ABCs of Death 2
(2015) Follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. The motion picture is comprised of 26 individual chapters; each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment Magnet Label).
(2008 -- Spain) Voices of Jeff Foxworthy, Brad Garrett. Thrilling and patriotic animated tale based on an incredible true story, set during World War I: follows the adventures of a courageous, albeit clumsy, group of pigeons and their sidekick, a resourceful engineer mouse. When their small farm is turned into a military training post and communications center for the Allies, the group of unlikely heroes enlists as carrier pigeons and bravely complete airborne missions to assist the soldiers on the battlefield. When given their biggest assignment yet, the team bands together to save the day and soar into history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (VIVA Pictures/Cinedigm).
The Best of Me
(2014) James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Gerald McRaney. Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from Nicholas Sparks. A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Tears of Joy" new storyline and "Storybook" alternate ending, "Along for the Ride," Commentary by director Michael Hoffman, Music Video: "I Did" by Lady Antebellum. Blu-ray adds Nicholas Sparks interviews, deleted scenes. (Fox).
(2014) Glenn Howerton, Steve Little, Ben Schwartz, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Groban. When Will (Glenn Howerton), a website manager for an electronics company, discovers that the local Coffee Town (which he uses as his own personal office) is scheduled to be converted into a bistro, he leaps into action. With the help of his two best friends, Will enacts a plan to stage a robbery in the hopes of convincing the corporate interests behind the switch that the neighborhood is unsafe.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Brad Copeland and actors Ben Schwartz and Glenn Howerton, deleted scenes. (Shout! Factory).
Dear White People
(2014) Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell, Malcolm Barrett, Dennis Haysbert. A thought-provoking satire about race relations, "Dear White People" is the story of an eclectic group of black students trying to navigate a predominantly white Ivy League school. Dealing with the college's traditions and cliques is hard enough. But after a sequence of events including a controversial student election, an out-of-control party and the arrival of a reality TV producer, once-quiet Winchester University becomes a hotbed of conflict.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Dear White People" featurette; "Get Your Life" music video (extended version) by Caught a Ghost; deleted scenes; outtakes; "Racism Insurance" skits; "The More You Know About Black People" (a PSA Web Series); "DVRS App: Black Friends When You Need Them"; "LEAKED: Banned Winchester U Diversity" commentary with writer-director Justin Simien and cast Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris and Brandon Bell; commentary with writer-director Justin Simien. (Lionsgate).
The Demon's Rook
(2014) James Sizemore, Ashleigh Jo Sizemore, John Chatham. Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that allows an unspeakable evil to travel freely into our world. When three grisly beasts cross into our dimension, the living are possessed and the dead rise to destroy everything in their path. Formats: DVD. (Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
(2014) Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Ryan Eggold, Bill Hader, Viola Davis, Ciaran Hinds, Archie Panjabi, Jess Weixler, William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert. Captures a complete picture of a relationship in this relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth. Once happily married,
Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (The Weinstein Company).
(2014) Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Charles Dance, Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson.
Read more about "Dracula Untold" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Day in the Life - Luke Evans" personal moments with the film's star on set; "Dracula Retold" production featurette; "Slaying 1000" behind-the-scenes look at the making of Vlad's epic battle against an army of thousands; commentary with director Gary Shore and production designer Francois Audouy. Blu-ray adds alternate opening; deleted scenes; "The Land of Dracula" interactive map that explores Dracula's mysterious world, including Castle Dracula, Cozia Monastery, Broken Tooth Mountain and Borga Pass; "Luke Evens - Creating a Legend." (Universal).
Every Man for Himself
(1980) After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with this work of social commentary, star-driven and narrative while remaining defiantly intellectual and visually cutting-edge. "Every Man for Himself," featuring a script by Jean-Claude Carriere ("The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie") and Anne-Marie Mieville ("Ici et ailleurs"), looks at the sexual and professional lives of three people -- a television producer ("Van Gogh's" Jacques Dutronc), his ex-girlfriend ("The Return of Martin Guerre's" Nathalie Baye), and a prostitute ("White Material's" Isabelle Huppert) -- to create a meditative story about work, relationships, and the notion of freedom. Made 20 years into his career, the film was, according to Godard, a second debut. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Le scenario" (1979), a short video created by Godard to secure financing for "Every Man for Himself"; new video essay by critic Colin MacCabe; new interviews with actor Isabelle Huppert and producer Marin Karmitz; archival interviews with actor Nathalie Baye, cinematographers Renato Berta and William Lubtchansky, and composer Gabriel Yared; two back-to-back 1980 appearances by Godard on "The Dick Cavett Show"; "Godard 1980," a short film by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, featuring Godard; trailer; an essay by critic Amy Taubin. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Brian Steele, Denise Williamson. A group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend find themselves stalked by Bigfoot. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Eduardo Sanchez, deleted scenes, two behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe. Read more about "John Wick" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Six featurettes: "Don't F*#% With John Wick," "Calling in the Cavalry," ""Destiny of a Collective," ""Assassin's Code," "Red Circle" and "NYC Noir." Blu-ray adds commentary by filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. (Lionsgate).
Hector and the Search for Happiness
(2014) Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard. By all appearances, Hector (Pegg) has it all -- a successful psychiatry practice, a comfortable home and a beautiful, loving girlfriend (Pike). However, he's frustrated that he can't provide his patients with real happiness -- or even define it for them. So, he decides to travel the world in search of the elusive emotion, from rural China to Africa and even to Los Angeles. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Around the World With Simon Pegg," "The Making of Hector and the Search for Happiness," director commentary by Peter Chelsom. (Fox).
(2014) Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca Santos. A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Sirit Board: An Evolution" featurette on the history of automatic writing and "talking boards," "Icon of the Unknown" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Adapting the Fear" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Universal).
The Reagans: The Legacy Endures
(2014) Documentary about the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and his wife Nancy. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
(2015) Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. and others recount the culture-defining influence of Richard Pryor -- one of America's most brilliant comic minds -- in this new documentary. Pryor remains an inspiration to many: A man who broke taboos, provoked change and propelled himself through life as a result of sheer force of personality. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: David Banks, David Steinberg, Jennifer Lee Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Mel Brooks, Quincy Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Willie Nelson. (Magnolia Home Entertainment Magnet Label).
Sex (Ed) the Movie
(2014) How did you first learn about sex? Maybe it was a book with colorful illustrations, a talk with Mom or Dad, a corny classroom film, or just a random encounter with a dirty magazine.
This documentary offers a revealing, occasionally awkward, and often hilarious look at how Americans have learned about sex from the early 1900s to the present. Using clips from an astounding array of sex ed films, this entertaining documentary captures what it was like for the kids -- confusion, shock, embarrassment -- and as well for those doing the educating (often with moral agendas front and center). Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2014) Rupert Friend, Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn.
A troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to an adult prison where he finally meets his match - a man who also happens to be his father. Formats: DVD. (Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).
(2014) Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller. Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker (Essoe) spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships with other struggling artists and competing actors, and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a film from a mysterious production company. But this opportunity comes with some bizarre conditions that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful ... and altogether terrifying. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer and producer Travis Stevens; 10 deleted scenes; a music video by the film's composer, Jonathan Snipes; Alex Essoe's audition video; behind-the-scenes photo gallery; theatrical trailer. (Dark Sky Films/MPI).
Studio Ghibli BLU-RAY DEBUTS
"Pom Poko," "Porco Rosso," "Tales From Earthsea." (Disney).
(2013) Modern-day slavery is alive and well in the United States, as thousands of victims are trafficked across the country to satisfy America's $3-billion-a-year sex trafficking industry. Meet the pimps, the johns, the police, the parents and the victims of the thriving sex trade in Tricked, a comprehensive and daring documentary that uncovers one of America's darkest secrets.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus scenes: "Abolition & Prohibition: A Consensual Sex Worker Speaks Out," "Prostitution Enforcement," "The Swedish Model: Criminalizing Demand," "Tackling Sex Trafficking at Super Bowl XLV"; resources; biographies. (First Run Features).
The Wonder Years: The Complete Second Season
(1988-89) Four-disc set with 17 episodes, $39.95. In this season, Kevin confronts the day-to-day pressures of junior high school life: kids don't know what they want, and the girls are just as confused as the boys. On the home front, older brother Wayne continues his bullying ways, but Kevin fights back and grows some backbone. However, his inner strength is tested when he participates in a class walkout to protest the Vietnam War, and joins his pals Paul Pfeiffer and Winnie Cooper to stop developers from destroying Harper's Woods, the site of many happy childhood memories. With over four dozen songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts with classics by Bob Dylan, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Cream, Bing Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Traffic, Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Taylor, Nat King Cole,The Miracles, Judy Collins, Donovan and many others. Formats: DVD. Extras: "School Days": Roundtable with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano; "The Times They Are A-Changin': The Era" featurette; interviews with: Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold), Alley Mills (Norma Arnold), Daniel Stern (Narrator). (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard
(2015) Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, Mischa Barton, Felissa Rose, Brian Anthony Wilson. A young militia is all that stands between the arrival of a horde of the living dead and their rural town decimated by the fracking industry. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Bloodbath and Beyond," "The Look of Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard" and "Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard Behind the Scenes" featurettes. (Anchor Bay).
(2014) Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Kat Graham, Tyson Beckford, Tasha Smith. Sexy thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist, and she finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path of indiscretion. Based on the best-selling novel by Zane. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "Getting Intimate With Zane" featurette, "Filming Addicted With the Hottest Men on the Planet" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
(2014) Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Bella Thorne, Dylan Minnette. Read more about " Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" in the February Calendar.Formats:Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Snappy Crocs & Punch Roos: The Australian Outback Party," "Hurricane" by the Vamps music video. Blu-ray adds "Alexander ... In Real Life," "Walkabout: A Video Diary," "And the Delightful, Magnificent, Very Good Bloopers." (Disney).
Batman: The Second Season, Part 1
Four-disc set with 30 episodes from the 1966 original Batman series. Batman and Robin take on more perilous plots with fiendish foes trying to undo the undaunted heroes. From the torturous King Tut to a straying Catwoman to the provoking Joker, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) take on a cape-full of calamity. But wait! There are still plenty of Bat-gadgets and plot twists in the race against time and adrenalin laced adventure. With ever-popular guest stars Julie Newmar, Casear Romero and many more. Re-mastered. $29.99. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Brotherhood of Blades
(2014 -- China) Chang Chen, Cecilia Liu, Qing Ye, Nie Yuan. The period film is set in the late Ming Dynasty, where a young emperor is determined to take down the all-powerful eunuch Wei and purge his supporters. Caught in the midst of the intrigue are three lowly, cash-strapped warriors from the Imperial Assassins, the secret police, who are given the orders to find and kill Wei. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Chuggington: Turbo Charged Chugger
(2014) Six turbo-charged train episodes. The trainees are taking their responsibilities to a whole new level when Wilson and the Chug Patrollers attempt a daring bridge rescue, Brewster helps the Chuggineers build a new station, Koko tries to break her Chug-A-Sonic record, the Speed Fleet competes in the Track Dash, and everybody learns how to use the Piggy-Back Wagon. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Coloring and activity pages, character montages, custom activity book with stickers. (Anchor Bay).
A Day in the Country
(1936) This bittersweet work from Jean Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, is a tenderly comic idyll about a city family's picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men. Conceived as part of a larger project that was never completed, shot in 1936, and released 10 years later, this warmly humanist vignette ranks among Renoir's most lyrical films, with a love for nature imbuing its every beautiful frame. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Introduction by Renoir from 1962; new interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner about the film's production; new video essay by Faulkner on Renoir's methods; "Un tournage a la campagne," an 89-minute 1994 compilation of outtakes from the film; interview with producer Pierre Braunberger from 1979; screen tests; an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez. (The Criterion Collection).
Digimon Tamers Volume 1
(2001) A new generation of Digidestined take over protecting the Digital World from evil Digimon. Through a new gadget called the D-Arc, Takato and his friends can draw Digimon and make them come to life with one swipe through the D-Arc. After creating new Digimon, Takato and his friends battle constant evil, finally defeating the last major threat. They all return to the Real World only to find another portal to the Digital World in jeopardy. Three-disc set, $19.99. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2013-14) The anime franchise continues with the sixth and all-new installment currently airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. Seventh grader Mikey Kudo is transported into the Digital World along with his two best friends and they're charged with saving the Digimon against annihilation, leading Fusion Fighters against the evil Bagra Army. Six-disc set with 30 episodes, $44.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Character image gallery, 12-page character guide book. (Cinedigm).
Don't Look Now
(1973) Donald Sutherland and Julie Christi mesmerize as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experiences. A masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg, "Don't Look Now," adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural, as renowned for its innovative editing and haunting cinematography as its explicit eroticism and unforgettable denouement, one of the great endings in horror history. New 4K digital restoration, approved by Roeg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between the film's editor, Graeme Clifford, and film writer. Bobbie O'Steen; "Don't Look Now, Looking Back," a short 2002 documentary featuring Roeg, Clifford, and cinematographer Anthony Richmond; "Death in Venice," a 2006 interview with composer Pino Donaggio; "Something Interesting," a new documentary on the writing and making of the film, featuring interviews with Richmond, Christie and Sutherland, and co-screenwriter Allan Scott; "Nicolas Roeg: The Enigma of Film," a new documentary on Roeg's style, featuring interviews with filmmakers Danny Boyle and Steven Soderbergh; Q&A with Roeg at London's Cine Lumiere from 2003; trailer; an essay by film critic David Thompson. (The Criterion Collection).
