(2016) Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Bradley Whitford, Frank Langella, Joe Morton, Stephen Root, Marque Richardson, Aisha Hinds, Todd Weeks, Mo McRae, Spencer Garrett. "Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation, but not a fact." -- Lyndon B. Johnson. Following its critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway run, "All the Way" (starring four-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston who reprises his Tony Award-winning role) is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson's (LBJ) tumultuous first year in office in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination. The film follows LBJ during his early administration, as he stakes his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act. Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power. As King battles to press Johnson while controlling more radical elements of the Civil Rights movement, Johnson navigates the bill through Congress, winning a landslide victory against Barry Goldwater, but causing the South to defect from the Democratic Party. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Historical featurette, "Bryan Cranston's Transformative Video" becoming LBJ. (HBO).
A Bigger Splash
(2016 -- Italy) Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson.
The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter. Read more about "A Bigger Splash" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Eight promotional featurettes, photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Fox).
The Bodyguard (aka My Beloved Bodyguard)
(2016 -- Hong Kong) Directed by and starring Sammo Hung, co-stars Andy Lau. In a small town bordering China and Russia, a retired bodyguard with early dementia (Sammo Hung) makes friends with a young girl. But when she and her father disappear, he must recall long-abandoned skills to take down the mob and save her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Center Stage: On Pointe
(2016) Peter Gallagher, Sascha Radetsky, Kenny Wormald, Ethan Stiefel, Nicole Muñoz, Chloe Lukasiak. In the third installment of the franchise, Jonathan Reeves (Gallagher) is tasked with infusing more contemporary styles and modernism into the American Ballet Academy, and enlists his top choreographers Charlie (Radetsky), Cooper (Stiefel) and Tommy (Wormald) to recruit dancers to compete at a camp where the winners will be selected to join the Academy. Bella Parker (Muñoz), who has always lived in the shadow of her hugely successful sister Kate, finally gets her chance to step into the limelight as one of the dancers recruited for the camp. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Dance Tutorial With Chloe Lukasiak" featurette. (Sony).
(2016) Omar Chaparro, Aislinn Derbez, Joey Moirgan, Eric Roberts, Camila Sodi, Kevin Pollak. Action buddy comedy from the studio behind the record-breaking "Instructions Not Included." After his release from prison, a former Mexican lawman (Omar Chaparro) works with a teenage hacker (Joey Morgan) to find the crime boss (Erick Elías) who framed him.
Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
CSI: Cyber The Final Season
(2015-16) Five-disc set with all 18 episodes. Investigator D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) transfers from Las Vegas to become the director of the newly created division of Next Generation Cyber Forensics. He joins Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) and specialists Elijah Mundo (James Van Der Beek), Daniel Krumitz (Charley Koontz), Brody Nelson (Shad "Bow Wow" Moss) and Raven Ramirez (Hayley Kiyoko) to track down the most dangerous cyber criminals. When confronted with old enemies, secrets and lies, the team must work together to unravel webs of evidence and solve some of the most bizarre cyber attacks yet. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Behind the Firewall: Season 2 of CSI: Cyber" cast and crew interviews about the second season; "Hack My Ride," a look at the cars used in the "Gone in 6 Seconds" episode; "Mr. Russell Goes to Washington" featurette discussing Ted Danson's character, D.B. Russell, joining the cast of "CSI: Cyber"; "Pixel Perfect" interview with the director of photography; "The Sounds of Cyber" featurette with the music and sound effects geniuses that create the second season's sound design. (CBS/Paramount).
(2016) Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Jennifer Morrison, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry. A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and which engages them in a fight for their survival. Read more about "The Darkness" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, shocking alternate ending. (Universal).
The Dead Room
(2016) Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, Laura Petersen. Inspired by a 1970s urban legend, this atmospheric nerve shredder follows two scientists and a young psychic as they investigate mysterious occurrences at a remote farmhouse. Skepticism quickly turns to terror as the researchers’ visit unsettles a seriously angry demonic presence possessing the home.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2016) Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce. In this sci-fi romance, Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult play Nia and Silas, two people who work together in a futuristic society known as "The Collective." A seemingly utopian world, "The Collective" has ended crime and violence by genetically eliminating all human emotions. Despite this, Nia and Silas can’t help noticing a growing attraction between them, leading them to a forbidden relationship -- at first tentative, but then exploding into a passionate romance. As suspicion begins to mount among their superiors, the couple is forced to choose between going back to the safety of the lives they have always known, or risking it all to try and pull off a daring escape. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Three featurettes: "Switched On,” "The Collective” and "Utopia”; commentary with director Drake Doremus, cinematographer John Guleserian and editor Jonathan Alberts. (Lionsgate).
Fishes 'n Loaves: Heaven Sent
(2016) Patrick Muldoon, Diana Meyer, Dominique Swain, William McNamara, Bruce Davison. When his parish closes, a big-hearted California preacher is dispatched to a church in tiny Eufala, Arizona (pop. 4,521), a land of rodeos, square dances, love-struck goats, and amateur musicals. Can Pastor Randy (Patrick Muldoon) and his loved ones keep their sanity long enough to inspire a community that's gone astray? Awarded the Dove "Faith Friendly" seal. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Flash: The Complete Second Season
(2015-16) All 23 episodes from the second season, as well as the Arrow crossover episode. Last season, the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark matter storm that struck forensic scientist Barry Allen — bestowing him with super-speed and making him the fastest man alive. But Barry wasn’t the only person who was given extraordinary abilities that night. The dark matter also created meta-humans — many of whom have wreaked havoc on the city. With the help of the S.T.A.R Labs team, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Dr. Harrison Wells, Barry protects the people of Central City from these powerful new threats as The Flash. Formats: Six-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes visual effects featurettes for almost every episode; "Star Crossed Hawks" featurette; "Star Crossed Hawks: The Hunt for Vandal Savage" featurette: "The Many Faces of Zoom" featurette: "Chasing Flash - The Journey of Kevin Smith" featurette; The Flash: 2015 Comic-Con Panel; The Flash: 2015 PaleyFest; deleted scenes; gag reel. (Warner).
(2016) Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce. Based on the biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius." Tells the story of the riveting friendship between author Thomas Wolfe and book editor Maxwell Perkins, who had published works from Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Genesis of Genius" featurette, "Painting a Portrait of the Lost Generation" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Hard Target 2
(2016) Scott Adkins, Robert Knepper, Rhona Mitra, Ann Truong, Temuera Morrison, Adam Saunders, Sahajak Boonthanakit. Retired mixed martial artist Wes "The Jailor" Baylor (Scott Adkins) can't refuse a million-dollar purse he's offered for one final bout in Myanmar. But when he arrives for the fight, he learns he's been tricked into becoming the target of a human hunt. Carrying only water and a ruby-filled money belt for the last person standing, Wes must outsmart the heavily armed group that has paid to kill him. As he fights for his life in the treacherous jungle terrain, the hunters become the hunted. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "Hard Target 2: Through the Lens"; deleted shot montage; "Into the Jungle: On Location of Hard Target 2"; "A Fighting Chance: Behind-the-Scenes of Hard Target 2"; "Thrill of the Hunt" characters' backstories featurette; commentary with director Roel Reiné and stars Scott Adkins and Robert Knepper, composer Trevor Morris, and camera operator Rolf Dekens. (Universal).
Honey 3: Dare to Dance
(2016) Cassie Ventura, Kenny Wormald. At a prestigious South African school, Melea and her boyfriend imagine a hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet, but Melea's dreams are dashed when she's unable to pay tuition and is forced to leave. Determined to fulfill her destiny, she does the unthinkable -- persuades the community to support her artistic and unique vision. When adrenaline-filled rehearsals cause dance crew rivals and egos to get in the way, everything falls apart. Once again, Melea dares to dream and risks it all. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, extended dance sequences, "Behind the Dance: The Making of Honey 3," "South African Backdrop: Cape Town," "Battle Dakota Club": Cast and crew break down the big dance battle at the Dakota Club, commentary with director Bille Woodruff. (Universal).
(2016) Chelsey Crisp, Philip Boyd, Joe Williamson, Corbin Bernsen, Marilu Henner. Family-friendly Christian comedy about a recently divorced woman who moves to her cheating ex-husband's home town to help her recently widowed mother-in-law and falls for the local town's pastor, who also happens to be her ex-husband's brother-in-law. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Cinedigm).
