All Hallows' Eve 2
(2015) Andrea Monier, Damien Monier. Alone on Halloween, a young woman finds a mysterious VHS tape on her doorstep -- a tape that shows a series of gruesome and ghastly tales that appear to be all too real (nine in all, each by a different director). A sinister,pumpkin-faced killer is using the videotape as a portal into our reality; and if he makes it through, this twisted trickster seeks only one "treat": Blood. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
Badge of Honor
(2015) Mena Suvari, Jesse Bradford, Lochlyn Munro, Haylie Duff, Martin Sheen. A determined Internal Affairs detective investigates two narcotics detectives after a teenager is wrongfully shot dead in a violent drug bust. Formats: DVD. (Alchemy).
Batman: Bad Blood
(2016) When Batman goes missing, it takes the entire Bat "family" -- including new additions Batwoman and Batwing -- to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight's disappearance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc (includes an exclusive Nightwing figurine in a numbered limited edition gift set), Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, "Justice League vs. Teen Titans." Blu-ray adds "Putting the Fight in the Gotham" featurette that reveals the magic and strategy behind some of the best-choreographed fights in this latest animated film; "Expanding the Family of Batman" featurette; "From the DC Comics Vault, two 22-minute episodes: "Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Knights of Tomorrow" and "Batman: The Animated Series: Avatar." (Warner).
The Beauty Inside
(2015 -- South Korea) Han Hyo-joo, Park Seo-jun, Juri Ueno, Lee Jin-uk, Kim Joo-hyuck, Yu Yeon-seok. A body-hopping romantic comedy that was the surprise sleeper hit of Cannes. The film depicts Woo-jin, who, every morning, wakes up in a different body. His age, gender, and nationality may change, but the one constant in his life is Yi-soo -- the woman he loves. She knows his secret, and loves him anyway. With every transformation, Woo-jin has to figure out how to return to his own body and reunite with Yi-soo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Big Stone Gap
(2015) Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski. It's 1978 and the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) leads a simple life. She lives with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, and hopes that her best friend will take their platonic friendship in a romantic direction. Ave Maria waits, and before she knows it, she turns 40. Now the old maid of Big Stone Gap, Ave Maria decides that happiness is for other people – that is, until a long-buried family secret throws her quiet life spectacularly off course. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Virginia Film Festival Q&A with cast, cast & crew interviews, "Hollywood Celebrates Big Stone Gap,"
Virginia Film Festival Panel. (Universal).
Bridge of Spies
(2015) Director: Steven Spielberg. Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Sebastian Koch, Eve Hewson, Eve Hewson, Will Rogers. Steven Spielberg directs a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events: the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Read more about "Bridge-of-Spies" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Case of the Cold War: Bridge Of Spies": The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era -- a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war. This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they're based on; "U-2 Spy Plane: Beale Air Force Base" showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr.; "Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act": Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place; "Berlin 1961: Recreating The Divide": A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. (DreamWorks/Disney).
(2013) Five of Edgar Allan Poe's best-known stories are brought to life in this heart-pounding animated anthology featuring Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman and Guillermo del Toro. Murderous madmen, sinister villains and cloaked ghouls stalk the darkened corridors of Poe's imagination, as his haunting tales are given a terrifying new twist. Stories include: "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valedemar."
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Cinedigm).
Elmo's World: Elmo Wonders
(2016) Everyone's favorite red furry monster wonders about the exciting and adventurous world around him. Sesame Street's Elmo takes preschoolers on a journey to learn all about the sky, weather, doctors, bicycles, jumping and many other things inquisitive little kids like yours ask questions about. The two-hours of adventures also includes "Elmo's World: Transportation" for the first time on DVD. $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Fight to the Finish
(2014) Shane Warren Jones, Tamara Rey, Jennifer Hale. A young amateur fighter makes an enemy with a hardened thug when he gets in-between his next-door neighbor and her abusive ex- boyfriend. As his personal life becomes threatened, he realizes he must finish the fight that he started, but this time he'll settle it in the ring. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
For Better or For Worse
(2015 - TV) Opposites attract when Wendy, a wedding coordinator, and Marco, a divorce attorney, find their lives suddenly intertwined in this Hallmark Channel romance. Wendy is finally settling into the single life after struggling with the death of her husband; she's taken over the family business of coordinating the town's most beautiful and memorable weddings. Wendy's business and values are challenged, however, when the charming and incredibly irritating Marco opens shop as a divorce attorney right next to her wedding chapel. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2015) Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell. After detective Laurel Hester (Moore) is diagnosed with cancer, she learns that government officials won’t award her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie (Page). Refusing to accept the officials'
decision, Laurel and Stacie lead a battle for equal rights in this movie that speaks to the power of love and the pursuit of justice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Freeheld" featurette, "Freeheld to Freedom: Ocean County Then and Now" featurette, Oscar-winning 2007 documentary
short "Freeheld," audio commentary with director Peter Sollett and actors Moore and Page. (Lionsgate).
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Season Two
(2015) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Robert Rodriguez and cast & crew; Inside the Episode (1-10)"; 2015 New York Comic Con Panel Discussion; featurettes: "Overview," "Pulp Origins," "Mythology," "The Talent," "Costumes & Makeup," "Robert," "Effects & Stunts," "Blowing up the Titty Twister," "Danny Trejo: The Regulator," "Jacknife Jeds," "Eat About it," "Culebras 101," "Demi Lovato," and "Jake Busey." (Entertainment One).
(2015) Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick. A teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door. She must defend both body and soul from relentless hellions, dead set on possessing something she will not give them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2016) Natasha Henstridge, Jason Patric, Scott Adkins, Kyra Zagorsky, Liam Dickinson. When a wealthy woman (Henstridge) and her stepson are targeted by a trio of expert thieves in her remote mansion, her only form of help comes from a call with a security systems specialist (Patric). But as the intruders become increasingly hostile and the connection wavers, will she trust him to be her eyes and navigate her to safety? Formats: DVD, Digital.(Sony).
