(2017) William Shatner, Jayden Greig, Lauren McNamara, Kirsten Robek, Dan Payne, Ty Consiglio, Alex Zahara. Film adaptation of the first book from the popular "Rod Allbright and the Galactic Patrol" series by Bruce Coville follows a pair of middle schoolers racing to save the world from destruction after extraterrestrials invade Earth. When a tiny spaceship flies through his window and lands on his science project, Rod and his cousin Elspeth meet a group of friendly aliens, extraterrestrial lawmen known as the Galactic Patrol, including Phil, a talking plant (voiced by William Shatner). The Earthlings quickly join the aliens' adventurous mission to help defeat an evil alien criminal. After discovering the evil alien is disguised as a human -- someone he knows all too well -- Rod and Elspeth race to save the world from total planetary disaster. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Not of This World: Creating Alien Life Forms"; "Aliens Ate My Homework: From Page to Screen": from concept to production and visual effects, featuring behind the scenes footage plus interviews with the cast, filmmakers, and author Bruce Coville; "On the Set with Bruce Coville"; "The Galactic Patrol Wants You!" takes a closer look at the members of the Galactic Patrol featuring Grakker, Madame Pong, Rod Allbright, Elspeth, and Phillogenous Esk Piemondum, aka Phil. (Universal).
The Cat O' Nine Tails
(1971) Following the success of his debut feature, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage," distributor Titanus tasked writer-director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as "nine times more suspenseful" than its predecessor, was "The Cat O' Nine Tails." When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arno (Karl Malden), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperiled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis), Franco's young niece, may also be in the killer's sights. This second entry in the so-called "Animal Trilogy" found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak and Rada Rassimov, and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone, "The Cat O' Nine Tails" remains one of Argento's most suspenseful and underrated films. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative. Extras: New audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman; new interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono; script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time; original Italian and international theatrical trailers; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp; double-sided fold-out poster; four lobby card reproductions; limited edition booklet illustrated by Matt Griffin, featuring an essay on the film by Dario Argento, and new writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2018) Barry Minkow, James Caan, Ving Rhames, Justin Baldoni, Elisabeth Röhm, Mark Hamill, Talia Shire, Armand Assante. The real life story of Barry Jay Minkow, a son, businessman, fraud buster, actor, pastor…and felon. Born in 1967, Barry Minkow went on to set up a highly successful carpet cleaning company but was imprisoned in 1988 for one of the world's largest investment and accounting frauds through a Ponzi scheme. The scheme that Minkow set up is often used as a case study in accounting fraud. He was released from prison and went on to be a pastor and fraud investigator. Imprisoned again in 2011 for securities fraud and, in 2014, after pleading guilty to a multitude of charges including defrauding his church as well as the federal government, Minkow currently owes more than $600 million in restitution. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
(2017) Angela Durazo, Nathan Schellerup, Malina Lee Shaffer, Danny Winn, Katy Bentz, Chad Ayers, Marques Bobesich. A woman carrying twins finds that her pregnancy is linked to an evil birth, a demonic possession, that took over a village a long time ago. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Ninth Season
(2017) This season follows Larry (David) as he dreams of a big idea that elicits promising feedback from a number of prospective investors -- until a string of missteps undermines the plan, at least temporarily. Series favorites also make their return to this Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning comedy, including Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, and JB Smoove. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (HBO).
Curse of the Mayans
(2017) Olga Fonda, Steve Wilcox, Bernardo Peña, Carla Ortiz. For eons, the Mayans prophesied that on December 21, 2012 -- the end-date of the 5,126-year cycle of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar -- there would be a cataclysmic, earth-shattering event. As it turned out, 2012 wasn't the end, but the beginning. In the present day, American professor Dr. Alan Green (Wilcox) discovers a manuscript that may hold the keys to the lost Mayan culture. After traveling to Mexico, he hires an expert team of cave divers, led by Danielle Noble (Ortiz), to explore a submerged labyrinth of ruins left behind by the ancient civilization before their mysterious disappearance. But when the team unwittingly stumbles upon an underwater prison and unintentionally frees the evil alien beings trapped within, they are forced to fight for their survival and prevent the extraterrestrial apocalypse predicted by the Mayans long ago. Filmed on location at the sites of actual Mayan settlements. Formats: DVD, Digital. (VMI Worldwide).
The Dark Crystal
(1982) The Jim Henson classic about a young hero who must find a legendary relic in order to restore harmony to the universe debuts on 4K Ultra HD and returns to Blu-ray (in a limited edition 24-page Digibook) and digital. Extras: New "The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy" goes behind the scenes of this iconic film with stories from Lisa Henson and Toby Froud; deleted scenes; commentary with Brian Froud; picture-in-picture storyboard track; original Skeksis language scenes with introduction by screenwriter David Odell; "The World of The Dark Crystal" documentary; "Reflections of The Dark Crystal": "Light on the Path of Creation" and "Shard of Illusion"; photo galleries; theatrical teaser and trailer. (Sony).
(2017 -- France) Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave who at 89 is still expanding cinematic frontiers, and the acclaimed 34-year-old French photographer and muralist known as JR, team up to co-direct an enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. They travel in JR's photo truck to French villages, factories, docks, farms and anywhere else their spirits take them, meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are then prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects as well as in Varda and JR themselves. The film documents these heart-warming encounters, as well as the unlikely, tender friendship formed along the way by the two artists. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: (Cohen Media Group).
