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Tuesday, December 6 -- Monday, December 12

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  • Jason Bourne

    photo for Jason Bourne Fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise sees the return of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power. Vitals: Director: Paul Greengrass. Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 124 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $162.162 million, Universal. Extras: "Bringing Back Bourne" with Damon and director Greengrass; "Bourne to Fight" behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences: "Bare-Knuckle Boxing," "Close Quarters" look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault, "Underground Rumble" final showdown with The Asset; "The Athens Escape" with Matt Damon, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and second unit director Simon Crane discussing the challenges of shooting a chase sequence through cramped city streets; "Las Vegas Showdown" behind the scenes of the final act: "Convention Chaos" and "Shutting Down the Strip." 3 stars


  • The Secret Life of Pets

    photo for The Secret Life of Pets Animated comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new "roommate" slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home. Vitals: Director: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney. Stars: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, Albert Brooks. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 87 min., Family, Box office gross: $365.802 million, Universal. Extras: Three Mini-Movies: "Norman Television," "Weenie" and "Mower Minions"; "All About the Pets" educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets; "Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors; "Hairstylist to the Dogs"; "The Best of Snowball" musical mash-up of all the best Snowball one-liners; "Hot Dog Sing-Along"; "Lovely Day" lyric video; "The Humans that Brought You Pets" featurette; "GoPro: The Secret Life of Pets"; "The Making of the Mini-Movies." Blu-ray adds "How to Make an Animated Film," "Anatomy of a Scene." 3 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    December 6:
    Henry: The Portrait of a Serial Killer
    The Magnificent Seven (DVD, Blu-ray release: December 20)
    Merry Gentleman
    The Monkey King 2 (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 3)
    Sully (DVD, Blu-ray release: December 20)
    Storks (DVD, Blu-ray release: December 20)

    December 9:
    Contract to Kill (VOD)
    To Joey, With Love (DVD, VOD: December 20)

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The Exterminating Angel (1962) (Criterion)
  • Heart of a Dog (2015) (Criterion)

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photo for Author: The JT Leroy Story Author: The JT Leroy Story (2016) In 2006, The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it revealed that wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose prose about a sordid childhood captivated icons and luminaries around the world, didn't actually exist. This documentary takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert, the woman behind LeRoy, breathed life into her avatar for a decade. Albert's epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events and the Cannes red carpet, as she recounts this astonishing odyssey and the intricate web it created. Written and directed by award-winning documentarian Jeff Feuerzeig, the film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).

Beauty & the Beast: The Final Season (2016) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. The classic fairy tale gets a dark twist. When a homicide detective with a troubled past (Kristin Kreuk) falls in love with a doctor hiding a deadly secret (Jay Ryan), it's anything but a fairy tale romance. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Season in Review: Farewell to the Beast," "Closing a Chapter: A Fond Farewell." (CBS/Paramount).

photo for Braindead: Season One BrainDead: Season One (2016) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. When struggling documentary filmmaker Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) takes a job working with her brother, Senator Luke Healy (Danny Pino), she soon discovers there's more to Washington than meets the eye. As tensions grow amongst political parties, so does a conspiracy involving alien bugs replacing the brains of several members of congress. The investigation unfolds while the infection spreads. Whatever's happening, it's clear this isn't politics as usual. Co-stars Tony Shalhoub. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Trickle-Down Invasion: The Story of BrainDead," "Strange Bedfellows: The Characters of BrainDead," "The Third Party: The Politics of BrainDead," deleted scenes, gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).

Call of Heroes (2016 -- Hong Kong) Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Eddie Peng, Wu Jing. Set in 1914 following the collapse of the Qing dynasty. Louis Koo stars as Cao, the spoiled son of a powerful General who has grown into a vicious and depraved warlord. Although Cao is accused of triple murder, his father will destroy the town if his son is convicted photo for Call of Heroesand sentenced to death. But injustice cannot go unanswered, and the villagers prepare for the repercussions of punishing a guilty man. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).

Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs (2016) An alien hunter strives to prove the existence of UFOs -- and that he's not nuts -- in this feel-good documentary. Christo Roppolo claims to have been videotaping and communicating with UFOs around Monterey, California, for several years. Intent on getting his stunning information out to a wide audience, he contacted director Justin Gaar in 2013 to begin creating a film about his sightings. Skeptical of the footage Christo had shot, but intrigued by his eccentricities and wild stories, Justin begins spending time with Christo hunting UFOs along California's beautiful Central Coast. When a crop circle appears in Monterey County and becomes international news, Christo is validated in his belief in alien contact. A shocked Justin begins investigating the source of the crop circle and how Christo knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's being contacted by his "brothers from space." The two travel up and down the Central Coast and through the Central Valley hunting for UFO activity. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Virgil Films).

photo for Dead Rising: Endgame Dead Rising: Endgame (2016) Jesse Metcalfe, Billy Zane, Dennis Haysbert, Marie Avgeropoulos, Jessica Harmon, Keegan Connor Tracy, Ian Tracey, Victor Webster, Camille Sullivan. The sequel to "Dead Rising: Watchtower" chronicles the return of Jesse Metcalfe as Chase Carter, an investigative journalist haunted by his past and now hunted by the military. After narrowly escaping a zombie quarantine, Chase -- along with a group of dubious allies -- slices, hacks and bludgeons his way through the zombie hordes that plague every corner of the abandoned city. As they unravel a government conspiracy, the group will have to confront their most gruesome nightmares in order to save millions of innocent lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Eight Featurettes: "Bringing Zombies to Life," "From Game to Screen," "Making the Weapons," "Who is Chase Carter?", "Who is Jill Ekland?", "Who Is Jordan Blair?", "Who is Sandra Lowe?" (Sony).

Decommissioned (2015) Vinnie Jones, Estella Warren, Johnny Messner, James Remar. Retired CIA agent John Niles's quiet life is shattered when he's kidnapped and tortured one night to reveal his part in an upcoming mission. With his wife and son held captive, Niles is forced to take part in a presidential assassination, so he turns to his old mentor Price to uncover the photo for Don't Think TwiceCIA's covert role in this dark operation. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Lionsgate).

Don't Think Twice (2016) Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher. For 11 years, the six-person comedy team known as The Commune has killed onstage, waiting for its big break. The team finds itself at a crossroads, when one of the group becomes a solo success and the others start to wonder if they will make it after all. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Improv: Deleted Scenes," "The Creative Team," "Don't Think Twice: The Art of Improv," "The Commune." (Universal).

Eliminators (2016) Scott Adkins, Wade Barrett, Daniel Caltagirone, James Cosmo. When his home in London is attacked, a former federal agent (Adkins) must come out of hiding of the witness protection program to protect his daughter. With his true identity exposed to the criminal underworld, he goes on the run with Europe's most dangerous assassin on his photo for Eliminatorstrail and must use every trick he knows to keep his family alive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Hand-to-Hand Bishop" behind-the-scenes with Wade Barrett's bad-boy bounty hunter character, "Bishop for Hire" fight scenes featurette. (WWE Studios/Universal).

The Exterminating Angel Blu-ray (1962) A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave in The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador), a daring masterpiece from Luis Buñuel (Belle de jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). Made just one year after his international sensationViridiana, this film, full of eerie, comic absurdity, furthers Buñuel's wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Extras: "The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel," a 2008 documentary featuring writer Jean-Claude Carrière and filmmaker Juan Luis Buñuel; interviews with actor Silvia Pinal and filmmaker Arturo Ripstein from 2006; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and an interview with director Luis Buñuel from the 1970s. (The Criterion Collection).

