Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 11
(2008-09) Two-disc set with four Poirot (David Suchet) mysteries in the U.K. broadcast order: "Mrs. McGinty's Dead," "Cat Among the Pigeons," "Third Girl" and "Appointment with Death." Formats: DVD. Extras: Production notes by David Suchet and Tim Curry. (Acorn Media).
The Agony and the Ecstasy BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1965) Dir.: Carol Reed; Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews. Extras: Teaser, theatrical trailer. (Fox
Ancient Aliens: Season 5 - Volume 2
(2013) Three-disc set with the second half of the fifth season. Formats: DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray Disc, $19.99. (Lionsgate).
Bible Secrets Revealed
(2013) Six-hour miniseries explores the mysteries and uncovers the hidden facts about one of the most read books in history. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
(1961) Robert Reed, June Kenney, Joan Lora, Eugene Persson, Wilton Graff. A group of young adults on a boat excursion become the prey of a sadistic hunter when the two couples come across an uncharted tropical island, which they soon find is inhabited by a wealthy recluse and his staff. HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
Boiler Room BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2000) Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Nicky Katt, Scott Caan, Ron Rifkin, Jamie Kennedy.(Warner).
Children of Sorrow
(2014) Bill Oberst Jr., Hannah Levien, Whitney Nielsen. Horror thriller about a young woman who infiltrates a cult to look for her missing sister. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Cold Comes the Night
(2013) Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green, Ursula Parker, Leo Fitzpatrick, Erin Cummings. A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Sony).
A Cross to Bear
(2012 -- TV) Danielle Deadwyler, Jackie Long, Kim Fields, Malinda Williams. A would-be dancer with no family connections finds herself fighting alcoholism and living on the streets with her newborn child after being left by her boyfriend. Hitting rock bottom, she finds refuge at the home of a former nurse who has dedicated her life to helping women like her. Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
(2013) The final appearance of Matt Smith as eleventh The Doctor in this Christmas special.
Formats: DVD, 14.98; Blu-ray Disc, 19.98. Extras: "The Time of the Doctor -- Behind the Lens," "Farewell to Matt Smith," "Tales from the TARDIS" look back at the full, 50-year history of the iconic series. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Dora the Explorer: Dora in Wonderland!
(2014) Two episodes: Join Dora and Boots in the double-length special "Dora in Wonderland!" When Abuela's kitties run through a magic mirror, Dora, Boots and all their friends travel through the magical, mixed-up world of Wonderland to catch up to them. In the never-before-released on DVD episode "Book Explorers!" Dora and Boots lend a hand to friends like Peter Pan, Dorothy and Little Red Riding Hood. $16.99. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(2012) Alex Reid, Chris Larkin, Jack Doolan, Steve Evets, Amit Shah. Eight strangers at a remote medical facility find themselves fighting for their lives when a drug trial goes horribly wrong, sending several of the volunteers into an uncontrollable murderous rage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).
For Love or Money
(2014) Denise Boutte, Tommy Ford, Lavell Crawford, Bokeem Woodbine. Romantic urban comedy about a businesswoman who turns to her ex-boyfriend for help when her business manager loses everything, causing her current man to feel threatened ... should she make her next move for love ... or money? Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).
(2013) Documentary journeys around the world to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Girls from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Peru, Nepal and Sierra Leona confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds -- arranged marriages, child slavery, poverty and other heartbreaking injustices -- to achieve their dreams. Nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Featuring Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Liam Neeson. Formats: DVD. Extras: Director's welcome, outtakes, behind-the-scenes and on-location featurettes. (Cinedigm).
(2013 -- Hong Kong) Dir.: Wong Kar Wai; Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen. Read more about "The Grandmaster" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Grandmaster: From Ip Man to Bruce Lee," "A Conversation With Shannon Lee (daughter of Bruce Lee), "The Grandmaster: According to RZA," behind-the-scenes footage. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
Hairspray BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Dir.: John Waters; Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Deborah Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Mink Stole, Pia Zadora. It's Baltimore, 1962, and rebellious "pleasantly plump" teenager Tracy (Ricki Lake) attempts to be one of the featured stars on a popular dance show and win the coveted "Miss Auto Show" crown. Waters' first "mainstream" pic takes an ironic and tongue-in-cheek look at the 50s/60s dance show craze and dance fads, segregation, class warfare and the soon-to-be born protest movement of the 1960s. Oh, and there's plenty of generation-gap hijinks between Tracy and her parents ((Divine and Jerry Stiller) and a pair of proto-hippies (Ric Ocasek and Pia Zadora). "Hairspray" was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2002 and then made again into a 2007 musical feature (adapted from the play) starring Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden and Queen Latifah. (Warner).
(2013) Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez, Nancy Nave, Shane Jacobsen. A father struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "All I Feel Is You" by Safran music video, PSA for Paul Walker's charity Reach Out World Wide. (Lionsgate).
The Last Days on Mars
(2013) Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams. On the eve that the crew of the very first manned expedition to Mars is about to return to Earth, they make an astounding discovery -- fossilized evidence of life on Mars -- and they succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind the scenes photos, visual effects featurette, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Mr. & Mrs. Murder, Series 1
(2013) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $59.99. A warm and witty whodunit from Down Under, this quirky, unconventional take on the ever-popular detective genre follows fun-loving and flirtatious couple Nicola (Kat Stewart) and Charlie Buchanan (Shaun Micallef), who run a cleaning service for crime scenes. They love their business -- and each other -- and find that closing cases comes just as naturally as cleaning them up. The series premiered on Network Ten in Australia in February 2013 and made its U.S. debut on Acorn's streaming service, Acorn TV (http://acorn.tv) in December 2013. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast interviews, extended scenes, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
New World (Shinsekai Story)
(2013) Shi Ka, Tomonaga Koumei, Ogawa Takeru. A rich Beijing party girl, bored with her boyfriend, her giggly friends and her whole frivolous life, books a trip to Osaka, Japan where she's heard they celebrate Christmas with heartwarming nostalgia. But when she arrives at her hotel, she's shocked to find that it's located in Shinsekai, Osaka's crime-ridden underbelly of poverty, vice and colorful characters. Formats: DVD. Tour of Shinsekai with director-producer Kah-Wai Lim and actor Tomonaga Koumei, deleted scenes, interview with Kah-Wai Lim. (Tidepoint Pictures/MVD Entertainment).
Noah and the Great Ark
(2013) Three History Channel documentaries arriving in time for the theatrical release of "Noah," starring Russell Crowe and directed by Darren Aronofsky: "Noah and the Ark: Voyage to a New Beginning," "Mega Disasters: Noah's Great Flood" and "Mysteries of the Bible: Noah and the Flood." Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
NOVA: Alien Planets Revealed
(2014) It's a golden age for planet hunters: recently, they've discovered more than 750 planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Some of them, such as a planet called Kepler-22b, might even be able to harbor life. What would that life look like? Combining animation with input from expert astrobiologists, this program takes viewers on a journey of the imagination as NOVA "builds" aliens from the ground up. $24.99. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(2013) Dir.: Spike Lee; Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli, Pom Klementieff, James Ransone, Max Casella. Failed remake of Park Chan-wook's 2003 modern cult classic about a man, kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, who, after being released, has five days in which to figure out why he was imprisoned and find his captor. Here, troubled advertising executive Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin) is abruptly kidnapped and framed for the murder of his wife. After being held hostage in solitary confinement for 20 years, Doucette is released without explanation and struggles to reacclimate himself until he crosses paths with a caring social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and sets out on an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him. He soon realizes that the real mystery is why he was set free. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Oldboy" and "Transformation" featurettes. Blu-ray adds alternate and extended scenes, "Talking Heads" featurette overview of the story line, promo spot including clips from the workout video in the film. (Sony).
