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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, December 10 -- Monday, December 16

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  • Fast & Furious 6

    photo for Fast & Furious 6 The sixth installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise continues the thread established in "Fast Five" with an emphasis on heists, capers and international crime -- but without sacrificing any of the fast action, street-racing and car stunts that has made the series so popular. Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian's (Paul Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, the "Fast" gang has scattered across the globe, unable to go home. Enter federal agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries whose goal is to steal components to create a device that can disable power in an entire region. Hobbs persuades Dom to assemble his elite team in London to capture the bad guys, offering full pardons for all of them so they can return home. And there's an added incentive: One of the members of the mercenaries is none other than Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom's love whom everyone assumed was dead. Throw in some double-crosses, kidnappings, cons, trickery, and spectacular chases (including a freeway chase with a tank), and you have one heck of a ride. Our only caveat: There's just too much suspension of disbelief this time around, particularly in the closing sequence aboard a disabled jumbo cargo jet that taxis down what has to be the longest runway in the world. But hey, you have to forgo reality when immersed in this franchise. It's all about the stunts and the cars and the speed -- forget verisimilitude for the thrills. And the death of Paul Walker over the Thanksgiving weekend puts a damper on the proceedings.

    Extras: Deleted scenes; "The Making of Fast & Furious 6" four-part featurette ("The Fastest of Them All" chronicles the saga of the "Fast" films from Chapters 3 through 6; "Reuniting the Team" explores the characters (and actors) that make up the "Fast" family, with a focus on founding partners Dom and Brian (and Vin and Paul); "Letty's Return": ­Heralded by a crowd-pleasing cliffhanger in "Fast Five," Michelle Rodriguez makes a dramatic return in the sixth installment; "The Mastermind and The Mole": introduces "Fast" "newbies" Luke Evans and Gina Carano as they share their experience joining the cast of "Fast & Furious 6" and how their characters fit into the new plot); "On the Set With Vin"; commentary with Justin Lin. Blu-ray adds an extended version of the film; "Take Control" in which Diesel, Walker, Rodriguez and Lin appear at key moments throughout the film, offering observations and reflections on the movie, behind-the-scenes footage and more; "Planes, Tanks and Automobiles" four-part featurette ("The London Chase" gives viewers a front-row seat for the filming of the sprawling car chase through the streets of one of the world's most historic ­and congested ­cities; "Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack" is a first-hand account of the meticulously planned and executed action sequence; "The Antonov Takedown" explores what went into creating "Fast & Furious 6's" spectacular finale sequence, featuring the world's largest plane, including first- and second-unit filming, special effects, visual effects, car rigging, stunt drivers, green-screen shooting and more: "Dom and Letty Race Again"); "Gearhead's Delight": ­From the shop to the test track, to the set and back again, a look at the latest hot cars showcased in "Fast & Furious 6", featuring Dom's latest Charger, Brian's Nissan Skyline GTR, the BMW M5s, the Alfa Romeo and the classic cars from the film's car-auction scene; "The FLIP Car" ­provides an inside look at the "Fast" franchise's newest mind-blowing vehicle, ­the pivoting FLIP car; "Hand-to-Hand Fury" offers viewers a detailed look at the rehearsals, choreography, stunt work and filming of some of "Fast & Furious 6's" most bone-jarring fight sequences. Vitals: Director: Justin Lin. Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, John Ortiz, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Shea Whigham, David Ajala, Kim Kold, Thure Lindhardt, Joe Taslim. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Action, Box office gross: $238.673, million, Universal. 3 stars

