(2013) Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Vanessa Kirby, Lydia Wilson. Read more about "About Time" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, Blooper reel: "Making Movies Is a Serious Business," "The Luckiest” Music," Ellie Goulding "How Long Will I Love You?" music video, commentary with director Richard Curtis and cast members Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Vanessa Kirby, Lydia Wilson and Tom Hollander. Blu-ray adds three featurettes: "About Tim and Time Travel," "The Look, Style and Locations," "The World of Richard Curtis." (Universal).
(2013) Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Jenifer Lewis, Djimon Hounsou. Read more about "Baggage Claim" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three featurettes" "Fly Girls," "Wing Men" and "The Story"; cast interview; commentary with director David E. Talbert; theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "Behind the Scenes with the Director." (Fox).
(2013) Katia Winter, Ted Levine, Michael McMillian. On the trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young journalist -- aided by a rogue counter-culture writer -- finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
(2013) Rocky Braat, young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. There he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage -- a meeting that changed everything for him. Rocky left his life, his friends, and career in Pittsburgh to live with and help the kids. To the children he became "Rocky Anna," or brother. This documentary, by Steve Hoover, his best friend, traces Rocky's story of working in the village of Tamil Nadu for five years. Formats: DVD. (Docurama/Cinedigm).
The Broker's Man, Series 1
(1997) Kevin Whately stars as Jimmy Griffin, an ex-detective turned insurance investigator with rakish charm and a wandering eye. Features three feature-length mysteries
Formats: Two-disc DVD, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Burton and Taylor
(2013) Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West. Bio-drama follows the private and public relationship of Hollywood's most famously volatile on-again-off-again couple, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, played out against their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward's stage play, "Private Lives." Formats: DVD. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Care Bears: The Care a-Thon Games
(2014) Four episodes celebrating sportsmanship, friendship and courage (timed for the Winter Olympics), $14.98. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
A Case of You
(2013) Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Dinklage, Vince Vaughn. A young writer tries to impress a girl -- a barista at his local coffee shop -- by going online and creating an embellished profile with all the details that would make him her dream guy (ballroom dancing, rock climbing, culinary skills, and wacky and unlikely hobbies), but he finds himself in a real mess when she falls for him and he has to keep up the act. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
City of Angels BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998) Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz, Colm Feore. Remake of Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire" about a heavenly angel (Cage) who, when he discovers that he is spotted by a doctor (Ryan) in an operating room, longs to give up his mortality to become human and fall in love. (Warner).
(2013) Paul Logan, Manal El-Feitury, Borislav Iliev, Forbes KB, Mya-Lecia Naylor. In World War II, Stalin created a top secret nerve gas, which went missing shortly after the Battle of Stalingrad. Over 70 years later, the horrific biochemical weapon resurfaces in modern day Bulgaria, turning the local inhabitants into frenzied mutants and causing the dead to rise from the grave. Amidst the chaos, U.S. Special Forces Captain John McGahey and NATO doctor Ana Bennett must escape the infected zone before the Code Red alert is raised and everything is destroyed. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette, "WWII Uncut," behind-the-scenes, outtakes. (Entertainment One).
Dallas Buyers Club
(2013) Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Kevin Rankin, Denis O'Hare, Jane McNeill, Griffin Dunne. Read more about "Dallas Buyers Club" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Look Inside Dallas Buyers Club." (Universal).
(2014 --TV) Vanessa Bell Calloway, Angell Conwell, Tatyaya Ali, Dawnn Lewis, Judy Pace, Freda Payne, Tammi Mac, Keith Burke, Jonelle Allen, Rylan Williams. A successful TV anchorwoman celebrates her recent divorce by throwing herself a divorce party with her closest sorority girlfriends. Formats: DVD, Digital. (One Village Entertainment).
(2013) Director: Mikael Hafstrom. Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Amy Ryan.
Read more about "Escape Plan" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Mikael Hafstrom and co-writer Miles Chapman, "Executing the Plan: The Making of Escape Plan" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Maximum Security: The Real-Life Tomb" featurette, "Clash of the Titans" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Family Matters: The Complete Fourth Season
(1992-93) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2013) Actor and child advocate Erik Estrada stars in this ripped-from-the-headlines story inspired by a compilation of actual events that Sheriff Mike Brown has investigated through his Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Made to inform parents, educators and concerned citizens on how children are being targeted, and revolving around the abduction of 14-year-old Faith Garrett. Formats: DVD. Extras: 12-page resource study guide, "Introduction to Internet Safety 101" featurette. (Entertainment One).
(2013) Voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Danny Carey, Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, Josh Lawson, Dan Fogler, Keith David, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Carlos Ponce. Read more about "Free Birds" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: "Birds Flipping History," "Animating Free Birds: The Main Course," "Winging It: Animators in Action," "Talking Turkey With Composer Dominic Lewis," "Shake a Tail Feather," theatrical trailer. (Fox).
From Above (aka Chasing Shakespeare)
(2013) Danny Glover, Graham Greene, Chelsea Ricketts. A love story told (in an original mixture of Native American narration and Shakespearean tragedy) through flashbacks from widower William Ward's memory of the life he spent with beloved wife Venus. Their Native American family lived in a small Arkansas town and had an affinity for lightning as well as a deep connection to nature ... but they lived in a world filled with racial and ethnic differences, which made their love difficult. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD. (Vertical Entertainment).
Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express and Other Adventures
(2013) The famous New Mouse City journalist, best-selling author and editor for the big city daily, "The Rodent's Gazette", would prefer to do nothing more than to live a quiet life, yet, somehow, adventure always finds Geronimo and his pals. With his younger sister Thea, cousin Trap, favorite nephew Benjamin and sometimes Aunt Sweetfur, Geronimo is launched into exciting capers filled with hilarious hijinks and far-flung antics that take them all around the world in search of the next big scoop. Four adventures; based on Scholastic's hit book series. Formats: DVD, $12.98. (Entertainment One).
House of Versace
(2013) Gina Gershon, Racquel Welch, Enrico Colantoni, Colm Feore. Lifetime Original Movie based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball's book "House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival" that chronicles Donatella Versace's triumph over tragedy by carrying on Gianni Versace's (her brother's) powerful legacy after his 1997 slaying. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
(2013) Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Hudson. A coming-of-age story about two inner city boys -- one 13 and one 9 -- who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director George Tillman Jr., writer Michael Starrbury and actors Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon; rehearsal footage; skateboard training footage; deleted scenes. (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate).
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1958) Ingrid Bergman, Curd Jurgens, Robert Donat. Extras: Commentary with Nick Redman, Aubrey Solomon and Donald Spoto; "Fox Movietone News: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Rapturous and World Premiere." (Fox).
It's Not Me, I Swear!
(2008 -- Canada) Antoine L'Ecuyer, Suzanne Clement, Daniel Briere, Catherine Faucher. Innocent looking 10-year-old Leon -- with his overly fertile imagination -- is a young hellion, a consummate liar and thief well-versed in breaking and entering his neighbors' homes and running away from his own. His explosively dysfunctional family reaches new levels of lunacy when Mom decides to pack her bags to start a new life in Greece. Leon is prepared to do anything to kill the pain of it all, from destroying the neighbors' homes to even, why not, falling in love with best friend Lea. A quirky coming-of-age story. In French with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Joanie Loves Chachi: The Complete Series
(1982-83) Three-disc set with 17 episodes, $29.99. Set in the 1960's, this "Happy Days" spin-off centers on Joanie Cunningham (Erin Moran) and her boyfriend Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio), who move to Chicago and start a rock band, often performing at his family's Italian restaurant. The series lasted only one season. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Jules and Jim
(1962) Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, "Jules and Jim" charts, over 25 years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary Francois Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema's most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, "Jules and Jim" was a worldwide smash in 1962 and remains every bit as audacious and entrancing today. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Two audio commentaries: one featuring screenwriter Jean Gruault, Francois Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, editor Claudine Bouche, and film scholar Annette Insdorf, the other featuring actor Jeanne Moreau and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana; excerpts from "The Key to Jules and Jim" (1985), a documentary about author Henri-Pierre Roche and the real-life relationships that inspired the novel and film; interviews with Truffaut, Gruault, and cinematographer Raoul Coutard; conversation between scholars Robert Stam and Dudley Andrew; excerpt from a 1965 episode of the French television program "Cineastes de notre temps" dedicated to Truffaut; segment from a 1969 episode of the French television program "L'invite du dimanche" featuring Truffaut, Moreau, and filmmaker Jean Renoir; excerpts from Truffaut's first appearance on American television, a 1977 interview with New York Film Festival director Richard Roud; excerpts from a 1979 American Film Institute seminar given by Truffaut; audio interview with Truffaut from 1980, conducted by film scholar Claude-Jean Philippe; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers, a 1981 piece by Truffaut on Roche, and script notes by Truffaut. (The Criterion Collection).