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999) Winner of nine Annie Awards, "The Iron Giant" is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant robot, voiced by a then little-known actor named Vin Diesel. The voice cast also included Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr. The film was the directorial debut of Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," "Tomorrowland"), was produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff from a screen story by Brad Bird and screenplay written by Tim McCanlies and Brad Bird. Adapted from poet Ted Hughes' book, "The Iron Man." The Blu-ray contains the Signature Edition (fully remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes) and the original theatrical version in high definition. $14.97. Extras: new documentary "The Giant's Dream," a definitive look at the making of "The Iron Giant"; commentary by Brad Bird; additional scenes, including alternate opening; mini documentary segments; "Teddy newton The X Factor"; "Duck and Cover" sequence; "The Voice of the Giant'; motion gallery; Brad Bird trailer. Also available is an Ultimate Collectors Edition for $74.99 that will include the Signature Edition and the original theatrical version in both high definition and standard definition, "The Giant's Dream" documentary, a hardcover art book on "The Iron Giant," collectible Mondo art cards, a 4-inch plastic articulated Iron Giant statue, and a letter from director Brad Bird. (Warner).
Limitless: Season One
(2015-16) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes. Based on the feature film, the TV series follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), a man who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Working closely with Brian in the major case squad in New York City is Special Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), a formidable investigator with a dark past, and Special Agent Boyle (Hill Harper), a former military officer and Rebecca's confidante. They report to Special Agent in Charge Nasreen "Naz" Pouran, a canny manipulator of the reins of power. Unbeknownst to the FBI, Brian also has a clandestine relationship with Senator Edward Mora (Bradley Cooper), a presidential hopeful and regular user of NZT who has plans of his own for his new protégé. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Big Screen to Small Screen: Launching Limitless for Television," "The Style of Limitless," "More of Who You Are," "Brain Presents," gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
Love & Friendship
(2016) Dir.: Walt Stillman. Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwel, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, Tom Bennett, James Fleet, Justin Edwards, Jenn Murray, Stephen Fry. Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally. Read more about "Love & Friendship" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes: Love and Friendship" featurette.
(2016) Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Cecily Strong, Jerrod Carmichael, Jason Ritter, Billy Magnussen, Harry Hamlin, Laura San Giacomo, Michael McKean.
An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away. Read more about "The Meddler" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Susan Sarandon and director Lorene Scafaria, two featurettes: "The ‘Real’ Marnie" and "The Making of The Meddler"; gag reel. (Sony).
(2016) George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito. Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio. Read more about "Money Monster" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; three featurettes: "George Clooney, The Money Man," "Inside the Pressure Cooker," "Analysis of a Scene - The Showdown"; Dan the Automator (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien) "What Makes the World Go 'Round (MONEY!)" music video. (Sony).
Night of the Living Deb
(2016) Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy, Ray Wise, Chris Marquette. After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but can't remember much about what actually got her there. Pretty boy Ryan, who's engaged to be married, only knows her presence is a mistake and he ushers her quickly out the door - right into a full-scale zombie apocalypse! Now the mismatched pair must team up to survive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Dark Sky Films/MPI).
Night Train to Munich BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1940 - UK) "Night Train to Munich," from writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat and director Carol Reed, is a twisting, turning, cloak-and-dagger delight. Paced like an out-of-control locomotive, this gripping, occasionally comic confection takes viewers on a World War II–era journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps, as Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter (Margaret Lockwood), who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent, played by Rex Harrison. This captivating adventure -- which also features "Casablanca’s" Paul Henreid -- mixes comedy, romance, and thrills with enough skill and cleverness to give the Master of Suspense himself pause. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Conversation from 2010 between film scholars Peter Evans and Bruce Babington about director Carol Reed, screenwriters Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, and the social and political climate in which "Night Train to Munich" was made; an essay by film critic Philip Kemp. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Mike Epps, David Keit, Ella Joyce. Biopic about the great singer and activist Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). She was one of the century's most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame recipient; her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her unforgettable. But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took courage, strength and one true friend: Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), the man who started out as her assistant and eventually became her loyal manager. With Clifton's encouragement, the "high priestess of soul" began a courageous journey back to her music ... and, eventually, herself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
Now You See Me 2
(2016) Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Sanaa Lathan. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four
Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. Read more about "Now You See Me 2" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary by director Jon Chu, "You Can’t Look Away" featurette. Blu-ray adds "The Art of the Ensemble" featurette, "Bringing Magic to Life" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Ones Below
(2015) Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore, Laura Birn. A dark, modern fairy tale in which the lives of two families become fatally intertwined. A couple expecting their first child discover an unnerving difference between themselves and the couple living in the flat below them who are also having a baby.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House
(2016) Corey Fogelmanis, Sophie Reynolds, Blake Michael, Morgan Fairchild, Wyatt Bernard. The third feature-length film based on the internationally beloved book series from legendary children's writer R. L. Stine. This film is packed with new ghosts and new thrills. Just one enchanted jewel stands between earth and an army of evil spirits led by the devious ghoul, Phears. With the help of his new girlfriend and ghost pals, Max Doyle (Fogelmanis) races to find the crystal and save the world. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel. (Universal).
Road House [Collector's Edition]
(1989) Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Marshall R. Teague, Julie Michaels, Red West, Sunshine Parker, Jeff Healey, Kevin Tighe. Cult favorite has Patrick Swayze starring as Dalton, the best bar bouncer in the business. He's anything but "typical" -- he's a little small for his trade, has a degree in philosophy and he believes in "being nice." But when he's hired to clean up the Double Deuce in the small town of Jasper, he's pushed to his breaking point. Turns out Jasper is controlled by an evil sadist (Ben Gazzara) who doesn't want anyone meddling with "his" town. After he sends his goons to bust up the Double Deuce, all hell breaks loose. Now it's "no more nice guy" for Dalton as he starts busting heads, leading him to the all-time, no-holds-barred showdown of the century. Formats: Two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: New 2K Scan of the inter-positive, supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Cundey; audio commentary by director Rowdy Herrington; audio commentary by "Road House" fans Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier; new "The Making of Road House" interviews with director Rowdy Herrington, actors Kelly Lynch, John Doe, Kevin Tighe, Julie Michaels, Red West, Lisa Niemi Swayze, casting director Jackie Burch, director of photography Dean Cundey, editor Frank Urioste and more; new "Remembering Patrick" interviews with Lisa Niemi Swayze, Rowdy Herrington, Terry Funk, Kelly Lynch, Marshall R. Teague and more; new "A Conversation With Director Rowdy Herrington"; new "Pain Don't Hurt: The Stunts of Road House" interviews with second unit director-stunt coordinator Charlie Picerni, Rowdy Herrington, John Doe, Kelly Lynch and more' new "The Music of Road House" interviews with director Rowdy Herrington, John Doe, Red West and more; "What Would Dalton Do?" "On the Road House" with Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Rowdy Herrington, Marshall Teague, Benny Urquidez; vintage interviews with Patrick Swayze, Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliot, Benny Urquidez and Rowdy Herrington; "On the Set": behind-the-scenes footage; vintage profile on Patrick Swayze; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory Select).
Sesame Street: Love to Learn
(2016) Elmo and his friends are a curious bunch and love to learn about the world around them, and they discover that they can learn anytime, anywhere -- whether they're exploring animals in their natural habitat on a camping trip or admiring a rainbow when playing in the park. This DVD is a fun, educational-packed special in which Elmo helps his friends explore their natural curiosity. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
South Park: The Complete Nineteenth Season
(2015) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" E3 2016 game trailer, deleted scenes, "#Social Commentary" (on Blu-ray only). (Paramount).
Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season
(2015-16) Twenty-three episodes. Season Eleven plunges Sam and Dean Winchester into extreme peril as they face The Darkness, a sinister new menace unleashed upon the Earth. They continue their monster-hunting missions, battling the usual werewolves, black-eyed demons and even a vengeful ghost in a stuffed bunny costume, but with a sharp new focus: destroy The Darkness. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "On the Set With Supernatural: The Real Fan Contest," "Jensen Ackles on Directing The Bad Seed," "Digital Magic: Enhancing the Sets With VFX," "The Winchester Mythology: The Darkness," 2015 Comic-Con Panel, three audio commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today
(2016) Sixth installment of the animated franchise follows young Princess Alise and her friends as they embark on a pirate quest that leaves them stranded on a mysterious island. With her parents away for the summer, fun-loving, young Princess Alise must spend her time with Queen Uberta, training to be the perfect, proper royal. But what she really wants is to become a swashbuckling pirate, so she sets sail with Lord Rogers, Jean-Bob the frog and Speed the turtle on a bold, high seas journey filled with adventure, danger and discovery. After a shipwreck leaves the brave crew stranded on a wild, mysterious island, they meet Lucas, a young boy who has been living in seclusion. Now the faithful friends must work together to escape the island and the ferociously hungry creatures that dwell there.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Sing-Along: A Pirate Today," two featurettes: "Meet Alise & Lucas" and "I'll Be Your Star." (Sony).
Therapy for a Vampire
(2014 -- Austria) Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Karl Fischer Dominic Oley, Cornelia Ivancan. Count von Kozsnom (Tobias Moretti), a vampire in 1930s Vienna, is trapped in an eternally long marriage to the Countess Elsa von Kozsnom (Jeanette Hain), and has lost his thirst for life. After seeking out marriage counseling from the legendary Dr. Sigmund Freud (Karl Fischer), The Count, in an effort to appease his vain wife’s desire to see her own reflection, commissions a portrait of her by his assistant Viktor, an aspiring painter. But it’s Viktor’s headstrong girlfriend Lucy who most intrigues The Count, convinced that she’s the reincarnation of his one true love. It doesn't take too long for a wave of mistaken identities and misplaced affections to envelop the hapless group.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making-of" featurette, outtakes. (Music Box Films).
(2016) Pierce Brosnan, Justin Chatwin, Alexis Knapp, Ashley Greene, Bar Paly, Danny Masterson, Alison Lohman. A weekend getaway takes a dangerous turn when a mysterious nightclub owner (Brosnan) introduces a group of friends to a new designer drug. Stripped of their inhibitions, they start living out their wildest fantasies -- but what starts out as a fun night of partying quickly turns deadly, as the island paradise deteriorates into a tropical madhouse. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes With Cast and Crew" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(1986) Dir.: James Cameron; Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein. This Aliens 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Set features both the Theatrical and Special Edition versions of the film on Blu-ray, and includes collectible art cards and a book featuring art from the Dark Horse Comics "Aliens" series with an all-new cover created exclusively for this edition. The Blu-ray and Digital HD release will include an all-new documentary titled "The Inspiration and Design of Aliens," which delves into the origins of the film. James Cameron directed this critically acclaimed sequel starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the Nostromo's deadly encounter with the monstrous Alien. After drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years, Ripley returns to Earth, haunted by nightmares of the past. Although her story is initially met with disbelief, she agrees to accompany a team of Colonial Marines back to LV-426 ... and this time it’s war as the marines encounter a deserted planet overrun with Aliens. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: " The Inspiration and Design of Aliens featurette, deleted and extended scenes, "Superior Firepower: Making Aliens," "Superior Firepower: Making Aliens Enhancement," pre-production galleries ("The Art of Aliens": "Gateway Station and Colony," "Vehicles and Weapons," "Aliens"; "Casting": Cast portrait gallery); deleted scene montage. (Fox).
All Things Must Pass
(2015) Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with 200 stores, in 30 countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made an astounding $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. Directed by Colin Hanks, and featuring music icons like Dave Grohl, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, "All Things Must Pass" examines the iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon. For seven years, Hanks took on the documentary that lamented and celebrated the Sacramento-based record store that grew from his hometown into an American retail powerhouse. Formats: DVD. (Filmrise/MVD Entertainment).
Back In Time
(2015) Documentary takes a look at the very real impact the "Back to the Future" movies have had on our culture. Includes must-see interviews with Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, James Tolkan, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox. Formats: DVD. (Filmrise).
Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants
(2016) Latest original animated adventure. The Dark Knight is back doing what he does best -- protecting the citizens of Gotham City – in the third installment of the Batman Unlimited series. When evil scientist Mr. Freeze activates his latest invention on two of Gotham City's most formidable criminals -- Killer Croc and Bane -- things go from bad to worse. Turning them into super-sized mutant monsters, the Super-Villains start bashing through the streets of Gotham City with no end in sight. It's up to the Caped Crusader and his Super Hero team to save the day by putting the giant robot mechs in their place – but it will be an uphill battle as they face off against enormous foes. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
(2016) Matthew Espinosa, Sarah Jeffery, Tava Smiley, Caitlin Keats. Social media star Matthew Espinosa (with 18 million followers) stars as teen pop star Jordan Jaye, who just wants to live like a regular teenager. When he’s chased down by some excited female fans, he finds a perfect hideout and a reluctant new friend in a small town high school art student named Emily Lowe (Sarah Jeffery, Descendants). Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, gag reel. (Paramount).
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Ninth Season
(2015-16) All 24 episodes of the hit series that follows the saga of Leonard and Sheldon, two genius roommates who are brilliant in the lab, but socially challenged outside of it.
Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Big Bang Theory Gives Back," "BBT: The Big 200!", "Love IS Rocket Science," "Just Ask BBT: If I Had To Go To Mars …," "Just Ask BBT: Who Will Get The Couch?", 2015 Comic-Con Panel, gag reel. (Warner).
Captain America: Civil War
(2016) Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Sam Wilson, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland. Read more about "Captain America: Civil War" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2," "Captain America: The Road to Civil War," "Iron Man: The Road to Civil War," gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. (Disney).
Chicago P.D.: Season Three
(2015-16) Six-disc set with all 23 episodes. Return to ground zero in the fight against Chicago crime with this critically acclaimed drama from Primetime Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf ("Law & Order"). In Season Three, Hank Voight's (Jason Beghe) intelligence unit is in the final stretch of taking down a powerful kingpin when one of his detectives is severely beaten and kidnapped. In a race against time, Voight makes the difficult decision to bring back one of the disgraced former members of his unit. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med" and "Law & Order: SVU" crossover episodes. (Universal).
The Conjuring 2
(2016) Dir.: James Wan. Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Benjamin Haigh. Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit. Read more about "The Conjuring 2" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Enfield Poltergeist: Living the Horror." "The Conjuring 2: Hollywood’s Haunted Stage," "Creating Crooked," "Crafting The Conjuring 2," "Sounds of Scary," deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2016) One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma's career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as "Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "Blow Out," "Scarface," "The Untouchables," "Carlito's Way" and "Mission: Impossible." In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field. In the end, what emerges is a funny, honest, and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist, and an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the last 50 years of the film industry through the eyes of someone who has truly seen it all. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Empire: The Complete Second Season
(2015-16) Five-disc set with all 18 episodes. Three months have passed since Lucious Lyon's (Terrence Howard) shocking arrest. Now, released from prison, he and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) enter a hostile competition to dominate the music industry. Despite an ongoing feud between their sons Jamal and Hakeem, a stunning betrayal may unite the family against an outside takeover of Empire Entertainment Records. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes USO tour, unfiltered studio sessions, more musical performances. (Fox).
(2015-16) Six-disc set with all 25 episodes. The heat's on as the Hawaii Five-0 team takes on some of the Aloha State's most notorious and baffling criminal cases involving murder, the Mob, espionage, and kidnapping. With McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) at the helm, the team interrogates members of a renegade stunt-bikers gang, pursues a rogue Russian spy with access to NSA secrets, and partners with an autistic child in a murder investigation. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, audio commentaries on select episodes, "Behind the Scenes With Alex O'Loughlin" set tour, "Aloha Action!" stunts featurette, "One More Day" music video by Shawn Mokuahi Garnett (Cousin Flippa), "Casting Five-0," more. (Universal).
(2015) Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madse, Danny Flaherty. A critically acclaimed coming-of-age story about friendship and finding happiness in rough surroundings, the stylish film follows a scrappy 15-year-old (Plummer) who bonds with his introverted cousin (Nichols) while facing off against a bully (Flaherty), set over a hazy summer weekend. Formats: DVD. (Well Go USA).
