Six-Disc set celebrating the 50th anniversary of "The Carol Burnett Show" with the best of the best, from all 11 seasons; includes 16 episodes fresh from the vaults (12 new-to-retail and four all-time classics). Classic shows include the very first episode with Jim Nabors and the emotional, double length series finale, as well as some of the best-loved, fan-favorite sketches including "Mrs. Wiggins," "Carol and Sis," "The Oldest Man," "The Family," As the Stomach Turns," as well as a marathon of movie spoofs, along with commercial spoofs and some amazing bloopers. Guest stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Steve Lawrence, Rock Hudson, Burt Reynolds, Jimmy Stewart, Rita Hayworth and Carl Reiner, along with lavish stage productions grace each disc; and, Carol's question-and-answer openers with the studio audiences are no less entertaining. She might offer a hug or a shout out, or flee from a rampaging gorilla after letting loose with one of her Tarzan yells. Formats: DVD. Extras: New interview with Carol Burnett; specially-produced featurettes: "11 Years of Laughter on The Carol Burnett Show" and "The End of 11 Years: Saying So Long"; never-before-seen bloopers. (Time Life).
The Book of Henry
(2017) Naomi Watts, Lee Pace, Jacob Tremblay, Maddie Ziegler, Sarah
Silverman, Dean Norris, Tonya Pinkins, Jaeden Lieberher, Bobby
Moynihan. With instructions from her genius son's carefully crafted
notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the
hands of her abusive stepfather. Read more
about "The Book of Henry" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: "Filming The Book of Henry," "The Book of Henry: The Cast."
Children of the Corn
(1984) A young couple travelling cross-country find themselves stranded in the small town of Gatlin, where they meet a mysterious religious cult of children. With no adults in sight the terror brews as the new arrivals find the secrets of the prospering corn fields and the children who inhabit them. Led by the mysterious Isaac and the unhinged Malachi the blood-curdling secrets of the children of Gatlin are soon revealed to their new "outlander" guests. Featuring stellar performances from Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton and based on a short story by Stephen King, "The Children of the Corn" is a horror classic that has spawned multiple sequels and imitators, but none as harrowing as this masterpiece of horror. New 2K restoration from the original negative Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with John Sullivan of childrenofthecornmovie.com and horror journalist Justin Beahm; audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains; "Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn" retrospective piece featuring interviews with director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains; "It Was the Eighties!" interview with actress Linda Hamilton; "Return to Gatlin" new featurette revisiting the film's original Iowa shooting locations; "Stephen King on a Shoestring" interview with producer Donald Borchers; "Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn" interview with production designer Craig Stearns and composer Jonathan Elias; "Feeling Blue" interview with the actor who played "The Blue Man" in the fabled excised sequence; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin; First pressing: Collectors booklet featuring new writing in the film. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery. Brian Cox stars in a career performance as the British leader at a pivotal moment in history. 96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Cohen Media Group).
Cult of Chucky
(2017) Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly. Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool -- a "Good Guy" doll -- a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn't crazy after all. Andy, Chucky's now-grown-up nemesis from the original "Child's Play," races to Nica's aid. But to save her he'll have to get past Tiffany, Chucky's long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director/writer/executive producer Don Mancini; "Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky": "Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky"; "The Dollhouse"; commentary with director/writer/executive producer Don Mancini and head puppeteer/associate producer Tony Gardner. (Universal).
Don't Torture a Duckling
(1972 -- Italy) From Lucio Fulci, the godfather of gore, comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece "Don't Torture a Duckling." When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local "witch," Maciara (Florinda Bolkan). With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders -- city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian) and spoiled rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet) -- team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents. Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal violence, depiction of the Catholic Church and themes of child murder and paedophilia, "Don't Torture a Duckling" is widely regarded today as Fulci's greatest film, rivalling the best of his close rival Dario Argento. North American high definition debut. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films"; "The Blood of Innocents," a new video discussion with Mikel J. Koven, author of "La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film"; "Every (Wo)man Their Own Hell," a new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger; interviews with co-writer/director Lucio Fulci, actor Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli and assistant makeup artist Maurizio Trani; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides; First pressing only: Collector's booklet with new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Howard Hughes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
A Fish Called Wanda
(1988) In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind "Fawlty Towers," teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton ("The Lavender Hill Mob") to produce another classic of British comedy. Cleese plays Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister who finds himself embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves -- two American con artists played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Michael Palin's animal-loving hitman and London gangster Tom Georgeson -- when Georgeson is arrested. Only he and Palin know the whereabouts of the diamonds, prompting plenty of farce and in-fighting as well as some embarrassing nudity and the unfortunate demise of some innocent pooches. Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one for Kline's outstanding supporting turn as the psychopathic Otto, "A Fish Called Wanda" has stood the test of time, earning its rightful place among its creators' remarkable comedy pedigree. New 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by writer and star John Cleese; new appreciation by Vic Pratt of the BFI National Archive; new interviews with composer John Du Prez, production designer Roger Murray Leach, executive producer Steve Abbott and makeup supervisor Paul Engelen; "John Cleese's Final Farewell Performance," a 1988 documentary on the making of "A Fish Called Wanda" featuring interviews with actors Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and director Charles Crichton; "Something Fishy," a 15th anniversary retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Cleese, Curtis, Kline and Palin, executive producer Steve Abbott and director of photography Alan Hume; "Fish You Were Here," a documentary on the film's locations hosted by Robert Powell; 24 deleted/alternative scenes with introductions by Cleese; "A Message From John Cleese," a tongue-in-cheek introduction recorded for the film's original release; gallery; trivia track; theatrical trailer. First pressing only: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Kat Ellinger (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Game Changer
(2017 -- China) Peter Ho, Huang Zitao. Two escaped prisoners -- brothers -- join one of the most powerful gangs in Shanghai, the Green Gang, as the right-hand men of the head boss Mr. Tang. When Mr. Tang tries to gain total control over business dealings in Shanghai, he discovers his closest allies are not who they seem and turns against his own men to protect his power. Set during the gang wars of 1930’s Shanghai. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
A Ghost Story
(2017) Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Brea Grant, Will Oldham. In this
singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of
existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his
suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife. Read more about "A Ghost Story" in the
October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: Audio
commentary with director David Lowery, cinematographer Andrew Droz
Palermo, production designer Jade Healy, and composer Daniel Hart; “A
Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time” featurette; “A
Composer’s Story” featurette; deleted scene.
Hans Richter: Everything Turns -- Everything Revolves
(2013) Celebrates the life of the Dadaist, abstract painter and experimental filmmaker who was a major force in redefining art in the 20th century. In collaboration with friends including Marcel Duchamp, Sergei Eisenstein, Tristan Tzara, Mies Van Der Rohe and Hans Arp, Richter was at the leading edge of the European Avant Garde. His 1920s experimental films "Rhythmus 21" and "Ghosts Before Breakfast" established film as a unique art form, liberated from the theatrical conventions of script and actors. After being forced out of Europe by the Nazis in 1941, Richter escaped to the U.S., where he became a prophet of modernism for a generation of young American artist/filmmakers, who would galvanize into the New American Cinema movement. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus shorts: "Rhythmus 21" (1921): Scored by Bruce Odland, Annea Lockwood & Lin Esser; "Filmstudie: (1926): Scored by Alloy Orchestra; "Ghosts Before Breakfast: (1928): Scored by Rob Morsberger; "A Subtle Exchange of Information Across Time" (2012): Rescoring “Rhythmus 21” (First Run Features).
Home for the Holidays BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Dir. Jodie Foster; Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Claire Danes. After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson (Hunter) faces spending the holiday with her family. Extras: Commentary with director Jodie Foster. (Shout! Factory).
House of Cards: Season Five
(2017) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. In the midst of the presidential election, tensions mount in the White House as Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) continue to navigate their political careers and redefine their relationships -- particularly with each other. Season five of the Emmy Award-winning political drama is marked by violent power plays, new alliances, stunning betrayals and, as always, a desire to win at any cost -- and not just from Frank Underwood.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Sony).
iZOMBIE: The Complete Third Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Will Seattle become the capital of a zombie homeland? In Season Three, Liv has discovered there are more zombies living in Seattle than she previously believed, including a private military contractor employing a zombie army that is preparing for the day humans learn of their existence. Major finds acceptance in this army, and Liv and Clive investigate the murder of a zombie family that may set off an all-out zombie-human war. The season follows Liv as she takes on the traits of people whose brains she eats: a dominatrix, a JACKASS-style stunt man, an office gossip, a pre-school teacher, a conspiracy theorist, a dungeon master, and more. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc (online sales only), VOD, Digital. Extras: iZombie: 2016 Comic-Con Panel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2016) Ben Sullivan, Johnathon Schaech, Deborah Kara Unger, Nick Roux, Chelsea Ricketts, Stephen Dorff. When Justin Powell is captured by two ski-masked men and dragged back to a secluded cabin, it's anything but a standard kidnapping. Waiting for Justin at the cabin is his father, mother, brother, and former girlfriend. Together, they are dedicated to freeing him from the sinister brainwashing he's undergone at the hands of a vicious cult known as The Jackals.With the help of Jimmy Levine, an experienced cult deprogrammer, the family does their best to bring Justin back to reality ... but their plans go awry when the cult descends upon the cabin, demanding Justin back. A vicious battle unfolds, testing familial loyalties and unleashing a bloodbath from which no one is safe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Kevin Greuteft and writer Jared Rivet, interviews with the cast and crew, theatrical trailers.(Scream Factory).
Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition
(2008) Voice performances, by Kyle MacLachlan as Superman, Jeremy Sisto as Batman, Lucy Lawless as Wonder Woman, Neil Patrick Harris as Barry Allen/The Flash, David Boreana as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Brooke Shields as Carol Ferris, Kyra Sedgwick as Lois Lane, Phil Morris as King Faraday, the late Miguel Ferrer as Martian Manhunter, as well as Joe Mantegna, Keith David, Vicki Lewis and the late John Heard. The DC Entertainment animated film follows the story of the founding of the Justice League. The action-packed adventure features iconic DC Super Heroes Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman alongside Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash as they band together to form the legendary team. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be "cleansed" of humanity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: “Retro Action Cool: The Story of Darwyn Cooke,” "The New Frontier" comic book author; “Super Heroes United! The Complete Justice League History” featurette; “The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the DC Super Villain” featurette; "Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier" featurette; Sneak Peak: "Gotham by Gaslight," a behind-the-scenes look at the next DC Universe Original Movie; audio commentary I: The filmmakers; audio commentary II: Darwyn Cooke. (Warner).
Legend of Bruce Lee: Volume Three
(2008) Three-disc set. Danny Chan ("Ip Man 3," "Kung Fu Hustle") returns in the final 10 episodes of the series chronicling the life of the incomparable Bruce Lee, whose legacy continues to inspire new generations. After winning a high-profile martial arts championship, Lee catches the eye of a Hollywood producer who sees great potential in the skilled young master and wants to make him a movie star. Eager to break onto the American film scene, exhibit his new kung fu style, Jeet Kune Do, and change the negative portrayal of the Chinese in mainstream media, Bruce throws himself wholeheartedly into a potentially lucrative art. But discrimination in the industry runs deep, and Bruce must fight for his dreams of becoming the first Chinese martial arts film star to achieve worldwide fame. Formats: DVD. (Well Go USA).
Lost Horizon BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1937) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment continues its Frank Capra Collection series with one of the acclaimed filmmaker’s masterworks: "Lost Horizon", celebrating its 80th anniversary by debuting on Blu-ray. Fully restored in 4K and presented in high definition, the Blu-ray is housed within a lavish, limited edition 24-page Digibook, complete with an all-new essay from film historian Jeremy Arnold and rare archival photos from the film. In addition, as part of the restoration, more than a minute of rarely-seen original footage from the film was found and included, making this the most complete cut of the film in existence. The film -- nominated for seven Oscars and winning two -- follows a disparate group of people who are rescued after a plane crash, and find shelter in the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? In 2016, the film was selected for inclusion in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Extras: Restoration audio commentary, alternate ending, photo documentary, restoration: before and after comparison, theatrical trailer. (Sony).
976-EVIL BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Stephen Geoffreys, Jim Metzler, Pat O'Bryan, Sandy Dennis. 976-EVIL is the number to dial to receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers. Hoax (Geoffreys) uses the powers the number gives him to exact revenge against everyone who has wronged him, inadvertently allowing his soul to be slowly taken over by Satan. Extras: New commentary with director Robert Englund and set decorator Nancy Booth Englund, alternate home video version of the film with 12 extra minutes of footage. (Sony).
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
(2017) Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin R. McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham. Down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow is feeling the winds of ill fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea -- notably Jack. Read more about "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (Disney Movies Anywhere). Extras: Seven part "Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure" featurette: "A Return to the Sea," "Telling Tales: A Sit-down with Brenton & Kaya," the young actors behind Henry and Carina, "The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & The Silent Mary" in which Javier Bardem reveals more about his menacing new character and the foreboding ship he helms, "First Mate Confidential," "Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks," "Wings Over the Caribbean" in which Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Sir Paul McCartney, and "An Enduring Legacy"; Bloopers of the Caribbean; producer Jerry Bruckheimer photo diary; deleted scenes. (Disney).
(2016) Martin McCann, Olwen Fouéré, Mia Goth. In a post-apocalyptic future ravaged by overpopulation, a lone survivor mercilessly protects his remote sliver of property from intruders. When a mother and daughter in search of food and shelter show up at his doorstep, he’s suspicious, but cautiously allows them in. Soon, an uneasy alliance, borne of necessity, forms between the trio – but distrust and paranoia threaten to give way to violence at any moment. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Making-of featurette, short films, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory/IFC Midnight).
The Suspicious Death of a Minor
(1975 -- Italy) In the wake of the success of Dario Argento's ground-breaking giallo "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage," numerous other directors stepped forward to try their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino, whose sensual 70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer. The final of Martino's six gialli, "The Suspicious Death of a Minor," combines conventional giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing "poliziotteschi" crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli stars as undercover cop Paolo Germi, on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl, bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk. Also starring Mel Ferrer, Barbara Magnolfi and Jenny Tamburi, and featuring a script by veteran giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi, this unique and lesser-known entry in Martino's filmography serves as an essential link between two different movements in Italian popular cinema. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films"; new interviews with director Sergio Martino and cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
2 Broke Girls: The Sixth and Final Season
(2016-17) Two-disc set with all 22 episodes. In the sixth and final season, Max and Caroline realize their dream of turning their cupcake window into a dessert bar -- emphasis on bar. But in order to keep their bar up and running they still have to work around the clock at the diner, even though it's far from their first priority -- which frustrates Han and amuses Earl. But busy as they are, Max and Caroline still make time to revisit old loves and welcome new ones. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
2 Broke Girls: The Complete Series
(2011-17) Seventeen-disc set with all six seasons.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Sex in the Comix
(2012) Hosted by erotic comic creator, burlesque performer and Vice contributing editor Molly Crabapple, "Sex in the Comix" navigates the history of the art form, from special editions by masters of the genre to provocative new works from a younger generation of artists. The documentary features legendary comic creators R. Crumb, Milo Manara, and Ralf König, as well as work from new wave and mainstream artists, including the impact of Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home," the game-changing graphic memoir which was adapted into the Tony-winning Broadway musical. As the erotic comic is poised to make a big-time come back, it serves as an expression of society's most intimate trials and exposes our collective, if taboo, fantasies (all via speech bubbles). Formats: DVD. (Doppelgänger Releasing).
Madre de Dios!! Doppelgänger Releasing unleashes the wildly popular Spanish action-comedy series Torrente including a quartet of films by writer-director-star Santiago Segura. Concerning the misadventures of José Luis Torrente-a lazy, vulgar, gross and corrupt former police officer in Madrid-the film series is the most successful movie franchise in Spanish film history. The four individual films arriving on separate DVDs include "Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law" (1998), "Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella" (2001), "Torrente 3: The Protector" (2005) and "Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis" (2011)- each written and directed by Segura, who also stars as the repulsive, sleazy and frequently drunk "Torrente." An ex-cop who refuses to accept his expulsion from the police corps, allowing him to still "patrol" each night in his beat-up car in order to "fight" whom he considers to be the "bad guys," Torrente usually refuses to confront real criminals due to his own cowardice. Formats: DVD. (Doppelgänger Releasing).
Vampyr BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1932 -- Germany) With "Vampyr," Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer
channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere,
unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result -- a chilling
film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts
and local evildoers in a village outside Paris -- is nearly
unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and
densely layered sounds creates a mood of dreamlike terror. With its
roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, "Vampyr" is one
of cinema's greatest nightmares.
