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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, July 15 -- Monday, July 21

All DVD Releases

  • Rio 2

    photo for This animated sequel finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. There they encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, Blu goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law. Extras: "Rio Refresher," "Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2," "Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends," "What is Love?" music video by Janelle Monae, "I Will Survive" multi-language sequence, still gallery, theatrical trailers. Blu-ray adds deleted scene; " Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil" ("The Bodybeats of the Barbatuques," "How to Play the Barbatuques!" "Rhythmic Rio" and "The Upbeat Uakti Jam Behind the Scenes"); "Music and Dance Sing-Along Machine" with 10 songs from the film; "You Be the Judge" Tapir, Monkey and Turtle auditions; two downloadable bonus songs: "I Will Survive" and "Poisonous Love," both performed by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) and Nigel (Jemaine Clement); 15 exclusive levels for Angry Birds Rio. Vitals: Director: Carlos Saldanha. Stars: Voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jake T. Austin, Jamie Foxx, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: G, 101 min., Animated, Box office gross: $124.250 million, Fox. 3 stars


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  • Under the Skin

    photo for "Under the Skin" is kind of a 21st century version of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" in which an extraterrestrial finds itself out of sync with the humans around it, but here with a different goal than Nicolas Roeg's Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie): An alien takes over the body of a voluptuous woman (Scarlett Johansson) and travels the highways and backroads of Scotland to lure unsuspecting men into an otherworldly lair where their flesh is harvested for unknown reasons. The film slowly and quietly follows the alien on her hunts until she grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin and begins to understand what it means to be human. A tour-de-force for Johansson and director Jonathan Glazer, who have built a minimalist existential gem. Extras: "Making of Under the Skin" featurette. Vitals: Director: Jonathan Glazer. Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance, Joe Szula, Krystof Hadek, Jeremy McWilliams. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $1.531 million, Lionsgate. 2 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Deadly Eyes (1982)
  • Pickpocket (1959) (Criterion)
  • Scanners (1981) (Criterion)

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All DVD Releases

America's Test Kitchen: Season 14 (2014) Four-disc set with 19 episodes, $39.99. Each episode features recipes carefully developed to make sure they work every time: Christopher Kimball and the test cooks solve everyday cooking problems, test equipment so you never have to waste money on gadgets that don't work, and taste supermarket ingredients to save you time at the store. It's a common sense, practical approach that you won't find on other cooking shows. In addition to the popular segments such as equipment reviews, taste tests, and foolproof recipes, the 14th season features even more content and numerous visits with well-known chefs. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).

photo for Barney: A Super-Dee-Duper Day Barney: A Super-Dee-Duper Day (2014) When Barney takes his friends on a dino-sized adventure, everyone has a Super-Dee-Duper Day. After Ben's brand-new, remote-controlled helicopter breaks and the fun stops, Barney encourages everyone to use their imaginations to remember the lesson they learned during their Sports Day in the park. Formats: DVD. Extras: "B.J.'s Batting Cage Counting Game," "I Love You" karaoke music video. (Lionsgate).

Caillou: Fun and Games With Caillou (2014) Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination; everyday events quickly become exciting adventures in which Caillou can play "make-believe." Designed for preschoolers and focusing on role-playing and "make-believe." Six episodes, $9.99. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).

Case Histories, Series 2 (2013) Filmed on location in Scotland and based on works by bestselling author Kate Atkinson, this character-driven BBC drama features Jason Isaacs as a former Edinburgh cop trying to make a living as a private detective. Two-disc set with three feature-length mysteries. U.S. debut. Formats: DVD: $39.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, cast/crew interviews. (Acorn Media).

