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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, August 14 -- Monday, August 20

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    photo for Avengers: Infinity War The Avengers reunite to take on their biggest villain yet: Thanos, the "Mad Titan." After his minions failed to retrieve the Infinity Stones, Thanos heads to earth to get them for himself. He plans to infuse them into a gauntlet that will give him the ultimate power over space and time. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and the rest of the Avengers gather together for one last stand against a foe who wields the power of life and death. Vitals: Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo. Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 149 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $672.625 million, Marvel/Disney. Blu-ray extras: Three featurettes: "Strange Alchemy," "The Mad Titan," "Beyond the Battle: Titan"; deleted scenes; gag reel; commentary. 3 stars


  • Bad Samaritan

    photo for Bad Samaritan A terrifying cautionary tale of two thieves uncovering more than what they bargained for when breaking into a house they thought would be an easy score -- they stumble upon a woman being held captive by a serial killer. Now they must choose to run and hide, or face the killer whose dark secrets they have exposed. Vitals: Director: Dean Devlin . Stars: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon, Carlito Olivero, Jacqueline Byers. . 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $3,345 million, Sony. Extras: Deleted scenes. 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    August 13:

    Silicon Valley: The Complete Fifth Season: Finally on the brink of success, Richard Hendricks and the Pied Piper team return for the fifth season of HBO’s hit comedy. (DVD release: September 4)

    August 14:

    Action Point: A daredevil (Johnny Knoxville) designs and operates his own theme park with his friends. (DVD/Blu-ray Combo release: August 21)

    Book Club: Four lifelong friends' (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen) lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous "Fifty Shades of Grey." (DVD, Blu-ray release: August 28)

    Destined to Ride: Madeline Carroll stars as a teenager who thinks her social life is over when she is sent to her aunt’s ranch for the summer but to her surprise develops an unbreakable bond with a horse named Pistachio. (DVD: Day & date)

    King Cohen: The true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen ("Black Caesar," "It’s Alive," "Q: The Winged Serpent," "The Stuff"). (Blu-ray release: September 25)

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    All DVD Releases

    Affairs of State (2018) David Corenswet, David James Elliott, Adrian Grenier, Mimi Rogers, Grace Victoria Cox, Thora Birch. In his quest for power, D.C. aide Michael Lawson (Corenswet) will do anything to take part in Senator Baines’s (Elliott) White House campaign, including blackmailing Baines’s shady advisor (Grenier) and sleeping with the candidate’s wife (Mimi Rogers). But when he gets involved with the senator’s alluring daughter, Lawson (Cox) learns his dangerous game could have a deadly payoff. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director/producer commentary, deleted scenes, trailer gallery. (Lionsgate).

    Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season (2017-18) Four-disc set with all 23 episodes. Following the devastating explosion on Lian Yu, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to confront a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced: fatherhood. Oliver is determined to embrace this new role while continuing to serve and protect Star City as both Mayor and The Green Arrow. But enemies past and present, including Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Vigilante (Johann Urb), Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and others, threaten him on all fronts. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017," "The Split of a Man: Deathstroke,' "Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X," "Revenge in Ones and Zeros: The Story of Cayden James." (Warner).

    Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday (2018) Two episodes from television’s longest-running children’s animated series and one of the top-rated kids series on PBS KIDS: “D.W. and the Beastly Birthday” and “Arthur’s Birthday.” Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).

    photo for Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen. The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Three featurettes: "Strange Alchemy," "The Mad Titan," "Beyond the Battle: Titan"; deleted scenes; gag reel; commentary. (Marvel/Disney).

    Bad Samaritan (2018) David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon, Carlito Olivero, Jacqueline Byers. A pair of burglars stumble upon a woman being held captive in a home they intended to rob. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Sony).

