Adventures of the Wilderness Family Triple Feature
Three movies about the modern day family that becomes bored with the hassles of the city life in Los Angeles and moves to the Rocky Mountains to start a new journey: "Adventures of the Wilderness Family" (1975), "Adventures of the Wilderness Family 2" (1978) and "Adventures of the Wilderness Family 3" (1979). Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season
(2014) All 26 episodes from the series' fourth season. Formats: Two-disc DVD: $26.95, single-disc Blu-ray: $32.07. Extras: "Distant Bands: The Music of Adventure Time" featurette with series creator Pendleton Ward, creative director Pat McHale, and storyboard artists Jesse Moynihan and Rebecca Sugar offering their commentary on the important role music plays in the series; commentary with the cast and crew on each episode, packaged in a new collectible Marceline slipcase. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
The Almighty Johnsons Season 1
(2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the action-packed comedy drama -- set in New Zealand -- about four brothers who just happen to be descended from Norse gods; upon turning 21, each brother secretly became a Norse god with his own powers, except that their powers are not all that powerful anymore. Formats: DVD: $39.99, Blu-ray Disc: $44.99, Digital. Extras: Cast interview, commentary on Episode 1.. (PBS Distribution).
Alpha And Omega 2: A Howl-iday AdventurE
(2013) Following the successful theatrical release of "Alpha and Omega," this holiday sequel follows the unlikely pair of wolves, Kate and Humphrey, and their new frisky family of cubs in a winter journey when their smallest cub, Runt, mysteriously disappears. Formats: DVD, Blu- ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Are you an Alpha or an Omega?" "Wolf Fun Facts" trivia, "A Wolf's Tale: Making Alpha and Omega 2," "Following the Pack: A Sneak Peek Into Upcoming Alpha and Omega Adventures." (Lionsgate).
Ancient Aliens: Season 6 - Volume 1
(2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes. This season digs deeper into what role aliens may have played in shaping our world. Explores whether lost islands and mysterious, Eden-like paradises were actually earthly homes for aliens, and examines why the Greeks, Macedonians and other ancients believed the world's mountains to be sacred homes to all-powerful gods. Also looks at American history via rock carvings from an 8,000 B.C. man-made cave filled with ancient objects and mummies. Is there a link between this cave and the Native American legend of the "star beings"? And more. Formats: DVD: $19.98, Blu-ray Disc: $19.99. (Lionsgate).
Ava & Lala
(2014) Voices of Tom Arnold, JK Simmons, Mira Sorvino, George Takei. Ava, a spirited and imaginative girl, meets a curious animal named Lala. Together they go on a wild and magical adventure, where they encounter new animal friends and battle the evil General Tiger for power over Cloud Land. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Bates Motel: Season Two
(2014) Ten episodes. Bates Motel has vacancies and welcomes you for a second season, starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. In the aftermath of Miss Watson's murder, Norman's (Highmore) innocence is buried under blackouts, suspicious characters, and his strange behavior. Meanwhile, Norma (Farmiga) faces dark truths of her own when family secrets begin to unravel and looming threats from local villains jeopardize Norma's stab at happiness. No matter where you turn --there's no escaping what bubbles beneath the surface in White Pine Bay. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $44.98, two-disc Blu-ray: $49.98, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Origins of a Psycho: Inside Bates Motel," "Bates Motel: After Hours – Season Two Premiere," "Bates Motel: After Hours – Season Two Finale." (Universal).
The Best of The Danny Kaye Show
Six uncut episodes of the Emmy-winning 1963-1967 variety show. Danny Kaye was at the height of his popularity when "The Danny Kaye Show" debuted on CBS in the fall of 1963. A pair of Broadway hits including "Lady In the Dark" and "Let's Face It" and a succession of classic films including "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Inspector General," "The Court Jester," "Hans Christian Andersen" and "White Christmas" made Danny Kaye one of the biggest stars in show business. His international humanitarian work for UNICEF, and sold out concerts at places like the London Palladium and the Palace Theater in New York, helped make Kaye a worldwide sensation. He won the Emmy Award for best variety performer in 1964, and the show was honored with three more Emmys, including outstanding variety series. "The Danny Kaye Show" was the perfect showcase for its star's unequaled range of talents: Kaye sings with Ella Fitzgerald, Nana Mouskouri and Harry Belafonte; sings and dances with Liza Minnelli and Gene Kelly; and deftly clowns his way through comedy sketches with Art Carney, Rod Serling and Jackie Cooper. Also featured in this collection are Michelle Lee, Buddy Greco, John Gary, Joe & Eddie, Lovelady Powell and Alan Young. Series regulars included Harvey Korman, Jamie Farr, Joyce Van Patten and orchestra leader Paul Weston. Among the numerous gems: Kaye conducting the Television City Philharmonic, a spoof of "The Twilight Zone" with Rod Serling, and performances of Danny Kaye classics "Pavlova" written by Danny's wife Sylvia Fine and originally seen in the film "The Kid From Brooklyn," and "Ballin' the Jack" from "On the Riviera." Two-disc set, $24.95. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
China Beach: The Complete Series
(1988-91) 21-disc set with all 62 episodes as well as 268 classic hit songs as they were played in the original broadcast, $199.98. Celebrates "China Beach's" 25th Anniversary. In an era of testosterone-driven war movies, "China Beach" delivered a unique perspective: the Vietnam War through the eyes of women. Formats: DVD. More than 10 hours of new bonus features, a deluxe collector's box and the "Tales from the Five & Dime" booklet. A limited-edition 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition includes three commemorative scripts: the series pilot, "China Beach", "Vets" and the series finale "Hello, Goodbye"; and five 8x10 photos featuring the cast and one 8x10 of the actors together again at the cast reunion ($279.99). StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
The Dead and the Damned 2 (aka The Dead the Damned and the Darkness)
(2014) Robert Tweten, Iren Levy. In a post-apocalyptic world where zombies attack the remnants of humanity, one survivor, on a mission to give his fallen family a burial at sea, must first enter a quarantined, infected zone and fight through hordes of bloodthirsty zombies -- and humans -- before reaching the coast. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
The Devil Incarnate
(2013) Rod Luzzi, Graci Carli, Emily Rogers. On a road trip to celebrate their honeymoon in Miami, newlyweds Holly and Trevo visit a tarot reader, who inform them that Holly is pregnant. But their joy is overshadowed by a mounting sense of dread that something sinister lurks within Holly's womb. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ/Image Entertainment).
Doc Holliday's Revenge
(2014) William McNamara, Eric Roberts, Ashley Hayes, Tom Berenger. In 1882, after the famous events of the shootout at the O.K. Corral, Morgan Earp is killed and Doc Holliday seeks revenge. When Joseph and Elizabeth Cooley head west to reunite with Elizabeth's family, they become stranded in a logging camp just outside Tucson where a wounded man stumbles into their camp -- his would-be killer is Doc Holliday. When Holliday shows up, Elizabeth considers him a stone-cold killer but, during the course of their tense standoff, she comes to find that this courtly, ailing man has a surprisingly well-honed sense of justice, frontier-style. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
(2014) First "Dragon Ball Z" theatrical release in 17 years picks up following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful god of destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe. Includes uncut and theatrical versions of the movie. Two-disc DVD, one-disc blu-ray. (FUNimation).
Duck Dynasty: Season 6
(2014) Two-disc set with nine episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Reinventing Duck Commander," "Firefighter Academy: Robertson Style," "The Governor Visits Duck Commander," "Jep Meets Lily's First Boyfriend," "'Rolling' with the Robertsons," "Willie the Joker," "Godwin's Rotten Pickles," "Mother's Day 2014," "Si's New Hobby: Couponing," "Willie's Day at the Dojo" featurettes. (Lionsgate).
Edge of Tomorrow
(2014) Dir.: Doug Liman; Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda, Tony Way. Read more about "Edge of Tomorrow" in the October Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Weapons of the Future" and "Creatures Not of This World" featurettes. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Operation Downfall - Adrenaline Cut," "Storming the Beach," "On the Edge With Doug Liman." (Warner).
The Female Gaze
The wide range of 21st-century cinema created by women is represented in this boxed DVD set of seven films from 2001 to 2012 and represent filmmakers from the United States, France, Peru, Turkey and Germany. Several of the titles, each offering a unique female perspective on contemporary society, have received awards, and all have earned accolades for their wide-ranging styles, themes and performances. Read more about "The Female Gaze." (Film Movement).
(1940) In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, "Rebecca" and "Foreign Correspondent," were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. Though "Rebecca" prevailed, "Foreign Correspondent" is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it's wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects. "Foreign Correspondent" deserves to be mentioned alongside "The 39 Steps" and "North by Northwest" as one of the master's greatest adventures. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New piece on the visual effects in the film with effects expert Craig Barron; "Hollywood Propaganda and World War II," a new interview with writer Mark Harris; interview with Hitchcock from a 1972 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show"; radio adaptation of the film from 1946, starring Joseph Cotten; "Have You Heard? The Story of Wartime Rumors," a 1942 Life magazine "photo-drama" by Hitchcock; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar James Naremore. Originally released as a Dual Format DVD/Blu-ray Edition in February. (The Criterion Collection).
Frank Zappa: Freak Jazz, Movie Madness & Another Mothers
(2014) In August 1969, to the dismay of many fans, Frank Zappa disbanded the original Mothers of Invention. Feeling constrained by the musical abilities of certain members, he cleaned the slate and set about assembling a new group. Hand-picking superior talent from a variety of musical genres, by 1970 the second incarnation of the band was unleashed. This film focuses on the sophomore Mothers, looking at the very different projects that book-ended their brief existence; Zappa had incorporated ideas from free jazz and fusion into his music to produce three eccentric albeit influential solo albums. As the 1970s dawned and the musical landscape shifted, this prolific but often-overlooked period in Zappa's career remained a pioneering era for a composer who often confounded both audiences and critics, but who refused to compromise. Includes new interviews with George Duke, Aynsley Dunbar, Don Preston, Jeff Simmons, Mark Volman, Max Bennett, Sal Marquez, Ian Underwood plus "200 Motels" director Tony Palmer, biographers Ben Watson and Billy James and Mojo Magazine's Mark Paytress. Formats: DVD. (Sexy Intellectual/MVD Entertainment).
The Great Train Robbery
(2013) On August 8, 1963, Britain awakened to the news of the biggest robbery in the nation's history. The Royal Mail train from Glasgow to London had been hijacked, and a gang had made off with millions in cash. Who could have executed such an audacious raid? And who could catch them and get the money back? Both stories -- A Robber's Tale and A Copper's Tale -- play out in this two-part drama starring Jim Broadbent, Luke Evans, James Wilby, Tim Pigott-Smith, Martin Compston, Robert Glenister. Two-disc set, $39.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Acorn Media).
A Haunting at Preston Castle
(2012) Mackenzie Firgens, Heather Tocquigny, Jake White. Inspired by true events at northern California's infamous haunted house, Preston Castle. A trio of college-age teens take an outing to an abandoned boy's correctional institute with a gruesome past where they're hunted by an evil presence still lurking on the terrifying grounds. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season
(2013) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes of the Netflix original series.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Six vignettes: "Dysfunctional In Every Way," "Anatomy of a Kill," "Fairytales for Adults," "The Rust Beneath the Surface," "The Monster Within" and "It Hurts So Good." (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Holiday Inn BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1942) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel. Featuring the Academy Award-winning song "White Christmas," Crosby plays a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Extras: "A Couple of Song and Dance Men" featurette; "All-Singing All-Dancing" featurette; commentary by film historian Ken Barnes, with archive audio comments from Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and John Scott Trotter; theatrical trailer. (Studio).
