(2016 -- Vietnam) Kate Nhung, Thanh Pham, Petey Majik Nguyen. Hackers have become the bank robbers in the new world of crypto-currency. In order to catch the most wanted hacker, The Ghost , an Interpol special agent assembles a team of thieves to plan the ultimate heist. But as any good criminal knows, there is no honor among thieves. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Well Go USA).
Bob Hope Salutes the Troops
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).
(1977 -- Japan) Released just as the popularity of yakuza movies was waning in Japan, and as the country's film industry was undergoing some fundamental shifts, "Doberman Cop" is a unique entry in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku ("Battles Without Honor and Humanity," "Cops vs Thugs"), and reunited him with star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba in an American-style crime movie that mixes gunplay and pulp fiction with martial arts and lowbrow comedy. Based on a popular manga by "Buronson" (creator of "Fist of the North Star"), "Doberman Cop" follows the fish-out-of-water adventures of Joji Kano (Chiba), a tough-as-nails police officer from Okinawa who arrives in Tokyo's Kabuki-cho nightlife district to investigate the savage murder and mutilation of an island girl who had been working as a prostitute. Initially dismissed as a country bumpkin (complete with straw hat and live pig in tow!), Kano soon proves himself a more savvy detective than the local cops, and a tougher customer than anyone expected. As he probes deeper into the sleazy world of flesh-peddling, talent agency corruption and mob influence, Kano uncovers the shocking truth about the girl, her connection to a yakuza-turned-music manager (Hiroki Matsukata), and a savage serial killer who is burning women alive. Made to appeal both to the youth market with its biker gangs and popular music, as well as to old-time yakuza movie fans, "Doberman Cop" is an surprising oddity in Fukasaku's career, his sole film adapted directly from a manga and never before released on video outside of Japan. Featuring Chiba at his charismatic best -- channeling a Japanese Dirty Harry while doing all his own stunts -- and Fukasaku at his most fun, deftly showcasing the combined talents of his "Piranha Army" stock company of actors and other regular players -- "Doberman Cop" is a classic action comedy and a missing link in 1970's Japanese cinema deserving of rediscovery. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with high definition digital transfer and original uncompressed mono audio. Extras: "Beyond the Film: Doberman Cop," a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane, new video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba, new video interview with screenwriter Koji Takada, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) Sean Bean, Patrick Sabongui, Joel David Moore, Mary McCormack. Drone pilot and family man Neil (Bean) has spent his career conducting deadly, covert missions overseas all from the comfort of his suburban hometown. When an enigmatic, Pakistani businessman (Sabongui) shows up at his home seeking revenge, Neil must confront the consequences of
his actions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Screen Media Films).
Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Series
(1993-1999) Thirty-five disc box set with all 122 episodes. A critical smash and a three-time Peabody Award winner, the series presented viewers with a gritty and realistic examination of detectives working the homicide division in Baltimore and remains one of television's finest hours about one of America's toughest jobs. Based on the book "Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets" by David Simon, the critically acclaimed series became one of the most seminal drama series of all time by virtue of its powerful writing, gritty realism, emotionally charged storylines and outstanding ensemble cast, including Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Yaphet Kotto, Melissa Leo and Ned Beatty. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, interviews, featurettes, "Law & Order" crossover episodes, "Homicide: The Movie" (2000). (Shout! Factory).
Song to Song
(2016) Dir.: Terrence Malick; Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman. In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples -- struggling songwriters Faye (Mara) and BV (Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Portman) -- chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. Features performances by Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, Patti Smith, Lykke Li, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Big Freedia, Diplo, Alan Palomo of Neon Indian, Spank Rock, Dana Falconberry, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears and The Black Lips. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Music Behind the Movie” featurette. (Broad Green Pictures).