(2017 -- Japan) Shun Oguri, Masami Nagasawa, Takayuki Yamada. Visually spectacular feature film based on the long-running, best-selling action comedy manga by Hideaki Sorachimanga. The live-action film takes place in an alternate Edo-period Japan, where an Alien race has taken control, forcing Samurai to lay down their swords. Once feared as the "White Demon," former samurai Gintoki Sakata now works as an everyday handyman -- until a master swordsman tasks Gintoki and his friends with finding the cursed sword Benizakura to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2017) Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith. An artistically inclined 17-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California, in 2002, in a film that excavates both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Read more about "Lady Bird" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Greta Gerwig and cinematographer Sam Levy, "Realizing Lady Bird" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Man Who Invented Christmas
(2017) Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow. The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday. Read more about "he Man Who Invented Christmas" in the March Calendar.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
(2017) Melissa Leo, Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Liana Liberato, Maddie Hasson. A powerful film about a group of cloistered Catholic nuns coming to terms with changes in the Church during the mid-1960s. Spanning over a decade, from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, "Novitiate" is about a young girl's first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns' lives. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and recent changes in the life of the Church. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director's commentary; National Board of Review Q&A with Maggie Betts, Melissa Leo, Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson and Dianna Agron; alternate ending plus deleted and extended scenes. (Sony).
The Paris Opera
(2017 -- France) Documentary offers a candid look behind the scenes of one of the world's foremost performing arts institutions. Over the course of one tumultuous season, director Jean-Stéphane Bron nimbly juggles multiple storylines -- from ballet and opera rehearsals, to strike negotiations, last minute crises and ticket disputes -- revealing the dedication of the talented personnel who bring breathtaking spectacles to the stage night after night. It's Autumn 2015 and, at the Paris Opera, new director Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference. Backstage, artists and crew diligently prepare to raise the curtain on a new season with Schönberg's opera, "Moses and Aaron." However, the announcement of a strike and arrival of a 2000-pound bull in a supporting role complicate matters greatly. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera. Enter promising young Russian singer, Mikhail Tymoshenko, who begins at the Opera's Academy; in the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that of Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest voices of his time. And Lissner will have to weather star choreographer Benjamin Millepied jumping ship soon after taking over as director of ballet at Palais Garnier. But when the terrorist attack at The Bataclan plunges the city into mourning, the company recognizes the show must go on. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director Jean-Stéphane Bron; interview with Bron; bonus short film: "Les Indes galantes" (directed by Clément Cogitore, France): An inspired reinterpretation of Rameau's opera-ballet via Krump dancing on the Bastille Opera stage. (Film Movement).
Sesame Street: Love to Learn 2
(2018) Coming off the smash hit "Love to Learn," this next edition showcases Elmo's love of learning new things all the time. One of the fundamentals of learning is that we can all do it - kids, grown-ups, and monsters alike. Through fun, educational and age-appropriate topics like music, school, cooking, and animals, segments help children learn important skills such as friendship, kindness, empathy, self-confidence, and perseverance. Elmo also makes some new friends along the way, including Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Amy Adams, singer/songwriter and YouTube sensation Tori Kelly, and Fifth Harmony. Formats: DVD. Extras: Additional full-length episode, "School for Chickens," two animated storybooks. (Warner).
The Strangers [Collector's Edition]
(2008) Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman. After a 4 a.m. knock at the door and a haunting voice, Kristen McKay and James Hoyt find that their remote getaway becomes a night of psychological terror as three masked strangers invade. Faced with inscrutable tormentors, Kristen and James must go beyond what they think they're able to endure if they have any hope to survive. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras:Disc One: New HD master of the theatrical cut taken from the 2K digital intermediate; "The Element of Terror" interviews with the cast and crew; "Strangers at the Door" interviews with writer-director Bryan Bertino and the cast; deleted scenes; TV spots; theatrical trailer. Disc Two: New HD master of the unrated cut taken from the 2K digital intermediate; new "Defining Moments" interview with writer-director Bryan Bertino; new "All the Right Moves" interview with actor Kip Weeks ((Man in the Mask); new "Brains and Brawn" interview with actress Laura Margolis (Pin Up Girl); new "Deep Cuts" interview with editor Kevin Greutert; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2017) Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins. Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.
Read more about "Thor" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Blu-ray extras: Director's introduction; deleted/extended scenes; gag reel; exclusive short: "Team Darryl": Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It's been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl's "Roommate Needed" ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in; "Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years - The Evolution of Heroes"; "Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor" featurette; "Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie"; "Finding Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown"; "Journey into Mystery" deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for "Thor: Ragnarok" within the comics; "8bit Scenes - Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle" climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format; directors commentary. (Disney).
(2017) Dir.: Woody Allen; Jim Belushi, Juno Temple. Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, Max Casella, Jack Gore, David Krumholtz. The story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Winslet), a melancholy, emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Belushi), Ginny's rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Timberlake), a handsome young life-guard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Temple), Humpty's long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father's apartment. Poetically photographed by Vittorio Storaro.
Read more about "Wonder Wheel" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Cast and Crew Discuss Making Wonder Wheel." (Universal).