(2014) Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, Evan Jones. Scripted four-hour event chronicles Harry Houdini's extraordinary life as he finds fame while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions. His ability to escape from handcuffs, strait-jackets and water tanks is legendary -- but breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. "Houdini" follows the world-renowned master of escape's transformation from immigrant into the world's first superstar. Driven, disciplined and actively chasing the American Dream, Houdini constantly pushed his physical limits to accomplish feats of strength that amazed audiences in an age of spectacle. And though they saw what he wanted them to see, his reality was more elusive than his escapes. Two-disc set with both the History channel mini-series as well as an extended version with 20 additional minutes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Four featurettes: "The Great Escapes," "The Real Houdini," "Cheating Death" and "Houdini the Greatest." (Lionsgate).
It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas
(2002 -- TV) Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the entire Muppet gang. 'Tis the night before Christmas and the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down. When bad goes to worse, Kermit begins to believe that the world would be a better place if he had never been born. With a little heavenly help and holiday shenanigans, Kermit and the Muppets discover what matters most is their love for each other. Guest stars David Arquette, Joan Cusack and Whoopi Goldberg. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Bloopers. (Universal).
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
(2013) English voice cast of Orlando Seale, Samantha Barks, Michelle Fairley, Stephane Cornicard and Richard Riddings; the French-language version features the voice cast of Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort, Rossy de Palma, Babet, Marie Vincent, Emily Loizeau, Dani and Arthur H. Set in the late 19th century Edinburgh, where little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine the midwife saves his life by inserting a cuckoo clock in place of his defective heart; it will work, she warns him, as long as Jack observes three golden rules. First of all, he must never touch the hands of the clock. Secondly, he must control his anger. And last, but certainly not least, he must never, ever fall in love. The moment Jack sets eyes on a young girl singing on a street corner, the hands of his clock-heart begin to race. Desperate to find her again, Jack launches himself into a romantic quest that will lead him from the lochs of Scotland, to the city of Paris and all the way to Andalusia. Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his own bestselling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Character vignettes (in French with English subtitles), "From Book to Screen" featurette (in French with English subtitles). (Shout! Factory).
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
(1975) Elizabeth Montgomery, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Flanders. In a stylized retelling of the events of August 4, 1892, this legendary TV movie (first time on DVD) begins when the parents of New England spinster Lizzie Andrew Borden are found brutally murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. The subsequent incarceration of the prime suspect (Lizzie herself) as well as the coroner's inquest and trial are largely faithfully depicted, using actual testimony.
Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(1996 -- France) Political filmmaker Chris Marker's (see below) shock-to-the-senses mind-melter concerns a woman (Catherine Belkhodja) haunted by the loss of her lover while working on programming a video game about World War II's Battle of Okinawa. Melding retro-futuristic sci-fi imagery, references to American film noir, and reflections on traumas in Japanese history into a visually and philosophically provocative puzzle, "Level Five" is a hallucinatory visual essay on memory, tragedy, and early digital culture. Formats: DVD. Extras: Eight-page booklet of articles. (Icarus Films).
(2013) Sienna Guillory, Anthony Flanagan, Nigel Planer, Clive Russell. When the owner of a small advertising agency loses a court case to a richer and more powerful opponent, he creates a website called "The List" where users can name corrupt public figures and award them points as to how much of a menace they are. The result is a list of leading politicians, CEOs and bankers, and the website quickly becomes a worldwide success ... until the man voted number one on "The List" is murdered. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Level 33 Entertainment).
The Little Penguin: Pororo's Racing Adventure
(2013) Voices of Zhan Jia, Anthony Anderson, Drake Bell, Jon Heder, Rob Schneider, Jay Mohr. When curious little penguin Pororo and his friends accidentally cause an airplane piloted by two turtles to make an emergency landing in their home of Pororo Village, Pororo and his friends believe that the turtles are racers and hitch a ride to the ice metropolis of Northpia with hopes of racing in the Super Sled Championship. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Giving the Characters a Voice" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Million Dollar Arm
(2014) Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Alan Arkin, Aasif Mandvi.
Read more about "Million Dollar Arm" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, Disney Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Training Camp" making-of-featurette. Blu-ray adds "Their Story" featurette, "Million Dollar Music by A.R. Rahman" featurette, alternate ending, deleted scenes, outtakes. (Disney).
A Million Ways to Die in the West
(2014) Dir.: Seth MacFarlane; Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Seth MacFarlane. Read more about "A Million Ways to Die in the West" in the October Calendar. Blu-ray includes an unrated version with 18 additional minutes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "A Fistful of Dirt ... In Your Mouth" locations featurette, commentary. Blu-ray adds alternate ending; deleted/extended/alternate scenes; "Once Upon a Time in a Different West" behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Good, the Bad and the Increasingly Decreasing Population" featurette about some of the familiar faces that pop into Old Stump, including one of the greatest cameos of them all, a visit from Christopher Lloyd aka Doc Brown; unrated commentary with director/producer/co-writer Seth MacFarlane, co-writers and executive producers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and star Chalrlize Theron. (Universal).
Money For Nothing: A History of the Music Video
(2013) A rip-roaring look at the past, present and future of the music video, a refresher course on the last 60 years of popular music and the unforgettable images that accompanied them. While the music video became a staple of entertainment with the birth of MTV in 1981, the art form existed for many years before that, from musical shorts shown between features in movie theaters, to "event" pieces created by the Beatles and others to unveil and promote their new songs. But with the rise of MTV, what was originally considered an ad for a product became the product itself, with artists like Madonna, the Police, Michael Jackson, Dire Straits, David Bowie, R.E.M. and many others creating elaborate little films that not only accompanied their music, but were a parallel creative expression. If the music video was still ultimately a commercial, it was an ad campaign so brilliant, slick and subtle that it occasionally made its consumers forget what they were being sold. Based on the book of the same title by Saul Austerlitz.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
(1987) Daktari Loren, Beatrice M. Director Jorg Buttgereit's controversial horror film shocked the world in 1987, when it was banned in Germany, censored in Japan and simultaneously became a huge underground hit in the U.S. (now long out of print.) "Nekromantik" tells the story of Rob (Daktari Lorenz), who works at a street-cleaning agency and visits roadside accidents to clean up the scene, collecting the body parts to share with his girlfriend Betty (Beatrice M.) When Rob presents a complete corpse taken out of a swamp, their undying love reaches its peak. But Betty soon starts liking the corpse and leaves Rob, which takes him to the sick end of his destruction. New director's approved HD transfer (taken from the original Super 8mm negative), new grindhouse HD version (taken from the theatrical 35mm print). Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Introduction by Jorg Buttgereit, Q&A with Jorg Buttgereit at the American Cinematheque (2013), Jorg Buttgereit's never-released debut Short Film "Hot Love" (1985), audio commentary by Buttgereit and co-author Franz Rodenkirchen, "The Making of "Nekromantik," "Nekromantik" featurette, still photo gallery, Jorg Buttgereit trailers. (Cult Epics).
Nothing Bad Can Happen
(2013 -- Germany) Julius Feldmeier. A young man is brought face to face with inhumanity and pushed to his limits. Tore Tanzt, a young lost soul involved with the underground Christian punk movement, falls in with a dysfunctional family. Curious to test his seemingly unwavering faith, the family can't resist playing a cruel game designed to test his beliefs. As his trials become more and more extreme, he finds his capacity for love and resilience pushed to its limits and beyond. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (Cloud). Extras: "Tore Tanzt: A Conversation With Julius, Katrin and Verena"; interview with director Katrin Gebb; 12-page booklet of essays; theatrical trailer. (Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm).
(2014) Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, David Cross, Richard Kind, Polly Draper.
Read more about "Obvious Child" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Gillian Robespierre, producer/co-writer Elisabeth Holm and actress Jenny Slate;
"The Making of Obvious Child" featurette; extended scenes; original "Obvious Child" short. (Lionsgate).
On Strike! Films by Chris Marker & The Medvedkin Group
Two films -- "Be Seeing You" and "Class Of Struggle" -- on the workers' strikes of 1968 in France by famed filmmaker Chris Marker ("La jetee"). Marker studied philosophy with Jean-Paul Sartre in the late 1930s and was involved in the French Resistance during World War II. He produced "Far from Vietnam," a 1967 documentary made in collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Claude Lelouch, Agnes Varda and others that opposed American involvement in Vietnam. After the filming of "Be Seeing You" (directed by Mario Marret and Marker) about a landmark 1968 factory occupation, workers who were unhappy with their portrayal began being trained to make their own films collaboratively with Marker under the name The Medvedkin Group. Their first film was "Class of Struggle." Formats: DVD. Extras: "La Charniere", an audio recording of discussions that led to the formation of The Medvedkin Group, accompanied by photographs of the film workshops, shot by Ethel Blum. (Icarus Films).
Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs
(2014 -- TV) Tony Goldwyn, Molly Parker, Joey King, Martin Landau, David Keith. The true story of the fundamentalist Mormon leader who spent more than a year on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted List" for unlawful flight on charges related to his alleged arrangement of illegal marriages involving underage girls. The Lifetime movie chronicles Warren Jeffs' (Tony Goldwyn) rise to power after the death of his father; within days of his father's passing, Jeffs married all of his father's wives and took dictatorial control over his polygamist followers. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
A People Uncounted
(2011) Journey into the world of the Roma -- a people who through the ages have been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture, politics and art, and who have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution. Visiting 11 countries and interviewing dozens of Roma artists, historians, musicians and Holocaust survivors, this revealing film documents their culturally rich but often difficult lives, taking us back to ancient times and forward to the little-known story of Roma genocide at the hands of Nazis during World War II. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Bonus shorts. (First Run Features).
Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume 4
(1991-93) Collection of made-for-TV movies: "The Case of the Glass Coffin," "The Case of the Fatal Fashion," "The Case of the Fatal Framing," "The Case of the Reckless Romeo," "The Case of the Heartbroken Bride," "The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal." Formats: DVD, $59.99. (CBS/Paramount).
The Prosecution of an American President
(2013) Famed Charles Manson prosecutor and New York Times bestselling author Vincent Bugliosi makes the most powerful, explosive, and thought-provoking argument of his storied career when he presents a meticulously researched legal case that proves George W. Bush took our nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses, and is therefore, under the law, guilty of murder for the deaths of 4,500 young American soldiers who fought and died there. Bush's unlawful war also cost the United States over a trillion dollars; alienated many of our allies; caused the deaths of over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; and pushed a previously tranquil nation into unending civil war, atrocities and chaos. As a prosecutor who is dedicated to seeking justice, Bugliosi delivers a non-partisan argument based on hard facts and pure objectivity. A searing indictment of Bush and his administration, "The Prosecution of an American President" also outlines a legally credible pathway to holding our highest government officials accountable for their actions, thereby creating a framework for future occupants of the Oval Office. Ultimately, Bugliosi calls for the United States to return to the great nation it once was. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (First Run Features).
(1981) Vic Diaz, Cameron Mitchell, Hope Holliday. Welcome to Warrior's Island, burial ground of disgraced martial arts masters. When the Burbank Kung Fu Club travels to this mysterious island, they quickly find themselves facing the bloodthirsty vengeance of flesh ripping kung fu fighting zombies, gun-toting white slave traders and a band of strange monks, who may be the only key to explaining the madness. Quintessential piece of early 80's trash with copious amounts of nudity, newly restored from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original theatrical trailer, "Destination: Warriors Island (The Making of Raw Force)" featurette, audio interview with finishing editor Jim Wynorski. (Vinegar Syndrome).
