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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, January 10 -- Monday, January 16

All DVD Releases

  • The Accountant

    photo for The Accountant Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk, Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian un-cooks the books he uncovers a massive embezzlement of $61 million; as he gets closer to the truth, he finds himself, Dana and the owners of the company in the sights of a mysterious hit man and his mercenaries. As the body count mounts, Christian turns out to be more than just an "Accountant." Panned by the critics as "a scattershot action thriller beset by an array of ill-advised deductions," the film was well received by audiences. It's a high-powered, involving, mystery yarn that has sympathetic characters, plenty of twists and turns, state-of-the art violence, and underdog revenge. It's a fun ride along the lines of the "Taken" and "Mechanic" franchises and, despite the low-key acting chops of Affleck and Kendrick, very watchable. Vitals: Director: Gavin O'Connor. Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smartm Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 128 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $84.482 million, Warner. Extras: "Inside the Man" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Behavioral Science" featurette, "The Accountant in Action." 2 stars


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  • Deepwater Horizon

    photo for Deepwater Horizon On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos. The resulting oil spill was the worst in U.S. history. Vitals: Director: Peter Berg. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont, Joe Chrest, Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland, John Malkovich, David Maldonado. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Drama, Box office gross: $59.919 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "The Fury of the Rig" featurette; "Deepwater Surveillance" featurette; "Work Like an American" tributes featuring profiles of a real-life Deepwater Horizon firefighter, an ironworker, a longshoreman and many more hardworking Americans. Blu-ray adds "Beyond the Horizon" hour-long five-part series; "Captain of the Rig: Peter Berg" featurette. 2 stars

  • The Birth of a Nation

    photo for The Birth of a Nation Set against the antebellum South, bio-drama follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities -- against himself and his fellow slaves -- Turner orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Vitals: Director: Nate Parker. Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue Ellis. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Drama, Box office gross: $15.849 million, Company. Extras: "Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner" documentary, commentary by director Nate Parker, gallery. .Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "The Birth of a Nation: The Making of a Movement," "#AmeriCAN" (short film), "Free God" spoken word, "Celebration of Independent Voices -- Nate Parker," shooting script. (Fox). 2 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    January 10:
    Pinocchio (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 31) Queen of Katwe: A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 31)

    January 13:
    Claire in Motion: Psychological drama/thriller: Three weeks after Claire's husband has mysteriously disappeared, the police have ended their investigation -- but she hasn't given up.

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The 400 Blows (1959) (Criterion)
  • His Girl Friday (1940) (Criterion)

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All DVD Releases

The Accountant (2016 Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smartm Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow. A math savant CPA who works for criminal organizations un-cooks the books for a new, legitimate client, uncovering a discrepancy involving millions of dollars -- and a large body count. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside the Man" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Behavioral Science" featurette, "The Accountant in Action." (Warner).

photo for Apple of My Eye Apple of My Eye (2016) Avery Arendes, Amy Smart, Liam McIntyre, Burt Reynolds. A young girl who defines herself by her equestrian abilities struggles after she loses her eyesight following a traumatic accident. Her devoted parents do everything possible to help her adjust, but she's unable to connect to anyone or anything. That is, until she meets Charlie (Reynolds), a guide dog trainer who introduces her to Apple, an affectionate miniature horse, who becomes her new eyes -- and new best friend. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Blooper reel, deleted scenes, "Doggywood" featurette. (Sony).

The Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue Ellis. Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner" documentary, commentary by director Nate Parker, gallery. .Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "The Birth of a Nation: The Making of a Movement," "#AmeriCAN" (short film), "Free God" spoken word, "Celebration of Independent Voices -- Nate Parker," shooting script. (Fox).

Broad City: Season Three (2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch, all at the same time. This season Abbi, Ilana and a lineup of special guests find true love (or one-night stands), get high on life (among other things) and show New York City how it's done. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Hack Into Broad City," deleted scenes, extended scenes, "Behind the Scenes: Match of the Century," "NOMO FOMO: An Art Show About Broads in the City." (Paramount).

