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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, March 28 -- Monday, April 3

All DVD Releases

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    photo for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. The script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by her character, Newt Scamander. There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away … and is now nowhere to be found. Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge — a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina. Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war. Vitals: Director: David Yates,. Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol , Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 133 min., Family Fantasy Adventure, Box office gross: $231.853 million, Warner. Extras: "Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!" behind-the-scenes featurette, five character featurettes, seven creatures featurettes, six design featurettes, 11 deleted scenes. 2 stars


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  • Patriots Day

    photo for Patriots Day In the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunderss (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston. Vitals: Director: Peter Berg. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Melissa Benoist. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 133 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $30.965 million, Lionsgate. Extras: “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” vignettes, “Researching the Day” featurette. Blu-ray adds “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” featurette, “The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories” featurette, “The Cast Remembers” featurette, "Actors Meet Real-Life Counterparts: A 2-Part Series”: John Goodman and Ed Davis and Jimmy O. Yang and Dun Meng. 2 stars

  • Silence

    photo for Silence Two Christian missionaries (Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield) travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) at a time when Christianity was outlawed. When they're captured and imprisoned, both men are plunged into an odyssey that will test their faith, challenge their sanity and, perhaps, risk their very lives. Vitals: Director: Martin Scorsese. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 161 min., Drama, Box office gross: $7.100 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: "Martin Scorsese’s Journey into Silence." 2 stars

  • 20th Century Women

    photo for 20th Century Women During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist her young tenants -- a quirky punk photographer (Greta Gerwig), a mellow handyman (Billy Crudup) and her son's shrewd best friend (Elle Fanning) -- to serve as role models in a changing world. The true-to-life story was inspired by writer-director Mike Mills’s ("Beginners") mother. Vitals: Director: Mike Mills. Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 118 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.966 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Audio commentary with Mike Mills, “Making 20th Century Women” featurette, “20th Century Cast” featurette. 2 stars

  • A Monster Calls

    photo for A Monster Calls Based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. Twelve-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. Vitals: Director: Juan Antonio Bayona. Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 108 min., Fantasy Drama, Box office gross: $3.740 million, Universal. Extras: "The Making of A Monster Calls," "Making of the Tales," English feature commentary with writer Patrick Ness, Spanish feature commentary with director J.A. Bayona. 2 stars

  • Why Him?

    photo for Why Him? Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. Vitals: Director: John Hamburg. Stars: Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $21.162 million, Fox. Extras: Gag reel; "47 Minutes on the Can"; "Why Gustav?"; "Barb Fleming: America's Mom"; "Lou the Entertainer"; "Richard Blais: Twisted Chef"; deleted scenes; audio commentary by director/co-writer John Hamburg, co-writer Ian Helfer and editor William Kerr; gallery; theatrical trailer. 2 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    March 28:
    Actor Martinez: Full-time computer repairman Arthur Martinez hires two indie filmmakers to make a feature film with him as the lead. (DVD release: April 4)
    The Bye Bye Man: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 11)
    Indiscretion: A New Orleans psychiatrist and a politician's wife (Mira Sorvino), whose brief affair with a troubled young artist comes back to haunt her when he begins to infiltrate every part of her life.
    Lion: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 11)
    The Marine 5: Battleground: The fifth installment of the Marine franchise. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 25)
    20th Century Women: During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist the help of her three young tenants.

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Blow-Up (Criterion)
  • The Wishmaster Collection

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All DVD Releases

Americana (2016) David Call, Jack Davenport, Kelli Garner, Peter Coyote, Frank Mosley. Inspired by the paranoid nail-biters of the '70s and set against the foggy skies and twisty streets of San Francisco, the film is a tense thriller about an alcoholic film editor who puts together the pieces of his movie star sister's murder. Two years after alcoholism and depression drove Avery Wells (David Call) from his home and career, the San Francisco film editor finds himself back in the city, sobered up and coerced into finishing a cut of a new film - "Americana." Avery relents and takes the job due to his connection to the film's star -- his sister Kate (Kelli Garner). Like Avery, the cut is a mess, but the talented editor can salvage it, all while staying clean and reconnecting with his family. Soon, though, he starts receiving menacing calls from a stranger threatening to reveal his darkest secrets -- threats impossible to ignore when his sister is murdered. Was her death related to the new film? Or was she killed because of mistakes Avery made in the past? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Candy Factory Films).

Archer Season 7 (2016) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Following their disastrous turn as government agents-turned-drug dealers, the team reinvents themselves as a Los Angeles-based P.I. firm. Their first case? Protecting a vampy actress from blackmail – and Archer’s libido. They also grapple with a terminator mummy who wants his mommy, spinning robot legs, Archer’s desperate voice mail message, gunmen clowns, and life as hostages, all leading to a cliff-hanger featuring a body floating in a swimming pool. Formats: DVD. Extras: Archer reviews bond, "Archer Live! Reading" (table read from San Diego Comic Con). (Fox).

Arsenal (2016) Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack. Family loyalty is tested in this thriller about a successful businessman (Adrian Grenier) willing to do anything for his deadbeat brother (Johnathon Schaech) -- including tracking down the vicious mobster (Nicolas Cage) holding him hostage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

Blow-Up photo for Blow-Up (1966) In 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni transplanted his existentialist ennui to the streets of swinging London for this international sensation, the Italian filmmaker's English-language debut. A countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of image making, "Blow-Up" takes the form of a psychological mystery, starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park. Antonioni's meticulous aesthetic control and intoxicating color palette breathe life into every frame, and the jazzy sounds of Herbie Hancock, a beautifully evasive performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and a cameo by the Yardbirds make the film a transporting time capsule from a bygone era. Blow-Up is a seductive immersion into creative passion, and a brilliant film by one of cinema's greatest artists. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: A new piece about Antonioni's artistic approach, featuring photography curators Walter Moser and Philippe Garner and art historian David Alan Mellor; "Blow-up of "Blow-Up," a new 52-minute documentary on the making of the film; conversation from 2016 between Garner and actor Vanessa Redgrave; archival interviews with Antonioni and actors David Hemmings and Jane Birkin; trailers; a book featuring an essay by film scholar David Forgacs and more. (The Criterion Collection).

