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Tuesday, December 30 -- Monday, January 5

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  • Tusk

    photo for Tusk A podcaster (Justin Long) looking for a juicy story is plunged into an unpredictable, unsettling and absurd nightmare after he travels to the backwoods of Canada to meet an eccentric recluse (Michael Parks) with a lifetime of adventures -- and a disturbing fondness for walruses. To wit, he literally turns the podcaster into a walrus by conducting a series of gruesome operations on him. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with writer-director Kevin Smith, "20 Years to Tusk" featurette, "The Making of Tusk" featurettes, SModcast #259: "The Walrus and the Carpenter" (the original podcast that inspired the film). Vitals: Director: Kevin Smith. Stars: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Depp. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Horror Comedy, Box office gross: $1.427 million, Lionsgate. 2 stars


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    photo for Banshee: The Complete Second Season Banshee: The Complete Second Season (2014) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. "Banshee" charts the continuing twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-convict who assumes the identity of sheriff of the rural, Amish-area town of Banshee, where his former lover and partner-in-crime (Ivana Milicevic) lives under the alias Carrie Hopewell. Season 2 takes up immediately after the events of the Season 1 finale, when Carrie's father, gang kingpin Rabbit (Ben Cross) was left for dead after a climactic warehouse shootout. Carrie, now exposed and estranged from her husband and kids, is torn between her devotion to her family and her connection to Lucas, who had given himself up in order to save her years earlier. Formats: DVD: $39.98, Blu-ray Disc: $49.99, Digital. Extras: "Banshee Origins" story before the story with a dozen prequel videos featuring the cast of Banshee; "Conversation Between Olek & the Albino"; "Zoomed In: Episodes 1-4 & 6-8" behind-the-scenes; commentaries with cast & crew; deleted scenes; episode recaps; trailers. Blu-ray adds "Inside the Title Sequence" interactive feature uncovers the clues behind each episode's opening title sequence; Twitter commentary with cast & crew. (HBO).

    The Brittany Murphy Story (2014 -- TV) Amanda Fuller, Sherilyn Fenn, Chloe Crampton, Eric Petersen. The story of the talented young actress who became a breakout star in the '80s and '90s. With high-profile roles in "Clueless," "8 Mile" and "Girl, Interrupted," Murphy achieved her Hollywood dream, but her desperation for approval and insecurity about her looks made her personal life a disaster; she died suspiciously of pneumonia and anemia in 2009. Four years later news reports swirled around the mystery of Brittany's untimely death amid her father's claims that she -- as well as her husband, who also died of pneumonia and anemia five months after Murphy -- was poisoned. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

    I Am Soldier (2014) Tom Hughes, Duncan Casey. A military cook, attempts to join the United Kingdom's renowned special forces regime, the Special Air Service (S.A.S.), an elite group tasked with life-threatening missions in the most dangerous places on Earth. But to get in soldiers must first pass an excruciating selection process, and the cook must overcome torturous physical and mental obstacles, the most evil interrogation possible and a test that pushes his fellow candidates and him to the body-breaking limit. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).

    Kelly & Cal (2014) Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston. Kelly, a punk-rocker turned suburban mom, is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn't yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he's been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it's the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

    Last Weekend (2014) Patricia Clarkson, Chris Mulkey, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross. When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

    Shameless: The Complete Fourth Season (2014) Twelve episodes of the fiercely engaging and fearlessly twisted dramedy series starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum about Frank Gallagher, a genial, alcoholic, working-class father of six independent and resourceful kids scraping by on Chicago’s South Side. Formats: Three-disc DVD: $39.98; five-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo: $49.99, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Being Gallagher" and "Shameless Neighbors," deleted scenes. (Warner).

    Tusk (2014) Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Depp. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with writer-director Kevin Smith, "20 Years to Tusk" featurette, "The Making of Tusk" featurettes, SModcast #259: "The Walrus and the Carpenter" the original podcast that inspired the film). (Lionsgate).

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