1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story
(2014) David Henrie, Beau Bridges. The inspirational true story of Cory Weissman, a college basketball player who sufferd a devastating stroke, but persevered to find new meaning in his life both on and, more importantly, off the court. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Rawhide The Seventh Season Volume One & Volume Two
(1964-65) Four-disc sets with 15 episodes each, $46.99 each. Guests joining Clint Eastwood for the seventh season included Dean Martin, Barbara Eden, Slim Pickins, Gavin MacLeod, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Blake and Brock Peters. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Snowflake the White Gorilla
(2013) Voices of David Spade, Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Nathan Kress, Keith David, Christopher Lloyd, Dallas Lovato. Animated adventure about Snowflake, the world's only white gorilla, and her attempts to fit in with the other animals in the zoo. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Giving the Characters a Voice" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Teen Titans Go!: Mission to Misbehave Season 1 Part 1
(2014) Two-disc set with 26 episodes of the DC Comics Super Heroes, $19.97.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills
(2014) Six episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Biff Bash Bosh" game, "Go Go Thomas" karaoke music video, "Guess Who" puzzles. (Lionsgate).
12 Years a Slave
(2013) Dir.: Steve McQueen.; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt. Read more about "12 Years a Slave" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two making-of featurettes. Blu-ray adds "Historical Portrait," a documentary about how the film came together and the book that inspired it. (Fox).
The Venture Bros. Season Five
(2012-13) Eight episodes of the popular Adult Swim animated series about the Venture family; in Season Five they roam from the steamy jungles of Central America, to the sparkling sands of the Greek Islands, to the seedy back alleys of Tangier, to the jagged cliffs of By-Golly Gulch.
Formats: DVD, $24.98; Blu-ray Disc, $31.97. Extras: Episode commentaries, deleted scenes, bonus episodes ("A Very Venture Halloween" and "From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story." (Warner).
The Vikings: Dark Warriors
(2013) Three History Channel documentaries: "Vikings: Voyage to America," "Leif Ericson: Voyages of a Viking" and "Viking Underground," $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(1979 -- Italy) John Huston, Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero, Mel Ferrer, Sam Peckinpah. Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release, "The Visitor" is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid from writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis ("Tentacles") and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi --- "Fellini's 8 1/2"). Huston plays an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multidimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they've experienced -- somewhere between hell, the darkest reaches of outer space and ... Atlanta. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interviews with Lance Henriksen, screenwriter Lou Comici and cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri; theatrical trailer; 16-page booklet. (Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm).
(2014) Abigail Breslin, Alexa Vega, Sean Bean, James Purefoy, Lew Temple. A teenage girl is desperate to free her family from the corrupt Southern underworld of violence, guns, meth and biker gangs that surrounds them. A chess-wiz, she lives with her older sister, and her drug-addicted uncle -- and they all live in fear of "Uncle Frank" Stinson, who runs the powerful crime organization in a ruthless manner. But when she falls in love with an outlaw biker, meth trafficker and Stinson family rival, she devises a plan to pit one against the other in a cunning game of revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with Abigail Breslin, Sean Bean, James Purefoy and Alexa Vega. (Entertainment One).
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
(2013) Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Amanda Plummer. Read more about "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson, deleted scenes, sneak peek of "Divergent." Blu-ray adds "Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire" nine-part feature-length documentary. (Lionsgate).
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Abner the Invisible Dog
(2013) Daniel Zykov, Molly Morgen Lamont, David DeLuise, David Chokachi, Jane Kean. A 13-year-old nerd's science experiments turns his canine pal Abner into an invisible, talking sheepdog.
Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
Against the Wild
(2014) CJ Adams, Erin Pitt, Natasha Henstridge. Two siblings and their devoted dog become lost in the wilderness and must learn how to combine their skills, trust their instincts and navigate a terrain as beautiful as it is untamed -- fighting grizzly bears and forest fires -- to find help. Features a soaring musical score performed by a live 65-piece orchestra in Prague. Approved for all ages by the Dove Foundation. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Outtakes, "The Music of Against the Wild." (Anchor Bay).
Angelina Ballerina: Spring Fling
(2014) Five episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Angelina's Stupendous Dress-Up" game, "Get Up and Dance" music video. (Lionsgate).
Armistice (aka Warhouse)
(2013) Joseph Morgan, Matt Ryan, William Troughton. A Royal Marine awakens to find himself imprisoned in the "warhouse" and forced to fight to the death against grotesque, inhuman opponents -- again and again. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
Barbie the Pearl Princess
(2014) Barbie stars as Lumina, a mermaid who dreams of being a princess who, along with her best friend Kuda, a pink seahorse, embarks on an adventure to a majestic mer-kingdom where she uses her powers to unlock her true destiny. Formats: DVD Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three music videos: "Mermaid Party!" "Light Up the World" and "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse"; "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" episode "Perf Pool Party"; trailer gallery. (Universal).
(2012 -- Japan) Takeshi Kitano, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, Ryo Kase. Takeshi Kitano returns to his yakuza saga, "Outrage" with this sequel. This time a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld. As the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown, anti-gang detective Kataoka wants to start a war between the Sanno crime family and the neighboring Hanabishi crime family in the hopes that they destroy each other. His trump card is Otomo (Kitano) -- the rumored-dead boss of a defunct family that was destroyed by the Sanno. Otomo wants to retire from a life of crime, but finds himself drawn back in through Kataoka's manipulations as the Sanno and Hanabishi clans teeter on the brink of an all-out war.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Cast Interview: Making Outrage," U.S. trailer, international trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2013) Fascinating miniseries crosses billions of years of history to reveal how everything, and everyone, is linked in one universal story. The series turns history on its head, breaks down the walls between history and science, and tells the story of the universe from the Big Bang through today. Crisscrossing through time and space, each episode reveals the transformative relationships between science and history that you never knew existed. Three-disc set with all 17 episodes. Formats: DVD, 29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.99. Extras: Ten bonus segments. (Lionsgate).
The Book Thief
(2013) Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, Kristen Block.
Read more about "The Book Thief" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "A Hidden Truth: Bringing the Book Thief to Life." (Fox).
The Broken Circle Breakdown
(2012 -- Belgium/Netherlands) Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh. Elise, who has her own tattoo shop, and Didier, who plays the banjo in a bluegrass band, fall in love at first sight. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage -- but when their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Felix van Groeningen. (Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).
Bubble Guppies: Animals Everywhere!
(2014) Molly, Gil, Bubble Puppy and the class make new animal friends in six field trips where they meet dogs, ducks, squirrels, rhinos, elephants and a class of really "cool" Arctic animals.
Formats: DVD, $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(2013 -- South Korea) Choi Seung-hyun (aka Korean pop star T.O.P), Han Ye-ri, Kim Yoo-jeong. After his father's botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-hoon and his young sister Hye-in are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sister's life, Myung-hoon volunteers to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector. South Korean Intelligence soon discovers the plot and begins closing in on Myung-hoon, while his own government sends a vicious assassin to eliminate him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
(2014) Tobin Bell, Luke Kleintank, Lesley-Anne Down, Anthony Ray Perez. When Nick Di Santo, a young man who can who foresee how one will perish by simply touching them, learns that his father is not only alive but can possibly reveal the origin of his dark gift, he sets out on a trip that takes him to an abandoned mansion he thought only existed in his childhood imagination. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (Cinedigm).
(1981) Michael Murphy, Dan Shor, Fiona Lewis, Dey Young, Marc McClure, Scott Brady, Louise Fletcher. An Ozploitation classic -- and one of the most unique shockers of the 80s -- is a grisly saga of bizarre experiments, butchered teens, New Zealand doubling for suburban Illinois, and a killer in a Tor Johnson mask. Features a hypnotic score by Tangerine Dream. Transferred in HD from the original negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director/co-writer Michael Laughlin; commentary with co-writer/associate producer Bill Condon and actors Dan Shor and Dey Young; "The Effects of Strange Behavior: An Interview With Makeup Effects Artist Craig Reardon; U.S. trailer; international trailer. (Severin Films/CAV Distributing).
Digimon Data Squad Season 5
(2014) Eight-disc set with all 48 episodes, $79.95. The members of D.A.T.S. (Digital Accident Tactics Squad), an organization created to conceal the existence of the Digital World and Digimon from the rest of mankind, face a massive conflict between Earth and the Digital World triggered by an ambitious human scientist determined to make use of the Digimon for his own personal gain. Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo gallery, character guide. (New Video Group/Cinedigm).