Republic of Doyle, Season 2
(2011) The hit Canadian mystery features a father and son sleuthing team based in the province of Newfoundland. Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary on select episodes, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
Roger & Me BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) A highly original, personal and satire account of one of America’s greatest urban disasters told against the background of the tough times in Flint, Michigan, director Michael Moore's hometown. The birthplace of General Motors, Flint had been economically decimated by, among other things, plant closings and the elimination of 30,000 GM jobs. In "Roger & Me," Moore gives cinematic voice to his razor-sharp, compassionate and often wryly humorous perceptions of what went wrong in Flint, and chronicles his much-thwarted efforts to meet face-to-face with then-GM Chairman Roger Smith. Blending humor with scathing indictment, "Roger & Me" ignited a national discussion about the cruelties of corporate America and inspired other filmmakers to make films that would be seen by wider audiences. Extras: Commentary by Michael Moore, trailer. Also available on DVD and digital. (Warner).
(2014) Bobb'e J. Thompson, Leunell, Mike Epps, George Lopez, Katt Williams, Wilmer Valderama. Comedy updated retelling of "West Side Story" has high schooler Jason finding his dream girl -- the gorgeous Anastacia. There's just one problem: she doesn't know he exists. If he can win a spot on the school's hottest dance crew, he might have a shot, but he first has to overcome his battle-ax of a mother, survive Anastacia's gangsta brother, and pass the crew's initiation. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with co-writer/director Nick Cannon, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Sharknado 2: The Second One: Extended Edition
(2014) Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Judah Friedlander with cameo appearances by Kelly Osbourne, Perez Hilton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, Andy Dick. Extended version of Syfy's smash hit creature/disaster mashup. This time around, terror hits the Big Apple when a Category 7 hurricane pummels New York, and the surging floodwaters bring thousands of sharks. To make matters worse, tornadoes soon dot the horizon. As Sharknadoes tear through the city, no vehicle, building, or national monument is safe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Sharknado 2," deleted scenes, gag reel, cameos spotlight, directors commentary with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. Blu-ray adds VFX featurette, filmmakers' commentary. (Cinedigm).
Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition
(1959) Dir.: Clyde Geronimi; voices of Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen. Formats: DVD, Blu- ray/DVD Combo, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). DVD extras: Three deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Once Upon a Parade," in which "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World's new Festival Of Fantasy Parade; "Art of Evil: Generations of Disney Villains," a legacy piece spotlighting Disney's favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis; "@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion," in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper; "BEAUTY-OKE Once Upon A Dream" sing-along; classic DVD bonus features "The Sound of Beauty: Restoring a Classic," "Picture Perfect: The Making Of Sleeping Beauty," "Eyvind Earle: A Man And His Art" about "Sleeping Beauty" art director Eyvind Earle. (Disney).
Sleeping With the Fishes
(2013) Gina Rodriguez, Ana Ortiz, Priscilla Lopez. A quirky romantic comedy about one girl's journey of self-discovery and the dynamics of her zany Latino Jewish family. Alexis Fish (Rodriguez) is left broke and broken-hearted after the death of her cheating husband, working as a phone sex operator and a walking meatball hero. As she returns to her hometown of Brooklyn for a distant Aunt's funeral, she fears to admit to her family and overbearing mother (Lopez) that her life is a mess. With help from her quirky sister Kayla (Ortiz) and a new love interest, Alexis realizes she must let go of her past to define her own future. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2014) Ayla Kell, Dave Davis, Terri Garber, Antonio Fargas. A horrifying hybrid of genetic science and nature has taken over the Louisiana bayou, leaving terror in its wake: In the heat of the summer, a school of genetically enhanced snakehead fish finds its way into Black Briar Swamp. As their thirst for blood grows, the creatures evolve by the minute, even learning to walk on land. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
Sons of Liberty
(2014) Tamer Hassan, Keith David, Elyese Levesque, Neil Dickson, Mark Sheppard, Adam Cardon, Catalina Soto-Aguilar. A special operations unit comprised of elite soldiers and scientists -- known as the Sons of Liberty (SOL) -- is tasked with tracking and preventing a radical group of mercenaries from constructing a potentially devastating doomsday device. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery
(2013) TV adaptation of Louise Penny's award-winning book that follows Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (Nathaniel Parker) as he investigates a murder in a picturesque town in Quebec. Formats: DVD, $29.99. Extras: Behind the scenes featurettes and featurettes about the book, the characters and Three Pines. (Acorn Media).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season
(2012-13) Twenty-six episodes, $39.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Six "making-of" animatics, theme song: karaoke music video, a six-part animated comic book, five "The Mutation of a Scene" featurettes. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
You and the Night
(2013 -- France) This erotic drama features The Stud, The Teen, The Slut, and The Star as guests at a pansexual orgy thrown by the mysterious and sexy menage-a-trois of Mathias, Ali, & Udo. Heir to the playful sex romps of early Francois Ozon, the dreamy color palette of Dario Argento, and Kenneth Anger's erotic occultism, "You and the Night" is billed as an erotic and wild take on "The Breakfast Club" with each character baring their inner souls to the group to find acceptance and love. With an original score by M83 and a kinky cameo by the legendary Beatrice Dalle ("Betty Blue"). Formats: DVD. Extras: Short Film:" We Will Never Be Alone Again" by Yann Gonzalez, alternate artwork gallery, original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
Vikings Season 2
(2014) Three-disc set with 10 unrated episodes of the History channel drama series. Formats: DVD" $39.98, Blu-ray Disc" $49.99. Extras: "A Warrior Society: Rites of Passage" (Viking historians unravel more fascinating mysteries of the Viking culture), "My Family, My Enemy" (creator Michael Hirst details the story arcs of Season Two), "Imagining and Executing Climactic Battles" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds commentary on select episodes, extended and alternate scenes, "The Viking Sagas" interactive archival exploration of the Viking Sagas. (Fox).
The Wonder Years: Season One
(2013) Two-disc set includes all six unedited episodes from the unforgettable
first season (1988) and features every song from the original broadcasts, with classics by Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, Steppenwolf and Smokey Robinson, plus Joe Cocker's timeless rendition of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends." "The Wonder Years" debuted in 1988 following ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl XXII, and the affectionate look at growing up in the late '60s and early '70s in suburban America was unlike anything else on television. It was 1968 -- the year of Nixon and space walks and Mod Squad and Vietnam. Enter Kevin Arnold, a sixth grader at Kennedy Junior High School. Set against the suburban backdrop of Anytown, USA, Kevin sought to minimize his teenage angst while dealing with an older, noogie-happy brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), a rebellious sister, Karen (Olivia d'Abo), distant, workaholic father, Jack (Dan Lauria) and doting housewife mother, Norma (Alley Mills). Add to the mix Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano), his nerdy, allergy-riddled best friend, a potential love interest in winsome girl-next-door Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and narration by an older, wiser, wittier Kevin (voiced by Daniel Stern) to add perspective to the nostalgia, and you have the perfect recipe for TV greatness. And, for the next six seasons, America tuned in to follow Kevin's exploits, as he navigated adolescence in the most memorable of ways. Formats: DVD, $19.95. Also available online only is a 26-disc collector's set featuring all 115 episodes housed in a replica metal locker, along with a host of extras including 23 hours of specially-produced bonus programming. Read the release.Extras: "A Wonderful Day: Highlights from The Wonder Years Cast Reunion" (May 28, 2014, Los Angeles); "With a Little Help from My Friends: The Early Days of The Wonder Years" featurette new, in-depth interviews with creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black, as well as series stars Fred Savage (Kevin Arnold), Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper) and Josh Saviano (Paul Pfeiffer). (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
Woody Woodpecker and Friends Holiday Favorites
Created by renowned cartoonist Walter Lantz, the "Woody Woodpecker and Friends Holiday Favorites" collection includes seven memorable cartoon adventures featuring Woody Woodpecker and his friends Chilly Willy, Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard and more. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Beneath the Harvest Sky
(2014) Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe, Aidan Gillen. Casper and Dominic have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood. Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings harvesting potatoes on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father, their friendship is pushed to the brink. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2014) Documentary about one woman's trip down the rabbit hole of cosmetic surgery in the search for perfection. Bi-racial British model Precious Muir has moved from London to New York to make it as a fashion model. Her career has not been what she had hoped, she has a decision to make: go home or risk her health and finances on a long shot. Believing it could be the edge she needs that leads to her big break, she has decided that the best route is to undergo breast enhancement surgery. The film follows Precious as she prepares for and undergoes the procedure (going from a B cup to a D cup), and the unexpected aftermath of this dramatic, life-altering decision. The film explores the wider issues of female body image, the commodification of the female body, and plastic surgery as a purported instrument of emotional well being, depicting the unglamorous rigors of the beauty industry. Available exclusively on Amazon. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Garden Thieves Pictures).
(2014) Natalie Victoria, Arielle Brachfeld, Stephanie Greco, Lacy Fisher, Leigh Davis and Lony'e Perrine. A weekend trip to the woods for a bachelorette party turns deadly when a nearby train accident causes a toxic chemical to be released into the air. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with the actors; commentary with director Hank Braxtan, writer Dan Sinclair and producer Tarkan Dospil; "Slow Burn: The Making Of Chemical Peel" featurette; outtakes. (Lionsgate).
Chuggington: Chuggineers Ready to Build
(2014) In this special collection of hard-working adventures Brewster joins Chuggineers Zack, Fletch and Tyne to build tracks, bridges and tunnels, make repairs, haul heavy loads and more. Featuring new wagons and machines -- like the huge yellow Mega Chug Crane -- and new friends -- including Payce, the tunnel runner from Tootington, and Cormac, the cheeky forklift engine -- Wilson, Brewster, Koko and little engineers will discover important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: new music video "We Are the Chuggineers," "Badge Quest" episode "Night Chuggers," character montages of Zack and Jackman, coloring and activity pages. (Anchor Bay).
Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season 2
(2002) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the Cartoon Network hit series about a cowardly dog who must overcome his own fears to heroically defend his unknowing farmer owners from all kinds of dangers and menaces; this season he must face his fear to save the dying sun, win a break dancing battle against an insecure robot, capture an opera-loving sea serpent, and more. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
The Devil's Business
(2011) Billy Clarke, Jack Gordon, Jonathan Hansler, Harry Miller. At the house of their target, two hit men bide their time waiting for the kill, only to find death already has arrived in the shape of black magic, devilish spirits and the occult. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with writer-director Sean Hogan and producer Jennifer Handorf, director and producer audio commentary, interview with actor Billy Clarke, interview with composer Justin Greaves, "Behind the Scenes," music videos Crippled Black Phoenix and Se Delan, outtakes, Mondo Macabro trailers. (Mondo Macabro/CAV Distributing).
(2013) Mathew Greer, David K. Shelton, Jaysen Dry, Kari J. Kramer.. Hell has come to the western town of Burning Bush: When the terms of a deal with the Devil made long ago resurface, the innocent must fight for their lives as the Devil aims to destroy everything and everyone in the town to reap the souls he was promised. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Mena Suvari, Brian Austin Green, Joanne Kelly, Fiona Gubelmann, Zack Ward, David de Lautour. Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge -- as, slowly but surely, each one of them disappears. Formats: DVD. (Verical Entertainment).
Dracula: Season One
(2013-14) Ten episodes of the series that reimagines Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. Stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New Blood," "Creating the World of Dracula," "Dracula Rising" animated series, "Van Helsing's Lost Tapes." (Universal).
