(2016) Ripley Sobo, Lev Gorn, Susan Sarandon, Aaron Sauter. Left in the care of her teenaged brother Miles while their mom is out of town, 10-year-old Olivia Haden takes her dog Charlie for a late-night walk and witnesses a brazen kidnapping on the deserted streets of New York City. But when she tells Miles what she has seen, he dismisses her, and when she reports it to the NYPD, only a sympathetic detective named Dottie will even listen. Without solid evidence, there's nothing Dottie can do, so the intrepid tween sets out to solve the crime herself. Formats: DVD. (Gravitas Ventures).
(2016) James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson. After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch. Read more about "Blair Witch
in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio Commentary with director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett; "House of Horrors: Exploring the Set" featurette. Blu-ray adds: "Never Ending Night: The Making of Blair Witch" six-part documentary: "Primal Fear: Story Origins," "Ambiguous Loss: The Cast," "P.O.V.: On Location," "Trapped in the Time Loop: Editing," "Distorted Reality: Music and Sound Design" and "The Reveal." (Lionsgate).
Bones Season 11
(2015-16) Six-disc set with 22 episodes. Six months after Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) leave their jobs to start a new life, Booth goes missing. Desperate for distraction, Bones takes a murder case, and is devastated to learn the deceased's identity. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scene. (Fox).
(2016) Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson. A powerful true story based on the acclaimed book "Denial: Holocaust History on Trial." When Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) speaks out against Holocaust denier David Irving (Spall) over his falsification of history, she discovers that the stakes are higher than ever in the battle for historical truth. Now faced with a libel lawsuit in British court, Lipstadt and her attorney (Wilkinson) have the heavy burden of proving that the Holocaust actually happened, in a riveting legal fight with stunning consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Denial" featurette, theatrical trailer. (Universal).
Girls: The Complete Fifth Season
(2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the hit series that follows the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their mid-20s, each facing new challenges in life and love. As Season 5 begins, Hannah (Lena Dunham) has put her writing ambitions aside and is teaching alongside Fran (Jake Lacy), her new boyfriend. Marnie (Allison Williams) realizes that she needs more space after her honeymoon with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). While working towards becoming a therapist, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) also manages a budding relationship. And Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is thriving at her new job in Japan, flirting with her boss despite her long-distance relationship with Scott (Jason Ritter). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Two dozen never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes. (HBO).
Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia (AKA Who Am I)
(2015 -- China) Ken Lo, Xingtong Yao, Rongguang Yu. Martial-arts legend Jackie Chan presents this pulse-pounding update to his own classic thriller. Finding himself at a murder scene, bike courier Li Ziwei tries to escape, but the culprits force him off a bridge. The amnesia from his head injuries means he can't recognize the faces of his enemies, who have framed him for the crime. Now, carrying the parcel that's his only clue, and with the help of sassy hitchhiker Tong Xin, Li Ziwei must outrun killers and cops while racing to clear his name of the mysterious murder. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1996) 20th anniversary edition fully remastered in 4K. Tom Cruise stars as Jerry Maguire, a sports agent who's enduring a crisis of conscience. After he suddenly and unceremoniously loses his job and his girlfriend (Kelly Preston), both his personal and professional careers hit an all-time low. But when a single mother (Renee Zellweger) enters his life and his heart, he finds himself negotiating the biggest deal of his life... for the heart and the hand of the woman that he loves. Cuba Gooding Jr. (who won Best Supporting Actor), Jay Mohr, Regina King, Jonathan Lipnicki and Bonnie Hunt co-star in the blockbuster hit from writer/director Cameron Crowe. Initially available exclusively at Best Buy as a limited edition, which includes a booklet featuring an all-new written introduction from Cameron Crowe, Jerry Maguire's original Mission Statement and the film's original soundtrack CD. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New special features: "Jerry Maguire: We Meet Again" three-part retrospective, nearly 60 minutes of deleted & extended scenes, photo gallery. Archival special features include: picture-in-picture visual commentary featuring Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Cameron Crowe; rehearsal footage with commentary; additional deleted scenes with commentary; "My First Commercial" with Rod Tidwell; "Drew Rosenhaus: How to Be a Sports Agent"; archival making-of featurette; music video: "Secret Garden" by Bruce Springsteen; theatrical trailer. (Sony).
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
(2016) Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, Thomas Barbusca, Andy Daly, Adam Pally, Isabela Moner, Isabella Amara, Alexa Nisenson. Based on The New York Times best-selling series by James Patterson. Imaginative quiet teenager Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school's obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "That Middle School Life" featurette, "Middle School = The Worst / Making Movies = The Best" featurette, "The Wedgie Wheel" featurette, "Yolo: Behind Operation Rafe" featurette, gag reel, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
The Monkey King 2
(2016 -- Hong Kong) Aaron Kwok, William Feng Shaofeng, Gong Li. The follow up to the international fantasy blockbuster, this sequel fast forwards 500 years after the Monkey King (Aaron Kwok) wreaked havoc in heaven. Newly freed from his confines under the Five Finger Mountain, the Monkey King vows to protect the innocent from a demon seeking immortality as he accompanies a young monk on an epic journey to the West.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Five-part "making of" featurette: The Monkey King, Bajie, The Monk, Wujing, A New World. (Well Go USA).
