coloring & Storybook Builder App" that allows children to color their favorite characters and scenes from the film, add text and voice to the story, and then share their storybook on their TVs at home. (Fox).
Dead Before Dawn
(2013) Devon Bostick, Martha MacIsaac, Christopher Lloyd, Brandon Jay McLaren, Brittany Allen, Kevin McDonald, Kyle Schmid, Rossif Sutherland, Ellen Dubin. Casper Galloway (Bostick) and his college friends visit an occult shop run by Casper's grandfather (Lloyd) and accidentally unleash an evil curse, causing people to kill themselves and turn in to Zombie Demons, aka Zemons. Armed with a slew of homemade weapons and a Winnebago, the college kids race through the night, killing Zemons and fighting time while frantically searching for a way to reverse the curse within 24 hours. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo (at Best Buy), VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, "making-of" featurette, bloopers. (Wango Films/Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3
(2012) Limited edition set that includes Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 in special collectable gift-set packaging. Formats: DVD, $89.99; Blu-ray Disc, $99.99. Extras: More than three hours of previously released bonus video, including "Downton Abbey: The Making of," "Downton Abbey: Behind the Drama" and more; the set includes the bonus disc "Secrets of Highclere Castle," a one-hour documentary that steps inside the castle featured in "Downton Abbey." (PBS Distribution).
Eyes of the Woods Unrated Special Edition
(2009) Walter Phelan, Elizabeth O'Brick, Lira Kellerman. A group of teens find themselves lost and soon hunted by an unforgiving creature deep within the woods. Formats: DVD. (Lost Empire/MVD Entertainment).
A Fierce Green Fire
(2012) Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, this Sundance documentary brings to light the vital stories of the environmental movement where people fought -- and succeeded -- against enormous odds: From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to fighting toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace to Chico Mendes; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization. Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep. Formats: DVD. Extras: Resource Guide, timeline, biography. (First Run Features).
Fright Night 2: New Blood
(2013) Will Payne, Jaime Murray, Sean Power, Sacha Parkinson. A group of high school students travel abroad to study in Romania and find themselves ensnared in a sexy female vampire's chilling web of lust and terror. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
From Here to Eternity BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1953) Dir.: Fred Zinnemann; Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine. Meticulously restored from a 4K scan. Extras: Commentary with Tim Zinnemann (Fred Zinnemann's son) and Alvin Sargent; vintage "The Making of From Here to Eternity"; vintage "Fred Zinnemann: As I See It" featurette; new "Eternal History" graphics in picture track that vovers the complete story of how the Best Picture winner came to be made: From the Rudyard Kipling poem that inspired its name, to James Jones' controversial source novel, to the film's legendary casting and censorship struggles, with new interviews (with Tina Sinatra, Tim Zinnemann, Jack Larson (actor and Clift friend), Robert Osborne, Kate Buford (author, "Burt Lancaster -- An American Life," film critic Kim Morgan, film historian Alan K. Rode, journalist-film historian Virginia Campbell), exclusive photos and other rare material. (Sony).
The Frozen Ground
(2013) Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, Radha Mitchell. Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Cage) sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years until one of his victims escapes and helps give the police vital information on the psychopath. Based on actual events. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Scott Walker and producers Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming; deleted scenes; "Examining The Frozen Ground: Behind-the-scenes featurette; "Writing The Frozen Ground" featurette; "Anatomy of a Serial Killer" featurette; extended interviews with cast and crew. (Lionsgate).
Glee: The Complete Fourth Season
(2012-13) Twenty-two episodes. Formats: Six-disc DVD, $59.98; four-disc Blu-ray, $69.99. Extras: "Glee" music jukebox, "Glee" premiere party, deleted scenes, "Movin' On Up: Glee in NYC," "Girls (and Boys) On Film," "Glee on Film," "The Road to 500." (Fox).
House of Wax BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1953) Dir.: Andre de Toth; Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni, Charles Buchinsky (aka Charles Bronson). New, restored and remastered high-definition 3D Blu-ray; includes 2D version. The film was the first color 3D feature released by a major studio and become a huge hit (If adjusted to today's gross, it would have brought in more than $401 million, placing it among the top 100 highest grossing films ever). It also marked Vincent Price's first major starring horror role and changed the course of his career. Originally designed to lure audiences away from their TV sets, 3D utilized a "left-eye/right-eye" dual projection process and polarized glasses, the basis for what is seen today. Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging group's work on "House of Wax" included a 4K scan, and a full restoration of the two "eyes," as well as perfect 3D image alignment. Extras: New featurette, "House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before"; "Mystery of the Wax Museum," the original 1933 film on which "House of Wax" was based; commentary; "Round-the-Clock Premiere: Coast Hails House of Wax"; trailer. (Warner).
How I Met Your Mother Season Eight
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $39.98.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary, "The Making of P.S. I Love You," "P.S. I Love You" music video, "Where We Make Your Mother: Set Tour With Josh Radnor," gag reel. (Fox).
Jack Irish, Set 1
(2012) Guy Pearce stars as the brooding antihero of Australian writer Peter Temple's award-winning novels. In these two feature-length movies ("Bad Debts" and "Black Tide"), Irish is reeling in the wake of his wife's murder. The former lawyer has reinvented himself as a part-time private investigator and debt collector with a knack for getting into trouble. Broadcast in Australia on ABC1 in Oct. 2012. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Behind the scenes of "Black Tide." (Acorn Media).
The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Voices of Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Pat Carroll, Buddy Hackett, Christopher Daniel, Kenneth Mars. Formats: Three-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Music Download), retail $49.99, $34.96 and free shipping from Amazon; two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray + DVD/Digital Copy), retail $44.99, $26.99 and free shipping from Amazon; two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray + DVD), retail $39.99, $26.86 and free shipping from Amazon. Extras: New music video, "@ Disney Animation," Disney Intermission, deleted character, "The Real Little Mermaid: Live Action Reference Model," "Part of Her World: Jodi Benson's Voyage to New Fantasyland," classic DVD bonus features. (Disney).
Magnum P.I.: The Complete Series
(1980-88) All eight season of the iconic series are collected together for the first time in this 162-episode, 42-disc collection, $169.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
(2010) Jeanne Tripplehorn, Leland Orser, Laura Linney, Elliott Gould, Kyle Chandler, Jason Ritter. Five days in the life of an American couple immediately following the accidental death of their child; their grief becomes a private torment that threatens to destroy their world and, driven apart by sorrow, they try to find their way back to each other and the chance to love again. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Series
(1984-1996) Sixty-three discs of all 12 seasons (264 episodes), $199.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
(2013) Ashlee Mclemore, Revon Usif. When a young man moves across the hall from his high school crush, his basic lust turns to obsession; he quickly discovers that voyeurism alone will not be enough to quench his desire for her. Formats: DVD. (Lee Production/MVD Entertainment).
New Girl Season Two
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary on "Cooler," "Full of Schmidt," gag reel, extended version of "Virgins" episode. (Fox).
(2013) The Discovery Channel journeys deep into a hidden world, crossing impossible mountains and endless deserts, diving into unexplored forests and crashing into rugged coasts to discover Earth's most spectacular wildlife. "North America" showcases the unforgiving and brutal, yet beautiful, continent and the boundless rewards it offers for those brave enough to take on this land and call her home. Narrated by Tom Selleck. Formats: DVD, $29,93; Blu-ray Disc, $34.99. An additional Blu-ray, with a 32-page photo booklet of the continent's untamed wildlife and wilderness, will be available for $39.93. Extras: Blu-ray adds a photo gallery. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
100 Bloody Acres
(2012 -- Australia) Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, Jamie Kristian, John Jarratt, Chrissie Page. Inspired insanity about two brothers, Reg (Herriman) and Lindsay (Sampson), who are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business alive. Though their secret "recipe" for success -- using dead car crash victims in their product -- has been a huge boon to business, their supply runs low until Reg stumbles upon three stranded travelers to use for even fresher ingredients. But when Reg finds himself falling for the lovely Sophie (Anna McGahan), one of his intended victims, things get trickier -- and gorier -- for both his bossy brother and himself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Behind 100 Bloody Acres" featurette, "Bloody" SFX featurette," Grinding the Roadie," storyboard gallery, mood reel, gag reel, Morgan's organic TV commercials, Morgan's organic radio ads, "Recording the Radio Ad," "The Cairnes' reenact the Shed Scene," Reg the dog's audition, theatrical trailer, "Celestial Avenue," a short film by the Cairnes Brothers. (Doppelganger Releasing).
Paul McCartney -- Going Underground: McCartney, The Beatles and the UK Counter-Culture
(2013) In the mid-1960s the often rigid and colorless British way of life was irrevocably transformed by the emergence of a cultural underground movement. Led by a loose collective of young radicals, they introduced new social, sexual and aesthetic perspectives. Operating out of the heart of London, their various activities, from The International Times -- a bi-weekly journal that no hipster could be seen without -- to the psychedelic nightclub UFO, promoted alternative lifestyles and values, and sparked a social revolution. This film not only traces the history of this underground scene, but also explores its impact on the pre-eminent British group of the era, The Beatles. Although they were well established by the time the movement emerged, The Beatles, and Paul McCartney in particular, were closely linked with several of its key players, and through their exposure to cutting edge concepts, brought ideas directly from the avant-garde into the mainstream. Features new interviews with key players from the time, including Barry Miles of the IT, Pink Floyd producer Joe Boyd, Robert Wyatt, and many more, as well as rare footage, archive photographs, and music from The Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Soft machine, and others. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
(2012) A perfect example of cross-pollination between divisions of a conglomerate, here Disney, which broadcasts "Phineas and Ferb" on its Disney Channel, and Marvel Comics, which Disney bought in 2009. Phineas and Ferb team up with Marvel Super Heroes (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk) in one of seven episodes in this anthology. After Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latest "-inator" scheme accidentally removes the powers of some very well-known Marvel Super Heroes (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk), the heroes enter the world of Danville and team up with Phineas and Ferb to relocate their powers, defeat the Marvel Super Villains (Red Skull, MODOK, Whiplash and Venom) and save Danville from ultimate destruction. Includes a collectible comic book and an exclusive Marvel poster. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
Shaquille O'Neal Presents All Star Comedy Jam -- Live from Atlanta
(2013) Hosted by funnyman Faizon Love and hand-picked by NBA All Star Shaquille O'Neal, this evening of stand-up comedy presents a top-notch lineup pairing veterans with up-and-coming talent: Robert Powel, Lavar Walker, Gina Yashere, Finesse Mitchell, Red Grant and a special guest appearance by DJ Big Tigger. Filmed at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in front of a live audience during the 2013 NCAA Final Four Weekend. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
So This Is Christmas
(2013) Vivica A. Fox, Eric Roberts, Lexi Ainsworth, Titus Makin Jr. An 18-year-old's life is headed in the wrong direction -- hanging out with a bad crowd and seeking an escape from the drama at home -- until she volunteers for a Christmas play with underprivileged children, finding purpose by helping people in need and using that to help heal her troubled family. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Teen Mom: The Complete First Season
(2009-10) Three-disc set with eight episodes, $9.96, exclusively at Walmart.
Formats: DVD. Extras: 100 minutes of special features, including the finale special and unseen moments. (MTV/Paramount).
