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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, February 10 -- Monday, February 16

All DVD Releases

  • Nightcrawler

    photo for Nightcrawler A pulse-pounding, rough and tumble, almost noirish thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man with no moral compass who discovers the high-speed, nasty world of video crime recording. By happenstance he stumbles upon a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem and sell the resulting footage to local TV stations, where news producers work on the principle that "if it bleeds, it leads." Lou muscles into this world and befriends -- and then blackmails -- a TV news producer (Rene Russo), a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news. Eventually, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. A grisly take on the world of video paparazzi and TV (and, by extension, Internet) news that is all the more frightening since it's so close to reality. Gyllenhaal immerses himself in the role of the amoral Lou while Russo (who happens to be married to the film's director, Dan Gilroy) is perfect as the mature but beleaguered news producer.Extras: "If It Bleeds, It Leads: Making Nightcrawler," commentary with writer-director Dan Gilroy, producer Tony Gilroy and editor John Gilroy. Vitals: Director: Dan Gilroy. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Kathleen York, Riz Ahmed, Viviana Chavez, Anne McDaniels. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Drama, Box office gross: $30.379 million, Universal. 3 stars


  • Kill the Messenger

    photo for Kill the Messenger A compelling political drama based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. A hard-charging investigative reporter (Jeremy Renner), stumbles upon the story of a lifetime when he uncovers a link between U.S. government intelligence agencies and Central American drug smugglers. Determined to prove the CIA used cocaine profits to fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, Webb endangers his career and family when he ignores the warnings of agency operatives in his relentless pursuit of the truth. Webb himself becomes the story and a target, as jealous rival reporters who missed the story move to discredit his work and reputation in an increasingly vicious smear campaign. His wife tries to stand by him even as, despite warnings fron drug kingpins and meanacing surveilance intended to deter his investigation, Webb keeps digging to prove a direct link beyween cocaine smugglers and the CIA, a conspiracy with explosiove implications. Vitals: Director: Michael Cuesta. Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo, Hajji Golightly, Ted Huckabee, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lucas Hedges, Rosemarie DeWitt. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 112 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $2.450 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Kill the Messenger: The All-Star Cast," "Crack in America," "Filming in Georgia," commentary with director Michael Cuesta. 3 stars

  • Rosewater

    photo for Rosewater Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show") makes his screenwriting and directorial debut in this tale of hope and survival, based on a true story. A Tehran-born journalist based in London, Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) returns to Iran where he covers the 2009 presidential election and its ensuing riots. Falsely accused of espionage, Bahari is arrested and turned over to "Rosewater" (Kim Bodnia), a brutal interrogator who subjects the innocent reporter to months of beatings and torture to force him to confess he's a spy. Based on Bahari's bestselling memoir "Then They Came for Me, Rosewater." Vitals: Director: Jon Stewart. Stars: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $3.128 million, Universal. Extras: "Iran's Controversial Election," "The Story of Maziar Bahari," "Real Spies Have TV Shows," "What Happens in New Jersey ...," "A Director's Perspective." 2 stars

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    photo for Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Based on the best-selling book, the family comedy follows the exploits of young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life and wonders if bad things only happen to him. But he discovers he's not alone when his dad (Steve Carell), mom (Jennifer Garner) and family live through their own terrible -- and hilarious -- day. Extras: "Snappy Crocs & Punch Roos: The Australian Outback Party," "Hurricane" by the Vamps music video. Blu-ray adds "Alexander ... In Real Life," "Walkabout: A Video Diary," "And the Delightful, Magnificent, Very Good Bloopers." Vitals: Director: Miguel Arteta. Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Bella Thorne, Dylan Minnette. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 81 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $64.384 million, Disney. 2 stars

    Blu-ray Debuts

  • A Day in the Country (1936) (Criterion)
  • Don't Look Now (1973) (Criterion)
  • Love at First Bite/Once Bitten
  • Vampire's Kiss/High Spirits

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Addicted (2014) Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Kat Graham, Tyson Beckford, Tasha Smith. Sexy thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist, and she finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path of indiscretion. Based on the best-selling novel by Zane. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "Getting Intimate With Zane" featurette, "Filming Addicted With the Hottest Men on the Planet" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Bella Thorne, Dylan Minnette. Formats:Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Snappy Crocs & Punch Roos: The Australian Outback Party," "Hurricane" by the Vamps music video. Blu-ray adds "Alexander ... In Real Life," "Walkabout: A Video Diary," "And the Delightful, Magnificent, Very Good Bloopers." (Disney).

