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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, April 1 -- Monday, April 7

All DVD Releases

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    photo for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk. After losing his job to his wife and co-anchor, Ron reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival while taking New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. Will the world's greatest anchorman be crushed beneath the weight of his own ego (and his salon-quality hair)? Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd & David Koechner; "Behind-the-Scenes: Newsroom" (inside the making of the film); gag reel, parts 1 & 2; "Line-O-Rama, Parts 1 & 2" (non-stop alternate lines from the film); "Welcome to the Dolphin Show" (­Ron Burgundy takes on the crowd); "Catfight" (­Christina Applegate vs. Meagan Good with hilarious one-liners): "News-O-Rama" (­Ron and the News Team bring you the headlines); "Kench-O-Rama" (mashup of Kench Allenby's most Australian moments); cast table read; four behind-the-scenes featurettes ("Anchorman 2: The Musical," "RV" (dissecting the RV tumble), "Baxter & Doby" (­the lovable animals of "Anchorman 2"), "News Fight" (inside the biggest, baddest all-star celebrity brawl); deleted scenes; extended & alternate Scenes; previsualizations: ­RV, Shark Attack and News Fight sequences; auditions ­featuring Meagan Good, Dylan Baker and Amy Poehler; "Benefit for 826LA: Spoiler Alert" (a special tribute to "Anchorman 2"); trailers. Vitals: Director: Adam McKay. Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Dylan Baker, Fred Willard. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $124.411 million, Paramount. Unavailable for review.


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  • 47 Ronin

    photo for The legend of the 47 Ronin, a real-life group of master-less samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenged the murder of their master, has been the backbone of stories and plays for a couple centuries now, so it's a shame that the story had to be tarnished by this uninspired special-effects yarn starring Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi. In this outing, Reeves plays Kai, a half-Japanese, half-British outcast, raised in the forest by mystical Tengu warriors, who is taken in by a benevolent master to become a samurai, only to be sold into slavery when the master is treacherously murdered by a rival warlord. Kai is freed from slavery by one of the ronin, and helps lead the 47 ronin into battle with the evil warlord, but not before fighting a never-ending supply of weird creatures, mystical warriors, and a bewitchingly beautiful witch. Unfortunately, Reeves is just not up to the chore of being an action star, and despite the support of a talented cast, the movie stumbles and falls before the sword of dull action, cardboard characters, and leaden pacing. It's been done better before.Extras: "Re-Forging the Legend":­ The story of 47 Ronin is one of Japan's most time-honored legends; filmmakers talk about how they brought this "dream world" to the big screen, from script to costumes, visual design, and culture; deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Keanu & Kai" martial arts featurette; "Steel Fury: The Fights of 47 Ronin" action sequence choreography featurette; "Myths, Magic & Monsters: The Fx of 47 Ronin" featurette. Vitals: Director: Carl Rinsch. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $38.297 million, Universal. 2 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Fargo Remastered Edition (1996)
  • Joe Kidd (1972)
  • King Kong Escapes (1968)
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
  • No Holds Barred (1989)
  • Norma Rae (1979)
  • Once (2006)
  • Rooster Cogburn (1975)
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
  • The War Wagon (1967)

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All DVD Releases

American Experience: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (2014) Tells the true story of two of the Wild West's most notorious outlaws. Long before they were immortalized on screen by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their thrilling exploits -- robbing Western banks and trains and then seemingly vanishing into thin air -- became front-page news and the basis of rumor and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? What really happened after they formed the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off some of the most spectacular holdups in Western history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation's largest and most feared private detective force? Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Dylan Baker, Fred Willard. The three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes three versions of the film: the original Theatrical Version, the Unrated Version and, in a home entertainment first, the Super-Sized R-rated Version with 763 new jokes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd & David Koechner; "Behind-the-Scenes: Newsroom" (inside the making of the film); gag reel, parts 1 & 2; "Line-O-Rama, Parts 1 & 2" (non-stop alternate lines from the film); "Welcome to the Dolphin Show" (­Ron Burgundy takes on the crowd); "Catfight" (­Christina Applegate vs. Meagan Good with hilarious one-liners): "News-O-Rama" (­Ron and the News Team bring you the headlines); "Kench-O-Rama" (mashup of Kench Allenby's most Australian moments); cast table read; four behind-the-scenes featurettes ("Anchorman 2: The Musical," "RV" (dissecting the RV tumble), "Baxter & Doby" (­the lovable animals of "Anchorman 2"), "News Fight" (inside the biggest, baddest all-star celebrity brawl); deleted scenes; extended & alternate Scenes; previsualizations: ­RV, Shark Attack and News Fight sequences; auditions ­featuring Meagan Good, Dylan Baker and Amy Poehler; "Benefit for 826LA: Spoiler Alert" (a special tribute to "Anchorman 2"); trailers. (Paramount).

