A La Mala
(2015 -- Mexico) Aislinn Derbez, Mauricio Ochmann, Luis Arrieta, Aurora Papile. The biggest Spanish-language movie of the year. After beautiful struggling actress Mala (Aislinn Derbez) is hired to flirt with -- and then dump -- a producer's handsome ex, she discovers that her acting skills may not be enough to save her from falling in love.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Alpha and Omega: Family Vacation
(2015) Kate and Humphrey take their pups on their first family vacation and the wolves are ready for a relaxing getaway to Alfred Creek Falls -- until they discover trappers on their trail. To outwit the trappers and get to safety, Kate and Humphrey will need the help of a wild and wonderful group of animal friends in this unforgettable story of family togetherness.
$14.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2013) Brad Dourif, Jason London, Ray Park, Kevin Sorbo. Inside a mysterious black box lies the secret to one's desires. As the black box changes hands, each new owner must resist what he or she covets most or prepare to defend their salacious greed against an immortal assassin.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Black & White: The Dawn of Assault
(2012 -- Taiwan) Mark Chao, Ken Lin, Huang Bo, Angelababy. A big-screen prequel to the popular television series from Taiwan, "The Dawn of Assault" puts its own spin on the classic buddy cop formula with this outrageous actioner filled to the brim with over-the-top stunts, government conspiracies, and weapons of mass destruction. Suspended detective Wu finds himself back in the thick of things when he crosses paths with Triad member Xu, who’s looking to unload a stash of hot diamonds. When Xu’s deal turns into a shoot-out and the diamonds go missing, the cop and the criminal reluctantly join forces to retrieve them. Before long they find themselves not only to be the hunters, but the hunted as their mission escalates into something bigger and more dangerous than they'd ever expected. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of Black & White: The Dawn of Assault," trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Blast From the Past BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999) Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek, Dave Foley. Extras: Trailer. (Warner).
The Casual Vacancy
(2015) Three-part HBO miniseries based on the bestselling novel by J.K. Rowling. The show centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is a town at war. The rich at war with the poor, children at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Stars Michael Gambon, Julia McKenzie, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Rufus Jones, Emily Bevan, Simon McBurney, Monica Dolan, Abigail Lawrie.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "An Introduction to The Casual Vacancy," "Adapting The Casual Vacancy," "Casting The Casual Vacancy." (Warner).
(2015) Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel. A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Read more about "Child 44" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Reflections of History" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2005, 2015) "The Comeback", which premiered in 2005, was a 13-episode half-hour comedy series starring Lisa Kudrow, and created/executive produced by Michael Patrick King ("Sex and the City") and Kudrow, and executive produced by John Melfi ("Sex and the City") and Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal). Nine years after its debut, "The Comeback" returns as a six-episode limited series, with Lisa Kudrow reprising her Emmy-nominated role as Valerie Cherish. Kudrow stars once again as the embattled one-time TV "It Girl" Valerie Cherish: It's now 10 years later and Valerie has hired a student film crew to shoot footage she hopes will get the attention of Bravo, and put her back on the map. The new episodes of this "very meta" comedy series feature much of the original cast as well as celebrity guests (playing themselves: Seth Rogen, Sean Hayes, Conan O'Brien, Andy Cohen, Chelsea handler and others). This four-disc set features all 21 episodes from both seasons. Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: New deleted scenes and commentaries as well as the "Valerie Backstage at Dancing With the Stars" featurette and all of the commentaries from the Season 1 DVD release. (HBO).
The Dead Lands
(2014 -- New Zerland) James Rolleston, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Lawrence Makoare. Hongi (Rolleston) -- a Maori chieftain's teenage son -- must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa, Hongi's only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious "Warrior," a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Making of The Dead Lands," "Exploring the Dead Lands: Creating a Traditional Maori World," theatrical premeire Q&A. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
(2015) Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer. The second film in the "Divergent" franchise raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago.
Read more about "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Do You Believe?
(2015) Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Delroy Lindo, Andrea Logan White, Cybill Shepherd, Lee Majors, Ted McGinley, Brian Bosworth. When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action.
Read more about "Do You Believe?" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Pure Flix Ent).
(2010 -- Spain) From legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura comes this celebration of life, love, passion and, of course, dance. A sequel to his film "Flamenco" from 1995, "Flamenco, Flamenco" offers an impassioned collection of songs and dances, compiling 21 dazzling performances from an ensemble of gifted Spanish musicians, singers, and dancers. Much more than a dance documentary or musical story involving flamenco, "Flamenco, Flamenco" maintains two unique narrative elements to support its presentation. The first, a life journey, uses different styles of flamenco over the course of the film to present a cycle of birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, death and, finally, rebirth. The second element is light, which is interwoven with the first element, as the film progresses through a range of choreographed colors. The result is a sizzling concoction of flamenco-saturated light and life, all captured by Saura's master cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, a three-time Academy Award winner for his work on "Apocalypse Now," "Reds" and "The Last Emperor." Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes and an interview with the director. (Music Box Films).
Free Willy BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1993) Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Jayne Atkinson, August Schellenberg, Michael Madse, Michael Ironside. Extras: Michael Jackson "Will You Be There? music video, "Whale Ballet," trailers. (Warner)
I Love Lucy: The Ultimate Season Two BLU-RAY
(1952-53) Five-disc set with all 31 episodes of the series' second season in night-of-broadcast form with sponsor openings and closings that had originally aired from September 1952 to June 1953. Viewers also have the option of watching the program with the more traditional "heart" openings and closings without commercial interruptions. A highlight to the second season collection is the famous "Job Switching" episode, with the iconic scene of Lucy and Ethel scrambling to contain a chocolate factory conveyor belt. Viewers can experience the classic episode in multiple ways: the original black-and-white broadcast form with option for audio commentary, as well as the newly colorized version, which first aired on CBS December 7, 2014, and even in its rarely seen French-Canadian version, including unique opening and closing graphics and French-Canadian audio track. The collection also includes the groundbreaking "pregnancy episodes," including the touching moment at the Tropicana when Lucy breaks the news to Ricky that they are going to have a baby, and when "Lucy Goes to the Hospital," in which Lucy gives birth to their son. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "I Love Lucy: The Movie, comprised of three season-one episodes edited together with additional interstitial material to form a seamless storyline; scenes from "Stars in the Eye," a CBS special from November 1952, featuring the "I Love Lucy" cast; an "I Love Lucy" comedy sketch originally presented on "The Red Show" in May 1953; select episode galleries; guest cast profiles; production notes,; radio broadcasts; much more. (CBS/Paramount).
(2014) Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Colleen McGrann, Christopher Parker. When the teenaged daughter of a religious family transforms from straight-A student into heroin addict, her parents agree to allow a reality TV show crew to stage an intervention and document her recovery. But what they don't know is that she has been taking drugs to deal with the unnatural, evil feelings that have been growing inside of her. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Innerspace BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy. Extras: Commentary with director Joe Dante, filmmakers; trailer. (Warner).
Into the Grizzly Maze
(2014) James Marsden, Thomas Jane, Piper Perabo, Billy Bob Thornton, Scott Glenn, Bart the Bear. After a relentless grizzly starts to wreak havoc on a small town, the sheriff heads into the forest to find his ecologist wife but instead crosses paths with his estranged, ex-con brother. They soon find themselves on the run from the massive killer bear. The hunted become the hunter in this thriller about the power of nature and the smell of blood.
Formats: DVD. (Sony.