(2016) Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles. In 1967 two CIA agents go undercover at NASA to investigate a possible Russian mole. In disguise as documentary filmmakers, they tap phones and break into offices while purporting to learn more about the Apollo project. But when they end up uncovering a shocking NASA secret - and a major government cover-up - they decide to embark on a new mission that may put their own lives at risk.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three audio commentaries, four deleted scenes, five featurettes:
"Behind the Scenes: Operation Avalanche," "Behind the Scenes: Car Chase," "Behind the Scenes: Pool Party," "The Creators Project -- Reanimating Kubrick" and "Vice Presents -- The Making of Operation Avalanche." (Lionsgate).
The Red Skelton Hour In Color
Red Skelton was a brilliant performer, a passionate patriot, and a master of simple, hilarious and classic comedy. After purchasing an old movie studio and converting it for TV productions, Red was the first CBS host to begin taping his weekly programs in color. One of the country's most treasured comedians, Skelton kept TV audiences in stitches for 20 groundbreaking seasons -- beginning in 1951 -- on "The Red Skelton Show." The son of a circus clown, Red always had a twinkle in his eye and a spring in his step (often accompanied by a cowbell sound effect); his heart was pure gold, his jokes were silly and his gifts for physical comedy were unparalleled. And from his inimitable comic mind also came a memorable lineup of zany characters including the country bumpkin Clem Kadiddlehopper, the lovable hobo Freddie the Freeloader, Sheriff Deadeye and more. Available in two configurations: a three-disc collector's set that features 12 never-before-released episodes, including best-loved sketches with Freddie the Freeloader joining a love-in with hippie Tim Conway; Sheriff Deadeye facing off with Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne); and Clem Kadiddlehopper being mistaken for a robot by mad scientists Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Other fan favorite sketches include classics such as "Dial M for Moron" with Phyllis Diller, "Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Dumb" with George Gobel, and "Eenie Meenie Minee Schmo" with Mickey Rooney. A single disc release includes four complete episodes. Additionally, both releases include exclusive new interviews with Bobby Rydell and Vicki Lawrence. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
The Ultimate Legacy
(2015) Logan Bartholomew, Lee Meriwether, Brian Dennehy, Myko Olivier, Raquel Welch, Doug Jones, Bill Cobbs. Third in the "Ultimate" series after "The Ultimate Gift" and "The Ultimate Life." Continues the journey of character Jason Stevens (Bartholomew), as he learns firsthand the value of teaching. Jason must provide guidance to a self-absorbed young man, Joey Anderson (Olivier), who is forced to run his family's bed-and-breakfast for a year before earning his inheritance in his late grandmother's will. As part of Joey's journey to purpose, he is challenged to grow a conscience and learn to appreciate hard work, forgiveness, generosity and the enduring value of family and friends. Timed for the 10th anniversary of the release of "The Ultimate Gift." Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2016 Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smartm Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow. A math savant CPA who works for criminal organizations un-cooks the books for a new, legitimate client, uncovering a discrepancy involving millions of dollars -- and a large body count. Read more about "The Accountant" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside the Man" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Behavioral Science" featurette, "The Accountant in Action."
Apple of My Eye
(2016) Avery Arendes, Amy Smart, Liam McIntyre, Burt Reynolds. A young girl who defines herself by her equestrian abilities struggles after she loses her eyesight following a traumatic accident. Her devoted parents do everything possible to help her adjust, but she's unable to connect to anyone or anything. That is, until she meets Charlie (Reynolds), a guide dog trainer who introduces her to Apple, an affectionate miniature horse, who becomes her new eyes -- and new best friend. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Blooper reel, deleted scenes, "Doggywood" featurette. (Sony).
The Birth of a Nation
(2016) Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Aja Naomi King,
Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue
Ellis. Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum
South, orchestrates an uprising. Read more about "The Birth of a
Nation" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner" documentary, commentary by director Nate Parker, gallery. .Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "The Birth of a Nation: The Making of a Movement," "#AmeriCAN" (short film), "Free God" spoken word, "Celebration of Independent Voices -- Nate Parker," shooting script. (Fox).
Broad City: Season Three
(2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch, all at the same time. This season Abbi, Ilana and a lineup of special guests find true love (or one-night stands), get high on life (among other things) and show New York City how it's done. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Hack Into Broad City," deleted scenes, extended scenes, "Behind the Scenes: Match of the Century," "NOMO FOMO: An Art Show About Broads in the City." (Paramount).