(1993) No filmmaker captures the grandeur and energy of New York like Martin Scorsese. With this sumptuous romance, he meticulously adapted the work of another great New York artist, Edith Wharton, bringing to life her tragic novel of the cloistered world of Gilded Age Manhattan. "The Age of Innocence" tells the story of Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), whose engagement to an innocent socialite (Winona Ryder) binds him to the codes and rituals of his upbringing. But when her cousin (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrives in town on a wave of scandal after separating from her husband, she ignites passions in Newland he never knew existed. Swelling with exquisite period detail, this film is an alternately heartbreaking and satirical look at the brutality of old-world America.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with Scorsese, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, production designer Dante Ferretti, and costume designer Gabriella Pescucci; "Innocence and Experience," a 1993 documentary on the making of the film; trailer; an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015 -- France) Nathalie Baye, Malik Zidi. A thriller in the vein of classic Hitchcock. With his wife in labor, father-to-be Thomas (Zidi) speeds to the hospital, and in the process, accidentally kills a young man on the road. That death sets into motion events that will change everyone’s lives forever, including the young man’s mother, Marie-France (Baye), who cannot recover from the trauma. Nine years later, Marie-France takes a job as Thomas’s assistant, without him knowing about her connection to his past. Her maternal rage has tragic consequences as she insinuates herself into Thomas’s life, work and family. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
(2017 -- Spain) Darkly comic, beautiful and haunting animated tale of coming of age in a world gone to ruin. There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with the filmmakers, "Birdboy" original short film, "Decorado" short film by co-director Alberto Vázquez, theatrical trailer. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Call Me By Your Name
(2017) Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elena Bucci, Vanda Capriolo, Amira Casar, Victoire Du Bois, Esther Garrel, Antonio Rimoldi, Marco Sgrosso. It's the summer of 1983 in Italy, and Elio (Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old, spends his days in his family's villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading and flirting with his friend Marzia. One day, Oliver (Hammer), a charming American scholar arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio's father, an eminent professor. Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. Read more about "Call Me By Your Name" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: "Snapshots of Italy: The Making of Call Me By Your Name" and "In Conversation With Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg & Luca Guadagnino"; commentary with Timothée Chalamet & Michael Stuhlbarg; music video for "Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens. (Sony).
Children of the Corn: Runaway
(2016) Marci Miller, Lynn Andrews, Mary Kathryn Bryant, Jake Ryan Scott. New chapter (the 10th) in the Children of the Corn series tells the story of young, pregnant Ruth, who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. Ruth and her son end up in a small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Disaster Artist
(2017) Dir: James Franco; James Franco, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Dylan Minnette, Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Bryan Cranston, Kristen Bell, Sharon Stone, Dave Franco, Sugar Lyn Beard, Josh Hutcherson, Seth Rogen, Megan Mullally, Adam Scott. When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true: Tommy's cult-classic disasterpiece "The Room" ("The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made").
Read more about "The Disaster Artist" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel; "Laugh-Out-Loud Audio Commentary" with director-actor James Franco, Dave Franco, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, and more; "Oh, Hi Mark!: Making a Disaster" featurette; "Directing a Disaster" featurette; "Just a Guy Leaning on a Wall: Getting to Know Tommy" featurette; theatrical trailer. (Lionsgate).
Fear the Walking Dead The Complete Third Season
(2017) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes. As society collapses around them, the families must come together to survive the apocalypse and combat the deadly threats on all sides. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentaries, deleted and extended scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2017) John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, Jack Gore, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Nile Diaz. After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he's captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Read more about "Ferdinand" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Ten featurettes, "Home" music video, gallery. (Fox).
(2017) The famed NYPD officer who inspired a film classic tells his story. In the early 1970s, one man stood up to the entire New York City police force. Hailed as a hero by many, hated by others, officer Frank Serpico made headlines when he blew the whistle on a culture of bribery and corruption within the department. His one-man crusade for police reform inspired the Al Pacino classic that bears his name, but the real-life saga is as gripping as anything Hollywood could dream up. Now, Frank tells his story in his own words: from his Italian-American roots in Brooklyn to his disillusionment with the NYPD to his riveting account of a dramatic drug bust -- and possible set-up -- that ended with him being shot in the face. Featuring music by Jack White and interviews with Serpico's associates and admirers -- including writer Luc Sante and actor-filmmaker John Turturro -- this is an inspiring, all-access portrait of a courageous man who refused to betray his ideals. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
The Good Fight: Seson One
(2017) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the CBS All-Access Original Scripted Series picks up where "The Good Wife" ended. When her friend's multimillion-dollar investment scam ruins Diane Lockhart's (Christine Baranski) plan for retirement, wipes out her savings and taints her reputation, she is literally at a loss. In Season 1, a disgraced Diane is forced out of her own law firm and joins another distinguished company as a junior partner. She recruits Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), a promising young attorney with her own baggage: Maia's parents are blamed for running the con that defrauded Diane and other members of Chicago's business elite. Diane is reunited with her ex-employee, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), who's made a name for herself since leaving Lockhart/Gardner. Under the pressure to both rebuild and maintain their lives, this fearless team of women all have something to prove, and nothing to lose. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted/extended scenes. (Showtime/Paramount).
The Handmaid's Tale: Season One
(2017) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Fox).
Into the Badlands: The Complete Second Season
(2017) AMC Channel's visually stunning, martial arts, action-packed top-scripted show. Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Season Two Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family -- or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow (Emily Beecham) continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney. In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces the young woman to withdraw from the national championship. Janney won this year's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Read more about "I, Tonya" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary with director Craig Gillespie.
(2017) Dir.: Zack Snyder; Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Read more about "Justice League" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo Pack, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Road to Justice" journeys alongside DC comic creators as they explore over 50 years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut; "Heart of Justice" in which the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC's iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman; "Technology of the Justice League": From Batman's arsenal to Cyborg's alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets; "Justice League: The New Heroes"; "Steppenwolf the Conqueror"; "Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons"; "Scene Studies: Wonder Woman's Rescue"; "Scene Studies: Heroes Park"; "Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle"; "Suit Up: The Look of the League." Blu-ray adds "The Return of Superman" bonus scenes not seen in theaters. (Warner).