Lake Placid vs. Anaconda
(2015) Yancy Butler, Corin Nemec, Robert Englund. The killer crocs from "Lake Placid" and giant snakes from "Anaconda" clash in this all-new creature feature. Anacondas large enough to crush an SUV. Crocodiles strong enough to leap onto speedboats. When they're not hunting for human prey, they're more than willing to take on each other. Get ready for a non-stop bloodbath in this battle between mutated crocodiles and genetically engineered anacondas. Packed with hot sorority girls, big guns, and jaws massive enough to swallow a human in one bite, this is one screaming good time. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
A Little Chaos
(2015) Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory. Against all odds, an impoverished widow makes her mark in the glittering court of King Louis XIV of France. Winslet plays Sabine de Barra, a strong-willed and talented landscape designer who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at the new palace at Versailles in the court of King Louis XIV (Rickman). In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape artist, Andre Le Notre (Schoenaerts). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
(2015) Gregg Bello, Doug Bilitch, Bakari Bolden. A down-and-out ex-golf pro is enlisted to coach the “Little Loopers” and with a boost of confidence from the kids, he not only guides them all the way to the championship tournament, he manages to pull himself back together, ultimately making it back onto the pro-tour and winning the heart of the lovely club director to boot. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Looney Tunes Rabbits Run
(2015) New, original animated film has New York City cabbie Bugs Bunny getting embroiled in a scheme surrounding the invention of a highly-sought after invisibility spray, taking him on a mad-cap adventure throughout New York and to Paris. Joining Bugs is a lineup of favorite Looney Tunes characters including Speedy Gonzalez, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and many others. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Warner).
(2015) Mia Wasikowska, Laura Carmichael, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans. Set in Normandy, France, Madame Bovary is Gustave Flaubert's classic story of Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries small-town doctor, Charles Bovary (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), to leave her father's pig farm far behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband and mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside the bonds of marriage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Alchemy).
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete First Season
(1964-65) Ten-disc set with 29 remastered episodes, $24.98. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has captured the hearts of its viewers since its premiere in 1964. This critically-acclaimed series was the first successful spy show on American television and one of the first series to become an international phenomenon. In this hit spoof of the spy genre, actors Robert Vaughn and David McCallum play top agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin who use their charm, wit, and a never-ending assortment of gadgets to defend the world from evil, chaos and bad taste (U.N.C.L.E. stands for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). The successful series also stars Leo G. Carroll as Alexander Waverly and features guest stars such as William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Kurt Russell, Ricardo Montalban and longtime comedy favorite Ken Murray. From trying to save the world from fear gas to trying to save themselves from a pack of bloodthirsty cheetahs, these serious spies bring the suspense and fun to life. You may even forget it's in black and white. This set is timed for the August 14 theatrical release of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant and Alicia Vikander. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Night and the City
(1950) Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler. But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, bottomless graft, and pummeled flesh -- and Fabian soon learns the horrible price of his ambition. Luminously shot in the streets of London while Hollywood blacklisters back home were closing in on director Jules Dassin, "Night and the City," also starring Gene Tierney, is film noir of the first order, and one of Dassin's crowning achievements. In a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Alternate presentation of the 101-minute British version of the film, audio commentary from 2005 with film scholar Glenn Erickson, interview with director Jules Dassin from 2005, excerpts from a 1972 television interview with Dassin, comparison of the scores for the British and American versions of the film, trailer, an essay by film scholar Paul Arthur. (The Criterion Collection).
Orphan Black: Season Three
(2015) "Orphan Black" follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. After witnessing a woman's suicide, Sarah assumes the stranger's identity - who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth - she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there - genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. With no idea who created the clones, she'll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one. In the 10-episode Season Three, after neutralizing the threat by the DYAD Institute and the ruthless clone Rachel, Project Leda clones Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena are finally all united in their journey towards the truth of who and what they are. But new discoveries that include Helena's kidnapping, a book that could contain the answers to their existence, and the most shocking discovery of them all -- a set of treacherous militaristic male clones with an unknown agenda -- will test how tight their new bonds are. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $29.98, two-disc Blu-ray Disc: $34.98. Extras: "Creating the Castor Clones," a glimpse of a day in the life of actor Ari Millen, and the origins of the male clones; "The Rendition Camp: Behind the Walls," a tour around the elaborate rendition camp soundstage led by co-creator John Fawcett, cinematographer Aaron Morton and VFX supervisor Geoff Scott; "Dissecting the Scenes," the cast and crew of "Orphan Black" pull back the curtain to reveal the magic of creating Season Three's four-clone scenes; "The Look of Orphan Black," cinematographer Aaron Morton and director John Fawcett describe how they devised the distinctive look of "Orphan Black" and how it's developed over the last three seasons; "Team Hendrix: Rockin' the Suburbs," Tatiana Maslany and Kristian Bruun dig into the strange appeal of the annual Alison/Donnie episodes; blooper reel featuring outtakes from the season. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip
(2015) Airing on Nick Jr., Peppa is a loveable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa s favorite things include playing games, dressing up, days out and jumping in muddy puddles. Her adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter. Ten episodes including the title episode, in which Madame Gazelle takes Peppa and her friends on a field trip to the mountains, where there's a fantastic view, Peppa and her friends have fun hearing echoes, have a picnic, and sing their favorite songs on the bus ride home. Includes a Scholastic Mini Book. Formats: DVD: $19.98. (Entertainment One).
(2014) Luke Kleintank, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Sebastian Roche, Jordan Dunn, Tobin Bell, Rebecca Romijn, Gbenga Akinnagbe. Warren Emerson, once a master Shakespearean actor, is now a gambling drunk. Puck-like Samuel enchants crowds of passersby by reciting the Shakespeare monologues his father Warren all but beat into him, while his brother Beckett, a master pickpocket, makes his way through the unsuspecting crowd. When Warren gets in deep with a loan shark, his sons need to find a way to escape, and like Samuel's beloved, Phantom Halo, they must break free from the mud that traps them. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
(2014) Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Douglas Henshall, Jonathan Pryce. When he lays waste to the scoundrels who killed his wife and son, a Danish ex-soldier incurs the wrath of a sadistic gang leader hell-bent on hunting him down. Jon (Mikkelsen), a former Danish soldier who survived the 1864 war against Prussia and Austria, has moved to America's frontier to start a peaceful new life. It's now 1871 and Jon and his brother Peter (Persbrandt) welcome Jon's wife and son to the New World. Unfortunately, things go very badly, and Jon winds up doing battle with Delarue (Morgan), a brutal strongman who has the whole town in his pocket. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films/MPI Media Group).
Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show: Season 3
(1957-58) Five-disc set with 37 episodes, $34.93. Season 3 finds the lovable and crafty Sgt. Bilko continuing to work a seemingly never-ending string of get-rich-quick schemes out of the Fort Baxter motor pool and under the nose of his beleaguered superior, Colonel Hall (Paul Ford). Co-starring Harvey Lembeck and Allan Melvin, and featuring guest appearances by future television legends such as Dick Van Dyke and Alan Alda, "Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show: Season 3" represents some of the finest comedy of television’s golden age. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal
(2015 -- China) Bei-Er Bao, Winston Chao, Kun Chen. Depicts legendary hero Zhong Kui, a fabled warrior with mysterious powers, who is forced to conquer the realms of Heaven and Hell to save his people and the woman he loves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making of featurette, trailer. (Well Go USA).
Strike Back: Cinemax Season 3
(2013) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of Cinemax's first scripted primetime drama series. A high-octane, globe-spanning thriller, "Strike Back" focuses on two members of Section 20, a secret British anti-terrorist organization: Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), a consummate British soldier still struggling to overcome tragedy in his life, and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), a disgraced U.S. Delta Force operative who has found redemption with S- 20. In Season 3, the series has a true global canvas, opening in Colombia - with parallel missions in Beirut, Budapest, Russia, and Germany -- and following a trail of drug money that is funding terrorists in the Middle East. A continuation of the six-episode series that aired on Sky TV in the UK in 2010. Formats: DVD: $29.98, Blu-ray Disc: $39.98, Digital. Extras: Nine "How to Strike Back" featurettes, three commentaries. (HBO).
Toolbox Murders 2
(2015) Chauntal Lewis, Bruce Dern, Brian Krause, Clifton Powell, Chris Doyle, Ethan Phillips. Follow-up to the 2004 Tobe Hooper-directed slasher. Hollywood is turned upside down by a series of strange and horrific murders creating chaos and turmoil in tinsel town. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2015) James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones. After journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) is fired from The New York Times for embellishing a story, he learns that accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) has been claiming to be him. Hoping this story will save his career, Finkel begins interviewing Longo in prison. But soon, the men find themselves in an eerie game of cat and mouse. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, Mike Finkel featurette, "Who is Christian Longo?" "The Truth Behind True Story," "The Making of True Story," commentary by director Rupert Goold, gallery. (Fox).