Family Guy Season 14 (2015-16) Three-disc set with all 20 uncensored episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, select episode commentary, "The Art of Family Guy," full episode animatic on "A Lot Going On Upstairs," talking animals mash-up. (Fox).

photo for The Great Gilly Hopkins The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016) Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close, Sophie Nélisse, Julia Stiles. The feisty and headstrong Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has made a name for herself in the foster system, outwitting family after family in hopes of being reunited with her birth mother. In a comical effort to escape her newest home and overly affectionate foster mother, Mamie Trotter (Bates), the young girl devises a scheme she believes will send her mother running to the rescue. When her grand plan backfires, Gilly realizes she may have been wrong about everything in her search to find where she belongs. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Making The Great Gilly Hopkins" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Heart of a Dog (2015) "Heart of a Dog" marks the first feature film by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson in over 30 years. A cinematic tone poem that flows from a sustained meditation on death and other forms of absence, the film seamlessly weaves together thoughts on Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, the modern surveillance state, and the photo for Heart of a Dog artistic lives of dogs, with an elegy for the filmmaker's beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, at its heart. Narrated by Anderson with her characteristic wry wit, and featuring a plaintive, free-form score by the filmmaker, the tender and provocative "Heart of a Dog" continues Anderson's five-decade career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder. High-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between director Laurie Anderson and coproducer Jake Perlin, footage of Anderson's 2016 "Concert for Dogs," trailer, an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny. (The Criterion Collection).

Henry: The Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) 30th anniversary 4K restoration of the film that was a true game-changer, a film so upsetting in its blunt depiction of an amoral murderer that it made the slasher films of its time look like cartoons by comparison. "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" became a lightning rod in heated debates about cinema and censorship but has only grown in stature since its first showing in 1986. Director John McNaughton's film is a chilling profile of a cold-blooded killer that, 30 years after its historic festival premiere, has lost none of its power to shock. The film, loosely based on a true story, has been hailed as one of the most disturbing and terrifying examinations of mass murderers ever filmed. photo for Henry: The Portrait of a Serial Killer Henry (Michael Rooker) is a psychopathic drifter who has coldly murdered a number of people for no particular reason and without any remorse. Leaving bodies in his wake, Henry makes his way to Chicago, where he settles into the run-down apartment of his drug-dealing former prison friend and occasional roommate Otis (Tom Towles). Also moving into the space is Otis's younger sister Becky (Tracy Arnold), who is fleeing her abusive husband. As she fends off her brother's incestuous advances, Becky finds herself attracted to Henry -- unaware that he, along with Otis, are continuing their murderous rampage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "In Defense of Henry: An Appreciation," "Henry vs MPAA: A Visual History," "Henry at the BBFC," "It's Either You or Them: An Interview With Artist Joe Coleman," "In the Round: A Conversion With John McNaughton," "Portrait: The Making of Henry," deleted scenes & outtakes, feature commentary with John McNaughton, interview with John McNaughton (1998), trailer (original), trailer (30th anniversary), still gallery, storyboards, reversible sleeve featuring original Joe Coleman artwork. Read more here. (Dark Sky Films).

photo for The Hollars The Hollars (2016) Dir.: John Krasinski; Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski & Margo Martindale. A struggling NYC artist is forced to return to the small middle-American town he left behind after learning about his mother’s illness. Back in the house he grew up in, he's immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his NYC girlfriend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with John Krasinski and Margo Martindale; "The Family Trust: Inside The Hollars"; "Persistent Vision: Margo Martindale"; LA Film Festival Q&A with John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick and Margo Martindale. (Sony).

