(2016) Featuring all-new, never-before-seen pranks and badass stunts from YouTube's top pranksters, Roman Atwood, Dennis Roady, and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy (aka VitalyzdTV), who have collectively amassed over 28 million subscribers and over three billion views. Arrives day & date in movie theaters. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Banshee: The Complete Third Season
(2015) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. The Cinemax action-drama series charts the continuing twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-convict who improbably assumes the identity of sheriff of the rural, Amish-area town of Banshee, Pa., where his former lover and partner-in-crime has been living under her own alias, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic). Season 3 picks up a month after the Season 2 finale, when Carrie's father, gang kingpin Rabbit (Ben Cross), finally met his demise after a climactic church shootout. Carrie, now exposed and estranged from her husband and kids, remains in Banshee, working as a waitress by day while moonlighting with Lucas, Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison) and Job (Hoon Lee) on a variety of local heists. As Lucas finds it harder and harder to keep his true identity from his deputies -- especially Siobhan Kelly (Trieste Kelly Dunn), now his romantic interest -- he and the Banshee police force become embroiled in a new conflict between Amish gangster Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and Chayton Littlestone (Geno Segers), the vicious, vengeance-minded leader of the Redbone wing of the Kinaho tribe. And as fists and bullets fly in and around Banshee, Lucas concocts a new scheme that could net his thieves a fortune -- by robbing a decommissioned Marine compound housing millions of dollars. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of the Episode 2 Title Sequence" looks at the different layers that went into the making of the second episode's unique title sequence; "Banshee Origins" featurette with the story before the story with eight prequel videos featuring the cast of "Banshee"; "Banshee Origins Saga" two-part feature that explores the lives of Lucas, Carrie, Job and more before they made their way to Banshee; "Burton vs Nola Camera Movement" and "Burton vs Nola Stunts" offer behind the scenes looks at the epic fight scene; "Genoa Rehearsal" for the season's final showdown; "Zoomed In, Episodes 1-8 & 10" behind the scenes on key, adrenaline filled scenes; deleted scenes, sins promo; episode recaps; audio commentaries with cast and crew. (HBO).
Casual: Season One
2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Hulu original series that follows brother and sister Alex (Tommy Dewey) and Valerie (Michaela Watkins) as they manage to live with one another while attempting to keep Valerie's teenage daughter, Laura (Tara Lynne Barr), on the right track -- with a house full of one-night stands, bizarre encounters, and attempts to master the art of dating. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Creating Casual" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Naomi Battrick, Anna Walton, Patrick Gibson, Sam Hazeldine, Leah McNamara. When a young woman learns that her father is dying, she makes a pact with the head of a centuries-old witches' coven -- a coven that uses the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a bloody secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying -- to save his life in exchange for a child. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).
(2015) Rockmond Dunbar, Jean-Luc McMurtry, Lynn Whitfiel, E. Roger Mitchell, Adam Aalderk. Coming of age story about a young boy who puts his troubled childhood behind him with the help of the two things he could always depend on: his love of baseball and his best friend .. until his best friend starts leading him into trouble -- playing hard and partying harder.
Formats: DVD, Digital.(RLJ Entertainment).
(2005) Melody Wiggins, Kelay Miller, Bryan Jenkins, Coti Cook, John Clure, Carlos Rivas, Lawrence McNeal III. The fanatical brainchild of Iranian polymath John S. Rad, "Dangerous Men" was a passion project that remained in obsessive production for nearly two decades before finally debuting in Californian theaters in 2005. An unflappably prodigious creative force, Rad handled much of the technical duties of the film, appearing multiple times in the film's credits as the director, writer, location scout, producer, executive producer, and more. Despite initially languishing at the boxoffice during its limited theatrical release, and never finding a like-minded audience before Rad's untimely death in 2007, "Dangerous Men" developed a devoted following before vanishing as mysteriously as it appeared. Working with the late artist's family, the Drafthouse Films team worked tirelessly alongside the American Genre Film Institute to locate and restore the original film. "Dangerous Men" was re-released into theaters in October 2015, garnering enthusiastically baffled acclaim from critics. The story: After Mina witnesses her fiance's brutal murder by beach thugs, she sets out on a venomous spree to eradicate all human trash from Los Angeles. Armed with a knife, a gun, and an undying rage, she murders her way through the masculine half of the city's populace. A renegade cop is hot on her heels, a trail that also leads him to the subhuman criminal overlord known as Black Pepper. Blades flash, blood flows, bullets fly and synthesizers blare as the morgue overflows with the corpses of "Dangerous Men." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: 16-page booklet featuring the only documented full-length interview with John S. Rad, audio commentary featuring "Destroy All Movies" authors Zack Carlson and Bryan Connelly, "That's So John Rad" original documentary about the film and its original 2005 theatrical release, rare footage of John S. Rad appearing on local access television, interview with director of photography Peter Palian, original theatrical trailer. (Drafthouse Films/MVD Entertainment).
Death Walks Twice: Two Films By Luciano Ercoli
Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early '70s, Luciano Ercoli's "Death Walks" films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril. In "Death Walks on High Heels" (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorized by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father's stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner. Returning in "Death Walks at Midnight" (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina -- a model who, in the midst of a drug-fueled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss -- forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone. Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli's "Death Walks on High Heels" and "Death Walks at Midnight" anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma's early psycho thrillers (most notably, "Dressed to Kill"). Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) with limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing on the films. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Death Walks on High Heels:" audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas; introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi; "From Spain with Love" featurette comprising newly-edited archive footage of director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro, interviewed at their home in Barcelona; "Master of Giallo": screenwriter Gastaldi on "Death Walks on High Heels" and how to write a successful giallo; "Death Walks to the Beat" career-spanning interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani; original Italian and English trailers; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx. Extras: "Death Walks at Midnight": audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas; introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi; extended TV version of the feature; "Crime Does Pay": screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on his career in the crime film-writing business, including a look at "Death Walks at Midnight"; "Desperately Seeking Susan" visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) Chris Zylka, Riley Keough, Faith Hill, Steve Earle. A young, recently-released and unpredictable ex-con with bad luck, and a sexy, listless girl-next-door with a troubled family, become trapped in a downward spiral of crime and obsessive love, as they try to ditch their dead-end town for a better life. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Episodes: The Fourth Season
(2015) Two-disc set with nine episodes. Witty series follows husband and wife writing team of Sean and Beverly Lincoln as they attempt to reproduce their wildly successful British TV hit for an American network. Forced to cast Matt (Matt LeBlanc) as their lead, all of their worst fears come true as Hollywood lives up to its reputation for absurdity. Just when everybody thinks the ailing show "Pucks!" has been put out of its misery, the network un-cancels it. For Matt, the hits keep coming as an embezzlement scam drains his finances, forcing him to scramble for cash. Meanwhile, Pucks! creators Sean and Beverly are back on top with a hot new script, but Hollywood politics tear them right back down. Formats: DVD. (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).
The Expanse: Season One
(2015) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series by James S.A. Corey, this space drama combining great visuals and elements of sci-fi drama and detective noir is a thriller set 200 years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system. A hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship's captain (Steven Strait) come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. (Universal).
The Great Hypnotist
(2014 -- Hong Kong) Thriller about a nationally renowned therapist, Xu Ruining (Xu Zheng), incredibly skilled in hypnotherapy, who meets his match with a patient named Ren Xiaoyan (Karen Mok) who - despite her thin and weak appearance -- reacts violently during their sessions and thrusts the doctor into a horrible trap. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2015) Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper, Andrew Buckley, Charlotte Salt, Emily Atack, John Sackville. When a young woman finds out that her fiance has a secret storage unit on the seedy outskirts of town, she enlists her best friend to sneak off and break in to the building. But deep in the lower levels of the warehouse, the two women -- as well as a half dozen other storage unit customers -- discover there's more than old furniture and memorabilia being locked away here: A relentless psychopath has started his own "collection," and is on a blood-soaked hoarding rampage. Formats: DVD. (RLJ Entertainment).
