Ace in the Hole
(1951) Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole" is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder's follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred expose of the American media's appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time. Restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard; "Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder," a 1980 documentary featuring interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment; interview with actor Kirk Douglas from 1984; excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute; excerpts from an audio interview with Wilder's co-screenwriter Walter Newman; video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee; stills gallery; trailer; essays by critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin. (The Criterion Collection).
Adventure Time: The Suitor
(2014) Features 16 full-length episodes that highlight fan favorite characters from the Land of Ooo -- including the titular episode "The Suitor," which focuses on Princess Bubblegum. View the complete list of episodes.Formats: DVD, $19.82. Extras: "Little Did You Know" character gallery bonus feature. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 12
(2011) Agatha Christie's renowned Belgian detective solves the most challenging cases of the Art Deco era in these delightful adaptations starring David Suchet. Four feature-length mysteries boast all-star casts including Jessica Chastain, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Hershey, Toby Jones, Eileen Atkins, David Morrissey, Martin Shaw, Timothy West and Zoe Wanamaker.
The mysteries, in their original U.K. broadcast order: "Three Act Tragedy" (After guests at successive dinner parties mysteriously drop dead, Poirot teams up with an old friend to find the killer); "Hallowe'en Party" (Crime novelist Ariadne Oliver calls Poirot to investigate the macabre murder of a young girl at a children's costume party); "Murder on the Orient Express" (Poirot searches for a killer among the travelers aboard a snowbound train); "The Clocks" (Poirot journeys to Dover to solve a case involving an unidentified corpse and four timepieces all stopped at the same time). Formats: Two-disc DVD: $39.99, two-disc Blu-ray: $49.99. Extras: "David Suchet on the Orient Express," photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
All in Good Time
(2013) Reece Ritchie, Amara Karan, Harish Patel, Meera Syal, Neet Mohan. Comedy about a young married Indian couple living in an Indian community in Northern England who have difficulty consummating their marriage because of well-intentioned, yet meddling parents, nosy neighbors that know no boundaries and a community that thrives on gossip. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1988) The definitive portrait of one of the pre-eminent artists of the 20th century, and the inventor of an art form, the mobile. This acclaimed film shows Calder at work in his studio and never-before-seen archival films and photographs. It includes contemporary shooting of dozens of works, and features interviews with Arthur Miller, Ellsworth Kelly, I.M. Pei, Brendan Gill, Marla Prather, David Ross, Calder's daughters and grandson, Sandy Rower, and others.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Art and photo gallery, interview with the director. (First Run Features).
Amistad BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1997) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Extras: "The Making of Amistad," theatrical trailer. (Paramount).
The Andy Griffith Show – Season One BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1960-61) All 32 episodes of the first season have been restored in high definition, with original sponsor openings and closings. Starring Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts and Frances Bavier, the beloved series about small-town America includes rare special features, including color on-set home movies shot by Ron Howard's father Rance, Edward R. Murrow's insightful interview of Andy Griffith on "Person to Person" in 1957 and a new HD transfer of the "Return to Mayberry" television movie. Four-disc set, $129.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Bachelor Party BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1984) Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Adrian Zmed. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "An American Tradition" featurette, "While the Men Play" featurette, Tom Hanks interviews, theatrical trailer. (Fox).
(2011) Anjie Roebuck, Mia Tegan, Nissa Robinson, Bobey Taleb, Jacob Brown. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and she's about to unleash Hell in a killer thriller roller coaster ride of characters from transvestite prostitutes to lesbian zombies, stoned rappers, feral bushwhackers and the best hit girl this side of Hong Kong. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, slideshow, trailer, Tromatic Extras. (Troma Entertainment).
(2013 -- TV) Vanessa Bell Calloway, Terri J. Vaughn, Denyce Lawton, KD Aubert, Denise Boutte. Urban rom-com about a woman who wants to give her baby sister the best wedding present ever. So, when they discover that they have two long-lost sisters, the search is on to find them before the big day. But if they do, will they be able to forgive their estranged mother and come together. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Big Red One BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1980) Dir.: Samuel Fuller; Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Kelly Ward, Stephane Audran. Extras: Alternate scenes, "Anatomy of a Scene" before and after restoration comparisons, "The Real Glory: Reconstructing The Big One" featurette, "Profile: The Men Who Make the Movies: Samuel Fuller," a War department film "The Fighting First," commentary on the restoration version by film critic Richard Schickel. (Warner).
Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary Blu-ray
(1974) Dir.: Mel Brooks; Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Alex Karras, John Hillerman. Extras: New featurette "Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West"; commentary by Brooks; "Back in the Saddle" cast/crew reunion documentary; "Black Bart" 1975 TV pilot inspired by the movie, starring Lou Gossett Jr. and Steve Landesberg; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer. (Warner).
The Bridges of Madison County BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep. Clint Eastwood's filmic adaptation of Robert James Waller's romantic novel set in 1965 about Robert Kincaid (Eastwood), a photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, Iowa, and Francesca Johnson (Streep), an Italian-born farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, who meet and have an incredible four-day torrid love affair while her husband and children are off at the Illinois State Fair. Extras: "An Old-Fashioned Love Story: Making The Bridges of Madison County," commentary by editor Joel Cox and cinematographer Jack N. Green, theatrical trailer. (Warner).
(2011 -- Netherlands) Sandra Huller, Dragan Bakema. A young doctor living in Brussels with her husband and their son leads a normal, harmonious life -- except for the fact that she secretly maintains an apartment where she has sex with her patients, selecting them as if setting up a scientific experiment. When her husband finds out about this unusual situation, their relationship is put to the test. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film
(2013) Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo, Octavia Spencer, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vassilieva, Brittany Snow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, Jean Smart, Lea Thompson, Melanie Griffith, Chelsea Handler. Lifetime anthology of five short films that explore the impact of mental illness on people's lives and those around them. Each film highlights the powerful relationships built on hope and triumph while helping raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
China Beach: The Complete Season Three
(1989-90) Six-disc set with 22 uncut episodes of the TV series set during the Vietnam War in a part-EVAC hospital, part-USO entertainment center that was an outpost of craziness and compassion that mingled horror and laughter, heroism and sacrifice, as seen through the eyes of the women who served there. Season Three explored the most unlikely relationship between nurse Colleen McMurphy (Dana Delany) and "entrepreneur" K.C. Kolowski (Marg Helgenberger), both of whom are held hostage in the notorious tunnels in Vietnam; introduced Holly Pelegrini (Ricki Lake); took Dodger (Jeff Kober) home; and jumped back in "F.N.G." to when new guys Dr. Richard (Robert Picardo) and McMurphy first arrive in the country. Guest stars included Ruby Dee, Vince Vaughn, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Haden Church, Don Cheadle and Helen Hunt. And don't forget the great 60s rock music soundtrack! Extras: Interviews, deleted scenes, episode commentaries, bloopers. Formats: DVD, $29.95. (Time Life/StarVista Entertainment).
(1971) Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Lesley-Anne Down, Patience Collier. Remastered Hammer horror classic. Pitt stars as Elisabeth Nadasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. Soon, girls in the village go missing -- kidnapped and murdered by the countess and her steward to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Based on the real-life Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a woman accused of torturing and murdering more than 600 girls. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with actress Ingrid Pitt, director Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul and author Jonathan Sothcott; "Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt" featurette; audio interview with Ingrid Pitt; still gallery
theatrical trailer. (Synapse Films/CAV Distributing).
DC Universe: Son of Batman
(2014) Original animated movie finds Batman learning he has a son, Damian, and they form an uneasy alliance to try and thwart the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke and his army of ninja man-bats. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Fang and the Demon Head: The League of Assassins" featurette, "Strange Blood Tie: Damian Wayne" featurette, sneak peek at the next DCU Animated Movie: "Batman: Assault of Arkham," "From the DC Comics Vault: four bonus cartoons. (Warner).
The Deep End BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Josh Lucas, Jonathan Tucker. Extras: Commentary by writers/producers/directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, "The Anatomy of a Scene" Sundance Channel featurette, making-of featurette, theatrical trailer, TV Spot.(Fox).
(2011) This documentary is the story of some of the thousands of boys, as young as 2-years-old, who have been trafficked or sold by their parents and taken from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and Sudan to the Middle East to work as camel jockeys (Camel racing is one of the most popular sports in that part of the world). Sexually and physically abused, these young children were forced to live in horrendous conditions. Starved to avoid gaining weight, they worked long hours even when clearly underage and are now left mentally and physically stunted. When international pressure was brought to bear, many of the children were repatriated, only to find themselves strangers in their home countries. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Garden Thieves Pictures).
The Dinosaur Experiment (aka Raptor Ranch)
(2013) Lorenzo Lamas, Donny Boaz, Declan Joyce, Lexy Hulme, Jana Mashonee. In the sleepy community of Fossil Ridge, a cattle ranch is discovered to be a breeding ground for ferocious velociraptors, the blood-thirsty dinosaurs long-thought extinct. When the vicious beasts escape, the terrified townspeople must fight to survive the deadly, prehistoric killers hunting them down as prey. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
Doomsday Preppers: Season 3
(2013) National Geographic's highest-rated series returns with new preppers, new drama, and incredible new ways to bug in or bug out. Explore the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $29.93.
Formats: DVD. (National Geographic).
Eureka: Season Three
(2008-09) Four-disc set with 18 episodes, $29.98.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, deleted scenes. (Universal).
(2014) The latest title in the popular Chuggington DVD series spotlights everyone’s best friend Koko in six episodes: "Explorer Koko," "Runaway Koko," "Fearless Wilson," "Koko’s Game," "Hodge's Secret" and "Inspector Emery." Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Badge Quest Episode: "Knowing Where You Are," character montages: Irving and Chatsworth, coloring and activity sheets. (Anchor Bay).
