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Amy (2015) Documentary about singer Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. Read more about "Amy" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Previously unseen performances, deleted scenes, commentary with director Asif Kapadia. Blu-ray adds interviews with friends and musicians. (A24 Films/Lionsgate).

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photo for Assassination (2015 -- South Korea) Gianna Jung, Lee Jung-jae, Ha Jung-woo, Oh Dal-soo, Cho Jin-woong. The South Korean colonial-era espionage drama follows a group of exiled rebels, who in order to assassinate an enemy army commander in Japanese-occupied Korea in 1933, must break a killer out of prison, all the while trying to discover who amongst their midst is a traitor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Cooties (2015) Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, an Brennan, Jorge Garcia. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Circle, Circle. Dot, Dot ... Catching Cooties" featurette, photo for Cooties deleted/extended/alternate scenes, gag reel, alternate ending, "Talking Cooties" featurette, "The Cootietary" commentary with the cast & crew. (Lionsgate).
Downhill Racer Blu-ray Edition (1969) Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of this, the visceral debut feature by Michael Ritchie. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart's narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by the acclaimed novelist James Salter, "Downhill Racer" is a vivid character portrait, buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that places the viewer directly in the mind of the competitor. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Interviews from 2009 with Redford, screenwriter James Salter, editor Richard Harris, production manager Walter Coblenz, and former downhill skiier Joe Jay Jalbert, who served as a technical adviser, ski double, and cameraman on the film; audio excerpts from a 1977 American Film Institute seminar with director Michael Ritchie; "How Fast?" a rare 12-minute promotional feature from 1969; trailer; an essay by critic Todd McCarthy. (The Criterion Collection).
photo for Get Santa Get Santa (2014) Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Ewen Bremner, Warwick Davis. A father and son team up to save Christmas once they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Goodnight Mommy (2015 -- Austria) Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz. Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize. Austria's official 2016 entry for Best Foreign-language Film. Read more about "Goodnight Mommy" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "A Conversation with Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala." (RADiUS/Anchor Bay).
The Guardsman (2015 -- China) Yan Jie, Zheng Peipei, Wu Ma, Yuan Biao. When the Emperor travels in disguise to understand the problems that his people face, his enemies discover his identity and team up with Japanese pirates to assassinate him. Now, it is up to a group of loyal warriors to protect their Emperor and bring peace to the kingdom. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
photo for The Hunting Ground The Hunting Ground (2015) An expose of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue -- despite incredible push back, harassment and traumatic aftermath -- both their education and justice. The documentary was written and directed by Kirby Dick. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Additional stories, Q&A with Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, who are featured in the film. (Radius/Anchor Bay).
Jerusalem (2015) New documentary from National Geographic brings one of the world's oldest, most fabled cities and a holy center of three major religionsthe city to life in 3D. Filmed in 3D for IMAX and giant-screen theaters. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims through the experiences of three young Jerusalem women -- one Muslim, one Jewish and one Christian -- as they celebrate the city's vibrant life and various holiday traditions. Join world-renowned archeologist Dr. Jodi Magness as she explores underground tunnels and ancient ruins to solve some of the city's greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Features unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (MPI/Film Buff).
photo for Mississippi Grind Mississippi Grind (2015) Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard . A road trip down the Mississippi river as two men go for broke in the high-risk world of gambling for the chance to win the prize of a lifetime. Down-­on-­his-­luck gambler Gerry (Mendelsohn) and his hot-streak buddy Curtis (Reynolds) hit the road for New Orleans, on the hunt for the big payday. On riverboats and racetracks they chase women and thrills -- before risking it all in the wager of their lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Two of a Kind: On the Road With Mississippi Grind" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Mistress America (2015) Dir.: Noah Baumbach; Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Chernus. A lonely college freshman's life is turned upside down by her impetuous, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister. Read more about "Mistress America" in the December Calendar. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Three featurettes: "Story," "Brooke" and "Tracy"; gallery. (Fox).
Olvidados (Forgotten) (2015 -- Bolivia) Damian Alcazar, Rafael Ferro, Carla Ortiz, Tomas Fonzi, Bernardo Pena, Carlotto Cotta, Ana Calentano. After suffering a heart attack, retired General Jose Mendieta (Alcazar) is haunted by his dark past as an officer in Operation Condor, the CIA-backed campaign of political repression in Latin America that was responsible for executions, torture, and imprisonments in the 1970s. It is estimated that over 400,000 people were imprisoned and 30,000 forcibly disappeared as a result of these government actions. In a letter to his son Pablo (Pena), Mendieta confesses the role he played in the abduction, persecution, and execution of countless men and women during his posting to Chile. Journalist Marco (Cotta) and his pregnant wife Lucia (Ortiz) are among those who were arrested, along with their activist friend Antonio (Fonzi) and revolutionary Andrea (Calentano). They suffer terribly under Mendieta and his cohort Sanera (Ferro), which leads to a cascade of betrayals, secrets, and stolen lives that spans generations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Cinema Libre Studio).
photo for Roger Waters The Wall Roger Waters The Wall (2015) Brand new feature film written and directed by Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters and Sean Evans. The film unfolds on many levels -- an immersive and undeniably epic concert experience of the classic Pink Floyd album, a road movie of Waters' reckoning with the past and an anti-war protest film, highlighting the human cost of conflict. The film received a one night only global cinema release in September, where hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide witnessed the impact of The Wall in a special cinematic event. Shot during "The Wall Live" sold-out 2010-13 world tour and seen by over 4 million fans at 219 shows over a period of three years, the show was the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history. The film, shot in 4K and mixed in Dolby Atmos, features never-before-seen concert footage and includes the hits "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell." Beyond the music, the film follows Waters as he embarks on a deeply personal pilgrimage and reflects on the impact of war with his own family. Woven throughout the film, Waters travels to France to the site where his grandfather is buried, and Italy to a memorial for his father -- both lost to war. The journey offers a revealing, candid portrait of a man who is passionately and unapologetically anti-war. Formats: DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Time Lapse," "A Visit to Frank Thompson." Blu-ray adds "Driving," "Facebook Films," "Comfortably Numb Live at the O2" (with special appearance by David Gilmour), "Outside The Wall Live at the O2" (with special appearances by David Gilmour and Nick Mason). "Pre-order here." (UPHE Content Group).