House of Lies: The Fourth Season
(2015) Two-disc set with 12 episodes. In season 4 of this viciously funny take on high-stakes business, failure is not an option. Fresh from a stint in prison, brilliantly manipulative management consultant Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) is driven to rebuild his faltering firm. Nothing's going to distract him, even if that means booting his extremely pregnant off-and-on partner Jeannie (co-star Kristen Bell). While spin-master Clyde initiates a start-up relationship with a hot computer nerd, and number-cruncher Doug copes with a marriage turned psycho, Marty remains laser-focused on out-stabbing the backstabbers in a corporate battle for survival. Formats: DVD. (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).
(2015) Nick Blood, Lachlan Nieboer, Nora-Jane Noone, Michelle Asante, Tony Way. The organization Brand New-U identifies networks of Identicals -- people who walk like you, talk like you, but are walking through different, better lives -- and helps their customers make a life upgrade: eliminating the better-life person, and replacing them with their clients. When a young man's girlfriend is abducted by Brand New-U, and a corpse left in her place, he's forced to become an Identical himself, moving through a series of parallel lives as he becomes more and more obsessed with finding her. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two Featurettes: "Discussion With Writer/Director Simon Pummell" and "Visual Effects Breakdown." (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Sony).
(2016) Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Walton Goggins, Louise Bourgoin. A classic, cerebral thriller about a brilliant artist, Thomas (Hedlund), who attempts to escape his privileged existence by heading out to the desert, only to encounter homicidal, chameleon-like drifter Jack (Isaac). Their first encounter at a campfire sets up a nonstop, violent duel of physical and intellectual equals, a chase that moves from the spectacular vistas of the American desert to a noir Los Angeles, where Thomas's notoriety as an artist is revealed. Jack, for his part, continues to remake his own identity in relentless pursuit of his victim, culminating in a vortex of criminality and brutality as Thomas emerges as an equally dangerous opponent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Doppelgänger and the Desert: Making Mojave" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Morgan Spurlock Presents Meet the Hitlers
(2015) What's it like to have a name that makes people you meet do a double take? Or laugh? Or cringe? Those are some of the reactions recounted in this one-of-a-kind documentary. Most of us don't give names much thought, but some names can't be ignored. This is why 80-year-old Gene Hitler expects a double take whenever he presents his Medicare card, and why teenager Emily Hitler finds high school a struggle for acceptance. Director Matt Ogens' film examines the relationship between names and identity by exploring the lives of people from all walks of life who happen to be linked by the name Hitler. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
(2013) Caitlin FitzGerald, Cheyenne Jackson, Peter Scanavino, Michael Stahl-David, Christina Cole, Jennifer Lafleu, Ross Partridge, Annika Peterson. Interlocking tales of 10 New Yorkers collide at a surprise party that goes spectacularly wrong. Ten friends, four couples, a stripper, Ms. Sexy Hot Boss and a ninja. A romantic comedy about intertwined New Yorkers trying to sort out their messed-up lives ... with each character written by a different writer. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes with the filmmakers, deleted scenes, music video of all the couples in the cast singing "Harvest Moon" (song featured in film). (MVD Entertainment).
NYPD Blue: Season Nine
(2001-02) Five-disc set with all 23 episodes. The men and women of New York's 15th Precinct return in the ninth season of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning police drama from co- creators Steven Bochco and David Milch. Always a series that effortlessly adapted to change, Season Nine finds Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) experiencing several dramatic developments in his life, including a long-overdue promotion, a surprising new romance with Detective Connie McDowell (Charlotte Ross), and a new partner in the form of John Clark (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). The 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City are also employed into the series, reflecting both the evolving emotions about our public safety as well as the steadfast strength and dedication of law enforcement officers in the wake of those real-life events. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Odd Couple: Season One
(2015) Two-disc set with 12 episodes. Stars Matthew Perry as endearing slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger, two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. It's not long after Oscar lets Felix move in that Oscar fears he's made a monumental mistake. Despite how exasperated they make each other, in the end, these mismatched friends agree they can help each other move on from their divorces and somehow make this crazy living arrangement work. A remake of the 1970s series starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, itself a remake of the 1968 Gene Saks movie version of the 1965 Neil Simon play. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Season in Review: New Odd Couple, New Laughs," "Reviving the Odd Couple." (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).
(2013) Francis Ng, Siu-Wong Fan. When mafia fall guy Zhang Jin finally gets released from prison, he's nearly assassinated and, in an effort to survive, he becomes entangled in a conspiracy, linking his fate with unlikely allies -- including a taxi driver -- and turning friends into enemies. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2016) Matthew Reese, Dolph Lundgren, Danielle Chuchran, Chuck Liddell. Copper Jack Stone purposefully orchestrates a bank robbery in order to be thrown into prison with the notorious Russian kingpin, Balam, who's more than just a mob criminal -- he's a very cunning and dangerous lord who controls the police force from behind bars. He lives in prison -- in a cell that is a lavish private room built specifically for him, inaccessible to most in the depths of the prison structure -- as a cover for his real power, which is King of the city. Even surrounded by his loyal henchmen and guards in his sectioned off fortress, Balam doesn't know Jack is coming for him to avenge his family, whom Balam murdered in cold blood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
(2015) Director: J.J. Abrams. Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew. Read more about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in the April Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey" behind-the-scenes documentary; "The Story Awakens: The Table Read"; "Building BB-8"; "Crafting Creatures"; "Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight"; "John Williams: The Seventh Symphony"; "ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force"; "Force For Change": Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the "Star Wars: Force for Change" initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others; deleted scenes. (Disney). Pre-order "Star Wars" here.
(2015) Emory Cohen, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Heather Lind, Mike Epps. Billy Wyatt (Emory Cohen) is a young man with tremendous promise, but a troubled past leads him to the Burnsville Camp for Boys. Billy must navigate his way through dangerous inmates and a cruel and punishing staff, but during it all, he learns to inspire others and find out the truth about himself in the process. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
(2015) Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Joe Manganiello, Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Richard Masu. Years after the accidental death of her folk-singer husband, Hannah (Hall) has yet to fully accept her small-town life without him. When she's approached by a
charming New York writer (Jason Sudeikis), intent on penning a biography of her late husband's life, she finds herself opening up again. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).
Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York
(2016) Second feature-length animated adventure inspired by the Sketchers Girls' footwear collection and its advertising character, 14-year-old Twinkle Toes; follow up to "Twinkle Toes: The Movie." It all starts on the last day of school when Twinkle Toes's dad gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to direct a Broadway musical -- sweeping Twinkle Toes from
her small-pond suburban life into the hustle and bustle of New York City for the summer. Dove Foundation "family approved." Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2015 -- South Korea) Hwang Jung-min, Ah In Yoo. An irascible detective with a good heart seeks revenge and tries to take down the twisted but untouchable scion of a mega-corporation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (CJ Entertainment).
