American Experience: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
(2014) Tells the true story of two of the Wild West's most notorious outlaws. Long before they were immortalized on screen by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their thrilling exploits -- robbing Western banks and trains and then seemingly vanishing into thin air -- became front-page news and the basis of rumor and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? What really happened after they formed the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off some of the most spectacular holdups in Western history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation's largest and most feared private detective force? Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
(2013) Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Dylan Baker, Fred Willard. Read more about "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" in the April Calendar. The three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes three versions of the film: the original Theatrical Version, the Unrated Version and, in a home entertainment first, the Super-Sized R-rated Version with 763 new jokes.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd & David Koechner; "Behind-the-Scenes: Newsroom" (inside the making of the film); gag reel, parts 1 & 2; "Line-O-Rama, Parts 1 & 2" (non-stop alternate lines from the film); "Welcome to the Dolphin Show" (Ron Burgundy takes on the crowd); "Catfight" (Christina Applegate vs. Meagan Good with hilarious one-liners): "News-O-Rama" (Ron and the News Team bring you the headlines); "Kench-O-Rama" (mashup of Kench Allenby's most Australian moments); cast table read; four behind-the-scenes featurettes ("Anchorman 2: The Musical," "RV" (dissecting the RV tumble), "Baxter & Doby" (the lovable animals of "Anchorman 2"), "News Fight" (inside the biggest, baddest all-star celebrity brawl); deleted scenes; extended & alternate Scenes; previsualizations: RV, Shark Attack and News Fight sequences; auditions featuring Meagan Good, Dylan Baker and Amy Poehler; "Benefit for 826LA: Spoiler Alert" (a special tribute to "Anchorman 2"); trailers. (Paramount).
(2013) Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert, Tom Skerritt.
Two parents fall in love over the course of a single day while playing hooky from their children's college tour. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,. Extras: Commentary with director/co-writer Adam Rodgers, producer/co-writer Glenn German, and producer/actor Andy Garcia; outtake reel; "There Was a Day," with vocal and lyrics by Andy Garcia, music by Arturo Sandoval and Andy Garcia, and arrangement by Arturo Sandoval. (Anchor Bay).
The Bag Man
(2014) Robert De Niro, John Cusack, Dominic Purcell, Crispin Glover, Sticky Fingaz, Rebecca Da Costa. Jack (Cusack), a low-rent thug, thinks he's hit the jackpot when legendary crime boss Dragna (De Niro) gives him a simple assignment: pick up a package and deliver it -- don't open it, and don't ask questions. But over the course of a long and increasingly violent night waiting in a seedy motel, the bag attracts the attention of a slew of shady characters -— including femme fatale Rivka, the sleazy motel manager, a one-eyed gangster, an undersized hit man and a crooked cop. As Jack awaits the arrival of Dragna, each of them will make a play for the package's unknown contents and Jack will do whatever it takes to hang on to the precious cargo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes of The Bag Man." (Universal).
Birds of Paradise
(2014) Voices of Drake Bell, Ashley Tisdale, Ken Jeong, Jane Lynch, Jon Lovitz, Keith David. When Jack, an ordinary sparrow with dreams of becoming an extraordinary bird, is accidentally covered in colorful paint, he is thrilled about his new exotic appearance and believes that he'll now be able to impress Aurora, a beautiful canary who has recently escaped from her indoor cage. But when Aurora's mean owner, Mr. Potter, finds her, Jack must enlist the help of his best friends -- Vinnie, the loyal pigeon and Skeeter, the hyper hummingbird as well as Rosie, the caring bat and the wise Old Buzzard, in order to free her. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. DVD available exclusively at Walmart and Redbox. Extras: "Bringing the Characters to Life" featurette at the recording studio with Bell, Tisdale, Jeong, Lynch, Lovitz and David; sneak peek at award-winning Miniscule shorts. (Lionsgate).
Broadchurch: The Complete First Season
(2013) Three-disc set with eight episodes of BBC America's hot new series about two deliciously dueling detectives (Olivia Colman and David Tennant) who are brought together by circumstances to solve the murder of an 11-year-old boy found on a popular beach just before the onslaught of tourist season. Formats: DVD. Extras:" Broadchurch: Behind the Scenes," deleted scenes. (Entertainment One).
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted
(1974) Six-disc set with 17 complete and unedited Celebrity Roasts representing the best of the nine years of the "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," featuring a who's who roster of roastees, including Betty White, (then) Gov. Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Muhammad Ali, George Burns, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, Dan Rowan & Dick Martin, Sen. Barry Goldwater, Suzanne Somers, George Washington (portrayed by Jan Leighton), Dennis Weaver, Ralph Nader, Gabe Kaplan, Redd Foxx, Hugh Hefner and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The list of roasters include Milton Berle, Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller, Bonnie Franklin, Rich Little, Abe Vigoda, Jimmie Walker, Orson Welles, Jack Benny, Dom DeLuise, Henry Fonda, Ruth Buzzi, Wilt Chamberlain, Howard Cosell, Billy Crystal, Gene Kelly, LaWanda Page, Jackie Mason, Jimmy Stewart, Shelley Winters, Bob Newhart, Carroll O'Connor, Jack Klugman, Johnny Bench, and many others. Formats: DVD, $59.95. Extras: Bonus comedy sketches featuring Dean, Howard Cosell, Vincent Price, Steve Lawrence, Audrey Meadows, Buddy Hackett and others; three featurettes: "Ladies of the Dais," "Roast in Hell - Politicians Under Fire," "Beauty & the Beast: Ruth Buzzi vs. Muhammad Ali"; interviews with Phyllis Diller, Shirley Jones, Tony Danze, Carol Burnett, Ruth Buzzi, Angie Dickinson, Jimmie Walker. (StarVista/Time Life).
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes
(1961-66) Three-disc set with 20 classic episodes revolving around Laura Petrie (Moore). Formats: DVD, $24.98. Extras: Commentaries with Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke on select episodes, "Remembering Oh, Rob," original commercials. (Image Entertainment).
Fargo Remastered Edition
(1996) Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen; Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, John Carroll Lynch, Harve Presnell. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director of photography Roger A. Deakins, "Minnesota Nice," trivia track, American Cinematographer article, photo gallery, theatrical trailer, TV spot. (Fox).
(2013) Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi. Read more about "47 Ronin" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Re-Forging the Legend": The story of 47 Ronin is one of Japan's most time-honored legends; filmmakers talk about how they brought this "dream world" to the big screen, from script to costumes, visual design, and culture; deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Keanu & Kai" martial arts featurette; "Steel Fury: The Fights of 47 Ronin" action sequence choreography featurette; "Myths, Magic & Monsters: The Fx of 47 Ronin" featurette.. (Universal).
Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: Fused Season 2, Volumes 1 and 2
(2009) The complete second season of the CGI-animated series that follows a group of heroic drivers who use their incredible, high-flying cars to fight evil forces that threaten the planet. Five episodes each, $14.95 each. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Joe Kidd BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1972) Dir.: John Sturges. Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
King Kong Escapes BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1968 -- USA/Japan) Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
King Kong vs. Godzilla BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1963 -- USA/Japan) Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
Knights of Badassdom
(2013) Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Steve Zahn, Jimmi Simpson, Tom Hopper, Margarita Levieva, Ryan Kwanten. Three best friends and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the Middle Ages, but trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus from the pits of hell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and director Joe Lynch; behind-the-Scenes featurette, "Summer Glau: Hottie Montage," San Diego Comic Con Panel. (Entertainment One).
The Little Rascals Save the Day
(2014) Doris Roberts, Greg Germann, Lex Medlin, Valerie Azlynn, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Drew Justice, Connor Berry, Jenna Ortega, Isaiah "Zay Zay" Fredericks, Camden Gray, Eden Wood, Grant Palmer, Chase Vacnin, Rio Mangini. A bunch of third graders hatch a series of madcap schemes to earn enough money to keep Grandma's bakery out of the clutches of conniving businessman Big Ray. From caddying to pet care to taxi service, each of their plans goes hilariously awry until they are left with just two options: find a way to win the local talent show or wave goodbye to the best cupcakes a kid ever tasted. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds gag reel,
(2008 -- Israel) Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Shmil Ben Ari, Orly Silbersa. A family in the 1980s with five kids gets into a crisis during their summer vacation when the twin brothers fall in love with the same girl. The autobiographical comedy-drama was the biggest box office success in Israel in 2008. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
No Holds Barred BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Hulk Hogan, Joan Severance, Kurt Fuller, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Mark Pellegrino, David Paymer, Jesse Ventura. When world wrestling champion Rip Thomas (Hulk Hogan) refuses to join a competing network, an evil executive creates a new program, "The Battle of the Tough Guys," where rules don't exist, and where Rip must eventually face off against the evil Zeus in a final "No Holds Barred" fight. Extras: No Holds Barred (12/27/1989) tag team match, Summer Slam (8/28/1989) tag team match, photo gallery. (Image Entertainment).
Norma Rae BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1979) Dir.: Martin Ritt; Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle. Extras: "Hollywood Backstory: Norma Rae," theatrical trailer, still gallery, "Easter Egg - Fan Club Piece," "The Making of the Wedding of the Century" featurette. (Fox).
Once BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Glen Hansard, Marketa Irgolova. Extras: Commentary with writer-director John Carney and actor-musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irgolova, musical commentary with Carney, Hansard and Irgolova, "Making a Modern Day Musical," "More Guy, More Girl," webisodes. (Fox).
The Pirate Fairy
(2014) Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who's captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities, gets into trouble, flees Pixie Hollow, joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, and must be saved by Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Disney).
Psych: The Complete Eighth Season
(2014) Three-disc set with nine episodes, $59.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Podcasts, "Was It Something I Said?" music video, deleted scenes, "Psych: The Musical Episode," "Psych: The Musical" extended scene, "Behind the Scenes of Psych: The Musical," gag reel, montages. (Universal).
Rooster Cogburn BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1975) John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines
(2014) Tom Sizemore, Langley Kirkwood, Tanya van Graan, Lex Shrapnel. On an unsanctioned mission in Africa, a covert team of U.S. Navy SEALs is sent to locate a secret mining operation and prevent the sale of weapons-grade uranium to international terrorists. Fourth installment of the popular film franchise. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Ultimate Mission" featurette, "Surviving the Shoot" featurette, "Master of Chaos" featurette, commentary by director Roel Reine. (Fox).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - John Wayne War
"Operation Pacific" (1951), "The Sea Chase" (1955), "Blood Alley" (1955), "The Wings of Eagles" (1957).Formats: DVD. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Robert Mitchum
"Out of the Past" (1947), "Angel Face" (1952), "Home From the Hill" (1960), "The Sundowners" (1960). Formats: DVD. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Henry Fonda
"Mister Roberts" (1955), "The Wrong Man" (1956), "Advise & Consent" (1962), "Battle of the Bulge" (1965).Formats: DVD. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Wartime Musicals
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942), "This Is the Army" (1943), "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943), "Hollywood Canteen" (1944). Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Two Mules for Sister Sara BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1970) Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
(2013) In 1986 Michael Morton's wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael was convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, estranged from his son, he had years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he is virtually invisible to society, the Innocence Project and Michael's pro bono attorney spend years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene. Their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man's loss of freedom. Formats: DVD. Extras: Highlights from former DA Ken Anderson's Court of Inquiry and plea deal hearing; Q&A with double Oscar nominee Al Reinert, Michael Morton, attorney John Raley; "Whispering Hope" music video; SXSW premiere highlights. $24.95. (First Run Features).
