(2015) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Cold War for Paige." (Fox).
Angry Birds Toons: Season Two - Volume Two
(2015) What do beards, boxing, saxophones, ice hockey, and nunchucks have in common? They can all be found in this volume that features the final 13 mini-episodes from the second season. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Angry Birds Toons - The Day of a Coffee Mug," "Angry Birds Toons - The Day of a Laptop," "The Bird Hour With Ted Robinson - Matilda," "The Bird Hour With Ted Robinson - Terence," "Super Angry Birds" trailer, "Angry Birds 2 - Game Intro," "Angry Birds 2 - Test Piggies: The Mighty Eagle," "Angry Birds 2 - Test Piggies: The Chili." (Sony).
Angry Birds Stella: Season Two
(2015) The Golden Egg mystery continues in Season Two of Stella's animated series. Stella and her feathered friends make an amazing discovery that rocks Golden Island to its molten core -- the location of the lost Golden Egg. It doesn't take long for the flock to find out that the Golden Egg has some serious power -- anything that touches it turns to gold. Features all 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Behind the Scenes - Director's Day," "Angry Birds Stella - A Day at the Office," character reels: Stella, Gale, Willow, Poppy, Luca, Dahlia, "Angry Birds Stella" gameplay trailer, "Angry Birds 2 - Test Piggies: The Pig Inflator," "Angry Birds 2 - Test Piggies: The Blizzard." (Sony).
Barbie in Spy Squad
(2016) Barbie and her best friends Teresa and Renee transform from hard-working gymnasts to undercover secret agents in this new animated adventure. When their amazing gymnastics skills catch the eye of a top-secret spy agency, the girls are soon following clues to a gem-stealing cat burglar who has escaped everyone on the case. With their high-tech gadgets, glam disguises and cute robo-pets, it's girl power to the rescue. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Strength in Numbers" music video, outtakes. (Universal).
(2015) David Morse, Jared Breeze, Rainn Wilson, Bill Sage, Mike Vogel. An intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death. Named one of the best under the radar films of 2015 by Indiewire and Hitfix. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Scream Factory).
Capture the Flag
(2016) Animated family film approved by the Dove Foundation. Space travel runs in Mike Goldwing's family: both his father and grandfather were astronauts. But the plucky 12-year-old's estranged grandfather, Frank, has lived a life isolated from his family after missing out on the chance to make history as a member of the Apollo 11 crew. When Mike discovers that an eccentric billionaire plans to fly to the moon, claim its vast, valuable mineral resources, and destroy the American flag planted by the Apollo 11 astronauts, Mike teams with his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, and blasts off on an incredible moon-bound mission, determined to thwart the billionaire's evil plan, capture the flag, and reunite his divided family. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
(2015) Mike Vogel, Osy Ikhile, Daisy Betts, Georgina Haig, Charles Dance, Ashley Zukerman, Jake Greggson, Hayley Magnus. Syfy Channel three-part miniseries. Omnipotent aliens arrive to save humanity from self-destruction. Under their benign gaze, war, famine and injustice become things of the past. But a small group of people are beginning to question whether this "Golden Age of Man" comes at a secret and terrible price. And when the Supervisor for Earth, Karellen, finally reveals his true form to the world, the sight is as profound as it is disturbing. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. (Universal).
(2015) Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Anthony Bellew. For his portrayal of Rocky Balboa, Stallone has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Additionally, he was awarded the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture at the 2016 Golden Globes, as well as Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards. Read more about "Creed" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Know the Past, Own the Future" featurette, "Becoming Adonis," deleted scenes. (MGM/Warner).
The Danish Girl
(2015) Director: Tom Hooper. Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts. A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Read more about "The Danish Girl" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of The Danish Girl." (Universal).
(2015) Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte, Danny McBride. Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Digging In: Behind the Scenes of Don Verdean" featurette, "Behind the Sounds" featurette, commentary with director Jared Hess. (Lionsgate).
Drunk History Season 3
(2015) All 13 episodes of the series that presents historical reenactments from A-list talent as told by inebriated storytellers. Drunken and often incoherent narrations provide a unique take on the familiar and less familiar people and events from our country's great past with unforgettable results. Host Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of actors and comedians, travels across the country to present the rich tales that every city in this land has to offer. In Season 3, Waters and the crew travel around America to get a drunk history lesson in some of the nation's most historical locations. Some of the destinations include New Jersey, Miami, Oklahoma, New Orleans, New Mexico, Cleveland, L.A., and Vegas covering topics that include space, journalism, games, and inventors. Intrepid storytellers include Paget Brewster, Cameron Esposito, Fortune Feimster, Rich Fulcher, Mark Gagliardi, Dan Harmon, Kyle Kinane, and others. Guest appearances by Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Taran Killam, Michael Cera, Natasha Leggero, Jack Black, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Topher Grace, Johnny Knoxville, Adam DeVine, and others. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Five totally unblurred episodes, extended scenes, deleted scenes, hiccups, more. (Paramount).
Dudes & Dragons
(2015) Kaitlin Doubleday, James Marsters, Luke Perry. When a powerful wizard (Marsters) vows to rid the land of love through the use of his fire-breathing dragon, a brave team of eccentric warriors embark on a grand quest to break the curse, defeat the wizard, and slay his terrible beast. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Momentum Pictures).
The Fall, Series 2
(2015) Two-disc sets with six episodes. An unforgettable psychological thriller starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. Anderson mesmerizes as the strong, self-possessed detective, while Dornan proves disturbingly charismatic as Spector, a man who is both a sadistic killer and a loving father. Series 3 is scheduled to air in 2016. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Acorn Media).
(2015 -- Spain) Nagore Aranburu, Itziar Aizpuru, Josean Bengoetxea, Itziar Ituno. An intensely poetic meditation on love, pain and memory, all expressed through the metaphor of cut flowers. Ane lives a quietly unfulfilled life, trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage, until she suddenly begins to receive bouquets of flowers anonymously, once a week. Meanwhile, Tere wants nothing more than a grandchild, but her only son Benat and his wife have other plans. A sudden, tragic event jolts all of their lives into a new reality, and flowers start to appear anonymously once again, but this time, instead of passion, they represent an emotional memory. Spain's submission to the 88th Academy Awards, and the first Academy Award submission in the Euskara (Basque) language. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Making-of featurette, filmmaker Q&A from the film's Los Angeles premiere, film press conference from San Sebastian International Film Festival. (Music Box Films).
(2015) Stephen Baldwin, Corbin Bernsen, Lorenzo Lamas. Following his wife's death, public high-school teacher Michael Evens (Baldwin) re-launches the Bible Club she originally founded. When upset parents cite the separation of church and state and want the group disbanded, a passionate dispute erupts and threatens to destroy their small Vermont community. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
(2016) Carrie, a young religious fundamentalist, is abandoned by her missionary father and has to move in with her mother, who has come out of the closet and married another woman; the two women have a biological child. When the women leave on a business trip, Carrie must take care of her small stepsister in a strange new house and deal with creepy occurrences that lead to full blown terror. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Inception Media Group).
(2015) Beth Riesgraf, Jack Kesy, Martin Starr, Rory Culkin. After three criminals break into a supposedly empty house, they find themselves in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the occupant, a shy young woman with a few nasty tricks of her own to play on the invaders. Formats: DVD. (Momentum Pictures).
Kill or Be Killed
(2015) Justin Meeks, Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Greg Kelly, Luce Rains, Arianne Margot, Bridger Zadina. A gang of cutthroat outlaws -- the most wanted men in Texas -- on a desperate ride across five hundred miles of badlands to recover a fortune in hidden loot are being picked off one by one by bounty hunters. What began as a hard journey driven by greed becomes a feverish race to survive. Formats: DVD, VOD. (RLJ Entertainment).
(2015) Dir.: Brian Helgeland; Stars Tom Hardy, Taron Egerton, Emily Browning. Crime biography follows the lives of Ronald and Reginald Kray -- identical twin brothers, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a double performance -- who rose to power and terrorized London's underworld in the 1950s and 60s. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales
(2015) Five complete episodes of the TV series that awakens the lighter side of the Force. Following the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, at the end of "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," R2-D2 and C-3PO have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of S"tar Wars: The Phantom Menace." An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing, and suddenly you're taken on a new journey that leads to the retelling of the entire Star Wars saga, as told by R2-D2 and C-3PO. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
(2015) Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Peter Lucas. The real-life story of legendary actor James Dean and his complex friendship with Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock. Rebel actor Dean was brought together for a Life Magazine assignment with Stock and their journey leads to an unbreakable friendship and some of the most iconic images of the age. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
Lost in Hong Kong
(2015 -- China) Zheng Xu, Wei Zhao. Hong Kong road trip comedy. Xu Lai had a dream once: to be an artist and marry the girl of his dreams. Fifteen years later, he's sick of designing bras, humoring his baby-crazy wife and catering to his loopy in-laws. Now on a family vacation that includes his DVD-pirating, aspiring-documentarian brother-in-law, he has a hidden agenda: a chance meetup with his old flame. But ditching his clan for a clandestine hookup might be the least of his worries. There's been a murder and the cops want a word with him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, blooper reel. (Well Go USA).
