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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, December 15 -- Monday, December 21

All DVD Releases

  • Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation

    photo for Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation Tom Cruise and crew are back in another "Mission: Impossible" movie -- and despite the on-screen weariness of the lead actor -- Cruise seemed like he just wasn't there for most of the film -- the summer tentpole took in close to $200 million, keeping the franchise alive for probably another sequel. This time around the IM organization is shut down by the CIA and agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) race against time to stop the rise of a new global threat, The Syndicate, a dangerous network of rogue operatives turned traitors who want to blackmail the world with nuclear weapons. To stop them, Ethan join forces with an elusive, disavowed agent (newcomer Rebecca Ferguson) who may or may not be on his side. As with all the IM movies, the calling card is jaw-dropping stunts and fast-paced action, including a spectacular Airbus stunt and a riveting Moroccan car and motorcycle chase. But the twists and turns are predictable,if not downright silly, there's a great "I can scream louder than you cause I'm acting worse than you" sequence between Cruise and Renner, Simon Pegg still thinks he's in a "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy film, and all seemed like they were waiting for a better script to show up on set. There is a spectacular opera scene -- a performance of "Turandot" at the Vienna State Opera, which acts as background for an assassination attempt -- but all in all it's a disappointing venture. Vitals: Director: Christopher McQuarrie. Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $193.530 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Tom Cruise and director-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie; seven featurettes go behind the scenes and explore the stunts and story: "Lighting the Fuse," "Cruise Control," "Heroes," "Cruising Altitude," "Mission: Immersible," "Sand Theft Auto" and "The Missions Continue." 3 stars


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  • Ted 2

    photo for Ted 2 The sequel to the surprise hit "Ted" (2012) finds John (Mark Wahlberg) dejected after a speedy marriage and divorce, but Ted's romance with co-worker Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) is full-speed ahead after a dream wedding presided over by none other than Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) himself. But when the pair tries to adopt a child, they are stunned by the contention that Ted is not a person. With the help of John and newly minted lawyer and longtime weed aficionado Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), the couple takes on the intolerance of a system unable to understand their love. Contains unrated extended edition that features never-before-seen footage of sophomoric, scatological humor that was too rude for the cinema. Vitals: Director: Seth McFarlane. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, John Slattery, NFL star Tom Brady, Liam Neeson, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $81,284 million, Universal. Extras: "Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe," "Roadtripping," "Creating Comic-Con," commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Jessica Barth. Blu-ray adds "A Giant Opening Dance Number," deleted scenes, gag reel, "Cameo Buddies." 2 stars

  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

    photo for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Second in the Maze Runner franchise, based on author James Dashner's best-selling book series that takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction world. They may have escaped from the Maze, but Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers now face a greater challenge: searching for clues about the secret organization known as WCKD. Their journey leads them to the Scorch, a desolate wasteland filled with unimaginable dangers. The mystery deepens at every turn as the Gladers work together to discover their purpose and battle to survive. Vitals: Director: Wes Ball. Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $80.821 million, Fox. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel galleries of concept art and storyboards, theatrical trailers. Blu-ray adds "Janson's Report," a perfect bridge from the film that's full of debriefing videos with Janson, Thomas, Newt, Minho, Frypan and Aris after they arrive at the compound; "Secrets of the Scorch," visual effects breakdowns and reels. 2 stars



    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Blood Rage (1984) (Arrow Video)
  • Burroughs: The Movie (1983) (Criterion)
  • The Car (1977)
  • Stalingrad (2003)
  • Triumph of the Will (2015 Remaster) (1935)