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  • Despicable Me 2

    photo for "Despicable Me 2" continues the saga of the world's most lovable villain, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), and his wildly crazy sidekicks, the Minions. This time around the newly reformed master criminal is simply trying to live life as a normal dad to his three adopted daughters when he's recruited by the Anti-Villain League to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde (Kristin Wiig), Gru goes undercover at a shopping mall to track down the bad guy, and has to juggle his new crime-fighting persona with his duties as a father. As with many sequels, this one plays off the strengths of the original but adds little new or exciting to the mix, giving the film a "been there, done that" feeling. It's cute and fuzzy and boring. But then there's the Minions ...Extras: "Gru's Girls" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Gadgets Galore" featurette explores lipstick tasers, magnet ships, foam dart dispensers and jelly guns; commentary with directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. Blu-ray adds Three mini-movies starring the Minions, introduced by Gru: "Puppy," "Panic in the Mailroom" and "Training Wheels"; "The Making of the Mini-Movies" featurette; deleted scene; "The Minions" featurette, a visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to discover what it's really like to work with the Minions; "Evil Minions" behind-the-scenes featurette; "A Gru-Some Transformation" with Steve Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from the ultimate super-villain to super-dad and international spy; "El Hombre Malo: The Villainy of El Macho" behind the scenes featurette with the new villain (Benjamin Bratt). Vitals: Director: Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffi. Stars: Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 98 min., Animated, Box office gross: $361.774 million, Universal. 3 stars

  • Battle of the Year

    photo for Dance film follows a legendary break-dancing crew's return to its roots in order to reclaim the world championship after more than a decade of defeat. The Battle of the Year competition is an all out war of mind-blowing dance moves, explosive routines and electrifying displays of skill and imagination. The American team, a group of underdogs, is pitted against the world's elite in a film that is low on plot and dialogue and has the silly conceit of a basketball coach training the dance crew. Extras: "This Is Planet B Boy" featurette explores B-Boy history and culture, "Preparing for Battle: Training & Rehearsals" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds Extended dance sequences from three scenes in the film; "The Art of B-Boying: A Guide to Breaking" featurette. Vitals: Director: Benson Lee. Stars: Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Caity Lotz, Josh Peck, Chris Brown. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Music, Box office gross: $8.792 million, Sony. 2 stars

  • Adore

    photo for Drama about two lifelong female friends who find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. Set in an Australian seaside town, the film explores the intricacies of love, family, morality and passion as two women become romantically involved with each other's sons. The English-speaking directorial debut of Anne Fontaine ("Coco Before Chanel"). Based on a novel by Nobel Prize for Literature winner Doris Lessing. Unavailable for review. Vitals: Director: Anne Fontaine. Stars: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Jessica Tovey, Gary Sweet. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.317 million, Paramount.


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Grey Gardens (1976) (Criterion)
  • Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project (Criterion)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)

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All DVD Releases

Adore (2013) Dir.: Anne Fontaine.; Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Jessica Tovey, Gary Sweet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Paramount).

photo for American Bomber American Bomber (2013) Michael C. Freeland, Rebekah Nelson, Brian Floyd, Pamela Tate, Kenny Wade Marshall. A disgraced ex-soldier travels to New York City to become the first American born and raised suicide bomber, but an unexpected relationship complicates his plan. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Eric Trenkamp, actors Rebekah Nelson and Michael C. Freeland, and cinematographer Sean Donnelly; short film "American Bomber: The John William Hidell Story"; Q&A with actors Trenkamp, Nelson, Freeland and Kenny Wade Marshall, and domestic terrorism expert Dr. Michael Kaune; Outtakes Reel, Trailers. (IndiePix Films).

The Angels' Share (2012) Dir.: Ken Loach; Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Siobhan Reilly, Gary Maitland. A comic fable about wasted talent and what happens when we're given a second chance. It would be hard to see Robbie as a man worthy of redemption. He's constantly watching out for a gang of thugs looking to settle a family grudge, his girlfriend is giving birth to a baby while her father offers him money to leave Glasgow, and he's serving 300 hours of community service. But when he meets Harry, the gruff but benevolent man in charge of his sentence, he finds a hidden talent for Scotch whiskey -- and a new chance at life. For distillers, the "angels' share" is the whiskey lost to evaporation each year, and that little fact makes a rare cask of whiskey the perfect target for a heist. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

photo for Angels Sing Angels Sing (2013) Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson. A middle-aged man (Connick) -- whose childhood Christmas spirit was crushed by a tragic accident -- can't muster any joy for the holidays despite encouragement from his playful wife (Britton) and well-intentioned parents. When his young son faces a tragedy, a mysterious man named Nick (Nelson) gives him a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

Battle of the Year (2013) Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Caity Lotz, Josh Peck, Chris Brown.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "This Is Planet B Boy" featurette explores B-Boy history and culture, "Preparing for Battle: Training & Rehearsals" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds Extended dance sequences from three scenes in the film; "The Art of B-Boying: A Guide to Breaking" featurette. (Sony).