Drawing with Mark: Something Fishy/A Day at the Aquarium and Drawing with Mark: Good to Grow/Life on the Farm
(2014) The series with artist/illustrator Mark Marderosian teaches children the fundamentals of drawing through simple basic art lessons about shapes, parallel lines, shading, dimension, stick figures and action so a budding artist can feel comfortable moving forward and expanding his/her creativity. Each DVD consists of two 30-minute episodes that combine a field trip to a cool destination with two drawing lessons relating to the field trip, colorful animation, fun facts, trivia, and suggested reading books. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus drawing lesson, draw-along-booklet with coloring page insert, instructions on how to download free coloring pages from the website. $14.98 each. (Shelter Island).
El Dorado BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1966) Dir.: Howard Hawks; John Wayne, Robert Mitchum , James Caan, R.G. Armstrong, Edward Asner. (Warner).
End of the World
(2013) Neil Grayston, Greg Grunberg, Brad Dourif. Syfy Original Movie disaster comedy about a group of goofy science fiction geeks who hold the fate of the world in their hands. Massive earthquakes violently shake cities and mysterious plasma spheres pummel the Earth's surface. Two small-town sci-fi fan boys, who work at a video store, dig deep into their vast knowledge of disaster films to find a plan that could rescue humanity from complete and total obliteration.
Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
(2013) Dir.: Peter Hyams; Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Everett Scott, Orlando Jones. Deep within a forest on the U.S.-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment that went missing there. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Closer Look: Making of Enemies Closer" featurette, commentary with director Peter Hyams. (Lionsgate).
Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review
(2013) Documentary follows Eric Clapton's bold musical journey through the 1970s, with exclusive interviews, rare footage and more. In 1968, Eric Clapton was at a crossroads. A virtuoso lead guitarist and the crown prince of heavy rock, with Cream he had quickly risen to the very pinnacle of popular music's hierarchy. Yet his exposure to the work of American mavericks The Band led him to lose faith in his own group, and to embark on a bold musical journey across the following decade. Formats: DVD. (Sexy Intellectual/MVD Entertainment).
The Flintstone Kids: Rockin' In Bedrock
(1986-88) Two-disc set with 10 cartoons from the 1980s series, $19.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2000) Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the decaying rural South must confront a tangle of difficult choices. An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed meditation on adolescence, the first full-length film by director David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") features remarkable performances from an award-winning ensemble cast. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary by director David Gordon Green, cinematographer Tim Orr, and actor Paul Schneider; deleted scene; two student shorts by Green: "Pleasant Grove" (1997) and "Physical Pinball" (1998); Charlie Rose interview with Green from 2001; interviews with cast members; booklet featuring an essay by critic Armoond White and a director's statement. (The Criterion Collection).
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1957) Dir.: John Sturges; Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, John Ireland, Lyle Bettger, Frank Faylen, Earl Holliman, Ted de Corsia, Dennis Hopper, Whit Bissell. (Warner).
Hatari! BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1962) Dir.: Howard Hawks; John Wayne, Hardy Kruger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons. (Warner).
(2013) Norbert Velez, Todd Bruno, Aniela McGuinness, Giordan Diaz. When a young man, whose father was killed in a chemical plant accident, is lured by his friends as a prank to the now deserted building, he snaps, picks up an ax and goes on a rage-filled, killing spree. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
(1948) Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Thomas Brown Henry, Eduard Franz, John Qualen. Film noir about a med school dropout-turned-master criminal who puts together a major casino heist that goes wrong. On the lam, he comes across a psychologist who looks like him, and he kills the doctor, assuming his identity -- with ironic consequences. HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
(2013) Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Rachelle Lefevre, Frank Grillo.
Read more about "Homefront" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate ending, "Standoff" featurette. (Universal).
(2013) Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech. Psychological horror about a young couple's fight to make it through the night is a variation on the home invasion theme -- but in a car. In real-time. Tom and Lucy are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).
Inside Llewyn Davis
(2013) Dir.: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham, Ethan Phillips, Adam Driver, Robin Bartlett, Max Casella.
Read more about "Inside Llewyn Davis" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside Inside Llewyn Davis" making-of documentary, featuring Joel and Ethan Coen, Oscar Isaac,
Elijah Wald, Stark Sands, T-Bone Burnett, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Chris Thile, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Jess Gonchor, Mary Zophres and Bruno Delbonnel. (Sony).
In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission
(2014) Dominic Purcell, Ralitsa Paskaleva, Bashar Rahal, Nikolai Sotirov. Video game-inspired fantasy action adventure in which Hazen Kaine (Purcell), an American hitman, skeptically enters into what he hopes is his final contract with corrupt European crime lords but instead finds himself in an all-out fight for survival that takes him spiraling back to medieval times, where he must evade a vile medieval army and reclaim a stolen kingdom. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission." (Fox).
Iron Sky: Director's Cut
(2012) Christopher Kirby, Udo Kier, Stephanie Pau, Gotz Otto, Julia Dietze. Featuring more action, more effects and more politically incorrect humor than ever before. In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the dark side of the moon. During the following 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis constructed a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers. Their plan: travel back to Earth and re-colonize the planet. Sci-fi comedy. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Making-of documentary, photo gallery, teasers, theatrical trailer, 32-page concept art book. (Entertainment One).
JFK: The Smoking Gun
(2013 -- TV) Reelz Channel documentary breaks new ground in the case of president John F. Kennedy's murder by presenting evidence amassed by two highly qualified experts during multi-year investigations into Kennedy's assassination. The murder of JFK is one of the world's most shocking tragedies and yet his killing has been surrounded in mystery and confusion. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his death (November 2013), this program presents a cold case forensic analysis of the assassination, revealing what really happened that day: That there was a second shooter who fired accidentally and who was really responsible for JFK s death -- and subsequently one of the greatest cover-ups in American history. Formats: DVD. Extras: Forensic evidence gallery, behind-the-scenes clips, extended interviews. (Docurama/Cinedigm).
(2012) Kevin Hamedani, Ramon Isao, James Hong, Lynn Shelton, Jake Johnson, Brett Davern. Two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out reunite when one of their films ("Islama-rama 2") is accepted by a film festival and they have to pitch their script to a mysterious producer. Along the way, they will have to brave brutish bodyguards, cutthroat colleagues, inept agents, romantic entanglements, prima donna actors, and the trials of their own bitter friendship. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Commentary with writer-director-star Kevin Hamedani, co-writer/star Ramon Isao, co-star Brett Davern; deleted scenes; making-of-featurette.(Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2013 -- France) Carine Roitfeld ran French Vogue for 10 years, building a reputation as one of fashion's most influential movers. Her inner circle of friends includes Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, and Alexander Wang. Yet few people outside the fashion world have heard of her ... until now. This documentary tells her amazing story and provides a look inside the glamorous universe of high fashion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Footage from the film's celebrity-filled gala Paris premiere. (Cohen Media Group).
(2007 -- Argentina) Juan Pablo Buscarini's animated version of the familiar tale of Noah, his family and the animals who traveled in the ark to survive an epic flood meant to destroy the rest of civilization. The movie takes a lighter approach to the traditional material as the story is mainly told from animals' perspective, and both animals and humans can speak. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
100 Years of Wrigley Field
(2013) Produced by Major League Baseball Productions, this feature-length film chronicles the history of Wrigley Field through exclusive interviews and footage.
Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: Bonus footage including the Ernie Banks Statue Dedication Ceremony and Number Retirement Ceremonies for Ron Santo, Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux. (Lionsgate).
101st: A-Company (aka Devils of War)
(2013) Apple Lee, Carly Kingston, Jamin Watson, Jeremiah Grace, Jerry L. Buxbaum, Lawrence Anthony. A daring team of special forces soldiers is assembled for a top-secret mission in 1944 Poland to bring down a group of occultist Nazis who are building an army of demon-possessed, super soldiers. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
Out of the Furnace
(2013) Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard. Read more about "Out of the Furnace" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: Four featurettes: "Inspiration," "Scott Cooper," "Crafting the Fight Scenes," "The Music of Out of the Furnace." (Fox).
