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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, April 12 -- Monday, April 18

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  • The Forest

    photo for The Forest Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of this supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to "stay on the path." Determined to discover the truth about her sister's fate, Sara faces the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them, plunging her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself. Vitals: Director: Jason Zada. Stars: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 95 min., Horror/Suspense, Box office gross: $26.588 million, Universal. Extras: "Exploring the Forest" behind-the-scenes featurette, galleries, storyboards, commentary with director Jason Zada. 2 stars


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  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939) (Criterion)
  • Village of the Damned Collector's Edition (1995)

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photo for Bride of Re-animator Bride of Re-animator (1989) The success of Stuart Gordon's hit horror-comedy "Re-animator" meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, "Bride of Re-animator" -- this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna ("Society," "Return of the Living Dead 3") -- would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits. It is eight years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life -- starting with the heart of his young protege Dan's dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong? With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous "shunting" sequence in "Society") on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations -- including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider -- "Bride of Re-animator" is a more than worthy successor to Gordon's original cult classic. Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary with Brian Yuzna; audio commentary with Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George; audio commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott; "Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator" new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first "Re-animator" sequel; "Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator" new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler; "Getting Ahead in Horror" archive making-of featurette; deleted scenes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Destroyer & Edge of Sanity BLU-RAY DEBUT A double feature of horror featuring Anthony Perkins. "Destroyer" (1988): The execution of a serial killer is interrupted by a prison riot and, though thought dead, he returns 18 months later to terrorize a film crew shooting a prison movie. Co-stars Lyle Alzado and Deborah Foreman. "Edge of Sanity" (1989): Perkins stars as an outwardly rational Dr. Jekyll who rapidly descends into a world of sexual obsession and murder as Mr. Hyde ... and who may also be Jack the Ripper. (Scream Factory).

Don Matteo, Sets 13-15 Terence Hill stars as Don Matteo, a thoroughly ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. He's a parish priest who never met an unjustly accused person he didn't want to help and his easygoing manner endears him to people, making it easy for them to reveal their secrets when they get into trouble. His friend and chess partner is Marshal Cecchini, who slips him information about new cases much to the chagrin of the police chief who isn't at all thrilled about the collaboration. But he's in agreement with Don Matteo about one thing: the importance of justice being served. "Don Matteo, Set 13" includes episodes 129 141, "Don Matteo, Set 14" includes episodes 142 155, and "Don Matteo, Set 15" includes episodes 156 168. Each four-disc set retails for $39.95. Formats: DVD. (MHz Home Entertainment).

photo for Flight 7500 Flight 7500 (2015) Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Jerry Ferrara, Ryan Kwanten, Johnathon Schaech, Amy Smart. On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, a plane is shaken by severe weather. When the turbulence subsides, a passenger suddenly dies -- and a supernatural force is unleashed, overtaking the passengers as they desperately fight to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Inside Flight 7500" featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Forest (2016) Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney. A young woman's hunt for her missing sister leads to horror and madness. When her troubled twin sister Jess mysteriously disappears, Sara Price (Dormer) discovers she vanished in Japan's legendary Aokigahara Forest. Searching its eerie dark woods with the help of journalist Aiden (Kinney), Sara plunges into a tormented world where angry spirits lie in wait. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Exploring the Forest" behind-the-scenes featurette, galleries, storyboards, commentary with director Jason Zada. (Universal).

photo for Grace and Frankie: Season One Grace and Frankie: Season One (2015) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star in this wildly original, honest look at two frenemies who form an unlikely bond after their lives are flipped upside down -- and permanently intertwined -- when their husbands (Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) reveal they are gay and in love with each other. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Beginning of the End" featurette, gag reel, audio commentaries with the cast and crew, "The Elevator" commentary with creators Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, "The Vows" commentary with actors Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and creators Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, Season Two sneak peek. (Lionsgate).



photo for Heroes Reborn: Event Series Heroes Reborn: Event Series (2015-16) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. From Tim Kring, the creator of the global phenomenon "Heroes" comes this wildly imaginative and thrilling new volume in the "Heroes" universe featuring a host of new characters with startling powers. After a massive terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, evolved humans are blamed for the tragic event, forcing them into hiding or on the run from those seeking retribution. The conflict between humans and evolved humans -- dubbed "Evos" -- escalates into all out civil warfare. "Heroes Reborn" recaptures the magic of the original series and lays the foundation for the next volume in the "Heroes" mythology. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Heroes Reborn: Reliving the Legacy," "Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters," deleted scenes. (Universal).

Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) Voices of Jason O'Mara, Jerry O'Connell, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Christopher Gorham. The demonic forces of Trigon infiltrate the minds and bodies of the Justice League, turning the veteran super heroes against their youthful counterparts in this all-new DC Universe Original Movie. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Deluxe Gift Set. The Blu-rays come with an exclusive Robin figurine. Extras: Three featurettes: "Growing Up Titan," "Heroes and Villains - Raven," "Heroes and Villains Trigon"; two classic episodes of DC Comics cartoons from the DC Comics Vault. (Warner).