Kendra on Top: Season 6
(2017) All 16 episodes revealing the never-boring life of the former "Playboy Girl Next Door." In Season 6, Kendra relocates from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for a life-changing opportunity -- one that could propel her career in a dynamic new direction.
But will her time away from her family and friends have a disastrous effect? And can her marriage to former NFL player Hank Baskett survive the distance? Formats: DVD. (MPI/Dark Sky).
(2018) Alain Moussi, Christopher Lambert, Mike Tyson, Jean-Claude Van Damme. One year after finding vengeance for his murdered brother, MMA champion Kurt Sloane finds himself back in Thailand -- kidnapped and imprisoned there by a powerful gangster (Christopher Lambert). His only shot at freedom is to win an underground death match against a 400lb killer enhanced with state-of the-art drugs (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). To make it out alive, he seeks training unlike anything he’s ever endured, with the help of the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and fellow prisoner Briggs (Mike Tyson). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Meet the Fighters” featurette. (Well Go USA).
LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash
(2018) The latest animated film from Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group. Here, Reverse-Flash manipulates the Speed Force to put The Flash into a time loop that forces him to relive the same day over and over again -- with progressively disastrous results, including losing his powers and being fired by the Justice League. The Flash must find a way to restore time to its original path and finally apprehend his worst enemy before all is lost for The Flash … and the world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Warner).
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures
(2017) Two-disc set with all 12 episodes. Emmy-nominated animated television series is set between "Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" and focuses on the three Freemaker siblings as they explore new worlds, meet new characters and have unforgettable adventures. The second and final season follows Rowan, Kordi and Zander as they are thrown into battle after they join up with the Rebels. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five bonus shorts. (Disney).
Major Crimes: The Sixth and Final Season
(2017-18) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. The show that began as a sequel to the award-winning police procedural "The Closer" and quickly became a hit series in its own right, is now drawing to an end after a successful, six-year run. In Season Six, "Major Crimes" takes a serialized turn as the squad struggles to solve mysteries and murder surrounded by complex political conflicts, attempting to sidestep controversial issues as they track down three lethal murderers. As Cmdr. Sharon Raydor grows accustomed to her new boss, Assistant Chief Leo Mason, the detectives find themselves questioning their faith in the rapidly changing priorities of the justice system and their ability to reason through difficult changes. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Major Crimes: The Complete Series
(2012-18) All six seasons. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Monsters at Large
(2016) Mischa Barton, Brooklynn Prince, Austin St. John, Stephen Tobolowsky. Alex decides to end his kid brother's nightmares by forming a task force to take care of imaginary monsters. When their business becomes a hit, nothing can go wrong … until one of the monsters turns out to be real, and really big. Supernatural family adventure. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Monsters at Large: A Behind-the-Scenes Look" featurette
(2018) Antoine Olivier Pilon, Sophie Nélisse, Lou-Pascal Tremblay, David Boutin. Psychological thriller. Tim, a shy 16-year-old athlete, is gifted with a natural athletic ability for running. However, the last four years of high school have been tough on him because of Jeff and his crew. In his last year of high school, Tim is sick and tired of feeling like a loser, and wants to shine for once. He decides to stand up to Jeff by dethroning him in the 800m championship, the event Jeff is known for in school. But behind the competition and rivalry, a secret is wreaking havoc. Soon, Tim finds himself pushed to the edge because of the pressure he endures where human limits reach the point of no return. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2015 -- Nigeria) When a white tourist travels to West Africa, gets cast in a micro-budget version of "Hamlet", and is possessed by a ghost, anything can and does happen in this film that multi-hyphenate director-writer-actor Jules David Bartkowski calls "the world's first American Nollywood film." Benjamin (played by Bartkowski) is a bumbling, geeky mathematician on a mission to discover the hidden formulas in the rhythms of African drumming when he's asked to act in a movie by Kubolor (Wanlov the Kubolor, one half of the Ghanaian hip-hop duo FOKN Bois), a famous Nollywood actor. Somewhat befuddled, Benjamin agrees. On the set, however, he's stricken with seizures and speaks in tongues, horrifying the crew though inadvertently giving the director exactly what he wanted. Benjamin returns to his research, seeking out drummers in remote villages, until his possession reoccurs and he wakes up the next morning in an abandoned house. With a life that's quickly turned into a real-life Nollywood movie, will he be able to rid himself of this strange spiritual malady in time for the movie premiere? Filmed in Ghana and Nigeria as a guerilla-style international co-production. Formats: DVD. (IndiePix Films).
The Shape of Water
(2017) Dir.: Guillermo del Toro; Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy, Stewart Arnott, Nigel Bennett. At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. Won four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Musical Score and Best Production Design. Read more about "The Shape of Water" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: "A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times," "Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue," "Anatomy of a Scene: The Dance," "Shaping the Waves: A Conversation With (poster designer) James Jean," "Guillermo del Toro's Master Class," theatrical trailers. (Fox).
(1987) Insane genius Dr. Anton Lupesky has developed a drug that allows users to inhabit corpses and transform into rabid maniacs. Can reporter Kim Castle stop the carnage and save our species from annihilation? This epic of outsider filmmaking is a dream-like wasteland that's punctuated with severed heads, evil beasties, and hooded slashers. Filmed in basements and garages, director Pat Bishow's earnest devotion to storytelling in the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft elevates "The Soultangler" beyond kitsch and into heavenly territory. Transferred from the original 1" master tapes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Unseen 62 minute alternate director's cut, commentary track with director Pat Bishow, behind the scenes footage, trailers for "The Soultangler" and "Dead of Night Town," music video for "Wow" by Hypnolovewheel, liner notes by Bleeding Skull's Zack Carlson, reversible cover art. (Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive [AGFA]).