(2014) Jason Patric, James Caan, Craig Fairbrass, Shannon Elizabeth. Recalled from the battlefields of Afghanistan to identify the remains of his daughter, British mercenary Lex Walker arrives in Los Angeles to find that the body in the morgue belongs to a stranger. With his daughter now missing, he convinces a street-wise detective that his daughter is still alive and in danger and the two follow a trail of high-tech intrigue strewn with an army of thugs and hired killers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
Ozploitation Trailer Explosion
(2014) In the late 70s and early 80s, films like "My Brilliant Career" and "Breaker Morant" put Australia's New Wave on the map. But at the same time, a depraved generation of young Aussie filmmakers was putting a very different kind of movie on screens. This is the ultimate collection of Ozploitation trailers, packed with ockers, knockers, pubes, tubes, comatose killers, outback chillers, high-octane disasters and kung fu masters. Formats: DVD. (Intervision/CAV Distributing).
(2014) Dolph Lundgren, Cung Le, Vinnie Jones, Briana Evigan. After returning home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, John (Le) finds himself struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder; what little peace he has managed to build around him is shattered one fateful day when he rescues a local call girl from a group of violent Aryan Brotherhood pimps. Now John and his family become the prime targets of Hollis (Lundgren), the ruthless criminal leader of the group. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
Rogue: The Complete First Season
(2013) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the DirecTV series in which Thandie Newton stars as Grace Travis, an undercover agent who's out of control, tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son's mysterious death. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Script to Screen: Behind-the-Scenes" featurette, "Rogue Files: Reparation" webisodes. (Entertainment One).
Samson and Delilah BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1949) Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Henry Wilcoxon. Legendary director Cecil B. DeMille's classic film that tells the story of the Bible's fabled strongman and the woman who seduces and betrays him. Scanned in 4K and restored to its original Technicolor vibrancy. (Paramount).
Siberia: Season One
(2013) Eleven episodes, $24.98. Sixteen "contestants" are sent to the Tunguska region of Siberia unknowing of the land's mysterious past, to battle for a cash prize in this thrilling supernatural drama shot in the style of a survival reality show. Strange events begin to occur and the contestants soon attribute the occurrences to ruses set up by the producers, even dismissing the death of a fellow contestant as accidental. The contestants soon meet the chilling realization that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem
(2013) The first six episodes from season two of Nickelodeon's CGI-animated series, $14.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Mutation of a Scene," "The Mutation Situation," "Follow the Leader," "Invasion of the Squirrelanoids," "Mutagen Man Unleashed," "Mike Gets Shellacne," "Target: April O'Neil," "Channel 6 News Special Report: Creatures of the Night." (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(1979) David Hemmings, Henry Silva, Chantal Contouri, Max Phipps. An Ozploitation classic -- and a unique vampire movie: David Hemmings and Henry Silva star as executives of an international blood-drinking cartel known as The Brotherhood. But when they abduct a descendant of Elizabeth Bathory to reboot her depraved legacy, she must escape before the corporation can expand their human blood cow dairies and create a vampire master race. Transferred in HD from the original negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo). Extras: Commentary with director Rod Hardy and producer Anthony I. Ginnane; isolated music score by Brian May; theatrical trailer
TV spots. (Severin Films/CAV Distributing).
The Time Being
(2012) Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, Frank Langella, Corey Stoll, Ahna O'Reilly, Jeremy Allen White, Gina Gallego. A struggling young artist whose ambitions have pushed his marriage to the brink is delighted when a reclusive millionaire purchases one of his pieces, and he hopes for additional commissions from the new benefactor. Instead, he's offered a series of increasingly bizarre surveillance assignments and, as he begins to unravel the secrets behind the requests, he must determine if the man is out to further his career or ruin his life. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Nenad Cicin-Sain. (Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).
Transformers Armada: The Complete Series
(2002) Eight-disc set with 52 episodes of the series that has Optimus Prime, his team of Autobots and their human friends stepping up the fight against Megatron and his Decepticons for control of the universe and the power-enhancing Mini-Cons, a lost race of Transformers. Formats: DVD, $44.99. (Shout! Factory).
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler. Extras: "Get Up and Dance!" Rabbit music video. (Disney).
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Achmed Saves America
(2013) From the inventive mind of Jeff Dunham comes the first animated movie starring Achmed the Dead Terrorist. When Achmed unexpectedly finds himself in Americaville, USA, he's mistaken as a French exchange student while he bumblingly plots to destroy the town and all its "infidels." But when exposed to the sweet things in life, including all-you-can-eat buffets and frozen yogurt, Achmed's campaign of hate turns into a patriotic all-American lovefest. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of Achmed Saves America," commentary by Dunham and friends. (Paramount).
(2012) Jon Lovitz, Cameron Van Hoy, Michael Drayer, Kinga Kierzek, Ken Davitian. Two broke buddies down on their luck come up with a big idea: wetsuits that can save surfers from shark bites. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, they seek the help of a shady loan shark and nightclub owner to help finance their big idea, but when they both fall in love with the female half of a knife-throwing act at the club, they find themselves at the mercy of an angry gangster and his team of goons. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2013) Director: David O. Russell. Stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Rohm, Dawn Olivieri, Jack Huston, Michael Pena. Read more about "American Hustle" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of American Hustle" featurette, deleted and extended scenes. (Sony).
Atlantis: Season One
(2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.98. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (BBC Home Entertainment).
A Brief History of Time
(1991) Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris's documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawkin's body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination. Telling the man's incredible story through the voices of his colleagues and loved ones, while making dynamically accessible some of the theories in Hawkin's best-selling book of the same name, "A Brief History of Time" is at once as small as a single life and as big as the ever-expanding universe. New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography John Bailey and approved by director Errol Morris, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New interview with Morris, new interview with Bailey, booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt, a chapter from Stephen Hawking's 2013 memoir "My Brief History," and a short excerpt from Hawking's 1988 "A Brief History of Time." (The Criterion Collection).
(2013) Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Simon Barrett. A twentysomething party girl has sex with a stranger at a party and contracts what she thinks is a sexually-transmitted disease. But she soon realizes that she is the host of something much more catastrophic, and that she and those around her are in mortal danger. Part zombie film and part body-horror shocker. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2012) Missy Peregrym, Olivier Martinez, Manny Montana. Thriller about a pair of agents who investigate a slew of seemingly unrelated cyber attacks that are actually the work of a cybercrime ring. Formats: DVD. (Arc Entertainment).
Doc McStuffins: Mobile Clinic
(2013) Five song-filled episodes and a free Doc McStuffins reusable tote bag. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
Flashpoint: The Final Season
(2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $42.99. Follows the exploits of Team One of the Strategic Response Unit (SRU), an elite SWAT team that specializes in resolving extreme situations. Armed and dangerous criminals, bomb threats, abduction and gang wars are all in a day's work for these expert cops. This season the unit faces a serial killer on the run with a victim in tow, a deadly "smart" gun that is stolen, and a terrorist who starts bombing the city's most populated buildings. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
(2013 -- South Korea) Jang Hyuk, Su Ae, Yoo Hae-jin, Park Min-ha. South Korea's answer to "Contagion." A human trafficker is infected with an unknown virus and dies in a Bundang hospital, covered in red rashes and coughing up blood. Less than 24 hours, similar cases are reported all over Bundang. The medics despair over the super virus that has no known cure, but they soon find hope when they hear of a sole survivor who may have developed antibodies against the viral mutation. As medical professionals rush to find the sole individual with the potential key for a cure, fatalities rise and soon the government has no choice but to quarantine the city. Amidst the ensuing panic, wild desperation and violence, the struggle for life between the infected and non-infected begins to spiral out of control. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, making-of featurette, concept art. (CJ Entertainment).
