The Book of Negroes
(2015) Aunjanue Ellis, Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Lyriq Bent, Jane Alexander, Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawco. Dramatic adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel by Lawrence Hill depicts the extraordinary life of Aminata Diallo (Ellis) -- an indomitable African woman who survives against all odds in a world that forever underestimates her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. BET's Top-Rated Original Mini-Series,Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "History of the Black Loyalists Society" featurette, "Amistad" featurette, cast interviews, two interviews with author Hill, deleted scenes, 28-page collector's book featuring an exclusive essay from Hill. (Entertainment One).
Breathless BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Richard Gere, Valerie Kaprisky. (Shout! Factory).
Home Sweet Hell
(2014) Katherine Heigl, Patrick Wilson, Jordana Brewster, James Belushi, Kevin McKidd. Don Champagne (Patrick Wilson) seems to have it all: a successful business, a perfect house, perfect kids and a perfect wife. Unfortunately, when his wife, Mona (Katherine Heigl), learns of Don's affair with a pretty new salesgirl (Jordana Brewster), this suburban slice of heaven spirals out of control. Don soon realizes that Mona will stop at nothing, including murder, to maintain their storybook life where "perception is everything." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Suburban Butchery: Making Home Sweet Hell," two deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Champagne Furniture Store Commercial," seven more deleted scenes, outtakes. (Sony).
(2014 -- Indonesia/Japan) Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antarra. A series of horrific murders have just gone viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura) with a taste for torture. Thousands of miles away, disgraced journalist Bayu (Oka Antarra) can't stop watching and in a reckless moment discovers he, too, can kill. One man in Tokyo. One in Jakarta. A serial killer and a vigilante. As the posts multiply and the body count rises, a bizarre and psychotic rivalry begins and the face-to-face showdown that's coming will paint the city in blood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Manhattan: Season One
(2014) All 13 episodes of the series set against the backdrop of the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb, following the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. Formats: Four-disc DVD: $49.97, three-disc Blu-ray: $49.98, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Ground Zero: Bringing the Bomb to Screen" featurette, "P.O. Box 1663: Creating a City that Didn't Exist" featurette, "'Now I Am Become Death': J. Robert Oppenheimer" featurette, "Recreating an Era: Manhattan Costume Design" featurette, select episode commentaries with cast and crew. (Lionsgate).
(1967 -- Japan) Genre icon Jo Shishido stars in this tense and violent yakuza yarn from genre stalwart and Seijun Suzuki's former assistant, Yasuharu Hasebe. Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover. Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers, hot-headed Eiji (Tatsuya Fuji) and aspiring boxer Sabura (Jira Okazaki), the trio escalate their mob retaliation to all-out turf war where no one will stop until one faction emerges victorious. Strikingly violent for the period and gorgeously photographed in monochrome like genre siblings "Branded to Kill" and "A Colt is My Passport" (Shishido's other films from 1967), "Massacre Gun" is a bold iteration on the genre featuring some stunning compositions and the assured direction of Hasebe. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Masterpiece Mystery!: Grantchester
(2014) The handsome, jazz-loving vicar Reverend Sidney Chambers gets to the bottom of another baffling murder around the placid village of Grantchester during a simpler England, when World War II had just ended, Elizabeth II was the new queen, and the local vicar was the pillar of the community. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
A Most Violent Year.
(2014) Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Peter Gerety, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Morenoy. Read more about "A Most Violent Year" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director J.C. Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb, "Behind the Violence" featurette, "A Conversation With Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac" featurette, "The Contagious Nature of Violence: The Origins of a Most Violent Year" featurette, deleted scenes, "Inner(Lionsgate).
The Simon Wiesenthal Collection
Boxed set of documentaries exploring Jewish history: "Genocide" (Academy Award Winner, Best Documentary Feature), "Long Way Home" (Academy Award Winner, Best Documentary Feature), "Liberation," "Echoes That Remain," "Unlikely Heroes," "In Search of Peace," "Ever Again," "I Have Never Forgotten You," "Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny," "It Is No Dream," "The Prime Ministers: Part I and II." $49.98. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2014) Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver. A simple, likeable guy trying to do the right thing with the help of his talking pets accidentally winds up as a serial killer. Jerry works nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush but the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three "making of" featurettes, VFX behind-the-scenes look, comparison showreel, animatics, sketch gallery, deleted and extended scenes, recording session with Ryan Reynolds as he creates the voices of "Bosco" and "Mr. Whiskers." (Lionsgate).
(2014) Voices of Seth Green, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover. A tiny orphaned bird that has never left the nest and has no family is inadvertently chosen to lead a flock on their migration to Africa. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside the Studio: Recording the Voices for Yellowbird" featurette, "How to Make an Animated Film with Director Christian De Vita" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight.
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Read more about "The Babadook" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Special Edition Blu-ray. (IFC Films).
(2015) Lucius Hoyos, Zoe Fraser, voice of Jon Lovitz. Two kids and their trusty dog, Barkley (Lovitz), stumble across a treasure map while playing in an abandoned ranger station. They set out on the adventure of a lifetime in search of a forgotten gold mine, but things take a turn for the worst when they come across a pair of bumbling crooks hiding out from the police. Dove family approved. Formats: DVD. Extras: Sneak peek of Minuscule award-winning shorts. (Lionsgate).
Batman vs. Robin
(2015) New DC Universe Original Movie inspired by the best-selling graphic novel "Batman: The Court of Owls." The world is turned upside down when Batman finds himself under attack by his own son. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: A sneak peak at "Justice League: Gods & Monsters," the next DC Universe Original Movie. Blu-ray adds "Gotham's City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls" secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city; "Talons of the Owl" assassins; commentary; bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault. (Warner).
Beside Still Waters
(2014) Ryan Eggold, Will Brill, Brett Dalton. When Daniel (Ryan Eggold) invites his oldest friends to spend one last weekend at his parents' lake house, secrets are confessed, romances are rekindled, and a particularly epic game of Whiskey Slaps is played. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. Formats: DVD. (Tribeca/Cinedigm).
