(2016) Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerova, Harry Lloyd, Toby Jones. Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler. Read more about "Anthropoid" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Anthropoid," storyboard to film comparisons. (Universal).
(2016) Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate, Emjay Anthony, Annie Mumolo, Eugenia Kuzmina, Christina DeRosa, Jay Jablonski. When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence. Read more about "Bad Moms" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, cast and mom interviews. (Universal).
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
(2016) Full-length animated Batman feature film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). It's back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman's most fiendish foes -- Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It's a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables! Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Those Dastardly Desperados" featurette, "A Classic Cadre of Voices" featurette. (Warner).
Bob Hope: Hope for the Holidays
(2016) There's no place like home for the holidays. And there really was no place like Bob Hope's home for the holidays with Bob, Dolores and the Hope family. Bob Hope's TV Christmas connection began on December 24, 1950 with "The Comedy Hour" and from then on, for each and every holiday season, Hope invited friends from the world of entertainment and sports to celebrate the season in hilarious and heartwarming fashion. This single disc includes a compilation of Hope's monologues from his many holiday tours for the USO; Hope and Red Skelton (Freddie the Freeloader) experience a small Christmas miracle; Jack Benny visits Santa at the North Pole for a holiday stickup; Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivers a Christmas message of historical note; Naomi and Wynonna Judd sing "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem"; Lily Pons, Robert Cummings and Hope examine a large, mysterious package under the tree; Bob and Dolores Hope sing "Silver Bells" over a montage of him performing the song with an array of female costars from 17 holiday specials; clips of the funniest Christmas sketches throughout the years. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
Building Star Trek
(2016) When Star Trek debuted on September 8, 1966, the world was introduced to a number of alien concepts, such as hand-held communication devices, desktop computers, space shuttles, touch screens, and more. Star Trek's visionary creator Gene Roddenberry conceived of a world so unique that the series would go on to have a profound legacy in television history. The show follows the conservation team from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, led by Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, as they attempt to restore and conserve the original 11-foot, 250-pound model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series. The program also profiles a new generation of engineers and scientists who are making Star Trek's visionary technology real, pushing the boundaries of physics with inventions first conceived on the iconic series: warp drives, medical tricorders, cloaking devices and tractor beams. Formats: DVD. PBS Distribution).
(2016) Ashley Bell, Pat Healy. Pure-pulp thrill ride that jumps between past and present as it pieces together the puzzle of a shocking crime. It's 1978 and a bank robbery gone wrong forces two criminals to take a hostage -- the young-but-resilient Vivian -- as they go on the run. But things go from bad to off-the-rails berserk when Vivian and her captors wind up in the crosshairs of a deranged ex-military sniper who ensnares them in his deadly game of cat and mouse. An homage to the glory days of grindhouse cinema.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2016) Patrick Stewart, Gary Cole, James Roday, Jon Heder, Cheryl Hines, Max Casella, Julianna Guill. When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find that laughter, romance and a little holiday magic will get them through -- and change their lives in unexpected ways. A heartless real estate tycoon (Stewart) clings to life in a precarious construction elevator hundreds of feet off the ground, unexpected relationships bloom for a musician (Hines) stuck with her dysfunctional orchestra mates, an aspiring fashion photographer (Roday) is confined with the introverted paralegal in his apartment building (Guill), a crass HR manager (Casella) finds himself trapped with an employee he just fired (Heder), and a cynical doctor (Cole) transporting his terminal patient is forced to reconsider his beliefs. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
(2016) Jason London, Jessica Blackmore, Robert Craighead, Neka Zang, Ashton Bingham. After a gruesome shark attack on a fish and game expert in the most unexpected place -- an inland river -- the local forest ranger sets out on a mission to uncover what happened. What she discovers, however, is something far more sinister than she could have ever imagined -- a massive storm has washed several bloodthirsty bull sharks into the river and, to make matters worse, they've begun building a dam out of human remains in order to trap their prey. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Free to Run
(2016) Today, all anybody needs to run is the determination and a pair of the right shoes. But just 50 years ago, running was viewed almost exclusively as the domain of elite male athletes who competed on tracks. This documentary reveals how far the sport and the running lifestyle have come. Director Pierre Morath traces running's rise in the 1960s, examining how the liberation movements and newfound sense of personal freedom that defined the era took the sport out of the stadiums and onto the streets. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2016) Acclaimed documentary goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason and his wife discover she is expecting their first child. What begins as a video journal for his unborn son turns into something more, chronicling Steve's determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation for others with ALS and adapt to his declining physical condition.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Clay Tweel and Michel Varisco, Gleason's wife. (Sony).
Hell on Wheels: Season Five, Volume 2 -- The Final Episodes
(2016) Across five captivating seasons, the lavishly produced series tells the story of post-Civil War America focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. When his journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the transcontinental railroad, Bohannon finds himself a stranger in a strange land. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Two-disc set. Extras: "A Look at the Final Episodes," "Golden Spike" featurette, "Wrap Up," seven "Inside the Episodes." (Entertainment One).
Hell on Wheels: The Complete Series
(2011-2016) Seventeen-disc set with all 57 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of Hell on Wheels," "Inside the Episode" featurettes, character featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, set tour with Anson Mount. (Entertainment One).
(2016) Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Nestor Carbonell, Sam Trammell. Inspired by real events. When extremists steal devastatingly toxic materials in order to build a dirty bomb, FBI Agent Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe), with help from Agent Zamparo (Toni Collette), goes undercover in order to infiltrate their shadowy underworld. But can Nate find the group's leader -- and the bomb -- before his cover is blown? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Daniel Ragussis and writer Michael German, "Living Undercover" featurette, "Making Imperium" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The It Crowd: The Complete Series
(2006-10) Five-disc set with all four seasons of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series about the quirky three-person staff of a big corporation's IT dept. Among the bizarre situations the three find themselves in are befriending a cannibal, designing the ultimate bra and creating a charity calendar of topless nerds. As they work tirelessly to solve the most mundane of technical issues and navigate the corporate landscape, they must also troubleshoot their own uniquely unusual personal lives. Formats: DVD. Extras: Includes the never-before-released final episode, "The Internet Is Coming." (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).
(2012 -- China) Chengyuan Li, Yang Song, Cheng-Hui Yu. In 1920s China, Judge Archer takes on the dangerous job of settling disputes between warring schools of martial arts. When a mysterious woman asks him to avenge her father's murder, Archer poses as a fruit seller in a distant town to stake out his prey. To distract and seduce Archer, the clever killer sends a gorgeous woman, who proves to be a talented warrior herself. This action saga portrays knife, spear, and arrow battles, plus historic fighting methods never before seen on film. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Last Girl Standing
(2015) Akasha Villalobos, Danielle Evon Ploeger, Brian Villalobos, Jason Vines. Five years ago, a masked killer brutally murdered a group of friends. Since then, Camryn, the lone survivor, has struggled to reclaim her shattered life. Wracked with guilt and paranoia, Camryn leads a depressingly lonely existence until Nick, a new co-worker, befriends her and attempts to integrate her into his group of friends. But just when she might be ready to start a new life, Camryn's past comes back to haunt her. Can she ever have a life again, or is she destined to be alone? Formats: DVD, Digital. (MPI Media).
