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Cars 3

(2017) Voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Chris Cooper, Isiah Whitlock Jr., team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson, Kerry Washington, Margo Martindale, Nathan Fillion, Lea DeLaria, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. A fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic "Cars" friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez. Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition. Read more about "Cars 3" in the November Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Uktra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Brian Fee (director), Kevin Reher (producer), Andrea Warren (co-producer) and Jay Ward (creative director); theatrical short “Lou”: When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. Blu-ray adds "Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool" new mini-movie; "Let’s. Get. Crazy." featurette that takes a look at the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race; "Legendary" look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited; "Ready for the Race" in which Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers; "World’s Fastest Billboard" featurette on all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible; "Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could" featurette on the filmmakers' journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer; "Generations: The Story of Cars 3" behind-the-scenes featurette; "My First Car" collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew; deleted scenes, with an introduction as to why each scene was removed from the film: “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint”; "Cars to Die(cast) For" takes a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the "Cars" universe. (Disney).


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The Godfather Trilogy: Omertà Edition

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, director Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Godfather" is widely considered one of the most influential films in cinematic history. Now the entire epic trilogy will be available on Blu-ray in a spectacular 4-disc "Omertà Edition," which includes the Coppola Restoration of "The Godfather" and "The Godfather, Part II," as well as the remastered version of "The Godfather, Part III." In a numbered, limited edition set of 45,000 sets. Includes commentary by Coppola on all three films, a full disc of previously released in-depth special features, as well as exclusive new collectible trivia cards, magnetic poetry, an "Anatomy of a Scene" fold out and quote cards. (Paramount).

The Philadelphia Story

(1940) With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady -- thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play photo for The Philadelphia Story"The Philadelphia Story," Hepburn snapped up the screen rights, handpicking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award–winning performance). A fast-talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regrets and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger; new introduction to actor Katharine Hepburn’s role in the development of the film by documentarians David Heeley and Joan Kramer; "In Search of Tracy Lord," a new documentary about the origin of the character and her social milieu; two full episodes of "The Dick Cavett Show" from 1973, featuring rare interviews with Hepburn, plus an excerpt of a 1978 interview from that show with director George Cukor; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1943, featuring an introduction by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille; restoration demonstration; an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
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Westworld: Season One

(2016) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the HBO series. Based on the film written by best-selling author Michael Crichton, "Westworld" is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and a reimagined past, the series explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Features a star-studded cast led by Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins, Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson and Shannon Woodward. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo-Pack (six discs), Digital. Extras: "Inside Look with Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy – Season One," "Imagining the Main Title," :"Key to The Chords," "2017 Comic Con Panel," gag reel, "Welcome to Westworld," "Crafting the Narrative," "An Invitation to the Set," "Welcome to Westworld: About the Series," "Reality of A.I.: Westworld," "The Big Moment." The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray sets will also include a premium collectible booklet. (Warner).



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November 14

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Atomic Blonde

(2017) Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgard, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Daniel Bernhardt, James Faulkner, Roland Moller, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Sam Hargrave, Attila Arpa, Daniel Hargrave, Declan Hannigan. An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. Read more about "Atomic Blonde" in the November Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted/extended scenes; "Welcome to Berlin" location featurette; "Blondes Have More Gun"; "Spymaster" cast and crew behind-the-scenes featurette; "Anatomy of a Fight Scene"; "Story in Motion" storyboards with optional commentary by director David Leitch; feature commentary with Leitch and editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir. (Universal.
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Desert Hearts

(1985) Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first narrative feature, "Desert Hearts," was groundbreaking upon its 1985 release: A love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a self-financed shoestring budget, by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breathtaking desert landscape. With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, "Desert Hearts" beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit and created by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and the Sundance Institute, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch; new conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch; new conversation between Deitch, Elswit, and production designer Jeannine Oppewall about the film’s visual style; new interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau; excerpt from "Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule," a 1995 documentary about the author of "Desert of the Heart," the 1964 novel on which the film is based; an essay by critic B. Ruby Rich. (The Criterion Collection).
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Le samouraï

(1987 -- France) In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville, "Le samouraï" is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture -- with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of "Melville on Melville," and Ginette Vincendeau, author of "Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris"; archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier; "Melville-Delon: D’Honneur et de nuit" (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on this film; an essay by film scholar David Thomson. The Blu-ray also features an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo and excerpts from "Melville on Melville." (The Criterion Collection).



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November 21

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Jabberwocky

(1977) Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town’s only possible savior but Dennis Cooper (Michael Palin), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight? Terry Gilliam’s first outing as a solo director -- inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky” and made on the heels of Gilliam’s success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python -- showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, this fantasy remains one of the filmmaker’s most uproarious visions of society run amok. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam; 5.1 surround mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin; new documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin, and actor Annette Badland; new interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs; selection of Gilliam’s storyboards and sketches; an essay by critic Scott Tobias. (The Criterion Collection).



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November 28

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

(2017) Take a stroll down memory lane with four 90-minute seasonal chapters, directed, written, and executive produced by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. This special series begins nearly 10 years after the original series ended. Lorelai still runs the Dragonfly Inn (and chugs coffee like it's water) and Rory, now 32, has experienced some career success. As Rory works through job-related struggles and Lorelai deals with some unresolved issues of her own, Emily Gilmore has been handling the loss of her husband. Emily is at a major crossroads in her life, trying to figure out what to do next. Richard's death forces Emily and Lorelai to finally reexamine their own fraught relationship, which hasn't changed much since the beginning of the series. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Warner).


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All listings are based on information from the home video studios. Some release dates may change and titles may come out after a specified date (with no announcement from the studio). Additionally, some titles may be released with little or no advance announcement. And since all DVDs are priced at sell-through and are available for substantial discounts at both online and brick-and-mortar stores, we only list suggested retail prices for some special editions, box sets and collections.



All DVDs are screened on a reference system consisting of a Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers and Power 10 subwoofer.


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