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-- Federico Fellini
Sep 192017
 

From the Big Screen:

"Wonder Woman," "The Big Sick," "The Hero," and "Certain Women." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Best Bets:

Our top pick for the week is a foreign gem — Bulgaria's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards — and a "social-realist parable exploring the themes of corruption, class differences, and the rural-urban divide, in contemporary Bulgarian society." Frank Capra by way of Bulgaria, "Glory" (2016 — Bulgaria), the third collaboration between directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov ("Jump," "The Lesson"), starts with a simple premise, but deepens into a portrait of a photo for Glorybureaucracy riven with cynicism, and a government happy to swallow its most idealistic citizens whole. When Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a stuttering, scraggle-bearded railroad linesman discovers millions of dollars on some rural train tracks, he decides to turn the entire amount over to the police. The authorities, ever grateful, reward him with a televised ceremony and a new wristwatch. But when the glitzy new watch stops working, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), the workaholic PR head of the corrupt Ministry of Transport, can't seem to find Petrov's old watch, a family heirloom. And, as Tsanko's humble reality collides with a bureaucracy determined to use his "heroism" to distract the public from an emerging scandal, he desperately struggles to recover both his old watch and his dignity. Funny and sad at the same time, bursting with life, with superb direction and acting. A must see. From Film Movement … next up photo for Hana-Biis "Hana-Bi (Fireworks)" (1997 — Japan), considered writer-director-actor and cult hero Takeshi Kitano's first true cinematic masterpiece. Former police officer Nishi feels responsible for the shattered lives of his loved ones. His partner Horibe has been crippled in a disastrous stakeout, a colleague is shot dead by the same villain, and his own wife has a terminal illness. In debt to a yakuza loanshark, Nishi conceives a bank robbery to provide for his partner, help the dead cop's widow, and take one last holiday throughout Japan with his wife and share a final taste of happiness. The yakuza, however, are not so easily bought off, sending Nishi down a road paved with nihilism and violence. Restored in HD. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Film Movement Classics.

Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment has restored one of the best comedies of all time, "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988). In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind "Fawlty Towers," teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton ("The Lavender Hill Mob") to produce another classic of British comedy. Cleese photo for A Fish Called Wandaplays Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister who finds himself embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves — two American con artists played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Michael Palin's animal-loving hitman and London gangster Tom Georgeson — when Georgeson is arrested. Only he and Palin know the whereabouts of the diamonds, prompting plenty of farce and in-fighting as well as some embarrassing nudity and the unfortunate demise of some innocent pooches. Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one for Kline's outstanding supporting turn as the psychopathic Otto, "A Fish Called Wanda" has stood the test of time, earning its rightful place among its creators' remarkable comedy pedigree. New 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this Blu-ray release … photo for Next up is "Close Encounters of the Third Kind 40th Anniversary Edition" (1977) New 4K restoration available on three-disc 4K Ultra HD, a Limited Edition three-disc 4K Ultra HD "Light and Sound" Gift Set, and in high-def on two-disc remastered Blu-ray. The highly collectible Limited Edition Gift Set features illuminated packaging that plays the iconic 5-tone motif. Also included is an expanded booklet with rare archival photos. Both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD releases include all three restored versions of the film, including the 1977 theatrical version, the 1980 Special Edition and the 1997 Director's Cut. In addition to the legacy bonus materials, the "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Blu-ray comes with new bonus content, including rare, never-before-seen home movies and gags from the set, and the all-new featurette "Three Kinds of Close Encounters." This featurette includes a new interview with director Steven Spielberg on the legacy of the film, as well as new interviews with directors J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve on the impact of Close Encounters. From Sony.