This Is the End
(2013) Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Aziz Ansari, Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Martin Starr, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Read more about "This Is the End" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with directors Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg; "Directing Your Friends" featurette; "This Is the Marketing": Marketing outtakes, cast featurette, redband sizzle trailer, and four additional confessionals: "Aziz Haunts Craig Confessional," "James & Danny Confessional." "Jonah Confessional," "Seth & Jay Confessional." Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; "This Is the Gag Reel," line-o-ramas blooper reel with back-to-back shots of the actors' different delivery of certain lines from the film; six featurettes: "Meta-Apocalypse in which the cast discusses the unique acting challenges of playing versions of themselves, "Let's Get Technical" visual effects & technical aspects of the film, "Party Time" behind-the-scenes look at the making of the party scene at James Franco's house, "The Cannibal King" with Channing Tatum and Danny McBride, "The Making of 'The Making of Pineapple Express 2'" behind-the-scenes look at the cast making the sequel to "Pineapple Express," "Jay & Seth vs. The Apocalypse" original short that inspired the film. (Sony).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown
(2012-13) The Turtles face off against new enemies and old in this two-disc set featuring the final 12 episodes of the first season. Formats: DVD, $12.99. Extras: "The Mutation of a Scene": "The Pulverizer," "TCRI," "Cockroach Terminator," "Baxter's Gambit"; animated comic books: "Tales from the Turtle Lair, Parts Three-Six." (Nickeloden/Paramount).
(2001) Anna Friel, Raoul Bova, Volker Bruch, Andre Jacobs. During an excavation in the remote Jordanian desert, an atheist archaeologist discovers an ancient parchment, buried in the ruins of an ancient temple, indicating the location of the long-lost "Seal of Solomon," which, according to legend, was given by God to King Solomon. This sets into motion a treasure hunt by the Vatican's elite Treasure Guards, the archaeologist's estranged father (himself a famous archaeologist), and other schemers. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
With Love ... From the Age of Reason
(2010 -- France/Belgium) Sophie Marceau, Marton Csokas, Michel Duchaussoy, Jonathan Zaccai. "Dear Me. Today I am seven years old and I'm writing you this letter to help you remember the promises I made when I was 7, and also to remind you of what I want to become ..." Thus begins the letter that Margaret receives on her 40th birthday. An executive at a multinational construction firm, Margaret's regimented lifestyle revolves around meetings, business dinners and pre-scheduled sex with her partner. But when a retired notary delivers a stack of letters written by Margaret when she was seven years old, the successful professional begins to rethink her existence. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition
(1939) Five-disc set includes Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and UltraViolet versions of the film; a new documentary, "The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz"; bonus features from previous editions; premium collectibles (A collectible 75th Anniversary journal, Sparkle Ruby Slippers Globe, Noble Collection three-piece enamel pin set, a map of Oz and a 48-page hardcover book); $105.43; Order now for $79.99 and free shipping from Amazon. Three more editions will be available separately: a two-disc DVD (retail $16.95, $11.79 at Amazon), a one-disc Blu-ray (retail $19.98, $12.99 at Amazon) and a two-disc 3D/Blu-ray (retail $35.99, $25.11 and free shipping at Amazon), all with the new documentary and extra content. Read the press release here. (Warner).
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Best of Collection
(2013) Four-disc set with 28 episodes of the preschoolers' favorites, with each disc devoted to one Wuzzleburg friend: "Best of Wubbzy," "Best of Widget," "Best of Walden" and "Best of Daizy." Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: Coloring and activity sheets, music videos. (Anchor Bay).
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Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger
(2013) Emanuele De Santi, Valeria Sannino, Paolo Luciani, Alessandro Gramanti, Wilmar Zimosa. A young man makes a pact with a demon to give him superhuman strength and dark powers to wreak bloody revenge on the local mafia and corrupt police for the death of his wife.
Formats: DVD). Extras: "H.A.B.S (Hyper-realistic Anime Blood Simulation)" featurette, "Mechanisms of Gore," "From Idea to Screen,"" Building Up Adam," "Scene Autopsy," trailer. (Autonomy Pictures).
(2013) Dir.: M. Night Shyamalan; Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoe Kravitz, David Denman, Sophie Okonedo. Read more about "After Earth" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Father's Legacy" featurette with Will and Jaden Smith on- and off-screen; "1,000 Years in 300 Seconds" on-location featurette; "The Nature of the Future" featurette that explores the beautiful landscapes in which the film was shot (Costa Rica, Utah and Northern California), set to lush music. Blu-ray adds alternate opening sequence; "Building a World" featurette; "Pre-Visualizing the Future" featurette; "The Animatics of After Earth" featurette. (Sony).
Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure
(2013) Holiday-themed sequel to the 2010 animated family film. Here Alpha and Omega's youngest cub disappears just before the holiday festivities and the pair set off to track him down.
Formats: DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo available exclusively at Walmart, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, wolf trivia, "Are you an Alpha or an Omega?" quiz. (Lionsgate).
American Horror Story: Asylum: The Complete Second Season
(2012-13) Thirteen episodes. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Orderly," "What is American Horror Story: Asylum?", "Welcome to Briarcliff Manor," "The Creatures." (Fox).
The Avengers -- The Complete Emma Peel Megaset
(1965-1968) A 16-disc set, including all three seasons and 51 episodes that featured Emma Peel's (Diana Rigg) undercover roles, from her unforgettable debut in her famous leather cat suit, to her thrilling last spy adventure. Available on DVD for the first time in four years, the collection spans all of Peel's time on the hit series with star Patrick Macnee. Formats: DVD, $49.98. (Lionsgate).
Berlin Job (aka St George's Day)
(2012) Charles Dance, Sean Pertwee, Dexter Fletcher, Vincent Regan, Luke Treadaway, William Bishop, Craig Fairbrass. Follows two infamous London gangsters who are on top of the food chain until their world is turned upside down when they lose a shipment of the Russian Mafia's cocaine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Cinedigm).
The Best of (The Original) An Evening at the Improv
(2013) Four-disc set with 12 hours of invaluable archival footage of more than 100 iconic comedians who performed at the famous venue (and which was aired as hour programs on A&E as "An Evening at the Improv"), including Milton Berle, Shecky Greene, Shelley Berman, Paul Reiser, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Seinfeld, Howie Mandel, Jim Carrey, Richard Lewis, Bob Saget, Arsenio Hall, Billy Crystal, Bill Maher, Phyllis Diller, Sandra Bernhard, Elayne Boosler, Paula Poundstone, Carol Leifer, Steven Wright, Father Guido Sarducci, Fred Willard, John Byner and Pee-wee Herman. Formats: DVD. (Somerville House).
Bob and the Monster
(2011) This award winning documentary follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest (lead vocalist and lyricist for Los Angeles bands Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief) through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the U.S. today. The film crafts contemporary footage and compelling interviews with archival performances to reveal the complex layers of this troubled, but hopeful soul. Testimony from his peers, including Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis and Flea, add texture, but it's the depth of Bob's music, interwoven throughout the film, that illuminates this unforgettable and inspirational story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shaker Films/MVD Entertainment).
Bones Season Eight
(2012-13) 26 episodes. Formats: Six-disc DVD, $59.98; five-disc Blu-ray, $69.99. Extras: Commentary on "The Future in the Past," deleted scenes, "Dying to Know: Bones Answers Your Questions," "Bare Bones: Total Fandom-onium," gag reel. (Fox).
(2011 -- TV) Aisling Loftus, Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan, Stephen Fry, Robert Sheehan. Based on Mary Norton's novels, "The Borrowers" (also a 1997 feature film starring Jim Broadbent and John Goodman and the 2012 Studio Ghibli "The Secret World of Arrietty") follows the adventures of a secret family of four-inch people living inside the walls of a house. Arrietty Clock is a head-strong teenage Borrower whose parents, Pod and Homily, are terrified of the "Human Beans" who live above them. Desperate for freedom and adventure, Arrietty sneaks out one night and befriends a lonely boy who lives upstairs. But Arrietty's adventure inadvertently reveals her family's existence to the scheming scientist Professor Mildeye, forcing them to go on the run into the big bad world. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of The Borrowers." (Universal).
Bratz Go to Paris The Movie
(2013) When someone starts mysteriously poisoning the most popular models in Paris, Cloe, Yasmin, Jade and Sasha are recruited to go undercover in the City of Lights as supermodels to find the evil mastermind! But will the girls be able to discover the secret before one of them is the next target? Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Five Bratzillaz bonus webisodes. (Lionsgate).
Caillou: Let's Go Sledding
(2013) Nine adventures in which Caillou teaches kids about patience, recognizing limits and the benefits of practice. Formats: DVD, $9.99. Extras: Printable coloring pages and activities. (PBS Distribution).
Chucky: The Complete Collection -- Limited Edition
Set a play date with Chucky as all six movies come together for the first time in this chilling collection: "Child's Play," "Child's Play 2," "Child's Play 3," "Bride of Chucky," "Seed of Chucky" and "Curse of Chucky." Formats: DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray Disc, $84.98. Extras: Includes all the extras from the original releases. (Universal).
(2012) Shoshana Bush, Heather Hemmens, Sean Young, Jenna Boyd, Haley Ramm. When a seemingly fun party goes horribly awry with the rape of a girl and the murder of the perpetrator, a group of teenagers decide to cover up the crime ... only to unearth a shocking truth that leads them down an even more sinister path that forces them to make hard decisions about their fates. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
(1968) Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Kate O'Mara, Billy Murray, Wendy Varnals, Jan Waters, David Lodge. First-ever U.S. home video release of arguably the wildest, sickest and sleaziest swinging-sixties British horror thriller. The legendary Peter Cushing stars as a surgeon driven to murder and madness as he attempts to restore the beauty of his hideously disfigured fashion model wife. This special edition contains shocking scenes of gore and nudity previously deemed too strong for American audiences. Released to coincide with Cushing's 100th birthday (1913-1994). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New hi-def digital restoration of the original uncensored version; "International Version" of the movie with bloody violence and nudity presented for the very first time in America; interviews with stars Wendy Varnals, Billy Murray, Jan Waters and Peter Cushing; commentary by acclaimed UK horror journalist Jonathan Rigby and Peter Cushing biographer David Miller; isolated music and effects track; liner notes by Allan Bryce, editor of the celebrated British horror magazine "The Dark Side"; extensive still galleries, trailers, TV spots and radio spots; original annotated director's shooting script and production notes; more. (Grindhouse Releasing).
Curse of Chucky
(2013) Fiona Dourif, A Martinez, Danielle Bisutti, Brennan Elliott, with Brad Dourif once again providing the voice of Chucky. It's been a quarter of a century since fans were first petrified by Toyland's most lethal serial killer, and now Chucky is back to finish off the job he started so long ago. When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif), she doesn't give it much thought. However, after her mother's mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Playing With Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky." Blu-ray adds "Living Doll: Bringing Chucky to Life," "Voodoo Doll: The Chucky Legacy," storyboard comparisons. (Universal).
