Batman: The Complete Third Season
(1967-68) The Final 26 episodes from the 1966 original Batman series completely remastered on a four-disc set, $39.98. Leap into the third and final season where the felonious and foul must be stopped to keep Gotham safe, and a newly formed Terrific Trio must turn chaos to calm. With rogue wrongdoers like the sly Siren, lethal Louie the Lilac and unethical Egghead running rampant, Batman (Adam West), Robin (Burt Ward) and Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) have their Super Hero hands full. Special guest villains included Milton Berle, Eartha Kitt, and Joan Collins. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Best of Enemies
(2015) A riveting documentary that takes a look at a rivalry between two of the most cutthroat and opinionated political commentators in American television history: William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 10 live and unscripted debates that sparked a cultural phenomenon in American media and politics. Read more about "Best of Enemies" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, additional interviews, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Black Sails: The Complete Second Season
(2015) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. The STARZ original series follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic “Treasure Island.” The second season begins as the Walrus crew is stranded with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and the precious Urca gold. And with their crimes against their brethren no longer a secret, Flint and John Silver must join forces in a desperate bid for survival. Meanwhile, Eleanor Guthrie struggles to maintain her grip on Nassau, as a new breed of pirate arrives in the form of Ned Low, a man for whom violence isn't just a tool ... it's a pasttime. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside The World of Black Sails," "The Man O' War," "Expanding Worlds," "High Seas Action," "History's Influence." (Anchor Bay).
(2015) Sophia Aguiar, Jay Ellis, Marissa Heart, Bruna Marquezine, Taeko McCarroll, Jordan Rodrigues. When Casey (national talent search winner Sophie Aguiar), a dancer who is discovered on YouTube, gets thrust into the modern world of Internet celebrity and culture, she must find a way to balance her true identity with her online persona, or risk losing everything she cares about. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
Californication: The Complete Series
Includes all seven seasons and 84 episodes on 14 discs. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(2015 -- Spanish-Ethiopean-Finnish) Spanish director Miguel Llanso makes his feature-length debut with this festival favorite, an award-winner at 2015's Los Angeles Film Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival. Set against the background of spectacular, wild and desolate Ethiopian landscapes, this post-apocalyptic, surrealist science-fiction romance revolves around a strange-looking scrap collector, Gagano (played by the charismatic Daniel Tadesse). Alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears, the diminutive Gagano has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization -- Teenage Mutant Ninja amulets, toy ray guns and Superman costumes -- including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. Meanwhile, his true love, Birdy (Selam Tesfaye) pines for him in the abandoned bowling alley they've colonized. When a spaceship that has been hovering high in the sky for years starts showing signs of activity, Gagano has to overcome his fears -- as well as a witch, Santa Claus and second-generation Nazis -- to discover things aren't quite the way he thought. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two short films from director Miguel Llanso: "Night in the Wild Garden" and "Chigger Ale." (IndiePix Films).
(2015) Ali Larter, Arjun Gupta, Max Rose, Chloe Perrin, Kurt Carley. When a single mother (Larter) and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly strange and intense presence in their quiet suburban home, she turns to her scientist boyfriend to take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightened to face. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
Do I Sound Gay?
(2015) After breaking up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about "sounding gay." Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people -- both gay and straight -- often wish for a different voice. In Thorpe's feature-length documentary debut, what starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity and self-esteem.
Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Eastsiders Season 2
(2015) Twelve episodes of the LGBT series that continues to humorously chronicle the hip millennial population struggling to navigate life, love, and making the rent -- set against the bohemian backdrop of the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Formats: DVD. (Wolfe Video).
Eclipse Series 44: Julien Duvivier in the Thirties
You may not know the name Julien Duvivier, but after you've seen the striking films in this set, you're unlikely to forget it. Though he is often overlooked today, he made some of the most influential films of the 1930s. The titles range from mystery to melodrama, their settings from night-cloaked cities to rural villages, and each one is a movie master class. Remembered primarily for directing the classic crime drama "Pepe le moko," Duvivier was one of the finest filmmakers working in France in the 1930s. He made the transition from silents to talkies with ease, thanks to a formidable innate understanding of the cinematic medium, and he married his expressive camera work to a strikingly inventive use of sound with a singular dexterity. His deeply shadowed, fatalistic early sound films "David Golder" (1930) and "La tete d'un homme" (1933) anticipate the poetic realist style that would come to define the decade in French cinema, while the small-town family drama "Poil de Carotte" (1932) and the swooning tale of love and illusion "Un carnet de bal" (1937) showcase his stunning versatility. These four films -- all featuring the great stage turned screen actor Harry Baur -- are collected here, each evidence of an immense and often overlooked cinematic talent. Formats: DVD. (The Criterion Collection).
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
(2015) Stop-motion animated holiday musical movie combines the humor and spirit of the holiday film "Elf" with songs from the Broadway play "Elf: The Musical" to create an all-new retelling of Buddy’s delightfully absurd yet heartwarming story. Voices of Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Kate Micucci and Ed Asner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Elf-in' All The Way: Inside Buddy's Recording Sessions." (Warner).
The End of the Tour
(2015) Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Ron Livingston, Mickey Sumner. A warm, winning road-trip movie that follows journalist and aspiring author David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) as he interviews legendary best-selling author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel). Explores friendship, fame, and creative rivalry through two people on a journey, offering profoundly poignant observations on the human condition. Read more about "The End of the Tour" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director James Ponsoldt, screenwriter Donald Margulies, and Jason Segel; "Behind the Tour" featurette; "A Conversation With Composer Danny Elfman; deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
An En Vogue Christmas
(2015) Over the years, the funky divas of En Vogue have gone their separate ways -- until they are asked to perform a benefit concert to save the club that made them stars. In the spirit of the holidays, the ladies find forgiveness and reunite for an epic EnVogue Christmas concert. Starring Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett as themselves, the holiday drama features some of the group's biggest hits, along with two new original songs. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Final Girls
(2014) Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev. When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend an anniversary screening of "Camp Bloodbath," the infamous 80s horror film that starred Max's late mother (Malin Akerman), they're mysteriously sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they're trapped inside the cult classic movie and must team up with the fictional and ill-fated camp counselors, including Max's mom as the scream queen, to battle the film's machete-wielding killer. With the body count rising in scene after scene, who will be the final girls left standing alive to escape the film? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Alternate endings, deleted and extended scenes, cast and crew commentary, writers' commentary, "Previsualization: Bringing Scenes to Life," progression of visual effects featurette, director's production notes. (Sony).
(2015) Christopher Dane, Hadrian Howard, Fergal Philips, Glenn Speers. Four battle-weary Crusaders take on a mission to track down the evil predator who has abducted all the men and children from a devastated village. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Getting On: The Complete Second Season
(2014) The U.S. version of the BBC Four series takes place in the geriatric wing of a struggling hospital and follows a staff of overworked doctors and nurses and the elderly patients they look after. Though the tone is darkly comic, this critically-acclaimed series addresses very real issues such as death, hopelessness, abusive patients and the things it takes to survive a high-stress work environment. The hospital's care workers do whatever it takes to stay sane while dealing with unruly patients, their children and their bosses. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (HBO).
