OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases
CriminalIn a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in the hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission. Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous ex-convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and eliminate him before the hacker launches ICBMs and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. Vitals: Director: Ariel Vromen. Stars: Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $14.268 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "Criminal Intent" featurette, "Director’s Notes" featurette, Deleted Scenes, Madsonik's "Drift and Fall Again" music video.
Barbershop: The Next CutIt's been more than 10 years since the last appointment at Calvin's Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, the once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times, big laughs and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and his friends to come together in an effort to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood. Vitals: Director: Malcolm D. Lee. Stars:. Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, J.B. Smoove, Common, Nicki Minaj. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 112 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $53.478 million, MGM/New Line/Warner. Extras: Gag reel, "The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp," deleted scenes.
Hardcore HenryThe first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife who tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you're being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. If you can survive the insanity and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. A groundbreaking wild ride of an action film that's unlike anything you've seen before -- it makes you the title hero. Vitals: Director: Ilya Naishuller. Stars: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Aha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova, Tim Roth. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 97 min., Action, Box office gross: $9.244 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Fan Chat": Director Ilya Naishuller and star Sharlto Copley answer fan questions about how "Hardcore Henry" was made, feature commentary with director-producer Ilya Naishuller and star-executive producer Sharlto Copley.
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, J.B. Smoove, Common, Nicki Minaj. As their surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, the crew at Calvin's Barbershop come together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "The Next Cut: Barbershop Bootcamp," deleted scenes. (Warner).
The Boss (2016) Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Tyler Labine. Melissa McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, extended/alternate scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds the original sketch from 2005 at the Groundlings of Melissa McCarthy's character "Michelle Darnell," in all its glory; Origin Story of "Michelle Darnell"; "Peter Dinklage Gets to the Point" piece about the "Game of Thrones" star, including on-set and sit-down interviews and showcasing his sword fight and stunt training, eclectic wardrobe and hair styles; "Everybody Loves Kristen Bell" look inside Bell's character, Claire. (Universal).
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) Kerwin Mathews, Elaine Devry, Scott Sealey, Robert J. Wilke. Richie Bridgestone's parents are getting a divorce, but that's the least of his problems: While on a visit to his father's secluded cabin, Richie witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf but no one in the town will believe his claims that his father will change into a werewolf at the next full moon. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Original theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Criminal (2016) Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in the hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Criminal Intent" featurette, "Director’s Notes" featurette, Deleted Scenes, Madsonik's "Drift and Fall Again" music video. (Lionsgate).
Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection (1972) Starring the iconic and beautiful Meiko Kaji ("Lady Snowblood," "Stray Cat Rock") in a role that came to define her career, the four-film "Female Prisoner Scorpion" series charts the vengeance of Nami Matsushima, who assumes the mantle of "Scorpion," becoming an avatar of vengeance and survival, and an unlikely symbol of female resistance in a male-dominated world. "Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion" introduces Nami, a gullible young woman unjustly imprisoned, who must find a way to escape in order to exact revenge upon the man who betrayed her. The visually avant-garde "Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41" sees director Shunya Ito and star Meiko Kaji re-unite as Nami and six other female convicts escape prison once more. The Gothic horror-inspired "Beast Stable" finds Nami branded public enemy No. 1 and on the run. She soon finds refuge with a sympathetic prostitute, but runs afoul of a local gang. The final film in the series, "#701's Grudge Song" (from director Yasuharu Hasebe, "Retaliation," "Massacre Gun"), shows a gentler side of Nami as she falls in with Kudo, an ex-radical suffering from physical and psychological trauma caused by police torture. Spiritual kin to "Ms. 45," "Coffy" and "The Bride Wore Black," the "Female Prisoner Scorpion" is the pinnacle of early 1970s exploitation cinema from Japanese grindhouse studio Toei, and one of the greatest female revenge sagas ever told. Brand new 2K restorations of all four films in the series presented on High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD. Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays) for all films. Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interviews, appreciations, theatrical trailers for all films in the series, Japanese cinema critic Jasper Sharp looks over the career of Shunya Ito, new visual essay on the career of star and icon Meiko Kaji by critic Tom Mes,reversible sleeves for all films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan, booklet featuring new writing on the films, an archive interview with Meiko Kaji, and a brand new interview with Toru Shinohara, creator of the original Female Prisoner Scorpion manga, more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Hellhole (1985) Judy Landers, Ray Sharkey, Mary Woronov, Marjoe Gortner, Richard Cox, Terry Moore, Edy Williams, Robert Z'Dar, Dyanne Thorne. Having witnessed her mother's brutal death, Susan (Judy Landers) gets amnesia from a fall while being pursued by the killer, Silk (Ray Sharkey), and awakens in a sanitarium where a psychotic scientist (Mary Woronov) has been testing a new lobotomy technique using helpless inmates as her guinea pigs. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New Interview with Mary Woronov, original theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
I Am Wrath (2016) John Travolta, Amanda Schull, Christopher Meloni, Rebecca De Mornay. A man sets out to get justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).
