(2016) Louisa Krause, Jason Patric, Mark Margolis. Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak (Krause) takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard shift at a once upscale, now abandoned apartment complex. But on her first night on duty, she discovers a horrifying presence lurking deep within the bowels of the decaying building. With her nerves already on edge, Streak must confront demons both real and imagined as she struggles to keep a grip on her sanity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate ending, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2015) Voices of Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan. A darkly comedic and surreal stop-motion journey of a man's long night of the soul. Read more about "Anomalisa" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Paramount).
(2016) Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, Maria Bello, Matthew Modine, Robert Forster, Tim Blake Nelson, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Tobolowsky. An out-of luck carpenter suddenly finds himself caring for his estranged son for a weekend while his ex-wife and her new husband head to a Catholic retreat. Neither father nor son is initially happy about the arrangement, but through a series of events the two start to see each other in a different light. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Father-Son Story: Inside the Characters of The Confirmation," "The Performances of The Confirmation" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Detectorists, Series 2
(2015) Two-disc set with six episodes of the BAFTA-award winning British series about the lives of two eccentric metal detectorists who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to unearth the fortune of a lifetime. The eccentric members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club return in this critically acclaimed dramedy about two misfits searching for Saxon treasure in the English countryside. Andy (Mackenzie Crook) has completed his archaeology degree at last, but he worries about providing for his wife, Becky (Rachael Stirling), and newborn son -- while also trying to live up to the expectations of his imperious mother-in-law (Diana Rigg). Lance (Toby Jones), meanwhile, is still looking for love, and then someone unexpected walks into his life. The world of metal detecting proves just as tumultuous as their personal lives when a young German man enlists the DMDC to uncover a mysterious World War II plane wreck.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Christmas Special episode, behind-the-scenes featurette, behind-the-scenes photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Duck Dynasty: Season 9
(2015) Two-disc set with all 11 episodes, $19.98. From a Renaissance Faire-themed birthday party to a homegrown "frogging" competition to buying -- and losing -- a drone, the Robertson family shenanigans get even wackier as they continue building their empire of top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys. Formats: DVD. Extras: Never-before-seen-on-TV bonus features. (Lionsgate).
Every Thing Will Be Fine
(2015 -- Germany/Canada) Dir.: Wim Wenders. Stars James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Peter Stormare. Charts the emotional odyssey of a struggling novelist (Franco) whose life is turned upside down one wintry night following a fatal car accident. The incident sets him on a soul-searching, decades-long journey toward redemption, a quest that profoundly touches the lives of both his girlfriend (McAdams) and the accident victim's mother (Gainsbourg). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
The Fear of 13
(2015) Part confessional and part performance, this haunting psychological thriller of a documentary is a stylistically daring experiment in storytelling. Nick, a death row inmate, petitions the court to be executed. As he goes on to tell his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. Nick spins his tale with all the twists and turns of classic crime drama, with a final shocking twist that casts everything in a new light. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Funhouse Massacre
(2015) Clint Howard, Courtney Gains, Scottie Thompson, Jere Burns, Robert Englund.
On Halloween night, a group of the country's most notorious serial killers escape from Statesville Asylum and descend upon a giant funhouse whose theme is based on their different reigns of terror. The unsuspecting carnival patrons think that the carnage created at the park is just part of the show… until they become part of the main attraction.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Andy Palmer, producer Warner Davis and actors Clint Howard and Courtney Gains; Popcorn Talk's video commentary with director Andy Palmer and co-writers/co-stars Ben Begley and Renee Dorian (Blu-Ray only); "A Day on the Set"; production diaries; trailer. (Scream Factory).
Game of Thrones Steelbook Seasons 3 and 4
(2015) Collector's edition Blu-ray sets, $79,98 each. Each set features art designed by Elastic, the agency responsible for the series' Emmy Award-winning opening credits. Each Steelbook showcases a specific location that is significant to that season and includes usable magnets on packaging featuring Game of Thrones sigils and symbols. Season 1 packaging featured Winterfell and Season 2 the Lannisters in King's Landing. Season 3 will feature the magnet sigil of House Frey and their ancestral seat of the Twins -- the location of Season 3's infamous Red Wedding. The icy landscape of Castle Black and the Wal l-- where the brothers of the Night's Watch fend off an army of wildlings from the far north -- will grace the packaging of season 4 including a crow and Jon Snow's sword, Longclaw as the featured magnet. Also includes all of the bonus content from the previous Blu-ray sets. (HBO).
(2016) Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen. Stars: George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Alden Ehrenreich, Frances McDormand. When the world's biggest movie star suddenly goes missing, it's up to a studio fixer to rescue him in this comic whodunit pulls back the curtain to reveal the backstage humor and drama of the movie industry during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Read more about "Hail Caesar!" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Directing Hollywood" behind-the-scenes featurette with the Coen Brothers and the all-star cast; "The Stars Align" featurette with the A-list talent -- George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Alden Ehrenreich, and Frances McDormand -- join the Coens to talk about the project, the secrets of the unique and zany characters they play and how the Hollywood of "Hail, Caesar!" differs from the Hollywood they know; "An Era of Glamour" with the film's production designer, costume designer and other key design professionals; "Magic of a Bygone Era": The film features two classic-in-the-making musical numbers: an aquatic spectacle featuring Scarlett Johansson and a rousing tap dance from Channing Tatum. The cast and crew explain the process of bringing these scenes to life, from costumes to choreography and everything in between. (Universal).
Jarhead 3: The Siege
(2015) Dennis Haysbert, Charlie Weber, Scott Adkins. A group of Marines must protect a U.S. Embassy in the Middle East when it suddenly comes under attack from enemy forces. Assigned to protect a seemingly safe U.S. embassy in the Middle East, elite Marine Corporal Evan Albright (Charlie Weber) thought he wasn't going to see much action. But when a hostile, extreme militant group launches a surprise attack aimed at killing an embassy informant, Albright's team is caught off guard. Outgunned and outnumbered, Albright's routine assignment escalates into an all-out war. With national security at stake, an international crisis ensues. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Jarhead 3: The Siege." (Universal).
Journey to Space
(2015) Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this IMAX documentary offers a sweeping overview of humanity's accomplishments in space, as well as our ongoing activities and future plans. "Journey to Space" puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its intrepid space pioneers, using spectacular space footage (including unique views of Earth and operations in space). It also shows how the shuttle launched and assembled the International Space Station (ISS). Both programs have taught us how to live, build and conduct scientific experiments in space. The ISS will continue operating in space until 2024, building a foundation for the next giant leaps into space, concluding with a fascinating, realistic scenario of how astronauts will actually get to Mars, live there for long durations, and then return home after a two-and-a-half-year mission. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra Blu-ray. (Shout! Factory).