Dorothy in the Land of Oz
(1980) With her beloved aunt and uncle preparing to move away, Dorothy's carried back to Oz where she meets Jack Pumpkinhead, the Hungry Tiger, Tik-Tok and others before facing off against Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinker. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (CBS/Paramount).
Family Classics: The Easter Promise/Addie and the King of Hearts
Two TV movies about the Mills family living in 1940s Nebraska. In "The Easter Promise" (1975), Addie befriends a famous actress and encourages her to give back to the community by hosting a school fashion show. In "Addie and the King of Hearts" (1976), Addie becomes jealous when her father starts to woo a beautician. Stars Jason Robards, Lisa Lucas. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (CBS/Paramount).
(2015) Robert Englund, Fiona Dourif, Corey Taylor, Angelina Armani, Thomas Dekker. When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the "Fear Clinic," where a doctor works to cure patients suffering from crippling phobias by placing them inside his invention, which induces and controls hallucinations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Forbidden Films From the Age of Beauty: Anthology of Erotic Cinema - The 1900s
(2015) The beginning of the 20th century was known as "The Age of Beauty" (La Belle Epoque), a period before the first World War that saw an incredible blossoming of literature and art as well as the birth of the cinema. One of cinema's first explorations was erotica, and this anthology presents some of the earliest film adventures from around the world during 1900-1910, erotica that featured straights, trios, bisexuality and sadomasochistic acts. Wild fantasies range from and include vacuum cleaners, family life, nuns, priests, satanic rituals and school teachers, just to name a few. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, photo gallery. (Risque Cinema).
(2014) Michael Imperioli, David Costabile, Wendell Pierce, Spencer List, Matt Servitto. One rule of real estate that buyers and sellers ignore at their peril: Ghosts don't move out. A broken family moves into the home of a recently deceased relative and strives to stay together while a curse and the ghosts of a haunted house try to tear them apart. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Frankenstein vs. the Mummy
(2015) Ashton Leigh, Brandon DeSpain, Constantin Tripes, Max Rhyser, Robert MacNaughton. Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil are both professors at a leading medical university. Victor's latest grisly "experiment" is the re-animated corpse of a sadistic madman and Naihla's most recent find is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh. When the two monsters face-off in an epic showdown, no one is safe from the slaughter. Formats: DVD. (RLJE/Image Entertainment).
Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Volumes One, Two and Three
Volume One includes The Ten Commandments, The Story of Noah, David & Goliath, Samson and Delilah; Volume Two includes The Story of Moses, The Story of Esther, Joshua and Jericho, Abraham's Sacrifice; Volume 3 includes Tower of Babel, Jacob's Challenge, Sodom and Gomorrah, Joseph in Egypt. $14.99 each. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
In Your Eyes
(2014) Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Nikki Reed, Jennifer Grey, Steve Howey, Mark Feuerstein. A romance with a supernatural twist. Rebecca (Zoe Kazan), a lonely housewife in New Hampshire, suddenly discovers that she shares a strange connection with Dylan (Michael Stahl-David), a struggling ex-con in New Mexico … they can see through one another's eyes and experience sensations felt by the other. Though they've never met, the two share a unique, unparalleled intimacy by being in each other's heads and begin a long-distance relationship unlike any other. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Kill the Messenger
(2014) Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo, Hajji Golightly, Ted Huckabee, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lucas Hedges, Rosemarie DeWitt. Read more about "Kill the Messenger" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Kill the Messenger: The All-Star Cast," "Crack in America," "Filming in Georgia," commentary with director Michael Cuesta. (Universal).
(2014) Ropes, belts, pneumatic devices and clothes pins are put to eye-opening use in this feel-good-through-pain documentary, a look at an adult entertainment website devoted to sexual extremes. Director-cinematographer Christina Voros and her frequent collaborator, James Franco, pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of Kink.com, the Internet's largest producer of BDSM content. Voros and producer Franco go behind the scenes at the San Francisco studios of Kink.com and introduce us to those who work in front of and behind the camera. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).
(2014) Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Gretchen Mol. In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan (Keira Knightley) panics when her boyfriend proposes; then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz), who lives with her world-weary single dad. Naturally love bubbles up in this light comedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Lynn Shelton, "Lagging On With Lynn Shelton" featurette, "Shooting Seattle: The Look of Laggies" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Justin Long, Jerry O'Connell, Gillian Jacobs, Scottie Thompson, John Corbett, Gina Gershon, Steven Bauer, John Savage, Luis Guzman. Drug lord William Spinks (Savage) has a curious obsession with a young woman, Sadie Hill, and uses family friends Bobby and Frank (Corbett and O'Connell) to get to her. But when her death jeopardizes a major deal, Bobby and Frank set out to find a replacement -- a lookalike (Jacobs) -- and the shady plan propels an ex-basketball champion, a deaf beauty, an addict, and an aspiring actress into an unlikely romance and a desperate quest to fool Spinks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Love At First Bite/Once Bitten BLU-RAY DEBUT
"Love At First Bite" (1979): George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson, Dick Shaw, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford. "Once Bitten" (1985): Jim Carrey, Lauren Hutton, Karen Kopins, Cleavon Little. (Scream Factory).
Maison Close: Season One
(2014 -- France) An edgy, provocative and ratings-busting Canal Plus+ series set in a lavish 19th century Parisian bordello. Set in Paris in 1871, right after the suppression of la Commune, a workers' revolutionary movement that briefly took power, this richly compelling period drama with unmistakably modern sensibilities follows a cast of gorgeous women trapped by circumstances beyond their control in the luxury brothel Paradise. Considered a first class "closed house" reserved for aristocratic or bourgeois clientele and noted for strange and refined practices during a time when prostitution was legalized, Paradise is populated by a fascinating cast of characters, each of whom struggles to find escape and solace in their own way. Hortense (Valerie Karsenti) is the manipulative and, in turn, manipulated mistress of the Paradise who runs her business with iron hand; Vera (Anne Charrier), the star of the bordello, is a beautiful courtesan in her thirties whose career is nearing its end; and Rose (Jemima West), the heroine, is a country ingenue raised by nuns who goes to the Paradise searching for her mother, only to be blackmailed into becoming a prostitute. All eight unrated and uncut 55-minute episodes. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $34.95, two-disc Blu-ray: $39.95, VOD. Extras: Collector's book featuring photos and essays. (Music Box Films).