The Lady Vanishes
(2013) Tuppence Middleton, Selina Cadell. New "Masterpiece Mystery!" adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1930s thriller sees a beautiful, spoiled young woman risk her life to solve the mysterious disappearance of a woman on a train. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Lalaloopsy: Friends are Sew Special!
(2014) Four episodes of the Nickelodeon animated adventure series starring the Lalaloopsy friends, who magically came to life once their last stitch was sewn. The characters are all unique; each has a personality that comes from the fabric that was used to make her, with a pet and house fancifully constructed from found objects to match. The group of friends comes together for daily, "fun-tastical" adventures in a whimsical world full of silly surprises called Lalaloopsy Land. Formats: DVD, $16.99. (Paramount).
Laverne & Shirley -- The Seventh Season
(1981-82) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $42.99. In this, the second-to-last season -- and the last official season with Shirley (Cindy Williams) -- the half-hour situation comedy follows bright-eyed, naive and demure Shirley Feeney and brassy, tough-talking, street smart Laverne De Fazio (Penny Marshall) date an array of questionable men, tolerate their dippy, loony neighbors Lenny and Squiggy, and forever hope to "make all their dreams come true." Formats: DVD. Extras: Episode promos, gag reel. (Paramount).
Masterpiece: Classic English Literature Collection, Volume 2
(2014) Four disc set with screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park," Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" and E. M. Forster's "A Room with a View." In addition, the box set features memorabilia reproduced from The National Archives and British Library in London, England, including hand-written letters from all four authors, illustrations, portraits, photographs, and more. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (PBS Distribution).
Midsomer Murders, Set 23
(2012) The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries featuring gorgeous settings and sly British humor. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars Neil Dudgeon as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Jason Hughes as his earnest, efficient protege, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Three mysteries.
Formats: Three-disc DVD, $39.99; two-disc Blu-ray, $49.99. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
Million Dollar Baby BLU-RAY
(2004) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman. 10th anniversary edition. Extras: New featurette with Eastwood, Freeman and Swank: "Million Dollar Baby: On the Ropes"; commentary by producer Albert Ruddy; more. (Warner).
(2013) Based on the 1966 children's book by award-winning author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer. The man in the moon looks down on the happy, dancing people on Earth every night, wishing he could join them. He hitches a ride to Earth on a passing comet, but quickly finds himself thrown into jail by people who see him as an invader, rather than a friendly visitor. The Moon Man, however, has a most unusual -- but perfectly logical -- means of escape, and sets out to make his way back home. Formats: DVD, $26.95. (Cinedigm/Tribeca Film/New Video).
Mother of George
(2013 -- USA/Nigeria) Isaach De Bankole, Danai Gurira. Adenike and Ayodele are a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Following the joyous celebration of the their wedding, complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child -- a problem that devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Andrew Dosunmu, editor Oriana Soddu and costume designer Mobolaji Dawodu; "A Human Story" short program featuring interviews with star Danai Gurira and screenwriter/producer Darci Picoult and behind-the-scenes footage; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
My Dog the Champion
(2013) Dora Madison Burge, Lance Henriksen, Cody Linley. New family film about a spoiled teen from the big city who is uprooted to a remote cattle ranch where she meets Scout, an aging cattle dog, and the friendship changes her life. The film is executive produced by Arthur E. Benjamin, the founder of the American Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to rescue and promote the health and well-being of dogs and other animals all across the world. In addition, Scout is herself a rescue. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Night of the Demons Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) William Gallo, Hal Havins, Mimi Kinkade, Cathy Podewell, Linnea Quigley. Halloween party-goers at a deserted funeral home awaken something evil when they decide to have a seance. In a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Extras: New commentary with director Kevin Tenney and actors Cathy Podewell, Hal Havins, Billy Gallo and FX artist Steve Johnson; new interviews with cast and crew including director Tenney, writer-producer Joe Augustyn and actress Linnea Quigley; audio commentary with director Tenney, executive producer Walter Josten and producer Jeff Geoffray; promo reel; video trailer; theatrical trailer; TV and radio spots; still galleries; more. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
Nova: Cold Case JFK
(2014) NOVA and a team of foremost experts employ exclusive tests and sophisticated new technology to reconstruct and review the evidence surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. The documentary follows a unique group of experts trying to unravel the lingering mysteries of the Kennedy assassination. What should have been a homicide investigator's best-case scenario -- a crime that occurred in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses -- instead became a forensics nightmare in a case plagued by a mishandled crime scene, a controversial autopsy, and a prime suspect gunned down while in police custody. NOVA combines cutting edge technology and contemporary scientific techniques with archival footage and expert interviews to recreate the crime and the Warren Commission’s investigation – examining the shooting, the assassination scene, the medical information and wounds, and the evidence found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Read more here.Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2013) Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, Alfredo Maduro. Inspired by the overlooked gas stations and rest stops of the Texas highways, award-winning writer-director Yen Tan's minimalist drama follows the parallel lives of two gay men living in a small rural town who are both searching for love when they fortuitously cross paths at the local gas station. The two are Gabe, a contractor who's getting over an ill-fated affair with a married man and finds solace in the relationship he still harbors with his ex-wife, Shannon, and their daughter, Cindy; and Ernesto, a Hispanic lumber yard worker in the midst of splitting up with his live-in boyfriend, Luis, as he receives news from the hospital that his former love, Martin, is in a coma. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with Tan, Heck and DeAnda; commentary with Tan, producer Kelly Williams, cinematographer HutcH and editor Don Swaynos. (Wolfe Video).
Pride and Perseverance: The Story of the Negro Leagues
(2009) Documentary produced by Major League Baseball Productions and narrated by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield about the trials and tribulations of the black athletes who paved the way for todays stars. Features rare footage from the early 20th century and sheds light on the little-documented Negro Leagues. Formats: DVD, $9.98. (Lionsgate).
Romeo and Juliet
(2013) Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis, Laura Morante, Tomas Arana, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Wisdom, Christian Cooke. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Romeo & Juliet: Cast and Crew," "Romeo & Juliet: The Filmmaker's Version," "Romeo & Juliet: Creating the Look," "Romeo & Juliet: Hair and Make-Up," theatrical trailer. (Fox).
(2013) AnnaLynne McCord, Billy Zane, Viva Bianca. Sadie and Kevin have decided to spend a romantic weekend together at his lake house. But when an unexpected -- and unfortunate -- text from her best friend Jennifer to Kevin reveals a lurid love affair between the two, Sadie spirals into a hunger for revenge that is without mercy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay).
Two Weeks Notice BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002) Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant. Romantic comedy of bickering, bantering, fussing and feuding as two opposites -- an activist lawyer (Bullock) and the eccentric tycoon (Grant) who hires her -- are attracted to each other. (Warner).
The White Queen
(2013) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the vivid re-telling of the classic War of the Roses family feud (York vs. Lancaster) from the viewpoint of the women involved.
Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.99; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of The White Queen," series overview, book to series, "The History Behind The White Queen," "The White Queen" set tour, Queen Elizabeth, the King, "The Heir Apparent," "Woman in a Man's World," "Conjuring Up The Queen/Magic," "Dressing The Queen/Wardrobe. (Anchor Bay).
(2013) Animated adventure about a pair of planes who train for a big airshow competition. Voices of Josh Duhamel, Hilary Duff, Rob Schneider, Jesse McCartney, Tom Skerritt.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Josh Duhamel, Rob Schneider, Hilary Duff and Jesse McCartney" featurette, sneak peek of Miniscule award-winning shorts. (Lionsgate).
