July 2, 2013 New DVD Releases
An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (2013) Jane Seymour, Sidney Fullmer, Alex Peters, Alana Gordillo. Nine-year-old Saige, a talented artist with a passion for horses, struggles to find her voice when her favorite class in school art gets cut and her best friend begins spending more and more time with another girl. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Comedy A 20-film collection commemorating the studio's 90th anniversary. Check out the complete list of films here. Formats: DVD, $98.92. (Warner).
Blood Runs Cold (2011) Hanna Oldenburg, Patrick Saxe, Andreas Rylander, Elin Hugoson. A successful musician returns to her small home town for some R&R at the family cabin, only to become the target of a frostbitten killer who first slaughters all her friends. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Blood Runs Cold" featurette. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Death By China (2013) Documentary directed by Harvard-trained economist Peter Navarro explores the history and implications of the imbalanced U.S.-China trade relationship, China's unfair trade practices and the economic impact of multinational companies like Apple, Boeing and Caterpillar that export millions of American jobs to improve their bottom line. Narrated by Martin Sheen. Formats: DVD, $13.99; VOD. Extras: Director's commentary, original songs from the film, the award-winning documentary short "Death By Chinese Junk." (Area23a).
Falcón (2012) The critically acclaimed new crime series stars Marton Csokas and Hayley Atwell and is based on the bestselling novels by Robert Wilson. Set in the magnificent Spanish city of Seville, Falcón follows a smart, intuitive detective bent on exposing hard truths and corruption. The British production features a seductive beauty and sinister undercurrent all to its own, along with stunning cinematography and stylish direction. Inspector Jefe Javier Falcón (Csokas) prowls Seville's serpentine alleys to uncover the malice lurking in the magnificent city. In these two feature-length thrillers, "The Blind Man of Seville" and "The Silent and the Damned", Falcón investigates a murder connected to his father's murky past and the apparent suicide of a businessman whose former misdeeds impact the present. Falcón also contends with his attraction to a glamorous widow (Hayley Atwell) and simmering tensions with his ex-wife, Ines (Emilia Fox), and her handsome, high-flying lover, Judge Esteban Calderón. U.S. debut. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $39.99. Extras: "The Blind Man of Seville: Behind the Scenes," "Javier Falcón: Behind the Man," "Falcón's Seville with Robert Wilson," photo galleries. (Acorn Media).
56 UP (2012) Director Michael Apted's eighth film in the UP series of documentaries that tracks the lives of a dozen people in Britain from age seven on up. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview: Roger Ebert talks with Michael Apted, photo gallery, filmmaker biography and statement. (First Run Features).
The Girl (2012) Abbie Cornish, Will Patton, Giovanna Zacarias, Luci Christian, Raul Castillo, Lauren Galley. Ashley Colton (Cornish), a rough, ragged beauty in her mid-twenties, is trying to prove to Social Services that she's fit to be a mother and regain custody of her son, but her work at a dead-end job in south Texas and a lack of money prevents her from reaching that goal. A surprise visit from her father (Patton), a hard-drinking trucker living in Mexico, gives her a new opportunity: she discovers that he's smuggling Mexican immigrants across the border in his 18-wheeler, and she sees the chance to make some life-changing money doing the same thing. But her improvised plan goes awry, and Ashley finds herself stranded with a young girl whose mother disappeared in the late night river crossing. Though anxious to flee the tragedy and head home, Ashley can't bring herself to abandon little Rosa, so she embarks on a trip to bring the girl home to her grandmother a journey that may in the end save Ashley as surely as it does the girl. Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Filmmaker's Journey: The Making of The Girl." (Virgil Films).
The House I Live In (2013) Award-winning documentarian Eugene Jarecki takes a look at our losing war on drugs, revealing its causes, its implementation and its tragic consequences. This informative, passionate and eye-opening documentary lays out the government crackdown on drug use and distribution dating back to the Nixon administration. Interviewing judges, jailers, law enforcement officials, convicts and more, Jarecki shows how, for more than 40 years, the war on drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Executive produced by Danny Glover, John Legend, Brad Pitt and Russell Simmons. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Virgil Films).
Inescapable (2012) Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Oded Fehr. A now-successful and respected Canadian businessman who, as an officer in the Syrian military police, left Damascus 25 years earlier under mysterious circumstances, must return home to rescue his journalist daughter. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
Last Resort: The Complete Series (2012-2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $38.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Featurettes on each episode. (Sony).
