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October 2

DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis

(2018) The newest feature in the popular, groundbreaking universe celebrating young girls. It seems like an uneventful day at school until the powerful Book of Legends is suddenly stolen from Super Hero High. In order to uncover the mystery, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee and the rest of the Super Crew must journey through the depths of the ocean to Atlantis. There, the girls encounter Mera and Siren, the ocean-dwelling thieves, who prove to be a formidable match. In order to recover the stolen tome and return it to its rightful place, DC Super Hero Girls must band together and use their collective powers to successfully get back to land…and back to class. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: “Super Hero High” TV special. (Warner).

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The Naked Prey

(1965) Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and '70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than "The Naked Prey." In the early 19th century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends a group of South African hunters, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. A lone marksman (Wilde) is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he begins a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and unflinchingly ferocious action sequences, "The Naked Prey" is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the concept of civilization. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 2007 by film scholar Stephen Prince; "John Colter's Escape," a 1913 written record of the trapper's flight from Blackfoot Indians -- which was the inspiration for "The Naked Prey" -- read by actor Paul Giamatti; original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, along with a written statement by Tracey on the score; trailer; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and a 1970 interview with Wilde. (The Criterion Collection).

The Originals: The Fifth and Final Season

(2018) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. The final season of The Originals begins seven years after the core members of the Mikaelson family – Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah and Kol – each absorb a quarter of the Hollow’s dark energy and flee New Orleans to keep their beloved city and young Hope safe. In the interim, Vincent and Josh preside over the Big Easy almost devoid of conflict, while Hayley and Freya watch Hope grow into a teenager, eventually opting to send her to the Salvatore School so that Caroline can keep an eye on her. With Marcel following Rebekah out of town and Elijah stripped of his memory, the danger seems to be contained. ... Until a sudden tragedy forces the siblings to return home. Formats: DVD, Digital.. Extras: "The Originals": 2017 Comic Con panel, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

The Originals: The Complete Series

(2013-18) Twenty-one disc set. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
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Saved By the Bell: The Complete Collection

(1989-1993) Sixteen-disc set. Set in the fictional town of Palisades, California and in the hallways of Bayside High, the breezy adventures of Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his friends -- Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Myrtle Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), and Samuel "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond) -- were a cultural touchstone for a generation of teens, changing teen programming forever and launching the careers of its break-out stars. Now, home audiences can relive the laughter, lessons, and love all over again with this loaded set containing more than 46 incr Logan Marshall-Green (Actor), Betty Gabriel (Actor), Leigh Whannell edible hours of Bayside bliss, including every episode from 1988's "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" which became "Saved By the Bell: The Junior High Years" and the fan-favorite "Saved by the Bell" to "Saved By the Bell: The College Years" and the two feature-length TV movies that followed. Formats: DVD. Extras: TBA. (Shout! Factory).



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October 9

Constantine: City of Demons

(2018) DC Entertainment animated film. A decade after a tragic mistake, family man Chas and occult detective John Constantine set out to cure Chas’s daughter Trish from a mysterious supernatural coma. With the help of the mysterious Nightmare Nurse, the influential Queen of Angels, and brutal Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli, the pair just might have a chance at outsmarting the demon Beroul to save Trish’s soul. In a world of shadows and dark magic, not everything is what it seems, and there’s always a price to pay. The path to redemption is never easy, and if Constantine is to succeed, he must navigate through the dark urban underbelly of Los Angeles, outwit the most cunning spawns of hell, and come face to face with arch-nemesis Nergal – all while battling his own inner demons. Based on the acclaimed DC animated series from CW Seed. Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Sorcerer’s Occultist - Understanding John Constantine" featurette, "Constantine: City of Demons" WonderCon Panel – 2018, "The Sorcerer’s Occultist" featurette. (Warner).
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Eight Hours Don't Make a Day