(2010) Lucas Grabeel, David Hasselhoff, Patrick Gallagher, Bree Turner, Gary Hudson. A Caucasian boy -- adopted by an Asian family -- who dreams of being a ninja travels to Hollywood to avenge the death of the Dancing Ninja school's beloved sensei at the hands of a vicious ex-student, an American action movie star. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
A Day in the Life Seasons 1 and 2
(2011-12) Two-disc set with 16 episodes of Morgan Spurlock's series that takes a look at the most innovative and intriguing individuals in our cultural and business landscape. Each episode of the series -- the Hulu web service's first original production -- goes behind the scenes for a day with celebrities, musicians, comedians, dancers and entrepreneurs, including Richard Branson, will.i.am, Mario Batali, Joel McHale, Marc Maron and Questlove. Formats: DVD, $24.89. (Virgil Films).
Dinosaur Train: We Are a Dinosaur Family
(2013) Eight prehistoric family adventures that embrace and celebrate the fascination
that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills. Formats: DVD, $9.99. Extras: Printable coloring pages and activities. (PBS Distribution).
Drawing With Mark
(2013) Hosted by Mark Marderosian, a professional cartoonist and illustrator with more than 25 years of experience, this Parents' Choice and Creative Child Magazine award-winning television series teaches children of all ages the fundamentals of drawing. There are two separate DVDs, each containing two episodes: "Reach for the Stars and A Day With the Dinosaurs" and "We All Scream for Ice Cream and Happy Tails." Formats: DVD, $14.98 each. Extras: A draw-along-booklet with coloring page insert, downloadable coloring pages. (Shelter Island).
Six new DVDs each featuring two animated retellings of the most beloved classic tales, originally airing on Comcast and Hulu: "The Night Before Christmas & The Christmas Elves," "Snow White & The Princess Castle," "The Jungle King & The Prince and the Pauper," "A Tale of Egypt & Noah's Ark," "Beauty and the Beast & Pocahontas" and "Camelot & Hercules." $9.95 each. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2013) Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, Sharlto Copley. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Jupiter's moon Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Exploring the Visual Effects of Europa Report," "The Musical Journey of Europa Report," behind-the-scenes photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Extended Director's Cut Blu-ray
(1973) Dir.: William Friedkin; Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge. Includes the extended director's cut and the theatrical version. Formats:Extras: New featurette, "Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist," in which author Blatty returns to some of the locations that figure in the novel and film; "Talk of the Devil," in which Blatty talks with Father Eugene Gallagher about the true story behind the exorcism; two commentaries by Friedkin; commentary by Blatty; introduction by Friedkin; 1998 BBC documentary "The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist"; "Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist" set footage; "The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now"; "Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist," with Friedkin and Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes from the film; original ending; interviews; sketches and storyboards; radio spots; TV spots; trailers. (Warner).
Fantastic Voyage BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1966) Dir.: Richard Fleischer; Stephen Boyd, Donald Pleasence, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Arthur O'Connell, Arthur Kennedy. Extras: Commentary by film and music historian Jeff Bond; isolated score track with commentary by film and music historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman; "Lava Lamps & Celluloid: A Tribute to the Visual Effects of Fantastic Voyage"; Storyboard-to-scene comparison: Whirlpool Scene; original theatrical trailer. (Fox).
(2013) Romeo Miller, Darrin Henson, Mishon Ratliff, Denyce Lawton. Two brothers, Kyle and Quentin "Q" Cooper, raised to carry on their family's proud legacy in the Delta Gamma fraternity, become rivals when Kyle pledges another fraternity, causing a huge family rift and disappointing his over-bearing father. Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).
The Guild: Season Six
(2012) The final season of the web series created by geek goddess Felicia Day. Codex (Day) thinks she has found her calling working for Floyd Petrovski at the headquarters of "The Game." Instead, she finds that her new job is less a dream and more of a nightmare when Floyd's insecurities prevent him from releasing the much-anticipated underwater expansion. Vork, Zaboo and Tink complicate her life even more when they invade her workplace to advance their own gaming agendas. Meanwhile, Bladezz gets kicked out of the house and ropes Clara into the addictive world of video blogging. Formats: DVD, $14.95. Extras: Commentary with the cast, commentary with the creator and director, never-before-seen footage, "I'm the One That's Cool" music video. (Cinedigm).
The Guild Complete Megaset
(2007-2012) Six disc set of the pioneering and award-winning web series, $59.95.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, gag reels, cast and crew interviews, more. (Cinedigm).
The Hangover Part III
(2013) Dir.: Todd Phillips.; Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung, John Goodman.
Read more about "The Hangover Part III" in the October Calendar.Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Replacing Zach: The Secret Auditions," outtakes, "The Wolfpack's Wildest Stunts," "Zach Galifianakis in His Own Words," "Pushing the Limits," action mash-up, "Inside Focus: The Real Chow," extended scenes.
The Horses of McBride
(2013) Aidan Quinn, MacKenzie Porter, Kari Matchett. Formats: DVD. When a young woman discovers two horses stranded deep in the Rocky Mountain snow, she makes it her mission to find a way to get them to safety: With no other options, she picks up a shovel and starts to dig out the mile long path, inspiring her father and the entire community to band together to save the horses in the spirit of Christmas. Inspired by a true story. (Entertainment One).
House on Straw Hill
(1976) Banned in Britain for 30 years, this is a shockingly violent and erotic tale of seduction, brutality and revenge. Cult movie icon Udo Kier stars as a successful novelist suffering from writer's block, who rents a country cottage in the hope of finding inspiration. But the arrival of a sensual secretary (Linda Haydena) sets in motion a chain of events that culminate in an unrestrained explosion of sex and savagery. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director James Kenelm Clarke and producer Brian Smedley-Aston; new interviews with director Clarke and star Linda Hayden; trailer. (Severin Films).
I Married a Witch
(1942) Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her to the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them -- a prospective governor (Fredric March) about to marry a spoiled socialite (Susan Hayward). This most delightful of the films the innovative French director Rene Clair made in Hollywood is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio interview with director Rene Clair, trailer, booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Guy Maddin and a 1970 interview with Clair. (The Criterion Collection).
In the Flesh
(2013) Three-part BBC America series about a zombie epidemic, a catastrophic war, and the rehabilitation and medication for those with PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome). Four years after the Rising, the government starts to bring the Undead back into society, including teenager
Kieren Walker, who returns home to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception as well as his own demons. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
League of Super Evil Megaset
(2013) Eight-disc set with all 52 episodes of the animated TV series that follows four Super Villains (L.O.S.E.) who have set their sights on nothing less than total neighborhood domination, except they have no powers, no skills, no money ... and the worst thing they've done is irritate their neighbors. Led by self-proclaimed mastermind Voltar, L.O.S.E. includes muscle-bound nice-guy Red Menace, Mad Scientist Doktor Frogg and inter-dimensional hell-hound Doomageddon. Formats: DVD, $79.95. (Cinedigm).
Lifetime 12 Films of Christmas
Six-disc set with 12 Lifetime Holiday films: "The Road to Christmas," "Recipe for a Perfect Christmas," "Home By Christmas," "A Christmas Wedding," "Holiday Switch," "A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride," "Under the Mistletoe," "Holiday Wishes," "Christmas in Paradise," "Deck the Halls," "His & Her Christmas," "Will You Merry Me?" Formats: DVD, $24.98. (Lionsgate).
Marvel's Avengers Assemble: Assembly Required
(2013 -- TV) Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and the newest recruit Falcon, battle Red Skull and M.O.D.O.K. in this two-part animated adventure. Formats: DVD, $19.99. Extras: "Marvel Mash-Ups" and three bonus episodes. (Disney).
Masterpiece Mystery!: Inspector Lewis Pilot Through Series 6
(2012) Fourteen-disc set with 27 mysteries and a bonus video that features "The Making of..." and an interview with Kevin Whately (Inspector Lewis), $129.99. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
(2012) Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States all the way to the Vatican. Voiceover talent includes John Slattery, Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper and James Patrick Sheridan. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Middle: The Complete Third Season
(2011-12) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Monster High: 13 Wishes
(2013) More animated adventures of the kids at Monster High: When the little sister of Clawdeen Wolf, Howleen, stumbles upon a genie who grants her not 3, but 13 wishes, the ghouls quickly learn to be scareful what you wish for, because each wish comes with a dark side, and soon the student disem-body of Monster High is turned upside-down. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life -- 30th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. To celebrate the 30th anniversary, re-live every side-splitting comedic moment, every outrageous vignette and every tasteless joke, as Monty Python commands your attention once again following their breakthrough "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Life of Brian." "The Meaning of Life" brought all the loyal Pythonites back together, sharing writing responsibilities as they returned to their much loved sketch show format, with Terry Jones directing and John Goldstone producing, the group bringing to life roles ranging from The Grim Reaper to the legendary Mr. Creosote. Segments included "The Miracle of Birth," "Live Organ Transplants" and "The Autumn Years."
Formats:Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Meaning of Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Reunion," in which the Pythons takes a funny, enlightening trip down memory lane. Thirty years after making "The Meaning of Life," Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones and Palin reunite for a new hour-long conversation about the last movie they made together. From the beach in Jamaica where it was written to the hilarious ideas that didn't make the cut, the Pythons provoke laughter and thought with a wide-ranging discussion about comedy, society, the universe and the biggest mystery of all: "why are fish funny?" And there's a sing-along version of the film. Other bonus features: 2003 prologue by Eric Idle, "The Snipped Bits," "The School of Life" featurette ("The Meaning of Making The Meaning of Life," "Educational Tips to Prepare You for Life in the Real World," Un Film De John Cleese: A Trailer for the John Cleese Version of the Film," "Remastering a Masterpiece: How to Revive an Old Master"), a "Fish" featurette, a song-and-dance featurette, "Selling the Meaning of Life: In Your Face Promotional Material," "Soundtrack for the Lonely" (soundtrack for people watching at home alone), commentary with Jones and Gilliam. (Universal).
Much Ado About Nothing
(2013) Dir.: Joss Whedon; Reed Diamond, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Riki Lindhome, Spencer Treat Clark.
Read more about "Much Ado About Nothing" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Much Ado About Making Nothing" featurette, "Bus Ado About Nothing" featurette, commentary with screenwriter-director Joss Whedon, commentary with screenwriter-director Joss Whedon and cast, "Sigh No More" music video. (Lionsgate).
My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
(2005) First in the My Little Pony Classic Movies reissue program. Formats: DVD, $9.99. Extras: Sing-alongs. (Shout! Factory Kids).
Night Train to Terror
(1985) Cameron Mitchell, John Phillip Law, Merideth Haze, Richard Moll. Aboard a fast moving train bound for Hell, God and Satan decide the fates of three unfortunate mortals: Harry, a fiendish killer who keeps the horribly mutilated body parts of his countless victims in a diabolical torture chamber; Gretta, a young woman, obsessed with death, who takes part in an unspeakable ritual of Russian roulette; and Claire, a young woman and a Holocaust survivor who is terrorized by the son of Satan. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary, interviews, theatrical trailer. (Vinegar Syndrome).
90210 -- The Final Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $47.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Season in Review: The Last Chapter," "Script to Screen: Creatinan Episode," "Casting 9021," "90210 4Ever: Retrospective," set tours with Jessica Stroup (Erin Silver) and Matt Lanter (Liam Court), commentary. (CBS/Paramount).
On the Riviera BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1951) Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet. Danny Kaye in a dual performances in this musical farce about a womanizing French financier-aviator (Kaye) who, faced with a scheduling conflict, hires a nightclub performer (also Kaye) to temporarily impersonate him ... and romance two beautiful women who both think he's their lover. Released to celebrate Kaye's centennial. Extras: "The Riviera Story: A Remarkable Impersonation," "A Portrait of Danny Kaye," "The Jack of Clubs: Choreographer Jack Cole," theatrical trailer. (Fox).