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All DVD Releases

Axe/Kidnapped Coed (1977/1976) In the mid-1970s, writer-producer-director-actor Frederick R. Friedel went to North Carolina to film a pair of enigmatic yet startling low-budget thrillers -- "Axe" and "Kidnapped Coed" -- only to see them both presumed lost to shady dealings, sudden tragedies, moral outrage and drive-in oblivion. In "Axe," depraved killers on the run hold a young woman and her invalid grandfather hostage in an isolated farmhouse. In "Kidnapped Coed," the teenage daughter of a wealthy family forms a perverse relationship with her abductor. Once thought doomed to drive-in obscurity, fans and grindhouse historians have begun to compare Freidel's films to those of David Lynch and Terrence Malick, and now the complete story behind this strange journey can finally be told. Severin Films is presenting both features restored from their original negatives, plus "Bloody Brothers," Friedel's recut of the two features as one twisted crime epic, loaded with bonus features that reveal the startling saga behind the casts, crews, disastrous fate and surprising rediscovery of these nearly forgotten grindhouse/arthouse classics -- the ultimate look at one of the most fascinating sagas in indie exploitation history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentaries with Friedel, Production Manager Philip Smoot, Makeup Artist Worth Keeter; "At Last ... Total Terror! The Amazing True Story of the Making of Axe & Kidnapped Coed"; Stephen Thrower on "Axe" & "Kidnapped Coed"; trailers, TV spots and radio spots. Blu-ray adds "Blood Brothers" feature; commentary with "Nightmare USA" author Stephen Thrower; "Moose Magic," the George Newman Shaw & John Willhelm story; bonus CD: "Axe" & "Kidnapped Coed" original motion picture soundtracks plus bonus tracks by George Newman Shaw & John Willhelm. (Severin Films/CAV Distributing).

photo for Best of History Gift Set Best of History Gift Set Seventeen-disc collection features an in-depth look at some of the most significant events in U.S. and world history, including six acclaimed HISTORY programs: "The Men Who Built America," "America The Story of Us," "Mankind: The Story of All of Us," "The World Wars," "WWII in HD" and "Vietnam in HD". Featuring over 43 hours of programming. Formats: DVD, $119.98. (Lionsgate).

Blood Rage (1983) What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser "(Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed French. Why, it's "Blood Rage" of course! Todd and Terry seem like sweet kids -- that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later, as the family gather around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped -- and he's heading their way. But has the killer twin in fact been in their midst all along? One thing's for sure, photo for Blood Rage there WILL be blood ... Filmed in 1983 at the tail-end of the slasher golden era but not released until 1987, "Blood Rage" (also re-cut and released to theatres as "Nightmare at Shadow Woods") has been lovingly restored from the original vault materials for its first ever appearance on Blu-ray and DVD. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. New 2K restoration from original vault materials of three versions of the film: "Blood Rage," the original "hard" version, completely uncut and uncensored in a Blu-ray/DVD world premiere; the R-rated "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" 1987 re-cut, and a third "composite" cut combining all the footage from both "Blood Rage" and "Nightmare at Shadow Woods." Extras: New extensive making-of documentary featuring interviews with various cast and crew, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork from Marc Schoenbach fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group).

Burroughs: The Movie (1983) Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, Howard Brookner's 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs was for decades mainly the stuff of legend; that changed when Aaron Brookner, the late director's nephew, discovered a print of it in 2011 and spearheaded a restoration. Now viewers can enjoy the invigorating candidness of "Burroughs: The Movie," a one-of-a-kind nonfiction portrait that was brought to life with the help of a remarkable crew of friends, including Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo, and that features on-screen appearances by fellow artists of Burroughs's including Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Patti Smith and Terry Southern. New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Jim Jarmusch, Aaron Brookner, and Tom DiCillo, as well as William S. Burroughs's friends and fellow writers James Grauerholz and Stew Meyer; rare outtakes; footage from the 2014 New York Film Festival premiere of the film's restoration; 30-minute experimental edit of the film from 1981 by inventor and photographer Robert E. Fulton Jr.; an essay by critic Luc Sante and a collage poster; more. (The Criterion Collection).

The Car BLU-RAY DEBUT (1977) James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson, Ronny Cox, R.G. Armstrong. The peaceful tranquility of a small Western town is disturbed when a murderous car wreaks havoc by viciously mowing down innocent victims. The new sheriff, Wade Parent (Brolin), may be the only one who can stop this menace in its tracks. But what Wade Parent doesn't realize is that the driver of this indestructible vehicle is far more dangerous than any man ... because it is driven by pure evil. Extras: New "Mystery of the Car" interview with producer-director Elliot Silverstein, new "The Navajo Connection" interview with actress Geraldine Keams, new "Just Like Riding a Bike" interview with actress Melody Thomas Scott, theatrical trailer, TV spot, radio spots, still gallery. (Scream Factory).

