(2017) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers, Martin Donovan. Schwarzenegger stars as a husband fearlessly seeking revenge on the air traffic controller responsible for his family’s death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with director Elliott Lester and producer Eric Watson, interviews with director Elliott Lester and director of photography Pieter Vermeer. (Lionsgate).
(2017) J.K. Simmons, Analeigh Tipton, Shannon Woodward, Emile Hirsch, Kristen Schaal, Hunter Parrish. When a globetrotting, workaholic father trying to visit his daughter on a last-minute layover in Los Angeles discovers that she’s disappeared, he forces her awkward, nervous ex-boyfriend to help him find her over the course of one increasingly crazy night. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
A Cure for Wellness
(2017 -- Germany/USA) Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Ivo Nandi, Adrian Schiller. An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem. Read more about "A Cure for Wellness" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (Fox).
Juice BLU-RAY DEBUT and 25th Anniversary DVD
(1992) Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Vincent Laresca, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Cindy Herron. A powerful morality tale steeped in 90s urban culture, "Juice" marked the feature directorial debut of Spike Lee’s acclaimed cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson and the first starring roles for Omar Epps and an electrifying Tupac Shakur. Twenty-five years later, the gritty and influential film continues to be celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Harlem life, the early New York hip-hop scene, and the fate of four friends in pursuit of the power and respect they call the Juice. Extras: Commentary by director Ernest R. Dickerson; "You’ve Got the Juice Now," a look back at the making of the film featuring new interviews with Dickerson, producer David Heyman and actors Epps, Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins. The piece details Dickerson’s struggle to remain true to his original vision, his desire to cast fresh new talent, the challenges of shooting on location in Harlem, and the reasons why the film’s ending was changed; "The Wrecking Crew" behind-the-scenes interview featurette with the film’s surviving lead actors; "Sip the Juice: The Music" featurette explores the essential role that music plays in the film, featuring vintage interviews with the Shocklee brothers about their score, as well as Erik B, EPMD, and members of Cypress Hill; "Stay in the Scene: The Interview" vintage interview with the four lead cast members on set; set photo gallery. (Paramount).
(2017) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Daniel Bernhardt, María Conchita Alonso, Peter Stormare, Autumn Reeser, Kris Van Damme. After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death. Soon after, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down and his nurse, the sole surviving witness to the follow-up shootout, must face an FBI interrogation that unlocks a plot of international intrigue and revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Sony).
The Last Word
(2017) Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Adina Porter, Shirley MacLaine, Alanna Ubach, Tom Everett Scott, Thomas Sadoski. When Harriet Lauler (MacLaine), a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life, reflects upon her accomplishment, she's suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Seyfried), to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet's
high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Sesame Street: Elmo Loves Animals
(2017) Welcome to the safari of learning as everyone’s favorite furry monster and the rest of the gang set off on an adventure to discover all the different types of animals. In the latest DVD from the preschool powerhouse, Elmo is back to continue his quest to learn more about the animal kingdom. With a little help from Elmo and Grover, preschoolers everywhere can learn about what it is like to live in the wild and get to meet the creatures and beasts on a safari. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(1953) Having refined his craft in the silent era, Kenji Mizoguchi was
an elder statesman of Japanese cinema -- fiercely revered by Akira
Kurosawa and other younger directors -- by the time he made "Ugetsu."
And with this exquisite ghost story, a fatalistic wartime tragedy
derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, he created
a touchstone of his art, his long takes and sweeping camera guiding
the viewer through a delirious narrative about two villagers whose
pursuit of fame and fortune leads them far astray from their loyal
wives. Moving between the terrestrial and the otherworldly, "Ugetsu"
reveals essential truths about the ravages of war, the plight of
women, and the pride of men. New 4K digital restoration undertaken by
The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary by filmmaker,
critic, and festival programmer Tony Rayns;
"Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director" (1975), a 150-minute
documentary by Kaneto Shindo; "Two Worlds Intertwined," a 2005
appreciation of Ugetsu by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda; "Process and
Production," a 2005 interview with Tokuzo Tanaka, first assistant
director on "Ugetsu"; interview from 1992 with cinematographer Kazuo
Miyagawa; trailers; an essay by film critic Phillip Lopate (Blu-ray
and DVD) and three short stories that influenced Mizoguchi in making
the film (Blu-ray only).
