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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, July 3 -- Monday, July 9

All DVD Releases

  • Beirut

    photo for Beirut Jon Hamm stars as Mason Skiles, a former U.S. diplomat, who gets sent to Beirut to negotiate a swap for the release of a terrorist leader, believed to be imprisoned by Israeli secret police, in exchange for a CIA agent who has been kidnapped. Confronted by ghosts from his past, Mason faces a formidable question: Who do you trust in a world where the truth emerges only when it’s convenient -- or profitable? Vitals: Director: Brad Anderson. Stars: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 110 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $5.019 million, Universal. Extras: "The Story Behind Beirut" making-of featurette; "Sandy Crowder" fetaurette, in which Rosamund Pike discusses her role as CIA Agent Sandy Crowder. 2 stars


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  • 7 Days in Entebbe

    photo for 7 Days in Entebbe Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris. A forced landing in Entebbe, Uganda, sets off a chain of events instigated by a terrorist group called Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. With their target being Israel's release of dozens of their members, the External Operations cell that hijacks the flight houses their hostages in groups split between Jewish and non-Jewish passengers in order to force negotiations with the Israeli government. The Israeli Defense Force must succeed in their rescue or face the loss of dozens of innocent lives. Vitals: Director: José Padilha. Stars: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl, Eddie Marsan, Lior Ashkenazi. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Drama, Box office gross: $3.209 million, Universal. Extras: "The Entebbe Team," "Inside the Raid," additional dance sequences. 2 stars

  • Blockers

    photo for Blockers Mindy, Cindy and Windy are three suburban high schoolers who make a blood oath as they start their senior year of high school: they'll each lose their virginity by the end of final semester. When various comical attempts fail, they hunker down for their climactic (as it were) last chance at defloration: the night of the senior prom. In the meantime, their parents find out about the pact and will do anything to foil their daughters’ prom night sex adventure. Vitals: Director: Kay Cannon. Stars: John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Graham Phillips, Miles Robbins, Jimmy Bellinger, Gary Cole, Gina Gershon. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 101 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $59.038 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; Line-O-Rama; "Rescue Mission" discussion with Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena and director Kay Cannon discuss parental mistakes and lessons learned; "Prom Night" in which the filmmakers and cast discuss how they achieved the perfect prom look and also share some of their own personal prom stories; "The History of Sex with Ike Barinholtz"; "John Cena’s Prom Survival Kit for Parents"; "Chug! Chug! Chug! butt chugging" featurette; "Puke-a-Palooza" projectile vomit behind-the-scenes. 2 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    July 3:

    American Socialist: This new documentary traces the history of American populism by exploring the life and times of Eugene Victor Debs, the man whose progressive ideas fueled generations to come – from FDR's New Deal to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. (DVD: Day & date)

    The China Hustle: From the producers of "Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room," a Wall Street heist story about Chinese companies, the US stock market and a still-unfolding financial crime so big, it has the power to affect all of our wallets. (Digital only)

    Hover: In the near future, environmental strains have caused food shortages around the world. A new technology of agricultural drones maximize the yield from what land remains, but the technology may cause more harm than good. (Digital only)

    I Feel Pretty: A woman (Amy Schumer) struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 17)

    Ready Player One: In 2045, when the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 24)

    Super Troopers 2: When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the fun-loving Vermont Highway Patrolmen are called in to resolve the situation. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 17)

    You Were Never Really Here: A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 17)

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    American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs (2018) This new documentary traces the history of American populism by exploring the life and times of Eugene Victor Debs, the man whose progressive ideas fueled generations to come – from FDR's New Deal to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Here is an objective but passionate history of the movement as founded and championed by Debs, a movement that continues to have an impact on our lives today. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).

    Another Wolfcop (2018) Leo Fafard, Yannick Bisson, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Serena Miller, Kevin Smith. A year has passed since the dark eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou (Fafard) into the infamous lycanthrope crime-fighter. Although the evil that controlled Woodhaven was defeated, the community is far from returning to normal. A villainous entrepreneur (Bisson) is looking to open a new brewery and revive the local hockey team, but it’s clear he has ulterior motives. With a new mayor (Smith) and the new chief of police (Matysio), WolfCop has his work cut out for him when he has to save the town all over again. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: “The Making of Another WolfCop,” “Friends & Foes: Meet the Cast,” “The Monster Shop: Special FX,” “Shoot or Die! Surviving On Set,” “Barn Burner” music video by Shooting Guns. (RLJE Films).

    photo for Beirut Beirut (2018) Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham. Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former American diplomat on a mission to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Story Behind Beirut" making-of featurette; "Sandy Crowder" fetaurette, in which Rosamund Pike discusses her role as CIA Agent Sandy Crowder. (Universal).