Least Among Saints (2012) Martin Papazian, Tristan Lake Leabu, Laura San Giacomo, A.J. Cook, Charles S. Dutton. Coming home to a broken marriage and uncertain future, combat veteran Anthony Hayward thinks he's at the end of his rope until his troubled 10-year-old neighbor, Wade, calls out for help. To the dismay of the boy's embattled social worker, Anthony sets out on a fool's quest to help this heartbroken and hard-to-reach child find his long-lost father, who might not even exist. In the midst of this new mission, Anthony begins to come to grips with both the costs of war and the universal power of human connection. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Commentary by director-writer-star Martin Papazian, deleted scenes, "From Script to Screen" featurette, "The Cast of Least Among Saints on Veterans" featurette, "Working with Writer/Director/Actor Marty Papazian" featurette, "Veterans on Least Among Saints" featurette. (Vision Films).
Legends of the Old West (1994 - TV) Three-disc collection of History documentaries: "Buffalo Bill and His Wild West," "Wild Bill Hickok," ""The Legendary Cowboys,"" "The Law From Behind the Tin Star," "Meet The James Gang," "The Texas Rangers." Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series (1959-1963) "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" ignited one of the many loves of American television: stories about teenagers. Dobie Gillis was a typically indecisive young man who continually set out on hopeless quests for popularity, money and the attention of beautiful girls, all the while trying to make his parents happy. Created and written by humorist Max Shulman and adapted from Shulman's celebrated collection of short stories,"The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" premiered on CBS in 1959 and was a counter-culture hit throughout all four years of its network run. Starring Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen, Florida Friebus, Tuesday Weld, Warren Beatty and Sheila James, this timeless show triggered a sea change in sitcoms and dramas, which would focus on the hopes, dreams and angst of teenagers for decades to come. Guest stars included Rose Marie, Bill Bixby, Yvonne Craig, Richard Deacon, Norman Fell, Ronny Howard, Sherry Jackson, Sally Kellerman, Michael J. Pollard, Michele Lee, Steve Franken, Jo Anne Worley, among others. The long-awaited box set includes all 147 episodes on 20 DVDs in a collectible box set. Extras: Original rare pilot footage, bonus episodes from "Love That Bob!" and "The Stu Erwin Show." $139.99. (Shout! Factory).
North & South (1975) BBC period drama, starring Patrick Stewart, is a classic British romance in the vein of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Middlemarch," based on the celebrated novel by Elizabeth Gaskell that depicts the tensions of the Victorian era as traditional society clashed with the coming of the modern world. U.S. debut. Two-disc set with four episodes, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
6 Souls (2012) Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Frances Conroy. A female forensic psychiatrist takes on a new patient whose multiple personalities are murder victims, and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones are to becoming murder victims themselves. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Tower Block (2012) Sheridan Smith, Russell Tovey, Jack O'Connel, Ralph Brown, Kane Robinson. A year after witnessing the murder of a young man, the residents of Tower Block 31 who stood by during the killing find themselves being picked off by a sniper, pitting those lucky enough to be left alive into a battle for survival. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: TBA. (Shout! Factory).
The UP Series (2013) Seven disc special edition including all eight films: "Seven UP," "7 Plus Seven," "21 UP," "28 UP," "35 UP," "42 UP," "49 UP" and "56 UP." Formats: DVD, $79.95. Extras: Interview: Roger Ebert talks with Michael Apted, commentary by Michael Apted (on "42 UP"), photo gallery for each film, Michael Apted biography. (First Run Features).
Venus and Serena (2012) Documentary takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, interview with director Maiken Baird, interview with director Michelle Major, AXS TV: "A Look at Venus and Serena," trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Why We Laugh: Funny Women (2012) Documentary explores the journey and evolution of the female stand-up comedian; includes personal and in-depth interviews and live performance footage with some of the most prominent female voices in comedy and entertainment: Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Kim Wayans, Janeane Garofalo, Rita Rudner, Kathy Najimy, Sandra Bernhard, Natasha Leggero, Aisha Tyler and many more. Formats: DVD, $19.98. Digital. (Lionsgate).
July 9, 2013 New DVD Releases
Admission (2013) Dir.: Paul Weitz; Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (Universal).
After Newtown: Guns In America (2013) Explores the evolution of guns in America, their frequent links to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity. There are more than 300 million personal firearms in America representing nearly one third of all personal firearms on the planet. But how did the U.S.s become awash in guns? With every new mass shooting, the battle lines seem to be drawn sharper between those who argue for little or no regulation of firearms and those who advocate for strict gun control. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection (2012) Eight-disc special collector's set with 52 episodes of the series that explored the universe's most bizarre and seemingly inexplicable mysteries, hosted by Arthur C. Clarke. Includes episodes from "Mysterious World" (1980), narrated by author, actor and newscaster Gordon Honeycomb, "World of Strange Powers" (1985), narrated by English journalist Anna Ford, and "Mysterious Universe" (1995), narrated by British TV personality Carol Vorderman. Formats: DVD, $59.99. Extras: (Visual Entertainment).