Berberian Sound Studio (2012) Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Cosimo Fusco, Susanna Cappellaro. A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio -- a tale of witchcraft and murder set inside an all-girl riding academy -- becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (IFC Films).

The Best of Ancient Aliens: Greatest Mysteries (2013) Two-disc set with eight of the best episodes from the series with six hours of fascinating footage investigating Earth's possible extra-terrestrial visitors, $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

photo for The Best of the Universe: Stellar Stories The Best of the Universe: Stellar Stories (2013) Two-disc set of the fascinating series that explores scientific questions with a focus on the mystifying vastness of space, $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

Big: 25th Anniversary Edition (1988) Dir.: Penny Marshall; Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, Jon Lovitz, Mercedes Ruehl, Josh Clark. Features collectible packaging with a sound chip that plays "Heart and Soul" when opened. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Extended cut, "Big: Brainstorming" audio documentary by writers/co-producers Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, deleted scenes, "Big Beginnings," "Chemistry of a Classic," "The Work of Play," "Hollywood Backstories: Big," "Carnival Party Newswrap." (Fox).

The Big Gundown BLU-RAY DEBUT (1966) Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Fernando Sancho, Nieves Navarro. The first-ever U.S. home video release of the greatest Spaghetti Western you've never seen -- Sergio Sollima's widescreen epic "The Big Gundown." The legendary Lee Van Cleef stars as a relentless bounty hunter on the photo for The Big Gundown BLU-RAY DEBUT trail of Cuchillo (Euro-film superstar Tomas Milian), a savage Mexican outlaw accused of the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. Written by "Once Upon A Time in the West" screenwriter Sergio Donati, the film features an incredible soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. This special edition contains 15 additional minutes of gunslinging action never before seen in America. New 2K digital restoration of the original uncensored English-language version, newly expanded with three additional scenes. Four-disc deluxe limited edition combo pack: two Blu-rays, one DVD and one bonus CD. Extras: "La Resa Dei Conti," the complete, 110 minute director's cut presented in Italian with optional English subtitles and special musical subtitles; bonus CD with the original soundtrack by Ennio Morricone; in-depth interviews with director Sergio Sollima, star Tomas Milian and screenwriter Sergio Donati; commentary by Western film experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke; extensive still galleries; trailers and TV spots; 24-page booklet with "Sergio Sollima's Political Gundown," an article on the history of the film by C. Courtney Joyner, "Cutting to the Chase: The Tale of the Two Gundowns," an article about the cuts made to the original version for U.S. distribution, by Gergely Hubai, and an article on the Morricone soundtrack, also by Gergely Hubai. (Grindhouse Releasing/CAV Distributing).

photo for Civil War Double Feature Civil War Double Feature Includes two History Channel feature-length productions about the bloodiest war in American history. "Gettysburg," narrated by Sam Rockwell, features a re-enactment of the most famous battle fought on American soil; and "Lee & Grant," produced with the cooperation of leading Civil War historian Winston Groom, author of "Forrest Gump." Formats: Two-disc DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).

Cult Movie Marathon Volume One (2013) Four "B" films: "Unholy Rollers" (1972): After being sexually harassed by her boss, a woman walks out of her job and tries out for the roller derby. She quickly wins a spot on the team and rises to the top, intent on ignoring the violence and grandstanding and concentrating on winning games. "Invasion of the Bee Girls" (1973): A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually. "Devil's Eight" (1969): A federal agent rounds up eight convicts to help fight a vicious moonshine gang. "Vicious Lips" (1986): A band finally gets the opportunity for that breakthrough gig if they can make it to an "in" club on another planet in time. Formats: DVD, $12.99. (Shout! Factory).