Howards End (1992) Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Samuel West, Nicolla Duffett. New 4k restoration of Merchant Ivory's undisputed masterpiece. A saga of class relations and changing times in an Edwardian England on the brink of modernity, the film centers on liberal Margaret Schlegel (Thompson), who, along with her sister Helen (Bonham Carter), becomes involved with two couples: wealthy, conservative industrialist Henry Wilcox (Hopkins) and his wife Ruth (Redgrave), and the downwardly mobile working-class Leonard Bast (West) and his mistress Jackie (Duffett). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).

photo for In Order of Disappearance In Order of Disappearance (2014 -- Norway/Sweden) Stellan Skarsgård, Pål Sverre Hagen, Bruno Ganz. Introverted and hard-working snowplow driver Nils has just been named "Citizen of the Year," when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man's murder -- a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as "The Count", and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner's luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates into a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body count spiraling ever higher and higher. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interview with Stellan Skarsgard, interview with director Hans Peter Moland, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).

Jason Bourne (2016) Dir.: Paul Greengrass. Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed. The CIA's most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bringing Back Bourne" with Damon and director Greengrass; "Bourne to Fight" behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences: "Bare-Knuckle Boxing," "Close Quarters" look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault, "Underground Rumble" final showdown with The Asset; "The Athens Escape" with Matt Damon, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and second unit director Simon Crane discussing the challenges of shooting a chase sequence through cramped city streets; "Las Vegas Showdown" behind the scenes of the final act: "Convention Chaos" and "Shutting Down the Strip." (Universal).

Just Eat It (2015) We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50 percent of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart, acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, and food/agriculture scientist Dana Gunders, "Just Eat It" looks at our systemic obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce, revealing the devastating consequences of food waste around the globe. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).

photo for Kicks Kicks (2016) Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Christopher Meyer, Kofi Siriboe. 15-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy to help him escape the reality of being poor and picked on by everyone in East Oakland. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they're promptly snatched by a local hood. Brandon and his two best friends then embark on a dangerous mission to retrieve them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "One on One" featurette, photo gallery. (Universal).

Kiss Me, Kill Me (2016) Van Hansis, Gale Harold, Brianna Brown, Yolonda Ross, Jai Rodriguez, Matthew Ludwinski. Sexy gay thriller. Dusty blacks out while confronting his cheating boyfriend Stephen, and when he comes to, he finds that Stephen has been murdered and he's the prime suspect. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Embrem Entertainment). Due December 7.

Mad Max High Octane Collection All four films from visionary director George Miller’s blockbuster sci-fi franchise -- Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), are together in one collection. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition" -- The surreal black and white version of mastermind George Miller’s "Fury Road"; George Miller introduction to the "Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition" describing his vision; "Road War": In 1982, the world was blindsided by George Miller’s masterpiece of apocalyptic destruction: "The Road Warrior." For the first time ever George Miller, Terry Hayes and star Mel Gibson tell the story of the car-crushing production that redefined action cinema forever; "Madness of Max": The previously released Mad Max (1979) documentary is a feature-length film on the making of arguably the most influential movie of the past 30 years (With over 40 cast-and-crew interviews, hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs and never-before-seen film footage of the shoot, this is, without a doubt, the last word on "Mad Max" Interviews include: George Miller, Byron Kennedy, Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Joanne Samuel, David Eggby, Jon Dowding and many more. From the producers to the bike designers to the traffic stoppers, this is the story of how "Mad Max"was made. Blu-ray adds a 4K Ultra HD version and a UV Digital Copy of "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Warner).

Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition (2015) Two film collection with the theatrical version of the film and the "Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition" surreal black and white version of mastermind George Miller’s "Fury Road." Includes a special introduction by George Miller describing his vision. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Maximum Ride (2015) Allie Marie Evans, Patrick Johnson, Lyliana Wray, Luke Gregory Crosby, Gavin Lewis, Tetona Jackson, Zayne Emory, Carrie Wampler, Peter O'Brien. Brings to life the extraordinary journey of six DNA-enhanced young orphans with the ability to fly who are on a mission to rescue the youngest of their flock while discovering the diabolical, scientific secrets of how they came to exist. Based on the James Patterson book series. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).

