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Tuesday, September 30 -- Monday, October 6

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  • Chef

    photo for After helming one giga-budget film after another (the first two "Iron Man" outings and the bomb "Cowboys & Aliens") writer-director-producer Jon Favreau returned to his indie roots ("Made," "Swingers") with "Chef," the surprise indie hit of 2014. The low-budget film (but with a cast of A-list actors -- Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Sedaris, Garry Shandling) centers around a top-tier Los Angeles chef (Favreau) who loses his restaurant job and starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative juices, while piecing back together his estranged family. The gentle film is loaded with laughs and tantalizing food (the centerpiece Cubano sandwiches that put the chief back in the spotlights as he travels from Miami to Los Angeles with his best friend and estranged son) and a wonderful Latin Jazz soundtrack. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Jon Favreau and chef/co-producer Roy Choi. Vitals: Director: Jon Favreau. Stars: Jon Favreau, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Sedaris, Garry Shandling. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 114 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $25.921 million, Universal. 3 stars


  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    photo for Not being a big fan of films spun off from comic books or toys, I was pleasantly surprised with "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the next chapter in the never-ending Michael Bay special effects franchise. This one picks up five years after "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," with Autobots and Decepticons all but vanished from the face of the planet ... but not for long. Spurred on by an intergalactic Transformer bounty hunter and one of the original Decepticons, a secret agency is hunting down and killing the Autobots. When a Texas small-time mechanic and inventor (Mark Wahlberg) saves Optimus Prime, he teams with his daughter, her boyfriend and the Autobots to rescue the world from destruction. The appealing nature of Wahlberg (can he do no wrong?) and the spectacular special effects make up for a bumbling and basically lame storyline riddled with silly dialogue and weak supporting actors. Blu-ray extras: "Bay on Action" in-depth interview with Michael Bay; seven-part "Evolution Within Extinction" documentary: "Drive Like Hell," "Small Town, Big Movie," "Shadow Protocol Activated," "The Last Stand," "The People’s Republic," "Rise of the DINOBOTS," "The Finishing Touch"; "Just Another Giant Effin' Movie" featurette; "A Spark of Design" featurette; "T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie"; "KRE-O TRANSFORMERS Take Us Through the Movies!"; "The Angry Birds TRANSFORMERS: Origin Story"; trailers.­ Vitals: Director: Michael Bay. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller, James Bachman, Thomas Lennon. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 164 min., Action, Box office gross: $241.206 million, Paramount. 3 stars

    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) (Criterion)
  • Audrey Hepburn Blu-ray Collection
  • Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition (1995)
  • Once Upon a Time in America Extended Edition (1984)
  • Sundays and Cybele (1962) (Criterion)

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Agatha Christie’s Marple, Series 6 (2014) Julia McKenzie stars in the final three episodes of the beloved Agatha Christie mystery; the release coincides with their broadcast premiere on PBS on Masterpiece Mystery! Three-disc set with three mysteries: "A Caribbean Mystery," "Greenshaw's Folly" and "Endless Night." Formats: DVD, $49.99. Extras: "Behind the Mystery of Endless Night" featurette, photo galleries, information on Homewood House. (Acorn Media).

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul BLU-RAY DEBUT (1974) The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker's 1955 "All That Heaven Allows." A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise -- and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul," Fassbinder expertly uses the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Introduction from 2003 by filmmaker Todd Haynes; interviews from 2003 with actor Brigitte Mira and editor Thea Eymesz; Shahbaz Noshir's 2002 short "Angst isst Seele auf," which reunites Mira, Eymesz, and cinematographer Jurgen Jurges to tell the story, based on real events, of an attack by neo-Nazis on a foreign actor while on his way to a stage performance of Fassbinder's screenplay; "Signs of Vigorous Life: New German Cinema," a 1976 BBC program about the national film movement of which Fassbinder was a part; scene from Fassbinder's 1970 film The American Soldier that inspired "Ali"; trailer; an essay by critic Chris Fujiwara. (The Criterion Collection).

American Muscle (2014) Nick Principe, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur. After 10 years of hard time in prison, an ex-con's got 24 hours to exact his brutal revenge on every person who had a hand in wrongfully sending him there. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Filmmakers' commentary. (Well Go USA).

photo for Audrey Hepburn Blu-ray Collection Audrey Hepburn Blu-ray Collection Three of Hepburn's most endearing films on Blu-ray for the first time: "Funny Face," "Sabrina" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The latter two account for two of her five Best Actress Academy Award nominations (The other Best Actress nominations were "Wait Until Dark," "The Nun's Story," and "Roman Holiday," for which she took home the statue. She was also honored posthumously by the Academy with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993). Born in 1929 in Brussels, Hepburn spent part of her youth at an English boarding school and studied at The Netherlands' Arnhem Conservatory. After World War II, she studied ballet in Amsterdam and London and made her stage debut in 1948 in the chorus of "High Button Shoes." Additional small parts on the British stage were followed by appearances in English films, including the Alec Guinness classic "The Lavender Hill Mob." Soon after, she came to America to take on the title role in the Broadway production "Gigi" and her career took off. All three discs are loaded with bonus features. Formats:Blu-ray Disc, $29.99. (Warner).

