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Tuesday, April 14 -- Monday, April 20

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  • Big Eyes

    photo for Based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters in the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. "Big Eyes" centers on Margaret's awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, whom she eventually sued for the rights to her work. Vitals: Director: Tim Burton. Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp, Heather Doerksen, Emily Bruhn, Emily Fonda, Jon Polito. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $14.190 million, The Weinstein Company. 3 stars


  • The Babadook

    photo for The Babadook Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her "out of control" 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called "The Babadook" turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. And all attempts by Amelia to destroy the book fails, and the pair face a series of nightmarish situations. Vitals: Director: Jennifer Kent. Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: NR, 94 min., Horror, Box office gross: $.899 million, IFC Films. 3 stars

  • The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

    photo for The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Forty years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant. As the children begin to mysteriously disappear, Eve makes a shocking discovery ... it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in a place inhabited by the murderous Woman in Black. Vitals: Director: Tom Harper. Stars: Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 98 min., Horror Thriller, Box office gross: $26.433 million, Fox. Extras: "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Chilling Locations," deleted scene, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "Pulling Back the Veil: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death." 2 stars

    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Hustler White (1996)
  • Sullivan's Travels (1941) (Criterion)
  • Odd Man Out (1947) (Criterion)

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The Babadook (2014) Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight. A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Special Edition Blu-ray. (IFC Films).

photo for Bark Ranger Bark Ranger (2015) Lucius Hoyos, Zoe Fraser, voice of Jon Lovitz. Two kids and their trusty dog, Barkley (Lovitz), stumble across a treasure map while playing in an abandoned ranger station. They set out on the adventure of a lifetime in search of a forgotten gold mine, but things take a turn for the worst when they come across a pair of bumbling crooks hiding out from the police. Dove family approved. Formats: DVD. Extras: Sneak peek of Minuscule award-winning shorts. (Lionsgate).

Batman vs. Robin (2015) New DC Universe Original Movie inspired by the best-selling graphic novel "Batman: The Court of Owls." The world is turned upside down when Batman finds himself under attack by his own son. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: A sneak peak at "Justice League: Gods & Monsters," the next DC Universe Original Movie. Blu-ray adds "Gotham's City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls" secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city; "Talons of the Owl" assassins; commentary; bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault. (Warner).

photo for Beside Still Waters Beside Still Waters (2014) Ryan Eggold, Will Brill, Brett Dalton. When Daniel (Ryan Eggold) invites his oldest friends to spend one last weekend at his parents' lake house, secrets are confessed, romances are rekindled, and a particularly epic game of Whiskey Slaps is played. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. Formats: DVD. (Tribeca/Cinedigm).

Big Eyes (2014) Dir.: Tim Burton; Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp, Heather Doerksen, Emily Bruhn, Emily Fonda, Jon Polito. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (The Weinstein Company).

Call of the Wildman Season 4 (2013-14) Ernie Brown Jr, known in the Kentucky woods as Turtleman, seeks out the critters that no one else will, resulting in some of the most outlandish nuisance calls that the wild has to offer. Whether he s helping a herd of fainting goats or a stable of thoroughbreds, Turtleman stops at nothing to restore order to both humans and the wild. Three-disc set, $29.93. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

photo for Carrie & The Rage: Carrie 2 Carrie & The Rage: Carrie 2 (2002, 1999) Angela Bettis stars in the 2002 adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of horror and retribution and Emily Bergl stars in the 1999 sequel to Brian DePalma's 1976 classic. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Carrie:" New audio commentary with director David Carson. "The Rage: Carrie 2:" new 2015 audio commentary with director Katt Shea and director of photography Donald Morgan, moderated by filmmaker David DeCoteau, original 1999 commentary with Katt Shea, alternate ending with "before and after" special effect sequence, additional scenes not seen in theaters. (Scream Factory).