Legend of Bruce Lee: Volume One
(2010 -- China) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the series that follows the life story of the renowned martial arts icon as he travels from Hong Kong to America and back again. Young Bruce Lee (Danny Chan) has no interest in studying and is obsessed with martial arts. After losing a street fight, he resolves to master Kung Fu under the tutelage of Master Ye Wen. Targeted by street gangs after standing up for the weak, Bruce has no other option but to leave Hong Kong for a strange and far off land: America. At the University of Washington, Lee starts teaching martial arts and befriends an American girl named Linda (Michelle Lang). An extraordinary performance at a national karate championship launches Lee, his film career, and his Kung Fu school on the path to international renown. Formats: DVD. (Well Go USA).
The Lost Bladesman
(2011 -- China) Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Alex Fong, Betty Sun. During the warring period of the three kingdoms, ancient China is in turmoil. To unify the country, General Cao Cao (Wen Jiang), the real power behind the emperor, enlists the aid of the greatest warrior in the land Guan Yu (Donnie Yen). However, Guan Yu is a loyal friend of Cao Cao's enemy Liu Bei (Alex Fong). To persuade the peerless warrior to fight, Cao Cao takes his beloved Qi Lan (Betty Sun) hostage. After leading Cao Cao's forces to victory, Guan Yu sets out with Qi Lan to rejoin Liu Bei. But now Cao Cao has deemed him too great a threat to live, and on the journey he must face all the forces at the emperor's command sent to destroy him. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Middle-Earth 6-Film Collection
Peter Jackson's two epic trilogies are released in a single collection, in two configurations: The Limited Collector's Edition and The Theatrical Versions Collection.
The Limited Collector's Edition includes 30 discs featuring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in their extended edition forms housed in six faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. In addition, all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended edition releases will be included in the collection. Also included in the collection are premium
collectibles including an exclusive 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch, and two original reproductions of watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe. $799.00. The Theatrical Versions collection features The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in their theatrical forms as a 6-disc Blu-ray ($68.99) or DVD set ($35.99). (MGM/New Line/Warner).
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree
(2016) The Equestria Girls leave the halls of Canterlot High School for a field trip to Camp Everfree, where they meet the free-spirited camp director, Gloriosa Daisy, and her ruggedly handsome brother, Timber Spruce. However, they get more than canoeing and camp fires when magic begins to wreak havoc on the camp. They’re surprised to find a magical force is causing strange things to happen, and the girls seem to be developing new powers. The Equestria Girls will have to work together to control the magic or it will destroy their beloved camp. But what is behind this new magic? With the help of the Mane 6 and especially Sunset Shimmer (who refuses to give up on her), Twilight Sparkle must confront the dark “Midnight Sparkle” within herself and embrace her newfound magical abilities to save Camp Everfree. Includes a "Camp Everfree" sew-on camp patch. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Commentary, bloopers, sing-alongs. (Shout! Factory Kids).
Outlander: Season 2
(2016) Five-disc sets with all 13 episodes. Based on Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling book series about a British WWII nurse who is mysteriously swept back in time to Scotland in 1743, Outlander has become a pop culture phenomenon and captivated audiences with its breathtaking romance, science fiction, history and adventure.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Twenty-four deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, "From Book to Screen: Discovering the Differences" featurette, "Characters of Season Two" featurette. Blu-ray adds an extended version of the episode "Faith," an alternate scene from the episode "Dragonfly in Amber," the "Outlander" podcasts for each episode, three featurettes: "Jamie & Claire: To Hell and Back, "Designing History: The Costumes of Outlander" and "Recreating 18th Century Paris." Read more here. (Sony).
Peanuts Double Feature - Peanuts: Snoopy, Come Home and Peanuts: A
Boy Named Charlie Brown BLU-RAY DEBUT
"Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown": Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang in their very first big screen adventure. Take a jazzy joyride through the streets of Manhattan, with delightful dream sequences, imagination-filled musical interludes, and icy flights-of-fantasy—all as Charlie Brown sets out to bolster his shaky confidence at the National Spelling Bee. "Peanuts: Snoopy, Come Home.": When America's most beloved beagle suddenly goes missing, the whole Peanuts gang bands together to bring him back home. With "Dogs Not Allowed" signs everywhere he turns, Snoopy and his newfound
feathered friend Woodstock (making his big screen debut) leave the comforts of home behind and head for the highways in search of their true place in the world.(CBS/Paramount).
Reign of Assassins
(2010 - China) Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-Sung, Xueqi Wang. Martial arts thriller produced by the legendary John Woo. Set in ancient China, the film stars Michelle Yeoh as a skilled assassin on a mission to return the remains of a mystical Buddhist monk to their resting place. The remains are believed to hold a powerful secret. Along the way, she falls in love with a man named Jiang, whose father was killed by her gang. Unaware that he also is a trained martial artist, their love blossoms but tensions arise as the truth of her past unravels. Soon, a lethal triangle surfaces between her, Jiang and the team of assassins that are after the monk’s remains. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
The Sea of Trees
(2015) Dir.: Gus Van Sant; Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Ken Watanabe. In this powerful story of love and redemption, Arthur, an American professor, travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he meets an enigmatic stranger who is lost and injured. The two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship and survival that reconnects Arthur with his love for his wife. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Sea of Trees: A Story of Beauty and Tragedy” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Star Trek Beyond
(2016) Director: Justin Lin. Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. Read more about "Star Trek Beyond" in the November Calendar.Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Beyond the Darkness" with producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung discussing the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life; "Enterprise Takedown" behind-the-senes featurette; "Divided and Conquered" featurette; "A Warped Sense of Revenge" with the franchises' newest villain, Krall, as actor Idris Elba reveals the backstory behind his character's terrifying ambitions; "Trekking in the Desert" on set in Dubai; "Exploring Strange New Worlds" production featurette; "New Life, New Civilizations" special effects designs for an unprecedented 50 new alien species for the film to celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary; "To Live Long and Prosper" journey through the past 50 years of Star Trek with J.J. Abrams and the cast as they reflect on the evolution of the iconic sci-fi series; "For Leonard and Anton" tributes to the legendary Leonard Nimoy and beloved crew member Anton Yelchin; gag reel of on-set bloopers. (Paramount).
They Grow Up Fast
(2016) Documentary centers around filmmaker Darren Doane, who began filming his incredible new life as a parent with the birth of his first child and continued on until the arrival of his fourth. Ten years in the making, "They Grow Up Fast" depicts the ups and downs of parenthood through a unique lens. From mud puddles and family trips to backyard parties and the birth of their third child in the front seat of their truck, Doane captures all of the incredible adventures that define becoming a family. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
(2015) Brian Posehn, Scott Adsit, Missi Pyle, Beau Ballinger, Paget Brewster, Melia Renee. Lewd, drunken Uncle Nick (Posehn) stumbles his way through his brother's cookie cutter-family's annual Christmas gathering in the hopes of scoring with a super-hot party guest. But the arrival of his equally crass sister coupled with Nick's liquor-fueled faux pas cause family secrets to bubble to the surface that might spell disaster for the whole clan before the night is over. Oh, and that super-hot guest just happens to be Nick's brother's stepdaughter. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).