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends Featuring Steve Martin, Robin Williams & Eddie Murphy
Contains nine new-to retail shows from the '70s, '80s and '90s featuring three of the most loved guests from "The Tonight Show" -- Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy. Each DVD contains complete, unedited shows -- including vintage commercials -- highlighting some of the most cherished moments from 30 years of "The Tonight Show." Disc 1: Steve Martin (original air dates: July 21, 1976: Steve Martin, Jimmy Stewart, Karen Black, and more; May 21, 1982: Steve Martin, Sylvester Stallone; December 19, 1991: Steve Martin, Cathy Ladman, Leon Redbone). Disc 2: Robin Williams (original air dates: April 3, 1984: Robin Williams, Phyllis Newman; January 10, 1991: Robin Williams, Steve Lawrence; September 19, 1991: Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Park Overall). Disc 3: Eddie Murphy (original air dates: January 1, 1982: Eddie Murphy, McLean Stevenson; February 10, 1982: Eddie Murphy, Wayne Rogers, Albert Hague; July 30, 1982: Eddie Murphy, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Angela Bofill. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
The Zookeeper’s Wife
(2017) Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel
Brühl, Iddo Goldberg, Efrat Dor. The true story of Antonina and Jan
Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of
people and animals during the German invasion. Read more about "The Zookeeper’s Wife" in
the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo,VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: Deleted
scenes, "The Making of The Zookeeper’s Wife," "The Zabinski Family" A
closer look at the selfless family at the center of "The Zookeeper’s
Wife," including interviews with Teresa Zabinska and Ryszard Zabinski,
the real-life children of Antonina and Jan.
(2016) A high-spirited look inside the resurgence of the international swing dance community that revisits the origins of swing, slides onto the dance floor with competitive modern-day enthusiasts, and examines the positive mental and emotional affects of dancing.
Originating in Harlem during the Great Depression, swing was created to alleviate the economic and social stressors of the 1930s. The film features archival footage and recent interviews with swing legends Norma Miller and the late Frankie Manning, alongside new, vivacious swing dancers making their mark on the dance floor. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Susan
Glatzer and director of photography John W. MacDonald, deleted scenes, interview
with Glatzer, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2016) Peyton Kennedy, Richard Schiff, Gavin Macintosh, Kip Pardu, Marci Miller. A dark, dreamlike mystery plays out amid the expansive farmlands of the American Midwest. With her family's livelihood imperiled by the farm crisis of the 1980s, 11-year-old Gitty loses herself in a world of fantasy and make-believe. But she stumbles into her own fairytale when she makes a startling discovery: a well-dressed mystery man being held captive in her family's silo. Thus begins a labyrinthine journey that will turn Gitty's world upside down and force her to question her loyalty to her own family. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Caillou: Things That Go!
(2016) Thirteen stories from the PBS KIDS series as Caillou takes his first plane ride and as he explores, and helps steer, a big sailboat. In the new DVD, Caillou also takes the subway with his mother, watches a big bulldozer at a construction site, and rides the school bus for the first time. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
(2016) Michael Madsen, Sticky Fingers, Fred Rose, Rene Nezhola. A
new-age horror film centered on a cyber-bullying incident at a
fictional high school that goes terribly wrong. The victim then seeks
her own unique form of revenge, albeit with some super-natural help
along the way. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital.
(Cleopatra Entertainment/MVD Entertainment).
Do You Take This Man
(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 July 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).
(2016) Brian Bernys, Jake Albarella. Lifelong friends Bryan and Scott were e-sports legends, and their identity had always been tied to their notoriety as professional garners. Now, in their late 20's and working together at a failing IT company, they begin to feel the responsibilities of adulthood sinking in. Hungry for the fame that now eludes them, Bryan will do anything to reclaim his status as a pro gamer, and though Scott doesn't identify with the circuit like he used to, he agrees to help assemble a squad of top tier players in order to get back to the top of the pro gaming world. But how far will the pair go as they seek e-sports notoriety -- and at what cost?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
(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 Jack's father, Alfie Cregan (Berkoff), is brutally murdered, and the money from their Heathrow airport heist is stolen, Jack, his cousin Sammy, and gang members Eddie and Frank realize there is more to the stolen money and Alfie's murder than meets the eye -- and, once Jack starts digging, he knows that his life will never be the same again. The shattering revelations that follow force Jack, with the clock ticking, to not only pull off one last dangerous robbery, but also to exact brutal revenge on all those involved. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Lost City of Z
(2017) Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Franco Nero. A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. Read more about "The Lost City of Z" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary, three behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Broad Green Pictures).
