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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, June 13 -- Monday, June 19

All DVD Releases

  • John Wick: Chapter Two

    photo for John Wick: Chapter Two "John Wick: Chapter Two" is the sequel to the 2014 surprise hit about legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) -- nicknamed "The Boogeyman" -- who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog and the theft of his prize vintage mustang by a group of Russian mobsters. In this episode (we say episode because the ending leaves the way open for a second sequel), Wick's desire to retire is foiled by Santino D'Antonio, a member of The High Table, a secret international organization of gangsters and assassins, who holds a marker given to him by Wick; the marker is a blood oath that forces him to do D'Antonio's bidding. His mission -- to assassinate D'Antonio's sister, who is scheduled to be "coronated" as the new head of The High Table. Wick then travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers and, after dispatching dozens and dozens of assassins, he returns to New York, where he discovers that D'Antonio has placed a large bounty on his head, and he's forced to dodge and kill dozens and dozens more assassins. "Chapter 2" pretty much picks up almost immediately after the first actioner, giving little time for Wick -- or audiences -- to take a breath before the slaughter begins. And it continues throughout the movie, non-stop -- to an almost numbing degree -- which, I suppose, is the reason de arte for the whole thing. Still, it's a thrillingly choreographed, immensely fun and watchable affair. But have a mop handy for the blood. Vitals: Director: Chad Stahelski. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Riccardo Scamarcio, Tobias Segal. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $90.851 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick" featurette, "As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick" featurette, audio commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski. Blu-ray adds Deleted Scenes, "Training John Wick" featurette, "WICK-vizzed" featurette, "Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership" featurette, "Car Fu Ride-Along" featurette, "Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene" featurette, "Wick’s Toolbox" featurette, "Kill Count" featurette, "Dog Wick" short. 3 stars


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  • The LEGO Batman Movie

    photo for The LEGO Batman Movie In this follow-up to the highly successful big-screen "The LEGO Movie," the self-described leading man of that ensemble -- LEGO Batman -- stars in his own big-screen adventure. There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Vitals: Director: Chris McKay. Stars: voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Héctor Elizondo, Mariah Carey, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Billy Dee Williams, Conan O'Brien, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 104 min., Animated Family Adventure, Box office gross: $173.345 million, Warner. Extras: Original animation shorts: "Dark Hoser, "Batman Is Just Not That Into You," "Cooking With Alfred" and "Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?"; "The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short"; deleted scenes; six featurettes: "One Brick at a Time: Making the LEGO Batman Movie," "Inside Wayne Manor," "Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman," "Behind the Brick," "Me and My Mini Fig" and "Comic Con Panel"; Rebrick Contest Winners; trailers; "Lego Life" trailer; five social promos; director and cast commentary. 2 stars

  • Table 19

    photo for Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) -- having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text message -- decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend's wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the "random" table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets (but not before sending something nice off the registry). As everyone's secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19. Friendships -- and even a little romance -- can happen under the most unlikely circumstances. Vitals: Director: Jeffrey Blitz. Stars: Anna Kendrick, Amanda Crew, Wyatt Russell, Lisa Kudrow, Maria Thayer, Stephen Merchant. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 87 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $3.606 million, Fox. Extras: Deleted scenes; three featurettes: "Table of Rejects," "Head of the Table" and "Table for Six”; gallery. 2stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    June 13:

    CHIPS: A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involved some crooked cops. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 27)
    Power Rangers: A group of high-school students, infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 27)
    3 Generations: An inspirational and witty film about one teen’s courageous journey through gender reassignment, starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan.

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)
  • They Live By Night (The Criterion Collection)

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Alone in Berlin (2016 -- UK) Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl. Thriller set against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working-class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. Everything changes, however, when their son is killed fighting on the front lines. They begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city. But this seemingly small act of subversion rattles the regime, including a police inspector who will not rest until the culprits have been caught. Based on the bestselling novel" Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada. Formats: DVD. (IFC).