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)
(2015) Melvin van Peebles was a pioneer of rap music, a Tony-nominated playwright, a civil rights activist, an artist and a man whose groundbreaking impact on art, politics and pop culture remains as relevant as ever. Van Peebles was never deterred by opportunity that failed to knock; he’d simply build his own door and get on with it. After Hollywood rejected his early filmmaking efforts, his self-produced Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (which he wrote, produced, financed, directed, scored and starred in) earned more than $10 million at the box office and indelibly changed independent cinema forever. This documentary chronicles the life of van Peebles and offers a wealth of archival footage stretching over the decades and a collection of lively interviews with a wide range of people, including Spike Lee, Gil Scott-Heron, Elvis Mitchell, St. Clair Bourne and Van Peebles’ sons Mario Van Peebles and Max Van Peebles. Formats: DVD. ((Music Box
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
(2015) Voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhane Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina. Gorgeously animated adventure inspired by the timeless best-selling classic. In a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter Almitra (Quvenzhane Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa's return home -- but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will spark rebellion.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Animating Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," "An Interview With the Filmmakers," feature-length animatic storyboards. (Universal).
(2015) Fernando Colunga, Eduardo Yanez. After a ruthless businesswoman steals land deeds from a community of Mexican families, two former thieves come out of retirement to steal them back. With a ragtag team that includes a spiritualist, a clumsy ranch hand, a struggling actor, and an amateur meteorologist, the modern-day Robin Hoods attempt a caper for the ages in this sequel to the smash hit "Ladron Que Roba a Ladron." Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
The Last Witch Hunter
(2015) Vin Diesel, Elijah Woo, Rose Leslie, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine. Vin Diesel stars as the heroic Kaulder, a legendary warrior sworn to protect the modern world from treacherous black magic. The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race. Read more about "The Last Witch Hunter" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Crafting the Magic: The Last Witch Hunter" featurette, animated short films: "The Origins of the Axe and Cross," "The Last Witch Hunter" sizzle reel/"Paint It, Black," commentary with director Breck Eisner, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
(2015 -- TV) Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Cole Hauser, Andrew Howard, John Heard, Bradley Stryker, Jonathan Banks. Sequel to "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax," the successful 2014 Lifetime Original TV movie. Fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Borden's (Ricci) life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her parents in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity filled with scandalous love affairs. When numerous people close to her start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Hauser) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Second Season
(1965-66) Ten-disc set with all 30 one-hour episodes. Top agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin (Robert Vaughn and David McCallum) use their charm, wit, and assortment of gadgets to defend the world from their international syndicate T.H.R.U.S.H. In the second season, the agents travel all over the world to take on T.H.R.U.S.H and its axis of evil Allies with guest appearances by Jill Ireland, Angela Lansbury, Kevin McCarthy, Vincent Price and George Sanders. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2015) Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear. The romantic comedy follows Nancy (Bell), a charming, albeit awkward single woman determined to add spontaneity to her drab love life. When she's mistaken for Jack's (Simon Pegg) blind date, she decides to take fate into her own hands and just go with it, and she finds that giving love a chance can lead to the most unexpected of romances. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, Simon and Lake interview clips, "The Seven Beats of Man Up" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton. Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare -- if they cannot escape, a martyr's fate awaits them. Retelling of the French 2008 horror cult film written and directed by Pascal Laugier.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,VOD. (Anchor Bay).
(2015) Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Juno Temple, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, John Leguizamo. In the hazy aftermath of an unimaginable loss, married couple Sarah (Wilde) and Phil (Wilson) come unhinged, recklessly ignoring the repercussions. Phil, a New York City cop, starts to lose sight of his morals as Sarah puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations, falling deeper into her own fever dream. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2016) Two-disc set with six episodes. Set in Virginia during the Civil war in the spring of 1862, the program follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict: Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family's luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators and spies. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
My Boyfriends' Dogs
(2015 - TV) Bailey Daley is a hapless young bride who has run away from the altar with not one, but three dogs she adopted from past relationships. Running into a small diner one rainy evening in a soaked wedding dress with her dogs at her feet, Bailey launches into the story of her strange predicament to the restaurant owners: As each relationship ends, Bailey adopts her ex's dogs, but remains hopelessly single. A Hallmark Channel movie. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2015 -- TV) David Threlfall, Joanne Whalley, Nico Mirallegro, Ashley Walters. Dove-approved family drama recounts the Biblical story of Noah and his ark. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Our Brand Is Crisis
(2015) Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida. A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition. But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability -- both on and off the campaign trail -- Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Sandra Bullock: A Role Like No Other" featurette. (Warner).
The Rise of the Krays
(2015) Simon Cotton, Kevin Leslie, Phil Dunster, Danny Midwinter, Dan Parr. Twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray got their start as amateur boxers and soon became London's most feared and notorious gangsters. Told from the perspective of one of their closest friends, this crime drama is the story of their rise to power and their bloody and violent reign as London's most infamous gangsters. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deletes scenes. (Lionsgate).
Rock the Kasbah
(2015) Director: Barry Levinson. Stars: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Leem Lubany, Arian Moayed, Scott Caan, Danny McBride. A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California, stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in this dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life event. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan's version of "American Idol." Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protege into becoming the next "Afghan Star." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Richie Lanz: The Man and the Music" featurette on Bill Murray's character, "Bill Murray Rocks" with the film's cast and crew. (Universal).
(2015) Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie, Amy Hargreaves. A man and woman, both homeless on the streets of New York, find each other and find love. But it is the story of how they arrived there that will help them come together and strive for a better future.Formats: DVD. (Screen Media).
