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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, May 13 -- Monday, May 19

All DVD Releases

  • Her

    photo for Her It would be an understatement to say that Spike Jonze is a quirky filmmaker; from "Being John Malkovich" through his many music videos and shorts and through even the dismal failure of "Where the Wild Things Are," the director has tackled on-the-edge themes and projects. Here he explores love in the age of the electronic machine by mating a depressed single man -- heartbroken after the end of a long relationship -- with a computer operating system that takes on a life of its own. Joaquin Phoenix plays a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people; when he upgrades his computer to a new, advanced operating system he encounters "Samantha," a bright, female voiced (Scarlett Johansson) intuitive and unique entity that becomes his best friend and, eventually, his lover. It's warm and fuzzy and imminently enjoyable, as the film explores the ups and downs of what we know will be a doomed relationship. Phoenix gives a cavalier performance. Extras: "Her: Love in the Modern Age" featurette. Blu-ray adds "The Untitled Rick Howard Project," "How Do You Share Your Life With Somebody." Vitals: Director: Spike Jonze. Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 126 min., Drama, Box office gross: $25.240 million, Warner. 3 stars


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  • That Awkward Moment

    photo for That Awkward Moment A male buddy rom-com about three best friends who vow to remain single after each has a failed relationship; naturally, all three enter new relationships that eventually fall apart and then come back together again. A typical soft comedy only notable for leading man Zac Efron's abs. Extras: "Threesome: More Awkward Moments" as the three stars dish about their experiences making the film, four character profiles. Blu-ray adds Gag reel, "Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes" featurette. Vitals: Director: Tom Gormican. Stars: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 94 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $25.844 million, Sony. 2 stars

  • I, Frankenstein

    photo for Another B-minus project for the talented Aaron Eckhart who constantly plays his way through junk. This supernatural thriller has Dr. Frankenstein's creature playing footsies with demons and gargoyles in a battle to save human kind. Based on a graphic novel. Extras: Commentary with co-writer/director Stuart Beattie; commentary with filmmakers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James McQuaide and Kevin Grevioux; "Creating a Monster" featurette; "Frankenstein's Creatures" featurette. Vitals: Director: Stuart Beattie. Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Jai Courtney, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Kevin Grevioux, Caitlin Stasey, Miranda Otto. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13 , 92 min., Action-Fantasy, Box office gross: $18.718 million, Lionsgate. 2 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • "Crocodile" Dundee & "Crocodile" Dundee II Double Feature (1986, 1988)
  • Evilspeak (1981)
  • Final Exam (1981)
  • Flying Tigers (1942)
  • The Godfather Part III (1990)
  • Home of the Brave (1948)
  • Overlord (1975) (Criterion)
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

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Afterlife: Season One (2005) Two-disc set with six episodes of the series in which university lecturer Robert Bridge (Andrew Lincoln) becomes involved in a series of supernatural events surrounding medium Alison Mundy (Lesley Sharp. $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries with cast and crew. (BBC Home Entertainment).

After Tiller (2013) Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions: Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Susan Robinson and Dr. Shelley Sella. This documentary paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians who have become the new, No. 1 targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that they believe is profoundly important for their patients' lives. The film weaves together revealing interviews with the doctors with intimate scenes from inside their clinics, where they counsel and care for patients at an important crossroads in their lives, and illuminates the experiences of women who seek later abortions and their reasons why. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with co-directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson; interview with Dr. George Tiller from Physicians for Reproductive Health, "One of Four" interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, Sundance Festival Q&A with the filmmakers and the doctors, downloadable educational guide. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).

American Dad! Volume 9 (2013-14) 20 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)

American Jesus (2013) An exploration of Christianity in every faction of American life, from the bread line to the yoga studio, from the humble churches of snake handlers to the mega churches of the ex-urbs. Director Aram Garriga travels from his native Barcelona to the politically divided United States to chronicle the sometimes bizarre relationship between faith, materialism, politics and personal passions in this uniquely American tableaux. Populated by an array of religious and secular characters offering candid, often illuminating testimonials -- from Christian pop culture and music specialists, secular analysts, Apocalyptic preachers, Prosperity Pastors to Christian bikers, cage fighters, surfers comedians and cowboys -- this documentary is a vivid mosaic of personalities and conflicting points of view. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making-of" featurette, additional interviews. $19.98. (TDC Entertainment).