Closet Monster (2015) Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Aliocha Schneider. Surreal tale follows the artistically driven Oscar (Jessup) hovering on the brink of adulthood. Struggling to find his place in the world after a rough childhood and haunted by images of a tragic incident, Oscar dreams of escaping his small town. After he meets a mysterious and attractive new co-worker, Oscar follows the guidance of his pet hamster Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) and faces his demons to find the life he wants. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Stephen Dunn, behind-the-scenes featurettes, theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).



Deepwater Horizon (2016) Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont, Joe Chrest, Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland, John Malkovich, David Maldonado. On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. This story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone's lives forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Fury of the Rig" featurette; "Deepwater Surveillance" featurette; "Work Like an American" tributes featuring profiles of a real-life Deepwater Horizon firefighter, an ironworker, a longshoreman and many more hardworking Americans. Blu-ray adds "Beyond the Horizon" hour-long five-part series; "Captain of the Rig: Peter Berg" featurette. (Lionsgate).

The 400 Blows (1959) François Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told from the point of view of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), "The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)" sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut's passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two audio commentaries, one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and the other by director François Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay; rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan; newsreel footage from the film's showing at Cannes; excerpt from a 1965 interview with Truffaut in which he discusses his youth, his critical writings, and the origins of the character Antoine Doinel; excerpt from a 1960 interview with Truffaut about the global reception of "The 400 Blows" and his own critical view of the film; trailer; an essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf. (The Criterion Collection).

The Harrow (2016) Sonya Harum, Maggie Geha, Tom McKay, Geneva Carr. Miller, a southern drifter, lives in seclusion in an abandoned 100-year-old slaughterhouse -- his only company is visions of Gale, his dead lover who was murdered a decade ago. When Gale's daughter Ruth arrives, looking to dig up the past, she and Miller reassemble the shards of his shattered memory and are horrified at what they uncover. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

photo for Hickey Hickey (2017) Troy Doherty, Flavia Watson, Raychel Diane Weiner, Zedrick Restauro, Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. Brilliant but insecure young Ryan has 24 hours to save the store he hates in order to win the heart of the girl he loves. Ryan Chess (Doherty) has spent the entire summer trying to decide where to go to college. He has a full ride to MIT, but staying in town and attending UCLA would keep him close to longtime crush Carly (Watson), who works at the same electronics store as him. But when the branch is ordered to be closed, Ryan and the rest of the co-workers have one day to save the store. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Table reads, cast footage, trailer. (Gravitas Ventures).

His Girl Friday (1940) One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, "His Girl Friday" stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema's powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow newswriters with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that's supposed to take her to Albany and a new photo for His Girl Friday life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's smash hit play "The Front Page," director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a brand-new restoration of the 1931" The Front Page," the famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material, directed by Lewis Milestone. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with film scholar David Bordwell about "His Girl Friday"; archival interviews with director Howard Hawks; featurettes from 1999 about Hawks, actor Rosalind Russell, and the making of "His Girl Friday"; radio adaptation of "His Girl Friday" from 1940; new piece about the restoration of "The Front Page"; new piece about playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht; radio adaptations of the play "The Front Page" from 1937 and 1946; "His Girl Friday" trailers; booklet featuring essays on "His Girl Friday" and "The Front Page" by film critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).

Homeland Season Five (2015) Twelve episodes. Now working at a private security firm in Berlin, Carrie (Claire Danes) is trying to start a new life, but she soon discovers she can't escape her past. Blindsided by stunning betrayals, and without Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Quinn (Rupert Friend) to rely on, Carrie must uncover a deadly conspiracy that puts thousands of lives at risk, including her own. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. Extras: "The Evolution of Carrie Mathison" featurette, "Homeland In Berlin: Beyond the Wall" featurette. (Fox).

photo for Lost & Found Lost & Found (2016) Justin Kelly, Benjamin Stockham, Celeste Desjardins, Jason Patric, Cary Elwes. Sent to spend the summer with their uncle on a remote island, young brothers Andy and Mark learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace ... taking with him the secret to a vast fortune. Delving into the mysterious past of the island, the brothers discover that their grandfather designed a complex treasure hunt, a hunt that could lead to unimaginable wealth and heal their broken family - if they can find it in time. Sinister forces also search for the money and will stop at nothing to keep the boys from their quest. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Eight deleted scenes that feature "lost" footage of the film's charcaters, "The Making of Lost and Found" featurette with the cast and crew. (Sony).