The Golden Cane Warrior
(2014 -- Indonesia) Christine Hakim, Nicholas Saputra, Reza Rahadian, Tara Basro, Eva Celia Latjuba. In a tribute to the wu xia comics and novelettes popularized in Southeast Asia, "The Golden Cane Warrior" tells the story of two student fighters who, after their master is killed, set out to find the mighty and powerful Golden Cane relic weapon and its ultimate deadly moves before it falls into the wrong hands. The only person who can help restore order is the long lost Naga Putih (The White Dragon), the last warrior who still possesses the ultimate moves of the Golden Cane. Two betrayed students, hurt and angry, must find the warrior before it's too late. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure
(2015 -- 2015) Voices of Zachary Gordon, Amber Montana, Jon Heder, Jason Mewes. Rolo is a teenage rooster who's more than a little chicken. When an evil rancher threatens his home and family, Rolo is determined to rise to the occasion. Together with a dozen of his egg friends, Rolo hatches a plan to save the day -- and the farm -- in this full-length animated feature. Formats: DVD: $19.98, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
I Love Lucy: The Complete Series
Twenty-nine disc collection includes all 180 episodes of the TV classic. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(2015) Voices of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan. Read more about "Inside Out" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "LAVA" (theatrical short film): inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes,this is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years; commentary with directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera. Blu-ray adds "Riley's First Date?" exclusive animated short film; "Story of the Story" featurette; "Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out" featurette; "Mixed Emotions" featurette. "Mapping the Mind" in which the movie's artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen - the human mind; "Our Dads, the Filmmakers" behind the scenes with Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino); "Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out;" "The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing"; selected scenes; "Mind Candy," a montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for "Inside Out"; trailers. (Pixar/Disney).
A LEGO Brickumentary
(2015) Narrated by Jason Bateman. The first official documentary about the world of the LEGO brick follows the evolution of the billion-dollar franchise, delving into the impact of LEGO and its fans around the world. Suitable for "kids" of all ages, the film explores the brick that has captured imaginations for generations and look at the fundamental question -- is it a toy or something more? The film examines the innovative uses for the brick that have sprung up all over the world, taking the viewer through art galleries full of LEGO creations, introducing Master Builders who are designing and creating life-sized LEGO models (as well as those who employ LEGO bricks to create their own films), leads into the world of LEGO-therapy and brings us along to meet Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLS). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Bonus scenes. (Anchor Bay).
More Money More Family
(2015) Silkk "The Shocker" Miller, Lil Duval, Michael Blackson, Gary "G-Thang" Johnson. Sisters Ethel and Suzie haven't spoken in 15 years. When their brother dies and no one shows up, cousins Rudy and Shawn decide that it's time to get the family back together -- no matter
what!Formats: DVD VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
The Nutcracker Sweet
(2015) Voices of Alicia Silverstone, Edward Asner, Drake Bell. It's Christmas Eve and the Silberhaus children are excited for the festivities to begin. Marie and Fritz are playing in the children's room when their godfather Drosselmayer arrives and presents them with an early Christmas gift, a Nutcracker. Soon caught in the enchanted present's spell, the children are swept into another world and witness a great battle between a vast army of toy soldiers led by the Nutcracker against a terrible platoon of mice commanded by the Mouse King. Follow Marie and Fritz's journey in the Kingdom of Dolls, through the Christmas Forest, past the Almond Milk Sea, and the Palace of the Marzipans.
Formats: DVD: $14.93. (Cinedigm).
(2014 -- TV) Matthew Settle, Rustin Gresiuk, Josie Bissett. An abused wife leaves her alcoholic husband and moves with her children to another town just weeks before Christmas. After she enrolls her son in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program -- an initiative where needy children get clothing or toys after their names are placed on "paper angels" and are picked by donors from Christmas trees located in shopping centers -- he encounters the disillusioned businessman who picked his name from the tree. Based on the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne, who received his first guitar via the program. Formats: DVD: $14.93. (Cinedigm).
Paulo Coelho's Best Story
(2015-- Spain). Julio Andrade, Ravel Andrade, Fabiana Gugli. A stranger-than-fiction chronicle of the legendary Brazilian author who has sold 210 million copies of his books worldwide. Most famous for "The Alchemist," which has been translated into 80 languages, only few know the true journey that turned Paulo Coelho into the internationally acclaimed writer we know today. This biopic chronicles Coelho's tumultuous life from his troubled youth, his stint in rock and roll as a young adult to the present day. Coelho grew up in Sao Paolo a misunderstood young rebel; he experimented with drugs, fell into intense personal relationships, and even found himself a successful songwriter, subsequently arrested by the ruling military government for his "subversive lyrics." Coelho's rebellious ways and heightened emotions lead to a series of suicide attempts, institutionalization and electroshock therapy. But through all his life's trials, Coelho never gave up on his biggest dream: to achieve success as a writer. Filmed in Rio de Janeiro and Galicia, Spain, and featuring the work of acclaimed actress Paz Vega, Pedro Almodovar's regular art director Antxon Gomez, and Oscar-winning make-up artists Montse Ribe and David Marti. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews with cast members. (Music Box Films).
Peppa Pig: Cold Winter Day
(2015) It's the coldest day of the year, and that means one thing: fun. Pre-school viewers can grab their hats, scarves, mittens and coats and join Peppa and her family and friends as they build a snowman, throw snowballs, race their sleds, and much more. Includes 10 peppasodes of the preschool TV series. Formats: DVD: $14.98, Digital. (Entertainment One).