War of the Worlds Goliath
(2012) Voices Adrian Paul, Adam Baldwin, Peter Wingfield, Mark Sheppard, Elizabeth Gracen, Jim Byrnes, Beau Billingslea, Matt Lescher, James Arnold Taylor. Animated sci-adventure takes place on the cusp of WWI 15 years after the Martians attacked the world (as portrayed in H.G. Wells' book) when, armed with a new weapon based on technology gleaned from the Martians, a multinational force uses steam-powered Goliath Tripods to fend off a second interplanetary invasion. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo. (Anderson Digital).
The War Wagon BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1967) John Wayne, Kirk Douglas. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
(2011 -- China) Pan Yuanjia, Ji Chunhua, Bryan Leung. Two strangers, a warrior held captive and a man whose family was murdered, set out on their individual quest for revenge. As they cross paths, they soon discover that their revenge lies with the same man and, joining forces, it will take more than an army to keep them from unleashing the ultimate retribution. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
When Jews Were Funny
(2013) Insightful survey of the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of the Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish. Features Shecky Green, Howie Mandel, Shelley Berman, Gilbert Gottfried, David Steinberg, David Brenner, Marc Maron and many others. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Five bonus clips: "Shecky Calls Jack," "Name That Tune," "Kenina Hurra," "Shecky Mania" and "Jewish Joke Medley." $24.95. (First Run Features).
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August: Osage County
(2013) Dir.: John Wells; Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson. Read more about "August: Osage County" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses
(2014) Danny Trejo, Danny Glover, Loni Love, Jonathan Lipnicki, Andrew Divoff. Vietnam vet Frank Vega (Trejo) runs an East L.A. community center where he trains young boxers to survive in and out of the ring. But when his prize student falls in with the wrong crowd and turns up dead, Frank teams up with his pal Bernie (Glover) to take matters into their own fists and prove that justice never gets old. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Bad Asses" featurette. (Fox).
The Bamboo Saucer
(1968) Dan Duryea, John Ericson, Lois Nettleton, Bob Hastings, Vincent Beck, Bernard Fox. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
Bang! Bang! You're Dead!
(1966) Tony Randall, Senta Berger, Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Terry Thomas, Margaret Lee. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
(2013 -- France-Germany) Dir.: Claire Denis; Vincent Lindon, Lola Creton, Chiara Mastroianni. Fragmented film noir inspired by recent French sex ring scandals. Following his brother-in-law's suicide, sea captain Marco goes AWOL to rescue his estranged sister and teenaged niece from the captive power of a wealthy businessman, who is also his lover's husband. But Marco's attempt at heroism is soon thwarted on all sides, as he delves further into the hellish world his sister has involved herself in, and deception from those he trusted most threatens to upend his very belief in the concept of honor.Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2011) From 1997 until 2006, Ronald Dominique raped and murdered 23 men across Southern Louisiana, from New Orleans to Houma. Some of these men came from hard-working families, some were homeless, some were drug addicts, some were still high school students. This documentary tells the story of these victims and their families. Using the audiotapes from Dominique's interrogation to guide the story, the film follows an increasingly dark trail. Included are interviews with the arresting officers, who visit the sugar cane fields, small bayous, and ditches where Dominique discarded the bodies. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Garden Thieves Pictures).
The Bear Family & Me
(2011) Three-part series from BBC Earth follows a black bear family over the course of a year. Formats: DVD $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Bella Sara: Emma'a Wings
(2013) First animated feature-length movie based on the trading card sensation takes kids on a magical journey to "North of North," a mythical horse-filled land where earthling Emma comes face to face with the evil Ivenna, who is out to destroy the herds, steal their magic and take possession of the land itself. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Bella Sara trading card pack. (Entertainment One).
Ben 10 Omniverse: Duel of the Duplicates
(2012) Three-part story arc from the fourth installment of the franchise that follows the adventures of Ben Tennyson, wielder of the Omnitrix, a watch-like device that allows him to change into aliens to battler evil from space and on the earth: "The Ultimate Heist, "A Fistful of Brains" and "For a Few Brains More." Formats: DVD, $14.97. Extras: Bonus episodes "Evils Encore" and "Return to Forever." (Cartoon Network/Warner).
Best Night Ever
(2014) Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, Eddie Ritchard, Crista Flanagan. A bride-to-be, her sister and two quirky friends set off to Las Vegas for a one-night bachelorette party that turns out to be more than they bargained for. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes, photo gallery, AXS TV: "A Look at Best Night Ever," trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
Bikini Swamp Girl Massacre
(1990) Brian Benben, Debrah Farentino, Anthony Lapaglia. Based on a true story told by the lone survivor of a group of beautiful young women who left the concrete jungle of South Beach to venture deep into the Everglades jungle, where they were brutally murdered one-by-one by a Seminole warrior spirit named Cod-Wah-Chobee. Formats: DVD. Extras: Trailer, outtakes, behind the scenes, Tromatic Extras. (Troma/CAV Distributing).
(2014) Darrin Dewitt Henson, Gabrielle Dennis, Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes, Erica Hubbard, Tiffany Hines. Romcom about a young man who meets his soulmate after being fired from his own father's company and who has to contend with her ex-husband, who wants her back, and his gold-digging ex-girlfriend, who has an agenda of her own. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Behind scenes footage, photo gallery. (One Village Entertainment).
Black Jack: 35th Anniversary Edition
(1979) A rediscovered classic from realist master Ken Loach and one of the inspirations for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," "Black Jack," based on Leon Garfield's novel for children, is a dark and complex adventure film set in brutal 18th century England. After French thief and ruffian Black Jack (Jean Franval) escapes the hangman's noose, he kidnaps young Tolly (Stephen Hirst), a boy who can somehow understand and translate the big barbarian's odd speech. Together they go on an adventure that includes traveling fairs, body snatching, murder and the rescue from an insane asylum of a girl (Louise Cooper) who may not be insane at all. Shot primarily in 16mm and on a modest budget on location in Yorkshire by future Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges with a young cast of non professionals chosen by Loach for their authentic northern accents. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,. Extras: Commentary by Loach and a new essay by film critic and scholar Peter Tonguette. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2010) Thomas Sender, Timo Fuchs, Manoush. After a night of partying, four friends are kidnapped by a mysterious man, wake up in a basement, and realize they are part of something horrifying: A human breeding farm where they're to be milked, bred, and ... . Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, trailers, outtakes, Tromatic Extras. (Troma/CAV Distributing).
(2013) Skylar Astin, Camilla Belle, Chad Michael Murray, Dayo Okeniyi, Kenny Wormald, Alexis Knapp. An aspiring screenwriter (Skylar Astin) living in Los Angeles' "hip" downtown artists' loft district grows tired of one-night-stands and searches for true love, turning to his nine-year-old nephew and his best friend (Camilla Belle) for dating advice ... but he quickly realizes that finding love in L.A. is more difficult than he thought. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Chillers/Invasion of the Space Preachers Double Bill
"Chillers" (1987): Jesse Emery, Marjorie Fitzsimmons, Laurie Pennington. Five lonely strangers swap ghost stories while stranded in a rural bus depot. Little do they know that the bus is scheduled to drop them off beyond their darkest fears. "Invasion of the Space Preachers" (1990): Jim Wolfe, Guy Nelson, Eliska Hahn. Something strange is going on in the backwoods and hills of West Virginia: The once cheerful townsfolk are becoming mindless, moronic automatons. Is it an alien invasion? No it's preachers from space. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind the scenes, slide show, trailer. (Troma/CAV Distributing).
Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded
(2014) Third documentary (after "Cocaine Cowboys" and "Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin' With the Godmother") about how Miami became the drug, murder, and cash capital of the United States. This docu is packed with footage and stories that have never been told about the Griselda Blanco, the Medellin Cartel, and Miami's Cocaine Wars, with firsthand accounts by hit man Jorge "Rivi" Avala, cocaine trafficker Jon Roberts, smuggler Mickey Munday, and others. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(1951) Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Regis Toomey, Richard Erdman, William Conrad. Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
The Dog Who Saved Easter
(2014) Mario Lopez, Nicole Eggert, Dean Cain, Elisa Donavon, Beverly Mitchell, Patrick Muldoon, Catherine Hicks, Joey "Cocoa" Diaz, Mindy Sterling. Popular canine Zeus ("The Dog Who Saved Christmas," "The Dog Who Saved Halloween") returns in another doggone adventure. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. DVD available exclusively at Walmart. Extras: Director/producer commentary, stills gallery, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Don't Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and the Rumour
(2014) Graham Parker has recorded and performed nonstop for more than 35 years. Refusing to compromise, he has always marched to his own drum. He was a heroic inspiration for artists who followed him such as Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson and admired by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. But in the end he defied the new wave movement that he had helped spark. As the music business continued to change beyond recognition, he remained true to his musical vision. But, at age 59, he has had a slight change of heart: He may be ready to go just a little commercial. Leaning on his publishing company to place his music in ads and TV shows, Parker attempts to sell without selling out. The film, from documentarian Michael Gramaglia, recounts Parker's long career up to the present, revealing his independent spirit and defiant optimism while celebrating the sincerity of his music and his self-deprecating wit.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Drive-In Collection: Jekyll & Hyde Portfolio and A Clockwork Blue
Dir.: Eric Jeffrey Haims; Rene Bond, Suzanne Fields, Maria Arnold, Ric Lutze. "Jekyll & Hyde Portfolio" (1971): In this notorious mix of sexploitation and slasher, a mysterious murderer is terrorizing the patients and staff at a rural sanitarium. "A Clockwork Blue" (1972) Hapless researcher Homer travels through history, discovering the erotic secrets of the past in this lost screwball sexploitation gem. Restored. $17.98. Formats: DVD. (Vinegar Syndrome).
