December 4, 2012 Releases
The Adventures of Mark Twain Collector's Edition (1985) Dir.: Will Vinton; voices of James Whitmore, Michele Mariana, Gary Krug, Chris Ritchie. Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher stow away with Mark Twain on his magical airship and take an incredible journey through time in search of Halley's Comet. Along the way they encounter a variety of Twain.s storybook characters from "The Diary of Adam and Eve," "Huckleberry Finn", "The Mysterious Stranger," "The Famous Jumping Frog of Caliverous County" and "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director Will Vinton, "Story of Claymation," behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Music of Mark Twain" selected music tracks, crew interviews, still gallery, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Angry Boys (2011) Three-disc set with 12 episodes. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98; Digital. Extras: S.mouse concert and music videos, deleted scenes, bloopers. (HBO).
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of Beasts of the Southern Wild." Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, auditions (Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry), "Glory at Sea," "Music" and "The Aurochs" featurettes. (Fox).
Butter (2012) Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene, Rob Corddry, Alicia Silverstone, Kristen Schaal, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Yara Shahidi. In small-town Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman... the wife of the perennial butter champion who has stepped down in their town's annual contest. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Gag reel, deleted and extended scenes. (Anchor Bay).
Chiller: The Complete Television Series The television series "Chiller" was a five episode horror anthology that aired in the UK in 1995. Presented here for the first time in the U.S., these supernatural shockers feature malevolent spirits, a brutal serial killer and a haunted house set in contemporary England. Episodes in the two-disc set include "Prophecy," "Toby," "Here Comes the Mirror Man," "The Man Who Didn't Believe in Ghosts" and "Number Six." Formats: DVD, $29.95. (Synapse Films).
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Dir.: Christopher Nolan; Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Josh Pence, Nestor Carbonell, Alon Aboutboul, Matthew Modine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Journey of Bruce Wayne." Blu-ray adds "The Batmobile Documentary," "Ending the Knight" 14-part behind-the-scenes documentary, characters featurettes: "A Girl's Gotta Eat" and "Shadows & Light in Large Format," "Reflections: The End of a Legend," trailers, art gallery. (Warner).
The Dark Knight Trilogy "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises." Formats: DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray Disc, $52.99. Extras: Includes all the bonus features from all three releases. (Warner).
The Dog Who Saved the Holidays (2012 - TV) Shelley Long, Michael Gross, Gary Valentine, Elisa Donovan, Dean Cain, voice talents of Joey Lawrence and Peyton List. A pair of pooches rivaling for a family's affections team up to prevent thieves from breaking into their house just before Christmas. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season (2012) Two-disc set with eight episodes. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.98; Digital. Extras: Outtakes, blooper reel, deleted scenes, "Dinner with the Schaeffer's" exclusive deleted scene, eight commentaries. (HBO).
Elf-Man (2012) Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Jeffrey Combs, Mackenzie Astin. An Elf is left behind by Santa to help the Harper family kids when their inventor father is kidnapped and thieves want to steal his latest creation. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012) Lucas Cruikshank, Daniella Monet, John Cena, Tom Arnold. Third movie based on Fred the YouTube sensation: Fred's summer doesn't go as planned when he is trapped at camp by an evil counselor, but with the help of his new friends, he battles a rival camp and turns the summer into a fun time. Formats: DVD $14.98, VOD, Digital. Extras: Three behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Lionsgate).
The Fred 3-Movie Collection (2012) All three "Fred" films, $24.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Hope Springs (2012) Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Jean Smart, Elisabeth Shue, Marin Ireland, Ben Rappaport, Patch Darragh, Brett Rice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director David Frankel, gag reel, "Exploring the Scene": alternate takes gallery, "Inside the Perfect Marriage": Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones featurette. Blu-ray adds four featurettes: "An Intimate Look at Making Hope Springs," "An Expert's Guide to Everlasting Passion," "The Doctor Is In: Steve Carell on Dr. Feld" and "The Passionate Performer." (Sony).
Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters - Creatures Unleashed (2012) Five episodes of the Hasbro kids TV series, $14.97. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Shout! Factory).