The Equation of Life
(2014) In time for October's annual National Bullying Prevention Month comes this film about bullying created by a bullied child. When 10-year-old Gerry Orz created his short film "Day of Silence" to speak to the bullying he himself was facing each day, he knew the 11,000+ YouTube views he immediately racked up meant he'd struck a nerve. With a goal of breaking the cycle of bullying that begins for so many in elementary school, the following year, Gerry -- now, at age 12, a nationally-recognized anti-bullying advocate -- turned the original short into this 32-minute film about how each and every decision we make changes the path we travel. Inspired by Gerry's true story, 11-year-old Adam (played by the filmmaker himself)is bullied in his new town on his way to school, so he begins to video journal his daily experiences. And when he finally takes matters into his own hands, everyone around him is affected: his parents, his sister and the bully - and they they all pay a price for their actions. Formats: DVD. Extras: Intro by filmmaker Gerry Orz, the short film "Day of Silence," appearances before the California State Senate on the topic of bullying. (Shelter Island/ TDC Entertainment).
Fargo Season 1
(2014) 10 episodes. Includes an exclusive knit cap as a free gift.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary on select episodes, "This Is a True Story," "Greetings From Bemidji," "Shades of Green," deleted scenes. (Fox).
A Golden Christmas Triple Feature
(2013) Three Ion holiday films featuring Golden Retrievers: "A Golden Christmas: A Tail of Puppy Love," "A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail" and "A Golden Christmas 3: Home for Christmas"; $14.93. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Good Witch Collection
Four Hallmark Channel movies: "The Good Witch's Garden," "The Good Witch's Garden," "The Good Witch's Family" and "The Good Witch's Charm," $34.99. Formats: DVD.. Extras: "On Location" featurette. Exclusively at Amazon. (Cinedigm).
Kingpin BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray, Chris Elliott. Theatrical and R-rated versions. Formats: Also available on DVD. Blu-ray extras: Commentary by directors Peter & Bobby Farrelly, "Kingpins: Extra Frames With The Farrelly Brothers," theatrical trailer. (Paramount).
The Last Supper
(2012 -- China) Ye Liu, Daniel Wu, Chen Chang. Liu Bang, the first emperor of China's Han Dynasty, recounts his life on his deathbed through restless memories and flashbacks. Haunted by nightmares of his biggest enemies, Lord Yu and General Xin, Bang recalls his betrayal of both men due to his overwhelming thirst for power as an uncultured and uneducated soldier, which led to paranoia and fear once he became ruler. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Random Media/Cinedigm).
(2010 -- U.K.) Ben Barnes, Sarah Roemer, Eliza Dushku, Johnny Whitworth. When a freak car accident leaves a young couple's daughter in a coma, the wife blames the husband for the accident and discovers he had an affair with an office colleague. Ostracized from his wife and family and helpless in the face of his daughter's condition, he sinks into a deep depression ... until he begins to receive mysterious signs from his comatose daughter providing clues to the true cause of the accident. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Magic School Bus,: Season's Greetings
(2014) Seatbelts, everyone! Celebrate the holidays with Ms. Frizzle and the gang in this two-disc set! with more than 2 1/2-hours of the Emmy award-winning animated science-adventure series based on the best-selling books. Episodes include "Holiday Special - Topic: Recycling," "In the Arctic - Topic: Heat," "In the Rain Forest - Topic: Rain Forest Ecology," "In the Haunted House - Topic: Sound," "Gets Ready, Set, Dough - Topic: Kitchen Chemistry," "Getting Energized - Topic: Energy," two more. Formats: DVD, $14.93. (Scholastic/Cinedigm).
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
(2014) Voices of Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton, Allison Janney. Read more about "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" in the October Calendar.Formats: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Tour of the WABAC Machine," "Time Travel: Mad Science," photo gallery, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends Show" premiere episode of the original 1959 television show, five "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" segments from the original TV show, "History's Greatest Mysteries -- A Dog and His Boy," "Peabody’s Paw Print on History" (Mr. Peabody gets his pawprints in cement at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood), Time Travel Memory Match game, The WABAC Jigsaw Puzzle game. 3D Blu-ray adds a new Rocky & Bullwinkle adventure. (DreamWorks/Fox).
Mortal Kombat Legacy II
(2014) Ten episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 7
(2014) Five-disc set with 18 episodes of the award-winning Canadian mystery that follows Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) as he solves the most perplexing mysteries of Edwardian-era Toronto with scientific insight and revolutionary techniques. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "Making Murdoch" featurettes, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
My Darling Clementine
(1946) John Ford takes on the legend of the O.K. Corral shoot-out in this multilayered, exceptionally well-constructed western, one of the director's very best films. Henry Fonda cuts an iconic figure as Wyatt Earp, the sturdy lawman who sets about the task of shaping up the disorderly Arizona town of Tombstone, and Victor Mature gives the performance of his career as the boozy, tubercular gambler and gunman Doc Holliday. Though initially at cross-purposes, the pair ultimately team up to confront the violent Clanton gang. Affecting and stunningly photographed, "My Darling Clementine" is a story of the triumph of civilization over the Wild West from American cinema's consummate mythmaker. New 4K digital restoration of the theatrical release version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. High-definition presentation of the 103-minute prerelease version of the film.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring John Ford biographer Joseph McBride; new interview with Western historian Andrew C. Isenberg about the real Wyatt Earp; comparison of the two versions by the UCLA Film & Television Archive's Robert Gitt; new video essay by Ford scholar Tag Gallagher; "A Bandit's Wager," a 1916 short co-starring Ford and directed by his brother, Francis Ford, featuring new music composed and performed by Donald Sosin; NBC broadcast reports from 1963 and 1975 about the history of Tombstone and Monument Valley; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation from 1947 starring Henry Fonda and Cathy Downs; trailer; an essay by critic David Jenkins. (The Criterion Collection).
My Straight Son (Azul Y No Tan Rosa)
(2012 -- Venezuela) Guillermo Garcia, Ignacio Montes. Diego, a successful Venezuelan fashion photographer, lives a glamorous life of excess with his partner Fabrizio, a prominent surgeon. Unfortunately, the shallowness of their day-to-day adventures is put into stark perspective after a sudden tragedy leaves Fabrizio in a coma. To make matters worse, Diego's estranged son Armando arrives from Spain for an unexpected visit. Bitter and full of insecurity, Armando has great trouble adjusting to his father's sexuality and the LGBT lifestyle. In the midst of great emotional turmoil, Diego must try to find common ground with his temperamental son and learn that family, friends and love are the real ingredients to a happy, fulfilling life. Formats: DVD. (Canteen Outlaws).
(2013) Aaron Pederson, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tony Barry. Indigenous cowboy detective Jay Swan returns to his Australian outback hometown to solve the murder of a teenage girl, whose body is found under the highway trucking route out of town. Alienated from both the white-dominated police force and his own community, including his teenage daughter (now connected to the murdered girl), Jay stands alone in his determination to fight back -- for his town, and his people. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two-part featurette "The Making of Mystery Road," interviews with cast members, trailer. (Well Go USA).
Penny Dreadful - Season One
(2014) Three-disc set with the first eight episodes of the series, a frightening psychosexual drama that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a gripping series, starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, that completely reinvents literature's most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul -- even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Formats: DVD: $42.99, Blu-ray Disc: $48.99. Extras: "What Is a Penny Dreadful?" "Literary Roots," "Coming Together," "The Artisans Pt. 1," "The Artisans Pt. 2," "The Grand Guignol," "Prostitution and Sex in Victorian Times," "British Exploration & the Search for the Nile," "The Science of Medicine." (Showtime Networks/CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Shalom Sesame Gift Box
Six-disc set with 12 episodes, $99.95. The set is organized to chronologically mirror the Jewish calendar in the following configuration: Disc 1: "Welcome to Israel" and "Grover Learns Hebrew," Disc 2: "The Sticky Shofar" and "Monsters in the Sukkah." Disc 3: "Chanukah: The Missing Menorah" and "Grover Plants a Tree," Disc 4: "Be Happy, It's Purim!" and "Shabbat Shalom, Grover!", Disc 5: "It's Passover, Grover!" and "Countdown to Shavuot," Disc 6: "Mitzvah on the Street" and "Adventures in Israel." Formats: DVD. (SISU Home Entertainment).
Steven Spielberg Director's Collection
Eight-disc set with "Duel," "The Sugarland Express," "Jaws," "1941," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Always," "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park."
Formats: DVD: $199.98, Blu-ray Disc: $199.98. (Universal).
10 Movie Family & Romance Holiday Collection
Three-disc set with "Christmas in Canaan," "Merry-In-Laws," "12 Days of Christmas," "A Christmas Proposal," "Holiday Baggage," "Annie Claus," "Holiday Engagement," "Christmas Pageant" "Moonlight & Mistletoe" and "Most Wonderful Time of the Year," $29.93. (Cinedigm).
10 Movie Princess Collection - 2
Two-disc set includes animated versions of "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast," Anastasia," "The Little Mermaid," "Goldilocks" and more, $6.96. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
10 Movie Fairytale Collection
Two-disc set includes animated versions of "The Three Little Pigs," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Pied Piper," more, $6.96. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria Limited Edition
(1974) Tobe Hooper's horror-thriller gets a 40th anniversary makeover with an all-new 4K digital transfer and a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix (supervised by Hooper). The release marks the only transfer of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras. Fans of the film will recognize the unique packaging as a replica of the iconic "Black Maria" cattle truck that comes to Sally Hardesty's rescue when she's being pursued by Leatherface, a fitting nod to the legions of "TCSM" enthusiasts who were instrumental in keeping the film at the forefront of the genre for the past 40 years and a true collectible display piece. This four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack will include such extras as a Leatherface apron, theatrical mini-poster, five audio options, feature commentaries with the filmmakers and cast, several making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes, bloopers, trailers and more. A Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo and single DVD and Blu-ray will also be available. (Dark Sky Films).
(2013) Vinnie Jones, Mischa Barton, Timothy Woodward Jr., Luke Goss, Danny Trejo. A young criminal defense attorney struggles with a homicide case that is not as cut-and-dried as it appears once the mob gets involved, and he quickly realizes that to keep himself and his client alive, he must work outside of the law. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews. (Lionsgate).
Tickety Toc: Christmas Present Time
(2014) It's Christmas time in Tickety Town, and Tommy & Tallulah are determined to make every merry second count. In this all-new collection of adventures including the "Christmas Present Time Special," the twins find a new way to make snow, build a giant igloo, roll the biggest snowball ever, and even help Santa fix his sleigh in time for Christmas Eve. But when their escapades get out of hand, friends like McCoggins, Pufferty, Madame Au Lait and Tooteroo will help them make things right in these five winter-themed episodes from the Nick Jr. preschool hit. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Coloring pages. (Anchor Bay).
2 Broke Girls: The Complete Third Season
(2013-14) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $44.98. Season Three serves up sweet surprises for two of Brooklyn's hottest waitresses, Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs), who continue to dish up sarcasm and smarts. They've got a new cupcake business at the diner's back walk-up window, and Caroline and Max negotiate a work-study program at the Manhattan School of Pastry: Caroline works in the office so Max can study professional baking. Plus, love -- and the aroma of freshly cooked tarts-- is in the air. Caroline has the hots for the school's hunky master baker, and Max falls head over sticky buns for the outrageous class clown. The girls still worry about money -- but their friendship is worth a million bucks. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Under Wraps (aka A Monsterous Holiday)
(2013 -- TV) Voices of Brooke Shields, Drake Bell, Matthew Lillard, Sean Astin, Jon Heder. Animated family adventure about the kids of Egyptian archaeologists who unleash a centuries old curse when they take home a sacred amulet from a Pharaoh's tomb. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Van Damme 5-Movie Action Pack BLU-RAY
Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Lionheart" (1990), "Hard Target" (1993), "Street Fighter" (1994), "Sudden Death" (1995) and "The Quest" (1996). ("Lionheart," "Hard Target" and "Sudden Death" are making their North American Blu-ray debuts). $69.98. (Universal).