Formats: Blu-ray Disc, with high-definition digital transfer of
the original German version of the film, from the 1998 restoration by
Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural
Extras: Alternate version
with English text; audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns;
"Carl Th. Dreyer," a 1966 documentary by Jørgen Roos chronicling
Dreyer's career; video essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's
influences in creating "Vampyr"; radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer
reading an essay about filmmaking; a booklet featuring essays by
critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, a piece by Koerber on the
restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and actor Nicolas de
Gunzburg; and a book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul's original
screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 story "Carmilla," a source for
(The Criterion Collection)
Vikings Season 4 Volume Two
(2016-17) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Battles, treachery and power grabs rage on in Vikings Season 4, Volume 2. Ragnar’s return to Kattegat following his shameful defeat in Paris escalates tension among his sons. Determined to save what remains of his legacy, Ragnar recruits Ivar for a perilous voyage to England, where he plans to attack the Saxons. Meanwhile, a prophecy that a woman will one day rule Kattegat deepens Aslaug and Lagertha’s feud. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Extended/director’s/unrated episodes, deleted scenes, "Behind the Scenes: The Queen & the Shieldmaiden," "Behind the Scenes – King, Valhalla and the Legacy of Ragnar Lothbrok." Blu-ray adds: extended international versions of every episode. (MGM/Fox).
The Wizard of Lies
(2017) Dir.: Barry Levinson; Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer,
Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe, Hank
Azaria. In 2008, stockbroker, investment adviser and financier Bernie
Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for
perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. The HBO Film
drama dissects the events that led to the Wall Street financier's
stunning downfall in December 2008 for defrauding investors of over
$65 billion -- and recounts Madoff's audacious deceptions that
culminated in his vilification while catapulting his wife and two sons
into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight, with tragic consequences.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital.
(2017) Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Seth Rollins. A team of highly trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover the unidentifiable threat that killed the previous team.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Inside the Minds of Armed Response” featurette.
(2017) Dir: Edgar Wright; Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, with Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx. After being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver, who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game, finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. Read more about "Baby Driver" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "I Need A Killer Track: The Music" featurette explores how the film's phenomenal soundtrack dictated both the writing process and all aspects of production; "That's My Baby: Edgar Wright" featurette follows Wright's vision of the film from its inception two decades ago, to its ultimate realization on the big screen; "Meet Your New Crew: Doc's Gang" behind the scenes featurette; "Devil Behind The Wheel: The Car Chases" featurette examines the amazing craftsmanship and sheer determination that made the film's incredible car chases possible, from closing down Atlanta's interstates to creating eyepopping maneuvers for a variety of vehicles; "Mint Royale -- Blue Song" music video, directed by Wright years ago for the band Mint Royale, showcases some early inspiration for Baby Driver; director commentary; filmmaker commentary (Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope). Blu-ray adds 20 minutes of extended/deleted scenes; "Mozart in a Go-Kart: Ansel Drives" featurette riding shotgun with star Ansel Elgort as he works with the talented stunt drivers to become the ultimate getaway driver; "Find Something Funky on There: The Choreography" featurette: With every frame of "Baby Driver" set to a specific beat, it took precise choreography by the cast, crew and editors to create a cinematic dance like nothing that's been done before; "Animatics" featurette with over 35 minutes of the numerous pre-vis animatics developed by Wright; "Ansel Elgort Audition"; "Annotated Coffee Run Rehearsal" featurette on Day one of production, which involved one of the film's most elaborately choreographed sequences where every movement is carefully crafted; "Hair, Make Up & Costume Tests"; "Complete Storyboard Gallery." (Sony).
(2017) Director: Sofia Coppola. Stars: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Oona Laurence. The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal. Read more about "The Beguiled" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Shift in Perspective": Filmmakers and cast discuss how this version of "The Beguiled" is a departure from the novel of the same name and its earlier film adaptation; "A Southern Style" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Universal).
(2015) Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan. The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis (Grillo) and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Bello) question one of the few survivors who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Dudes [Collector’s Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Urban angst meets the Wild West when three NYC punks (Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck and Flea) on a road trip to California cross paths with a vicious gang and their psycho leader (Lee Ving). Aided by a pistol-packin’ knockout (Catherine Mary Stewart), a daredevil Elvis Presley impersonator (Pete Willcox), and mystical spirits of the past, they relentlessly pursue the gang to an epic, hallucinogenic, final showdown. Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Penelope Spheeris ("The Decline of Western Civilization," "Suburbia," "Wayne’s World"), "Dudes" blasts a killer soundtrack featuring The Vandals, The Little Kings, Keel, Jane’s Addiction and Steve Vai. Extras: Jon Cryer interviewed by Penelope Spheeris; Flea Interviewed by Spheeris; Catherine Mary Stewart interview; Daniel Roebuck interviewed by Spheeris; J. Randall Johnson and Miguel Tejada-Flores interview; trailer; Vintage featurette: Making of Dudes"; photo gallery. (Shout! Factory’s Shout Select).
Dynasty: The Complete Series
(1981-89) Fifty-seven disc set with all 217 episodes. An icon of catfights, camp and 80s excess, the Golden Globe-winning (Best Television Series - Drama, 1984) primetime soap opera arrives on DVD for the first time in a new shelf-friendly complete series collection -- timed for the modernized reboot of the series on The CW. The outrageously entertaining pop culture phenomenon aired from 1981-1989, and changed the entertainment landscape with its larger-than-life portrayal of the luxurious lives and passionate loves of the wealthy and powerful Carrington family. Famous for its plotlines of treachery and betrayal mixed with unforgettable camp and larger-than-life glamour, the captivating series was created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by TV legend Aaron Spelling. The primetime soap opera features Golden Globe-winning performances by
John Forsythe as oil magnate Blake Carrington, Joan Collins as former wife Alexis Carrington Colby, Linda Evans as Blake's new wife Krystle Carrington, Heather Locklear as Sammy Jo Dean Carrington, Pamela Sue Martin as Fallon Carrington Colby, and Diahann Carroll as Dominique Deveraux. Formats: DVD. Extras: Character profiles on Steven and Fallon Carrington; "Family, Furs and Fun: Creating Dynasty" behind-the-scenes interviews with show creators, Richard and Esther Shapiro, along with actors Al Corley and Pamela Sue Martin; "Interactive Dynasty Season Two Family Tree," an interactive family tree map of each character and how they relate to one another; "Entertainment Tonight" interview from 1985 with Linda Evans and Rock Hudson. (CBS/Paramount).
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas 40th Anniversary
(1977) Based on the treasured book by Russell and Lillian Hoban, the film is the touching story of a down-on-its-luck otter family that risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize at a Christmas talent contest. In 1977, the television special featured a special appearance by the Kermit the Frog as the narrator. In subsequent airings, Kermit’s narration was edited out, but this fully remastered version includes the restored scenes with Jim Henson’s iconic character. Formats: DVD. Extras: “Behind the Scenes in Frogtown Hollow” featurette, deleted/alternate scenes, outtakes, lost song: “Born in a Trunk.” (Sony).
Everybody Hates Chris: The Complete Series
(2005-09) Sixteen-disc set with all four seasons. Coming-of-age comedy that follows the childhood of legendary comedian Chris Rock. Narrated by Rock and inspired by his formative years, the acclaimed sitcom follows a black teen in Brooklyn during the early 1980s who attends a mostly white school. Bolstered by a soundtrack that beautifully evokes the 80s, he show chronicles the life-of the young Chris, whose family's penny-pinching is leavened by love (and laughs). Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes moments, commentary from the cast and crew, deleted scenes, gag reels. Includes "Everybody Hates the Making of
Everybody Hates Chris," "Everybody Hates the Set," "Everybody Hates Video Cameras," "Everybody Hates the Music," "Everybody Hates Bloopers," "Everybody Hates the Cast and Crew Again," "Everybody Hates Standins," "Everybody Hates Wardrobe," "Location, Location, Location," "Give 'em Props," more. (CBS/Paramount).
(2017) Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson, Lola Kirke, Daisy Head, Hermione Corfield, Malachi Kirby, Joely Richardson. A supernatural love story that transcends the boundaries of heaven and earth. Luce (Timlin) is just an ordinary teen girl until a shocking accident sends her to a mysterious reform school for misfit and eclectic teenagers. There, she meets two students, Daniel (Irvine) and Cam (Gilbertson). Torn between the instant electrifying connection she feels with Daniel and the attracting force of Cam, Luce is quickly pulled into a passionate love triangle. As she tries to piece together deeply fragmented memories, she is left with a feeling of undeniable longing for her one true love and the revelation of a love story that has been going on for centuries. Based on Lauren Kate’s worldwide best-selling young adult book of the same name,
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The Making of Fallen,” featuring interviews with “Fallen” best-selling author Lauren Kate, director Scott Hicks and stars Addison Timlin and Jeremy Irvine; “Missing Footage From Fallen:” deleted and alternate scenes; “Lauren Kate: The Author's Blessing”; “Meet the Fallen” cast behind-the-scenes featurette.
