All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
(2006) Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch. Part slasher, part coming-of-age film about Mandy Lane, an untouchable Texas high-school beauty who is invited by her classmates to a weekend getaway at a secluded ranch. But as the sun goes down and the party rages on, the festivities take a disturbing turn. And for lovely Mandy Lane, a night of endless horror has just begun. Jonathan Levine's ("Warm Bodies," "50/50") directorial debut.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Jonathan Levine. (Anchor Bay).
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy -- The "Rich Mahogany" Edition Blu-ray
(2004) Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Fred Willard. Two-disc set with three versions of the film -- the theatrical version, an unrated version and "Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie" -- just in time for the theatrical release of "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" on December 20. Extras: Commentary with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Lou Rawls, Andy Richter, Kyle Gass, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate; deleted and extended scenes; bloopers; "Afternoon Delight" music video; ESPN Sports Center Audition -- Ron Burgundy; public service announcements: award speech; raw footage "Good Takes"; "Afternoon Delight" recording session; Happy Birthday AMC Loews; interviews: Rebecca Romijn, Jim Caviezel, Burt Reynolds; Cinemax" The Making of Ron Burgundy"; "Reel Comedy: Anchorman"; "A Conversation With Ron Burgundy"; cast auditions; table read; rehearsals; playback video; commercial break; trailers. (Paramount).
Angry Birds Toons: Season One -- Volume One
(2013) Twenty-six episodes of the animated TV series that brings to life the adventures of the characters from the mobile phone game app. The "Angry Birds" franchise is now a $2 billion a year operation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Meet the Characters" and "Meet the Flock" pods, redemption code for an "Angry Birds" Windows PC game, three behind-the-scenes featurettes, character art gallery, special holiday episode: "Wreck the Halls." (Sony).
Argo The Declassified Extended Edition Blu-ray
(2012) Includes additional nine minutes of footage, new extras and collectible memorabilia: "Argo" one-sheet poster, map of Tehran, reproduction of Tony Mendez's CIA ID card, 40-page book premium featuring behind the scenes photos, production notes, bios and more. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New features: "Argo Declassified": Tony Mendez's daring operation gets honored as part of the CIA's 50th anniversary; "Ben Affleck's Balancing Act" of humor, politics, Hollywood and international intrigue; "Argo F*ck Yourself," in which Ben Affleck leads an all-star review of "Argo's" classic line. Additional special features: "Rescued from Tehran: We Were There" featurette; "Picture in Picture: Eye Witness Account" recounts the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in November of 1979 and the daring rescue mission in January of 1980 through the eyes of those who lived it; commentary with director Ben Affleck; "Argo: Absolute Authenticity"; "Argo: The CIA & Hollywood Connection"; "Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option"; "Argo Files": "A Discussion With the Cast," "Tony Mendez on Tony Mendez," "The Istanbul Journey" location featurette. $49.99. (Warner).
Black Lips - Kids Like You & Me
(2013) In 2009, the band The Black Lips started investigating the possibility of a bridge-building tour of the Middle East with stops throughout the region. After two years of planning, several uprisings and a civil war, the tour finally came to fruition in the fall of 2012. This film documents their journey through the region with Lebanese indie rockers Lazzy Lung.
Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
The Black Swan BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1942) Dir.: Henry King; Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara. (Fox).
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
(2013) One would be hard-pressed to find a cultural sensation as unique and as unexpected as Bronies, a group of mostly young adult men who are dedicated fans of the animated series created for little girls, "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic." This documentary chronicles Bronies from around the world, each with their unique story, as they make their way to My Little Pony conventions in Germany, England, and the biggest of all, BronyCon in the U.S. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (MVD Visual).
Bruce Weber: The Film Collection
(2013) Brings together the most celebrated documentaries by the internationally praised photographer and filmmaker (who became famous for his B&W ads for Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, and his work in Vogue, CQ and Vanity fair, and, more recently, known for his videos for Chris Isaak and the Pet Shop Boys). This collector's set includes Weber's famous "Let's Get Lost" (1988) documentary on jazz great Chet Baker (see below), "Broken Noses" (1987) (about a youth boxing club near Portland, Oregon), "Chop Suey" (2001) (an homage to Weber's favorite things, including photography and classic movies) and "A Letter to True" (2004), which centers on his dogs, a family of gorgeous golden retrievers. This box set gives art enthusiasts a look back at one of photography's greatest talents. Includes a 32-page booklet of Weber's photographs. Formats: DVD. (Docurama).
(2013) Documentary looks at the red-hot debate over the legalization of prostitution. Would decriminalizing prostitution free sex workers to take more control over their activities, run legal brothels and manage their own procurement businesses without fear of punishment, or would it give male buyers and sex-trade business owners even more power and opportunity to benefit from and possibly exploit the sale of sexual services? This Canadian film brings sex workers, formerly prostituted women, policy-makers, lawyers and even the male buyers of sex to the debate, challenging viewers to question whether prostitution is the oldest profession or the oldest oppression. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Call of the Wild BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1935) Dir.: William A. Wellman; Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Jack Oakie, Reginald Owen. (Fox).
Carmen Jones BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1954) Dir.: Otto Preminger; Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Olga James, Joe Adams, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll. (Fox).
Casting Me ...
(2011 -- South Africa) Paul Snodgrass, Roxanne Prentice, Jonathan Hearns, Raph Kosse, Colin Moss, Simone Cagnazzo. To get his life on track again and win back his girlfriend, a frustrated but likeable casting director decides to make a film about his job, love-life and all the funny things that happen behind the scenes at the casting agency. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Quinton Lavery, actors Paul Snodgrass and Raph Kossew and cinematographer Darren Wertheim; making-of-featurettes: "Day in the Life of a Director" and "Day in the Life of a Cinematographer"; pre-production diaries; teasers and trailer. (IndiePix Films).
A Christmas Tree Miracle
(2013) Kevin Sizemore, Claudia Esposito, Terry Kiser, Jill Whelan, Barrett Carnahan, Emily Capehart, Siomha Kenney. A privileged suburban family loses everything just before Christmas and is taken in by an eccentric Christmas tree farmer, where they learn that miracles can come true ... if you believe. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Desk Set BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1957) Dir.: Walter Lang; Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Gig Young, Joan Blondell, Dina Merrill. (Fox).
(2013) Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston. Comedy about a pair of co-workers at a Chicago brewery who spend their days drinking and flirting. They're perfect for each other, except that they're both in relationships with others ... until beer blurs the line between "friends" and "more than friends." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "Making of Drinking Buddies," deleted scenes, AXS TV: "A Look at Drinking Buddies," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1-3 Collector's Set
(2012-13) All three seasons of America's favorite backwoods family, packed with an exclusive limited edition Duck Camo bandana. Formats: Eight-disc DVD, $49.98; six-disc Blu-ray, $49.99. Extras: Never-before-seen material including a revealing conversation with the Robertson family. (Lionsgate).
Far From Vietnam
(1967) Initiated and edited by Chris Marker, this is an epic 1967 collaboration between cinema greats Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch and Alain Resnais in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam. The film brings together an array of contributions, none individually credited, under a unified editorial vision. The elements span documentary footage shot in North and South Vietnam and at anti-war demonstrations in the United States; a fictional vignette and a monologue that dramatize the self-interrogation of European intellectuals; interviews with Fidel Castro and Anne Morrison, widow of Norman Morrison, the Quaker pacifist who burned himself alive on the steps of the White House in 1965; reflections from French journalist Michele Ray; and a range of repurposed media material. Passionately critical and self-critical, it's a milestone in political documentary and in world cinema. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: "The Sixth Side of the Pentagon" (Chris Marker & Francois Reichenbach, 1967), original theatrical trailer. (Icarus Films).
Galactic Adventures: 3D Sun/Mars 3D
(2013) From Earth, the Sun can't be looked at with human eye. Narrated by Al Roker, "3D Sun" gives audiences a chance to see the Sun up close in startling 3D. "Mars 3D" takes viewers behind the scenes of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission revealing daily dramas, mind-boggling physics and compelling science behind the $820 million dollar NASA project. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1947) Dir.: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, Natalie Wood, George Sanders. (Fox).
