(2018) Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton. Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her son's return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm's way ... and he promptly disappears. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family's downfall.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Peter Hedges, "Ben is Back" photo gallery. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone. In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne (Oliva Colman) occupies the throne, and her closest Friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), governs the country while tending to Anne’s ill health and volatile temper. When new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, Sarah takes Abigail under her wing as she cunningly schemes to return to her aristocratic roots, setting off an outrageous rivalry to become the Queen’s favourite. Read more about "The Favourite" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Favourite: Unstitching the Costume Drama." (Fox).
Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season
(2018) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes. In Season 4 of “Fear the Walking Dead,” we see the world of Madison Clark and her family through new eyes — the eyes of Morgan Jones, who is joining the story from the world of “The Walking Dead.” The characters’ immediate pasts mix with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes, and threats. They fight for each other, against each other, and against a legion of the dead, and work to build an existence strong enough to resist the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There's darkness and light; terror and grace; and the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together toward a new reality. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary on select epiosdes. (Lionsgate).
House of Cards: Season Six
(2018) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. The final chapter in the critically acclaimed and award-winning political drama. Following the death of President Frank Underwood, Vice President Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) has ascended to the position of Commander in Chief of the United States, working to rally her allies and outwit those who oppose her. The intrigue and political maneuverings inside the White House continue as the first female president seeks to solidify her legacy. Co-stars Michael Kelly, Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Sony).
(2018) Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Octavia Spencer, Eve Harlow, Iliza Shlesinger, Tom Segura, Julie Hagerty. A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. Read more about "Instant Family" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Deleted & extended scenes; Gag Reel; commentary by director-writer Sean Anders and writer John Morris; "Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It" behind the scenes with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne; "Kid Power" young cast; "I Need Some Support" Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro guide a group of parents through the laughter and tears of foster care; "Order in the Court" inside one of the film’s most heartfelt moments; "The Families Behind the Fair" real foster families; "Crew Inspiration" in which crew members share their own foster care stories; The Anders Family" real-life inspiration for the film; Isabela Moner “I’ll Stay” promotional music video; "On Set Proposal" surprising wedding proposal from one crew member to another. (Paramount).
Krypton: The Complete First Season
(2018) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that tells the origin story of DC’s iconic Superman in a whole new way. What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton follows a young Seg-El, the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict -- save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg fights alongside Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange to redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves while saving the future of his legacy from DC Super-Villain Brainiac. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Krypton: 2017 Comic-Con Panel, "Krypton: Bringing the Home World to Life," "A Lost Kingdom: Life on Krypton," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Liz and the Blue Bird
(2018 -- Japan) Naoko Yamada here presents her fourth feature film with a subtle yet entrancing brilliance in this complex look at friendship and growing up. Mizore Yoroizuka plays the oboe, and Nozomi Kasaki plays the flute in Kita Uji High School’s concert band. Mizore is shy and soft-spoken, while her best friend, Nozomi, is outgoing. The two girls grow closer as they practice for their last duet before graduating, a piece called “Liz And The Blue Bird.” However, the impending separation may be more than their friendship can handle. Interspersed with their story is the fantasy tale of Liz, who like Mizore, seeks a friendship that may be too hard to hold onto in this beautiful coming-of-age story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
The Vanishing (aka Keepers)
(2019) Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan. Connor Swindells. Action-packed thriller based on true events. After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: a wrecked rowboat -- with a chest full of gold. As a mysterious boat heads toward the island, the three men make a choice that will change their lives forever, ensnaring them in a web of greed, paranoia, and guilt.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Emerging from the Darkness: The Vanishing” featurette.
When Calls The Heart: The Greatest Blessing
(2018) Latest entry in the series based on the books by celebrated author Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series). When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers -- sisters who have a mysterious backstory -- lead Bill to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth, who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all this Christmas season. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2019 -- Serbia) Stoya, Sebastian Cavazza, Maruša Majer. On a lonely mission to Alpha Centauri, Sebastian is teamed up with Nimani 1345, a female cyborg designed to fulfill his every need. At first thrilled to be able to control her, Sebastian grows tired of having his desires fulfilled so easily. Longing for human intimacy, Sebastian alters Nimani’s programmed responses, but in doing so he risks the mission’s security — and his own life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
(2018) Documentary deftly fuses the personal, the political and the just plain surreal as it charts the rise and fall of Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes. Variously called a bulldog, a kingmaker, and the Ernest Hemingway of campaign advisors, Ailes was a key media consultant to presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, powerfully shaping American political history over the last 50 years. After creating a ratings powerhouse, with more viewers than all its direct competitors combined, in 2016 Ailes was forced out of Fox amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. He died in May 2017 at the age of 77. This is the origin story of one of the most powerful and divisive figures in American media, as well as a clear-eyed look at how we got where we are today.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward
(2018) Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol,Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Carmen Ejogo. The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. Read more about "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed," "Wizards on Screen, Fans in Real Life," "Distinctly Dumbledore," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: The Return to Hogwarts," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Newt’s Menagerie," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Credence, Nagini and the Circus Arcanus," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Paris and Place Cachée," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Ministere des Affaires magiques," "unlocking scene secrets: grindelwald’s escape and the ring of fire," deleted scenes.