(2015) Kyle Gallner, Adam Nee, Matthew Gray Gubler, Melissa Benoist. A modern-day adventure that imagines Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn as grown men, still searching for the hidden treasure that has eluded them since childhood. Formats: DVD. (Filmrise/MVD Visual).
(2015) Documentary tells the real story behind the myth of American iconic stunt driver and daredevil Robert "Evel" Knievel and his legacy. Formats: DVD. (Filmrise/MVD Visual).
(2016) Emily Hoffman, Pat Boone, Edward Asner, Diane Ladd, Richard Tyson. Faith-based Western. It's 1906 and 13 year-old Melinda is unhappy with the hand that life has dealt her. Born out of wedlock and scorned by many, Melinda desperately wants to know what happened to her real father, but no one will tell her. Determined to do all within her power to find her father, Melinda's bravery compels some of the townspeople to reveal the dark secrets that they have kept to themselves for years. Formats: DVD. (Engine 15/MVD Visual).
(2015) One day, a street’s residents all receive an anonymous postcard through their front doors bearing a simple message: “We want what you have.” Who is behind the anonymous hate campaign? And what do they want? As the mystery of the postcards deepens, interweaving stories reveal lives filled with love and loss, fear and greed, fortune and envy, and at its heart, family and home. Based on John Lanchester’s best-selling novel, the series stars Toby Jones, Gemma Jones and Rachael Stirling. Formats: DVD, four episodes. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Acorn Media).
(2016) Simon Rex, Shannon Brown, Jim O'Heir, Michelle Mueller, Jayson Bernard, Ray Wise, Jason Mewes, Deje Dee, Lester Speight, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore. Trent Modine and his goof-ball step brother Joey try to escape the infamy that comes from having a serial killer, The Candy Corn Killer, for a father (Tom Sizemore). Seeking a new start, they find refuge in the small town of Mooseheart. It doesn't take long before the besmirched family name catches up to them. Joey, a free spirited stoner, and Trent, a love sick pessimist, look like the main suspects after a string of murders, similar to a rash of killings 20 years earlier, coincidentally begins just as they arrive in town. It is a race against time because a slash-happy killer clown on the loose and the bodies begin piling up.
Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: (Screen Media Films).
The Hospital 2
(2016) Betsy Rue, Daniel Emery Taylor, Constance Medrano. Five years after the brutal events that befell Skye and Beth inside Old Saint Leopold's Hospital in "The Hospital" -- in which a group of young people are terrorized by a psychopathic, necrophiliac serial rapist -- the two survivors continue to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives. With news of the past violent events resurfacing in the press and media, the two ladies face dealing with those ugly memories all over again. Formats: DVD. (ITN Distribution/MVD Visual).
(2016) Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Ben Rosenfield, Linda Emond. In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War. Read more about "Indignation" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Timeless: Connecting the Past to the Present" featurette, "Perceptions: Bringing Philip Roth to the Screen" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(1984) Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Daphne Zuniga. Marking TV star Daphne Zuniga's debut in a leading role, "The Initiation" ranks amongst the finest of the college-based stalk-and-slash flicks -- now finally restored in High-Definition. Kelly's new sorority has a special initiation ritual in store for her -- an after-hours break-in of her father's department store. But what begins as a night of harmless college fun turns sour when, once inside the enormous mall, Kelly and her fellow pledges find themselves locked in for the night ... with a deadly intruder stalking the corridors. Arriving in 1984, "The Initiation" might have been late to the slasher party, but, alongside the likes of "The House on Sorority Row" and "The Mutilator," it remains one of the stronger entries to emerge in the latter days of the slice-and-dice boom. Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative with uncompressed PCM Mono Audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues, "Sorority Saga" new interview with writer Charles Pratt, Jr., "Pledge Night" new interview with actor Christopher Bradley, "Dream Job" new interview with actress Joy Jones, extended scene, original theatrical trailer, original screenplay & production schedule (BD -ROM Content), reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn, first pressing only: collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) David Bautista, Gina Carano, Cain Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum, Sara Malakul Lane, Alain Moussi, Georges St-Pierre, Jean-Claude Van Damme. When a ruthless and undefeated fighter brutally ends a modern-day warrior's life in a no-holds-barred match in Thailand, his brother devotes himself to training with a master (Jean-Claude Van Damme) in a quest for redemption ... and revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
Lone Wolf and Cub
(1972-74) Based on the best-selling manga series, the six intensely kinetic Lone Wolf and Cub films elevated chanbara to bloody, new heights. The shogun's executioner, Itto Ogami (Tomisaburo Wakayama), takes to wandering the countryside as an assassin -- along with his infant son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) and an infinitely weaponized perambulator -- helping those he encounters while seeking vengeance for his murdered wife. Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed and unbelievably violent action sequences as well as for its tender depiction of the bonds between parent and child. New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: High-definition presentation of "Shogun Assassin," the 1980 English-dubbed reedit of the first two "Lone Wolf and Cub" films; new interview with Kazuo Koike, writer of the "Lone Wolf and Cub" manga series and screenwriter on five of the films' "Lame d'un père, l'âme d'un sabre," a 2005 documentary about the making of the series; new interview in which Sensei Yoshimitsu Katsuse discusses and demonstrates the real Suio-ryu sword techniques that inspired those in the manga and films; new interview with biographer Kazuma Nozawa about filmmaker Kenji Misumi, director of four of the six "Lone Wolf and Cub" films; silent documentary from 1937 about the making of samurai swords, with an optional new ambient score by Ryan Francis; trailers; a booklet featuring an essay and film synopses by Japanese pop culture writer Patrick Macias. (The Criterion Collection).
The Making of the Mob: Chicago
(2016) Eight-episode miniseries. An immersive blend of dramatic scenes, archival footage, visual effects and exclusive interviews, the gritty AMC docudrama documents the emergence of organized crime in Middle America through the rise and fall of iconic gangster Al Capone. From Capone's early days in New York running the streets with Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel, to his prolonged war with the Irish gangs of Chicago and his final battles with Eliot Ness and law enforcement, the series tells the true and full story of the Chicago underworld. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Morris From America
(2016) Craig Robinson, Markees Christmas, Lina Keller. Coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin centers on Morris Gentry (Christmas) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water -- a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Making Morris from America” featurette, bloopers, deleted scenes, casting tapes, audio commentary with director Chad Hartigan and actors Craig Robinson and Markees Christmas. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, David Krumholtz, Michael Cera, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride. R-rated animated film follows Frank, a hot dog who leads a group of supermarket products on an existential journey to discover the truth about their own existence and what happens when they become "chosen" to leave the grocery store. Read more about "Sausage Party" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Animation Imaginatorium," three featurettes: "The Booth," ""The Great Beyond" and "The Pitch." Blu-ray adds an additional featurette, "Shock and Awe: How Did This Get Made?", "Good Food" gag reel, Line-O-Rama. (Sony).
