(2016) Dir.: Taylor Hackford; Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny
DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman,
Patti LuPone, Lois Smith, Harvey Keitel. An aging insult comic (De
Niro) struggles to reinvent himself. Read more about "The Comedian" in the May
Calendar.Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Comedian at AFI Fest: Q&A Featuring Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito and Taylor Hackford,” “Backstage With The Comedian” featurette.
Counting for Thunder
(2015) Phillip Irwin Cooper, Mariette Hartley, John Heard, Peter Stebbings, Alison Elliott. Inspired by his own life experiences, actor-director-writer Phillip Irwin Cooper tells a story of a son's return home to Alabama, where he is faced with caring for his ill mother (Hartley) and reconciling with his supportive father (Heard) while also coming out later in life and discovering romantic feelings for a childhood friend from a life he left behind in the deep South. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wolfe Video).
A Dog’s Purpose
(2017) Josh Gad (voice), Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson. A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Read more about "A Dog’s Purpose" in the May
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA.
(2016) Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Craig T. Nelson. Tale about one man’s pursuit of the American dream -- to discover gold. Matthew McConaughey stars as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, who teams up with a similarly eager geologist, and they set off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. The film is inspired by a true story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Deleted sequence, commentary with director Stephen Gaghan, “The Origins of Gold” featurette, “The Locations of Gold” featurette, “Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells” featurette. (Dimension Films/Anchor Bay).
(2016) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the TNT’s action-drama in which Navy Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew set sail again in its quest to save humanity after a devastating pandemic. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "From America's First Fighting Ship to The Last Ship" documentary that details the fascinating history behind the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the vessel that serves as the inspiration behind the U.S.S. Nathan James in the series; "Inside the Episodes"; "Behind the Scenes"; four character pieces; "Women of The Last Ship"; Season One and Two recap. (Warner).
(2015 - Austria) Tom Payne, Sam Neill, Dominique Tipper, Oliver Stark. A group of brilliant young students create a wireless neural network, linking multiple minds via a quantum computer. Capable of transferring motor skills from one brain to another, they have brought into existence the first shareware for human motor skills. They freely spread this technology, believing it to be a first step towards a new equality and intellectual freedom. But they soon discover that they themselves are part of a much greater and more sinister experiment, as dark forces emerge that threaten to subvert this technology into a means of mass-control.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of MindGamers" featurette. (Universal).
The Red Turtle
(2016) Marking the much-anticipated return of Studio Ghibli, this masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolate island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, soon he comes upon a young woman, also lost at sea, and they create a family together. The film was an Academy Award-nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, and won both the Annie Award for Best Independent Animated Film and the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: "The Birth of The Red Turtle" and "The Secrets of The Red Turtle," AFI Fest Q&A with director Michael Dudok de Wit. (Sony).
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
(2016) Brett Dalton, Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney, Shawn Michaels. Gavin Stone is a former child star whose hard-partying ways get him in trouble, forcing him to do 200 hours of community service at a church in his hometown. Gavin pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in the church's annual Passion Play and discovers that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Church Uniform Advice," cast interviews, deleted scenes. (Universal).
(2017) Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, Vincent D’Onofrio. A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days. Read more about "Rings" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Terror Comes Full Circle," "Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back," "Scary Scenes," deleted/extended/alternate scenes.
Rugrats: Season 1 and Rugrats: Season 2
(1991-1993) A baby's gotta do what a baby's gotta do. Told from the perspective of a group of adventurous and imaginative toddlers, Rugrats transformed the most mundane activities into unforgettable adventures. Led by fearless leader Tommy Pickles, the gang can turn an ordinary trip to the park into a journey across the Sahara in search of water, a visit to the plant nursery into a jungle trek to find a cure for "jungle beaver," or a search for cookies into a prehistoric fantasy. Together, there's no adventure too big and no problem they can't solve ... or at least nothing that a good nap won't help.
