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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, July 16 -- Monday, July 22

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  • Shazam!

    photo for Shazam! We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!, this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart -- inside a ripped, godlike body -- Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). Vitals: Director: David F. Sandberg. Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Faithe Herman. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 132 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $139.765 million, Warner. Extras: Shazam exclusive motion comic, "The Magical World of Shazam," "Super Fun Zac," "Carnival Scene Study," "Shazamily Values," "Who is Shazam?", deleted scenes, gag reel. 3 stars


  • Breakthrough

    photo for Breakthrough When Joyce Smith’s (Chrissy Metz) adopted son John (Marcel Ruiz) falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost as John lies lifeless. In the face of every bleak medical case history and dire scientific prediction, Joyce’s unwavering belief inspires her community to pray for John’s recovery. Based on the incredible true story, the film is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle. Vitals: Director: Roxann Dawson. Stars: Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 116 min., Dmama, Box office gross: $40.510 million, Fox. Extras: "A Tapestry of Miracles: Making Breakthrough," “Carry My Soul” Phil Wickham deleted scene, "Trapped in Icy Waters," audio commentary by DeVon Franklin and Roxann Dawson, gallery. 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    July 16:

    Ash Is Purest White: The film, which premiered at Cannes 2018 to critical acclaim, centers on Qiao, who is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, Qiao fires a gun to protect Bin -- which gets her sentenced to five years in prison. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off. Begins in 2001 in the postindustrial city of Datong and then expands out into an epic narrative spanning 17 years and revealing how abstract forces shape individual lives in modern China. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    The Intruder: A young married couple buy a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 30)

    Long Shot: Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), a hard-partying journalist has got it bad for Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), his first crush turned presidential candidate. After Charlotte hires Fred as a speech writer, he's a fish out of water on her elite team. But sparks fly as he turns her on to a wild new world of raging parties, secret rendezvous, and hilarious rule-breaking. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 30)

    UglyDolls: Animated film centers around the adorably unique town of Uglyville. The film follows Moxy and her friends as they confront what it means to be different and discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. Inspired by the global plush phenomenon. (DVD, Blu-ray, VOD release: July 30)

    July 19:

    Supervized,: Real superheroes get better with age. Tom Berenger and Beau Bridges lead this comedy centered around a group of senior superheroes spending their twilight years in a nursing home in Ireland. When Ray (Berenger) suspects foul play at the nursing home, he reassembles his old team for one last mission, proving that saving the world never gets old. (VOD, Digital only)

    Sword of Trust: When Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she’s received is an antique sword that he believed to be proof that the South won the Civil War. The two attempt to unload the object to a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner Mel and his man-child sidekick Nathaniel. When Mel and Nathaniel discover there’s a black market for the relic, the two pairs reluctantly join forces to sell this rarefied "prover item" to the highest bidder. (VOD only)

    July 20:

    Batman: Hush: The latest animated feature from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life. (Blu-ray release: August 13)

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    photo for Ash Is Purest White Ash Is Purest White (2018 -- China) This film finds writer-director Jia Zhangke ("Still Life," "A Touch of Sin," "Mountains May Depart") revisiting familiar themes while continuing to observe modern Chinese society with an urgent, empathetic eye. It centers on Qiao (Zhao Tao, Jia's wife and frequent star), who is in love with Bin (Liao Fan), a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, Qiao fires a gun to protect Bin -- which gets her sentenced to five years in prison. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off. Beginning in 2001 in the postindustrial city of Datong and then expanding out into an epic narrative spanning 17 years and revealing how abstract forces shape individual lives, "Ash Is Purest White" continues Jia Zhangke's body of work as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Directors Dialogue" with Jia Zhangke recorded at the 2018 New York Film Festival. (Cohen Film Collection).