Venus in Fur
(2013 -- France) Dir.: Roman Polanski; Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) is distraught that no one has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Enter pushy, foul-mouthed actress Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner), a whirlwind of erratic -- and, it turns out, erotic -- energy. When Thomas reluctantly agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation: Not only is Vanda a perfect fit, but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until the balance of power between director and actress shifts completely. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (Cloud). (MPI Home Video).
A Very Vegas Christmas
(2014) Christmas-themed crossover with the guys from "Pawn Stars," "Counting Cars" and "American Restoration" debate about the best and worst deals they ever made. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two bonus holiday episodes: "Pawn Stars Another Christmas Story," "American Restoration One Horse Open Sleigh." (Lionsgate).
(2014) Bill Oberst Jr, Melissa Carnell, Matt Copko, Brian Berry, Irena Murphy. When a young woman escapes the big-city life for her family's cabin in the Arkansas hills, a full moon beckons a bloodthirsty werewolf who emerges from the shadows, slaughtering everyone in its path and revealing a sinister underworld the woman never knew existed. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
When Santa Fell to Earth
(2011) Live-action adventure -- based on the popular holiday story by best-selling New York Times author Cornelia Funke -- begins with Santa's unexpected plunge directly into Ben and Charlotte’s town, where he's on the run from Gerold Geronimous Goblynch, new head of the Great Christmas Council, whose diabolical plan is to banish Santa from Christmas Land forever. Goblynch sends his army of Nutcracker soldiers after Santa and the kids, and the three embark on a magical adventure to find Santa's trusty reindeer Twinklestar, free his Christmas elves and angels from Goblynch's spell, and save Christmas before it’s too late. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
White Christmas Diamond Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and the unforgettable music of Irving Berlin. Formats:Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New special features such as five classic Christmas television show appearances by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, including a virtual duet between Crosby and Michael Buble; an optional sing-along subtitle track that accompanies the film's most popular songs; new photo galleries; and a Christmas CD with 12 songs featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Judy Garland, including eight never-before-released tracks. Additional previously released special features include commentary by Rosemary Clooney, backstage stories, featurettes on Crosby, Kaye and Clooney, and more. (Paramount).
Witching and Bitching
(2013 -- Spain) Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepon Nieto. A gang of escaping thieves -- including the son of one of the robbers who didn't want to give up his custody days to his ex-wife -- gets trapped by a coven of witches when they make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside. Comedy-Horror. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
X-Men: Days of Future Past
(2014) Director: Bryan Singer. Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Paquin. Read more about "X-Men: Days of Future Past" in the October Calendar.Formats: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray Disc, DVD,, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted Scenes, Gag reel, "Kitchen Sequence,"" Classification: M," "X-Men: Reunited," "Double Take: Xavier & Magneto," "Sentinels: For a Secure Future," "Gallery: Trask Industries," second screen app, theatrical trailers. (Fox).
Yu-Gi-Oh Classic Complete Series
Based on the wildly successful playing card franchise, "Yu-Gi-Oh!" follows the adventures of a boy named Yugi and his friends who love the newest card game that is sweeping the nation. In this game, players pit monster against monster in high intensity duels. Yugi and his friends are obsessed with the game, which is packed with awesome monsters and powerful spell cards. But there's more to this game than meets the eye. Yugi solves an old Egyptian puzzle that infuses him with the energy of an ancient spirit. Their forces unite to form a stronger, more confident duelist, for Yugi needs all the help he can get -- the fate of the world is in the balance. The "Yu-Gi-Oh!" anime series originated from the manga series created by Kazuki Takahashi. The Japanese collectible trading card game, developed and distributed by Konami Digital Enterprises, has sold more than 25 billion cards. The "Yu-Gi-Oh!" TV series has aired internationally in more than 90 countries during the past 12 years. This complete 32-disc set includes all five seasons of the "Yu-Gi-Oh!" classic collection, as well as the movie single, "Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time," and a collectible booklet.Formats: DVD, $229.64. (Cinedigm).
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Season 1
(2004-07) Six-disc set with 52 episodes, $44.99. Spin-off set several years after the previous "Yu-Gi-Oh!" series. "GX" follows a new generation of duelists at the prestigious Duel Academy -- a highly competitive boarding school where pencils and books have been replaced by Duel Disks and monster cards. Still, it's not just about making the grade for these up-and-coming students -- it's about becoming the next King of Games. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
October 16: World Food Day
Every Three Seconds
(2014) In a society where materialism reigns, what is the real secret to happiness? Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Karslake tells the unforgettable stories of five regular folks -- a boy, a college student, a thirtysomething and two seniors -- whose lives went from ordinary to extraordinary based on one simple decision: to engage. Each chose action over apathy, and in the process, each one has had a significant and lasting impact on two of the most challenging, yet solvable, issues of our time: hunger and extreme poverty. DVD packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. Formats: DVD. Extras: Director's Travel Vlog "Waithaka's Artwork" (short video), Participant Media PSA. (First Run Features).
(2013) From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. This documentary goes coast to coast to tell the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, activists, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself. From those growing in backyards to make ends meet to educators teaching kids to eat healthier, viewers find that urban farming is about much more than simply good food. DVD packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. Formats: DVD. Extras: Shorts: "Ultra Fresh Goat's Milk: The Goat Justice League" (Seattle WA), "Back to the Roots: Urban Mushroom Farm" (Oakland CA), "Squirrel for Lunch: Harrah Farms" (Austin TX); blooper reel. (First Run Features).
Annie Oakley Complete TV Collection
(1954-57) Eleven-disc set with all 81 Episodes of the Western classic with Gail Davis as the legendary sharpshooter. Set in the frontier town of Diablo, Az., the series follows the adventures of Annie and her sidekick, deputy sheriff Lofty, as well as her mischievous little brother Tagg, as they clean up the streets of their quiet city by rescuing law-abiding neighbors and arresting outlaws. Formats: DVD, $99.99. Extras: New 2014 documentary about Gail Davis; seven photo galleries, including 100s of photos from Gail Davis' personal collection; original TV pilot starring Billy Gray as Tagg; eight-page episode guide. (Cinedigm).
(2011) Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare, Gustaf Skarsgard, Samuel Vauramo, Maximilian Harnisch. Two young orphans in the Austrian Tirolian Mountains -- whose father was killed by the local mayor -- come under siege by a vicious band of hunters led by the mayor's son. Later, when a well-meaning social services worker arrives too late to protect the terrorized siblings, the girl and her brother prepare to take a stand against their ruthless attackers. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Billy Crystal 700 Sundays
(2014) HBO comedy special based on Billy Crystal's award-winning, smash-hit, one-man Broadway show. Spanning several decades beginning in the 1950s, Crystal reminisces about what it was like growing up in a loving Jewish family in Long Beach, NY. He recalls the numerous eclectic relatives who inspired him; the huge influence of jazz on his family (his father ran an iconic record store in Manhattan, and his uncle was a Hall of Fame producer); his passion for the New York Yankees and, especially, Mickey Mantle; the impact of his father’s sudden and unexpected death on the teenaged Crystal and his mother; and finally, his emergence from grief to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian -- a dream made possible by the support of his family and his wife. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Extra performance material. (HBO).
Borgen: The Complete Series
(2010-13) Cited by Stephen King as his favorite television series of the year, Denmark's blockbuster political drama explores the insular world of high-stakes Danish politics and the press corps that covers it in instantaneous, relentless news cycles. Birgitte Nyborg becomes Prime Minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to learn the ways of power, quickly. This set contains all three seasons of Borgen. In Danish with English subtitles. Formats: 12-disc DVD, $119.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).
(2014 -- Spain) Antonio de la Torre, Olimpia Melinte. The dark yet complex story of Carlos, the most respected tailor in Granada, Spain, who also happens to have a macabre hobby he keeps to himself. When her twin sister goes missing, Nina arrives in town to find her, and soon Carlos is at a crossroads -- will Nina be yet another victim in his fruitless, fatal search for love, or will she be the first to show him just what it means to forge a true connection to someone else? Formats: DVD. Extras: Fifteen-minute independent thriller "Ogre." (Film Movement).
A Coffee in Berlin
(2014 -- Germany) Tom Schilling, Katharina Schuttler, Justus von Dohnanyi. Shot in luxurious black-and-white and featuring a snappy jazz soundtrack, the delightful, unassuming and deceptively easy-going comedy zooms in on Niko (Tom Schilling), a twentysomething young man who is completely disengaged with life as he drifts through the day without a care in the world. However, his careless days eventually come to an end after his girlfriend ends their relationship, his father cuts his money off, and he's diagnosed with an emotional imbalance. A quirky love letter to both Berlin and The Generation Y experience. Winner of six German Film Awards including Outstanding Feature Film, Best Director and Best Actor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Making-of featurette, outtakes, deleted scenes. (Music Box Films).
Crazysexycool: The TLC Story
(2014) KeKe Palmer, Lil Mama, Drew Sidor. VH1 original movie chronicles the meteoric rise of the best-selling female recording group. Formats: DVD. Extras: Exclusive archive footage of TLC from the MTV/VH1 vaults, behind-the-scenes and interviews with the cast. (Paramount).
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
(2014) Her celebrated photograph "Migrant Mother" is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the world, a haunting portrait that came to represent the suffering of America's Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and profound body of work of the woman behind the camera: Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – Oct. 11, 1965). This American Masters documentary explores the life, passions and uncompromising vision of the influential photographer. Her enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese American internment camps. Award-winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor -- the granddaughter of Lange and writer/social scientist Paul Schuster Taylor -- directs and narrates. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (PBS Distribution).
Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4
Led by Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith, the acclaimed ensemble cast brings to life all the drama and intrigue of the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, the lavish English country manor, home to the Earl of Grantham. This limited edition box set, available just in time for the holidays, includes every episode of the first four seasons of this Golden Globe and multi-Emmy Award-winning series, following the Crawley family and their servants from pre-war England through the storms of World War I, and into the social upheaval of England in the 1920s as the lives of its inhabitants are shaped by romance, heartbreak, scandals, rumors, blackmail, and betrayal. Formats: Twelve-disc DVD: $99.99, 11-disc Blu-ray Disc: $109.99. (PBS Distribution).
Duck Dynasty: Seasons 4-6 Gift Set
(2013-14) Eight-disc set $49.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus disc with never-before-seen material, webisodes, deleted scenes from Season 4 and Season 5. (Lionsgate).
F for Fake BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1975) Trickery. Deceit. Magic. In "F for Fake," a free-form documentary by Orson Welles, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully reengages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous line between illusion and truth, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of the world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes -- not the least of whom is Welles himself. Charming and inventive, "F for Fake" is an inspired prank and a clever examination of the essential duplicity of cinema. New, restored digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 2005 by co-writer and star Oja Kodar and director of photography Gary Graver; introduction from 2005 by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich; "Orson Welles: One-Man Band," a documentary from 1995 about Welles's unfinished projects; "Almost True: The Noble Art of Forgery," a 52-minute documentary from 1997 about art forger Elmyr de Hory; "60 Minutes" interview from 2000 with Clifford Irving about his Howard Hughes autobiography hoax; Hughes' 1972 press conference exposing Irving's hoax; extended, nine-minute trailer; an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection).