(2011) David Tennant narrates this exhilarating six-part series that takes viewers over the planet's most incredible landscapes and reveals what it's like to fly like a bird. Filmed over four years with help from camera-carrying birds, drones, paragliders and remote-control microflight planes, the series follows snow geese, bald eagles, grey cranes, condors, macaws and more as they soar across North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. Two-disc set. Formats: DVD: $34.98, Blu-ray: $39.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2012) Dir.: Michael Winterbottom; John Simm, Shirley Henderson, real-life siblings Shaun, Katrina, Stephanie and Robert Kirk. Filmed over the course of five years, the film is a portrait of a family trying to hold itself together despite the harsh passage of time. After being found guilty of drug smuggling, patriarch Ian is sent to prison, leaving his wife to care for their four children alone. Offered only occasional visits, each member of Ian's family develops a different relationship with him, as their lives take their own paths without the guidance of a father and husband. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2013) BBC Earth triple feature reveals the many sides of this often misunderstood creature. Includes "Great Bear Stakeout," "Polar Bear Battlefield" and "Bears -- Spy in the Woods," $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
A Field in England
(2013) Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando. A group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field to find a treasure, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Drafthouse Films).
(2013) Malik Barnhardt, Avelawance Phillips, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore, Taryn Manning, James Russo, Steven Bauer, Bokeem Woodbine, Gary Dourdan. After being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, a young man discovers that the justice that awaits him on the streets is far worse than anything he had experienced behind bars and his older brother must do one last "delivery" to break them free from the criminal underworld. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).
The 400 Blows
(1959) The unforgettable debut feature by Francois Truffaut is a wrenchingly personal coming-of-age story that introduced the character that would become the director's lifelong cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud, in one of the screen's great child performances). With the utmost sensitivity, "The 400 Blows" dramatizes the trials of Truffaut's own difficult childhood, characterized by aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marks its maker's official transition from influential critic to one of Europe's most brilliant auteurs, and is considered the first true work of the French New Wave. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Two audio commentaries, one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and another by Francois Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay; rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Leaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan; newsreel footage of Leaud at Cannes in 1959; excerpt from a 1965 French television program in which Truffaut discusses his youth, his critical writing, and the origins of Antoine Doinel; television interview with Truffaut from 1960 about the global reception of "The 400 Blows" and his own critical impression of the film; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Robin Givens, Jazsmin Lewis, Keith Robinson, Laila Odom. Urban comedy about a 35-year-old bachelor who is "almost" ready to settle down, but first he wants to try the singles scene one last time, deciding to date a different woman each season and then choose the one he will commit to marrying. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Funny Face BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1957) Dir.: Stanley Donen; Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng, Suzy Parker. Extras: "Kay Thompson: Think Pink" featurette, "This Is VistaVision," "Fashion Photographers Exposed," "The Fashion Designer and His Muse," "Parisian Dreams," trailer. (Warner).
(2014) Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger. Read more about "Grudge Match" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "The Bull & The Stallion," "In the Ring With Kevin Hart," "Ringside With Tyson & Holyfield," "Blow for Blow With Larry Holmes," "Kevin Hart Unedited," alternate opening, alternate endings with an introduction by Peter Segal. (Warner).
Guardian of the Highlands
(2012 -- U.K.) Voices of Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Patrick Doyle. Animated film about Sir Billi, an eccentric veterinarian working in a remote Scottish village who encounters a goat who thinks he's a dog, an Admiral who's afraid of the water and a beaver who was raised by rabbits. The skateboard-loving vet unites the local people to protect the last beaver in Scotland. Connery's first animated voice-over role. Formats: DVD, 14.93; VOD, Digital. (Random Media/Cinedigm).
The Henry Jaglom Collection Vol. 3: The Women's Quartet
Four-disc set with four of Jaglom's films about the lives of women: "Eating," "Babyfever," Going "Shopping" and "Irene in Time." Formats: DVD, $29.99. Extras: Commentary with Jaglom and footage of the cast on the Phil Donahue Show for "Eating," a director's introduction for "Babyfever," a behind-the-scenes featurette and commentary with Jaglom and Victoria Foyt for "Going Shopping," and a commentary with Jaglom and Tanna Frederick for "Irene in Time." (Breaking Glass Pictures/Rainbow Film Company).
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
(2013) Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Lawrence Makoare. Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth. Read more about "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" in the April Calendar.Formats: Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection; only 25,000 will be available in the U.S., $105.43), 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack, Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack, two-disc DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set: In the Company of the Hobbit" and "Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set: All in a Day's Work" behind-the-scenes featurette; Peter Jackson production videos; "New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 2" locations featurette; Ed Sheeran "I See Fire" music video. (Warner).
Holliston: The Complete Second Season
(2013) Single disc set with 10 episodes, $19.98. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Holy Ghost People
(2013) Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron Richardson. Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
I Am Divine
(2013) Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwartz ("Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story") turns his camera on the plus-sized "cinematic terrorist" turned international icon of bad taste. Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, comes to life in this complex documentary that traces his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally-recognized drag superstar. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and helped revolutionize pop culture. The film includes interviews with many key figures from Divine's life, including legendary filmmaker John Waters, co-stars Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter and Mink Stole, and his mother. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted footage. (Wolfe Video).
Justin Bieber's Believe
(2013) A backstage and on-stage look at Justin Bieber during his rise to super stardom.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: deleted and extended scenes. (Universal).
Lalaloopsy Ponies: The Big Show
(2014) The Lalaloopsy girls welcome some new friends to Lalaloopsy Land: a group of talking ponies. The ponies are eager to put on a show, but there's a hitch -- their caravan and carousel need rebuilding. Third release from the successful Lalaloopsy toy and entertainment brand. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Meet the Ponies" featurette, Lalaloopsy mini-adventures, sing-a-long music video. (Lionsgate).
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax
(2014) Christina Ricci, Billy Campbell, Clea DuVall, Gregg Henry. The suspenseful tale of Lizzie Borden,a young American woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892, and whose subsequent trial fed into America's obsession with the scandalous and sordid. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
The Lucio Fulci Collection
Three outrageous and subversive films by a master of the outrageous who was famous for gore and perversion, with films that were vivid hallucinations involving murderous hippies, psychotic religious zealots, brutal child killers, zombies, mafioso, and human monsters (he also directed a couple Jack London adaptations). Represented here are "Perversion Story" (1969), starring Jean Sorel, Marisa Mell, Elsa Matinelli, John Ireland and Faith Domergu; "The Eroticist" (1972), starring Lando Buzzanca, Lionel Stander, Laura Antonelli; and "The Psychic" (1977). Check here for more information on the titles as well as extras.Formats: DVD, $34.98. (Severin Films/CAV Distributing).
Lust for Freedom
(1987) Melianie Cole, William J. Kulzer, Judi Trevor, Elizabeth Carlisle. After her boyfriend is brutally murdered in a sting operation, special agent Gillian Kaites is implicated in the slaying and is sentenced to prison. While behind bars, she discovers a shocking web of corruption and begins to plot a bloody revenge. Restored T & A-filled Troma classic from director Eric Louzil ("Class of Nuke 'Em High Pts. 2 & 3") and producer by Lloyd Kaufman ("The Toxic Avenger"). Formats: DVD. Extras: New commentary with Louzil, video interview with Kaufman, original theatrical trailer. (Vinegar Syndrome).
Mayberry R.F.D.: The Complete First Season
(1968-69) The classic continuation of "The Andy Griffith Show" comes to DVD for the very first time in a four-disc set with 26 episodes, $29.98. Ken Berry stars as widowed farmer Sam Jones, who's raising his son Mike with the help of their outspoken, headstrong, and lovable housekeeper Aunt Bee. Add to the mix Sam's girlfriend Millie, good-natured Goober, County Clerk Howard, and fix-it man Emmett, and you've got a charming, laugh-filled slice of American small-town life. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Men, Money & Gold Diggers
(2014) Omar Gooding, Patrice Fisher, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Vanessa Williams. Urban comedy about a man who has it all: a great job, plenty of money, and a fiancee who he's ready to marry -- but he won't sign a prenuptial agreement. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).
My Fair Lidy
(2013) Christopher Backus, Leigh Shannon, Rus Blackwell. Craid Liderman -- Lidy to his friends -- is a blue collar worker who has fallen on hard times. After a chance meeting with Miss Sal, a successful Drag Performer, exposes him to a new career opportunity, he undertakes a strange journey to become a Marlene Dietrich impersonator, altering his redneck macho view of the world. As he learns to accept others, those around him find it difficult to accept the new Lidy, and he's forced to discover the true value of acceptance. Formats: DVD. (Blairwood Entertainment/CAV Distributing).
(2013) Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Judd Nelson. By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, she prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. When Danni (Bowden), a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship, but when the friendship turns to obsession and Abby is spurned, she unleashes a rampage of terror. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bad Medicine: The Making of Nurse" featurette, commentary with director Douglas Aarniokoski, video diaries: behind the scenes with actors Katrina Bowden and Corbin Bleu. (Lionsgate).
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
(2014) Andrew Jacobs, Katie Featherston, Molly Ephraim, Richard Cabral. Expands on the world created by the phenomenal horror franchise with an intense tale of black magic, superstition and possession set in a gritty urban environment. The Blu-ray includes the theatrical version and the extended, unrated version of the film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Found footage. (Paramount).
Power Rangers Megaforce: The Great Dragon Spirit
(2013) Four episodes of the hit Nickelodeon series about a group of teenage superheroes who must work together to defend the planet from evil. Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake must convince the mysterious Robo Knight to work alongside them and battle a collection of enemies with evil powers including Psychotick's energy-draining abilities, Shadow Serpent's paralyzing touch, Distractor's giant army of MegaMonsters and Nojoke's laughter-stealing traps. $14.98.
Formats: DVD,Digital. (Lionsgate).
Sabrina BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1954) Dir.: Billy Wilder; Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Martha Hyer. Extras: "Audrey Hepburn: Fashion Icon," "Sabrina's World," "William Holden: The Paramount Years," "Sabrina" documentary. (Warner).
Sheriff of Contention
(2010) Angelo Ortega, Miguel Corona, Wendy Wiltsey, Tom O'Mary. A sheriff and his deputy track down a serial killer in the old West. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Snake and Mongoo$e
(2013) Jesse Williams, Richard Blake, Ashley Hinshaw, Kim Shaw, Fred Dryer, Ian Ziering, Tim Blake Nelson, Noah Wyle. The untold story of how Southern California drag racers, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen combined with corporate giants to change the face of sports and ultimately became the most famous rivalry in racing history. Follows their racing and their friendship from the fiery days of early speedways through the explosive peak of their popularity, bringing drag racing into mainstream with the Mattel Hot Wheels sponsorship. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay).
Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks
(2014) Five new episodes: "Thomas the Quarry Engine," "Not So Slow Coaches," "Flatbeds of Fear," "disappearing Diesels" and "Toad's Adventure." Formats: DVD: $14.98 exclusively at Walmart, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Earl's" quiz, "Guess Who? puzzles. (Lionsgate).
