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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, April 19 -- Monday, April 25

All DVD Releases

  • The Revenant

    photo for An incredible cinematic masterpiece by Alejandro G. Inarritu, the brilliant director of "Birdman," "Babel" and "Biutiful." Along with "Carol," "The Big Short," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Spotlight," one of the best films of this -- or any -- year. Inspired by true events, "The Revenant" is an epic story of survival and transformation on the American frontier. While on a trapping expedition in the uncharted wilderness that is now Montana and South Dakota in 1823, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio)'s hunting team is massacred by members of the Arikara tribe. Retreating down river with the small party of survivors, Glass is brutally mauled by a bear, then abandoned by members of his own party. Alone and near death, Glass refuses to succumb. Driven by sheer will and his love for his Native American wife and son, he undertakes a 200-mile odyssey through the vast and untamed West on the trail of the man who betrayed him: John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). What begins as a relentless quest for revenge becomes a heroic saga against all odds towards home and redemption. Winner of three Oscars: Best Actor for DiCaprio, Best Director for Inarritu, and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki; the film also garnered three Golden Globes, five BAFTA Awards, a DGA Award for Best Director (Inarritu) and SAG Award for Best Actor (DiCaprio), among many other accolades. Vitals: Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Forrest Goodluck, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Lukas Haas, Duane Howard, Melaw Nakehk'o. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 156 min., Drama, Box office gross: $179.143 million, Fox. Blu-ray extras: "A World Unseen," which takes viewers into the world of a 19th century America and uncovers the vision behind "The Revenant" and the parallels found in our world today through the film's visionary director along with DiCaprio. 4 stars
    Pre-order "The Revenant" here.


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  • The Lady in the Van

    photo for The Lady in the Van Alan Bennett's big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honored stage play. Bennett's story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Bennett ("The Madness of King George," "The History Boys") to bring this poignant and life-affirming story to the screen. Vitals: Director: Nicholas Hytner. Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Comedy-Drama, Box office gross: $8.054 million, Sony. Extras: "Playing The Lady: Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd," deleted scenes, "The Making of The Lady in the Van," "The Visual Effects," commentary with director Nicholas Hytner. 3 stars
    Pre-order "The Lady in the Van" here.

  • Ip Man 3

    photo for Ip Man 3 Donnie Yen returns to the role that made him an icon -- as Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee. This iteration of the Ip Man epic trilogy takes place in 1959 Hong Kong and finds Ip Man (Yen) attempting to save his son’s school from an intimidating property developer (Mike Tyson). With the police unable to help, Ip Man recruits his students to face off against the developer’s lackeys in an action-packed fight sequence that ends with the school’s headmaster being kidnapped. After solving this crisis, Ip Man faces another opponent in a fight to decide the true Grandmaster of Win Chun. Vitals: Director: Wilson Yip. Stars: Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson, Lyn Hung, Jin Zhang. 2015 -- China, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Action/Adventure, Box office gross: $2.679 million, Well Go USA. Extras: Making-of featurette, interview with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson, behind the scenes. 2 stars

  • Fifty Shades of Black

    photo for Fifty Shades of Black Christian Black (Marlon Wayans) has it all: power, success and an intense desire to get freaky. Into his life comes Hannah (Kali Hawk), a young, virginal girl who may not be as innocent as she first seems. Only one gets to come out on top in this spoof of "Fifty Shades of Grey." Vitals: Director: Michael Tiddes. Stars: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Mike Epps, Andrew Bachelor, Affion Crockett, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard, Florence Henderson. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 92 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $11.612 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Meet Mr. Black." 2 stars



    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Barcelona (1994) (Criterion)
  • The Stuff (1985) (Arrow)
  • A Whit Stillman Trilogy (Criterion)

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photo for Albert – Up, Up and Away Albert – Up, Up and Away (2015 -- Denmark) Animated tale inspired by the children's book "Albert" by Ole Lund Kirkegaard. Albert is a smart and cheeky boy, but his taste for mischievous pranks make him a menace in his small hometown. When he accidentally destroys the statue of a local hero and famous hot-air balloon captain, Albert is determined to make up for his mistake. He decides to venture into the world with his best friend Egon ... and return as a hot-air balloon captain himself. But Albert and Egon's quest takes a detour when a mean bandit takes advantage of the clueless boys to help him steal the world's largest diamond. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Kids).