Batman: The Second Season, Part 1 Four-disc set with 30 episodes from the 1966 original Batman series. Batman and Robin take on more perilous plots with fiendish foes trying to undo the undaunted heroes. From the torturous King Tut to a straying Catwoman to the provoking Joker, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) take on a cape-full of calamity. But wait! There are still plenty of Bat-gadgets and plot twists in the race against time and adrenalin laced adventure. With ever-popular guest stars Julie Newmar, Casear Romero and many more. Re-mastered. $29.99. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

photo for Brotherhood of Blades Brotherhood of Blades (2014 -- China) Chang Chen, Cecilia Liu, Qing Ye, Nie Yuan. The period film is set in the late Ming Dynasty, where a young emperor is determined to take down the all-powerful eunuch Wei and purge his supporters. Caught in the midst of the intrigue are three lowly, cash-strapped warriors from the Imperial Assassins, the secret police, who are given the orders to find and kill Wei. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).

Chuggington: Turbo Charged Chugger (2014) Six turbo-charged train episodes. The trainees are taking their responsibilities to a whole new level when Wilson and the Chug Patrollers attempt a daring bridge rescue, Brewster helps the Chuggineers build a new station, Koko tries to break her Chug-A-Sonic record, the Speed Fleet competes in the Track Dash, and everybody learns how to use the Piggy-Back Wagon. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Coloring and activity pages, character montages, custom activity book with stickers. (Anchor Bay).

A Day in the Country (1936) This bittersweet work from Jean Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, is a tenderly comic idyll about a city family's picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men. Conceived as part of a larger project that was never completed, shot in 1936, and released 10 years later, this warmly humanist vignette ranks among Renoir's most lyrical films, with a love for nature imbuing its every beautiful frame. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Introduction by Renoir from 1962; new interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner about the film's production; new video essay by Faulkner on Renoir's methods; "Un tournage a la campagne," an 89-minute 1994 compilation of outtakes from the film; interview with producer Pierre Braunberger from 1979; screen tests; an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez. (The Criterion Collection).

Digimon Tamers Volume 1 (2001) A new generation of Digidestined take over protecting the Digital World from evil Digimon. Through a new gadget called the D-Arc, Takato and his friends can draw Digimon and make them come to life with one swipe through the D-Arc. After creating new Digimon, Takato and his friends battle constant evil, finally defeating the last major threat. They all return to the Real World only to find another portal to the Digital World in jeopardy. Three-disc set, $19.99. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

photo for Digimon Fusion Digimon Fusion (2013-14) The anime franchise continues with the sixth and all-new installment currently airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. Seventh grader Mikey Kudo is transported into the Digital World along with his two best friends and they're charged with saving the Digimon against annihilation, leading Fusion Fighters against the evil Bagra Army. Six-disc set with 30 episodes, $44.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Character image gallery, 12-page character guide book. (Cinedigm).

Don't Look Now (1973) Donald Sutherland and Julie Christi mesmerize as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experiences. A masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg, "Don't Look Now," adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural, as renowned for its innovative editing and haunting cinematography as its explicit eroticism and unforgettable denouement, one of the great endings in horror history. New 4K digital restoration, approved by Roeg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between the film's editor, Graeme Clifford, and film writer. Bobbie O'Steen; "Don't Look Now, Looking Back," a short 2002 documentary featuring Roeg, Clifford, and cinematographer Anthony Richmond; "Death in Venice," a 2006 interview with composer Pino Donaggio; "Something Interesting," a new documentary on the writing and making of the film, featuring interviews with Richmond, Christie and Sutherland, and co-screenwriter Allan Scott; "Nicolas Roeg: The Enigma of Film," a new documentary on Roeg's style, featuring interviews with filmmakers Danny Boyle and Steven Soderbergh; Q&A with Roeg at London's Cine Lumiere from 2003; trailer; an essay by film critic David Thompson. (The Criterion Collection).