Ken Burns' Jackie Robinson (2015) New four hour documentary, directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, airing on PBS April 11 and 12. Tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball's color barrier. Robinson waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements. Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).

photo for The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun (2015 -- France) Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano, Stacy Martin. A stylish psychological thriller about a beautiful secretary who uses her absent boss' blue Thunderbird to go joyriding in the South of France but ends up involved in murder and intrigue -- and begins to doubt her own sanity. After she shuttles her boss and his family to the airport where they depart on a short vacation, Dany (Freya Mavor) decides to take a fantasy joyride along the Mediterranean coast -- but her trip quickly turns into a nightmare. At every stop along the way, people recognize her -- even though she's never been there before. And to make matters worse, a dead body is discovered inside the trunk of the car. Has she lost her mind? Director and comic book writer Joann Sfar ("The Rabbi's Cat," "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life") puts his graphic novel background to good use here with interesting dissolves, split screens, diagrams, flashbacks, flashforwards and flashsideways super-saturated colors and oblique camerawork. It's a fun and mysterious ride, highlighted by the gorgeous lead whom the camera just loves. The film is based on a novel by Sebastien Japrisot ("One Deadly Summer," "A Very Long Engagement"); it was originally turned into a film of the same name in 1970 by Anatole Litvak with Samantha Eggar (as Dany), Oliver Reed, John McEnery and Stephane Audran. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with director Joann Sfar. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

photo for Me ... Jane ... And More Stories About Girl Power Me ... Jane ... And More Stories About Girl Power (2016) Four Scholastic Storybook Treasures stories: "Me Jane": In this characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. "Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors": This inspiring story of the first female doctor in America shows how one strong-willed woman opened the doors for all the female doctors to come. "I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote:" This is the true story of Esther Morris, who started out life believing she could do anything, and then proved it! "Players in Pigtails": A story that celebrates a brave girl's love of the game as she works to become a player in the first-ever All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm)

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Electrified by the verbal wit and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, "Only Angels Have Wings" stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome yet aloof daredevil pilot, played by Cary Grant, who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to and repelled by his romantic sense of danger, she decides to stay on, despite his protestations. This masterful and mysterious adventure, featuring Oscar-nominated special effects, high-wire aerial photography, and Rita Hayworth in a small but breakout role, explores Hawks's recurring themes of masculine codes and the strong-willed women who question them. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between filmmakers Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich; new interview with film critic David Thomson; "Howard Hawks and His Aviation Movies," a new program featuring film scholars Craig Barron and Ben Burtt; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, and Thomas Mitchell, and hosted by director Cecil B. DeMille; trailer; an essay by critic Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).


Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups (2016) The Pound Puppies are in the spotlight for this new collection of adventures. The little ones can join Lucky, Niblet, Cookie, Squirt and Strudel as they display their song-and-dance skills, solve a mystery, become superheroes and encourage a faded TV star to return to glory. Five episodes: "The Accidental Pup Star," "It's Elementary, My Dear Pup Club," Hot Dawg!," "The Watchdogs" and "Back in Action." Formats: DVD, $9.98. (Shout! Kids).

photo for Power Rangers Dino Charge: Resurgence Power Rangers Dino Charge: Resurgence (2015) The Red, Black, Blue, Green, and Pink Rangers unite in this new Power Rangers series to save the world from prehistoric pests. The Power Rangers' skills and teamwork are put to the test as they race to rescue Chase from an evil spell, battle the fast-firing Cavity monster, discover the destructive Ankylo Zord, and face off against a team of Power Ranger clones. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

Power Rangers: Wild Force: The Complete Series (2002) Five-disc set with all 40 episodes. The Orgs, an ancient evil, have awakened from a time long forgotten, and threaten the world. The only hope is the floating island in the sky known as the Animarium, the remains of an ancient kingdom destroyed by the Orgs 3000 years ago. There, the Wild Zords recruit five young heroes from the modern world and grant them the power to become Wild Force Power Rangers. To aid the Power Rangers in their battle to save the Earth from the evil Orgs, the Wild Zords descend from their habitat in the sky to prove that when humans and animals work together, nothing can stop them. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Shout! Factory).

photo for Sisters: Season 4 Sisters: Season 4 (1993-94) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The story of the unforgettable Reed women continues in the series that follows the lives of Alex (Swoozie Kurtz), Georgie (Patricia Kalember), Frankie (Julianne Phillips), and Teddy (Sela Ward) -- four very different women forever connected by the bonds of family. George Clooney and Jo Anderson join an already strong supporting cast for this chapter in the lives of the Reed siblings. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Standoff (2015) Laurence Fishburne, Thomas Jane, Ella Ballentine. Thomas Jane plays Carter, a troubled veteran who gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12-year-old girl from a deadly assassin (Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

A Tale of Two Cities BLU-RAY DEBUT (1980) Chris Sarandon, Alice Krige, David Suchet, Barry Morse, Peter Cushing. Lavish adaptation of Dickins' literary classic set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.(Shout! Factory).

photo for Village of the Damned Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT Village of the Damned Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (1995) Director: John Carpenter; Stars Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Pare. Remake of the 1960 British sci-fi classic. Something is terribly wrong in the tiny village of Midwich. After an unseen force invades a quiet coastal town, 10 women mysteriously find themselves pregnant. Local physician Dr. Alan Chaffee (Reeve) and government scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Alley) join forces when the women simultaneously give birth... and the reign of supernatural terror begins. Extras: New "It Takes a Village: The Making of Village of the Damned" featuring interviews with director John Carpenter, producer Sandy King, actors Michael Pare, Peter Jason, Karen Kahn, Meredith Salenger, Thomas Dekker, Cody Dorkin, Lindsey Haun, Danielle Wiener-Keaton and make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero; new "New Horror's Hallowed Grounds," revisiting the locations of the film; new "The Go To Guy: Peter Jason on John Carpenter"; vintage interviews featuring John Carpenter, Christopher Reeves, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Hamill and Wolf Rilla (director of the original "Village of the Damned"); vintage behind-the-scenes footage; theatrical tailer; behind-the-scenes stills gallery; collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art. (Scream Factory).


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