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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, November 10 -- Monday, November 16

All DVD Releases

  • Trainwreck

    photo for Trainwreck "Trainwreck" is a tour-de-force for Amy Schumer, now riding high after her successful stand-up career and her Comedy Central series "Inside Amy Schumer." Here she plays an uninhibited magazine writer afraid of romantic involvement and commitment who finds herself starting to fall for the subject of a new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor (Bill Hader). It's a sweet (if at times verbally raunchy) rom-com that coasts along from one gag to another, courtesy of director Judd Apatow. Vitals: Director: Judd Apatow. Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, LeBron James, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Mike Birbigli. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $108.712 million, Universal. Extras: Unrated version; "Gag Reel: Part 1"; Line-O-Rama; "The Secrets of the Wu," in which Method Man talks with Norman Lloyd about his experience as part of the Wu Tang Clan and even invites Lloyd to join Wu; commentary with director Judd Apatow, writer-star Amy Schumer, and associate producer Kim Caramele. Blu-ray adds Deleted, alternate and extended scenes; "Behind the Scenes" featurette; "Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport"; "The Dogwalker" movie within a movie with Daniel Radcliffe; "Trainwreck Comedy Tour" featurette, Red Band trailer. 2 stars


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  • Terminator Genisys

    photo for Terminator Genisys "Terminator Genisys" is a lackluster re-imagining of the classic. In the robot vs. human future, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), who has been targeted by the machines for death. But Sarah has already teamed up with a Terminator Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), altering the past and threatening the future. The proposed first in a new trilogy -- but the response to this film may alter the future of those plans. Vitals: Director:. Stars: Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 126 min., Science Fiction Thriller, Box office gross: $89.415 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: "Family Dynamics": Casting "Terminator Genisys" and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history; "Infiltration and Termination" behind-the-scenes at the San Francisco and New Orleans filming locations; "Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys" visual effects featurette. 2 stars

  • Mr. Holmes

    photo for Mr. Holmes "Mr. Holmes" puts a new twist on the world's most famous detective. In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare -- a devastation that's metaphor for Holmes' diminishing powers of recollection. In his remote seaside farmhouse, he faces the end of his days while trying to finally understand the circumstances of his final case, the one that sent him into retirement. A journeyman set piece by director Bill Condon and stars Ian McKellen and Laura Linney. Based on Mitch Cullin's novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind." Vitals: Director: Bill Condon. Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 105 min., Mystery, Box office gross: $16.110 million, Miramax/ Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate. Extras: "Icon" and "Story" behind-the-scenes featurettes. 3 stars

  • Self/Less

    photo for Self/Less The first two-thirds of "Self/Less" is an exciting -- if by the numbers -- sci-fi actioner about an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). After getting used to his new body, however, he discovers that both the procedure and the company that performed it are not quite what they seem: there's a nasty secret behind the organization, a secret that the higher-ups will kill to protect. The last third of the film devolves into a silly rehash of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The 6th Day." Vitals: Director: Tarsem Singh. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, Derek Luke. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 117 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $12.279 million, Universal. Extras: "Inside Self/Less," "Shedding," commentary with director Tarsem Singh. Blu-ray adds "On the Run: The Action of Self/Less." 2 stars



    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Code Unknown (2000) (Criterion)
  • Forbidden Zone, the Ultimate Edition (1980)

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All DVD Releases

Automan: The Complete Series (1983-84) All 13 action-packed episodes of this long lost 1980s gem in which a computer generated superhero and his police department human creator fight crime in their city. Formats: Four-disc DVD: $26.99. (Fabulous Films).

Bad Boys I & II: 20th Anniversary Collection Both films newly remastered in 4K, with "Bad Boys II" making its Blu-ray debut. Both films star Will Smith and Martin Lawrence ( as loose cannon narcotics detectives solving major crimes with action and humor in Miami. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Bad Boys" bonus features include commentary by director Michael Bay, "The Boom and the Bang of Bad Boys" featurette, three music videos, original theatrical trailers. "Bad Boys II" bonus features include deleted scenes, production diaries, stunts and visual effects featurette, Jay Z "La-la-la" music video, sequence breakdowns, original theatrical trailers. (Sony).