Men of a Certain Age: The Complete Second Season (2010-11) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Adventures in the Crystal Empire (2012) Five episodes of the pre-school series, $14.97. In the two-part title adventure, a magical empire has suddenly appeared in the arctic north of Equestria, and Princess Celestia needs Twilight Sparkle and her friends to find a way to protect it. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory Kids).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXV (2011) Four episodes previously unreleased on DVD: "Robot Holocaust," "Operation Kid Brother," "Kitten With a Whip" and "Revenge of the Creature," $59.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Introductions by Mike Nelson and Joel Hodgson; "Life After MST3K: J. Elvis Weinstein," "Jack Arnold at Universal," "Life After MST3K: Bill Corbett," four exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance. Those who order this collection from ShoutFactory.com will receive bonus good-tidings in the form of a DVD featuring all nine installments of the MST-riffed, season one serial "Radar Men From the Moon," presented together for the first time, including the previously unreleased chapter "Hills of Death." (Shout! Factory).
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Dianne Wiest, CJ Adams, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, M. Emmet Walsh, Odeya Rush, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lois Smith, David Morse, Common. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "“Family Roots: Bringing The Odd Life of Timothy Green to the Screen" documentary, "Glen Hansard: Behind 'This Gift'" closing song, "This Gift" music video by Glen Hansard, deleted scenes, commentary. (Disney).
Power Rangers Super Samurai: The Complete Season (2012) Single-disc with 20 episodes. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.99; Digital. (Lionsgate).
Purple Noon (1960) Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when "Purple Noon (Plein soleil)" was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's vicious novel, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," directed by the versatile Rene Clement, stars Delon as Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf back to the United States; what initially seems a carefree tale of friendship soon morphs into a thrilling saga of seduction, identity theft, and murder. Featuring gorgeous on-location photography in coastal Italy, "Purple Noon" is crafted with a light touch that allows it to be suspenseful and erotic at once, while giving Delon the role of a lifetime. New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New video interview with Rene Clement scholar Denitza Bantcheva; archival interviews with actor Alain Delon and novelist Patricia Highsmith; original English-language trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a reprinted interview with Clement. (The Criterion Collection).
Silent Night (2012) Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue, Lisa Marie, Brendan Fehr, Ellen Wong. A loose remake of the horror classic "Silent Night, Deadly Night" about a small-town sheriff and his deputy on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight. He's made his list, checked it twice, and the naughty are going to pay with their lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Silent Night: Behind the Scenes" featurette, deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).
Silent Night, Deadly Night/Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (1984/1987) Christmas Survival Double feature. Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio interview with director Charles E. Sellier, Jr., poster and still gallery, "Santa's Stocking of Outrage"; commentary with writer-director Lee Harry, writer Joseph H. Earle and actor James Newman; trailer; poster and still gallery; screenplay. (Anchor Bay).
The Simpsons Season 15 (2003-04) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, animation showcase, "All Aboard With Matt," commercials, deleted scenes, more. Blu-ray adds "The Otto Show," "Das Bus," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge." (Fox).
Sugar Mommas (2012) Vanessa Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, Rachel True, Lamman Rucker, Tommy Ford. Family friendly, Dove-approved inspirational stage play. When very different sisters Sheila and Lynn find themselves at crossroads in their lives and needing change, they partner with their close friend Tommi to open a bakery... where they face new challenges, old rivalries and even a chance at love. Formats: DVD. Extras: Music video, photo gallery. (One Village Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
Surviving Disaster With Amanda Ripley (2012) Provides a rare glimpse into disasters as seen through the eyes of survivors, experts and scientists. This program explains what all people should know about preparedness and their own neurology to help them survive disasters of any kind. Each survivor shares the story of the events that he or she survived, and scientists explain the commonalities of the experiences to show how our brains may predictably behave in crisis situations. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Titanic: Blood & Steel (2011) Three-disc set of the 12-part miniseries, $29.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Visual Effects of Titanic: Blood & Steel" featurette, "Making of Titanic: Blood & Steel" featurette. (Lionsgate).
A Vampire's Tale (aka Umbrage) (2010) Doug Bradley, Rita Ramnani, Jonnie Hurn, Natalia Celino. When a dysfunctional family moves into a remote farm, they find themselves in the middle of a centuries old feud between a deadly seductress and a vampire cowboy hell bent on revenge. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Drew Cullingham and actors Doug Bradley and James Fisher; "Taking Umbrage: The Making of a Vampire's Tale" featurette; music video by the Hokie Joint. (Liosngate).
