(2017) Lindsay Burdge, Mike Ott, Nathan Silver. Being in show business is tough, but being an actor in Denver is tougher, so when performer and full-time computer repairman Arthur Martinez hires two indie filmmakers to make a feature film with him as the lead, he realizes he’s in over his head. The filmmakers scrap the genre film Arthur had intended them to make -- instead quickly designing an entirely new project based around his real-life persona, which becomes more and more elusive as the production steams ahead. Once Arthur realizes what the filmmakers are up to, his protective measure is to hide behind a mask, keeping the filmmakers questioning: Are any of Arthur’s moments on camera truthful or is it all just a performance in the end?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway
(2017) Single DVD includes four complete episodes -- three not seen in more than 40 years -- featuring Conway's most indelible characters on "The Carol Burnett Show": "Oldest Man," "Mr. Tudball," "The Virgin Prince" and "The Dentist." Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(2017) Bruno Ganz, Anuk Steffen, Isabelle Ottman, Quirin Agripp. Dove Foundation "Family Approved" live-action feature based on one of the best-selling children's novels of all time. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Omnibus Entertainment/Film Movement).
Legend of Bruce Lee: Volume Two
(2008) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. These episodes follows Lee as he comes to America and begins a revolution in the world of martial arts.
Formats: DVD. (Well Go USA).
Office Christmas Party
(2016) Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry. When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand. Read more about "Office Christmas Party" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Unrated version, commentary by directors Josh Gordon & Will Speck, "Throwing an Office Christmas Party," outtakes, deleted and extended scenes. (Paramount).
(2016) Dir.: Jim Jarmusch. Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Helen-Jean Arthur, Owen Asztalos, Kacey Cockett. The film chronicles the quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life via Paterson (Adam Driver), a hardworking bus driver in Paterson, N.J.,
who follows the same routine every day, observing the city, listening to fragments of conversations, and writing heartfelt poems. Read more about "Paterson" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
(2016) Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen,
Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker. The Rebel Alliance makes
a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the
epic saga to follow. Read more about
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras:
A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.
Sesame Street: Elmo and Cookie Monster Supersized Fun
(2017) Elmo and Cookie Monster make the best -- and cutest -- team on Sesame Street in this selection of skits, songs and stories featuring everyone’s two favorite monsters. Kids can dance and play along with Elmo, Cookie Monster and their Sesame Street friends in this curated compilation featuring such fan-favorite stories as “Cookies of the Caribbean,” “Elmo The Musical: Prince” and more. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2015) Rupert Evans, Steve Garry, Deirdre Mullins, Michael Smiley. Under siege by a mysterious enemy in an apocalyptic, war-torn landscape, a band of mercenary soldiers, hooded hostages in tow, seek refuge inside an abandoned military tank. But their sanctuary soon reveals itself to be a steel-walled prison. As the group succumbs to claustrophobia, paranoia, and increasingly disturbing delusions, it becomes clear that the real threat may lie not outside, but within.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/Shout! Factory).
(2016 -- Hong Kong) Wallace Chung, Louis Koo, Zhao Wei. Master filmmaker Johnnie To’s latest showdown between cops, robbers and everyone else caught in the crossfire. When a police sting goes bad, a cornered criminal makes a desperate choice: he shoots himself, forcing the officers to cease fire and rush him to the hospital. Once there, he refuses treatment, waiting for his cohorts to break him out. Caught between an obsessed cop and the dedicated surgeon assigned to save his life, the hospital is now a battleground of deception, double-crosses and a coming onslaught of violence. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Master Director Johnnie To" featurette, “Three Complex Characters” featurette. (Well GO USA).
We Don’t Belong Here
(2016) Catherine Keener, Anton Yelchin, Riley Keough, Kaitlyn Dever, Annie Starke, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Cary Elwes. Thriller about the matriarch (Keener) of a dysfunctional family who is pushed to her tipping point by the disappearance of her son. When Max (Yelchin) goes missing, his mother and three sisters (Keough,Dever, Starke) learn that a dark past haunts more than one of the Green siblings. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
The World’s Largest Ball of Twine
(2016) Documentary tells the unexpected story of two competing Midwest farm towns and the very different balls of twine that each claim is "The World’s Largest." The film showcases the stories of two towns and twine ball creators, Frank and Francis. Each began collecting as a hobby, only to have their collections become local town attractions, going head-to-head in a "Battle of the Balls” for over a half century. But -- what neither town realized -- was that in the end they would both be beaten out for the record, by a Texas Rancher who created his own ball and was certified with the Guinness Book of Records title. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Big Life Entertainment/Random Media).
Youth in Oregon
(2016) Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz, Alex Shaffer. When 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Langella) makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his family refuses to accept his decision. But when another family emergency arises, Raymond's daughter Kate (Applegate) turns to her husband Brian (Crudup) for a little help. So Brian reluctantly volunteers to drive the cantankerous Raymond and his wine-loving wife Estelle (Kay Place) 3000 miles to Oregon. Determined to change the old man's mind before they reach the Beaver State, it becomes quickly apparent to Brian that convincing your father-in-law to keep living when he's ready to check out is no simple task. Formats: DVD. (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Sony).