Voyage to Agatis
(2010 -- Germany) Thomas Goersch, J. Lisa Dombrowsky, Tatjana P. Muller. Straight from the German underground, uncut and uncensored. Controversial horror film about a young woman who accepts a mysterious offer from a couple she just met to sail the world on a yacht, only to discover that the man has a shockingly violent past. Formats: DVD. Extras: Rare on-camera interview with director Marian Dora and star Thomas Goersch, four short films by Marian Dora, stills gallery. (Massacre Video/CAV Distributing).
(2012) Narrated by David Tennant, this feature-length experience -- which includes some of the most thrilling footage from Earthflight and more -- brings the audience a new view of the lives and travels of birds across the globe. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Young At Heart
(1954) Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Gig Young, Ethel Barrymore, Dorothy Malone, Robert Keith, Elisabeth Fraser, Alan Hale Jr., Lonny Chapman. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
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Alice BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989 -- Czechoslovakia) Kristina Kohoutova, Camilla Power. Czech animator Jan Svankmajer has created a masterpiece of cinema, a strikingly original interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale. Svankmajer's Alice remains true to the absurdity of Carroll's original, but bears the stamp of his own distinctive style and obsessions. Combining techniques of animation and live action, he gives a new and fascinating dimension to the classic tale of childhood fantasies. (First Run Features).
Anger Management: Volume Three
(2013) 24 episodes of the series starring Charlie Sheen as Charlie Goodman, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary-patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist and best friend (Selma Blair), his ex-wife (Shawnee Smith), whose positive outlook but poor life-choices frustrate Charlie, their 15-year-old daughter who has OCD (Daniela Bobadilla) and, of course, his interfering and meddlesome father, Martin (Martin Sheen). Formats: DVD, $34.97; Blu-ray Disc, $34.99; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel. (Lionsgate).
Angry Birds Toons: Season One - Volume Two
(2014) Join Chuck, Matilda, Red, Bomb, the Blues and Terence as they attempt to foil the sneaky scheming of the Bad Piggies in 26 episodes on one disc. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Easter Holiday Special: Easter Egg Hunt"; three new "Meet the Characters" pods featuring Bomb Bird, Terrence and Chef Pig; previously released "Meet the Characters" pod for Corporal Pig; four behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Sony).
Barney: Happy Birthday Barney
(2014) When Barney's birthday arrives the kids throw him a special party with an extra special surprise: all of the people he loves. Three episodes: "It's Your Birthday, Barney," "Caring" and "The Magic Lamp." Formats: DVD: $9.98, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Baby Bop's Tea Party" games, "Counting in the Garden" games. (Lionsgate).
(2013) The story of one redhead's attempt to regain his self-confidence; an illuminating look into the life of the film's director, Scott P. Harris, as he lets the viewer into his thoughts, experiences, and internal processing about how his red hair has influenced his life and how it makes him feel about himself. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Available exclusively at Amazon. (Garden Thieves Pictures).
Better Living Through Chemistry
(2014) Sam Rockwell, Michelle Monaghan, Olivia Wilde, Jane Fonda, Ray Liotta. A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fourth Season
(1965-66) Four-disc set with 32 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
The Bletchley Circle Season 2
(2014) Based on the lives of four extraordinary and brilliant women with the ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment; the women now use their code-breaking skills to solve crimes in post-war London. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $29.99,; two-disc Blu-ray, $34.99; Digital. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (PBS Distribution).
Boys of Abu Ghraib
(2014) Luke Moran, Sean Astin, Omid Abtahi. An American soldier deployed at Abu Ghraib finds himself behind the walls of the infamous Hard Site, where he develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Vertical Entertainment).
Breaking the Waves
(1996) Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. Emily Watson stuns in an Oscar-nominated performance, as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgard) is paralyzed in an oil-rig accident. "Breaking the Waves," both brazen and tender, profane and pure, is an examination of the expansiveness of faith and of its limits. New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/two-DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Selected-scene audio commentary featuring von Trier, editor Anders Refn, and location scout Anthony Dod Mantle; new interview with filmmaker and critic Stig Bjorkman; new interviews with Watson and Skarsgard; interview from 2004 with actor Adrian Rawlins; Watson's audition tape, with commentary by von Trier; deleted and extended scenes, with commentary by von Trier; deleted scene featuring the late actor Katrin Cartlidge; Cannes Film Festival promotional clip; trailer; an essay by critic David Sterritt. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Eric Roberts, Danielle Harris, Felissa Rose. The "Summer Camp" horror trilogy was one of the most popular franchises of the 1980s. In in effort to resurrect his gory series via a modern reboot patterned after reality filmmaking, the director, along with his former leading lady and an eclectic group of 10 young "contestants," returns to the same locale where his old splatter-fests were filmed. But when one of the campers is found savagely murdered, he realizes there's more at stake than just new fame and fortune. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Crack Ups
(2013) Six-disc set with 17 uncut episodes hand-picked by Burnett featuring regulars Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and later Dick Van Dyke. Includes classic sketches such as "The Family," "Carol and Sis," "Alice Portnoy," "The Charwoman" and "The Old Folks," along with parodies and favorite segments including "TV Commercials," "Terminal Hospital," "Rebecky" and "Raised to Be Rotten." With guest stars galore. Formats: DVD: $59.95. Extras: Five specially-produced featurettes: "Almost Live", "Breaking Up Is Hard ... Not To Do", "We Love You, Harvey", "Tim Conway: Chief Cracker-Upper" and "Tim on the Street"; bonus sketches: "As the Stomach Turns," "Two-Man Sub," "The Interrogator," "The Oldest Man: Fireman," and others; exclusive interview with Tim Conway. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
Confession of Murder
(2012 -- South Korea) Jeong Jae-yeong, Park Si-hoo. When the statute of limitations expires on a series of high-profile murders, a handsome and mysterious young man emerges with a tell-all book, taking credit for the crimes. As he seduces the media into following him to book signings and televised debates, the officer who hunted him falls deeper into obsession, and the victims' families plot their own revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, cast and crew interviews. (Well Go USA).
(2013) Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, Francois Arnaud, Lucy Boynton, Casey Thomas Brown. An Upstate New York family is torn apart during the American Civil War. The film, inspired by actual events, takes place in upstate New York, circa 1862. Dairy farmer Abner Beech despises slavery-- but just as passionately opposes the war that President Lincoln is waging. Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel; he's what is known as a "Copperhead" -- and a local anti-slavery zealot named Hagadorn stirs up the town against him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Cowgirls 'N Angels 2: Dakota's Summer
(2014) Haley Ramm, Jade Pettyjohn, Emily Bett Rickards, Keith Carradine. After she receives unexpected news about herself, a 17-year-old girl (Ramm) experiences an exciting, yet challenging life in and out of the rodeo circuit in this coming-of-age story that is the second chapter of the Cowgirls 'N Angels story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Dakota's Summer." (Fox).
The Curse of the Gothic Symphony
(2011) Documentary follows the journey of a fanatical and eclectic group of music lovers who aspire to break the curse behind British composer Havergal Brian's notorious First Symphony. At over two hours long and requiring two orchestras, four brass bands and five full choirs, it is regarded as the Mt. Everest of classical music. Gripped by the challenge to bring off the first staging of this monstrous symphony, these modern day crusaders will not stop until they triumph against all odds ... failure is not an option. The curse must be broken. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Date and Switch
(2014) Nicholas Braun, Hunter Cope, Dakota Johnson. Two guys who make a pact to lose their virginity before prom find their friendship tested when one of them comes out of the closet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Tale of Coming Out" featurette, "Prom: A Rite of Passage" featurette, deleted scenes, commentary with director Chris Nelson and writer Alan Yang. (Lionsgate).
Death Do Us Part
(2014) Julia Benson, Peter Benson, Emilie Ullerup. A bachelor/bachelorette party at a remote cabin takes a horrifying turn as members of the group are brutally picked off one by one. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).
Double Indemnity 70th Anniversary Limited Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1944) Dir.: Billy Wilder; Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson. Extras: Introduction by Robert Osborne, "Shadows of Suspense" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Double Indemnity" (1973) made-for-TV movie starring Richard Crenna and Samantha Eggar, theatrical trailer, commentary with film historian Richard Schickel, commentary with film historian/screenwriter Lem Dobbs and film historian Nick Redman. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
The End of Time
(2012) Peter Mettler's enthralling, mind-bending new documentary is a tour de force that challenges our conception of time -- and perhaps the very fabric of our existence. With stunning cinematography and a knack for capturing astonishing moments, this documentary travels the planet -- from the CERN particle accelerator outside Geneva to the lava flows of Hawaii; from a disintegrating Detroit where Henry Ford built his first factory to the tree where Buddha was enlightened. Both mind-expanding and eerily familiar, Mettler's provocative film explores the links between renewal and destruction, between primordial mysticism and the furthest reaches of modern science, offering the viewer a transcendent cinematic experience. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Farscape: Season 4, 15th Anniversary Edition
(2002-03) Season Four's 22 episodes features some of the most imaginative science fiction seen in the series so far, while always remaining true to the extraordinary characters, passionate chemistry and whip-crack dialogue that have become "Farscape" signatures. Formats: Six-disc DVD: $39.95, five-disc Blu-ray: $49.95, Digital. Extras: Two documentaries: "Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored" and "From the Archives: On the Last Day -- Farscape Wrap Speech From David Kemper"; "Farscape: The Story So Far" clip reel; three featurettes: "Villains," "Visual Effects" and "Save Farscape"; commentaries with cast and crew; "Listening In With Composer Guy Gross" featurette; deleted scenes; video profiles." (Cinedigm).
Flowers in the Attic
(2013) Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka, Mason Dye, Dylan Bruce. The Lifetime Original Movie is the gothic story of four siblings who, after the death of their father, are torn from a peaceful life and subjected to abuse resulting from a dark, family secret. Abandoned by their mother and forced to endure unimaginable treatment living in the attic of their grandparents' mansion, the children form their own family unit and try to survive and escape the harsh living conditions. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Behind-the-scenes with Cast and Crew" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2013) Brandon Baker, Mike Schminke, Sasha Jackson, Reginald VelJohnson. A modern adult fable about the pleasures and perils of sexual and romantic chemistry: Two enterprising college engineering students discover an extremely effective mathematical formula for picking up women. Formats: DVD. (Level 33 Entertainment).
The Gabby Doublas Story
(2014) Regina King, Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla, S. Epatha Merkerson. Lifetime bio-drama recounts how young black athlete Gabby Doublas overcame numerous obstacles to not only make the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastic team, but also go on to win two Olympic gold medals. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
(2012) Dir.: Mike Newell; Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Sally Hawkins, Robbie Coltrane. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Great Expectations -- Premiere Piece," trailer. (Fox).