Cult Movie Marathon Volume Two (2013) Four "B" films: "Savage Island" (1985): Women who have been captured and sold as slave labor to a South American emerald mine hatch a plan for revolution and revenge. "The Naked Cage" (1986): A young woman is falsely convicted of a bank robbery and sent to a maximum-security prison run by a corrupt warden where she's forced to suffer various indignities. "Chatterbox" (1977): A young woman who works in a beauty parlor discovers that her vagina can talk, which causes her no end of trouble. "Angels from Hell" (1968): A destructive ex-motorcycle gang leader comes home from Vietnam to resume his life and his desire to form the ultimate motorcycle gang. Formats: DVD, $12.99. (Shout! Factory).

Despicable Me 2 (2013) Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Gru's Girls" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Gadgets Galore" featurette explores lipstick tasers, magnet ships, foam dart dispensers and jelly guns; commentary with directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin. Blu-ray adds Three mini-movies starring the Minions, introduced by Gru: "Puppy," "Panic in the Mailroom" and "Training Wheels"; "The Making of the Mini-Movies" featurette; deleted scene; "The Minions" featurette, a visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to discover what it's really like to work with the Minions; "Evil Minions" behind-the-scenes featurette; "A Gru-Some Transformation" with Steve Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from the ultimate super-villain to super-dad and international spy; "El Hombre Malo: The Villainy of El Macho" behind the scenes featurette with the new villain (Benjamin Bratt). (Universal).

Doc Martin, Series 6 (2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $39.99. Fan favorite Martin Clunes is back as the surly, self-centered Dr. Martin Ellingham. In the sixth series, the doctor tackles fatherhood, his complicated relationship with local teacher Louisa (Caroline Catz), and the return of his mother (Claire Bloom). Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes segments, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).

Fanny Hill + The Phantom Gunslinger Acclaimed producer Albert Zugsmith ("Touch of Evil," "The Incredible Shrinking Man") crafted some of the strangest and most unlikely exploitation films of the 60s. Here's two of his rarest works. Cult filmmaker Russ Meyer takes on directorial duties in Zugsmith's adaptation of the notorious erotic classic "Fanny Hill." Set in pre-Victorian London, young Fanny finds herself taken in by a madame at one of the city's most elite brothels. A strange mix of Zugsmith's surreal slapstick and Meyer's trademark buxom beauties and thoughtful satire, "Fanny Hill" (1964) is an over-the-top saga of low-rent thrills in high-brow settings. Stars Leticia Roman, Miriam Hopkins and Ulli Lommel. Direcor Zugsmith's mind-numbing blend of surrealism and slapstick comedy, "The Phantom Gunslinger" (1967) done as a self-aware parody of Westerns, stars Troy Donohue as Phil P. Phillips, fresh out of divinity school and living in the frontier town of Tucca Flats. When a gang of seven criminals take the town hostage, it'­s up to Phil to save the village, or die trying, again and again ... Co-stars Sabrina. Both films have been restored from their original negatives and are uncut for the first time. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with Ulli Lomell, interview with film historian Eric Schaefer. (Vinegar Syndrome/CAV Distributing).