Seymour: An Introduction
(2015) Meet Seymour Bernstein: a virtuoso pianist, longtime New Yorker and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music -- and to share his reflections on art, creativity and the search for fulfillment. The documentary is a wonderfully warm, witty and intimate tribute from the octogenarian Bernstein's friend (and debuting documentary maker) Ethan Hawke. As Seymour teaches and reveals his passion for music, he also shares unforgettable stories from his remarkable life and eye-opening words of wisdom. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2014) John Paul Ruttan, Chevy Chase, Tom Arnold, Addison Holley and Rob Schneider as the voice of Shelby. In this Dove-family-approved movie, rescue dog Shelby manages to escape the dog pound on Christmas Eve and runs straight into the arms of little Jake (John Paul Ruttan) and the two are immediately inseparable. The only thing standing between them and a perfect Christmas is the notorious local dogcatcher -- he has Shelby in his sights and he's not going to stop until he finds him. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
She's Funny That Way
(2014) Dir.: Peter Bogdanovich; Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Cybill Shepherd, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Lumley, Richard Lewis, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston. On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production. When established director Arnold Albertson (Wilson) casts call-girl-turned-actress Isabella "Izzy" Patterson (Poots) in a new play to star alongside his wife Delta (Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth Gilbert (Ifans), a zany love triangle forms with hilarious twists. Jennifer Aniston plays Izzy's therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold's playwright Joshua Fleet (Forte), who is also developing a crush on Izzy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with co-writer/director Peter Bogdanovich and co-writer/producer Louise Stratten; "Behind the Scenes of She's Funny That Way" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Some Kind of Hate
(2015) Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Maestro Harrell, Lexi Atkins, Sierra McCormick. Relentless bullying has turned young Lincoln's (Rubinstein) life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching -- a teenage girl named Moira (McCormick) who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
Star Trek: TOS - The Complete Series Megapack
Includes all three seasons of the iconic sci-fi series that started it all. The must-own collection features all 79 episodes of the original classic on 25 discs, alongside a trove of previously released bonus material, together in one convenient collection. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
Tenderness of the Wolves
(1973) Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called "years of crisis" between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang's "M," and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973. "Tenderness of the Wolves" treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both "M" and F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu," Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn't an easy film to watch. Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), "Tenderness of the Wolves" provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel -- later responsible for the infamous video nasty "The Boogeyman" -- made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann. New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation with uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: -"The Tender Wolf," a new in-depth interview with director Ulli Lommel; new interview with director of photography Jurgen Jurges; newly-filmed appreciation by film historian and expert on European horror cinema Stephen Thrower; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil; illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) Kaya Scodelario, Daniel Boyd, Dougray Scott. A tough gymnast trying to get her life back on track after a career-ending injury must use every reserve of skill and courage to outwit and overpower four highly trained adversaries who are bent on abducting her boyfriend's father to force him to carry out a robbery on the bank that he manages. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Tiger House." (Magnolia Home Entertainment's
Toy Story That Time Forgot
(2015) Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Kevin McKidd, Wallace Shawn, Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack. During one of Bonnie's post-Christmas play dates, the "Toy Story" crew find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It's all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to ever return to Bonnie's room. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).
(2015) Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, David Clayton Rogers. For 10 years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to his unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds herself increasingly entangled in a web of deception where no one's motives are easily decipherable. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
(2015) Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo, Chevy Chase. The next generation of Griswolds are on the road again for another ill-fated family adventure. Read more about "Vacation" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Georgia." Blu-ray adds "Return to Walley World," "The Griswold Odyssey," gag reel. (Warner).
Automan: The Complete Series
(1983-84) All 13 action-packed episodes of this long lost 1980s gem in which a computer generated superhero and his police department human creator fight crime in their city. Formats: Four-disc DVD: $26.99. (Fabulous Films).
Bad Boys I & II: 20th Anniversary Collection
Both films newly remastered in 4K, with "Bad Boys II" making its Blu-ray debut. Both films star Will Smith and Martin Lawrence ( as loose cannon narcotics detectives solving major crimes with action and humor in Miami. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras:"Bad Boys" bonus features include commentary by director Michael Bay, "The Boom and the Bang of Bad Boys" featurette, three music videos, original theatrical trailers. "Bad Boys II" bonus features include deleted scenes, production diaries, stunts and visual effects featurette, Jay Z "La-la-la" music video, sequence breakdowns, original theatrical trailers. (Sony).
Better Call Saul: Season One
(2015) Three-disc set with all 10 uncensored episodes. Prequel to the award-winning "Breaking Bad" series. Six years before Saul Goodman met Walter White, he was struggling attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Jimmy teams up with "fixer" Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and begins his transformation from optimistic underdog into Albuquerque’s most notorious legal legend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Extras: Cast and crew commentaries on every episode, "Creating the First Season," gag reel, "Better Call Saul: Day One," "Better Call Saul" music video. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; "In Conversation: Bob Odenkirk & Michael McKean"; "Good Cop, Bad Cop: Becoming Mike"; Kettle Kommentary with Craig & Betsy Kettleman; "Jimmy in the Courtroom" with introduction by "Mijo" director Michelle MacLaren; "Jimmy Kaleidoscope" with introduction by co-creator and executive producer Peter Gould; cast & crew table read on "Uno"; "In the Studio with Junior Brown" ("Better Call Saul" song performer. Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray adds 3D packaging and a collectible postcard vinyl of "Better Call Saul" performed by Junior Brown. (Sony).
Bound to Vengeance
(2015) Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski, Dustin Quick. A young woman breaks free after being chained in a basement and abused for nine months by a manipulative psychopath. Instead of escaping, she discovers there are other women just like her scattered around town. Now fueled with rage, she must force her captor to become the captive and lead her to the other women ... before it's too late. An official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2000) One of the world's most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke ("Amour") diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. This drama, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke's film -- with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche -- is a revelatory take on racial inequality and the failure of communication in today's increasingly diverse European landscape. New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Haneke; introduction by Haneke from 2001; "Filming Haneke," a 2000 making-of documentary featuring interviews with Haneke, actor Juliette Binoche, and producer Marin Karmitz, as well as on-set footage of cast and crew; interview from 2001 in which Haneke discusses the filming of the boulevard sequences; new interview with film scholar Roy Grundmann; trailers; an essay by critic Nick James. (The Criterion Collection).
Dick Van Dyke Show: Complete Remastered Series
(1961-66) Twenty-five disc set available on DVD for the first time with closed captioning; includes a collectible coloring book, lenticular and 12 page booklet. Formats: DVD: $199.98. Extras: TV Academy tribute to Carl Reiner featuring Dick Van Dyke, George Clooney & more; 50th Anniversary Q & A with Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall; "It May Look Like a Walnut" color test; Dick Van Dyke appearance on "The Danny Kaye Show"; Mary Tyler Moore appearances on "The Danny Kaye Show" and "The Danny Thomas Show"; "Kick the Habit" radio spot featuring Dick Van Dyke; Safety Council reel; audio commentaries with Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke and many more; "Head of the Family" (original series pilot episode); The Making of "It May Look Like a Walnut"; rare rehearsal footage; interviews with the cast and producers; original commercials with the cast; original network promo spots; photo galleries. (RLJ Entertainment).
Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different
(2015) Eight dino-mite adventures from The Jim Henson Company. The dinosaurs featured on the DVD include Velociraptors, a Masiakasaurus, Styracosauruses and Lambeosauruses. As kids watch Buddy meet new friends, they will learn fascinating facts about each dinosaur, including why Velociraptors have feathers, how a Masiakasaurus uses its mouthful of buck teeth, and the purpose of the Lambeosaurus' crest. Formats: DVD: $12.99. (PBS Distribution).