Good Ol' Freda
(2013) Fascinating documentary about The Beatles' longtime secretary and friend offers an insider's perspective as The Beatles made music and cultural history. Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her. Many people came in and out of the band's circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As The Beatles' devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution -- advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges -- of the greatest band in history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Extended footage, deleted interviews, AXS TV: "A Look At Good Ol' Freda." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Series
(1968-1980) Seventy-three disc set features all 12 seasons, including the debut of the remastered 10h season, in a sleek, collectible package featuring cast photos and spectacular images of Hawaii's stunning landscape. Filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, the show followed Detective Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord), head of an elite state police unit investigating "organized crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents, felonies of every type." James MacArthur played his second-in-command, Danny ("Danno") Williams, with local actors playing members of the Five-O team. Formats: DVD, $349.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary, "Hawaii Now: Hawaii Five-O" Vintage documentary, which originally aired on PBS in Hawaii in 1971 (the archival footage includes an interview with Lord; in addition, executive producer Leonard Freeman, supervising producer Robert Sweeney, location producer William Finnegan and director Paul Stanley provide the inside scoop on the process of filming each episode from set design and wardrobe to casting Lord in the role of McGarrett); "Hawaii Five-O" syndication sales reel; Lord's 1969 appearance on "The Mike Douglas Show." (CBS/Paramount).
Hot in Cleveland: Season Four
(2012-13) Four-disc set with 23 episodes, $29.99. Extras: "Look Who's Hot Now." (Paramount).
Il Futuro (The Future)
(2013 -- Italy) Luigi Ciardo, Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer, Nicolas Vaporidis. Two orphans, Bianca and Tomas, and their friends concoct an elaborate scheme to rob an aging movie star and one-time Mr. Universe, Maciste (Rutger Hauer). Bianca is enlisted to seduce the now blind star so they can get access to his hidden fortune. At once a sly psychological thriller with erotic overtones, this Hitchcockian film finds a young woman faced with a moral dilemma as a unique friendship develops between her and the actor in his crumbling mansion. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
(2013 -- Canada) Evelyne Brochu, Sabrina Ouazani, Sivan Levy, Yousef "Joe" Sweid. Chloe is a young Canadian doctor who divides her time between Ramallah, where she works with the Red Crescent, and Jerusalem, where she lives next door to her friend, a young Israeli soldier. Increasingly sensitive to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, Chloe makes the daily journey through the checkpoint between the two cities to the refugee camp where she works at a maternity clinic. Caught in the crossfire of the conflict, Chloe tries as best she can to build bridges between her friends, only to find herself a perpetual foreigner to all. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Nous Sommes" short film by Kevin Papatie. (Entertainment One).
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
(1970) The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri's most internationally acclaimed work is this remarkable, visceral, Oscar-winning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (Gian Maria Volonte, in a commanding performance) investigating a heinous crime -- which he committed himself. Both a penetrating character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian crackdowns by the Italian government in the late 1960s and early 70s,this kinetic portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos. New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Archival interview with director Elio Petri, conducted by critic and filmmaker Alexandre Astruc; "Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker" (2005), a 90-minute documentary on the director's career, featuring interviews with friends, collaborators, and filmmakers; new interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni; "Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonte" (2008), a 50-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volonte; "Music in His Blood," an interview with composer Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by author and screenwriter Ugo Pirro. (The Criterion Collection).
Jesse James BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1939) Dir.: Henry King, Irving Cummings; Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull. (Fox).
Let's Get Lost
(1988) Traveling with the elusive jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, Bruce Weber weaves together the life story of the jazz great. The film uses excerpts from Italian B movies, rare performance footage and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, ex-wives and his children in what turns out to be the last year of his life. The movie is bookended with two romps on the beach: Baker in Santa Monica in early 1987 and then later in Cannes. Interspersed are interviews with friends, family and lovers; rare photographs; vintage clips; and performances by Baker. Baker (who was visually a cross between James Dean and Jack Kerouac) burst on the jazz scene in the early 1950s as a self-taught, amazingly accomplished trumpet-player and singer. He was summoned to play with Charlie Parker in L.A. in 1951, went on to join with Gerry Mulligan in his famous quartet, played with Stan Getz, Shelly Manne and Art Pepper, and cut a host of well-received albums, including "Gerry Mulligan Quartet Featuring Chet Baker" (1952), "Chet Baker Sings" (1954), "Chet" (1959) to name just a very few. Baker, unfortunately, began using heroin and was an unapologetic addict for the rest of his life -- it was a habit that took its toll on his health and career (for a while he had to star in Italian B movies to earn cash). In the mid-60s to 70s his career faltered, with numerous bouts with the law, but he later resumed recording and performing. From 1978 until his death he lived in Europe; the later decade of his life saw a more mature, capable musician (Baker died May 13, 1988; he apparently fell to the street from an open window in his second-story hotel room in Amsterdam; an autopsy showed drugs -- heroin and cocaine -- in his body). This gorgeous documentary captures the flavor, contradictions, happiness and sadness of the musician's music and life. Not to be missed. Includes a 40-page Chet Baker fan book created by Weber that includes Weber's photography of Baker as well as images by renowned jazz photographer William Claxton. Formats: DVD. (Docurama).
Lilyhammer: Season 1
(2011) Norwegian television series heretofore only available on Netflix. Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt), a former underboss of New York's Italian Mafia, is put in the witness protection program after testifying in a trial in the United States. Tagliano requests that he be relocated in Lillehammer, Norway, intrigued by the town when he saw television images of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Using his old ruthless methods, Tagliano starts to take over Lillihammer's criminal underworld as the local police grow suspicious. Two-disc set with eight episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (New Video Group).
Marvel's Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United!
(2013) The first full-length, direct-to-video CG animated feature from Marvel Animation Studios. In this action-packed adventure, the invincible Iron Man and the incredible Hulk come together to save the Earth from its greatest threat yet. When two HYDRA scientists try to supercharge a Stark Arc Reactor with Hulk's Gamma Energy, they unleash a being of pure electricity called the Zzzax -- and he's hungry for destruction. Together, Iron Man and Hulk are the only force that stands in the way of the Zzzax's planetary blackout. Formats: DVD, DVD/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. (Disney).
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series
(1976-78) Thirty-eight-disc box set with all 325 episodes of the cult series that starred Louise Lasser in the title role of legendary TV producer Norman Lear's sublimely twisted soap opera -- at once a parody of the format and a twisted satire of America's media/consumer culture. In the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio, suburban housewife Mary Hartman seeks the kind of domestic perfection promised by Reader's Digest and TV commercials. Instead she finds herself suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune -- mass murders, low-flying airplanes and waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor. Co-starred Greg Mullavey, Mary Kay Place, Graham Jarvis, Debralee Scott, Victor Kilian, Dody Goodman, Philip Bruns, Dabney Coleman, Martin Mull and Claudia Lamb. Formats: DVD, $249.95. Extras: "Inside the Funhouse Mirror" featurette in which Norman Lear, Louise Lasser and Mary Kay Place talk about the making of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"; "On the Verge of ..." featurette in which Lear and Lasser remember the famous "Nervous Breakdown" episode; 10 original episodes of the "talk-show" spinoff "Fernwood 2 Night," starring Martin Mull, Fred Willard, and Frank De Vol; new essays by Lear and Pulitzer Prize–winning TV critic Tom Shales. (Shout! Factory).
Matilda BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dir.: Danny DeVito; Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Aileen Quinn, Paul Reubens. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, "Matilda" tells the story of a super-smart little girl (Wilson) who's woefully misunderstood by her parents (DeVito, Perlman), her brother, and an evil school principal. With the help of her telekinetic powers, along with a brave best friend and a wonderful teacher (Davidtz), Matilda discovers she doesn't have to get mad to get even. Extras: New featurette "Afternoon Tea, A Very Magical Matilda Reunion," bringing the entire cast back together 17 years after the original filming of the movie. Shot exclusively for the Blu-ray, it captures the cast reliving the memories and magic of making the film during an afternoon tea party at director-star Danny DeVito's private Beverly Hills home. Also includes four previously released featurettes: "Matilda's Movie Magic!" that explores the film's stunts and special effects with DeVito, "A Children's Guide to Good Manners" of lessons in etiquette humorously demonstrated with scenes from the film, "Escape to the Library" with a special reading by the book author's daughter, and "My Movie About Making Matilda" by Wilson. (Sony).
