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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, October 18 -- Monday, October 24

All DVD Releases

  • Café Society

    photo for Café Society A shining gem amongst all the drek of this year's remakes and reimaginings. Woody Allen's latest bout of nostalgia -- a witty, literate, loving, good natured and bittersweet look at life, love, dreams and aspirations -- is set in the 1930s and follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg), the son of a jeweler, who travels to Hollywood and gets a job as an assistant to his uncle Phil (Steve Carell), a hot-shot Hollywood talent agent. He immediately is stricken with Phil's unpretentious secretary, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), and while she has feelings for him, the love affair ends abruptly. Heart-broken, Bobby returns to New York, where he rejoins his colorful Bronx family, where he takes over his older, gangster brother's night club, eventually turning it into a Cafe Society success. It's a simple tale but Allen wrings the most out of his dialogue and screenplay, and gets wonderful performances from Eisenberg, Carell and Stewart. It's altogether charming and vivacious -- and the cinematography, by the great Vittorio Storaro -- is stunning. A delightful romp for the 80-year-old director. Vitals: Director: Woody Allen. Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Jeannie Berlin, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $7.543 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "On the Red Carpet" for the film's premiere, photo gallery. 3 stars


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  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    photo for Independence Day: Resurgence Twenty years after the mysterious aliens nearly wiped out humankind, they’re back with a vengeance in this sequel to the original 1996 blockbuster hit. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth developed a vast defense program to protect the planet, led by brilliant scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum). But nothing could prepare the planet for a new invasion of unprecedented scale -- an invasion led by an alien ship 3,000 miles wide. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save the world from extinction. Vitals: Director: Roland Emmerich. Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 120 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $102.315 million, Fox. Extras: Eight deleted scenes with audio commentary by Roland Emmerich, "The War of 1996," "It’s Early, ABQ!," "Another Day: The Making of Independence Day: Resurgence," gag reel, commentary by Emmerich, concept art, theatrical trailers and TV spot. 2 stars

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    photo for Alice Through the Looking Glass In "Alice Through the Looking Glass," the all-star cast from the 2010 blockbuster is back with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter who’s desperately searching for his family; Anne Hathaway as Mirana, the kind, mild-mannered White Queen; Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth, the short-tempered, big-headed Red Queen; and Mia Wasikowska as Alice, the heroine at the heart of the story. Sacha Baron Cohen joins the ensemble as Time, a magical being that is part human, part clock, and the late Alan Rickman -- to whom the film is dedicated -- is the voice of Absolem, the blue Monarch butterfly who metamorphosed from the blue caterpillar in "Alice in Wonderland." Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter. Vitals: Director: James Bobin. Stars: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Lindsay Duncan, Leo Bill, Geraldine James, Andrew Scott, Richard Armitage, Ed Speleers, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 113 min., Adventure, Box office gross: $76.846 million, Disney. Extras: "A Stitch in Time: Costuming Wonderland." Blu-ray adds Music video: "Just Like Fire" by P!nk; "Behind the Music Video"; "Behind The Looking Glass" featurette; "Time On ..." discussion with the unpredictable and witty Sacha Baron Cohen; "Alice Goes Through the Looking Glass: A Scene Peeler" side-by-side comparison of raw production footage and final scenes,; "Alice Goes Through Time’s Castle: A Scene Peeler"; "Characters of Underland" featurette; commentary with director James Bobin; deleted scenes. 2 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    October 17:
    Vice Principals: Season 1

    October 18:
    Alice Through the Looking Glass
    Baked in Brooklybn (DVD, Blu-ray release: November 29)
    Café Society
    Halloweed (DVD release: November 8)
    Vampyres

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Short Cuts (1993) (Criterion)

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All DVD Releases

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Lindsay Duncan, Leo Bill, Geraldine James, Andrew Scott, Richard Armitage, Ed Speleers, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall. Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "A Stitch in Time: Costuming Wonderland." Blu-ray adds Music video: "Just Like Fire" by P!nk; "Behind the Music Video"; "Behind The Looking Glass" featurette; "Time On ..." discussion with the unpredictable and witty Sacha Baron Cohen; "Alice Goes Through the Looking Glass: A Scene Peeler" side-by-side comparison of raw production footage and final scenes,; "Alice Goes Through Time's Castle: A Scene Peeler"; "Characters of Underland" featurette; commentary with director James Bobin; deleted scenes. (Disney).