World Without End (2012) Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley, Rupert Evans, Sarah Gadon. Eight-hour ReelzChannel miniseries. Times are tougher than ever in 14th century England as the country is on the brink of war with France and the citizens are facing The Plague that will eventually decimate one-third of its population. A feisty young woman (Riley) inspires her medieval town to confront the most powerful forces of her time... namely the Church and the Crown... as they fight to save their town from ruin, and ultimately usher in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment. Adaptation of Ken Follett's global bestseller. Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: "The Making of Ken Follett's World Without End" featurette. (Sony).
Wu Dang (2012) Wenzhuo Zhao, Yang Mi, Fan Siu-Wong. In the early days of Republican China, an American man greedy for gold and hungry for riches brings his daughter, a prodigy in martial arts, to compete for a championship title in kung-fu combat, while planning to find and steal secret treasures hide in Wu Dang mountain. With action choreography by Corey Yuen Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-Scenes featurette, deleted and extended scenes. (Well Go USA).
December 11, 2012 Releases
Ashanti (1979) Dir.: Richard Fleischer; Michael Caine, Peter Ustinov, Rex Harrison, William Holden, Beverly Johnson, Kabir Bedi, Omar Sharif. Michael Caine stars as Dr. David Linderby, half of a married U.N. medical team vaccinating native villages in West Africa. When his wife (supermodel Beverly Johnson) is abducted by a depraved Arab slave trader (Peter Ustinov), there's no time for diplomacy, and he enlists a human-trafficking activist (Rex Harrison), a cynical mercenary (William Holden) and a vengeful Bedouin (Kabir Bedi), to pursue his wife's slavers 3,000 miles across the Sahara before she can be sold at auction to wealthy Saudis. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Restored in HD from original vault elements. Extras: First-ever DVD interview with Beverly Johnson on the film's notorious history. (Severin Films).
Bigfoot County (2012) Stephon Stewart, Davee Youngblood, Shy Pilgreen. "Found" footage film about a documentary crew that travels to Siskiyou County, California, known for its Bigfoot sightings. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Bourne Legacy (2012) Tony Gilroy. Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Dennis Boutsikaris, Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes: "Re-Bourne" production featurette; "Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase" featurette; commentary with director/co-writer Tony Gilroy, co-writer Dan Gilroy, editor John Gilroy, director of photography Robert Elswit, second Unit director Dan Bradley and production designer Kevin Thompson. Blu-ray adds "Enter Aaron Cross" featurette on how Jeremy Renner prepared for the role of Aaron Cross; "Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location" featurette; "Man vs. Wolf" featurette; "Wolf Sequence" test; "Moving Targets: Aaron and Marta" behind-the-scenes character featurette.(Universal).
Collision Earth (2011) Kirk Acevedo, Diane Farr, Chad Krowchuk, Jessica Parker Kennedy. When a massive comet strikes the Sun, it knocks Mercury out of orbit, sending it hurtling towards Earth, triggering gravitational chaos around the world. Only a disgraced scientist and a lone surviving crewmember on a crippled space shuttle can stop this Extinction Level Event by re-activating the top-secret planetary defense system known as "Project 7." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Creep Van (2012) Brian Kolodziej, Amy Wehrell, Gerald Emerick, Collin Bernsen. A twentysomething out-of-options misfit teams up with a sleazy con man to hunt down and stop the mysterious Creep who has been terrorizing the community by killing and torturing victims with a host of elaborate booby traps inside the rusted shell of the Creep Van or by running down those unwilling to climb aboard the dilapidated 70s van.Formats: DVD. Extras: "Anatomy of a Killer Van Smash" and "Creep Van: Under the Hood" featurettes; "Bits and Pieces" (interview with the actors); deleted scene; commentary by the filmmakers. (Inception Media Group).