(2016) Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Harris Yulin, Josh Charles. Norman Oppenheimer (Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money; his incessant networking leads him nowhere, but he does befriend a young but charismatic politician Micha Eshel (Ashkenazi) at a low point in his life. Three years later, the politician becomes an influential world leader, and Norman attempts to use Eshel’s name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman’s nephew (Sheen), a rabbi (Buscemi), a mogul (Yulin), his assistant (Stevens), and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman’s kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Norman: Making the Connection" red carpet cast and crew interviews, "An Evening with Norman" Q & A with director Joseph Cedar and actor Richard Gere. (Sony).
The Penguin Counters
(2016) Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin
populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his
30 year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific
laboratory: Antarctica. THE PENGUIN COUNTERS follows Ron and his
ragtag team of field biologists to one of the harshest corners of the
planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health
by counting penguin populations. The documentary takes us from the tip
of Argentina to the ominous Deception Island on a treacherous yet
heartwarming journey by a 21st century Dr. Doolittle who dreams of
conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.
(First Run Features).
Prime Suspect: Tennison
(2017) Two-disc set with all six episodes. A prequel to one of the most innovative crime series in television history, starring Stefanie Martini as the rookie WPC (Woman Police Constable) Jane Tennison -- the iconic role immortalized by Helen Mirren. Set in 1973 amid the sounds of the pop tunes of the day, the show opens with Jane a newly minted WPC (Woman Police Constable), performing her probationary stint at Hackney Police Station in East London. Relegated to traffic incidents, dispatching, and other routine police chores -- in addition to serving the senior officers tea -- she gets her big break when a murder case of a young girl calls for an all-hands-on-deck investigation.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
(2001 -- Japan) Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered
one of the finest entries in the "J-Horror" cycle of films with this
moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread
along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet
and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa's dark and apocalyptic film
foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows
more important to our lives. A group of young people in Tokyo begin to
experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends,
technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the
compelling question, "Do you want to meet a ghost?" After the
unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to
explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve
the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned
construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.
Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi ("Ring," "Dark
Water"), a dark and unsettling tone that lingers long after the movie
is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story that anticipates 21st century
disconnection and social media malaise, "Pulse" is one of the greatest
and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark
mirror for our contemporary digital world.
Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo with Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on
the Blu-ray). Extras: New
interview with writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa; new interview with
cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi; "The Horror of Isolation": a new
video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett ("Blair
Witch," "You're Next"); archive "Making of" documentary, plus four
archive behind-the-scenes featurettes; premiere footage from the
Cannes Film Festival; cast and crew introductions from opening day
screenings in Tokyo; trailers and TV Spots; reversible sleeve
featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket.
(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
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).
Rake, Series 2
(2012) Three-disc set with all eight episodes of the award-winning Aussie legal dramedy. Sharp-witted, but self-destructive solicitor Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) faces new challenges. In Series 2, Cleaver makes a bitter enemy of the powerful new Attorney General, Cal McGregor (Damien Garvey), when Cleaver is caught having an affair with his wife (Toni Collette). Cleaver’s paramour, Missy (Adrienne Pickering), causes a scandal with a memoir about her life as a prostitute, and his best friend’s wife, Scarlet (Danielle Cormack), can’t forgive Cleaver for the damage he caused to her marriage.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Bloopers, “5 Minutes with Cleaver Greene,” behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
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).
Smurfs: The Lost Village
(2017) Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pud, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Mandy Patinkin, Julia Roberts. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. Read more about "Smurfs: The Lost Village" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Filmmaker commentary, Meghan Trainor “I'm A Lady” music video, "The Emoji" movie sneak peek, 11 featurettes. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes and an additional featurette. (Sony).
Spark: A Space Tail
(2016) Voices of Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Biel, Patrick Stewart, Jace Norman. A fearless teenage monkey and his brave friends embark on a mission to save the universe in the out of this world animated adventure. When a power-hungry general plans to wipe out the planet, no one but wisecracking Spark (Norman) and his friends can stop him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Creative Spark: Voicing the Characters" featurette, "Bringing Spark to Life" featurette, "Spark Concept Art Reel." (Universal).
