May 7, 2013 New DVD Releases
Cars III (2009) Travis Jones, Richard Bain, Tyler Jones. A Troma B- grade film: A used car salesman must sell a Mercury Topaz within the hour, or the devil gets his soul. To achieve his goal and save himself, he'll do whatever it takes, even if it means pointing a gun at his customers' heads. Formats: DVD, $14.95. (CAV Distributing).
Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up (2013) Second DVD compilation for Disney Junior's hit animated TV series for kids 2-5 about a nurturing 6-year-old girl who heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic. Includes five episodes and a growth chart. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (Disney)
Elmo the Musical (2012) Five episodes of Elmo's newest imaginative and math skill-enhancing lessons along with the home video classic, "Let's Make Music." Debuting in Sesame Street's 43rd season, "Elmo the Musical" is an extension of the show’s S-T-E-A-M curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Each 11-minute episode is an interactive musical adventure created by Elmo and the child at home. Focusing on imagination and math skills, such as enumeration, relational concepts, addition/subtraction, geometric shapes and many more, Elmo takes viewers on explorations as he imagines himself in "Sea Captain the Musical," "Circus the Musical," "Prince Elmo the Musical" and even "President the Musical!" Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Sesame Workshop/Warner).
Felicity: Season Three (2000-01) Three-disc set with 17 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with cast and crew, "A Look Back at Season Three With Greg Grunberg" featurette, Keri on "MADtv." (Lionsgate).
Felicity: Season Four (2001-02) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries; behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the final episode; a special Q&A with J.J. Abrams, Jennifer Garner, Matt Reeves and Keri Russell; "Lost Elena," the long-awaited answer to Felicity fans' biggest question. (Lionsgate).
Fringe: The Complete Fifth & Final Season (2012) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.99; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Featurette, producer commentary, gag reel, more. (Warner).
Fringe: The Complete Series (2012) All 109 episodes on 28 DVDs or 20 Blu-ray discs. Formats: DVD, $159.96; Blu-ray Disc, $197.50. (BBC/Warner).
Gamer 3D (2009) Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Kyra Sedgwick. Uses state-of-the-art Samsung 3D technology to bring on the thrills in the futuristic adventure set in a prison where convicts fight to the death in a twisted, real-life video game. Formats: 3D Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Inside the Game: Controlling Gamer" featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Henry Fonda Film Collection "Jesse James," "Drums Along the Mohawk," "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Return of Frank James," "Immortal Sergeant," "The Ox-Bow Incident," "My Darling Clementine," "Daisy Kenyon," "The Longest Day," "The Boston Strangler." Formats: DVD. (Fox).
Jack Reacher (2012) Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: Commentary by Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie, commentary by composer Joe Kraemer, "When the Man Comes Around" behind-the-scenes featurette, "You Do Not Mess With Jack Reacher: Combat & Weapons" featurette, "The Reacher Phenomenon" featurette. (Paramount).
Mama (2013) Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet, Jane Moffat, Morgan McGarry, David Fox. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director/co-writer Andy Muschietti and producer/co-writer Barbara Muschietti; original short with introduction by Guillermo Del Toro; "The Birth Of Mama" featurette; deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Matriarcal Secrets" special effects featurette. (Universal).
Mighty Fine (2012) Chazz Palminteri, Andie MacDowell, Jodelle Ferland, Rainey Qualley. Set in the 1970's, "Mighty Fine" is the story of Joe Fine, a charismatic, high-spirited man, who relocates his family... wife Stella, daughters Natalie and Maddie... from Brooklyn to New Orleans, in search of a better life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Debbie Goodstein. (Lionsgate).
Mutantz, Nazis and Zombies (2009) Singe disc with three Troma B- grade films: "The Secret of the Magic Mushrooms," "Attack of the Tromaggot" and "Teen Ape Vs. The Monster Nazi Apocalypse." Formats: DVD, $14.95 (CAV Distributing).
The Oranges (2012) Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Oliver Platt, Catherine Keener. The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Opening Doors: Inside the Oranges," "Juicy Secrets: Behind the Scenes of The Oranges." (Fox).
Private Practice: The Complete Sixth Season (2012-13) Final season: Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.99. Extras: "Saying Our Goodbyes" featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes. (Disney).
