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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, February 11 -- Monday, February 17

All DVD Releases

  • All Is Lost

    photo for What do you think about watching a film about a 77-year-old man wordlessly floundering around on a foundering boat for 106 minutes? Well if that man is Robert Redford, the director is young hotshot J.C. Chandor, and the film is "All Is Lost," then you're talking about an hour and a half of gripping, enthralling moviewatching. The plot: On a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container. His navigation equipment and radio are disabled and, without a motor, he works hard and cleverly to repair his boat and create a plan of action to save himself. But things get worse: he sails into a violent storm, which all but destroys the ship and his rations, and he's left to float aimlessly under an unrelenting sun, circling sharks and dwindling supplies. Now the ever-resourceful sailor finds himself staring his mortality in the face. Redford gives a tour-de-force performance -- indeed, this 77-year-old can handle himself well on the open seas.Extras: Commentary with writer-director-producer J.C. Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb; "Big Film, Small Film" featurette; four vignettes: "The Story," "The Filmmaker: J.C. Chandor," "The Actor: Robert Redford" and "The Sound of All Is Lost"; "Preparing for the Storm" featurette with storyboards, VFX Reel, pre-shooting and time-lapse footage. Vitals: Director: J.C. Chandor. Stars: Robert Redford. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Drama, Box office gross: $2.871 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars


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  • The Best Man Holiday

    Sequel to 1999's ensemble comedy "The Best Man" finds all nine friends together again for a reunion. When the college friends reunite after 15 years for the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Extras: Gag reel, "Holiday Reunion: The Making of The Best Man Holiday." commentary by Writer-director/producer Malcolm D. Lee. Blu-ray adds Alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, "Smack Talk: Filming the Girl Fight Scene." Vitals: Director: Malcolm D. Lee. Stars: Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa, Eddie Cibrian, John Michael Higgins. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 123 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $68.969 million, Universal. 2 stars

  • Ender's Game

    photo for Ender's Game "Ender's Game" has so many things wrong with it I don't know where to begin: a weak story line, unlikable characters that aren't fleshed out and are one-dimensional cardboard figures (there's a weak-kneed genius who will save the world, the bully, the hard-nosed drill sergeant with a heart of gold, the leaders with ulterior motives, the understanding girlfriend, etc.), sloppy direction, a couple of top-name actors telephoning in their performances, and even a muddled message about the sanctity of life, whether human or alien. The plot: In the future, a hostile alien race called the Formics attacked the Earth but were repelled and, in preparation for another attack, years later, the International Military begin training the best young children to be the military leaders of the future. Among them is Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant wunderkind who is trained to be the military strategist to combat the Formics. As part of his training, he's enlisted to play a computer simulation -- a game -- that involves attacking the Formics and wiping them out. But all is not as it seems. Based on the award-winning bestseller by Orson Scott Card (who, one should note, caused quite a stir with some moviegoers because of his history of anti-gay outbursts and articles). Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, commentary with producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci. Blu-ray adds "Ender's World: The Making of Ender's Game" eight-part featurette. Vitals: Director: Gavin Hood. Stars: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 114 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $60.119 million, Lionsgate. 2 stars

  • The Counselor

    A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. A talented lawyer (Michael Fassbender) known for doing the right thing for the wrong people decides to put his connections to the test by diving into a treacherous drug deal for some quick cash -- but he soon discovers himself embroiled in the nightmarish world of the cartels. Blu-ray Extras: Unrated extended cut, theatrical version, "Truth of the Situation," virals. Vitals: Director: Ridley Scott. Stars: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 162 min., Crime Thriller, Box office gross: $16.894 million, Fox. 2 stars

  • Austenland

    photo for Austenland A weak comedy about a young woman with a fixation on all things Jane Austen who spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland in England, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. It's an interesting idea squandered with dumb sex jokes, slapstick shticks, and sloppy acting and directing. Extras: Commentary with director Jerusha Hess and producer Stephenie Meyer, cast Q&A. Vitals: Director: Jerusha Hess. Stars: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, Ricky Whittle, James Callis. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $2.144 million, Sony. 2 stars

    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Festival Express (2003)
  • Masquerade (2012 - South Korea)
  • Rocky Heavyweight Collection

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All DVD Releases

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014) Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, Aneurin Barnard. When his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped, a young man follows a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, where he discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth -- but also devastating supernatural power. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Image Entertainment).