A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2013 -- TV) Whoopi Goldberg, Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose. When irascible matriarch Viola Price (Goldberg) learns that her next asthma attack is likely to kill her, she sets out to fix her fractured family before she sets a foot anywhere near the grave. It's the kind of meddling that the Price family hasn't experienced from Viola in decades, and she won't have an easy time bending her loved ones to her will. Based on Terry McMillan's best-selling novel. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

photo for Deadly Eyes BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD Deadly Eyes BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD (1982) Sam Groom, Sara Botsford, Scatman Crothers, Lisa Langlois, Lesleh Donaldson. Adapted from celebrated British author James Herbert's best-selling novel "The Rats." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New interviews with actors Lisa Langlois, Lesleh Donaldson and Joseph Kelly, writer Charles Eglee, art director Ninkey Dalton, special effects artists Alan Apone and Alec Gillis; TV spot. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).

Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Season One (2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes of Hallmark Channel's first-ever original scripted series, $24.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).



The Face of Love (2013) Ed Harris, Annette Bening. A widow falls for a man who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Hank and Asha (2014) Mahira Kakkar, Andrew Pastides. Romantic comedy about an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker who begin an unconventional video correspondence -- two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. When their relationship intensifies, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Formats: DVD. (FilmRise).

Hell on Wheels: Season 3 (2013) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.98. Extras: "A Look at Season 3," "Where Season 2 Left Off," set tour with Common, behind-the-music featurettes, 10 "inside the episodes" featurettes. (Entertainment One).

Hercules: Hero, God, Warrior (2014) Three action-packed History specials that explore the fascinating story of the infamous hero: "Hercules: Power of the Gods," "Clash of the Gods: Hercules" and "In Search of History: The Greek Gods." Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

photo for How The West Was Won: The Complete Second Season How the West Was Won: The Complete Second Season (1978) Six-disc set with 14 episodes, $39.98. Originally broadcast in 1978 and based on the 1962 film of the same name, the second season of this classic television series features an all-star cast including James Arness , Eva Marie Saint and Bruce Boxleitner as well as notable guest stars Ricardo Montalban, William Shatner, Tim Matheson and Lloyd Bridges. The series follows the members of the Macahan family as they continue their daily struggles to survive and thrive in the wild American frontier. From being chased by the law to run-ins with the Army and conflicts with foreign visitors, their stories are played out against a realistic recreation of the American West in that lusty, hard-hitting period when laws were frequently broken and progress was charted by individual suffering and survival. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

I Escaped From Devil's Island/The Final Option Double Feature Blu-ray "I Escaped From Devil's Island" (1973)stars Jim Brown and Christopher George; "The Final Option" (1982) stars Tony Doyle, John Duttine, Kenneth Griffith, Rosalind Lloyd, Edward Woodward, Robert Webber. (Shout! Factory).

photo for Labyrinth Labyrinth (2012 -- TV) The CW mini-series stared John Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Brown Findlay, Vanessa Kirby, Claudia Gerini, Katie McGrath, Tony Curran and Tom Felton in an adaptation of the best-selling series of time traveling novels by Kate Mosse that follows the lives of two women, separated by centuries but united by a common quest. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making of" featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Last Days (2013 -- Spain) Quim Gutierrez, Jose Coronado, Marta Etura, Leticia Dolera. When a mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet in which people develop an irrational fear of open spaces that causes instant death, the world's population is trapped inside buildings. As Barcelona descends into chaos, one man sets off on a quest to find his missing girlfriend by tunneling underground through sewers and subways. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Northern Light (2013) In the north woods of Michigan the winters are unforgiving, jobs are hard to come by, and the line between living life and just surviving is razor-thin. But the Upper Peninsula has an annual snowmobile race, and this documentary follows three working-class families as they pin their hopes on winning this 500 mile-long test of endurance. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Icarus Films).

photo for 100 Years of WWI 100 Years of WWI (2014) History Channel four-program set celebrates the 100 anniversary of World War I: The new miniseries "The History of WWI: The First Modern War" and three specials, "Modern Marvels: World War I Tech," "Dogfights: The First Dogfighters" and "Man Moment Machine: The Red Baron & The Wings of Death." Takes a comprehensive look at the battles that left 15 million dead, 20 million injured, and changed the perception of war forever. Harnessing the industrial know-how of combustion engines, airplanes and even the camera, WWI introduced game-changing weapons of mass destruction: armored tanks, chemical weapons, submarines and the aerial bombardments of cities. See how these weapons were developed and witness the devastation they left behind, and understand how people born into a simpler age learned to deal with the destructive engine of total war. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Lionsgate).