Revenge for Jolly (2012) Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, Garret Dillahunt, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig. Harry is having a very, very bad day: When he returns home from an all-night drinking binge with his cousin, he discovers that his little dog Jolly, Harry's one true love and the source of light in his dark, solitary life has been murdered. Brokenhearted and beyond consolation, he vows to track down the dog's murderer and, armed with a stockpile of firepower in the trunk of his car, he and Cecil embark on a frenzied, alcohol-fueled wild-goose chase, leaving a bloody path of destruction in their wake. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Royal Pains: Season Four (2012) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Safe Haven (2013) Dir.: Lasse Hallstrom; Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, alternate ending. Blu-ray adds "Igniting the Romance in Safe Haven," set tour, Josh Duhamel's "Lessons in Crabbing." (Fox).
Starlet (2012) Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian. Explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie after their worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her hihuahua Starlet, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden. Drifting and driving contentedly around the sun-dappled San Fernando Valley, Jane one day finds a pile of cash stashed inside an old thermos she's purchased at a yard sale held by the elderly Sadie. After treating herself to a manicure and Starlet to a sparkly new halter, Jane returns to the house where she bought the thermos and, prompted by a growing sense of morality and guilt, begins a tentative friendship with Sadie. Formats: DVD. (Music Box Films).
Steel Magnolias (2012 - TV) Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Adepero Oduye, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott, Alfre Woodard.Contemporary version of the stage play and classic film chronicles the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana. Supporting each other through triumphs and tragedies, they congregate at Truvy's Beauty Spot to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children... all the important issues that truly unite and celebrate women. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). (Sony).
Superman: Unbound (2013) DC Universe Animated Original Movie has Superman going up against Brainiac, who has crossed the universe, collecting cities from interesting planets, including Supergirl's home city of Kandor and now the all-knowing, ever-improving android has his sights fixed on Metropolis. Formats: Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98) and DVD ($19.98), Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: Sneak peek at "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox," the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie, "Kandor: History of the Bottle City" and "Brainiac: Technology and Terror" featurettes, four bonus episodes from "Superman: The Animated Series," digital excerpt from the graphic novel "Superman: Brainiac." (Warner).
Witness: A World in Conflict Through a Lens (2012) Groundbreaking four-part HBO Documentary series offers a stark view into present-day conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil, as shown through the lens of three war photographers. Carrying viewers to the heart of the human drama in war-torn areas, the film explores what compels our current generation of photojournalists to get closer to battle when everyone else seeks cover. The three young combat photographers: Eros Hoagland, who explores the gang-and-drug related violence in both Juarez, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Michael Christopher Brown, who chronicles escalating ethnic tensions in the wake of Gaddafi's ouster last year in Libya; and Veronique de Viguerie, who follows the "Arrow Boys" and their struggle against Gen. Kony in South Sudan. Executive produced by Michael Mann. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (HBO).
WWII From Space (2013) HISTORY special uses an all-seeing CGI eye that offers a satellite view of the battles of WWII, allowing you to experience it in a way that places key events and tipping points in a global perspective. By re-creating ground breaking moments that could never have been captured on camera and by illustrating the importance of simultaneity and the hidden effects of crucial incidents, this program puts the war's monumental moments in never-before-seen context. $19.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
May 14, 2013 New DVD Releases
Cloud Atlas (2012) Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski. Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Keith David, James D'Arcy, Hugo Weaving, Gotz Otto, Zhu Zhu. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Film Like No Other" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Everything Is Connected," "The Impossible Adaptation," "The Essence of Acting," "Spaceships, Slaves and Sextets," "The Bold Science Fiction of Cloud Atlas" and "Eternal Recurrence: Love, Life, and Longing in Cloud Atlas" featurettes. (Warner).
Crimewave (1985) Dir.: Sam Raimi; Bruce Campbell, Louise Lasser, Paul L. Smit, Brion James, Sheree J. Wilson, Reed Birney, Edward R. Pressman. Comedy/noir written by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Raimi. The head of a security systems company is bumped off by two gonzo exterminators who have gone from stomping out pesky varmints to stomping out human targets. The exterminators go after the partner who hired them and his blatantly obnoxious wife and, in the meantime, frame a poor security guard for the murder of the company boss. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Shout! Factory).
Face 2 Face (2012) "Loving Annabelle" filmmaker Katherine Brooks answers the question: “How can you have 5,000 friends on Facebook and still feel alone?" Struggling with depression, addiction and years of suppressed trauma, Brooks comes to grips with her need for true human interaction and impulsively posts on her Facebook wall a vow to visit the first 50 people who respond. An enthusiastic and hearty response comes immediately, and Kat quickly hops in a van and embarks on a journey around America, meeting complete strangers, re-igniting relationships with long lost acquaintances, and exploring a past that continues to rear its ugly head in the present. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Extended/deleted interviews, slide show from the trip. (Wolfe Video).