The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea
(2016) IMAX and Giant Screen film released in 4K and 3D. Shot on location in Palau, Vancouver Island, French Polynesia, Mexico, and The Bahamas, "The Last Reef" takes viewers on a global journey to explore the human connection with the ocean's complex, parallel worlds. New underwater 3D technology takes us into the heart of the reef, revealing a habitat more diverse and more colorful than one ever imagined.
Formats:4K Ultra HD/3D Blu-reay/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection
The story of the Ingalls family concludes with these three newly restored and uncut movie adventures:" Look Back to Yesterday," "Bless All the Dear Children," and "The Last Farewell." Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season
(2015) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Netflix contemporary Western series. The new season finds unflappable Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) and his deputies trying to put the troubling events of the past behind them. The mysterious White Warrior who tormented Branch Connally (Bailey Chase) is dead, Walt's best friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) is a free man, Longmire's right-hand deputy Victoria "Vic" Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) is newly divorced, and the mystery of Walt's wife's murder is seemingly resolved. However, just as it looks like a second chance is truly possible for everyone; the opening of the new casino on the Reservation brings dark new problems to Walt's corner of Wyoming. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Warner).
(2016) Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case — and the deadly heists continue — it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1983) Dir.: Charles Band; Mike Preston, Kelly Preston, Jeffrey Byron, Tim Thomerson, Richard Moll. On a desert planet, warlord Jared-Syn is trying to convince a tribe of mutants that he's their messiah and gain unlimited power hidden in a crystal. Only the galactic peacekeeping Ranger Dogen and explorer Dhyana, who's father was murdered by Syn, can stop him. Originally released in 3D during the early 1980s 3D revival. Formats: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: New "High Noon at the End of the Universe" featuring interviews with director-producer Charles Band, actors Jeffrey Byron, Richard Moll and Tim Thomerson, screenwriter-producer Alan J. Adler, special effects artist Allan Apone, make-up artist Kenny Myers and composer Richard Band;
promotional and behind-the-scenes still gallery; radio spot; original theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
The Neon Dead
(2015) Marie Barker, Mark Ashworth, Greg Garrison, Dylan Schettina, Nathan DeRussy, Candace Mabry. An unemployed college graduate hires two paranormal exterminators to combat a monster infestation in her new home. But their out-of-their-depth prodding into an evil unleashes an ancient demon and his army of monsters who quickly overrun the home, intent on possessing every human they make contact with. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Torey Haas, bonus scenes, two monster shorts ("First Date," "Troll Picnic") by Haas, creature profile. (Wild Eye Releasing).
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
(2016) Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogeen Poots, Chris Redd. When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status. Read more about "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, interview outtakes, bonus footage, six music videos, "How to Donkey Roll," "Big Boy Freestyle," "Shooting Hoops," "Turn Up the Beef" backstory, "Fun at CMZ!" more. (Universal).
Presenting Princess Shaw
(2015) A documentary on the collaborative relationship between New Orleans based songwriter/YouTube star Samantha Montgomery and Israeli composer/video artist Ophir Kutiel. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans's toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur YouTube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Kutiman "transforms sampling into a multimedia art," whether at his home on a kibbutz in Israel or at a live performance at the Guggenheim in New York. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, interview with Princess Shaw, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Purging Hour
(2015) Paul Cross, Tom Mclaren, Art Roberts. With the hopes of a new life for his family, Bruce Diaz leaves the harsh city for the serene and majestic mountains of California. The Diaz family's first day in their new house would go down as one of the most violent 24 hours any family could ever imagine. With no serviceable evidence being retrieved and no witnesses, the case was eventually dismissed. Several years later, the family's personal home movie footage was released by an anonymous source. This "home video" is the family's story, through their eyes. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
Raising Cain [Collector's Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992) John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, Teri Austin. From master of terror Brian De Palma comes this stylish psychological thriller. Carter Nix (Lithgow) is a respected psychologist, loving husband and devoted father who decides to take a year off to help raise his daughter. Carter's wife Jenny is pleased to have her attentive husband home -- at first. When Carter shows obsessive behavior toward their daughter, Jenny becomes concerned, and to complicate matters, Jenny's old flame re-enters her life. But nothing can prepare her for the emergence of Carter's multiple personalities, and a fiendish plot to recreate the infamous experiments of his deranged father. Formats: Two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with actors John Lithgow, Steven Bauer, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris and editor Paul Hirsch; original theatrical trailer; director's cut of the film featuring scenes reordered as originally intended; new "Changing Cain: Brian De Palma's Cult Classic Restored" featurette; new "Raising Cain Re-Cut – A Video Essay" by Peet Gelderblom. (Scream Factory Select).
Scorpion: Season Two
(2015-16) Six-disc set with all 24 epiosdes. Elyes Gabel stars as the leader of Scorpion, a team of prodigies who use their intellect to solve the world's deadliest problems. Also starring Robert Patrick as tough-as-nails Homeland Security agent Cabe Gallo, and Katherine McPhee as Paige, a former waitress who interprets the "normal" world for the team, while they help her understand her withdrawn, genius son.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Unlikely Heroes: Scorpion Season 2" featurette, "Creating Reality: Visual Effects" featurette, "Geeky Gadgets" featurette, "Scorpion: The Comic Book," gag reel, audio commentaries. (CBS/Paramount).
The Silent Storm
(2014 - UK) Andrea Riseborough, Damian Lewis, Ross Anderson. A wild Scottish island provides the backdrop for this tense drama of a stormy marriage between an authoritarian minister and his mysterious wife whose lives are shaken by the unexpected arrival of a delinquent into their home. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
(2015 -- France) Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier, Catherine Deneuve, Diane Rouxel. Abandoned by his mother (Forestier) at the age of 6, Malony (Paradot) is constantly in and out of juvenile court. An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence (Deneuve), a children's magistrate nearing retirement, and Yann (Magimel), a caseworker and himself the survivor of a very difficult childhood. Together they follow the boy's journey and try unfailingly to save him. Then Malony is sent to a stricter educational center, where he meets Tess (Rouxel), a very special young girl who shows him that there are reasons for hope. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
(1939 - Japan) This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the director’s first use of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define his films. The adopted son of legendary kabuki actor Kikunosuke (Shotaro Hanayagi), who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother’s wet nurse (Kakuko Mori) for support and affection—and she soon gives up everything for her beloved’s creative glory. Featuring fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of kabuki theater in the late nineteenth century, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum is a critique of the oppression of women and the sacrifices required of them, and the pinnacle of Mizoguchi’s early career. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with critic Phillip Lopate about the evolution of director Kenji Mizoguchi’s style, an essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew. (The Criterion Collection).
Tales of Halloween
(2015) Limited collector's edition of the horror anthology film that weaves together 10 chilling tales from horror's top directors: Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. The all-star directorial lineup includes Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Lucky McKee and Mike Mendez. Cameos by horror heavyweights such as Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, John Savage, Adrienne Barbeau, John Landis, Joe Dante, Barbara Crampton, Booboo Stewart, Keir Gilchrist, Grace Phipps, Pat Healy, Kristina Klebe, Greg Grunberg, Alex Essoe, Pollyanna McIntosh and more. In addition to the feature film, the limited-edition collector's set will also contain a DVD chock-full of bonus features and a CD of the film's soundtrack featuring original tracks by Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy Psycho, Christopher Drake and Christian Henson. Among the highlights of the bonus features are exclusive, never-before-seen short films from "Tales of Halloween" directors, including "Brain Death," an early student film from director Neil Marshall that was previously unreleased. Other highlights include video diaries for each segment of the anthology, featuring interviews with the directors, cast, and crew, and sneak peeks behind-the-scenes on set. Additional bonus materials include deleted scenes, director commentaries and photo galleries. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Epic Pictures Group).
The Transformers: The Movie [30th Anniversary Edition]
(1986) Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Orson Welles, Susan Blu, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle, Robert Stack. Remastered from a new 4k transfer of the original film elements. For millennia, the heroic Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, have been at war with the evil Megatron and his Decepticons over control of their home planet of Cybertron. However, an even greater threat: Unicron, a colossal converting planet that devours everything in its path and is heading right for Cybertron. The only hope is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Will the Autobots be able to save themselves and their home world in time?