(2013) Dir.: James Franco, Travis Mathews; Val Lauren, Christian Patrick, James Franco. Inspired by the mythology surrounding the highly controversial 1980 film, "Cruising," starring Al Pacino -- in which 40 minutes of sexually explicit material was forced to be cut out -- filmmakers James Francco and Travis Mathews set out to re-imagine the lost footage. Assembling a mix of gay and straight men, including Val Lauren in the lead role, the result is a provocative exploration of the importance of the radical and transgressive in society and the value of engaging with the unfamiliar. Formats: DVD. Extras: Short Films: "The Feast of Stephen" by James Franco, "In Their Room: SF" by Travis Mathews, James Franco & Travis Mathews speak about the film, trailer. (Strand Releasing).
The Invisible Woman
(2014) Dir.: Ralph Fiennes; Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Nelly Ternan, Kristen Scott Thomas. Melodrama based on the true story of a young actress' exciting but fragile and secret relationship with the famous, controlling and emotionally isolated Charles Dickens.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with Fiennes and Jones, "On the Red Carpet at the Toronto Film Festival," SAG Q & A with Fiennes and Jones. (Sony).
Martial Arts Movie Marathon
Two-disc set with "Manchu Boxer" (1974), directed By Ma Wu; "The Association" (1975), directed by Chang-Hwa Jeong; "The Skyhawk" (1974), directed by Chang-Hwa Jeong, and "Dragon Tamers" (1975), directed by John Woo. Formats: DVD, $19.97. (Shout! Factory).
Men in War
(1957) Dir.: Anthony Mann; Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Phillip Pine, Nehemiah Persoff, James Edwards, L.Q. Jones. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
Midsomer Murders: Village Case Files
(2004-2006) Eight-disc collection includes 16 feature-length, stand-alone mysteries (Series 8-9) in broadcast order from best-selling U.K. mystery series in which the cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets. The mysteries: "Things that Go Bump in the Night," "Dead in the Water," "Orchis Fatalis," "Bantling Boy," "Second Sight," "Hidden Depths," "Sauce for the Goose," "Midsomer Rhapsody," "The House in the Woods," "Dead Letters," "Vixen's Run," "Down Among the Dead Men," "Four Funerals and a Wedding," "Country Matters," "Death in Chorus," "Last Year’s Model." Formats: DVD, $79.99. Extras: Fascinating facts, "The Killings at Badger's Drift" connection, production notes, text interviews with stars John Nettles and Jason Hughes. (Acorn Media).
(2014) Jean Dujardin, Cecile De France, Tim Roth, Emilie Dequenne. A Russian FSB operative will do whatever it takes to crack an international money laundering operation and he recruits Alice, who works as a trader in the bank, to help him. There's only one problem: he isn't the only one after Alice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Making-of featurette, extended Interviews with writer-director Eric Rochant and actors Tim Roth, Cecile De France and Jean Dujardin. (Lionsgate).
Murder on the Home Front
(2014) Follows a pathologist who uses forensics to solve murders during the London Blitz. Patrick Kennedy stars as Dr. Lennox Collins, a pathologist new to murder cases who works in a world where criminals can use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities. As the Luftwaffe drop their bombs from above, below people are literally getting away with murder. From the makers of "Downton Abbey." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (PBS Distribution).
Not Safe for Work
(2014) Max Minghella, J.J. Field, Eloise Mumford, Molly Hagan. When an unsuspecting office worker becomes trapped in his office building with a demented killer, he rushes to protect those employees working late but soon discovers that his legal firm has been hiding sinister secrets that could put thousands of lives at risk. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
The Nut Job
(2013) Voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Dunham with Gabriel Iglesias, Sarah Gadon. Read more about "The Nut Job" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two animated shorts: "Surely Squirrel" and "Nuts & Robbers." Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, storyboards "The Great Nut Heist," dance-off end credits. (Universal).
Petticoat Junction - The Official Third Season
(1965-66) Five-disc set with 34 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
(2013) Dir.: Stephen Frears; Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham, Michaelle Fairley, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Simone Lahbib. Read more about "Philomena" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
Picture of Light
(1994) A mesmerizing tale about a filmmaker's journey to Canada's arctic in search of one of Earth's greatest natural wonders: the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. While combining glimpses of the characters who live in this remote environment with the film crew's comic and absurd attempts to deal with the extreme cold, the film reveals the paradoxes involved in trying to capture the spectacular light show of the Northern Lights on celluloid. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Practice: The Final Season
(2003-04) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes of the eighth season, $29.93. David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-winning legal drama's eighth and final season paved the way for its critically acclaimed spin-off, "Boston Legal." In the last episodes, major upheavals have left Ellenor (Camryn Manheim), Eugene (Steve Harris) and Jimmy (Michael Badalucco) in charge of the firm. In an attempt to rebuild their ranks, Ellenor hires an old friend: the enigmatic and ethically-challenged Alan Shore (James Spader). Shore's brilliant-yet-highly-unorthodox methods succeed in winning big cases, but will they also threaten the future of the firm? Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2014) Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne. Read more about "Ride Along" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "It Was a Good Day: On the Set of Ride Along" backstage visit; "Atlanta -- The Character" location tour; commentary with director Tim Story. Blu-ray adds alternate ending; deleted scenes; alternate take; "Kev & Cube's Wild Ride"; "An Explosive Ride" stunt double featurette; "You Gonna Learn Today" look at the film's many off-script moments including b-roll, dailies and alternate takes; "Anatomy of the Big Blast" behind the scenes of the movie's most explosive sequence. (Warner).
Ripper Street: Season Two
(2014) Eight episodes of the BBC series that provides a vivid, violent look at post-Jack the Ripper Victorian London as it staggers toward the 20th Century. Formats: DVD $29.98; Blu-ray $34.98. Extras: "Beneath Ripper Street" cast and crew interviews. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Classic Complete Collection
(1986-1989) Eleven-disc set with 73 episodes of the original, crossover Japanese series, together for the first time, $99.95. The series follows five mystical warriors called the "Saints" who fight wearing sacred armors, the designs of which are derived from the various constellations, and who are empowered by a mystical energy. The Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena in her battle against the other Gods who want to dominate the world. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
(2013) Dir.: Ben Stiller; Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn. Read more about "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind the scenes featurettes "The Look of Life," "The Music of Walter Mitty," "Sights and Sounds of Production: Skateboarding Through Iceland"; gallery of reference photography. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; extended and alternate scenes; additional featurettes "The History of Walter Mitty"; "That's A Shark," "Icelandic Adventure," "Nordic Casting," "Titles of Walter Mitty," "Sights and Sounds of Production: Ted-Walter Flight"; "Stay Alive" music video by Jose Gonzalez; theatrical trailer. Also included is a special gift with purchase redeemable until August 31, 2014: a Shutterfly 20-page 8x8 hard cover photo book valued at $29.99. Consumers will be able to redeem their photo book by entering a unique promo code at checkout on Shutterfly.com. (Fox).
7 Days in September
(2002) In the moments after 9/11 people ran for shelter in lower Manhattan. But a handful of New Yorkers turned to face the towers. In their hands, digital video cameras captured sounds and images few could ever have imagined. Then, in the days that followed, cameras continued to document the drama, passions, anger and fear as New York came to terms with life under a plume of smoke and ash. The film is seen through the eyes of a postal worker, a college professor, a middle-school student, a Muslim-American woman and a firefighter's wife, 27 New Yorkers who captured what they experienced and told their stories. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making the Memorial Museum" photo gallery. (Docurama/Cinedigm).
Shuriken School: Ninja's Secret
(2006-08) First feature film from the Flash animated Nickelodeon series about three friends who must release their inner ninjas (which includes the abilities to melt into walls, fly over roof tops and disappear in a cloud of smoke) when one of their dads is kidnapped. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Cinedigm).
Sleep My Love
(1948) Dir.: Douglas Sirk; Don Ameche, Claudette Colbert, Robert Cumming, Raymond Burr, George Coulouris, Rita Johnson. First time on DVD and Blu-Ray. Newly Remastered in HD. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
Stan Lee's Mighty 7: Beginnings
(2013) Voices of Armie Hammer, Christian Slater, Mayim Bialik, Teri Hatcher, Flea, Darren Criss, Sean Astin, Jim Belushi, Michael Ironside, Stan Lee. First in a trilogy of feature-length films premiering on The Hub Network. Reality, fantasy and adventure collide in this action-fueled animated movie from comic book legend Stan Lee. When Stan stumbles upon seven aliens who have crash-landed in the desert, he soon finds himself swept up in their journey as a top-secret military force led by the ominous Mr. Cross and the evil reptilian Taegons close in on the group. He quickly moves them to his Malibu beach house, but in order to guarantee their survival, Stan must show the Mighty 7 how to develop their powers and become Earth's newest team of superhero fighters. Available exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Cinedigm).
Thomas & Friends: Railway Mischief
(2014) Cinders and Ashes! There's trouble on the tracks for Thomas and his friends in five new episodes: "Gordon Runs Dry," "Kevin's Cranky Friend," "Scruff's Makeover," "Wayward Winston" and "Steamie Stafford." Formats: DVD: $14.98, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Sodor Hide & Seek" game, "All You Need Are Friends" music video, "Guess Who?" puzzle. (Lionsgate).