(2014) A documentary that tells the stories of the women who live in La Patrona, a Mexican village that is situated by the tracks of a train from Central America that brings many migrants North to the U.S. Mexico and the United States share the greatest border between the first and third world. Thousands of migrants expose themselves to every danger as they travel north on a train called The Beast. That’s where they meet the Patronas, a group of Mexican women who, every day since 1995, make food and toss it to the helpless as the train rushes by. In the midst of a country at war in a world where all hope seems lost, the Patronas breathe life into a human value that seems fading with each day: love for one another. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Arctic Adventure: On Frozen Pond
(2016) For centuries, the Crystal Frog has protected the Frog Kingdom with its magic. When One-Eye plots to steal the artifact and rule the land, the Frog King asks Freddy and the Frog Princess to undertake a bold journey through forest, desert, river rapids, and icy caverns. But as the protectors arrive, it becomes clear that One-Eye may have led them into a trap. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio With Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox (the Creators of SMOSH), Ambyr Childers, and Jon Lovitz." (Lionsgate).
The Bye Bye Man Unrated
(2017) Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Douglas
Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway. Three friends stumble upon the
horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root
cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts. It's a psychological force of evil who grows in power every time you think of his name or say it out loud. Read more about "The Bye Bye Man" in the
April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
(2016) Sarah Nicklin, Michael Reed, Megan Hensley, Julianne Tura, Pierre Kennel. Found footage film. Four friends hike into the Pinewood Forest to find evidence of the Chupacabra, an ancient creature believed to be responsible for the disappearance of four experienced hikers a year earlier. As they journey deeper into the forest, their innocent search uncovers more than they had ever hoped for, and with it a darkness that threatens to consume their very existence. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Maltauro Entertainment).
Claire in Motion
(2016) Betsy Brandt, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Chris Beetem, Sakina
Jaffrey. Three weeks after Claire’s husband has mysteriously
disappeared, the police have ended their investigation and her son is
beginning to grieve. The only person who hasn’t given up is Claire.
Soon she discovers his troubling secrets, including an alluring yet
manipulative graduate student with whom he had formed a close bond. As
she digs deeper, Claire begins to lose her grip on how well she truly
knew her husband and questions her own identity in the process.
Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Daughters of the Dust
(1991) Return of Julie Dash's landmark drama about the lives and traditions of the Gullah women of The Sea Islands. The film, marking its 25th anniversary, is the first-ever wide theatrical release by a African-American female filmmaker, and returns with a new 2K restoration. Set at the dawn of the 20th century, the film focuses on the members of the multigenerational Peazant family in the Sea Islands' Gullah community -- former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions -- as they struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while planning to migrate to the mainland. On the eve of their departure, an extended family picnic and ritual farewell departure is arranged, even as a clan elder works to keep the family together and pass on the knowledge of their ancestors as they move ever further from their roots. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Dash and Michelle Materre, an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2016) Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin
Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen
Powell. The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians
who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space
program -- and their efforts to overcome racism and sexism. Read more about "Hidden Figures" in the
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "It All Adds Up – The Making of Hidden Figures" five-part featurette: "No Limits – The Life of Katherine Johnson," "The Right People for the Job," "Recreating an Era – The Look of Hidden Figures," "A Spiritual Journey – The Music of Hidden Figures" and "Moving the Decimal – Honoring Katherine Johnson": deleted scenes; "Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia": audio commentary by Theodore Melfi and Taraji P. Henson; gallery.
House: Two Stories Limited Edition [House 1 & 2]
(1985, 1987) At long-last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two instalments of hit horror franchise "House" on Blu-ray for the first time. In the original "House," William Katt stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his aunt's creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he's found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house's monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas. "House II: The Second Story" sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse's mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who'll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it. Limited to 5000 units. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary, "Ding Dong, You're Dead! The Making of House," "It's Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story," stills gallery, trailer. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Lance Henriksen, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Betsy Baker, Meredith Majors, Ben Furney. Kate, a young widow who is heavily medicated, moves into an old house on Lake Erie to recover from her husband's sudden and traumatic death. The lake house has not been lived in for over 40 years and it is exactly how it was left in 1969. From the moment Kate moves into the house, she is soon haunted by a dark presence. Is any of this real or are her medications making her hallucinate? Formats: DVD. (FilmRise/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Sunny Pawar. A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Read more about "Lion" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes gallery, “Never Give Up” official lyric video performed by Sia. (Anchor Bay).
(2016) Dan Simon, Gregory Lay, Richard Masur, Mark Borkowski. Following a recent break-up, struggling writer Jules crashes with his recently separated best friend, Saul at his apartment in Brooklyn. While Saul wants to drink heavily and lament over his impending divorce, Jules just wants to escape into his latest script. After Saul is fired from his job as restaurant manager and Jules loses an off-Broadway production of his play, the two embark on a weekend bender through New York City and Connecticut in search of solace -- and sometimes more pain. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Candy Factory 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).