Formats: Limited Edition Seelbook two-disc Blu-ray, two-disc Blu-ray, DVD, Digital. Extras: New "'Til All Are One" comprehensive documentary looking back at "The Transformers: The Movie" with members of the cast and crew, including story consultant Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Susan Blu, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, singer-songwriter Stan Bush, composer Vince DiCola and others; new "Transformers: The Restoration" featurette; new "Rolling Out The New Cover" featurette; audio commentary with director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and star Susan Blu; archival featurettes "The Death of Optimus Prime," "The Cast & Characters," "Transformers Q&A"; animated storyboards; original theatrical trailers; TV spots. (Shout! Factory.
When Justice Isn't Just
(2015) Filmed in cities across the country, this documentary explores why so many unarmed black people have been targeted and killed by law enforcement officers, an issue that has taken center stage in the national consciousness. The filmmakers talk to legal experts, activists and law enforcement officials who speak to the inequality within our criminal justice system. The film asks the crucial question of how to prevent more violence in this country, including Black on Black deaths. Activists, law enforcement officials, legal scholars, and the family members of victims offer a range of responses.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (First Run Features).
Wonders of the Arctic
(2016) IMAX and Giant Screen film released in 4K and 3D. The Arctic has always been a place of mystery, myth and fascination. The Inuit and their predecessors adapted and thrived for thousands of years in what is arguably the harshest environment on Earth. Today, the Arctic is the focus of intense research. Instead of seeking to conquer the north, scientist pioneers are searching for answers to some troubling questions about the impacts of human activities around the world on this fragile and largely uninhabited frontier. "Wonders of the Arctic" centers on the ongoing mission to explore and come to terms with the Arctic, and the compelling stories of the many forays into this captivating world. Formats:4K Ultra HD/3D Blu-reay/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman BLU-RAY DEBUT
The colossally popular Zatoichi films (1962-1973) make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen's great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy Shintaro Katsu became an instant superstar, lending a larger-than-life presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who lives staunchly by a code of honor and delivers justice in every town and village he enters. The films that feature him are variously pulse-pounding, hilarious, stirring, and completely off-the-wall. This deluxe set features the string of 25 Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time. New digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Standalone Blu-ray version of the November 2013 Criterion DVD set, $159.96. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Blind Swordsman," a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan; interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns; trailers for all 25 films; book featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien, synopses of the films by critic, novelist, and musician Chris D., "The Tale of Zatoichi," the original short story by Kan Shimozawa; and 25 new illustrations inspired by the films, by 25 different artists. (The Criterion Collection).
(1991) Voices of Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Paige O'Hara, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Richard White, Jo Anne Worley, Jesse Corti, Bradley Pierce, Rex Everhart. 25th Anniversary Signature Collection Edition with four versions of the film: The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the "Human Again" song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. The original work-in-progress version will be available digitally and on Disney Movies Anywhere. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration"; "#1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast": Long before "Beauty and the Beast" became an instant classic, Walt Disney made two attempts -- between the 1930s and 1950s -- to adapt the famous fairy tale into an animated film. Discover what Disney and his team was dreaming up through Disney's actual voice recordings, archived artwork, story notes -- and learn why the project was sidelined for decades; "Always Belle" featurette with the original voice of Belle, Paige O'Hara; "The Recording Sessions"; "25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Beast"; ""Beauty and The Beast" sneak peek at the 2017 Disney live-action remake. (Disney).
(1984) Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neo-noir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner sets off a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy hat, and no moral compass, and Frances McDormand’s cunning debut performance set her on the road to stardom. The tight scripting and inventive style that have marked the Coens’ work for decades are all here in their first film, in which cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld abandons the black-and-white chiaroscuro of classic noir for neon signs and jukebox colors that combine with Carter Burwell’s haunting score to lurid and thrilling effect. Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, "Blood Simple" reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene. New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between Sonnenfeld and the Coens about the film’s look, featuring Telestrator video illustrations; new conversation between author Dave Eggers and the Coens about the film’s production, from inception to release; new interviews with composer Carter Burwell, sound mixer Skip Lievsay, and actors Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh; trailers; an essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich. (The Criterion Collection).
Blue Bloods: The Sixth Season
(2015-16) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The sixth season of Blue Bloods starts off with Frank (Tom Selleck) being concerned that a threat to New York City may be imminent following a terrorist attack in the Middle East. Meanwhile, his son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) must track down dangerous targets of his own -- serial murderers, cop killers, prison escapees. Later in the season, the Reagan family and the NYPD clash with corrupt officials and investigate a mob boss's ties with a former cop. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Story of the Reagans: Season 6" featurette, "Behind the Scenes With Blue Bloods," commentary on select episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel, "The Wilder Trilogy: Danny Reagan's Fight for Justice," "Working With Donnie Wahlberg." (CBS/Paramount).
(1942) The first of the horror films producer Val Lewton made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving its most frightening terrors to its audience’s imagination. Simone Simon stars as a Serbian émigré in Manhattan who believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves (Kent Smith) will turn her into a feline predator. Lewton, a consummate producer-auteur who oversaw every aspect of his projects, found an ideal director in Jacques Tourneur, a chiaroscuro stylist adept at keeping viewers off-kilter with startling compositions and psychological innuendo. Together, they eschewed the canned effects of earlier monster movies in favor of shocking with subtle shadows and creative audio cues. One of the studio’s most successful movies of the 1940s, Cat People raised the creature feature to new heights of sophistication and mystery. New, restored 2K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film historian Gregory Mank, with excerpts from an audio interview with actor Simone Simon; "Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows," a 2008 feature-length documentary that explores the life and career of the legendary Hollywood producer; iterview with director Jacques Tourneur from 1977; new interview with cinematographer John Bailey about the look of the film; trailer; an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders - The First Season
(2015-16) Four-disc set with all 13 episode. Gary Sinise headlines this spin-off from "Criminal Minds." Over 68 million Americans leave the safety of our borders every year. If danger strikes, the FBI's International Response Team is called into action. Experienced unit chief Jack Garrett (Sinise) knows he can depend on the unique skills of multilingual master Clara Seger (Alana de la Garza), ex-special ops agent Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney), technical whiz Russ "Monty" Montgomery (Tyler James Williams) and medical examiner Mae Jarvis (Annie Funke). From a ritualistic human-hunter in the wilds of Thailand, to a serial slayer in the streets of Paris, to an organ harvester in the slums of Mumbai, no perpetrator can escape the combined brilliance of this elite force. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Beyond Borders: Departures" featurette, "Beyond Borders: Destinations" featurette, "Beyond Borders: The IRT," deleted scenes, gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
(1986) Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde. One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite directors, Brian Trenchard-Smith was a key figure in the Ozploitation movement. Set in a near-future where the economy has crumbled and violent gangs play havoc in the streets, the powers-that-be have decided to lure the delinquent youth into drive-in cinemas and keep them there. No longer just a place to watch trashy movies and make out, these outdoor picture shows have become concentration camps for the unruly and unwanted. With its day-glo color scheme, new wave soundtrack and extraordinary stunt work, "Dead-End Drive-In" is in the tradition of Ozploitation milestones "Mad Max" and "The Cars That Ate Paris," only very, very eighties. Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith; "The Stuntmen," Trenchard Smith's classic television documentary on Grant Page ("Mad Max," "Road Games") and other Australian stunt performers; "Hospitals Don't Burn Down," Trenchard-Smith's 1978 public information film told in pure Ozploitation fashion; behind-the-scenes gallery by graffitti artist Vladimir Cherepanoff; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group).
(2016) Animated. When brave elephant Rock (Cary Elwes) sees his wife, Melody (Alexa PenaVega), kidnapped by the powerful human king (Patrick Warburton), the mighty warrior gets some jumbo-sized help from his friends in order to rescue her. Coming to his aid is a quirky, courageous troop of young elephants, including Rally (Carlos PenaVega), and Pugsley (Mikey Bolts), plus the ever-trusty and wacky Wingman (Garrett Clayton) and the kindhearted human queen (Ambyr Childers). Formats: DVD. Extras: "Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio." (Lionsgate).
Free State of Jones
(2016) Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jessica Collins. A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government. Read more about "Free State of Jones" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The History of Jones County" featurette. (Universal).