photo for Some Kind of Beautiful Some Kind of Beautiful (aka How to Make Love Like an Englishman) (2015) Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba. Richard (Brosnan) is a successful college professor who gives up a steady stream of one-night-stands and beautiful undergrads for fatherhood with much younger Kate (Alba). Three years later when Kate falls in love with someone else and moves out, she sends her sister, Olivia (Hayek), to make sure Richard is properly caring for there son. Assuming Richard is back to his irresponsible playboy lifestyle, Olivia is shocked when she starts to fall in love with him, herself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside the Heart of a Romantic" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge! (2015) Two-disc set with the last 12 episodes from Season Three of Nickelodeon's hit-animated series. Formats: DVD: $19.99. Extras: A Leonardo zipper-pull gift with purchase, 12 "The Mutation of a Scene" featurettes. (Paramount).
Tokyo Tribe (2014 -- Japan) Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais. In a futuristic Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular photo for War Pigs Manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, the film is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action and hip-hop musical. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
War Pigs (2015) Dolph Lundgren, Luke Goss, Chuck Lidell, Mickey Rourke. Action-thriller follows a rag-tag band of military misfits lead by disgraced Army Captain Jack Wosick (Goss) on a World War II mission to capture a Nazi-developed super weapon, the V3, which could give the Germans an insurmountable advantage against the Allies. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Cinedigm).
Where Children Play (2015) Teyonah Parris, Brian White, Leon Robinson, Macy Gray. A young woman returns home after her mother's death to nurse the father who abused her. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
photo for Zero Tolerance Zero Tolerance (2015) Dustin Nguyen, Gary Daniels, Scott Adkins. Two former para-military operatives, Johnny and Peter, search Bangkok to find the killers of Johnny's daughter, Angel. But when Angel turns out to have a darker past than her name suggests, her father will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, avenge her death, and restore her reputation. Formats: DVD VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

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December 8

Ant-Man (2015) Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. With humanity's fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds. Read more about "Ant-Man" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 3D-Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere. Extras: Deleted scene. Blu-ray adds "Making of an Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide"; "Let's Go to the Macroverse" featurette; "WHIH NewsFront" collection of content, including a glimpse at the future of Pym Technologies with Darren Cross, anchor Christine Everhart's interview with soon-to-be-released prisoner Scott Lang on his notorious VistaCorp heist, and more; deleted and extended scenes; gag reel; commentary by Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd. (Disney).
Battles Without Honor and Humanity BLU-RAY DEBUT (1973) Kinji Fukasaku ("Battle Royale") gave the world Japan's answer to "The Godfather" with this violent yakuza saga, influencing filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino to Takashi Miike. Made within just two years, the five-film series brought a new kind of realism and ferocity to the crime genre in Japan, revitalizing the industry and leading to unprecedented commercial and critical success. Fukasaku and his team broke with the longstanding studio tradition of photo for Battles Without Honor And Humanity BLU-RAY DEBUT casting marquee idols as honorable, kimono-clad heroes, defending their gang bosses against unscrupulous villains, and instead adapted true accounts torn from the headlines, shot in a documentary-like style, and with few clear-cut heroes or villains. The vibrancy and dynamism of the filmmaking, plus its shocking violence, Shakespearean plotlines, and wide tapestry of characters, launched a revolutionary new genre, establishing the series as one of the great masterpieces of world crime cinema. Thirteen-disc limited edition box set, $149.95. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays); "Remembering Kinji," a new featurette about director Kinji Fukasaku and his work, featuring interviews with Kenta Fukasaku and film critic and Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane; "Secrets of the Piranha Army," a new documentary about the troupe of supporting actors who appeared throughout the series, featuring new interviews with original Piranha members Masaru Shiga and Takashi Noguchi, plus second-generation Piranha, Takashi Ni; "All the Bad Guys," a new, comprehensive video guide to the actors in the films; "Fukasaku Family," a new interview with Proxy War and Police Tactics assistant director Toru Dobashi; "Man of Action," a new interview with series fight choreographer Ryuzo Ueno; "Tales of a Bit Player," a new interview with supporting actor and stuntman Seizo Fukumoto; "Last Days of the Boss,' a new interview with Final Episode screenwriter Koji Takada; "Yakuza Graveyard,' a new interview with Takashi Miike about Kinji Fukasaku and the yakuza film genre; original trailers for the series; original poster gallery for the series; limited edition packaging and reversible sleeves for all five films including original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist; English-subtitled premiere of the 224-minute compilation edition of the first four films, previously screened only as part of a limited Japanese theatrical release in 1980 and on the Toei cable channel; introduction by Complete Saga editorial supervisor Toru Dobashi; 150-page hardback book featuring writing on the history of the yakuza film genre, the background and continuing importance of the Battles series, and additional essays on the men who made them. (Arrow Video/MVD).