Family Plot BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1976) Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane, Ed Lauter, Cathleen Nesbit, Katherine Helmond. Extras: Plotting Family Plot. Storyboards: The Chase Scene, Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes. (Universal).
Frenzy BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1972) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Barry Foster, Billie Whitelaw, Anna Massey. Extras: The Story of Frenzy, Production Notes, Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer. (Universal).
(2013 -- Germany) Eager to become heroes, a group of five young friends gather together on the eve of Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union. Nothing could have prepared them for the extreme realities that await each and every one of them. As told through the eyes of young adults on the brink of adulthood in Nazi Germany, director Philipp Kadelbach and writer Stefan present a sweeping saga, aired as a TV minseries in Germany. Produced over a period of eight years and filmed on over 150 sets across Germany, Lithuania and Latvia, the film is a stunning German epic drama spanning over five years beginning in Berlin in 1941 through the immediate aftermath of WWII in 1945. The lives of five young German friends are defined when they are forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler. Among the quintet of young people are level-headed officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch), who is full of patriotic fervor as he heads for the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling); Charlotte(Miriam Stein), a young nurse in love with Wilhelm who is serving in the Red Cross; Greta (Katherina Schuttler), an ambitious singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich; and Greta's boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte), who faces a daily struggle for survival as a Jew in an increasingly oppressive regime. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Panel with the film's creators; special 12-page booklet containing photos, an essay and more. (Music Box Films).
Godzilla Double Feature BLU-RAY DEBUTS
One of the most iconic monsters in film history Celebrates its 60th anniversary with the release of four Toho Godzilla double features: "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" (1991) + "Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth" (1992); "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II" (1993) + "Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla" (1994); "Godzilla vs. Destoroyah" (1995) + "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" (2000); "Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S." (2003) + "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004). Each two-disc set includes Digital HD UltraViolet. (Sony)
The Honeymooners – Classic 39 Episodes BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1955-56) Re-mastered full-length episodes of the iconic series, starring the one and only Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph. Special features include a never-before-released, hour-long musical "The Honeymooners: The Adoption" from 1966; a memorable 1984 "60 Minutes" profile of Jackie Gleason; both "The Honeymooners Anniversary Special" (1990) and "The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary Celebration" (2002); Jackie Gleason interviewing a Queens bus driver as guest host for Edward R. Murrow on "Person to Person"; original openings, closings and cast commercials. Five-disc set, $129.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Hot Guys With Guns
(2013) Leon Acord, John Ainsworth. Dalila Ali Rajah. Comedy-action-thriller about an actor taking a night class for aspiring private detectives to help him win a part in a TV show who bumbles into a real life crime investigation with his ex-boyfriend. Formats: DVD. Extras: Blooper reel. (Wolfe Video).
I Love Lucy – Ultimate Season One BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1951-52) The hilarious first episodes of the groundbreaking series starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Alongside such classics as the "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" episode selling Vitameatavegamin are never-before seen treats, including Lucy and Desi's makeup and wardrobe tests where the off-screen couple are filmed together just days before full-scale production began. Also included is the pilot episode, re-mastered from its recently discovered original 35mm negative, radio broadcasts, on-set color home movies and backstage photos. Six-disc set, $129.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Johnny Come Lately
(1943) James Cagney, Grace George, Edward McNamara, Marjorie Main, Marjorie Lord, Hattie McDaniel. A small town newspaperman and his editor go up against political corruption. Newly remastered; first time on DBD and Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
Josh: Against the Grain
(2013 -- Pakistan) Aamina Sheikh, Nyla Jafri, Mohib Mirza. A beautiful, committed schoolteacher living the high life in cosmopolitan Karachi, Pakistan has her comfortable life suddenly shaken when her nanny, Nusrat Bi, inexplicably disappears. Though friends and family beg her not to ask too many questions and rock the boat, Fatima bravely embarks on a search for her beloved nanny. It's a journey that will lead Fatima to a dangerous truth in Nusrat's village, a sealed world marked by unyielding class divisions, crushing poverty, sexual inequality and a social system locked in the distant past. In English and Urdu with subtitles. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Virgil Films).
LA Maniac (aka The Los Angeles Ripper)
(2011) Celeste Marie Martinez, Craig J. McIntyre. A young woman moves to Los Angeles to stay with her dysfunctional aunt and her cousin Angel to pursue her singing career and become a star, but things get weird and scary when she gets involved in some risky party behavior and meets Angel's drug dealing friend ... all while a brutal serial killer is on the loose in the City of Angels. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, slideshow, trailer, Tromatic Extras. (Troma Entertainment).
Laverne & Shirley - The Eighth and Final Season
(1982–83) Three-disc set with all 22 episodes of the hugely popular comedy starring Penny Marshall as the tough talking, street smart Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as bright-eyed Shirley Feeney. A pregnant Williams left the show two episodes into the season, and Marshall finished the last season with the aid of guest stars Carrie Fisher, James Belushi, Adam West, Vicki Lawrence and Louise Lasser. Formats: DVD, $42.99. Extras: Gag reel, episode promos. (CBS/Paramount).
Little House on the Prairie - Season Two Deluxe Remastered Edition
(1975-76) Five-disc set with all 22 remastered episodes from Season Two, complete and uncut in their original broadcast length. Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's best-selling and much-loved book series, "The Little House on the Prairie" chronicles the dramatic, gripping adventures of a young pioneer family's struggle to build a new life for themselves on the American frontier of the 1870s. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $38.99; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Little House Phenomenon: Part Two - In The Beginning ..." (Lionsgate).
(1949) Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Vera-Ellen, Raymond Burr, Ilona Massey, Marilyn
Monroe. The final film starring the legendary Marx Brothers. First time on DBD and Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
Making the Rules
(2014) Jaime Pressly, Robin Thicke, Tygh Runyan, Steve Agee, Joey Lauren Adams, Frances Conroy. Romantic drama about a workaholic sous chef who accidently cuts her hand and is forced to spend the summer outside the kitchen, where things really heat up when she faces the temptation of a former flame. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, interview with writer-director Jimbo Lee. (Lionsgate).
Marnie BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1964) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel. Extras: The Trouble With Marnie, The Marnie Archives, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes. (Universal).
Memphis Belle BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Harry Connick Jr. (Warner).
(2013) Jon Foster, Sarah Jones, Diane Neal, Mark Steger. A young couple moves to the woods to escape the pressures of city life and soon meet their reclusive artist neighbor, Mr. Jones, who doesn't like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When their curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones' comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness and mind-bending terror. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (Anchor Bay).
Republic of Doyle, Season 1
(2010) Fast-paced Canadian whodunit makes it's DVD debut in the states. The hit series -- now in its fifth season -- features a father and son sleuthing team based in the province of Newfoundland. For Jake Doyle, dodging bullets is a lot less dangerous than his personal life. Jake (Allan Hawco) and his ex-cop father, Malachy (Sean McGinley), run a Newfoundland detective agency. Their rugged seaside town never lacks for intriguing cases, from cheating spouses to bank heists, arson, and even murder. Father and son have completely different ways of handling things, and that turns up the heat on their suspects -- not to mention their tight-knit Irish family. But the real fireworks stem from Jake's roguish ways. Whether it's an ex-wife he can't shake (Rachel Wilson) or the hot new cop he works with (Krystin Pellerin), Jake Doyle just can't stop breaking the rules. Three-disc set with 12 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.99. Extras: "The Making of Republic of Doyle" featurette, commentary on select episodes. (Acorn Media).
Revenge of the Nerds BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1984) Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield. Extras: Commentary by Jeff Kanew, Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield and Curtis Armstrong; "I'm a Nerd, and I'm Pretty Proud of It" featurette; deleted scenes; "Revenge of the Nerds" television pilot; theatrical trailer. (Fox).
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Blu-ray Collection
(2013) Eight-disc set with six Rodgers & Hammerstein films: "State Fair," "Oklahoma" Todd-AO version (restored in 4K from 8K scans), "Oklahoma" Cinemascope version, "Carousel" (4K), "The King and I" (4K), "South Pacific" theatrical, "South Pacific" extended roadshow version, "The Sound of Music." Amazon exclusive, $179.99. (Fox).
Rookie Blue: The Complete Fourth Season
(2013) Four-disc set with eight episodes, $39.98. With three years under their belts, the rookies of 15 Division know that rolling with the punches is more than just a life lesson, it's an essential part of the job. Change is the only constant, and if you don't adapt, you're left behind. Now, for these five officers, the time has come to look change right in the eye and make some big, bold choices. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five "making-of" featurettes, "Rookie Blue: In Session" webisodes. (Entertainment One).
(1988) Camille Keaton. Unofficial remake/sequel of "I Spit on Your Grave" has Jennifer again raped by four men and again systematically hunting them down to seek revenge -- but this time she's more efficient. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, interview with star Camille Keaton, Stills Gallery, Trailers. (Massacre Video/CAV Distributing).
Separate But Equal
(1991 -- TV) Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little. A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. Based on the ground-breaking Brown vs. the Board of Education case in 1954, it follows a young Thurgood Marshall (Sidney Poitier), the lawyer who argued the racially-charged lawsuit before the Supreme Court. When the black students of Clarendon County, South Carolina, are denied their request for a single school bus, a bitter and courageous battle for justice and equality begins. Restored by transferring it from the original "on-set" camera negative and digitally removing dirt and scratches; the audio also was restored from the 35mm Magnetic Track.
Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(2012 -- Paraguay) Celso Franco, Victor Sosa, Lali Gonzalez. Victor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, is offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick $100. But the easy job soon gets complicated: There's something in those boxes that starts a high-speed wheelbarrow chase and Victor and his pursuers get caught in a crime they know nothing about. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures/Shoreline Entertainment).
