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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, June 21 -- Monday, June 27

All DVD Releases

  • Midnight Special

    photo for The off-beat sci-fi thriller from the director of "Shelter" and "Mud" follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with powerful and mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend. What starts as a race from religious extremists who practically worships him and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government -- with Paul Sevier (Adam Driver) of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs, in a story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith. Vitals: Director: Jeff Nichols. Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: Pg-13, 111 min., Sci Fi, Box office gross: $3.642 million, Warner. Extras: Five "Origins" featurettes on Roy, Sarah, Lucas, Sevier and Alton; "The Unseen World" featurette. 3 stars


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  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

    photo for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Parenting and marriage are becoming tougher and tougher for Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband Ian. Not only has their relationship lost some of its spark, but they're also dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter who clashes with Greek traditions. Still working in her parents' Greek restaurant, daughter Paris is growing up and is getting ready to graduate high school. Toula must also contend with aging parents and the endless needs of cousins and friends. When Toula's parents find out they were never officially married, another wedding is in the works. Can this big, fat, Greek event help to bring the family together? Vitals: Director: Kirk Jones. Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Elena Kampouris, Alex Wolff, Rita Wilson, Andrea Martin, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 94 min., Romantic comedy, Box office gross: $58.155 million, Universal. Extras: "My Big Fat Greek Dinner" making-of featurette, "Making the Greekquel" behind-the-scenes featurette, gag reel. 2 stars

  • Knight of Cups

    photo for Knight of Cups Follows writer Rick (Christian Bale) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Isabel Lucas), who helps him see a way forward. Rick moves in a daze through a strange and overwhelming dreamscape -- but can he wake up to the beauty, humanity and rhythms of life around him? The deeper he searches, the more the journey becomes his destination. Read more at http://www.comingsoon.net/movie/knight-of-cups-2016#BUbHJKH68cevHGQh.99 Vitals: Director: Terrence Malick. Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palme, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Freida Pinto, Cherry Jones. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 118 min., Drama, Box office gross: $451,655 million, Broad Green Pictures. 2 stars

  • The Brothers Grimsby

    photo for The Brothers Grimsby Dimwitted English football hooligan Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen) has everything a man from Grimsby could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in the northeast of England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6's deadliest assassin, but he's just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. Vitals: Director: Louis Leterrier. Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Scott Adkins, Gabourey Sidibe. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 83 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $6.864 million, Sony. Extras: "The Making of The Brothers Grimsby," "Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes." Blu-ray adds "The Elephant in the Room" featurette, blooper reel, deleted & extended scenes. 2 stars



    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The Crush (1993)
  • Fantastic Planet (1973) (Criterion)
  • Rollercoaster (1977)

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All DVD Releases

All American Bikini Car Wash (2015) Kayla Collins, Jack Cullison, Mindy Robinson. An enterprising college student agrees to run his professor's Las Vegas car wash to avoid flunking out of school. But it's "Vegas gone wild" when he decides to staff it with gorgeous bikini-clad girls .Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).

Anesthesia (2015) Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Gretchen Mol, K. Todd Freeman, Tim Blake Nelson, Glenn Close, Gloria Reuben. Multiple lives intersect surrounding the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. While on his way home one evening, Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston), a popular Columbia University philosophy professor, is violently attacked on the street. Flashing back one week to the beginning of a domino effect of events that led up to this seemingly senseless assault, actor-director Tim Blake Nelson traces hidden connections between an apparently disparate group of people including a self-destructive student (Stewart), a hard-drinking suburban housewife (Mol), and a desperate junkie (Freeman) forming a complex, engrossing mosaic of lost souls united by tragedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).

The Black Jacket (2016) Documentary follows Aquil Basheer, a former Black Panther, as he leads ex-gang members and community outreach workers through a 16-week curriculum recently adopted by the Los Angeles City Council. The mission: Peace. The method: Changing the violent mindsets of gang members one person at a time. The result: Hundreds fewer murders per year and scores of warring neighborhoods communicating and negotiating peace agreements to stop the bloodshed before it starts. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Virgil Films).

The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Scott Adkins, Gabourey Sidibe. Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), a deadly MI6 agent, to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of The Brothers Grimsby," "Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes." Blu-ray adds "The Elephant in the Room" featurette, blooper reel, deleted & extended scenes. (Sony).

Crackerjack (2013) Wes Murphy, Bethany Ann Lind, L. Warren Young, Aaron Beelner, Phillip DeVona. When his girlfriend becomes pregnant, a lovable loser must choose to either repeat his family history, in which the men become absent as soon as a baby becomes present,change his lifestyle, ... or just go play softball. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Video).

photo for The Crush BLU-RAY DEBUT The Crush BLU-RAY DEBUT (1993) Cary Elwes, Alicia Silverstone, Kurtwood Smith, Jennifer Rubin. Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in this ‘90s cult-classic, suspense thriller finally arriving on Blu-ray. A captivating tale of obsession and revenge, the film stars Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone in her breakthrough role. When Nick (Elwes) moves into a garage apartment in a picturesque suburb, his landlady's daughter (Silverstone) takes more than a passing interest in him. Her infatuation turns violent when he rejects her, and she sets out to ruin him, his work and his girlfriend. If she can't have him, no one will. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Alan Shapiro, new "The Doting Father" interview with Kurtwood Smith, new "Stung By Love" interview with actress Jennifer Rubin, theatrical trailer, TV spot. (Scream Factory).



