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Aardvark

(2017) Zachary Quinto, Jon Hamm, Jenny Slate. Follows Josh Norman (Quinto), a troubled man who has lived in the shadow of his brother Craig (Hamm) for so long he starts seeing that shadow everywhere. After experiencing a series of hallucinations involving Craig -- an actor, and the star of a popular TV drama -- Josh places himself in the care of Emily (Slate), a young therapist. Emily wades deeper and deeper into Josh's psychologically-troubled world and suddenly finds herself falling for the famous brother. Caught between family dysfunction and her alluring neediness, is Emily willing to risk her career and reputation all for the sake of love? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

Alien Code

(2017) Kyle Gallner, Azura Skye, Mary McCormack, Richard Schiff. After deciphering a message found in a satellite, a genius cryptographer finds himself stalked by government agents and otherworldly beings in this sci-fi thriller. Cryptographer Alex Jacobs finds himself recruited and sent to a secret lab to decipher an encrypted message. After breaking the code that is housed inside a mysterious satellite, Alex becomes convinced that the message is a disturbing warning ... from the future. Once he returns home, a string of unexplainable incidents start happening, and Alex finds himself caught up in an unexpected journey to discover the reality about the warnings and himself. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).


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Big Fish & Begonia

(2018 -- China) Animated feature that captures the unique aesthetics, mystique, and rich cultural traditions of ancient China: a tale of love, sacrifice, and grand adventure, the film entwines new storytelling, mythical legends, and lyrical characters from beloved Chinese literary classics. Under the ocean is a mystical race of beings that control the tide and the changing of the seasons. One of these beings, a restless young girl named Chun, wants to experience the human world, not simply observe it. When she turns 16, she is allowed to transform into a dolphin to explore the human world. However, the world is a dangerous place. Trapped in a vortex, she is nearly killed but saved at the last minute by a human boy, who drowns as a result. Consumed by guilt, Chun decides to go on an epic adventure to give the boy life again. As protector of his soul, Chun must defeat those who stand in her way, including her own family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-Of documentary, short film, music videos, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).

Blackmark

(2017) Jeff Hatch, Kaiwi Lyman, Corey MacIntosh. An unknown entity has hacked into a Soviet missile and aimed it at the United States. With minutes before Mutually Assured Destruction, an American military industrialist and a Soviet nuclear commander race against the clock to prevent a nation from nuclear annihilation. Unbeknownst to them the threat is just the beginning of an even bigger crisis - one that will change the course of history forever. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
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Breaking In

(2018) Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus, Levi Maeden, Jason George, Seth Carr, Christa Miller. Locked out of the house by a group of ruthless intruders, a mother (Gabrielle Union) must summon every bit of her strength and smarts to save her children who are trapped inside. Read more about "Breaking In" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening; "One Bad Mother" featurette; "A Filmmaker’s Eye" featurette; "A Lesson in Kicking Ass" featurette; "A Hero Evolved" featurette; deleted and extended scenes. (Universal).

Brotherly Love

(2018) Anthony J. Caruso, Derek Babb, Chance McKee, David Blackwell. LGBTQ religious-drama about Which call do you answer? The one you feel from God or the one you feel about your authentic self? This is the dilemma at hand for Brother Vito, struggling with a decision as he must decide between becoming a Brother or allowing himself to declare his love for Gabe. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

Bye Bye Germany

(2018 -- Germany) Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Tim Seyfi, Mark Ivanir, Anatole photo for Bye Bye GermanyTaubman. In Frankfurt in 1946, David Bermann (Bleibtreu) is determined to make the most of the ravaged postwar era by recruiting some friends from a displaced persons camp to sell linens at inflated prices to unsuspecting Germans. Most of the group have a simple motivation: to raise the money necessary to leave Germany behind and move on to the United States. But David has a secret, and the beautiful American Army investigator Sara Simon (Antje Traue) is determined to uncover it. Formats: DVD. Extras: Short film "Strings," an animated film inspired by the work of Amnon Weinstein, an Israeli violin maker who restores violins from the Holocaust so that they can be played as a symbol of hope forever. (Film Movement).

The Day After

(1983) Dir.: Nicholas Meyer; Jason Robards, John Lithgow, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, Amy Madigan. The countdown has begun! Against the real-life backdrop of the US deployment of WMDs in Europe during the escalating Cold War, this dramatically involving and agonizingly graphic film about nuclear holocaust detonated a direct hit into the heartland of America, becoming the most watched TV movie of all time and remains one of the most talked-about programs in history. When Cold War tensions reach the ultimate boiling point, the inhabitants of a small town in Kansas learn -- along with the rest of America -- that they have less than 30 minutes before 300 Soviet warheads begin to appear overhead. Can anyone survive this ultimate nightmare ... or the nuclear winter that is sure to follow? Top-notch direction by Nicholas Meyer ("Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Company Business"), from a teleplay by Edward Hume ("Two-Minute Warning," 21 Hours at Munich). Includes both the 122-minute TV cut (1.33:1) and the 127-minute theatrical cut. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with star JoBeth Williams, interview with director Nicholas Meyer, commentary by film historian Lee Gambin and comic artist/writer Tristan Jones. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).

Dead Shack

(2017) Matthew Nelson-Mahood, Lizzie Boys, Gabriel LaBelle. It’s shaping up to be a good weekend for Jason, a shy teenager. He’s driving up to a cabin in the woods
photo for Dead Shackwith his brash best friend Colin, Colin’s older sister, Summer, and their father and step-mother, Roger and Lisa, who are permanently stuck in party mode. But things quickly go south when Jason, Colin and Summer witness their neighbor feeding two locals to her undead husband and kids. Realizing their own potential fate, the kids must work together to bash in some zombie skulls and save themselves from the neighbor’s ghoulish family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Dead Shack Behind the Scenes," trailer. (Shudder).