(2015) Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Aliocha Schneider. Surreal tale follows the artistically driven Oscar (Jessup) hovering on the brink of adulthood. Struggling to find his place in the world after a rough childhood and haunted by images of a tragic incident, Oscar dreams of escaping his small town. After he meets a mysterious and attractive new co-worker, Oscar follows the guidance of his pet hamster Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) and faces his demons to find the life he wants. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Stephen Dunn, behind-the-scenes featurettes, theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
(2016) Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont, Joe Chrest, Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland, John Malkovich, David Maldonado. On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. This story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone's lives forever. Read more about "Deepwater Horizon" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Fury of the Rig" featurette; "Deepwater Surveillance" featurette; "Work Like an American" tributes featuring profiles of a real-life Deepwater Horizon firefighter, an ironworker, a longshoreman and many more hardworking Americans. Blu-ray adds "Beyond the Horizon" hour-long five-part series; "Captain of the Rig: Peter Berg" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The 400 Blows
(1959) François Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told from the point of view of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), "The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)" sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut's passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two audio commentaries, one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and the other by director François Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay; rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan; newsreel footage from the film's showing at Cannes; excerpt from a 1965 interview with Truffaut in which he discusses his youth, his critical writings, and the origins of the character Antoine Doinel; excerpt from a 1960 interview with Truffaut about the global reception of "The 400 Blows" and his own critical view of the film; trailer; an essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Sonya Harum, Maggie Geha, Tom McKay, Geneva Carr. Miller, a southern drifter, lives in seclusion in an abandoned 100-year-old slaughterhouse -- his only company is visions of Gale, his dead lover who was murdered a decade ago. When Gale's daughter Ruth arrives, looking to dig up the past, she and Miller reassemble the shards of his shattered memory and are horrified at what they uncover. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2017) Troy Doherty, Flavia Watson, Raychel Diane Weiner, Zedrick Restauro, Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. Brilliant but insecure young Ryan has 24 hours to save the store he hates in order to win the heart of the girl he loves. Ryan Chess (Doherty) has spent the entire summer trying to decide where to go to college. He has a full ride to MIT, but staying in town and attending UCLA would keep him close to longtime crush Carly (Watson), who works at the same electronics store as him. But when the branch is ordered to be closed, Ryan and the rest of the co-workers have one day to save the store.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Table reads, cast footage, trailer. (Gravitas Ventures).
His Girl Friday
(1940) One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, "His Girl Friday" stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema's powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow newswriters with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that's supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's smash hit play "The Front Page," director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a brand-new restoration of the 1931" The Front Page," the famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material, directed by Lewis Milestone. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with film scholar David Bordwell about "His Girl Friday"; archival interviews with director Howard Hawks; featurettes from 1999 about Hawks, actor Rosalind Russell, and the making of "His Girl Friday"; radio adaptation of "His Girl Friday" from 1940; new piece about the restoration of "The Front Page"; new piece about playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht; radio adaptations of the play "The Front Page" from 1937 and 1946; "His Girl Friday" trailers; booklet featuring essays on "His Girl Friday" and "The Front Page" by film critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).
Homeland Season Five
(2015) Twelve episodes. Now working at a private security firm in Berlin, Carrie (Claire Danes) is trying to start a new life, but she soon discovers she can't escape her past. Blindsided by stunning betrayals, and without Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Quinn (Rupert Friend) to rely on, Carrie must uncover a deadly conspiracy that puts thousands of lives at risk, including her own. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. Extras: "The Evolution of Carrie Mathison" featurette, "Homeland In Berlin: Beyond the Wall" featurette. (Fox).
Lost & Found
(2016) Justin Kelly, Benjamin Stockham, Celeste Desjardins, Jason Patric, Cary Elwes. Sent to spend the summer with their uncle on a remote island, young brothers Andy and Mark learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace ... taking with him the secret to a vast fortune. Delving into the mysterious past of the island, the brothers discover that their grandfather designed a complex treasure hunt, a hunt that could lead to unimaginable wealth and heal their broken family - if they can find it in time. Sinister forces also search for the money and will stop at nothing to keep the boys from their quest. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Eight deleted scenes that feature "lost" footage of the film's charcaters, "The Making of Lost and Found" featurette with the cast and crew. (Sony).
(2016) Ben Winchell, voice of Josh Brener, Maria Bello, Andy Garcia, Ana Villafañe, Mike Doyle. Sixteen-year-old Max McGrath is just trying to fit in at his new school when he discovers that his body can generate a mysterious energy. When he meets Steel -- a rebellious techno-organic alien who has been secretly watching him -- the two unlikely friends find themselves hunted, and must band together to form the superhero Max Steel to stop the sinister forces after them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Finding Max" featurette on the casting process; "Imagining Steel" and the challenges of filming scenes with Steel; "Building the Suits" featurette; "Behind the Stunts" featurette. (Universal).
Mr. Robot: Season 2
(2016) Twelve episodes. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama, "Mr. Robot" follows Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader. Following the events of fsociety's 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season explores the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Careful.Massacre.of.the.Bourgeoisie.1984-VHSrip.mp4, Behind_The_Mask_Mr_Robot_2.0.Mov. (Universal).
The People vs. Fritz Bauer
(2015 -- Germany) Rudiger Klink, Burghart Klaussner. The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice. Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there's little success due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Due to his distrust of the German justice system, Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and by doing so, commits treason. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
The Story of God With Morgan Freeman
(2016) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the National Geographic series hosted by Morgan Freeman that investigates how the power of religion touches all of our lives, no matter what our faith. Freeman presents his quest to find how most religions perceive life after death, what different civilizations thought about the act of creation, and other big questions that humankind has continuously asked since the dawn of time.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Q&A with Morgan Freeman and talent, Web series: "Man on the Street", Web series: "Walks into a Diner." (Fox).
