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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, April 30 -- Monday, May 6

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  • Miss Bala

    photo for Miss Bala Gloria (Gina Rodriguez), drives to Tijuana, Mexico to visit her best friend who is competing in the local “Miss Baja” beauty pageant. During a night out, her friend is abducted and Gloria finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA and a charismatic yet ruthless cartel kingpin. Finding power she never knew she had, Gloria plays one organization against the other, as she seeks to rescue her friend. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the 2011 Spanish-language film. Vitals: Director: Catherine Hardwicke. Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz-Córdova, Anthony Mackie, Matt Lauria. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $15.006 million, Sony. Extras: Eight deleted scenes and extended scenes; three featurettes: “Gina: The Unstoppable Strength of a Woman,” “The Bigger the Bang: Action on Set” and “Making of Miss Bala”; "A Look into the Stunts and Costumes with Catherine Hardwicke"; feature commentary with director Catherine Hardwicke, executive producer Jamie Marshall, and associate producer Shayda Frost. 2 stars


  • Serenity

    photo for Serenity Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her -- and their young son -- from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen's appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he'd tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems. Vitals: Director: Steven Knight. Stars: Diane Lane, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $8.457 million, Universal. Extras: TBA. 2 stars

  • Arctic

    photo for Arctic Mads Mikkelsen stars as Overgård, a resourceful yet increasingly desperate man stranded in a remote, snow-covered wilderness. After a plane crash in an icy wasteland, Overgård must live by his wits as he waits for help to arrive. But when a long-awaited rescue effort fails, he faces a life-or-death decision: remain in the relative safety of his camp and hope to be found, or embark on an arduous trek that may be the only hope for both him and a critically injured stranger. Vitals: Director: Joe Penna. Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smaradottir. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 97 min., Drama, Box office gross: $2.315 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Story Behind Arctic," Mads Mikkelsen featurette. 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    April 29:

    Under the Silver Lake: Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels. (Digital only)

    April 30:

    Dragged Across Concrete: Two hard-boiled veteran cops (Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn) attempt to hijack a bank heist after they're suspended after a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    Fighting With My Family: A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. (DVD, Blu-ray, VOD release: May 14)

    Happy Death Day 2U: Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead in this genre-bending follow-up to Blumhouse's hit thriller "Happy Death Day." (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 14)

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World: What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. In this next installment, the heroic pair finally fulfill their destinies. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 21)

    Isn't It Romantic: A young woman (Rebel Wilson) disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 21)

    May 3:

    Cold Pursuit:Liam Neeson stars as Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver whose quiet family life is upended after his son’s murder. Nels begins a vengeful hunt for Viking, the drug lord he holds responsible for the killing, eliminating Viking’s associates one by one. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film, "Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance)." (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 14)

    I'll Take Your Dead: William has a simple job: he makes dead bodies disappear. But he faces a difficult decision when one of the "corpses" dropped off by local gangsters turns out to still be alive in this genre-bending thriller. (VOD only)

    May 6:

    Native Son: Tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp). As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power -- including a precarious relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley) -- he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever. Based on the novel by Richrd Wright. (HBO Download)

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    All DVD Releases

    photo for Arctic Arctic (2019) Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smaradottir. A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Story Behind Arctic," Mads Mikkelsen featurette. (Universal).

    The Brain BLU-RAY DEBUT (1988) Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale. Imagine a pulsating mass of grey matter, exploding in size and strength as it takes control of human minds and devours human bodies. It could never happen, right? Just watch Independent Thinking, starring Dr. Anthony Blakely, a hot new TV program. But as the show’s ratings continue to soar, so does the suicide and murder rate among its viewers. What they don’t know is that Dr. Blake has teamed with an alien brain and plans to gain control of all humanity. New 4K scan of the original negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New Audio commentary with director Ed Hunt; new audio commentary with photo for The Braincomposer Paul Zaza; new audio commentary with actor Tom Bresnahan; new "Canada on the Mind" interview with actress Cynthia Preston; new "From Monster Kid to Monster Man" interview with actor George Buza; new "Brain Art" interview with assistant art director Michael Borthwick; new "Food for Thought: A Love Letter to THE BRAIN"; still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).