Death Valley (1982) Catherine Hicks, Paul Le Mat, Stephen McHattie, Peter Billingsley. A divorcee, her son and her boyfriend on vacation in the beautiful but deadly Death Valley happen upon a murder and find themselves pursued by a maniac. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director Dick Richards. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Django! (2011) Before there was Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (due to hit theaters Dec. 25), there was Django... the highly influential Spaghetti Western film series. Timeless Media Group (a division of Shout! Factory) will release two Django double bills at $6.95 each: "Django! A Man Called Django/Django and Sartana Showdown in the West" and "Django! Cut Price Corpses/Django Kills Silently." "A Man Called Django" (1971): After Django's wife is raped and killed by a group of ruthless renegades, Django (Anthony Steffen) rescues the only man who can identify the murders, a loud mouthed thief who is about to be hanged. The men team up and head west, looking for revenge. "Django and Sartana Showdown in the West" (1970): A vicious gang of outlaws abduct Jessica Colby and flee to Mexico. Django (Franco Borelli) the bounty hunter and Sartana the gunslinger join forces to rescue her from the gang. "Django Kills Silently" (1967): A small caravan of colonists are fighting off an attack by a band of Mexican outlaws, when a young cowboy named Django (George Eastman) happens to come to their aid. After saving a young woman, Liana, they travel to Santa Anna to find the outlaws and avenge her husband's death. "Django's Cut Price Corpses "(1971): Bounty hunter Django (Jeff Cameron) is hot on the trail of infamous bank robbers, the Cortez Brothers. But he's not alone. Fulton is sent by the bank to get the money back; Pickwick is after a saddle stolen from him; Pedro and Dolores, saloon owners, also would like to get the stolen loot. Formats: DVD. (Timeless Media/Shout! Factory).
Doomsday Book (2012) Anthology film by directors Kim Ji-woon and Yim Pil-sung, who present three interpretations on an apocalyptic theme. In the first film, Yim Pil-Sung opens with "Brave New World," starring Ryoo Seung-bum as a young man trying to survive in a world infected by biological toxins. The centerpiece of the film, "Heavily Creature," directed by Kim Ji-woon, stars Kim Kang-woo, Kim Gyu-ri and Park Hae-il as citizens of Seoul who must deal with the innovations of the high-tech modern world where a religion-practicing robot achieves enlightenment and must escape the evil manufacturer who wants to destroy it. Yim Pil-Sung closes the film with "Happy Birthday," starring newcomer Song Sae-byoek, Jin Ji-hee and Bae Doo-na. Elementary school student Park Min-seo accidentally order a mysterious package off the internet that puts Earth and all its inhabitants at risk of extinction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA ).
Following (1999) Before he became a sensation with the twisty revenge story "Memento," Christopher Nolan fashioned this low-budget, black-and-white, 16mm neonoir with comparable precision and cunning. Supplying irrefutable evidence of Nolan's directorial bravura, "Following" is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for with one of his unwitting subjects, who leads him down a dark, criminal path. With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), "Following" is a mind-bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today's most acclaimed filmmakers. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Christopher Nolan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. New 5.1 surround sound mix by sound editor Gary Rizzo, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Nolan, new interview with Nolan, chronological rendering of the story, side-by-side comparison of three scenes in the film with the shooting script, "Doodlebug" (1997), a three-minute film by Nolan, starring Jeremy Theobald; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by film critic and programmer Scott Foundas. (The Criterion Collection).
41 (2012) Rare, intimate glimpse at the life and times of the 41st president of the United States. The first documentary to tell George Herbert Walker Bush's story in his own words, the documentary features unprecedented access to President Bush as he reflects on the highs and lows of his life from his beloved summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine and presidential library in Texas. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (HBO).
Girls: The Complete First Season (2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.99; Digital. Extras: "A Conversation With the Girls," "A Conversation With Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow," five commentaries. Blu-ray adds "The Making of Girls," gag reels, deleted scenes, cast interviews, 20-page booklet containing a collection of Lena Dunham's tweets and behind-the-scenes photos. (HBO).
Gregg Allman - I'm No Angel: Live On Stage (2012) Features a full length concert from Gregg Allman, who came to prominence with his brother Duane as The Allman Brothers Band in the early 1970s and his solo band in Nashville in November 1988. Among the songs featured are Billboard chart hit single "I'm No Angel" and a version of Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues." Formats: DVD.(Cherry red/MVD Visual).
Hazel: The Complete Fourth Season (1964-65) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $34.93. Formats: DVD. Extras: Original promotional material. (Shout! Factory).
History Detectives: Season 10 (2012) Three-disc set with five episodes of the series devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries and searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. Could these top experts have found the long-lost electric Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan plugged in at the '65 Newport Folk Festival? They also track down some autographs allegedly signed during the Beatles' legendary U.S. tour in 1964, the story behind an old 78rpm distributed by K.K.K. Records, and an old Woolworth sign that may have been part of the scene at the 1960 Winston-Salem lunch-counter sit-ins. Formats: DVD. Extras: (PBS Distribution).