Better Call Saul: Season One (2015) Three-disc set with all 10 uncensored episodes. Prequel to the award-winning "Breaking Bad" series. Six years before Saul Goodman met Walter White, he was struggling attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Jimmy teams up with "fixer" Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and photo for Better Call Saul: Season Onebegins his transformation from optimistic underdog into Albuquerque’s most notorious legal legend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Extras: Cast and crew commentaries on every episode, "Creating the First Season," gag reel, "Better Call Saul: Day One," "Better Call Saul" music video. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes; "In Conversation: Bob Odenkirk & Michael McKean"; "Good Cop, Bad Cop: Becoming Mike"; Kettle Kommentary with Craig & Betsy Kettleman; "Jimmy in the Courtroom" with introduction by "Mijo" director Michelle MacLaren; "Jimmy Kaleidoscope" with introduction by co-creator and executive producer Peter Gould; cast & crew table read on "Uno"; "In the Studio with Junior Brown" ("Better Call Saul" song performer. Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray adds 3D packaging and a collectible postcard vinyl of "Better Call Saul" performed by Junior Brown. (Sony).

Bound to Vengeance (2015) Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski, Dustin Quick. A young woman breaks free after being chained in a basement and abused for nine months by a manipulative psychopath. Instead of escaping, she discovers there are other women just like her scattered around town. Now fueled with rage, she must force her captor to become the captive and lead her to the other women ... before it's too late. An official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

Code Unknown (2000) One of the world's most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke ("Amour") diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. This drama, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke's film -- with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche -- is a revelatory take on racial inequality and the failure of communication in today's increasingly diverse European landscape. New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Haneke; introduction by Haneke from 2001; "Filming Haneke," a 2000 making-of documentary featuring interviews with Haneke, actor Juliette Binoche, and producer Marin Karmitz, as well as on-set footage of cast and crew; interview from 2001 in which Haneke discusses the filming of the boulevard sequences; new interview with film scholar Roy Grundmann; trailers; an essay by critic Nick James. (The Criterion Collection).

Dick Van Dyke Show: Complete Remastered Series (1961-66) Twenty-five disc set available on DVD for the first time with closed captioning; includes a collectible coloring book, lenticular and 12 page booklet. Formats: DVD: $199.98. Extras: TV Academy tribute to Carl Reiner featuring Dick Van Dyke, George Clooney & more; 50th Anniversary Q & A with Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall; "It May Look Like a Walnut" color test; Dick Van Dyke appearance on "The Danny Kaye Show"; Mary Tyler Moore appearances on "The Danny Kaye Show" and "The Danny Thomas Show"; "Kick the Habit" radio spot featuring Dick Van Dyke; Safety Council reel; audio commentaries with Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke and many more; "Head of the Family" (original series pilot episode); The Making of "It May Look Like a Walnut"; rare rehearsal footage; interviews with the cast and producers; original commercials with the cast; original network promo spots; photo galleries. (RLJ Entertainment).

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different (2015) Eight dino-mite adventures from The Jim Henson Company. The dinosaurs featured on the DVD include Velociraptors, a Masiakasaurus, Styracosauruses and Lambeosauruses. As kids watch Buddy meet new friends, they will learn fascinating facts about each dinosaur, including why Velociraptors have feathers, how a Masiakasaurus uses its mouthful of buck teeth, and the purpose of the Lambeosaurus' crest. Formats: DVD: $12.99. (PBS Distribution).

Flowers in the Attic: The Complete Saga (2013-2015) Based on the best-selling book series by V.C. Andrews, these tales of the ultimate dysfunctional family reveal a decade of dark and shocking family secrets and salaciously scandalous stories, and for the first time, all four chapters of the Dollanganger family saga are available in one set: "Flowers in the Attic" -- the highest-rated made-for-cable movie in 2014 --and "Petals on the Wind," "If There Be Thorns" and "Seeds of Yesterday." Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).



photo for Forbidden Zone, the Ultimate Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT Forbidden Zone, the Ultimate Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (1980) Starring Herve Villechaise, Susan Tyrell, Matthew Bright and Marie-Pascale Elfman, directed by Richard Elfman and featuring original music by Danny Elfman. A filmed version of the cabaret show created by the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. A mysterious door leads to the Sixth Dimension and sexy, beautiful young "Frenchy" slides through cosmic intestines into an insane subterranean world ruled by a horny little king and his jealous queen. Chicken-boy comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself -- played by Danny Elfman. Frog butlers, topless princesses and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Elfman, Cab Calloway and Josephine Baker. Includes both the original black & white plus the new colorized version. Extras: Audio commentary with director Richard Elfman and writer-actor Matthew Bright; "A Look Into Forbidden Zone" featuring an extensive behind the scenes documentary featuring interviews and archive footage, including scenes from Elfman's lost film "The Hercules Family"; outtakes and deleted scenes; original theatrical trailer; wild new video intro by Richard Elfman with teaser clip of upcoming "Forbidden Zone 2"; soundtrack CD; booklet. Also available as a single Blu-ray and a single DVD. (MVD Entertainment).

