Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters Collection
Comedy meets horror when the screen's funniest duo, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, encounter Universal's classic monsters. In 1948, Universal Pictures paired its most popular comedy team with its hugely successful monsters, launching an entirely new genre. These four outrageously funny films find Bud and Lou meeting Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Mummy. Co-starring horror legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr., this timeless collection continues to scare up laughs for audiences of all ages. The titles: "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," "Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man," "Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy." Formats: Two-disc DVD, $19.98. (Universal).
Army of Frankensteins
(2013) Jordan Farris, Christian Bellgardt, John Ferguson. After a failed attempt to propose to his girlfriend, Alan Jones is beaten within an inch of his life by a street gang. Transported to the mysterious lab of Dr. Tanner Finski and his kid genius assistant Igor, Alan becomes the subject in a series of horrible experiments as part of the doctor's plan to reanimate the legendary Frankenstein monster. But all bets are off when the experiments lead to a hole being ripped in space and time, pulling an army's worth of the infamous creatures from hundreds of parallel universes and sending them all back to the 19th century -- directly into the heart of a bloody battle between the North and South. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Scream Factory).
(2015) Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams, Bryan Greenberg, Oliver Platt, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique. Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (named one of 20 filmmakers to watch by The New York Times). With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," who became one of the most successful recording artists to the 1920s and is an enduring icon today. It's an intimate look at the determined woman whose immense talent and love for music took her from anonymity in the rough and tumble world of vaudeville in the 1920s blues scene and international fame, capturing the professional highs and personal lows of the tenacious spirit who, despite her demons, became a celebrated legend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Bessie: A Creative Journey" behind-the-scenes featurette. (HBO).
The Blood Lands
(2014) Lee Williams, Pollyanna McIntosh. It's Ed and Sarah's first night at their new home, an isolated farmhouse in the countryside, which they hope will be a new beginning away from their stressful city lives. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone, Ed goes to investigate and quickly the evening becomes a nightmare ... it becomes clear that not only do they not belong there, they're certainly not welcome either. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2013) Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland. A young man breaks out of rehab to follow a mysterious bad girl into an easy drug score. But when she lures him to an isolated cabin with her psychotic boyfriend, their simple love triangle quickly descends into a mind-blowing supernatural cycle of carnage and mayhem with no end ... and no escape. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, test footage. (Bluff Road Productions/Midnight Releasing).
(2015) Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, María Valverde, Thomas Jane, Sean Patrick Flanery. Drama about two brothers who reunite in a turbulent town on the Mexican border. Jacob (Yelchin) returns to his desolate hometown and discovers that his child-like brother, Buddy (Marquette) is working for a notorious gang. The gang's ruthless boss (D'Onofrio) has exploited Buddy's simple mind and manipulated him into becoming a merciless killer. Jacob realizes the only way to save Buddy is to take down the gang from within. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Thirteen behind-the-scenes featurettes.(Sony).
Castle: The Complete Seventh Season
(2014-15) Five-disc set with 23 episodes. Formats: DVD. (ABC/Disney).
Chicago Fire: Season Three
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 23 episodes. From Primetime Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order") comes the red-hot third season of "Chicago Fire." Though many of the firefighters still grieve over the loss of one of their own in a brutal explosion, they are faced with new challenges: a determined arsonist, the complications of staff romance and tension inside the house with shocking results. Formats: DVD, $44.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Universal).
Chicago PD: Season Two
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 23 episodes. This season follows Sergeant Hank Voight and his team of detectives, including former military man Jay Halstead and Erin Lindsay , in their battles against the Windy City's most ruthless criminals. Turf wars, a brutal home invasion, a violent heroin operation and a massive drug cartel all figure into this season. Formats: DVD: $44.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Universal).
Cracked: The Darkness Within
(2013) Detective Aidan Black (David Sutcliffe) and psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stephanie von Pfetten) return to take on another caseload of bizarre and emotionally explosive criminals, victims, and witnesses. The mismatched duo tackle a former professional hockey player with a violent streak, a fellow police officer grappling with the mysterious suicide of her daughter, and a big-time diamond heist at a small jewelry store that reveals shocking surveillance video footage. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Curse of Downers Grove
(2015) Bella Heathcote, Lucas Till, Penelope Mitchell, Tom Arnold, Kevin Zegers. In suburban Downers Grove, Illinois, people call it "The Curse": Before the end of every school year, one high school senior will die in a gruesome accident. And with only one week left, Chrissie Swanson can't shake the fear that she might be next. Can Chrissie survive the curse of Downers Grove or will she, like those seniors before her, fall prey to the town's deadly secret? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Anchor Bay).
The D Train
(2015) Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Mike White, Jeffrey Tambor. All his life, Dan Landsman (Black) has never been the cool guy. He hopes to change everything by befriending former high school hero Oliver Lawless (Marsden) and convincing him to show up at their class reunion. However, Dan’s plan hilariously backfires as the unpredictable Oliver proceeds to take over his home, career and entire life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes. (IFC/Paramount).
Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World
(2014) Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940–2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's "Alien." Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex. Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger's oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin's definitive documentary shares the intimate last years of the artist's life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions. Behind the shuttered windows and ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, the documentary brings viewers into Giger's mysterious realm: from the first skull he was given by his father at the age of six, to macabre dinner parties with his close-knit team, to the grisly souvenirs from his time spent on the "Alien" set and reminiscences about model Li Tobler, Giger's one-time muse, whose suicide reverberates throughout his work. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
(2015) Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Clara Lago, Quinn McColgan. For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Extinction," "The Apocalypse," "The Creatures," "Visual Effects Progressions Reel," "Clara Lago and Quinn McColgan," "Matthew Fox and Jeffrey Donovan," "Digital Effects Part 1," "Digital Effects Part 2." (Sony).
(2015) In this feminist psychological thriller, Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him -- but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and her alter egos threaten to lash out in explosive violence. Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Amplify Releasing).
(2014) James "Primo" Grant, John Diaz. A member of the notorious Bloods since he was 12 years old -- both in the film and in real life -- Primo takes John, the son of his slain mentor, under his wing, versing him in the code of the streets. Set in East New York, the film blends documentary and fictional storytelling to offer a compelling portrait of two men forced to confront the question of what it really means to be a man. Formats: DVD. Extras: "From script to Screen: The Making of Five Star." (XLrator Media).
(1989) The life of St. Francis by acclaimed Italian auteur Liliana Cavani ("The Night Porter"), in a new 2K digital restoration supervised by Cavani, who was nominated for a Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for the film. "Francesco" was also included as one of 15 "Religion" movies in Pope John Paul II's Pontifical Council for Social Communications list of "Some Important Films" -- better known as the Vatican Film List -- created in 1995 for the 100th Anniversary of Cinema. Based on Herman Hesse's" Francis of Assisi," the film depicts the life of the iconic and influential Saint Francis, played by Mickey Rourke, and the rise of the Franciscan order that he founded. Mourning his death, Francis' devoted followers recall episodes from the saint's life and charts his transformation from the pampered son of an aristocrat into a selfless man of faith devoted wholly to a life of apostolic poverty. Helena Bonham Carter co-stars as Saint Clare, Francis' spiritual inspiration and disciple. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Excerpts from the Cannes Film Festival press conference, collector's booklet with a forward by Cavani, an essay by film critic Aaron Hillis. (Film Movement Classics).
(2015) Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Fabrice Luchini, Niels Schneider. Romantic re-imagining of Madame Bovary by acclaimed director Anne Fontaine ("Coco Before Chanel"). It's an adaptation of Posy Simmonds' ("Tamara Drewe") popular graphic novel of the same name, itself a contemporary re-working of Gustave Flaubert's literary masterpiece "Madame Bovary." "Gemma Bovery" begins when earthy British beauty Gemma Bovery (Arterton) and her husband Charlie (Flemyng) move to a charming old farmhouse in the very same Norman village where Flaubert's classic was written a century earlier. Local baker and Flaubert expert Martin Joubert (Luchini) becomes entranced with Gemma — and it doesn't take long before he's drawing parallels between the literary and real-life women. Gemma catches the eye of a handsome local playboy (Schneider), and when her magnetic ex suddenly reappears, she seems to be fulfilling Joubert's worst fears that her destiny is linked to that of Flaubert's doomed heroine. At once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, gallery of images from the graphic novel. (Music Box Films).
(2014) Ethan Hawke, January Jones. Drama about a veteran Air Force pilot who yearns to get back into the cockpit of a plane but instead launches drone strikes from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he starts taking orders directly from the CIA, the stakes are raised and Egan's nerves -- and his relationship with his wife -- begin to unravel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Good Kill: Behind the Scenes." (Paramount).
Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me
(2015) New documentary about the country/pop superstar produced and directed by filmmaker James Keach. In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America set to last five weeks ... instead Campbell performed at 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half. What made the tour so extraordinary was that Campbell had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, he and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a "Goodbye Tour." The film documents this amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen's progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice. Special appearances include Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Bill Clinton among many others. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
(2015) Lance Henriksen, Camille Balsamo, Matt Winston, Reid Collums, Milla Bjorn, Winston James Francis, Mike Estime, Edwin Bravo. An homage to the sci-fi/horror films of the '80's, using practical special effects rather than CGI. Funded in part by a gigantic Kickstarter campaign. A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship's crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren't about to give up the warmth of human companionship. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Vertical Entertainment).
Hawaii Five-O: The Fifth Season
(2014) Six-disc set with 25 episodes, $55.98. In the fifth season, McGarrett continues to try to bring closure to his father's last, unsolved case and closure to his mother's past, while the state's brash Five-O unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, remain determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state. There's kidnappings, hostages, the black market world of priceless art, and an errant nuclear bomb. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Aloha Action! Season 5" season review with cast and crew; "Shorelines: Season 5," a look at the season’s top stunts; "Five-0 x 100," a retrospective of the efforts and achievements that created 100 episodes; "Five-0 Music"; "Directing With Daniel Dae Kim"; commentary; "Sweet Disaster" music video with Freelance Riot; deleted scenes; gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
I'll See You in My Dreams
(2015) Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place. A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. After the death of her beloved dog, Carol (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world in a different way. Read more about "I'll See You in My Dreams" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness
(2015) Sheds light on the fascinating story of a president who knew how to harness the nation's grief over John F. Kennedy's assassination, twist arms, and get his way. In many ways, President Lyndon B. Johnson was the most unlikely champion of Civil Rights. But his actions in the White House told a different story when he dared to champion two laws that changed America and the world: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Documentary includes rarely seen footage, secret White House tapes, and personal testimony from LBJ's advisors, biographers, friends, and family. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
(2015) Deng Chao, Liu Yi Fei, Anthony Wong. Four superhumans -- Coldblood, Emotionless, Iron Hands and Life Snatcher -- all with supernatural powers, dedicate their unique and special skills to solving crimes and apprehending powerful criminals. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Littlest Pet Shop: Halloween Fest
(2015) Join Blythe Baxter and all her furry friends at the Littlest Pet Shop for some tricks and treats this Halloween. It’s the spookiest time of the year and Blythe and her best friends are ready for some spine-tingling adventures, including investigating werewolves, ghosts, pet psychics, aliens from outer space and a mysterious jungle curse. Five episodes, $9.99. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Kids).
