Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron
(2015) Dir. Joss Whedon; Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson. Read more about "Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Making-of featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, more making-of featurettes, gag reel, commentary. (Disney).
(2015) Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou. In the near future, breathable air is nonexistent. Virtually all of humanity has disappeared, and those chosen to reestablish society reside in a controlled state of suspended animation. Two engineers tasked with guarding the last hope for mankind struggle to preserve their own sanity and lives while administering to the vital task at hand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "An Account of Confinement: Creating Air" featurette, "The Custodians: Behind the Scenes With Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou" featurette. (Sony).
(2014 -- Belgium) Laurent Lucas, Lola Duenas. A smart and gory shocker that breathes new life into the lovesick horror genre to serve up a chilling tale of white-hot desperation and terrifying devotion. Michel is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for
wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she's left completely smitten. Though Michel tries to swindle what he can out of the one-night stand, Gloria has other plans, abandoning her daughter and vowing to aid Michel's scam while masquerading as his sister. The toxically co-dependent lovers embark on a deadly odyssey amplified by wild sex, unbridled jealousy and frenzied forays into the dark arts, leading to a shocking series of savage, murderous scenarios. Winner of four Fantastic Features awards at Fantastic Fest, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director Fabrice du Welz, deleted scenes, making-of featurette, du Welz's 1999 short film "A Wonderful Love." (Doppelganger Releasing).
American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers
(2013) Armed with nothing but their curiosity and a camera, playful couple Sarah and Greg travel through America for 60 days -- relying on the kindness of strangers for a home each night. Their fate-driven blueprint takes them through the five towns in the country called Bear, exploring thirty states, meeting hundreds of fascinating people, and testing what it means to be kind in America today. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Directors' commentary with Sarah and Greg, four deleted scenes, "The Friendliest Town In Idaho" short film created while editing "American Bear." (Virgil Films).
American Horror Story: The Complete Fourth Season
(2014-15) Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray with 13 episodes. Step inside "American Horror Story: Freak Show," the terrifyingly twisted reincarnation of one of TV's most shockingly original series. Jessica Lange leads an awardwinning cast that includes Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson and Michael Chiklis. Lange plays Elsa Mars, the proprietor of a troupe of human "curiosities" on a desperate journey of survival in the sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida, in 1952. Her menagerie of performers includes a two-headed, telepathic twin (Paulson), a take-charge bearded lady (Bates), a vulnerable strongman (Chiklis) and his sultry, three-breasted wife (Bassett). But the strange emergence of a dark entity will savagely threaten the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. (Fox).
(2015) Kate Bosworth, Wes Bentley. Psychological thriller about a man who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife may not be his real wife and that a web of lies and deceit inhabits the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
(2014) Ian Somerhalder, Alexis Knapp, Art Parkinson, Luke Hemsworth, Brian Cox. An ex-soldier, kidnapped by a futuristic group called the "Anomaly," must figure out how to survive while he's pitched back and forth between parallel universes every 9 minutes and 47 seconds.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2014 -- Argentina) Gael García Bernal, Alice Braga, Chico Díaz. When a gang of ruthless bandits set fire to a remote family farm and kidnap the farm-owner's daughter Vania (Braga), help arrives in the form of KaI (García Bernal), a mysterious man who emerges from the rain
forest. With the grace of a jaguar, Kaí rescues Vania and plunges into a lethal game of cat and mouse with the gangsters. With the hornet's nest now stirred, Kai and Vania must decide how far they will go to preserve the farm and their vanishing way of life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Ardor" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Avenging Fist
(2001 -- Hong Kong) Sammo Hung, Wang Lee Hom, Steven Fung, Gigi Leung, Kristy Yang. A futuristic research compound develops a new police tool called the Power Glove which gives the wearer incredible powers by letting him tap into the "unused 80 percent" of his mental potential. Naturally, the experiment goes awry and one unbalanced cop turns to evil. Formats: DVD. (Well Go USA).
(2015) On November 15, 2013, the world came together to grant one 5-year-old leukemia patient his wish to be Batman for a day. "Batkid Begins" looks at why and how this phenomenon took place, becoming one of the biggest "good news" stories in recent memory as the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfill its mission to help Miles reclaim his childhood after battling disease for more than half his short life.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Warner).
Best Christmas Party Ever
(2014 -- TV) Steve Lund, Torrey DeVitto. Part of Hallmark's "12 Original Movies of Christmas" series. When she learns that the boss of Petra's Parties, New York's premiere event planning service, is set to retire, young party planner Jennie Stanton hopes she will be left in charge until Petra's charming and handsome nephew, Nick, arrives on the scene and Petra announces that he will take over the business. The pair battle it out for the top job ... and naturally fall for each other. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Blood & Glory: The Civil War in Color
(2015) Four-episode History miniseries. The Civil War, one of the most defining moments in American history, tore the nation apart, pitting North against South -- brother against brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed. With unprecedented access to government and private archives and using state-of-the-art technology, over 500 rare and compelling black and white photographs have been painstakingly colorized to illustrate the story of the Civil War in breathtaking detail.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Eight featurettes: "Davis Is Chosen to Lead," "A Call to Arms," "Lincoln's Emancipation proclamation," "The H.L. Hunley Death Trap," "Sherman's march to Savannah," "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," "Lee's reluctant Surrender," "African Americans After the War." (Lionsgate).
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)
(1980) Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, this charming movie was the fourth feature-length film made with Charles Schulz's beloved Peanuts characters; this is the film's DVD debut, digitally remastered in 4K. Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Marcie are chosen as -- you guessed it! -- exchange students, destined to spend two weeks in France. Of course, Snoopy and Woodstock join the French odyssey, which turns out to be a combination of mystery, intrigue, and romance coupled with the usual misadventures that seem to follow Charlie Brown wherever he goes. Formats: DVD: $14.99. Extras: New making-of featurette that gives fans insight into the creative process of animating the beloved comic strip, how the feature film came to be and what it took to bring the movie to the big screen. It includes new interviews with Charles Schulz's widow, Jean, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., producer Lee Mendelson and Steve Melendez, son of Bill Melendez and president of Bill Melendez Productions. (Paramount).
Bossip Comedy Series Part 2
(2014) The Bossip Comedy Series is a mixed format showcase that makes light of the unbelievable celebrity stories and snafus that the Bossip.com audience loves. Get a look at outrageous stand-up, hilarious skits and the quirky Bossip staff.Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Bram Stoker's Dracula Supreme Cinema Series
(1992) Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola; Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, Sadie Fros, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci. First release under the new Sony Supreme Cinema Series banner. According to the studio, "The Supreme Cinema Series is a premium, limited edition collection befitting beloved cinematic favorites and modern classics. Each film is presented with pristine high definition picture, enhanced sound and a collection of new and/or archival special features, creating an ultimate edition for first-time viewers and fans alike. Complete with unique Clear Case packaging, the Supreme Cinema Series is the optimal way to celebrate these unforgettable cinematic experiences." The film is presented with an all-new 4K restoration and exclusive Dolby Atmos sound, remixed specifically for the home theater environment, that is said to deliver "captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead." The film is available both as a standalone Blu-ray and in the limited edition Blu-ray Supreme Cinema Series Clear Case. Includes 24-pages of rare photos, behind-the-scenes detail and an all-new personalized written introduction from Coppola. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker's Dracula": (Coppola, along with his son, second unit/visual effects director, Roman Coppola, participated in a new, on-camera retrospective, reflecting on how the film has impacted their lives and careers); "Practical Magicians: A Collaboration Between Father and Son"; rare 1993 commentary with Coppola, Roman Coppola and Greg Cannom; deleted scenes; audio Commentary and film introduction by Coppola; four legacy featurettes. (Sony).
Christmas at Cartwright's
(2014 -- TV) Alicia Witt, Gabriel Hogan, Wallace Shawn. Part of Hallmark's "12 Original Movies of Christmas." With the help of an "angel," an out-of-work single mom gets a holiday job as a department store Santa to help boost her finances -- and find some much-needed romance. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears. Horror-thriller about a young bride-to-be who deliberately crashes her car off a deserted highway in an attempt to escape a charming, predatory hitchhiker. When the plan backfires, trapping her in an overturned vehicle, she defends herself against a terrorizing psychopath -- only to uncover a shocking truth that fuels her fight for survival. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Another Curve." (Universal).
(2015) Charlize Theron, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sterling Jerins, Corey Stoll, Christina Hendricks. Libby Day (Theron) was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered and her brother Ben (Sheridan) was jailed for the crime. Now,
25 years later, Libby discovers shocking evidence that Ben may be innocent -- and the real killer is still at large. Based on Gillian Flynn's best-seller. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bringing Dark Places to Light" featurette, "About the Author: Gillian Flynn & Dark Places" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Dead Rising: Watchtower
(2014) Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen, Dennis Haysbert, Rob Riggle. Based on the Dead Rising video game, the film follows reporter Chase Carter and a group of survivors who become trapped in a walled-in quarantine area after the government fails to contain a viral zombie outbreak. Creatively building weapons with anything they can find, the team must evade infection and battle their way out of the quarantined zone before it gets firebombed. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Rob Riggle blooper reel, "The Weapons of Dead Rising: Watchtower," "Genesis of Bonzo the Zombie Clown," behind-the-scenes of an epic one-take shot, filmmaker commentary. (Sony).
Dragon Dynasty 5 Movie Collection
Three-disc set with "Born to Defense" (1986), directed by and starring Jet Li, "The Defender" (1994) directed by Corey Yuen and starring Jet Li, "The Legend II" (aka The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk II, 1993) directed by Corey Yuen and starring Jet Li, "Once Upon a Time in China and America" (1997) directed by Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and starring Jet Li, and "From Beijing with Love" (1994) directed by and tarring Stephen Chow. Formats: DVD: $19.98. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
Duck Dynasty: Season 8
(2015) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Pressly Coker, Joe Lando, Raffaello Degruttola, Diana Hopper. As a rogue planet roars through our solar system, it acts as an intergalactic magnet that pulls Earth in its wake. Meteors destroy major cities, fire and ice storms engulf the land. And as the situation grows even worse, Steve Lannon is determined to reunite with his wife and teenage daughter. But when they stumble into a secret government installation, they uncover a nuclear mission that will either blast our planet back into orbit or guarantee front row seats to the end of the world.
Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
(2012) Marcelle Bowman, Robert Dean, Jonathan Haltiwanger, Hannah Risinger. Five friends embark on an epic road trip, but when one friend disappears at a rest stop, their search brings them face to face with a violent biker gang. After a narrow escape from death, their nightmare goes from bad to spine-chilling when they find themselves being stalked in an abandoned town. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Escobar: Paradise Lost
(2015) Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac. Young surfer Nick (Hutcherson) thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he falls madly in love with Maria (Traisac). It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, the famous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Del Toro) and he finds his life is on the line when he's pulled into the dangerous world of the family business. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2014) Maisie Williams, Maxine Peake, Monica Dolan, Greta Scacchi, Florence Pugh. The sinister story of two best friends, deeply troubled Lydia (Williams) and charming Abbie (Pugh), experiencing a sexual awakening at a 1969 English girls' school. After an unexpected tragedy
takes place, the female students fall victim to an outbreak of unexplainable fainting spells, causing rapture and mass hysteria that threatens the psychological and physical stability of all involved. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Cinedigm).