Swamp People: Season 7
(2016) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Troy and the other swampers start this season's 30-day Louisiana alligator hunt with high waters, high pressure, and high risk. Formats: DVD. Extras: Six Webisodes. (Lionsgate).
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends (Featuring Jerry Seinfeld)
(2017) The Original King of Late Night is back and better than ever with this new-to-retail DVD series, featuring the very best episodes from the '70s, '80s and '90s. Each DVD features full episodes -- including original commercials -- that showcase an amazing talent and true American icon who, across 30 years and 4,000 shows, paved the way for a late night TV revolution in memorable fashion. This inaugural release contains three complete episodes starring the inimitable Seinfeld before his eponymous sitcom re-wrote TV history. After his first appearance (May 6, 1981), Carson was impressed and Seinfeld became a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show". In 1989, Seinfeld debuted on NBC, and by its fourth season, it had become the most popular and successful sitcom on American television. This "Johnny And Friends" release features three pre-Seinfeld episodes, June 27, 1985; February 21, 1986 and June 9, 1988. Also appearing: Arnold Schwarzenegger, an 18-year-old Andre Agassi, and Oprah Winfrey in her first "Tonight Show" outing.Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
xXx: 15th Anniversary Edition
(2002) Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson. Remastered and released just in time for the Jan. 20 theatrical release of "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," starring Diesel, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: New “Origins of a Renegade” featurette; archival special features including deleted scenes, 10 featurettes, commentary, music videos. (Sony).
Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid And Nancy
(2016) An up close and personal account of the tumultuous and stormy relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Documentary about the dynamics of Sid and Nancy's tumultuous relationship, and how it all ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel in 1978, told as it happened by their friends and those who witnessed it. Narrated by Huey Morgan and containing previously unseen photography of Sid and Nancy and music from The Heartbreakers, The Boys, The Members, Neon Leon, Pure Hell, Sami Yaffa, Luigi & The Wiseguys, Skafish, Corazones Muertos, The PrimaDonna Reeds, Supla, Silke Berlinn & The Addictions and Sid Vicious himself. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
(2016) Shaina Feinberg, Chris Manley, Jeff Seal, Chris Roberti. A "babymoon" is defined as a relaxing vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born. Unfortunately, nothing is relaxing for Shaina, a late blooming New Yorker whose biggest fear is that parenthood means the end of creativity. Two weeks before the birth of her first child, Shaina sits down to create a video letter for her unborn son. Clearly influenced by old Woody Allen films, her video letter becomes a series of vignettes that include her newly sober husband (Manley), her goofy Upper West Side parents, an adorable Shih Tzu mix, an overly anxious shrink and her own views on daytime television. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory).
Bubba the Redneck Werewolf
(2014) Fred Lass, Malone Thomas, Mitch Hyman, Chris Stephens. Based on the cult classic comic book series that first appeared in 1996. Cracker County is under attack and lovesick dog catcher Bubba Blanche has been transformed into a ferocious, cigar smoking Werewolf in order to save the day. But first he's got to conquer a beer or two. And maybe a plate of chicken wings. Bubba the Redneck Werewolf (Fred Lass) and a host of riotous hillbillies fight to save their town of Broken Taint from the forces of evil. Bubba (Chris Stephens) is a nightshift dogcatcher and local laughingstock who longs to win back the heart of his high school sweetheart, Bobbie Jo (Malone Thomas). But when the Devil (Bubba comic-creator Mitch Hyman) comes down to Florida, Bubba signs a deal to make himself a bad-ass, only to wake up the next morning permanently transformed into the most monstrous Werewolf. In order to save his town and be the hero he longs to be, Bubba will have to navigate a country crock of malicious bikers, cryptic hobos, gaseous gypsies, and even a zombie hoard -- all leading up to a climactic duel with the dark prince himself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (MVD Entertainment).
Come and Find Me
(2016) Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Zachary Knighton, Garret Dillahunt. David and Claire's idyllic relationship comes to an abrupt and mysterious end after Claire disappears without a trace. Devastated but incapable of letting go, David follows her trail down a frantic and increasingly dangerous path. Shocked at discovering that Claire was living a double life, he's forced to risk everything if he ever wants to see her again. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Unraveling the Mysteries of Come and Find Me" featurette, filmmaker commentary with writer-director Zack Whedon and producer Chris Ferguson. (Lionsgate).
Fox and His Friends
(1975) A lottery win leads not to financial and emotional freedom but to social captivity in this wildly cynical classic about love and exploitation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Casting himself against type, the director plays a suggestible working-class innocent who lets himself be taken advantage of by his bourgeois new boyfriend (Peter Chatel) and his circle of materialistic friends, leading to the kind of resonant misery that only Fassbinder could create. "Fox and His Friends" is unsparing social commentary, an amusingly pitiless and groundbreaking if controversial depiction of a gay community in 1970s West Germany. New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and supervised by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with actor Harry Baer, new interview with filmmaker Ira Sachs, excerpt from a 1975 interview with director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, excerpts from a 1981 interview with composer Peer Raben, trailer, an essay by film critic Michael Koresky. (The Criterion Collection).
The Girl on the Train.