The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music
(2015) Matthew Macfadyen, Eliza Bennett, Yvonne Catterfeld, Cornelius Obonya. Based on the autobiography "Memories Before and After the Sound of Music" by Agathe von Trapp, this biopic follows the von Trapp family's incredible journey from the perspective of Agathe, the eldest daughter. As war encroached upon her family and friends, Agathe embarked on an adventure filled with remarkable twists and turns, joys and disappointments, but always with the saving grace of music. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1989) The success of Stuart Gordon's hit horror-comedy "Re-animator" meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, "Bride of Re-animator" -- this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna ("Society," "Return of the Living Dead 3") -- would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits. It is eight years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life -- starting with the heart of his young protege Dan's dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong? With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous "shunting" sequence in "Society") on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations -- including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider -- "Bride of Re-animator" is a more than worthy successor to Gordon's original cult classic. Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary with Brian Yuzna; audio commentary with Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George; audio commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott; "Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator" new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first "Re-animator" sequel; "Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator" new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler; "Getting Ahead in Horror" archive making-of featurette; deleted scenes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Destroyer & Edge of Sanity BLU-RAY DEBUT
A double feature of horror featuring Anthony Perkins. "Destroyer" (1988): The execution of a serial killer is interrupted by a prison riot and, though thought dead, he returns 18 months later to terrorize a film crew shooting a prison movie. Co-stars Lyle Alzado and Deborah Foreman. "Edge of Sanity" (1989): Perkins stars as an outwardly rational Dr. Jekyll who rapidly descends into a world of sexual obsession and murder as Mr. Hyde ... and who may also be Jack the Ripper. (Scream Factory).
Don Matteo, Sets 13-15
Terence Hill stars as Don Matteo, a thoroughly ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. He's a parish priest who never met an unjustly accused person he didn't want to help and his easygoing manner endears him to people, making it easy for them to reveal their secrets when they get into trouble. His friend and chess partner is Marshal Cecchini, who slips him information about new cases much to the chagrin of the police chief who isn't at all thrilled about the collaboration. But he's in agreement with Don Matteo about one thing: the importance of justice being served. "Don Matteo, Set 13" includes episodes 129 – 141, "Don Matteo, Set 14" includes episodes 142 – 155, and "Don Matteo, Set 15" includes episodes 156 – 168. Each four-disc set retails for $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).
(2015) Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Jerry Ferrara, Ryan Kwanten, Johnathon Schaech, Amy Smart. On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, a plane is shaken by severe weather. When the turbulence subsides, a passenger suddenly dies -- and a supernatural force is unleashed,
overtaking the passengers as they desperately fight to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Inside Flight 7500" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney. A young woman's hunt for her missing sister leads to horror and madness. When her troubled twin sister Jess mysteriously disappears, Sara Price (Dormer) discovers she vanished in Japan's legendary Aokigahara Forest. Searching its eerie dark woods with the help of journalist Aiden (Kinney), Sara plunges into a tormented world where angry spirits lie in wait. Read more about "The Forest" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Exploring the Forest" behind-the-scenes featurette, galleries, storyboards, commentary with director Jason Zada. (Universal).
Grace and Frankie: Season One
(2015) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star in this wildly original, honest look at two frenemies who form an unlikely bond after their lives are flipped upside down -- and permanently intertwined -- when their husbands (Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) reveal they are gay and in love with each other. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Beginning of the End" featurette, gag reel, audio commentaries with the cast and crew, "The Elevator" commentary with creators Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, "The Vows" commentary with actors Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and creators Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, Season Two sneak peek. (Lionsgate).
Heroes Reborn: Event Series
(2015-16) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. From Tim Kring, the creator of the global phenomenon "Heroes" comes this wildly imaginative and thrilling new volume in the "Heroes" universe featuring a host of new characters with startling powers. After a massive terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, evolved humans are blamed for the tragic event, forcing them into hiding or on the run from those seeking retribution. The conflict between humans and evolved humans -- dubbed "Evos" -- escalates into all out civil warfare. "Heroes Reborn" recaptures the magic of the original series and lays the foundation for the next volume in the "Heroes" mythology. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Heroes Reborn: Reliving the Legacy," "Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters," deleted scenes. (Universal).
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
(2016) Voices of Jason O'Mara, Jerry O'Connell, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Christopher Gorham. The demonic forces of Trigon infiltrate the minds and bodies of the Justice League, turning the veteran super heroes against their youthful counterparts in this all-new DC
Universe Original Movie. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Deluxe
Gift Set. The Blu-rays come with an exclusive Robin figurine. Extras: Three featurettes: "Growing Up Titan," "Heroes and Villains - Raven," "Heroes and Villains – Trigon"; two classic episodes of DC Comics cartoons from the DC Comics Vault. (Warner).
Ken Burns' Jackie Robinson
(2015) New four hour documentary, directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, airing on PBS April 11 and 12. Tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball's color barrier. Robinson waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements. Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun
(2015 -- France) Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano, Stacy Martin. A stylish psychological thriller about a beautiful secretary who uses her absent boss' blue Thunderbird to go joyriding in the South of France but ends up involved in murder and intrigue -- and begins to doubt her own sanity. After she shuttles her boss and his family to the airport where they depart on a short vacation, Dany (Freya Mavor) decides to take a fantasy joyride along the Mediterranean coast -- but her trip quickly turns into a nightmare. At every stop along the way, people recognize her -- even though she's never been there before. And to make matters worse, a dead body is discovered inside the trunk of the car. Has she lost her mind? Director and comic book writer Joann Sfar ("The Rabbi's Cat," "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life") puts his graphic novel background to good use here with interesting dissolves, split screens, diagrams, flashbacks, flashforwards and flashsideways super-saturated colors and oblique camerawork. It's a fun and mysterious ride, highlihghted by the gorgeous lead whom the camera just loves. The film is based on a novel by Sebastien Japrisot ("One Deadly Summer," "A Very Long Engagement"); it was originally turned into a film of the same name in 1970 by Anatole Litvak with Samantha Eggar (as Dany), Oliver Reed, John McEnery and Stephane Audran. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with director Joann Sfar. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Me ... Jane ... And More Stories About Girl Power
(2016) Four Scholastic Storybook Treasures stories: "Me … Jane": In this characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. "Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors": This inspiring story of the first female doctor in America shows how one strong-willed
woman opened the doors for all the female doctors to come. "I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote:" This is the true story of Esther Morris, who started out life believing she could do anything, and then proved it! "Players in Pigtails": A story that celebrates a brave girl's love of the game as she works to become a player in the first-ever All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm)
Only Angels Have Wings
(1939) Electrified by the verbal wit and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, "Only Angels Have Wings" stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome yet aloof daredevil pilot, played by Cary Grant, who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to and repelled by his romantic sense of danger, she decides to stay on, despite his protestations. This masterful and mysterious adventure, featuring Oscar-nominated special effects, high-wire aerial photography, and Rita Hayworth in a small but breakout role, explores Hawks's recurring themes of masculine codes and the strong-willed women who question them. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between filmmakers Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich; new interview with film critic David Thomson; "Howard Hawks and His Aviation Movies," a new program featuring film scholars Craig Barron and Ben Burtt; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, and Thomas Mitchell, and hosted by director Cecil B. DeMille; trailer; an essay by critic Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).
Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups
(2016) The Pound Puppies are in the spotlight for this new collection of adventures. The little ones can join Lucky, Niblet, Cookie, Squirt and Strudel as they display their song-and-dance skills, solve a mystery, become superheroes and encourage a faded TV star to return to glory. Five episodes: "The Accidental Pup Star," "It's Elementary, My Dear Pup Club," Hot Dawg!," "The Watchdogs" and "Back in Action." Formats: DVD, $9.98. (Shout! Kids).
Power Rangers Dino Charge: Resurgence
(2015) The Red, Black, Blue, Green, and Pink Rangers unite in this new Power Rangers series to save the world from prehistoric pests. The Power Rangers' skills and teamwork are put to the test as they race to rescue Chase from an evil spell, battle the fast-firing Cavity monster, discover the destructive Ankylo Zord, and face off against a team of Power Ranger clones. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Power Rangers: Wild Force: The Complete Series
(2002) Five-disc set with all 40 episodes. The Orgs, an ancient evil, have awakened from a time long forgotten, and threaten the world. The only hope is the floating island in the sky known as the Animarium, the remains of an ancient kingdom destroyed by the Orgs 3000 years ago. There, the Wild Zords recruit five young heroes from the modern world and grant them the power to become Wild Force Power Rangers. To aid the Power Rangers in their battle to save the Earth from the evil Orgs, the Wild Zords descend from their habitat in the sky to prove that when humans and animals work together, nothing can stop them. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Shout! Factory).