When Calls the Heart: Heart of the Family
(2015 -- TV) Latest episode in the nostalgic Hallmark series about Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family who migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west. The love story blooming in Hope Valley continues. Elizabeth returns in time for the school semester to begin and immediately volunteers to look after a neighbor's rural homestead ... and his two children, an undertaking which proves to be a bigger chore than she'd imagined. But when Jack lends a hand, and they wind up chatting by the fire, all seems right in Hope Valley and the world. Meanwhile, in Hamilton, Bill Avery sets about busting a counterfeiting ring wide open, an endeavor which surprisingly leads him to Hope Valley, where he mysteriously declines Jack's help. But Bill isn't the only big-town visitor: Elizabeth is even more surprised to see her former suitor, Charles Kensington, standing right in the middle of her schoolhouse. Formats: DVD: $14.93. (Shout! Factory.
When the Checks Stop Coming In
(2014) A candid investigation into the lives of black celebrities as they fall from fame and fortune to poverty. It's the life of a celebrity: One minute you're singing to an audience of thousands, playing to an arena of screaming fans, or performing on television for millions of viewers. The accolades are coming fast and furious and the money is pouring in. You think that the dream that you're living is never going to end, but then you wake up one day and all your money and your livelihood is gone. Your worst nightmare has come true and you're broke, the groupies are gone and the lifestyle has dried up. A look behind the curtain to explore how even the most seasoned and celebrated celebrities have lost it all -- due to lavish lifestyles, poor financial management, child support, tax evasion -- including Toni Braxton, Antione Walker, TLC, Wesley Snipes, Allen Iverson, MC Hammer, Dennis Rodman. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The White Storm
(2013 -- Hong Kong) Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Sean Lau. Three lifelong friends working in the Hong Kong Police Department's Narcotics Bureau get caught up in a case with Southeast Asia's most powerful drug lord. When the sting operation fails, they are forced to make a devastating decision -- two can live but one must die. Five years later, the two remaining men vow revenge for their fallen friend, but then they end up competing against each other for their own lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Wyrmood: Road of the Dead
(2014) Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie. In the aftermath of a comet breaking up over Earth, most of the planet's population quickly succumbs to a strange disease which turns them into "zombies." Few survive, and those who do, quickly discover all existing fuel sources have been rendered useless by the plague. Trapped in a wilderness teeming with the living dead, one of the survivors, Barry, has lost everything except his sister, Brooke. But Brooke is kidnapped by a gang of paramilitary thugs and dragged off to a terrifying medical lab run by a psychotic "doctor" who is performing deranged experiments on plague survivors. As Brooke struggles to devise an escape plan, she realizes that the doctor's experiments have given her strange powers over his zombie captives. Unaware of his sister's new powers, Barry teams up with fellow survivors to rescue her and protect what family he has left. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,. Extras: Audio commentary with writers the Roache-Turner brothers, "The Wyrmdiaries: Behind the Scenes of Wyrmwood" featurette, "Crowdfunding Videos: Wyrmwood Production Pitch," deleted scenes, seven minute teaser scene, storyboards by director Kiah Roache-Turner, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2015) Hailee Steinfeld, Thomas Mann, Sophie Turner, Dove Cameron, Jessica Alba. A teenage special-ops agent (Steinfeld) yearning for a "normal" adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls as a student in a typical American high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of being a teenager can be more difficult than international espionage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, audio commentary with director Kyle Newman and actors Dove Cameron and Thomas Mann, "Back to School: On the Set of Barely Lethal" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Dig: Season One
(2014) International conspiracies come to the fore in this 10-episode global thriller series featuring Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche. When FBI agent Peter Connelly (Isaacs) investigates the murder of a beautiful American woman in Jerusalem, he soon discovers that the holiest city on earth hides an unholy secret. Now, in a race against time, Peter must stop the schemes that threaten to bring about an ancient prophecy and change the course of humanity. From the executive producers of "Homeland" and "Heroes." Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate pilot episode with four new scenes, deleted scenes, "Dig: Unearthing the Mystery" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Universal).
Eclipse 43: Agnes Varda in California
The legendary French filmmaker Agnes Varda ("Cleo from 5 to 7"), whose remarkable career began in the 1950s and has continued into the 21st century, produced some of her most provocative works while living on the West Coast of the United States. After temporarily relocating from France to California in the late 60s with her husband, Jacques Demy, so that he could make his first Hollywood film, Varda became entranced by the politics, youth culture, and sunshine of the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, and created documentary explorations and fictional narratives -- sometimes within the same film. She returned a decade later, and made more fascinating portraits of outsiderness. Her five revealing, entertaining California films, encompassing shorts and features, are collected in this set, which demonstrates that Varda was as deft an artist in unfamiliar terrain as she was on her own turf. Three-DVD box set includes:
"Uncle Yanco" (1967) and "Black Panthers" (1968): Varda's first California films were two short documentaries made in the San Francisco Bay Area, one personal, the other political. In "Uncle Yanco" (22 minutes), Varda tracks down a Greek emigrant relative she's never met in Sausalito. In "Black Panthers" (29 minutes) she turns her camera on an Oakland demonstration protesting the imprisonment of activist and Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton. These films chart a course from the delightful to the urgent, each in its own way revealing Varda's curious, empathetic nature.
"Lions Love ( . . . and Lies)" (1969): Varda goes to Los Angeles, taking New York counterculture with her. In a rented house in the sun-soaked Hollywood hills, a woman and two men -- Viva, of Warhol Factory fame, and James Rado and Gerome Ragni, who created and starred in the rock musical "Hair"-- delight in each others' bodies while musing on love, stardom, and politics. They are soon joined by underground director Shirley Clarke, playing herself as well as functioning as a surrogate for Varda. "Lions Love (. . . and Lies)" (112 minutes) is a metacinematic inquiry into the alternating currents of whimsy and tragedy that typified late sixties America.
"Mur Murs" (1980) and "Documenteur" (1981): After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Varda created two films, different in form and tone yet complexly interwoven. "Mur Murs" (82 minutes) is a kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city; "Documenteur" (65 minutes) is a small-scale fiction about a divorced mother and her child (played by Varda's own son) living a quiet existence on L.A.'s margins. Taken together, these films, with their overlapping images and ideas, sketch a portrait of a metropolis at once sprawling and isolating, bursting with life and haunted by loneliness. (The Criterion Collection).
The French Lieutenant's Woman
(1981) An astounding array of talent came together for the big-screen adaptation of John Fowles's novel "The French Lieutenant's Woman," a postmodern masterpiece that had been considered unfilmable. With an ingenious script by the Nobel Prize–winning playwright Harold Pinter, British New Wave trailblazer Karel Reisz transforms Fowles's tale of scandalous romance into an arresting, hugely entertaining movie about cinema. In Pinter's reimagining, Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep star in parallel narratives, as a Victorian-era gentleman and the social outcast he risks everything to love, and as the contemporary actors cast in those roles and immersed in their own forbidden affair. "The French Lieutenant's Woman," shot by the consummate cinematographer Freddie Francis and scored by the venerated composer and conductor Carl Davis, is a beguiling, intellectually nimble feat of filmmaking, starring a pair of legendary actors in early leading roles. In a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New introduction by film scholar Ian Christie; new interviews with actors Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, editor John Bloom, and composer Carl Davis; episode of "The South Bank Show" from 1981 featuring director Karel Reisz, novelist John Fowles, and screenwriter Harold Pinter; trailer; an essay by film scholar Lucy Bolton. (The Criterion Collection).