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Stingers and Zingers Eight-disc collector's set that features 24 complete roasts, including Valerie Harper, Jack Klugman & Tony Randall, Michael Landon, Carroll O'Connor, Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Thomas, Ted Knight, Dan Haggerty, Mr. T, Jack Klugman, Ed McMahon, Redd Foxx, Joe photo for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Stingers and Zingers Garagiola, Evel Knievel, Hank Aaron, Peter Marshall, Truman Capote, William Conrad, Monty Hall, Leo Durocher, Bobby Riggs, and Joe Namath-twice! Appearing as roasters, throwing zingers at the men and women of the hour, are Bob Hope, Ed Asner, Lucille Ball, Georgia Engel, Milton Berle, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Sid Caesar, Foster Brooks, Charo, Howard Cosell, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller, Nipsey Russell, Rich Little, Red Buttons, Audrey Meadows, Bob Newhart, Harvey Korman, Orson Welles, and many others. What began as a ratings booster for the final season of "The Dean Martin Show" in 1973 evolved into "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," an eagerly awaited franchise of regular NBC television specials that targeted the biggest names in the world of entertainment and beyond. Roastmaster General Martin kept things loose and lively, deflecting his share of stray barbs from the guest roasters and from Bob Hope to Muhammad Ali, Johnny Carson to Lucille Ball, Gov. Ronald Reagan to Redd Foxx. In 1974, the show moved from Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for the remainder of the run, and the 54 raucous, unforgettable roasts ran until 1984. Formats: DVD, $59.95. Extras: Three hours of bonus programming, with comedy sketches featuring Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Dom DeLuise, Charo, Ernest Borgnine, and others; two featurettes: "Primetime Ribbing: Roasting Small-Screen Stars" and "Sports Stars: Hit 'Em Where It Hurts"; as well as exclusive interviews with Ed Asner, Norm Crosby, Rich Little, Carol Burnett, Dan Haggerty, Tom Dreesen, Jimmie Walker, Tony Danza, Shirley Jones, Rip Taylor and Jack Carter. (Starvista Entertainment/Time Life).

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Hall Of Famers Single-disc features the complete roasts of two of the game's legendary players and personalities: Hank Aaron, who, for more than 30 years was baseball's home run king; and, Joe Garagiola, a talented major league catcher who was eventually inducted into the Hall of Fame as one of the game's greatest broadcasters. Roasters include fellow baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra (who also grew up with Garagiola), Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Stan Musial, along with a celebrated All-Star line-up of Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts MVPs including Milton Berle, Ruth Buzzi, Foster Brooks, Nipsey Russell, Rich Little, Red Buttons and Orson Welles. Formats: DVD, $12.95. Extras: Comedy sketches from the "The Dean Martin Show" featuring Martin and Joey Bishop, as well as exclusive interviews with Shirley Jones, Norm Crosby and Dan Haggerty. (Starvista Entertainment/Time Life).

Echoes (2014) Steven Brand, Kate French, Billy Wirth, Steve Hanks. Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, a young writer retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated desert house. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind ... or uncovering a life-threatening secret. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

photo for Eddie and the Cruisers Eddie and the Cruisers/Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! BLU-RAY DEBUT (1983, 1989) Tom Berenger, Michael Pare, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano. Cool classic. They say rock 'n' roll never dies, but one dark night in 1963, the car of lead singer Eddie Wilson (Pare) of "Eddie and the Cruisers" took a dive off a Jersey bridge with the troubled rock idol at the wheel. His body was never found. Twenty years later, the band's songs are hotter than ever and, with renewed interest in the band, TV reporter Maggie Foley (Barkin) pursues a tantalizing mystery: What if Eddie is still alive? In the sequel, Eddie -- living as construction worker and maintaining a quiet life in Canada -- returns to the spotlight. (Shout! Factory).

The End of the Civil War (2014) Two-disc set with four feature-length documentaries: "Sherman's March," "April 1865," "The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth" and" Stealing Lincoln's Body." Commemorates the 150th anniversary of the final days of the Civil War. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

photo for Enter the Dangerous Mind Enter the Dangerous Mind (2013) Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Jason Priestley, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Bakula. Music makes the voices stop. That's what Jim (Jake Hoffman) wants most -- to hide away in his apartment, mixing original dubstep beats as a soundtrack to the insanity of daily life. But it-s not working too well lately. His brother (Thomas Dekker) bullies him into pursuing social worker Wendy (Nikki Reed), and their intimate encounter sparks an obsession that turns Jim into a human time bomb. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).

Foyle's War, Set 8 (The Final Season) (2015) The acclaimed detective series finishes its long run with three new mysteries set in the uncertain days at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1946 London, former DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) now employs his unerring investigative skills on behalf of MI5, assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Wainwright. The mysteries: "High Castle": A translator for the Nuremberg trials is killed, leading Foyle into the world of international oil politics and corrupt Nazi businessmen; "Trespass": With tensions running high ahead of a high-level Palestinian conference, Foyle investigates a plot involving murder, espionage, and a terrorist threat; "Elise": After an assassination attempt on Hilda Pierce, Foyle examines her Special Operations Executive activities during the war and rumors of a traitor. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: A featurette about the truth behind the fiction for each episode, "A Day in the Life of Foyle's War," an interview with John Mahoney, "Back in Time With Foyle's War, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).

