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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, December 20 -- Monday, December 26

All DVD Releases

  • Sully

    photo for Sully On Thursday, January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain Chesley Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Vitals: Director: Clint Eastwood. Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Jamey Sheridan, Anna Gunn. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Biodrama, Box office gross: $123.316 million, Warner. Extras: "Sully Sullenberger: The Man Behind the Miracle" featurette, "Moment by Moment: Averting Disaster on the Hudson" featurette, "Neck Deep in the Hudson: Shooting Sully" behind-the-scenes featurette. 2 stars


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  • Storks

    photo for Storks Storks deliver babies ... or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet retail giant Cornerstore.com. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, producing an adorable -- and wholly unauthorized -- baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop, in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world. Vitals: Director: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland. Stars: Voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 87 min., Animated, Box office gross: $70.756 million, Warner. Extras: "The Master: A LEGO Ninjago" short, music video for Jason Derulo’s song "Kiss the Sky." Blu-ray adds "Storks: Guide to Your New Baby," deleted scenes, outtakes, directors' commentary. 2 stars

  • The Magnificent Seven

    photo for The Magnificent Seven The desperate townspeople of Rose Creek employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns after the town falls under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. Remake of the 1960 "The Magnificent Seven," in turn a westernization of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 "Seven Samurai." Vitals: Director: Antoine Fuqua. Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peter Sarsgaard. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 132 min., Western, Box office gross: $92.251 million, MGM Studios/Sony. Extras: Four featurettes: "Magnificent Music," "Directing the Seven," "The Seven," "Rogue Bogue." Blu-ray adds two more featurettes, "Gunslingers" and "The Taking of Rose Creek"; deleted scenes, and the interactive "Vengeance Mode," where Washington, Pratt, Hawke and the other members of the cast sat down together with director Fuqua to breakdown key scenes, share their best memories from the set and reflect on the extraordinary experience of making a classic western. "Vengeance Mode" combines behind the scenes footage with the group’s lively conversation to give viewers an all-access look at the process of bringing the film to the screen. 2 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    December 20:
    Deepwater Horizon" The story behind one of the world's largest man-made disasters; the blast and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 10)
    The Dressmaker: A famous dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her small Australian town to seek revenge on the locals who did her wrong. (DVD, Blu-ray release: December 27)
    Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life: James Patterson's middle school rebels come to life. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 3)

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    All DVD Releases

    Children of the Mountain (2016 -- USA/Georgia/Ghana) Ghanian filmmaker Priscilla Anany Captured the "Best New Narrative Director" award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. After an affair with a neighbor's spouse, Essuman (Rukiyat Masud), a yam seller, gives birth to Nuku, a baby boy born with a cleft lip, cerebral palsy and Down's syndrome. Led to believe she's the owner of a "dirty womb" from Ghanian old wives' tales, her future as a wife is shattered as her lover, Ejah (Adjetey Anang), rejects the child and the community eyes her with suspicion. As Essuman searches for a cure to her son's illnesses, she encounters futility at hospitals and dubious religious leaders and medicine men, all while oscillating between devotion to her son and her desperate attempts at self-preservation. Will she give in to the pressures of Ghanian society and abandon her child in favor of a clean slate? Or will she seek a more hopeful future n the rural mountains of Ghana -- where the souls of children are said to wait? Formats: DVD. (Candy Factory Films).

    Department Q Trilogy (2016 -- Denmark) Based on Jussi Adler-Olsens international bestsellers, the "Department Q" series introduces maverick detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who, after majorly botching an assignment, is relegated to reviewing cold cases. With his new partner Assad (Fares Fares) and secretary Rose (Johanne Louise Schmidt), the moody Mørck digs into shocking unsolved mysteries including the kidnapping of a high-ranking government official, a brutal prep school murder and a bloody message from two children presumed dead. Three stylish thrillers: "The Keeper of Lost Causes," "The Absent One" and "A Conspiracy of Faith." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IFC Films).

    The Disappointments Room (2016) Kate Beckinsale, Mel Raido, Lucas Till, Duncan Joiner, Gerald McRaney. Looking for a fresh start, Dana (Kate Beckinsale), David (Mel Raido) and their five-year-old son move from the big city to a rural Southern mansion in need of restoration. But the young family's dream home quickly becomes a chilling nightmare when Dana discovers a hidden room in the attic, unleashing unexplainable events that test her sanity and slowly reveal shocking secrets from the past. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Unwanted: Inside The Disappointments Room." (Fox).

    Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors - Circle of Love (2016) Sequel to "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors," based on the inspiring true story of Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee. This edition continues with the story of young Dolly Parton as the Parton Family experiences a true Christmas miracle drawing the Partons closer together than ever --- with deepened faith and love for one another. Formats: DVD. Extras: Three featurettes: "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: A Story of Love, Sacrifice and Giving," "Tiny Tasseltop," "1955: A Snapshot in Time," deleted scenes. (Warner).



    Goat (2016) Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer, James Franco. Follows a 19-year-old Brad (Schnetzer), newly arrived to college and desperate to belong, who takes a cue from his older brother Brett (Jonas), and decides to pledge a fraternity. At first, it’s all parties and girls. But as Brad enters into the final stretch of the pledging ritual—known as “hell week”—things take a violent, humiliating turn. What occurs in the name of "brotherhood" tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).

    Greater (2016) Chris Severio, Neal McDonough, Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Parks. Sports biopic. Told he wasn't good enough to play Division I football, the too-short and too-fat Brandon Burlsworth (Severio) took a risk and walked on to the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994, becoming the most respected player in the history of the program. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).

    Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy Limited edition run of 10,000 deluxe box-sets featuring Clive Barker's iconic and seminal horror classic. New 2k restorations of "Hellraiser," "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" and "Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" along with hours of archival content and newly produced extras including audio commentaries and interviews with Clive Barker, Doug Bradley and Sean Chapman in his first interview on the "Hellraiser" films in decades. The four-disc photo for Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy set will also include the newly edited version of "Leviathan," the definitive documentary on "Hellraiser" and "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2." A new documentary, "Hellraiser: Evolutions," will also be included and will look at the evolution of the hit horror franchise and its enduring legacy. Also included are a host of rarities and never-before-seen footage from the movies, including the legendary "Surgeon" scene from "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2," the subject of fierce debate amongst fans for many years, now finally unearthed for its home video debut. The limited edition Blu-ray comes with an exclusive illustrated 200-page hardback book featuring new writing from Clive Barker archivists Phil and Sarah Stokes, and a 20-page booklet featuring never-before-seen original "Hellraiser" concept art. The limited edition packaging is adorned with incredible new artwork from Gilles Vranckx alongside a set of five exclusive art cards and a fold-out reversible poster. Formats: Blu-ray. Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    photo for Hitchcock/Truffaut Hitchcock/Truffaut (2016) It's been called The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told. In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock, then at the height of his fame, sat down with director Francois Truffaut, the rising star of the French New Wave, to reveal in detail the making of the long string of hits that earned him the title Master of Suspense. The interviews became the basis for the book "Hitchcock/Truffaut," one of the most acclaimed and widely read books about the cinematic process. Now, critic and filmmaker Kent Jones brings the pages to life in a feature film that honors its source material while also serving as a moving and entertaining portrait of two great directors talking shop. Based on the original recordings of this meeting, Jones' film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plunges us into the world of the creator of "Psycho," "The Birds," "Vertigo" and dozens of other thrilling masterpieces. Jones has expanded on the original book by including insightful new interviews with many of today's most renowned directors (and Hitchcock aficionados), including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).


    The Magnificent Seven (2016) Director: Antoine Fuqua. Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peter Sarsgaard. Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a town stand up to a savage land baron. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Four featurettes: "Magnificent Music," "Directing the Seven," "The Seven," "Rogue Bogue." Blu-ray adds two more featurettes, "Gunslingers" and "The Taking of Rose Creek"; deleted scenes, and the interactive "Vengeance Mode," where Washington, Pratt, Hawke and the other members of the cast sat down together with director Fuqua to breakdown key scenes, share their best memories from the set and reflect on the extraordinary experience of making a classic western. "Vengeance Mode" combines behind the scenes footage with the group’s lively conversation to give viewers an all-access look at the process of bringing the film to the screen. (MGM Studios/Sony).

    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).

    Storks (2016) Voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo. Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Master: A LEGO Ninjago" short, music video for Jason Derulo’s song "Kiss the Sky." Blu-ray adds "Storks: Guide to Your New Baby," deleted scenes, outtakes, directors' commentary. (Warner).

    Sully (2016) Director: Clint Eastwood. Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Jamey Sheridan, Anna Gunn. The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Sully Sullenberger: The Man Behind the Miracle" featurette, "Moment by Moment: Averting Disaster on the Hudson" featurette, "Neck Deep in the Hudson: Shooting Sully" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Warner).

    31 (2016) Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Elizabeth Daily, Meg Foster, Kevin Jackson, Richard Blake, Judy Geeson, Malcolm McDowell. Afraid of clowns? From the macabre mind of Rob Zombie comes this horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped on Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they're forced to play a twisted game of life or death called 31. For the next 12 hours they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31" documentary, commentary with writer-director Rob Zombie. (Lionsgate).


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