Chef (2014) Director: Jon Favreau. Stars: Jon Favreau, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Sedaris, Garry Shandling. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Jon Favreau and chef/co-producer Roy Choi, deleted scenes. (Universal).

Cold in July (2013) Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw. While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) puts a bullet in the brain of lowlife burglar Freddy. Although he's hailed as a small-town hero, Richard soon finds himself fearing for his family's safety when Freddy's ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. But not all is as it seems in this seemingly peaceful community, and soon Richard's life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence that will pit him against the most unlikely of foes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films/MPI Media Group).

photo for Delivery: The Within Delivery: The Beast Within (2013) Laurel Vail, Danny Barclay.. When a young couple agrees to document their first pregnancy for a new reality show, things begin to unravel when the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading the young wife to believe that a malicious spirit has possessed their unborn child. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Birth of Delivery" making-of featurette, commentary with cast and crew. (Cinedigm).

Decoding Annie Parker (2014) Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul, Maggie Grace, Rashida Jones, Alice Eve, Corey Stoll, Marley Shelton. The incredible true story of how the paths of cancer survivor Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) and geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) intersect, resulting in one of the most significant genetic discoveries of the 20th century: a link between DNA and cancer. Being Released in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Steven Bernstein and co-writer Adam Bernstein, cast and crew interviews. (Entertainment One).

The Field of Blood, Set 1 (2011-13) North American DVD debut of the mystery series about a gutsy young reporter-in-training in the gritty Glasgow of the early 1980s. At work, Paddy is up against hardened reporters who doubt her; at home, she’s fighting her rigid Catholic family, who just wants her to get married. But Paddy’s passion for digging into the darkest corners of the city comes first. She’s not above crossing a few lines to get to the truth­and that dedication often puts her in the crosshairs, not just with her sexist colleagues, but with the desperate subjects of her stories. Formats: DVD. The two-disc Set 1 contains two feature-length mysteries that comprise Series 1 (2011) and Series 2 (2013), $39.99. (Acorn Media).

Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray (1995) Mamoru Oshii's cyberpunk thriller gets an all new HD transfer. 2029 – A female government cyber agent and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of a "The Puppet Master" – a computer virus capable of invading cybernetic brains and altering its victim’s memory. Created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and codenamed "Project 2501", this 'hacker' is actually a prototype virtual agent which has now defied its makers by seeking asylum within a new host body outside of the electronic net. Now the two agencies must maneuver against each another in a violent, high-tech race to capture the omnipresent entity. (Anchor Bay).

photo for Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition (1939) Limited & numbered, with new collectible packaging, new memorabilia and new special features that include a replica of Rhett Butler's handkerchief and a music box paperweight playing Tara's theme with an image on top of the Rhett-Scarlett kiss. Also included is a 36-page companion booklet featuring a look at the immortal style of "Gone with the Wind," written by New York fashion designer and "Project Runway" finalist Austin Scarlett, whose signature look reflects the romantic elegance of the "Gone with the Wind" era. New special features include footage of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh attending the original movie premiere in Atlanta and "Old South/New South," a journey through today's South, revisiting the real-life locations depicted to see how the world of the Old South continues to inform life in the New South's cosmopolitan world. Formats: Blu-ray Disc: $49.99, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).

Grave Halloween (2013) Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle, Hiro Kanagawa. In Japan, on the northwest base of Mount Fuji, lies a patch of dense forest roughly 21 miles square. Called Aokigahara, or the "Sea of Trees," it’s also known as the "Suicide Forest." Maiko, a college student whose mother, years earlier, took her life there, leads a student documentary film crew to shed light not only on this infamous cultural landmark but also bring some closure to her own inner demons. Soon the entire group realizes that their hunt for the truth is now coming after them, in a fight for survival against those who may have died in the Suicide Forest, but never left it. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).

