(2016) In 2006, The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it revealed that wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose prose about a sordid childhood captivated icons and luminaries around the world, didn't actually exist. This documentary takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert, the woman behind LeRoy, breathed life into her avatar for a decade. Albert's epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events and the Cannes red carpet, as she recounts this astonishing odyssey and the intricate web it created. Written and directed by award-winning documentarian Jeff Feuerzeig, the film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
Beauty & the Beast: The Final Season
(2016) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. The classic fairy tale gets a dark twist. When a homicide detective with a troubled past (Kristin Kreuk) falls in love with a doctor hiding a deadly secret (Jay Ryan), it's anything but a fairy tale romance.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Season in Review: Farewell to the Beast," "Closing a Chapter: A Fond Farewell." (CBS/Paramount).
BrainDead: Season One
(2016) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. When struggling documentary filmmaker Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) takes a job working with her brother, Senator Luke Healy (Danny Pino), she soon discovers there's more to Washington than meets the eye. As tensions grow amongst political parties, so does a conspiracy involving alien bugs replacing the brains of several members of congress. The investigation unfolds while the infection spreads. Whatever's happening, it's clear this isn't politics as usual. Co-stars Tony Shalhoub. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Trickle-Down Invasion: The Story of BrainDead," "Strange Bedfellows: The Characters of BrainDead," "The Third Party: The Politics of BrainDead," deleted scenes, gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
Call of Heroes
(2016 -- Hong Kong) Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Eddie Peng, Wu Jing. Set in 1914 following the collapse of the Qing dynasty. Louis Koo stars as Cao, the spoiled son of a powerful General who has grown into a vicious and depraved warlord. Although Cao is accused of triple murder, his father will destroy the town if his son is convicted and sentenced to death. But injustice cannot go unanswered, and the villagers prepare for the repercussions of punishing a guilty man. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs
(2016) An alien hunter strives to prove the existence of UFOs -- and that he's not nuts -- in this feel-good documentary. Christo Roppolo claims to have been videotaping and communicating with UFOs around Monterey, California, for several years. Intent on getting his stunning information out to a wide audience, he contacted director Justin Gaar in 2013 to begin creating a film about his sightings. Skeptical of the footage Christo had shot, but intrigued by his eccentricities and wild stories, Justin begins spending time with Christo hunting UFOs along California's beautiful Central Coast. When a crop circle appears in Monterey County and becomes international news, Christo is validated in his belief in alien contact. A shocked Justin begins investigating the source of the crop circle and how Christo knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's being contacted by his "brothers from space." The two travel up and down the Central Coast and through the Central Valley hunting for UFO activity. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Dead Rising: Endgame
(2016) Jesse Metcalfe, Billy Zane, Dennis Haysbert, Marie Avgeropoulos, Jessica Harmon, Keegan Connor Tracy, Ian Tracey, Victor Webster, Camille Sullivan. The sequel to "Dead Rising: Watchtower" chronicles the return of Jesse Metcalfe as Chase Carter, an investigative journalist haunted by his past and now hunted by the military. After narrowly escaping a zombie quarantine, Chase -- along with a group of dubious allies -- slices, hacks and bludgeons his way through the zombie hordes that plague every corner of the abandoned city. As they unravel a government conspiracy, the group will have to confront their most gruesome nightmares in order to save millions of innocent lives.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Eight Featurettes: "Bringing Zombies to Life," "From Game to Screen," "Making the Weapons," "Who is Chase Carter?", "Who is Jill Ekland?", "Who Is Jordan Blair?", "Who is Sandra Lowe?" (Sony).
(2015) Vinnie Jones, Estella Warren, Johnny Messner, James Remar. Retired CIA agent John Niles's quiet life is shattered when he's kidnapped and tortured one night to reveal his part in an upcoming mission. With his wife and son held captive, Niles is forced to take part in a presidential assassination, so he turns to his old mentor Price to uncover the CIA's covert role in this dark operation. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Lionsgate).
Don't Think Twice
(2016) Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher. For 11 years, the six-person comedy team known as The Commune has killed onstage, waiting for its big break. The team finds itself at a crossroads, when one of the group becomes a solo success and the others start to wonder if they will make it after all. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Improv: Deleted Scenes," "The Creative Team," "Don't Think Twice: The Art of Improv," "The Commune." (Universal).
(2016) Scott Adkins, Wade Barrett, Daniel Caltagirone, James Cosmo. When his home in London is attacked, a former federal agent (Adkins) must come out of hiding of the witness protection program to protect his daughter. With his true identity exposed to the criminal underworld, he goes on the run with Europe's most dangerous assassin on his trail and must use every trick he knows to keep his family alive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Hand-to-Hand Bishop" behind-the-scenes with Wade Barrett's bad-boy bounty hunter character, "Bishop for Hire" fight scenes featurette. (WWE Studios/Universal).
The Exterminating Angel Blu-ray
(1962) A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave in The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador), a daring masterpiece from Luis Buñuel (Belle de jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). Made just one year after his international sensationViridiana, this film, full of eerie, comic absurdity, furthers Buñuel's wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Extras: "The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel," a 2008 documentary featuring writer Jean-Claude Carrière and filmmaker Juan Luis Buñuel; interviews with actor Silvia Pinal and filmmaker Arturo Ripstein from 2006; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and an interview with director Luis Buñuel from the 1970s. (The Criterion Collection).
Family Guy Season 14
(2015-16) Three-disc set with all 20 uncensored episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, select episode commentary, "The Art of Family Guy," full episode animatic on "A Lot Going On Upstairs," talking animals mash-up. (Fox).
The Great Gilly Hopkins
(2016) Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close, Sophie Nélisse, Julia Stiles. The feisty and headstrong Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has made a name for herself in the foster system, outwitting family after family in hopes of being reunited with her birth mother. In a comical effort to escape her newest home and overly affectionate foster mother, Mamie Trotter (Bates), the young girl devises a scheme she believes will send her mother running to the rescue. When her grand plan backfires, Gilly realizes she may have been wrong about everything in her search to find where she belongs. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Making The Great Gilly Hopkins" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Heart of a Dog
(2015) "Heart of a Dog" marks the first feature film by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson in over 30 years. A cinematic tone poem that flows from a sustained meditation on death and other forms of absence, the film seamlessly weaves together thoughts on Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, the modern surveillance state, and the artistic lives of dogs, with an elegy for the filmmaker's beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, at its heart. Narrated by Anderson with her characteristic wry wit, and featuring a plaintive, free-form score by the filmmaker, the tender and provocative "Heart of a Dog" continues Anderson's five-decade career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder. High-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between director Laurie Anderson and coproducer Jake Perlin, footage of Anderson's 2016 "Concert for Dogs," trailer, an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection).
