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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, October 3 -- Monday, October 9

All DVD Releases

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    photo for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Despite the fact that it's old, bloated, tired and barely treads water, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise still has its audience -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," the fifth in the series, took in $794 million worldwide. There are some fun moments, but for the most part its the same jokes and the same action -- someone or something wants Captain Jack Sparrow dead. Here he finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates, led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea ... including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas. Yawn. Vitals: Director: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg. Stars: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin R. McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 129 min., Action, Box office gross: $169.550 million, Disney. Blu-ray Extras: Seven part "Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure" featurette: "A Return to the Sea," "Telling Tales: A Sit-down with Brenton & Kaya," the young actors behind Henry and Carina, "The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & The Silent Mary" in which Javier Bardem reveals more about his menacing new character and the foreboding ship he helms, "First Mate Confidential," "Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks," "Wings Over the Caribbean" in which Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Sir Paul McCartney, and "An Enduring Legacy"; Bloopers of the Caribbean; producer Jerry Bruckheimer photo diary; deleted scenes. 2 stars


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  • A Ghost Story

    photo for A Ghost Story Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. A critical success but ignored by audiences -- this is a mediation on love, loss and grief and not a scary story -- and moviegoers just couldn't make heads nor tails of it via the film's trailers. Worth a viewing. Vitals: Director: David Lowery. Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Brea Grant, Will Oldham. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 92 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.495 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Audio commentary with director David Lowery, cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, production designer Jade Healy, and composer Daniel Hart; “A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time” featurette; “A Composer’s Story” featurette; deleted scene. 2 stars

  • The Book of Henry

    photo for The Book of Henry Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother -- and, through investments, of the family -- Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret -- an abusive stepfather -- and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it. Vitals: Director: Colin Trevorrow. Stars: Naomi Watts, Lee Pace, Jacob Tremblay, Maddie Ziegler, Sarah Silverman, Dean Norris, Tonya Pinkins, Jaeden Lieberher, Bobby Moynihan. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 105 min., Drama, Box office gross: $4.288 million, Universal. Extras: "Filming The Book of Henry," "The Book of Henry: The Cast." 2 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    October 3:

    Cult of Chucky: Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool -- a "Good Guy" doll -- a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn't crazy after all. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & Date)
    The Forlorned: The story of a man lured by a job to a desolate lighthouse who quickly finds himself in over his head and at the mercy of malevolent forces.
    A Ghost Story: A young couple who — after being separated by loss — discover an eternal connection and a love that is infinite. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & Date)
    Girls Trip: Four best friends go on an adventure of a lifetime as they reunite for a weekend of fun, festivities and outrageous adventures only to learn they are not as strong apart as they are together. (DVD, Blu-ray release: October 17)
    The Lost City of Cecil B. Demille: A fascinating documentary that pays tribute to Cecil B. DeMille, one of Hollywood’s most innovative and commercially successful filmmakers. It's the story of a more than 30 year quest to unearth the remains of one of De Mille’s most monumental undertakings: the Egyptian city constructed for his first spectacle, 1923’s "The Ten Commandments."
    Lady Macbeth: A young woman in a loveless marriage embarks on a passionate and forbidden affair, which unleashes an unquenchable thirst for power within her. (DVD, Blu-ray release: October 17)

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Home for the Holidays (1995) (Shout! Factory)
  • 976-EVIL (1988)
  • Vampyr (1932 -- Germany) (Criterion)

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photo for The Best of The Carol Burnett Show The Best of The Carol Burnett Show Six-Disc set celebrating the 50th anniversary of "The Carol Burnett Show" with the best of the best, from all 11 seasons; includes 16 episodes fresh from the vaults (12 new-to-retail and four all-time classics). Classic shows include the very first episode with Jim Nabors and the emotional, double length series finale, as well as some of the best-loved, fan-favorite sketches including "Mrs. Wiggins," "Carol and Sis," "The Oldest Man," "The Family," As the Stomach Turns," as well as a marathon of movie spoofs, along with commercial spoofs and some amazing bloopers. Guest stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Steve Lawrence, Rock Hudson, Burt Reynolds, Jimmy Stewart, Rita Hayworth and Carl Reiner, along with lavish stage productions grace each disc; and, Carol's question-and-answer openers with the studio audiences are no less entertaining. She might offer a hug or a shout out, or flee from a rampaging gorilla after letting loose with one of her Tarzan yells. Formats: DVD. Extras: New interview with Carol Burnett; specially-produced featurettes: "11 Years of Laughter on The Carol Burnett Show" and "The End of 11 Years: Saying So Long"; never-before-seen bloopers. (Time Life).