Hellion (2014) Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner. Amid the haunting refineries of southeast Texas, hard-drinking single dad Hollis (Aaron Paul) struggles to raise his two boys, including rebellious 13-tear-old Jacob (Josh Wiggins). Obsessed with heavy metal and seething with rebellious anger, Jacob finds release in the high-risk, white-knuckle world of motocross -- but his reckless behavior threatens to spin out of control. When the authorities catch wind of the volatile situation, the younger brother, Wes, is put in the custody of his Aunt Pam (Juliette Lewis), leaving Jacob and Hollis to fend for themselves. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

photo for Henry & Me Henry & Me (2013) The heart-warming story of Jack, an 11 year-old baseball fan with cancer who finds himself magically transported from his hospital bed to an amazing world where he meets Yankee legends old and new (including , Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Thurman Munson, and Mickey Mantle), and learns valuable lessons about baseball and the curveballs that life throws you. With the voices of Richard Gere, Cyndi Lauper, Chazz Palminteri, Lucie Arnaz, Danny Aiello, and Paul Simon, and Yankee greats Mariano Rivera, Reggie Jackson, Hideki Matsui, Yogi Berra, Jorge Posada, CC Sabathia, and Mark Teixeira. A portion of the proceeds from the DVD and digital sales will benefit a collection of participating charities including: Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, St. Jude's, Lou Gehrig Society, Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, The New York Yankees Foundation, Jason Mraz Foundation, International Campaign for Tibet, Children's Health Fund, NIMBY, The Max Cure Foundation, CC Sabathia's Pitcch In Foundation, Joe Girardi's Catch 25 Foundation, Harlem RBI, Leukemia Society, Curtis Granderson's Grand Kids Foundation, Sarah McLachlan's Sarah School of Music, Pitch for a Cure, American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, and many more. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Henry & Me Productions).

Ivory Tower (2014) Director Andrew Rossi's ("Page One: Inside the New York Times") hard-hitting documentary about the American higher education system at a crisis point. As tuition spirals upward and student debt passes a trillion dollars, students and parents ask, "Is college worth the cost?" Rossi asks the critical question about the value of higher education, revealing how colleges have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Q&As from the film's opening weekend, deleted scenes. (Paramount).

Lucky Them (2013) Toni Collette, Johnny Depp, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Amy Seimetz. More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine's editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long-lost rock god Matthew Smith (Johnny Depp), who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

The Mentalist: The Complete Fifth Season (2012-13) 22 episodes. Formats: DVD: $59.98. Extras: New featurette. (Warner)

Mike & Molly: The Complete Fourth Season (2013-14) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $38.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel. (Warner).

Monster High: Freaky Fusion (2014) While attempting to help Frankie Stein learn more about her freakycool scaritage, the fashionably fierce ghoulfriends travel back in time to the first day ever of Monster High where they meet Sparky, a skullastic teen with an obsession for creating life. But when Sparky follows the ghouls through a killer time portal to modern-day Monster High, the event results in eight of them fusing together into four creeperiffic hybrid Monsters. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Shorts. (Universal).

Motown 25: Yesterday -- Today -- Forever (2014) "Motown 25" was an iconic TV concert event -- airing on NBC on May 16, 1983 -- for so many reasons: It celebrated one of the most influential labels in music history, put all of its biggest stars -- from Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye to Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and many more -- on a single stage for one incredible night and introduced the world to the moonwalk photo for Motown 25: Yesterday -- Today -- Forever in six seconds that would change the world. It was a true water cooler event in the era before social media. "Motown 25" was taped before a live audience and showcased virtually every Motown artist from the company's inception, including Jackson, Gaye, Robinson, Wonder, Ross, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, The Miracles, The Temptations, Four Tops and many others. The show also featured many guests outside the Motown Records sphere who had been influenced by Motown artists, including Linda Ronstadt, who performed a memorable duet with Smokey Robinson, Billy Dee Williams, Jose Feliciano and British new wave star Adam Ant, who was riding a wave of popularity from MTV exposure. As an added highlight, the historic evening was hosted by Richard Pryor, who was arguably the hottest comedian in the world at the time. A seminal event in pop culture history, this concert event would establish the gold standard for all future televised concert events and go on to provide the backstory for the Tony-nominated Broadway play, "Motown the Musical." There are three configurations for the release: A deluxe six-DVD Set ($79.95) featuring the Extended version of the original broadcast with new 5.1 surround sound and hours of bonuses including nine specially-produced featurettes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder's rehearsal footage, a "Motown 25" performers roundtable, interviews with Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Otis Williams and many more, an exclusive collector's book and a copy of the "Motown 25" program; available for direct pre-order from MOTOWN25DVDS.COM. Also available at retail on September 30 will be a three-DVD set ($39.95) and a single ($19.95). Check out the complete "Motown 25: Yesterday -- Today -- Forever" press release. (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).

photo for My Little Pony: The Complete Series My Little Pony: The Complete Series (1985-87) Four-disc set with all 65 Episodes of the original TV series that started the My Little Pony phenomenon. Return to Ponyland, the home of the favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike! Together, they live a life of games, songs and harmony with allies like the Bushwoolies and Furbobs. But, occasionally, there are problems in Ponyland and the Little Ponies of Paradise Estate must face evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles and more. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory Kids).

