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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, July 8 -- Monday, July 14

All DVD Releases

  • Bad Words

    photo for Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut and also stars in a quirky comedy about a disgruntled middle-aged man who hijacks a national spelling bee and verbally mows down his competition -- eighth graders. And he's unstoppable -- contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious students can't persuade him to end his "jihad" or uncover his motivations. Bateman has made a habit of playing lovable losers in most of his recent starring roles ("Identity Thief," "The Switch"), but here he goes against that grain by taking on a role that tests the boundaries of main character likeability. And, despite its subject matter -- a kids spelling bee -- the film is rated 'R'. A wonderfully auspicious first outing for Bateman. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "The Minds and Mouths Behind Bad Words," commentary with Jason Bateman. Vitals: Director: Jason Bateman. Stars: Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall, Judith Hoag, Beth Grant. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 89 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $7.738 million, Universal. 3 stars


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  • The Raid 2

    photo for Director Gareth Huw Evans' follow-up to the sleeper hit "The Raid" (2011) ups the ante for violence, blood and outright outrageous gore. Babyfaced cop Rama (Iko Uwais) -- who fought his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen in the first film -- goes undercover as an enforcer for a local mob boss to get evidence linking the mob to corrupt government officials. The body count soars as Rama first fights his way into the gang, then single-handedly fends off another group of gangsters who want to take over his mob's territory. "Raid 2" features some of the best martial arts action -- and gore -- you're likely to see on the screen -- rivaling the best of Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Takeshi Kitano, Yuen Woo-ping, Takashi Miike, Kinji Fukasaku and the "Ip Man," "Ong Bak" and "Kill Bill" films. Any film that creates a killer like the "Hammer Girl" has to be taken very seriously. Extras: English dub in addition to the original Indonesian language version of the film; director commentary with Gareth Huw Evans; featurettes: "The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel" and "Cinefamily Foundation Q&A with Gareth Huw Evans, Iko Uwais & Joe Trapanese." Blu-ray adds "Gang War" deleted scene; featurettes: "Ready for a Fight: On Location" and "Violent Ballet: Behind the Choreography." Vitals: Director: Gareth Huw Evans. Stars: Iko Uwais, Cok Simbara, Tio Pakusodewo, Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 150 min., Action, Box office gross: $2.586 million, Sony. 3 stars

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    photo for Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Dune" is the greatest movie you'll never see. Coming off the success of his cult-film "El Topo" -- which launched the midnight film genre in 1970 -- and his follow-up "The Holy Mountain" (1973) -- which was well-received around the world -- visionary director Jodorowsky decided to take on an incredible ambitious project: a feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert's futuristic best-seller "Dune." Jodorowsky saw the film not so much as a sci-fi epic but as a spiritual journey that would awaken a higher consciousness in audiences and change the role of cinema forever. To that end in 1975 he marshalled a support group of some of the most imposing icons of the era: Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, Pink Floyd, Dan O'Bannon, and visual artists H.R. Giger, Jean "Moebius" Giraud and Chris Foss. After two years of pre-production in which Jodorowsky and his crew created a hard-bound book of meticulous story boards, the project fell apart: none of the Hollywood studios -- scared of the director's reputation as a maverick -- wanted to bankroll the production. Jodorowsky turned to writing comic books, making only a handful of films in the ensuing decades -- but his ideas and concepts lived on in such films as "Star Wars," "Alien," "The Terminator" and even David Lynch's awful version of "Dune." Director Frank Pavich had unprecedented access to Jodorowsky, Giger, Gary Kurtz (producer, "Star Wars: Episodes IV and V"), Nicholas Winding Refn (director, "Drive"), Diane O'Bannon (Dan's widow) and a host of others to tell the full saga of this amazing project.Extras: Deleted scenes. Vitals: Director: Frank Pavich. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $.523 million, Sony. 3 stars

  • Le Week-End

    photo for Arriving in Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their 30-year marriage, British college philosophy professor Nick (Jim Broadbent) and school teacher Meg (Lindsay Duncan) get off to a rocky start in a cheap and depressing lodge. Moving into a swankier hotel with view of the Eiffel Tower sets them off on a better path, but it doesn't distract them from the knowledge that Nick is being nudged into early retirement, Meg is getting fed up with teaching, and each of them wants a fresh start that may or may not include the other. The diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from contentment to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of three decades of deep tenderness -- and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick's old buddy Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), a Paris-based American academic Nick hasn't seen in years, prompts Meg and Nick to take a broader view of their relationship. And it proves to be the catalyst that provides Nick and Meg with an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become. Extras: Commentary with director Roger Michell and producer Kevin Loader; behind-the-scenes featurette with Jim Broadbent, Linday Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi; "How to dance 'The Madison' tutorial video; illustration gallery; theatrical trailer. Vitals: Director: Roger Michell. Stars: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander, Xavier De Guillebon, Brice Beaugier, Lee Michelsen, Marie-France Alvarez. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Comedy/Drama/Romance, Box office gross: $1.844 million, Music Box Films. 2 stars