(2016) Voices of Ross Lynch, Sandra Oh, Angela Galuppo, Lucinda Davis, Sonja Ball, Don Shepherd, Jenna Wheeler, Heidi Lynne Weeks, Elisabeth MacRae and Holly Gauthier. Features songs by Celine Dion, Simple Plan, Walk Off The Earth, Marie-Mai and Groenland. To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohorts defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke's horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins! But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict. Can joy and peace be restored, or will the kids' friendships fall in a flurry of ice and snow? Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interviews with Sandra Oh, Ross Lynch, producer Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Celine Dion, Simple Plan, and Walk Off The Earth; Theatrical teasers and trailers. (Shout! Factory Kids).
(1976) 40th anniversary 4K restoration of one of the greatest films of all time. Robert De Niro stars in Martin Scorsese's unforgettable tale of a psychotic New York cabbie driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. The acclaimed cast also includes Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd.
Formats: Two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras:Disc One: New 40-Minute "Taxi Driver" Q&A featuring Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and many more. Recorded live at the Beacon Theatre in New York City at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival; original 1986 commentary with Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader recorded by The Criterion Collection; commentaries by Schrader and by Professor Robert Kolker; "Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver"; "Producing Taxi Driver"; "God's Lonely Man" "Taxi Driver Stories"; "Travis' New York"; "Travis' New York Locations"; theatrical trailer. Disc Two: Making-of documentary, storyboard to film comparisons with Martin Scorsese introduction, animated photo galleries. (Sony).
TURN: Washington's Spies – The Complete Third Season
(2016) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of AMC's critically acclaimed Revolutionary War drama. Jamie Bell stars as Abraham Woodhull, a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island during the Revolutionary War, who bands together with a disparate group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring – America's first spy ring. This season builds toward one of the most notorious moments in American history -- the treasonous defection of Benedict Arnold. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).
(1990) Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa brings eight of the beloved director's own nighttime visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master's unconscious, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic visions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power-plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of art, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (played by Martin Scorsese), "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams" is both a showcase for its maker's imagination at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Masaharu Ueda, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince; "Making of Dreams" (1990), a 150-minute documentary shot on-set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi; new interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi; new interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami; "Kurosawa's Way" (2011), a 50-minute documentary by Kurosawa's longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Theodoros Angelopoulos, Bernardo Bertolucci, Clint Eastwood, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Bong Joon-ho, Abbas Kiarostami, Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Scorsese, Julie Taymor, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, and John Woo; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa's script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami. (The Criterion Collection).
The Anatomy of Monsters
(2014) Tabitha Bastien, Jesse Lee Keeter, Conner Marx. Indie thriller revolves around a seemingly normal yet homicidal young man who ventures out one night in search for prey. At a lonely bar he meets a young woman, takes her to a hotel room, ties her up and prepares for the kill ... until he discovers the woman harbors secrets far worse than even he could imagine. What unfolds is a diabolical game of cat and mouse, and a soul bearing confession of love and death. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Artsploitation Films).
Army of One
(2015) Dir: Larry Charles; Nicolas Cage, Russell Brand, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, Paul Scheer. Gary Faulkner (Cage) is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God (Brand) telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in Colorado, the new friends he makes in Pakistan, the enemies he makes at the CIA -- and even God and Osama themselves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD. (Dimension Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Better Call Saul: Season Two
(2016) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Season 2 follows the twists and turns of Jimmy McGill's (Bob Odenkirk) journey toward becoming his Breaking Bad alter ego, Saul Goodman, along the way soaring to new heights and sinking to new lows. Season 2 finds Jimmy leaving shortcuts behind for his budding romance with Kim (Rhea Seehorn). With his stern brother Chuck (Michael McKean) keeping watch and fixer Mike (Jonathan Banks) drawn into a menacing cartel web, how long can "Slippin’ Jimmy" stay on the straight and narrow? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew commentaries on every episode, gag reel, two featurettes: "Settling the Score: Original Music by Composer Dave Porter" with a never-before-heard piece of music written for a pivotal scene in the episode "Klick," and "Building the Shot" breaking down the single-shot border crossing camera move from the episode "Fifi." Blu-ray adds "HSC: Beaches 'n' Peaches," four commercials, five additional featurettes: "Jimmy and Kim: A Complicated Relationship," "The Takedown," "In Conversation: Jonathan Banks and Mark Margolis," "Constructing Davis & Main" and "Landing FIFI." (Sony).
(2016) Thomas Haden Church, Terrence Howard, Boyd Holbrook Rhys Wakefield, Macy Gray, David Henrie. Church plays Willie, a good man living rough on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row, who finds himself coerced by two rich teenagers into fighting other homeless men for cash. Stuck in a violent world he doesn't fully understand; Willie finds solace when he discovers the discarded diary of a troubled young girl. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
(2016) Taylor Lyons, Francine Locke. A rebellious girl is sent to stay on her grandmother's horse ranch for Christmas, where she develops a friendship with her grandmother's pony and becomes determined to help save the ranch from foreclosure. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Citizen Kane 75th Anniversary Edition
(1941) Remastered and restored from original nitrate elements in 4K resolution. Voted AFI's #1 film of all time and firmly atop critics' best lists. The film's central character is powerful publisher Charles Foster Kane, who aspires to be president of the United States. Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst claimed "Citizen Kane" was a thinly veiled and slanderous account of his own life and sought to use his formidable muscle to halt the film's production and distribution. By the early 1960s "Citizen Kane" had been out of circulation for many years when a panel of top industry tastemakers, selected by the AFI, voted it as the Greatest Film of All Time. Since then, "Citizen Kane" has remained #1 or #2 on countless critics' lists and other surveys including those from Roger Ebert, The BBC, Rolling Stone Magazine, Pauline Kael, among many others. Not only did he star in the film, but the then only 25-year-old Orson Welles also produced, directed and co-wrote the film which won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz) and captured nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director (Welles). Joseph Cotten made an impressive screen debut as Jedidiah Leland, newspaper reporter and Kane's longtime friend, from whom he had become estranged over the issue of journalistic integrity. Other actors included Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Paul Stewart and William Alland as the investigative reporter who delves into Kane's life and his mysterious "Rosebud." Alan Ladd and Arthur O'Connell appear uncredited as reporters. Gregg Toland was the film's cinematographer and Robert Wise, later a two-time Academy Award-winning director, edited the picture. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Dead Ringers BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) David Cronenberg's haunting tale of twin gynecologists and the woman they both love makes its Blu-ray debut in a two-disc collector's edition. Claire Niveau (Geneviève Bujold) is in love with handsome Beverly. Or does she love Elliot? It's uncertain because brothers Beverly and Elliot Mantle (Jeremy Irons) are identical twins sharing the same medical practice, apartment and women -- including unsuspecting Claire. Extras: New audio commentary with writer William Beard, author of "The Artist As Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg"; "audio commentary with actor Jeremy Irons; new 2K scan at the director's preferred aspect ratio (1.66:1); new "Carey's Story" interviews with Heidi Von Palleske; new "Working Artis" interview with Stephen Lack; new "Connecting Tissues" interview with special effects artist Gordon Smith; new "Double Vision" interview with director of photography Peter Suschitzky; vintage interviews with Jeremy Irons, director/co-writer David Cronenberg, producer Marc Boyman and co-writer Norman Snider; vintage behind the scenes featurette; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2016) Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, Hayden Rolence. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them … with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who's convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Read more about "Finding Dory" in the November Calendar.Formats: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, DVD, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Theatrical Short: "Piper" – A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is that the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. Blu-ray adds "Marine Life Interviews" mini short; "The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar" unravels the challenges, frustrations, and rewards of bringing to life the studio's crankiest and most technically complicated character ever; "What Were We Talking About?" showcases the complex routes Dory's story took as the filmmakers worked to construct a comprehensive narrative involving a main character with short-term memory loss; "Casual Carpool" with "Finding Dory" writer-director Andrew Stanton as he drives Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill to work; "Animation & Acting" behind-the-scenes look examines the process of constructing believable performances through a unique collaboration between the director, voice actors and animators; "Creature Features" in which the cast share cool facts about the creatures they voice in the film;
"Deep in the Kelp" research trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to show how far the "Finding Dory" crew went to make Dory's world feel real; "Skating & Sketching With Character Art Director Jason Deamer"; "Dory's Theme" discussion among the composer, music editor and director about the musical elements that shape Dory's quirky and joyful theme; "Rough Day on the Reef": Sometimes computers make mistakes. Here you'll see some of the funny, creepy and just plain bizarre footage the crew encountered while making "Finding Dory"; commentary; deleted scenes; "Losing Nemo": While watching the stingray migration, Dory starts to follow two fish that remind her of her parents, leaving Nemo all alone; "Little Tension in Clown Town" alternate version of the film in which Dory tries to "follow her fins" to her parents, but ends up in a strange place with even stranger fish fashion; "Dory Dumped" early version of the story in which Dory's parents had short-term memory loss as well; "Sleep Swimming," in which Dory begins to talk and swim in her sleep, revealing what seem to be clues to her past; "Meeting Hank" the cranky octopus; "The Pig," in which Dory, frantically navigating the pipes of the Marine Life Institute in search of her parents, crosses paths with a terrifying cleaning device; "Starting Over" in which director Andrew Stanton presents four different versions of the movie's opening scene to illustrate the filmmakers' search for the best way to introduce Dory's backstory and to connect this new film to "Finding Nemo." Digital exclusives: "Tank Gang": After a close encounter with a squid leaves them separated from Dory, Marlin and Nemo unexpectedly meet up with the Tank Gang from "Finding Nemo," who make it their mission to get to the Marine Life Institute … by any means necessary; "Hidden Seacrets of Finding Dory": Take a deep dive to catch secret Easter Eggs throughout the movie.(Pixar/Disney).
Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season
(2016) Five-disc set with all 10 episodes of the HBO series that has consistently been the top selling TV on DVD/BD for the past five years. The most-watched series in HBO history and a worldwide TV phenomenon, "Game of Thrones" returns with another power season. This year, after the shocking developments at the end of Season 5 -- including Jon Snow's bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys' near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei's public humiliation in the streets of King's Landing -- survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Battle of the Bastards" in-depth look behind-the-scenes examining the production challenges of creating this epic event, including explorations of VFX, stunts, and interviews with key cast and crew; "Recreating the Dothraki World" behind-the-scenes piece looking at the creation of Vaes Dothrak and its importance to Dany's evolution; "18 Hours at the Paint Hall" follows all three shooting units as they converge in this behind-the-scenes snapshot of a day in the life of the largest show on television; audio commentaries on each episode. Blu-ray adds "In-Episode Guide" digs deeper into the show to provide background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories; "Histories and Lore" 18-piece featurette on the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves: "The Old Way": narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), "The Kingsmoot": narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), "The Sunset Sea": narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), "War of the Ninepenny Kings": narrated by Brother Ray (Ian McShane), "The Great Tourney at Harrenhal": narrated by Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick), "Robert's Rebellion": narrated by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), "Vaes Dothrak": narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), "The Dothraki": narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), "Northern Allegiances to House Stark": narrated by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), "Children of the Forest vs. the First Men": narrated by the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow), "Brotherhood Without Banners": narrated by Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye), "Oldtown": narrated by Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) and Qyburn (Anton Lesser), "House Dayne": narrated by Young Ned Stark (Robert Aramayo), "The Little Birds": narrated by Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), "Knights of the Vale": narrated by Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen), "House Tarly": narrated by Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner), "Riverrun": narrated by Brynden ‘the Blackfish' Tully (Clive Russell), "Great Sept of Baelor": narrated by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). (HBO).
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
(2015) Oscar-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works -- from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. Features interviews with famed internet pioneers and visionaries including Bob Kahn (co-Inventor of Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocol), Elon Musk (founder and CEO of SpaceX) and Kevin Mitnick (hacker, author and computer security consultant). Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Werner Herzog, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Looking: Season 2
(2015) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. The series revolves around three thirtysomething friends living in San Francisco, who explore the exciting, sometimes overwhelming, options available to a new generation of gay men. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick is a 29-year-old video game designer returning to the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement; aspiring artist Agustín, 31, questions the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member, longtime waiter Dom, 39, is facing middle age with dreams still unfulfilled. The trio's stories intertwine dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an unparalleled era for gay men. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (HBO).
Looking: The Complete Series
(2014-15) Four-disc set with 18 episodes. The series revolves around three thirtysomething friends living in San Francisco, who explore the exciting, sometimes overwhelming, options available to a new generation of gay men. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick is a 29-year-old video game designer returning to the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement; aspiring artist Agustín, 31, questions the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member, longtime waiter Dom, 39, is facing middle age with dreams still unfulfilled. The trio's stories intertwine dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an unparalleled era for gay men. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (HBO).
(2015 -- Italy) Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Beatrice Mancini, Giulia Lazzarini. The latest film from the acclaimed Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti offers a characteristically wry blend of drama and humor as it tells the tale of a movie director attempting to balance the demands of her latest movie and her crisis-filled personal life. Buy portrays an Italian filmmaker coincidentally named Margherita, who's shooting her latest film while she tries to stave off a nervous breakdown, simultaneously contending with a charming but difficult American actor (Turturro), a romantic break-up, a non-communicative teenage daughter (Mancini) and her beloved mother’s (Lazzarini) progressive illness.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Making-of documentary, deleted scenes, more. (Music Box Films).