Witchboard BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols, Kathleen Wilhoite, Burke Byrnes, J.P. Luebsen, James Quinn, Rose Marie. A Ouija Board brings forth the spirit of a dead 10-year-old boy who develops a sudden taste for violent murder and demonic possession. In a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Kevin Tenney and actors Stephen Nichols, James W. Quinn and Kathleen Wilhoite; new interviews with cast and crew including writer-director Tenny, actors Tawny Kitaen, J.P. Luebsen and James Quinn; audio commentary with writer-director Tenney, executive producer Walter Josten and producer Jeff Geoffray; "The Making of Witchboard"; stills gallery; theatrical trailer; TV spots; more. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
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The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
(2014) Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, Aneurin Barnard. When his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped, a young man follows a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, where he discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth -- but also devastating supernatural power. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Image Entertainment).
All Is Lost
(2013) Robert Redford. Read more about "All Is Lost" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director-producer J.C. Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb; "Big Film, Small Film" featurette; four vignettes: "The Story," "The Filmmaker: JC Chandor," "The Actor: Robert Redford" and "The Sound of All Is Lost"; "Preparing for the Storm" featurette with storyboards, VFX Reel, pre-shooting and time-lapse footage. (Lionsgate).
The Americans Season 1
(2013) Thirteen episodes of the thriller about undercover Russian spies in 1980s Washington. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.99. Extras: "The Colonel" commentary featuring Joseph Weisberg, Joel Fields and Noah Emmerich; "Executive Order 2579: Exposing the Americans," "Perfecting the Art of Espionage," "Ingenuity Over Technology," gag reel, deleted scenes, trailers. (Fox).
And Then There Was You
(2013) Garcelle Beauvais, Brian White, Lynn Whitfield, Leon. When a young woman discovers that her husband has a secret life, she leaves him and finds a new love interest, only to discover that this new man has secrets of his own. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (One Village Entertainment).
(2013) Agnes Bruckner, Martin Landau, Adam Goldberg, Cary Elwes, Virginia Madsen. Bio-drama about Anna Nicole Smith, a modern-day Marilyn Monroe whose meteoric rise to fame from single, Texas mother to international supermodel, actress and reality television personality came with a tragic price. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
The Armstrong Lie
(2013) In 2009, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. "The Armstrong Lie" picks up in 2013 after Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, and presents a riveting, insider's view of the unraveling of the greatest deception in sports history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by Gibney; a Q&A with Gibney, Frank Marshall, Bill Strickland, Jonathan Vaughters and Betsy Andreu; deleted scenes. (Sony).
The Artist and the Model
(2013 -- Spain) Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale, Aida Folch. It's the summer of 1943, and in a verdant corner of occupied France, not far from the Spanish border, a famous old sculptor and painter, Marc Cros (Rochefort), lives with his supportive wife Lea (Cardinale), safe from the war raging in the distance. Marc, who can call Cezanne and Matisse his friends, seems to have reached the end of his life and, worse, his art. But one day, Lea meets Merce (Folch), a beautiful young Spaniard who has escaped from a refugee camp. Lea instantly sees that the raw, sensual girl is her husband's favorite type of model and brings her home to give the artist some fresh inspiration. Though initially chilly to each other, Marc and his frequently nude model slowly grow closer, as the old man comes to realize she will be his final masterpiece, and she absorbs his insights into art and, ultimately, life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with director Fernando Trueba, trailer. (Cohen Media Group).
(2013) Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, Ricky Whittle, James Callis. Read more about "Austenland" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Jerusha Hess and producer Stephenie Meyer, cast Q&A. (Sony).
The Best Man Holiday
(2013) Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa, Eddie Cibrian, John Michael Higgins. Read more about "The Best Man Holiday" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "Holiday Reunion: The Making of The Best Man Holiday." commentary by Writer-director/producer Malcolm D. Lee. Blu-ray adds Alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, "Smack Talk: Filming the Girl Fight Scene." (Universal).
Brewster Leads the Way
(2014) Newest addition to the popular "Chuggington" DVD series (from the animated TV series) filled with six action-packed episodes featuring Brewster the train. In these episodes, Brewster starts the digging of a new tunnel, saves new chuggineers Zack, Tyne and Fletch from a flash flood caused by a bursting river, and pitches in to fix Old Puffer Pete ... all the while discovering the importance of helping others and working together. Formats: DVD. Extras: Old Puffer Pete die-cast engine from TOMY while supplies last. (Anchor Bay).
(2013) Based on the best-selling erotic novel by author and executive producer G.A. Hauser about the rivalry between a tough ex-LAPD cop who quit police to work in the calm environment of a business office and the glamorous new kid in the office, who soon wins favor with the big boss and co-workers. After a crazy night in the Santa Fe desert, the pair become torn between passionate love and passionate hatred. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the- scenes featurette. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Chicago: Diamond Edition
(2002) Dir.: Rob Marshall; Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Colm Feore. Remastered. Winner of six Academy Awards- "Chicago" is a dazzling spectacle -- both on stage and the big screen. At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and spotlight seeking Roxie Hart (Zellweger) both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn (Gere), the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago, there's only room for one legend. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New feature-length documentary "Chicago in the Spotlight," an in-depth retrospective including never-before-seen footage with cast and crew; commentary with director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon; deleted musical number "Class" performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah; "From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago" featurette. (Miramax/Lionsgate).
(2013) Dir.: Ridley Scott; Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz. Read more about "The Counselor" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: Unrated extended cut, theatrical version, "Truth of the Situation," virals. (Fox).
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- Fifty By Four
(2013) Documentary takes a look at the career of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, that group of singer-songwriters who helped usher in a new era of rock music in the 1970s with its emphasis on folk rock, vocal harmonies, confessional balladry, and political activism. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, alongside occasional collaborator Neil Young, refused to be labelled "a band," describing themselves as a loose collective of musical friends free from the inhibiting confines of the music business. This is the story of CSNY's experiment, a journey of breakthroughs, breakdowns, break-ups and incredible music, somehow all from a group that apparently didn't exist. Features archival and exclusive interviews, seldom-seen footage, classic and rare performances and contributions from those who worked closely with CSNY across the years, including Dallas Taylor, Greg Reeves, Danny Kortchmar, George Chocolate Perry, Joe Lala, Chad Cromwell, Calvin Fuzzy Samuels, Joe Vitale, The Albert Brothers, Bill Halverson, and many others. Formats: DVD. (Chrome Dreams/MVD Entertainment).
Dallas: The Complete Second Season
(2013) Four-disc set with all 15 episodes, $39.98. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), one of the most iconic television villains of all time, takes his last breath under very suspicious circumstances but not before stirring up a season's worth of Texas-size trouble. J.R. deviously guides his son, John Ross (Josh Henderson), in stealing the family business from Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy), while the ladies take their own sides. Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) runs for governor, Ann (Brenda Strong) takes aim at her ex, Harris (Mitch Pileggi), and Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) and Elena (Jordana Brewster) prove that being beautiful and fighting dirty sometimes go hand in hand. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Memories of Larry Hagman: A Cast and Crew Tribute," an intimate look at how Larry Hagman impacted the lives of his cast and crew as they share their favorite and personal memories of the man who made J.R., and "Dallas," famous around the world; "One Last Conversation With Larry Hagman," an unedited interview with in which he discusses the launch of the new "Dallas"; "J.R.'s Masterpiece: Extended Cut" of the pivotal J.R. funeral episode, as the show buries one of TV's most memorable characters; "The Battle for Ewing Energies: Blood Is Thicker Than Oil" featurette; "Dallas Fashion Files"; Dallas at PaleyFest 2013: Highlights from the PaleyFest 2013 panel with cast and creative team; deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2013) Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards, Juliet Stevenson. During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interviews with the cast and crew, 16-page Diana Fashion Photo Booklet, which looks at how the filmmakers captured Diana's iconic fashion style. (Entertainment One).
The Discovery of Eilleen Twain
(2014) Featuring early footage and songs from Shania Twain, when she was still struggling artist Eilleen Twain. Eilleen Twain got her first break in the late 80s in Viva Vegas, a legendary Vegas style resort show produced by Brian Ayers at Deerhurst Inn Resort in Ontario, Canada. This documentary features revealing interviews with former cast members and music veterans of that era, taking you back to Twain's roots along with footage of her heartfelt renditions of "Somewhere Out There" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The Bonus CD, "Eilleen Twain: Beginnings 1989-1990," features 10 re-mastered songs from Twain's early career. Formats: CD/DVD Combo. (Video Service Corp/MVD Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Moonbase
The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), along with his friends Polly, Ben and Jamie, is accused of starting a plague that is killing off the crew of a moonbase that controls the Earth's weather. Remastered. Formats: DVD, $24.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2013) Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis. Read more about "Ender's Game" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, commentary with producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci. Blu-ray adds "Ender's World: The Making of Ender's Game" eight-part featurette. (Lionsgate).