All Is Lost (2013) Robert Redford. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director-producer J.C. Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb; "Big Film, Small Film" featurette; four vignettes: "The Story," "The Filmmaker: JC Chandor," "The Actor: Robert Redford" and "The Sound of All Is Lost"; "Preparing for the Storm" featurette with storyboards, VFX Reel, pre-shooting and time-lapse footage. (Lionsgate).

The Americans Season 1 (2013) Thirteen episodes of the thriller about undercover Russian spies in 1980s Washington. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.99. Extras: "The Colonel" commentary featuring Joseph Weisberg, Joel Fields and Noah Emmerich; "Executive Order 2579: Exposing the Americans," "Perfecting the Art of Espionage," "Ingenuity Over Technology," gag reel, deleted scenes, trailers. (Fox).

And Then There Was You (2013) Garcelle Beauvais, Brian White, Lynn Whitfield, Leon. When a young woman discovers that her husband has a secret life, she leaves him and finds a new love interest, only to discover that this new man has secrets of his own. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (One Village Entertainment).

Anna Nicole (2013) Agnes Bruckner, Martin Landau, Adam Goldberg, Cary Elwes, Virginia Madsen. Bio-drama about Anna Nicole Smith, a modern-day Marilyn Monroe whose meteoric rise to fame from single, photo for The Armstrong Lie Texas mother to international supermodel, actress and reality television personality came with a tragic price. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).

The Armstrong Lie (2013) In 2009, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. "The Armstrong Lie" picks up in 2013 after Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, and presents a riveting, insider's view of the unraveling of the greatest deception in sports history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by Gibney; a Q&A with Gibney, Frank Marshall, Bill Strickland, Jonathan Vaughters and Betsy Andreu; deleted scenes. (Sony).

The Artist and the Model (2013 -- Spain) Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale, Aida Folch. It's the summer of 1943, and in a verdant corner of occupied France, not far from the Spanish border, a famous old sculptor and painter, Marc Cros (Rochefort), lives with his supportive wife Lea (Cardinale), safe from the war raging in the distance. Marc, who can call Cezanne and Matisse his friends, seems to have reached the end of his life and, worse, his art. But one day, Lea meets Merce (Folch), a photo for The Artist and the Model beautiful young Spaniard who has escaped from a refugee camp. Lea instantly sees that the raw, sensual girl is her husband's favorite type of model and brings her home to give the artist some fresh inspiration. Though initially chilly to each other, Marc and his frequently nude model slowly grow closer, as the old man comes to realize she will be his final masterpiece, and she absorbs his insights into art and, ultimately, life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with director Fernando Trueba, trailer. (Cohen Media Group).

Austenland (2013) Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, Ricky Whittle, James Callis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Jerusha Hess and producer Stephenie Meyer, cast Q&A. (Sony).

The Best Man Holiday (2013) Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa, Eddie Cibrian, John Michael Higgins. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "Holiday Reunion: The Making of The Best Man Holiday." commentary by Writer-director/producer Malcolm D. Lee. Blu-ray adds Alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, "Smack Talk: Filming the Girl Fight Scene." (Universal).

photo for Brewster Leads The Way (2013) Newest addition to the popular "Chuggington" DVD series (from the animated TV series) is filled with six action-packed episodes featuring Brewster the train. In these episodes, Brewster starts the digging of a new tunnel, saves new chuggineers Zack, Tyne and Fletch from a flash flood caused by a bursting river, and pitches in to fix Old Puffer Pete ... all the while discovering the importance of helping others and working together. Formats: DVD. Extras: Old Puffer Pete die-cast engine from TOMY while supplies last. (Anchor Bay).

Capital Games (2013) Based on the best-selling erotic novel by author and executive producer G.A. Hauser about the rivalry between a tough ex-LAPD cop who quit police to work in the calm environment of a business office and the glamorous new kid in the office, who soon wins favor with the big boss and co-workers. After a crazy night in the Santa Fe desert, the pair become torn between passionate love and passionate hatred. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the- scenes featurette. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

photo for Chicago: Diamond Edition Chicago: Diamond Edition (2002) Dir.: Rob Marshall; Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Colm Feore. Remastered. Winner of six Academy Awards- "Chicago" is a dazzling spectacle -- both on stage and the big screen. At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and spotlight seeking Roxie Hart (Zellweger) both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn (Gere), the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago, there's only room for one legend. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New feature-length documentary "Chicago in the Spotlight," an in-depth retrospective including never-before-seen footage with cast and crew; commentary with director Rob Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon; deleted musical number "Class" performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah; "From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago" featurette. (Miramax/Lionsgate).