Fast & Furious 6 photo for Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Dir.: Justin Lin.; Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, John Ortiz, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Shea Whigham, David Ajala, Kim Kold, Thure Lindhardt, Joe Taslim. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo (in limited edition collectible steel packaging), VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "The Making of Fast & Furious 6" four-part featurette ("The Fastest of Them All" chronicles the saga of the "Fast" films from Chapters 3 through 6; "Reuniting the Team" explores the characters (and actors) that make up the "Fast" family, with a focus on founding partners Dom and Brian (and Vin and Paul); "Letty's Return": ­Heralded by a crowd-pleasing cliffhanger in "Fast Five," Michelle Rodriguez makes a dramatic return in the sixth installment; "The Mastermind and The Mole": introduces "Fast" "newbies" Luke Evans and Gina Carano as they share their experience joining the cast of "Fast & Furious 6" and how their characters fit into the new plot); "On the Set With Vin"; commentary with Justin Lin. "Blu-ray" adds an extended version of the film; "Take Control" in which Diesel, Walker, Rodriguez and Lin appear at photo for Fast & Furious 6 key moments throughout the film, offering observations and reflections on the movie, behind-the-scenes footage and more; "Planes, Tanks and Automobiles" four-part featurette ("The London Chase" gives viewers a front-row seat for the filming of the sprawling car chase through the streets of one of the world's most historic­and congested ­cities; "Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack" is a first-hand account of the meticulously planned and executed action sequence; "The Antonov Takedown" explores what went into creating "Fast & Furious 6's" spectacular finale sequence, featuring the world's largest plane, including first- and second-unit filming, special effects, visual effects, car rigging, stunt drivers, green-screen shooting and more; "Dom and Letty Race Again"); "Gearhead's Delight": ­From the shop to the test track, to the set and back again, a look at the latest hot cars showcased in "Fast & Furious 6", featuring Dom's latest Charger, Brian's Nissan Skyline GTR, the BMW M5s, the Alfa Romeo and the classic cars from the film's car-auction scene; "The FLIP Car" ­provides an inside look at the "Fast" franchise's newest mind-blowing vehicle, ­the pivoting FLIP car; "Hand-to-Hand Fury" offers viewers a detailed look at the rehearsals, choreography, stunt work and filming of some of "Fast & Furious 6's" most bone-jarring fight sequences. (Universal).

Futurama Volume Eight (2013) Thirteen episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Futurama: The Complete Series Gift Set (2013) Twenty-seven disc set with 124 episodes, plus four feature-length adventures, $199.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Exclusive 2014/3014 calendar. (Fox).

photo for The Game: The Sixth Season The Game: The Sixth Season (2013) Three-disc set with 19 episodes, $39.99. The sixth season revisits the "dysfunctional" football family that now features new faces. It's a roller coaster ride filled with twists and turns for the Sabers and Sunbeams, beginning with the excitement of the NFL's Premiere Draft Day that ends in the draft trade of longtime Saber Derwin Davis. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).

Grey Gardens BLU-RAY DEBUT (1976) Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles , co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. This special edition also features the 2006 follow-up to the film, "The Beales of Grey Gardens," constructed from hours of extra footage in the filmmakers' vaults. New 2K digital film restoration, approved by co-director Albert Maysles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary for "Grey Gardens," featuring the Maysles and co-directors Hovde and Meyer, along with associate producer Susan Froemke; "Introduction to The Beales of Grey Gardens" by Maysles; audio excerpts from a 1976 interview with Little Edie Beale, conducted by Kathryn G. Graham; interviews with fashion designers Todd Oldham and John Bartlett on the continuing influence of "Grey Gardens"; behind-the-scenes photographs; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for The Hunt The Hunt (2012 -- Denmark) Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen. A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie that throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria, forcing him to fight for his life and dignity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Making of The Hunt," outtakes/deleted/extended scenes, theatrical trailer, alternate ending. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the World Cinema Project expands the horizons of moviegoers everywhere. The mission of the WCP is to preserve and present marginalized and infrequently screened films from regions of the world ill equipped to provide funding for major restorations. This collector's set brings together six superb films from various countries, including Bangladesh/India ("A River Called Titas"), Mexico ("Redes"), Morocco ("Trances"), Senegal ("Touki bouki"), South Korea ("The Housemaid") and Turkey ("Dry Summer"); each is a cinematic revelation, depicting a culture not often seen by outsiders. New high-definition digital restorations of all six films, undertaken by the World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Read more. Formats: Three Blu-ray/six-DVD Combo. Extras: New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese; new interview programs featuring filmmakers Abderrahmane Sissako (on "Touki bouki"), Kumar Shahani (on "A River Called Titas"), Metin Erksan and Fatih Akin (on "Dry Summer"), and Bong Joon-ho (on "The Housemaid"); new visual essay on "Redes" by photo for Mary Poppins BLU-RAY DEBUT filmmaker and critic Kent Jones; new interview program on "Trances"; booklet featuring essays on the films by Chaarles Ramirez Berg, Bilge Ebiri, Kyung Hyun Kim, Adrian Martin, Richard Porton and Sally Shafto. $124.95. (The Criterion Collection).