Touch of Evil Limited Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1958) Dir.: Orson Welles; Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Marlene Dietrich. Features three versions of the film: the Preview version, the Theatrical version and the Reconstructed version based on Orson Welles' original vision using his detailed 58-page memo to the studio. Extras: "Bringing Evil to Life" featurette; "Evil Lost and Found" featurette; theatrical trailer; reconstructed version commentary with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and reconstruction producer Rick Schmidlin; reconstructed version commentary with reconstruction producer Rick Schmidlin; theatrical version commentary with writer-filmmaker F.X. Feeney; preview version commentary with Orson Welles historians Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore. Includes a reproduction of Welles' 58-page memo. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
Trap for Cinderella
(2013) Tuppence Middleton, Kerry Fox, Alexandra Roach, Aneurin Barnard. A young girl suffering from amnesia after surviving a house fire that took her childhood friend's life, begins a tormented road to recovery. But as she gets closer and closer to rebuilding her old self, she begins to uncover evidence of a deadly plot that may have led to the fatal incident. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
(2013) Mark Burnham, Eric Judor, Steve Little, Marilyn Manson, Grace Zabriskie, Arden Myrin, Eric Roberts. Surreal comedy about a cop who accidentally shoots a man and stores him in the trunk of his car; his fellow cops could care less since they're more interested in committing petty theft, blackmailing colleagues, soliciting prostitutes, sexually harassing the community and pursuing careers in electronic music. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
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(2014) A new film by Ken Burns tells the story of a Vermont school where boys with learning differences memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address. Each year the students at the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the documentary also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address. The Greenwood School students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic and social progress challenging. The documentary reveals how President Lincoln's historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after he delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause with some of the most stirring words ever spoken. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
American Masters: Billie Jean King
(2014) Tennis champion Billie Jean King presents her own story with perspective from fellow tennis stars who played alongside her or were influenced by her. During her professional tennis career, King won 39 Grand Slam titles, helped form the Virginia Slims Series (pre-cursor to WTA Tour), founded the Women's Sports Foundation and Women's Sports magazine, and co-founded World TeamTennis (WTT). Her competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her efforts on behalf of women and the LGBT community. Features new interviews with King, Serena & Venus Williams, Hillary Clinton, Elton John, Maria Sharapova, Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Court, and others. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(2014) Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman, Treat Williams, Kate Burton, JK Simmons. In this romcom, the "black sheep" son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who's been raised in isolation her entire life and he takes the naive young woman home for his brother's wedding. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Bettie Page Reveals All
(2013) A stunning portrait of the most photographed pinup model of the 20th century, celebrating what would have been the 91st birthday of Bettie Page. Filled with iconic and rare photographs and film loops, including unseen images from private collections. The real Bettie Page emerges from 40 years of enigmatic seclusion to tell her story in her own words via audio interviews taped a decade prior to her death in 2008. With earthy, razor sharp wit and a lively Tennessee twang , Bettie recounts her life -- from humble beginnings as one of six children in an impoverished Southern family, to high school salutatorian, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, to a short-lived first marriage and series of torrid affairs, up to her shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her modeling career. Also adding insight into the phenomenon of Bettie Page are such commentators as iconic sex goddesses of yesteryear Tempest Storm, Bunny Yeager and Mamie van Doren, modern-day supermodels Naomi Campbell and Rebecca Romijn, cultural pundit Perez Hilton, and the Playboy of the Western World himself, Hugh Hefner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Restored Irving Klaw Wiggle movies starring Bettie Page, "The Early Years of Bettie Page," deleted scenes & bonus footage, phone call with Bettie Page and Paula Klaw, Bettie Page's funeral video, photo gallery of never-before-seen Bettie Page pics. (Music Box Films).
Big Bad Wolves
(2013 -- Israel) Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad. A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: the father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings, a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "Making of Big Bad Wolves," AXS TV: "A Look at Big Bad Wolves." theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Chances Are: 25th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Robert Downey, Jr., Cybill Shepard, Mary Stuart Masterson, Ryan O'Neal. (Image Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Web of Fear
(1968) Six-part adventure has been restored and digitally remastered thanks to the discovery of a batch of missing episodes last year. Previously available exclusively on iTunes, "The Web of Fear" introduces the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). The TARDIS narrowly avoids becoming engulfed in a cobwebby substance in space. It arrives in the London Underground railway system, the tunnels of which are being overrun by the web and by the Great Intelligence's robot Yeti. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Empire of the Apes
(2013) Steve Diasparra, DeLorenzo, Elizabeth V. Costanzo, Jeff Kirkendall, Danielle Donahue. In a distant galaxy three escaped female convicts crash land on a primitive world inhabited by a race of warlike apes. Not only do they have to fight blood lusting gorillas but hot on their heels is the prison warden bent on returning them to the prison ship they escaped from. Formats: DVD. (David Sterling/MVD Entertainment).
(2012 -- TV) Brian Gross, Terence Knox, Christina DeRosa. Directed by 'B' and cult-filmmaker Jim Wynorski. Based loosely on the 1959 sci-fi classic "The Giant Gila Monster," the revived "Gila!" (still set in the 1950s, but here the gila monster's giant size and voracious appetite come from accidental toxic chemical contact) features the ferocious, rampaging giant gila monster, classy hot rods, vintage 50's rock 'n roll music, cute co-eds, fist fights, drag racing and an all-star cast who rally to defend their small town. The movie follows a small-town sheriff and a young hot-rod mechanic as they suddenly face the giant gila monster's surprise attacks -- first on farm animals, hapless humans, a passing freight train and then a small Indiana town busily preparing for the big Christmas rock 'n' roll dance. Formats: DVD. (Polyscope/MVD Entertainment).
The Good Witch's Garden
(2008) Catherine Bell, Chris Potter. Hallmark Channel Original Movie is the second chapter in the ongoing "Good Witch" series. Settling into Grey House and continuing her romance with the town Sheriff Jake Russell, Cassie works to fit in and to turn Grey House into a bed and breakfast ... but is surprised when a stranger declares he is the legal owner of the house. Suddenly left without a home, Cassie struggles to find her place in her new city. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Hooping Life
(2013) The first film that captures the origins and rise of modern day hula-hooping --a.k.a hooping. With an introduction and narration by hooper (of basketball and hula alike) Shaquille O'Neal, the film illuminates eight extraordinary stories of hoop devotees who have embraced it as an art form, a teaching aid, and even an instrument of redemption. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Inspector Lavardin Collection
Two mystery-suspense films from the French master Claude Chabrol make their U.S. Blu-ray debut. In "Chicken With Vinegar" (1985, also known as "Coq au Vin"), based on the novel "Une mort en trop" by Dominique Roulet, a cruel invalid (Stephane Audran) who consistently terrorizes her teen son into abject obedience is threatened with the loss of her home by a conniving trio who want her property as part of a deal for a lucrative development project. After several of the principal figures suffer grisly deaths, Inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) arrives to get to the bottom of it all. In the 1986 followup "Inspector Lavardin," the detective travels to a small coastal town to investigate the puzzling death of a wealthy writer found murdered on a beach, with the word "pig" scrawled on his backside. Lavardin is thrown off balance when he discovers that the writer's widow is none other than his own former lover. Extras: Two additional Lavardin mysteries that Chabrol directed for television: "The Black Snail" (1988) and "Danger Lies in the Words" (1989); commentary by film critics Wade Major and Andy Klein; a new essay by critic Peter Tonguette. Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. (Cohen Film Collection).
The King Family Classic Television Specials Collection Volume 1
Four 1968 and 1969 holiday specials from the famous singing King Family: "Easter With The King Family," "Mother's Day With The King Family," "September/Back-to-School With The King Family" and "June With The King Family." In 1967, following the success of their hit television series "The King Family Show," the Family launched a series of popular monthly syndicated TV specials which would spawn a show business phenomenon. Over the next five years the Kings produced and starred in 17 specials (most of which re-aired annually for nearly a decade), released six top-selling albums, headlined a second TV series, and appeared in concert at the nation's top venues including The Hollywood Bowl. There was even a "King Family Day" at the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. Formats: DVD, $19.95. Extras: "Valentine's Day with the King Family: The 'Lost' Special," rare on-set home movies from Mother's Day and September specials including a brief tour of the backlot at MGM Studios, multiple performances from the "Graduation Day" episode of The King Family Show (1965), eight-page booklet filled with archival photos, behind-the-scenes notes and more. (MVD Entertainment).
A martial arts double feature starring renowned martial-arts trained actress and Hong Kong cinema cultural icon Angela Mao Ying, who starred in more than 35 action films in the 70s and 80s. The two Golden Harvest action classics: In "Lady Whirlwind" (1972), Tien (Angela Mao Ying) arrives in town seeking revenge on the man, Ling, who abandoned her sister, causing her to take her own life. Ling is on a mission to take down the leader of the gambling and opium syndicate, and Tien agrees to postpone her plans until Ling finished his mission. Also stars Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and Yi Chang. In "Hapkido" (1972), three students (including Angela Mao Ying) move back to China to start up a martial-arts school in Hapkido, but a rival Japanese martial-arts club will do all they can to crush any competing club that opens in their area. Also stars Carter Wong, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, with cameos by Biao Yuen, Corey Yuen and Jackie Chan.
Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger
(2011) Michael G MacDonald, Samuel MacDonald LeMoine, Colleen MacIsaac, Stefanie Peters, Gabe House. After taking a wrong turn down an abandoned road, a group of teenagers run out of gas and find themselves stranded in the middle of the woods. Campy horror film is full of plot holes and cheesy dialogue. Formats: DVD. (Level 33 Entertainment).
The Lost Empire
(1985) Raven De La Croix, Angela Aames, Melanie Vincz. B and exploitation filmmaker Jim Wynorski's first outing, long lost in distribution limbo, finally makes its way to DVD. After officer Rob Wolfe is killed trying to stop a gang of ninjas from robbing a jewelry store, his sister, officer Angel Wolfe, vows to avenge his death. Her investigation leads her to the mysterious Dr. Sin Do, who is supposedly in league with an undead wizard named Lee Chuck. The doctor is holding a martial arts tournament on a secret island fortress, so Angel, after rounding up some of her martial-artist friends, enters the tournament in the hopes of finding Sin Do and Lee Chuck and bringing them to justice. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Master of the House
(1925) Before he got up close and personal with "Joan of Arc," the Danish cinema genius Carl Theodor Dreyer ("Vampyr") fashioned this finely detailed, ahead-of-its-time examination of domestic life. In this heartfelt story of a housewife who, with the help of a wily nanny, turns the tables on her tyrannical husband, Dreyer finds lightness and humor; it's a deft comedy of revenge that was an enormous boxoffice success and is considered an early example of feminism on-screen. Constructed with the director's customary meticulousness and stirring sense of justice, "Master of the House" is a jewel of silent cinema. New 2K digital restoration, with a recent score by Gillian Anderson, presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New interview with Dreyer historian Casper Tybjerg; new visual essay on Dreyer's camera work and editing by film historian David Bordwell; new English intertitle translation; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu. (The Criterion Collection).
The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection (1949–1959)
Four-disc brings together for the first time on DVD all 53 theatrical cartoons, including 12 cartoons in anamorphic widescreen for the first time, and the feature film "1001 Arabian Nights," all in one deluxe collection. Mr. Magoo has bumbled his way to good fortune for more than six decades, and his endearing misadventures in everyday life and his stubborn self-confidence have entertained generations. Voiced by the multitalented comedic actor Jim Backus, Quincy Magoo or simply Mr. Magoo, is a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of sticky situations as a result of his nearsightedness and his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. Mr. Magoo was an instant hit and went on to become a classic animated character starring in two Academy Award–winning theatrical shorts, three television series and two television specials. All the shorts have been newly remastered in their original theatrical aspect ratios. Formats: DVD, $34.93. Extras: Vintage documentary "A Princess for Magoo: The Making Of 1001 Arabian Nights," an interview with film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, a documentary on UPA & Mr. Magoo, 14 commentaries. (Shout! Factory).