The Counselor (2013) Dir.: Ridley Scott; Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: Unrated extended cut, theatrical version, "Truth of the Situation," virals. (Fox).

photo for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- Fifty By Four Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- Fifty By Four (2013) Documentary takes a look at the career of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, that group of singer-songwriters who helped usher in a new era of rock music in the 1970s with its emphasis on folk rock, vocal harmonies, confessional balladry, and political activism. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, alongside occasional collaborator Neil Young, refused to be labelled "a band," describing themselves as a loose collective of musical friends free from the inhibiting confines of the music business. This is the story of CSNY's experiment, a journey of breakthroughs, breakdowns, break-ups and incredible music, somehow all from a group that apparently didn't exist. Features archival and exclusive interviews, seldom-seen footage, classic and rare performances and contributions from those who worked closely with CSNY across the years, including Dallas Taylor, Greg Reeves, Danny Kortchmar, George Chocolate Perry, Joe Lala, Chad Cromwell, Calvin Fuzzy Samuels, Joe Vitale, The Albert Brothers, Bill Halverson, and many others. Formats: DVD. (Chrome Dreams/MVD Entertainment).

Dallas: The Complete Second Season (2013) Four-disc set with all 15 episodes, $39.98. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), one of the most iconic television villains of all time, takes his last breath under very suspicious photo for circumstances but not before stirring up a season's worth of Texas-size trouble. J.R. deviously guides his son, John Ross (Josh Henderson), in stealing the family business from Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy), while the ladies take their own sides. Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) runs for governor, Ann (Brenda Strong) takes aim at her ex, Harris (Mitch Pileggi), and Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) and Elena (Jordana Brewster) prove that being beautiful and fighting dirty sometimes go hand in hand. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Memories of Larry Hagman: A Cast and Crew Tribute," an intimate look at how Larry Hagman impacted the lives of his cast and crew as they share their favorite and personal memories of the man who made J.R., and "Dallas," famous around the world; "One Last Conversation With Larry Hagman," an unedited interview with in which he discusses the launch of the new "Dallas"; "J.R.'s Masterpiece: Extended Cut" of the pivotal J.R. funeral episode, as the show buries one of TV's most memorable characters; "The Battle for Ewing Energies: Blood Is Thicker Than Oil" featurette; "Dallas Fashion Files"; Dallas at PaleyFest 2013: Highlights from the PaleyFest 2013 panel with cast and creative team; deleted scenes. (Warner).

photo for Diana Diana (2013) Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards, Juliet Stevenson. During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interviews with the cast and crew, 16-page Diana Fashion Photo Booklet, which looks at how the filmmakers captured Diana's iconic fashion style. (Entertainment One).

The Discovery of Eilleen Twain (2014) Featuring early footage and songs from Shania Twain, when she was still struggling artist Eilleen Twain. Eilleen Twain got her first break in the late 80s in Viva Vegas, a legendary Vegas style resort show produced by Brian Ayers at Deerhurst Inn Resort in Ontario, Canada. This documentary features revealing interviews with former cast members and music veterans of that era, taking you back to Twain's roots along with footage of her heartfelt renditions of "Somewhere Out There" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The Bonus CD, "Eilleen Twain: Beginnings 1989-1990," features 10 re-mastered songs from Twain's early career. Formats: CD/DVD Combo. (Video Service Corp/MVD Entertainment).

Doctor Who: The Moonbase The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), along with his friends Polly, Ben and Jamie, is accused of starting a plague that is killing off the crew of a moonbase that controls the Earth's weather. Remastered. Formats: DVD, $24.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).

Ender's Game (2013) Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, commentary with producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci. Blu-ray adds "Ender's World: The Making of Ender's Game" eight-part featurette. (Lionsgate).