Lords of London
(2015) Ray Winstone, Glen Murphy, Giovanni Capalbo, Cassius Terence Murphy. After a standard shakedown goes awry, the son of a notorious London gangster must confront his father's past in order to alter the gritty, abusive path that his life is spiraling down. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Lost After Dark
(2014) Kendra Timmins, Justin Kelly, Mark Wiebe, Robert Patrick, Eve Harlow. Loving but harrowing homage that takes audiences back to the decade when slashers ruled the silver screen. Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne, a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens' party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road; they head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad, a cannibal killer from an urban legend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Mad Max: Fury Road
(2015) Dir.: George Miller; Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, iOTA, John Howard, Richard Carter, Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic. Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot's five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland. Read more about "Mad Max: Fury Road" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road," "Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels," "The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa," "The Tools of the Wasteland," "The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome," and "Fury Road: Crash & Smash" featurettes; deleted scenes. (Warner).
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Mad Max 4-Film Blu-ray Anthology
Includes "Mad Max" (1979), "The Road Warrior" (1981), "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985) and "Mad Max: Fury Road" as well as the documentary "Madness of Max" on DVD along with "Mad Max Anthology" trading cards; $89.98. (Warner).
Madam Secretary: Season 1
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 22 episodes. In the first season of this gripping political thriller Dr. Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) navigates the maze of politics to protect America and affect global issues. When the current Secretary of State is killed in a mysterious airplane accident, the White House turns to McCord to take over the job. As a former CIA analyst, she understands the risks of the world ... but she's far less prepared for the treachery of politics. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Extraordinary Credentials: The Making of Madam Secretary Season One," "Madam Secretary at the Politico Playbook Luncheon," deleted scenes, commentaries, photo gallery, launch promos. (CBS/Paramount).
(2014) Autumn Reeser, Christopher Russell, Richard Burgi. Another Hallmark Channel real-life fairy tale. Elyse, a rich heiress, meets Rob, a bullied lawyer, and the two fall in love during a costume ball. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Nashville: The Complete Third Season
(2014-15) Five-disc set with 22 episodes. Formats: DVD. (ABC/Disney).
The Originals: The Complete Second Season
(2014-15) Five-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray with all 22 episodes. Formats: DVD: $44.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.99. A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city -- New Orleans -- that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong. Extras: "The Originals: Always and Forever," "The Awakening Web Series," "Originals: 2014 Comic-Con Panel," "Come Visit Georgia" PSA, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Our Man in Tehran
(2013) Explores the real story behind the Oscar-winning film "Argo." In this gripping documentary, the story of the "Canadian Caper" is told by the man who knows it best: Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, who hid the six Americans and obtained the counterfeit documents that allowed them to make their dramatic escape from Tehran. The film uncovers new information and adds valuable context, including a historical overview of Iran as well as interviews with the rescued Americans, former Prime Minister Joe Clark, ex-CIA officer Tony Mendez, and many others. Formats: DVD. Extras: Discussion with the directors, Q&A at the Toronto Film Festival, playable soundtrack. (First Run Features).
Panic 5 Bravo
(2012) Kuno Becker, Aurora Papile, Shalim Ortiz, Sofía Sisnieg. After four Arizona paramedics illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border to aid a shooting victim, they're targeted by a Mexican drug cartel. Trapped inside their ambulance, the paramedics fight to survive in a furious
face-off. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2014) Lance Henriksen, Briana Evigan, Randy Wayne, Ben Elliot. Three college kids take a summer job to bartend at a 100-year-old bar in the middle of a lake -- but little do they know that the bar is presumed by many locals to be haunted after the owner killed himself. When they miss the last boat off the island, they quickly realize things are very different after hours as they're hunted by the paranormal caretaker. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2014 -- Chile) Marko Zaror, Noah Segan, Jose Luis Mosca. Martial arts master Marko Zaror plays a born-again equalizer who kicks the bejesus out of evildoer. Known on the streets as Redeemer, Pardo is a hoodie-wearing, Bible-quoting vigilante seeking redemption for his past sins by offering criminals the chance to beg for forgiveness or pay the ultimate price. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media).
Run, Hide, Die.
(2012) Alison Monda, Tabitha Bastien, Keiko Green, Gail Harvey. A year after her husband was found murdered in their home, the Addison Davenport and her four best friends set off for some emotional recovery at her in-laws' idyllic summer cabin deep in the woods. But it soon becomes clear that the girls are not alone, as each is savagely captured and terrorized. One of them is hiding a dark secret, for which their tormentor plans to exact a brutal revenge. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (RLJ Entertainment).
Scorpion: Season One
(2014-15) Elyes Gabel stars as Walter, the eccentric leader of a team of brilliant misfits: a psychiatrist with a gambling addition, a mechanical prodigy with anger issues, and a "human calculator" with social anxiety -- who save the world from problems only a genius could solve. Also in the cast are Robert Patrick as tough-as-nails security agent Cabo Gallo and Katherine McPhee as Paige, a former waitress who translates the "normal" world for the geniuses. Scorpion is Homeland Security's last line of defense against the complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Unlikely Heroes: The Making of Scorpion Season One," "Stunts on Scorpion," "Building Team Scorpion," "Chasing the Plane," "Meet Team Scorpion," "Inside the Brain With Eddie Kaye Thomas." (CBS/Paramount).
(2014) Sean Astin, Chris Mulkey, Mimi Rogers. When a plane crashes in the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan, the pilot is pulled from the wreckage by a man who has been stranded on his boat. Immediately suspicious of each other, the two strangers must overcome their differences to find a way back to shore. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Entertainment One).
(2015) Eight-hour History Channel miniseries tells the story of legendary hero Sam Houston and the Republic of Texas's intense struggle for independence against the forces of fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. Brings to life the thrilling, gut-wrenching and inspiring true story of how the state of Texas fought for their independence, ultimately forming one of America's oldest and most legendary law enforcement agencies -- The Texas Rangers. From rough-hewn Rangers with guns on their hips to the legendary "Yellow Rose of Texas," whose brains were matched only by her beauty, this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for themselves. Directed by Roland Joffe and starring Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Addai-Robinson, Chad Michael Murray, and Max Thieirot. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Three featurettes: "Capturing the Revolution: Filming Texas Rising," "Sam Houston: A Man of the Revolution," "General Santa Anna: Leading Mexico." (Lionsgate).
20 Halloween Stories – Scholastic Storybook Treasures
A new Halloween release from the Scholastic Classic Collection value line; this read-along DVD includes 20 stories (approximately three hours) on a single DVD including: "Where the Wild Things Are," "Creepy Carrots!," "Dinosaur Bones," "The Day of the Dead," "Dem Bones," "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything," "Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman," "A Very Brave Witch," "Space Case," "Diary of a Spider," "Los Gatos Black on Halloween," "By the Light of the Halloween Moon," "A Dark, Dark Tale," "What’s Under My Bed," "Strega Nona," "The Three Robbers," "Fletcher and the Falling Leaves," "The Trip," "Georgie," "The Wizard." Formats: DVD: $5.97. (Cinedigm).
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season
(2014-15) Five-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray with all 22 episodes. Formats: DVD: $49.99, Blu-ray Disc: $54.97, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Vampire Diaries: Good Bite and Good Luck" farewell featurette; "The Vampire Diaries: Best.Reaction.Ever.": Fan reactions to big moments throughout the season will be curated from Twitter, fan sites and other social media, and pieced together to tell the story of season six via fans' reactions; Ep.615 audio commentary; writer/director Julie Plec provides commentary on her directorial debut; "The Vampire Diaries: 2014 Comic-Con Panel"; "Come Visit Georgia" PSA, deleted scenes; "Second Bite: Gag Reel." (Warner).
(2015 -- China) Wu Jing, Yu Nan, Scott Adkins, Kyle Shapiro, Ni Dahong, Kevin Lee. Director Wu Jing also stars as a Chinese Special Forces soldier with extraordinary marksmanship who is expelled from the army and joins a mysterious troupe of insurgents known as the Wolf Warriors. Sergeant Leng Feng, top marksman of the Chinese Special Forces, is jailed under court martial for disobeying orders. But he's just the kind of fighter the Wolf Warriors are looking for. The Wolves bring Feng into their pack, honing his skills to a knife's edge. But another team has Feng on their radar: a group of corrupt blades-for-hire, seeking revenge for a drug lord's murder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
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The Age of Adaline
(2015) Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Ellen Burstyn. Adaline (Lively) is a 29-year-old who survives a near-death experience and from that day on never grows older. She guards her secret and her heart for eight decades until a charming philanthropist (Huisman) and his parents (Ford and Baker) force her to confront her destiny. Read more about "The Age of Adaline" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with director Lee Toland Krieger, "A Love Story for the Ages" featurette, "Style Throughout the Ages" featurette, "Discovering Young Harrison Ford: Anthony Ingruber, An Online Sensation" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2014) Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles, Aliaune "Akon" Thiam. A tale of two brothers torn apart and reunited by the reckless and perilous world of crime. James (Christensen) owes his life to his older brother Frankie (Brody) after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. He turns to his underworld connections and convinces James to join him in hopes that one last job will be the solution to change both their lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Creating a Complex Caper: Pulling off American Heist" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Barbie in Rock 'N Royals
(2015) In this animated musical, Barbie stars as Princess Courtney, a modern princess whose world is turned upside down when she switches places with Erika, a famous rockstar. Two very different worlds collide when a mix-up sends Princess Courtney to Camp Pop and Erika, to Camp Royalty. While the leaders of the rival camps try to correct the mix-up, both Courtney and Erika learn to adjust to the different worlds and have fun while making new, unexpected friends. When the girls learn both camps are at risk of shutting down, they must embrace their differences, find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible when you dare to dream big. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "What If I Shine Remix" music video, "Raise Our Voices" music video, Rock 'n Royals motion comic. (Universal).
Beat the Devil BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1953) Dir.: John Huston; Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre. An exquisitely dry comedy with a witty script (by Huston and Truman Capote), this film finds subtle, absurdist laughs in the misadventures of Humphrey Bogart's tough customer, who -- aboard a ship enroute to Africa -- becomes involved with an unlikely group of rogues in a complex scheme to gain control of a patch of uranium-rich land. The fifth and final movie Bogart made with Peter Lorre. Restored and digitally remastered. (The Film Detective).
Blue Bloods: The Fifth Season
(2014-15) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $55.98. The Regan family -- headed up by Tom Selleck -- continues to serve and protect the streets of New York. Oldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) works to convict a national felon as well as resolve a dangerous hostage situation. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) faces numerous challenges as she navigates the judicial system enduring the retrial of a woman she's already convicted, as well as enlisting the testimony of a protected mob informant. Meanwhile, Jamie's (Will Estes) desire to help lands him in a few troubling situations. No matter what difficulties they face, this is a squad that sticks together, protecting family before all else. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Blue Bloods 100th Epiosde Celebration," "The Story of the Reagans: Season 5," "Inside the Commissioner's Office," commissioner's office set tour, "Blue Bloods" stunts, "Inside the Blue Bloods Cookbook," commentary. (CBS/Paramount).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Two
(2014-15) Three-disc set with all 23 episodes. Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) are back for more hijinks as they team up with Brooklyn's finest to make the precinct better than ever. As they deal with overbearing superiors, a drug task force, dating crimes, the questionable motives of close family, and a long-awaited interdepartmental romance, they discover there's nothing like laughter when you're staring danger in the face. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Universal).
