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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, February 28 -- Monday, March 6

All DVD Releases

  • Moonlight

    photo for Moonlight Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s autobiographical play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue," the film chronicles the life of a young black man (Chiron) from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. It's a profoundly moving portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love. The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Vitals: Director: Barry Jenkins. Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Drama, Box office gross: $17.764 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Audio commentary with Director Barry Jenkins, “Ensemble of Emotion: The Making of Moonlight” featurette, “Poetry Through Collaboration: The Music of Moonlight” featurette, “Cruel Beauty: Filming in Miami” featurette. 3 stars


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  • Allied

    photo for Allied Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star as intelligence officer Max Vatan and French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour, two of the world’s deadliest spies, who fall in love while undercover on a top-secret mission and marry during World War II. But when Max learns his wife may be secretly conspiring with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable. Vitals: Director: Robert Zemeckis. Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy, Jared Harris. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 124 min., Action Drama, Box office gross: $39.988 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: "Story of Allied" featurette, "From Stages to the Sahara: The Production Design of Allied," "Through the Lens: Directing With Robert Zemeckis," "A Stitch in Time: The Costumes of Allied," "‘Til Death Do Us Part: Max and Marianne," "Guys and Gals: The Ensemble Cast," "Lights, Pixels, ACTION! The Visual Effects of Allied," "Behind the Wheel: The Vehicles of Allied," "Locked and Loaded: The Weapons of Allied," "That Swingin’ Sound: The Music of Allied." 2 stars

  • Doctor Strange

    photo for Doctor Strange The story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to the remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality. From Marvel Studios and Marvel Comics. Vitals: Director: Scott Derrickson. Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 115 min., Fantasy Action Adventure, Box office gross: $231.279 million, Marvel/Disney. Blu-ray extras: Five featurettes: "A Strange Transformation" bringing the Marvel character to life; "Strange Company" behind-the-scenes; "The Fabric of Reality" look at the movie’s sets, costumes and production elements; "Across Time and Space" dance and fight choreography; "The Score-cerer Supreme" with composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions; "Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look" early peek at Marvel’s upcoming films, including "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War"; "Team Thor: Part 2" partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short; deleted scenes; gag reel; audio commentary by director Scott Derrickson. 2 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    February 28:
    Deserted: A recently released felon looking to start fresh with the brother she left behind joins him on a trip to the desert where their group finds themselves hopelessly lost in one of the most beautiful but unforgiving places on the planet.
    Lost Cat Corona: A play-it-safe guy must search for his wife's missing cat, bringing him face-to-face with the colorful, wacky, and sometimes, dangerous element of his neighborhood.
    Moonlight: Chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

    March 3:
    Sing: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.(DVD, Blu-ray release: March 21)

    March 6:
    Westworld: The Complete First Season

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Deadtime Stories (1986)

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Allied (2016) Director: Robert Zemeckis. Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy, Jared Harris. The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened when he learns she may be a counter-spy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Story of Allied" featurette, "From Stages to the Sahara: The Production Design of Allied," "Through the Lens: Directing With Robert Zemeckis," "A Stitch in Time: The Costumes of Allied," "‘Til Death Do Us Part: Max and Marianne," "Guys and Gals: The Ensemble Cast," "Lights, Pixels, ACTION! The Visual Effects of Allied," "Behind the Wheel: The Vehicles of Allied," "Locked and Loaded: The Weapons of Allied," "That Swingin’ Sound: The Music of Allied." (Paramount).