Gunsmoke - The Twelfth Season - Volume 1
(1966) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, for the first time in full-color. James Arness stars as the incomparable Marshal Matt Dillon, sworn to protect and serve the good people of Dodge City. Faithfully by his side are reliable medic Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), strong-willed saloon keeper Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) and trustworthy Deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis). Together, they take on the likes of gold-digging bandits, bloodthirsty gunslingers and an underhanded boxing champ. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
Gunsmoke - The Twelfth Season - Volume 2
(1967) Four-disc set with 14 episodes, for the first time in full-color. James Arness stars as the incomparable Marshal Matt Dillon, sworn to protect and serve the good people of Dodge City. Faithfully by his side are reliable medic Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), strong-willed saloon keeper Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) and trustworthy Deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis). Wrapping up the season, the legendary lawman tangles with a new slate of outlaws, including troublemaking drovers, a vigilante rancher and bomb-making bank robbers. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
(2016) Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz. Follow-up to "Neighbors" features even more raunchy banter and outrageous antics, but this time the ladies have taken charge. Read more about "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; Line-O-Rama; "Nu Neighbors" behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Prodigal Bros Return": The not so beloved brothers of Delta Psi return ... for a day, with Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jerrod Carmichael and Zac Efron; "Girls Rule" featurette; "The Ultimate Tailgate" sequence; commentary with co-writer/director Nicholas Stoller and producer James Weaver. (Universal).
The Originals: The Complete Third Season
(2015-16) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes of the series about a family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires looking to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: The Originals: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, "Charles Michael Davis in the Big Easy" featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Rodeo & Juliet
(2015) Nadine Crocker, Krista Allen, Tim Abell. A big-city girl and her mother are forced to relocate to the family's struggling ranch where the young woman meets a special horse and a young cowboy she's forbidden to see because of a family feud, while her mother reconnects with a local rancher she was in love with 20 years earlier. Dove "Family-Approved" romance. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
(2016) Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams. After facing Shredder, who has joined forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang. Read more about "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" in the September Calendar.Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). The DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with two double-sided Turtle Masks in all four colors, for a limited time while supplies last. Blu-ray extras: "We Are Family," "Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse," "House Party," "It’s Tricky: Inside the Van," "ILM: The Effects Beneath the Shell," "Did You Catch That?" Turtle Eggs!, deleted scenes. (Universal).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collectible Lunchbox Set
Includes the Blu-ray/DVD combo of the rebooted "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" with two double-sided Turtle Masks in all four colors, packed in a collectible Metal Turtle Truck Lunchbox, $29.96. (Universal).
2 Broke Girls: The Complete Fifth Season
(2015-16) All 22 half-hour episodes from the fifth season. In season five, Max and Caroline continue to wait tables at the diner while trying to build their new business — a dessert bar! Caroline goes to Hollywood to meet with studio executives to discuss the idea of making her riches-to-rags life story into a movie. Max tags along and meets Randy (guest star Ed Quinn) — who becomes her new beau — but will it last outside Hollywood? Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, unaired scenes. (Warner).
Under the Sun
(2015 - Czech Republic/Russia/Germany/Latvia/North Korea) After years of negotiation, Russian director Vial Mansky was invited by the North Korean government to make a film about one girl and her family in the year she prepares to join the Children’s Union, on the "Day of the Shining Star" (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday). "My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country ..." says 8-year-old Zin-mi. And so it may seem as Mansky films her in joyous, patriotic school pageants and in dance class, or with her parents, eating delicious food in their picturesque apartment. But the government handlers supervising the production did not realize that Mansky kept filming after they had shouted "Cut!" "Under the Sun" is the jaw-dropping result. In Korean with English Subtitles.
Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(2015 -- Israel) Moran Rosenblatt, Roy Assaf, Assi Levy. This bittersweet melodrama follows a young headstrong woman, Hagit, who dreams of love, marriage and freedom from the strict guidance of her mother, an over protective divorcee. Hagit strikes up a relationship with her boss' son at the local factory where she works. While hiding the blossoming romance from her mother, news arrives of the factory shutting down, and it forces Hagit's romantic fantasy and reality to collide. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
(2016) HISTORY’s four-part docudrama miniseries that brings to life the stories of how the barbarians waged a 700-year fight for freedom, bringing the mighty Roman Empire to its knees and shaping the world to come. Told from the perspective of barbarian icons -- Hannibal, Spartacus, Arminius, Boudica and Attila. Includes extensive interviews from historical experts and contributors. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
(1970) In 1970, 20th Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing "King of the Nudies" Russ Meyer brought to bargain-basement exploitation fare, handed the director a studio budget and the title to one of its biggest hits, Valley of the Dolls. With a satirical screenplay by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls follows three young female rockers going Hollywood in hell-bent sixties style under the spell of a flamboyant producer—whose decadent bashes showcase Meyer’s trademark libidinal exuberance. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of the movies’ great outsider artists. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert; audio commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar and Erica Gavin; new interview with filmmaker John Waters; archival interviews with writer, director, and producer Russ Meyer; Q&A about the film from 1990 featuring Meyer, Ebert, La Zar, Read, and actors David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams, and hosted by Michael Dare; "Above, Beneath, and Beyond the Valley;" "Look on up at the Bottom" "The Best of Beyond," "Sex, Drugs, Music and Murder" and "Casey & Roxanne," five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring the cast and crew; trailers and TV spots; an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection).
Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich
(2016) Sean Patrick Flanery, Tom Sizemore, Rutger Hauer, Kip Pardue, Stephen Lang. June 6th 1944, resistance bombings relentlessly bombard the enemy causing dissension to rise amongst the Nazi forces. As Operation Valkyrie prepares to assassinate Adolph Hitler, an Allied special ops team prepares to extract the man destined to lead a Fourth Reich. But when Valkyrie fails, the mission changes. Now, unlikely allies must work to free a Resistance fighter from behind enemy lines before it's too late. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Collection
(1989) Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter. History's favorite time traveling duo land in a deluxe, bodacious, Blu-ray box set that includes "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," the Blu-ray debut of the sequel "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991) and an entire disc of bonus features, including new interviews and commentary, deluxe packaging, a "Wyld Stallyns" branded guitar pick, vinyl stickers for both films, and previously released extras including "The Original Bill & Ted," "The Most Triumphant Making-Of," "Air Guitar Tutorial," "The Linguistic Stylings of B&T," "From Scribble to Script," "The Hysterical Personages of B&T," and radio spots. Also available in a limited edition set with an exclusive lithograph and exclusive action figure of George Carlin's character "Rufus." Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).
(2016) John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Stacy Keach. Two men race against the clock to stop a horde of rabid killers as their city descends into apocalyptic madness. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous "phoners." Based on Stephen King’s chilling book. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Tod Williams, "To Cell and Back" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet, Megan Park, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin. A mild-manner accountant, once the high school big man on campus, meets up with a former high school geek, now a lethal CIA agent, at their high school reunion and gets involved in a deadly game of espionage. Read more about "Central Intelligence" in the September Calendar.Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Blu-ray Disc, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
(1988 - Poland) This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieslowski is one of the 20th century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, "Dekalog" focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Using the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, "Dekalog’s" 10 hour-long films deftly grapple with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time. Shot by nine different cinematographers, with stirring music by Zbigniew Preisner and compelling performances from established and unknown actors alike, "Dekalog" arrestingly explores the unknowable forces that shape our lives. Also presented are the longer theatrical versions of "Dekalog’s"fifth and sixth films: "A Short Film About Killing" and "A Short Film About Love." New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray. New high-definition digital restorations of "A Short Film About Killing" and "A Short Film About Love," with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Selection of archival interviews with director Krzysztof Kieslowski, culled from footage from the 1987 production of "Dekalog: Two," excerpts from the 1995 documentary "A Short Film About Dekalog," and a 1990 audio recording from the National Film Theatre in London; new program on the visual rhyming of "Dekalog" by film studies professor Annette Insdorf; new and archival interviews with "Dekalog" cast and crew, including co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz, 13 actors, three cinematographers, editor Ewa Smal, and Kieslowski’s confidante Hanna Krall; trailers; a booklet featuring an essay and film analyses by film scholar Paul Coates and excerpted reprints from "Kieslowski on Kieslowski." (The Criterion Collection).