photo for He Loves Me ... He Loves Me Not He Loves Me ... He Loves Me Not (2003 -- France) Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carre. Talented art student Angelique (Audrey Tautou) is madly in love with Loic, a married cardiologist whose wife is expecting their first child. Things take a dangerous turn as Angelique grows less discreet in her affections and her attempts to separate the couple fail. Halfway through, this black comedy takes a dramatic turn and the film reverses perspective, showing the preceding events from Loic's (wildly different) point-of-view. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

Hustler White BLU-RAY DEBUT (1996) Bruce LaBruce, Tony Ward. The Queer Cinema classic restored in HD. Re-imagining of "Sunset Boulevard" set on the hot hustling scene of 90s Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Extras: Bruce LaBruce introduces "Hustler White" in Toronto (2014), "Letter to Hustler White." (Strand Releasing).

photo for I Am Steve McQueen I Am Steve McQueen (2014) Nicknamed the "King of Cool," Steve McQueen will forever be recognized as one of Hollywood's most iconic movie stars. His rugged good looks, bad-boy persona and searing charisma set him apart as he grew from a small-town rebel to become the highest paid and most sought-after actor of his generation. This 90 minute special delves into the incredible life story of this legendary actor, racer and cultural icon. Combining extensive original interviews, including rare interviews with McQueen himself, footage from the best of McQueen's major motion pictures and archival materials, this documentary chronicles his extraordinary career while focusing on the correlation between his on-screen and off-screen experiences. Narrated by Robert Downey Jr. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "McQueen's Garage - Cars, Planes and Motorcycles," "Steve McQueen's Yucatan – McQueen's Passion Project," trailer. (Shout! Factory).

I Really Hate My Ex (2014) Curt Bailey, Troy Byer, Daphnee Duplaix, Shari Headley. Comedy follows three women who kidnap their exes in order to get the closure they need to move on. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "I Really Hate My Ex! Behind-the-Scenes" featurette. (Lionsgate).

JAG: The Complete Series (1995-2005) Fifty-five discs, $119.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and Crew Commentary on Select Episodes, "How the Series Took Flight," "JAG: An Inside Look," "The Military Accuracy," "Setting Sail on Season 2," "Inside the Real JAG Corps," gag reels, "The Final Goodbye." (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Media).

John Denver: Country Boy (2014) At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, John Denver was the most popular singer in America. He performed at sold-out concerts, his albums sold more than 100 million copies, his TV specials got top ratings, and he was named poet laureate of his adopted Colorado. Yet this man, who brought happiness to millions, was filled with insecurity, suffered from depression, and was savaged by the music critics. Exploring the private life and public legacy of America's Everyman, this intimate profile includes exclusive accounts from those closest to him, including former wives and managers, his son and brother, the musicians who toured with him for decades and the friends who knew the real John Denver. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).

John Doe Vigilante (2014) Jamie Bamber, Daniel Lissing, Lachy Hulme. Frustrated with a failing legal system that allows violent criminals to go free, John Doe (Bamber) begins exacting justice the only way he knows how -- by killing one criminal at a time. Soon he becomes a media sensation and inspires a group of copycat vigilantes, but who is the real John Doe -- a pillar of justice or a cold-blooded murderer? Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, "Behind-the-Scenes: Courthouse Explosion, Gang Fight and 'I'm Not John Doe'." (ARC Entertainment).

photo for The King of Masks The King of Masks (1999 -- China) Winner of more than 25 top honors at film festivals worldwide, revered Chinese director Wu Tianming's "The King of Masks" is a poignant tale about a lonely old magician and a luckless child bound together by fate and suffering, and redeemed by the power of love. The King of Masks is an elderly street performer, a master of the Sichuan opera art of changing silk masks so quickly that it appears to be magic. Bereft from the loss of his family many years ago, he searches for an heir to impart his talents and skills upon, and he adopts an impoverished street urchin named "Doggie" and sets out to train him in the art, at great personal costs. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

Little House on the Prairie - Season Five Deluxe Remastered Edition (1978-79) Five-disc set includes all 24 newly restored and remastered uncut broadcast-length episodes. In this season, the frontier family moves from Walnut Grove to be closer to Mary's school for the blind, orphan Albert wins Charles' heart, Mary conquers doubts about becoming a wife and mother, the townspeople return to restore Walnut Grove and Laura and Albert help a dying friend realize his dream. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Little House Phenomenon Part Five: Stories to Remember" documentary. (Lionsgate).