(2013) Voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciaran Hinds, Chris Williams. Read more about "Frozen" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; original theatrical short: "Get A Horse"; "Let It Go" music videos by Demi Lovato, Martina Stoessel & Marsha Milan Londoh; "Frozen" teaser trailer. Blu-ray adds "The Making"; "Breaking the Ice -- The Real Making of Frozen." (Disney).
Here Comes the Devil
(2012 -- Mexico) Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro, Alan Martinez, Michele Garcia. A couple's preteen son and daughter inexplicably reappear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside, but the kids become withdrawn and begin to exhibit strange behavior, leading the parents to believe that they may have fallen prey to something inhuman -- and that this dark, unstoppable evil has now returned home with them.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of Here Comes the Devil," "Behind the Visual Effects," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Hidden Fortress
(1958) A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, "The Hidden Fortress" stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas' "Star Wars." "The Hidden Fortress" delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray; commentary by film historian Stephen Prince, author of "The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa"; documentary from 2003 on the making of the film, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create"; interview from 2001 with filmmaker George Lucas about Kurosawa; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell. (The Criterion Collection).
The Horror at 37,000 Feet
(1973 -- TV) Chuck Connors, Buddy Ebsen, Tammy Grimes, Lynn Loring, France Nuyen, William Shatner, Roy Thinnes, Paul Winfield, Jane Merrow. Supernatural horror telefilm centers on a hapless ensemble of airline passengers plagued by a demon that somehow escapes from an ancient altar that's being shipped to the U.S. in the plane's cargo hold. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
The Jungle Book 2 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Mae Whitman, Connor Funk, Bob Joles, Tony Jay, Phil Collins. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Music and More," "Backstage Disney" with "Synopsis of the Original Movie -- The Jungle Book (a short recap of the first story) and "The Legacy of The Jungle Book" (how the original animated film influenced the look, feel and story of the new movie). Available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo and on DVD. (Disney).
(2011) First three volumes of the popular preschool animated series airing in more than 70 countries that follows the wild imagination of Justin and his friends, Olive and Squidgy, as they travel to fascinating places and meet new and interesting characters. In "Justin Time Amazing Adventures" the kids journey to ancient Aztec Mexico in search of the mysterious Missing Mask, ride a giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands and make a new friend in China who loves to fly kites next to the Great Wall. In "Justin Time Goes Exploring," the trio ride an Emu through the Australian Outback to help track down Olive's lost chickens, chug through the Canadian Rocky Mountains aboard the Pancake Express train, then blast off from Cape Canaveral Space Center to rescue a lonely stranded astronaut. "Justin Time Far Away Friends" finds the three friends traveling back to the Ice Age to help a heartbroken Woolly Mammoth, to Italy in search of special meatballs for a picky Princess, and back to ancient Egypt to find Cleopatra s missing cat. Formats: DVD, $12.95 each. (Cinedigm).
Kill Your Darlings
(2013) Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen. Read more about "Kill Your Darlings" in the March Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "On the Red Carpet at the Toronto Film Festival"; commentary with Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, John Krokidas and Austin Bunn; "In Conversation With Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan"; Q&A with director/co-writer John Krokidas and co-writer Austin Bunn; deleted scenes. (Sony).
Kingdom of Conquerors
(2013 -- China) Yu Shaoqun, Geng Le, Men Tu. The rise of the Mongolian Empire as Genghis Khan unites all the nomadic tribes of 13th century Asia under his banner. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Mako Mermaids - An H2O Adventure Season 1, Vol. 1: Island of Secrets and Mako Mermaids - An H2O Adventure Season 1, Vol. 2: Moon Pool Magic
(2013) Live-action teen mermaid dramedy is the spin-off to the TeenNick series "H20: Just Add Water," and follows the adventures of mermaids Sirena, Nixie and Lyla, who are part of a mermaid pod that lives in the waters of Mako island. Season 1, Vol. 1 contains episodes 1-13, Season 1, Vol. 2 contains episodes 14-26. Formats: Two-disc DVD sets, $19.95 each. Extras: Cast interviews and behind the scenes. (Cinedigm).
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
(2013) Idris Elba, Naomi Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa. Read more about "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Mandela: The Leader You Know, The Man You Didn't" featurette, commentary with director Justin Chadwick. Blu-ray adds behind-the-scenes featurettes and a tribute video gallery. (The Weinsterin Co./Anchor Bay).
Monsters: The Complete Series
(1988-90) Nine-disc set with 72 episodes of the fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series, $99.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Mysterious Skin BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Dir.: Gregg Araki; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Michelle Trachtenberg, Elisabeth Shue. At the age of eight, Kansas youngsters Neil and Brian played on the same little league baseball team. Now, 10 years later, the two boys couldn't be more different. Neil is a charismatic but emotionally aloof male hustler while Brian is a nervous introvert obsessed with the idea that he has been abducted by a UFO. When the boys parallel lives inevitably intersect, the pair unearth dark, repressed secrets on a harrowing and unforgettable journey of self discovery. Adapted from Scott Heim's acclaimed novel. Extras: Conversation between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet; director introduction; novelist Scott Heim reflects 10 years later, script/sketches gallery, photo gallery, commentary track, deleted scenes, book reading, audition tape, theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz
(2013) Bryan Larkin, James "The Colossus" Thompson. Third installment of the hit Nazi Zombie action-horror franchise, details the horrifying origins of these supernatural soldiers as they battle the most ruthless and notorious of all military special forces: the Russian Spetsnaz. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
The Patience Stone
(2013 -- Afghanistan) Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Hassina Burgan. In a country torn apart by war, a young woman watches over her older husband, who took a bullet in the neck that has reduced him to a comatose state. One day, the woman's vigil changes and she begins to speak truth to her silent husband, telling him about her suffering, her dreams and her secrets. After years of living under his control, with no voice of her own, she says things she could never have spoken before. Her husband has unconsciously become "syngue sabour" (the patience stone) -- a magical black stone that, according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. After weeks of looking after her husband, she begins to act, discovering herself in the relationship she starts with a young soldier. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of The Patience Stone" featurette. (Sony).
Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party
(2014) U.S. DVD launch of international animated preschool favorite that airs on Nick Jr. Follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable little piggy, her family and all of her animal friend. Fourteen "Peppasodes," $14.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Learn the Alphabet" and "Learn to Count." (Entertainment One).
Punk in Africa
(2012) The story of the multi-racial punk movement within the recent political and social upheavals in three Southern African countries: South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In these societies, the punk subculture represented a genuinely radical political impulse, playing out against a backdrop of intense political struggle, economic hardship and even civil war. Documentary traces this until-now untold story from its roots in the underground rock music of early 1970s Johannesburg, where the first multi-racial punk bands formed in the wake of the Soweto Uprising, and the militant anti-apartheid hardcore and post-punk bands of the 1980s, to the rise of celebratory African-inspired ska bands which sprang up from Cape Town to Maputo in the democratic era of the 1990s. Formats: DVD, $16.95. (MVD Entertainment).
(2014) Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Gloria Reuben, Ryan Robbins, Erin Karpluk. Hotshot district attorney Mitch Brockden (Cooper) is involved in a fatal hit-and-run, but Clinton Davis (Jackson) is found with the body and charged with murder. Believing that Davis is innocent, Brockden is compelled to throw the trial but, soon after, Brockden's perfect life begins to unravel as he realizes that the man he set free is hiding a secret that will destroy him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes with cast and crew interviews; extended interviews with Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper and Gloria Reuben; deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Return to Nuke 'Em High, Vol. 1
(2013) Catherine Corcoran, Asta Paredes, Debbie Rochon, Lemmy Kilmister, Kevin the Wonder Duck. It's readin', writin' and radiation again as the folks at Troma (creators of the Toxic Avenger and Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD) return to Tromaville High School ("Class of Nuke 'Em High," 1986) as young couple Chrissy and Lauren go up against the school glee club -- which has mutated into a gang called The Cretins after eating tainted tacos courtesy of the Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. When the other students begin to undergo mutations, the pair -- along with their mutant pet duck -- must solve the mystery and save Tromaville High. It's full of satire, sci-fi, plenty of Troma's world famous green goo and themes of anti-bullying and LGBT rights. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with actors Zac Amico, Clay von Carlowitz, Catherine Corcoran, Stuart Kiczek and Asta Parades; commentary with writer/producer/director Lloyd Kaufman, producer Justin A. Martell, executive producer Matt Manjourides, associate producer Regina Katz and writer Travis Campbell; "Casting Conundrum"; "Pre-Production Hell with Mein-Kauf (Man)"; "Special (Ed) Effects"; "Cell-U-Lloyd Kaufman: 40 Years of TROMAtising the World"; "Architects of Fear – Edison Device" music video; "Return to Nuke 'Em High, Vol. 2" trailer. (Troma/Anchor Bay).