When The Starlight Ends
(2016) Sam Heughan, Arabella Oz, David Arquette, Sean Patrick Flanery. Surreal romanic comedy. It's been one month and 14 days since she left. Despondent Jacob (Heughan) is a writer, and Carli (Oz) was his beautiful muse. She was his reason for writing and his reason for loving. Now, she will haunt him at his keyboard, as he writes and rewrites their story, forever searching for a happier conclusion. With each new draft, Jacob is forced to relive their time together -- both real and imagined -- as he agonizes over whether he made the right decisions and struggles to finally pen the perfect ending for them both. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Studio).
The Wonder Years: The Complete Series
In two editions: The 26-Disc Deluxe Edition features all 115 landmark episodes and nearly 23 hours of specially-produced bonus features, housed in a mini school locker packed with memories; and a 22-disc slipcase edition is streamlined for the sitcom purist. "The Wonder Years" debuted in 1988 following ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl XXII, and, for six memorable seasons, the series affectionately captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late '60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage). It was unlike anything on television and audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical awkward teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight. From his first kiss with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to his friendship with Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and the ups and downs of the Arnold family, fans shared in laughter, love, and loss, but above all, wonder. From 1988 to 1993, The Wonder Years was one of the most popular shows on TV, achieving a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons. Both sets contain all 115 compete episodes from the series six year run -- remastered and engineered for optimal viewing -- along with complete show notes with episode synopses, cast member reflections, "Current Events," and more, as well as the soundtrack of over 300 classic period songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts includes such artists as: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, and of course, Joe Cocker's unforgettable theme. The mini-locker edition includes two "notebooks," each featuring detailed episode information and production photos, as well as a replica yearbook embellished with signatures from cast members, behind-the-scenes photos and classic show memorabilia, and liner notes penned by Fred Savage, series creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black and executive producer Bob Brush. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(2017) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. Join Archer, the world's suavest, most irreverent supersleuth, for an outrageous, innuendo-laden eighth season. Set in 1940s Los Angeles, "Dreamland" lands Archer on a quest to find his partner's killer. Contending with mobsters, including notorious crime boss "Mother," he's also challenged by a sultry lounge singer, a deranged heiress, crooked cops, knock-knock jokes, and his own libido. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary on select episodes. (Fox).
(1970 -- Germany) Volker Schlöndorff transported Bertolt Brecht's 1918 debut play to contemporary West Germany for this vicious experiment in adaptation, seldom seen for nearly half a century. Oozing with brutish charisma, Rainer Werner Fassbinder embodies the eponymous anarchist poet, who feels himself cast out from bourgeois society and sets off on a schnapps-soaked rampage. Hewing faithfully to Brecht's text, Schlöndorff juxtaposes the theatricality of the prose with bare-bones, handheld 16mm camera work, which gives immediacy to this savage story of rebellion. Featuring a supporting cast of Fassbinder's troupe of theater actors as well as Margarethe von Trotta, "Baal" demonstrates the uncompromising nature of Schlöndorff's vision and forged a path for New German Cinema. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Volker Schlöndorff, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews from 1973 and 2015 with Schlöndorff; new conversation between actor Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman about the play and adaptation; new interview with actor and filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta; new interview with film historian Eric Rentschler; an essay by critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection).
The Church Blu-ray Debut
(1989 -- Italy) Dir.: Michele Soavi; Tomas Arana, Asia Argento. Set in present-day Germany in an elaborate medieval cathedral that was once the site of a massacre of a village of supposed devil-worshippers by a band of crusading knights. When the church's new librarian breaks the seal of the building's crypt, he releases a cabal of evil spirits that are contained beneath it. At the same time, the church's automated mechanisms are triggered, causing its doors to close and trapping everyone inside. The laws of reality soon collapse as a nightmare takes hold and claims the lives of those within, one by one, threatening to unleash a supernatural pestilence upon the world. Remastered with a high definition transfer. Extras: New interview with co-star Asia Argento.
(Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing).
Daughter of the Nile
(1987 -- Taiwan) A rediscovered gem in the filmography of Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien ("A City of Sadness," "The Assassin," "Three Times," "Flight of the Red Balloon"), "Daughter of the Nile" is a neon-lit, contemporary drama inspired by the heroine of a Japanese manga series. With Hou's gentle but keen observation, the film follows a young woman and her brother as they float along the periphery of the Taipei underworld, intriguingly blending gangster tale with mood-drenched introspective drama. Based on the personal experiences of frequent Hou screenwriter Chu T'ien-wen, the film is a profoundly moving observation of marginalized youth. 4K restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by film scholar Richard Suchenski, new interview with Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns, the 2017 rerelease trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2018) Kevin Dillon, DeRon Horton, Christina Moore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Devan Long, Matthew Glave, Dominic Devore. Caught boosting cars for an auto-theft ring, 17-year old Dez Truss is given one last chance to turn his life around. When he's introduced to former Off Road Truck-driver-turned team owner Rick Radden, neither suspects that this is the change both so desperately need. In exchange for a roof over his head, Dez is offered the chance to use the skills he developed in the streets as part of the pit crew for Rick's team. Faced with an underperforming and apathetic driver, Rick finds himself in search of a lifeline for his struggling off road racing team. In an unexpected turn of events, he looks to Dez to take the lead and become the new face of Team Radden. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Warner).
(2017) Dir: Alexander Payne; Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis, Rolf Lassgård. When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community - a choice that triggers life-changing adventures. Read more about "Downsizing" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Six featurettes: "Working With Alexander," "The Cast," "A Visual Journey," "A Matter of Perspective," "That Smile" and "A Global Concern." (Paramount).
