Alexander: The Ultimate Cut
(2004) Dir.: Oliver Stone; Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christopher Plummer. 10th anniversary edition of Oliver Stone's epic includes never-before-seen cut of the film. Because the film's original 2004 theatrical release required a running time of less than three hours, within strictly defined codes for violence and sexuality, the director felt he was unable to achieve a vision that stretched beyond the boundaries of an ordinary film. Stone now feels that by adhering to the outline of his original script, he is finally able to bring this improved Ultimate Cut, 31 minutes longer, to home viewing audiences. The Theatrical Cut (2004) was two hours and 55 minutes. The Ultimate Cut (2014) is three hours and 26 minutes with an intermission. It is eight minutes shorter than the Final Cut (2007) version and different in structure. According to Stone, "I've tried throughout this process to achieve what I believe is the appropriate balance between the inner and outer journeys undertaken by this extraordinary man. Free from earlier constraints, I've continued to pursue this great story, and I think I have at last achieved a film that tells a story as it has never been told." Two-disc set contains the 2004 theatrical cut and the new Ultimate Cut. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New documentary "The Real Alexander and the World He Made," Ultimate Cut commentary by Stone, Theatrical Version commentary by Stone and Robin Lane Fox, "Resurrecting Alexander," Perfect Is The Enemy of Good," "The Death of Alexander," "Vangelis Scores Alexander," "Fight Against Time: Oliver Stone's Alexander" by Sean Stone, trailers. (Warner).
Axel: The Biggest Little Hero
(2013 -- China) Voices of Ed Asner, Tim Curry, Matthew Lillard, George Takei. A young boy becomes an unlikely hero when he sets out on an adventure-filled quest -- flying through magnetic valleys, escaping an evil robotic lizard king and putting up with a brave but headstrong young Princess -- to find the legendary Bonta oasis when his village runs out of food. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
(1975-76) William Shatner stars as Jeff Cable, an undercover agent patrolling the wild streets of 1880s San Francisco. Broadcast on ABC and modeled after the original "Mission Impossible," "Barbary Coast" features an enthralling Western tale of post-Gold Rush California wherein corruption, greed, and violence reign supreme in this bustling slice of life filled with casinos and saloons. DVD debut. Four-disc set with the pilot movie and 13 episodes, $59.99. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Beyond the Trophy
(2012) Michael Madsen, Eric Roberts, Tommy "Tiny" Lister. Two rival gangs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas are vying for control; each is led by a man with a strong obsession with power and no limit on how far he will go to claim the "prize"; meanwhile an LAPD undercover police detective goes deep into gangland to infiltrate one gang to bring down both. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
The Birdcage BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dir.: Mike Nichols; Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski. (Fox).
The Birds BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1963) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor. Extras: Deleted scene, the original ending, "The Birds: Hitchcock's Monster Movie," "All About The Birds," storyboard sequence, Tippi Hedren's screen test, Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts, "The Birds Is Coming" (Universal International Newsreel), "Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock" (Universal International Newsreel), production photographs, Theatrical Trailer, "100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics," "100 Years of Universal: The Lot." (Universal).
(2012 -- Netherlands) Raymond Thiry, Kim van Kooten, Bas Keijzer, Renee Fokker, Edmond Classen. On the morning before his wedding, retired criminal Jos wakes up next to a murdered man with no memory of the previous night or how he and the body got there. Jos soon discovers that a group of gangsters have pinned him as the lone suspect in the theft of 20 kilos of cocaine ... and he's got 24 hours to get it back, or the life of his bride will be in serious danger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director Arne Toonen, short film "Oh Deer" by Toonen, blooper reel, more. (Doppelganger Releasing).
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
(2008-13) All 62 uncut, uncensored episodes. Formats: 21-disc DVD, 16-disc Blu-ray. Extras: More than 50 hours from Season 1 through the Final Season. Blu-ray adds "No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad," an exclusive two-hour documentary that chronicles the filming of the final eight episodes. (Sony).
The Break-Up BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston. Extras: Deleted scenes, extended scenes, outtakes, alternate ending, improv with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, "In Perfect Harmony: The Tone Rangers," "The Making of The Break-Up," "Three Brothers: A Tour of Chicago," commentary with Vaughn and Aniston, commentary with director Peyton Reed. (Universal).
The Bridge Season 1
(2013) Thirteen episodes. Gripping crime thriller set on the U.S.-Mexico border based on the Danish-Swedish TV series. When a murder victim is discovered on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) must work with her Mexican counterpart, Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer terrorizing both sides of the border. But their investigation uncovers shocking secrets and relentless danger that neither of them could possibly have imagined. Formats: Four-disc DVD: $49.98; three-disc Blu-ray: $59.99. Extras: "Building The Bridge," "Ciudad Juarez: The Other Side of The Bridge With Damien Cave," deleted scenes, commentary. (Fox).
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant. Extras: "Mark & Bridget: Forever?" "Bridget Jones Interviews Colin Firth," "Lonely London," "The Big Fight," commentary with director Beeban Kidron, deleted scenes. (Universal).
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
(2013) Inspired by the critically-acclaimed book of the same name, this two-disc set takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise -- from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 "reboot." Combining hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all 12 films and the television series, this is the ultimate tribute to one of horror's most iconic and enduring franchises. Formats: DVD, 19.95. Extras: Trailers, filmmaker commentary. (CAV Distributing).
Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season
(2013) Ten episodes of the TNT series about the aftermath of an alien attack that leaves most of the world completely debilitated. Season 3 opens seven months after the 2nd Mass arrived in Charleston. Tom (Noah Wyle) has been elected as a political official of Charleston, but he has his hands full as the resistance continues to battle the alien invaders. The newly-formed alliance Tom formed with a new alien race gains them their first real advantage in the war against the invading Espheni. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $39.98, two-disc Blu-ray: $49.99. Extras: "Warrior Poet: Creating the Character and Emotion of Cochise," "Karen: The Overlord Next Door," behind-the-scenes features, all episodes of "2nd Watch Hosted by Wil Wheaton." (Warner).
The Glades: Season 4
(2013) 13 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)
Graceland Season One
(2013) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "The Real Graceland." (Fox).
In the Blood
(2014) Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Stephen Lang, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Treat Williams. Read more about "In the Blood" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay/Fox).
Kissing Jessica Stein BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) Jennifer Westfeldt, Tovah Feldshuh. Extras: Deleted Scenes, commentaries, featurette, theatrical trailer. (Fox).
(2014) Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, Yousuf Azami, Sammy Sheik. Read more about "Lone Survivor" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bringing the Story to Light" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings" profile of the real-life heroes. Blu-ray adds "Will of the Warrior" in-depth look at Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy SEAL who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in Operation Red Wings; "Recreating the Firefight" featurette; "Learning the Basics" SEAL training for the four leads; "The Pashtun Code of Life" featurette. (Universal).
The Man With No Name Trilogy Blu-ray
Three-disc set with "A Fistful of Dollars," "For a Few Dollars More," a newly remastered "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," and five hours of bonus feature; $39.99. (Fox).
(2014) Takes a journey through the badlands and backwaters of America with Mark Pilkington and John Lundberg, based on their best selling book, as they uncover a 60 year-old story stranger than any conspiracy thriller. For more than 60 years teams within the U.S. Air Force and U.S. intelligence services exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and extraterrestrial visits as part of their counter-intelligence programs. In doing so they spawned a mythology so powerful that it captivated and warped many brilliant minds, including several of their own. Now, for the first time, some of those behind these operations, and their victims, speak out, revealing a true story that is part "Manchurian Candidate" and part "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
The Motel Life
(2012) Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson. A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident and cross the state line to the home of an old flame; while they seem safe from the law, one brother's instability and all-consuming guilt render their future increasingly uncertain. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cinedigm).
New Tricks, Season 10
(2013) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the BBC police drama about a group of semi-retired curmudgeons who -- led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, their beautiful, younger boss -- solve cold cases with classic policing skills and easy camaraderie. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
NOVA: Inside Animal Minds
(2014) What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature's eyes and wondered: What is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures -- dogs, birds, and dolphins. Formats: DVD: $29.99, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
The Nutty Professor 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1963) Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Howard Morris, Kathleen Freeman. Jerry Lewis directed, stared in, and co-wrote (with Bill Richmond) this parody of the classic "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" tale that was selected for the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2004. The four-disc set includes film Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film along with DVDs of two other well-known Lewis comedies, "Cinderfella" and "The Errand Boy." The set was created with personal input from Lewis, who helped compile entertaining extra content. Highlights include a new featurette, "Jerry Lewis: No Apologies," an intimate look at "The King of Comedy"; a 48-page book of the film's original story boards; a 44-page book of excerpts from Lewis' cutting script with personal notes; a recreated "Being a Person" book, made up of drawings and quotes inspired/written by Lewis and drawn by his personal illustrator. (250 copies of this book were originally made and distributed to members of the cast and crew of "The Nutty Professor" after Lewis heard of general conflicts among them); a "Directors Letter" specially written by Lewis to present the new collection; and a CD collection, "Phoney Phone Calls, 1959-1972," with private prank calls secretly recorded by Lewis during those years (years before the Jerky Boys were harassing unwitting shop clerks, housewives and businessmen, Lewis perfected the art, as these recordings show. Released in 2001 on the Sin-Drome label). Other extras: Commentary by Lewis and Steve Lawrence; "The Nutty Professor: Perfecting The Formula" behind-the-scenes footage; "Jerry Lewis at Work"; "Jerry at Movieland Wax Museum," with commentary by son Chris Lewis; deleted scenes; Jerry and Stella promos; bloopers; screen tests; outtakes; original mono track; trailers. $54.99. (Warner).
Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fourth Season
(2013-14) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.98. Season Four begins in the moments following the shocking Season Three finale and the girls strive to make sense of the mysterious "Red Coat" and what plans he or she may have in store for them. Based upon the book series by Sara Shepard, "Pretty Little Liars" revolves around four teenage girlfriends -- Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) -- who lost touch with one another after the mysterious death of a friend, Alison. The girls are suddenly reunited when they each begin receiving messages suggesting Alison is actually alive -- and watching them -- and the suspense and scares continue to build as relationships are built -- and destroyed. Formats: DVD. Extras: Three featurettes. (Warner).
The Pretty One
(2013) Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, John Carroll Lynch. When an eccentric and insecure young woman (Kazan) is mistaken for her identical twin after a traumatic car accident, she seizes the opportunity to leave behind her pathetic existence and assume her sister's life as "the pretty one." she finally learns to value her own identity. As she eases into her new, independent existence, she discovers that she's capable of accomplishments she had never before had dreamed of: excelling in a career, maintaining friendships and even finding love. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Pretty One: Visual Effects" featurette. (Sony).
Psycho BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1960) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. Extras: "The Making of Psycho," "Psycho Sound," "In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy," Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts, newsreel footage: "The Release of Psycho," "The Shower Scene: With and Without Music," "The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass," "The Psycho Archives," posters and "Psycho" ads, lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photographs, production photographs, theatrical trailer, re-release trailers, commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho"). (Universal).
Ravenous BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999) Dir.: Antonia Bird; Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, John Spencer, Stephen Spinella, Neal McDonough, David Arquette. It's a recipe for nonstop action and excitement when the inhabitants of an isolated military outpost in the 19th century in the Sierra Nevada mountains go up against a marauding band of cannibals in a deadly struggle for survival. Extras: Commentary with director Antonia Bird and composer Damon Albarn, commentary with screenwriter Ted Griffin and actor Jeffrey Jones, commentary with actor Robert Carlyle, deleted scenes, new interview with actor Jeffrey Jones, theatrical trailer, TV spot, two still galleries: costume design and production design. (Scream factory/Shout! Factory).
Rawhide: The Eighth and Final Season
(1965) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. One of the most celebrated Westerns in television history rides into the sunset in time for Father's Day. Saddle up with Clint Eastwood as his iconic character Rowdy Yates is promoted to trail boss in the series' final episodes. Features guest stars Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, Robert Blake, Cesar Romero, Charles Bronson, Rory Calhoun and Ralph Bellamy. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Rear Window BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1954) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr. Extras: "Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary," "A Conversation With Screenwriter John Michael Hayes," "Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master," Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock," Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts, "Masters of Cinema," commentary with John Fawell, author of "Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film," production photographs, theatrical trailer, re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart. (Universal).
The Ringer BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2005) Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl. Extras: Commentary by director Barry W. Blaustein, screenwriter Ricky Blitt, producer Peter Farrelly, and actors Johnny Knoxville, Edward Barbanell and John Taylor; deleted scenes; "Let The Games Begin: A Look at The Ringer"; theatrical trailer. (Fox).
(2014) Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Jackie Earle Haley, Miguel Ferrer, Jennifer Ehle, John Paul Ruttan. Read more about "RoboCop" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Deleted scenes, "OmniCorp Product Announcement," "Robocop: Engineered for the 21st Century": "The Illusion of Free Will: A New Vision," "To Serve and Protect: Robocop's Weapons," "The Robocop Suit: Form and Function." (MGM/Fox).
(2014) Christopher Meloni, Dean Norris, Devon Bostick, Bridget Moynahan, Xander Berkeley. A teenager (Devon Bostick) decides to skip college and become a used-car salesman like his divorced father (Christopher Meloni) -- transforming from innocent young man into a jaded car salesman. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Starz/Anchor Bay).
True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season
(2013) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. Vampire Bill is rebirthed as a powerful ancient deity, Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell declares open season on all vampires and Sookie Stackhouse finds herself sidelined by a mysterious stranger with a hidden agenda. Formats: DVD: $59.99, Blu-ray Disc: $79.98, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside the Episodes" backstories on each episode, commentaries, previews & recaps. Blu-ray adds "Vamp Camp Files" inside look at the secret trove of documents detailing the effort to eradicate vampires via the institution known as "Vamp Camp," "True Blood Lines" uncovers secrets from relationships past and present in an interactive guide and archive. (HBO).
(2013) On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, Calif., eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during first period. When Larry died two days later, his murder shocked the nation. Was this a hate crime, one perpetrated by a budding neo-Nazi whose masculinity was threatened by an effeminate gay kid who may have had a crush on him? Or was there even more to it? Looking beyond all the copious news coverage of this tragic event, this documentary tells the story of two victims: the deceased and the murderer. With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry's and Brandon's troubled lives -- both physically abused, both from broken homes, and both searching for a sense of belonging. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, extended interviews. (Docurama/Cinedigm).
Vertigo BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1958) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. Extras: "Obsessed With Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece," "Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators," Hitchcock/Truffaut, foreign censorship ending, "The Vertigo Archives," restoration theatrical trailer, feature commentary with director William Friedkin, theatrical trailer, "100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era." (Universal).
Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide
(2010) Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more with this definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon -- a banning of certain films on video beginning in the 1980s that was one of the most extraordinary and scandalous eras in the history of British film. For the first time ever on DVD, trailers to all 72 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions are featured with specially filmed intros for each title in a three-disc collector's edition box-set. Disc One, the era-defining and critically acclaimed documentary "Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape" takes in the explosion of home video, the erosion of civil liberties, the introduction of draconian censorship measures, hysterical press campaigns and the birth of many careers born in blood and videotape, West's documentary also reflects on the influence this peculiar era still exerts on us today. Disc Two presents the 39 titles that were successfully prosecuted in UK courts and deemed liable to deprave and corrupt. These included: "Absurd," "Cannibal Holocaust," "The Driller Killer," "I Spit on Your Grave," "Nightmares in a Damaged Brain," "Snuff," and "Zombie Flesh-Eaters." Disc Three presents the 33 titles that were initially banned, but then subsequently acquitted and removed from the DPP's list. These included: "Death Trap," "Deep River Savages," "The Evil Dead," "Human Experiments," "The Toolbox Murders" and "Zombie Creeping Flesh." Formats: DVD, $29.98. (Severin Films/CAV Distributing).
We Always Lie to Strangers: The Incredible True Story of Branson, Missouri
(2014) Documentary is the story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. A remote Ozark Mountain town of just 10,500, Branson hosts more than 7.5 million tourists a year and generates nearly $3 billion in annual tourism revenue. At the heart of Branson's appeal are the more than 100 staged music shows that have earned the town the moniker of "the live music capital of the world" (its theaters boast more total seats than Broadway). These shows are well known for their traditional, family-style entertainment -- no profanity, no nudity, no gambling, healthy doses of gospel and respect for veterans. Crowds from around the country, and particularly from the Midwest, flock to Branson for this return to old-fashioned values. Stars closely associated with Branson include Dolly Parton, the Osmonds, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Lettermen, illusionist Rick Thomas, Neal McCoy, Yakov Smirnoff, Larry Gatlin, Mickey Gilley and many more. This documentary offers a peek behind the curtain, profiling four families who live and perform there: the Presleys, who first performed in 1967; Joe and Tamra Tinoco and their 4-year-old daughter; the Lennons, an extended entertainment clan whose members include the Lennon Sisters of "Lawrence Welk Show" fame; and Chip Holderman and Ryan Walton, a gay couple who perform in separate shows. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
What's in a Name?
(2013 -- France) Patrick Bruel, Valerie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquedec, Judith El Zein. Fortysomething Vincent is about to become a father and, at a dinner with his sister, brother-in-law and a childhood friend, he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion that brings up unpleasant matters from the past in this ribald comedy. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Wheels on the Bus: A Day at the Farm
(2013) Blends live-action, animation and puppetry -- including the voice of Roger Daltry (The Who) as Argon the Dragon -- for a musical adventure for children ages 1-5. Four episodes have Papaya, the fun-loving monkey, and his toucan friend, Mango, learn about different farm animals plus the importance of good nutrition and how to choose healthy foods. Formats: DVD, $9.98. (Entertainment One).