Henry: The Portrait of a Serial Killer
(1986) 30th anniversary 4K restoration of the film that was a true game-changer, a film so upsetting in its blunt depiction of an amoral murderer that it made the slasher films of its time look like cartoons by comparison. "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" became a lightning rod in heated debates about cinema and censorship but has only grown in stature since its first showing in 1986. Director John McNaughton's film is a chilling profile of a cold-blooded killer that, 30 years after its historic festival premiere, has lost none of its power to shock. The film, loosely based on a true story, has been hailed as one of the most disturbing and terrifying examinations of mass murderers ever filmed. Henry (Michael Rooker) is a psychopathic drifter who has coldly murdered a number of people for no particular reason and without any remorse. Leaving bodies in his wake, Henry makes his way to Chicago, where he settles into the run-down apartment of his drug-dealing former prison friend and occasional roommate Otis (Tom Towles). Also moving into the space is Otis's younger sister Becky (Tracy Arnold), who is fleeing her abusive husband. As she fends off her brother's incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry -- unaware that he, along with Otis, are continuing their murderous rampage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "In Defense of Henry: An Appreciation," "Henry vs MPAA: A Visual History," "Henry at the BBFC," "It's Either You or Them: An Interview With Artist Joe Coleman," "In the Round: A Conversion With John McNaughton," "Portrait: The Making of Henry," deleted scenes & outtakes, feature commentary with John McNaughton, interview with John McNaughton (1998), trailer (original), trailer (30th anniversary), still gallery, storyboards, reversible sleeve featuring original Joe Coleman artwork. Read more here. (Dark Sky Films).
(2016) Dir.: John Krasinski; Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick,
John Krasinski & Margo Martindale. A struggling NYC artist is forced to return to the small middle-American town he left behind after learning about his mother’s illness. Back in the house he grew up in, he's immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his NYC girlfriend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with John Krasinski and Margo Martindale; "The Family Trust: Inside The Hollars"; "Persistent Vision: Margo Martindale"; LA Film Festival Q&A with John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick and Margo Martindale. (Sony).
(1992) Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Samuel West, Nicolla Duffett. New 4k restoration of Merchant Ivory's undisputed masterpiece. A saga of class relations and changing times in an Edwardian England on the brink of modernity, the film centers on liberal Margaret Schlegel (Thompson), who, along with her sister Helen (Bonham Carter), becomes involved with two couples: wealthy, conservative industrialist Henry Wilcox (Hopkins) and his wife Ruth (Redgrave), and the downwardly mobile working-class Leonard Bast (West) and his mistress Jackie (Duffett).
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
In Order of Disappearance
(2014 -- Norway/Sweden) Stellan Skarsgård, Pål Sverre Hagen, Bruno Ganz. Introverted and hard-working snowplow driver Nils has just been named "Citizen of the Year," when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man's murder -- a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as "The Count", and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner's luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates into a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body count spiraling ever higher and higher. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interview with Stellan Skarsgard, interview with director Hans Peter Moland, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
(2016) Dir.: Paul Greengrass. Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed. The CIA's most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past. Read more about "Jason Bourne" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bringing Back Bourne" with Damon and director Greengrass; "Bourne to Fight" behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences: "Bare-Knuckle Boxing," "Close Quarters" look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault, "Underground Rumble" final showdown with The Asset; "The Athens Escape" with Matt Damon, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and second unit director Simon Crane discussing the challenges of shooting a chase sequence through cramped city streets; "Las Vegas Showdown" behind the scenes of the final act: "Convention Chaos" and "Shutting Down the Strip." (Universal).
Just Eat It
(2015) We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50 percent of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart, acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, and food/agriculture scientist Dana Gunders, "Just Eat It" looks at our systemic obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce, revealing the devastating consequences of food waste around the globe. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(2016) Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Christopher Meyer, Kofi Siriboe. 15-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy to help him escape the reality of being poor and picked on by everyone in East Oakland. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they're promptly snatched by a local hood. Brandon and his two best friends then embark on a dangerous mission to retrieve them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "One on One" featurette, photo gallery. (Universal).
Mad Max High Octane Collection
All four films from visionary director George Miller’s blockbuster sci-fi franchise -- Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), are together in one collection. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition" -- The surreal black and white version of mastermind George Miller’s "Fury Road"; George Miller introduction to the "Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition" describing his vision; "Road War": In 1982, the world was blindsided by George Miller’s masterpiece of apocalyptic destruction: "The Road Warrior." For the first time ever George Miller, Terry Hayes and star Mel Gibson tell the story of the car-crushing production that redefined action cinema forever; "Madness of Max": The previously released Mad Max (1979) documentary is a feature-length film on the making of arguably the most influential movie of the past 30 years (With over 40 cast-and-crew interviews, hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs and never-before-seen film footage of the shoot, this is, without a doubt, the last word on "Mad Max" Interviews include: George Miller, Byron Kennedy, Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Joanne Samuel, David Eggby, Jon Dowding and many more. From the producers to the bike designers to the traffic stoppers, this is the story of how "Mad Max"was made. Blu-ray adds a 4K Ultra HD version and a UV Digital Copy of "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Warner).
Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition
(2015) Two film collection with the theatrical version of the film and the "Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition" surreal black and white version of mastermind George Miller’s "Fury Road." Includes a special introduction by George Miller describing his vision.
Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Me, Myself & Her
(2015 -- Italy) Sabrina Ferilli, Margherita Buy. Italy's first feature lesbian romantic comedy, directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi (daughter of Italian acting icon Ugo Tognazzi, star of "La Cage Aux Folles"). Frothy and light as a souffle, set amidst gorgeous Italian scenery, the film is a breezy story of two women with very different pasts who weather the challenges of life and romance together. But when retired actress Marina suddenly decides to get back into the movies and Federica -- still questioning her sexuality -- pursues a fling with a man, their commitment to each other is put to the test. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wolfe Video).