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Wedge, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Aziz Ansari, Alain Chabat, Jason Fricchione, Nick Frost. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray. Blu-ray Extras: Party with a Pirate! mode; featurettes: "Through a Pirate's Spyglass: Voices Ahoy and Capturing the Crew," "Granny and the Stink of the Sloths," "Scrat Got Your Tongue?" "Whale of a Tale: Drifts, Rifts, Beasties and Myths"; Shimmy Shake Music Section: "Gutt's Sing-Along Shanty Shimmy Shake," "We Are" extended music video, "Chasing the Sun" by The Wanted music video, "The Sid Shuffle" dance along; deleted scenes; "Ice Age: The Story So Far"; "The Scratist"; sign along mode with American Sign Language interpretation from actor Sean Berdy. (Fox).
The Island (1980) Dir.: Michael Ritchie; Michael Caine, David Warner, Jeffrey Frank. An investigative writer who takes on the most baffling mystery of the disappearance of boats and their passengers in the Caribbean is captured by modern day pirates. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Scream factory/Shout! Factory).
Kill 'Em All (2012) Johnny Messner, Chia Hui Liu, Joe Lewis, Tim Man, Ammara Siripong, Brahim Achabbakhe, Erik Markus Schuetz. Captured international assassins are locked up inside a high-tech bunker known as the Killing Chamber and to break out they must duel each other, fight deadly ninjas, battle against gangs of masked maniacs and confront Snakehead, the lethal, deranged top dog. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Pawn Shop (2012) Robert Spearman Jr., Garrett Morris, Joe Torry, Chandra Davis, Cool Aide, Mano Williams. A young man, stuck working for his overbearing father at a Detroit pawn shop, comes up with a plan to hustle stolen jewelry through the store in the hopes of saving up enough to strike out on his own, but ends up only causing grief for himself, his father and his friends. Formats: DVD. (Redd Media/MVD Entertainment).
The Qatsi Trilogy A singular artist and activist, Godfrey Reggio is best known for his galvanizing trio of films "The Qatsi Trilogy." Astonishingly photographed, and featuring unforgettable, cascading scores by Philip Glass, these are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind's fascination with technology has wreaked on our world. From 1983's "Koyaanisqatsi" (the title is a Hopi word that means "life out of balance") to 1988's "Powaqqatsi" ("life in transformation") to 2002's "Naqoyqatsi" ("life as war"), Reggio takes us on an edifying journey from the ancient to the contemporary, from nature to industry and back again, all the while keeping our eyes wide with wonder. New, restored high-definition digital transfers of all three films, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Essence of Life," an interview program with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on Koyaanisqatsi; new interview with cinematographer Ron mooe about "Koyaanisqatsi"; early 40-minute demo version of "Koyaanisqatsi" with a scratch soundtrack by Allen Ginsberg, along with a new introduction by Reggio; new interview with Reggio about "Koyaanisqatsi's" original visual concept, with behind-the-scenes footage; "Impact of Progress," an interview program with Reggio and Glass on their collaboration; "Inspiration and Ideas," an interview with Reggio about his greatest influences and teachers; "Anima Mundi" (1992), Reggio's 28-minute montage of images of over 70 animal species, scored by Glass; video afterword by Reggio on the trilogy; "The Making of Naqoyqatsi," a brief documentary featuring interviews with the production crew; panel discussion on "Naqoyqatsi" from 2003, with Reggio, Glass, editor Jon Kane, and music critic John Rockwell; "Music of Naqoyqatsi," an interview with Glass and cellist Yo-Yo Ma; television spots and an interview with Reggio relating to his 1970s multimedia privacy campaign in New Mexico; trailers; booklet featuring essays on the trilogy by film scholar Scott MacDonald, Rockwell, and author and environmentalist Bill McKibben. (The Criterion Collection).
Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy (2009) Actor John Turturro takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily. There, while exploring the island's vanishing traditions, he is taken under the wing of one of the puppet theater's few remaining practitioners, Mimmo Cuticchio, who instructs him in the distinctively Sicilian art of puppetry. Filmed during preparations for the Sicilian Day of the Dead, this evocative, magical-realist documentary was directed by Turturro's longtime collaborator, Roman Paska, himself a world-renowned puppeteer. Both an homage to the art of storytelling and a portrait of a Sicily little known to the outside world, Paska's film brings viewers to an otherworldly place, lost in time. Formats: DVD. (First Run features).
