(2016) Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco,
Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union .Tells the
festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift
this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and
spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it
will be a Christmas miracle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Aunt May Unplugged," "Home for the Holidays" five-part behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Director Diaires," "Walter Meyer's Sweet Potato Pie" with Danny Glover, "My Favorite Scene Is ...", "Even More Gags," "Working With Actors" with director David E. Talbert. (Universal).
(2016) Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Peter Riegert, Rupert Evans, Uzo Aduba, Molly Parker. McGregor stars in and directs this acclaimed film adapted from Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor), a once-legendary high school athlete, is a successful businessman married to a former beauty queen, Dawn (Connelly). When Swede and Dawn’s daughter (Fanning) disappears after being accused of a violent crime, Swede’s perfect life is broken forever and he is left to make sense out of the chaos. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary by McGregor, “American Pastoral: Adapting an American Classic” featurette, “Making the American Dream” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly, Mark Webber. Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou (Lyonne) and her best friend Sadie (Sevigny) spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night-out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Who -- or what --is growing inside of her? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Psychedelic Shorts," storyboards, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
Baby, Baby, Baby
(2015) Adrianne Palicki, Brian Klugman, Kelsey Grammer, James Roday, William Shatner, Cloris Leachman. A mismatched couple who try to overcome their baggage to make love work in present-day Los Angeles. When Sydney, a struggling actor meets Sunny, an artist, he thinks she might be “the one”. She’s funny, smart and gorgeous. She’s everything a guy like him never thought he would find. And everything is great ... until they move in together.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
(2016) Brian Ho, Bruce Fontaine, Osric Chau, Eddy Ko, Linna Huynh, Don Lew. A weary undercover cop must maintain his cover while trying to save the daughter of a notorious Triad boss from becoming collateral damage in a sting operation gone wrong.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes of two action sequences: “Hallway Fight” and “Mauler Opening Fight.” (Well Go USA).
(2016) Dominic Rains, James Franco, Melissa Leo, Rachel Brosnahan,
Thomas Jay Ryan. After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war
journalist settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a
job with a local newspaper. But when he attempts to cover local crime,
he stumbles into local corruption that puts himself and others in
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Samuel Goldwyn Films./Sony).
Call of the Wolf
(2017) Aleksander Ristic, Cynthia Bravo, Matthew Oliva. Two kidnapped and trapped strangers must survive the brutal onslaught of winter while being forced to play a deadly game of survival to outsmart their kidnapper; a sniper calling himself "Wolf."
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Gravitas Ventures).
(2016) A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film "Cameraperson," a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality with crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, "Cameraperson" is a moving glimpse into one filmmaker's personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. New high-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making "Cameraperson," a new program featuring director Kirsten Johnson, producers Marilyn Ness and Danielle Varga, and editors Nels Bangerter and Amanda Laws; "In the Service of the Film," a roundtable conversation with Johnson, producer Gini Reticker, and sound recordists Wellington Bowler and Judy Karp: excerpts from two 2016 film festival talks with Johnson, including one between her and filmmaker Michael Moore; "The Above," a 2015 short film by Johnson; trailer; an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda and reprinted writings by Johnson. (The Criterion Collection).
Come What May
(2015 -- France) August Diehl, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Alice Isaaz, Matthew Rhys. May 1940. To escape the imminent German invasion, the inhabitants of a small village in northern France flee their homes, like so many millions of their compatriots. Max, a German boy, travels with them because his father, Hans, opposed the Nazi regime and was imprisoned in Arras for having lied about his nationality. Hans is eventually set free and sets off to find his son, accompanied by a Scottish soldier who is trying to get back home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Coen Media Group).
(2017) Brian Austin Green, Danny Trejo, Vinnie Jones, Tom Sizemore, Tim Abell, Lori Heuring. Armed with a powerful ancient Cross amulet, Callan (Brian Austin Green) and his team of misfit weapons experts battle local thugs and heinous criminals in Los Angeles. When a ruthless villain named Muerte (Trejo) and the evil immortal Gunnar (Vinnie Jones) threaten to kill Callan’s crew and bring on the apocalypse, he and his team join forces with an all-girl crime-fighting squad to avert the end of humanity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Patrick Durham and executive producer Gary T. Williams, alternate credits.
(2016) Jeffrey Arrington, Brian Sutherland, Meagan Karimi-Naser, Aurelio Voltaire, Michael Joseph Draper. A charismatic outlaw sets out on a murderous cross-country trip searching for true love. Each time he thinks he has found “the one," he ends up disappointed -- and she ends up dead. Managing to elude capture by traveling from one town to the next, his luck runs out when the brother of one of his victims tracks him down. Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio commentary with director Jeff Ferrell, actor Brian Sutherland and composer Semih Tareen; "The Making of Dead West" featurette. (RLJ Entertainment).
(2016 -- Mexico) Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra
Hidalgo, Diego Catano. From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the
acclaimed filmmakers of "Gravity," comes the modern, heart-pounding
suspense-thriller starring Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a
harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting
vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the
treacherous U.S.-Mexican border area. In the harsh, unforgiving desert
terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously
discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary
(1987) Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop, Lonny Price. The iconic story of Baby and Johnny’s summer love returns to the big screen, DVD and Blu-ray, an ongoing North American tour of “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage,” a new consumer products program, a new mobile game and a network television presentation of a reimagined "Dirty Dancing" musical event and celebratory editions of the original "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, "Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition" box with both the Blu-ray and DVD in collectible, numbered packaging along with exclusive memorabilia. Extras: “Happy 30th Birthday, Dirty Dancing,” “Patrick Swayze Uncut” last in-depth "Dirty Dancing" interview, interviews with celebrity fans reflecting on the anniversary, deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, cast interviews, music videos, filmmaker commentaries and more. (Lionsgate).