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits (2016) When Donald Trump says, "This election is rigged" -- he should know. His buddies are rigging it. Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, designed to steal a million votes by November. Crosscheck is controlled by a Trump henchman, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State who claims his computer program has identified 7.2 million people in 29 states who may have voted twice in the same election -- a felony crime. The catch? The list is bogus. Most of these “suspects” are minorities -- in other words, mainly Democratic voters. Yet the lists and the evidence remain “confidential.” Palast and his investigative side-kick Badpenny do what it takes to get their hands on the data, analyze it and go find some of these 7.2 million Americans tagged “suspects” and “potential duplicate voters” whose votes are threatened this November. They hunt down and confront Kobach with the evidence of his "lynching by laptop." Then they are off to find the billionaires behind this voting scam. Features Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Willie Nelson, Ed Asner. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinema Libre Studio).

Café Society (2016) Director: Woody Allen. Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Jeannie Berlin, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott. In the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood, where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York, he's swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "On the Red Carpet" for the film's premiere, photo gallery. (Lionsgate).

photo for Child's Play [Collector's Edition] Child's Play [Collector's Edition] (1988) Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon. Chucky is back! "Child’s Play" hit theatres in 1988, and forever changed the way the world saw dolls. This release celebrates the landmark film and the iconic character with a two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set that includes a brand new 2K scan of the film and hours of bonus material. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary with director Tom Holland; commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and “Chucky” designer Kevin Yagher; Commentary with producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini; select scene Chucky commentaries; "Evil Comes in Small Packages" featuring interviews with Don Mancini, David Kirschner, John Lafia, Chris Sarandon, Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, and Kevin Yagher; new "Life Behind the Mask: Being Chucky" interview with actor Ed Gale; "Chucky: Building a Nightmare" featuring Kevin Yagher; "A Monster Convention" featuring Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent and Chris Sarandon; "Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play" vintage featurette; "The Decade of Darkness" featurette on 80s horror films; original theatrical trailer; still photo gallery; more. (Scream Factory).

photo for Downton Abbey: Complete Ltd Ed Collector's Set Downton Abbey: Complete Ltd Ed Collector's Set Twenty-two disc set with all 52 episodes -- and five hours of brand new bonus video. Housed in a keepsake box that includes a working Downton Abbey pull bell, six coasters, "The Costumes of Downton Abbey" booklet and a 22-disc hardcover book.Formats: DVD, $199.99. Extras: "The Story of Downton Abbey," seven character documentaries, "The Creators Favorite Scenes," nine supercuts, "Great Houses With Julian Fellowes," "The Manners of Downton Abbey" and "More Manners of Downton Abbey." (PBS Distribution).

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection photo for Downton Abbey: The Complete CollectionTwenty-one disc set with all 52 episodes. Spanning the idyllic pre-war era through the storms of The Great War and beyond to the roaring 1920s, Downton Abbey tells the story of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them. As the world around them undergoes extraordinary change, life in the sumptuous country house continues to be marked by romance, ambition, passion and heartbreak. As challenges are faced upstairs and down, inhabitants of the great house share in each other's joys and hardship; their lives are inseparably interlinked. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Story of Downton Abbey," seven character documentaries, "The Creators Favorite Scenes," nine supercuts, "Great Houses With Julian Fellowes," "The Manners of Downton Abbey" and "More Manners of Downton Abbey." (PBS Distribution).



