(2017) Documentary about Atlanta’s notorious and legendary gay strip club, Swinging Richards, America’s only all male, all nude, gay strip club -- located in the heart of the Bible Belt. Straight men, gay men, bi-sexual men, and those who are gay only when the money is right, support themselves, and sometimes their families, by dancing nude for a diverse clientele of all shapes, sizes, and sexualities. Each relishes, defends, enjoys, and abhors their career choice and looks back on life's lessons that led them to where they are now. "All Male, All Nude" is a cutting-edge journey into the taboo world of male stripping. The men living this life can't be boxed in, nor can those who pay to watch them strip. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2017) Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Scott Adkins, Taylor Kitsch. After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of terrorists, Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) is drawn into the world of counterterrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Stan Hurley (Keaton). Read more about "American Assassin" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alamo Drafthouse Q&A with Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Kitsch. Blu-ray adds “Target Acquired: Creating an American Assassin” featurette, "Finding Mitch Rapp: Dylan O’Brien” featurette, “Transfer of Power: Hurley and Ghost” featurette, “Weaponized: Training and Stunts” featurette, “In the Field: Locations” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Better Watch Out
(2016) Olivia Dejonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic, Dacre Montgomery, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen. Horror-comedy puts a fresh and gleefully twisted spin on the home-invasion genre when babysitter Ashley (DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Miller, Oxenbould) when intruders break into the house one snowy night -- or so she thinks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, special insert holiday card. (Well Go USA).
(2017) Domhnall Gleeson, Thomas Haden Church, Christina Applegate, Nina Dobrev. A hopeless romantic (Gleeson) thinks he's found true love with an older woman (Applegate) only to learn that she's married and their encounter was merely an instrument of revenge against her neglectful husband (Church). Initially out for blood, the husband finds himself strangely sympathetic to the romantic’s plight and decides the best way for the two of them to get revenge is by moving in together, cutting her out and living a bachelor’s life. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel. (Sony).
(2016) Sophie Cookson, Corneliu Ulici, Brittany Ashworth. American reporter Nicole (Cookson) travels to investigate the possible murder of Sister Marinescu, sadistically crucified by a priest to vanquish a demon. As Nicole uncovers the weird tales behind this horrific incident, disturbing events reveal that the demon is still lurking nearby, seeking a new human host. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Crucifixion: The Director’s Vision” featurette, trailer gallery.
Despicable Me 3
(2017) Voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Gaier, Julie Andrews, Trey Parker. Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Read more about "Despicable Me 3" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Digital 3D, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: All-new mini movie: "The Secret Life of Kyle"; "Minion Moments": more Minion mayhem with Gru; deleted scene; character profiles; "The Making of Despicable Me 3"; "Developing Dru"; "The AVL Files": Through the lens of the Anti-Villain League’s hi-tech database, this ultra secret, interactive surveillance briefing showcases all of the agency’s amazing creations and top agents; "Freedonia Visitors Guide": Welcome to Freedonia! See all that the town has to offer with this interactive map. From its world class cheese, to its beautiful coastline, Freedonia has it all; "Despicable Me TV": "Despicable Me 3" infomercials. “Balthazar Bratt Action Figure,” “Bad Boy Bod by Balthazar Bratt” and “Agnes’ Super Cute, Incredibly Amazing Toy Sale”; “Doowit” sing-along with Pharrell Williams as the Minions plot their escape from prison; “Yellow Light” official music video by Pharrell Williams; "Minion Mugshots":The Minions add to the long list of celebrity mugshots in their very own “rogues gallery”; "Wanted Posters": Minions wanted for various crimes.(Universal).
Fargo Year Three
(2017) Set in 2010, chapter three centers on Emmit, the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota,” and his younger brother Ray Stussy, a pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat, competitive bridge. Formats: DVD. Extras: “First Look," “Ray and Nikki," “Emmit Stussy and Sy Feltz," “One Actor, Two Characters," “Gloria Burgle," “Varga," “Anatomy of a Scene," “The Digital Age," “Connectivity and References," “Locations," “Noah Hawley.” (Fox).
(2015 -- Japan) A slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four 30-something-year-old women in the misty seaside city of Kobe. As they navigate the unsteady currents of work, domestic, and romantic lives, an unexpected rift propels each to a new, richer understanding of life and love. Young director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s wise, precisely observed, compulsively watchable drama of friendship and midlife awakening runs over five hours on a two-disc set. Yet the leisurely duration is not an indulgence, but a strategy to create a novelistic space for everyday moments to become charged with possibility that yields a subtle emotional intensity rarely possible in a standard-length film. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(2017) Jules Houplain, Patrick Timsit, Barbara Schultz, Bruno Putzulu, Bérenger Anceaux. Sixteen-year-old Nathan is the new kid in high school. One night, while attending a party, he falls in love with Louis, a boy in his class. Able to sneak away from the crowd, they find themselves out of sight, and eventually work up the courage to kiss each other -- but someone takes notice. Soon, a picture is published on Facebook, and a storm of bullying and rejection overtakes their lives.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2017 -- Czech Republic) Zuzana Kronerová, Pavel Nový. Kronerová stars as Hana, a selfless 67-year old widow who lives alone in the cold and lonely family villa that represents her past life. Though Her husband has passed on, the traditional weekend lunch that Hana prepares for her two selfish and ungrateful sons lives on. They visit each weekend with their children and most of the time the meal ends in arguments. While taking care of her grandson Ivánek one afternoon, Hana meets Brona (Nový) by saving his life as he begins to drown while ice swimming. The light-hearted Brona introduces Hana to winter swimming and his group of friends who enjoy the sport. Brona, who lives in an old camper bus near the river, inspires Hana’s lust for life. They become lovers, but when she introduces him to her sons, the whole family is shocked. In a series of events and dark secrets, Hana has to stand up and start changing her life. Represent the Czech Republic in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th edition of the Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (FilmRise).