Dynasty: The First Season
(1981-82) The first season of the night-time soap saga of the Carringtons, a wealthy family living in Denver, re-released for the first time in more than a decade. Back in 2005, Fox Home Entertainment released Season 1 on DVD. They never released another. In 2007, home videos for the show were taken over by CBS/Paramount, and they released seasons two through nine between then and 2014. In the meantime, the Fox release of the original season was discontinued, allowing CBS and Paramount to re-release those episodes on DVD. The story begins with oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) marrying his former secretary, Krystle (Linda Evans). But Krystle's former lover, Matthew (Bo Hopkins), a geologist working on one of Carrington's oil rigs, returns to town and causes problems when he tells Krystle that he's still in love with her. Blake's daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) doesn't support his marriage, and chooses to marry childhood friend Jeff Colby (John James Anderson) against her father's wishes. And so it begins. Formats: DVD. Extras: Character profiles, "Family, Furs and Fun: Creating Dynasty" featurette. (CBS/Paramount).
The Eagle Huntress
(2016) This spellbinding documentary follows
Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to
become the first female eagle hunter in 12 generations of her Kazakh
family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite
footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing
universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of
age and the onset of modernity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Extras: Commentary, "Capturing The Eagle Huntress" featurette. (Sony).
(2014) Michael Murphy. The memory of a teenage boy haunts an aging Catholic Priest after he receives a letter confronting him about a time they spent at a winter cottage 40 years ago. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Frank & Lola
(2016) Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots. The story of two people locked in a battle of passion and obsession. When talented chef Frank meets aspiring fashion designer Lola, he's instantly and violently in love. As the secrets of Lola's dark past are revealed, the lovers are drawn into a web of sex, jealousy and revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series -- Season Three
(2016) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series based on Robert Rodriguez's original film. Season three follows Seth and Richie as they continue to fight their way through the chilling world of culebras, the vampire-snake hybrids that control hidden empires in Texas and Mexico. Once the baddest outlaws in the land, the Gecko brothers made a run for the Border two years ago to save their lives -- and their fortune. After stumbling into a bar full of bloodsuckers and bandits, they encountered the vampire goddess Santánico, joining her cause to settle an old score, and it won them a place in the culebra world. Now that world is on the verge of violent and destructive explosion as new enemies hell-bent on domination gather to take them down. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with the cast and crew; featurettes including "Season 3 Catch Up," "Inside the Episodes," "Season 3 Best Kills," "Evolution of a Fight Scenes," "When Sex Machines Collide"; trailer; deleted scenes. (Entertainment One).
Graves: Season 1
(2016) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Nick Nolte stars as a former two-term President of the United States in EPIX’s first original comedy series. President Richard Graves, a former two-term POTUS, embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: “What Fresh Hell is This?!: Making Graves: Season One” featurette, “Family Dynamics: The Acting Ensemble” featurette, gag reel. (Lionsgate).
Justice League Dark
(2017) DC Universe Original Movie full-length animated film. When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, Constantine is a cunning, often cynical loner who is the best at his chosen profession – but quickly realizes the sinister forces plaguing the planet will require help from other supernatural alliances. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Sneak peek at "Teen Titans: The Judas Contract," the next DC Universe Original Movie. Blu-ray adds "Did You Know?: Constantine origin, Color of Magic, Black Orchid, and Deadman Casting" featurette; "The Story of Swamp Thing" featurette; 2016 NY Comic Con Panel; sneak peek at "Justice League: Gods and Monsters"; sneak peek at "Justice League: Doom"; "From the DC Vault": two bonus episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold: "Dawn of the Dead Man!"Batman" and "Trials of the Demon!" (Warner).
(2016) Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon, Kyle More. Based on Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book, this drama explores Ronald Reagan’s rise to power as well as the assassination attempt on his life. Just two months into his presidency, President Reagan lay near death after a gunman’s bullet came within an inch of his heart. Grievously injured, he confronted an enormous challenge -- could he overcome his traumatic experience while carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world? Formats: DVD. Extras: Six behind the scenes featurettes. (Fox).
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
(2016) Narrated by Leonard Cohen himself, this documentary is an intimate portrait of a truly singular artist -- poet, songwriter, cultural icon -- and features performances of Cohen's songs by such luminary artists as U2, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Antony, Martha Wainwright, and Beth Orton, among others. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Lian Lunson; “A Conversation with Leonard Cohen” featurette, additional performances of Cohen songs not seen in the movie (“Tower of Song” performed by Martha Wainwright, “Bird on a Wire” performed by Perla Batalla, “Famous Blue Raincoat” performed by The Handsome Family, “Tonight Will Be Fine” performed by Teddy Thompson, trailer. (Lionsgate).
Life on the Line
(2015) John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, Sharon Stone. The story of power linemen, braving dangerously dizzying heights and working hundreds of feet in the air on wires carrying as much as 500,000 volts of electricity. As a huge electrical storm sweeps towards Texas, lineman Beau (Travolta) is haunted by memories of his brother’s death by lightning years earlier. Bailey (Bosworth), the niece he helped raise, has a secret she needs to share with her boyfriend Duncan. But he and Beau’s brave team are racing to replace miles of power cables before the tempest strikes their Texas town. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Life on the Line” music video by Fiona Culley featuring Darius Rucker, "Behind the Scenes with Cast/Crew Interviews." (Lionsgate).
Look at Us Now, Mother!
