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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, January 19 -- Monday, January 25

All DVD Releases

  • Straight Outta Compton: Unrated Director's Cut

    photo for Straight Outta Compton: Unrated Director's Cut "Straight Outta Compton" tells the true story of how five young cultural rebels -- armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent -- stood up to the powers-that-be and formed the "world's most dangerous music group," N.W.A., along the way igniting a musical and social revolution. The five young men from Compton took the slang of the streets and the reality of police and economic oppression and created "gangsta" rap, telling the truth of what it was like to be young and disfranchised in urban ghettos. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, is an important cultural document, filled with fine acting and great musical performances. The Unrated Director's Cut includes 20 additional minutes. Vitals: Director: F. Gary Gray. Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Paul Giamatti. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 147 min., Drama, Box office gross: $161.058 million, Universal. Extras: "N.W.A. The Origins," in which Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and many others talk about N.W.A.'s start in the 80s and how it all began; "Impact," an exploration of the impact of N.W.A. and their breakout album; "Director's Journey" featurette; "The Streets: Filming in Compton" featurette; "N.W.A Performs in Detroit"; commentary with director-producer F. Gary Gray. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; "Becoming N.W.A." casting featurette; never before seen performance. 3 stars


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  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    photo for The Diary of a Teenage Girl A delightful and refreshingly honest account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening set against the backdrop of 1976 San Francisco, where the fading hippie movement met the dawn of punk rock. Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) longs for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world, and to that end she begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard). Based on the graphic novel "The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures" by Phoebe Gloeckner. Vitals: Director: Marielle Heller. Stars: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 102 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.477 million, Sony. Extras: "Marielle's Journey: Bringing The Diary to Life" making-of featurette; LA Film Festival Q&A with Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard and Marielle Heller; commentary with cast & director; deleted scenes. 3 stars

  • The Intern

    photo for The Intern Director Nancy Meyers' "The Intern" is an enjoyable if not earthshaking comedy about a 70-year-old widower (Robert De Niro) who tires of his retirement and attempts to re-enter the business world by becoming an intern at an online fashion site founded and run by a twentysomething whiz kid (Anne Hathaway). The predictable script has just the right amount of culture clash and romance (no, not between De Niro and Hathaway) to keep your attention. Vitals: Director: Nancy Meyers. Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Zack Pearlman. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 121 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $74.592 million, Warner. Extras: "Learning From Experience" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Designs on Life" and "The Three Interns" featurettes. 3 stars

  • Everest

    photo for Everest Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by humankind. The climbers, their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Based on the real-life 1996 summit attempt. Vitals: Director: Baltasar Kormakur. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 122 min., Action, Box office gross: $43.309 million, Universal. Extras: "Race to the Summit: The Making of Everest" featurette, "Aspiring to Authenticity: The Real Story" featurette, commentary with director Baltasar Kormakur. Blu-ray adds "Learning to Climb: The Actor's Journey" featurette, " A Mountain of Work: Recreating Everest" featurette. 2 stars



    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Gilda (1946) (Criterion)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) (Criterion)
  • Kansas City Confidential (1952)

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photo for The Condemned 2 The Condemned 2 (2015) Randy Orton, Eric Roberts, Wes Studi, Steven Michael Quezada. After a failed mission to capture the leader of a deadly gambling ring (Studi), bounty hunter Will Tanner (Orton) becomes the hunted -- a human target in a game that forces contestants to kill or be killed. As high rollers bet on who will survive, Will, his father (Roberts), and their fellow teammates wage an all-out war against the deadly game’s wicked mastermind (Quezada). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Drones" featurette, "Fight for Your Life" featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Cut (2014 -- Germany) Tahar Rahim. Follows the journey of one father's search through the Ottoman Empire for his two daughters after they are separated during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Forced from his home in Mardin, Nazareth gets word that his daughters may still be alive and he travels the globe in search for them. His odyssey takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts to Havana and finally to the barren prairies of North Dakota. Final chapter of director Fatih Akin's "Love, Death And Devil" trilogy that began with "Head-On" and "The Edge of Heaven". In Armenian with English subtitles. Formats: DVD. Extras: Trailer. (Strand Releasing).

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig. A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Marielle's Journey: Bringing The Diary to Life" making-of featurette; LA Film Festival Q&A with Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard and Marielle Heller; commentary with cast & director; deleted scenes. (Sony).