Flowers in the Attic: The Complete Saga
(2013-2015) Based on the best-selling book series by V.C. Andrews, these tales of the ultimate dysfunctional family reveal a decade of dark and shocking family secrets and salaciously scandalous stories, and for the first time, all four chapters of the Dollanganger family saga are available in one set: "Flowers in the Attic" -- the highest-rated made-for-cable movie in 2014 --and "Petals on the Wind," "If There Be Thorns" and "Seeds of Yesterday." Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Forbidden Zone, the Ultimate Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1980) Starring Herve Villechaise, Susan Tyrell, Matthew Bright and Marie-Pascale Elfman, directed by Richard Elfman and featuring original music by Danny Elfman. A filmed version of the cabaret show created by the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. A mysterious door leads to the Sixth Dimension and sexy, beautiful young "Frenchy" slides through cosmic intestines into an insane subterranean world ruled by a horny little king and his jealous queen. Chicken-boy comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself -- played by Danny Elfman. Frog butlers, topless princesses and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Elfman, Cab Calloway and Josephine Baker. Includes both the original black & white plus the new colorized version. Extras: Audio commentary with director Richard Elfman and writer-actor Matthew Bright; "A Look Into Forbidden Zone" featuring an extensive behind the scenes documentary featuring interviews and archive footage, including scenes from Elfman's lost film "The Hercules Family"; outtakes and deleted scenes; original theatrical trailer; wild new video intro by Richard Elfman with teaser clip of upcoming "Forbidden Zone 2"; soundtrack CD; booklet. Also available as a single Blu-ray and a single DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Foyle's War: The Complete Saga
(2002-15) Michael Kitchen stars as Christopher Foyle in this critically acclaimed detective series. Assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) and DS Paul Milner (Anthony Howell), Foyle solves mysteries against the backdrop of WWII and then uses his talents at MI5 during the outset of the Cold War. The 29-disc complete collector's edition contains all 28 episodes of the series. Formats: DVD. Extras: Retrospective program "Foyle's War Revisited"; interviews with series writer and creator Anthony Horowitz and stars Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks; making-of documentaries; four behind-the-scenes featurettes; a day in the life of "Foyle's War"; back in time with "Foyle's War"; introductions by writer and creator Anthony Horowitz; featurettes about the truth behind the fiction for select episodes; production notes, historical backgrounds, cast reflections, notes on a real-life Foyle, photo galleries, more; 16-page collector's guide with episode synopses, character profiles, and reflections about the show. $199.99. (Acorn Media).
Manimal: The Complete Series
(1983) Three-disc set with all eight episodes, $26.99. Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale), famed Professor of Criminology, with the inherited powers to transform himself into any animal he wishes, uses that power to assist the New York Police Department in solving major crimes. He's assisted by Brooke McKenzie (Melody Anderson), an intelligent and beautiful detective with the NYPD, and Tyrone Earl (Michael D. Roberts), a former intelligence officer with whom he served in Vietnam. Formats: DVD. (Fabulous Films).
Maude: The Complete Third Season
(1974-75) Three-disc set with all 23 episodes, $26.99. Season Three finds the irrepressible Maude Findlay hiring a new housekeeper (Hermione Baddeley), putting on the best darn telethon the Tuckahoe Gallbladder Foundation ever had, and even hunkering down for a showdown with guest star John Wayne. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2014) Dir.: Bill Condon; Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy. For 30 years, Sherlock Holmes has been haunted by his final case, one that remains unsolved. Now, spurred by a mysterious trip to Japan, Holmes quietly slips out of retirement to confront the ghosts of his past -- and a spellbinding mystery that will take all of his deductive powers to solve. Read more about "Mr. Holmes" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Icon" and "Story" behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Lionsgate).
The Motels Live at the Whisky a Go Go 50th Anniversary Special
(2015) Martha Davis & The Motels -- the iconic band that helped launch MTV in the 80s, with international hits including "Suddenly Last Summer," "Only the Lonely, "Mission of Mercy," "Total Control" and so many more, has returned to the spotlight in the 21st century. The group returned to the Sunset Strip in January of 2014 to celebrate the iconic Whisky a Go Go's 50th anniversary, joining X, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Fear and The Bangles, among others. The Motel stribute was introduced by Rosanna Arquette and Linda Perry and was filmed by multiple Emmy winning cinematographer Roy H. Wagner and directed by famed choreographer Denise Faye ("Burlesque" and co-director of Cher's "Dressed to Kill Tour") -- and was recorded in 5.1 Surround. Davis is currently touring and recording new material and occasionally performs jazz standards along with a few dazzling rearrangements of Motels classics, teaming up with original Motels sax and keys player Marty Jourard, and legendary keyboard player Greg Hawkes from The Cars. That trio is known as Davis, Hawkes & Jourard, LLP --is a bit of a tongue in cheek reference to a law firm, but instead serves up music and not legal advice. A knock-out live performance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interviews with original Motels members, surprise backstage meeting of a 30-year fan with Davis. Released November 6. (Vesuvio Entertainment).
Pay the Ghost
(2014) Dir.: Uli Edel; Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can't explain. Together with his estranged wife (Callies), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son -- and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
Rebus: The Ken Stott Collection
(2000-04) Three-time BAFTA Award nominee Ken Stott stars as Detective Inspector John Rebus, investigating sinister and grisly crimes in the storied and atmospheric city of Edinburgh, Scotland. This complete collection includes all four series of the hit television show based on the globally popular Inspector Rebus novels by Ian Rankin. Five-disc set with 10 episodes, $59.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Rebus: Behind the Scenes." (Acorn Media).
(2012) Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling, Haley Atwell, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Adrian Scarborough. Based on the bestselling spy novel by William Boyd, this award-winning BBC drama is a tale of passion, duplicity, and betrayal. Ruth Gilmartin (Dockery) is stunned to learn that her mother, Sally (Rampling), has been living a double life. Her real name is Eva Delectorskaya (Atwell), she worked as a spy for the British Secret Service in the 1940s, and now someone is stalking her. Single disc with two feature-length episodes. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(2015) Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, Derek Luke. A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem. Read more about "Self/Less" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside Self/Less," "Shedding," commentary with director Tarsem Singh. Blu-ray adds "On the Run: The Action of Self/Less." (Universal).
Star Wars Steelbooks
The six "Star Wars" films will each be released as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks with new character packaging: "The Phantom Menace" – Darth Maul; "Attack of the Clones" – Yoda; "Revenge of the Sith" – General Grievous; "A New Hope" – Darth Vader; "The Empire Strikes Back" – Imperial Stormtrooper; and "Return of the Jedi" – Emperor Palpatine. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Existing audio commentary with George Lucas and the film crew as well as audio commentary from archival interviews with the cast and crew. (Lucasfilm, Fox, Disney).
(2015) Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransone, Mya Taylor. A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A. about a working girl who tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve with her best friend, searching for the pimp who broke her heart. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Catching Up With Kiki & Mya: Experiences, Characters & the Big Screen," "Walking the Streets: Exploring the Story & Production," "Finding the Actors: Completing the Cast of Tangerine," "Tangerine" visual style test. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2015) Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, LeBron James, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Mike Birbigli. Read more about "Trainwreck" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Unrated version; "Gag Reel: Part 1"; Line-O-Rama; "The Secrets of the Wu," in which Method Man talks with Norman Lloyd about his experience as part of the Wu Tang Clan and even invites Lloyd to join Wu; commentary with director Judd Apatow, writer-star Amy Schumer, and associate producer Kim Caramele. Blu-ray adds Deleted, alternate and extended scenes; "Behind the Scenes" featurette; "Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport"; "The Dogwalker" movie within a movie with Daniel Radcliffe; "Trainwreck Comedy Tour" featurette, Red Band trailer. (Universal).