(2002) Chaos lurks in every corner of this giddily off-kilter foray into romantic comedy by Paul Thomas Anderson. Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty toilet plunger salesman Barry Egan (Adam Sandler, demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affections of a mysterious woman named Lena (Emily Watson), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (played with maniacal brio by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Fueled by the careening momentum of a baroque-futurist score by Jon Brion ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Magnolia"), the Cannes-award-winning "Punch-Drunk Love" channels the spirit of classic Hollywood musicals and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance. 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Paul Thomas Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Blossoms & Blood," a 12-minute 2002 piece by Anderson featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, along with music by Jon Brion; new interview with Brion;
new piece featuring behind-the-scenes footage of a recording session for the film's soundtrack; new conversation between curators Michael Connor and Lia Gangitano about the art of Jeremy Blake; additional artwork by Blake; Cannes press conference from 2002; NBC News interview from 2000 with David Phillips, "the pudding guy"; "Twelve Scopitones"; deleted scenes; "Mattress Man" commercial; trailers. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Christopher Grant Pearson, Alec Manley Wilson, Ryan Weldon, Alexander Neil Miller, Justin Xavier Smith, Robert Werner, Daniel Lipshutz. Romantic comedy brings together three interrelated tales of gay men seeking family, love and sex during the holiday season. Married couple Laslo and Cal unexpectedly take in a gay teen relative who’s been kicked out of his home; Sid and Gray have a casual online hookup which unexpectedly deepens; and roommates Julian and Dylan confront their secret mutual attraction when forced to share a bed for a week. At a New Year’s Eve party, these stories come together. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wolfe Video).
(1996) 20th anniversary edition in new steelbook packaging. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary from director Joe Pytka, Bugs Bunny (voiced by Billy West) and Daffy Duck (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker); "Jammin" with Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan" featurette; music videos including Seal's "Fly Like an Eagle" and Monstars' anthem "Hit ‘Em High." (Warner).
(2015 -- France) Cécile De France, Izïa Higelin. Sensual and elegant, the film follows Carole and Delphine as they fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. After living in the city, Delphine is called home to help with her family farm in the countryside and is forced to choose between her responsibility to them and the life of love she had in Paris with Carole. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
The Syndicate: All or Nothing
(2015 -- UK) Two-disc set with six episodes. The stately home of Hazelwood Manor has been in the family of Lord Hazelwood (Anthony Andrews) since the 18th century. But the once-impressive manor is crumbling, and its owners are burdened with 6.5 million in debt. Lord and Lady Hazelwood (Alice Krige) have been forced to let go of most of the staff, and only five servants help maintain the estate. But when the remaining staff wins the lottery, the lines between upstairs and downstairs begin to blur. BBC One aired two previous seasons of "The Syndicate" in 2012 and 2013. Each installation is a standalone season that features a different cast centered around five members of a betting pool winning the lottery in different settings. "The Syndicate: All or Nothing" was broadcast on BBC One in June 2015. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
True New York
(2016) True New York is an anthology of five award-winning short documentaries about New York City and the amazing characters who call the city home: C-Rock (Director: Jordan Roth). Featuring stunning cinematography and staggering footage of cliff-diving, C-ROCK tells the story of a group of Bronx boys who leap off the 100-foot tall cliff known as "C-Rock" and into the Harlem River. A dangerous rite of passage going back generations in the Bronx, the film captures the rawness of youth while also revealing a wistful nostalgia for a changing neighborhood. Taxi Garage (Director: Joshua Z Weinstein). A powerful and touching look inside a taxi depot in Queens filled with classic New York personalities and a melting pot of immigrants with big dreams of making it in America. The film focuses on Johnnie "Spider" Footman, a colorful octogenarian who has driven a taxi all his life and is New York's oldest taxi driver. One Track Mind (Director: Jeremy Workman). Reveals the amazing story of Philip Coppola, who has devoted four decades to cataloging, archiving, and sketching every station in the New York City subway system. Filmed over the course of four years, this is a portrait of a man consumed by a singular obsession as well as a loving exploration of the city's unique artistic idiosyncrasies. A Son's Sacrifice (Director: Yoni Brook). The award-winning film is a classic immigrant story and father/son tale. Imran is just another 27-year-old New Yorker struggling to take over his family's business, which happens to be a halal slaughterhouse in Queens. Imran must confront his mixed Bangladeshi-Puerto Rican heritage and gain acceptance from his father's conservative community. Black Cherokee (Directors: Sam Cullman & Benjamin Rosen). Focuses on street performer Otis Houston Jr., a self-taught artist from Harlem who performs before a captive audience of car-bound commuters along Manhattan's FDR Drive. A meditation on family, inspiration, creativity and success, the film pays homage to a New York City icon and opens a lyrical window onto Houston's unique charisma and art. Formats: DVD,. Extras: Director interviews. (First Run Features).
Wentworth, Season 1
(2013 -- Australia) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Set in modern-day Australia, the series is a contemporary reimagining of the famed Australian "Prisoner" series about women behind bars, in particular Bea Smith, who is sent to prison after being charged with the attempted murder of her husband and rises to the top of the prison hierarchy. But who was Bea Smith before prison? How did a wife and mother from the suburbs become a top dog without rival? "Wentworth" is a dynamic, often confronting drama series that begins with Bea’s early days in prison. Set in the present day, it con temporizes the "Prisoner's" legendary characters and their stories for today’s audience. The first season takes the viewer inside to an uncompromising environment that explores the politics of women in a world without men, and how such a threatening experience both challenges and often changes those confined and working behind the razor wire. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, crew interviews, set tours, cast interviews, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
(2011 -- Belgium) Stanislas Merhar, Marc Barbé, Aurora Marion. Visionary director Chantal Akerman's final narrative film, a loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel of the same name, an eccentric exploration of cultural conflict, identity and colonialism. It's a tale of an occidental merchant, Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(2016) Documentary details the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. The film follows three remarkably diverse personalities whose shared passion of raising the perfect chicken brings them together in competition. From the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens, to the Dixie Classic in Tennessee, the movie chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the primary protagonists, along with a wide array of competitors, both human and chicken.
Formats: DVD. (Sony).
The Childhood of a Leader
(2015) Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin, Liam Cunningham, Bérénice Bejo, Rebecca Dayan. A child's angelic face conceals a budding sociopath in the audacious, senses-shattering feature debut from actor Brady Corbet. Set amidst the turmoil of World War I and its aftermath, the film follows the young son of an American diplomat living in France as he learns to manipulate the adults around him -- a monstrous coming of age that ominously parallels the rising tide of Fascism in Europe. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(1984) John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry. From the subterranean depths it crawls. Finally making its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray, director Douglas Cheek's cult '80s favorite "C.H.U.D." is the ultimate "underground movie experience." In downtown Manhattan, a police captain's hunt for his missing wife leads to the discovery of a series of mysterious disappearances in the area. Extending his search into the tunnels and sewers below the city streets, it soon becomes clear that something monstrous is lurking in that subterranean world -- and it won't stay there much longer ... Starring John Heard and Christopher Curry alongside an early appearance from John Goodman, "C.H.U.D." has built up a huge cult following in the years since its release in 1984, with one of the most iconic creature designs of the period. C.H.U.D. stands for: "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller" or "Contamination Hazard Urban Disposal." Brand new restoration from the original film elements: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Integral Cut from a new 2K film transfer and a High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Original Theatrical Cut [Limited Edition Exclusive]. Original uncompressed PCM Mono Audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by director Douglas Cheek, writer Shepard Abbott, and actors John Heard, Daniel Stern and Christopher Curry; "A Dirty Look" interview with production designer William Bilowit; "Dweller Designs" interview with special make-up effects and creature creator John Caglione, Jr.; "Notes From Above Ground: The NYC Locations of C.H.U.D." featurette hosted by journalist Michael Gingold and filmmaker Ted Geoghegan; new audio track featuring isolated score selections and an interview with composers Martin Cooper and David A. Hughes; behind-the-scenes gallery; extended shower scene; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford; fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Gingold. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud
(1988) Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn. The Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers return. A military experiment to create a race of super-warriors go awry, and legions of murderous zombies are unleased upon a suburban neighborhood. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director David Irving, interview with actor Gerrit Graham, interview with actress Tricia Leigh Fisher, interview with special effects artist Allan Apone, still gallery. (Vestron Video Collector’s Series).