Sisters: Season 4
(1993-94) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The story of the unforgettable Reed women continues in the series that follows the lives of Alex (Swoozie Kurtz), Georgie (Patricia Kalember), Frankie (Julianne Phillips), and Teddy (Sela Ward) -- four very different women forever connected by the bonds of family. George Clooney and Jo Anderson join an already strong supporting cast for this chapter in the lives of the Reed siblings. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2015) Laurence Fishburne, Thomas Jane, Ella Ballentine. Thomas Jane plays Carter, a troubled veteran who gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12-year-old girl from a deadly assassin (Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
A Tale of Two Cities BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1980) Chris Sarandon, Alice Krige, David Suchet, Barry Morse, Peter Cushing. Lavish adaptation of Dickins' literary classic set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.(Shout! Factory).
Village of the Damned Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Director: John Carpenter; Stars Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Pare. Remake of the 1960 British sci-fi classic. Something is terribly wrong in the tiny village of Midwich. After an unseen force invades a quiet coastal town, 10 women mysteriously find themselves pregnant. Local physician Dr. Alan Chaffee (Reeve) and government scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Alley) join forces when the women simultaneously give birth... and the reign of supernatural terror begins. Extras: New "It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned" featuring interviews with director John Carpenter, producer Sandy King, actors Michael Pare, Peter Jason, Karen Kahn, Meredith Salenger, Thomas Dekker, Cody Dorkin, Lindsey Haun, Danielle Wiener-Keaton and make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero; new "New Horror's Hallowed Grounds," revisiting the locations of the film; new "The Go To Guy: Peter Jason on John Carpenter"; vintage interviews featuring John Carpenter, Christopher Reeves, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Hamill and Wolf Rilla (director of the original "Village of the Damned"); vintage behind-the-scenes footage; theatrical tailer; behind-the-scenes stills gallery; collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art. (Scream Factory).
(2015 -- Denmark) Animated tale inspired by the children's book "Albert" by Ole Lund Kirkegaard. Albert is a smart and cheeky boy, but his taste for mischievous pranks make him a menace in his small hometown. When he accidentally destroys the statue of a local hero and famous hot-air balloon captain, Albert is determined to make up for his mistake. He decides to venture into the world with his best friend Egon ... and return as a hot-air balloon captain himself. But Albert and Egon's quest takes a detour when a mean bandit takes advantage of the clueless boys to help him steal the world's largest diamond. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Kids).
And Then There Were None
(2015 -- TV) Agatha Christie’s classic is here adapted by the BBC, in a two-disc set with three episodes. Stars Sarah Phelps, Maeve Dermody, Aidan Turner, Charles Danc, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Douglas Booth, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor. As the world teeters on the brink of World War II, 10 strangers are invited to isolated Soldier Island. Among them are young secretary Vera Claythorne (Dermody), soldier Philip Lombard (Turner), General John MacArthur (Neill), spinster Emily Brent (Richardson), and Judge Lawrence Wargrave (Dance). With seemingly nothing in common, the guests wonder who their mysterious host may be. But the ominous reason for their visit soon becomes clear ... the guests start dying one by one. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, featurette about Agatha Christie,interview with writer Sarah Phelps, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
(1994) Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough "Metropolitan" with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins -- a salesman and a navy officer -- argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film's title. Set during the eighties, "Barcelona" explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman and Mira Sorvino. New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Audio commentary from 2002 featuring Stillman and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols; new video essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme about the trilogy made up of "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco"; "The Making of Barcelona,” a short documentary from 1994 featuring behind-the-scenes footage and on-set interviews with Stillman and cast members; deleted scenes and alternate ending, with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Nichols; segment from a 1994 episode of the "Today" show featuring Stillman; episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" from 1991 with Stillman; trailer; an essay by film scholar Haden Guest. (The Criterion Collection).
(1987) Raymond Elmendorf, Pamela Baker, Navarre Perry. Harry Curtis begins an inexplicable descent into madness. Haunted by ghosts and harassed by neighborhood thugs, his reality becomes increasingly distorted and his behavior ever more odd. Isolated by mental illness, he feels abandoned by humanity, his only friend a talking teddy bear ... and when he loses his job, his dark and evil descent accelerates. Inspired by the true story of Southern California mass murderer -- out-of-work security guard, 41-year-old James Huberty -- who walked into a San Ysidro McDonald's in July 1984 and killed 21 people before being fatally shot by a police sharpshooter. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).
(2013 -- Australia) George Basha, Richard Green, Brian Ellison, David Field. The story of an Australian war veteran with strong moral beliefs who accidently kills a young man and is sent to prison, where he has to balance his sense of justice with the immorality that surrounds him. Formats: DVD. (Indie Rights/MVD Entertainment).
A Dog Named Gucci
(2015) Director Gorman Bechard, whose documentary, "Color Me Obsessed, A Film About The Replacements," was named one of "The Seven Best New Music Documentaries of the Year" by Rolling Stone, takes on a rock star of a different sort with "A Dog Named Gucci," a feature-length documentary examining animal abuse laws in the United States. The film will be released on DVD and digital platforms on April 19, just days after the Record Store Day release of the film's closing credits song "One Voice." The film's anthem song features Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, and Queen's Brian May all lending their talents. "One Voice" will also be released on digital platforms. Profits from the sales of the song will go to support animal charities around the country. "A Dog Named Gucci" is a timely and poignant documentary about a 10-week old puppy who was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. Hearing the puppy's cries, college professor Doug James ran to help. After chasing away the abusers, and at the request of Gucci's young runaway owner, Doug took the puppy in as his own. Thus began a 16-year odyssey of love, devotion, and perseverance. Together with legislators, Doug and Gucci worked to create what became known as the "Gucci Bill," changing Alabama law, and making domestic animal abuse a felony. "Instead of assaulting the viewer with images of abused animals, we chose to tell what is ultimately a positive and uplifting story of one victim who went on to become a hero," said Bechard, who was recently named the recipient of this year's Media Excellence Award from the ASPCA for his work on this film. The film also spotlights three other dogs who, with their owners, have made an incredible impact on the laws protecting animals. Formats: DVD, Digital. (What Were We Thinking/MVD Entertainment).
(2015 -- TV) As they work the silver mines of Montana in 1897, the ambitious Connolly brothers -- recent immigrants from Ireland -- dream of riches and adventure. Seduced by rumors of a greater prize to the north, they embark on a dangerous journey to the heart of the Yukon in this tale of greed, love, betrayal ... and gold. As they become increasingly corrupted by the lust for power and wealth, the Connollys must stick together if they are to survive the harsh realities of the Yukon. The first Western to be made in Ireland. Formats: DVD: two disc set with four episodes. Extras: Deleted scenes, interviews with cast and crew. (Acorn Media).
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
(2015) From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability -- and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including "Animal House" and "National Lampoon's Vacation." Director Douglas Tirola's documentary chronicles the magazine's founding by two former Harvard students, its growth, demise and everything in between. Told through fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine's prime), the film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at what made the magazine tick, who were its key players, and why it was so outrageously successful: a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Additional interview footage; "John Goodman Reads Doug Kenney"; "Thoughts on Animal House"; "Drugs in the Office"; Jaws 3 People 0"; "Working in NYC"; "Thoughts on 'SNL'"; "Favorite National Lampoon Pieces"; "Reading John Hughes": Beverly D’Angelo, Kevin Bacon, Stephen Furst, Anthony Michael Hall and Chevy Chase; "Artists in National Lampoon"; "Chevy Chase Pot Seeds Story." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2014) Casey Dillard, Meaghin Burke, Greg Earnest, Jon W Sparks, Sherri Eakin. In the near future, 99 percent of the human race live on Mars, with the remaining few living on Earth, working to rehabilitate the dying planet. Each year a small number of people from Mars are selected to return home to aid in the restoration process. For those few, it will be their first glimpse of Earth. Sci-fi psychological thriller. Formats: DVD. (Indie Rights/MVD Entertainment).