photo for Max Steel Max Steel (2016) Ben Winchell, voice of Josh Brener, Maria Bello, Andy Garcia, Ana Villafañe, Mike Doyle. Sixteen-year-old Max McGrath is just trying to fit in at his new school when he discovers that his body can generate a mysterious energy. When he meets Steel -- a rebellious techno-organic alien who has been secretly watching him -- the two unlikely friends find themselves hunted, and must band together to form the superhero Max Steel to stop the sinister forces after them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Finding Max" featurette on the casting process; "Imagining Steel" and the challenges of filming scenes with Steel; "Building the Suits" featurette; "Behind the Stunts" featurette. (Universal).

Mr. Robot: Season 2 (2016) Twelve episodes. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama, "Mr. Robot" follows Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader. Following the events of fsociety's 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season explores the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Careful.Massacre.of.the.Bourgeoisie.1984-VHSrip.mp4, Behind_The_Mask_Mr_Robot_2.0.Mov. (Universal).

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015 -- Germany) Rudiger Klink, Burghart Klaussner. The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice. Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there's little success due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Due to his distrust of the German justice system, Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and by doing so, commits treason. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).

photo for Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid And Nancy Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid And Nancy (2016) An up close and personal account of the tumultuous and stormy relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Documentary about the dynamics of Sid and Nancy's tumultuous relationship, and how it all ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel in 1978, told as it happened by their friends and those who witnessed it. Narrated by Huey Morgan and containing previously unseen photography of Sid and Nancy and music from The Heartbreakers, The Boys, The Members, Neon Leon, Pure Hell, Sami Yaffa, Luigi & The Wiseguys, Skafish, Corazones Muertos, The PrimaDonna Reeds, Supla, Silke Berlinn & The Addictions and Sid Vicious himself. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual). Due January 13

The Story of God With Morgan Freeman (2016) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the National Geographic series hosted by Morgan Freeman that investigates how the power of religion touches all of our lives, no matter what our faith. Freeman presents his quest to find how most religions perceive life after death, what different civilizations thought about the act of creation, and other big questions that humankind has continuously asked since the dawn of time. Formats: DVD. Extras: Q&A with Morgan Freeman and talent, Web series: "Man on the Street", Web series: "Walks into a Diner." (Fox).

Swamp People: Season 7 (2016) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Troy and the other swampers start this season's 30-day Louisiana alligator hunt with high waters, high pressure, and high risk. Formats: DVD. Extras: Six Webisodes. (Lionsgate).

photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends (Featuring Jerry Seinfeld) The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends (Featuring Jerry Seinfeld) (2017) The Original King of Late Night is back and better than ever with this new-to-retail DVD series, featuring the very best episodes from the '70s, '80s and '90s. Each DVD features full episodes -- including original commercials -- that showcase an amazing talent and true American icon who, across 30 years and 4,000 shows, paved the way for a late night TV revolution in memorable fashion. This inaugural release contains three complete episodes starring the inimitable Seinfeld before his eponymous sitcom re-wrote TV history. After his first appearance (May 6, 1981), Carson was impressed and Seinfeld became a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show". In 1989, Seinfeld debuted on NBC, and by its fourth season, it had become the most popular and successful sitcom on American television. This "Johnny And Friends" release features three pre-Seinfeld episodes, June 27, 1985; February 21, 1986 and June 9, 1988. Also appearing: Arnold Schwarzenegger, an 18-year-old Andre Agassi, and Oprah Winfrey in her first "Tonight Show" outing.Formats: DVD. (Time Life).

xXx: 15th Anniversary Edition (2002) Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson. Remastered and released just in time for the Jan. 20 theatrical release of "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," starring Diesel, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: New “Origins of a Renegade” featurette; archival special features including deleted scenes, 10 featurettes, commentary, music videos. (Sony).


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