Simon and the Oaks
(2011 -- Sweden) Bill Skarsgard, Karl Linnertorp, Helen Sjoholm. In the years leading up to World War II, two families who seemingly couldn't be more different find that they have more in common than they could have imagined. Simon is a bookish dreamer from a working-class family in rural Sweden; Isak is the son of wealthy Jewish immigrants fleeing religious persecution in Berlin. When Isak's family needs to find refuge from the anti-Semitism building in Sweden, the two families slowly merge, connecting in unexpected ways that threaten to both bring them closer together, and tear them apart. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Image Entertainment).
(2013) James Cromwell, Genevieve Bujold. A love story based on actual events. Determined to build a more suitable house for his wife Irene (Bujold), whose memory is failing, Craig Morrison (Cromwell) is met with resistance from an overzealous government inspector. Facing a possible jail sentence, and with Irene becoming increasingly ill, Craig races to finish the house in this story filled with heart and humor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama
(2013) Five-part look at 3,000 years of Jewish history and the impact the Jews have made on the world. The five-hour series follows Schama -- who has written and presented 50 documentaries on art, literature and history and is a contributing editor of the Financial Times -- as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain, exploring the imprint that Jewish culture has made on the world and the drama of suffering, resilience and rebirth that has gone with it. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $29.99; Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(2014) Ty Olsson, Patrick Gallagher, Terry Chen, Michelle Harrison. In 2045 A.D. a steadily shrinking icecap leaves several countries struggling for control of the town of Borealis and the last untapped oil, gas and mineral deposits on the planet. When the UN sends in corrupt officials, a former mixed martial arts fighter challenges a Russian group to save the town's fate. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing
(2014) Filmed at the Rome Auditorium in July 2003. Suzanne Vega performs some of her greatest hits, alongside other more contemporary songs, at this intimate concert, which is interspersed with moving poetry readings translated on stage by singer/songwriter Valerio Piccolo. Released to coincide with Vega's new studio album "Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles."
Formats: DVD:, $14.95. Extras: Interview with Piccolo about the singer's life and career, photo slideshow. (Wienerworld/MVD Entertainment).
The Terminal BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci. Extras: Booking the Flight: The Script, the Story," "Waiting for the Flight: Building The Terminal," "Boarding: The People of The Terminal," "Take Off: Making The Terminal," "In Flight Service: The Music of The Terminal<" "Landing: Airport Stories," photo gallery, theatrical trailers. (Paramount).
Topaz BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1969) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Claude Jade, Michel Subor, John Forsythe. Extras: Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin; Alternate Endings: The Duel; The Airport; The Suicide; Storyboards: The Mendozas; Production Photographs; Production Notes; Theatrical Trailer. (Universal).
Torn Curtain BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1966) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova. Extras: Torn Curtain Rising, Scenes Scored by Bernard Herrmann, production photographs, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes. (Universal).
Transformers Energon: The Complete Series
(2004) Seven-disc set with all 51 episodes, 44.99. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2013) Sean Paul Lockhart, Rob Moretti, Blanche Baker. After a chance encounter over the Internet, Caleb meets and falls head over heels for Jeremy, but soon the line between love and lies blur. Struggling to keep his past a secret, including his mentally ill mother, Caleb slowly succumbs to his darker side. Formats: DVDVOD. Extras: Commentary by Rob Moretti and Sean Paul Lockhart, "Stranger Than Fiction: The Making of Truth," deleted and extended scenes. (Canteen Outlaws).
The Veronica Mars Movie
(2014) Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Tina Majorino, Ryan Hansen, Percy Daggs III, Martin Starr, Jerry O'Connell. Read more about "The Veronica Mars Movie" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "By the Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie." Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, gag reel, "More On-Set Fun: Welcome to Keith Mars Investigation," "More On-Set Fun: Game Show With Kristen Bell and Chris Lowell," "More On-Set Fun: On Set With Max Greenfield," "More On-Set Fun: Veronica Mars' Backers," "More On-Set Fun: It's Not All About You, Monkey," "More On-Set Fun: Young Veronica." (Warner).
Weekend at Bernie's BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser, Don Calfa. (Fox).
The Women BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1939) Dir.: George Cukor; Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland, Phyllis Povah, Virginia Weidler, Lucile Watson, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, Ruth Hussey, Muriel Hutchison, Hedda Hopper. Extras: "From the Ends of the Earth" featurette, "Hollywood: Style Center of the World" featurette, alternate black & white fashion show sequence with different footage, scoring session music cues, trailers. (Warner).
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Afterlife: Season One
(2005) Two-disc set with six episodes of the series in which University lecturer Robert Bridge (Andrew Lincoln) becomes involved in a series of supernatural events surrounding medium Alison Mundy (Lesley Sharp. $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries with cast and crew. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2013) Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions: Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Susan Robinson and Dr. Shelley Sella. This documentary paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians who have become the new, No. 1 targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that they believe is profoundly important for their patients' lives. The film weaves together revealing interviews with the doctors with intimate scenes from inside their clinics, where they counsel and care for patients at an important crossroads in their lives, and illuminates the experiences of women who seek later abortions and their reasons why. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with co-directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson; interview with Dr. George Tiller from Physicians for Reproductive Health, "One of Four" interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, Sundance Festival Q&A with the filmmakers and the doctors, downloadable educational guide. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
American Dad! Volume 9
(2013-14) 20 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)
(2013) An exploration of Christianity in every faction of American life, from the bread line to the yoga studio, from the humble churches of snake handlers to the mega churches of the ex-urbs. Director Aram Garriga travels from his native Barcelona to the politically divided United States to chronicle the sometimes bizarre relationship between faith, materialism, politics and personal passions in this uniquely American tableaux. Populated by an array of religious and secular characters offering candid, often illuminating testimonials -- from Christian pop culture and music specialists, secular analysts, Apocalyptic preachers, Prosperity Pastors to Christian bikers, cage fighters, surfers comedians and cowboys -- this documentary is a vivid mosaic of personalities and conflicting points of view. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making-of" featurette, additional interviews. $19.98. (TDC Entertainment).
American Pie 4-Movie Unrated Collection
Two-disc set with "American Pie," "American Pie 2," "American Wedding" and "American Reunion."
Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Arthur Makes a Movie
(2013) Includes the title episode and three more adventures featuring eight-year-old Arthur -- the world’s most famous aardvark-- and his friends as they explore issues faced by real kids. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (PBS Kids).
Bob's Burgers The Complete Third Season
(2013-14) 23 epis
(2013) Tyler Mane, Muse Watson, Derek Mears. Supernatural thriller about a broken family with a history of abuse and dementia that is forced to find a common ground to fight a greater supernatural threat. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Level 33 Entertainment).
"Crocodile" Dundee & "Crocodile" Dundee II Double Feature BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986, 1988) Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, trailers. (Paramount).
Daddy's Little Girl
(2012) Billi Baker, Michael Thomson, Allira Jaques. Australian revenge thriller about a father who vows to make the culprit who brutally murdered his daughter on the beach suffer for his actions, even if that person is "part of the family." With careful research into the history of torture, he prepares himself and his basement for a week of brutal tactics. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over
(2013) Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the British invasion of America (The Dave Clark Five was the first English group to tour America, in May 1964, thus spearheading the invasion) and features newly filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Stevie Wonder, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, 60s fashion icon Twiggy and McKellen, all sharing their memories of how the music of the 60s and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their lives forever. The Dave Clark Five achieved a record-breaking 15 consecutive Top-20 U.S. hit singles within a two-year period-- more than any other group in the world except The Beatles. They appeared a record-breaking 18 times on "The Ed Sullivan Show," with its weekly audience of 70 million viewers -- more than any other rock, pop or R&B artist. They took the world by storm and helped change the rock scene, blasting hit after hit over the world’s radio airwaves. Included in the film are The DC5's iconic performances on "Sullivan," along with rare live concert footage and their countless appearances on television with American musical icons. Much of this material -- much of it on 35mm film -- has not been seen in decades, either on television or home video. The film also features never-before-seen footage from Clark's personal archives together with performances by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury and Laurence Olivier. Read more.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Disc 1 features the extended director’s cut of the documentary. Disc 2 features bonus video: extra interview scenes and rare archival footage, including never-before-seen star performances and alternate performances from The DC5. (PBS Distribution).
(2013 -- Italy) Arnas Fedaravicius, Eleanor Tomlinson, Vilius Tumalavicus, John Malkovich, Peter Stormare. A drama based on a memoir about growing up as a member of the Urka community in the small republic of Transnistria. Grandfather Kuzya (Malkovich) is the leader of a Siberian criminal clan banished to live in the punishment town of Transnistria in 1985. There, he schools his grandson on the "honest criminal" code of their community, which must never be broken. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of The Deadly Code" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Dinosaur Big City/Dinosaurs A to Z Double Feature
(2014) Features 17 prehistoric adventures aimed at sparking an interest in science for childrenFormats: DVD, $14.99. (PBS Kids).
Eastbound & Down: The Complete Fourth and Final Season
(2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes. Life has thrown a lot of curve balls to washed-up former major-league pitching ace Kenny Powers. After a disgraceful return to his hometown, a failed attempt at coaching, a soul-searching season in Mexico, a successful return to the minor leagues and a not-so-successful attempt at single fatherhood, Kenny finally hung up his cap to become a full-time family man. But can he ever truly say goodbye to the fame and fortune afforded by his baseball career? Formats: DVD: $29.98, Blu-ray Disc: $39.98, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel, commentaries on all eight episodes featuring writers/executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, along with additional cast members including Steve Little, Jillian Bell, Tim Heidecker, Elizabeth De Razzo and Ken Marino. (HBO).
