(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.
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) 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. (Universal).
(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).
(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.
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).
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).
(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).
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
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).
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).
(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).
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 Bru
(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).
(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).
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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