(2015) Abigail Breslin, Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Francesca Eastwood, Cameron Bright, Reece Thompson. Every night, four boys trick a young, blonde girl into meeting them in the forest for a date with the intention to hunt and kill her. One night, Veronica (Abigail Breslin) is selected and when the hunt begins, the boys soon realize that they messed with the wrong girl. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of Final Girl," photo gallery, outtakes. (Cinedigm).
(2015) Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Johnny Messner, Michael Pare, Vivica Fox. Brian Barns (Messner) wakes up in the desert wounded and surround by eight dead bodies, millions of dollars in cash and a van full of cocaine -- with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He soon learns that he is being hunted by a notorious drug lord (Trejo), a DEA agent (Lundgren), and a corrupt Sherriff (Pare), all of whom will stop at nothing to find him. On the run for his very life, Barns slowly finds out who he really is, but the more he remembers, the more deadly things become. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, six deleted scenes. (Status Media/Cinedigm).
(2015) The highly anticipated and critically-acclaimed documentary is a look inside the controversial religion from Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church attracts new followers and keeps hold of its A-list celebrity devotees. Following the Peabody Award-winning documentary "Mea Maxima Culpa," his investigation into the Catholic Church, Gibney dives fully into one of the most controversial and secretive religions in the world, exploring what members of Scientology are willing to do in the name of religion. The film touches on a wide range of aspects of the church from its origin, to an intimate portrait of the Church's founder L. Ron Hubbard, to its recruiting practices, to present day practices by church officials. Manufactured-on-demand DVD. (HBO/FilmRise).
(2015) Christian Koza, Eric Roberts, Dina Meyer, David DeLuise, Montel Williams, Aedin Mincks, Vivica A. Fox, John Rhys-Davies. As long as he could remember, 8-year-old Christian Larou (Koza) dreamed of being a great soccer player like his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo. When his father is deployed to Afghanistan and his mother is hospitalized, he pours himself into the game he loves. With the help of some very special shoes, Christian tries to lead his team to the championship and bring his family together again. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay).
(2015) Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, Sutton Foster, Lily Cole, Molly Ephraim, Paul Rodriguez, Gabriel Luna, Lothaire Bluteau, Ethan Sandler, Dule Hill, Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Silverman. It's Halloween night. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and forces the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what's on the menu…and who will survive 'til morning. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director James Roday, actors Sutton Foster and Jimmi Simpson; "What Is Gravy?" featurette, EPK, trailer. (Scream Factory).
Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Complete Collection
Fifteen of the most icon Biblical stories brought to life with casts that include Tyne Daly, William Daniels, John Larroquette, June Lockhart, Vic Morrow, Ron Rifkin, Tanya Roberts, Dean Stockwell. Four-disc set includes: "The Ten Commandments," "Samson and Delilah," "David & Goliath," "The Story of Moses, "The Story of Noah," "Joshua and the Battle of Jericho," "The Story of Esther," "Abraham's Sacrifice," "The Tower of Babel," "Sodom and Gomorrah," "Jacob's Challenge," "Joseph in Egypt," "The Judgment of Solomon," "Daniel in the Lions' Den" and "Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar." Formats: DVD: $29.99. (CBS/Paramount).
Happyish Season One
(2015) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of the Showtime comedy series. At 44, Thom Payne finds his world in disarray. At home he suspects his erectile dysfunction pills are interfering with his antidepressants. And at work he now answers to a 25-year-old with a Digital Age vocabulary. Is he in need of "rebranding," or does he just have a "low joy ceiling"? Stars Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown
This heartwarming collection brings together two Peanuts specials that are paired with an episode of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show," remastered in all-new 4K Ultra HD transfers to DVD. In this compilation, Charlie Brown is called upon to stand up for one of his pals, who is taken advantage of by a bully at summer camp. The title will be released in time for National Bullying Prevention Month, which takes place in October. Formats: DVD, $19.97. (Warner).
(2015) Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind, Heather Doerksen, William Ainscough. A family takes refuge in a fallout shelter to avoid an unknow, dangerous outbreak. The one thing they know for certain is that there is something terrifying and strange that threatens their fragile existence, and it is coming for them. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
I Am the Queen
(2015) Four women preparing for a transgender beauty pageant in Chicago's Humboldt Park, a predominantly Puerto Rican community, share their unique stories in this documentary. In Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, the Vida/SIDA Cacica Pageant brings together members of the Puerto Rican community to celebrate its transgender participants. "I Am the Queen" follows Bianca, Julissa and Jolizza as they prepare for the pageant under the guidance of Ginger Valdez, an experienced transgender mentor from the neighborhood. These trans women share stories of their transition, their relatives' varying reactions, and how they find support from within the community. Family dynamics, cultural heritage, and personal identity all play a part in how the contestants face the daily struggle that comes from being true to themselves. Formats: DVD: $19.98, VOD. Extras: Deleted and alternate scenes, trailers, photo gallery. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Insidious: Chapter 3
(2015) Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Hayley Kiyoko, Lin Shaye. Prequel that takes place before the unforgettable haunting of the Lambert family. Paranormal investigators Tucker and Specs team up with the psychic Elise to help Quinn, a teenage girl who believes that her late mother is trying to make contact. At first, Elise's horrific past makes her reluctant to use her ability, but when Quinn's desperate father begs for assistance, she agrees to venture into The Further. There, she finds a ruthless supernatural entity with a voracious craving for the souls of the living. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Origin Story: Making Chapter 3" featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Being Haunted: A Psychic Medium Speaks" featurette, "Macabre Creations" featurette, "Stunts: The Car Crash" featurette, "Cherry Glazerr: Tiptoe Through the Tulips" featurette. (Sony).
Jackie Chan's First Strike BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dir.: Stanely Tong; Jackie Chan, Jackson Liu, Annie Wu. (Warner).
(2014) Kennedy Brice, Casper Van Dien, Victoria Pratt, Eddie Jemison, Lance E. Nichols. Nine-year-old June (Brice) has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years and though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes, a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It's only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily (Pratt) and Dave (Van Dien), that it looks as if things might finally work out. Except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (RLJ Entertainment).
(2014) Juliana Harkavy, Joshua Mikel. Rookie police officer Jessica Loren has been assigned the last shift at a closing police station and must wait for a hazmat crew collecting biomedical evidence. Ordered not to leave the station under any circumstance, Jessica comes to learn that it's more than just an outdated station, it's home to the ultimate embodiment of evil: a cult leader and his followers who committed suicide there. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "A Journey Into Hell: The Making of Last Shift," behind-the-scenes photo gallery, "Paymon Interrogation" viral video, poster gallery, "The Ballad of a Green Screen Guy," "The Sound of Evil: Behind the Foley/Sound Design." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Leftovers: The Complete First Season
(2014) Three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray sets with all 10 episodes. Based on the 2011 bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, "The Leftovers" is seen primarily through the eyes of police chief Kevin Garvey, played by Justin Theroux, as he experiences life post "the Departure." After what can only be explained as an instance similar to the biblical rapture, the people of Mapleton, New York, are suddenly shaken to their core as many of their loved ones disappear into thin air. With roughly 140 million people actively missing -- 2 percent of the world's population -- the world starts to question everyone and everything. Will people turn to cynicism, paranoia, and cult-like fanaticism, in order to survive? The eerie and thought-provoking series leaves viewers riveted, second-guessing theories from episode to episode. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $44.96. Extras: Pilot audio commentary, "Making The Leftovers," "I Remember: A Season One Conversation With Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta," "Secrets of the Guilty Remnant," "Beyond the Book: A Look Ahead at Season 2," finale audio commentary. (Warner).
Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series Deluxe Remastered Edition
(1974-83) Fall in love again with the classic TV series that celebrates family, faith and the human spirit, and enjoy the nine-season saga with vividly restored picture and sound. Completely uncut and remastered, this 48-disc set features all nine seasons and is packed with eight hours of bonus material. Presented in an iconic "Little House" package, featuring a recreation of the Ingalls family home. Formats: DVD: $149.98. Extras: Pilot movie; original screen test featuring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert; six-part "The Little House Phenomenon" documentary: "Part One - A Place in Television History," "Part Two - In the Beginning ..." "Part Three - Casting Walnut Grove," "Part Four - A Day in the Life of Little House," "Part Five - Stories to Remember," "Part Six - A Lasting Legacy"; "Look Back to Yesterday" movie special; "Bless All the Dear Children" movie special; "The Last Farewell" movie special. (Lionsgate).
Little House on the Prairie: Season Seven Deluxe Remastered Edition
(1980-81) Five-disc set with all 22 uncut, remastered episodes. In Season Seven, change is in the air. It's wedding bells and a baby on the way for Laura and Almanzo. Adam's sight returns and he and Mary open a law practice. Laura begins teaching in Walnut Grove; Nellie's pregnancy ignites a family disagreement and Albert's love for Sylvia stirs rumors. The townswomen fight for equal property rights and the Ingalls consider adoption. Formats: DVD, $21.98. (Lionsgate).
Magic Mike XXL
(2015) Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez,Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Stephen "Twitch" Boss , Michael Strahan, Andie MacDowell Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith. Sequel to the 2012 surprise hit. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the Kings of Tampa learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways. Read more about "Magic Mike XXL" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Moves of Magic Mike XXL," "Georgia." Blu-ray adds extended Malik dance scene. (Warner).
(2015) Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina, Harmony Korine. Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost many years ago, Manglehorn, an eccentric small-town locksmith, tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC).
(2014) Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as "Mateo," America's first white mariachi singer. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana, but his estrangement from friends and family, his criminal past, and his love for Cuban women could derail him on his quest for fame in this Japan-Cuba-USA documentary. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
My Own Private Idaho BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1991) River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant, about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike's desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Visually dazzling and thematically groundbreaking, "My Own Private Idaho" is a deeply moving look at unrequited love and life on society's margins. New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Gus Van Sant, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Alternate Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack. Extras: Illustrated 2005 audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes, "The Making of My Own Private Idaho, a 2005 documentary featuring cast and crew; "Kings of the Road," a 2005 interview with film scholar Paul Arthur on Van Sant's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV" and Orson Welles's "Chimes at Midnight"; conversation from 2005 between producer Laurie Parker and actor River Phoenix's sister, Rain; audio conversation from 2005 between writer JT Leroy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette; deleted scenes; trailer; a book featuring essays by film critic Amy Taubin and Leroy; a 1991 article by Lance Loud; and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and actor Keanu Reeves. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Brandi Cyrus, Jake Robinson, Devon Spence, Maxwell Zagorski, Caitlin Harris, Kenneth Simmons. Two brothers intercept 911 calls in a beat up old ambulance to exact revenge, torture and kill careless teen drivers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Epic Pictures/Anchor Bay).