(2014) Dir.: Tim Burton; Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp, Heather Doerksen, Emily Bruhn, Emily Fonda, Jon Polito.
Read more about "Big Eyes" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (The Weinstein Company).
Call of the Wildman Season 4
(2013-14) Ernie Brown Jr, known in the Kentucky woods as Turtleman, seeks out the critters that no one else will, resulting in some of the most outlandish nuisance calls that the wild has to offer. Whether he s helping a herd of fainting goats or a stable of thoroughbreds, Turtleman stops at nothing to restore order to both humans and the wild. Three-disc set, $29.93. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Carrie & The Rage: Carrie 2
(2002, 1999) Angela Bettis stars in the 2002 adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of horror and retribution and Emily Bergl stars in the 1999 sequel to Brian DePalma's 1976 classic. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Carrie:" New audio commentary with director David Carson. "The Rage: Carrie 2:" new 2015 audio commentary with director Katt Shea and director of photography Donald Morgan, moderated by filmmaker David DeCoteau, original 1999 commentary with Katt Shea, alternate ending with "before and after" special effect sequence, additional scenes not seen in theaters. (Scream Factory).
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Stingers and Zingers
Eight-disc collector's set that features 24 complete roasts, including Valerie Harper, Jack Klugman & Tony Randall, Michael Landon, Carroll O'Connor, Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Thomas, Ted Knight, Dan Haggerty, Mr. T, Jack Klugman, Ed McMahon, Redd Foxx, Joe Garagiola, Evel Knievel, Hank Aaron, Peter Marshall, Truman Capote, William Conrad, Monty Hall, Leo Durocher, Bobby Riggs, and Joe Namath-twice! Appearing as roasters, throwing zingers at the men and women of the hour, are Bob Hope, Ed Asner, Lucille Ball, Georgia Engel, Milton Berle, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Sid Caesar, Foster Brooks, Charo, Howard Cosell, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Nipsey Russell, Rich Little, Red Buttons, Audrey Meadows, Bob Newhart, Harvey Korman, Orson Welles, and many others. What began as a ratings booster for the final season of "The Dean Martin Show" in 1973 evolved into "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," an eagerly awaited franchise of regular NBC television specials that targeted the biggest names in the world of entertainment and beyond. Roastmaster General Martin kept things loose and lively, deflecting his share of stray barbs from the guest roasters and from Bob Hope to Muhammad Ali, Johnny Carson to Lucille Ball, Gov. Ronald Reagan to Redd Foxx. In 1974, the show moved from Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for the remainder of the run, and the 54 raucous, unforgettable roasts ran until 1984. Formats: DVD, $59.95. Extras: Three hours of bonus programming, with comedy sketches featuring Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Dom DeLuise, Charo, Ernest Borgnine, and others; two featurettes: "Primetime Ribbing: Roasting Small-Screen Stars" and "Sports Stars: Hit 'Em Where It Hurts"; as well as exclusive interviews with Ed Asner, Norm Crosby, Rich Little, Carol Burnett, Dan Haggerty, Tom Dreesen, Jimmie Walker, Tony Danza, Shirley Jones, Rip Taylor and Jack Carter. (Starvista Entertainment/Time Life).
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Hall Of Famers
Single-disc features the complete roasts of two of the game's legendary players and personalities: Hank Aaron, who, for more than 30 years was baseball's home run king; and, Joe Garagiola, a talented major league catcher who was eventually inducted into the Hall of Fame as one of the game's greatest broadcasters. Roasters include fellow baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra (who also grew up with Garagiola), Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Stan Musial, along with a celebrated All-Star line-up of Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts MVPs including Milton Berle, Ruth Buzzi, Foster Brooks, Nipsey Russell, Rich Little, Red Buttons and Orson Welles. Formats: DVD, $12.95. Extras: Comedy sketches from the "The Dean Martin Show" featuring Martin and Joey Bishop, as well as exclusive interviews with Shirley Jones, Norm Crosby and Dan Haggerty. (Starvista Entertainment/Time Life).
(2014) Steven Brand, Kate French, Billy Wirth, Steve Hanks. Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, a young writer retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated desert house. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind ... or uncovering a life-threatening secret. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Eddie and the Cruisers/Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983, 1989) Tom Berenger, Michael Pare, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano. Cool classic. They say rock 'n' roll never dies, but one dark night in 1963, the car of lead singer Eddie Wilson (Pare) of "Eddie and the Cruisers" took a dive off a Jersey bridge with the troubled rock idol at the wheel. His body was never found. Twenty years later, the band's songs are hotter than ever and, with renewed interest in the band, TV reporter Maggie Foley (Barkin) pursues a tantalizing mystery: What if Eddie is still alive? In the sequel, Eddie -- living as construction worker and maintaining a quiet life in Canada -- returns to the spotlight. (Shout! Factory).