"Rugrats: Season 1" ($14.99) contains 25 episodes on two discs; "Rugrats: Season 2" ($19.99) contains 51 episodes on four discs. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2017 -- Iran) Dir.: Asghar Farhadi; Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh
Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati. The story of a couple --
performing in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" -- whose
relationship is altered due to events beyond their control when they
move to a new apartment. Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
about "The Salesman" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Conversation With Writer-Director Asghar Farhadi." (Sony).
Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Blu-ray
(1977) John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Donna Pescow, Bruce Ornstein, Julie Bovasso. Director John Badham worked with Paramount in 2016 to restore the film in 4K using the original negative and to update the surround sound mix. During this process he added scenes to the theatrical R-rated version that round out character and plot, making this new Director’s Cut the definitive representation of his original vision.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "‘70s Discopedia," "Catching the Fever," "Back to Bay Ridge," "Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese," "Fever Challenge!", deleted scene. Blu-ray adds Theatrical Version in high definition, commentary by director John Badham (theatrical version only). (Paramount).
(2016) When art collector and preservationist Brian Greif decides to save an iconic work hailing from the world's most renowned street artist, it sets off an art world struggle. the eponymous street artist originally painted the "Haight Street Rat" in San Francisco in 2010, in lieu of interviews for the premiere of the Banksy doc, "Exit Through the Gift Shop." Enter Greif, who spent months negotiating with the owners of the vandalized Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast to carefully remove 10 redwood siding planks, with every intention of preserving Banksy's work for the public. However, years pass before Greif is able to show the work to the public -- no major museum will display it without proper authentication and greedy collectors and dealers simply want to sell or own it -- for up to three quarters of a million dollars. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Behind-the-scenes" featurette with footage and interviews not seen in the theatrical version. (Candy Factory Films).
The Shadow Effect
(2017) Cam Gigandet, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brit Shaw, Michael Biehn. Obsessed with gene regeneration, and fascinated by the phenomenon of the waking dream, Dr. Reese (Rhys Meyers) explores the psyche of Gabriel Howarth (Gigandet), a young man whose life is turned upside down when his violent dreams begin to blend with reality. When Gabriel's dreams mirror political assassinations, he must race against the clock to not only save himself and his wife Brinn (Shaw), but stop an experimental government program. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Momentum Pictures).
(2016 - South Korea) Ha Jung-woo, Doona Bae. Oh Dal-su. South Korean superstar Ha Jung-woo ("The Handmaiden") plays a car salesman fighting for survival inside a collapsed tunnel while rescue workers race against time to free him. With draining cell phone battery power and a rescue effort that might end before they locate him, days pass by without success, and people start to lose hope as the rescue operation becomes an ordeal when incompetence, the media and government interference slow down the process. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2017) In this latest adventure in the animated franchise, wolf pups Stinky, Claudette, and Runt must defend Bear Kingdom’s royalty and their forest home from the evil Rogue Wolves. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Divorce: The Complete First Season
(2016-17) Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in this new comedy series. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: TBA.
Fifty Shades Darker
(2017) Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Bella Heathcote. Sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey." While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her. Read more about "Fifty Shades Darker" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "A Tease to Fifty Shades Freed," the next Fifty Shades film; "Writing Darker" featurette with author E.L. James and screenwriter Niall Leonard; "Dark Reunion" featurette with filmmakers and cast. Blu-ray adds "A Darker Direction" featurette with director James Foley; "New Threats" introduction to some new, dark and threatening characters; "The Masquerade" featurette about one of the film’s most iconic scenes; "Intimate With Darker" featurette.