Show Me a Hero
(2015) Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban, Jim Belushi, Jon Bernthal. Emmy-winner David Simon is famous for using his trained journalist’s eye to create compelling shows that shine a light on political corruption and the power of community (HBO series "The Wire" and "Treme"). His latest offering uses an all-star cast and an award-winning filmmaking team to explore the notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, N.Y. The HBO mini-series is directed by Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis and is adapted from the critically-acclaimed nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin. In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc Extras: "Making Show Me a Hero" behind-the-scenes featurette. (HBO.
The Sin Seer
(2015) Isaiah Washington, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, C. Thomas Howell, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Richard Brooks. Rose Ricard has been blessed with a special gift: Looking into a person's soul, she can see the lies they try to hide. Now, using her uncanny ability, Rose works as a private investigator, solving "cold" cases the police can't unravel. With her new partner, ex-con Grant Summit, Rose takes on a deadly case that follows close on the heels of a murderer and threatens to reveal long-buried secrets from her own past. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(1937) Marks the launch of The Walt Disney Signature Collection. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "In Walt's Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"; "Iconography" explores how the film influences pop culture, art, and fashion; "@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess"; "The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White"; "Snow White in Seventy Seconds": a rap reimagining of the story; alternate sequence: "The Prince Meets Snow White" (never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White). (Disney).
(2015) Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw. Powerful drama inspired by true events, about the women willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. Galvanized by outlaw fugitive Emmeline (Meryl Streep), Maud (Carey Mulligan) joins the U.K.'s growing Suffragette movement alongside women from all walks of life who sacrificed their jobs, homes, children -- and even their lives -- for the right to vote. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside Suffragette" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Suffragette: Looking Back, Looking Forward" featurette, "Making the VFX for Suffragette," commentary with director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan. (Universal).
(2015) Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood, Dennis Quaid. Based on award-winning TV producer Mary Mapes' memoir, "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power," which chronicles the story of Dan Rather (Robert Redford) and Mary Mapes' (Cate Blanchett) investigation into a sitting President's military service and one of network news' biggest scandals. Read more about "Truth" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Team" featurette; Q&A with Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss and James Vanderbilt; commentary with Vanderbilt, producers Brad Fischer and William Sherak. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "The Reason for Being" featurette. (Sony).
(2016) Ben Getz, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Zachary Weiner, Garrett Hendricks, Paulina Singer, Gene Jones. After nights of sleepwalking and repeatedly waking up in the woods naked with no memory of the night before, a troubled teen straps a camera to himself and discovers a sinister truth: He is the unwitting heir to a monstrous family legacy of savagery, slaughter, and unrelenting horror from which death may be the only escape. Formats: DVD, Digital.(RLJ Entertainment).
The World of Kanako
(2014 - Japan) Koji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu. A broken ex-detective searches for his missing teenage daughter, only to discover -- while following a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence -- that she may not be the person he thought she was. Kanako (newcomer Komatsu), a beautiful girl and high-achieving student, mysteriously disappears one day, leaving all her belongings in her room. Her mother asks her ex-husband Akikazu (Yakusho), a recently fired police detective, to find their daughter, and he begins a desperate (and increasingly unhinged) search in the hope of not just finding Kanako, but also getting his family back together. An uncompromising revenge thriller of operatic scope, "The World of Kanako" is a nonstop visual and emotional assault on the senses. What Akikazu discovers as he rampages through his daughter's world is an unsettling and harrowing web of depravity -- surrounding both Kanako and himself. As Akikazu stumbles along he encounters rape, prostitution, the heroin trade and the Yakuza -- all while battling his own demons of alcoholism, drugs and domestic abuse. A tour de force of mystery, beauty and boundary-pushing violence, with masterfully frenetic and ultraviolent set pieces. A wildly kinetic and startlingly venomous throwback to the best that Asian extreme cinema has to offer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Drafthouse Films/Cinedigm).
Zombie Fight Club
(2014 - Taiwan) Jessica C, Andy On, Terence Yin, Michael Wong, Jack Kao, MC HotDog. An outbreak of zombies besets a building riddled with crime in a corner of the city. When one young woman (Jessica C) witnesses her boyfriend falling victim to the zombie horde, she must team up with a police officer (Andy On) in order to stay alive and escape the building. But ratcheting up the terror, an evil organization has begun pitting humans against zombies in a malicious killing game. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Scream Factory).
The Carol Burnett Show: Treasures From the Vault
Six-disc collection ($59.95) featuring 15 complete and uncut episodes -- not seen in more than 40 years -- and over four hours of specially-produced bonus features, and a single disc ($12.95) featuring three episodes and bonuses. During the late-'60s, CBS was "The Carol Burnett Show" network, a joking reference based on the program's widespread popularity and huge ratings. Yet, the first five seasons have never resurfaced -- no reruns, streaming video, DVDs or other formats -- until now. Classic sketches: "The Old Folks," "The Ham Actors," "Carol and Sis," "Alice Portnoy" and "As the Stomach Turns"; TV and movie parodies including "Valley of the Dollars," "Bony and Clod," "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?," the epic "Mildred Fierce" and "Salute to Warner Bros. Studios, with Bugs Bunny." Iconic guest stars including Jonathan Winters, Joan Rivers, Sonny & Cher, Paul Lynde, Art Carney, Betty Grable, Mickey Rooney and many others, along with surprise appearances by Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan. Over four hours of exclusive bonus programming featuring newly-shot interviews with Tony Bennett, Steve Carell, Kristin Chenoweth, Tina Fey, Burt Reynolds and others; bonus sketches; featurettes including "The Song and Dance: Crooners, Hoofers & Balladeers," "Expecting the Unexpected" and "The Making of a Mackie"; never-before-seen outtakes. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(2015) Clayne Crawford, Mykelti Williamson, Ethan Embry. A detective on the trail of a terrorist is injured in an explosion and awakens to find himself trapped in a supernaturally mysterious hospital that serves as a gateway between heaven and hell ... where he must fight for the redemption of his soul. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).
