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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, January 2 -- Monday, January 8

All DVD Releases

  • American Made

    photo for American Made Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House when the clandestine operation was exposed as part of the Iran-Contra Affair. . Vitals: Director: Doug Liman. Stars: Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke, Connor Trinneer, Benito Martinez, Jed Rees, April Billingsley, Mickey Sumner, Juan Gaspard, Mike Pniewski, Jonnah-Blaine Bowling. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 116 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $51.342 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes, "American Storyteller"; "Cruise and Liman: A Conversation"; "In the Wings": Sarah Wright Olsen, Caleb Landry Jones, and Domhnall Gleeson discuss their characters; "Shooting American Made"; "Flying High": Tom Cruise and Doug Liman discuss the aerial stunts in the movie; "The Real Barry Seal." 3 stars


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  • Battle of the Sexes

    photo for Battle of the Sexes In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle of the Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today. Vitals: Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Jessica Mcnamee, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Martha MacIssac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 121 min., Bio-Drama Comedy, Box office gross: $12.634 million, Fox. Extras: "Raw Footage: Billie Jean’s Grand Entrance," "Reigniting the Rivalry," "Billie Jean King: In Her Own Words," galleries. 3 stars

  • Brad's Status

    photo for Brad's Status Ben Stiller stars as Brad, whose satisfying career, sweet wife and comfortable life in suburban Sacramento aren't quite what he imagined during his college glory days. When he accompanies his musical prodigy son on a university tour back East, he can't help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends who seemingly have more wealthy and glamorous lives. But when circumstances force him to reconnect with his former friends, Brad begins to question whether he has really failed or if their lives are actually more flawed than they appear. Vitals: Director: Mike White. Stars: Ben Stiller, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Shazi Raja, Austin Abrams, Adam Capriolo, Erin Agostino, Pamela Figueiredo. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 102 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.133 million, Universal. Extras: "A Look at Ben Stiller as Brad," "A Culture of Comparing Ourselves," "Mike White on Directing His Own Script," "The Story of Brad's Status." 2 stars


    Digital Releases

    January 2:

    Lucky: Inspired by the life of Harry Dean Stanton, "Lucky" provides a raw look at one man’s deep self-exploration during his assumed brink of life. Having out lived those closest to him, Lucky (Stanton) starts to reevaluate his lonely, mundane routines (DVD release: Day & Date)

    No Solicitors: An esteemed surgeon, his wife and their two kids are considered exemplary citizens in their community. Truth comes to light when a solicitor knocks on their door and is invited to dinner, only to be drugged by this seemingly perfect family that's hiding a secret. (DVD release: Day & date)

    Shock Wave: A terrorist who specializes in explosives takes hold of the busy Cross-Harbor Tunnel and threatens to kill hostages if his demands are not met. (Blu-ray release: Day & Date)

    The Stolen: Charlotte Lockton has settled in New Zealand with her wealthy husband, David in 1860. But her life's dreams are shattered when he's murdered on their farm and her baby son is kidnapped. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & Date)

    January 9:

    Goodbye Christopher Robin: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son Christopher Robin Milne. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 23)

    Jigsaw: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for 10 years.(DVD, Blu-ray release: January 23)

    Take My Nose ... Please: The acclaimed film, directed by the 89 year-old first time filmmaker Joan Kron (former editor at Allure Magazine for over 25 years and at New York Magazine), is a comedic point of view on women and plastic surgery. (Digital only)

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Hell Night (1981) (Scream Factory)

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All DVD Releases

photo for The Adventurers The Adventurers (2017) Andy Lau, Tony Yang, Shu Qi, Jean Reno. Hong Kong Superstar Andy Lau plays a charismatic thief pursued by French icon Jean Reno as a tenacious detective in this globetrotting caper film. The infamous and charismatic Cheung (Lau), who has recently been released from prison, his former partner in crime, Xiao (Yang), and beautiful chameleon Ye (Qi), join forces to pull off the heist of a lifetime. But when they find themselves pursued across Europe by a legendary French detective (Reno), they have to take their game to the next level. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Three-part making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).

American Made (2017) Dir.: Doug Liman; Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke, Connor Trinneer, Benito Martinez, Jed Rees, April Billingsley, Mickey Sumner, Juan Gaspard, Mike Pniewski, Jonnah-Blaine Bowling. The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became photo for American Madea drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "American Storyteller"; "Cruise and Liman: A Conversation"; "In the Wings": Sarah Wright Olsen, Caleb Landry Jones, and Domhnall Gleeson discuss their characters; "Shooting American Made"; "Flying High": Tom Cruise and Doug Liman discuss the aerial stunts in the movie; "The Real Barry Seal." (Universal).

Babes With Blades (2018) Cecily Fay, Lauren Okadigbo, Yennis Cheung, John Robb. On the dark streets of Draiga, a mining colony occupied by the Visray Empire, lives Azura, the last of a fearsome warrior race known as the Sarnians. After witnessing her once beautiful home world turn into a lifeless husk, Azura must fight to the death in the gladiatorial ring to stay alive. Meanwhile, a group of human freedom fighters form a resistance, seeking to try and protect their families from the oppressive and cruel rule of the Visray Section Commander Sorrentine. Unbeknownst to Azura, the fate of all humans on Draiga is about to rest in her hands. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

photo for Battle of the Sexes Battle of the Sexes (2017) Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Jessica Mcnamee, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Martha MacIssac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Raw Footage: Billie Jean’s Grand Entrance," "Reigniting the Rivalry," "Billie Jean King: In Her Own Words," galleries. (Fox).