The End of the Civil War
(2014) Two-disc set with four feature-length documentaries: "Sherman's March," "April 1865," "The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth" and" Stealing Lincoln's Body." Commemorates the 150th anniversary of the final days of the Civil War. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Enter the Dangerous Mind
(2013) Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Jason Priestley, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Bakula. Music makes the voices stop. That's what Jim (Jake Hoffman) wants most -- to hide away in his apartment, mixing original dubstep beats as a soundtrack to the insanity of daily life. But it-s not working too well lately. His brother (Thomas Dekker) bullies him into pursuing social worker Wendy (Nikki Reed), and their intimate encounter sparks an obsession that turns Jim into a human time bomb. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Foyle's War, Set 8 (The Final Season)
(2015) The acclaimed detective series finishes its long run with three new mysteries set in the uncertain days at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1946 London, former DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) now employs his unerring investigative skills on behalf of MI5, assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Wainwright. The mysteries: "High Castle": A translator for the Nuremberg trials is killed, leading Foyle into the world of international oil politics and corrupt Nazi businessmen; "Trespass": With tensions running high ahead of a high-level Palestinian conference, Foyle investigates a plot involving murder, espionage, and a terrorist threat; "Elise": After an assassination attempt on Hilda Pierce, Foyle examines her Special Operations Executive activities during the war and rumors of a traitor. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: A featurette about the truth behind the fiction for each episode, "A Day in the Life of Foyle's War," an interview with John Mahoney, "Back in Time With Foyle's War, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
He Loves Me ... He Loves Me Not
(2003 -- France) Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carre. Talented art student Angelique (Audrey Tautou) is madly in love with Loic, a married cardiologist whose wife is expecting their first child. Things take a dangerous turn as Angelique grows less discreet in her affections and her attempts to separate the couple fail. Halfway through, this black comedy takes a dramatic turn and the film reverses perspective, showing the preceding events from Loic's (wildly different) point-of-view. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Hustler White BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Bruce LaBruce, Tony Ward. The Queer Cinema classic restored in HD. Re-imagining of "Sunset Boulevard" set on the hot hustling scene of 90s Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Extras: Bruce LaBruce introduces "Hustler White" in Toronto (2014), "Letter to Hustler White." (Strand Releasing).
I Am Steve McQueen
(2014) Nicknamed the "King of Cool," Steve McQueen will forever be recognized as one of Hollywood's most iconic movie stars. His rugged good looks, bad-boy persona and searing charisma set him apart as he grew from a small-town rebel to become the highest paid and most sought-after actor of his generation. This 90 minute special delves into the incredible life story of this legendary actor, racer and cultural icon. Combining extensive original interviews, including rare interviews with McQueen himself, footage from the best of McQueen's major motion pictures and archival materials, this documentary chronicles his extraordinary career while focusing on the correlation between his on-screen and off-screen experiences. Narrated by Robert Downey Jr. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "McQueen's Garage - Cars, Planes and Motorcycles," "Steve McQueen's Yucatan – McQueen's Passion Project," trailer. (Shout! Factory).
I Really Hate My Ex
(2014) Curt Bailey, Troy Byer, Daphnee Duplaix, Shari Headley. Comedy follows three women who kidnap their exes in order to get the closure they need to move on. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "I Really Hate My Ex! Behind-the-Scenes" featurette. (Lionsgate).
JAG: The Complete Series
(1995-2005) Fifty-five discs, $119.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and Crew Commentary on Select Episodes, "How the Series Took Flight," "JAG: An Inside Look," "The Military Accuracy," "Setting Sail on Season 2," "Inside the Real JAG Corps," gag reels, "The Final Goodbye." (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Media).
John Denver: Country Boy
(2014) At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, John Denver was the most popular singer in America. He performed at sold-out concerts, his albums sold more than 100 million copies, his TV specials got top ratings, and he was named poet laureate of his adopted Colorado. Yet this man, who brought happiness to millions, was filled with insecurity, suffered from depression, and was savaged by the music critics. Exploring the private life and public legacy of America's Everyman, this intimate profile includes exclusive accounts from those closest to him, including former wives and managers, his son and brother, the musicians who toured with him for decades and the friends who knew the real John Denver. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
John Doe Vigilante
(2014) Jamie Bamber, Daniel Lissing, Lachy Hulme. Frustrated with a failing legal system that allows violent criminals to go free, John Doe (Bamber) begins exacting justice the only way he knows how -- by killing one criminal at a time. Soon he becomes a media sensation and inspires a group of copycat vigilantes, but who is the real John Doe -- a pillar of justice or a cold-blooded murderer? Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, "Behind-the-Scenes: Courthouse Explosion, Gang Fight and 'I'm Not John Doe'." (ARC Entertainment).
The King of Masks
(1999 -- China) Winner of more than 25 top honors at film festivals worldwide, revered Chinese director Wu Tianming's "The King of Masks" is a poignant tale about a lonely old magician and a luckless child bound together by fate and suffering, and redeemed by the power of love. The King of Masks is an elderly street performer, a master of the Sichuan opera art of changing silk masks so quickly that it appears to be magic. Bereft from the loss of his family many years ago, he searches for an heir to impart his talents and skills upon, and he adopts an impoverished street urchin named "Doggie" and sets out to train him in the art, at great personal costs. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Little House on the Prairie - Season Five Deluxe Remastered Edition
(1978-79) Five-disc set includes all 24 newly restored and remastered uncut broadcast-length episodes. In this season, the frontier family moves from Walnut Grove to be closer to Mary's school for the blind, orphan Albert wins Charles' heart, Mary conquers doubts about becoming a wife and mother, the townspeople return to restore Walnut Grove and Laura and Albert help a dying friend realize his dream. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Little House Phenomenon Part Five: Stories to Remember" documentary. (Lionsgate).
The Man With the Iron Fists 2
(2015) RZA, Dustin Nguyen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Eugenia Yuan, Pim Bubear, Simon Yin, Carl Ng. A mysterious stranger leads a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord. Hip-hop star, actor and filmmaker RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus in this sequel to the 2012 action-adventure "The Man with the Iron Fists." When Thaddeus (RZA) is found badly wounded near a 19th-century Chinese town, miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Yuan) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Chi Warriors: The Making of Man With the Iron Fists 2" behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary with director Roel Reine and executive producer and star RZA. (Universal).