    The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) Forced to run from the Texas Rangers after a heated misunderstanding leads to the death of a lawman, Mexican American farmer Gregorio Cortez sets off in desperate flight, evading a massive manhunt on horseback for days. Producer-star Edward James Olmos, seeking to shed new light on a historical incident that had photo for The Ballad of Gregorio Cortezbeen enshrined in a corrido (folk song), enlisted director Robert M. Young, a longtime practitioner of socially engaged realism, to helm this trailblazing independent film, a landmark of Chicano cinema. Shifting its perspective between the pursuers and the pursued, "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" is a thrilling chase film and a nuanced procedural that peels away the layers of prejudice and myth surrounding Cortez, uncovering the true story of an ordinary man persecuted by the law and transfigured by legend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with actor and producer Edward James Olmos; new interview with Chon A. Noriega, author of "Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema"; cast-and-crew panel from 2016 including Olmos, director Robert M. Young, producer Moctesuma Esparza, cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos and actors Bruce McGill, Tom Bower, Rosana DeSoto, and Pepe Serna; an essay by film scholar Charles Ramírez Berg. (The Criterion Collection).

    The Blacklist: Season Five (2017) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes. Feeling surprisingly unencumbered, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) is back and in the process of rebuilding his criminal empire. His lust for life is ever-present as he lays the foundation for this new enterprise -- one that he'll design with Elizabeth Keen, living with the reality that Red is her father. Liz finds herself torn between her role as an FBI agent and the temptation to act on her more criminal instincts. In a world where the search for Blacklisters has become a family trade, Red will undoubtedly reclaim his moniker as the "Concierge of Crime." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, “Celebrating 100 Episodes!” featurette, showrunner-led audio commentaries. Blu-ray adds “Like Father/Like Daughter” featurette. (Sony).

    Destined to Ride (2018) Madeline Carroll, Joey Lawrence, Denise Richards, Cassi Thomson, Amber Frank, Manolo Gonzalez Vergara. Family drama about a teenager who thinks her social life is over when she's sent to her aunt’s ranch for the summer -- but to her surprise she develops an unbreakable bond with a horse named Pistachio. She tames the spirited horse and finds herself in a competitive race to save her aunt’s land from nasty neighbors and avoid losing her now treasured new companion. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).

    photo for The Escape The Escape (2017 -- UK) Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber. Tara (Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: It belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Cooper), her young son and daughter, and the numbing routine of housework and child care. In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city - but walking out on your life isn't so simple. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

    Here and Now (2018) Ten episodes of Season One follows the Boatwrights, a progressive, suburban family led by philosophy professor, Greg (Tim Robbins), and conflict-resolution consultant, Aubrey (Holly Hunter), in Portland, Oregon. They’re a Caucasian couple with three now-grown adopted children from Liberia, Vietnam, and Colombia, as well as one teenage biological daughter. Although the Aye-Boat wrights are materially rich, each member lacks happiness or fulfillment behind a seemingly perfect façade. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (HBO).

    Higher Power (2018) Austin Stowell, Jordan Hinson, Ron Eldard. When the Universe decides what it wants, it’s pointless to resist. With his family’s life at stake, Joseph Steadman (Eldard) finds himself the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist in a battle that could save the world, or destroy it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).

    photo for The House of Tomorrow The House of Tomorrow (2017) Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow, Michaela Watkins. Sebastian (Butterfield) is a 16-year-old who has spent most of his life with his Nana (Burstyn) in their geodesic dome home, a tourist attraction where she raises him on the futurist teachings of her former mentor Buckminster Fuller in hopes that one day Sebastian will carry Fuller's torch and make the world a better place. But when illness sidelines Nana, Sebastian begins sneaking around with Jared (Wolff), a chain-smoking, punk-obsessed 16-year-old with a heart transplant who lives in the suburbs with his Bible-banging single father, Alan (Offerman), and teenage sister Meredith (Apatow). Sebastian and Jared form a punk band and with his Nana's dreams, his first real friendship, and a church talent show at stake, Sebastian must decide if he wants to become the next Buckminster Fuller, the next Sid Vicious, or something else entirely. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by cast and director Peter Livolsi, the New York movie premiere Q&A, conversation between Ellen Burstyn and Peter Livolsi. (Shout Factory).