The Before Trilogy The cornerstone of the career-long exploration of cinematic time by director Richard Linklater, this celebrated three-part romance captures a relationship as it begins, begins again, deepens, strains, and settles over the course of almost two decades. Chronicling the love of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), from their first meeting as idealistic twentysomethings to the disillusionment they face together in middle age, The Before Trilogy also serves as a document of a boundary-pushing and extraordinarily intimate collaboration between director and actors, as Delpy and Hawke, who co-wrote two of the films, imbue their characters with a sense of raw, lived-in experience, and as they age on-screen along with them. Attuned to the sweeping grandeur of time's passage as well as the evanescence of individual moments, the Before films chart the progress of romantic destiny as it navigates the vicissitudes of ordinary life. "Before Sunrise" (1995), "Before Sunset" (2004) and "Before Midnight" (2013). New, restored 2K digital transfers of "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" and a 2K digital master of "Before Midnight," approved by director Richard Linklater, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the "Before Sunrise" Blu-ray and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" Blu-rays. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New discussion featuring Linklater and actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, moderated by critic Kent Jones; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the productions of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset"; audio commentary on Before Midnight by Delpy, Linklater, and Hawke; "Dream Is Destiny," a 2016 feature-length documentary about Linklater by Louis Black and Karen Bernstein; new documentary about the making of Before Midnight in Greece by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari; "3×2, a new conversation between scholars Dave Johnson and Rob Stone about Linklater's work; "Linklater // On Cinema & Time," a video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada; an essay on the trilogy by critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection).

Chronic (2015) Tim Roth, Sarah Sutherland, Robin Bartlett. A compassionate home-care nurse emotionally bonds with his terminally ill patients and finds that he needs his patients as much as they need him. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Behind the Scenes of Chronic” featurette. (Lionsgate).

photo for Contract to Kill Contract to Kill (2016) Steven Seagal, Russel Wong, Jemma Dallender. Seagal stars as a government enforcer investigating a terrorist plot that leads him and his team to Istanbul. There, they uncover an extremist plan to use drug-smuggling routes to bring deadly weapons — and leaders — into the U.S. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “The Making of Contract to Kill” featurette. (Lionsgate).

Creepy (2016 -- Japan) Japanese horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa ("Cure," "Pulse", "Bright Future") offers up an insidiously-constructed narrative that braids plot twists on top of plot twists and shock on top of shock. A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly ex-detective, Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his wife move into a new house with a very strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa). His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the unusual goings-on next door. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Icarus Films).



photo for Deadtime Stories BLU-RAY DEBUT Deadtime Stories BLU-RAY DEBUT (1986) Your favorite nightmares come to life in a salute to the age-old bedtime story ritual. Travel on a mysterious journey to a medieval world populated by blood-crazed witches, evil experiments and captive maidens. Then from the catacombs and dark caverns of medieval Europe, you’ll plunge into modern suburbia and the adventures of a female jogger stalked by a savage werewolf. Finally, sensuality will become macabre, black comedy as you follow the trail of three bank robbers who share their country house hideaway with a sweet murderess. New high-def transfer from the original negative. Extras: New audio commentary with co-writer/director Jef Delman; new "I Like the Grotesque" interview with Delman; new interviews with actors Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo and Scott Valentine; "The Black Forest" alternate cut of the first story; deleted scenes; trailers. (Scream Factory).

Doctor Strange (2016) Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton. After a tragic car accident, talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Five featurettes: "A Strange Transformation" bringing the Marvel character to life; "Strange Company" behind-the-scenes; "The Fabric of Reality" look at the movie’s sets, costumes and production elements; "Across Time and Space" dance and fight choreography; "The Score-cerer Supreme" with composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions; "Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look" early peek at Marvel’s upcoming films, including "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War"; "Team Thor: Part 2" partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short; deleted scenes; gag reel; audio commentary by director Scott Derrickson. (Marvel/Disney).

photo for Elite Elite (2017) Allison Gregory, Jason Scarborough, James C. Leary. A Naval Investigator and a former ELITE team leader team up to bring down a vicious drug lord, but their investigation uncovers a threat inside the CIA, FBI and the United States Senate.Formats: DVD. (Lost Empire/MVD Entertainment).

Fuller House: The Complete First Season (2016) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes. Twenty years have passed and the Tanner sisters are all grown-up. They've returned to their San Francisco home, where they're joined by family and friends as they raise the next generation of Tanner kids. Eldest daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) is now a veterinarian and recently widowed mother trying to raise three boys on her own. She's joined by her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber,) and Kimmy's teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas), who move in to lend their support and help raise D.J.'s kids. "The Full House" original cast, including Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, John Stamos and Dave Coulier, make guest appearances throughout the series. The original "Full House," which centered on three grown men raising three girls in San Francisco, premiered in 1987 on ABC and became an instant hit with viewers. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).