(1995) Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Bradley Pierce. Phenomenal adaptation of the award-winning children’s book. When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn’t realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the startled eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of Jumanji. There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game’s spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan (Williams) reunites with Sarah (Hunt) and together with Judy (Dunst) and Peter (Pierce) tries to outwit the game’s powerful forces. Released just in time for the modernized, new version, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." Formats: Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. Extras: Never-before-seen deleted scenes, gag reel featuring Robin Williams and the cast. Vintage: Animated storybook excerpts from "Jumanji" (the book), narrated by author Chris Van Allsburg; two episodes of the 1996 “Jumanji: The Animated Series” TV show; special effects crew commentary; making-of documentary; production design documentary; SFX featurette; storyboard comparisons; original theatrical trailer. (Sony).
Karl Marx City
(2016 -- Germany) Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father's suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasis extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect. Formats: DVD. (Film Movement).
Of Horses and Men
(2013 -- Iceland) A series of quirky vignettes explores the deep bond between horses and humans facing the mysteries of life, love, and death, and everything in between. An inventive take on the symbiotic relationship between man and animal, "Of Horses and Men" is a dark comedy set in a provincial Icelandic village. Against a breathtaking seaside landscape, a cast of hot-blooded characters struggle to connect with nature and each other. Among them, a pair of wistful human lovers are thwarted by equine libidos, sparking their tentative courtship into action; a determined alcoholic gets his last ride at sea from a surprisingly seaworthy companion; and an adventurous tourist sets off for a leisurely ride on horseback that spirals into a quest for survival. The lines between species blur seamlessly throughout these memorable tales, reflecting love, death and the quirks of human and beast alike. Formats: DVD.
(Music Box Films).
100 Years Of Olympic Films
Deluxe Blu-ray and DVD collector's sets include 53 films and a 216-page illustrated book, featuring landmark work by Kon Ichikawa, Bud Greenspan, Milos Forman, Leni Reifenstahl, Claude Lelouch, Masahiro Shinoda and many more. Spanning 53 movies and 41 editions of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games, this one-of-a-kind collection assembles, for the first time, a century's worth of Olympic films -- the culmination of a monumental, award-winning archival project encompassing dozens of new restorations by the International Olympic Committee. These documentaries cast a cinematic eye on some of the most iconic moments in the history of modern sports, spotlighting athletes who embody the Olympic motto of "Faster, Higher, Stronger": Jesse Owens shattering sprinting world records on the track in 1936 Berlin, Jean Claude-Killy dominating the slopes of Grenoble in 1968, Joan Benoit breaking away to win the first-ever women's marathon on the streets of Los Angeles in 1984. In addition to the work of Bud Greenspan, the man behind an impressive 10 Olympic features, this chronicle of triumph and defeat includes such landmarks of the documentary form as Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia" and Kon Ichikawa's "Tokyo Olympiad," along with lesser-known but captivating contributions by major directors like Claude Lelouch, Carlos Saura, and Milos Forman. It also serves as a fascinating window onto the formal development of cinema itself, as well as the technological progress that has enabled the viewer, over the years, to get ever closer to the action. Traversing continents and decades, and reflecting as well the social, cultural, and political changes that have shaped our recent history, this remarkable marathon of films offers nothing less than a panorama of a hundred years of human endeavor. Formats: 43 DVDs, 32 Blu-rays; $399.95 each. Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).
On Wings of Eagles
(2017) Joseph Fiennes, Shawn Dou. Based on a true story, the biodrama chronicles the war-stricken final years of China’s first gold medalist and one of Scotland’s greatest athletes, Eric Liddell. After garnering worldwide recognition, Liddell chooses a life of service and returns to China, where he was born, to go on a humanitarian journey. As World War II begins, he recognizes the eminent danger and sends his family to safety while he devotes the rest of his life to helping civilian victims from Japanese occupiers. Eventually taken prisoner in a Japanese internment camp, the Olympian’s selfless work and sporting achievements earned him legendary status worldwide.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
One Day at a Time
(1975-84) Twenty-seven disc set. Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Pat Harrington, and Valerie Bertinelli star in the lively and liberated sitcom classic created by Whitney Blake and Allan Manings, and developed by Norman Lear, the television legend behind "All in the Family," "Maude," "The Jeffersons," and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." "One Day at a Time" follows Ann Romano (Franklin), an independent woman who transplants herself and her two daughters -- rebellious Julie (Phillips) and smart aleck Barbara (Bertinelli) --to Indianapolis in search of a new life. Moving into an apartment under the watchful eye and ever-present tool belt of the building’s quirky superintendent Schneider (Harrington), the Romano women muddle through life, love, and laughs as they discover their own potential. One of the most successful sitcoms of the 1970s and 1980s, fans have clamored for "One Day at a Time" to be released in a complete series collection for years. Formats: DVD. Extras: "One Day at a Time Reunion," “This Is It: The Story of One Day at a Time.” (Shout! Factory).
The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One
(2016) Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas, Rachel Griffiths, Teagan Croft. When a dangerous outbreak threatens to destroy everyone living on a newly colonized planet, Lt. Kane Sommerville (MacPherson) goes against orders and leaves his station to rescue his young daughter (Croft). Desperate to get to her before it’s too late, Kane enlists the help of an escaped prisoner (Lutz) as they battle their way through the chaos of a planet on the verge of annihilation. With the odds stacked against them, saving his little girl may be humanity’s last chance at survival. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Deleted scenes, music videos, a photo gallery, a concept art gallery, five making-of featurettes.(RLJ Entertainment).
Santa Stole Our Dog
(2017) Edward Asner, Yves Bright, Carrie Schroeder, Lexi Golden, Chase Pollock. Ed Asner stars as Santa Claus in this heartwarming holiday adventure for the whole family. On a snowy Christmas Eve, the Whitehaven's beloved family dog, Rusty, goes missing: Santa Claus accidentally stole him. So begins an epic journey through the twelve days of Christmas as the family ventures to the North Pole to get their beloved canine back. Features original songs by Dolly Parton, John Schneider and Leiber & Stoller. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Universal).