(2017) Charlie Sheen, Leah Remini, Naya Rivera, Charlotte McKinney, Efren Ramirez, Tiffany Haddish. Centers on three families as they compete in a series of outlandish competitions for the same campsite during Fourth of July weekend. On that weekend, Saltstone Park brims with families eager to relax. At campsite 16, however, the Jones, Jones and Jonas families find that their campsite has been overbooked. What starts as a simple clerical error quickly spirals into a family feud fueled by the rivalry of three equally stubborn leaders: Jose, an affable but slovenly slacker; Franklin, a rising politician with a disdain for the outdoors; and Charlie, a goofy, alcoholic hairdresser. By way of porta-potty races and sexually-charged forest encounters, these determined families wage a ferocious war for the right to holiday fun. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
(2016) Three-disc set with 20 episodes of the National Geographic series that follows a crew of courageous international astronauts on its exhilarating maiden voyage to Mars and their quest to colonize the fourth planet from the sun. In a unique blend of scripted drama intermixed with documentary sequences and feature-film-caliber visual effects, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, featuring Big Thinkers like Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Petranek. From executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Seven featurettes: "Making Mars," "Before Mars – A Prequel," "Before Mars Behind The Scenes," "Getting to Mars," "Living on Mars," "More Mars," "Behind-the-scenes"; cast and crew interviews. (Fox
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It's Ladybug
(2017) Six episodes of the animated series. When Paris is threatened by supervillains, two amazing heroes are the only hope: Ladybug and Cat Noir. With the help of their magical pets, this incredible duo team up to outwit the forces of evil ... but their biggest challenge might be getting through junior high school. In their normal lives, Marinette and Adrien are just a pair of young students, but in reality, this terrific twosome must juggle schoolwork, friends, family and growing up in a world where every day is a high-flying adventure. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Kids).
The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
(2013 -- Italy) Pif, Cristiana Capotondi, Alex Bisconti, Ginevra Antona. Inspired by real events, this is a black comedy about 20 years of history of Sicily from 1970s to 1990s, mocking Mafia Bosses and restoring the generosity of the heroes of Antimafia. It's focused on Arturo, a young boy who grows up in Palermo and tries to conquer his beloved Flora. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(2017) Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Danny Glove, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe. Tripp is a high school senior with a knack for building trucks who makes an incredible discovery -- a gas-guzzling creature named Creech. To protect his mischievous new friend, Tripp hides Creech under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life super-powered Monster Truck. Together, this unlikely duo with a shared taste for speed team up on a wild and unforgettable journey to reunite Creech with his family. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Who’s Driving the Monster Trucks?", "The Monster in the Truck," "Creating the Monster Truck," gag reel, deleted scenes, production diaries. (Paramount).
(2015 -- Turkey) Derya Alabora, Esin Harvey, Gorkem Mertsoz. A pregnant couple travels for the weekend to check on the house they rented on a whim for the remainder of the pregnancy. On their first night at the secluded home they encounter a dangerous woman who claims to be the house's rightful owner, and the idyllic scene turns bloody and horrific as the body count quickly grows. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Shami Media Group).
100 Girls By Bunny Yeager BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2005) An homage to '50s Pin up photography. Bunny Yeager, "the worlds prettiest photographer," started out as a beauty contest winner and professional photographer's model in the '50s. She established herself as one of America's top 10 glamour photographers throughout the '50s and '60s for Playboy and other magazines. This pictorial shows 100 of her most glamorous models, featuring her most famous one, Bettie Page, and includes photographs and original footage of Bunny with the girls behind the scenes. Narrated by Yeager, who passed away in 2014. New 2K HD Transfer (from original 16mm film). Extras: Two new featurettes of Yeager's never-before-seen photos of Bettie Page; more than 200 pin up photos; clips from Bunny Yeager's "Nude Camera" and "Nude Las Vegas" as well as unseen footage; "Bettie Page Uncovered: The Unknown Photographs of Bunny Yeager" (2016); Bunny
Yeager/Bettie Page HD virtual photo exhibit. (Cult Epics/CAV Distributing).
(2016) Sonja O’Hara, Hassan Johnson, Katie Morrison, Jaspal Binning, Rutanya Alda. A provocative dark comedy about a quirky actress who tries method acting to approach a role and is drawn into the shady world of egg donation clinics and the characters who populate them: from unscrupulous doctors with mind bending fertility drugs to the model donors and a notorious faded movie star who wants her ovum at any cost. But things are not as they first appear in a world where wealthy couples seek to buy the perfect designer egg. Is more at stake than just a role? What is the true worth of a human egg? During the film's production, writer-star O’Hara became an egg donor herself while portraying the lead character, further blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Ultimately the film was in part financed this way, as she ended up donating multiple times to fund the film. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Bohème Film/Random Media).
The Phantasm Collection
Six-disc Blu-ray box set with "Phantasm: Remastered" (1979), "Phantasm II" (1988), "Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead" (1994), "Phantasm IV: Oblivion" (1998) and the most recent installment "Phantasm: Ravager" (2016).
Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: In addition to hours of archival material, "Phantasm" creator Don Coscarelli has produced hours of never-before-seen material, featuring new interviews with cast and filmmakers, as well as rare archival materials. Also included with the collection is "Phantasm Compendium," a 120-page book featuring exclusive interviews and rare, behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the history and impact of the franchise, plus a 21” x 27” reversible poster featuring the iconic original theatrical artwork. (Well Go USA).
(2016) Ben Naasz, Teddy Cañez, Jennifer Sydney, Faye Kingslee. In a dystopian near future, a corporate heist goes wrong and the team members struggle to survive a desperate escape through the apocalyptic sprawl with their stolen prize, a weapon of unspeakable power. As they navigate the urban wasteland, they must contend with barbaric gangs, corporate death squads and the terrifying truth about the weapon they have stolen. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season
(2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. From Mike Judge and Alec Berg comes a new season of the Emmy-nominated comedy that takes viewers inside Silicon Valley's high-tech gold rush: a land of big ideas and bigger egos. After last season's shocking ending, which found Pied Piper celebrating legal victory just as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) was ousted as CEO, Season 3 picks up with Richard offered the diminished role of CTO and the rest of his team -- Erlich (T.J. Miller), Jared (Zach Woods), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) -- facing the question of just how far their loyalty extends. With a new no-nonsense CEO hell-bent on transforming everything from Pied Piper's offices to its business agenda, the guys must find a way to triumph in the war of Art vs. Commerce, maneuvering the many competing interests along the way.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (HBO).
(2016 -- Hong Kong) Kenny Lin, Peter Ho, Yiyan Jiang, Mengjie Jiangin. A powerful swordsman is haunted by the destructive impact his deadly talents have on others and, weary of the bloodshed and violence from the martial arts world, he banishes himself to the humble life of a vagrant, wandering the fringes of society. But his violent past refuses to let him go quietly and he must regain the ability to wield his sword and fight those disrupting the peace he so desperately craves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: “Mastering the Sword” featurette. (Well Go USA).
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).
(2016 -- Germany) Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek. A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach. Read more about "Toni Erdmann" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: AFI Fest Q&A with actors Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller and Ingrid Bisu and producer Janine Jackowski; commentary with Simonischek, Hüller and Jackowski. (Sony).
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(1964 -- France) An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was
launched into stardom by this glorious musical heart-tugger from
Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter,
glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino
Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two
lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of
colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great
composer Michel Legrand, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" is one of the
most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
Formats: DVD and Blu-ray. 2K digital restoration, with 5.1
surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Once Upon a Time
. . . The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary; interview from
2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill; French television interview from
1964 featuring Demy and Legrand discussing the film; audio recordings
of interviews with Deneuve (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National
Film Theatre in London; restoration demonstration; trailer; an essay
by critic Jim Ridley. (The Criterion Collection)
VEEP: The Complete Fifth Season
(2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Season 5 of the acclaimed comedy series finds Selina Meyer in the midst of a virtually unprecedented Electoral College tie -- with her future as President coming down to only a few hundred votes. Selina finds herself spinning her wheels in D.C. as her staff continues their mission to make her seem presidential (even though she is the President) while fending off the ambitions of her charismatic Vice Presidential running mate who, through an obscure constitutional procedure, could end up being President.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; audio commentaries from cast and crew including Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, David Mandel and more. (HBO).
Walking With the Enemy
(2013) Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon. During the final months of World War II in Hungary, a young man sets out to find his displaced family by using a stolen Nazi Uniform to pose as an officer. On a journey filled with suspense and danger, he undertakes extraordinary measures to save his family and thousands of lives from the Nazi. Based on a true story. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
War on Everyone
(2016) Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, Caleb Landry Jones, Theo James. Terry and Bob are two crooked cops who frame and blackmail criminals all over town. Looking for the ultimate pay-off, they try to extort a strip-club manager and his eccentric, junkie boss, but get more than they bargained for when their hair-brained scheme uncovers a bigger, darker secret. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Everyone Sounds Off: The Quirky Cast of War on Everyone” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017 -- Greece) J. K. Simmons, Christopher Papakaliatis (as Christoforos Papakaliatis), Maria Kavoyianni, Minas Chatzisavvas, Andrea Osvárt. Greek box office hit weaves together three separate tales of romance that blossom during a time of socio-economic crisis in Europe. When college student Daphne is rescued by Farris, a refugee from Syria, the two fall blissfully in love. Corporate manager Giorgos, whose marriage and job are both facing collapse, has a one-night stand with Swedish businesswoman Elise that turns into far more than just a lustful affair. And Maria, a dispirited housewife
struggling under economic strain, is renewed by a romantic spark between herself and Sebastian, a German expat who has come to Greece to spend the autumn of his life.
Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Behinds-the-scenes featurette, interview with writer-director-star Christopher Papakaliatis,
trailers. (Cinema Libre Studio).
The Young Girls of Rochefort
(1967 -- France) Jacques Demy followed up "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"
with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this
one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a
dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), dream of big-city life; when
a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of
escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of
costumes, and divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale,
Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), "The Young Girls
of Rochefort" is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French
cinema’s preeminent dreamer.