Dorothy in the Land of Oz (1980) With her beloved aunt and uncle preparing to move away, Dorothy's carried back to Oz where she meets Jack Pumpkinhead, the Hungry Tiger, Tik-Tok and others before facing off against Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinker. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (CBS/Paramount).

Family Classics: The Easter Promise/Addie and the King of Hearts Two TV movies about the Mills family living in 1940s Nebraska. In "The Easter Promise" (1975), Addie befriends a famous actress and encourages her to give back to the community by hosting a school fashion show. In "Addie and the King of Hearts" (1976), Addie becomes jealous when her father starts to woo a beautician. Stars Jason Robards, Lisa Lucas. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (CBS/Paramount).

Fear Clinic (2015) Robert Englund, Fiona Dourif, Corey Taylor, Angelina Armani, Thomas Dekker. When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the "Fear Clinic," where a doctor works to cure patients suffering from crippling phobias by placing them inside his invention, which induces and controls hallucinations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

Forbidden Films From the Age of Beauty: Anthology of Erotic Cinema - The 1900s (2015) The beginning of the 20th century was known as "The Age of Beauty" (La Belle Epoque), a period before the first World War that saw an incredible blossoming of literature and art as well as the birth of the cinema. One of cinema's first explorations was erotica, and this anthology presents some of the earliest film adventures from around the world during 1900-1910, erotica that featured straights, trios, bisexuality and sadomasochistic acts. Wild fantasies range from and include vacuum cleaners, family life, nuns, priests, satanic rituals and school teachers, just to name a few. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, photo gallery. (Risque Cinema).

Foreclosure (2014) Michael Imperioli, David Costabile, Wendell Pierce, Spencer List, Matt Servitto. One rule of real estate that buyers and sellers ignore at their peril: Ghosts don't move out. A broken family moves into the home of a recently deceased relative and strives to stay together while a curse and the ghosts of a haunted house try to tear them apart. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).

Frankenstein vs. the Mummy (2015) Ashton Leigh, Brandon DeSpain, Constantin Tripes, Max Rhyser, Robert MacNaughton. Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil are both professors at a leading medical university. Victor's latest grisly "experiment" is the re-animated corpse of a sadistic madman and Naihla's most recent find is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh. When the two monsters face-off in an epic showdown, no one is safe from the slaughter. Formats: DVD. (RLJE/Image Entertainment).

photo for Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Volumes One, Two and Three< Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Volumes One, Two and Three Volume One includes The Ten Commandments, The Story of Noah, David & Goliath, Samson and Delilah; Volume Two includes The Story of Moses, The Story of Esther, Joshua and Jericho, Abraham's Sacrifice; Volume 3 includes Tower of Babel, Jacob's Challenge, Sodom and Gomorrah, Joseph in Egypt. $14.99 each. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).

In Your Eyes (2014) Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Nikki Reed, Jennifer Grey, Steve Howey, Mark Feuerstein. A romance with a supernatural twist. Rebecca (Zoe Kazan), a lonely housewife in New Hampshire, suddenly discovers that she shares a strange connection with Dylan (Michael Stahl-David), a struggling ex-con in New Mexico … they can see through one another's eyes and experience sensations felt by the other. Though they've never met, the two share a unique, unparalleled intimacy by being in each other's heads and begin a long-distance relationship unlike any other. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).

Kill the Messenger (2014) Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo, Hajji Golightly, Ted Huckabee, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lucas Hedges, Rosemarie DeWitt. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Kill the Messenger: The All-Star Cast," "Crack in America," "Filming in Georgia," commentary with director Michael Cuesta. (Universal).