Maps to the Stars
(2015) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Robert Pattinson, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon. The Weiss family are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. His wife, Cristina (Olivia Williams), has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town -- mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver and aspiring actor (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption -- and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she's determined to find it, no matter what it takes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Metal Hurlant Chronicles: The Complete Series
(2012-14) Visionary writer-director Guillaume Lubrano brings his faithful, well-crafted adaptation of the world renowned comics anthology Metal Hurlant (also known internationally as Heavy Metal Magazine) to live-action with a star-studded cast including Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Michael Biehn, Kelly Brook, David Belle, John Rhys-Davies, Joe Flanigan, James Marsters, Dominique Pinon, Michelle Ryan, Michael Jai White. The last fragment of a living planet, reduced to dust by the destructive madness of its habitants, is condemned to roam the universe for eternity, bringing suffering and deception to those who cross her path: it's called The Metal Hurlant. From 1960s cold war drama to distant future, fantasy to medieval, the live action sci-fi series spans a wide range of self-contained stories linked together by an Metal Hurlant asteroid that passes close to the planet where each story is taking place, thereby changing the outcome.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Featurettes, cast interviews. Blu-ray adds San Diego Comic-Con panel, alternate French-Language episodes, motion comics. (Shout! Factory).
(2014) James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, Tcheky Karyom, Jason Flemyng. Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the STARZ limited series about a man who spends years searching for his abducted son; the show explores the impact of a child's abduction and the emotional cost of obsession -- on the family and community -- and hope. The thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames, while set in both France and London. Formats: DVD: $44.98, Blu-ray Disc: $54.99, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "Time Changes All" featurette, "Transformations" featurette. (Anchor Bay).
Mom's Day Away
(2014 -- TV) Bonnie Somerville, James Tupper, Iain Belcher, Ona Grauer. A frustrated stay-at-home mom takes a weekend away when her family ignores her during Mother's Day. A Hallmark Channel movie. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Odd Man Out
(1947) Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed's psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks refuge throughout the city, while the woman he loves (Kathleen Ryan) searches for him among the shadows. Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker (who would collaborate again on "The Fallen Idol" and "The Third Man") create images of stunning depth for this intense, spiritual depiction of a man's ultimate confrontation with himself. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Postwar Poetry," a new short documentary about the film; new interview with British cinema scholar John Hill; new interview with music scholar Jeff Smith about composer William Alwyn and his score; "Home, James," a 1972 documentary featuring actor James Mason revisiting his hometown; radio adaptation of the film from 1952, starring Mason and Dan O'Herlihy; an essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith. (The Criterion Collection).
(2013 -- Austria) How many people are too many? And who's one too many? Is this even the right question to ask? One thing is certain: 25 years ago there were five billion of us. Today, there are seven. Dwindling resources, mountains of toxic waste, hunger and climate change -- the results of overpopulation? In this documentary, director Werner Boote ("Plastic Planet") traverses the globe armed with a World Bank umbrella to examine the myths and facts about overpopulation. Formats: DVD, packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. (First Run Features).
(2014 -- Spain) Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Hector Colom, Ismael Fritschi. The popular Spanish-language horror series [REC] comes to a terrifying conclusion. Finally rescued from the virus-infected building in Barcelona, television reporter Angela Vidal is taken to an oil tanker quarantine facility to be examined. Little do the soldiers on board know that Angela now carries the seeds of the mysterious demonic virus that is about to be unleashed one last, horrifying time. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
(2014) Ace Marrero, Katie Stegeman, Lionel D. Carson. A man and his pregnant wife fight for their lives when they are held hostage in their car by an unseen gunman on the side of a desolate mountain road. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Image Entertainment,).
Stephen Sondheim Collection
Six-disc set with six Sondheim musicals: "Into the Woods" (1990), "Company," "Sunday in the Park With George," "Follies in Concert," "Sweeney Todd" (2001) and "Sondheim: The Birthday Concert." Formats: DVD, $129.98. (Image Entertainment).
(1941) Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) decides to make "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he meets a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (Veronica Lake) -- and more trouble than he ever dreamed of. This comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges is among the finest Hollywood satires and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry's most revered funnymen. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary from 2001 by filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean; "Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer" (1990), a 76-minute documentary made by Bowser for PBS's American Masters series; new video essay by film critic David Cairns, featuring filmmaker Bill Forsyth; interview from 2001 with Sandy Sturges, the director's widow; interview with Sturges by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper from 1951; archival audio recordings of Sturges; an essay by critic Stuart Klawans. (The Criterion Collection).
Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1
(2014) Two-disc set with 26 11-minute episodes of the Cartoon Network series, $19.97.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
That Man From Rio and Up to His Ears
Two of the most riotous adventure films of the 1960s -- directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, in 2k restorations. Arriving in the wake of the newly popular James Bond films, "That Man From Rio" (1964) and "Up to His Ears" (1965) were a cut above the many 007 spoofs that spilled forth worldwide. In "That Man From Rio," set against the beauty of Brazil, Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac are in hot pursuit of a stolen Amazonian statuette, while others pursue them for the same treasure. In the follow-up "Up to His Ears," loosely based on Jules Verne's novel "Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine," Belmondo plays a bored and recently bankrupted millionaire who is convinced to allow someone to murder him so that he can leave the insurance money in his will. He's fine with the plan until he meets a stunning stripper (Ursula Andress) and tries to cancel his deal, setting off a madcap chase across China and Tibet.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "That Man From Rio": "Silly and Serious: The Collaboration of Georges Delerue and Philippe de Broca" interview with Stephane Lerouge, who discusses the long friendship and collaborations between composer Delerue and director de Broca; "Brothers of Cinema: The Collaboration of Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Philippe de Broca" interview with Jean-Paul Rappeneau, co-writer of the film; "The Adventures of Adrien: The Catalan Affair" documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Belmondo, co-writer Jean-Paul Rappeneau, assistant director Olivier Gerard and an unpublished interview with director Philippe de Broca; original release trailer; 2014 re-release trailer. "Up to His Ears": "From Cartouche to Cavaleur: The Collaborations of Jean Rochefort and Philippe de Broca" interview with actor Rochefort; "That Man From Hong Kong" documentary on the making of the film; original French theatrical trailer; 2014 re-release trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
Vengeance of an Assassin
(2014 -- Thailand) Dan Chupong. Action-packed last film from legendary director and fight choreographer Panna Rittikrai ("Ong-Bok"). Natee (Chupong) became a killer for one reason -- to discover who killed his parents. As he gets closer to uncovering a secret network of power and corruption, he's double-crossed on a job, making him a target for the deadliest killers in the business and putting everyone he loves in danger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Walker, Texas Ranger: Flashback
(1995) Chuck Norris. Two-part episode in which Walker pursues a group of killers seeking the lost treasures of Hayes Cooper, a legendary Wild West Texas Ranger. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Media).