Heat: Director’s Definitive Edition
(1995) Dir.: Michael Mann; Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Dennis Haysbert, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman, Tom Noonan. New restoration overseen by Michael Mann. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: New 2016 Academy Panel reuniting Mann, Pacino and De Niro and moderated by Christopher Nolan; New Toronto International Film Festival Q&A with Mann; commentary by Mann; three-part "The Making of Heat": "True Crime," "Crime Stories" and "Into the Fire"; "Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation"; "Return to the Scene of the Crime": additional footage - deleted scenes: Scene 5 - Season's starting early, Scene 42 - Nicest guy on the block, Scene 55 - Albert and Hanna (Alternate Take), Scene 62 – Shakedown, Scene 76 - Murder in C-Block, Scene 96A - Let's Dance, Scene 125 - Late arrival, Scene 148/147 - Where's Anna?, Scene 177B - Double the worst trouble, Scene 191 - Nate delivers, Scene 204A - No response; theatrical trailers: Surprise of a Lifetime, Two Actors Collide, Closing In. (Fox).
(2016) In 1985, film school graduate Will Allen joined a spiritual community in West Hollywood, which centered on the mysterious leader they called the "Teacher." Allen became quickly immersed and with his camera in hand began to document life inside the group. Slowly over time, hidden truths about their Teacher began to surface until finally his darkest secrets were revealed. Now, using 22 years of intimate archival footage, Allen takes us on an emotional journey behind closed doors and into a world no one, not even its participants, could have imagined.
Formats: DVD. Extras: More than 75 minutes of bonus material, including intimate never before seen footage. (The Film Sales Company).
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
(1975) A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow (Delphine Seyrig) -- whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman's film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or one of cinema's most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades. New 2K digital restoration undertaken by the Royal Belgian Film Archive, supervised by director of photography Babette Mangolte, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Autour de Jeanne Dielman," a 69-minute documentary-shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnes Ravez and director Chantal Akerman, made during the filming of "Jeanne Dielman"; interviews from 2009 with Akerman and Mangolte; excerpt from "Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman," a 1997 episode of the French television program "Cinéma de notre temps"; ionterview from 2007 with Akerman's mother, Natalia; excerpt from a 1976 television interview featuring Akerman and actor Delphine Seyrig; "Saute ma ville" (1968), Akerman's first film, with an introduction by the director; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) Marvin Young , Lochlyn Munro, Lance Henriksen, Gail O’Grady. Three people whose loved ones were victims of crimes in which the accused perpetrator was inexplicably exonerated are given a second chance to re-litigate the crime in a private setting, acting as judge, jury, and executioner, all under the auspices of “Justice.” Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Millie and the Lords
(2015) Jessica Carmona, Mateo Gomez, Alex Hernandez, Alfredo Huereca. The story of Milagros Baez, a young, working class under-confident Puerto Rican woman whose life is changed for the better when she begins to learn about the Young Lords Party, a revolutionary group from the later '60s, and her rich Puerto Rican history. Marrying a deeply emotional story and inventive cinematography with documentary footage and original presentations from the founding members of the Young Lords Party, the film is an inspirational and poignant film about one woman's journey from isolation and helplessness to strength and empowerment. Formats: DVD. (IndiePix Films).
Orange Is the New Black: Season Four
(2016) Thirteen episodes. From Jenji Kohan, the creator of "Weeds," "Orange Is the New Black" is a thought-provoking, funny, and evocative show about life in a women’s prison. Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, the newest season delves into the racial and economic tensions that run rampant in the halls of Litchfield. Overrun with new inmates and overseen by inexperienced guards, the prison undergoes an unprecedented culture war. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "Visitation: Set Tour" featurette, commentaries with cast and crew on select episode. (Lionsgate).
