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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, December 1 -- Monday, December 7

All DVD Releases

  • Amy

    photo for Amy From BAFTA award­-winning director Asif Kapadia ("Senna"), "Amy" is the incredible story of six-­time Grammy-award winner Amy Winehouse -- in her own words. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense -- she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which -- coupled with Amy's troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle -- saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27. Features never-before-seen footage of the talented singer (including collaborations with her musical idol Tony Bennett and producer Mark Ronson) along with interviews with her closest friends and family, extensive never-before-seen archival footage and previously unheard tracks. Vitals: Director: Asif Kapadia. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 128 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $8.019 million, A24 Films/Lionsgate. Extras: Previously unseen performances, deleted scenes, commentary with director Asif Kapadia. Blu-ray adds interviews with friends and musicians. 3 stars


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  • Goodnight Mommy

    photo for Goodnight Mommy In a lonesome house in the countryside in the heat of mid-summer, 9-year-old twin brothers await their mother’s return from the hospital. When she comes home with her face obscured by bandages, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying struggle with fatal consequences. Austria’s official 2016 entry for Best Foreign-language Film. Vitals: Director: Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Stars: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz. 2015 -- Austria, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Horror, Box office gross: $.650 million, RADiUS/Anchor Bay. Extras: "A Conversation with Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala." 3 stars

  • Mistress America

    photo for Mistress America Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) -- a proud resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town -- she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. This modern screwball comedy is about dream-chasing, score-settling, make-shift families and cat stealing. Vitals: Director: Noah Baumbach. Stars: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Chernus. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 86 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.465 million, Fox. Extras: Three featurettes: "Story," "Brooke" and "Tracy"; gallery. 2 stars



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  • Downhill Racer (1969) (Criterion)

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All DVD Releases

Amy (2015) Documentary about singer Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Previously unseen performances, deleted scenes, photo for commentary with director Asif Kapadia. Blu-ray adds interviews with friends and musicians. (A24 Films/Lionsgate).

Assassination (2015 -- South Korea) Gianna Jung, Lee Jung-jae, Ha Jung-woo, Oh Dal-soo, Cho Jin-woong. The South Korean colonial-era espionage drama follows a group of exiled rebels, who in order to assassinate an enemy army commander in Japanese-occupied Korea in 1933, must break a killer out of prison, all the while trying to discover who amongst their midst is a traitor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).

Cooties (2015) Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Circle, Circle. Dot, Dot ... Catching Cooties" featurette, photo for Cooties deleted/extended/alternate scenes, gag reel, alternate ending, "Talking Cooties" featurette, "The Cootietary" commentary with the cast & crew. (Lionsgate).

Downhill Racer Blu-ray Edition (1969) Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of this, the visceral debut feature by Michael Ritchie. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart's narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by the acclaimed novelist James Salter, "Downhill Racer" is a vivid character portrait, buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that places the viewer directly in the mind of the competitor. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Interviews from 2009 with Redford, screenwriter James Salter, editor Richard Harris, production manager Walter Coblenz, and former downhill skiier Joe Jay Jalbert, who served as a technical adviser, ski double, and cameraman on the film; audio excerpts from a 1977 American Film Institute seminar with director Michael Ritchie; "How Fast?" a rare 12-minute promotional feature from 1969; trailer; an essay by critic Todd McCarthy. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for Get Santa Get Santa (2014) Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Ewen Bremner, Warwick Davis. A father and son team up to save Christmas once they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).

Goodnight Mommy (2015 -- Austria) Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz. Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize. Austria's official 2016 entry for Best Foreign-language Film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "A Conversation with Filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala." (RADiUS/Anchor Bay).



The Guardsman (2015 -- China) Yan Jie, Zheng Peipei, Wu Ma, Yuan Biao. When the Emperor travels in disguise to understand the problems that his people face, his enemies discover his identity and team up with Japanese pirates to assassinate him. Now, it is up to a group of loyal warriors to protect their Emperor and bring peace to the kingdom. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

photo for The Hunting Ground The Hunting Ground (2015) An expose of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue -- despite incredible push back, harassment and traumatic aftermath -- both their education and justice. The documentary was written and directed by Kirby Dick. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Additional stories, Q&A with Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, who are featured in the film. (Radius/Anchor Bay).

Jerusalem (2015) New documentary from National Geographic brings one of the world's oldest, most fabled cities and a holy center of three major religions to life in 3D. Filmed in 3D for IMAX and giant-screen theaters. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims through the experiences of three young Jerusalem women -- one Muslim, one Jewish and one Christian -- as they celebrate the city's vibrant life and various holiday traditions. Join world-renowned archeologist Dr. Jodi Magness as she explores underground tunnels and ancient ruins to solve some of the city's greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Features unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (MPI/Film Buff).

photo for Mississippi Grind Mississippi Grind (2015) Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard. A road trip down the Mississippi river as two men go for broke in the high-risk world of gambling for the chance to win the prize of a lifetime. Down-­on-­his-­luck gambler Gerry (Mendelsohn) and his hot-streak buddy Curtis (Reynolds) hit the road for New Orleans, on the hunt for the big payday. On riverboats and racetracks they chase women and thrills -- before risking it all in the wager of their lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Two of a Kind: On the Road With Mississippi Grind" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Mistress America (2015) Dir.: Noah Baumbach; Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Chernus. A lonely college freshman's life is turned upside down by her impetuous, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Three featurettes: "Story," "Brooke" and "Tracy"; gallery. (Fox).