Species Collector’s Edition
(1995) Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge. When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. New 4K scan of the film’s inter-positive.
Formats: Two-disc Blu-ray set. Extras: Commentary with Henstridge, Madsen and director Roger Donaldson; commentary with Donaldson, make-up effects creator Steve Johnson, visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and producer Frank Mancuso Jr.; new "Afterbirth: The Evolution of Secies" featurette; "From Sil to Eve" an interview with Henstridge; "Engineering Life" featurette; "HR Giger at Work"; "The Making Of Species: The Origin, The Concept, The Discovery"; "Designing a Hybrid"; theatrical trailer; alternate ending; photo galleries (production design, creature designs, film stills, behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards). (Scream Factory).
Terror in a Texas Town
(1958) For his 41st and final feature film, Joseph H. Lewis was able to combine the two genres in which he had excelled. The man in the director's chair for "My Name is Julia Ross," "Gun Crazy" and "The Big Combo," Lewis was one of the all-time greats in film noir. But he was also a fine director of Westerns, having made "A Lawless Street," "7th Cavalry" and "The Halliday Brand," all of which -- especially the last -- remain underrated. "Terror in a Texas Town" would bring his noir sensibilities to the American West, resulting in one of his finest works. McNeil (Sebastian Cabot) is a greedy hotel owner who wants to take control of Prairie City, the Texas town of the title. Keen to drive the local farmers of their land, McNeil hires a gunman, Johnny Crale (Nedrick Young, who would pen the Oscar-winning screenplay for "The Defiant Ones" the same year), resulting in the death of a former whaler. The dead man's son, George Hansen (Sterling Hayden), arrives in town to inherit the farm and set the stage for revenge -- armed with only his father's old harpoon. "Terror in a Texas Town" was written by Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten blacklisted by the film industry and forced to write under pseudonyms or to use "fronts." Two years before he helped break the blacklist with on-screen credits for Otto Preminger's "Exodus" and Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus," his work was credited to Ben Perry, but it demonstrates a psychological depth and political dimension that is undoubtedly that of Trumbo. Brand-new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Introduction by Peter Stanfield, author of "Hollywood, Westerns and the 1930s: The Lost Trail" and "Horse Opera: The Strange History of the Singing Cowboy"; scene-select commentaries by Stanfield; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov. First pressing only: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Glenn Kenny. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Richard E. Grant, Bill Nighy. During wartime London, a former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans. Read more about "Their Finest" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Flickers of Hope: The Making of Their Finest” featurette, commentary with director Lone Scherfig. (Lionsgate).
Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(2017) 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.
The Tunnel: Sabotage Season 2
(2016) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. Eighteen months on from the devastating conclusion of Season 1, the newly promoted Commander Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) and the grieving DCI Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) have been leading separate lives until two seemingly isolated events bring them back together; a plane crash in the English Channel, killing everyone on board and a couple abducted from The Tunnel, leaving behind their traumatized child. On the surface the two cases appear to be unconnected. But as the ensuing investigation moves between the coasts of Kent and northern France, it reveals the murderous crusade of a terrorist cell. As Wassermann and Roebuck pick their way through the clues thrown up by a vast field of debris, forging connections as they go, they are confronted with sinister and complicated forces at play. In a terrifying game of brinksmanship, they risk everything in the pursuit of true justice. Based on the original hit Swedish series from Filmlance International, “The Bridge.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
Underground: Season Two
(2017) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Season Two continues to draw inspiration from America’s historical roots, bringing pioneering hero and infamous conductor, Harriet Tubman, to life along with renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In one of history’s greatest escape stories, the Macon 7 face endless challenges in their dangerous escape to freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war.
Formats: DVD. Extras: gag reel, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past
(2016) What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the
21st century? Two words: Vince Giordano -- a bandleader, musician,
historian, scholar, collector, and NYC institution. For nearly 40
years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful
syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity,
vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band
arrangements. This beautifully crafted documentary offers an intimate
and energetic portrait of a truly devoted musician and
preservationist, taking us behind the scenes of the recording of HBO’s
Grammy award-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, and alongside
Giordano as he shares his passion for hot jazz with a new generation
of music and swing-dance fans. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.