Farscape: The Complete Season Two 15th Anniversary Edition
(2000-01) "Farscape Season 2" unfolds as a tapestry of histories and mysteries. Having survived Season 1's deathtrap finale, John Crichton and the crew of the living space ship Moya attempt to evade the villainous Scorpius. And if the Peacekeepers weren't enough trouble, Crichton and company soon cross paths with the ambitious, reptilian Scarran race. Twenty-two episodes. Formats: Six-disc DVD, $39.95; four-disc Blu-ray, $49.95. Extras: Original Season 2 premiere, blooper reel, audio commentaries, director's cut deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds featurette with the composer, behind-the-scenes interviews and specials. (Cinedigm).
Festival Express BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) In the summer of 1970, some of the era's biggest rock stars took to the rails for Festival Express, a multi-artist, multi-day, multi-city concert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and let loose aboard a customized train that traveled from Toronto, to Winnipeg, to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert.
"Festival Express" captures some of rock's most iconic artists in an extraordinary setting, during an incredible time in music history. These were some of Janis Joplin's final performances, as she would tragically die just three months later. The Band were at the height of their time together, and the Grateful Dead were in the midst of releasing future classics "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty." Also on board were the Buddy Guy Blues Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, Mashmakhan and Sha Na Na. Also available in a two-DVD set. Extras: "Derailed -- The making of Festival Express"; "Train Hopping" function that allows you to hear the songs in the film, uninterrupted; additional and extended interviews; 10 extra performances; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2013) AJ Michalka, James Denton, Kevin Pollak, Michael Welch, Shawnee Smith. Uplifting story of a teenager whose faith and family ties are put to the test when her dreams of becoming a music star start to come true. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Own It: Making of Grace Unplugged" featurette, "The Music" featurette, "Gags" reel, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2013) Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Eleanor Zichy, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, David Hewlett. In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for nearly 30 years, they have had to live the same miserable day over and over, never thinking they're anything but alive. But now, Lisa has started noticing things that make her believe that she and her uncomprehending family are in fact ghosts. On top of that, she realizes that she must reach out from beyond the grave to help her living counterpart Olivia and her family avoid the same gruesome fate that Lisa and her family suffered all those years ago. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/MPI Media Group).
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection
(1996-98) Twelve-disc set with 27 episodes starring Patricia Routledge as housewife-turned-private-investigator Hetty Wainthropp who, like an earthier Miss Marple, applies her seasoned intuition and fierce moral compass to the job of righting wrongs in England's towns and villages. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with Patricia Routledge, production notes, photo galley. (Acorn Media).
Hindenburg -- The Last Flight
(2011) Maximilian Simonichek, Lauren Lee Smith, Stacy Keach, Greta Scacchi. Fictionalized account of one of the most shocking accidents of the 20th Century, this is an alternate history of the tragic event that rocked the world in 1937, imagining passengers in a desperate search for explosives that have been planted onboard the aircraft by a ruthless businessman. Originally aired in two parts on Encore's Big Miniseries Showcase. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
How I Live Now
(2013) Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay. In the near future, an American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as an escalating military conflict in Europe envelops the world around her. Based on the award-winning young adult novel by Megan Rosoff. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes comparisons, deleted scenes, AXS TV: "A Look at How I Live Now," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2012) Jennifer Love Hewit, Ivan Sergei, Joel David Moore. Romantic comedy centered on a gentile who pretends to be Jewish in order to win the affection of his love interest. Based on the wildly successful stage play "Jewtopia." Formats: DVD, VOD. (Cinedigm).
The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1967) Voices of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Bruce Reitherman, George Sanders, Sterling Halloway, J. Pat O'Malley, Louis Prima. Extras: Introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman; alternate ending: Mowgli and the hunter; "@DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity"; "Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller and Floyd Norman"; "Disney Intermission -- Bear-E-Oke Hosted by Baloo"; Bear-E-Oke sing-a-long; "I Wanna Be Like You - Hangin'’ Out At Disney's Animal Kingdom." Formats: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo, DVD, Digital. (Disney).
(2013) Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Michelle Trachtenberg, Ginnifer Goodwin. National Geographic original movie chronicles the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Second in a trilogy of books written by Bill O'Reilly and his researcher and partner Martin Dugard. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Extended feature, behind-the-scenes featurette, "Killing Kennedy: An Interview with Author Bill O'Reilly," "The Kennedy Mystique." (Fox).
League of Super Evil Season 1, Volumes 1 and 2
(2013) Two two-disc sets with 13 episodes each of the animated TV series that follows four Super Villains (the League of Super Evil, or 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. Their methods? Using a shrunken anime robot to win a playground slam dunk competition and holding a neighborhood barbecue and not inviting any of the neighbors. Total mindless fun. Formats: DVD, $19.95 each. (Cinedigm).
Lou Reed Tribute
(2014) A video tribute to one of the true legends of rock music, who died October 27, 2013. This genius maverick not only co-founded The Velvet Underground -- the band rock critic Lester Bangs inarguably claimed was the start of all new music -- he also composed the lion's share of their near perfect catalogue. After the Velvet disbanded, he went on to establish a solo career that was as dynamic, controversial and genuinely enthralling as that of any rock performer before and since. This three-disc set features three separate films that pay tribute to New York's favorite son: "The Velvet Underground - Under Review," a 75-minute retrospective of the music and career of one of rock music's most influential groups; "Punk Revolution NYC: The Velvet Underground, The NY Dolls & The CBGBs Set" traces the entire history of New York's punk scene, showing how the Velvet were instrumental in shaping the city's unique brand of rock; and "The Sacred Triangle -- Bowie, Iggy & Lou -- 1971-1973," which tells the story of how these three musical pioneers influenced each other at the beginning of their solo careers, forming an association that made for some of the finest music in the 1970s. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (Chrome Dreams/MVD Entertainment).
Masquerade BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2012 -- South Korea) Byung-hun Lee. Political intrigue, betrayal, peril and forbidden romance play out in this critically acclaimed drama set in the royal palace of Korea's ancient Joseon
Dynasty. Amid national chaos and a fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted counselor to find a royal body double; he recruits a crude, working-class peasant, a village performer who bears a startling resemblance to the ruler. When the king falls into a coma from poisoning, the double takes the throne and follows his heart -- no matter what the price -- to save his country from collapse and its oppressed people from despair. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Lighting and Cinematography" and "Production Design" featurettes, deleted scenes, trailers. (CJ Entertainment).
Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Spring!
(2014) Twelve new-to-DVD episodes of animated springtime adventure with Max & Ruby. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
(2013) "Iron Mike" recounts his life's highs and lows in his signature candid style in this one-man stage show directed by Spike Lee, filmed before a live audience at Broadway's Imperial Theatre in New York City for HBO. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Conversations" behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews with Lee and Tyson, along with executive producer-writer Kiki Tyson and executive producer Jon Kilik. (HBO).
Newhart: The Complete Second Season
(1983-84) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.93. Bob Newhart returned to series TV as Dick Loudon, a New Yorker who runs a small B&B in Vermont with his wife Joanna (Mary Frann). Things operate a little differently up in ski country, as exemplified by their disparate group of friends and neighbors including wacky, bumbling handyman George (Tom Poston), Larry (William Sanderson) and his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss) and his other brother Darryl (John Voldstad). Season Two highlights include Dick fighting against the advances of a celebrity author, Joanna challenging the town's historical practice of the men and women eating separately during the town's potluck dinners, Stephanie (Julia Duffy) getting lost in a snowstorm, Kirk (Steven Kampmann) planning to sell the Minuteman Cafe and more. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
A Night in the Woods
(2011) Scoot McNairy, Anna Skellern, Andrew Hawley. When three friends go hiking in supposedly haunted woods, jealousies, sexual tensions and strained relationships come to a head, turning what should have been a peaceful camping adventure into a terror trip when something comes after them. As collective paranoia reaches fever pitch it becomes clear that there is a much darker force at work in their ancient eerie surroundings. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Trailer. (Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).