    photo for The Baker's Wife The Baker's Wife (1938) The warmth and wit of celebrated playwright turned cinema auteur Marcel Pagnol shine in this enchanting slice-of-life comedy. Returning to the Provençal countryside he knew intimately, Pagnol draws a vivid portrait of a close-knit village where the marital woes of a sweetly deluded baker (the inimitable Raimu, praised by no less than Orson Welles as "the greatest actor who ever lived") snowball into a scandal that engulfs the entire town. Marrying the director's abiding concern for the experiences of ordinary people with an understated but superbly judged visual style, "The Baker's Wife" is at once wonderfully droll and piercingly perceptive in its depiction of the complexities of human relationships. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett Bowles; introduction by Pagnol from 1967; excerpt from a 1966 interview with Pagnol for the French television series "Cinéastes de notre temps"; short French news program from 1967 revisiting the village of Le Castellet, where the film was shot; an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (2017 -- France) Three interlocking animated stories of animal misfits. The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly strange: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again. Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner's own acclaimed graphic novel in this delirious slapstick comedy about family and the anxieties of modern life. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with the directors, "The Making of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales," Q&A at New York International Children's Film Festival, English dub featurette, trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).

    Breakthrough (2019) Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell, Dennis photo for BreakthroughHaysbert. When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Tapestry of Miracles: Making Breakthrough," “Carry My Soul” Phil Wickham deleted scene, "Trapped in Icy Waters," audio commentary by DeVon Franklin and Roxann Dawson, gallery. (Fox).

    Broad City: Season 5 (2019) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Comedy Central series that follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Hack Into Broad City," outtakes & deleted/extended scenes. (Paramount).

    Broad City: The Complete Series (2014-19) Ten-disc set with all 50 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, outtakes, photo galleries, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Paramount).

    photo for The Chill Factor The Chill Factor (1993) "The Exorcist" meets the Winter Olympics in this tale of demonic possession and snowbound slashing from director Christopher Webster, producer of "Hellraiser" and "Hellraiser II: Hellbound." For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their number is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artifacts. As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil. Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled "Demon Possessed"), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up The Chill Factor from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan! New 2K restoration from original film elements with original uncompressed stereo audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley; new on-camera interview with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal; new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed; new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul; still gallery; original VHS trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Mike White. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    photo for Criminal Minds: The Fourteenth Season Criminal Minds: The Fourteenth Season (2018-19) Four-disc set with all 15 episodes. The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit returns to celebrate their landmark 300th episode. Follows an elite team of FBI profilers who delves into the country's most puzzling crimes and twisted minds. Led by special agent, and founding member of the BAU, David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), the team is faced with a difficult challenge in the 14th season when two of their own, Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) and Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), are taken by the "Believers," a mysterious cult seeking vengeance for the death of their leader a decade before. Formats: DVD. Extras: "300: A Celebration" featurette; "4th Time's a Charm" featurette about Special Agent Rossi's wedding day; "Season 14: The Truth of the Matter" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Ready to Roll: The Actors on Directing"; deleted scenes; gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).

    photo for Dogman Dogman (2018 -- Italy) Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano. In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    Don't Look at Me That Way (2015 -- Germany) Mongolian-born documentary director Uisenma Borchu makes her feature film debut with this compelling, surrealistic film. Hedi (director Borchu, in her first role) and single mother Iva (Catrina Stemmer) live in the same building. After Hedi meets photo for Sophia, Iva's daughter, the two women become acquainted and eventually begin an intimate affair. And though their relationship is passionate, Hedi is also attracted to men, and Iva, desperately in love, becomes deeply jealous. It seems, however, that only one world exists for Hedi: her own. One day, Iva's father (Josef Bierbichler) makes plans to look after his granddaughter so the two women can spend time together, but when he doesn't arrive, Hedi goes searching and the story takes a surprising twist. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiPix Films).