Ben 10 Omniverse: Heroes Rise (2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.97. Formats: DVD. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
Best of Daizy (2013)Fourth and final title in the "Best of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" DVD collection is a compilation of seven entertaining and charming episodes starring Wubbzy's independent next door neighbor and gal pal. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Anchor Bay).
Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume One (1964-65) Five-disc set with 19 episodes, $46.99.. Formats: DVD. Extras: Special cast promos with restored visual elements accompanied by original narrations from the cast on several fan-favorite episodes, including "Old Sheba," "Invention of a Gunfighter" and "The Wild One"; commentaries on select episodes; "Excerpts": Michael Landon sings Nathaniel Shilkret and Gene Austin’s 1920s standard "Lonesome Road," Lorne Greene performs his hit melody "Ringo" and satirist Allan Sherman performs on "Allan Sherman’s Funnyland"; photo galleries. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Volume Two (1964-65) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $46.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo galleries. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Dark Power (2013) Sean Patrick Flanery, Kristanna Loken. When the mayor of a crime-ridden city and his opponent are both assassinated while seeking election, two FBI agents reluctantly join forces to investigate the murder ... only to discover that City Hall holds more secrets than the identity of the killer. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Dead Man Down (2013) Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Armand Assante, Isabelle Huppert. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Featurettes: "Firefight Choreography: Staging the Gunfights of Dead Man Down," "Revenge Technique: The Cinematography of Dead Man Down," "Revenge, Redemption, and The Art of Filming Dead Man Down." (Sony).
Drive-in Collection: Vixens of Kung Fu and Oriental Blue (1975) Double bill with" Vixens of Kung Fu," about a young prostitute who, after being brutally assaulted by a group of men, is in taken in by a secret sect of beautiful female kung-fu masters who teach her about the erotic side of martial arts; and "Oriental Blue," about an underground white slave trade operation in a hidden apartment beneath a Chinese restaurant. Formats: DVD. (Vinegar Syndrome).
Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume One (1986-87) Four-disc set with the first 17 episodes of the seventh season of the primetime soap opera that follows the exploits of the Carringtons and Colbys, both "oil-rich" family dynasties in Denver, as they accrue and manipulate power and wealth. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Volume Two (1986-87) Three-disc set with the last 12 episodes of the seventh season of the primetime soap opera that follows the exploits of the Carringtons and Colbys, both "oilrich" family dynasties in Denver, as they accrue and manipulate power and wealth. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
For Richer or Poorer (2012) Rockmond Dunbar, LeToya Luckett, Angell Conwell, Jackee Harry. A spoiled prima donna with a taste for the finer things in life has to kiss her expensive fashions goodbye when her handsome, doting husband who indulges her every whim loses his well-paying job and has to flip burgers to pay the bills. Formats: DVD, Digital. Originally aired on the Gospel Music Channel. (Image Entertainment).
Frontline: Never Forget to Lie (2013) Over the course of his 50-year career, filmmaker Marian Marzynski has occasionally turned his cameras on himself and his story of surviving the Holocaust, which claimed the life of his father and millions of other European Jews. In his latest film, Marzynski returns to Poland and the Jewish ghettos of his childhood. But this time, he is not alone. The film chronicles the poignant, painful recollections of other child survivors and rescues haunting pieces of the past while exploring the conflicting feelings about national, cultural, and religious identity that mark many survivors. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
The Gatekeepers (2012) Charged with overseeing Israel's war on terror, both Palestinian and Jewish, the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The documentary offers an account of the sum of their success and failures, and validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary and Q&A with Director Dror Moreh. (Sony).
Hands of the Ripper (1971) Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell. The daughter of Jack the Ripper who watched in horror as an infant when he brutally murdered her mother, channels her dead father's spirit and continues his murderous spree. Completely restored in high-definition and released uncut for the first time on Blu-ray in the U.S.; considered one of the most gruesome Hammer horror films ever made. Formats: DVD/Blue-ray Combo. Extras: "The Devil's Bloody Plaything: Possessed By Hands of the Ripper" featurette, "Slaughter of Innocence: The Evolution of Hammer Gore" motion still gallery, U.S. television introduction, original theatrical trailer and TV spots, still gallery, isolated music and effects audio track. (Synapse Films).
The Host (2013) Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Frances Fisher, Jake Abel, Max Irons, William Hurt. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: deleted scenes, "Bringing The Host to Life" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Seeker PSA" commentary with author-producer Stephenie Meyer, screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol, and producer Nick Wechsler. (Universal).
How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 2 (2012) Three-disc set with 19 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (Lionsgate).