(2016) Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow. Read more about "The Girl on the Train." in the January Calendar. Emily Blunt stars as Rachel, a woman devastated by divorce, who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. The mystery unfolds as she becomes increasingly un-hinged and serves as the unreliable sole witness to a tragic disappearance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes; "The Women Behind The Girl": Author Paula Hawkins and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson discuss their thoughts on writing the novel, the adaptation process and the importance of maintaining character integrity; "On Board the Train" behind-the-scenes featurette; commentary with Director Tate Taylor. (Universal).
I Love Lucy: Superstar Special #2
(1955) This 45-minute disc includes both colorized and original black-and-white versions of both "Lucy Visits Grauman's" and "Lucy and John Wayne," which are the first two episodes of the show's 5th season. Here the episodes are stitched together to tell a continuous story. “Lucy Visits Grauman’s” finds Lucy and the Mertzes visiting Hollywood’s famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where they stumble upon a loose cement slab containing John Wayne’s footprints. Lucy decides to take the slab as a souvenir. In “Lucy and John Wayne,” Lucy scrambles to replace the stolen footprints and Ricky tries to help by calling John Wayne, but as usual, the seemingly simple task of replicating the footprints becomes a comedy of errors. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
Keeping Up With the Joneses
(2016) Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh, Maribeth Monroe, Kevin Dunn, Ming Zhao. A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies. Read more about "Keeping Up With the Joneses" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ra Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
Long Way North
(2016 -- France) From celebrated filmmaker and animator Rémi Chayé ("The Secret of Kells") comes this spirited and inspiring story of a young heroine persevering through a physical and emotional journey to find her explorer grandfather and his lost ship, the Davai, set in the late 19th century Saint Petersburg. Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy, dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole. Sacha has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her grandfather and has the same calling as Oloukine to be an explorer. But Sacha’s parents, who already made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove of the idea but, defying her destiny, Sacha flees her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Oloukine and his ship.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Conceptual pilot, behind-the-scenes featurette, interview with director Rémi Chayé and producer Henri Magalon, still gallery – character design, still gallery – concept art, animated storyboards. (Shout! Factory Kids).
The Love Boat Season Three: Volumes One and Two
(1979-80) Two four-disc sets ($19.96 each) with all 25 episodes (including three double-length episodes) of this guilty pleasure vessel. Join Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod), Doc (Bernie Kopell), Gopher (Fred Grandy), Issac the Bartender (Ted Lange), Julie your Cruise Director (Lauren Tewes) and a shipload of guest stars, including Don Knotts, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ginger Rogers, Milton Berle, Alan Hale Jr., Sonny Bono, Charo, Don Adams, Donny Osmond, Loni Anderson and more. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Home and Family: Come Aboard," promo footage for select episodes. (CBS/Paramount).
Ouija: Origin of Evil
(2016) Henry Thoma, Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her 2 daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. Read more about "title" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Seventh & Final Season
(2016) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. Based on the best-selling crime thriller books by Tess Gerritsen, "Rizzoli & Isles" focuses on tough-as-nails Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), who has an uncompromisingly brash and beautiful bull-in-a-china-shop approach to both cases and life, and the brilliant medical examiner from a privileged background, Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), who may be the best-dressed science nerd in New England. Together, they are close friends and complete opposites who solve some of Boston's most notorious crimes.Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel featuring material from all seven seasons. (Warner).
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Series
(2010-16) All seven seasons. (Warner).
Roger Corman's Death Race 2050
(2016) Manu Bennett, Malcolm McDowell, Burt Grinstead, Marci Miller, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, Yancy Butler, Charlie Farrell. Legendary filmmaking icon Roger Corman is back with his most outrageous film yet in this action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original "Death Race 2000." It's the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who's half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of 2050" featurette, "Cars! Cars! Cars!" featurette, "The Look of 2050." (Universal).
(1961) A complex exploration of the physical and emotional effects of trauma, "Something Wild" stars Carroll Baker, in a layered performance, as a college student who attempts suicide after a brutal sexual assault but is stopped by a mechanic played by Ralph Meeker -- whose kindness, however, soon takes an unsettling turn. Startlingly modern in its frankness and psychological realism, the film represents one of the purest on-screen expressions of the sensibility of the intimate community of artists around New York's Actors Studio, which transformed American cinema in the mid-20th century. With astonishing location and claustrophobic interior photography by Eugene Schüfftan, an opening-title sequence by the inimitable Saul Bass, and a rhythmic score by Aaron Copland, this film by Jack Garfein is a masterwork of independent cinema. New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Jack Garfein, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between Garfein and critic Kim Morgan; new interview with Baker; new interview with scholar Foster Hirsch on the Actors Studio's cinematic legacy; "Master Class With Jack Garfein," a 2015 recording of one of the director's world-famous lectures on acting technique; an essay by critic Sheila O'Malley. (The Criterion Collection).
Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania
(2016) Voices of Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader, Jeremy Shada and WWE Superstars John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Paige and Mr. McMahon. Follows surfer penguin Cody Maverick as his childhood dream comes true when The Hang 5, a world famous surf crew known for their extreme stunts and personalities, visits his island. Cody joins the crew on a journey to a mysterious spot to surf the biggest waves in the world. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Bloopers, “Behind the Mic: Hanging with the Dream Team,” “Chicken Joe’s Extreme Slaughter Island Tour,” “How to Draw Your Favorite Characters with Director Henry Yu,” "Inside the Music with Composer Toby Chu.” (Sony).