(2014) Yaya DaCosta, Arlen Escarpeta. Angela Bassett's directorial debut is this Lifetime biodrama that chronicles the headline-making relationship between iconic singer, actress, producer, model Whitney Houston (DaCosta) and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (Escarpeta). Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
William S. Burroughs in the Dreamachine
(1996-2014) The Dreamachine, created in the early 1960s by artist Brion Gysin and mathematician Ian Sommerville, is possibly the most effective of all the brain-wave simulators, which can create hallucinations and induced visions without the use of drugs. When Beatnik writer William S. Burroughs ("Junkie," "Naked Lunch") introduced it to a wider audience in the 1980s, it became a phenomenon in the underground scene, and was re-introduced by Dr. David Woodard in the 1990s when he started re-creating the Dreamachines. In this document, filmmaker and photographer Jon Aes-Nihil films Woodard and Burroughs at LACMA, Los Angeles, California (1996, featuring Allen Ginsberg and Leonardo DiCaprio), the Nova Convention, Lawrence, Kansas (1996) and visits Burroughs at his home (1997), recording the last footage of him, in a conversation on drugs and government policies, six months prior to his passing. The release celebrates the centennial of Burroughs' birth. Formats: DVD. Extras: Still photo gallery, Dr. David Woodward Dreamachine Installation (Freud Museum of Dreams, St Petersburg, Russia 2007). (Cult Epics).
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
(2015) Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine. Read more about "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Chilling Locations," deleted scene, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "Pulling Back the Veil: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death." (Fox).
(2014) Tom Sizemore, Ian Hutton, BJ Hendricks, Madeline Merritt. Horror thriller about a naive documentarian who sets out to find a legendary horror director who mysteriously disappeared before the release of his highly anticipated masterpiece. As the filmmaker uncovers the story through various interviews, he learns that the truth is much more deadly than he ever imagined.
Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Bleaching Black Culture
(2014) From the birth of jazz to the evolution of hip hop, from the advents of urban trends to transformative advances in technology, African Americans have played an integral role in molding American culture. Unfortunately, they tend to not be the beneficiaries of their own innovation. This documentary examines the continuum of America's black cultural appropriation and the effects on the African American community. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2015) Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Britt Robertson, Lucy Punch, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman. Read more about "Cake" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Many Layers of Cake: Learning to Live Again," "The Icing on the Cake: Meet the Cast," trailer. (Fox).
Deep in the Darkness
(2014) Sean Patrick Thomas, Kristen Bush, Dean Stockwell, Blanche Baker, Anthony Del Negro, Athena Grant. Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City behind for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town's deepest secret: a terrifying -- and controlling -- race of creatures that live amongst the darkness in the woods behind his home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Trailer, TV spots, "Meet the Makers." (Scream Factory).
Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu -- Three Crime Dramas
The great Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu is best known for the stately, meditative domestic dramas he made after World War II. But during his first decade at Shochiku studios, where he dabbled in many genres, he put out a trio of precisely rendered, magnificently shot and edited silent crime films about the hopes, dreams, and loves of small-time crooks. Heavily influenced in narrative and visual style by the American films that Ozu adored, these movies are revelatory early examples of his cinematic genius, accompanied here by new piano scores by Neil Brand. The Collector's Set Includes: "Walk Cheerfully" (1930): This was the Japanese master's first true
homage to American crime movies, and it is a fleetly told, expressively shot work of humor and emotional depth; "That Night's Wife" (1930): In noirish darkness, a man commits a shocking robbery. But, as we soon learn, this seeming criminal mastermind is actually a sensitive everyman driven to commit desperate deeds for the sake of his family; "Dragnet Girl" (1933): This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction
between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum. (The Criterion Collection).
Escape From New York Collector's Edition
(1981) Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau. New 2K scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative. Formats: Two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau and directory of photography Dean Cundey; commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell; commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves; "Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of Escape From New York"; "Scoring the Escape: A Discussion With Composer Alan Howarth"; "On Set With John Carpenter: The Images of Escape From New York With Photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker"; "I Am Taylor: An Interview With Actor Joe Unger"; "My Night on the Set: An Interview With Filmmaker David DeCoteau"; deleted scene: The original opening bank robbery sequence; "Return to Escape From New York" featurette; theatrical trailers; photo galleries – behind-the-scenes, posters and lobby cards. (Shout! Factory).
(2013) Brandon Alexander III, Dudley Beene, Cassandra Peterson, Jack Plotnick. LGBT festival hit has Alexander and Beene as a pair of hapless teenage girls who just want to be popular in high school. New girl Cassie and school outcast Maggie are easily the most unpopular girls at their high school. Together, they decide the way to win the hearts of cute boys and popular girls is to enter--and win--the annual talent show. But popular rivals Heather, Other Heather, and their hot boyfriends Dirk and Brett will stop at nothing to keep Cassie and Maggie the laughing stock of the school. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Charlie Vaughn, stars Dudley Beene and Brandon Alexander III and editor Corey Ziemniak; making-of featurette, deleted scenes, deleted song. (Falling Anvil Productions/Screen Media).