How the West Was Won: The Complete First Season (1977) Based on the 1962 film of the same name, the first season of this series features an all-star cast including James Arness, Eva Marie Saint and Bruce Boxleitner. The two-disc set contains the entire first season, told in three 90-minute segments. As an added bonus, the release includes the "The Macahans," the 1976 TV movie about the Macahan family's initial journey out West to escape the Civil War. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $19.98. (Warner).
Killing Twice (2007) Julian Lara, Jose Manuel Gomen, Jesus Gallardo. The monster possessed by the spirit of a biblical demon goes on a killing spree in a high school and it's up to two buddies to hunt and kill the creature at night, alone in the school building. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Making-of featurette, trailer. (Troma).
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1999 (1999) The world's longest-running sitcom returns with more antics from everyone's favorite elder delinquents. Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Legend of Korra: Book One: Air (2012) Nickelodeon CGI series follows a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack. From the creators of the "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Legend of Puppetbender Presents 'The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story' Part One" (original short), commentaries from series creators, cast and crew on select episodes. Blu-ray adds commentaries from series creators, cast and crew for all 12 episodes; series creators' favorite scenes: eight animatics. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Marvel Knights Animation's Wolverine: Origin (2013) Comic book animated back story on the Wolverine, in a unique comic book style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. $14.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with the creators and illustrators. (Shout! Factory).
Our Wild Hearts (2013 - TV) Cambrie Schroder, Ricky Schroder. A wealthy teenage girl from Malibu falls in love with a beautiful wild mustang, adventure, and the father she has never known in the wild Sierra Nevada Mountains. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: (ARC Entertainment).
The Power of Few (2012) Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Moon Bloodgood, Nicky Whelan, Q'orianka Kilcher, Juvenile. Set in New Orleans, a smuggling ring's efforts to steal a priceless artifact unfold through the perspective of five sets of characters, each with overlapping story lines. What begins as the tale of a store heist becomes a much bigger exploration of urban existence, religious conspiracy and the interconnectedness of life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making of The Power of Few"; deleted scenes; interviews with Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson and Juvenile; community outreach featurette; QR Code for exclusive online bonus footage. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Punk Vacation (1987) Stephen Fiachi, Sandra Bogan, Roxanne Rogers, Rob Garrison. A peaceful California town is shaken after the brutal murder of diner owner by a gang of vicious punks. When the daughter of the slain man attempts to avenge her father's death, she's held hostage by the gang, resulting in an epic battle between punks and ********. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interviews with producer Stephen Fusci and production coordinator Steve Rowland, still gallery, bonus feature film: "Nomad Riders" (DVD only). (Vinegar Syndrome).
Spring Breakers (2013) Dir: Harmony Korine; Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Breaking It Down: Behind Spring Breakers" three-part behind-the-scenes documentary; deleted scene/outtakes; "Harmony's Ear Candy" music featurette; commentary with writer-director Korine; "VICE" featurettes: an inside look at the ATL Twins and real life partying in Panama City Beach; theatrical trailer/TV spots. (Lionsgate).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enter Shredder (2012) Seven episodes of the Nick CGI-animated series, $14.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Animated comic books, "Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part One," "Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Two," "The Mutation of a Scene: New Girl in Town." (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season (1961-62) Five-disc set with 37 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Unforgettable: The First Season (2011-12) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $61.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary, "The Rememberers" and "Keeping It Memorable: Cast & Crew of Unforgettable" behind-the-scenes featurettes. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Warehouse 13: Season Four (2012-13) Five-disc set with 20 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Wolverine: Origin (2012) Animated, motion comic reveals the secret history of Wolverine that changed the Marvel Universe forever. Written by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Paul Jenkins and Bill Jemas, with artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove. The adventures of Wolverine's early days and the startling revelation of his true origins are brought to life by Marvel Knights Animation. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews with the creators and illustrators. (Shout! Factory).
July 16, 2013 New DVD Releases
Alphas: Season Two (2012) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
America's Test Kitchen: Season 13 (2012) Four-disc set with more episodes of foolproof recipes, tips and techniques, equipment recommendations, and more, $39.95. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
American Courtesans (2013) A documentary on modern day female escorts in America. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Gravitas Ventures/Centex Enterprises).
Bert Stern: Original Mad Man (2011) The definitive voyage into the life and work of one of the greatest American photographers of all time. An original Madison Avenue "mad man," Bert Stern's images helped create modern advertising; his ground-breaking campaign for Smirnoff forever changed the industry. The iconic photos he took of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren, Twiggy, and the infamous Lolita image from Kubrick's film, minted Stern along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as a celebrity in his own right. Indeed, his photos from Monroe's "Last Sitting" are considered to be the ultimate images of the 20th century icon. After marrying legendary ballet dancer and Balanchine muse Allegra Kent, the kid from Brooklyn was sitting on top of the world ... until a dramatic fall from grace. Formats: DVD, $27.95. Extras: "Bert Stern Photo Gallery: The Iconic Images." (First Run Features).