Formats: DVD and Blu-ray. 2K digital restoration, with 5.1
surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: French television
interview from 1966 featuring Demy and Legrand discussing the music
for the film; conversation from 2014 between Demy biographer
Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau; episode
from "Behind the Screen," a 1966 series about the making of the film;
Agnès Varda’s 1993 documentary "The Young Girls Turn 25"; trailer; an
essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection)
(2015) What if all your life you were told that you were the son of the Francis Ford Coppola? Myth and real-life intertwine in this slice-of-life relationship drama from the Philippines. After Coppola shot Apocalypse Now on the sun-drenched Philippines beaches of Baler, his crew unintentionally transformed the small town into a future surfing destination after a surfboard from the movie set was left behind. Fast forward to today, where Ford (Sid Lucero), a surfing instructor, is content to while away the hours on the azure blue waves and in the arms of his pretty runaway girlfriend (Annicka Dolonius). But there is a restlessness about him that is about to unravel. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
Bigger Fatter Liar
(2017) Ricky Garcia, Barry Bostwick, Jodelle Ferland. Kevin Shepherd (Garcia) has gotten away with lying his entire life, but when scheming producer Larry Wolf (Bostwick) steals Kevin's idea for a hot new video game, the tables get turned, and Kevin must team with his best friend (Ferland) to plot a series of devious pranks to set the record straight. Extras: "The Making of Bigger Fatter Liar," "Bigger Fatter Liar: The Players." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
Buena Vista Social Club
(1999) Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie
Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of
Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected brush
with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instrumentalists
collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry
Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected
mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American
styles, and recording an album that won a Grammy and made them an
international phenomenon. In the wake of this success, director Wim
Wenders filmed the ensemble’s members -- including golden-voiced
Ibrahim Ferrer and piano virtuoso Rubén González -- in a series of
illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of
the most beloved music documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious
ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.
Formats: DVD and Blu-ray. New high-definition digital transfer,
with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary
from 1999 featuring director Wim Wenders; new interview with Wenders;
"We Believe in Dreams," a new piece featuring never-before-seen
outtakes from the rehearsals for the Buena Vista Social Club’s
Amsterdam concerts; interview from 1998 with musician Compay Segundo
on his career and the Cuban music scene; radio interviews from 2000
featuring musicians Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa,
Omara Portuondo, and others; additional scenes; trailer; an essay by
author and geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. (The Criterion
A Cowgirl’s Story
(2017) Bailee Madison, Chloe Lukasiak, Aidan Alexander, Froy Gutierrez, Pat Boone. The story follows the adventures of Dusty Rhodes (Madison), who goes to live with her grandfather (Boone) while her military parents are serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan. When she starts an equestrian club at her new school in an effort to support the troops, she unites the community like never before. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Sony).
Disturbing the Peace
(2016) A story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. The film follows former enemy combatants -- Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison -- who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say "enough." The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of the group Combatants for Peace.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Donnie Darko Limited Edition
(2001) Fifteen years before "Stranger Things" combined science fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template -- and the high-water mark -- with his debut feature, "Donnie Darko." Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum. Described by its director as "The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick," "Donnie Darko" combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast -- pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katherine Ross, and television favorite Noah Wyle -- and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. Brand new 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director's Cut from the original camera negatives produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster, with original 5.1 audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal on the Theatrical Cut; audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval on the Theatrical Cut; audio commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith on the Director's Cut; new interviews with Richard Kelly and others; "The Goodbye Place," Kelly's 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films; "The Donnie Darko Production Diary," an archival documentary charting the film's production with optional commentary by cinematographer Steven Poster; 20 deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly; archive interviews with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala, and cinematographer Steven Poster; three archive featurettes: "They Made Me Do It," "They Made Me Do It Too" and "#1 Fan: A Darkomentary"; storyboard comparisons; B-roll footage; "Cunning Visions" infomercials; "Mad World" music video by Gary Jules; galleries; trailers; TV spots; illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing by Nathan Rabin; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, John Carroll Lynch, B.J. Novak. The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness. Read more about "The Founder" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Story Behind the Story” featurette, “Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc” featurette, “The McDonald Brothers” featurette, "The Production Design” featurette, "Building McDonald’s: Time Lapse Video,” press conference with filmmakers and cast.
(The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay).
The Handmaid’s Tale BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Dir.: Volker Schlöndorff; Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern. Based on Margaret Atwood's controversial and critically acclaimed best-selling novel. In the not-so-distant future, the strong-willed and beautiful Kate (Richardson) possesses a precious commodity that most women have lost and most men want to control... fertility. Having committed a crime by trying to escape the country, she is sentenced to life as a Handmaid. Leaving a brain-washing bootcamp that turns fertile women into surrogate mothers for elite men and their infertile wives, Kate thinks she's made out well when she's assigned to an eminent party leader (Duvall). But when she learns that he's sterile, she's faced with the impossible choice: produce him an heir or die. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Shout! Factory’s Shout Select).