Embrace of the Serpent (2015) The ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in this blistering and poetic film, the first shot in the Amazonian rainforest in over 30 years. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the film centers on Karamakate (portrayed in various stages by Nilbio Torres and Antonio Bolívar Salvado), an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists (Evan and Theo, portrayed by Brionne Davis and Jan Bijvoet) who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. The Oscar-nominated "Embrace of the Serpent" premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the top prize, and also screened at the 2015 Toronto, AFI, and Palm Springs film festivals. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Fantastic Planet (1973 -- France, Czechoslovakia) Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director Rene Laloux's animated marvel, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue natives (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags' oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Les escargots (1966)," an early short film by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor; "Laloux sauvage," a 2009 documentary on Laloux; "Italiques: Roland Topor Special," a 1974 French television program on Topor's work; archival interviews; trailer; an essay by critic Michael Brooke. (The Criterion Collection).

Going Away (2015 -- France) Pierre Rochefort, Louise Bourgoin, Mathias Brezot. Baptiste, a loner, is a gifted primary teacher living in the south of France who never remains in the same job for more than a term. His unremarkable appearance masks cracks, even violence. When he's left unwittingly in charge of Mathias one weekend by the child's negligent father, the boy takes Baptiste to his mother Sandra, a dazzling but fragile woman who works on the beach near Montpellier. For one enchanted day, a powerful spell unites them. But it doesn't last. Sandra owes money and her creditors are moving in, and she's forced to flee again. To help photo for I, Annaher, Baptiste must return to the roots of his life, and to the darkest, most painful secrets within him. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cohen Media Group).

I, Anna (2015) Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Eddie Marsan, Hayley Atwell. The lives of a beautiful divorcee and a troubled detective intersect during the investigation of a vicious murder on the grimy, rain-soaked streets of London, sparking a tangled web of passion, intrigue and deceit. The modern film noir is told from the perspective of the intriguing woman, a key suspect in the murder case, who becomes an obsession for the detective in charge of the investigation. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).

Janet King, Series 1: The Enemy Within (2016) Marta Dusseldorp stars in this new eight-part Australian legal drama as Janet King, a senior crown prosecutor. Determined to prove she still has her edge, Janet returns from maternity leave to find her workplace even more demanding than when she left. She quickly photo for Janet King, Series 1: The Enemy Withinbecomes involved in high-profile and controversial cases, and, as she makes connections between seemingly unrelated crimes, she unearths a scandal that could damn both the police and the judiciary -- along the way creating enemies that will threaten her career, family, and ultimately her life. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Acorn Media).

Knight of Cups (2016) Dir.: Terrence Malick; stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palme, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Freida Pinto, Cherry Jones. A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Broad Green Pictures).

The Midnight After (2014 -- Hong Kong) Simon Yam, Wong You Nam, Janice Man, Kara Hui, Chui Tien You, Lam Suet. In Hong Kong, a group of 16 people on a city bus emerge from a tunnel to find the entire population of the city has vanished. Based on a cult internet novel by "Mr. Pizza," the film follows the eclectic group as they seek refuge in a deserted café and discuss what they should do. Then they make a horrific discovery. An end-of-the-world satire that blends a variety of genres -- including mystery, thriller, sci-fi and comedy. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).


Midnight Special (2016) Dir.: Jeff Nichols. Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard. A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Five "Origins" featurettes on Roy, Sarah, Lucas, Sevier and Alton; "The Unseen World" featurette. (Warner).

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Elena Kampouris, Alex Wolff, Rita Wilson, Andrea Martin, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone. A Portokalos family secret brings the characters from the first film back together for an even bigger and Greek wedding. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "My Big Fat Greek Dinner" making-of featurette, "Making the Greekquel" behind-the-scenes featurette, gag reel. (Universal).

photo for Rollercoaster BLU-RAY DEBUT Rollercoaster BLU-RAY DEBUT (1977) George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg, Helen Hunt. Suspense yarn has a determined terrorist (Bottoms) turning America's amusement parks into battlefields. The tension mounts as affable safety inspector Harry Calder (Segal) attempts to track down the saboteur who has targeted the country's most popular rollercoasters and its riders for senseless destruction. Extras: Includes the original SENSURROUND soundtrack, new interview with associate producer-writer Tommy Cook, still gallery, radio spots, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).

Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016) New animated feature has everyone's favorite cat and mouse return to the captivating Land of Oz for another exciting adventure with Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and their companions. When the Gnome King and his army surface from beneath Oz and capture the Good Witch, the wizard turns to Tom, Jerry and Dorothy for help. He brings them back to Oz to help stop the evil monarch, who has threatened to take control of Emerald City. Formats: DVD: $19.98. (Warner).

Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech (2016) Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder return for five brand-new adventures with their Griffin Rock friends, the Burns family. This time, they learn the valuable lesson that new technology can definitely be awesome ... but it can also be… dangerous. Formats: DVD.(Shout! Kids).

photo for The Wave The Wave (2015 -- Norway) Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande. Nestled in Norway's Sunnmřre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Akerneset overlooking the village -- and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord -- it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger's warning center, geologist Kristian (Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he's about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn't right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has 10 minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).


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