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
(2013) Inspired by the critically-acclaimed book, this documentary takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise -- from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 "reboot." Combines hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all twelve films and the television series. Features Sean S. Cunningham, Corey Feldman, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Alice Cooper, Frank Mancuso Jr., Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Ari Lehman, Betsy Palmer, Erin Gray, Kane Hodder, Stu Charno. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
Dressed to Kill
(1980) Brian De Palma ascended to the highest ranks of American suspense filmmaking with this virtuoso, explicit erotic thriller. At once tongue-in-cheek and scary as hell, "Dressed to Kill" revolves around the grisly murder of a woman in Manhattan, and what happens when her psychiatrist, her brainiac teenage son, and the prostitute who witnessed the crime try to piece together what happened while the killer remains at large. With its masterfully executed scenes of horror, voluptuous camera work, and passionate score, "Dressed to Kill" is a veritable symphony of terror, enhanced by vivid performances by Angie Dickinson, Michael Caine and Nancy Allen. New, restored 4K digital transfer of director Brian De Palma's preferred unrated version, approved by the director, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with actor Nancy Allen, producer George Litto, composer Pino Donaggio, shower-scene body double Victoria Lynn Johnson, and poster photographic art director Stephen Sayadian; "The Making of Dressed to Kill," a 2001 documentary featuring De Palma; new profile of cinematographer Ralf Bode, featuring filmmaker Michael Apted; interview with actor-director Keith Gordon from 2001; video pieces from 2001 about the different versions of the film and the cuts made to avoid an X rating; gallery of storyboards by De Palma; trailer; an essay by critic Michael Koresky. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014) Paz de la Huerta, Samantha Hill, Laurence R. Harvey, Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Tristan Risk, Udo Kier. A loving tribute to the gory and gruesome erotic horror of classic Italian giallo cinema, this stylish horror comedy spins the twisted tale of a once-prolific film editor who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders haunting a seedy 1970s film studio. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Commentary with director-producers-stars Adam Brooks and Matt Kennedy and star Connor Sweeney; "Making Movies Used to Be Fun" documentary; music and poster featurettes; Astron-6 Film Festival introduction; deleted scenes. (Scream Factory).
(2014) Chronicles the history of video games, from the origin of the technology to the birth of the arcade game. Featuring interviews with video game pioneers including Nolan Bushnell (the founder of Atari), David Crane (the co-founder of Activision), Noah Falstein (chief game designer at Google), John Romero (the founder of ID Software), Todd Howard (director of Fallout 4), and many others, the film is a compendium of all of the groundbreaking games of the past 40 years, and includes original animation and iconic graphics. From Pong to Pac Man, Super Mario to Lara Croft, Doom, Grand Theft Auto and beyond, this film tells the remarkable story of the fastest-evolving new media of all time. Formats: DVD. (Public Media Distribution).
The Goldbergs: The Complete Second Season
(2014-15) Three-disc set with 24 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Three featurettes, "On Location With Sean Giambrone," "Making Barry Goldberg's Day Off," "On the Set With Wendi McLendon-Covey," deleted scenes, gag reel. (Sony).
Gotham: The Complete First Season
(2014-15) Six-DVD set and four-disc Blu-ray with all 22 episodes.
Formats: DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray Disc: $60.10. Extras: "Gotham Invented: Building Our Gotham," "Gotham Invented: Paving the Way for the Caped Crusader," "Gotham Invented: Fractured Villains of Gotham," "Designing the Fiction," "The Game of Cobblepot," gag reel, unaired scenes, "DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow." "GOTHAM: The Legend Reborn," character profiles. (Warner).
Haven: Season Five, Volume One
(2014) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. Based on the novella "The Colorado Kid" by Stephen King, the Syfy series follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), who became a cop in the small town of Haven, Maine, and quickly found herself involved in the return of "the Troubles," a series of supernatural afflictions that have plagued the seaside village for generations. Partnered with local residents Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) and Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour), Audrey began to realize that Haven's fate was linked to her own, and only she can save the town and the people she loves from the weight of their curses. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Thirteen "Inside Haven" featurettes, "Haven: Origins: Witches Are Born," "Haven: Origins: Native Breaks Free," commentary. (Entertainment One).
The Hee Haw Collection
Pickin' and grinnin,' singin' and spinnin' tall tales and corny jokes, the citizens of Kornfield Kounty landed on television in 1969 with the arrival of "Hee Haw" as a summer replacement series for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Each week, co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark and the cast of comedians and musicians welcomed the biggest stars in country music to perform their songs and help deliver the legendary corny one-liners. Though a hit, CBS dropped the show in 1971 in an attempt to "de-countrify" the network's programming; however, it was quickly picked up and became the longest-running weekly syndicated series in television history. This three-disc collection features five episodes -- never-before-available at retail -- from the late 60s and early 70s. Features performances by Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard (singing his classic "Okie from Muskogie") Donna Fargo, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Charlie Rich, Hank Williams Jr. and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Formats: DVD: $39.95. Extras: Bonus interviews with show regulars including Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, George Lindsey, Charlie McCoy and Jim and John Hager; favorite comedy bits from the early years in "Hee Haw Laffs," featuring "Board Fence," "Cornfield," "Moonshiners," "Doctor Spot," "Old Philosopher," "General Store," "Haystack," "Schoolhouse" and other knee-slappers. (Time-Life).
Hill Street Blues: Season Six
(1985-86) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes, $34.99. Combining gritty realism and surprising humor to document both the personal and professional challenges of the officers and detectives who protect and serve, the sixth season of "Hill Street Blues" continued the series' tradition of high-quality, compelling television. With top-notch writing, directing, and ensemble acting (from cast veterans Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Bruce Weitz, Joe Spano, Betty Thomas, Robert Prosky and Dennis Franz, appearing as Lt. Norman Buntz), the sixth season maintained the program's dominance as one of the greatest television series of its time, and further solidified its place as one of the all-time finest. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Hollow Triumph BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1948) Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks. John Muller, a career criminal on the run from vengeful gangsters after a botched casino robbery, finds the ultimate hideout, masquerading as a successful psychoanalyst to whom he bears a strong resemblance. However, he fails to take into account that when you take over someone’s life, you inherit the bad with the good. Restored and digitally remastered. (The Film Detective).
Homeland: The Complete Fourth Season
(2014) Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray with 12 episodes. (Fox)
Love at First Fight
(2014 -- France) Adele Haenel, Kevin Azais. The critically acclaimed French comedy finds a young carpenter pursuing a survivalist tomboy into an intense army boot camp to win her over. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
(2015) Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould. Twelve-year-old Dylan Webber lives in the outback of Western Australia in a small country town with a father, desperately trying to get over the death of his wife. When the imaginative Dylan discovers he has a talent for folding and flying paper planes, he begins an improbable journey to reach the World Junior Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Along the way he makes unlikely new friends, clashes with powerful rivals and comes to terms with his family's past before facing his greatest challenge -- to create a paper plane that will compete with the best in the world. The highest-grossing family film in Australian history. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Entertainment One).
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Queen and Country
(2014) Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, David Thewlis, Tamsin Egerton, Richard E. Grant. Legendary, internationally-renowned Academy Award-nominated director John Boorman concludes a career spanning more than 50 years with this, his final film. This long awaited sequel to the five-time Academy Award-nominated "Hope and Glory"(1987) is based on Boorman's early adult years, and follows Bill Rohan -- a child of the Blitz -- as he comes of age while the country is drawn into the Korean War. At boot camp, Bill and his new buddies master the art of poking fun at petty tyrants and hunger for weekend leaves with local beauties. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (BBC Worldwide).
Salt of the Earth BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1954) Juan Chacon, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer. This controversial film centers on a long, difficult workers' strike against a mining company in New Mexico, based on real-life events. Ramon Quintero fights for equity of wages as well as health and safety issues ... but at home he mistreats his wife, Esperanza. When the men are forced to end their picketing, Esperanza joins up with the other wives of the workers, who demand to play a role in the strike -- against their husband's wishes. Written, directed and produced by members of the original blacklisted "Hollywood Ten": director Herbert J. Biberman, screenwriter Michael Wilson, producer Paul Jarrico and composer Sol Kaplan. "Salt of the Earth" was the only film ever blacklisted in American film history; it was not allowed to be shown during the Communist scares of the 1950s and was first shown in American theaters in 1965. The production was fraught with outside interference due to the "communist" nature of the film: The entire cast and crew were met by a citizens' committee in Central, New Mexico, where they had planned to film, and were ordered to leave town. The following day they moved the production to Silver City, NM, and were warned to "get out of town ... or go out in black boxes." Because the producers feared both sabotage and destruction of the film, the exposed footage had to be developed in secret, and at night, by a sympathetic lab technician, with the film delivered in unmarked canisters. Restored and digitally remastered. (The Film Detective).
Sesame Street: Play All Day With Elmo
(2015) Spend the afternoon dancing, jumping, and clapping while playing all of Elmo's favorite games. Preschoolers can join Elmo to play Freeze Dance, Red Light Green Light, Elmo Says, and more. Elmo helps make learning fun with his interactive approach to teaching children his favorite games. Includes the full length episode "Simon Says." Formats: DVD: $14.98. (Warner).
Shocker Collector's Edition Blu-ray
(1989) Dir.: Wes Craven; Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Sam Scarber, Camille Cooper, Ted Raimi. Extras: Special audio commentary with Wes Craven; all-new interviews with Mitch Pileggi, Cami Cooper, executive producer Shep Gordon, music supervisor Desmond Child and soundtrack artists; new audio commentary with director of photography Jacques Haitkin, co-producer Robert Engelman and composer William Goldstein; retrospective featurettes; original storyboard gallery; more. (Scream Factory).
Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season
(2014-15) Six-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray with all 23 episodes. Formats: DVD: $49.99, Blu-ray Disc: $54.97. Extras: "A Very Special Supernatural Special," "Supernatural Theatre: Staging The 200th Episode," "The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and The Blade," "Supernatural Fans," "Supernatural at Comic-Con 2014," three audio commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure - The Movie
(2015) Surprises await Thomas and his friends as they dig up their most daring adventure yet. Unearthing an old pirate ship, Thomas is on the hunt for Sodor's lost treasure. When Thomas rocks the boat with some new friends, trouble soon rushes in. Will Thomas track down the treasure in time or will Sailor John set sail with it? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Never Overlook a Little Engine" music video, "We Make a Team Together" music video, four new "Guess Who?" puzzles. (Universal).
When Calls the Heart: Heart and Home
(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. Jack and Elizabeth leave Hope Valley and rush back to the city of Hamilton when they learn that Jack's brother, Tom, was involved in an automobile accident ... with Elizabeth's sister, Julie. Their trip is further complicated when Tom and Julie endeavor to run off together -- via train this time – and Elizabeth's father offers Jack a job -- an offer that puts Jack and Elizabeth’s fledgling romance in peril yet again. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
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All American High Revisted
(2014) In 1984, young filmmaker Keva Rosenfeld set out to make a film about the experience of being in high school. He spent a year following the senior class at a typical California school and edited the footage into "All American High." Told through the eyes of a visiting foreign exchange student, the film presented an uncensored view of teens in an era of big hair and parachute pants. A "real-life Fast Times at Ridgemont High," said People magazine. "Keva Rosenfeld does a spectacular job of candidly capturing the life of typical suburban teens. It is true. It is hilarious. It's a little frightening." After showings on the film festival circuit, the film was locked away in a storage vault and remained unseen until Rosenfeld came upon it three decades later. In that vault, Rosenfeld also uncovered a review that said the film captured "the values and attitudes of middle-class teenagers who will lead America into the 21st century." Wondering if this prediction came true, the director set out to locate those 17-year-old students he'd met 30 years earlier. After many phone conversations and much planning, Rosenfeld began to film the very same people he profiled long ago. By bringing this story full circle, then and now -- a generation later, "All American High Revisited" was born.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
American Experience: Walt Disney
(2015) In 1966, the year Walt Disney died, 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 100 million tuned in to a Disney television program, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to 7 million visited Disneyland. Few creative figures before or since have held such a long-lasting place in American life and popular culture. This documentary offers an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America's most enduring and influential storytellers. From "Steamboat Willie" to "Pinocchio" to "Mary Poppins," Disney's movies grew out of his own life experiences. He told stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work became increasingly celebratory of the American way of life that made his unlikely success possible. Yet despite the success he achieved, he was driven and restless, a demanding perfectionist on whom decades of relentless work and chain-smoking would take their toll. He wanted his films to make people feel deeply, yet often buried his own emotions. Aspiring to create great artistic films, he felt he wasn't taken seriously by the movie industry, and was stung when critics panned his productions. Never satisfied with his previous efforts, he always pushed forward to a "new adventure," but his attention to detail and quest for innovation frequently meant delays and cost overruns. When his employees organized and went on strike, Disney felt betrayed, not able to understand how people who worked for him could be unhappy; years later he called them "communists" before the House Un-American Activities Committee. A polarizing figure -- though true believers vastly outnumber his critics -- Disney's achievements are indisputable. He created one of the most beloved cartoon characters in history, Mickey Mouse; conceived the first ever feature-length animated film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"; pioneered the integration of media and marketing with thousands of branded products; and conceived Disneyland, the world's first theme park and a three-dimensional realization of his own utopian universe. Premieres Monday and Tuesday, September 14-15, 2015 on PBS. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
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Aquarius: The Complete First Season
(2015) Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray with 13 episodes. Los, Angeles, 1967. Welcome to the Summer of Love. David, Duchovny ("The X Files," "Californication") stars as Sam Hodiak, a seasoned homicide detective whose investigations dovetail with the activities of real-life cult leader Charles Manson in the years before he masterminded the most notorious killings of a generation, the Tate-LaBianca murders. A small-time but charismatic leader with big plans, Manson has begun to build up his "family," recruiting vulnerable young men and women to join his cause. Teaming up with a young cop who will help him infiltrate Manson's circle, Hodiak is forced to see things through the questioning eyes of someone who came of age amongst the current anti-establishment counterculture. (Anchor Bay).