Kink (2014) Ropes, belts, pneumatic devices and clothes pins are put to eye-opening use in this feel-good-through-pain documentary, a look at an adult entertainment website devoted to sexual extremes. Director-cinematographer Christina Voros and her frequent collaborator, James Franco, pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of, the Internet's largest producer of BDSM content. Voros and producer Franco go behind the scenes at the San Francisco studios of and introduce us to those who work in front of and behind the camera. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).

photo for Laggies Laggies (2014) Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Gretchen Mol. In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan (Keira Knightley) panics when her boyfriend proposes; then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz), who lives with her world-weary single dad. Naturally love bubbles up in this light comedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Lynn Shelton, "Lagging On With Lynn Shelton" featurette, "Shooting Seattle: The Look of Laggies" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

The Lookalike (2014) Justin Long, Jerry O'Connell, Gillian Jacobs, Scottie Thompson, John Corbett, Gina Gershon, Steven Bauer, John Savage, Luis Guzman. Drug lord William Spinks (Savage) has a curious obsession with a young woman, Sadie Hill, and uses family friends Bobby and Frank (Corbett and O'Connell) to get to her. But when her death jeopardizes a major deal, Bobby and Frank set out to find a replacement -- a lookalike (Jacobs) -- and the shady plan propels an ex-basketball champion, a deaf beauty, an addict, and an aspiring actress into an unlikely romance and a desperate quest to fool Spinks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).

Love At First Bite/Once Bitten BLU-RAY DEBUT "Love At First Bite" (1979): George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson, Dick Shaw, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford. "Once Bitten" (1985): Jim Carrey, Lauren Hutton, Karen Kopins, Cleavon Little. (Scream Factory).

Maison Close: Season One (2014 -- France) An edgy, provocative and ratings-busting Canal Plus+ series set in a lavish 19th century Parisian bordello. Set in Paris in 1871, right after the suppression of la Commune, a workers' revolutionary movement that briefly took power, this richly compelling period drama with unmistakably modern sensibilities follows a cast of gorgeous women trapped by circumstances beyond their control in the luxury brothel Paradise. Considered a first class "closed house" reserved for aristocratic or bourgeois clientele and noted for strange and refined practices during a time when prostitution was legalized, Paradise is populated by a fascinating cast of characters, each of whom struggles to find escape and solace in their own way. Hortense (Valerie Karsenti) is the manipulative and, in turn, manipulated mistress of the Paradise who runs her business with iron hand; Vera (Anne Charrier), the star of the bordello, is a beautiful courtesan in her thirties whose career is nearing its end; and Rose (Jemima West), the heroine, is a country ingenue raised by nuns who goes to the Paradise searching for her mother, only to be blackmailed into becoming a prostitute. All eight unrated and uncut 55-minute episodes. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $34.95, two-disc Blu-ray: $39.95, VOD. Extras: Collector's book featuring photos and essays. (Music Box Films).

photo for Mama's Family: The Complete Sixth Season Mama's Family: The Complete Sixth Season (1989-90) The final DVD installment in the "Mama's" franchise. Across the last 20 episodes, which originally ran from September 1989 to February 1990, fans will be treated to Mama's swan song, in which she does not go silently into that good night. Instead, in "Mama Fights Back," she chews out K-RAY radio's consumer watchdog on the air and promptly gets hired as his replacement. After watching TV detective movies for a week, and hearing that Iola's mother is missing, Mama dreams she's a film-noir private eye hired to find her client's mother in "The Big Nap." And, in "Bubba's House Band," Bubba mistakenly books The Bone Crushers, an all-female heavy metal band, for his college's homecoming, and it's up to Mama to rein the hellions in. However, the big news in the show's final season involves Vint and Naomi: they finally move out of the basement into an RV parked in Mama's driveway, and after much anticipation, Naomi gives birth to Tiffany Thelma Harper in "Bye Bye - Baby!" Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with Vicki Lawrence and Rick Hawkins, executive producer; Jim Evering, producer & writer; Manny Basanese, writer, and Bob Mackie and Ret Turner, costume design. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).