Kill Your Friends
(2015) Nicholas Hoult, James Corden, Georgia King, Craig Roberts. A 27-year-old misanthropic A&R executive is burning his way through London's music industry; fueled by greed and drugs, he's searching the globe for the next megahit as he freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, the only way he's going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the concept of "cutthroat" to murderous new levels. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Well Go USA ).
Kroll Show Season 3
(2015) Two-disc set with all 11 episodes. With unforgettable recurring characters like Bobby Bottleservice, the PubLIZity Girls, Ref Jeff, C-Czar and more, "Kroll Show" skewers our television-obsessed culture and the rabid fan base it breeds. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(1955 -- Italy) This major early achievement by Michelangelo Antonioni bears the first signs of the cinema-changing style for which he would soon be world-famous. "Le amiche" (The Girlfriends) is a brilliantly observed, fragmentary depiction of modern bourgeois life, conveyed from the perspective of five Turinese women. As four of the friends try to make sense of the suicide attempt by the fifth, they find themselves examining their own troubled romantic lives. With suggestions of the theme of modern alienation and the fastidious visual abstraction that would define his later masterpieces such as "L'avventura," "L'eclisse" and "Red Desert," Antonioni's film is a devastating take on doomed love and fraught friendship. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation with scholars David Forgacs and Karen Pinkus on the film's themes; new interview with scholar Eugenia Paulicelli on the importance of fashion in Antonioni's work; an essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth, RZA, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Katie Nehra. Martha (Kendrick) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup ... until she meets Francis (Rockwell). To anyone else, Francis's approach would come across as creepy, but Martha can't help but be intrigued. They seem a perfect match: she's bananas, he's bananas -- except he's a deadly sort of bananas. He's a professional assassin who unexpectedly kills the people ordering the hits. Otherwise they seem perfect together -- and Martha must decide whether to flee or join in the mayhem. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal/Focus Features).
(2016) Josh LaCasse, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Eileen Dietz, Trent Haaga, John Franklin. A collection of nine horror shorts, each featuring different monsters killing off unlucky humans. The shorts are linked together by the conceit of a survivor of the Monster Apocalypse taking shelter in a movie theater to buy himself a few extra moments of precious life, where he grabs some popcorn and watches the feature. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
Never Back Down: No Surrender
(2016) Michael Jai White, Esai Morales, Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones, Josh Barnett, Gillian Waters. Latest entry in the franchise follows former MMA champion Case Walker (White) as he travels to Thailand to train a friend for a major fight. When things go bad, Case finds himself back in the cage for the fight of his life. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
No Home Movie
(2016) The final film from groundbreaking auteur Chantal Akerman, "No Home Movie" is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter's films. Includes a booklet with original essay by Kent Jones, director of the New York Film Festival: "At the center of Chantal Akerman's enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels. In recent years, the filmmaker has explicitly depicted, in videos, books, and installation works, her mother's life and their own intense connection to each other. "No Home Movie" is a portrait by Akerman, the daughter, of Akerman, the mother, in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal." Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
The Other Side of the Door
(2016) Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Javier Botet, Sofia Rosinsky, Jax Malcolm, Logan Creran. After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death. Read more about "The Other Side of the Door" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Six deleted scenes, "Behind the Door" making-of featurette, still gallery. (Fox).
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Sixth Season
(2015-16) Four-disc set with all 18 episodes. Based on the best-selling crime thriller books by Tess Gerritsen, the crime series focuses on tough-as-nails Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), who has an uncompromisingly brash and beautiful bull-in-a-china-shop approach to both cases and life, and the brilliant medical examiner from a privileged background, Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), who may be the best-dressed science nerd in New England. In Season Six, Jane and Maura are put in charge of investigating a number of challenging criminal cases. The duo gets wrapped up in the world of competitive bass fishing when a leading champion tournament fisherman is killed. The team must solve the murder of a victim who is found buried in a shallow grave. When a teenage girl's body is found inside of a cage, the duo sets out to find her killer. Jane and Maura investigate the murder of a college student, who they learn had 32 girlfriends. The duo's detective skills are put to the test when they investigate the case of a dog trainer who is found dead at her home and the prime suspect is her champion Rottweiler. And Jane and Maura travel to Los Angeles to investigate a murder that has connections to Boston. Formats: DVD. Extras: "From the Shadows: A Criminal Revealed" featurette. (Warner).
Roots: The Complete Original Series BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1977) The original broadcast of "Roots" -- which follows the inspiring story of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a West African teen who is captured and sold into slavery -- was watched by an estimated 140 million viewers total, more than half of the U.S. population, and was
the largest viewership ever attracted by any television series at the time. This release marks the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning series' 40th anniversary. Remastered in 1080p high definition from its original eight 1977 broadcast masters. Adapted from Alex Haley's best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Roots: The Complete Original Series" chronicles the expansion of Haley's own family across many generations. The eight-part series
follows the legacy of Kinte, a young, 18th century African warrior who is brought to the United States and sold into slavery. The saga follows the generations of his descendants in the United States through the Civil War and beyond, and shows the heartbreaking struggles they face trying to survive slavery and attain their freedom. The all-star cast
includes John Amos, Maya Angelou, Edward Asner, Lloyd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, LeVar Burton, Macdonald Carey, Olivia Cole, Gary Collins, Chuck Connors, Scatman Crothers, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Brad Davis, Sandy Duncan, Lynda Day George, Louis Gossett Jr., Lorne Greene, Moses Gunn, George Hamilton, Hilly Hicks, Burl Ives, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Carolyn Jones, Doug McClure, Ian McShane, Lynne Moody, Vic Morrow, Thalmus Rasulala, Robert Reed, Harry Rhodes, Richard Roundtree, Raymond St. Jacques, John Schuck, Paul Shenar, O.J. Simpson, Madge Sinclair, Beverly Todd, Cicely Tyson, Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, Ralph Waite, William Watson and Ren Woods. The series also will be available to own in Digital HD for the very
first time via purchase from digital retailers on May 16. Extras: "Roots: The American Story Continues" (new featurette): Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Blair Underwood, Debbie Allen, Tavis Smiley, Shonda Rhimes and Reverend Al Sharpton reveal how "Roots" impacted their lives and the thinking of the world; "The Cast Looks Back" (new featurette): Original cast members LeVar Burton, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr., Ben Vereen, Cicely Tyson, Ed Asner, Sandy Duncan, Georg Stanford Brown and Lynne Moody share emotional stories about the 1976 filming of "Roots," and how making the miniseries changed their lives; "Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation" featurette; "Connecting With the Past" featurette; "The Struggle to Make Roots" featurette; LeVar Burton's original screen test; Alex Haley Interview by David Frost; "Roots: One Year Later" featurette. (Warner).