(1975 -- France) Walerian Borowczyk's most notorious and controversial film wildly re-works the classic Beauty and the Beast story into a very adult fairy tale, a parody of pornographic tropes and an assault on notions of "good taste." Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son, Mathurin, to a horny American heiress, Lucy. Yet Mathurin seems more interested in his horses than in his bride-to-be, and when Lucy finds out about the story of his 18th-century ancestor Romilda copulating with the titular beast, it sparks to life one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history. A huge hit in France that was extensively censored and banned elsewhere, "The Beast" broke new ground in sexual explicitness and remains a truly startling experience even today. In a new high definition digital transfer of the uncut 98-minute version with uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Making of The Beast"; "Frenzy of Ecstasy," a visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk's beast and the sequel that never was, "Motherhood"; "The Profligate Door," a documentary about Borowczyk's sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet; "Boro Brunch", a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk's crew; commercials by Borowczyk: "Holy Smoke" (1963), "The Museum" (1964) and "Tom Thumb" (1966); "Gunpoint," a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk; "Behind Enemy Lines -- The Making of Gunpoint"; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design; illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by David Thompson, illustrated with original stills. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season
(2014-15) Three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray with 24 episodes. Formats: DVD: $44.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.99, Digital. Extras: "Shooting Stars: BBT on BBT," 2014 The "Big Bang Theory" Comic-Con panel, "Constellation Prize," "Here's To You, Carol Ann Susi," "It's A Quark ... It's An Atom ... It's the #BBTSuperfans!" gag reel. (Warner).
(1981) Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic "The Decalogue" and the "Three Colors" trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski made his first work of metaphysical genius, "Blind Chance," a compelling drama about the difficulty of reconciling political ideals with personal happiness. This unforgettable film follows Witek (a magnetic Boguslaw Linda), a medical student with an uncertain future in Communist Poland; Kiesowski dramatizes Witek’s journey as a series of different possibilities, suggesting that chance rules our lives as much as choice. First suppressed and then censored by the Polish government, "Blind Chance" is here presented in its complete original form. New 4K digital restoration of the original uncensored film, approved by cinematographer Krzysztof Pakulski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Polish film critic Tadeusz Sobolewski, interview with director Agnieszka Holland from 2003, nine sections from the film originally censored by the Central Film Board in Poland, an essay by film critic Dennis Lim and a 1993 interview about the film with director Krzysztof Kieslowski. (The Criterion Collection).
Care Bears: Mystery In Care-A-Lot
(2012) A Halloween-themed adventure packed with friendship and fun. The Care Bears show the power of caring and sharing as they transform bad dreams into sweet ones, solve the mystery of the legendary Scare Bear, and save Care-a-Lot from turning into Grump-a-Lot. Formats: DVD: $14.98, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes
(1967-72) Six-disc collector's set ($59.95) features the best original broadcast episodes from the legendary variety show, hand-picked by Burnett herself. Includes 16 episodes -- not seen since their original airing more than 40 years ago -- and nearly five Hours of specially-created bonus material. Formats: DVD. Additionally, a single disc "Lost Episodes" release will also be available for $12.95, which includes three episodes and an hour of bonus features, interviews and outtakes. Extras: A backstage tour of CBS Studio 33, where the show was originally taped; 13 exclusive new interviews with stars of yesteryear and today, with Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Vikki Carr, Carol Channing, Bill Hader, Jack Jones, Jim Nabors, Queen Latifah, Gloria Loring, Don Rickles, Lesley Ann Warren and more; never-before-seen bloopers & outtakes; newly produced featurettes; bonus sketches including "Morton at the Movies" and the all-time classic "The Dentist"; the opening number from the historic Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center TV special with a new introduction by Burnett. (Time Warner).
(2015) Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Hayley Atwell, Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgard, Ben Chaplin. Disney's latest redo of a fairy tale keeps with tradition, thanks to Kenneth Branagh's steady direction. Read more about "Cinderella" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud), Disney Movies Anywhere. Extras: "Frozen Fever" short with the characters from "Frozen": It's Anna's birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever -- but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk; "Ella's Furry Friends": Discover how the movie's animal stars honed their memorable performances. Blu-ray adds "A Fairy Tale Comes to Life" behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew; "Costume Test Fun"; "Staging the Ball"; alternate opening: Ella's childhood. (Disney).
Closer to the Moon
(2014) Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong. Based on audaciously true events about a Romanian police officer in 1959 Bucharest who teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie. The heist that baffled the repressive regime and left the public in an uproar. Their motives were never known. Having been captured, arrested and sentenced to death, the unusual gang is given one last punishment before facing the execution squad: reenact the heist for the benefit of a Communist propaganda film. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Final Season
(2014-15) Five-disc set with 20 episodes. The final season of the popular series that follows a team of brilliant forensic investigators as they investigate crimes in Sin City's most twisted corners. Whatever the case, lead investigator D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) knows he can rely on the brilliance of blood-work expert Julie Finlay (Elizabeth Shue) and veteran investigators Nick Stokes (George Eads), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) and Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda). Yet the final challenge is darkest for the elite team of experts when a serial killer stalks Las Vegas and his traps threaten to ensnare one of CSI's own. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Following the Evidence" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Killer Crime Scenes," "Girls Gone Gadgets," "All Dolled Up" behind-the-scenes look at the "Rubbery Homicide" episode, "That's All, Stokes," "Cool Cars." (Paramount).
CSI: Cyber - The First Season
(2015) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. The latest spin-off of one of the most successful franchises in television history. The series stars Patricia Arquette as Special Agent Avery Ryan in a drama inspired by the advanced technological work of real-life Cyber Psychologist Mary Aiken. Ryan heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. Ryan's supervisor, Assistant Director Simon Sifter (Peter MacNicol), is a shrewd FBI career insider and the clearinghouse between FBI Cyber and all other branches of government. Also on the team are FBI Agent Elijah Mundo (James Van Der Beek), a self-proclaimed action junkie who is an expert in battlefield forensics; Daniel Krumitz (Charley Koontz), an introverted tech genius with a quick wit; Brody Nelson (Shad Moss), an expat hacker who chose to work for the FBI over a life of cyber-crime; and Raven Ramirez (Hayley Kiyoko), a rookie tech who is an expert in social media, cyber trends and international relations. While other agents search for criminals in dark homes and alleys, Ryan and her team search the "dark net." Formats: DVD. Extras: "It Can Happen to You" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Encoding CSI: Cyber," "Welcome to CTOC" set tour, "Tech Tools of the Trade,
"CGI-Cyber" visual effects featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary from executive producer Anthony E. Zuiker. (Paramount).
Empire: The Complete First Season
(2015) Four-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray with 12 episodes. (Fox).
(2015) Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ronda Rousey, Kurt Russell . Read more about "Furious 7" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Back to the Starting Line": Producer Neal Moritz, Chris Morgan and the cast join franchise newcomer director James Wan as they look back at how far the franchise has come bring the latest installment to life; "Race Wars": "Furious 7" brings the crew back to Race Wars, the iconic, fictional racing event from the very first film. Vin Diesel and a couple hundred friends are back for a full-throttle celebration of all things Fast with special guest-star Iggy Azalea, behind-the-scenes footage of the cars, the sweat and the girls; "Snatch and Grab": A behind-the-scenes look at shooting one of the premier action sequences in the franchise’s history; "Making of Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride." The Extended Edition Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; "The Cars of Furious": The car coordinator and his team join the cast and filmmakers for a closer look at the film’s spectacular cars; "Flying Cars": People jump out of planes all the time, but not while sitting behind the wheel of a car. This featurette shows how the team pulled off this jaw-dropping sequence; "Tower Jumps": A look at how one of the most exciting stunt sequences of the film, the Abu Dhabi tower jumps, became a reality; "Inside the Fight": A combination of fight training footage and interviews takes viewers inside the fierce hand-to-hand fights; "Talking Fast": Director James Wan and the cast break down the movie's most memorable moments and chat about how the Fast franchise has evolved over the years; "See You Again" official music video by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. (Universal).
Heaven Knows What
(2014) Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Eleonore Hendricks. A young heroin addict (Holmes) roams the streets of New York to panhandle and get her next fix, while her unstable boyfriend Ilya (Jones) drifts in and out of her life at random. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Radius/Anchor Bay).
(1974 -- France) Walerian Borowczyk's first explicitly erotic feature, "Immoral Tales" presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbianism and papal incest. It tells four stories, each delving back further in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilization, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsebet Bathory, or present-day teenagers. Capitalizing on the relaxation of censorship laws, "Immoral Tales" would transform Borowczyk's image from brilliant but obscure avant-garde artist to one of Europe's most confrontational filmmakers when it came to trampling on sexual taboos. New high definition digital transfers of two versions of the feature, the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film "The Beast of Gevaudan" (which later became the feature "The Beast"), in uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird; "Love Reveals Itself," a new interview featuring production manager Dominique Duverge-Segretin and cinematographer Noel Very; "Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk," a newly-edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex; "Blow Ups," a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk's works on paper; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design; illustrated booklet containing new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Legacy BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1978) Katherine Ross, Sam Elliott, John Standing, Roger Daltrey. Two U.S. architects (Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott) join a variety of houseguests who are trapped in an English mansion with a dying satanist. When Margaret and Pete have a car accident in the English countryside, the other driver offers to take them to his lavish country estate to make amends. But once there, they're surprised to learn that all of the other houseguests are already expecting them. It's not long before the couple's fear turns into terror when the guests begin dying in unspeakable ways. Now it's clear, the true master of the house is a supernatural force that will stop at nothing to find the rightful heirs for an unimaginably horrible legacy. Extras: New interviews with film editor Anne V. Coates and special effects artist Robin Grantham, TV spot, radio spot, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles
(2015) Four episodes. After headstrong Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine's clutches, Master Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi unearth the Holocrons -- last remnants of the secrets of the Jedi -- to further Luke's training. But Darth Vader also seeks the Holocrons, and he'll stop at nothing to get to them first. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
(2015) Cameron Bright, Hannah Murray, Isabella Blake-Thomas, Astrid Whettnal. When his alcoholic father suddenly dies, 19-year-old drop-out Shawn (Bright), decides to step up and raise his little sister, Julie (Blake-Thomas), on his own. Hoping to cash in on his dad's life insurance policy, Shawn battles his aunt Monica (Whettnal) for custody of Julie. Unfortunately, providing for a 9-year-old proves harder than he could have imagined. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Little Glory." (Lightyear Entertainment).