The Book of Henry (2017) Naomi Watts, Lee Pace, Jacob Tremblay, Maddie Ziegler, Sarah Silverman, Dean Norris, Tonya Pinkins, Jaeden Lieberher, Bobby Moynihan. With instructions from her genius son's carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Filming The Book of Henry," "The Book of Henry: The Cast." (Universal).

photo for Children of the Corn Children of the Corn (1984) A young couple travelling cross-country find themselves stranded in the small town of Gatlin, where they meet a mysterious religious cult of children. With no adults in sight the terror brews as the new arrivals find the secrets of the prospering corn fields and the children who inhabit them. Led by the mysterious Isaac and the unhinged Malachi the blood-curdling secrets of the children of Gatlin are soon revealed to their new "outlander" guests. Featuring stellar performances from Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton and based on a short story by Stephen King, "The Children of the Corn" is a horror classic that has spawned multiple sequels and imitators, but none as harrowing as this masterpiece of horror. New 2K restoration from the original negative Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with John Sullivan of childrenofthecornmovie.com and horror journalist Justin Beahm; audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains; "Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn" retrospective piece featuring interviews with director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains; "It Was the Eighties!" interview with actress Linda Hamilton; "Return to Gatlin" new featurette revisiting the film's original Iowa shooting locations; "Stephen King on a Shoestring" interview with producer Donald Borchers; "Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn" interview with production designer Craig Stearns and composer Jonathan Elias; "Feeling Blue" interview with the actor who played "The Blue Man" in the fabled excised sequence; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin; First pressing: Collectors booklet featuring new writing in the film. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Churchill (2017) Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery. Brian Cox stars in a career performance as the British leader at a pivotal moment in history. 96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Cohen Media Group).

photo for Cult of Chucky Cult of Chucky (2017) Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly. Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool -- a "Good Guy" doll -- a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn't crazy after all. Andy, Chucky's now-grown-up nemesis from the original "Child's Play," races to Nica's aid. But to save her he'll have to get past Tiffany, Chucky's long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director/writer/executive producer Don Mancini; "Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky": "Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky"; "The Dollhouse"; commentary with director/writer/executive producer Don Mancini and head puppeteer/associate producer Tony Gardner. (Universal).

photo for Don't Torture a Duckling Don't Torture a Duckling (1972 -- Italy) From Lucio Fulci, the godfather of gore, comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece "Don't Torture a Duckling." When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local "witch," Maciara (Florinda Bolkan). With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders -- city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian) and spoiled rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet) -- team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents. Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal violence, depiction of the Catholic Church and themes of child murder and paedophilia, "Don't Torture a Duckling" is widely regarded today as Fulci's greatest film, rivalling the best of his close rival Dario Argento. North American high definition debut. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films"; "The Blood of Innocents," a new video discussion with Mikel J. Koven, author of "La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film"; "Every (Wo)man Their Own Hell," a new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger; interviews with co-writer/director Lucio Fulci, actor Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli and assistant makeup artist Maurizio Trani; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides; First pressing only: Collector's booklet with new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Howard Hughes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

photo for A Fish Called Wanda A Fish Called Wanda (1988) In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind "Fawlty Towers," teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton ("The Lavender Hill Mob") to produce another classic of British comedy. Cleese plays Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister who finds himself embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves -- two American con artists played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Michael Palin's animal-loving hitman and London gangster Tom Georgeson -- when Georgeson is arrested. Only he and Palin know the whereabouts of the diamonds, prompting plenty of farce and in-fighting as well as some embarrassing nudity and the unfortunate demise of some innocent pooches. Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one for Kline's outstanding supporting turn as the psychopathic Otto, "A Fish Called Wanda" has stood the test of time, earning its rightful place among its creators' remarkable comedy pedigree. New 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by writer and star John Cleese; new appreciation by Vic Pratt of the BFI National Archive; new interviews with composer John Du Prez, production designer Roger Murray Leach, executive producer Steve Abbott and makeup supervisor Paul Engelen; "John Cleese's Final Farewell Performance," a 1988 documentary on the making of "A Fish Called Wanda" featuring interviews with actors Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and director Charles Crichton; "Something Fishy," a 15th anniversary retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Cleese, Curtis, Kline and Palin, executive producer Steve Abbott and director of photography Alan Hume; "Fish You Were Here," a documentary on the film's locations hosted by Robert Powell; 24 deleted/alternative scenes with introductions by Cleese; "A Message From John Cleese," a tongue-in-cheek introduction recorded for the film's original release; gallery; trivia track; theatrical trailer. First pressing only: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Kat Ellinger (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