Newhart: The Complete Third Season
(1984-85) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.93. Dick Loudon (Newhart) and his wife Joanna (Mary Frann) have their hands full running their quaint colonial inn. In addition to the seemingly never-ending parade of unusual guests, they must contend with the quirky antics of their employees and friends: the spoiled maid Stephanie (Julia Duffy), dim-bulb handyman George (Tom Poston), and the back(wards)woodsmen Larry, Darryl, and Darryl (William Sanderson, Tony Papenfuss, and John Voldstad). Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Pawnbroker BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1964) Dir.: Sidney Lumet; Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Thelma Oliver, Jaime Sanchez, Raymond St. Jacques. Rod Steiger gives a mesmerizing Oscar-nominated performance as the embittered survivor of a Nazi death camp -- where his wife, parents and children were murdered -- who can't escape the ghosts of his past. His soul robbed of hope, he takes refuge in misery and a bitter condemnation of humanity -- the endless parade of prostitutes, pimps and thieves who pass through his shop -- and ridicules his idealistic assistant, Ortiz, who dreams of a better life. Only when Ortiz, powerfully portrayed by Jaime Sanchez, puts his life on the line for Sol, does he learn the ultimate truth about hope and humanity. Under the brilliant direction of Sidney Lumet, Steiger's first major starring role is among the finest of his career. Hugely controversial and denounced by everyone, including the Catholic Legion of Decency for a taboo-breaking nude scene, this landmark film remains not just powerful entertainment, but a stunning example of how movies can alter our emotions and perceptions forever. Two of the film's best features are the gorgeous black-and-white cinematography by the great Boris Kaufman ("On the Waterfront") and the memorable trumpet score by the legendary Quincy Jones. Remastered. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. (Olive Films).
Riot in Cell Block 11
(1954) Early in his career, Don Siegel ("The Killers," "Dirty Harry") made his mark with this sensational and high-octane but economically constructed drama set in a maximum-security penitentiary. "Riot in Cell Block 11," the brainchild of producer extraordinaire Walter Wanger, is a ripped-from-the-headlines social-problem picture about prisoners' rights that was inspired by a recent spate of uprisings in American prisons. In Siegel's hands, the film is at once brash and humane, showcasing the hard-boiled visual flair and bold storytelling for which the director would become known and shot on location at Folsom State Prison, with real inmates and guards as extras. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New audio commentary by film scholar Matthew Bernstein; excerpts from the director's 1993 autobiography," A Siegel Film," read by his son Kristoffer Tabori; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Chris Fujiwara, a 1954 article by co-producer Wanger, and a 1974 tribute to Siegel by filmmaker Sam Peckinpah. (The Criterion Collection).
(2012) Doug Bradley, Nicole Beattie. The Fright Land amusement park is on the verge of closing down for good. But the park's owner has one last plan to sell more tickets ... murder. Hiring two backwoods maniacs to break into the park and hack and slash all his employees, Hyde thinks these killings will create a media sensation, but he's just unleashed a horror that no one can survive. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by director Cary Hill, bloopers, cast interviews, trailers. (Wild Eye Releasing/MVD Entertainment).
(1989 -- Hong Kong) Sammo Hung, Adam Cheng, Max Mok, Jacky Cheung, Lam Kwok-Bun, Wu Ma, Shing Fui-On, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Lo Lieh. Modern retelling of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai." Terrified Chinese villagers recruit brave mercenary warriors to defend against marauding Japanese invaders. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
(2013) Austin Stowell, Kayla Ewell, Brett Rice, Bryant Prince, Carol Anne Watts, Danny Glover. A now famous singer returns to his hometown to look for Charlie Shuffelton, a small town barber who acted as a father to him when he was a young boy. Though Charlie has died, the singer is haunted by his memory, and decides to face his past and make peace with his estranged family. Hallmark Movie Channel original based on Norman Rockwell's painting. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Sorcerer BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1977) Dir.: William Friedkin; Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou. William Friedkin's cult suspense thriller, largely overlooked since its 1977 release, has now been fully restored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (the film was originally released by Paramount and Universal) under Friedkin's supervision via a 4K film resolution scan of the original 35mm camera negative. The startling and haunting soundtrack by Tangerine Dream (the first film credit for the German electronic experimental band) has also been restored from the original 35mm 4-track stereo masters and remastered in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. The plot originated with the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot's French suspense classic "The Wages of Fear" (1953) and, largely because of being overshadowed by that connection and the misleading title (released just after "Star Wars" as Friedkin's follow-up to "The Exorcist," audiences were expecting not a suspense thriller but another supernatural outing), the film bombed -- despite great acting, fabulous cinematography, and truly gripping action and story. Scheider, Cremer, Rabal and Amidou play four men who, for various reasons, cannot return to their own countries. They end up in a dismal South American town where an American oil company is hiring courageous drivers willing to haul nitroglycerin over 200 miles of treacherous terrain. The four stateless men have nothing to lose -- and, besides, they'll be paid $10,000 dollars, and be granted legal citizenship ... if they survive. Previously available only in crummy VHS and pan-and-scan DVD editions. Packaged as a 40-page Blu-ray book with images from the film and excerpts from the book, "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir," with a new forward written by Friedkin. Also available in a new DVD edition. (Warner).
Stranger on the Prowl
(1952) Dir.: Joseph Losey, Paul Muni, Vittorio Manunta. Upon its initial American release, the film's credits read: written and directed by Andrea Forzano. In truth Forzano was two people: screenwriter Ben Barzman and director Joseph Losey, both of whom had been blacklisted by Hollywood and were forced to work under pseudonyms. First time on DVD and Blu-Ray. Newly Remastered in HD. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
(2013) Mekhi Phifer, William Sadler, Sterling K. Brown. A small town bank robbery leads to a brutal showdown between a sheriff and a mysterious stranger and when the obvious suspect is apprehended not far from the crime scene, the police think that the case is solved. But they couldn't be more wrong: The real crime hasn't even happened yet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Director's and producer's commentary, conversations with the director, trailer, extended scenes, making-of featurette. (Image Entertainment).
Tyler Perry's Madea's Neighbors From Hell (The Play)
(2014) Tyler Perry , Cassi Davis, Wess Morgan. The newest musical stage play from blockbuster director, writer and producer Tyler Perry pits no-nonsense matriarch Madea up against some troubled new neighbors and arrives on DVD after only one premiere performance weekend to packed audiences in Atlanta, Georgia. Features new songs written by Tyler Perry and performed by the cast. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
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Approved for Adoption
(2012) Comic book artist Jung returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned at the age of 5 at the end of the Korean War (and adopted by a Western family) in this mixed media memoir that combines animation intercut with snippets of Super-8 family footage and archival film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (GKIDS/Cinedigm).
(2014) Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart, Tom Berenger. Crime thriller about a Louisiana detective (Dafoe) who teams up with a contract killer-turned-informant (Dillon) to take down the most powerful criminal enterprise in the South. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Taking Down An Empire: On the Set" featurette. (Sony).
The Best Offer
(2014 -- Italy) Dir.: Giuseppe Tornatore; Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks. When a mysterious heiress asks famed but unscrupulous art appraiser and auctioneer Virgil Oldman to evaluate her late parents' collection -- yet remains forever unseen behind closed doors -- it ignites a spark of curiosity in the normally austere Virgil that soon grows into an all-out obsession. Before long everything in Virgil's carefully constructed life threatens to come apart as he delves ever further into the world of intrigue surrounding his enigmatic employer. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Vol. 3 (1932-38)
Includes 12 animated short films available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray, all produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother, Dave Fleischer: "Minnie the Moocher" (1932), "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You" (1932), "Mother Goose Land" (1933), "The Old Man of the Mountain" (1933), "I Heard" (1933), "Ha! Ha! Ha!" (1934), "Stop That Noise" (1935), "Service With a Smile" (1937), "The New Deal Show" (1937), "Be Up to Date" (1938), "Out of the Inkwell" (1938) and "Pudgy in Thrills and Chills" (1938). Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
(2011) Thomas Stroppel, David Bodin, Ted Roone, Tom Berenger, Allen Nause, Alexander MacKenzie. Thriller about a young man who struggles to leave a secret militia -- started by his father and uncle -- that takes the law into its own hands and executes criminals in the name of community service. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Civil War: The Untold Story
(2014) Set to air on PBS stations in Spring 2014, this documentary narrated by Elizabeth McGovern uses dramatic battle recreations, compelling archival imagery, 3-D maps and insightful interviews with top Civil War scholars to show why the West played such a vital part in the outcome of the war. Focusing on the often overlooked battles of Vicksburg, Shiloh, Atlanta and more, the series also explores the issue of slavery and the surprising roles that African-Americans played in the conflict. Two-disc set with all five episodes, $49.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Rare archival footage from the 50-year anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg; 12-page viewer's guide with a map, a timeline, profiles of Westerners who played major roles in the conflict, and articles on African Americans fighting for their freedom and Texas in the Civil War. (Athena).
(2012) Kyle Schmid, Lucas Till, Sonja Kinski. When a struggling downtown artist finds his muse in sultry singer Fran, their daring romance spirals out of control into a dangerous game of obsession, deception and betrayal. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Vertical Entertainment).
(2012 -- France) Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigere, John Fallon, Rurik Salle. Eleven years after Chris' parents were murdered on the same day the Halley comet was visible from Earth, a new comet lights up the Parisian sky, giving rise to Apocalyptic fears -- and parties -- throughout the city. Chris, on meds because of the anxieties caused by his parents' unusual deaths, goes to one of the parties but, as the night goes on, the effects of the comet take their toll on the city's denizens, first making them disoriented and then violent, and then transforming them into horrible creatures -- zombies, mutants, alien monsters, human-alien hybrids. In a fight for survival, Chris escapes from his building with the help of some other tenants, only to find Paris devastated by the comet. North American debut of the overseas cult hit. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of special effects featurette, deleted scenes, interview with director David Cholewa, theatrical trailer, teaser trailer. (Shout Factory!/Scream Factory).
(2013) Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson. Read more about "Devil's Due" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Deleted scenes, "Radio Silence: A Hell of a Tea," commentary by drectors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, director's photo album. (Fox).
Dynasty: The Eighth Season, Volume One and Volume Two
(1987-88) All 22 episodes of the addictive, primetime soap opera that quickly became a 1980s hit. The second-to-last season again highlights the conflicts, passions, drives, and tensions of the Carringtons, the powerful, rich, and greedy Denver oil family that struggles to maintain its position of wealth and power in the world. The pop culture phenomenon features a legendary ensemble cast including John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins and Jack Coleman. $69.98 for the two-volume set or $39.98 each 11-episode volume. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Escape From Tomorrow
(2013) Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton, Danielle Safady, Annet Mahendru. Much buzzed-about film shot guerilla-style at Disney World by writer-director Randy Moore. When a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job, he keeps the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasyland around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions in the guise of princesses, happy theme park rides and fellow tourists, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentaries, behind the scenes, poster gallery. (Cinedigm).
