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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, November 13 -- Monday, November 19

All DVD Releases

  • The Meg

    photo for The Meg Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it - an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean - carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard - he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon - the largest marine predator that ever existed - still be alive ... and on the hunt? Vitals: Director: Jon Turteltaub. Stars: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 113 min., Action, Box office gross: $143.005 million, Warner. Extras: "Chomp on This: Making The Meg," "Creating the Beast," New Zealand Film Commission. 2 stars


  • Mile 22

    photo for Mile 22 Mark Wahlberg plays James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and little-known unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must transport an asset who has vital information to an airfield for extraction before the enemy closes in. Fast-paced combat cinema. Vitals: Director: Peter Berg. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $35.833 million, Universal. Extras: "Overwatch" featurette about "Overwatch", the para-military division in the film; "Introducing Iko" spotlight on world-renowned action star Iko Uwais; "Iko Fight" interview with Iko Uwais; "Bad Ass Women" behind-the-scenes with stars Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey; "BTS Stunts"; "Modern Combat" featurette; "Colombia" tour Bogota, Colombia with the cast and filmmakers; trailers. 2 stars

  • Alpha

    photo for Alpha An adventure set in the last Ice Age that tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines light on the origins of man's best friend. While on his first bison hunt with his Cro-Magnon tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives. Vitals: Director: Albert Hughes. Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhe, Jóhannes Hakur Jóhannesson, Leonor Varela. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Adventure, Box office gross: $35.643 million, Sony. Extras: Two featurettes: "The Wolf Behind Alpha" and "Boy & Wolf." Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes: "Building the World" and "A Hero's Journey"; director's cut; alternate opening and ending; deleted scenes. 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    November 12:

    Flight of the Conchords: Live in London: New HBO concert filmed in front of a sold-out audience at the Eventim Apollo in London.

    November 13:

    Blue My Mind: Fantasy-drama about a young woman who faces an overwhelming transformation that calls her entire existence into question. Her body is changing radically, and despite desperate attempts to halt the process, she is soon forced to accept that nature is far more powerful than her. (VOD only)

    The Equalizer 2: Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? (DVD, Blu-ray release: December 11)

    Final Score: After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    How Long Will I Love You: In this romantic comedy, a man and a woman living in the same apartment nearly 20 years apart wake one day to find their timelines have merged. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    The Marine 6: Close Quarters: Jack Carter (WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin) and another former Marine, Luke Trapper (WWE Superstar Shawn Michaels), join forces to rescue a kidnapped girl from a gang of international criminals headed up by Maddy Hayes (WWE Superstar Becky Lynch). (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    The Negotiation: The top police negotiator keeps a cool head in any situation but she spirals into shock when a hostage situation she responded to ends in disaster as she witnesses the hostages getting killed in front of her eyes in this South Korean thriller.

    Nico, 1988: The last year of singer Nico's life, as she tours and grapples with addiction and personal demons. (Digital only)

    Puzzle: Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world -- where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined. (DVD release: Day & date)

    Searching: Stopping at no lengths to find his missing daughter, a determined father explores her social media accounts, emails, pictures, videos and more to aid in the police investigation. (DVD, Blu-ray release: November 27)

    We Still Steal the Old Way: The Archer Gang are back and doing a daring heist in London. Remanded in prison, they will try to break out their old friend Briggs. (Digital only)

    November 16:

    The Last Race: An intimate portrait of a small-town stock car racetrack and the tribe of passionate blue-collar drivers that call it home, struggling to hold on to an American racing tradition as real estate development threatens its survival. (VOD)

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    All DVD Releases

    photo for Alpha Alpha (2018) Kodi Smit-McPhe, Jóhannes Hakur Jóhannesson, Leonor Varela. In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a bison hunt; along the way he finds a lost wolf and starts a friendship that would change humanity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: “The Wolf Behind Alpha” and “Boy & Wolf.” Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes: “Building the World” and “A Hero’s Journey”; director’s cut; alternate opening and ending; deleted scenes. (Sony).

    The Children Act (2017) Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead. A British High Court judge (Thompson) who, in the midst of a crisis with her husband ( Tucci), must rule on a case concerning a teenage boy whose religious convictions prevent him from accepting the blood transfusion that would save his life. Directed by Richard Eyre ("Iris") and based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio commentary with director Richard Eyre, writer Ian McEwan, and producer Duncan Kenworthy. (Lionsgate).