Bidder 70 (2012) In 2008, as George W. Bush tried to gift the energy and mining industries thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness via a widely disputed federal auction, college student Tim DeChristopher decided to monkey-wrench the process. Bidding $1.7 million, he won 22,000 acres with no intention to drill. For this astonishing (and successful) act of civil disobedience he was sent to federal prison. "Bidder 70" tells the story of this peaceful warrior whose patriotism and willingness to sacrifice have ignited the climate justice movement. Formats: DVD, $24.95. (First Run Features).
Bullet to the Head (2013) Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jon Seda Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Bullet to the Head: Mayhem Inc." featurette. (Warner).
Cannibal Possession: Heart of Ice (2012) An historian specializing in the cannibal legend of Wendigo (a native Canadian belief about a monster that can possess people and turn them into murderous cannibals) is horrified when details of the infamous "Greyhound Bus" killing of 2008 in Manitoba resembles details of an interview he did. Is it coincidence or proof of the legend? Documentary. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (MVD Entertainment).
Combat!: The Complete Fourth Season (2012) One of the television's most popular series, the groundbreaking "Combat!" offered a gritty, unflinching look at American soldiers battling in Europe during World War II, confronting imposing odds and demonstrating remarkable levels of ingenuity and courage. Vic Morrow and Rick Jason head a stellar cast, featuring an incomparable list of guest stars from Hollywood's Golden Age as well as top directorial talent such as Richard Donner and Robert Altman. Eight-disc set with 31 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, photo gallery, oddities and bloopers, more. (Image Entertainment).
Damages: The Final Season (2012) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes. (Sony).
The Definitive Guide to the Mob (2012) Colombo crime family captain Michael Franzese helps examine the American Mafia in this History Channel special. Michael followed in the footsteps of his father, Colombo family underboss Sonny Franzese, and earned more money for the organization than anyone since Al Capone. He also did what no "Made" man has ever done before or since: he publicly quit La Cosa Nostra without going into witness protection and lived to tell the tale. It's a one-of-a-kind view into the world of the country's most dangerous men and provides a realistic look at American mob life, stripped of the glitz and glamour of how Hollywood portrays the Mafia. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Doctor Who - The Doctors Revisited: One-Four 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who," the longest running science fiction show in television history. To celebrate, BBC Home Entertainment is releasing a curated selection of the best of each of this storied program's 11 Doctors. The first release showcases "Doctor Who's" first four doctors, including William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, spanning the years 1963-1981. Includes a profile of each Doctor and one classic program for each: "The Aztecs," "Tomb of the Cyberman," "Spearhead from Space" and "Pyramid of Mars."Formats: Four-disc DVD, $39.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Endeavour Series 1 (2012) Before Inspector Morse, there was rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve. Endeavour Morse before his signature red Jaguar, but with his deductive powers already running in high gear, solves mysteries in 1960s Oxford. Three-disc set with four whodunits. Formats: DVD $39.99, Blu-ray $44.99, Digital. Extras: Original pilot episode. (PBS Distribution).
Erased (2012) Aaron Eckhart, Liana Liberato, Olga Kurylenko. An ex-CIA operative (Eckhart) and his teenage daughter (Liberato) are caught up in a chase for their lives when both are targeted for termination by the very organization that originally employed him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Erased: Behind the Scenes." (Anchor Bay Entertainment/RADiUS-TWC).
Eve of Destruction (2013) Steven Weber, Treat Williams, Christina Cox, Aleks Paunovic. The fight for survival continues in the second disaster film in the five-part doomsday series, which originally aired on ReelzChannel in April. Scientists drill a hole in the universe to harvest a limitless pool of "dark energy," but the experiment goes horribly wrong and wipes an entire city off the map. Now, the effort to save the world becomes the ultimate threat that could destroy it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Sonar Entertainment/Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Evil Dead (2013) Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Life Difficult" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Being Mia" (the physical and psychological transformation into "Evil Mia"); "Directing the Dead." Blu-ray adds commentary featuring Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, director Fede Alvarez and writer Rodo Sayagues; "Unleashing The Evil Force" featurette; "Evil Dead the Reboot": with cast rehearsals, Bruce Campbell, Deadites and more. (Sony).
42 (2013) Dir: Brian Helgeland; Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Stepping into History" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Full-Contact Baseball" and "The Legacy of the Number 42." (Warner).