Power Rangers Super Samurai: A Christmas Wish
(2013) Three Christmas-themed episodes with the Samurai Rangers: "Super Samurai Stuck on Christmas," "Mighty Morphin Forever Friends" and "Mighty Morphin Alpha's Magical Christmas." Formats: DVD, $14.98; Digital. Extras: "Mega Bloks Holiday Toymation" video. (Lionsgate).
Psych: The Complete Seventh Season
(2013) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $59.98. It's business as unusual for "psychic" crime fighter Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and best pal Burton "Gus" Guster (Dule Hill) as they track down Bigfoot, go undercover as wacky radio DJs, and solve the ultimate murder mystery. And, Gus finally gets the girl. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
(2013) Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge. Read more about "The Purge" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge." (Universal).
(2013) Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran. With the best of intentions, a man implements a plan to force his best friend to end his drug addiction before it leads to an early death, tying him up in an abandoned cabin. But events take an unexpected turn as the pair confront personal demons, the consequences of past actions, and forces beyond their control. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: (Cinedigm/Tribeca).
Robot Chicken Season 6
(2012-13) Twenty episodes of the top-rated, animated Adult Swim television series. Guest stars this season include Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Chalke, Kat Dennings, Sam Elliott, Ben Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Lucas Grabeel, Megan Hilty, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Levi, J.B. Smoove, Liev Schreiber, Jon Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Stanley Tucci, Olivia Wilde, and Alex Winter. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $29.98; single-disc Blu-ray, $39.98. Extras: Featurettes: "The Making of Robot Chicken Season 6," "They Came to Play," "Our First Ladies," "Kirkman on Kirkman," "My First Time," "The Dirt on Seth and Matt," "The Inside Joke," "The Wilson Identity: From People to Puppets," "The Benefits of Robot Chicken," "Who the F*** is Zeb," "Post-Apolcalyptic Future of Holidays," "Channel Flips," "Chicken Nuggets," deleted animatics, outtakes. (Warner).
The Secret of Crickley Hall
(2012) A year after their 5-year-old son goes missing, a family moves to Crickley Hall, a seemingly perfect countryside house. But when supernatural events begin to take place, the family begins to feel that the house is somehow connected to their lost son. The story shifts beetween the present day and 1943, when the house was an orphanage for children who had been evacuated from London during the war and run by the frightening Augustus Cribben. BBC America miniseries. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2012) Danielle Harris, John Jarratt, Casper Van Dien. The latest victim of a serial killer -- who has claimed the lives of a number of other women -- escapes his assault, only to be tracked down by the murderer, who is now obsessed with and holds great affection for the woman. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 4
(1976-77) Eight-disc set with 22 uncut episodes and three crossover episodes of "The Bionic Woman," $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Star Wars Trilogy Episodes I-III
The three "Star Wars" prequels: "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $59.99 ($39.96 and free shipping from Amazon). Blu-ray Extras: Audio commentary for each movie with George Lucas, the cast and crew; never-before-released audio commentary for each movie from archival interviews with cast and crew. (Fox).
Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI
The original "Star Wars" trilogy: "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $59.99 ($39.96 and free shipping from Amazon). Blu-ray Extras: Audio commentary for each movie with George Lucas, the cast and crew; never-before-released audio commentary for each movie from archival interviews with cast and crew. (Fox).
(2012) Milo Ventimiglia, Sarah Shahi, William Mapother, Sara Paxton. A couple facing marital problems after losing their child finds their lives turned upside down when a panicked girl appears at their home in the middle of the night, followed by masked intruders. Shot in full 3D. Formats: DVD, 3d Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary. (Cinedigm).
Tad: The Lost Explorer
(2012 -- Spain) CGI-animated family film. Construction worker Tad Stones often daydreams of an exciting life as an adventurer. One day, his dreams come true when he is mistaken for a famous archeologist and is whisked off to Peru while in possession of a sacred key; there he's caught up in a thrilling race against evil treasure hunters as he joins a professor and his beautiful daughter in their search for the Lost City of Paititi. Features music from One Direction and the voices of "Modern Family's" Ariel Winter and Cheech Marin. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray Disc/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Thomas and Friends: Santa's Little Engine
(2013) Five episodes: Thomas is full steam ahead as a Really Useful Reindeer, saving the day by guiding Santa's sleigh straight to the Sodor Christmas celebration. When snowfall transforms the island of Sodor into a winter wonderland, Thomas discovers that being safe is the best route to holiday fun, Percy makes everyone's Christmas wishes come true and Gordon discovers his friends' special skills are the gifts that keep on giving, all year long. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Sir Topham Hatt's Frosty friend game, Guess Who? puzzles. (Lionsgate).
Totally Spies Season 2: Volume 2: Fame & Fashion
(2003-4) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the Cartoon Network and ABC Family teen girl series about three typical high school girls -- best friends -- who work as undercover spies for the secret organization WOOHP. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (Cinedigm).
Totally Spies Season 2: Volume 1: Secret Agents
(2003-4) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the Cartoon Network and ABC Family teen girl series about three typical high school girls -- best friends -- who work as undercover spies for the secret organization WOOHP. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (Cinedigm).
Totally Spies Collection: Seasons 1-3
(2001-5) Twelve-disc set with the first three seasons of the Cartoon Network and ABC Family teen girl series about three typical high school girls -- best friends -- who work as undercover spies for the secret organization WOOHP. Formats: DVD, $99.95. (Cinedigm).
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters -- Predacons Rising
(2013) Ninety-minute epilogue to the final season wraps up the series that chronicled the epic battle between the Decepticons and the Autobots: A resurrected Unicron has taken over the now-lifeless body of Megatron to seek vengeance on the Autobots and ultimately, the destruction of Cybertron. This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the Autobots, Decepticons, Predaking and two new Predacons, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet. Formats: DVD, $16.97; Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $24.97. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Shout! Factory).
White Collar Season Four
(2012-13) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Tim DeKay -- In the Director's Chair," "In the Wind" commentary. (Fox).
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1961) Dir.: Irwin Allen; Walter Pidgeon, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Joan Fontaine, Robert Sterling, Michael Ansara, Frankie Avalon, Regis Toomey. Extras: Commentary by author Tim Colliver, "Science Fiction: Fantasy to Reality" documentary, interview with Barbara Eden, isolated score track, original theatrical trailer. (Fox).
(2013) Martin Copping, Danny Trejo, Claire Neiderpruem, Jason K. Wixom, Jade Regier. Set in a post-apocalyptic Zombie wasteland caused by the mysterious street drug "Natas," the film follows the Hunter (Copping), who has nothing left other than a beat up Camaro and a trunk full of guns and booze. He runs down Flesh Eaters, hunting for sport and redemption and, after crashing into a small group of survivors running low on resources led by an ass-kicking priest (Trejo), he decides to lend a hand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
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(2013) Trevor Morgan, Tessa Ferrer, Ross Thomas, Jelly How. Four couples are kidnapped by masked abductors in Griffith Park, locked in a dark cell, sedated by gas, subjected to bizarre medical experiments and horrific physiological torture, and escape only to discover the world will never be the same. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Entertainment One).
Anger Management: Volume Two
(2013) 22 episodes of the series that follows Charlie Goodman (Charlie Sheen), a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management whose life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist and best friend, his ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor life-choices frustrate Charlie, their 15 year-old daughter who has OCD, and of course, his interfering and meddlesome father. Formats: Three-disc DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel. (Lionsgate).
Barney: 3-Movie Pack
(2013) Three super-dee-duper Barney feature-length movies: "Barney: The Land of Make Believe," "Barney: Let's make Music" and "Barney: Night Before Christmas -- The Movie."
Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: "Barney's Island Tour," music videos, games, sing-alongs, "Barney's Juke Box," read-a-longs, more. (Lionsgate).
Bewitched: The Complete Series
All eight, colorized seasons on 33-discs. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Bubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi: Into the Snow We Go!
(2013) Holiday season compilation with three holiday episodes: "Bubble Guppies: Happy Holidays, Mr. Grumpfish!", "Team Umizoomi: A Sledding Snow Day" and "Team Umizoomi: City of Lost Penguins."
Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(2013) Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers. Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
Come Dance With Me
(2012) Andrew McCarthy, Michelle Nolden, Stephanie Mills, Mary Long, Zachary Bennett, Chris Gillett, Jane Moffat. A rising financial executive who is dating the fabulously rich and elegant daughter of his boss signs up for dance lessons to prove himself at their lavish annual Christmas dance. Yet sparks start to fly between Jack and his dance instructor, and he's forced to make some important life decisions before it's too late. Hallmark Channel movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Counting Cars: Season 2, Volume 1
(2013) Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the series that rolls into Sin City to bet on vintage wheels with the legendary Danny "The Count" Koker, the man with an insatiable appetite for classic cars, which he buys, restores and flips. This time around he gets sidetracked by a curious lady in a hot pink Beetle while trying to score a classic Ford Galaxie, among other outings. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Bonus footage. (Lionsgate).
Defiance: Season One
(2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the sci-fi series from the producers of "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" and "Farscape." It's 2046 and over 30 years have passed since aliens arrived, changing life on Earth forever. In the frontier town of Defiance, a drifter-turned-lawkeeper (Grant Bowler) and the newly-appointed mayor (Julie Benz) attempt to lead the human and alien residents through the prejudices and politics that threaten the fragile peace they've fought for. Formats: DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray Disc, $69.98. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, "Defiance: A Transmedia Revolution," "Making Defiance," "Behind the Scenes With Jesse Rath." (Universal).
(2013) Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. It's the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: All bets are off, and almost anything goes. The rules of the game and of engagement have fundamentally changed. Today drone strikes, night raids and U.S. government targeted killings occur in corners across the globe, killing untold numbers of civilians. This documentary traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secretive fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by people who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC "kill list," not even U.S. citizens. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Dracula: The Dark Prince
(2013) Luke Roberts, Kelly Wenham, Stephen Hogan, Jon Voight. When Dracula kidnaps a woman he believes is the reincarnation of his dead wife, vampire hunter Van Helsing and his companions must rescue her before time runs out. Formats: DVD (available at Walmart), VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Pearry Teo, cast interviews, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2012 -- Hong Kong) Dir.: Johnnie To; Louis Koo, Sun Honglei, Michelle Ye. Manufacturing just 50 grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence. Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) just got caught making tons. Now he's in the custody of Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei), and has one chance to avoid execution -- turn informant and help the cops bring down the powerful cartel he's been cooking for. Over the next 72 sleepless hours, the sting spins out of control, the line between duty and recklessness is blurred, and it becomes unclear who actually has the upper hand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
The Eagle Has Landed Collector's Edition
(1976) Dir.: John Sturges; Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence, Anthony Quayle. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Eagle Has Landed Revisited: Invading Mapledurham"; "Tom Mankiewicz: Looking Back"; "Film Night Location Report"; "On Location in Norfolk"; on location interviews with Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and John Sturges; "ATV Today On Location"; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2013) David James Elliott, Anthony Lemke, Natalie Brown, Julia Ormond. A solar flare four times larger than the Earth is heading towards the planet and only one man, a renegade ad-hoc scientist, can possibly reverse the cataclysm -- but he cynically warns that the countdown to the end of humanity has begun. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Gaiam Vivendi).