Farscape: The Complete Season Two 15th Anniversary Edition (2000-01) "Farscape Season 2" unfolds as a tapestry of histories and mysteries. Having survived Season 1's deathtrap finale, John Crichton and the crew of the living space ship Moya attempt to evade the villainous Scorpius. And if the Peacekeepers weren't enough trouble, Crichton and company soon cross paths with the ambitious, reptilian Scarran race. Twenty-two episodes. Formats: Six-disc DVD, $39.95; four-disc Blu-ray, $49.95. Extras: Original Season 2 premiere, blooper reel, audio commentaries, director's cut deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds featurette with the composer, behind-the-scenes interviews and specials. (Cinedigm).

photo for Festival Express BLU-RAY DEBUT Festival Express BLU-RAY DEBUT (2003) In the summer of 1970, some of the era's biggest rock stars took to the rails for Festival Express, a multi-artist, multi-day, multi-city concert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and let loose aboard a customized train that traveled from Toronto, to Winnipeg, to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert. "Festival Express" captures some of rock's most iconic artists in an extraordinary setting, during an incredible time in music history. These were some of Janis Joplin's final performances, as she would tragically die just three months later. The Band were at the height of their time together, and the Grateful Dead were in the midst of releasing future classics "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty." Also on board were the Buddy Guy Blues Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, Mashmakhan and Sha Na Na. Also available in a two-DVD set. Extras: "Derailed -- The making of Festival Express"; "Train Hopping" function that allows you to hear the songs in the film, uninterrupted; additional and extended interviews; 10 extra performances; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).

photo for Grace Unplugged Grace Unplugged (2013) AJ Michalka, James Denton, Kevin Pollak, Michael Welch, Shawnee Smith. Uplifting story of a teenager whose faith and family ties are put to the test when her dreams of becoming a music star start to come true. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Own It: Making of Grace Unplugged" featurette, "The Music" featurette, "Gags" reel, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

Haunter (2013) Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Eleanor Zichy, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, David Hewlett. In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for nearly 30 years, they have had to live the same miserable day over and over, never thinking they're anything but alive. But now, Lisa has started noticing things that make her believe that she and her uncomprehending family are in fact ghosts. On top of that, she realizes that she must reach out from beyond the grave to help her living counterpart Olivia and her family avoid the same gruesome fate that Lisa and her family suffered all those years ago. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/MPI Media Group).

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection (1996-98) Twelve-disc set with 27 episodes starring Patricia Routledge as housewife-turned-private-investigator Hetty Wainthropp who, like an earthier Miss Marple, applies her seasoned intuition and fierce moral compass to the job of righting wrongs in England's towns and villages. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with Patricia Routledge, production notes, photo galley. (Acorn Media).

photo for How I Live Now Hindenburg -- The Last Flight (2011) Maximilian Simonichek, Lauren Lee Smith, Stacy Keach, Greta Scacchi. Fictionalized account of one of the most shocking accidents of the 20th Century, this is an alternate history of the tragic event that rocked the world in 1937, imagining passengers in a desperate search for explosives that have been planted onboard the aircraft by a ruthless businessman. Originally aired in two parts on Encore's Big Miniseries Showcase. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).

How I Live Now (2013) Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay. In the near future, an American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as an escalating military conflict in Europe envelops the world around her. Based on the award-winning young adult novel by Megan Rosoff. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes comparisons, deleted scenes, AXS TV: "A Look at How I Live Now," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Jewtopia (2012) Jennifer Love Hewit, Ivan Sergei, Joel David Moore. Romantic comedy centered on a gentile who pretends to be Jewish in order to win the affection of his love interest. Based on the wildly successful stage play "Jewtopia." Formats: DVD, VOD. (Cinedigm).

photo for The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (1967) Voices of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Bruce Reitherman, George Sanders, Sterling Halloway, J. Pat O'Malley, Louis Prima. Extras: Introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman; alternate ending: Mowgli and the hunter; "@DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity"; "Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller and Floyd Norman"; "Disney Intermission -- Bear-E-Oke Hosted by Baloo"; Bear-E-Oke sing-a-long; "I Wanna Be Like You - Hangin' Out At Disney's Animal Kingdom." Formats: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo, DVD, Digital. (Disney).