The Midnight Man
(2015) Will Kemp, Doug Jones, William Forsythe, Brent Spiner, Vinnie Jones. When Grady (Kemp), an assassin with a genetic disorder that renders him unable to feel pain, is sent on a high-stakes assignment, his world is turned upside-down after an attack when he awakens to discover that he can feel pain for the first time in his life. With the clock ticking and his greatest asset gone, Grady will go head-to-head with his worst fears and unspeakable enemies, while experiencing a tactile world he never could have imagined. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Miss You Already
(2015) Director: Catherine Hardwicke. Stars: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Frances De La Tour, Jaqueline Bisset. The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family -- with a rock star husband and a successful career -- and the other -- who works in a community garden and lives in a boathouse with her boyfriend -- falls ill with breast cancer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "With Love: Making Miss You Already" featurette, "There's a Place" music video by The All-American Rejects, on-set selfies, filmmaker commentary, a director's lookbook of Milly's party. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Eliot Cowan, Jonathan Pryce, James Callis, Elodie Yung. In 2024, when the manufacture and consumption of drugs has been legalized, an elite police unit, known as Drecks, keep the black market dealers off the streets and the licensed drug companies rich. When dreck and former addict Frank Grieves is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse, he makes a connection to the biggest and most powerful drug producer of them all: The Ambro Company. But Ambro has friends in high places and as his corrupt superiors turn on him, Grieves finds himself cut loose by the law and separated from the people he loves. The only way to clear his name is to find the identity of the dead body and its connection to Ambro. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Justin Trefgarne, "Behind the Scenes of Narcopolis" featurette, deleted scene, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
The Night Before
(2015) Anthony Mackie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell, Mindy Kaling. Three best friends set out for one last wild night of debauchery before settling down into adulthood. Read more about "The Night Before" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Cast gag reel, "Making One Epic Party: 20 Minutes of On-Set Shenanigans," four featurettes: "The Spirit of Christmas," "Drunkest Santas on The Block," "Whale Juice: Extended Strip Club Scene," "Midnight Mass with Nana." Blu-ray adds deleted & extended scenes, Mr. Green Line-O Rama, "Christmas in the Summer" featurette. (Sony).
The North Star
(2016) Jeremiah Trotter, Thomas C. Bartley, Jr., Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, John Diehl, Clifton Powell. A pair of black slaves make the desperate choice to escape their brutal masters just before the Civil War. Evading brutal slave hunters and with only the light of the North Star as their guide, the pair make the grueling journey across hostile land to the free state of Pennsylvania. Formats: DVD. (RLJ Entertainment).
Piggy Tales: Season Two - Pigs At Work
(2015) Go on the job with the well-meaning but absent-minded working pigs of "Angry Birds" and find out how Pig City is constructed (and deconstructed) in this collection of 26 animated shorts. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Piggy Tales - The Research," "The Making of Piggy Tales - The Field Test," "Angry Birds Space Solar System" trailer, "Angry Birds Seasons - Invasion of the Egg Snatchers," "Angry Birds 2 - Test Piggies: The Golden Duck," two bonus episodes: "Demohogs" and "Swine Symphony." (Sony).
(2015) Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry. Shown from the stalker's point of the view, the film follows a graduate student who falls prey to a tech-savvy stalker who hacks into her digital world. The film harnesses the paranoia of today's technology, serving as an uncomfortably relevant warning about a new breed of cyber stalking where at any moment someone could be watching your every move through the devices that keep us connected. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Sony).
(2015) Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Wendy Crewson, Sean Bridgers. Adapted from The New York Times best-selling novel, about the fearless determination of a mother and child who risk everything to break out of captivity and embrace their freedom. Brie Larson won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Read more about "Room" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with director Lenny Abrahamson, cinematographer Danny Cohen, editor Nathan Nugent and production designer Ethan Tobman; "Making Room" featurette; "11x11" featurette; "Recreating Room" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief
(2015) A cookie art museum has just opened on Sesame Street. Surrounded by beautiful cookie paintings, like "Girl With the Cookie Earring," and the "Muncha Lisa," the museum is full of excitement with learning opportunities around each corner. Cookie Monster and his friends feel like they're in a whole new world. But when art suddenly starts to disappear, Cookie Monster quickly becomes a suspect. Can Cookie Monster clear his name? Will they find the missing art in time, or will Cookie Monster be banished from the museum forever? Formats: DVD: $14.98. (Warner).
She's Beautiful When She's Angry
(2015) A provocative and insightful account of the birth of the modern women's liberation movement through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium. More than 30 fearless activists at the forefront of the women's movement from 1966-1971 come together and share their stories, their experiences and provide an in-depth look at the history of gender inequality. Directed by Mary Dore, the documentary combines rarely-seen archival footage, a classic soundtrack of the era and the first-person stories of the protests, poetry slams and community meetings that engineered the women's liberation movement and the meaningful social change it sought. Capturing the exhilaration felt by a generation of women who challenged and shed age-old gender role limitations in a surge of rebellious energy, the film features commentary from such women's issues activists and writers as Chude Pamela Allen, Judith Arcana, NonaWillis Aronowitz and Fran Beal. Despite episodes of internal discord, including challenges to leadership and disparity of focus, the movement nevertheless became the voice for the many strands of feminism, from the particular demands of women of color to the struggles over issues of class and lesbian rights. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Music Box Films).
Strike Back: Cinemax Season 4
(2013) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the series that follows the unlikely alliance between two crack special agents - one an American renegade, the other an elite British spy. From the tropical beaches of Thailand to the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps. "Strike Back" focuses on two members of Section 20, a secret British anti-terrorist organization: Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), a consummate British soldier still struggling to overcome tragedy in his life, and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), a disgraced U.S. Delta Force operative who has found redemption with S20. In the fourth and final season, Stonebridge and Scott face their biggest assignment yet: A global threat involving a ruthless network of international terrorists. Scott, Stonebridge and their S20 colleagues Philip Locke (Robson Green), Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes) and Kim Martinez (Milauna Jackson) try to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok. But what's on the surface is only the first step in a massive terrorist plot. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Four production recon featurettes take viewers on location, behind the scenes; six "how to strike back" featurettes in which Winchester and Stapleton offer an insider's look at filming he most cation-packed scenes from the season. (HBO).
The Unauthorized Collection 4-Film Set
One of Lifetime's most successful franchises, the "Unauthorized" films explore the real-life journeys of actors launched into superstardom, revealing behind-the-scenes secrets and untold stories. Now in one set: "The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story," "The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story," "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" and "The Unauthorized Full House Story." Formats: DVD: $14.98, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Tom Sizemore, Mickey Rourke, Johnny Messner, Jon Foo. A damaged homicide detective (Messner) must prevent a grieving father from unleashing a "robotic virus" (that allows soldiers to swap consciousness with a target, giving them temporary, yet complete, control) that he believes will destroy the terrorist cell that murdered his son, but at an unimaginable cost. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2015) Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda. From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy's Academy Award foreign language winner "The Great Beauty" comes this film about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of
the most important experiences can come later in life. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Fox).