The Death of Superman

(2018) New animated feature-length DC Universe Movie. The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League. Ultimately Superman finds himselfg in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature. A Blu-ray Deluxe Gift Set includes a collectible Superman figurine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Sneak peek at DC Universe's next animated movie, "Reign of the Supermen." Blu-ray adds "The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All" featurette; "From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, Dark Victory: Part 1" and "Part 2." (Warner).

The Good Doctor: Season One

(2017-18) Five-disc set with all 18 episodes. Freddie Highmore stars as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital's surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, two behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Sony).
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Life of the Party

(2018) Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Adria Arjona, Debby Ryan, Julie Bowen, Stephen Root, Maya Rudolph, Chris Parnell, Christina Aguilera. After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree. Read more about "Life of the Party" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Warner).

Lowlife

(2017) Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, the bloody thriller zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate -- and a ruthless crime boss -- connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with director Ryan Prows and cinematographer Benjamin Kitchens; commentary with Prows and writers Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson and Shaye Ogbonna; making-of featurette; short films. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
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Marrowbone

(2017) George Mackay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth. Four siblings move to America with their mother to escape a troubled past. When she dies, they vow to stay together, no matter what. But when a ghostly presence torments what’s left of their family, and a lawyer threatens their pact, the four must stand together or be torn apart forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Marrowbone Behind the Scenes," "Marrowbone" visual effects reel. (Magnet Label/Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Measure of a Man

(2018) Blake Cooper, Donald Sutherland, Luke Wilson, Beau Knapp, Judy Greer. Fourteen-year-old Bobby (Cooper) is enduring a torturous family vacation. His summer job is backbreaking, his parents appear on the verge of divorce, his sister is forcing him to keep her secrets, and his best friend is leaving. On top of that, a crazy townie is out to get him. Over the course of an emotional roller coaster of a summer, Bobby learns what makes up the true measure of a man in this coming-of-age story. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series (25th Anniversary Edition Steelbook)

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the multi-generational pop culture phenomenon, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, will release this stunning Power Rangers collection. Spanning the first three seasons of the Power Rangers television series and spotlighting "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie" for the first time on Blu-ray, this collection features over 60 hours of action-packed entertainment across 19 DVDs and 1 Blu-ray, including hours of bonus content with brand-new interviews specific to the movie. In 1993 two unsuspecting astronauts unleashed the greatest evil Earth had ever known -- the heinous witch Rita Repulsa. In the 25 years since, with each new villain more sinister than the last, the citizens of Earth have relied on the Power Rangers to protect them. As a superhero team comprising “teenagers with attitude,” the Power Rangers must use their individual strengths combined with the virtue of teamwork to vanquish their foes, keeping Earth safe for another day. Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture franchise quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Shout! Factory).

No Offence, Series 1

(2015 -- UK) Three-disc set with eight episodes of the outrageous female-driven police procedural that follows an unorthodox team of cops in Manchester. Charismatic DI Vivienne Deering leads an ace but unorthodox squad that tackles Manchester’s most gruesome and off-the-wall crimes, including drug dealers, neo-Nazis, and black-market organ sellers. When strong-willed DC Dinah Kowalska connects a body at the morgue to a group of murdered girls with Down’s syndrome, Viv and her team begin the hunt for a serial killer. What they uncover could leave even the most seasoned officers reeling. Loaded with dark humor and shocking plot twists. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Meet the Cast & Crew," deleted scenes. (Acorn Media).
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On Chesil Beach

(2017) Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle. In 1962 England, two young people from drastically different backgrounds --- well-to-do Florence (Ronan) and working-class Edward (Howle) -- meet and begin an idyllic courtship. Though their love is true, the societal pressures and sexual mores of the time cause strain between the young couple, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Story Behind On Chesil Beach," deleted scenes. (Universal).

Pickings

(2018) Elyse Price, Katie Vincent, Emil Ferzola, Yaron Urbas, Joe Trombino, Joel Bernard, Michelle Holland. Billed as a neo-noir spaghetti western. Jo Lee-Haywood (Elyse Price) is a devoted single mother and sister who divides her time between her family and Pickings, the local Michigan tavern that she owns. When a local mob boss (Emil Ferzola) and his goons try to muscle in and wet their beaks off Jo’s hard work, it’s up to Jo to embrace her inner demons and tap into her mysterious and violent past to protect her family and livelihood. It doesn’t take too long for the haunted, hardboiled Jo and her pistol-packing posse to lock and load and take on the mob the only way they know how. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary, short clips, making of featurette. (Music Box Films).

