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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, July 7 -- Monday, July 13

All DVD Releases

  • Maggie

    photo for Maggie As the world narrowly recovers from a near apocalyptic virus, an infected teenage girl with only a precious few weeks to live must find the strength and bravery to face her fleeting mortality as her father struggles helplessly to protect her from their frightened town and keep the family together. This heartbreaking take on the zombie genre twists expectations and puts a human face on an inexplicable horror. Vitals: Director: Henry Hobson. Stars: Abigail Breslin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joely Richardson. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 95 min., Scicnece Fiction, Box office gross: $.187 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "Making Maggie" featurette, deleted scene, cast and crew interviews, commentary with director Henry Hobson. 3 stars


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  • Woman in Gold

    photo for Woman in Gold The remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Gustav Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle that takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way. Vitals: Director: Simon Curtis. Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Max Irons, Tatiana Maslany, Charles Dance, Frances Fisher, Antje Traue. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Drama, Box office gross: $31.424 million, The Weinstein Co.. 3 stars



    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The Cell (2000)
  • Joe Dirt (2001)
  • The Killers (Criterion Collection)
  • Virtuosity (1995)

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Absolution (2015) Steven Seagal, Byron Mann, Josh Barnett, Vinnie Jones. When a contract killer (Seagal) encounters a girl on the run from a mob boss (Jones) with powerful political ties, he is torn between protecting the girl, and remaining loyal to the government agency that hired him for the mission. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the scenes of Absolution" featurette, cast interviews, audio commentary with co-writer/director Keoni Waxman, actor Josh Barnett and producer Binh Dang. (Lionsgate).

Alien Outpost (2014) Rick Ravanello. Set in 2021 in the aftermath of the First Earth War in which an invading race of aliens known as the Heavies are narrowly defeated. But thousands of the aliens were left behind, and a new war on terror now rages. In the wake of the war, a series of remote operating bases are created to defend the planet, with the deadliest being base Three Seven, positioned in the most hostile place on Earth. A documentary film crew is sent to record daily life in Outpost Three Seven, where the men, led by hardened commander Captain Spears, are under constant enemy fire. When a member of the crew disappears during a Heavy ambush, the unit launches a raid deep into enemy territory to rescue him ... only to make a terrifying discovery. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary by director/co-writer Jabbar Raisani and director of photography/co-writer Blake Clifton, interviews with cast and crew, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

Archie Bunker's Place: Season 1 (1979-80) Two-disc set with 24 episodes, $9.98. Formats: DVD. (Mill Creek Entertainment). Vp> Awaken (2015) Jason Landon, Daryl Hannah, Vinnie Jones, Edward Furlong, Natalie Burn, Robert Davi, Michael Pare. A random group of people wake up on an Island where they are being hunted down in a sinister plot to harvest their organs. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).

photo for Barney Miller: The Final Season Barney Miller: The Final Season (1981-82) Three-disc set with 22 episodes. Acclaimed throughout its eight season run, Barney Miller remains a beloved sitcom for its quirky yet humanistic exploration of the lives and exploits of a police squad in New York's Greenwich Village. A comedic peek into the world of the American Everyman starred Hal Linden, Ron Glass, Max Gail, James Gregory, Ron Carey and Steve Landesberg. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (2015) Continuing his collaborations with leading contemporary composers and musicians, "Beyond Zero: 1914-1918" is a collaboration between filmmaker Bill Morrison, the celebrated Kronos Quartet and Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov. Sourcing original 35mm nitrate footage shot during the first World War, Morrison -- called "one of the most adventurous American filmmakers" by Variety, preceding a recent mid-career retrospective at MoMA -- has crafted a unique contemplation, piecing together a visual exploration from footage that has never been viewed by modern audiences, and will never be seen again outside of this film. Morrison's work is characterized by his sensitive approach to found, often decaying, film footage, and his close collaboration with contemporary composers. Included on the DVD is an exclusive video of the Kronos Quartet performing the piece at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films). DVD release follows the film's premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival and screenings at festivals in Seattle, San Francisco and Sheffield (UK), "BEYOND ZERO: 1914-1918 on home video on July 7, 2015. Watch the trailer:

Bitten: The Complete Second Season (2014) Three-disc set with all 10 unedited episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted and extended scenes, stunt choreography, gag reel, "Gentling" video, New York Comic Con panel, "Innerspace: After Bite." (Entertainment One).

The Cell BLU-RAY DEBUT (2000) Jennifer Lopez, Dylan Baker, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vince Vaughn. (Warner).

Dark Summer (2015) Peter Stormare, Maestro Harrell, Keir Gilchrist, Stella Maeve, Grace Phipps. A claustrophobic modern ghost story that follows Daniel Williamson, a 17 year old under house arrest for the summer after cyberstalking a classmate. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs and Williamson soon experiences strange supernatural occurrences --which become increasingly more sinister and terrifying. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Paul Solet, "Atmosphere and Style" featurette, director Paul Solet featurette, "The Art of Dark Summer" featurette, "The Music of Dark Summer" featurette, "A Conversation With Peter Stormare," "The Kids - Cast interviews," theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

Deli Man (2015) A lively look at the Jewish delicatessen in America. Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food -- as its name suggests -- remains a beloved communal delicacy. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story -- augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate 'n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage -- embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods. Includes interviews with Larry King, Jerry Stiller and Fyvush Finkel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).