    How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) Alex Sharp, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman. Enn (Sharp) is a shy suburban teenager who sneaks out to after-hours punk parties in London in 1977. One night, Enn and his friends meet some teens who seem like they’re from another planet; in fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. Enn falls for beautiful alien Zan (Fanning) -- and into a delirious adventure that will test the limits of their love in this latest film from director John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director John Cameron Mitchell and actors Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp, "Making an Otherworldly Production," deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

    Lady Street Fighter (1981) Renee Harmon, Jody McCrea, Trace Carradine. Written and produced by exploitation demigod Renee Harmon, this is the story of Linda (Harmon), a tough-as-nails karate cop on the trail of the ruthless scumbags who murdered her twin sister. From the outrageous fight scenes to Harmon's incredible outfits, the film is a joyous blast of no-holds-barred chaos from one of the most important female filmmakers in genre history. A new 2K transfer of this trash-action classic. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with director James Bryan and the AGFA team; street fightin' trailers from the AGFA vaults; liner notes by Annie Choi of Bleeding Skull; bonus movie: "Revenge of Lady Street Fighter" (1990), the unreleased sequel, preserved in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative; reversible cover art. (American Genre Film Archive [AGFA]).

    Return of the Living Dead Part II Collector’s Edition (1985) James Karen, Thom Matthews, Dana Ashbrook, Marsha Dietlein, Philip Bruns, Michael Kenworthy. When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. New 2K scan of the film. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries, new and vintage; new and vintage featurettes; behind-the-scene footage; still galleries; more. (Scream Factory).

    Show Yourself (2018) Ben Hethcoat, Corsica Wilson, Barak Hardley, Clancy McCartney, David McElwee, Stephen Cone, Robert Longstreet. When his friend Paul dies unexpectedly, Travis heads deep into the woods to say goodbye. As Travis deals with his grief, and the way it has affected the relationships in his life, he starts to realize that he actually might not be alone in the woods. Curiosity turns to horror as Travis comes face-to-face with something both inexplicable and frighteningly familiar. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Summer Hill Entertainment).

    photo for The Suffering of Ninko The Suffering of Ninko (2016 -- Japan) A devout Buddhist monk is the object of every woman's desire in this offbeat, acclaimed blend of Japanese erotica, folklore and animation. Ninko, a young, diligent Edo period Buddhist monk, has one serious problem: women can't seem to resist him. They pester him so much that he can't even ask for alms in town. Since sexual indulgence is considered a sin, he blames himself for not being virtuous enough. One day, he runs into a masked woman in the forest who tries to seduce him. Running away from her, his problem only gets worse. Nearly driven mad, he escapes deep into the mountains to be alone. There, he finds a deserted village, victimized by a rapacious mountain goddess, Yama-onna, who seduces and kills the men of the valley. When a samurai claims that he can kill the goddess, Ninko follows him, hoping that he'll rid him of his curse. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).

    To Auschwitz & Back: The Joe Engel Story (2018) Documentary tells an incredible story of persecution, one man's inner-strength and fortitude and a daring escape from internment in Nazi Germany. Born in Zakroczym, Poland in 1927, Engel was taken by the Nazis at 14 and never saw his parents again. From the overwhelming despair of the Warsaw Ghetto, to the shroud of unceasing death and suffering that was Birkenau and Auschwitz, Engel vividly takes viewers to hell and back through his escape from a Death Train at 17 and covert work as a freedom fighter until Liberation in 1945. With the assistance of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's film and photographic archives, filmmaker Ron Small has successfully woven Engel's incredible storytelling into a riveting visual presentation that is both historic and contemporary. This is the photo for The Unbornfirst film to be released from the newly launched Holocaust Education Film Foundation, a 501c3 organization founded with the objective of assuring that the painful legacy of the Holocaust is never forgotten by producing documentaries with survivors from around the world. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Dreamscape Media).

    The Unborn BLU-RAY DEBUT (1991) Brooke Adams, Jeff Hayenga, James Karen. A couple who can't have children joins an in-vitro fertilization program but the young wife (Adams) suspects that a mysterious doctor (Karen) has inseminated her with mutated sperm in an attempt to create a super-human fetus. Unfortunately, there are extreme side-effects. New 2K scan. Extras: New audio commentary with producer-director Rodman Flender and filmmaker Adam Simon, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).

    photo for The Yellow Birds The Yellow Birds (2018) Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jack Huston, Jennifer Aniston. Against the explosive backdrop of the Iraq War, young soldiers Brandon Bartle (Ehrenreich) and Daniel Murphy (Sheridan) forge a deep bond of friendship. When tragedy strikes the platoon, one soldier must return home to face the hard truth behind the incident, and help a grieving mother (Aniston) find peace. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Reverberations of War: Making The Yellow Birds” featurette. (Lionsgate).

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