On the Job
(2013 -- Philippines) Joey Marquez, Piolo Pascual, Joel Torre, Gerald Anderson. Crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials. Two cops uncover the scheme, but, caught in a web of deceit and corruption, head on a collision course with government officials who will do anything to silence them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Making-of" featurette. (Well Go USA).
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
(2013) Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2013 and for Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards 2013, "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" tells the incredible story of three young women in a Moscow-based feminist punk rock group, Pussy Riot, who stage a provocative guerrilla performance on the soleas of the city's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in a statement against the leadership of the church and Russia's president Vladimir Putin. Filmed over the course of six months, the critically-acclaimed documentary follows the group's arrests, subsequent trials and their sentencing -- profound events that shine a world spotlight on Russian society and freedom of expression. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with Yekaterina Stanislavovna Samutsevich (band member Katia), Sheffield Film Festival Q&A, theatrical trailer. (Cinedigm).
Reaching for the Moon
(2013) Dir.: Bruno Barreto; Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Gloria Pires. A sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer's block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Otto) travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary (Middendorf). Hoping to find inspiration on Mary's sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more -- a tempestuous relationship with Mary's bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Pires), that rocks the staid writer to her foundation.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
(2008) Independent underground filmmakers Mike Masters and David J. Francis (playing themselves) are eager to complete the third film in their "Zombie Night" film trilogy, a series of rather unsuccessful low-budget, shot-on-video gorefests. The problem, however, is a recent zombie apocalypse has taken over the world since their series began. The dead are rising from their graves and eating the living ... for real this time. The pair embark on the production of their newest masterpiece anyway, only to discover shooting in a post-apocalyptic world offers many unforeseen challenges and they decide to capitalize on the cannibalistic catastrophe: No need for latex and fake blood when there's an entire world of flesh eating undead to add realism to their film, and help save money on special effects costs! Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, trailer, commentary. (Synapse Films).
Regular Show: Mordecai and Margaret Pack
(2013) Sixteen themed episodes from the first four seasons of the Cartoon Network series, highlighting Mordecai's crush, Margaret. Formats: DVD, $19.82. Extras: Never-before-seen clip from the season four finale. (Warner).
(2012 -- French) The lives of the residents of an idyllic French alpine village are forever changed when a seemingly random collection of people who have been dead for several years inexplicably come back to life and try to integrate themselves into their former lives. But it seems they're not the only ones to have returned from the dead, as their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. A gripping, stylish mix of real and surreal, the highly cinematic series -- which is an intimate portrait of people dealing with their guilt over the death of their loved ones and questions our desire for eternal life -- features a wide range of top French film actors and a haunting, atmospheric soundtrack by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. "The Returned" was a smash hit last year on French television and the highest rated subtitled drama in the UK in nearly a decade, and aired on Sundance Channel in the states. Based on 2004 feature "Les revenants" by Robin Campillo. Eight episodes. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $29.95; two-disc Blu-ray, $34.95. Extras: Collector's booklet, interview with director Fabrice Gobert, critical essay by film critic Scott Tobias. (Music Box Films).
(2011) Stuart Brennan, Tamer Hassan, Rutger Hauer, Doug Bradley, Emily Booth. After a reverend is bitten by a vampire on the first day at his new parish, he tries to put his new bloodlust to good use when he discovers that his seemingly idyllic little town is anything but: it's plagued by drugs, prostitution and violence. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Level 33 Entertainment).
Rocky Heavyweight Collection Blu-ray
Features all six knockout "Rocky" films including the first film with a stunning new master. Extras: 8mm home movies of "Rocky" (1975) narrated by director John G. Avildsen and production manager Lloyd Kaufman; "In the Ring" three-part making-of documentary; four behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Makeup," "Music," "Directing" and "Camera Work"; three boxing featurettes: "Three Rounds With Legendary Trainer Lou Duva," "The Opponents" and "The Ring of Truth"; Tributes: Burgess Meredith, James Crabe; "Interview with a Legend: Bert Sugar"; video commentary with Sylvester Stallone; Sylvester Stallone on "Dinah!" (1976); theatrical trailers, TV spots, more. $59.99. (Fox).
(2013) Eric Roberts, Kristina Anapau, Roark Critchlow, Josh Daugherty. After losing contact with a clandestine energy research facility, a powerful venture capitalist contracts a private team of elite military operatives to retrieve a physicist who holds the key to an unprecedented alternate energy source. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes of SEAL Patrol" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Sherlock: Season Three
(2013) Two-disc set with three episodes of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series from the BBC. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98. Extras: Three behind-the-scenes featurettes: "The Fall," "Fans, Villains & Speculation: The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes" and "Shooting Sherlock." (BBC Home Entertainment).
Sorority Party Massacre
(2012) Tom Downey, Kevin Sorbo, Ed O'Ross, Leslie Easterbrook, Richard Moll, Ron Jeremy, Marissa Skell, Eve Mauro, Yvette Yates. An isolated town full of sexy college girls has a dangerous secret: one girl has gone missing each year for the last 20 years. A big-city cop, in danger of losing his badge, agrees to aid the town's sheriff in investigating the unsolved disappearances. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by producer-writer-director Chris W. Freeman and producer-director Justin Jones; deleted scenes; outtakes; Paige fight scene; "Barney Lumpkin Campaign Ad." (Anchor Bay).
(2012) Documentary examines the drama and unique challenges faced each day by the owners of three very different restaurants: World-renowned chef Grant Achatz strives for culinary excellence at his gourmet restaurant Alinea in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. Family owned and operated for six generations, Breitbach's Country Dining in rural Iowa remains standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the small town community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant, La Cocina de Gabby, in Tucson, Az., struggles to stay afloat as its owners risk everything to provide for their young daughter. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
(2012) Documentary about the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 of a multinational group of 22 experienced mountain climbers mysteriously perished on K2, on August 1, 2008. Features breathtaking cinematography, the climbers' own firsthand footage and jaw-dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Swamp People: Season 4
(2013) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five bonus webisodes. (Lionsgate).
(2010 -- France) Jean Reno, Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marina Fois. Lifelong mobster Charly Mattei (Reno) has turned a new leaf and left his past as an outlaw behind him, living a quiet, comfortable life, devoting himself to his wife and two young children. One winter morning, however, he's attacked in an underground parking garage and left for dead -- with 22 bullets in his body. After a miraculous recovery, he embarks on a hunt for vengeance that takes him back into the seedy criminal underworld he thought he'd left behind forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of 22 Bullets," commentary by director Richard Berry, trailer. (Cinedigm).
(2012) Danny Huston, Sienna Miller, Jack Huston, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Zane. Glamorous and romantic vision of Hollywood now and then. Legendary film director Jack Hussar, notorious gambler and womanizer, returns to L.A. to raise financing for his next film. In a whirlwind night on the town, Jack seduces the stunning Diana, hits some wild industry parties, narrowly escapes a brush with the law, before playing a high-stakes poker game at dawn. Years later, Jack Hussar Jr., arrives in Hollywood for his directorial debut, and an older Diana finds her daughter falling for her former lover's son. Based on Tolstoy's short story "The Two Hussars."
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, film festival Q&A. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2012 -- Saudi Arabia) Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities in her world. The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, the first Saudi film written and directed by a woman, the first Saudi submission to the Foreign Language committee for the Academy Awards and a wonderful debut performance by Waad Mohammed as the spunky title character.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by director Haifaa Al Mansour, Director's Guild Q & A, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
(2013 -- China) Dir.: Tsui Hark; Angelababy, Mark Chao, William Feng, Carina Lau, Lin Gengxin. The action-packed, martial arts extravaganza follows Dee Renjie's beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the Imperial family. The prequel to Hark's 2010 "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Yukon Men: Season 1
(2012) Nine episodes of the Discovery Channel series about the inhabitants of Tanana, Alaska, and their struggle for survival in the wilds just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle.
Formats: DVD, $29.93. (Cinedigm).
(2013) Katherine Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch. A provocative comedy about sex, marriage and finding yourself again. Rachel, a quick witted yet tightly coiled thirty-something bored with her daily routine of preschool auctions and a lackluster sex life, and career that has gone kaput, visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper she adopts as her live-in nanny. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Cinedigm).