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2012) Filmmaker Mark Cousins covers 120 years of the world of cinema in 15 one-hour segments, filmed on four continents in over six years, and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors such as Gus Van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Kyoko Kagawa, Claire Denis, Robert Towne, and many more. The documentary covers famous moments in film including the birth of Hollywood and the great movie genres, the evolution of movie stardom, the shock of the French "New Wave," the revolution of digital cinema, and much more. But it goes further and deeper in the history of cinema than any other recent celluloid survey, examining, amongst many things, Shanghai films of the 30s, the great Indian melodramas of the 50s and the triumph of African filmmakers of the 70s. It also touches and delves into social issues at various periods in the 20th Century including the role of women in cinema and the driving forces behind the industry. Formats: DVD, $69.95; VOD, Digital. Extras: Booklet. (Music Box Films).
Ted (2012) Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth, Bill Smitrovich, Patrick Stewart, Norah Jones. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Unrated version, Gag Reel, "Ted - The Making Of" three-part documentary, commentary by director/co-writer Seth MacFarlane, co-writer Alec Sulkin and star Mark Wahlberg. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, alternate takes, "Teddy Bear Scuffle" featurette on how the filmmakers choreographed the hilarious Motel 6 fight scene between Mark Wahlberg and Ted. (Universal).
Ultra Seven: The Complete Series Collector's Edition (1967-68) Six-disc set with all 49 episodes of the pop-culture sci-fi series, 49.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: A 24-page book with a detailed essay by August Ragone. (Shout! Factory).
The Wild Geese (1978) Dir.: Andrew V. McLaglen; Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Kruger, Frank Finlay, Barry Foster, Stewart Granger. A team of aging mercenaries are hired by a wealthy industrialist for one final mission: Recruit and train a squad of desperate commandos, parachute into an unstable African nation, snatch its deposed President from a maximum security army prison, escape via the military-controlled airport, and massacre anyone who gets in their way. Re-mastered. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Wild Geese Director" new interview with director Andrew V. MgLaghlen; "The Mercenary" new interview with military advisor Mike Hoare; "The Last of the Gentleman Producers" documentary on producer Euan Lloyd featuring Lloyd, Roger Moore, Joan Armatrading, Ingrid Pitt, others; commentary with producer Euan Lloyd, Moore, second unit director John Glen; "The Flight of the Wild Geese" vintage featurette, "The Wild Geese" Royal Charity premiere newsreel; trailer (Severin Films).
YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip (2011) 50 States. One Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road, traveling with hope, humor and all of their garbage to find out what Americans can do to save the planet. From outrageous green personalities like Missouri's Eco-Elvis and Florida's Earth Man, to a cave community in the mountains of Idaho, to incredible new ventures that transform garbage into almost anything, they scour the country bathing in America's unique approach to environmental sustainability... the good, the bad, and the weird. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, YERT shorts, commentary, outtakes. (First Run features).
December 18, 2012 Releases
Bro' (2012) Beau Manley, Colin "Scummy" Morrison, Danny Trejo. When a college student gets wrapped up in the wild party lifestyle of professional motocross, he is pushed to the limits to gain acceptance. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Nick Parada and cast including the motocross group Metal Mulisha's Colin "Scummy" Morrison and original member Beau Manley; "How to Ride Moto-X with Metal Mulisha's Colin 'Scummy' Morrison," behind-the-scenes, Deleted Scenes. (Lionsgate).
Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War (2012) Reveals how three human beings... President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro... grappled with the most dangerous two weeks in human history, when countless events outside their control threatened to ignite a nuclear holocaust that could have ended human civilization. On October 22, 1962, President Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases on the island of Cuba, 90 miles off the shores of Florida. The events of the next tension-filled 13 days, known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, struck fear across the globe as the world teetered on the edge of nuclear war. The fate of the planet ultimately lay in the hands of three powerful men: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, Connor Fielding, Owen Fielding. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director David Bowers, deleted scenes, "Class Clown" animated short, Gag Reel. Blu-ray adds FX Movie Channel presents "Wimpy Empire." (Fox).
Funny or Die Presents: The Complete Second Season (2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (HBO).