Never Open the Door
(2014) Jessica Sonneborn, Kristina Page, George Troester, Deborah Venegas. Three happy couples retreat to a cozy secluded cabin in the woods to enjoy Thanksgiving. A badly wounded stranger appears at the door, and when they let him in, he throws up blood and collapses on the floor. As he dies, he points towards the lovers and croaks his final words: "Never open the door." The dumbfounded group of friends start to panic as one of their own inexplicably disappears. Doubt rises by the minute and mistrust soaks through the cabin. As strange men surround the cabin, escape becomes paramount. But who will open the door? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage, more. (Maltauro Entertainment).
(2016) David Hartman is the first new director of a film in the popular "Phantasm" series, which features the entire original cast including Reggie Bannister -- a veteran of all five films -- A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Kat Lester. Angus Scrimm takes up his iconic role as the terrifying Tall Man for the fifth and final time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director David Hartman and writer & producer Don Coscarelli, "Behind the Scenes," deleted scenes, "Giant Dwarf," "Escape From Dawn's Cabin," "Cuda vs Sphere," "Phuntasm: Bloopers & Outtake." (Well Go USA).
(1978) At a funeral, Mike (Michael Baldwin), watches as a tall mortician clad in black (Angus Scrimm) tosses the unburied coffin into a waiting hearse as if it were nothing. Seeking the truth behind this unusual sight, Mike breaks into the mortuary, where he comes face-to-face with the sinister Tall Man. After barely managing to escape with his life, Mike enlists the help of his brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Together they set out to uncover the secrets of the Tall Man and those who dwell in his hellish world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Don Coscarelli and cast members Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, and Bill Thornbury; "Graveyard Cars"; interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm; deleted scenes. (Well Go USA).
The Possession Experiment
(2016) Bill Moseley, Greg Travis, Chris Minor, Jake Brinn, Nicky Jasper, Angelo Reyes. A student decides to study exorcisms as part of a theology project and investigates a multiple homicide that eventually turns out to have been an exorcism gone horribly wrong. He becomes obsessed with the event and decides the only way to complete his research is to undergo an exorcism himself. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Momentum Pictures).
Scream Queens – Season One
(2015-16) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. A mysterious "Red Devil" killer wreaks havoc at Wallace University's Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, putting every pledge on edge. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that anyone could be the murderer -- or the next victim. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Rush Kappa," "Between Two Queens," "Style Queens." (Fox).
The Secret Agent
(2016) Toby Jones, Vicky McClure, Ian Hart, Stephen Graham, Charlie Hamblett. Three-part BBC series based on Joseph Conrad's timeless novel about terror, espionage and betrayal. In 1886 London, Verloc (Jones) runs a seedy sex shop in the heart of Soho. Unbeknown to his loyal wife Winnie (McClure), Verloc also works for the Russian embassy, spying on a group of London anarchists. The Russians are furious with the English establishment's indifference to the anarchist threat gripping the rest of Europe. So Verloc is assigned a mission: blow up the Greenwich Observatory and make it look like a terrorist attack to provoke a crackdown. Should he fail, Verloc's real identity as a spy will be exposed to his vicious comrades. Verloc is forced to turn to the volatile Professor (Hart) to supply explosives which in turn attracts the attention of Chief Inspector Heat of Scotland Yard (Graham). Caught between the Russians and the police, Verloc grooms Winnie's younger brother Stevie (Hamblett) as his unsuspecting accomplice. When the truth outs, Verloc has to face Winnie's wrath. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
The Secret Life of Pets
(2016) Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, Albert Brooks. Animated comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Read more about "The Secret Life of Pets" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three Mini-Movies: "Norman Television," "Weenie" and "Mower Minions"; "All About the Pets" educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets; "Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors; "Hairstylist to the Dogs"; "The Best of Snowball" musical mash-up of all the best Snowball one-liners; "Hot Dog Sing-Along"; "Lovely Day" lyric video; "The Humans that Brought You Pets" featurette; "GoPro: The Secret Life of Pets"; "The Making of the Mini-Movies." Blu-ray adds "How to Make an Animated Film," "Anatomy of a Scene." (Universal).
The Shannara Chronicles: Season One BLU-RAY
(2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series based on the 26-volume book series by Terry Brooks that tells the story of an Elvin princess, a bandit, and a half-Elf tasked with stopping the end of the world. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes" featurette, "Exploring New Zealand," Terry Brooks interview, "Making of the Dagda Mor." (Paramount).
Sins of Our Youth
(2016) Lucas Till, Joel Courtney Mitchel Musso, Ally Sheedy, Bridger Zadina. A frightening, cautionary tale of four teenagers who accidentally kill a younger boy while firing assault weapons recreationally and the perilous decisions they make in the wake of the killing. In a moment of desperation and fear that their lives are over, the youths construct a chilling plan reminiscent of a video game plot: they will hunt each other down until only one is left standing. Formats: DVD, VOD (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2016) When two pregnant cows were trapped in an over-turned rig on the 210-freeway last March, the City of Los Angeles' SMART, a specialized mobile animal rescue team, was called in to save them. The team, the first of its kind in the United States, is a uniquely trained unit within the Animal Services division that risks life and limb to rescue domestic and wild animals in the most precarious situations. An award-winning documentary film, "SMART: Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team," captures the heart and soul of this team as they battle to save LA's animals. Humans are not the only ones in need of rescuing and, in the city of Los Angeles, the members of SMART have stepped up to save lives. Led by Armando Navarrete, this division of trained and passionate animal lovers risks life and limb to rescue every kind of creature in need, from horses to mountain lions to cats and dogs. Follow Armando as he struggles to get his team off the ground, survives death-defying rescues and finds love, all amid LA's heartbreaking animal shelter system. Never giving up, Armando and his team have saved over 1000 lives and created new tactics, technology, and inspiration for similar programs to develop in more cities. Shot over the course of three years, SMART is a great example of how a team of passionate and dedicated people can become real-life superheroes. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Cinema Libre Studio).
(2016) Joe Seo. A portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles' Koreatown. David Cho, a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, interview with director Andrew Ahn and star Joe Seo, Joe Seo's audition, alternative trailer, original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
(2015) Neal McDonough, Jodell Ferland, Chanelle Peloso, Lochlyn Munro, Matt Bellefleur, Pascale Hutton. In 1997 the close-knit Anderson family vanished from their country home without a trace, without an explanation. No bodies were found and the house has remained undisturbed for 17 years ... until now. When a mother and her mute son move into the mysterious place, a local teen reluctantly accepts a job as the son's caretaker to help her financially struggling father. She immediately finds herself trying to make sense of the supernatural activities taking place in the house, all of which seem eerily similar to the past. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Kiss Me, Kill Me
(2016) Van Hansis, Gale Harold, Brianna Brown, Yolonda Ross, Jai Rodriguez, Matthew Ludwinski. Sexy gay thriller. Dusty blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend Stephen, and when he comes to, he finds that Stephen has been murdered and he's the prime suspect. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Embrem Entertainment).