American Experience: 1964
(2014) 1964 was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi. It was the year when Berkeley students rose up in protest, African Americans fought back against injustice in Harlem, and Barry Goldwater's conservative revolution took over the Republican Party. In myriad ways, 1964 was the year when Americans faced choices: between the liberalism of Lyndon Johnson or Barry Goldwater's grassroots conservatism, between support or opposition to the Civil Rights movement, between an embrace of the emerging counterculture or a defense of traditional values. Based in part on "The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964" by Jon Margolis, "1964" follows some of the most influential figures of the time -- Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan -- but also brings out from the shadows the stories of ordinary Americans whose principled stands would set the country onto a new and different course. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Balls to the Walls
(2011) Dir.: Penelope Spheeris; Joe Hursley, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Christopher McDonald, Mimi Rogers. An engaged guy is forced by his future father-in-law to take a side job moonlighting as an exotic dancer in order to pay for the extravagant wedding neither of them can afford. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
Battle of the Damned
(2013) Dolph Lundgren, Matt Doran, David Field, Melanie Zanetti.
Following a deadly viral outbreak in a major city, private military soldier Max Gatling (Lundgren) leads a handful of survivors and a ragtag band of robots against an army of the infected to rescue the daughter of an industrialist. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Darkman Collector's Edition Blu-ray
(1990) Dir.: Sam Raimi; Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Nelson Mashita, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, Dan Hicks, Ted Raimi, Dan Bell. On of the first comic book heroes to make it to the big screen (after Superman and Batman, of course), directed by future Spider-Man maven Raimi. Extras: Interviews with Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand; "My Name Is Durant" interview with Larry Drake, "The Face of Revenge" interview with makeup designer Tony Gardner; "Henchman Tales" interviews with actors Danny Hicks and Dan Bell; "Dark Design" interview with production designer Randy Ser and art director Philip Dagort; commentary with director of photography Bill Pope; vintage "Making of" and interview featurettes Raimi, Liam Neeson, McDormand and more; vintage full-length interviews, not used in the featurettes, with Raimi,Neeson and McDormand; theatrical trailer; TV spots; still galleries: posters & production stills, behind the scenes, make-up effects and storyboards. (Shout! Factory).
Fantastic Mr. Fox
(2009) "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is the story of a clever, quick, nimble, and exceptionally well-dressed wild animal. A compulsive chicken thief turned newspaper reporter, Mr. Fox settles down with his family at a new foxhole in a beautiful tree directly adjacent to three enormous poultry farms -- owned by three ferociously vicious farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox simply cannot resist. This adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel from Wes Anderson is a meticulous work of stop-motion animation featuring vibrant performances by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon and Bill Murray. New digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Anderson; storyboard animatics for the entire film; footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score; interviews with cast and crew; puppet animation tests; photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets; animated awards acceptance speeches; audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based; gallery of Dahl's original manuscripts; discussion and analysis of the film; stop-motion Sony robot commercial by Anderson; a booklet featuring a new essay, a 2002 article on Dahl's Gipsy House by Anderson, "White Cape," a comic book used as a prop in the film, and drawings, original paintings, and other ephemera. (The Criterion Collection).
Fists of Legend
(2013 -- South Korea) Hwang Jung-min, Yu Jun-sang, Yun Jea-moon. Three old friends and rivals who haven't seen each other for 25 years are invited to an episode of Fists of Legend, a mixed martial arts reality TV show that recruits forgotten street fighting legends to battle each other in "The Greatest Fight Show on Earth." Deok-kyu, whose Olympic dreams were dashed, now runs a struggling noodle shop. Jae-seok who always wanted to be number one but still finds himself in a third-rate gang. And Sang-hoon, a thug turned corporate executive, must go back and find his bloodlust one last time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of" featurette, footage of the world premiere, behind-the-scenes at the poster photo shoot, more. (CJ Entertainment).
(1940) In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, "Rebecca" and "Foreign Correspondent," were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. Though "Rebecca" prevailed, "Foreign Correspondent" is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it's wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects. "Foreign Correspondent" deserves to be mentioned alongside "The 39 Steps" and "North by Northwest" as one of the master's greatest adventures. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New piece on the visual effects in the film with effects expert Craig Barron; "Hollywood Propaganda and World War II," a new interview with writer Mark Harris; interview with Hitchcock from a 1972 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show"; radio adaptation of the film from 1946, starring Joseph Cotten; "Have You Heard? The Story of Wartime Rumors," a 1942 Life magazine "photo-drama" by Hitchcock; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar James Naremore. (The Criterion Collection).
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season
(2013) All 10 episodes of the third season of the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling part-political-thriller, part-epic-fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" in which seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. In Season 3, the battling families of the Seven Kingdoms continue to fight for power as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested and cruel fates are met. The Lannisters barely hold on to power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power. Robb Stark, King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters, and beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen -- reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons -- attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne for herself. Formats: DVD (five discs, $59.99), Blu-ray/DVD Combo (5 BD Discs, 2 DVD discs, $79.98), Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "A Gathering Storm" featurette look back at the stormy events of Season 2 in this 14-minute recap with cast and crew; "The Politics of Marriage" featurette; "Inside the Wildlings" featurette/introduction to the wildlings to gain a better understanding of their backstory; "New Characters of Season 3": Olenna Tyrell, Missandei, Mance Rayder, Tormund Giantsbane, Orell, Jojen & Meera Reed, Blackfish & Edmure Tully, Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion; deleted/extended scenes; 12 commentaries with cast and crew. Blu-ray with HBO Select adds "In-Episode Guide" that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories; "The Rains of Castamere Unveiled" in-depth look at the creation of the most pivotal episode of Season 3 in this comprehensive expose featuring cast and crew; "The Roots of Westeros" explores the interconnected web of relationships, rivalries and conflicts between the noble houses of Westeros with this interactive guide; "Histories & Lore" mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves. (HBO).
Gentle Ben: Season Two
(1968-69) Four-disc set with 28 episodes, $36.00. The final season 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. (Paramount).
Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures
(2014) Seven charming animated episodes -- inspired by Sam McBratney's best-selling book -- in which Little Nutbrown hare, his father and all his forest friends, including fun-loving Field Mouse, mischievous Little Grey Squirrel, tricky Little Redwood Fox and Little White Owl, explore the grassy fields, mossy forests, lazy rivers and sunny green valleys all around them. Formats: DVD, $12.98. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Clifton Collins Jr., Clancy Brown, Andre Royo. There are demons so terrible that no mortal man of God could successfully drive them back to Hell. The only option is for the exorcist himself to invite possession and then commit suicide, dragging along the demon to damnation -- so the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints -- or Hellbenders -- was formed. A group of elite, highly-trained exorcists, they live in a constant state of debauchery so they will be ready to go to Hell at any moment. When an infernal Norse demon called Black Surtr escapes into New York City intent on cracking open the gates of Hell, the Hellbenders must use every ounce of their debauchery to battle the demon and save the planet from eternal damnation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director JT Petty, "God's Dirty Work -- The Making of Hellbenders" featurette, "Fly on the Wall" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2013) Trin Miller, D'Angelo Midili, Andi Norris, Josh Truax. After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, a young woman and her three friends head to rural Sader Ridge to inspect the property -- which is plagued by sinister forces. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
Laughing to the Bank
(2011) Brian Hooks, Devyn Ashley, Tabitha Brown, Darrel Cherney. A down-on-his-luck actor is frustrated with Hollywood and makes a plan to write, direct, and distribute his own project. When the money goes missing, it proves to just be the beginning of a wild adventure to get it back. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (One Village Entertainment).
(2011 -- Indonesia) Robin Shou, Verdy Bhawanta. Fellow orphans Sunny and Verdy are like brothers, but are separated when Verdy is adopted by a wealthy couple. Their paths cross again when Verdy, now a successful businessman, and his fiancee are kidnapped by a crew of pirates while on vacation. With the ransom set, the pirates' intentions become clear and Verdy is reunited with his long lost friend who, it appears, is with the pirates. Will they be able to come together to prove that brothers don't always have to share blood. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes with cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
Nurse Jackie: Season Five
(2013) Ten episodes. Edie Falco stars as the complex and compelling Nurse Jackie whose life hits a cross-road as she spends the entirety of Season Five in an unfamiliar state ... sober.
