(2016) Linda Purl, Bruce Davison, Buck Taylor, James Karen. Based on the horrifying true story of America's first serial killing family. It's 1870s Kansas, and people have started to mysteriously vanish on the plains. When the troubled Doctor York goes searching for answers, he stumbles upon the Benders, a homesteading family with an unnatural way of living off the land. And when the good doctor also disappears, the locals sense that the Benders may be farming more than wheat. With the sheriff circling and insanity afoot, America's first serial killing family must decide what to do with their latest harvest in a 19th century thriller that'll make your blood run cold. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Candy Factory Films).
Big Little Lies: Season 1
(2017) Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling. Three-disc set with all seven episodes of the HBO limited series based in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, where nothing is quite as it seems. Witherspoon, Kidman and Woodley star in this limited HBO drama series that tells the darkly comedic story of three northern-California mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Doting moms, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: What lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unraveling? Told through the eyes of three mothers – Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste ( Kidman) and Jane (Woodley) -- "Big Little Lies" paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Six “Inside the Episode” pieces, exclusive extended “About Big Little Lies” piece featuring never-before-seen cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. (HBO).
The Carol Burnett Show: The Best Of Harvey Korman
During his 10-season run on "The Carol Burnett Show," Harvey Korman was television's top second banana, with multiple Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe to prove it. He was fearless: he sang, he danced, he ad-libbed, he pranced, and he made TV audiences roar with laughter. No sketch, drama or musical number was safe once Harvey entered the scene -- either from his prodigious talents, or the probable cast crack-up to come. Features four episodes, three which are rare and haven't seen the light of day in more than 40 years, showcasing some of Korman's most memorable on-screen moments: as he slips into a Hugh Hefner-style fantasy to indulge his ego, goes way over the top as a conga player and singer supporting Carol's Carmen Miranda character, and outdoes himself donning a sequined dress and heels for an Andrews Sisters takeoff with Carol and Vicki Lawrence. Includes classic long-running sketches "V.I.P.," "Carol and Sis," and "The Old Folks." Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(2017) Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Glenne Headly, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Ellen Wong. A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity. Read more about "The Circle" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "No More Secrets: Completing the Circle" four-part featurette, "The Future Won't Wait: Design and Technology," "A True Original: Remembering Bill Paxton." (Lionsgate).
(2016) Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend (Dan Stevens), is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown, where she's reunited with her childhood friend (Jason Sudeikis). When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scene. (Universal).
Cop and a Half: New Recruit
(2017) Lou Diamond Phillips, Lulu Wilson, Janet Kidder, Michael Coleman, Giles Panton, Riva Bruck, Wallace Shawn. Grizzled veteran detective Mark Simmons (Lou Diamond Phillips) can’t seem to catch the “Badge Bandit” – the city’s serial prankster who’s causing mischief and embarrassing the police. Karina Murphy (Lulu Wilson) is a spunky 12-year-old who dreams of being a cop. She stumbles on Simmons’ stakeout where she proves she’s got serious detective skills and tech-savvy smarts. While Simmons wants to ignore Karina, the police captain does the unthinkable and teams them up. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Cop and a Half: New Recruit" featurette, "Lou and Lulu: Partners in Crime Solving." (Universal).
Crashing: The Complete First Season
(2017) All eight episodes. Starring and created by Pete Holmes, one of today’s most popular stand-up comedians, the series is a semi-autobiographical comedy that follows a stand-up comic whose suburban life unravels, causing him to lose everything, but his sense of humor. Already renewed for a second season. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Guest Star Fan Club": Pete Holmes talks about his experience working with comedians Artie Lange, T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, and Sarah Silverman, all of whom guest starred in Season 1; "Comedy Extras" with the comedy stylings of T.J. Miller, Aparna Nancherla, and Pete Holmes as they perform their scenes from Season 1; "About Crashing" behind-the-scenes with Holmes and executive producer Judd Apatow; "The Art of Crashing" behind-the-scenes featurette; one-hour HBO comedy special "Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds." (HBO).
Don’t Knock Twice
(2016) Lucy Boynton, Katee Sackhoff. When troubled teen Chloe (Boynton) defies a local legend’s warning and knocks at the door of a long-abandoned house, she unleashes a horror beyond her darkest nightmares-- the vengeance of a relentless child-stealing witch. With nowhere else to turn, Chloe heads for the country home of her estranged mother, Jess (Sackhoff) -- a recovering addict who is desperate to reconnect with her daughter. Now, mother and daughter must once again learn to trust each other if they have any hope of surviving the relentless force shadowing Chloe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette, trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
Fortitude Season 2
(2017) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Fortitude is a place like nowhere else on Earth. Surrounded by the savage beauty of the polar landscape, its future sparkling with the promise of Arctic opportunity, wealth and discovery, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now. The parasite threat from season one has gone, but the residents are still fleeing the Arctic town in droves. Cut off from the mainland, those who remain in Fortitude battle on. However, in the wilderness, nature is growing restless and unpredictable. When the sky turns red, locals fear it is a bad omen for the town. A strange new figure appears hell-bent on destroying an evil spirit he believes has descended upon Fortitude and its inhabitants. There's a demon amongst the herd and it has to be stopped, no matter what the consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Public Media Distribution).
Going in Style
(2017) Dir.: Zach Braff; Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin
Ann-Margret, Joey King, John Ortiz, Peter Serafinowicz, Matt Dillon,
Christopher Lloyd. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for
their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a
daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Read more about "Going in Style" in
the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Director’s commentary by Zach Braff. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes. (Warner).
Kingdom: Seasons One and Two
(2014-15) Nine-disc set with all 30 episodes of the series that centers on a family of fighters set against the backdrop of their Mixed Martial Arts gym. Frank Grillo stars in this gritty drama as former pro fighter Alvey Kulina, who, along with his girlfriend, Lisa (Kiele Sanchez), runs a Mixed Martial Arts gym in Venice, California. Tensions mount when Alvey’s estranged ex-wife, Christina (Joanna Going), stops being estranged. Meanwhile, Lisa’s ex-fiancé, Ryan (Matt Lauria), returns from prison to resurrect his fighting career -- with Alvey as his trainer. And although Alvey and Christina’s sons, Jay (Jonathan Tucker) and Nate (Nick Jonas), show promise as fighters, each contends with demons and secrets of his own. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2017) Debra Winger, Tracy Letts. Debra Winger and Tracy Letts star as Mary and Michael, a long-married, dispassionate wife and husband each embroiled in a secret, extramarital affair. With the couple on the verge of calling it quits, a spark unexpectedly reignites, sweeping Mary and Michael into an impulsive and surprising "new" romance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Azazel Jacobs, “The Music of Romance: Scoring The Lovers” seaturette, “A Complicated Passion: Making The Lovers” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2016 -- Estonia) Kristjan Ukskula, Kaspar Velberg, Maiken Schmidt, Hendrik Kalmet, Karl-Andres Kalmet, Peeter Tammearu. Estonia's 2016 official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Revealing the tragic aftermath of the invasion and occupation of Estonia after the onset of WWII, "1944" recounts one of the most painful chapters of 20th century history for the beleaguered Baltic country. First seized by Soviet Russia, then by Nazi Germany, Estonia ended up with more than 50,000 men of combat age conscripted to fight for the Red Army and over 70,000 for the German military. The result was effectively a civil war, with former friends and neighbors forced to slaughter each other on the battlefield.
Formats: DVD (Walmart only), VOD, Digital. Extras: Bonus animated short, "Le Deux Vies de Nate Hill (The Two Lives of Nate Hill)" from director Jeanne Joseph, examining the dualities of chance and fate. (Film Movement).
(2016) Topher Grace, Anne Heche, Alona Tal, JC Chasez, Lauren Lapkus, Taye Diggs, Paul Scheer, Rob Riggle, Brian Husky, Lesli Margherita. An irreverent ensemble musical comedy with heart and soul. Stage manager Nick (Grace) has the odds stacked against him backstage on opening night of the new Broadway Musical "One Hit Wonderland." He must corral the eccentric cast and crew after learning that Chloe (Tal) had a drunken fling with the star, JC Chasez (yes, NSYNC's JC Chasez). From prima donna back-up dancer (Diggs), to a temperamental producer (Riggle), to his leading lady (Heche) suffering one accident after another, Nick makes sure "the show must go on" in this R-rated musical comedy.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
The Ottoman Lieutenant
(2016) Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar, Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Haluk Bilginer. On the brink of the first World War, "The Ottoman Lieutenant" tells the story of a strong-willed American woman (Hilmar) who, frustrated by ongoing injustices at home, follows an American doctor (Hartnett) to a medical mission in the Ottoman Empire. However, her loyalty to both the doctor and the mission's founder (Kingsley) is soon tested when she falls in love with Ismail (Huisman), a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. With the invading army forces at their doorstep and the world about to plunge into war, she soon realizes that the most dangerous place to be during war, is in love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
(2017) Florence Hartigan, Chelsea Lopez, Justin Matthews, Luke Spencer Roberts. A chilling revelation based on the true events of March 13, 1997, when a strange pattern of lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. Tells the story of three high school students who went into the desert to document this phenomenon. They were never seen again. Two decades later, the sister of one of the missing teens returns to investigate, suspecting a massive cover-up by the government and local law enforcement. But nothing could prepare her for the shocking discovery of the footage from that fateful expedition.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Sophie’s Story," "Phoenix Found," commentary with director Justin Barber, actors Florence Hartigan, Chelsea Lopez and Justin Matthews. (Fox).
(2014 -- Israel) Follows the life of an Ethiopian immigrant in Israel -- 74-year-old Meseganio Tadela (played by Debebe Eshtu) -- who immigrated with his family 28 years ago. Rather than assimilate, however, the obstinate and nervous Tadela has chosen to stubbornly retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, he sells his apartment, vowing to live the rest of his life with his two grown sons -- whether they like it or not. However, during this journey to reconnect with family, the elderly Tadela comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture against the backdrop of contemporary Israel. And as this harsh reality begins to hit him, he undertakes a fierce quest to pass on fading values to his sons, and an immigrant community, that have lost their way.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix).
(2017) Three-part drama follows Tom Parfitt (Michael Palin), a frail and elderly Yorkshire man seemingly alone in the world whose admittance to a nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events. On the very day Tom leaves his home to move into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Teenage care assistant Hannah Ward and investigating police detective Rob Fairholme try to unravel the riddle of Parfitt’s mysterious past as they are drawn into an eerie and dangerous world of lost love and betrayal. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(2017) Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Sasheer Zamata, Storm Reid, Camron Esposito, Dulé Hill. Bo (Lattimore) is a young street magician who has to raise his little sister after their parents pass away. To keep a roof over their heads, he takes on a job selling drugs for psychopathic drug dealer Angelo (Hill). When he realizes he's in too deep and that he and his sister are at risk, Bo uses his magic to find a way out. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Slither BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2006) Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry. The sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America -- somewhat quaint and gentle, peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived ... and is growing. Intent on devouring all life on Earth, this dark and slimy entity is infecting anyone in its path. Now it's up to the local sheriff, Bill Pardy (Nathan), and his team to stop the spread of rampant devastation -- and shocking mutilation -- before it's too late. Outrageously funny horror film from James Gunn, co-writer and director of "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director James Gunn and actors Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker; new "The Genesis of SLITHER" featurette; new "The Other MacReady" featurette; audio commentary with Gunn and Fillion; deleted and extended scenes; "Visual Effects: Step by Step"; "Slithery Set Tour" with Fillion; "The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of SLITHER" featurette; "Brewing the Blood -- How to Make Blood" featurette; "Bringing SLITHER’s Creatures to Life" featurette; Lloyd Kaufman’s video diary; gag reel; "Who is Bill Pardy?" featurette; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege
(2017) Sam Jaeger, Adrianne Palicki,Michael Jai White. Latest
adventure in the S.W.A.T. franchise. LAPD's Special Weapons and
Tactics team (S.W.A.T.) must defend their compound from a series of
assault units seeking to recover a mysterious prisoner with ties to a
powerful drug cartel.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital.