(2015) Dark drama TV series set in the melting Arctic -- featuring psychological and thriller elements -- tells the story of the small idyllic town of Fortitude, whose peaceful existence is shattered after a brutal and shocking murder. Above-average temperatures lead to a record ice melt revealing secrets long since hidden beneath the frozen landscape. Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer) leads the investigation and is forced to work alongside DCI Morton (Stanley Tucci), a detective who has flown into town from the mainland to contribute his forensic expertise. As the search for the killer progresses, their list of suspects -- and suspicions of each other -- grows. Four-disc set with all 12 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
(2014) Dir.: Ana Lily Amirpour; Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marno, Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh, Milad Eghbali. Read more about "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, stills gallery, the official trailer, Q&A with director Amirpour hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum, exclusive booklet essay by Indiewire film critic Eric Kohn. Blu-ray adds behind-the-scenes documentary produced by Vice, a talk with director Amirpour and actress Sheila Vand, additional behind-the-scenes footage, collectible version of the first two issues of the comic book, written by Ana Lily Amirpour and drawn by Michael DeWeese, with an essay by Eric Kohn, being published by RADCO.(Kino Lorber).
Ghoulies & Ghoulies II
(1984, 1988). Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets, and you have this double-bill of fun horror. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director/co-writer Luca Bercovici; new interviews with executive producer Charles Band, composer Richard Band, actor Michael Des Barres and special effects makeup artist John Vulich; original theatrical trailers; new interviews with executive producer Charles Band, actress Kerry Remsen, actor Donnie Jeffcoat and special effects artist Gino Crognale; rare deleted scenes. (Scream Factory).
(2012) Brinke Stevens, Jocelyn Padilla, Ryan Boudreau, Nicole Lasala. A group of teens foolishly play with a spirit board and contact the spirit of a murdered man, who they soon resurrect from the grave in the form of a murderous zombie, intent on avenging his own death and stalking the teens down one by one until he can get to his killer. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette with Brinke Stevens, a Fall River post-screening celebration featurette, teasers, trailers. (Wild Eye Releasing).
Life Inside Out
(2013) Maggie Baird, Finneas O'Connell, Lori Nasso, David Cowgill, William Dennis Hunt, Roscoe Brandon, Orson Ossman. When a mother returns to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth, and finds a way to connect with her troubled youngest son. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
(2014) Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Alexia Rasmussen. In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed
(2013 -- Spain) In 1966 Spain Antonio (Javier Camara) is a teacher and Beatles fan who teaches his pupils English by having them recite the lyrics to "Help." When he learns that his idol John Lennon is filming in Almeria (Richard Lester's "How I Won the War"), he resolves to meet him. On the journey, he picks up two young runaways: a pregnant girl fleeing a convent and a boy escaping a dictatorial father. Spain's Official Submission to the 87th Academy Awards. Formats: DVD. Extras: Original theatrical trailer, deleted scenes, behind the scenes. (Strand Releasing).
(2013) Jeffery Combs, Adrian DiGiovanni, Danielle Doetsch. Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold, a smooth talking fungus who was born of the filth collecting in a corner of Ian's neglected bathroom, works to win Ian's trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. With The Mold's help, Ian attracts the attention of a neighbor he's been ogling through his peephole, Leah, and he manages to find a slice of happiness despite his unnatural circumstances. But Ian starts to receive strange messages from his old and broken down TV set that make him realize that The Mold may not be as helpful as it seems to be. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with Jeffery Combs and Adrian DiGiovanni and director Don Thacker; trailers; photo gallery. (Parade Deck Films).
Naked & Afraid: Season 1
(2013) Discovery Channel reality series about naked strangers set adrift in the middle of nowhere with no tools, no food, and no clothes. Two-disc set, $29.93. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(1951) This entrancing first color feature from Jean Renoir -- shot entirely on location in India -- is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir's subtle understanding of and appreciation for India and its people, "The River" gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and steadfast creation. High-definition digital transfer from the 2004 Film Foundation restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Archival introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir; "Around the River," a 60-minute 2008 documentary by Arnaud Mandagaran
about the making of the film; interview from 2004 with Martin Scorsese; audio interview from 2000 with producer Ken McEldowney; new visual essay by film writer Paul Ryan, featuring rare behind-the-scenes stills; trailer; an essay by film scholar Ian Christie and notes by Renoir on the film, discovered in the filmmaker's production files. (The Criterion Collection).
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Series
(2014) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the Hallmark series that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office and into an unpredictable world where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O'Toole (Eric Mabius), a genius postal detective and the group s leader; new team member Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited girl-next-door Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe), who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods. Formats: DVD: $24.95, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2014) Danny Glover, Joe Anderson, Dawn Olivieri, Anson Mount. A just paroled white supremacist and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop and take an African American family hostage. But the patriarch of the family (Glover), an ex-con himself, uses his understanding of the racist mind to turn the tables on his captors. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Well Go USA).
(2015) Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker, Jon Gries, Dougray Scott. Read more about "Taken 3" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scene, "Sam's Bunker A.K.A. The Rabbit Hole," "Taken to L.A.," "A Taken Legacy, gallery. Blu-ray adds uncut version of the film. (Fox).
The Walking Deceased
(2015) Tim Ogletree, Joey Oglesby, Troy Ogletree, Sophia Ali, Andrew Pozza, Dave Sheridan. Spoof of "The Walking Dead." When a police officer wakes up in a hospital to find out he is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, he'll do anything to find his family, even sacrifice Twitter.
Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
(2015) Kristopher Turner, Erin Cahill, Andrea Bogart, Daniele Watts, Reid Ewing. A professional wingman falls in love with a professional man-eater, and they come to realize that their hearts and careers are at stake. After an unexpected break-up, Bobby's friends convince him to get out of his rut by leveraging his prowess with the ladies into a business as a wingman-for-hire. Meanwhile, Kristy -- who's also just gone through a break-up -- finds therapy and monetary success in defending women from sleazy male advances. When Kristy and Bobby take a sudden interest in each other, it's only a matter of time before one of them finds out that they're working for the competition. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Tatum O'Neal, Steven Bauer, Peter Greene, Julianne Michelle. Lorraine Beebie, the perfect minister's wife in suburban New Jersey, has one goal: to see her husband as the mayor of the small town in which she has rebuilt her life. Lorraine's quest comes head to head with her seedy and sultry past in the clubs and streets of New York City, a past that includes her ex-lover, the current mayor. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Garden Thieves Pictures).