Two Men in Town
(1973 -- France) Alain Delon, Jean Gabin. New 4K restoration. In this semi-autobiographical hard-boiled crime drama, director and co-writer Jose Giovanni presents a scathing indictment of the death penalty. When ex-safe cracker Gino (Delon) is released from prison thanks to the aid of social worker and prison reformer Germaine (Gabin), he finds that his attempts to go straight are made more difficult by a suspicious and vengeful chief inspector of police, as well as his former gang who hope to lure him back into a life of crime. This would be the last of three collaborations between Gabin and Delon and was recently remade with Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
(2015 -- Hong Kong) Louis Koo, Tong Liya, Chang Hsiao-Chuan, Shawn Yue. The first film in seven years from Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam. When former cop-turned-bar owner T-man Kwok befriends a drunken woman at closing hours, they soon find themselves targeted by her former lover -- a high-powered Hong Kong attorney -- and the thugs he employs. Once Kwok's underachieving half-brother and a suitcase full of tainted cash enter the picture, the chase turns deadly, with the brothers' tense family history coming to the surface as Kwok finds himself torn between the triads and his former police colleagues. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making of featurettes: "The Cast and Crew," "The Risk of Filming," "The Director"; behind the scenes. (Well Go USA).
WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Final Season
(1981-82) Three-disc set with all 22 episodes, $26.99. When it comes to the music on-air, nobody spins the hits better than "WKRP In Cincinnati." The outrageous final season combines the off-the-wall antics of the WKRP staff with the iconic music of the 70s and 80s. Join masterful DJs Dr. Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman) and Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid), quirky news anchor Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) and his more competent counterpart Bailey (Jan Smithers), hapless station manager Carlson (Gordon Jump), reliable program director Andy (Gary Sandy), unscrupulous advertising executive Herb (Frank Bonner) and voluptuous receptionist Jennifer (Loni Anderson) for one last look at the radio station that brings you all the music you love and the laughter you need. "WKRP in Cincinnati" has had a complicated history of music rights restrictions. To make this the most comprehensive DVD release possible, Shout! Factory has done its best to include all scenes uncut and with as much original music as possible. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2012 -- France) Animated tale inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France. Under the cover of darkness, a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France. And so Maki, Zarafa and Hassan take off in a hot-air balloon to cross the Mediterranean, setting off an adventure across Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, arriving at last in Paris. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cinedigm).
The Apu Trilogy
Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray's breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new restoration. The "Apu Trilogy" brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. These delicate masterworks -- "Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)" (1955), "Aparajito (The Unvanquished)" (1956), and "Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)" (1959) -- based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made. New 4K digital restorations of all three films, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L'Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio recordings from 1958 of Ray reading his essay "A Long Time on the Little Road" and in conversation with film historian Gideon Bachmann; new interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Shampa Srivastava, and Sharmila Tagore, camera assistant Soumendu Roy, and film writer Ujjal Chakraborty; new video essay by Ray biographer Andrew Robinson on the trilogy's evolution and production; "The Apu Trilogy: A Closer Look," a new program featuring filmmaker, producer, and teacher Mamoun Hassan; excerpts from the 2003 documentary "The Song of the Little Road," featuring composer Ravi Shankar; "The Creative Person: Satyajit Ray," a 1967 half-hour documentary by James Beveridge, featuring interviews with Ray, several of his actors, members of his creative team, and film critic Chidananda Das Gupta; footage of Ray receiving an honorary Oscar in 1992; new program on the restorations by filmmaker :: kogonada; a booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Girish Shambu. (The Criterion Collection).
(2014 -- TV) Haylie Duff, Tilky Jones, Maureen McCormick, Jim O'Heir. A cynical radio host is banished to Idylwild, Colorado, where his on-air spats with a hopeless romantic, and their antagonistic relationship, sparks the interest of the whole town. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki
Twelve-disc set with 11 of Miyazaki's films: "Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro" (1979), "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (1984), "Castle in the Sky" (1986), "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988), "Kiki's Delivery Service" (1989), "Porco Rosso" (1992), "Princess Mononoke" (1997), "Spirited Away" (2001), "Howl's Moving Castle" (2004), "Ponyo" (2008/2009), "The Wind Rises" (2013). Formats: DVD. Extras: "Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki's Sun)," a 1972 TV pilot based on an original manga by Tetsuya Chiba, directed by Hayao Miyazaki who was also in charge of storyboards and key animation; "Akado Suzunosuke (Little Samurai)," three episodes (Episode 26, 27 & 41) of the hit 1972 anime series with storyboarding and more by Hayao Miyazaki; "Director Hayao Miyazaki Retirement Press Conference," uncut version; a collector's edition booklet featuring "The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki" by Tomohiro Machiyama, which explores his themes and techniques, and selected text from Miyazaki's initial notes and creative proposals for the production of each film. (Disney).
Dark Film Mysteries
Eleven film noir classics. Shot in a low-key, black-and-white, gloomy style with roots in German Expressionist cinematography, these films showcase the dark, callous side of human nature and are filled with an oppressive atmosphere of pessimism, fatality and doom enhanced by shadowy characters and locations swirling with moody dialogue and cigarette smoke. "Woman on the Run" (1950), "Quicksand" (1950), "Detour" (1945), "Inner Sanctum" (1948), "Kansas City Confidential" (1952), "The Stranger" (1946), "Fear in the Night" (1947), "The Strange Woman" (1946), "The Red House" (1947), "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" (1946) and one of the moodiest, blackest thrillers ever made, Fritz Lang's steamy and fatalistic "Scarlet Street" (1945). DVD: $19.98. (Film Chest Media Group).
Gene Autry Movie Collection 12
Two-disc set, $19.97. Gene Autry is the only entertainer with all five stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television and Live Performance. He was the silver screen's first singing cowboy and is credited with creating the genre of the musical B Western. As the star of 89 feature films, Gene brought music, comedy and action to each of his roles. Autry's rollicking big screen adventures and unforgettable tunes are brought home in these four classics, fully restored and uncut from Autry's personal film archives, in their DVD debuts: "The Sagebrush Troubadour" (1935), "Ride, Ranger, Ride" (1936), "Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge" (1937) and "Gold Mine in the Sky" (1938). Formats: DVD. (Timeless Media Group).
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition
(2014) The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion available as a five-DVD set ($34.99) and as a three Blu-ray Disc set $35.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Nine plus hours of new special features including audio commentary with director-producer-screenwriter Peter Jackson and co-producer/screenwriter, Philippa Boyens; "The Appendices," a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the Trilogy; "New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth – Part 3." (New Line/MGM/Warner).
The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition
Extended versions of all three films: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Available as a nine-disc Blu-ray set ($99.98) and a 15-disc DVD set ($78.92). Formats: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital. (New Line/MGM/Warner).