Moonlight (2016) Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe. Chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with Director Barry Jenkins, “Ensemble of Emotion: The Making of Moonlight” featurette, “Poetry Through Collaboration: The Music of Moonlight” featurette, “Cruel Beauty: Filming in Miami” featurette. (Lionsgate).


Officer Downe (2016) Tyler Ross, Kim Coates. Adapted from the 2010 graphic novel, the film concocts a hyper-real Los Angeles for the story of a savage L.A. policeman who is repeatedly resurrected and returned to active duty via dark science technology. When a rookie officer named Gable is recruited as back up, he discovers there's much more to the titular super-cop than a mindless law enforcement drone warring against a twisted rouges gallery of over-the-top super-villains. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Rules Don’t Apply (2016) Director: Warren Beatty; Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, Ed Harris, Oliver Platt, Martin Sheen. It’s Hollywood, 1958. An aspiring young actress, songwriter, beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin, Marla Mabrey (Collins), and her young, ambitious, deeply religious Methodist chauffeur, Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), both struggle with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire they work for, Howard Hughes (Beatty), and their attraction to each other. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "This is Rules Don’t Apply" interviews with cast and crew, music video “The Rules Don’t Apply” performed by Lily Collins, gallery. (Fox).

SCUM Manifesto (2016) A film created by Jill Godmilow in collaboration with Joanna Krakowska and Magda Mosiewicz that pays homage to the original SCUM Manifesto, a French film made in 1976 by Carole Roussopoulos and Delphine Seyrig that was inspired by Valerie Solanas's infamous text of the same name. Solanas self-published SCUM Manifesto in 1967. This articulate, angry, often humorous and sometimes absurd text declares that women must "overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation, and destroy the male sex." The original text, which Solanas first mimeographed and sold on the street, was later lost and forgotten, until she shot and almost killed Andy Warhol in 1968 -- an event that undoubtedly brought her notoriety. In 1976, renowned French actress and filmmaker Delphine Seyrig ("Last Year in Marienbad," "Jeanne Dielman") made a film version of the manifesto. The film depicted Seyrig slowly translating the text of SCUM into French, phrase by phrase, while activist and Swiss director Carole Roussopoulos sits across the table and types up the text. Almost 40 years after Roussopoulos and Seyrig's version was released, Jill Godmilow, Joanna Krakowska, and Magda Mosiewicz continue the SCUM legacy by creating a Polish version of the film. A copy of a copy. With each version, the context of the manifesto changes, allowing it to continue to be relevant -- from the counterculture revolution of Solanas's original, to the global resistance movements of the 1970 in Seyrig's, up to the most recent nationalist hysteria in Poland surrounding Andrzej Duda's rise to power in Godmilow's version. Formats: DVD. (Facets).

Utopia (2013) Documentary breaks what amounts to a national silence about Australia's indigenous people -- the oldest and most enduring human presence on Earth. Aboriginal people are still living in abject poverty and developing-world conditions, with a low life expectancy and disproportionately high rate of deaths in police custody. The film explores Australia's suppressed colonial past and rapacious present. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Additional interviews, booklet. (Icarus Films).

photo for We Are the Flesh We Are the Flesh (2016) A visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican art house cinema, "We Are the Flesh" is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldy dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire. A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behavior. Visionary, unrelenting, and certainly not for the prudish or faint-hearted, the film -- mixing the graphic, powerful imagery of Gaspar Noé's "Love" and "Enter the Void" with the surreal, hallucinatory impact of Alejandro Jodorowsky -- is an erotic inferno of the senses that manages to pack all manner of delirium into its short running time, including incest, necrophilia, and cannibalism. This is extreme art cinema at its boldest and most taboo-bustingly bizarre. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy; new interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel; two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter: "Dentro" and "Videohome"; theatrical trailer; stills gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).


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