Me, Myself & Her (2015 -- Italy) Sabrina Ferilli, Margherita Buy. Italy's first feature lesbian romantic comedy, directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi (daughter of Italian acting icon Ugo Tognazzi, star of "La Cage Aux Folles"). Frothy and light as a souffle, set amidst gorgeous Italian scenery, the film is a breezy story of two women with very different pasts who weather the challenges of life and romance together. But when retired actress Marina suddenly decides to get back into the movies and Federica -- still questioning her sexuality -- pursues a fling with a man, their commitment to each other is put to the test. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wolfe Video).

Never Open the Door (2014) Jessica Sonneborn, Kristina Page, George Troester, Deborah Venegas. Three happy couples retreat to a cozy secluded cabin in the woods to enjoy Thanksgiving. A badly wounded stranger appears at the door, and when they let him in, he throws up blood and collapses on the floor. As he dies, he points towards the lovers and croaks his final words: "Never open the door." The dumbfounded group of friends start to panic as one of their own inexplicably disappears. Doubt rises by the minute and mistrust soaks through the cabin. As strange men surround the cabin, escape becomes paramount. But who will open the door? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage, more. (Maltauro Entertainment).

Phantasm: Ravager (2016) David Hartman is the first new director of a film in the popular "Phantasm" series, which features the entire original cast including Reggie Bannister -- a veteran of all five films -- A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Kat Lester. Angus Scrimm takes up his iconic role as the terrifying Tall Man for the fifth and final time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director David Hartman and writer & producer Don Coscarelli, "Behind the Scenes," deleted scenes, "Giant Dwarf," "Escape From Dawn's Cabin," "Cuda vs Sphere," "Phuntasm: Bloopers & Outtake." (Well Go USA).

Phantasm: Remastered (1978) At a funeral, Mike (Michael Baldwin), watches as a tall mortician clad in black (Angus Scrimm) tosses the unburied coffin into a waiting hearse as if it were nothing. Seeking the truth behind this unusual sight, Mike breaks into the mortuary, where he comes face-to-face with the sinister Tall Man. After barely managing to escape with his life, Mike enlists the help of his brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Together they set out to uncover the secrets of the Tall Man and those who dwell in his hellish world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Don Coscarelli and cast members Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, and Bill Thornbury; "Graveyard Cars"; interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm; deleted scenes. (Well Go USA).

The Possession Experiment (2016) Bill Moseley, Greg Travis, Chris Minor, Jake Brinn, Nicky Jasper, Angelo Reyes. A student decides to study exorcisms as part of a theology project and investigates a multiple homicide that eventually turns out to have been an exorcism gone horribly wrong. He becomes obsessed with the event and decides the only way to complete his research is to undergo an exorcism himself. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Momentum Pictures).

photo for Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid And Nancy Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid And Nancy (2016) An up close and personal account of the tumultuous and stormy relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Documentary about the dynamics of Sid and Nancy's tumultuous relationship, and how it all ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel in 1978, told as it happened by their friends and those who witnessed it. Narrated by Huey Morgan and containing previously unseen photography of Sid and Nancy and music from The Heartbreakers, The Boys, The Members, Neon Leon, Pure Hell, Sami Yaffa, Luigi & The Wiseguys, Skafish, Corazones Muertos, The PrimaDonna Reeds, Supla, Silke Berlinn & The Addictions and Sid Vicious himself. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual). Due December 9.

Scream Queens – Season One (2015-16) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. A mysterious "Red Devil" killer wreaks havoc at Wallace University's Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, putting every pledge on edge. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that anyone could be the murderer -- or the next victim. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Rush Kappa," "Between Two Queens," "Style Queens." (Fox).