Guilt: Season 1 (2016) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. This delicious whodunit follows the chaos that unfolds when photo for Guilt: Season 1American exchange student Grace Atwood's roommate is shockingly murdered in their London apartment. The search for her killer leads to scandal and intrigue stretching all the way from underground sex clubs to the highest levels of the Royal family. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Guilt: Sex, Sin & Scandal" featurette, bloopers, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward. Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough? Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Eight deleted scenes with audio commentary by Roland Emmerich, "The War of 1996," "It's Early, ABQ!," "Another Day: The Making of Independence Day: Resurgence," gag reel, commentary by Emmerich, concept art, theatrical trailers and TV spot. (Fox).

Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge The Complete Series (2013-16) Twelve-disc set of the PBS series that brings to life the story of American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge (played by Jeremy Piven), the colorful and visionary founder of Selfridges, London’s lavish department store. Pioneering, reckless, and with an abundance of charm, Harry Selfridge created a theater of retail for early 1900s Londoners, where the latest topics or trends were showcased and traditions were challenged. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).

photo for Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection The first five Marx Brothers' films (Paramount-produced, from 1929 to 1933) have been restored on Blu-ray for the first time ever: "Duck Soup," "Horse Feathers," "Monkey Business," "Animal Crackers" and "The Cocoanuts" -- the only five movies ever made with all four brothers together: Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo.The three-disc collectible set includes "The Marx Brothers: Hollywood's Kings of Chaos," a feature-length documentary on the rise of the Marx Brothers; audio commentaries for all five films; "Inside the NBC Vault - The Today Show Interview with Harpo Marx" (1961); "Inside the NBC Vault - The Today Show Interview with Groucho Marx" (1963); "Inside the NBC Vault - The Today Show Interview with Bill Marx" (1985). Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

photo for The Night Of The Night Of (2016) John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Peyman Moaadi, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Amara Karan, Syam M. Lafi, David Chen, Michael Kenneth Williams, Glenne Headly. Acclaimed, smash hit HBO limited series that delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. Pakistani-American college student Nasir “Naz” Khan, who lives with his parents in Queens, NY, takes his father’s taxi to go to a party in Manhattan. But what starts as a perfect night for Naz becomes a nightmare when he’s arrested for murder. The series examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial. An exquisite, richly detailed, heart-wrenching and thrilling drama.Based on the BBC series "Criminal Justice." Three-disc set with all eight episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (HBO).

Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis. While on vacation, a married couple unwittingly befriends a flamboyant and charismatic Russian named Dima, who -- unbeknownst to them -- is a kingpin money launderer for the mafia. When Dima confides to his new friends that he plans to escape from the mob, they're quickly swept into the dangerous world of international espionage. The unlikely companions must undertake a perilous journey through Paris, Bern, and London and form an unsettling alliance with a ruthless British MI6 agent in order to save Dima and his family. From master spy novelist John le Carré. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, three featurettes: "The Making of Our Kind of Traitor," "The Cast" and "The Story." (Lionsgate).

Pan's Labyrinth (2006) An Academy Award-winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, "Pan's Labyrinth" encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro. Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender photo for Pan's Labyrinthperformance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi López), a sadistic captain in General Franco's army, hunts down Republican guerrillas who refuse to give up the fight. The violent reality in which she lives merges seamlessly with a fantastical interior world when Ofelia meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child's imagination and threatening the innocence of youth. Newly graded 2K digital master, supervised by director Guillermo del Toro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary by del Toro from 2007; new interview with del Toro by novelist Cornelia Funke about fairy tales, fantasy, and "Pan's Labyrinth"; new interview with actor Doug Jones; four 2007 making-of documentaries, examining the characters, production, special effects, themes, and music of the film; interactive director's notebook; footage of actor Ivana Baquero's audition for the film; animated comics featuring prequel stories for the film's menagerie of creatures; programs comparing selected production storyboards and del Toro's thumbnail sketches with the final film, visual effects work for the Green Fairy, and elements of the film's score; trailers and TV spots; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson. (The Criterion Collection).