(2015) A prize-winning filmmaker chronicles her relationship with her difficult mom in a story that would be tragic if it wasn't so funny. An unflinching look at the complex bond between mother and daughter. It has its roots in "My Nose", a humorous short in which Gayle Kirschenbaum introduced us to her hypercritical mother, Mildred, as she pressed Gayle to have a nose job. The film barely scratched the surface of what was clearly a fascinating and perhaps universal story of mothers and daughters. So, Kirschenbaum embarked on a long, miraculous and poignant journey for the full-length film that showed the transformation of a highly charged mother-daughter relationship from Mommie Dearest to Dear Mom, from hatred to love. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.(Virgil Films).
(2016) Dir.: Jeff Nichols. Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton. The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Read more about "Loving" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Loving," "A Loving Ensemble," "Loving v. Virginia," "Virginia: A Loving Backdrop," commentary with director Jeff Nichols. (Universal).
(2016) Feature-length animated adult comedy with the voices of Paul
Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Burress, Larraine Newman, Mike Judge,
Molly Shannon, Charlyne Yi, Paul Scheer. Aspiring actor JOHN (Paul
Rudd) and wannabe screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt) are slacker best
friends who have seen their dreams of super-stardom fizzle. With
their 30th birthdays looming and desperation growing, they decide that
in this 24/7, celebrity-obsessed world of over-shared navel-gazing,
there are more ways to get famous than ever before -- so why not
become famous by the end of the day, at any cost?! With only the
grudging support of a wacky collectible store owner (Hannibal Buress)
and their one-sided love for a pair of equally fame hungry women (Riki
Lindhome & Kate Micucci) to keep them going, John and Elliot troll Los
Angeles on an attention grabbing journey of reckless publicity stunts
and failed heroics. While navigating their hyper-stimulating landscape
of consumerism gone wild, our disheartened duo inadvertently become
key witnesses in a high profile crime that sets the news cycle on
fire, making them household names... but only if they can survive the
infamy and worldwide shame.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Sony).
The 9th Life of Louis Drax
(2016) Jamie Dornan, Aiden Longworth, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon. After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate the cause of Louis's near-fatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father, acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boy's unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition. But as he's drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of Louis's seeming ability to cheat death, he finds himself falling for Louis's mother. As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of Louis and everyone around him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making of The 9th Life of Louis Drax" featurette (Lionsgate).
(2014) Mary Krohnert, Knickoy Robinson. An urban fairy tale: a dark and strange world unfolds when Cindy, an over-medicated insomniac, becomes romantically fascinated with a sleepwalking co-worker, Armen. Their strange new "relationship" throws her unraveling family life into chaos while revealing an elaborate plot to take advantage of his condition, a plot that she must help stop. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media/Winlea Pictures).
Playtime With Caillou
(2017) Features seven stories from the PBS Kids series about the adventures of four-year-old Caillou who has a boundless imagination that makes every experience an opportunity for fun and play. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Sabrina Down Under
(1999) Movie spin-off from the TV series. While on vacation in Australia, the teen witch (Melissa Joan Hart), Salem the cat (voiced by Nick Bakay) and a friend (Tara Charendoff) travel to the Great Barrier Reef, where they discover a mermaid colony threatened by pollution. And, naturally, Sabrina falls for a hunky merman. Formats: DVD (CBS/Paramount).
Sesame Street: Singing With the Stars 2
(2017) Dance and sing along with Elmo and friends in this collection
of memorable performances from Gwen Stefani, Janelle Monae, Nick
Jonas, Fifth Harmony and more.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2016) Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Travis Jeffery. Billy and Lucy have grown up together in a small, close-knit country town in the Australian Outback, where they form one of the town's most formidable off-road driving teams. When Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city -- sending Billy into a spin. Amid the mayhem of the town's annual block party, Billy only has one night to wake up to his true feelings for his best friend -- or lose her forever. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Spirit of the Game
(2016) Aaron Jakubenko, Kevin Sorbo, Wade Briggs. A never-before-told
chapter in Olympic history comes to life in this inspirational sports
drama that follows a group of young missionaries traveling in
Australia who are recruited to help the fledgling Australian national
basketball team compete in their first Olympics. In doing so, they
help unite a nation still reeling from the aftermath of World War II.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Sony).
(2016) Richard Madden, Idris Elba, Kelly Reilly. An American
pickpocket living in Paris finds himself hunted by the CIA when he
steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. The field agent on
the case soon realizes that pickpocket is just a pawn in a much bigger
game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.
Going against commands, he recruits the American to use his expert
pickpocket skills to help quickly track down the source of the
corruption. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making the Take" featurette. (Universal).
(2016) Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani. The colorful, richly textured Troll Village is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. When the comically pessimistic Bergens invade, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on an epic journey to rescue her friends. Read more about "Trolls" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Party Mode" interactive feature to sing, dance and laugh along with the Trolls; "Travel Through Troll Village"; "The Potion for Stop-Motion - Part behind-the-scenes, part stop-motion tutorial explores the process of creating Poppy's visually stunning scrapbook; "Creating Troll Magic"; "Troll 2 Troll"; "Inside the Bunker"; deleted scenes. (Fox).
Two Lovers and a Bear
(2016) Tatiana Maslany, Dane DeHaan. Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Fox).
(2016) Christopher Mann, John Canada Terrell, Tiffany E. Green. A police officer finds out his partner was set up to be killed by a dirty cop and crime boss from Philadelphia, and he goes undercover in the city of "The Underground Kings" to expose police corruption and ties to the underworld. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Vice Principals: The Complete First Season
(2016) Two-disc set with nine episodes of the HBO comedy series about North Jackson High School and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals. When the longtime principal of a suburban high school steps down, ambitious vice principals Neal Gamby (Danny McBride) and Lee Russell (Walter Goggins) to both set their sights on the vacated top spot. But when new rival Dr. Belinda Brown (Kimberly Hébert Gregory) enters the picture, these bitter antagonists must form an unholy alliance to bring down the outsider by any means necessary. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Blooper reel, deleted scenes, commentaries with the cast and crew. (HBO).