Eden (2015) Felix De Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne, Greta Gerwig. A teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures Home Entertainment).

Everest (2015) Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson. Follows a pair of expeditions to the highest point -- and most dangerous place -- on Earth. Based on the real-life 1996 summit attempt. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Race to the Summit: The Making of Everest" featurette, "Aspiring to Authenticity: The Real Story" featurette, commentary with director Baltasar Kormakur. Blu-ray adds "Learning to Climb: The Actor's Journey" featurette, " A Mountain of Work: Recreating Everest" featurette. (Universal).

photo for Gilda Gilda (1946) "Gilda, are you decent?" Rita Hayworth tosses her hair back and slyly responds, "Me?" in one of the great star entrances in movie history. Gilda, directed by Charles Vidor, features a sultry Hayworth in her most iconic role, as the much-lusted-after wife of a criminal kingpin (George Macready), as well as the former flame of his bitter henchman (Glenn Ford), and she drives them both mad with desire and jealousy. An ever-shifting battle of the sexes set on a Buenos Aires casino's glittering floor and in its shadowy back rooms, "Gilda" is among the most sensual of all Hollywood noirs. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2010 by film critic Richard Schickel; new interview with film noir historian Eddie Muller; appreciation of "Gilda" from 2010 featuring filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann; "Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady," a 2000 featurette on Hayworth's career as an actor and dancer; trailer; an essay by critic Sheila O'Malley. (The Criterion Collection).

A Girl Like Her (2015) Hunter King, Lexi Ainsworth, Jimmy Bennett. A high school girl enlists the help of her male best friend in order to document the relentless harassment she's received from her former girlfriend, one of South Brookdale High School's most popular students. The investigation captures disturbing video of the bully's troubling family issues that are at the root of her bullying behavior. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).



The Guardian (1990) Jenny Seagrove, Dwier Brown, Carey Lowell. William Friedkin's first horror film since "The Exorcist." A handsome young couple finds the perfect live-in babysitter to look after their newborn child. It seems like a fairy tale, until ancient, supernatural forces turn the couples' dream into a nightmare. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New "A Happy Coincidence" interview with actor Dwier Brown,new "From Strasberg to The Guardian" interview with actor Gary Swanson, new "A Mother's Journey" interview with actress Natalija Nogulich, new "Scoring The Guardian" interview with composer Jack Hues, new "Tree Woman: The Effects of The Guardian" interview with makeup effects artist Matthew Mungle, "Return to the Genre" interview with director/co-writer William Friedkin, "The Nanny" interview with actress Jenny Seagrove, "Don't Go Into the Woods" interview with co-writer Stephen Volk, still gallery of behind-the-scenes photos. (Scream Factory).

photo for I Believe in Unicorns I Believe in Unicorns (2014) Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimet. Davina (Dyer) is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy (Vack), and is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure. But the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when the boy's volatile side begins to emerge. An acclaimed coming-of-age drama from Student Academy Award nominated director Leah Meyerhoff that takes audiences on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love. Formats: DVD. (IndiPix Films).

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The visionary chroniclers of eccentric Americana Joel and Ethan Coen present one of their greatest creations in Llewyn Davis, a singer barely eking out a living on the peripheries of the flourishing Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties. As embodied by Oscar Isaac, in a revelatory performance, Llewyn (loosely modeled on off-the-radar folk legend Dave Van Ronk) is extraordinarily talented but also irascible, rude, and self-defeating. Davis' circular odyssey through an unforgiving wintry cityscape, evocatively captured by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, is realized with poignant humor and the occasional surreal touch. Featuring a folk soundtrack curated by T Bone Burnett, "Inside photo for Inside Llewyn Davis Llewyn Davis" reminds us that in the Coens' world, history isn't necessarily written by the winners. Director-approved special edition with new 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary featuring writers Robert Christgau, David Hajdu, and Sean Wilentz; "The First Hundred Feet, the Last Hundred Feet," a new conversation between filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directors Joel and Ethan Coen about the evolution of their approach, from "Blood Simple" to "Inside Llewyn Davis"; "Inside Inside Llewyn Davis," a 45-minute 2013 documentary; "Another Place, Another Time" (2014), a 101-minute film documenting an "Inside Llewyn Davis" tribute concert, featuring Joan Baez, Mumford & Sons, Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Jack White, and others; new piece on the history of "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)," featuring music producer T Bone Burnett and the Coens; new piece about Dave Van Ronk and the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties, featuring music writer and historian Elijah Wald; "Sunday," a short 1961 documentary by Dan Drasin about the riots that took place in Washington Square Park after folk musicians were prevented from gathering and playing there; trailers; an essay by film critic Kent Jones. (The Criterion Collection).

