(1987) Ten of the world’s most creative and celebrated directors were each given the same brief: to choose a piece of opera music and then present a visual interpretation of that music with complete artistic freedom. Music was sourced from the massive RCA Red Seal catalog; the score features some of the world’s best opera singers. The 10 directors of ARIA are Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge and Julien Temple. Actors featured include John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Bridget Fonda, Theresa Russell, Buck Henry, Beverly D’Angelo, Julie Hagerty and Anita Morris. Composers featured include Verdi, Lully, Korngold, Rameau, Wagner, Puccini, Charpentier and Leoncavallo. Singers include Enrico Caruso, Leontyne Price, Robert Merrill, Rachel Yakar, Anna Moffo, Carol Neblett, René Kollo and Birgit Nilsson. The film has now been painstakingly restored and transferred to a widescreen HD master from the original 35mm internegative. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Lightyear Entertainment).
(2017) Ice-T, Michael McFadden, Chris James Boylan, Airen DeLaMater. Thriller centers on a turf war between a crooked cop and a power-hungry vampire over a small town soaked in illegal hooch during the height of Prohibition.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Dan Lantz, deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, trailers. (Speakeasy Pictures/IMPULSE-FX).
The Brand New Testament
(2016) Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve. God exists … and He’s a jerk. Or so it appears in the world of this irresistible and irreverent comedy-fantasy from veteran Belgian filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael. In the beginning things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe. “God” (Benoit Poelvoorde), you see, rules the universe from a high-rise apartment in Brussels and rarely changes out of His T-shirt and ratty bathrobe. Sitting behind a computer, He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new “laws” to torment humanity and tyrannizes His wife (Yolande Moreau) and 10-year-old daughter, Ea (Pili Groyne). Like her brother JC before her, Ea has had enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world — by text message — the only thing He has over them: everyone’s inevitable death date. As the world’s denizens react (and over-react) to the information, Ea takes the elevator down to Earth — with daddy in pursuit — and gathers apostles to help write her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Interviews with the director and cast. (Music Box Films).
The C Word
(2016) One out of two people will get cancer in their lifetime. Until recently, we thought that cancer was only due to a genetic predisposition, or to an unlucky draw. "The C Word" presents a distinguished look into the connection between the current cancer epidemic and our western lifestyle from a scientific, documented and optimistic point of view. The latest research findings clearly show that up to 70% of cancer deaths are linked to our daily behaviors: smoking, a diet of processed foods, a sedentary lifestyle, excessive stress, and a continued exposure to daily contaminants. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Cold War 2
(2016 -- Hong Kong) Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung, Chow Yun-fat. A sequel to the 2012 Hong Kong box-office smash, the film continues the saga of intra-police rivalry, picking up some time after the events in the first movie. Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) is now the Commissioner of Police. A suspected criminal mastermind escapes from police custody, throwing the city into turmoil. Things get worse when Lau's wife and daughter are kidnapped and he must seek help from a former rival (Tony Leung) to save their lives. With the police department now divided, rival police chiefs are forced to take their fight to the streets of Hong Kong -- with deadly consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Four featurettes. (Well Go USA).
Colors BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Dir.: Dennis Hopper. Stars Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks, Grand Bush, Don Cheadle. A veteran policeman and his rookie partner fight Los Angeles street gangs. Features an unrated cut of the movie. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "A Cry of Alarm" interview with screenwriter Michael Schiffer, "Cops and Robbers" interview with technical advisor/ex-L.A.P.D. Gang Division Dennis Fanning, Easter Egg. (Shout! Factory).
(2016 -- UK) Juliette Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Phénix Brossard, Finbar Lynch, Patrice Juiff. An intimate and restrained story of an English mother (Stevenson) and her son, a 15-year-old dreamy eyed would-be writer (Lawther) who is exploring his dawning sexuality. When they take an emotional journey to the South of France, they become embroiled in a love triangle with a rugged, handsome French boy.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wolfe Video).
The Eyes of My Mother
(2016) Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Olivia Bond. In a family's secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, however, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the
young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2017) Tom Wopat, Michael Grant, Josh Green, Gregory Harrison. A young man returns to his family farm, after a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy, and is torn between the expectations of his emotionally distant father, and the memories of a past, loving relationship he has tried to bury. Formats: DVD, VOD.
(Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2015) In this exquisitely calibrated film, Charlotte Rampling and Tom
Courtenay perform a subtly off-kilter pas de deux as Kate and Geoff,
an English couple who, on the eve of an anniversary celebration, find
their long marriage shaken by the arrival of a letter to Geoff that
unceremoniously collapses his past into their shared present. Director
Andrew Haigh carries the tradition of British realist cinema to artful
new heights in "45 Years," weaving the momentous into the mundane as
the pair go about their daily lives, while the evocatively flat,
wintry Norfolk landscape frames their struggle to maintain an
increasingly untenable status quo. Loosely adapting a short story by
David Constantine, Haigh shifts the focus from the slightly erratic
Geoff to Kate, eliciting a remarkable, nuanced portrayal by Rampling
of a woman's gradual metamorphosis from unflappable wife to woman
undone. K digital transfer, supervised by director Andrew Haigh, with
5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Extras: Audio commentary
featuring Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher; new documentary
featuring interviews with Haigh, Goligher, actors Charlotte Rampling
and Tom Courtenay, editor Jonathan Alberts, and director of
photography Lol Crawley; new interview with David Constantine, author
of the short story on which the film is based; trailer; an essay by
critic Ella Taylor.
(The Criterion Collection).
Frank vs. God
(2014) Henry Ian Cusick, Ever Carradine, Natalya Oliver. After his house is destroyed by a tornado (what his insurance company deems an "act of God"), former hotshot lawyer David Frank is determined that someone must pay. He decides to serve God ... with a lawsuit. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Randon Media).
(2017) Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno, David MazouzAaron. Eckhart stars as Dr. Seth Ember, an unconventional exorcist who uses science instead of religion to tap into the minds of the possessed to remove the demon from their subconscious. When an 11-year-old boy becomes possessed by a creature of unspeakable evil, Ember enters the mind of the boy to attack the vengeful demon, but he finds himself facing the battle of his life and the horrors of his own past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Incarnate." (Universal).
(2016) Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt,
Billy Crudup, Max Casella, Richard E. Grant, Beth Grant. Following the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline
Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console
her children, and define her husband's historic legacy. Read more about "Jackie" in the March
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "From Jackie to Camelot" featurette, audio commentary by director Pablo Larraín and Natalie Portman, gallery. (Fox).