(1972-73) Commissioned to make a working-class family drama for public television, up-and-coming director Rainer Werner Fassbinder took the assignment and ran, dodging expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical -- yet far from cynical -- perspective. Over the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen (Gottfried John) and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves (Hanna Schygulla), his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened since its popular but controversial initial broadcast, "Eight Hours Don't Make a Day" rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder's earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Eight Hours Don't Make a Day: A Series Becomes a Family Reunion," a 2017 documentary directed by Juliane Maria Lorenz, featuring interviews with actors Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, Wolfgang Schenck, and Hans Hirschmüller; new interview with film scholar Jane Shattuc; an essay by scholar Moira Weigel. (The Criterion Collection).




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October 16

Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition

(1992-95) Ten-disc set with all 109 episodes, plus two bonus disks containing the recently-remastered, fan favorite animated films "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" and "Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero." Includes an exclusive ensemble of collectibles highlighted by three Funko mini-figurines (Batman, Joker, Harley Quinn) and seven beautifully-designed lenticular art cards. The entire box set is housed in a stunning layflat-book with a dazzling slipcase. This ultimate collectors Blu-ray box set will be individually numbered for a Limited Edition release of 30,000. More than 2,000 copies were pre-ordered within the first 24 hours of availability on Amazon. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: 25 featurettes -- led by an all-new, 60+ minute definitive "Batman: The Animated Series" making-of documentary “The Heart of Batman”; introductions to five episodes by producer Bruce Timm; commentary on 11 episodes. (Warner).
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Shampoo

(1975) "Shampoo" gives us a day in the life of George, a Beverly Hills hairdresser and Lothario who runs around town on the eve of the 1968 presidential election trying to make heads or tails of his financial and romantic entanglements. His attempts to scrape together the money to open his own salon are continually sidetracked by the distractions presented by his lovers -- played brilliantly by Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie, and Lee Grant (in an Oscar-winning performance). Star Warren Beatty dreamed up the project, co-wrote the script with Robert Towne, and enlisted Hal Ashby as director, and the resulting carousel of doomed relationships is an essential seventies farce, a sharp look back at the sexual politics and self-absorption of the preceding decade. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray and alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between critics Mark Harris and Frank Rich; excerpt from a 1998 appearance by producer, co-writer, and actor Warren Beatty on "The South Bank Show"; trailer; an essay by Rich. (The Criterion Collection).

Valley Girl BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1983) Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman star in this totally awesome comedy. When Julie dumps her preppy boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find love with the rockin’ Randy (Cage). The future’s open wide for Julie ... but when her disapproving friends (E.G. Daily, Heidi Holicker, Michelle Meyrink) find Randy to be grody to the max, she is caught up in a culture clash between her Valley lifestyle and her Hollywood punk. Featuring a so-bitchin’ soundtrack packed with New Wave hits, "Valley Girl" is a sweetly romantic slice of 80s nostalgia from director Martha Coolidge. Are you going to love it? We’re, like, so sure! New HD film transfer. Extras: New “In Conversation -- Director Martha Coolidge with E.G. Daily and Heidi Holicker”;“Greetings from the San Fernando Valley”: A short history of the iconic San Fernando Valley, hosted by Tommy Gelinas of The Valley Relics Museum; new extended interviews from 2003 with Cage, Cameron Dye, Frederic Forrest, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp, Lee Purcell, producers Andrew Lane and Wayne Crawford, Peter Case of The Plimsouls, Josie Cotton, DJ Richard Blade, and more; storyboard to film comparisons; photo gallery; feature length audio commentary with director Martha Coolidge; “Valley Girl: 20 Totally Tubular Years Later”; “In Conversation: Nicolas Cage and Martha Coolidge”; “The Music of Valley Girl.” (Shout! Factory).