(2017) Taylor Schilling, Pat Healy, Alycia Delmore, Jim O'Heir. Ray Moody (Healy) is a fledgling entrepreneur, trying to get his company off the ground in Los Angeles. His business: the niche Kidnap Solutions, LLC, specializing in abductions that provide alternative therapy for his clients. When a mysterious call contracts him for a weekend kidnapping with a handsome payday at the end, Ray jumps at the opportunity. But the job, and his target -- business consultant Anna St. Blair (Schilling) -- may not be all that they seem. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of Take Me." (The Orchard).
(2017) Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo, Jason O'Mara. Successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Cranston) has taken a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his garage, surviving by scavenging at night, he secretly observes the lives of his wife (Garner) and children. But soon, he realizes that he has not left his family -- he has left himself. An adaptation of acclaimed author E.L. Doctorow’s short story. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Trailer. (IFC/Shout! Factory).
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
(1986) Tenor saxophone master Sonny Rollins has long been hailed as one of the most important artists in jazz history, and still, today, he is viewed as the greatest living jazz improviser. In 1986, filmmaker Robert Mugge produced "Saxophone Colossus," a feature-length portrait of Rollins, named after one of his most celebrated albums. The project began in May of that year when Mugge and a small crew accompanied Sonny and Lucille Rollins to Tokyo where the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra premiered his Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra with Heikki Sarmanto of Finland conducting and Rollins himself soloing throughout. The next big shoot was in August, when Mugge and a larger crew filmed Rollins and his ensemble performing at sculpted rock quarry Opus 40 in Saugerties, New York. The most surprising part of the latter concert was that, midway through his performance, Rollins leaped from a 6-foot cliff, fell to his back on the ground and, in spite of suffering a broken heel, continued to play his saxophone. Rounding out the production were interviews with Rollins in Japan, with Heikki Sarmanto in Japan, with Rollins and his wife Lucille in New York City, and with jazz critics Ira Gitler, Gary Giddins, and Francis Davis, also in New York City. A soundtrack album, "G-Man," released by Fantasy Records, was named by Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau as the best album of 1987, whether jazz or rock, and the fourth best album of the decade. The film has been given a 4K remastering by Mugge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Leaps and Bounds: Robert Mugge on the Making of Saxophone Colossus," updated commentary by Mugge, audio-only performances of the Rollins compositions "G-Man" and "Don't Stop the Carnival." Read the complete press release. (MVD Visual). Due August 4.
(2016-17) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes. Originally premiering on NBC in September 2015, Blindspot tells the story of a beautiful and mysterious woman who is found naked in Times Square with her body completely covered in intricate, coded tattoos. She has no memories of her past and she is clueless about her own identity. She is dubbed Jane Doe and is investigated by the FBI when they learn one of her mysterious tattoos, bears the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller. As the FBI investigates and solves the complex treasure map of her body, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed. Season two
continues to unravel the conspiracy behind her missing identity and her former life with the shadowy organization known as Sandstorm – before joining Weller and the FBI.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc.. Extras: "The Writer’s Conspiracy" featurettes: "Breaking Season 2" and "Premiere Revelations";
"Conspiracies and Cover-Ups" featurettes: "Zero Division" and "Sandstorm"; deleted scenes; "My Crazy Comic-Con Experience with Ashley Johnson (Agent Patterson)"; 2016 Comic-Con Panel; "Bound and Gag Reel." (Warner).
The Breaking Point
(1950) Michael Curtiz brings a master skipper’s hand to the helm of this thriller, Hollywood’s second crack at Ernest Hemingway’s "To Have and Have Not." John Garfield stars as Harry Morgan, an honest charter-boat captain who, facing hard times, takes on dangerous cargo to save his boat, support his family, and preserve his dignity. Left in the lurch by a freeloading passenger, Harry starts to entertain the criminal propositions of a sleazy lawyer (Wallace Ford), as well as the playful come-ons of a cheeky blonde (Patricia Neal), making a series of compromises that stretch his morality -- and his marriage -- farther than he’ll admit. Hewing closer to Hemingway’s novel than Howard Hawks’s Bogart-Bacall vehicle, "The Breaking Point" charts a course through daylight noir and working-class tragedy, guided by Curtiz’s effortless visual fluency and a stoic, career-capping performance from Garfield. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with biographer and film historian Alan K. Rode ("Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film"); new piece featuring actor and acting instructor Julie Garfield speaking about her father, actor John Garfield; new video essay by filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos, analyzing Curtiz’s directorial techniques; excerpts from a 1962 episode of the "Today" show showing contents of the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, including items related to "To Have and Have Not," the novel on which "The Breaking Point" is based; trailer; an essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art. Explores his life and work, featuring exclusive interviews with the late artist and various members of the art world. illuminates his unconventional life and radical transition from dangerous performance art such as 5-Day Locker, Shoot and Trans-Fixed, to intricately engineered installations including Metropolis II and the iconic exterior Urban Light installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman
(1997) Cinematic visionary Chantal Akerman (1950–2015) gave new meaning to the term "independent film" with her radical and original works, earning her high praise amongst cinephiles around the world. Her films have become integral to feminist film theory and broke boundaries between realist and avant-garde genres. "Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman" offers a candid, intimate glimpse of Akerman, the woman. Part One opens with Akerman in her apartment, describing the problems she encountered making this film directly to the camera. What emerges from this mise-en-scène is a funny, often personal, and always thoughtful confession from this extremely perceptive filmmaker. Part Two lets Akerman's films speak for her, taking clips from her extensive filmography and linking them anonymously until they form a new film. There are scenes from "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles," her best-known work, interspersed with glimpses of several other works including experimental film, comedic shorts, musicals, narrative features, and an early short that stars a very young Chantal. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Icarus Films).
(2017) James Andrew Lee, Jack Schaefer, Dan Dowding. A teenage girl is babysitting at a new house, when she's accosted by a vicious doll. In bondage, she's forced to watch terrifying stories on the television, magically controlled by the unfriendly toy ... and each story gets graver than the previous one.
Formats: DVD. (Synergetic Distribution).
(2017) Armand Assante, Karlygash Mukhamedzhanova, Olivier Gruner, Peter O'Toole, Michael Madsen, Bolo Yeung. The charismatic and ruthless Mussa makes a deal to purchase the Star of East Diamond from the Hong-Kong triad crime boss Mr. Lo -- but not before being robbed via an inside job by his own people, former lover Aliya and her new man. Aliya's former love interest and Mussa henchman gets involved, and when Mussa's men track them down, the couple have to fight for their lives. Formats: DVD. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: The Long Haul
(2017) Jason Ian Drucker,Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone. A family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course -- thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous. Read more about "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making a Scene," "Greg Heffley’s 10 Rules for the Perfect Road Trip," "Road Games," "Learn to Draw," "A Decade of Wimpy Fun," bloopers and deleted scenes, deleted animation, "Haulin’ Through Georgia.".
(2017) Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Chloë Sevigny, Rebecca Hall. Dark psychological thriller about how far parents will go to protect their children. Two estranged brothers and their wives meet at a restaurant to discuss a dark crime committed by their sons. With their involvement still a secret, they must decide how far they’ll go to protect the ones they love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Photo gallery, audio commentary with writer-director Oren Moverman and actress Laura Linney. (Lionsgate).
(2016) Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer, Lily James, Janet McTeer. Set during WWII, thriller follows German officer Captain Stefan Brandt (Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (James), one of the Kaiser’s maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Fargo (20th Anniversary Edition Steelbook)
(1996) In this seven-time Oscar-nominated film, things go terribly awry when small-time Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife so he can collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. Once people start dying, the very chipper and very pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) takes the case. Is she up for this challenge? You betcha. Limited to 10,000 copies. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director of photography Roger A. Deakins, the “Minnesota Nice” featurette, an interview with the Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand, an American Cinematography article, an original advertising gallery, and a still photo gallery. (Shout! Factory/Shout Select).
Frontline: Bannon’s War
(2017) The inside story of Trump adviser Stephen Bannon. Drawing on nearly 30 in-depth interviews with political insiders, Bannon’s former associates at Breitbart News, authors and journalists, the film tells the inside story of Bannon’s fight to deliver on Trump’s promises. Investigates who Bannon is, what shaped his worldview, his influence and footing within the Trump administration, and his personal crusade to dramatically transform America. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children
(2016) The 20th century was a dangerous time to be young: a multitude
of diseases too often kept children from reaching even their teenage
years. Millions suffered and died. From that environment one man would
emerge to lead a revolution in vaccine innovation that would save many
millions of young lives every year; the greatest scientist of the 20th
century, and no one knows his name. Maurice Hilleman had a singular,
unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his
poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, Hilleman came to
prevent pandemic flu, invent the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine,
and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer. Responsible
for more than half of the vaccines children receive today, he is
credited with saving more than eight million lives every year. Now
through exclusive interviews with Dr. Hilleman and his peers, rare
archival footage, and 3-D animation, this new documentary puts a human
face to vaccine science, revealing the character that drove this bold,
complex, and heroic man. When parents began choosing not to vaccinate
their children in the 1990s, a cruel irony became clear; Hilleman's
unprecedented successes has allowed us to forget just how devastating
childhood diseases can be.
Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Nine animated short films,
including "How Viruses Attack Cells," "How Antibodies Work," and
"Using Genetic Information to Make Vaccines." (First Run Features).
(2017) Sam Worthington, Odeya Rush, Allen Leech, Amy Landecker, Veronica Echegui. Lucas (Worthington) is a solitary assassin hired to kill a young woman, Ella (Rush). When he can't bring himself to pull the trigger the plan falls apart, setting in motion a twisted game of cat and mouse. Now both are marked for death and forced to form an uneasy alliance. Relentlessly pursued across Europe, their only hope for survival is to expose those responsible for brutally murdering Ella's family and bring them to justice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Cost of Killing: Making The Hunter’s Prayer” featurette, “The World of the Hunter” featurette, “Creating the Driving Force” featurette. (Lionsgate).