And Then There Were None (2015 -- TV) Agatha Christie's classic is here adapted by the BBC, in a two-disc set with three episodes. Stars Sarah Phelps, Maeve Dermody, Aidan Turner, Charles Danc, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Douglas Booth, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor. As the world teeters on the brink of World War II, 10 strangers are invited to isolated Soldier Island. Among them are young secretary Vera Claythorne (Dermody), soldier Philip Lombard (Turner), General John MacArthur (Neill), spinster Emily Brent (Richardson), and Judge Lawrence Wargrave (Dance). With seemingly nothing in common, the guests wonder who their mysterious host may be. But the ominous reason for their visit soon becomes clear ... the guests start dying one by one. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, featurette about Agatha Christie,interview with writer Sarah Phelps, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).

Barcelona (1994) Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough "Metropolitan" with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins -- a salesman and a navy officer -- argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film's title. Set during the eighties, "Barcelona" explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman and Mira Sorvino. New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2002 featuring Stillman and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols; new video essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme about the trilogy made up of "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco"; "The Making of Barcelona,” a short documentary from 1994 featuring behind-the-scenes footage and on-set interviews with Stillman and cast members; deleted scenes and alternate ending, with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Nichols; segment from a 1994 episode of the "Today" show featuring Stillman; episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" from 1991 with Stillman; trailer; an essay by film scholar Haden Guest. (The Criterion Collection).

Bloody Wednesday (1987) Raymond Elmendorf, Pamela Baker, Navarre Perry. Harry Curtis begins an inexplicable descent into madness. Haunted by ghosts and harassed by neighborhood thugs, his reality becomes increasingly distorted and his behavior ever more odd. Isolated by mental illness, he feels abandoned by humanity, his only friend a talking teddy bear ... and when he loses his job, his dark and evil descent accelerates. Inspired by the true story of Southern California mass murderer -- out-of-work security guard, 41-year-old James Huberty -- who walked into a San Ysidro McDonald's in July 1984 and killed 21 people before being fatally shot by a police sharpshooter. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media Group).

Convict (2013 -- Australia) George Basha, Richard Green, Brian Ellison, David Field. The story of an Australian war veteran with strong moral beliefs who accidently kills a young man and is sent to prison, where he has to balance his sense of justice with the immorality that surrounds him. Formats: DVD. (Indie Rights/MVD Entertainment).

A Dog Named Gucci (2015) Director Gorman Bechard, whose documentary, "Color Me Obsessed, A Film About The Replacements," was named one of "The Seven Best New Music Documentaries of the Year" by Rolling Stone, takes on a rock star of a different sort with "A Dog Named Gucci," a feature-length documentary examining animal abuse laws in the United States. The film will be released on DVD and digital platforms on April 19, just days after the Record Store Day photo for A Dog Named Gucci release of the film's closing credits song "One Voice." The film's anthem song features Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, and Queen's Brian May all lending their talents. "One Voice" will also be released on digital platforms. Profits from the sales of the song will go to support animal charities around the country. "A Dog Named Gucci" is a timely and poignant documentary about a 10-week old puppy who was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. Hearing the puppy's cries, college professor Doug James ran to help. After chasing away the abusers, and at the request of Gucci's young runaway owner, Doug took the puppy in as his own. Thus began a 16-year odyssey of love, devotion, and perseverance. Together with legislators, Doug and Gucci worked to create what became known as the "Gucci Bill," changing Alabama law, and making domestic animal abuse a felony. "Instead of assaulting the viewer with images of abused animals, we chose to tell what is ultimately a positive and uplifting story of one victim who went on to become a hero," said Bechard, who was recently named the recipient of this year's Media Excellence Award from the ASPCA for his work on this film. The film also spotlights three other dogs who, with their owners, have made an incredible impact on the laws protecting animals. Formats: DVD, Digital. (What Were We Thinking/MVD Entertainment).

Dominion Creek (2015 -- TV) As they work the silver mines of Montana in 1897, the ambitious Connolly brothers -- recent immigrants from Ireland -- dream of riches and adventure. Seduced by rumors of a greater prize to the north, they embark on a dangerous journey to the heart of the Yukon in this tale of greed, love, betrayal ... and gold. As they become increasingly corrupted by the lust for power and wealth, the Connollys must stick together if they are to survive the harsh realities of the Yukon. The first Western to be made in Ireland. Formats: DVD: two disc set with four episodes. Extras: Deleted scenes, interviews with cast and crew. (Acorn Media).