Mama's Family: The Complete Sixth Season
(1989-90) The final DVD installment in the "Mama's" franchise. Across the last 20 episodes, which originally ran from September 1989 to February 1990, fans will be treated to Mama's swan song, in which she does not go silently into that good night. Instead, in "Mama Fights Back," she chews out K-RAY radio's consumer watchdog on the air and promptly gets hired as his replacement. After watching TV detective movies for a week, and hearing that Iola's mother is missing, Mama dreams she's a film-noir private eye hired to find her client's mother in "The Big Nap." And, in "Bubba's House Band," Bubba mistakenly books The Bone Crushers, an all-female heavy metal band, for his college's homecoming, and it's up to Mama to rein the hellions in. However, the big news in the show's final season involves Vint and Naomi: they finally move out of the basement into an RV parked in Mama's driveway, and after much anticipation, Naomi gives birth to Tiffany Thelma Harper in "Bye Bye - Baby!" Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with Vicki Lawrence and Rick Hawkins, executive producer; Jim Evering, producer & writer; Manny Basanese, writer, and Bob Mackie and Ret Turner, costume design. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
(2014) Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Kathleen York, Riz Ahmed, Viviana Chavez, Anne McDaniels. Read more about "Nightcrawler" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "If It Bleeds, It Leads: Making Nightcrawler," commentary with writer-director Dan Gilroy, producer Tony Gilroy and editor John Gilroy. (Universal).
Nurse Jackie: Season Six
(2014) In the sixth season of the high-flying comedy series, Jackie realizes that sobriety is the ultimate cover for getting high, and now she's saving lives at work, taking care of her kids, and even her boyfriend loves the new her. She's got everyone fooled, but what goes up must come down. 12 episodes. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: "Deceit, Descent, Destruction: Jackie's Fall" featurette, "Growing Up Peyton" featurette, deleted scenes, commentaries with cast and crew. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Dir.: Lisa Cholodenko; Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Zoe Kazan, Rosemarie DeWitt. McDormand and Jenkins star in this HBO miniseries drama . Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, this four-part drama tells the
story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but
troubled heart and staunch moral center. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet. (HBO).
101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition
(1961) Voices of Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Ben Wright, Cate Bauer. Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, hilarious spills and an epic action-packed adventure when they face off with Cruella De Vil, Disney's most fabulously outrageous villainess. When Cruella dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London, brave animal heroes launch a daring plan to save all puppies from Cruella's clutches! Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: All new short "The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt," "Walt Disney Presents The Best Doggoned Dog in the World (1961 Version), "Lucky Dogs," DisneyView, "Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce," plus a selection of classic bonus features. (Disney).
Peter & The Magic Egg
(1983) Peter's family farm is in danger of being repossessed by the greedy Tobias Tin Whiskers; with no money to save the home, Peter meets the Easter Bunny and joins with him to save the farm and the holiday. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (CBS/Paramount).
(2014) Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large. A young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer and, in order to survive, he must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Silver Warrior
(2015) The next chapter in the boys live-action franchise. As the fight against evil Prince Vekar's alien Armada gets tougher, the Power Rangers Super Megaforce (Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake) find themselves receiving help from the Legendary Samurai and Jungle Fury Red Rangers. The odds are further evened when the Rangers are joined by an unexpected new ally from another planet -- Orion, the all-new Silver Ranger. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook, Christopher Kirby, Madeleine West, Freya Stafford. Based on the short story "All You Zombies" by Robert A. Heinlein, the sci-fi thriller chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of
time-travel journeys designed to prevent future criminals from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Outtakes, "A Journey Through Time" behind-the-scenes featurette, 10-part documentary: "All You Zombies: Bringing Predestination to Life." (Sony).
Puff the Magic Dragon Triple Feature
(2015) "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of Living Lies," "Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody." Formats: DVD, $12.99. (CBS/Paramount).
RPG (aka Real Playing Game)
(2013) Rutger Hauer. For 10 hours, 10 aging millionaires from around the world are transferred to attractive and healthy younger bodies, to live in a world of temporary rejuvenation, in a game of real thrills, where every hour someone must die. Formats: DVD, VOD. (ARC Entertainment).
(2014)Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer.
Read more about "Rosewater" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Iran's Controversial Election," "The Story of Maziar Bahari," "Real Spies Have TV Shows," "What Happens in New Jersey ...," "A Director's Perspective." (Universal).
(2014) Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, Danny Vinson. An aspiring singer-songwriter's life and marriage suffer when the song he writes for his wife propels him to stardom. Inspired by the Song of Solomon. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Richard Ramsey, three featurettes: "Meet the Cast," "Scripture to Screen" and "King Solomon on Screen"/"Awaken Love: A Journey for Couple." (Sony).
Strawberry Shortcake Double Feature
(2015) "The World of Strawberry Shortcake" and "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City," $12.99.
Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(1942) Director William Dieterle's long-unseen 1942 musical feature, restored in 2K from an archival 35mm fine grain master struck by the Library of Congress from the nitrate negative. A one-of-a-kind cinematic extravaganza, "Syncopation" is both a love story about two young musicians and a celebration of some of the greatest popular music of the first half of the 20th century. The romance between a young trumpeter (Jackie Cooper) and a New Orleans-born piano player (Bonita Granville, the silver screen's original Nancy Drew) serves as the narrative plot line. But the core of the film is its celebratory history of "syncopated" music -- jazz -- tracing it from the turn-of-the-century sounds of ragtime, through Dixieland, the blues, Chicago jazz and the swing era. Musical greats of the day are featured in performance, including Benny Goodman, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet and many more. Also in the cast are Adolphe Menjou, George Bancroft, Robert Benchley and singers Todd Duncan and Connee Boswell. Putting all of the elements together is prolific golden age director William Dieterle "(The Life of Emile Zola," "Portrait of Jennie," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Nine short musical films showcasing some of the most iconic performers in jazz history: "Symphony in Black" (1935 w/Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday), "Rhapsody in Black and Blue" (1932, w/Louis Armstrong), "St. Louis Blues" (1929, w/Bessie Smith), "Cab Calloway's Hi De Ho" (1933), "Bundle of Blues" (1933, w/Duke Ellington), "Hoagy Carmichael" (1939, w/Carmichael and Jack Teagarden), "Artie Shaw's Class in Swing" (1939, w/Shaw), "Jazz a la Cuba" (1933, w/Don Azpiazu), "Black and Tan Fantasy" (1929, w/Duke Ellington and Fredi Washington). (Cohen Film Collection).
