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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, January 5 -- Monday, January 11

All DVD Releases

  • Sicario

    photo for Sicario Beautifully photographed if ultimately empty thriller about an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt), who is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Kate Macer is a tough, no-holds-barred agent in the Phoenix area whose team inadvertently comes across a Mexican drug cartel house of horrors while on a hostage-freeing mission. Persuaded by her superiors to join up with an interagency anti-drug task force, she discovers a world of violence and lawlessness (by both the good guys and bad guys) as the group, led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), ventures into the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico to take down a drug lord -- forcing Kate to question everything that she believes about moral justice. The film holds out the dual carrots of fine acting (by the ensemble cast) and a ripped-from-the-headlines story about the corruption and brutality created by the drug trade and the concomitant war on drugs, but -- like the director Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" and "Enemy," the film falters as the script dishes up unbelievable human responses to believable situations. On the plus side: The scenes of violence -- and vistas of Southwestern landscapes -- are gorgeously rendered by cinematographer Roger Deakins, all set to a suitably ominous soundtrack by Jóhann Jóhannsson. By the way, in Mexico, Sicario means hitman. Co-stars Jeffrey Donovan, Jon Bernthal and Victor Garber. Vitals: Director: Denis Villeneuve. Stars: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 121 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $46.241 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "Stepping Into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario" featurette, "Blunt, Brolin & Benicio: Portraying the Characters of Sicario" featurette, "Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario" featurette, "A Pulse From the Desert: The Score of Sicario" featurette. 3 stars


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  • Infinitely Polar Bear

    photo for Infinitely Polar Bear While most fathers spend their days at work, bipolar Cam (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found working on one of his many half-completed projects. As he recovers from a manic breakdown, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) enrolls in an out-of-state graduate school program in the hopes of building a better life for her family. Cam agrees to become the primary caregiver for his spirited young daughters and quickly finds himself in over his head. Based on a true story, "Infinitely Polar Bear" is a touching and entertaining portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other. Vitals: Director: Maya Forbes. Stars: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea, Wallace Wolodarsky, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 90 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.430 million, Sony. Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary with Mark Ruffalo, Maya Forbes and producer Wally Wolodarsky; Q&A from the Los Angeles Film Festival with cast and filmmakers. 3 stars

  • The Green Inferno

    photo for The Green Inferno New York college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) meets student activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy) when he goes on a hunger strike on behalf of underpaid janitors. Smitten, she agrees to help Alejandro undertake his next project: rescuing an Amazon village from destruction by a greedy multinational corporation. But Justine soon comes to regret her decision when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and the students realize they are not alone. No good deed goes unpunished as the well-meaning students are captured by the cannibalistic tribe they came to save. Vitals: Director:. Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Daryl Sabara. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Horror, Box office gross: $6.883 million, Universal. Extras: Commentary with co-writer, director and producer Eli Roth, producer Nicolas Lopez, and stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara. 2 stars

  • The Visit

    photo for The Visit When Becca and Tyler are sent to their grandparents' secluded Pennsylvania farmhouse for a weeklong stay, they quickly discover something is not right with the elderly couple. Faced with strange rules and increasingly frightening behavior, the children soon realize it will take all their wits to make it home alive. A found documentary-style suspense thriller Vitals: Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 94 min., Horror, Box office gross: $61.158 million, Universal. Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "The Making of The Visit," "Becca's Photos." 2 stars

  • The Walk

    photo for The Walk Twelve men have walked on the moon, but only one man -- high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) -- has ever walked in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers in 1974). Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Director Robert Zemeckis uses advanced technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story, a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the towers of the World Trade Center. Vitals: Director: Robert Zemeckis. Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 123 min., Drama, Box office gross: $10.137 million, Sony. Extras: "Pillars of Support" featurette.Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, two featurettes: "First Steps" and "The Amazing Walk." 2 stars




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    All DVD Releases

    Adulterers (2015) Mehcad Brooks, Danielle Savre, Sean Faris. On a steamy New Orleans afternoon, Sam Deuprey (Faris) decides to surprise his beautiful wife Ashley (Savre) for their anniversary and comes home early. But Ashley is not alone in the bedroom. She and her lover, Damien (Brooks) are about to learn how far a jealous husband will go in this psychological drama about dirty little secrets and uncontrollable passions. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (RLJ Entertainment).

    Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (2016) Two-disc set with six episodes. An ordinary married couple gets caught up in international intrigue and discovers that they have a knack for crime solving in this charming detective series. Charming crime-solvers Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are an ordinary married couple living in 1950s Britain at the start of the Cold War. Sometimes bickering but always sweet on each other, they find themselves knee-deep in danger when they stumble into spy craft and end up being rather good at it. In "The Secret Adversary," they search for a missing woman and a recording that could unmask a Soviet hit man. In" N or M?", they must discover which person at a seaside guesthouse has stolen a nuclear bomb. Each thrilling adventure abounds with humor, international espionage, visual flair, and chic period fashion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes about the making of the show and the costume design, an interview with Clarke Peters, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).