Americano (2016 -- Mexico) Voices of Rico Rodriguez, Kate Del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Lisa Kudrow, Edward James Olmos. Cuco is a Mexican boy parrot that would rather imitate the crazy stunts of his TV parrot superhero, El Americano, than help with his chores at the family bird circus. Yet when a gang of bully birds threatens his ringmaster father and takes over the circus, Cuco sets off on a hilarious and perilous journey to Hollywood to enlist his hero in his fight, only to discover the true hero within himself. In Spanish and English. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer (2016) One of New York’s great Renaissance men, Isaiah Sheffer left an indelible mark on music, theater, television, and culture across three decades in the Big Apple. He was the founder and artistic director of Symphony Space, the originator of Bloomsday on Broadway, and the comic genius behind the Thalia Follies. He hosted the popular WNYC program Selected Shorts and earned an Emmy nomination for his Road to the White House series on NBC. A celebration of his life and work, this warmly affectionate documentary includes archival material, stage performances, and interviews with friends and colleagues. Formats: DVD, Digital. (First Run Features).

As Good As You (2017) Bryan Dechart, Raoul Bhaneja, Karis Campbell. In the midst of mourning the untimely death of her wife, Jo resolves to move forward with their plan to have a baby, and asks her brother-in-law to be her sperm donor. But unexpected dalliances with her two best friends change the equation. Formats: DVD, Digital. (First Run Features).

photo for Bitter Harvest Bitter Harvest (2017) Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp. Set during one of the most overlooked and tragic periods of the 20th century, the film is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin's policies of intolerance against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Irons) overcomes famine, imprisonment, and torture to save his childhood love, Natalka (Barks), from the "Holodomor," the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this explosive backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine. Filmed on location in Ukraine, and based on true historical events. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Look At Bitter Harvest" photo gallery. (Lionsgate).

Bones Season 12: The Final Chapter (2017) All 12 episodes. One of television’s most popular crime series draws to a close with even more suspense, fun and sexiness than ever. Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) uncanny forensic skills help resolve even grislier cases, including a retirement home murder, a possible death by robot, and the slaying of a close friend. Along the way, family tragedy strikes and Booth (David Boreanaz) lands in the crosshairs of a serial killer. And a former Jeffersonian accused of murder kidnaps Brennan, prompting a shocking move by Booth. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, "Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective" featurette. (Fox).

Bones: The Flesh & Bones Collection Seasons 1-12 (2005-17) Formats: DVD. (Fox).

photo for The Borgias: The Complete Series The Borgias: The Complete Series (2011-13) Nine-disc set with all 29 episodes from the series three seasons. The Borgias is the epic saga of one of the most powerful crime families in history. Led by Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons, the critically acclaimed series follows family patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Irons) as he ascends to the papal throne and rules 15th century Italy with a heavy hand, seizing enormous control, wealth, and influence for his clan while also gaining a formidable list of enemies that conspire to overthrow his growing empire. To defend the family name, son Cesare (Francois Arnaud) commands armies across Renaissance Europe, daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) seduces political friends and foes alike, and both hold desires that threaten to bring down the dynasty from within. Formats: DVD. Extras: "World of Borgias" featurette, SHO Original: Interviews and behind the scenes, Borgias Bloopers, biographies. (Showtime/Paramount).

photo for Chapter & Verse: A Harlam Story Chapter & Verse: A Harlam Story (2015) Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, Selenis Leyva, Justin Martin. After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram (Beaty) reenters society and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house, and unable to find a job that will let him use the technological skills he gained in prison, Lance is forced to take a job delivering for a food pantry. He befriends Ms. Maddy (Devine), a strong and spirited grandmother, and assumes responsibility for her 15-year-old grandson, Ty, a promising student who is pulled into a dangerous street gang. When gang members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the "law of the streets," Lance risks sacrificing his "second chance" at freedom so that Ty can have a "first chance" at a better life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Anchor Bay).

photo for Cheech and Chong's Next Movie BLU-RAY DEBUT Cheech and Chong's Next Movie BLU-RAY DEBUT (1980) In his follow-up to 1978's "Up in Smoke," the zany pair is back for some smoke-enhanced misadventures. Cheech must deal with an angry neighbor and losing his job, all while trying to score with a sexy young lady. Meanwhile, Chong meets Cheech's cousin, Red (Cheech Mann in a dual role), and the two buds have a wild time buzzing around Hollyweird in a bad Ferrari. Along the way, the dynamic duo find time for some mishaps at a movie set, the welfare office, a hotel, a brothel, a music store, a rich girl's house, a comedy club, the ultimate weed field and on a UFO! Features early film appearances by Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens, Edie McClurg, Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, John "Jambi" Paragon and Phil Hartman. Extras: New interview with Cheech Martin, trailer, radio spots. (Shout! Factory Shout Select).