Silent Night, Deadly Night Collector's Edition
(1984) Robert Brian Wilson, Linnea Quigley. Community leaders tried to stop the release. The P.T.A. fought to ban it. Now one of the most controversial slasher films of all time is back in a new high-definition release, restored from the original vaulted film negative. "Silent Night, Deadly Night" is the heartwarming story of little Billy Chapman, who was traumatized by his parents’ Christmas Eve murder, then brutalized by sadistic orphanage nuns. But when grown-up Billy is to dress as jolly St. Nick, he goes on a yuletide rampage to "punish the naughty!" Santa Claus is coming to town ... and this time he’s got an axe. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras:Disc One: Theatrical version of the film with a new 4K scan of the original camera negative; R-Rated theatrical trailer & VHS trailer; TV Spots; radio spot. Disc Two Extended unrated version of the film with a 4K Scan of the original camera negative with standard definition inserts; new "Slay Bells Ring: The Story of Silent Night, Deadly Night"; new "Oh Deer!" interview With Linnea Quigley; new "Christmas In July" film locations then and now; new audio commentary with actor Robert Brian Wilson and co-executive producer Scott J. Schneid; audio interview with director Charles E. Sellier Jr. from Deadpit Radio (extended version); "Santa’s Stocking of Outrage"; poster and still gallery. (Shout! Factory).
(2017) The explosive new documentary directed by Thomas Huchon from Europe’s popular SPICEE news network (a French investigative media outlet), follows the money behind the ultra-conservative faction that quietly engineered itself to power, via the campaign of Donald J. Trump. 77,000 votes in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan won Trump the Electoral College vote, despite his 2.8 million popular vote loss. This documentary proves this was not chance, luck, or a free and open democratic victory. This was a hijacking of the Electoral College, by a puppet master named Robert Mercer who manipulated the 2016 election by influencing voters using their personal data, fears, and vulnerabilities, while targeting them right down to the zip code level. Trump became the 45th president by winning three key states, a victory engineered by an ultra-conservative faction that quietly mapped its way to power using fake news, lies and psychometrics. This explosive documentary follows the money to the reclusive multi-billionaire Robert Mercer, who bought Breitbart News and funded the effort while inserting Steve Bannon into the presidential campaign as its manager. Using the data of millions of Americans acquired from Facebook, Google, banks, credit companies, social security and more, Cambridge Analytica, another Mercer-owned company, used tactics honed during the UK’s Brexit campaign to identify voters deemed “most neurotic or worried,” whom they believed could swing for Trump. In the darkness of the web, democracy was trumped by data. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Cinema Libre Studio).
2017 World Series Champions and 2017 World Series Collector's Edition:
(2017) "2017 World Series Champions": Two-disc set chronicling Houston's mesmerizing run, expertly edited from hundreds of hours of original breathtaking, hi-def footage from game broadcasts and the MLB Film & Video Archive. An extraordinary memento certain to thrill Astros fans and baseball aficionados alike, the pulse-pounding documentary features comprehensive highlights, exclusive access and interviews, delivering viewers directly to the ballparks. Championship-caliber bonus features include "Regular Season Highlights," "Clinching Moments," "World Series Highlights" and the" World Series Parade." "2017 World Series Collector's Edition": Eight-disc set that preserves every inning, every play and every gripping moment from the 2017 Fall Classic. Home audiences will be able to relive all seven complete World Series games, as well as revel in the pennant-clinching ALCS Game 7 at Minute Maid Park. Each disc features a SleeveStats insert, which contains official stats, game trivia and more; also included are four audio options, allowing viewers to watch the games while listening to either the television broadcast, Astros or Dodgers Radio Network announcers, or a Spanish-language version of the broadcasts. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
Valley of Bones
(2016) Autumn Reeser, Rhys Coiro, Steven Molony, Alexandra Billings, Mark Margolis. Anna (Reeser), a passionate but disgraced paleontologist, embarks on a journey through the badlands of western North Dakota in search of a potentially historic fossil. Word reaches Anna that Wes McCoy (Molony), a recovering meth addict with unpaid cartel debts, has stumbled upon a large Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth. Determined to find the bones at any cost and undo her past mistakes, she teams up with McCoy, along with her late husband’s brother and her estranged son, and finds herself entangled in a dangerous game that
tests whether she will move on from her past, or be consumed by it. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
The White King
(2016 --UK) Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw, Agyness Deyn, Greta Scacchi, Ross Partridge, Lorenzo Allchurch. Djata (Allchurch) is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in "The Homeland," a totalitarian state shut off from the outside world. Filled with Big Brother-like surveillance cameras and propaganda posters, the agrarian community at first seems peaceful and orderly, kept safe by an enormous statue dominating the landscape. But when Djata's father, Peter (Partridge) is whisked away to a deadly work camp, the young boy and his mother, Hannah (Deyn) are labeled traitors and forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and secret police. Before his father was taken away, however, he passed a secret to Djata that could change everything. Combines elements of George Orwell's "1984" with J. G. Ballard's "Empire of the Sun," and featuring themes similarly explored in the current hit series "A Handmaid's Tale" and "The Man in the High Castle."
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, cast & directors interviews. (Omnibus Entertainment).