American Pie 4-Movie Unrated Collection Two-disc set with "American Pie," "American Pie 2," "American Wedding" and "American Reunion." Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).

Arthur Makes a Movie (2013) Includes the title episode and three more adventures featuring eight-year-old Arthur -- the world’s most famous aardvark-- and his friends as they explore issues faced by real kids. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (PBS Kids).

Bob's Burgers The Complete Third Season (2013-14) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (Fox). Compound Fracture (2013) Tyler Mane, Muse Watson, Derek Mears. Supernatural thriller about a broken family with a history of abuse and dementia that is forced to find a common ground to fight a greater supernatural threat. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Level 33 Entertainment).

"Crocodile" Dundee & "Crocodile" Dundee II Double Feature BLU-RAY DEBUT (1986, 1988) Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, trailers. (Paramount).

Daddy's Little Girl (2012) Billi Baker, Michael Thomson, Allira Jaques. Australian revenge thriller about a father who vows to make the culprit who brutally murdered his daughter on the beach suffer for his actions, even if that person is "part of the family." With careful research into the history of torture, he prepares himself and his basement for a week of brutal tactics. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

photo for The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over The Dave Clark Five and Beyond: Glad All Over (2013) Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the British invasion of America (The Dave Clark Five was the first English group to tour America, in May 1964, thus spearheading the invasion) and features newly filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Stevie Wonder, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, 60s fashion icon Twiggy and McKellen, all sharing their memories of how the music of the 60s and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their lives forever. The Dave Clark Five achieved a record-breaking 15 consecutive Top-20 U.S. hit singles within a two-year period-- more than any other group in the world except The Beatles. They appeared a record-breaking 18 times on "The Ed Sullivan Show," with its weekly audience of 70 million viewers -- more than any other rock, pop or R&B artist. They took the world by storm and helped change the rock scene, blasting hit after hit over the world’s radio airwaves. Included in the film are The DC5's iconic performances on "Sullivan," along with rare live concert footage and their countless appearances on television with American musical icons. Much of this material -- much of it on 35mm film -- has not been seen in decades, either on television or home video. The film also features never-before-seen footage from Clark's personal archives together with performances by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury and Laurence Olivier. Read more. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. photo for Deadly Code Extras: Disc 1 features the extended director’s cut of the documentary. Disc 2 features bonus video: extra interview scenes and rare archival footage, including never-before-seen star performances and alternate performances from The DC5. (PBS Distribution).

Deadly Code (2013 -- Italy) Arnas Fedaravicius, Eleanor Tomlinson, Vilius Tumalavicus, John Malkovich, Peter Stormare. A drama based on a memoir about growing up as a member of the Urka community in the small republic of Transnistria. Grandfather Kuzya (Malkovich) is the leader of a Siberian criminal clan banished to live in the punishment town of Transnistria in 1985. There, he schools his grandson on the "honest criminal" code of their community, which must never be broken. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of The Deadly Code" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Dinosaur Big City/Dinosaurs A to Z Double Feature (2014) Features 17 prehistoric adventures aimed at sparking an interest in science for children. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (PBS Kids).

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Fourth and Final Seasonphoto for Eastbound & Down: The Complete Fourth Season and Final Season (2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes. Life has thrown a lot of curve balls to washed-up former major-league pitching ace Kenny Powers. After a disgraceful return to his hometown, a failed attempt at coaching, a soul-searching season in Mexico, a successful return to the minor leagues and a not-so-successful attempt at single fatherhood, Kenny finally hung up his cap to become a full-time family man. But can he ever truly say goodbye to the fame and fortune afforded by his baseball career? Formats: DVD: $29.98, Blu-ray Disc: $39.98, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel, commentaries on all eight episodes featuring writers/executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, along with additional cast members including Steve Little, Jillian Bell, Tim Heidecker, Elizabeth De Razzo and Ken Marino. (HBO).