Serial Mom Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1994) Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Patricia Hearst, Matthew Lillard, Mary Jo Catlett, Traci Lords, Suzanne Somers. If you are ill-mannered, have a poor sense of social etiquette or just plain irresponsible, then beware of the cheerfully psychotic housewife Beverly Sutphin from John Waters’ wickedly hilarious cult classic. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation with director John Waters, actress Kathleen Turner and actress Mink Stole; "Serial Mom: Surreal Moments" featuring interviews with Waters, Stole, actress Patricia Hearst, actress Ricki Lake, actor Matthew Lillard, casting director Pat Moran, production designer Vincent Pirano and more; commentary with John Waters and Kathleen Turner; commentary with John Waters; "The Making Of Serial Mom" original promotional featurette; "The Kings Of Gore: Herschel Gordon Lewis and David Friedman" featurette; original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(1972) Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy, Meredith Baxter. Sequel to "Willard," also making its DVD and Blu-ray debut this week. When detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland (Joseph Campanella) investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats, he discovers that the rats are now an organized army, and he must destroy the murderous rodents before it is too late. But the rats, led by Ben, the only survivor of the Willard attack, take to the challenge with full force and little fear. New HD transfer of the best surviving archive print. Extras: New audio commentary with actor Lee Montgomery, new interview with Montgomery, theatrical trailers, TV Spots, "Ben"/"Willard" Double feature trailer and TV spot, radio spot, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2017) Eion Bailey, Barkhad Abdi, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danny Glover. At a Caribbean resort, a family takes a carefree boat ride that turns tragic when they’re stranded on an island. Near death, they’re rescued by a local fisherman, who demands a million dollars, forcing the father to find his dying wife and son on an unknown island before their time runs out. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The Making of Extortion” featurette, director’s commentary. (Lionsgate).
(1959) A lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu's perennial theme of the challenges of intergenerational relationships, "Good Morning (Ohayo)" tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking as an act of resistance after their parents refuse to buy a television set. Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his childish protagonists. Shot in stunning Technicolor and set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors' new washing machine and unemployed men look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy reworks Ozu's own silent classic "I Was Born, But ..." to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan. New 4K digital restoration from Shochiku Co., with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "I Was Born, But ...", Yasujiro Ozu's 1932 silent comedy masterpiece, with a score composed by Donald Sosin in 2008; surviving excerpt from "A Straightforward Boy," a 1929 silent film by Ozu; new video essay on Ozu's use of humor by critic David Cairns; new interview with film scholar David Bordwell; new English subtitle translation; an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection).
Ice: Season One
(2016-17) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the DIRECTV high-impact crime series starring Jeremy Sisto, Cam Gigandet, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone. "Ice" follows the prestigious diamond-dealing Green Family, as they plunge into the high-stakes underbelly of the Los Angeles diamond trade. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Premise" featurette, interviews with Sisto and Gigandet, "Diamond Girl" music video by Rachele Royale. (Entertainment One).
A Mermaid's Tale
(2017) Jerry O'Connell, Barry Bostwick, Caitlin Carmichael, Nancy Stafford.
When a young girl is forced to move with her father to a small seaside town, she struggles to fit in and make new friends. One day she discovers a secluded cove where she befriends a mysterious mermaid, and together they uncover a secret that could help save the town and heal an age-old feud between humans and sea people. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of A Mermaid’s Tale: Behind the Scenes, Beneath the Waves" featurette, commentary.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
(2017) Dir: Paul W.S. Anderson; Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, William Levy. Alice returns to where the nightmare began, The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. Read more about "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two Featurettes: "Explore the Hive," "The Badass Trinity & The Women of Resident Evil." Blu-ray adds "Retaliation Mode" (in which Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson break down pivotal scenes from the movie and discuss the world of Resident Evil; sneak peek of the CG animated feature "Resident Evil: Vendetta"; "Stunts & Weaponry" featurette. (Screen gems/Sony).
The Space Between Us
(2017) Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson.
