(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).
(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. Extras: (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).
The Dark Crystal
(1982) The Jim Henson classic about a young hero who must find a legendary relic in order 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).
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 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. Extras: TBA. (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).
(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).
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) 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).
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).
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).
(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).
(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).
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).
(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).
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).
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).
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: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Fractured Reality: A Different Kind of Hero," seven behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Fox).
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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