Evilspeak BLU-RAY DEBUT (1981) Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joseph Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson, Don Stark, Charles Tyner, Lenny Montana, Richard Moll. Life sucks for Stanley Coppersmith (Clint Howard), a teenage outcast who's bullied by everyone at a strict military academy. When Stanley photo for Evilspeak BLU-RAY DEBUT discovers the crypt of a 16th Century Satanist beneath the chapel, he creates a computerized Black Mass that unleashes unholy revenge upon his tormentors. Prior to its U.S. theatrical release, the distributor of the film requested that the graphic violence be cut to avoid an "X" rating from the MPAA. The film has been completely restored from a newly discovered 35mm inter-positive source including all of its long rumored scenes of bloody carnage. New 1080p high definition transfer supervised and approved by director Eric Weston. Extras: Commentary with producer-director Weston; interviews with cast members Joseph Cortese, Clint Howard and Don Stark; new interviews with Richard Moll, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson, Loren Lester and Lynn Hancock; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).

Fast & Furious 6-Movie Collection Six-disc set with "The Fast and the Furious," "2 Fast 2 Furious," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," " Fast & Furious," " Fast Five" and "Fast & Furious 6." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Includes all the extras from the previous releases. (Universal).

Final Exam BLU-RAY DEBUT (1981) Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice. New HD transfer from the original camera negative. As exam week comes to a close at Lanier College, students begin to fall prey to a knife-wielding maniac stalking the school, bent on making sure that for some, school is out ... forever. Extras: Commentary with cast members Joel Rice, Cecile Bagdadi and Sherry Willis-Burch; interviews with cast members Joel Rice, Cecile Bagdadi and Sherry Willis-Burch; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).

Forev (2013) Noel Wells, Matt Mider, Amanda Bauer. Sophie and Pete are kind of friends, but mostly they're just neighbors. On their way to pick up Pete's sister Jess from her sorority house -- a six hour drive through the desert -- a joke about getting married escalates and before they know it, they're engaged ... and stranded in the middle of the desert. Things only get more problematic when Jess disappears with a bearded drifter. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Mance Media/Gravitas Ventures).

photo for >Flying Tigers BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD Flying Tigers BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD (1942) John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly, Mae Clarke. Follows a small and daring band of American mercenaries who soared into battle against Japan in defense of China's freedom just prior to the invasion of Pearl Harbor. Remastered in high definition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).

Generation Iron (2013) Documentary takes an honest and in-depth look at the professional sport of bodybuilding today, giving audiences front-row access to the lives of the top seven bodybuilders as they fight to bring home the coveted Mr. Olympia title. Narrated by Mickey Rourke. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Starz Digital Media).

God Loves Uganda (2013) Documentary investigates the troubling influence of American evangelicals on human rights in Africa. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that promote them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren't coming from Africa; they're being imported from some of America's largest megachurches. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

The Godfather Part III BLU-RAY DEBUT (1990) Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola; Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Eli Wallach, Sofia Coppola, Joe Montegna. Extras: Commentary by Coppola. (Paramount).

Her (2013) Dir.: Spike Jonze; Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Her: Love in the Modern Age" featurette.Blu-ray adds "The Untitled Rick Howard Project," "How Do You Share Your Life With Somebody." (Warner).

photo for Home of the Brave BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD Home of the Brave BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD (1948) Dir.: Mark Robson; Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges, Douglas Dick, James Edwards, Steve Brodie, Jeff Corey. Recounts the story of a young black soldier who suffered a nervous breakdown and developed psychosomatic paralysis; crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission combined with a lifetime of racial discrimination. One of Hollywood's first bold statements regarding the issue of race and the realities of war. Remastered in high definition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).

I, Frankenstein (2013) Aaron Eckhart, Jai Courtney, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Kevin Grevioux, Caitlin Stasey, Miranda Otto. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with co-writer/director Stuart Beattie; commentary with filmmakers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James McQuaide and Kevin Grevioux; "Creating a Monster" featurette; "Frankenstein's Creatures" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013) A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation. From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," comes this unlikely and unique intellectual feast, an animated documentary on the life and ideas of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself that make Chomsky's ideas more accessible, the filmmaker reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his groundbreaking theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of our age, but also a beautifully animated work of art. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Kendra on Top: Season 2 (2013) Two-disc set with 14 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. (MPI Home Video).