(2017) John Corbett, Cara Buono, Myles Moore, Nelson Lee, Barry Corbin, David Keith. The inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock. Ordered to shut down a tiny church, Spurlock (Corbett), with a group of refugees from Southeast Asia, band together to risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. Michael’s first assignment as their new pastor is to actually close down All Saints, a quaint country church with a dozen devoted members ... and a mortgage well beyond its means. But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming refugees from Burma -- former farmers striving for a fresh start in America -- Michael feels called to an improbable new mission. Toiling alongside the Karen people, the congregation attempts to turn their fertile land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills and feed its people. Jeopardizing his family’s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do -- close the church and sell the property -- or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Four featurettes: “Act of Faith,” “All Saints: The Cast & Community,” "All Saints: On Location in Tennessee,” “All Saints: Ye Win and the Karen.” Blu-ray adds “The Pastors of All Saints” featurette, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Architects Of Denial
(2017) The annals of history are stained with brutal purges along ethnic, racial and religious lines: among them, the Nazi "Final Solution" and latter-day genocides in Sudan, Rwanda, Cambodia and Guatemala. One of the least well known is the systematic persecution and genocide of millions of Armenians since the early 1900s. This theatrical documentary explores how the silence surrounding such tragedies and a lack of accountability may set the stage for more worldwide massacres in the future. A first person account of genocide through the eyes of survivors, the film also includes interviews with Julian Assange, Sibel Edmonds (founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition), Genocide Watch founder Dr. Gregory Stanton, and Oscar-winning actor-director George Clooney, as well as experts who graphically illustrate the real connection between historical "denial" with present day mass exterminations. Tackling the persecution of innocent individuals along with the countries -- and the politicians -- who refuse, even today, to acknowledge the enormity of these mass crimes, this documentary delivers the powerful and chilling message that genocide denied is genocide continued. Formats: DVD. Extras: (Omnibus Entertainment).
Bad Lucky Goat
(2017 -- Colombia) Honlenny Huffington, Kiara Howard. After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, two incompatible teenagers embark on a journey of reconciliation and comedic misadventure along Colombia's breathtaking Caribbean coast. With no money, Cornelius "Corn" Denton and his older sister, Rita, must find a way to get the damaged truck fixed in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family's hotel. While struggling to conceal the accident, the siblings visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor during the course of an amazing 24-hour odyssey around Port Paradise. Official Selection of SXSW 2017. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus short film: "Miss World" (directed by Georgia Fu, 20 minutes); a young woman comes home to Taiwan to say goodbye to her father before he goes to prison. (Omnibus Entertainment).
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival
On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few performers in a wildly diverse lineup that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style -- and a camera crew that included the likes of Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock -- D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, Mama Cass being blown away by Janis Joplin’s performance. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive document of the Monterey International Pop Festival ever produced, featuring the films "Monterey Pop," "Jimi Plays Monterey," and "Shake! Otis at Monterey," along with every available complete performance filmed by Pennebaker and his crew. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 16-bit 4K digital restoration of "Monterey Pop," supervised by director D. A. Pennebaker, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack; restored high-definition digital transfers of "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey" with uncompressed stereo soundtracks; alternate soundtracks for all three films featuring 5.1 mixes by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio.
Extras: "THE OUTTAKE PERFORMANCES": Two hours of performances not included in "Monterey Pop," from the Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Blues Project, the Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, the Electric Flag, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, the Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and the Who; audio commentaries by Pennebaker and festival producer Lou Adler, and music critics and historians Charles Shaar Murray and Peter Guralnick; new interviews with Adler and Pennebaker; "Chiefs," (1968), a short film by cameraman Richard Leacock, which played alongside "Monterey Pop" during its inaugural theatrical run; interviews from 2002 with Adler and Pennebaker and with Phil Walden, Otis Redding’s manager; audio interviews with festival producer John Phillips, festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby; photo-essay by photographer Elaine Mayes; Monterey International Pop Festival scrapbook; trailers and radio spots; essays by critics Michael Chaiken, Armond White, David Fricke, Barney Hoskyns, and Michael Lydon. (The Criterion Collection).
Cops and Robbers
(2016) Michael Jai White, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Tom Berenger. When Michael (Michael Jai White), a police hostage negotiator, returns to the force following a leave of absence, he is immediately thrown into a volatile hostage situation. After learning that he has more in common with the suspect than anyone expected, Michael has no choice but to lead negotiations. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.
(2017) Dir.: Kathryn Bigelow; John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie. Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds. Read more about "Detroit" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Truth of Detroit," "The Cast of Detroit," "The Invasion of Detroit," The Hope of Detroit," "Detroit – Then and Now," Algee Smith and Larry Reed: “Grow” music video. (Fox).
Doc Martin, Series 8
(2017) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. Martin Clunes returns as Dr. Martin Ellingham in the eighth series of this smash-hit British comedy. In these all-new episodes, the doctor continues his practice in the picturesque seaside town of Portwenn, while raising his son with wife Louisa. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews with the cast and guest stars. (Acorn Media).
(1999) Perky, overachieving Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of history teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for high-school president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control. In Alexander Payne’s satire "Election," the teacher becomes unhealthily obsessed with cutting his student down to size, covertly backing a spoiler candidate to stop her from steamrolling to victory, and putting in motion a series of dirty tricks and reckless promises with uncanny real-world political parallels. Adapting a then-unpublished novel by Tom Perrotta, Payne grounds the absurdity of his central dynamic in the recognizable -- the setting is his hometown of Omaha, and the accomplished cast is rounded out with nonprofessionals -- and distills his closely observed take on deeply flawed humanity to its bitter but stealthily sympathetic essence. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by co-writer-director Alexander Payne, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Payne; new interview with Payne; new interview with actor Reese Witherspoon; "The Passion of Martin," Payne’s 1991 UCLA senior thesis film; "TruInside: Election,” a 2016 documentary featuring on-set footage and interviews with cast and crew; Omaha local-news reports on the film’s production; an essay by critic Dana Stevens.
(The Criterion Collection).