Olvidados (Forgotten) (2015 -- Bolivia) Damian Alcazar, Rafael Ferro, Carla Ortiz, Tomas Fonzi, Bernardo Pena, Carlotto Cotta, Ana Calentano. After suffering a heart attack, retired General Jose Mendieta (Alcazar) is haunted by his dark past as an officer in Operation Condor, the CIA-backed campaign of political repression in Latin America that was responsible for executions, torture, and imprisonments in the 1970s. It is estimated that over 400,000 people were imprisoned and 30,000 forcibly disappeared as a result of these government actions. In a letter to his son Pablo (Pena), Mendieta confesses the role he played in the abduction, persecution, and execution of countless men and women during his posting to Chile. Journalist Marco (Cotta) and his pregnant wife Lucia (Ortiz) are among those who were arrested, along with their activist friend Antonio (Fonzi) and revolutionary Andrea (Calentano). They suffer terribly under Mendieta and his cohort Sanera (Ferro), which leads to a cascade of betrayals, secrets, and stolen lives that spans generations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Cinema Libre Studio).


photo for Roger Waters The Wall Roger Waters The Wall (2015) Brand new feature film written and directed by Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters and Sean Evans. The film unfolds on many levels -- an immersive and undeniably epic concert experience of the classic Pink Floyd album, a road movie of Waters' reckoning with the past and an anti-war protest film, highlighting the human cost of conflict. The film received a one night only global cinema release in September, where hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide witnessed the impact of The Wall in a special cinematic event. Shot during "The Wall Live" sold-out 2010-13 world tour and seen by over 4 million fans at 219 shows over a period of three years, the show was the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history. The film, shot in 4K and mixed in Dolby Atmos, features never-before-seen concert footage and includes the hits "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell." Beyond the music, the film follows Waters as he embarks on a deeply personal pilgrimage and reflects on the impact of war with his own family. Woven throughout the film, Waters travels to France to the site where his grandfather is buried, and Italy to a memorial for his father -- both lost to war. The journey offers a revealing, candid portrait of a man who is passionately and unapologetically anti-war. Formats: DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Time Lapse," "A Visit to Frank Thompson." Blu-ray adds "Driving," "Facebook Films," "Comfortably Numb Live at the O2" (with special appearance by David Gilmour), "Outside The Wall Live at the O2" (with special appearances by David Gilmour and Nick Mason). "Pre-order here." (UPHE Content Group).

photo for Some Kind of Beautiful Some Kind of Beautiful (aka How to Make Love Like an Englishman) (2015) Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba. Richard (Brosnan) is a successful college professor who gives up a steady stream of one-night-stands and beautiful undergrads for fatherhood with much younger Kate (Alba). Three years later when Kate falls in love with someone else and moves out, she sends her sister, Olivia (Hayek), to make sure Richard is properly caring for there son. Assuming Richard is back to his irresponsible playboy lifestyle, Olivia is shocked when she starts to fall in love with him, herself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside the Heart of a Romantic" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge! (2015) Two-disc set with the last 12 episodes from Season Three of Nickelodeon's hit-animated series. Formats: DVD: $19.99. Extras: A Leonardo zipper-pull gift with purchase, 12 "The Mutation of a Scene" featurettes. (Paramount).

Tokyo Tribe (2014 -- Japan) Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais. In a futuristic Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular photo for War Pigs Manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, the film is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action and hip-hop musical. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).

War Pigs (2015) Dolph Lundgren, Luke Goss, Chuck Lidell, Mickey Rourke. Action-thriller follows a rag-tag band of military misfits lead by disgraced Army Captain Jack Wosick (Goss) on a World War II mission to capture a Nazi-developed super weapon, the V3, which could give the Germans an insurmountable advantage against the Allies. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Cinedigm).

Where Children Play (2015) Teyonah Parris, Brian White, Leon Robinson, Macy Gray. A young woman returns home after her mother's death to nurse the father who abused her. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).

photo for Zero Tolerance Zero Tolerance (2015) Dustin Nguyen, Gary Daniels, Scott Adkins. Two former para-military operatives, Johnny and Peter, search Bangkok to find the killers of Johnny's daughter, Angel. But when Angel turns out to have a darker past than her name suggests, her father will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, avenge her death, and restore her reputation. Formats: DVD VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).


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