I Am the Blues
(2015) A vibrant, reverential, and nostalgic musical tour of the juke joints, back roads, and church halls of the Mississippi Delta. Diving deep into America's last generation of blues devils, the film takes viewers on an enthralling journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, and moonshine-soaked BBQs in North Mississippi Hill Country to visit with many unsung living legends of blues, including 83-year old Bobby Rush, whose latest recording, "Porcupine Meat," won him his first Grammy Award for Traditional Blues Album in February. Crisscrossing unseen byways and back roads, the documentary highlights a generation of veteran blues musicians rooted from the genre's heyday, many of whom are now in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin' Circuit, including Barbara Lynn, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer and Lil' Buck Sinegal. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, including interviews and performance footage. (Film Movement).
In the Shadow of Women
(2015 -- France) Stanislas Merhar, Clotilde Courau, Lena Paugam. Pierre and Manon are a married couple working in fragile harmony on Pierre’s documentary film projects. When Pierre takes a lover and Manon finds out, how do each react to the situation and towards each other? The result is an in-depth exploration of intimacies and emotional ecologies. A black and white throwback to '60s-era French romantic dramas. Formats: DVD.
(Distrib Films US/Icarus Films).
John Wayne Double Feature: Rio Lobo & Big Jake
The two-disc collection features "Rio Lobo" (1970) and "Big Jake" (1971), two of the iconic star's most beloved films. Directed by Howard Hawks, the Civil War adventure "Rio Lobo" stars Wayne as Cord McNally, a Union leader on the hunt for the Confederate men who betrayed his unit while they were protecting a gold shipment. After learning the raiders had help from the inside, McNally vows to uncover the two traitors within his troop. Jorge Rivero, Jack Elam and Victor French also star. In "Big Jake," Wayne teams up with his real-life son, Patrick Wayne, and the incomparable Maureen O'Hara, to lead the search for his kidnapped grandson and the ruthless outlaw John Fain (Richard Boone). The aging gunfighter sets off to deliver the ransom to his grandson's kidnappers, but has little intention of handing it over without a good fight. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
(2017) Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Eric Bana. Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true
legacy - whether he likes it or not.
Read more about "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Arthur with Swagger" featurette: Charlie Hunnam is a gentleman, a hunk and a badass, setting new standards as king and new rules with the ladies. (Warner).
Kung Fu Yoga
(2017 -- China) Jackie Chan, Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur, Aarif Rahma, Sonu Sood. Jack (Chan), a world-renowned archaeology professor, and his team are on a grand quest to locate a lost ancient Indian treasure when they are ambushed by a team of mercenaries and left for dead. Using his vast knowledge of history and kung fu, Jack leads his team on a race around the world to beat the mercenaries to the treasure and save an ancient culture in this breakneck action-comedy that reunites Chan with acclaimed director Stanley Tong ("Rumble in the Bronx," "Supercop"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Bloopers, five featurettes: "Best of Both Worlds," "The Dynamic Duo," "The Making-of," "Jackie Chan" and "Bollywood Dance.". (Well Go USA).
LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain
(2017) All-new animated film. When Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl,
Bumblebee and Katana suddenly realize they cannot remember a single
moment from their Monday at Super Hero High, the young DC Super Heroes
spring into sleuthing action. Suspecting foul-play, they band together
to retrace their steps and uncover the mystery of who exactly stole
their memories -- and what nefarious plan might be afoot.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Louise by the Shore
(2016) On the last day of summer at a small seaside resort town,
75-year-old Louise misses the last train out. After a torrential
rainstorm, she emerges from her room the next morning to find the
streets flooded and the town utterly deserted. Days, weeks and months
pass in this dreamlike interlude as Louise learns to fend for herself,
her solitude interrupted only by a talking dog and memories of her
past. Evoking Jacques Tati’s "Mr. Hulot’s Holiday," "The Twilight
Zone," and Post-Impressionist watercolors, this lovely, imaginative
film is an “animation for adults” only in the sense of its mature and
reflective sensibility. An animated film by Jean-François Laguionie ("The
Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So
Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying
Considered to be the best fighters in southern China during the 19th century Qing dynasty, each of the “Ten Tigers of Canton” was a master of a unique martial arts style, from the “Hap Family Fist” to the “Bone Melting Palm.” Their stories have been embellished by folk legends and passed down from generation to generation, and now two of their stories will be brought to American audiences via HBO Asia. Filmed in Hengdian, China, these films are HBO Asia’s very first Chinese-language productions and their first approach to the martial arts genre. The films are executive produced by acclaimed Hong Kong director Corey Yuen ("The Transporter") and directed by Guo Jian-Yong, who previously choreographed the action sequences for "Cradle 2 the Grave", "Red Cliff," and the first three films in the "Transporter" franchise. "Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So": Born to a wealthy merchant in Canton, So Chan is pampered—but smart and ambitious—and about to become the Emperor's top Martial Arts Warrior. But when he finds himself dragged into a conspiracy between two political powers in the imperial court, he loses everything, including his family and almost his life. With the help of the beggar gang chief and his daughter—plus a healthy dose of Chinese liquor—So Chan grasps the full essence of the long lost martial art skill the Drunken Fist to become a proud and driven Beggar So, determined to get his revenge and find the love of his life. "Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying": A quiet and honest physician, Wong Kei-Ying spends his life upholding medical ethics and saving lives while avoiding conflicts and politics until he finds himself tricked into assisting Wei, the ruthless and treacherous new governor of Canton, in a bid to wrest control of the city’s opium business from a local gang. When his mentor leaves him with illustrations of the legendary martial art skill Shadowless Kick, Wong must master the skill and use it in a final attempt to take down Wei. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (HBO).
My Little Pony Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night
(2017) The Equestria Girls step through a magical mirror and are transported from the world of My Little Pony, transforming into teenage girls at Canterlot High. Full-time students and part-time magical pony-girls, the Equestria Girls are always ready to save the day with the Magic of Friendship. Three episodes: "Dance Magic," "Movie Magic" and "Mirror Magic." Formats: DVD. Extras: Sing-Alongs. (Shout! Kids).
(2016) A documentary about three students determined to graduate from their high school in Indianapolis, despite the fact that the institution has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. Victims of circumstance and a broken system, Greg, Melissa, and Shynika are optimistic that they don’t need to be on the wrong side of statistics. Emmy award-winning director Andrew Cohn’s absorbing documentary observes their individual pursuits going back to school, fraught with the challenges of daily life and the broader systemic roadblocks faced by many Americans as they strive to improve their lives in the face of adversity. Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio commentary by director Andrew Cohn and director of photography Zachary Shields. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Re-Animator (Limited Edition)
(1985) One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time,
Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic "Re-Animator" returns
to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features.
When medical student Dean Cain advertises for a roommate, he soon
finds one in the form of Dr. Herbert West. Initially a little
eccentric, it soon becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories -- specifically, the possibility of re-animating
the dead. It's not long before Dean finds himself under West's
influence, and embroiled in a series of ghoulish experiments that
threaten to go wildly out of control. Based on H.P. Lovecraft's
classic terror tale "Herbert West – Reanimator" and featuring a
standout performance from Jeffrey Combs as the deliciously deranged
West, "Re-Animator" remains the ground-zero of '80s splatter mayhem
and one of the genre's finest hours. Formats: Blu-ray Disc with
4K restorations of the Unrated (86 minutes) and Integral versions (105
minutes) of the film, in original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Audio, with
Digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson. Extras:
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer
Michael Gingold; "Re-Animator," the original 1991 comic book
adaptation, reprinted in its entirety. Disc 1 – Unrated
Version: Audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon; audio
commentary with producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara
Crampton, Bruce Abbott, and Robert Sampson; "Re-Animator Resurrectus,"
documentary on the making of the film, featuring extensive interviews
with cast and crew; interview with Gordon and Yuzna; interview with
writer Dennis Paoli; interview with composer Richard Band; music
discussion with Band; interview with former "Fangoria" editor Tony
Timpone; "Barbara Crampton In Conversation," a career-spanning
discussion with journalist Alan Jones; deleted and extended scenes;
trailer & TV spots.
Disc 2 – Integral Version – Limited Edition Exclusive: "A Guide
to Lovecraftian Cinema" new featurette looking at the many various
cinematic incarnations of H.P. Lovecraft's work. (Arrow Video/MVD
Room on the Broom
(2012) Based on the children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Features the voices of Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, Simon Pegg, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, and David Walliams. It's the story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, must to the frustration of her cat. When the witch encounters a fearsome and hungry dragon, her animal friends come to her rescue. To show her gratitude, the witch rewards them with a magnificent new broom with room for everyone. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary, Julia Donaldson live performance, artwork gallery. (Public Media Distribution).
Seijun Suzuki's The Taisho Trilogy Limited Edition
After over a decade in the wilderness following his firing from Nikkatsu for "Branded to Kill" (1967), maverick director Seijun Suzuki returned with a vengeance with his critically-praised tryptic of cryptic supernatural dramas set during the liberal enlightenment of Japan's Taisho Era (1912-26). In the multiple Japanese Academy Award-winning "Zigeunerweisen" (1980), two intellectuals and former colleagues from military academy involve their wives in a series of dangerous sexual games. In "Kageroza" (1981), a playwright is drawn like a moth to a flame to a mysterious beauty who might be a ghost, while "Yumeji" (1991) imagines the real-life painter-poet Takehisa Yumeji's encounter with a beautiful widow with a dark past. Presented together on Blu-ray for the first time outside of Japan, the films in the Taisho Trilogy are considered Suzuki's masterpieces in his homeland. Presenting a dramatic turn from more his familiar tales of cops, gangsters and unruly youth, these surrealistic psychological puzzles drip with a lush exoticism, distinctively capturing the pandemonium of a bygone age of decadence and excess, when Western ideas, fashions, technologies and art fused into everyday aspect of Japanese life. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations, with original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray). Extras: New introductions to each film by critic Tony Rayns, making-of featurette, vintage interview with Seijun Suzuki, limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Sesame Street: Elmo’s Wonderful World
(2016) Everyone’s favorite furry monster stars in an all-new, updated,
fun and fresh version of "Elmo’s World." In each episode, lessons are
taught through the lens of fun and familiar pre-school relevant
topics, live action films, and interactive thinking games such as
matching, sorting, and counting. Little learners will accompany Elmo
and his friend Smartie, an animated cell phone, as he uses his
imagination to transform his bedroom into the beautiful chalk-drawn
environment of Elmo’s World and dives into the topic of the day.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Two bonus episodes of the new
series, the "Furchester Hotel."
(2017) Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni. When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results. Read more about "Snatched" in the August
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, extended and alternate scenes, gag reel, commentary by director Jonathan Levine.
The Summer of All My Parents (aka July-August)
(2016 -- France) Luna Lou, Pascale Arbillot, Alma Jodorowsky.
14-year-old Laura and her older sister Joséphine spend the summer
holidays shuttling between their divorced parents -- secretly pregnant
Mom and bachelor Dad. But when Joséphine falls for a hunk and winds up
in the wrong crowd, Laura turns out to be more responsible than the
grown-ups who spend their time "educating" her.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
Teen Wolf (Collector’s Edition) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1985) Michael J Fox. New high-definition film transfer taken from the interpositive. Extras: "Never. Say. Die. The Story of Teen Wolf," original theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Shout! Factory).