Mary Poppins BLU-RAY DEBUT (1964) Dir.: Robert Stevenson; Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Mathew Garber. 50th Anniversary of the classic. Available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo and as a DVD. New Blu-ray Extras: "Mary-OKE's" sing-along, "Becoming Mr. Sherman" featurette with Jason Schwartzman as he sits down for a musical-filled afternoon with Richard Sherman, half of the famous composing team the Sherman Brothers, who wrote all the classic songs from "Mary Poppins", as well as many other favorites. Schwartzman portrays the Disney legend in the new film, "Saving Mr Banks." (Disney).

One Direction: Reaching for the Stars (2013) Unauthorized documentary is a behind-the-scenes look -- featuring exclusive footage and intimate interviews -- that follows the boy band as they conquer America. Reveals what makes the pop idols tick, baring secrets behind each personality and detailing why their romances continue to make headlines worldwide. Formats: DVD, $12.98. (Inception Media Group).

photo for The Rooftop (2013 -- Taiwan/China/Hong Kong) Jay Chou, Hsin Ai Lee, Alan Ko, Eric Tsang, Wang Xue Qi, Fan Xu. Taiwanese pop sensation Jay Chou, drawing on his years as an actor, director, and recording star, creates a fantasy playground of music, moves, and magic as a backdrop to an action comedy romance that pays homage to the wondrous musicals of the past. Chou composed 11 original tunes for this story of Gao (Chou) and his friends, the happiest kids in the city of Galilee. Living on the rooftops of the bustling metropolis, sometimes life can be tough, but they still churn out songs all day, and dance under the stars at night. But when Gao meets his dream girl, a billboard beauty named Sian (Hsin Ai Lee), fate takes him on a wild ride through the high and low parts of the town he loves - where tales of friendship, romance, and gang rivalry are all told through melodies and dance numbers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).

Saving General Yang (2013 -- Hong Kong) Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Yu Bo, Vic Chau, Li Chen, Raymond Lam, Wu Chun. Northeast China, early Northern Song dynasty, AD 986. The Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye and leaving his wife and seven sons to rescue him -- and fall into their deadly trap. Led by the first son, the seven set out with a small band of fighters to face an army of thousands, brave the treacherous Wolf Mountain, face the nemesis of their shared history, and find the way back alive -- all to bring their father home. Based on the ancient Chinese folklore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).

photo for The Seasoning House The Seasoning House (2012) Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth, Anna Walton. A deaf and mute girl is abducted and ditched in a grim Balkan brothel, where she's enslaved to care for young girls who have been prostituted to the military. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing the little kindnesses when she can. But when fate brings the men that murdered her family to the house, she gets her opportunity to wreak revenge and free the girls still alive in the house. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) Dir.: Norman Z. McLeod; Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff, Fay Bainter, Ann Rutherford. Remastered Samuel Goldwyn classic. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

7E (2013) Brendan Sexton III, Antonella Lentini, James Russo, Armando Riesco, Natasha Lyonne, John Savage. A young man struggles with unexplained events inside of a New York apartment where tenants are not who they appear to be. Inside an old New York apartment, Clyde looks after his cousin following the death of her roommate. Clyde begins to suspect tenants were involved in the suspicious death, and as his exploration into the death continues, his perception of what is real and what is imagined becomes increasingly blurred. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).

