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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, February 9 -- Monday, February 15

All DVD Releases

  • Spectre

    photo for Spectre Twenty-fourth "official" James Bond/007 big-screen adventure (not including the 1967 "Casino Royale" and the 1983 "Never Say Never Again"). A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz. Vitals: Director: Sam Mendes. Stars: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Jesper Christensen, Dave Bautista, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 148 min., Action-Thriller, Box office gross: $197.104 million, MGM/Sony/Fox. Extras: Video Blogs: Director – Sam Mendes, Supercars, Day of the Dead Festival, Introducing Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, Action, Music, Guinness World Record. Blu-ray adds "SPECTRE: Bond's Biggest Opening Sequence," gallery. 3 stars


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  • Crimson Peak

    photo for Crimson Peak When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay -- a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak: a house that breathes, bleeds -- and remembers. Vitals: Director: Guillermo del Toro. Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 119 min.,Gothic Horror, Box office gross: $31.090 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scenes; "The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak" production featurette; "Beware Of Crimson Peak" walking tour of the many secret spaces in Allerdale Hall; feature commentary with co-writer and director Guillermo Del Toro. Blu-ray adds "I Remember Crimson Peak" interviews with del Toro, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain; "A Living Thing" set featurette; "A Primer on Gothic Romance"; "Crimson Phantoms" make-up effects featurette; "Hand Tailored Gothic" costume design featurette. 2 stars

  • 99 Homes

    photo for In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker, Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom and 9-year old son into a shabby, dangerous motel. All seems lost. Until an unexpected opportunity arises for Nash to strike a deal with the devil -- he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of scamming and stealing from the banks and the government; he teaches Nash how the rich get richer. Living a double life, Nash hides his new boss and job from his family. He rises fast and makes real money; he dreams bigger. But there is a cost. On Carver's orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes -- just as it happened to him. Nash's conscience starts tearing him apart ... but his son needs a home. Vitals: Director: Ramin Bahrani. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Noah Lomax, Clancy Brown. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 112 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.410 million, Broad Green Pictures. 3 stars

  • Grandma

    photo for Grandma Unapologetic and candid film navigating the intricacies of relationships between three generations of women. Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash, as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. Vitals: Director: Paul Weitz. Stars: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: R, 79 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $6.952 million, Sony. Extras: "A Family Portrait: The Making of Grandma"; Q&A with Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott and director Paul Weitz; commentary with Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott, Julia Garner and Paul Weitz. 2 stars




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    All DVD Releases

    photo for The Carol Burnett Show: Treasures From the Vault The Carol Burnett Show: Treasures From the Vault Six-disc collection ($59.95) featuring 15 complete and uncut episodes -- not seen in more than 40 years -- and over four hours of specially-produced bonus features, and a single disc ($12.95) featuring three episodes and bonuses. During the late-'60s, CBS was "The Carol Burnett Show" network, a joking reference based on the program's widespread popularity and huge ratings. Yet, the first five seasons have never resurfaced -- no reruns, streaming video, DVDs or other formats -- until now. Classic sketches: "The Old Folks," "The Ham Actors," "Carol and Sis," "Alice Portnoy" and "As the Stomach Turns"; TV and movie parodies including "Valley of the Dollars," "Bony and Clod," "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?," the epic "Mildred Fierce" and "Salute to Warner Bros. Studios, with Bugs Bunny." Iconic guest stars including Jonathan Winters, Joan Rivers, Sonny & Cher, Paul Lynde, Art Carney, Betty Grable, Mickey Rooney and many others, along with surprise appearances by Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan. Over four hours of exclusive bonus programming featuring newly-shot interviews with Tony Bennett, Steve Carell, Kristin Chenoweth, Tina Fey, Burt Reynolds and others; bonus sketches; featurettes including "The Song and Dance: Crooners, Hoofers & Balladeers," "Expecting the Unexpected" and "The Making of a Mackie"; never-before-seen outtakes. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).

    Convergence (2015) Clayne Crawford, Mykelti Williamson, Ethan Embry. A detective on the trail of a terrorist is injured in an explosion and awakens to find himself trapped in a supernaturally mysterious hospital that serves as a gateway between heaven and hell ... where he must fight for the redemption of his soul. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).

    Crimson Peak (2015) Dir.: Guillermo del Toro; Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam. Thriller about a sheltered young woman who abandons the safe certainty of her upbringing for life with an alluring aristocrat on a remote English estate in a house that breathes, bleeds -- and remembers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak" production featurette; "Beware of Crimson Peak" walking tour of the many secret spaces in Allerdale Hall; feature commentary with co-writer and director Guillermo Del Toro. Blu-ray adds "I Remember Crimson Peak" interviews with del Toro, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain; "A Living Thing" set featurette; "A Primer on Gothic Romance"; "Crimson Phantoms" make-up effects featurette; "Hand Tailored Gothic" costume design featurette. (Universal).