Child Eater (2016) Colin Critchley,Cait Bliss, Jason Martin. When little Lucas goes missing from his bedroom in the middle of the night, his babysitter Helen ventures out into the deep, dark woods armed only with a flashlight. But these are no ordinary woods. They were once the home of Robert Bowery, a serial killer who years ago came for children's eyes in order to keep himself from going blind. But Robert Bowery was stopped and killed ... Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (MVD Entertainment).



photo for Cinema Paradiso Cinema Paradiso A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies. A winner of awards across the world, including Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, five BAFTA Awards including Best Actor, Original Screenplay and Score, the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and many more. Giuseppe Tornatore's loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier. Presented in both the original award-winning cut and the expanded Director's Cut incorporating more of Salvatore's backstory, newly restored from original negative materials. Uncompressed original stereo 2.0 Audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: Audio commentary with director Giuseppe Tornatore and Italian cinema expert critic Millicent Marcus; "A Dream of Sicily" 52-minute documentary profile of Giuseppe Tornatore featuring interviews with the director and extracts from his early home movies as well as interviews with director Francesco Rosi and painter Peppino Ducato, set to music by the legendary Ennio Morricone; "A Bear and a Mouse in Paradise" 27-minute documentary on the genesis of "Cinema Paradiso," the characters of Toto and Alfredo, featuring interviews with the actors who play them, Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio, as well as Tornatore; "The Kissing Sequence": Giuseppe Tornatore discusses the origins of the kissing scenes with full clips identifying each scene; original director’s cut theatrical trailer and 25th anniversary re-release trailer; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet by Pasquale Iannone illustrated with archive stills, behind-the-scenes images and posters. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD.VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!" behind-the-scenes featurette, five character featurettes, seven creatures featurettes, six design featurettes, 11 deleted scenes. (Warner).

Just a Sigh (2013 -- France) Emmanuelle Devos, Gabriel Byrne. In the short break between performances in Calais, stage actress Alix (Devos), makes a quick escape to Paris. On the train, she meets a mysterious English stranger (Byrne) and is inexplicably drawn toward him. She follows him and loves him for a few hours before facing what could be a new life. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).

A Monster Calls (2016) A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of A Monster Calls," "Making of the Tales," English feature commentary with writer Patrick Ness, Spanish feature commentary with director J.A. Bayona. (Universal).

photo for Monster High: Electrified Monster High: Electrified (2017) The latest animated adventure of the Monster High ghouls. When Clawdeen dreams of opening a salon made for monsters and normies, Frankie has the perfect place -- an abandoned power station outside town. But the idea sparks negative voltage when Moanica plots to ruin the whole thing and replace the celebration with something a little more ... shocking. Luckily the ghouls have a secret weapon on their side, Twyla, the daughter of the Boogey Man, and the perfect ghoul to unearth any mystery. Along with her ghoulfriends, they must thwart Moanica’s plan, charge up their outfits, save the normie town from darkness ... and open the most voltageous salon ever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Ever After High: Epic Winter - Snow Day" (Universal).

Patriots Day (2016) Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Melissa Benoist. The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” vignettes, “Researching the Day” featurette. Blu-ray adds “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” featurette, “The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories” featurette, “The Cast Remembers” featurette, "Actors Meet Real-Life Counterparts: A 2-Part Series”: John Goodman and Ed Davis and Jimmy O. Yang and Dun Meng. (Lionsgate).


Silence (2016) Director: Martin Scorsese. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds. In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Martin Scorsese’s Journey into Silence." (Paramount).

The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover (2017) Newest feature-length film in the animated Swan Princess franchise follows young Princess Alise and her friends as they embark on a new adventure where they solve a royal mystery using their detective skills and spy gadgets. Formats: DVD. (Sony).

A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Natalie Portman directs and stars in the story of Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during the early years of the State of Israel. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty -- stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself. Based on the international best-selling memoir by Amos Oz, "A Tale of Love and Darkness." Formats: DVD. (Universal).

20th Century Women (2016) Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup. During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist the help of her three young tenants. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with Mike Mills, “Making 20th Century Women” featurette, “20th Century Cast” featurette. (Lionsgate).

Why Him? (2016) Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally. A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when an over-protective father realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel; "47 Minutes on the Can"; "Why Gustav?"; "Barb Fleming: America's Mom"; "Lou the Entertainer"; "Richard Blais: Twisted Chef"; deleted scenes; audio commentary by director/co-writer John Hamburg, co-writer Ian Helfer and editor William Kerr; gallery; theatrical trailer. (Fox).

The Wishmaster Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT In the Wishmaster series, an evil djinn grants three wishes to the person who releases him, fulfilling a prophecy that will unleash his fellow djinn upon the earth. Three-disc limited-edition set includes all four films, restored and remastered: "Wishmaster," 1997; "Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies," 1999; "Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell" (2001); "Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled," 2002. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentaries, seven new featurettes, vintage featurettes, trailers, galleries, isolated score selections/audio interview with composer Harry Manfredini. (Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate).


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