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Tuesday, February 18 -- Monday, February 24

    Afternoon Delight (2013) Katherine Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch. A provocative comedy about sex, marriage and finding yourself again. Rachel, a quick witted yet tightly coiled thirty-something bored with her daily routine of preschool auctions and a lackluster sex life, and career that has gone kaput, visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper she adopts as her live-in nanny. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Cinedigm).

    photo for American Experience: 1964 American Experience: 1964 (2014) 1964 was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi. It was the year when Berkeley students rose up in protest, African Americans fought back against injustice in Harlem, and Barry Goldwater's conservative revolution took over the Republican Party. In myriad ways, 1964 was the year when Americans faced choices: between the liberalism of Lyndon Johnson or Barry Goldwater's grassroots conservatism, between support or opposition to the Civil Rights movement, between an embrace of the emerging counterculture or a defense of traditional values. Based in part on "The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964" by Jon Margolis, "1964" follows some of the most influential figures of the time -- Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan -- but also brings out from the shadows the stories of ordinary Americans whose principled stands would set the country onto a new and different course. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

    Balls to the Walls (2011) Dir.: Penelope Spheeris; Joe Hursley, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Christopher McDonald, Mimi Rogers. An engaged guy is forced by his future father-in-law to take a side job moonlighting as an exotic dancer in order to pay for the extravagant wedding neither of them can afford. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).

    Battle of the Damned (2013) Dolph Lundgren, Matt Doran, David Field, Melanie Zanetti. Following a deadly viral outbreak in a major city, private military soldier Max Gatling (Lundgren) leads a handful of survivors and a ragtag band of robots against an army of the infected to rescue the daughter of an industrialist. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

    photo for Darkman Collector's Edition Blu-ray Darkman Collector's Edition Blu-ray (1990) Dir.: Sam Raimi; Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Nelson Mashita, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, Dan Hicks, Ted Raimi, Dan Bell. On of the first comic book heroes to make it to the big screen (after Superman and Batman, of course), directed by future Spider-Man maven Raimi. Extras: Interviews with Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand; "My Name Is Durant" interview with Larry Drake, "The Face of Revenge" interview with makeup designer Tony Gardner; "Henchman Tales" interviews with actors Danny Hicks and Dan Bell; "Dark Design" interview with production designer Randy Ser and art director Philip Dagort; commentary with director of photography Bill Pope; vintage "Making of" and interview featurettes Raimi, Liam Neeson, McDormand and more; vintage full-length interviews, not used in the featurettes, with Raimi,Neeson and McDormand; theatrical trailer; TV spots; still galleries: posters & production stills, behind the scenes, make-up effects and storyboards. (Shout! Factory).

    photo for Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is the story of a clever, quick, nimble, and exceptionally well-dressed wild animal. A compulsive chicken thief turned newspaper reporter, Mr. Fox settles down with his family at a new foxhole in a beautiful tree directly adjacent to three enormous poultry farms -- owned by three ferociously vicious farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox simply cannot resist. This adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel from Wes Anderson is a meticulous work of stop-motion animation featuring vibrant performances by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon and Bill Murray. New digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Anderson; storyboard animatics for the entire film; footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score; interviews with cast and crew; puppet animation tests; photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets; animated awards acceptance speeches; audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based; gallery of Dahl's original manuscripts; discussion and analysis of the film; stop-motion Sony robot commercial by Anderson; a booklet featuring a new essay, a 2002 article on Dahl's Gipsy House by Anderson, "White Cape," a comic book used as a prop in the film, and drawings, original paintings, and other ephemera. (The Criterion Collection).


    photo for Fists of Legend Fists of Legend (2013 -- South Korea) Hwang Jung-min, Yu Jun-sang, Yun Jea-moon. Three old friends and rivals who haven't seen each other for 25 years are invited to an episode of Fists of Legend, a mixed martial arts reality TV show that recruits forgotten street fighting legends to battle each other in "The Greatest Fight Show on Earth." Deok-kyu, whose Olympic dreams were dashed, now runs a struggling noodle shop. Jae-seok who always wanted to be number one but still finds himself in a third-rate gang. And Sang-hoon, a thug turned corporate executive, must go back and find his bloodlust one last time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of" featurette, footage of the world premiere, behind-the-scenes at the poster photo shoot, more. (CJ Entertainment).

    Foreign Correspondent (1940) In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, "Rebecca" and "Foreign Correspondent," were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. Though "Rebecca" prevailed, "Foreign Correspondent" is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the photo for imminent war, it's wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects. "Foreign Correspondent" deserves to be mentioned alongside "The 39 Steps" and "North by Northwest" as one of the master's greatest adventures. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: New piece on the visual effects in the film with effects expert Craig Barron; "Hollywood Propaganda and World War II," a new interview with writer Mark Harris; interview with Hitchcock from a 1972 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show"; radio adaptation of the film from 1946, starring Joseph Cotten; "Have You Heard? The Story of Wartime Rumors," a 1942 Life magazine "photo-drama" by Hitchcock; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar James Naremore. (The Criterion Collection).

    Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season (2013) All 10 episodes of the third season of the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling part-political-thriller, part-epic-fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" in which seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. In Season 3, the battling families of the Seven Kingdoms continue to fight for power as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested and cruel fates are met. The Lannisters barely hold on to power after a photo for Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power. Robb Stark, King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters, and beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen -- reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons -- attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne for herself. Formats: DVD (five discs, $59.99), Blu-ray/DVD Combo (5 BD Discs, 2 DVD discs, $79.98), Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "A Gathering Storm" featurette look back at the stormy events of Season 2 in this 14-minute recap with cast and crew; "The Politics of Marriage" featurette; "Inside the Wildlings" featurette/introduction to the wildlings to gain a better understanding of their backstory; "New Characters of Season 3": Olenna Tyrell, Missandei, Mance Rayder, Tormund Giantsbane, Orell, Jojen & Meera Reed, Blackfish & Edmure Tully, Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion; deleted/extended scenes; 12 commentaries with cast and crew. Blu-ray with HBO Select adds "In-Episode Guide" that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories; "The Rains of Castamere Unveiled" in-depth look at the creation of the most pivotal episode of Season 3 in this comprehensive expose featuring cast and crew; "The Roots of Westeros" explores the interconnected web of relationships, rivalries and conflicts between the noble houses of Westeros with this interactive guide; "Histories & Lore" mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves. (HBO).

    photo for Gentle Ben: Season Two Gentle Ben: Season Two (1968-69) Four-disc set with 28 episodes, $36.00. The final season of the family-friendly series about a boy and his 650-pound best friend, Ben the bear. Starred a young Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver. Based on the children's novel that follows the adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, his wife, their son Mark and Mark's tame bear Ben. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).

    Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures (2014) Seven charming animated episodes -- inspired by Sam McBratney's best-selling book -- in which Little Nutbrown hare, his father and all his forest friends, including fun-loving Field Mouse, mischievous Little Grey Squirrel, tricky Little Redwood Fox and Little White Owl, explore the grassy fields, mossy forests, lazy rivers and sunny green valleys all around them. Formats: DVD, $12.98. (Entertainment One).

    Hellbenders (2012) Clifton Collins Jr., Clancy Brown, Andre Royo. There are demons so terrible that no mortal man of God could successfully drive them back to Hell. The only option is for the exorcist himself to invite possession and then commit suicide, dragging along the demon to damnation -- so the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints -- or Hellbenders -- was formed. A group of elite, highly-trained exorcists, they live in a constant state of debauchery so they will be ready to go to Hell at any moment. When an infernal Norse demon called Black Surtr escapes into New York City intent on cracking open the gates of Hell, the Hellbenders must use every ounce of their debauchery to battle the demon and save the planet from eternal damnation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director JT Petty, "God's Dirty Work -- The Making of Hellbenders" featurette, "Fly on the Wall" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).

    The Invoking (2013) Trin Miller, D'Angelo Midili, Andi Norris, Josh Truax. After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, a young woman and her three friends head to rural Sader Ridge to inspect the property -- which is plagued by sinister forces. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).

    Laughing to the Bank (2011) Brian Hooks, Devyn Ashley, Tabitha Brown, Darrel Cherney. A down-on-his-luck actor is frustrated with Hollywood and makes a plan to write, direct, and distribute his own project. When the money goes missing, it proves to just be the beginning of a wild adventure to get it back. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (One Village Entertainment).

    photo for Mortal Enemies Mortal Enemies (2011 -- Indonesia) Robin Shou, Verdy Bhawanta. Fellow orphans Sunny and Verdy are like brothers, but are separated when Verdy is adopted by a wealthy couple. Their paths cross again when Verdy, now a successful businessman, and his fiancee are kidnapped by a crew of pirates while on vacation. With the ransom set, the pirates' intentions become clear and Verdy is reunited with his long lost friend who, it appears, is with the pirates. Will they be able to come together to prove that brothers don't always have to share blood. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes with cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).

    Nurse Jackie: Season Five (2013) Ten episodes. Edie Falco stars as the complex and compelling Nurse Jackie whose life hits a cross-road as she spends the entirety of Season Five in an unfamiliar state ... sober. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $39.97; two-disc Blu-ray Disc, $39.97. Extras: Commentaries with cast and crew, "A Sober Jackie" featurette, "New to the Floor" featurette, gag reel, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

    Peter Rabbit and Peter Rabbit: Spring Into Adventure! (2014)The first two DVDs from Nickelodeon's take on the Beatrix Potter classic. $14.99 each. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).

    photo for Pompeii: The Doomed City Pompeii: The Doomed City (2013) Three History Channel documentaries explore the secrets of the lost city and ponder the potentially disastrous consequences if the great Mt. Vesuvius were to erupt again: "Digging for the Truth: Pompeii Secrets Revealed," "In Search of History: Pompeii" and "Mega Disasters: The Next Pompeii." $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

    Property Wars: Season One (2012) Two-disc set with six episodes of the Discovery Channel series in which buyers gamble big bucks on houses up for auction with the proviso that they can't step foot inside before they bid on it. Sometimes their gambles pay off big on a pristine house, but sometimes the inside reveals a profit-decimating house of horrors. Formats: DVD, $29.93. (Cinedigm).

    Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help (2013) Three new Strawberry Shortcake episodes as the kids help babysit a very special Baby Berrykin, work on fashion designs and adopt a bitty fish that turns out to be a homesick tadpole. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: "Sunshine Girls" music video, printable coloring pages. (Fox).

    Tom and Jerry: Mouse Trouble (2014) Thirty cartoons of animated cat and mouse antics from "Tom and Jerry Tales" and classic, theatrical Tom and Jerry shorts. Formats: DVD, $19.97. (Warner).

    Zaytoun (2012 -- Israel) Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal. In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni (Dorff) is shot down over Beirut and is taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp. Among the captors is 10-year-old Fahed, whose father obsessively tends to his prized, but sickly olive tree, refusing to replant it until they return to their ancestral land. Despite his deep-rooted hatred for Yoni, Fahed realizes he can use him to get past the border and into Palestine to plant his father's olive tree. The two embark on a harrowing and dangerous journey -- one that tests the very boundaries of humanity. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).

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