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
(2013) Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kevin Zegers, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris. Read more about "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bringing Them to Life" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Descendants of the Cup" featurette on the stunts and the cast's transformation into Shadowhunters, "Almost is Never Enough" music video by Ariana Grande, deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Interactive Lineage Tracker," "Deadly Attraction" behind-the-scenes featurette with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower on their roles as Clary Fray and Jace Wayland, "Entering the Shadow World" creatures featurette, "Into the Shadows: From Book to Screen." (Sony).
(1975) This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman is a panoramic view of the country's political and entertainment landscapes, set in the nation's music capital. "Nashville" weaves together the stories of 24 characters -- from country music star to wannabe to reporter to waitress -- into a cinematic tapestry that is equal parts comedy, tragedy, and musical. Many members of the astonishing cast wrote and performed their own songs live on location, which lends another layer to the film's quirky authenticity. Altman's ability to get to the heart of American life via its eccentric byways was never put to better use than in this grand, rollicking triumph, which barrels forward to an unforgettable conclusion. New 2K digital film restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Altman; new documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with actors Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy, Allan Nicholls and Lily Tomlin, assistant director Alan Rudolph, and screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury; archival interviews with Altman; behind-the-scenes footage; demos of Carradine singing his songs from the film; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell. (The Criterion Collection).
North to Alaska BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1960) Dir.: Henry Hathaway; John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Capucine, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian. (Fox).
The Perfect Wedding
(2012) Eric Aragon, Jason T. Gaffney. Paul, a charismatic recovering alcoholic, falls head over heels for Gavin during the Christmas holidays. Surrounded by a swirl of family drama and a complicated ex-boyfriend, he's living one day at a time -- and beginning to plan the perfect wedding. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with the cast and crew. (Wolfe Video).
The Rutles: Anthology BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1978) The greatest rock mockumentary of all time, "All You Need Is Cash," the legendary parody of The Beatles from Monty Python founding member Eric Idle, makes it's Blu-ray debut. Originally introduced by Idle in his post-Python BBC satire "Rutland Weekend Television," "All You Need Is Cash" was brought to prime time in a 1978 TV special, produced by "Saturday Night Live's" Lorne Michaels, directed by Gary Weis and featuring the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players. The film follows the epic rise and fall of the tight-trousered lads from Rutland as they hit the top of the pops and the heights of absurdity. Bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include a new interview with Eric Idle, 2004's "The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch" (in which celebrity artists, actors and musicians came forward to revisit and reflect on how The Rutles influenced them and the cultural landscape. Guest stars included George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Lorne Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Michael Palin, Paul Simon, Gary Shandling, David Bowie, Ron Wood, Steve Martin, Conan O'Brien, Salman Rushdie, Jimmy Fallon, Robin Williams and many more) and the original "Rutland Weekend" sketch from "Saturday Night Live" that aired in 1976 when Idle hosted the late night series. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Video Services Corp.).
Saturn 3 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1980) Dir.: Stanley Donen; Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel. Extras: Commentary by Greg Moss ("Saturn 3" fan site) and film critic David Bradley, interviews with Academy Award-winning special effects artist Colin Chilvers and voice actor Roy Dotrice, deleted scene, additional scenes from the network television version, theatrical trailer, TV spots, still gallery. Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
The Simpsons Season 16
(2004-05) Twenty-one episodes. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $49.98; three-disc Blu-ray, $59.99. Extras: Animation Showcase -- "Future-Drama ACT 1," commentaries on all episodes; bonus episodes: "Holidays of Future Passed," "Bart to the Future" (Season 11) (Blu-ray exclusive), "Lisa's Wedding" (Season 6) (Blu-ray exclusive); deleted scenes; deleted scenes gallery with commentary; Easter Eggs; "Greetings, Junior Scienteers!" featurette; "Live! It's The Simpsons"; "Living in the Moment"; sketch galleries; special language feature: "Pranksta Rap." (Fox).
Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers
(2013) Their crimes play out like a Hollywood action movie: A sports car speeds through a Dubai shopping mall, crashing into the windows of a Graff jewelry store. Masked, gun-wielding men jump out of the car, and stuff fistfuls of diamonds into their satchels before screeching off. The high-octane, real world of international jewel thieves is revealed in this documentary on the formidable Balkan crime organization dubbed "The Pink Panthers" (so named after the police recovered a huge diamond in a tub of face cream in a scene reminiscent of a classic Blake Edwards' "Pink Panther" movie) that has stolen nearly a billion dollars of jewels from boutiques in the world's most opulent cities, including Paris, London, Geneva, and Tokyo. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Original CCTV robbery footage, exclusive Pink Panther phone call, director's interview, more. (Doppelganger Releasing).
The Smurfs 2
(2013) Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Brendan Gleeson, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, George Lopez and the voices of Katy Perry, J.B. Smoove, Christina Ricci, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver.
Read more about "The Smurfs 2" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, two featurettes: "Daddy's Little Girl: The Journey of Smurfette" and "Animating Azrael." Blu-ray adds "The Puurrfect Companion: Azreal's Tail" featurette, "Evolution of the Naughties" featurette, "The Naughties! The Tale of Hackus and Vexy" featurette, Smurfs mini-movie"The Legend of Smurfy Hollow." (Sony).
Stone Roses: Made of Stone
(2013) In 2012, a resurrection no one thought possible took place when legendary band The Stone Roses reformed after 16 years. With unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage, this documentary is a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (MVD Visual).
Terms of Endearment BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Dir.: James L. Brooks; Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow. (Warner).
Things Never Said
(2013) Shanola Hampton, Omari Hardwick, Tamala Jones. An aspiring poet in a troubled marriage meets a new man who helps her find her artistic voice. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Thomas & Friends: The Thomas Way
(2013) Join Thomas and Friends for five all-new, exciting adventures with the trains of the Isle of Sodor: "The Thomas Way," "The Switch," "Percy's Lucky Day," "Calm Down Caitlin" and "The Lost Puff." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Bonus episode "Luke's New friend," "Lift & Load" crane game, "Guess Who?" puzzles. $14.98. (Lionsgate).
Tracie Long Focus Series
(2013) For many, the upcoming holidays means non-stop schedules, loads of food and zero workout time. Nationally known certified trainer Tracie Long (of The Firm) offers three fitness programs -- "Lift Higher," "Kickback" and "Power Up" -- to help women of all ages to gain flexibility, strength and have more energy to get through even the most hectic holiday schedule. $9.98 each. Formats: DVD. (Shelter Island).
Trail of Blood
(2011) Robert Picardo, Trevor Torseth, Tim Barraco. On a weekend camping trip deep in the forest, a young U.S. Marine enlistee and his friends stumble upon the murdered bodies of a vacationing couple and are suddenly taken hostage by a deeply disturbed war veteran on a sadistic killing spree. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with directors Joseph and Justin Guerrieri. (Lionsgate).
Transformers Prime: Season Three -- Beast Hunters
(2013) Two-disc set with 13 episodes. The complete third and final season of Hasbro Studios' Emmy Award-winning series. The epic battle with Decepticons rages on as Optimus Prime leads his team of Autobots and three teenagers -- Miko, Jack and Raf -- in a mission to defend earth and one day restore his home planet of Cybertron. But Decepticons' power to reign over Earth has never been greater. Megatron and his Decepticons have destroyed Autobots' base, scattering Optimus Prime and his heroic team to the wind and leaving them out of communication with one another. Formats: DVD, $19.93; Blu-ray Disc, $24.97. Extras: "Transformers Prime" panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, commentary. (Shout! Factory).
Undefeated BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1969) Dir.: Andrew V. McLaglen; John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Lee Meriwether. (Fox).
US Festival 1983: Days 1-3
(2013) The ultimate concert took place on Memorial Day Weekend 1983. Curated by Steve Wozniak (Apple computers), the three days of new wave, heavy metal and rock are legendary. Features performances from U2, the Clash, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, INXS, Men at Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, Missing Persons and more. US stands for Unite Us in Song. An incredible event and a culture document of the period. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
Wings of a Warrior: The Jimmy Doolittle Story
(2013) New documentary -- with rare archival footage -- on Jimmy Doolittle, legendary flying pioneer, American hero and one of the most decorated airmen in U.S. military history. To date, Doolittle is the only person in the U.S. to receive both the country's highest awards -- Medal of Freedom and Medal of Honor.
Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Interview with director Gardner Doolittle. (Shelter Island).
(2011) Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Elias Koteas. Follows the story of a proud young woman, Winnie (Hudson), who finds love with a rising political star, Nelson Mandela (Howard), after moving from a remote tribal village to the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa. When Nelson is imprisoned for protesting the brutal Apartheid government, Winnie works tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (One Village Entertainment).
(2013) Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Hal Yamanouchi, Famke Janssen. Read more about "The Wolverine" in the December Calendar.Formats: Four-disc "Unleashed Extended Edition" 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, two-disc Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inspiration -- A Ronin's Journey." Blu-ray adds alternate ending, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" set tour, "The Path of the Ronin" immersive feature following the journey of a hero without a past, "Sync With Wolverine Second Screen App" for an interactive "Second Screen" experience, theatrical trailers. Unleashed Extended Edition includes extended, unrated cut (with an additional 30 minutes) and commentary by director James Mangold. (Fox).
Zatch Bell: The Complete Seasons 1&2
(2005-07) Every thousand years, mamodo descend upon earth to conduct the ultimate battle. The winning mamodo becomes the king of the mamodo world ... but in order for the many mamodo to use their powerful spell books, they need a human partner. This Japanese crossover anime follows 14-year-old Kiyo and a mamodo child named Zatch as they defend themselves against the ambush of mamodo-king wannabees. Formats: 12-disc DVD with 100 episodes, $99.95. (New Video Group).
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(2013) Dir.: Anne Fontaine.; Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Jessica Tovey, Gary Sweet. Read more about "Adore" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Paramount).
(2013) Michael C. Freeland, Rebekah Nelson, Brian Floyd, Pamela Tate, Kenny Wade Marshall. A disgraced ex-soldier travels to New York City to become the first American born and raised suicide bomber, but an unexpected relationship complicates his plan. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Eric Trenkamp, actors Rebekah Nelson and Michael C. Freeland, and cinematographer Sean Donnelly; short film "American Bomber: The John William Hidell Story"; Q&A with actors Trenkamp, Nelson, Freeland and Kenny Wade Marshall, and domestic terrorism expert Dr. Michael Kaune; Outtakes Reel, Trailers. (IndiePix Films).
The Angels' Share
(2012) Dir.: Ken Loach; Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Siobhan Reilly, Gary Maitland. A comic fable about wasted talent and what happens when we're given a second chance. It would be hard to see Robbie as a man worthy of redemption. He's constantly watching out for a gang of thugs looking to settle a family grudge, his girlfriend is giving birth to a baby while her father offers him money to leave Glasgow, and he's serving 300 hours of community service. But when he meets Harry, the gruff but benevolent man in charge of his sentence, he finds a hidden talent for Scotch whiskey -- and a new chance at life. For distillers, the "angels' share" is the whiskey lost to evaporation each year, and that little fact makes a rare cask of whiskey the perfect target for a heist. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2013) Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson. A middle-aged man (Connick) -- whose childhood Christmas spirit was crushed by a tragic accident -- can't muster any joy for the holidays despite encouragement from his playful wife (Britton) and well-intentioned parents. When his young son faces a tragedy, a mysterious man named Nick (Nelson) gives him a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Battle of the Year
(2013) Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Caity Lotz, Josh Peck, Chris Brown. Read more about "Battle of the Year" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "This Is Planet B Boy" featurette explores B-Boy history and culture, "Preparing for Battle: Training & Rehearsals" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds Extended dance sequences from three scenes in the film; "The Art of B-Boying: A Guide to Breaking" featurette. (Sony).
Berberian Sound Studio
(2012) Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Cosimo Fusco, Susanna Cappellaro. A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio -- a tale of witchcraft and murder set inside an all-girl riding academy -- becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (IFC Films).
The Best of Ancient Aliens: Greatest Mysteries
(2013) Two-disc set with eight of the best episodes from the series with six hours of fascinating footage investigating Earth's possible extra-terrestrial visitors, $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Best of the Universe: Stellar Stories
(2013) Two-disc set of the fascinating series that explores scientific questions with a focus on the mystifying vastness of space, $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Big: 25th Anniversary Edition
(1988) Dir.: Penny Marshall; Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, Jon Lovitz, Mercedes Ruehl, Josh Clark. Features collectible packaging with a sound chip that plays "Heart and Soul" when opened. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Extended cut, "Big: Brainstorming" audio documentary by writers/co-producers Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, deleted scenes, "Big Beginnings," "Chemistry of a Classic," "The Work of Play," "Hollywood Backstories: Big," "Carnival Party Newswrap." (Fox).
The Big Gundown BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1966) Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Fernando Sancho, Nieves Navarro. The first-ever U.S. home video release of the greatest Spaghetti Western you've never seen -- Sergio Sollima's widescreen epic "The Big Gundown." The legendary Lee Van Cleef stars as a relentless bounty hunter on the trail of Cuchillo (Euro-film superstar Tomas Milian), a savage Mexican outlaw accused of the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. Written by "Once Upon A Time in the West" screenwriter Sergio Donati, the film features an incredible soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. This special edition contains 15 additional minutes of gunslinging action never before seen in America. New 2K digital restoration of the original uncensored English-language version, newly expanded with three additional scenes. Four-disc deluxe limited edition combo pack: two Blu-rays, one DVD and one bonus CD. Extras: "La Resa Dei Conti," the complete, 110 minute director's cut presented in Italian with optional English subtitles and special musical subtitles; bonus CD with the original soundtrack by Ennio Morricone; in-depth interviews with director Sergio Sollima, star Tomas Milian and screenwriter Sergio Donati; commentary by Western film experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke; extensive still galleries; trailers and TV spots; 24-page booklet with "Sergio Sollima's Political Gundown," an article on the history of the film by C. Courtney Joyner, "Cutting to the Chase: The Tale of the Two Gundowns," an article about the cuts made to the original version for U.S. distribution, by Gergely Hubai, and an article on the Morricone soundtrack, also by Gergely Hubai. (Grindhouse Releasing/CAV Distributing).
Civil War Double Feature
Includes two History Channel feature-length productions about the bloodiest war in American history. "Gettysburg," narrated by Sam Rockwell, features a re-enactment of the most famous battle fought on American soil; and "Lee & Grant," produced with the cooperation of leading Civil War historian Winston Groom, author of "Forrest Gump." Formats: Two-disc DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
Cult Movie Marathon Volume One
(2013) Four "B" films: "Unholy Rollers" (1972): After being sexually harassed by her boss, a woman walks out of her job and tries out for the roller derby. She quickly wins a spot on the team and rises to the top, intent on ignoring the violence and grandstanding and concentrating on winning games. "Invasion of the Bee Girls" (1973): A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually. "Devil's Eight" (1969): A federal agent rounds up eight convicts to help fight a vicious moonshine gang. "Vicious Lips" (1986): A band finally gets the opportunity for that breakthrough gig if they can make it to an "in" club on another planet in time. Formats: DVD, $12.99. (Shout! Factory).
Cult Movie Marathon Volume Two
(2013) Four "B" films: "Savage Island" (1985): Women who have been captured and sold as slave labor to a South American emerald mine hatch a plan for revolution and revenge. "The Naked Cage" (1986): A young woman is falsely convicted of a bank robbery and sent to a maximum-security prison run by a corrupt warden where she's forced to suffer various indignities. "Chatterbox" (1977): A young woman who works in a beauty parlor discovers that her vagina can talk, which causes her no end of trouble. "Angels from Hell" (1968): A destructive ex-motorcycle gang leader comes home from Vietnam to resume his life and his desire to form the ultimate motorcycle gang. Formats: DVD, $12.99. (Shout! Factory).