From TV to DVD:

"Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season" (2016-17) is a five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray set with all 23 episodes. In Season Five, newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With his right hand, John Diggle, back in the military and his sister Thea adamant about hanging up her vigilante hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity — but they're no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow's public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles rather than allies in the field. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Warner … photo for Code Black: Season Two "Code Black: Season Two" (2016-17) is a four-disc set with all 16 episodes of the series that takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, where the influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all — creating a condition called "Code Black." At the heart of the ER is Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), a residency director whose job is to save lives in an often impossible environment, and who is known to the group of residents as "Daddy." From CBS/Paramount … "Lethal Weapon: The Complete First Season" (2016-17) is a four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray set with all 18 episodes. Based on the hit movie franchise, Lethal Weapon, tells the story of a slightly unbalanced former Navy SEAL joining forces with a veteran detective as partners on the Los Angeles police force. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Warner … "Madam Secretary: Season Three" (2016-17) is a six-disc set with all 23 episodes of the series that stars Tea Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and former CIA analyst, Elizabeth returned to public life at the request of President Conrad Dalton photo for Madam Secretary: Season Three (Keith Carradine), who values McCord's apolitical leanings, deep knowledge of the Middle East, flair for languages and ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box. McCord's team includes chief of staff Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth); policy advisor Jay Whitman (Sebastian Arcelus); speechwriter Matt Mahoney (Geoffrey Arend); press coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller); and charming assistant, Blake Moran (Erich Bergen). McCord's debates on third world problems at work and her battles with the president's combative chief of staff, Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek), are just a warm-up for when she goes to where "politics" and "compromise" take on new meaning, home to her husband, theology professor turned intelligence operative Henry (Tim Daly), and their three children. From CBS/Paramount … "Timeless: Season One" (2016-17) is a four-disc set with all 16 episodes. A history professor (Abigail Spencer), a soldier (Matt Lanter) and a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), chase a dangerous fugitive (Goran Višnjic) with plans to re-write American history after he steals a secret experimental time machine. Running with the likes of Bonnie and Clyde, Ian Fleming and Al Capone, the team — using the photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends: The Complete Collectionmachine's prototype — must make every effort not to affect the past themselves as they jump through time in this unique historical fiction/sci-fi series. From Sony … "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends: The Complete Collection" is a 10-disc set with 27+ hours of the best episodes from the '70s, '80s and '90s — including original commercials — bringing together Carson's greatest guests: Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Burt Reynolds, Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Hope, Don Rickles, Dolly Parton, Eddie Murphy, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett and many, many more. Carefully selected from the vaults by Carson archivists. The set is comprised of three distinct collections: "Johnny and Friends" (six discs; some previously available at retail); "The Ultimate Carson Collection" (three discs — never before available at retail) with "The Best of the '60s & '70s," "The Best of the '70s & '80s" and "The Best of the '80s & '90s"; "Three Decades of Christmas on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (single disc — never before available at retail). Also included is a specially-produced 28-page memory book filled with rare archival photos and nearly two hours of bonus features. From Time Life … photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series, Volumes 1-6 "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series, Volumes 1-6" is a six-disc set of comedy and unforgettable moments from 12 complete, unedited shows (with commercials). Includes some of the most requested shows ever: Carson's 10th and 11th anniversary shows, Johnny's birthday episodes, and others, with an incredible collection of guests, including Dean Martin, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, John Denver, Peter Fonda, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, Michael Landon, Billy Crystal, Paul McCartney, Orson Welles, Muhammad Ali and many, many more. From Time Life.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "The Prison" (2017 — South Korea), starring Kim Rae-won and Han Suk-kyu, a troubled former police inspector is sentenced to prison for a hit-and-run accident, placing him with other inmates that he had put behind bars. While inside, he discovers photo for The Prisonthe entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate who is running a crime syndicate with the help of the warden and guards, which provides them the perfect alibi. Looking for revenge against the system that placed him inside, he joins the syndicate. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA … In "Cartel" (2017), starring Steven Seagal, Luke Goss and Georges St-Pierre, a team of DEA agents get a special assignment — shadow a drug kingpin-turned informant to keep him safe from harm — but the tables are turned when the drug lord's former gang decides to try to take him out. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … "One Last Heist" (2017), starring Matthew Goode, Phil Daniels, Joely Richardson and Stephen Moyer, is based on the thrilling true story of the largest burglary in British history, which took place over the 2015 Easter weekend. After being approached by a seductive Hungarian countess, an ex-con partners with four aging thieves to rob the vaults beneath London's diamond district. Available at Walmart only from Lionsgate … photo for Road Less Traveled In "Road Less Traveled" (2017), starring Lauren Alaina, Charlene Tilton, Jason Burkey and Donny Boaz, Alaina — fresh off a Country hit with her single "Road Less Traveled," from her hit album of the same name in early 2017 — plays country music artist Charlotte, who comes back home to Tennessee a week before she's set to get married, hoping to borrow her late mother's wedding dress from her grandmother. But when she runs into her high school sweetheart, Ray, sparks begin to fly. As emotions with Ray get complicated and her record label pressures her to write a new hit song, Charlotte questions if she ever should have left Tennessee in the first photo for Children of the Corn place and if she's even marrying the right man. From Shout! Factory … Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment has a new 2K restoration from the original negative of "Children of the Corn" (1984). A young couple travelling cross-country find themselves stranded in the small town of Gatlin, where they meet a mysterious religious cult of children. With no adults in sight the terror brews as the new arrivals find the secrets of the prospering corn fields and the children who inhabit them. Led by the mysterious Isaac and the unhinged Malachi the blood-curdling secrets of the children of Gatlin are soon revealed to their new "outlander" guests. Featuring stellar performances from Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton and based on a short story by Stephen King, "The Children of the Corn" is a horror classic that has spawned multiple sequels and imitators, but none as harrowing as this masterpiece of horror.