    A Christmas Story Live! (2018) Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Ana Gasteyer,Chris Diamantopoulos, Andy Walken. The live musical event based on the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production "A Christmas Story: The Musical," is a three-hour live television production that originally aired on Fox. The musical is based on the motion picture "A Christmas Story," which was written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and the novel, "In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash," which was also written by Shepherd. The now classic 1983 feature film, which became a sleeper hit, has since taken on a new life, along with growing critical acclaim, to become a perennial holiday favorite. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner).

    The Crown: Season Two (2017) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Victoria Hamilton, Matthew Goode. Season Two sees an end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s, following Queen Elizabeth II from 1956 to 1964 as she continues to navigate her changing role on the global stage, from the Suez Canal crisis to the resignation of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan under scandal, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Royal Rules of Etiquette," "Horses & Hounds: The Queen’s Companions," photo gallery. Blu-ray adds "Fact or Fiction with Historical Advisor Robert Lacey," "Tea Time Trivia" on every episode. (Sony).

    Dances With Wolves BLU-RAY DEBUT (1990) Kevin Costner stars in and directs the triumphant cinematic masterpiece. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture, this modern classic tells the story of Lt. Dunbar (Costner), a Civil War hero who befriends a tribe of Native Americans while stationed at a desolate outpost on the frontier. What follows is a series of unforgettable moments -- from Dunbar’s tender scenes with Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), to the thrilling, action-packed buffalo hunt. Based on the novel by Michael Blake. The three-disc Steelbook Collector’s Edition includes the original theatrical cut for the first time on Blu-ray, an extended cut of the film (both with commentary) and an entire disc of bonus features. Extras: "A Day in the Life on the Western Frontier," the original "Making of Dances with Wolves," "The Creation of an Epic - A Retrospective Documentary," music video, five vignettes ("Second Wind," "Confederate March and Music," "Getting the Point," "Burying the Hatchet," "Animatronic Buffalo"), TV spots, theatrical trailer, poster and photo galleries. (Shout! Factory).

    Dating Game Killer (2018) Guillermo Diaz, Carrie Preston, Alma Martinez. A scripted film based on the true crime story following the investigation and eventual capture of serial killer Rodney Alcala, who appeared on “The Dating Game” amid a string of grisly murders in the 1970s. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition Celebrate the 100th birthday of television's original genius and his groundbreaking, rule-breaking, surreal and charmingly silly comedy. Across nine discs and 22 Hours, home audiences will find a cornucopia of Ernie Kovacs' greatest and most memorable "hits," showcasing an utterly unique sensibility that has influenced such comedy institutions as Monty Python and "Saturday Night Live" including episodes from his local and national morning shows, episodes from his NBC prime-time show, his five ABC-TV specials, the rare color version of his legendary silent show, "Eugene", three complete episodes of his offbeat game show "Take a Good Look", "A Pony for Chris", Kovacs' rarely-seen pilot for "Medicine Man" co-starring Buster Keaton, the only existing filmed solo interview with Kovacs himself, his award-winning commercials for Dutch Masters Cigars, a collection of short films, tributes rarities and much more. While best known as "Television's Original Genius", Kovacs' groundbreaking work in the early days of television has been his legacy, though he also starred in movies, recorded LPs, hosted radio shows, wrote novels, and worked as a columnist for his hometown paper, "The Trentonian". Many of his fans, however, may not know that the creative giant was also an artist, never without a pen and paper -- and the chronic insomniac often worked well into the night. Early in his career, one of Kovacs' favorite TV segments was his "Illustrated Profuselies." And during this "visual improv" set to music, the viewing audience got to watch his fertile mind at work, as he quickly sketched doodles. Frequently drawn in pencil and sometimes using colors, these abstract, sometimes surrealistic images soon took shape and were eventually revealed on camera. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