(First Run Features).
A Woman, A Part
(2016) Maggie Siff, John Ortiz, Cara Seymour. An exhausted, workaholic actress, Anna Baskin, 44, abruptly extricates herself from a successful but mind-numbing TV role, returning to her past life in New York to reinvent herself. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Elisabeth Subrin, original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
(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).
Arthur: Brothers and Sisters
(2016) Eight episodes from the PBS KIDS series about the joys -- and challenges -- of having a brother or sister. From D.W. copying her big brother’s every move, to the Tibble twins discovering that Tommy is two whole minutes older than Timmy, this DVD features loads of sibling fun. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Behind the Mask: The Batman: Dead End Story
(2015) In the winter of 2003, commercial director Sandy Collora and some of his friends set out to make a low-budget short film for his demo reel. What they wound up doing, however, was making one of the most elaborate, most watched, most talked about and most controversial short fan-directed films ever made: "Batman: Dead End." The film launched a nationwide craze when all eight minutes were unveiled at Comic Con in 2003. Director Kevin Smith called it "an amazing piece of work. Possibly the truest, best Batman ever made." In a Hollywood system where Batman movies are huge-budget, mega-merchandised projects, this low-budget short shattered all expectations, garnering an incredible amount of buzz outside of the Hollywood system. With appearances from The Joker, Alien, and Predator, the film was a hit with die-hard comic fans and modern action film lovers alike. Considering the amount of buzz surrounding the film, Collora was expected to be propelled into the Hollywood stratosphere. Instead, his career sputtered. Now,this documentary gives audiences an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the buzz-worthy short and the people who help create it including Collora, comic book legend Neal Adams, and convention all-stars Sean Clark, Shawn Reeves and Jordu Schell. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
Buster’s Mal Heart
(2016) Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil. In this bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows where he has acquired the nickname "Buster" to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his former life as a family man. Buster (Rami Malek) was once Jonah, a hard-working husband and father whose job as the night-shift concierge at a hotel took its toll on his psyche and, consequently, his marriage to the sensitive Marty (Kate Lyn Sheil) until a chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter (DJ Qualls) changed the course of their lives forever. As the solitary present-day Buster drifts from house to house, eluding the local sheriff at every turn, we gradually piece together the events that fractured his life and left him alone on top of a snowy mountain, or perhaps in a small rowboat in the middle of a vast ocean or both, in this visceral mind bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside-down. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2017) Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor. Action-thriller about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong, set in 1970s Boston. Justine (Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Hammer) arrange a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Murphy) and shifty South African gunrunner Vernon (Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on battle royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with co-writer/director Ben Wheatley, “The Making of Free Fire” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Kong: Skull Island
(2017) Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz. A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. Read more about "Kong: Skull Island" in the
July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo,
4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud).
commentary, "Creating a King: Realizing an Icon," "Creating a King:
Summoning a God," "Monarch Files 2.0," "Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid
Traveler," "Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography," "On
Location: Vietnam," deleted scenes.
Love by the 10th Date
(2017) Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Kellee Stewart. Romantic comedy follows four friends — who work at an upscale digital magazine in Los Angeles — navigating the ups downs of dating while on the journey toward the “elusive 10th date.” Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Masterpiece Mystery:! Grantchester Season 3
(2016) Three-disc set with all seven episodes in which Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating return for more mystery-busting. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (PBS Distribution).
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).
(2013) Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it’s become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents. In "Plastic Paradise," journalist and filmmaker Angela Sun goes on a personal journey to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and environmental activists who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption. As Sun learns, the garbage problem is more insidious than she could have ever imagined. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(2016) Charlotte Le Bon, Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Angela Sarafyan, Shohreh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell, Jean Reno, Rade Serbedzija. Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, the film follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris -- a renowned American journalist based in Paris. Read more about "The Promise" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Love Story" featurette, "War and Struggle" featurette (in which the filmmakers balanced the historical responsibility of conveying the plight of Armenians during WWI accurately with the creative responsibility of developing relatable characters), "A Cause" featurette (in which director Terry George and the cast discuss why the theme of hope is so crucial to understanding Armenian resilience in the face of the wartime atrocities), commentary with director Terry George and producer Eric Esrailian. (Universal).