Lost in Space -- The Complete Series BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1965-68) Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! One of the most iconic television series of all-time arrives on Blu-ray for the first time in an 18-disc set with all 83 episodes remastered in high definition. The collection allows fans to bring home Irwin Allen's intergalactic family saga that earned an enormous following of devoted fans over the years. Set in the space age future of 1997, the show follows the heart-racing, cliff-hanging adventures of John Robinson and his family aboard the Jupiter 2, along with Robot B-9 and the delightfully devious Dr. Zachary Smith. Extras: New cast interviews; commentary on select episodes; "Lost in Space: The Epilogue" special cast reunion performance of Bill Mumy's 1980 un-produced script with Mumy, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Veronica Cartwright, Guy Williams Jr., Toni Williams, Kevin Burns and Robot B9; hours of archival material including unaired pilots, screen tests, outtakes, TV spots, a music video, a 1973 "Lost in Space" animated special, and much more; photo galleries. (Fox).
Love & Mercy
(2015) Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Kenny Wormald, Joanna Going, Jake Abel, Dee Wallace. An unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson (portrayed by both John
Cusack and Paul Dano) of The Beach Boys. The film intimately examines the unique journey and ultimate salvation of this musical icon, whose success came at an extraordinary personal
cost. Read more about "Love & Mercy" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A California Story: Creating the Look of Love & Mercy" featurette, "A-Side/B-Side: Portraying the Life of Brian Wilson" featurette, deleted scenes, audio commentary with director-producer Bill Pohlad and executive producer/co-writer Oren Moverman. (Lionsgate).
Masterpiece: Arthur & George
(2015) Martin Clunes ("Doc Martin") stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, in a real-life case that inspired the great author to put down his pen and turn detective. The three-part series traces a string of notorious animal mutilations alleged to involve a mixed-race attorney named George Edalji. Doyle uncovers a rush to judgment against Edalji that provides plenty of suspects and even a connection to the real criminal mastermind who inspired Professor Moriarty. Exasperated by the mounting twists and turns, the harried author exclaims at one point, "If this were a story, I'd change the beginning, I'd change the end, or I'd try something else!" Adapted from Julian Barnes’s acclaimed novel of the same name, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the English-speaking world. Airing on PBS Sundays, September 6-20.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
(2015) From the creators of "Chimpanzee" and "Bears" comes this spectacular tale set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya, a clever and resourceful monkey, finds her world forever changed when she welcomes her son Kip into her colorful extended family. As Maya strives to keep Kip safe through unexpected and sometimes perilous adventures, amazing footage captures all the magic and surprises of their magnificent world. Narrated by Tina Fey. For every Digital and Blu-ray Combo Pack sold during first-week sales, Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect endangered species in their natural habitat, supporting conservation project across Indonesia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "A Special Thank You from Disneynature," "Tales From The Kingdom," "On the Set of Monkey Kingdom With Jane Goodall and Wolfgang Dittus," "Disneynature Monkey Kingdom: The Conservation Story," "It's Our World" music video performed by Jacquie Lee. (Disney).
NCIS: The Best of Abby
(2014) Three-disc set with 12 select episodes highlighting fan-favorite character Abby Sciuto, famously portrayed by Pauley Perrette. For six seasons running, "NCIS" has remained the #1 drama series on TV, and now viewers can dive into 12 special episodes featuring Abby, a forensic scientist at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Her peppy attitude mixed with her gothic style and love of science has made her one of the most beloved characters on the long-running hit show. The 12 episodes selected by the fans themselves: "Bete Noire," "S.W.A.K."," Bloodbath," "Witch Hunt," "Cover Story," "Dog Tags," "Toxic," "Cracked," "Enemy on the Hill," "Up in Smoke," "Recovery" and "Hit and Run." Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary; opening remarks, closing remarks, and episode introductions by Pauley Perrette; "From Pauley to Abby: Hairspray, Lipstick and Tattoos." featurette. (CBS/Paramount).
NCIS: The 12th Season Blu-ray
(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: Blu-ray Disc 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).
(2015) David Oyelowo. An official selection of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, this HBO Films presentation is a fascinating portrait of one man's descent into the delusions of a fractured mind. Told with incisive imagery, energy and humor, "Nightingale" is a compassionate depiction of isolation in the midst of a world ruled by social media. David Oyelowo gives a spellbinding, roller-coaster ride of a performance as Peter, the sole character in the film, a war veteran who lives in a nondescript ranch home with his mother, and shares an ongoing monologue with himself, and the audience, via his laptop computer's video recorder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: (HBO).
(2015) Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Sarah DeVincentis. Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, have recently moved to Los Angeles' Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at the home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family "playdate" becomes increasingly more revealing and bizarre as the couples begin to open up. Formats: DVD. (The Orchard).
Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection
Must-own collection brings together 11 Peanuts specials that have been remastered in all-new 4K Ultra HD transfers: "You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown," "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown," "It's Magic, Charlie Brown," " Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown," " Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?" "Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown," " What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?" "It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown," "Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown," " Why, Charlie Brown, Why?" and " You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown." Two-disc set, $26.99.Formats: DVD.(Warner).
(2015) Trevor Black, Annie Kitral, Kuma the Dog, voice of Rob Schneider. A rag-tag gang of international talking dog mascots must save the day and foil the plot of villains planning to sabotage the Youth World Cup soccer finals. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Pups United" featurette, award-winning Minuscule bonus episodes. (Lionsgate).
(2014 -- France/Belgium/USA) A mysterious VHS tape, a giant rat, and killer televisions ... Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite") and Eric Wareheim ("Tim and Eric Awesome Show") star in this head-spinning Hollywood satire from Quentin Dupieux, the writer and director of "Rubber." In the alternate reality of the entertainment industry, a cameraman (Alain Chabat) has 48 hours to pull off the impossible: find the world's greatest groan sound effect for the movie he dreams of directing or it doesn't get made. As he embarks on a hilariously bizarre odyssey, fact, fiction, reality and dreams collide in a surreal swirl of comic absurdity. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (IFC Midnight/Shout! Factory).
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes, many of them in their uncensored versions not previously shown on TV. Based on the International Emmy-winning French series "Les Revenants." The A&E series focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have long been presumed dead, suddenly re-appear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur. Formats: DVD: $26.98. Extras: "Behind the Scenes: Creating the World of The Returned" featurette, "Artist Dirk Dzimirsky on Drawing the Characters From The Returned" featurette, seven "Inside the Episode" specials focusing on individual characters. (Lionsgate).
Saban's Power Rangers: Trickster Treat
(2015) From the top-rated kid's live-action series, four fright-fueled, spine-tingling Halloween adventures follow the Rangers as they have a strange encounter with a mysterious medium who conjures "visions" of monsters past. Formats: DVD: $14.98, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Seven Five
(2014) During the crack cocaine explosion of the late 1980s and early '90s, Michael Dowd, a New York City police officer, brazenly led a crew of crooked cops to build his own empire in East New York, one of the toughest sections of Brooklyn. Labeled "The Dirtiest Cop Ever," Dowd turned the department's 75th Precinct into a den of corruption, both protecting and robbing drug dealers while lining his own pockets to the point of bursting with cash and drugs. His arrest in 1992 led to the largest police corruption scandal in New York City history. This documentary is packed with interviews with both those who broke the law and those who protected it. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
Sisters: Seasons One and Two
(1991-92) Seven-disc set with all 29 episodes, $44.99. Sometimes controversial, sometimes whimsical, always compelling, "Sisters" follows the trials and triumphs of the four Reed sisters -- Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), Teddy (Sela Ward), Georgie (Patricia Kalember) and Frankie (Julianne Phillips) -- as they contend with the challenges within their very different lives. Praised for its frank discussion of many highly charged issues that continue to resonate even today, "Sisters" was considered by many to be a game changer in how television explored the lives of women and family. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Think Backs - The Story of Sisters": A Conversation with executive producers and creators Daniel Lipman and Ron Cowen. (Shout! Factory).
Sleepy Hollow: The Complete Second Season
(2014-15) Five-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray with 18 episodes. (Fox).
I'm No Dummy Special Edition
(2009) Documentary about the art of ventriloquism follows comedians like Jeff Dunham, Jay Johnson and Lynn Trefzger, and explores what attracts performers to it, how artists master the peculiar practice, and what it's like to earn your living by making puppets talk. The film also takes a look at the history of ventriloquism. Formats: DVD. Extras: Director's commentary; two Q & As with the filmmakers from the World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival; interview with Jeff Dunham and his vintage figure Skinny Duggan; unseen outtakes, interview material and comic performances; added interview from "America's Got Talent" winner and Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator; tour inside the Vent Haven Museum (in Fort Mitchell, KY), the only museum in the world dedicated to the art of ventriloquism. (Pop Twist/MVD Entertainment Group).
Van Morrison - Another Glorious Decade
(2015) In the late 1970s, Van Morrison reappeared after several years on hiatus, a period during which he had gone from being one of the world s biggest stars to a memory from rock 'n' roll's past -- and music had moved on during his absence. On his eventual return, Morrison was a transformed figure: teetotal and motivated, but also garrulous and confrontational. Over the course of the years that followed, he embarked on a journey in which he sought to find independence as an artist and explore spirituality in his music; this film is the story of that journey. Using rare archive, live and studio footage and new interviews with many of those who worked with him, this film offers a rare glimpse into the world of this very private musician -- one that many fans of his music may find both surprising and enlightening. Formats: DVD. (Sexy Intellectual/MVD Entertainment).
The American Dreamer
(1971) A candid look into the unique mind and strange life of film legend and Hollywood rebel Dennis Hopper. In 1970, actor-director Dennis Hopper, who catapulted into stardom with his 1969 counterculture road movie" Easy Rider," was in the midst of finishing his follow-up work, "The Last Movie," a film that was deeply personal -- but ultimately disastrous. That moment in time became the window through which noted photojournalist Lawrence Schiller and avant-garde filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson entered to preserve Hopper's life, who in their opinion had submerged himself in the myth of his character in "Easy Rider." What resulted was the quasi-documentary "The American Dreamer," a unique portrait of the pathologically rebellious Hopper, which chronicled the late artist's agonizing, alcohol- and drug-fueled post-production of "The Last Movie." The result of Schiller and Carson's work was a multi-faceted look into the unique mind and strange life of one of the 20th century’s great, cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success. "The American Dreamer" was first released on college campuses in the 70s and then largely vanished. In the 1990s, Hopper himself brought the film back to life when he asked for it to be screened as a companion piece to "The Last Movie" at film festivals and art houses. Etiquette Pictures -- launched in July and devoted to painstakingly restoring unique and off-beat arthouse gems and rescuing them from obscurity -- in partnership with the Walker Art Center and Bond 360 Studios, brings this forgotten masterpiece to home video for the very first time in a new, director-approved, 2k restoration, painstakingly reconstructed from four 16mm prints housed in the Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Fighting Against the Wind" making-of featurette; "A Long Way Home" preservation featurette; extensive photo gallery; booklet and essay by film historian and Temple of Schlock blogger Chris Poggiali. (Etiquette Pictures).