    Fast Color (2018) Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Strathairn, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney. Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff, she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother and daughter, and unearths the depths of the power within her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Julia Hart and writer-producer Jordan Horowitz, “A Mother’s Power: Making Fast Color” featurette. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Hold Back the Dawn Hold Back the Dawn (1941) From one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood's golden era, Mitchell Leisen ("Remember the Night"), comes this heart-rending romantic drama. Charles Boyer gives an enthralling performance as Georges Iscovescu, a Romanian-born gigolo who arrives at a Mexican border town seeking entry to the US. Faced with a waiting period of eight years, George is encouraged by his former dancing partner Anita (Pauline Goddard) to marry an American girl and desert her once safely across the border. He successfully targets visiting school teacher Emmy Brown (Olivia de Havilland), but his plan is compromised by a pursuing immigration officer, and blossoming feelings of genuine love for Emmy. A moving and thoughtful film with a wonderful script (co-written by Billy Wilder), "Hold back the Dawn" benefits from evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland, and an over-arching sense of romantic melancholy. An enduring classic of its era, Leisen's film was nominated for no-less than six Academy Awards and is presented here in High Definition for the first time, transferred from original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin, "Love Knows No Borders," a newly filmed video appreciation by film critic Geoff Andrew; "The Guardian Lecture: Olivia de Havilland," a career-spanning onstage audio interview with Olivia de Havilland recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1971; rare hour-long radio adaptation of "Hold Back the Dawn" from 1941 starring Charles Boyer, Paulette Goddard and Susan Haywood; gallery of original stills and promotional images; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer and critic Farran Smith Nehme. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).

    Killer Unicorn (2019) Dennis Budesheim, Alejandro La Rosa, Markus Kelle. Danny is your average Brooklyn party boy. This year, he and his friends couldn't be more excited about the upcoming "Brooklyn Annual Enema Party"; one of Brooklyn's biggest party events. While the night starts out fun, it quickly takes a turn when Danny is attacked by a stranger. He survives, but now a year later, Danny decides to give his social life a second chance. Wrong choice -- as Danny and everyone else who helped him that night are in danger. A man wearing a unicorn mask is killing off Brooklyn, one queen at a time, and he won't stop until he has his revenge. Formats: DVD, VOD. (IndieCan Pictures).

    photo for Klute Klute (1971) With her Oscar-winning turn in "Klute," Jane Fonda arrived full-fledged as a new kind of movie star. Bringing nervy audacity and counterculture style to the role of Bree Daniels -- a call girl and aspiring actor who becomes the focal point of a missing-person investigation when detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) turns up at her door -- Fonda made the film her own, putting an independent woman and escort on-screen with a frankness that had not yet been attempted in Hollywood. Suffused with paranoia by the conspiracy-thriller specialist Alan J. Pakula, and lensed by master cinematographer Gordon Willis, Klute is a character study thick with dread, capturing the mood of early-1970s New York and the predicament of a woman trying to find her own way on the fringes of society. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by camera operator Michael Chapman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between actors Jane Fonda and Illeana Douglas; new documentary about Klute and director Alan J. Pakula by filmmaker Matthew Miele, featuring scholars, filmmakers, and Pakula's family and friends; "The Look of Klute," a new interview with writer Amy Fine Collins; archival interviews with Pakula and Fonda; "Klute in New York," a short documentary made during the shooting of the film;. (The Criterion Collection).

    Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection Four-disc collection of 14 hours of vintage episodes from the most beloved children’s television host in the world, Fred Rogers. Fans will walk down memory lane with Mister Rogers in these 30 hand-picked episodes to revisit the puppets in the Neighborhood of Make Believe. The collection also includes a bonus episode -- a visit to the crayon factory -- as well as episodes where performers like the group Stomp and world-renowned cellist, Yo Yo Ma, stop by for a visit. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS KIDS).

    photo for Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956 Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956 Collection highlights nine more hard to find features from high definition masters with correct aspect ratios; these rare film noir pictures are curated from the Columbia Pictures Library: "Bait" (1954) directed by Hugo Haas and starring Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, John Agar; "The Crooked Web" (1955) directed by Nathan Juran and starring Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning; "The Night Holds Terror" (1955) directed by Andrew Stone and starring Jack Kelly, Hildy Parks, Vince Edwards, John Cassavetes, David Cross; "Footsteps in the Fog" (1955) directed by Arthur Lubin and starring Bill Travers, Ronald Squire, Finlay Currie, Belinda Lee; "Cell 2455, Death Row" (1955) directed by Fred F. Sears and starring William Campbell, Robert Campbell, Marian Carr; "5 Against the House" (1955) directed by Phil Karlson and starring Alvy Moore, William Conrad, Kerwin Mathews; "New Orleans Uncensored" (1955) directed by William Castle and starring Arthur Franz, Beverly Garland, Helene Stanton; "Spin a Dark Web" (1955) directed by Vernon Sewell and starring Faith Domergue, Lee Patterson, Rona Anderson, Martin Benson; "Rumble on the Docks" (1956) directed by Fred F. Sears and starring Laurie Carrol, James Darren, Michael Granger. Formats: Blu-ray. (Kit Parker Films).