photo for Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability -- and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including "Animal House" and "National Lampoon's Vacation." Director Douglas Tirola's documentary chronicles the magazine's founding by two former Harvard students, its growth, demise and everything in between. Told through fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine's prime), the film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at what made the magazine tick, who were its key players, and why it was so outrageously successful: a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Additional interview footage; "John Goodman Reads Doug Kenney"; "Thoughts on Animal House"; "Drugs in the Office"; Jaws 3 People 0"; "Working in NYC"; "Thoughts on 'SNL'"; "Favorite National Lampoon Pieces"; "Reading John Hughes": Beverly D’Angelo, Kevin Bacon, Stephen Furst, Anthony Michael Hall and Chevy Chase; "Artists in National Lampoon"; "Chevy Chase Pot Seeds Story." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Earthrise (2014) Casey Dillard, Meaghin Burke, Greg Earnest, Jon W Sparks, Sherri Eakin. In the near future, 99 percent of the human race live on Mars, with the remaining few living on Earth, working to rehabilitate the dying planet. Each year a small number of people from Mars are selected to return home to aid in the restoration process. For those few, it will be their first glimpse of Earth. Sci-fi psychological thriller. Formats: DVD. (Indie Rights/MVD Entertainment).

Fifty Shades of Black (2016) Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Mike Epps, Andrew Bachelor, Affion Crockett, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard, Florence Henderson. Spooof of "Fifty Shades of Grey." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Meet Mr. Black." (Universal).



Forbidden Hollywood Volume 10 Tenth and final volume in Warner Archive Collection's Forbidden Holltywood pre-code film series. Includes: W.S. Van Dyke's "Guilty Hands" (1931), starring Lionel Barrymore as a DA who commits the perfect crime. Kay Francis co-stars; James Flood & Elliott Nugent's "The Mouthpiece" (1932) stars Warren William in a breakout performance as a DA turned defense attorney; Edward Sutherland spills the "Secrets of the French Police" (1932) as an inspector (Frank Morgan) and a thief (John Warburton) scour the underworld for a waif who may be Princess Anastasia (Gwili Andre); Howard Bretherton & William Keighley's "The Match King" (1932), starring Warren William in the title role and based on the real-life story of industrialist Ivar Kreuger. Glenda Farrell delivers the glam; "Babyface" Barbara Stanwyck sizzles as a spouse torn between love (Otto Kruger) and country in Archie Mayo's "Ever in My Heart" (1933) with Ralph Bellamy as "the other guy" (naturally!). Formats: DVD. (Warner).

photo for Haven: The Final Season Haven: The Final Season (2014-15) Four-disc set with the last 13 episodes of the Syfy series based on Stephen King's novella "The Colorado Kid" that follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and her supernatural exploits in the small town of Haven, Maine. The final season presents hometown heroes Audrey, Nathan (Lucas Bryant), Duke (Eric Balfour) and Dwight (Adam Copeland) with challenges unlike any they've experienced before: The town of Haven has been cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious fog bank and is on its own. Through journeys into the past, the future, and the very fabric between worlds, events in Haven hurtle towards a cataclysmic showdown. Will the heroes be able to rid Haven of "the Troubles" forever, or will the town and its inhabitants continue to suffer the curse? Tensions rise, allegiances shift and, in a harrowing closing chapter, the mystery of "Croatoan" is finally revealed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Thirteen "Inside Haven" featurettes; 13 audio commentary tracks; interviews with Eric Balfour, Lucas Bryant, William Shatner, Adam Copeland and producer Shawn Piller; "Mythology Refresher"; "Haven Revisited": Livestream segments with the cast & crew; "Haven Archives: Entries from the Crocker Diaries"; "Haven Origins: Lovers Conquered All"; "Haven Origins: Trust Kills Fear." (Entertainment One).

Ip Man 3 (2016 -- China) Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson, Lyn Hung, Jin Zhang. In this third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, interview with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson, behind the scenes. (Well Go USA).

The Lady in the Van (2015) Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent. British comedy-drama based on Alan Bennett's memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Mr. Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Playing The Lady: Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd," deleted scenes, "The Making of The Lady in the Van," "The Visual Effects," commentary with director Nicholas Hytner. (Sony). Pre-order "The Lady in the Van" here.