Saving Mr. Banks
(2013) Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker.
Read more about "Saving Mr. Banks" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scene "Nanny Song," in which the Sherman Brothers composers perform a song that P.L. Travers is less than thrilled about. Blu-ray adds two more deleted scenes, "The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present" featurette, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" in which the cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming. (Disney).
The Slumber Party Massacre BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Michele Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villela, Andree Honore. "Slumber Party Massacre" helped define the slasher film ethos of the 1980s. Put together by first-time director Amy Holden from a script, titled "Don't Open the Door," by feminist author Rita Mae Brown ("Rubyfruit Jungle"), the film was an immediate hit for Roger Corman's New World Pictures, eventually spawning two sequels. New HD transfer from the original camera negative. Extras: New interview with actor Rigg Kennedy, "Sleepless Nights: The Making of the Slumber Party Massacre," commentary with director Amy Holden Jones, actors Michael Villela And Debra De Liso, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2013) Chase Williamson, Ashley Bell, Clancy Brown, Clint Howard, Jake Busey, William Katt. After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group, known as The Rochester 13, gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Among them is Ian Sparks, who teams up with the beautiful Lady Heavenly to decimates New York's army of thugs ... until they tangle with the nation's most twisted arch-villain. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Image Entertainment).
(2011) David Lyons, Emma Booth, Jason Clarke, Travis McMahon. While driving cross-country in the Australian outback to a job interview, Colin (David Lyons) witnesses a two-car crash that leaves one driver decapitated. The good-hearted Colin pulls a beautiful and mysterious young woman, Jina (Emma Booth), from the wreckage, along with a suitcase full of money. He soon becomes entangled with a crooked local cop (Jason Clarke) -- who happens to be the very jealous husband of Jina -- as well as a murderous thug who's after the cash. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Cohen Media Group).
Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales
(2014) Anthology of nine nerve-shredding, totally "Twisted Tales" directed by Holland and starring William Forsythe, Danielle Harris, Ray Wise, AJ Bowen, Sarah Butler and more. A new drug offers users a glimpse of the future ... with beastly consequences. A murderous husband is stalked by his own cell phone. A jilted lover wreaks satanic vengeance. The nightmarish action then leads to worlds haunted by dark magic, demonic possession, vampires, witches and more.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Image Entertainment).
20 Ft. Below: The Darkness Descending
(2014) Kinga Philipps, Danny Trejo. An eager, young documentary filmmaker ventures below the bustling streets of New York City to shed light on the homeless population living in abandoned subway tunnels. But once underground, she discovers a much darker reality than ever imagined.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Vertical Entertainment).
The Wrath of Vajra
(2013 -- China) Xing Yu, Steve Yoo, Poppin Hyun-Joon, Jiang Baocheng, Ya Mei. In 1930s Japan, a death cult working with the Imperial Army buys children and trains them as deadly assassins. When 8-year-old Vajrasattva accidentally kills his own brother in a fight for food, he makes a secret oath to take revenge. As an adult, he emerges as the cult's best assassin, returning to China where he joins the Southern Shaolin Temple to protect his people from Japanese invaders. When the death cult opens a branch in China and starts buying local children, he sets out to save them and avenge his brother. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
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Alpha And Omega: The Great Wolf Games
(2014) Latest adventure in the franchise has the Alpha pack competing against all different animals to win bragging rights for their territory. Sold exclusively at Walmart.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Great Games Amazing Maze," "Wolf Awareness" trivia game. (Lionsgate).
Angels in Stardust
(2014) Alicia Silverstone, AJ Michalka, Billy Burke. An imaginative teenage girl, living in a mystical and dangerous community built on a deserted drive-in movie lot along the Texas/Oklahoma border, struggles to realize her potential, and escape the world she was born into. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
(2014) Will Wallace, Don Swayze, Dean Cain. When a city detective and his wife move to a small town, the man's first case, a missing person, leads him to discover that the town is plagued by a dark supernatural force. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making The Appearing" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
(2014) Two of Marvel's most popular characters, Black Widow (voiced by Jennifer Carpenter, TV's "Dexter") and the Punisher (voiced by Brian Bloom, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3") team up alongside Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and the rest of the Avengers to stop LEVIATHAN, a global terrorist organization that plans to sell stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to the highest bidder.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "Espionage and Punishment" and "The Vigilante Vs. The Spy" making-of featurettes. Blu-ray adds conceptual art gallery. (Sony).
(2013) Danny Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison, Chris Conroy, Jonny Orsini, Griffin Newman, Mackenzie Rosman, Mark Margolis. Six high school seniors celebrating graduation with a day's excursion at Black Lake find themselves on a leaking rowboat, attacked by a man-eating creature; they have to decide who will be sacrificed as they fight their way back to shore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Larry Fessenden and sound designer Graham Reznick, theatrical trailer, "Behind Beneath," outtakes, poster/premiere, webisodes, "Fessenden on Jaws. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
The Best of Bogart Blu-ray Collection
Four-disc set with "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "The African Queen," $49.99. Extras: Collectible art cards plus many of the features from previous Blu-ray versions of the films: read about the extras here. (Warner).
(1953) Dir.: Ida Lupino; Ida Lupino, Joan Fontaine, Edmond O'Brien, Edmund Gwenn. Unable to conceive a child, a San Francisco couple decides to adopt ... but things take a troubling turn when the adoption agency conducts a background check and discovers the husband is leading a double life, with another family in Los Angeles. Full HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
(1979) Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg, Janet Leigh. Directed by Stephen Verona ("The Lord's of Flatbush") and making its home video debut. Married for 50 loving years, David (Strasberg) and Becky (Gordon) have lived in the same Coney Island neighborhood for most of their lives together. But the area is not what it used to be -- it's been beset by marauding, mugging youth gangs -- and though their children ask them to move, David is steadfast in staying. But Becky becomes ill and David's cafeteria and synagogue are vandalized by thugs, and he decides to take one final stand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MVD).
Californication: The Sixth Season
(2013) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $46.99. David Duchovny stars as incorrigible writer Hank Moody, whose salacious behavior never ceases to turn his life upside down. In this season, Hank tries to collaborate on a rock opera based on his book with a famous rock star while taking up with his beautiful muse; Charlie and Stu compete for the affections of Marcy; Marcy falls under the spell of a seriously radical feminist; Becca drops out of college to become a writer. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
(2012) Dir.: Jackie Chan; Jackie Chan, Oliver Platt Jackie Chan stars as Asian Hawk, a master adventurer tasked with retrieving lost bronze heads, originally a part of an ancient Chinese collection of zodiac busts. While wealthy entrepreneur Lawrence (Oliver Platt) dangles an enormous reward for such a find, Hawk deploys his array of high tech devices as he travels the world to help unearth the missing relics. Caught between a monster payday and the restoration of China's past, Hawk jumps into battle, using his death-defying skills to help thwart Lawrence's destructive plans, while hoping to secure the remaining bronze heads before it's too late. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Chinese Zodiac." (Universal).