(2014) Voices of Evan from EvanTubeHD, Jon Heder, Cary Elwes, Patrick Warburton, Emily Deschanel, Ambyr Childers. After the sudden disappearance of his mother (Childers), Jonah (Evan) goes on a journey to find her with his protective father (Elwes). In spite of his father's best efforts, Jonah finds himself separated from his dad and all on his own. Determined to find his parents in the strange land of The Feather King (Warburton), his wild adventures begin to unravel the strict rules of The Feather Kingdom. As the world they know begins crumbling around them, will Jonah find a way to return home with both of his parents, even at the cost of a whole new world order? Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Evan from EvanTubeHD, Cary Elwes, Emily Deschanel and Ambyr Childers" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Bible Stories
(1994-96) Series of full-length films presenting powerful and moving tales from the Old Testament, originally broadcast on TV from 1993 to 1996. Newly restored and remastered from high-definition sources. "In the Beginning" is a four-disc set with four titles: "Abraham," "Jacob," "Joseph" and "Moses," featuring Ben Kingsley, Richard Harris, Barbara Hershey, Sean Bean and Christopher Lee; $19.99. Also available separately: "Abraham" and "Moses," $9.98 each. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Blue Hour
(2015 -- Thailand) A supernatural love story about a bullied loner, Tam, who finds solace in the arms of Phum, a boy he meets at a haunted swimming pool. Phum reveals that his family's land has been stolen and the newfound lovers imagine a perfect life together on the disputed land. Haunted by a ghostly presence, Tam struggles to stay connected to reality. An official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival. Formats: DVD. Extras: Original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
Children of the Stars
(2012) The strange but true story of a UFO contactee group who relive their past lives
on other planets by making their own science fiction films. In 1973, Ruth Norman, a 73-year-old widow and self described cosmic visionary, purchased 67 acres of land in the mountains east of San Diego as a landing site for the Space Brothers, emissaries from the Intergalactic Confederation. Nearly 40 years later, a group of dedicated followers still await their arrival. At the Unarius Academy of Science death does not exist, Nicola Tesla was a Space Brother, Satan drove a Cadillac and science fiction is real. To relive their pasts, the students film their own sci-fi extravaganzas with the increasingly extravagant Ruth Norman as the star and the lines between fantasy and reality dissolve. Using spectacular footage from original Unarius films and Hollywood Sci-Fi flicks to illustrate, comment upon, and subvert interviews with the remaining Unarius students, "Children of the Stars" covers millions of years, hundreds of galaxies and dozens of B movies to present a sympathetic look at faith and how people justify it in different ways. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
(2014 -- China) From acclaimed Chinese film director Zhang Yimou ("House of Flying Daggers," "Hero") comes this Drama about love and loss. Lu (Chen Daoming) and Feng (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. When Lu is released years later, he returns home to find his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize him, she still patiently awaits her husband's return. A stranger within his own family, Lu is determined to awaken his wife's memory through gentle displays of unconditional and eternal love. This is Gong Li's eighth film with Yimou. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Toronto International Film Festival Q & A with Zhang Yimou, director's commentary. (Sony).
Community: The Complete Final Season?
(2015) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes. Hacked emails, virtual reality, schlocky sci-fi filmmaking, grifting, forbidden paintball, a giant hand, a wedding and a stage adaptation of "The Karate Kid." Though the Study Group-turned-"Committee to Save Greendale" has succeeded in their mission (well, almost), Dean Pelton has hired a by-the-books administrative consultant to help improve the school's day-to-day operations. This, of course, doesn't exactly sit well with everyone in the group and, as a result, they'll see changes good and bad at their beloved school. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Community Trivia," "Six Seasons and a Finale," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Flesh for the Inferno
(2015) Anna Rizzo, Michael Thurber, Jamie Lyn Bagley, Jamie Dufault, Sean Leser, Sarah Nicklin. A neighborhood youth group cleaning up a dilapidated Catholic school to ready it for demolition uncover a blasphemous tomb in the basement where, decades earlier, an evil priest, angry at the school's sisters, bricked them up in the building's walls. The nuns -- who had renounced their holy vows in the moments before their demise -- now return as Sisters of Perdition, and, with blood on their hands and revenge on their minds, Hell follows: The school itself starts twisting and distorting, becoming a mad nightmare that just may prove to be a gateway to a world beyond. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with cast and crew, trailer. (MVD Visual).
(2014 -- France) Olivier Gourmet, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Charles Merienne. The story of a father and son who are both trying to transcend their current reality to achieve their dreams. After losing his job as senior executive in a large chain store, Jerome is determined to start his own new business, despite the concerns of his wife. Their son Ugo, though only 11, already shows great promise as a future tennis pro, and hopes to get accepted to the national training center at Roland-Garros. Father and son are very close emotionally yet unable to really understand each other. Meanwhile the gaps between Jerome and his wife are insidiously widening. Together, Ugo and Jerome begin to realize that not all rules can be bent in the quest for success. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2016) Helen McCrory, James Purefoy, Neil Pearson, Lindsay Duncan. A modern retelling of the classic. Helen McCrory stars as Dr. Victoria Frankenstein, a leading medical scientist using stem cells to create "replacement" human organs. Desperate to save her dying son William, Frankenstein secretly introduces his DNA to her research. From solitary cells grows a thrilling, emotionally charged gothic masterpiece that comes to a terrifying conclusion. Formats: DVD. Extras: (BBC Worldwide).
The Heavy Water War
(2015) All six episodes of the Norwegian miniseries about the Nazis' efforts to develop an atom bomb and the Allies' desperate struggle to prevent it from happening. The series starts in Stockholm in 1933 as German scientist Werner Heisenberg is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, and although considered "unreliable" by the Nazis, he is allowed into the secret Nazi nuclear energy project, "Uranverein." Heisenberg's work reveals that the atom bomb can only be made with the use of heavy water, which could be produced in sufficient quantities by the Norsk Hydro factory in Rjukan, Norway. After Norwegian professor Leif Tronstad catches wind of Germany's interest in heavy water, he escapes to England to enlist Allied help in thwarting the plan. Despite numerous sabotage attempts by the Allies against the factory, the atomic research continues and Heisenberg brags in a speech that the Germans will soon have a bomb no larger than a pineapple that will destroy London. Featuring leading English, Norwegian and German actors. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Hogan's Heroes: The Complete Series
(1965-71) Twenty-eight disc set with all 168 episodes from all six seasons. Set in a World War II German POW camp, Bob Crane stars as Col. Robert Hogan, an irascible wise guy who leads his fellow prisoners in a variety of mad escape plots. The butts of the jokes are the starched-stiff Germans, particularly Col. Wilhelm Klink (two-time Emmy Award winner Werner Klemperer), whose exasperated cry of "Hogan!" became one of the show's many repeatable catchphrases. The all-star ensemble cast also includes John Banner, Robert Clary, Richard Dawson, and Larry Hovis. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
In the Heart of the Sea
(2015) Director: Ron Howard; Stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Holland. Read more about "In the Heart of the Sea" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Chase & Pollard: A Man of Means and a Man of Courage. Blu-ray adds "Whale Tales: Melville's Untold Story," "The Hard Life of a Whaler," "Lightning Strikes Twice: The Real-Life Sequel to Moby Dick," "Commanding the Heart of the Sea," deleted and extended scenes, "Ron Howard: Captain's Log." (Warner).
Jane B. Par Agnes V. and Kung-Fu Master!
Two newly restored gems from Agnes Varda, starring Jane Birkin. "Jane B. Par Agnes V." (1988): "I'll look at you, but not at the camera. It could be a trap," whispers Jane Birkin shyly into Agnes Varda's ear at the start of the film. The director of "Cleo From 5 To 7" once again paints a portrait of a woman, this time in a marvelously expressionistic way. "It's like an imaginary bio-pic," says Varda. Jane, of course, is the famed singer ("Je t'aime ... Moi non plus"), actress ("Blow Up"), fashion icon (the Hermes Birkin bag) and longtime muse to Serge Gainsbourg. Varda abandons the traditional bio-pic format, favoring instead a freewheeling mix of gorgeous and unexpected fantasy sequences. Newly-restored from the original 35mm camera negative, overseen by Varda. "Kung-Fu Master!" (1988): A lovely, bittersweet companion piece to" Jane B. Par Agnes V."The film has nothing to do with martial arts -- the title comes from an arcade video game played obsessively in the film by a teenaged boy, Julien (played by Varda's real-life son with husband Jaques Demy). Birkin delivers one of her finest performances as a lonely 40-year old woman who finds herself falling in love with the 14-year old Julien -- but is it romance, or a desperate attempt to turn back time in the face of middle age? A real family affair, Birkin's daughters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, her child with well-known filmmaker Jacques Doillon, also appear in the film. Long unavailable in the U.S., the film has been newly-restored from the original 35mm camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Video interview with Varda by Miranda July, essay by Sandy Fitterman-Lewis. (Cinelicious Pics).
Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Tales
(2015) Join Blythe and her pet friends -- Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, and Minka the monkey -- as they return for five more outrageous tales, including their tangles with fairies and witches, mysterious jungles, quarreling koalas and more. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2015) Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine. The critically acclaimed interpretation of one of literature's most famous and compelling characters.
Read more about "Macbeth" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Q&A with Michael Fassbender, "Making Macbeth" featurette. (Anchor Bay).