Foreign Films:

In "The Treasure" (2015 – Romania), a hunt for buried treasure sends two men on a surprising comic caper in this Cannes prize-winning charmer from acclaimed director Corneliu Porumboiu ("Police, Adjective," "12:08 East of Bucharest"). Costi (Cuzin Toma) is a workaday family man whose cash-strapped next-door neighbor (Adrian Purcarescu) makes him an intriguing proposition: help him find the fortune reportedly buried somewhere on the grounds of his family's country home and split the profits. But as the two men dig, they unearth more than they bargained for, excavating not only dirt, but photo for Body of Deceit traces of Romania's often tumultuous history. Part modern-day fable, part profound social commentary. From IFC Films … With the inviting, seductive Mediterranean Sea as its backdrop, the psychological thriller "Body of Deceit" (2015 — Italy), starring Kristanna Loken, Antonio Cupo, Saria Givaty and Guilio Berruti, begins as Alice (Loken) — a ghostwriter for a famous novelist — tries to put the pieces of her life back together after being in a coma for two weeks after a fatal car accident. She now suffers from amnesia and must complete the novel she began for her best-selling author client prior to her accident. However, with her depression and recurrent, cryptic nightmares, she can't focus and is having difficulty completing the novel. Her husband and agent, Max, takes her from their home in Los Angeles to their private villa in Malta to finish the book. But Malta is where Alice's car accident took place, and Max hopes this will unblock her mind so she can start working again to meet the publisher's deadline. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from FilmRise … "By the Time it Gets Dark" (2016 — Thailand), winner of Thailand National Film Association (Thai Oscars)'s Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Edit; it weaves together multiple photo for Cinema Novostories and characters to create a portrait of a beautiful country haunted by the lingering trauma of the 1976 government-sanctioned massacre of student demonstrators in Bangkok. A shape-shifting narrative, the film delves into the intersection of memory, politics, and cinema. From Icarus Films … Winner of the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival's Best Documentary, "Cinema Novo" (2016 — Brazil) is a film essay that poetically investigates the eponymous Brazilian film movement, the most prominent in Latin America in the past century, through the analysis of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira do Santos, Glauber Rocha, Leon Hirszman, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Ruy Guerra, Cacá Diegue, Walter Lima Jr, Paulo César Saraceni, among others. From Icarus Films … Based on true events, the drama "Jesús" (2016 — Spain) follows 18-year-old Jesús, trapped in a dead-end cycle of drugs, sex, apathy, and an obsession with violence. Living in a small flat with his widower father, Hector, where the TV covers up their inability to communicate, is not helping matters. After his band loses a competition, Jesús and his friends get drunk and head out, looking for a thrill. They finally find it in a cemetery: a young defenseless boy crosses their path, and violence ensues. Soon, the attack is national news, and the police are searching for those responsible. Desperate to avoid the authorities as well as his friends, Jesús has no choice but to turn to his father for help. But, when the flesh of your flesh is rotten, will you go to any extent to protect it, or will you cut it loose? From Breaking Glass Pictures.