(2016) Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien. When 12 mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. Read more about "Arrival" in the February
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival," "Acoustic Signatures: The Sound Design," "Eternal Recurrence: The Score," "Nonlinear Thinking: The Editorial Process," "Principles of Time, Memory & Language."
(2017) Julie McNiven, Shaun Sipos, Jessica Camacho, Michael Steger. A "babymoon" is the cultural phenomenon of expecting parents taking elaborate vacations in the few precious weeks prior to the birth of their first child. This is the story of one couple’s picture-perfect tropical getaway that takes a hilarious turn when the couple accidentally chooses a country that is undergoing a political revolution -- and get caught in the middle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Gravitas Ventures).
Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Collection
(1993-2011) Twelve-DVD set includes all four volumes of the television series, plus the special collector’s edition of the movie "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America."
Formats: DVD. Extras: “Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head” Parts 1-3; VMA appearances; Thanksgiving Special with Kurt Loder; the 1994-1996 Butt-Bowls; MTV 20th Anniversary Special; the original, un-cut “Frog Baseball”; 2011 Comic-Con panel featuring Mike Judge and moderator Johnny Knoxville; promos; montages; and much more. (Paramount).
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
(2016) Director: Ang Lee. Stars Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Arturo Castro, Mason Lee, Astro. Based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel, the film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, three-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo Pack, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, four featurettes. 4K Ultra HD adds 4K featurette with Ang Lee and Time Squyres discussing the film’s groundbreaking frame rate technology (60 frames per second versus the standard 24 FPS). (Sony).
Bleed for This
(2016) Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds, Ted Levine. The incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller stars as Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza, a local boxer from Rhode Island who shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a severed spine, he is told he may never walk again. Against doctor's orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring in just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Inspired by a Legend" featurette, "An Authentic World" featurette. (Universal).
The Bride (La Novia)
(2015 -- Spain) Director Paula Ortiz’s adaptation of Fedrico Garcia Lorca’s "Blood Wedding," among the 20th century’s most famous and revered Spanish plays. Nominated for 12 Goya Awards (Spain’s Academy Award) including Best Picture, the story follows a bride involved in a conflicted love triangle full of deception and forbidden passion, which ultimately gives rise to tragic repercussions. Formats: DVD. Extras: Trailer. (Strand Releasing).
The Crooked Man
(2016) Angelique Rivera, Michael Jai White, Dina Meyer. As a young girl, Olivia recited a haunting rhyme at a slumber party, which summoned the demonic figure known as the Crooked Man. Years later, she must team up with a reclusive mastermind to defeat the demon before they die by his hands. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2016 -- Australia) Two-disc set with four episodes of the thrilling four-part Australian drama inspired by true events. Noah Taylor ("Game of Thrones") and Yael Stone ("Orange is the New Black") star as detectives assigned a brutal murder case in Bondi, where they begin to discover mounting evidence to suggest the killing is connected to a spate of unexplained deaths, “suicides,” and disappearances of gay men throughout the 80s and 90s. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Down on the Farm
(2016) When a bale of hay goes missing on the farm, mystery-solving Oink The Flying Pig and his know-it-all pal, Boink the Owl, set off on an adventure to discover which of the farm animals is the culprit. In order to discover who took the hay, Oink and Boink have to first learn all there is to know about all the farm animal suspects.
The Edge of Seventeen
(2016) Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner. High-school life gets even more unbearable for teenager Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. Read more about "The Edge of Seventeen" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes. (Universal).
Five Nights in Maine
(2016) David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest, Rosie Perez, Teyonah Parris, Hani Furstenberg, Bill Raymond. While grieving over the tragic death of his beloved wife, Sherwin (David Oyelowo) travels from Atlanta to Maine in order to meet his abrasive, estranged mother-in-law Lucinda (Dianne Wiest). Sherwin's late wife (Hani Furstenberg) had a rocky relationship with her terminally-ill mother, and Lucinda and Sherwin attempt to connect and mend their broken hearts. Formats: DVD. (Filmrise).