Foyle's War: The Complete Saga (2002-15) Michael Kitchen stars as Christopher Foyle in this critically acclaimed detective series. Assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks) and DS Paul Milner (Anthony Howell), Foyle solves mysteries against the backdrop of WWII and then uses his talents at MI5 during the outset of the Cold War. The 29-disc complete collector's edition contains all 28 episodes of the series. Formats: DVD. Extras: Retrospective program "Foyle's War Revisited"; interviews with series writer and creator Anthony Horowitz and stars Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks; making-of documentaries; four behind-the-scenes featurettes; a day in the life of "Foyle's War"; back in time with "Foyle's War"; introductions by writer and creator Anthony Horowitz; featurettes about the truth behind the fiction for select episodes; production notes, historical backgrounds, cast reflections, notes on a real-life Foyle, photo galleries, more; 16-page collector's guide with episode synopses, character profiles, and reflections about the show. $199.99. (Acorn Media).

photo for Manimal: The Complete Series Manimal: The Complete Series (1983) Three-disc set with all eight episodes, $26.99. Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale), famed Professor of Criminology, with the inherited powers to transform himself into any animal he wishes, uses that power to assist the New York Police Department in solving major crimes. He's assisted by Brooke McKenzie (Melody Anderson), an intelligent and beautiful detective with the NYPD, and Tyrone Earl (Michael D. Roberts), a former intelligence officer with whom he served in Vietnam. Formats: DVD. (Fabulous Films).

Maude: The Complete Third Season (1974-75) Three-disc set with all 23 episodes, $26.99. Season Three finds the irrepressible Maude Findlay hiring a new housekeeper (Hermione Baddeley), putting on the best darn telethon the Tuckahoe Gallbladder Foundation ever had, and even hunkering down for a showdown with guest star John Wayne. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Mr. Holmes (2014) Dir.: Bill Condon; Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy. For 30 years, Sherlock Holmes has been haunted by his final case, one that remains unsolved. Now, spurred by a mysterious trip to Japan, Holmes quietly slips out of retirement to confront the ghosts of his past -- and a spellbinding mystery that will take all of his deductive powers to solve. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Icon" and "Story" behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Lionsgate).

photo for The Motels Live at the Whisky a Go Go 50th Anniversary Special (2015) Martha Davis & The Motels -- the iconic band that helped launch MTV in the 80s, with international hits including "Suddenly Last Summer," "Only the Lonely, "Mission of Mercy," "Total Control" and so many more, has returned to the spotlight in the 21st century. The group returned to the Sunset Strip in January of 2014 to celebrate the iconic Whisky a Go Go's 50th anniversary, joining X, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Fear and The Bangles, among others. The Motel stribute was introduced by Rosanna Arquette and Linda Perry and was filmed by multiple Emmy winning cinematographer Roy H. Wagner and directed by famed choreographer Denise Faye ("Burlesque" and co-director of Cher's "Dressed to Kill Tour") -- and was recorded in 5.1 Surround. Davis is currently touring and recording new material and occasionally performs jazz standards along with a few dazzling rearrangements of Motels classics, teaming up with original Motels sax and keys player Marty Jourard, and legendary keyboard player Greg Hawkes from The Cars. That trio is known as Davis, Hawkes & Jourard, LLP --is a bit of a tongue in cheek reference to a law firm, but instead serves up music and not legal advice. A knock-out live performance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interviews with original Motels members, surprise backstage meeting of a 30-year fan with Davis. Released November 6. (Vesuvio Entertainment).

Pay the Ghost (2014) Dir.: Uli Edel; Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can't explain. Together with his estranged wife (Callies), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son -- and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJ Entertainment).

Rebus: The Ken Stott Collection (2000-04) Three-time BAFTA Award nominee Ken Stott stars as Detective Inspector John Rebus, investigating sinister and grisly crimes in the storied and atmospheric city of Edinburgh, Scotland. This complete collection includes all four series of the hit television show based on the globally popular Inspector Rebus novels by Ian Rankin. Five-disc set with 10 episodes, $59.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Rebus: Behind the Scenes." (Acorn Media).

Restless (2012) Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling, Haley Atwell, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Adrian Scarborough. Based on the bestselling spy novel by William Boyd, this award-winning BBC drama is a tale of passion, duplicity, and betrayal. Ruth Gilmartin (Dockery) is stunned to learn that her mother, Sally (Rampling), has been living a double life. Her real name is Eva Delectorskaya (Atwell), she worked as a spy for the British Secret Service in the 1940s, and now someone is stalking her. Single disc with two feature-length episodes. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).