Witches of East End: The Complete First Season
(2013) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Falling Under Their Spell" featurette, Deleted scenes, gag reel, cat blooper reel. (Fox).
You, Me and Dupree BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon. Extras: "Dupree's Memoirs," spoof trailer, commentary with directors Anthony & Joe Russo, commentary with writer Michael LeSieur and producer Scott Stuber, alternate ending, deleted scenes, outtakes. (Universal).
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(2013) Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack. A quirky but naive college grad (Roberts) takes a job at an adult bookstore, where she pursues a mentorship under a reclusive, crusty and alcoholic poet (Cusack), and eyes the store's adorable young manager (Peters).
Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2013 -- U.K.) Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney. When notorious DJ Alan Partridge's (Coogan) radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events that forces Alan to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege mounted by disgruntled fellow DJ (Colm Meaney), who decides to hold the station hostage after learning that he's getting sacked. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, AXS TV: "A Look at Alan Partridge." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
All That Heaven Allows
(1955) This heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s American mores by Douglas Sirk follows the blossoming love between a well-off suburban widow (Jane Wyman) and her handsome and earthy younger gardener (Rock Hudson). After their romance prompts the scorn of her selfish children and snooty country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others. With the help of ace cinematographer Russell Metty, Sirk imbued nearly every shot with a vivid and distinct emotional tenor. A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, "All That Heaven Allows" is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary featuring John Mercer, co-author of "Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility," and film scholar Tamar Jeffers-McDonald; "Rock Hudson's Home Movies" (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport; French television interview with Sirk from 1982; excerpts from "Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk," a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director; "Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk," a 2007 interview with the actor, who co-starred in three Sirk films, including "All That Heaven Allows"; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on Sirk. (The Criterion Collection).
(2002 -- France-Germany-Romania) Costa-Gavras creates a powerful and riveting account of the Final Solution that questions how much was known outside of Germany as mass exterminations were carried out in Nazi death camps. Ulrich Tukur stars as Kurt Gerstein, a German chemist whose work on various governmental health projects leads to his assignment as an SS officer in charge of hygiene. When he learns that Zyclon B, a toxic cleanser he created to stem the tide of typhoid among German troops, is being used in gas chambers, Gerstein is horrified. But his pleas to officials in Germany, Sweden and the U.S. to stop the genocide fall on deaf ears. One person who does listen is Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz), a young Jesuit priest with ties to the Vatican and even Pope Pius XII. Ultimately, Gerstein and Fontana must fight a brave but lonely and dangerous battle to save the innocent -- and themselves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
Auf Wiedersehen - 'Til We Meet Again
(2013) After a terrifying experience on 9/11, writer Linda Mills is compelled to return with her comedic son and opinionated mother to the site in Vienna where her family fled the Nazis in Vienna in 1939. This documentary finds surprising humor and uplifting moments in a tale of one family's repeated escapes from evil. Formats: DVD. (SISU Home Entertainment).
(2013) Documentary explores coming of age in the face of faith, doubt, fierce competition, sexuality and love. Mikayla Irle is just like any other normal 17-year-old girl with a crush; except unlike other girls, Mikayla has memorized more than several books of the Bible -- more than 2,000 verses -- and the object of her affection is her studious Bible Quiz team captain, JP. But this year JP only has eyes for the National Bible Quiz Championship. In order to succeed, though, he and Mikayla must compete against thousands of other teens from across the U.S. Mikayla hopes that if she can help lead her team to victory she will find the love she lacks in her own family and win the ultimate prize: JP's heart. Challenges stereotypes and presents an even-handed look at religion in these teens' lives as they explore faith, identity, sexuality and competition at one of the most unique summits in evangelical America today. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
(2012 -- Thailand) A former boxer moves to Thailand to start a new life, but when he's robbed and left with nothing, he soon enter an underground fight club called "Fighting Fish" where losing is not an option. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Brazil With Michael Palin
(2014) Join award-winning actor and founding member of Monty Python Michael Palin as he visits Brazil for the very first time to discover the spectacular people, landscape, food, and music of this bustling and beautiful country -- just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the most viewed sporting event in the world, which will be hosted by Brazil. Learn about the fifth largest country in world, which takes up over half of South America and is home to over 192 million people. Formats: DVD: $24.98, Blu-ray Disc: $29.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles
(2013 -- Japan) Mitsuki Koga, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Masanori Mimoto. A student of martial arts is on a quest to seek seven scrolls containing the fighting secrets of seven different disciplines: stick, knife, sword, kung fu, nunchaku, firearm, and special weapons. Along the way he must learn his enemy's ways by what they eat, and bring both secrets and stories of his adventures home to his master. Featuring blistering martial arts, comedy, and food. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making Bushido Man: From the Fantasia Film Festival." (Shout! Factory).
(2012 -- France) Based on the novel by Stephane Osmont and a prize winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Costa-Gavras's most recent feature is a fast-paced, darkly comic, suspenseful drama set in the high-stakes world of global finance. When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule (Gabriel Byrne), erotic distractions from international supermodel Nassim (Liya Kebede), and adversaries with an agenda for destruction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
(2014) Follow-up to Carl Sagan's award-winning series that explored the remarkable mysteries of the cosmos and our place within it. This 13-part adventure transports viewers across the universe of space and time, bringing to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of nature. With an updated Cosmic Calendar, dazzling visual effects, and the wondrous Ship of the Imagination, viewers will experience an unforgettable journey to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest and smallest scale. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Voyage Continues" five-part making-of documentary, "Celebrating Carl Sagan: A Selection From The Library of Congress Dedication," "Cosmos at Comic-Con 2013," commentary on Episode One: "Standing Up in the Milky Way." Blu-ray adds "The Cosmic Calendar: An Interactive Look at the History of the Universe." (Fox).
Deltora Quest: The Complete Series
(2013) An anime series based on the children's books of the same name, written by Australian author Emily Rodda. The anime series is full of magic, mystery and action: The heroic Lief must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in Deltora to find the seven magical gems that can free everyone from the evil tyranny of the Shadow Lord. Formats: Eight-disc DVD set, $79.95. Extras: Photo Galleries. (Cinedigm).
(2013) Dir.: Atom Egoyan; Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos, Stephen Moyer. Dramatization of the true story of the West Memphis Three, a trio of innocent teenagers suspected of devil worship and tried and convicted of murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993. Already the subject of two impressive, major documentaries (the HBO "Paradise Lost" trilogy and "West of Memphis," co-produced by Peter Jackson). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Devil's Knot, "Getting Into Character: The Cast of Devil's Knot," deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).
Ghost of Goodnight Lane
(2014) Lacey Chabert, Danielle Harris, Billy Zane. When the staff inside a renovated film studio finds a co-worker dead one morning, the pieces of a 40-year puzzle add up to an angry ghost who has let the last person step inside her house ... alive. (Inception Media).
(2013) Harrison Gilbertson, Liana Liberato, Jacki Weaver, Ione Skye, Brian Wimmer, Danielle Chuchran, Ella Harris. An introverted teen teams with his new neighbor to explore the haunted house that his family has unknowingly just purchased. Their communications with the dead reveals terrible secrets surrounding the circumstances of the previous inhabitants' demise. Formats: DVD. (IFC Midnight).
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
(2014) Director: Kenneth Branagh. Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Colm Feore, Gemma Chan, Karen David. Read more about "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, "Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room," "Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit," "Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action," "Old Enemies Return," deleted & extended scenes. (Paramount).
(2013) Yahya Gaier, Ouled Radi, Gigi Ravelli. A Russian Space station crashes in Amsterdam, releasing a deadly virus that turns everyday citizens into flesh-craving psychopaths. Aziz, his brother Mo and several strangers emerge from jail, oblivious to the mayhem until they team up with a local police officer. After receiving a desperate call for help, this unlikely band of heroes sets out on an insane rescue mission. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2014) The Discovery Channel six-part miniseries dives into the brutal, thrilling, get-rich-or-die-trying world of the late 1890s gold rush, based on Charlotte Grey's best-selling book, "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich In The Klondike." Based on actual events, "Klondike" tells the story of the last great Gold Rush in history. In 1897 two friends make the perilous journey through North American wilderness to the Klondike boom town Dawson City, "The Paris of the North" where murder, revenge, riches and redemption await. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and starring Richard Madden, Abbie Cornish, Sam Shepard, Tim Roth, Augustus Prew. Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast interviews, behind-the-scenes, "Discovering Klondike" featurette. (Cinedigm).