Count Dracula (1970) Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, Maria Rohm, Klaus Kinski, Fred Williams. In 1970, cult director Jess Franco and screen legend Christopher Lee collaborated on what they promised would be the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel ever filmed. From its remarkable performances -- including Lee as the Count, Herbert Lom as Van Helsing, Soledad Miranda as Lucy, Maria Rohm as Mina, and authentic madman Klaus Kinski as Renfield -- to its lush locations and atmosphere of sinister sensuality, it remains perhaps the most spellbinding version of Dracula in movie history. Now fully restored and re-mastered in high-definition for the first time ever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with David Del Valle and actress Maria Rohm; "Beloved Count,' an interview with director Jess Franco; "A Conversation With Jack Taylor"; "Handsome Harker," an interview with actor Fred Williams; Christopher Lee reads Bram Stoker's "Dracula"; "Stake Holders," an appreciation of Jess Franco's "Count Dracula" by french director Christophe Gans; German trailer; Bonus disc: "Cuadecuc Vampir" -- Pere Portabella's expressionistic behind-the-scenes feature. (Severin Films).

Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1-8 (2012-14) Eighteen-disc set, $119.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, additional footage. (Lionsgate).

photo for The Dungeonmaster (aka Rage War)/Eliminators BLU-RAY DEBUT The Dungeonmaster (aka Rage War)/Eliminators BLU-RAY DEBUT (1984/1986) "The Dungeonmaster": A young computer ace is forced to pit his physical and mental skills against unimaginable odds when a hulking wizard looking for formidable opponents picks him as his next challenger. "Eliminators": A mandroid -- part man and part machine -- seeks revenge on the evil scientist who created him. (Scream Factory).



He Named Me Malala (2015) From the director of "Waiting for 'Superman' and the Academy Award-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" comes this highly inspiring and deeply moving documentary about courage, survival, and empowerment. "He Named Me Malala" tells the remarkable true story of teenage Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for advocating for girls' photo forHistory Bible Collection education. Rather than be silenced, Malala emerged as a global voice for the education rights of all children, and in 2014, she became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The documentary offers an intimate look into Malala's life both before and following the attack. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Fox).

HISTORY Bible Collection Get a thorough understanding of how the Bible was shaped with this HISTORY Bible collection. With over 38 hours of programming -- including "Bible Stories from the Old Testament," "Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years," "Banned from the Bible," "Mysteries of the Bible," "Bible Secrets Revealed," "Mary of Nazareth," "Jesus: His Life," "The Execution of Jesus" and "God vs. Satan: The Final Battle" - this 16-disc DVD set examines one of the world's most important texts; one that serves as the foundation for both Judaism and Christianity. Featuring commentary from biblical and religious scholars including Reza Aslan and Richard R. Cargill, and narration by acclaimed actors and HISTORY documentary mainstays Edward Herrmann, Avery Brooks and Richard Kiley. Formats: DVD, $119.98. (Lionsgate).

photo for >History War Collection HISTORY War Collection This immersive 17-disc set digs deep into the twists and turns of America's most significant and deadly conflicts -- from the American Revolution, the Mexican-American War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War to WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Featuring over 42 hours of programming culled from over 20 HISTORY documentaries, with special guest narrators Edward Herrmann, Oscar de la Hoya, and Sam Rockwell on several programs. It's an informative and eye-opening tour of America's military role through all of its major wars, examining how warfare evolved from the time of the American Revolution into modern times, as we learn the stories of the countless brave Americans who put their lives on the line to defend their country and their beliefs. Formats: DVD, $119.98. (Lionsgate).

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario. Based on the second book in the Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. Also available as a Blu-ray Ultimate Fan Edition that includes an exclusive, 24-page printed comic-book with two new prequel stories from BOOM! Comics -- one on the character of Teresa and the other a Crank backstory. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, galleries of concept art and storyboards, theatrical trailers. Blu-ray adds "Janson's Report," a perfect bridge from the film that's full of debriefing videos with Janson, Thomas, Newt, Minho, Frypan and Aris after they arrive at the compound; "Secrets of the Scorch," visual effects breakdowns and reels. (Fox).

Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation (2015) Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson. Ethan and his team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating The Syndicate -- an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Tom Cruise and director-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie; seven featurettes go behind the scenes and explore the stunts and story: "Lighting the Fuse," "Cruise Control," "Heroes," "Cruising Altitude," "Mission: Immersible," "Sand Theft Auto" and "The Missions Continue." (Paramount).

Mission: Impossible 5-Movie Blu-ray Collection "Mission: Impossible," "Mission: Impossible 2," "Mission: Impossible 3," "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" And "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation," $64.99. (Paramount).

Slow Learners (2015) Adam Pally, Sarah Burns. Two close friends and co-workers who are embarrassingly unlucky at love, hatch a plan to transform themselves over the course of a sex-and-alcohol-fueled summer into the cool, confident people they aspire to be. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Stalingrad BLU-RAY DEBUT (2003) High-definition presentation of the original three-part 2003 mini-series. The Eastern Front experienced the viciousness of World War II on a scale of unimaginable horror and brutality. The bloodiest and most savage fighting took place in Stalingrad between August 1942 and February 1943. Stalin's city on the Volga had military significance for Hitler, as it carried the name of his enemy and therefore had to be destroyed. The ensuing battle sealed the fates of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians, marked the turning point of World War II, and was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. This three-part documentary by award-winning documentary filmmakers Sebastian Dehnhardt, Christian Deick and Jorg Mullner presents both the German and Russian perspective, contains rare footage shot by soldiers during the siege, and reveals new historical facts with moving eyewitness accounts and confessions from some of Stalingrad's last survivors. The Russian archives opened their doors to the filmmakers, granting exclusive access to a wealth of previously unreleased material. Originally broadcast in both Germany and Russia in slightly truncated editions, this Blu-ray contains all three "Stalingrad" documentaries including "The Attack" (54 min.), "The Kessel" (56 min.) and "The Doom" (55 min.) in their original uncut, English dubbed versions. Extras: Deleted interview segments, video interview with Dr. Guido Knopp (professor and historian), "Stalingrad Today -- Views of the City of Volgograd." (Synapse Films/CAV Distributing).


photo for The Surface The Surface (2014) Harry Hains, Michael Redford, Nicholas McDonald. Evan Jones, a child orphan who, for years, was shifted from one foster home to another is now a disaffected college student living with his wealthy boyfriend, Chris. Their social and financial disparities have made their relationship increasingly volatile despite their mutual love for one another. While sifting through old relics at an elderly man's yard sale, Evan finds an 8mm movie camera. The man offers to teach Evan how to use it if he comes back the following week. Upon returning, Evan meets the man s 43-year-old son, Peter. They strike up a conversation and Peter gives him reels of old 8mm movies that are collecting dust in the garage. The home movies, featuring a young Peter and his boyhood friend, touch a nerve with Evan. Evan begins to live vicariously through the home movies and his friendship with Peter soon turns romantic. Evan's relationship with his boyfriend Chris splinters as he pushes for greater understanding of himself and the notions of family, love and fulfillment. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews, set videos, a "Barcelona" music video, trailers. (Aimes Media/ Ariztical Entertainment).

Ted 2 (2015) Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, John Slattery, NFL star Tom Brady, Liam Neeson, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno. Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law. Contains unrated extended edition that features never-before-seen footage of sophomoric, scatological humor that was too rude for the cinema. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Thunder Buddies 4 Lyfe," "Roadtripping," "Creating Comic-Con," commentary with Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth and writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild. Blu-ray adds "A Giant Opening Dance Number," deleted scenes, gag reel, "Cameo Buddies." (Universal).

Teen Wolf Season 5 Part 1 (2015) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, "Special Effects Breakdown: Jeep Flip," "Special Effects Breakdown: Building a Character," "Special Effects Breakdown: Building a Scene." (MGM/Fox).