The Fluffy Movie
(2013) A comedy concert film that captures the on-stage performance and success story of Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extended version. (Universal).
For a Woman
(2014 -- France) Benoit Magimel, Melanie Thierry, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sylvie Testud. The latest from Oscar-nominated director Diane Kurys ("Entre Nous," "Peppermint Soda," "Sagan") is the semi-autobiographical story of Anne, a woman who discovers a family secret as her father lays dying. When her parents, Michel and Lena, escaped the concentration camps of World War II, they began a new life in France; not long after, Michel's long-lost brother Jean shows up at their doorstep, and what ensues is a story of patriotism, rebellion, lust and desire. In a journey that stretches from post-war France to the 1980s, Anne's destiny intertwines with her father's past until they form a single unforgettable story. Formats: DVD. Extras: Twenty-minute short film from France, La Ballon De Rouge. (Film Movement).
(2008) Sci-fi animated adventure, based on the graphic novel by John Bergin, tells the story of Cee, a young pregnant woman who finds herself on a damaged train slowly transcribing its way across a bleak, apocalyptic landscape. Flood, war, starvation, and a plague of death threaten the train's passengers. Cee struggles through these dangers while coping with the memory of her lost husband and the imminent birth of her child. Animation uses panels from the graphic novel with 3D models, set pieces and effects. Formats: DVD. (Lakeshore Records/MVD Visual).
(1973) This documentary by the award-winning director Tony Palmer shined a light on the multi-millionaire Hugh Hefner and his Playboy empire, giving Hefner the opportunity to tell his own story. Of course, it offended the usual suspects -- Mary Whitehouse, the Daily Express and many more. The film charts Hefner's rise from a small-time publisher to outrageous success as he turned Playboy into one of the world's best known brands. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Kundo: Age of the Rampant
(2014 -- South Korea) Ha Jung-woo, Kang Dong-won, Lee Sung-min, Ma Dong-seok. In 1859, during the last days of the Joseon Dynasty, the wages of greed bring poverty and death. A pack of bandits -- calling themselves Kundo -- rise against the tyrants, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In an era where status is decided by birth, this band of thieves risks their lives for honor, in the name of the poor and oppressed. But for one man, a debt of bloody revenge is owed to the aristocrat who robbed him of his family and his name. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
La dolce vita
(1960) The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, "La dolce vita" rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success -- ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom. A look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome's rich and glamorous, the film follows a notorious celebrity journalist—played by a sublimely cool Marcello Mastroianni -- during a hectic week spent on the peripheries of the spotlight. This mordant picture was an incisive commentary on the deepening decadence of the European 1960s, and it provided a prescient glimpse of just how gossip -- and fame -- obsessed our society would become. New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New visual essay by : : kogonada; new interview with filmmaker Lina Wertmüller, who worked as assistant director on the film; scholar David Forgacs discusses the period in Italy's history when the film was made; new interview with Italian film journalist Antonello Sarno about the outlandish fashions seen in the film; audio interview with Mastroianni from the early 1960s, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann; "Felliniana," a presentation of ephemera related to "La dolce vita" from the collection of Don Young; an essay by critic Gary Giddins. (The Criterion Collection).
The Last Sentence
(2012 -- Sweden) Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August. Gripping true life story on the crusading Swedish journalist who mounted a one-man battle against his country's appeasement to Nazism. Set between 1933 and 1945, when Sweden was caught between the tightening vise of Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia. At the time, the country's elite chose a policy of neutrality and compliance, with few daring to speak up against the evil around them. Among those who did, nobody was as vocal and uncompromising as Torgny Segerstedt (Jesper Christensen, the editor-in-chief of one of Sweden's leading newspapers and the most prominent Swedish journalist of the 20th century. Amidst the ensuing political turmoil of the era, Segerstedt's own personal life took a dramatic and scandalous turn as he entered into a very public affair with Maja Forssman (Pernilla August), the Jewish wife of his close friend, who happened to be the newspaper's publisher. But through it all, Torgny Segerstedt proved himself to be a man who could not -- and would not -- be silenced. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes making-of featurette. (Music Box Films).
(2012 -- France) Jean Reno, Michael Youn. A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants the establishment to lose a star from its Michelin rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
A Letter to Momo
(2011 -- Japan) Delightful hand-drawn anime adventure by Hiroyuki Okiura. The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words "Dear Momo," but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. In English with Japanese audio track and English subtitle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of A Letter to Momo," foreign trailers and TV spots, U.S. trailer. (Cinedigm).
Life After Beth
(2014) Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, John C. Reilly. "Zom-rom-com" in which Zach (DeHaan) is devastated after his girlfriend Beth (Plaza) dies unexpectedly. After Beth suddenly and mysteriously returns to life, Zach is overjoyed to have the second chance to prove his love for her. But when Beth starts developing some bizarre tendencies -- including a rather disturbing taste for flesh -- Zach has to confront the facts: Can love survive among the living dead? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Jeff Baena; actors Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan and Matthew Gray Gubler; "Life After Beth: The Post Mortem" featurette; deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1
(2014) Three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray with seven episodes. Set in the captivating world of 1960s New York, the series continues to follow iconic ad man Don Draper, his colleagues and his family, offering a glimpse at how the renowned television series will end. Formats: DVD: $33.98, Blu-ray Disc: $34.99, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentaries for each episode with Matthew Weiner and select cast and crew, "The Trial of the Chicago Eight: Part One" featurette, "The Trial of the Chicago Eight: Part Two" featurette, "Gay Rights" featurette, "Gay Power" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Technology: 1969" interactive timeline. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Gary Daniel, Vannessa Vasquez, Michael Greco. A hardened DEA agent descends into the dangerous underworld of Tijuana, Mexico in search of his ex-wife who he believes has been abducted by a charismatic Cartel boss with aspirations for public office. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
(2013) This documentary might make you think twice about answering your next cell phone call. After a friend's father was diagnosed with brain cancer, potentially from 20 years of cell phone use, filmmaker and community activist Kevin Kunze became fascinated with cell phone radiation, public health and their intersection. The result is this explosive investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including brain cancer and infertility -- findings that the cell phone industry vigorously disputes. Did you know that the majority of cell phone manuals tell consumers, in fine print, to keep the phone about an inch away from the body at all times? Or that researchers have discovered studies conducted over 10 years or longer that show an increased risk of brain cancer for heavy cell phone users? Filmed over three years in conjunction with associate producers Devra Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., a Nobel Prize-winning author and scientist, Ellie Marks, founder of the California Brain Tumor Association and Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., the Director for Family and Community Health in the School of Public Health at Berkeley, this thought-provoking film examines the most recent scientific research, and the harsh challenges politicians face trying to pass precautionary legislation. Featuring interviews with expert researchers, mobile phone industry representatives, and prominent politicians, "Mobilize" illuminates how the industry's economic and political influence can corrupt public health in myriad ways. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (TDC Entertainment).
NOVA: Rise of the Hackers
(2014) Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank, and even date online. Computers hold our treasured photographs, private emails, and all of our personal information. This data is precious -- and cybercriminals want it. NOVA goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called "ultra-paranoid computing," all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers. They're a new global geek squad harnessing cutting-edge science -- all to stay one step ahead of the hackers. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2013) March 11, 2011: A huge tsunami triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing radiation, and turning the residents of Futaba into "nuclear refugees." The devastation experienced by the town -- dead livestock left to rot, crops abandoned, homes and businesses destroyed was infinitely worse than anything reported by the newspapers. A year later, many refugees are still unable to return to contaminated homes. The irony of this disaster occurring in a nation that experienced two nuclear bombs is not lost on the victims who poignantly question their responsibility for striking a Faustian bargain with nuclear power. DVD packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series BLU-RAY DEBUT
Winner of an amazing 22 Emmy Awards, "Pee-wee's Playhouse" is a cultural touchstone for a generation, and its visually dynamic design and offbeat sense of humor were a genuine phenomenon. All 45 wacky episodes on eight discs, plus the Pee-wee's Playhouse "Christmas Special," have been meticulously remastered from the original film elements -- Paul Reubens personally supervised the restoration of the series frame by frame. "Pee-wee's Playhouse" was an educational, artistic and entertaining show that taught kids strong "life lessons." With its innovative production design and Reubens' rich original characters and humor, "Pee-wee's Playhouse" was a magical place that sparked creativity and imagination and brought joy to children and adults alike. Parents and grown-ups have always enjoyed the show's many double entendres. The series features beloved regulars Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne), Reba the Mail Lady (S. Epatha Merkerson), Miss Yvonne (Lynne Marie Stewart), Captain Carl (Phil Hartman), The King of Cartoons (William Marshall), Jambi the Genie (John Paragon), Ricardo (Vic Trevino) and Mrs. Rene (Suzanne Kent). And of course, Chairry, Pterri, Conky, Magic Screen, Clocky, Cool Cat, Dirty Dog, Chicky Baby, Penny, the Dinosaur family, and the rest of the gang. $149.99. Extras: Ten featurettes: "Building the Playhouse," "Opening the Playhouse," "Writing for the Playhouse," "The Look of the Playhouse," "Music of the Playhouse," "The Cast of the Playhouse," "Puppets of the Playhouse," "Animating the Playhouse," "A Very Merry Christmas Special," "Fans and Memorabilia of the Playhouse." (Shout! Factory).
(2014) Becky Byers, Kim Kleemichen, Vincent Kulish, J. Wright Chester, Theresa Davis, Tom Petrone. Found footage horror film about five high school friends who skip class in hopes of finding the perfect spot to party. But they chose the wrong place: Against all warnings, they break into an abandoned mental hospital, notorious for reports of ghost sightings, satanic rituals and demon possessions. Armed only with a camera, they're trapped inside, haunted and hunted by something they can't stop, reason with, or describe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (Cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Frank S. Petrilli, cast and crew; an introduction by PollyGrind's Chad Clinton Freeman; two short films; bonus scenes; trailers; an alternate ending. (Wild Eye/PollyGrind Presents).
The Purge: Anarchy
(2014) Kiele Sanchez, Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Nicholas Gonzalez, Michael K. Williams, Amy Paffrath, Brandon Keene, Branton Box, Niko Nicotera. Read more about "The Purge: Anarchy" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Anarchy" featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes. (Universal).
(2014) Stephanie Szostack, Karl Geary, Pell James, Christina Kirk, Larry Fessenden. An indie romantic fable about a pair of millenials who give up everything they have in order to find something better. During a three-day marathon of passion, they make a pact to push each other to do the things they've avoided or are afraid of, and never lie to one another. Fueled by new love and a sense of adventure, Ro and Kevin impulsively quit their jobs, sell all their possessions, and begin stealing to make ends meet. However, their new life of free-spirited adventure is nearly derailed by Ro's self-destructive streak of jealously and a dark secret she steadfastly refuses to reveal. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Interview with producers Larry Fessenden and Brian Devine, commentary from director Jeff Winner. (IndiePix).
(2014) Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Imperioli, Billy Campbell. A young woman confronts her destructive mental illness by using "The Siamese Burn," an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer she comes to being "cured," the more she's haunted by a thought ... what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
The Search for Simon
(2013) Carol Cleveland, Simon Jones, Sophie Aldred, Lucy Clements, Carol Cleveland, Millie Reeves, Noeleen Comiske. David is 39 and, for almost 30 years, he's been looking for evidence of alien activity since, when he was 10, 7-year-old brother Simon suddenly disappeared; David's father told him that "Simon was abducted by aliens." David vowed to find his brother -- or at the very least find out about the Aliens that took him. This quest has taken over and completely filled his life; it's more than a passion, it's an obsession. David's best (and only) friend Robert, saddened by his friend's obsession and unwillingness to let go of the past, tries his best to get him interested in other things: games, pub quizzes, re-enactment societies and even ... women. And then one day after a chance random encounter with a book writing psychologist with an ear for obsession, he catches the eye of a pretty young woman, and everything changes.
Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
(2014) Dir.: Jake Kasdan; Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe.
Read more about "Sex Tape" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Capturing the Moment," in which Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel talk about what it was like to film the infamous sex tape created by their characters), "Meet Hank Rosenbaum" (in which Rob Lowe gives an in-depth tour of his character's renowned art collection). Blu-ray adds bloopers, deleted & extended scenes, Line-O-Rama alternate takes on the jokes, "Romance Reboot With Dr. Jenn Berman. (Sony).
(2007) Adam West, Annie Golden, Lauren D'Avella. Sexina is the world's hottest teen pop star who's also a secret crime-fighting detective battling evils in the music industry. When she discovers a missing scientist has been forced to create a cyborg band for "The Boss" (West) of Glitz Records, the fists and the power ballads fly. Features music by Davy Jones. Formats: DVD. (Wild Eye Releasing/MVD Visual).
(2014) Dir.: Bong Joon-Ho; Chris Evans, Namgoong Minsoo, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Jamie Bell, Steve Park, Ah-sung Ko. Read more about "Snowpiercer" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Critics' commentary hosted by Scott Weinberg, "The Birth of Snowpiercer," "The Characters," "Animated Prologue," "Concept Art Galleries," "Chris Evans & Tilda Swinton on Snowpiercer," "The Train Brought to Life: Behind the Scenes of a Special Screening," "TRANSPERCENEIGE: From the Blank Page to the Black Screen.". (Radius-TWC/Anchor Bay).
Silent Witness: Season One and Silent Witness: Season Seventeen
U.S debut of the first season and the most recent season of the BBC procedural drama that takes viewers into the labs where forensic science reveals the truths behind mysterious deaths. "Silent Witness: Season One" (1996), a two-disc set with eight episodes; "Silent Witness: Season Seventeen" (2014), a three-disc set with 10 episodes; $34.98 each set. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Soul Man: The Complete Second Season
(2013) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of the TV Land series starring Cedric
"The Entertainer" as a former R&B superstar-turned-preacher who continues to find his footing in the transition from music to ministering. Formats: DVD, $19.97. Extras: "Cedric and the After Party," "Niecy Nash Talks," more. (Shout! Factory).
(2011 -- Spain) A nine-man squad sent to investigate the destruction of a military base high in the desolate wastelands of Colombia find only carnage and a mute woman in chains and gradually the isolation, the inability to communicate with the outside world and the impossibility of escape begin to undermine the sanity of the soldiers and they turn on one another.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Behind The Squad" making-of featurette, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Unit One: Series 1, 2 & 3
(2000-2002) The ground-breaking Danish crime thriller inspired by actual police cases that won of an International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series, and brought Danish television into the international spotlight. The Unit is headed up by ambitious detective Ingrid Dahl (Charlotte Fich), who's been promoted to lead Unit One, the elite mobile task force created to support local law enforcement across Denmark, and Detective Allan Fischer (Mads Mikkelsen), the bad boy of the team whose disregard for rules and hot temper often leads to trouble. Series 1 four-disc set, $39.95; Series 2 four-disc set, $39.95; Series 3 three-disc set, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
(2013) The story of Naturita, Colorado, an economically devastated rural mining community that finds itself hopeful for the first time in decades. Their potential salvation: a new uranium mill, the first of its kind built in the U.S. in 30 years. A mill that would re-connect to Naturita to its proud history -supplying the uranium used to build the first atomic bomb, which ushered in the Nuclear Age. And now, a greener energy source to help free America from its dependence on foreign oil. But others in the town are worried about the severe health and environmental consequences of the last uranium boom. DVD packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Vincent Price Collection II BLU-RAY DEBUT
Four-disc set with "The House on Haunted Hill" (1959), "The Return of the Fly" (1959), "The Comedy of Terrors" (1963), "The Raven" (1963), "The Last Man on Earth" (1964), "The Tomb of Ligeia" (1964) and "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" (1972). Extras: Commentaries with producer/director Roger Corman, actor Brett Halsey, film historians; original theatrical trailers; rare photos and archival materials; 32-page collector’s book featuring an essay by author and film historian David Del Valle. $79.97. (Shout! Factory).
A Woman in Flames
(1983 -- Germany) Gudrun Landgrebe, Mathieu Carriere, Hanns Zischler. Frustrated with her stuffy life, wealthy housewife, Eva (Gudrun Landgrebe) leaves her arrogant husband and enters the call girl business in a bizarre effort to regain her freedom and maintain her high-end lifestyle. When she meets a charming bisexual gigolo, she falls in love and the pair move in together until she eventually enters a world of sado-masochism that tears their world apart. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort
(2014) Sadie Katz, Roxanne Pallett, Anthony Ilot, Aqueela Zoll, Rollo Skinner. The unrelenting terror starts when an emotionally troubled young man, Danny, inherits an isolated backwoods hotel that may hold the key to his secret past. A trip to the peaceful resort quickly transforms into a blood-soaked killing spree, as Danny’s friends are brutally murdered one by one. Danny discovers that Three Finger and his flesh-eating kin are to blame, but the chilling surprises they have in store for him have only just begun. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Three featurettes: "Inheritance," "All the Kills in Them Hills," "Hobb Springs: A Place to Rest ... In Peace" (Fox).
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Accused, Series 1 & 2
(2010-13) Star-studded and award-winning BBC anthology series of 10 gripping tales -- from Series 1 (2010) and Series 2 (2012), which have not been broadcast in the U.S. Each episode reveals a crime through the eyes of the perpetrator, revealing how -- and more importantly, why -- it happened. Some characters are guilty, some are innocent, and others fall somewhere in between. But they're all ordinary people whose lives have quickly gone sideways -- and they all stand accused. Stars Sean Bean, Peter Capaldi, Olivia Colman, Andy Serkis, Christopher Eccleston, Stephen Graham, Juliet Stevenson. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $59.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
America: Imagine the World Without Her
(2014) Provocative political documentary co-written and co-directed by The New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza, based on his book. What would the world look like if America never existed? D'Souza explores this fascinating question in this thought-provoking film. Through reenactments of landmark events in America's history and insightful interviews with leading historians, D'Souza brings us face-to-face with the brave heroes who built this great nation -- and offers a powerful defense against critics intent upon the shaming of America. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: interviews, extended scenes. (Lionsgate).
Beethoven's Treasure Tail
(2014) Jonathan Silverman, Bretton Manley, Morgan Fairchild, Kristy Swanson, Jeffrey Combs. After a doggone disaster of a movie shoot, the big-hearted pooch and his trainer, Eddie, are heading home when they get stranded in a small coastal village. When Beethoven befriends a local boy, he helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure and together they embark on an adventure that brings the whole town together. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
(2013) Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Heather Graham, Mary Louise Parker, Elizabeth Shue. Socially awkward high schooler Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) is willing to do whatever it takes to win the heart of the girl (Selena Gomez) of his dreams ... and he does mean anything, including forming
a friendship and embarking on a rock n' roll journey with her while she deals with her overbearing boyfriend. Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).
(2014) Jeff Fahey, Kelly Noonan, Brent Briscoe. Veteran coal miner George Marsh (Jeff Fahey) is about to retire, and he's giving his daughter Samantha (Kelly Noonan) a tour of the mine on his last day. Six hundred feet below the surface, a catastrophic collapse traps George, Samantha and a crew of miners, with rescue workers not expected to reach them for 72 hours. But the drill strike that caused the disaster also opens a hole into an unknown chamber, and before long the crew suspects they might not be alone. With their oxygen supply steadily depleting, George and Samantha must figure out a way to stay alive as resources become scarce and the danger rises. Inspired by true events. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Bound By Flesh
(2012) Documentary tells the amazing story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who rose to superstardom at the beginning of the 20th century as sideshow attractions, performing alongside the likes of Bob Hope and Charlie Chaplin. While most sideshow performers simply served as objects of curiosity for their passing audiences, the Hilton Sisters stood apart by putting on a full-fledged show, complete with singing, dancing and music. But they were ruthlessly exploited by their managers and ultimately sued for their freedom, which they won at a terrible cost. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Care Bears: Belly Badge Rock
(2014) Four stories about the harmony of friendship from the new CGI-animated series, "Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot," currently airing on The Hub: "Show of Shyness," "Bully Exposed," "Over-Bearing" and "Untruths and Consequences." Formats: DVD: $14.98, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Child of God
(2013) Scott Haze, James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson. Based on the acclaimed 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel, "Child of God" takes place in 1960s Tennessee, where Lester Ballard is a dispossessed, violent man. Deprived first of his family and then his home, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into a disturbing life of crime and degradation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Complete Jacques Tati
Though he made only a handful of films, director, writer, and actor Jacques Tati ranks among the most beloved of all cinematic geniuses. With a background in music hall and mime performance, Tati steadily built an ever more ambitious movie career that ultimately raised sight-gag comedy to the level of high art. In the surrogate character of the sweet and bumbling, eternally umbrella-toting and pipe-smoking Monsieur Hulot, Tati invented a charming symbol of humanity lost in a constantly modernizing modern age. This set gathers his six hilarious features -- "Jour de fete," "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday," "Mon oncle," "PlayTime," "Trafic" and "Parade -— along with seven delightful Tati-related short films. New digital restorations of all six feature films and new digital restorations of all seven short films.
Formats: Twelve-disc DVD set, seven-disc Blu-ray set; $124.95. Extras: Two alternate versions of "Jour de fete," a partly colorized 1964 version and the full-color 1994 rerelease version; original 1953 theatrical release version of "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday"; "My Uncle," the version of "Mon oncle" that Tati created for English-language audiences; introductions by actor and comedian Terry Jones to "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday," "Mon oncle" and" PlayTime"; archival interviews with Tati; "In the Footsteps of Monsieur Hulot," a 1989 documentary about Tati's beloved alter ego; five visual essays by Tati expert Stephane Goudet; new interview with film scholar Michel Chion on the sound design of Tati's films; "Jour de fete: In Search of the Lost Color," a 1988 documentary on the process of realizing Tati's original color vision for that film; "Once Upon a Time ... Mon oncle," a 2008 documentary about the making of that film; "Everything Is Beautiful," a 2005 piece on the fashion, furniture, and architecture of "Mon oncle"; selected-scene commentaries on "PlayTime" by Goudet, theater director Jerome Deschamps, and critic Philip Kemp; "Tativille," a documentary shot on the set of "PlayTime"; "Beyond PlayTime," a short 2002 documentary featuring on-set footage; "An Homage to Jacques Tati," a 1982 French TV program featuring Tati friend and set designer Jacques Lagrange; audio interview with Tati from the U.S. premiere of "PlayTime" at the 1972 San Francisco International Film Festival; interview with "PlayTime" script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot from 2006; "Tati Story," a short biographical film from 2002; "Professor Goudet's Lessons," a 2013 classroom lecture by Goudet on Tati's films; alternate English-language soundtracks for "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday" and "PlayTime"; a booklet featuring essays by critics David Cairns, James Quandt, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and Kristin Ross. (The Criterion Collection).
Deliver Us From Evil
(2014) Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale.
