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Tuesday, September 22 -- Monday, September 28

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  • Pitch Perfect 2

    photo for Pitch Perfect 2 It's been three years since 2012's early Fall sleeper hit "Pitch Perfect" stormed the boxoffice barricades, starting out with a sleepy $5 million in its first weekend and then building during the course of the next three months -- via word of mouth and repeat viewings -- to a respectable $64 million theatrical (U.S.) and, later, a whopping $117 million on DVD. The story of college freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick), who joins an a cappella girls singing group at Barden University and helps the conglomeration of mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls known as the Barden Bellas become the first all-female group to win a national title, was a different kind of musical -- fresh, exciting and, well, uplifting. The highlights of the film included the delightful and infectious singing, Rebel Wilson's antics and the off-the-wall Greek Chorus comments by a cappella commentators John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks (who also produced). "Pitch Perfect 2" picks up three years after the original, with the Barden Bellas, coming off three years as national winners, performing for the president and the first lady at Lincoln Center, a performance that is botched by an embarrassing Rebel Wilson wardrobe malfunction. Striped of their U.S. performing duties, the only way the group can redeem itself is to travel to Copenhagen to face off against Germany's Das Music Machine for the world title. "Pitch Perfect 2" fine tunes all the tropes from the original, adding in more awkward situations, meaner opponents, more sexual innuendo and, of course, more frenzied singing. If you liked Kendrick's pensive angst, Wilson's scatological humor and (Bella leader) Brittany Snow's unbridled enthusiasm, then you'll love this sequel. The only shortcoming: the addition of Hailee Steinfeld (of "True Grit") in a weak role as a legacy newbie who helps spur the group on to success. The best part: the continued bickering and wisecracking of (now) podcasting duo John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks (who not only produced this edition but deftly directed it to boot). A fun outing. Scheduled for 2017: "Pitch Perfect 3."Vitals: Director: Elizabeth Banks. Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Katey Sagal. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 115 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $183.560 million, Universal. Extras: Extended musical performances, deleted/extended/alternate scenes, "The Bellas Are Back," gag reel, commentary with director-producer Elizabeth Banks and producers Paul Brooks and Max Handelman. Blu-ray adds bonus song performed by the Treblemakers, Das Sound Machine finale breakdown, line-aca-rama, Green Bay rap, "Elizabeth Banks' Directorial Debut" featurette, "Aca-Camp," "The Making of the Riff-Off," "The World Championships of A Cappella," "Snoop is in the House," "Residual Heat Internship", "An Aca-Love Story: Bumper and Fat Amy," "Legacy: Hailee Steinfeld." 3 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Breaker Morant (Criterion)
  • The Indian in the Cupboard: 20th Anniversary (1995)
  • Jumanji: 20th Anniversary Edition (1995)
  • Mister Johnson (Criterion)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (Criterion)
  • The Sentinel (1977)
  • Zathura: 10th Anniversary Edition (2005)

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The American Dreamer (1971) A candid look into the unique mind and strange life of film legend and Hollywood rebel Dennis Hopper. In 1970, actor-director Dennis Hopper, who catapulted into stardom with his 1969 counterculture road movie" Easy Rider," was in the midst of finishing his follow-up work, "The Last Movie," a film that was deeply personal -- but ultimately disastrous. That moment in photo for The American Dreamer time became the window through which noted photojournalist Lawrence Schiller and avant-garde filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson entered to preserve Hopper's life, who in their opinion had submerged himself in the myth of his character in "Easy Rider." What resulted was the quasi-documentary "The American Dreamer," a unique portrait of the pathologically rebellious Hopper, which chronicled the late artist's agonizing, alcohol- and drug-fueled post-production of "The Last Movie." The result of Schiller and Carson's work was a multi-faceted look into the unique mind and strange life of one of the 20th centuryís great, cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success. "The American Dreamer" was first released on college campuses in the 70s and then largely vanished. In the 1990s, Hopper himself brought the film back to life when he asked for it to be screened as a companion piece to "The Last Movie" at film festivals and art houses. Etiquette Pictures -- launched in July and devoted to painstakingly restoring unique and off-beat arthouse gems and rescuing them from obscurity -- in partnership with the Walker Art Center and Bond 360 Studios, brings this forgotten masterpiece to home video for the very first time in a new, director-approved, 2k restoration, painstakingly reconstructed from four 16mm prints housed in the Centerís Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Fighting Against the Wind" making-of featurette; "A Long Way Home" preservation featurette; extensive photo gallery; booklet and essay by film historian and Temple of Schlock blogger Chris Poggiali. (Etiquette Pictures).