Mammon - Season 1
(2014) Three-disc set with all six episodes of the conspiracy-thriller Norwegian TV series about a newspaper journalist who, after revealing fraud in a large multinational company involving the country's financial and political elite, finds that his family is suspect, and ends up ruining his career, his family relations, and entangles him in a world of greed and corruption. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Manhattan: Season 2
(2015) All 10 episodes of the series that follows the tangled lives of the residents of Los Alamos, New Mexico, as they race to create the first nuclear bomb. Locked away in the world's most secretive city, the scientists and their families surrender their freedoms, compromise their marriages, and even sacrifice their sanity to end one war and usher in another - the Cold War, waiting just over the atomic horizon -- all while embedded spies and a climate of paranoia threaten to destroy the project from within. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Mask You Live In
(2015) Documentary explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. "The three most destructive words that every man receives when he was a boy is when he's told to 'be a man,'" says coach and former NFL player Joe Ehrmann, one of the many people -- psychologists, teachers, mentors and others -- who offer valuable insights in the film. How the pressure has warped many boys' and young men's views of themselves and how they get along -- or don't -- with others is at the heart of this film by writer-director-producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom, creator of the acclaimed "Miss Representation," which was about the portrayal of women in the media. The docu follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's limited definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer groups and even the adults in their lives, the males confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become "real" men. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Nelson Algren: The End Is Nothing, the Road Is All
(2015) This in-depth portrait of notorious American author Nelson Algren uses interviews, rare archival footage, and the gritty voice of Algren himself to capture the elusive and unique literary figure whose fame was cemented with the success of "The Man With the Golden Arm" and "A Walk on the Wild Side." Algren rose to prominence when he won the National Book Award in 1949 for "The Man With The Golden Arm," which was later adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. His book "A Walk on the Wild Side" inspired Lou Reed's hit. Despite his mainstream success and pop-culture bona fides, Algren's career was irreparably damaged by FBI and CIA surveillance during the Red Scare. Kurt Vonnegut, Studs Terkel, Paul Buhle and others provide literary, social, and historic perspectives on a six-decade long career that produced five novels, two collections of short stories, countless articles and a public affair with Simone de Beauvoir. While his best work was produced over 50 years ago, Algren's prescient focus on disenchantment with consumer culture was prophetic, and remains relevant today. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Open Season: Scared Silly
(2016) New animated movie celebrates "Open Season's" 10th anniversary. In the fourth entry in the franchise, when a case of mistaken identity leads both humans and animals to believe there is a monstrous werewolf on the prowl in Timberline National Forest, former hunter Shaw seizes on the opportunity to re-open open season. With Shaw on the loose and all the animals at risk, it's now up to Boog, Elliot, and Mr. Weenie to face their fears, track down the elusive werewolf, and get open season closed permanently. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Stepping into the Spotlight - Mr. Weenie's Process," blooper and outtakes, "Scaredy Pants: The Fears of Open Season: Scared Silly," "Open Season Super Speedy Re-Cap," feature commentary with director David Feiss, director profile: David Feiss. (Sony).
Out of the Inferno
(2013 -- Hong Kong) Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Chen Si Cheng, Sinje Lee. On the hottest day in 50 years, a fire rages inside a 125-story skyscraper and two brothers face an unthinkable task -- evacuating the busy commercial tower before it's totally engulfed in flames. With few paths of escape, the brothers use their skills as firefighters to clear out the high-rise. From the Pang Brothers, the directors of "The Messengers," "The Eye" and "Bangkok Dangerous." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Out of the Inferno" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Paris Belongs to Us
(1961) One of the original critics-turned-filmmakers who helped jump-start the French New Wave, Jacques Rivette began shooting his debut feature in 1957, well before that cinema revolution officially kicked off with "The 400 Blows" and "Breathless." Ultimately released in 1961, the rich and mysterious "Paris Belongs to Us" offers some of the radical flavor that would define the movement, with a particularly Rivettian twist. The film follows a young literature student (Betty Schneider) who befriends the members of a loose-knit group of twentysomethings in Paris, united by the apparent suicide of an acquaintance. Suffused with a lingering post-World War II disillusionment while evincing a playful temperament, Rivette's film marked the provocative start to a brilliant directorial career. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
New interview with Richard Neupert, author of "A History of the French New Wave Cinema"; Rivette's 1956 short film "Le coup du berger," featuring cameos by fellow French New Wave directors Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, and Francois Truffaut; an essay by critic Luc Sante. (The Criterion Collection).
The Peanuts Movie
(2015) Voices of Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Alexander Garfin, Rebecca Bloom. Read more about "The Peanuts Movie" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Six "Snoopy Snippets," "Better When I'm Dancin'" Meghan Trainor music and lyric videos," "You Never Grow Up Charlie Brown," "Snoopy's Sibling Salute," "Learn to Draw Snoopy, Woodstock and Charlie Brown," "Get Down with Snoopy and Woodstock Music Video," "Behind the Scenes of Better When I'm Dancin," "Snoopy's Playlist." (Fox).
Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots
(2016) Ten snortingly-funny "peppasodes," including the new special, "The Golden Boots." The special finds Peppa Pig jumping up and down in muddy puddles wearing the awesome Golden Boots that she loves. Unfortunately, Mrs. Duck also takes a liking to Peppa's boots, and runs away with them. With the help of her family and friends -- Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, George and Grampy Rabbit -- Peppa must travel across land, sea, and even into space to track down her Golden Boots before the big Puddle Jump competition. The nine other episodes: "Horse Twinkle Toes," "Shadows," Kylie Kangaroo," "Captain Daddy Dog," "The Little Boat," Going Boating," "Grampy Rabbit in Space," "Desert island" and "The Fish Pond." Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2
(2015) Ben Schnetzer, Hannah Marks, Colson "MGK" Baker, Sarah Clarke, Devon Sawa, Michael Goorjian, Adam Pascal, James Duvcal. Director James Merendino returns to the wild world of Salt Lake City punk's underground with this followup to his 1999 cult hit "SLC Punk!" The sequel -- partially funded by a highly successful Indiegogo campaign -- follows Ross (Schnetzer), the teenage love child of the late "Heroin Bob" (Goorjian) and Trish (Clarke), Penny (Marks) and Crash (Baker) on a rowdy road trip through the Utah hinterlands to see a huge punk show. During their odyssey, and with the help of a healthy dose of drugs, alcohol and punk music, Ross shreds his darkly Gothic outlook and embraces life. However, when his mother learns that he's in crisis, she recruits his "uncles," Bob's old SLC gang, to help find him. When all collide at the concert, they are forced to deal with their unresolved relationships with Bob. Formats: DVD, Digital, VOD. (Cinedigm).
The Spoils of Babylon
(2015) IFC mock miniseries is a satirical six-part saga that sends up the overblown TV movie events of the '70s and '80s and the pomposity behind them. Legendary author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), the undisputed master of dramatic fiction, introduces audiences to the brilliant adaptation of his best-selling novel, a sweeping chronicle of the provocative and captivating exploits of the Morehouse family. Patriarch Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins) shepherds his daughter Cynthia (Kristen Wiig) and adopted son Devon (Tobey Maguire) from meager beginnings in the oil fields of Texas to powerful boardrooms in New York City.
Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
(2014 -- Spain) Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer. A love story about the challenges of a long distance relationship and the role of technology in fighting to keep a romance alive.
Alexandra moves to Los Angeles for a new job; Sergei stays in Barcelona. One year apart, with a continent between them, Alex and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive ... but with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may tear them apart. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures).
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season One
(2015) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes. Rescued after spending 15 years underground with a doomsday cult, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) decides to rebuild her life in New York City armed with only a fifth-grade education and a firm belief that truly anything is possible. She quickly finds a roommate, Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), a job working for a spoiled Manhattan mom, Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), and a new beginning. As they attemnpt to get all their lives on track, Kimmy and her friends encounter new loves, ghosts from the past, servant robots, Daddy's Boys, teenage girls, a World War II veteran who once ate a zoo giraffe, makeovers, homemade karate viudeos -- and much more. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
(2015) James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Victor Frankenstein"; production design, production photography and behind-the-scenes galleries; theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes. (Fox).
When Calls the Heart: It Begins With Heart
(2015) Latest episode in the series based on the work of author Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series); originally broadcast under the title "A New Year's Wish." In the days before the big New Year's Eve celebration, Hope Valley sees some unpredictable resolutions. Abigail sets out to catch whoever's been stealing from her kitchen and finds herself in charge of two orphans in the process. Elizabeth resolves to take charge of Jack's dog, Rip, in an attempt to remedy Rip's apparent jealousy of their relationship. Rosemary is determined to win a San Francisco Herald essay contest about a "real frontier family," and has to pose as Lee's wife when a reporter from the paper shows up. And Bill Avery tries his best to convince Jack that he’s not the one who should be behind bars for counterfeiting. Meanwhile, two visitors in town ponder sticking around and causing trouble for both Jack and Pastor Frank. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2014 -- Italy) Alba Rohrwacher, Monica Bellucci, Maria Alexandra Lungu. Centers on a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenaged boy taken in as a farmhand and a reality TV show (featuring a host played by Monica Bellucci) intent on showcasing the family. Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu), who is struggling to find her footing in the world. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Formats: DVD. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
You're Killing Me
(2015) Matthew McKelligon, Jeffery Self, Drew Droege, Mindy Cohn. George (Jeffery Self), a narcissistic wannabe internet star, starts dating Joe (Matthew McKelligon), a monotone serial killer. While all of George's friends agree that Joe seems a bit strange, George claims his new beau "isn't scary, he's gorgeous." But as George's friends start to disappear, the remaining group decides to take matters into their own hands.
Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Trailer, bloopers, "Improv: Drew & Edie." (Wolfe Video).
(2011) The true story of Victor DeNoble, one of the most important and influential whistle blowers of all time. In the 1980s, DeNoble was a research scientist at a major tobacco company, where he was tasked with finding a substitute for nicotine that would not cause heart attacks. He succeeded- but in the process, he proved something that the industry had been denying for years: that cigarettes were addictive. He also uncovered a new addictive ingredient- setting off a chain of events that still reverberates even today. In a true act of modern-day heroism, DeNoble took his findings to the people despite a strict confidentiality agreement, eventually testifying about his research in the infamous 1994 Congressional hearings with the seven heads of the major tobacco companies. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
(2015) Jason Lee, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Josh Green, voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney. Read more about "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Story So Far," "Ultimate Playlist" of Chipmunks top hits from all three movies (including a Music Machine of 11 songs, three music videos and five lyric videos. Blu-ray adds "WETA and the Chipmunks: Animators' Reference Reel," "Munk Rock," "RedFoo Squeaky Wiggle Dance Instructional," "After the Party: A Munkumentary." (Fox).
The Big Short
(2015) Director: Adam McKay. Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Selena Gomez, Hamish Linklater, Rafe Spall. Details the true story of four outsiders who risked everything to take on the big banks during the greatest financial fraud in U.S. history. Read more about "The Big Short" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "In the Trenches: Casting," "The Big Leap: Adam McKay," "Unlikely Heroes: The Characters of The Big Short," "The House of Cards: The Rise of the Fall," "Getting Real: Recreating an Era," deleted scenes. (Paramount).
(2015) Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters.
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Read more about "Brooklyn" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Six promotional featurettes: "The Story," "Home," "Love," "Cast," "The Making of Brooklyn" and "Book to Screen"; commentary by director John Crowley; photo gallery. Blu-ray adds 11 deleted and extended scenes. (Fox).
(2015) Director: Todd Haynes. Stars: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Cory Michael Smith, Jake Lacy. In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel "The Price of Salt," "Carol" follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. Read more about "Carol" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (The Weinstein Co).
(2015) A remarkable historical document of Israel's 1967 six-day war revealing previously censored recordings by young soldiers returning from the battlefield. The historical Six-Day War of 1967, wherein Israel launched a preemptive strike against the Egyptian, Syrian and
Jordanian troops amassed on its borders, is revisited and reconsidered in Mor Loushy's extraordinary historical chronicle. With its decisive victory over just a few short days, Israel nearly tripled its size with its newly occupied lands and, brimming with relief, joy and pride, a new national narrative of manifest destiny emerged. But drowned out by the euphoria, other voices -- many of those who fought in the war -- had something different to say. One week after the Israeli-Arab conflict, Amos Oz (soon to be a celebrated author) and
editor Avraham Shapira arranged to record conversations with returning soldiers about their experiences on the brief battlefield. These intensely candid interviews capture the young men wrestling with the question of the responsibility of the conqueror to the conquered (even
when the shoe could easily have been on the other foot), the paradox of a people who fled oppression who must now oppress to preserve their security, and the still fervent hope for a lasting peace with their Arab neighbors. The Israeli Defense Force partially censored the
recordings at the time, but transcripts became the basis for the book "The Seventh Day: Soldiers' Talk About the Six-Day War" in 1970. This documentary reveals the complete original recordings for the first time, as it reconnects with the former soldiers, now men in their
seventies, as they listen to their younger selves. The recordings are juxtaposed with rare newsreel footage and photography of the Six-Day War, combined with a contemporary sound design that allows a unique opportunity to re-experience a war that changed the face of a region still locked in a deadly impasse. The recipient of the 2015 Best Documentary Award at the Israeli Film Academy, the Best Israeli Documentary prize at the 2015 Ophir Awards (the Israeli equivalent of the Academy Awards), and the Yafo Award for Best Debut Film and
Research Award at the 2015 DocAviv Film Festival. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Interviews with the filmmakers, Q&A recorded at the opening night gala of the Other Israel Film Festival. (Music Box Films).
CHiPs: The Complete Fourth Season
(1980-81) Five-disc set with all 21 episodes. In Season Four, the highway adventures continue with Ponch and Jon as they continue to keep the busy freeway of California safe from crime. Whether making routine stops for speeding or nabbing criminals on the run, California Highway Patrol is on the case. Nothing can stop these fearless partners, as they hit the streets of Southern California, in the pursuit of justice and highway safety. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: The Final Season
(2015) Andie MacDowell, Teryl Rothery, Sebastian Spence. The final chapter of the Hallmark Channel series that follows Judge Olivia Lockhart as she strives to balance her personal life and career as Cedar Cove's Municipal Court Judge. This season unveils a shocking discovery, causing the budding romance between Olivia and newspaper editor Jack Griffith (Dylan Neal) to start dwindling. After deciding to stay in Cedar Cove, Olivia's daughter Justine (Sarah Smyth) unexpectedly faces setbacks as she attempts to start a life of her own and pursue happiness with former Navy Seal Luke Bailey (Jesse Hutch). Based on the best-selling book series by Debbir Macomber. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season
(2015) Season 5 begins with a power vacuum that protagonists across Westeros and Essos look to fill. At Castle Black, Jon Snow struggles to balance the demands of the Night's Watch with those of newly-arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrabbles to hold on to power in King's Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaime embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend while a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires some hard sacrifices. This season features some of the most explosive scenes yet, as the promise that "winter is coming" becomes more ominous than ever before. Winner of 12 Emmy Awards (the most of any series in one year) and a Guinness World Record holder for the largest simultaneous broadcast of a TV drama (in 173 countries and territories worldwide). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Anatomy of an Episode: Mother's Mercy"; "The Real History Behind Game of Thrones"; 12 audio commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Iain Glen, Maisie Williams, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie and more; four deleted scenes; "A Day in the Life" inside look at the production process of Season 5; "New Characters/New Locations." Blu-ray adds
"The Dance of Dragons" story of the Greens and the Blacks, the Targaryen civil war that led to the downfall of the dragons; "In-Episode Guides" that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories; "Histories and Lore" explores the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 14 history pieces. (HBO).
(2014) Andrew Lee Potts, Laura Aikman, Thomas Turgoose. A peaceful town becomes a bloodbath when the eggs of a killer crocodile hatch and wreak havoc. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Beneath the Surface of The Hatching" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Manchurian Candidate
(1962) The name John Frankenheimer became forever synonymous with heart-in-the-throat filmmaking when this quintessential sixties political thriller was released. Set in the early fifties, this razor-sharp adaptation of the novel by Richard Condon concerns the decorated U.S. Army sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), who as a prisoner during the Korean War is brainwashed into being a sleeper assassin in a Communist conspiracy, and a fellow POW (Frank Sinatra) who slowly uncovers the sinister plot. In an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance, Angela Lansbury plays Raymond's villainous mother, the controlling wife of a witch-hunting anti-Communist senator with his eyes on the White House. The rare film to be suffused with Cold War paranoia while also taking aim at the frenzy of the McCarthy era, "The Manchurian Candidate" remains potent, shocking American moviemaking. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Audio commentary from 1997 featuring director John Frankenheimer; new interview with actor Angela Lansbury; new piece featuring filmmaker Errol Morris discussing his appreciation for "The Manchurian Candidate"; conversation between Frankenheimer, screenwriter George Axelrod, and actor Frank Sinatra from 1988; new interview with historian Susan Carruthers about the Cold War brainwashing scare; trailer. (The Criterion Collection).