Formats: Three-disc DVD, $39.97; two-disc Blu-ray Disc, $39.97. Extras: Commentaries with cast and crew, "A Sober Jackie" featurette, "New to the Floor" featurette, gag reel, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Peter Rabbit and Peter Rabbit: Spring Into Adventure!
(2014) The first two DVDs from Nickelodeon's take on the Beatrix Potter classic. $14.99 each.
Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Pompeii: The Doomed City
(2013) Three History Channel documentaries explore the secrets of the lost city and ponder the potentially disastrous consequences if the great Mt. Vesuvius were to erupt again: "Digging for the Truth: Pompeii Secrets Revealed," "In Search of History: Pompeii" and "Mega Disasters: The Next Pompeii." $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Property Wars: Season One
(2012) Two-disc set with six episodes of the Discovery Channel series in which buyers gamble big bucks on houses up for auction with the proviso that they can't step foot inside before they bid on it. Sometimes their gambles pay off big on a pristine house, but sometimes the inside reveals a profit-decimating house of horrors. Formats: DVD, $29.93. (Cinedigm).
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help
(2013) Three new Strawberry Shortcake episodes as the kids help babysit a very special Baby Berrykin, work on fashion designs and adopt a bitty fish that turns out to be a homesick tadpole. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: "Sunshine Girls" music video, printable coloring pages. (Fox).
Tom and Jerry: Mouse Trouble
(2014) Thirty cartoons of animated cat and mouse antics from "Tom and Jerry Tales" and classic, theatrical Tom and Jerry shorts. Formats: DVD, $19.97. (Warner).
(2012 -- Israel) Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal. In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni (Dorff) is shot down over Beirut and is taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among the captors is 10-year-old Fahed, whose father obsessively tends to his prized, but sickly olive tree, refusing to replant it until they return to their ancestral land. Despite his deep-rooted hatred for Yoni, Fahed realizes he can use him to get past the border and into Palestine to plant his father's olive tree. The two embark on a harrowing and dangerous journey -- one that tests the very boundaries of humanity. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
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Above Suspicion, Set 3
(2009) A younger, sassier successor to "Prime Suspect." Based on the bestselling novel "Silent Scream" by Lynda La Plante ("Prime Suspect"), this three-part drama delves into the shallow world of stardom and the harsh realities of deception. When the brutal murder of a famous young actress brings DI Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) face-to-face with her old boss, DCS James Langton (Ciaran Hinds), the two must find a killer and deal with their own relationship. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season
(2011-12) All 26 episodes, packed in a custom, collectible BMO die-cut slipcase. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $26.95; single-disc Blu-ray, $32.07. Extras: Episode commentaries for all 26 episodes, interview with series creator Pendleton Ward, alternate show intro. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
Adventures of the Penguin King
(2012) Rex, a young King Penguin, has been away from his home for three years, learning to hunt in the deep oceans, but now he's back -- in Penguin City. His mission: to find a mate, settle down and raise a chick -- to become a true Penguin King. Documentary narrated by Tim Allen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray. Extras: "Making of the Adventures of the Penguin King." (Cinedigm).
(2012) Summer Bellessa, Chris Hill, Jasen Wade. While filming their audition video for a popular reality television show, best friends Nate and Samantha notice several active amber alert signs. To their surprise, they recognize the car traveling in front of them as the vehicle described on the amber alert, and they decide to follow the car, but with police slow to respond, their pursuit quickly turns into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with a murderous child rapist. Formats: DVD. (Random Media/Cinedigm).
Braquo: Season 1
(2009) Four-disc set with eight episodes of the internationally acclaimed, hard-hitting thriller about a squad of Paris cops who exist in the blurred boundaries at the edge of the law, using violence and intimidation to get the job done, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Braquo: Season 2
(2011) Three-disc set with eight episodes of the internationally acclaimed, hard-hitting thriller about a squad of Paris cops who exist in the blurred boundaries at the edge of the law, using violence and intimidation to get the job done, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
(1960) There was before "Breathless," and there was after "Breathless." Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for "Cahiers du cinema." With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, "Breathless" helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same. Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Archival interviews with director Godard and actors Belmondo, Seberg and Jean-Pierre Melville; contemporary interviews with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker; two video essays, one on Seberg and one on "Breathless" as film criticism; "Chambre 12, Hotel de suede," an 80-minute 1993 documentary about the making of "Breathless"; "Charlotte et son Jules," a 1959 short by Godard starring Belmondo; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by scholar Dudley Andrew, writings by Godard, Francois Truffaut's original treatment, and Godard's scenario. (The Criterion Collection).
Crimes of Passion
(2013 -- Sweden) Three-disc set with six episodes, $39.95. Based on the classic crime novels by Maria Lang and featuring Ola Rapace ("Skyfall," Swedish "Wallander") in a collection of stylish "whodunnits" set in postwar Sweden that follow the exploits of the brainy and beautiful literature student Puck; wherever she goes, mystery and murder are never far behind. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
(2012) Mike Ivers, Scott Kerns, Ned Thorne, Ezra Mabengeza. When a struggling New York actor loses everything in a scam based in South Africa, his two best friends take him to Cape Town to find the scammer with the help of a smooth-talking local. The search begins well, but soon takes a dark turn. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
(2013) Dir.: Alfonso Cuaron; Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (voice). Read more about "Gravity" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space" (narrated by Ed Harris), "Aningaaq" short film by Jonas Cuaron ("Gravity's" co-writer), "Gravity Mission Control," shot breakdowns, "Gravity: Silent Space Version," "Sandra's Surprise!" (Warner).
(2013) Don Scribner, Stephanie Leone, Jan-David Soutar, Clayton Myers, Nicholas Russell. When a distraught woodsman reluctantly agrees to guide two New Yorkers on a deer hunt in the frozen wilderness of northwestern Maine, his sanity begins to slip away as the wreckage that his buck hunting set in motion a year before catches up with him. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: Season 1
(2012-13) Single-disc with 14 episodes of the TLC series about six-year-old pageant star Alana, aka Honey Boo Boo, who takes viewers into her home with her family, stay-at-home mom June, chalk-mining dad Sugar Bear, and sisters Pumpkin, Chubbs and Chickadee. Formats: DVD, $29.93. (Cinedigm).
(2013) Dominic Purcell, Adam Beach, Michael Ironside. Science-fiction militaristic adventure about an expedition that unearths three genetically engineered Russian super soldiers frozen in ice since the height of the Cold War, three killing machines that must be stopped at all costs or risk the total destruction of the Western world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Sony).
(2013) James Woods, Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames, Taissa Farmiga, Taboo, Spencer Lofranco. Based on the true story of teenager James Burns who goes from a suburban street gang to a maximum-security prison cell surrounded by hardened criminals, turning his life around in prison thanks to the unexpected friendship he forms with a convicted murderer who becomes his mentor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Director's commentary, cast interviews, trailer. (Phase 4 Films/XLrator Media).
King of the Hill
(1993) For his first Hollywood studio production, Steven Soderbergh (whose independent debut, "sex, lies, and videotape," had won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival a few years earlier) crafted this small jewel of a growing-up story. Set in St. Louis during the Depression, "King of the Hill" follows the daily struggles of a resourceful and imaginative adolescent (Jesse Bradford) who, after his tubercular mother is sent to a sanatorium, must survive on his own in a run-down hotel during his salesman father's long business trips. This evocative period piece, faithfully adapted from the memoir by the novelist A. E. Hotchner, is among the ever versatile Soderbergh's most touching and surprising films. New high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by Soderbergh and supervising sound editor and rerecording mixer Larry Blake, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New interviews with Soderbergh and A. E. Hotchner, author of the memoir on which the film is based; "Against Tyranny," a new video essay by ::kogonada in which he explores Soderbergh's unique approach to character subjectivity; "The Underneath" (1995), Soderbergh's follow-up feature to "King of the Hill," with an interview with the director; trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Peter Tonguette, a 1993 interview with Soderbergh, and an excerpt from Hotchner’s 1972 memoir. (The Criterion Collection).