Despicable Me 2
(2013) Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias. Read more about "Despicable Me 2" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Gru's Girls" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Gadgets Galore" featurette explores lipstick tasers, magnet ships, foam dart dispensers and jelly guns; commentary with directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin. Blu-ray adds Three mini-movies starring the Minions, introduced by Gru: "Puppy," "Panic in the Mailroom" and "Training Wheels"; "The Making of the Mini-Movies" featurette; deleted scene; "The Minions" featurette, a visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to discover what it's really like to work with the Minions; "Evil Minions" behind-the-scenes featurette; "A Gru-Some Transformation" with Steve Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from the ultimate super-villain to super-dad and international spy; "El Hombre Malo: The Villainy of El Macho" behind the scenes featurette with the new villain (Benjamin Bratt). (Universal).
Doc Martin, Series 6
(2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $39.99. Fan favorite Martin Clunes is back as the surly, self-centered Dr. Martin Ellingham. In the sixth series, the doctor tackles fatherhood, his complicated relationship with local teacher Louisa (Caroline Catz), and the return of his mother (Claire Bloom). Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes segments, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Fanny Hill + The Phantom Gunslinger
Acclaimed producer Albert Zugsmith ("Touch of Evil," "The Incredible Shrinking Man") crafted some of the strangest and most unlikely exploitation films of the 60s. Here's two of his rarest works. Cult filmmaker Russ Meyer takes on directorial duties in Zugsmith's adaptation of the notorious erotic classic "Fanny Hill." Set in pre-Victorian London, young Fanny finds herself taken in by a madame at one of the city's most elite brothels. A strange mix of Zugsmith's surreal slapstick and Meyer's trademark buxom beauties and thoughtful satire, "Fanny Hill" (1964) is an over-the-top saga of low-rent thrills in high-brow settings. Stars Leticia Roman, Miriam Hopkins and Ulli Lommel. Direcor Zugsmith's mind-numbing blend of surrealism and slapstick comedy, "The Phantom Gunslinger" (1967) done as a self-aware parody of Westerns, stars Troy Donohue as Phil P. Phillips, fresh out of divinity school and living in the frontier town of Tucca Flats. When a gang of seven criminals take the town hostage, it's up to Phil to save the village, or die trying, again and again ... Co-stars Sabrina. Both films have been restored from their original negatives and are uncut for the first time. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with Ulli Lomell, interview with film historian Eric Schaefer. (Vinegar Syndrome/CAV Distributing).
Fast & Furious 6
(2013) Dir.: Justin Lin.; Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, John Ortiz, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Shea Whigham, David Ajala, Kim Kold, Thure Lindhardt, Joe Taslim. Read more about "Fast & Furious 6" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo (in limited edition collectible steel packaging), VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "The Making of Fast & Furious 6" four-part featurette ("The Fastest of Them All" chronicles the saga of the "Fast" films from Chapters 3 through 6; "Reuniting the Team" explores the characters (and actors) that make up the "Fast" family, with a focus on founding partners Dom and Brian (and Vin and Paul); "Letty's Return": Heralded by a crowd-pleasing cliffhanger in "Fast Five," Michelle Rodriguez makes a dramatic return in the sixth installment; "The Mastermind and The Mole": introduces "Fast" "newbies" Luke Evans and Gina Carano as they share their experience joining the cast of "Fast & Furious 6" and how their characters fit into the new plot); "On the Set With Vin"; commentary with Justin Lin. "Blu-ray" adds an extended version of the film; "Take Control" in which Diesel, Walker, Rodriguez and Lin appear at key moments throughout the film, offering observations and reflections on the movie, behind-the-scenes footage and more; "Planes, Tanks and Automobiles" four-part featurette ("The London Chase" gives viewers a front-row seat for the filming of the sprawling car chase through the streets of one of the world's most historicand congested cities; "Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack" is a first-hand account of the meticulously planned and executed action sequence; "The Antonov Takedown" explores what went into creating "Fast & Furious 6's" spectacular finale sequence, featuring the world's largest plane, including first- and second-unit filming, special effects, visual effects, car rigging, stunt drivers, green-screen shooting and more; "Dom and Letty Race Again"); "Gearhead's Delight": From the shop to the test track, to the set and back again, a look at the latest hot cars showcased in "Fast & Furious 6", featuring Dom's latest Charger, Brian's Nissan Skyline GTR, the BMW M5s, the Alfa Romeo and the classic cars from the film's car-auction scene; "The FLIP Car" provides an inside look at the "Fast" franchise's newest mind-blowing vehicle, the pivoting FLIP car; "Hand-to-Hand Fury" offers viewers a detailed look at the rehearsals, choreography, stunt work and filming of some of "Fast & Furious 6's" most bone-jarring fight sequences. (Universal).
Futurama: The Complete Series Gift Set
(2013) Twenty-seven disc set with 124 episodes, plus four feature-length adventures, $199.98.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Exclusive 2014/3014 calendar. (Fox).
The Game: The Sixth Season
(2013) Three-disc set with 19 episodes, $39.99. The sixth season revisits the "dysfunctional" football family that now features new faces. It's a roller coaster ride filled with twists and turns for the Sabers and Sunbeams, beginning with the excitement of the NFL's Premiere Draft Day that ends in the draft trade of longtime Saber Derwin Davis. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
Grey Gardens BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1976) Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles , co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. This special edition also features the 2006 follow-up to the film, "The Beales of Grey Gardens," constructed from hours of extra footage in the filmmakers' vaults. New 2K digital film restoration, approved by co-director Albert Maysles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary for "Grey Gardens," featuring the Maysles and co-directors Hovde and Meyer, along with associate producer Susan Froemke; "Introduction to The Beales of Grey Gardens" by Maysles; audio excerpts from a 1976 interview with Little Edie Beale, conducted by Kathryn G. Graham; interviews with fashion designers Todd Oldham and John Bartlett on the continuing influence of "Grey Gardens"; behind-the-scenes photographs; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als. (The Criterion Collection).
(2012 -- Denmark) Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen. A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie that throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria, forcing him to fight for his life and dignity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Making of The Hunt," outtakes/deleted/extended scenes, theatrical trailer, alternate ending. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project
Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the World Cinema Project expands the horizons of moviegoers everywhere. The mission of the WCP is to preserve and present marginalized and infrequently screened films from regions of the world ill equipped to provide funding for major restorations. This collector's set brings together six superb films from various countries, including Bangladesh/India ("A River Called Titas"), Mexico ("Redes"), Morocco ("Trances"), Senegal ("Touki bouki"), South Korea ("The Housemaid") and Turkey ("Dry Summer"); each is a cinematic revelation, depicting a culture not often seen by outsiders. New high-definition digital restorations of all six films, undertaken by the World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Read more.Formats: Three Blu-ray/six-DVD Combo. Extras: New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese; new interview programs featuring filmmakers Abderrahmane Sissako (on "Touki bouki"), Kumar Shahani (on "A River Called Titas"), Metin Erksan and Fatih Akin (on "Dry Summer"), and Bong Joon-ho (on "The Housemaid"); new visual essay on "Redes" by filmmaker and critic Kent Jones; new interview program on "Trances"; booklet featuring essays on the films by Chaarles Ramirez Berg, Bilge Ebiri, Kyung Hyun Kim, Adrian Martin, Richard Porton and Sally Shafto. $124.95. (The Criterion Collection).
Mary Poppins BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1964) Dir.: Robert Stevenson; Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Mathew Garber. 50th Anniversary of the classic. Available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo and as a DVD. New Blu-ray Extras: "Mary-OKE's" sing-along, "Becoming Mr. Sherman" featurette with Jason Schwartzman as he sits down for a musical-filled afternoon with Richard Sherman, half of the famous composing team the Sherman Brothers, who wrote all the classic songs from "Mary Poppins", as well as many other favorites. Schwartzman portrays the Disney legend in the new film, "Saving Mr Banks." (Disney).
One Direction: Reaching for the Stars
(2013) Unauthorized documentary is a behind-the-scenes look -- featuring exclusive footage and intimate interviews -- that follows the boy band as they conquer America. Reveals what makes the pop idols tick, baring secrets behind each personality and detailing why their romances continue to make headlines worldwide. Formats: DVD, $12.98. (Inception Media Group).