Hell or High Water
(2016) Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Katy Mixon. A modern western about two brothers who turn to crime in order to save their family farm from the clutches of the bank. Read more about "Hell or High Water" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water," "Visualizing the Heart of America" featurette, "Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water," red carpet premiere, filmmaker Q&A. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Pierce Brosnan, Anna Friel, Stephanie Scot, James Frecheville, Austin Swift. Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art “smart home.” But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (James Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs to rely on his old connections to defeat a new kind of nemesis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
Kubo and the Two Strings
(2016) Voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey. From the acclaimed animation studio LAIKA (Coraline) comes an original action adventure. Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father and his mystical weaponry, as well as discover his own magical powers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Japanese Inspiration," "Corners of the Earth" location featurette, "The Myth of Kubo," commentary with director-producer Travis Knight. Blu-ray adds Introduction by director-producer Travis Knight," Mythological Monsters" featurette, "Braving the Elements," "The Redemptive and Healing Power of Music," Epilogue by director-producer Travis Knight. (Universal).
(2016) Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Ezri Walker, Rafi Gavron, Linda Emond, Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly. Inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland's hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco, Junior, Boobie and Patty Cake shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars to finance their dream. But when they get mixed up in a drug deal and cross a ruthless crime queen-pin, they put their friendship -- and lives -- on the line. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Masterpiece: Poldark Season 2
(2015) Neither pestilence, starvation, nor betrayal can stop Ross Poldark from fighting for justice in his native Cornwall in the imaginative world created by Winston Graham in his bestselling "Poldark" novels, published between 1945 and 2002. Comprising an even dozen volumes, the epic commences in 1783, as British officer Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall, fresh from the American Revolutionary War. In the second season, Ross stands accused of murder and "wrecking" -- luring a cargo ship to the rocks for plunder. It's a capital offense, the judge is unsympathetic, hostile witnesses have been bribed and Ross appears headed for the gallows. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Three-disc set. (PBS Distribution).
(2016) Disoriented and alone, a man (Daniel Robinson) awakes in the snow, clad only in yellow swim trunks, and finds himself in a place long abandoned. With only vague memories of his surroundings, he's forced to rely on his instincts to discover his purpose and survive the raw elements and crippling isolation. As time passes, however, he learns that he possesses a unique skill that helps him deal with the boredom of his solitary existence, but it can only take him so far. Written, filmed and edited in the wilds of Northern Ontario by filmmaker Robinson, "Nestor" was shot using a standard-issue DSLR camera (a Canon T3i). He also recorded ambient noise on his iPhone and hid a small shotgun mic wherever he could to capture sound. There were no costumes, no special effects and a budget that crept into the low four figures. The film, a blend of fiction, metafiction and documentary, is about one man, made entirely by one man, that uniquely explores the themes of loneliness, creativity, and the drive to keep moving forward.
Formats: DVD. (Candy Factory Films).
(1961) A western like no other, "One-Eyed Jacks" combines the mythological scope of that most American of film genres with the searing naturalism of a performance by Marlon Brando, all suffused with Freudian overtones and male anxiety. In his only directing stint, Brando captures the rugged landscapes of California's Central Coast and Mexico's Sonoran Desert in gorgeous widescreen, Technicolor images, and elicits from his fellow actors (including Karl Malden and Pina Pellicer) nuanced improvisational depictions of conflicted characters. Though overwhelmed by its director's perfectionism and plagued by production setbacks and studio re-editing, "One-Eyed Jacks" stands as one of Brando's great achievements, thanks above all to his tortured turn as Rio, a bank robber bent on revenge against his one-time partner in crime, the aptly named Dad Longworth (Malden). Brooding and romantic, Rio marks the last, and perhaps the most tender, of the iconic outsiders Brando imbued with such remarkable intensity throughout his career. New 4K digital restoration, undertaken with the support of The Film Foundation and supervised by filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New introduction by Scorsese; excerpts from voice-recordings that director and star Marlon Brando made during the film's production; new video essays on the film's production history and its potent combination of the stage and screen icon Brando with the classic Hollywood western; trailer; an essay by film critic Howard Hampton. (The Criterion Collection).
Rabid BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1977) David Cronenberg's provocative take on the vampire mythos makes its Blu-ray debut. After undergoing radical emergency surgery, Rose (former adult film star Marilyn Chambers in her first leading role in a mainstream film) develops an insatiable desire for blood. She searches out victims to satisfy her incurable craving, infecting them with an unknown disease which, in turn swiftly drives them insane ... and makes them equally bloodthirsty. Extras: New 2K scan from the negative at the director David Cronenberg's preferred aspect ratio (1.66:1); new audio interview with author Jill C. Nelson ("Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985") and Marilyn Chambers' personal appearances manager Ken Leicht; new "Young and Rabid" interview with actress Susan Roman; commentary with writer-director David Cronenberg; commentary with William Beard, author of "The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg"; archival interview with David Cronenberg; interview with executive producer Ivan Reitman; interview with co-producer Don Carmody; "From Stereo to Video" video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of "They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema"; theatrical trailer; TV spot; radio spots (U.S. and U.K.); still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Return of the Living Dead 3
(1993) Melinda Clarke, J. Trevor Edmond. When a young man uses the chemical Trioxin to bring his girlfriend back to life after a motorcycle accident, she is driven to eat the only thing that will nourish her ...human brains! She tries to stop her own feeding frenzy but a chain reaction has already begun, as hordes of undead are unleashed from their graves. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio Commentary with director Brian Yuzna; audio commentary with actress Melinda Clarke and special make-up effects artist Tom Rainone; "Ashes to Ashes”" conversation with director Brian Yuzna and screenwriter John Penney; "Living Dead Girl" interview with actress Melinda Clarke; "Romeo Is Bleeding" interview with actor J. Trevor Edmond; "Trimark & Trioxin" interviews with production excecutive David Tripet and editor Chris Roth; "The Resurrected Dead" interviews with special effects designers Steve Johnson and Chris Nelson; still gallery. (Vestron Video Collector’s Series).