The Shannara Chronicles Season One
(2016) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the lavish MTV fantasy series based on the 26-volume book series by Terry Brooks. Set thousands of years in the future, the series follows three heroes, Elf-Human hybrid Wil (Austin Butler), Elvin Princess Amberle (Poppy Drayton), and Human Rover Eretria (Ivana Baquero), as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the world. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "Meet the Characters," "Exploring New Zealand," Terry Brooks interview, "Making of the Dagda Mor." (Paramount).
A Stand Up Guy
(2016) Danny A. Abeckaser, Michael Rapaport, Jay R. Ferguson, Ethan Suplee, Bob Saget, MacKenzie Meehan. A low-level mobster who decides to take a stab at stand-up comedy while hiding out in the Witness Protection Program unwittingly catches the attention of the mob when his open-mic set goes viral. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Director's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Digitally remastered in high definition with both Nicholas Meyer's Director's Edition and the original theatrical version. Extras: New, nearly 30-minute documentary, "The Genesis Effect: Engineering The Wrath of Khan," which details the development and production of this fan-favorite film through archival footage, photos and new interviews. Also includes more than two hours of previously released special features including multiple commentaries, original interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban and DeForest Kelley, explorations of the visual effects and musical score, a tribute to Ricardo Montalban, storyboards and much more. (Paramount).
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
(2016) Pablo Schreiber, John Krasinski, Toby Stephens, James Badge Dale, Max Martini, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa. Read more about "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "For the Record: Finding the Truth Amid the Noise," "Uncovering Benghazi's Secret Soldiers," "Preparing for Battle: Behind the Scenes of 13 Hours." (Paramount.
Touched With Fire
(2016) Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Griffin Dunne, Bruce Altman, Christine Lahti. Holmes and Kirby star as two poets with bipolar disorders whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense, driving each other to new heights. They pursue their passion, which breaks outside the bounds of sanity and swings them from fantastical highs to tormented lows, until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Touched with Fire" featurette; audio commentary with writer-director Paul Dalio and producer/director of photography Kristina Nikolova, "A Conversation with Paul Dalio and Dr. Kay Jamison" featurette; deleted scene; photo gallery. (Lionsgate).
Vinyl: The Complete First Season
(2016) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes. Drama series explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business of the 1970s New York at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop. Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), the founder and president of American Century Records, is trying to save his company and soul without destroying everyone in his path. With his passion for music and discovering talent gone by the wayside, and American Century on the precipice of being sold, he has a life-altering event that reignites his love of music, but severely damages his personal life. The drama features an amazing all-star cast including Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano. Created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and acclaimed author Rich Cohen and Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy winner Terence Winter. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Making Vinyl: Recreating the 70s" featurette. "Inside the Episode" briefs, commentaries by Terence Winter, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde. (HBO).
(2015 -- Denmark) Pilou Asbaek, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim. Danish Company Commander Claus M. Pederson (Asbaek) is stationed in Afghanistan during the height of the war where he and his men are caught in heavy crossfire. A split second decision by Pederson to attack a fortified compound in the hopes of saving the lives of his men leads to him facing charges of killing local civilians. With an unparalleled focus on authenticity, the film features real-life Danish soldiers, Taliban warriors, relatives and refugees. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interview with writer-director Tobias Lindholm, along with fascinating on-the-ground reactions from U.S. military members following a screening. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2015 -- Germany) Mehdi Nebbou, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Janina Fautz. After their teenage daughter Sarah confesses to the killing of her best friend Charlie, the recently separated Paul and Christine decide to hide the crime. Their collective guilt forces the family back together, creating a web of lies and deadly intentions with no way out. Formats: DVD.(First Run Features).
When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Hero
(2016) The latest installment in the ongoing TV saga based on the work by Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series). New arrivals bring excitement, love and danger to Hope Valley. Pastor Frank has been reinstated following the revelation of his criminal past, but the arrival of his old cohorts, the Garrison Gang, are making life -- and his relationship with Abigail -- very tense. Bill Avery has his own debt to settle with Jake Garrison, and Jack intends to stay Bill's hand from killing the man. Meanwhile, Lee's foot injury brings a pretty nurse, Faith Carter from Hamilton ... and soon after, her possessive fiancé. And Jack rises to the defense of new settlers on Gowen's land when Gowen abruptly raises their rent.Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2016) Voices of Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Alan Tudyk, Idris Elba, Bonnie Hunt, Jenny Slate, J.K. Simmons, Shakira, Octavia Spencer. Buddy cop comedy about rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) set in the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of "Zootopia." Read more about "Zootopia" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Scoretopia," in which Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema's greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his music score; "Try Everything" Music Video by Shakira. Blu-ray adds "Zoology: The Roundtables" in-depth look at the movie's characters, animation, environments and more; "The Origin of an Animal Tale" feature-length documentary; "Research: A True-Life Adventure" documenting the filmmakers travels around the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia; "Z.P.D. Forensic Files": Find the movie's hidden Easter Eggs; "Deleted Characters" in which directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut; deleted scenes. (Disney).
(2013) Judd Hirsch C.S. Lee, Ryan O'Nan, Jaime Ray Newman, Caroline Lagerfelt. Hirsch stars as ex-CIA psychiatrist-turned- humanitarian Nathaniel Schellner, renowned for his work with war orphans suffering from PTSD -- several of whom he and his wife (Lagerfelt) adopted. About to succumb to cancer, Nathan welcomes the entire family -- including adoptees Harry (C.S. Lee), Julie (Jaime Ray Newman) and Tommy (Ryan O'Nan) -- back to their idyllic home for a final gathering before his death. Unfortunately, the warm reunion spirals out of control when Tommy, a tormented novelist, makes a stunning accusation that his father adopted his children not out of love but for dark experiments in mind control. Plagued by terrifying visions of secret labs, underground cells and implanted electrodes, Tommy makes a desperate bid to save his sanity by uncovering family secrets before it's too late. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, two audio commentary tracks with director Michael Z. Wechsler and composer Edmund Choi, director's Video Logs from pre-production and table reads through every shooting day and post-production. (Entertainment One).
American Girl: Lea to the Rescue
(2016) Born for adventure, Lea Clark heads deep into the Brazilian rainforest, where her most exciting story awaits. When Lea's brother, Zac, goes missing while studying the ecology in South America -- and she suspects he's fallen prey to a band of ruthless animal poachers -- Lea convinces her mom to spring into action. From the minute their plane touches down, Lea's mom wants her to stay safe in the city, but Lea is determined to save both her brother and the endangered exotic animals she loves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Born for Adventure: Meet Lea Clark," "Star Power: Meet the Cast," "Welcome to the Rainforest: A Day on Set," "The Adventure Collection: Creating Lea's Style," "How We Did It: Animatronics in the Amazon." (Universal).