(2013 -- Taiwan/China/Hong Kong) Jay Chou, Hsin Ai Lee, Alan Ko, Eric Tsang, Wang Xue Qi, Fan Xu. Taiwanese pop sensation Jay Chou, drawing on his years as an actor, director, and recording star, creates a fantasy playground of music, moves, and magic as a backdrop to an action comedy romance that pays homage to the wondrous musicals of the past. Chou composed 11 original tunes for this story of Gao (Chou) and his friends, the happiest kids in the city of Galilee. Living on the rooftops of the bustling metropolis, sometimes life can be tough, but they still churn out songs all day, and dance under the stars at night. But when Gao meets his dream girl, a billboard beauty named Sian (Hsin Ai Lee), fate takes him on a wild ride through the high and low parts of the town he loves - where tales of friendship, romance, and gang rivalry are all told through melodies and dance numbers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Saving General Yang
(2013 -- Hong Kong) Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Yu Bo, Vic Chau, Li Chen, Raymond Lam, Wu Chun. Northeast China, early Northern Song dynasty, AD 986. The Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye and leaving his wife and seven sons to rescue him -- and fall into their deadly trap. Led by the first son, the seven set out with a small band of fighters to face an army of thousands, brave the treacherous Wolf Mountain, face the nemesis of their shared history, and find the way back alive -- all to bring their father home. Based on the ancient Chinese folklore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Seasoning House
(2012) Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth, Anna Walton. A deaf and mute girl is abducted and ditched in a grim Balkan brothel, where she's enslaved to care for young girls who have been prostituted to the military. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing the little kindnesses when she can. But when fate brings the men that murdered her family to the house, she gets her opportunity to wreak revenge and free the girls still alive in the house.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
(1947) Dir.: Norman Z. McLeod; Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff, Fay Bainter, Ann Rutherford. Remastered Samuel Goldwyn classic. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2013) Brendan Sexton III, Antonella Lentini, James Russo, Armando Riesco, Natasha Lyonne, John Savage. A young man struggles with unexplained events inside of a New York apartment where tenants are not who they appear to be. Inside an old New York apartment, Clyde looks after his cousin following the death of her roommate. Clyde begins to suspect tenants were involved in the suspicious death, and as his exploration into the death continues, his perception of what is real and what is imagined becomes increasingly blurred. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
(2013) Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, Chris wants to show his new girlfriend Tin his world and he wants to do it his way -- on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved RV. Tina has led a sheltered life and there are things Chris simply needs her to see. But it doesn't take long for annoying tourists, overbooked campsites and Tina's meddling mother to spoil Chris' dream. Now he's out to prove that hell truly hath no fury like a vacationer scorned -- and he and Tina quickly bond by murdering everyone who rubs them the wrong way. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Silent Night, Bloody Night,
(1972) John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal, Walter Abel. A young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum, and in which his grandfather died in a fire. When he puts it up for sale, an axe-wielding madman -- who has been hiding in the residence -- threatens anyone who comes near. Restored version. The film gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on "Elvira's Movie Macabre," gaining a dedicated cult following. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest).
The Snake God
(1970 -- Italy) Nadia Cassini, Beryl Cunningham. Italian erotic sinema about a woman, abandoned by her rich industrialist husband on a remote Caribbean estate, who befriends a beautiful local girl who is an adept of a hidden voodoo cult and falls under the spell of Djamballa, the powerful snake god, from whose magic there is no escape. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Piero Vivarelli, production notes, trailer. (Mondo Macabro/CAV Distributing).
(1937) Dir.: King Vidor; Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O'Neil, Alan Hale, Marjorie Main. Remastered Samuel Goldwyn classic. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Teen Wolf: Season 3 Part 1
(2013) Three-disc set with eight episodes of the MTV series, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Return of the Shirtless Montage," "Back to the Pack." (Fox).
(2013) Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janey, Ron Livingston, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy. A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact while her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Outtakes; deleted scenes; interviews with Allison Janey, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy and writer-director Lynn Shelton; AXS TV: "A Look at Touchy Feely"; commentary with Shelton, Rosemarie DeWitt and Pais. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Two 1978 made-for-TV horror films new to DVD. In "The Initiation of Sarah," a withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers and she uses them against a rival sorority. In "Are You in the House Alone?" a teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's home one evening and the caller rings her at that number. Formats: DVD, $14.97. (Shout! Factory).
The Ultimate Life
(2013) Peter Fonda, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether, Ali Hillis, Logan Bartholomew. Follow-up to the best-seller and 2006 film "The Ultimate Gift." Jason, who inherited his grandfather's billions only after performing 12 tasks (or "gifts") to prove him worthy, here faces more challenges and may lose it all ... until he finds his grandfather's journal and journeys into the past to learn what it means to live. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Heart of the Ultimate Life"; movie trailer; interviews with cast members, executive producer Rick Eldridge and author Jim Stovall; deleted scenes; "One Life" music video; behind the scene featurettes. (Fox).
(2013) When Patrick Moote's girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal at a UCLA basketball game on the jumbotron, it unfortunately goes viral and hits TV networks worldwide. Days after the heartbreaking debacle, she privately reveals why she can't be with him forever: Patrick's small penis size. "Unhung Hero" follows the real life journey of Patrick as he boldly sets out to expose this extremely personal chapter of his life confronting ex-girlfriends, doctors, anthropologists and even adult film stars (Dan Savage and Annie Sprinkle). From witch doctors in Papua New Guinea to sex museums in Korea, Patrick has a lot of turf to cover on his globe trotting adventure to finally answer the age old question: Does size matter? Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, man-on-the-street outtakes, Patrick's flip cam,
"Doug Loves Movies" podcast, commentary, Q&A. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2006) Clu Gulager, Tom Gulager, Carol Lynley, Gregory Sierra, John Phillip Law, John Lazar, Gary Frank, Miriam-Byrd Nethery, Peter Mark Richman. Vic Reeves (Clu Gulager) was once a Hollywood star respected for his award-winning roles in classic Westerns and television dramas. Today, past his prime, overlooked, and forgotten, he is reduced to making appearances in cheap B-grade slasher flicks. When a late-night phone call from director Tony La Salle offers Vic an opportunity for a comeback, the actor must face the toughest audition of his career. Featuring cameos from Carole Lynley, John Philip Law, Gary Frank, Gregory Sierra and John Lazar, and music by acclaimed Italian composer Franco Micalizzi, "Vic" won director Sage Stallone a Best New Filmmaker Award at the Boston Film Festival. Formats: DVD. Extras: Vic's montage, cast and crew bios, interview with Clu Gulager. (Grindhouse Releasing/CAV Distributing).
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints
(2013) Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine. The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
Burn Notice: Season Seven
(2013) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes from the final season, $49.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Exit Strategy: Ending the Series" featurette. (Fox).
Burn Notice: The Complete Series
(2013) Twenty-nine disc set with all seven seasons. Formats: DVD, $149.98. (Fox).
Children of a Darker Dawn
(2013) Catherine Wrigglesworth, Emily Forster. A doomsday virus has destroyed the world's adult population, leaving only the young to fight for life in a bleak wasteland. Gangs of teens and outlaw children roam the scarred landscape; into this scenario comes sisters Evie and Fran, who keep to themselves, moving from town to town ... until they meet up with a strange group of kids trying to rebuild civilization. Formats: DVD. (Pop Twist/MVD Entertainment).
(2013) Kenton Duty, Danny Flaherty, Katherine McNamara, Mary Beth Peil, Kyle Dean Massey.
A bullied high school student is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor and together they face challenges that will change their lives forever. Premiered on Cartoon Network on October 6 in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month in order to inspire an open discussion between kids, parents and educators about the issue of bullying. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Devil's Pass (aka The Dyatlov Pass Incident)
(2013) Dir.: Renny Harlin; Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright. Five young American filmmakers retrace the steps of a doomed group of experienced Russian hikers who mysteriously disappeared in a remote area of the Ural Mountains in 1959 -- and what they find is more shocking than anything they could have imagined. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2013) Dir.: Neill Blomkamp; Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Michael Shanks, Alice Braga, Talisa Soto, Diego Luna, Carly Pope. Read more about "Elysium" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium" behind-the-scenes cast featurette; "Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky" featurette on designing and creating the utopian space station. Blu-ray adds an extended scene; "Visions of 2154," an interactive exploration of the art and design of Elysium; "The Journey to Elysium," a three-part documentary with "Envisioning Elysium," a pre-production diary, "Capturing Elysium" location featurette, and "Enhancing Elysium," a post-production diary that explores the editing process; "In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium," an in-depth look at the process of shooting visual effects scenes and incorporating CGI environments and vehicles into those scenes in post-production; "The Technology of 2154," a featurette that offers insights into the film's depiction of the technology of Elysium, from independently functioning Droids to next-generation military tech that gives humans machine-enhanced power. (Sony).