Hell on Wheels: The Complete Fourth Season
(2014) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. "Hell on Wheels," a lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first intercontinental railroad, is a lavishly-produced series that underscores just how uncivilized the business of civilization can be. In Season 4 of AMC's top-rated drama, Hell freezes over. Following the brutal winter of 1868, the railroad is at a standstill and restless workers wreak havoc on Cheyenne. Cullen Bohannon is trapped in a fort with a pregnant wife and the Swede. Thomas Durant is broke and Elam Ferguson is presumed dead. The task of uniting America by rail remains undone and the costs and consequences are rising, for everyone. The cast is headed up by Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common and Dominique McElligot. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.98. Extras: "A Look at Season 4," "The New Characters of Season 4," Cheyenne set tour, Anson Mount retrospective, "On the Set With Colm Meaney," "On the Set With Jake Weber," episode featurettes. (Entertainment One).
(2015) Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Kazinsky. Read more about "Hot Pursuit" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Womance" on-set crazy-mashup-antics with the stars. Blu-ray adds "Say What?" featurette in which the stars try to speak the other's language, "Action Like A Lady" montage of funny action bits, alternate ending. (Warner).
(2013 -- Israel) Sasson Gabai, Moni Moshonov, Patrick Stewart. A precocious 12-year-old boy conspires with three senior citizens -- including his grandfather and long lost uncle -- to rob a bank in order to save himself and his mother from losing their house. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story
(2014) For 46 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch -- and at 81 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, "I Am Big Bird" features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2014) Jeremiah Watkins, Jan Broberg, Nic D'Avirro. When a 20-something guy whose life is going nowhere -- his girl has left him, his rent is late, and he lacks a real job -- signs on to a self help app called i-Lived, his life turns around. He meets the girl of his dreams and he gets a job offer he can't refuse. Convinced it's him and not the app, he signs out... and loses everything. When He signs on again, the app asks him to do things that are out of his moral comfort zone. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
The Jeffersons: Season 8
(1981-82) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $24.97. Call the neighbors -- George and Louise are back again for an eighth season. A groundbreaking series that mixed 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), sharp writing, and one of the most hummable theme songs in television history. Season Eight finds everyone's favorite dry cleaner, George, on a typical string of misadventures, including facing off with a street gang, taking charm lessons, and erecting a museum -- to himself. And when a familiar face returns to the Jeffersons household, poor George may never have a moment's peace again. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Kendra on Top: Season 3
(2014) All 14 episodes of the WE TV series that follows the day-to-day life of the former "The Girls Next Door" reality show star as she balances being a wife and mother with her business ventures. Formats: DVD: $24.98 (MPI Media Group).
The Knick: The Complete First Season
(2014) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes. Modern medicine had to start somewhere. In this hit Cinemax drama series from executive producer Steven Soderbergh (who directed all 10 episodes), brilliant surgeon John Thackery (Clive Owen) pushes the boundaries of medicine, morality and race relations in 1900 at a downtown NYC hospital known as The Knick. Formats: DVD: $29.98, Blu-ray: $39.98, Digital. Extras: "Episode Post-Ops" offer information on the ground-breaking surgery techniques shown in each episode; commentaries. (HBO).
Last Days of the Nazis
(2015) Two-disc collection examines World War II through the eyes of the Third Reich, delving into the haunting past of history's most notorious villains. Witness the dark history of Nazism from a different point of view -- the Nazis themselves. Through chilling testimony, this inside look into the minds and motivations of eyewitness participants presents a horrifying portrait of the most evil regime in history. In 1945, the Allies rounded up and interrogated thousands of party officials, war criminals, advocates and Nazis. These interrogations are a fascinating, largely forgotten part of the historical record. Subjects include leading propagandist Julius Streicher; Albert Speer, Hitler's architect and minister of Armaments; the commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Hoss; BDM leader Melita Maschmann; and Nazi doctor Karl Gebhar.
Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Sixteenth Year
(2014-15) Five-disc set with 23 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
(2014) Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard. Stewart stars as Tobi, an eccentric, pot-smoking Manhattan ballet instructor whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a young couple from Seattle, presumably there to interview Tobi about his colorful life as a dancer in the 1960s. But as Tobi spins salacious tales from his early days, an ulterior motive for the couple's visit emerges, forcing the trio to confront a secret that may connect them all. Formats: DVD, Digital. (IFC Films).
Maude: Season 2
(1973-74) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $24.97. The unforgettable Bea Arthur returns to Tuckahoe for the second season of her groundbreaking sitcom created by television mastermind Norman Lear ("All In The Family," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"). Second season highlights include Maude's husband Walter (the terrific Bill Macy) confronting his drinking problem, the departure of Maude's housekeeper Florida (Esther Rolle, who was spun off into her own show with "Good Times"), and Maude's eye-raising decision to get a face-lift. Also starring Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain, and Rue McClanahan (who would later re-team with Arthur on "The Golden Girls"), "Maude's" second season proves to be every bit as smart, brash and funny as the lady herself. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Max Steel: Go, Turbo!
(2013) Maxwell McGrath is your average 16-year-old boy, except for one little detail -- he generates Turbo Energy, the most highly advanced energy in the universe. Max meets Steel, a highly advanced alien life-form that has the ability to help Max control his power. When the two link up, they become the universe's greatest new superhero -- Max Steel. CGI animated feature. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Message From Hiroshima
(2015) Narrated by George Takei, this documentary, released on the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima, provides an inside look at life and culture in the city before the atomic bomb was dropped. Today, where the Hon and Motoyasu Rivers meet, stands the Peace Memorial Park -- the former location of the Nakajima district, which was once home to thousands of people and hundreds of businesses. When the first atomic bomb was detonated 2,000 feet above Hiroshima's city center on August 6, 1945, all of that vanished. Seventy years later, director Masaaki Tanabe makes it his mission to revive the memory of what once was by interviewing hibakusha (survivors) and former residents. These heart-wrenching testimonials, along with computer-generated recreations of restaurants, shoe stores, cinemas, and the famous Industrial Promotion Hall, recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of a lost culture and people. Formats: DVD. (Cinema Libre).
Mythbusters Collection 13
(2012) Two-disc set. This lucky thirteenth MythBusters season is packed with its infamous scintillating scientific mayhem, along with a few rocket-powered surprises. With 30 years of special effects experience, Adam and Jamie will answer the craziest questions viewers can think up and then make up a few of their own! Can balloons protect you in a car crash? Does the smell of fear really exist? Can you cook lasagna in a dishwasher? And what exactly tastes like chicken? They also team up with movie director James Cameron to tackle a Titanic myth -- the most requested in MythBuster history. Plus, this set includes perhaps the perfect episode ever: Explosions from A to Z, highlighting some of the show s 752 detonations and counting.
Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Northmen - A Viking Saga
(2014) Ryan Kwanten, Tom Hoppe, James Norton, Ed Skrein, Charlie Murph, Johan Hegg. A group of Vikings in the ninth century set sail for Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the northern part of the island. But a storm smashes the ship to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements, and they're forced to fight their way to safety through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall (Ryan Kwanten). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "Northmen: A Look Inside A Viking Saga." (Anchor Bay).
The People Under the Stairs (Collector's Edition)
(1991) Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, Brandon Adams, Ving Rhames, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen. Wes Craven ("A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Scream") takes you on a terrifying journey inside the most demented house on the street. Trapped inside a fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare, where he quickly learns the true nature of the house's homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden deep within the house. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Wes Craven; audio commentary with actors Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen and Yan Birch; "House Mother" interview with actress Wendy Robie; "What Lies Beneath" interviews with special make-up effects artists Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman; "House of Horrors" interview with director of photography Sandi Sissel; "Settling the Score" interview with composer Don Peake; behind-the-scenes footage; vintage "making of" featurette; theatrical trailer; TV spots; still galleries (original storyboards and official stills). (Scream Factory).
Person of Interest: The Complete Fourth Season
(2014-15) Six-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray with 22 episodes. Formats: DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray Disc: $69.98, Digital. Extras: "Music of Interest" featurette, "Going Underground With Root and Finch" featurette, "Person of Interest" 2014 Comic-Con panel, gag reel. (Warner).
