Three-disc set. Bob Hope, the greatest entertainer of the 20th century, spent nearly half of his 100 Christmases heading up USO shows as a globetrotting Santa Claus with a golf club, a sackful of jokes, and an airplane filled with stars. Armed with a lifelong dedication to America's troops and a star-studded crew of performers, he performed on battleships and battlefields, sometimes accompanied by the sound of fighter jets overhead. The missions were often dangerous, and their schedule brutal, yet for thousands of servicemen and women far from home there was no one like Hope for the holidays. Bob Hope's legendary NBC-TV comedy and Christmas specials -- some of the most-watched programs in television history -- spanned five decades, from President Truman to Clinton. This set collects some of the legendary performer's greatest and most patriotic holiday specials, including seven classic shows from the '60s to the '90s, re-mastered from original broadcast elements for optimal viewing: Bob Hope's Christmas Cheer in Saudi Arabia (Original Airdate: 1/12/91), The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the World with the USO (Original Airdate: 1/16/69), Bob Hope: Memories of WWII, The Bob Hope Christmas Special (Original Airdate: 1/15/65), The Bob Hope Christmas Show (1/16/63), The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the Globe with the U.S.O. (Original Airdate: 1/17/72), The Bob Hope Christmas Special (Original Airdate: 1/17/73). Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(2016) Anthony Rapp, Jonathan Bennett, Alyson Hannigan, Thomas Dekker,
Mackenzie Astin. An intimate group of friends and family gather at the
home of two gay men (Anthony Rapp and Jonathan Bennett) to celebrate
their nuptials and when the wedding hits a snag, they help the grooms
to see that all marriages have their challenges, and love is just the
beginning. Formats: DVD, VOD.
(Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Fate of the Furious
(2017) Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Michelle Rodriguez, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, Kristofer Hivju, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris. When a mysterious woman named the Cipher seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. Read more about "The Fate of the Furious" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "All About the Stunts," extended fight scenes, feature commentary with director F. Gary Gray.Blu-ray adds "The Cuban Spirit": As the first major studio motion picture to shoot in Cuba in decades, the country's effusive spirit permeates the making of the film; "In the Family"; "Car Culture" puts viewers into the driver's seat of the supercharged vehicles showcased in film. Director's extended cut on Digital versions. (Unversal).
(1983 -- France) In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, "L’argent" follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence. With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with a new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Press conference from the 1983 Cannes Film Festival; “L’argent, A to Z," a new video essay by film scholar James Quandt; trailer; an essay by critic Adrian Martin and a newly expanded 1983 interview with director Robert Bresson by critic Michel Ciment.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Craig Fairbrass, James Cosmo, Mem Ferda, Steven Berkoff, Nick Moran. Jack Cregan (Fairbrass) -- career criminal, family man, and vicious armed robber -- is on a mission for revenge when his father (Berkoff) is brutally murdered, and the money from their Heathrow airport heist is stolen. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
A Quiet Passion
(2017) Dir.: Terence Davies; Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine. Biographical portrait of the life of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson (Nixon), whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. It begins with Dickinson’s early days as a young schoolgirl and the growth of her wit, intellectual independence and sense of pathos that fueled her work. Dickinson's deep attachment to her close-knit family and the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry are subsequently examined, leading to her later years as a brilliant but reclusive and unrecognized artist.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Q&A with Terence Davies and Cynthia Nixon; behind the scenes of "A Quiet Passion," including interviews with cast and crew; collector’s Booklet with interviews,
photos and a critical essay. (Music Box Films).
Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy BLU-RAY DEBUT
Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. And it was with his trilogy of films made during and after World War II -- "Rome Open City" (1945), "Paisan" (1946), and "Germany Year Zero" (1948) -- that he left his first transformative mark on cinema. With their stripped-down aesthetic, largely nonprofessional casts, and unorthodox approaches to storytelling, these intensely emotional works were international sensations and came to define the neorealist movement. Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany, these three films are some of our most lasting, humane documents of devastated postwar Europe, containing universal images of both tragedy and hope. Special Edition three-disc set with new high-definition digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras: Introductions by Roberto Rossellini to all three films; interviews from 2009 with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà, film critic and Rossellini friend Father Virgilio Fantuzzi, and filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani; audio commentary from 2009 on "Rome Open City" by film scholar Peter Bondanella; "Once Upon a Time ... Rome Open City,” a 2006 documentary on the making of this historic film, featuring rare archival material and footage of Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Ingrid Bergman, and many others; "Rossellini and the City," a 2009 video essay by film scholar Mark Shiel on Rossellini’s use of the urban landscape in "The War Trilogy"; excerpts from rarely seen videotaped discussions Rossellini had in 1970 about his craft with faculty and students at Rice University; "Into the Future," a 2009 video essay about "The War Trilogy" by film scholar Tag Gallagher; "Roberto Rossellini," a 2001 documentary by Carlo Lizzani, assistant director on "Germany Year Zero," tracing Rossellini’s career through archival footage and interviews with family members and collaborators, with tributes by filmmakers François Truffaut and Martin Scorsese; "Letters from the Front: Carlo Lizzani on Germany Year Zero,” a podium discussion with Lizzani from the 1987 Tutto Rossellini conference; Italian credits and prologue from "Germany Year Zero"; essays by James Quandt, Irene Bignardi, Colin McCabe, and Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection).