(2013) Dir.: Luc Besson; Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore.
Read more about "The Family" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
Family Guy, Volume 12
(2013) Three-disc set with 22 uncensored episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
Force of Execution
(2013) Steven Seagal, Ving Rhames, Bren Foster, Danny Trejo. The enforcer and protege for an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality is banished after a failed hit and joins forces with an ex-con restaurant owner to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Anchor Bay).
Ghost Team One
(2013) Carlos Santos, J.R. Villarreal, Tony Cavalero, Fernanda Romero, Meghan Falcone. Comedy about two friends who are both trying to impress a girl who believes the spirit of a vengeful madam is haunting their home. They set out to make a documentary about a murder that took place in their house decades ago and, much to their surprise, soon capture some terrifying -- and uproarious -- supernatural activity that leads them to believe that the ghost is not only real ... she's also into them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, Chuck's video diary, bloopers, behind-the-scenes. (Paramount).
Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters
(2013) Three-disc set featuring eight History Channel specials that explore the fascinating characters from the classic and enduring myths of ancient Greece. Uses CGI and over seven hours of footage to tell the stories of Hercules, Zeus, Hades, Medusa, Odysseus and more.
Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Juan Riedinger, Elisabetta Fantone. Havana in 1957 was the sin capital of the world. The Mafia and the corrupt Cuban government ran the nightclubs, the sex trade, drugs and gambling. When a young cop witnesses the murder of an innocent student by a fellow cop, he must decide -- with the help of a beautiful Tropicana dancer -- if he wants to play the corrupt game or go against the shady cops and the mob. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Video).
Indiana Jones Blu-rays
The first three films in the Indiana Jones saga ("Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade") will be available individually for the first time on Blu-ray (they were part of the "Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures" Blu-ray set, which was released in September, 2012). $26.98 each. (Paramount).
Justified: The Complete Fourth Season
(2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Ten cast and crew commentaries, outtakes, deleted scenes, three new featurettes: "Deadly Serious: Constable Bob" in which Patton Oswalt discusses his character, Constable Bob; "Anatomy of an Episode," which combines interviews with the cast, crew and writers, as well as in-scene audio commentary and behind-the-scenes footage using picture-in-picture style; and "The Veteran's Experience" that examines the highlighting the U.S. war veterans' experiences in the series. Blu-ray adds two additional new featurettes: "Becoming Boyd," in which Walton Goggins discusses the evolution of Boyd Crowder throughout the seasons; and "Script to Screen: The Finale," that tracks the script as the writers develop and revise the story, and then goes on set for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the final episode. (Sony).
(2013) Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Yancy Butler. Read more about "Kick-Ass 2" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extended scenes; "Upping the Game" featurette; "Going Ballistic: Weapons & Stunts" featurette; "Creating a Badass World" featurette; commentary with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz and writer-director Jeff Wadlow. Blu-ray adds alternate opening; "Big Daddy Returns: The Unshot Scene"; "An Ass-Kicking Cast" featurette; "Street Rules: Showdown at the Evil Lair"; "Hit Girl Attacks: Creating the Van Sequence." (Universal).
The Last Letter
(2013) Sharon Leal, Omari Hardwick, Lynn Whitfield, Gary Dourdan, Richard T. Jones, Tatyana Ali. A newlywed couple's marriage is challenged by the husband's disapproving mother and the wife's own terrifying secret: a crippling sleep disorder that blurs nightmares and reality.
Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).
Linda Lovelace -- Loose Lips: Her Last Interview
(2013) Before Linda Lovelace's ("Deep Throat") death in 2002, the sex superstar sat for a no-holds barred interview with pop-culture historian Legs McNeil for his book, "The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry." Lovelace recounts the making of "Deep Throat," the most successful X-rated film in history, her turbulent relationship with manager-husband Chuck Traynor, her role (and exploitation by) the anti-porn movement that she helped launch with her bestselling book, "Ordeal," in 1980, and her subsequent return to pornography in 2001. With additional comments by Marilyn Chambers, FBI Agent Bill Kelly, Chuck Traynor. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
Line of Duty
(2013) Will Rothhaar, Will Estes, Jesse Borrego, Vivica A. Fox, Sean Patrick Flanery. Two undercover agents come face to face with their past when they must infiltrate and destroy a drug kingpin's operation. Torn apart over time, the ambitions of four childhood friends place them on different sides of the law when two of them become FBI agents and are forced to go undercover to infiltrate an illegal drug organization, run by an untouchable drug lord and his right-hand man. Once they're immersed in their friends' drug-filled world, the agents find that the rules of honoring the badge don't exist, because loyalty is a lie and deception has no friends when vengeance must be served. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
The Lone Ranger
(2013) Dir.: Gore Verbinski; Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner. Read more about "The Lone Ranger" in the December Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Blooper reel; deleted scene; "Riding the Rails of The Lone Ranger" behind-the-scenes featurette on the train sequences; "Armies's Western Road Trip" location tour; "Becoming a Cowboy" featurette that follows the cowboy (and cowgirl) cast to boot camp, where they got a chance to experience what their characters would really be living like in the Wild West. (Warner).
Night Train to Lisbon
(2013) Dir.: Bille August; Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Melanie Laurent, Martina Gedeck, Tom Courtenay, August Diehl, Bruno Ganz, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling. Raimund is a Latin teacher and an ancient languages expert. His life is transformed by a young woman on a bridge in the Swiss city of Bern, whom he saves from jumping to her death in the waters below. Raimund is intrigued but the woman disappears, leaving her coat. Inside it is a book by a Portuguese doctor which contains a train ticket. He uses it, setting off on a journey to Lisbon. While looking for the author, Raimund revisits a dark chapter in the country's history and unveils a tragic love triangle and is drawn into a high-stakes puzzle. Ultimately his journey transcends time and space, touching on matters of history, philosophy, and medicine, encountering love and evolving into a liberating search for the true meaning of life. Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Pascal Mercier. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Omnibus: Gene Kelly -- Dancing: A Man's Game
In 1958, "Omnibus," the Golden Age of Television's most distinguished series, commissioned Gene Kelly's first television special. Written, choreographed, co-directed and starring Kelly, this special enlisted some of the top names in sports to illustrate Kelly's message about the masculine grace of dance (The legendary actor, dancer, director, and choreographer won renown for his athletic, masculine style and as the foremost proponent of filmed dance). Memorable sequences from this innovative broadcast include appearances by Olympic skater Dick Button, baseball star Mickey Mantle, basketball hero Bob Cousy, boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson, football quarterback Johnny Unitas, and other celebrated sports professionals, whose characteristic movements Kelly incorporates into a solo dance sequence. The program also includes a stunning performance by Edward Villella, and an extended tap routine by Kelly and Robinson. This historic production aired just once on December 21, 1958, over the NBC Television Network. It remained publicly unavailable thereafter, until now. Digitally remastered from the original 16mm kinescope prints preserved by the Library of Congress. The "Omnibus" cultural series was a multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series delivering sophistication, refinement, and sparkling intelligence to a national audience. Its eight groundbreaking seasons -- broadcast live and nationwide from 1952 to 1961 over 164 episodes -- of live, commercial-network broadcasts featured host Alastair Cooke and the most accomplished luminaries of the day. Extras: Booklet by Patricia Ward Kelly. Formats: DVD, $29.98. (Entertainment One).
One Direction: This Is Us
(2013) A look at hit pop group One Direction and its meteoric rise to fame. Directed by Morgan Spurlock. Read more about "One Direction: This Is Us" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Ultimate Fan Edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo, Ultimate Fan Edition 3D Blu-ray Disc/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Best Song Ever" music video; five "Going Home" featurettes in which each member of the group visits their home town, family and friends offering fans a glimpse at their life off the road; "Before the Show" featurette with the boys hanging out, playing games, exercising/training, and getting ready for one of their performances; "1D Family" featurette on the fans of One Direction; extended scenes. Blu-ray adds Extended cut with 20 minutes of new footage and four additional songs; three featurettes: "I Didn't Do It" in which the boys try to complete on-air promotions at a Japanese radio station, "Hold That Pose" in which the boys visit the famed Madam Tussauds wax museum to experience their own sculptures being created; and "Up All Night!," two mini movies previously only shown during the live concert. (Sony).