Evilspeak BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joseph Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson, Don Stark, Charles Tyner, Lenny Montana, Richard Moll. Life sucks for Stanley Coppersmith (Clint Howard), a teenage outcast who's bullied by everyone at a strict military academy. When Stanley discovers the crypt of a 16th Century Satanist beneath the chapel, he creates a computerized Black Mass that unleashes unholy revenge upon his tormentors. Prior to its U.S. theatrical release, the distributor of the film requested that the graphic violence be cut to avoid an "X" rating from the MPAA. The film has been completely restored from a newly discovered 35mm inter-positive source including all of its long rumored scenes of bloody carnage. New 1080p high definition transfer supervised and approved by director Eric Weston. Extras: Commentary with producer-director Weston; interviews with cast members Joseph Cortese, Clint Howard and Don Stark; new interviews with Richard Moll, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson, Loren Lester and Lynn Hancock; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Fast & Furious 6-Movie Collection
Six-disc set with "The Fast and the Furious," "2 Fast 2 Furious," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," " Fast & Furious," " Fast Five" and "Fast & Furious 6." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Includes all the extras from the previous releases. (Universal).
Final Exam BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice. New HD transfer from the original camera negative. As exam week comes to a close at Lanier College, students begin to fall prey to a knife-wielding maniac stalking the school, bent on making sure that for some, school is out ... forever. Extras: Commentary with cast members Joel Rice, Cecile Bagdadi and Sherry Willis-Burch; interviews with cast members Joel Rice, Cecile Bagdadi and Sherry Willis-Burch; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
(2013) Noel Wells, Matt Mider, Amanda Bauer. Sophie and Pete are kind of friends, but mostly they're just neighbors. On their way to pick up Pete's sister Jess from her sorority house -- a six hour drive through the desert -- a joke about getting married escalates and before they know it, they're engaged ... and stranded in the middle of the desert. Things only get more problematic when Jess disappears with a bearded drifter. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Mance Media/Gravitas Ventures).
Flying Tigers BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD
(1942) John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly, Mae Clarke. Follows a small and daring band of American mercenaries who soared into battle against Japan in defense of China's freedom just prior to the invasion of Pearl Harbor. Remastered in high definition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
(2013) Documentary takes an honest and in-depth look at the professional sport of bodybuilding today, giving audiences front-row access to the lives of the top seven bodybuilders as they fight to bring home the coveted Mr. Olympia title. Narrated by Mickey Rourke. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Starz Digital Media).
God Loves Uganda
(2013) Documentary investigates the troubling influence of American evangelicals on human rights in Africa. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that promote them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren't coming from Africa; they're being imported from some of America's largest megachurches.
Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Godfather Part III BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola; Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Eli Wallach, Sofia Coppola, Joe Montegna. Extras: Commentary by Coppola. (Paramount).
(2013) Dir.: Spike Jonze; Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson. Read more about "Her" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Her: Love in the Modern Age" featurette.Blu-ray adds "The Untitled Rick Howard Project," "How Do You Share Your Life With Somebody." (Warner).
Home of the Brave BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD
(1948) Dir.: Mark Robson; Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges, Douglas Dick, James Edwards, Steve Brodie, Jeff Corey. Recounts the story of a young black soldier who suffered a nervous breakdown and developed psychosomatic paralysis; crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission combined with a lifetime of racial discrimination. One of Hollywood's first bold statements regarding the issue of race and the realities of war. Remastered in high definition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
(2013) Aaron Eckhart, Jai Courtney, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Kevin Grevioux, Caitlin Stasey, Miranda Otto. Read more about "I, Frankenstein" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with co-writer/director Stuart Beattie; commentary with filmmakers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James McQuaide and Kevin Grevioux; "Creating a Monster" featurette; "Frankenstein's Creatures" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?
(2013) A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation. From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," comes this unlikely and unique intellectual feast, an animated documentary on the life and ideas of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself that make Chomsky's ideas more accessible, the filmmaker reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his groundbreaking theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of our age, but also a beautifully animated work of art. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Kendra on Top: Season 2
(2013) Two-disc set with 14 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. (MPI Home Video).
Last Man Standing: The Complete First Season
(2011-12) 24 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)
Last Man Standing: The Complete Second Season
(2012-3) 18 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 8
Two-disc set with 30 legendary theatrical shorts, $19.98. The first disc is entirely devoted to everyone's favorite carrot-crunching, wise-cracking "wabbit," Bugs Bunny, with 15 cartoons, including "Bugs Bunny Rides Again." In Disc Two features favorite characters such as Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and many others. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Louie: The Complete Season 3
(2012) 13 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)
Martha's Superhero Adventures
(2014) Six tales from the series based on the children's book by Susan Meddaugh. Aimed at viewers between the ages of four and seven, the series follows the adventures of Martha, a loveable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the power of human speech. Using her speaking abilities, Martha gets jobs, foils bad guys, wins contests, runs for office, and orders lots of pizza. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (PBS Kids).
Marvel Knights: Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today
(2014) The latest Marvel Animation animated comic book DVD highlights the brutal battle between Wolverine and the ruthless cyborg villain Deathlok the Demolisher as robots from the future embark on a Super hero killing spree. Formats: DVD, $14.97. (Shout! Factory).
The New Normal: The Complete First Season
(2012-13) 22 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)
One Direction: Reaching for the Stars Part 2: The Next Chapter
(2014) Unofficial biography goes behind the scenes on the group's second world tour and dishes all the latest One D news and gossip ... including the truth behind their romantic escapades.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
Orange Is the New Black – Season One
(2013) All 13 episodes of the dark comedy about engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary, where she trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $39.97; Three-disc Blu-ray, $39.98; Digital; UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "New Kid on the Cell Block" featurette, "Mother Hen: Red Runs the Coup" featurette, "It's Tribal" featurette, "Prison Rules" featurette, gag reel; commentary. (Lionsgate).
Overlord BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1975) Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage and a fictional narrative, this immersive account by Stuart Cooper of one 21-year-old's journey from basic training to the front lines of D-day brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity. Overlord, impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick's longtime cinematographer John Alcott, is both a document of World War II and a dreamlike meditation on human smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine. Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Stuart Cooper, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary featuring Cooper and actor Brian Stirner; "Mining the Archive," a 2007 video piece featuring archivists from London's Imperial War Museum detailing the footage used in the film; "Capa Influences Cooper," a 2007 photo essay featuring Cooper on photographer Robert Capa; "Cameramen at War," the British Ministry of Information's 1943 film tribute to newsreel and service film unit cameramen; "A Test of Violence," Cooper's 1969 short film about the Spanish artist Juan Genoves; "Germany Calling," a 1941 Ministry of Information propaganda film, clips of which appear in "Overlord"; excerpts from the journals of two D-day soldiers, read by Stirner; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones, a short history of the Imperial War Museum, and excerpts from the "Overlord" novelization by Cooper and Christopher Hudson. (The Criterion Collection).
Perry Mason Movie Collection - Volume 2
Six made-for-TV movies that originally aired between 1987-1989: "The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel," "The Case of the Avenging Ace," "The Case of the Lady in the Lake," "The Case of the Lethal Lesson," "The Case of the Musical Murder" and "The Case of the All-Star Assassin." Formats: DVD, $59.99 exclusively at Amazon. (CBS/Paramount).
(2012) Martin Compston, Paul Anderson, Josh Herdman, Ed Skrein, Louise Dylan. When his beloved brother is brutally murdered, a shy, mild-mannered young man finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother's long-time friends, who takes the grieving brother under his wing and teaches him how to be a vigilante to seek revenge. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasures and Other Adventures
(2013) Based on Lara Jones' hugely popular and award-winning "Poppy Cat" books (which have sold more than 2 million books to date), this animated series from the creators of "Olivia," "Mr. Men" and "Little Miss" follows the adventures of Poppy, a capable and endearing ginger tabby, who's also a dreamer and devoted friend to Zuzu, an energetic dog; Mo, an overly cautious mouse; Alma, the melodramatic, excitable rabbit; the knowledgeable owl and Egbert, the stout badger. Seen through the eyes of Poppy's imaginative young owner, a little girl named Lara. Formats: DVD, $12.98. (Entertainment One).
(2013) Brian Krause, Anne McDaniels, Steven Helmkamp, Candice Nunes. A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet's distant past when deep-sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil that's been hibernating for over 60,000 years -- a rampaging behemoth of death and destruction not only at sea but also on land.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, outtakes. (ITN Distribution).
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Field of Screams
(2014) Showcases 13 action-packed, sports-related escapades featuring Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving pals, including a brand-new 22-minute adventure, "Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals!" Formats: Two-disc DVD, $19.98. (Warner).
(2012) Critically acclaimed documentary on the politics and drama behind the World Trade Center rebuilding project. The rebuilding of Ground Zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex construction project in recent American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle to develop these 16 acres of "sacred" land has encompassed 12 years, 19 government agencies, and over $20 billion. Aside from the engineering challenges, various constituencies – politicians, developers, architects, insurers, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims – profess conflicting claims to the site. This is the inside story of how and why this historic project got built. At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to "get it right," and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City. The release coincides with the May 21 opening of the long-awaited National September 11 Memorial Museum at The World Trade Center site. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2013 -- China) Donnie Yen, Collin Chou, Tian Jing, Hanyu Zhang. Yen takes on the role of "Dragon" Chen, a Hong Kong undercover police officer deep within the ranks of one of China’s most ruthless underworld gangs. When rivalries explode with the reappearance of an old enemy and a brutal murder, the Triads close ranks and unleash a series of executions -- with Chen at the top of the list. Undercover and under attack, he has no choice but to rely on a new partner (Jing Tian) and his knowledge of the streets to get out alive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Well Go USA).
(2013) Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina. An epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II, "Stalingrad" was the highest-grossing Russian film of all time and Russia's official submission for Best Foreign-language Film to the 86th Academy Awards. The film contrasts the grand scale of the famous battle with the intimate human drama among the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and the German soldiers who invaded the city. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Stalingrad," a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film; "Stereoscopic Stalingrad" with experts Steve Schklair and Matthew Blute describing how Russia's very first IMAX 3D film was created. (Sony).