photo for The Game Changer The Game Changer (2017 -- China) Peter Ho, Huang Zitao. Two escaped prisoners -- brothers -- join one of the most powerful gangs in Shanghai, the Green Gang, as the right-hand men of the head boss Mr. Tang. When Mr. Tang tries to gain total control over business dealings in Shanghai, he discovers his closest allies are not who they seem and turns against his own men to protect his power. Set during the gang wars of 1930’s Shanghai. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).

A Ghost Story (2017) Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Brea Grant, Will Oldham. In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with director David Lowery, cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, production designer Jade Healy, and composer Daniel Hart; “A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time” featurette; “A Composer’s Story” featurette; deleted scene. (Lionsgate).



Hans Richter: Everything Turns -- Everything Revolves (2013) Celebrates the life of the Dadaist, abstract painter and experimental filmmaker who was a major force in redefining art in the 20th century. In collaboration with friends including Marcel Duchamp, Sergei Eisenstein, Tristan Tzara, Mies Van Der Rohe and Hans Arp, Richter was at the leading edge of the European Avant Garde. His 1920s experimental films "Rhythmus 21" and "Ghosts Before Breakfast" established film as a unique art form, liberated from the theatrical conventions of script and actors. After being forced out of Europe by the Nazis in 1941, Richter escaped to the U.S., where he became a prophet of modernism for a generation of young American artist/filmmakers, who would galvanize into the New American Cinema movement. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus shorts: "Rhythmus 21" (1921): Scored by Bruce Odland, Annea Lockwood & Lin Esser; "Filmstudie: (1926): Scored by Alloy Orchestra; "Ghosts Before Breakfast: (1928): Scored by Rob Morsberger; "A Subtle Exchange of Information Across Time" (2012): Rescoring “Rhythmus 21” (First Run Features).

photo for Home for the Holidays Home for the Holidays BLU-RAY DEBUT (1995) Dir. Jodie Foster; Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Claire Danes. After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson (Hunter) faces spending the holiday with her family. Extras: Commentary with director Jodie Foster. (Shout! Factory).

House of Cards: Season Five (2017) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. In the midst of the presidential election, tensions mount in the White House as Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) continue to navigate their political careers and redefine their relationships -- particularly with each other. Season five of the Emmy Award-winning political drama is marked by violent power plays, new alliances, stunning betrayals and, as always, a desire to win at any cost -- and not just from Frank Underwood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Sony).

iZOMBIE: The Complete Third Season (2017) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Will Seattle become the capital of a zombie homeland? In Season Three, Liv has discovered there are more zombies living in Seattle than she previously believed, including a private military contractor employing a zombie army that is preparing for the day humans learn of their existence. Major finds acceptance in this army, and Liv and Clive investigate the murder of a zombie family that may set off an all-out zombie-human war. The season follows Liv as she takes on the traits of people whose brains she eats: a dominatrix, a JACKASS-style stunt man, an office gossip, a pre-school teacher, a conspiracy theorist, a dungeon master, and more. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc (online sales only), VOD, Digital. Extras: iZombie: 2016 Comic-Con Panel, deleted scenes. (Warner).

photo for Jackals Jackals (2016) Ben Sullivan, Johnathon Schaech, Deborah Kara Unger, Nick Roux, Chelsea Ricketts, Stephen Dorff. When Justin Powell is captured by two ski-masked men and dragged back to a secluded cabin, it's anything but a standard kidnapping. Waiting for Justin at the cabin is his father, mother, brother, and former girlfriend. Together, they are dedicated to freeing him from the sinister brainwashing he's undergone at the hands of a vicious cult known as The Jackals.With the help of Jimmy Levine, an experienced cult deprogrammer, the family does their best to bring Justin back to reality ... but their plans go awry when the cult descends upon the cabin, demanding Justin back. A vicious battle unfolds, testing familial loyalties and unleashing a bloodbath from which no one is safe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Kevin Greuteft and writer Jared Rivet, interviews with the cast and crew, theatrical trailers.(Scream Factory).

Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition (2008) Voice performances, by Kyle MacLachlan as Superman, Jeremy Sisto as Batman, Lucy Lawless as Wonder Woman, Neil Patrick Harris as Barry Allen/The Flash, David Boreana as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Brooke Shields as Carol Ferris, Kyra Sedgwick as Lois Lane, Phil Morris as King Faraday, the late Miguel Ferrer as Martian Manhunter, as well as Joe Mantegna, Keith David, Vicki Lewis and the late John Heard. The DC Entertainment animated film follows the story of the founding of the Justice League. The action-packed adventure features iconic DC Super Heroes Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman alongside Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash as they band together to form the legendary team. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be "cleansed" of humanity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: “Retro Action Cool: The Story of Darwyn Cooke,” "The New Frontier" comic book author; “Super Heroes United! The Complete Justice League History” featurette; “The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the DC Super Villain” featurette; "Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier" featurette; Sneak Peak: "Gotham by Gaslight," a behind-the-scenes look at the next DC Universe Original Movie; audio commentary I: The filmmakers; audio commentary II: Darwyn Cooke. (Warner).

photo for Legend of Bruce Lee: Volume Three Legend of Bruce Lee: Volume Three (2008) Three-disc set. Danny Chan ("Ip Man 3," "Kung Fu Hustle") returns in the final 10 episodes of the series chronicling the life of the incomparable Bruce Lee, whose legacy continues to inspire new generations. After winning a high-profile martial arts championship, Lee catches the eye of a Hollywood producer who sees great potential in the skilled young master and wants to make him a movie star. Eager to break onto the American film scene, exhibit his new kung fu style, Jeet Kune Do, and change the negative portrayal of the Chinese in mainstream media, Bruce throws himself wholeheartedly into a potentially lucrative art. But discrimination in the industry runs deep, and Bruce must fight for his dreams of becoming the first Chinese martial arts film star to achieve worldwide fame. Formats: DVD. (Well Go USA).

photo for Lost Horizon BLU-RAY DEBUT Lost Horizon BLU-RAY DEBUT (1937) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment continues its Frank Capra Collection series with one of the acclaimed filmmaker’s masterworks: "Lost Horizon", celebrating its 80th anniversary by debuting on Blu-ray. Fully restored in 4K and presented in high definition, the Blu-ray is housed within a lavish, limited edition 24-page Digibook, complete with an all-new essay from film historian Jeremy Arnold and rare archival photos from the film. In addition, as part of the restoration, more than a minute of rarely-seen original footage from the film was found and included, making this the most complete cut of the film in existence. The film -- nominated for seven Oscars and winning two -- follows a disparate group of people who are rescued after a plane crash, and find shelter in the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? In 2016, the film was selected for inclusion in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Extras: Restoration audio commentary, alternate ending, photo documentary, restoration: before and after comparison, theatrical trailer. (Sony).

976-EVIL BLU-RAY DEBUT (1988) Stephen Geoffreys, Jim Metzler, Pat O'Bryan, Sandy Dennis. 976-EVIL is the number to dial to receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers. Hoax (Geoffreys) uses the powers the number gives him to exact revenge against everyone who has wronged him, inadvertently allowing his soul to be slowly taken over by Satan. Extras: New commentary with director Robert Englund and set decorator Nancy Booth Englund, alternate home video version of the film with 12 extra minutes of footage. (Sony).


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin R. McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham. Down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow is feeling the winds of ill fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea -- notably Jack. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (Disney Movies Anywhere). Extras: Seven part "Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure" featurette: "A Return to the Sea," "Telling Tales: A Sit-down with Brenton & Kaya," the young actors behind Henry and Carina, "The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & The Silent Mary" in which Javier Bardem reveals more about his menacing new character and the foreboding ship he helms, "First Mate Confidential," "Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks," "Wings Over the Caribbean" in which Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Sir Paul McCartney, and "An Enduring Legacy"; Bloopers of the Caribbean; producer Jerry Bruckheimer photo diary; deleted scenes. (Disney).

photo for The Survivalist The Survivalist (2016) Martin McCann, Olwen Fouéré, Mia Goth. In a post-apocalyptic future ravaged by overpopulation, a lone survivor mercilessly protects his remote sliver of property from intruders. When a mother and daughter in search of food and shelter show up at his doorstep, he’s suspicious, but cautiously allows them in. Soon, an uneasy alliance, borne of necessity, forms between the trio – but distrust and paranoia threaten to give way to violence at any moment. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Making-of featurette, short films, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory/IFC Midnight).