(2015) The classic re-imagined for a new generation in CGI-animation. During an expedition to a remote African jungle, the Greystoke family's helicopter crashes, leaving one survivor: the young boy J.J., nicknamed Tarzan. Raised by gorillas, Tarzan lives by the laws of the jungle -- until he encounters another human being, the courageous and beautiful Jane Porter. For Tarzan and Jane, it-s love at first sight -- and the beginning of a thrilling adventure -- as Tarzan uses his instincts and intellect to protect his jungle home and the woman he loves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, "Becoming Gorillas" featurette, "The Making of Tarzan" featurette. (Lionsgate).
20 Stories for Spring
(2014) Single disc with 20 stories celebrating Spring and Easter, including Max & Ruby, Curious George, Chicken Little, The Red Hen and other favorite characters: "Max's Chocolate Chicken," "Chicken Little," "The Red Hen," "Reading to Your Bunny," "Voyage to Bunny Planet," "Curious George Rides a Bike," "Bear Wants More," "Scaredy Squirrel," "Chicka Chicka 123," "My Garden," "Chrysanthemum," "Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms," "Goodnight Moon," "Runaway Ralph," "Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present," "And Then It's Spring," "Caterpillar and the Polliwog," "The Most Wonderful Egg in the World," "Giggle Giggle Quack Quack," "Dooby Dooby Moo." Formats: DVD, $5.97. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures: The Classic Collection).
Vampire's Kiss/High Spirits BLU-RAY DEBUT
"Vampire's Kiss" (1988): Nicolas Cage. "High Spirits" (1988): Daryl Hannah, Peter O'Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher, Liam Neeson. (Scream Factory).
(2013 -- France) Zinedine Benchenine, Chloe Lecerf, Emile Berling, Jean-Marc Barr. The story of a wayward young man who comes of age in the world of graffiti art. Like the stolen car he is driving in circles, Cherif's life is going nowhere in a hurry. When he is arrested for the umpteenth time, Cherif's exasperated mother strikes a last-chance deal with a judge to send the troubled juvenile to live quietly with his aunt and uncle and attend vocational school. Cherif's earnest attempt to go straight is sending him directly to the doldrums, until he discovers that his even straighter-laced cousin Thomas is actually part of a local gang of taggers, who roam the night bombing walls and overpasses in the shadow of a mysterious tagger whose death-defying works have made him a legend. Formats: DVD, packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. (First Run Features).
(2015) Matthew Modine, Olivia William, Antonia Clarke. Horror-thriller follows a family that moves into a timeworn, dilapidated remote English country mansion in order to restore it to its former splendor. But in the process they awaken the ghosts of the house's original inhabitants, whose curse still looms darkly over the haunted estate. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
An Autumn Afternoon BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1962) The final film from Yasujiro Ozu was also his last masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man's dignifed resignation to life's shifting currents and society's modernization. Though widower Shuhei (frequent Ozu leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure from their home. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master's films, "An Autumn Afternoon" is one of cinema's fondest farewells. New, 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Commentary featuring film scholar David Bordwell, author of "Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema"; excerpts from "Yasujiro Ozu and The Taste of Sake," a 1978 French television program, featuring critics Michel Ciment and Georges Perec, that looks back on Ozu's career; trailer; essays by critic Geoff Andrew and scholar Donald Richie. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Eve Jeffers, Thorsten Kaye, Amaury Nolasco, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Sumpter, Parker Young. When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as tensions mount and long-buried secrets are revealed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Brett Simmons and cinematographer Scott Winig, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2014) Dir.: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Natalie Gold, Merritt Wever, Lindsay Duncan. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture, best director, best actor (Michael Keaton), best supporting actor (Edward Norton), best supporting actress (Emma Stone). Winner of a SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. Winner of two Golden Globes including best actor in a musical or comedy, best screenplay. Winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck PGA Award for best feature film. Read more about "Birdman" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Birdman: All-Access," "Gallery: Chivo's On-Set Photos." Blu-ray adds "A Conversation With Michael Keaton and Alejandro G. Inarritu." (Fox).
(2014) Five-disc set with 10 episodes of the STARZ unscripted series that follows two first-time filmmakers (Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci) through the ups and downs of bringing a full-length feature to the screen. Charts the path of the two directors through the process of bringing their first feature to the screen -- each armed with the same script. The series documents - with an unflinching eye - the creation, marketing and theatrical release of the two adaptations. Both directors are given the same budget, and both versions use locations in the same city. Through online voting, the audience determines which director will be awarded $250,000. Includes the final movies made for the competition, "Not Cool" and "Hollidaysburg." $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Dick: The Documentary
(2013) In August 2008, filmmaker Brian Fender posted an add on Craigslist to solicit volunteers for a documentary project. He invited "subjects" into his living room to strip down and reveal themselves physically and emotionally through personal stories about their relationship to their penises. Fender interviewed a vast cross-section of anonymous, naked men about their prized appendage: from monks to transsexuals to ex-marines to designers, ranging in age from 21 to 80. Hoping to demystify, illuminate, and even celebrate this "member" in our society, this DIY documentary is a candid exploration of what it means to have a dick. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Original trailer; "Dick Uncut" Kickstarter campaign, in which director Brian Fender sets up in his studio, with outtake shots of the subjects. (IndiePix Films).
Dumb and Dumber To
(2014) Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake, Patricia French, Kathleen Turner, Bill Murray. Read more about "Dumb and Dumber To" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "What's So Smart About Dumb and Dumber To." Blu-ray adds deleted/extended scenes, gag reel, "That's Awesome! -- The Story of Dumb and Dumber To." (Universal).
Dying of the Light
(2014) Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim, Irene Jacob. Evan Lake (Cage), a veteran CIA agent, has been ordered to retire. But when his protege (Yelchin) uncovers evidence that Lake's nemesis, the terrorist Banir (Karim), has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Dying of the Light" featurette, cast and crew interviews, deleted/extended scenes. (Lionsgate).