A Horse Tale
(2015) Charisma Carpenter, Patrick Muldoon, Dominique Swain, Mandalynn Carlson. An uptight city accountant, struggling to raise his teenage daughter on his own, moves to the country to help a friend save his family stables before ruthless bank managers shut it down. Approved for all ages by the Dove Foundation. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
In Cold Blood
(1967) Truman Capote's best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson give authentic, unshowy performances as Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath; at the same time, stylistically "In Cold Blood" is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad L. Hall and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones. New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with cinematographer John Bailey on the film's cinematography; new interview with film historian Bobbie O'Steen on the film's editing; new interview with film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins on the film's music by Quincy Jones; new interview with writer Douglass Daniel on director Richard Brooks; interview with Brooks from 1988 from the French television series "Cinema cinemas"; interview with actor Robert Blake from 1968 from the British television series "Good Evening With Jonathan King"; "With Love From Truman," a short 1966 documentary featuring the novelist, directed by Albert and David Maysles; two archival NBC interviews with Capote: One following the author on a 1966 visit to Holcomb, Kansas, and the other conducted by Barbara Walters in 1967; trailer; an essay by critic Chris Fujiwara. (The Criterion Colle
Jeff Dunham's Unhinged in Hollywood
(2015) Jeff Dunham's wildly dysfunctional family, including Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, Little Jeff and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, has performed all over the world. Now, for the first time, they're heading to one of the strangest places on Earth: Hollywood, California. In "Jeff Dunham's Unhinged in Hollywood," his iconic characters take over the framed Dolby Theater, home to film and television's greatest awards shows, and find themselves in true culture shock: Achmed lets celebrity go to his head, Bubba J is lost in LA-LA-land, and Walter would rather be anywhere else. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Both the original uncensored and family friendly versions, "Greetings Hollywood" mashup by DJ Steve Porter. (Universal).
(2015) Dir.: Ken Loach; Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry, Simone Kirby. During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after 10 years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation. Read more about "Jimmy's Hall" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, making-of featurette, commentary with actors Barry Ward and Simone Kirby. (Sony).
Living in Oblivion: The 20th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, James Le Gros, Peter Dinklage, Danielle Von Zerneck. An inventive, hilarious look behind the scenes of the movie-making business, the film takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. The leading man has just had a disastrous one-night stand with the leading lady; the cinematographer is breaking up with the assistant director; the director’s mother has wandered onto the set; and the little person hired for the dream sequence has a big attitude. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Tom DiCillo; "In Our Own Oblivion: The Miracle of Making a Film" featurette with new interviews with DiCillo, producer Marcus Viscidi and cast members Steve Buscemi, James Le Gros, Danielle Von Zerneck and Peter Dinklage; Q&A with DiCillo and Buscemi; deleted scene. (Shout! Factory).
McHale's Navy: The Complete Series
(1962-66) Twenty-one disc set with all 138 episodes, $169.99.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Crew Reunion": Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine, Bob Hastings and Edson Stroll reunite and share their memories of the show; two full-length feature films starring the crew of the PT-73: "McHale's Navy" (1964) and "McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force" (1965). (Shout! Factory).
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
(2015) Dir.: Guy Ritchie.; Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant.
Read more about "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Higher Class of Hero" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Spy Vision: Recreating '60s Cool," "Metisse Motorcycles: Proper -- and Very British," "The Guys from U.N.C.L.E.," "A Man of Extraordinary Talents," "U.N.C.L.E: On-Set Spy." (Warner).
Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration
(2014) Mary Tyler Moore's stage and screen career is paved with a slew of awards and nominations: Moore has earned seven Emmys (two for her role of the beloved Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and four for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"), three Golden Globes (one for" Ordinary People," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" respectively), a Tony Award ("Whose Life Is It Anyway?"), and an Academy Award Nomination ("Ordinary People"). Behind the scenes, Moore devoted her life to the American Diabetes Association. This special features dozens of classic clips -- plus comments from Betty White, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, John Amos, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore herself. Plus, Oprah Winfrey recounts Mary Tyler Moore's critical role in inspiring Oprah—and millions of others—as TV's first independent career woman. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
(2014) Kristy Swanson, Dean Cain, Lochlyn Munro, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Shannon Kummer. During a blizzard at Christmas, a man becomes snowbound with his ex-wife, her wealthy suitor, his former mother-in-law and his daughter. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
The Rebel: Season Two
(1960-61) Six-disc set featuring all 40 episodes from "The Rebel's" second and final season, $34.99. The series chronicled the adventures of former Confederate soldier Johnny Yuma (Nick Adams). Haunted by his experiences in the Civil War, the young and intense Yuma wanders the West in search of causes to champion, wrongs to be righted ... and his own inner peace. With a revolver and a double-barreled shotgun at the ready, Yuma is more than a match for anyone who crosses his path. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(1967) Directed by Carlo Lizzani ("Wake Up and Kill," "The Hills Run Red"), "Requiescant" -- Latin for "Rest in Peace" -- ranks among the finest Spaghetti Westerns. Alex Cox named it the "one film to prove that the Italian Western was not solely Sergio Leone's." Lou Castel plays a young man who was raised to be a pacifist by a travelling preacher after Confederates massacred his family. But when his step-sister runs away, the pursuit reveals he has a natural talent as a sharpshooter -- leading him to a bloody and unexpected confrontation with his past. Joining Castel are Mark Damon as the sadistic aristocratic villain, Franco Citti as his henchman, and the great Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in a rare acting role as a revolutionary priest. In a new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative, with optional English and Italian soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interview with Lou Castel, recorded exclusively for this release; archive interview with director Carlo Lizzani; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx; illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Pasquale Iannone. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Santa's Little Helper
(2014) WWE superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, WWE Diva Paige, AnnaLynne McCord. After losing his job, a slick-talking businessman is given the chance of a lifetime -- to be Santa's second-in-command. But to earn the coveted position, he'll have to wage an outrageous battle against a scheming elf who wants the gig for herself. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Three behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Fox).
Sgt. Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show: The Final Season
(1958-59) Five-disc set with all 36 episodes from the classic fourth and final season. One of the quintessential classics of television's golden age, this Emmy-winning comedy is filled to the brim with laughs, brought to you by comic genius Phil Silvers in his signature role as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko. Bilko and his lovable platoon find themselves in for a change in Season 4 when they transfer to California’s Camp Fremont. Of course, Bilko's crazy schemes will continue -- but will Colonel Hall (Paul Ford) have the last laugh? Featuring cameo appearances by some of Hollywood’s biggest superstars, including Dean Martin and Lucille Ball. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Stanford Prison Experiment
(2015) Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann. What happens when a college psychology study goes shockingly wrong? Based on the notorious true story, the film stars Crudup as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Stations of the Elevated
(1981) A 45-minute city symphony directed, produced, and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer. Shot on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of graffitti-covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the gritty urban landscape of 1970s New York, to a commentary-free soundtrack that combines ambient city noise with jazz and gospel by Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin. The new restoration was world premiered at BAMcinemaFest this summer. Available as a two-disc, limited edition DVD set (only 500 will be made available).