Fifty Shades of Black
(2016) Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Mike Epps, Andrew Bachelor, Affion Crockett, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard, Florence Henderson. Spooof of "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Read more about "Fifty Shades of Black" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Meet Mr. Black." (Universal).
Forbidden Hollywood Volume 10
Tenth and final volume in Warner Archive Collection's Forbidden Holltywood pre-code film series. Includes: W.S. Van Dyke's "Guilty Hands" (1931), starring Lionel Barrymore as a DA who commits the perfect crime. Kay Francis co-stars; James Flood & Elliott Nugent's "The Mouthpiece" (1932) stars Warren William in a breakout performance as a DA turned defense attorney; Edward Sutherland spills the "Secrets of the French Police" (1932) as an inspector (Frank Morgan) and a thief (John Warburton) scour the underworld for a waif who may be Princess Anastasia (Gwili Andre); Howard Bretherton & William Keighley's "The Match King" (1932), starring Warren William in the title role and based on the real-life story of industrialist Ivar Kreuger. Glenda Farrell delivers the glam; "Babyface" Barbara Stanwyck sizzles as a spouse torn between love (Otto Kruger) and country in Archie Mayo's "Ever in My Heart" (1933) with Ralph Bellamy as "the other guy" (naturally!). Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Haven: The Final Season
(2014-15) Four-disc set with the last 13 episodes of the Syfy series based on Stephen King's novella "The Colorado Kid" that follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and her supernatural exploits in the small town of Haven, Maine. The final season presents hometown heroes Audrey, Nathan (Lucas Bryant), Duke (Eric Balfour) and Dwight (Adam Copeland) with challenges unlike any they've experienced before: The town of Haven has been cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious fog bank and is on its own. Through journeys into the past, the future, and the very fabric between worlds, events in Haven hurtle towards a cataclysmic showdown. Will the heroes be able to rid Haven of "the Troubles" forever, or will the town and its inhabitants continue to suffer the curse? Tensions rise, allegiances shift and, in a harrowing closing chapter, the mystery of "Croatoan" is finally revealed.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Thirteen "Inside Haven" featurettes; 13 audio commentary tracks; interviews with Eric Balfour, Lucas Bryant, William Shatner, Adam Copeland and producer Shawn Piller; "Mythology Refresher"; "Haven Revisited": Livestream segments with the cast & crew; "Haven Archives: Entries from the Crocker Diaries"; "Haven Origins: Lovers Conquered All"; "Haven Origins: Trust Kills Fear." (Entertainment One).
Ip Man 3
(2016 -- China) Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson, Lyn Hung, Jin Zhang. In this third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Read more about "Ip Man 3" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, interview with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson, behind the scenes. (Well Go USA).
The Lady in the Van
(2015) Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent. British comedy-drama based on Alan Bennett's memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Mr. Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. Read more about "The Lady in the Van" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Playing The Lady: Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd," deleted scenes, "The Making of The Lady in the Van," "The Visual Effects," commentary with director Nicholas Hytner. (Sony). Pre-order "The Lady in the Van" here.
(2015) Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence, Jess Weixler, Tom Bower. Based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, the film traces the self-discovery of David Lamb (Partridge) in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie (Laurence), an awkward and unpopular 11-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness. These two lost and lonely individuals set out on a journey that will change them in unexpected ways. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with Ross Partridge and Oona Laurence, deleted scenes, "Lamb: Landscapes" video, photo gallery. (Sony).
Little House on the Prairie: Season Nine Deluxe Remastered Edition
(1982-82) Five-disc set with all 21 episodes, restored and remastered. It's time to say farewell to Walnut Grove and the Ingalls Family in the ninth and final season of this unrivaled series, a season of change when the Wilders take in their sweet niece Jenny; when Laura wins a book-writing contest; when a jealous Nancy runs away; and when Willie surprises the family with his engagement. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus episode "Bless All the Dear Children." (Lionsgate).
(2014 -- Spain) Luis Bermejo, Lucía Pollan, Barbara Lennie, Jose Sacristan, Marina Andruix, Raimundo de los Reyes. An unemployed father seeking a gift for his dying daughter, a disturbed woman with a dark past, and a math teacher turned criminal find their fates bound together in this thriller. When his young daughter is diagnosed with terminal leukemia, Luis becomes obsessed with fulfilling her dying wish: to own an exorbitantly expensive dress inspired by her favorite anime character, "Magical Girl Yukiko." After an encounter with the beautiful, rich, and mentally unstable Barbara, Luis decides to extort her for the money he needs. Barbara agrees to meet Luis' demands, but events soon take a shocking turn. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2016) Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Alice Eve, Malin Akerman, Byung-Hun Lee, Julia Stiles, Glen Powell, Chris Marquette. When an ambitious lawyer (Duhamel) is seduced by his ex-girlfriend (Akerman) and presented with evidence incriminating a corrupt pharmaceutical executive that she works for, he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the pharmaceutical magnate (Hopkins) and his firm's senior partner (Pacino). When the case takes a deadly turn, he must race to uncover the truth before he loses not only his wife (Eve), but his career, and possibly his own life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Misconduct" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Norm of the North
(2016) Voices of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham , Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, Bill Nighy. When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Do the Arctic Shake!" sing-along, "That's Funny!: the movie's best jokes and one-liners, "Arctic Challenge" trivia game. (Lionsgate).
Outlaw: Gangster VIP Collection
In 1968, acclaimed director Toshio Masuda ("Rusty Knife," "Tora! Tora! Tora!") and rising star Tetsuya Watari ("Tokyo Drifter") teamed up for "Outlaw: Gangster VIP," a gritty yakuza yarn based on the writings of real life ex-gangster Goro Fujita. The series offers up a depiction of the Japanese underworld that was unprecedented in its realism and its sympathetic portrayal of its protagonist as a man haunted by his past, unable to escape a life of crime. The success of the initial installment spawned five sequels, continuing the story of the lone wolf "Slasher" Goro and his quest for redemption. The films presented a new kind of realism and violence that would prefigure Kinji Fukasaku's "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" series, with their winning combination of brutal violence, gang warfare and sweeping romance, these films make for a unique and unforgettable viewing experience. The set includes six films in the "Outlaw" series released for the first time in the West: "Gangster VIP," "Gangster VIP 2," "Heartless," "Goro the Assassin," "Black Dagger" and "Kill!" Limited edition box set (3000 copies) containing all six films available with English subtitles for the first time on any home video format High Definition digital transfers from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary on "Outlaw: Gangster VIP" by Jasper Sharp; visual essay covering the entire series by Kevin Gilvear; original trailers for all six films; extensive promotional image galleries for all six films; exclusive gatefold packaging featuring brand new artwork by Tonci Zonjic; booklet featuring an interview with director Toshio Masuda by Mark Schilling, plus new writing by Schilling, Chris D and Kevin Gilvear. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Sixth Season
(2015-16) Five-disc set with all 21 episodes, $49.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Includes the special episode "Five Years Forward," deleted scenes, plus four all-new featurettes: "We Love the PLL Ships," "A PLL Prom," "Inside the 5 Years," "Homecoming: The PLL's Return." (Warner).
(2015) Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Forrest Goodluck, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Lukas Haas, Duane Howard, Melaw Nakehk'o. Follows the story of legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) on his quest for survival and justice. After his trapping expedition in the Montana and Dakota territories in 1823 is massacred by members of the Arikara tribe, Glass -- scouting for the group's handful of survivors -- is attacked by a bear and left for dead by a treacherous member of his hunting team (Tom Hardy). Against extraordinary odds, and enduring unimaginable grief, Glass battles a relentless winter in uncharted terrain. Read more about "The Revenant" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "A World Unseen," which takes viewers into the world of a 19th century America and uncovers the vision behind "The Revenant" and the parallels found in our world today through the film's visionary director along with DiCaprio. (Fox). Pre-order "The Revenant" here.
