DVD Update 9-10-13
Hatchet III: Unrated Director’s Cut (Available on Blu-ray August 13, 2013)
Beloved horror icons (re-)unite in HATCHET III, the epic third installment of Adam Green’s modern slasher franchise, as Marybeth (Danielle Harris, Halloween) uncovers the true secret to stopping the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of deformed maniac Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder, Friday the 13th) haunting and stalking the New Orleans bayou for decades. An entire police department, paramedic response team, and heavily armed S.W.A.T. unit face off with the iconic slasher in this action packed and explosive film full of stunts and jaw dropping gore effects that raise both the bar and the body count of the previous two films put together. Also starring genre favorites Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Predators).
Special Features include Crew Commentary, Cast Commentary, 3 Featurettes, and Trailers and Teasers!
Amour (Available on Blu-ray & DVD August 20)
Insightful, original and exquisite! George and Anne have known a lifetime of love within their intimate marriage. Though their bond has survived the test of time, its about to meet its greatest challenge. Acclaimed director Michael Haneke brings tour-de-force performances to the screen in a film that exalts the beautiful, compassionate and courageous within us all.
Special Features include Making of Amour and Q&A with Director Michael Haneke.
Blood and Sand (Available on Blu-ray July 9, 2013)
Tyrone Power and Rita Hayworth lead a star-studded cast in this Academy Award -Winning classic. Juan Gallardo (Power) returns home to claim the hand of his childhood love and continue his rise toward becoming Spain’s greatest matador. But when he catches the eye of a beautiful seductress (Hayworth), Juan will learn that the battles that matter most are fought outside the ring.
Special Feature includes Commentary by Richard Crudo, Director of Photography and 2003-2006 President of the American Society of Cinematographers.
Evil Dead (Available on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet July 16)
Whether intentional or not, the original “The Evil Dead” contained ample amounts of humor mixed into the gore. 2013’s reimagining removes all trace of silliness and goes straight for the throat with a nonstop barrage of bloodthirsty havoc and creepy, possessed devil girls. Without the intrusive zooms and campy comedy to alleviate the tension, “Evil Dead” successfully presents a nearly uninterrupted 90 minutes of potent terror highlighted by perverse bodily harm to its protagonists from a varied assortment of cutting tools. Everything from knives and syringes to crowbars and the bathroom sink are used to inflict gruesome slayings to unsuspecting victims. The unrelenting pace combined with the ferocious nature of the violence is numbing, so if your cup of tea isn’t overflowing with blood, then look elsewhere. The inclusion of a backstory for the witchcraft and the snippets of character development that are offered before the characters are dissected (physically, not figuratively) aren’t involving enough to invoke much concern for their wellbeing.
In an attempt to help rid his sister Mia (Jane Levy) of her drug addiction, David (Shiloh Fernandez) takes her to their parents’ old cabin in the woods for some distraction-free healing. Accompanying them for support are their childhood friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), as well as David’s girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore). When the five young adults unwittingly conjure a demonic force of incredible power, the hellish spirit possesses Mia and a murderous rampage begins that quickly finds the number of unharmed souls diminishing.
Featuring Cast & Crew Commentary, All-New Featurettes and Blu-ray Exclusives!
Femme Fatales: The Complete Second Season (Available on DVD July 16)
Expect twice the thrills, excitement and danger in the critically acclaimed second season of Femme Fatales, the hit Cinemax anthology series about powerful, sexy and dangerous women inspired by and styled in the tradition of pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels. This July, Femme Fatales: The Complete Second Season arrives on DVD along with hours of never-before-seen bonus materials!
Cloudburst (Available on DVD July 30)
This hilarious foul-mouthed road movie co-stars Oscar-winning actresses Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis as Dot and Stella, a carjacker lesbian couple on the run from a nursing home heading to Canada to be legally married. Handsome Ryan Doucette co-stars as a young male hitchhiker along for the ride who will learn more than he ever imagined from this inspiring couple.