The Family I Had
(2017) Chilling documentary explores familial violence, mental illness and the development of a criminal mind by recounting the tragic and unimaginable story of a 13-year old boy who killed his 3-year old sister in cold blood, and how the family struggled to move forward. Part true-crime, part mystery -- Charity Lee, mother of both the victim and killer, relives her agony and her journey of love 10 years later in this feature documentary that also presents multiple and conflicting accounts leaving the audience questioning where the ultimate truth and accountability lie. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise).
Ichi the Killer BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001 -- Japan) Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto, Alien Sun, SABU. Takashi Miike's film has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new digitally restored special edition debuting on Blu-ray. Based on Hideo Yamamoto's manga series of the same name, the controversial and graphic tale of feuding yakuza gangs is seen primarily through the actions of a scarred and psychologically damaged man, who is manipulated into killing rival faction members. Digitally remastered in 4k and approved by director Miike. This visceral, bloody, and often hilarious film follows Kakihara (Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss' killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi (Ohmori). (Well Go USA ).
(1972)The early seventies were a period of remarkable activity for Robert Altman, producing masterpiece after masterpiece. At the time he came to make "Images," "MASH" and "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" were behind him, with "The Long Goodbye," "California Split" and "Nashville" still to come. Originally conceived in the mid-sixties, "Images" concerns a pregnant children's author (Susannah York, who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival) whose husband (Rene Auberjonois) may or may not be having an affair. While on vacation in Ireland, her mental state becomes increasingly unstable resulting in paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgänger. Scored by an Oscar-nominated John Williams, with "sounds" by Stomu Yamash'ta ("The Man Who Fell to Earth"), "Images" also boasts the remarkable cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond. New 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by "Diabolique Magazine's" Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger; scene-select commentary by writer-director Robert Altman; interview with Altman; new interview with actor Cathryn Harrison; an appreciation by musician and author Stephen Thrower; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil; "First pressing only:" Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Carmen Gray and an extract from "Altman on Altman." (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle
(2017) Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale. Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. Read more about "Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Gag reel, "Jumanji, Jumanji" music video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas, three featurettes: "Journey Through the Jungle: The Making of Jumanji," "Meet the Players: A Heroic Cast" and "Attack of the Rhinos!" Blu-ray adds Two extra featurettes: "Surviving the Jungle: Spectacular Stunts!" and "Book to Board Game to Big Screen & Beyond! Celebrating The Legacy of Jumanji." (Sony).
The Passion of Joan of Arc
(1928 -- Germany) Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy come to stark, vivid life in one of the most transcendent masterpieces of the silent era. Chronicling the trial of Joan of Arc in the days leading up to her execution, Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer depicts her torment with startling immediacy, employing an array of techniques -- including expressionistic lighting, interconnected sets, and painfully intimate close-ups -- to immerse viewers in her subjective experience. Anchoring Dreyer's audacious formal experimentation is a legendary performance by Renée Falconetti, whose haunted face channels both the agony and the ecstasy of martyrdom.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new high-definition digital restoration of the film by Gaumont, presented at 24 frames per second; alternate presentation of the film at 20 frames per second with original Danish intertitles. Extras: Three scores: Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, a choral and orchestral work performed by vocal group Anonymous 4, soloist Susan Narucki, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Choir; another by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory and Portishead's Adrian Utley; and the third composed and performed by pianist Mie Yanashita; audio commentary from 1999 by film scholar Casper Tybjerg; new interview with Einhorn; new conversation between Gregory and Utley; new video essay by Tybjerg exploring the debate over the film's frame rate; interview from 1995 with actor Renée Falconetti's daughter and biographer, Hélène Falconetti; version history; production design archive; an essay by critic Mark Le Fanu, a 1929 director's statement by Carl Theodor Dreyer, and the full libretto for Voices of Light (The Criterion Collection).
Pitch Perfect 3
(2017) Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean , Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, John Lithgow, Ruby Rose, DJ Khaled. Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. Read more about "Pitch Perfect 3" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Deleted scene; gag reel; new musical performances; "A Cappella Action" featurette; "The Women of Pitch Perfect 3" behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Final Performance" wrap of the film and production; "Hollywood of the South" Atlanta featurette; extended musical performances. Blu-ray adds: "Competition Crescendo" featurette breaks down the riff-off scene, starting in pre-production in the recording studio and moving into production; "Don't Mess With Rebel" Rebel Wilson stunts featurette; "The Headliner: DJ Khaled" featurette; "The Final Note: John and Gail": Everyone's favorite Talk-a-pella podcasters are back, combining their resources to produce an exclusive d'aca'mentary following the beloved classic Bellas; "Just Because He's a Bad Guy" John Lithgow featurette; "Freedom! '90 x Cups" official music video. (Universal).
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Third Season
Seven-disc set, available for the first time at retail, features 26 complete, remastered episodes from the landmark Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series. On September 15, 1969, the third season of the pop culture touchstone, "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," premiered to eager viewers. In two short years, through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs, a gaggle of goofballs and the biggest stars of the day, the series had become water-cooler fodder for an entire country. But, little did home audiences know that in Episode #15 (airing December 29), they'd be introduced to one of the generation's greatest and most original comic actors: Lily Tomlin. Tomlin, who'd go on to create such unforgettable characters as Ernestine the snooty phone operator and the precocious, philosophizing five-year-old, Edith Ann, would quickly become a fan favorite. Guest stars for that year included Johnny Carson, Debbie Reynolds, Peter Sellers, Flip Wilson, Michael Caine, Bob Hope, Diana Ross, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Carol Channing, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Benny, Engelbert Humperdinck, Peter Lawford, Phyllis Diller, Roger Moore, Romy Schneider, Greer Garson, Lorne Greene, Ed McMahon, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Nancy Sinatra, James Garner, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Jim Backus, Andy Williams, Andy Griffith, Carl Reiner, Ringo Starr and many more.
Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
Small Town Crime
(2017) John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Vartan, Robert Forster, Octavia Spencer. Gritty crime thriller with a dark sense of humor. Mike Kendall (Hawkes), a disgraced ex-cop, is fighting a losing battle with the bottle. When he finds a woman left for dead at the side of a road, Kendall turns private eye to track down her killers, taking one last shot at redemption. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, extended scenes, "Crime and Character" featurette, "Devising A Small-Town Crime" featurette, directors' commentary, actor, producer, and directors' commentary, technical commentary. (Lionsgate).
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
(2017) Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Lane, Kyle Chandler. After publishing a best-selling novel based on the death of one of his high school classmates, controversial writer Sidney Hall (Logan Lerman) finds himself catapulted to unexpected fame and renown. His relationship with his girlfriend (Elle Fanning) begins to fall apart as the dark consequences of the book intrude on their life together, and he disappears without a trace. Nearly a decade later, an enigmatic detective (Kyle Chandler) searches for the missing author, whose books are connected to a string of mysterious arsons. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
When Calls the Heart: The Heart of Homecoming
(2017) The love story blooming in Hope Valley continues with this television special from celebrated author Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series). The citizens of Hope Valley find the true meaning of the holiday season with a Wishing Tree that helps everyone’s dreams come true. As Abigail, Bill, and the rest of Hope Valley work together to create a special Christmas parade to warm the town’s collective hearts and bring everyone closer together, Elizabeth longs only for the return of her beloved Jack. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2018) Cole Hauser, Ashton Holmes, Shawn Ashmore, Bruce Willis, Sophia Bush, Mike Epps. When his fiancée is kidnapped by human traffickers, Roman and his ex-military brothers team up with Detective Avery to take down both the syndicate and the corrupt bureaucracy that's been protecting it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director's commentary, "Making Acts of Violence" featurette, cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
The Americans Season 5
(2017) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. Danger, disillusionment and betrayal reach an all-time high in the suspense-laden fifth season. KGB agents Philip and Elizabeth Jennings' (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) unwavering dedication to their work comes at even more of a personal cost than before. And as Paige (Holly Taylor) is drawn deeper into the reality of her parents' secret job, she realizes she will never have a normal life. Meanwhile, as Cold War tensions continue to escalate, Philip and Elizabeth are suspicious of Stan's (Noah Emmerich) new romance, and they become more acutely aware of the vast disparity between American abundance and Russian scarcity. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Fox).
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: We're not in Kansas Anymore Season One Volume One
(2017) Single disc with all 10 episodes. Centers on the animated adventures of Dorothy after she and her friends defeat the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy is now responsible for reining in the chaos and tracking down whichever magical person, place or thing has caused mischief in Oz, and putting a stop to it. It's no easy task however, not even for a plucky Kansas farm girl turned royal princess. With her good friends at her side, including Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion (whose newly found courage is often still fleeting), Dorothy takes on her new role with great determination. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
(2017) Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, Justin Fischer. When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they're not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive.
Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
King of Jazz
(1930) Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows of the time to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers overseen by Whiteman himself (including a larger-than-life rendition of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue") -- all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson and beautifully shot in early Technicolor. Long available only in incomplete form, "King of Jazz" appears here newly restored to its original glory, offering a fascinating snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano; new introduction by Giddins; new interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein; four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of "King of Jazz"; deleted scenes and alternate opening-title sequence; "All Americans," a 1929 short film featuring a version of the "Melting Pot" number that was restaged for the finale of "King of Jazz";
"I Know Everybody and Everybody's Racket," a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra; two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from "King of Jazz." (The Criterion Collection).
The Last Movie Star
(2017) Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane. Vic Edwards (Reynolds) was the biggest star in Hollywood, a college football legend turned stunt double turned leading man. Now in his eighties, he's convinced by an old friend (Chase) to accept an invitation to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at a two-bit film festival in Nashville. The trip launches him on both a hilarious fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Best Is Yet to Come: Adam Rifkin of The Last Movie Star” featurette, commentary with director Adam Rifkin. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Eight episodes, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. Series follows the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of mental hospitals for years. Institutionalized once again, David spends his time with his chatterbox friend Lenny, a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. But a startling encounter with a new patient forces David to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and with the help of a nurturing but demanding therapist and her team of specialists' unconventional methods, David embarks on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery that leads to a new world of possibilities ... and a new level of unexpected danger. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Fractured Reality: A Different Kind of Hero," seven behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Fox).