  • Nymphomaniac Volume I & II

    photo for "Nymphomaniac" is the wild and poetic story of a woman's journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter's evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe recounts the lushy branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents. "Volume II" is the continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life and delves into the darker aspects of her adulthood, obsessions and what led to her being in Seligman's care. Extras: "The Characters," "The Director," "The Sex," AXS TV: "A Look at Nymphomaniac," trailers. Vitals: Director: Lars von Trier. Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Stacy Martin, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Michael Pas, Connie Nielsen, Ananya Berg. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: NR, Drama. Vol. 1: 110 min., Box office gross: $.726. Vol. II: 123 min., Box office gross: $.278. Magnolia Home Entertainment. 2 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Lake Placid (1999)
  • Southern Comfort (1981)

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All DVD Releases

The Baby (1973) Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, David Mooney, Marianna Hill, Michael Pataki. Anjanette Comer stars as an idealistic L.A. County social worker who investigates the case of Mrs. Wadsworth (Ruth Roman), her two buxom daughters and son "Baby", a mentally-disabled man who sleeps in a crib, eats in a high-chair, crawls, bawls and wears diapers. But what secrets of unnatural attachment -- and sexual obsession -- are all of these women hiding? Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio interview with director Ted Post, audio interview with actor David Mooney, theatrical trailer. (Severin Films).

Bad Words (2014) Director: Jason Bateman. Stars: Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall, Judith Hoag, Beth Grant. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "The Minds and Mouths Behind Bad Words," commentary with Jason Bateman. (Universal).

Bloody Birthday (1981) K.C. Martel, Joe Penny, Michael Dudikoff, Susan Strasberg, Jose Ferrer, Julie Brown. Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the 80s that may also be the most disturbing "killer kids" movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings and beyond. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio interview with director Ed Hunt, "Don't Eat the Cake!" interview with actressr Lori Lethin, "A Brief History of Slasher Films" featurette. (Severin Films).

Bloody Moon (1981) Olivia Pascal, Christopher Moosbrugger, Nadja Gerganoff. Pretty girls are killed at a language-school in Spain in this twisted slasher film loaded with incest, voyeurism and roller disco. Banned in England and now presented uncut and uncensored -- including the complete "stone mill power saw" sequence. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with director Jess Franco, theatrical trailer. (Severin Films).

photo for Dead Drop Dead Drop (2013) Luke Goss, Nestor Carbonell, Cole Hauser. After surviving a fall from a plane 3000-feet over the ocean, a former CIA operative turned government contractor re-infiltrates a dangerous North Mexican drug trafficking ring to find the man who threw him out of the plane -- his best friend. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

Dear Viola (2014) Kellie Martin, Sheila McCarthy, Jefferson Brown, Adamo Ruggiero. When Katie Miner, a shy accountant at the local newspaper, begins anonymously penning the advice column "Dear Viola," she's struck by a letter from a widower named Russ and, as they correspond, she begins to fall for "Mr. Lost Love." But when he starts dating the new knockout in town on "Viola's" advice, Katie must decided if it's in her best interest to keep her identity and feelings a secret. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

The Deviants (1994) Nick Stavrides, Celeste Grosso, Jean Zeppi, Andrea Jungert. Six blissfully reckless friends come together for a lost weekend wedding reunion of drinking, bowling, fighting, snorting, puking, screwing, writing bad novels, getting spanked by a psychotic preacher, hailing extraterrestrials and finally ... learning that it takes more than a few days to achieve "total world domination." Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel. (Troma/CAV Distributing).