Frankie Go Boom (2012) Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Chris Noth, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman. A comedy about two brothers, a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel. And a pig... For his whole life Frank has been tortured, embarrassed and humiliated on film by his horrible brother, Bruce. When Bruce makes and uploads a video of a disastrous one-night stand of Frank's, the sex tape immediately becomes a viral hit and things really hit the fan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013) Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, Katheryn Winnick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. A Los Angeles graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Roman Coppola, "The Making of Charles Swan" featurette, "A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles White" interview with artist Charles White, upon whom the film is based. (Lionsgate).
Jubal (1956) A trio of exceptional performances from Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine and Rod Steiger form the center of "Jubal," an overlooked Hollywood treasure from genre master Delmer Daves. In this Shakespearean tale of jealousy and betrayal, Ford is an honorable itinerant cattleman, befriended and hired by Borgnine's bighearted ranch owner despite his unwillingness to talk about his past. When the new hand becomes the target of the flirtatious attentions of the owner's bored wife (Valerie French) and is entrusted by the boss with a foreman's responsibilities, his presence at the ranch starts to rankle his shifty fellow cowhand, played by Steiger. The resulting emotional showdown imparts unparalleled psychology intensity to this Western, a vivid melodrama featuring expressive location photography in Technicolor and CinemaScope. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones. (The Criterion Collection).
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Season Two (2011-12) Two-disc set with 26 episodes, $34.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Sing-alongs, printable coloring sheets. (Shout! Kids).
Power Rangers Samurai: The Sixth Ranger - Volume 4 (2011) Antonio, the Gold Ranger, tries to prove he has the necessary skills to become a Samurai and joins the Power Rangers as they battle the Nighlok monsters. Four episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bloopers, "Ask a Ranger" featurette, "Train Like a Ranger" video. (Lionsgate).
Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes (2012) Four episodes of Team Umizoomi - a tiny team of superheroes, Milli, Geo and Bot, who use their mighty math powers to help little kids solve big problems. The Team gets Purple Monkey to his new Monkey Jungle home at the zoo, rescues Buster the dog at a construction site, fixes the Cuckoo Bear' clock, and finds all of Farmer Dan's missing animals. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Texas Chainsaw (2013) Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray /Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentaries, a look back at the history of the Texas Chainsaw series, interviews with the film's director, producer and writers; multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Lionsgate).
3:10 to Yuma (1957) In this beautifully shot and acted, psychologically complex western, Van Heflin is a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw, played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glenn Ford, to the train that will take him to prison. This apparently simple plan turns into a nerve-racking cat-and-mouse game that will test each man's particular brand of honor. Based on a story by Elmore Leonard, "3:10 to Yuma" is a thrilling, humane action movie, directed by the supremely talented studio filmmaker Delmer Daves with intense feeling and precision. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio, on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with author Elmore Leonard and Glenn Ford's son and biographer, Peter Ford; booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones. (The Criterion Collection).
May 21, 2013 New DVD Releases
The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One (2012) Two-disc set with all 13 Season One episodes of wacky crime-fighting, music videos and outlandish villains. The blend of live-action and animation follows the amazingly wild comic antics of The Aquabats, the galaxy's first group of musical, crime-fighting superheroes. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Beautiful Creatures (2013) Dir: Richard LaGravenese; Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "ICONS by Margaret Stohl" book trailer, deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds six featurettes: "Book to Screen," "The Casters," "Between Two Worlds," "Forbidden Romance," "Alternate Worlds" and "Beautiful Creatures: Designing the Costumes." (Warner).
Best of Warner Bros. Cartoon Collection - Hanna-Barbera (2012) 90th anniversary collection of 25 classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $26.99. Extras: "Here Comes a Star" documentary. (Warner).
The Burning (1981) Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua, Shelley Bruce, Bonnie Deroski, Fisher Stevens, Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter. A group of summer camp pranksters get the scare of their lives when they target the camp's creepy caretaker... and he takes bloody revenge. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director Tony Maylam, commentary with stars Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski, "Blood n Fire Memories," "Slash & Cut" interview with editor Jack Sholder, "Cropsy Speaks" interview with actor Lou David, "Summer Camp Nightmare" interview with actress Leah Ayres, behind-the-scenes footage, theatrical trailer, make-up effects still gallery, poster and still gallery. (Shout! Factory).