It Ain't Pretty
(2016) A documentary about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers,
the film follows the quickly-growing women's big wave movement, as well as exposing rampant sexism in the water, in the media and within the surf industry. Over the course of three years, director Dayla Soul follows a group of Bay Area surfers -- from driven beginners to the professional big wave surfers, including Ocean Beach surf pro Bianca Valenti -- as they take on the dangerous breaks of the Red Triangle and battle stereotypes of the shallow, sexualized female surfer. Surfing in the Bay Area is not for the perpetually sunny, bikini-babe lifestyle and "It Ain't Pretty" explores the passions that drive these women to paddle out in such unforgiving waters, as well as work overtime to carve out a place in a sport that has not always existed for them. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
(2016) Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Daniel Huttlestone, Nell Williams, Natascha McElhone, Dougray Scott. When 15-year-old Shay (Huttlestone) hears the music of the Clash for the first time, it's a revelation, opening up a new world of social consciousness and anti-establishment defiance beyond anything he's known in his dead-end London suburb. After his father is injured in a work accident, Shay takes over driving his cab and one fateful night, picks up none other than Joe Strummer (Rhys Meyers), the lead singer of the Clash. Drawn into the heart of the city's burgeoning punk scene, Shay forges two relationships that will change his life, falling in love with rebellious cool girl Vivian (Nell Williams) and finding and unexpected connection with the Clash's electrifying frontman. Soundtrack features the Clash, the Ramones, Buzzcocks, the Stranglers, Toots and the Maytals, Willi Williams and Stiff Little Fingers. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Mercy Street Season 2
(2017) Two-disc set with six episodes of the much-acclaimed Civil War-era drama set in the occupied city of Alexandria, Virginia. Allegiances blur, loyalties shift and the drama intensifies as the scope of the war pushes beyond Mansion House, the former hotel commandeered by Northern troops to serve as a Union hospital. The series follows the doctors, nurses and soldiers, as well as free, enslaved and contraband African Americans and other residents of the war-torn city, as they navigate the new world emerging from the most cataclysmic event in our country’s history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble
(2017) Everyone’s favorite superhero sisters, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are back and better than ever in the all-new, reimagined The Powerpuff Girls, the iconic Cartoon Network series, which returned to television this past April after more than a decade. Three of the cutest, fiercest, pint-sized, crime fighters are back to bust up all the baddies and save the world…before bedtime. Twelve 11-minute episodes, $14.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2016) Joel Smallbone, Bianca A. Santos, David Koechner. Desperate and at a crossroads, James (Joel Smallbone) agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash -- no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, James is compelled to help two frightened sisters who are unaware of the danger that awaits them in this tale of love, strength, and redemption. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Priceless," "The Heart Behind the Film," official trailer, deleted scenes, "We Can Start Again" ballad trailer. (Universal).
Quarry: The Complete First Season
(2016) Eight episodes. Set in and around Memphis during the early 1970s, the action drama centers on the character of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home from a second tour of duty in Vietnam. With his relationship with his wife Joni growing tenuous, Mac finds himself tempted by a lucrative offer from The Broker, a shady criminal involved in a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. After a series of events, Mac -- whom The Broker codenames "Quarry" -- finds himself conscripted against his better judgment into The Broker's crew, a turn of events that has dire consequences for both himself and Joni. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, “Inside Quarry,” “Quan Thang Inquiry Scenes,” “About Quarry,” “Music of Memphis,” “Recreating 1972,” “Love Letters,” “Car Chase Picture in Picture,” music videos. (HBO).
Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown
(2016) New animated feature. In this western-themed mystery,
Scooby-Doo! and his friends visit a dude ranch that's haunted by
ghastly outlaw Dapper Jack Rogers.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Three bonus episodes: "Ghastly
Ghost Town," "Mine Your Own Business' and "Scooby Ghosts West."
(2015 -- Tibet) Shide Nyima, Yangshik Tso. Tibetan shepherd Tharlo travels from rural Tibet to a town in Qinghai province to obtain an ID card. In the process, he meets a beautiful local hairdresser named Yangtso. Although Tharlo is smitten, town-dweller Yangtso’s ideas of fun are not quite his. Contemporary pleasures like smoking, drinking, singing and sex run against Tharlo's pastoral imperatives, contributing to an awkward and suspenseful courtship between the two. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: A booklet featuring director Pema Tseden's novella "Tharlo" (translated into English for the first time) with stills from the film, a music video, the theatrical trailer, and a 40-minute Q&A session with Pema Tseden at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. (Icarus Films).
The Tree of Wooden Clogs
(1978) A painterly and sensual immersion in late 19th-century Italian farm life, "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" by Ermanno Olmi lovingly focuses on four families working for one landowner on an isolated estate in the province of Bergamo, Italy. Filming on an abandoned farm for four months, Olmi adapted neorealist techniques to tell his story, enlisting local people to live as their own ancestors had, speaking in their native dialect on locations with which they were intimately familiar. Through the cycle of seasons, of backbreaking labor, love and marriage, birth and death, faith and superstition, Olmi naturalistically evokes an existence very close to nature, one that celebrates its beauty, humor, and simplicity but also acknowledges the feudal cruelty that governs it. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1978, "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" is intimate in scale but epic in scope -- a towering, heart-stirring work of humanist filmmaking. New 4K restoration, created in collaboration with The Film Foundation at L'Immagine Ritrovata and supervised by director Ermanno Olmi, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Alternate Italian-language soundtrack; new introduction by filmmaker Mike Leigh; "Ermanno Olmi: The Roots of the Tree," an hour-long episode of "The South Bank Show" from 1981, featuring an interview with Olmi on the film and a visit to the farm where it was shot; new program featuring cast and crew discussing the film at the Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, Italy, in 2016; archival interviews with Olmi; trailer; an essay by film critic Deborah Young. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Voices of Ray Chase, Doug Erholtz, Justine Ezarik, Crispin Freeman, Nash Grier, Jon Lovitz. Dreaming of adventure, city mouse Gavin and his buddy Matthew join a crew of Ship Mice ready to set sail -- just as young Chester bursts in, pleading for help. Stowing away on a boat, the gang heads for Dream Island to defend Chester’s family of mice against Winston the White Weasel (Lovitz) and his wicked weasel clan. Awarded the Dove Foundation’s seal of approval. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Bringing the Characters to Life: At the Recording Studio with John Lovitz, Justine Ezarik, Nash Grier and Jimmy Tatro” featurette, four TV’s “Minuscule” bonus episodes. (Lionsgate).
Bad Santa 2
(2016) Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Ryan Hansen. Sequel to 2003's cult hit. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Read more about "Bad Santa 2" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Unrated Blu-ray Disc, Unrated 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Thurman Then & Now" featurette; “Just Your Average Red Band" featurette”; “Jingle Balls,” an adult version of the classic holiday song; gag reel; alternate opening and ending; deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds “That’s My Willie” original animated series. (Broad Green Pictures/Miramax).
