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Tuesday, March 10 -- Monday, March 16

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  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    photo for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Ben Stiller and an all-star comedy cast (including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais) reunite for one final Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life. Vitals: Director: Shawn Levy. Stars: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Crystal the Monkey, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 98 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $108.952 million, Fox. Extras: Two deleted and extended scenes, "Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up - The Comedy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," two galleries. Blu-ray adds five more deleted and extended scenes, bonus digital HD movie (either "Night at the Museum" or "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"), "The Theory of Relativity," "Becoming Laaa," "A Day in the Afterlife," "The Home of History: Behind the Scenes of The British Museum," "Fight at the Museum," "Creating Visual Effects," commentary by director Shawn Levy. 2 stars


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  • The Soft Skin (1964) (Criterion)

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photo for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014) Alexandra Shipp, Rachel Crawford, Lyriq Bent, Elise Neal, Christopher Jacot, Cle Bennett. Lifetime biodrama about "street but sweet" music and video star Aaliyah, whose life ended tragically in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Ancient Aliens: Season 7 - Volume 1 (2014) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $19.98. More and more information comes to light from the Earth's darkest recesses. "Underground Portals" explores the 10,000-year-old prehistoric artwork discovered in a cave in India. Could the face of Giza's Great Sphinx prove to be older than once thought, and what otherworldly being might it actually represent? Moving through the Egyptian pyramids, Central American temples and Earth's enigmatic caves, this collection offers viewers a detailed account of the mysteries of life that continue to elude us, while traveling across 75 million years of the most credible alien evidence right here on earth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

Bank$tas (aka Cubicle Warriors) (2013) Alan Thicke, Laura Vandervoort, Michael Seater, Joe Dinicol. Two recent college grads concoct a crazy scheme of sex, drugs and espionage to stop their new high-finance boss from planning a crooked student loan deal. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).

The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition (1985) Dir.: John Hughes; Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy. All-new, digitally remastered and fully restored version of the film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: New "Accepting the Facts: The Breakfast Club Trivia Track," "Sincerely Yours: A 12-Part" documentary, commentary with Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson, "The Most Convenient Definitions: The Origins of The Brat Pack," theatrical trailer. (Universal).

photo for Devil May Call Devil May Call (2013) Corri English, Tyler Mane, Traci Lords, Van Hansis, Camillia Monet. A young, blind operator for a suicide hotline descends into a night of unrelenting terror when an obsessive caller turns out to be a serial killer. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Commentary with director Jason Cuadrado, Jason Cuadrado's short film "Monstrous Nature," "Composing the Score" featurette with Nicolas Pike, cast interviews. (Lionsgate).

The John Hughes Yearbook Collection Three-disc set with "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and "Weird Science." Formats: DVD: $26.98, Blu-ray Disc: $34.98. (Universal).

Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf (2014) Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Tina Louise. A blind war veteran faces off with a wolf-like creature that's been terrorizing his retirement community. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with Director Adrian Garcia Bogliano, making-of Featurette, FX Featurette. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).

photo for Listen Up Philip Listen Up Philip (2014) Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Josephine de La Baume, Jonathan Pryce. Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself. Formats: DVD. (TriBeca Film/Cinedigm).

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Dir.: Shawn Levy; Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Crystal the Monkey, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two deleted and extended scenes, "Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up - The Comedy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," two galleries. Blu-ray adds five more deleted and extended scenes, bonus digital HD movie (either "Night at the Museum" or "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"), "The Theory of Relativity," "Becoming Laaa," "A Day in the Afterlife," "The Home of History: Behind the Scenes of The British Museum," "Fight at the Museum," "Creating Visual Effects," commentary by director Shawn Levy. (Fox).

photo for Pioneer (2013 -- Norway) Aksel Hennie, Stephen Lang, Wes Bentley. Thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind the scenes features with cast and crew, "Making of Pioneer: A Dive Into the Depths of the Seas," "Working on Pioneer" featurette, AXS TV: "A Look at Pioneer." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

R100 (2013 -- Japan) In this audaciously kinky, meta­comedic thriller, a lonely father with a secret taste for S&M (Nao Omori) hires a boutique dominatrix agency that specializes in guerrilla acts of public degradation, including being kicked, slapped, beaten and spit on by drop-dead gorgeous women. Although the rough treatment and humiliation Takafumi Katayama receives from these leather-­clad ladies -- in cafes and on the street -- drive him to ecstatic pleasure, he soon finds himself over his head during a surprise house call by one of the mistresses. After a freak and fatal accident, Katayama is forced into action, with a slew of vengeful dominatrixes chasing him down. With the help of his son, he has to devise a plan to take on the relentless femmes fatales, who each possess a unique S&M talent by which to exact painful revenge. The title is a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC­-17 is R18. The film is billed as "Not suitable for anyone under the age of 100." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: 12-page booklet, theatrical trailer. (Drafthouse Films).

photo for The Red Road: The Complete First Season The Red Road: The Complete First Season (2014) Two-disc set with six episodes, $29.98. Hard-hitting drama that revolves around a local cop (Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring mountains, home of a Native American tribe. After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the cop's wife (Julianne Nicholson), an unholy alliance is forged between the cop and Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa), a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Sundance on Set: The Red Road," "Behind the Screen: The Red Road," "The Red Road: Cast and Crew." (Anchor Bay).