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October 23


An Elephant’s Journey

(2018) Elizabeth Hurley, Sam Ashe Arnold, Tertius Meintjes. After losing his parents, Phoenix (Arnold) moves to Africa to live with his Aunt Sarah (Hurley). While on safari with his uncle one day, Phoenix wanders off and becomes lost in the African bush. After rescuing a huge elephant from a trap, Phoenix befriends the great creature, which he names Indlovu (“The Unstoppable”). Riding through the wilderness, the bold duo finds evidence of a local gang of poachers, and together they plot to stop the hunters’ cruel plans. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Richard Boddington, interview with Elizabeth Hurley, interview with elephant expert Dr. Richard Leakey, “Beyond the Journey: An In-Depth Look at Elephants” featurette. (Lionsgate).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Ultimate Edition

Includes three animated Dr. Seuss specials: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, "The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat" and "Halloween is Grinch Night.: Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Warner).

The Padre

(2018) Tim Roth, Luis Guzmán, Nick Nolte, Valeria Henriquez. Hell-bent on justice, retired U.S. Judge Randall Nemes (Nolte) and his hired gun, Gaspar (Guzmán), track down a small-time con man (Roth) posing as a priest in a small Colombian town only to be thrown off-course by a scrappy 16-year-old local girl intent on reuniting with her little sister in the U.S. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
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Sisters

(1973) Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously ensnared in the sisters' insidious sibling bond. A scary and stylish paean to female destructiveness, Brian De Palma's first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Brian De Palma, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with actor Jennifer Salt; interviews from 2004 with De Palma, actors William Finley and Charles Durning, and producer Edward R. Pressman; audio from a 1973 discussion with De Palma at the AFI; appearance from 1970 by actor Margot Kidder on "The Dick Cavett Show"; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey, excerpts from a 1973 interview with De Palma on the making of the film, and a 1973 article by De Palma on working with composer Bernard Hermann. (The Criterion Collection).



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October 30

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The Princess Bride

(1987) A high-spirited adventure that pits true love against inconceivable odds, "The Princess Bride" has charmed legions of fans with its irreverent gags, eccentric ensemble, and dazzling swordplay. A kid (Fred Savage), home sick from school, grudgingly allows his grandfather (Peter Falk) to read him a dusty storybook -- which is how we meet the innocent Buttercup (Robin Wright, in her breakout role), about to marry the nefarious Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) though her heart belongs to Westley (Cary Elwes). The wedding plans are interrupted, however, by a mysterious pirate, a vengeful Spaniard, and a good-natured giant, in a tale full of swashbuckling, romance, and outrageously hilarious spoofery. Directed by Rob Reiner from an endlessly quotable script by Oscar winner William Goldman, "The Princess Bride" reigns as a fairy-tale classic. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 1996 featuring director Rob Reiner, screenwriter William Goldman, producer Andrew Scheinman, and actors Billy Crystal and Peter Falk; edited 1987 audiobook reading of Goldman's novel "The Princess Bride" by Reiner; new program about Goldman's screenplay; new program about Goldman's tapestry based on the film; archival interviews with Reiner, Goldman, and actors Crystal, Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Fred Savage, and Robin Wright; new interview with art director Richard Holland; programs about makeup, fencing, and fairy tales; on-set video diary filmed and narrated by Elwes; five behind-the-scenes videos with commentaries from 1996 by Reiner, Scheinman, and Crystal; trailer; an essay by author Sloane Crosley and, for the Blu-ray edition, Goldman's introduction to his Princess Bride script from the 1995 collection "Four Screenplays," in a lavishly illustrated, clothbound book. (The Criterion Collection).

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All listings are based on information from the home video studios. Some release dates may change and titles may come out after a specified date (with no announcement from the studio). Additionally, some titles may be released with little or no advance announcement. And since all DVDs are priced at sell-through and are available for substantial discounts at both online and brick-and-mortar stores, we only list suggested retail prices for some special editions, box sets and collections.



All DVDs are screened on a reference system consisting of a Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers and Power 10 subwoofer.


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