Blind (Norway -- 2015) Ellen Dorrit Pettersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt. Ingrid -- lithe, beautiful, and married to an up-and-coming architect -- is a woman contending with the recent loss of vision. While attempting to navigate a world without sight, she spends her days reconstructing the visual world by writing salacious stories that slowly morph into fantasies about her husband and other characters that may or may not actually exist. When real-life crashes into Ingrid's creations, she must finally come to terms with her new reality. Screenwriter Eskil Vogt's ("Oslo, August 31," "Louder Than Bombs") highly acclaimed directorial debut. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
photo for CPO Sharkey: The Best Of Season One CPO Sharkey: The Best of Season One For two seasons (1976-1978) and 37 episodes, Don Rickles brought his distinctive brand of comedy to NBC-TV as the star of "CPO Sharkey." Politically incorrect before the term existed, Rickles' character, Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey, a 24-year naval veteran, had pretty much seen and heard it all, and he whipped his recruits into shape at the San Diego naval training center with his sharpened shards of wisdom. This DVD delivers six complete episodes as they originally aired on NBC, highlighting Rickles' snappiest sitcom performances. Episodes include "Oh Captain My Captain," where the chauvinistic Sharkey meets his new commanding officer, who turns out to be a woman; "The Dear John Letter," in which Chief Robinson (Harrison Page) suspects Sharkey to be a smooth ladies man; "Goodbye Dolly," featuring an inflatable doll that causes a ruckus in the barracks until everyone's favorite Chief Petty Officer quickly deflates the situation; "Sunday in Tijuana," with some South of the Border jail time for the men of Company 144; "Sharkey Boogies on Down," where Rickles tests his dance moves at a disco for Chief Robinson's birthday; and "Sharkey's Secret Life," in which the recruits are convinced that Sharkey may be gay after he purchases a toupee from a mysterious, shoulder-purse-toting wig salesman. Formats: DVD: $12.95. (Time Life).
photo for Emptying the Skies Emptying the Skies (2015) Based on a widely republished New Yorker essay by best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen, this documentary exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, with a number of species facing imminent extinction. This poignant documentary explores the wonder of these tiny globe-trekking marvels, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums on the black market, and follows the intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers waging a secret war against poachers, disrupting illegal trapping to free as many as possible. Formats: DVD. (Music Box Films).
Family Guy Season 13 (2014-15) Three-disc set with 18 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: "On the Road to Springfield: The Making of The Simpsons Guy," commentary on select episodes, deleted scenes, "Baby Ways," "Who Let the Dog Out." (Fox).
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Collector's Edition (1987) Anthony Newley, Mackenzie Astin, Katie Barber. Based on the wildly popular trading cards. When Dodger (Astin) accidentally releases the Kids from their magical trash can prison, all smell breaks loose. Despite their offensive personal habits -- and attitude problems -- Dodger soon becomes fond of the Kids. But when Messy Tessie, Foul Phil, Valerie Vomit and the whole misfit crew join his fight against thuggish bullies, their efforts just might land them behind bars at the State Home for the Ugly! Formats: DVD. Extras: New "The Effects of the Garbage Pail Kids Movie" interviews with special makeup effects creator John Carl Buechler and makeup effects artist Gino Crognale; new "On the Set" interview with first assistant director Thomas A. Irvine; new "The Artful Dodger" interview with actor Mackenzie Astin; new "The Kids Aren't All Right" interviews with Garbage Pail Kids actors Arturo Gil (Windy Winston) and Kevin Thompson (Ali Gator); theatrical trailer. (Scream factory).
photo for Hannibal: Season Three Hannibal: Season Three (2015) Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray with all 13 episodes of the series based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel "Red Dragon." Stars Mads Mikkelsen as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, Hugh Dancy, Gillian Anderson, and Laurence Fishburne. Hannibal (Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe -- accompanied by his psychiatrist, Bedelia Du Maurier (Anderson) -- sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will (Dancy) and Jack (Fishburne) converge toward Hannibal again, each with their own motivations to catch him once and for all, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected ways. Formats: DVD: $24.98, Blu-ray Disc: $24.99, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentaries with cast and crew, "Getting the Old Scent Again: Reimagining Red Dragon" featurette, "Beyond the Mind Palace" featurette, "Hannibal on the Run" featurette, "Avid Fannibals," "Hannibal: Season 3: Killer Intentions" featurette, "Post Mortem With Scott Thompson" (Webisodes), gag reel, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Jellyfish Eyes (2013) Takashi Murakami, one of the most popular artists in the world, made his directorial debut with "Jellyfish Eyes," taking his boundless imagination to the screen in a tale that is about friendship and loyalty at the same time as it addresses humanity's penchant for destruction. After moving to a country town with his mother following his father's death, a young boy befriends a charming, flying, jellyfish-like sprite -- only to discover that his schoolmates have similar friends, and that neither they nor the town itself are what they seem to be. Pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami's modest-budgeted special effects extravaganza boasts unforgettable creature designs and carries a message of cooperation and hope for all ages. New, high-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with director Takashi Murakami, two new behind-the-scenes documentaries on the making of the film, trailer for "Jellyfish Eyes 2," an essay by critic Glen Helfand. (The Criterion Collection).
Knock Knock (2015) Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas. When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse, wreaking havoc upon his life and turning a married man's dark fantasy into his worst nightmare. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Commentary by director Eli Roth and cast members Lorenza Izo, Nicolas Lopez and Colleen Camp; deleted scenes; "The Art of Destruction: The Making of Knock Knock" featurette; stills gallery. (Lionsgate).
Minions (2014) Since the dawn of time, Minions have served (and accidentally eliminated) history's most despicable villains. After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions embark on a journey to find a new big boss, and their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), and their biggest challenge: saving all of Minionkind ... from annihilation! Read more about "Minions" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scene, "Jingle Bells Minion Style." Blu-ray adds Three new original Mini-Movies: "Cro Minion," "Competition," "Binky Nelson Unpacified"; "Around The World Interactive Map" explores the world of the Minions with and features a collection of games, trivia, featurettes, storyboards, and more all themed to movie locations; "Behind the Goggles – The Illumination Story of the Minions" with eight "behind the googles" look at the history and evolution of the yellow henchmen; "Illumination Macguff Animation" seven-part exploration of the challenges and excitement behind the Minion characters and bringing them alive through animation in the movie. (Universal).