Read more about "Deliver Us From Evil" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director Scott Derrickson, "Illuminating Evil: Making Deliver Us From Evil" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds "Deliver Us From Demons" all-access look at the production's approach to creating a very frightening demonic presence; "The Two Sergeants" behind-the-scenes exploration of the collaboration and process used by Ralph Sarchie and the actor playing "Ralph Sarchie," Eric Bana; "The Demon Detective" intimate interview with Ralph Sarchie on his experiences.
(2014) D.B. Sweeney, Sarah Butler, Ian Gomez, Malcolm McDowell. A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man's loyal protege Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal evidence, the corporation calls in their "crisis manager" Frank (Sweeney) to silence her forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).
Grace: The Possession
(2013) Alexia Fast, Lin Shaye, Alan Dale, Alexis Knapp, Joel David Moore. Grace is an 18-year-old Catholic girl who moves away to college, never having sipped alcohol, done drugs, or had sex. But something dark comes over her, and her purity is taken as she becomes possessed by demonic forces. The story is told through the eyes of the possessed. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
In Search of Ancient Mysteries
(1973) This made-for-television documentary, hosted by science fiction icon Rod Serling, explores unexplained mysteries of the ancient world and possible connections to aliens. Scientists and scholars analyze strange findings in statues, cave paintings and writings that suggest that people of the distant past may have been more sophisticated than previously thought ... and may have been in contact with aliens or some other advanced civilization. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
(2013 -- Sweden) Patrik Karlson, Johanna Tschig, Per Lofberg. A reclusive audio enthusiast transforms his unsuspecting neighbors into his experimental playthings with the help of a hypnotic sound wave in this subversive comedy. An amateur sound engineer, who spends hours in his basement full of wires and oscillators experimenting with sound waves, finds a frequency that allows him to hypnotize people. He lures his attractive new neighbors into his house to act as test subjects and, under his control, the oblivious couple is manipulated into increasingly elaborate role-playing games that allow him to indulge in his most megalomaniacal fantasies. But when investigations into the suspicious death of his wife threaten to bring an end to his demented operation, he must use his scientific breakthrough on a much larger scale in order to continue his warped research. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).
Life of Crime
(2014) Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Mark Boone Junior, Yasiin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, John Hawkes. Read more about "Life of Crime" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with screenwriter-director Daniel Schechter and actor Will Forte, "Behind-the-Scenes of Life of Crime" featurette, "Envisioning the Big Picture: Shooting Crime" featurette, "Hit & Run: Choreographing Mayhem" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Lovejoy, Series 3
(1992) Cult-favorite British mystery series stars Ian McShane as Lovejoy, a rascal of an antiques dealer with a heart of gold who ends up solving crimes for himself and clients. Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.99. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Masterpiece Mystery!: Death Comes to Pemberley
(2014) Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Rhys, Matthew Goode, Jenna Coleman. An adaptation of PD James's homage to "Pride and Prejudice." Six years after the end of Jane Austen's classic, Elizabeth and Darcy are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt by a murder. Revenge, mysterious paternity, and a ghost all figure in the ensuing plot. Airs on Masterpiece on PBS Sundays, October 26 and November 2. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Miss Marple: Volume One BLU-RAY DEBUT
In Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Miss Marple, BBC Home Entertainment has completely remastered the first series -- starring Joan Hickson -- from the original film elements. Extras: "A Very British Murder, Part 1," the first episode of a three-part series documenting the British national obsession with murder mysteries. (BBC Home Entertainment).
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
(2013) When a friendly showcase turns into a battle of the bands, there’s only one pony to call: Princess Twilight. Canterlot High is hosting a musical showcase and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when The Dazzlings, a new girl group, arrive at CHS and convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands, tensions mount. A now-reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that the Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High. The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).
The Mystery of Happiness
(2014 -- Spain) Guillermo Francella, Fabian Arenillas, Ines Estevez. A joyful story about love, friendship and the pursuit of happiness. Santiago and Eugenio are best friends and business partners who run a thriving electronics store together. One day, Eugenio doesn't come to work and Santiago delays telling anyone while trying to figure out what has happened. Then Laura, Eugenio's wife, shows up to say that Eugenio has disappeared. Perplexed, the two embark on a journey to find Eugenio, only to discover that true happiness can sometimes mean losing everything. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Nightbreed: The Director's Cut
(1990) "Hellraiser" creator Clive Barker wrote and directed this vivid leap into horror that asks the question: In the battle of man vs. monster, who's really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. The original "Nightbreed," written and directed by Barker from his 1988 novel "Cabal," was released in 1990 by Morgan Creek Productions and 20th Century Fox and starred Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby and David Cronenberg and centered on a tribe of monsters and outcasts known as the Nightbreed that hide from humanity. The film featured director Cronenberg in a tour-de-force performance as the evil psychotherapist Dr. Phillip K. Decker and Sheffer as Aaron Boone, a young man whom Decker sets up as a serial killer and who retreats to the world of the Nightbreeds (underneath a cemetery) to live among monsters. Elfman, who had just scored Tim Burton's "Batman" and was about to score Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy," created a beautifully eerie score using children's voices, ethnic drums and instruments, and an orchestra. However, the studio edited the film extensively and several scenes were excised or rearranged -- much to Barker's disappointment. This original "Director's Cut" has been considered a "lost" holy grail to horror fanatics for years ... until now. Through the help of Barker, Seraphim Films and Morgan Creek Productions, Scream! Factory is finally bringing this uncut version to light. Lost footage from original film elements has been found and has been edited together to become the film as it was originally intended to be. "Nightbreed" will be available in two versions: A 5,000 unit Limited-Edition three-Disc Blu-ray set and a Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray Combo. Limited Edition Set: Disc 1: Unrated director's cut of the film on Blu-ray; Disc 2: The 1990 R-rated theatrical version of the film on Blu-ray; Disc 3: Exclusive-to-this-set bonus Blu-ray disc packed with extras (details forthcoming); collector's book with an essay and rare photos; slipcase includes newly designed artwork approved by Clive Barker; $79.97. Special Edition Set: Disc 1: Unrated director's cut of the film on Blu-ray plus bonus features (Introduction by Barker and restoration producer Mark Alan Miller; commentary by Barker and Miller; "Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed," an hour-long featurette; "Making Monsters," interviews with makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Martin Mercer and Paul Jones; "Fire! Fights! Stunts! 2nd Unit Shooting" interview with Andy Armstrong; original theatrical trailer)); Disc 2: Unrated director's cut of the film on DVD; slipcase includes artwork approved by Clive Barker; $29.93. (Shout! Factory).
One Day Pina Asked ...
(2014 -- France) Director Chantal Akerman's ("Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles") portrait of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch is an encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century. The documentary captures Bausch's company's rehearsals and performances over a five-week European tour in 1983. Akerman also shows us excerpts from performances of Bausch dances, all recorded with Akerman's singular visual touch. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
(2014) Ed Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen, Sebastian De Souza, Emma Rigby, Thomas Kretschmann. A group of young and gifted white-collar criminals con their way into a luxurious life of other people's money and plastic until they inadvertently steal from a sadistic crime boss and they find that they're on the hook for two million due in two weeks. The only way they can acquire that much cash is to scheme their way through the most high-stakes heist of their lives .Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
(2014) Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Jung Ji Hoon aka Rain, Jessica Lowndes, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Paul (Patric), a mechanic with past ties to the underworld, is unwittingly drawn back into the life he gave up when he suspects that his daughter has been kidnapped; and he must team up with his old partner, Sam (Cusack), in order to confront Omar (Willis), his former nemesis, in order to rescue her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Brian Miller and actor Jason Patric, "Capturing The Prince: Behind the Scenes" featurette, interviews with cast and crew, extended scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Viva Bianca, Luke Hemsworth, Hannah Mangan Lawrence, Jonathan LaPaglia.
After his partner is murdered, a detective must track down two teenage runaways whose video footage contains the identity of the killer. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making of The Reckoning featurette"; director John V. Soto interview; cast interviews with Jonathan LaPaglia, Luke Hemsworth, Hannah Mangan Lawrence and Viva Bianca; director of photography Jason Thomas interview; photo gallery. (Anchor Bay).
Running From Crazy
(2013) The Hemingway name echoes through modern American life -- but not just as a symbol of literary greatness. The name also carries with it stories of mental illness and suicide afflicting numerous Hemingway family members over the generations. Now, actress Mariel Hemingway herself tells her family's troubled tale in the incisive, revealing and ultimately uplifting new documentary from two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple and executive producer Oprah Winfrey. Oscar-nominated actress, author and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, strives for a deeper understanding of the suicide and mental illness that have afflicted so many of her family members, including her supermodel/actress sister Margaux Hemingway, who committed suicide near the anniversary of Ernest's own suicide, and her eldest sister, artist Joan "Muffet" Hemingway, who was diagnosed with manic depression and now lives in Idaho. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Virgil Films).
Squirm Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1976) Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan. When a powerful storm knocks Fly Creek, Georgia's power lines down onto wet soil, the resulting surge of electricity drives large, bloodthirsty worms to the surface -- and then out of their soil-tilling minds. Soon, the townspeople discover that their sleepy fishing village is overrun with worms that burrow right into their skin. Inundated by hundreds of thousands of carnivorous creatures, the terrorized locals race to find the cause of the rampage -- before becoming tilled under themselves!
Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Jeff Lieberman; "Eureka!," a look at where the idea for "Squirm" came from with Jeff Lieberman; "Digging In" interviews with Lieberman and actor Don Scardino; theatrical trailer; TV spot; still gallery. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
A Star for Christmas
(2012) Briana Evigan, Corey Sevier, Karissa Vacker, Jeremy Howard, Travis Van Winkle, Brooke Burns. The owner of a cupcake shop falls for the star of an action movie in her small town, but things are complicated by her ex and his former girlfriend. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines
(2014) Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: "It's Christmas Time" music video, "Guess Who?" puzzles. (Universal).
(1988) A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip, and his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a diabolically clinical mind. An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer's "The Vanishing" unfolds with meticulous intensity, leading to an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with director George Sluizer; new interview with actor Johanna ter Steege; trailer; an essay by critic Scott Foundas. (The Criterion Collection).
Vera, Set 4
(2014) Two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn returns as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, whose offbeat manner and frumpy appearance belie a knack for catching killers. Based on the bestselling novels of Ann Cleeves. Four-disc set with four episodes, $59.99. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series
(1978-82) Thirteen-disc set with 90 episodes, $139.99. "WKRP in Cincinnati" has had a complicated history of music rights restrictions. To make this the most comprehensive DVD release possible, Shout! Factory has done its best to include every scene uncut and with as much original music as possible, including tracks by artists such as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Blondie, Tom Petty, The Cars, Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye, Paul McCartney and Wings, Van Morrison, The Police, Otis Redding & more. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Do My Eyes Say Yes?" featurette; "A Fish Story Story" featurette; "WKRP In Cincinnati: A Paley Center Reunion, a panel discussion from 2014 featuring cast members Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Gary Sandy, and Jan Smithers, executive producer/writer Hugh Wilson, director Asaad Kelada, and the director of the show’s pilot, Jay Sandrich, all moderated by rock radio legend Jim Ladd. (Shout! Factory).
Wish I Was Here
(2014) Director: Zach Braff. Stars: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Donald Faison, Pierce Gagnon, Joey King, Mandy Patinkin. Read more about "Wish I Was Here" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "Directing While Acting" featurette; Aston Martin dealership outtakes; commentary with Co-writer/director/producer Zach Braff and co-writer/producer Adam Braff; commentary with co-writer/director/producer Zach Braff, director of photography Lawrence Sher and editor Myron Kerstein. (Universal).
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