Train to Busan
(2016 -- South Korea) Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-sik, An So-hee. Zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide zombie viral outbreak, trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to the Safe Zone ... which may or may not still be there. A businessman and his estranged daughter hop a train to Busan, unawares that a research plant -- funded by the businessman's financial firm -- has unleashed a virus that is quickly turning South Korea into a land of zombies. When the infection spreads to the speeding train, a group of passengers -- lead by the businessman and a blue-collar worker -- must fight their way through the zombie hordes to the safety of the front cars of the train -- all the while hoping that Busan has been safely cordoned off from the infected countryside. It's a thrilling, entertaining take on the zombie genre, with fleshed out characters, social commentary, and terrific action sequences. Forget all you knew about slow-moving zombies -- these flesh eaters, like the ones in "World War Z," are pretty darn fast and hard to stop. Biggest grossing South Korean film of all time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Behind the Scenes" and "That's a Wrap" featurettes. (Well Go USA).
The Whole Truth
(2016) Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gabriel Basso, Jim Belushi. Defense attorney Richard Ramsey (Reeves) takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike (Basso) out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter (Belushi) really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle (Mbatha-Raw) tries to dig deeper -- and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director Courtney Hunt. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Director Alex Gibney's "Zero Days" is a documentary thriller about warfare in a world without rules - the world of cyberwar. The film tells the story of Stuxnet, self-replicating computer malware (known as a "worm" for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own) that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. It's the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora's Box of cyberwarfare. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Alex Gibney, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2017) New eight-part TV miniseries. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "Adventure Time" returns this January with "Adventure Time: Islands, "an eight-part journey into Finn the Human's mysterious past. Jake (John DiMaggio), BMO (Niki Yang) and Susan Strong (Jackie Buscarino) leave the Land of Ooo to embark on a quest of epic proportions across the ocean and into new lands -- encountering new creatures, discovering new islands and using teamwork along the way.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite
(2016 -- South Korea) Liam Neeson, Lee Jung-jae, Lee Bum-soo. Tells the true story of the heroes whose lives were sacrificed in order to turn the tide of the Korean War. The seemingly impossible plan is for South Korean Navy Special Forces, Captain Jang Hak-soo and seven members of the KLO (Korean Liasion Office) unit to disguise themselves as a North Korean inspection unit and infiltrate the North Korean army command center in Incheon. Their mission is complicated and only when they give the signal will General MacArthur (Liam Neeson) be able to successfully initiate the battle to take Incheon back from the enemy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (CJ Entertainment).
(1966) Ousmane Sembène ("Xala," "Faat Kiné") was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most internationally renowned African director of the 20 century -- but his name deserves to be better known in the rest of the world. He made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring "Black Girl." Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot -- about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally -- into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by M'Bissine Thérèse Diop, "Black Girl" is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement -- and one of the essential films of the 1960s. New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: 4K restoration of the short film "Borom sarret," director Ousmane Sembène's acclaimed 1963 debut; new interviews with scholars Manthia Diawara and Samba Gadjigo; excerpt from a 1966 broadcast of JT 20h, featuring Sembène accepting the Prix Jean Vigo for "Black Girl"; new interview with actor M'Bissine Thérèse Diop; trailer; an essay by critic Ashley Clark; more. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Dir.: Park Chan-wook. Stars: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Tae-ri Kim. In Japanese-occupied 1930s Korea a Korean street thief poses as a maid as part of a con man's plot to defraud a wealthy Japanese heiress. One of New York Times' Best Films of 2016 and Certified Fresh (93%) on Rotten Tomatoes. Read more about "The Handmaiden" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
I'm Not Ashamed
(2016) Masey McLain, Ben Davies, Sadie Robertson, Korie Robertson, Jaci Velasquez, Jennifer O'Neill. The inspiring and powerful true story of Rachel Joy Scott -- the first student killed in the Columbine high school shooting in 1999. Devout teen Rachel Joy Scott shows compassion and love for her fellow students, until armed classmates enter Columbine High School on a fateful day that changes America forever. Her hopes and dreams seemed to end, but God was just getting started.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Not Ashamed" music video, Mark Pettit interview, "Social Media Sadie Robertson," "Sadie Talking INA," "Bella Talking INA," "Rachel's Last Words," "RJS Non Religious Writings," "Mom Into Drowning," "Interrupted." (Universal).
(2016) Director: Ron Howard. Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen. When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. Third outing in the Dan Browm-adapted series.
Read more about "Inferno" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes; six featurettes: "Ron Howard, A Director's Journal," "A Look at Langdon," "The Billionaire Villain: Bertrand Zobrist," "This Is Sienna Brooks," "Inferno Around the World" and "Visions of Hell." (Sony).
The Light Between Oceans
(2016) Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Florence Clery, Jack Thompson, Thomas Unger, Bryan Brown. A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat. Read more about "The Light Between Oceans" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Derek Cianfrance and his film studies professor Phil Solomon. Blu-ray adds "Bringing The Light to Life" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Lighthouse Keeper" featurette. (DreamWorks/Disney).