Kendra On Top: Season 4 & 5
(2015-16) Kendra Wilkinson is back and hotter than ever in the shocking reality series that follows this reality queen. After the scandal that nearly ripped her marriage apart, Kendra aims to strengthen her relationships both in her career and at home.
Formats: DVD. (MPI/Dark Sky Films).
Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon
(2017) New animated feature. The lovably simple residents of peaceful Kikoriki Island are thrown kicking and screaming into big adventure when their resident scientist invents an amazing device (a helmet called "the Improverizor") which takes personality traits from one person and swaps them with someone else’s. But when spineless young Wally tries to use the untested device to cure his cowardice, he ends up even more spineless: by getting accidentally body-switched with a squirmy little caterpillar. Now he’s got more to fear than he ever dreamed, and so do his fellow villagers, as they’re dragged into a madcap adventure packed with plane crashes, mistaken identities, erupting volcanoes and angry natives on the warpath. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Legend of Chupacabras
(2016 -- USA/Mexico) Animated adventure about a heroic boy and some magical friends uncovering the mystery of a legendary monster from popular Latin American folklore. Fourth installment in the "La Leyenda" franchise. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Rory Coltart. UK horror thriller about a bullied school teacher who has a mental breakdown, resulting in a terrifying act of revenge on his students. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
Mama's Family: The Mama's Family Favorites Collection
(1983-90) Everyone's favorite indelible and smart alecky small-town matriarch is back -- and, she's brought her whole crazy family with her. After breaking out from "The Family" sketches on "The Carol Burnett Show," Thelma "Mama" Harper's home-spun humor earned its own well-loved sitcom which ran for six seasons. Set in the fictional city of Raytown, "Mama's Family" revolves around the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by Mama Harper, who does not suffer fools gladly. In fact, she makes everybody suffer a little with her patented snappy retorts that truly put the "diss" in dysfunction. This six-disc set features 37 complete episodes hand-picked by Mama (Vicki Lawrence) herself, packaged together for the very first time at retail. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(2015) Shia LaBeou, Jai Courtney, Charlie Shotwell, Kate Mara, Clifton Collins Jr. Shia LaBeouf stars as a former U.S. Marine who returns home from Afghanistan to a completely different world, and sets out on a mission to find his estranged wife and son. When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Courtney), a hard-nosed Marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the location of his estranged son, Johnathan (Shotwell), and wife Natalie (Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles (Collins Jr.), a man carrying vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary. (Lionsgate).
(2016) From award-winning director Keiichi Hara ("Colorful") and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G ("Ghost in the Shell") comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history's most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently, creating the paintings sold under her father's name. Shy in public, in the studio O-Ei is brash and uninhibited. Seeking to come into her own as an artist, O-Ei sets out into the bustling city of Edo (present-day Tokyo), where she encounters spirits, dragons, courtesans, and rival artists. Set in 19th century Japan as the age of the samurai draws to a close. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Masking of Miss Hokusai." (Universal).
(2016) Voices of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Jemaine
Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Temuera Morrison. An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in
her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the
open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters
and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient
quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always
sought: her own identity. Read more about "Moana" in the arch
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray Disc/Blu-ray/DVD
Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Antwhere (cloud). Extras: Commentary; theatrical short
“Inner Workings,” with introduction by the filmmakers, is the story of
the internal struggle between a man’s pragmatic, logical side and his
free-spirited, adventurous half; music video “How Far I’ll Go”
performed by Alessia Cara. Blu-ray
adds Maui Mini-Movie: “Gone Fishing”; "Voice of the
Islands" in-depth look at how Pacific Island people and cultures
inspired the filmmakers to create the story of “Moana"; "Things You
Didn’t Know About …" Q&A with the stars and musical team; "Island
Fashion" costume design featurette; "They Know the Way: Making the
Music of Moana” featurette; "Fishing for Easter Eggs"; "The Elements
of …" series of four mini-docs explores the technical achievements
behind some of the effects used in the film: "Mini Maui – Meet Mini
Maui,” Maui’s tattoo sidekick, "Water," "Lava" and "Hair'; deleted
song: “Warrior Face”; seven deleted scenes.
(2016) Jonathan Patrick Moore, Erin Bethea, James Marsters, Bill Cobbs, Irma P. Hall, Terry O’Quinn. Dove approved (for ages 12+) romantic drama. Seven-year-old Benjamin Morton’s life changed forever the day he met Ava, the little girl next door. What began as a childhood friendship grows into a meaningful relationship as the two plan out their lives together. When life takes a turn neither of them expect, their entire future is called into question. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, audio commentary with director Drew Waters and Erin Bethea, five-part look “Behind the Scenes,” two featurettes: “Ava’s Journey” and “About New Life.”(Broad Green Pictures).
(2016) Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, Franz Drameh, Kierston Wareing, Ken Stott. Ensemble drama follows three contrasting and interwoven stories as they play out in one square mile of modern day London. A former rugby player struggles to find a life off the field while fighting to save his marriage to a former actress; a small time drug dealer desperately seeking a way off the street meets a local thespian, who gives him the push he needs out of his dead end life and into a very different, creative world; a cab driver and his wife Kathy dream of having kids but a devastating road accident puts their hopes on hold even testing their otherwise strong marriage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Look Inside 100 Streets" featurette. (Sony).
PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies
(2017) This latest PAW Patrol collection features seven new heroic rescues, including a double-length mission to save Adventure Bay's Easter Egg Hunt. Kids can watch as the pups try to protect Farmer Yumi's vegetable garden, save Mayor Goodway's tulip garden, investigate the disappearance of the songbirds and look for the lost sheep. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2011) Michael Sheen, Iwan Rheon, Tom Wlaschiha, Andrea Riseborough. Based on the acclaimed novel by Owen Sheers and set in Nazi-occupied Britain. D-Day has failed, and, as Panzer divisions and Nazi troops sweep westward across the dispirited countryside, the British Resistance Organization (BRO), Churchill's top-secret and highly trained civilian army designed to wreak havoc on occupying enemy forces, mount resistance to the German invaders. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).