Dinosaurs Take Flight (2016) Eight episodes of the five-time Emmy-nominated PBS kids series set in a whimsically realistic, prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes and oceans. Each day, the show helps kids ages 3 to 6 apply scientific thinking as they discover new types of dinosaur species, compare and contrast dinosaurs to today’s creatures and embrace the living sciences of paleontology and natural science. In four of the eight episodes on this DVD, viewers take to the sky with Buddy and his family as they ride in one of Dinosaur Train Industry’s newest creations -- the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin. As they soar above the clouds, the Pteranodon family visits a waterfall, explores a crater made by an asteroid, and more. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).



photo for Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire (2017) Patrick Stewart, Tom Rhys Harries, Jessamine-Bliss Bell, André Eriksen, Richard Cordery, Marlin Hutson. Stewart voices Drago, the magnificent dragon who became bonded with King Gareth. When the king dies, his potential heirs, twin grandchildren who possess the dragon's unique strengths, use their inherited powers against each other to vie for the throne. When Drago's source of power -- known as the Heartflre -- is stolen, more than the throne is at stake; the siblings must end their rivalry with swords and sorcery or the kingdom may fall. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: The Making of Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire," "The Magic Behind Drago," "Inside the Castle." (Universal).

Frantz (2016 -- France) Dir.: Francois Ozon; Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber. Set in Germany and France in the aftermath of the First World War, the film recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation.” They are Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a French war veteran who shows up mysteriously in Anna’s town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz. What follows is an exploration of how Anna and Adrien wrestle with their conflicting feelings -- survivor’s guilt, anger at one’s losses, the overriding desire for renewed happiness, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. Director Ozon drew his inspiration from a post-WWI play by Maurice Rostand that inspired the 1932 film adaptation by Ernst Lubitsch under the title "Broken Lullaby." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Director Q&A, Venice film premiere, deleted scenes, featurettes on costumes and lighting, collector’s booklet. (Music Box Films).

Grimm: Season Six (2017) All 13 episodes of the final season of the series about a homicide detective who discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Directing Grimm: Behind the Scenes With David Giuntoli," Gag Reel, "A Grimm Farewell," "Wu's Views," "A Grimm Journey," "Grimm Guide." (Universal).

Grimm: The Complete Collection (2011-2017) The classic Grimms' fairytales come to life with all six seasons in "Grimm: The Complete Collection." Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) photo for Hee Haw: Pfft! You Was Gone! discovers he's descended from a long line of Grimms, who are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick tackles gruesome and bizarre crimes linked to creatures of lore. Formats: 29-disc DVD, 28-disc Blu-ray. (Universal).

Hee Haw: Pfft! You Was Gone! Two-disc collection showcases four classic episodes (1969-1973) featuring favorite Kornfield Kounty Sketches such as "Pfft! You Was Gone," "Pickin' and Grinnin," "Hey Grandpa, What's for Supper?" and "Archie's Barbershop," along with live performances from country music legends including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette and more! Formats: DVD. (Time Life).

The Iron Ivan (2014 -- Russia) Mikhail Porechenkov, Katerina Shpitsa, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Denis Lavant. Ivan Poddubny was a rare champion, having a professional career for over 40 years. This richly rendered biopic follows the incredible journey of an early 20th century world photo for The Iron Ivan celebrity, from his modest roots in rural Russia, to the world stage in Paris and 1920s America. Formats: DVD. (Synergetic Distribution/MVD Entertainment).