    Blockers (2018) John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Graham Phillips, Miles Robbins, Jimmy Bellinger, Gary Cole, Gina Gershon. When three parents (Cena, Mann and Barinholtz) stumble upon heir daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Deleted scenes; gag photo for Blockerstreel; Line-O-Rama; "Rescue Mission" discussion with Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena and director Kay Cannon discuss parental mistakes and lessons learned; "Prom Night" in which the filmmakers and cast discuss how they achieved the perfect prom look and also share some of their own personal prom stories; "The History of Sex with Ike Barinholtz"; "John Cena’s Prom Survival Kit for Parents"; "Chug! Chug! Chug! "butt chugging" featurette; "Puke-a-Palooza" projectile vomit behind-the-scenes. (Universal).

    The Complete Sartana [Limited Edition) (1968) Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name spawned imitations, variations and shameless rip-offs keen to emulate his success at the box office. Within months of "A Fistful of Dollars" release, Giuliano Gemma was playing Ringo, who was then followed by Franco Nero's Django, Tony Anthony's The Stranger and Gianni Garko's Sartana -- each providing their own twist on the Eastwood antihero, and each of them then subject to their own spate of unofficial sequels, spoofs and cash-ins. Sartana tapped into more than just his Spaghetti Western predecessors -- a mysterious figure, he has a spectral quality, aided by his Count Dracula-like cloak that also nods towards comic strip figure Mandrake the Magician, with whom he shares a penchant for card tricks. He takes pride in his appearance unlike photo for The Complete Sartana [Limited Edition)Eastwood's dusty wanderer or Nero's mud-caked drifter. And there's a dose of James Bond too in his fondness for gadgetry and the droll sense of humor. Unsurprisingly, this unique figure in the genre was treated to four official follow-ups. "The Complete Sartana" collects all five films, presented here in brand-new restorations: "If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death," "I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death," "Have a Good Funeral My Friend... Sartana Will Pay," "Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming," and "Sartana's Here... Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin," in which George Hilton replaced Garko in the lead role. Formats: Six-disc Blu-ray set. Extras: Commentaries; interviews; galleries; Brand-new video essay on the major actors and supporting players in the official Sartana films; limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Roberto Curti and an extensive Spaghetti Western timeline by Howard Hughes.(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).



    photo for The Cured The Cured (2018) Sam Keeley, Ellen Page. In this apocalyptic thriller, the world has been ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, until a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan, a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law, Senan attempts to restart his life -- but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

    Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood Tasked by studio executives with finding the next great screen siren, visionary Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg joined forces with rising German actor Marlene Dietrich, kicking off what would become one of the most legendary photo for Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywoodpartnerships in cinema history. Over the course of six films produced by Paramount in the 1930s, the pair refined their shared fantasy of pleasure, beauty, and excess. Dietrich’s coolly transgressive mystique was a perfect match for the provocative roles von Sternberg cast her in — including a sultry chanteuse, a cunning spy, and the hedonistic Catherine the Great — and the filmmaker captured her allure with chiaroscuro lighting and opulent design, conjuring fever-dream visions of exotic settings from Morocco to Shanghai. Suffused with frank sexuality and worldly irony, these six deliriously entertaining masterpieces are landmarks of cinematic artifice. "Morocco" (1930), "Dishonored" (1931), "Shanghai Express" (1932), "Blonde Venus" (1932), "The Scarlett Empress" (1934), "The Devil Is a Woman (1935). On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K or 4K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Extras: New interviews with film scholars Janet Bergstrom and Homay King, director Josef von Sternberg’s son, Nicholas, Deutsche Kinemathek curator Silke Ronneburg and costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis; new documentary about Dietrich’s German origins, featuring film scholars Gerd Gemünden and Noah Isenberg; new documentary on Dietrich’s status as a feminist icon, featuring film scholars Mary Desjardins, Amy Lawrence, and Patricia White; "The Legionnaire and the Lady," a 1936 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of "Morocco," featuring Dietrich and actor Clark Gable; new video essay by critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin; "The Fashion Side of Hollywood," a 1935 publicity short featuring Dietrich and costume designer Travis Banton; television interview with Dietrich from 1971; a book featuring essays by critics Imogen Sara Smith, Gary Giddins, and Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).

    Don’t Grow Up (2018) McKell David, Natifa Mai. In the outskirts of London, six teens find themselves without supervision and immediately take to making the most of their new liberty. No longer limited to the space of their detention center, they explore the inner city with Liam as their self-appointed leader. After Liam’s girlfriend walks off after an argument, she has an aggressive confrontation with the group’s supervisor that leaves her wounded. Discovering that the attack is not isolated and is the result of a widespread epidemic that affects adults -- making them blood-thirsty and deranged -- but that leaves children and adolescents unaffected, the group must defend themselves against manic adults, paranoid children and, ultimately, growing up in this post-apocalyptic world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making of Don't Grow Up," "On the Set: Languages and the Director," "Inside the Group: Cast and Characters." (Shudder!).