Police Story: Lockdown
(2013 -- Hong Kong) Jackie Chan, Liu Ye, Jing Tian, Guli Nazha, Zhou Xiao Ou. Internationally acclaimed action superstar Chan returns for the fifth installment of the action-packed franchise. Police Captain Zhong Wen (Chan) has always been too busy chasing bad guys to be a father to his daughter Miao (Jing Tian). Tonight, he’s seeing her for the first time in years -- and meeting her fiance, club owner Wu Jiang (Liu Ye). But Wu has other plans for the evening, including taking Miao, Zhong, and the entire club hostage to settle an old score. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Well Go USA).
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series
(2000-01) Five-disc box set with all 40 episodes of the eighth season. After 5,000 years of incarceration, the evil Diabolico and his treacherous army of demons have escaped their imprisonment, and will stop at nothing to destroy the community of Mariner Bay and its innocent citizens. The new Power Rangers, empowered with top-secret technology, are the planet's only hope. Formats: DVD: $19.97. (Shout! Factory).
Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary Battle
(2014) From the top-rated kids live-action series, the earth-shattering finale of the Power Rangers Super Megaforce -- welcomes back every Ranger from the past 20 years, teaming up for an action-packed battle. Heroic teens Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake have defended our planet countless times as the newest team of Power Rangers. But when evil Emperor Mavro launches a final strike against Earth, they are called back into action. To defeat the greatest threat the galaxy has ever seen, the Super Megaforce Rangers will reunite with their alien friend Orion, the Silver Ranger, and fight alongside every Ranger from the past 20 years -- including the original Mighty Morphin Green Ranger -- in the most legendary battle in Power Ranger history. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Power Rangers: A Legacy" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Shark Week: Dominating the Deep
(2014) Three-disc set with 10 episodes as the ocean explodes into a wild fury as Great Whites, Hammerheads, Whale Sharks, and others take you on a fin-gripping ride through their underwater world. Featuring "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives", these episodes bring you more than eight hours of remarkable new insights into the lives of these magnificent, elusive creatures. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
She Loves Me Not
(2013) Cary Elwes, Joey Lauren Adams, Lisa Edelstein, Briana Eviga, John Robinson, Karen Black. A reclusive novelist's drinking problem undermines his plans to save his fading literary career and his over-priced mansion while three beautiful, strong women (each with her own agenda) turn his lonely life into something far stranger than fiction. Formats: DVD. (Monarch).
2 Broke Girls: The Complete Fourth Season
(2014-15) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, unaired scenes. (Warner).
(2015) Courtney Halverson, Shelley Henning, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Heather Sossaman, Moses Jacob Storm. The horror film unfolds over a teenager's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. Read more about "Unfriended" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
The Very Fairy Princess ... And More Imaginative Tales
(2015) The title story plus "Extra Yarn,"The Amazing Bone" and "My Garden." Formats: DVD. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures/Cinedigm).
Welcome to New York
(2014) Dir.: Abel Ferrara; Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Marie Moute, Paul Caldero, Paul Hipp. A ripped from the headlines saga: In 2011, a maid at the Sofitel New York hotel brought charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, alleging he had sexually assaulted her in his hotel room. During his sensational trial, other women came forward with allegations of sexual assault, and Strauss-Kahn fell rapidly from political power. The case was later dismissed. Director Abel Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant," "King of New York," "Ms. .45") has turned this high-profile public implosion into a mesmerizing drama about power, corruption and moral fallibility. His film follows a prominent international banker, Mr. Devereaux (Depardieu, a powerful man who handles billions of dollars every day and controls the economic fate of nations. He's also a man driven by insatiable sexual hunger, and the film captures this mighty figure as he spirals out of control during a drug- and sex-fueled trip to America culminating in a shocking incident involving a hotel maid and his subsequent arrest. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
Soaked in Bleach
(2015) Benjamin Statler's groundbreaking docudrama explores the controversial death of Kurt Cobain and reveals the events behind Cobain's death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband only days before his body was found at their Seattle home. Cobain's death was ruled a suicide by the police (a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound), but doubts have circulated for 20 years as to the legitimacy of this ruling, especially due to the work of Grant, a former L.A. County Sheriff's detective, who did his own investigation and determined there was significant empirical and circumstantial evidence to conclude that foul play could very well have occurred. The film unfolds as a narrative mystery with cinematic re-creations, interviews with key experts and witnesses and the examination of official artifacts from the 1994 case.
Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem
(2015) The Dark Knight isn't seeking tricks or treats when Gotham City's most lethal villains take to the streets on Halloween night in the newest DC Comics animated film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Gotham 2030: Designing a Future World." (Warner).
The Beginners Bible, Volume 3
(2015) Family-friendly series based on the best-selling children's book of the same name. Featuring an original theme song from Kathie Lee Gifford, this series combines music and animation to bring the age-old stories of the Bible to rich and compelling life. Includes English and Spanish language versions. The three new-to-DVD stories: "The Story of Jesus and His Miracles," "The Story of the Good Samaritan" and "The Story of the Prodigal Son."
Formats: DVD: $9.95. (Time-Life).
The Blacklist: The Complete Second Season
(2014-15) Three-disc set with all 22 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Raymond Reddington: Man of the World," "Building a Blacklister: Vanessa Cruz." Blu-ray adds commentaries, Deleted Scenes, "After the Game: Luther Braxton" featurette, Known Associates: Red's Inner Circle. (Sony).
(2014) Barry Ward. A decade after a catastrophe destroyed his family and their farm, momentous news from home compels an exiled young man to embark upon an intense and surreal journey through the broken and beautiful margins of contemporary Britain. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Garden Thieves Pictures).
(2014) Documentary that examines the newest trend in aesthetic surgery: big butts. The film explores the media's impact and other societal pressures that have propelled big butts from a cult fetish to a mainstream phenomenon. With an influx of new "it" girls from Kim Kardashian to Nicki Minaj, women have taken drastic -- and often dangerous -- measures to achieve the impossible and often unreal. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2015) Lorena Segura York, Dariush Moslemi, Garrett Westton, Bethany Peterson. John and Alexa Taylor appear to have the perfect life – they’re the envy of all the parents in town. Their son Beau is the high school football star and their daughter Ravyn is a straight-A student. But when Beau is caught drinking alcohol, his place on the team and his bright future are on the line. With the football season at stake and the judgmental community turning their backs on them, every member of the Taylor family is at a crossroads. Now, they must find the strength from one another, and the spiritual courage from within, to prove that faith and family is the only score that really matters. Formats: DVD. (RLJ Entertainment).
Day for Night
(1973) This loving farce from Francois Truffaut ("Jules and Jim") about the joys and turbulence of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films. Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor (Jean-Pierre Leaud); an aging but still forceful Italian diva (Valentina Cortese); and a British ingenue haunted by personal scandal (Jacqueline Bisset). An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of love and sex, "Day for Night" is buoyed by robust performances and a sparkling score by the legendary Georges Delerue. In a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New visual essay by filmmaker :: kogonada; new interview with cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn; new interview with film scholar Dudley Andrew; documentary on the film from 2003 featuring film scholar Annette Insdorf; archival interviews with Truffaut; editor Yann Dedet; and actors Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nathalie Baye, Jacqueline Bisset, Dani, and Bernard Menez; television footage of Truffaut on the film's set in 1972; trailer; an essay by critic David Cairns. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Julian Richings, Lisa Houle, Adam Seybold, Mark Gibson. A horrific alien invasion forces two men to fight for their lives during one universe-altering night of terror. William Cassidy, a man haunted by a lifetime of alien encounters, searching for answers while evading menacing government agents, invites a paranormal researcher to his secluded home in the woods on the evening of a massive solar flare. What occurs there will change both men -- and possibly the Earth -- forever. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: (Scream factory/IFC Midnight).