One & Two (2015) Kiernan Shipka, Timothee Chalamet, Elizabeth Reaser. A Southern Gothic science-fiction film in which two siblings discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart. Zac and Eva live in a confined, isolated world under the constant watch of a father who rules with strict routine and discipline. They live for nightfall, for moments of escape, and rely on each other for moments of levity. After a long dormant illness returns, their mother, once a beacon of light and joy, struggles to unite the family in an increasingly somber home. As their father searches for a divine answer to the heartbreaking circumstances of his crumbling world, Zac and Eva steal moments to explore their burgeoning otherworldly abilities and to dream of a life free of limitations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/Shout! Factory).
One Eyed Girl (2014) Steve Le Marquand, Sara West, Mark Leonard Winter, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Craig Behenna. A young psychiatrist on the brink of a nervous breakdown after the death of a patient to whom he was inappropriately close meets a mysterious teenager and the representative of a secret church that promises salvation to even the most troubled of its members ... but a series of a tragedies befalls the group after he joins. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).
photo for Partisan Partisan (2015) Vincent Cassel, Florence Mezzara, Jeremy Chabriel. On the edge of a crumbling city, 11-year-old Alexander (Chabriel) lives in a sequestered, dystopian commune, alongside other children, their mothers, and charismatic leader, Gregori (Cassel). Gregori teaches the children how to raise livestock, grow vegetables, work as a community -- and how to kill. As Alexander nears his first job as an assassin, he begins to question the ways of the commune, particularly Gregori's quiet but overpowering influence. Threatened by Alexander's increasing unwillingness to fall in line, Gregori's behavior turns erratic and adversarial toward the child he once considered a son. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with director Ariel Kleiman and Cassel. (Well Go USA).
Speedy (1928) "Speedy" was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd -- and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his "Glasses Character," this time as a good-natured but scatterbrained New Yorker who can’t keep a job. He finally finds his true calling when he becomes determined to help save the city's last horse-drawn trolley, which is operated by his sweetheart's crusty grandfather. From its joyous visit to Coney Island to its incredible Babe Ruth cameo to its hair-raising climactic stunts on the city's streets, "Speedy" is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have viewers grinning from ear to ear. New 4K digital restoration. Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1992, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at New York's Film Forum, and Turner Classic Movies program director Scott McGee; "In the Footsteps of Speedy," a new short documentary by Goldstein about the film's New York locations; selection of rare archival footage of baseball legend Babe Ruth, who has a cameo in the film, presented by David Filipi, director of film and video at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio; new visual essay featuring stills of deleted scenes from the film and narrated by Goldstein; selection of Lloyd's home movies, narrated by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd; "Bumping Into Broadway," a 1919 Lloyd two-reeler, newly restored and with a 2004 score by Robert Israel; an essay by critic Phillip Lopate. (The Criterion Collection).
Thundercrack! (1975) Marion Eaton, George Kuchar, Melinda McDowell, Mark Ellinger, Mookie Blodgett, Ken Scudder, Moira Benson. The highly-anticipated restoration of the underground film classic, the world's only underground kinky art adult horror film, complete with four men, three women and rampaging circus animals. With the initial setup of an atmospheric gothic tale -- a dark and stormy night breakdown featuring a creepy old house on the hill -- it quickly turns into an eerie orgy of graphic humor, horror and sex. A tour de force of underground filmmaking with a plot beyond description, this film fully exposes itself with amazing dialogue and trash-noir lighting through which to peer at the pickles, the puke and the polymorphs. In 1975, Curt McDowell and writer-actor George Kuchar created the exceptionally perverse and utterly brilliant "Thundercrack!," a film not recommended for those with tender sensibilities. A true cult classic that has shocked, excited and amazed audiences worldwide for 40 years, this presentation is the first ever official North American video release. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Rare archival interview segments with director Curt McDowell presented as audio commentary. Blu-ray adds "It Came From Kuchar," directed by Jennifer Kroot, a documentary about the twin underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar; an additional bonus DVD loaded with additional extras: rare interviews, short films, audition footage, outtakes, more. (Synapse Films/CAV Distributing).
The Transporter Refueled (2015) Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic. Frank Martin (Skrein) is the best driver money can buy, willing to deliver anything for a price. But when his father (Stevenson) is kidnapped by a gang of gorgeous thieves, Frank must shift his skills into overdrive to rescue him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Frank Martin: The Reluctant Hero" featurette. Blu-ray adds "The Coeur Brise: Les Femmes of Refueled," "Rocketing from 0-60." (Fox).
The Unauthorized Full House Story (2015 -- TV) Garrett Brawith, Justin Mader, Justin Gaston, Stephanie Bennett, Writtney Wilson, Jordyn Ashley Olson. This "tell-all" TV movie, based on the 90s sitcom, showcases the stars' rise to fame and their attempts to balance life on and off the screen. "Full House" is more popular than ever with an eagerly anticipated Netflix continuation "Fuller House." The movie also explores the warm bond that grew between the actors over the eight-year run of the show. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
photo for Xmas Without China Xmas Without China (2013) Two families living worlds apart in the same community collide when pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge the Jones family to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products. Fed up with toy and food recalls, the Jones family accepts the consumer mission-impossible and is drawn into a surprising intercultural exchange with the Xia family. As the Joneses wrestle with the escalating influence of China in their lives and Tom struggles to get beyond the stereotypes, he realizes that he's on a deeper journey to understand the complexities of his own divided loyalties between the U.S. and China. In English and Mandarin, with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. (Bullfrog Films/Icarus Films).
You Can't Take It With You BLU-RAY DEBUT (1938) Dir.: Frank Capra; James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold. All-new 4K restoration, presented in collectible 24-page digibook packaging with rare photos and a new essay by film historian Jeremy Arnold. Extras: Commentary by Frank Capra Jr. and author Cathrine Kellison, "Frank Capra, Jr. Remembers ... You Can't Take It With You," featurette, original theatrical trailer. (Sony).