Pee-wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special
Join the whole Playhouse gang for one of the wackiest specials ever. Pee-wee gets into the spirit of the season with lots of singing, dancing and other holiday fun with his Playhouse pals and more than a dozen celebrity guest stars as you've never seen them before. Everything is going great for Pee-wee ... until his Christmas wish list becomes so long that there won't be enough presents for all the other kids in the world. When Santa Clause pleads for help, Pee-wee reluctantly learns a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas. Restored, remastered and in high definition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).
Penny Dreadful -- The Complete Second Season
(2014) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the Showtime series about supernatural threats in Victorian London. This season finds Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Formats: DVD: $42.99, Blu-ray Disc: $49.99. Extras: Video production blogs, Reeve Carney round table, "History of the Occult," character profiles, "Evelyn Poole's Mansion." (CBS/Paramount).
People, Places, Things
(2015) Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne, Michael Chernus, Aundrea Gadsby, Gia Gadsby. Will Henry (Clement) is a graphic novelist and a professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls' fifth birthday party, his life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children -- and longtime girlfriend Charlie (Allynne) -- with their friend Gary (Chernus). One year later, Will is still alone and trying to put his life back together in the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, and he finds unexpected challenges when his talented student Kat (Williams) tries to set him up with her accomplished mother Diane (Hall). Formats: DVD. (Alchemy).
(1991 -- Hong Kong) Jacky Cheung, Tony Leung Kai Fai, Dean Shek. A revolutionary army in 1930s China attempts to foil a plot by the dethroned Emperor Pu-Yi -- who has established the Puppet State of Manchukuo in Manchuria -- to cooperate with the Japanese in a test for a poisonous gas. Formats: DVD. (Well Go USA).
Reign: The Complete Second Season
(2014-15) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extras: "Playing By Her Rules: A Day on Set With a Queen and Her Court" behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Rumble in the Bronx BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Dir.: Stanely Tong; Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Francoise Yip. (Warner).
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
(2013) IIan Ziering,Tara Reid, Bo Derek, Jerry Springer, Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter. When a mass of Sharknadoes threatens America's East Coast, the chainsaw-wielding hero Fin must again risk his life to save his children on spring break. But as he fights his way south, the sharknadoes merge and grow bigger than ever before. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (The Asylum).
South Park: The Complete 18th Season
(2014) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Come on down to South Park with all-new, uncensored episodes from Season 18. Every episode of this critically-acclaimed and award-winning show is packed with unforgettable moments and hilarious absurdity -- from pissed off celebrities to talking towels and crime-fighting kids. Join Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman for all their foul-mouthed adventures. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, mini commentaries by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, on all episodes. (Paramount).
(2014 -- South Korea) Seung-ryong Ryu, Joon-sang Yoo, Jin-wook Lee, Seong-ryeong Kim. An ER doctor saves a murder suspect from an assassination attempt and, immediately, the doctor's pregnant wife gets kidnapped. It soon becomes clear that there's a larger conspiracy at play, and the doctor and the murder suspect must team up to rescue the doctor's wife. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First and Second Seasons
(2014) Eight-disc set with all 52 episodes, $42.99. Cowabunga, dude! Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making Of" animatics, Theme Song: Karaoke Music Video, six animated comic books, 27 "Mutation of a Scene" featurettes, more. (Paramount).
(2015) Josh Peck, James Ransone, Elisa Lasowski. In the 1898 Alaskan frontier, two brothers embark on a journey to collect a bounty in a desperate attempt to save their home: but what they find along the way is more than they bargained for: they face harsh elements, crazed men, and death at every corner in pursuit of an outlaw, a twisted man who has turned the Yukon Territory into his own personal hell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Anthony O'Brien, "Behind the Scenes: Gunfight" featurette, "Behind the Scenes: Nightmare featurette, interviews with cast. (Well Go USA).
Tremors 5: Bloodlines
(2015) Michael Gross, Jamie Kennedy. A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in this fourth sequel to the campy 1990 horror film and successful franchise. When Gummer (Gross) is hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Kennedy), find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Assblasters and Graboids. Discovering that the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror -- far more than they bargained for. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, "Tremors 5: Behind the Bloodlines" featurette. (Universal).
(2015) Ben Kingsley, Alexander Siddig, Avan Jogia, Nonso Anozie. Three-part Spike TV miniseries concentrating on the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: "The Costumes of Tut," "History Revealed," "Unmasking the Legend: The Making of Tut." (Paramount).
20 Fairy Tales – Scholastic Storybook Treasures: The Classic Collection
The Scholastic Classics value line continues with 20 fairy tales on a single DVD: "James Marshall's Cinderella," "Doctor De Soto", "Each Peach Pear Plum," "Extra Yarn," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Hansel and Gretel," "Harold's Fairy Tale," "Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China," "Princess Furball," "Rapunzel," "Red Riding Hood," "Three Billy Goats Gruff," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "The Little Match Girl," "The Red Shoes," "The Three Little Pigs," "The True Story of The Three Little Pigs!", "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Emperor's New Clothes." Formats: DVD, $4.99. (Cinedigm).
20 Holiday Adventures – Scholastic Storybook Treasures: The Classic Collection
The fourth in the Scholastic Classics value line on a single DVD: "The Night Before Christmas," "Max's Christmas," "Merry Christmas, Splat," "Morris's Disappearing Bag," "Merry Christmas, Space Case," "Bear Snores On," "Noah's Ark," "Too Many Tamales," "Lemonade in Winter," "The Snowy Day," Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas," "In the Month of Kislev," "Little Drummer Boy," "Seven Candles for Kwanzaa," "Great Joy!," "Antarctic Antics," "Giving Thanks," "Bear Has a Story to Tell," "The Clown of God," and "Brave Irene." Formats: DVD, $4.99. (Cinedigm).
Vikings: The Complete Third Season
(2015) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. The family saga of Ragnar, Rollo, Lagertha and Bjorn continues as loyalties are questioned and bonds of blood are tested. Now king of his people, Ragnar remains a restless wanderer, leading his band of Norse warriors on epic adventures from the shores of Essex to the mythical city of Paris. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MGM).
We Are Still Here
(2015) Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Larry Fessenden, Lisa Marie. After their teenage son Bobby is killed in a car crash, Paul and Anne Sacchetti move to an isolated 19th-century house in the New England countryside to try to start a new life. But soon the grieving couple begin to sense they are not alone in the old house. Unknowingly, the Sacchettis become the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town is hiding a terrifyingly dark secret. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Ted Geoghegan and producer Travis Steven, behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer, teaser. (Dark Sky Films/MPI).
What We Did on Our Holiday
(2014) Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly. When Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation, the youngsters -- surrounded by relatives -- innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that
when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, "Creating Dysfunction: Making What We Did on Our Holiday" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
When Marnie Was There
(2014) From Japan's acclaimed Studio Ghibli, with the voices of Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, John C. Reilly, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Bates, Geena Davis. When shy, artistic Anna travels to the seaside to stay with relatives, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and a friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi ("The Secret World of Arrietty"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of When Marnie Was There,"
"Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of When Marnie Was There," feature-length storyboards. (Universal).
Will to Love
(2015 -- TV) Keshia Knight Pulliam, Marques Houston, Draya Michele. Urban romantic comedy about the CEO of a million dollar company who has to find a wife in order to inherit his grandfather's company and his estate. Formats: DVD. (Footage Films).
(2014) Acclaimed documentary following the journey of Loten Namling. For more than 60 years, Tibetans have been fighting Chinese oppression. But their non-violent struggle appears to be in vain. Now, as a new form of peaceful protest, Tibetans are setting themselves on fire. Namling -- an exiled Tibetan musician living in Switzerland -- is deeply disturbed by such self-destructive action, so he sets off on a two month trek from Europe to India on a one-man mission to meet top politicians, experts and young radicals. He himself becomes increasingly radical, and is on the verge of violent protest. Finally he ends up at the Office of the Dalai Lama in India, to seek the advice from the exiled Tibetan leader. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, interviews, music videos. (Garden Thieves Pictures).
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Aladdin Diamond Edition
(1992) Voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale. The last home theater release of the long-out-of-print "Aladdin" was a Platinum DVD way back on Oct. 5 2004, so this one has been a long-time coming. The release will be configured as a DVD + Digital Copy + Blu-Ray + Disney Movies Anywhere edition with a list price of $36.99 and a street price of $24.99 (you can pre-order a copy at Amazon here). According to the Disney Wiki, "Aladdin" is the 31st animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon, and the fourth entry in the Disney Renaissance, made and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and released on November 11, 1992 by Walt Disney Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. It was released at the peak stretch of the Disney renaissance era beginning with "The Little Mermaid" and was the most successful film of 1992, with more than $217 million in domestic revenue and over $534 million worldwide. It was produced and directed by Ron Clements & John Musker. The original songs were written by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman and Menken & Tim Rice after Ashman's death. Menken received the 1992 Academy Award for Original Music Score and Rice and Menken got an Oscar for the now-classic song "A Whole New World." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Four deleted songs: "Proud of Your Boy" (original demo recording), "You Can Count on Me," "Humiliate the Boy" and "Why Me; two deleted scenes: "Aladdin & Jasmine's First Meeting" and "Aladdin in the Lap of Luxury." Blu-ray adds "The Genie Outtakes" in whcih Robin Williams' Genie outtakes are magically brought to life; "Genie 101," a course in the various transformattions of the famous (and formerly famous) celebrity references of the Genie; "Ron & John: You Ain't Never Had a Friend Like Me" in which directors John Musker & Ron Clements sit down and discuss the experiences of their long-running partnership together at Disney; "Creating Broadway Magic," Unboxing Aladdin" exploration of the Easter eggs and hidden secrets of Aladdin; all the classic extras from the original DVD release. (Disney).
Along Came a Spider BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Dylan Baker. (Warner).
Ascension: A Miniseries Event
(2014) Three-part, six hour SyFy series inspired by the real-life Project Orion space mission that thrived under President John F. Kennedy. In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship's population to
question the true nature of their mission. Formats: DVD: $24.98, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Ascension: A Behind the Scenes Look" featurette.
(2014) "Billy Elliot" meets "First Position" in this documentary that follows, over four years, the struggles, set-backs and accomplishments of three friends and hopeful future dance stars: Lukas, Syvert, and Torgeir. The boys sacrifice a normal high school experience (including parties and dating) for the sake of ambition and a love of dance. Facing pressure from their parents, school teachers and ballet mentors, they prepare for potentially life-altering and career-making auditions at some of Europe's most prestigious ballet schools. Formats: DVD. Extras: Seven bonus shorts. (First Run Features).
(2014-15) The stories of four baseball heroes come to life from Major League Baseball and A+E Networks. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and Lou Gehrig turned baseball into the National Pastime that it is today. This two-disc set, four-film collection brings a fresh historical and psychological perspective to the lives of these American icons. Using rare and enhanced archival material and state-of-the-art production techniques, the films follow the life stories and the careers of Babe Ruth, whose bat turned him into a household name; Ted Williams, the last player to hit .400; Lou Gehrig, who won six World Series before illness ended his career; and Hank Aaron, who rose from adversity to break the record of a king. Narrated by Martin Sheen. Formats: DVD: $29.98. Extras: "The Making of American Hercules: Babe Ruth," rare player interviews, historic game footage, Ted Williams Hall of Fame induction, extended interviews with various experts, archival footage from the Major League Baseball Film & Video Archive. (Lionsgate).
