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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, January 23 -- Monday, January 29

All DVD Releases

  • Geostorm

    photo for Geostorm When catastrophic climate change endangers Earth's very survival, world governments unite and create the Dutch Boy Program: a world wide net of satellites, surrounding the planet, that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off the natural disasters. After successfully protecting the planet for two years, something is starting to go wrong, and the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it. Now it's a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything ... and everyone along with it. Vitals: Director: Dean Devlin. Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Science Fiction Action Thriller, Box office gross: $33.274 million, Warner. Extras: "Search for Answers": Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm. Blu-0ray adds "“Wreaking Havoc": Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm; "An International Event": A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm. 2 stars


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  • Thank You for Your Service

    photo for Thank You for Your Service based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel. For Sergeant Adam Schumann (Miles Teller)—and many soldiers like him—the process of leaving combat back in Iraq was as seemingly simple as getting on that plane. But standing on the tarmac again in the arms of loved ones would turn out to be merely a first step in the long and exacting journey of actually returning home. The film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield. Vitals: Director: Jason Hall. Stars: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey, Jayson Warner Smith. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Drama, Box office gross: $9.479 million, Universal. Extras: "Staging a War," "The Battle at Home." 2 stars

  • Goodbye Christopher Robin

    photo for Goodbye Christopher Robin At the end of the First World War, beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) creates the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh—which brings him immediate acclaim. But the books’ international success comes at a cost to the author, his young son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston) and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), in this beautifully filmed, poignant story about fame and family. Vitals: Director: Simon Curtis. Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilston, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 107 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.721 million, Fox. Extras: Commentary by director Simon Curtis and writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, eight promotional featurettes, photo gallery, theatrical trailer. 2 stars

  • Jigsaw

    photo for Jigsaw In the latest installment of the legendary "Saw" series, law enforcement officials chase the ghost of a man dead for over a decade, embroiled in a diabolical new game that’s only just begun. Has John Kramer, the infamous Jigsaw Killer, returned from the dead to commit a series of murders and remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a different killer with designs of their own? Vitals: Director: Michael and Peter Spierig. Stars: Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoot, Callum Keith Rennie, Brittany Allen, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 91 min., Horror, Box office gross: $38.052 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Audio commentary with producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block; “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” featurette. Blu-ray adds “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” seven-part documentary: “A New Game,” “You Know His Name,” “Survival of the Fittest,” “Death by Design,” “Blood Sacrifice,” “The Source of Fear” and “The Truth Will Set You Free.” 2 stars

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    photo for The Killing of a Sacred Deer Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Nicole Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss. Vitals: Director: Yorgos Lanthimos. Stars: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Sunny Suljic, Raffey Cassidy. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 121 min., Drama Horror-Thriller, Box office gross: $2.257 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "An Impossible Conundrum” featurette. 2 stars


    Digital Releases

    January 23:

    City of Rock: A small-town musician plans a benefit concert to save his town’s beloved Rock Park from redevelopment by a corporate real estate agent. (Digital only)

    Dark Meridian: A corrupt New Orleans detective gets caught up in a fight between two criminal gangs while on a stake out. To survive the night, he must find a killer on the run and take him out before the killer reaches his other targets. (VOD)

    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: Day & Date)

    Little Bitches: Coming-of-age high-school female-empowerment comedy. (Digital only)

    Only the Brave: Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 6)

    Suburbicon: The idyllic town of Suburbicon is the perfect place for Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon*) to make a home. But beneath this tranquil surface lies a disturbing reality, where nothing is as it seems. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 6)

    Unseen: A true crime documentary about a Cleveland serial killer and the women he preyed on. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    January 26:

    The Misguided: After planning to leave the city with his girlfriend, a young man must first betray her in order to save his brother from a deadly situation. (VOD)

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Opera (1987 -- Italy) (Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing)