The Man From Earth
(2007) David Lee Smith, John Billingsley, William Katt, Ellen Crawford, Tony Todd, Annika Peterson, Alexis Thorpe, Richard Riehle. The provocative final screenplay by renowned science fiction author and screenwriter Jerome Bixby ("Star Trek", "The Twilight Zone", "Fantastic Voyage," "It! The Terror From Beyond Space") tells the story of a mysterious professor named John Oldman (David Lee Smith). During a cold night in a remote cabin, an uneventful, impromptu goodbye party for Oldman becomes something extraordinary when he makes a prodigious announcement: He is an immortal who has migrated through 140 centuries of evolution and now must move on. Is Oldman truly Cro-Magnon or simply insane? Now one man will force five scholars to confront their own notions of history, religion, science and humanity, all reading to a final revelation that may shatter their world forever. Bixby's script explores themes first presented in the classic season three "Star Trek" episode "Requiem For Methuselah". He began work on the script in the early 1960's and completed it on his death bed in 1998. A decade after its initial release "The Man From Earth" has become a world-wide cult classic and has become a favorite film among fans of the genre. The film currently ranks among the top 50 science fiction films of all time on the IMDb, was selected by AOL's "Sci-Fi Squad"as one of the Top 10 "Best Science Fiction Films of the Decade" (2000 - 2009) and was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in 2008. The movie's success has spawned a sequel, "The Man From Earth: Holocene," which is scheduled for release in theaters Fall 2017. Formats: Blu-ray with original 2.0 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM) and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Extras: Audio commentary with writer- director Richard Schenkman and producer Eric D. Wilkinson; "Behind the Scenes" documentary featuring cast and crew; "Behind the Original Score" featurette;
Dances With Films World Premiere: Red Carpet interview with Schenkman; deleted/extended scenes; Matt Douglas primal kickboxing instructional video; photo gallery; original theatrical posters and character posters gallery; original teaser trailer and theatrical trailer. (MVD Entertainment).
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day Collection
Four-disc collection with 32 memorable episodes celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood," the pioneering children’s television series from The Fred Rogers Company. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Kids).
Nicholas on Holiday
(2014 -- France) Mathéo Boisselier, Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad. Adapted from Jean-Jacques Sempé (cartoonist for The New Yorker) and René Goscinny’s (creator of "Asterix") “Little Nicholas” children’s book series, the film follows the adventures of Nicholas and his new friends on vacation at the sea at the Beau-Rivage Hotel. There’s Ben, who isn’t on holiday because he lives there, Freddy, who eats anything, Jocky, who talks funny because he’s English, Crispin the constant crybaby, and Christopher, who always wants to be right .Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
Sacha Guitry: Four Films 1936-1938 Limited Edition
This impressive set brings together a quartet of 1930s features by Sacha Guitry (1885-1957, the celebrated French filmmaker, playwright and actor of the stage and screen, each based on his earlier works. "Indiscretions (Le Nouveau testament)" follows a holier-than-though physician who is scuppered by his own hypocrisy. "My Father Was Right (Mon pare avait raison)" tells of a man who, after being left by his wife for another man, raises his son to be wary of women. "Let's Dream (Faisons un reve...)" is another story of mistrust, between husband, wife and lovers. And the history of one of France's most famous streets is retold in "Up the Champs-Élysées (Remontons les Champs-Élysées)", featuring multiple performances from Guitry himself. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this set presents some of Guitry's earliest and most enjoyable works. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, with uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray. Extras: Two French television documentaries: "Cinéastes de notre temps: Sacha Guitry (1965)" and "Thèmes et variations du cinéma: Guitry" (1967); an interview with Guitry from the 1959 television series "Magazine du théâtre"; 60-page limited edition book featuring new writing on the films. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
(2017) Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Frank Oz, Benicio Del Toro. The next action-packed chapter of the Star Wars saga welcomes the return of original characters, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO and further explores the deepening journey of the story's new members, Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. Read more about "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: "The Director and the Jedi" featurette, "Balance of the Force" featurette, three scene breakdowns, "Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only)" featurette, deleted scenes, commentary with writer-director Rian Johnson. (Disney).
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia
(2017 -- Hong Kong) Chengpeng Dong, Ni Ni, Arif Rahman, Dongyu Zhou, Wu Bai. With "The Thousand Faces Of Dunjia," legendary director Yuen Wo Ping and writer-producer Tsui Hark breathe new life into the wuxia genre, weaving together fantasy, humor, and breathtaking martial arts action. Dao, a naïve young constable, discovers a secret society with supernatural abilities that has protected mankind for centuries. As he's drawn into a power struggle within their ranks, they learn that an ancient creature with the power to destroy the world is rising -- and it will take all of their powers combined to stop it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Making-of featurette, trailer. (Well Go USA).
Who Killed Tupac?
(2016) One of the biggest stars in rap history continues to inspire those around him, even after his death. This six-hour limited series focuses on the investigation into one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in music history: the death of prolific and influential rapper and actor Tupac Shakur. Each installment includes aspects from the legendary artist’s life, and follows famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump as he conducts a full-scale, intensive investigation into key theories behind Tupac’s murder. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Women in Love
(1969) With this film, the audacious Ken Russell vaulted onto the international stage, drawing on the psychosexual radicalism of D. H. Lawrence's classic novel to shatter taboos in his own time. Set in an English mining community on the crest of modernity, "Women in Love "traces the shifting currents of desire that link the emancipated Brangwen sisters (Jennie Linden and an Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson) to a freethinking dreamer (Alan Bates) and a hard-willed industrialist (Oliver Reed) -- as well as the men's own erotically charged friendship. Coupling earthy sensuality with kaleidoscopically stylized images, Russell pursues this quartet to the heights of agony and ecstasy, crafting a breathtaking drama of human sexuality at its most liberating, dominating, and destructive extremes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Two audio commentaries from 2003, one featuring director Ken Russell and the other screenwriter and producer Larry Kramer; segments from a 2007 interview with Russell for the BAFTA Los Angeles Heritage Archive; "A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible," Russell's 1989 biopic on his own life and career; interview from 1976 with actor Glenda Jackson; interviews with Kramer and actors Alan Bates and Jennie Linden from the set; new interviews with director of photography Billy Williams and editor Michael Bradsell; "Second Best," a 1972 short film based on a D. H. Lawrence story, produced by and starring Bates; trailer; an essay by scholar Linda Ruth Williams. (The Criterion Collection).
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