(The Criterion Collection).
A United Kingdom
(2016) David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, Laura Carmichael. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in this inspiring true story of the forbidden love between the king of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940s. When they decided to marry just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. But their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Making-of featurette, "Filming in Botswana," "The Legacy of Seretse and Ruth," London Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere. (Fox).
Van Helsing: Season One
(2016) All 13 epiosdes of the series set in the near future where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton) is humanity's last hope for survival, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. Formats: Four-disc DVD, thre-disc Blu-ray. (Universal).
The Young Pope
(2017) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the limited series that delves into the life of a newly elected pope (Jude Law) -- the youngest in history and first-ever American -- whose audacity, independence and arch-conservatism wreaks havoc within the Vatican. Co-stars Diane Keaton, Scott Shepherd, James Cromwell, Ludivine Sagnier, Silvio Orlando, Cécile De France. Directed and edited by Paolo Sorrentino, co-writer and director of "The Great Beauty" and winner of an Academy Award for the Best Foreign-Language Film in 2014. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three featurettes: "The Making of The Young Pope," "An Invitation to the Set," "Inside the Episodes." (HBO).
(2017) Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp. Set in 1930s Ukraine, as Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, young artist Yuri battles to save his lover Natalka from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Look At Bitter Harvest" photo gallery. (Lionsgate).
Bones Season 12: The Final Chapter
(2017) All 12 episodes. One of television’s most popular crime series draws to a close with even more suspense, fun and sexiness than ever. Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) uncanny forensic skills help resolve even grislier cases, including a retirement home murder, a possible death by robot, and the slaying of a close friend. Along the way, family tragedy strikes and Booth (David Boreanaz) lands in the crosshairs of a serial killer. And a former Jeffersonian accused of murder kidnaps Brennan, prompting a shocking move by Booth. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, "Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective" featurette. (Fox).
Bones: The Flesh & Bones Collection Seasons 1-12
(2005-17) Formats: DVD. (Fox).
Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire
(2017) André Eriksen, Dina De Laurentiis, Tom Rhys Harries. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: The Making of Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire," "The Magic Behind Drago." (Universal).
Grimm: Season Six
(2017) All 13 episodes of the final season of the series about a homicide detective who discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Directing Grimm: Behind the Scenes With David Giuntoli," Gag Reel, "A Grimm Farewell,"
"Wu's Views," "A Grimm Journey," "Grimm Guide." (Universal).
Grimm: The Complete Collection
(2011-2017) The classic Grimms' fairytales come to life with all six seasons in "Grimm: The Complete Collection." Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he's descended from a long line of Grimms, who are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick tackles gruesome and bizarre crimes linked to creatures of lore.
Formats: 29-disc DVD, 28-disc Blu-ray. (Universal).
John Wick: Chapter Two
(2017) Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Riccardo Scamarcio, Tobias Segal. After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life. Sequel to the 2014 surprise hit. Read more about "John Wick: Chapter Two" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud).
Extras: "RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick" featurette, "As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick" featurette, audio commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski. Blu-ray adds Deleted Scenes, "Training John Wick" featurette, "WICK-vizzed" featurette, "Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership" featurette, "Car Fu Ride-Along" featurette, "Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene" featurette, "Wick’s Toolbox" featurette, "Kill Count" featurette, "Dog Wick" short. (Lionsgate).