Eyes Without a Face BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1960) At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor ("Children of Paradise's" Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter's disfigured countenance-- at a horrifying price. "Eyes Without a Face," directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical, and it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. There are images here -- of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty -- that once seen are never forgotten. In French with English subtitles. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New high-definition digital restoration of "Blood of the Beasts," Franju's 1949 documentary about the slaughterhouses of Paris; archival interviews with Franju on horror, cinema, and the making of "Blood of the Beasts"; new interview with actor Edith Scob; excerpts from "Les grand-peres du crime," a 1985 documentary about "Eyes Without a Face" writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac; trailers; booklet featuring essays by novelist Patrick McGrath and film historian David Kalat. (The Criterion Collection).
The Fall, Series 1
makes its North American DVD debut. The series follows DSI Stella Gibson, a steely detective on the trail of a serial killer stalking the streets of Belfast. Over five engrossing episodes, this psychological thriller follows both the hunter and the hunted as they attempt to outmaneuver each other. When it debuted on the BBC in May 2013, "The Fall" was the highest-rated drama premiere in eight years for BBC Two. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $39.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
Gentle Ben -- Season One
(1967-68) Four-disc set with 28 episodes of the family-friendly series about a boy and his 650-pound best friend, Ben the bear. Starred a young Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver. Based on the children's novel that follows the adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, his wife, their son Mark and Mark's tame bear Ben. Formats: DVD, $29.98. Extras: Four commentaries by father and son Rance and Clint Howard, photo gallery. (CBS/Paramount).
The Halloween Stories Collection, Volume 2
Includes 14 stories perfect for early and pre-readers on All Hallows Eve. Though filled with skeletons, witches and more seasonal spooks, families can encourage creativity and music appreciation with the classic sing-along "Dem Bones," learn about Latin American holidays with "The Day of the Dead," and delight in the not so spooky-ooky stories of "Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman." Three DVDs: "The Day of the Dead ... And More Halloween Tales" (also includes "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything," "Kitten's First Full Moon" and "Fletcher and the Falling Leaves"); "Dem Bones ... And More Sing-Along Stories" (also includes "Dinosaur Bones," "Hush Little Baby," "The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night" and "The Erie Canal"); "Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman ... And More Spooky Stories" (also include "The Boy with Two Shadows," "Los Gatos Black on Halloween," "What's Under My Bed?" and "King of the Cats." Formats: Three DVD set. Extras: Read-along function; author interviews, including Kevin Henkes, Bob Barner and Linda Williams. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Hart of Dixie: The Complete Second Season
(2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes of the series that stars Rachel Bilson as New York surgeon Dr. Zoe Hart, who is just starting to adjust to life as a general practitioner in BlueBell, Alabama. This season Zoe captures two hearts and has to choose between bad boy Wade Kinsella and good guy George Tucker while Zoe's best friend and the mayor of BlueBell is surprised by a familiar face and an unexpected twist in the mayoral race, and newly jilted Lemon Breeland tries to deal with fresh beginnings the best way she knows how. Zoe learns to be a better doctor, a better person, and maybe even fall in love. Formats: DVD, $59.98. (Warner).
(2013) Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Michael Rapaport, Marlon Wayans, Kaitlin Olson. Read more about "The Heat" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary, bloopers, alternate scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Fox).
High Plains Drifter BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1973) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging, Morgan Allen, Stefan Gierasch. One of Eastwood's signature Westerns, and his second film as a director, it's a variation on the "man with no name" theme. Eastwood stars as the drifter known only as "the Stranger," who mysteriously appears out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the lawless, sin-ridden town of Lago. After making a name for himself with a string of blazing gun battles, The Stranger is hired by the townspeople to provide protection from three ruthless gunmen. A prime example of Eastwood's emphasis on justice, redemption, revenge and morality. Extras: Production notes, cast and filmmakers info, trailer. (Universal).
(2012 -- Denmark) Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling, Dar Salim. The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates, who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with the authorities in Copenhagen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of A Hijacking," Extended Scenes, AXS TV: "A Look at A Hijacking," trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Hitched for the Holidays
(2012) Joseph Lawrence, Emily Hampshire, Linda Darlow, Marilu Henner. An attractive pair agrees to be each other's supposed significant other throughout the holidays to keep their meddling families at bay. Hallmark Channel movie. Formats: DVD.(Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Home For Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3
(2012) Shantel VanSanten, Rob Mayes. Dove-approved family film about two unlucky Golden Retriever owners who -- with the help of some Christmas spirit and their furry friends -- fall in love during the most wonderful time of the year. Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment has partnered with The Petfinder Foundation via a donation on behalf of the film. A top destination for dog lovers, Petfinder Foundation helps homeless pets by saving lives through adoptions and helping shelters across the nation (Petfinderfoundation.com). Formats: DVD. (MarVista Entertainment and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series
Twenty-disc box set featuring all 139 episodes. Repriced and repackaged. Formats: DVD.(Sony).
Ingenious (aka Lightbulb)
(2009) Dallas Roberts, Jeremy Renner, Ayelet Zurer, Marguerite Moreau. A rags-to-riches story of two friends, a small-time inventor and a sharky salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up with a gizmo that becomes a worldwide phenomenon.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes With Cast & Crew Interviews." (Lionsgate).
It's a SpongeBob Christmas!
(2013) A new SpongeBob feature has Plankton vow to get his Christmas wish -- the Krabby Patty formula -- by turning everyone in Bikini Bottom bad by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes" featurette, animatic, "Yule Log," two MP3-compatible songs: "Santa's Eyes" and "Hot Fruitcake." Blu-ray adds 10 fan favorite episodes from SpongeBob's first season. $21.99.(Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(2013) Sean Bridgers, Sean Young, Lauren Ashley Carter, Larry Fessenden. A pregnant teen trying to escape a backwoods community discovers that she may be sacrificed to a creature in a pit, an entity that requires the bloodshed to keep the community safe. "The Pit Wants What It Wants." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Story of Jug Face," "Organ Grinder" short film, trailer. (Modern Distributors/MVD Entertainment).
Jumper 3D Blu-ray
(2008) Dir.: Doug Liman; Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, Max Thieriot, Shawn Roberts, AnnaSophia Robb. Formats: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo. (Fox).
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: The Scorpion Sting
(2011) Seven episodes from the Nickelodeon TV series, $14.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Scorpion Maze" game app (available for download on iOS and Android devices). (Fox).
Last Will & Testament
(2013) Explores one of the greatest literary mysteries of all time: who wrote the works of William Shakespeare? Although the official story of a Stratford merchant writing for the London box office has held sway for centuries, questions over the authorship of the plays and poems have persisted. Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles are among the many famous figures who doubt that a grain-dealer from Stratford-Upon-Avon was England's "Star of Poets." Derek Jacobi leads an impressive cast featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Mark Rylance on a quest to uncover the truth behind the elusive author. The first part of the film explores the orthodox story of William Shakespeare of Stratford and the longstanding views held by academia. The second part is a testament to an alternative Shakespeare -- one presented to the world in the literary works themselves and in the testimony of his most insightful doubters. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Lifetime Holiday 4-Film Collection
(2012) Four Christmas-themed Lifetime Original movies from 2012: "The Christmas Consultant," starring David Hasselhoff; "Holiday Spin," starring Ralph Macchio; "The March Sisters at Christmas," starring Julie Marie Berman; and "Holly's Holiday," starring Claire Coffee. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).
Lost and Found
(2008) CGI animated family film explores the true meaning of friendship when a young boy finds a penguin on his doorstep and decides to take his unexpected visitor all the way back home to the South Pole. Based on a best-selling children's book by acclaimed author Oliver Jeffers (inspired by the real-life story of a little boy in Belfast who somehow managed to sneak a penguin out of the zoo during a class trip and all the way home to his bathtub before anyone noticed). Narrated by Jim Broadbent. Winner of more than 60 international awards. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).
Love Actually -- 10th Anniversary Edition
(2003) Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Sienna Guillory, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Andrew Lincoln, January Jones, Thomas Sangster, Kris Marshall, Heike Makatsch, Gregor Fisher, Joanna Page, Chiwetel Ejiofor. This delightful romantic comedy -- and perennial holiday season favorite -- follows eight couples whose lives intersect shortly before Christmas. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Music of Love Actually," "The Storytellers," Kelly Clarkson "The Trouble With Love Is" music video, Billy Mack "Christmas is All Around" music video, commentary. (Universal).
(2012) A remake of William Lustig and Joe Spinell's 1980 cult classic of the same name, the film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims. In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank (Elijah Wood, in an acting change of pace) leads a deceptively peaceful life: To the outside world, he's a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store. But his quiet facade masks an inner rage that forces him to brutally kill and scalp the women who get too close to him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, making-of featurette, deleted scenes, alternate poster gallery. (IFC Midnight Films).
(2013) New documentary honoring the 50th anniversary of the original March on Washington, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Unprecedented in size, the August 28, 1963 massive demonstration for racial and economic equality issued a clarion call for racial justice that would help usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. The event will forever be remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s stirring "I Have a Dream" speech. Narrated by Denzel Washington and features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Diahann Carroll, Clarence B. Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young, Joan Baez and others. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2012) Kassia Warshawski, Lucas Bryan, George Wendt, Shelley Long. When Alex accepts her boyfriend Peter's marriage proposal she has no idea her future in-laws are none other than Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who decide to stay for a pre-Christmas visit that ends up complicating the wedding plans. A Lifetime movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
A Monsterous Holiday
(2013) Voices of Brooke Shields, Jon Heder, Sean Astin, Matthew Lillard, Drake Bell, Kyle Chandler. A teenager teams up with a teenage Frankenstein's monster to win a science fair, but inadvertently creates a new monster that threatens the town and Halloween. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Arc Entertainment).
Monsters vs Aliens: Cloning Around
(2013) Eight episodes form Nickelodeon TV series, $14.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Fox).
(2012) Samantha Acampora, David Adams Murphy. A small New England college is plagued by a series of brutal, cult-like murders that share a similar pattern to killings some 20 years earlier. The lone survivor of a recent attack must team up with a veteran police detective and his daughter in order to uncover the secret behind the killings, revealing a legacy of murder and the occult that has been kept buried for decades on campus. Formats: DVD. (Wild Eye Releasing/MVD Entertainment).
The New Three Stooges Complete Cartoon Collection
Premiering on television in 1965, the "The New Three Stooges" featured animated cartoons with the voices of the Three Stooges -- Larry, Moe and Curly Joe -- as well as real footage "wraparounds" of the three comedy greats performing short skits to accompany the cartoons. This five-disc set contains all 156 cartoons and 40 live action shorts. Also included in this collector's edition package is a CD featuring 12 sing-along and 11 Christmas songs performed by the Stooges. Formats: DVD. (Image/Madacy Entertainment).
(1999) Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Seasonal Walk on Portobello Road," "Hugh Grant's Movie Tips," "Spotlight on Location," Elvis Costello "She" music video, Shania Twain "You've Got a Way" music video, photograph montage, U.S. theatrical trailer, international theatrical trailer, commentary. (Universal).