    Final Score (2017) Dave Bautista, Ray Stevenson, Pierce Brosnan, Amit Shah. After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Scott Mann, writer Jonathan Frank, actor Amit Shah, and editor Robert hall; deleted scenes; “Setting the Final Score” featurette. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Gas Food Lodging Gas Food Lodging (1992) Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk. Adapted from the novel "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt" by Richard Peck, Allison Anders whipped up a storm at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival with her masterfully crafted tale of a young woman trying to find love while struggling to bring up her two daughters. Abandoned by her husband, Nora (Adams) waitresses to keep her head above water while raising two teenagers in a small New Mexico town trailer park. Beautiful and rebellious, Trudi (Skye) quits school to work alongside her mother, while her sister Shade (Balk) whittles away her time watching old movie matinees. Their life is turned on its head when Trudi finds that she has fallen pregnant after a string of promiscuous relationships and the girls' absent father returns with hopes of mending the relationships he broke when he left. A wonderfully engaging story of the woes of teenagers reaching adulthood, "Gas Food Lodging" is a distinctly American portrayal of a mother trying to raise two wayward teens with growing pains, who are learning about love, life and each other. This director-approved restoration finally affords this 90s modern classic the home video treatment it rightly deserves. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Road to Laramie: A Look Back at Gas Food Lodging, italicise title and remove commas a brand new interview with Allison Anders and Josh Olson Cinefile: Reel Women italicise" (1995), a documentary looking at the challenges women face in the film industry from independent to studio filmmaking, featuring interviews with Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Penny Marshall; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    Hidden (2018) Sian Reese-William, Sion Alun Davies, Rhodri Meilir, Gwyneth Keyworth. A compelling blend of police procedural, serial-killer thriller, and dark mystery set in the beautiful but foreboding mountains of northern Wales. After years away from her isolated hometown, DI Cadi John (Reese-Williams) returns to help her sisters care for their ailing father. Paired with the capable but overloaded DS Owen Vaughan, she soon begins investigating a young woman’s suspicious drowning. With bruises on the victim indicating that she was shackled before her death, Cadi realizes that someone is abducting women and holding them captive. When another girl goes missing, the detectives rush to apprehend the culprit before she becomes his next casualty. Three-disc set with all eight episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).

    Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition (2015) Arthur Curry discovers his heroic roots, contends with diabolical foes and takes his place as Aquaman beside new “super” allegiances in the original story for the underwater hero -- now remastered for 4K presentation. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/ Combo, Digital. Extras: New featurette "Aquaman: The New King"; new commentary with former DC Editor and current Creative Director of Animation Mike Carlin, Creative Director of Animation, and Throne of Atlantis screenwriter Heath Corson; "Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep" featurette; "Robin and Nightwing" bonus sequence"; "Throne of Atlantis": 2014 New York Comic Con Panel; "Villains of the Deep" featurette; sneak peek at "The Death of Superman"; sneak peek at "Reign of the Supermen"; bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault: "Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!", "Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Evil Under the Sea!", "Aquaman, Menace of The Black Manta" and "Aquaman: The Rampaging Reptile-Men," "Justice League Unlimited: Far from Home." (Warner).

    Juliet, Naked (2018) Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd. Annie (Byrne), the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan (O’Dowd), develops an unlikely transatlantic romance with the once-admired, now washed-up singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession. Based on the novel by best-selling author Nick Hornby. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Making Juliet, Naked” featurette. (Lionsgate).

    The Last Movie (1971) Dir.: Dennis Hopper; Dennis Hopper, Stella Garcia, Don Gordon, Tomas Milian, Daniel Ades, Julie Adams, Samuel Fuller, Peter Fonda. New 4K restoration. Dennis Hopper’s radical, much-mythologized lost masterpiece -- widely unseen for nearly 50 years. Consciously self-reflexive and co-written by Hopper and "Rebel Without a Cause" screenwriter Stewart Stern, T"The Last Movie" follows a Hollywood movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian village. When production wraps, Hopper, as the baleful stuntman Kansas, remains, attempting to find redemption in the isolation of Peru and the arms of a former prostitute. Meanwhile, the local Indians have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the production -- with Kansas as their sacrificial lamb. Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era, Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial feature after the tremendous commercial success of "Easy Rider", and writer-director-star took the money and ran – literally – staging "The Last Movie" in Peru at farthest remove from the Hollywood machine, with an on-screen entourage in tow that included Kris Kristofferson, Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil, Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller. Although it won a special award at the Venice Film Festival, the film would effectively end Hopper’s career for many years -- the Hollywood establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman. Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably contemporary – influenced greatly by the work of Bruce Conner and the French New Wave, as well as the Pop and Abstract artists Hopper revered. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Original 1971 theatrical trailer, original 1971 product reel, 2018 U.S. theatrical trailer, "Scene Missing": New documentary directed by Alex Cox, "Some Kind of Genius: Profile of Dennis Hopper" directed by Paul Joyce, "The Last Movie" featurette with new video interviews, "The Dick Cavett Show" 1971 Interview with Dennis Hopper, Dennis Hopper 2007 "The Last Movie" introduction clip, restoration demo. (Arbelos Films).