At Middleton (2013) Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert, Tom Skerritt. Two parents fall in love over the course of a single day while playing hooky from their children's college tour. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,. Extras: Commentary with director/co-writer Adam Rodgers, producer/co-writer Glenn German, and producer/actor Andy Garcia; outtake reel; "There Was a Day," with vocal and lyrics by Andy Garcia, music by Arturo Sandoval and Andy Garcia, and arrangement by Arturo Sandoval. (Anchor Bay).

photo for The Bag Man The Bag Man (2014) Robert De Niro, John Cusack, Dominic Purcell, Crispin Glover, Sticky Fingaz, Rebecca Da Costa. Jack (Cusack), a low-rent thug, thinks he's hit the jackpot when legendary crime boss Dragna (De Niro) gives him a simple assignment: pick up a package and deliver it -- don't open it, and don't ask questions. But over the course of a long and increasingly violent night waiting in a seedy motel, the bag attracts the attention of a slew of shady characters—including femme fatale Rivka, the sleazy motel manager, a one-eyed gangster, an undersized hit man and a crooked cop. As Jack awaits the arrival of Dragna, each of them will make a play for the package's unknown contents and Jack will do whatever it takes to hang on to the precious cargo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes of The Bag Man." (Universal).

Birds of Paradise (2014) Voices of Drake Bell, Ashley Tisdale, Ken Jeong, Jane Lynch, Jon Lovitz, Keith David. When Jack, an ordinary sparrow with dreams of becoming an extraordinary bird, is accidentally covered in colorful paint, he is thrilled about his new exotic appearance and believes that he'll now be able to impress Aurora, a beautiful canary who has recently escaped from her indoor cage. But when Aurora's mean owner, Mr. Potter, finds her, Jack must enlist the help of his best friends -- Vinnie, the loyal pigeon and Skeeter, the hyper hummingbird as well as Rosie, the caring bat and the wise Old Buzzard, in order to free her. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. DVD available exclusively at Walmart and Redbox. Extras: "Bringing the Characters to Life" featurette at the recording studio with Bell, Tisdale, Jeong, Lynch, Lovitz and David; sneak peek at award-winning Miniscule shorts. (Lionsgate).

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season (2013) Three-disc set with eight episodes of BBC America's hot new series about two deliciously dueling detectives (Olivia Colman and David Tennant) who are brought together by circumstances to solve the murder of an 11-year-old boy found on a popular beach just before the onslaught of tourist season. Formats: DVD. Extras:" Broadchurch: Behind the Scenes," deleted scenes. (Entertainment One).

photo for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted (1974) Six-disc set with 17 complete and unedited Celebrity Roasts representing the best of the nine years of the "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," featuring a who's who roster of roastees, including Betty White, (then) Gov. Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Muhammad Ali, George Burns, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, Dan Rowan & Dick Martin, Sen. Barry Goldwater, Suzanne Somers, George Washington (portrayed by Jan Leighton), Dennis Weaver, Ralph Nader, Gabe Kaplan, Redd Foxx, Hugh Hefner and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The list of roasters include Milton Berle, Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller, Bonnie Franklin, Rich Little, Abe Vigoda, Jimmie Walker, Orson Welles, Jack Benny, Dom DeLuise, Henry Fonda, Ruth Buzzi, Wilt Chamberlain, Howard Cosell, Billy Crystal, Gene Kelly, LaWanda Page, Jackie Mason, Jimmy Stewart, Shelley Winters, Bob Newhart, Carroll O'Connor, Jack Klugman, Johnny Bench, and many others. Formats: DVD, $59.95. Extras: Bonus comedy sketches featuring Dean, Howard Cosell, Vincent Price, Steve Lawrence, Audrey Meadows, Buddy Hackett and others; three featurettes: "Ladies of the Dais," "Roast in Hell - Politicians Under Fire," "Beauty & the Beast: Ruth Buzzi vs. Muhammad Ali"; interviews with Phyllis Diller, Shirley Jones, Tony Danze, Carol Burnett, Ruth Buzzi, Angie Dickinson, Jimmie Walker. (StarVista/Time Life).