(2015) Dir.: Guillermo del Toro; Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam. Thriller about a sheltered young woman who abandons the safe certainty of her upbringing for life with an alluring aristocrat on a remote English estate in a house that breathes, bleeds -- and remembers. Read more about "Crimson Peak" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak" production featurette; "Beware of Crimson Peak" walking tour of the many secret spaces in Allerdale Hall; feature commentary with co-writer and director Guillermo Del Toro. Blu-ray adds "I Remember Crimson Peak" interviews with del Toro, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain; "A Living Thing" set featurette; "A Primer on Gothic Romance"; "Crimson Phantoms" make-up effects featurette; "Hand Tailored Gothic" costume design featurette. (Universal).
The Emigrants/The New Land
(1971/1972) This monumental mid-19th-century epic from Jan Troell charts, over the course of two films, a poor Swedish farming family's voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in this beautiful but forbidding new world. Movie legends Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann give remarkably authentic performances as Karl-Oskar and Kristina, a couple who meet with one physical and emotional trial after another on their arduous journey. The precise, minute detail with which Troell depicts the couple's story — which is also the story of countless other people who sought better lives across the Atlantic — is a wonder to behold. New high-definition digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Three-DVD and two Blu-ray sets.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New introduction by critic and Swedish-film expert John Simon; new conversation between film scholar Peter Cowie and director Jan Troell; new interview with actor Liv Ullmann; "To Paint With Pictures," a 2005 documentary on the making of the films, featuring archival footage as well as interviews with Troell, Ullmann, producer and co-screenwriter Bengt Forslund, and actor Eddie Axberg; trailers; booklet with an essay by critic Terrence Rafferty. (The Criterion Collection).
Freaks of Nature
(2016) Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Joan Cusack, Bob Odenkirk, Keegan-Michael Key, Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens, Denis Leary, Patton Oswalt. In a world where humans, vampires and zombies uneasily co-exist, a sudden alien invasion forces a trio of misfit high school students to unite in order to save their hometown from extinction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel, alternate opening, deleted scenes. (Sony).
(2015) Director: Paul Weitz. Stars: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott. Read more about "Grandma" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Family Portrait: The Making of Grandma"; Q&A with Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott and director Paul Weitz; commentary with Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott, Julia Garner and Paul Weitz. (Sony).
Hee Haw: Kornfield Klassics
(1971) Pickin' and grinnin,' singin' and spinnin' tall tales and corny jokes, the citizens of Kornfield Kounty landed on television in 1969 with the arrival of "Hee Haw" as a summer replacement series for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Each week co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark and the cast of comedians and musicians would welcome the biggest stars in country music to perform their songs and help deliver the one-liners. Includes two complete vintage episodes from 1971. Formats: DVD: $12.95. (Time Life).
The Leftovers: The Complete Second Season
(2015) Three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray with all 10 episodes of the HBO series.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Warner).
Love the Coopers
(2015) Alan Arkin, Diane Keaton, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Olivia Wilde. When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making the Coopers" featurette, "Rags the Dog" featurette, "Fun on Set" featurette, music video by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant.(Lionsgate).
(2014 -- Spain) Javier Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo, Maria Varod. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town in the Spainish deep South in 1980 bring together two disparate characters -- both detectives in the homicide division -- to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
(2015) Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Tuppence Middleton, Jennifer Ehle, Laura Pulver. Based on the hit British TV series. When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of MI-5" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Noah Lomax, Clancy Brown. In this timely thriller, single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home and his only chance to win it back is to go to work for Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), the charismatic and ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place. It's a deal-with-the-devil that provides security for his family; but as Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined. Read more about "99 Homes" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures).
(2012 -- France) Bernadette Lafont, Carmen Maura. Brash and opinionated retiree Paulette (Bernadette Lafont) lives alone in a housing project on the outskirts of Paris. One evening, upon observing some mysterious dealings outside her building, Paulette discovers a surprising way to supplement her meager pension - an unlikely but successful career selling cannabis.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
Playin' for Love
(2015) Director: Robert Townsend. Stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jenifer Lewis, Esai Morales, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Robert Townsend. Coach Banks (Townsend) is used to calling all the shots for his championship high school basketball team and in his own love life ... until he meets Talisa McCoy (Richardson-Whitfield), the mother of a star player, new to Jackson High, who has her own ideas on a winning team. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
(1975) Pam Grier, D'Urville Martin, Austin Stoker. Fresh off her career defining roles for Jack Hill in "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown," Pam Grier continued her domination of the Blaxploitation genre, in cult filmmaker William Girdler's "Sheba, Baby." Grier plays Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who's called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss (D'Urville Martin) from moving in on her father's loan business. Aided by her father's partner, Brick Williams (Austin Stoker), Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren't going go away without a fight. Car bombs, gun fights and boat chases ensue while armed with her curves, street smarts and a .44, Sheba is in for a bloodbath. Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson; "Sheldon: Baby" new interview with David Sheldon; "Pam Grier: The AIP Years" look at the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris Poggiali; trailer; gallery featuring rare publicity images and lobby cards; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen, webmaster of WilliamGirdler.com, illustrated with archive stills and posters (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) Tammy Jean, Asta Paredes. Introverted and peculiar, Mara spends her days fabricating props for movies. At night, she hunts down additions to her collection, sadistically murdering them and keeping their corpses as living dolls. When she's hired by Kat, a fledgling producer, the two instantly hit it off. As their relationship grows more intense, Mara begins to lose her already fragile grip on reality. When her "dolls" begin demanding all of her attention, and Kat threatens to break her heart, Mara spirals into psychosis, leaving her no choice but to kill again. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Complete B&W version of "Sociopathia", deleted scenes. (Cinema Epoch).
(2015) Dir.: Sam Mendes; Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Jesper Christensen, Dave Bautista, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear. A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Read more about "Spectre" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras:
Video Blogs: Director – Sam Mendes, Supercars, Day of the Dead Festival, Introducing Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, Action, Music, Guinness World Record. Blu-ray adds "SPECTRE: Bond's Biggest Opening Sequence," gallery. (MGM/Sony/Fox).