My Little Pony: Escape From Catrina and Other Adventures (1985) The title episode plus five others. When the evil, cat-like Catrina attempts to enslave the Little Ponies of Paradise Estates to create a Witchweed potion that will grant her control of the weather, it's up to Sundance and Baby Moondancer to save the day. Formats: DVD, $12.99. (Shout! Factory Kids).

The Mystery of Agatha Christie With David Suchet (2014) David Suchet (star of the "Poirot" series) embarks on a journey to learn more about the author who created Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence, and whose books remain outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible. Agatha Christie's life was as shrouded in mystery as her novels were: from a tempestuous love life plagued with heartbreak and betrayal to the bizarre disappearance in 1926 which convinced the nation she had succumbed to the same horrendous fate as the victims she penned. Suchet explores the close links between Christie's extraordinary life and her work and discovers just what it is about this woman that allowed her to become the bestselling murder mystery writer in history. Airs on PBD Sept. 28. Formats: DVD, Digital, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

Nova: Vaccines – Calling the Shots (2013) Measles. Mumps. Whooping cough. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago are returning. Across America and around the globe, children are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases -- in part, because some parents are choosing to skip their children's shots. How and why do vaccines work? What are the biggest concerns and misconceptions, and what are the risks to the child and society when people decide to forego immunization? This hour-long film explores the history and science behind vaccinations, tracks outbreaks, and sheds light on the risks of opting out. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

photo for Once Upon a Time in America Extended Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT Once Upon a Time in America Extended Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (1984) Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams, Danny Aiello, William Forsythe, Darlanne Fluegel. Sergio Leone's original vision for his tour-de-force makes its U.S. debut. This 251-minute cut -- with 22-minutes of restored footage -- was a restoration funded by The Film Foundation, the film preservation organization founded by Martin Scorsese, and its partner Gucci. Also available on DVD, UltraViolet. Read the original press release. Extras: A new 32-page book with rare photos and insightful notes that chronicle the movie's production history; the book also includes a letter written by Martin Scorsese. Other special features (available on all the editions) include commentary by film historian and critic Richard Schickel, and a making-of documentary "Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone." (Warner).

The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (2013) Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett, Mark Jeavons, Rob Whitaker. Based on true events. Six investigators head to one of the world's most haunted places -- St. Mary's Church at Clophill -- to uncover the source of supernatural sightings and phenomena. Known for centuries as a notorious magnet for grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists since the time of The Black Death, the ruined plays host to filmmaker Kevin Gates and his team of researchers. Over the course of three chilling nights, it becomes clear that they have unleashed something ancient and evil that has long been hungry to escape into this world. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with co-directors and cast, "Tales from the Graveyard" deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series BLU-RAY DEBUT Twelve-disc set, $229.98. Jeremy Brett has been acclaimed as the greatest interpreter of Holmes, and commanded the role for role for 11 years, from 1984's series "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" until 1994's "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes." Famous, baffling episodes in this mega-set include "The Red-Headed League," "The Final Problem," "Wisteria Lodge," "Silver Blaze," "The Master Blackmailer" and "The Cardboard Box," among many more. Also included are the full-length mysteries "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Sign of Four." This is the definitive collection of Jeremy Brett's Holmes -- a longtime staple of PBS' Mystery! series. (MPI Home Video).

Sniper: Legacy (2014) Tom Berenger, Chad Michael Collins, Dennis Haysbert. Fifth in the sniper franchise brings back Berenger from the first film to join the sequels' star Collins as two generations of sharpshooter heroes team up to stop a rogue sniper targeting former U.S. military personnel. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).

Sordid Lives (2000) Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedelia, Beth Grant, Leslie Jordan. In this cult comedy from writer-director Del Shores (and based on his long-running play), a gay West Hollywood actor returns home to his small Texas town for his grandmother's funeral, only to be confronted by the hilariously trashy truth of his dysfunctional family's "sordid lives." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: New interview with Del Shores and cast members Kirk Geiger, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan, Sarah Hunley, Ann Walker, Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Beau Bridges and Beth Grant; vintage commentary track. (Wolfe Video).