5 to 7
(2014) Anton Yelchin, Berenice Marlohe, Lambert Wilson, Glenn Close, Eric Stoltz, Frank Langella, Olivia Thirlby. A chance encounter on the streets of Manhattan draws twentysomething aspiring writer Brian (Yelchin) into a passionate love affair with a glamorous Frenchwoman (Marlohe). The catch? She's married, and can only meet him for hotel room trysts between the hours of 5 and 7. As Brian yearns for more than just two hours a day with the woman of his dreams, he learns hard lessons about life and love. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
It Happened Here
(2014) A feature length documentary about the alarming pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses, the impact on students, their families and institutions, and the burgeoning movement of student survivors coming forth and taking action against their schools -- on campus and in federal court. Formats: DVD. (Docurama/Cinedigm).
Knifed Up: The Evolution of Cosmetic Surgery
(2014) Plastic surgery has emerged among white women as a means to achieve a standard of beauty made famous by America’s first Barbie Doll in 1959 and echoed throughout Hollywood’s most elite. Now, as pop culture remains oversaturated with these manufactured ideas of beauty, even African American women are susceptible to the repercussions of this ill-fated delirium. This documentary explores the underlying causes and influences of the sudden growth in popularity among African Americans in recent years. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Kung-Fu & Titties
(2013) Sean Molnar, Bronson Pinchot, Shawn C. Phillips, John Archer Lundgren, Raine Brown, Seregon O'Dassey. Richard Titties, an out-of-shape martial arts wannabe, is shot into an alternate dimension after his girlfriend Cynthia is kidnapped. Her captors are a group of breast-obsessed madmen led by Zeefros, the master of the supernatural realm. Richard joins up with his sister Raine Brown, a Gorilla and a gaggle of other strange characters in order to save his girlfriend as well as all those who dwell in the alternate world. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment/MVD Visual).
La Grande Bouffe
(1973 -- France/Italy) The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri ("Dillinger is Dead"), "La Grande Bouffe" was reviled on its release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie -- yet it won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret retreat to a country mansion where they are determined to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andrea Ferreol), who seems to be up for anything. At once jovial and sinister, the film's jet-black humor has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.In a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative with original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Farcical Movie," a French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which the director discusses, among other things, the influence of Tex Avery, Luis Bunuel and Tod Browning's "Freaks"; behind-the-scenes footage of the making of "La Grande Bouffe", containing interviews with Ferrari and Mastroianni, Piccoli, Tognazzi and Noiret; extracts from the television series "Couleurs autour d'un festival" featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival; a visual essay on the film by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone; select scene audio commentary by Iannone; news report from the Cannes Film Festival where "La Grande Bouffe" caused a controversial stir, including Ferreri at the press conference; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx; booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains, illustrated with original archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group).
Lambert & Stamp
(2015) The remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring filmmakers who set out to find a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who. They forged a complex and moving relationship, fueling the band's artistic development, which would leave an indelible imprint on its time and on generations to come. The film is charged with a mad concoction of noise, love, rebellion, artistry and hilarity, as it takes us along on the surprise ride of two men who shaped one of the most exciting bands of all time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director James D. Cooper, Q&A with Henry Rollins Cooper.Blu-ray adds never-before-seen archival footage of The Who: The Who in Finland, The Who Promotional Film 1967, Where The Action Is. Call Me Lightning. (Sony).
(2015) Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Michael Rapaport, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin James. Family drama about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his father home from World War II. Read more about "Little Boy" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Sneak Attack" animated short. (Universal).
Mike & Molly: The Complete Fifth Season
(2014-15). Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel. (Warner).
NCIS: The 12th Season
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 23 episodes. Fielding cases from local cyber-terrorists to international pirates and elusive serial killers, the NCIS team keeps adventure in the line of fire. Led by Special Agent Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), this expert squad hunts down humanity's most notorious enemies in the name of freedom and justice for all. Formats: DVD; Blu-ray Disc due Sept. 15. Extras: "Pre-Flight Jitters: Shooting on Location," "Bad to the Bone," "Rocky Carroll: Director," "Inside Season 12," "Table for Ten," commentary on select episodes, deleted and extended scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 6
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 24 episodes. Agents "G" Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) lead their team of high-caliber operatives, including Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), LAPD liaison Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), tech wizard Eric Beale (Barrett Foa), and intelligence analyst Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith). This season, the team mobilizes to protect beloved Operations Manager Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) from a lethal Cold War enemy, even as they're being investigated by the Department of Justice. NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger (Miguel Ferrer) struggles to keep the unit in check, as they push every boundary and cross every line to defend their country, complete their missions and safeguard their own. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Yippee Ki-Yay," "The World on a String," "Turning Back Time," "Too Late for Comfort," "Clothed for the Season." (CBS/Paramount).
NCIS: New Orleans: The First Season
(2014-15) Six-disc set with all 23 episodes, $55.98. A spin-off of "NCIS is set in the Crescent City. The cases and lives of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's New Orleans branch, which consists of Senior Special Agent Dwayne Cassius "King" Pride (Scott Bakula)), Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black), Special Agent Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan), forensic scientist Sebastian Lund (Rod Kerkovich) and Medical Examiner Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder). Together, they can counter any threat, from escaped prisoners, to bio-threats, to unrepentant killers. Formats: DVD Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentaries by Jeffrey Lieber and James Hayman; commentary by Mark Harmon and Gary Glasberg; deleted scenes; launch promos; "Crescent City (Part I)"; "Crescent City (Part II)"; "After The Storm"; "A Big Easy Success"; "Spooktacular"; "Mardi Gras: The NCIS Way"; "Touring the Sets"; "The Write Angle"; "Strike Up the Band"; "Starting Up in New Oleans"; "How Rob Got the Job." (CBS/Paramount).
(1986) Lesley-Anne Down, Pierce Brosnan, Adam An, Mary Woronov, Frank Doubleday. A French anthropologist moves to Los Angeles and is followed by the evil spirits of an extinct tribe he once uncovered. Bitten by a dying madman named Jean Pommier (Brosnan), Dr. Eileen Flax (Down) becomes the vessel for his turbulent and insane thoughts. Thrust into his last days, she is shocked to discover the existence of mysterious and murderous demons on a quest for destruction. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Lesley-Anne Down and composer Bill Conti, trailer, radio spot, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
(2015 -- Sweden) Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skaringer, Jens Hulten, Alan Ford. The tale of centenarian Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafson), a man who has spent his long and colorful life working in the munitions industry while getting entangled in historic events from the Spanish Civil War to the Manhattan Project. Finding himself stuck in a nursing home and determined to escape on his 100th birthday, Allan leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected escapade involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya. In English and Swedish with English subtitles. Read more about "The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Making-of featurette, cast and crew interviews, trailer. (Music Box Films).
Psycho Beach Party BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2000) Lauren Ambrose, Thomas Gibson, Nicholas Brendon, Charles Busch, Amy Adams, Nicholas Brendon. Based on Charles Busch's hilarious long-running stage play, "Psycho Beach Party" is a wickedly fun satire of Hollywood movie genres. Chicklet (Lauren Ambrose), a wannabe surf-girl with a split personality, becomes the primary suspect after a string of humorously gruesome murders terrifies the teen set. When the clues take her to the beach, the fun and suspense begin. (Strand Releasing).
The Riot Club
(2014) Max Irons, Sam Reid, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer, Jessica Brown Findlay, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger. An Oxford University dining club with a centuries-old tradition of callous carousing gets its comeuppance in this dark, savage drama from award-winning director Lone Scherfig, who analyzed British class differences in the Best Picture Academy Award nominee "An Education." Here she turns her attention to the privileged sons of modern-day Britain in a scathing look at money, sex and power. The elite Riot Club, named after the 17th-century Lord Riot (murdered for seducing a professor's wife), holds an annual extravagant meal that culminates in wild drunkenness and destruction. Britain's future captains of industry and Tory cabinet ministers drink, take drugs to excess, humiliate women, smash up restaurants and beat up commoners simply because it's an age-old tradition. But the hedonistic night of drinking and drugs quickly spins out of control ... with dire consequences. Formats: DVD, Digital. (IFC Films).