(2015 -- France) Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the exceptionally well-acted, well-directed French thriller-police procedural with more twists and turns than a road in the French Alps. The crime drama follows the disappearance of Léa, a teenage girl in inner-city Lyon, and the subsequent police investigation to find her. As more of Léa’s secrets come to light, her family wonders how well they really knew their daughter. The Morels are a typical family living in Lyon, France. But when their 17-year-old daughter, Léa, fails to return home after a night out celebrating her birthday, the Morels are unexpectedly thrown into their worst nightmare. Mother Florence (Alix Poisson) tries to remain strong for her other children and hopeful that her daughter will return home safely, while father Julien (Pierre-François Martin-Laval) begins an investigation of his own. As the police -- led by Commander Bertrand Molina (François-Xavier Demaison) and his lieutenant, Camille Guerin (Alice Pol) -- desperately search to find the missing teen -- and come up with one prime suspect after another -- shocking truths begin to come to light, revealing secrets hidden by Léa and those closest to her. Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words
(2015) A fascinating documentary in which music icon Frank Zappa, in a series of interviews, shares his candid, often saucy, worldview on music and everything else. The film’s main focus is on Zappa’s uninhibited and entertaining media dealings. His interviewers here range from amused tonight show king Steve Allen, joining him on an improvised piece for two bicycles, prerecorded noise and orchestra in 1963, to fascinated amateur Chuck Ash, a Pennsylvania State Trooper in full uniform who interviewed him twice on camera through the 80s. While chatting courteously about a tour or album, he knew better than any of his contemporaries how to set off unexpected fuses. His caustic comments about state and religion, the music industry and youth culture leave behind an evocative musical and socio-political commentary on his time. During his 30 years of notoriety Frank Zappa became one of the most intensely independent artists the world has ever seen. Zappa would release 62 albums during his lifetime, signing with a range of companies, but as he mordantly observes, “Record companies have a way of making sure your expenses always exceed your profits.” This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Sony).
Edge of Winter
(2016) Joel Kinnaman, Tom Holland, Percy Hynes. Recently divorced and laid off from his job, Elliot Baker is desperate to spend more time bonding with his sons, Bradley and Caleb. What starts as family day trip to teach his boys how to shoot turns into a nightmare when they become stranded. As they retreat to a desolate cabin, Elliot's mounting fear of losing custody pushes him to the edge. The brothers quickly realize that the man responsible for keeping them safe has now become their biggest threat. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
(2015 -- UK/France/Spain) Antonio Banderas, Golshifteh Farahani, Rupert Everett, Pierre Niney, Henry Goodman, Clément Sibony. Antonio Banderas stars as Marcelino Santuola, an amateur archaeologist living in nineteenth century Spain. When he discovers Paleolithic cave art of galloping bison, his findings are immediately decried as heresy by the Catholic Church and forgery by French specialists. Looking for the truth, Sautuola vows to spend his life fighting to prove that the paintings were real and to restore his reputation amid the controversy. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
(2015 -- Argentina) A new giallo film from Argentinian brothers Luciano and Nicolás Onetti ("Sonno Profondo," 2013). The film made its world premiere at SITGES Film Festival in October 2015. It's been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned poet and playwright, Vittorio Visconti. The community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of "impure and damned souls." Moretti and Succo are the detectives in charge of finding the killer of these "Dantesque" crimes. Francesca has returned, but she is not be the same girl they once knew. Includes a CD of the soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Unearthed Films/MVD Entertainment Group).
A House Is Not a Home
(2015) Richard Grieco, Bill Cobbs, Eddie Steeples, Aurora Perrineau, Gerald Webb, Melvin Gregg, Diahnna Nicole Baxter. When Ben and Linda Williams move their family into a dream home in a last ditch effort to save their troubled marriage, they can't shake the feeling that they're being watched by something. Their unimaginable fears are realized when things inside the house take a supernatural and sinister turn. Ben and his family try to flee for their lives, but the house isn't finished with them, trapping them in its labyrinth, and forcing the Williams to come together as never before to fight for their family, their lives and to escape. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with cast and crew. (Deinstitutionalized/MVD Visual).
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom
(2016) New animated feature is the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of Arcana Studio’s popular graphic novel of the same name and features an all-star voice cast including Jane Curtin, Ron Perlman, Christopher Plummer, Kiefer O’Reilly, Doug Bradley, Scott McNeill, Alision Wandzura abd Tyler Nichol. A veritable love letter to famed horror and fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft that entwines new storytelling, actual events Lovecraft’s life, iconic elements of his writings and literary characters Cthulhu, Shoggoth and more. Before he became the famed horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, young Howard Lovecraft is a curious and imaginative boy living with his mother. But after she unwittingly gives Howard the legendary Necronomicon, he is transported to a dangerous and frozen world populated by horrifying creatures. After saving and befriending one such creature -- Spot -- Howard and his new friend set off on a perilous quest to save the kingdom and get back home. But Howard soon finds out that not everything is as it seems and not everyone is to be trusted. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary, featurette. (Shout! Factory).
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
(2016 -- New Zealand) Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata. Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh new start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Taika Waititi and actors Sam Neill and Julian Dennison, "Behind the Scenes: Hunt For Wilderpeople featurette, blooper reel. (Sony).
(2016 -- France) Dir.: Anne Fontaine; Lou de Laage, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig, Eliza Rycembel, Anna Prochniak, Katarzyna Dabrowska. The second World War is finally over and doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of Nazi work camps in Poland. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters' fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as they face an unprecedented crisis of faith. Director Fontaine based her story on the diaries of Madeleine Pauliac that document the little known but, by most independent accounts, widespread sexual violence that occurred throughout Poland and elsewhere on the Eastern Front in the wake of the advancing Soviet Red Army. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "Making of" featurette, interview with Fontaine. (Music Box Films).
(2016 -- UK) Three-disc set with eight episodes. Love, loss, and intrigue abound in this British western set in 1870s Yorkshire. Jessica Raine stars as Annie Quaintain, a recently widowed mother forced to sell her house and possessions to pay off her late husband’s debts. Penniless and shunned by society, Annie and her two children set out for Culverdale Valley, where an enormous railway viaduct is being built. She sets up a lodging house in Jericho, a lawless shanty town full of rough and rowdy workers. In a town where people come to start afresh, it seems that everyone has something to hide -- and a desperate crime soon threatens to shatter her family’s chance at a new life. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Lady in White BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Lukas Haas, Alex Rocco, Katherine Helmond, Len Cariou. Two-disc set features both a director's cut and an extended director's cut. Frankie Scarlatti (Haas) lives in a small town with a deadly secret. For a decade, a serial child killer has eluded police, and the death toll continues to rise. Then, one night Frankie gets locked in his school and witnesses the ghost of the first victim being murdered. Now, aided by the girl's restless spirit, Frankie takes it upon himself to bring her assailant to justice. But in a town with no strangers, the killer may be closer than he knows. Extras: Introduction by director Frank LaLoggia; commentary with LaLoggia; behind the scenes footage; deleted scenes; promotional short film; theatrical trailer; alternate trailer; TV spots; radio spots; behind the scenes photo montage; extended photo gallery. (Scream Factory).
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
(2016) Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, Stephen Root, Sugar Lyn Beard. Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo. Read more about "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" in the September Calendar.Formats: 4K Ultra Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
Motown 25: Yesterday - Today - Forever
When "Motown 25: Yesterday - Today - Forever" aired on NBC on May 16, 1983, it was an immediate sensation and became one of the most talked about concerts and TV specials ever. In an era before social media, "Motown 25" was a true water-cooler event, marking the first time that music fans saw Michael Jackson do the moonwalk, in addition to many other buzzworthy moments -- reunions by the Miracles and the Supremes; the first battle of the bands between The Temptations and Four Tops; and the hottest comedian in the world at the time, Richard Pryor, as host. Taped before a live audience, "Motown 25" featured virtually every Motown artist from the company's inception, including Jackson moonwalking during "Billie Jean" and performing "I Want You Back" with The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye crooning "What's Going On," Smokey Robinson with "The Tears of a Clown," Stevie Wonder soulfully singing "Uptight (Everything's Alright)," Diana Ross with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," The Temptations with "My Girl," Four Tops with "Baby I Need Your Loving" and many more. A new-to-retail configuration, this set includes an extended version of the "Motown 25" concert with over 20 additional minutes not seen in the original broadcast, brand-new 5.1 surround sound, over 14 hours of specially-produced bonus features, and an exclusive 48-page collector's booklet packed with information about the show and artists, and never-before-scene photos from the production and essays on Motown performers. Formats: Six-disc DVD, $79.95. Read more here. (Time Life).