(2017 -- Iceland) Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir, Gunnar Jónsson, Søren Malling, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir. In a remote fishing village in Iceland, teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it's time to leave the playground and face adulthood Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2017) Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Jeremy Renner. Scott and Kate Johansen must figure out a way to earn some money after their daughter's scholarship falls through and, when all else fails, the desperate couple join forces with their neighbor Frank to start an underground casino in his home. As the cash rolls in and the good times fly, Scott and Kate soon learn that they may have bitten off more than they can chew.Read more about "The House" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras:Extras: Gag reel. Blu-ray adds: "The House: Playing With a Loaded Deck": Pranks, practical jokes and unpredictability; "If You Build The House They Will Come" featurette on how the cast and crew transformed an ordinary quiet suburban house to a full-blown underground Vegas-style casino complete with high-roller tables, a pool party and Fight Night, and how the cast went to poker school, learning to place their bets from the pros; deleted scenes; extended/alternate Scenes; Line-O-Ramas. (Warner).
House by the Lake
(2017) James Callis, Anne Dudek, Amiah Miller. A struggling couple, Scott and Karen, pack up their troubled young daughter and head to a picturesque lake house to reconnect and put their problems behind them. As Emma spends time with her new nanny, the little girl begins fixating on an imaginary friend she calls the Fish Man. Karen's fear of the strange man down the beach, Emma's fear of the water and her recurring sleepwalking continue to raise tensions in the house and drive a wedge between Scott and Karen until one night Emma disappears. When she's found breathing underwater in the tub, Emma insists she's been with the Fish Man. And he's coming back for her. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
Impractical Jokers: The Complete Fifth Season
(2016) Four-disc set with all 26 episodes of truTV’s top-rated series. In season five, the guys visit the world-famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York, play an epic game of catch-and-release at the supermarket and go on a helicopter ride from hell. The four jokers also pose as receptionists, cashiers, restaurant hosts, pet store employees and wreak havoc at a pawn shop. The season ends with a two-hour event in which the guys team with NITRO CIRCUS and face obstacle courses, high-flying jumps, and much more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted Scenes, "British Invasion Special," "Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes." (truTV).
Justice League Action: Season 1 Part 1
(2016-17) Two-disc set with 26 episodes. The first DVD collection of the hit Cartoon Network animated series. The “Trinity” of DC’s Justice League -- Superman (voiced by Jason J. Lewis), Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Wonder Woman (Rachel Kimsey) -- are joined by a galaxy of rotating allies and enemies like John Constantine, Zatanna, Booster Gold, Plastic Man, Lobo, Mr. Freeze, Black Adam and Swamp Thing. The Super Heroes must battle enemies that include space invaders and bizarre forces of magic as they try to defend Earth from Super-Villains intent on destroying the planet. The star-studded voice roster includes Mark Hamill (The Joker, Swamp Thing), Carl Reiner (The Wizard), James Woods (Lex Luthor), Jon Cryer (Felix Faust), Christian Slater (Deadshot), Sean Astin (Shazam), Ken Jeong (Toyman), Diedrich Bader (Booster Gold), Andy Richter (Chronos), Jake T. Austin (Blue Beetle), Mena Suvari (Killer Frost), Lacey Chabert (Zatanna), Jerry O’Connell (The Atom), and Patton Oswalt (Space Cabbie). Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2015 -- Poland) This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up -- the bold
debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska -- follows a pair of
carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an
alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly
auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the
half-glam, half-decrepit world of Smoczynska's imagining. The director
gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on
Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," in which the girls'
bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls
for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled
soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy
sets, The Lure explores its themes of emerging female sexuality,
exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with savage energy and
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with high-definition digital
master, supervised by director of photography Kuba Kijowski, with 5.1
surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New program about
the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Agnieszka
Smoczynska, actors Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska, screenwriter
Robert Bolesto, Kijowski, composers Barbara and Zuzanna Wronski, sound
designer Marcin Lenarczyk, and choreographer Kaya Kolodziejczyk;
deleted scenes; "Aria Diva" (2007) and "Viva Maria!" (2010), two short
films directed by Smoczynska; an essay by writer Angela Lovell.
(The Criterion Collection)
(2016) Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke. The true story of folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) (Hawkins) and the unlikely romance between Maud and a hardened reclusive bachelor, Everett Lewis (Hawke). Maud Lewis, a bright-eyed, intelligent woman, hunched with crippled hands from arthritis, yearns to be independent and to live away from her overly protective family. She escapes her solitary existence in her aunt’s home through her art, dreaming away the days, until in her early 30s she finds, and answers, an advertisement for a housekeeper. With the eventual support of Lewis, she becomes a famous folk artist. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, “Inside Story” featurette. “Directors Look Book” featurette. (Sony).
Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland
(2017) Based on the best-selling book written by the late Michael Jackson’s most trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby, the scripted Lifetime Original Movie -- featuring the acting debut of Navi, a Michael Jackson tribute artist who worked closely with the pop legend as his body double for many years -- gives an intimate view of The King of Pop both as a caring father and as a man enduring untold hardships during the last years of his life. A behind-the-scenes perspective from those closest to the music icon. Co-stars Chad L. Coleman, Sam Adegoke. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Murdoch Mysteries: Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas
(2016) Set in Toronto in the late 1890s and early 1900s during the age of invention, Murdoch Mysteries (aka The Artful Detective) centers on Detective William Murdoch, a methodical and dashing detective, who enlists radical new forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Days before Christmas in Edwardian-era Toronto, Detective William Murdoch is called to investigate a daring train robbery. When witnesses insist the culprit exhibited superhuman abilities, Constable Crabtree realizes the robber bears a striking resemblance to the title character of his new graphic novel, Jumping Jack. As more robberies targeting gifts from Eaton’s luxury department occur around Toronto, Murdoch and his team are forced to consider the possibility that Crabtree’s character has come to life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Acorn Media).
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
(2017) It’s Christmas Eve and Elmo couldn’t be more excited for a visit from Santa and gifts under the tree. To coax the little monster into drifting off to sleep, Elmo's dad spins him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster, back when Sesame Street was a very different place and everyone was so grouchy Santa didn’t even visit. With some help from his friends it is Elmo’s job to bring kindness, holiday cheer, and the spirit of Christmas to Sesame Street. Formats: DVD. Extras: Full length special "Elmo Saves Christmas."
Open Water 3 Cage Dive
(2017) Joel Hogan, Megan Peta Hill, Josh Potthoff, Pete Valley. Nail-biting third chapter in the popular Open Water series has three friends from California heading to the rugged Australian coast for a cage-dive encounter with deadly great whites. But after attracting a swarm of vicious sharks, their tour boat is destroyed by a massive rogue wave. As clouds gather and darkness descends, the three friends find themselves alone and defenseless, afloat in the chilly ocean as hungry man-eaters begin to circle. With little hope of rescue, they must fight to survive using only their courage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
(1952/1955) Gloriously cinematic despite being made on a tiny budget, Orson Welles's "Othello" is a testament to the filmmaker's stubborn willingness to pursue his vision to the ends of the earth. Unmatched in his passionate identification with Shakespeare's imagination, Welles brings his inventive visual approach to this enduring tragedy of jealousy, bigotry, and rage, and also gives a towering performance as the Moor of Venice, alongside Suzanne Cloutier as his innocent wife, Desdemona, and Micheál MacLiammóir as the scheming Iago. Shot over the course of three years in Morocco, Venice, Tuscany, and Rome and plagued by many logistical problems, this fiercely independent film joins "Macbeth" and "Chimes at Midnight" in making the case for Welles as the cinema's most audacious interpreter of the Bard. New, restored 4K digital transfers of two versions of the film, the 1952 European version and the 1955 U.S. version, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles scholar Myron Meisel; "Return to Glennascaul," a 1953 short film made by MacLiammóir and actor Hilton Edwards during a hiatus from shooting "Othello"; new interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow; new interview with Welles scholar François Thomas on the differences between the two versions; new interview with Ayanna Thompson, author of "Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America"; interview from 2014 with Welles scholar Joseph McBride;
an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
Peppa Pig: Princess Peppa,
(2017) Twelve magical “peppasodes” from the top-rated "Peppa Pig" TV series seen daily on Nick Jr. In the new DVD, preschoolers join Peppa and her little brother George as their bedtime story turns them into “Princess Peppa” and “Sir George the Brave.” Together, they meet a wizard, encounter a scary dragon and celebrate a huge party. The fun continues with a visit from the tooth fairy, a trip to a castle and a special drive to find a rainbow’s end. Each DVD also comes with an “oinktastic” surprise -- a limited edition princess Peppa plush. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
(2017) Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage. Leaving his Irish monastery for the first time, a young novice (Holland) departs with a devoted group of monks and a mysterious former Crusader (Bernthal) as they attempt to transport a holy relic to Rome. Threatened at every turn by savage tribes, traitorous Norman soldiers and those that seek the power they believe the relic holds, the young man finds surprising courage while faced with deadly challenges that will push his body, mind and spirit to the breaking point. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Five behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews with the cast and crew, photo gallery, poster gallery. (RLJ Entertainment).