(1962) The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni's informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following "L'avventura" and "La notte"), "L'eclisse" (The Eclipse) tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world. New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary by film scholar Richard Pena, former program director of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center; "Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema" (2001), a 56-minute documentary exploring the director's life and career; "Elements of Landscape," a 22-minute piece from 2005 about Antonioni and "L'eclisse," featuring Italian film critic Adriano Apra and longtime Antonioni friend Carlo di Carlo; a booklet featuring essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Gilberto Perez, as well as excerpts from Antonioni's writing about his work. (The Criterion Collection).
Love Will Keep Us Together
(2013 -- TV) Reagan Gomez-Preston, Cynthia McWilliams. Urban rom-com about two best friends preparing to live out their dreams of an extravagant double wedding in Hawaii but, as the ladies' big day approaches, their jitters, jealousy and just outrageous expectations meet with emotional highs and lows. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Major Crimes: The Complete Second Season
(2013-14) Four-disc set with 19 episodes, $59.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Major Crimes: Personal Conviction" featurette that examines how each character grapples with questions of the soul during the season, "A Look Forward" featurette sneak peek into Season 3, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2013) Jason Fields, Sean Douglas, Susan Grace. Making his directorial debut, Jason Fields wrote and stars in this touching film that follows a basketball superstar athlete's journey to finding faith and accepting God into his life. A college basketball player destined for the pros returns to his hometown to find his brother consumed with drugs and alcohol and his mother depressed and helpless, and has to decide between saving his family and following his dream. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
The Missing Picture
(2013 -- Cambodia/France) Explores filmmaker Rithy Panh's quest to create the missing images during the period when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. The film recounts the firsthand experience of his family and friends' suffering during the communist regime. Since most of the existing recorded artifacts of that time are propaganda footage, Panh decided to utilize beautifully sculpted clay figurines and elaborately detailed dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory. His recollections of his family and friends before and after the regime's rule are poignantly told through a narrator's poetic voice, as written by Panh. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign-language Film. Formats: DVD. Extras: Trailer. (Strand Releasing).
(2014) Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Scoot McNairy, Corey Stoll, Omar Metwally, Linus Roache, Jason Butler Harner, Shea Whigham, Anson Mount. Read more about "Non-Stop" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Suspense at 40,000 Feet" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds "Non-Stop Action" behind-the-scenes featurette on shooting in a 20' by 30' set the shape of a tube. (Universal).
The Odd Way Home
(2013) Chris Marquette, Rumer Willis. The oddest couple takes an unforgettable journey through the American Southwest, finding happiness in the unlikeliest of places and seeing in each other what no one else has seen before. Maya (Willis) hits the road in Los Angeles, hoping to break a long cycle of domestic abuse and start a new life. When her car breaks down in a middle-of-nowhere town in New Mexico, she meets Duncan (Marquette), a reclusive man with autism. Their inspiring journey through the vistas of New Mexico is filled with moments of discovery, humor, surprises, and hard realities. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Perry Mason Movie Collection Double Features
One, Two & Three
Three single-disc double feature releases starring Raymond Burr as the famed defense attorney: Double Feature One: "Perry Mason Returns," "The Case of the Notorious Nun"; Double Feature Two: "The Case of the Shooting Star," "The Case of the Lost Love: Double Feature Three: "The Case of the Sinister Spirit," "The Case of the Murdered Madam"; $16.99 each. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Ray Donovan: The First Season
(2013) All 12 episodes of the Showtime series starring Liev Schreiber and set in Los Angeles, the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, that centers on Ray Donovan, the man called in to make the most complicated and combustible situations from the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls go away. The only problems he can't fix are those involving his own damaged South Boston family, problems which are exacerbated when his father Mickey (Jon Voight), a gangster with the Irish mob who never protected his family, makes his way to Los Angeles after 20 years in jail. Formats: Four-disc DVD: $65.99, three-disc Blu-ray: $76.99. (Showtime/Paramount).
Resurrection: The Complete First Season
(2014) Omar Epps, Samaire Armstrong, Frances Fisher, Kurtwood Smith, Matt Craven, Mark Hildreth, Devin Kelley, Landon Gimenez, Veronica Cartwright, Sam Hazeldine. Eight episodes of the series about the dead coming back to life -- not as zombies -- but as full-bodied people unchanged since their deaths, sometimes decades earlier. Based on the 2013 book "The Returned," by Jason Mott, which is suspiciously similar to the 2012 French TV series "Les Revenants" ("The Returned"), which in turn was based on the 2004 French film "Les Revenants" (English title "They Came Back"). Takes place in Arcadia, Missouri, where the deceased loved ones of the townspeople suddenly start to reappear. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and immigration agent J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. Formats: DVD, $29.99. (ABC/Disney).
Ride Report: 10,000 Miles to Rio
(2014) When filmmakers Tiernan Turner and Matt Kendall decide to go to the world famous Carnaval, they embark on a 10,000 mile, cross-continental road trip of a lifetime -- from Las Vegas to Rio de Janeiro -- on nothing but Suzuki motorcycles and the help of the burgeoning, international social network of adventure riders and couch-surfers. Along the way they make life-changing connections with strangers and fellow travelers, proving despite all of our fears, the world is filled with kind and generous people. But as they encounter dangerous terrain, mechanical failures, and logistical problems, they must find their own strength in order to make it to the festival on time. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Additional interviews, trailer. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season
(2013-14) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Building Boston" featurette on transforming Los Angeles into Boston, "Rizzoli & Isles: When Truth Meets Fiction" documentary offers viewers insight into how the series takes facts and applies them to the fiction -- executive producer Janet Tamaro's past as a reporter helps create plot lines that feel authentic. (Warner).
The Secret Lives of Dorks
(2013) Gaelan Connell, Charlie Stewart, Vanessa Marano, Beau Mirchoff, Riley Voelkel. Payton (a dork) is in love with Carrie (the head cheerleader) who is dating Clark (the football captain). When she realizes that Payton's crush is likely to last until middle age, Carrie sets him up with Samantha -- a dorkette who works in the local comic book store. Naturally, all doesn't go as planned. Formats: DVD. (Random Media/Cinedigm).
A Short History of Decay
(2013) Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Emmanuelle Chriqui. When a wannabe writer living in Brooklyn who can't seem to quite get it together loses his girlfriend, he resolves to get down to some serious work once and for all ... until fate intervenes and he's called to Florida to deal with his parents' failing health: his father has had a stroke and his mother has early Alzheimer's, and he gets a crash course in love, loyalty, family, and forgiveness in this dark comedy. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Slugterra: Ghoul from Beyond!
(2014) The first feature-length Slugterra adventure based on the hit animated television series about a boy and his crew who explore an underground world where slugs turn into powerful magical beasts and where they have to fend off the evil Dr. Blakk, who wants to "ghoul" the slugs, transforming them into feral mindless weapons. Formats: DVD, $14.97. Extras: Bonus "Slugisode." (Shout! Factory Kids).
(1977) Dir.: William Friedkin; Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou. The success of the April 22 Blu-ray release of William Friedkin's cult suspense thriller, largely overlooked since its 1977 release, has prompted Warner Home Video to release the remastered director's cut on DVD. (Warner).
The Spike Lee Collection: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 BLU-RAY DEBUT
Volume 1 includes "25th Hour" and "He Got Game." Volume 2 includes "Summer of Sam" and "Miracle of St. Anna." Extras: New commentary and existing bonus features from the original DVD releases. $20 each. (Buena Vista/Disney).
(2013) Read more about "Tim's Vermeer" in the June Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Commentary with Teller, Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler; deleted, extended and alternate scenes; Toronto International Film Festival Q&A. (Sony).
Transformers Animated: The Complete Series
(2007-09) Six-disc set with all 42 episodes, $34.99. Trapped on Earth, far from home and living in disguise, the brave Autobots must protect the ancient, all-powerful AllSpark from getting into the hands of the malevolent Decepticons. As if their task weren't difficult enough, the team -- led by the honor-bound Optimus Prime and including Bulkhead, Prowl, Ratchet and Bumblebee -- must also protect Earth from its own nefarious super villains. Formats: DVD. Available exclusively at Amazon. Also available: Transformers Animated: Season Three, a two-disc set, available at Walmart. Extras: Commentaries with writer Marty Isenberg, director Matt Youngberg, voice director/voice of "Arcee" Susan Blu, voice of "Optimus Prime" David Kaye, and character designer/art director Derrick Wyatt. (Shout! Factory Kids).