John Wick: Chapter Two (2017) Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Riccardo Scamarcio, Tobias Segal. After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life. Sequel to the 2014 surprise hit. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick" featurette, "As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick" featurette, audio commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski. Blu-ray adds Deleted Scenes, "Training John Wick" featurette, "WICK-vizzed" featurette, "Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership" featurette, "Car Fu Ride-Along" featurette, "Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene" featurette, "Wick’s Toolbox" featurette, "Kill Count" featurette, "Dog Wick" short. (Lionsgate).

photo for Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby! Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby! (2017) Fourteen episodes from Season One of Gwen Stefani's Nick animated series, created for girls to encourage and celebrate creative self-expression, imagination and individuality. The show's setting is inspired by the exuberant street fashion and creative youth culture of the Harajuku district but takes place in a magical fantasy world. HJ5 is a super cool band made up of five super cool girls: Love, Angel, Music, Baby and their inspirational leader G. With help from their lovably incompetent manager Rudie, HJ5 travels all over to put on shows for their fans, but every time they start a gig, something wild and crazy happens: they're attacked by space aliens, adorable (and ravenous) monster pets or hunger (you don’t want to mess with Baby when she’s hungry). No matter what challenges (or creatures) come their way, they always work together to save the day. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Bringing the Band to Life!" (Shout! Factory Kids).

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate, Héctor Elizondo, Mariah Carey, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Billy Dee Williams, Conan O'Brien, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill. LEGO Batman stars in his own big-screen adventure where he has to drop the lone vigilante thing to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Original animation shorts: "Dark Hoser, "Batman Is Just Not That Into You," "Cooking With Alfred" and "Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?"; "The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short"; deleted scenes; six featurettes: "One Brick at a Time: Making the LEGO Batman Movie," "Inside Wayne Manor," "Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman," "Behind the Brick," "Me and My Mini Fig" and "Comic Con Panel"; Rebrick Contest Winners; trailers; "Lego Life" trailer; five social promos; director and cast commentary. (Warner).

photo for Madhouse Madhouse (1981) Helmed by legendary producer-director Ovidio Assonitis, the man behind such cult favorites as "The Visitor" and "Piranha II: The Spawning," "Madhouse" is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme. Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary ... but Mary hasn't forgotten. Escaping hospital, where she's recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia's sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year -- promising a birthday surprise that she'll never forget. An Italian production shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia, "Madhouse" (aka "And When She Was Bad" and "There Was a Little Girl") fuses slasher elements with the over-the-top excess of '80s Italian terror -- resulting in a cinematic bloodbath so gut-wrenching that the British authorities saw fit to outlaw it as a "video nasty." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and original stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Extras: New audio commentary with "The Hysteria Continues," new interviews with cast and crew, alternate opening titles, theatrical trailer, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

photo for Mine Mine (2016) Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen, Clint Dyer, Geoff Bell, Juliet Aubrey. A U.S. soldier who, in the desert for 52 hours after a mission falls apart, trapped with one foot resting on a landmine, unable to move if he wants to stay alive, must fight for survival against his enemies, the hostile environment and the creeping psychological toll of his situation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, “making-of” featurette with storyboards, an exploration of the VFX and an interview with Armie Hammer. (Well Go USA).

Power: The Complete Third Season (2016) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Starz series about James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering for the city's elite and dreaming big, who lives a double life as a drug kingpin. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: “Power” Season 2" recap, "Inside the world of Power” featurette. (Lionsgate).


Shooter (2016-17) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Ryan Phillippe stars as Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. When Swagger's former commanding officer, Isaac Johnson (Omar Epps), solicits Swagger's expertise for the clandestine operation, Swagger discovers that he has been framed and must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name. Formats: DVD. Extras: " The Making of Shooter" featurette. (Universal).

South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season (2016) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated series about four boys living in a screwed-up Colorado town. Between tragedies global and local, as well as parental and celebrity interference, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny manage to have themselves a time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "South Park: By the Numbers," "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" -- E3 2016 game trailer, "South Park: We've Been There," Comic Con 2016 - Extended Panel with Matt & Trey, deleted scenes, season commentary. (Paramount).