(2014) Haley Joel Osment, Lorenza Izzo, Kevin Hernandez, Glen Powell, Laura Harring. First time teacher Eddie Cole turns his detention class into Sex Ed, but he might not be the best teacher: His students seem to have more experience than him. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Entertainment).
The Sex Trade
(2015 -- France) Documentary takes an inside look into the worldwide sex trade, which has expanded into an enormous industry in the last few decades. Part investigative report and part editorial, the film is a foray into a brutal world whose key players trivialize the impact of their actions by claiming that prostitution is simply a service like any other. But who's really benefiting? To meet customer demands and keep this lucrative business rolling, unscrupulous pimps and sex traffickers target women and girls, who are afraid to speak out. They are funneled into a sprawling sex trade: high-end and street prostitution, escort agencies, massage parlors, strip clubs, the porn industry, and sex tourism. Seemingly everywhere, men are paying for sex and buying the silence of the women. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Shadows of Liberty
(2012) Documentary reveals how the media manipulates the news via censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the U.S. media, where global conglomerates call the shots. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Tracing the story of media manipulation over the years, the film poses a crucial question: Why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? Features interviews with well-known journalists and public figures including Julian Assange, Danny Glover, Amy Goodman, Dan Rather and David Simon. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Silicon Valley: The Complete Second Season
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. After taking the tech world by storm last season at TechCrunch Disrupt, Richard and rest of the Pied Piper team -- Erlich, Jared, Dinesh and Gilfoyle -- look ahead to a bright and profitable future. But their success may be in jeopardy, thanks to big changes at Raviga, the company created by Peter Gregory, and Nucleus, the competing compression platform launched by Hooli CEO Gavin Belson. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Reality Bytes: The Art & Science Behind Silicon Valley," deleted scenes, six audio commentaries with Mike Judge, Alec Berg, T.J. Miller and many more. (HBO).
(1985) Are you eating it ... or is it eating you? The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It's delicious, low in calories and – better still – doesn't stain the family carpet … What's not to like?! Well, for a start it has a life of its own, and we're not talking friendly live bacteria … Young Jason seems to be the only one who doesn't love The Stuff – in fact he won't go anywhere near it, after having seen the pudding crawling around the fridge one night. What's more, everyone who eats The Stuff has started acting really weird … Now, teaming up with wise-cracking industrial saboteur "Mo," Jason must put a stop to The Stuff and the organization behind it or face a gooey, gloopy demise. Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the "It's Alive" series and scribe behind the "Maniac Cop" trilogy), "The Stuff" is a titillating treat for the taste-buds that blends elements of films such as "Street Trash" with the straight-up B-movie flavor of "The Blob." So grab a spoon and dig on into The Stuff – the taste that delivers … much more than you bargained for! New High Definition restoration of the film from a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Can't Get Enough of The Stuff: Making Larry Cohen's Classic Creature Feature" documentary featuring Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, actress Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Neill (mechanical makeup effects) and Kim Newman; introduction and trailer commentary by director and The Stuff fan Darren Bousman ("Saw II," "Saw III"); original trailer; reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin; collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joel Harley, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [Collector's Edition]
(1986) Two-disc set with 10 hours of bonus features. Disc 1: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two" (new HD transfer); new 2016 2K HD scan of the inter-positive film element; new audio commentary with director of photography Richard Kooris, production designer Cary White, script supervisor Laura Kooris and property master Michael Sullivan; audio commentary with director Tobe Hooper; audio commentary with actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special effects makeup creator Tom Savini; new extended outtakes from "It Runs in the Family" featuring L.M. Kit Carson and Lou Perryman; new behind-the-scenes footage compilation from Tom Savini's archives; alternate opening credit sequence; deleted scenes; still galleries with posters and lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photos, stills and collector's gallery; theatrical trailers; TV spots. Disc 2: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two" (Original HD Transfer); MGM's original HD master with color correction supervision by director of photography Richard Kooris; new "House of Pain" interview with make-up effects artists Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale and John Vulich; new "Yuppie Meat" interview with actors Chris Douridas and Barry Kinyon; new "Cutting Moments" interview with editor Alain Jakubowicz; new "Behind the Mask" interview with stunt man and Leatherface performer Bob Elmore; new "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" location featurette hosted by Sean Clark plus a special guest; "It Runs in the Family" six part feature-length documentary featuring interviews with screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Bill Johnson, Lou Perryman, special makeup effects artist Tom Savini and more; Blu-ray Disc. (Scream Factory).
Veep: The Complete Fourth Season
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Having become president after her predecessor stepped down, it remains to be seen whether Selina's term will outlast that of America's shortest-serving president, William Henry Harrison. The stakes for Selina and her team are higher than ever before: she must still run for election, and her people must grapple with how to make her seem "presidential." The fourth season of the hit HBO comedy series was the winner of five 2015 Emmy awards including Outstanding Comedy series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus who has won an Emmy for each season of Veep), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Hale) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Skewering the whirlwind day-to-day existence of the Vice President's office and Washington politics at-large, the series continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (HBO).
What Lola Wants
(2015) Sophie Lowe, Beau Knapp, Dale Dickey, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Taylor. Sixteen-year-old Lola Franklin (Lowe) runs away from home and her Hollywood royalty parents, but allows the world to believe she's been kidnapped. Intent on making her way across the country, she meets a boy, Marlo (Knapp), in a New Mexico diner. They fall instantly in love. But when Marlo learns of the reward for Lola's safe return, he must decide between collecting the reward for her return, or escaping his own life in a ruthless crime ring to help her continue her mysterious getaway. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay ).