photo for The Man with the Iron Fists 2 The Man With the Iron Fists 2 (2015) RZA, Dustin Nguyen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Eugenia Yuan, Pim Bubear, Simon Yin, Carl Ng. A mysterious stranger leads a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord. Hip-hop star, actor and filmmaker RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus in this sequel to the 2012 action-adventure "The Man with the Iron Fists." When Thaddeus (RZA) is found badly wounded near a 19th-century Chinese town, miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Yuan) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Chi Warriors: The Making of Man With the Iron Fists 2" behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary with director Roel Reine and executive producer and star RZA. (Universal).

photo for Maps to the Stars Maps to the Stars (2015) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Robert Pattinson, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon. The Weiss family are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. His wife, Cristina (Olivia Williams), has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town -- mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver and aspiring actor (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption -- and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she's determined to find it, no matter what it takes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).

photo for Metal Hurlant Chronicles: The Complete Series Metal Hurlant Chronicles: The Complete Series (2012-14) Visionary writer-director Guillaume Lubrano brings his faithful, well-crafted adaptation of the world renowned comics anthology Metal Hurlant (also known internationally as Heavy Metal Magazine) to live-action with a star-studded cast including Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Michael Biehn, Kelly Brook, David Belle, John Rhys-Davies, Joe Flanigan, James Marsters, Dominique Pinon, Michelle Ryan, Michael Jai White. The last fragment of a living planet, reduced to dust by the destructive madness of its habitants, is condemned to roam the universe for eternity, bringing suffering and deception to those who cross her path: it's called The Metal Hurlant. From 1960s cold war drama to distant future, fantasy to medieval, the live action sci-fi series spans a wide range of self-contained stories linked together by an Metal Hurlant asteroid that passes close to the planet where each story is taking place, thereby changing the outcome. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Featurettes, cast interviews. Blu-ray adds San Diego Comic-Con panel, alternate French-Language episodes, motion comics. (Shout! Factory).

photo for The Missing The Missing (2014) James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, Tcheky Karyom, Jason Flemyng. Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the STARZ limited series about a man who spends years searching for his abducted son; the show explores the impact of a child's abduction and the emotional cost of obsession -- on the family and community -- and hope. The thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames, while set in both France and London. Formats: DVD: $44.98, Blu-ray Disc: $54.99, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "Time Changes All" featurette, "Transformations" featurette. (Anchor Bay).

Mom's Day Away (2014 -- TV) Bonnie Somerville, James Tupper, Iain Belcher, Ona Grauer. A frustrated stay-at-home mom takes a weekend away when her family ignores her during Mother's Day. A Hallmark Channel movie. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).

Odd Man Out (1947) Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed's psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks refuge throughout the city, while the woman he loves (Kathleen Ryan) searches for him among the shadows. Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker (who would collaborate again on "The Fallen Idol" and "The Third Man") create images of stunning depth for this intense, spiritual depiction of a man's ultimate confrontation with himself. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Postwar Poetry," a new short documentary about the film; new interview with British cinema scholar John Hill; new interview with music scholar Jeff Smith about composer William Alwyn and his score; "Home, James," a 1972 documentary featuring actor James Mason revisiting his hometown; radio adaptation of the film from 1952, starring Mason and Dan O'Herlihy; an essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for Population Boom Population Boom (2013 -- Austria) How many people are too many? And who's one too many? Is this even the right question to ask? One thing is certain: 25 years ago there were five billion of us. Today, there are seven. Dwindling resources, mountains of toxic waste, hunger and climate change -- the results of overpopulation? In this documentary, director Werner Boote ("Plastic Planet") traverses the globe armed with a World Bank umbrella to examine the myths and facts about overpopulation. Formats: DVD, packaged in certified Green Forestry eco pack. (First Run Features).

[REC]4: Apocalypse (2014 -- Spain) Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Hector Colom, Ismael Fritschi. The popular Spanish-language horror series [REC] comes to a terrifying conclusion. Finally rescued from the virus-infected building in Barcelona, television reporter Angela Vidal is taken to an oil tanker quarantine facility to be examined. Little do the soldiers on board know that Angela now carries the seeds of the mysterious demonic virus that is about to be unleashed one last, horrifying time. Formats: DVD. (Sony).

Roadside (2014) Ace Marrero, Katie Stegeman, Lionel D. Carson. A man and his pregnant wife fight for their lives when they are held hostage in their car by an unseen gunman on the side of a desolate mountain road. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Image Entertainment,).

Stephen Sondheim Collection Six-disc set with six Sondheim musicals: "Into the Woods" (1990), "Company," "Sunday in the Park With George," "Follies in Concert," "Sweeney Todd" (2001) and "Sondheim: The Birthday Concert." Formats: DVD, $129.98. (Image Entertainment).