Bonus Features include Interviews with the actors, behind the scenes featurettes, and trailers!
The Magic School Bus: Revving Up (Available on DVD July 30)
Take a fun and education-filled road trip this summer with Ms. Fizzle and her incredible bus, as everyone’s favorite teacher makes learning exciting with an all-new DVD release!
Explore everything from the smallest cell to the largest galaxy in the twelve never-before-available episodes of the Emmy Award winning TV series The Magic School Bus: Revving up. Each of the three discs in the set contain three new episodes running the gamut from computers and electricity to city critters and desert adaptation. And each DVD also contains a special bonus special episode adding up to more than four and a half hours of Frizz-tastic fun!
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Party (Available on DVD August 13)
It’s time to party with Gumball, Darwin and all their friends in the all-new DVD from Cartoon Network The Amazing World of Gumball: The Party DVD!
You’re invited to the biggest, bestest and gumballiest party Emlore Junior High has ever seen! So put on your party pants and get ready to raise the roof with Gumball, Darwin, Penny and all your favorite friends from the amazing world of Gumball.
Special Features include Character Galleries.
The Muppet Movie: The Original Classic (Available on DVD August 13)
See how the Muppets began, with the nearly 35th Anniversary Special Edition of the original, classic that started it all – The Muppet Movie, produced by the cultural icon and Muppet creator himself, Jim Henson! Witness the hilarious origins of everyone’s favorite Muppets – Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Animal and the rest – as they embark on an inspirational and laugh-filled road trip to follow their Hollywood dreams. And now for the first time, you and your family can see the Muppets make the “rainbow connection” in vibrant Blu-ray Hi-def.
Bonus Features include Disney Intermission and new never before seen features!
Political Animals: The Complete Series (Available on DVD August 6)
Politicians are a breed of their own, striving to serve their country while their personal dramas play out under the media spotlight’s glare. Golden Globe award winner Sigourney Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish Hammond, a former first lady and current Secretary of State, who struggles to keep her family together as she deflects probing questions from prize-winning journalist Susan Berg (Carla Gugino). While resolving international crises alongside manipulative colleagues and strategizing her own Oval Office bid, Elaine must also cope with her brilliant ex-husband’s philandering exploits and her twin sons’ struggles with drugs and guilt.
Watch this captivating First Family weather the all-too-real dynamics of political and personal life with grit, intelligence, and vulnerable honesty in all 6 provocative episodes of Political Animals: The Complete Series.
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (Available on DVD July 30)
Four renowned cases of the whistle-blowing serve as the backdrop to the much larger story of what happens to people who resort to the media to expose fraud and abuse.
This explosive film uncovers the perils to the careers and livelihoods of whistleblowers, both governmental and corporate, and the threats facing journalists who publicly try to right a wrong.
Venus and Serena (Available on DVD and Blu-ray July 2nd)
Venus and Serena takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. With unprecedented access, the film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top.
Special Features include Deleted Scenes, Trailers, and Interviews.
Fernando Di Leo: The Italian Crime Collection Vol. 2 (Available on DVD and Blu-ray July 30)
Outstanding in bold, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, director and writer Fernando Di Leo perfected the genre with an uncanny accuracy that prefigured the works of Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.
DISC 1 SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER (1974, 95 min): Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but at a lower level; he isn’t jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he’s a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn’t take long for the detective’s father to realize his son is on the take, which leads to numerous complications. BONUS FEATURES: ”The Master of the Game” Documentary Featurette, ”The Second Round of the Game” Documentary Featurette, Original Theatrical Trailer
DISC 2 KIDNAP SYNDIACTE (1975, 98 min): Colella is a hard working but struggling mechanic who raises his son Fabrizio after his wife passed away. Fabrizio is friends with Antonio, son of the extremely rich but incredibly repugnant businessman Filippini. When criminals kidnap Antonio in front of school, the brave Fabrizio tries to prevent this and the nervous kidnappers pull him into the car as well. They demand a huge ransom for the boys, but the pigheaded Filippini refuses to give in to criminals and put the lives of the boys at stake, whilst Colella and even the police commissioner can’t do anything. Colella goes after them, but soon stumbles upon a very complex and well-protected network. BONUS FEATURES: ”Violent Cities” documentary / featurette, ”The other Fernando di Leo s Trilogy” (Citta violente: laltra trilogia di Fernando di Leo).