Pyewacket

(2017) Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden. When you’re dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for. In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Muñoz) finds solace from the recent death of her father -- and from her strained relationship with her mother (Holden) -- by dabbling in the dark arts. It all seems like harmless fun at first ... until an argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Making-of featurette, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

Revenge

(2018 -- France) Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe. Debut director Coralie Fargeat announces her stunning arrival, painting a crimson canvas of hypnotic beauty and bloody retribution in this razor-sharp feminist subversion of the revenge-thriller. Jen's (Matilda Lutz) romantic getaway with her wealthy married boyfriend is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly –– and viciously –– intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

The Rider

(2018) Brady Jandreau, Jim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau. After a tragic riding accident, young cowboy Brady (Brady Jandreau), once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, is warned that his competition days are over. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Based on Brady Jandreau’s real life story. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; Q&A with writer-director Chloe Zhao, Brady Jandreau, cinematographer Joshua James Richards and editor Alex O'Flinn; SXSW Q&A with Brady Jandreau. (Sony).
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Riverdale: The Complete Second Season

(2017-18) Four-disc set with all 22 episodes. Based on the characters from Archie Comics, "Riverdale" returns with its subversive take on small-town life. Determined to protect the sanctity of his town in the wake of his father’s shooting by the Black Hood, Season Two finds Archie (KJ Apa) seeking justice … and vengeance. As a civil war brews between the Northside and the Southside, loyalties are divided. Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) relationship enters fragile territory when Jughead decides to join the Southside Serpents and Betty’s long-lost brother Chic returns. Veronica (Camila Mendes) finds her life upended by her father Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) arrival and his dark schemes for the town’s future. Everyone will have to pick a side, including Queen Bee Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), star-to-be Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), and Reggie Mantle (Charles Melton). Things are never what you’d expect in Riverdale, and that’s especially true as Archie and the gang race to avert a full-on riot and to solve the mystery of the Black Hood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Caught Between Two Worlds: The Darkness Inside," "Making the Musical: Riverdale," Riverdale: 2017 Comic-Con Panel, "Riverdale Pop Quiz!", deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

SIX: Season 2

(2018) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Follows Navy SEAL Team Six in a mission to destroy the terrorist network responsible for an attack on their former team leader. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

Speed Walking

(2014 -- Denmark) Villads Bøye, Anders W. Berthelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen. In a quirky, small town situated on the outskirts of everything, 14-year-old Martin is getting ready for one of the most formal transitions from boy to man: the communion. It’s 1976, music’s in the air and hormones are blossoming. But in the midst of it all, Martin’s mother suddenly passes away. Her tragic death triggers a series of events that not only change Martin’s life forever, but also affects everyone else in the local community. Speed Walking is an intense, humorous, and evocative story about how life and death demand a transition in us all. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
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Street Mobster

(1972 -- Japan) A pivotal work in the yakuza movie genre and in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku ("Battle Royale"), "Street Mobster" presents an abrasive portrait of the rise and fall of a reckless street punk caught in the crossfire of a bloody turf war raging in the mean streets of Kawazaki. When Okita Isamu (Bunta Sugawara) re-emerges onto the mean streets of Kawazaki after five years in prison for a string of brutal crimes, he comes face to face with prostitute Kinuyo, who immediately pinpoints him as one of the participants in her brutal sexual assault years earlier that left her shell-shocked and consigned to the life of a sex worker. While the two outcasts form an unlikely bond, Okita returns to his criminal ways. He is approached by veteran gangster Kizaki (Noboru Ando), who encourages him to round up a group of local chinpira street punks to shake up the uneasy agreement between the two rival yakuza groups, who between them control the city's bars, gambling dens and entertainment areas. However, when the new outfit goes too far into the turf of the big boys, they find themselves caught in the midst of a violent reprisal, before an offer of patronage appears from an unlikely source. "Street Mobster" is the first film in which Fukasaku's vital and exhilarating approach to the contemporary-set gangster picture was paired with the untamed, raw charisma of Japan's top screen mobster Sugawara Bunta. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes, trailer, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon, FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jasper Sharp. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Wildling

(2018) Bel Powley, Brad Dourif, Liv Tyler. A teenage girl’s coming-of-age arrives with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Dourif). He has done everything possible to conceal the truth about her origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Tyler), it soon becomes clear that she is far from ordinary. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

Zama

(2017 -- Argentina) Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele. Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).


August 10

The Us Festival: 1982: The Us Generation

(2017) The Making Of the 1982 Us Festival is an in-depth look at one of the most influential music festivals of all time. "The Us Generation" is from award winning filmmaker and rockumentarian Glenn Aveni, who is also the film's director. Co-photo for The Us Festival: 1982: The Us Generationdirected by Jay Cederholm and produced by Bruce Gibb & Rich Schmig, the film blends rare concert footage and insightful interviews with both organizers and performers. The film tells the story of the groundbreaking 1982 Us Festival -- an epic three-day event featuring an eclectic and unprecedented lineup boasting some of the biggest names in music, performing live in front of over one million people at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA. The Us Festival was the brainchild of Apple visionary Steve Wozniak, who wanted to create something that was a true celebration of Americana, cultivating positive vibes and building a deep sense of community through the power of technology and music. Highlights include performances by chart-topping superstars Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, alt-rock trio The Police, blues rock heroes Fleetwood Mac, guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana, retro-chic favorites The B-52s, and new wave icons The Cars; as well as archived appearances by Johnny & Joey Ramone, Carlos Santana, Sting, Ric Ocasek, Danny Elfman, and Fred Schneider; plus exclusive sit-downs with festival founder Steve Wozniak, Mick Fleetwood, Eddie Money, Marky Ramone, Kate Pierson, Stewart Copeland, and Mickey Hart, among others. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (MVD Visual).



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Affairs of State

(2018) David Corenswet, David James Elliott, Adrian Grenier, Mimi Rogers, Grace Victoria Cox, Thora Birch. In his quest for power, D.C. aide Michael Lawson (Corenswet) will do anything to take part in Senator Baines’s (Elliott) White House campaign, including blackmailing Baines’s shady advisor (Grenier) and sleeping with the candidate’s wife (Mimi Rogers). But when he gets involved with the senator’s alluring daughter, Lawson (Cox) learns his dangerous game could have a deadly payoff. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director/producer commentary, deleted scenes, trailer gallery. (Lionsgate).

Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season

(2017-18) Four-disc set with all 23 episodes. Following the devastating explosion on Lian Yu, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to confront a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced: fatherhood. Oliver is determined to embrace this new role while continuing to serve and protect Star City as both Mayor and The Green Arrow. But enemies past and present, including Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Vigilante (Johann Urb), Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and others, threaten him on all fronts. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017," "The Split of a Man: Deathstroke,' "Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X," "Revenge in Ones and Zeros: The Story of Cayden James." (Warner).

Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday

(2018) Two episodes from television’s longest-running children’s animated series and one of the top-rated kids series on PBS KIDS: “D.W. and the Beastly Birthday” and “Arthur’s Birthday.” Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
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Avengers: Infinity War

(2018) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen. The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Read more about "Avengers: Infinity War" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Three featurettes: "Strange Alchemy," "The Mad Titan," "Beyond the Battle: Titan"; deleted scenes; gag reel; commentary. (Marvel/Disney).

Bad Samaritan

(2018) David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon, Carlito Olivero, Jacqueline Byers. A pair of burglars stumble upon a woman being held captive in a home they photo for intended to rob. Read more about "Bad Samaritan" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Sony).

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

(1982) Forced to run from the Texas Rangers after a heated misunderstanding leads to the death of a lawman, Mexican American farmer Gregorio Cortez sets off in desperate flight, evading a massive manhunt on horseback for days. Producer-star Edward James Olmos, seeking to shed new light on a historical incident that had been enshrined in a corrido (folk song), enlisted director Robert M. Young, a longtime practitioner of socially engaged realism, to helm this trailblazing independent film, a landmark of Chicano cinema. Shifting its perspective between the pursuers and the pursued, "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" is a thrilling chase film and a nuanced procedural that peels away the layers of prejudice and myth photo for The Ballad of Gregorio Cortezsurrounding Cortez, uncovering the true story of an ordinary man persecuted by the law and transfigured by legend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with actor and producer Edward James Olmos; new interview with Chon A. Noriega, author of "Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema"; cast-and-crew panel from 2016 including Olmos, director Robert M. Young, producer Moctesuma Esparza, cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos and actors Bruce McGill, Tom Bower, Rosana DeSoto, and Pepe Serna; an essay by film scholar Charles Ramírez Berg. (The Criterion Collection).

The Blacklist: Season Five

(2017) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes. Feeling surprisingly unencumbered, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) is back and in the process of rebuilding his criminal empire. His lust for life is ever-present as he lays the foundation for this new enterprise -- one that he'll design with Elizabeth Keen, living with the reality that Red is her father. Liz finds herself torn between her role as an FBI agent and the temptation to act on her more criminal instincts. In a world where the search for Blacklisters has become a family trade, Red will undoubtedly reclaim his moniker as the "Concierge of Crime." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, “Celebrating 100 Episodes!” featurette, showrunner-led audio commentaries. Blu-ray adds “Like Father/Like Daughter” featurette. (Sony).

Destined to Ride

(2018) Madeline Carroll, Joey Lawrence, Denise Richards, Cassi Thomson, Amber Frank, Manolo Gonzalez Vergara. Family drama about a teenager who thinks her social life is over when she's sent to her aunt’s ranch for the summer -- but to her surprise she develops an unbreakable bond with a horse named Pistachio. She tames the spirited horse and finds herself in a competitive race to save her aunt’s land from nasty neighbors and avoid losing her now treasured new companion. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
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The Escape

(2017 -- UK) Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber. Tara (Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: It belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Cooper), her young son and daughter, and the numbing routine of housework and child care. In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city - but walking out on your life isn't so simple. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Here and Now

(2018) Ten episodes of Season One follows the Boatwrights, a progressive, suburban family led by philosophy professor, Greg (Tim Robbins), and conflict-resolution consultant, Aubrey (Holly Hunter), in Portland, Oregon. They’re a Caucasian couple with three now-grown adopted children from Liberia, Vietnam, and Colombia, as well as one teenage biological daughter. Although the Aye-Boat wrights are materially rich, each member lacks happiness or fulfillment behind a seemingly perfect façade. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (HBO).

Higher Power

(2018) Austin Stowell, Jordan Hinson, Ron Eldard. When the Universe decides what it wants, it’s pointless to resist. With his family’s life at stake, Joseph Steadman (Eldard) finds himself the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist in a battle that could save the world, or destroy it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
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The House of Tomorrow

(2017) Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow, Michaela Watkins. Sebastian (Butterfield) is a 16-year-old who has spent most of his life with his Nana (Burstyn) in their geodesic dome home, a tourist attraction where she raises him on the futurist teachings of her former mentor Buckminster Fuller in hopes that one day Sebastian will carry Fuller's torch and make the world a better place. But when illness sidelines Nana, Sebastian begins sneaking around with Jared (Wolff), a chain-smoking, punk-obsessed 16-year-old with a heart transplant who lives in the suburbs with his Bible-banging single father, Alan (Offerman), and teenage sister Meredith (Apatow). Sebastian and Jared form a punk band and with his Nana's dreams, his first real friendship, and a church talent show at stake, Sebastian must decide if he wants to become the next Buckminster Fuller, the next Sid Vicious, or something else entirely. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by cast and director Peter Livolsi, the New York movie premiere Q&A, conversation between Ellen Burstyn and Peter Livolsi. (Shout Factory).