    The Dr. Andrew Weil Collection (1996-2007) Two-disc set gathers five of Dr. Weil's landmark programs on health and nutrition in one essential DVD set. For decades Dr. Weil has been one of integrative medicine's most authoritative voices, and these shows are pivotal to learning his approach to healthy living. It features his eight-week program to maximize the potential of your mind and body ("8 Weeks to Optimum Health"), how to discover and enhance your body's natural ability to maintain and heal itself ("Spontaneous Healing"), how to make the best dietary choices ("Eating Well for Optimum Health"), tips for growing old gracefully ("Dr. Andrew Weil's Healthy Aging"), and what makes up an ideal diet for long-term health ("Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Eating Well"). Plus there is a new interview with Dr. Weil reflecting on his legacy. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Breathing Exercise," "Ethical Will," "Labyrinth," Q&As for "Dr. Andrew Weil's Healthy Aging" and "Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Eating Well," archival interview with Dr. Weil, new interview with Dr. Weil. (Kino Lorber).

    Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Jennifer Carpenter, Michael Jai White, Don Johnson, Udo Kier. Two hard-boiled veteran cops attempt to hijack a bank heist after they're suspended after a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Elements of a Crime” three-Part documentary, “Moral Conflict: Creating Cinema that Challenges” featurette. (Lionsgate).

    Finding Joy (2018) Single disc with all six episodes. Acorn TV Original Irish comedy created by, written by and starring beloved Irish actress and IFTA Award winner Amy Huberman ("Striking Out," "The Clinic"). The Irish comedy follows a single woman, Joy (Huberman), after a painful breakup, who looks for happiness in all the wrong places. Joy is having a tough time after a messy breakup with her live-in boyfriend, Aidan. Then a promotion forces her to step out of her comfort zone as she replaces her network’s star vlogger, the Happy Hunter. The job sends Joy to unusual places where people find bliss: wrestling matches, wellness retreats, hot yoga, and more, all while filming her discomfort. But despite the new gig and help from her free-spirited roommate, Joy can’t seem to get over Aidan, or even stop running into him and his beautiful new girlfriend. Will Joy be able to accept the changes in her life and find happiness of her own? Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).

    photo for Khrustalyov, My Car! [Limited Edition] Khrustalyov, My Car! [Limited Edition] (1998 -- Russia) Named after the apocryphal exclamation of Soviet security chief Lavrentiy Beria as he rushed to Stalin's deathbed, this blackly funny, deliriously immersive satire distils the anticipation and anxiety in the Moscow air as the Soviet despot lay dying. Late winter 1953. The lives of nearly half the planet are in Stalin's hands. A military surgeon, General Yuri Georgievich Klensky (Yuri Tsurilo), finds himself a target of the "Doctors' Plot": the anti-Semitic conspiracy accusing Jewish doctors in Moscow of planning to assassinate the Soviet elite. Pursued, abused, and marked for the gulags, Yuri is chased and dragged through a Stalinist Soviet nightmare. His desperate, jolting journey encapsulates the madness of the era. Directed by Aleksei German ("Hard to Be a God"), "Khrustalyov, My Car!" proved wildly provocative when it was screened at the 1998 Cannes film festival, despite being championed as the best film of the festival by the president of the Cannes jury that year, Martin Scorsese. A one-of-a-kind collision of nightmare and realism, German's film is presented here in a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by producer Daniel Bird; "Between Realism and Nightmare," a new video essay on "Khrustalyov, My Car!" and the films of Aleksei German by historian and film critic Eugénie Zvonkine; "Diagnosis Murder: Jonathan Brent on The Doctors' Plot," the academic talks about Stalin's anti-Semitic campaign that provides the backdrop for "Khrustalyov, My Car!"; "Aleksei German": the veteran film historian and critic Ron Holloway interviews the Russian director; "German ... At Last," an interview with Aleksei German by producer Guy Séligmann; re-release trailer; double-sided fold-out poster; limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Gianna D'Emilio, an archival essay by Joël Chaperon and original reviews. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    Level 16 (2018) Katie Douglas, Celina Martin, Sara Canning, Peter Outerbridge. Sixteen-year-old Vivien is trapped in The Vestalis Academy, a prison-like boarding school, keeping to herself and sticking her neck out for no one. Until she is reunited with Sophia -- the former friend who betrayed her. Together the girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment. Soon running for their lives, the girls must save themselves or die trying. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Dark Sky Films).