(2017) Jewel Shepard, R.A. Mihailoff, Ben Kaplan, Morgan Carter. At a time where online dating could prove fatal, Jack and Kristy decide they're ready to meet in person. Aiming for an adventurous first date, they plan a weekend getaway to a cozy cabin deep in the woodlands of rural Missouri. While discovering each other, they soon learn of the terrorizing horrors that the forest, and the family lurking there, has in store for outsiders. Formats: DVD. (Firefly Films/ITN Distribution).
Suspects, Series 5
(2016 -- UK) Two-disc set with six episodes. Filmed from an eyewitness perspective with improvised dialogue, this one-of-a-kind procedural delivers an immersive, authentic look at police investigations. "Suspects" relies on the cast to develop their own dialogue, creating a uniquely realistic tone. DS Jack Weston and DC Charlie Steele are shocked when their boss, DI Martha Bellamy, is shot dead in her home. DCI Daniel Drummond joins Jack and Charlie to lead the investigation into Martha’s murder, also bringing in detectives Alisha Brooks and Gary Roscoe. The new team soon realizes that Martha’s murder could be connected to a cold case she was investigating. Could one of those suspects have killed her? Formats: DVD,. Extras: Photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
(2016 -- Australia) Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film. On a remote island in the South Pacific, Wawa, a young girl, falls in love with her chief’s grandson. But when war with their enemies escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by warriors of both tribes. With their lives on the line, the star-crossed lovers must choose between their hearts and the peaceful future of the tribe. The film is based on a true story -- an event that occurred in 1987 in one of the world’s last tribal societies. The people of Yakel, on the island of Tanna, are fully aware of the outside world, but have chosen to live according to the ways of their ancestors, after resisting the colonial powers that used to control the area, the missionaries that tried to assimilate them to a Western way of life, and finally the lure of money. The film was crafted in full collaboration with the islanders, and is the first feature film to be shot entirely in the nation of Vanuatu, which is an archipelago of 83 islands and an estimated 110 different languages. The island of Tanna is dominated by an active volcano, which plays an important part in the film, as well as the tribe’s culture. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Momentum Pictures/Sony Home Entertainment).
Trespass Against Us
(2016) Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Georgie Smith. A man looks to find a way to escape the criminal ways of his outlaw family. Set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of a rich countryside. Chad Cutler (Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Blood Bonds: On the Set of Trespass Against Us” featurette, “Heartfelt: Director Adam Smith on The Chemical Brothers” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Wentworth, Season 2
(2014 - Australia) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes of the second season of the critically acclaimed Australian prison series. Drastic changes are in store for the women at Wentworth Prison. In Season 2, Bea languishes in solitary, plotting revenge for her daughter’s murder, while Franky runs the prison unopposed. But the arrival of sadistic new governor Joan Ferguson threatens Franky’s top-dog status. With Franky’s contraband operation in her crosshairs, Ferguson attempts to recruit informants, and the inmates are forced to choose a side. Formats: DVD,. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast and crew interviews, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
2 Pac -- Assassination: Battle for Compton
(2016) The unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace still stir the public's imagination after 20 years. Yet law enforcement has been at a standstill to produce results. This documentary unravels the tangled cases and exposes not only who may have done it, but also why these cases have never seen justice. "Battle for Compton" is the story of "The Machine," a group of high powered individuals with a very dark secret they killed to keep, and have spent the last 20 years hiding -- hoping one day it will all go away -- before they do. Filled with new federal and local government documents, as well as interviews with formerly involved Federal and Local Prosecutors and LAPD Detectives, as well as new witness interviews and unseen Shakur footage, the film explains the conspiracy behind the untimely deaths of Shakur and Wallace. Formats: DVD. (Martin Productions/MVD Visual).
(2017) Denise Richards, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Columbus Short, Johnny Messner, Michael Paré, Bruce Dern, Stipe Miocic, Rob Gronkowski. Thriller follows one man’s path to execution and the strong-minded doctor brought in to take a deeper look at the violent circumstances that have doomed him. Jackson Shea (Lyman-Mersereau) has lived a life of deceit, brutality and corruption. But when a series of chilling, violent events lands him on Death Row, Dr. Amanda Tyler, a psychologist (Denise Richards) must determine whether his violent behavior is inherent in his soul, or if he is able to be rehabilitated. As the interview commences, and Jack's fate hangs in the balance, Amanda must determine whether or not a stay of execution should be granted. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2016 -- France) Dir.: André Téchiné; Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila. Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can’t stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien’s mother Marianne to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
A Boatload of Wild Irishmen
(2010) Credited as the father of modern documentary film, Robert Flaherty is also a controversial figure. The minute he chose to stage scenes in his seminal Inuit film project, "Nanook of the North," he was opening documentary's Pandora's Box. "A Boatload of Wild Irishmen" is an entertaining portrait of Flaherty that looks beyond standard polemical positions to present a complex view of the man and his work.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: A 16-page booklet with a new essay by noted film scholar, Brian Winston; three video extras: Ricky Leacock's final filmed interview; J.C. Boudreaux, the boy in Louisiana Story, remembers Flaherty; and thoughts on Flaherty and the Documentary. (Icarus Films). Read more.
Canoa: A Shameful Memory
(1976 -- Mexico) One of Mexico's best-regarded works of political
cinema, "Canoa: A Shameful Memory" reimagines a real-life incident
that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of
urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by
residents of the village of San Miguel de Canoa, who had been
manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were
communist revolutionaries. Intercutting footage from a fictional
documentary about the village with gruesome scenes of the crime
itself, director Felipe Cazals produced a daring commentary on the
climate of violence and repression in Mexico during that era,
including the military's infamous massacre of demonstrating students
in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. With its gritty newsreel style, Canoa is a
visceral expression of horror as well as an important historical
document. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director
Felipe Cazals, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Extras: New introduction
by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; new conversation between filmmaker
Alfonso Cuarón and Cazals; trailer; an essay by critic Fernanda
Solórzano. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley, Jacob Latimore, Ann Dowd. Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. Read more about "Collateral Beauty" in the March
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Modern Fable: Discovering Collateral Beauty." (Warner).