Teen Wolf Too (Collector’s Edition) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Jason Bateman. Extras: "Working with the Wolf" interview with director Christopher Leitch; "Otherworldly" interview with co-star Kim Darby; "A Man of Great ‘Stiles’" interview with co-star Stuart Fratkin; "Nerdy Girl Saves the Day" interview with co-star Estee Chandler; :A Wolf in ‘80s Clothing" look at the wardrobe of "Teen Wolf Too" with costume designer Heidi Kaczenski; still gallery. (Shout! Factory).
(2016) Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine. An official selection at the Cannes
Film Festival, writer-director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature follows
troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore.
When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that
begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into
reality. A chilling portrait of violence, "The Transfiguration" is an
atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes,
notebook artwork, theatrical trailer.
(2016) Taylor John Smith, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Carla Gugino. Anthony is a standout player on his Manhattan high school's basketball team with seemingly everything going for him: a killer three-point shot, a loving girlfriend and a chance at a scholarship to Cornell. But Anthony's dreams of playing college ball are jeopardized by his volatile father, a hard-drinking writer whose compulsive gambling threatens to derail the lives of both his wife and son. Though it goes against his nature, Anthony must summon the strength to step out from his father's shadow and reclaim his future. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2016 -- Japan) Drawing deeper than ever on his personal memories and experiences, award-winning filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda ("Our Little Sister", "Still Walking," "Nobody Knows") returns with a powerful story of family ties and expectations. When a typhoon strikes, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a failed writer and third-rate detective, unexpectedly spends the night together with his son, ex-wife (Yoko Maki) and aging mother (legendary actress Kirin Kiki), allowing the estranged family the opportunity to believe in each other once again.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "Making-of" documentary; bonus 12-minute film, "The Last Dream," directed by Noemie Nakai and Carmen Kobayashi (2017, Japan); the futuristic short is about the recycling of dreams by the few people that can still have them. (Film Movement).
(2017) Dir.: Ridley Scott; Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston,
Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir. The crew of a colony ship,
bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a
threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
Read more about "Alien: Covenant" in
the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director Ridley
Scott; 12 deleted and extended scenes; "Master Class: Ridley Scott"
documentary on the making of "Alien: Covenant"; crew fear tests; an
inside look at “David’s Lab”; "USCSS Covenant": "Meet Walter,"
"Phobos," "The Last Supper"; "Sector 87 - Planet 4": "The Crossing,"
"Advent." There are three exclusive editions at Walmart, Target and
Best Buy: Walmart: Alien Day fan art designed T-shirt (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray
formats), Target: 36-page book packaging featuring an inside look at
David’s Lab and the creatures of "Alien: Covenant," plus
behind-the-scenes photography and concept sketches (Blu-ray format),
Best Buy: Alien baby Xenomorph steelbook (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray
(2017) Grace Guei, Michael Adam Hamilton, Barney Cheng. This engaging Taiwanese-U.S. dramedy is an homage to Ang Lee's cross-cultural classic "The Wedding Banquet," including an Asian-Caucasian gay couple, the meddlesome mother and the never-ending quest for a grandchild. But this time around, director Barney Cheng (who also co-stars and writes) tells the story largely from the perspective of the mother (Guei) and adds a modern spin: surrogacy. Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his partner Tate, long to have a baby, but the complex world of international surrogacy is further complicated by Danny's well-meaning but extremely meddlesome Ma who wants to control every aspect of the process all the way from Taipei. It's an adventure that takes mother and son all over the world, including Taipei, Bangkok, Mumbai and Los Angeles. It's a coming-out story - not only of a gay man, but also a mother struggling to be part of her son's life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Gravitas Ventures).
Billions: Season Two
(2017) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes of the Showtime Original Series that chronicles a power struggle between a rich hedge fund manager (Damian Lewis) and a hard-charging U.S. Attorney (Paul Giamatti) who probes the billionaire's fiances. After being deftly outplayed, brilliant hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod is upping his game and using his considerable resources to exact revenge on ruthless U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. Axe's aggressive move sends Chuck reeling as he finds himself under investigation, forced to scramble to hang on to his Office and his family. But the embattled prosecutor still has some tricks up his sleeve and it's not long before Axe learns that money can't buy everything ... or everyone. The series also stars Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Being Billions," "Making Billions in New York," "They Theirs & Them." (Showtime/Paramount).
The Blacklist: Season Four
(2016-17) All 22 episodes. A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington (James Spader), who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her. In this season, Liz works to resolve the mystery of her lost childhood, but every day without the truth holds more danger for her and her family. Meanwhile, the Task Force reels from Liz’s resurrection and friendships are fractured. Betrayed by those closest to him, Reddington’s specific moral code demands justice, all the while battling an army of new and unexpected blacklisters. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "A Darker Shade of Red" featurette. Blu-ray adds two featurettes, "A Lighter Shade of Red" and "Mr. Kaplan: End of an Era," gag reel, deleted scenes, three episode commentaries. (Sony).
(2017 -- South Korea) Cho Jin-woong, Kim Dae-myung, Shin Gu. When a
doctor learns a murderous secret from a sedated patient, he finds
himself in the middle of an unsolved serial murder case. As
dismembered bodies start showing up close to home, the doctor realizes
he must solve the riddle before the killer realizes what he may know.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Britney Ever After
(2016) Natasha Bassett, Nicole Oliver, Matt Visser, Clayton Chitty, Nathan Keyes. This Lifetime Original Movie follows the tumultuous story of pop icon Britney Spears: from humble beginnings on the Mickey Mouse Club, to her rise to fame, her fall from grace, and eventual triumphant resurrection via sold-out performances in Las Vegas.
Formats: DVD, Walmart only. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan, Elisabeth Moss. He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went 15 rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It’s the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame—but what happens when your 15 minutes in the spotlight are up? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “All About Chuck” behind-the-scenes featurette. (Paramount).
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all 17 episodes of The CW series. Season Two of the Super Hero team-up series enlists both a league and a legion of new characters to join the legendary crew of the Waverider. Charged with protecting the timeline from temporal aberrations –
changes to history that spawn potentially catastrophic consequences – the Legends reassemble with the addition of historian Nate Heywood (aka Citizen Steel) and Justice Society of America member Amaya Jiwe (aka Vixen). And yet, for every force of good, there is an opposing force of darkness. In Season Two, the Legends of Tomorrow face off against the first ever team of DC Super-Villains: the Legion of Doom, including Malcolm Merlyn, Damien Darhk, Captain Cold and the Reverse Flash.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 2016 Comic-Con Panel, "Allied: The Invasion Complex" (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) crossover featurette, deleted scenes, gag-reel. (Warner).
Dominion Creek, Series 2
(2017) Two-disc set with four episodes. Known as "An Klondike" in Ireland and winner of four Irish Film and TV Awards for Series 1, including Best Drama, Lead Actor and Script, the four-part Series 2 stars Owen McDonnell, Seán T.Ó Meallaigh, and Dara Devaney as the Connolly brothers; three Irish emigrants seeking riches in the American Gold Rush. In this season, as the Connolly Brothers continue to grow their influence in Dominion Creek, two new arrivals into town are set to change everything. The storylines and characters draw from historical accounts and are inspired by real life tales of people who experienced the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
800 Words, Season 2, Part 2
(2017) The heartwarming Aussie-Kiwi dramedy's second eight episodes (Part 2) continue with the saga of George Turner (Erik Thomson), a recently widowed father who quits his job as a popular 800 word columnist for a top selling Sydney newspaper, who looks to make a new home for himself and his family in a strangely beautiful and quirky New Zealand coastal town. Formats: Two-disc DVD. Extras: Set tour. (Acorn Media).
(2017) Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Ana de la Reguera, Anika Noni
Rose. A teenager who's spent her whole life confined to her home due
to an illness falls for the boy next door. Read more about "Everything, Everything"
in the August
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Trapped in Love: The Story
of Everything, Everything" featurette. (MGM/Warner).
(2016) Daniela Bobadilla, Daniel Amerma, Kevin McCorkle. Over a series of video chats, a teenage outcast reaches out to his childhood friend, but finds that behind the veneer of popularity and a seemingly perfect life, she hides a disturbing secret. A coming-of-age dramedy that examines some of the most pressing social issues facing the world's teenagers today -- told through the brutally honest lens of a video chat. Written by brothers Matt & Aaron Toronto, and directed by Matt, this compelling, often lighthearted, drama -- winner of The Brian Hendricks Award for Innovation at the Edmonton Int'l Film Festival -- is ultimately about true friendship and compassion in the face of life's many wrinkles.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
First Daughter and the Black Snake
(2017) Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth's destruction. When proposed new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of organizing a spiritual ride, guiding her horse against the current of oil "because a horse can kill a snake." The "Prophecy of the 7th Fire" says a "black snake" will bring destruction to the earth. We will have a choice of two paths. One is scorched and one is green. For Winona (Ojibwe for "first daughter"), the "black snake" is oil trains and pipelines. When she learns that Canadian-owned Enbridge plans to route a new pipeline through land granted to her tribe in an 1855 Treaty, she and her community spring into action to save the sacred wild rice lakes and preserve their traditional way of life. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).
Free and Easy
(2017 -- Chinas) Xu Gang, Zhiyong Zhang. Acclaimed Chinese director Geng Jun’s portrayal of an absurd story set in a fictitious town. A crook visits a gloomy, snowbound village in northeast China bringing “magic” soap used to incapacitate his victims so that, while unconscious, he can rob them. He encounters a religious Christian man who is intent on re-uniting with his missing mother, a fake monk who uses his disguise to con people into donating to his “temple,” a forest ranger pursuing the thief who is stealing his trees, and the two police officers who are trying to catch the corrupt “soap salesman” who have -- literally -- no clue. In the midst of all of this, a murder takes place. This group of grifters suspects and scams each other while hugging, caring and chilling. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (FilmRise).
(2017) Luke Hemsworth, Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Dern. The story of the West's most notorious gunslinger and his road to redemption, the Western finds the infamous, hard-drinking outlaw (Hemsworth) in 1870's Abilene, Kansas, seeking to start a new life. Captivated by Wild Bill's unparalleled gun skills, the mayor, George Knox (Kristofferson), quickly ropes him in as the town marshal. Recognizing the need to clamp down on the wildest cow-town in the west, Hickok soon finds himself at the center of a controversial ordinance while dispensing his own brand of frontier justice. His attempts to protect Abilene, however, are quickly challenged by a band of outlaws led by powerful saloon owner, Phil Poe (Adkins). And when Poe places a bounty on Wild Bill's head, the marshal, with the help of outlaw-turned-lawman John Wesley Hardin, makes a stand for Abilene and his new life, while putting his reputation as the fastest draw in the west on the line. Formats: DVD, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Road to Abilene: The Making of Hickok," deleted scenes. (Cinedigm).
(1980) The inimitable comic team of Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson star in this nimble tale of international intrigue from master British filmmaker Ronald Neame. Based on Brian Garfield’s best-selling novel, the blithe thriller centers on Miles Kendig (Matthau), a disillusioned retired CIA agent who, with the help of a chic and savvy Viennese widow (Jackson), threatens to publish his memoirs and expose the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. Despite being in major hot water with his former colleagues, Kendig refuses to get in line -- he’s having too much fun. Set to the sounds of Mozart, this lighthearted sendup of the paranoid dramas of its era is an expertly crafted, singular take on the spy movie. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews from 2002 with director Ronald Neame and writer Brian Garfield; Walter Matthau in a 1980 appearance on "The Dick Cavett Show"; trailer and teaser; optional broadcast television audio track for family viewing; an essay by critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection).