The Good Doctor (2012) Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Pena. A young doctor goes to unconscionable extremes in order to remain in the service of a female patient with a kidney disorder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making of The Good Doctor featurette, AXS TV: "A Look at The Good Doctor." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete Third Season (2011-12) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (HBO).
The Millennium Bug (2011) John Charles Meyer, Jessica Simons, Christine Haeberman, Jon Briddell, Ken MacFarlane. When the Haskin family seeks refuge from Y2K hysteria in the isolated forests of the Sierra Diablos Mountains, the threat of technological shutdown is the least of their worries: Abducted by a vicious hillbilly clan, the family battles for their lives... but neither they nor their captors can imagine the monstrous nightmare about to erupt from the bowels of the earth. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment.).
The Sarah Silverman Program Season Three (2010) Two-disc set includes the last 10 episodes of the Comedy Central show. Sarah and co-stars Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee and Jay Johnston return for another season of loopy adventures in irresponsibility and rudeness: including made-up disabilities, creepy pedophile vans, wild ecstasy trips and shocking revelations about Sarah's lady parts. Formats: DVD, $19.93. Extras: Writers conversation, "Odds 'N' Ends," original pilot, audition videos, commentaries, more. (Shout! Factory).
Shameless: The Complete Second Season (2012) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three featurettes, five "Shameless" actor discussions, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Total Recall (2012) Formats: Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, two-Disc Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: The Blu-ray version includes an al-new Extended Director's Cut, which includes 20 minutes of footage not shown in theaters, featuring new storylines and an alternate ending, as well as commentary by director Len Wiseman. Disc one also comes with “Total Recall Insight Mode,” allowing viewers to watch the film while engaging with scene-specific behind-the-scenes insights. The DVD contains the theatrical feature film, a gag reel, "Total Recall Insight Mode," "Science Fiction vs. Science Fact" featurette, "Designing the Fall" behind-the-scenes look at set production. The Blu-ray adds seven "Total Action" featurettes, "Stepping into Recall" pre-visualization sequences, "God of War: Ascension" PlayStation 3 game demo. Studio).
Trouble With the Curve (2012) Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, John Goodman, Joe Massingill, Robert Patrick, Matt Bush, Ed Lauter. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet. Extras: TBA. (Warner).
December 21, 2012 Releases
Arbitrage (2012) Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marlin, Laetitia Casta, Nate Parker. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Nicholas Jarecki, "Who Is Robert Miller?" featurette, "A Glimpse Into Arbitrage" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Killer Joe (2012) Dir.: William Friedkin; Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Scott A. Martin, Gralen Bryant Banks, Carol Sutton, Danny Epper, Jeff Galpin, Marc Macaulay, Gregory C. Bachaud. The Blu-ray Disc features the unrated director's cut of the film, while the DVD features an R-rated version. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: Commentary by director William Friedkin, "Southern Fried Hospitality: From Stage to Screen" featurette, director intro and cast Q&A from SXSW. (Lionsgate).
Premium Rush (2012) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Shannon, Wole Parks, Heather Lindell, Aaron Tveit Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: Two featurettes: "The Starting Line - Meet The Cast" and "Behind The Wheels" featurette on the action, stunts and chases. (Sony).
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Li Bing Bing. Formats: Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Director and Cast commentary, director and producer commentary, "Drop (Un)Dead: The Creatures of Retribution" featurette, outtakes. Blu-ray adds deleted and extended scenes; six more featurettes: "Maestro of Evil: Directing Resident Evil: Retribution," "Evolving Alice," "Resident Evil: Reunion," "Design & Build: The World of Resident Evil: Retribution," "Resident Stuntman" and "Code: Mika"; "Project Alice: The Interactive Database," (Sony).
December 24, 2012 Releases
The Words (2012) Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Ben Barnes, John Hannah, Michael McKean, Ron Rifkin.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extended special edition with an alternate ending, "Unabridged: A Look Behind the Scenes of The Words" featurette, "A Gentleman's Agreement" production featurette. Blu-ray adds "Clay and Daniella" character featurette, "The Young Man and Celia" character featurette. (Sony).
December 31, 2012 Releases
Justified: The Complete Third Season (2012) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, cast and crew commentary on nine episodes, three featurettes that focus on the making of Season 3, the stunts and a tour of Nobles Holler. Blu-ray adds an interview with stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins. (Sony).