The Creeping Garden
(2014 - UK) An award-winning feature-length creative documentary exploring the extraordinary world of the plasmodial slime mould as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them. Long overlooked by biologists, in recent years this curious organism has become the focus of much research in such areas as biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot engineering, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. The film transports us from the laboratory into its natural habitat, depicting these otherworldly lifeforms using startling time-lapse macro-cinematography to reveal hidden facets of the world around us. Co-directed by the artist film-maker Tim Grabham and author and film critic Jasper Sharp, with an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Grizzly Man), "The Creeping Garden" is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, immersing the viewer within the worlds of the observers and the observed. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary by directors Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp; "Biocomputer Music," a short film by Grabham on the first biocomputer music system, allowing a two-way musical dialogue between man and slime mould; "Return to the Fungarium," a featurette revealing further treasures of the fungarium at Kew Gardens; "Feeding Habits of Physarum," a featurette on the feeding preferences and dislikes of slime moulds; three cinema iloobia short films: "Milk" (2009), "Rotten" (2012) and "Paramusical Ensemble" (2015); Angela Mele's animated slime moulds; gallery; U.S. theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of original artwork. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Daniel Visits the Farm
(2017) Features four grr-ific stories from the popular PBS KIDS series "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood," produced by The Fred Rogers Company. In this new collection, Daniel rides a horse for the first time with encouragement from Dad Tiger, helps his sister Margaret feed adorable ducks, plays “farm” with O the Owl, and helps his mom give baby sister a bath. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
Drunk History: Season 4
(2016) Single disc with all 11 episodes. Host Derek Waters is back with a whole season's worth of historical tales told by some of the most captivating (and totally wasted) storytellers around. It's the history they never taught you, narrated by guest stars who never thought they'd drink this much. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Election Special," extended Drunk Narrator moments and deleted scenes. (Paramount).
(2016 -- France) Director: Paul Verhoeven. Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virgine Aefira. A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. Read more about "Elle" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Tale of Empowerment: Making Elle," "Celebrating an Icon: AFI’s Tribute to Isabelle Huppert." (Sony).
(2016) Adapted by legendary writer August Wilson from his own renowned play, "Fences" follows former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) in 1950s Pittsburgh as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. Read more about "Fences" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen," "The Company of Fences," "Building Fences: Denzel Washington," "Playing the Part: Rose Maxson," "August Wilson’s Hill District." (Universal).
The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlmania
(2017) Everyone’s favorite futuristic family travels back in time to team up with some of today’s biggest WWE Superstars to save Orbit City from a wrestle-bot army in an all-new original animated movie. In the midst of an exhibition match, a powerful snow storm freezes Big Show solid. One hundred years later, Big Show has finally thawed and is discovered by George Jetson. His first mission is to revive wrestling in 22nd century Orbit City. With Big Show’s help, Elroy and George build robotic Superstars. But Big Show had big plans of his own. The wrestle-bot army manages to capture Orbit City, leaving George and the Jetsons family one option: travel back in time to enlist WWE Superstars Alicia Fox, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Sheamus to help defeat the Big Show and his wrestle-bot army in the future. Formats: DVD, Digital,. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Warner).
(2016) Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence
Fishburne, Inder Kumar, Jamie Soricelli. A spacecraft traveling to a
distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a
malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers (Pratt,
Lawrence) are awakened 90 years early. Read more about "Passengers" in the
March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/3D/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Outtakes from the Set"; three featurettes: “Casting the Passengers,” “Creating the Avalon” and “On Set with Chris Pratt”; "Book Your Passage": Looking for a new life? Learn more about the Homestead Company. See what awaits you. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, “Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers” featurette. (Sony).
Red Dawn Collector’s Edition
(1984) Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton, Ron O’Neal, William Smith, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, Powers Boothe. From writer-director John Milius comes the tale of what-could-have-been, had the Cold War gone another way. When Communist paratroopers descend on a Colorado high school football field, a group of students wages an all-out guerilla war to save their town -- and their country. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New “A Look Back at Red Dawn,” featuring brand-new stories from co-star Doug Toby, casting director Jane Jenkins, production designer Jackson DeGovia and editor Thom Noble; four archival featurettes: “Red Dawn Rising,” “Training For WWIII,” “Building the Red Menace” and “WWIII Comes to Town”; original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2017) Sequel to 2015’s family film "Robo-Dog." When the world’s most advanced K-9 loses his family and his memory chip, it’s up to his best friend Tyler and his scientist dad to find Robo-Dog and bring him home. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Ruff Cut: Behind the Scenes of Robo-Dog: Airborne" featurette, four TV’s “Minuscule” bonus episodes. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell, Abbie Cornish. When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he enlists the help of a former colleague, Dr. John Clancy (Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. Soon, Clancy realizes that his exceptional intuitive powers are no match for the extraordinary powers of the vicious murderer (Farrell). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Afonso Poyart, “Visions and Voices: The Making of Solace” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Spacepop: Princess Power
(2017) Music, friendship, fashion and girl power unite in this first full-length feature film based on the YouTube webseries. Five teenage intergalactic princesses -- headstrong Athena, sassy Rhea, free spirit Hera, punk rock Juno and fashionista Luna -- fight to save the universe from the evil Empress Geela, disguised as the out-of-this-world band, SpacePOP. Formats: DVD. Extras: Three new extended lyric music videos. (Sony).
Story of Sin
(1975 -- Poland) The life of a beautiful, young and pious woman is thrown into chaos when her parents take in a dashingly handsome lodger. Having embarked on a torrid affair, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife. Unable to live apart from her beloved, she leaves home only to fall prey to the infatuations and lusts of a band of noble admirers, unsavory criminals and utopian do-gooders. The only feature Walerian Borowczyk ("The Beast," "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne") made in his native Poland, "Story of Sin" transforms Stefan Zeromski's classic melodrama into a deliriously surrealistic meditation on l'amour fou. 2K restoration from the original film negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New 2K restorations from the original negatives of Borowczyk's ground-breaking Polish shorts: "Once Upon a Time" (co-directed by Jan Lenica), "Dom" (co-directed by Lenica) and "The School"; new introduction by poster designer Andrzej Klimowski; new interview with "Story of Sin" lead actor Grazyna Dlugolecka; new interview featurette on Borowczyk's career in Poland by Daniel Bird (co-founder Friends of Walerian Borowczyk); new interview featurette on Borowczyk's innovate use of classical music in his films by writer and filmmaker David Thompson; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Andrzej Klimowski. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
To Tell the Truth
(2012) Two films that explore the development of documentary, from the emergence of political filmmaking during the Great Depression to using documentary in the battle of ideas during World War II. "Working for Change" is a history of the early development of documentary filmmaking in the US and UK from 1929 to 1941. It is focused on the social and political movements of the times, the Great Depression, and the New Deal. "The Strategy of Truth" is an examination of documentary filmmaking in 1933 to 1945 during World War II, and how film was used as propaganda in the US, the UK, and Germany. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alec Baldwin on the importance of documentaries; Agnes Varda on the making of documentaries; film historian Kevin Brownlow on Leni Riefenstahl, propagandist for the Nazis; additional interviews with Jeffrey Richards, Jo Fox, and David Culbert; two World War II documentaries by John Huston ("Let There Be Light" and "The Autobiography of a Jeep").(Icarus Films). Read more.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season Two
(2016) Two-disc set with 13 episodes. As Kimmy continues to learn the ways of New York City, she's got her roommate Titus and socialite Jacqueline by her side to tackle all social matters that are hashbrown: relevant. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Z Nation: Season 3
(2016) Three-disc set with all 14 episodes. With Operation Bite Mark in shambles and the group again on the hunt for Murphy, the fate of humanity rests not in the jaws of zombies, but in the rise of a new breed of hybrid "blends." Created and controlled by Murphy, the ever-growing army of blends is hell bent on spreading their message of "No Fear" across the land. With all new horrors like Wolf-Zombies, Electro-Shock Zombies, and the deadly Enders, "Z-Nation: Season 3" has a new mission with even more blood-splattering fun. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Z Nation: Making of Season 3," "Z Nation: A Look at Special Effects Makeup," "Learn to Count with Z Nation Season 3, Episode 1." (Universal).