(2013) Dir.: Guillermo del Toro; Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., Burn Gorman, Ron Perlman. Read more about "Pacific Rim" in the October Calendar.Formats: Two-disc DVD, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by Guillermo del Toro, "Drift Space," "The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim," "The Shatterdome," "Focus Points," deleted scenes, blooper reel. Blu-ray adds "The Directors Notebook." (Warner).
The Pallisers: 40th Anniversary Edition
(1974) Featuring all 26 episodes of the addictive British drama, the sprawling BBC saga of wealth, passion, and power that chronicles 20 years in the life of an aristocratic dynasty moving through high society in the heyday of Queen Victoria's reign. Based on Anthony Trollope's six "political" novels. Formats: Eight-disc DVD, $99.99. Extras: Interview with star Susan Hampshire, 32-page booklet, more. (Acorn Media).
Paranormal Apparition: Revenge From Beyond the Grave
(2012) Lulu Brud, CJ Baker, Elissa Dowling. When the Myers move into their Beverly Hills home, they wonder why the price tag is too good to be true. Their daughter discovers the truth when a neighbor tells her one of the previous owners was murdered there years earlier and she then falls prey to the attacks of the ghostly victim who lived there, turning the dream house into the house from hell. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
The Partridge Family: The Complete Series
Twelve-disc set spanning four seasons. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Prayers for Bobby
(2009 -- TV) Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols, Carly Schroeder, Shannon Eagen. True story of Mary Griffith (now a gay rights crusader), whose teenage son committed suicide due to her past religious intolerance of gays and lesbians. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes with the producers; "Meet the Stars" featurette; interviews with the real-life Mary Griffith, Weaver and other cast members; "Road to the GLADD Awards" featurette; Trevor Project PSA starring Daniel Radcliffe; PFLAG PSA starring Weaver. (Lionsgate).
Shrek the Musical
(2013) The Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie, featuring a score of 17 all-new songs, filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Shrek the Musical Songbook with Sing-Along." Blu-ray adds "From Swamp to Stage: The Making of Shrek the Musical." (DreamWorks/Fox).
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
(2013) Documentary examines the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters that leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these "disposable diversions" were created in large part by the children of immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry. In the next generation, comic books were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children, and superheroes triumphed over that challenge to become an influential part of our national identity. Among the notable on-camera talents in the film are Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Chabon and Jules Feiffer, and interviews with the late greats Joe Simon (co-creator of Captain America) and Jerry Robinson (who helped create the Joker). In three parts: "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" (1938-1958), "Great Power, Great Responsibility" (1959-1977) and "A Hero Can Be Anyone" (1978-Present). Airs on PBS Tuesday Nights, October 8-October 22. Formats: DVD $24.99; Blu-ray $29.99. (PBS Distribution).
Super Stars Super Series Vol. 1
(2013) Three hours of mat action with eight different wrestling promotions: Southwest, South Atlantic, WWA, Hawaii, Big Time, IWA, ICW, TWF, featuring some of the greatest talent ever to grace the square circle: Terry Funk, Andre the Giant, Tommy Rich, Bruiser Brody, Junkyard Dog, Jerry Lawler, Ric Rude, Lanny Poffo, Ivan Koloff, The Shiek, Gino Hernandez, Ivan Putski, The Kangeroos, Manny Fernandez, Mike Graham, Ox Baker, The Mongols, Mark Lewin, Lars Anderson, Tully Blanchard, David Von Erich, Jim Niedhardt, Eddie Gilbert, The Sheepherders and Others. Formats: DVD, $7.95. (Jadat Sports/MVD Entertainment).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Ronald Reagan
"Knute Rockne All American" (1940), "Kings Row" (1942), "Storm Warning" (1951), "The Winning Team" (1952). Formats: DVD, $27.9. (Warner).
"TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Barbara Stanwyck
Baby Face" (1933), "Annie Oakley" (1935), "My Reputation" (1946), "East Side, West Side" (1949).
Formats: DVD, $27.9. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Gary Cooper
"Sergeant York" (1941), "The Fountainhead" (1949), "Friendly Persuasion" (1956), "Love in the Afternoon" (1957). Formats: DVD, $27.9. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Val Lewton
"Cat People" (1942), "I Walked With a Zombie" (1943), "The Curse of the Cat People" (1944), "The Body Snatcher" (1945).Formats: DVD, $27.9. (Warner).
(2012) Dan Usaj, Joe Hartzler, with an appearance by porn star Wanda Lust. The "Raunchiest Puppet Movie Ever Made," this comedy-horror spoof sees the return of original creators Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart with Turkie, the fowl-mouthed Thanksgiving villain. The original "ThanksKilling" was made for the minuscule budget of $3,500 while Downey and Stewart were still in college. After years of marketing it themselves, and with the help of distributor Gravitas Ventures, the film went on to gain a massive cult following for its purposeful "so bad it's good" vibe. Using the fan base to their advantage, Downey and Stewart were able to raise over $100,000 on Kickstarter to make their ambitious follow up, "ThanksKilling 3," the first movie ever to skip it's own sequel. "ThanksKilling 3" follows the feathered villain Turkie as he carves through the likes of a rapping grandma, a mindless puppet, a wig-wearing inventor, a bisexual space worm, and their equally ridiculous friends on his quest to recover the last copy of "ThanksKilling 2." Formats: DVD. Extras: Seven behind-the-scenes featurettes, two commentaries with creators Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart, interactive drinking game, "Flowis' Sprinkle of Wrinkle" music video, PluckMaster 3000 infomercial, trailers and stills galleries, hidden easter eggs. (MVD Entertainment Group/ Gravitas Ventures).
Thomas & Friends: 3-Movie Pack
(2013) Three action-packed feature-length movies chug your way: "Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery -- The Movie," "Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels -- The Movie" and "Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue -- The Movie." Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: Games, karaoke music videos, "Learn About Standard and Narrow Gauge Engines" video, "Steamies and Diesels: Learn How They Work" video, more. (Lionsgate).
The Untold History of the United States
(2013) Ten-part Showtime Original Series from three-time Academy Award-winning writer and director Oliver Stone. The in-depth, surprising, and totally riveting series, co-written by Stone with Peter Kuznick and Matt Graham, was directed and narrated by Stone. Stone and Kuznick, esteemed American University Associate Professor of History, and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute, co-authored the companion book (Gallery Books) to the series, which presents our country's unlearned history, drawing on archival findings from around the world and recently declassified material. The documentary looks back at human events that at the time went under-reported, but that crucially shaped America's unique and complex history throughout the 20th century, covering the time period from the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War, through the fall of Communism to the events of today. Beside the 10 chapters, this four-disc Blu-ray release will boast more than three and a half hours of bonus material, including two unaired chapters and a new companion documentary featuring Stone and Tariq Ali -- author, philosopher, activist, writer, socialist leader, editor -- who worked with Stone on the documentary "South of the Border." Formats: Four-disc Blu-ray set, $49.99;, Digital. Extras: "Prologue - Chapter A: World War I, The Russian Revolution, & Woodrow Wilson: Roots of Empire," "Prologue - Chapter B: 1920-1940: Roosevelt, Hitler, and Stalin: The Battle of Ideas," bonus documentary:" A Conversation With History: Tariq Ali And Oliver Stone" about a wide range of topics, accompanied by archival footage not found in the series, in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the politics of history. (Warner).
Vikings Season 1
(2013) Three-disc set with nine episodes of History's drama series. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.99. Extras: "Warrior Society: Viking Culture & Law" featurette, "Birth of the Vikings" featurette, "Forging the Viking Army: Warfare And Tactics" featurette, deleted scenes, commentary. Blu-ray adds "The Armory of Vikings" interactive feature, "Conquest and Discover: The Journey of the Vikings" interactive feature that allows viewers to learn more about the locations and places in Season 1. (Fox).
Wild Style: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition
(1983) The landmark New York film that introduced hip-hop, break dancing, freestyle rapping and graffitti art to the world. Legendary New York graffitti artist Lee Quinones stars in the role of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffitti writer as he makes his way from the bombed-out streets of the Bronx to the lively art world of downtown Manhattan, all the while working through his complicated feelings for fellow graffitti artist Rose (Sandra Fabara). Along his journey, Zoro encounters a number of other New York denizens on the streets -- in subway trains and out in the nightclubs -- who revel in the passion and innovation of the burgeoning hip-hop culture. Two-disc set with a 48-page booklet written by director Charlie Ahearn, $29.95. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by Charlie Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy; interviews with Busy Bee, Fab 5 Freddy, Lady Pink, Lee Quinones and Rodney; featurettes: "25th Anniversary Reunion," "Bongo Barbershop," "Brothers Fantastic," "Busy on the Beach," "Busy on the Auotobahn," "Wild Style 20th Anniversary Jam"; photo gallery. (Music Box Films).
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As Cool As I Am
(2013) Sarah Bolger, Claire Danes, James Marsden, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Sisto, Jon Tenney, Anika Noni Rose, Peter Fonda. Born to teenaged parents in a small town, a smart teenage girl comes of age with her self-centered, immature working mother and a strict, frequently absent father. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale
(2013) Latest feature-length adventure of Barbie; here Barbie and her sisters set off on a Swiss adventure to the majestic Alps, where they spend the summer at a riding academy. Although the vacation gets off to a rocky start, Barbie discovers a mysterious wild horse in the woods, making their visit truly magical. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Universal).
(2013) Dir.: Richard Linklater; Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Prior, Charlotte Prior. Read more about "Before Midnight" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Hawke, Delpy and Linklater, "Revisiting Jesse & Celine" featurette, Q&A with Hawke, Delpy and Linklater. (Sony).
The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection Note: Shout! Factory's new version of "The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection" contains the following differences from the one originally produced but withdrawn before street date: • Correct pairing of disc label art and media for discs 10 and 11, which had inadvertently been swapped on the original release. • New Blu-rays for "The Big Boss", "Fist Of Fury," "Way of the Dragon." Contrary to speculation circulating on the Internet, the original set did contain hi-def masters of the first three feature films. However, after comments from fans who had received early copies of the set, Shout! discovered that their sources were not the recently restored transfers used for the Blu-rays in Hong Kong and Japan, but rather the original masters done a few years ago in Canada. Shout! therefore acquired the improved masters (the master for "Game of Death" was not appreciably different), and have included them on this new set, for a truly definitive Bruce Lee 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. $119.99. Extras: Commentaries on all four films by Hong Kong film expert Mike Leeder; "Return to Pak Chong: The Big Boss Revisited"; "Bruce Lee: The Early Years" featurette; new interviews with Robert Chua, Gene LeBell, Jon Benn, Bob Wall and many more; interviews with Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Yuen Wah and Wong Jing; "Remembering Fist of Fury" featurette; "Bruce Lee Martial Arts Master" featurette; "Game of Death: Then & Now"; "Game of Death Memories" featurette; extensive still galleries on all four films including rare stills, movie posters; theatrical trailers and TV spots; alternate title sequences; "Game of Death" outtake montage; "Game of Death" revisited; more. (Shout! Factory).
Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear
(2013) Anthology of five Chiller Network macabre short films on the human senses: "Smell," "See," "Touch," "Taste" and "Listen." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scene, TV spots, still gallery. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
(2013) Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaveras, Sterling Jerinsas, Marion Guyot, Steve Coulter, Shannon Kook, John Brotherton. Read more about "The Conjuring" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD,Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Scaring the "@$*% Out of You" featurette. Blu-ray adds "The Conjuring: Face-to-Face With Terror" and "A Life in Demonology" featurettes. (Warner).
Dead in Tombstone
(2013) Danny Trejo, Anthony Michael Hall, Mickey Rourke. After a ruthless gang overruns a small mining town, they murder their own leader, Guerrero Hernandez (Trejo), in a cold-blooded power grab. Sentenced to eternity in hell, Guerrero finds himself confronted by Satan himself (Rourke), who offers a daring proposition: deliver the six souls of his former gang and he will escape damnation. With rated and unrated versions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Roel Reine, deleted shots montage, "The Making of Dead in Tombstone." Blu-ray adds "Horses, Guns & Explosions," "Roel Reine: The Leader of the Gang," "A Town Transformed," "Creating Hell: The VFX." (Universal).
Digimon: The Official Seasons 1-4 Collection
(1999-2002) The first four seasons of "Digimon" are together for the first time on DVD in this 32-DVD set with 205 episodes of the series, starting with "Digimon Adventure" and "Digimon Adventure 02," the classic seasons that started it all, and "Digimon Tamers" and "Digimon Frontier," the continuation of the series with all new characters and worlds. The series revolves around the life forms known as "Digital Monsters," living in a "Digital World," a parallel universe that originated from Earth's various communication networks. The release is timed for the new season, "Digimon Season 6," airing on Nickelodeon. Formats: DVD, $229.95. (Cinedigm).
Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story
(2013) One man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing society's boundaries through his subversive art, this feature combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation culled from seven decades worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator. Ungerer is an award winning illustrator and author who has published more than 140 books, ranging from his much loved children's books to his controversial adult work. He's famous for his sharp social satire and his witty aphorisms and he ranges from the fantastic to the autobiographical; in the 1960s his political posters against the Vietnam War and racial injustice and his adult books caused many conservatives to boycott his kids books. Using a palette of 20th century events to paint the artist's controversial life story, the film offers a retrospective of Ungerer's life and art, and ponders the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Tomi Ungerer & Jules Feiffer at The Society of Illustrators," Maurice Sendak critiques "The King's Speech," "Tomi Ungerer in Ireland," deleted scenes, commentary with director Brad Bernstein. (First Run Features).
(2012) Jerry Ford, Nina Ashe, Sheldon Shaw, Tiffany-Denise. A group of five college friends reunite for homecoming weekend nearly 20 years after graduation, happily reminiscing about their university memories, teasing each other and rekindling their close friendships. But cracks in the surface start to show as they remember one of their old roommates, whose recent death brings up long-hidden secrets, lingering emotions and painful regrets. Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).
I Give It a Year
(2013) Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Alex Macqueen, Stephen Merchant, Jane Asher, Terence Harvey, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng. Newlywed couple Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren't convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last -- especially when Josh's ex-girlfriend and Nat's handsome American client enter the scene. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Bloopers, outtakes, deleted and extended scenes, cast and crew interviews, two behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
In a Town This Size
(2011) Documentary introduces an Oklahoma town and its long-ignored tragedy of child sexual abuse during the 1960s and 70s. Told through poignant first-person interviews with the victims, their families and professionals, these stories inform viewers about the lifelong harm of childhood sexual abuse, yet emphasize the resiliency of the human spirit: through determination, support and direct conversation, survivors can heal themselves and become advocates for change.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind the scenes, resource guide. (First Run Features).
(2013) Dir.: Shawn Levy; Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Aasif Mandvi, JoAnna Garcia, Jessica Szohr, John Goodman, B.J. Novak. Read more about "The Internship" in the October Calendar. Unrated and rated versions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Any Given Monday" featurette, commentary with Shawn Levy. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes. (Fox).
The JFK Collection
(2013) History Channel three-disc set explores the life and legacy of the 35th president, and includes biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Joseph P. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Ted Kennedy, along with never-before-seen lost Kennedy home movies filmed by Robert and Ethel Kennedy in the early 1950s. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).
John Cassavetes: Five Films BLU-RAY Set
Five-disc set with Blu-ray editions of "Shadows," "Faces," "A Woman Under the Influence," "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" and "Opening Night," all in high definition digital restorations.
Extras: High-definition digital restoration of Cassavetes's 108-minute 1978 version of "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie"; "A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes" (2000), a 200-minute documentary by Charles Kiselyak; interviews; commentaries; more; as well as a booklet featuring essays by Gary Giddins, Kent Jones, Charles Kiselyak, Stuart Klawans, Dennis Lim, and Phillip Lopate; writings by and interviews with Cassavetes; and tributes to the filmmaker by director Martin Scorsese; actor and writer Elaine Kagan, Cassavetes's former secretary; and novelist Jonathan Lethem. $124.95. (The Criterion Collection).
Just Like a Woman
(2012) Sienna Miller, Golshifteh Farahani. A kind of 21st century "Thelma & Louise" about two women -- Mona, an Egyptian (Farahani) living with her husband and abusive mother-in-law and Marilyn, (Miller) a hard-working warehouse clerk with dreams of becoming a professional belly dancer -- who team up for a road trip from Chicago to Santa Fe, paying their way by stopping in dumpy clubs and restaurants to dance. Marilyn dreams of winning an audition to join a famous belly dancing company, while Mona has a secret: She's a fugitive from justice, accused of her mother-in-law's death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
Kindred: The Embraced -- The Complete Series
(1996) Three-disc set with all eight episodes of the cult genre vampire series starring C. Thomas Howell, Mark Frankel, Jeff Kober and Kelly Rutherford. The collectible edition packaged in a special keepsake box including an exclusive edition of "The Book of Nod" (he sacred vampire text that inspired the series' creation) and a letter to fans from series creator John Leekley. While investigating an alleged mobster, San Francisco police detective Frank Kohanek (Howell) discovers that his suspect is actually Julian Luna (Frankel), the undead "Prince of the City" and leader of five vampire clans collectively called "The Kindred." Julian and Frank form an uneasy relationship, working together to prevent a vampire war, while Julian finds himself falling in love with Caitlin (Rutherford), a human reporter. Formats: DVD, $39.98. Extras: Episode recaps; extended pilot episode; commentary on select episodes; deleted scenes,; "Vampire: The Masquerade -- Origins of The Kindred" featurette; "Daedalus -- Last Will and Testament, The Saga Continues," featuring Jeff Kober delivering a special video message as Daedalus (in makeup applied by original special effects makeup designer Todd Masters) revealing new details on the Kindred mythology and closing the story of the original Vampire saga; "The Kindred Chronicles," a two-part 15th anniversary retrospective featuring series creator John Leekley. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Nikita: The Complete Third Season
(2012-13) Twenty-two episodes. Formats: DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray Disc, $69.97; UltraViolet. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2011) Kris Marshall, Isaach De Bankole, Will Yun Lee and the Bayaka of Yandombe. The story of Louis Sarno, an American ethno-musicologist who lived among the Bayaka Pygmies in Central Africa for 25 years to record their music. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Only God Forgives
(2013) Dir.: Nicolas Winding Refn; Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown, Yayaying Rhatha, Tom Burke, Sahajak Boonthanakit.
Read more about "Only God Forgives" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (Anchor Bay).
(2013 -- Austria/Germany/France) Director Ulrich Seidl's second film in the "Paradise" Trilogy about three women in one family who take separate vacations: one as a sex tourist ("Paradise: Love"), another as a Catholic missionary ("Paradise: Faith") and the third at a diet camp for teenagers ("Paradise: Hope"). For Anna Maria, a single woman in her fifties, paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her summer vacation to doing missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. When her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home after years of absence, her life is turned upside down. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Primeval New World: The Complete Series
(2012-13) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes of the North American spin-off of the hit U.K. television series. When an invasion of prehistoric creatures threatens North America, visionary inventor Evan Cross assembles a team of highly-trained scientists and animal experts to battle the deadly predators and investigate the anomalies that brought them through time.
Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.98. Extras: "Meet the Cast," "Inside the Tank," 13 episodic behind-the-scenes featurettes (Entertainment One).
Red Clover (aka Leprechaun's Revenge)
(2013) Billy Zane, Courtney Halverson, William Devane. When St. Parick's Day in Irish Channel, Louisiana, is restored after a 65-year ban, a vengeful demon returns to terrorize the citizens.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Drew Daywalt, actress Courtney Halverson, creature effects designer Jeff Farley. (After Dark Films/Lionsgate).
Shepard & Dark
(2012) Documentary paints an indelible portrait of the complex relationship between Sam Shepard (the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-nominated actor and Johnny Dark, a homebody with a penchant for letter writing, photography and supporting himself with odd jobs from dog-catcher to deli worker. The two met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties. Dark married an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard married her daughter. For years, the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983, leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters. Director Treva Wurmfeld began filming the two friends in 2010 during a period of transition and reflection for Shepard. At the time, he had quietly ended his relationship with Lange and agreed to publish his correspondence with Dark. The task required them to meet and sift through years of their shared history, stirring memories both good and bad. Wurmfeld observes the two men over a period of 18 months and captures a complex male friendship rarely depicted on screen. Film Comment voted this one of the 50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended interviews, deleted scenes, "7 Things I learned From You" featurette, photo gallery, poster gallery. (Music Box Films).
(2013) Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, C Thomas Howell, Dani Chuchran. Spoiled 18-year old Dani Fieldings' world is turned upside down when her father gets arrested for securities fraud, and she has to leave her upscale life in the city to stay with her gruff Uncle Sam out in the country. As Dani and her uncle struggle to bond, she's given an orphaned horse to foster and train, calling her Stormy and giving her all the attention she's missing from her unsettled life. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Arc Entertainment).
(1944) A pair of siblings (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) from London purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price; soon they're caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. Rich in atmosphere, "The Uninvited", directed by Lewis Allen, was ground breaking for the seriousness with which it treated the haunted-house genre, and it remains an elegant and eerie experience, featuring a classic score by Victor Young. A tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, bumps in the night -- this gothic Hollywood classic has it all. New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda, booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
The Vincent Price Collection BLU-RAY
Four-disc set with the first-ever Blu-ray presentation of "Fall of the House Of Usher" (1960), "The Haunted Palace" (1963), "The Masque of Red Death" (1964), "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961), "Witchfinder General" (1968) and "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" (1971). Includes a 24-page collector's book. $79.97. Extras: Vintage and rare introduction and final words from Vincent Price; commentaries with Roger Corman, author Tom Weaver, author Steve Haberman, producer Philip Waddilove, actor Ian Ogilvy, others; Vincent Price retrospective commentary with author Lucy Chase Williams featuring Pitor Michael as the voice of Vincent Price; audio interview with Vincent Price by historian David Del Valle; "A Change of Poe" interview with director Roger Corman; theatrical trailers; still galleries, more. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
The Waiting Room
(2012) A character-driven documentary that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners. Steel workers, taxi cab drivers and international asylum seekers crowd the halls. The film -- using a blend of cinema verite and characters' voice over -- offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, executive staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Peter Nicks; outtakes/extended scenes; a sample of stories from the ground-breaking ongoing storytelling project that documents in real time the experiences, thoughts and feelings of the patients waiting in ER at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. (Cinedigm).