For the Family:

"Odd Squad Villains: Best of the Worst" (2017) features three stories from the multiple Emmy-winning live-action PBS KIDS show. Join the agents of Odd Squad as they use their math and problem-solving skills to defeat evil villains and set things right. From trying to stop Odd Todd from turning townspeople and the agents invisible, to preventing Fladam from destroying the city's cubes, to recovering Ms. O's very important briefcase from the Shape Shifter, Odd Squad is always there to save the day. From PBS Distribution.

Special Interest:

"The Vietnam War" (2017): Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the lavish documentary is an immersive narrative that tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. "The Vietnam War" features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Ten photo for The Vietnam Waryears in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. Features new, original music written and recorded by Academy Award-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The film also features new music arranged and performed by Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble. The series also features more than 120 popular songs that define the era, including tracks from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Ben E. King, Phil Ochs, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Barry McGuire, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Otis Redding, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, The Temptations, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Pete Seeger and more. 10-disc set comprising nine hours. The series airs on PBS September 17–September 21 & September 24–September 28. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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From the Big Screen:

"The Mummy," "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," "It Comes at Night," and "Beatriz at Dinner." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

Before "Woodstock" and "Monterey Pop," there was "Festival" (1967). From 1963 to 1966, Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, the Staples Singers, Pete Seeger, Son House, and Peter, Paul and Mary were just a few of the legends who shared the stage at Newport, treating audiences to a range of folk music that encompassed the genre’s roots in blues, photo for country, and gospel as well as its newer flirtations with rock ’n’ roll. Shooting in gorgeous black and white, Lerner juxtaposes performances with snapshot interviews with artists and their fans, weaving footage from four years of the festival into an intimate record of a pivotal time in music — and in American culture at large. On DVD and Blu-ray, with a new, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Murray Lerner, and a new reconstruction and remastering of the monaural soundtrack using the original concert and field recordings, approved by Lerner and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 35th Anniversary" (1982): To celebrate the 35th anniversary of this modern classic, Universal is re-releasing the film on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. The highlight is a 35th Anniversary Limited Edition, on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital. This special gift set features photo for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 35th Anniversary premium packaging, includes a re-mastered CD soundtrack of the original Grammy Award-winning album, is packed with over three hours of bonus features and includes a collector’s booklet with behind-the-scenes stories and rare images from the archives. The film will also be available as a DVD, in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo, in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray and DVD Extras: "The E.T. Journals" retraces the day-to-day experience of creating E.T from behind-the-scenes footage shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll; "Steven Spielberg & E.T." interview with Steven Spielberg as he reflects back on the film and discusses his experience working with the actors, as well as his overall and current perspective on "E.T."; "The Music of E.T." discussion with John Williams, and interviews and footage focused on the long-standing relationship between Williams and Spielberg; "Designs, photographs and marketing of E.T."; "E.T." designs by production illustrator Ed Verreaux; "E.T." designs by Carlo Rambaldi; spaceship designs by Ralph McQuarrie; designs by production illustrator Ed Verreaux; production photographs; "Marketing E.T. A Look Back" special insider’s look into the making of "E.T." featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, the cast, and others intimately involved with the film; "The E.T. Reunion" in which the cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film; "The 20th Anniversary Premiere" in which composer Williams played the score of "E.T." live at the Shrine Auditorium for the re-release premiere; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer.