    The Marine 6: Close Quarters (2018) WWE Superstars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Shawn Michaels, Becky Lynch. Jack Carter (Mizanin) and another former Marine, Luke Trapper (Michaels), join forces to rescue a kidnapped girl (Louisa Connolly-Burnham) from a gang of international criminals headed up by Maddy Hayes (Becky Lynch). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: “Making Maddy & The Marines” and “The Breakdown: Epic Fights.” (Sony).

    photo for The Meg The Meg (2018) Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao. A deep-sea submersible filled with an international research crew lies disabled at the bottom of the Pacific after having been attacked by a massive shark previously thought to be extinct. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao) to save the crew -- and the ocean itself -- from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Chomp on This: Making The Meg," "Creating the Beast," New Zealand Film Commission. (Warner).

    Mile 22 (2018) Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich. An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Overwatch" featurette about “Overwatch”, photo for Mile 22the para-military division in the film; "Introducing Iko" spotlight on world-renowned action star Iko Uwais; "Iko Fight" interview with Iko Uwais; "Bad Ass Women" behind-the-scenes with stars Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey; "BTS Stunts"; "Modern Combat" featurette; "Colombia" tour Bogota, Colombia with the cast and filmmakers; trailers. (Universal).

    The Owl's Legacy (1989) Long unavailable, Chris Marker’s "The Owl’s Legacy" has been recently restored by the Cinematheque Francaise. Each episode of the 13-part series takes as its starting point a different word that originated in ancient Greece -- including "symposium," "democracy" and "nostalgia" -— inspiring a wide-ranging exploration of that concept in contemporary culture. Interviewees include Elia Kazan, Theo Angelopoulos, Laurence Braunberger, Cornelius Castoriadis, Arielle Dombasle, Angelique Ionatos, Michel Jobert, Michel Serres, Guilia Sissa, and George Steiner among others, while the free play of ideas and the marvelous, mercurial motion of the work is totally, unmistakably Marker. "The Owl's Legacy" was shot in Paris, Athens, Berkeley, Tbilisi and Tokyo. Includes a 24-page booklet, with essay by film historian Jean-Michel Frodon. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).

    Puzzle (2018) Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman. After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband and sons, Agnes has found something that she wants to do: puzzling. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and an assertiveness that finds her pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: “Completing the Puzzle” featurette, director commentary, alternate ending. (Sony).

    School Daze BLU-RAY DEBUT (1988) Dir.: Spike Lee; Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy. Celebrate 30 years of iconic filmmaker Spike Lee’s music-filled, offbeat comedy that takes an unforgettable look at black college life. Amidst gala coronations, football, fraternities, parades and parties, the students of Mission College find themselves caught up in romance and relationships, rituals and rivalries during one outrageous homecoming weekend. With dynamic music, including EU’s hit “Da Butt,” and dance numbers choreographed by Otis Sallid ("Fame"), Lee successfully challenges viewpoints about self-identity and self-esteem in this original and unforgettable musical comedy. Extras: New 2018 Q&A with Spike Lee and select cast and crew members, with some special guests; commentary with Spike Lee; cast commentary with Tisha Campbell-Martin, Rusty Cundieff, Bill Nunn, Darryl Bell and Kadeem Hardison; three featurettes: “Birth of a Nation,” “College Daze” and “Making a Mark”; music videos: “Be Alone Tonight” from the Rays, “Be One” from Phyllis Hyman and “Da Butt” by EU. (Sony).

    photo for Single White Female BLU-RAY DEBUT Single White Female BLU-RAY DEBUT (1992) Dir.: Barbet Schroeder; Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber, Peter Friedman. The perfect roommate or a perfect nightmare? An innocent wanted ad –- "SWF seeks female to share apt in West 70s; Non-smkr, professional preferred" -- opens the door to murderous, psychotic terror. After an unfaithful fiancé leaves her suddenly single, Allison Jones (Fonda) advertises for a roommate to share her spacious apartment. But when the introverted Hedra (Leigh) moves in, she doesn't just take over Allie's spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes, her boyfriend ... and her identity. Extras: New audio commentary with director Barbet Schroeder,editor Lee Percy, and associate producer Susan Hoffman; new interview with director Barbet Schroeder; new interview With actor Peter Friedman; new interview with actor Steven Weber; new interview with screenwriter Don Roos; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).