Sundays and Cybele (1962) In this provocative Academy Award winner from French director Serge Bourguignon, a psychologically damaged war veteran and a neglected child begin a startlingly intimate friendship -- one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris. Bourguignon's film makes thoughtful, humane drama out of potentially incendiary subject matter, and with the help of the sensitive cinematography of Henri Decae and a delicate score by Maurice Jarre, "Sundays and Cybele" becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with director Serge Bourguignon and actor Patricia Gozzi; "Le sourire" (1960), Bourguignon's Palme d'Or–winning short documentary; trailer; an essay by critic Ginette Vincendeau. (The Criterion Collection).

Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome (2014) The latest animated adventures of the toy franchise. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).

photo for Third Person Third Person (2014) Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Moran Atias, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger. A collection of multi-strand stories of love, relationships and betrayal weaves together the stories of three couples, in three different cities, who appear to have nothing related -- but share deep commonalities: lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found. The tales play out Paris, where a Pulitzer Prize-winning author (Neeson) who recently left his wife (Basinger) is having a tempestuous affair with an ambitious young journalist (Wilde); in Rome, where a shady American businessman (Brody) meets a mysterious woman (Atias); and in New York, where a lawyer (Bello) is helping a young mother (Kunis) in a custody battle with her famous ex-husband (Franco). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Filmmaker commentary, Q&A with writer-director Paul Haggis, "The Making of Third Person." (Sony).

Thunder and the House of Magic (2013) A whimsical animated family adventure that tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Owned by a retired magician, the house is occupied by an assortment of his wacky assistants who don't all welcome the new houseguest. But when the magician lands in the hospital and his scheming nephew puts the mansion up for sale, the young hero and his new friends join forces to save their magical home. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Available exclusively at Walmart. Extras: "Origins" featurette, character animation, making of the soundtrack featurette, teaser, trailer. (Shout! Factory).

Time Team America: Seasons 1 and 2 (2009-10) Three-disc set with nine episodes of the series that plunges the viewer into the grime and glory of real-life archaeology: epiphany and exhaustion, discovery, and disappointment. The team endures dirt, sweat, dust, and rain to explore the mysteries of the past through what they find buried below the ground. Formats: DVD, $29.99. (PBS Distribution).

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Dir.: Michael Bay; Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller, James Bachman, Thomas Lennon. Formats: DVD, Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Four-Disc 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Bay on Action" in-depth interview with Michael Bay; seven-part "Evolution Within Extinction" documentary: "Drive Like Hell," "Small Town, Big Movie," "Shadow Protocol Activated," "The Last Stand," "The People’s Republic," "Rise of the DINOBOTS," "The Finishing Touch"; "Just Another Giant Effin' Movie" featurette; "A Spark of Design" featurette; "T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie"; "KRE-O TRANSFORMERS Take Us Through the Movies!"; "The Angry Birds TRANSFORMERS: Origin Story"; trailers.­ (Paramount).

24: Live Another Day (2014) All 12 episodes of "Season Nine." Exiled in London for four years, former Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) must spring into action to try to save U.S. President James Heller (William Devane). In retribution for a drone strike he ordered, Heller sits in the crosshairs of the widow of an al-Qaeda leader. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Worlds Collide: When Reality Becomes Fiction" (How the "24: Live Another Day" story line is ripped from today's headlines); "Destination London" featurette on shooting in London; "Green Production" behind-the-scenes piece on the environmental responsible production of "24: Live Another Day"; deleted and extended scenes. Blu-ray adds "24: Solitary," a story extension to "24: Live Another Day." (Fox).

24: The Complete Series (2001-10, 2014) Contains all nine seasons, including "24: Live Another Day" and the TV movie "24: Redemption." Formats: DVD, $179.98. (Fox).

photo for Walker, Texas Ranger: The Reunion Walker, Texas Ranger: The Reunion (1994) At a shooting competition, Walker is reunited with old colleagues, and he gets involved in investigating a potential assassination attempt on a local senator. Formats: DVD, exclusively at Walmart. (CBS/Paramount).

Wolf (2013 -- Netherlands) Marwan Kenzari, Raymond Thiry. Recently released from prison and cast out by his family, young kickboxer Majid (Marwan Kenzari, sees few opportunities to better himself in the grim suburb of the Netherlands he calls home. Deciding to put his talents as a fighter to use, he enters a boxing gym owned by Ben (Raymond Thiry), who quickly spots Majid's raw talent and starts to coach him in the techniques needed to enter the ring while also instilling in him the discipline and respect a true fighter needs. But as Majid's notoriety both in and out of the fighting circuit begins to grow, he finds himself confronted with his criminal past and the world of organized crime that's threatening to take over his community. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

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