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes (1961-66) Three-disc set with 20 classic episodes revolving around Laura Petrie (Moore). Formats: DVD, $24.98. Extras: Commentaries with Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke on select episodes, "Remembering Oh, Rob," original commercials. (Image Entertainment).

Fargo Remastered Edition (1996) Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen; Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, John Carroll Lynch, Harve Presnell. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director of photography Roger A. Deakins, "Minnesota Nice," trivia track, American Cinematographer article, photo gallery, theatrical trailer, TV spot. (Fox).

47 Ronin (2013) Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Re-Forging the Legend":­ The story of 47 Ronin is one of Japan's most time-honored legends; filmmakers talk about how they brought this "dream world" to the big screen, from script to costumes, visual design, and culture; deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Keanu & Kai" martial arts featurette; "Steel Fury: The Fights of 47 Ronin" action sequence choreography featurette; "Myths, Magic & Monsters: The Fx of 47 Ronin" featurette.. (Universal).



photo for Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: Fused Season 2, Volumes 1 and 2 Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: Fused Season 2, Volumes 1 and 2 (2009) The complete second season of the CGI-animated series that follows a group of heroic drivers who use their incredible, high-flying cars to fight evil forces that threaten the planet. Five episodes each, $14.95 each. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

Joe Kidd BLU-RAY DEBUT (1972) Dir.: John Sturges. Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall. Also available on DVD. (Universal).

King Kong Escapes BLU-RAY DEBUT (1968 -- USA/Japan) Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada. Also available on DVD. (Universal).

King Kong vs. Godzilla BLU-RAY DEBUT (1963 -- USA/Japan) Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara. Also available on DVD. (Universal).

Knights of Badassdom (2013) Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Steve Zahn, Jimmi Simpson, Tom Hopper, Margarita Levieva, Ryan Kwanten. Three best friends and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the Middle Ages, but trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus from the pits of hell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and director Joe Lynch; behind-the-Scenes featurette, "Summer Glau: Hottie Montage," San Diego Comic Con Panel. (Entertainment One).

photo for The Little Rascals Save the Day The Little Rascals Save the Day (2014) Doris Roberts, Greg Germann, Lex Medlin, Valerie Azlynn, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Drew Justice, Connor Berry, Jenna Ortega, Isaiah "Zay Zay" Fredericks, Camden Gray, Eden Wood, Grant Palmer, Chase Vacnin, Rio Mangini. A bunch of third graders hatch a series of madcap schemes to earn enough money to keep Grandma's bakery out of the clutches of conniving businessman Big Ray. From caddying to pet care to taxi service, each of their plans goes hilariously awry until they are left with just two options: find a way to win the local talent show or wave goodbye to the best cupcakes a kid ever tasted. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds gag reel, animatics. (Universal).

Lost Islands (2008 -- Israel) Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Shmil Ben Ari, Orly Silbersa. A family in the 1980s with five kids gets into a crisis during their summer vacation when the twin brothers fall in love with the same girl. The autobiographical comedy-drama was the biggest box office success in Israel in 2008. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

No Holds Barred BLU-RAY DEBUT (1989) Hulk Hogan, Joan Severance, Kurt Fuller, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Mark Pellegrino, David Paymer, Jesse Ventura. When world wrestling champion Rip Thomas (Hulk Hogan) refuses to join a competing network, an evil executive creates a new program, "The Battle of the Tough Guys," where rules don't exist, and where Rip must eventually face off against the evil Zeus in a final "No Holds Barred" fight. Extras: No Holds Barred (12/27/1989) tag team match, Summer Slam (8/28/1989) tag team match, photo gallery. (Image Entertainment).

Norma Rae BLU-RAY DEBUT (1979) Dir.: Martin Ritt; Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle. Extras: "Hollywood Backstory: Norma Rae," theatrical trailer, still gallery, "Easter Egg - Fan Club Piece," "The Making of the Wedding of the Century" featurette. (Fox).