The Encore of Tony Duran (2011) Elliot Gould, William Katt, Gene Pietragallo, Nikki Ziering, Cody Kasch. A down and out performer finally hits rock-bottom but is able to make an inspiring rebound from the brink under the guidance of a friend (Gould). Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

Echoes of War (2015) James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry, William Forsythe, Maika Monroe. A Civil War veteran returns home to the quiet countryside, only to find himself embroiled in a conflict between his family and the brutish cattle rancher harassing them. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).



photo for For the Emperor For the Emperor (2014 -- South Korea) Min-ki Lee. A disgraced pro baseball player goes to work for a mob-connected loan shark, rising through the ranks of money and power. But when his love interest disappears, he finds himself in a deadly battle of wits against his bloodthirsty mentor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).

House of Cards: The Complete Third Season (2015) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. Formats: DVD: $55.99; Blu-ray: $65.99. Extras: "Backstage Politics: On the Set of House of Cards" extensive behind-the-scenes look into the creation of "House of Cards, Season 3." Blu-ray adds "A Death in New Mexico" featurette that chronicles the surprising Chapter 39. (Sony).

Joe Dirt BLU-RAY DEBUT (2001) David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller, Adam Beach, Christopher Walken, Jaime Pressly, Kid Rock. Just in time for the direct-to-video sequel "Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser." After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find them. Extras: "Joe Dirt – The Return" featuring all-new interviews with David Spade and more, first look at "Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser," commentaries, outtakes and bloopers, deleted and alternate scenes, theatrical trailers. (Sony).

Kill Me Three Times (2015) Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Callan Mulvey, Luke Helmsworth, Bryan Brown. When eccentric assassin Charlie Wolfe (Pegg) is hired by a wealthy man (Mulvey) to kill his beautiful wife (Braga), he discovers he's not the only one aiming for her murder. Soon, he inadvertently finds himself at the center of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge, all incited from the wife's illicit affair with a local surfer (Helmsworth). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Behind the scenes, AXS TV: "A Look at Kill Me Three Times, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Entertainment Magnet Label).

The Killers (1946, 1964) Ernest Hemingway's simple but gripping short tale "The Killers" is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak ("Criss Cross"), in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner; and Don Siegel ("Dirty Harry"), in a brutal 1964 version, starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson and John Cassavetes, that was intended for television but deemed too violent for home audiences and released theatrically instead. The first is poetic and shadowy, the second direct and harsh as daylight, but both get at the heart of Hemingway's existential classic. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. New high-definition digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Extras: Andrei Tarkovsky's short film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers," made when he was a student in 1956; interview from 2002 with writer Stuart M. Kaminsky about both films; piece from 2002 in which actor Stacy Keach reads Hemingway's short story; Screen Director's Playhouse radio adaptation from 1949 of the 1946 film, starring Burt Lancaster and Shelley Winters; interview from 2002 with actor Clu Gulager; audio excerpt from director Siegel's autobiography, "A Siegel Film," read by actor and director Hampton Fancher; trailers; essays by novelist Jonathan Lethem and critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).

The Longest Ride (2015) Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Lolita Davidovich. Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, the melodrama centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Deleted and Extended Scenes, "A Writer’s Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks," "Beyond the Ride" featurette, "Bringing it to Life" featurette, "Meet the Real Bull Riders," "Luke's Bull Riding School," audio commentary, gallery. (Fox).

The Lovers (2015) Dir.: Roland Joffe; Josh Hartnett, Bipasha Bas, Alice Englert, Tamsin Egerton. Hartnett stars as present-day marine archaeologist Jay Fennel, who, following a diving accident while rescuing his wife, is left brain-dead. In his comatose dream state, Fennel is transported to India circa 1778, where young British captain James Stewart (also played by Hartnett) embarks on a life-threatening mission and a steamy romance with a female warrior (Bollywood superstar Bipasha Basu). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).

Maggie (2015) Abigail Breslin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joely Richardson. As the nation reels from a lethal virus that turns its victims into zombies, Wade's (Schwarzenegger) daughter Maggie (Breslin) has been infected. Now, as Maggie's condition worsens, Wade will stop at nothing to protect her from the authorities seeking to kill her to eradicate the virus. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Maggie" featurette, deleted scene, cast and crew interviews, commentary with director Henry Hobson. (Lionsgate).

Merchants of Doubt (2014) Documentary inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway, and directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Kenner (Best Documentary, "Food, Inc.," 2010) explores how the media can twist and spin stories, confuse the public, and delay public action on some of the most pressing issues of modern times -- from tobacco to climate change. Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities -- yet contrarily are aiming to spread maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Kenner interviews individuals on both sides of the argument including scientists, whistle blowers and activists to get a full perspective on the issues at hand. Some of the most insightful moments include interviews with former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis; Marc Morano, executive director of ClimateDepot.com; and Stanton Glantz, an American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Kenner, TIFF Q&A with Kenner. (Sony).