Resident Evil: Vendetta
(2017) Third installment in the state-of-the-art CG animated franchise from executive producer Takashi Shimizu (director of "The Grudge"). Chris Redfield enlists the help of government agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers from Alexander Institute of Biotechnology to stop a death merchant with a vengeance from spreading a deadly virus in New York. Based on “Resident Evil” bestselling video game franchise.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Still gallery (30 sketches/designs); filmmaker audio commentary (in Japanese) with director Takanori Tsujimoto, executive producer Takashi Shimizu and writer Makoto Fukami. Blu-ray adds three featurettes: “The Creature,” “Motion Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver,” “CGI to Reality: Designing Vendetta”; bonus disc with three featurettes: “BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias,” “Designing the World of Vendetta,” “2016 Tokyo Game Show Footage.” (Sony).
(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).
(1988) In 1988, Mike Figgis ("Internal Affairs," "Leaving Las Vegas")
made his feature directorial debut with "Stormy Monday," a taut,
noir-influenced gangster movie that drew on his key formative
influences, including his youth in the Newcastle of the late '50s and
early '60s, and the city's vibrant jazz scene. Sean Bean plays
Brendan, a young loafer taken under the wing of jazz club owner
Finney (Sting), who's under pressure from American mobster Cosmo (Tommy Lee
Jones) to sell up in exchange for a cut of a local land development
deal. Brendan just wants to earn an honest crust, but his burgeoning
relationship with Cosmo's ex-lover Kate (Melanie Griffith) threatens
to drag him into the middle of the impending showdown. A romantic
crime thriller with genuine heart, "Stormy Monday" features striking,
rain-drenched cinematography by Roger Deakins and a seductive jazz
score provided by the director himself. Presented here for the first
time in high definition in the US. Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
with original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray Disc).
Extras: Audio commentary
with Figgis, moderated by critic Damon Wise; new video appreciation by
critic Neil Young, and a "then and now" tour of the film's Newcastle
locations; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original
and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey.
(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Teen Wolf Season 6 Part I
(2016) Three-disc set of the series about a somewhat awkward teen who is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes look at Beacon Hills, VFX reel, gag reel. (Fox).
T.J. Hooker: The Complete Series
(1982-86) Twenty-disc set with all 91 episodes. William Shatner stars as a tough-as-nails Sgt. Thomas Jefferson Hooker, a veteran cop with the LCPD who has the smarts and the skills to take on the city's toughest criminals. Along with his partners in blue, cocky Vince Romano (Adrian Zrned), comely Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) and steadfast Jim Corrigan (James Darren), Hooker protects and serves with all the courage he can muster ... and he's taking out the city's trash... one perp at a time. The show also boasts a line-up of terrific guest stars, including Vic Tayback, Richard Moll, Lisa Hartman, Jerry Lee Lewis, David Caruso, Leonard Nimoy, Ray Wise, Dennis Franz, Jim Brown, Debrah Farentino, Tori Spelling, Delta Burke, Richard Hatch, Sharon Stone, Heather Thomas, and more. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2016) Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Sam Neill. The inspirational, true story of “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris, the real-life father-and-son team that revolutionized the modern game of golf. Set against the early days of the sport, the film follows the challenging and complex relationship between the two as they grow into golf legends. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Far and Sure” behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Ukraine on Fire
(2016) Oliver Stone was introduced to Russian President Vladimir Putin
in Moscow while making a documentary about Ukraine in 2015. This lead
to the extended conversations with Russia’s leader that became The
"Putin Interviews", which recently aired on Showtime. “Ukraine on Fire,” the documentary, was executive produced by Stone and places him in the
interviewer’s seat, investigating the Maidan Massacre and the coup
that lead to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. For
centuries Ukraine has been at the center of a tug-of-war between
powers seeking to control its rich lands and access to the Black Sea.