In the Doghouse
(2014) Kim Hamilton, Matt Masella, Alana Baer. When a divorced mom tries to start dating again, her kids and the family dog set out to sabotage the dates. They're successful until her high school sweetheart shows up and he quickly catches on. Now the kids find themselves in a comedic battle of wits to sway their mom’s heart away from the new man in her life, and back to their father. Formats: DVD, VOD.
(Breaking Glass Pictures).
A League of Their Own 25th Anniversary Editon
(1992) Dir.: Penny Marshall; Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Megan Cavanagh, Tracy Reiner, Bitty Schram, Ann Cusack, Anne Ramsay. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: New “Bentonville, Baseball & The Enduring Legacy of A League of Their Own” featurette that includes a visit to the annual softball game at the Bentonville Film Festival, featuring all-new interviews with Geena Davis, and more; 15 deleted scenes; nine-part documentary featuring interviews with the cast and filmmakers; Madonna’s “This Used to Be My Playground” music video; filmmaker commentary; theatrical trailer. (Sony).
Masterpiece: Home Fires: Season 2
(2016) Two-disc set with six episodes of the BBC series that follows the story of a group of inspirational women in an English village during World War II. As the conflict takes hold and the separation from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers becomes more painful, the women rely on one another and the friendships forged through village life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: (PBS Distribution).
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
(1971 - Italy) Giallo chiller from director Emilio P. Miraglia that was previously only available in the "Killer Dames" limited edition box set. Miraglian blends the grisly whodunnit of the giallo with gothic and supernatural elements to create some truly unique chills in tales of revenge from beyond the grave and killer curses. Troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(1993) Rarely seen outside of Japan, "Ocean Waves" is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships. "Ocean Waves" was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling novel ("Ocean Waves" was also a rare Studio Ghibli made-for-TV film). Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, "Ocean Waves" is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery. The film received a limited US run in 2016. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: The short film "The Ghiblies Episode 2," a rare gem not available to own in North America until now. An animated collection of vignettes following the daily adventures of employees at an animation studio. "Looking Back: Staff Reunion," US theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds feature-length layouts for the film. (GKIDS/Universal).
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
(1972 - Italy) Giallo chiller from director Emilio P. Miraglia that was previously only available in the "Killer Dames" limited edition box set. Miraglian blends the grisly whodunnit of the giallo with gothic and supernatural elements to create some truly unique chills in tales of revenge from beyond the grave and killer curses. An age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündle). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first ... and are Kitty and Franziska next? Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Gabrielle Union, Scoot McNairy. An undercover homicide detective (Foxx) seeks revenge on his son’s kidnappers during one sleepless night. Read more about "Sleepless" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "One Long Night: The Making of Sleepless." (Universal).
(2017) Dir.: M. Night Shyamalan; James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Kim Director, Jessica Sula, Brad William Henke, Betty Buckley. A man with 23 personalties kidnaps three girls, who must try to escape before the last and most sinister 24th personality begins emerges to take control. Read more about "Split" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "The Making of Split" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Many Faces of James McAvoy," "The Filmmaker’s Eye: M. Night Shyamalan" with producers, cast, and crew discussing how Night’s process gives them the freedom to execute their roles to the fullest. (Universal).
Tales From the Hood BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) This cult horror anthology from director Rusty Cundieff and executive producer Spike Lee was lauded for its take on complex social issues like police brutality and domestic abuse. Stack, Ball and Bulldog arrive at a local funeral parlor to retrieve a lost drug stash held by the mortician Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III). But Mr. Simms has plans for the boys. He leads them on a tour of his establishment, introducing them to his corpses. Even the dead have tales to tell and Mr. Simms is willing to tell them all. And you better listen -- because when you’re in the ‘hood, even everyday life can lead to extraordinary terror. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New "Welcome to Hell: The Making of Tales from the Hood" featurette featuring interviews with director-writer Rusty Cundieff, producer-writer Darin Scott, actors Corbin Bernsen, Wings Hauser and Anthony Griffith, special effects supervisor Kenneth Hall, doll effects supervisors Charles Chiodo and Edward Chiodo; commentary with Cundieff; vintage “Making of” featurette; original theatrical trailer; original TV spots; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
(2017) New feature-length animated film inspired by the 1984 DC story
arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. Led by Starfire, the Teen
Titans -- Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned
Nightwing -- have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle
against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious, and powerful
Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil,
Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking
in the shadows -- both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans
will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and
overcome the malicious forces around them, in this twisting tale of
intrigue, adventure and deception. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD
Combo, Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud).
Blu-ray extras: "Titanic
Minds: Wolfman and Perez" documentary explores a creative partnership
that has lasted decades as Marv Wolfman and George Pérez come together
to discuss their careers and one of the most famous runs in Teen Titan
history, The Judas Contract; "Villains United—Deathstroke" featurette;
"Batman and Harley Quinn" sneak peek; the Deluxe Edition adds an
exclusive figurine of Blue Beetle in a numbered, limited edition gift
Woman of the Year
(1942) Before Katharine Hepburn ever met Spencer Tracy, she wanted him
as her co-star in this film. George Stevens’ "Woman of the Year,"
conceived to build on the smashing comeback Hepburn had made in "The
Philadelphia Story," is the story of rival newspaper reporters who wed
only to find that their careers aren’t so compatible, and in it the
pair forged a fresh and realistic vision of what marriage could be.
