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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, December 16 -- Monday, December 22

All DVD Releases

  • This Is Where I Leave You

    photo for This Is Where I Leave You When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Very funny, gentle comedy-drama about heartache and redemption. Extras: "The Gospel According to Rabbi Boner." Blu-ray adds deleted and extended scenes, "The Narrative Voice: A Discussion With Shawn Levy and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper," "The Narrative Voice: A Commentary With Shawn Levy and Jonathan Tropper," "Points of Departure." Vitals: Director: Shawn Levy. Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Timothy Olyphant. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $22.441 million, Warner. 3 stars


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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    photo for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: fearless leader Leonardo, brilliant and brainy Donatello, rough and rebellious Raphael and wild and crazy Michelangelo. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan in this reimagining of the adventures of the legendary heroes in a half shell. Blu-ray extras: "Digital Reality" featurette, "In Your Face! The Turtles in 3D," "It Ain't Easy Being Green," "Evolutionary Mash-Up," "Turtle Rock," extended ending, "Shell Shocked" music video, "Making of Shell Shocked." Vitals: Director: Jonathan Liebesman. Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, Abby Elliott, Johnny Knoxville (voice), Tony Shalhoub (voice), Alan Ritchson. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 101 min., Action, Box office gross: $187.182 million, Paramount. 2 stars

  • Magic in the Moonlight

    Woody Allen's very slight comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) who tries to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake, set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France. Extras: "Behind the Magic" production featurette, "On the Red Carpet: Los Angeles Film Premiere." Vitals: Director: Woody Allen. Stars: Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Erica Leerhsen, Simon McBurney, Jeremy Shamos, Catherine McCormack. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 98 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $10.323 million, Sony. 2 stars

  • The Maze Runner

    photo for The Maze Runner Survival thriller based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn, Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose ... and find a way out before it's too late. Blu-ray extras: 24-Page prequel comic book, deleted scenes, "Navigating The Maze: The Making of The Maze Runner" five part documentary, "The Chuck Diaries," gag reel, visual effects reels, director Wes Ball's short film "Ruin" in 2D and 3D with commentary by Ball, commentary by Ball and screenwriter T.S. Nowlin, galleries. Vitals: Director: Wes Ball. Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 113 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $57.955 million, Fox. 2 stars


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All DVD Releases

At the Devil's Door (2014) Naya Rivera, Ashley Rickards, Catalina Sandino Moreno. When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister Vera into its web -- and has sinister plans for both of them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: (IFC Midnight/MPI Media Group).

Cam2Cam (2014) Tammin Sursok, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Bonrepaux, Jade Tailor. An American tourist in Bangkok encounters a mysterious group of web performers harboring a terrible secret. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

The Device (2014) Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan, Kate Alden. What if the rumors and urban legends are real ... that aliens walk among us, abducting people for unthinkable experiments? Sisters Abby and Rebecca are about to discover the horrifying truth when they find a harmless looking object in the woods near their family's cabin. The small black sphere is the key to a shocking mystery that will change the course of human destiny. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).

The Devil's Hand (2014) Alycia Debnam, Rufus Sewell, Adelaide Kane, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Meaney. Six girls born on the sixth day of the sixth month set in motion an ancient prophecy -- on their 18th birthday, one of the girls will become the Devil's Hand. As the day nears, the young women begin to disappear. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

Don't Look in the Basement (The Forgotten) (1973) Rosie Holotik, Michael Harvey, Annabelle Weenick, Bill McGee. In this '70s, B-movie, cult classic, a young, psychiatric nurse, Charlotte Beale (Holotik, 1972 Playboy covergirl), goes to work at an isolated sanitarium only to learn the proprietor, Dr. Stephens, was murdered by one of the patients. Struggling under the horrendous conditions at the severely under-staffed asylum -- and the torment heaped upon her by the patients -- she's puzzled by the resistance of Stephens' successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters, to hiring new staff and by the woman's efforts to keep outsiders at bay. Soon, the patients may truly be running the asylum. Digitally restored. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest Media).



Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita and World War II Hugely popular in his home country of Japan, Keisuke Kinoshita worked tirelessly as a director for nearly half a century, making lyrical, sentimental films that often center on the inherent goodness of people, especially in times of distress. He began his directing career during a most challenging time for Japanese cinema: World War II, when the industry's output was closely monitored by the state and often had to be purely propagandistic. This collection of Kinoshita's first films -- four made while the war was going on and one shortly after Japan's surrender -- demonstrates the way the filmmaker's humanity and exquisite cinematic technique shone through, even in the darkest of times. The five-DVD box set includes: "Port of Flowers" 1943): The sweet but naive denizens of a charming port town are hoodwinked by a couple of con men who prey on them at the outset of the war. But the hustlers' plan backfires when they come down with severe cases of conscience. Kinoshita's directorial debut is a breezy, warmhearted, and often very funny crowd-pleaser that's a testament to the filmmaker's faith in people. "The Living Magoroku" (1943): A superstitious farming family is hesitant to use their prized fallow fields to grow crops to help feed the nation's troops. Kinoshita's rural drama was made to promote the war effort, but his story branches off in many directions, including one subplot about the family's heirloom samurai sword and another about a blossoming young romance. "Jubilation Street" (1944): As World War II escalates, the tight-knit habitants of a street in Tokyo must relocate from their homes so that the government can use the space. Kinoshita's sensitive film -- beautifully and resourcefully shot on a single set -- traces the fears and desires of thee evacuees. "Army" (1944): Kinoshita's ambitious and intensely moving film begins as a multigenerational epic about the military legacy of one Japanese family, before settling into an emotionally complex portrayal of parental love during wartime. As the parents of a boy shipped off to battle, Kinuyo Tanaka and Chishu Ryu locate profound depths of feeling that transcend ideology. "Morning for the Osone Family" (1946): Kinoshita's first film after the end of World War II is a wrenching, superbly wrought tale about a liberal-minded Japanese family torn apart by war and imperialist politics. "Morning for the Osone Family" is both palpably bitter about the nation's fresh wartime wounds and inspiringly hopeful about a democratic tomorrow. Formats: DVD, $69.95. (The Criterion Collection).

Extant: Season 1 photo for Extant: Season 1 (2014) Four-disc set with 13 episodes of the serialized mystery thriller about a female astronaut (Halle Berry) trying to reconnect with her family after returning from a year in outer space. Her mystifying experience in space lead to events that will ultimately change the course of human history. Formats: DVD: $59.99, Blu-ray Disc: $69.99. Extras: "The Story Of Extant" featurette with an introduction by producer Steven Spielberg that follows "Extant" writer-creator Mickey Fisher as he works with producers to bring the unique series to the small screen; "The Mythology of Extant" featurette; "Extant: The Cast" featurette; "Filming Season One" behind-the-scenes from the pilot to the last episode; additional features that examine the show's props, costumes and visual effects. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

French Affairs (2013 -- France) Marie Caldera, Celine Rajot, Eric Bonicatto, Yoann Denaive. French dramedy follows Astrid (Caldera), a therapist, and her relationship with a reformed prostitute, Celine (Rajot), who is now a travel agent. When Celine insists that Astrid break protocol and also begin treating her husband, Astrid finds herself caught in a passionate affair with the charming Olivier (Bonicatto). Astrid's teenage son, David (Denaive), catches wind of the affair and ends up on Celine’s doorstep, hoping she will help him run away from his mother, setting up a quartet waltzing on eggshells as they attempt to make sense of their messy lives. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Cinema Libre Studio).

Hi-8: Horror Independent 8 (2014) This eight-part anthology brings together some of the most recognizable names in home video horror of the past 30 years, capturing the creative essence of low budget, shot-on-video filmmaking. Tim Ritter, Brad Sykes, Marcus Koch, Ron Bonk, Donald Farmer, Todd Sheets, Chris Seaver and Tony Masiello have returned to 80s and 90s style, gore-laced storytelling. All eight segments feature only practical effects and all directors were forbidden to use any post-Internet technology, including HD cameras, green screen, CGI or found footage. Like the "V/H/S" series, Hi-8 brings together independent genre filmmakers to spin tales of terror on tape.  Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, teasers, trailers. (Wild Eye Releasing).