The Man Who Fell to Earth Limited Collector's Edition
(1976) Dir.: Nicolas Roeg; David Bowie, Buck Henry, Candy Clark, Rip Torn, Bernie Casey. International icon David Bowie stars in his unforgettable debut role as an alien who has ventured to Earth on a mission to save his planet from a catastrophic drought. In honor of Bowie's legacy, the limited collector's edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes never-before-seen interviews, brand new artwork, a 72-page bound book, press booklet, four art cards and a mini poster. Formats:Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: David Bowie Interview from French TV 1977, new interview with costume designer May Routh featuring original costume sketches, new interview with stills photographer David James featuring behind-the-scenes stills, new interview with fan Sam Taylor-Johnson, new interview with producer Michael Deeley, new "The Lost Soundtracks" featurette featuring interviews with Paul Buckmaster and author Chris Campion, interview with Candy Clark, interview with writer Paul Mayersberg, interview with cinematographer Tony Richmond, interview with director Nicolas Roeg. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman, Ella Ballentine. A divorced mother and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late-night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads — a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Dis,c VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Eyes in the Darkness” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales
(2016) Two-disc set with all 32 episodes from the newly launched
Peanuts cable television series. The first new animated Peanuts
cartoon series in over 10 years, "Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales"
presents viewers with stories from the original, print comic strips,
told through a series of animated vignettes. Formats: DVD.
Takashi Miike's Black Society Trilogy
After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of "V-cinema" in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one's place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the "Black Society Trilogy" was the beginning of Miike's mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director's finest works. Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, "Shinjuku Triad Society" follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina) struggling with private issues while hunting a psychotic criminal (Tomorowo Taguchi) who traffics in children's organs. "Rainy Dog," shot entirely in Taiwan, is about an exiled yakuza (Show Aikawa) who finds himself saddled with a son he never knew he had and a price on his head after the Chinese gang he works for decides to turn on him. "Ley Lines" moves from the countryside to the city and back, as three Japanese youths of Chinese descent (including Kazuki Kitamura) seek their fortune in Tokyo, only to run afoul of a violent gang boss (Naoto Takenaka). High Definition digital transfers of all three films with original uncompressed stereo audio. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: New interview with director Takashi Miike, new interview with actor Show Aikawa, new audio commentaries for all three films by Miike biographer Tom Mes, original theatrical trailers for all three films, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
(2016) Dir.: Mario Van Peebles; stars Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane. The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016 -- Puerto Rico/USA) Martin Sheen, Jacqueline Duprey, Aris Mejias. In this powerful faith-based drama from executive producer Terrence Malick, Martin Sheen stars as a local priest of a Latin American fishing village recovering from a tsunami that washed away dozens of elementary school students. Ten years later, one of the young villagers miraculously comes back to life and begins to build a mysterious structure out of the school's remains, setting the town aflame with passions long forgotten -- and the whole town wonders if he is a sign from God. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: -Deleted scenes, making-of featurette, original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
(2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that looks at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players in sun-soaked Miami. In Season 2, things are getting more competitive and complicated for retired football star turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson). As the lines between professional and personal blur in his pursuit of lasting success and glory, Spencer must face demons from the past when he goes head-to-head with the biggest business manager on the scene. Meanwhile, Spencer's closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing. Returning to help Spencer juggle lucrative deals and big personalities are his outrageous business partner, Joe (Rob Corddry), level-headed agent, Jason (Troy Garity) and girlfriend/sports reporter, Tracy (Arielle Kebbel). In a business where it's go big or go home, Spencer and his crew are about to learn that having it all means being ready to fight for more dollars, deals and respect. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Inside the Episode" bonus segments that give the play-by-play on all 10 episodes, interviews with executive producer Evan Reilly, star Dwayne Johnson and more. (HBO).
Barbie: Video Game Hero
(2017) When Barbie magically gets pulled into her favorite video game, she's excited to see she's transformed into a fun roller-skating character. In the game, she meets Cutie, a lovable cloud-shaped friend, and Bella, a roller-skating princess. Together, they soon discover a mischievous emoji is trying to take control of the game and they travel from level to level to save her team and beat the game. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Change the Game" music video, bonus shorts, Barbie™ Dreamtopia: "Theme Song," "Sweetville" and "Sparkle Mountain." (Universal).
The Black Dragon’s Revenge
(1975) Ron “The Black Dragon” van Clief, Charles “The Latin Panther” Bonet. When news of Bruce Lee’s sudden death breaks, an elite martial artist is enlisted to investigate the mysterious circumstances and find Lee’s lost “finger fighting” manual. From the heyday of 1970s “Blaxploitation” and Kung Fu flicks, the film boasts the crude dialog and cut-rate film techniques typical of those genres. Restored in HD from the original 35mm negative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Original theatrical trailer; "Bruce Lee Dubs," a humorous compilation where mentions of “Lee” were scratched out of the original negative for fear of rights violations. (The Film Detective).