Open Grave (2013) Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan, Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho, Erin Richards, Max Wrottesley. Zombie apocalypse thriller about a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss, who have to figure out who and where they are as they fight off a vicious threat. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Cinedigm).

Orphan Black: Season Two (2014) Ten episodes. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $29.98, two-disc Blu-ray, $34.98. Extras: "Making of the 4 Clone Scene" and extended version, "Orphan Black: The Cloneversation," "Clone Club" character profiles, "The Two Clone Smackdown," script to screen, hair and makeup featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).

Pickpocket (1959) This incomparable story of crime and redemption from French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out. A cornerstone in the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, "Pickpocket" is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers. New, 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt; introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader; "The Models of Pickpocket," a 2003 documentary by Babette Mangolte that features actors from the film; interview from 1960 with Bresson, from the French television program "Cinepanorama"; Q&A on "Pickpocket" from 2000 with actor Marika Green and filmmakers Paul Vecchiali and Jean-Pierre Ameris; footage of the sleight-of-hand artist and "Pickpocket" consultant Kassagi from a 1962 episode of the French television show "La piste aux etoiles"; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by novelist and critic Gary Indiana. (The Criterion Collection).

Rio 2 (2014) Voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jake T. Austin, Jamie Foxx, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Rio Refresher," "Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2," "Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends," "What is Love?" music video by Janelle Monae, "I Will Survive" multi-language sequence, still gallery, theatrical trailers. Blu-ray adds deleted scene; " Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil" ("The Bodybeats of the Barbatuques," "How to Play the Barbatuques!" "Rhythmic Rio" and "The Upbeat Uakti Jam Behind the Scenes"); "Music and Dance Sing-Along Machine" with 10 songs from the film; "You Be the Judge" Tapir, Monkey and Turtle auditions; two downloadable bonus songs: "I Will Survive" and "Poisonous Love," both performed by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) and Nigel (Jemaine Clement); 15 exclusive levels for Angry Birds Rio. (Fox).

Scanners (1981) With "Scanners," David Cronenberg plunges us into one of his most terrifying and thrilling sci-fi worlds. After a man with extraordinary -- and frighteningly destructive -- telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other "scanners" have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them. A trademark Cronenberg combination of the visceral and the cerebral, this phenomenally gruesome and provocative film about the expanses and limits of the human brain was the Canadian director's breakout hit in the United States. New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by Cronenberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition. Extras: The"Scanners' Way," a new documentary on the film's special effects; new interview with actor Michael Ironside; "The Ephemerol Diaries," a 2012 interview with actor and artist Stephen Lack; excerpt from a 1981 interview with Cronenberg on the CBC's "The Bob McLean Show"; "Stereo" (1969), Cronenberg's first feature film; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Kim Newman. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for Sx_Tape Sx_Tape (2013) Caitlyn Folley, Ian Duncan. What begins as harmless sex games between a free-spirited artist and her videographer boyfriend turns much darker as the pair breaks into a boarded-up former hospital, looking for a space for a new gallery show, and a seductive prank, meaning to arouse and terrify, goes terribly wrong. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Well Go USA).

Torment (2013) Katharine Isabelle, Robin Dunne, Peter DaCunha, Stephen McHattie. A family vacation at a country home goes horribly wrong when a young couple and their son confront a sadistic, cult-like family who have been hiding in the house. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Vertical Entertainment).

Under the Skin (2014) Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance, Joe Szula, Krystof Hadek, Jeremy McWilliams. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making of Under the Skin" featurette. (Lionsgate).

What Would You Do For Love? (2014) Christian Keyes, Gabrielle Dennis, Jason Weaver, Vanessa Simmons. When a good-looking fitness trainer comes into a fortune, he decides to find a woman to settle down with before anyone discovers he's a millionaire. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).


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