The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time,
experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks
on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to
be. Read more about "The Space
Between Us" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: Alternate
ending, deleted scenes "Love" featurette, commentary with Director
(2016) Award-winning documentary that chronicles the lives of four patients living with the rare and life-threatening blood disease Hereditary Angioedema (HAE). Failed by a healthcare system that is largely ignorant of their existence, patients Ava, Noah, Kelsie, and Lora join their voices together to conquer adversity and create change. Natalie Metzger, a filmmaker as well as an HAE patient herself, directed and produced the film. The film will be released in conjunction with the fifth national HAE Day. May 16 has been an important day of awareness for the HAE community ever since the US Congress signed a resolution in 2012 to make May 16 national HAE Day, now celebrated internationally. Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic disease that causes unpredictable attacks of extreme swelling. Attacks can happen anywhere in the body and range from inconvenient hand swelling to grotesque facial distortion to throat swelling that can lead to suffocation and death. HAE is very rare, only affecting 1 in 50,000 people. Because of its rarity, many healthcare professionals have never heard of it, causing patients to often be misdiagnosed or treated incorrectly, sometimes even having unnecessary surgeries. In America, it takes nine years on average for an HAE patient to get diagnosed; that is almost a decade of not knowing what is wrong and of not having proper treatment. The delay in diagnosis is appalling, but more troubling is that six to ten patients still die every year from HAE, despite the recent development of life-saving medication. Many of these deaths are a result of ignorance about the disease or lack of access to medication. Some deaths even happen within a hospital setting, where the patient could have easily been saved. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
Willard BLU-RAY AND DVD DEBUT
(1971) Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine. Willard Stiles (Bruce Davison) is a young man with a big problem. He lives alone in a crumbling house with his ailing mother. His boss, Al Martin is a vulgar, cruel man who stole his business from Willard’s father and is now working Willard to death at his factory job. Lonely, depressed and isolated, Willard is on the verge of a breakdown when he makes a new friend: Ben, one of the many rats who inhabit his dilapidated home. Not only can Willard communicate with the rodent, but he can actually command him to do his bidding. Using Ben and his furry friends as instruments of retaliation, Willard commands his pets to carry out his vengeance. New 4K scan of the original camera negative. Extras: New audio commentary with actor Bruce Davison, new interview with Davison, theatrical trailer, TV spot, radio spots, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition
(2016) Re-release of the 2009 DC Universe Original Movies feature with the voices of Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Virginia Madsen , David McCallum, Marg Helgenberger, Oliver Platt, Vicki Lewis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "What Makes a Wonder Woman" featurette, sneak peek: "Batman and Harley Quinn," "Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream" featurette, " Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth." (Warner).
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
(2017) Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Rory McCann, Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Toni Collette. When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is recruited back into action. Read more about "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Third Time’s the Charm: Xander Returns," "Rebels, Tyrants & Ghosts: The Cast," "Opening Pandora’s Box: On Location," "I Live for This Sh#t!: Stunts," gag reel. (Paramount).
The Frank Sinatra Collection: The Timex Shows Vol. 1
The Frank Sinatra Collection brings together some of Frank Sinatra’s finest performances on television and in concert. This release combines his first two Timex TV shows from the late ‘50s. The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: First broadcast by ABC on October 19, 1959. This was the first of four Timex-sponsored television specials that Sinatra hosted. It’s a fun and energetic show that captures Frank Sinatra at the top of his game. Guests include Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby, who join forces for an opening rendition of “High Hopes” and later Jimmy Durante makes a surprise appearance. An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra: First broadcast by ABC on December 13, 1959, this was the second of Sinatra’s four Timex television specials. The show includes guest appearances from Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, The Hi-Lo’s, Red Norvo’s jazz combo, dancer Juliet Prowse and the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Sinatra sings such hits as “I’ve Got The World On A String,” "I'll Never Smile Again" and duets on "Can't We Be Friends" with Ella. Formats: DVD Digital. (Eagle Rock Entertainment).