Ballers: The Complete First Season
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) is a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for players in sun-soaked Miami. His inner circle includes Ricky (John David Washington, former pro-football player), a talented but volatile wide receiver who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles (Omar Miller), a reluctantly retired lineman who's finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon (Donovan Carter), a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to forget "where he came from" brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble. Though they're pros when it comes to playing the game, each one has a harder time navigating life off the field. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes looks at all 10 episodes. (HBO).
Bodyguards and Assassins
(2009 -- Hong Kong) Donnie Yen, Hanyu Zhang, Nicholas Tse. Martial arts blockbuster set in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong in 1905. The revolutionary movement has spread throughout China, but the corrupt Qing dynasty will do anything to hold onto its power. As Chinese revolutionary hero Sun Yat-Sen prepares for a historic meeting that will shape the future of the country, a motley crew of men and women are entrusted to protect him from a group of deadly assassins who will stop at nothing to kill him. Features an hour-long battle sequence. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Five behind-the-scenes featurettes, extended interviews with cast and crew, trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Eddie the Eagle
(2016) Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton, Christopher Walken, Edvin Endre. The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Read more about "Eddie the Eagle" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Let the Games Begin: Soaring With Eddie the Eagle" documentary: "All or Nothing: The Hero's Heart," "An Unlikely Friendship: Eddie & Peary," "Attitude is Altitude: Filming the Ski Jumps"; still gallery. (Fox).
(2015) Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Dolly Wells, David Sibley, Geraldine James, Hannah Chalmers. Kate and Geoff Mercer have reached their twilight years with simple comforts intact: a cozy house, afternoon teas, meals with friends, and the rewarding accomplishment of a happy, longtime life shared together. But as they prepare to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, the couple's marriage is shaken to its core when unexpected news suddenly threatens to change their lives forever. Read more about "45 Years" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IFC Films).
Get a Job
(2016) Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Brandon T. Jackson, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alison Brie, Marcia Gay Harden, Bryan Cranston. Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will and Jillian, who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends and co-workers, they start thinking out of the box -- and hatch a hilarious assault on the job market. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Video Résumé outtakes, "Where it All Began: The Cast of Get a Job" featurette on the cast's worst jobs. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Dominic Purcell, Cody Hackman, Trish Stratus, Vinnie Jones, Stephen Lang, Danny Glover. After being injured while on duty, NYPD SWAT leader David Hendrix (Purcell) is paired with bad boy celebrity Brody Walker (Hackman), on a mandatory ride-along as a requirement for his probation. The two hate each other at first but soon are forced to unite with a team of officers in a Special Forces unit to protect a police training facility that is targeted by mercenaries. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reels, "Making of Gridlocked," "Inside the Action," trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
Hello, My Name is Doris
(2016) Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Natasha Lyonne, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser. A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker. Read more about "Hello, My Name is Doris" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate opening, deleted & extended scenes, filmmaker commentary.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
(1941) A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) banker -- whose soul could use a transplant. Having inspired a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes (the first starring Warren Beatty and the second Chris Rock), Alexander Hall's effervescent "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" is comic perfection. Co-stars Evelyn Keyes, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason and John Emery. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between critic Michael Sragow and independent filmmaker Michael Schlesinger; audio interview from 1991 in which actor Elizabeth Montgomery discusses her father, actor Robert Montgomery; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" from 1942 starring Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes and James Gleason; trailer; an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
Jeepers Creepers BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) Gina Philips, Justin Long, Tom Tarantini, Jonathan Breck. On a desolate country highway, two homeward-bound teens are nearly run off the road by a maniac in a beat-up truck... and later spot him shoving what appears to be a body down a sewer pipe. But when they stop to investigate, they discover that the grisly reality at the bottom of that pipe is far worse than they could have ever suspected... and that they are now the targets of an evil far more unspeakable -- and unstoppable -- than they could have ever imagined. Extras: "Jeepers Creepers: Then and Now" featurette, commentaries, interviews, "Behind the Peepers: The Making of Jeepers Creepers," deleted and extended scenes, photo gallery, more. (Scream Factory).
Jeepers Creepers 2 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) Ray Wise, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, Jonathan Breck. When their bus is crippled on the side of a deserted road, a team of high school athletes discover an opponent they cannot defeat -- and may not survive. Staring hungrily at them through the school bus windows, the "Creeper" returns again and again. But when the teammates discover that it's selective about whom it attacks, it will test their ability to stick together -- as the insatiable menace tries to tear them apart. Extras: "Jeepers Creepers 2: Then and Now" featurettes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews, storyboards, photo gallery, more. (Scream Factory).
(1931 -- France) Jean Renoir's ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter "The Rules of the Game," displaying all of the filmmaker's visual genius and fully imbued with his profound sense of humanity. A hangdog Michel Simon cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him. Renoir's elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting and turning narrative -- a stinging commentary on class and sexual divides -- to an unforgettably ironic conclusion. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir from 1967; new interview with Renoir; new restoration of "On purge bebe" (1931), Renoir's first sound film, also starring Michel Simon and never before on Blu-ray or DVD in the U.S.; "Jean Renoir le patron: Michel Simon' (1966), a 90-minute French television program featuring a conversation between Renoir and Simon, moderated by filmmaker Jacques Rivette; an essay by film scholar and critic Ginette Vincendeau. (The Criterion Collection).
Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends
(2016) Five episodes of the series about a young girl named Blythe Baxter who moves to a downtown city in an apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop, where she soon discovers she can understand animals ... and embarks on some crazy learning adventures with the pets.
Formats: DVD. (Shout! Kids).
London Has Fallen
(2016) Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Sean O'Bryan, Charlotte Riley, Waleed F. Zuaiter. Sequel of sorts to 2013's "Olympus Has Fallen," here with London being attacked by terrorists. Read more about "London Has Fallen" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of London Has Fallen," "Guns, Knives & Explosives" delves deeper into Gerard Butler's character of Mike Banning, and the extensive training and preparation the actor needed to play a Secret Service agent. (Universal).