Stranger by the Lake
(2013 -- France) Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumcao, Jerome Chappatte. A picturesque cruising spot in the countryside of France sets the scene between desire and murder. Franck, a regular at the lake, meets the handsome Michel and soon falls in love with the mysterious stranger. When a body is discovered in the lake, Franck and Michel soon become primary suspects of the investigation. A unique, erotic thriller of seduction and sexual obsession that builds to an unforgettable and terrifying climax; described as a modern-day Hitchcockian suspenser. Winner of the Best Directing Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and winner of the Queer Palm. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with Director Alain Guiraudie.Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, alternative ending, two short films by Alain Guiraudie. (Strand Releasing).
(2014) Gabriella Wilde, Thomas Dekker, Luke Grimes, Richard Dreyfuss. A dream comes true for two young drifters when they illegally take residence in the upscale Pacific Palisades home of a vacationing family. But things start to spiral out of control when the rightful owners unexpectedly return from overseas, leading to a violent, inevitable confrontation between two very different worlds. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Sony).
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2002) Voices of Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet. Traditional animated feature about Spirit, a wild young mustang, as he sets out on an action-packed quest against impossible odds to regain his freedom and save his homeland. On his journey across the majestic wilderness of the American frontier, Spirit forms a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave, outwits a relentless squadron of soldiers, and falls for a beautiful paint mare named Rain.Extras: Filmmaker commentary, a drawing tutorial, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Paramount).
Strawberry Shortcake: Fun Under the Sun
(2014) Summer fun adventures with Strawberry Shortcake and her berry best pals Blueberry and Orange Blossom. Formats: DVD, $14.98, Digital. Extras: "It's A Beautiful Lovely Wonderful Day" music video, printable coloring pages. (Fox).
That Awkward Moment
(2014) Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas.
Read more about "That Awkward Moment" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Threesome: More Awkward Moments" as the three stars dish about their experiences making the film, four character profiles. Blu-ray adds Gag reel, "Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes" featurette. (Sony).
Ultimate Gangster Collections Contemporary Volume 2
Four-disc set with "Once Upon a Time in America," Black Rain," "Internal Affairs" and "The Town." Formats: Blu-ray Disc, $31.96. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries, more. (Warner).
(2012) Patrick Kilpatrick, Joseph Aviel, Lucia Brizzi, Justin Brown. A fashion blogger documentary turns into a zombie horror nightmare when college students come face to face with the undead, created by a serum developed by an evil corporation. Their only hope for survival is a former soldier turned zombie killer. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Second Season
(1953) Four-disc set with 26 episodes digitally restored and re-mastered. Beginning in 1952, the filmed half-hour series "The Abbott and Costello Show" appeared in syndication on local stations across the country. Loosely based on their popular radio series, the show cast the duo as unemployed wastrels, with one of the show's running gags involved Abbott perpetually nagging Costello to get a job to pay their rent. The simple plotlines were often just a set-up to recreate the pair's classic comedy routines -- including "Who's on First?" and other familiar set pieces -- from their films and burlesque performances. Also featuring Sidney Fields as their landlord, Hillary Brooke as a friendly neighbor often caught in the pair's schemes and Joe Besser as Stinky, a 40-year-old dressed in a Little Lord Fauntleroy suit, "The Abbott and Costello Show" was voted as one of the "Top 100 TV Shows of All-Time" by both Time and Entertainment Weekly. Formats: DVD. Extras: Lou Costello's home movies. (Entertainment One).
About Last Night
(2014) Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald, Paula Patton.
Read more about "About Last Night" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "An Un-Romantic Comedy" featurette. Blu-ray adds "About Last Night Advice" featurette, "I Love You?" featurette, "Word on the Street" featurette. (Sony).
Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers
(1976) Christopher Plummer, Kirk Douglas, Anne Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Timothy Bottoms, Joan Collins, Robert Loggia, Jean Peters. Television adaptation of Arthur Hailey's bestselling book about corruption and greed in the banking business as two ambitious vice presidents become rivals when an imminent board room vacancy arises. Plummer, who received an Emmy for his role, is the suave, hypocritical and skilled Roscoe Heyward and Kirk Douglas is the honest, hard-charging and focused Alex Vandervoort. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Call the Midwife: Season Three
(2013-14) All the young midwives and good sisters return in the BBC's critically acclaimed drama, based on the best-selling memoirs of former nurse Jennifer Worth. The third season -- with eight episodes -- takes viewers to 1959, on the eve of the Swinging Sixties. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $39.98, two-disc Blu-ray: $44.98. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. Blu-ray adds the 2013 Christmas Special. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Chased By Dinosaurs
(2003) This monstrous triple feature from the creators of "Walking With Dinosaurs" takes viewers around the world and brings the lizards of the past to life: "The Giant Claw," "Land of Giants" and "Allosaurus." Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: "Big Al Uncovered," a 30-minute look at the science behind Allosaurus. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Civil War 360
(2013) Three-part Smithsonian Channel series hosted by Ashley Judd, Grammy-nominated country singer Trace Adkins and Dennis Haysbert takes an intimate look at the war that changed our nation. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Inception Media Group).
The Color of Lies
(1999 -- France) Dir.: Claude Chabrol; Jacques Gamblin, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Sandrine Bonnaire, Antoine de Caunes. A late-career masterpiece from Chabrol which, as in many of his suspenseful films, uses a murder mystery to expose the underlying tensions and deceptions of a close-knit community. A 10-year-old girl's violated body is found in the woods of a Brittany fishing village. Suspicion immediately falls on Rene (Gamblin), a painter and the girl's art teacher; he is apparently the last person to have seen her alive. The inspector in charge of the investigation (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) immediately questions him. In this provincial town where the residents all know each other, Rene becomes increasingly unsettled by his neighbors' suspicions and by the inspector's investigation. Children stop coming to him for lessons. His beloved wife, Vivianne (Sandrine Bonnaire), a nurse, protects and supports him, but is tempted by the advances of an arrogant local TV personality (Antoine de Caunes). True to form, Chabrol is less interested in whodunit mechanics than in dissecting a culture of lies -- from advertising to adultery -- that permeates modern society. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by critics Wade Major and Andy Klein, more. (Cohen Film Collection).
Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Nine
(2009) The British crime solving odd couple of grumpy, straight-talking Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel (Warren Clark) and his well-mannered partner Inspector Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan) return with their fiery brand of detective work. Season Nine features four two-part murder mysteries. Two-disc set, $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Dating Guy: The Complete First Season
(2009) Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the adult animated comedy about the outrageous world of twenty-something dating, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Webisodes. (Entertainment One).
Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World
(1967) This 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 Enemy of the World" features Patrick Troughton as both the Second Doctor and his antagonist (Ramon Salamander). The TARDIS lands on an Australian beach in the 21st century. But this is no seaside vacation -- within minutes, the Doctor, Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling) are under attack. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Duck Dynasty: The Duck Days of Summer
(2012-13) Three vacation-themed episodes including the double-length episode of the family trip to Hawaii, $9.98. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Interview with uncle Si Robertson. (Lionsgate).
The First World War: The Complete Series
(2003) As the last veterans pass away and in time for the for the First World War Centenary, this powerful, acclaimed 10-part series based on the book by renowned WWI historian Hew Strachan offers a stunning account of "the war to end all wars," as well as providing new insights into one of the defining events of modern history. Explores many of the little-known campaigns and battles as well as the Western Front. Combines previously unseen film from newly accessible archives in Central and Eastern Europe with new film of the battlefields across the world as they are today. Formats: Three-disc DVD, 34.98. (Entertainment One).
(2013) Elijah Wood, John Cusack. Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die." Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette; AXS TV: "A Look at Grand Piano." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Great Flood
(2012) "The Great Flood" is the story, told without dialogue, of the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the most destructive in U.S. history and the cause of a million people's displacement. Bill Morrison, the acclaimed director of "Decasia" (the newest inductee to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry) and Bill Frisell, Grammy-winning composer and guitarist, have teamed up to create a powerful new cinematic experience. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its earthen embankments in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, adapting to an industrial society with its own set of challenges. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago, becoming the wellspring for R&B and rock as well as developing jazz styles. For the film, Morrison scoured film archives, including the Fox Movietone Newsfilm Library and the National archives, for footage of the Mississippi River Flood. All film documenting this catastrophe was shot on volatile nitrate stock, and what footage remains is pock marked and partially deteriorated. The degraded filmstock figures prominently in Morrison's aesthetic with distorted images suggesting different planes of reality in the story -- those lived, dreamt, or remembered. For the score, Frisell has drawn upon his wide musical palette informed by elements of American roots music, but refracted through his uniquely evocative approach that highlights essential qualities of his thematic focus. Playing guitar, Frisell is joined by Tony Scherr on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums and Ron Miles on trumpet. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Eight-page booklet. (Icarus Films).
Happy Days: The Fifth Season
(1977-78) Four-disc set with 27 episodes. The nostalgic comedy set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin follows the Cunninghams and their two kids, Richie and Joanie and their relationship with Fonzie, a motorcycle-riding Casanova who became a pop-culture phenomenon. Features the iconic "jump the shark" scene and a collection of famous guest stars including Robin Williams, Christopher Knight, Rance Howard, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Morgan Fairchild and Suzi Quatro. Formats: DVD, $42.99. (CBS/Paramount).
House of Dust
(2013) Inbar Lavi, Steven Grayhm, Eddie Hassell, Holland Roden, John Lee Ames, Alesandra Assante, Joy Lauren, Nicole Travolta, Stephen Spinella. College students exploring an abandoned insane asylum accidentally shatter canisters holding the cremains of former mental patients. Inhaling the dusty ash filling the air, they're soon possessed by the souls once held within them ... and one is a convicted serial killer from 1950. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
(2013) Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange. Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, a beautiful young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, meets her husband's alluring friend and embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with screenwriter-director Charlie Stratton, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
John Wayne: The Epic Collection
Collection of 40 Warner and Paramount Films on 38 discs, $149.98. The collection comes packaged in a handsome book with unique collectibles and hours of special features: The coffee table book includes a chronological presentation of Wayne films, enhanced with wonderful photographs; the special features include commentaries, documentaries, featurettes, vintage shorts and classic cartoons; and the special John Wayne collectibles include personal correspondence, script pages/covers, pages with Wayne's notations and behind-the-scenes artifacts. View the complete list of films here.Formats: DVD. (Warner).