True Detective: The Complete First Season
(2014) Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Monaghan, Tory Kittles, Eric Price, J.D. Evermore, Madison Wolfe. HBO's highly watchable (and very R-rated and gory) eight-part series explores the underbelly of law, order, politics, religion and crime over the course of two decades in Louisiana (and, by proxy, America). In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is pulled back into a world they believed they'd left behind. As they look back on the case, Hart and Cohle's personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point. Hart, an outgoing native Louisianan and family man whose marriage is being frayed by work stress and infidelity, is (at least on the surface) the polar opposite of Cohle, a lone-wolf pessimist and former narcotics detective from Texas. While the plot is moved forward by their shared obsession to hunt down the ritual killer, the drama also centers around the mercurial nature of Hart and Cohle's relationship and personalities, and how they affect each other as detectives, friends, and men. In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law. Superb performances by Harrelson and McConaughey. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making True Detective behind-the-scenes look at the production of the series, featuring interviews with cast and crew and including never-before-seen footage from Episode 4; "Up Close With Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson" interviews with the stars about filming the series; "A Conversation With Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett" in-depth discussion with the series writer/creator/executive producer and the legendary composer on both the series and the pivotal role music played in the show's development; "Inside the Episode" in which Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga discuss character development and offer insights into each episode of the series; audio commentaries featuring Pizzolatto, Burnett and executive producer Scott Stephens; deleted scenes. (HBO).
(2014) Documentary examines the results of the chemical revolution that began in the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Even our unborn children are affected. Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interacting with our body cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn't understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that is changing. Globally, disease rates are on the rise. Theories about the causes abound, yet the issues are complex and often muddied by the maneuvering of political and corporate interests. To explore different facets of common chemical exposure, "Unacceptable Levels" was made in consultation with experts in multiple fields. To create this debut documentary, Brown traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, he presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we're not vigilant, it may take us. Go to UnacceptableLevels.com for more information. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (TDC Entertainment).
(2013) Roxanne McKee, Josef Altin, Danny Dyer. When a dishonorably discharged, former special ops interrogation officer learns his parents have been mercilessly slaughtered after an attempted robbery gone horribly wrong, he sets out to exact revenge on his parents' killers. (Inception Media).
(2014) Thirty years after "Koyaanisqatsi," Godfrey Reggio -- with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane -- once again leapfrogs over earth-bound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh in Black and White digital 4K projection, "Visitors" reveals humanity''s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, "Visitors" takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews with Reggio, Glass, Kane and Soderbergh; "The Making of Visitors (Vice/The Creators Project)," trailers. (Cinedigm).
WordGirl: Monkey Business
(2014) WordGirl and her sidekick Captain Huggy Face fight the good fight against dastardly villains and bad vocabulary. In these four episodes, the super duo faces everything from a meat portal to a peanut butter gun, saving the day and instilling a love of language in children all at the same time. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (Scholastic Media/PBS Kids).
Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector
(2013) Documentary dispels the myth that the original home video format is dead and buried. Some see VHS as worthless plastic, but "Adjust Your Tracking" shows a vibrant world of collectors and movie fans who are keeping the format, and the movies, alive. Over 100 collectors, filmmakers, producers, and video store owners express how VHS changed their lives. Travel back to the days of video rental stores with those who still buy, sell, rent and trade the format that will not die. Two-disc Special Edition, $19.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with co-directors Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic, commentary with producers Josh Schafer and Matt Desiderio, extended interviews with industry veterans including Lloyd Kaufman, behind-the-scenes documentary, three short films by the directors, deleted scenes, festival Q&A footage, trailers, Easter eggs. (VHShitfest).
(2014) Graham Skipper, Vanessa Leigh, Josh Ethier. A young man abducted by aliens returns two years later as something other than human, and goes on a grisly rampage of murder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentaries, making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes featurette, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/MPI Media).
(2013) Jennifer Morrison, Josh Stewart, James Frain, Stephen Rider. When a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C., leaves three war veterans suffering from PTSD trapped in an elevator together, the isolation and highly stressful situation brings previous wartime experiences to the surface. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Interviews with director Matthew Thompson and actors Morrison, Stewart and Rider. (Lionsgate).
The Angela Mao Ying Collection
Six action-packed martial-arts films featuring martial-arts sensation Angela Mao Ying, the Queen of kung fu: "When Taekwondo Strikes "(1973), "The Tournament (1974)," "Stoner" (1974), "The Himalayan" (1976), "A Queen’s Ransom" (1976) and "Broken Oath" (1977). Formats: DVD. $34.93. (Shout! Factory).
(2013 -- South Korea) Song Kang-ho, Yim Si-wan, Kim Yeong-ae. Shady lawyer Song Woo-seok has no clients, connections, or a college degree, but his eye for business and appetite for money make him the most successful lawyer in town. But at the peak of his success, a local teenager is falsely accused of a crime, then beaten and tortured while waiting in jail. Shocked by these conditions, Song takes the case no one else will, and changes the course of his life. Based on a true story. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2014) Lauren Myers, Kevin Wester, Davin Ruggles, Heather Wilder, Rachel Corona. On her first day of college, a beautiful young freshman is seduced by an older co-ed and they share a sleepless night in the New Mexico desert. But the couple's bliss is violently interrupted by a pair of orphaned sisters with a taste for kidnapping, torture and the creation of flesh-eating zombies in their underground bunker -- with the terrifying plan to create a Fourth Reich army of the dead. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Commentary with director Peter Grendle, commentary with the cast, live audience track from the Pollygrind Film Festival, short film "This Side of Nightmare," cast video introduction, trailers , mp3 download from Eternal of Wu-Tang Killa Bees. (Wild Eye Releasing).
(2014) A documentary about people, pride and power that features several openly LGBT elected officials and their journeys from self-doubt to triumph. Featured officials include Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history, Alex Wan, the first gay man to serve on the Atlanta City Council, and Kathy Webb, the first openly gay Arkansas State Representative. The documentary reveals their past struggles with poverty, bullying and religious expectations, in addition to their sexual orientation and gender identity. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Extended director's cut, the festival cut, a music video and a featurette on the filmmaker's journey. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
DCI Banks: Season One
(2013) Based on the bestselling "Inspector Banks" novels by Peter Robinson, "DCI Banks: Season One" follows the tenacious Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks (Stephen Tompkinson) and his headstrong partner Annie Cabbott (Andrea Lowe) as they attempt to solve three gruesome crimes in the Yorkshire, England countryside. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $34.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Death in Paradise: Season One
(2011) Quintessentially British cop Richard Poole (Ben Miller) is a fish out of water when he is sent to the tiny Caribbean island of Saint-Marie to investigate a murder, but his new partner, DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) is instinctive, feisty, brilliant and beautiful, the rest of the Saint Marie police force certainly have their own unique way of doing things and -- though Poole would never admit it, they make a perfect team -- so perfect that his temporary assignment becomes permanent. Formats: Two-disc DVD set with eight episodes, $34.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Ernest & Celestine
(2014 -- France-Belgium-Luxembourg) Voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, "Ernest & Celestine" takes place in a beautiful, water-colored world in which a society of mice live underground in constant fear of the bears that dwell in the city above. When one of them, Celestine, comes face to face with Ernest, a bear, an unlikely, but beautiful friendship begins. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original French audio track with English subtitles, making of featurette, feature-length animatic, interview with co-director Benjamin Renner. (GKIDS/Cinedigm).
A Fighting Man
(2014) Famke Janssen, James Caan, Dominic Purcell, Kim Coates, Michael Ironside, Adam Beach, Louis Gossett Jr. Melodrama about an undefeated but washed-up boxer who gets one last opportunity to step back in the ring -- and has to face his personal demons and a younger and faster opponent. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Sony).
The Final Member
(2014) Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland -- a remote village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle -- boasts the world's only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Siguroour "Siggi" Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses mammalian members collected over 40 years, from a petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, and every "thing" in between. Lamentably, Siggi's collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. But Siggi's world changes dramatically when he receives generous offers from an elderly Icelandic Casanova looking to bequeath his organ upon his death and an eccentric American who's willing to be a living donor. However, as the competition for eternal penile preservation heats up between the two men, Siggi discovers that this process is more complicated than it initially appeared. A sublimely comic portrait of obsession. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Booklet about the museum and film, deleted scenes. (Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm).
Four of Hearts
(2013) Darrin Dewitt Henson, Nadine Ellis, Michelle Krusiec, Gabriel Olds, Victoria Gabrielle Platt. Stuck in a six-month sexual "dry spell," a young husband and wife decide to rekindle their love life by having a one-night stand with another couple. Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).
The Good Witch's Gift
(2008 -- TV) Catherine Bell, Chris Potter. Third in the "Good Witch" Hallmark Channel Original Movie franchise. Nightingale (Bell) and sweetheart police chief Jake Russell (Potter)'s plans to wed on Christmas eve is disrupted when a mysterious man from Jake's past returns to town. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
The Grand Budapest Hotel
(2014) Dir.: Wes Anderson; Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson. Read more about "The Grand Budapest Hotel " in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bill Murray Tours the Town"; "Kunstmuseum Zubrowka Lecture"; "The Society of the Crossed Keys"; "The Making of the Grand Budapest Hotel": "Part 1 - The Story," P"art 2 - The Society of the Crossed Keys," "Part 3 - Creating The Hotel," "Part 4 - Creating A World"; Mendl's secret recipe; promotional featurettes: "Cast" and "Wes Anderson"; stills gallery; theatrical trailer. (Fox).