The freewheeling but pinpoint-sharp screenplay by Ring Lardner Jr. and
Michael Kanin won an Academy Award, and Hepburn was nominated for best
actress. "Woman of the Year" marks the beginning of the personal and
professional union between Hepburn and Tracy, who would go on to make
eight more films together, and it stands as a dazzling, funny, and
sometimes rueful observation of what it takes for men and women to get
along — both in the workplace and out of it.
Formats: DVD and Blu-ray. New high-definition digital
restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New interview with
George Stevens Jr., the director’s son; new interview with George
Stevens biographer Marilyn Ann Moss; new interview with writer Claudia
Roth Pierpont on actor Katharine Hepburn; "The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A
Tribute by Katharine Hepburn," an 86-minute documentary from 1986;
trailer; an essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek. (The Criterion
(2016) All 10 episodes. Inspired by the critically acclaimed 2010 Australian movie by the same name, the series centers on 17-year-old "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of an overdose.
Headed by boot-tough matriarch "Smurf" Cody and her right-hand Baz, who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family. It isn't long before J is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; six featurettes: "Inside Animal Kingdom," "Animal Kingdom: Stunts," "Meet the Codys," "Getting Into Character," "Setting the Stage," "Family Comes First." (Warner).
(2017) Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone. An outrageously madcap and political dark comedy follows the rivalry between one-time college pals Veronica (Oh) and Ashley (Heche), whose old wounds are violently ripped open after an unexpected reunion at a cocktail party. Teeth are bared, roles are reversed, and blood is drawn as each woman jockeys for dominance and refuses to go down without a fight. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Dark Sky Films/MPI).
Caltiki the Immortal Monster
(1959 - Italy) Arrow Video presents a collaboration between two giants of Italian cult cinema -- Riccardo Freda ("The Vampires," "The Horrible Dr Hichcock") and Mario Bava ("Five Dolls for an August Moon," "Blood and Black Lace"). A team of archaeologists led by Dr John Fielding (John Merivale) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters -- the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki. Though Riccardo Freda received sole directing credit, a significant portion of the film was in fact the work of Mario Bava, who also served as its cinematographer and was responsible its striking special effects. Drawing on a diverse array of influences, from "The Quatermass Experiment" to the works of HP Lovecraft, "Caltiki the Immortal Monster" is a unique and unforgettable sci-fi chiller which showcases these two legendary filmmakers at their most inventive. Presented here for the first time in a newly restored high definition transfer: a new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of "Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark"; new audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of "The Haunted World of Mario Bava" and "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films"; "From Quatermass to Caltiki," a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on "Caltiki"; "Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master," an archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa; "The Genesis of Caltiki", an archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi; archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa; alternate opening titles for the U.S. version; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley Harper. A naive young law student (Tye Sheridan) blindly enters into a pact with a volatile grifter who offers to kill his stepfather, whom he feels is responsible for the accident that sent his mother into a coma. Complicating matters is the man's stripper companion, Cherry. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "A Detour With the Cast and Crew: The Characters & Filmmaking," interviews with writer-director Christopher Smith and actor Tye Sheridan, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Django Prepare a Coffin
(1968 - Italy) Django the drifter returns in this classic sixties Spaghetti Western from Ferdinando Baldi ("Texas Addio," "Comin' At Ya!"), starring Terence Hill ("They Call Me Trinity") as the wandering gunslinger, hired as executioner to a corrupt local politician who is framing innocent men, sending them to hang in an evil scheme to take hold of their land. But Django has other ideas and, cleverly faking the deaths of the condemned men, he assembles them into a loyal gang who'll help him take down the boss, a man who had a hand in the death of Django's wife years before. New High Definition digital transfer of the film in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Django Explained," a new interview with Spaghetti Western expert and author Kevin Grant; original trailer. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Girl with All the Gifts
(2016) Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine. Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seems immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, these unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. When the base falls, one little girl escapes and must discover what she is, ultimately deciding both her own future and that of the human race.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Unwrap the Secret World of The Girl With All the Gifts” featurette. (Lionsgate).
La La Land
(2016) Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K.
Simmons. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an
actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and
finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and
love. Read more about "La La Land" in
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio Commentary with
writer-director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz; “Another
Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” featurette; “La La Land's Love
Letter To Los Angeles” featurette; “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the
Charm” featurette; song selection. Blu-ray
adds “La La Land's Great Party” featurette; "Ryan
Gosling: Piano Student” featurette; "Before Whiplash: Damien
Chazelle's Passion Project” featurette; "The Music of La La Land”
featurette; “John Legend's Acting Debut” featurette; “The Look of
Love: Designing La La Land” featurette; “Epilogue: The Romance of the
Dream” featurette that explores the unusual ending to the film;
"Damien & Justin Sing: The Demo."