    One Bedroom (2019) Stephen Hill, Jade Johnson, Sills-Evans. Writer-director Darien Sills-Evans combines humor and drama to create a portrait of a relationship at the end of its journey. Set in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, the whirlwind tale of Melissa and Nate's courtship is told through vivid flashbacks. Melissa and Nate have been through a lot together, but sometimes Black Love gets broken: Love Means Never Having to Give Up Your Apartment. Premiered at the Tallahassee Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. It went on to have a healthy festival life, including being officially selections at the Brooklyn Film Festival, Bushwick Film Festival, and New Voices in Black Cinema. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

    Relaxer (2018) Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland. Doom and gloom are on the way. The Y2K apocalypse can't be stopped. Abbes older brother issues him the ultimate challenge before it goes down: beat the infamous level 256 in Pac-Man and no getting up from the couch until he does so. Abbie’s survival story begins here; inside a rotting living room with no food or water, and a revolving door of numb-nut friends and acquaintances. It’s "The Exterminating Angel" by way of "Slacker"; "a masterpiece of depraved ’90s nostalgia." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).

    photo for Scary Stories Scary Stories (2019) Documentary about Alvin Schwartz’ iconic "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" book series explores the history of one of the most controversial works of modern children's literature, the best-selling teen classic that scared a generation of young readers and became one of the most banned books of modern times. Cody Meirick’s doc features more than 40 interviews, from family members of author Schwartz, to fellow children's book horror authors like R.L Stine ("Goosebumps") and Q.L. Pearce, to folklorists, artists and fans discussing the impact that the books have had on both themselves as well as the culture at large. The documentary also explores the various times in which the books were banned or targeted by parent and religious groups as "satanic" or otherwise too macabre for its targeted teen scholastic audience. Penned by Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a three-volume series consisting of short horror stories for pre-teens and children that were adapted from American folklore and urban legends. Because of some of the violent illustrations and the subject matter, parent groups, religious organizations and school boards had the books pulled from libraries and schools at various times. A feature film adaptation of the books, produced by horror icon Guillermo del Toro, is due in theaters this summer. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wild Eye Releasing).

    photo for Shazam! Shazam! (2019) We all have a superhero inside of us -- it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson's case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do -- have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he'll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam's magical abilities. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Shazam exclusive motion comic, "The Magical World of Shazam," "Super Fun Zac," "Carnival Scene Study," "Shazamily Values," "Who is Shazam?", deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

    Space: 1999 – The Complete Series (1975-77) Thirteen-disc set with all 48 episodes, released for the first time in North America. Includes an entire disc of bonus features. September 1999: A nuclear waste dump on the lunar photo for Space: 1999 – The Complete Seriessurface unexpectedly detonates, blasting the moon out of Earth’s orbit and taking the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha on an unbelievable voyage of discovery and adventure. Stars Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse and Catherine Schell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Mission to Moonbase Alpha" interview with Barbara Bain; "Into the Uncertain Future" interview with actor Nick Tate; "Brain Behind the Destruction" interview with director Kevin Connor; "Moonbase Merch: A Tour of Space 1999 Ephemera with author John Muir; commentaries; memories; interviews; behind-the-scenes featurettes; promos; trailers; photo galleries; 16-page episode guide. (Shout! Factory).

    Titans: The Complete First Season (2019) All 11 episodes of the new live-action DC Super Hero franchise. Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes from across the world of DC as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Fifteen featurettes. (Warner).

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