Lord of Illusions (1995) Scott Bakula, Famke Janssen, Daniel von Bargen. In the world where magic is real, death is the ultimate illusion. From best-selling author and director Clive Barker comes a supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between sanity and madness, and between the art of illusion and the terrifying forces of magic. Bakula stars as Harry D'Amour, a private detective visiting Los Angeles on a routine investigation. D'Amour gets more than he bargains for when he encounters Philip Swan, a performer whose amazing illusions captivate the world. But are they really illusions? Harry isn't so sure as he is thrust into a nightmare of murder, deception and terrifying assaults from the dark beyond. Two-disc set contains both the theatrical cut and a new high-definition transfer of Clive Barker's director’s cut. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Barker, "A Gathering of Magic" original behind the scenes featurette, "Illusion of Reality" vintage interviews and unseen on-set footage; deleted scenes, new Interview with storyboard artist Martin Mercer, photo gallery. (Shout! Factory).

Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Dir.: Woody Allen; Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Erica Leerhsen, Simon McBurney, Jeremy Shamos, Catherine McCormack. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Magic" production featurette, "On the Red Carpet: Los Angeles Film Premiere." (Sony).


The Maze Runner (2014) Dylan O'Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: 24-Page prequel comic book, deleted scenes, "Navigating The Maze: The Making of The Maze Runner" five part documentary, "The Chuck Diaries," gag reel, visual effects reels, Wes Ball short film "Ruin" in 2D and 3D with commentary by Ball, commentary by Ball and screenwriter T.S. Nowlin, galleries. (Fox).

Mentor (2014) Documentary from award-winning director Alix Lambert takes an unflinching look at the problem of teen suicide and bullying in America. In 2010, Mentor, Ohio was voted one of the top 100 cities in the United States. But in the five years leading up to this honor, five students at Mentor High School took their own lives after relentless bullying. The families of two of the victims have filed suit against Mentor High School contending that bullying played a role in all five of those deaths. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Garden Thieves Pictures).

photo for Morris County Morris County (2009) Darcy Miller, Albie Selznick, Pamela Stewart, Erik Fransden, Alice Cannon. A trilogy of thematically connected stories as gruesome as they are tragic and heartfelt. "Ellie" is a damaged teenage girl harboring a terrible secret. In the course of one traumatic day this innocent girl is led down a path of self-destruction from which there is no return. In "The Family Rubin," an upper middle-class Jewish family struggles to keep up appearances as their seemingly perfect life begins to crack at the seams in a shocking and heartbreaking take on the destruction of the modern American family. Elderly Iris is laid off in "Elmer & Iris," forcing her to join her curmudgeonly husband in early retirement. When Elmer suddenly dies, Iris decides to keep his decaying body around out of fear of living - and dying --alone. Formats: DVD. (Unearthed Films/MVD Visual).

Mother's Milk (2012) Casey Chapman, Mackenzie Wigleswoth. A university statistics professor with a dark side kidnaps a young woman to satisfy his dysfunctional needs in a psychological thriller in which tenderness develops between a psychopath and his captive. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).

The Skeleton Twins (2014) Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell. Disappointing comedy-drama about two estranged twins -- Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader) -- who are reunited after 10 years of being apart when Milo attempts to commit suicide. With a mix of humor and heart, the film follows their journey to reconnect as they realize that the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel; outtakes; deleted scenes; "To Whom It May Concern: Making The Skeleton Twins" featurette; "Sweet Moves" featurette, commentary with director/co-writer Craig Johnson, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader; commentary with director/co-writer Craig Johnson, co-writer Mark Heyman and producer/editor Jennifer Lee. (Lionsgate).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, Abby Elliott, Johnny Knoxville (voice), Tony Shalhoub (voice), Alan Ritchson. Specially marked Blu-ray Combo Packs include two reversible masks featuring all four signature colors of the beloved crime-fighters; available only while supplies last. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Digital Reality" featurette, "In Your Face! The Turtles in 3D," "It Ain't Easy Being Green," "Evolutionary Mash-Up," "Turtle Rock," extended ending, "Shell Shocked" music video, "Making of Shell Shocked." (Paramount).

This Is Where I Leave You (2014) Director: Shawn Levy. Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Timothy Olyphant. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Gospel According to Rabbi Boner." Blu-ray adds deleted and extended scenes, "The Narrative Voice: A Discussion With Shawn Levy and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper," "The Narrative Voice: A Commentary With Shawn Levy and Jonathan Tropper," "Points of Departure." (Warner).


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