Rookie Blue: Season Five, Volume One
(2014) Three-disc set. Series about a group of green rookies fresh out of the Academy who start their careers with 15 Division -- one of the most elite units in the city. Now, as Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and her fellow officers enter their next year as seasoned pros, more resilient than ever, each day still continues to bring new surprises and revelations. Formats: DVD: $39.98. Extras: "Life is Not a Fairytale" featurette, webisodes. (Entertainment One).
The Royals: The Complete First Season
(2015) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Set in modern-day England, the series follows the lives of a fictional British Royal family that inhabits a world of opulence and regal tradition catering to any and every desire -- a world that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny. Formats: DVD. Extras: Three featurettes: "Madness in Great Ones: Creating the Royals," Behind the Royal Wardrobe," "Private vs. Public: A Modern-Day Monarchy." (Lionsgate).
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
(2015) Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Emily Watson. Based on the best-selling book by J. Randy Taraborrelli, the film -- which originally aired on Lifetime, explores the life of cultural icon and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, tracking the troubled starlet's road to global superstardom in tandem with her personal struggles. "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" begins with the young Norma Jeane Mortenson (Garner) as she battles a lonely, loveless existence with an absent and mentally ill mother. She ultimately reinvents herself as the sex symbol of an era. A fragile artist, she's very different from the larger-than-life image she portrayed. The great secret of Marilyn's life is that her mother, Gladys (Sarandon), remained a vital -- and troubling -- part of her world. Her marriages to Joe DiMaggio (Morgan) and Arthur Miller collapse in part due to her own inner demons and the onslaught of her mother's illness. As Marilyn cares for her mother, her obsession with President John F. Kennedy leads to a breakdown and hospitalization. Still, she gives the performance of her life as Marilyn Monroe.
Formats: DVD: $19.98. (Lionsgate).
(1982) Documentary tells the unvarnished story of a group of seniors in their ultimate year at Muncie's Southside High School, hurtling toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They also learn a great deal about life, both in and out of school, and not what school officials think they are teaching, along the way. Originally slated to air on PBS, "Seventeen" was pulled because of concerns by some over the film's content, which includes interracial romance and vulgar language. When the film was subsequently released theatrically, it was hailed by critics. The final film in the famous "Middletown" six-part series on the city of Muncie, Indiana -- nicknamed "Middletown" after a study in the 1920s deemed it representative of middle America. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
The Seventh Dwarf
(2015) CG-animated musical mash-up of classic fairy tales with a winged dragon, a brave little dwarf and a host of storybook characters. It's the eve of Princess Rose's 18th birthday and everyone in the kingdom has come to Fantabularasa Castle to celebrate -- including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. But just before the stroke of midnight Bobo, the youngest dwarf, accidentally pricks the finger of Princess Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) with a cursed needle and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber! To find Rose's true love to save her with a kiss, Bobo and the other six dwarfs must go on a treacherous journey, face a fiery dragon and outwit the jealous, scheming and evil witch Dellamorta. Features the voices of Peyton List and Norm MacDonald. Formats: DVD, 3D-2D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Character profiles, sing-alongs, downloadable Royal Birthday Invitation. (Shout! Factory).
(2015) Dean Cain, Paul Wight, Michael Eklund, Benjamin Hollingsworth. A detective pushed beyond his limits will stop at nothing for vengeance: When his wife is killed by a criminal that he put away, a hard-nosed detective deliberately gets arrested in order to get revenge. While inside, he discovers a new criminal enterprise that those behind it would kill to protect. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Vendetta," "A Haunted Location" featurette, "A Big Transformation featurette." (WWE/Lionsgate).
Welcome Back, Kotter: The Final Season
(1978-79) Four-disc set with 23 episodes, $29.93. Season Four of one of the 1970's most fondly remembered sitcoms has some big changes in store for the gang at James Buchanan High School (which, of course, included John Travolta). Mr. Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) gets promoted from teacher to vice principal, which causes some of his students to consider dropping out. The Sweathogs also invite a new member to their ranks: the slick-tongued Southerner Beauregarde "Beau" De LaBarre (Stephen Shortridge). And in perhaps the most surprising situation of all, the oddball Horshack (Ron Palillo) finds love and gets married. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2014 -- Hong Kong) Louis Koo, Gordon Lam, Dada Chan, Michael Wong, Lo Hoi Pang, Liu Kai Chi. Action-packed Hong Kong crime thriller about Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and its investigation of a charity fund that has become involved in a Ponzi scheme. A scandal that shocked a nation: the biggest financial scam in Hong Kong’s history, with all seven million citizens its unknowing victims. Chief Officer Luk (Koo) of the anti-corruption force ICAC has set a trap, but the web of greed, power, sex, and deception he uncovers reaches the highest levels of power in his own government -- and beyond. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, cast interviews. (Well Go USA).
After the Ball
(2015) Portia Doubleday, Marc-Andre Grondin, Chris Noth, Lauren Holly. Modern retail take on Cinderella. After the young fashion designer working for her retail guru clothes marketer runs afoul of her corrupt stepmother and stepsisters, she gets the help of a prince of a guy in the shoe department and, with her godmother's vintage clothes and a disguise she helps save the family business Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
(2015) Dir.: Cameron Crowe; Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Jay Baruchel, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin. Read more about "Aloha" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha" feature length documentary; cast gag reel. Blu-ray adds original opening; alternate ending; deleted scenes; four featurettes: "The Awe of Space," "Mitchell's Film," "Ledward Kaapana: Music Is Everything," "Uncle Bumpy"; photo gallery, commentary by writer-director Cameron Crowe. (Sony).
Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1985) Taimak, Julius J. Carry III, Vanity. Debuts for the first time on Blu-ray for its 30th Anniversary. Martial arts student Leroy Green (Taimak) is on a quest to obtain the elusive all-powerful force known as "The Glow." Along the way he must battle the evil, self-proclaimed Shogun of Harlem -- a kung fu warrior also known as Sho'nuff -- and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed record promoter. Pulsating music, cutting edge dancing and the best in non-stop action, with an amazing Motown soundtrack including music by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Vanity and DeBarge performing their smash hit "Rhythm of the Night." Extras: Commentary by director Michael Schultz, "Return of the Dragon" retrospective featurette on the making of the film, original theatrical trailer. (Sony).
(2014) Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent. In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young 13-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the president of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the president, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2012) Adelaide Clemens, Samantha Mathis, Gregg Sulkin, Cary Elwes, Colby Minifie, Margaret Colin, Camryn Manheim. Adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's novel follows the daughter of a well-to-do family in 1948 Manhattan. Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson leads a sheltered life in New York City until her parents' marriage begins to fall apart. When Camilla meets her best friend's rebellious brother, Frank, she finds a way to escape her troubles. As her relationship with Frank deepens, Camilla discovers a world outside of her own and begins to understand a little of what it means to grow up. Formats: DVD. (Random Media/Cinedigm).
(2014) Real-life international thriller that unfolds by the minute. With unprecedented access, this behind-the-scenes documentary follows award-winning director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald's remarkable encounters with whistleblower Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). Read more about "Citizenfour" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Bonus scenes; New York Times talk with Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and David Carr; Film Society of Lincoln Center Q&A with Laura Poitras; "The Program" New York Times Op-Doc by Laura Poitras. (Radius/Anchor Bay).
Criminal Minds: The Tenth Season
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 24 episodes. To solve the most twisted crimes, the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) explores the darkest places -- inside the depths of criminal minds. Seasoned undercover FBI Agent Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt) joins the elite team led by Supervisory Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) as they pursue a serial killer who hacks his victims beyond all recognition. Experienced profiler David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) is dogged by a mysterious woman from his past, while Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) grapples with the death of a mentor. Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) and Jennifer "JJ" Jareau (A.J. Cook) take on a cases that evoke grim memories from their personal histories, while technical analyst Penelope Garcia (Kristen Vangsness) heads to death row to confront a perp from her past. Regardless of the risks, the brilliant thinkers of the BAU fearlessly uncover the darkest secrets in order to unlock the most unpredictable solutions. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Top Ten" cast and crew featurette, "Salute" to Meshach Taylor, "Origin Story", "greatest Hits" favorite tracks, "Memo From the Acting Director" (Thomas Gibson), "Criminal Minds International," commentary. (CBS/Paramount).