The Intern (2015) Director: Nancy Meyers; Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Zack Pearlman. A 70-year-old widower becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Learning From Experience" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Designs on Life" and "The Three Interns" featurettes. (Warner).

photo for Jem and the Holograms Jem and the Holograms (2015) Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Molly Ringwald, Juliette Lewis. Live-action reboot of Hasbro's 1980s animated TV series. Small-town girl Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples) lives an unexceptional life ... until she takes on a secret identity inspired by her music. She becomes Jem: the bold, stunning and absolutely fearless global superstar. But when it seems that she may lose touch with the things that really matter, Jerrica and her band of sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey, discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Youngblood" music video, "Glam, Glitter, Fashion and Fame: The Reinvention of Jem," commentary with producer-director Jon M. Chu. (Universal).

Kansas City Confidential BLU-RAY DEBUT (1952) An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits. Ex-con Joe Rolfe (John Payne) is on the road to rehabilitation. Framed for a $1 million robbery, he gets off for lack of evidence, but with his face plastered in the headlines and still hurting from a brutal beating in photo for Kansas City Confidential BLU-RAY DEBUT police custody, he's already lost all that he's doggedly worked to achieve. Embittered and with steely determination, he sets out to track down the real criminals and render his own justice. Clues trail over the border to a Mexican fishing resort, and straight into the path of an inconvenient beauty (Coleen Gray) The seductress' ties soon pit Rolfe -- who has nothing left to lose -- against a crooked ex-cop (Preston S. Foster) and some of the ugliest, most-menacing thugs in the cinematic underworld, portrayed by Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand and Jack Elam (all extremely well known to classic film fans as villains, henchmen, gangsters and tough guys). Director Phil Karlson worked with an array of Hollywood's biggest talent -- including Abbott & Costello, Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Elke Sommer and Sharon Tate -- and helmed the mega box-office hit "Walking Tall" (1973). But it was his raw, unflinching filmmaking about disagreeable truths -- punctuated by exaggerated and shadowy cinematography -- that left his most indelible mark. Karlson helped define the stylistic, cynical and moody Film Noir genre with vulnerable protagonists, down-on-their-luck anti-heroes, hard-boiled characters, femme photo for Learning to Drive fatales, violent realism and blunt dialogue. Digitally restored in high definition from original 35mm film assets. (The Film Detective). Due January 25.

Learning to Drive (2015) Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury, Grace Gummer. Coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life's road blocks. Wendy (Clarkson) is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for another woman; Darwan (Kingsley) is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she's never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Photo gallery. (Broad Green Pictures Home Entertainment).

photo for Little House on the Prairie: Season 8 Deluxe Remastered Edition Little House on the Prairie: Season 8 Deluxe Remastered Edition (1981-82) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes, remastered and uncut. The eighth season of the TV series based on the beloved Laura Ingalls book series follows the Olesons' adoption of Nancy; Charles and Mr. Edwards as they search for answers after the death of Mr. Edwards's son; the Wilders and Ingalls snowed in at Christmas; Almanzo's stroke and the birth of baby Rose; and Charles's faith as he pleads for his adopted son's life. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two movie specials: "Look Back to Yesterday" and "The Last Farewell." (Lionsgate).


The Saint: Seasons 3 & 4 (1964-65) Nine-disc set with all 32 episodes. Modern-day Robin Hood. Wealthy man of mystery. Debonair rogue. Call Simon Templar what you will, but never cross The Saint. A timeless figure of adventure since his creation by Leslie Charteris in 1928, The Saint has thrilled photo for The Saint: Seasons 3 & 4 adventure aficionados with his exploits in a variety of media, including novels, movies, and radio: but nowhere was the dashing Mr. Templar more indelibly realized than in his 1960s television series, starring the perfectly cast Roger Moore in the title role. Simon Templar's adventures continue in Season Three and Four, building on the charm and thrills established by the series' early days. Presenting early appearances for such actors as Burt Kwouk ("The Pink Panther" films), Carol Cleveland ("Monty Python's Flying Circus"), and the great Donald Sutherland, and with the inimitable Moore as our guide to adventure, these two seasons of "The Saint" represent some of the best this classic series had to offer. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Behind the Scenes With Sir Roger Moore," commentary on "The Happy Suicide" by Jane Merrow (guest star), commentary on "The Saint Bids Diamonds" by Moore, Robert S. Baker (executive producer), and Eunice Gayson (guest star). (Timeless Media).