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

(2018) Alex Sharp, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman. Enn (Sharp) is a shy suburban teenager who sneaks out to after-hours punk parties in London in 1977. One night, Enn and his friends meet some teens who seem like they’re from another planet; in fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. Enn falls for beautiful alien Zan (Fanning) -- and into a delirious adventure that will test the limits of their love in this latest film from director John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director John Cameron Mitchell and actors Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp, "Making an Otherworldly Production," deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

Lady Street Fighter

(1981) Renee Harmon, Jody McCrea, Trace Carradine. Written and produced by exploitation demigod Renee Harmon, this is the story of Linda (Harmon), a tough-as-nails karate cop on the trail of the ruthless scumbags who murdered her twin sister. From the outrageous fight scenes to Harmon's incredible outfits, the film is a joyous blast of no-holds-barred chaos from one of the most important female filmmakers in genre history. A new 2K transfer of this trash-action classic. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with director James Bryan and the AGFA team; street fightin' trailers from the AGFA vaults; liner notes by Annie Choi of Bleeding Skull; bonus movie: "Revenge of Lady Street Fighter" (1990), the unreleased sequel, preserved in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative; reversible cover art. (American Genre Film Archive [AGFA]).

Return of the Living Dead Part II Collector’s Edition

(1985) James Karen, Thom Matthews, Dana Ashbrook, Marsha Dietlein, Philip Bruns, Michael Kenworthy. When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. New 2K scan of the film. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries, new and vintage; new and vintage featurettes; behind-the-scene footage; still galleries; more. (Scream Factory).

Show Yourself

(2018) Ben Hethcoat, Corsica Wilson, Barak Hardley, Clancy McCartney, David McElwee, Stephen Cone, Robert Longstreet. When his friend Paul dies unexpectedly, Travis heads deep into the woods to say goodbye. As Travis deals with his grief, and the way it has affected the relationships in his life, he starts to realize that he actually might not be alone in the woods. Curiosity turns to horror as Travis comes face-to-face with something both inexplicable and frighteningly familiar. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Summer Hill Entertainment).
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The Suffering of Ninko

(2016 -- Japan) A devout Buddhist monk is the object of every woman's desire in this offbeat, acclaimed blend of Japanese erotica, folklore and animation. Ninko, a young, diligent Edo period Buddhist monk, has one serious problem: women can't seem to resist him. They pester him so much that he can't even ask for alms in town. Since sexual indulgence is considered a sin, he blames himself for not being virtuous enough. One day, he runs into a masked woman in the forest who tries to seduce him. Running away from her, his problem only gets worse. Nearly driven mad, he escapes deep into the mountains to be alone. There, he finds a deserted village, victimized by a rapacious mountain goddess, Yama-onna, who seduces and kills the men of the valley. When a samurai claims that he can kill the goddess, Ninko follows him, hoping that he'll rid him of his curse. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).

To Auschwitz & Back: The Joe Engel Story

(2018) Documentary tells an incredible story of persecution, one man's inner-strength and fortitude and a daring escape from internment in Nazi Germany. Born in Zakroczym, Poland in 1927, Engel was taken by the Nazis at 14 and never saw his parents again. From the overwhelming despair of the Warsaw Ghetto, to the shroud of unceasing death and suffering that was Birkenau and Auschwitz, Engel vividly takes viewers to hell and back through his escape from a Death Train at 17 and covert work as a freedom fighter until Liberation in 1945. With the assistance of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's film and photographic archives, filmmaker Ron Small has successfully woven Engel's incredible storytelling into a photo for The Unbornriveting visual presentation that is both historic and contemporary. This is the first film to be released from the newly launched Holocaust Education Film Foundation, a 501c3 organization founded with the objective of assuring that the painful legacy of the Holocaust is never forgotten by producing documentaries with survivors from around the world. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Dreamscape Media).

The Unborn BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1991) Brooke Adams, Jeff Hayenga, James Karen. A couple who can't have children joins an in-vitro fertilization program but the young wife (Adams) suspects that a mysterious doctor (Karen) has inseminated her with mutated sperm in an attempt to create a super-human fetus. Unfortunately, there are extreme side-effects. New 2K scan. Extras: New audio commentary with producer-director Rodman Flender and filmmaker Adam Simon, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
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The Yellow Birds

(2018) Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jack Huston, Jennifer Aniston. Against the explosive backdrop of the Iraq War, young soldiers Brandon Bartle (Ehrenreich) and Daniel Murphy (Sheridan) forge a deep bond of friendship. When tragedy strikes the platoon, one soldier must return home to face the hard truth behind the incident, and help a grieving mother (Aniston) find peace. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Reverberations of War: Making The Yellow Birds” featurette. (Lionsgate).



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August 21

Action Point

(2018) Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Eleanor Worthington-Cox. D.C. (Knoxville) is the proud proprietor of Action Point, an out-of-control amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. When a slimy developer schemes to shut down the park, D.C. and his loony crew of misfits must risk everything and pull out all the stops to save Action Point. Packed with jaw-dropping gags and bone-crushing stunts. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Benny and the Sh*tbirds," "Anarchy in the Amusement Park," "Old School, Bone-Crunching Stunts," "Drinking Beer with Grizzly Bears," deleted & extended scenes, bloopers. (Paramount).

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 3

(2018) Single disc with 10 episodes. Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell stars in the truly insane, awe-inspiring, and gruesome final season of the hilarious, critically acclaimed, Starz series that follows-up the classic horror film "The Evil Dead." Also stars Lucy Lawless , Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Ash, who -- having gone from urban legend to hometown hero -- discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns to warn Ash and Pablo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary. (Lionsgate).