How to Be a Latin Lover
(2017) Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro, Michael Cera, Rob Corddry. Finding himself dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family. Read more about
"How to Be a Latin Lover" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Show Me Your Sexy! Learning How to Be a Latin Lover" featurette, "A Little Help from My Friends" featurette, commentary with director Ken Marino, producer Ben Odell, and editor John Daigle.
The Lonely Italian
(2016) Domenico Nesci, Mark Chuakay. A hybrid documentary/narrative comedy about one man’s quest to find love. The real-life journey of a young Italian man, Italian radio and TV star Domenico Nesci, who joins virtually every online dating site in America (no matter how ridiculous, from mainstream to fringe, including “Farmer’s Only,” “JDate,” “Black Singles,” and “Date Me Date My Pet”) trying to find love in the modern age. All he had was an accent, an iPhone, and a dream ... Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lumiere Lab/Random Media).
(1984) A slow-burning depiction of economic degradation in Thatcher’s England, Mike Leigh’s "Meantime" was the culmination of the writer-director’s pioneering work in television and became his breakthrough theatrical release. Unemployment is rampant in London’s working-class East End, where a middle-aged couple and their two sons languish in a claustrophobic public housing flat. As the brothers (Phil Daniels and Tim Roth) grow increasingly disaffected, Leigh punctuates the grinding boredom of their daily existence with tense encounters, including with a priggish aunt (Marion Bailey) who has managed to become middle-class and a blithering skinhead on the verge of psychosis (a scene-stealing Gary Oldman, in his first major role). Informed by Leigh’s now trademark improvisational process and propelled by the lurching rhythms of its Beckett-like dialogue, " Meantime" is an unrelenting, often blisteringly funny look at life on the dole. On DVD and Blu-ray, with New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Roger Pratt and director Mike Leigh, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between Leigh and musician Jarvis Cocker; new conversation between actor Marion Bailey and critic Amy Raphael; an essay by film scholar Sean O’Sullivan. (The Criterion Collection).
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 10
(2016-17) Yannick Bisson stars as Detective William Murdoch, a methodical and dashing detective who solves crimes in the early 1900s in Toronto, using radical new forensic techniques like fingerprinting, ultraviolet light, and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. In Season 10, with all 18 episodes, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) deals with post-traumatic stress from her near-death experience; Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris) faces relationship problems; Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) gets caught up with a passion for soccer; and morgue attendant Rebecca James (Mouna Traoré) determinedly pursues her medical education. As Murdoch and his team face murdered debutantes and cutthroat athletes amid historical events like the Great Toronto Fire of 1904, old enemies come back to haunt them. Along the way, they encounter some of the greatest minds of the time, including horror author H.P. Lovecraft and inventor Reginald Fessenden. Features guest stars Samantha Bond ("Downton Abbey"), Ari Millen ("Orphan Black" Peter Keleghan ("The Red Green Show"), and singer Alan Doyle. Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making Murdoch featurette." (Acorn Media).
NCIS: New Orleans - The Third Season
(2016) A spin-off of NCIS (2003) that is set in the Crescent City. In the third season, Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka "King" (Scott Bakula) leads the team as they investigate criminal cases that affect military personnel. Working alongside Pride is Special Agent Christopher Lasalle (Lucas Black). Series regulars Bakula, Black, CCH Pounder, Shalita Grant, Rob Kerkovich and Daryl Mitchell are joined by series newcomer Vanessa Ferlito. The third season also features a special NCIS crossover episode with appearances by cast members Mark Harmon, Sean Murray and Wilmer Valderrama. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Opening Pandora's Box" featurette on this season's crossover episode with NCIS.; "NCIS New Orleans Season 3: Let the Good Times Roll" look at several of this season's story arcs and how the series has evolved, with comments from the cast, guest actors and producers; " The New Girl in Town" interview with the cast on the series' new character, Tammy Gregorio, who is played by Vanessa Ferlito; "Propping It Up" behind-the-scenes look at the series' prop department; "It Takes a Video Village" in which crew members explain what their jobs entail; audio commentaries. (CBS/Paramount).
Once Upon A Time In Venice
(2016) Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Thomas Middleditch. Bruce Willis plays Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford, a detective who’s good with the ladies, bad with the punches, and wild about his dog, Buddy. But when his beloved pet is stolen by local thugs, Steve makes a questionable alliance with their devious leader, Spyder (Jason Momoa). Teaming up with his best friend (John Goodman), Steve pulls out the big guns in search of Spyder’s stolen cocaine and cash in order to set things straight and get Buddy back where he belongs. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (RLJ Entertainment).
The Powerpuff Girls: The Last Donnycorn
(2016) Join pint-sized superhero sisters Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup in 12 episodes from the Emmy-nominated Cartoon Network hit series’ first and second season. Once again, the day is saved by the cutest, evil-busting crime fighters, the Powerpuff Girls! Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup take on all types of troublemakers, from ferocious fortune-tellers to yucky yetis and of course mixed-up monkeys named Mojo Jojo. Luckily for the city of Townsville, the three sisters always manage to tap into the power of teamwork to topple evildoers. Formats: DVD. Extras: Half-hour special "The Last Donnycorn," the Emmy Award nominated episode "Once Upon a Townsville," five "The Powerpuff Girls" minisodes. (Warner).
(2017) Takes classic fairy tales and mixes them together with a
Produced by award-wining company Magic Light Pictures the animations
are based on the extraordinary book written by Roald Dahl and
illustrated by Quentin Blake. Part One – Snow White, Red Riding
Hood and Three Little Pigs: Snow White and Red Riding Hood become
lifelong friends as Snow White takes on the might of the wicked Queen,
whilst Red is called home to deal with a pair of hungry wolves – one
who’s eaten her grandma and then dressed in her clothes, while the
other can’t help himself from eating some unsuspecting pigs. Part
Two – Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk: Jack grows up with
his heart set on next-door neighbor Cindy. She has her eye turned by
the eligible Prince at the ball, and Jack gets distracted by a giant
beanstalk at the bottom of his garden. Will they find true love?
Formats: DVD. (Public Media Distribution).
Riverdale: The Complete First Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Based on the characters
from Archie Comics, "Riverdale" gives a subversive take on small-town
life. Things aren’t always what you expect in Riverdale. As a new
school year begins, the town is reeling from the tragic death of high
school golden boy Jason Blossom. The summer’s events made all-American
teen Archie Andrews realize that he wants to pursue a career in music,
but his fractured friendship with Jughead Jones, and Josie McCoy’s
focus on her own band leaves Archie without a mentor. Meanwhile,
girl-next-door Betty Cooper is not ready to reveal her true feelings
for Archie, and new student, Veronica Lodge, has an undeniable spark
with Betty’s crush. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale’s queen
bee, who stirs up trouble amongst Archie, Betty and Veronica. But is
Cheryl hiding something about the mysterious death of her twin
brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but
there’s so much more to the story.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel,
"Riverdale: The New Normal," "The Ultimate Sin," "I Got You" musical
piece, "These Are Moments I Remember" musical piece, gag reel, deleted
(2017 -- Ethiopia) In a country brimming with diversity -- 80 different languages and cultures and an estimated 100 million people calling Ethiopia home, this documentary looks to the universal language of music to bring to light the distinctive sounds of a country in the throes of change. Known for its distinctive genre of Ethio-Jazz, a blend of western musical sounds, Armenian introduced brass instruments, and Ethiopia's traditional folk and religious music, Ethiopia's music scene is incredibly diverse. Yet, this musical diversity, which has evolved over generations, is increasingly being pushed aside by electronics and popular culture. To best capture the inimitable sounds of traditional Ethiopian music, for two years, director Quino Piñero and his team of audio ethnographers traveled across the mountains, deserts and forests to find and record the last interpreters of this unique musical culture and their stories. And the result is an incredible voyage of discovery that is both deeply moving and spiritual. Full of field recordings of all forms of traditional music -- from wind orchestras from the time of Emperor Haile Selassie to the Azmari, the Ethiopian equivalent of European bands -- the music's ancient past reverberates and bounces off the traditional instruments played, such as the Krar (a five or six stringed lyre), Washint (type of flute), Masenqo (single stringed bowed lute) and Kebero (double headed drum with animal skin stretched over making it a membranophone). Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).
(2017) Norm MacDonald, Jessie Fraser, Valin Shinyei. Moving into his late grandfather’s house, young Jack inherits the old man’s dog, Skipper (MacDonald)-- who can talk. With the sassy pooch’s help, Jack learns that Grandpa left a priceless Spanish treasure hidden somewhere in the town. Jack joins forces with a trio of clever neighbor kids — a goth girl, a socialite, and a jokester—to find the valuable booty, with Skipper leading the way. But can they outrun the brazen, bumbling thieves that will stop at nothing to seize the prize for themselves? Awarded the Dove Family Seal of Approval. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(2015) Mike Dwyer, Keith David, Katie Keene, Seth Hammond. A petty car
thief in a small Southern Ohio town gets involved in an underground
game of life and death. Small-town crook Cody (Dwyer) was at the end
of his rope when a mysterious stranger offered him the chance of his
life. There was just one catch -- in this game he would have to wager
everything, including his life. Cody finds himself trapped amongst a
band of outsiders and misfits -- all fighting for their lives and a
slice of the American dream. Fueled by a horde of masked sadists, Cody
and the others will win a fortune or die a brutal death.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette.
(2017) Dir.: Doug Liman; Aron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli. Two American soldiers are trapped by a lethal Iraqi sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them. Read more about "The Wall" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud).
Extras: Audio commentary with director Doug Liman and actor Aaron-Taylor Johnson; behind-the-scenes vignettes.
(2016) TV series continuation of the "Evil Dead" franchise. Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and he becomes mankind's only hope. Loaded with the same twisted humor and gory kill scenes fans of the franchise are used to, “Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2" continues the chainsaw-slicing, shotgun-blasting fun from the first season. Stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, as well as this season’s introduction of Lee Majors as Ash’s father. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentaries, "Season 2 First Look," fatality mash-up, eight featurettes. (Lionsgate).
(2014 -- Greece) Maria (Angeliki Papoulia, who came to prominence with her role in the acclaimed "Dogtooth") started her adult life with the best of intentions. But 10 years after, no matter where she looks, her world is cracking. Greece's ongoing financial crisis has forced people everywhere to reevaluate their expectations of the world, and she's having none of that. Unwilling to reconcile with a life of unreturned care, lost dignity and a broken-down desire to live, Maria wants out, attacking her past, the people she loves, her country and the perception of her sex in a relentless battle to find truth, both in her and around her. Once she was a caring mother, a loving wife, a responsible daughter. Now she has gone rogue. The sophomore feature from Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas ("Homecoming"), the festival favorite drama was nominated for Best Film at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards and the Sarajevo Film Festival, as well as the New Director's Showcase Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. Formats: DVD, VOD. (IndiePix).