Formats: DVD. Extras: Kirchheimer's "New York Films" collection ("Colossus on the River," "Claw", "Short Circuit," "Bridge High," all newly restored from their original 16mm elements), new interviews, features about NYC and its artists. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Swim Little Fish Swim
(2014) Dustin Guy Defa, Lola Bessis, Brooke Bloom, Anne Consigny. Maggie? Rainbow? Leeward and Mary cannot even agree on their 3-year-old daughter's name anymore. Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing: changing her life. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent, incapable of holding down a job. Leeward is an atypical, idealistic musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and a New Age visionary. Enter Lilas, a 19-year-old French artist and the daughter of a world famous painter, who is trying to make it in New York and get away from an overbearing mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple's tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. Formats: DVD. (IndiePix).
Troll and Troll 2
(1986, 1990) Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New "The Making of Troll" featuring interviews with director John Carl Buechler, producer Charles Band, writer Ed Naha, composer Richard Band, special effects artists John Vulich and Gino Crognale, visual effects artists Jim Aupperle, James Belhovek, Linda Drake and Kevin Kutchaver; "Troll" "Behind-the-scenes still gallery; "Troll 2" new audio commentary with actors George Hardy and Deborah Reed; theatrical trailers. (Scream Factory).
White of the Eye BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) David Keith, Cathy Moriarty. In a wealthy and isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in their homes. As he desperately tries to prove his innocence, his young wife starts to uncover mysteries of her own. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New "Into the Vortex" interview with actor Alan Rosenberg, New "Eye of the Detective" interview with actor Art Evans, audio commentary by director Donald Cammell biographer Sam Umland, deleted scenes with commentary by Sam Umland, "Into the White" interview with cinematographer and steadicam operator Larry McConkey, alternate credit sequence, flashback sequences prior to the bleach bypass process. (Scream Factory).
We Are Your Friends
(2015) Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley, Johnny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer. Caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends, aspiring DJ Cole Carter attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune. Read more about "We Are Your Friends" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "How Zac Efron Learned to DJ." (Warner).
(2015) Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale. Mike (Eisenberg) shares a small-town life with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart). But Mike's sleepy world goes wild after he discovers that he's actually a CIA sleeper agent with lethal fighting skills -- and the target of government hitmen. Read more about "American Ultra" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Activating American Ultra" documentary, "Assassinating on a Budget" featurette, gag reel, commentary with director Nima Nourizadeh. (Lionsgate).
The Badger Game
(2014) Augie Duke, Patrick Cronen, Jillian Leigh, Sam Boxleitner, Sasha Higgins. Twisted thriller. When a young woman discovers that her wealthy boyfriend is married, she and three friends hatch a kidnapping-and-extortion scheme -- known in criminal circles as a "badger game" -- to teach him a lesson and score an easy $2 million. But they soon learn that certain games can quickly spin out of control ... and that one seemingly perfect crime is about to go
horribly wrong. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-directors Joshua Wagner and Thomas Zambeck, and composer London May; audio commentary with stars Augie Duke, Jillian Leigh, and Sasha Higgins; cast and crew interviews
from the premiere in Downtown L.A. (Intervision Picture Corp/CAV Distributing).
Blood and Lace
(1971) Melody Patterson, Gloria Grahame. After her mother's brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, teenaged Ellie Masters is suddenly orphaned and is sent to a home for children run by the enigmatic Mrs. Deere, in spite of the concern that Ellie will be the newest target of her mother's killer. But as terror strikes again and again, it becomes unclear who might be the bigger threat to Ellie's life: the mysterious murderer with a hammer ... or her sadistic new caretaker. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith, alternate opening title, original theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
Chasing a Star
(2012 -- Israel) Moshe Ivgy. Three intertwined stories: Adam, an unemployed actor, tries to score the role of his life when he runs into movie star Moshe Ivgy (as himself). Shir, the region’s best female soccer player, needs to fight through crippling fear in the biggest match of her career. And Victor, finally out of jail, looks for the fortune he stashed so he can disappear with his one true love, Lena. But then something falls from the sky and changes their lives forever ... . Formats: DVD. Extras: Trailer. (SISU Home Entertainment).
A Christmas Horror Story
(2015) William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer. Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: Last Christmas Eve, two teens came to a grisly end in a school basement. Now, one year later, a new set of horrors has come to town. As three friends explore the site of the massacre, a malevolent spirit is determined to keep them there forever. One of the first cops to the scene of the bloody murders has new complications as his 7-year-old son exhibits terrifying and violent behavior. And when a local family seeks reconciliation with an estranged aunt for the wrong reasons, they suddenly find themselves running in terror from Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus. Not even St. Nick is immune to the terror as he fights back against a horde of zombie elves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
(2014 -- Italy) Alessandro Gassmann, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Barbora Bobulova, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Jacopo Olmo Antinori. A taut morality play based on Herman Koch's New York Times best-selling novel. Paolo, a kind pediatrician, and his wife Clara, meet his brother Massimo, a gutsy defense attorney, and his second wife Sofia, for dinner once a month at a posh local restaurant. Though the men couldn't be more different, on the surface they seem to have it all, and their dinners, begrudgingly attended by both couples, are peppered with inconsequential conversation and forced familiarity. When Clara sees disturbing security camera footage of a homeless woman being mercilessly beaten, she worries it may be her teenage son Michele and his cousin, Massimo's daughter Benni, who are responsible for the gruesome attack. Their fragile balancing act now shattered, the two families navigate the repercussions of this senseless assault, revealing in the process the skewed priorities and moral shortcomings of their privileged, insulated perspectives. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Film Movement).
Don't Look Back
(1967) Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in London during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist and marked a turning point in his career. In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the 20th century's greatest artists thrust into the spotlight, Dylan is surrounded by teen fans; gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists; and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan and Alan Price. Featuring some of Dylan's most famous songs, including "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Dont Look Back" is a radically conceived and shot portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of verite behind-the-scenes documentaries. New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by Pennebaker, with newly restored monaural sound from the original quarter-inch magnetic masters, presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Pennebaker and tour manager Bob Neuwirth; "65 Revisited," a 2006 documentary directed by Pennebaker and edited by Walker Lamond; audio excerpt from an interview with Bob Dylan in the 2005 documentary "No Direction Home," cut to previously unseen outtakes from "Dont Look Back"; new documentary about the evolution of Pennebaker's filming style, from his 1950s avant-garde work to his '60s musical documentaries, including an excerpt from the filmmaker's footage of Dylan performing "Ballad of a Thin Man" during his 1966 electric tour; "Daybreak Express" (1953), "Baby" (1954), and "Lambert & Co." (1964), three short films by Pennebaker; new conversation between Pennebaker and Neuwirth about their work together, from "Dont Look Back" through "Monterey Pop" (1967) and beyond; "Snapshots From the Tour," a new piece featuring outtakes from "Dont Look Back"; new interview with musician Patti Smith about Dylan and the influence of "Dont Look Back" in her life; conversation between music critic Greil Marcus and Pennebaker from 2010; alternate version of the film's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" cue card sequence; five uncut audio tracks of Dylan songs from the film; trailer; an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito. (The Criterion Collection).