(2018) Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini. A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Read more about "Green Book" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Virtuoso Performances" behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali; "An Unforgettable Friendship" featurette; "Going Beyond the Green Book" featurette.
The Kid Brother
(1927) Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespectacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a traveling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces -- including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship -- with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, "The Kid Brother" is a hilarious and heartwarming high-water mark of early screen comedy. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration.
Extras: Orchestral score by composer Carl Davis from 1989; alternate archival organ score performed by Gaylord Carter; audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, film historian Annette D’Agostino Lloyd, and Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd; "Harold’s Leading Ladies," a new conversation between author Cari Beauchamp and Suzanne Lloyd; "Anatomy of a Gag: Monkeyshoes," a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns; behind-the-scenes stills gallery curated by Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Simonton Jr.; "Close to Home, a new video essay on the film’s shooting locations by author John Bengtson; Dutch television interview with Lloyd from 1962; featurette from 2005 about Greenacres, Lloyd’s estate, hosted by Suzanne Lloyd; two restored rare early Lloyd shorts: "Over the Fence" (1917) and "That’s Him" (1918), with new Wurlitzer theater pipe organ scores and a discussion of their early film formats by archivist Dino Everett; new tour of the Wurlitzer organ with composer Nathan Barr and organist Mark Herman; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Last Man
(2019) Hayden Christensen, Harvey Keitel. In this dystopian thriller, Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question -- but local street prophet Noe (Keitel) says it’ll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. As Kurt heeds Noe’s advice and readies for the apocalypse, he meets sultry Jessica, who also begins to believe. Yet even as the planet falls apart, Kurt finds his life finally coming together.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Magic Flute
(1975) This scintillating screen version of Mozart’s beloved opera showcases Ingmar Bergman’s deep knowledge of music and gift for expressing it cinematically. Casting some of Europe’s finest soloists -- Josef Köstlinger, Ulrik Cold, Håkan Hagegård, and Birgit Nordin among them -- the director lovingly recreated the baroque theater of Sweden’s Drottningholm Palace to stage the story of the prince Tamino and his zestful sidekick Papageno, who are sent on a mission to save a beautiful princess from the clutches of evil. A celebration of love and forgiveness that exhibits a profound appreciation for the artifice and spectacle of the theater, "The Magic Flute" is among the most exquisite opera films ever made. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Interview with director Ingmar Bergman recorded in 1974 for Swedish television; new interview with film scholar Peter Cowie; "Tystnad! Tagning! Trollflöjten!" (1975), a feature-length documentary produced for Swedish television about the making of the film; an essay by author Alexander Chee.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2018) Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Joel Tobeck, Frankie Adams, Colin Salmon. In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy. Read more about "Mortal Engines" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "End of the Ancients," "Character Series," "Welcome to London," "In the Air," "Film New Zealand," feature commentary with director Christian Rivers.
(2018) Christopher Abbott, Trust Arancio, Nicolas Arze. Drama follows Tyler, who joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn’t know. As soon as they get there, it’s clear that (1) he’s the only black guy, and (2) it’s going to be a weekend of heavy drinking. Although Tyler is welcomed, he can’t help but feel uneasy in “Whitesville.” The combination of all the testosterone and alcohol starts to get out of hand, and Tyler’s precarious situation starts to feel like a nightmare. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital.
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(1945) From Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run -- a waking nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Ann Savage’s snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. Working with no-name stars on a bargain-basement budget, B auteur Edgar G. Ulmer turned threadbare production values and seedy, low-rent atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long unavailable in a format in which its hard-boiled beauty could be fully appreciated, "Detour" haunts anew in its first major restoration. "Detour" was restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen," a 2004 documentary featuring interviews with filmmakers Roger Corman, Joe Dante, and Wim Wenders and actor Ann Savage; new interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, author of "Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins"; new program about the restoration of "Detour"; trailer; an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2018) Sara Fletcher, Jay Mohr, Kristy Swanson as the voice of Latte. The cushy Hollywood life of Latte the dog is turned upside down when her owner, superstar actress London Bridges, heads to the boonies to make a new film. The pampered pooch tries to stop thieves from stealing London’s diamond necklace from a farmhouse, but they escape with the jewels. With the help of hunky farmer Tom, can London track down the priceless stones before a scandal breaks out?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Hot Off the Press with PawParazzi” featurette.
