(2018) Tells the inspirational story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence. The film focuses on the importance of faith, friends, and family, while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States military.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Delivering God’s Message: Casting God Bless the Broken Road” featurette, “Restoring Faith: Mending the Broken Road” featurette, “Pedals and Prayers: Racing Alongside God” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin. Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time to save the world from nuclear destruction after a mission gone wrong. Read more about "Mission: Impossible—Fallout" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "Behind the Fallout": Light the Fuse, Top of the World, The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown, Rendezvous in Paris, The Fall, The Hunt Is On, Cliffside Clash; deleted scenes montage; foot chase musical breakdown; "The Ultimate Mission"; storyboards; theatrical trailer; commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise; commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton; commentary by composer Lorne Balfe; isolated score track. (Paramount).
(2018) Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Demian Bichir, Jonny Coyne. A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun. Read more about "The Nun" in the December
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A New Horror Icon," "Gruesome Planet," "The Conjuring Chronology," deleted scenes.
(2018) Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Haley Lu Richardson. A team of secret agents set out to track down Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust. Read more about "Operation Finale" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Inside the Operation" featurette, commentary with director Chris Weitz. (Universal).
Support the Girls
(2018) Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula. Lisa (Hall) is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side "sports bar with curves," but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An instinctive den mother, she nurtures and protects her "girls" on the staff fiercely -- but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction. Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2017) Ian Beattie, Will Mellor, Terence Stamp, Anna Demetrio. A Viking princess is forced to flee her kingdom after being framed for the murder of her father, the king. Under the guidance of the god Odin, she travels the world gaining wisdom and building the army she needs to win back her throne. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “One True Heir: A Warrior’s Destiny” featurette, “Of Gods, Women & Men: The Cast” featurette, “Strength from Within: Staging the Battles” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Westworld Season 2: The Door
(2018) Three-disc with all 10 episodes. In Season Two, viewers are welcomed back to Westworld, where the puppet show is over and the newly liberated “hosts” are coming for humankind. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) takes charge, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a mission and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is back. Chaos takes control in this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, the birth of a new form of life and the evolution of sin.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Bring Yourself Back Online": "Reflections on Season Two – Dolores, Teddy and Bernard," "Of Love and Shogun – Maeve, Hector and Lee," "Journeys and Technology – Stubbs, Logan and Clementine"; "The Buzz: On the Red Carpet"; "Return to Westworld"; 10-part "Creating Westworld’s Reality": An Evocative Location, Fort Forlorn Hope, The Delos Experiment, Shogun World, Inside the Cradle, Chaos in the Mesa, Ghost Nation, Deconstructing Maeve, The Valley Beyond, The Drone Hosts; "Paved with the Best Intentions: The Evolution of the DELOS Corp."; "Violent Delights Have Violent Ends." (Warner).
(2017 -- Germany) Max Hubacher. Based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland, the film is a World War II tale like no other -- a searing historical drama with undertones of absurd black comedy that presents the evils of Nazism and fascism as a devastating kind of game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous. It follows a young German army deserter, Pvt. Willi Herold (Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and embarks on a brutal mission of torture and slaughter, all in the name of “justice.” Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, the enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader ... whomever that may be.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD,. Extras: Filmmaker Q&A with director Robert Schwentke from Chicago premiere at the Music Box Theatre; interview with Schwentke; interviews with cast and crew; behind-the-scenes featurettes; storyboard-to-film comparison.
(Music Box Films).
(2018) Luke Arnold, C. Thomas Howell, Richard Riehle, M.C. Gainey. In this bloodcurdling true tale of the Wild West, a sheriff, a madam, and a dying boy risk their lives to save a troubled town.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.
A Dry White Season
(1989) With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indictment of South Africa's racist government -- and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal repression comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities. Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, "A Dry White Season" is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas; "Five Scenes," a new program featuring Palcy; interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland; excerpt from a 1995 interview Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela; footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards; an essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry. (The Criterion Collection).
The Equalizer 2
(2018) Dir.: Antoine Fuqua; Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo. Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? Read more about "The Equalizer 2" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Seconds Till Death: Action Breakdown” featurette; “Through Antoine’s Lens: The Cast” featurette; two NBA promos.Blu-ray adds “Retribution Mode” with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua; 11 deleted & extended scenes; “Denzel as McCall: Round Two” featurette; "The Equalizer 2" pop up trivia track. (Sony).