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December 15

Axe/Kidnapped Coed (1977/1976) In the mid-1970s, writer-producer-director-actor Frederick R. Friedel went to North Carolina to film a pair of enigmatic yet startling low-budget thrillers -- "Axe" and "Kidnapped Coed" -- only to see them both presumed lost to shady dealings, sudden tragedies, moral outrage and drive-in oblivion. In "Axe," depraved killers on the run hold a young woman and her invalid grandfather hostage in an isolated farmhouse. In "Kidnapped Coed," the teenage daughter of a wealthy family forms a perverse relationship with her abductor. Once thought doomed to drive-in obscurity, fans and grindhouse historians have begun to compare Freidel's films to those of David Lynch and Terrence Malick, and now the complete story behind this strange journey can finally be told. Severin Films is presenting both features restored from their original negatives, plus "Bloody Brothers," Friedel's recut of the two features as one twisted crime epic, loaded with bonus features that reveal the startling saga behind the casts, crews, disastrous fate and surprising rediscovery of these nearly forgotten grindhouse/arthouse classics -- the ultimate look at one of the most fascinating sagas in indie exploitation history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentaries with Friedel, Production Manager Philip Smoot, Makeup Artist Worth Keeter; "At Last ... Total Terror! The Amazing True Story of the Making of Axe & Kidnapped Coed"; Stephen Thrower on "Axe" & "Kidnapped Coed"; trailers, TV spots and radio spots. Blu-ray adds "Blood Brothers" feature; commentary with "Nightmare USA" author Stephen Thrower; "Moose Magic," the George Newman Shaw & John Willhelm story; bonus CD: "Axe" & "Kidnapped Coed" original motion picture soundtracks plus bonus tracks by George Newman Shaw & John Willhelm. (Severin Films/CAV Distributing).
photo for Best of History Gift Set Best of History Gift Set Seventeen-disc collection features an in-depth look at some of the most significant events in U.S. and world history, including six acclaimed HISTORY programs: "The Men Who Built America," "America The Story of Us," "Mankind: The Story of All of Us," "The World Wars," "WWII in HD" and "Vietnam in HD". Featuring over 43 hours of programming. Formats: DVD, $119.98. (Lionsgate).
Blood Rage (1983) What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser "(Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed French. Why, it's "Blood Rage" of course! Todd and Terry seem like sweet kids -- that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later, as the family gather around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped -- and he's heading their way. But has the killer twin in fact been in their midst all along? One thing's for sure, photo for Blood Rage there WILL be blood ... Filmed in 1983 at the tail-end of the slasher golden era but not released until 1987, "Blood Rage" (also re-cut and released to theatres as "Nightmare at Shadow Woods") has been lovingly restored from the original vault materials for its first ever appearance on Blu-ray and DVD. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. New 2K restoration from original vault materials of three versions of the film: "Blood Rage," the original "hard" version, completely uncut and uncensored in a Blu-ray/DVD world premiere; the R-rated "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" 1987 re-cut, and a third "composite" cut combining all the footage from both "Blood Rage" and "Nightmare at Shadow Woods." Extras: New extensive making-of documentary featuring interviews with various cast and crew, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork from Marc Schoenbach fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group).
Burroughs: The Movie (1983) Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, Howard Brookner's 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs was for decades mainly the stuff of legend; that changed when Aaron Brookner, the late director's nephew, discovered a print of it in 2011 and spearheaded a restoration. Now viewers can enjoy the invigorating candidness of "Burroughs: The Movie," a one-of-a-kind nonfiction portrait that was brought to life with the help of a remarkable crew of friends, including Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo, and that features on-screen appearances by fellow artists of Burroughs's including Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Patti Smith and Terry Southern. New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Jim Jarmusch, Aaron Brookner, and Tom DiCillo, as well as William S. Burroughs's friends and fellow writers James Grauerholz and Stew Meyer; rare outtakes; footage from the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of the film's restoration; 30-minute experimental edit of the film from 1981 by inventor and photographer Robert E. Fulton Jr.; an essay by critic Luc Sante and a collage poster; more. (The Criterion Collection).
The Car BLU-RAY DEBUT (1977) James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson, Ronny Cox, R.G. Armstrong. The peaceful tranquility of a small Western town is disturbed when a murderous car wreaks havoc by viciously mowing down innocent victims. The new sheriff, Wade Parent (Brolin), may be the only one who can stop this menace in its tracks. But what Wade Parent doesn't realize is that the driver of this indestructible vehicle is far more dangerous than any man ... because it is driven by pure evil. Extras: New "Mystery of the Car" interview with producer-director Elliot Silverstein, new "The Navajo Connection" interview with actress Geraldine Keams, new "Just Like Riding a Bike" interview with actress Melody Thomas Scott, theatrical trailer, TV spot, radio spots, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Count Dracula (1970) Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, Maria Rohm, Klaus Kinski, Fred Williams. In 1970, cult director Jess Franco and screen legend Christopher Lee collaborated on what they promised would be the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel ever filmed. From its remarkable performances -- including Lee as the Count, Herbert Lom as Van Helsing, Soledad Miranda as Lucy, Maria Rohm as Mina, and authentic madman Klaus Kinski as Renfield -- to its lush locations and atmosphere of sinister sensuality, it remains perhaps the most spellbinding version of Dracula in movie history. Now fully restored and re-mastered in high-definition for the first time ever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with David Del Valle and actress Maria Rohm; "Beloved Count,' an interview with director Jess Franco; "A Conversation With Jack Taylor"; "Handsome Harker," an interview with actor Fred Williams; Christopher Lee reads Bram Stoker's "Dracula"; "Stake Holders," an appreciation of Jess Franco's "Count Dracula" by french director Christophe Gans; German trailer; Bonus disc: "Cuadecuc Vampir" -- Pere Portabella's expressionistic behind-the-scenes feature. (Severin Films).
Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1-8 (2012-14) Eighteen-disc set, $119.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, additional footage. (Lionsgate).
photo for The Dungeonmaster (aka Rage War)/Eliminators BLU-RAY DEBUT The Dungeonmaster (aka Rage War)/Eliminators BLU-RAY DEBUT (1984/1986) "The Dungeonmaster": A young computer ace is forced to pit his physical and mental skills against unimaginable odds when a hulking wizard looking for formidable opponents picks him as his next challenger. "Eliminators": A mandroid -- part man and part machine -- seeks revenge on the evil scientist who created him. (Scream Factory).
He Named Me Malala (2015) From the director of "Waiting for 'Superman' and the Academy Award-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" comes this highly inspiring and deeply moving documentary about courage, survival, and empowerment. "He Named Me Malala" tells the remarkable true story of teenage Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for advocating for girls' education. Rather than be silenced, Malala emerged as a global voice for the education rights of all children, and in 2014, she became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The documentary offers an intimate look into Malala's life both before and following the attack. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Fox).
photo forHistory Bible Collection HISTORY Bible Collection Get a thorough understanding of how the Bible was shaped with this HISTORY Bible collection. With over 38 hours of programming -- including "Bible Stories from the Old Testament," "Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years," "Banned from the Bible," "Mysteries of the Bible," "Bible Secrets Revealed," "Mary of Nazareth," "Jesus: His Life," "The Execution of Jesus" and "God vs. Satan: The Final Battle" -— this 16-disc DVD set examines one of the world's most important texts; one that serves as the foundation for both Judaism and Christianity. Featuring commentary from biblical and religious scholars including Reza Aslan and Richard R. Cargill, and narration by acclaimed actors and HISTORY documentary mainstays Edward Herrmann, Avery Brooks and Richard Kiley. Formats: DVD, $119.98. (Lionsgate).
photo for >History War Collection HISTORY War Collection This immersive 17-disc set digs deep into the twists and turns of America's most significant and deadly conflicts -- from the American Revolution, the Mexican-American War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War to WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Featuring over 42 hours of programming culled from over 20 HISTORY documentaries, with special guest narrators Edward Herrmann, Oscar de la Hoya, and Sam Rockwell on several programs. It's an informative and eye-opening tour of America's military role through all of its major wars, examining how warfare evolved from the time of the American Revolution into modern times, as we learn the stories of the countless brave Americans who put their lives on the line to defend their country and their beliefs. Formats: DVD, $119.98. (Lionsgate).
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario. Based on the second book in the Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. Read more about "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" in the December Calendar. Also available as a Blu-ray Ultimate Fan Edition that includes an exclusive, 24-page printed comic-book with two new prequel stories from BOOM! Comics -- one on the character of Teresa and the other a Crank backstory. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, galleries of concept art and storyboards, theatrical trailers. Blu-ray adds "Janson's Report," a perfect bridge from the film that's full of debriefing videos with Janson, Thomas, Newt, Minho, Frypan and Aris after they arrive at the compound; "Secrets of the Scorch," visual effects breakdowns and reels. (Fox).
Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation (2015) Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson. Ethan and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating The Syndicate -- an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Read more about "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Tom Cruise and director-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie; seven featurettes go behind the scenes and explore the stunts and story: "Lighting the Fuse," "Cruise Control," "Heroes," "Cruising Altitude," "Mission: Immersible," "Sand Theft Auto" and "The Missions Continue." (Paramount).
Mission: Impossible 5-Movie Blu-ray Collection "Mission: Impossible," "Mission: Impossible 2," "Mission: Impossible 3," "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" And "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation," $64.99. (Paramount).
Slow Learners (2015) Adam Pally, Sarah Burns. Two close friends and co-workers who are embarrassingly unlucky at love, hatch a plan to transform themselves over the course of a sex-and-alcohol-fueled summer into the cool, confident people they aspire to be. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Stalingrad BLU-RAY DEBUT (2003) High-definition presentation of the original three-part 2003 mini-series. The Eastern Front experienced the viciousness of World War II on a scale of unimaginable horror and brutality. The bloodiest and most savage fighting took place in Stalingrad between August 1942 and February 1943. Stalin's city on the Volga had military significance for Hitler, as it carried the name of his enemy and therefore had to be destroyed. The ensuing battle sealed the fates of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians, marked the turning point of World War II, and was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. This three-part documentary by award-winning documentary filmmakers Sebastian Dehnhardt, Christian Deick and Jorg Mullner presents both the German and Russian perspective, contains rare footage shot by soldiers during the siege, and reveals new historical facts with moving eyewitness accounts and confessions from some of Stalingrad's last survivors. The Russian archives opened their doors to the filmmakers, granting exclusive access to a wealth of previously unreleased material. Originally broadcast in both Germany and Russia in slightly truncated editions, this Blu-ray contains all three "Stalingrad" documentaries including "The Attack" (54 min.), "The Kessel" (56 min.) and "The Doom" (55 min.) in their original uncut, English dubbed versions. Extras: Deleted interview segments, video interview with Dr. Guido Knopp (professor and historian), "Stalingrad Today -- Views of the City of Volgograd." (Synapse Films/CAV Distributing).
photo for The Surface The Surface (2014) Harry Hains, Michael Redford, Nicholas McDonald. Evan Jones, a child orphan who, for years, was shifted from one foster home to another is now a disaffected college student living with his wealthy boyfriend, Chris. Their social and financial disparities have made their relationship increasingly volatile despite their mutual love for one another. While sifting through old relics at an elderly man's yard sale, Evan finds an 8mm movie camera. The man offers to teach Evan how to use it if he comes back the following week. Upon returning, Evan meets the man s 43-year-old son, Peter. They strike up a conversation and Peter gives him reels of old 8mm movies that are collecting dust in the garage. The home movies, featuring a young Peter and his boyhood friend, touch a nerve with Evan. Evan begins to live vicariously through the home movies and his friendship with Peter soon turns romantic. Evan's relationship with his boyfriend Chris splinters as he pushes for greater understanding of himself and the notions of family, love and fulfillment. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews, set videos, a "Barcelona" music video, trailers. (Aimes Media/ Ariztical Entertainment).