Time Out of Mind (2014) Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone. A homeless man (Gere) seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Tokyo Fiancce (2014 -- France) Pauline Etienne, Taichi Inoue. A young Japanophile Belgian woman in Tokyo falls into a whirlwind romance with a Francophile Japanese student. The young, pixie-like Amelie (Etienne) is in love with all things Japanese, which prompts her to buy a one-way ticket to Tokyo in order to completely immerse herself in Japanese culture. She offers to work as a French tutor, and soon finds herself enjoying a passionate relationship with her only student, the charming Rinri (Inoue). As the two explore the joys (and awkwardness) of their first real romance and the colorful city around them, many cultural barriers fall ... but some still remain. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

Top Spin (2014) Inside a cramped gym, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong. Three fiercely committed teenagers battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal teenage life for a chance to represent their country on the world's biggest athletic stage: the Olympics. This documentary takes an inside look at one of America's favorite pastimes, turns it on its head, and reveals a coming-of-age story where success and failure come down to mere millimeters. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

photo for Triumph of the Will (2015 Remaster) BLU-RAY DEBUT Triumph of the Will (2015 Remaster) BLU-RAY DEBUT (1935) Leni Riefenstahl's classic piece of historical filmmaking, filmed during the 1934 Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg, Germany, is considered by many to be one of the most important films ever made. Realized by Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, this film was created to influence all of Germany to support the power of the Nazi Party. Historically significant and, at times, a horrifyingly manipulative exercise in propaganda for the Nazi regime, "Triumph of the Will" continues to be controversial 80 years after its original release and has been banned in Germany for many decades. Until her death in 2003, Riefenstahl was under fire for her personal relationship with Adolph Hitler, spending her life haunted by the shadow of the Nazi Party. This all-new remastered version is derived from a new 2K scan, digitally corrected and restored under the supervision of film historian and preservationist Robert A. Harris. Extras: Leni Riefenstahl's short film "Day of Freedom" (remastered in 2K HD), audio commentary by Dr. Anthony R. Santoro (specialist on National Socialist German history), liner notes. (Synapse Films/CAV Distributing).

What Have You Done to Solange? (1975) Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbo, Camille Keaton. From director Massimo Dallamano, cinematographer on both "A Fistful of Dollars" and "For a Few Dollars More," comes this giallo classic, the debut feature of actress Camille Keaton ("I Spit on Your Grave"). A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary's school. Student Elizabeth photo for What Have You Done to Solange?witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police's investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange? The film features all the hallmarks of classic gialli -- the amateur detective, the black-gloved killer -- as well as a lush score from Ennio Morricone. New 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman; "What Have You Done to Decency?" conversation with Karin Baal, in which the actress shares her thoughts on Dallamano's classic giallo in this brand new interview; "First Action Hero" newly-edited 2006 interview with actor and former stuntman Fabio Testi, including a look at his role in "Solange"; "Old-School Producer" newly edited 2006 interview with producer Fulvio Lucisano; "Innocence Lost: Solange and the Schoolgirls in Peril Trilogy" new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie, exploring the themes of "Solange" and its two semi-sequels; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Malleus; booklet featuring a new article on the giallo scores of Ennio Morricone by Howard Hughes, alongside a Camille Keaton career retrospective from Art Ettinger, comprising interview excerpts with the "Solange" actress, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Wolf Totem (2015 -- China/France) Shaofeng Fen, Shawn Dou. In director Jean-Jacques Annaud's film adaptation of Jiang Rong's best-selling novel, a young Beijing student is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies -- the marauding wolves -- to the north, humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world. Shot entirely on location in Inner Mongolia. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Four making-of featurettes. (Sony).

photo for Zombie High Zombie High (1987) Virginia Madsen, Richard Cox, Sherilyn Fenn, Scott Coffey, Paul Feig. DVD and Blu-ray debut of this humorous thriller about the bizarre happenings that occur in a prestigious boarding school. It seems to Andrea Miller (Madsen) that the upper-classmen act like robots. They're the perfect students -- dedicated, involved and loyal. Their clothes are perfectly pressed and their hair is perfectly styled. It seems that the teachers have something to do with this ingratiating behavior. And when Andrea, the new kid at school, sees her friends turning into clones, she starts to suspect the worst. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Scream Factory).


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