Blue Bloods: The Seventh Season
(2016-17) Six-disc set with 22 episodes. Featuring an all-star cast including Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan and Will Estes, the Reagan family delivers justice once again in this drama about a multigenerational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan (Selleck) is the New York Police Commissioner and heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry (Len Cariou), during his stint as Chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son, Danny (Wahlberg), a seasoned detective, family man and Iraq War vet who on occasion uses dubious tactics to solve cases with his partner, Detective Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez). The Reagan women in the family include Erin (Moynahan), a New York Assistant D.A. who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father, as well as a single parent to her teenage daughter, Nicky (Sami Gayle); and Linda (Amy Carlson), Danny's supportive wife. Jamie (Estes) is the youngest Reagan, a Harvard Law graduate and the family's "golden boy." Unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decided to give up a lucrative future in law and follow in the family footsteps as a cop. He's found a friend and ally in Eddie (Vanessa Ray), his young and eager female partner, who keeps him on his toes, but has very different reasons than the Reagans for joining the police force. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Anatomy of a Scene: The Greater Good" in-depth look into the staging of the dramatic car crash in the season premiere; Blue Bloods 150th episode celebration; "The Story of the Reagans: Season 7" highlights; gag reel; deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
(2016) Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero's friends, "Effects" is a mesmerizing do-it-yourself horror movie starring Tom Savini ("Dawn of the Dead"), Joe Pilato ("Day of the Dead"), and John Harrison ("Tales From the Darkside: The Movie"). A group of coked-up filmmakers -- including Savini and Pilato -- gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher called "Duped: The Snuff Movie." As filming begins and "accidents" happen, it's clear that something isn't right. And no one can be trusted. Landing somewhere between Michael and Roberta Findlay's "Snuff" and a student film by John Carpenter, "Effects" is a meta-enhanced takedown on the philosophy of horror that doubles as a sleazy and terrifying movie on its own. A new 4K transfer from the only theatrical print in existence by the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA), a non-profit that preserves the legacy of genre films. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "After Effects" documetary; "Ubu" short film; "Beastie" short film; archival commentary track with John Harrison, Dusty Nelson, and Pasquale Buba; liner notes by Joseph A. Ziemba of AGFA and Bleeding Skull! (MVD Entertainment Group).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
(2017) The Guardians (Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket) must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Read more about "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Disc Combo, 3D/Blu-ray Disc Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes; "Visionary Intro": Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines; "Guardians Inferno Music Video" with David Hasselhoff and special guests in a galactic retro dance party; gag reel; deleted scenes; audio commentary with Gunn. (Disney).
(2016) More than 25 years after "Paris Is Burning" introduced the art of voguing to the world, this eye-opening documentary revisits New York City's thriving underground ballroom scene. It's a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of color are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions that showcase their dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes and fierce attitude. It's also a safe haven for struggling, at-risk teens who find acceptance, support and friendship within the Kiki community. Granted intimate access to the scene, filmmaker Sara Jordenö introduces viewers to some of Kiki culture's most prominent personalities, going beyond the glamour of the balls to highlight the serious challenges facing queer black and Latino young people. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2017) Dan Stevens, Bérénice Marlohe, Charity Wakefield. In the near future, a physicist’s experiment to harness unlimited energy goes wrong. Chased by drones and soldiers, pilot Will Porter must race through an imploding world and retrieve the Redivider box to save his family -- and all of humanity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Visual Effect: Inside the Director’s Process” featurette, audio commentary with director Tim Smit. (Lionsgate).
(1951 -- France) The writer, actor, and director Sacha Guitry emerged from the theater to become one of France’s best-known and most inventive filmmakers, and "La poison" marked his first collaboration with another titan of the screen, the incomparably expressive Michel Simon. With Guitry’s witty dialogue and fleet pacing, the black comedy is the quintessential depiction of a marriage gone sour: after 30 years together, a village gardener (Simon) and his wife (Germaine Reuver) find themselves contemplating how to do away with each other, with the former even planning how he’ll negotiate his eventual criminal trial. Inspired by Guitry’s own post–World War II tangle with the law -- a wrongful charge of collaborationism -- "La poison" is a blithely caustic broadside against the French legal system and a society all too eager to capitalize on others’ misfortunes. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with filmmaker Olivier Assayas on director Sacha Guitry’s influence on French cinema; "On Life On-screen: Miseries and Splendour of a Monarch," a 60-minute documentary from 2010 on the collaboration of Guitry and Michel Simon; an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 1957 obituary for Guitry by François Truffaut. (The Criterion Collection).
The Love of a Woman
(1953 -- France) "The Love of a Woman (L'amour d'une femme)" was the final feature of the great French filmmaker Jean Grémillon, concluding a string of classics that included such greats as "Remorques," "Lumière d'été" and "Pattes blanches." Marie, a young doctor, arrives on the island of Ushant to replace its retiring physician. She experiences prejudice from the mostly male population, but also love in the form of engineer André. Starring Micheline Presle, whose impressive career has encompassed French, Italian and Hollywood cinema, and Massimo Girotti, best-known for his performance in Luchino Visconti's "Ossessione," "The Love of a Woman" is a sad, beautiful, romantic masterpiece. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray). Extras: "In Search of Jean Grémillon," a feature-length documentary on the filmmaker from 1969, containing interviews with director René Clair, archivist Henri Langlois, actors Micheline Presle and Pierre Brasseur, and others; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio. First pressing only: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Ginette Vincendeau. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Lucifer: The Complete Second Season
(2016-17) Three-disc set with all 18 episodes. In Season Two, Lucifer
Morningstar and LAPD Detective Chloe Decker are back solving murders
on L.A.’s white-hot streets, with their relationship growing deeper,
closer, and more awkward for them both. To add fuel to the fire,
Lucifer’s mum, Charlotte, escapes Hell, bringing along a ton of
emotional baggage: Now Lucifer and his angel brother, Amenadiel — with
whom Lucifer has serious sibling issues — must work together to deal
with mommy dearest. Meanwhile, Dr. Linda, therapist and confidante to
Lucifer, Amenadiel and Maze, is having a devil of a time doling out
some of the most bizarre advice ever. Tensions (including the sexual
kind) are sizzling.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Lucifer: 2016 Comic-Con Panel,
"Reinventing Lucifer in the City of Angels," deleted scenes, gag reel.
Never Let Go
(2015) Angela Dixon, Rami Nasr, Nigel Whitmey, Lisa Eichhorn. A single mother desperately searches for her missing child in a beautiful, but unfamiliar land, following an apparent abduction. Trusting no one, and stopping at nothing, as she weaves her way through the murky backstreets and barren landscapes, now implicated in the murder of a seemingly innocent man, her connections back in the US begin to reveal that there is much more at stake than first meets the eye. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
Sid & Nancy
(1986) With the lacerating love story "Sid & Nancy," Alex Cox reimagines the crash-and-burn affair between punk’s most notorious self-destructive poster children: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen -- brought to visceral life by brilliant performances from Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. Cox turns his anarchic filmmaking style on the explosive energy of the London punk scene and the degenerate streets of seventies New York, making for an eviscerating depiction of excess and addiction. Through the lens of cinematographer Roger Deakins, the imagery goes from swooning to grimy, and the film’s bleakness is balanced with surreal humor and genuine tenderness, making for an affecting, music-fueled vision of doomed love. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray; alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Extras: Two audio commentaries: one from 1994 featuring co-writer Abbe Wool, actors Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, cultural historian Greil Marcus, filmmakers Julien Temple and Lech Kowalski, and musician Eliot Kidd; the other from 2001 featuring co-writer-director Alex Cox and actor Andrew Schofield; "England’s Glory," a 1987 documentary on the making of "Sid & Nancy"; infamous 1976 Bill Grundy interview with the Sex Pistols on British television; rare telephone interview from 1978 with Sid Vicious; interviews with Vicious and Nancy Spungen from the 1980 documentary "D.O.A.: A Right of Passage"; archival interviews and footage; an essay by author Jon Savage and a 1986 piece compiled by Cox about Vicious, Spungen, and the making of the film. (The Criterion Collection).
Supergirl: The Complete Second Season
(2016-17 Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray set with all 22
episodes. Having left the safety of being Cat Grant’s assistant at
Catco Worldwide Media in order to figure out what she really wants to
do, Kara Danvers continues to work with Hank Henshaw aka Martian
Manhunter and her adoptive sister Alex at the DEO as Supergirl –
protecting the citizens of National City and searching for her missing
father Jeremiah and the secret research lab Cadmus. Along the way, she
will team up with her Kryptonian cousin Kal El – aka Superman – to
battle new Super-Villains both terrestrial and extraterrestrial.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Supergirl: 2016 Comic-Con Panel,
"Supergirl: Alien Fight Night," "Aliens Among Us," "A Conversation
with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith," "Supergirl Lives" Audio
Commentary featuring Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith, "Did You Know
Facts for Fans." (Warner).
The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season
(2016-17) Five-disc set with all 16 episodes. In season seven, Rick
and his group's world becomes even more brutal due to Negan's deadly
example of what happens if they don't live under his rules. Everyone
must begin again.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentaries, deleted & alternate scenes, "Inside The Walking Dead" featurette, "The Making of The Walking Dead featurette, "In Memorium" featurette "A Larger World" featurette, "Breaking & Rebuilding" featurette, "A New Chapter of Fear" featurette, "Top Walkers" featurette, "Warrior Women" featurette, "The Writers of The Walking Dead\" featurette. (Anchor Bay Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2017) New animated DC Universe Original Movie, from an original story
by animation icon Bruce Timm. Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a.
The Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet –
and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save
humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to
catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But
Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and
untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant
companions face during their bumpy road trip.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset with an
exclusive Harley Quinn figurine, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Sneak Peek at the next DC
Universe Original Movie." Blu-ray
adds "The Harley Effect" featurette, "Loren Lester: In
His Own Voice" featurette, "From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated
Series – 'Harley and Ivy' and 'Harley’s Holiday.' (Warner).
(2017) Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Zac Efron, Pamela Anderson, Angelique Kenney, Charlotte McKinney. Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron), as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay. Read more about "Baywatch" in the August Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Ultra 4K HD/Blu-ray/ Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Extended and theatrical versions of the film, "Meet the Lifeguards: Continuing the Legacy," stunts & training, deleted & extended scenes. (Paramount).