Ted 2 (2015) Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, John Slattery, NFL star Tom Brady, Liam Neeson, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno. Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law. Contains unrated extended edition that features never-before-seen footage of sophomoric, scatological humor that was too rude for the cinema. Read more about "Ted 2" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe," "Roadtripping," "Creating Comic-Con," commentary with Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth and writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild. Blu-ray adds "A Giant Opening Dance Number," deleted scenes, gag reel, "Cameo Buddies." (Universal).
Teen Wolf Season 5 Part 1 (2015) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, "Special Effects Breakdown: Jeep Flip," "Special Effects Breakdown: Building a Character," "Special Effects Breakdown: Building a Scene." (MGM/Fox).
Time Out of Mind (2014) Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone. A homeless man (Gere) seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Tokyo Fiancée (2014 -- France) Pauline Etienne, Taichi Inoue. A young Japanophile Belgian woman in Tokyo falls into a whirlwind romance with a Francophile Japanese student. The young, pixie-like Amelie (Etienne) is in love with all things Japanese, which prompts her to buy a one-way ticket to Tokyo in order to completely immerse herself in Japanese culture. She offers to work as a French tutor, and soon finds herself enjoying a passionate relationship with her only student, the charming Rinri (Inoue). As the two explore the joys (and awkwardness) of their first real romance and the colorful city around them, many cultural barriers fall ... but some still remain. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Top Spin (2014) Inside a cramped gym, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong. Three fiercely committed teenagers battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal teenage life for a chance to represent their country on the world's biggest athletic stage: the Olympics. This documentary takes an inside look at one of America's favorite pastimes, turns it on its head, and reveals a coming-of-age story where success and failure come down to mere millimeters. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
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Triumph of the Will (2015 Remaster) BLU-RAY DEBUT (1935) Leni Riefenstahl's classic piece of historical filmmaking, filmed during the 1934 Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg, Germany, is considered by many to be one of the most important films ever made. Realized by Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, this film was created to influence all of Germany to support the power of the Nazi Party. Historically significant and, at times, a horrifyingly manipulative exercise in propaganda for the Nazi regime, "Triumph of the Will" continues to be controversial 80 years after its original release and has been banned in Germany for many decades. Until her death in 2003, Riefenstahl was under fire for her personal relationship with Adolph Hitler, spending her life haunted by the shadow of the Nazi Party. This all-new remastered version is derived from a new 2K scan, digitally corrected and restored under the supervision of film historian and preservationist Robert A. Harris. Extras: Leni Riefenstahl's short film "Day of Freedom" (remastered in 2K HD), audio commentary by Dr. Anthony R. Santoro (specialist on National Socialist German history), liner notes. (Synapse Films/CAV Distributing).
What Have You Done to Solange? (1975) Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbo, Camille Keaton. From director Massimo Dallamano, cinematographer on both "A Fistful of Dollars" and "For a Few Dollars More," comes this giallo classic, the debut feature of actress Camille Keaton ("I Spit on Your Grave"). A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary's school. Student Elizabeth photo for What Have You Done to Solange?witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police's investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange? The film features all the hallmarks of classic gialli -- the amateur detective, the black-gloved killer -- as well as a lush score from Ennio Morricone. New 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman; "What Have You Done to Decency?" conversation with Karin Baal, in which the actress shares her thoughts on Dallamano's classic giallo in this brand new interview; "First Action Hero" newly-edited 2006 interview with actor and former stuntman Fabio Testi, including a look at his role in "Solange"; "Old-School Producer" newly edited 2006 interview with producer Fulvio Lucisano; "Innocence Lost: Solange and the Schoolgirls in Peril Trilogy" new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie, exploring the themes of "Solange" and its two semi-sequels; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Malleus; booklet featuring a new article on the giallo scores of Ennio Morricone by Howard Hughes, alongside a Camille Keaton career retrospective from Art Ettinger, comprising interview excerpts with the "Solange" actress, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Wolf Totem (2015 -- China/France) Shaofeng Fen, Shawn Dou. In director Jean-Jacques Annaud's film adaptation of Jiang Rong's best-selling novel, a young Beijing student is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies -- the marauding wolves -- to the north, humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world. Shot entirely on location in Inner Mongolia. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Four making-of featurettes. (Sony).
photo for Zombie High Zombie High (1987) Virginia Madsen, Richard Cox, Sherilyn Fenn, Scott Coffey, Paul Feig. DVD and Blu-ray debut of this humorous thriller about the bizarre happenings that occur in a prestigious boarding school. It seems to Andrea Miller (Madsen) that the upper-classmen act like robots. They're the perfect students -- dedicated, involved and loyal. Their clothes are perfectly pressed and their hair is perfectly styled. It seems that the teachers have something to do with this ingratiating behavior. And when Andrea, the new kid at school, sees her friends turning into clones, she starts to suspect the worst. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Scream Factory).