When Calls the Heart: Troubled Hearts
(2015) Latest episode in the series based on the work of author Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series). Big revelations are in store for Hope Valley as Elizabeth moves into her own rowhouse, dismaying Jack, who has been planning to build a new home for the both of them. Rosemary discovers that Lee has taken out a loan and worries that he's in financial difficulties. And Jesse, the young drifter who works in Abigail's kitchen, has information that could ruin Pastor Frank's good standing in Hope Valley. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco
Over the course of the 1990s, writer-director Whit Stillman made a trilogy of films about the acid tongues and broken hearts of some haplessly erudite young Americans in New York and abroad. Set in the eighties, these films would trace the arc of that decade, led by Stillman's Oscar-nominated debut, "Metropolitan" (1990), which introduced moviegoers to a strange, endangered species of privileged New Yorker dubbed the “urban haute bourgeoisie.” Chronologically, the tale continues with "The Last Days of Disco" (1998), in which, with an earnest wink, Stillman mourns the close of New York's nightclub era via the story of two young party-going women juggling day jobs in book publishing. Finally, "Barcelona" (1994) plunks down a pair of love-starved upper-class men in a foreign city riddled with anti-American sentiment. At once effervescent and melancholy, these are comedies about the ends of eras, social change as seen through the eyes of reluctant, unflaggingly sardonic romantics. Three-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets. Restored high-definition digital transfer of "Metropolitan," supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; restored high-definition digital transfer of "The Last Days of Disco," supervised by Stillman, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; new, restored 2K digital transfer of "Barcelona," supervised by Stillman and Thomas, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Audio commentary on "Metropolitan" featuring Stillman, actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols, and editor Christopher Tellefsen; audio commentary on "The Last Days of Disco" featuring Stillman, Eigeman, and actor Chloe Sevigny; audio commentary on "Barcelona" featuring Stillman, Eigeman, and Nichols; rare outtakes and alternate casting scenes from "Metropolitan," with commentary by Stillman; deleted scenes from "The Last Days of Disco," with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny; deleted scenes and alternate ending from "Barcelona" with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Nichols; new video essay about the trilogy by film critic Farran Smith Nehme; featurettes about the making of "The Last Days of Disco" and "Barcelona"; "Today" show interview with Stillman from 1994; episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" from 1991 with Stillman; audio recording of Stillman reading a chapter from his book "The Last Days of Disco," with "Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards"; stills gallery for "The Last Days of Disco," with captions by Stillman; trailers for all three films; essays by author Luc Sante, novelist David Schickler, and film scholar Haden Guest. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, George Shevtsov, Robin McLeavy. Psychologist Peter Bower's life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret
which only he can put right. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extras: "The Psychology of Backtrack" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official First Season
(2015) Five-disc set with all 36 episodes. This special collection not only includes digitally remastered episodes with upgraded picture and sound, but also features the original extended pilot episode. Rarely seen, this episode offers a special glimpse into TV history with an unfamiliar intro to the new series, "The Hillbillies of Beverly Hills," extended scenes, and staged vignettes featuring as-yet unseen characters destined to become one of America's most favorite TV families. The debut season follows the Clampetts -- Jed (Buddy Ebsen), Granny (Irene Ryan), Elly May (Donna Douglas), and Jethro (Max Baer Jr.) -- as they accidentally strike oil on their land and move from their backwoods cabin to a Beverly Hills mansion. On their journey to fulfill their dreams of swimming pools and movie stars, their humorous hillbilly lifestyle clashes with the "city folk" of Beverly Hills. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(1945) After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) begin a muted but passionate, and ultimately doomed, love affair. With its evocatively fog-enshrouded setting, swooning Rachmaninoff score, and pair of remarkable performances (Johnson was nominated for an Oscar for her role), this film, directed by David Lean and based on Noel Coward's play "Still Life," deftly explores the thrill, pain, and tenderness of an illicit romance, and has influenced many a cinematic brief encounter since its release. High-definition digital transfer of the BFI National Archive's 2008 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Audio commentary from 2000 by film historian Bruce Eder; interview from 2012 with Noel Coward scholar Barry Day; "A Profile of Brief Encounter," a short documentary from 2000 on the making of the film; "David Lean: A Self Portrait," a 1971 television documentary on Lean's career; trailer; an essay by historian Kevin Brownlow. (The Criterion Collection).
Death Becomes Her BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis; stars: Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Isabella Rossellini. Extras: New "The Making of Death Becomes Her" featuring interviews with director Robert Zemeckis, writer David Koepp, director of photography Dean Cundey, production designer Rick Carter and special effects artists Lance Anderson and David Anderson; vintage "Behind-the-scenes" featurette; photo gallery; original theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(1973) The runaway success of "Bonnie and Clyde" in 1967 proved massively influential: It made stars of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, introduced a new form of violence to the movies, and inspired a stream of imitators, including "Bloody Mama," Martin Scorsese's "Boxcar Bertha "and the directorial debut of John Milius, "Dillinger." Milius presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the Depression era's Public Enemy Number One as he takes on the banks and the G-men, led by the infamous Melvin Purvis. Starring Sam Peckinpah favorites Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as Dillinger and Purvis, and with a supporting cast including Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, "Dillinger" is a top drawer gangster picture: explosive, stylish and hugely entertaining. Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of "Savage Cinema" and "Screening Violence"; "Shooting Dillinger," a new interview with director of photography Jules Brenner; "Original Gangster," a new interview with producer Lawrence Gordon; "Ballads and Bullets," a new interview with composer Barry De Vorzon; stills gallery; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; collector's booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman on fictional portrayals of John Dillinger, plus an on-set report containing interviews with writer-director Milius and others, illustrated with original production stills. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(1975) Rudy Ray Moore, D'Urville Martin, Lady Reed, Jerry Jones, John Kerry. Emerging in the U.S. in the early 1970s, Blaxploitation films – the first to regularly feature soundtracks of funk and soul music and primarily African-American casts – were originally made specifically for a Black, urban audience. However, the genre’s appeal soon broadened across racial and ethnic lines. Dolemite (Moore), the baddest pimp in town, has just been released from prison, ready to take revenge on notorious gangster Willie Green (Martin), who set him up on a phony drug charge and stole his club, The Total Experience. With the help of his friend Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and their bank of Kung Fu fighting vixens, Dolemite takes on every "rat soup eatin' mother#%$*er" in South Central. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "I, Dolemite" making-of documentary; "Lady Reed Uncut" featurette; "Locations: Then & Now" featurette; historical commentary track from Moore's biographer Mark Jason Murray, featuring interviews with Moore as well as co-stars Jerry Jones, Lady Reed and John Kerry and cinematographer Nick Von Sternberg; original theatrical trailers; original cover artwork by Jay Shaw; reversible cover artwork. (Vinegar Syndrome).
The Driftless Area
(2015) Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, Aubrey Plaza, Frank Langella, Alia Shawkat, Ciaran Hinds. Bartender Pierre (Yelchin) returns to his hometown after the death of his parents and falls under the spell of the enchanting, mysterious Stella (Deschanel). As their relationship deepens, Pierre finds himself in a dangerous situation with a volatile criminal (Hawkes) who abruptly altered the course of Stella's life.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: " Making The Driftless Area." (Sony).
A French Village - Season 3
(2010-11 -- France) The blockbuster French drama, starring Audrey Fleurot and Thierry Godard ("Spiral"), chronicles the impact of World War II on a small village in central France. The German occupation changes the life of the village of Villeneuve forever, and as its residents come under the pressures of war, they make choices that are inspiring and heartbreaking. In this gripping drama, ordinary citizens become patriots, traitors, Nazi employees or activists. Beginning with the Germans' arrival in June 1940, they endure five years of rationing, fighting and betrayals, and strain to keep some semblance of their existence intact. The war shatters all their lives, but a few of them, even in the shadow of destruction, reach out to find fleeting moments of connection and love. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $39.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Hot in Cleveland Season Six
(2014-15) Three-disc set with all 24 episodes of the final season of the TV Land series that stars Valerie Bertinelli Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Hot in Cleveland Complete Series
(2010-15) Seventeen-disc set with all 128 episodes from the series' six seasons, $89.99.
Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Inspector Rex: Season One: Vienna
(1994-95 -- Austria/Germany) There's a new crime-fighter in town: the international sensation, police dog Inspector Rex. The crime series that became one of the most successful franchises in the world revolves around amazing German Shepherd Rex, with his unerring instinct and phenomenal intelligence. He may have four legs but he puts them all to use: unlatching doors, pushing trolleys, disarming criminals, and even charming the ladies when necessary. After his handler is killed in an explosion, Rex gets paired up with the handsome, recently-divorced Inspector Richard Moser to investigate crimes and clean up the streets of Vienna. Along with Moser's two-legged partner, Ernst Stockinger, they become the meanest crime-fighting team to hit the streets of Vienna, tracking down a serial teddy bear bomber, an old-lady killer and even Beethoven's head. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $39.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).
Jane Got a Gun
(2016) Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook. Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond (Portman) is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun. As the relentless leader John Bishop gears up for revenge, Jane’s best hope for her family's survival rests with her old love Dan Frost – a gunslinger whose hatred for Bill is only slightly overshadowed by his love for Jane. Together Jane and Dan spring clever traps, luring Bishop’s men to certain death just as their old feelings for each other resurface amidst the flying bullets. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Company).