(2012 -- Austria/Germany) Martina Gedeck. Based on Marlen Haushofer's highly-regarded 1962 novel, "The Wall" presents the story of Martina Gedeck's unnamed character -- The Woman -- who is vacationing in the spectacular Austrian mountains when the invisible wall inexplicably encompasses the countryside. Though the blue sky, chirping birds and surrounding nature appear to be normal, The Woman is cut off from all human contact and thus separated from the rest of the world. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, The Woman becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled only by the laws of nature, which prove to be both benign and dangerous. As she grapples with her bizarre circumstances, The Woman begins an inward journey of spiritual growth and, ultimately, transcendence. Gedeck was the female lead of the Academy Award-winning film "The Lives Of Others." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Booklet with photos, essays and afterword by director Julian Polsler. (Music Box Films).
The Way, Way Back
(2013) Steve Carell, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Liam James, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb, Rob Corddry. Read more about "The Way, Way Back" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Tour of the Water Park" featurette, "The Filmmakers: Jim & Nat" featurette, "Ensemble" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Making of The Way, Way Back." (Fox).
WWII: 3 Film Collection
(2013) Three History Channel specials that deconstruct the deadliest conflict in human history from three separate perspectives: "WWII in HD," "WWII in HD: The Air War" and "WWII From Space." Formats: Five-disc DVD, $24.98; four-disc Blu-ray, $29.99. (Lionsgate).
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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics
(2012) Feature-length documentary about DC Comics villains, from The Joker to Lex Luthor to Sinestro, exploring the thin line between right and wrong, the nature of evil, and how super-villains can reflect society's dark side as well as our own personal fears. It also attempts to uncover the reasons why comic book fans are so fascinated by the very characters they hope to see defeated. Included are interviews from over forty subjects, including: DC comic book writers, artists, executives, filmmakers, comic experts, critics, historians and celebrities. Contains footage from DC Entertainment's animated series, TV shows, video games and live action films, as well as spotlighting hundreds of covers, pages and panels created by DC Comics' legendary artists. Narrated by Christopher Lee with exclusive interviews with Richard Donner, Guillermo del Toro, Zack Snyder and more. Focuses on The Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Black Adam, Black Manta, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Doomsday, Genral Zod, Sinestro, the Suicide Squad and more. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, $19.98. (Warner).
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Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 9
(2003) David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie's mustachioed mystery-solver in these four feature-length episodes: "Five Little Pigs," "Sad Cypress," "Death on the Nile" and "The Hollow." Newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Acorn Media).
American Experience: War of the Worlds
(2013) PBS documentary examines the infamous radio broadcast on its 75th anniversary. On October 30, 1938, just after 8 p.m. on the East Coast, the millions of Americans tuned to CBS Radio were treated to an unusual dramatization of H.G. Wells's classic "The War of the Worlds," performed by 23-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles and his "Mercury Theater on the Air." Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, thousands of others -- perhaps a million or more -- were plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack. With the CBS radio broadcast serving as its narrative spine, the film examines the elements that came together to create one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history: our longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful, pervasive medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937, the first disaster to broadcast live; a nation anxious about the imminent outbreak of war in Europe; and the brilliant enfant terrible Orson Welles. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2012) Set in Montpelier in the south of France, this TV series is a stylish, fast-paced police-thriller that examines the dark underbelly that lies beneath one of Europe's most beautiful cities, featuring Victor, a disbarred doctor, and Helene, a non-conformist psycho-criminologist. Three-disc set with six episodes, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Networks Home Entertainment).
The Beauty of the Devil
(1950) Dir.: Rene Clair; Michel Simon, Gerard Philipe. Master filmmaker Rene Clair's retelling of the Faust legend, newly remastered. An aging professor of alchemy makes a bargain with the Devil that will give him youth, fame and riches in exchange for his soul. Clair creates an allegorical fantasy that is both whimsical and tragicomic in this rarely seen masterpiece. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: 2010 documentary featurette about the film, trailers. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2013) Matthew Marsden, Christian Pitre, Barak Hardley, Eve, Gary Busey, Beverly D'Angelo, Alexa Vega. In a near-future in which corporate greed led to a fierce global battle that laid waste to the world, a new breed of killers -- who compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash -- hunt down white collar criminals and exterminate self-serving CEOs. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Arc Entertainment).
(2013) Dir.: Neil Jordan; Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan. Vampire Clara and her daughter Eleanor have been sating their need for blood for 200 years. Sensitive Eleanor relies on the elderly to survive, but Clara is far less compassionate, working as a prostitute and bringing a violent end to those who would take advantage of women. When the trail of bloodless corpses left in their wake forces them to flee to a coastal town in England, Clara turns a rundown hotel into a brothel and Eleanor tells her story to a young man she befriends, jeopardizing their existence.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
Coming Home for Christmas
(2013) George Canyon, Amy Jo Johnson, Britt McKillip, Carly McKillip. When an estranged family agrees to come back together to their old family home for a Christmas reunion there's one big problem -- there's someone else living there now. Formats: DVD. (Nasser Entertainment).
Cook's Country, Season 6
(2013) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the series that features the best regional home cooking in the country and relies on the same practical, no-nonsense food approach that has made Cook's Country magazine so successful. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, $29.99. (PBS Distribution).
Damages: The Complete Series
Fifteen-Disc set of all five season. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Family Tree: The Complete First Season
(2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes of the HBO Series that centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd) who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. Unsure of his identity, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters as well as a growing sense of who he and his real family are. Writer-director Christopher Guest's first television series. The documentary-style comedy series also features a roster of Guest regulars, including Ed Begley, Jr., Fred Willard, Jim Piddock, Michael McKean and Bob Balaban. Formats: DVD, $29.98. Extras: "Keith's Favorite 1970's Sitcoms": Clips from episodes of some of Keith's (Michael McKean) favorite TV shows ("There Goes the Neighbourhood," "Move Along, Please!") that appear within the world of the series; 13 never-before-seen bonus scenes that give a glimpse into Mr. Pfister's childhood, a deeper look at the pantomime race horse, and more; audio tracks for "The Plantagenets Love Theme," "I'm Alone But That's OK" and other original music written for the series by Guest and others. (HBO).
(2012) Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Halley Feiffer, Tippi Hedren. A Stanford law-school dropout retreats to Los Angeles and helps run her best friend's ice cream truck, fending off locals and oddball friends alike as she doles out free soft serve and, on the day of her boyfriends's birthday, finds herself being courted by a young man whom she barely remembers from the night before. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
The Johan Falk Trilogy
Three feature films about touch Swedish cop Johan Falk, whose fictional exploits are based on true stories of criminals, victims, law enforcement operatives and private security companies. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $39.95. (MHz Networks Home Entertainment).
(1961) This psychologically acute, visually striking modernist work was director Michelangelo Antonioni's follow-up to the epochal "L'avventura." Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as a novelist and his frustrated wife who, over the course of one night, confront their alienation from each other and the achingly empty bourgeois Milan circles in which they travel. Antonioni's muse Monica Vitti smolders as an industrialist's tempting daughter. Moodily sensual cinematography and subtly expressive performances make "La notte" an indelible illustration of romantic and social deterioration. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with film critic Adriano Apra and film historian Carlo Di Carlo, new interview with professor Giuliana Bruno on the role of architecture in "La notte," trailer, booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and a 1961 article by director Michelangelo Antonioni. (The Criterion Collection).
Line of Duty, Series 1
(2012) Two-disc set with five episodes of the British police drama series about a London police officer who is transferred to the anti-corruption unit after he refuses to participate in a bureaucratic cover-up following a botched counterterrorism raid. Formats: DVD, $39.99. Extras: Interviews with the writer, directors, and cast; behind-the-scenes footage. (Acorn Media).
Little Brother, Big Trouble -- A Christmas Adventure
(2012) Animated feature about a young reindeer who must find his missing little brother in order to save Christmas. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Three behind-the-scenes featurettes; sneak peek at "Miniscule," four award-winning short films. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Nicola Correia Damude, Christine Horne, Patrick McKenna, Claire Lautier, Maya Ritter. Behind the facade of a beautiful urban home, a combination of complacency and bad investments has left power couple Ben and Gail disconnected, resentful and just about broke. When the cash-strapped yuppies fire their teen-aged daughter's lesbian Mexican nanny, Margarita, they set off a chain of events that lead to her deportation. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
(2013) Voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Julia Sweeney, John Krasinski, Aubrey Plaza, Bonnie Hunt, Frank Oz, Steve Buscemi, Charlie Day. Read more about "Monsters University" in the October Calendar.Formats: 4-Disc Blu-ray 3-D Superset (3D + 2BD + DVD + Digital Copy), 3-disc Blu-ray 2-D Superset (2BD + DVD + Digital Copy), 3-Disc Blu-ray 2-D Combo Pack (2 BD + DVD), DVD. Extras: DVD: Commentary, "The Blue Umbrella," an animated short film from Pixar Animation Studios about two umbrellas who fall in love during a rain storm. Blu-ray sets add: "Campus Life" look at a day in the life of the "Monsters University" crew through their own eyes; "Story School" documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story; "Scare Games" featurette on the Pixar Scare Games competitions; "Welcome to MU" look at the Monsters University campus and its development; "Music Appreciation" documentary on Randy Newman's scores; "Scare Tactics" behind-the-scenes with the animators; "Color and Light" featurette; "Paths to Pixar - MU Edition" crew featurette; "Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective" explores the difficulties in creating characters that are 20 years younger with tools that are 10 years more advanced; deleted scenes; promo picks; college campaign; theatrical campaign; set flythroughs; art gallery; more. (Disney).
(2013) Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker. Read more about "R.I.P.D." in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and alternate scenes, gag reel, "Transferring R.I.P.D. -- The Making of." Blu-ray adds alternate openings, "R.I.P.D Motion Comics: Bringing the Avatars to Life," "Nick's New Avatars," "Filming the Other Side," "Walking Among Us: Deados & Avatars," "Anatomy of a Shootout." (Universal).
(2011) Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini, DJ Qualls, Graham Greene, Henry Winkler, Jane McLean. Successful businessman Archie Skidmarks Fenton returns to his hometown to run for mayor and winds up facing his mullet-wearing childhood buddy Reg, the local tow-truck driver. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Spiral: Series 2
(208) Four-disc set with eight episodes of the hard-hitting Parisian cop procedural/thriller.
Formats: DVD, $49.95. (MHz Networks Home Entertainment).
The Secret World of Santa Claus
(1997) Curious what Santa Claus, his nine flying reindeer and the Elves do the other 364 days of the year? In these non-stop adventures, Santa and his team search for the perfect presents for boys and girls around the globe. Each two-disc set contains a dozen episodes of the animated series. In "The Secret World of Santa Claus: Elves in Toyland," after sleighing around the world, they journey into a place full of magic where they discover the evil Gruzzlebeard has cast a spell on all the toys, making them come to life. With Christmas rapidly approaching, Santa and the Elves must undo this evil spell before it's too late. In "The Secret World of Santa Claus: A Present for Santa," the children from a nearby village meet with the Elves and work together to make Santa a gift -- he's the only person on the planet who never receives presents on Christmas. Formats: DVD, $14.95 each. (Cinedigm).
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