Fuller House: The Complete Second Season
(2016) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes. There’s no place like home, as the Tanner-Fuller-Gibblers serve up a whole new set of adventures. D.J. finally decides between Matt and Steve. Kimmy’s ex-husband, Fernando moves into the Tanner house. Ramona thinks she’s ready for her first kiss. The entire Tanner family shows up to the house for Thanksgiving, pushing D.J.’s organizational skills to the extremes. Kimmy tries to get her childhood band Girl Talk back together again. Uncle Jesse and Becky consider making an addition to their family. A famous ‘90s boy band makes a guest appearance and much more. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season
(2017) The latest season of "Game of Thrones" featured the most-watched premiere and finale episodes in HBO history, and the series remains the most-awarded drama series in Emmy history, with 109 nominations to date and winning the 2015 and 2016 trophy for Best Drama Series. In Season 7, Daenerys Targaryen has finally set sail for Westeros with her armies, dragons and new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow has been named King in the North after defeating Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and returning Winterfell to House Stark. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister has seized the Iron Throne by incinerating the High Sparrow, his followers and her rivals in the Sept of Baelor. But as old alliances fracture and new ones emerge, an army of dead men marches on the Wall, threatening to end the game of thrones forever. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "From Imagination to Reality: Inside the Art Department" extensive two-part featurette detailing the astonishing work of production designer Deborah Riley and her art department, dissecting the process behind the creation of this season’s incredible new sets; "Fire & Steel: Creating the Invasion of Westeros" behind-the-scenes featurette, including interviews with key cast and crew; audio commentaries on every episode with cast and crew; Bonus Disc: "Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms": From the "Game of Thrones" realm comes the never-before-seen story of the tumultuous events that shaped the world of Westeros for thousands of years before the series start. Cast members Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), Conleth Hill (Varys), Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) team up to narrate the animated telling of Aegon Targaryen’s attempts to conquer the Seven Kingdoms, written by show writer Dave Hill. Blu-ray adds "Histories and Lore": seven new animated pieces that give the history and background of notable Season 7 locations and storylines including The Dragonpit, Highgarden, Prophecies of the Known World, the Rains of Castamere and more, all narrated by cast members including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen and more; "In-Episode Guides" in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters and locations. (HBO).
George Gently, Series 8
(2017) In the final season of the acclaimed BBC detective drama, Tony nominee Martin Shaw returns as DCI George Gently, a brilliant and honorable cop investigating murders in the rugged North East of England. It’s 1970, the start of a new decade. Radical social and political change is in the air, and Gently is on the brink of retirement. Tasked with investigating two last homicides, Gently finds himself at odds with his cocky protégé, DI John Bacchus and questioning the legacy he will leave behind. When a victim’s body is discovered eight years after his wife was convicted of killing him, Gently reopens the case against the wishes of Bacchus, who was part of the original investigation. Later, a cold case leads Gently to suspect a charismatic politician billed as a future prime minister. Along with DS Rachel Coles, Gently and Bacchus must enter a shadowy world of political intrigue and risk everything—even their own lives—to uncover the truth. Formats: Two-disc DVD, single Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Acorn Media).
George Gently: The Complete Collection
(2007-17) The 25-Disc DVD and 13-Disc Blu-ray sets include all 25 feature-length mysteries from all eight series; 37.5 hours of gripping storylines, plus behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast interviews, production notes, and a photo galler. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Acorn Media).
General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait
(1974 -- France) In 1974, Barbet Schroeder went to Uganda to make a film about Idi Amin, the country’s ruthless, charismatic dictator. Three years into a murderous regime that would be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ugandans, Amin prepared a triumphal greeting for the filmmakers, staging rallies, military maneuvers, and cheery displays of national pride, and envisioning the film as an official portrait to adorn his cult of personality. Schroeder, however, had other ideas, emerging with a disquieting, caustically funny brief against Amin, in which the dictator’s own endless stream of testimony -- charming, menacing, and nonsensical by turns -- serves as the most damning evidence. A revelatory tug-of-war between subject and filmmaker, "General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait" is a landmark in the art of documentary and an appalling study of egotism in power. On DVD and Blu-ray, with a new, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by Schroeder, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New interview with Schroeder;
new interview with journalist and author Andrew Rice about Idi Amin’s regime; an essay by critic J. Hoberman. (The Criterion Collection).
Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!
(2017) Sara Malakul Lane, Richard Grieco, Demetrius Stear, Margaret O’Brien, Dave Mustaine. On Halloween, an all girl rock 'n' roll band called “Kill Pussy Kill” ventures out to play their biggest show to date. Before hitting the road, however, they manage to unwittingly upset a man who turns out to be an evil genius dead set on revenge. He manages to lure the girls into his Hell House, and when they wake up from being gassed, they find themselves trapped inside an unescapable room filled with a vicious variety of devices that can kill them ... as well as a variety of weapons that can be used on each other. The rules are simple: advance through all three rooms and you are allowed to go free. The catch is, in order to make it to the next room, someone must die. Formats: DVD. (Cleopatra Entertainment/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) Reese Witherspoon, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell. Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young filmmakers to move in with her and her two young daughters. Read more about "Home Again" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and producer Nancy Meyers. (Universal).
(2017 --Turkey) Psychological thriller follows Hasret, (Algi Eke) a female editor working at an Istanbul TV news channel, who has been having recurring and unsettling nightmares about her parents’ death. Are these experiences at night fictional recreations or repressed memories? Hasret edits documentaries at a local news channel. After a position shuffle, she is moved to the newsroom, which has recently been monopolized by politics. Displeased at work day after day, disagreeing with the whitewashing of any anti-government dissent that she has to splice and edit together, she finally decides to quit. Isolating herself in the flat left to her after her parents’ death 20 years earlier, paranoia and obsession slowly begin to creep in and take hold of her psyche. Did her parents really die in a car crash or was it something politically charged? Ceylan Özgün Özçelik's feature film debut. Since bursting onto the film festival scene, Özçelik has become a vanguard of the recent Turkish cinematic movement.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise).
(2016 -- UK) Ziad Abaza, Reece Noi, Darren Morfitt, Ewen MacIntosh, Scott Williams,
Kristin Atherton, Chris Wright, Harry Reid, Sean Cernow. After his father is killed in an altercation with drunken thugs, Salah is forced into running the family kebab shop alone. When a fight with an angry customer goes fatally wrong, he finds himself with a dead body on his hands and he disposes of it in the one place he knows best: the kebabs. As the shop's gullible customers devour the new recipe, Salah develops a taste for the kill and seizes the opportunity to turn vigilante, seeking vengeance on the abusive drunkards plaguing the streets. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Film Movement).