George Lopez: The Complete Third Season (2003-04) Three-disc set with 28 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
God Don't Make the Laws (2011) Ella Rae Peck, Lucas Salvagno, Robert Prescott, Peter Vack. When a tragic accident claims the lives of Rockwell's beloved high school basketball team, time in the picturesque town stands still literally when a deal is made with the devil and sickness, aging and death cease for those left behind... until decades later when a mysterious drifter with a sordid past blows into town, stirring up the long-buried past, causing the hands of time begin to move forward once again. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Letters From Jackie: The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson (2013) Original documentary from Major League Baseball Productions chronicles Jackie Robinson's thoughts and ambitions as he became one of America's greatest athletes, as well as a towering symbol of the civil rights movement. Formats: DVD, $9.98. (Lionsgate).
The Life After Death Project 1 and 2 (2013) Renowned filmmaker Paul Davids unleashes an astonishing breakthrough film about life after death, originally broadcast on the Syfy Channel May 15. Interviews with New York Times best-selling authors (Richard Matheson, Whitley Strieber, Dannion Brinkley, Michael Shermer), top science professors (Dr. Gary E. Schwartz and others) and selected world-famous mediums provide scientific evidence and testimony on how deceased people can and do communicate with us. Davids takes us on a goose-bump inducing investigation of the extraordinary case of after death communication (ADC) with Sci-Fi luminary Forrest J Ackerman. "Uncle Forry" was a skeptic about life after death, but he promised close friends that if it turned out he was wrong, he would try to "drop them a line" from the "Other Side." The documentary evidence of what happened has to be seen to be believed. The sequel film "The Life After Death Project 2 - Personal Encounters" features spellbinding accounts of personal encounters with life after death from archaeologists, physicists, a retired colonel, a librarian, clinical psychologist, sales executive, publisher and doctors and nurses who have worked with hundreds of dying patients. They have seen souls leaving the body at death, angelic beings, spirit entities, golden orbs, physical manifestations and more. It includes updates on the continuing saga of the Forrest J Ackerman case. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $24.95. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Lord of the Flies (1963) In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel on the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. Taking an innovative documentary-like approach, Brook shot "Lord of the Flies" with an off-the-cuff naturalism, seeming to record a spontaneous eruption of its characters' ids. The result is a rattling masterpiece, as provocative as its source material. New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by cameraman and editor Gerald Feil, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring director Peter Brook, producer Lewis Allen, director of photography Tom Hollyman, and editor Gerald Feil; audio recordings of William Golding reading from his novel, accompanied by the corresponding scenes from the film; deleted scene, with optional commentary and reading by Golding; interview with Brook from 2008; collection of behind-the-scenes material, featuring home movies, screen tests, outtakes, and stills; new interview with Feil; excerpt from Feil's 1972 documentary "The Empty Space," showcasing Brook's theater methods; "Something Queer in the Warehouse," a piece composed of never-before-seen footage shot by the boy actors during production, with new voice-over by Tom Gaman, who played Simon; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab and an excerpt from Brook's book "The Shifting Point." (The Criterion Collection).
Matlock: The Ninth & Final Season (1994-95) Five-disc set with 15 episodes, $54.99. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Misfits: Season Three (2011) Two-disc set with nine episodes of the series about five young outsiders on community service who get caught in a strange storm and soon realize they have developed superpowers. Formats: DVD, $24.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Orphan Black: Season One (2012) Ten episodes of the BBC Americas series about a young woman, an outsider and an orphan, who witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks like her and decides to take on the woman's identity, boyfriend and money only to get involved in a deadly conspiracy involving clones. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $29.98; two-disc Blu-ray, $34.98. Extras: Character profiles, set tour, "Send in the Clones Now" behind the scenes featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment ).
Power Rangers Samurai: The Ultimate Duel - Volume 5 (2011) In these final four episodes of the season, Master Xandred's powers are surging out of control, the Sanzu River is seeping into our world, and giant Moogers are running on a rampage, so the Power Rangers Samurai must enter the Tengen Gate to retrieve the most powerful samurai weapon yet, The Black Box. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Three videos, character gallery. (Lionsgate).
The Smurfs: Smurfs to the Rescue! (2012) Six adventures from the Saturday morning cartoon series, $14.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Tom and Jerry: No Mice Allowed! Two-disc set with 30 cartoons, a mix of classic theatricals and contemporary TV shorts, including "Smitten Kitten," "Timid Tabby" and "24 Karat Kat." Formats: DVD, $19.97. (Warner).
White Frog (2012) Booboo Stewart, Harry Shum Jr., Tyler Posey, BD Wong, Joan Chens, Kelly Hu. Nick (Stewart), a neglected high school student who is struggling with Asperger's Syndrome finds his life in disarray when tragedy strikes and his idolized older brother dies in a car accident. The family spirals into disarray and, in an effort to keep his brother's memory alive, Nick tentatively reaches out to Chaz's school friends to try making sense of his untimely death but in doing so, Nick quickly realizes that his brother had a secret life... and the truth will change his own life forever. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
July 23, 2013 New DVD Releases
Detention of the Dead (2013) Jacob Zacher, Alexa Nikolas, Christa B. Allen, Jayson Blair, Justin Cho, Max Adler. "The Breakfast Club" meets "Zombieland" when a group of teenagers trapped in detention fight for survival after their classmates turn into a ravenous zombie horde. Can a cheerleader, a stoner, a jock, a bully, a goth, and a nerd put aside their differences for one night to take on the undead? Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Commentary by writer-dIrector Alex Craig Mann, "Detention of the Dead: Behind the Scenes" featurette. (Anchor Bay).