Arrow: The Complete Third Season
(2014-15) Five-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray with all 23 episodes. Formats: DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray Disc: $60.19. Extras: "Second Skins: Creating the Uniforms of Arrow," "Nanda Parbat: Constructing the Villain's Lair," commentaries, "Arrow" at Comic-Con 2014, "The Man Beneath the Suit -- Atom's First Flight," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
The Beginners Bible, Volume 4
(2014) The latest DVD installment in the acclaimed, family-friendly series based on the best-selling children's book of the same name, features three timeless tales: "The Story of Joseph & His Brothers," "Daniel & the Lion's Den," and "The Battle of Jericho"; and a bonus story "The Story of Jonah & the Whale." Formats: DVD: $9.95. (Time Life).
(1980) At the turn of the 20th century, three Australian army lieutenants are court-martialed for alleged war crimes committed while fighting in South Africa. With no time to prepare, an Australian major, appointed as defense attorney, must prove they were just following the rules of war and are being made into political pawns by the British imperial command. Director Bruce Beresford garnered international acclaim for this riveting drama set during a dark period in his country’s colonial history, and featuring passionate performances by Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson; rugged cinematography by Donald McAlpine ("Moulin Rouge"); and an Oscar-nominated script, based on true events. New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Beresford from 2004; new interviews with Beresford, cinematographer Donald McAlpine, and actor Bryan Brown; interview with actor Edward Woodward from 2004; new piece about the Boer War with historian Stephen Miller; trailer; an essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard. (The Criterion Collection).
Chain of Command
(2015) Steve Austin, Michael Jai White, Max Ryan. When Special Operative James Webster (Michael Jai White) returns home from duty, he witnesses the brutal slaying of his brother. Webster immediately tries to retaliate and hunt down the perpetrators, but as he does, he delves deeper into a secret world of corruption and murder and finds himself at the center of a deadly conspiracy that cuts deep inside the walls of the U.S. Government. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(1977) Dir.: Tobe Hooper; Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, William Finley, Stuart Whitman, Robert Englund. Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger's famous red and green sweater, horror icon Robert Englund delivered a supremely sleazy performance this Southern terror from Tobe Hooper, director of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the ramshackle Starlight Hotel, presided over by the bumbling, mumbling Judd, who may seem like a good-natured ol' Southern gent but has a mean temper and a large scythe and loves to feed his guests to his pet croc. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with co-writer and producer Mardi Rustam, make-up artist Craig Reardon and stars Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards; new introduction to the film by director Tobe Hooper; new interview with Hooper; "My Name Is Buck": Star Robert Englund discusses his acting career; "The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball," the story of the South Texas bar owner on whom "Eaten Alive" is loosely based; "5ive Minutes With Marilyn Burns," the star of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" talks about working on "Eaten Alive"; "The Gator Creator" archival interview with Hooper; original theatrical trailers for the film under its various titles "Eaten Alive," "Death Trap," "Starlight Slaughter" and "Horror Hotel"; U.S. TV and radio spots; alternate credits sequence; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin; collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Farewell Party
(2015 -- Israel) A unique, compassionate and surprisingly funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2013) Michael O'Keefe, Catherine Dent, Blake Bashoff, Julie Mond, Sean Patrick Thomas, Mike Genovese. A successful stay-at-home graphic novelist hits a mid-life and creative crisis when, after the failure of his last work, he develops writers block. Seeking inspiration, he first turns to his provocative next-door female neighbor but, to the surprise of his wife, he actually ends up spending all of his time with the another next-door neighbor, a gay fellow "househusband" with whom he becomes emotionally intimate. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast interviews, director's breakdown of a scene, director's commentary, animation backstory, "Women on the Set" featurett, theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
The Flash: The Complete First Season
(2014-15) Five-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray with all 23 episodes. Formats: DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray Disc: $60.19.Extras: "The Fastest Man Alive!" "Creating the Blur," "The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test," "Behind the Story: The Trickster Returns!" DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow," commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Growing Up Trans
(2015) Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too -- with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In this program, Frontline takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside this new frontier — where it's now possible for kids who feel they were born in the wrong body to never have to go through the puberty of their biological sex. Eight transgender kids, ranging in ages from 9 to 19, speak with striking candor and remarkable insight about their deeply personal experiences. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman
(2015) To everyone's surprise, 55 years after the publication of "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee has published another novel. "Go Set a Watchman" was written before Lee's beloved masterpiece, as director Mary McDonagh Murphy explains in this update of her 2011 documentary "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird." Murphy's film sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels, and includes interviews with Lee's older sister, close friends, and admirers including Oprah Winfrey, Scott Turow, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb and more. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
In the Name of My Daughter
(2015 -- France) Adele Haenel, Catherine Deneuve, Guillaume Canet. Acclaimed director Andre Techine brings a gripping real-life thriller to the screen. When her marriage falls apart in 1976, Agnes Le Roux (Haenel) moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renee (Deneuve), owner of the Palais de La Mediterranee casino in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet (Canet), a lawyer and Renee's business advisor, who is 10 years her senior. Agnes is madly in love with him and he introduces her to a rival casino owner, Fratoni, who wants to win control of the Palais de la Mediterannee. Fratoni bribes Agnes to vote against her mother at a stockholders' meeting and Renee loses control of the casino. In November 1977, after a failed suicide attempt, Agnes disappears. Her body is never found. Thirty years on, Maurice Agnelet remains the prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt. Convinced of his involvement, Renee is prepared to fight to the bitter end to see him put behind bars. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
The Indian in the Cupboard: 20th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins. Extras: New bonus features: From the cast of "Goosebumps" (due Oct. 16): "Goosebumps" sneak peek, "Reflection on The Indian in the Cupboard"; "Little Bear: A Return to The Indian in the Cupboard" featurette; archival making-of featurette; original theatrical trailer. Legacy features include commentary from director Frank Oz. (Sony).
The Journey Home (aka Midnight Sun)
(2014) Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic, Bridget Moynahan. A young boy attempts to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother in northern Canada. But when a violent storm closes in, his mother and a family friend frantically search for the daring pair as they defy starvation and below freezing temperatures so both boy and bear can complete their own journeys home. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
Jumanji: 20th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Bonnie Hunt, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier, Patricia Clarkson. Extras: New bonus features: From the cast of "Goosebumps" (due Oct. 16): "Goosebumps" sneak peek, "Reflection on Jumanji"; new animated storybook excerpts from Jumanji (the book), narrated by author Chris Van Allsburg; two episodes of the 1996 "Jumanji: The Animated Series" TV show; original theatrical trailer. Legacy special features: special effects crew commentary, making-of documentary, production design documentary, SFX featurette, storyboard comparisons. (Sony).
Kindness Is Contagious
(2015) Heartwarming documentary by David Gaz, narrated by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the best-selling author of the novel (and film) "Pay It Forward." It’s a film all about being nice and the benefits of being nice. CEOs, baseball players, roller girls, concert pianists, artists,
street performers, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models and many more tell you their heartfelt stories of kindness and generosity. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(1990) A decade after he broke through with "Breaker Morant," Australian director Bruce Beresford made another acclaimed film about the effects of colonialism on the individual. In a performance that earned him the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for best actor, Maynard Eziashi ("Bopha!") plays the title character, a Nigerian villager eager to work as a civil servant for the British authorities, including a sympathetic district officer (Pierce Brosnan), in the hopes that it will benefit him in the future. Instead, his ambition leads to his tragic downfall. Mister Johnson, based on a 1939 novel by Joyce Cary, is a graceful, heartfelt drama about the limits of idealism, affectingly acted and handsomely shot. New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New video interviews with Beresford, producer Michael Fitzgerald, and actors Maynard Eziashi and Pierce Brosnan; trailer; an essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard. (The Criterion Collection).
Modern Family: The Complete Sixth Season
(2014-15) Three-disc set with 24 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98. (Fox).
(2012) An island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two 12-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As local authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore ... Wes Anderson’s "Moonrise Kingdom" stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young couple on the run, Bruce Willis as Island Police Captain Sharp, Edward Norton as Khaki Scout troop leader Scout Master Ward, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as Suzy’s attorney parents, Walt and Laura Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban. The magical soundtrack features the music of Benjamin Britten. Restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Anderson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola; selected-scene storyboard animatics; interviews with cast and crew; "Exploring the Set of Moonrise Kingdom,” an original documentary about the film; Norton’s home movies from the set; behind-the-scenes, special effects, and test footage; auditions; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien, plus a map of New Penzance Island and other ephemera. (The Criterion Collection).
The Nanny: Season Four
(1996-97) Three-disc set with all 26 episodes, $34.99. The irrepressible Fran Drescher returns for the fourth season of "The Nanny," a sitcom classic that dresses to impress. Nanny Fran Fine (Drescher) and the Sheffields are up to all-new shenanigans and misadventures in the fourth season, which delivers not only big laughs but big guest stars (including Bette Midler, Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, Celine Dion, Jon Stewart, Jason Alexander, and Joan Collins).
Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Other Man: F.W. De Klerk and the End Of Apartheid
(2014) It could have been a bloodbath of historic proportions. But instead, one man made the end of apartheid possible: in February 1990, President F.W. de Klerk lifted the ban on the African National Congress and ordered the release of Nelson Mandela. As the world celebrated, Mandela would go on to become South Africa's first democratically elected president -- with de Klerk as his deputy president. But de Klerk's history is complicated. A virulent defender
of white Africans and their privileges, he helped lead the fight against ANC activists. And his own presidency was marred by violence, often at the hands of security forces he controlled. What pushed this man to reverse his beliefs and jumpstart the process of making South Africa a more equal and just nation? Formats: DVD. Extras: "20 Years After Apartheid (discussion with Thabo Mbeki, Max Dupree and F.W. de Klerk), "The Quantum Leap Speech" (about de Klerk's famous speech, February 2, 1990) , "Vox Populi" (street interviews about the legacy of Mandela and de Klerk). (First Run Features).
Pitch Perfect 2
(2015) Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Katey Sagal.
After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform in this sequel to 2012's sleeper smash hit "Pitch perfect." Read more about "Pitch Perfect 2" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extended musical performances, deleted/extended/alternate scenes, "The Bellas Are Back," gag reel, commentary with director-producer Elizabeth Banks and producers Paul Brooks and Max Handelman. Blu-ray adds bonus song performed by the Treblemakers, Das Sound Machine finale breakdown, Line-Aca-Rama, Green Bay rap, "Elizabeth Banks' Directorial Debut" featurette, "Aca-Camp," "The Making of the Riff-Off," "The World Championships of A Cappella," "Snoop is in the House," "Residual Heat Internship", "An Aca-Love Story: Bumper and Fat Amy," "Legacy: Hailee Steinfeld." (Universal).
(2015) Powerful documentary that delves into the popularity of street drugs such as Molly found in today’s EDM culture. Offers a firsthand look at the environments where this new generation of party drugs are consumed, as told by club kids, EDM DJ’s and music fest moguls. As EDM has exploded into the mainstream, illicit drugs have become rampant at concerts and with fans. Teens and young adults have grown desensitized to these popular street drugs, putting their future at high risk. Formats: DVD. (Moguldom Studios/Cinedigm).
The Red Road: The Complete Second Season
(2014) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the Sundance TV series that centers around two clashing communities: a Native American tribe, and the small town of which they are forced to coexist. The long awaited federal recognition of the tribe has exacerbated decades-old tensions and history, and the fates of Sheriff Harold Jensen and Phillip Kopus are once again tied as the relationship between their communities becomes volatile. Season Two picks up a year after the end of Season One. Phillip is on parole trying to stay out of trouble. But things have changed: Sheriff Jensen has become lieutenant and the tribe is now in talks to build a casino. Kopus must endure his own version of an ordeal, a Native American test of courage and fortitude that leads either to redemption or to death. The tribe and the community must decide their futures after they are ravaged by the deaths of some of their most prominent members. Formats: DVD: $29.98. Extras: "Inside The Red Road," "Sundance on Set." (Anchor Bay).