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
(2017) Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. Read more about "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Black Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase"; Kingsman Archives: Concept Art: Sets, costumes, stills: Behind the scenes, sets, props, the cast. Blu-ray adds "Kingsman: Inside the Golden Circle" nine-part documentary. (Fox).
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards
(2017) An in-depth chronicle of celebrated fashion designer Manolo Blahnik and how his remarkable dedication to his craft led him to become the world’s most famous luxury shoemaker, an icon revered by celebrities, stylists, industry luminaries, and fashion lovers everywhere. The documentary follows Blahnik from his childhood in the remote city of Santa Cruz de la Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands, to his beginnings as a shoemaker and designer, up through his first store opening in London in 1973 and coming of age in the fashion capitals of the world, where he now has shops and?department store concessions in over 20 countries. And through it all -- through Madonna offering that his shoes are “better than sex” and Carrie Bradshaw getting mugged in an episode of "Sex and The City" as she begs to hold onto her signature -- Blahnik has retained full control of his business, still creating every shoe and even hand-carving the wooden forms himself. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.
(Music Box Films).
(1968) The standalone "Monterey Pop" from the above set. On DVD and Blu-ray.
(The Criterion Collection).
Mysteries of China
(2017) Documentary captures one of the great archaeological events of the modern age, telling the story of Ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today. Through the lens of this groundbreaking discovery, viewers explore an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China's past. The discovery of the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor offers a unique time capsule into the past, revealing many things about this great country, which tells a larger story about the growth of China into a true superpower. From modern China to ancient China and back again, "Mysteries of China" is a visual adventure, using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor, and growth in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future. Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
Once Upon a Time at Christmas
(2017) Simon Phillips, Sayla Vee de Goede. Santa and Mrs. Claus terrorize a small town when they go on a spree, forcing a teen girl and local cop to solve the pattern behind the mysterious murders. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1972) A year after they'd created one of the defining British gangster pictures with "Get Carter," three Michaels -- writer-director Mike Hodges, producer Michael Klinger and star Michael Caine -- reunited for another crime picture, albeit with a more oddball flavor. Caine plays Mickey King, a successful pulp novelist responsible for such titles as "My Gun Is Long" and "The Organ Grinder," who is invited to ghost-write the autobiography of a mystery celebrity. His client turns out to be a former actor, played by Mickey Rooney, well-known for his gangster roles and real-life gangster connections -- but death is around the corner, and King finds his commission to be a lot more complicated than he first imagined. A favorite of J.B. Ballard, "Pulp" has long existed in the shadow of its predecessor. Tonally, it could not be more different -- "Get Carter" never had the time for sight gags and one-liners -- but it's a real gem in its own right and fully deserving of a wider audience. This release aims to right that wrong. Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, supervised and approved by director of photography Ousama Rawi, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, with original 1.0 mono sound. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Nnew interview with writer-director Mike Hodges; new interview with director of photography Ousama Rawi; new interview with assistant director John Glen; new interview with Tony Klinger, son of producer Michael Klinger; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh. (Arrow Video/Arrow Academy).
The Rift: Dark Side of the Moon
(2016 -- Serbia) Ken Foree, Katarina Cas, Monte Markham, Dragan Micanovic. An American military satellite crash lands in Eastern Serbia and a team of US and Serbian agents are dispatched to secure the remains of the satellite, but when they locate the crash site all is not as it seems. Features a soundtrack of music from Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" performed by Rick Wakeman (Yes), John Wetton (Asia), Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Colin Moulding (XTC) and more. Formats: DVD.(Cleopatra Entertainment/MVD Visual).
The Strain Season 4
(2017) Three-disc set. In the final 10 episodes of this terrifying series from the visionary minds of Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan, nuclear winter envelopes the planet and a desperate, weakened humanity -- existing only as slave labor for “The Partnership” -- is controlled by the bloodthirsty strigoi. Meanwhile, the sinister “Master” grooms Eph’s son Zack to rule the post-apocalyptic dystopia. With nothing left to lose, Eph and a tiny group of survivors plot to defeat The Master and save what’s left of humanity — and the planet. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes,
gag reel, "Coping with The Strain: A Therapy Session," 11 featurettes. (Fox).
The Strain Season 1-4 Complete Series
(2014-17) Fourteen-disc set. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Final Chapters
(2017) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. In this final collection of episodes, the half-shelled heroes must band together once and for all in order to be the heroes they were destined to be. Whether they are battling mutants in another dimension, teaming up with a rabbit samurai to defeat an evil sorcerer, or clashing with classic movie monsters to protect New York City, the Turtles will have to use all of their ninja-knowledge to defeat their enemies. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
The Unknown Girl
(2016 -- Belgium) Dir.: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Adèle Haenel, Jérémie Renie. A conscientious and dedicated young doctor is devastated after making what appears to be a fatal mistake. One evening after work hours, Jenny), a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. It's only later that she learns that the person ringing was an unidentified African woman found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought that she is to blame, Jenny embarks on an obsessive crusade to discover who the anonymous woman was and to see to it that she is not forgotten. Formats: DVD, Digital. (IFC Films).
(2016 -- UK) Eddie Izzard, Gregor Fisher, Sean Biggerstaff, James Cosmo, Ellie Kendrick, Kevin Guthrie, Naomi Battrick. Remake of the 1949 Alexander Mackendrick/Ealing Studios classic. The charming and heart-warming tale of a community of Islanders on a remote Scottish Island during WW2 coming together to relieve a sinking ship of its amber cargo. Based on the true story of the cargo ship SS Politician running aground off the coast of Eriskay in 1941 and the ensuing battle between the Excise Men and the locals trying to salvage the lucrative cargo, that of 50,000 cases of Whiskey. The shipwreck and its cargo was like manna from heaven to the Islanders, whose community was totally "dry," without any type of alcohol, which some would say is part of the life blood of the Scottish Islands. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: (Arrow Video/Arrow Academy).