Lamb (2015) Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence, Jess Weixler, Tom Bower. Based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, the film traces the self-discovery of David Lamb (Partridge) in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie (Laurence), an awkward and unpopular 11-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness. These two lost and lonely individuals set out on a journey that will change them in unexpected ways. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with Ross Partridge and Oona Laurence, deleted scenes, "Lamb: Landscapes" video, photo gallery. (Sony).

photo for Little House on the Prairie: Season Nine Deluxe Remastered Edition Little House on the Prairie: Season Nine Deluxe Remastered Edition (1982-82) Five-disc set with all 21 episodes, restored and remastered. It's time to say farewell to Walnut Grove and the Ingalls Family in the ninth and final season of this unrivaled series, a season of change when the Wilders take in their sweet niece Jenny; when Laura wins a book-writing contest; when a jealous Nancy runs away; and when Willie surprises the family with his engagement. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus episode "Bless All the Dear Children." (Lionsgate).

Magical Girl (2014 -- Spain) Luis Bermejo, Lucía Pollan, Barbara Lennie, Jose Sacristan, Marina Andruix, Raimundo de los Reyes. An unemployed father seeking a gift for his dying daughter, a disturbed woman with a dark past, and a math teacher turned criminal find their fates bound together in this thriller. When his young daughter is diagnosed with terminal leukemia, Luis becomes obsessed with fulfilling her dying wish: to own an exorbitantly expensive dress inspired by her favorite anime character, "Magical Girl Yukiko." After an encounter with the beautiful, rich, and mentally unstable Barbara, Luis decides to extort her for the money he needs. Barbara agrees to meet Luis' demands, but events soon take a shocking turn. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

photo for Misconduct Misconduct (2016) Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Alice Eve, Malin Akerman, Byung-Hun Lee, Julia Stiles, Glen Powell, Chris Marquette. When an ambitious lawyer (Duhamel) is seduced by his ex-girlfriend (Akerman) and presented with evidence incriminating a corrupt pharmaceutical executive that she works for, he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the pharmaceutical magnate (Hopkins) and his firm's senior partner (Pacino). When the case takes a deadly turn, he must race to uncover the truth before he loses not only his wife (Eve), but his career, and possibly his own life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Misconduct" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

Norm of the North (2016) Voices of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham , Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, Bill Nighy. When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Do the Arctic Shake!" sing-along, "That's Funny!: the movie's best jokes and one-liners, "Arctic Challenge" trivia game. (Lionsgate).

Outlaw: Gangster VIP Collection In 1968, acclaimed director Toshio Masuda ("Rusty Knife," "Tora! Tora! Tora!") and rising star Tetsuya Watari ("Tokyo Drifter") teamed up for "Outlaw: Gangster VIP," a gritty yakuza yarn based on the writings of real life ex-gangster Goro Fujita. The series offers up a depiction of the Japanese underworld that was unprecedented in its realism and its photo for Outlaw: Gangster VIP Collection sympathetic portrayal of its protagonist as a man haunted by his past, unable to escape a life of crime. The success of the initial installment spawned five sequels, continuing the story of the lone wolf "Slasher" Goro and his quest for redemption. The films presented a new kind of realism and violence that would prefigure Kinji Fukasaku's "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" series, with their winning combination of brutal violence, gang warfare and sweeping romance, these films make for a unique and unforgettable viewing experience. The set includes six films in the "Outlaw" series released for the first time in the West: "Gangster VIP," "Gangster VIP 2," "Heartless," "Goro the Assassin," "Black Dagger" and "Kill!" Limited edition box set (3000 copies) containing all six films available with English subtitles for the first time on any home video format High Definition digital transfers from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary on "Outlaw: Gangster VIP" by Jasper Sharp; visual essay covering the entire series by Kevin Gilvear; original trailers for all six films; extensive promotional image galleries for all six films; exclusive gatefold packaging featuring brand new artwork by Tonci Zonjic; booklet featuring an interview with director Toshio Masuda by Mark Schilling, plus new writing by Schilling, Chris D and Kevin Gilvear. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Sixth Season (2015-16) Five-disc set with all 21 episodes, $49.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Includes the special episode "Five Years Forward," deleted scenes, plus four all-new featurettes: "We Love the PLL Ships," "A PLL Prom," "Inside the 5 Years," "Homecoming: The PLL's Return." (Warner).