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
(1987) Written and directed by the incomparable John Hughes, the celebrated comedy makes an on-time arrival for its 30th anniversary on Blu-ray Combo Pack with a Digital HD copy and on DVD. Starring comedy greats Steve Martin and John Candy, the uproarious classic follows a businessman (Martin) who is struggling to get home for Thanksgiving, but burdened by one travel mishap after another, as well as the company of an annoying traveling salesman (Candy). Filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth, the film also features appearances by Michael McKean, Edie McClurg and Kevin Bacon. The Blu-ray features an in-depth retrospective on John Hughes’ career that includes interviews with those who worked with him and explores his indelible impact as a writer and filmmaker. Additional features include “Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains And Automobiles,” “John Hughes For Adults,” a tribute to John Candy and a deleted scene. (Paramount).
Reign: The Fourth and Final Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all 16 episodes. The story of young Mary Queen of Scots comes to an end. Season four finds Mary rising to the challenge, taking back her country and establishing her rule in Scotland, the land of her birth but a wild nation foreign to her, and now, once again, her home. It's a season of impossibly high stakes, unexpected betrayals, sexual exploits, a royal wedding, a royal birth and a rising body count as three queens in three nations fight for their people, their loves, and their lives.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(1941) Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield, Ida Lupino, Alexander Knox, Barry Fitzgerald, Gene Lockhart, Howard da Silva. One of the great Warner Bros. classics that has existed only in truncated form for 70 years has been restored to its original length as first released in 1941, with 14 minutes of long-missing footage, remastered from a 4K scan. "The Sea Wolf" stars Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield and is directed by Michael Curtiz. It was one of Warner Bros. highest-grossing titles of 1941, well-received by both critics and audiences. Robert Rossen’s adapted screenplay -- which contemporized the story by adding a strong anti-fascist component by making the main character a thinly disguised figure reminiscent of a European dictator -- is still considered the benchmark version of Jack London’s best-selling psychological thriller. Executive producer Hal B. Wallis brought together a stellar team of Warner talents to further the studio’s reputation for prestigious, action-packed, yet socially conscious productions. "The Sea Wolf" was the fifth screen version of London’s 1904 best-seller. The story had been filmed three times during the silent era and was released as an early talkie from Fox Film Corp. in 1930, before the rights were eventually acquired by Warner Bros. Eight worldwide film and television versions followed. In order to present a 1947 "sea-faring" double feature re-issue with 1940's "The Sea Hawk," Jack Warner cut both films to accommodate more daily showings in theaters. The 14 minutes from "The Sea Wolf" were physically edited and removed from the original camera negative and no 35mm copies were thought to have remained -- until a recent extensive archival search yielded a thought-lost nitrate positive fine grain master made at the time of the film’s production. The latter became the basis for the new 4K scan which was used by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging to meticulously restore the picture. An audio restoration was also performed to take full advantage of the rich musical underscoring by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Robinson gives one of his strongest performances as Wolf Larsen, the brutal sea captain of the seal-hunting schooner “Ghost,” who gives save haven to fugitives George Leach (Garfield), Ruth Webster (Lupino) and writer Humphrey van Weyden (Knox). Larsen’s crew mutinies against his horrific abuses; van Weyden, Webster and Leach attempt an escape, only to return to find what they think is a deserted ship. They tangle with Larsen, during which the commander reveals a dark secret he’s been hiding as he and the boat sail toward disaster. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Original trailer remastered in HD; 1950 condensed radio production from the “Screen Director’s Playhouse” series starring Edward G. Robinson and directed by Michael Curtiz. (Warner Archive).
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Ninth Season
(2017) Four-disc set with 54 episodes, including three double-length episodes. SpongeBob, Sandy, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Plankton are up to even more of their wet-and-wild, deep-sea dilemmas. Whether it's SpongeBob searching for a job, Squidward learning the art of kah-rah-tay or Mr. Krabs getting married (to a pile of cold-hard-cash), the nautical nonsense is as rampant as ever. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Summer of Fear (aka Stranger in Our House)
(1978) Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate, Jeff East, Fran Drescher, Carol Lawrence, Macdonald Carey, Jeff McCracken. Wes Craven's 1978 cult favorite, based on the best-selling young adult novel by Lois Duncan of "You Know What I Did Last Summer" fame. A country family of five take in cousin Julie (Purcell), whose parents recently died in a car crash. While the rest of the family and those around them are completely charmed by Julie, teenaged daughter Rachel (Blair) grows suspect that her cousin has an alternative agenda; one that possibly includes witchcraft.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: New interview with Linda Blair; director commentary by Wes Craven; poster; still gallery; original trailer. (Doppelganger Releasing).
(1947) Dir.: Anthony Mann; Dennis O’Keefe, Alfred Ryder, Wallace Ford, Charles McGraw, Jane Randolph, June Lockhar. When the trail goes cold on a counterfeit ring in Los Angeles, Treasury agents Dennis O’Brien (O’Keefe) and Tony Genaro (Ryder) are called upon to infiltrate the shadowy and dangerous underworld of organized crime. Their only lead takes them to Detroit where they convince mob kingpin Carlo Vantucci of their criminal pedigree and start piling up clues to tie the Vantucci mob to the “tough, tight outfit” in L.A. But the deeper O’Brien penetrates the organization, the more harrowing the mission becomes for him and fellow T-Man Genaro, with their every move being scrutinized and carrying the risk of deadly exposure. A major box office success upon its release, "T-Men" holds a special place in the film noir canon not only as director Anthony Mann’s breakout film, but as the initial pairing of the filmmaker and cinematographer John Alton. Like none before them, their combination of highly stylized camera set-ups, along with the brilliant uses of light and shadows, created the gritty realism and visual tension that made their crime thrillers popular with critics and movie patrons alike. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio Commentary by biographer & producer Alan K. Rode; "Into the Darkness: Mann, Alton and T-Men" featurette with cinematographer Richard Crudo, film critic and author Todd McCarthy, writer and film historian Julie Kirgo, film historian and director Courtney Joyner and biographer and producer Alan K. Rode; "A Director’s Daughter: Nina Mann Remembers" interview with Nina Mann; 24-page booklet with an essay by author Max Alvarez ("The Crime Films of Anthony Mann") featuring stills, posters and other production material. The mono soundtrack has been restored and is uncompressed (Blu-ray only) (ClassicFlix).
(2017) Sherilyn Fenn, Joey King, Shannon Purser, Ryan Phillippe, Elisabeth Rohm. A teenage girl receives a mysterious music box that carries magic powers -- and a deadly price for using them. Read more about "Wish Upon" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures).
Lewis Black: Black to the Future
(2017) Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. A passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Black is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our existence. Recorded live just a few blocks from his home in New York City, Black sheds light on this crazy, messed-up world. Also available on CD and LP. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus performance: "The Rant Is Due: Live From Napa." (MVD Entertainment Group).
(2015) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. Join renowned ancient astronaut theorists as they explore the new evidence regarding the existence of extraterrestrials and extraterrestrial intelligence using newly declassified documents from all over the world. Uncover more astonishing new evidence of extraterrestrial intervention on Earth than ever before, including an aluminum object that resembles the foot of a lunar lander ... but inexplicably dates to over 40,000 years ago. In India, a thousand-year-old mask is discovered that looks identical to the face of a grey alien. Newly uncovered records from Russia indicate that in 1948, an ancient rocket was discovered in Kiev. Is it possible that we are on the brink of a reconnection with our alien ancestors?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras:
America: Promised Land
(2017) Showcases the building of America as a nation through the telling of historical events, Everyone knows America is the land of immigrants, but how much do we really know about what drove those migrations in the first place? "America: Promised Land" uncovers the great forces in history that helped shape the country we live in today. Told primarily through enhanced graphics, this HISTORY documentary special follows the migratory journeys of real people in history, revealing surprising and mind-blowing facts along the way (including the creation of the postage stamp by the Irish, the aid Germans provided to the Union Army in the Civil War, the Great Migration of African-Americans to the North and West, and much more). Each chronological hour focuses on a specific theme -- Land, War, Opportunity, and Disaster -- to tell the story of how the experiences of our ancestors determined how we ended up where we are From the producers of "America: The Story of Us."
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital.
(1975) Stanley Kubrick bent the conventions of the historical drama to
his own will in this dazzling vision of brutal aristocracy, adapted
from a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. In picaresque detail,
"Barry Lyndon" chronicles the adventures of an incorrigible trickster
(Ryan O'Neal) whose opportunism takes him from an Irish farm to the
battlefields of the Seven Years' War and the parlors of high society.