Welcome to Leith
(2015) Chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small community in the plains struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision.
Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2015) Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon. The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. Read more about "Black Mass" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Johnny Depp: Becoming Whitey Bulger" featurette. Blu-ray adds "The Manhunt for Whitey Bulger," "Black Mass: Deepest Cover, Darkest Crime." (Warner).
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
(2015) This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party ... and the group and its leadership remain powerful and enduring images in our popular imagination. This documentary weaves together the voices of those involved with the Panthers: police informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, those who remained loyal to the party, and those who left it. Features firsthand accounts from participants, including Kathleen Cleaver, the first communications secretary of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party chairman (1974-1977), Emory Douglas, the Black Panther party's minister of culture and chief art director for the party s newspaper, and others.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
The Brady Kids: The Complete Animated Series
(1972-73) The members of the original Brady Bunch cast returned to voice their iconic roles for 22 episodes of this animated series. When the six Brady kids befriend a magical bird and two panda cubs, their adventures become more amazing than ever: they travel to ancient Greece, blast off for an out-of-this-world trip and help thwart a bank robbery. Formats: Three-disc DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2015) John Travolta, Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens, Christopher Abbott, Rob Brown, Edi Gathegi, Jackie Earle Haley. Four friends stumble into a deal too good to refuse, but when their investment goes bad, they learn that part of their funding came from a notoriously ruthless crime boss ... and it's payback time. Now they must successfully kidnap a family member of a rival kingpin in order to erase the life-threatening debt. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (RLJ Entertainment).
Death By Hanging
(1968) Genius provocateur Nagisa Oshima ("In the Realm of the Senses"), an influential figure in the Japanese New Wave of the 1960s, made one of his most startling political statements with this compelling pitch-black satire. In this macabre farce, a Korean man is sentenced to death in Japan but survives his execution, sending the authorities into a panic about what to do next. At once disturbing and oddly amusing, Oshima's constantly surprising film is a subversive and surreal indictment of both capital punishment and the treatment of Korean immigrants in his country. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with critic Tony Rayns, new high-definition digital transfer of director Nagisa Oshima's 1965 experimental short documentary "Diary of Yunbogi," trailer, booklet with an essay by critic Howard Hampton. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) Amy Manson, James Cosm, Craig Conway, James Lance, Eileen Nicholas. After years of partying abroad, a terrible accident has January (Amy Manson) confined to a wheelchair, with no memory of her past, her family, or the stately manor that was once her home. But something isn’t right. They say she ran away, but won’t tell her why. Her sister wishes she’d never come home. They’re locking her in at night. And the way her brother looks at her ... Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
Girls: The Complete Fourth Season
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that follows the misadventures of a group of twenty-something friends in and out of NYC. This season finds the girls tentatively edging towards maturity as they take on new personas in new worlds. As the season begins, Hannah (Lena Dunham) leaves New York to attend the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop in the hopes of becoming a more serious writer, while confronting uncertainty in her relationship with Adam (Adam Driver). Meanwhile, back in New York, Marnie (Allison Williams) pursues a music career while balancing her professional and romantic relationship with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach); Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) graduates and begins interviewing for jobs, while sorting out her relationship with Ray (Alex Karpovsky); and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is trying out sobriety through AA, though her ability to stir up drama remains undiminished. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital. Extras: Episodic recaps, Season 3 recap, "Inside the Episodes," seven commentaries with cast and crew including Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and more. Blu-ray adds deleted & extended scenes, gag reels, "The Making of Girls," Marnie & Desi's full "Breathless" performance, Marnie's solo "Riverside" performance. (HBO).
(2016) Voices of Jeff Foxworthy and Sean Astin. Three young chicks -- Cluck Norris, Chickpea and Tiny SchwarzHENegger -- are determined to show everyone that chickens really can fly, but when their tiny alien pal, Magic, is in danger, the young feathered trio join the efforts of their animal neighbors to save their home and their friend from the "fowlest" of villains. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Iron Ministry
(2014) Filmed over three years on China's railways, J. P. Sniadecki's masterful documentary traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. "The Iron Ministry" immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world's largest railway network. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(1921) Charlie Chaplin was already an international star when he decided to break out of the short-film format and make his first full-length feature. The Kid doesn't merely show Chaplin at a turning point, when he proved that he was a serious film director — it remains an expressive masterwork of silent cinema. In it, he stars as his lovable Tramp character, this time raising an orphan (a remarkable young Jackie Coogan) he has rescued from the streets. Chaplin and Coogan make a miraculous pair in this nimble marriage of sentiment and slapstick, a film that is, as its opening title card states, "a picture with a smile—and perhaps, a tear." New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin's 1972 re-release version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary featuring Chaplin historian Charles Maland; "Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star," a new video essay by Chaplin historian Lisa Haven; "A Study in Undercranking," a new piece featuring silent-film specialist Ben Model; interviews with Coogan and actor Lita Grey Chaplin; excerpted audio interviews with cinematographer Rollie Totheroh and film distributor Mo Rothman; deleted scenes and titles from the original 1921 version of "The Kid"; "Charlie on the Ocean,'" a 1921 newsreel documenting Chaplin's first return trip to Europe; footage of Chaplin conducting his score for "The Kid"; "Nice and Friendly," a 1922 silent short featuring Chaplin and Coogan, presented with a new score by composer Timothy Brock; trailers; booklet with an essay by film historian Tom Gunning. (The Criterion Collection).