DISC 3 NAKED VIOLENCE (1969, 99 min): A devastating, brutal, raw example of Di Leo’s early works, Naked violence is about how a teacher of an evening school for youngsters with social problems is brutally raped and murdered right in her classroom. The only suspects are the kids and the police are surprised to find them all quietly in their homes instead of having escaped. There is a reason. Each kid declares that he did not participate in the brutality but was forced to watch. The police officer Lamberti has reasons to believe that someone, an adult, has orchestrated the kids whose name they are too afraid to mention.
BONUS FEATURES: ”Goodfellas” documentary / featurette, ”Fernando di Leo at the Cinematheque Francaise” featurette.
Set includes a fully illustrated booklet.
The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season
(Available on Blu-ray and DVD August 27)
In this uncertain world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living. In this 16-episode season, Rick and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. This season also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.
The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season comes packed with lots of bonus features, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, never-before-seen featurettes, audio commentaries from cast and crew, deleted scenes and other surprises!
The Iceman (Available on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD September 3)
Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest in 1986 for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father, in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer for hire.
Special Features include Making of Iceman and Behind the Scenes!
Slightly Single In LA
(Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital September 3)
Moving to LA – it seemed like a good idea at the time. Dale (Lacey Chabert) can’t seem to make things work – at work, with her friends, and definitely not with men. In a city where hype, hookups, and heartbreak are as common as reality shows, it’s hard to find something real. Now she’s caught and in the middle of a love triangle with her best friend (Jenna Dewan) and a guy from her past (Kip Pardue) – a great guy. Maybe the best guy ever. Sometimes, a girl’s just got to take a leap a faith. And with a little luck, maybe Dale’s LA dreams CAN come true.
Bonus Features include Meet the Director and Trailers.
The Last Tycoon (Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital September 17)
From Hong Kong action superstar Chow Yun-Fat and powerhouse director Wong Jing comes a story of the rise and fall of real-life gangster Cheng Daqi, spanning 30 tumultuous years in Shanghai. For Cheng, innocence and young love are shattered by circumstance, wrongful imprisonment, murder, and escape. He finds himself in the crime gangs of Shanghai and apprenticed to the local “tycoon” (Sammo Hung). As the years pass, Cheng rises to the upper echelons of power and finds himself torn between the love of two women, the murderous plots of the secret service, and the looming threat of war that may destroy the entire city.
Special Features include Making of and Trailers!
Petunia (Available on DVD September 3rd)
For some families, having a live-in shrink isn’t nearly enough. The Petunia family has a storied history of avoiding real feelings: Mom (Christine Lahti) is a therapist who needs a shrink of her own; dad (David Rasche) hides his problems under an oblivious and disaffected non-personality; and brothers Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Adrian (Jimmy Heck) are hiding infidelity and sex addiction, respectively. Throw in mean NYC princess Vivian (Thora Birch) for a sister-in-law, and you have Charlie s biggest problem: his crazy family. At first glance, Charlie looks positively Bond-like in his tuxedo but in fact, he is the polar opposite of the suave lady-killer. Instead of drinking martinis and living it up, Charlie spends his brother s wedding reception avoiding the dance floor and securing his self-imposed celibacy by snapping the rubber band on his wrist anytime he feels aroused by the formal-wear-clad young men in the room. Charlie finally finds a guy he s willing to break his no sex vow for when he meets and starts dating George McDougal (Michael Urie). But George is hiding something from Charlie his wife (Brittany Snow) and their relationship hits a complicated snag when she returns unexpectedly from a long trip…
Bonus Features include Director Commentary, Interviews and Trailers!