    Split (1989) Timothy Dwight, Joan Bechtel, John Flynn. Sci-fi story about a man in a society of complacent people who can see the stifling control exerted on humankind by beings from another dimension. Living on garbage and in ever-changing disguise, Starker bounces from one person to another, trying to wake the world from its slavery. But as his ideas start to gain traction, he becomes the singular target of the Agency Director, a formidable dictator. Starker must race against advanced surveillance technology and evade countless agents to get his message out to the masses before he is neutralized by the forces of order. New 2K restoration from the original negatives. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Includes both the original release version and the never-before-released extended cut of the film; director commentary on both versions; unused footage with director commentary; new interview with actress Joan Bechtel; new interview with actor John Flynn; original, remastered trailer. (Verboden Video).

    Star Trek: Discovery: Season One (2018) Four-disc set with all 15 episodes. Follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Discovering Discovery: The Concepts and Casting of Star Trek: Discovery"; "The Star Trek Theme"; "Creature Comforts" makeup and prosthetics featurette; "Designing Discovery"; "Creating Space" featurette about how the VFX team pushes the envelope to create the reality of space, planets, and starships; "Prop Me Up" voyage through the world of Discovery props; "Feeding Frenzy" look at the on-set food stylist who creates a galaxy of cuisine; "A Female Touch"; "Dress For Success"; "Star Trek Discovery: The Voyage of Season One." (CBS/Paramount).

    The Third Murder (2017 -- Japan) In this compelling, slow-burning thriller, high-powered attorney Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama) takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi (Koji Yakusho), though he does so with reluctance, knowing that the man already provided a full confession and had been previously convicted of murder 30 years earlier. But as Shigemori digs deeper into the evidence and hears Misumi's own conflicting testimony, the once-confident lawyer begins to doubt whether his client could be the murderer after all. A gripping and morally complex crime procedural that incisively explores the meaning of truth and innocence. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Bonus short film: "A Gentle Night," directed by Qiu Yang: In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night. Winner of the "Best Short Film" Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2017; making-of featurette; message from the cast. (Film Movement).

    Topper Returns (1941) The third and final entry in Hal Roach's famed "Topper" trilogy may very well be the best of the lot. Returning for their third portrayal of Mr. and Mrs. Cosmo Topper, Roland Young and Billie Burke are consistently upstaged by a sparkling new addition to the "Topper" troupe, Jack Benny's famed manservant, the loveable and irascible Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. This time around there is a "new" ghostly presence in the shapely form of Joan Blondell, who is unceremoniously dispatched by a cloaked knife murderer in a case of mistaken identity. Naturally, Joan floats over to the Topper's quiet abode and nags Cosmo into investigating her death. Formats: Blu-ray. (VCI Entertainment/MVD Visual).

    photo for The Wizard of Gore The Wizard of Gore (1970) Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay. From the crazed madman of the macabre, late splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis ("Blood Feast," "Two Thousand Maniacs!"), comes his most fiendish feat of terrifying onscreen trickery yet -- behold, The Wizard of Gore! You've all seen the trick in which the magician saws his glamorous assistant in half -- but what about the spike through the brain gag? Or the good old smashing punch-press? Montag the Magnificent's blood-curdling onstage performances shock and dazzle his audiences in equal measure. But when his participants start winding up dead, local TV talk show hostess Sherry Carson suspects his gruesome "act" may be more sinister than it first seems. Featuring some of the most notorious gory setpieces in all of director H.G. Lewis' blood-soaked career, this is a stomach-churning, Grand Guignol production that's less sleight of hand and more slice of hand. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Bonus Feature: 1968’s "How to Make a Doll"; audio commentary with Herschell Gordon Lewis and Mike Vraney; "Montag Speaks" interview with actor Ray Sager; "Stephen Thrower on The Wizard of Gore"; "The Gore the Merrier" interview with Jeremy Kasten, director of the 2007 "Wizard of Gore" remake; "The Incredibly Strange Film Show" episode of the cult documentary series focusing on the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

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