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(20167) New animated movie. Based on the beloved children’s book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," by Roald Dahl, and the iconic musical family film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," this new adaptation adds Tom and Jerry’s antics to the classic story of young Charlie Bucket’s unforgettable visit to Willy Wonka’s marvelous chocolate factory.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Five bonus "Tom and Jerry" episodes.
(2016) The reigning monarch of Candy Kingdom, Princess Bubblegum, gets her very own personalized DVD cover this single-disc with all 25 episodes from the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning animated series’ seventh season -- that includes the popular “Stakes” story arc. Join Jake the Dog and Finn the Human as they embark on a set of unforgettable adventures on the seventh season of Adventure Time. As season seven unfolds, major changes are in store for some of the inhabitants of Candy Kingdom. Princess Bubblegum is exiled to live on the shores of Lake Butterscotch, where she tries to grow a new kingdom made of vegetables. Marceline decides she no longer wants to be a vampire and asks Princess Bubblegum to help her get rid of her vampiric essence. Her quest to become mortal sets off a series of events that are captured in the eight-part “Stakes” story arc.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Animatics, galleries, song demos, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Bad Jubies” episode, title card creation. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
The 100: The Complete Fourth Season
(2017) All 13 episodes. In the latest season of The CW’s hit show, the 100 are still fighting for survival after suffering devastating hardships that have almost completely torn them apart. The fight has taken countless lives and set Earth’s survivors against each other. After Season Three’s all-out war, a far more lethal threat has risen to the surface: Clarke has learned that Earth’s remaining nuclear reactors are melting and will soon set the atmosphere on fire. ALIE, the A.I. who launched the world’s nuclear missiles causing the apocalypse, was telling the truth. With the human race doomed to face an unbeatable enemy, Clarke and her allies amongst Arkadia and the Grounders must fight for humankind and all life itself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The 100": 2016 Comic-Con Panel, "From Outcasts to Leaders," "Creating a Post-Apocalyptic World," "Jasper’s Journey," "The Stunts of the 100," deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
(1979 -- USSR) Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of "Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room"; interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky; interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin; interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev; an essay by critic Mark Le Fanu.
(The Criterion Collection).
All four groundbreaking, action-packed classics from ’70s pop culture icon Billy Jack featuring all of the fast-kicking, politically aware stories that had audiences cheering. "Born Losers" (1967), "Billy Jack" (1971), "Trial of Billy Jack" (1974) and "Billy Jack Goes to Washington" (1977). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor and Frank Laughlin on all four films;, trailers; still galleries. (Shout! Factory Shout Selec).
LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash!
(2017) New supernatural crime mystery. Scooby-Doo! and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are no strangers to solving spooky mysteries filled with all types of ghouls and goblins. This time is no different. As Scooby-Doo! and his friends are on their way to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party in the Mystery Machine, the Ghost Pirates threaten to ruin the gang’s good vibes. It is up to Scooby and the gang to get the party back on track, without missing a beat.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Pretty Little Liars: The Seventh and Final Season
(2016-17) Four-disc set with all 20 episodes. In season six, the series leaped forward five years, when a shocking event brought the girls -- now young women -- together again, back in the town of Rosewood, to face a new threat. Now the girls band together to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets and take down “Uber A” for good.
Formats: DVD. Extras: “Pretty Little Liars: A-List Wrap Party," nine new featurettes, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(1985) In this hysterical satire of Reagan-era values, written and directed by Albert Brooks, a successful Los Angeles advertising executive (Brooks) and his wife (Julie Hagerty) decide to quit their jobs, buy a Winnebago, and follow their Easy Rider fantasies of freedom and the open road. When a stop in Las Vegas nearly derails their plans, they’re forced to come to terms with their own limitations and those of the American dream. Brooks’s barbed wit and confident direction drive "Lost in America," an iconic example of his restless movies about insecure characters searching for satisfaction in the modern world that established his unique comic voice and transformed the art of observational humor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation with director Albert Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide; new interviews with actor Julie Hagerty, executive producer Herb Nanas, and comic writer and director James L. Brooks; trailer; an essay by critic Scott Tobias.
(The Criterion Collection).
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