Jack Irish, Season 1 (2016 -- Australia) Guy Pearce returns as Peter Temple's charismatic antihero in this new six-part noir thriller that co-stars Marta Dusseldorp ("A Place to Call Home," "Janet King"). Jack Irish is a former criminal lawyer and now part-time investigator, debt collector, apprentice carpenter, and sometimes lover. From the island of Mindanao in the Philippines to Melbourne, Jack is caught in a global web of religious zealotry among right-wing Christians and media-savvy jihadists. When Jack is contracted to find a man with a criminal past who is then killed in front of him, Jack suspects a set-up. The case spirals into a larger international conspiracy involving Muslim extremists and born-again Christians. Meanwhile, Jack’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, journalist Linda Hillier (Marta Dusseldorp), leaves Melbourne to further her career as a foreign correspondent in Manila. Though the job is not exactly what she had planned, Linda quickly realizes she may be on to a big story. As their cases eventually intertwine, Jack and Linda’s reunion is tested by the arrival of Sarah Longmore (Claudia Karvan), a metal sculptor with connections. Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, photo gallery. (Acorn Media).
Jack Irish: The Movies Three television movies -- "Bad Debts" (2012), "Black Tide" (2012) and "Dead Point" (2014) based on the award-winning novels by Peter Temple. Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) is down on his luck. Reeling from his wife's murder, the former lawyer has reinvented himself as a private investigator and debt collector, with a penchant for drowning his demons at the local pub. When an old client dies, Jack is thrust back into the criminal underworld that took everything away from him—but might offer his only chance at redemption. World-weary with a dash of dark humor, Jack takes on cases that dig into the dregs of Australian society and expose conspiracy and corruption among the power elite. Along the way, he becomes involved with smart, ambitious journalist Linda Hillier (Marta Dusseldorp, who realizes there's an honorable man hiding behind his disheveled exterior. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Acorn Media).
The New World (2005) This singular vision of early 17-century America from Terrence Malick is a work of astounding elemental beauty, a poetic meditation on nature, violence, love, and civilization. It reimagines the apocryphal story of the meeting of British explorer John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Powhatan native Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher, in a revelatory performance) as a romantic idyll between spiritual equals, then follows Pocahontas through her marriage to John Rolfe (Christian Bale) and her life in England. With art director Jack Fisk's raw re-creation of the Jamestown colony, Emmanuel Lubezki's marvelous, naturally lit cinematography, and James Horner's soaring musical score, "The new World" is a film of uncommon power and technical splendor, one that shows Malick at the height of his visual and philosophical powers. new 4K digital restoration of the 172-minute extended cut of the film, supervised by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and director Terrence Malick and featuring material not released in theaters, with both theatrical and near-field 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-ray. High-definition digital transfers of the 150-minute first cut and the 135-minute theatrical cut of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: new interviews with actors Colin Farrell and Q'orianka Kilcher; new program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West; "Making The new World," a documentary shot during the production of the film in 2004, directed and edited by Austin Jack Lynch; new program about the process of cutting "The new World" and its various versions, featuring interviews with editors Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, and Mark Yoshikawa; trailers; a book featuring an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning, a 2006 interview with Lubezki from American Cinematographer, and a selection of materials that inspired the production. (The Criterion Collection).
People's Gala Concert (1991 -- Russia) Born in the midst of Stalinism, filmmaker Semyon Aranovich presents remorseless accounts about Josef Stalin's final years as dictator of the Soviet Union's Communist Party. Aranovich examines Stalin's brutal decisions to persecute Jewish citizens of the USSR. Although the title does not directly correlate to the documentary's archival footage, photographs, and personal accounts, it does however, imply a subtext about a massive group of citizens being prosecuted, beaten, and executed before, during, and after WWII. An estimated 20 million-60 million people perished under Stalin's regime. A vast majority of those victims died due to starvation and disease, while many others, especially those of Jewish descent, were executed. Formats: DVD. (Facets).
Sing Street (2016) Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Kelly Thornton, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band ... yet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Sing Street," "Writer-Director John Carney and Adam Levine Talk Sing Street," nine cast auditions. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
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July 25, 2016