A Common Man (2012) Ben Kingsley, Ben Cross. A seemingly average citizen plants five powerful bombs in different locations around a major international city and threatens to detonate them unless his sole unconditional demand is met: The simultaneous release of four of the most deadly international terrorists from government prisons. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
The Dark Dealer (1995) Richard Hull, Rocky Patterson, Charles Carrol. Three-film horror anthology about three hell-bound characters gambling with their lives and souls in a game of blackjack with the devil. The first story in this thriller, the creepy, satanic, "Cellar Space," won the Silver Scroll award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: A vicious killer invades the cellar apartment of a seemingly defenseless old hermit, but the hoodlum soon finds out that something more than human lives there. Formats: DVD. (Whacked Movies/MVD Entertainment).
Gaiking: The Movie Collection (1976) Two-disc set with three feature-length movies edited from the original series, plus a brand-new English language track. An iconic classic from the golden age of Japanese animation, Gaiking the transforming super robot is back in a trio of feature-length adventures loaded with high-impact action and mind-expanding science fiction. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Last Kind Words (2012) Brad Dourif, Spencer Daniels, Alexia Fast, Marianne Hagan. A young teen who moves to a secluded rural farm learns that the surrounding woods have flesh-crawling stories to tell... in particular those surrounding decaying bodies hanging from the trees. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
The Last Stand (2013) Dir.: Jee-woon Kim; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Eduardo Noriega, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford, Genesis Rodriguez. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Not in My Town: Making The Last Stand" featurette, "Cornfield Chaos" featurette, "The Dinkum Firearm and Historic Weaponry Museum" featurette, "Actor-Cam Anarchy: With Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander" featurette, deleted/extended and alternate scenes. (Lionsgate).
LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013) Batman enlists the aid of Superman to help end Lex Luthor's latest crime spree. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Building Batman" featurette, "LEGO/DC Universe Super Heroes Video Contest Winners" short, two bonus episodes from "Batman: The Brave and the Bold ('Triumvirate of Terror' and 'Scorn of the Star Sapphire') and one episode from "Teen Titans" ('Overdrive'). Also includes an exclusive Lego Clark Kent/Superman figurine on pack while supplies last. (Warner).
Medium Cool (1969) It's 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about moo baby moo was going on. His debut feature, "Medium Cool," plunges us into that moment. With its mix of scripted fiction and seat-of-the-pants documentary technique, this story of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman (Robert Forster) is a visceral, lasting cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, "Medium Cool" is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced. New 4K digital restoration, approved by Wexler, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two audio commentaries, one featuring Wexler, actor Marianna Hill, and editor Paul Golding, the other featuring historian Paul Cronin; new interview with Wexler; "Look Out Haskell, It's Real!" a 55-minute documentary about the making of "Medium Cool," produced by Cronin and featuring interviews with Wexler, Golding, actors Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz and Robert Forster, Chicago historian Studs Terkel, and others; excerpts from "Sooner or Later," a documentary by Cronin about Harold Blankenship, who plays the adolescent Harold in the film; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic and programmer Thomas Beard. (The Criterion Collection).
Open Road (2013) Camilla Belle, Juliette Lewis, Andy Garcia, Colin Egglesfield, John Savage. Angie (Belle), a young Brazilian artist, abandons her old life and embarks on a journey around the country, living on her own terms and occasionally waitressing to make money. But when she makes connections with a drifter (Garcia), a handsome cop (Egglesfield), and his sister (Lewis), she finds herself torn between her life of absolute freedom and being tied to people who care about her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
Parker (2013) Dir.: Taylor Hackford; Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Michael Chiklis, Clifton Collins Jr., Wendell Pierce, Micah Hauptman, Patti LuPone, Emma Booth, Bobby Cannavale. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Director Taylor Hackford, two featurettes: "Bringing the Hunter to Life: The Making of Parker" and "Who is Parker?" Blu-ray adds two featurettes: "The Origin of Parker" and "Broken Necks and Bloody Knuckles. (Sony).
Perception: The Complete First Season (2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.99. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
Side Effects (2013) Dir.: Steven Soderbergh; Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (Universal).