Labyrinth of Lies
(2014 -- Germany) Alexander Fehling. Drama exposes the post-war conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II. Germany 1958. In those years, "Auschwitz" was a word that some people had never heard of, and others wanted to forget as quickly as possible. Against the will of his immediate superior, young prosecutor Johann Radmann begins to examine the case of a recently identified teacher who was a former Auschwitz guard. Radmann soon lands in a web of repression and denial, but also of idealization. He devotes himself with utmost commitment to his new task and is resolved to find out what really happened. He oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, colleagues and allies, and is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever. Germany's Academy Award entry for Best Foreign-language Film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Giulio Ricciarelli and Aactor Alexander Fehling, Jewish Film Festival Q & A with Ricciarelli and Fehling, deleted scenes. (Sony).
McHale's Navy/McHale's Navy Joins The Air Force
Double feature with 1964's "McHale's Navy", in which the crew finds themselves in deep trouble when a well-meaning plot to save an orphanage backfires and leaves them up to their necks in debt and McHale (Ernest Borgnine) and the boys have a new scheme up their sleeve to save their skins. In the 1965 follow-up, "McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force", a series of snafus finds the hapless Ensign Parker (Tim Conway) in a case of mistaken identity when he switches uniforms with a pilot ... and the Air Force gains an airhead. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(1985) Although the slasher film was in decline by the mid-1980s, there were still some grisly delights to be had... and they don't come much grislier than writer-director Buddy Cooper's sickening stalk-and-slash classic. When Ed receives a message from his father asking him to go and lock up the family's beach condo for the winter, it seems like the perfect excuse for an alcohol-fuelled few days away with his friends. After all, his dad has forgiven him for accidentally blowing mom away with a shotgun several years ago ... hasn't he? But no sooner are the teens on the island than they find themselves stalked by a figure with an axe (and a hook, and an onboard motor) to grind ... Originally entitled Fall Break (watch out for the incongruous theme song of the same name), "The Mutilator" has earned a reputation amongst horror fans as one of the "holy grails" of 80s splatter mayhem due to its highly inventive (and not to say, decidedly gruesome) kill sequences, courtesy of FX wizard Mark Shostrom ("Videodrome", "Evil Dead II"). In a new 2K restoration from original vault materials of the R-rated and Unrated versions of the film. Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interviews with cast and crew; reversible sleeve featuring original artwork; fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film alongside archive articles from Fangoria magazine. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Pray for Death
(1985) Sho Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kai Benz. Martial arts legend Sho Kosugi stars as a family man driven to exact vigilante justice -- ninja style. Akira (Kosugi) has brought his wife and two boys to the United States in search of a better life. But their slice of the American Dream is quickly soured when they fall foul of a group of jewelry thieves. Unfortunately for the bad guys, they didn't count on Akira being a secret black ninja. New digital transfers of the Unrated and R-rated versions with original uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Sho and Tell Part 1: Birth of a Ninja" interview with Sho Kosugi, in which the star discusses the early stages of his film career, leading up to his role in "Pray for Death"; "Sho Kosugi on Martial Art Forms" an archive interview with Kosugi, including footage of his ninja demonstration from the 1985 New York premiere of "Pray for Death"; "Sho Kosugi Trailer Gallery"; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) Director: Danny Boyle. Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels. Paints an intimate portrait of Apple's Steve Jobs, the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, backstage in the final minutes before three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.
Read more about "Steve Jobs" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs," commentary with director Danny Boyle, commentary with writer Aaron Sorkin and editor Elliot Graham. (Universal).
Taviani Brothers Collection
"The Night of the Shooting Stars" (1982), "Kaos" (1984) and "Padre Padrone" (1993). In Italian with English subtitles. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2015) In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. Read more about "The 33" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The 33 The World Was Watching," theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "The Mine Collapse." (Warner).
Togetherness: The Complete First Season
(2015) Two-disc set with all eight-episodes of the series that follows four adults living under one roof struggling to keep their relationships and dreams alive as they approach the age of forty. Created by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass. In the series, Brett (Mark Duplass) is a straitlaced sound designer trying to rediscover himself while his wife Michelle (Melanie Lynskey) is eager to rekindle her passion for romance and life. Their lives are shaken up with the arrival of Michelle’s sister Tina (Amanda Peet), who comes to stay with them as she desperately tries to find a husband and get her bouncy-castle business off the ground, and Brett’s best friend Alex (Steve Zissis), who decides to give his stalled acting career one last try. Blending laughter and pathos, "Togetherness" shows the tragically comedic struggle to follow personal dreams while still remaining good friends, siblings, and spouses to each other. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Digital. (HBO).
The Trials Of Jimmy Rose
(2015) Three-part miniseries. Ray Winstone plays Jimmy Rose, a career criminal newly free after 12 years in prison. Greeted with cold disdain from his wife, Jacki, Jimmy decides to stick to the terms of his parole: hold down a job and stay right in the eyes of the law. But when he finds out that his beloved granddaughter is in trouble, Jimmy will go to extraordinary lengths for his family.
Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(2015) Bryan Cranston, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dean O'Gorman, Michael Stuhlbarg. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. The film recounts how Trumbo used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist. Read more about "Trumbo" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Who is Trumbo?", "Bryan Cranston Becomes Trumbo." (Universal).
Wiener Dog Internationals
(2015) Voices of Morgan Fairchild, Bryan Batt, Jason London. Dove Foundation-approved animated family adventure about Shelly, the U.S. wiener dog racing champion. The Jack family is at it again, as they enter the International World of Wiener Dog Racing. The kids sneak away to enter Shelly in the Internationals, and find themselves caught in a devious plot hatched by Miss Merryweather that may change wiener dog races forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
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American Horror Project: Vol. 1
Anthology series of the unsung heroes of American terror ... Whether it's a film that has languished in obscurity, or a movie that's at risk of being lost due to lack of source materials, the American Horror Project ensures that these unique slices of the American Nightmare are brought back into the public consciousness and preserved for all to enjoy. Volume I of the series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. "Malatesta's Carnival of Blood" (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing daughter, only to find themselves at the mercy of cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. "The Witch Who Came from the Sea" (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Mollie Perkins as a young woman whose bizarre and violent fantasies start to bleed into reality -- literally. Every parent's worst nightmare comes true in "The Premonition" (Robert Allen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claiming to be her long-lost mother. All three are newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks
(2016) In this collection of six new Chuggington adventures, Koko is thrilled to be spending the day training with Daley, Chuggington's new express delivery engine. Together they pick up and deliver important packages all around Chuggington, frequenting the bustling docks where Skipper Stu, Chuggington's new Dock Master, is unloading and loading the ship. Through their adventures, Koko and Skipper Stu learn the importance of patience, paying careful attention to detail and, of course, teamwork as they commence with the Delivery Dash at the Docks. Formats: DVD. Extras: Character montages: Olwin, coloring pages, collectible Daley toy train from TOMY (while supplies last). (Anchor Bay).