Wolf Warrior 2
(2017 -- China) Wu Jing, Frank Grillo, Celina Jade, Wu Gang, Hans Zhang, Ding Haifeng, Chungyu Shanshan. The Wolf Warrior is back in this sequel to the 2015 blockbuster Chinese hit. With his career in tatters, China’s deadliest Special Forces operative (Wu Jing) has settled into a quiet life on the sea. But when he crosses paths with a sadistic band of mercenaries terrorizing innocent civilians, he must reaffirm his duty as a soldier and save the day once again. Fists (and bullets, tanks, missiles and much more) fly in this tour de force of bravura action filmmaking, all culminating into a climactic battle between the Wolf Warrior and the mercenary leader (Grillo). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Four-part behind the scenes featurette: “Action Scenes,” “Filming in Africa,” “Director Wu Jing,” "Wu Gang”; trailer. (Well Go USA ).
Zoo: Season Three
(2017) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the CBS drama that portrays a dwindling human population battling against a devastating army of unstoppable lab-made creatures who are hell-bent on destroying mankind. The year is now 2027 and the world has reached a tipping point. The human population continues to dwindle due to a sterility problem and a devastating threat rises in the form of “the hybrids,” the army of unstoppable lab-made creatures . Although the team has become estranged over the past decade, they're are forced to overcome their differences and reunite. As the planet’s future hangs in the balance, the team must race to stop the hybrids and their creator – a shadowy figure with a startling connection to the team’s past.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Paramount).
(2017) Ellar Coltrane, Willa Fitzgerald, Jacob Artist, John Cusack. A modern retelling of the 1948 action film "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" about a dangerous criminal who will stop at nothing to retrieve his money after a robbery gone wrong. Three friends on a wilderness excursion stumble upon bags of money and suddenly must outrun a white collar criminal (Cusack) hell-bent on retrieving his fortune. Soon, greed and mistrust turns the friends against each other as they wage a desperate fight for survival.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Blood Money Uncovered” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Dir.: Christopher Nolan; Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy. The film opens as the British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces at Dunkirk, France. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the English Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army. Read more about "Dunkirk" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Creation: Revisiting the Miracle," "Creation: Dunkerque," "Creation: Expanding the Frame," "Creation: The In-Camera Approach," "Land: Rebuilding the Mole," "Land: The Army On the Beach," "Land: Uniform Approach," "Air: Taking to the Air," "Air: Inside the Cockpit," "Sea: Assembling the Naval Fleet," "Sea: Launching the Moonstone," "Sea: Taking to the Sea," "Sea: Sinking the Ships," "Sea: The Little Ships," "Conclusion: Turning Up the Tension," "Conclusion: The Dunkirk Spirit." (Warner).
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
(2017) Voices of Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, Olivia Munn, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods. Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas. Read more about "The LEGO Ninjago Movie" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: LEGO NINJAGO TV series sneak peek; "Animation Bridge Test" deleted scene; "Baby Fight" deleted scene; "Dock Scene" deleted scene. Blu-ray adds Team Supreme: Building NINJAGO" featurette; "Rumble in the Bricks" featurette; "Rebrick Contest Winners" featurette; "Which Way to the Ocean" mini-movie; "Zane’s Stand Up Promo" mini-movie; "The Master: A LEGO NINJAGO® short" mini-movie; Oh, Hush! & Jeff Lewis "Found My Place" music video; "Everybody Have a Ninja Day "music video"; "Rocktagon" music video; "Warlord Ballad" music video; "Gimme Some Outtakes!"; commentary by director Charlie Bean and crew; 13 promotional videos. (Warner).
(2017) Dir.: Darren Aronofsky; Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Jovan Adepo. An allegorical couple -- a young woman with her husband at their country home -- has their life disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious man and woman. A series of disturbing events follow, turning their idyllic home into a hellish nightmare. Read more about "mother!" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "mother! The Downward Spiral" featurette with director Darren Aronofsky and cast as they discuss the production of the movie and take us through its spectacular finale; "The Makeup FX of mother!" (Paramount).
Salvation: Season One
(2017) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. The countdown to the apocalypse begins. Earth is in the crosshairs when, within six months, an enormous asteroid hurtling through space will collide with our planet. To avert worldwide panic, an ingenious MIT grad student (Charlie Rowe) joins forces with an innovative tech billionaire (Santiago Cabrera) to work with the U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary (Ian Anthony Dale) to prevent Earth's annihilation. While the President has ordered the Pentagon's press secretary (Jennifer Finnigan) to prevent news of the asteroid from leaking, a visionary sci-fi writer (Jacqueline Byers) is brought on board to join the attempt to save the planet.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "What Would You Do?" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Science Face: Technology" interviews with the show's producers, "Salvation at Comic Con" panel discussion, deleted/extended scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
(2017) Ray Wise, Arianne Zucker, Molly Burnett, Tom Molloy. Based on true events and inspired by T.T. Johnson's best-selling novel, "The Shattered Faberge Egg," "Shattered" is a thriller of power, greed and betrayal, centering around a prominent political family in the Deep South. Kate Stenson (Burnett) dreams of an enviable life as a member of the Southern elite. She marries Ken (Molloy), the son of powerful city councilman Forrest Burnett (Wise) and his dutiful wife, Maureen ( Zucker). But as Kate soon learns, Forrest is not only a cunning politician, but a womanizing and controlling patriarch, who will do anything to protect his family name and reputation. Kate's seemingly perfect existence starts to fray even further, when Logan, her adopted son, begins displaying inexplicable behavioral disorders. Desperate for answers, Kate sets out to learn more about Logan's hidden past and goes in search of his biological parents. Eventually, Kate's investigation reveals a dark secret -- one that could destroy the entire Burnett legacy and also put her own life in jeopardy. Formats: DVD, Digital. (VMI Worldwide).