For the most sumptuously crafted film of his career, Kubrick recreated
the decadent surfaces and intricate social codes of the period,
evoking the light and texture of 18-century painting with the help of
pioneering cinematographic techniques and lavish costume and
production design, all of which earned Academy Awards. The result is a
masterpiece -- a sardonic, devastating portrait of a vanishing world
whose opulence conceals the moral vacancy at its heart.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 4K digital restoration,
with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; alternate 5.1
surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New documentary
featuring cast and crew interviews as well as excerpts from a 1976
audio interview with Kubrick;
new program about the film's groundbreaking visuals, featuring focus
puller Douglas Milsome and gaffer Lou Bogue, as well as excerpts from
a 1980 interview with cinematographer John Alcott; new program about
Academy Award-winning production designer Ken Adam with historian
Christopher Frayling; new interview with editor Anthony Lawson; French
television interview from 1976 with Oscar-winning costume designer
Ulla-Britt Söderlund; new interview with critic Michel Ciment; new
interview with actor Leon Vitali about the 5.1 surround soundtrack,
which he co-supervised; new piece analyzing the fine-art-inspired
aesthetics of the film with art curator Adam Eaker; an essay by critic
Geoffrey O'Brien and two pieces about the film from the March 1976
issue of "American Cinematographer."
(The Criterion Collection)
Batman vs. Two-Face
(2017) New DC Entertainment animated feature. As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders," this film finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing -- all the while combating the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bookworm, Hugo Strange and King Tut. The late Adam West leads the star-studded cast in his final performance as Batman, delivering an inspired turn opposite fellow pop culture icon William Shatner as the criminally conflicted Harvey Dent/Two-Face. The cast also boasts two more pop culture icons of the 1960s: Burt Ward is back for more “holy” fun as the Boy Wonder himself, Robin, and Tony Award winner Julie Newmar reprises her role as the fiendish feline, Catwoman. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: “The Wonderful World of Burt Ward” featurette, Adam West Tribute Panel/2017 Comic-Con International 2017, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar discuss various aspects of their lives, ambitions and inspirations. (Warner).
Ernie Kovacs: Take a Good Look
1059-61) Seven-disc set with all 49 episodes of this truly offbeat game show hosted by Ernie Kovacs. Kovacs was a consummate comedian, influencing TV funnymen such as Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jim Henson, Pee-wee Herman, Billy Crystal, as well as Monty Python and "Saturday Night Live." "Take a Good Look" is Kovacs’s aphoristic “if a tree falls in the woods” answer to the panel quiz show. Kovacs turns the secret guest show formula on its ear and almost inverts it. "In Take a Good Look," it's the host who gives the panel hints about the secret guest’s identity and in the form of surreal sight gags, blackouts and sketches. The clues only really make sense if you know who the guest is, to begin with. Throughout the series’ run, different approaches were taken to address this. Early on in Season One, Kovacs himself has trouble explaining the show’s formula to the home audience. Throughout the show’s two seasons, panelists periodically complain to Ernie that the clues don’t make sense; there’s one show where Hans Conried protests, “Please, Ernie … tell them it’s rigged!” All in all, it is Kovacs who seems to be enjoying the game the most, making these crazy blackouts as well as the commercials for Dutch Masters cigars. You watch the episodes of this game show and wonder “Did this really air on network television?” Airing October 22, 1959 to July 21, 1960, and October 27, 1960 to March 16, 1961 on ABC, Take A Good Look hosted an eclectic mix of guest stars, such as his then wife, Edie Adams, Carl Reiner, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mort Sahl, Our Gang’s Jean Darling, chess world champion Bobby Fischer, Major League Baseball’s Rogers Hornsby, White House Butler Alonzo Fields, Los Angeles Dodgers Chuck Essegian and Don Drysdale, Hawaiian Congressman Daniel Inouye, Miss America 1959 Mary Ann Mobley, several Olympic athletes, and many more. The Library of Congress, who acquired the entire collection of the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams in 2015, has digitized, restored and preserved the material contained within this DVD set. In all, that is more than 20 hours of additional rare Kovacs material. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2017) Evan Williams, Annabelle Stephenson, Billy Flynn. For Tyler’s 30th birthday, his girlfriend Christen gets him an unusual gift: admission to a mysterious escape room event. As they enter with four friends, they find themselves trapped in bizarre rooms where they must solve tricky puzzles in order to advance. But Christen has disappeared, and Tyler is shocked to see her on a video monitor, naked and trapped in a cage while the seconds count down. When the cruel game begins to turn deadly, he realizes they may not all escape with their lives. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director’s commentary, deleted scenes bloopers. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah. Four best friends go on an adventure of a lifetime as they reunite for a weekend of fun, festivities and outrageous adventures only to learn they are not as strong apart as they are together. Read more about "Girls Trip" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; "Planning The Trip" behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew; "Outrageous Moments" on-set hijinks; "The Essence of NOLA" featurette on New Orleans and the Essence Music Festival; extended performance “Because of You” by Ne-Yo; deleted scenes with commentary by director Malcolm D. Lee. (Universal).
God of War
(2017 -- Hong Kong) Sammo Hung, Vincent Zhao, During the 16th century, pirates ruled the Chinese coastline, pillaging the small villages and terrorizing the citizens. When maverick leader Commander Yu (martial arts legend Sammo Hung) enlists the help of a sharp young general (Vincent Zhao), they devise a plan to defeat the pirates. A violent clash of wit and weapons will decide who will rule the land in this historical drama from veteran action director Gordon Chan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2017) Stephen Lang, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Nathan Parsons, Jackson Rathbone, Quinton Aaron. It's 1868 and the Civil War has been over for three years. An old, abandoned mine is now being transformed into a military stronghold by a corrupt mayor and a band of bloodthirsty outlaws hell-bent on reigniting the war. When a U.S. Marshal comes to town only to find out that his brother, the town priest, has been murdered, his search for the killer leads to an inevitable clash that becomes a life or death struggle for a much greater cause. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
(2016 -- UK) Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Christopher Fairbank. Lust, power, and murder meet in this sexy, critically acclaimed thriller set in rural England in 1865. Katherine (Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family is cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel “Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Lady Macbeth” featurette, photo gallery. (Lionsgate).
(2017 -- France) Legendary French cinema stars Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot command the screen in thisrichly emotional drama, the latest film from acclaimed writer-director Martin Provost ("Séraphine"). The film tells the tale of devoted maternity hospital midwife Claire (Frot) and Béatrice (Deneuve), Claire’s late father's free-spirited mistress from decades ago, who resurfaces in Claire’s life to announce that she has brain cancer. Though the two women are virtually polar opposites of each other, they both embrace life in their own unique way. Might the two be able to develop some kind of relationship and rely on each other at this point in their lives?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Berlinale press conference with Deneuve and Frot; an interview with director Martin Provost, trailer. (Music Box Films).
(2016 -- France) Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye. A grieving woman pursues a couple whom she suspects of killing her son in a hit-and-run in this moody, riveting psychological thriller. Adapted from Tatiana de Rosnay's bestselling novel, "Moka", winner of the prestigious Variety Piazza Grande Award at last year's Locarno International Film Festival, follows Diane Kramer (Devos), who travels to Évian in search of the mocha-colored Mercedes that she believes killed her son. Overwhelmed with grief and desperate for answers, she tracks down Marlene (Baye), a beauty salon proprietor and owner of the vehicle. In order to get closer to her, Diane pretends to be a potential buyer for the car, but the path of revenge is far more tortuous and complicated than it seems. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Frédéric Mermoud; Bonus Short Film: "Le Créneau" (French with English subtitles, 13 mins.), written and directed by Mermoud: Camille (Emmanuelle Devos) and Hervé (Hippolyte Girardot) arrive late for a dinner, and when they can't find parking all hell slowly breaks loose. (Film Movement).
(2016 -- Australia) Dee Wallace, Geoff Morrell, David Collins, Sarah Bishop, Janis McGavin. Genre icon Wallace ("The Hills Have Eyes," "The Howling," "E.T.," "Cujo," "Critters") stars in a critically acclaimed role as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance. Combines the banal horror of family gatherings with the issues of abortion, feminism, ethics, religion and privacy, with a blood-splattered twist on what happens when secrets refuse to stay dead. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Artsploitation).
Shopkins: World Vacation
(2017) In this sequel to 2016's "Shopkins: Chef Club," Kooky Cookie win the trip of a lifetime to London, but it's not long before plans start going awry ... soon Kooky Cookie and her pals are hopping from Paris to New York to Tokyo. But with the mischievous Biscuit Bandits on the loose, can the Shopkins and Shoppies save the day?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Extras: "Shopkins Bring Europe to Jessicake" webisode, "Move It Like You Mean It" karaoke, "Ready to Go" karaoke. (Universal).