The Nanny: The Final Season
(1998-99) Three-disc set with all 21 episodes plus the hour-long finale. The fashionably faultless Fran Drescher is back to bring the whole shmeer to a close in the series' final season. Finally married to the dashing Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy), the former Miss Fine is a nanny no longer. But just as soon as Fran and Maxwell settle into marital bliss, they each announce a big production that will change the lives of the Sheffield family forever. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Rage of Honor
(1987) Following his star turns in '80s actioners "Enter the Ninja" and "Revenge of the Ninja," Sho Kosugi continued his domination of the U.S. martial arts movie world with 1987's "Rage of Honor" -- helmed once again by "Pray for Death" director Gordon Hessler ("The Golden Voyage of Sinbad"). Federal agent Shiro Tanaka (Kosugi) used to live for his job -- now, he lives only for revenge. When his partner is killed during a bungled drug bust, Shiro throws away his badge and the rule book with it: Arming himself with an array of deadly weaponry -- including nunchucks, blades and ninja stars -- he sets out to Buenos Aires to settle the score with the bad guys. Packing explosions, flying kicks and somersaults aplenty (as well as some truly logic-bending stunt sequences), "Rage of Honor" sees Kosugi at the top of his game as he battles his way from the streets of the urban jungle to the very literal jungles of South America. High Definition presentation from a transfer of original elements by MGM. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Sho and Tell Part 2: The Domination" new interview with Sho Kosugi on "Rage of Honor" and the later stages of his film career; Sho Kosugi trailer gallery: "Enter the Ninja" (1981), "Revenge of the Ninja" (1983), "Pray for Death" (1985) and "Rage of Honor" (1987); reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, John Cena, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Rachel Dratch, Samantha Bee, Kate McKinnon. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite in the story of two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. Read more about "Sisters" in the March Calendar. Includes new unrated version.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, extended scenes, gag reel, "The Improvorama," commentary with director Jason Moore, star-producer Tina Fey, star-executive producer Amy Poehler and writer Paula Pell. Blu-ray adds "How to Throw a Party," "Grown-Up Parties Suck," "The Alex Chronicles," "The Kate and Pazuzu Chronicles," "A Teen Movie ... for Adults," "The Original Sister," "Pool Collapse" visual effects. (Universal).
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
(2015) Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney ("Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief") pulls no punches in his portrait of Apple founder Steve Jobs and his legacy. This probing and unflinching look at the life and aftermath of the bold, brilliant and at times ruthless iconoclast explores what accounted for the grief of so many when he died. Covers his rise from a Silicon Valley garage to his ouster as Apple CEO and subsequent return, along with high-profile controversies including stock backdating, poor working and living conditions for factory workers, and the use of overseas tax shelters. Features archival footage, intimate photos, rare videos, and exclusive interviews with Chrisana Brennan, the mother of his oldest daughter, and former Apples execs Andy Grignon, Jon,Rubinstein, Bob Belleville and Daniel Kottke. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with director Gibney, deleted scenes, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past
(2016) The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles accidentally time travel back to the Jurassic Era and encounter friendly dinosaurs from the past and dangerous aliens from the future who have a nefarious plan of their own. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
(2015) A human-rights lawyer conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as war criminals for their roles in WWII. Three men travel together across Europe. For two of them the journey involves a confrontation with the acts of their fathers, who were both senior Nazi officers. For the third, the eminent human rights lawyer and author Philippe Sands, it means visiting the place where much of his own Jewish family was destroyed by the fathers of the two men he has come to know. It is an emotional, psychological exploration of three men wrestling with their past, the present of Europe -- and conflicting versions of the truth. Formats: DVD. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
(2014) Ehren McGhehey, Casey Vann. A murdered groom tries to save his wife's soul with the help of the local sheriff, a priest, and a cowboy who just might be God. When the Satan's Sinners, a vicious biker gang, attack a bride and groom on their wedding day, they get a fight they never imagined. Armed with some divine intervention and firepower, the murdered groom is out to save his wife any way he can before she's sacrificed to Satan ... even if it means dying over and over again until the job is done. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Jeremy Garner, deleted scenes. (Wild Eye Releasing).
Black Mama, White Mama
(1973) Before her iconic turn in "Coffy," Pam Grier starred alongside Margaret Markov in a grindhouse spin on Stanley Kramer's "The Defiant Ones," fusing the Women in Prison films with the emerging Blaxploitation movement for a riotous romp of bullets, babes and blood. Lee (Grier), a tough prostitute and Karen (Markov), a revolutionary, are admitted to a tough women's prison where almost immediately (after some playful showering that prefigures Porky's) they clash. Packed off to a maximum security prison, their transport is ambushed by Karen's guerrilla friends and the two escape into the Filipino jungle. Chained together and with differing escape plans their clash intensifies as Lee wants to retrieve a stash of stolen cash to get her off the island and Karen wants to re-join her revolutionary group. Features a brilliant Sid Haig performance. The script was co-written by Jonathan Demme. The Harry Betts score was sampled by Quentin Tarantino for "Kill Bill." Also known as "Women in Chains" and "Hot, Hard and Mean." Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by filmmaker Andrew Leavold, director of "The Search for Weng Weng"; "White Mama" interview with Margaret Markov;
"Sid's Filipino Adventure" interview with Sid Haig; "The Mad Director of Blood Island": A previously unseen archive interview with director Eddie Romero; trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
A Brighter Summer Day
(1991) Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang ("Yi Yi"), finally comes to home video in the United States. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, "A Brighter Summer Day" is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's" Chen Chang, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock 'n' roll, and political turmoil. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns; new interview with actor Chen Chang;
"Our Time, Our Story," a 117-minute documentary from 2002 about the New Taiwan Cinema movement, featuring interviews with Yang and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, among others; videotaped performance of director Edward Yang's 1992 play "Likely Consequence"; an essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire and a 1991 director's statement by Yang. (The Criterion Collection).
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs
(2015) Rib Hillis, Casey Fitzgerald, Eric Roberts. When Val Walker, a former rodeo cowboy, returns to his hometown in search of a job, he isn't exactly welcomed back with open arms. His former flame, Sky, is all the wrong kinds of emotional about his return, and nobody in town is hiring people in his position. Needless to say, things aren't going too well, and they only get worse when an explosion at the local mine unleashes a series of dinosaurs onto the town. Using his skills as a cowboy, Val must take on an army of prehistoric beasts if he wants to survive the event, and inevitably win back the girl of his dreams. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
(2015) Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Bobby Cannavale, Hannibal Buress. step dad Brad Whitaker is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans get turned upside down when the kids biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns. Read more about "Daddy's Home" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "The Making of Daddy's Home" behind-the-scenes featurette with cast interviews; "Daddy-Off" discussion between Ferrell and Wahlberg about how their characters compete to be the "Best Dad" and how they eventually learn to share a common ground; "Daddy Daughter Dance" behind-the-scenes; "Halftime Stunt"; "Tony Hawk: Skater Double" ultimate reveal as world-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk gets back on the halfpipe while doubling for Will Farrell's character during the epic skateboard stand-off between dads; "Child's Play" piece showcasing the talent of the child actors who play "Dylan" and "Megan"; "Hannibal Buress: The Perfect Houseguest" unfiltered featurette about rising comedic star Hannibal Buress and how he became involved in the film; "Blooper - Jeet Kune Do" as Ferrell and Wahlberg attempt to tell the perfect bedtime story; deleted and extended scenes. (Paramount).
Disturbing Behavior BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998) James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl. The new kid in town stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens. In the halls of Cradle Bay High School, something sinister is happening -- something dark -- something disturbing. Sure, the "Blue Ribbons" -- the clique that's at the top of the food chain at Cradle Bay -- appear perfect in every way. But underneath their clean-cut, well-mannered facades lurks a shocking secret -- one that a group of Cradle Bay High's outsiders and rebels must uncover in order to save their school, their town ... and their own lives.Extras: Audio commentary by director David Nutter, theatrical trailer, deleted scenes, alternate ending. (Scream Factory).
(2015) An amazing combination of scientific, dramatic, educational, erotic, experimental, and political films, assembled from nearly 200 films," Dreams Rewired" forges a cross-generational connection between contemporary viewers and our idealistic fore-bearers. Through years of research in archives around the world, the filmmakers have unearthed material that is by turns hilarious, revelatory, aesthetically striking, and astonishingly prescient. Every age thinks it's the modern age ... but this one really is new: a time of always-on connectivity, ubiquitous computing, and the acceleration of everything. With the current super-abundance of information, our own age couldn't be more different from those that came before... or could it? Tilda Swinton's voiceover and a treasure trove of archival footage films culled from the 1880s to the 1930s -- much of it rare or previously unseen -- combine to trace contemporary appetites and anxieties back to the birth of the telephone, television and cinema. "Dreams Rewired" shows the ways that the social convulsions of today's hyper-mediated world were already prefigured over 100 years ago, during the electric media boom of the late 19th-century. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999-2000) Nine-disc set with all 18 episodes, remastered from new 4K scans of the original camera negatives, in both original 1.33:1 broadcast aspect ratio and an enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen presentation that unveils never-before-seen expanded footage. Set in 1980 at the fictional McKinley High in Detroit, "Freaks and Geeks" focused on two groups of outsiders: the stoners, tough kids and bad girls; and the brains, nerds and squares. Although this Emmy award-winning series ran for only one season, it has remained a cult favorite and a benchmark of quality television. A funny and authentic portrait of high school life with all of its horrors and triumphs, the series resonates with anybody who has ever felt like they don’t quite fit in. The series' legacy -- including the ongoing success of many of its key personnel, from creator Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids"), to executive producer Judd Apatow ("The 40-Year Old Virgin"), to cast members such as Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel -- is undoubtedly secure in the hearts and minds of its passionate (and ever-growing) fan base. $119.00. Extras: New conversation with creator Paul Feig and executive producer Judd Apatow; includes a special features disc with extras and audio commentaries from both "The Complete Series DVD" set (2004) and "The Yearbook Edition" set (2008); 29 commentaries; more than two hours of audition footage and deleted scenes from every episode; outtakes, bloopers and alternate takes from each episode; behind-the-scenes footage; original show promotional footage; new booklet packed with a letter and Q&A from creators Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, essays, and memorabilia. (Shout! Factory).