    Ancient Aliens: Season 8 (2015) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. The eighth season continues exploring unexplained phenomena, from enormous manmade caves and unexplainable structures, to crop circles and mathematical and astronomical equations that perplex our leading scientists, to NASA's Kepler space telescope identifying thousands of life-sustaining planets. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Battle for Skyark Battle for Skyark (2015) Caon Mortenson, Taylor Coliee, Garrett Coffey. After mysterious creatures invade the Earth, humanity is forced to live on Skyark, a city in the sky. When a rebellion against Skyark's corrupt human leadership fails, the rebels are exiled to Earth. Rags, the rebel leader's son, steps up to fight the invaders, but soon finds he has a bigger part to play in the fight to save humanity. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

    A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015) A documentary following the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her "The World's Ugliest Woman." Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

    Captive (2015) David Oyelowo, Kate Mara. Drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls. Brian Nichols (Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Mara) hostage in her own apartment. Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life" for guidance. Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in this depiction of a real-life event. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive." "Faith and The Purpose Driven Life." (Paramount).

    Close Range (2015) Scott Adkins. After rescuing his kidnapped niece from a powerful drug cartel, Colton MacReady (Adkins) begins a relentless fight to save his family. The cartel, aided by the corrupt local sheriff and his crew of deputies, descend upon MacReady's secluded ranch with a thirst for revenge, resulting in a non-stop assault and a blow-by-blow survival marathon to protect his loved ones and save his life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).

    photo for The Complete Lady Snowblood The Complete Lady Snowblood A young woman (Meiko Kaji), trained from childhood as an assassin and hell-bent on revenge for her father's murder and her mother's rape, hacks and slashes her way to gory satisfaction. Rampant with inventive violence and spectacularly choreographed swordplay, Toshiya Fujita's pair of influential cult classics "Lady Snowblood" (1973) and "Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance" (1974), set in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japan, respectively, are bloody, beautiful extravaganzas composed of one elegant widescreen composition after another. The first "Lady Snowblood" was a major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" saga, and both of Fujita's films remain cornerstones of Asian action cinema. New 2K digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Kazuo Koike, the writer of the manga on which the films are based, and screenwriter Norio Osada; trailers, an essay by critic Howard Hampton. (The Criterion Collection).

    Condemned (2015) Dylan Penn, Ronen Rubinstein, Lydia Hearst, Jon Abrahams, Honor Titus,Genevieve Hudson-Price. Poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend in an old, condemned building on Manhattan's Lower East Side inhabited by meth heads, junkies and degenerates. A virus born from the combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents and one by one they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (RLJ Entertainment).

    Deathgasm (2015) Milo Cawthorne, James Blake. Two teenage boys form a heavy metal band and unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic when they come across a mysterious piece of sheet music. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).



    Elmo's World: Elmo Wonders (2016) Elmo wonders all about the exciting and adventurous world around him. Sesame Street's curious red monster takes preschoolers on a journey to learn all about the sky, weather, doctors, bicycles, jumping and many other things inquisitive little kids like yours ask photo for Experimenter questions about. Over two hours of fun, this wonderful compilation also features "Elmo's World: Transportation" for the first time on DVD. As an added bonus segment, Elmo's good friend Ernie joins the fun to sing the "I Wonder" song. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).

    Experimenter (2015) Peter Sarsgaard, Jim Gaffigan, Winona Ryder. At Yale University in 1961, Stanley Milgram (Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that remains relevant to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Disregarding his pleas for mercy, the majority of subjects don't stop the experiment, administering what they think are near-fatal electric shocks, simply because they've been told to. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram's exploration of authority and conformity strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    photo for Flesh and Bone Flesh and Bone (2015) Ballet is the ultimate optical illusion, graceful and dignified on the outside but brutal, cruel and ruthless underneath. These eight episode of the Starz series rips away the illusion of the dance world and shows us what's behind the curtain. "Flesh and Bone" is a coming-of-age drama about a young ballet dancer with a deeply troubled past; through her eyes, we explore the true underbelly of the dance world and all its self-destructive tendencies. The cast includes 22 accomplished ballet dancers including former American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky and Irina Dvorovenko, also a former American Ballet Theatre principal. Also stars Emily Tyra, Damon Herriman, Tina Benko, Ben Daniels. Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. (Anchor Bay).

    Full of Grace (2015) Noam Jenkins, Bahia Haifi. Follows Mary of Nazareth in her last earthly days as she helps the fractious early Church regain their original encounter with The Lord. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

    The Green Inferno (2015) Dir.: Eli Roth; Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Daryl Sabara. A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to help save the rain forest, but when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle, the students realize they are not alone: they're captured by the cannibalistic tribe they came to save. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with co-writer, director and producer Eli Roth, producer Nicolas Lopez, and stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara. (Universal).

    Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea, Wallace Wolodarsky, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary with Mark Ruffalo, Maya Forbes and producer Wally Wolodarsky; Q&A from the Los Angeles Film Festival with cast and filmmakers. (Sony).

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 (2015) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel. (Fox).

    Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2014) David Spade, Brittany Danie, Dennis Miller,Christopher Walken, Patrick Warburton, Mark McGrath, Adam Beach. Sequel to the 2001 comedy hit about trailer trash, mulleted Joe Dirt. Now happily married with a family, Joe Dirt (Spade) is "keepin' on" when he suddenly gets swept up in a tornado. The natural disaster transports him back to the year 1965, where Joe soon realizes that one small difference can completely change the course of history -- with disastrous consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Sony).

    Kill Game (2015) Sari Sanchez, Joe Adler, Pierson Fode, Michael Galante, Laura Ashley Samuels. When one of the pranks played by a group of shallow high school teens turns deasdly, an innocent boy is killed and they cover their tracks by masking the incident as a drowning accident. Five years later, a serial killer donning a frightening mask hunts them down one by one in a manner that eerily mirrors the pranks they once pulled in high school. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cinedigm).


    Little Dead Rotting Hood photo for Little Dead Rotting Hood (2016) Bianca A. Santos, Eric Balfour, Romeo Miller aka Lil' Romeo. A sinister take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. For years, the old woman in the woods has secretly kept the wolves of the forest at bay. But when she dies, the creatures suddenly attack the residents of a nearby small town. As more and more people turn up dead, the townsfolk discover something far more sinister than wolves lurking in the backwoods, and only the woman's granddaughter may have the key to stopping the bloodbath before it’s too late. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).

    Mercury Plains (2014) Scott Eastwood, Angela Sarafyan, Nick Chinlund. A troubled young man is recruited to join a paramilitary group of teens to fight the drug cartels but as the Mexican police close in, he realizes that his only way out is to escape back to America. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Director's commentary, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

    Robo-Dog (2015) Patrick Muldoon, Olivia d'Abo, Michael Campion, Wallace Shawn. When genius scientist Tom Austin sees that his son Tyler needs a new best friend, he locks himself in the garage, tinkering with spare parts, and creates the most incredible canine the world has ever seen. But Tom's greedy ex-boss, Mr. Willis of Epic Industries, finds out that Robo-Dog is powered by a technologically advanced super battery, and he plots to steal it for himself. Formats: DVD. (RLJ Entertainment).

    Sicario (2015) Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber. An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Stepping Into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario" featurette, "Blunt, Brolin & Benicio: Portraying the Characters of Sicario" featurette, "Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario" featurette, "A Pulse From the Desert: The Score of Sicario" featurette. (Lionsgate).

    Shanghai (2015) John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ken Watanabe. Nothing is what it seems in the ancient Chinese city of Shanghai a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Secret Agent Paul Soames (Cusack) has just arrived to investigate the murder of his best friend (Morgan), only to become quickly immersed in a web of conspiracy and lies that beset the city. Soames' investigation centers on a charismatic local gangster, Anthony Lan-Ting (Yun-Fat) and his beautiful wife, Anna (Li). Before long, Soames and Anna are involved in an affair and they must race to solve the mystery and make it out of occupied China before the city's collapse. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay).

    Sleeping With Other People (2015) Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Brody. Twelve years after their one-night stand, Jake (Sudeikis) and Lainey (Brie) cross paths and realize that they've both become chronic commitment-phobes. Despite their obvious attraction, the two agree to keep their friendship strictly platonic. But as sexual tensions rise, their deal proves to be more difficult than they thought. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).

    Susie's Hope (2013) Emmanuelle Vaugier, Burgess Jenkins, Andrea Powell. Based on a moving, true story that led to the successful passing of Susie's Law in North Carolina -- which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers -- the film brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull-attack survivor Donna Lawrence and a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left to die. Realizing neglect and abuse were to blame for the tragic pit bull attack that Donna had endured just 10 months earlier -- which nearly claimed her life, caused her to miscarry her baby and left her with the inability to have children -- Donna rescues the puppy, naming her Susie. DVD sales benefit the Susie's Hope Nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) charity, to foster awareness of the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end this epidemic. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).

    photo for True Detective: The Complete Second Season True Detective: The Complete Second Season (2015) The hit HBO drama series "True Detective" returns with a new case in which a bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Featuring an all new cast, Season 2 stars Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro, a troubled detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vince Vaughn portrays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner. Rachel McAdams plays Ani Bezzerides, a sheriff's detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. Taylor Kitsch portrays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and a highway patrol motorcycle officer, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $59.99, three-disc Blu-ray: $79.98, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making The Vinci Massacre," a detailed look at the production of the pivotal shoot-out in Episode 4; "A Look Inside True Detective," behind-the-scenes with the four stars; "True Detective's California" with evocative aerial images of incredible California landscapes, scored by T Bone Burnett; two audio commentaries featuring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, series creator/executive producer/writer Nic Pizzolatto and executive producer Scott Stephens. (HBO).

    The Visit (2015) Dir.: M. Night Shyamalan; Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan. A family visit takes a terrifying turn when two siblings learn who Grandma and Grandpa really are in this found documentary-style suspense thriller. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "The Making of The Visit," "Becca's Photos." (Universal).

    The Walk (2015) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz. In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Pillars of Support" featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, two featurettes: "First Steps" and "The Amazing Walk." (Sony).

    Wrecker (2016) Anna Hutchison, Drea Whitburn. Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert but when Emily decides to get off the highway and take a “"short cut," they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).


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