The Frank Sinatra Collection: The Timex Shows Vol. 2
The Frank Sinatra Collection brings together some of Frank Sinatra’s finest performances on television and in concert. This release combines his two final Timex TV shows from 1960. To the Ladies: First broadcast by ABC on February 15, 1960, this show surrounded Frank Sinatra with a host of wonderful female performers for his third Timex-sponsored television special. It’s a mix of comedy, opera, dancing and great songs. Guests include Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and special guest star Eleanor Roosevelt. Welcome Home Elvis: First broadcast by ABC on May 12, 1960, this was Sinatra’s fourth and final Timex special. It marked Elvis Presley’s first TV appearance after coming home from military service. Elvis performs “Fame And Fortune” and “Stuck On You” then Presley and Sinatra join forces on great renditions of “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender.” Joining in the fun is Nancy Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Formats: DVD Digital. (Eagle Rock Entertainment).
(2017) Class is back in session at Super Hero High in the second
feature in the new, animated universe celebrating young girls. Wonder
Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and
Katana square off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games,
but trouble is in the air as Lena Luthor takes advantage of the
gathering of the Supers to enact her villainous plan. It’s up to the
DC Super Hero Girls to fight the forces of evil and protect their
school. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: “That’s My Girl” by Fifth
Harmony music video, seven animated shorts. (Warner).
(2015) With this Palme d'Or-winning drama, which deftly combines seemingly disparate genres, French filmmaker Jacques Audiard cemented his status as one of the titans of contemporary world cinema. In an arresting performance, the nonprofessional actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan (himself a former child soldier) stars as a Tamil fighter who, along with a woman and child posing as his wife and daughter, flees war-torn Sri Lanka only to land in a Paris suburb riddled with drugs. As the makeshift family embarks on a new life, Dheepan settles into an intimate social-realist mode, before tightening, gradually and organically, into a dynamic turf-war thriller, as well as an unsettling study of the psychological aftereffects of combat. Searing and sensitive, Audiard's film is a unique depiction of the refugee experience as a continuous crisis of identity. High-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2015 featuring director Jacques Audiard and coscreenwriter Noé Debré, new interview with Audiard, new interview with actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan, deleted scenes with audio commentary by Audiard and Debré, trailer, an essay by critic Michael Atkinson. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Whitford, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Keith Stanfield, Betty Gabriel, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson. A young African-American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate and is introduced to her parents -- and their friends -- and discovers a disturbing truth about the family. Read more about "Get Out" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate ending with commentary by writer-director Jordan Peele, deleted scenes with commentary by Peele, "Unveiling the Horror of Get Out" behind-the-scenes featurette, Q&A discussion with Peele and the cast hosted by Chance the Rapper, commentary with Peele. (Universal).
The Great Wall
(2017) Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau. European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. Read more about "The Great Wall" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Matt Damon in China," "Working With Director Chang Yimou," "The Great Wall Visual Effects," "Man vs. Monster," "Weapons of War," "Designing a Spectacular World." (Universal).
(2017) David Ramsey, Vivica A. Fox, McKinley Freeman, Dean Cain. A well-liked parole officer and a beautiful former model enjoy a successful marriage until she gets the itch to go back to work. As the wife forms an “unlikely friendship” with an emerging photographer, the husband is dealing with a parolee who proves to be more than he
bargained for. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Max 2: White House Hero
(2017) Zane Austin, Francesca Capaldi, Carrie Genzel, Lochlyn Munro.
Duty calls again, and hero dog Max returns to action. His new
assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S.
president's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with
his precocious daughter Alex, tensions arise between both countries.
First Son TJ , along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that
puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. Formats: DVD,
Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Kids on the Case: Making of Max
2," "Max 2: A Ruff Life" canine blooper reel. (Warner).
My Life as a Zucchini
(2016 -- French) Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, this is a delightful and touching tale about the uplifting power of friendship in the face of adversity. After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. Though he struggles to find his place at first, with the help of his new friends, Zucchini learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own. With a band of unforgettable characters, "My Life as a Zucchini" stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Studio).