The Marine 5: Battleground
(2017) Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Maryse, Naomi, Heath Slater, Anna Van Hooft. The fifth installment of the Marine franchise. After returning stateside and now working as an EMT, Jake Carter (Mike "The Miz" Mizanin) finds himself trapped with an injured, marked man he's sworn to save. As a ruthless biker gang bent on revenge gains speed, Carter must use his killer Marine instincts to end the rampage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: "Superstar Studded” and “Evening the Odds.” (Sony).
Mifune: The Last Samurai
(2015) Documentary explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including "Rashomon," "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo." Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only "The Magnificent Seven" and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough, "A Fistful of Dollars," but also George Lucas’ "Star Wars." Narrated By Keanu Reeves and with interviews with Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Peanuts by Schulz: Go Team Go!
(2017) New collection features sports-themed cartoons from the newly
launched "Peanuts" cable television series. Two-disc DVD set includes
19 episodes. The new cartoons are based directly on original Peanuts print comics,
which are brought to life via beautifully animated vignettes that
recreate the look and feel of Schulz’s iconic strip.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(1983) In this deeply personal tale of estrangement and reconciliation
between two rebellious brothers, set in a dreamlike and timeless
Tulsa, Francis Ford Coppola gives mythic dimensions to intimate,
painful emotions. After releasing the classically styled "The
Outsiders" earlier the same year, the director returned to the work of
S. E. Hinton, this time with a self-described “art film for
teenagers.” Graced with a remarkable cast headed by Matt Dillon,
Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid, Vincent
Spano, Nicolas Cage and Chris Penn; haunting black-and-white visuals
that hark back to German expressionism and forward to Coppola’s own
"Tetro"; and a powerful, percussive score by Stewart Copeland that
underscores the movie’s romantic fatalism, "Rumble Fish" pulsates
throughout with genuine love and dread.
Formats: DVD and Blu-ray. New 4K digital restoration,
supervised by director of photography Stephen H. Burum and approved by
Coppola, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the
remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
on the Blu-ray; audio commentary featuring Coppola; new interviews
with Coppola, author and co-screenwriter S. E. Hinton, and associate
producer Roman Coppola; new conversation between Burum and production
designer Dean Tavoularis; pieces from 2005 about the film’s score and
production; interviews from 1983 with actors Dillon, Lane, and
Vincent Spano and producer Doug Claybourne; French television
interview from 1984 with actor Rourke; "Locations: Looking for Rusty
James," a 2013 documentary by Alberto Fuguet about the impact of
"Rumble Fish"; new piece about the film’s existentialist elements;
"Don’t Box Me In” music video; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by
critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection)
(1985 -- Japan) The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who
guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect
recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami
is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft
satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human
urges, our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko
Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic
exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both
high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal "Tampopo" is a lavishly
inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the
most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.
Formats: DVD and Blu-ray. New 4K digital restoration, with
uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "The Making of
Tampopo,” a 90-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by director Juzo
Itami; new interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto; new interviews with
ramen scholar Hiroshi Osaki; food stylist Seiko Ogawa; and American
chefs Sam White, Rayneil De Guzman, Jerry Jaksich, and others' "Rubber
Band Pistol," Itami’s 1962 debut short film; new video essay by Tony
Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film’s themes of self-improvement and
mastery of a craft; trailer; an essay by food and culture writer Willy
Blackmore. (The Criterion Collection)
Those Left Behind
(2017) Daphne Zuniga, Michael Hogan, Debra Mooney, Jack Griff. A family finally comes to terms with the grief over their son's suicide 25 years earlier. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
Underworld: Blood Wars
(2017) Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Charles Dance, Tobias Menzies. Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. Read more about "Underworld: Blood Wars" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Old and New Blood" and "The Evil Evolved." Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes: "The Evolution of Selene" and "Building a Blood War." (Sony).
The Vampire Bat
(1933) Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye. When corpses drained of blood begin surfacing in the small European village of Kleines Schloss, town elders suspect a vampire is on the loose, but policeman Karl Brettschneider doubts the existence of such blood-sucking creatures. Arguing the contrary is mad scientist Dr. Otto von Niemann, who is caring for the patients and terrifying his lab assistant, Brettschneider’s love interest Ruth Bertin. Amid mass hysteria, fingers point at the village idiot, Herman Gleib, who has a creepy affinity for bats. But after local vigilantes eliminate him from the picture, the killings continue -- and Brettschneider tries to keep a cool head as he reluctantly starts searching for supernatural answers. Digitally mastered from new 35mm film elements preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Melvyn Douglas featurette with his son, Gregory Hesselberg; audio commentary by film historian Sam Sherman. (The Film Detective).
We Are X
(2017) Transcendent and beautifully shot rock ‘n' roll story about the
Japanese band X Japan, one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
Under the enigmatic direction of Yoshiki, composer,
classically-trained pianist, drummer/percussionist, and the creative
force behind the group, X JAPAN has sold over 30 million singles and
albums combined, captivating such a wide range of admirers such as Sir
George Martin, Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Stan Lee, and the
Japanese Emperor, while pioneering a spectacle-driven style of visual
rock called Visual Kei, a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon. WE ARE X
is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted – but truly
unstoppable – virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of
the world's most devoted fans. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
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