Bates Motel: Season Three
(2015) All 10 episodes. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $44.98, two-disc Blu-ray: $49.98. Extras: "A Broken Psyche: Creating Norma-n." (Universal).
The Bionic Woman: The Complete Series
(1976-78) Fourteen-disc set with all 58 episodes, $74.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, featurettes, photo galleries, more. (Universal).
(1979) A disturbed woman is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her 5-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two story lines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood from David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. With its combination of psychological and body horror, "The Brood" laid the groundwork for many of the director's films to come, but it stands on its own as a personal, singularly scary vision. New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director David Cronenberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New documentary about the making of the film and Cronenberg's early work, featuring actor Samantha Eggar, producer Pierre David, cinematographer Mark Irwin, assistant director John Board, and special makeup effects artists Rick Baker ("Videodrome") and Joe Blasco ("Shivers" and "Rabid"); new, restored 2K digital transfer of" Crimes of the Future," a 1970 feature by Cronenberg, supervised by the director, plus a 2011 interview in which the director discusses his early films with Fangoria editor Chris Alexander; interview from 2013 with actors Art Hindle and Cindy Hinds; appearance by actor Oliver Reed on "The Merv Griffin Show" from 1980; trailer and radio spot; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey. (The Criterion Collection).
Chuggington: The Big Freeze
(2015) Cool super-sized collection of five Chuggington adventures in which the chuggers perform one winter rescue after another: Fletch tries to repair the much-needed lighthouse all by himself, Calley tests to become a first responder, Brewster gets closer to being a Chuggineer, and more. Formats: DVD: $14.98. Extras: "Badge Quest" episode: "Share the Load," character montages: "Daley" and "The Docks Crew." (Anchor Bay).
The Civil War 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
Ken Burns' "The Civil War” attracted an audience of 38.9 million during its premiere in September 1990. It set a record for the highest rated PBS series broadcast, which stands today. The series has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild, People's Choice Award, Peabody Award, duPont-Columbia Award, D.W. Griffith Award and the Lincoln Prize, among dozens of others. While Burns had directed and produced other award-winning films on PBS prior to "The Civil War," including his first feature film, the Academy Award-nominated "The Brooklyn Bridge" (1981), "The Civil War" quickly became the standard for historic documentaries. Over the course of two months, 50,000 feet of the original 16mm film negative, which is preserved at the George Eastman House, was scanned frame by frame at 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels, the resolution used for Ultra High Definition). The standard definition 1990 broadcast was taken from a duplicate of the original negative, resulting in a loss of quality. This is the first time the film will be seen with the exact same fidelity and framing as the negative that Burns and his co-cinematographers Allen Moore and Buddy Squires shot over 25 years ago. "The Civil War" is narrated by David McCullough and includes the voices of Sam Waterston (Abraham Lincoln), Julie Harris (Mary Chesnut), Jason Robards (Ulysses S. Grant), Morgan Freeman (Frederick Douglass), Paul Roebling (Joshua L. Chamberlain, etc.), Garrison Keillor (Walt Whitman, etc), George Black (Robert E. Lee), Arthur Miller (William T. Sherman), Chris Murney, (Pvt. Elisha Hunt Rhodes), Charley McDowell (Pvt. Sam Watkins), Horton Foote (Jefferson Davis), George Plimpton (George Templeton Strong), Philip Bosco (Horace Greeley, etc. ), Terry Courier (George McClellan), Jody Powell (Stonewall Jackson, etc.) and Studs Terkel (Benjamin F. Butler). Others who provided voices include Derek Jacobi, Pamela Reed, Jeremy Irons, Ronnie Gilbert, Kurt Vonnegut, Colleen Dewhurst, Hoyt Axton and Shelby Foote. This is, by he way, the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Six-disc set; DVD: $99.99, Blu-ray: $129.99. Extras: "The Making of The Civil War 25 Years Later," "Restoring The Civil War," "Complete High Definition Shelby Foote Interviews," more. (PBS Distribution).
The Don Rickles TV Specials: Volume 1
We know Don Rickles as the "Prince of Put-downs"; the man who receives no residuals from the NHL for all the times he affectionately called another slack-jawed fan a hockey puck. Don's mouth and mind operate at 100 mph in a world where 55 is the norm. And a snappy reply is pointless; he has a finely-honed barb for every attempted comeback. But if you've never seen Don Rickles TV specials, you don't know Jack about Don. Credit CBS and ABC for offering Rickles the chance to showcase his talents in the two 70s-era TV specials featured here. "Mr. Warmth" jokes, sings, dances, acts and expands the comedy horizons of the typical variety show and he wears many hats while doing so -- and some rather interesting hairpieces. Amidst all the stingers and zingers, Rickles was never afraid to laugh at himself, and celebrities of the day always loved entering his world. And in these memorable TV classics, home audiences are treated to an incredible line-up of Hollywood royalty who took Don's jabs with aplomb -- and dished it out, as well. Guest stars included Don Adams, Anne Meara, Johnny Carson, Harvey Korman, Bob Newhart, Carroll O'Connor, Juliet Prowse and Robert Goulet. Formats: DVD: $12.95. Extras: New introductions from Rickles; Rickles receives the "TV Land Awards Legend Award" presented by Jimmy Kimmel. (Time Life).
(2015) Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoe Kravitz, Rakim Mayers. This Sundance Film Festival favorite tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a young man carefully surviving life in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year filed with college applications, interviews and the SAT. Read more about "Dope" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Dope Is Different" featurette in which the cast and crew discuss the film's charcaters and themes; "Dope Music" featurette with Pharrell Williams, A$AP Rocky, Rick Fumuyiwa and others. (Universal).
Escape From Alcatraz BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1979) Dir.: Don Siegel; Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom. (Warner).
15 Minutes BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer, Avery Brooks. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes. (Warner).
The Following: The Third and Final Season
(2015) All 15 episodes. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray: $44.96. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, gag reel, "Severed Scenes," 2014 New York Comic Con Panel. (Warner).
The Following: The Complete Series
(2013-15) All 45 episodes.Formats: DVD: $95.72, Blu-ray: $99.97.(Warner).
(2014) Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford. Read more about "The Gallows" in the October Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Charlie: Every School Has Its Spirit"; deleted scenes; gag reel. Blu-ray adds Lofing and Cluff's original feature length cut of the film, the "director's cut" that initially caught the attention of the film's producers and led to "The Gallows" worldwide theatrical release; concept, original version and theatrical trailers. (Warner).
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season One
(2014-15) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Bravo's first scripted series. After self-help book author and guru, Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), publicly admits that she has separated from her husband Jake (Paul Adelstein), America's once-favorite girlfriend finds her career and marriage in a free fall. Turning away from her married clique and toward her new set of divorced friends, Abby sets out on a journey of self-discovery as she attempts to salvage her career, get back in the dating game and figure out her new identity as a single woman. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Christmas Specials
(1969, 1970) Celebrate the holiday season with country music superstar Glen Campbell and his pals with specially selected episodes from Campbell's classic variety series. Features guest appearances from such period favorites as George Gobel, Jerry Reed, Anne Murray, Andy Griffith, Cher, Mel Tillis and Shecky Greene. Two episodes: December 21, 1969 and December 20, 1970. Formats: DVD, $19.96.(Shout! Factory).
Heroes: The Complete Series
(2006-10) All 78 episodes. Formats: 21-disc DVD: $84.98, 18-disc Blu-ray: $99.98. Extras: Never-before-aired series premiere; alternate ending to the Season 2 finale; behind-the-scenes access with the show's writers, stars and artists; commentaries; featurettes; more. (Universal).
Kiss the Girls BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1997) Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes. (Warner).
James Bond Gadgets
(2002-2004) Take an up-close and personal look at the most sophisticated and intelligently designed devices used by the world's most renowned spy in these two episodes of the HISTORY series Modern Marvels that showcases the most high-tech cars, guns and gadgets ever to grace the silver screen. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).
Justified: The Complete Series
(2010-15) Nineteen-disc set with all 78 episodes. Based on Elmore Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole," this critically acclaimed FX drama stars Timothy Olyphant as Western-style, Stetson-wearing, gun-slinging U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a man who attempts to bring law and order back to his home in Harlan County. Walton Goggins plays Raylan's longtime rival, Boyd Crowder. A Limited Edition Blu-ray will contain collectible packaging, a commemorative disc book and a "Justified" flask. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: All previously released bonus material as well as "That's a Wrap" gag reel; three all-new featurettes: "Writers' Room Tour With Graham Yost," "Leaving Harlan Alive: Making the Final Season" and "Harlan Revisited: Favorite Moments"; "In Elmore's Words." a featurette with actors -- who worked with Elmore Leonard -- reading select passages from some of his most well-known pieces of work. (Sony).
(1999) The feature film debut of writer-director David Riker. A dramatically photographed collection of stories of love, hope, and loss, and an affecting portrait of disenfranchised Latin American immigrants living in New York. Filmed over the course of six years in the 1990s, this film takes us inside this community of newcomers, creating a powerful and incisive drama about the loneliness, displacement, and economic hardship they face in the new and unfamiliar world of the city. Striving for authenticity both in the stories he tells and in the characters he portrays, Riker spent five years developing the film within the Latin American community and chose to cast non-actors in almost every role. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of documentary,new interview with Riker and some of the original cast. (Oscilloscope).
The Little Death
(2015 -- Australia) The film, whose title is the English translation of the French phrase "La Petit Mort" -- an idiom and euphemism for an orgasm -- explores the themes of morality, normality, monogamy, relationships, love and deceit, all tied together with a sexy red bow. The edgy comedy follows five couples in Sydney struggling to cope with their sexual kinks, while realizing it takes a lot more effort and determination to be sexually satisfied in the modern age. The couples learn the hard-way that sharing sexual secrets may have unintended consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "A Little Look at The Story, Casting & Directing: From Script to Screen," "Inside the Cast & Characters: Relationships & Sex," interview with writer-director Josh Lawson. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 2
(2015) Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray with seven episodes that marks the end of an era for iconic ad man Don Draper, leaving viewers with the final look at the legacy of Madison Avenue's finest advertising professionals. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $39.98, two -disc Blu-ray: $39.97, Digital, UltraViolet. (cloud). Extras: Commentaries with cast and crew on all episodes, "Laurel Canyon" featurette, "Unmarried Professional Women" featurette, "Generation Boom" featurette, "Earth Day" featurette. Blu-ray adds interactive advertising timeline. (Lionsgate).
Mad Men: The Complete Collection
(2007-2015) Offered as a limited-edition gift set, this features the complete seven seasons and all special features ever released plus four hours of brand-new bonus material (including a look at the casting and design of the show), a one-on-one sit-down with Matthew Weiner and two hand-made silver-rimmed lowball tumblers and four cork coasters. Formats: DVD: $209.98, Blu-ray: $209.97. Extras: Bonus material from all seven seasons; "The Fellas at Sterling Cooper" cast wrap Interviews; "Matthew Weiner: One on One" featurette; "Casting Mad Men" featurette; "Design of a Decade" featurette; Main Cast Wrap Interviews; "Cast Favorites" featurette; Mad Men Advertising Archives (interactive feature); MAD MEN Historical Timeline; commentaries with cast and crew on all episodes, including previously unreleased commentaries for Season 6; two silver-rimmed lowball tumblers; four cork coasters. (Lionsgate).