Hearts and Minds
(1974) A startling and courageous film, Peter Davis's landmark 1974 documentary unflinchingly confronted the United States' involvement in Vietnam at the height of the foment that surrounded it. Using a wealth of sources -- from interviews to newsreels to footage of the conflict and the upheaval it occasioned on the home front -- Davis constructs a powerfully affecting picture of the disastrous effects of war. Explosive, persuasive, and wrenching, "Hearts and Minds" is an overwhelming emotional experience and the most important nonfiction film ever made about this devastating period in history. High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Peter Davis and cinematographer Richard Pearce, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary featuring Davis; a collection of over two hours of never-before-seen outtakes from the film, including interviews with presidential adviser George Ball, broadcast journalist David Brinkley, French journalist and historian Philippe Devillers, political activist Tony Russo, and General William Westmoreland; a booklet featuring essays by Davis, film critic Judith Crist, and historians Robert K. Brigham, George C. Herring, and Ngo Vinh Long. (The Criterion Collection).
House of Cards: The Complete Second Season
(2014) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Five featurettes: "Two Houses," "Table Read," "Direct Address," "Politics for Politics Sake" and "Line of Succession." (Sony).
Invasion of the Scream Queens
(1992) 20th anniversary special edition of the cult documentary that offers an inside look at what it takes to be a scream queen, with behind-the-scenes stories about the making of some of the most classic horror films of our time, including "The Hills Have Eyes," "I Spit on Your Grave," "Slumber Party Massacre," and many more. The film takes you back to a time when the term "Scream Queen" was brand new and promised the hottest actresses in the most outrageous low budget horror movies. Formats: DVD. Extras: New interview with director Donald Farmer; deleted/extended interviews; excerpt featuring Linnea Quigley from the out-of- print book that started it all, "Invasion of the Scream Queens." (Wild Eye Releasing).
James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times
(2000) The first major documentary on the life and work of one of America's greatest humorists. Known for his classic short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Thurber was a legendary contributor of prose and cartoons to The New Yorker magazine where he worked for many years. Narrated by George Plimpton, this documentary includes interviews with Edward Albee, John Updike, Alistair Cooke, Roy Blount Jr., Fran Lebowitz and others. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2013) Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Gina McKee, Larry Pine. A Native American Veteran suffering from a series of psychological issues after WWII develops a deeply powerful friendship with his progressive French psychoanalyst as they discover and attempt to understand the source of his illness. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2014) Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Brian Mays. Joe is an ex-con with a hair-trigger temper who is trying to stay out of trouble, making an honest yet meager life for himself. But when he meets a troubled 15-year old homeless boy in need of help from a violent and destitute father, he's faced with the heart-breaking choice of redemption or ruin. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Joe" featurette, "The Long Gravel Drive: The Origins of Joe" featurette, deleted scenes, commentary with director David Gordon Green, composer David Wingo and actor Brian D. Mays. (Lionsgate).
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill
(2014) Ken Kirzinger, Kirsten Prout, Dean Armstrong, Jesse Hutch, Ben Hollingsworth. Rusty Nail, the vengeful trucker with a penchant for pain and a desire to punish injustice, is back for another deadly detour. The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000 where a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Pre-vis sequences, "Road Rage: The Blood, Sweat and Gears of Joy Ride 3," "Riding Shotgun With Declan O'Brien: Director's DIE-aries," "Finding Large Marge, commentary. (Fox).
(1963) This effortlessly cool crime caper, directed by Georges Franju ("Eyes Without a Face"), is a marvel of dexterous plotting and visual invention. Conceived as an homage to Louis Feuillade's 1916 cult silent serial of the same name, "Judex" kicks off with the mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter (American magician Channing Pollock) and spins out into a thrillingly complex web of deceptions. Combining stylish sixties modernism with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents, "Judex" is a delightful bit of pulp fiction and a testament to the art of illusion. New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Interview from 2007 with the film's co-writer Jacques Champreux, the grandson of Louis Feuillade, co-creator of the silent serial "Judex"; interview from 2012 with actor Francine Berge; "Franju le visionnaire," a 50-minute program from 1998 on the director's career and imagination; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Geoffrey O'Brien, along with reprinted writings by and excerpted interviews with Franju. (The Criterion Collection).
The Lego Movie
(2014) Voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum. Read more about "The Lego Movie" in the June Calendar.Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Everything Is Awesome Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital HD + Vitruvius minifigure + Collectible 3D Emmet photo + Bonus 3D movie), VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Feature commentary, "Batman: A True Artist," "Michelangelo and Lincoln: History Cops," "Enter the Ninjago," "Bringing LEGO to Life," "Everything Is Awesome" sing-along, "See it! Build it!," "Stories From the Story Team," "Fan-Made Films: Top Secret Submissions," outtakes, additional promotional content, alleyway test, deleted scenes. Everything is Awesome Edition adds "Dream Job: Meet the LEGO Builders." (Warner).
(2013) Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine. Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity ... but things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
Masterpiece Mystery!: The Escape Artist
(2014) David Tennant stars as a defense lawyer with a perfect record of courtroom wins and a perfect family to go with it -- until things go horribly wrong. Co-starring in this legal cliff-hanger are Sophie Okonedo as Tennant's professional nemesis, Ashley Jensen as the hero's endearing wife, and Toby Kebbell as an accused murderer who is either a persecuted misfit or a dangerous psychopath. Airs on PBS Sunday nights, June 15 and June 22. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
(2013) Lukas Haas, Blake Berris, Necar Zadegan, Wilson Cruz. Winner of 12 festival awards, this is a cautionary tale about extremes. Stuck in a dead end job and saddled with a family that doesn't understand him, Kyle Peoples (Lukas Haas) meets up with a new family of friends and fun to escape from his reality. But their love of crystal meth eventually costs Kyle everything -- his job, his lover, his family and his home. Kyle must choose: life or meth. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Randon Media/Cinedigm).
The Monkey's Paw
(2013) C.J.Thomason, Stephen Lang, Michelle Pierce, Corbin Bleu, Daniel Hugh Kelly. After Jake Tilto acquires a mystical "monkey's paw" talisman that grants its possessor three wishes, he finds his world turned upside-down after his first two wishes result in his malevolent co-worker, Tony Cobb, being resurrected from the dead. When Cobb pressures Jake into using the final wish to reunite Cobb with his son, his intimidation quickly escalates into relentless murder -- forcing Jake to outwit his psychotic friend and save his remaining loved ones. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Brett Simmons, cinematographer Scott Winig and actor CJ Thomason; behind the scenes; trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2013) Amy Smart, Brent Butt, David Koechner, Kirstin Prout. In a case of mistaken identity, a premiums salesman is hired as a private detective by a woman to find her missing brother; naturally he gets way in over his head and becomes tangled in a web of corruption, fraud and murder. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with Brent Butt and director Carl Besssal, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Entertainment One).
Paul Bowles: The Cage Door Is Always Open
(2013) When writer Paul Bowles moved to Tangiers, Morocco in 1949, it was a sanctuary for artists, writers and the wealthy to do as they pleased without fear of prosecution. Soon, his friends from America began visiting: Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and many others. The Beats and the Hippies all searched him out, lured by the mysterious, exotic world he depicted in his books, notably "The Sheltering Sky." But that was only one side of the story. Based on an exclusive series of interviews with Bowles shortly before his death and anecdotes provided by his friends and collaborators including Vidal, Bernardo Bertolucci, John Waters, Ruth Fainlight, Edmund White, Burroughs, Francis Bacon and many others, this fascinating documentary reveals a daring and visionary life. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Picnic at Hanging Rock
(1975) This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Set at the turn of the 20th century, "Picnic at Hanging Rock" concerns a small group of students from an all-female college and a chaperone, who vanish while on a St. Valentine's Day outing. Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society, Weir's gorgeous, disquieting film is a work of poetic horror whose secrets haunt viewers to this day. Remastered high-definition digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Peter Weir, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Extended interview with Weir; new piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2003 with executive producer Patricia Lovell, producers Hal McElroy and Jim McElroy, and cast members; new introduction by film scholar David Thomson; "A Recollection ... Hanging Rock 1900" (1975), an on-set documentary hosted by Lovell and featuring interviews with Weir, actor Rachel Roberts, and source novel author Joan Lindsay; "Homesdale" (1971), an award-winning black comedy by Weir; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by author Megan Abbott and an excerpt from film critic Marek Haltof's 1996 book "Peter Weir: When Cultures Collide"; a new paperback edition of Lindsay's original novel, previously out of print in the U.S. (The Criterion Collection).
Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders
(2013) Four episodes, $14.98. When menacing robots attack using a powerful weapon, the Megaforce team looks to the sixth Ranger, Robo Knight, along with Rico the Robot, to help fend off major destruction. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Regular Show: The Complete Third Season
(2011-12) Three-disc set with all 40 episodes of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed animated series that stars a blue jay named Mordecai and his best friend Rigby, a raccoon, who are both employed as groundskeepers at a local park. Along with their friends and colleagues -- who just happen to be a yeti, a ghost, a gumball machine and a lollipop, among others -- the two strive to escape everyday boredom. Formats: DVD, $26.95. Extras: "Characters Come to Life: Live Episode Read," "Four Things You Didn't Know about JG" and "JG Answers Why" featurettes, commentaries by series creator JG Quintel, writers and crew from the show. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
Scott & Bailey: Season One
(2011) Gripping murder mysteries face two female detectives -- Detective Constable Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones) and her partner Detective Constable Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) -- one motherly, the other emotionally immature -- who have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives. The highest rated new drama in the UK for 2011. Formats: Two-disc DVD with six episodes, $34.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
This is America, Charlie Brown
(1988) Snoopy and the Peanuts gang celebrate landmark events in U.S. history in this two-disc collection featuring eight re-mastered Peanuts TV specials that depict key historical American moments: "The Mayflower Voyagers," "The Birth of the Constitution," "The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk," "The NASA Space Station," "The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad," "The Great Inventors," "The Smithsonian and the Presidency," "The Music and Heroes of America." Formats: DVD, $26.99. (Warner).
Top Hat & Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of the New Yorker
(2001) chronicles the early years of The New Yorker, from its fledging beginnings under its legendary creator and editor Harold Ross, to its rise as an indispensable American institution. Interviews with celebrated writers and cartoonists such as John Updike, David Remnick, Roger Angell, Lee Lorenz, and Roz Chast reveal how The New Yorker's signature style and content was shaped by its early contributors, including E.B. White, James Thurber, Charles Addams, Janet Flanner, J. D. Salinger, and more. Film clips, home movies and images from the anthology of The New Yorker covers and cartoons illustrate this look at one of journalism's most revered publications. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Walk of Shame
(2014) Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden. A reporter's dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money -- and only eight hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Wilfred The Complete Third Season
(2013) 13 episodes.
Formats: DVD. (Fox)
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American Experience: Freedom Summer
(2014) In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local blacks in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. Freedom Summer was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches and the bombing of 70 homes and community centers. The events of Freedom Summer have long been overshadowed by the more large-scale public events of the civil rights movement such as the events in Birmingham, Selma and the March on Washington. This American Experience documentary, told by the brave people who lived it, restores their story to its rightful place in America's history. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
(2012 -- Sweden) Rough, raw and real TV series based on the crime novels of Scandinavian writer Arne Dahl that revolves around cases taken on by the 'A' Unit, an elite force of officers recruited after a series of assassinations rocks Stockholm's high society. In Swedish with English subtitles. Formats: Five DVD set, $49.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).
(2014) Miguel Nunez, Ernest Thomas, Nicole Alexander, Eurika Pratts. A top college basketball star -- tempted by his ex-con brother to become a drug dealer -- falls for his beautiful tutor ... who turns out to be the sister of the drug lord who is his brother's main rival. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
B.B. King: The Life of Riley
(2014) Much-lauded feature documentary film on the extraordinary life of the Blues legend, narrated by Morgan Freeman. King worked closely with director Jon Brewer for two years to create this powerful film. The heartfelt contributions from a plethora of music's superstars were a vast indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 88 years old, King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true-life drama that was the springboard for the future "King of the Blues." Battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation while working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, King overcame the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately was hailed as one of the kingpins of the blues. The candid biopic is highlighted by rare archive footage and includes appearances and contributions from: Aaron Neville, Bill Cosby, Bill Szymczyk, Bill Wyman, Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Willis, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Carver Randle, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mick Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Paul Rodgers, Rev. David Matthews, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, Slash,, Susan Tedeschi, Tina France, Walter Trout, and Wayne Cartledge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MVD Entertainment Group).
The Black Book
(1949) Dir.: Anthony Mann; Richard Basehart, Robert Cummings, Arlene Dahl. Set in the French Revolution, film noir fan-favorite "The Black Book" blends history and fiction into a shadowy, suspenseful tale, available for the first time in full HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements.
Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
(2014) Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia, Griffin Dunne, Jamie Hector, Yul Vazquez, James Caan. When Chris (Owen) is released from prison in 1970s Brooklyn, reluctantly waiting for him on the outside is his younger brother Frank (Crudup), a cop with an aspiring future. After trying to stay on the straight path without any success, Chris inevitably descends back into a life of crime and puts Frank in a tough predicament. Does he cover for his brother and salvage the only family he has? Or does he do the right thing and risk destroying everything he loves? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Blood Ties: Behind the Scenes" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Boondocks: The Complete Fourth Season
(2013) Single disc with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $40.99. Extras: "Boondocks Beats" featurette that looks into how the series' music is made, "A Writer's Perspective" featurette that examines Rodney Barnes' inspiration when writing for the series. (Sony).
The Boondocks: The Complete Series
(2005-2014) Eleven-disc set with 55 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, featurettes, video Introductions, animatics, photo gallery. (Sony).
The Chef, the Actor and the Scoundrel
(2013 -- China) Liu Ye, Zhang Han Yu, Huang Bo, Chie Tanaka, Liang Jing. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, China is suffering from a cholera outbreak because the Japanese are using the disease as a biological weapon. Four Chinese agents capture a Japanese scientist and his bodyguard and interrogate them by subjecting them to a fake Chinese opera in order to get the vaccine formula in this action-comedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Making of the Chef, the Actor and the Scoundrel" featurette, gag reel. (Well Go USA)
Classic Drama Collection
(2013) Five classics of the British costume-drama genre, featuring star-studded casts
Kate Beckinsale, Andrew Lincoln, Samantha Morton, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong,
Samantha Bond, Kenneth Branagh, Miranda Richardson and more: "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre" (1997), "Jane Austen's Emma" (1996), "The Woman in White" (1997), "The Death of the Heart" (1987) and "The Lady's Not for Burning" (1987). Five-disc set, $79.99; or as singles for $19.99 each. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Comedy Bang! Bang!: The Complete Second Season
(2013) Four-disc set with 20 episodes of the IFC's twisted talk show that takes some of biggest names in show business on a journey into strange and unexpected places with an oddball mix of loopy characters, surreal sketches and nonstop silliness. Host Scott Aukerman engages his guests with unfiltered and improvisational lines of questioning, punctuated by banter and beats provided by Reggie Watts to reinvent the traditional celebrity interview. Formats: DVD, $39.98. Extras: Commentaries, deleted/bonus scenes & interviews, musical episode talkback featuring the cast, "Reggie Makes Music," "Reggie's Season 2 Music Supercut," VFX tests, CBB crew dance party, "Meet the Crew," "An Acting Lesson With Herb Roost." (Anchor Bay).
(2013) Alicia Ziegler, Mark Hapka, Donna Mills, Constance Wu, Patrick Muldoon. The world of a newly engaged couple falls apart when the woman finds that her fiance's jealousy may have lead to the mysterious disappearance of his high school sweetheart. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Dora the Explorer: Dora's Magical Sleepover
(2014) This all-new DVD contains three episodes with Dora, Boots and Diego: First, join the trio on a journey into a painting to break the spell that has turned Prince Miguel into a lion. Then, go for a horseback riding adventure with Dora and her pal Sparky the horse. Finally, just in time for this year's FIFA World Cup tournament, get in the game with Dora and the Golden Explorers for her own big soccer match in Brazil. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Driven: From Wheelchair to Racecar
(2014) Mike Bauer was born to be fast and lived to chase his dreams, from acting and singing to motor sports -- until a tragic motorcycle accident left him paralyzed, in chronic pain, depressed, and on the verge of suicide. When he met Dr. Scott Falci, a rehabilitative neurosurgeon and an amateur race enthusiast, who recognized Mike s potential, they ventured into the uncharted territory of designing a race car with adaptive controls specifically designed for the paraplegic driver. Will climbing behind the wheel of this new race car be enough to rehabilitate his damaged psyche? Formats: DVD VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Car Build," "Mike's test Lap," photo gallery, trailer. (Cinema Libre Studios).
Duck Dynasty: Season 5
(2014) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, webisodes. (Lionsgate).
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
(2014) A ferocious, funny and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend still belting out Stephen Sondheim numbers at age 87. This documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner and cabaret star both onstage and off. The film captures the actress-singer's immeasurable charm, acerbic wit and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Nathan Lane, John Turturro and James Gandolfini. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2014) Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Jane Moffat, Joshua Peace, Tim Post. Read more about "Enemy" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy." (Lionsgate).