Black Water

(2018) Action-movie icons Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren deliver a double shot of adrenaline-fueled excitement in this undersea thriller. After a failed mission, deep-cover operative Wheeler (Van Damme) is imprisoned in a CIA black site on a submarine. The CIA agents will to go to any lengths to get information from Wheeler -- but nothing can prepare them for the storm of violence that erupts when he joins forces with a fellow prisoner (Lundgren) as deadly as he is mysterious. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

Bleeding Steel

(2017 -- China) Jackie Chan, Show Lo, Nana Ou-Yang, Callan Mulvey, Tess Haubrich. Jackie Chan stars as Lin, a police inspector in modern Hong Kong. While tracking down a deranged, mech-enhanced villain, Lin discovers that a geneticist’s lost biochemical invention has been surgically implanted into his missing daughter. With the help of a young hacker, Lin connects the dots between the device that haunts his daughter, his enemy’s sinister army, and a strange cultural phenomenon called “Bleeding Steel.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

Blindspot: The Complete Third Season

(2017-18) Four-disc set with 22 episodes. Blindspot tells the story of a mysterious woman (Jaimie Alexander) who is found in Times Square with her body completely covered in intricate, coded tattoos. With no memories of her past, she is clueless about her own identity. Dubbed Jane Doe, she is investigated by the FBI when they learn one of her mysterious tattoos bears the name of agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton). As the FBI investigates the complex treasure map of her body, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed. Following the shocking second season finale, which revealed a new set of bioluminescent tattoos that mysteriously appeared on Jane Doe’s body, season three jumps forward two years as FBI Agent Kurt Weller finally tracks down Jane, who has been on the run. After the two discover her new hidden tattoos, Jane is forced to return to the FBI, where Weller, Jane and the rest of the team set out to solve these new puzzles and stop the dangerous conspiracies they reveal. The tattoos however, reveal the team’s darkest secrets. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Surveillance On Set: Agent Zapata," deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
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Deadpool 2 Super Duper Cut

(2018) Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Hayley Sales, Zazie Beetz, Eddie Marsan. Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA Deadpool) brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable. Blu-ray includes extended cut and theatrical cut. Read more about "Deadpool 2" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; Deleted/Extended Scenes; "Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes"; "Deadpool’s Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs"; "The Most Important X-Force Member"; :"Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters"; "David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2"; "Roll with the Punches: Action and Stunts"; "The Deadpool Prison Experiment"; "Chess with Omega Red"; "Swole and Sexy"; “3-Minute Monologue”; "Deadpool’s Fun Sack 2"; stills. (Fox).
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First Reformed

(2018) Dir.: Paul Schrader; Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Gaston, Cedric the Entertainer, Van Hansis, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger. A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past. Read more about "First Reformed" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Paul Schrader, “Discernment: Contemplating First Reformed” featurette. (Lionsgate).

Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season

(2017-18) All 22 episodes. Horror fills the streets as season four of Gotham witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known while Bruce Wayne begins the path to vigilantism, showing signs of the caped crusader to come. Gotham City Police Department Captain Jim Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock remain at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains from Penguin to The Riddler and numerous others in between. Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017. "Solomon Grundy: Born on a Monday," "The Sirens Take Gotham," deleted scenes. (Warner).
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Heaven Can Wait

(1982) Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter through the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry's sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch's "Heaven Can Wait," nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Conversation from 2005 between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris; "Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson" (1982), a 30-minute program exploring the screenwriter's life and career; audio seminar with Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977; home recordings of director Ernst Lubitsch playing the piano; trailer; an essay by film scholar William Paul. (The Criterion Collection).

The Little Vampire

(2017 -- Netherlands) Animated story of Rudolph, a 13-year-old vampire, whose clan is threatened by a notorious vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal of the same age, who is fascinated by old castles, graveyards and -- vampires, and Tony comes to Rudolph's aid. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Universal).

The Ninth Passenger

(2018) Alexia Fast, Jesse Metcalfe, Veronica Dunne, Tom Maden. A gang of lusty, partying college kids hijacks a billionaire’s yacht for a midnight cruise. Onboard, sensible Jess meets hunky Brady, a corporate spy posing as a mechanic. Near a mysterious island, an evil “ninth passenger” slips aboard and starts slaughtering the party crowd. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
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Smithereens

(2012) Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of 1980s New York with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (Susan Berman) -- a sparkplug in fishnets who lives dangerously downtown -- moves to the city with the mission of becoming famous. When not pasting up flyers for herself or hanging at the Peppermint Lounge, she's getting involved with Paul (Brad Rijn), the nicest guy to ever live in a van next to the highway, and Eric (Richard Hell), an aloof rocker. Shot on 16 mm film that captures the grit and glam of the setting, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others, "Smithereens" -- the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d'Or -- is an unfaded snapshot of a bygone era. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Susan Seidelman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Seidelman; new interviews with Seidelman and actor Susan Berman; "And You Act Like One Too" (1976) and "Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern" (1979), two early shorts by Seidelman, with new introductions by the director; an essay by critic Rebecca Bengal. (The Criterion Collection).
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Show Dogs

(2018) Will Arnett, Stanley Tucci, Natasha Lyonne, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Iglesias, Ludacris, Shaquille O'Neal. Family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Will Arnett) and his canine partner (voice of Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), who has to go undercover at the world's most exclusive dog show to solve his biggest case yet. Read more about "Show Dogs" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

Strait-Jacket

(1964) Film legend Joan Crawford gives a terrific performance in this chiller from pioneer horror movie producer William Castle. Crawford plays Lucy Harbin, a woman who goes berserk when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. With her 3-year-old daughter accidentally witnessing the grisly act, Lucy axes the couple to death. She spends 20 years in a mental institution for the double murder. After she's released, she moves in with her brother, Bill (Leif Erickson), his wife, Emily (Rochelle Hudson) and Carol (Diane Baker), her own daughter who is now 23. Her nightmare is over ... or is it? When a spate of ax murders start occurring suddenly in the neighborhood, police think Lucy has reverted to her old ways. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Joan Had Me Fired" interview with actress Anne Helm; new "On the Road with Joan Crawford" interview with publicist Richard Kahn; new audio commentary with authors/film historians Steve Haberman and David J. Schow and film historian Constantine Nasr; "Battle-Ax: The Making of Strait-Jacket"; Joan Crawford costume and make up tests; ax swinging screen test; theatrical trailers; still gallery. (Scream Factory).