(1952/1955) Gloriously cinematic despite being made on a tiny budget, Orson Welles's "Othello" is a testament to the filmmaker's stubborn willingness to pursue his vision to the ends of the earth. Unmatched in his passionate identification with Shakespeare's imagination, Welles brings his inventive visual approach to this enduring tragedy of jealousy, bigotry, and rage, and also gives a towering performance as the Moor of Venice, alongside Suzanne Cloutier as his innocent wife, Desdemona, and Micheál MacLiammóir as the scheming Iago. Shot over the course of three years in Morocco, Venice, Tuscany, and Rome and plagued by many logistical problems, this fiercely independent film joins "Macbeth" and "Chimes at Midnight" in making the case for Welles as the cinema's most audacious interpreter of the Bard. New, restored 4K digital transfers of two versions of the film, the 1952 European version and the 1955 U.S. version, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles scholar Myron Meisel; "Return to Glennascaul," a 1953 short film made by MacLiammóir and actor Hilton Edwards during a hiatus from shooting "Othello"; new interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow; new interview with Welles scholar François Thomas on the differences between the two versions; new interview with Ayanna Thompson, author of "Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America"; interview from 2014 with Welles scholar Joseph McBride;
an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
Outsiders: Season Two
(2017) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. A struggle for power and control continues in the rugged hills of Appalachia as the battle between the clan and the town escalates with the Farrells becoming more isolated than ever before. The uneasy truce that had previously existed between the townspeople and the family tribe came to an abrupt end when Big Coal headed up the mountain and the standoff continues to have repercussions. Formats: DVD. Extras: Twenty-nine deleted scenes. (Sony).
Outsiders: Seasons One and Two
(2016-17) Eight-disc set with all 26 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes from Season One; 47 deleted scenes from both seasons. (Sony).
Shaquille O’Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam: Live from Sin City
(2017) Hosted by stand-up entertainer Lavell Crawford, this live recording presents some of the hottest comedians around, including K-Dubb, Cocoa Brown, Donnell Rawlings and Earthquake. Formats: DVD. (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate).
VIXEN: The Movie
(2017) Animated feature combines the first two seasons of the CW Seed
digital series into a single uniform story. Originally from Africa,
Mari McCabe grew up an orphan after her parents were killed by local
greed, corruption and wanton violence. But Mari refuses to succumb to
the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family's Tantu Totem, Mari
can access the powers of animals – anything from the strength of a
gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to
protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Vixen: Spirit Animal"
featurette, two Vixen-focused episodes of Justice League Unlimited
handpicked by Bruce Timm. (Warner).
(1975 - Japan) Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is "Wolf Guy," one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of "8 Man"), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers. At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind. Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi ("Sister Streetfighter," "Wandering Ginza Butterfly," "Karate Bear Fighter"), "Wolf Guy" truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness. High Definition digital transfer with original uncompressed mono audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba; new video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi; new video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) A new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and
directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark ("St. Vincent") rocks her directorial
debut with "The Birthday Party"; Karyn Kusama ("The Invitation," "Girl Fight") exorcises "Her Only Living Son"; Roxanne Benjamin ("Southbound" screams "Don't Fall"; and Jovanka Vuckovic ("The Captured Bird") dares to open "The Box." Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo ("La Casa Triste") wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
ce Timm. (Warner).
(2017) Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris. February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's losing. Read more about "Before I Fall" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (Universal).
The Blackcoat’s Daughter
(2017) Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka. Beautiful and haunted Joan (Roberts) makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all-girls prep school, where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. As Joan gets closer, Rose watches in horror while Kat suffers terrifying visions and becomes possessed by an unseen force.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Osgood Perkins, “The Dead of Winter: Making The Blackcoat’s Daughter” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Felicity Jones. After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Hopkins). Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette before Hagen gets his hands on her, and sets out on an adrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA.
(2017) Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kumail Nanjian. When one school teacher unwittingly causes another teacher's dismissal, he's challenged to an after-school fight on the last day of the school year. Read more about "Fist Fight" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds Georgia Film Commission. (Warner).