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All DVD Releases

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) Costa Dillon, John De Bello, J. Stephen Peace. A splat of a cult classic. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the supermarket, you're face to face with terror so bold, so frightening it has never been seen on-screen before or since (not until the sequel, anyway). After a series of bizarre and increasingly horrific attacks from pulpy, red, seeded fruit, Mason Dixon (David Miller) finds himself leading a "crack" team of specialists to save the planet. photo for But will they be quick enough to save everyone? Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, with original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Extras: Audio commentary from writer-director John DeBello, writer/co-star Steve Peace and "creator" Costa Dillon; deleted scenes; six exclusive featurettes: "Legacy of a Legend," a collection of interviews, including comments from John DeBello, Costa Dillon, film critic Kevin Thomas, fans Kevin Sharp and Bruce Vilanch, future "Tomatoes" mainstay John Astin and actors Steve Peace, Jack Riley, and D.J. Sullivan, "Crash and Burn," a discussion about the famous helicopter crash that could have killed everyone because the pilot was late on his cue, "Famous Foul," about the San Diego Chicken and his role in the climatic tomato stomping ending, "Killer Tomatomania," a smattering of interviews with random people on the streets of Hollywood about the movie, "Where Are They Now?" fills viewers in on what the cast and crew have been up to over the past couple of decades, "We Told You So!" takes a hard-hitting look at the conspiracy of silence surrounding the real-life horror of killer tomatoes; "Do They Accept Traveler's Checks in Babusuland" (the original 8mm short that inspired "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"); original theatrical trailer; radio spots; collectible poster. (MVD Rewind Collection).

Best of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Neighborhood Friends Collection (2018) Eight engaging stories from the hit PBS KIDS series, produced by The Fred Rogers Company. Daniel Tiger and his friends teach children all about cooperating, playing together, and helping out neighbors in the fun-filled stories. Young viewers can join Daniel as he uses his imagination to play “outer space” with Miss Elaina, celebrates Prince Wednesday’s birthday with his friends at the castle, helps Katerina Kittycat after she accidentally knocks her tea set on the floor, and more. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).

photo for Chasing the Dragon Chasing the Dragon (2017 -- Hong Kong) Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Kent Cheng, Philip Keung, Wilfred Lau, Yu Kang, Michelle Hu, Raquel Xu. Based on a true story, Yen plays an illegal immigrant from Mainland China who sneaks into corrupt British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963 and transforms himself into a ruthless drug lord. Lau reprises the role of the corrupt cop seeking money and power he originated in the Lee Rock franchise. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

A Dog and Pony Show (2017) Mae Whitman, Ralph Macchio, Mira Sorvino. Family comedy tells the story of Dede, a famous performing circus dog who gets left behind when her show leaves town. She’s discovered by Billy, a lonely city kid who’s just moved to a ranch nearby. Billy decides to adopt the vain and arrogant dog, but will she get along with the farm’s eccentric critters, including a sleep-deprived rooster, a gassy cow, and a hypochondriac horse? And can Dede outwit the bumbling thieves from a rival circus who are plotting to kidnap the priceless pooch? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

photo for Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara -- Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara -- Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France Too often overlooked after his work was spurned by the New Wave iconoclasts as being part of the “tradition of quality,” Claude Autant-Lara was one of France’s leading directors of the 1940s and 50s. He began as a set and costume designer and went on to direct French-language versions of comedies in Hollywood, but it was back in his home country that Autant-Lara came into his own as a filmmaker. He found his sophisticated and slyly subversive voice with these four romances, produced during the dark days of the German occupation. Sumptuously appointed even while being critical of class hierarchy, these films -- all made with the same corps of collaborators, including the charmingly impetuous star Odette Joyeux -- endure as a testament to the quick wit and exquisite visual sense of the director whose name they established. "Le mariage de Chiffon" (1942): This delightful comedy brought Claude Autant-Lara his first popular success as a director. Chiffon is being pushed by her mother to wed a dashing military officer but finds herself drawn to her stepfather’s penniless brother. "Lettres d’amour" (1942): A transporting period piece with ornate costumes by Christian Dior, "Lettres d’amour" paints a blithely pointed portrait of life in a highly stratified society. "Douce" (1943): Elegantly shot, "Douce" is a dizzying romantic roundelay that contains a biting critique of France’s rigid social order. This film, which ultimately takes a tragic turn, found Claude Autant-Lara in full command of his craft. "Sylvie et le fantôme" (1946): With this film, conceived during the occupation and released after the war, Claude Autant-Lara entered the realm of pure fantasy, marrying a playful script, artful special effects, and wistful performances. (The Criterion Collection).