(2018 -- Norway) Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Kathrine Thorborg Johansen. The ground beneath the residents of Oslo, Norway can’t be trusted. For Norwegian geologists like Kristian Eikjord, studying the daily quakes proves that it's no longer a matter of if, but when the next catastrophic event will strike. Will it surpass the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that devastated the city in 1904? Can anyone survive it? The thriller follows Kristian as he makes a perilous attempt to help his wife, daughter and others escape a crumbling skyscraper when nature takes its course. What if a massive earthquake is looming? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital.
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(1970) With her first and only film -- a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in -- Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men -- including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, "Wanda" is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Film Foundation, and Gucci, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "I Am Wanda," an hour-long documentary by Katja Raganelli featuring an interview with director Barbara Loden filmed in 1980; audio recording of Loden speaking to students at the American Film Institute in 1971; segment from a 1971 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" featuring Loden; "The Frontier Experience," a short educational film from 1975 about a pioneer woman’s struggle to survive, directed by and starring Loden; trailer; an essay by film critic Amy Taubin.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Witches (The Devil's Own) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1967) Joan Fontaine, Alec McCowen, Kay Walsh. Classic Hammer Films thriller. Haunted by the terrors of her experience with African witch-doctors, school teacher Gwen Mayfield (Fontaine) accepts an appointment as headmistress at the Haddaby School run by Alan Bax (McCowen) and his sister Stephanie (Walsh). Gwen initially revels in the peacefulness she has found in the quiet English countryside but soon begins to sense "undercurrents." Before long, a local boy falls into a coma and Gwen discovers a voodoo doll impaled by pins. The danger that follows brings her face to face with witchcraft as a series of disasters unfold and lead her to the horrible truth. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker/historian Ted Newsom, "Hammer Glamour" featurette on the women of Hammer, U.S. trailer "The Devil’s Own." double feature trailer "Prehistoric Women" and "The Devil’s Own," still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(1978) On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live appearance on American television on "The Ed Sullivan Show," ratcheting up the frenzy of a fanbase whose ecstatic devotion to the band heralded an explosive new wave of youth culture. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" looks back to that fateful weekend, following six teenagers, each with their own reasons for wanting to see the Fab Four, from New Jersey to Manhattan on a madcap mission to meet the band and score tickets to the show. With this rollicking first feature, director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale established themselves as a filmmaking team par excellence, adept at mining America’s cultural memory for comedy and adventure with a winning mixture of sweet nostalgia and playful irreverence. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg; new interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure; audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale; "The Lift" (1972) and "A Field of Honor" (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis; trailer; an essay by critic Scott Tobias; more.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2002 -- Mexico) In this preternaturally assured feature debut by Carlos Reygadas, a man (Alejandro Ferretis) travels from Mexico City to an isolated village to commit suicide; once there, however, he meets a pious elderly woman (Magdalena Flores) whose quiet humanity incites a reawakening of his desires. Recruiting a cast of nonactors and filming in sublime 16 mm CinemaScope, Reygadas explores the harsh beauty of the Mexican countryside with earthy tactility, conjuring a psychic landscape where religion mingles with sex, life co-exists with death, and the animal and spiritual sides of human experience become indistinguishable. A work of soaring ambition and startling visual poetry, "Japón" is an existential journey through uncharted cinematic territory that established the singular voice of its director. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Carlos Reygadas, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New conversation between Reygadas and filmmaker Amat Escalante; video diary shot by actor Alejandro Ferretis during the film’s production; "Adulte," a short film directed by Reygadas in 1998; deleted scene; trailer; a new essay by novelist Valeria Luiselli.
(The Criterion Collection).
(1997 -- Japan) The directorial debut of acclaimed director Satoshi Kon ("Paprika," "Millennium Actress"), the critically-acclaimed animated film has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. This new Blu-ray edition features both a newly digitally remastered version of the film and an original definition presentation. Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New lectures by Satoshi Kon featurette; new "Into the Blue" interviews featurette, new "Angel of Your Heart" recording sessions; theatrical trailers and TV spots; cast and crew interviews.
(2018) Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, Annaleigh Ashford, Charlyne Yi, Treat Williams, Milo Ventimiglia. A big box store worker (Lopez), struggling with the frustrations of not having achieved more in life, reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do Read more about "Second Act" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Connecting with Milo Ventimiglia" behind-the-scenes piece; "The Empowering Women of Second Act" featurette; "Friendship On and Off Screen" with best friends Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini; "Working with the Ones You Love." (Universal).
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