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
(2015) Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland.
Read more about "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" in the March Calendar. The Blu-ray combo set contain more than five hours of special features. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson; "The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey"; "Cinna's Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor"; "Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition." Blu-ray adds "Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" eight-part documentary: "Walking Through Fire" (on concluding the saga), "Real or Not Real" (on visual design), "High-Value Targets" (on the acting ensemble), From Head to Toe" (costume, make-up & hair), "Navigating the Minefield" (production in Atlanta, Paris & Berlin), "Collateral Damage" (stunts, special effects & weapons), "Tightening the Noose" (the post-production process), and "A Different World" (reflections); "Jet to the Set." (Lionsgate).
The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection
Includes "The Hunger Games," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," with all of the special features from each film's initial release plus hours of all-new exclusive content including 13 never-before-seen deleted scenes from "The Hunger Games" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as well as two all-new featurettes: "Picturing Panem" and "Capitol Cuisine," audio commentaries, music videos and more. Formats: DVD: $54.98, Blu-ray Disc: $64.97, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Juliet Stevenson, Max von Sydow, Rutger Hauer. Based on the true story of Mother Teresa, told through a series of personal letters written to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary featuring director William Riead, Rutger Hauer and Priya Darshini; "Behind the Scenes of The Letters." (Fox).
Maude: Season Four
(1975-76) Three-set with all 24 episodes. Bea Arthur is back for another round of comedy from one of television's true creative masters, Norman Lear. The one-of-a-kind Maude Findlay has always been a political animal, but Season Four finds her stepping up her game in a big way, when she considers a run for the State Senate. And she really shows off her independent streak when she spearheads a campaign to elect Hollywood star Henry Fonda as President of the United States — whether Mr. Fonda wants the job or not. With a tremendous supporting cast of Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan and Hermione Baddeley. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Monster High: Great Scarrier Reef
(2016) The ghoulfriends of Monster High splash into a whole new world. When the ghouls get pulled into the school pool, they're transported to the gore-geous underwater world of the Great Scarrier Reef. Lagoona realizes she's come home and, in a fintastic mission of the heart, decides to come to terms with her own freaky flaws. Of course she'll need some help from the most creeperiffic friends ever as she confronts a frenemy from her past, competes in a scaretastic dance extravaganza, and fights a terrible beast from the deep. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Ever After High" special: Way Too Wonderland." (Universal).
Noma: My Perfect Storm
(2015) Feature-length documentary about the celebrated chef Rene Redzepi set against the backdrop of the Copenhagen-based restaurant, Noma, voted "The Best Restaurant In The World" for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Famous for its reinvention of Danish cuisine and pioneered approach to "foraging" -- sourcing nearly all ingredients from the various environments of Scandinavia -- Noma is at the forefront of experimenting with new techniques in food. The film follows chef and co-owner Redzepi on a creative culinary journey as he traverses the Danish landscape for inspiration, striving to achieve perfection and concoct bold, exciting dishes for travelers from around the world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Testing the Menu," Noma cuisine gallery, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume 5
The final made-for-TV movie collection starring Raymond Burr as Erle Stanley Gardner's famous defense lawyer. Perry Mason once again delves into a world of theft, deception, and homicide to passionately fight for justice, exonerate the innocent and fight against injustices within the courtroom. The movies: "The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host" (1993), "The Case of the Killer Kiss" (1993), "The Case of the Wicked Wives" (1993), "The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle" (1994), "The Case of the Grimacing Governor" (1994) and "The Case of the Jealous Jokester" (1995). Formats: DVD: $57.99. (CBS/Paramount).
The Royals: Season Two
(2015) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the salacious E! series, $29.98. After the tragic murder of King Simon by an unknown assailant, Simon's arrogant brother, Cyrus, has taken the throne with the help of Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley). Prince Liam (William Moseley) seeks vengeance for the death of his father while Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) struggles to live her seemingly fairytale life. While allies are formed and enemies are made in the royal palace, nothing is what it seems. Formats:DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Turn: Washington's Spies -- The Complete Second Season
(2015) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the AMC series that reveals the true stories of the turncoats of the American Revolution who gave birth to modern spycraft during the battle for independence. In this season, the Patriot cause has suffered the crushing loss of their capital city of Philadelphia to the British. Washington's army faces desertion and death, and the embattled General faces conspirators from within his own ranks, as well as personal demons he keeps hidden from the men he leads. Washington s closest ally in these dark times is also his most celebrated battle commander, Benedict Arnold a friend whose growing discontent will threaten the fate of the Revolution. Outnumbered and outgunned on the battlefield, Washington is counting on his ring of young spies and his greatest hope, Abe Woodhull, a lone civilian deep behind enemy lines, who finds he has little left to lose and is willing to risk everything he has left... including his soul. Formats: DVD. Extras: Inside "Turn: Washington's Spies," deleted and extended scenes, "A Treacherous Trio", "Washington & Billy Lee." (Anchor Bay).
(2015) Two-disc set with all 13-episodes of the animated half-hour comedy series that revolves around an international spy agency and the lives of its employees. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually just another excuse for the staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Conan & Archer Battle Russian Mobsters," "Slay - J," "Cooking With Milton." (Fox).
Bicycle Thieves Blu-ray Debut
(1948) Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award-winning "Bicycle Thieves," directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, "Bicycle Thieves" embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
"Working with De Sica," a collection of interviews with screenwriter Suso Cecchi d'Amico, actor Enzo Staiola, and film scholar Callisto Cosulich; "Life as It Is," a program on the history of Italian neorealism, featuring scholar Mark Shiel; documentary from 2003 on screenwriter and longtime Vittorio De Sica collaborator Cesare Zavattini, directed by Carlo Lizzani; optional English-dubbed soundtrack; a book featuring essays by critic Godfrey Cheshire and filmmaker Charles Burnett, classic writings by Zavattini and critic André Bazin, and reminiscences by De Sica and his collaborators. (The Criterion Collection).
Chantal Akerman: Four Films
Five-disc set. Among the many films that Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1955-2015) made over 40 years, four documentaries stand out. Beginning with "From the East," filmed across Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, through "South" and "From the Other Side," two films in the United States as relevant today as when first released, to her epistolary "Down There" from Tel Aviv (released for the first time in North America), Akerman's documentaries combine her formal discipline with engagement and empathy. Disc 1: "From The East" (1993): A journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. Disc 2: "South" (1999)" The heart of this journey is the brutal murder of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, Texas. But this is not an anatomy of his murder; rather, it is an evocation of how this event fits into a landscape and climate as mental as it is physical. Disc 3: "From The Other Side" (2002): With technology developed for the military, the INS has stemmed the flow of illegal immigration in San Diego. But for the desperate, there are still the dangerous deserts of Arizona. Disc 4: "Down There" (2006): Akerman spends a brief period on her own in an apartment by the sea in Tel Aviv, contemplating her family, her Jewish identity and her childhood. Disc 5: "Chantal Akerman, From Here" (62 minutes, 2010): An hour-long, single-shot conversation with Akerman about her films and her directorial philosophy. In English, French, and Spanish
with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. Extras: A 12-page booklet with new essays by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Amy Taubin. (Icarus Films).
Cherry Falls BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2000) Brittany Murphy, Jay Mohr, Michael Biehn, Jesse Bradford, Candy Clark, Amanda Anka. A serial killer is stalking the peaceful town of Cherry Falls and, at first, it seems that he's just targeting teenagers ... but after the third killing it becomes clear that all the victims have been virgins. When the town's students hear about this, they realize that there is only one way to protect themselves and begin planning a "Pop Your Cherry" party where they'll all lose their virginities together. Meanwhile, Jodi (Murphy), the virtuous daughter of the town's sheriff (Biehn), decides to take matters into her own hands and trap the killer herself. Extras: New audio commentary with director Geoffrey Wright; new "Lose it or Die: The Untold Story of Cherry Falls" interviews with writer and co-executive producer Ken Selden and producer Marshall Persinger; new "Cherry Falls Deputy Mina" interview with Amanda Anka; vintage interviews with Murphy, Biehn, Mohr and director Geoffrey Wright; behind-the-scenes footage; original script; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2015) Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Albert Brooks. Story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian immigrant and forensic neuropathologist who diagnosed a new brain disease and its link to concussion-related injuries in pro football players. Read more about "Concussion" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside the True Story" featurette, commentary with director Peter Landesman. Blu-ray adds nine deleted scenes, "Crafting Concussion" featurette. (Sony).