(2016) Four-disc set with all 3 episodes of the series that centers on a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended and deleted scenes, "American Gothic" First Look, "American Gothic at Comic-Con, gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
The Asphalt Jungle
(1950) In a smog-choked city somewhere in the American Midwest, an aging criminal mastermind, newly released from prison, hatches a plan for a million-dollar jewel heist and draws a wealthy lawyer and a cherry-picked trio of outlaws into his carefully devised but inevitably doomed scheme. Anchored by an abundance of nuanced performances from a gifted ensemble -- including a tight-jawed Sterling Hayden and a sultry Marilyn Monroe in her breakout role -- this gritty crime classic by John Huston climaxes in a meticulously detailed anatomy of a robbery that has reverberated through the genre ever since. An uncommonly naturalistic view of a seamy underworld, "The Asphalt Jungle" painstakingly depicts the calm professionalism and toughness of its gangster heroes while evincing a remarkable depth of compassion for their all-too-human fragility, and it showcases a master filmmaker at the height of his powers. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2004 by film historian Drew Casper, featuring recordings of actor James Whitmore; new interviews with film noir historian Eddie Muller and cinematographer John Bailey; archival footage of writer-director John Huston discussing the film; "Pharos of Chaos," a 1983 documentary about actor Sterling Hayden; episode of the television program "City Lights" from 1979 featuring John Huston; audio excerpts of archival interviews with Huston; excerpts from footage of the 1983 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony honoring Huston, featuring actor Sam Jaffe and the filmmaker; trailer; an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia, Morgan Freeman. Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Read more about "Ben-Hur" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Ben-Hur: The Legacy," "The Epic Cast," "A Tale for Our Times," "The Chariot Race," deleted & extended scenes, music videos. (Paramount).
Black Christmas BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1974) Director: Bob Clark; Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey, John Saxon, Keir Dullea. A group of sorority girls are stalked by a psychopath during Christmas break. New 2016 2K scan of the negative (1.85:1) with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono. Extras: Commentaries, new and vintage featurettes, trailers, alternative title sequence, photo gallery, more. Read more here. (Scream Factory).
Bridget Jones's Baby
(2016) Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson. The third installment in the Bridget Jones series follows forty-something Bridget as she embraces a new decade in her life, confronts her past with a charismatic old love, and finds new romance using her signature quirk and humor. Read more about "Bridget Jones's Baby" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate ending, Gag Reel, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, "Full Circle: The Making of Bridget Jones's Baby" multi-part documentary on the making of "Bridget Jones's Baby" featuring interviews with cast and crew including: "Renée Returns," "The Difference that 15 Years Makes," "Bridget's Boys," "In London, In Love" and "Sharon's Show: The Director." (Universal).
(2016) Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Gillian Jacobs, Rita Wilson, Bill Pullman, Sarah Burns, Rachael Harris, Kumail Nanjiani, Kenan Thompson, David Wain. Roger (Killam), a straight-laced politician, has big plans to propose to his dream girl (Jacobs) at her family's lake house. But everything goes awry when he meets his potential brother-in-law Todd (Moynihan): a full-time camp counselor with a heart of gold and a wild sense of fun, pining to be Roger's best friend, and ultimately catapulting him into a series of unfortunate events. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Christmas All Over Again
(2016) Sean Ryan Fox, Amber Montana, Christy Carlson Romano, Joey Lawrence. It's Christmas Eve, and teen Eddie (Sean Ryan Fox) hopes a sweet new pair of Breezy 3000 sneakers will catch the eye of neighbor girl Cindy (Amber Montana). But the next morning, the tree is empty -- and every new day after that is the same -- another Christmas without presents. To escape from this time loop, Eddie turns to a mysterious shoe store owner (Joey Lawrence), who helps him understand that true joy doesn't come tied up in a bow. Earned a Dove Family Seal of approval. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2016) Michael Kopelow, Devon Ogden, Kerry Knuppe, Joy Rinaldi, Caleb Brown, Frank Simms. Science fiction-dark comedy-thriller about a befuddled scientist who stumbles into inventing a time machine and recklessly zaps himself six months into the future. But in that future, he is a wanted man and accused murderer, so he tries to return to the point right before everything went wrong. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Artsploitation Films).
(1987) Tom Savini, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour. Horror titans George A. Romero and Stephen King deliver yet another fiendish selection of blood-curdling tales -- now newly remastered in 2K. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. While retaining the EC comic book flavor that made the original such a hit, "Creepshow 2," this time directed by long-time Romero collaborator Michael Gornick, is a decidedly darker and grimmer affair than its predecessor. In "Old Chief Wood'nhead," a group of young hoodlums face retribution from an unlikely source after looting a local hardware store. Meanwhile, "The Raft" sees a group of horny teens wishing they'd read the warning signs first before taking a dip in a remote lake. Finally, an uptight businesswoman finds herself with some unwanted company following a hit-and-run incident in "The Hitch-hiker." Extras: Commentary, featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, extended scenes, TV spots, trailer, "Creepshow 2: Pinfall" limited edition booklet featuring the never-before-seen comic adaptation of this unfilmed "Creepshow 2" segment by artist Jason Mayoh, collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth. Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Devil Lives Here
(2016 -- Brazil) Pedro Carvalho, Ivo Müller, Sidney Santiago, Clara Verdier, Diego Goullart, Pedro Caetano, Felipe Frazão, Mariana Cortines. Three teenagers go visit a friend at his old farmhouse for the weekend. Instead of fun, they get caught in the middle of a centuries-old war between good and evil. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Artsploitation Films).
(2015 -- France) Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger. What happens when the man hired to protect you may be the real threat? After being discharged from the army, Vincent, a troubled Afghanistan veteran, becomes bodyguard to the wife and young son of a wealthy Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa on the French Riviera. But trapped in a perpetual mental warzone, the unstable Vincent must determine which dangers to the family are real and which are the product of his PTSD-fueled paranoia if he is going to keep them safe. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Dreamscape BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1984) Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Kate Capshaw, Eddie Albert, David Patrick Kelly, George Wendt. A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of dream-sharing technology and is given the task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president. New 2K Scan of the film. Extras: Commentary, new interviews, new behind-the-scene featurettes, more. Read more here. (Scream Factory).