American Masters: The Women's List (2015) Meet 15 women who have created and defined contemporary American culture in the newest chapter of filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' List film series (The Boomer List, The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List). The documentary features intimate interviews with Madeleine Albright, Gloria Allred, Laurie Anderson, Sara Blakely, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Elizabeth Holmes, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Aimee Mullins, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Shonda Rhimes, Wendy Williams and Nia Wordlaw. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for the film. Premieres nationwide Friday, September 25 on PBS (check local listings) and available the same day on DVD. Formats: DVD. (Perfect Day Films). Due September 25.

Arrow: The Complete Third Season (2014-15) Five-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray with all 23 episodes. Formats: DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray Disc: $60.19. Extras: "Second Skins: Creating the Uniforms of Arrow," "Nanda Parbat: Constructing the Villain's Lair," commentaries, "Arrow" at Comic-Con 2014, "The Man Beneath the Suit -- Atom's First Flight," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).

The Beginners Bible, Volume 4 (2014) The latest DVD installment in the acclaimed, family-friendly series based on the best-selling children's book of the same name, features three timeless tales: "The Story of Joseph & His Brothers," "Daniel & the Lion's Den," and "The Battle of Jericho"; and a bonus story "The Story of Jonah & the Whale." Formats: DVD: $9.95. (Time Life).

photo for Breaker Morant Breaker Morant (1980) At the turn of the 20th century, three Australian army lieutenants are court-martialed for alleged war crimes committed while fighting in South Africa. With no time to prepare, an Australian major, appointed as defense attorney, must prove they were just following the rules of war and are being made into political pawns by the British imperial command. Director Bruce Beresford garnered international acclaim for this riveting drama set during a dark period in his countryís colonial history, and featuring passionate performances by Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson; rugged cinematography by Donald McAlpine ("Moulin Rouge"); and an Oscar-nominated script, based on true events. New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Beresford from 2004; new interviews with Beresford, cinematographer Donald McAlpine, and actor Bryan Brown; interview with actor Edward Woodward from 2004; new piece about the Boer War with historian Stephen Miller; trailer; an essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for Chain of Command Chain of Command (2015) Steve Austin, Michael Jai White, Max Ryan. When Special Operative James Webster (Michael Jai White) returns home from duty, he witnesses the brutal slaying of his brother. Webster immediately tries to retaliate and hunt down the perpetrators, but as he does, he delves deeper into a secret world of corruption and murder and finds himself at the center of a deadly conspiracy that cuts deep inside the walls of the U.S. Government. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

CPO Sharkey: The Complete Second Season (1977-78) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.95. For two seasons (1976-1978) and 37 episodes, Don Rickles brought his distinctive brand of comedy to NBC-TV as the star of "CPO Sharkey." As a 24-year naval veteran, Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey had seen and heard it all. He was politically incorrect before the term existed, and the recruits he whipped into shape at the San Diego naval training center received most of his shards of wisdom. They may have been hockey pucks, but they were his hockey pucks -- ready, willing, and able to endure one verbal Shark attack after another. Formats: DVD. Extras: "CPO Sharkey" Cast reunion Las Vegas, 2015 with Don Rickles, Harrison Page, David Landsberg, Tom Ruben and Barry Pearl. (Time Life).