Self/Less (2015) Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, Derek Luke. A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside Self/Less," "Shedding," commentary with director Tarsem Singh. Blu-ray adds "On the Run: The Action of Self/Less." (Universal).

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Star Wars Steelbooks The six "Star Wars" films will each be released as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks with new character packaging: "The Phantom Menace" – Darth Maul; "Attack of the Clones" – Yoda; "Revenge of the Sith" – General Grievous; "A New Hope" – Darth Vader; "The Empire Strikes Back" – Imperial Stormtrooper; and "Return of the Jedi" – Emperor Palpatine. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Existing audio commentary with George Lucas and the film crew as well as audio commentary from archival interviews with the cast and crew. (Lucasfilm, Fox, Disney).

photo for Tangerine Tangerine (2015) Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransone, Mya Taylor. A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A. about a working girl who tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve with her best friend, searching for the pimp who broke her heart. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Catching Up With Kiki & Mya: Experiences, Characters & the Big Screen," "Walking the Streets: Exploring the Story & Production," "Finding the Actors: Completing the Cast of Tangerine," "Tangerine" visual style test. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Terminator Genisys (2014) Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Family Dynamics": Casting "Terminator Genisys" and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history; "Infiltration and Termination" behind-the-scenes at the San Francisco and New Orleans filming locations; "Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys" visual effects featurette. (Paramount).

Trainwreck (2015) Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, LeBron James, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Mike Birbigli. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Unrated version; "Gag Reel: Part 1"; Line-O-Rama; "The Secrets of the Wu," in which Method Man talks with Norman Lloyd about his experience as part of the Wu Tang Clan and even invites Lloyd to join Wu; commentary with director Judd Apatow, writer-star Amy Schumer, and associate producer Kim Caramele. Blu-ray adds Deleted, alternate and extended scenes; "Behind the Scenes" featurette; "Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport"; "The Dogwalker" movie within a movie with Daniel Radcliffe; "Trainwreck Comedy Tour" featurette, Red Band trailer. (Universal).

Two Men in Town (1973 -- France) Alain Delon, Jean Gabin. New 4K restoration. In this semi-autobiographical hard-boiled crime drama, director and co-writer Jose Giovanni presents a scathing indictment of the death penalty. When ex-safe cracker Gino (Delon) is released from prison thanks to the aid of social worker and prison reformer Germaine (Gabin), he finds that his attempts to go straight are made more difficult by a suspicious and vengeful chief inspector of police, as well as his former gang who hope to lure him back into a life of crime. This would be the last of three collaborations between Gabin and Delon and was recently remade with Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).

Wild City photo for Wild City (2015 -- Hong Kong) Louis Koo, Tong Liya, Chang Hsiao-Chuan, Shawn Yue. The first film in seven years from Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam. When former cop-turned-bar owner T-man Kwok befriends a drunken woman at closing hours, they soon find themselves targeted by her former lover -- a high-powered Hong Kong attorney -- and the thugs he employs. Once Kwok's underachieving half-brother and a suitcase full of tainted cash enter the picture, the chase turns deadly, with the brothers' tense family history coming to the surface as Kwok finds himself torn between the triads and his former police colleagues. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making of featurettes: "The Cast and Crew," "The Risk of Filming," "The Director"; behind the scenes. (Well Go USA).

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Final Season (1981-82) Three-disc set with all 22 episodes, $26.99. When it comes to the music on-air, nobody spins the hits better than "WKRP In Cincinnati." The outrageous final season combines photo for WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Final Season the off-the-wall antics of the WKRP staff with the iconic music of the 70s and 80s. Join masterful DJs Dr. Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman) and Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid), quirky news anchor Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) and his more competent counterpart Bailey (Jan Smithers), hapless station manager Carlson (Gordon Jump), reliable program director Andy (Gary Sandy), unscrupulous advertising executive Herb (Frank Bonner) and voluptuous receptionist Jennifer (Loni Anderson) for one last look at the radio station that brings you all the music you love and the laughter you need. "WKRP in Cincinnati" has had a complicated history of music rights restrictions. To make this the most comprehensive DVD release possible, Shout! Factory has done its best to include all scenes uncut and with as much original music as possible. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Zarafa (2012 -- France) Animated tale inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France. Under the cover of darkness, a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France. And so Maki, Zarafa and Hassan take off in a hot-air balloon to cross the Mediterranean, setting off an adventure across Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, arriving at last in Paris. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cinedigm).


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