The Driller Killer
(1979) Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day. In a career that has encompassed such controversial classics as "Ms. 45," "Bad Lieutenant" and "Welcome to New York," none of Abel Ferrara's films have quite managed to match the shock, extremity and downright notorious nature of "The Driller Killer." Ferrara plays struggling artist Reno, a man pushed to the edge by the economic realities of New York living in the late seventies and the No Wave band practising in the apartment below. His grip on reality soon begins to slip and he takes to stalking the streets with his power tool in search of prey ... One of the most infamous "video nasties," in part thanks to its drill-in-head sleeve, "The Driller Killer" has lost none of its power to unnerve and is presented here fully uncut. Available as a Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-Ray + DVD SteelBook and a Special Edition Dual Format Blu-Ray + DVD. The Limited Edition SteelBook, featuring original artwork, is limited to 2500 copies. Brand new restoration from original film elements with uncompressed Mono PCM audio on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary by director and star Abel Ferrara, moderated by Brad Stevens (author of "Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision") and recorded exclusively for this release; new interview with Ferrara; "Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101," a new visual essay guide to the films and career of Ferrara by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of "Cultographies: Ms. 45"; "Mulberry St." (2010), Ferrara's feature-length documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work; trailer; collector's booklet featuring new writing by Michael Pattison and Brad Stevens. Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
800 Words, Season 1
(2015) Heart-warming Aussie-Kiwi dramedy follows newly-widowed George Turner’s (Erik Thomson) decision to start afresh and take his teenage kids from Sydney to a picturesque and quirky New Zealand coastal town. But the colorful and inquisitive locals ensure his dream of a fresh start does not go as planned. Two-disc set with 10 episodes.
Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
End of a Gun
(2016) Steven Seagal, Jade Ewen, Florin Piersic Jr. An ex-DEA agent's (Seagal) life takes an unexpected turn when he comes to the rescue of a seductive woman, and finds himself entangled in a bloody game of cat and mouse with a maniacal drug lord when he goes on the run with her ... and $2 million worth of drug money. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner. A female investment banker (Anna Gunn), fighting to rise to the top of the corporate ladder at a competitive Wall Street firm, navigates a controversial tech IPO in the post-financial crisis world, where loyalties are suspect, regulations are tight, but pressure to bring in "big money" remains high. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Three featurettes: "Girl Gang: The Equity of Empowerment," "Grey Lines: The Making of Equity" and "Los Angeles Film Festival Q&A." (Sony).
Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season
(2016) Five-disc set with all 15 episodes. Last season, "Fear the Walking Dead" explored a blended family that watched a burning, dead city as they traversed a devastated Los Angeles. In Season 2, the group aboard the Abigail is unaware of the true breadth and depth of the apocalypse that surrounds them; they assume there is still a chance that some city, state, or nation might be unaffected, some place that the Infection has not reached. But as Operation Cobalt goes into full effect, the military bombs the Southland to cleanse it of the Infected, driving the Dead toward the sea. As Madison, Travis, Daniel, and their grieving families head for ports unknown, they discover that the water may be no safer than land. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentaries, deleted scenes, "Flight 462" webisodes, Q&A with cast and creative Team from Paley Fest LA 2016, "Inside Fear the Walking Dead," "The Making of Fear the Walking Dead." (Anchor Bay).
Florence Foster Jenkins
(2016) Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda, Stanley Townsend, Allan Corduner The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Read more about "Florence Foster Jenkins" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Deleted Scenes, "Ours is a Happy World," "The Music and Songs of Florence," "Designing the Look," "From Script to Screen," "Florence Foster Jenkins" world premiere, Q&A with Meryl Streep, "Live at Carnegie Hall." (Paramount).
(2016 -- Sweden) Three best friends -- bullied, outcast 14-year-old girls -- explore gender identity, love and courage as they navigate the transitional age between childhood and adulthood. The girls find a magic flower that temporarily turns them into boys, and during nocturnal odysseys they enjoy their new identities. One of the girls is lured further and further into the boys' world questioning her sexuality as well, as her friends struggle to decipher their new magical reality. Employing sleek visuals and a tactile electronic score, the film is a skillfully crafted tale about the essence of gender, and sexual confusion/awakening, with a clever supernatural twist. Formats: DVD VOD. (Wolfe Video).
Green Is Gold
(2016) Ryon Baxter, Jimmy Baxter, Liz Clare, David Fine. A teenage boy learns the value of family in this independent film. A 13-year-old boy is forced to live with his estranged brother after their father is sent to prison. Their relationship is soon tested when the older brother's occupation as a cannabis farmer infringes on his ability not only to raise his brother, but to even take care of himself. Through constant tribulation, however, they discover the only way to get through the difficulties of life is to work together and try to beat the odds. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Samuel Goldwyn/Paramount).
Harley and the Davidsons
(2016) Michiel Huisman, Bug Hall, Robert Aramayo. Discovery Channel miniseries based on the inspirational true story of three young men who risked their entire fortune to overcome adversity to create the iconic bike. During a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century, Walter and Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley risked their livelihoods to launch the budding motorcycle enterprise. Each of these men faced very different challenges, but it was the motorcycle that united their dreams and ambitions. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, “Biketacular” special showcase of impressive bike builds. (Lionsgate).
Land and Shade
(2015 -- Columbia) After abandoning his family 17 years ago, an elderly farmer, Alfonso, returns home to care for his ailing son. He discovers the landscape once familiar to him has been ravaged by toxic smoke and resembles a wasteland, as the vast sugar cane fields surrounding his house are burned during harvest. While reconciling his past, Alfonso must save his family from this life-threatening situation. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series
(2012-14) Eight-disc set with all 52 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, "Favorite Scenes," "The Spirit of an Episode" featurettes, "Scene Bending" featurettes, more. (Nickelodeon Home Entertainment/Paramount).
(2016) Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Alfred Molina, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri. An artsy 13-year-old boy named Jake (Taplitz) moves to gentrifying Brooklyn with his family following the death of his grandfather, where he becomes unlikely friends with an extroverted kid his age named Tony (Barbieri). However, Jake's parents (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle) are the landlords of the dress shop run by Tony's single mom (Paulina Garcia), and their bond is tested when the two families get into a bitter argument involving the cost of rent. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of Little Men," casting sessions, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
(2016) Dir.: Tim Burton. Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, Allison Janney, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp. Read more about "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Peculiar Story" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Peculiars" behind-the-scenes
piece with 15 character pods; "Hollows and Ex-Hollows" featurette, "Map of Days" of Miss Peregrine's home & Blackpool Tower, "Wish That You Were Here" The Machine music video,
gallery of never-before-seen sketches by Tim Burton and photographs.(Fox).
