(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).
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).
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:
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).
(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).
Blindspot: The Complete Second Season
(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).
(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: TBA. (Lionsgate).
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).
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. Formats: DVD. Extras: Sing-Alongs. (Shout! Kids).
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) 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).
(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).
(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).
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
(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).
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.
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).
(2017) New animated DC Universe Original Movie, from an original story
by animation icon Bruce Timm. IPoison 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).
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
The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Season four of The
Originals 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.
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).
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