(2016) Nick DeMatteo, Chris Ryan, Janine Laino, Kate A. McGrath, Tom Sizemore. When hard drugs invade the picture-perfect suburbs on Long Island's North Shore, Officer Charles Cooper is faced with a difficult decision: either live a life of denial or acknowledge the new threats forced upon himself and his family. Navigating the minefield of local political officials and confidential junkie informants, an anti-drug task force must uncover a network of meth cooks and dealers in a situation that's threatening to quickly spiral out of control. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory).
(2015) Documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. The film follows Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to director of publicity at Elektra Records, to "punk pioneer" and beyond. Danny's taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Extended interviews, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2016) Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh. Jack Reacher (Cruise) returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in the action-packed sequel based on author Lee Child's best-selling series. Read more about "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Reacher Returns," "An Unexpected Family," "Relentless: On Location in Louisiana," "Take Your Revenge First: Lethal Combat," "No Quarter Given: Rooftop Battle," "Reacher in Focus" with Tom Cruise and photographer David James. (Paramount)
The Lair of the White Worm BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Dir.: Ken Russell; Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, Catherine Oxenberg. In a remote corner of England's Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker. Extras: Audio commentary with director Ken Russell; audio commentary with Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia "Worm Food: The Effects of The Lair of the White Worm" featurette; "Cutting for Ken" interview with editor Peter Davies; "Mary, Mary" interview with actress Sammi Davis; "Trailers From Hell" featuring an introduction and commentary with producer Dan Ireland. (Vestron Video Collector's Series).
(2016) Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis. Comedy about a guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. who organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history. Based on the October 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery.
Read more about "Masterminds" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Imperfect Crime." (Fox).
Parents BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky. A young boy in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Bob Balaban and producer Bonnie Palef; isolated score selections/audio interview with composer Jonathan Elias; four featurettes: "Leftovers to Be" with screenwriter Christopher Hawthorne, "Mother's Day" with actress Mary Beth Hurt, "Inside Out" with director of photography Robin Vidgeon, "Vintage Tastes" with decorative consultant Yolando Cuomo; theatrical trailer; radio spots; still gallery. (Vestron Video Collector's Series).
Pinocchio Signature Collection
(1940) Disney's timeless tale, considered one of the greatest animated films ever made with two Academy Awards, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. "Pinocchio" tells the tale of wood-carver Geppetto's beloved puppet who embarks on a thrilling quest - with faithful friend Jiminy Cricket - that tests his bravery, loyalty and honesty, all virtues he must learn to fulfill his heart's desire: to become a real boy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Walt's Story Meetings: Pleasure Island": The Pleasure Island scene in "Pinocchio" had much more development than what is seen in the film. Pixar's Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman explore artwork recently discovered in Disney's animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games that Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen; "In Walt's Words: Pinocchio": Walt Disney discusses the making of "Pinocchio" through archival recordings and interviews; "The Pinocchio Project: When You Wish Upon a Star": Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney's Maker Studios gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film's signature song, "When You Wish Upon a Star," and produce a fresh new music video; "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Poor Papa" recently restored and scored 1927 short that features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit; vintage features from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of "Pinocchio," deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers. (Disney).
Poltergeist II: The Other Side
(1986) JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins, Will Sampson, Julian Beck, Zelda Rubinstein. Collector's Edition include a new 2k scan of the inter-positive, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks, and comes loaded with brand-new bonus features including audio commentaries, interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Scream Factory).
(1988) Nancy Allen, Tom Skerritt, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins,Nathan Davis, Zelda Rubinstein. Collector's Edition include a new 2k scan of the inter-positive, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks, and comes loaded with brand-new bonus features including audio commentaries, interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Scream Factory).
Queen of Katwe
(2016) Dir.: Mira Nair; Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza.
A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. Read more about "Queen of Katwe" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Mira Nair, Alicia Keys' "Back to Life" lyric video, Young Cardamom & HAB "#1 Spice" music video. Blu-ray adds "Queen of Katwe: Their Story" about the people who came together to bring the film to life, and how they reflect the vibrant community, culture and spirit it celebrates; "A Fork, A Spoon & A Knight" director Mira Nair's short film about Robert Katende, a boy who grows up to transform a Ugandan city into a globally renowned chess sanctuary; "In The Studio With Alicia Keys"; eight deleted scenes. (Disney).
Tyler Perry’s BOO! A Madea Halloween
(2016) Madea is summoned to keep a watchful eye on Brian’s teenage daughter and keep her out of trouble. Little does she know that trouble is coming for her in the form of ghosts and killer clowns. Read more about "Tyler Perry’s BOO! A Madea Halloween" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Why We Love Madea!” featurette, "Boo! From the Crew” montage. (Lionsgate).
The Watermelon Woman
(1996) Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD
restoration, "The Watermelon Woman" is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl
Dunye, who also directed), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling
to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive
1930s black film actress popularly known as "The Watermelon Woman."
While uncovering the meaning of Fae Richards' life, Cheryl experiences
a total upheaval in her personal life. Her love affair with Diana
(Guinevere Turner), a beautiful white woman, and her interactions with
the gay and black communities, are subject to the comic yet biting
criticism of her best friend Tamara (Valerie Walker). Meanwhile, each
answer Cheryl discovers about the Watermelon Woman evokes a flurry of
new questions about herself and her future. Formats: DVD.
(First Run Features).
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