Easter Family Fun Pack
Six animated favorites: "Prince of Egypt -- The Story of Moses," "Noah's Magic Ark," "The Ten Commandments," "Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors," "Easter in Bunnyland" and "The Great Easter Egg Hunt." $6.95. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season
(2014) Season 4 (10 episodes) of the hit HBO series, which broke ratings records and topped "The Sopranos" to become the most popular show in the network's history, was nominated for 19 Emmy awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Lena Headey). "Game of Thrones" -- based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" -- follows the noble families of Westeros as they battle for control of the Seven Kingdoms. In Season 4, while the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact, new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east threaten to tip the scales. As Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow their respective armies, the arrival of the Lannister-loathing "Red Viper of Dorne" poses a more immediate danger. In the north, the depleted Night's Watch seems overmatched against the advances of Mance Rayder's army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. Formats: Five-disc DVD: $59.99, four-disc Blu-ray Disc: $79.98, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Battle for the Wall" follows the cast and crew as they create the most ambitious battle to date: this 30-minute documentary explores the challenges of putting together one of the series' most intense episodes, with never-before-seen material; "The Fallen: A Roundtable": Writer Bryan Cogman sits down with a few of the many cast members who meet their demise in Season 4. "The Politics of Power: A Look Back at Season 3"; "Bastards of Westeros" in which showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and author George R.R. Martin discuss the role bastards play in the Seven Kingdoms; deleted/extended scenes; commentaries. Blu-ray adds "In-Episode Guide" resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories; "Histories & Lore" shows the mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves. (HBO).
Gladiators of Rome
(2012 -- Italy) Animated adventure follows Timo, a student at the Gladiators' Academy in Rome, who has no desire to become a legendary gladiator like his stepfather. That is, until the mesmerizing Lucilla walks into his life. With the help of an unlikely band of sidekicks, Timo is determined to be the gladiator of her dreams and embarks on an action-packed journey to become the Colosseum's first victor. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2014) Vanessa Jean Simmons, Tyler Lepley, Tangi Miller, Mykel Shannon Jenkins. Things become chaotic for a naïve entertainment reporter living in Hollywood when she's assigned to produce a special segment exposing the decadent lifestyles of her celebrity friends; now she has to choose between advancing her career or protecting her friends' images. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2014) Dire.: Tommy Lee Jones; Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Jo Harvey Allen, William Fichtner, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Meryl Streep. Read more about "The Homesman" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Story to Script" and "Shooting the Film"; "19th Century Life" featurette on the life of women in the 19th century. (Lionsgate).
The Interview Freedom Edition
(2014) James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang, Timothy Simons, Reese Alexander. Read more about "The Interview" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Naked and Afraid" Discovery Channel TV special featuring Rogen and Franco, commentary with Rogen and Goldberg. Blu-ray adds gag reel; deleted, extended and alternate scenes; seven featurettes: "Directors of This Movie," "Puppy Power," "Here Kitty Kitty," "Joking Around," "Spies Among Us," "Randall Park Audition Tape," "Dating a Dictator," "Getting Into Character"; Line-o-Ramas (short collections of alternate shots of jokes on set). (Sony).
(2014) Acclaimed director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present this documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert -- a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, "Life Itself" explores the legacy of Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2013) Gary Cairns, Brad Dourif, Nick Nicotera, Sienna Farall. A grieving man, Allex (Gary Cairns), falls victim to a rogue scientist (Brad Dourif) who uses deadly methods to cure addictions. Unaware that he's become the latest experiment, Allex passes out from drinking and wakes up to find stitches across his chest and a gruesome video showing a murder. Now he must confront the scientist and overcome his terrifying treatments ... or face the ultimate horror. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Surgery for the Soul" behind-the-scenes documentary, trailer. (Avenet Images/MVD Visual).
No Tears for the Dead
(2014 -- South Korea) Jang Dong-gun, Kim Min-hee, Brian Tee, Kim Hee-won, Kim Joon-seong. Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon (Jang Dong-gun) is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hit man. Though usually flawless in taking out his targets, Gon makes a terrible mistake by killing an innocent young girl. A flood of guilt takes over his life and the situation becomes worse when his boss assigns him the job of killing the young girl's mother -- until he begins the fight to save her life. From the director of "The Man from Nowhere." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director Lee Jeong-beom, "The Making of No Tears for the Dead." Blu-ray adds an interview with Brian Tee, deleted scenes, a "Behind the Scene" featurette, action highlights, two character spots. (CJ Entertainment).
The Phantom of the Opera BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Robert Englund, Bill Nighy, Alex Hyde-White, Terence Harvey, Jill Schoelen. Extras: Commentary with director Dwight H. Little and actor Robert Englund; "Behind the Mask: The Making of The Phantom of the Opera," featuring new interviews with Little, actors Englund, Jill Schoelen and Alex Hyde-White, screenwriter Duke Sandefur, special make-up designer Kevin Yagher, special make-up effects artists John Carl Buechler, Everett Burrell and John Vulich, and composer Misha Segal; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory,).
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
(2015) New, feature length animated adventure has Scooby-Doo and the gang blast off for an epic journey into outer space. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Space Travel is Groovy!" featurette wit Join Mindy Cohn, the voice of "Velma" as she introduces viewers to some of the real world technology and training that is part of modern space flight. (Warner).
(2014) Documentary explores the most turbulent decade of the modern era in America. From the Cold War to the War in Vietnam, from the Space Race to the Long March to Freedom and Civil Rights, the events of the 1960s were both dramatic and transformative. The Beatles invaded America, Man landed on the Moon and the Women's, Environmental, Conservative and Gay movements were all born. It was a decade of assassinations and urban riots but also of Woodstock and Haight Ashbury. Television sets were tuned to "The Twilight Zone," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" while record players spun the songs of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. In its examination and portrayal of this most consequential time, this CNN Original Series (which originally began airing in May on CNN) reveals why it was truly "The Decade that Changed the World." Three three-disc set includes 10 episodes: "Television Comes of Age," "The World on the Brink," "The Assassination of President Kennedy," "The War in Vietnam," "A Long March to Freedom," "The British Invasion," "The Space Race," "1968," "The Times They are A-Changin'," "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'N' Roll." Formats: DVD, $69.99. (PBS Distribution).
Skating to New York
(2013) Connor Jessup, Gage Munroe, Wesley Morgan, Matthew Knight, Dylan Everett, Michelle Nolden, Jason Gedrick. Contemporary coming-of-age adventure about five boys on a small-town Canadian high school hockey team, who live to skate. After losing a big game, they decide to do something never attempted before -- skate across Lake Ontario to New York on the coldest day of the year.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
(2014) Kevin Sorbo, Danielle Chuchran. During their search for a habitable planet, the last living humans crash-land on a barren world, inhabited by bloodthirsty aliens and mysterious post-apocalyptic warriors. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (XLrator Media).
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
(2014 -- Japan) Voices of James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Chloe Grace Moretz. From Studio Ghibli, the award-winning studio that produced "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro" and "The Wind Rises," comes a powerful and sweeping film that redefines animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary filmmaking career for director Isao Takahata. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her -- but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Isao Takahata and His Tale of the Princess Kaguya," "Announcement of the Completion of the Film," Japanese trailers and TV spots, U.S. trailers. (Universal).
The Theory of Everything
(2014) Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis.
Read more about "The Theory of Everything" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Becoming the Hawkings," commentary with director James Marsh. (Universal).