Confession of a Child of the Century
(2012 -- France) Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pete Doherty, August Diehl, Lily Cole. In Paris in 1830, young Octave, betrayed by his mistress, sinks into despair and debauchery. When his father dies, he travels to the country, where he meets Brigitte, a widow who is 10 years his elder. He falls passionately in love with her, but will he have the courage to believe in it? Formats: DVD. (Cohen Media Group).
CPO Sharkey: The Best of Season Two
(1977-78) Six complete broadcast episodes from the Don Rickles Navy-set sitcom's final season as they originally aired on NBC. "The New Captain", the first episode of Season Two, finds Sharkey fuming when his beer belly comes under attack from a tough new captain (Richard X. Slattery). Sharkey goes in for a routine physical at the base hospital and is mistaken for a psychiatric patient in "Sharkey Flies Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Natalie, Sharkey's girlfriend, accuses him of being insensitive in "Close Encounters of the Worst Kind." Captain Buckner is ordered to take on Sharkey as his personal aide in "Captain's Right-Hand Man," and an upcoming flight unnerves the nervy CPO in "Fear of Flying." "The Used Car Caper," which was the series' final episode airing on April 28, 1978, finds Sharkey gleefully bailing out his men by foiling a crooked used-car dealer. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(2015) Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves, Mira Sorvino, Christopher McDonald, Big Daddy Kane, Laura Gomez. As a police officer investigates the death of his partner, the case exposes disturbing police corruption along with a dangerous secret that leads him to a troubled young woman. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Exposed" featurette, extended cast interviews. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott.
Brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers. In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, but his father doesn't want his son to return to a life of violence. First on-screen pairing of the Surherlands. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).
The Gong Show Movie BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1980) Long before America's current fascination with talent shows there was "The Gong Show." Inspired by that beloved TV talent(less) show -- which ran on TV from 1976 to 1980 -- "The Gong Show Movie" presents a week in the life of beleaguered game show producer and Gong Show host Chuck Barris (played by Barris himself, in a masterstroke of casting). Between a ratings-obsessed executive, out-of-control contestants and judges, and a seemingly endless string of auditions and encounters with "fans," Barris has his hands full ... which leaves him no way to keep a grip on his own sanity. Can he get it together before the gong is struck on both his private life and his career? Co-written by Barris and underground film legend Robert Downey, "The Gong Show Movie" is by turns anarchic and melancholy, a wild mood swing of cinema. (Shout! Factory).
The Hateful Eight
(2015) Director: Quentin Tarantino; Stars: Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern. In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. Read more about "The Hateful Eight" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look" and "Sam Jackson's Guide to Glorious 70mm." (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
(2015) Voices of Milla Jovovich, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Pesci, Will Chase. Feature debut from Russian singer-songwriter Maksim Fadeev, based on his book "Savva: Heart of the Warrior," and co-written with Gregory Prioier ("Lion King II: Simba's Pride"), the whimsical animated adventure was approved for all ages by The Dove Foundation. The film follows the grand life journey of 10-year-old boy Savva (Jovovich), who is devoted to saving his mother and fellow village people after his home is taken over. Escaping into the woods, Savva befriends a majestic white wolf (Chase) and together with the help of quirky forest friends Puffy (Stone) and Mosquito (Pesci), they embark on an adventure to save the village. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).
The Making of Trump
(2015) HISTORY documentary chronicle how Donald Trump became the businessman, celebrity and presidential candidate that he is today. This is the story of how a kid from Queens took New York City -- and then the nation -- by storm. So, what's his story? And what kind of leader might he make? From his interviews with Phil Donahue to statements from celebrities, politicians, and those close to him, rarely seen footage sheds some light. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is a true American phenomenon. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Murders in the Rue Morgue & The Dunwich Horror Double Feature BLU-RAY DEBUT
"Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1971): In early 20th-century Paris, a theatrical company with a specialty in Grand Guignol undertakes their most gruesome production yet. But when a madman with an axe to grind arrives on the scene, the stage is set for real mayhem and murder most foul. Stars Jason Robards and Herbert Lom. Extras: Audio commentary with author and film historian Steve Haberman, "Stage Tricks & Screen Fright." "The Dunwich Horror" (1970): When a beautiful student named Nancy catches the eye of the weird Wilbur Whateley, her professor, the good doctor and occult expert Dr. Henry Armitage knows that no good will come of it. But as Armitage digs deeper into the Whateley family history, he uncovers a buried secret - and a plot intended to call forth an evil beyond imagination. Extras: Audio commentary with author and film historian Steve Haberman, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
A Poem Is a Naked Person
(1974) Les Blank ("Burden of Dreams") considered this free-form feature documentary about beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Yet it has not been released until now. Hired by Russell to film him at his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, Blank ended up constructing a unique, intimate portrait of a musician and his environment. Made up of mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing, both in concert and in the studio, as well as off-the-cuff moments behind the scenes, this singular film -- which also features performances by Willie Nelson and George Jones -- has attained legendary status over the years. It's a work of rough beauty that serves as testament to Blank's cinematic daring and Russell's immense musical talents. New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by executive producer Harrod Blank, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
New interviews with Harrod Blank, musician Leon Russell, assistant editor Maureen Gosling, and artist Jim Franklin; behind-the-scenes material, shot and edited by Gosling; trailers; an essay by critic Kent Jones. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) Edgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo, Ray Winstone. Remake of the cult favorite 1991 film starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Read more about "Point Break" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds trailers, four featurettes: "Rock Climbing," "Wingsuit Flying," "Snowboarding" and "Motocross." (Warner).
The Red House
(1947) Director: Delmer Daves. Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun, Allene Roberts, Julie London. Psychological thriller. Edward G. Robinson plays an aging farmer with a dark secret he's trying to keep hidden. He and sister Ellen (Judith Anderson) have raised Meg (Allene Roberts) since she was a little girl, after her parents mysteriously disappeared. But now Meg is coming of age, and bringing a male friend from high school around to help with chores on the farm. The teens are warned against wandering into the nearby woods, where terrifying screams have been heard in the night emanating from an abandoned red house. But curiosity threatens to get the better of them. Director Delmer Daves enjoyed a successful, 35-year career in Hollywood as a producer, director and writer (he adapted this particular story from a novel first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1945). Features an original, eerie score by Oscar-winning composer Miklos Rozsa. Transferred from 35mm archival film elements. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (The Film Detective).
Sam Klemke's Time Machine
(2015) In 1977, Sam Klemke started obsessively documenting his entire life on film. Beginning decades before the modern obsession with selfies and status updates, we see Sam grow from an optimistic teen to a self-important 20-year-old, into an obese, self-loathing thirty-something and onwards into his philosophical fifties. The same year that Sam began his project, NASA launched the Voyager craft into deep space carrying the Golden Record, a portrait of humanity that would try to explain to extra terrestrials who we are. This film follows two unique self-portraits as they travel in parallel -- one hurtling through the infinity of space and the other stuck in the suburbs of Earth -- in a freewheeling look at time, memory, mortality and what it means to be human. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
The Sicilian Director's Cut BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Dir.: Michael Cimino; stars Christopher Lambert, Terence Stamp, Joss Ackland, John Turturro, Richard Bauer, Barbara Sukowa. In post-WWII Sicily, Salvatore Giuliano, tired of his country being run by the Church, the landowners and the Mafia, teams with his brothers to rob and ransom the rich, cold-bloodedly murdering all who dare to defy or betray them. As Giuliano proudly redistributes his newfound wealth among the peasants, Don Masino, the head of the Sicilian Mafia, declares that Giuliano must be stopped -- at any cost. (Shout! Factory).
(2013 -- Greece) Theo Albanis, Vangelis Mourikis, Efi Papatheodorou, Andreas Andreopolous. An impoverished writer, Niko Gounaras (newcomer Albanis), leaves London for his ramshackle family home in the dusty Greek mountain town of Siatista. Once there, he discovers the home has been abandoned and is now haunted by the ghosts of the past. Working to retain his grasp on reality, Niko sets about to uncover the mystery of his father's death in this poignant, fantastical drama blended with a touch of magical realism. Formats: DVD. (IndiePix).
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