(2015) Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker, Constance Zimmer. Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Getting Results: Shecky & Raymond," "Results" fitness promotional videos, cast and crew interviews. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2015) Gaspard Ulliel, Jeremie Renier, Lea Seydoux, Louis Garrell, Amira Casar, Aymelyne Valade, Helmut Berger. Yves Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career ... when Saint Laurent found both artistic inspiration and personal torment in the liberation and hedonism of the times. Explores the mind of the creative genius, the intricacies that turned a haute-couture label into a worldwide phenomenon, and the glamour and decadence that followed Saint Laurent's footsteps of fame and fortune. France's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 87th Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Sony).
The Sentinel BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1977) Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Jose Ferrer, John Carradine, Arthur Kennedy, Eli Wallach, Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith, Beverly D'Angelo, Deborah Raffin, Jerry Orbach, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, Christopher Walken. When a beautiful model, Alison Parker (Raines), rents an apartment in a gloomy New York brownstone, little does she realize that an unspeakable horror awaits her behind its doors ... a mysterious gateway to hell. Alison likes her eccentric new neighbors, so it comes as a shock when she's told that, except for a strange old priest, she's the only tenant. Amazing special makeup effects by the legendary Dick Smith. (Scream Factory).
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants
(2014) Even Bikini Bottom needs protection from evildoers and the ocean's greatest heroes are here to save the day in this collection of eight animated SpongeBob episodes. Whether it's Patrick-Man working hard to clean up Bikini Bottom or the legendary Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy being dragged back into the crime-fighting business, there is no stopping these deep-sea heroic adventures -- available together for the first time. Formats: DVD" $14.88 (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Zathura: 10th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2005) Josh Hutcherson, Kristen Stewart, Jonah Bobo, Dax Sheppard, Tim Robbins. Extras: New bonus features: From the cast of "Goosebumps" (due Oct. 16): "Goosebumps" sneak peek, "Reflection on Zathura"; new animated storybook version of "Zathura" (the book), narrated by author Chris Van Allsburg; original theatrical trailer. Legacy special features: Commentary with director Jon Favreau and co-producer Peter Billingsley; Featurettes: "The Making of Zathura," "Visual Effects Documentary," "The Cast of Zathura," "Zorgons, Robots and Frozen Lisa," "Making the Game," "Miniatures and the World of Zathura," "The World of Chris van Allsburg." (Sony).
American Masters: The Women's List
(2015) Meet 15 women who have created and defined contemporary American culture in the newest chapter of filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' List film series (The Boomer List, The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List). The documentary features intimate interviews with Madeleine Albright, Gloria Allred, Laurie Anderson, Sara Blakely, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Elizabeth Holmes, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Aimee Mullins, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Shonda Rhimes, Wendy Williams and Nia Wordlaw. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for the film. Premieres nationwide Friday, September 25 on PBS (check local listings) and available the same day on DVD. Formats: DVD. (Perfect Day Films).
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(2014) Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent. A mystical new-age drama that follows the lives of three wounded characters; a mother, her son, and a hopeful stranger, all wrestling with the meaning of life and transcendence. A young journalist (Laurent) brings about an encounter between a renowned artist and healer (Connelly) and her abandoned son (Murphy), who has become a peculiar falconer, and the three examine the meaning of life and art. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Sony).
The Bear (25th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
(1989) Notable for its stunning cinematography, minimal dialogue, and outstanding animal performances, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's ("Quest For Fire," "The Name of the Rose") astonishing tale of wilderness survival has thrilled and charmed audiences and critics alike. Set in 19th-century British Columbia, "The Bear" follows the story of a young cub and an adult Grizzly as they join forces to survive the perils inherent in their mountain habitat. With each passing obstacle, the two bears develop a friendship that can only make them stronger -- but will it be enough for them to overcome their most deadly enemy? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making-of" featurette. (Shout! Factory).
Black Coal, Thin Ice
(2014 -- China) Fan Liao, Lun Mei Gwei, Xuebing Wang, Jingchun Wang, Ailei Yu. Stylishly frosty neo-noir drama follows a cynical ex-cop and his bitter ex-partner who have a second chance to redeem themselves when a series of murders begin that are identical to the murders that ended their careers five years earlier and shamed them. Ex-cop Zhang Zili, seriously wounded while working on a gruesome coal-plant murder case, was forced to retire from the police force due to his injuries. Now, the killer strikes again, and Zhang, now a factory security guard, is determined to redeem himself and solve the case on his own. After his investigation, he discovers that all of the victims seem to be related to a mysterious woman named Wu Zhizhen who works in a dry cleaning shop. Zhang ends up falling in love with her, but in uncovering the truth finds himself in great danger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Bones: The Complete Tenth Season
(2014-15) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes. (Fox).
Christine BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Harry Dean Stanton. Mastered in High Definition with 5.1 Audio. John Carpenter brings Stephen King's best-selling novel to life in this chilling thriller. She was born in Detroit ... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine -- a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath. Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary with John Carpenter and Keith Gordon; three featurettes: "Christine: Ignition," "Christine: Fast and Furious" and "Christine: Finish Line." (Sony).
(2014 -- France) Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Celine Sallette, Melanie Doutey, Benoît Magimel. A love letter to the 70's and French cinema. A stylish, '70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events that tells the story of real-life Marseille magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin Gatean, who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing to ensure the crime ring's demise, Zampa's "La French" always seems one step ahead. As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family's safety, before it's too late. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes. (Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm).
(2015) Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Wigham, Camryn Manheim. A corrupt small-town sheriff (Bacon) is on the hunt for two runaway kids who took his car on a joy ride in this unnervingly funny thriller. When a pair of 10-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field and take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small-town sheriff goes looking for his missing car -- and the illicit cargo he left in the trunk -- and the kids find themselves at the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don't understand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Their First and Last Ride: The Making of Cop Car." (Universal).
(2013) Bill Oberst Jr., Mikhail Blokh, Cindy Merrill, Lise Hart. International genre favorite Bill Oberst Jr. plays an amnesiac horror writer who becomes trapped in his own nightmare as terrifying images emerge that may or may not be memories, madness ... or both. Formats: DVD. Extras: Blooper reel. (SGL Entertainment/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Obba Babatunde, Chico Benymon, Andrew Cappelletti. A dozen people invited to a party in a dilapidated mansion have the time of their lives ... until it's time to go. The front door doesn't open; the back door doesn't open. Doors that once led to familiar rooms now lead to new ones. Some doors open to yet other doors, and some go straight to dead ends. Only one thing is constant: Every door is a trap, and there's only one way out.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, Shorty Wassup music video. (Leomark Studios/MVD Entertainment).
(2012 -- Japan/USA) Warren Sroka, Brent Willis, Mariko Yasui, Etsuko Willis, Masaki Sekine. Elliot, an emotionally withdrawn Japanese-American, wants nothing to do with his current business trip to Tokyo. However, when Elliot is ambushed by his estranged, yet good intentioned half-brother, he is forced to battle with the ghosts from his past and attempt to engage in his first meaningful relationship in years. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment/MVD Entertainment).
Entourage The Movie
(2015) Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment. Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back -- and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince's directorial debut. Read more about "Entourage The Movie" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scene. Blu-ray adds "The Gang -- Still Rockin' It," "Hollywood, Baby!" "The Making of Hyde," deleted scenes, gag reel, "Meet the Newest Member of Entourage," "Lucas Ellin is Jonah Gold." (Warner).
Five Films by Patricio Guzman
Eight-disc box set collection of films by Patricio Guzman, featuring five of the master documentarian's seminal works. Filmed over more than 35 years, Guzman's films depict Chile's path over that time, coping with political trauma and trying to come to terms with its history. From "The Battle of Chile," filmed in black and white, on 16mm film, in the midst of social upheaval and revolution, to "Nostalgia for the Light," filmed with modern digital technology, filled with vibrant colors, poetic connections and introspection, Guzman's epic body of work is the unprecedented record of one country's journey and one filmmaker's evolution. Born in Santiago de Chile in 1941, Guzman is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in the world. He studied filmmaking at the Film Institute at the Catholic University of Chile, and at the Official School of Film in Madrid. After the 1973 Chilean coup, he left the country and has lived in Cuba, Spain and France, where he currently resides. Six of his films have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, including "The Battle of Chile," "The Pinochet Case," "Salvador Allende," "Nostalgia for the Light," for which he received the Grand Award from the European Film Academy in 2011. "The Battle of Chile" remains one of the most widely praised documentary films of all time, and was named "one of the 10 best political documentary films in the world" by Cineaste. The films: "The Battle of Chile: Part One" (1975), "Part Two" (1976) and "Part Three" (1978), the epic and universally acclaimed chronicle of Chile's open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it in 1973. "Chile, Obstinate Memory" (1997), the poignant portrait of a nation battling with historical reminiscences. "The Pinochet Case" (2001), the haunting story of the landmark legal case against General Augusto Pinochet before and after his arrest in London in 1998; "Salvador Allende" (2004), the poetic and definitive portrait of the Chilean leader; and "Nostalgia for the Light" (2011), the gorgeous, personal meditation on astronomy, archaeology, and politics. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: A 24-page booklet with a new essay written by Jose Miguel Palacios; the documentary film "Filming Obstinately, Meeting Patricio Guzman" (2014) by Boris Nicot, an intimate journey of the filmmaker's work in the shadow of the tumultuous history of Chile. (Icarus Films).
Great Performances: Driving Miss Daisy
(2015) This 2010 hit on Broadway stars Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively. The filmed stage production follows the relationship between a 72-year old woman deemed to old to drive and an African-American who serves as her chauffeur. Although the friendship starts off troubled due to societal boundaries, both find that their relationship is life-altering and that the boundaries of race mean nothing to them. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Grimm: Season Four
(2014-15) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Gag reel, "A Morphed Reality: Behind the Scenes of Grimm," set tour with Jacqueline Toboni, highlight reels, Grimm Guide. (Universal).
The Honeymoon Killers
(1969) Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler) is sullen, overweight, and lonely. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie’s Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco), a charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams -- or a degenerate con artist. Based on a shocking true story and filmed in documentary-style black and white by the confident and inspired first-time filmmaker Leonard Kastle, "The Honeymoon Killers" is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview program featuring actors Tony Lo Bianco and Marilyn Chris and editor Stan Warnow; interview with writer-director Leonard Kastle from 2003; "Dear Martha," a new video essay by writer Scott Christianson, author of "Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House"; trailer; an essay by critic Gary Giddins. (The Criterion Collection).
iZOMBIE: The Complete First Season
(2015) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Rose McIver stars as Olivia "Liv" Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life ... until she's turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity -- human brains. But there are side effects to Liv's new diet. With each brain she consumes, she experiences flashes of the corpse's memories -- including, at times, clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, a brilliant but eccentric conspiracy theorist, encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with an unproven homicide detective to help solve these murders ... and quiet the voices in her head. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, iZombie: 2014 Comic-Con Panel. (Warner).