S.W.A.T.: Season 1

(2017-18) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes of the dramatic action series that takes a realistic and sensitive look at the brave men and women who form the elite unit of Metro Special Weapons and Tactics of the L.A.P.D. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes.(Sony).

The Terror: The Complete First Season

(2018) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Inspired by the true story of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition in the late 1800s as he ventured into uncharted territory in an attempt to discover the Northwest Passage. A desperate game of survival begins when the Royal Naval expedition faces starvation, mutiny, cannibalism, and a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: “A Look at the Characters” featurette, “A Look at the Series” featurette, "Producer Ridley Scott on The Terror” featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Tingler

(1959) Vincent Price stars as an obsessed doctor who discovers a parasitic creature which grows on the spinal cords of terrified people. If they scream, the Tingler can be destroyed. If they don't, it will sever the spinal column and kill them. He successfully isolates and removes the Tingler from a deaf mute (Judith Evelyn) who has been scared to death by her devious husband. Once captured, the Tingler escapes and runs amok in a crowded movie theater. Terror is loose, but can it be stopped? "The Tingler" is legendary horror director William Castle's magnum opus. After the success of "House on Haunted Hill," Castle devised a new gimmick called "Percepto." Participating theaters would wire seats so that random moviegoers would get a tangible electric shock during climactic moments in the film. Another novelty used to maximum effect is the short color sequence depicting blood pouring from a faucet and filling a bathtub. Castle went on to direct more cult classics like "Homicidal" and "13 Ghosts" and later produced the mainstream hit "Rosemary's Baby." Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by author/historian Steve Haberman; new "I Survived The Tingler" interview with Pamela Lincoln; new "Unleashing 'Percepto'" interview with publicist Barry Lorie; "Scream for Your Lives! William Castle and The Tingler” vintage featurette; "William Castle’s Drive-In Scream!” audio; original “Scream” scene; the original 1959 theatre lobby recording; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).

The Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season

(2017-18) Five-disc set with all 16 episodes. Together with the Hilltop and the Kingdom, Rick and the Alexandrians bring “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive. The eighth season bridges the stories between “The Walking Dead” and its spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Commentary on three episodes, “Carl Grimes: Leaving a Legacy” featurette, “In Memoriam” featurette, “The Price of War” featurette. (Lionsgate).

Watch the Sky

(2018) J. Nicole Brooks, Luke Albright, Christopher Corbin, Amie Farrell, Miracle Laurie, Carol Mansell. Family sci-fi adventure, based on the graphic novel "Watch the Skies." In an effort to capture amateur video of outer space, two young brothers unexpectedly find themselves in harm's way, when an innocent science experiment becomes a day filled with unearthly events threatening their sleepy coastal town -- when they find themselves in the middle of an alien sighting. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).



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August 28

American Animals

(2018) Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner, Udo Kier, Ann Dowd. The unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. Determined to escape their predictable suburban lives, Spencer and Warren decide to do something extraordinary: steal some of the world’s most valuable books from a college library. Enlisting two other friends, Spencer and Warren meticulously plot the theft -- but their caper takes on a wild life of its own. Listed on the F.B.I.’s all-time most significant art theft cases. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scene, featurettes, still gallery, director and cast commentary. (Lionsgate).
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Book Club

(2018) Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr. Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club. Read more about "Book Club" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Deleted & extended scenes; "It All Started with a Book": The journey from script to screen; "Casting Book Club": Working with Hollywood icons; "Location, Location, Location": Visit the set with filmmakers; "A New Chapter": The cast discuss themes of friendship and romance Living in the Moment; "Creating the Film’s Theme Song." (Paramount).

Brainscan BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1994) Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, T. Ryder Smith. When Michael, a lonely teenager (Furlong), orders the latest interactive video game, the new high-tech wizardry penetrates his subconscious, where his darkest impulses lead him through a deadly maze of murder, deception and desire. Pursued by homicide detective (Langella) and prodded by "The Trickster" (Smith) who materializes into his room, Michael is torn between the worlds of good and evil, of reality and fantasy and, ultimately, life and death. Extras: New audio commentary with assistant to the director Tara Georges Flynn; new "A Virtual Debut" interview with screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker; new "Talking With Trickster" interview with actor T. Ryder Smith; new "Merging Realities" interviews with special make-up effects supervisor Steve Johnson and special make-up effects artists Andy Schoneberg and Mike Smithson; new "Musical Virtuosity" interview with composer George S. Clinton; "Trickin’ With Trickster: Vintage behind-the-scenes fun on "Brainscan"; deleted scene; behind-the-scenes footage; teaser trailer; theatrical trailer; TV spot; still galleries. (Shout! Factory).

Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1998) Michael Rooker, Leslie Hope, Kevin Zegers, Tony Todd. A demon is summoned to take the soul of a young boy, who has the potential to become a saint. If the demon succeeds, it will open a doorway to Hell, blazing a terrifying trail of destruction, possession and mayhem and destroy humanity. Now the fate of the world hinges on the final outcome of a renegade priest's battle with the soul eating Shadowbuilder. Extras: Audio commentary from director Jamie Dixon; new "Making of Shadowbuilder" featurette; new "Shadowbuilder: Visual Effects" featurette; new "Shadowbuilder: Kevin Zegers" featurette; reversible, 2-Sided artwork; original theatrical trailer; collectible poster. (MVD Rewind Collection).

The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season

(2017-18) Four-disc set with 23 episodes. In Season Four, the mission of Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), is once more to protect Central City from metahuman threats. First, he’ll have to escape the Speed Force. With Barry trapped, the job of protecting Central City falls to his family – Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin); his fiancée, Iris West (Candice Patton); and Wally West/Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs – Dr. Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes) and brilliant scientist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). When a powerful villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco risks everything to break Barry out of the Speed Force. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017," "Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X," The Elongated Man," "Flash Time on Amunet Black with Katee, Eric and Sterling,' "The Fastest Mind Alive: The Thinker." (Warner).

The Guardians

(2017 -- France) Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin, Nicolas Giraud. The story of the Paridier family and their farm in the French countryside, where life revolves around everyday chores that service the farm's seasonal cycle of planting and harvesting. With the breakout of World War I in 1915, the women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of family matriarch Hortense (Nathalie Baye), must grapple with the workload while the men, including Hortense's two sons, are at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter, Solange (Laura Smet, Baye's real-life daughter). New tools and technology allow the women to triumph over the land and newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred, especially when the men return on short leaves. Regardless, it is the Paridier women who are the "guardians" of their land and its traditions. Adapted from Ernest Pérochon’s 1924 novel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. Extras: Q&As with director Xavier Beauvois, cinematographer Caroline Champetier, and actor Nicolas Giraud; interview with Champetier; music and casting featurettes; alternate ending; collector’s booklet featuring an interview with Beauvois and a critical essay. (Music Box Films).

The Horror of Party Beach

(1964) John Scott, Alice Lyon, Allan Laurel. In 1964, 20th Century Fox released an independent shocker -- shot in two weeks for $50,000 outside Stamford, Connecticut by local producer-director Del Tenney -- advertised as “The First Horror-Monster Musical.” When nuclear waste dumped into the ocean mutates a shipwreck full of corpses, it unleashes an onslaught of bikini teens, surprising gore, dubious science, an intrepid maid, The Del-Aires, and arguably the greatest, worst monsters in horror movie history. Features a new 2k scan from the original negative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Return to Party Beach" retrospective documentary; "It's the Living End" encounter with The Del-Aires, interview with band members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares; "Shock & Roll": Filmmaker Tim Sullivan on Rock & Roll horror movies; archival interview with director Del Tenney; trailer. (Severin Films).

Lucifer: The Complete Third Season

(2017-18) Five-disc set with all 26 episodes. Entering its third season, the story of the original fallen angel continues. As Season Two came to a close, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) took care of a little problem called Mom, aka Charlotte (Tricia Helfer). But now he’s facing an even greater challenge -- finding out who kidnapped him, and why his angel wings are back. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Lucifer: 2017 Comic-Con Panel, "Lucifer Returns! Bringing the Hit Show to L.A.," "Off Script with Tom & Tom." (Warner).
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Memories of Underdevelopment

(1968 -- Cuba) This film by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea is the most widely renowned work in the history of Cuban cinema. After his wife and family flee in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the bourgeois intellectual Sergio (Sergio Corrieri) passes his days wandering Havana in idle reflection, his amorous entanglements and political ambivalence gradually giving way to a mounting sense of alienation. With this adaptation of an innovative novel by Edmundo Desnoes, Gutiérrez Alea developed a cinematic style as radical as the times he was chronicling, creating a collage of vivid impressions through the use of experimental editing techniques, archival material, and spontaneously shot street scenes. Intimate and densely layered, "Memories of Underdevelopment" provides a biting indictment of its protagonist's disengagement and an extraordinary glimpse of life in postrevolutionary Cuba. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with film critics B. Ruby Rich and José Antonio Évora; new interview with novelist and screenwriter Edmundo Desnoes; "Titón: From Havana to Guantanamera," a 2008 feature-length documentary on director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's life and career; segment from a 1989 audio interview with Gutiérrez Alea; segments from 2017 interviews with actor Daisy Granados and editor Nelson Rodríguez from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Visual History Collection archives; trailer; an essay by author Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. (The Criterion Collection).

Mind Game

(2004 -- Japan) Anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa’s first feature film is a boundary-pushing tale that embodies the 1960s and 70s acid animation. The rarely seen film comes to the US for the first time with this release. Buckle in and prepare to surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride in this gloriously colorful and unconstrained cult classic. Loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God -- shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light. But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Gallery: Background designs, gallery: character designs, gallery: mechanics and props, film animatic, scenes with director’s commentary, trailer. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
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RBG

(2018) At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But, without a definitive memoir, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career. Read more about "RBG" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, additional interviews. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
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Tag

(2018) Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jeremy Renner, Annabelle Wallis, Jon Hamm, Leslie Bibb, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Jake Johnson, Brian Dennehy. A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires then to travel all over the country. Read more about "Tag" in the August Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Meet the Real Tag Brothers," deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

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(2018 -- Australia) Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Leigh Whannell. A thrilling and hyper violent vision of the future. Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called STEM. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).


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