Nightcrawler (2014) Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Kathleen York, Riz Ahmed, Viviana Chavez, Anne McDaniels. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "If It Bleeds, It Leads: Making Nightcrawler," commentary with writer-director Dan Gilroy, producer Tony Gilroy and editor John Gilroy. (Universal).

Nurse Jackie: Season Six (2014) In the sixth season of the high-flying comedy series, Jackie realizes that sobriety is the ultimate cover for getting high, and now she's saving lives at work, taking care of her kids, and even her boyfriend loves the new her. She's got everyone fooled, but what goes up must come down. 12 episodes. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: "Deceit, photo for >Olive Kitteridge Descent, Destruction: Jackie's Fall" featurette, "Growing Up Peyton" featurette, deleted scenes, commentaries with cast and crew. (Lionsgate).

Olive Kitteridge (2014) Dir.: Lisa Cholodenko; Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Zoe Kazan, Rosemarie DeWitt. McDormand and Jenkins star in this HBO miniseries drama . Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, this four-part drama tells the story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet. (HBO).

101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition (1961) Voices of Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Ben Wright, Cate Bauer. Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, hilarious spills and an photo for 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition epic action-packed adventure when they face off with Cruella De Vil, Disney's most fabulously outrageous villainess. When Cruella dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London, brave animal heroes launch a daring plan to save all puppies from Cruella's clutches! Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: All new short "The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt," "Walt Disney Presents The Best Doggoned Dog in the World (1961 Version), "Lucky Dogs," DisneyView, "Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce," plus a selection of classic bonus features. (Disney).

Peter & The Magic Egg (1983) Peter's family farm is in danger of being repossessed by the greedy Tobias Tin Whiskers; with no money to save the home, Peter meets the Easter Bunny and joins with him to save the farm and the holiday. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (CBS/Paramount).

Poker Night (2014) Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large. A young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer and, in order to survive, he must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Silver Warrior (2015) The next chapter in the boys live-action franchise. As the fight against evil Prince Vekar's alien Armada gets tougher, the Power Rangers Super Megaforce (Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake) find themselves receiving help from the Legendary Samurai and Jungle Fury Red Rangers. The odds are further evened when the Rangers are joined by an unexpected new ally from another planet -- Orion, the all-new Silver Ranger. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

photo for Predestination Predestination (2015) Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook, Christopher Kirby, Madeleine West, Freya Stafford. Based on the short story "All You Zombies" by Robert A. Heinlein, the sci-fi thriller chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future criminals from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Outtakes, "A Journey Through Time" behind-the-scenes featurette, 10-part documentary: "All You Zombies: Bringing Predestination to Life." (Sony).

Puff the Magic Dragon Triple Feature (2015) "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of Living Lies," "Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody." Formats: DVD, $12.99. (CBS/Paramount).

RPG (aka Real Playing Game) (2013) Rutger Hauer. For 10 hours, 10 aging millionaires from around the world are transferred to attractive and healthy younger bodies, to live in a world of temporary rejuvenation, in a game of real thrills, where every hour someone must die. Formats: DVD, VOD. (ARC Entertainment).

Rosewater (2014)Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Iran's Controversial Election," "The Story of Maziar Bahari," "Real Spies Have TV Shows," "What Happens in New Jersey ...," "A Director's Perspective." (Universal).

photo for The Song The Song (2014) Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, Danny Vinson. An aspiring singer-songwriter's life and marriage suffer when the song he writes for his wife propels him to stardom. Inspired by the Song of Solomon. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Richard Ramsey, three featurettes: "Meet the Cast," "Scripture to Screen" and "King Solomon on Screen"/"Awaken Love: A Journey for Couple." (Sony).

Strawberry Shortcake Double Feature (2015) "The World of Strawberry Shortcake" and "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City," $12.99. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).