Eaten Alive (1977) Dir.: Tobe Hooper; Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, William Finley, Stuart Whitman, Robert Englund. Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger's famous red and green sweater, horror icon Robert Englund delivered a supremely sleazy performance this Southern terror from Tobe Hooper, director of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the ramshackle Starlight Hotel, presided over by the bumbling, mumbling Judd, who may seem like a good-natured ol' Southern gent but has a mean temper and a large scythe and loves to feed his guests to his pet croc. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with co-writer and producer Mardi Rustam, make-up artist Craig Reardon and stars Roberta Collins, William Finley and Kyle Richards; new introduction to the film by director Tobe Hooper; new interview with Hooper; "My Name Is Buck": Star Robert Englund discusses his acting career; "The Butcher of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball," the story of the South Texas bar owner on whom "Eaten Alive" is loosely based; "5ive Minutes With Marilyn Burns," the star of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" talks about working on "Eaten Alive"; "The Gator Creator" archival interview with Hooper; original theatrical trailers for the film under its various titles "Eaten Alive," "Death Trap," "Starlight Slaughter" and "Horror Hotel"; U.S. TV and radio spots; alternate credits sequence; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin; collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

The Farewell Party (2015 -- Israel) A unique, compassionate and surprisingly funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

Finding Neighbors (2013) Michael O'Keefe, Catherine Dent, Blake Bashoff, Julie Mond, Sean Patrick Thomas, Mike Genovese. A successful stay-at-home graphic novelist hits a mid-life and creative crisis when, after the failure of his last work, he develops writers block. Seeking inspiration, he first turns to his provocative next-door female neighbor but, to the surprise of his wife, he actually ends up spending all of his time with the another next-door neighbor, a gay fellow "househusband" with whom he becomes emotionally intimate. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast interviews, director's breakdown of a scene, director's commentary, animation backstory, "Women on the Set" featurett, theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).

The Flash: The Complete First Season (2014-15) Five-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray with all 23 episodes. Formats: DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray Disc: $60.19.Extras: "The Fastest Man Alive!" "Creating the Blur," "The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test," "Behind the Story: The Trickster Returns!" DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow," commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

Growing Up Trans (2015) Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too -- with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In this program, Frontline takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside this new frontier ó where it's now possible for kids who feel they were born in the wrong body to never have to go through the puberty of their biological sex. Eight transgender kids, ranging in ages from 9 to 19, speak with striking candor and remarkable insight about their deeply personal experiences. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).

photo for Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman (2015) To everyone's surprise, 55 years after the publication of "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee has published another novel. "Go Set a Watchman" was written before Lee's beloved masterpiece, as director Mary McDonagh Murphy explains in this update of her 2011 documentary "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird." Murphy's film sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels, and includes interviews with Lee's older sister, close friends, and admirers including Oprah Winfrey, Scott Turow, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb and more. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).

In the Name of My Daughter (2015 -- France) Adele Haenel, Catherine Deneuve, Guillaume Canet. Acclaimed director Andre Techine brings a gripping real-life thriller to the screen. When her marriage falls apart in 1976, Agnes Le Roux (Haenel) moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renee (Deneuve), owner of the Palais de La Mediterranee casino in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet (Canet), a lawyer and Renee's business advisor, who is 10 years her senior. Agnes is madly in love with him and he introduces her to a rival casino owner, Fratoni, who wants to win control of the Palais de la Mediterannee. Fratoni bribes Agnes to vote against her mother at a stockholders' meeting and Renee loses control of the casino. In November 1977, after a failed suicide attempt, Agnes disappears. Her body is never found. Thirty years on, Maurice Agnelet remains the prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt. Convinced of his involvement, Renee is prepared to fight to the bitter end to see him put behind bars. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).

photo for The Indian in the Cupboard: 20th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT The Indian in the Cupboard: 20th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT (1995) Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins. Extras: New bonus features: From the cast of "Goosebumps" (due Oct. 16): "Goosebumps" sneak peek, "Reflection on The Indian in the Cupboard"; "Little Bear: A Return to The Indian in the Cupboard" featurette; archival making-of featurette; original theatrical trailer. Legacy features include commentary from director Frank Oz. (Sony).

The Journey Home (aka Midnight Sun) (2014) Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic, Bridget Moynahan. A young boy attempts to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother in northern Canada. But when a violent storm closes in, his mother and a family friend frantically search for the daring pair as they defy starvation and below freezing temperatures so both boy and bear can complete their own journeys home. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).