(2016) Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rose Leslie, Anya Taylor-Joy. A corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being. Read more about "Morgan" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Modified Organism: The Science Behind Morgan," "deleted scenes, commentary by director Luke Scott, "Loom" Luke Scott short film with audio commentary by Luke Scott, still gallery. (Fox).
19-2, Season 3
(2016) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the Canadian cop drama set in Montreal. The officers of Station 19 struggle to deal with the fallout from unmasking the mole within their department. As the high-ranking officers scramble to save their careers, the patrollers continue responding to crimes that plague Montreal’s streets. Ben (Jared Keeso) finds contentment in his relationship with Amelie (Tattiawna Jones), but troubles resurface with the family he thought he’d left behind. As Nick (Adrian Holmes) searches for information about his cousin’s disappearance, he sets off a chain of events with consequences he never could have foreseen. Formats: DVD. Extras: 19-2 Ride Alongs" (Acorn Media).
(1972) Travelogue, memoir, and outrageous cinematic spectacle converge in this kaleidoscopic valentine to the Eternal City, composed by one of its most iconic inhabitants. Leisurely one moment and breathless the next, this urban fantasia by Federico Fellini interweaves recollections of the director's young adulthood in the era of Mussolini with an impressionistic portrait of contemporary Rome, where he and his film crew are gathering footage of the bustling cityscape. The material delights of sex, food, nightlife, and one hallucinatory ecclesiastical fashion show are shot through with glimmers of a monumental past: the Colosseum encircled by traffic, ancient frescoes unearthed in a subway tunnel, a pigeon-befouled statue of Caesar. With a head-spinning mix of documentary immediacy and extravagant artifice, Roma penetrates the myth and mystique of Italy's storied capital, a city Fellini called "the most wonderful movie set in the world." New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Frank Burke, author of "Fellini's Films"; deleted scenes; new interview with filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino on the lasting influence of Fellini; new interview with Italian poet and Fellini friend Valerio Magrelli; images from the Felliniana archive of collector Don Young; trailer; an essay by film scholar David Forgacs. (The Criterion Collection).
Southside With You
(2016) Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers. Inspired by President Barack Obama's first "date" with the First Lady. On a summer's day in 1989, a law associate named Barack Obama used all his charms to woo attorney Michelle Robinson. Southside with You brings that magical encounter to life as it follows Barack and Michelle on a day-long date that takes them from an art exhibit to a screening of "Do the Right Thing" to an unforgettable first kiss. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Richard Tanne, original art and animations. (Lionsgate).
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story
(2016) Trace Adkins, Judd Nelson, Kim Coates. Hardscrabble period Western loosely based on the real-life exploits of 19th-century American outlaw Nathaniel Reed. After retiring from his life as an infamous outlaw, livery owner Nathaniel Reed (Adkins) quietly leads an honest existence on the Texas frontier with his devoted wife, Laura Lee. But his gun-slinging past suddenly comes back to haunt him when he learns that Calhoun (Coates), the man he once maimed during a stagecoach robbery, is now an unhinged U.S. Marshal who'll stop at nothing to exact vengeance. After a violent shootout brings tragic consequences, Nathaniel partners with his original gang, returns to his lawless ways and becomes Texas Jack: the most wanted outlaw in the West. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cinedigm).
(2016) William McNamara, Bobby Catalano, Jason Pascoe, KJ Schrock, April Rose. The battle between cats and dogs goes galactic. An evil kitten known as Adventure Cat and his army of cloned kitties seeks to find an ancient bone with magical powers to take over the galaxy. It's up to an elite group of space dogs, headed by the intrepid General Ruff (William McNamara), to beat the kittens to the bone. As the race to find the mythical bone heats up, the space dogs build a time machine in order to travel back to the time of the dinosaurs in hopes of beating Adventure Cat to the bone and saving the Universe from total destruction. Dove Approved for the whole family.
Formats: DVD. (Ruthless/MVD Visual).
Streets of Compton
(2016) Documentary miniseries about the rise of West Coast hip-hop. Produced and narrated by rapper The Game, the miniseries brings unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to hip-hop's origins, exploring the rise of music legends like NWA and Dr. Dre told through the eyes of its current and former residents. Compton is well known as the birthplace of legends including NWA, Venus and Serena Williams, and Kendrick Lamar. But Compton is a place most people have never seen and the truth isn't always pretty. "Streets of Compton" tells the story of how a city overrun by gangs and violence became a cultural powerhouse. Hip-hop superstar The Game takes us on a dark yet redemptive journey into the heart of his city. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Sudden Fear BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1952) Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett. In this rediscovered masterpiece of film noir, Crawford plays a successful playwright who marries a less than stellar actor (Palance) with a troubling secret. She soon discovers that he not only married her for her money but that he plans to murder her with the help of his lover (Grahame). Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Crawford), Best Supporting Actor (Palance) and Best Black & White Cinematography (Charles Lang Jr.), this taut thriller also features a score by Elmer Bernstein that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. In a new 2k restoration. (Cohen Film Collection).
Suicide Squad Extended Cut
(2016) Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne. A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated criminals to form a defensive task force, with their first case leading to a potential apocalypse. The Blu-ray versions feature the theatrical and extended versions with 13 more minutes of footage. Read more about "Suicide Squad" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, Ultra HD Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Task Force X: One Team, One Mission," "Chasing the Real," "Joker & Harley: 'It' Couple of The Underworld," "Squad Strength and Speed," "Armed to the Teeth," "This is Gonna Get Loud: The Epic Battles of Suicide Squad," "The Squad Declassified," gag reel. (Warner).
(2016 -- USA/Georgia/Ghana) Ghanian filmmaker Priscilla Anany captured the "Best New Narrative Director" award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. After an affair with a neighbor's spouse, Essuman (Rukiyat Masud), a yam seller, gives birth to Nuku, a baby boy born with a cleft lip, cerebral palsy and Down's syndrome. Led to believe she's the owner of a "dirty womb" from Ghanian old wives' tales, her future as a wife is shattered as her lover, Ejah (Adjetey Anang), rejects the child and the community eyes her with suspicion. As Essuman searches for a cure to her son's illnesses, she encounters futility at hospitals and dubious religious leaders and medicine men, all while oscillating between devotion to her son and her desperate attempts at self-preservation. Will she give in to the pressures of Ghanian society and abandon her child in favor of a clean slate? Or will she seek a more hopeful future n the rural mountains of Ghana -- where the souls of children are said to wait? Formats: DVD. (Candy Factory Films).