Sullivan's Travels (1941) Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) decides to make "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he meets a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (Veronica Lake) -- and more trouble than he ever dreamed of. This comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges is among the finest Hollywood satires and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry's most revered funnymen. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary from 2001 by filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean; "Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer" (1990), a 76-minute documentary made by Bowser for PBS's American Masters series; new video essay by film critic David Cairns, featuring filmmaker Bill Forsyth; interview from 2001 with Sandy Sturges, the director's widow; interview with Sturges by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper from 1951; archival audio recordings of Sturges; an essay by critic Stuart Klawans. (The Criterion Collection).

Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1 (2014) Two-disc set with 26 11-minute episodes of the Cartoon Network series, $19.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

That Man From Rio and Up to His Ears Two of the most riotous adventure films of the 1960s -- directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, in 2k restorations. Arriving in the wake of the newly popular James Bond films, "That Man From Rio" (1964) and "Up to His Ears" (1965) were a cut above the many 007 photo for That Man From Rio and Up to His Ears spoofs that spilled forth worldwide. In "That Man From Rio," set against the beauty of Brazil, Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac are in hot pursuit of a stolen Amazonian statuette, while others pursue them for the same treasure. In the follow-up "Up to His Ears," loosely based on Jules Verne's novel "Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine," Belmondo plays a bored and recently bankrupted millionaire who is convinced to allow someone to murder him so that he can leave the insurance money in his will. He's fine with the plan until he meets a stunning stripper (Ursula Andress) and tries to cancel his deal, setting off a madcap chase across China and Tibet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "That Man From Rio": "Silly and Serious: The Collaboration of Georges Delerue and Philippe de Broca" interview with Stephane Lerouge, who discusses the long friendship and collaborations between composer Delerue and director de Broca; "Brothers of Cinema: The Collaboration of Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Philippe de Broca" interview with Jean-Paul Rappeneau, co-writer of the film; "The Adventures of Adrien: The Catalan Affair" documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Belmondo, co-writer Jean-Paul Rappeneau, assistant director Olivier Gerard and an unpublished interview with director Philippe de Broca; original release trailer; 2014 re-release trailer. "Up to His Ears": "From Cartouche to Cavaleur: The Collaborations of Jean Rochefort and Philippe de Broca" interview with actor Rochefort; "That Man From Hong Kong" documentary on the making of the film; original French theatrical trailer; 2014 re-release trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).

photo for Vengeance of an Assassin Vengeance of an Assassin (2014 -- Thailand) Dan Chupong. Action-packed last film from legendary director and fight choreographer Panna Rittikrai ("Ong-Bok"). Natee (Chupong) became a killer for one reason -- to discover who killed his parents. As he gets closer to uncovering a secret network of power and corruption, he's double-crossed on a job, making him a target for the deadliest killers in the business and putting everyone he loves in danger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

Walker, Texas Ranger: Flashback (1995) Chuck Norris. Two-part episode in which Walker pursues a group of killers seeking the lost treasures of Hayes Cooper, a legendary Wild West Texas Ranger. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Media).

photo for Whitney Whitney (2014) Yaya DaCosta, Arlen Escarpeta. Angela Bassett's directorial debut is this Lifetime biodrama that chronicles the headline-making relationship between iconic singer, actress, producer, model Whitney Houston (DaCosta) and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (Escarpeta). Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

William S. Burroughs in the Dreamachine (1996-2014) The Dreamachine, created in the early 1960s by artist Brion Gysin and mathematician Ian Sommerville, is possibly the most effective of all the brain-wave simulators, which can create hallucinations and induced visions without the use of drugs. When Beatnik writer William S. Burroughs ("Junkie," "Naked Lunch") introduced it to a wider audience in the 1980s, it became a phenomenon in the underground scene, and was re-introduced by Dr. David Woodard in the 1990s when he started re-creating the Dreamachines. In this document, filmmaker and photographer Jon Aes-Nihil films Woodard and Burroughs at LACMA, Los Angeles, California (1996, featuring Allen photo for William S. Burroughs In The Dreamachine Ginsberg and Leonardo DiCaprio), the Nova Convention, Lawrence, Kansas (1996) and visits Burroughs at his home (1997), recording the last footage of him, in a conversation on drugs and government policies, six months prior to his passing. The release celebrates the centennial of Burroughs' birth. Formats: DVD. Extras: Still photo gallery, Dr. David Woodward Dreamachine Installation (Freud Museum of Dreams, St Petersburg, Russia 2007). (Cult Epics).

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2015) Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Chilling Locations," deleted scene, theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "Pulling Back the Veil: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death." (Fox).

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