No Way Jose (2014) Adam Goldberg, Ahna O'Reilly, Emily Osment, Gillian Jacobs. In this "coming of middle age" story, Goldberg stars as "Jose" Stern, an indie-rocker relegated to playing children's birthday parties and at a crossroads in his relationship. When his fiance discovers a dark secret, she kicks him out and his world collapses. With no other options, Jose is forced to stay at the chaotic home of a friend who's married with children and also falling apart at the seams. As Jose becomes more desperate with nowhere to turn, he seeks advice from his burnt-out friends, his dysfunctional family and an alcoholic ex-girlfriend, all in an effort to find himself, his music and perhaps the love of his life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, filmmaker commentary. (Sony).


The Pact 2 (2014) (2015) Camilla Luddington, Caity Lotz, Patrick Fischler. Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer in "The Pact," we meet June Abbott (Camilla Luddington), a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).

photo for The Road Within The Road Within (2014) Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoe Kravitz, Robert Patrick, Kyra Sedgwick. Vincent (Sheehan), a young man with Tourette's syndrome, just has lost his mom. As his symptoms get worse, his dad (Patrick), a frustrated politician, sends him to a behavioral clinic run by an unconventional doctor (Sedgwick). But Vincent made his mom a promise, and with the help of a rebellious anorexic (Kravitz) and his withdrawn OCD roommate (Patel), the three embark on a life-changing race to the sea that includes car theft, shoplifting, fights, self-discovery, and maybe finding a new way to live. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with director and cast, deleted scenes, music video: "Get It Right" by Oh Honey. (Well Go USA).

'71 (2014) Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer, Sean Harris. Takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (O'Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Yann Demange, producer Angus Lamont and writer Gregory Burke. (Lionsgate).

Slow West (2015) Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius, Rory McCann. In search of his fugitive girlfriend and her father, 16-year-old Jay (Smit-McPhee) heads west across the 19th-century American wilderness. Along the way, Jay meets Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveler who protects him from the savage and lawless elements. But is Silas really watching out for Jay ... or is he tied to the band of desperadoes tracking them? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "On Strange Land: Making Slow West" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

photo for Tooken Tooken (2015) Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Laura-Leigh, Margaret Cho, Michael Blackson. In this spoof film on the "Taken" action-film franchise, Bryan Mills (Lee Tergesen) is an ex-CIA agent now working as a mall security guard. He keeps finding his things are being taken from him -- his wife, his dog ... his daughter's virginity. With the help of his ex-CIA elderly mother, Bryan battles his nemesis BrownFinger (Margaret Cho) to free his family and a pound of dogs in danger of exploding. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, "Cribs spoof with Reno Wilson, deleted scenes, trailer. (Cinedigm).

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Addison Timlin, Travis Tope, Gary Cole,, Joshua Leonard,, Anthony Anderson, Denis O'Hare, Edward Herrmann, Veronica Cartwright. Picks up 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, when the brutal "Moonlight Murders" suddenly begin again. While on a trip to Lovers' Lane, 17-year-old Jami (Addison Timlin) watches as her date is brutally slain by a masked serial killer. Barely escaping with her life, Jami becomes obsessed with finding the killer referred to as "The Phantom." As the body count mounts and the carnage comes closer, Jami delves deeper into the mystery with the help of the town archivist Nick (Travis Tope), following clues that point her toward the killer’s true identity. Formats: DVD. (RLJ Entertainment).

photo for Underdog Kids Underdog Kids (2015) Phillip Rhee, Adam Irigoyen, Ryan Potter, Cade Sutton, Mirelly Taylor, Patrick Fabian, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges. When the struggling Mid-City Community Center's karate team loses their instructor a week before the big tournament, former MMA champ Jimmy "The Lightning Bolt" (Rhee) returns to his old neighborhood and reluctantly agrees to train the misfit bunch. Despite the struggles they face, the washed-up fighter and group of urban underdogs bravely take on the undefeated Beverly Hills Junior National Karate Team in the ultimate karate showdown. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Anchor Bay).

Virtuosity BLU-RAY DEBUT (1995) Denzel Washington, Kelly Lynch, Russell Crowe, Stephen Spinella, William Forsythe, Louise Fletcher, William Fichtner, Costas Mandylor. (Warner).

Woman in Gold (2015) Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Max Irons, Tatiana Maslany, Charles Dance, Frances Fisher, Antje Traue. Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee from the Nazi, takes on the Austrian government 60 years later to recover artwork -- including Gustav Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I -- she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (The Weinstein Co.).

photo for Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 2 Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 2 (2005-06) Known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX, this set includes all 52 30-minute episodes of the second season and is the second spin-off series of the fan-favorite global franchise based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game, which has grossed more than $20 billion. It's year two at Duel Academy, and this semester is more intense than ever. Jaden somehow passed his finals, so he s now back with his friends to continue his training at the world's most prestigious dueling school. But it's not all about classes and textbooks. This year is filled with one high-stakes battle after another as Jaden faces all new rivals like Pro League All-Star Aster Phoenix, dino duelist Tyranno Hassleberry and the sinister Sartorius. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).


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