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2
(1960) Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting them to a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these "Diamond Guys" with three classic films from directors Buichi Saito, Ko Nakahira and Haruyasu Noguchi, who is a new discovery for the West. In Saito's "Tokyo Mighty Guy," mega star Akira Kobayashi stars as Jiro in the rambunctious tale of a chef who opens a restaurant in the busy Ginza district. His culinary skills and dashing good looks bring in the women as well as unwanted trouble, while an explosive political scandal builds around his girlfriend's business. Next, Jo Shishido ("Massacre Gun," "Retaliation"), one of the most popular Diamond Guys in the West, stars in "Danger Pays," a crime caper from Ko Nakahira about counterfeiting. When one billion yen goes AWOL, "Joe the Ace" (Shishido) spies an opportunity to get rich quick, but things soon go wrong as it turns out he isn't the only one who'll stop at nothing to get his hands on the missing cash. Finally, Shishido stars once again in Noguchi's screwball classic "Murder Unincorporated." When the mysterious "Joe of Spades" executes one of the bosses of a powerful syndicate, his colleagues, fearing for their own lives, call on the services of assassin agency Murder Unincorporated to take care of the problem. Presented on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature some of Nikkatsu's leading talent at the top of their game. Limited edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies), high definition digital transfers of all three films from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation, with original uncompressed mono audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on "Diamond Guys" Jo Shishido and Akira Kobayashi, original trailers for all three films, extensive promotional image galleries for all films, reversible sleeve featuring brand new artwork by Graham Humphreys, a booklet featuring new writing on all the films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith IV, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Voices of Robbie Daymond, Michael Gross, Enn Reitel, Andrea Becker. New CG-animated feature is a colorful family movie, bringing to life a unique tale of unlikely heroes with action, comedy, heart and even a bit of romance. When the peaceful island of the Mandarin Ducks is mistakenly invaded by the Military Mallards, a conflict flares up between the Mandarin Emperor and the Mallard Commander. Longway, the Emperor's son, and Erica, the daughter of the Mallard Commander, meet ... and before long, a friendship takes wing. While their feathered fathers fight and egg each other on, the wicked Ms. Knout is con-duck-ting a scheme to destroy the sun. The kids will have to get all their ducks in a row to battle their foe. Formats: DVD, two-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital), VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scene footage, animatics. (Shout! Factory Kids).
(2015 -- French) Lambert Wilson, Laurent Lucas, Virginie Ledoyen. Remake of the 1974 Mario Bava cult classic "Kidnapped." After their armed bank robbery goes haywire, three criminals take their hostages -- a young woman, a father, and his sick daughter -- on a berserk, blood-spattered road trip. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Making of Rabid Dogs"; interviews with the cast; effects, weapons and production design featurette; theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: Complete Season One
(1976) Two-disc set with all 16 episodes. Created by the Filmation Studio in the 1970s for CBS and follows the animated adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs' ape man. Released just in time for the July release of "Tarzan" (starring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie) in theaters. Formats: DVD: $19.98. (Warner).
10 Cloverfield Lane
(2016) Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in an underground shelter with two men who claim the outside world has been hit with a widespread chemical attack. Read more about "10 Cloverfield Lane" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams, behind-the-scenes footage. (Paramount).
Toni Braxton: The Movie Event
(2016) Lifetime tell-all based on the life of the 90s R&B superstar. Based on her memoir "Unbreak My Heart," the film follows the seven-time Grammy Award-winning R&B icon from her discovery by L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds through a very public divorce and her son's autism to her recent battle with lupus. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Under the Sun of Satan: The Films of Maurice Pialat Volume 2
(1987 -- France) Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire. Donissan (Depardieu), a mediocre seminarian, haunted by Evil and the failure of his divine mission, mortifies his body and is unable to establish any rapport with his parishioners. Until the day the abbot meets young Mouchette (Bonnaire), who has just committed a mortal sin. Based on Georges Bernanos' novel of the same name (also the source for Robert Bresson's "Diary Of A Country Priest" and "Mouchette"), the film earned director Pialat a Palme d'Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Film Collection).
Underground: Season One
(2016) 10-episode journey that follows a group of slaves striving for their freedom from the Macon plantation in 1857 Antebellum Georgia. As they plan to escape, the immense sacrifices and uncertainty of where to go and who to trust will test those who have the courage to leave and decide who has the endurance to survive. Formats: Three-disc DVD. Extras: "The Music of Underground" featurette; episode commentaries on "The Macon 7" and "Cradle" with Misha Green and Joe Pokaski; "The Journey of Underground" featurette; "The Characters of Macon" featurette; gag reel; camera test video with an introduction by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski. (Sony).
Valley of Love
(2015 -- France) In this mysterious and beautiful examination of a broken family, acclaimed actors Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu (together for the first time since they heated up the screen in 1980's "Loulou") play thinly disguised versions of themselves as a separated couple who journey to Death Valley after receiving a mysterious letter from their dead son -- in the expectation that he will appear to them at a certain place and time in the desert.Formats: DVD. Extras: Original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
The X-Files – The Event Series
(2016) Almost 14 years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of "The X-Files" is a six-episode event series from creator-executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reinhabiting their roles as iconic FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, Mulder and Scully's boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty to these investigators and accountability to his superiors. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, "The Makings of a Struggle," "Season X" In-depth behind-the-scenes look at "The Event Series," "Monsters of the Week" recap from the wildest and scariest from the original series, "The X-Files Green Production" PSA, short film "Grace" by Karen Nielsen, commentary on select episodes. (Fox).
The X-Files – The Complete Series Blu-ray Boxset
The original series plus "The Event Series" in one set. Features over 25 hours of extras, including documentaries and commentary by creator Chris Carter and the production team, as well as special effects sequences, deleted scenes and more. (Fox).
(2015) Kayla Collins, Jack Cullison, Mindy Robinson. An enterprising college student agrees to run his professor's Las Vegas car wash to avoid flunking out of school. But it's "Vegas gone wild" when he decides to staff it with gorgeous bikini-clad girls .Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
(2015) Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Gretchen Mol, K. Todd Freeman, Tim Blake Nelson, Glenn Close, Gloria Reuben. Multiple lives intersect surrounding the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. While on his way home one evening, Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston), a popular Columbia University philosophy professor, is violently attacked on the street. Flashing back one week to the beginning of a domino effect of events that led up to this seemingly senseless assault, actor-director Tim Blake Nelson traces hidden connections between an apparently disparate group of people including a self-destructive student (Stewart), a hard-drinking suburban housewife (Mol), and a desperate junkie (Freeman) forming a complex, engrossing mosaic of lost souls united by tragedy.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
The Black Jacket
(2016) Documentary follows Aquil Basheer, a former Black Panther, as he leads ex-gang members and community outreach workers through a 16-week curriculum recently adopted by the Los Angeles City Council. The mission: Peace. The method: Changing the violent mindsets of gang members one person at a time. The result: Hundreds fewer murders per year and scores of warring neighborhoods communicating and negotiating peace agreements to stop the bloodshed before it starts. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
The Brothers Grimsby
(2016) Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Scott Adkins, Gabourey Sidibe. Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), a deadly MI6 agent, to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling. Read more about "The Brothers Grimsby" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of The Brothers Grimsby," "Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes." Blu-ray adds "The Elephant in the Room" featurette, blooper reel, deleted & extended scenes. (Sony).