    The Emigrants/The New Land (1971/1972) This monumental mid-19th-century epic from Jan Troell charts, over the course of two films, a poor Swedish farming family's voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in this beautiful but forbidding new world. Movie legends Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann give remarkably authentic performances as Karl-Oskar and Kristina, a couple who meet with one physical and emotional trial after another on their arduous journey. The precise, minute detail with which Troell depicts the couple's story — which is also the story of countless other people who sought better lives across the Atlantic — is a wonder to behold. New high-definition digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Three-DVD and two Blu-ray sets. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New introduction by critic and Swedish-film expert John Simon; new conversation between film scholar Peter Cowie and director Jan Troell; new interview with actor Liv Ullmann; "To Paint With Pictures," a 2005 documentary on the making of the films, featuring archival footage as well as interviews with Troell, Ullmann, producer and co-screenwriter Bengt Forslund, and actor Eddie Axberg; trailers; booklet with an essay by critic Terrence Rafferty. (The Criterion Collection).

    Freaks of Nature (2016) Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Joan Cusack, Bob Odenkirk, Keegan-Michael Key, Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens, Denis Leary, Patton Oswalt. In a world where humans, vampires and zombies uneasily co-exist, a sudden alien invasion forces a trio of misfit high school students to unite in order to save their hometown from extinction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel, alternate opening, deleted scenes. (Sony).

    Grandma (2015) Director: Paul Weitz. Stars: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Family Portrait: The Making of Grandma"; Q&A with Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott and director Paul Weitz; commentary with Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott, Julia Garner and Paul Weitz. (Sony).



    Hee Haw: Kornfield Klassics (1971) Pickin' and grinnin,' singin' and spinnin' tall tales and corny jokes, the citizens of Kornfield Kounty landed on television in 1969 with the arrival of "Hee Haw" as a summer replacement series for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Each week co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark and the cast of comedians and musicians would welcome the biggest stars in country music to perform their songs and help deliver the one-liners. Includes two complete vintage episodes from 1971. Formats: DVD: $12.95. (Time Life).

    The Leftovers: The Complete Second Season (2015) Three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray with all 10 episodes of the HBO series. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Warner).

    photo for Love the Coopers Love the Coopers (2015) Alan Arkin, Diane Keaton, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb Olivia Wilde. When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making the Coopers" featurette, "Rags the Dog" featurette, "Fun on Set" featurette, music video by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant.(Lionsgate).

    Marshland (2014 -- Spain) Javier Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo, Maria Varod. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town in the Spainish deep South in 1980 bring together two disparate characters -- both detectives in the homicide division -- to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).

    photo for MI-5 MI-5 (2015) Kit Harington, Peter Firth, Tuppence Middleton, Jennifer Ehle, Laura Pulver. Based on the hit British TV series. When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of MI-5" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

    99 Homes (2015) Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Noah Lomax, Clancy Brown. In this timely thriller, single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home and his only chance to win it back is to go to work for Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), the charismatic and ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place. It's a deal-with-the-devil that provides security for his family; but as Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined. Read more about "99 Homes" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Broad Green Pictures).


    Paulette (2012 -- France) Bernadette Lafont, Carmen Maura. Brash and opinionated retiree Paulette (Bernadette Lafont) lives alone in a housing project on the outskirts of Paris. One evening, upon observing some mysterious dealings outside her building, Paulette discovers a surprising way to supplement her meager pension - an unlikely but successful career selling cannabis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).

    Playin' for Love (2015) Director: Robert Townsend. Stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jenifer Lewis, Esai Morales, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Robert Townsend. Coach Banks (Townsend) is used to calling all the shots for his championship high school basketball team and in his own love life ... until he meets Talisa McCoy (Richardson-Whitfield), the mother of a star player, new to Jackson High, who has her own ideas on a winning team. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).

    photo for Sheba, Baby Sheba, Baby (1975) Pam Grier, D'Urville Martin, Austin Stoker. Fresh off her career defining roles for Jack Hill in "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown," Pam Grier continued her domination of the Blaxploitation genre, in cult filmmaker William Girdler's "Sheba, Baby." Grier plays Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who's called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss (D'Urville Martin) from moving in on her father's loan business. Aided by her father's partner, Brick Williams (Austin Stoker), Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren't going go away without a fight. Car bombs, gun fights and boat chases ensue while armed with her curves, street smarts and a .44, Sheba is in for a bloodbath. Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson; "Sheldon: Baby" new interview with David Sheldon; "Pam Grier: The AIP Years" look at the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris Poggiali; trailer; gallery featuring rare publicity images and lobby cards; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen, webmaster of WilliamGirdler.com, illustrated with archive stills and posters (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    photo for Sociopathia Sociopathia (2015) Tammy Jean, Asta Paredes. Introverted and peculiar, Mara spends her days fabricating props for movies. At night, she hunts down additions to her collection, sadistically murdering them and keeping their corpses as living dolls. When she's hired by Kat, a fledgling producer, the two instantly hit it off. As their relationship grows more intense, Mara begins to lose her already fragile grip on reality. When her "dolls" begin demanding all of her attention, and Kat threatens to break her heart, Mara spirals into psychosis, leaving her no choice but to kill again. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Complete B&W version of "Sociopathia", deleted scenes. (Cinema Epoch).

    Spectre (2015) Dir.: Sam Mendes; Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Jesper Christensen, Dave Bautista, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear. A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Video Blogs: Director – Sam Mendes, Supercars, Day of the Dead Festival, Introducing Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, Action, Music, Guinness World Record. Blu-ray adds "SPECTRE: Bond's Biggest Opening Sequence," gallery. (MGM/Sony/Fox).

    photo for Welcome to Leith Welcome to Leith (2015) Chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small community in the plains struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).


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