Ghost Story BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Craig Wasson, Patricia Neal, Alice Krige. In a peaceful New England town, four lifelong friends who make up the Chowder Society come together each week to regale each other with tales of terror. But when one of the elderly gentlemen experiences a family tragedy, it becomes apparent that a buried secret from their youth has arisen to remind them of the sins of their past. Soon, they will learn they have never been forgiven ... and a supernatural vengeance awaits them all. Extras: New audio commentary by director John Irvin; new interviews with author Peter Straub, actress Alice Krige, screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, producer Burt Weissbourd and matte photographer Bill Taylor; vintage theatrical trailer; TV and radio spots; photo gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2014) Pat Mills, Zahra Bentham, Kevin Hanchard. Comedy follows former child actor David Gold (Mills) as he makes one bad decision after another. Recently unemployed and with nothing left to lose, he fakes his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counselor. Quickly winning over the students with his bad behavior, David forms a friendship with Jabrielle, a teenage outcast and they hit the road as an unlikely pair of outlaws on the run. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director-star Pat Mills, trailers. (Strand Releasing).
(1952) One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, "Ikiru" presents the director at his most compassionate -- affirming life through an exploration of death. Takashi Shimura ("Rashomon") beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two-part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision, "Ikiru" is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2004 by Stephen Prince, author of "The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa"; "A Message from Akira Kurosawa" (2000), a 90-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa Productions and featuring interviews with Kurosawa; documentary on "Ikiru" from 2003, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create," and featuring interviews with Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and others; trailer; essays by critic and travel writer Pico. (The Criterion Collection).
Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes, $22.98. Amy's making it a threesome -- of seasons, that is -- as her smash hit series returns for a third round of the kind of taboo-smashing, Internet-breaking, wildly original comedy that can only be found "Inside Amy Schumer." It features scripted vignettes, stand-up comedy, and man-on-the-street interviews; Schumer explores topics revolving around sex, relationships, and whether or not it's the year of the ass. Formats: DVD. Extras: Outtakes, deleted scenes, an unaired sketch, unaired "Amy Goes Deep" interviews. (Paramount).
Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow
(2015) Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. Live action and state-of-the-art puppet effects from the Jim Henson Co., based on a story and characters originally conceived by Henson. The story follows a recently divorced dad (Harrington) and his two
kids as they travel to celebrate Thanksgiving with their eccentric Aunt Cly (Steenburgen) in the rustic town of Turkey Hollow. Exploring the mysterious surrounding woods leads the kids to discover the secret of the legendary Howling Hoodoo. When a scheming neighbor threatens to
take Aunt Cly's farm, the family enlists surprising new friends to help save the farm.Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Last House
(2015) Jason Mewes, Ezra Buzzington, Felissa Rose. After his escort girlfriend is kidnapped by a trio of escaped mental patients, a young man attempts to find her before their sadistic game plan can be realized. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Director's commentary, deleted scenes, interviews, trailers. (Wild Eye Releasing).
(2015) Andrew J. West, Mei Melancon, Googy Gress, Ivan Shaw, Bret Roberts. An independent sci-fi thriller about behavior recognition technology, behavior modification, 24/7 surveillance and artificial intelligence. Brett Desmond, a brilliant young programmer with a troubled past, is brought to a tech start-up where the previous lead programmer went on a workplace murder/suicide rampage. With just a month to finish ROPER, the highly advanced behavior recognition program, and only a small testing crew remaining, Brett works and sleeps in the semi-abandoned office. But the deeper Brett delves into the code, the more his personality starts to warp like that of the dead programmer ... and the more the code takes on a life of its own. Using surveillance cameras, PC cams, videochat and eyeglasscam -- for more than half the movie -- the viewer watches four images on the screen at once, like a surveillance monitor, but not always in sync, as if ROPER itself was telling us the story. Formats: DVD. (Indie Rights).
Ricki and the Flash
(2015) Dir.: Jonathan Demme; Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield. Meryl Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Read more about "Ricki and the Flash" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Getting Ready for Ricki: The Making of Ricki and the Flash." Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Rediscovering Rick Springfield" featurette, cast photo gallery. (Sony).
Shaun the Sheep Movie
(2015) Voices of Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard
Webber, Kate Harbour. When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. Read more about "Shaun the Sheep Movie" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making the Shaun Movie" featurette, "Meet the Characters" featurette, "Join Shaun Behind the Scenes" featurette, "Meet the Crew" featurette, parody poster gallery. (Lionsgate).
Shaun the Sheep Season 1
(2010) From the Oscar-winning studio behind "Wallace & Gromit," the "Shaun the Sheep" series follows the adventures of Shaun and the flock down on Mossy Bottom Farm. The two-disc set includes 40 episodes loaded with mischief and mayhem. Every day brings a new adventure -- a
stray cabbage bouncing into the field turns into a soccer feud with the infamous Naughty Pigs, and a freezing cold sheep dip sends him on a commando raid to get hot water from the Farmer's bathroom.Formats: DVD: $14.98, Digital. Extras: "The Mini Making of Shaun" featurette, "Meet the Animals" featurette, "How to Build a Pig" featurette, "Sing-Along With Shaun" featurettes, "Life's a Treat" official music video. (Lionsgate).
(2013 -- Egypt) Oscar nominated documentary on the Egyptian revolution. One of the most honored documentaries of 2013, "The Square" depicts the ongoing Egyptian revolution of 2011 from its roots in Tahrir Square. It's an intimate observational documentary that tells the real story of the ongoing struggle of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of six very different protesters. Starting in the tents of Tahrir in the days leading up to the fall of Mubarak, we follow our characters on a life-changing journey through the euphoria of victory into the uncertainties and dangers of the current 'transitional period' under military rule, where everything they fought for is now under threat or in balance. Includes over 90 minutes of exclusive never-before-seen footage and scenes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: (City Drive Films/MVD Entertainment).
Voo Doo Man
(1944) Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, Ellen Hall. A mad scientist (Lugosi) is intent on bringing his late wife Evelyn (Hall) back from the dead using voodoo magic to transfer the life essences from several hapless young girls he has kidnapped and imprisoned in the dungeon beneath his mansion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
Wake Up and Kill: The Story of Luciano
(1966) Dir.: Carlo Lizzani; Robert Hoffman, Lisa Gastoni, Gian Maria Volonte. During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the "machine gun soloist," a name he'd earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a Robin Hood figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career." Wake Up and Kill" was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring's story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalising on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television's "The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe," Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role. Directed by Carlo Lizzani ("Requiescant"), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion," and featuring that film's star, Gian Maria Volonte, in a key supporting role," Wake Up and Kill's" true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later. In a new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Optional English and Italian soundtracks presented in their original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays), theatrical trailer, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist. (Arrow Video/MVD)
(2013 -- Israel) Ze'ev Revach, Yevgeny Orlov, Meytal Gal, Zura Vulkan Kartvelishvily, Natasha Manor. The story of Alex, a young Russian immigrant who joins a skinheads gang led by his older brother. An unexpected meeting with David, a religious Moroccan Jew, gives Alex a chance to pursue his longtime dream of becoming a boxer like his father, and he finds himself torn between his two father figures -- his violent older brother and his new Jewish trainer. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette, trailer. (SISU Home Entertainment).
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