(2017) Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen, Jeffery Donovan, Benjamin Bratt. Successful businessman Jacob Harlon (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is transformed into Money -- a stoic, ruthless prison gangster -- after a DUI sends him down the rabbit hole of the American prison system. As he navigates the brutality of his new home, adapting to its violent codes of ethics and rites of passage that will ensure his survival, he slowly loses his previous identity and his relationship to his former life, including his wife and son. The grip of his new family, the prison gang, extends beyond the prison walls. Upon his release, chased by law enforcement and threatened by his incarcerated “protectors,” Money must orchestrate a dangerous crime. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Inside Job” featurette, filmmaker commentary. (Lionsgate).
The Skyjacker’s Tale
(2016) Ishmael Muslim Ali was convicted of murdering eight people at a golf course in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After years of trying to get his conviction overturned, he took matters into his own hands and hijacked an airplane full of passengers to Cuba on New Year’s Eve in 1984 and got away with it. After thirty years on the FBI most wanted list, this is Ali’s first interview since the hijacking and includes never before seen footage. Is he a heartless criminal or a victim? The audience must decide.Formats: DVD. Extras: Filmmaker interview, additional interviews, original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
(2017) Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr. Peter Parker, who, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man. Read more about "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Spidey Study Guide," an entertaining pop-up factoid track with facts on the movie in relation to the comics; 10 deleted scenes; gag reel; seven featurettes: “A Tangled Web,” “Searching for Spider-Man,” "Spidey Stunts,” “Aftermath,” “The Vulture Takes Flight,” “Jon Watts: Head of the Class” and “Pros And Cons of Spider-Man”; four "Rappin’ With Cap: Captain America PSAs; photo gallery.(Sony).
Three O’Clock High [Collector’s Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson, Stacey Glick, Jonathan Wise, Jeffrey Tambor, Philip Baker Hall, John P. Ryan. A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day's end. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Phil Joanou, “Head of the Class” interview with Joanou, “Passing the Test” interviews with screenwriters Richard Christian Matheson and Tom Szolossi, “School Clothes” interview with costume designer Jane Ruhm, theatrical trailer, still gallery.(Shout! Factory).
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992) In the town of Twin Peaks, everyone has their secrets -- but
especially Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). In this prequel to his
groundbreaking 1990s television series, David Lynch resurrects the
teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show,
following her through the last week of her life and teasing out the
enigmas that surround her murder. Homecoming queen by day and drug-addicted thrill seeker by night, Laura leads a double life that
pulls her deeper and deeper into horror as she pieces together the
identity of the assailant who has been terrorizing her for years.
Nightmarish in its vision of an innocent torn apart by unfathomable
forces, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" is nevertheless one of Lynch's
most humane films, aching with compassion for its tortured heroine --
a character as enthralling in life as she was in death.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with restored 4K digital transfer,
supervised by director David Lynch; 7.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
soundtrack on the Blu-ray, supervised by Lynch; alternate original 2.0
surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "The Missing
Pieces," 90 minutes of deleted and alternate takes from the film,
assembled by Lynch; new interview with actor Sheryl Lee; interviews
from 2014 by Lynch with actors Lee, Ray Wise, and Grace Zabriskie; an
interview with Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer
Chris Rodley's book "Lynch on Lynch."
(The Criterion Collection)
(2016 -- Poland) Legendary director Andrzej Wajda's final film is a passionate portrait of renowned avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who challenged Stalinist orthodoxy. Looking at the last years of the controversial and visionary artists' life, "Afterimage" follows Poland's best-known interwar artist and theoretician as he wages war against Stalinism. Though he didn't start painting until after becoming a double amputee, the ever-compelling and charismatic Strzeminski eventually became a professor at the National School of Fine Arts in Lodz. It's there that students treat him like the "messiah of modern painting," but university authorities and the Ministry of Culture have a differing opinion. Refusing to comply with Party regulations, the rebellious artist is eventually expelled from the university and the artists' union. And as the Communist authorities continue their efforts to ruin him, Strzeminski, brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda, remains steadfast in his political and artistic convictions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Feature-length HD documentary "Wajda by Wadja": The filmmaker offers a unique perspective on his work and provides the keys to understanding it shortly before his death; commentary by History and Theory of Cinema Professor Emeritus Stuart Liebman from the CUNY Graduate Center. (Film Movement).
(2017) Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, Tayler Buck, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto. Several years after the tragic death of their young daughter, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shut-down orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle. Read more about "Annabelle: Creation" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "The Horror Continues,"
"Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer," director’s commentary, "Directing Annabelle."
(2017) Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Jeremie Harris. Emerging from a NY subway on her way home from college, Lucy (Snow) discovers her neighborhood of Bushwick engulfed in utter chaos. Trying to escape the violence, Lucy seeks refuge in the basement of Stupe (Bautista), a former Marine on his way out of town to find his family. As the unlikely pair navigate through a hail of gunfire and lethal explosions, they learn they are in the middle of a civil war as Texas attempts to secede from the US. With the clash between local residents and the militia escalating, Lucy and Stupe must rely on each other in an impossible race to get out of the city and survive another day. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Photo galleries, poster gallery, “The Making of Bushwick.” (RLJ Entertainment).
Evil in the Time of Heroes
(2009 -- Greece) Billy Zane, Andreaas Kontopoulus, Argiris Thanasoulas, Meletis Georgiadis. Sequel to the 2009 zombie flick. Thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, a horde of blood thirsty zombies began wreaking havoc on humans, and only a mysterious cloaked hero known as Prophitis (Zane) and his other worldly weapons could save them. Flash forward to modern-day Greece where Athens is once again plagued by the carnivorous undead, and a ragtag band of human survivors -- a taxi driver, a pair of hot-blooded soldiers, and a doctor -- is on the run. But zombies are only half the problem, as Greece has been targeted for destruction with a mega-bomb in order to contain the growing zombie virus. So now, the remaining humans and the elusive Prophitis must race against both zombies and time to ensure their survival. Formats: DVD. (Doppelgänger Releasing).
George Romero "Between Night and Dawn"
Limited Edition six-disc box set. Three films made between "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead" showcase the extraordinary versatility and dynamism of this irreplaceable American auteur. When George A. Romero passed away in July, the film world didn't just lose its beloved "King of Zombies," but also a groundbreaking and fearless innovator who inspired not only generations of genre directors, but also experimental and guerilla filmmakers for whom he laid down the template. The three films collected in this box set -- two early Seventies "lost films" and a classic plague panic thriller -- show there's more to the legendary director than simply gut-munching ghouls. The comedy romance "There's Always Vanilla," psychological thriller "Season of the Witch," and infection horror "The Crazies" -- all filmed in and around Pittsburgh -- serve to display the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre. "The Crazies" is one of his strongest horror offerings, with memorable performances from Lynn Lowry and Richard Liberty. Romero managed to inject his films with subtle social allegories, nuanced examinations of the human condition, and just the right amount of black humor, so that they were immediately recognized as his and his alone. The box set showcases the director feeling his way towards the mainstream and showing a formidable assurance in three very distinct genres. Includes brand new restorations of the three films, a lavish 60-page booklet featuring new writing on this fascinating chapter of Romero's career, a wealth of extras including interviews, featurettes and behind the scenes documentaries, reversible sleeves for all three films featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork, and a beautifully designed and striking slipcase featuring an iconic image of the man himself. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Good Catholic
(2016) Zachary Spicer, Wrenn Schmidt, John C. McGinley, Danny Glover. Romantic comedy about a small town priest (Spicer) who suffers a crisis of faith when he finds himself attracted to a female parishioner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures).
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
(2017) Ten years after the Academy Award-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, the 2017 Environmental Media Association (EMA) Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" follows former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his tireless fight, traveling around the globe to educate and inspire the next generation of climate champions.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Effecting Change: Speaking Truth to Power," "OneRepublic -- Truth to Power" video, "Truth in Ten -- The Facts About Climate Change" (Paramount).
(2016) Jessica Uberuaga, Michael Marinaccio, Luke Goss. Brought together by a high-tech military organization, a group of telekinetics agree to use their powers for the good of humanity. But when they discover they've been tricked into destroying cities and killing innocent civilians, one team member takes matters into her own hands. Originally premiered on Syfy. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Old Dark House
(1932) Based on J.B. Priestley's popular novel "Benighted," this legendary classic was directed by James Whale in the fertile period between his "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein." Here Whale puts a surprising spin on horror film conventions even as he is creating them, adding black humor and sexual perversity that was eye-opening in 1932.