Escape From a Nazi Death Camp
(2013) Docu-drama about the insurrection at Sobibor, a Nazi death camp created solely for mass extermination. Using firsthand accounts and dramatic sequences, the film returns to Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2013) During a time of globally heightened debate, journalist Phelim McAleer travels across the U.S. and Europe to speak with scientists and Americans living in fracking areas, in order to uncover the science behind the process and to determine its true consequences. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," refers to the process of drilling down into rock and using pressurized fluids to extract energy sources such as natural gas and petroleum. Supporters of fracking state the economic benefit to the U.S. is great and that the process has rigorous standards by which it operates. Opponents of fracking voice concerns about contamination to ground water and land surface, as well as other environmental issues. This Kickstarter funded investigation seeks the fracking truth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, Kickstarter video, TV spots. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
A Hard Day's Night
(1964) Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. "A Hard Day's Night," in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, "Can't Buy Me Love," "I Should Have Known Better" and "If I Fell," "A Hard Day's Night," which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time. New 4K digital film restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with two audio options -- a monaural soundtrack and a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records -- presented in uncompressed monaural and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary featuring various members of the film's cast and crew; "In Their Own Voices," a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos; "You Can't Do That: The Making of A Hard Day's Night," a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson; "Things They Said Today," a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen, cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, and others; new piece about Lester's early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director; "The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film" (1959), Lester's Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan; "Anatomy of a Style," a new piece on Lester's approach to editing; new interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of "Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years -- Volume One"; deleted scene; trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton; more! (The Criterion Collection).
Jack Taylor, Set 2
(2013) Based on the bestselling crime fiction by Ken Bruen and filmed on location against the rugged backdrop of western Ireland, this gripping series follows Jack Taylor -- a former cop fighting his own demons -- as he works cases in Galway as a private detective. Three-disc set includes three feature-length mysteries: "The Dramatist," "Priest" and "Shot Down." Formats: DVD, $49.99. Extras: Director Stuart Orme on Jack Taylor (20 min.) and photo galleries. (Acorn Media).
(2013 -- Australia) Rupert Reid, Agoes Widjaya Soedjarwo. A team of conservationists sets out to explore the dense Indonesian rainforest in search of the legendary javan leopard and ends up being stalked by an unseen predator: one that has no fear of humans. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Mama's Family: The Complete Fourth Season
(1987-88) Four-disc set with 25 episodes, $29.98. By the fourth season, the series had evolved into a solid weekly sitcom with a cast of well-developed characters and the occasional guest star to spice things up. In addition to the trademark sharp-witted dialogue and quick comebacks, the writers were also able to weave in some serious family issues without changing the overall mood of the show. Vint and Naomi (Ken Berry and Dorothy Lyman) are still married and living in the basement. Bubba (Allan Kayser) is maturing, going to school, dressing better, and becoming a young man. And, the irrepressible Thelma (Vicki Lawrence) is mellowing, having her touching grandmother moments along with the family squabbles and her beer drinking. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Mama's Family Tree: The Neighbors (All about Iola)" featurette, interview with Beverly Archer (Iola Boylen), "Under One Roof: A Mama's Family Cast Reunion." (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
Masters of Sex: Season One
(2013) Four-disc set with 12 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: pilot episode commentary; "Making Masters of Sex" behind-the-scenes exploration on the creation of the series; "A Masterful Portrayal: Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters" featurette; "Ahead of Her Time: Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson" featurette; deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "The Real Masters: A Conversation With Thomas Maier" featurette about Masters and Johnson by their acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier; "Surprising Facts About Sex: The Masters' Great Discoveries. (Sony).
(2014) Forest Whitaker, Mackie, Mike Epps, Nicole Ari Parker, Sanaa Lathan. An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter (Mackie), is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, Angel Sanchez (Whitaker), who delves into Thomas' teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma -- action and reaction -- against him to terrorize him and his family for their past sins. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Cause and Effect: The Making of Repentance" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Some Velvet Morning
(2013) Dir: Neil LaBute; Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve. When Fred (Tucci) arrives at the doorstep of his beautiful young mistress Velvet (Eve) after four years apart, claiming to have finally left his wife, she rejects his attempts to rekindle their romance, and his persistence evolves into obsession -- and a dark history between the former lovers comes into focus. Formats: DVD.(Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).
Spiral Season 4
(2012 -- France) Intentionally monochromatic photography, starkly filmed decomposing corpses, autopsies and intense interrogations set the tone for this gritty, realistic cop show. It's a police thriller that reveals society's ever-changing codes of law: a dark series with constant and increasing tension. Season 4 begins with an investigation by Captain Laure Berthaud into the accidental bombing death of a young left-wing extremist who was active with a group that offered support to illegal immigrants. With her usual zeal for subverting authority, defense lawyer Josephine Karlsson stands with the immigrants but finds that her anti-establishment choices this time could backfire, big time. Former public prosecutor Pierre Clement agrees to represent the organized crime boss Johnny Jorkal, while Judge Roban discovers that one of his magistrate colleagues has charged a man who had been previously acquitted of charges of serial rape. He's eager to seize an opportunity to publicly denounce the dysfunction of the judiciary, but powerful forces will stop at nothing to silence him. In French with English subtitles. Formats: Four-disc DVD with 12 episodes, $49.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Sixth Season BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992-93) Six-disc set with all 26 episodes of the penultimate season, remastered in high-definition. Fans can dive into the sixth season of the series with a brand new, three-part documentary "Beyond the Five Year Mission - The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation," featuring fascinating interviews with cast and crew. Plus, fans will enjoy never-before-released commentary on select episodes from Ronald D. Moore, James L. Conway, Jonathan West, and Mike and Denise Okuda, along with a gag reel. Includes classic episodes such as Brent Spiner's dual performance as Data and his father Dr. Noonien Soong in "Birthright," the critically acclaimed two-part episode "Chain of Command" (also available as a separate Blu-ray release), Riker (Jonathan Frakes) coping with a bizarre identity crisis that pits him quite literally against himself in "Second Chances," and James Doohan reprising his Original Series role as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in "Relics." Extras: "Beyond the Five Year Mission - The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Archival Mission Logs," episode promos, deleted scenes, commentaries, gag reel. $130.00. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Chain of Command BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992) Feature-length presentation of the two-part sixth season episode. As a possible Cardassian attack looms, Captain Picard, Dr. Crusher and Worf embark on a secret mission to find and destroy suspected biological weapons, leaving the Enterprise under the leadership of the cold and demanding Captain Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox). Soon after, Picard is captured by the Cardassians and is brutally tortured for information. The crew's dismay quickly turns to anger as Jellico's plans exclude a rescue mission. With his options running out, Picard must fight to save his sanity and ultimately his life. Extras: "The Privilege of Rank: Making Chain of Command"; commentary with Ronny Cox, Jonathan West and Mike & Denise Okuda; deleted scenes; episodic promos. $28.28. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
300: Rise of an Empire
(2014) Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Andrew Tiernan, Andrew Pleavin, Rodrigo Santoro, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, Jack O'Connell. Read more about "300: Rise of an Empire" in the June Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The 300 Effect": "3 Days in Hell," "Brutal Artistry," "A New Breed of Hero" and "Taking the Battle to the Sea"; "Real Leaders & Legends," "Women Warriors," "Savage Warships," "Becoming a Warrior." (Warner).
(2014 -- Germany/Norway) Juliane Kohler, Liv Ullmann, Sven Nordin, Ken Duken. As the Berlin Wall crumbles in 1990, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a WWII German occupation soldier -- raised in East Germany but now living in Norway for the last 20 years -- finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify at a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children." Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Unforgettable: The Second Season
(2013) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the crime drama about an enigmatic former police detective (Poppy Montgomery) with a rare condition in which she cannot forget anything.
Formats: DVD, $59.99. Extras: "An Unforgettable Reboot," "Unbreakable: The Cast + Crew of Season 2," "Unstoppable Action," gag reel, deleted scenes. (CBS Entertainment/Paramount).
Unni Lindell: The Cato Isaksen Mysteries - Set 1 and Set 2
(2013 -- Norway) In this series based on the popular crime novels by prolific Norwegian author Unni Lindell, middle-aged detective Cato Isaksen performs superbly at work while his personal life, on a good day, resembles barely-managed chaos. Careening between significant others and keeping up with three young sons by two different mothers, Cato tries his best to do right by all the players. It's a tug between family obligations and his all-consuming job as a homicide detective for the city of Oslo. Investigations take him the length and breadth of Oslo: from the magnificent fjords and spectacular mountains surrounding the city, to the darkest backstreets of the capital. In Norwegian with English subtitles. Formats: Each three-DVD set with three episodes, $39.95 each. (MHz Home Entertainment).
What Richard Did
(2012) Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley, Lars Mikkelsen. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen (Reynor), the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Larry Abrahamson and star Jack Reynor. (Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).
(2014) Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint. Read more about "Winter's Tale" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Winter's Tale: A Timeless Love" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Characters of Good & Evil" featurette, additional scenes. (Warner).
Wolf Creek 2
(2013) John Jarratt, Shannon Ashlyn, Ryan Corr, Philippe Klaus.
The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-hunter Mick Taylor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
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