(2015) An in-depth look into the exploding subculture of sneaker collecting and the widespread influence it has had on popular culture around the world. Formats: DVD. (Filmrise/MVD Visual).
The Squid and the Whale
(2005) With excruciating honesty, "The Squid and the Whale" chronicles the experiences of two young brothers growing up in 1980s Park Slope, Brooklyn, as they navigate the jagged contours of the divorce of their parents, both writers. The acclaimed third feature by Noah Baumbach marked a critical development for the filmmaker as he turned toward an increasingly personal style -- a move that garnered him an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. Shot in Super 16 mm and featuring a quartet of nuanced, understated performances from Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline, this comic and poignant drama, peppered with autobiographical elements, deftly captures the heartache and confusion of a fracturing family. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Yeoman and director Noah Baumbach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Baumbach and actors Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, and Laura Linney; new conversation about the score and other music in the film between Baumbach and composers Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips; "Behind The Squid and the Whale," a 2004 documentary featuring on-set footage and cast interviews; audition footage; trailers. (The Criterion Collection).
Texas Rising/Sons of Liberty
(2016) Two of HISTORY's highly celebrated miniseries, "Texas Rising" and "Sons of Liberty," will be available together for the first time on one double-feature DVD set. "Texas Rising" is the true story of how the state of Texas fought for its freedom from the rule of Mexican General Santa Anna and the formation of America's most legendary law enforcement agency — The Texas Rangers. Stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Kris Kristofferson and Jake Busey. "Sons of Liberty" follows the stirring drama of the infamous Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's ride, and the Battle of Lexington as the colonies join forces as a single, united country in the most epic revolution of our time. Stars Ben Barnes as Sam Adams, Henry Thomas as John Adams, Dean Norris as Ben Franklin, Michael Raymond-James as Paul Revere, Jason O'Mara as George Washington and Ryan Eggold as Dr. Joseph Warren. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Six featurettes. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Samantha Scaffidi, Todd Litzinger, Ingrid Vollset, Mikaal Bates. A conflicted young couple, a poly amorous trio trying to dig a hole, and a mysterious recluse spin a tale of love, murder and madness in a secluded Hawaiian jungle town on the edge of an active volcano. Formats: DVD. (Candy Factory Films).
(2016) Miles Teller, Jonah Hill. Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Read more about "War Dogs" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "General Phillips: Boots on the Ground," "War Dogs: Access Granted," "Pentagon Pie." (Warner).
(2016) Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Rebel Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Joan Collins. Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
Ants on a Shrimp
(2016) What happens when the worlds most acclaimed restaurant picks up and moves halfway across the world? Named for just one of the many surprising dishes that René Redzepi serves at his esteemed Copenhagen foodie destination Noma (named Worlds Best Restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014), "Ants on a Shrimp" follows the superstar chef and his team as they relocate to Japan to set up a five-week pop-up in Tokyo. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Baked In Brooklyn
(2015) Alexandra Daddario, Josh Brener, Lindsey Broad, Tovah Feldshuh. A recent college graduate decides to sell marijuana on the streets of Manhattan after losing his job at a consulting firm. With an unsupportive girlfriend, an increase of clients and the growing threat of being caught or killed, he soon realizes he's in way over his head. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2016) Director: Steven Spielberg. Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader. A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Read more about "The BFG" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Bringing The BFG to Life," "The Big Friendly Giant and Me," "Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG," "Giants 101," "Melissa Mathison: A Tribute" homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "The BFG" and "E.T." (Disney).
(2016) Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang. Three young thieves fight for their lives after breaking into the home of a blind man who has a dark side. Read more about "Don't Breathe" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Fede Alvarez, co-writer Rodo Sayagues and actor Stephen Lang; five featurettes:
"No Escape," "Creating the Creepy House," "Meet the Cast," "Man in the Dark" and "The Sounds of Horror." (Sony).
House of Lies: The Final Season
(2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that takes a subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle), a highly successful, cutthroat consultant is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want. Now that Kaan & Associates is back on top, their biggest mission is staying there. In the fifth and final season, the tight-knit, profit-seeking pod launches life-changing moves with some game-changing tactics. Marty and Jeannie Van Der Hooven (Kristen Bell) venture into new romances while they co-parent their baby daughter. Numbers analyst Doug Guggenheim (Josh Lawson) tackles an item on his bucket list by preparing and delivering a Ted Talk, while spin doctor Clyde Oberholt (Ben Schwartz) lends his skills to a mayoral candidate. Together, the team's unconventional management style continues to make corporate waves. And an unexpected offer from the past could alter all of their futures, culminating in a historic series closer filmed in Havana, Cuba. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2016) Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders. First time feature director DuVall writes, directs and stars in the film in which four couples reunite for a "marriage intervention" disguised as a fun-filled weekend at a lakeside vacation home. In an attempt to push Ruby (Smulders) and her husband Peter (Piazza) toward divorce, Annie (Lynskey) and her fiancé Matt (Ritter) have gathered family and friends to address their failing marriage. But as "the fun weekend" falls apart, close quarters bring longstanding issues to the surface. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Fade Out" music video by Tegan and Sara, blooper reel. (Paramount).
(2016) Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Craig Hall, Wes Bentley, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jim McLarty, Tim Wong.
When a mysterious 10-year-old boy turns up who claims to live in the woods with a giant green dragon, a forest ranger and an 11-year-old girl set out to learn the truth about him. Read more about "Pete's Dragon" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Making Magic" fun facts about what went into designing the spectacular, lovable dragon. Blu-ray adds "Notes to Self: A Director's Diary"; "Disappearing" Moments" montage of the film's "lost" scenes; "Welcome to New Zealand" location featurette; commentary from director Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks and actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence; music videos "Nobody Knows" by The Lumineers and "Something Wild" by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness; bloopers. (Disney).
Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
(2016) Produced in association with the late legendary music producer George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the highly-anticipated eight-part series took over five years to make and features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time sharing behind-the-scenes stories celebrating the art of recording. Soundbreaking includes Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck, RZA, and many more. In eight captivating episodes, "Soundbreaking" charts a century's worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. From the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multi-track technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling, the series highlights the dynamic tension between the artificial and the natural––between the man-made and the God-given –– and explores the way in which that tension has continuously redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be. In the end, "Soundbreaking" makes us hear the songs we love in a whole new way, and illuminates the sonic alchemy by which the music we listen to becomes a fundamental part of who we are. The episodes: The Art of Recording, Painting with Sound, The Human Instrument, Going Electric, Four on the Floor, The World is Yours, Sound and Vision, and I Am My Music. Formats: Three-disc DVD, Three-disc Blu-ray. (Athena).
The Wild Life
(2016 -- Belgium/France) Voices of Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden. Animated family yarn about a daring parrot who recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island. When savage cats invade their paradise, Robinson and the island’s animals team up to defend themselves and their home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Wild World: Making The Wild Life" featurette, "Meet the Characters" featurette, "Tips for Your Trip" featurette, "The Wild Life Musical Adventure." (Lionsgate).
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