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
(2013) Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Anthony Head, Stanley Tucci, Sean Bean, Nathan Fillion.
Read more about "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Back to Camp Half-Blood" featurette, "It's All in the Eye" featurette. Blu-ray adds Motion comic, collectible character cards, "Deconstructing a Demigod" featurette. (Fox).
(2013) Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano. Read more about "Prisoners" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Prisoners -- Every Moment Matters," "Prisoners -- Powerful Performances." (Warner).
The Secret Village
(2013) Ali Faulkner, Richard Riehle, Jonathan Bennett, Stelio Savante. An ambitious young journalist researches a mysterious outbreak of mass hysteria in a small village. Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).
Shadow on the Mesa
(2013) Kevin Sorbo, Greg Evigan, Gail O'Grady, Meredith Baxter, Wes Brown. Hallmark Movie Channel original about one of the best bounty hunters in the West who mistakenly goes after his estranged father for the murder of his mother. Formats: DVD. (Sonar Entertainment/Cinedigm).
Shameless: The Complete Third Season
(2013) All 12 episodes of the series that stars William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic, single father of six clever and resourceful kids who live together on Chicago's South Side. Formats: Three-disc DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes and six featurettes: "Where the Streets Have No Shame," "The Many Sides of Sheila," "An Officer and a Gallagher," "A Lip Off the Old Block," "Being Mandy and Mickey Milkovich" and "A Messy Triangle: Lip, Karen and Mandy." (Warner).
Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection Volume Two
Two-disc collection of 42 remastered shorts. Formats: DVD, $26.99; Blu-ray Disc, $34.99. (Warner).
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The Berlin File
(2013 -- South Korea) Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, Seung-beom Ryu, Gianna Jun. Korean action director Ryoo Seung-wan takes on East-meets-West-double-agent intrigue in this breakneck thriller. Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean "ghost" agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt involving South Korean intelligence agents, the North Koreans and the CIA. Caught between his love of country and his wife, he must quickly prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette (CJ Entertainment).
Insidious: Chapter 2
(2013) Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson. Read more about "Insidious: Chapter 2" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Peripheral Vision: Behind the Scenes" featurette, "Ghostly Transformation" featurette on how the actors were transformed into ghosts in The Further through make-up effects. Blu-ray adds "Haunted Hospital: On Location" featurette; "Leigh Whannell's Insidious Journal"; "Work in Progress: On Set Q&A" with Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson, Jason Blum, James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell; "Insidious: Spectral Sightings" three-part webisodes. (Sony).
(2012 -- Spanish) Dariel Arrechaga, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre, Javier Nunez Florian. Trapped in the desperate slums of Havana, young Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. After he's accused of assault, his only option to save himself is to flee the country and he begs his best friend Elio to abandon his life in Cuba and help him reach the forbidden land 90 miles across the ocean. But Elio is torn between helping Raul escape and protecting his twin sister Lila, and soon the trio's commitment to their homeland and their desire of starting life anew in America is put to the test. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
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Angel of the Skies
(2013 -- South Africa) Nicholas van der Bijl, Adam Boys, Lillie Claire, Andre Frauenstein. When Britain declares war against Germany, a young South African pilot leaves his pregnant fiance behind and volunteers to serve in the British Royal Air Force. But when a combat mission goes awry, a crash landing in enemy territory leaves him and his surviving crew fighting to find their way back to the Allied lines. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2011) Kevin Alejandro, Kelen Coleman, Louise Fletcher, Rus Blackwell, Hank Stone, J LaRose, Amy LoCicero. A deaf woman who resurrects the ghost of a murdered young woman is forced by the spirit to come face-to-face with a serial killer who turns his female victims into marionette dolls. Formats: DVD. (Archstone Distribution).
(2013) Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Richard de Klerk, Johnny Galecki, Ashley Greene, Rupert Grint, Taylor Hawkins, Stana Katic, Donal Logue. Drama looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal in 1973 originally as a home for "country, bluegrass and blues" (thus the club's name) and which showcased cutting-edge bands through its closing in 2006 such as Talking Heads, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie, The Dead Boys, Bad Brains, Green Day, Soul Asylum, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Everclear, George Thorogood, The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The B-52s, The Runaways, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tool and The Wallflowers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
(2013) Dir.: Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson. Read more about "Don Jon" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: HitRECord Shorts: "My Favorite Things: Request Video," "My Favorite Things Remix: Film Preservation," "Love of Objects," "Vinegar." Blu-ray adds "Making of Don Jon," "Don Jon's Origin," "Joe's Hats," "Objectified," "Themes & Variations." (Fox).
(2013) Voices of Christopher Lloyd, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Animated sci-fi adventure about a devious plot to alter the writings of famed author Jules Verne to change the course of history. Accompanied by their trusted dog, a group of kids are sent back in time to restore the beloved stories and secure their rightful place in history. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Vertical Entertainment).
(2013) Michael Caine, Clemence Poesy, Justin Kirk, Gillian Anderson, Jane Alexander. A look at the life-changing connection between a retired and widowed American philosophy professor -- who can't get over the death of his wife -- and a young Parisian woman, a free-spirited young dance instructor also struggling to heal the wounds of her troubled past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes. (Image Entertainment).
(2013) This documentary by Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus is an intimate and personal portrait of Marilyn Monroe, based on the book of Monroe's recently discovered personal papers and journals, "Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters" (edited by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment). The film provides a poignant, illuminating and revealing profile of the iconic artist and sex symbol via dramatic readings of her own words. The film explores the unknown side of Monroe and challenges the steadfast misperception of Marilyn as a dumb blonde. Bringing her words to a contemporary audience are F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Hope Davis, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Jack Huston, Stephen Lang, Lindsay Lohan, Janet McTeer, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Platt, David Strathaim, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Broadcast on HBO in June, 2012.
Formats: DVD, $29.95. (Docurama).
Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume 1
Three-disc set with six made-for-TV movies that originally aired 1985-97: "Perry Mason Returns," "The Case of the Notorious Nun," "The Case of the Shooting Star," "The Case of the Lost Love," "The Case of the Sinister Spirit" and "The Case of the Murdered Madam." Formats: DVD, $58.99 exclusively at Amazon. (CBS/Paramount).
(2013) Lisa Summerscales, Dean Cates, Brian Lally, Larry Fessenden, Derek Phillips. A young woman and her estranged husband become entangled with a horrifying cult and find themselves swept into a world of kidnapping, violence and satanic rituals. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (After Dark Films/Lionsgate).
(2013) Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Glover, Robert Englund, David Mazouz, Lacey Chabert. Three chilling tales of unspeakable terror behind the walls of the Sanitarium where Dr. Stenson holds dominion over the inmates of a most unusual asylum. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
(2011 -- China) A young man looking to escape a life of crime is denied acceptance as a warrior of the Shaolin Temple and instead takes a job as a groundskeeper, where he hones his skill and eventually must defend the temple alone against an invading army. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2013) January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Ed Harris. In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Arc Entertainment).
Wolfblood: Season 1
(2012) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the Disney Channel series about a teenage girl who, along with her parents, are Wolfbloods, descendants of a centuries old breed of people who turn into wolves -- not werewolves -- during a full moon. Being a teenager is tough enough without having heightened senses and physical abilities, and having to cover up your hidden life. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (New Video Group).
(2012) Travis Wester, Jason Mewes, Shelley Long, Vanessa Lee Evigan, John Amos, June Lockhart. Desperate filmmaker Osric Taylor dreams of making his version of "Hamlet" set during the civil war but when production funding dries up, he agrees to take southern matron Hester Beauchamps offer to fund the film if he throws some zombies in it to make their money back. But when Hester dies in mid-shoot, Osric dresses up as Hester to cash the last check and awakens the suspicions of both the local police and ambitious local news reporter Shine Reynolds. Inspired by an actual incident. Formats: DVD. (Level 33 Entertainment).
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