L.A. Law: Season One
(1986-87) Co-created by Steven Bochco ("Hill Street Blues," "NYPD Blue"), the Emmy Award-winning series takes us inside the law firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. There, a team of ambitious and competitive attorneys must face the conflicts between their personal desires, their obligations as lawyers, and their principles as human beings. A portrayal of the law and its litigators that was both realistic and irreverent, "L.A. Law" became a favorite of critics and audiences alike during its eight-year run on NBC from 1986 to 1994. Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.93. Formats: DVD. Extras: New Interviews with Steven Bochco, Jimmy Smits, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan; more. (Shout! Factory).
The Last Elvis
(2012 -- Argentina) John McInerny, Griselda Siciliani, Margarita Lopez. Most evenings in Buenos Aires, "Elvis" Gutierrez is a star -- his singing and stage presence bring back to life the King of Rock 'n' Roll in all his glory. By day, though, Gutierrez slaves away at a dead-end factory job and endures the scorn of his ex-wife; only his young daughter, Lisa Marie, brings any joy outside of his Elvis tribute gigs. Feeling more connected to his stage persona than to the world around him, Gutierrez retreats from reality until a tragic accident forces him to grapple with his real-world responsibilities. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Last Stand of the 300 and Other Famous Greek Battles
(2013) Three-disc set with History Channel specials "The Last Stand of the 300," "Decisive Battles: Thermopylae," "Decisive Battles: Marathon," "Judgment Day at Marathon," "Troy: The Passion of Helen" and "Alexander: Lord of War." Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).
Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie, Set 1
(2008-12) Agatha Christie's masterful storytelling gets a soupçon of French flair in these sexy, witty mysteries. Four-disc set with seven mysteries. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Lesson Before Love
(2011) Kenneth Brown Jr., Shamea Morton, Peyton Coles, Reece Odum. A contemporary story of modern professional African Americans looking for a happily ever after. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Dui Jarrod and producer-director of photography Tyler Dixon, promos with the crew, featurette on the director. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Lost in Thailand
(2013 -- China) Xu Zheng, Huang Bo, Wang Baoqiang. Road trip comedy about two rival businessmen who must track down their boss at a Buddhist temple to secure a patent on a revolutionary new fuel additive. Xu catches the first plane to Bangkok, where his plans are delayed by the happy-go-lucky Wang, an unexpected travel companion who opens his eyes to life's true priorities.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making-of" featurette, trailer. (Well Go USA).
Mama's Family: The Complete Third Season
(2013) Four-disc set with 25 episodes, $29.95. In the world of prime-time television, success often begets success by way of the spin-off. "The Carol Burnett Show" lasted 11 seasons on CBS, thanks in part to the recurring comedy sketches that attracted a large, loyal viewership. "The Family" remained a favorite because fans related to the Harpers' constant squabbling about the mundane. As the irascible Mama Harper, Vicki Lawrence was wondrously transformed into a full-tilt senior citizen, and it wasn't a matter of if, but when, she would get her own TV series, "Mama's Family" debuted in 1983 on NBC, lasting two seasons before going into syndication for another four years. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Family History": A Classic "Family" Sketch from "The Carol Burnett Show"; featuring Maggie Smith; "Mama's Family Tree: The Sprouts (All about Bubba)" featurette; "Mama Knows Best: A Mama's Family Cast Reunion"; interview: Allan Kayser (Bubba Higgins). (StarVista/Time Life).
The Middle: The Complete Fourth Season
(2012-13) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Mr. Nobody Extended Director's Cut
(2009) Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans. The life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118 year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. On his deathbed, Nemo shares his life story with a reporter and reviews the choices he made along the way. Yet even with his last breath, a pivotal decision awaits to conclude his destiny. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: AXS TV: "A Look at Mr. Nobody," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2013) Featuring interviews with music legends Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Keith Richards, Jimmy Cliff, Bono, Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin and others, this documentary reveals how an impoverished town along the Tennessee River inspired some of the most enduring and important music of the 1960s and 70s. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Extended interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, AXS TV: "A Look at Muscle Shoals," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2013) Dir.: Alexander Payne; Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk, Rance Howard, Mary Louise Wilson, Tim Driscoll, Kevin Kunkel, Angela McEwan, Devin Ratray.
Read more about "Nebraska" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: "The Making of Nebraska" six-part featurette: "The Script," "Cast and Characters," "Locations," "Shooting in Black and White," "Working with Alexander," "A Film Family." (Paramount).
The Royal Family Collection
Single-disc with TLC five programs on the weddings and lifestyles of the British Royals: "The Royal Wedding," "The Making of a Royal Wedding," "Royalty Astounding: 30 defining Days," "Wild About Prince Harry" and "Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid." Formats: DVD, $29.93.(Cinedigm).
(2013) Lacey Chabert, Robin Dunne, Brittney Wilson. For years the urban legend of the deadly scarecrow has haunted children, and in one small town, the evil comes to life. Imprisoned for over 150 years, a deadly Scarecrow seeks revenge on the descendants of its captors after it escapes on the eve of a small town's fall harvest festival. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Shadow: Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1994) Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Jonathan Winters, Tim Curry. Extras: New interviews with director Russell Mulcahy, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, production designer Joseph Nemec III, director of photography Stephen H. Burum and writer David Koepp; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Spiral Season 3
(2010) Four-disc set with 12 episodes of the gritty French police thriller that follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view, $49.95.
Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale
(2013) Fourth sequel in the animated "Swan Princess" franchise follows the CGI adventures of Princess Odette and Prince Derek shortly after the Royal Family adopts a young girl named Alise; when Alise disappears, Princess Odette, Prince Derek and their trusted woodland friends must work together to find a way to help her return home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Two sing-a-long features: "We Wanna Hear From You" and "Right Where I Belong." Both specially marked Combo Pack and DVD packages will include a free, sparkly tiara for young princesses, as well as a free Shutterfly Photo Book ($29.99 value) for their moms. (Sony).
(1979) This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge, which Polanski unfolds with deliberation and finesse. With its earthy visual textures, achieved by two world-class cinematographers -- Geoffrey Unsworth and Ghislain Cloquet -- "Tess" is a work of great pastoral beauty as well as vivid storytelling. New 4K digital restoration, supervised by Polanski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: "Once Upon a Time ... Tess," a 2006 documentary on the film; three programs on the making of the film: "From Novel to Screen," "Filming Tess" and "Tess: The Experience" -- featuring interviews with Polanski, actors Kinski and Leigh Lawson, producer Claude Berri, costume designer Anthony Powell, composer Philippe Sarde, and others; interview with Polanski from a 1979 episode of "The South Bank Show"; 45-minute documentary shot on location for French television during the making of the film; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Colin MacCabe. (The Criterion Collection).
Thor: The Dark World
(2013) Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Alice Krige.
Read more about "Thor: The Dark World" in the February Calendar.Formats: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Bluray, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extended and deleted scenes; gag reel; exclusive look at "Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier"; "A Brothers' Journey: Thor & Loki"; "Scoring Marvel's Thor: The Dark World With Brian Tyler"; commentary with director Alan Taylor, producer Kevin Feige, actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau; more. (Disney).
The 300 Spartans BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1962) Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker. Extras: Original theatrical trailer, TV Spots. (Fox).
Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee
(2013) Four action-packed Bumblebee adventures featuring one of the smallest and youngest of the Transformers: Masters and Students," "Operation Bumblebee, Part 1," "Operation Bumblebee, Part 2," "Deadlock." Formats: DVD, $9.99. (Shout! Factory).
(2013 -- Italy/Spain) Penelope Cruz, Emile Hirsh, Adnan Haskovic, Saadet Aksoy. A single mother brings her teenage son to the battle-scarred city of Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years before. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Entertainment One).
(1982) Peter Cousens, John Hallam, Lisa Harrow. Based on the popular novel by Helen Simpson and filmed on location in Australia, this saga set in 1831 follows young Irishman Charles Adare who arrives in New South Wales, Australia, eager to make his fortune -- and make it fast. But what he finds are greed, jealousy, insanity and secret passions. Two-disc set. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
You Will Be My Son
(2013 -- France) Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Anne Marivin, Nicolas Bridet. A story that focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estate. Paul is a demanding and passionate wine-maker but is a domineering father, and he's not happy that his son may one day succeed him. When Philippe, the son of the winery's manager, returns from California to look after his father, Paul sees Philip as his ideal son and turns away from his own flesh and blood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, interviews. (Cohen Media Group).
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