Syncopation (1942) Director William Dieterle's long-unseen 1942 musical feature, restored in 2K from an archival 35mm fine grain master struck by the Library of Congress from the nitrate negative. A one-of-a-kind cinematic extravaganza, "Syncopation" is both a love story about two young musicians and a celebration of some of the greatest popular music of the first half of the 20th century. The romance between a young trumpeter (Jackie Cooper) and a New Orleans-born piano player (Bonita Granville, the silver screen's original Nancy Drew) serves as the narrative plot line. But the photo for Syncopation core of the film is its celebratory history of "syncopated" music -- jazz -- tracing it from the turn-of-the-century sounds of ragtime, through Dixieland, the blues, Chicago jazz and the swing era. Musical greats of the day are featured in performance, including Benny Goodman, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet and many more. Also in the cast are Adolphe Menjou, George Bancroft, Robert Benchley and singers Todd Duncan and Connee Boswell. Putting all of the elements together is prolific golden age director William Dieterle "(The Life of Emile Zola," "Portrait of Jennie," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Nine short musical films showcasing some of the most iconic performers in jazz history: "Symphony in Black" (1935 w/Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday), "Rhapsody in Black and Blue" (1932, w/Louis Armstrong), "St. Louis Blues" (1929, w/Bessie Smith), "Cab Calloway's Hi De Ho" (1933), "Bundle of Blues" (1933, w/Duke Ellington), "Hoagy Carmichael" (1939, w/Carmichael and Jack Teagarden), "Artie Shaw's Class in Swing" (1939, w/Shaw), "Jazz a la Cuba" (1933, w/Don Azpiazu), "Black and Tan Fantasy" (1929, w/Duke Ellington and Fredi Washington). (Cohen Film Collection).

Tarzan (2015) The classic re-imagined for a new generation in CGI-animation. During an expedition to a remote African jungle, the Greystoke family's helicopter crashes, leaving one survivor: the young boy J.J., nicknamed Tarzan. Raised by gorillas, Tarzan lives by the laws of the jungle -- until he encounters another human being, the courageous and beautiful Jane Porter. For Tarzan and Jane, it-s love at first sight -- and the beginning of a thrilling adventure -- as Tarzan uses his instincts and intellect to protect his jungle home and the woman he loves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, "Becoming Gorillas" featurette, "The Making of Tarzan" featurette. (Lionsgate).

20 Stories for Spring (2014) Single disc with 20 stories celebrating Spring and Easter, including Max & Ruby, Curious George, Chicken Little, The Red Hen and other favorite characters: "Max's Chocolate Chicken," "Chicken Little," "The Red Hen," "Reading to Your Bunny," "Voyage to Bunny Planet," "Curious George Rides a Bike," "Bear Wants More," "Scaredy Squirrel," "Chicka Chicka 123," "My Garden," "Chrysanthemum," "Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms," "Goodnight Moon," "Runaway Ralph," "Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present," "And Then It's Spring," "Caterpillar and the Polliwog," "The Most Wonderful Egg in the World," "Giggle Giggle Quack Quack," "Dooby Dooby Moo." Formats: DVD, $5.97. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures: The Classic Collection).

Vampire's Kiss/High Spirits BLU-RAY DEBUT "Vampire's Kiss" (1988): Nicolas Cage. "High Spirits" (1988): Daryl Hannah, Peter O'Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher, Liam Neeson. (Scream Factory).

Vandal (2013 -- France) Zinedine Benchenine, Chloe Lecerf, Emile Berling, Jean-Marc Barr. The story of a wayward young man who comes of age in the world of graffiti art. Like the stolen car he is driving in circles, Cherif's life is going nowhere in a hurry. When he is arrested for the umpteenth time, Cherif's exasperated mother strikes a last-chance deal with a judge to send the troubled juvenile to live quietly with his aunt and uncle and attend vocational school. Cherif's earnest attempt to go straight is sending him directly to the doldrums, until he discovers that his even straighter-laced cousin Thomas is actually part of a local gang of taggers, who roam the night bombing walls and overpasses in the shadow of a mysterious tagger whose death-defying works have made him a legend. Formats: DVD, packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. (First Run Features).

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