Father Brown: The Complete Collection
(1974) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the British series about Father Brown (Kenneth More), a wily clergyman-detective who, despite his absentminded air, always manages to confound criminals with his inescapable logic and keen understanding of the human condition in 1920s England. First complete collection of the hit, based on the well-loved stories of British writer G.K. Chesterton, that ran on PBS's Mystery! in the mid 1970s. Formats: DVD, $59.99. Extras: G.K. Chesteron biography. (Acorn Media).
(2013) Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser. Based on the true life stories of Several Sources Shelters founder Kathy DiFiore and some of the pregnant teen shelter residents, the tale follows the courageous Agnes "Apple" Bailey who fights against all odds to find the father she's never known and create the family she never had. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Gimme Shelter" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2013 -- Chile) Paulina Garcaa, Sergio Hernandez, Diego Fontecilla. A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs. Read more about "Gloria" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes: Musical Montage." (Lionsgate).
Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection
All eight films on DVD and Blu-ray, $249.99. Includes all previously released bonus features (45+ hours) including the eight-part documentary "Creating the World of Harry Potter" on Blu-ray. In addition, the "Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection Blu-ray Bonus Disc" has more than three hours of features including: "The Harry Potters You Never Met": Meet the stunt doubles for Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as they demonstrate how they balanced major stunt work while seamlessly mimicking the actors they represented; "Designing the World of Harry Potter"; "When Harry Left Hogwarts" (Extended Version)" candid and emotional stories about the final days on set in this extended behind-the-scenes look; "50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments" (Definitive Version); "Secrets Revealed! Quidditch": The secrets behind the special effects required for the breathtaking Quidditch scenes; "Secrets Revealed! Hagrid": The camera tricks, towering stand-in and voluminous body suits behind the beloved Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series
(1981-97) Created by award-winning writers-producers Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll, the critically acclaimed television series became one of the most seminal drama series by virtue of its powerful writing, gritty realism, emotionally charged storylines and incredible ensemble cast, including Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Bruce Weitz and Betty Thomas, among other notables. Throughout its seven-year run on network television, "Hill Street Blues" took viewers inside the heart of a racially torn, crime-ridden precinct of an urban metropolis. Each episode charts a day in the life on "The Hill," balancing the characters' personal lives with their professional ones.
Formats: DVD, 34-disc set with all 144 episodes, $199.99. Extras: "History of Hill Street" with Bochco and others; "Interview With the Officers" featuring cast members Dennis Franz, James B. Sikking, Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid and Dennis Dugan; "Writers on the Hill" discussion with Bochco, Robert Crais, Jeffrey Lewis and Alan Rachins; "Roll Call: Looking Back on Hill Street Blues"; gag reel; commentary on select episodes; commemorative 24-page book. (Shout! Factory).
(1962) The ultimate Italian road comedy, "Il sorpasso" stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, free-wheeling bachelor and the bookish law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to rural Southern Italy. An unpredictable journey that careers from slapstick to tragedy, this film, directed by Dino Risi (the original "Scent of a Woman"), is a wildly entertaining commentary on the pleasures and consequences of the good life. A holy grail of commedia all'italiana, "Il sorpasso" is so fresh and exciting that one can easily see why it has long been adored in Italy. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/two-DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New interviews with screenwriter Ettore Scola and film scholar and professor Remi Fournier Lanzoni; interview from 2004 with Risi by film critic Jean A. Gili; introduction by Trintignant from a 1983 French television broadcast of the film; "A Beautiful Vacation," a 2006 documentary on Risi featuring interviews with the director and his collaborators and friends; excerpts from a 2012 documentary that returns to Castiglioncello, the location for the film's beach scenes, featuring rare on-set color footage; trailer; a booklet featuring essays by critics Phillip Lopate and Antonio Monda, as well as excerpts from Risi's writings, with an introduction by film critic Valerio Caprara. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith. Read more about "Labor Day" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital (UltraViolet). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by director Jason Reitman, director of photography Eric Steelberg and first assistant director/co-producer Jason Blumenfeld; "End of Summer: Making Labor Day"; deleted scenes. (Paramount).
(2013) Alec W. Seymour, Joshua Cruz, KC Comeaux. In order to compete with a drag queen for the love of a gay newbie, a young man enlists the help of his club friends to become a drag queen himself. Formats: DVD. Extras: Short film "Bidentity," deleted scenes. (Breaking Glass Pictures/QC Cinema).
The Legend of Hercules
(2014) Dir.: Renny Harlin; Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss, Rade Serbedzija. Read more about "The Legend of Hercules" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Kellan Lutz and director Renny Harlin. Blu-ray adds "The Making of The Legend of Hercules" documentary. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Ricky Schroder, Jon Gries, Rick Hoffman, Tatyana Ali, Krista Allen, Jason Spisak, Bart Johnson, Jason Marsden. Five-segment short horror film anthology revolving around the tales unleashed by the nighttime janitor in an Old West theme park, who delves into the mysteries surrounding an old locker: An aging boxer who is given an opportunity to become a real killing machine, a young man seeking membership in a secret society who experiences an initiation with deadly consequences, a would be suicide shaken to his core by a menacing member of a very special club, a hit man for hire playing a devious cat and mouse game with three women who have a score to settle, and a life-or-death decision made by the janitor himself. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Mr. Selfridge Season 2
(2014) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the Masterpiece series, in their original U.K. editions. Jeremy Piven returns for a sumptuous new season as the man who brought seductive shopping to early 20th century London. Formats: DVD, $39.99; Blu-ray Disc, $44.99. (PBS Distribution).
Notes on a Scandal BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Juno Temple. Extras: Commentary by director Richard Eyre," "Notes on a Scandal: The Story of Two Obsessions," "Notes on a Scandal: Behind the Scenes," "In Character with: Cate Blanchett," webisodes, "A Conversation With Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy." (Fox).
Prince Killian and the Holy Grail
(2011 -- Spain) Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Natasha Yarovenko, Manuel Martinez, Adrian Lamana. A 12th-century knight-errant wanders the world to retrieve the Holy Grail from the clutches of an evil wizard, accompanied by his faithful friends Crispin and Goliath and the beautiful Viking Princess Sigrid of Thule. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).
The Rise and Fall of The Clash
(2014) Up-close and personal film about the juggernaut band The Clash, and their meteoric trajectory through rock 'n' roll history. Features previously unseen footage of the band at work and at play as well as interviews with the individual band members and with those who knew them well. The film tells the fascinating inside story of rivalries, treachery, betrayal and the internal band dynamics and managerial interference that ultimately led the band to self-destruct. Highlights include new interviews with Mick Jones, Terry Chimes, Vince White, Nick Sheppard, Pete Howard, Viv Albertine, Pearl Harbor, David Mingay and many more Clash friends and insiders, as well as archival interviews with Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Nicky "Topper" Headon, and rare performance and candid footage from the band's final years. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Shout! Factory).
The Selfish Giant
(2013 -- U.K.) Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder. A contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Sophie's Choice (Collector's Edition) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Dir.: Alan J Pakula; Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol. Adapted from William Styron's best-selling novel, this passionate tale of a writer's love for a holocaust survivor is an exhilarating and compelling revelation. Meryl Streep received an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sophie Zawistowska in this penetrating drama set in post-World War II Brooklyn. Kevin Kline plays her all-consuming lover, Nathan. The story revolves around Sophie's struggle as a Polish-Catholic immigrant in the United States who had survived a Nazi concentration camp. The lovers' drama unfolds through the observations of a friend and would-be writer, Stingo (Peter MacNicol). As the trio grows closer, Stingo uncovers the hidden truths that they each harbor. Extras: New roundtable interview featuring Streep, Kline, Donald Laventhall (director Alan Pakula's assistant during the film), Hanna Pakula (director Alan Pakula's widow), Rose Styron (the widow of the novel's author, William Styron) and moderator Boaty Boatwright (who was Pakula's agent at the time of the film and is presently an agent at ICM). Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo. (Shout! Factory).
SpongeBob, You're Fired!
(2014) Fourteen work adventures as SpongeBob loses his job at the Krusty Krab and tries new jobs such as working at The Chum Bucket with Plankton (gasp!), picketing with Squidward and even modeling in a commercial. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 4 BLU-RAY
(2004-05) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes of the final season, $130.00. Stars Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Linda Park, Anthony Montgomery and John Billingsley, and follows the thrilling adventures of the first Earth-built vessel capable of breaking the Warp 5 barrier. A special highlight to the collection is "In Conversation: Writing Star Trek Enterprise," an exclusive, 90-minute writing staff reunion special. The compelling discussion includes series creator and executive producer Brannon Braga, along with Mike Sussman, Andre Bormanis, David Goodman, Chris Black, Phyllis Strong, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, all detailing some of the series' most fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. Plus, fans will get special insight on the creation of the final episodes with a newly produced, four-part documentary "Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise," which includes more in-depth interviews with the cast and crew. Extras: "In Conversation: Writing Star Trek Enterprise"; "Enterprise Moments: Season Four"; commentaries; deleted scenes; extended scenes; "Archival Mission Logs"; "Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise"; "Visual Effects Magic"; "Links to the Legacy"; "Enterprise Secrets"; "That's a Wrap!" more. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
The Strange Woman
(1946) Dir.: Edgar G. Ulmer; Hedy Lamarr, Gene Lockhart, Louis Hayward, George Sanders. The charming and extremely beautiful Jenny Hager (Hedy Lamarr) finds she can always use her looks to get what she wants from men, and she'll stop at nothing to control the ones who cross her path. After her drunkard father's death, she quickly maneuvers herself into a position to marry an older, wealthy businessman ... and the father of a childhood friend. Heartless and manipulative, she soon goes after the son. Restored in HD from original 35mm film elements
Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
These Birds Walk
(2013 -- Pakistan/USA) In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy's life hangs on one critical question: where is home? In the streets where he's made his life, or in a home for runaways run by humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, often called the "Mother Teresa of Pakistan", or with the rural family he fled from in the first place? This documentary is a heart-wrenching and life-affirming look at the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq, deleted scenes, trailer. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Up the Junction
(1968) Suzy Kendall, Dennis Waterman. First time on DVD and Blu-Ray. Newly Remastered in HD. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
You, Me & Them, Series 1
(2013) Two-disc set with six episodes of the British sitcom that follows a couple (Anthony Head, Eve Myles) navigating their May-December romance ... and the disapproval of her family and his deranged ex-wife (Lindsay Duncan). Formats: DVD, $39.99. Extras: Bloopers, cast interviews, a tour of Emma and Clive's house. (Acorn Media).
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