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(2014) Scott Glenn, Chris Coy. A barber comes into contact with two men fixated on what triggers evil. A father, whose life is destroyed in pursuit of a killer, and a son who is trying to prevent his father's obsession. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (ARC Entertainment).
(2013) Guy Edmonds, Peter McAllum, Johnny Boxer. George, a haunted man, enters Bedlam Hospital for a guaranteed recovery, but instead discovers a world darker than even his demons could conjure. Once, he fought for sanity, now he fights to survive. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Blood of the Vine: Season 3
(2014 -- France) An internationally renowned wine expert teams with a local police chief in France to solve wine-related murders and mysteries in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards and in the regions of Cognac and Champagne. Two-disc set with four episodes, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Boy Meets Girl
(2014) Michelle Hendley, Michael Welch, Alexandra Turshen. One of the most popular LGBT films of the year, the coming of age film is a funny and heartwarming romantic-comedy about a young transwoman trying to navigate life and looking for romance in her small Kentucky hometown. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
The Boy Next Door
(2015) Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth. Read more about "The Boy Next Door" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Making of The Boy Next Door," commentary with director Rob Cohen.
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
(2015) A three-part, six-hour documentary series -- directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns -- that tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures. A collaboration of Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures and WETA Washington, DC, in association with Ark Media, the series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" (Simon & Schuster 2010) by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. As part of the documentary project, WETA has launched CancerFilms.org, an expansive website with social and interactive media components created in conjunction with the documentary. The project website features an innovative short film series executive produced by Ken Burns and created by Redglass Pictures, featuring individual cancer patients and caregivers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Covert Affairs: Season Five
(2014) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.98. In the final season, change is afoot. Auggie (Christopher Gorham) is back at the DPD, Arthur (Peter Gallagher) is offered a job in the private sector working for McQuaid Security, and Joan (Kari Matchett) is returning from maternity leave to find that she's been passed over for the job of DCS in favor of Calder (Hill Harper). And after mysteriously going off the grid for months, Annie (Piper Perabo) has resurfaced, anxious to get back to work at the CIA and harboring a secret that could jeopardize everything. Sent to Chicago to investigate a purported terror plot, she soon discovers that the threat is very real, and much greater than anyone has anticipated. As a result, Annie finds herself swept into an international mission that will take her from Venezuela to Argentina to France and many points in between. Along the way, she'll continue to cross paths with Arthur's new boss, Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop), a charismatic Navy SEAL-turned-CEO with his own ties to the terrorist—and his own secrets. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Universal).
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
(1973) In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates of George V. Higgins's acclaimed novel "The Friends of Eddie Coyle." World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he's forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is one of the true treasures of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking -- a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring Yates; stills gallery; an essay by critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of actor Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone. (The Criterion Collection).
From a Whisper to a Scream (The Offspring) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Vincent Price, Clu Gulager, Terry Kiser, Harry Caesar, Rosalind Cash, Cameron Mitchell,
Susan Tyrrell. Welcome to Oldfield. Stop in for a night of pure terror. Prepare to be shocked out of your skin with four grisly tales of terror in one small town. On the night his niece is executed for committing a string of brutal killings, historian Julian White (Price, in his last role in a horror film) reveals the sinister secrets of her hometown, Oldfield, Tennessee, a horrific hamlet that spawns evil. But as the town's murderous legacy is exposed with White's chilling accounts -- including stories of a necrophilic madman, a voodoo priest with life-prolonging powers and a legion of children with an appetite for flesh -- White doesn't realize that he is about the write the final chapter of Oldfield's morbid history ... in his own blood. Extras: "Return to Oldfield: The Making of Whisper to a Scream" comprehensive feature-length documentary about the making of "From A Whisper to a Scream," featuring writer-director Jeff Burr, producer Darin Scott, co-screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, star Clu Gulager, and many more; "A Decade Under the Innocence: Adventures in Super 8 Filmmaking" feature-length documentary about teenage adventures in Super 8 filmmaking during the 1970's in Georgia, featuring director Jeff Burr; commentary with Burr; commentary with writer-producer Darin Scott and writer C. Courtney Joyner; still gallery with commentary by Burr; Theatrical Trailer; "The Offspring" TV spots. (Scream Factory).
(2015) Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jessica Lange. Read more about "The Gambler" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Mr. Self Destruct: Inside The Gambler," "Dark Before Dawn: The Descent of The Gambler," "Changing the Game: Adaptation," "In The City: Locations," "Dressing the Players: Costume Design," deleted/extended scenes. (Paramount).
I Love Lucy: I Heart Mom Edition
Includes four unforgettable episodes featuring the special moments of Lucy's journey as a mom. beginning with the emotional episode "Lucy Is Enceinte," in which Lucy first learns she is pregnant, "Lucy Goes to the Hospital," "No Children Allowed" and "Nursery School." Formats: DVD, $14.98. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
(2014) Dir.: Paul Thomas Anderson; Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom.
Read more about "Inherent Vice" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Los Paranoias," "Shasta Fay," The Golden Fang," "Everything In This Dream." (Warner).