(2015) A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area and dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister as the teens find themselves the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment Magnet Label).
Wahlburgers: The Complete Second Season
(2014) Single-disc set with nine episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Never-before-seen-on-TV bonus footage. (Lionsgate).
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Big Hero 6
(2014) Voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, T.J. Miller, Maya Rudolph , James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Daniel Henne.
Read more about "Big Hero 6" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Feast" theatrical short, "The Origin Story of Big Hero 6: Hiro's Journey"; "Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters"; Deleted Scenes. Blu-ray adds"Big Hero Secrets" (Easter Egg)": The movie is filled with Easter Eggs, and this Buzzfeed-type list piece offers a sampling of some of the hidden treasures in the film. (Disney).
The Carol Burnett Show: Together Again
Single DVD features three uncut episodes, as they originally aired on television, and showcases "The Family," with Eunice, Mama and Roddy McDowall as brother Phillip; movie parodies "High Hat" and "Raised to Be Rotten"; and long-running sketches "The Old Folks" and "Carol and Sis." Episodes include #705 (original airdate: September 29, 1973), #712 (original airdate: December 15, 1973) and #1115 (original airdate: January 8, 1978). Formats: DVD, $12.95. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).
(2015) In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in training as
they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where "more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States." The documentary offers a tense, doctor's-eye view, right into the heart of the health care
debate -- bringing us face to face with America's only 24/7 safety net. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Bring Your Own Doc" interview with director Ryan McGarry, "#Reconnection": A short film by Ryan McGarry, theatrical trailer. (Music Box Films).
Devil May Call
(2013) Corri English, Tyler Mane. Blinded in an accident, Sam (English) rebuilds her life by helping callers on a suicide hotline. When she informs an obsessive caller (Mane) that she's quitting, he takes the news personally -- very personally. What begins as a quiet work shift becomes a frantic fight for survival against a relentless killer -- and the darkest, deadliest night of Sam's life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Jason Cuadrado, short film by director Cuadrado: "Monstrous Nature," "Composing the Score" featurette with Nicolas Pike,
cast interviews. (Lionsgate).
Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse
(2015) Voices of Ben Kingsley, Julian Morris, Tazmin Merchant, Jonjo O'Neill. Aspiring knight Gareth goes in search of a fallen comet rumored to contain gold and is shocked to instead find the dragon Drago. After Drago saves Gareth's life, the two become intricately bonded, and must work together to defeat an evil sorcerer and stop his reign of terror. Along the way, Gareth learns the true meaning of being a knight. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Dragon's Life" behind-the-scenes featurette with Ben Kingsley. (Universal).
(1969) Federico Fellini's career achieved new levels of eccentricity and brilliance with this remarkable, controversial, extremely loose adaptation of Petronius's classical Roman satire, written during the reign of Nero. An episodic barrage of sexual licentiousness, godless violence, and eye-catching grotesquerie, "Fellini Satyricon" follows the exploits of two pansexual young men -- the handsome scholar Encolpius and his vulgar, insatiably lusty friend Ascyltus -- as they move through a landscape of free-form pagan excess. Creating apparent chaos with exquisite control, Fellini constructs a weird old world that feels like science fiction. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring an adaptation of Eileen Lanouette Hughes's memoir "On the Set of Fellini Satyricon: A Behind-the-Scenes Diary"; "Ciao, Federico!," Gideon Bachmann's hour-long documentary shot on the set of "Fellini Satyricon"; archival interviews with Fellini; new interview with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno; new documentary about Fellini's adaptation of Petronius's work, featuring interviews with classicists Luca Canali, a consultant on the film, and Joanna Paul; new interview with photographer Mary Ellen Mark about her experiences on the set and her iconic photographs of Fellini and his film; "Felliniana," a presentation of "Fellini Satyricon" ephemera from the collection of Don Young; trailer; an essay by film critic Michael Wood. (The Criterion Collection).
Final Prayer (aka The Borderlands)
(2013) Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle. Found footage film about a team of Vatican investigators who descend upon a church in a remote area of the British West Country to demystify some unusual happenings ... but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
(2009 -- Norway) A struggling musician tries his hand at blackmail after inadvertently filming a murder in this dark and quirky three-part miniseries based on the novel by Norwegian author Fredrik Skagen. Two-disc set, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Green Street Hooligans: Underground
(2013) Scott Adkins, Kacey Barnfield, Joey Ansah, Jack Doolan, Josh Myers. Once the leader of the Green Street Elite -- the top hooligan football firm -- Danny has turned his back on the lifestyle, and the trouble that comes with it ... until he gets a call that his younger brother has died in a fight against another firm, and he returns to London to find the people responsible. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes with cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
Horrible Bosses 2
(2014) Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz. Read more about "Horrible Bosses 2" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Endless Laughter Guaranteed!" Blu-ray adds: Extended cut "Let The Sexual Healing Begin," "Who Invented the Shower Buddy," "Nick Kurt Dale INC: Employee Testimonials," "It's the Shower Buddy – Infomercial," "High Speed Crash Course," "Off the Cuff: One Liners You Didn't See." (Warner).
(2014) Dean Cain, Jordan Trovillion. A group of young girls spend their summer at a horse camp. Formats: DVD, VOD. (ARC Entertainment).
(2012) Miranda Cosgrove, Donal Logue, Austin Butler, Tom Sizemore. A troubled teenager with a history of mental illness moves into a new home with her father. Soon after she begins experiencing strange, seemingly supernatural occurrences inside her home, leaving her struggling to determine whether it's the kids in town giving her a hard time, or if it's all in her head.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Secrets of The Intruders" featurette, "Making-of The Intruders." (Sony).
(2014 -- Turkey/Ukraine) Viktoria Spesivtseva, Ushan Cakir. A familiar romantic comedy narrative is set on a timely geo-political backdrop as a Turkish man -- bound by tradition to marry a girl he's never met -- finds himself falling for a beautiful woman from Kiev. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Queen," a documentary short film about life as a young beauty pageant contestant. (Film Movement).
(2014 -- China) When martial arts master Chen Xiang refuses to join the armies of the Qing Prince, his mother and his students are seized. To save them, Chen has only one path: all-out war. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Midsomer Murders, Set 25
(2013-14) Neil Dudgeon and new partner Gwilym Lee star in five new mysteries, including the 100th episode of the series: "The Christmas Haunting" (New detective Charlie Nelson helps Barnaby investigate a stabbing at a haunted house), "Let Us Prey" (A series of murders mimics scenes on a medieval fresco in Midsomer St. Claire), "Wild Harvest" (The death of a wealthy farmer leads the detectives to rotten dealings at a celebrity chef's restaurant), "The Flying Club" (After a man falls out of a plane, Barnaby and Nelson scrutinize the turbulent relationships at an airfield). "The Killings of Copenhagen" (When a Midsomer businessman is poisoned on a trip abroad, Barnaby assists the Danish police with their inquiry). Formats: Three-disc DVD, $49.99. Extras: "Celebrating 100 Episodes," interview with Gwilym Lee, behind-the-scenes featurette, photo galleries. (Acorn Media).