Brad's Status (2017) Ben Stiller, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Shazi Raja, Austin Abrams, Adam Capriolo, Erin Agostino, Pamela Figueiredo. A trip to Boston with his college-bound son triggers a crisis of confidence for Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) as he reassesses his own life choices. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Look at Ben Stiller as Brad," "A Culture of Comparing Ourselves," "Mike White on Directing His Own Script," "The Story of Brad's Status." (Universal).

The Breakfast Club (1985) What happens when you put five strangers in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant film, writer-director John Hughes established himself as the bard of American youth, vividly and empathetically capturing how teenagers hang out, act up, and goof off. "The Breakfast Club" brings together an assortment of adolescent archetypes -- the uptight prom queen (Molly Ringwald), the stoic jock (Emilio Estevez), the foul-mouthed rebel (Judd Nelson), the virginal bookworm (Anthony Michael Hall), and the kooky recluse (Ally Sheedy) -- and watches them shed their personae and emerge into unlikely friendships. With its highly quotable dialogue and star-making performances, this film is an era-defining pop-culture phenomenon, a disarmingly candid exploration of the trials of photo for The Breakfast Clubadolescence whose influence now spans generations. On DVD and Blu-ray, 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: Audio commentary from 2008 featuring actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson; new interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy; new video essay featuring director John Hughes’s production notes, read by Nelson; documentary from 2008 featuring interviews with cast and crew; 50 minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes; rare promotional and archival interviews and footage; excerpts from a 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes; 1999 radio interview with Hughes; segment from a 1985 episode of NBC’s "Today" show featuring the film’s cast; audio interview with Molly Ringwald from a 2014 episode of "This American Life"; trailer; an essay by critic David Kamp. (The Criterion Collection).

Hell Night BLU-RAY DEBUT (1981) Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Suki Goodwin, Jimmy Sturtevant. As an initiation rite into Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity, four pledges must spend a night in Garth Manor, 12 years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Two of the pledges, Marti and Jeff, ignore the rumors that the now-deserted mansion is haunted by a crazed killer, until one by one, members of their group mysteriously disappear. Could this be a part of a fraternity prank -- or is a demented former occupant seeking revenge? NEW 4K scan of the film taken from the best surviving archival print. Extras: New interviews with actors Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Suki Goodwin, Kevin Brophy and Jenny Neumann; commentary with Blair, director Tom DeSimone, prodcuers Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis; original theatrical trailer & TV spots; new interview with DeSimone; new interview with Curtis; new interview with writer Randolph Feldman; new "Anatomy of the Death Scenes" with DeSimone, Feldman, make-up artist Pam Peitzman, art director Steven G. Legler and special effects artist John Eggett; new "On Location at the Kimberly Crest House" with DeSimone; new "Gothic Design in Hell Night" with Steven G. Legler; original radio spot; photo gallery featuring rare, never-before-seen stills. (Scream Factory).

The Houses October Built 2 (2017) Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson. Sequel to the 2014 cult film. Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton -- a group who take “extreme haunt” to another level-- five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins… Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJE Films).


photo for Lucky Lucky (2017) Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, James Darren. Follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out-lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "A Few Words From Harry Dean Stanton," "Behind the Scenes: Harry Dean Stanton's Final Film Take," interview with director John Carroll Lynch, interview with writer-producers Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

No Solicitors (2015) Eric Roberts, Kim Poirer, Felissa Rose, Justin Beahm, Joshua Benton. Campy horror with political satire. Lewis Cutterman is a well respected brain surgeon and happily married with two beautiful children who run the family business. They are model citizens within the community. A simple visit to their home by a solicitor is greeted by an invitation to dinner; except dinner takes a macabre turn when the solicitor finds himself drugged by the family. Waking up, the solicitor soon discovers he will be slowly eaten piece by piece and that the kids family business is to farm out internal organs to needy patients. photo for ShadowmanFormats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).

Shadowman (2017) In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement. After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance -- but will he take it? This documentary plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame as a painter and denizen of the Lower East Side, through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world. Before Banksy, there was Hambleton. Formats: DVD. Extras: Additional footage, deleted scenes. (Film Movement).

Shock Wave (2017 -- China) Andy Lau, Jiang Wu. Set on the busy streets of Hong Kong. Cheung Choi-san is a bomb disposal expert working to protect his city from attack. When a terrorist who specializes in explosives, Hung Kai-pang, takes hold of the busy Cross-Harbor Tunnel, he threatens to kill hostages if his demands are not met. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Cinedigm).

photo for The Stolen The Stolen (2017) Alice Eve, Graham McTavish, Jack Davenport. Charlotte Lockton (Eve) has settled in the South Island of New Zealand with her wealthy British husband, David, but her dreams of a new life and prosperous future are shattered when David is murdered and her baby son is kidnapped. When a ransom note arrives, she realizes her only option is to track him down on her own. Charlotte's quest forces her on a dangerous journey of survival through an untamed world to fight to the death for what she holds most dear. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Universal).


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