Blood on the Mountain
(2016) The shocking in-depth investigation of the coal mining industry that showcases the haunting and long term devastating impacts of coal mining on people and the planet. Shedding light on the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia, the documentary examines the harsh conditions of the coal industry and the haunting effects on the American workers. Over the course of many years, the coal industry has transformed and impacted the development of coal. The need and appetite for coal and labor has placed a massive burden on many people including the workers and the land of Appalachia. The film delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests, and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them. This documentary details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich, natural resources of their land. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
(2017) A ride-share driver finds himself transporting the man who is secretly sleeping with his wife. The movie was shot entirely inside a moving car, in just three days. Written by, directed and starring Thomas Torrey. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
(2014) Ivan Sergei, Masiela Lusha, Dominique Swain. A police detective follows a trail of evidence in search of a serial killer in Los Angeles that eventually seems to lead to his trusted partner's ex-con brother -- who he helped put in prison years ago. Formats: DVD. (Monarch).
Grace and Frankie: Season 2
(2016) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. After learning their ex-husbands plan to marry one another, lifelong rivals Grace and Frankie have bonded in an uneasy friendship. The second season of this acclaimed comedy series has Grace and Frankie tackling the challenges of family and relationships -- while driving each other crazy on a regular basis. Stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel. (Lionsgate).
The Great & the Small
(2016) Nick Fink, Ritchie Coster, Melanie Lynskey, Louisa Krause, Ann
Dowd. Twenty-six year old Scott is living on the streets and trying to
find his way back into society while on probation for petty crimes. He
attempts to navigate his relationship with his two bit criminal of a
boss and an enigmatic detective, while at the same time winning back
the heart of his ex-girlfriend, a working single mom.
Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras:
(Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2016) Director: Mel Gibson. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn. The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector medic Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. Read more about "Hacksaw Ridge" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, Veterans Day greeting with Mel Gibson. Blu-ray adds “The Soul of War: Making Hacksaw Ridge” documentary. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Christian Kane, Marley Shelton, Mallory James Mahoney, Ernie Hudson. A young couple, on the eve of their painful divorce, receives a surprising houseguest -- an 8-year-old runaway from Heaven. Cleverly guided by Divine intervention, she helps them rediscover their hope and faith in the power of love. Lifetime network faith-based family film. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(1973 - South Africa) All-African cast “Blaxploitation” film originally banned by the apartheid government. A local soccer team, the Eagles, is just a week from the championship final when it falls prey to the deadly demands of a mysterious gangster. Desperate, the team implores the one man who can help them fight this underworld corruption, the James Bond-esque Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu). To help the Eagles, Bullet goes up against everything from hired assassins to exploding booby traps. Fully restored from the original 35mm assets. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, trailer, before-and-after restoration demo. (The Film Detective).
The King of New Orleans
(2017) David Jensen, Richard Brien. Poignant slice-of-life drama following one genial cabbie's experiences in one of the world's most colorful cities. Larry Shirt (Jensen) is a United Cab driver whose passengers are the city's hustlers, tourists, socialites, musicians, housekeepers, weirdoes and reporters. Bobby Cohn (Brien), a Harvard student home from school and in the middle of a personal crisis, is one of those passengers. The circumstances that bring them together lead to a bond that is ultimately turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina, but instilled by the love of the city that they both call home. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Candy Factory Films).
(2016) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the Acorn TV Original detective thriller series. Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin is a good cop with a dark secret: she’s loyal to drug trafficker Frank Le Saux, who is like a father to her. But when their clandestine meeting turns violent, leaving Frank dead and Nancy with a bullet wound, Nancy fears her double life may soon be exposed. Assigned to Brighton to investigate the crime, Nancy must track down Frank’s killer while concealing her role -- and her injury -- from her enigmatic new partner, DS Gunner Martin, and her old friend, DS Kevin O’Dowd. Can Nancy stay one step ahead of her colleagues -- and the real killer?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Acorn Media).
Manchester by the Sea
(2016) Dir.: Kenneth Lonergan. Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward, Tate Donovan, Heather Burns, Erica McDermott, Lucas Hedges, Susan Pourfar. After a solitary Boston janitor (Affleck) unexpectedly becomes the sole guardian of his 16-year-old nephew, he must come to terms with a past that separated him from his wife (Williams) and his hometown, as uncle and nephew unite for an unforgettable journey of love, community, sacrifice, and hope. Read more about "Manchester" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Emotional Lives: Making Manchester by the Sea,” conversation with director/writer Kenneth Lonergan, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(1945) Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford's career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent's tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain's rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation about "Mildred Pierce" with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito; excerpt from a 1970 episode of "The David Frost Show" featuring actor Joan Crawford; "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star," a 2002 feature-length documentary on Crawford's life and career; Q&A with actor Ann Blyth from 2002, conducted by film historian Eddie Muller; segment from a 1969 episode of the "Today" show featuring novelist James M. Cain; trailer; an essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Director:Tom Ford. Stars: Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Jake
Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon, Laura
Linney, Karl Glusman. A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her
ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic
revenge tale. Read more about
"Nocturnal Animals" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: Three part featurette, "The Making of Nocturnal Animals": "Building the Story," "The Look of Nocturnal Animals" and "The Filmmaker’s Eye: Tom Ford." (Universal).
Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers)
(1973) The tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning. Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp ("The Kiss of the Vampire") and co-starring Beryl Reid ("Dr. Phibes Rises Again") and George Sanders ("Village of the Damned"), "Psychomania" is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure. 2K restoration from preservation negatives. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interview with star Nicky Henson; "Return of the Living Dead," an archive featurette containing interviews with actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor; "Sound of Psychomania," an archive interview with composer John Cameron; "Riding Free," an archive interview with "Riding Free" singer Harvey Andrews; "Hell for Leather," a new featurette on the company who supplied the film's costumes; "Remastering Psychomania," a look at the film's restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters: theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) After traveling the world alongside migrating birds ("Winged Migration") and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays ("Oceans"), filmmaker Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground: the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Following a winter that had gone on for 80,000 years, the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, a cycle of seasons was established, and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later that man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then as settled agriculturalists, and later via industry and warfare. Filled with exceptional footage of a variety of animals in the wild, "Seasons" offers an awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Music Box Films).
3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol BLU-RAY DEBUT
A collection of films by Claude Chabrol, one of the most prolific and widely respected of French film directors. As one of the prime instigators of the French New Wave, Chabrol directed lean narrative films whose keenly observed realism typically drew inspiration from the suspense film and psychological thriller. The films: "Betty" (1992), Torment (L'enfer) (1994) and The Swindle (1997). Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Film Collection).
Tie the Knot
(2016) Parvesh Cheena, Tara Reid, Karishma Ahluwalia, Omi Vaidya. When an American woman takes an impromptu journey to Mumbai to get away from her overbearing mother, she befriends an Indian woman striving to balance her family's culture with modern-day demands. Formats: DVD. (Monarch).
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
(1988) Pedro Almodóvar makes telephones, a mambo taxi, and a burning mattress into delirious plot points and indelible images in his international breakthrough, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." Melding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award–nominated black comedy secured the auteur's place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema. Continuing Almodóvar's exploration of the female psyche, the film tells the story of Pepa, an actor -- played by the director's frequent collaborator Carmen Maura -- who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a string of visitors, setting in motion a deliciously chaotic series of events. The filmmaker channeled inspiration by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk into his own unique vision, arriving at the irreverent sense of humor and vibrant visual sense that define his work today. With a sensational ensemble cast of early Almodóvar regulars that also includes Antonio Banderas and Rossy de Palma, this film shows an artist in total control of his craft. New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and producer Agustín Almodóvar, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with director Pedro Almodóvar, actor Carmen Maura, and producer Agustín Almodóvar; new discussion by film scholar Richard Peña of the film's impact in Spain and abroad; trailer; an essay by critic Elvira Lindo. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Director: Robert Zemeckis. Stars: Brad Pit, Marion Cotillard,
Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy, Jared Harris. The story
of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa
encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard)
on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their
relationship is threatened when he learns she may be a counter-spy. Read more about "Allied" in the February
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Story of Allied" featurette, "From Stages to the Sahara: The Production Design of Allied," "Through the Lens: Directing With Robert Zemeckis," "A Stitch in Time: The Costumes of Allied," "‘Til Death Do Us Part: Max and Marianne," "Guys and Gals: The Ensemble Cast," "Lights, Pixels, ACTION! The Visual Effects of Allied," "Behind the Wheel: The Vehicles of Allied," "Locked and Loaded: The Weapons of Allied," "That Swingin’ Sound: The Music of Allied."
The Before Trilogy
The cornerstone of the career-long exploration of cinematic time by director Richard Linklater, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, strains, and settles over the course of almost two decades. Chronicling the love of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), from their first meeting as idealistic twentysomethings to the disillusionment they face together in middle age, The Before Trilogy also serves as a document of a boundary-pushing and extraordinarily intimate collaboration between director and actors, as Delpy and Hawke, who co-wrote two of the films, imbue their characters with a sense of raw, lived-in experience, and as they age on-screen along with them. Attuned to the sweeping grandeur of time's passage as well as the evanescence of individual moments, the Before films chart the progress of romantic destiny as it navigates the vicissitudes of ordinary life. "Before Sunrise" (1995), "Before Sunset" (2004) and "Before Midnight" (2013). New, restored 2K digital transfers of "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" and a 2K digital master of "Before Midnight," approved by director Richard Linklater, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the "Before Sunrise" Blu-ray and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" Blu-rays. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New discussion featuring Linklater and actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by critic Kent Jones; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the productions of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset"; audio commentary on Before Midnight by Delpy, Linklater, and Hawke; "Dream Is Destiny," a 2016 feature-length documentary about Linklater by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein; new documentary about the making of Before Midnight in Greece by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari; "3×2, a new conversation between scholars Dave Johnson and Rob Stone about Linklater's work; "Linklater // On Cinema & Time," a video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada; an essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) Tim Roth, Sarah Sutherland, Robin Bartlett. A compassionate home-care nurse emotionally bonds with his terminally ill patients and finds that he needs his patients as much as they need him. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Behind the Scenes of Chronic” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Contract to Kill
(2016) Steven Seagal, Russel Wong, Jemma Dallender. Seagal stars as a government enforcer investigating a terrorist plot that leads him and his team to Istanbul. There, they uncover an extremist plan to use drug-smuggling routes to bring deadly weapons — and leaders — into the U.S. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Making of Contract to Kill” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016 -- Japan) Japanese horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa ("Cure," "Pulse", "Bright Future") offers up an insidiously-constructed narrative that braids plot twists on top of plot twists and shock on top of shock. A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly ex-detective, Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his wife move into a new house with a very strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa). His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the unusual goings-on next door. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Icarus Films).