Last Man Standing: The Complete First Season (2011-12) 24 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)

Last Man Standing: The Complete Second Season (2012-3) 18 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 8 Two-disc set with 30 legendary theatrical shorts, $19.98. The first disc is entirely devoted to everyone's favorite carrot-crunching, wise-cracking "wabbit," Bugs Bunny, with 15 cartoons, including "Bugs Bunny Rides Again." In Disc Two features favorite characters such as Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and many others. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

Louie: The Complete Season 3 (2012) 13 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)

Martha's Superhero Adventures (2014) Six tales from the series based on the children's book by Susan Meddaugh. Aimed at viewers between the ages of four and seven, the series follows the adventures of Martha, a loveable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the power of human speech. Using her speaking abilities, Martha gets jobs, foils bad guys, wins contests, runs for office, and orders lots of pizza. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (PBS Kids).

Marvel Knights: Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today (2014) The latest Marvel Animation animated comic book DVD highlights the brutal battle between Wolverine and the ruthless cyborg villain Deathlok the Demolisher as robots from the future embark on a Super hero killing spree. Formats: DVD, $14.97. (Shout! Factory).

The New Normal: The Complete First Season (2012-13) 22 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox)

One Direction: Reaching for the Stars Part 2: The Next Chapter (2014) Unofficial biography goes behind the scenes on the group's second world tour and dishes all the latest One D news and gossip ... including the truth behind their romantic escapades. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).

photo for Orange Is the New Black – Season One Orange Is the New Black – Season One (2013) All 13 episodes of the dark comedy about engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary, where she trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $39.97; Three-disc Blu-ray, $39.98; Digital; UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "New Kid on the Cell Block" featurette, "Mother Hen: Red Runs the Coup" featurette, "It's Tribal" featurette, "Prison Rules" featurette, gag reel; commentary. (Lionsgate).

Overlord BLU-RAY DEBUT (1975) Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage and a fictional narrative, this immersive account by Stuart Cooper of one 21-year-old's journey from basic training to the front lines of D-day brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity. Overlord, impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick's longtime cinematographer John Alcott, is both a document of World War II and a dreamlike meditation on human smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine. Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Stuart Cooper, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Commentary featuring Cooper and actor Brian Stirner; "Mining the Archive," a 2007 video piece featuring archivists from London's Imperial War Museum detailing the footage used in the film; "Capa Influences Cooper," a 2007 photo essay featuring Cooper on photographer Robert Capa; "Cameramen at War," the British Ministry of Information's 1943 film tribute to newsreel and service film unit cameramen; "A Test of Violence," Cooper's 1969 short film about the Spanish artist Juan Genoves; "Germany Calling," a 1941 Ministry of Information propaganda film, clips of which appear in "Overlord"; excerpts from the journals of two D-day soldiers, read by Stirner; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones, a short history of the Imperial War Museum, and excerpts from the "Overlord" novelization by Cooper and Christopher Hudson. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for Perry Mason Movie Collection - Volume 2 Perry Mason Movie Collection - Volume 2 Six made-for-TV movies that originally aired between 1987-1989: "The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel," "The Case of the Avenging Ace," "The Case of the Lady in the Lake," "The Case of the Lethal Lesson," "The Case of the Musical Murder" and "The Case of the All-Star Assassin." Formats: DVD, $59.99 exclusively at Amazon. (CBS/Paramount).

Piggy (2012) Martin Compston, Paul Anderson, Josh Herdman, Ed Skrein, Louise Dylan. When his beloved brother is brutally murdered, a shy, mild-mannered young man finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother's long-time friends, who takes the grieving brother under his wing and teaches him how to be a vigilante to seek revenge. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).

Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasures and Other Adventures (2013) Based on Lara Jones' hugely popular and award-winning "Poppy Cat" books (which have sold more than 2 million books to date), this animated series from the creators of "Olivia," "Mr. Men" and "Little Miss" follows the adventures of Poppy, a capable and endearing ginger tabby, who's also a dreamer and devoted friend to Zuzu, an energetic dog; Mo, an overly cautious mouse; Alma, the melodramatic, excitable rabbit; the knowledgeable owl and Egbert, the stout badger. Seen through the eyes of Poppy's imaginative young owner, a little girl named Lara. Formats: DVD, $12.98. (Entertainment One).

Poseidon Rex (2013) Brian Krause, Anne McDaniels, Steven Helmkamp, Candice Nunes. A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet's distant past when deep-sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil that's been hibernating for over 60,000 years -- a rampaging behemoth of death and destruction not only at sea but also on land. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, outtakes. (ITN Distribution).

Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Field of Screams (2014) Showcases 13 action-packed, sports-related escapades featuring Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving pals, including a brand-new 22-minute adventure, "Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals!" Formats: Two-disc DVD, $19.98. (Warner).

16 Acres (2012) Critically acclaimed documentary on the politics and drama behind the World Trade Center rebuilding project. The rebuilding of Ground Zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex construction project in recent American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle to develop these 16 acres of "sacred" land has encompassed 12 years, 19 government agencies, and over $20 billion. Aside from the engineering challenges, various constituencies – politicians, developers, architects, insurers, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims – profess conflicting claims to the site. This is the inside story of how and why this historic project got built. At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to "get it right," and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City. The release coincides with the May 21 opening of the long-awaited National September 11 Memorial Museum at The World Trade Center site. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

photo for Special ID Special ID (2013 -- China) Donnie Yen, Collin Chou, Tian Jing, Hanyu Zhang. Yen takes on the role of "Dragon" Chen, a Hong Kong undercover police officer deep within the ranks of one of China’s most ruthless underworld gangs. When rivalries explode with the reappearance of an old enemy and a brutal murder, the Triads close ranks and unleash a series of executions -- with Chen at the top of the list. Undercover and under attack, he has no choice but to rely on a new partner (Jing Tian) and his knowledge of the streets to get out alive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Well Go USA).

Stalingrad (2013) Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina. An epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II, "Stalingrad" was the highest-grossing Russian film of all time and Russia's official submission for Best Foreign-language Film to the 86th Academy Awards. The film contrasts the grand scale of the famous battle with the intimate human drama among the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and the German soldiers who invaded the city. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Stalingrad," a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film; "Stereoscopic Stalingrad" with experts Steve Schklair and Matthew Blute describing how Russia's very first IMAX 3D film was created. (Sony).

Stranger by the Lake (2013 -- France) Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumcao, Jerome Chappatte. A picturesque cruising spot in the countryside of France sets the scene between desire and murder. Franck, a regular at the lake, meets the handsome Michel and soon falls in love with the mysterious stranger. When a body is discovered in the lake, Franck and Michel soon become primary suspects of the investigation. A unique, erotic thriller of seduction and sexual obsession that builds to an unforgettable and terrifying climax; described as a modern-day Hitchcockian suspenser. Winner of the Best Directing Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and winner of the Queer Palm. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with Director Alain Guiraudie.Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, alternative ending, two short films by Alain Guiraudie. (Strand Releasing).

Squatters (2014) Gabriella Wilde, Thomas Dekker, Luke Grimes, Richard Dreyfuss. A dream comes true for two young drifters when they illegally take residence in the upscale Pacific Palisades home of a vacationing family. But things start to spiral out of control when the rightful owners unexpectedly return from overseas, leading to a violent, inevitable confrontation between two very different worlds. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Sony).

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron BLU-RAY DEBUT (2002) Voices of Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet. Traditional animated feature about Spirit, a wild young mustang, as he sets out on an action-packed quest against impossible odds to regain his freedom and save his homeland. On his journey across the majestic wilderness of the American frontier, Spirit forms a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave, outwits a relentless squadron of soldiers, and falls for a beautiful paint mare named Rain.Extras: Filmmaker commentary, a drawing tutorial, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Paramount).

Strawberry Shortcake: Fun Under the Sun (2014) Summer fun adventures with Strawberry Shortcake and her berry best pals Blueberry and Orange Blossom. Formats: DVD, $14.98, Digital. Extras: "It's A Beautiful Lovely Wonderful Day" music video, printable coloring pages. (Fox).

That Awkward Moment (2014) Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Threesome: More Awkward Moments" as the three stars dish about their experiences making the film, four character profiles. Blu-ray adds Gag reel, "Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes" featurette. (Sony).

Ultimate Gangster Collections Contemporary Volume 2 Four-disc set with "Once Upon a Time in America," Black Rain," "Internal Affairs" and "The Town." Formats: Blu-ray Disc, $31.96. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries, more. (Warner).

The Zombinator (2012) Patrick Kilpatrick, Joseph Aviel, Lucia Brizzi, Justin Brown. A fashion blogger documentary turns into a zombie horror nightmare when college students come face to face with the undead, created by a serum developed by an evil corporation. Their only hope for survival is a former soldier turned zombie killer. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).


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