Killing Kennedy (2013) Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Michelle Trachtenberg, Ginnifer Goodwin. National Geographic original movie chronicles the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Second in a trilogy of books written by Bill O'Reilly and his researcher and partner Martin Dugard. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Extended feature, behind-the-scenes featurette, "Killing Kennedy: An Interview with Author Bill O'Reilly," "The Kennedy Mystique." (Fox). photo for League of Super Evil Season 1, Volumes 1 and 2

League of Super Evil Season 1, Volumes 1 and 2 (2013) Two two-disc sets with 13 episodes each of the animated TV series that follows four Super Villains (the League of Super Evil, or L.O.S.E.) who have set their sights on nothing less than total neighborhood domination, except they have no powers, no skills, no money ... and the worst thing they've done is irritate their neighbors. Led by self-proclaimed mastermind Voltar, L.O.S.E. includes muscle-bound nice-guy Red Menace, Mad Scientist Doktor Frogg and inter-dimensional hell-hound Doomageddon. Their methods? Using a shrunken anime robot to win a playground slam dunk competition and holding a neighborhood barbecue and not inviting any of the neighbors. Total mindless fun. Formats: DVD, $19.95 each. (Cinedigm).

Lou Reed Tribute (2014) A video tribute to one of the true legends of rock music, who died October 27, 2013. This genius maverick not only co-founded The Velvet Underground -- the band rock critic Lester Bangs inarguably claimed was the start of all new music -- he also composed the lion's share of their photo for Lou Reed Tribute near perfect catalogue. After the velvet disbanded, he went on to establish a solo career that was as dynamic, controversial and genuinely enthralling as that of any rock performer before and since. This three-disc set features three separate films that pay tribute to New York's favorite son: "The Velvet Underground - Under Review," a 75-minute retrospective of the music and career of one of rock music's most influential groups; "Punk Revolution NYC: The Velvet Underground, The NY Dolls & The CBGBs Set" traces the entire history of New York's punk scene, showing how the Velvet were instrumental in shaping the city's unique brand of rock; and "The Sacred Triangle -- Bowie, Iggy & Lou -- 1971-1973," which tells the story of how these three musical pioneers influenced each other at the beginning of their solo careers, forming an association that made for some of the finest music in the 1970s. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (Chrome Dreams/MVD Entertainment).

Masquerade BLU-RAY DEBUT (2012 -- South Korea) Byung-hun Lee. Political intrigue, betrayal, peril and forbidden romance play out in this critically acclaimed drama set in the royal palace of Korea's ancient Joseon Dynasty. Amid national chaos and a fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted counselor to find a royal body double; he recruits a crude, working-class peasant, a photo for Masquerade BLU-RAY DEBUTvillage performer who bears a startling resemblance to the ruler. When the king falls into a coma from poisoning, the double takes the throne and follows his heart -- no matter what the price -- to save his country from collapse and its oppressed people from despair. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Lighting and Cinematography" and "Production Design" featurettes, deleted scenes, trailers. (CJ Entertainment).

Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Spring! (2014) Twelve new-to-DVD episodes of animated springtime adventure with Max & Ruby. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013) "Iron Mike" recounts his life's highs and lows in his signature candid style in this one-man stage show directed by Spike Lee, filmed before a live audience at Broadway's Imperial Theatre in New York City for HBO. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Conversations" behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews with Lee and Tyson, along with executive producer-writer Kiki Tyson and executive producer Jon Kilik. (HBO).

Newhart: The Complete Second Season photo for Newhart: The Complete Second Season (1983-84) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.93. Bob Newhart returned to series TV as Dick Loudon, a New Yorker who runs a small B&B in Vermont with his wife Joanna (Mary Frann). Things operate a little differently up in ski country, as exemplified by their disparate group of friends and neighbors including wacky, bumbling handyman George (Tom Poston), Larry (William Sanderson) and his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss) and his other brother Darryl (John Voldstad). Season Two highlights include Dick fighting against the advances of a celebrity author, Joanna challenging the town's historical practice of the men and women eating separately during the town's potluck dinners, Stephanie (Julia Duffy) getting lost in a snowstorm, Kirk (Steven Kampmann) planning to sell the Minuteman Cafe and more. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

A Night in the Woods (2011) Scoot McNairy, Anna Skellern, Andrew Hawley. When three friends go hiking in supposedly haunted woods, jealousies, sexual tensions and strained relationships come to a head, turning photo for A Night in the Woods what should have been a peaceful camping adventure into a terror trip when something comes after them. As collective paranoia reaches fever pitch it becomes clear that there is a much darker force at work in their ancient eerie surroundings. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Trailer. (Tribeca Film/Cinedigm).