Stand Up Guys (2013) Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Katheryn Winnick, Julianna Margulies. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "American Muscle: The Stand Up Stunt Driving Scenes" featurette, "The Lowdown On Making Stand Up Guys" featurette, "The Stand Up Songs Of Jon Bon Jovi" featurette, deleted scenes, audio commentary with director Fisher Stevens. (Lionsgate).
Teen Wolf Season 2 (2011) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Alternate, deleted and extended scenes; "Teen Wolf" CGI reel; fight choreography; "Shirtless Montage 2.0"; gag reel; commentary. (Fox).
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1977) Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells. Cult-director Charles B. Pierce's thriller about a "Phantom Killer" terrorizing young lovers in Texarkana. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with Justin Beahm and historian Jim Presley, "Small Town Lawman" interview with actor Andrew Prine, "Survivor Stories" interview with actress Dawn Wells, "Eye of the Beholder" interview with director of photography James Roberson, theatrical trailer, essay by writer brian albright, poster and still gallery. Bonus feature: Charles B. Pierce's "The Evictors" (1979), about a young couple tormented by the previous owners of an eerie house located in a small Louisiana town; stars Vic Morrow, Michael Parks and Jessica Harper. (Shout! Factory).
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season (2012) Full 12-episode season. Formats: Five-disc DVD, $59.99; Blu-ray set with five BD discs, 2 DVD discs, $79.98; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Inside the Episodes" back stories on each episode; commentaries, previews and recaps. Blu-ray set adds "True Blood Episode Six: Autopsy"; "Authority Confessionals"; Enhanced Viewing "re-Vamped" guide and archive: character bios, vampire histories and hints/FYIs, flashback/flash forwards, True Blood Lines. (HBO).
Ultimate Gangster Collection Contemporary Five-disc set with five crime films that include Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," "The Departed" and "Mean Streets"; "Heat," starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer; and Paramount's "The Untouchables" with Kevin Costner, De Niro and Sean Connery. Includes a 32-page booklet with images and additional information about each film. $49.99. (Warner).
May 28, 2013 New DVD Releases
Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days! (2013) Six exciting underwater adventures: "The Beach Ball!," "The Legend of Pinkfoot," "Bring on the Bugs," "The Sizzling Scampinis!," "Bubble Duckies!" and "Gup, Gup, and Away!" Formats: DVD, $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Dark Skies (2013) Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Scott Stewart, producer Jason Blum, executive producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and editor Peter Gvozdas; alternate and deleted scenes. (Dimension Films/Anchor Bay).
Life Is Sweet (1990) This moving film from Mike Leigh is an intimate, invigorating, and amusing portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London, an irrepressible mum and dad (Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent) and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a sneering layabout (Claire Skinner and Jane Horrocks). In it, Leigh and his typically brilliant cast create, with extraordinary sensitivity and craft, a vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams (such as the father's desire to open a food truck) carry enormous weight. Perched on the line between humor and melancholy, "Life Is Sweet" is captivating, and it was Leigh's first international sensation. New high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring director Mike Leigh, audio recording of a 1991 interview with Leigh at the National Film Theatre in London, booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt. (The Criterion Collection).
Longmire: The Complete First Season (2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of the A&E Western series, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Slow Burn: Shooting Longmire" featurette, gallery of still photography, unaired scenes. (Warner).
Swimming to Cambodia. (1978) Master storyteller Spalding Gray brought his tour-de-force one-man show "Swimming to Cambodia" to the big screen, brilliantly directed by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme and featuring the music of Laurie Anderson. Grey spent eight weeks in Southeast Asia playing the role of the Ambassador's aide in the Academy Award-winning film "The Killing Fields." Inspired by his experiences there, Gray weaves a hilarious and hypnotic tale of the making of the film, from the "sixty-six takes" of his first scene to the jarring encounters with Thai marijuana, the history of Cambodia and the inhabitants of the Asian massage parlors and sex bars. It's reality with a wry twist from a fascinating pioneer of experimental theatre. Formats: DVD. Extras: commentary by director Jonathan Demme. (Shout! Factory).
The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents (2013) Three-disc set of the eight-hour History series that offers a fresh perspective on how the Oval Office has evolved over the past 200 years and looks at the 44 men who have served as Commander-in-Chief, from George Washington to Barack Obama, concentrating on the ebbs and flows of presidential power and responsibilities as each of America's leaders deal with the events, expectations and challenges of his time. Formats: DVD, $24.98. Extras: Bonus footage. (Lionsgate).