The Red Tent (2014) Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Ferguson, Iain Glen, Will Tudor, Debra Winger. Based on Anita Diamant's bestselling novel. The re-imagined story of the 12 tribes of Israel is told through the eyes of Jacob's only daughter, Dinah. Premiered as a two-night special event on the Lifetime network Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. Formats: DVD. (Sony).

Remote Area Medical (2014) A debate over healthcare has been raging nationwide, but what's been lost in the discussion are the American citizens who live day after day, year after year without solutions for their most basic needs. This documentary documents the annual three-day "pop-up" medical clinic organized by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee's NASCAR speedway. Instead of a film about policy, "Remote Area Medical" is about people, about a proud Appalachian community banding together to try and provide some relief for friends and neighbors who are simply out of options. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

The Soft Skin (1964) Francois Truffaut followed up the international phenomenon "Jules and Jim" with this tense tale of infidelity. The unassuming Jean Desailly (Le doulos) is perfectly cast as a celebrated literary scholar, seemingly happily married, who embarks on an affair with a gorgeous stewardess, played by Françoise Dorleac ("The Young Girls of Rochefort"), who is captivated by his charm and reputation. As their romance gets serious, the film grows anxious, leading to a wallop of a conclusion. Truffaut made "The Soft Skin" at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master's influence can be felt throughout this complex, insightful, underseen French New Wave treasure. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by screenwriter Jean-Louis Richard and Francois Truffaut scholar Serge Toubiana, new video essay by filmmaker and critic Kent Jones, interview with Truffaut from 1965 about the film, an essay by critic Molly Haskell. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Edition The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Edition (1965) Dir.: Robert Wise; Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Heather Menzies-Urich, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner. Available as a five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition with three Blu-rays (the film and extras that include "Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration" immersive viewing experience with behind-the-scenes images, on-screen lyrics, trivia track and location quiz; music machine sing-along; audio commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and director Robert Wise; "Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music," an interactive "Backlot Tour" with in-depth featurettes on the songs, the stage show & movie, the film and sound restoration and the real-life von Trapp family; "A City of Song" virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria; "Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs"; new hour-long documentary "The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg"; screen Tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries and more) a DVD with an optional sing-along track, music machine sing-along and "The Sound of Music Tour – A Living Story"; and an exclusive 50th Anniversary soundtrack (featuring a selection of international performances of The Sound of Music musical favorites); all for $49.99. The single disc DVD will also be available for $19.98. (Fox).

Stop Pepper Palmer (2014) Lonzo Liggins, Carleton Bluford, Too $hort, Scott Schwartz. Comedy about the only three black guys in Utah who begin to vie for a black woman who has come to town. Fearing they aren't "black enough" to appeal to her, they hire someone from out of own, Pepper Palmer, to teach them how to act "blacker" ... but when he arrives, he's not quite what they had expected. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (Level 33 Entertainment).

photo for Subconscious Subconscious (2014) Cambridge Jones, Tim Abell. In 1943, the Navy submarine USS Lionfish was inexplicably shut down, and its commander, Tony Sterling (Jones), disappeared without a trace. Seventy years later, Sterling's grandson, professor Peter Williams (Abell), is recruited by a top-secret government agency to investigate. Aboard the Lionfish, Peter and his team uncover clues to the sub's cryptic past and are plunged into a terrifying supernatural journey that will take them across the dark abyss of time, with history hanging in the balance. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate ending, gag reel, interview with the last surviving member of the USS Lionfish incident, "Torpedo Loading Sequence" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Teeth & Blood (2015) Two detectives go undercover at a film studio when a diva actress is murdered and uncover an age-old war between rival vampire covens that threatens to consume humanity. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Urban Movie Channel/RLJ Entertainment).

photo for White Haired Witch (of Lunar Kingdom) White Haired Witch (of Lunar Kingdom) (2014 -- China) Fan Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming. Elaborate wuxia-fantasy: In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption. To save the people from their suffering, sorceress Jade Raksha fights those who oppress people for their own gain. As payback, local government officials decide to pin the murder of Governor Zhuo Zhonglian on Jade, turning her and the members of her cult into wanted fugitives for a crime they didn't commit. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette.(Well Go USA).

Wolfcop (2014) Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Aidan Devine, Sarah Lind. "Half man. Half wolf. All cop." Nuff said. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Wolfcop Unleashed Behind the Scenes," outtakes, a "Wolfcop" music video, the original concept trailer, film commentary with writer-director Lowell Dean and special effects artist Emersen Ziffle. (Image Entertainment).

photo for The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1 The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1 Includes the wildly-successful film "Bonds Beyond Time," as well as the first episodes from four series: "Yu-Gi-Oh!," "Yu-Gi-Oh! GX," "Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's" and "Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL!" With his world crumbling into chaos, a masked menace known as Paradox travels into the past to eliminate the source for his world's destruction -- the Duel Monsters card game. Standing in his way are three legendary duelists who will do whatever it takes to save what's on the line -- their friends, their family and the game they love. For the first time ever, Yugi, Jaden and Yusei will team together and battle with all their hearts in a duel that will decide the past, present and future. Formats: DVD, $16.95. (Cinedigm).

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