Department Q Trilogy
(2016 -- Denmark) Based on Jussi Adler-Olsens international bestsellers, the "Department Q" series introduces maverick detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who, after majorly botching an assignment, is relegated to reviewing cold cases. With his new partner Assad (Fares Fares) and secretary Rose (Johanne Louise Schmidt), the moody Mørck digs into shocking unsolved mysteries including the kidnapping of a high-ranking government official, a brutal prep school murder and a bloody message from two children presumed dead. Three stylish thrillers: "The Keeper of Lost Causes," "The Absent One" and "A Conspiracy of Faith." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IFC Films).
The Disappointments Room
(2016) Kate Beckinsale, Mel Raido, Lucas Till, Duncan Joiner, Gerald McRaney. Looking for a fresh start, Dana (Kate Beckinsale), David (Mel Raido) and their five-year-old son move from the big city to a rural Southern mansion in need of restoration. But the young family's dream home quickly becomes a chilling nightmare when Dana discovers a hidden room in the attic, unleashing unexplainable events that test her sanity and slowly reveal shocking secrets from the past. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Unwanted: Inside The Disappointments Room." (Fox).
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors - Circle of Love
(2016) Sequel to "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors," based on the inspiring true story of Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee. This edition continues with the story of young Dolly Parton as the Parton Family experiences a true Christmas miracle drawing the Partons closer together than ever --- with deepened faith and love for one another. Formats: DVD. Extras: Three featurettes: "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and Giving," "Tiny Tasseltop," "1955: A Snapshot in Time," deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2016) Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer, James Franco. Follows 19-year-old Brad (Schnetzer), newly arrived to college and desperate to belong, who takes a cue from his older brother Brett (Jonas), and decides to pledge a fraternity. At first, it’s all parties and girls. But as Brad enters into the final stretch of the pledging ritual—known as “hell week”—things take a violent, humiliating turn. What occurs in the name of "brotherhood" tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2016) Chris Severio, Neal McDonough, Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Parks. Sports biopic. Told he wasn't good enough to play Division I football, the too-short and too-fat Brandon Burlsworth (Severio) took a risk and walked on to the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994, becoming the most respected player in the history of the program. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy
Limited edition run of 10,000 deluxe box-sets featuring Clive Barker's iconic and seminal horror classic. New 2k restorations of "Hellraiser," "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" and "Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" along with hours of archival content and newly produced extras including audio commentaries and interviews with Clive Barker, Doug Bradley and Sean Chapman in his first interview on the "Hellraiser" films in decades. The four-disc set will also include the newly edited version of "Leviathan," the definitive documentary on "Hellraiser" and "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2." A new documentary, "Hellraiser: Evolutions," will also be included and will look at the evolution of the hit horror franchise and its enduring legacy. Also included are a host of rarities and never-before-seen footage from the movies, including the legendary "Surgeon" scene from "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2," the subject of fierce debate amongst fans for many years, now finally unearthed for its home video debut. The limited edition Blu-ray comes with an exclusive illustrated 200-page hardback book featuring new writing from Clive Barker archivists Phil and Sarah Stokes, and a 20-page booklet featuring never-before-seen original "Hellraiser" concept art. The limited edition packaging is adorned with incredible new artwork from Gilles Vranckx alongside a set of five exclusive art cards and a fold-out reversible poster. Formats: Blu-ray. Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) It's been called The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told. In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock, then at the height of his fame, sat down with director Francois Truffaut, the rising star of the French New Wave, to reveal in detail the making of the long string of hits that earned him the title Master of Suspense. The interviews became the basis for the book "Hitchcock/Truffaut," one of the most acclaimed and widely read books about the cinematic process. Now, critic and filmmaker Kent Jones brings the pages to life in a feature film that honors its source material while also serving as a moving and entertaining portrait of two great directors talking shop. Based on the original recordings of this meeting, Jones' film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plunges us into the world of the creator of "Psycho," "The Birds," "Vertigo" and dozens of other thrilling masterpieces. Jones has expanded on the original book by including insightful new interviews with many of today's most renowned directors (and Hitchcock aficionados), including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
The Magnificent Seven
(2016) Director: Antoine Fuqua. Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peter Sarsgaard.
Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a town stand up to a savage land baron. Read more about "The Magnificent Seven" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Four featurettes: "Magnificent Music," "Directing the Seven," "The Seven," "Rogue Bogue." Blu-ray adds two more featurettes, "Gunslingers" and "The Taking of Rose Creek"; deleted scenes, and the interactive "Vengeance Mode," where Washington, Pratt, Hawke and the other members of the cast sat down together with director Fuqua to breakdown key scenes, share their best memories from the set and reflect on the extraordinary experience of making a classic western. "Vengeance Mode" combines behind the scenes footage with the group’s lively conversation to give viewers an all-access look at the process of bringing the film to the screen. (MGM Studios/Sony).
(2015) Allie Marie Evans, Patrick Johnson, Lyliana Wray, Luke Gregory Crosby, Gavin Lewis, Tetona Jackson, Zayne Emory, Carrie Wampler, Peter O'Brien. Brings to life the extraordinary journey of six DNA-enhanced young orphans with the ability to fly who are on a mission to rescue the youngest of their flock while discovering the diabolical, scientific secrets of how they came to exist. Based on the James Patterson book series. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2016) Voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo. Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. Read more about "Storks" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Master: A LEGO Ninjago" short, music video for Jason Derulo’s song "Kiss the Sky." Blu-ray adds "Storks: Guide to Your New Baby," deleted scenes, outtakes, directors' commentary. (Warner).
(2016) Director: Clint Eastwood. Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Jamey Sheridan, Anna Gunn. The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. Read more about "Sully" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Sully Sullenberger: The Man Behind the Miracle" featurette, "Moment by Moment: Averting Disaster on the Hudson" featurette, "Neck Deep in the Hudson: Shooting Sully" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Warner).