A quintessential dark and stormy night brings a group of travelers to a forbidding mansion in the Welsh countryside, where they find themselves at the mercy of the strange, and possibly dangerous, Femm family. Boris Karloff is, as always, unforgettable, here playing a mute, menacing butler. The superb cast also includes Gloria Stuart, Melvin Douglas, Charles Laughton (in his first Hollywood film), Raymond Massey and Ernest Thesiger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital. Extras: New interview with Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff; the featurette "Curtis Harrington Saves THE OLD DARK HOUSE"; a feature-length audio commentary track by actress Gloria Stuart; a feature-length audio commentary track by James Whale biographer James Curtis; 2017 rerelease trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2017 -- France) With this intimate supernatural drama, the celebrated
French filmmaker Olivier Assayas conjures a melancholy ghost story set
in the world of haute couture. Starring Kristen Stewart, whose
performance in Assayas's "Clouds of Sils Maria" made her the first
American actor to win a César Award, this evocative character study
tells the story of a young American fashion assistant and spiritual
medium who is living in Paris and searching for signs of an afterlife
following the sudden death of her twin brother. A stirring depiction
of grief in the form of a psychological thriller, "Personal Shopper"
-- which won Assayas the best director award at Cannes -- is a
chilling meditation on modern modes of communication and the way we
mourn those we love.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with 2K digital master, supervised
by director of photography Yorick Le Saux and approved by director
Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on
Extras: New interview with Assayas;
2016 festival press conference featuring members of the film's cast
and crew, including actor Kristen Stewart; an essay by critic Glenn
(The Criterion Collection)
(2017) Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, Pierre Salvadori. The setting is Paris in the 1930s where two sisters, American spiritualists Laura and Kate Barlow, are winding up a world tour. Seemingly adept at communicating with the dead, the women are somewhat less experienced with the business of the living. Nevertheless, their astonishing exhibit of apparently supernatural powers piques the interest of powerful French film producer André Korben, who retains their strange talents for his wildly ambitious new film project. Laura and Kate are soon swept up in a scheme that, fusing art and the occult, portends a dark shadow soon to be cast over all of Europe. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
War for the Planet of the Apes
(2017) Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Steve Zahn, Ty Olsson, Max Lloyd-Jones, Aleks Paunovic, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Alessandro Juliani, Chad Rook, Michael Adamthwaite, Timothy Webber, Amiah Miller. In the third chapter of the franchise. Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel." Read more about "War for the Planet of the Apes" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary by director Matt Reeves; concept art gallery; 10 deleted scenes; "Waging War for The Planet of the Apes" documentary; five behind-the-scenes featurettes: "All About Caesar," "WETA: Pushing Boundaries," "Music for Apes," "Apes: The Meaning of it All" and "The Apes Saga: An Homage."(Fox).
Where’s the Money
(2017) Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor, Kat Graham, Logan Paul, Allen Maldonado, Josh Brener, Devon Werkheiser, Method Man, Retta, Mike Epps, Terry Crews. Del (Bachelor), a quick-witted young man from the streets of South Central Los Angeles, learns that his still-in-prison father (Epps) and just-out-of-jail uncle (Crews) stole a million dollars and stashed it in the basement of an old flophouse. There’s just one problem: A major university is encroaching on the ’hood and that old flophouse is a newly gentrified (all-white) fraternity house. Now, with the help of his dream woman (Graham) and best friend (Maldonado), Del must rush the frat, ingratiate himself with the fraternity brothers (Paul and Brener), and grab the cash before his crazy, gun-wielding uncle (Crews) or a local gangster (Method Man) get there first. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Martin Kemp, Patrick Bergin, Dexter Fletcher, Philip Davis, April Pearson, Nick Moran . A special ops sniper is forced to assassinate six targets in six hours on the streets of London in order to win back his kidnapped daughter from a psychotic terrorist known as “Jericho.” Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
Broken Sword Hero
(2017 -- Thailand) Buakaw Banchamek. The martial arts epic introduces a variety of fighting styles practiced in Thailand, including Muay Thai, and recounts the story of Thongdee, a real warrior from Thailand’s Ayutthaya period who later became a national hero for continuing to fight despite having a badly broken sword. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Dark Tower
(2017) Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert, Ben Gavin, Claudia Kim, Jackie Earle Haley. Roland, the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from destroying the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. Read more about "The Dark Tower" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Blooper reel,
two featurettes: “The Man in Black” and “The Gunslinger in Action.” Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "A Look Through the Keyhole," three more featurettes: “Last Time Around,” “The World Has Moved On ..." and “Stephen King Inspirations." (Sony).
I Called Him Morgan
(2016) Haunting documentary film about the life of jazz great Lee Morgan and his wife, Helen, by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin. The film exquisitely presents the complex relationship between Lee and his wife through an exclusive interview with Helen one month before her death in 1996 and never-before-seen archival photos of Morgan within the NYC Jazz scene from the 50s through the 70s. Lee Morgan started his career playing with Dizzy Gillespie when he was just 17 years old. His age and his musical ability quickly became a buzz within the jazz community, establishing him as a child prodigy. Jazz fans would travel to see him whether he was playing with Dizzy, Art Blakey and The Messengers, or with his own band later on, The Lee Morgan Quartet. Morgan was one of the most recorded artists in the Blue Note catalog. His sound was unique and he played from his soul. But unfortunately he succumbed to an addiction with heroin that disabled his ability to play. Then he met Helen, who nursed him through his heroin addiction and made him a functioning musician again. Their life was intertwined: Helen cooked, cleaned, managed Lee’s bookings, and collected his pay. Lee did what he did best -- composed and played music. Their life together ended tragically, however. On a snowy night in February 1972, Lee was shot dead by Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (FilmRise).
(2017) Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple, Christopher Berry. A mother (Halle Berry) stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son. Read more about "Kidnap" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Person to Person
(2017) Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Michaela Watkins, Bene Coopersmith. Ensemble comedy follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day. A record collector hustles for a big score while his heartbroken roommate tries to erase a terrible mistake, a teenager bears witness to her best friend’s new relationship, and a rookie reporter, alongside her demanding supervisor, chases the clues of a murder case involving a life-weary clock shop owner. Formats: DVD, Digital.
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2017) Sarah Dumont, Tom Ainsley. A romantic escape into nature becomes the ultimate moment of reckoning when a husband and wife are trapped in a tent with a deadly snake. Unable to escape and with certain death looming, the tent becomes a heated confessional to a cataclysmic truth, and the couple finds themselves spiraling into a dark and dangerous game of survival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
The Shadow Man (aka The Man in the Shadows)
(2017) Sarah Jurgens, Adam Tomlinson. Rachel Darwin is pregnant, shackled, giving birth to something terrible, attended to by a dark man in a brimmed hat, a multidimensional being, a shadow that feeds upon human souls. She seeks the aid of William, who puts her under hypnosis and guides her deeper than mere dreams into astral projecting. But it is getting harder to know what is real and what is not and that includes the Hat Man. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Limited Collector’s Edition
(1991) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick. Director James Cameron’s iconic sci-fi action classic returns when "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" arrives in a Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box set including a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD). Still lauded by critics today as one of the greatest action films of all time, only 6,000 of the Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box sets will be released in the U.S., allowing fans to own a life-sized replica of the T-800 EndoArm mounted on a uniquely numbered stand with James Cameron’s signature. Say “hasta la vista, baby” to SD and relive each quintessential moment in four times the resolution with Full HD and High Dynamic Range on the film’s first-ever 4K scan. "The Terminator 2: Judgment Day" EndoArm Limited Collector’s Edition 4K Combo Pack box set is loaded with bonus content, including an all-new, never-before-seen documentary featuring commentary from the cast and crew (including James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Edward Furlong), and will be available for the suggested retail price of $174.99. The groundbreaking masterpiece will also be available as a standalone 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD for the suggested retail price of $22.99. Extras: New “T2: Reprogramming the Terminator” 55 Minute Documentary including exclusive interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Edward Furlong and more; two feature commentaries including 23 members of the cast and crew, including Cameron and co-author William Wisher; “The Making of T2” 30 minute featurette; seamless branching to view three different versions of the movie; two deleted scenes with audio commentary; trailers. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Laura Mitchell, Steve Baran, Eric Schweig, Gemma Martini. When Amy, a medical researcher with ambitions to open her own health care facility, visits a property up for sale, she begins to experience tormenting supernatural visions of a young girl who experienced a horrific death. Amy's life takes a turn when she begins to piece together glimpses of the girl’s last living moments, and starts to understand the spirit’s plea for help to cross over. Seeking a detective’s assistance, Amy becomes determined to seek justice for the girl’s death and bring her soul to peace -- even at the risk of being perceived as insane.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
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