(2001) Terry Zwigoff's first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that's at once bleakly comic and wholly endearing. Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, "Ghost World" follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist suburbia. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred spirit: a sad-sack record collector many years her senior (Steve Buscemi). With its parade of oddball characters, quotable, Oscar-nominated script, and eclectic soundtrack of vintage obscurities, "Ghost World" is one of the 21st century's most fiercely beloved comedies. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by writer-director Terry Zwigoff, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Zwigoff, comic-book creator and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, and producer Lianne Halfon; new interviews with actors Thora Birch and Illeana Douglas; extended excerpt from "Gumnaam" (1965) featuring the Bollywood musical number that appears in "Ghost World'"s opening title sequence; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by critic Howard Hampton. (The Criterion Collection).
Hart to Hart: The Complete Series
(1979-94) Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers take viewers on a jet-setting mystery tour in the charming and elegant series. Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy and glamorous couple, always manage to find themselves caught up in intrigue and adventure. Along with their loyal and gravel-voiced servant Max (Lionel Stander), these stylish sleuths delighted audiences throughout a five-season run on network television. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Hart Of Season One" featurette, commentary on the 97 minute long pilot with Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers and writer-director Tom Mankiewicz. (Shout! Factory).
The Last Kingdom: Season Two
(2017) Two-disc set with eight episodes. In 872, many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Major Crimes: The Complete Fifth Season
(2016-17) Five-disc set with all 21 episodes. In Season Five, the squad continues to work some of the most challenging murders in the City of Angels. From searching for a missing teenage girl who vanished while helping the homeless, to hunting down the killer of a potentially dirty cop and following up on a beheading in an isolated corner of Los Angeles, the major crime investigators work to arrest and deal out a succession of criminals and killers. Outside of their work, each member of the team must balance their work and personal lives. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 2
Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the Film Foundation's World Cinema Project has maintained a passionate commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of more than two dozen restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often-overlooked areas of cinema history. This collector's set gathers six important works, from the Philippines ("Insiang"), Thailand ("Mysterious Object at Noon"), Soviet Kazakhstan ("Revenge"), Brazil ("Limite"), Turkey ("Law of the Border"), and Taiwan ("Taipei Story"). Each title is an essential contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience.
Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Disc Combo. Extras: 2K, 3K, or 4K digital restorations of all six films, presented courtesy of the World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays; remastered digital soundtrack of "Limite" created almost entirely from archival recordings of the same musical performances director Mário Peixote and his musical arranger Brutus Pedreira originally selected to accompany the film, presented in uncompressed monaural sound on the Blu-ray; new introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese; new interview programs featuring film historian Pierre Rissient (on "Insiang"), director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (on "Mysterious Object at Noon"), director Ermek Shinarbaev (on "Revenge"), filmmaker Walter Salles (on "Limite"), producer Mevlüt Akkaya (on "Law of the Border"), and actor and cowriter Hou Hsiao-hsien with filmmaker Edmond Wong (on "Taipei Story"); three Blu-rays and six DVDs, with all content available in both formats; a booklet featuring essays by Phillip Lopate, Dennis Lim, Kent Jones, Fábio Andrade, Bilge Ebiri, and Andrew Chan
(The Criterion Collection).
Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season
(2016) All 13 episodes. From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, the series tells the story of the Bordelon family, as three estranged siblings return home after a family tragedy forces them back together. Based on Natalie Baszile’s best-selling book, "Queen Sugar." The series follows the life of three siblings--brother Ralph-Angel (trying to rebuild his life after jail) and sisters, Nova Bordelon (social activist, root woman, and herbalist) and Charley Bordelon (L.A. basketball wife), who, with her teenage son Micah, moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father -- an 800-acre sugarcane farm.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Making Queen Sugar" featurette, Oprah Winfrey and the cast Q&A, "Inside Queen Sugar: Origins," deleted scenes. (Warner.
Suits: Season Six
(2016-17) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, "Suits: Anatomy of an Episode," "Goodbye, Jessica Pearson." (Universal).
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