The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975 -- Italy) In the wake of the success of Dario Argento's ground-breaking giallo "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage," numerous other directors stepped forward to try their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino, whose sensual 70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer. The final of Martino's six gialli, "The photo for The Suspicious Death of a MinorSuspicious Death of a Minor," combines conventional giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing "poliziotteschi" crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli stars as undercover cop Paolo Germi, on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl, bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk. Also starring Mel Ferrer, Barbara Magnolfi and Jenny Tamburi, and featuring a script by veteran giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi, this unique and lesser-known entry in Martino's filmography serves as an essential link between two different movements in Italian popular cinema. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films"; new interviews with director Sergio Martino and cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

2 Broke Girls: The Sixth and Final Season (2016-17) Two-disc set with all 22 episodes. In the sixth and final season, Max and Caroline realize their dream of turning their cupcake window into a dessert bar -- emphasis on bar. But in order to keep their bar up and running they still have to work around the clock at the diner, even though it's far from their first priority -- which frustrates Han and amuses Earl. But busy as they are, Max and Caroline still make time to revisit old loves and welcome new ones. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).

2 Broke Girls: The Complete Series (2011-17) Seventeen-disc set with all six seasons. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

Sex in the Comix (2012) Hosted by erotic comic creator, burlesque performer and Vice contributing editor Molly Crabapple, "Sex in the Comix" navigates the history of the art form, from special editions by masters of the genre to provocative new works from a younger generation of artists. The documentary features legendary comic creators R. Crumb, Milo Manara, and Ralf König, as well as work from new wave and mainstream artists, including the impact of Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home," the game-changing graphic memoir which was adapted into the Tony-winning Broadway musical. As the erotic comic is poised to make a big-time come back, it serves as an expression of society's most intimate trials and exposes our collective, if taboo, fantasies (all via speech bubbles). Formats: DVD. (Doppelgänger Releasing).

Torrente Madre de Dios!! Doppelgänger Releasing unleashes the wildly popular Spanish action-comedy series Torrente including a quartet of films by writer-director-star Santiago Segura. Concerning the misadventures of José Luis Torrente-a lazy, vulgar, gross and corrupt former police officer in Madrid-the film series is the most successful movie franchise in Spanish film history. The four individual films arriving on separate DVDs include "Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law" (1998), "Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella" (2001), "Torrente 3: The Protector" (2005) and "Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis" (2011)- each written and directed by Segura, who also stars as the repulsive, sleazy and frequently drunk "Torrente." An ex-cop who refuses to accept his expulsion from the police corps, allowing him to still "patrol" each night in his beat-up car in order to "fight" whom he considers to be the "bad guys," Torrente usually refuses to confront real criminals due to his own cowardice. Formats: DVD. (Doppelgänger Releasing).

Vampyr BLU-RAY DEBUT photo for Vampyr BLU-RAY DEBUT (1932 -- Germany) With "Vampyr," Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result -- a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris -- is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creates a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, "Vampyr" is one of cinema's greatest nightmares. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, with high-definition digital transfer of the original German version of the film, from the 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Alternate version with English text; audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns; "Carl Th. Dreyer," a 1966 documentary by Jørgen Roos chronicling Dreyer's career; video essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer's influences in creating "Vampyr"; radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking; a booklet featuring essays by critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, a piece by Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and actor Nicolas de Gunzburg; and a book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul's original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 story "Carmilla," a source for the film (The Criterion Collection)

Vikings Season 4 Volume Two (2016-17) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Battles, treachery and power grabs rage on in Vikings Season 4, Volume 2. Ragnar’s return to Kattegat following his shameful defeat in Paris escalates tension among his sons. Determined to save what remains of his legacy, Ragnar recruits Ivar for a perilous voyage to England, where he plans to attack the Saxons. Meanwhile, a prophecy that a woman will one day rule Kattegat deepens Aslaug and Lagertha’s feud. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Extended/director’s/unrated episodes, deleted scenes, "Behind the Scenes: The Queen & the Shieldmaiden," "Behind the Scenes – King, Valhalla and the Legacy of Ragnar Lothbrok." Blu-ray adds: extended international versions of every episode. (MGM/Fox).

photo for The Wizard of Lies The Wizard of Lies (2017) Dir.: Barry Levinson; Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe, Hank Azaria. In 2008, stockbroker, investment adviser and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. The HBO Film drama dissects the events that led to the Wall Street financier's stunning downfall in December 2008 for defrauding investors of over $65 billion -- and recounts Madoff's audacious deceptions that culminated in his vilification while catapulting his wife and two sons into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight, with tragic consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (HBO).


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