Dusty's Trail: Summit of Borneo
(2013) At the age of six, Dusty Brandom was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born. While life expectancy varies in each case, those with the disease rarely live past their 20s. Dusty s family realized that their happy and playful child would suffer a long, progressively weakening condition until his heart and breathing muscles ceased to function. As a family, they united to learn as much as they could about the disease and to enjoy every moment in life, which eventually led Dusty to ask the question "how come there are no old people with Duchenne?" This inspired Dusty's mother, Catherine Jayasuriya, to form Coalition Duchenne, in order to spread global awareness and raise funding for research and a cure. With the support of other affected families, they decide to scale Mt. Kinabalu, a sacred 13,455-foot high mountain, on the Malaysian island of Borneo. This is their journey ... which has resulted in five annual climbs to raise funds. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Conversation with Dusty, "Mountain Guide Sing-a-long," filmmaker Q&A, "Doctors on Duchenne," "Coalition Duchenne." (Cinema Libre Studio).
Easy Money/Men at Work Blu-ray Double Feature
"Easy Money" (1983): To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard living, gambling addict (Rodney Dangerfield) must change his unhealthy ways before it gets the best of him. "Men at Work" (1990): Brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez play rebellious garbage collectors who discover a little something extra in their usual pick-up: the body of a local politician, and find themselves in more trouble than usual. (Shout! Factory).
Elementary: The Third Season
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 24 episodes. Perfect crimes meet the perfect match. In the City That Never Sleeps, one mind never rests. The eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) possesses an unquenchable thirst for intellectual puzzles and a ruthless instinct for justice. As a consulting detective to the NYPD, he takes on bizarre cases that baffle the most seasoned cops. But he can't do it alone. Holmes relies on Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), a former physician who's the one person who can keep up with his racing mind. In this season, Watson has moved out of the brownstone and Holmes has accepted a job offer in London from MI6, the British intelligence agency. Now the detectives must solve the puzzle of how to move forward separately in the wake of the ending of their professional relationship. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Partners in Crime" cast and crew featurette, "Watson Style" wardrobe featurette, "The Elements of Deduction" featurette on the show's writing team, commentary, gag reel, deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
Falling Star (Stella Cadente)
(2014 -- Spain) Alex Brendemuhl, Lorenzo Balducci, Alex Batllori, Lola Duenas. A surrealist historical drama set in 19th century Spain against a backdrop of growing discontent. In November 1870, the Spanish Courts elect the Italian Amadeo of Savoy as the King of Spain with a paltry 191 votes. Much to the dismay of the Spanish, Amadeo is a reluctant King who prefers beauty of power and passion over duty. Upon arrival in Madrid, his protector is assassinated. In the midst of a crumbling empire, Amadeo chooses to lose himself in wine, fruit, sex, and melancholy. His reign will be short ... . Formats: DVD. (IndiPix Films).
Father Forgive Him
(2015) Documentary explores the exploitation, sexual abuse, and misuse of power within church leadership. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Gene Autry Movie Collection 11
Four restored films from Gene Autry's personal archives make their DVD debuts: "The Singing Cowboy" (1936), "Guns and Guitars" (1936), "Round-up Time in Texas" (1937) and "Springtime in the Rockies" (1937). Gene Autry is the only entertainer with all five stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television and Live Performance. He was the silver screen's first singing cowboy and is credited with creating the genre of the musical Western. As the star of 89 feature films, Autry brings music, comedy and action to each of his roles. Formats: DVD: $16.97. (Timeless Media Group).
The Good Wife: The Sixth Season
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 22 episodes. Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) stood by her husband (Chris Noth) on his tumultuous path to the governor's office, but now she's entering the world of politics on her own terms by running for state's attorney. As Election Day approaches, Alicia must balance the demands of her firm and campaign as she supports her partner Car (Matt Czuchry) during shocking developments that could end his career ... and life as he knows it. Juliana Margulies returns in the role that earner her two Primetime Emmy Awards, and stars with Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranki, Alan Cumming and a roster of stellar guests. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Follow the leader: Inside the Season Finales," "The Temptation of Alicia Florrick" featurette, "The Esteemed Women of Sunday Nights," gag reel, deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
(2013) Still grieving his wife's suicide, Detective Harry Anglesea (Oscar Kightley) returns to Auckland’s Major Crime Unit after bereavement leave in his native Samoa. Harry begins to investigate a brutal homicide under the watchful eye of his boss DSS, Jim "Stocks" Stockton (Sam Neill); his investigation takes him deep into the seedy world of gangs and drug dealing, threatening what little peace he had managed to recover. Two-disc set with six episodes, $39.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Acorn).
(2015) Documentary pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Read more about "Iris" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Extended interview with Apfel, deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!
(2015) Original animated feature. Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe -- and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom. With this super powered team of terror and a plan to attack the top-secret government site, Area 52, can Lex finally be on the verge of victory? Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must face off against the world’s greatest Super-Villains. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Click, Zap, Boom! Creating the Sound Design" featurette. (Warner).
A double feature of insane Italian horrors. "Metamorphosis" (1990): When his experiments in genetics are mocked by his colleagues, a maverick scientist takes extreme measures to prove that his untested anti-aging serum works. But when he injects himself with his miracle cure, he soon experiences a terrifying change that threatens not only the lives of those around him, but also his own sanity. "Beyond Darkness" (1990): When a man of God and his loving family move into a new house, they think they’ve found the perfect home ... until they discover that their new digs were once the location where a coven of witches were burned at the stake. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Scream Factory).
The Mindy Project: Season Three
(2014-15) Three-disc set with 21 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
(2015) Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Michael Jai White, Celina Jade, Peter Weller. Detective Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network; Nick killed Dragovic's son in a shootout during a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack that destroyed his family; with nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick smashes his way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent in to bring Nick home even as Thai detective Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) questions the motives and methods that have brought Nick across the globe to Thailand. As the crossfire between all sides grows more and more deadly, Nick has to determine who his true allies are.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "Behind the Action: Fighting You Can Believe," "Making of Skin Trade," "A Look at Director Ekachai Uekrongtham," commentary with Lundgren, interview with Lundgren, deleted scenes. (Magnolia Pictures).
Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots!
(2011-15) Five episodes from the animated series: "Land Before Prime," "Big Game," "Quarry's Quarry," "Did You See What I Thaw?" and "The Attack of Humungado." Formats: DVD: $14.93. (Shout! Factory Kids).
Two Days, One Night
(2014 -- France) Dir.: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salee, Batiste Sornin. Sandra, a young Belgian mother on sick leave from her job, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. New 2K digital transfer, approved by directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Read more about "Two Days, One Night" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with the Dardennes and actors Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione; "When Leon M.'s Boat Went Down the Meuse for the First Time" (1979), a 45 minute documentary by the Dardennes, featuring a new introduction by the directors; new tour of the film's key locations with the directors; trailer; an essay by critic Girish Shambu. (The Criterion Collection).
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season
(2014-15) Five-disc set with all 16 episodes. Season Four of "The Walking Dead" ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group's lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive. Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them: After all they've seen, all they've done, all they've sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost ... Who do they become? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentaries with cast and crew, deleted scenes, "Inside The Walking Dead," "The Making of The Walking Dead," "The Making of Alexandria," "Beth's Journey," "Bob's Journey," "Noah's Journey," "Tyreese's Journey," "A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz," "A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt," "Rotters in the Flesh." (Anchor Bay).
A Wolf at the Door
(2013 -- Brazil) Fabiula Nascimento, Milhem Cortaz, Leandra Leal. Based on real events. When Sylvia discovers her six-year-old daughter has been picked up at school by an unknown woman, police summon her husband Bernardo to the station for questioning. There he confesses his extra-marital affair with the beautiful young Rosa, whom detectives believe to be involved in the kidnapping. Formats: DVD. Extras: Original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
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