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1962) Dir.: John Ford; James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, Ken Murray, John Carradine, Jeanette Nolan. (Warner).
Matchstick Men BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) Dir.: Ridley Scott; Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell. (Warner).
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
(2015) A new full-length film from the My Little Pony canon. Canterlot High meets its rival school, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that's a long-standing tradition: The Friendship Games, a series of exciting events that includes archery, motocross, and rollerskating. Sunset Shimmer is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to keep things fair while she and her friends compete against Crystal Prep's top students led by someone with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic: this world's Twilight Sparkle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, exclusive musical performance, commentary, sing-alongs, animated shorts. (Shout! Factory Kids).
The 100: The Complete Second Season
(2014-15) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The 100: Unlocking the Mountain," "The 100 Pre-Viz Stunts" featurette, 2014 Comic Con Panel, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
(2015) Documentary steps inside the halls of five NYC public schools to celebrate dance. Hosted by veteran TV journalist Paula Zahn, "PS Dance!"! captures what happens when students have dance in their curriculum. The journey is one of imagination, curiosity, hard work and discipline. In these studios, dance is for every child. Packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Red Vs Blue: Season 13
(2014) The sim-troopers of Blood Gulch have seen their fair share of insanity over the years, but they've never faced anything quite like this. Stranded on the planet Chorus, the Reds and Blues must convince two enemy armies to join forces or suffer complete annihilation at the hands of a bloodthirsty war lord. The final installment in the "Chorus Trilogy." Between deadly mercenaries, alien artifacts and old rivalries, our hapless heroes are in for the fight of their lives in this long-running TV sci-fi/comedy series, based on the Halo Xbox video game. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Outtakes, commentary, PSAs, six behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Cinedigm).
Regular Show: The Movie
(2015) This TV movie ffollows our two favorite slackers -- Mordecai and Rigby -- who have discovered that a botched science project they did in High School created a “Timenado,” and they realize they must go back in time in order to save the universe -- and their friendship. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
The Return of Count Yorga BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1971) Robert Quarry, Mariette Hartley, Roger Perry, George Macready. When the overlord of the damned rises again to prowl the shadows, who will stand against the return of Count Yorga? Robert Quarry is back as one of the most dapper vampires to ever set up shop in California in this sequel to the 1970 film that really raises the stakes. Revived by the well-known supernatural properties of the Santa Ana winds, the undead Count takes to the streets with an unquenchable thirst. In search of new blood, Yorga moves next door to an orphanage. But when he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman, the Count's thoughts turn to love. Has the ruler of the night finally found the girl with whom he can share eternity? Extras: Audio Commentary with film historian Steve Haberman and actor Rudy De Luca, theatrical trailer, tv spot, radio spots, photo gallery. (Scream Factory).
The Saint: Seasons 1 & 2
(1962-64) Ten-disc set with all 39 heavenly episodes. Modern-day Robin Hood. Wealthy man of mystery. Debonair rogue. Call Simon Templar what you will, but never cross The Saint. A timeless figure of adventure since his creation by Leslie Charteris in 1928, The Saint has thrilled adventure aficionados with his exploits in a variety of media, including novels, movies, and radio: but nowhere was the dashing Mr. Templar more indelibly realized than in his 1960s television series, starring the perfectly cast Roger Moore in the title role. Seasons One and Two of "The Saint" set the stage for what would become a six season run on television, and paved the way for the dashing Roger Moore to take on the role of an even more famous man of action later in his career. With guest starring appearances by such notables as Oliver Reed, Academy Award-winning actress Julie Christie and a pair of beauties from the spy classic "Goldfinger" (Honor Blackman and Shirley Eaton), "The Saint" is a wild and witty adventure that is every bit as fun and exciting today as it was when it first aired. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Shout! Factory/Timeless Media).
(2015) Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Paul Giamatti. In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter. Read more about "San Andreas" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director Brad Peyton, "San Andreas: The Real Fault Line," "Dwayne Johnson to the Rescue," "Scoring the Quake," deleted scenes, gag reel, stunt reel. (Warner).
(2015) Mitchel Musso, Jamie Kennedy, Brooke Butler. After an all-night graduation beach party, a group of hung-over twentysomethings awake to a beating sun and a seemingly carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat that touches the sand. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Sesame Street: Elmo Can Do It!
(2015) Everyone remembers their first day of school or their first lost tooth. Now kids can share these fabulous first memories with the Sesame Street characters in this all new video compilation full of stories and songs. From haircuts to sleepovers, preschoolers will enjoy learning life lessons, while addressing milestones and transitions in a fun way. Formats: DVD: $14.98. (Warner).
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series
(1974-78) Thirty-three disc set with all 100 episodes, $129.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Three pilot movies and three reunion movies, commentaries, featurettes, more. (Universal).
A Special Day
(1977) Italian cinema dream team Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are cast against glamorous type and deliver two of the finest performances of their careers in this moving, quietly subversive drama from Ettore Scola. Though it's set in Rome on the historic day in 1938 when Benito Mussolini and the city first rolled out the red carpet for Adolf Hitler, the film takes place entirely in a working-class apartment building, where an unexpected friendship blossoms between a pair of people who haven't joined the festivities: a conservative housewife and mother tending to her domestic duties and a liberal radio broadcaster awaiting deportation. Scola paints an exquisite portrait in sepia tones, a story of two individuals helpless in the face of fascism's rise. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Ettore Scola, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Scola and Sophia Loren; two 1977 episodes of "The Dick Cavett Show" featuring Loren and Marcello Mastroianni; trailer; an essay by critic Deborah Young. (The Criterion Collection).
Teen America: World Police BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ. Extras: Commentary, behind the scenes featurettes. (Warner).
(2015) George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw.
Read more about "Tomorrowland" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Brad Bird Production Diaries: Diary Entry #3 – NASA," "Blast from the Past Commercial." Blu-ray adds "Remembering the Future: A Personal Journey Through Tomorrowland With Brad Bird"; "Casting Tomorrowland"; "A Great Big Beautiful Scoring Session"; "The World of Tomorrow Science Hour" hosted by futurologist David Nix; Animated short: "The Origins of Plus Ultra"; "Brad Bird Production Diaries: Diary Entry #1 – The First Day," "Diary Entry #2 – Tomorrowland vs. the Weather," "Diary Entry #3 – NASA"; eight deleted scenes; four Easter Eggs. (Disney).
(1994 -- Italy) Franceso Casale, Katarina Vasillissa. Based on the famous erotic novel ("Luomo che Guarda") by Alberto Moravia, the film tells the story of Eduardo Dodo, who in public is a professor of French literature but in private a desperately lovesick cuckold, married to the ever-more-elusive Sylvia. His life is shattered when he becomes an onlooker rather than a participant in life. Those around him, though, seem to be living life to the fullest. His bedridden father has a scantily clad nurse, his students have unending sexual fun, sometimes in his presence, and even the public beach has become an orgy ground. Through a series of small revelations, Dodo slowly comes to realize who his rival is and the discovery, rather than destroying his marriage, strengthens and renews it. In a new restored high-definition transfer. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: 2007 interview with director Tinto Brass, trailers, photo gallery. (Cult Epics).
W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection
Five-disc set with "Million Dollar Legs," "Alice in Wonderland" (1933), "The Old Fashioned Way," "Poppy," "My Little Chickadee," "If I Had a Million," "Six of a Kind," "It's a Gift," "The Big Broadcast of 1938," "The Bank Dick," "International House," "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch," "Mississippi," "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man," "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break," "Tillie and Gus," "You're Telling Me!" and "Man on the Flying Trapeze." Formats: DVD: $89.98. (Universal).
When Calls The Heart: Follow Your Heart
(2015) The fifth and final installment of the Season two television movies. While Jack and Elizabeth's relationship has cooled following their arguments in Hamilton, Jack is hot on the trail of a counterfeiter right in Hope Valley. When he finds the culprit, a two-fisted brawl ensues as Jack apprehends the man. Seeing Jack in danger prompts Elizabeth to confront her feelings and seek him out ... but she inadvertently sets Rip, Jack's dog, loose at the same time. As a violent storm bears down on Hope Valley, Jack and Elizabeth search for Rip and take shelter in an old mineshaft together. But the storm won't be escaped so easily, and the unstable shaft begins to collapse. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
When Calls The Heart: Year Two [The Television Movie Collection]
(2015) Five-disc set with all five movies from the second year, $29.93. From celebrated author Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series) comes these romantic adventure tales. Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) is a strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home (and a bit of unexpected romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack) in the small frontier town of Hope Valley. But life on the frontier can hand you many tough turns, and so it is for Jack and Elizabeth as they face their very different upbringings, the pressures put upon them by family, rival suitors and even various criminal counterfeiters and kidnappers in their quest to find their place in this remote and rugged land. Formats: DVD. Extras: featurettes with behind-the-scenes footage and cast and crew interviews. (Shout! Factory).
Witness BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1985) Dir.: Peter Weir; Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas. (Warner).
Danny Kaye: Legends
(1967) During four top-rated television seasons, "The Danny Kaye Show" welcomed some of the great icons of the entertainment industry. At the time, Kaye was at the height of his popularity, having starred in a string of successful films in the 1940s and 50s and made numerous successful TV appearances. This two-disc set collects six classic episodes of the show featuring Louis Armstrong, Lucille Ball, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Shirley Jones and Liberace. The collection also features performances by the Righteous Brothers (singing their number one hit "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"), French songstress Mireille Mathieu, Vikki Carr, John Gary and Imogene Coca. Also featured are series regulars Harvey Korman, Joyce Van Patten and orchestra leader Paul Weston. All of Danny Kaye's considerable talents are on display here: he was a radio, TV and record star who could do comedy, sing, dance and perform classical music (he regularly conducted world-famous orchestras). Kaye was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF in 1954 and received the French Legion of Honor in 1986 for his years of work with the organization. And he's one of OnVideo's all-time favorites. Formats: DVD: $24.95. (MVD Visual).
Lynyrd Skynyrd -- Gone With the Wind
(2015) When Lynyrd Skynyrd emerged onto the world stage in 1973, it was the result of a collective determination; the group had struggled and fought to gain real recognition ever since their formation eight years before. And although they were initially identified, both in the music industry and in the media, as just another act in the then booming Southern-Rock movement, it became quickly apparent that not only were Skynyrd a distinctly individual collective, but also they had the potential to become one of the finest rock bands in history. Led by the headstrong and domineering Ronnie Van Zant, a tough, blue collar brawler with his powerful stage presence, distinctive vocals and gritty, honest lyrics, his energy and vision propelled the group until its tragic end in 1977. This documentary revisits the story of Lynyrd Skynyrd with a mixture of seldom seen film, new and archive interviews, contributions from an esteemed panel of members past and present and those closest to the group, plus location shoots, rare photographs and news reports. Formats: DVD. (Sexy Intellectual/MVD).