Z Nation: Season 1-3 Collection
(2014-16) Nine-disc set with all 42 episodes. Three years after the devastating ZN1 virus gutted the country, a group of strangers band together to transport the only known survivor of the zombie attack— Murphy -- from New York to California. As humanity's last hope to develop a vaccine, Murphy's dark secret could seriously endanger the mission. An epic road trip filled with non-stop thrills, chills, and blood-splattering zombie fun.
Formats: DVD. Extras: All the bonus features from the previous seasons. (Universal).
(2016) Adam Bakri, Maria Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Connie Nielsen. Set against the sweeping tide of history, this is a tale of a romance that crosses political, geographic and religious divides. Azerbaijan, 1918: Though he is Muslim and she is Christian, Ali and Nino defy their parents and marry. At first it appears their all-consuming love will be enough to overcome the differences in their backgrounds. But their bond is soon put to the test, first as she confronts what it means to be a westernized woman living in a traditionalist society, and then again when everything they know is turned upside down by the arrival of World War I. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2016) Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson. When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. Read more about "Assassin's Creed" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA
(1979) In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers
plays the pure-hearted Chance, a gardener forced out of moneyed
seclusion and into the urban wilds of Washington, D.C., after the
death of his employer. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn't
respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles haplessly into
celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Melvyn
Douglas), who mistakes his new protégé's mumbling about horticulture
for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife
targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by
Jerzy Kosinski, this hilarious, deeply melancholy satire marks the
culmination a remarkable string of films by Hal Ashby in the 1970s,
and serves as a carefully modulated examination of the ideals,
anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture
during that decade. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by
cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Extras: New documentary on
the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the
production team; excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar
with director Hal Ashby; author Jerzy Kosinski in a 1979 appearance on
"The Dick Cavett Show"; appearances from 1980 by Sellers on NBC's
"Today" and "The Don Lane Show"; promo reel featuring Sellers and
Ashby; trailer and TV spots; deleted scene, outtakes, and an alternate
ending; an essay by critic Mark Harris.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 3
(2016) The New Zealand detective series continues. After transferring from a big city to the small town of Brokenwood, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd continues to settle into country life working with his assistant, Detective Kristin Sims. Despite the growing accord between the mismatched pair, all is not well in Brokenwood, where passions simmering beneath the sleepy surface regularly erupt into gruesome crimes. In these four feature-length mysteries, the detectives investigate the death of a "Lord of the Ringz" tour guide, a real-life Clue board game gone wrong, the death of a classic-car enthusiast and someone killing the Christmas spirit. Formats: Four-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews with the cast and writer Tim Balme, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
(2017) Since 2011, millions of people have fled their homes in Syria and other countries besieged by violence, helping to fuel Europe’s largest migration crisis since the end of World War II. This documentary explores the epic, first-hand stories of refugees and migrants as they make dangerous journeys across 26 countries seeking safety and a better life. The program draws on camera and smartphone footage filmed by refugees and migrants themselves -- from inside a sinking dinghy on a route across the Mediterranean Sea where thousands have died, to the tents and fires inside Calais’s notorious “Jungle” camp. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement
(2017) Over 100 years after the release of D.W. Griffith’s "The Birth of a Nation," which depicted the KKK as heroes and African Americans in the most racist caricatures imaginable, this new documentary recounts the little-known story of the battle waged against the film by an early and largely forgotten civil rights activist named William Monroe Trotter. Angered by the film’s unrepentant racism, Trotter led African Americans in a pitched battle against the film’s exhibition that culminated with protests in the streets of Boston, laying the foundation for the civil rights movement to come. Through interviews with Spike Lee (whose NYU student film "The Answer" was a response to Griffith’s film), Reginald Hudlin, DJ Spooky, and others, “Birth of a Movement” explores how Griffith’s epic -- long taught in film classes as a groundbreaking work of genius -- motivated generations of African American filmmakers and artists as they worked to fight and reclaim their history and their onscreen image. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Insecure: The Complete First Season
(2016) Single disc with all eight episodes. This series -- created by, written by and starring Golden Globe nominee (Best Actress in a Comedy Series) Issa Rae ("The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl") -- follows best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles, while facing the challenges of being two black women who defy all stereotypes. The series explores the black female experience in a subtle, witty and authentic way, as Issa and Molly stumble their way towards pulling their lives together, while trying their hardest to never settle for less. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Exclusive and extended look at the "Insecure" characters’ favorite reality show, “Conjugal Visits.” (HBO).
(2016 -- Spain) Dir.: Pedro Almodovar; Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Rossy de Palma. In his 20th film, critically acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar tells a story about a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty and come to grips with fate. It's the story of a brokenhearted woman who faces the painful mystery of her long alienation from her daughter during flashbacks on her life and the most important events concerning her estranged daughter. Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antia. They are both in pain over the loss of Xoan, Antia’s father and Julieta’s husband. But sometimes grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antia turns 18, she abandons her mother without a word of explanation. Julieta is haunted by the mystery of this loss and it pervades everything in her life. Her struggle and obsession lead to self discovery and surprising revelations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Two Featurettes: “Portrait of Julieta,” "Celebrating Director Pedro Almodóvar.” (Sony).