Jane The Virgin: The Complete First Season
(2014-15) All 22 episodes, $49.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Jane the Virgin: Immaculate Creation" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Getting to Know the Cast of Jane the Virgin," deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
(2015) The six-part HBO documentary series is a compelling look at the life of New York real estate scion Robert Durst and the string of deaths that follow in his footsteps. Directed, produced, and written by Academy Award nominee Andrew Jarecki and written, produced and shot by Marc Smerling ("Capturing the Friedmans"), "The Jinx" results from nearly a decade of research by the filmmakers, who expose police files, key witnesses, never-before-seen footage, private prison recordings, and thousands of pages of formerly hidden documents. This edge-of-your-seat, addictive documentary examines the life of the reclusive millionaire at the heart of three killings spanning four decades. Robert Durst, the scion of a New York real estate empire, has long been a suspect in the notorious 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathie. Further suspicion was raised with the unsolved killing of his best friend, Susan Berman, thought to be a key witness in the investigation into Kathie's disappearance in 2000, as well as the subsequent killing and dismemberment of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas. Durst has consistently maintained his innocence, but throughout the film, new evidence is uncovered that may link Durst to one of the murders. He was arrested the day before the series' finale aired and charged with Berman's murder in Los Angeles. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "8 Years in the Making" featurette. (HBO).
Monster High: Boo York, Boo York
(2015) It's fright lights, big city when the Monster High ghouls head to Boo York. Cleo de Nile is invited to attend a fancy gala celebrating the return of a magical comet and, of course, she brings along her beast friends. But their trip isn't all fun and frightseeing because Nefera, Cleo's sister, uses the comet's powers for her own spooktacularly sneaky plans. Can the monsters unwrap the mystery of the comet in time to stop Nefera? This edition of the popular animated franchise is the first-ever Monster High musical, featuring eight original songs. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Ever After High Special: Spring Unsprung." (Universal).
Murder in the Park
(2014) Documentary filmmakers assert that Anthony Porter -- a former death-row inmate who was spared the death penalty thanks to the efforts of a college journalism program -- was actually guilty, and an innocent man was sent to prison. Provides a fascinating glimpse into a very broken criminal justice system and re-examines one of the most pivotal conviction reversals in American history. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
My Little Pony -- Friendship Is Magic: Games Ponies Play
(2015) Sportsmanship is put to the ultimate test in Equestria as the Ponies -- Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy -- prepare for the Games Ponies Play in six adventures that will teach kids all about overcoming the challenges of competition through the magic of friendship. Formats: DVD: $14.98. (Shout! Factory Kids).
9 Full Moons
(2013) Amy Seimetz, Bret Roberts, Donal Logue. A brooding love story about two disparate souls in Los Angeles: Frankie, an emotional train wreck, careening around the East Los Angeles music scene drinking and getting lost with strangers, and Lev, a taciturn and tormented soul who drives a limo and aspires to work in the music business. Meeting in an after hour seedy night club, they embark on a roller-coaster relationship exploring what love is like for two quiet people who may be damaged beyond repair. Formats: DVD. (Indie Rights/MVD Entertainment).
Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot
(2014) Documentary about friendship, the fulfillment of dreams and the indestructible desire to win follows the success of Dallas Maverick's star Dirk Nowitzki from second league German basketball to the NBA. The film touches on the fascinating relationship between Nowitzki and his personal coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner, the German basketball legend and scientist who helped invent the perfect jump shot by merging German engineering and the love of basketball. Also features an inside look at billionaire Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks and how the team has become one of the top to play in the NBA. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Extended interviews, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Outlander: Season 1, Volume 2
(2015) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. The second half of the popular sci-fi adventure further explores the epic relationships of Claire Randall, a World War II nurse who inexplicably travels back in time to 18th Century Scotland, where she meets Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous Scottish warrior. Available as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray with exclusive collectible packaging with 3D art and a 32-page book with photographs, excerpts from the script and an introduction from Ronald D. Moore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Weaving Authentic: Making the Fabrics of Outlander," gag reel, "Outlander" podcasts on every episode. Blu-ray adds "The Reckoning" extended episode with introduction by Ronald D. Moore, 15 deleted scenes with introductions by Ronald D. Moore, three new featurettes: "Diana Gabaldon Tours Outlander," "Outlander Cast & Crew Table Read" and "A Triangle in Time." (Sony).
A Plague So Pleasant
(2013) Eva Boehnke, David Chandler, Maxwell Moody. In the near future, zombies have become a protected, endangered species, held in captivity and legally wandering the streets free from harm by the living. But for the loved ones of those who die, sometimes coping is just too much to handle, especially when not everyone feels the dead have a right to exist, and are willing to break the law to rid the world of this new population of the dead. Formats: DVD. (Wild Eye Releasing/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Saxon Sharbino, Jane Adams, Kennedi Clements, Nicholas Braun. Remake of the classic 1982 film about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. Read more about "Poltergeist" in the September Calendar. 3D Blu-ray Combo, DVD/Bluray Combo, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
(2015) Michelle Simone Miller, Kathryn Metz, Rich Lounello, A.J. DeLucia. A meteor crashes into a quiet lake in the remote countryside, awakening a centuries-old beast, who emerges from the deep and tears through a nearby town and its inhabitants. The humans must fight for their lives and stop the Queen Crab before she can hatch an army of babies that will overrun the entire world. Loving, action-packed tribute to the classic days of practical stop-motion animation. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Commentary, special effects featurettes, behind-the-scenes featurette, blooper reel, trailers. (Wild Eye Releasing).
Return to Sender
(2015) Rosamund Pike, Shiloh Fernandez, Nick Nolte, Camryn Manheim, Rumer Willis, Illeana Douglas. When a dedicated nurse agrees to a blind date, the wrong man comes to her door and her world is shattered by a brutal assault. Even after her attacker is convicted and locked away for the crime, she can't overcome the fear and trauma enough to put her orderly life back together. Desperate for closure, she reaches out to him -- first through letters, then prison visits -- and slowly builds a relationship with him. But when he's paroled and comes looking for her, she seizes the opportunity to exact revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
Rock 'n' Roll Revue and Rhythm & Blues Revue
(1955-1956) Two-disc collector’s set -- featuring 54 musical performances by some of the most legendary music artists of the 50s. Filmmakers Joseph Kohn and Leonard Reed present legendary greats from the golden era of rock 'n' roll and rhythm & blues in these two historic variety show revues, hosted by Willie Bryant, recorded live at the Apollo Theater in 1955 and featuring music and vocal performances, along with comedy and dance routines: Rock 'n' Roll Revue: Featuring Duke Ellington & His Orchestra ("The Mooche"), Larry Darnell ("What More do You Want Me to do?), Coles & Atkins (tap dance), The Clovers ("Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ but
Trash"), Dinah Washington ("Only a Moment Ago"), Nat King Cole ("The Trouble With Me is You"), Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, featuring Louie Bellson (jazz interlude), Big Joe Turner ("Okimoshebop"), Lionel Hampton & His Band (jazz number), Larry Darnell ("Better be on my
Way"), Little Buck (tap dance), Delta Rhythm Boys ("Take the A Train"), Martha Davis & Spouse ("Vippety Bippety Bop"), Nat King Cole ("You Call it Madness"), Ruth Brown ("The Tears Keep Tumbling Down") and Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (jazz finale). Rhythm & Blues Revue: Featuring Lionel Hampton & His Band (jam session), Faye Adams ("Everyday"), Bill Bailey (tap dance), Herb Jeffries ("In My Heart There’s a Song"), Amos Milburn ("Bad, Bad Whiskey"), The Larks ("The World is Waiting for the Sunrise"), Lionel Hampton & His Band (jam session), Sarah Vaughan ("Perdido"), Count Basie & His Orchestra ("One O’clock Jump"), Big Joe Turner ("Shake,
Rattle & Roll"), Delta Rhythm Boys ("Dry Bones"), Martha Davis & Spouse ("Goodbye, Honey, Goodbye"), Little Buck (tap dance), Nat King Cole ("Calypso Blues"), Cab Calloway ("Minnie the Moocher"), Ruth Brown ("It’s Raining Teardrops From My Eyes") and Count Basie & His
Orchestra ("He Plays Bass in the Basie Band"). Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: "Rock, Rock, Rock!" full-length, rock 'n' roll feature film from 1956 in which a teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school dance. Also starring disc jockey and rock 'n' roll impresario Alan Freed and featuring performances by legendary music artists including Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers, Connie Francis, The Moonglows, Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and others. (Film Chest Media Group).
A Room With a View
(1986) Merchant Ivory Productions, led by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, became a household name with "A Room With a View," the first of their extraordinary adaptations of E. M. Forster novels. A cherubic 19-year-old Helena Bonham Carter plays Lucy Honeychurch, a young, independent-minded, upper-class Edwardian woman who is trying to sort out her burgeoning romantic feelings, divided between an enigmatic free spirit (Julian Sands) she meets on vacation in Florence and the priggish bookworm (Daniel Day-Lewis) to whom she becomes engaged back in the more corseted Surrey. Funny, sexy, and sophisticated, this gargantuan art-house hit features a sublime supporting cast -- including Simon Callow, Judi Dench, Denholm Elliott, Maggie Smith -- and remains a touchstone of intelligent romantic cinema. New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts, with 2.0 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with director James Ivory, Pierce-Roberts, costume designer John Bright, and actors Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Callow, and Julian Sands; segment about Merchant Ivory Productions from a 1985 NBC television program; trailer; an essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
Soul Boys of the Western World
(2014) Set against the backdrop of the 80's music scene, this documentary charts the meteoric rise, fall and ultimate reunion of pop sensation Spandau Ballett, told by the band members themselves with unseen archive footage.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (IFC Films).
(2015) Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Serafinowicz, Morena Baccarin, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Read more about "Spy" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
Theresa Is a Mother
(2012) C. Fraser Press, Edie McClurg, Richard Poe. Singer-songwriter and single mother Theresa McDermott has finally hit the end of the line in NYC. Unable to make ends meet, she is forced to pack up her life and her three girls and move back to the small town and parents she ran from a decade ago. Teresa needs a job, her parents need their space and a family tragedy that was never dealt with from years past needs closure. Old wounds, unattainable dreams and a few other things expose themselves as a fractured family works to become whole and a single mom, a responsible mother. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Garden Thieves Pictures).
37: A Final Promise
(2014) Randall Batinkoff, Scottie Thompson. Haunted rock star Adam Webb plans to fulfill a vow to kill himself on his 37th birthday to atone for a horrible crime he committed as a child. With only 12 weeks to go before his expiration date (and release of his final album), he meets and falls madly in love with a woman who has a dark secret of her own. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
(2015 -- Tanzania) Hamisi Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbayuwayu, Salum Abdallah. Witch doctors in Tanzania offer thousands of dollars for albino body parts, believed to bring good fortune, prosperity and the ability to cure any illness. As a result, albinos, including children, have been murdered by gangs of men who hack off arms, legs or genitals. There is a saying in East Africa, "Albinos don't die, they just disappear" and 73 such documented killings have occurred in the past several years as well as hundreds of unreported attacks since 2007. After witnessing his father's murder, Alias' mother sends him away to find refuge in the city and the young albino boy is brought to the care of his uncle, Kosmos, a truck driver struggling with a few small businesses. In the city, Alias is a quick learner, selling sunglasses, DVDs and mobile phones. He is fond of his uncle's daughter, Antoinette, although his uncle disapproves. Unfortunately for Alias, however, the city becomes no different than the bush and wherever he travels the same chilling rules of survival apply. One part drama, one part surreal cinema verite. Winner of the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut at the Venice International Film festival and an official selection at more than three dozen other international festivals. Formats: DVD, Digital. (IndiePix).
(2015) Lena Headey, Dianna Agron, John Cho, Patrick Wilson, Alexandra
Breckenridge. A federal prosecutor on the fast track to political success risks his promising career and family life in order to indulge the ever-obsessive impulses of his secret sex addiction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Alchemy).
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