(2013) Wes Murphy, Bethany Ann Lind, L. Warren Young, Aaron Beelner, Phillip DeVona. When his girlfriend becomes pregnant, a lovable loser must choose to either repeat his family history, in which the men become absent as soon as a baby becomes present,change his lifestyle, ... or just go play softball. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Video).
The Crush BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1993) Cary Elwes, Alicia Silverstone, Kurtwood Smith, Jennifer Rubin. Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in in this ‘90s cult-classic, suspense thriller finally arriving on Blu-ray. A captivating tale of obsession and revenge, the film stars Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone in her breakthrough role. When Nick (Elwes) moves into a garage apartment in a picturesque suburb, his landlady's daughter (Silverstone) takes more than a passing interest in him. Her infatuation turns violent when he rejects her, and she sets out to ruin him, his work and his girlfriend. If she can't have him, no one will. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Alan Shapiro, new "The Doting Father" interview with Kurtwood Smith, new "Stung By Love" interview with actress Jennifer Rubin, theatrical trailer, TV spot. (Scream Factory).
(1973 -- France, Czechoslovakia) Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director Rene Laloux's animated marvel, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue natives (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags' oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Les escargots (1966)," an early short film by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor; "Laloux sauvage," a 2009 documentary on Laloux; "Italiques: Roland Topor Special," a 1974 French television program on Topor's work; archival interviews; trailer; an essay by critic Michael Brooke. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015 -- France) Pierre Rochefort, Louise Bourgoin, Mathias Brezot. Baptiste, a loner, is a gifted primary teacher living in the south of France who never remains in the same job for more than a term. His unremarkable appearance masks cracks, even violence. When he's left unwittingly in charge of Mathias one weekend by the child's negligent father, the boy takes Baptiste to his mother Sandra, a dazzling but fragile woman who works on the beach near Montpellier. For one enchanted day, a powerful spell unites them. But it doesn't last. Sandra owes money and her creditors are moving in, and she's forced to flee again. To help her, Baptiste must return to the roots of his life, and to the darkest, most painful secrets within him. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cohen Media Group).
(2015) Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Eddie Marsan, Hayley Atwell. The lives of a beautiful divorcee and a troubled detective intersect during the investigation of a vicious murder on the grimy, rain-soaked streets of London, sparking a tangled web of passion, intrigue and deceit. The modern film noir is told from the perspective of the intriguing woman, a key suspect in the murder case, who becomes an obsession for the detective in charge of the investigation. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Janet King, Series 1: The Enemy Within
(2016) Marta Dusseldorp stars in this new eight-part Australian legal drama as Janet King, a senior crown prosecutor. Determined to prove she still has her edge, Janet returns from maternity leave to find her workplace even more demanding than when she left. She quickly becomes involved in high-profile and controversial cases, and, as she makes connections between seemingly unrelated crimes, she unearths a scandal that could damn both the police and the judiciary -- along the way creating enemies that will threaten her career, family, and ultimately her life. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Acorn Media).
Knight of Cups
(2016) Dir.: Terrence Malick; stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palme, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Freida Pinto, Cherry Jones. A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women. Read more about "Knight of Cups" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Broad Green Pictures).
The Midnight After
(2014 -- Hong Kong) Simon Yam, Wong You Nam, Janice Man, Kara Hui, Chui Tien You, Lam Suet. In Hong Kong, a group of 16 people on a city bus emerge from a tunnel to find the entire population of the city has vanished. Based on a cult internet novel by "Mr. Pizza," the film follows the eclectic group as they seek refuge in a deserted café and discuss what they should do. Then they make a horrific discovery. An end-of-the-world satire that blends a variety of genres -- including mystery, thriller, sci-fi and comedy. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2016) Dir.: Jeff Nichols. Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard. A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers. Read more about "Midnight Special" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Five "Origins" featurettes on Roy, Sarah, Lucas, Sevier and Alton; "The Unseen World" featurette. (Warner).
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
(2016) Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Elena Kampouris, Alex Wolff, Rita Wilson, Andrea Martin, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone. A Portokalos family secret brings the characters from the first film back together for an even bigger and Greek wedding.
Read more about "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "My Big Fat Greek Dinner" making-of featurette, "Making the Greekquel" behind-the-scenes featurette, gag reel. (Universal).
Rollercoaster BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1977) George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg, Helen Hunt. Suspense yarn has a determined terrorist (Bottoms) turning America's amusement parks into battlefields. The tension mounts as affable safety inspector Harry Calder (Segal) attempts to track down the saboteur who has targeted the country's most popular rollercoasters and its riders for senseless destruction. Extras: Includes the original SENSURROUND soundtrack, new interview with associate producer-writer Tommy Cook, still gallery, radio spots, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(1993) Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Seconds", the desert noir of "Detour" and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara's "The Face of Another" and "Woman of the Dunes," "Suture" is one of great feature debuts -- by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee -- and a truly unique piece of cinema. The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father's funeral and is struck by their similarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity. After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. "Suture" went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance, where it deservedly won the award for Best Cinematography. Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee; all-new interviews with Siegel, McGehee, executive producer Steven Soderbergh, actor Dennis Haysbert, cinematographer Greg Gardiner, editor Lauren Zuckerman and production designer Kelly McGehee; deleted scenes; "Birds Past," Siegel & McGehee's first short film, about two young San Franciscans who journey to Bodega Bay along the path set by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock's classic, "The Birds"; U.S. theatrical trailer; European theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz
(2016) New animated feature has everyone's favorite cat and mouse return to the captivating Land of Oz for another exciting adventure with Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and their companions. When the Gnome King and his army surface from beneath Oz
and capture the Good Witch, the wizard turns to Tom, Jerry and Dorothy for help. He brings them back to Oz to help stop the evil monarch, who has threatened to take control of Emerald City. Formats: DVD: $19.98. (Warner).
Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech
(2016) Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder return for five brand-new adventures with their Griffin Rock friends, the Burns family. This time, they learn the valuable lesson that new technology can definitely be awesome ... but it can also be… dangerous. Formats: DVD.(Shout! Kids).
(2015 -- Norway) Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande. Nestled in Norway's Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Akerneset overlooking the village -- and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord -- it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger's warning center, geologist Kristian (Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he's about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn't right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has 10 minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2015) Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Nikki Hahn, Mallory James Mahoney, Max Gecowets, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Madison Horcher. The 100th Disney Channel Original Movie. Re-imagined tale of the popular 1980s film of the same name. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bloopers. (Disney).