Deadtime Stories BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Your favorite nightmares come to life in a salute to the age-old bedtime story ritual. Travel on a mysterious journey to a medieval world populated by blood-crazed witches, evil experiments and captive maidens. Then from the catacombs and dark caverns of medieval Europe, you’ll plunge into modern suburbia and the adventures of a female jogger stalked by a savage werewolf. Finally, sensuality will become macabre, black comedy as you follow the trail of three bank robbers who share their country house hideaway with a sweet murderess. New high-def transfer from the original negative. Extras: New audio commentary with co-writer/director Jef Delman; new "I Like the Grotesque" interview with Delman; new interviews with actors Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo and Scott Valentine; "The Black Forest" alternate cut of the first story; deleted scenes; trailers. (Scream Factory).
(2016) Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton. After a tragic car accident, talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Read more about "Doctor Strange" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Five featurettes: "A Strange Transformation" bringing the Marvel character to life; "Strange Company" behind-the-scenes; "The Fabric of Reality" look at the movie’s sets, costumes and production elements; "Across Time and Space" dance and fight choreography; "The Score-cerer Supreme" with composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions; "Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look" early peek at Marvel’s upcoming films, including "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War"; "Team Thor: Part 2" partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short; deleted scenes; gag reel; audio commentary by director Scott Derrickson. (Marvel/Disney).
(2017) Allison Gregory, Jason Scarborough, James C. Leary. A Naval Investigator and a former ELITE team leader team up to bring down a vicious drug lord, but their investigation uncovers a threat inside the CIA, FBI and the United States Senate.Formats: DVD. (Lost Empire/MVD Entertainment).
Fuller House: The Complete First Season
(2016) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes. Twenty years have passed and
the Tanner sisters are all grown-up. They've returned to their San
Francisco home, where they're joined by family and friends as they
raise the next generation of Tanner kids. Eldest daughter D.J. Tanner
(Candace Cameron Bure) is now a veterinarian and recently widowed
mother trying to raise three boys on her own. She's joined by her
sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea
Barber,) and Kimmy's teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas), who move
in to lend their support and help raise D.J.'s kids. "The Full House"
original cast, including Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, John Stamos and
Dave Coulier, make guest appearances throughout the series. The
original "Full House," which centered on three grown men raising three
girls in San Francisco, premiered in 1987 on ABC and became an instant
hit with viewers. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
(2016) Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe. Chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Read more about "Moonlight" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with Director Barry Jenkins, “Ensemble of Emotion: The Making of Moonlight” featurette, “Poetry Through Collaboration: The Music of Moonlight” featurette, “Cruel Beauty: Filming in Miami” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Tyler Ross, Kim Coates,Adapted from the 2010 graphic novel, the film concocts a hyper-real Los Angeles for the story of a savage L.A. policeman who is repeatedly resurrected and returned to active duty via dark science technology. When a rookie officer named Gable is recruited as back up, he discovers there's much more to the titular super-cop than a mindless law enforcement drone warring against a twisted rouges gallery of over-the-top super-villains. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Rules Don’t Apply
(2016) Director: Warren Beatty; Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, Ed Harris, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen. It’s Hollywood, 1958. An aspiring young actress, songwriter, beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin, Marla Mabrey (Collins), and her young, ambitious, deeply religious Methodist chauffeur, Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), both struggle with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire they work for, Howard Hughes (Beatty), and their attraction to each other.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "This is Rules Don’t Apply" interviews with cast and crew, music video “The Rules Don’t Apply” performed by Lily Collins, gallery. (Fox).
(2016) A film created by Jill Godmilow in collaboration with Joanna Krakowska and Magda Mosiewicz that pays homage to the original SCUM Manifesto, a French film made in 1976 by Carole Roussopoulos and Delphine Seyrig that was inspired by Valerie Solanas's infamous text of the same name. Solanas self-published SCUM Manifesto in 1967. This articulate, angry, often humorous and sometimes absurd text declares that women must "overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation, and destroy the male sex." The original text, which Solanas first mimeographed and sold on the street, was later lost and forgotten, until she shot and almost killed Andy Warhol in 1968 -- an event that undoubtedly brought her notoriety. In 1976, renowned French actress and filmmaker Delphine Seyrig ("Last Year in Marienbad," "Jeanne Dielman") made a film version of the manifesto. The film depicted Seyrig slowly translating the text of SCUM into French, phrase by phrase, while activist and Swiss director Carole Roussopoulos sits across the table and types up the text. Almost 40 years after Roussopoulos and Seyrig's version was released, Jill Godmilow, Joanna Krakowska, and Magda Mosiewicz continue the SCUM legacy by creating a Polish version of the film. A copy of a copy. With each version, the context of the manifesto changes, allowing it to continue to be relevant -- from the counterculture revolution of Solanas's original, to the global resistance movements of the 1970 in Seyrig's, up to the most recent nationalist hysteria in Poland surrounding Andrzej Duda's rise to power in Godmilow's version. Formats: DVD. (Facets).
(2013) Documentary breaks what amounts to a national silence about Australia's indigenous people -- the oldest and most enduring human presence on Earth. Aboriginal people are still living in abject poverty and developing-world conditions, with a low life expectancy and disproportionately high rate of deaths in police custody. The film explores Australia's suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.
Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Additional interviews, booklet. (Icarus Films).
We Are the Flesh
(2016) A visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican art house cinema, "We Are the Flesh" is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldy dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire. A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behavior. Visionary, unrelenting, and certainly not for the prudish or faint-hearted, the film -- mixing the graphic, powerful imagery of Gaspar Noé's "Love" and "Enter the Void" with the surreal, hallucinatory impact of Alejandro Jodorowsky -- is an erotic inferno of the senses that manages to pack all manner of delirium into its short running time, including incest, necrophilia, and cannibalism. This is extreme art cinema at its boldest and most taboo-bustingly bizarre. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy; new interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel; two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter: "Dentro" and "Videohome"; theatrical trailer; stills gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
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