The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates
Seeking to invigorate the American documentary format, which he felt was rote and uninspired, Robert Drew brought the style and vibrancy he had fostered as a Life magazine correspondent to filmmaking in the late fifties. He did this by assembling an amazing team -- including such eventual nonfiction luminaries as Richard Leacock ("Louisiana Story"), D. A. Pennebaker ("Don't Look Back"), and Albert Maysles ("Grey Gardens") -- that would transform documentary cinema. In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy -- "Primary" (1960), "Adventures on the New Frontier" (1961) and "Crisis" (1963) -- and, following the president's assassination, the poetic short "Faces of November" (1964). Collected here are all four of these titles, early exemplars of the movement known as Direct Cinema and featuring the greatest close-up footage we have of this American icon. New 2K digital restorations of all four films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Alternate, 26-minute cut of "Primary," edited by filmmaker Richard Leacock; audio commentary on the Leacock edit of "Primary," featuring Leacock and filmmakers Robert Drew and D. A. Pennebaker, recorded in conversation with film critic Gideon Bachmann in 1961; "Robert Drew in His Own Words," a new documentary featuring archival interview footage; new conversation between Pennebaker and Jill Drew, Robert Drew's daughter-in-law and the general manager of Drew Associates; outtakes from "Crisis," along with a discussion by historian Andrew Cohen, author of "Two Days in June"; new conversation about "Crisis" featuring former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder and Sharon Malone, Holder's wife and the sister of Vivian Malone, one of the students featured in "Crisis"; new interview with Richard Reeves, author of "President Kennedy: Profile of Power"; footage from a 1998 event at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, featuring Drew, Pennebaker, Leacock, and filmmaker Albert Maysles; an essay by documentary film curator and writer Thomas Powers. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell. A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home. Read more about "Krampus" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "The Naughty Ones: Meet the Cast," galleries, commentary with director/co-writer Michael Dougherty and co-writers Todd Casey & Zach Shields. Blu-ray adds "Krampus and His Minions" special effects featurette, "Practical Danger" stunts featurette, "Inside the Snowglobe: Production Design" featurette, "Dougherty's Vision" behind-the-scenes featurette with the director and cast and crew, "Behind the Scenes at WETA Workshop: Krampus." (Universal).
19-2, Season 1
(2014) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Canadian series that follows partners in the Montreal Police Department who must put their differences aside as their lives intertwine professionally and personally. Officer Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes) patrols the streets of Montreal with Station 19's newest squad member, Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso). Back on the job after a shooting incident, guilt-ridden Nick immediately clashes with overzealous Ben. As the wary new partners respond to some of the city's most violent and bizarre crimes, they learn the high cost of life on the force—both on and off duty. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
(2014) This evocative and haunting drama, set in a rubble-strewn Berlin in 1945, is like no other film about post–World War II Jewish identity. After surviving Auschwitz, a former cabaret singer (Nina Hoss, in a dazzling, multilayered performance), her face disfigured and reconstructed, returns to her war-ravaged hometown to seek out the gentile husband who may or may not have betrayed her to the Nazis. Without recognizing her, he enlists her to play his wife in a bizarre hall-of-shattered-mirrors story that's as richly metaphorical as it is preposterously engrossing. Revenge film or tale of romantic reconciliation? One doesn't know until the superb closing scene of this marvel from Christian Petzold (the Oscar-nominated "Barbara"), perhaps the most important figure in contemporary German cinema. New 4K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
New conversation between director Christian Petzold and actor Nina Hoss; new interview with cinematographer Hans Fromm; new documentary featuring on-set interviews from 2013 with Petzold, Hoss, actors Nina Kunzendorf and Ronald Zehrfeld, and production designer Kade Gruber; trailer; an essay by critic Michael Koresky. (The Criterion Collection).
Ride Along 2
(2015) Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Ken Jeong Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, Sherri Shepherd, Tyrese Gibson. Read more about "Ride Along 2" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Ride Along With Us" police recruitment video, "Behind the Scenes of Ride Along With Us," "Kevin & Cube: Brothers-In-Law," "Inside Black Hammer Vision" Miami car chase scenes, commentary with director Tim Story. Blu-ray adds The Ride Along Roundtable, "The Ride Diaries" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The New Recruits" (Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong), "Ride Along With Kevin Hart," "Cori's Wedding Commercial." (Universal).
Son of Saul
(2015 -- Hungary) Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont. In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. Read more about "Son of Saul" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Laszlo Nemes, actor Geza Rohrig and cinematographer Matyas Erdely, Museum of Tolerance Q&A with director Nemes, Rohrig and cinematographer Erdely, deleted scene. (Sony). Pre-order "Son of Saul" here.
(2013) From director Frank Henenlotter ("Basket Case," "Brain Damage") and co-producer Mike Vraney (the late founder of Something Weird Video) comes this documentary that is an eye-popping expedition through the world of pre-code peekaboos, stags, sex-hygiene films, goona-goonas, nudie-cuties, roughies, druggies, white-coaters and more, featuring thousands of spicy, steamy and downright sleazy clips from the SWV archives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,. Extras: Over 3 1/2 hours of sexploitation shorts from The Something Weird Archives, audio commentary with director Frank Henenlotter and Something Weird's Lisa Petrucci, trailer. (Severin Films).
Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production Season 1 Part 1
(2016) Two-disc set with 26 episodes of the new animated series starring Bugs Bunny. The classic Looney Tunes receive an updated look with cutting-edge animation, clever storylines and new characters. "Wabbit's" premiere on Cartoon Network ranked #1 in its time slot
across all Kids' networks with Boys 6-11 and ranked #2 with kids 6-11. The series was the #1 original kids program on basic cable with Boys 6-11. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(1972) Sydne Rome, Marcello Mastroianni, Hugh Griffith, Roman Polanski, Romolo Valli. Roman Polanski described it as the ribald adventures of an innocent girl. Critics called it an amoral, depraved disaster. More than four decades after its controversial release, it remains the most butchered, debated and least-seen film of the Oscar-winning director's entire career. The succulent Sydne Rome stars as an oft-naked American girl lost inside a Mediterranean villa inhabited by priests, pianists, perverts and a syphilitic pimp (a deliciously bizarre performance by Marcello Mastroianni) while indulging in madcap acts of gang rape, sodomy and ping-pong. Hugh Griffith ("Tom Jones"), Romolo Valli ("Boccaccio '70") and Polanski himself co-star in this surreal and sexy comedy, now finally restored to its original running time from a vault print reportedly stolen from the wine cellar of producer Carlo Ponti. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Three featurettes: "Sydne In Wonderland" interview with star Sydne Rome, "Memories of a Young Pianist" interview with composer Claudio Gizzi, "A Surreal Pop Movie" interview with cinematographer Marcello Gatti, theatrical trailer. (Severin Films).
The Zero Boys
(1986) From cult director Nico Mastorakis, the man behind such eclectic offerings as the controversial "Island of Death" and the Oliver Reed-starring actioner "Hired to Kill" comes "The Zero Boys," a genre-bending '80s classic with gruesome sequences that anticipate the torture porn horrors of "Hostel" and "Saw." For a group of young friends, a weekend of survival games in the wilderness turns into a genuine battle of life and death when one of their number turns up dead. Finding themselves hunted by a bloodthirsty band of maniacs intent on slaughtering them one-by-one, the self-styled "Zero Boys" must now play their war games for real. Featuring an early score from the legendary Hans Zimmer ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Trilogy"), "The Zero Boys" mixes action, survival and all-out slasher movie elements in a thrilling horror yarn that falls somewhere between "Friday the 13th" and "Deliverance." New 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with star Kelli Maroney, moderated by Shock Till You Drop's Chris Alexander; "Nico Mastorakis On … Nico Mastorakis " new interview with Mastorakis on the making of "The Zero Boys"; new interview with star Kelli Maroney; new interview with star Nicole Rio; original theatrical trailer; stills gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Country Special
Features a pair of episodes from Glen Campbell's classic variety series, filled with music, laughter, and a roster of guest stars including Johnny Cash, June Carter, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis and Minnie Pearl. Includes performances of "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Saw The Light," "Act Naturally," "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am" and many others. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
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