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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, June 20 -- Monday, June 26

All DVD Releases

  • Life

    photo for Life Life is a thrilling "Alien" knock-off that takes the trapped-in-space motif and adds a few wrinkles here and there. In the near future, the six-member crew of the International Space Station is conducting experiments on the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars: a small, single-cell organism that has been hibernating in the Red Planet's soil for eons. Unfortunately for the crew, the organism's single cell (named "Calvin") begins to multiply and grow bigger at an alarming rate, breaking out of the quarantined lab and hunting down the crew members one by one. Sound familiar? Yes, but this organism is a lot smarter than the crew reckoned on, and all their attempts at containing -- and outsmarting -- it fail. Though this is well-trodden territory, the acting by an A-list crew, the great effects, and the twists and turns of the plots gives "Life" a smart pedigree. Vitals: Director: Daniel Espinosa. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryan Reynolds. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $30.001 million, Sony. Extras: Deleted scenes; three featurettes: “Claustrophobic Terror: Creating a Thriller in Space,” “Life: In Zero G” and “Creating Life: The Art and Reality of Calvin”; “Astronaut Diaries.” 3 stars


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    This Week's Digital Releases

    June 20:

    Kong: Skull Island: A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 18)
    The Zookeeper’s Wife: The true story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 3)

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Car Wash (1976)
  • The Marseille Trilogy (The Criterion Collection)

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photo for Altitude Altitude (2016) Denise Richards, Greer Grammer, Chuck Liddell, Dolph Lundgren. A headstrong FBI agent (Richards) is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. When she finds out that his ex-partners (Grammer, Liddell, Lundgren) are leading the deadly operation, she must choose sides and do whatever it takes to keep the plane from going down. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage Limited Edition (1970 -- Italy) In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage," a film that redefined the "giallo" genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a photo for The Bird With the Crystal Plumage Limited Edition brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall). A staggeringly assured debut, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, this landmark film has never looked or sounded better. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release; with original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc). Extras: New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films"; "The Power of Perception," a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of "Devil's Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study"; new analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinge; new interview with writer-director Dario Argento; new interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp); reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp; double-sided fold-out poster; six lobby card reproductions; limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Car Wash BLU-RAY DEBUT (1976) It's just a typical day in the lives of the employees, customers and passersby of a Los Angeles car wash. There's a would-be robbery ... an assembly line of the weirdest, baddest, shadiest characters you've ever met ... and lots of '70s music to pass the hours till quitting time. Featuring outrageous performances by George Carlin, Professor Irwin photo for Car Wash BLU-RAY DEBUTCorey, the Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor as Daddy Rich -- a flamboyant reverend who preaches the goodness of the dollar -- "Car Wash" is a cult classic celebrating an era devoted to living life in the fast lane. Extras: New "Workin' at the Car Wash with Otis Day" featurette, New "Car Wash From Start to Finish with Gary Stromberg' featurette, commentary with director Michael Schultz, radio spots, trailer. (Shout! Factory Shout Select).

Everybody Loves Somebody (2017 -- Mexico) Karla Souza, Ben O’Toole, José María Yazpi. Clara, a young single doctor who has everything she wants — except love -- is invited to a family wedding in Mexico. She convinces a charming co-worker to pose as her current boyfriend -- only to run into her old flame at the festivities. Now, with a little help from her colorful family, Clara must choose between two men -- and two futures -- in this romantic comedy. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

photo for Incorporated: Season One Incorporated: Season One (2016-17) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. As the year 2100 approaches, the world is in chaos. As governments fell, corporations took control. The haves and the have-nots find themselves living in the Green and Red Zones. One man -- Ben Larson -- escapes the Red Zone, infiltrating the Green Zone and the all-controlling corporate world to save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system -- with deadly consequences. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, "Crisis Defines Characters" featurette with the lead actors, "Good & Bad Future" use of technology, "Have vs Have Nots" featurette on the differences between the red and green zones, "Secrets & Lies" hidden agendas featurette, gag reel, extended scene. (CBS/Paramount).



Isolation (2015) Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Tricia Helfer, Stephen Lang. Inspired by the true events of a couple vacationing on a remote island in the Bahamas who are hunted by a group of modern-day pirates who want their identities and their lives. Hoping to restore their flagging marriage, Lydia (Helfer) and Creighton (Mably) journey to a remote island in the sun-drenched Bahamas. One drunken night, they return to their cabin to find it ransacked. Turning to a nearby photo for Isolationcouple, Max (Purcell) and Nina (Avgeropoulos), for help, they quickly realize that things are not what they seem and that the couple's ulterior motives may prove to be more harmful than helpful. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

Life (2017) Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryan Reynolds. A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; three featurettes: “Claustrophobic Terror: Creating a Thriller in Space,” “Life: In Zero G” and “Creating Life: The Art and Reality of Calvin”; “Astronaut Diaries.” (Sony).