Dora & Blue's Clues Double Feature: Dora's Musical School Days & Blue's Big Musical Movie (2013) Double the fun and learning with Dora (kids help Boots' teacher get to school on time to greet her students with a song, learn new Spanish words, cheer up the Grumpy Old Troll and help Dora and Boots deliver mail) and Blue and friends (kids help to get a backyard music show underway by keeping a checklist, assembling the stage and costumes, writing a song with G-Clef, voiced by Ray Charles, and of course, playing Blue's Clues to find Blue a singing partner). Formats: DVD, $16.99. Extras: "Dora's Musical School Days": "The Wonder Pets! sneak peek. "Blue's Big Musical Movie": Music videos: "I Can Be Anything I Want to Be" and "There It Is"; "Who Am I" interactive guessing game; "Backstage at Blue's Clues" featurette; two "Blue's Clues" DVD-ROM Games: Instrument Sound Matching and Water Xylophone. (Nickelodeon).
Ginger & Rosa (2013) Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, cast interviews, an audio commentary with Writer/Director Sally Potter and two featurettes going behind-the-scenes on the making of the film. (Studio).
House Party: Tonight's the Night (2013) Tequan Richmond, Zac Goodspeed, Rolonda Watts, Christopher "Kid" Reed, Christopher "Play" Martin, Gary Anthony Williams, Tristin Mays. Fourth sequel in the "House Party" franchise has a college-bound high schooler throwing one last party that turns into an epic disaster where anything can happen and anyone might turn up... including the original house partyers, Kid 'n Play. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "House Party 5: Keepin' It Old School" featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Robotech: 2-Movie Collection (1985/2013) The Robotech chronicle continues with the unveiling of the all-new anime adventure "Love Live Alive," coupled with "Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles." Formats: DVD. Extras: "Love Live Alive": Pre-production gallery. "The Shadow Chronicles": "Birth of a Sequel" featurette; score music video; "Anime Selects" podcast coverage; "!Pon Anime" podcast interview; "Robotech 3000" demo reel; "Robotech 3000" motion capture sequences; deleted scenes; outtakes; animatics; trailers; image galleries: personnel dossier, ship registry, mecha database, prelude to "The Shadow Chronicles," secret files. (Lionsgate).
Trance (2013) Director: Danny Boyle. Stars: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Tuppence Middleton, Sam Creed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Hypnotherapy," "The Look," "The Power of Suggestion-Making Trance," "The Final Rewrite," theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Trance Unraveled" (Easter Egg), "Kick Off," "Danny's Film Noir," Danny Boyle retrospective, short film: "Eugene" by Spencer Susser. (Fox).
A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day (2012) Marc Pickering, Mark Lewis Jones, Elen Rhys, Joshua Richards, Michael Jibson. Follows the true story of a young monk who faces a horde of deadly Vikings during his daring journey to deliver a sacred book to a holy monastery. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. (Lionsgate).
The Wedding Chapel (2013) Mark Deklin, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shelley Long. A single painter, down on her luck, takes a break from her mundane life and visits her mom, in hopes of finding some inspiration. During her visit she becomes involved in a mission to conserve the local church, which is in danger of being shut down; her efforts not only give her a new outlook on life, but also enables her mother to rekindle a long lost love from her past. Formats: DVD. (Nasser Entertainment/Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
July 30, 2013 New DVD Releases
Banshee: The Complete First Season (2013) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.99; Digital. Extras: "NYC Bus Crash" special effects; "Town of Secrets" featurette; "Banshee Origins" prequel videos; "Zooming In: Episodes 7 & 8"; commentaries; deleted scenes; episode recaps. Blu-ray adds "Inside the Title Sequence"; "Reveal the Code": "Banshee: Origins" comic book. (HBO).