(2012) Aaron Poole, Jim Gilbert. When two young filmmakers select a crazed conspiracy theorist as the subject of their new movie, they have no idea the terrifying peril they will put themselves in. When the man disappears without a trace, the filmmakers begin an obsessive quest to uncover the truth, leading them to an ancient and dangerous secret society. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
Continuum: Season Two
(2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the series about a cop from the year 2077, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), who finds herself trapped in the present day desperately trying to stop a terrorist group from the future before they can change the course of history. In Season 2, Kiera continues her uneasy alliance with Vancouver Police Detective Carlos Fonnegra and grapples with the big question: why was she sent here? Meanwhile tech genius Alec struggles to understand the mysterious message sent from his future self and the terrorists, Liber8, become more strategic -- and even more lethal. Formats: DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray, $49.98. Extras: "Continuum: Behind the Scenes," commentary on select episodes. (Universal).
(2013 -- German TV) Six-episode mini-series based on the popular book of the same name by Ferdinand von Schirach in which older, stoop-shouldered, ultimate defense lawyer Fredrich Leonhardt takes on clients with single-minded intent: to defend them within the boundaries of the law. Taken from modern headlines, the cases offer a frightening window on humanity not so much because of the crimes themselves, but because they were committed by relatively normal people who snapped: the gentle wife-killer, the schizophrenic teenager, idiotic gangsters, the womanizing executive, the young Lebanese genius, the anonymous man who killed a little too skillfully while defending himself. In German with English Subtitles. Formats: Three-disc DVD. (MHz International Mystery Collection).
(2013) Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, Britt Robertson, Amos VanderPoel, Jack Reynor. Read more about "Delivery Man" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Bloopers, deleted scene. Blu-ray adds "Building Family" featurette, "Vince Vaughn: Off the Cuff," "I Got The Part." (DreamWorks/Disney).
Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1
(2014) Ten episodes from the DreamWorks animated "How to Train Your Dragon" television series
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Dragon Tracker Part 3," "Evolution of Screaming Death," "SuperFly Dragon" mash-up music video. (Fox).
(1925) Harold Lloyd's biggest box office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the freshman's careful plans inevitably go hilariously awry, be it on the football field or at the Fall Frolic. But he gets a climactic chance to prove his mettle -- and impress the sweet girl he loves -- in one of the most famous sports sequences ever filmed. This crowd-pleaser is a gleeful showcase for Lloyd's slapstick brilliance and incandescent charm, and it's accompanied here by a new orchestral score by Carl Davis, presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray. New 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary featuring director and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, film historian Richard Bann, and film critic and historian Leonard Maltin; Lloyd's prologue to the film, created for the 1966 rerelease; three newly restored Lloyd shorts: "Thee Marathon" (1919), with a new score by Gabriel Thibaudeau, and "An Eastern Westerner" and "High and Dizzy" (both 1920), with new scores composed and conducted by Davis; "Big Man on Campus," a new visual essay on the film's locations by silent-film historian John Bengtson; conversation between Corrrell and film historian Kevin Brownlow; footage from a 1963 Delta Kappa Alpha tribute to Lloyd, featuring comedian Steve Allen, director Delmer Daves, and actor Jack Lemmon; Lloyd's 1953 appearance on the television show "What's My Line?" booklet featuring an essay by critic Stephen Winer. (The Criterion Collection).
(2013) Cameron Deane Stewart, Justin Deeley, Nikki Blonsky, Ally Maki, Andrew Caldwell. A group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Gary Entin, writer Edmund Entin and Frederick Levy and Bryan Leder; commentary with cast members Cameron Deane Stewart, Ally Maki, and Andrew Caldwell; making-of documentary "Membership Has Its Privileges: The Making of Geography Club." (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Gordon Family Tree
(2013) Ryan Schwartzman, Corbin Bernsen, Richard Karn, Jennica Schwartzman. When a young, successful architect turns 30, he finds his job isn't enough and he quits to go on a road trip, where he meets amazing and generous everyday folks; he shows his thanks by building secret tree houses for the families, finding that doing what he loves is what matters most.
Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
The Great Beauty
(2013 -- Italy) Dir.: Paolo Sorrentino; Toni Servillo. For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his 65th birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the lavish nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome itself, in all its monumental glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda; interview with actor Toni Servillo; interview with screenwriter Umberto Contarello; deleted scenes; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopat. (The Criterion Collection).
Here's Lucy: The Complete Series
(1968-74) All 144 uncut and digitally remastered episodes in a 24-disc box set, $159.98. The legendary queen of television comedy is joined by her real-life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., as well as Gale Gordon, her co-star from the earlier "Lucy Show." Ball plays Lucille Carter, widowed mother of teenagers Kim and Craig. Lucy works for her brother-in-law Harry (Gordon), who owns Carter's Unique Employment Agency, leading Lucy into endless predicaments and hilarious hijinks. Guest stars included Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Andy Griffith, Joan Rivers, Danny Thomas, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Frankie Avalon, Eddie Albert, Milton Berle, Chuck Connors, Ed McMahon, Don Knotts, Donny Osmond, Eva Gabor, Joe Namath, Petula Clark, Ricardo Montalban, Elsa Lanchester and many more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Episode introductions; featurettes; "Let's Talk to Lucy" lost interviews; special TV appearances and interviews; "Treasures From Lucy's Vault"; special U.S. savings bond episode and public service film; slide shows; series production files; original CBS-TV network and syndication promos; original sponsor billboards. (MPI Home Video).
(2013) Gbenga Akinnagbe, Joe Morton, Tawny Cypress, James McDaniel. The story of a man suffering from mental illness who attempts to rebuild his life and reconnect with his estranged son. A 2014 NAACP Image Awards nominee. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2010 -- German TV) Based on a novel by best-selling crime author Henning Mankell (Wallander, The Man from Beijing), this international thriller follows a mother's desperate quest to discover the truth. Globe-trotting archeologist Louise Cantor returns home to Sweden and finds her 27-year-old son Henrik dead in his apartment. Stars Iris Berben Mikael Nyqvist ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Rolf Lassgard ("Wallander") and Bjorn Floberg. In German with English Subtitles. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (MHz International Mystery Collection).
The King of Comedy, The 30th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard. Extras: Tribeca Film Festival: A Conversation with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Jerry Lewis; "A Shot to the Top: The Making of The King of Comedy"; deleted and extended scenes; theatrical trailer and TV spot. (Fox).
Little House on the Prairie -- Season One Deluxe Remastered Edition
(1974-75) Not seen since their original TV broadcast, all 24 Season One episodes are presented complete and uncut, newly restored and remastered, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the pilot movie premiere. Formats: Six-disc DVD, $29.98; five-disc Blu-ray, $38.99. Extras: The 96-minute pilot movie, original screen tests from Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, "The Little House Phenomenon: Part One - A Place in Television History." (Lionsgate).
(2011) Sharon Hinnendael, Nicole Zeoli, Cristina Corigliano, Morissa O'Mara, Alana O'Mara. A group of girls heading out to a desert ranch house Los Ranchos, Calif., for Spring Break are terrorized by a mysterious black muscle car on the highway. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay.
Mapp & Lucia: The Complete Collection
(1986) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes from Series 1 & 2 of the classic British series set in 1930s provincial England about two formidable matrons who vie for social supremacy using unconventional weaponry such as gardens and lobster recipes, $59.99. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!
(2014) The latest animated adventures of Draculaura and her Monster High friends. Story line: When Draculaura is led to believe she's the rightful heir to the vampire throne, she and her best ghoulfriends are whisked away to Transylvania for a royal coronation to die for. But they soon discover the hunt for the queen is not over yet. The Ghouls must locate an ancient artifact known as the Vampire’s Heart in order to discover the identity of the true Vampire Queen.
Formats: DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray/DVD Combo $26.98; VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three "Monster High" webisodes. (Universal).
(2013) Dir.: Abel Ferrara; Cult classic follows a mute Garment District seamstress -- played by the late model-actress-musician-screenwriter Zoe Lund (then known, at age 18, as Zoe Tamerlis) -- who, after falling victim to multiple unspeakable rapes, unleashes a one-woman homicidal rampage against Gotham's male population. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interviews with director Ferrara, composer Joe Delia, creative consultant Jack McIntyre; "Zoe XO" and "Zoe Rising," two short films on star Zoe Lund by American Hardcore director Paul Rachman; theatrical trailer; 32-page booklet featuring essays by Lund, Ferrara biographer Brad Stevens and "House of Psychotic Women" author Kier-la Janisse. (Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm).