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December 22

The Brain That Wouldn't Die Special Blu-ray Edition (1962) Herb Evers, Virginia Leith, Leslie Daniel. New high definition (1080p) transfer from the negative, restored to its uncut version (1.66:1). When Dr. Bill Cortner loses his sweetheart, Jan, in a car accident, he refuses to give up hope for her life. Scooping up her decapitated head, he brings it back to the lab for resuscitation. But keeping her head alive is one thing -- finding her a new body is quite another. So while the mad doctor is out looking for spare parts, she's stuck at home going out of her mind -- literally. And nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the man who is keeping her as a trophy girlfriend. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" (in standard definition); new audio commentary with film historian and author Steve Haberman and writer Tony Sasso; alternate scene from the international cut; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Dragon Blade (2015) Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road in China, Huo An (Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers, led by General Lucius (Cusack), to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible, epic battle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Dragon Blade" featurette, extended interviews with cast and crew, music videos featuring Jackie Chan.(Lionsgate).
The Giant King (2012) Voices of Bella Thorne, Meg "May Baby" DeAngelis, Russell Peters. One thousand years after an epic robot battle, sworn enemies Zork and Pinky wake up with no memory of who they are or how they wound up chained together. In search of answers, they begin wandering the barren wasteland, looking for RAM, the creator of all robots -- and making new friends, as well as a few enemies, along the way. But when they remember their past, will their newfound friendship prove to be stronger than an unbreakable chain? Animated adventure approved by the Dove Foundation. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Bringing the Characters to Life: At the Recording Studio" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Nasty Baby (2015 -- Canada) Sebastian Silva, Kristen Wiig, Tunde Adebimpe, Alia Shawkat. A Brooklyn-based artist (Silva), his boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) and their best friend Polly (Wiig), are trying to have a baby. As the trio deals with the complications of conception and creating the "new normal" family, their bliss is clouded by a series of confrontations with an annoying neighbor who just might be a madman. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director-star Sebastian Silva, Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe; "Nasty Baby: Behind the Scenes"; photo gallery. (Sony).
Nightmares BLU-RAY DEBUT (1983) Cristina Raines, Emilio Estevez, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright. A pack of cigarettes, a video game, a pick-up truck and a stately colonial home all become key elements in four tales of terror in the anthology film directed by Joseph Sargent. Extras: Audio commentary with executive producer Andrew Mirisch and actress Cristina Raines, theatrical trailer, radio spots. (Scream Factory).
Queen of Earth (2015) Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit. Two women who grew up together discover they have drifted apart when they retreat to a lake house together. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Pan (2015) Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried. 12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. Read more about "Pan" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Boy Who Would Be Pan" featurette. Blu-ray adds director’s commentary, "Never Grow Up: The Legend of Pan," "The Scoundrels of Neverland," "Wondrous Realms." (Warner).
12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (2015) WWE star Dean Ambrose, Roger Cross, Daniel Cudmore, Lochlyn Munro, Ty Olsson. The third film in the "12 Rounds" series finds one good cop working to expose a team of corrupt cops in a fight for his honor and his life. When he uncovers evidence linking his fellow officers to a murder, they frame him for a homicide he didn't commit. Trapped in his own precinct with 12 rounds in the clip and one shot at redemption, nothing will stand in his way. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Resourceful Adversary" featurette, "Filming a Firefight" featurette. (WWE Studios/Lionsgate).
War Room (2015) Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore, Alex Kendrick, Michael Jr. The faith and family drama focuses on the transformative power of prayer, centering on a seemingly perfect family who find desperately needed help for their hidden problems from a wise, elderly widow named Miss Clara. Read more about "War Room" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary with director Alex Kendrick and producer Stephen Kendrick; eight featurettes: "Making of War Room,” "War Room in 60 Seconds,” "The Heart of War Room,” "From Auditioning to Acting: A Look at What It Takes to Cast a Movie," "Molly Bruno - Modern Day Miss Clara," "Investing in the Next Generation," "The Church on Its Knees," "A Pastor's Call to Prayer." Blu-ray adds bloopers & outtakes; two additional featurettes: "The Art of Jumping Rope" and "Behind the Scenes: Color Grading"; "Warrior" music video by Steven Curtis Chapman. (Sony).


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December 29

Bone Tomahawk (2014) Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Sid Haig. When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission -- and survival itself -- in serious jeopardy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, Fantastic Fest Q&A, poster gallery, deleted scene. (RLJ Entertainment).
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto. Read more about "Hitman: Agent 47" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Hit Counter," "Re-Imagining Hitman," "Ultimate Action: Staging the Fights," "Hitman: Agent 47" comic, "Making of the Comic Book," promotional featurettes, gallery, poster gallery, theatrical trailers. (Fox).
Jenny's Wedding (2014) Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel. Jenny Farrell (Heigl) has led an openly gay life -- except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, Jenny and her family are forced to face the parts of themselves and each other that they've tried to ignore for so long. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
The Perfect Guy (2015) Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut. After a painful breakup, Leah Vaughn (Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Ealy). When her ex-boyfriend (Chestnut) resurfaces in her life, she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear. Read more about "The Perfect Guy" in the December Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Lust and Obsession: Making The Perfect Guy" featurette. (Sony).
Shameless: The Complete Fifth Season (2015) Three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray sets with all 13 episodes. Based on the long-running, award-winning British series, "Shameless" was adapted for American television by John Wells and original UK series creator Paul Abbott. In Season Fve, the Gallaghers are feeling the heat: In the swelter of another Chicago summer, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) juggles a crush on her new boss (Dermot Mulroney) with a new husband (Steve Kazee) and the return of her old boyfriend (Justin Chatwin)! Frank (William H. Macy) balances his brand new liver against that old healthy appetite for liquor, drugs and trouble. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) heads home from college and struggles to hang with his old South Side friends. Debbie (Emma Kenney) has her first real boyfriend, Ian's (Cameron Monaghan) dealing with real health issues, and Carl's (Ethan Cutkosky) just dealing. Personal and urban renewal runs rampant as organic coffee shops and yoga studios invade the hood, and the Gallaghers stumble toward finding out who they really are and who to truly love. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray: 44.96, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "Shameless (sex) love" featurette, "Gentrify This!!!" featurette, audio commentary. (Warner).

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