L.A. Law: The Complete Second Season
(1987-88) Five-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.93. All rise! L.A. Law: Season 2 is now in session! The ambitious legal eagles from the firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak return for another Emmy-nominated docket of cases loaded with both emotion and irreverence. In Season 2, the high-powered legal team (the outstanding ensemble cast including Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michelle Greene, Susan Ruttan, Michael Tucker, Jimmy Smits and Richard Dysart) add some new faces to their ranks: the charismatic young associate Jonathan Rollins (Blair Underwood) and Benny Stulwicz (Larry Drake), a developmentally disabled clerk. Together, they tackle some of the City of Angels' toughest trials: both in the courtroom and in their personal lives. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Like Someone in Love
(2013) Abbas Kiarostami has spent his movie career exploring the tiny spaces that separate illusion from reality and the simulated from the authentic. At first blush, his extraordinary, sly "Like Someone in Love," which finds the Iranian director in Tokyo, may appear to be among his most straightforward films. Yet with this simple story of the growing bond between a young part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client, Kiarostami has constructed an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire as complex as his masterful "Close-up" and "Certified Copy" in its engagement with the workings of the mercurial human heart. New 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director Abbas Kiarostami, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Forty-five-minute documentary on the making of the film; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar and critic Nico Baumbach. (The Criterion Collection).
(2013) David Morse, Cory Monteith, Mike Vogel, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thoms, Ciaran Hinds. Set over the course of one long, hot day, the mystery follows a narcotics detective who hunts for a seemingly harmless young criminal who knows a damaging truth about the cop's past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted and extended scenes. (Well Go USA).
McLintock! BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1963) Dir.: Andrew V. McLaglen; John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills, Yvonne De Carlo, Jerry Van Dyke, Edgar Buchanan, Bruce Cabot, Perry Lopez, Strother Martin. Comedy Western stars Wayne as George Washington McLintock, a proud, defiant cattle baron whose daughter is due home from college. But G.W.'s happy reunion is tempered by the arrival of his headstrong wife (O'Hara), who recently left him, and whose return brings with her verbal fireworks and slapstick pratfalls. Scanned in 4K. Extras: Introduction by Leonard Maltin; commentaries by Leonard Maltin, Frank Thompson, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers, Michael Pate, Michael Wayne and Andrew McLaglen; "The Making of McLintock!" "The Corset: Don't Leave Home Without One!" "2-Minute Fight School"; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. (Paramount).
(2012) Brooke Anne Smith, Marc Valera, Malcolm McDowell. Follows the unexpected relationship between a predator and his prey the night before All Hallows Eve. The seventh film in the After Dark Originals 2 series. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
The Monuments Men
(2014) Dir.: George Clooney; George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman. Read more about "The Monuments Men" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes: "George Clooney's Mission" and "Marshaling the Cast." Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, "The Real Monuments Men," "A Woman Amongst the Monuments Men." (Sony).
Mountain Men: Season 2
(2013) Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Webisodes. (Lionsgate).
Nosferatu the Vampyre BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1979) Dir.: Werner Herzog; Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz. Since its release, Herzog's "Nosferatu the Vampyre" has not only become one of the director's most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau's 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. Extras: Commentary with writer-producer-director Herzog; commentary with Herzog moderated by Laurens Straub (In German with English Subtitles); vintage featurette: "The Making of Nosferatu"; theatrical trailers. (Shout! Factory).
(2014) Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas. Read more about "Pompeii" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Filmmakers' commentary. "The Assembly" cast and characters, "The Volcanic Eruption" special effects. Blu-ray adds deleted and alternate scenes, "The Gladiators" stunts, "The Journey" production design, "The Costume Shop" costume design, "Pompeii: Buried in Time: Behind the Scenes of Ancient History's Greatest Disaster." (Sony).
(2013) Rachel Nichols, Zoe Bell, Doug Jones, Sherilyn Fenn. Two drugged and abducted women wake up to find themselves in a concrete bunker where they discover that they are in a modern-day coliseum, where they and 48 other women have been selected to fight to the death. If they refuse, their loved ones will be killed. Formats: DVD. Extras: Filmmaker commentary, cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, extended fight scenes, gag reel. (IFC Films).
(1972) William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode, Susan Hayward. The life of a peaceful rancher is destroyed when he comes back from a hunting trip to find his family massacred, and he recruits a team of convicts to find the men responsible for the crime. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
The Right Kind of Wrong
(2013) Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, Ryan McPartlin, Kristen Hager. A failed-writer-turned-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called "Why You Suck," a huge Internet success written by his ex-wife, meets the girl of his dreams ... on the day she is marrying the perfect man. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Music" featurette, "“The Right Kind of Wrong Rap" performed by Matteen Devji and Maya Samy, AXS TV: "A Look at The Right Kind of Wrong."
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Secrets of the Third Reich
(2013) Smithsonian Channel four-part series uncovers the little-known stories that played a large role in determining the fate of the war and those who fought in it. In "Hitler's Madness" medical experts and war historians explore recently discovered medical records that reveal tantalizing evidence about Hitler and the controversial doctor he entrusted with his life; "Hitler's General" maps the sensational rise and fall of Hitler's favorite general Erwin Rommel, a.k.a. the Desert Fox; "The Ghost of U-513" explores the secrets that were buried at sea when the pride of the German submarine fleet was sunk by U.S. forces; "Deadly Missions" brings to life through dramatic re-creations, rare archival footage and interviews with war historians and a German special forces veteran the secret operations that took place in the shadows of WWII. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Inception Media Group).
16 Acres: The Struggle to Rebuild Ground Zero
(2014) The rebuilding of Ground Zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex construction project in recent American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle to develop these 16 acres of "sacred" land has encompassed 12 years, 19 government agencies, and over $20 billion. Aside from the engineering challenges, various constituencies -- politicians, developers, architects, insurers, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims -- profess conflicting claims to the site. This documentary is the inside story of how and why this historic project got built. At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to "get it right," and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City. The DVD release coincides with the May 21 opening of the long-awaited National September 11 Memorial Museum at The World Trade Center site. The filmmakers have also produced an enhanced, interactive e-book companion to the film, which will be available on iTunes May 15. "16 Acres + : Companion to the Acclaimed Documentary About the Struggle to Rebuild Ground Zero," the first of its kind to be released in conjunction with a documentary, includes slide shows, architectural renderings, video extras, animation, and a narrative that provides background and context. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure
(2014) The pint-sized stars cousins Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland -- who became celebrities thanks to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" -- star in this made-for-video feature. The girls are sent to Switzelvania by Ellen as special correspondents to cover the coronation of a new queen. Once there, they encounter three very different princesses competing for the throne. Together, they hatch a royal plot to help the best candidate win. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Pink! Pink! Pink! The Story of Pink," "The Royal Music Jam: Laying Down The Beats With Sophia Grace & Rosie," "Ellen's Favorite Tea Times Moments," outtakes and bloopers. (Warner)
3 Days to Kill
(2014) Dir.: McG; Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Tomas Lemarquis, Richard Sammel. Read more about "3 Days to Kill" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Covert Operation" featurette, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds extended cut, "The Making of 3 Days to Kill," "McG's Method." (Fox).
Waking the Dead: Season Nine
(2011) In the knuckle-biting final 10 episodes of this cold-case detective drama, Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) and his team tackle their most challenging and personal cases to date. Three-disc set, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Warehouse 13: Season Five
(2014) Two-disc set with six episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, podcasts, gag reel, "Holiday Episode: The Greatest Gift," "Warehouse 13: Behind the Shelves." (Universal).
Warehouse: The Complete Series
(2009 -14) Sixteen-disc set, $219.99. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Way of the Wicked
(2014) Christian Slater, Vinnie Jone, Emily Tennant, Jake Croker. After a series of inexplicable murders sweeps a small, isolated community, a priest and a local police detective learn that a troubled teen with a dark past has recently moved to town and the pair find themselves pitted against a demonic force more diabolically evil and twisted than any of them could have imagined. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Weekend of a Champion
(1971/2013) A nearly forgotten film by Roman Polanski, made at the height of his fame, has resurfaced to thrill fans of the director as well as lovers of auto racing. Restored and with new footage, the film is a you-are-there look at racing great Jackie Stewart as he competes in the renowned Monaco Grand Prix. In 1971, Oscar-winning filmmaker and racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion Formula One driver Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the premier events in the sport. Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart's world for three days, both on the track and off. The result was an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. The film, produced by Polanski and credited to documentary director Frank Simon, premiered at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival and played throughout Europe. But it then sat dormant for 40 years until Polanski restored and recut the film, adding a new epilogue showing Polanski and Stewart reminiscing in present-day Monaco, having a conversation about their friendship, the evolution of racing, and life in general. The revitalized film premiered as an Official Selection at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and went on to a successful theatrical U.S. release. Formats: DVD. (MPI Home Video).
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
(2014) Often referred to as "the funniest woman in the world," the iconic black comedienne Jackie "Moms" Mabley broke racial and gender boundaries as the first black female headliner at the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall. In her directorial film debut, Whoopi Goldberg pays homage to this pioneering talent by bringing together an impressive roster of A-list entertainers and historians to celebrate Mabley's storied life and career. Born Loretta Mary Aiken in Brevard, N.C., on March 19, 1894, Mabley was one of the most successful entertainers to perform on the black vaudeville stage, also known as the "chitlin' circuit." Her monologues touched on traditional topics such as family, as well as more controversial subjects that were typically avoided by comedians of the era, regardless of race, including infidelity, poverty, welfare and alcohol. Her successful career spanned five decades (though white audiences generally did not learn of her until the early 1960s), throughout which she recorded more than 20 comedy albums and appeared in numerous films. This documentary includes vintage clips and recordings of her performances, as well as recent interviews with some of the world's top comedians, and Mabley fans, including Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby and Goldberg. Formats: DVD, $19.98; Digital. (HBO).