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 1
(2016) Two-disc set with thirteen 22-minute episodes. Newest adaptation of the classic, animated kids mystery series. Formats: DVD, $19.97. (Warner).
(2015) Gregg Turkington, Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz. A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2015) Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz, Gina Carano, D.B. Sweeney, Dan Bilzerian, Olga Valentin, Lydia Hull, Tyler J. Olson. When a terrorist group kidnaps retired CIA field operative Leonard Turner (Bruce Willis), his son Harry Turner (Kellan Lutz), a government analyst who has been repeatedly turned down for field service, launches his own unsanctioned rescue operation. While evading highly skilled operatives, deadly assassins, and international terrorists, Harry finally puts his combat training to the test in a high-stakes mission to find his father and to stop a terrorist plot. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Steven C. Miller and actor Kellan Lutz, "The Making of Extraction" featurette, extended interviews with the cast and crew, deleted and extended scenes. (Lionsgate).
Fargo (Year Two)
(2015) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Lou on Lou: A Conversation with Patrick Wilson, Keith Carradine and Noah Hawley"; "Waffles and Bullet Holes: A Return to Sioux Falls"; "The Films of Ronald Reagan" extended Fargo cut; "The True History of Crime in the Midwest," "Skip Sprang" TV commercial. (Fox).
The Girl in the Book
(2015) Emily VanCamp, Michael Nyqvist. Set in the cutthroat world of New York publishing, this melodrama follows Alice Harvey, the daughter of a powerful book agent, who finds herself trapped in a job as a junior book editor while trying to overcome her own writer's block. When Alice is unexpectedly asked to manage the re-release of a bestselling novel based on incidents in her own life, the book's author reenters her life and opens a door to painful memories from her past. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
The Good Dinosaur
(2015) Voices of Jeffrey Wright, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, Bill Hader. Read more about "The Good Dinosaur" in the February Calendar.Formats: 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Sanjay's Super Team" theatrical short; "True Lies About Dinosaurs" featurette; "The Filmmakers' Journey," in which director Peter Sohn and his fellow filmmakers talk about the challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly emotional experience of making "The Good Dinosaur"; "Every Part of the Dinosaur" animation featurette; "Following the T-Rex Trail"; commentary by director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi; "Dino Bites" montage of original animated pieces produced to promote "The Good Dinosaur"; "Hide and Seek" short animated clip produced to promote "The Good Dinosaur"; deleted scenes. (Disney).
(1967) One of the most beloved American films of all time, "The Graduate" earned Mike Nichols a best director Oscar, brought the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience, and introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman. Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion and barely contained angst when he becomes sexually involved with the middle-aged mother (Anne Bancroft) of the young woman he's dating (Katharine Ross). Visually imaginative and impeccably acted, with a clever, endlessly quotable script by Buck Henry (based on the novel by Charles Webb), "The Graduate" had the kind of cultural impact that comes along only once in a generation. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Optional 5.1 surround remix, approved by director Mike Nichols, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray; commentary from 2007 featuring Nichols in conversation with filmmaker Steven Soderbergh; audio commentary from 1987 featuring film scholar Howard Suber; new interview with actor Dustin Hoffman; new conversation between producer Lawrence Turman and actor-screenwriter Buck Henry; new interview with film writer and historian Bobbie O'Steen about editor Sam O'Steen's work on "The Graduate"; "Students of The Graduate," a short documentary from 2007 on the film's influence; "The Graduate at 25," a 1992 featurette on the making of the film; interview with Nichols by Barbara Walters, from a 1966 episode of NBC's "Today" show: excerpt from a 1970 appearance by singer-songwriter Paul Simon on "The Dick Cavett Show"; screen tests; trailer; booklet with an essay by journalist and critic Frank Rich. (The Criterion Collection).
I Knew Her Well
(1965) This prismatic portrait of the days and nights of a party girl in the sitxies Rome is a revelation. On the surface, "I Knew Her Well," directed by Antonio Pietrangeli, plays like an inversion of "La dolce vita" with a woman at its center, following the gorgeous, seemingly liberated Adriana (Stefania Sandrelli) as she dallies with a wide variety of men, attends parties, goes to modeling gigs, and circulates among the rich and famous. Despite its often light tone, though, the film is a stealth portrait of a suffocating culture that regularly dehumanizes people, especially women. A seriocomic character study that never strays from its complicated central figure while keeping us at an emotional remove, "I Knew Her Well" is one of the most overlooked films of the sixties, by turns hilarious, tragic, and altogether jaw-dropping. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with actor Stefania Sandrelli, new interview with film scholar Luca Barattoni about the career of director Antonio Pietrangeli, trailer, booklet with an essay by journalist and author Alexander Stille. (The Criterion Collection).