The LEGO Batman Movie
(2017) Voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Héctor Elizondo, Mariah Carey, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Billy Dee Williams, Conan O'Brien, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill. LEGO Batman stars in his own big-screen adventure where he has to drop the lone vigilante thing to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover. Read more about "The LEGO Batman Movie" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Original animation shorts: "Dark Hoser, "Batman Is Just Not That Into You," "Cooking With Alfred" and "Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?"; "The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short"; deleted scenes; six featurettes: "One Brick at a Time: Making the LEGO Batman Movie," "Inside Wayne Manor," "Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman," "Behind the Brick," "Me and My Mini Fig" and "Comic Con Panel"; Rebrick Contest Winners; trailers; "Lego Life" trailer; five social promos; director and cast commentary.
(2016-17) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Ryan Phillippe stars as Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. When Swagger's former commanding officer, Isaac Johnson (Omar Epps), solicits Swagger's expertise for the clandestine operation, Swagger discovers that he has been framed and must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name.
Formats: DVD. Extras: " The Making of Shooter" featurette. (Universal).
South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season
(2016) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated series about four boys living in a screwed-up Colorado town. Between tragedies global and local, as well as parental and celebrity interference, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny manage to have themselves a time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "South Park: By the Numbers," "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" -- E3 2016 game trailer, "South Park: We've Been There," Comic Con 2016 - Extended Panel with Matt & Trey, deleted scenes, season commentary. (Paramount).
They Live By Night
(1948) Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this
lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films
overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When
the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of
prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy
O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else
ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but
as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who
aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left
to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to
this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic
performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the
way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come. New 2K digital
restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring film
historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger; new video interview
with film critic Imogen Sara Smith; short piece from 2007 with film
critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone,
and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; illustrated
audio interview excerpts from 1956 with producer John Houseman; a new
essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Vampire Diaries: The Eighth and Final Season
(2016-17) All 16 episodes. In season eight, we find Damon (Ian
Somerhalder) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) continuing on their killing
spree, both following the commands of a sinister and unnatural force.
While Bonnie (Kat Graham), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice
King) are grieving their loss, they team up to investigate who or what
may be the cause of their disappearance at the end of season seven. Alaric (Matt Davis) joins the
search and continues to look for clues on how they escaped the Armory
vault, and Matt’s (Zach Roerig) family history will reveal a deeper
connection to Mystic Falls and how he may be able to save the town
Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital.
Extras: "Last Days as a
Vampire" featurette,"The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours"
(Retrospective Special), "The Vampire Diaries": 2016 Comic-Con Panel,
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Series
(2009-17) All 171 episodes from all eight seasons.
Formats: DVD, $189.99; Blu-ray Disc, $234.99. (Warner).
In the 1930s, Marcel Pagnol, a leading light of the Paris theater, set
out for new horizons as a filmmaker in his native Provence. His early
masterpieces "Marius" (1931), "Fanny" (1932) and "César" (1936) mix
theatrical stagecraft with realistic location photography to create an
epic love story from the fabric of everyday life. Gruff, sentimental
César (music-hall star Raimu) owns a waterfront bar in the old port of
Marseille, where his son, Marius (Pierre Fresnay), wipes down tables
and dreams of a life at sea. The prosperous, middle-aged sailmaker
Panisse (Fernand Charpin), wanting to wed Marius’s sweetheart, Fanny
(Orane Demazis), sets up a generation-spanning romantic triangle, the
story of which unfolds in a series of fateful twists in the films of
"The Marseille Trilogy," which first earned Pagnol his place in cinema
history. “If Pagnol is not the greatest auteur of the sound film,”
critic André Bazin wrote, “he is in any case something akin to its
genius.” New 4K digital restorations of all three films, with
uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New introduction by filmmaker
Bertrand Tavernier; new interview with Nicolas Pagnol, writer-director
Marcel Pagnol’s grandson; segments of "Marcel Pagnol: Morceaux de
choisis," a 1973 documentary series on Pagnol’s life and work; short
documentary on the Marseille harbor by Pagnol; archival interviews
with actors Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay, and Robert Vattier;
"Pagnol’s Poetic Realism," a new video essay by scholar Brett Bowles;
French television clip about the restoration of the trilogy;
theatrical rerelease trailer; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson
and excerpts from Pagnol’s memoirs.