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An Adventure in Space and Time
(2013) David Bradley, Jessica Raine, Sacha Dhawan, Brian Cox. BBC drama travels back in time over 50 years to witness the creation of an icon -- the birth of Doctor Who. Read more.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: The very first Doctor Who adventure, "An Unearthly Child," on a bonus disc with its own bonus content (including "The Pitch of Fear," a sketch starring Mark Gatiss and David Walliams that takes a comedic look at the creation of Doctor Who); "The Making of the Adventure" behind-the-scenes featurette hosted by Carole Ann Ford, the actress who played the First Doctor's companion; deleted scenes; reconstructions; "William Hartnell: The Original" featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series
(1972-78) Nineteen-disc set with all 142 episodes of the sitcom classic that stars the incomparable Bob Newhart as Dr. Robert Hartley, a Chicago psychologist who finds himself surrounded by some unusual and neurotic characters on the job, as well as at home. Stars Suzanne Pleshette as his quick-witted and understanding wife and Bill Daily as his off-kilter neighbor. David Davis and Lorenzo Music, the writers and producers behind "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," created the series specifically with Bob Newhart in mind. According to Vince Waldron in his essay printed in the set's accompanying 40-page booklet, like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," the series was populated by witty, sincere people who daily faced the irrational realities of ordinary life. The show's undercurrent of preposterous logic was actually an outgrowth of Newhart's own clearly defined comic persona. The performer, whose nightclub act routinely featured one-sided conversations with Abraham Lincoln, Sir Walter Raleigh, and King Kong, was certainly no stranger to surrealism. "Comedy," Newhart once said, "is my way of bringing logic to an illogical situation." There's also little doubt that Pleshette's unapologetic sensuality gave the show a distinctive, sophisticated edge. Formats: DVD. Extras: The original unaired pilot; "Group Therapy" (2014) in which Newhart sits down with Peter Bonerz, Jack Riley, Bill Daily and Michael Zinberg; "The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary" (1991) in which the entire cast assembles for a one-hour clip show that finds the show's characters in the present day; commentaries with Newhart, Marcia Wallace, David Davis, Peter Bonerz, Fred Willard, Jim Burrows, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston and Jack Riley; gag reel; 40 page collectable booklet with an essay by Emmy-winning writer Vince Waldron. $129.99. (Shout! Factory).
The Bridge - Season One
(2011 -- Denmark/Sweden) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. The series begins when a woman is found murdered in the middle of the Oresund Bridge, right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. Police from both countries are called to the scene and what looks like one murder, turns out to be two. It's a spectacular double murder: the bodies have been brutally cut in half at the waist and put together to form a single corpse. It's also just the beginning of a wave of violence the likes of which no one has ever seen before. Both police forces find themselves in a race against the clock in a deadly showdown with a superior enemy, and no one will be the same when it's over. Inspired the FX remake that aired in the U.S. in 2013. In Swedish and Danish with English Subtitles. Formats: DVD, $49.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).
(2014) Trevor Morgan, Elizabeth Rice, Analeigh Tipton, Thomas Jane. Ogden Confer, a community college student who, while dealing with the recent loss of his best pal, Rose, foils the suicide effort of a mysterious young lady, Beth, who proceeds to make him pay for not minding his own business. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2013) Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller. Black comedy/thriller about a scheming couple who put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares during the course of an evening at a local bar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director E.L. Katz and star Pat Healy, making-of documentary, "Cheap Thrills at Fantastic Fest 2013," trailers, 16-page booklet. (Drafthouse Films).
Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series
(1967-68) Eight-disc set with all 23 feature-length episodes, $79.98. Airing on CBS from September 1967 to March of 1968, the series was produced by the creators of "Gunsmoke," and was one of only three 90-minute weekly Western series that aired during the 1960s (the others are "The Virginian" and, for one season, "Wagon Train") and the only 90-minute series of any kind to be centered primarily around one lead character. Set in 1888 as the frontier was closing, U.S. Marshall Jim Crown (Stuart Whitman) was assigned to protect Cimarron (the border region between the Kansas Territory and Indian Territory) and surrounding areas, following a stint cleaning up Abilene. Arriving to find that the local sheriff had resigned, it falls upon Crown to keep law and order in a lawless land. Guest stars included Beau Bridges, David Carradine, Seymour Cassel, Joseph Cotton, Robert Duvall, Victor French, Mariette Hartley, Darren McGavin, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Oates, Slim Pickens, Suzanne Pleshette, Denver Pyle, Telly Savalas, John Saxon, Tom Skerrit, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Voight, Tuesday Weld and many more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with Stuart Whitman. (Entertainment One).
(2013) Aiden Bristow, Cory Driscoll, Avital Ash, Jennifer Baute, Landon Ashworth, Tybee Diskin. A high school football hero obsesses on the death of Claire, a girl he didn't know and who was killed by a drunk driver; in the course of his investigation of her life he alienates his social group friends, who had wronged her in the past, and his life spirals out of control when he confronts the question: Did he unknowingly play a role in Claire's death? Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Could This Be Love
(2014) Drew Sidora, Tommy Ford, Romeo Miller. Urban rom-com about a small town country girl who returns home after college to take over the family business, her father's beloved bed and breakfast. Facing an unfaithful husband and dysfunctional relationship with her mother, she finds herself at a difficult crossroads ... until a young, handsome lawyer checks in and opens her eyes to an entirely different life. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Covert Affairs: Season Four
(2013) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scene, Gag Reel, Action Reel, "Sights Unseen: Auggie Undercover -- A Covert Affairs Prequel." (Universal).
Dan Curtis' Dracula BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1974 -- TV) Jack Palance, Fiona Lewis, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport. Adapted for the small screen by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson ("The Twilight Zone," "I Am Legend," "Duel") and produced by the legendary Dan Curtis ("Dark Shadows," "Trilogy of Terror," "The Winds of War"). Palance stars as Count Dracula, whose centuries-old existence is threatened after he attacks the lovely Lucy Westenra and her fiance calls in famed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing to investigate. Transferred and restored in 2K High Definition from the original 35mm camera negative. (MPI Home Video).
(1989) William Bumille, Brenda Bakke, Ken Foree, Rosalind Cash. The new fitness club in town has everything a health nut could ever want: a variety of workout machines, classes taught by friendly (and frisky) instructors, and a state-of-the-art computer control system for maximum client comfort. Unfortunately, it's also possessed by the evil spirit of the owner's dead wife, and before long every dumbbell, leg press and rowing machine becomes a deadly weapon for her to enact bloody vengeance on the club's beautiful members. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary, making-of featurette, trailers. (Gorgon Video/MPI).
Dora and Boots - Best Friends Forever
(2013) The inseparable Nickelodeon duo explore a magical rainforest amusement park, celebrate Best Friends Day, rescue Boots' beloved shiny red boots, recover Boot's lost cuddly dinosaur, and more. Eight episodes, $14.99. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Dreamworks Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 2
(2013) The second part of the award-winning TV series based on the animated movie "How to Train Your Dragon." Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Dragon Tracker Part 4," "Evolution of Skill," "Here Comes the Fire" dragon mash-up. (Fox).
(2012 -- China) Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Yi, Zhang Xinyi, Ni Jingyang. An anti-Japanese resistance fighter during World War II infiltrates a gang of bandits to enlist their help in assassinating a Japanese prince. When the plan goes awry, they're ambushed and must escape to save their lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
(2014) Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield. Read more about "Endless Love" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Endless Love." Blu-ray adds extended ending, deleted/extended/alternate scenes. (Universal).
(2013) Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman. Caper comedy about an art curator who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet ... but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen. This remake of the 1966 caper comedy was directed by Michael Hoffman from a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Hitler and the Nazi
(2014) Documentary offers an absorbing look at Adolf Hitler's brutal rise to power and features archived footage and interviews. Tracing his rise, first through politics and then through force, to become Germany's most powerful leader, the film captures the ruthless dictator as he marches Germany into another war in a delusional quest for global domination.
Formats: Three-disc DVD, $29.98. (Cinedigm).
House in the Alley
(2012 -- Vietnam) Thanh Van Ngo, Son Bao Tran, Van Hai Bui. Boasting a large cult following overseas and a film festivals favorite, this gripping haunted house thriller is about a couple who slowly lose their sanity as they become haunted by the traumatic death of their son and the paranormal disturbances in their house from an unspeakable past. Formats: DVD. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
How to Train Your Dragon Collector's Edition
(2010) Voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Kick-off episode of "DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk"; "Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon" animated adventure with the original voice cast, deleted scenes and commentary. Blu-ray adds behind-the-scenes footage and interviews for "DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk," trivia, a tutorial on drawing Toothless, Gobber's training secrets and more fiery fun. Packages also include a code for up to $7.50 off one movie ticket to see "How to Train Your Dragon 2" in theaters June 13. (Paramount).
(2013) Ryan Merriman, Andrea Brooks, Emily Holmes, Tom Everett Scott. Syfy Original Movie puts a small town firefighter, a rag-tag team of nerds and do-gooders, a rogue scientist, and the stranded president of the United States up against some very evil space invaders that make the Transformers look like kids toys. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Jack Irish, Set 2
(2014) Guy Pearce returns as down-on-his-luck private detective Jack Irish in this cinematic Australian noir series. The feature-length mystery finds jack grappling with more personal and professional drama as he continues to investigate crimes in Melbourne's seedy underbelly. When a man he's been tasked to find turns up dead from a drug overdose, Jack thinks his job is done. But his client compels him to continue working on the case, revealing a personal stake that Jack can't ignore. As he digs deeper, Jack uncovers a conspiracy involving smuggling, police corruption, and blackmail that could compromise someone close to his heart. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Behind-the-scenes clips and gallery. (Acorn Media).