Sightseers (2013) Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, Chris wants to show his new girlfriend Tin his world and he wants to do it his way -- on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved RV. Tina has led a sheltered life and there are things Chris simply needs her to see. But it doesn't take long for annoying tourists, overbooked campsites and Tina's meddling mother to spoil Chris' dream. Now he's out to prove that hell truly hath no fury like a vacationer scorned -- and he and Tina quickly bond by murdering everyone who rubs them the wrong way. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Silent Night, Bloody Night, (1972) John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal, Walter Abel. A young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum, and in which his grandfather died in a fire. When he puts it up for sale, an axe-wielding madman -- who has been hiding in the residence -- threatens anyone who comes near. Restored version. The film gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on "Elvira's Movie Macabre," gaining a dedicated cult following. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest). photo for The Snake God

The Snake God (1970 -- Italy) Nadia Cassini, Beryl Cunningham. Italian erotic sinema about a woman, abandoned by her rich industrialist husband on a remote Caribbean estate, who befriends a beautiful local girl who is an adept of a hidden voodoo cult and falls under the spell of Djamballa, the powerful snake god, from whose magic there is no escape. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Piero Vivarelli, production notes, trailer. (Mondo Macabro/CAV Distributing).

Stella Dallas (1937) Dir.: King Vidor; Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O'Neil, Alan Hale, Marjorie Main. Remastered Samuel Goldwyn classic. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

Teen Wolf: Season 3 Part 1 (2013) Three-disc set with eight episodes of the MTV series, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Return of the Shirtless Montage," "Back to the Pack." (Fox).

photo for Touchy Feely (2013) Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janey, Ron Livingston, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy. A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact while her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Outtakes; deleted scenes; interviews with Allison Janey, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy and writer-director Lynn Shelton; AXS TV: "A Look at Touchy Feely"; commentary with Shelton, Rosemarie DeWitt and Pais. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

TV Terrors Two 1978 made-for-TV horror films new to DVD. In "The Initiation of Sarah," a withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers and she uses them against a rival sorority. In "Are You in the House Alone?" a teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's home one evening and the caller rings her at that number. Formats: DVD, $14.97. (Shout! Factory).

The Ultimate Life (2013) Peter Fonda, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether, Ali Hillis, Logan Bartholomew. Follow-up to the best-seller and 2006 film "The Ultimate Gift." Jason, who inherited his grandfather's billions only after performing 12 tasks (or "gifts") to prove him worthy, here faces more challenges and may lose it all ... until finds his grandfather's journal and journeys into the past to learn what it means to live. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Heart of the Ultimate Life"; movie trailer; interviews with cast members, executive producer Rick Eldridge and author Jim Stovall; deleted scenes; "One Life" music video; behind the scene featurettes. (Fox).

photo for Unhung Hero Unhung Hero (2013) When Patrick Moote's girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal at a UCLA basketball game on the jumbotron, it unfortunately goes viral and hits TV networks worldwide. Days after the heartbreaking debacle, she privately reveals why she can't be with him forever: Patrick's small penis size. "Unhung Hero" follows the real life journey of Patrick as he boldly sets out to expose this extremely personal chapter of his life confronting ex-girlfriends, doctors, anthropologists and even adult film stars (Dan Savage and Annie Sprinkle). From witch doctors in Papua New Guinea to sex museums in Korea, Patrick has a lot of turf to cover on his globe trotting adventure to finally answer the age old question: Does size matter? Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, man-on-the-street outtakes, Patrick's flip cam, "Doug Loves Movies" podcast, commentary, Q&A. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

Vic (2006) Clu Gulager, Tom Gulager, Carol Lynley, Gregory Sierra, John Phillip Law, John Lazar, Gary Frank, Miriam-Byrd Nethery, Peter Mark Richman. Vic Reeves (Clu Gulager) was once a Hollywood star respected for his award-winning roles in classic Westerns and television dramas. Today, past his prime, overlooked, and forgotten, he is reduced to making appearances in cheap B-grade slasher flicks. When a late-night phone call from director Tony La Salle offers Vic an opportunity for a comeback, the actor must face the toughest audition of his career. Featuring cameos from Carole Lynley, John Philip Law, Gary Frank, Gregory Sierra and John Lazar, and music by acclaimed Italian composer Franco Micalizzi, "Vic" won director Sage Stallone a Best New Filmmaker Award at the Boston Film Festival. Formats: DVD. Extras: Vic's montage, cast and crew bios, interview with Clu Gulager. (Grindhouse Releasing/CAV Distributing).


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