Jumanji: 20th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (1995) Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Bonnie Hunt, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier, Patricia Clarkson. Extras: New bonus features: From the cast of "Goosebumps" (due Oct. 16): "Goosebumps" sneak peek, "Reflection on Jumanji"; new animated storybook excerpts from Jumanji (the book), narrated by author Chris Van Allsburg; two episodes of the 1996 "Jumanji: The Animated Series" TV show; original theatrical trailer. Legacy special features: special effects crew commentary, making-of documentary, production design documentary, SFX featurette, storyboard comparisons. (Sony).

Kindness Is Contagious (2015) Heartwarming documentary by David Gaz, narrated by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the best-selling author of the novel (and film) "Pay It Forward." Itís a film all about being nice and the benefits of being nice. CEOs, baseball players, roller girls, concert pianists, artists, street performers, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models and many more tell you their heartfelt stories of kindness and generosity. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

photo for Mister Johnson Mister Johnson (1990) A decade after he broke through with "Breaker Morant," Australian director Bruce Beresford made another acclaimed film about the effects of colonialism on the individual. In a performance that earned him the Berlin Film Festivalís Silver Bear for best actor, Maynard Eziashi ("Bopha!") plays the title character, a Nigerian villager eager to work as a civil servant for the British authorities, including a sympathetic district officer (Pierce Brosnan), in the hopes that it will benefit him in the future. Instead, his ambition leads to his tragic downfall. Mister Johnson, based on a 1939 novel by Joyce Cary, is a graceful, heartfelt drama about the limits of idealism, affectingly acted and handsomely shot. New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New video interviews with Beresford, producer Michael Fitzgerald, and actors Maynard Eziashi and Pierce Brosnan; trailer; an essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard. (The Criterion Collection).

Modern Family: The Complete Sixth Season (2014-15) Three-disc set with 24 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98. (Fox).

photo for Moonrise Kingdon Moonrise Kingdom (2012) An island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two 12-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As local authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore ... Wes Andersonís "Moonrise Kingdom" stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young couple on the run, Bruce Willis as Island Police Captain Sharp, Edward Norton as Khaki Scout troop leader Scout Master Ward, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as Suzyís attorney parents, Walt and Laura Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban. The magical soundtrack features the music of Benjamin Britten. Restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Anderson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola; selected-scene storyboard animatics; interviews with cast and crew; "Exploring the Set of Moonrise Kingdom,Ē an original documentary about the film; Nortonís home movies from the set; behind-the-scenes, special effects, and test footage; auditions; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey OíBrien, plus a map of New Penzance Island and other ephemera. (The Criterion Collection).

photo for The Nanny: Season Four The Nanny: Season Four (1996-97) Three-disc set with all 26 episodes, $34.99. The irrepressible Fran Drescher returns for the fourth season of "The Nanny," a sitcom classic that dresses to impress. Nanny Fran Fine (Drescher) and the Sheffields are up to all-new shenanigans and misadventures in the fourth season, which delivers not only big laughs but big guest stars (including Bette Midler, Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, Celine Dion, Jon Stewart, Jason Alexander, and Joan Collins). Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

The Other Man: F.W. De Klerk and the End Of Apartheid (2014) It could have been a bloodbath of historic proportions. But instead, one man made the end of apartheid possible: in February 1990, President F.W. de Klerk lifted the ban on the African National Congress and ordered the release of Nelson Mandela. As the world celebrated, Mandela would go on to become South Africa's first democratically elected president -- with de Klerk as his deputy president. But de Klerk's history is complicated. A virulent defender of white Africans and their privileges, he helped lead the fight against ANC activists. And his own presidency was marred by violence, often at the hands of security forces he controlled. What pushed this man to reverse his beliefs and jumpstart the process of making South Africa a more equal and just nation? Formats: DVD. Extras: "20 Years After Apartheid (discussion with Thabo Mbeki, Max Dupree and F.W. de Klerk), "The Quantum Leap Speech" (about de Klerk's famous speech, February 2, 1990) , "Vox Populi" (street interviews about the legacy of Mandela and de Klerk). (First Run Features).

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Katey Sagal. After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform in this sequel to 2012's sleeper smash hit "Pitch perfect." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extended musical performances, deleted/extended/alternate scenes, "The Bellas Are Back," gag reel, commentary with director-producer Elizabeth Banks and producers Paul Brooks and Max Handelman. Blu-ray adds bonus song performed by the Treblemakers, Das Sound Machine finale breakdown, Line-Aca-Rama, Green Bay rap, "Elizabeth Banks' Directorial Debut" featurette, "Aca-Camp," "The Making of the Riff-Off," "The World Championships of A Cappella," "Snoop is in the House," "Residual Heat Internship", "An Aca-Love Story: Bumper and Fat Amy," "Legacy: Hailee Steinfeld." (Universal).