The Secret Agent (2016) Toby Jones, Vicky McClure, Ian Hart, Stephen Graham, Charlie Hamblett. Three-part BBC series based on Joseph Conrad's timeless novel about terror, espionage and betrayal. In 1886 London, Verloc (Jones) runs a seedy sex shop in the heart of Soho. Unbeknown to his loyal wife Winnie (McClure), Verloc also works for the Russian embassy, spying on a group of London anarchists. The Russians are furious with the English establishment's indifference to the anarchist threat gripping the rest of Europe. So Verloc is assigned a mission: blow up the Greenwich Observatory and make it look like a terrorist attack to provoke a crackdown. Should he fail, Verloc's real identity as a spy will be exposed to his vicious comrades. Verloc is forced to turn to the volatile Professor (Hart) to supply explosives which in turn attracts the attention of Chief Inspector Heat of Scotland Yard (Graham). Caught between the Russians and the police, Verloc grooms Winnie's younger brother Stevie (Hamblett) as his unsuspecting accomplice. When the truth outs, Verloc has to face Winnie's wrath. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).

The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, Albert Brooks. Animated comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three Mini-Movies: "Norman Television," "Weenie" and "Mower Minions"; "All About the Pets" educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets; "Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors; "Hairstylist to the Dogs"; "The Best of Snowball" musical mash-up of all the best Snowball one-liners; "Hot Dog Sing-Along"; "Lovely Day" lyric video; "The Humans that Brought You Pets" featurette; "GoPro: The Secret Life of Pets"; "The Making of the Mini-Movies." Blu-ray adds "How to Make an Animated Film," "Anatomy of a Scene." (Universal).

The Shannara Chronicles: Season One BLU-RAY (2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series based on the 26-volume book series by Terry Brooks that tells the story of an Elvin princess, a bandit, and a half-Elf tasked with stopping the end of the world. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes" featurette, "Exploring New Zealand," Terry Brooks interview, "Making of the Dagda Mor." (Paramount).

Sins of Our Youth (2016) Lucas Till, Joel Courtney Mitchel Musso, Ally Sheedy, Bridger Zadina. A frightening, cautionary tale of four teenagers who accidentally kill a younger boy while firing assault weapons recreationally and the perilous decisions they make in the wake of the killing. In a moment of desperation and fear that their lives are over, the youths construct a chilling plan reminiscent of a video game plot: they will hunt each other down until only one is left standing. Formats: DVD, VOD (Breaking Glass Pictures).

SMART (2016) When two pregnant cows were trapped in an over-turned rig on the 210-freeway last March, the City of Los Angeles' SMART, a specialized mobile animal rescue team, was called in to save them. The team, the first of its kind in the United States, is a uniquely trained unit within the Animal Services division that risks life and limb to rescue domestic and wild animals in the most precarious situations. An award-winning documentary film, "SMART: Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team," captures the heart and soul of this team as they battle to save LA's animals. Humans are not the only ones in need of rescuing and, in the city of Los Angeles, the members of SMART have stepped up to save lives. Led by Armando Navarrete, this division of trained and passionate animal lovers risks life and limb to rescue every kind of creature in need, from horses to mountain lions to cats and dogs. Follow Armando as he struggles to get his team off the ground, survives death-defying rescues and finds love, all amid LA's heartbreaking animal shelter system. Never giving up, Armando and his team have saved over 1000 lives and created new tactics, technology, and inspiration for similar programs to develop in more cities. Shot over the course of three years, SMART is a great example of how a team of passionate and dedicated people can become real-life superheroes. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Cinema Libre Studio).

Spa Night (2016) Joe Seo. A portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles' Koreatown. David Cho, a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, interview with director Andrew Ahn and star Joe Seo, Joe Seo's audition, alternative trailer, original theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).

photo for The Unspoken The Unspoken (2015) Neal McDonough, Jodell Ferland, Chanelle Peloso, Lochlyn Munro, Matt Bellefleur, Pascale Hutton. In 1997 the close-knit Anderson family vanished from their country home without a trace, without an explanation. No bodies were found and the house has remained undisturbed for 17 years ... until now. When a mother and her mute son move into the mysterious place, a local teen reluctantly accepts a job as the son's caretaker to help her financially struggling father. She immediately finds herself trying to make sense of the supernatural activities taking place in the house, all of which seem eerily similar to the past. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).

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