On the Job (2013 -- Philippines) Joey Marquez, Piolo Pascual, Joel Torre, Gerald Anderson. Crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials. Two cops uncover the scheme, but, caught in a web of deceit and corruption, head on a collision course with government officials who will do anything to silence them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Making-of" featurette. (Well Go USA,).

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013) Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2013 and for Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards 2013, "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" tells the incredible story of three young women in a Moscow-based feminist punk rock group, Pussy Riot, who stage a provocative guerrilla performance on the soleas of the city's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in a statement against the leadership of the church and Russia's president Vladimir Putin. Filmed over the course of six months, the critically-acclaimed documentary follows the group's arrests, subsequent trials and their sentencing -- profound events that shine a world spotlight on Russian society and freedom of expression. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with Yekaterina Stanislavovna Samutsevich (band member Katia), Sheffield Film Festival Q&A, theatrical trailer. (Cinedigm).

photo for Reaching for the Moon Reaching for the Moon (2013) Dir.: Bruno Barreto; Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Gloria Pires. A sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer's block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Otto) travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary (Middendorf). Hoping to find inspiration on Mary's sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more -- a tempestuous relationship with Mary's bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Pires), that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).

Reel Zombies (2008) Independent underground filmmakers Mike Masters and David J. Francis (playing themselves) are eager to complete the third film in their "Zombie Night" film trilogy, a series of rather unsuccessful low-budget, shot-on-video gorefests. The problem, however, is a recent zombie apocalypse has taken over the world since their series began. The dead are rising from their graves and eating the living ... for real this time. The pair embark on the production of their newest masterpiece anyway, only to discover shooting in a post-apocalyptic world offers many unforeseen challenges and they decide to capitalize on the cannibalistic catastrophe: No need for latex and fake blood when there's an entire world of flesh eating undead to add realism to their film, and help save money on special effects costs!Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, trailer, commentary. (Synapse Films).

Regular Show: Mordecai and Margaret Pack (2013) Sixteen themed episodes from the first four seasons of the Cartoon Network series, highlighting Mordecai's crush, Margaret Formats: DVD, $19.82. Extras: Never-before-seen clip from the season four finale. (Warner).

photo for The Returned The Returned (2012 -- French) The lives of the residents of an idyllic French alpine village are forever changed when a seemingly random collection of people who have been dead for several years inexplicably come back to life and try to integrate themselves into their former lives. But it seems they're not the only ones to have returned from the dead, as their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. A gripping, stylish mix of real and surreal, the highly cinematic series -- which is an intimate portrait of people dealing with their guilt over the death of their loved ones and questions our desire for eternal life -- features a wide range of top French film actors and a haunting, atmospheric soundtrack by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. "The Returned" was a smash hit last year on French television and the highest rated subtitled drama in the UK in nearly a decade, and aired on Sundance Channel in the states. Based on 2004 feature "Les revenants" by Robin Campillo. Eight episodes. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $29.95; two-disc Blu-ray, $34.95. Extras: Collector's booklet, interview with director Fabrice Gobert, critical essay by film critic Scott Tobias. (Music Box Films).

The Reverend (2011) Stuart Brennan, Tamer Hassan, Rutger Hauer, Doug Bradley, Emily Booth. After a reverend is bitten by a vampire on the first day at his new parish, he tries to put his new bloodlust to good use when he discovers that his seemingly idyllic little town is anything but: it's plagued by drugs, prostitution and violence .Formats: DVD, VOD. (Level 33 Entertainment).