Félicité (2017 -- Senegal) Félicité is a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in the Congo’s capital Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into turmoil when her 14-year-old son gets into a terrible car accident. To raise the money to save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa -- a world of music and dreams. Grand Jury Prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Félicité" is also an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival, and will be this year’s official entry for Senegal for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Trailers. (Strand Releasing).



photo for Geostorm Geostorm (2017) Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia. When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: "Search for Answers": Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm. Blu-0ray adds "“Wreaking Havoc": Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm; "An International Event": A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm. (Warner).

Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilston, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald. 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 photo for Goodbye Christopher RobinChristopher Robin Milne. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Commentary by director Simon Curtis and writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, eight promotional featurettes, photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Fox).

In Search of Fellini (2017) Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello, Mary Lynn Rajskub. Coming-of-age adventure follows 20-year-old Lucy (Solo), a small-town girl from Ohio -- who has never kissed a boy, never had a job and never really had friends -- who discovers the delightfully bizarre films of the legendary Italian filmmaker and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. The film is inspired by the experiences of Emmy Award-winning star Nancy Cartwright, who before creating the voice of Bart Simpson went off hunting the auteur of "La Strada." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-producer Nancy Cartwright and director Taron Lexton, behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer. (Ambi Films/Samuel Goldwyn).

Indiepix Festival Favorites, Volume 2 Value-priced, three film set of music documentaries: "Icons Among Us: Jazz In the Present Tense," about the modern jazz scene, with Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Donald Harrison Jr., Anat Cohen and Esperanza Spalding; "Echotone," a lyrical documentary providing a telescopic view into the lives of Austin's vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city; and "Roaring Abyss," a stunning audiovisual poem, the product of filmmaker Quino Piñero's two years of field recording traditional and modern music from around every corner of Ethiopia, a country of eighty different nationalities and cultures spread amongst mountains, deserts and forests. Formats: DVD: $59.95. (IndiePix).

Jawbone (2017) Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris. Retired prizefighter Jimmy McCabe (Harris) steps back into the ring decades after his stardom as a boxing teen have faded. Jimmy tries to regain his magic by training hard and fighting tough. But to earn real money, he must take part in a savage, unlicensed match that could end his photo for Jigsawcareer -- and his life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The Making of Jawbone” featurette. (Lionsgate).

Jigsaw (2017) Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoot, Callum Keith Rennie, Brittany Allen, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson. 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. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block; “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” featurette. Blu-ray adds “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” seven-part documentary: “A New Game,” “You Know His Name,” “Survival of the Fittest,” “Death by Design,” “Blood Sacrifice,” “The Source of Fear” and “The Truth Will Set You Free.” (Lionsgate).

photo for The Killing of a Sacred Deer The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Sunny Suljic, Raffey Cassidy. Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "An Impossible Conundrum” featurette. (Lionsgate).


My Entire High School Sinking Into the Seaphoto for My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Animated film with the voice cast of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky, John Cameron Mitchell. Dash (Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School, muckraking on behalf of their widely-distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Rudolph). But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens the boys’ friendship, Dash learns of an administration cover-up that puts all the students in danger. As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it-all (Dunham) and a lunch lady (Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director and acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw, short films, a spotlight on the film’s unique artwork. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).

Opera BLU-RAY DEBUT photo for Opera BLU-RAY DEBUT (1987 -- Italy) Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charlston, Umberto Barberini, Daria Nicolodi, William McNamara. Italian filmmaker Dario Argento’s (best known for his work in the horror and thriller genres and regarded as one of the most influential artists of the past half-century) 1987 cult classic film "Opera" will arrive for the first time on Blu-ray, remastered/restored in high definition, with over 45 hours of color correction,and a brand new 5.1 soundtrack. When young opera singer Betty (Cristina Marsillach, Every Time We Say Goodbye) takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces her to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will her recurring childhood nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath, or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings? Extras: Rare interview with Argento, never-before released to U.S. audiences; new interview with star William McNamara; original trailer. (Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing).