Mountain Men: Season 3
(2014) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Never-before-seen-on-TV bonus footage. (Lionsgate).
My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders
(2014) In Equestria, obtaining a cutie mark is an important coming-of-age moment for a young pony: ponies acquire their cutie marks only after they discover a unique characteristic about themselves, setting them apart from all other ponies. So when Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom meet, they instantly become friends and make it their mission to find their cutie marks: they are the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Formats: DVD. Extras: Sing-along, coloring sheets, more. (Shout! Factory Kids).
New Year's Evil BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1980) Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Grant Cramer, Louisa Moritz, Taaffe O'Connell, Teri Copley. Extras: Commentary with director Emmett Alston, "The Making of New Year's Evil," trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2009) Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter, Phil Davis, Emily Atack, Calum MacNab, Vincent Regan, Kate Magowen. Set in the tumultuous Thatcher-era Britain of the 1980s, a group of eccentric out-of-work friends pool their life savings to buy a racehorse; while their fates and fortunes may be tied to a long shot, each learns a lesson about life that will stay with them forever. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
(2012 -- Belgium) In a private Brussels bank, 66 safe-deposit boxes are burglarized. The owner of the bank wants to keep the heist under wraps, but police inspector Paul Gerardi catches wind of the affair and throws himself into the investigation. He's a mix of incorruptible, old-school morals with devil-may-care individualism. He realizes just how big the case is when some of the key players are murdered, commit suicide or simply vanish. The boxes contained the holders' most intimate secrets, the compromising documents and photos that no one should ever see—and that literally could bring down the nation. Gerardi soon learns that all the 66 burglary victims are members of the country's industrial, financial, judicial and political elite—even a member of the royal family is involved. What's more, when Gerardi discovers that they're all members of a secret organization called "Salamander," he becomes targeted by both the criminals and the authorities. Gerardi must quickly find out what their agenda is and who is behind the heist. Three-disc set, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
(2014) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. North American DVD Debut. Set in tumultuous 1960s Singapore, Sam Callaghan (Don Hany), an Australian expat, agrees to help his neighbor Patricia Cheng (Joan Chen) at her detective agency after her husband is mysteriously killed while working a case. Filled with action-packed drama, mystery, and intrigue, this 2013 series marks the first original series from HBO Asia. Formats: DVD, $49.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, production notes by series creator Paul Barron, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
(2013) Leo Oliva, Casey Fitzgerald, Danny Glover, Genesis Ochoa, Sara Castro. The story of one 12-hour night shift in the ER where a veteran nurse, who struggles with the haunting guilt of his brother's drowning, is forced to train a new nurse. They both struggle with the spiritual turmoil of what is right and wrong: the veteran believes in doing whatever is best for the patient, even if that means letting them rest in peace while the new nurse believes you should fight for everyone until there is nothing left. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media/Cinedigm).
Sons of Anarchy Season Seven
(2014) Five-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Carpe Diem: The Final Season of Sons of Anarchy," "Anarchy Legacy," "Bikes of Sons of Anarchy: Motorcycles of Mayhem," "SOA Tattoo Stories," "Guests of Anarchy." (Fox).
(2014 -- Morocco) Soufia Issami, Mourade Zeguendi, Driss Roukhe, Nadia Niazi. The lead singer of a Moroccan all-girl punk band is determined to drum up the money to record an album by any means necessary. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: The original short film on which the feature is based, behind-the-scenes footage. (Film Movement).
(2015) Maiara Walsh, Tony Todd, Danny Trejo, Austin Abke, Bryan Bockbrader, Adam Guthrie. Hoping to score a hefty ransom, three amateur thugs kidnap Emma Rodriguez from the home of her father, drug kingpin Carlos Rodriguez, and force her to record a video of herself pleading for her life. But what they don t know is that Emma is all but estranged from her notorious father, and the murderous blood that made Carlos a name to fear in the underworld also runs through her veins. As time ticks away and the unlucky threesome find themselves in more and more danger in the form of the police, crime bosses, and Carlos himself, they must find a way to keep their once-perfect plan in order before all hell breaks loose. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).
Watchers of the Sky
(2014) "Why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?" With that provocative question, Raphael Lemkin -- the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide -- changed the course of history. Directed by Edet Belzberg, this documentary looks back on impassioned visionary Lemkin as he confronts world apathy in a tireless battle for justice, setting the stage for the creation of the International Criminal Court. Belzberg examines historical events from Nuremberg to Rwanda, from Bosnia to Darfur, and from apathy to action. Inspired by Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book "A Problem From Hell."
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Music Box Films).
(1978) With this passion project, screenwriter-producer-director Martin Rosen brilliantly achieved what was thought difficult, if not impossible: A faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams's classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits seeking safety and happiness after their warren comes under terrible threat. With its naturalistic hand-drawn animation, dreamily expressionistic touches, gorgeously bucolic background design, and elegant voice work from such superb English actors as John Hurt, Ralph Richardson , Richard Briers and Denholm Elliott, "Watership Down" is an emotionally arresting, dark-toned allegory about freedom amid political turmoil. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Rosen; new appreciation of the film by director Guillermo del Toro; picture-in-picture storyboard for the entire film (Blu-ray); four film-to-storyboard scene comparisons (DVD); "Defining a Style," a 2008 featurette about the film's aesthetic; trailer; an essay by comic book writer Gerard Jones. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Jayson Blair Read more about "Whiplash" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Damien Chazelle and J.K. Simmons, "An Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival With Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle." Blu-ray adds "Timekeepers," in which famous drummers discuss their craft and passion for drumming, "Whiplash" original short film with optional commentary, deleted scene. (Sony).
Zoey to the Max
(2015) Amy Smart, Grant Bowler, Cassidy Mack. A 13-year-old foster child watches helplessly as her foster family's dog gets stolen by a pair of "Home-Alone"-like thugs while she's in charge and, with her techy new friend, sets out to track down the dog and save her relationship with her new foster family. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2015) Post-apocalyptic anthology of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world. There's nowhere to hide ... nowhere to run ... the Zombie Apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead. From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale -- walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there's only one thing on the menu-- us. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Bonus short film "Marathon Apocalypse." (Image Entertainment).
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