75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor (2016) Two-disc HISTORY set provides an in-depth look at December 7, 1941 — the date that will live in infamy. A definitive chronicle of the attack on Pearl Harbor. With archival combat footage, gripping personal accounts, and detailed historical analysis, six documentaries explore one of history’s most devastating events -- as seen through the eyes of the Japanese attackers and the U.S. forces on the ground. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

Short Cuts (1993) The work of two great American artists merges in "Short Cuts," a kaleidoscopic adaptation of the stories of renowned author Raymond Carver by maverick director Robert photo for Short Cuts<Altman. Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, the film interweaves the stories of 22 characters as they struggle to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles. The extraordinary ensemble cast includes Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Lemmon and Jennifer Jason Leigh -- all giving fearless performances in what is one of Altman's most compassionate creations. New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Walt Lloyd, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Alternate 5.1 soundtrack mix, plus isolated music track. Extras: Conversation between Altman and actor Tim Robbins from 2004; "Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country," a 1993 feature-length documentary on the making of "Short Cuts"; "To Write and Keep Kind," a 1992 PBS documentary on the life of Carver; one-hour 1983 audio interview with Carver, conducted for the American Audio Prose Library; original demo recordings of the film's Doc Pomus-Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Dr. John; deleted scenes; a look inside the marketing of "Short Cuts"; an essay by film critic Michael Wilmington. (The Criterion Collection).

Teen Wolf" Season 5 Part 2 (2016) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Ultimate Dread - The Creatures of S5." (MGM/Fox).

Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro Throughout a career that encompasses both visually arresting art-house hits and big-budget Hollywood spectacles, director Guillermo del Toro has continually redefined and elevated photo for Trilogía de Guillermo del Torothe horror genre with his deeply personal explorations of myths and monsters. These three Spanish-language films, each a tale of childhood in troubled times, showcase his singular fusion of the fantastic and the real. Drawing inspiration from a rich variety of sources, from Alfred Hitchcock to Francisco de Goya, the gothic-infused stories collected here -- populated by vampires, ghosts, and a fairy-tale princess -- make evident why del Toro is considered the master cinematic fabulist of our time. High-definition digital restoration of "Cronos," 2K digital restoration of "The Devil's Backbone," newly graded 2K digital master of "Pan's Labyrinth," all supervised and approved by director Guillermo del Toro, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack for Cronos and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentaries, documentaries, featurettes, and much, much more for each film; a 100-page hardcover book featuring an introduction by author Neil Gaiman and essays by critics Michael Atkinson, Mark Kermode, and Maitland McDonagh, along with production notes and sketches by del Toro and illustrators Carlos Giménez and Raúl Monge; essays by Atkinson, Kermode, and McDonagh, and production notes for "Cronos" by del Toro. (The Criterion Collection).

Vampyres (2015) Caroline Munro, Christian Stamm, Veronica Bacorn, Marta Flich, Almudena León. Faithful remake of the sexy, twisted 1974 cult classic by Joseph Larraz, set in a stately English manor inhabited by two older lesbian vampires, with their only cohabitant being a man imprisoned in the basement. Their lives and lifestyle are upended when a trio of campers come upon their lair and seek to uncover their dark secrets, a decision that has sexual and blood-curdling consequences. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Read more here. (Artsploitation Films).

What We Become (2015 -- Denmark) Mille Dinesen, Troels Lyby, Mikael Birkkjær, Marie Hammer Boda, Therese Damsgaard, Ole Dupont. The Johansson family -- mom, dad, their rebellious teenage son, and young daughter -- are looking forward to a quiet summer in their idyllic suburban town. But in the blink of an eye, things go from blissful to berserk when a horrifying plague tears through the community. After a string of grisly deaths, the government puts the neighborhood on lockdown. But one thing soon becomes terrifyingly clear: you can’t quarantine the apocalypse. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).


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