Cemetery of Splendor
(2015 -- Thailand) Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school where the memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including colored light therapy, to ease the mens' troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt's cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers' enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen's path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Trailer. Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, making-of featurette, short film: "Mekong Hotel." (Strand Releasing).
Clouds of Sils Maria
(2014 -- France, Germany, Switzerland) This multilayered, immensely entertaining drama from the great contemporary French director Olivier Assayas is a singular look at the intersection of high art and popular culture. The always extraordinary Juliette Binoche is stirring as Maria, a stage and screen icon who is being courted to star in a new production of the play that made her famous -- only this time she must assume the role of the older woman. Kristen Stewart matches her punch for punch as her beleaguered assistant, called upon to provide support both professional and emotional for her mercurial boss. And Chloë Grace Moretz is Maria's arrogant new castmate, a starlet waiting in the wings. An amorphous, soul-searching tale, filled with ethereal images of its Swiss Alps setting, "Clouds of Sils Maria" brilliantly dramatizes one woman's reckoning with herself and the world. New 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with director Olivier Assayas and actors Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart; "Cloud Phenomena of Maloja," a silent 1924 documentary by Arnold Fanck that is seen in the film; trailer; an essay by critic Molly Haskell. (The Criterion Collection).
Detective Montalbano: Episodes 27 & 28
(2016) Murder, betrayal, office politics, temptation are all in a day's work for Detective Salvo Montalbano who, with intuition and a cadre of police officers, solves crimes in the fictional small city of Vigata. The work brings him across the paths of unforgettable characters who could only come from Sicily; he also wages a personal war with his own demons, which fight against his professional ideals and personal commitment to beautiful long-distance girlfriend, Livia. Yet there's always time to indulge a long-standing flirtation with his ultimate temptress, Italian cuisine. Three-disc set with two feature-length episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Montalbano and Me: Andrea Camilleri" documentary about the life and work of Montalbano's creator. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
(1964) Stanley Kubrick's painfully funny take on Cold War anxiety is without a doubt one of the fiercest satires of human folly ever to come out of Hollywood. The matchless shape-shifter Peter Sellers plays three wildly different roles: Air Force Captain Lionel Mandrake, timidly trying to stop a nuclear attack on the USSR ordered by an unbalanced general (Sterling Hayden); the ineffectual and perpetually dumbfounded President Merkin Muffley, who must deliver the very bad news to the Soviet premier; and the titular Strangelove himself, a wheelchair-bound presidential adviser with a Nazi past. Finding improbable hilarity in nearly every unimaginable scenario, "Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" is a genuinely subversive masterpiece that officially announced Kubrick as an unparalleled stylist and pitch-black ironist. Co-stars George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones, Tracy Reed. Restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack; new interviews with Stanley Kubrick scholars Mick Broderick and Rodney Hill, archivist Richard Daniels, cinematographer and camera innovator Joe Dunton, camera operator Kelvin Pike,and David George, son of Peter George, on whose novel "Red Alert" the film is based; excerpts from a 1965 audio interview with Kubrick, conducted by Jeremy Bernstein; four short documentaries from 2000, about the making of the film, the sociopolitical climate of the period, the work of actor Peter Sellers, and the artistry of Kubrick; interviews from 1963 with Sellers and actor George C. Scott; excerpt from a 1980 interview with Sellers from NBC's "Today" show; trailer; an essay by scholar David Bromwich and a 1962 article by screenwriter Terry Southern on the making of the film. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Documentary explores the lives of the actors and extras behind one of the most celebrated science fiction films in cinematic history, "Star Wars." From the man behind film's most iconic villain, to the actor whose character was completely cut from the final film, the documentary delves into the eccentric community these individuals have formed and how the "Star Wars" franchise -- which spans five decades -- continues to impact their lives decades later. Many of the minor characters were merely part of the set design, but eventually gained recognition as the "Star Wars" universe expanded into books, comics, etc. Fans learned the history of masked characters like Boba Fett and Greedo, but the sci-fi blockbuster also had a lasting impact on the people inside the costumes. Not all of the interviewees had minor roles in the series however. For example, David Prowse, whose six-foot-eight bulk filled out Darth Vader's suit and provided the menacing movements of film's most iconic villain, wouldn't be recognized on the street by all but the most ardent "Star Wars" fans. In the final cut of the movie, his face and voice were replaced by Sebastian Shaw and James Earl Jones, respectively. Others got to work on what would become the biggest movie of all time, but saw their characters cut entirely from the finished film. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment). Watch the trailer.
Eye in the Sky
(2016) Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Iain Glen, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Phoebe Fox. Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of a drone assassination operation in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. Read more about "Eye in the Sky" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Perspective" featurette in which Helen Mirren, director Gavin Hood and producer Colin Firth explain how the film serves as a mechanism for discussion on the moral conflict surrounding drone warfare; "Morals" featurette in which Mirren, Hood, and producer Colin Firth discuss the moral and ethical questions raised in the film. (Universal).
(2015 -- France/Germany/Netherlands) Presents a portrait of the real-life events that saved Paris's Louvre Museum during the Nazi Occupation in World War II, while also offering a powerfully relevant mediation on art, power, history and virtue — and humankind's place among them. It's both an historical documentary and a stylized drama — a work that takes the form of an extended cinematic essay as it blends fictionalized re-enactments of past events with excursions into scholarship and fantasy. Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum's history and artworks, acclaimed Russian director Alexander Sokurov ("Russian Ark," "Alexandra") applies his uniquely personal vision to staged re-enactments and archival research for a fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing), director of the Louvre in the 1930s and 40s, and Count Franz Wolff-Metternich (Benjamin Utzerath), Hitler's designated connoisseur and conservator of French art. Though many of the Louvre's great paintings had been hidden in chateaus in the countryside, Jaujard and Wolff-Metternich — enemies and then collaborators — worked to keep the museum open during the occupation and to protect its collection. The negotiations between Jaujard and Wolff-Metternich are interspersed with both Sokurov's reflections on art and history and a twilight tour of the museum's galleries. The guides on the tour are Marianne (Johanna Korthals), the symbol of liberty, equality and fraternity in Republican France, and Napoleon Bonaparte (Vincent Nemeth), the embodiment of the nation's imperial ambitions. Together, they represent the notion of French universalism while proposing that the Louvre is a living example of civilization. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Two featurettes, press conference with filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, booklet. (Music Box Films).