(2014 -- Austria/Luxembourg/Germany) Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann. A darkly humorous postmodern take on love, life, and death. Desperately melancholy poet Heinrich is in search of a woman to join him in a suicide pact. Met by constant refusals, he finally finds a willing participant in well-to-do Henriette who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The resultant negotiation between the pair degenerates into a wry comedy of manners. Inspired by the real-life double suicide of renowned German author Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel in 1811. High definition digital restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Director Jessica Hausner's short film "Oida." (Film Movement).
Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy
Includes all three movies ("Back to the Future," "Back to the Future Part II," "Back to the Future Part III") plus a new bonus disc with more than two hours of content. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New original shorts including "Doc Brown Saves the World!" starring Christopher Lloyd; "OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean," an inside look at the 2012 restoration of one of the most iconic cars in film history; "Looking Back to the Future," a nine-part retrospective documentary from 2009 on the trilogy's legacy; "Back to the Future: The Animated Series," two episodes ("Brothers" and "Mac the Black") from the 1991 series featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown' "Tales from the Future" six-part documentary; "The Physics of Back to the Future"; deleted scenes; Michael J. Fox Q&A; eight archival featurettes; behind the scenes footage; music videos; audio commentaries; "Back to the Future: The Ride." Read the complete press release. (Universal).
Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series(1991-93) Released for the first time ever on DVD featuring all 26 episodes from series. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Drawn to the Future" new interview with creator-writer Bob Gale and writer John Ludin (TBD); photo galleries: rare archival materials featuring sketches, storyboards and more (TBD). Read the complete press release. (Universal).
Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures
Includes all three movies, the complete animated series, a new bonus disc, a 64-page book and collectible light-up "Flux Capacitor" packaging. Featuring more than two hours of content, the bonus disc will include all-new original shorts, documentaries, two episodes from the animated series and more. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New original shorts including "Doc Brown Saves the World!" starring Christopher Lloyd; "OUTATIME: Restoring the DeLorean," an inside look at the 2012 restoration of one of the most iconic cars in film history; "Looking Back to the Future," a nine-part retrospective documentary from 2009 on the trilogy's legacy; "Back to the Future: The Animated Series," two episodes ("Brothers" and "Mac the Black") from the 1991 series featuring live action segments with Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown' "Tales from the Future" six-part documentary; "The Physics of Back to the Future"; deleted scenes; Michael J. Fox Q&A; eight archival featurettes; behind the scenes footage; music videos; audio commentaries; "Back to the Future: The Ride." Read the complete press release. (Universal).
The Bat BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1959) Agnes Moorehead, Vincent Price, John Sutton, Lenita Lane. Digitally restored from original 35mm film elements. Mystery writer Cornelia van Gorder (Agnes Moorehead) resides in a town terrorized by a mysterious murderer known only as "The Bat," said to be a man with
no face who kills women at night by ripping out their throats with steel claws. Breaking into Cornelia's countryside home one night, he releases an actual bat, which bites her maid Lizzy, sending her into a panic that she has caught "the rabies." Cornelia calls her doctor,
Malcolm Wells (Vincent Price), who happens to be conducting research on bats. Little does Cornelia know that the good doctor has an ulterior motive for coming to her assistance -- a thief who has stolen $1 million in bank securities has confided in Wells, leading him to
believe the stash is hidden within Cornelia's home. After dispatching with the thief, Wells plots to claim the missing treasure. But then "The Bat" returns to terrorize the household. (The Film Detective).
The Benoit Jacquot Collection
Three newly remastered films by the director of "Farewell, My Queen" (2012): "The Disenchanted," "A Single Girl" and "Keep It Quiet." "The Disenchanted" (1990): In her breakthrough role, Judith Godreche plays Beth, a disaffected 17 year old living in Paris with her bedridden mother and forced to hold her family together by degrading herself. "A Single Girl" (1995): Shot in real time, Virginie Ledoyen delivers a tour de force performance in a film that is a clear descendant of the great early New Wave films. The largely hand-held camera follows 19 year old Valerie on her first day on the job at a luxury hotel, a day in which she must reveal to her aimless boyfriend that she is pregnant and decide whether she wants to have a child with him. "Keep It Quiet" (1999): In this low key satirical farce, a CEO is released from prison and rejoins his family, who have a difficult time with his complete change in character, moving from a captain of industry to an eccentric innocent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media).
A Bucket of Blood BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1959) "Like wow, Man," Roger Corman's "Bucket of Blood" is a darkly comic satire with a beatnik culture backdrop. The film – produced on a $50,000 budget, shot in five days and sharing many of the low-budget filmmaking aesthetics for which Corman's work is known – stars Corman staple Dick Miller as a dimwitted, impressionable young busboy at a Bohemian café in southern California who is inspired by a beatnik artist's performance to try his hand at sculpture. While working, he accidentally kills his landlady's cat and, in desperation, covers its body in clay to hide the evidence. When the suspiciously life-like figure earns him a reputation as a brilliant sculptor, he is pressured to create similar works … and his muse becomes murder. (The Film Detective).
The Curse of Oak Island: Season 2
(2014-15) Brothers Rick and Marty continue their quest for buried treasure in HISTORY's adventure series. Encouraged by their discovery of a Spanish coin in Season 1, the brothers continue to look deep into the island's secrets in hopes of uncovering the answers that will lead them to a legendary find. Two-disc set with 19 episodes, $14.98.Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Eight webisodes. (Lionsgate).
Dumb It Down
(2014) This documentary takes an intriguing look into hip hop and how it has changed over the years. The film takes as its premise that hip hop has a negative influence on the African American community due to the lack of meaningful lyrical content being created today. According to the film, in today's society, "being cool" is actually the opposite of being intelligent, and essentially certain entertainers "dumb down" their intelligence for ratings and record sales. "Dumb It Down" exposes the entertainment industry for forcing prominent African American celebrities to tone down their intelligence in order to maintain relevance.
Features interviews with MC Lyte, T-Pain, Hot 97's Ebro, Trinidad James, Big Gipp of Goodie Mobb and the legendary DJ Clark Kent. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Facts of Life: Season Seven
(1985-86) Three-disc set with all 24 episodes, $29.93. Spinning off from "Diff'rent Strokes," "The Facts of Life" debuted in August 1979 and aired on NBC for nine seasons. Originally following the adventures of a group of young ladies at a girl's school, the series morphed as the kids aged. Housemother Mrs. Garrett opens her own business and the girls join her. In Season Seven, the girls return home from summer vacation to find that their home and business have been destroyed by a fire. Employing the services of hunky contractor George Burnett (George Clooney in an early role), they set out on a bold new business model, and from the ashes of Edna's Edibles rises the gift shop, Over Our Heads! Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Forgotten Space
(2014) The "forgotten space" of Allan Sekula and Noel Burch's investigative essay film is the sea, the oceans through which 90 percent of the world's cargo now passes. At the heart of this space is the container box, which, since its invention in the 1950s, has become one of the most important mechanisms for the global spread of capitalism. The film follows the container box along the international supply chain, from ships to barges, trains, and trucks, mapping the byzantine networks that connect producers to consumers (and more and more frequently, producing nations to consuming ones). Visiting the major ports of Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Guangdong province, and many places between, it connects the economic puzzle pieces that corporations and governments would prefer remain scattered. We meet people who have been reduced to cogs in this increasingly automated machine -- the invisible laborers who staff the cargo ships, steer the barges, drive the trucks, and migrate to the factories, and whose low wages form the base of the entire enterprise. Allan Sekula (1951-2013) was a renowned photographer, writer, filmmaker, theorist and critic whose work focused on capitalism and large economic systems. Noel Burch is a filmmaker and film theorist whose book The Theory of Film Practice has remained a classic of the genre. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gallery of photographs taken by Sekula and a 12-page booklet of further reading about the film. (Icarus Films).
Full Moon in Paris
(1984 -- France) Dir.: Eric Rohmer; Pascale Ogier, Tcheky Karyo, Fabrice Luchini, Virginia Thevenet. The story of Louise (Pascale Ogier), a young interior designer bored with her existence in the sleepy suburbs with her architect boyfriend Remi (Tcheky Karyo). Eager to lead the life of an independent socialite in the city, Louise arranges to move back to her Paris apartment during the week. Further complicating matters are her best friend, Octave (Fabrice Luchini), who makes plain his interest in her, and a bad boy musician who catches her eye at a party. Eventually, even the sophisticated and aloof Louise cannot untangle herself from the emotional realities of her romantic encounters. High definition digital restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Archival interview with Pascale Orgier, new essay by film critic David Thomson. (Film Movement).
Jurassic Park Collection
All 4 Movies: "Jurassic Park," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Jurassic Park III" and "Jurassic World." Formats: DVD: $64.98, Blu-ray Disc: $89.98, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
(2015) Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Judy Greer, Irrfan Khan. Read more about "Jurassic World" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/ Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "Dinosaurs Roam Once Again" behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Jurassic World's" visual effects and how the dinosaurs came to life; "Chris & Colin Take On The World" in which Chris Pratt and director Colin Trevorrow interview each other and discuss "Jurassic World" as well as the other "Jurassic Park" movies. Blu-ray adds "Welcome to Jurassic World" in-depth take on the creation, look and feel of "Jurassic World" Director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided;" Jurassic World: All-Access Pass" in which Pratt and Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns; "Innovation Center Tour With Chris Pratt"; "Jurassic's Closest Shaves" with clips from all the films in the franchise showing "near death" or extremely scary encounters with dinosaurs. (Universal).
(1965) After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn's collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of "Kwaidan" is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States. New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashi's original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince; Interview from 1993 with Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda; new interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara; new piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folk tales "Kwaidan" is based; trailers; an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
The Making of the Mob: New York
(2015) Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the limited series that tells the true story of the rise of the American Mafia in New York City. Narrated by Ray Liotta, the AMC series takes an unflinching look at the rough and tough rise of the most successful and brutal organized crime syndicate ever, beginning in 1905 and spanning over 50 years to trace the rise of Charles Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin Bugsy Siegel and other notorious gangsters from their beginnings as a neighborhood gang of teenagers to murderous entrepreneurs and bootleggers who organized the criminal underworld, turning the Mafia into an American institution. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Additional scenes, "The Real Arnold Rothstein," "The Secret Life of a Mob Wife," "The Mob and Mussolini," "Al Capone and the Other Mob," "Mob Innovations," "The Mob Shrink." (Anchor Bay).
The Marquise of O ...
(1976 -- Germany/France) Dir.: Eric Rohmer; Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz, Edda Seippel, Peter Luhr. An epic tale of virtue and mistaken identity. Set in 1799 during the Russian invasion of Italy, a young widow, The Marquise (Edith Clever), lives with her parents in the fort her father commands. In the midst of battle, the Marquise is abducted by a group of rowdy soldiers and is nearly raped before the Russian commander Count F (Bruno Ganz) rescues her. Later, after she realizes she is pregnant, the Marquise pens a letter to the newspaper announcing she will marry the father, if only he presents himself. High definition digital restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two archival interviews with Bruno Ganz and director Eric Rohmer, new essay by film critic David Thomson. (Film Movement).
Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate TV Collection
Eight-disc DVD set featuring nearly 20 hours of some of Don Rickles' finest on-screen moments. Contains four one-hour network television specials ("The Many Sides of Don Rickles," "Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking," "Mr. Warmth" and "Rickles") from the 1970s featuring Mr. Warmth with an impressive list of guest stars as well as the complete series of "CPO Sharkey." The set features icons such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jack Klugman, Bob Newhart, John Wayne, Helen Reddy, Loretta Swift, Rip Taylor, Don Adams, James Caan, Michael Caine, Jose Ferrer, Arthur Godfrey, Elliott Gould, Michele Lee, Larry Linville, Jack Palance, Otto Preminger, Bobby Riggs and Loretta Swit. Formats: DVD, $69.95. Extras: Newly-shot intros from Rickles, never-before-seen outtakes and unedited scenes, a rarely-seen "Tonight Show" clip with Johnny Carson surprising Don on the CPO Sharkey set, lip of Don receiving the TV Land Legend Award from Jimmy Kimmel. (Time Life).
My Favorite Martian: The Complete Collection
(1963-66) First time on DVD. Fifteen-disc set with all 107 complete, unedited, digitally remastered episodes, along with hours of special features. The series starred Bill Bixby as newspaper reporter Tim O'Hara and Ray Walston as the perfectly human-looking Martian whom Tim discovers and passes off as his Uncle Martin. Pamela Britton plays their snoopy landlady, Lorelei Brown. Formats: DVD. (MPI Media Group).
Northern Limit Line
(2015 -- South Korea) Lee Hyun Woo, Ku Jin, Mu-Yeol Kim. Based on the real-life events of the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong, when the North Korean navy deployed two of their patrol boats toward the Northern Limit Line in order to launch a surprise attack on South Korean Battleship 357 while her crew was engrossed watching the 2002 FIFA World Cup Soccer. The debut film from director Kim Hak-soon and the No. 1 boxoffice hit of the year in South Korea. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Nurse Jackie: Season 7
(2015) Three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray with all 12 episodes. Edie Falco shines in the final season of the hit series as Jackie fights to reclaim her sobriety, her job, her friends, her children, and her identity. The twisted and darkly funny "Nurse Jackie" returns for its final season with Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, a role that has earned Falco six consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations. Nurse Jackie faces her biggest challenge yet, as the whole truth about her addiction is exposed to everyone. The stakes have never been higher, and the
question is, can the world's toughest nurse save herself? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Last Patient at All Saints" featurette, "Final Shift" featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel, "Last Dance: Flash Mob With Edie Falco," commentary on select episodes. (Lionsgate).
Olympus: Season One
(2015) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes of the mythological action adventure series that centers on how a few brave men and women banished the gods to the realm of the unconscious: a place they called the Underworld, or the Kingdom of Hades. The epic journey of Hero (Tom York) leads him through the darkest realms of ancient Greece accompanied by the beautiful, but twisted Oracle of Gaia (Sonya Cassidy), the powerful sorceress Medea (Sonita Henry) and genius inventor Daedalus (Matt Frewer). Hero battles trickster gods, vicious monsters, seductive nymphs, kings and despots, as he transforms from a fresh-faced youth into a ruthless, cold-hearted killer, and a match for the gods themselves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes of Olympus." (Shout! Factory).
(2015) Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Justice Smith, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair. Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), this is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. Read more about "Paper Towns" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
(2015) Post-apocalyptic sci-fi feature film developed and produced by a community of drone enthusiasts. After a viral epidemic eliminates 90% of the world's population, survivors struggle to rebuild and reconnect with the world they've lost. Autonomous drones, originally meant to deliver vaccinations for the deadly disease, now wander aimlessly through the sky and are hunted for their parts and power sources. But when a 16-year-old boy named Kitch stumbles on a peculiar drone named DR1, clues about his lost father begin to surface and lead him on an incredible journey. The project was started by drone enthusiast Chad Kapper, who wanted to show drones in a good light ("rather than antagonistic militarized drones that have been popularized lately"), and he posted his idea to online forums for drone enthusiasts; soon he had input from thousands of engaged community members about creating a community-collaborated web series and feature film. Using forums, GoogleDocs, Facebook and Youtube -- and without a script -- the group embarked on developing a 10 episode online series over 12 weeks in late 2014, with each episode shared with the Rotor DR1 community for feedback and further development. Decisions on casting, wardrobe, props, dialogue, action scenes, episodic arcs, general storyline, and the backstory were made in collaboration. Community members, including top drone racers (RC Explorer), were even able to participate in the film's innovative drone race, where real drones and no CGI were used. Cinema Libre has released the episodes as a feature film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Deleted and alternate scenes, featurettes, outtakes, commentary, trailers. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Tales From The Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Angie Everhart, Chris Sarandon, Corey Feldman and John Kassir as the voice of the Crypt Keeper. Wisecracking private eye Rafe Guttman (Dennis Miller) investigates some strange happenings at a titillating bordello on the edge of town. It seems owner Madam Lilith (Angie Everhart) and her luscious cohorts want more than money --- they want blood! Extras: New audio commentary with co-writer/co-producer A.L. Katz; new "Tainted Blood: The Making of Tales From The Crypt Presents Bordello Of Blood" with interviews with actors Corey Feldman, Angie Everhart and Erika Eleniak, co-writer/co-producer A.L. Katz, editor & second unit director Stephen Lovejoy, and special effects creator Todd Masters; video promo; still gallery; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Billy Zane, William Sadler, Jada Pinkett, Brenda Bakke, CCH Pounder, Thomas Haden Church. A mysterious drifter known as Brayker (William Sadler) possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. But the human race is safe only so long as Brayker can evade the demonic Collector (Billy Zane) who has gathered the other six keys. In his obsessive quest for the key, the Collector rallies an army of ghastly cadavers against Brayker and the inhabitants of a run-down hotel. Armed with automatic weapons, sacred blood and sadistic humor, Brayker and the strong-willed Jeryline (Jada Pinkett-Smith) must lead the other guests in a gruesome battle against the Collector and his evil horde of ghouls. Extras: New audio commentary with director Ernest Dickerson; new audio commentary with special make-up effects creator Todd Masters, visual effects supervisor John Van Vliet, special effects coordinator Thomas Bellissimo, and demon performer Walter Phelan; new featurette "Under Siege: The Making of Tales From the Crypt presents Demon Knight," featuring interviews with director Ernest Dickerson, co-producer A.L. Katz, screenwriters Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, and Mark Bishop, stars Billy Zane, William Sadler, Brenda Bakke, Charles Fleischer, John Schuck and Dick Miller, editor Stephen Lovejoy, special make-up effects creator Todd Masters, special make-up effects artists Scott Coulter and Scott Wheeler, and demon performer Walter Phelan; panel discussion from the American Cinematheque featuring director Ernest Dickerson, actor Dick Miller and special effects maestro Rick Baker; still gallery; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
Testament of Youth
(2015) Kit Harington, Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson. Based on the best-selling World War I memoir by Vera Brittain, "Testament of Youth" is told through the eyes of Vera (Vikander), a youthful feminist, free-minded and irrepressible, whose intense romance with Roland Leighton (Harington) is interrupted by the war. The film follows her wartime experiences, which moved her to write one of the most defining memoirs of her time. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Testament of Youth Behind-the-Scenes," commentary with Kit Harington and director James Kent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Sony).
Transformers: Robots in Disguise -- A New Autobot Mission
(2015) The lure of the Transformers saga begins a new chapter as Bumblebee and a team of Autobot action heroes embark on a new mission to protect and save Earth from a new faction of Decepticons. The new mission begins as Bumblebee must step up to be leader after he's Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new Decepticon threat. Bumblebee puts his light-hearted mettle to the test after assembling a rouge team of Autobots action heroes, and he must balance his job fighting off evil with being equal parts squad leader and coach to a rascally team that needs constant coaxing to learn how to work together. Five episodes of the Cartoon Network series. Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Look Behind-the-Scenes." (Shout! Factory Kids).
The Vatican Tapes
(2015) Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Pena, Dougray Scott, Djimon Hounsou. Horror-triller of demonic possession. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It's all up to Father Lozano to wage war for more than just Angela's soul, but for the world as we know it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Mark Neveldine, cinematographer Gerardo Madrazo and Olivia Taylor Dudley; "Tale of the Tapes" featurette; deleted scenes; extended scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Fascinating documentary about a family who homeschooled and raised their seven children in the confinement of their apartment in the Lower East Side of New York City. The film, directed by Crystal Moselle, premiered on January 25, 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Locked away from society for 14 years, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes (wearing a Michael Meyers mask for protection), and the power dynamics in the house are transformed -- all the boys begin to dream of venturing out. Armed with unprecedented access into the subjects' world and vast archive of home movies, director Crystal Moselle crafts a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary family, capturing the thrill of the Wolfpack's discoveries without skirting the darker questions of abuse and confinement that weigh upon all of them. The Wolfpack charts a fascinating coming-of-age story and becomes a true example of the power of movies to transform and save lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with The Wolfpack; interview with Moselle; "Mirror Heart," a short film directed by Mukunda Angulo, with cinematography by Govinda Angulo and starring The Wolfpack; "The Making of Mirror Heart"; "Window Feel," a short film directed by Mukunda Angulo and starring The Wolfpack; "The Wolfpack Goes to Hollywood: First Trip to Los Angeles." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Z for Zachariah
(2015) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine. Post-apocalyptic tale that pits the world's last three survivors against one another. In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until
she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being: A distraught scientist, who's nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when another stranger
enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Z for Zachariah" featurette; deleted scenes; extended Interviews with Ejiofor and Robbie, director Craig Zobel and screenwriter Nissar Modi. (Lionsgate).
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Army of Darkness Collector's Edition
(1992) Special three-Disc Blu-ray set features four versions of the film: the Theatrical Cut of the film, the Director's Cut (with 15 minutes of extra footage), the International Cut and the TV version (in standard definition). Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras:DISC ONE Theatrical Version – 81 min., 1080p high-definition widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0: New "Medieval Times: The Making of Army Of Darkness" featuring interviews with star & co-producer Bruce Campbell, actors Marcus Gilbert, Ted Raimi, Timothy Quill, Richard Grove, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman and Angela Featherstone, director of photography Bill Pope, editor Bob Murawski, production designer Anthony Tremblay, composer Joseph Lo Duca, costume designer Ida Gearon, special make-up effects artists Howard Berger, Tony Gardner, Robert Kurtzman and Greg Nicotero, "Pit Bitch" performer and effects artist William Bryan, mechanical effects artist Gary Jones, first assistant director John Cameron, visual effects supervisor William Mesa, and stunt coordinator Christopher Doyle; original ending; original opening; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer; TV spots; home video promo. DISC TWO Director's Cut – 96 min., 1080p high-definition widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0: Audio commentary with director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell and co-writer Ivan Raimi; new additional behind-the-scenes footage from KNB Effects; vintage "Creating the Deadites" featurette; vintage "Making Of" featurette; extended interview clips with Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert. DISC THREE International Cut – 88 min., 1080p high-definition widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0: New 4K scan of the international inter-positive. Television version with additional footage - 90 min., standard definition (1.33:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. Theatrical trailer, new still galleries with rare behind-the-scenes photos from production designer Anthony Tremblay, visual effects supervisor William Mesa, and special make-up effects artists Tony Gardner and KNB EFX, Inc. (Over 200 Stills); new still gallery of props and rare photos from the collection of super fan Dennis Carter Jr.; new storyboards for deleted or alternate scenes; vintage "The Men Behind The Army Featurette." (Scream Factory).
Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure
(2015) Barbie and her sisters, Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea, and their adorable new puppy friends find unexpected mystery and adventure when they return to their hometown of Willows. While going through mementos in Grandma's attic, the sisters discover an old map, believed to lead to a long-lost treasure buried somewhere in the town. With their puppy pals in tow, the four girls go on an exciting treasure hunt. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Greatest Day" featurette, bloopers, "Tiny Dancer" motion comic. (Universal).
A Borrowed Identity
(2014 -- Israel) Gifted Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom), a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan (Michael Moshonov) a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother, Edna (Yael Abecassis). After falling in love with Naomi (Daniel Kitsis), a Jewish girl, he leaves school when their relationship is uncovered, and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
The Death of April
(2012) Katarina Hughes, Stephanie Domini, Adam Lowder. Nineteen-year-old college sophomore Meagan Mullen moves into a townhouse and keeps in touch with her friends and family through a video blog. As her entries (and her life) become more complex, dark and emotional, unexplained paranormal occurrences begin to happen in her room, and the camera captures it all. Formats: DVD. (ITN Distribution/MVD Entertainment).
Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Led by Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith, the acclaimed ensemble cast brings to life all the drama and intrigue of the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, the lavish English country manor, home to the Earl of Grantham. This limited edition box set, available just in time for the holidays, includes every episode of the first five seasons of this Golden Globe and multi-Emmy Award-winning series, following the Crawley family and their servants from pre-war England through the storms of World War I, and into the social, political and technological upheaval of England in the 1920s. The lives of Downton's inhabitants are shaped by romance, heartbreak, scandals, rumors, blackmail, and betrayal. Formats: DVD: $99.99, Blu-ray Disc: $109.99. Extras: More than four hours of previously released bonus material. (PBS Distribution).
Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci
Edgar Allan Poe's celebrated story "The Black Cat" has been the inspiration for numerous films over the years. But few adaptations are as stylish as those offered up by the twin Italian titans of terror, Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci. In Martino's classic giallo "Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key" (1972), teacher Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli) finds himself under suspicion for murder when one of his students -- and mistress -- is found brutally murdered. As more bodies start to pile up, the arrival of Oliviero's attractive niece (Edwige Fenech) brings with it complications of its own. In "The Black Cat" (1981), from that "other" Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci, Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck) find himself summoned to a sleepy English village to investigate the recent murder of a young couple. With no obvious signs of entry at the murder scene, Gorley is forced to start considering the possibility that his suspect may not be human ... . In new 2K restorations from the original camera negatives; with original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). In a four-disc limited edition. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interview with director Sergio Martino; "Dolls of Flesh and Blood: The Gialli of Sergio Martino" visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring Martino's unique contributions to the giallo genre; "On The Black Cat" by Stephen Thrower, author of" Beyond Terror - The Films of Lucio Fulci"; reversible sleeves featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; limited edition 80-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the films, Poe's original story and more, illustrated with archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Fifth Element Limited Edition Supreme Cinema Series
(1997) Dir.: Luc Besson; Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker. Collectible edition showcases 4k restorations, Dolby Atmos Audio upgrade and features a limited edition acrylic "clear case" with 24-page behind-the-scenes booklet. Also available as a standalone without the Clear case and booklet. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Eight-part behind-the-scenes featurette available on Blu-ray for the first time: "The Visual Element," "The Digital Element," "The Star Element," "The Alien Element," "The Fashion Element," "The Diva," "Imagining The Fifth Element," "The Elements of Style" (Sony).
(2014) Colette Kenny Mckenna, Krystle Fitch, Anastasia Blue, Tanya Erin Paoli, Kara A. Christiansen, Makaria Tsapatoris. An abstract, surreal horror film centering around six dead women waking up in the crawl space below their killer's house, only to discover that they are trapped in their own limbo and purgatory. The house itself contains many rooms revealing hints and clues to their past lives and how they've come to end up where they are. One by one and alone, each girl is forced to accept her fate or remain in place. The movie has no spoken dialog and is surrounded in a cryptic and dark visual atmosphere. Formats: DVD. (Unearthed Films/MVD).
(2015) Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman, Tim Griffin. A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years. Read more about "The Gift" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "Karma for Bullies," "The Darker Side of Jason Bateman," trailers, commentary with writer-director Joel Edgerton. (Universal).
The Great American Dream Machine
Before "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show", before "The Groove Tube" and "Kentucky Fried Movie" came "The Great American Dream Machine," an irreverent, satirical weekly variety show that aired on PBS for two seasons from 1971-1972. Unlike anything ever seen on public television, the eclectic, often controversial series combined humorous skits, drama, musical performances and political commentary in an "experimental" format and was considered Channel Thirteen's first primetime hit, setting new records for attracting younger adult viewers to public broadcasting. Dubbed "the intellectual Laugh-In," the show immediately struck a countercultural chord in the '70s, poking fun at politics, commercialized mass culture, advertising, and television with eclectic vignettes and uproarious sketches. With no host, no narration and no set format, the imaginative, thought-provoking series gave free, creative reign to an astounding cast of actors, comedians and contributors who'd go on to far greater fame, including Chevy Chase (making his TV debut), Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin, Penny Marshall, Henry Winkler, Marshall Efron, Andy Rooney, writer Studs Terkel, David Steinberg, Carly Simon, Tiny Tim and many others. And though it drew the ire of conservative critics who had it cancelled after two seasons, "The Great American Dream Machine" is a heralded cultural time capsule ready to be unveiled after a 40+ year absence for a new generation to discover. The four-disc set includes nearly every hilarious, unforgettable and trenchant moment from the show's two season run -- nearly 13 hours of peerless and thoughtful comedy and opinion.
Formats: DVD: $39.98. (Entertainment One).
The Horror Network
(2015) Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening horror anthology. Six of horror's most promising new directing talents join forces to pay homage to classic horror like" Creepshow," "Tales From the Crypt," "V/H/S" and "The ABCs of Death," and weave an unforgettable, disturbing tapestry of terror. Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma. Formats: DVD. (Wild Eye Releasing).
Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer
(2013) A bold documentary from director Charlie Ahearn. More than just vintage shots of kids rocking fresh kicks and fly street style in Times Square, Flatbush Ave, and a pre-gentrified Fort Greene Park, Shabazz's photographs have hundreds of stories behind them, and Ahearn's film gives voice to these images with intimate interviews with Shabazz himself, countless subjects of his iconic photographs, graffiti pioneer and hip-hop historian Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, legendary rapper KRS-One, and many others. In a limited edition DVD (only 500). Formats: DVD. Extras: New interviews with Shabazz and Ahearn, outtakes, more. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Leon the Professional Limited Edition Supreme Cinema Series
(1994) Dir.: Luc Besson; Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello. Collectible edition showcases 4k restorations, Dolby Atmos Audio upgrade and features a limited edition acrylic "clear case" with 24-page behind-the-scenes booklet. Also available as a standalone without the Clear case and booklet. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Both the theatrical and extended versions of the film (both remastered in 4K and with Dolby Atmos; three featurettes: "Cast and Crew Look Back," "Jean Reno: The Road to Leon," "Natalie Portman: Starting Young"; original theatrical trailer. (Sony).
(2015) Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank, Robbie Amell, Mia Xitlali. Read more about "Max" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Working with Max": Meet the dogs that play Max and see inside tricks of the trade. Blu-ray adds "Hero Dogs: A Journey" behind-the-scenes look at amazing military trained K9s. (MGM/Warner).
Mining for Ruby
(2014) Billy Zane, Mischa Barton, Jonathan Bennett, Antoinette Kalaj, Daniel Ponickly, Syd Wilder. A widower dealing with his depression falls for an environmental activist.
Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Monty Python and the Holy Grail: 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
(1975) Includes all-new artwork from Terry Gilliam and the all-new 30-minute "Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival," a Q&A with Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese and Eric Idle, hosted by John Oliver and recorded live at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. A Limited Edition Gift Set, a must-own for any Python fan, features collectible castle packaging with real catapult action and rubber farm animals, plus all-new exclusive introductory letters from Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Additional extras for both the Blu-ray and Limited Edition: Outtakes and extended scenes with introduction by Terry Jones, Lost Animations with introduction by Terry Gilliam, Scintillating Commentary by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones and Even More Revealing Commentary by John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin, "Quest for the Holy Grail" locations with Michael Palin & Terry Jones, "Lego Knights: The Knights of the Round Table in LEGO," "Special Japanese Version," "How To Use Your Coconuts (An Educational Film)," "BBC Film Night on Location," "Three Songs to Sing-Along," photo gallery, original theatrical trailer. (Sony).
(2001) Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman's identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch's seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles's dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Lynch and director of photography Peter Deming, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Lynch, Deming, actors Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, composer Angelo Badalamenti, and casting director Johanna Ray; interviews with Lynch and cast members, along with other footage from the film's set; trailer; a booklet featuring an interview with Lynch from filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley's 2005 edition of the book "Lynch on Lynch"; more. (The Criterion Collection).
My Fair Lady: 50th Anniversary Edition
(1964) Dir.: George Cukor; Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel. The iconic American film, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison and directed by George Cukor, has just received a $1 million makeover in time for a limited theatrical re-release with more than 800 screenings nationwide beginning October 18. Acclaimed film historian and preservationist Robert A. Harris painstakingly restored the film to its original beauty. The 4K restoration comes from an 8K scan of the original negative and other surviving 65mm elements. Harris has previously restored such film classics as "Lawrence of Arabia," "Spartacus," "Vertigo," "Rear Window" and "The Godfather." The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes in collectible packaging with an entire Blu-ray disc dedicated to 90 minutes of special features including a variety of original trailers and featurettes that were used in theaters to promote the film, as well as footage from the film's Los Angeles and British premieres in 1964. (Paramount).
(2015) Dir.: Chris Columbus; Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, Ashley Benson, Jane Krakowski, Brian Cox, Lainie Kazan, Sean Bean. When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games and it's up to Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad to save the world. Read more about "Pixels" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Q*Bert," in which the adorable digital bit hoper comes to life; "Dojo Quest" look at the new arcade game that gave life to the unsoppable Lady Lisa. Blu-ray adds six more featurettes: "The Creator of the Machine," "The Space Invader," "PAC-MAN," "Donkey Kong," "Centipede" and "Galaga." (Sony).
(2015) Dir.: Antoine Fuqua; Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Clare Foley, Rita Ora, Victor Ortiz. Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services. Read more about "Southpaw" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Steelbook Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (The Weinstein Company).
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