Kung Fu Trailers of Fury
(2016) A hard-kicking, face-smashing, snake-fisting trailer collection with over two hours of the wildest martial arts mayhem in motion picture history featuring brutal boxers, shaolin poles, fat dragons, iron claws and one-armed masters. From the golden age of kung fu cinema comes this insane tsunami of masters, mobsters, furious vengeance and incredible fighting styles, starring Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Lo Lieh, Sammo Hung, Angela Mao, Chuck Norris, Jimmy Wang Yu and Wu Tang, too. These are the most over-the-top and rarely-seen original trailers for Hong Kong classics that include "The Way of the Dragon," "Death Blow," "Two Champions of Shaolin," "Daggers 8," "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow," "Shaolin Wooden Men," "The Story of Drunken Master," "Enter the Fat Dragon," "Brutal Boxer" and many more. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with experts Ric Meyers ("Films of Fury"), Michael Worth ("The Bruceploitation Bible"), martial arts instructor Greg Schiller and Rick Stelow of Drunken Master Video; "The Way of the Cube" featurette on the discovery of the original 35mm trailers underneath the stage of a maverick UK cinema. (Severin Films).
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
(2016) Voices of James Earl Jones, Ernie Sabella, Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Max Charles, Joshua Rush, Atticus Shaffer, Diamond White, Dusan Brown. Kion, second-born cub of Simba and Nala, assumes the role of leader of "The Lion Guard," an elite team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands, and assembles a group of unlikely heroes: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret. Together they embark on a thrilling adventure as they use their unique abilities to defend the Pride Lands from predators and maintain balance within the Circle of Life. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Free talking backpack clip, "Here Comes the Lion Guard" music video performed by Beau Black. (Disney).
Millennium & R.O.T.O.R. BLU-RAY DEBUT
"Millennium" (1989) is a time travel yarn in which an NTSB investigator seeking the cause of an airline disaster meets a warrior woman from 1000 years in the future, starring Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd and Daniel J. Travanti. "R.O.T.O.R." (1987) revolves around a Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research prototype robot intended for crime combat that escapes from the development lab and goes on a killing rampage. Stars Michael Hunter, Richard Gesswein. Extras: An alternate ending for "Millennium" and theatrical trailers. (Scream Factory).
My All American
(2015) Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, Robin Tunney, Sarah Bolger. The true story of Freddie Steinmark. Although deemed too small as an athlete, Steinmark dreams of playing football and brings a fight to the game that is noticed by legendary coach Darrell Royal, leading to a scholarship to play college football. With dedication and grueling practices, a victorious season is within reach, but Freddie receives a shocking diagnosis and discovers what it truly means to have the heart of a champion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Extras: "Spirit of Freddie Steinmark" featurette, "A Look Inside" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Universal).
(2015) Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos (Best Documentary, "The Cove," 2009), producer Fisher Stevens (TV's "The Blacklist"), and the Oceanic Preservation Society go undercover once again to offer an inside look at the hidden world of endangered species and a detailed analysis of the astronomical industrial growth that is changing the chemistry of the entire planet. Using hidden cameras and numerous high-tech tactics to infiltrate the world's most dangerous black markets to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, the documentary reveals stunning, never-before-seen images that truly change the way we see the world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Secret in Their Eyes
(2015) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Michael Kelly, Joe Cole, Alfred Molina. Thriller that explores the murky boundaries between justice and revenge. A tight-knit team of investigators is torn apart when one of the team's teenage daughter is brutally and inexplicably murdered. Read more about "Secret in Their Eyes" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Adapting the Story for Today’s World," "Julia Roberts Discusses Her Most Challenging Role," commentary with director-screenwriter Billy Ray and producer Mark Johnson. (Universal).
The Serpent and the Rainbow Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
(1988) Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield. A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman) is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural. New 2015 HD transfer from the inter-positive film element. Extras: New audio commentary with actor Bill Pullman; new "The Making of The Serpent and the Rainbow" featuring new interviews with Pullman, author Wade Davis, director of photography John Lindley and special makeup effects artists Lance Anderson and David Anderson; theatrical trailer; TV spot; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Shaun the Sheep: Season 2
(2011) Two-disc set with 40 episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Whack-a-Pig" game, "Sheep Shearing" game, "Meet the Animals" video, "Sing-Along with Shaun" video, "Building a Pig" video, "The Mini Making of Shaun" featurette, "Timmy Time" and "Timmy's Tune" sneak peak, behind the scenes gallery. (Lionsgate).
Shaun the Sheep: Sheep on the Loose
(2009) Six episodes from Season One, $9.98. When the gang sneaks out to the nearest amusement park for a day of fun, Shaun and Bitzer must help cover their tracks before the Farmer finds out. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Studio).
(2015) Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Lana Antonova, Jamey Sheridan, Brian d'Arcy James.
Read more about "Spotlight" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Uncovering the Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable," "Spotlight: A Look Inside," "The State of Journalism." (Universal).
The Summer of Sangaile
(2015 -- Lithuania) Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents' lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age, who unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her in flying. Official Lithuanian entry for Best Foreign-language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Alante Kavaïte, "5 Years Later" featurette, photo gallery, original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space
(2016) The Rescue Bots take their adventures through time and space with five episodes. Griffin Rock's Autobot first responders -- Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder -- will stop at nothing to protect their Earth friends, even if it means traveling through all of time and space. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song
(2015) "Walk on By," "What the World Needs Now," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" "The Look of Love," "I Say a Little Prayer." What would the world be without these songs? Composer-producer-pianist-singer Burt Bacharach defined the art of songwriting, crafting timeless music that captivated, inspired, and cemented his legacy into history's songbook. This concert film celebrates the life and career of Bacharach, and features performances by Joss Stone, Justin Hayward, Alfie Boe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shaun Escoffery, Rebecca Ferguson, Michael Kiwanuka, and Laura Mvula. Filmed at London's Royal Festival Hall in 2015, "A Life in Song" presents on-stage conversations between Bacharach and Michael Grade traversing different aspects of his years in music, interspersed with performances of many of his best loved songs by a diverse cast of artists. The evening culminates in a medley of some of Bacharach's most famous film songs performed by the man himself and his band, and a performance of "That's What Friends Are For" featuring the entire evening's cast. Originally broadcast on BBC4 in November 2015. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Three additional songs not seen in the original program:. (Eagle Rock Entertainment).
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