2014’s Maidan Massacre triggered a bloody uprising that ousted
president Viktor Yanukovych and painted Russia as the perpetrator by
Western media. “Ukraine on Fire” provides a historical perspective for
the deep divisions in the region which lead to the 2004 Orange
Revolution, 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of
democratically elected Yanukovych. In a December 15, 2015 Facebook
post, the Oscar award-wining Stone wrote from Moscow, “Interviewed
Viktor Yanukovych 4 hours in Moscow …Details to follow in the
documentary, but it seems clear that the so-called ‘shooters’ who
killed 14 police men, wounded some 85, and killed 45 protesting
civilians, were outside third party agitators. Many witnesses,
including Yanukovych and police officials, believe these foreign
elements were introduced by pro-Western factions-- with CIA
fingerprints on it.”
“Ukraine on Fire” by Igor Lopatonok provides a historical perspective
for the deep divisions in the region which lead to the 2004 Orange
Revolution, 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of
democratically elected Yanukovych. Covered by Western media as a
people’s revolution, it was in fact a coup d’état scripted and staged
by nationalist groups and the U.S. State Department. Investigative
journalist Robert Parry reveals how U.S.-funded political NGOs and
media companies have emerged since the 80s replacing the CIA in
promoting America’s geopolitical agenda abroad. Formats: DVD,
Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, trailers.
Blu-ray adds bonus
documentary “Maidan Massacre." (Cinema Libre Studio).
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
(2010) Feature-length documentary exploring the vivid life and imagination of Stan Lee from his depression era upbringing though the Marvel Age of comics and beyond. The 91-year-old comic book legend co-created over 500 legendary pop culture characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Thor and The Hulk. Featuring interviews with Lee and colleagues including Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson, and Eva Mendes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Filmmaker Commentary, featurettes, extended interviews, galleries of over 500 characters Stan Lee co-created. (Well Go USA).
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 Select).
(2017) Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Piper Perabo, Abel Ferrara. Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter at a diner with a drifter named Jack (Rhys Meyers), Paul offers Jack a place to stay -- and soon the edgy, demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul's work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game of one-upmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with director Brian Goodman and co-writer Marc Frydman, "Black Butterfly: Backstage" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Boss Baby
(2016) Voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, Miles Bakshi. Read more about "The Boss Baby" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New mini adventure: "The Boss Baby and Tim’s Treasure Hunt Through Time," "The Forever Puppy Infomercial," "BabyCorp and You" featurette, "Babies vs. Puppies: Who Do YOU Love?" featurette, "The Boss Baby's Undercover Team," "Cookies Are for Closers: Inside BabyCorp" behind the scenes with director Tom McGrath, "The Great Sibling Competition." (Fox).
The Country Doctor
(2016 -- France) François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt. Devoted and revered countryside doctor Jean-Pierre's life gets rocked by Nathalie, a middle-age woman who has come from the city hospital to earn her chops. Challenging each other with opposite views on medicine, the pair eventually bonds and learns from one another. When Jean-Pierre falls sick, Nathalie comes from the hospital to assist him. But will she manage to adapt to this new life and to replace the man who thought he was irreplaceable? Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
The Final Master
(2015 -- China) Liao Fan, Jiang Wenli, Chin Shi-Chieh, Song Jia, Song Yang. In 1930s China, unrest rules the nation. Chen, the last Wing Chun master, arrives in Tianjin to expand his kung fu -- but his ambition gets him entangled in a power struggle between Tianjin’s martial arts Grandmaster, a dominant underworld Madam, and the town’s military leaders. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Weapons" featurette, director Haofeng Xu featurette. (Well Go USA).
Ghost in the Shell
(2017) Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Takeshi
Kitano, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbaek, Rila Fukushima. In the near
future, Major Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind:
A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a
perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous
criminals. Read more about "Ghost in the
Shell" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Hard-Wired Humanity: Making Ghost in the Shell," "Section 9: Cyber Defenders," "Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy."
(2017) Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Julie Ann Emery. Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. Read more about "Gifted" in the
July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, five feturettes, "On Location: Gifted," gallery. (Fox).