A Kind of Murder
(2016) Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett, Eddie Marsan. Based
on the acclaimed novel by Patricia Highsmith, the film unfolds a
spine-tingling murder mystery that blurs the lines of reality. A crime
novelist obsessed with an unsolved murder case begins to fantasize
about committing a crime of his own. His marriage is an unhappy one,
and his desire to be free from his beautiful but damaged wife becomes
an obsession. But when his wife is found dead the lines blur between
innocence and intent, forcing the question who, in fact, is the real
killer? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The 60s Look," "The Noirish Characters of A Kind of Murder," "The Psychological: Andy Goddard." (Magnolia
Live By Night
(2016) Dir.: Ben Affleck. Stars: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan
Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper. A
group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the
Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux
Klan. Read more about "Live By Night"
in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud).
Extras: Deleted scenes.
Blu-ray adds "Angels with
Dirty Faces: The Women of Live By Night," "The Men of Live By Night,"
"Live By Night’s Prolific Author," "In Close Up: Creating a Classic
Car Chase," director’s commentary. (Warner).
Master of None: Season One
(2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that follows the personal and professional life of Dev, a 30-year-old in NYC who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life. Dev's story takes him through subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience, and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner. Formats: DVD.
(1970) The gloriously grotesque second feature directed by John Waters
is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one
of cinema's most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring
budget in Waters' native Baltimore, with the filmmaker taking on
nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the
peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion,
a traveling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking
proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the
glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, out for blood after
discovering her lover's affair. Starring Waters' beloved regular cast
the Dreamlanders (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink
Stole, Susan Lowe, George Figgs, and Cookie Mueller), "Multiple
Maniacs" is an anarchic masterwork from an artist who has doggedly
tested the limits of good taste for decades. New 4K digital
restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed
monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Extras: New audio
commentary featuring Waters; new interviews with cast and crew members
Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, and George Figgs;
an essay by critic Linda Yablon.
(The Criterion Collection).
Property is No Longer a Theft
(1973) Having tackled the corrupting nature of power with "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" and taken an angry, impassioned look at labor relations with "The Working Class Goes to Heaven," Italian master Elio Petri next turned his attentions to capitalism for this darkly comic film. A young bank clerk (Flavio Bucci), denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge on the local butcher (Ugo Tognazzi) who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the bank's star customers. Quitting his job, the clerk devotes all of his time to tormenting the butcher, stealing his possessions one-by-one, including his mistress (Daria Nicolodi). Told in an off-kilter fashion by Petri, abetted by the woozy sound design and another outstanding score by Ennio Morricone, "Property is No Longer a Theft" presents a caustic, blackly comic look at a corrupt society. 4K restoration from the original film negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras:New interview with actor Flavio Bucci, new interview with producer Claudio Mancini, new interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Quiet Hour
(2014) Dakota Blue Richards, Karl Davies, Jack McMullen, Brigitte Millar. Humans are few and far between since Earth was invaded by extra-terrestrial machines that harvest the planet's resources and relentlessly kill its inhabitants. In a remote part of the countryside, where starved humans have become as dangerous as the alien machines in the sky, a feisty 19-year-old girl, Sarah Connolly, sets out on a desperate attempt to repel a group of bandits and defend her farm, the remaining livestock, and the solar panels that keep them safe. If she doesn't succeed, she will lose her only source of food and shelter; but if she resists, she and her blind brother will be killed. If the mysterious intruder dressed like a soldier turns out to be a liar -- then the enemy may already be in the house. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
RoboCop 2 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Peter Weller, Belinda Bauer, Nancy Allen, Felton Perry, Dan O'Herlihy. New 2K scan of the inter-positive. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary with author/CG supervisor Paul M. Sammon; new audio commentary with the makers of “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen; new "Corporate Wars: The Making of Robocop 2" featuring new and vintage interviews with director Irvin Kershner, producer Jon Davidson, cast members Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Galyn Görg, executive producer Patrick Crowley, associate producer Phil Tippett, cinematographer Mark Irwin and author/CG supervision Paul M. Sammon; new "Machine Parts: The FX of Robocop 2" featuring Phil Tippett, Peter Kuran, Craig Hayes, Jim Aupperle, Kirk Thatcher, Paul Gentry, Don Waller, Justin Kohn, Randal Dutra and Kevin Kutchaver; new "Robo-Fabricator" interview with RoboCop armor fabricator James Belohovek; new Adapting Frank Miller’s Robocop 2" interview with comic book writer Steven Grant; new "OCP Declassified" collection of rare archival production and behind-the-scenes videos including interviews with director Irvin Kershner, actors Peter Weller, Dan O’Herlihy and a look at the filming of some deleted scene; theatrical trailer: teaser trailers; TV spots; deleted scenes still gallery; still galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and lobby cards). (Sc>
RoboCop 3 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1993) Robert John Burke, Remy Ryan, Nancy Allen, Felton Perry, Jill Hennessy. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Nl audio commentary with director Fred Dekker; new audio commentary with the makers of “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen; new "Delta City Shuffle: The Making of Robocop 3" featuring director Fred Dekker, actors Nancy Allen, Bruce Locke, producer Patrick Crowley, cinematographer Gary Kibbe and production designer Hilda Stark; new "Robo-Vision: The FX of Robocop 3" featuring Peter Kuran, Phil Tippett, Craig Hayes, Kevin Kutchaver and Paul Gentry; new "The Corporate Ladder" interview with actor Felton Perry; new "Training Otomo" interview with actor Bruce Locke and martial arts trainer Bill Ryusaki; new "War Machine" interview with RoboCop gun fabricator James Belohovek; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2016) Voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Tori Kelly. In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same. Read more about "Sing" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo 3D/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three new mini-movies: "Gunter Babysits" (Gunter offers to watch all of Rosita’s 25 piglets for the night, trying to prove he’s the best babysitter ever), "Love at First Sight" (During a piano lesson with Johnny, Miss Crawly becomes nostalgic about the dancing and romancing of her youth. Johnny convinces her that it’s not too late to find someone and helps her setup a profile on a dating website); "Eddie’s Life Coach" (Eddie’s mom signs her slacker son up for a digital training seminar to get his life back on track); "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" music video starring Tori Kelly; "Making a Music Video with Tori Kelly" behind the scenes; "Faith" music video; "Faith" lyric video; "Set It All Free" lyric video; "The Making of Sing" behind-the-scenes documentary; "Finding the Rhythm: Editing Sing"; character profiles on the incredible cast; "Sing & Dance!" with celebrity choreographer Aakomon Jones, who takes viewers through a dance routine inspired by "Sing" and the song, "Faith"; "The Sing Network" offers the latest news and highlights of the business endeavors of the "Sing" stars: Gunter's Dance Studio, The Moon Theater, Rosita's Babysitting Gizmo, Mings each of the Moon Theater's newest stars (Buster Moon, Gunter, Rosita, Johnny, Meena, Ash, Mike; "The Best Of Gunter" mash-up of all the best Gunter one-liners; "The Making of the Mini-Movies." (Universal).
