(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).
(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).
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).
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).
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).
(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).
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).
(1968) The standalone "Monterey Pop" from the above set. On DVD and Blu-ray.
(The Criterion Collection).
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).
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