(2016) Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Elizabeth Daily, Meg Foster, Kevin Jackson, Richard Blake, Judy Geeson, Malcolm McDowell. Afraid of clowns? From the macabre mind of Rob Zombie comes this horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped on Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they're forced to play a twisted game of life or death called 31. For the next 12 hours they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31" documentary, commentary with writer-director Rob Zombie. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Sasha Lane, Riley Keough, Shia LaBeouf. Portrait of youth on the American fringe, "American Honey" is told through the eyes of a vivacious teenage rebel who joins a group of fellow misfits hustling and partying their way across the country. A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Sasha Lane and Riley Keough on American Honey” interview. (Lionsgate).
Close to the Enemy
(2016) Jim Sturgess, Alfie Allen, Alfred Molina, Angela Bassett, Freddie Highmore, August Diehl, Lindsay Duncan, Charlotte Riley. Three-disc set with all seven episodes of the Acorn TV/BBC One new post-WWII drama series. In the immediate aftermath of WWII, intelligence officer Callum Ferguson (Sturgess) must complete his last task for the British army: convince captured German scientist Dieter Koehler (Diehl) to develop a jet engine for the British government. As Callum tries to woo Dieter to his cause, he also contends with his younger brother’s (Highmore) psychological trauma from the war -- and fights his attraction to his best friend’s wife (Riley). But while Callum and Dieter develop an unlikely friendship, disturbing secrets emerge that challenge each man’s loyalties at the dawn of the Cold War. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast interviews, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Coming Through the Rye
(2015) Chris Cooper, Alex Wolff, Stefania Owen. A young man sets off to find J.D. Salinger and confronts love, sex and loss in this coming-of-age drama. Sixteen-year-old Jamie Schwartz is not the most popular kid at his all boys' boarding school. Disconnected from students and teachers, he believes he is destined to play Holden Caulfield, the main character from "The Catcher in the Rye" and has adapted the book as a play. After a series of increasingly hostile altercations with the boys at school, Jamie runs away to search for J.D. Salinger. On his way he picks up Deedee Gorlin, a quirky townie, and their odyssey to find Salinger becomes a journey of sexual awakening, the discovery of love and of the meaning of one's life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
Dog Eat Dog
(2016) Dir.: Paul Schrader; Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook. Ex-cons Troy (Cage), Mad Dog (Dafoe) and Diesel (Cook) are hired by an eccentric mob boss to kidnap a baby for a large ransom. When the abduction goes awry, the trio find themselves on the run from the mob and the cops. Vowing to stay out of prison at all costs, getting away with the crime is literally a matter of life and death. Extras: Nicolas Cage video introduction for TIFF; BeyondFest Q&A with Cage and Paul Schrader; audio commentary with Schrader; photo gallery. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).
(2015 -- Australia) Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Caroline Goodall, Sarah Snook. Accused of murder when she was a child, a famous dressmaker (Winslet) returns to her small Australian town to seek revenge on the locals who did her wrong. She transforms the town's women with her exquisite creations and, armed with only her sewing machine and haute couture style, she shows she is a force to be reckoned with and that revenge never goes out of style. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures).
In a Valley of Violence
(2016) Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta. Ethan Hawke stars as Paul, a lone drifter who wanders into the forgotten town of Denton, Texas -- dubbed by locals as the "valley of violence." There, he picks a fight with the wrong man, Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving Marshal (John Travolta). As tensions arise between Paul and Gilly, an inevitable act of violence starts a disastrous chain reaction that quickly drags the whole town into the
bloody crosshairs of revenge. Only the world-weary Marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul’s past ... there’s no stopping the escalation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scene of In a Valley of Violence." (Universal).
Jericho of Scotland Yard
(2005) Two-disc set with four episodes of the series set in a fascinating period of Britain’s social history, when London saw an explosion of color, glamour, and shifting attitudes after the Second World War. Amid the turmoil of changing times in 1950s London, famous Scotland Yard detective Chief Inspector Michael Jericho (Robert Lindsay) investigates high-profile murders and heinous crimes, whether they occur in posh homes or illegal gambling dens. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Acorn Media).
A Man Called Ove
(2015 -- Sweden) Rolf Lassgård, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, Bahar Pars, Tobias Almborg, Klas Wiljergard, Chatarina Larsson, Borje Lundberg. Based on Swedish author Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, the story centers on Ove, the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, the world-weary Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. From this inauspicious beginning, an unlikely friendship forms, and all come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared. Sweden’s official entry for the best foreign language film at the 89th Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interviews with Hannes Holm, Rolf Lassgard and Bahar Pars; filmmaker and cast Q&A in New York; make-up effects gallery and time lapse; theatrical trailer. (Music Box Films).
Ray Donovan: Season Four
(2016) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes. Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) does the dirty work for L.A.'s top power players, making problems disappear for the city's celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls. This season, after the bloody Minassian shootout, Ray is focused on healing himself and his damaged relationship with his family. But Ray is soon pulled back into his old life by a troubled boxer and an enigmatic art dealer with ties to the Russian mafia. This compelling series also stars Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Pooch Hall and Jon Voight in his Golden Globe-winning role as Ray’s manipulative, ex-con father. Formats: DVD. (Showtime/Paramount).
Road to the Well
(2016) Laurence Fuller, Micha Parker, Marshall R. Teague, Rosalie McIntire. A drifter pays a visit to an old friend whose mundane life is upended after the two become involved in the seemingly random murder of a lady of the night. The pair then embark on a strange and cerebral journey up to the Northern California Sierras in order to bury the body -- meeting old friends, lost loves, backwoods pimps, and a suspicious ex-military chaplain, all while trying to discover how exactly the victim came to be killed. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
(2016) Dir.: Oliver Stone. Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa Leo, Scott Eastwood.The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press. Read more about "Snowden" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "Finding the Truth": Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Oliver Stone discuss what attracted them to the project and how they worked together to tell Snowden's story; "Snowden: Q&A" panel discussion about the film featuring Snowden, Stone, Gordon-Levitt and Woodley, moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz. (Universal).
(2016) Torrey DeVitto, Kevin Chapman, Chris Cordone, John Aprea, Spencer Garrett, Hal Linden. Humorous crime drama about a Los Angeles construction magnate whose only son has accidentally killed a connected man. A sinister plan is hatched that sends the son into hiding while an unsuccessful actor is hired to fill his shoes and unknowingly take the hit. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
When the Bough Breaks
(2016) Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair, Theo Rossi, Romany Malco. John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate -- but as her pregnancy progresses, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on John. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Jon Cassar, writer Jack Olsen and Jaz Sinclair; deleted and extended scenes; "The Have's and the Have Not's, The Cast" featurette. (Sony).
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