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: A Dash of Awesome
(2014) Kids can join Rainbow Dash in five animated adventures alongside her very best friends in all of Equestria: the studious Twilight Sparkle, quiet animal lover Fluttershy, the party enthusiast Pinkie Pie, the always loyal apple farmer Applejack, and Ponyville's very own fashionista, Rarity. Formats: DVD, $14.93. (Shout! Factory).
(2013) Dir.: Stephen Sommers; Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin.
In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities -- he sees dead people -- is thrust into an apocalyptic battle when a creepy stranger shows up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs -- predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Image Entertainment).
(2013 -- Iran) Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet. From Asghar Farhadi, the director of "A Separation." Ahmad (Mosaffa) returns to Paris to finalize his divorce so his wife Marie (Bejo) can marry her new boyfriend, Samir (Rahim). During his tense stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her daughter Lucie (Burlet), and his efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Farhadi, "Making The Past," Directors Guild of America Q & A with Asghar Farhadi. (Sony).
(1978) Dir.: Richard Franklin; Susan Penhaligon, Robert Thompson, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar. The original Ozploitation classic is back: Thompson stars as a comatose killer seemingly unresponsive in a small private hospital. But when a hot new nurse begins to question his condition, Patrick unleashes a waking nightmare of psychokinetic carnage. HD transfer from the original negative for the first time ever. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director Franklin; interviews with Franklin, screenwriter Everett de Roche, producer Antony Ginnane and stars Penhaligon and Mullinar; vintage TV Interview with Franklin; original theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Severin Films/CAV Distributing).
(1966) By the mid-sixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema's most
unforgettable images. But with the radical "Persona," this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays an actress who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women perform a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference that would prove to be one of cinema's most influential ideas. Acted with astonishing nuance and shot in stark shadows and soft light by the great Sven Nykvist, "Persona" is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth. New, 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New visual essay on the film's prologue by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; interviews with Ullmann and filmmaker Paul Schrader; excerpted archival interviews with Bergman and Andersson and Ullmann; on-set footage, with audio commentary by Bergman historian Birgitta Steene; "Liv & Ingmar," a 2012 feature documentary directed by Dheeraj Akolkar; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Thomas Elsaesser, an excerpted 1969 interview with Bergman,
and an excerpted 1977 conversation with Andersson. (The Criterion Collection).
The Punk Singer
(2013) Documentary look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna and those who were part of the scene, including music legends Joan Jett and Adam Horowitz, this documentary takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
(2013) Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang travel to WWE City for WrestleMania, but they have to solve a caper before they can enjoy the show. WWE Superstars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, The Miz, Santino and Kane appear in animated form. Formats: DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray Disc, $29.98; Digital. (Warner).
(2000 -- Denmark) Six-episode Danish mini-series about reporter who is drawn into the dark side of post-war Copenhagen as he attempts to uncover a crime syndicate on an unprecedented level. Stars Jakob Cedergren, Stine Stengade, Lars Mikkelsen, Bent Mejding, Lars Bom. In Danish with English Subtitles. Formats: Three-disc DVD. (MHz International Mystery Collection).
(1968) Dir.: Frank Perry; Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Joan Rivers. The ultimate late-60s studio-produced cult film. In one of his finest performances, Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merrill, a man who confronts his destiny by swimming home, pool by pool, through the suburban nightmare of upper-class East Coast society. Its a haunting, surreal and stunning indictment of mid-century bourgeoisie society. Based on the acclaimed short story by John Cheever. Long out of print. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. New digital restoration created from 4K scans. Extras: "The Story of The Swimmer," new five-part, two and one half hour documentary by Oscar-winner Chris Innis featuring in-depth interviews with stars Janet Landgard, Joan Rivers and Marge Champion, composer Marvin Hamlisch, film editor Sidney Katz, assistant directors Michael Hertzberg and Ted Zachary, UCLA Olympic swim coach Bob Horn, and Joanna Lancaster; the original New Yorker short story read by author John Cheever; 12-page booklet with liner notes by legendary director Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator"); rare production stills from the lost alternate scenes; extensive still galleries, trailers and TV spots. (Grindhouse Releasing).
Tickety Toc: Spring Chicks Time
(2013) Six spring-themed episodes from the Nick Jr. series with Tommy and Tallulah, Tommy and friends: there's an outdoor adventure around every corner including a town picnic, a nature hike, a search for watermelon on a hot day and a kite-flying contest. Formats: DVD, $14.98, VOD, Digital. Extras: Coloring and activity sheets. (Anchor Bay).
The Truth About Emanuel
(2013) Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina. Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a troubled young woman, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Jessica Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. When an unexpected discovery results in a shared secret between the two, their relationship intensifies, and Emanuel's already-fragile world begins to spin out of control. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes. (Well Go USA).
(1994) Nick Cassavetes, Brenda Bakke, Jeremy Piven, Jim Beaver, Tom Dugan. A one-nighter between a struggling artist and an environmentalist leads to a Las Vegas wedding, a hangover, a quickie divorce and then, during a celebration of their separation, a pregnancy that causes them to deal with the ups and downs of a relationship. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Veep: The Complete Second Season
(2013) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of the series that follows the day-to-day life of vice president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the 2012 and 2013 Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series) as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the president's interests. In Season 2, as midterm elections loom, Meyer is scoring higher ratings than the president in several popularity polls, which she hopes will boost her influence and help her curry favor with the chief executive. But despite her best intentions, even the most banal actions can set off unexpected and often disastrous consequences. And her misfit staff is close at hand with a wacky combination of personal problems and government-insider antics. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.99 ; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, cast/crew commentaries. (HBO).
Welcome to the Jungle
(2014) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Dennis Haysbert, Megan Boone. Comedy about a group of unsuspecting office workers who find themselves stranded on a desert island when a corporate retreat led by unhinged former Marine Storm Rothchild (Van Damme) goes horribly wrong and they must battle nature -- and each other -- to survive.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scene, "Welcome to the Jungle: Behind the Scenes." (Universal).
William & Mary: The Complete Collection
(2003-05) Six-disc set with 18 episodes of the ITV series starring Martin Clunes as an undertaker who finds an unlikely connection with a midwife (Julie Graham): She brings people into the world, he ushers them out. Formats: DVD, $59.99. Extras: Cast interviews. (Acorn Media).
Winx Club: The Complete Original Season 1
(2004) Four-disc set with all 26 episodes of the first season of the modern fantasy adventure series that follows five fashion-forward best friends who transform into fairies when trouble arises and use their unique magical powers to fight villains and save the world from evil.
Formats: DVD, $24.95. Also available in two split-season versions with 13 episodes and $14.95 each: "Winx Club: Realm of Magix: The Original Season 1, Volume 1" and "Winx Club: Defeating the Trix: The Original Season 1, Volume 2." Extras: Eight-page "Fairy Identity" booklet. (Cinedigm).
The Wolf of Wall Street
(2013) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Joanna Lumley, Cristin Milioti. Read more about "The Wolf of Wall Street" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "The Wolf Pack" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Paramount).
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official Fourth Season
(2001-06) Based on the hit comic book series created by Kazuki Takahashi and the inspiration for the trading card game of the same title in which players pit monster against monster in high intensity duels. It follows the adventures of a boy named Yugi -- who solves an old Egyptian puzzle that infuses him with the energy of an ancient spirit -- and the card game battles he fights. After the conclusion of the Battle City Finals, chaos erupts once again. The three Egyptian God Cards are stolen, a terrifying new villain appears and, as if things couldn't get any worse, real monsters begin to appear around the world, terrorizing the population. Six-disc set with all 40 episodes, the first release of the episodes since 2006 and the first time collected as a complete season. Formats: DVD, $44.95. Also available as "Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 4, Vol. 1" and Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 4, Vol. 2 for $24.95 each. (Cinedigm).
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