Table 19 (2017) Anna Kendrick, Amanda Crew, Wyatt Russell, Lisa Kudrow, Maria Thayer, Stephen Merchant. Having been relieved of maid-of-honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, a young woman (Kendrick) decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; three featurettes: "Table of Rejects," "Head of the Table" and "Table for Six”; gallery. (Fox).

They Live By Night (1948) Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring film historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger; new video interview with film critic Imogen Sara Smith; short piece from 2007 with film critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone, and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; illustrated audio interview excerpts from 1956 with producer John Houseman; a new essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for 3 Generations 3 Generations (2017) Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan. An inspirational and witty film about one teen’s courageous journey through gender reassignment. Ray (Fanning) is a teenager who has struggled with the body assigned to him at birth and is determined to start transitioning. His single mother, Maggie (Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Sarandon), Ray’s lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes. (Lionsgate).

Three Sisters (2012 -- France/Hong Kong) Documentary follows the lives of 10-year-old YingYing, 6-year-old Zhenzhen and 4-year-old Fenfen, who live alone in Xiyangtang -- a tiny rural village located in the high mountains of China's Yunnan province. Their father is away working in the city; their mother left the family long ago. The eldest, Yingying, is the primary caretaker and shoulders responsibilities far beyond her years. The girls spend their days at grueling tasks: herding sheep, goats and pigs, searching for firewood and collecting dung. When they're not working, the siblings do homework or play, which consists of standing in a field looking at herds and picking lice off of each other. Composed entirely of hand-held footage, Wang Bing's observational style film beautifully captures the region's dramatic landscapes as well as the everyday lives of the three young sisters. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: 12-page booklet with an essay on director Wang Bing's career by Nick Pinkerton. (Icarus Films).

Tomcat (2016 -- Germany) Philipp Hochmair, Lukas Turtur. Andreas and Stefan lead a happy and passionate life: together with their beloved tomcat Moses, they live in a beautiful old house in Vienna’s vineyards. They work as a musician and as a scheduler in the same orchestra and they love their large circle of friends. An unexpected and inexplicable outburst of violence suddenly shakes up the relationship and calls everything into question -- the blind spot that resides in all of us. Formats: DVD, Digital. (First Run Features).

photo for Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse) Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse) (2016 -- Mexico) Hector Bonilla, Benny Ibarra de Llano, Jacqueline Bracamontes, Sergio Mayer Mori. When 85-year old Don Servando Villegas (Bonilla), an old-fashioned Mexican patriarch, gets kicked out of his retirement home for bad behavior, his estranged son, Francisco (de Llano), is forced to take him into the house full of hippies he shares with his girlfriend and young son. "New age" collides with old age as Don Servando and his son experience a series of conflicts and situations that put their home's stability in jeopardy. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

The Vampire Diaries: The Eighth and Final Season (2016-17) All 16 episodes. In season eight, we find Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) continuing on their killing spree, both following the commands of a sinister and unnatural force. While Bonnie (Kat Graham), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) are grieving their loss, they team up to investigate who or what may be the cause of their disappearance at the end of season seven. Alaric (Matt Davis) joins the search and continues to look for clues on how they escaped the Armory vault, and Matt’s (Zach Roerig) family history will reveal a deeper connection to Mystic Falls and how he may be able to save the town from destruction. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Last Days as a Vampire" featurette,"The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours" (Retrospective Special), "The Vampire Diaries": 2016 Comic-Con Panel, deleted scenes. (Warner).

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Series (2009-17) All 171 episodes from all eight seasons. Formats: DVD, $189.99; Blu-ray Disc, $234.99. (Warner).

photo for The Wedding Party The Wedding Party (2016) Debia Adkeniz, Michael Adler, Molly Burnett, Meg Cionni, Blake Lee. When chaos ensues at Paul and Margene's wedding, Jim, a recently heartbroken groomsman, is tasked with managing the reception. In part with his former high school sweetheart, Alex, he's forced to wrangle his unruly friends to maintain order, all while learning to love again. Stakes rise and cakes fall throughout an unforgettable evening of chaos. One of the very few feature-length films in cinematic history to be captured in one single, continuous 119 minute take. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).


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