(2016) Blurring fantasy and reality, the final film in Deborah Kampmeier's trilogy, following the Independent Spirit Nominated "Virgin" and Sundance's Controversial "Hounddog." American poet and political activist Muriel Rukeyser once opined that if one woman told the truth about her life, the world would split open. "Split" -- a powerful meditation on the traumas women face and the struggle to overcome them -- tells the story of Inanna (Amy Ferguson), a young actress working as a stripper, who becomes obsessed with a mask maker (Morgan Spector) and sacrifices parts of herself, piece by piece, in order to win his love. At the same time, the film depicts a mythic journey that blurs theater performance, dreams and real life, as Inanna connects with other women's experiences of trauma and repressed sexuality. This provocative and powerful confrontation frees Inanna, and she's able to claim her rage and rise to her own independence. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
When Calls the Heart: The Heart of Faith
(2016) From celebrated author Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series) comes this latest feature in the "When Calls the Heart" series (originally released as "The Heart Of Christmas"). Christmas is coming to Hope Valley and everyone’s in a festive mood. Rosemary and Lee have returned from their honeymoon to reside in their new row house next to Elizabeth, who’s busy helping her students mount a nativity play. A travelling peddler, Sam, is mistaken for Santa by the kids ... and then mistaken for a thief by Jack. But Elizabeth is stunned when word arrives that the supply train has derailed. Without costumes for the play, food for the feast and presents for the kids, Christmas will be ruined. It takes a lot of faith, spirit, and the cooperation of friends and family to show Hope Valley what Christmas is all about. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Wolf Creek: Season One
(2016) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the series based on the cult movie franchise. After her family is brutally murdered in the Australian outback, American college student Eve Thorogood vows to bring serial killer Mick Taylor to justice -- or die in the attempt.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Cinema to Series: The Legacy of Wolf Creek” featurette, “Making a Television Series” featurette, “Meet the Stars” featurette, “Discovering the Outback” featurette, “Visual Effects” featurette, “Meet the Supporting Cast” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016) David Call, Jack Davenport, Kelli Garner, Peter Coyote, Frank Mosley. Inspired by the paranoid nail-biters of the '70s and set against the foggy skies and twisty streets of San Francisco, the film is a tense thriller about an alcoholic film editor who puts together the pieces of his movie star sister's murder. Two years after alcoholism and depression drove Avery Wells (David Call) from his home and career, the San Francisco film editor finds himself back in the city, sobered up and coerced into finishing a cut of a new film - "Americana." Avery relents and takes the job due to his connection to the film's star -- his sister Kate (Kelli Garner). Like Avery, the cut is a mess, but the talented editor can salvage it, all while staying clean and reconnecting with his family. Soon, though, he starts receiving menacing calls from a stranger threatening to reveal his darkest secrets -- threats impossible to ignore when his sister is murdered. Was her death related to the new film? Or was she killed because of mistakes Avery made in the past?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Candy Factory Films).
Archer Season 7
(2016) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Following their disastrous turn as government agents-turned-drug dealers, the team reinvents themselves as a Los Angeles-based P.I. firm. Their first case? Protecting a vampy actress from blackmail – and Archer’s libido. They also grapple with a terminator mummy who wants his mommy, spinning robot legs, Archer’s desperate voice mail message, gunmen clowns, and life as hostages, all leading to a cliff-hanger featuring a body floating in a swimming pool. Formats: DVD. Extras: Archer reviews bond, "Archer Live! Reading" (table read from San Diego Comic Con). (Fox).
(2016) Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack. Family loyalty is tested in this thriller about a successful businessman (Adrian Grenier) willing to do anything for his deadbeat brother (Johnathon Schaech) -- including tracking down the vicious mobster (Nicolas Cage) holding him hostage.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(1966) In 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni transplanted his existentialist
ennui to the streets of swinging London for this international
sensation, the Italian filmmaker's English-language debut. A
countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of
image making, "Blow-Up" takes the form of a psychological mystery,
starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who unknowingly
captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park.
Antonioni's meticulous aesthetic control and intoxicating color
palette breathe life into every frame, and the jazzy sounds of Herbie
Hancock, a beautifully evasive performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and a
cameo by the Yardbirds make the film a transporting time capsule from
a bygone era. Blow-Up is a seductive immersion into creative passion,
and a brilliant film by one of cinema's greatest artists. New,
restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on
the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.
Extras: A new piece about
Antonioni's artistic approach, featuring photography curators Walter
Moser and Philippe Garner and art historian David Alan Mellor;
"Blow-up of "Blow-Up," a new 52-minute documentary on the making of
the film; conversation from 2016 between Garner and actor Vanessa
Redgrave; archival interviews with Antonioni and actors David Hemmings
and Jane Birkin; trailers; a book featuring an essay by film scholar
David Forgacs and more. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Colin Critchley,Cait Bliss, Jason Martin. When little Lucas goes missing from his bedroom in the middle of the night, his babysitter Helen ventures out into the deep, dark woods armed only with a flashlight. But these are no ordinary woods. They were once the home of Robert Bowery, a serial killer who years ago came for children's eyes in order to keep himself from going blind. But Robert Bowery was stopped and killed ... Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (MVD Entertainment).