Being Human: Season 5 (2013) Two-disc set with six episodes. Formats: DVD $34.98; Blu-ray $39.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Black Rock (2012) Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth. Three childhood friends get together for a private camp out at an iconic setting from their childhood, an empty island off the coast of Maine, to renew their bond of sisterhood. The trio, however, quickly finds themselves in a fight for their lives when they meet three men who have come to the island for a hunting trip and a night of drinking spirals into a tragic accident. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director-actress Katie Aselton and actress Lake Bell, "Behind the Scenes of Black Rock" featurette, "A Thrilling Score: The Music of Black Rock" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Blaze You Out (2013) Veronica Diaz Carranza, Melissa Cordero, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Mark Adair-Rios. A strong-willed young woman, an aspiring DJ, ventures into the ruthless underworld of the town's heroin trade in order to save her younger sister's life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Cloudburst (2011) Olympia Dukakis, Brenda mooer, Ryan Doucette, Kristin Booth, Jeremy Akerman, John Dunsworth. Olympia Dukakis and Brenda mooer star as an aging lesbian couple who escape from their nursing home in Maine and head up to Canada to get married; while on the road, they pick up a young hitchhiker (Ryan Doucette) with his own issues: He's returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. With equal parts humor and grace, the film explores the themes of life, death and love through the eyes of this oddball trio. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
The Demented (2013) Sarah Butler, Brittney Alger, Kayla Ewell, Richard Kohnke, Michael Welch. Six college friends on a weekend getaway find themselves fighting for their lives after a terrorist attack turns the local residents into rage infused zombies. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Anchor Bay).
The Fog Collector's Edition (1980) Dir: John Carpenter; Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Atkins, John Houseman, Hal Holbrook. Features a new transfer of the film supervised by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Dean Cundey. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Exclusive interview with Jamie Lee Curtis discussing "The Fog" and covering her legendary early 80s "Scream Queen" career; commentary featuring Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and production designer Tommy Lee Wallace; retrospective interview with director of photography Dean Cundey about his many legendary collaborations with John Carpenter; "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" locations featurette. Extras from the MGM prior release include "Tales From The Mist: Inside The Fog" featurette; "Fear on Film: Inside The Fog" featurette; "The Fog: Storyboard to Film" featurette; outtakes; theatrical trailers and TV spots; photo gallery and storyboards; commentary with writer-director John Carpenter and writer-producer Debra Hill. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory.)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Jonathan Pryce, Arnold Vosloo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: Commentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura; "Mission Briefing" look at pre-production, previsualization, storyboards and more; "Deployment" look at the stunts, costumes and more; "Two Ninjas" focuses on two G.I. Joe favorites, Snake Eyes and Jinx, and the filming of the Dojo sequence; "The Desert Attack" in-depth look at the filming of the pivotal action sequence; "COBRA Strikes" villain highlights; "The Lone Soldiers" behind-the-scenes as Roadblock, Flint and Lady Jaye go on the run; "The Monastery" examination of the Himalayan escape sequence; "Fort Sumter" all-access view of the climax; deleted scenes. Both combos include a limited time offer to receive a free set of personalized dog tags. (Paramount).
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) The next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies. When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash and his family, the event's temporal ripples prove disastrous, creating a fractured, alternate reality where the Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Amidst a new world being ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman's Amazons and Aquaman's Atlanteans, Flash must team with a grittier, more violent Batman and government agent Cyborg to restore the continuity of Flash's original timeline. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Flash in Time" featurette on other dimensions, "My Favorite Villains! The Flash Bad Guys" featurette, "From the DC Comics Vault": Bonus cartoon episodes, "The Flashpoint Paradox" audio commentary. (Warner).
Meet the Small Potatoes (2013) Fun-filled adventure follows Ruby, Nate, Chip and Olaf from the humble dirt of an Idaho farm to become a global singing sensation; an inspirational tale of friendship and creativity that proves even the smallest potato can make big dreams come true. Voiced by Malcolm McDowell and featuring songs by Tony-winning composer Jerry Bock ("Fiddler on the Roof"). Formats: DVD. (Universal).
On the Road (2012) Dire.: Walter Salles; Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard, Tom Sturridge, Sam Riley, Alice Braga. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
Power Rangers Seasons 4-7 (1996) Deluxe 21-DVD box set with all 183 episodes, including a disc jam-packed with bonus features including rarely seen archival material, brand-new retrospective featurettes including interviews with members of the cast, creative team, and fans, and more. Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa have been defeated once again, but the Command Center is in ruins, and King Mondo is on his way to conquer Earth. Picking up right where "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and "Mighty Morphin Alien Ranger"s left off, "Power Rangers: Seasons 4–7" continues the saga of the heroic "teenagers with attitude" through four more seasons: "Power Rangers ZEO," "Power Rangers Turbo," "Power Rangers in Space" and "Power Rangers Lost Galaxy." Formats: DVD, $129.99. (Shout! Factory).
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013) True stories of four American whistleblowers who exposed fraud in government, including the Stellar Wind program, a super secret warrantless surveillance program that violated American's privacy rights and the warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency (NSA) under the Bush administration. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by director Robert Greenwald, extended interviews, trailers. (Disinformation Company).