Journey to the West
(2013 -- China) The latest action-comedy from Stephen Chow is centered on Tang Sanzang, a Buddhist trying to protect a village from three demons, his emerging feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who helps him, and Sanzang's transformative encounter with the Monkey King.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Six featurettes on stunts & special effects, cast & characters, director Stephen Chow, the laughs; production design and choreography; theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Kennedys: Triumph and Tragedy
(2014) Box set which features the two-part documentary "The Kennedys," the bonus program "Oswald's Ghost," as well as a booklet and 24 pieces of memorabilia related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Formats: DVD, $29.99. (PBS Distribution).
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew -- Team Zissou -- set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline copilot (Owen Wilson); a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett); and Zissou's estranged wife, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). Wes Anderson has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Seu Jorge, and Bud Cort for this wildly original adventure comedy. New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary by Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach; new interviews with actors Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum; "This Is an Adventure," a documentary by Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing chronicling the production of the movie; "Mondo Monda," an Italian talk show featuring an interview with Anderson and Baumbach, hosted by Antonio Monda; interview with composer and Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh; 10 performances of David Bowie songs in Portuguese by Brazilian recording artist and actor Seu Jorge; intern video journal by actor Matthew Gray Gubler; multiple interviews with the cast and crew, featuring behind-the-scenes footage; making-of featurette; nine deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes photos and original artwork from the film; trailer; an insert featuring a cutaway view of The Belafonte, the ship from the film, Eric Anderson's original illustrations, and a conversation between Wes and Eric conducted in 2005. (The Criterion Collection).
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Series 2
(2014) All 13 episodes of the second series. Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is back with more intriguing mysteries and exquisite fashion. A private detective in 1920s Melbourne, Phryne has a knack for being in the right place at the right time -- and she's usually armed with the right weapon. Aided by her maid, Dorothy "Dot" Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), Phryne ventures from the city's mansions to its brothels, gaining admirers and enemies along the way. Often assisting their investigations are Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt). Jack finds Phryne's eager interest in his cases exasperating, but he comes to rely on her crime-solving instincts -- and is increasingly captivated by her other charms. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Behind-the-scenes clips, episode promos, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
The People vs. Paul Crump
(1962) William Friedkin's first feature film, newly restored from an archival 16mm print. Before directing "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," William Friedkin made one of the most powerful documentaries you've never seen. Paul Crump, 22, was caught up in a failed robbery with four other black men and was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Friedkin so believed in Crump's innocence that he made "The People vs. Paul Crump" in order to save his life. On March 20, 1953, five men robbed a meatpacking plant in Chicago's Union Stock Yards. Their getaway went awry, and a security guard was killed. Four of the men received jail sentences and were eventually paroled. The fifth, Paul Crump, confessed under questionable interrogation tactics, then retracted, only to be convicted and sentenced to the chair. After 14 stays of execution, local TV director William Friedkin and his cinematographer Bill Butler took to the streets with lightweight cameras to appeal for Crump's return to society. The resulting film contributed to the commutation of Crump's sentence and launched Friedkin's Hollywood career. Produced for Chicago's WBKB (ABC) with a budget of only $14,000, the film was never aired due to its controversial subject matter. Besides the occasional retrospective, opportunities to see this formative Friedkin film are rare. Formats: DVD. Extras: Facets Cine-Notes booklet featuring essays on Crump's case and Friedkin's career by film scholar Susan Doll, production stills, original production notes, production stills, and script excerpts. Read more here. (Facets Releasing).
Pioneers of Television: Season 4
(2013) Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Ray Romano, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Bob Newhart, Dick Van Dyke and dozens more A-list TV stars tell behind-the-scenes tales of America's most popular shows in the fourth season of the PBS series: "Standup to Sitcom," "Doctors and Nurses," "Acting Funny" and "Breaking Barriers." Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(1948) No matter what genre he worked in, Howard Hawks played by his own rules, and never was this more evident than in his first Western, the rowdy and whip-smart "Red River." In it, John Wayne found one of his greatest roles as an embittered, tyrannical Texas rancher whose tensions with his independent-minded adopted son, played by Montgomery Clift in a breakout performance, reach epic proportions during a cattle drive to Missouri, which is based on a real-life late 19th century expedition. Yet Hawks is less interested in historical accuracy than in tweaking the codes of masculinity that propel the myths of the American West. The unerringly macho Wayne and the neurotic, boyish Clift make for an improbably perfect pair, held aloft by a quick-witted, multilayered screenplay and Hawks's formidable direction. New 4K digital restoration of the rarely presented original theatrical release version, the preferred cut of director Howard Hawks, with monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. 2K restoration of the longer version of "Red River."
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about "Red River" and the two versions; new interview with critic Molly Haskell about Hawks and "Red River"; new interview with Western scholar Lee Clark Mitchell about Western genre literature; audio excerpts of a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich; excerpts from a 1970 audio interview with novelist and screenwriter Borden Chase; booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1991 interview with Hawks's longtime editor Christian Nyby; a new paperback edition of Chase's original novel, previously out of print. (The Criterion Collection).
Ride for Lance
(2014) Chief Petty Officer Lance Vacarro, a highly-decorated Navy SEAL, gave his life for his country in 2008. Two years later, to honor his sacrifice, four Navy SEAL riders and a support team launched The Lance Vacarro Memorial Ride that covered the continental United States -- from Virginia to Alaska and back -- in his honor and memory. Formats: DVD, $24.98. (Anchor Bay).
Run and Jump
(2013) Maxine Peake, Will Forte. After her husband suffers a debilitating stroke, spirited Irish housewife Vanetia Casey struggles to keep her family together in the wake of tragedy. Help comes in the form of American doctor Ted Fielding, whose research grant for documenting the family's recovery process takes care of finances but also requires that the straight-laced doctor live with the chaotic Casey family for two months. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Saving Grace B. Jones
(2009) Dir.: Connie Stevens. Michael Biehn, Tatum O'Neal, Penelope Ann Miller, Piper Laurie, Scott Wilson. In a 1950s-era Missouri town the life of a couple is thrown into chaos when the husband's sister is released from the local asylum and comes to live with the family. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Sleepaway Camp Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Paul DeAngelo, Karen Fields, Desiree Gould, Frank Saladino. Welcome to Camp Arawak, where teenagers learn to experience the joys of nature, as well as each other. But when these happy campers begin to die in a series of horrible "accidents," they discover that someone -- or something -- has turned their summer of fun into a vacation to dismember. New 2K scan of the original camera negative. Extras: New commentary with actors Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten; new commentary with writer-director Robert Hiltzik, moderated by SleepawayCampMovies.com webmaster Jeff Hayes; original audio commentary with Hiltzik and Rose; "At the Waterfront After the Social: The Legacy of Sleepaway Camp" new interviews with Hiltzik, Rose, Tiersten, actors Paul DeAngelo, Karen Fields, Desiree Gould, Frank Saladino and make-up FX artist Ed French; "Judy." a short film by Jeff Hayes starring Karen Fields; "Princess - A Music Video" by Jonathan Tiersten; "Camp Arawak Scrapbook" still gallery; theatrical trailer & TV spots. Available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo. (Scream factory/Shout! Factory).
Suits: Season Three
(2013-14) Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
(2013) MMA champion Krzysztof Soszynski, MMA champion Anderson Silva, MMA champion Lyoto Machida, Jess Brown, Daniel Faraldo, Martin Kove. Follows a former Karate prodigy who decides to compete in an MMA tournament to avenge his family's death. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Interviews with Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Martin Kove. (Lionsgate).
The Trials of Cate McCall
(2013) Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte, James Cromwell, Clancy Brown, Taye Diggs. In order to be reinstated to the bar and regain custody of her daughter, hotshot lawyer Cate McCall (Kate Beckinsale) -- sober, in recovery and on probation -- reluctantly takes on the appeal of a woman who claims she was wrongfully convicted of murder ... and uncovers a web of deceit and corruption that extends to the most powerful echelons of the police department.
Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).
(2013) Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Helen Rogers, Caroline White. When a young model is found brutally murdered, a fetish photographer and homicide detective are brought together at the crime scene through a shared if sadistic interest and, before long, an unlikely friendship develops between the two, as each tries to involve themselves in the other's professional life -- leading to horrific consequences. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
The Universe: Season 7 - Ancient Mysteries Solved
(2014) How were ancient builders, including those at Stonehenge, able to create structures around the world with one consistent unit of measurement -- the "megalithic yard" -- despite being oceans apart? This miniseries event uses experts and CGI from "The Universe" to reveal the answer and demonstrate how our past is connected to the history of the universe. Formats: DVD: $19.98, Blu-ray Disc: $19.99. (Lionsgate).
Wallander (Season 3)
(2013 - Sweden) Krister Henriksson returns as Detective Kurt Wallander from the best-selling crime series by Swedish author Henning Mankell. Wallander is Ystad's veteran detective who's finally learned to find respite from the job in the moments of grace that came from living on the beach with his dog, Jussi, or spending time with his granddaughter. He's still on the outs at work, however: offbeat methods make him an irritant for management and his colleague, Martinsson, is angling for his position. But no one in the department has the uncanny sense of the criminal mind that he does. Whether it's Cold War spies, pedophiles, human traffickers or kidnappers, Wallander knows when he's being lied to and when the story hasn't been fully told. Wallander is also trying to get a few things right with his daughter and fellow cop, Linda. He's arrived at his life's twilight clinging to the one thing he knows, which is how to do police work. In that, Wallander is a man at the top of his game. He's also a man at the end of his game. In Swedish with English Subtitles. Four-disc set with five episodes, $69.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Wallander's World" featurette, interview with Krister Henriksson. (MHz Home Entertainment).
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