Once BLU-RAY DEBUT (2006) Glen Hansard, Marketa Irgolova. Extras: Commentary with writer-director John Carney and actor-musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irgolova, musical commentary with Carney, Hansard and Irgolova, "Making a Modern Day Musical," "More Guy, More Girl," webisodes. (Fox).

The Pirate Fairy (2014) Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who's captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities, gets into trouble, flees Pixie Hollow, joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, and must be saved by Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Disney).

Psych: The Complete Eighth Season (2014) Three-disc set with nine episodes, $59.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Podcasts, "Was It Something I Said?" music video, deleted scenes, "Psych: The Musical Episode," "Psych: The Musical" extended scene, "Behind the Scenes of Psych: The Musical," gag reel, montages. (Universal).

Rooster Cogburn BLU-RAY DEBUT (1975) John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn. Also available on DVD. (Universal).

Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (2014) Tom Sizemore, Langley Kirkwood, Tanya van Graan, Lex Shrapnel. On an unsanctioned mission in Africa, a covert team of U.S. Navy SEALs is sent to locate a secret mining operation and prevent the sale of weapons-grade uranium to international terrorists. Fourth installment of the popular film franchise. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Ultimate Mission" featurette, "Surviving the Shoot" featurette, "Master of Chaos" featurette, commentary by director Roel Reine. (Fox).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - John Wayne War "Operation Pacific" (1951), "The Sea Chase" (1955), "Blood Alley" (1955), "The Wings of Eagles" (1957).Formats: DVD. (Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Robert Mitchum "Out of the Past" (1947), "Angel Face" (1952), "Home From the Hill" (1960), "The Sundowners" (1960). Formats: DVD. (Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Henry Fonda "Mister Roberts" (1955), "The Wrong Man" (1956), "Advise & Consent" (1962), "Battle of the Bulge" (1965).Formats: DVD. (Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Wartime Musicals "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942), "This Is the Army" (1943), "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943), "Hollywood Canteen" (1944). Formats: DVD. (Warner).

Two Mules for Sister Sara BLU-RAY DEBUT (1970) Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine. Also available on DVD. (Universal).

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (2013) In 1986 Michael Morton's wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael was convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, estranged from his son, he had years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he is virtually invisible to society, the Innocence Project and Michael's pro bono attorney spend years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene. Their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man's loss of freedom. Formats: DVD. Extras: Highlights from former DA Ken Anderson's Court of Inquiry and plea deal hearing; Q&A with double Oscar nominee Al Reinert, Michael Morton, attorney John Raley; "Whispering Hope" music video; SXSW premiere highlights. $24.95. (First Run Features).

War of the Worlds Goliath (2012) Voices Adrian Paul, Adam Baldwin, Peter Wingfield, Mark Sheppard, Elizabeth Gracen, Jim Byrnes, Beau Billingslea, Matt Lescher, James Arnold Taylor. Animated sci-adventure takes place on the cusp of WWI 15 years after the Martians attacked the world (as portrayed in H.G. Wells' book) when, armed with a new weapon based on technology gleaned from the Martians, a multinational force uses steam-powered Goliath Tripods to fend off a second interplanetary invasion. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo. (Anderson Digital).

The War Wagon BLU-RAY DEBUT (1967) John Wayne, Kirk Douglas. Also available on DVD. (Universal).

Warrior Assassin (2011 -- China) Pan Yuanjia, Ji Chunhua, Bryan Leung. Two strangers, a warrior held captive and a man whose family was murdered, set out on their individual quest for revenge. As they cross paths, they soon discover that their revenge lies with the same man and, joining forces, it will take more than an army to keep them from unleashing the ultimate retribution. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

photo for When Jews Were Funny When Jews Were Funny (2013) Insightful survey of the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of the Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish. Features Shecky Green, Howie Mandel, Shelley Berman, Gilbert Gottfried, David Steinberg, David Brenner, Marc Maron and many others. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Five bonus clips: "Shecky Calls Jack," "Name That Tune," "Kenina Hurra," "Shecky Mania" and "Jewish Joke Medley." $24.95. (First Run Features).


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