Rocky Heavyweight Collection Blu-ray Features all six knockout "Rocky" films including the first film with a stunning new master. Extras: 8mm home movies of "Rocky" (1975) narrated by director John G. Avildsen and production manager Lloyd Kaufman; "In the Ring" three-part making-of documentary; four behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Makeup," "Music," "Directing" and "Camera Work"; three boxing featurettes: "Three Rounds With Legendary Trainer Lou Duva," "The Opponents" and "The Ring of Truth"; Tributes: Burgess Meredith, James Crabe; "Interview with a Legend: Bert Sugar"; video commentary with Sylvester Stallone; Sylvester Stallone on "Dinah!" (1976); theatrical trailers, TV spots, more. $59.99. (Fox).

photo for SEAL Patrol SEAL Patrol (2013) Eric Roberts, Kristina Anapau, Roark Critchlow, Josh Daugherty. After losing contact with a clandestine energy research facility, a powerful venture capitalist contracts a private team of elite military operatives to retrieve a physicist who holds the key to an unprecedented alternate energy source. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes of SEAL Patrol" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Sherlock: Season Three (2013) Two-disc set with three episodes of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series from the BBC. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98. Extras: Three behind-the-scenes featurettes: "The Fall," "Fans, Villains & Speculation: The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes" and "Shooting Sherlock." (BBC Home Entertainment).

Sorority Party Massacre (2012) Tom Downey, Kevin Sorbo, Ed O'Ross, Leslie Easterbrook, Richard Moll, Ron Jeremy, Marissa Skell, Eve Mauro, Yvette Yates. An isolated town full of sexy college girls has a dangerous secret: one girl has gone missing each year for the last 20 years. A big-city cop, in danger of losing his badge, agrees to aid the town's sheriff in investigating the unsolved disappearances. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by producer-writer-director Chris W. Freeman and producer-director Justin Jones; deleted scenes; outtakes; Paige fight scene; "Barney Lumpkin Campaign Ad." (Anchor Bay).

Spinning Plates (2012) Documentary examines the drama and unique challenges faced each day by the owners of three very different restaurants: World-renowned chef Grant Achatz strives for culinary excellence at his gourmet restaurant Alinea in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. Family owned and operated for six generations, Breitbach's Country Dining in rural Iowa remains standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the small town community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant, La Cocina de Gabby, in Tucson, Az., struggles to stay afloat as its owners risk everything to provide for their young daughter. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).

photo for The Summit The Summit (2012) Documentary about the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 of a multinational group of 22 experienced mountain climbers mysteriously perished on K2, on August 1, 2008. Features breathtaking cinematography, the climbers' own firsthand footage and jaw-dropping reenactments based on the testimony of those who survived the climb. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Swamp People: Season 4 (2013) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five bonus webisodes. (Lionsgate).

22 Bullets (2010 -- France) Jean Reno, Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marina Fois. Lifelong mobster Charly Mattei (Reno) has turned a new leaf and left his past as an outlaw behind him, living a quiet, comfortable life, devoting himself to his wife and two young children. One winter morning, however, he's attacked in an underground parking garage and left for dead -- with 22 bullets in his body. After a miraculous recovery, he embarks on a hunt for vengeance that takes him back into the seedy criminal underworld he thought he'd left behind forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of 22 Bullets," commentary by director Richard Berry, trailer. (Cinedigm).

2 Jacks (2012) Danny Huston, Sienna Miller, Jack Huston, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Zane. Glamorous and romantic vision of Hollywood now and then. Legendary film director Jack Hussar, notorious gambler and womanizer, returns to L.A. to raise financing for his next film. In a whirlwind night on the town, Jack seduces the stunning Diana, hits some wild industry parties, narrowly escapes a brush with the law, before playing a high-stakes poker game at dawn. Years later, Jack Hussar Jr., arrives in Hollywood for his directorial debut, and an older Diana finds her daughter falling for her former lover's son. Based on Tolstoy's short story "The Two Hussars." Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, film festival Q&A. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

photo for Wadjda Wadjda (2012 -- Saudi Arabia) Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities in her world. The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, the first Saudi film written and directed by a woman, the first Saudi submission to the Foreign Language committee for the Academy Awards and a wonderful debut performance by Waad Mohammed as the spunky title character. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by director Haifaa Al Mansour, Director's Guild Q & A, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013 -- China) Dir.: Tsui Hark; Angelababy, Mark Chao, William Feng, Carina Lau, Lin Gengxin. The action-packed, martial arts extravaganza follows Dee Renjie's beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorizing the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the Imperial family. The prequel to Hark's 2010 "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

Yukon Men: Season 1 (2012) Nine episodes of the Discovery Channel series about the inhabitants of Tanana, Alaska, and their struggle for survival in the wilds just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle. Formats: DVD, $29.93. (Cinedigm).

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