Girls Season 6
(2017) In the sixth and final season of "Girls," HBO's hit comedy
continues to follow the assorted humiliations and triumphs of a group
of 20-something friends in NYC. Season 6 picks up six months after the
end of Season 5, with Hannah (series creator Lena Dunham), enjoying
new success as a writer while her roommate and bestie Elijah (Andrew
Rannells) considers getting serious about his acting career. Marnie
(Allison Williams), now in a relationship with Ray (Alex Karpovsky),
seeks to maintain her independence post-divorce from Desi (Ebon
Moss-Bachrach). Now also a couple, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Adam (Adam
Driver) decide to embark on a creative project to channel their
passions, which could become a source of contention. And Shoshanna
(Zosia Mamet) finds herself professionally on the right path, though
personally she realizes that her friendships may be holding her back.
A time for closing chapters and new beginnings, the four familiar
friends attempt to get closer to becoming the women they always
envisioned -- even as life sometimes gets in the way. Two-disc set with all 10 episodes.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Extended version of "A Goodbye
to Girls" featuring never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage,
"Inside the Episodes" featurettes, more. (HBO).
I, Olga Hepnarov
(2016 -- Czech Republic) Michalina Olszanska, Martin Pechlát. Olga
Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a coldhearted
family who couldn’t play the part society desired of her. Frequently
bullied and unable to connect with other people, her alienation
eventually drove her over the edge of humanity and madness when she
was only 22-years old -- in 1973 she drove a truck into a group of
innocent people in Prague. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
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).
Lost in America
(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).
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).
(2015) Benedict Wall, Ryan O'Kane. When a psychologist loses five clients to suicide in a one week period he becomes obsessed with the idea that they were murdered by a rival psych and he hires a documentary film crew to investigate. It soon becomes clear, however, that the second shrink has no ulterior motives but, attuned to good drama, the documentary crew pushes the men to grow the rivalry. Unfortunately, their quest for a better story comes at the cost of their subject's sanity. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
(2017) Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd,
Sarah Burns, Whitney Cummings, Simon Kassianides, Isabella Kai Rice,
Robert Ray Wisdom. A woman (Heigl) sets out to make life hell for her
ex-husband's new wife (Dawson). Read more
about "Unforgettable" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
Director's commentary. Blu-ray
adds "Reclaiming What's Yours: Making Unforgettable"
featurette, deleted scene.
Two-disc set with all three films about a 17th-century Warlock who is transported to the 20th century, where he looks to end all of creation: "Warlock" (1989), "Warlock: The Armageddon" (1993) and "Warlock III: The End of Innocence" (1999). Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New commentaries, new interviews, vintage featurettes, still galleries, TV spots, trailers. (Lionsgate/Vestron Video Collector’s Series).
Weekend in Havana
(2017) Travel with host Geoffrey Baer to explore the heart of Cuba’s
magical capital city, now open to Americans after more than 50 years.
Three young locals — architect and restorationist Daniel de la Regata;
Irene Rodriguez, one of Cuba’s top flamenco dancers; and
Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca — serve as enthusiastic
guides, allowing viewers to experience this vibrant and historic place
through the eyes of those who love it and call it home. Guided by his
new friends, Geoffrey witnesses the nightly firing of the cannon at
the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana; visits Plaza de Armas, the
city’s first public square; rides in a 1950s-era red Chevrolet on a
journey through Havana’s breathtaking but sometimes crumbling
architecture; and meets an auto mechanic charged with keeping many of
Havana’s vintage automobiles in running order. Geoffrey also visits a
ruined sugar plantation where African slaves once toiled and takes
part in a present-day Santeria ritual in a private home. He also
imbibes at one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering holes and boats
out to the small fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for The Old
Man and the Sea, and visits Hemingway’s home in San Francisco de
Paula. Lastly, he checks out the glitzy floorshow at the Tropicana
nightclub, and ends his journey at La Guarida’s rooftop piano bar,
perched atop a crumbling mansion. With Roberto’s band playing in the
background, he reflects on the new understanding he has gained of
Havana. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
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