The Neon Demon
(2016) Director: Nicolas Winding Refn. Stars: Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington, Jamie Clayton, Alessandro Nivola. When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has. Read more about "The Neon Demon" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,. Extras: Audio commentary with director Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning, two featurettes: "Behind the Soundtrack of The Neon Demon" and "About The Neon Demon." (Broad Green Pictures).
Now We're Alive
(2015 -- France/Belgium) Charles Lemaire, Laure Haulet, Victoria Oberli, Alexis Desseaux. Winner of the Best Feature at the Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival and the Orson Welles award at the California Film Awards, "Now We’re Alive" (Et maintenant nous sommes en vie) a French-Belgian co-production, directed by Thibault Arbre offers a poetic take on modern-day love in the Tinder era. In his third feature, Arbre, who lives in France, wanted to explore a theme close to his heart: "Accept a disappointing truth, or continue to believe in the impossible? Fight for something that has little chance of ever happening? Those themes underpin 'Now We're Alive'." The film, which premiered in France at the Paris Independent Film Festival, tells the story of a young man, who must choose his mate by her voice alone on the day of his 25 birthday. Inspired by a friend’s upcoming nuptials and films such as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Black Swan" that combine fantasy and poetry in a realistic world, Arbre conceived of this unusual marriage ritual. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Trailers, photo gallery, interview with director Thibault Arbre. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Patterns BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1956) Rod Serling's tale of ruthless men and ambitious women clawing for control of a billion-dollar empire first aired live in January 1955 on Kraft Television Theater. The hard-hitting teleplay was such a success -- earning Serling instant acclaim and the first of his six Emmy awards -- that producers Jed Harris and Michael Myerberg with director Fielder Cook helmed a big screen feature for United Artists, using most of the original cast. The result was an acid-etched chronicle of the cutthroat corporate world, starring Van Heflin, Everett Sloane and Ed Begley, with cinematography by Oscar-winner Boris Kaufman ("On the Waterfront," "12 Angry Men"). Businessman Fred Staples (Heflin) is plunged into the rough-and-tumble of office politics at his new job when he discovers that he is meant to replace the decent-but-ailing vice president, Bill Briggs (Begley). A battle of wills ensues between Fred and the company's ruthless president, Mr. Ramsey (Sloane), who is intent on humiliating Bill into resigning. Despite the urgings of his pragmatic wife, Nancy (Beatrice Straight), Fred resists losing his soul to the cold calculations of naked ambition. This is boardroom bloodletting, the American way. Digitally restored from original 35mm film elements, lossless DTS-HD sound. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. (The Film Detective).
(1994) John Rubick, Tina Dumoulin, Lyon Tenbroeck. In 1994, aspiring Niagara, Ontario filmmaker Erica Benedikty was working part- time at a community cable channel. Over the course of a year -- and aided by a dedicated team of friends, volunteers and fellow film rebels -- she wrote, produced, directed and edited a wildly ambitious, feature-length sci-fi action thriller for only $250. But when she convinced her employers to broadcast the finished film, "Phobe" became a local sensation, was invited to screen at festivals, and remains one of Canada's most infamous cult hits. Intervision has fully remastered this ultra low-budget epic -- complete with impressive visual FX, Roman candle pyrotechnics, alien predators, light saber battles and space cops with mullets -- with all-new special features that reveal the strange, inspire and sometimes tragic story behind this near- impossible DIY triumph. Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-director Erica Benedikty, moderated by Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation.com) and Peter Kuplowsky (Laser Blast Film Society); Benedikty's first feature-length movie, "Back in Black";
"The Making of Phobe," a documentary on the creation of the film and it's continuing legacy; Q&A with cast and crew following home town screening in St. Catharines, Ontario; original FX shots from 1995 broadcast version of "Phobe"; outtakes; Gribble Hell performs "Phobe" theme. (Intervision Picture Corp./CAV Distributing).
Reign: The Complete Third Season
(2016) Four-disc set with all 18 episodes, $39.99. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2016) Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge. A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills Read more about "The Shallows" in the September Calendar.Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, four featurettes: "Shooting in The Shallows," "How to Build a Shark," "Finding the Perfect Beach: Lord Howe Island" and "When Sharks Attack." (Sony).
(1988 -- Spain/USA) From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick "Pieces" (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America. The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion -- giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they're making a meal of the locals. Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, "Slugs" outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens. Brand new restoration from original film elements with original uncompressed PCM mono audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with "Slugs" author Shaun Hutson; audio commentary with writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander; "Here's Slugs in Your Eye" interview with actor Emilio Linder; "They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs" interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis; "Invasion USA" interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo; "The Lyons Den" interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans; 1988 Goya Awards promo reel; trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2015) Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna, Clifton Collins Jr. A tense thriller about three border patrol agents who man a check point on a remote highway. Rookie Davis (Johnny Simmons) and seasoned Flores (Gabriel Luna) work with the callous, world-weary Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr.) to round out the trio. On what feels like another routine stop, the contents of one car will throw their lives out of control as they uncover an insidious plot within their own ranks. As dark secrets are revealed, each passing hour will bring them closer to a nightmarish conclusion that could cost them their lives, in a world where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
Two Films By Douglas Sirk: A Scandal In Paris and Lured
"A Scandal In Paris" (1946): From the memoirs of François Eugène Vidocq, the elegant thief turned chief of police of all Paris, comes this rediscovered classic of melodrama and romance. George Sanders is at his debonair best as we see him climb from clever criminal through the ranks of French society in the early 1800's, with seemingly nothing to stop him from the biggest heist of his career ... except, perhaps, the charms of a young lady. "Lured" (1947): A serial killer is on the loose in London, luring young women into his web through ads placed in the personal column. Scotland Yard's bait to ensnare the villain is a young American dance hall girl (played by a stunning Lucille Ball), who encounters a series of likely suspects, including the always dashing George Sanders as a sophisticated playboy and an unforgettable Boris Karloff as a mad fashion designer." Restored from 35MM nitrate and safety material. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
Valley of the Dolls
(1967) Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, and Sharon Tate star as three friends attempting to navigate the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business—the “valley” is not a place but a narcotized state of mind, and the “dolls” are the pills that rouse them in the morning and knock them out at night. Blending old-fashioned gloss with Madison Avenue grooviness, this slick look by director Mark Robson at the early days of sexual liberation and an entertainment industry coming apart was a giant box-office hit and has become an unforgettably campy time capsule of the 1960s. New 2K digital restoration, with 3.0 LCR DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actor Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca; new interview with author Amy Fine Collins about author Jacqueline Susann and the film; new video essay by critic Kim Morgan; footage of "Marc Huestis Presents Sparkle Patty Sparkle!," a 2009 gala tribute to actor Patty Duke at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco; "A World Premiere Voyage" and "Jacqueline Susann and Valley of the Dolls," two promotional films from 1967; archival interviews; trailers and TV spots; an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) In a distant world, humankind faces extinction at the hands of a brutal enemy in the sci-fi actioner based on the global video game phenomenon from Blizzard Entertainment. Read more about "Warcraft" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, origin story
"The Fandom of Warcraft," "ILM: Behind the Magic of Warcraft." Blu-ray adds "Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Motion Comic," "The World of Warcraft on Film" five part feature, Madame Tussauds’ featurette on the making of the Warcraft wax figures by Madame Tussauds, an early teaser "Warcraft" teaser that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013. (Universal).
The Wonder Years: The Complete Sixth Season
(1992-93) Four-disc set with all 22 complete episodes, over two hours of specially-produced bonus features and more than two dozen songs as featured in the original broadcasts, including classics by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan and many others. One of the most critically lauded sitcoms of the late 80s and early 90s, "The Wonder Years" captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late '60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage). Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight. After six Emmy Award-winning seasons, "The Wonder Years" comes to a close as Kevin, Paul, and Winnie enter 11th grade and are growing up -- dealing with sex, lies, and the lure of rock and roll. The final DVD installment contains all 22 episodes from Season 6 (September 23, 1992-May 12, 1993) in their original broadcast versions. Formats: DVD, $29.95. Read more here. (Time Life).
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