The Jeffersons: Season Seven
(1980-81) Three-disc set with all 20 episodes, $24.97. A groundbreaking series that mixed hilarious comedy and social commentary, "The Jeffersons" remains an all-time favorite thanks to its terrific cast (including Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover) and unforgettable theme song. Highlights of Season Seven include a multi-part Hawaiian adventure, a wild parody of soap operas, and (in keeping with the series' occasional serious side) a run-in with white supremacists. Developed by television master Norman Lear ("All in the Family," "Maude"). Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
La silence de la mer
(1949) Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. An idealistic, naive German officer is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence -- their only form of resistance -- is complete silence. Constructed with elegant minimalism and shot, by the legendary Henri Decae, with hushed eloquence, "Le silence de la mer" is a fascinating tale of moral ambiguity that points the way toward Melville's later films about resistance and the occupation ("Leon Morin, Priest"; "Army of Shadows") yet remains a singularly eerie masterwork in its own right. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "24 Hours in the Life of a Clown" (1946), Melville's 17-minute first film; new interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau; interview with Melville from 1959; an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014 -- Denmark) The death of a matriarch brings forgotten secrets out into the open and causes a prolonged battle for the family inheritance in this Danish family melodrama series from the makers of the blockbuster "Borgen." Four-disc set with 10 episodes, $49.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Look of a Killer
(2011 -- Finland) Former KGB agent Victor Karppa is haunted by his past: He saw and did things on the job that he'd like to forget. In an attempt to create order in his life he settles in Finland, putting down roots in the country of his ancestors. He tries to make a living two ways, as a private investigator and as a business facilitator for Russian immigrants, but that doesn't sit well with his girlfriend, Marja. Try as he might not to, he keeps brushing up against the criminal elements he wanted so badly to leave behind: Russian mafia kingpins, drug dealers, KGB operatives, and regrettable lowlifes that make their way into his world. Yet he's not a killer, even if he does look like one. It all takes its toll on his relationship with Marja, who sees any association with the criminal world as a bad sign for the future of their relationship. Three-disc set with eight episodes, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Mama's Family: Mama's Favorites, Season Five
Six "Mama's Family" episodes, hand-picked by star Vicki Lawrence: "The Really Loud Family," "Naomi's New Position," "Found Money," "Mama's Layaway Plan," "Mama in One" and "Dependence Day." Formats: DVD, $12.95. (Time Life/StarVista Entertainment).
The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh and Final Season
(2014) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Patrick Jane: An Uncommon Man" featurette. (Warner).
Miami Blues (Collector's Edition) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh. A great cult favorite. Veteran criminal Frederick Frenger, Jr. (Baldwin) has moved to Miami to get a fresh start ... at robbing a whole new set of people. But when his streetwalker-gone-straight wife (Leigh) begins to suspect his criminal behavior, and an obsessed cop (Ward) begins to close in, he'll need a lot more than luck and a bogus badge to escape a crossfire hotter than the barrel of a smoking gun. (Shout! Factory).
(2014 -- Canada) Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clement. Award-winning writer-director Xavier Dolan weaves the brilliant story of a passionate widowed single mom (Dorval), who finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son (Pilon). As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla (Suzanne Clement), the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they strive for a new sense of balance. 2014 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner. In French with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series
(1992) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the show, originally airing on television in 1992.
Formats: DVD., $14.93. Extras: Sing-Alongs. (Shout! Factory).
New Tricks, Season 11
(2014) Beautiful DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite) leads a team of detectives called out of retirement to solve cold cases in this long-running British series. New cast members rejuvenate the show in Season 11, which still features the fascinating mysteries and easy humor that have made the series so wildly popular on both sides of the Atlantic. In Season 11, the team tackles crimes involving antinuclear protesters, battle reenactors, an amateur sleuth, illegal immigrants, and state secrets from the Cold War era. Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.99.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Featurette with the new cast members. (Acorn Media).
(2015) Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw. Read more about "Paddington" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Meet the Characters," "When a Bear Comes to Stay," "From Page to Screen," "Shine" lyric music video written by Gwen Stefani & Pharrell. Blu-ray adds "The Making of Shine With Gwen Stefani & Pharrell." (TWC-Dimension/Anchor Bay).
Scooby-Doo! and Scrappy-Doo!: The Complete Season 1
Two-disc set with 16 episodes of the Saturday morning cartoon series, $19.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Sgt. Bilko -- The Phil Silvers Show: Season 2
(1956-57) Five-disc set with all 36 episodes, $34.93. This Emmy-winning sitcom was one of early television's first blockbuster hits, with snappy dialogue and brilliant visual gags performed by comic genius Phil Silvers starring as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko. In this second season, the fast-talking Bilko and his platoon -- who run the motor pool at Fort Baxter -- continue to cause chaos as they look for get-rich schemes and attempt to keep themselves free of the drudgery of work, much to the chagrin of Bilko's outmatched superior, Colonel Hall. Co-starring Harvey Lembeck, Allan Melvin, and Paul Ford (and featuring guest appearances by entertainment legends including Ed Sullivan and Bing Crosby). Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Suits: Season 4
(2014) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $44.98. In the high-stakes legal world, contentment doesn't last long. Though Mike (Patrick J. Adams) has officially left Pearson Specter in favor of a cutthroat investment firm, temporarily placating the pressure of covering his elaborate lie, all is not well. Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Mike quickly find themselves on opposite sides of an intense takeover battle. And, with the SEC's fervent advances on Pearson Specter increasing in severity, Mike and Rachel's (Meghan Markle) relationship facing the ultimate test, and Jessica's (Gina Torres) impartiality being questioned, personal and professional boundaries are crossed by all. But just when all the pieces begin to fall into place, an innocent conversation between Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Mike leads to a potentially lethal revelation.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Suits Recruits: The Paper Trail." (Universal).
The Wedding Ringer
(2015) Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jorge Garcia, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Mimi Rogers. Read more about "The Wedding Ringer" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Going to the Chapel of Love" featurette, select scenes commentary with director Jeremy Garelick and Josh Gad. Blu-ray adds 15 deleted scenes, five outtake reels, Line-o-Rama (short collections of alternate shots of jokes on set), Aloe Blacc's "Can You Do This" music video. (Sony).
(2015) Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis. Three-disc set with all six episodes of the TV miniseries that follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of the pragmatic and accomplished power broker Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant and enigmatic consigliere to King Henry VIII -- from humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past -- who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII's tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant Reformation. Adapted from Hilary Mantel's best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels "Wolf Hall" and its sequel "Bring Up the Bodies." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
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