A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies. A winner of awards across the world, including Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, five BAFTA Awards including Best Actor, Original Screenplay and Score, the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and many more. Giuseppe Tornatore's loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier. Presented in both the original award-winning cut and the expanded Director's Cut incorporating more of Salvatore's backstory, newly restored from original negative materials. Uncompressed original stereo 2.0 Audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: Audio commentary with director Giuseppe Tornatore and Italian cinema expert critic Millicent Marcus; "A Dream of Sicily" 52-minute documentary profile of Giuseppe Tornatore featuring interviews with the director and extracts from his early home movies as well as interviews with director Francesco Rosi and painter Peppino Ducato, set to music by the legendary Ennio Morricone; "A Bear and a Mouse in Paradise" 27-minute documentary on the genesis of "Cinema Paradiso," the characters of Toto and Alfredo, featuring interviews with the actors who play them, Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio, as well as Tornatore; "The Kissing Sequence": Giuseppe Tornatore discusses the origins of the kissing scenes with full clips identifying each scene; original director’s cut theatrical trailer and 25th anniversary re-release trailer; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet by Pasquale Iannone illustrated with archive stills, behind-the-scenes images and posters. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
(2016) The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Read more about "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD.VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!" behind-the-scenes featurette, five character featurettes, seven creatures featurettes, six design featurettes, 11 deleted scenes. (Warner).
Just a Sigh
(2013 -- France) Emmanuelle Devos, Gabriel Byrne. In the short break between performances in Calais, stage actress Alix (Devos), makes a quick escape to Paris. On the train, she meets a mysterious English stranger (Byrne) and is inexplicably drawn toward him. She follows him and loves him for a few hours before facing what could be a new life. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(1973) Ludwig. He loved women. He loved men. He lived as controversially as he ruled. But he did not care what the world thought. He was the world. A string of masterpieces behind him -- including "Ossessione," "Senso," "The Leopard" and "Death in Venice" -- the great Italian director Luchino Visconti turned his attentions to the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1972, resulting in an epic of 19th century decadence. Dominated by Helmut Berger in the title role, "Ludwig" nevertheless manages to find room for an impressive cast list: Romy Schneider (reprising her Elisabeth of Austria characterization from the "Sissi" trilogy), Silvana Mangano, Gert Fröbe, John Moulder-Brown and Trevor Howard as Richard Wagner. As opulent as any of Visconti's epics -- Piero Tosi's costume design was nominated for an Academy Award -- "Ludwig" is presented here in its complete form in accordance with the director's wishes and features the English-language soundtrack for the first ever on home video. Four-disc set, 4K restoration from the original film negative. Two viewing options: the full-length theatrical cut or as five individual parts. Optional original English soundtrack available on home video for the first time ever with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interview with actor Helmut Berger; "Luchino Visconti," an hour-long documentary portrait of the director by Carlo Lizzani containing interviews with Burt Lancaster, Vittorio Gassman, Francesco Rosi, Claudia Cardinale and others; "Speaking With Suso Cecchi d'Amico," an interview with the screenwriter; "Silvana Mangano: The Scent of a Primrose," a half-hour portrait of the actress; theatrical trailer. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
A Monster Calls
(2016) A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness. Read more about "A Monster Calls" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of A Monster Calls," "Making of the Tales," English feature commentary with writer Patrick Ness, Spanish feature commentary with director J.A. Bayona. (Universal).
Monster High: Electrified
(2017) The latest animated adventure of the Monster High ghouls. When Clawdeen dreams of opening a salon made for monsters and normies, Frankie has the perfect place -- an abandoned power station outside town. But the idea sparks negative voltage when Moanica plots to ruin the whole thing and replace the celebration with something a little more ... shocking. Luckily the ghouls have a secret weapon on their side, Twyla, the daughter of the Boogey Man, and the perfect ghoul to unearth any mystery. Along with her ghoulfriends, they must thwart Moanica’s plan, charge up their outfits, save the normie town from darkness ... and open the most voltageous salon ever.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Ever After High: Epic Winter - Snow Day" (Universal).
(2016) Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon,
John Goodman, Melissa Benoist. The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon
bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to
find the terrorists responsible. Read more about "Patriots Day" in the
March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” vignettes, “Researching the Day” featurette. Blu-ray adds “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” featurette, “The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories” featurette, “The Cast Remembers” featurette, "Actors Meet Real-Life Counterparts: A 2-Part Series”: John Goodman and Ed Davis and Jimmy O. Yang and Dun Meng. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Director: Martin Scorsese. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds. In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.Read more about "Silence" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Martin Scorsese’s Journey into Silence." (Paramount).
The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover
(2017) Newest feature-length film in the animated Swan Princess franchise follows young Princess Alise and her friends as they embark on a new adventure where they solve a royal mystery using their detective skills and spy gadgets. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Takashi Miike's Dead or Alive Trilogy
Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike's unforgettable "Dead or Alive Trilogy" features many of the director's most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the "Dead or Alive films" cemented Miike's reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers. In "Dead or Alive," tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them. "Dead or Alive 2: Birds" casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause. And in "Dead or Alive: Final," Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi, new interview with actor Sho Aikawa, new interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura, new audio commentary for "Dead or Alive" by Miike biographer Tom Mes, archive interviews with cast and crew, archive making-of featurettes for "DOA2: Birds" and "DOA: Final," original theatrical trailers for all three films, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
A Tale of Love and Darkness
(2016) Natalie Portman directs and stars in the story of Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during the early years of the State of Israel. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty -- stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself. Based on the international best-selling memoir by Amos Oz, "A Tale of Love and Darkness." Formats: DVD. (Universal).
20th Century Women
(2016) Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup. During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist the help of her three young tenants.
Read more about "20th Century Women" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with Mike Mills, “Making 20th Century Women” featurette, “20th Century Cast” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally. A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when an over-protective father realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question. Read more about "Why Him?" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel; "47 Minutes on the Can"; "Why Gustav?"; "Barb Fleming: America's Mom"; "Lou the Entertainer"; "Richard Blais: Twisted Chef"; deleted scenes; audio commentary by director/co-writer John Hamburg, co-writer Ian Helfer and editor William Kerr; gallery; theatrical trailer. (Fox).
The Wishmaster Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT
In the Wishmaster series, an evil djinn grants three wishes to the person who releases him, fulfilling a prophecy that will unleash his fellow djinn upon the earth. Three-disc limited-edition set includes all four films, restored and remastered: "Wishmaster," 1997; "Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies," 1999; "Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell" (2001); "Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled," 2002. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentaries, seven new featurettes, vintage featurettes, trailers, galleries, isolated score selections/audio interview with composer Harry Manfredini. (Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate).
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