    Finding Your Feet (2017) Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, Joanna Lumley, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence. A newly single middle-aged woman gets a new lease on life -- and love -- when she signs up for a community dance class. When "Lady" Sandra Abbott (Staunton) discovers that her husband of 40 years (Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Lawrence), she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Imrie). The two could not be more different -- Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).

    Frontline: Trump’s Takeover (2018) President Donald Trump’s first year in office has been marked by ongoing turmoil -- including in his own Republican party, where presidential tweetstorms, inflammatory rhetoric and high-profile dissent have fueled open conflict. The program tells the story of Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party — from the perspective of Republican lawmakers and insiders themselves. The documentary examines the president’s unorthodox governing style, showing how after taking office, he displayed a lack of interest in the ins and outs of legislation and policy, and instead took to Twitter, attacking opponents. The film goes behind closed doors in the negotiations to repeal and replace Obamacare -- Trump’s first major legislative test -- revealing through accounts of people who were there how little Trump seemed to understand or care about the details of the bill. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).

    photo for Ismael's Ghosts Ismael's Ghosts (2017 -- France) Marion Cotillard, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel. Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And 21 years later, Carlotta (Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film's protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of director Desplechin's creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of "My Sex Life ... or How I Got Into an Argument," "A Christmas Tale" and "My Golden Days." A film within a film -- and then some, director Arnaud Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).


    Jet Trash (2016 -- UK) Sofia Boutella, Robert Sheehan, Jasper Paakkonen, Craig Parkinson. Lee and Sol are hiding out on a beach in Southern India living a slacker life of sex, drugs and parties. Trouble comes to paradise when Vix, a beautiful girl from Lee's past, turns up. Things get worse when Lee accidentally kills a holy cow and the gang find themselves up against crooked cops, local hoodlums, gangsters ... and mysticism. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Indican Pictures).

    photo for The Last House on the Left (Limited Edition) The Last House on the Left (Limited Edition) (1972) Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess. The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favorites as "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Scream," this justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release. On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture and murder. Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, "The Last House on the Left" shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalize on its success. It is Wes Craven's original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history. Three cuts of the film, newly restored in 2K from original film elements, with original uncompressed Mono Audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New and archival audio commentaries; interviews; "Celluloid Crime of the Century"archival documentary; "Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left" archival interview with Wes Craven; "Scoring Last House on the Left" archival interview with actor/composer David Hess; "It's Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left" archival documentary' "Forbidden Footage" with the cast and crew on the film’s most controversial sequences; deleted scene; outtakes and dailies; trailers, TV Spot & radio spots; image gallery; double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork; six lobby card reproductions; limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    Personal Problems (2017) Bill Gunn -- actor, playwright, novelist, and director of the art-horror classic "Ganja and Hess" (1973) -- teamed with novelist/essayist Ishmael Reed and poet/publisher Steve Cannon to produce what Reed has called a "meta-soap opera." This extraordinary, rough-edged ensemble piece explores black working-class lives with candor and emotional intensity and features a who's who of important artists including Walter Cotton, Vertamae Grosvenor, Jim Wright, and Sam Waymon, with music by Carman Moore, and cinematography by Robert Polidori. Rarely shown and, when screened, seen in a mutilated cut hampered by the poor quality of available materials, it appears for the first time in a full-length, two-part version restored from the original camera tapes. Seen in its proper form, "Personal Problems" is nothing short of a revelation. New HD restoration, reconstructed from the original 3/4" U-matic camera tapes, with remastered audio. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Previously unseen preliminary version, directed by Bill Gunn in 1979 (39 Min.); deleted and extended scenes; original six-part radio drama (1977); interviews with creators Ishmael Reed, Steve Cannon, and actor Sam Waymon; "Improvisation Jamming," an essay by Nicholas Forster on the production and release of the film; Q&A footage from the restoration premiere (2018); theatrical trailer. (Kino Classics).

    photo for 7 Days in Entebbe 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl, Eddie Marsan, Lior Ashkenazi. Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Entebbe Team," "Inside the Raid," additional dance sequences. (Universal).

    Shark Week: Sharktacular Adventures (2017) Three-disc set with 18 episodes. Celebrate America’s summertime tradition: "Shark Week" is back, making a huge splash with all-new, compelling and jaw-dropping shark stories and shark technology. Working with the most respected marine biologists and science institutions, the 2017 season highlights some of the most recent breakthroughs and developments that have led to remarkable new insights into these magnificent creatures. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

    Sunset (2018) Austin Pendleton, Suzette Gunn, Juri Henley-Cohn, Liam Mitchell, David Johnson, Barbara Bleier. A group of friends and lovers are confronted with the very real probability of a nuclear attack on the US east Coast -- and each must choose to prepare ... or not. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).


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