The Marseille Trilogy In the 1930s, Marcel Pagnol, a leading light of the Paris theater, set out for new horizons as a filmmaker in his native Provence. His early masterpieces "Marius" (1931), "Fanny" (1932) and "César" (1936) mix theatrical stagecraft with realistic location photography to create an epic love story from the fabric of everyday life. Gruff, sentimental César (music-hall star Raimu) owns a waterfront bar in the old port of Marseille, where his son, Marius (Pierre Fresnay), wipes down tables and dreams of a life at sea. The prosperous, middle-aged sailmaker Panisse (Fernand Charpin), wanting to wed Marius’s sweetheart, Fanny (Orane Demazis), sets up a generation-spanning romantic triangle, the story of which unfolds in a series of fateful twists in the films of "The Marseille Trilogy," which first earned Pagnol his place in cinema history. “If Pagnol is not the greatest auteur of the sound film,” critic André Bazin wrote, “he is in any case something akin to its genius.” New 4K digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New introduction by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier; new interview with Nicolas Pagnol, writer-director Marcel Pagnol’s grandson; segments of "Marcel Pagnol: Morceaux de choisis," a 1973 documentary series on Pagnol’s life and work; short documentary on the Marseille harbor by Pagnol; archival interviews with actors Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay, and Robert Vattier; "Pagnol’s Poetic Realism," a new video essay by scholar Brett Bowles; French television clip about the restoration of the trilogy; theatrical rerelease trailer; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and excerpts from Pagnol’s memoirs. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for Railroad Tigers Railroad Tigers (2016 -- China) Jackie Chan, Huang Zitao, Jaycee Chan, Wang Kai, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Alan Ng. Action-comedy caper harkening back to Jackie Chan’s classic Hong Kong films. A railroad worker (Chan) and his ragtag group of freedom fighters in 1941 China find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed Japanese military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits, in a series of dazzling set pieces. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Five featurettes: “Director’s Featurette,” “The Dangers of Shooting,” “The Making of” “VFX Featurette” and “The Characters”; trailers. (Well Go USA).


Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pud, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Mandy Patinkin, Julia Roberts. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on a race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Filmmaker commentary, Meghan Trainor “I'm A Lady” music video, "The Emoji" movie sneak peek, 11 featurettes. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes and an additional featurette. (Sony).

photo for Under the Turban Under the Turban (2017) In 2012, 9-year-old Zara asked her parents the question, "What does it mean to be Sikh?" This propels her modern family of six on an epic adventure to understand their ancient religion, the fifth largest following Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. With camera crew in tow, the family traveled to seven countries over five years -- Italy, Argentina, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States -- to understand the rising tide of hostility against Sikhs (because they are mistaken as Muslims) and to ask other Sikhs about their faith and customs. The documentary features interviews with a family of Parmesan cheese makers in Italy, religious leaders, military personnel, a London tribe of turbaned fashionistas, as well as members of the Sikh Motorcycle Club in Vancouver B.C. who share their deeply held beliefs: devotion to God, truthful living, and service to humanity. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinema Libre Studio).

photo for Wichita Wichita (2016) Trevor Peterson, Caitlin Gerard, Persia White. When Jeb (Peterson) leads a writing retreat to Aspen with a team of young writers intending to save his failing kids' TV show, it becomes a new opportunity for his hidden cameras -- and hidden rage. The psychological thriller explores the pain of a modern mass killer on a frighteningly familiar level. As the voyeuristic director struggles to find dignity in a cruel world that has alienated him to the point of no return, this taut, provocative play on the horror genre leads to a disturbing, emotional climax. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory Films).

Wilson (2017) Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara. Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope reunites with his estranged wife when he learns he has a teenage daughter he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. Based on Daniel Clowes' graphic novel of the same name. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: 15 deleted scenes, three promotional featurettes, gallery, trailers. (Fox).

Workaholics: The Final Season (2017) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Adam, Blake and Ders get weird for a final season of booze, weed and serious lapses in judgment. (And, if they can squeeze it in, work.) Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, “The Last Shot,” “Wrap Reel.” (Paramount)).

Workaholics: The Complete Series (2011-17) Fifteen-disc set with all seven seasons. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews, deleted scenes, alternate takes, commentaries, music videos, bloopers, behind-the-scenes. (Paramount).


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