Red Trees (2017) Award-winning filmmaker Marina Willer creates an impressionistic visual essay as she traces her father's journey as a member of one of only 12 Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Photographed by Academy Award nominee Ce´sar Charlone ("City of God"), the documentary travels from war-torn Eastern Europe to the color and light of South America and is told through the voice of Willer's father, Alfred (as narrated by Tim Piggot-Smith), who witnessed bureaucratic nightmares, transportations and suicides but survived to build a post-war life as an architect in Brazil. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Marina Willer. (Cohen Media Group).

The Revival (2017) Zachary Booth, David Rysdahl, Raymond McAnally, Lucy Faust, Stephen Ellis. When Eli (Rysdahl) begins preaching at his father’s old church, he is desperate to open the minds of the fire-and-brimstone congregation. His plans are quickly derailed when he strikes up a relationship with fascinating drifter Daniel (Booth). Tensions soon come to a head, with simmering resentments and repressed emotions all leading to a revival that will shake this sleepy Arkansas town to its core. Based on Samuel Brett Williams' 2010 hit play. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Director's commentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

photo for The Sword and the Claw The Sword and the Claw (1975 -- Turkey) They took his money. They took his family. And now, they've taken his hands. But they can never take his revenge! Exploding from the same hallucinogenic netherworld as "Turkish Star Wars," "The Sword and the Claw" stars Turkish genre legend Cuneyt Arkin in his most iconic role. It's "Conan the Barbarian" meets The Three Stooges meets "Dolemite" with more lo-fi bloodshed, pop-art visuals, and bizarro dubbing than the boundaries of reality can handle. New 4K transfer from the only 35mm theatrical print in existence. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus movie: "Brawl Busters" (1981), a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print; reversible cover art with illustration by Alexis Ziritt ("Space Riders"). (AGFA).

Thank You for Your Service (2017) Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, photo for Thank You for Your ServiceKeisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey, Jayson Warner Smith. Follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Staging a War," "The Battle at Home." (Universal).

Trump: The Art of the Insult (2017) Thirty years after he authored "The Art of the Deal," Donald Trump used The Art of the Insult to brand political opponents and bash the media all the way to the White House. While critics insisted "The Donald" was merely a chaotic sideshow, Trump was dominating the 24-hour news cycle with a master plan of political incorrectness. Hurling insults like Low-Energy Jeb, Lyin' Ted, Crooked Hillary, Little Marco, Pocahontas, and Fake News, Trump emerged in 2016 as an unstoppable political phenomenon who transformed the Presidential race into the greatest show on earth. This documentary tells the story of Donald Trump's improbable journey from Trump Tower to rallies across America to the debate stage, where he reveled in mocking and taunting rivals with targeted insults and nicknames, leaving them gasping for air. Not only did he push frontrunner Jeb Bush out of the presidential race early on, Trump proved him wrong when Bush lectured during a debate "Donald, you can't insult your way to the Presidency." Formats: DVD. (Highway 61 Entertainment/MVD Visual).

Unseen (2017) For two years, women had been disappearing from Mount Pleasant -- a poverty-stricken, African-American neighborhood in Cleveland -- with little investigation from police and city officials. Then in 2009, a reported rape led Cleveland police to a grisly discovery— the bodies of eleven women decomposing in the house and yard of known sex offender Anthony Sowell. How was it that a serial killer was able to operate virtually in plain sight for two years? Told in riveting detail by the women who were able to escape Sowell’s deadly clutches, “Unseen” draws viewers into a world where marginalized women, plagued by drug use, shunned by society and dismissed by the police, became easy prey for a predatory monster. “Unseen” questions not only the police failures in this case but also why Sowell’s neighbors turned a blind eye to his bizarre activities. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise ).


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