Black Sails: The Complete Fourth Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. The final season of executive producer Michael Bay’s prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” It’s war in the West Indies, and the shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier. While Eleanor Guthrie and Woodes Rogers hold Nassau, Captain Flint sails to strike the final blow ... and from the interior, an insurgency builds, fueled by the legend of Long John Silver. But the closer civilization comes to defeat, the more desperately, and destructively, it will fight back. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: “Inside the World of Black Sails” featurette, "Creating the World” featurette, "Roundtable: Women in Piracy” featurette, “Roundtable: The Legends of Treasure Island” featurette, “Roundtable: Fearless Fans” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Born in China
(2017) Documentary, narrated by John Krasinski, transports audiences to some of the world’s most extreme environments of China where few people have ever ventured to witness wildly intimate and adorable moments in the lives of three animal families -- a doting panda bear mother, a 2-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey, and a mother snow leopard. It's the seventh theatrical release from Disneynature, which brings the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share wildlife stories that engage, inspire and educate. And in continued efforts to help protect the wild animals featured in the film, Disneynature through the Conservation Fund has made a contribution to World Wildlife Fund to focus efforts that benefit wild pandas and snow leopards. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Panda Suits & Bamboo Shoots" featurette with the Disneynature team as they struggle through an almost impenetrable bamboo forest in an effort to capture footage of pandas in the wild; "Walking with Monkeys" featurette with the shivering crew as they bundle up to film the adorable golden snub-nosed monkeys engaged in a surprisingly human activity; "Masters of Camouflage" behind the scenes as the filmmakers set out on a quest never before achieved: to find and film a snow leopard family in the wild; "Wading Through Wetlands" with the crew as they travel to far northeast China to catch the first moments of a red-crowned crane chick’s life; "Everything Everything” music video performed by American Authors; "Disneynature: Get Inspired, Get Involved": Disneynature and the Disney Conservation thank audiences and the animals who star in the films for helping to make Disneynature and its conservation efforts a success. (Disney).
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
(2017) Vivica A. Fox, Cristine Prosperi, Jordan Rodrigues, Sophie Vavasseur, Gia Ré. The "Bring it On" franchise goes global, featuring 19 squads from around the globe, including teams from Australia, U.K., Germany and France, in addition to the Northern Elite Gymnastics and Cheer team from the United States. The film is the perfect hybrid of cheerleading and dance for a non-stop worldwide showdown. When Destiny (Prosperi), captain of three-time national champions “The Rebels,” is challenged to a global cheer showdown by an edgy new team called “The Truth,” the Cheer Goddess (Fox), the Internet’s most popular “Cheer-lebrity,” organizes a virtual battle for squads from all around the world. It seems like the whole world wants to take down Destiny and her team, and they just might succeed, unless she can rise to the challenge, set her ego aside and figure out who her real friends are. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Around the World: Building the Squads," "A New Routine," "The Look of Bring It On: Worldwide," gag reel. (Universal).
(2016) Demetri Martin, Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, Rory Scovel, Ginger Gonzaga, Reid Scott, Mary Steenburgen. Writer-director Martin stars alongside Kline in this comedic and heartfelt film about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss, and everything in between. Following a life-shaking event, Dean (Martin), a New York illustrator, hops a transcontinental flight hoping to figure out his increasingly crazy world. While in Los Angeles, Dean unexpectedly discovers romance, hope, inspiration, and the importance of family. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “This Is a Movie: Making Dean” featurette, “Drawing on Film: Stories About Dean” featurette, Dean: Q&A with Demetri Martin and Rory Scovel. (Lionsgate).
Delicious, Series 1
(2016-17) Single-disc with four episodes of the visually appealing and appetizing new British drama series. Professional chef Leo Vincent has everything he ever wanted: a prosperous hotel business, a beautiful family, and an amiable relationship with his ex-wife, Gina, to whom he owes much of his success -- he stole most of his recipes from her. But when Leo’s glamorous current wife, Sam, starts to suspect that he's having an affair, she asks Gina for advice, suspecting that Gina would recognize the signs of infidelity -- as Leo had cheated before, with Sam. But none of them could anticipate the disastrous chain of events that follows, revealing unsavory secrets and juicy scandals.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, behind-the-scenes photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Elementary: The Fifth Season
(2016-17) Six-disc set with all 24 episodes. The modern-day crime fighting drama stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Initially sober companion and client, Holmes and Watson's relationship evolved into a symbiotic professional investigative partnership where they crack the NYPD's most impossible cases. Holmes and Watson are the top homicide consultants for Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and work regularly alongside Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill). Formats: DVD. Extras: "For The Hundredth Time" glimpse at "Elementary's" landmark 100th episode, while the cast and crew celebrate; "Flashbacks" special feature shows how the production team re-created years-old props and costumes to make the Byzantine story by making the scenes drop seamlessly into the show's fictional timeline; "The Fifth Elementary" behind-the-scenes with Liu and Quinn as they both take turns in the director's chair, along with the rest of the cast and crew to explore the big character stories and major developments of the season; "Reasoning Backwards" with showrunner Rob Doherty and the other deductive minds on Elementary's writing staff; deleted and extended scenes; gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
Erik the Conqueror
(1961) In 1961, director Mario Bava turned his hand to the historical adventure genre, capitalizing on the recent success of 1958's Kirk Douglas vehicle "The Vikings." The result was this colorful, swashbuckling epic of treachery, heroism and forbidden love. In 786 AD, the invading Viking forces are repelled from the shores of England, leaving behind a young boy -- Erik, son of the slain Viking king. Years later, Erik (George Ardisson), raised by the English queen as her own, becomes Duke of Helford, while across the sea, his brother Eron (Cameron Mitchell) assumes leadership of the Viking horde and sets his sights on conquering England once again, setting the two estranged brothers on a collision course that will determine the fates of their respective kingdoms. Featuring a bombastic score by frequent collaborator Roberto Nicolosi ("Black Sunday") and memorably co-starring the stunning Kessler twins ("Sodom and Gomorrah"), "Erik the Conqueror" showcases Bava's immense talent for creating awe-inspiring spectacle with limited resources. Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original Italian and English mono audio (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc); new audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of "Mario Bava - All the Colors of the Dark Gli imitatori," a comparison between "Erik the Conqueror" and its unacknowledged source, "The Vikings"; original ending; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Kat Ellinger. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Evil in Us
(2016) Ian Collins, Kylee Bush. Six school friends meet up for a Fourth of July celebration on a remote island off the Washington coast for a weekend of fun and partying. But the good times quickly turn into a nightmare when they unknowingly take a new bio-active drug containing a virus that causes fits of psychotic rage. Only one girl, Brie (Bush), doesn’t take the drug and she alone must fight to stay alive as her friends slowly turn into bloodthirsty cannibals. Trapped on the island, Brie must endure the unimaginable in a desperate battle for survival. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
Gotham: The Complete Third Season
(2016-17) Four-disc Blu-ray, six-disc DVD set with all 20 episodes and
the two-hour finale. The fight for order and control in Gotham is
deadlier than ever with the introduction of cunning, new
super-villains. With the Indian Hill fugitives on the loose, Jim
Gordon takes matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter. While
Gordon plays bounty hunter, Gotham City Police Department’s Bullock
and Barnes remain on the frontline in Gotham, fighting against crime
and destruction in the monster-ridden city. The city seems to be
descending further and further into chaos and darkness as Penguin,
Edward Nygma/The Riddler and more are joined by the future Poison Ivy,
now transformed into a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of
her charms, and Jervis Tetch aka Mad Hatter, a talented hypnotist
teetering on the edge of madness. All the while, a young Bruce Wayne
discovers that there are still more secrets behind his parents’ murder
as he peels back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization
known as the Court of Owls.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Gotham: 2016 Comic-Con Panel,
"Madness Rising: the New Villains of Gotham," "The Dark Within the
Dark: The Court of Owls," "Ben McKenzie Directorial Debut," deleted
Heal the Living
(2016 -- France) Emmanuelle Seigner, Tahar Rahim, Anne Dorval, Gabin Verdet. A single devastating event intertwines inextricably the lives of a French teenager, on a surfing road trip with his friends that leads to tragedy; a weary woman with a critical degenerative heart condition; and two teams of doctors and medical experts who struggle through their day-to-day attempts to save lives: all perfect strangers, perfectly interconnected. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras:Interview with director Katell Quillévéré. (Cohen Media Group).
(2017) Gina Gershon, Faye Dunaway, Nicolas Cage, Nicky Whelan, Natalie
Eva Marie. A family befriends a struggling woman and invites her into
their home to be their nanny, and -- eventually -- their surrogate
mother. But soon, strange behavior begins to surface and they realize
that things are not what they seem, and that the woman they’ve
entrusted their lives to may have other intentions.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud).
Extras: Commentary with
filmmaker Jonathan Baker, “Behind the Scenes of Inconceivable”
featurette, deleted scene, cast/crew interviews
(2016) Ken Jeong, David Hasselhoff, Rhys Darby, Jim Jefferies. What started out as a regular week quickly turns into the worst few days of his life when Chris (Jeong), a struggling nightclub owner, fails to pay back a loan shark and decides the only way to get the money is to kill his pick in the annual “Who Will Die This Year” celebrity death pool: David Hasselhoff. Aided by his friends Fish (Darby) and Tommy (Jefferies), Chris desperately tries everything he can to off the master of slow-motion running and claim the jackpot. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Universal).
The King of Horror Collection
Four Stephen King films: "It," "The Shining," "Cat's Eye" and Salem's Lot."
Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentaries, featurettes.
The Lion King
(1994) Out of the Disney vault at last. One of the biggest animated films in history joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award–winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), arrives on Digital on Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray/DVD on Aug. 29. "The Lion King" follows the adventures of Simba, a feisty lion cub who cannot wait to be king, as he searches for his destiny in the great "Circle of Life." The film earned a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical and inspired a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that is currently the third longest-running musical in Broadway history. In 2019, a reimagined live-action film, helmed by Jon Favreau will retell the original tale using groundbreaking technological advances. Read more here.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Brand new sing-along version; Audio commentary by producer Don Hahn and co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff; "Visualizing a Villain": against a backdrop of live dancers and the animated “Be Prepared” sequence, artist David Garibaldi paints a masterpiece of evil; "The Recording Sessions": rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation; :"Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion King Conversation"; "Inside the Story Room": Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff present archival footage of five original story pitches (Circle of Life, Simba & Nala, Simba Takes Nala Out to Play, Matata, Rafiki and Reflecting Pool); "Music & More Sing-alongs": “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”; galleries: visual development, character design, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds & layouts; Classic Bonus Features (Digital Only) These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as bloopers, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and in-depth journeys into the music, film, story, animals and stage show. (Disney).
(2013 -- France) The randomness of daily life is explored to mesmerizing effect in Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone's highly original debut feature, which captured the "Best First Film" and "Jury Award" at Switzerland's prestigious Locarno Film Festival. Mouton ("Sheep") is the nickname of Aurelien (David Mérabet), who at 17 is granted independence from his alcoholic mother and runs off to live on his own in the seaside town of Courseulles-sur-Mer. Hired as a chef's assistant, Sheep fits in well with the rest of the community as he and his co-workers diligently go about their chores; he even begins dating the new waitress (Audrey Clement). During a rowdy late-night celebration for the Feast of St. Anne, however, a man inexplicably cuts Mouton's arm off with a chainsaw; he survives, but moves away to another town. The film then shifts to follow some of Mouton's friends remaining in Courseulles-sur-Mer, such as twins (Emmanuel and Sebastien Legrand), kennel worker Mimi (Michael Mormentyn), and his wife, Louise (Cindy Dumont).
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).
My Cousin Rachel
(2017) Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger. Believing his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel (Weisz) murdered the man who raised him, Philip (Claflin), a young Englishman, plots revenge against her. But, despite evidence that Rachel might be a killer, Philip finds himself falling deeply in love with her in this visually stunning, tension-laced film. Based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, promotional featurettes, VFX progressions, scoring sessions, audio commentary with director Roger Michell, Gallery. (Fox).