(The Criterion Collection).
(20167) Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton.
It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son
(Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual
corpse comes in. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a
brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe—eerily well preserved and
with no visible signs of trauma—is shrouded in mystery. As they work
into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men
begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of
terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (IFC Films).
Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther Film Collection
(2016) Six-disc Blu-ray set with "The Pink Panther" (1964), "A Shot in the Dark"(1964), "The Return of the Pink Panther" (1975), "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (1976), "Revenge of the Pink Panther" (1978) and "Trail of the Pink Panther" (1982). Includes a 24-page book with an essay by animation historian and film critic Jerry Beck. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with cast and crew members, audio commentaries, rare theatrical trailers, TV spots, stills galleries, more. (Shout! Factory Shout Select).
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
(1927) With his third feature film, "The Lodger: A Story of the London
Fog," Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made
what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This
haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man
(matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London
boardinghouse, just as a killer who preys on blonde women, known as
the Avenger, descends upon the city. The film is animated by the
palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing
the director’s formal and thematic obsessions. In this edition, "The
Lodger" is accompanied by "Downhill," another 1927 silent exploration
of Hitchcock’s “wrong man” trope, also headlined by Novello -- making
for a double feature that reveals the great master of the macabre as
he was just coming into his own. 2K digital restoration, with a new
score by composer Neil Brand, performed by the Orchestra of Saint
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Downhill, director Alfred
Hitchcock’s 1927 feature film starring Ivor Novello, in a 2K digital
restoration with a new piano score by Brand; new interview with film
scholar William Rothman on Hitchcock’s visual signatures; new video
essay by art historian Steven Jacobs about Hitchcock’s use of
architecture; excerpts from audio interviews with Hitchcock by
filmmakers François Truffaut (1962) and Peter Bogdanovich (1963);
radio adaptation of "The Lodger" from 1940, directed by Hitchcock; new
interview with Brand on composing for silent film; essays on "The
Lodger"and "Downhill" by critic Philip Kemp.
(The Criterion Collection).
(1971) In this thriller, arguably Sam Peckinpah’s most controversial
film, David (Dustin Hoffman), a young American mathematician, moves
with his English wife, Amy (Susan George), to the village where she
grew up. Their sense of safety unravels as the local men David has
hired to repair their house prove more interested in leering at Amy
and intimidating David, beginning an agonizing initiation into the
iron laws of violent masculinity that govern Peckinpah’s world.
Working outside the U.S. for the first time, the filmmaker airlifts
the ruthlessness of the Western frontier into Cornwall in "Straw
Dogs," pushing his characters to their breaking points as the men
brutalize Amy and David discovers how far he’ll go to protect his home
-- culminating in a harrowing climax that lays out this cinematic
mastermind’s eloquent and bloody vision of humanity. New, restored 4K
digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2003 by
Stephen Prince, author of "Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise
of Ultraviolent Movies"; "Mantrap: 'Straw Dogs' --The Final Cut," a
2003 documentary about the making of the film, featuring cast and
crew; "Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron," a 1993 documentary about the
director featuring actors Kris Kristofferson, Jason Robards, Ali
MacGraw, and many others; new conversation between film critic Michael
Sragow and filmmaker Roger Spottiswoode, who worked as one of the
editors on the film; new interview with film scholar Linda Williams
about the controversies surrounding the film; archival interviews with
actor Susan George, producer Daniel Melnick, and Peckinpah biographer
Garner Simmons; behind-the-scenes footage; TV spots and trailers; an
essay by scholar and critic Joshua Clover.
(The Criterion Collection).
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