    photo for Living Dark Living Dark (2013) Chris Cleveland, Matthew Alan, Mark Hayter. Based on the internationally popular "Ted the Caver" Internet legend, this horror-thriller tells the story of two estranged brothers reunited for their father's funeral. Attempting reconciliation, the brothers stumble upon the sealed entrance to a cave, and are slowly forced to confront the true, nightmarish cause of their father's death. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).

    Marilyn (2018 -- Argentina) Walter Rodríguez, Catalina Saavedra, Germán de Silva. Marcos, a 17-year-old farm worker, discovers his sexuality in a hostile environment. Nicknamed Marilyn by other teenagers in town, he becomes the target both of human desire and discrimination. While his father and brother handle the heavier tasks, Marcos stays home close to his mother. Each one has their future laid out before them, but Marcos is just waiting for the arrival of Carnival, the one moment when he can let his true self out to shine and show everyone just the way he feels inside. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

    Mission of Honor (2018 -- UK/Poland) Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson, Stefanie Martini, Krystof Hádek, Marcin Dorocinski. The story of Squadron 303, a group of heroic pilots who fought in the skies over England in the Battle of Britain during WWII. These brave men were not just fighting to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the memories of their own countries; which had been caught in the crossfire as Germany tore across Eastern Europe. Equipped with nothing more than obsolete RAF planes and second-hand uniforms, they flew for all of those who had become casualties. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A with director David Blair, five on-set interviews. (Cinedigm).

    Miss Bala photo for Miss Bala(2019) Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime when she tries to rescue a kidnapped friend in Mexico. Based on the 2011 Spanish-language film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Eight deleted scenes and extended scenes; three featurettes: “Gina: The Unstoppable Strength of a Woman,” “The Bigger the Bang: Action on Set” and “Making of Miss Bala”; "A Look into the Stunts and Costumes with Catherine Hardwicke"; feature commentary with director Catherine Hardwicke, executive producer Jamie Marshall, and associate producer Shayda Frost. (Sony).

    Moscow Never Sleeps (2017 -- Russia) Anastasiya Shalonko, Yuriy Stoyanov, Aleksey Serebryakov. A multi-narrative drama about the hidden bonds that connects people: the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people: An ENTREPRENEUR whose business empire comes under siege by powerful bureaucrats, a TEENAGE GIRL mired in the misery of a broken home, A YOUNG MAN forced to choose between his girlfriend and his grandmother, a beautiful SINGER torn apart by the pursuit of two men, and an ailing FILM STAR who gets embroiled in a bizarre kidnapping. Over the course of one day, their lives will change forever. These stories weave through Moscow's choked cityscape as it celebrates its birthday with a massive fireworks display. Formats: DVD, VOD. (IndiCan Pictures).

    photo for My Brilliant Career My Brilliant Career (1979 -- Australia) For her award-winning breakthrough film, director Gillian Armstrong drew on teenage author Miles Franklin’s novel, a celebrated turn-of-the-twentieth-century Australian coming-of-age story, to brashly upend the conventions of period romance. Headstrong young Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis, in a star-making performance), bemoans her stifling life in the backcountry, where her writerly ambitions receive little encouragement, and craves independence above all else. When a handsome landowner (Sam Neill), disarmed by her unruly charms, begins to court her, Sybylla must decide whether she can reconcile the prospect of marriage with the illustrious life’s work she has imagined for herself. Suffused with generous humor and a youthful appetite for experience, My Brilliant Career is a luminous portrait of an ardently free spirit. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, approved by director Gillian Armstrong, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Armstrong; new interview with Armstrong; interview from 1980 with actor Judy Davis; new interview with production designer Luciana Arrighi; trailer; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey. (The Criterion Collection).

    Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018 -- Japan) This documentary offers a new look at the rarely-interviewed filmmaker as he faces the challenges of working with unfamiliar CGI technology to create a new short film. In 2013, Academy Award-winning film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he can’t photo for Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazakishake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarks on a new project to utilize CGI for the first time ever. But the artist, who has been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronts many challenges that threaten to cancel the film. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film "Boro the Caterpillar" using CGI. This release contains two different versions: a 70-minute version in Japanese with English subtitles, and an alternate cut, a 48-minute broadcast version with English narration, which includes footage not included in the 70-minute version. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).

    photo for Police Story/Police Story 2 Police Story/Police Story 2 (1985/1988 -- Hong Kong) The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in these breathtakingly inventive action comedies, two smash hits that made Jackie Chan a worldwide icon of daredevil spectacle. The director/star/one-man stunt machine plays Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police inspector whose methods are, ahem, unorthodox; the phenomenal Maggie Cheung, in a star-making role, plays his much-put-upon girlfriend, May. Packed wall-to-wall with astoundingly acrobatic fight choreography, epic explosions, charmingly goofball slapstick, and awesomely 1980s electro soundtracks, "Police Story" and "Police Story 2" set a new standard for rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem that established Chan as a performer of unparalleled grace and daring and would influence a generation of filmmakers, from Hong Kong to Hollywood. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restorations of both films, with alternate 5.1 surround and English-dubbed soundtracks for both films. Extras: Hong Kong-release version of "Police Story 2," presented in a high-definition digital transfer for the first time; new programs on Chan's screen persona and action-filmmaking techniques featuring author and New York Asian Film Festival cofounder Grady Hendrix; archival interviews with Chan and actor and stuntman Benny Lai; television program from 1964 detailing the rigors of Peking-opera training, akin to the education that Chan received as a child; Chan stunt reel; trailers; an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for Serenity Serenity (2019) Diane Lane, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou. A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems when his ex-wife tracks him down with a desperate plea for help to save them from her new, violent husband. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Universal).

    Tarantula BLU-RAY DEBUT (1955) Biochemist Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll) has a plan to feed the world by using a special growth formula on plants and animals. Instead he creates terror beyond imagining when his work spawns a spider of mammoth proportions. Feeding on cattle and humans, this towering tarantula has the people of Desert Rock, Arizona photo for Tarantula BLU-RAY DEBUTrunning for their lives. Can this horrifying creature be stopped, or will the world succumb to this oversized arachnid? This classic sci-fi film from director Jack Arnold ("Creature From the Black Lagoon," "It Came From Outer Space") stars John Agar and Mara Corday and features a cameo by Clint Eastwood as a jet squadron leader. New 2K scan of the original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss and David Schecter; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream factory).

    Wildland (2019) Documentary takes viewers inside the lives and experiences of a group of men who spend a summer fighting wildfires. Every summer the American West burns. As climate change has increased, average temperatures have risen, resulting in a swift rise in wildfires in both frequency and intensity. Inside every one of these fires are small crews who work to contain the fire by hand -- using shovels, pickaxes and methods that haven’t changed in 60 years. "Wildland" goes inside the lives and experiences of the men who battle these fires by following a 20-man wildland firefighting crew over the course of a single fire season. Together these men are tasked with facing nature’s most elemental force and finding their way through boredom, fear, and a job that is frequently described as "long hours of hard labor punctuated by moments of sheer terror." Late in the film, the crew is dispatched to the largest fire in the country. It’s here that they’ll make a stand and engage in a hectic final battle that they’ll carry with them forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise).

    Wire in the Blood: The Complete Collection (2002 -09) Thirteen-disc set with all 23 episodes of the Edgar Award-winning British mystery series. Possessing an uncanny insight into criminal behavior, Dr. Tony Hill (Robson Green) is called upon to assist the police in building profiles of serial killers in Northern England. His unorthodox methods and off-putting personality alienate people at first, but he soon proves to be a considerable asset to the force. Along with his colleagues, DI Carol Jordan (Hermione Norris) and, later, DI Alex Fielding (Simone Lahbib), Tony investigates the atrocious crimes committed by psychopaths, serial killers, and other deviants. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).

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