NCIS: The Fourteenth Season
(2016-17) Six-disc set with 24 episodes of the crime drama starring Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Gibbs. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations involving Navy or Marine Corps ties. Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched and a man of few words, leads the NCIS troupe. The team includes Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), an MIT graduate with a brilliance for computers, and NCIS Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop (Emily Wickersham), a mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation. The newest members to join the team include: NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Tones (Wilmer Valderrama), who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; NCIS Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn (Jennifer Esposito), a talented agent who left to be an instructor until Gibbs lured her back to the field and M16 Officer Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry), an international agent who's on loan to NCIS as a terror liaison during these complicated times. <>Formats: DVD. Extras: "Table Read "Nonstop": a table reading with the cast, producers and department heads of NCIS; "Opening Pandora's Box" discussion of the crossover episode of "NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans" by cast members; "Above Board: A Look at Season 14" commentary on the by the cast and crew; " Joining the Family: The New Agents"; "Tribute to Gary Glasberg (Executive Producer and Showrunner)"; "Brian Dietzen's NCIS" tour of the NCIS lot with actor Brian Dietzen; audio commentaries on select episodes. (CBS/Paramount).
New Battles Without Honor & Humanity (Limited Edition)
(1974 -- Japan) In the early 1970s, Kinji Fukasaku's five-film
"Battles Without Honor and Humanity" series was a massive hit in
Japan, and kicked off a boom in realistic, modern yakuza films based
on true stories. Although Fukasaku had intended to end the series,
Toei Studio convinced him to return to the director's chair for this
unconnected, follow-up trilogy of films, each starring "Battles"
leading man Bunta Sugawara and telling separate, but fictional stories
about the yakuza in different locations in Japan. In the first film,
Sugawara is Miyoshi, a low-level assassin of the Yamamori gang who is
sent to jail after a bungled hit. While in stir, family member Aoki
attempts to seize power from the boss, and Miyoshi finds himself stuck
between the two factions with no honorable way out.
In the second entry, "The Boss's Head," Sugawara is Kuroda, an
itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin
Kusunoki goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family.
But when the gang fails to make good on financial promises to him,
Kuroda targets the family bosses with a ruthless vengeance. And in
"Last Days of the Boss," Sugawara plays Nozaki, a laborer who swears
allegiance to a sympathetic crime boss, only to find himself elected
his successor after the boss is murdered. Restrained by a gang
alliance that forbids retributions against high-level members, Nozaki
forms a plot to exact revenge on his rivals, but a suspicious
relationship with his own sister taints his relationship with his
fellow gang members.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with original uncompressed mono
audio. Extras: "Beyond
the Films: New Battles Without Honor and Humanity," a new video
appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane; "New Stories, New
Battles" and "Closing Stories," two new interviews with screenwriter
Koji Takada, about his work on the second and third films in the
trilogy; original theatrical trailers for all three films; reversible
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard
Kleist; illustrated collector's book featuring new writing on the
films, the yakuza genre and Fukasaku's career, by Stephen Sarrazin,
Tom Mes, Hayley Scanlon, Chris D. and Marc Walkow.
(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Season four begins on the fifth anniversary of the Mikaelson family’s
greatest defeat. Although Marcel Gerard has ushered in a new era of
peace in the French Quarter, an army of unsired vampires has arrived
seeking to bargain for the life of Marcel’s infamous captive, the
Original hybrid, Klaus. Meanwhile, the other Mikaelson siblings remain
in an enchanted sleep Freya designed to keep them safe, buying Hayley
time to find a cure for them – while also protecting her daughter,
Hope. After a daring rescue, the Mikaelsons are reunited, only to find
themselves faced with an even bigger threat: the revival of an ancient
evil that has strong ties to their most vulnerable family member.
Following a devastating attack by this nightmarish entity, the
Mikaelsons discover there is only one way to save themselves – they
must stand their ground in New Orleans and forge an alliance with
their former friends.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: The Originals: 2016 Comic-Con
Panel. deleted scenes, gag reel.
(2016) Steven Molony, Paul Vonasek, Timothy Lane, Kelli Breslin. As children, they all heard the stories of the beastly Grumpaboo that lurks deep in the woods. Now, as three foster brothers reunite at their old lake cabin following the death of their father, to relive a shared childhood, uncover the ruins of their make-believe kingdom, and hunt for the mythical monster that must be slain. What they find, however, is not what they expected in this award-winning, delightful, ultimately touching, reconciliation dramedy about childhood, adulthood and all the complicated parts in between. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).
Peanuts by Schulz: School Days
(2017) All-new collection that features school-themed cartoons from
the newly launched Peanuts cable television series. Two-disc set with
19 episodes. Grab your books and join study buddies Charlie Brown,
Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang for a new school year.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(1998) Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska, Jonathan Pryce. RONIN. Noun, historical. A samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord. From director John Frankenheimer comes a pulse-pounding, action-packed crime thriller featuring an all-star cast headlined by Robert De Niro and Jean Reno. On a rain-swept night in Paris, an international crack team of professional thieves assembles, summoned by a shady crime syndicate fronted by the enigmatic Deirdre (Natascha McElhone). Their mission: to steal a heavily guarded briefcase from armed mobsters, its contents undisclosed. But what begins as a routine heist soon spirals into chaos, with the group beset by a series of double-crosses and constantly shifting allegiances, and it falls to world-weary former CIA strategist Sam (De Niro) and laconic Frenchman Vincent (Reno) to hold the mission together. A latter-day return to form for Frankenheimer, the film evokes the same gritty milieu as classic 70s crime fare like "The French Connection," in addition to anticipating the early 21st century trend towards more grounded, realistic action movies, exemplified by the likes of the Bourne franchise. And the fantastic car chase through the streets of Paris is done entirely live with stunt drivers; no digital tinkering here. In a brand new, cinematographer (Robert Fraisse)-approved 4K restoration. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Original English 5.1 audio (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc); audio commentary by Frankenheimer; new video interview with director of photography Robert Fraisse; Paul Joyce documentary on Robert De Niro; "Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane," an archival behind-the-scenes featurette; "Through the Lens," an archival interview with Robert Fraisse; "The Driving of Ronin," an archival featurette on the film's legendary car stunts; "Natascha McElhone: An Actor's Process," an archival interview with the actress; "Composing the Ronin Score," an archival interview with composer Elia Cmiral; "In the Ronin Cutting Room," an archival interview with editor Tony Gibbs; Venice Film Festival interviews with Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Natascha McElhone; alternate ending; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet illustrated by Chris Malbon, featuring new writing on the film by critic Travis Crawford. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Sesame Street: Trick or Treat on Sesame Street
(2017) The first new Halloween release from Sesame Street in 10 years.
Includes thirteen minutes of brand new animated content, an extra
episode ("Sesame Street Dress Up Club") and a bonus themed digital
storybook to download ("Which Witch is Which?"). Elmo couldn’t be more
excited about Halloween and his home made Galactic Stan costume, but
his feelings take a turn when he gets jealous of another boy’s fancy
store-bought costume. Thanks to Alan and Abby, and some witchful
thinking, Elmo realizes that he doesn’t need anything special, he just
needs to use his imagination. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(1982) Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook. One of the most sought-after titles for slasher fans everywhere, "The Slayer" finally rises from the ashes of obscurity in a brand new 4K transfer. Two young couples set off to a secluded island for what promises to be a restful retreat. But the peace is short-lived: as a storm batters the island, troubled artist Kay begins to sense that a malevolent presence is here with them, stalking them at every turn. Is she losing her mind, or are her childhood nightmares of a demonic assailant coming to terrifying life? Previously only available on home video in truncated or full screen versions, "The Slayer" -- whose nightmares-seeping-into-reality theme predates a certain Wes Craven classic by several years -- comes lovingly restored from the original negative in a stunning transfer that will be a revelation to fans both old and new. Director-approved special edition with original Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director J.S. Cardone, actress Carol Kottenbrook and executive in charge of production Eric Weston, moderated by Ewan Cant; audio Commentary with The Hysteria Continues; isolated score selections and audio interview with composer Robert Folk; "Nightmare Island: The Making of The Slayer" documentary featuring interviews with J.S. Cardone, Carol Kottenbrook, Eric Weston, producer William Ewing, director of photography Karen Grossman, camera operator/2nd Unit DOP/still photographer Arledge Armenaki, special creature and make-up effects creator Robert Short and "Slayer" performer Carl Kraines; "Return to Tybee: The Locations of The Slayer" featurette revisiting the shooting locations on Tybee Island, Georgia; "The Tybee Post Theater Experience" with the audience of the Tybee Post Theater (one of the film's key locations) for a very special home-town screening of the film. Includes event introduction, feature-length audience reaction track and post screening Q&A with Arledge Armenaki and Ewan Cant; still gallery; original theatrical trailer. FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new liner notes by writer Lee Gambin. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Society [Limited Edition Steelbook]
(1989) Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson, Tim Bartell. After producing Stuart Gordon's hit "Re-Animator," Brian Yuzna ("Bride of Re-Animator," "Return of the Living Dead III") turned his hand to directing with 1989's "Society," and gave birth to one of the ickiest, most original body horror shockers of all time. Teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has always felt like the odd one out in his wealthy, upper-class Beverly Hills family. For some reason, he just doesn't seem to fit in. But his sense of alienation takes a sinister turn when he hears an audio recording of his sister's coming-out party, which seems to implicate his family and others in a bizarre, ritualistic orgy. And then there are the strange things he's been seeing -- glimpses of people with their bodies contorted impossibly out of shape ... Is Bill going mad or is there something seriously amiss in his neighborhood? Packing stomach-churning grue and thought-provoking social commentary in equal measure, "Society" is a biting horror satire that culminates in one of the most gag-inducing "climaxes" in all of horror history. Newly remastered 2K digital transfer of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray); new audio commentary by Yuzna; "Governor of Society" new interview with Yuzna; "The Masters of the Hunt" new featurette including interviews with stars Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Ben Meyerson and Tim Bartell; "The Champion of the Shunt" new featurette with FX artists Screaming Mad George, David Grasso and Nick Benson; 2014 Q&A with Yuzna, recorded at Celluloid Screams Festival; Brian Yuzna in conversation backstage at the Society world premiere; "Persecution Mania" Screaming Mad George music video; collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Alan Jones, illustrated with original archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three
(2016-17) Single-disc with all 22 animated episodes. A brave and clever ragtag starship crew stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights. The story threads begin to tighten in this season, drawing connections to "The Clone Wars," "Rogue One" and the original "Star Wars" trilogy into the series' epic storyline. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).
Women Who Kill
(2016) Commitment phobic Morgan (director Ingrid Jungermann) and her ex-girlfriend Jean (Ann Carr) are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There's a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone (Sheila Vand) during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger. But as she and Simone move into commitment territory, Morgan starts to notice red flags -- maybe Jean was right and Simone isn't as perfect as Morgan's made her out to be. Morgan and Jean investigate Simone as if she were a subject of their podcast, they uncover disturbing clues -- a death at the Food Coop, a missing friend, a murder weapon -- leading them to suspect her not only of mystery, but of murder. In the end, Morgan has to examine all the evidence in front of her: Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (FilmRise).
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