The Revenant (2015) Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Forrest Goodluck, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Lukas Haas, Duane Howard, Melaw Nakehk'o. Follows the story of legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) on his quest for survival and justice. After his trapping expedition in the Montana and Dakota territories in 1823 is massacred by members of the Arikara tribe, Glass -- scouting for the group's handful of survivors -- is attacked by a bear and left for dead by a treacherous member of his hunting team (Tom Hardy). Against extraordinary odds, and enduring unimaginable grief, Glass battles a relentless winter in uncharted terrain. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "A World Unseen," which takes viewers into the world of a 19th century America and uncovers the vision behind "The Revenant" and the parallels found in our world today through the film's visionary director along with DiCaprio. (Fox). Pre-order "The Revenant" here.

Sex Ed (2014) Haley Joel Osment, Lorenza Izzo, Kevin Hernandez, Glen Powell, Laura Harring. First time teacher Eddie Cole turns his detention class into Sex Ed, but he might not be the best teacher: His students seem to have more experience than him. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Entertainment).

photo for The Sex Trade The Sex Trade (2015 -- France) Documentary takes an inside look into the worldwide sex trade, which has expanded into an enormous industry in the last few decades. Part investigative report and part editorial, the film is a foray into a brutal world whose key players trivialize the impact of their actions by claiming that prostitution is simply a service like any other. But who's really benefiting? To meet customer demands and keep this lucrative business rolling, unscrupulous pimps and sex traffickers target women and girls, who are afraid to speak out. They are funneled into a sprawling sex trade: high-end and street prostitution, escort agencies, massage parlors, strip clubs, the porn industry, and sex tourism. Seemingly everywhere, men are paying for sex and buying the silence of the women. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

Shadows of Liberty (2012) Documentary reveals how the media manipulates the news via censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the U.S. media, where global conglomerates call the shots. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Tracing the story of media manipulation over the years, the film poses a crucial question: Why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? Features interviews with well-known journalists and public figures including Julian Assange, Danny Glover, Amy Goodman, Dan Rather and David Simon. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).

photo for Silicon Valley: The Complete Second Season Silicon Valley: The Complete Second Season (2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. After taking the tech world by storm last season at TechCrunch Disrupt, Richard and rest of the Pied Piper team -- Erlich, Jared, Dinesh and Gilfoyle -- look ahead to a bright and profitable future. But their success may be in jeopardy, thanks to big changes at Raviga, the company created by Peter Gregory, and Nucleus, the competing compression platform launched by Hooli CEO Gavin Belson. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Reality Bytes: The Art & Science Behind Silicon Valley," deleted scenes, six audio commentaries with Mike Judge, Alec Berg, T.J. Miller and many more. (HBO).

The Stuff (1985) Are you eating it ... or is it eating you? The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It's delicious, low in calories and – better still – doesn't stain the family carpet … What's not to like?! Well, for a start it has a life of its own, and we're not talking friendly live bacteria … Young Jason seems to be the only one who photo for The Stuff doesn't love The Stuff – in fact he won't go anywhere near it, after having seen the pudding crawling around the fridge one night. What's more, everyone who eats The Stuff has started acting really weird … Now, teaming up with wise-cracking industrial saboteur "Mo," Jason must put a stop to The Stuff and the organization behind it or face a gooey, gloopy demise. Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the "It's Alive" series and scribe behind the "Maniac Cop" trilogy), "The Stuff" is a titillating treat for the taste-buds that blends elements of films such as "Street Trash" with the straight-up B-movie flavor of "The Blob." So grab a spoon and dig on into The Stuff – the taste that delivers … much more than you bargained for! New High Definition restoration of the film from a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Can't Get Enough of The Stuff: Making Larry Cohen's Classic Creature Feature" documentary featuring Larry Cohen, producer Paul Kurta, actress Andrea Marcovicci, Steve Neill (mechanical makeup effects) and Kim Newman; introduction and trailer commentary by director and The Stuff fan Darren Bousman ("Saw II," "Saw III"); original trailer; reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin; collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Joel Harley, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [Collector's Edition] (1986) Two-disc set with 10 hours of bonus features. Disc 1: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two" (new HD transfer); new 2016 2K HD scan of the inter-positive film element; new audio commentary with director of photography Richard Kooris, production designer Cary White, script supervisor Laura Kooris and property master Michael Sullivan; audio commentary with director Tobe Hooper; audio commentary with actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special effects makeup creator Tom Savini; new extended outtakes from "It Runs in the Family" featuring L.M. Kit Carson and Lou Perryman; new behind-the-scenes footage compilation from Tom Savini's archives; alternate opening credit sequence; deleted scenes; still galleries with posters and lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photos, stills and collector's gallery; theatrical trailers; TV spots. Disc 2: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two" (Original HD Transfer); MGM's original HD master with color correction supervision by director of photography Richard Kooris; new "House of Pain" interview with make-up effects artists Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale and John Vulich; new "Yuppie Meat" interview with actors Chris Douridas and Barry Kinyon; new "Cutting Moments" interview with editor Alain Jakubowicz; new "Behind the Mask" interview with stunt man and Leatherface performer Bob Elmore; new "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" location featurette hosted by Sean Clark plus a special guest; "It Runs in the Family" six part feature-length documentary featuring interviews with screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Bill Johnson, Lou Perryman, special makeup effects artist Tom Savini and more; Blu-ray Disc. (Scream Factory).