Samba (2014 - Belgium) Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Comedy chronicles an undocumented kitchen worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris. When Samba (Sy) is suddenly ordered to leave France, he enlists the help of Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart. As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves. Extras: "Making of Samba featurette. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Broad Green Pictures Home Entertainment).

photo for Sisters: Season Three Sisters: Season Three (1992-93) Six-disc set with all 24 episodes. Follows the lives and loves of four close, but very different, sisters of the Reed family living in Winnetka, Illinois. Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), the oldest, is a wealthy, slightly snobish, WASP wife of a plastic surgeon. Teddy (Sela Ward) is a free-spirited, artist/drifter seeking to find her place in life. Georgie (Patricia Kalember) is a typical suburban housewife trying to keep the family together. Frankie (Julianne Phillips), the youngest, is an over-achieving, businesswoman trying to make it big in the world. Season Three finds Georgie experiencing a horrible accident and giving birth, and Teddy finding new success as a clothing designer. Frankie contends with new challenges in her marriage to Mitch (Ed Marinaro). And a shocking diagnosis for Alex leads to her finding strength she never knew she had. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Stonewall (2015) Dir.: Roland Emmerich; Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Joey King, Caleb Landry Jones, Matt Craven, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman. Drama follows the groundbreaking events that led to the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City and the birth of the modern Gay photo for Stonewall Rights movement. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "An Important Story" featurette, "Into the Streets" featurette, "Marsha P" featurette, "Ray" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Straight Outta Compton: Unrated Director's Cut (2015) Tells the true story of five young rebels from South Central Los Angeles who, armed with only their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent, stood up to the authorities attempting to keep them down and formed the groundbreaking music group N.W.A. Includes 20 additional minutes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "N.W.A. The Origins," in which Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and many others talk about N.W.A.'s start in the 80s and how it all began; "Impact," an exploration of the impact of N.W.A. and their breakout album; "Director's Journey" featurette; "The Streets: Filming in Compton" featurette; "N.W.A Performs in Detroit"; commentary with director-producer F. Gary Gray. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; "Becoming N.W.A." casting featurette; never before seen performance. (Universal).

Swamp People Season 6 (2015) Four-disc set with 19 episodes. Welcome to one of America's last frontiers: the wild swamplands of Southern Louisiana, a place whose history stretches back to the 17th century. In this season, the swamp hunters fight massive alligators and Mother Nature, and journey into previously unknown, hostile areas of the swamp. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

photo for Turn It Up! Turn It Up! (2015) Exploration and celebration of the electric guitar and the people who fall under its spell. Narrated by actor-musician Kevin Bacon, the film features interviews with an array of guitar royalty: the late Les Paul and B.B. King (in one of his final interviews), Slash, Robby Krieger, Paul Stanley, Steve Lukather, Nancy Wilson, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Albert Lee, Ana Popovic, Jerry Cantrell, Steve Howe, John 5 and many others. The documentary honors the beloved electrified six-string and recognizes the rich bond between musician and instrument, and the pilgrimage to find the ultimate guitar and perfect tone. From the mouths of those who invent them, build them, sell them, collect them, and those who make them sing, the film reveals the deep cultural love affair of the world's most popular instrument, and explores its past, present, and future. Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Conversations and Extras" bonus disc. (71st Street Entertainment). Due January 22.

photo for 12-monkeys 12 Monkeys: Season One (2015) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Based on Terry Gilliam's classic 1995 sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, a man from the post-apocalyptic future, James Cole (Aaron Stanford) travels to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will decimate the human race. But as he and virologist, Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), track the mysterious cult behind the outbreak, the "Army of the 12 Monkeys," the effects of time travel threaten to destroy humanity's last hope. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, cast auditions, webisodes. (Universal).


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