(1957) Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck saddled up with writer-director Samuel Fuller for the pulp maestro's most audacious Western, a boldly feminist spin on the genre that pivots effortlessly between ribald humor, visceral action, and disarming tenderness. High-riding rancher Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) commands a 40-strong posse of cowboys, ruling Cochise County, Arizona, without challenge. When U.S. marshal Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers arrive in town with a warrant for one of her hired guns, Jessica begins to fall for the lawman even as he chips away at her authority. With astonishing black-and-white CinemaScope photography, hard-boiled dialogue laced with double entendres, and a fiery performance by Stanwyck at her most imperious, "Forty Guns" is a virtuoso display of Fuller's sharpshooting talents.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Samuel Fuller's widow, Christa Lang-Fuller, and daughter, Samantha Fuller; "A Fuller Life" (2013), a feature-length documentary by Samantha Fuller about her father, featuring admirers and collaborators Wim Wenders, William Friedkin, Mark Hamill, James Franco, Monte Hellman, Jennifer Beals, Bill Duke, Constance Towers, and others; new interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith, author of I"n Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City"; stills gallery; an essay by film scholar Lisa Dombrowski and excerpts from Fuller's 2002 autobiography, "A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking." (The Criterion Collection).
I Still See You
(2018) Bella Thorne, Richard Harmon, Dermot Mulroney. Thorne stars in this spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with Kirk, a mysterious classmate, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead -- and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Deleted scenes; “Remnants: Manifesting I Still See You” featurette; “Break My Heart 1,000 Times: Novel to Screen” featurette; audio Commentary with director Scott Speer and actress Bella Thorne.
Nathan For You
(2013-17) Nine-disc set with all 30 episodes of Comedy Central’s series. Comedian Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan’s genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio commentary on select episodes, the full “Dumb Starbucks” press conference, deleted scenes, more. (Paramount).
(2018) Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juana Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh. Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.
Read more about "Peppermint" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Justice" behind-the-scenes featurette with Jennifer Garner and director Pierre Morel, feature commentary by Morel. (Universal).
(2018) Joey Lawrence, Sara Fletcher, David Arquette (voice of Buddy). Everyone in Tommy’s life — his sister, his dad, his neighbor, even his dog — is an awesome skateboarder. Everyone except Tommy himself! Sick of getting teased for being a klutz, Tommy accepts a skate-off challenge from the local bully, Frankie. Can his friend Alice and his pooch, Buddy, teach Tommy to flip, ollie, grab, and slide in time for the big showdown? Recipient of the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Sk8 Dawg: Ramping Up” featurette.
(2018 -- China) Ye Liu, Bruce Willis, Nicholas Tse, Su Ma, William Wai-Ting Chan, Bingbing Fan, Wei Fan, Adrien Brody. Action-adventure about the courage of China's citizens during WWII. As a U.S. Army colonel (Willis) trains Chinese aviators to battle Japanese fighters, a hotheaded pilot begs to fly a powerful bomber that could stop the attacks. Meanwhile, a team of spies and refugees must carry a game-changing decoder device through the war-torn countryside.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Samuel L. Jackson. The tale of two long-lived lovers highlights the splendors of life. From their lighthearted romance to the arrival of their baby, every rewarding aspect of life is touched upon. Though the couple endures a series of hardships, the moral is that life's wonders invariably eclipse periods of woe. With a healthy dose of laughter, love, and resilience, this New York duo discovers a profound appreciation for both the certainties and unpredictabilities in life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
(1946) Proud, eccentric, and antisocial, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself. But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbors are only too ready to be suspicious of him, and is framed for the murder. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Julien Duvivier's first film after his return to France from Hollywood finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique exposes the dangers of the knives-out mob mentality, delivering as well a pointed allegory of the behavior of Duvivier's countrymen during the war.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "The Art of Subtitling," a new short documentary by Bruce Goldstein, founder and co-president of Rialto Pictures, about the history of subtitles; new interview with author Pierre Simenon, the son of novelist Georges Simenon; conversation from 2015 between critics Guillemette Odicino and Eric Libiot about director Julien Duvivier and the film's production history; Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer; essays by film scholar James Quandt and Borger. (The Criterion Collection).
(2018) Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey. When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race. Read more about "The Predator" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Touch of Black" featurette, "Predator Evolution" featurette, "The Takedown Team" featurette, "Predator Catch-Up," gallery. (Fox).
Sawdust and Tinsel
(1953) Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival of humiliation in "Sawdust and Tinsel," one of the master's most vivid early works and his first of many collaborations with the great cinematographer Sven Nykvist. The story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-20th-century circus owner (Åke Grönberg) and his younger mistress (Harriet Andersson), a horseback rider in the traveling show, the film features dreamlike detours and twisted psychosexual power plays, making for a piercingly brilliant depiction of physical and spiritual degradation.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; introduction by Bergman from 2003; an essay by critic John Simon. (The Criterion Collection).
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