Pop Life (2015) Powerful documentary that delves into the popularity of street drugs such as Molly found in todayís EDM culture. Offers a firsthand look at the environments where this new generation of party drugs are consumed, as told by club kids, EDM DJís and music fest moguls. As EDM has exploded into the mainstream, illicit drugs have become rampant at concerts and with fans. Teens and young adults have grown desensitized to these popular street drugs, putting their future at high risk. Formats: DVD. (Moguldom Studios/Cinedigm).

photo for The Red Road: The Complete Second Season (2014) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the Sundance TV series that centers around two clashing communities: a Native American tribe, and the small town of which they are forced to coexist. The long awaited federal recognition of the tribe has exacerbated decades-old tensions and history, and the fates of Sheriff Harold Jensen and Phillip Kopus are once again tied as the relationship between their communities becomes volatile. Season Two picks up a year after the end of Season One. Phillip is on parole trying to stay out of trouble. But things have changed: Sheriff Jensen has become lieutenant and the tribe is now in talks to build a casino. Kopus must endure his own version of an ordeal, a Native American test of courage and fortitude that leads either to redemption or to death. The tribe and the community must decide their futures after they are ravaged by the deaths of some of their most prominent members. Formats: DVD: $29.98. Extras: "Inside The Red Road," "Sundance on Set." (Anchor Bay).

Results (2015) Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker, Constance Zimmer. Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Dannyís well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and photo for Saint Laurent irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Getting Results: Shecky & Raymond," "Results" fitness promotional videos, cast and crew interviews. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Saint Laurent (2015) Gaspard Ulliel, Jeremie Renier, Lea Seydoux, Louis Garrell, Amira Casar, Aymelyne Valade, Helmut Berger. Yves Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career ... when Saint Laurent found both artistic inspiration and personal torment in the liberation and hedonism of the times. Explores the mind of the creative genius, the intricacies that turned a haute-couture label into a worldwide phenomenon, and the glamour and decadence that followed Saint Laurent's footsteps of fame and fortune. France's official submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 87th Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Sony).

The Sentinel BLU-RAY DEBUT (1977) Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Jose Ferrer, John Carradine, Arthur photo for The Sentinel BLU-RAY DEBUT Kennedy, Eli Wallach, Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith, Beverly D'Angelo, Deborah Raffin, Jerry Orbach, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, Christopher Walken. When a beautiful model, Alison Parker (Raines), rents an apartment in a gloomy New York brownstone, little does she realize that an unspeakable horror awaits her behind its doors ... a mysterious gateway to hell. Alison likes her eccentric new neighbors, so it comes as a shock when she's told that, except for a strange old priest, she's the only tenant. Amazing special makeup effects by the legendary Dick Smith. (Scream Factory).

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants (2014) Even Bikini Bottom needs protection from evildoers and the ocean's greatest heroes are here to save the day in this collection of eight animated SpongeBob episodes. Whether it's Patrick-Man working hard to clean up Bikini Bottom or the legendary Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy being dragged back into the crime-fighting business, there is no stopping these deep-sea heroic adventures -- available together for the first time. Formats: DVD" $14.88 (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Zathura: 10th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (2005) Josh Hutcherson, Kristen Stewart, Jonah Bobo, Dax Sheppard, Tim Robbins. Extras: New bonus features: From the cast of "Goosebumps" (due Oct. 16): "Goosebumps" sneak peek, "Reflection on Zathura"; new animated storybook version of "Zathura" (the book), narrated by author Chris Van Allsburg; original theatrical trailer. Legacy special features: Commentary with director Jon Favreau and co-producer Peter Billingsley; Featurettes: "The Making of Zathura," "Visual Effects Documentary," "The Cast of Zathura," "Zorgons, Robots and Frozen Lisa," "Making the Game," "Miniatures and the World of Zathura," "The World of Chris van Allsburg." (Sony).

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