Gorilla Bathes at Noon
(1993 -- Germany) Dir.: Dusan Makavajev. Stars: Svetozar Cvetkovic, Anita Mancic, Alexandra Rohmig, Andreas Lucius. Set in Berlin, the film follows the wanderings of a Russian army officer left behind by his unit, after the collapse of The Wall. With nowhere to stay and nothing to do, he wanders around town in his major's uniform, scrounging food and making acquaintances along the way. Writer-director Dusan Makavejev ("Sweet Movie," "WR: Mysteries of the Organism," "Montenegro," "The Coca-Cola Kid") interweaves surreal vignettes with documentary scenes to whimsy effect. Makavejev began work on "Gorilla Bathes at Noon" in October 1991 as a response to East German communist leader Erich Honecker's claim that The Berlin Wall would stay as it is for 50 or even a hundred years. Ultimately, "Gorilla Bathes at Noon" examines the Soviet Union's collapse through the absurd misadventures of this Russian soldier. Unconventional, brilliant and playful, the film won the Critic's Prize at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival. The Serbian filmmaker, who rose to cinematic fame in Communist Yugoslavia in the sixties and early seventies, believed in breaking all the rules. Through collage and juxtaposition, Buñuelian absurdity and sexual confrontation, Makavejev freed narrative cinema from all oppressive norms. Influenced as much by Mickey Mouse cartoons and Laurel and Hardy as he was by Russian silent films and 1930s British documentaries, Makavejev constructed unpredictable, genre-defying works that opposed the bureaucracy and dogmatic teachings of the socialist state. "Man Is Not a Bird" (1965), his startling debut, sets a fictional character drama in a real mining complex, and is filmed with gritty realism. His subsequent films are fiction-documentary hybrids as well, and include" Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator" (1967); the whimsical found-footage farce "Innocence Unprotected" (1968); and the astonishing "WR: Mysteries of the Organism" (1971), his international breakthrough, which ultimately resulted in his indictment for being a "dissident Marxist" and his 1973 exile from his home country.Formats: DVD. (Facets).
Kung Fu Panda 3
(2016) Voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Bryan Cranston, Rebel Wilson, J.K. Simmons, Kate Hudson, Wayne Knight. Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness," Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home. Read more about "Kung Fu Panda 3" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Everybody Loves a Panda Party" sing-along with Po and the entire cast; "Po's Posters of Awesomeness"; "Panda Paws" exclusive animated tale with talented panda ribbon dancer Mei Mei starring with Bao; "Make a Panda Party Paper Pal" using the mystic art of paper folding; "Play Like a Panda" featurette about real baby pandas, their amazing lives, and their remarkable playful ways; The Origin of Skadoosh" in which Po reveals the extra-super-secret origin of his world-famous catchphrase; "Faux Paws Deleted Scenes." (DreamWorks/Fox).
LEGO Friends: Always Together
(2016) Three 22-minute episodes of the popular Disney Channel series follow best friends Andrea, Stephanie, Olivia, Emma and Mia through a diverse array of expeditions in their hometown of Heartlake City. From entering a talent contest, to going camping -- and even assisting in running a hotel -- the girls combine their eclectic skill sets and unique interests to seize the day. In each adventure, they're faced with adversity but quickly learn that anything is possible when you work together. Formats: DVD: $9.97. (Warner).
Margarita With a Straw
(2014 -- India) Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, William Moseley, Hussain Dalal. Indian writer-director Shonali Bose (director of the internationally renowned film "Amu") beautifully portrays the story of a luminous Indian teenager with cerebral palsy who leaves her homeland to study in New York, falls in love with a young blind woman, and begins a remarkable journey to self-discovery and independence. Bose was inspired to write this humane story by her cousin's experience with cerebral palsy.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
(2016) Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani, Mark-Paul Gosselaar. After a botched heist, thieves and ex-lovers Jack and Karen (Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Claire Forlani) are targeted by Eddie (Bruce Willis), a murderous crime boss. To escape with their lives, Jack and Karen must steal a cargo of precious gems. But when that job goes down, allegiances are betrayed and lines are crossed as Jack, Karen, and Eddie face off in a fateful showdown. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of Precious Cargo" featurette, cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
(2015 -- Iceland) Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson,Charlotte Bøving. In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them -- their sheep. In a secluded valley, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country's best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi's sheep, the entire valley comes under threat, and when the authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak, each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
(2016) The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary. Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen's seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the Father of Stop Motion Animation and films such as "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," "It Came from Beneath the Sea," "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "Mysterious Island," "Jason and the Argonauts" and "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" -- the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Bake; 12 interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park and more; "A message to Ray"; deleted scenes; "On the set of Sinbad"; Paris Cinematheque Q&A; London Gate Theater Q&A; commentary with the filmmakers; original trailer;
Ray Harryhausen trailer Reel. (Arrow Video US/MVD Entertainment Group).
Return of the Killer Tomatoes
(1988) The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they're going to have to contend with late 80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet. Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, professor Gangreen -- played with gusto by John Astin from TV's "The Addams Family" -- sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men). Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the "Killer Tomatoes," "Return of the Killer Tomatoes" came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello, new interview with star Anthony Starke, original theatrical trailer, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin, fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Two Guys and a Girl: The Complete Series
(1998-2001) Eleven-disc set with all 81 episodes from the four seasons of the series about three twentysomethings who share a Boston apartment and hang around (and work) at a pizza place. Welcome to Beacon Street Pizza, the perfect workplace and hangout for the aimless wise guy Berg (Ryan Reynolds), the neurotic Pete (Richard Ruccolo) and the campus beauty Sharon (Traylor Howard). Together, these three best friends navigate life and love in Boston. Also stars Nathan Fillion, Jennifer Westfeldt, Suzanne Crye, Jillian Bach. Includes the series' alternate finale. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Vera, Set 6
(2015) Award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn stars as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in this fan-favorite mystery series inspired by the novels of Ann Cleeves. Amidst the sweeping landscapes of rural Northumberland, Vera and her assistant, Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty), confront brutal crimes that challenge even Vera's genius for solving cases. This season Vera and Aiden investigate the deaths of a woman found on the moors, a young man who worked at a traveling fairground, a fisherman pulled from the sea, and a mysterious double murder. Four episodes. Formats: Four-disc DVD. (Accrn Media).
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
(2016) Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina. Black comedy adaptation of Barker's memoir "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," which details her years as a reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan beginning in 2002. Read more about "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "All In: The Making of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"; "War Reporter: The Real Kim"; "Embedded in Reality" featurette on how the military played a pivotal role in bringing the movie to life; "Wedding Party" featurette on the rich Afghan culture and the joyous wedding celebration from the film; "Laughing Matters" featurette on how the characters relied on drinking, partying and other vices to cope with the constant threat of danger; deleted scenes; extended scene. (Paramount).
The Young Montalbano: Episodes 7-9 and The Young Montalbano: Episodes 10-12
(2015) Prequel series to "Detective Montalbano," featuring the genesis of the friendships, the rivalries and the romances set in the beautiful Sicilian town of Vigata. Formats: DVD. Each three-disc set contains three episodes. (MHz Home Entertainment).
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