Don Peyote (2014) Dan Fogler, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Annabella Sciorra, Wallace Shawn. A midlife crisis over his upcoming wedding sends 32-year-old unemployed stoner Warren Allman on the drug trip of a lifetime, and he becomes obsessed with Doomsday theories and decides to make a documentary on the subject while his fiance is busy planning their wedding. Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media). photo for French for Kids: On Va Jouer (Let's Play)

French for Kids: On Va Jouer (Let's Play) (2014) On va chanter! (Let's sing!) On va danser!(Let's dance!) On va jouer! (Let's play!) This new release in the "French for Kids" series introduces vocabulary related to the parts of the body, clothes, numbers, animals, and more. Join host Marie, Fritzi the mouse and a diverse group of playful peers who make learning French as easy as un, deux, trois. Sing-along and dance-along songs, world music rhythms, and an engaging combination of live-action, animation and colorful illustrated backgrounds immerse children in French and language learning fun. This DVD includes an easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers for first time learners of French. The DVD teaches French using the immersion teaching method recommended by language acquisition experts. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (Whistlefritz).

How It All Began: Origins of Master Mantak Chia (2013) The definitive documentary about martial arts legend Grandmaster Mantak Chia. In the photo for How It All Began: Origins of Master Mantak Chia 1970s, when Yoga was practiced in basements and martial arts was found mainly in the movies, the spiritual healing of Taoist Internal Alchemy was not accessible to the Western world. This was the time Master Mantak Chia left Thailand and came to America with a dream to share Taoist Wisdom. This documentary shows how the Healing Tao System was established in the USA, from its early beginnings in downtown Chinatown, NYC. Included are interviews with Grandmaster Mantak Chia and his first Western students. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Ultimate Stretch With Raven Merle: 1983 Interview With Master Chia," "Talk About Healing: Jamee Culbertson Presents Master Chia" (2010 interview), trailer. (TDC Entertainment).

Hunting the Legend: The Search Continues for Sasquatch (2014) Christopher Copeland, Hannah Wallace, Jeff Causey, Alex Ballew, Stan Copeland. Five years ago, a deer hunter vanished in the Alabama woods, leaving behind only a rifle, bloodstains and an enormous footprint from a species unknown to science. Now, the hunter's son, his two best friends and a documentary film crew set out to learn the truth ... and seek vengeance.Formats: DVD, Digital. (Image Entertainment). photo for Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) Documentary on "The Greatest Science Fiction Movie Never Made," cult-film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. In 1975, Jodorowsky began work on this most ambitious project. Starring his own 12-year-old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger ("Alien")and Jean "Moebius" Giraud, Jodorowsky's adaptation of the novel was poised to change cinema forever. After two years, however, the project fell apart. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Sony).

Kid Cannabis photo for Kid Cannabis (2014) Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kenny Wormald, Ron Perlman, John C. McGinley. The true story of Nate Norman, an Idaho teen dropout who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by partnering with his best friend and their pals to run drugs across the Canadian border. Bankrolled by a deadly-serious dope czar, Nate's pursuit of the high life -- complete with girls, guns, and vicious rival dealers -- puts the ex-pizza boy in way over his head. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).

Lake Placid BLU-RAY DEBUT (1999) Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendon Gleason, Betty White. When a tranquil New England lakefront erupts into an action-packed den of destruction, an investigative team, armed with state-of-the-art equipment, high powered weaponry and a biting sense of sarcasm, must work together to defeat Black Lake's most ferocious resident: a prehistoric crocodile. One of the best films of the genre snaps with humor and sparkles with fun -- and terror. Written by photo for Lake Placid BLU-RAY DEBUT David E. Kelley ("Ally Mcbeal," "Boston Legal"), directed by Steve Miner ("Halloween H20," "Friday The 13th Part 2"), and co-starring Betty White as the cantankerous Mrs. Bickerman. Extras: "The Making of Lake Placid," vintage featurette, behind the scenes still gallery, animatronic croc test footage, TV spots, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).

Le Week-End (2014) Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander, Xavier De Guillebon, Brice Beaugier, Lee Michelsen, Marie-France Alvarez. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Commentary with director Roger Michell and producer Kevin Loader; behind-the-scenes featurette with Jim Broadbent, Linday Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi; "How to dance 'The Madison' tutorial video; illustration gallery; theatrical trailer. (Music Box Films).

Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour Series 2 (2014) Two-disc set with four episodes with Shaun Evans returning to duty at Oxford City Police as Colin Dexter's cerebral young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).

photo for Nymphomaniac Volume I & II Nymphomaniac Volume I & II (2014) Dir.: Lars von Trier; Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Stacy Martin, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Michael Pas, Connie Nielsen, Ananya Berg. Extras: "The Characters," "The Director," "The Sex," AXS TV: "A Look at Nymphomaniac," trailers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The Raid 2 (2014) Iko Uwais, Cok Simbara, Tio Pakusodewo, Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle. DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: English dub in addition to the original Indonesian language version of the film; director commentary with Gareth Huw Evans; featurettes: "The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel" and "Cinefamily Foundation Q&A with Gareth Huw Evans, Iko Uwais & Joe Trapanese." Blu-ray adds "Gang War" deleted scene; featurettes: "Ready for a Fight: On Location" and "Violent Ballet: Behind the Choreography." (Sony).

photo for Rigor Mortis Rigor Mortis (2013 -- Hong Kong) Chin Siu-ho, Anthony Chan, Kara Hui, Hee Ching Paw. A washed-up actor, desperate and suicidal, moves into a haunted apartment building where supernatural creatures, ghost hunters, Taoist exorcists, and the souls of the undead are among his neighbors. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).

Runaway Nightmare (1982) Mike Cartel, Mari Cartel, Georgia Durante. After discovering a woman buried alive, two Death Valley worm farmers are kidnapped by an all-female cult of drug runners who, after making the men into their sex slaves, force them to assist in a plan to steal a suitcase full of platinum from the mafia. New 4K restoration from the camera negative. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Mike Cartel and actress Mari Cartel, alternate video scenes. (Vinegar Syndrome).

photo for The Soul Man: Season One The Soul Man: Season One (2012) Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the TV Land series starring Cedric The Entertainer as Singer Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine, who gets the calling and moves his family to his hometown of St. Louis to become a preacher. Formats: DVD. Extras: New interviews with cast & crew, music video. (Shout! Factory).

Southern Comfort BLU-RAY DEBUT (1981) New high definition transfer of Walter Hill's gut-wrenching tale of backwoods terror about nine National Guardsmen who enter the Louisiana swamp for routine training only to incite an all-out war with some angry Cajuns who know the territory like the backs of their hands. strong>Extras: "Making of Southern Comfort" featuring new interviews with director-writer Hill, producer-writer David Giler and actors Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Peter Coyote and Lewis Smith; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Shout! Factory).

Stage Fright (2014) Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Kent Nolan. A snobby musical theater camp is terrorized by a blood-thirsty killer who hates musical theater. Formats: photo for Stage Fright DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, "The Making of Stage Fright," outtakees, deleted scenes, interviews with writer-director Jerome Sable and co-composer Eli Batalion, AXS TV: "A Look at Stage Fright," "The Legend of Beaver Dam," trailer. (Magnet Label/Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Vicious: Season One (2013) Seven episodes of the U.K. comedy starring Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen as an old gay couple who have been together for nearly 50 years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity. Airs on PBS Sundays, June 29 – August 3. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).

Walker, Texas Ranger: One Riot One Ranger (1993) The two-hour premiere episode that introduced Chuck Norris in his now iconic role as Cordell Walker, a contemporary Texas Ranger with an Old West attitude. When his partner is killed in a bank heist, Walker seeks vengeance on those responsible alongside new partner, James Trivette (Clarence Gilyard). Formats: DVD, exclusively at Walmart. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

Watermark (2014) Award-winning documentary brings together diverse stories from around the globe that explore our relationship with water: How we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. Shot in 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, "Watermark" transports viewers to massive floating abalone farms off China's Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world -- the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover Dam; to the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka; follows scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet; and explores the sublime, pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Blu-ray extras: Featurettes "Making of Watermark" and "In Discussion With Filmmakers Ed Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal", deleted scenes, photo gallery. (Entertainment One).

Wings: Sky Force Heroes (2014) Josh Duhamel , Rob Schneider, Tom Skerritt, Jesse McCartney, Hilary Duff, Dallas Lovato, Russell Peters. DOVE-approved family adventure follow up to the animated feature "Wings." When Ace (Duhamel), a cocky young firefighter, defies his Colonel's (Skerritt) orders and recklessly attempts a solo mission, it leads to disastrous consequences. Ace, along with Fred (Schneider), his trusty co-pilot, quits Sky Force and resigns himself to hauling coal for Mr. Steinway (Peters), until one day a fire breaks out in the mines. With the help of his friends Ace must overcome his fears and become the hero he was destined to be. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bringing the Characters to Life: At the Recording Studio with Rob Schneider, Josh Duhamel, Tom Skerritt, Jesse McCartney and Russell Peters" featurette; four Miniscule Shorts. Available exclusively at Walmart, $19.98. (Lionsagte).


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