photo for Veep: The Complete Fourth Season Veep: The Complete Fourth Season (2015) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Having become president after her predecessor stepped down, it remains to be seen whether Selina's term will outlast that of America's shortest-serving president, William Henry Harrison. The stakes for Selina and her team are higher than ever before: she must still run for election, and her people must grapple with how to make her seem "presidential." The fourth season of the hit HBO comedy series was the winner of five 2015 Emmy awards including Outstanding Comedy series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus who has won an Emmy for each season of Veep), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Hale) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Skewering the whirlwind day-to-day existence of the Vice President's office and Washington politics at-large, the series continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (HBO).

What Lola Wants (2015) Sophie Lowe, Beau Knapp, Dale Dickey, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Taylor. Sixteen-year-old Lola Franklin (Lowe) runs away from home and her Hollywood royalty parents, but allows the world to believe she's been kidnapped. Intent on making her way across the country, she meets a boy, Marlo (Knapp), in a New Mexico diner. They fall instantly in love. But when Marlo learns of the reward for Lola's safe return, he must decide between collecting the reward for her return, or escaping his own life in a ruthless crime ring to help her continue her mysterious getaway. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay ).

photo for When Calls the Heart: Troubled Hearts When Calls the Heart: Troubled Hearts (2015) Latest episode in the series based on the work of author Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series). Big revelations are in store for Hope Valley as Elizabeth moves into her own rowhouse, dismaying Jack, who has been planning to build a new home for the both of them. Rosemary discovers that Lee has taken out a loan and worries that he's in financial difficulties. And Jesse, the young drifter who works in Abigail's kitchen, has information that could ruin Pastor Frank's good standing in Hope Valley. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco Over the course of the 1990s, writer-director Whit Stillman made a trilogy of films about the acid tongues and broken hearts of some haplessly erudite young Americans in New York and abroad. Set in the eighties, these films would trace the arc of that decade, led by Stillman's Oscar-nominated debut, "Metropolitan" (1990), which introduced moviegoers to a strange, endangered species of privileged New Yorker dubbed the “urban haute bourgeoisie.” Chronologically, the tale continues with "The Last Days of Disco" (1998), in which, with an earnest wink, Stillman mourns the close of New York's nightclub era via the story of two young party-going women juggling day jobs in book publishing. Finally, "Barcelona" (1994) plunks down a pair of love-starved upper-class men in a foreign city riddled with anti-American sentiment. At once effervescent and melancholy, these are comedies about the ends of eras, social change as seen through the eyes of reluctant, unflaggingly sardonic romantics. Three-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets. Restored high-definition digital transfer of "Metropolitan," supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; restored high-definition digital transfer of "The Last Days of Disco," supervised by Stillman, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; new, restored 2K digital transfer of "Barcelona," supervised by Stillman and Thomas, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary on "Metropolitan" featuring Stillman, actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols, and editor Christopher Tellefsen; audio commentary on "The Last Days of Disco" featuring Stillman, Eigeman, and actor Chloe Sevigny; audio commentary on "Barcelona" featuring Stillman, Eigeman, and Nichols; rare outtakes and alternate casting scenes from "Metropolitan," with commentary by Stillman; deleted scenes from "The Last Days of Disco," with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny; deleted scenes and alternate ending from "Barcelona" with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Nichols; new video essay about the trilogy by film critic Farran Smith Nehme; featurettes about the making of "The Last Days of Disco" and "Barcelona"; "Today" show interview with Stillman from 1994; episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" from 1991 with Stillman; audio recording of Stillman reading a chapter from his book "The Last Days of Disco," with "Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards"; stills gallery for "The Last Days of Disco," with captions by Stillman; trailers for all three films; essays by author Luc Sante, novelist David Schickler, and film scholar Haden Guest. (The Criterion Collection).


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