(2017) Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown. Inspired by the true story. Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian who was at the 2013 marathon when the bomb blast occurred and he tragically lost both of his legs. After regaining consciousness Jeff was able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle had just begun. Jeff’s deeply personal journey tests a family’s bond and defines a community’s pride as he overcomes adversity to become the living embodiment of “Boston Strong.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Faith, Hope & Love: Becoming Stronger” featurette. (Lionsgate).
A Town Called Panic: The Collection
(2009) Take a trip to A Town Called Panic, the acclaimed cult comedy phenomenon featuring Cowboy, Indian and Horse, three plastic toys sent on strange and hilarious adventures in two award-winning specials. Cowboy and Indian are always up to some harebrained scheme, with Horse left to clean up the mess. In "Christmas Panic," their out-of-control antics lead Horse to call Santa and cancel the presents. But the boys figure they can still save Christmas -- if they break into their neighbor’s house to steal his yule log. In "Back to School Panic," a class quiz promises a fantastic prize, but only Pig knows the answer. Cowboy and Indian use a special shrinking potion to sneak into Pig’s brain, where they discover a bacon-packed world that is more than they bargained for. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: All 20 TV series episodes, new short film "The Sound of the Grey." (Shout! Factory).
The Unamerican Struggle
(2017) Bigotry is on the rise again in America, fueled by a president whose views are rooted in racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia. This renewed struggle facing immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, black people, women, and transgender people is represented by frontline activist voices from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Diversity Council, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Black Lives Matter. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Victoria & Abdul
(2017) Stephen Frears; Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Addel Akhtar, Michael Gambon. Read more about "Victoria & Abdul" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Judi & Ali" featurette about the relationship between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim and the friendship that developed between Dench and Dazal while making the film; "The Look of Victoria & Abdul," in which the filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss how the authenticity of locations, costumes,
and props contributed to the realism of the film. (Universal).
(2017) Two-disc set with six episodes. When Sarah Manning’s husband, Lee, is killed while on business in Montreal, her life back in Dublin starts to spin out of control. Sarah soon realizes she knew little about her husband’s past or his job at a powerful international pharmaceutical company. Assigned to the case, Detective Emer Byrne (Angeline Ball) doggedly investigates the conflicting evidence, even in defiance of her superior’s order. As more lies surface, and she confront a powerful conspiracy of corporate, police and political interests, Sarah begins to suspect that Lee’s murder could be connected to the death of her first husband. Did both men know a terrible secret that got them killed? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, cast interviews. (Acorn Media).
The Apartment - Limited Edition
(1960) In 1960, following on from the success of their collaboration on "Some Like it Hot," director Billy Wilder reteamed with actor Jack Lemmon for what many consider the pinnacle of their respective careers: "The Apartment." C.C. "Bud" Baxter (Lemmon) is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement with the firm's personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), his career prospects begin to look up ... and up. But when he discovers that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the company's elevator operator and the girl of his dreams, he finds himself forced to choose between his career and the woman he loves. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, "The Apartment" features a wealth of Hollywood's finest talent -- on both sides of the camera -- at the top of their game. By turns cynical, heart-warming and hilarious, Wilder's masterpiece now shines like never before in this all-new, 4K-restored edition from the original camera negative, with original uncompressed PCM mono audio and optional 5.1 remix in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with film producer and historian Bruce Block; new appreciation of the film and select scene commentary by film historian Philip Kemp; "The Flawed Couple," a new video essay by filmmaker David Cairns on the collaborations between Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon; "Billy Wilder ABC," an overview by David Cairns on the life and career of the filmmaker, covering his films, collaborators and more; new interview with actress Hope Holiday; "Inside the Apartment," a half-hour "making-of" featurette from 2007 including interviews with Shirley MacLaine, executive producer Walter Mirisch, and others; "Magic Time: The Art of Jack Lemmon," an archive profile of the actor from 2007; original screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond (BD-ROM content); theatrical trailer; special collector's packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick; collector's 150-page hardcover book featuring new writing by Neil Sinyard, Kat Ellinger, Travis Crawford and Heather Hyche, generously illustrated with rare stills and behind-the-scenes imagery. (Arrow Video/Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Brawl in Cell Block 99
(2017) Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Udo Kier, Marc Blucas, Don Johnson. A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: “Journey to the Brawl: The Making of Brawl in Cell Block 99,” Beyond Fest Q&A with cast and crew. (RLJ Films).
(2017) Ellen Page , Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, Kiefer Sutherland. The supernatural thriller follows five medical students obsessed with what lies beyond the confines of life. They embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. Read more about "Flatliners" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes:“Just What the Director Ordered,” “The Ultimate Question.” Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes: “Reviving a Cult Classic” and “Making the Rounds," deleted and extended scenes. (Sony).
(2017) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Cobie Smulders. A comedy set in the world of contract killers. A group of young, raw, and undisciplined assassins hire a docu-crew at gunpoint to have undeniable proof that they’re the ones who will kill the most infamous hit man of all time, Gunther (Schwarzenegger). But Gunther is on to them before they know it and makes their lives a living hell, turning the hunters into the prey in a kill-or-be-killed race against time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Blooper reel, deleted scenes. (Lionsagte).
(2017 --TV) Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Brían F. O’Byrne, Chris Noth. Discovery’s biggest scripted series of the year focuses on bureaucracy-battling FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald’s pioneering use of forensic linguistics to find -- and eventually capture -- the infamous “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Criminal Profiling” featurette, “Who is the Unabomber?” featurette, "Deciphering the Manifesto” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand. Derek Cho (Yeun) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm’s building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses. Joining forces with a former client (Weaving) who has a grudge of her own, Derek savagely fights tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ulta HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: "Creating Mayhem: The Making of the Film”and editor Josh Ethier. (RLJE Films).
The Mountain Between
(2017) Kate Winslet, Idris Elba. Stranded after a plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Love and Survival: Creating Chemistry," "Mountain Between Them: Shooting in Isolation," "The Wilds: Survival Stunts," deleted scenes, gallery. (Fox).
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