From TV to DVD:

"The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Tenth Season" (2016-17) is a three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray sets with all 24 episodes of the saga of Leonard and Sheldon, two genius roommates who are brilliant in the lab, but socially challenged outside of it. Last season, Leonard and Penny went from next-door neighbors to next-door newlyweds with a nuptial excursion to Vegas. This season, they find themselves in a repeating paradigm as they re-create their wedding — this time with family including Penny’s mother (Katey photo for Sagal) and brother (Jack McBrayer) and Leonard’s parents (Christine Baranski & Judd Hirsch). Meanwhile, Sheldon and Amy move in together as part of an ongoing “cohabitation experiment.” Also, gravitating in their universe, Howard and Bernadette prepare for the arrival of a little Wolowitz, while Raj finds himself juggling not one, but two girlfriends. From Warner … "Empire Season 3" (2016-17) is a five-disc set with all 18 episodes of the series set in the hip-hop music world. While Lucious (Terrence Howard) launches Empire’s music streaming division, his half-brother Tariq launches a murder investigation of Lucious. And as Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) romance with Angelo Dubois heats up, so does Angelo’s campaign for mayor. The Lyon brothers face troubles from the past: Andre still sees Rhonda’s ghost, Jamal wrestles with a pill addiction, and Hakeem’s attempts to find love are interrupted by a surprising family rival. From Fox … "The Goldbergs: Season 3" (2015-16) is a three-disc set with all 25 episodes and "The Goldbergs: Season 4" (2016-17) is a three-disc set with all 24 episodes of the series about the VCR-loving, mixtape-making, spandex-wearing Goldberg family. For geeky and movie-obsessed photo forThe Goldbergs: Season 4 youngest child Adam, his wonder years were spent documenting the hilarious and awkward antics of his colorful family. Each season finds the siblings fighting off huggies, snuggies and nubbies and they navigate what it means to grow up as a Goldberg. From Sony … "Lifetime Scary Movie Set" features four Lifetime frightful films in one set: A woman left for dead by a serial killer seeks revenge. A real-life Manson girl reveals how her communal sisterhood moved from free love to mass murder. A mother's newborn baby is possessed by a vengeful spirit. Two high school girls unearth a centuries-old diary and unleash havoc and destruction. "Stephen King’s Big Driver" (2014, with Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis and Joan Jett), "Manson's Lost Girls" (2015, with Jeff Ward, Mackenzie Mauzy and Eden Brolin), "Hush Little Bay" (2007, with Victoria Pratt and Johanna Black, and "Devil's Diary" (2007, with Alexz Johnson, Miriam McDonald and Magda Apanowicz). From Lionsgate … In the final season (10 episodes) of the critically acclaimed drama "Orphan Black: Season Five" (2017), starring Emmy-award winning actress Tatiana Maslany, fans follow the last showdown between Sarah (Maslany) and Rachel (Maslany) — the clone who’s sought to destroy her and her sisters from day one. Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray from BBC Home Entertainment … photo for Scorpion Season Three "Scorpion Season Three" (2016-17) is a six-disc set with all 25 episodes. Inspired by a true story, the series is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O'Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security's new think tank, O'Brien's "Scorpion" team includes Toby Curtis an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn, a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd, a statistics guru. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo, who shares a harrowing history with O'Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other's humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they rely on Paige Dineen, who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation's crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in. From CBS/Paramount … photo for Silicon Valley: The Complete Fourth Season "Silicon Valley: The Complete Fourth Season" (2017) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Season Four continues to lambaste the self-important world of tech. The Pied Piper guys pursue their video-chat app, PiperChat, but Richard (Thomas Middleditch) has a hard time letting go of his dream to put his algorithm to better use. As Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) flirts with notoriety while Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) looks on in amusement, Erlich (T.J. Miller) searches for his next big break, Jared (Zach Woods) attempts to pivot with the company, and Big Head (Josh Brener) enters the world of academia. Over at Hooli, Gavin (Matt Ross) finds himself threatened by Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky), while Monica (Amanda Crew) struggles to bounce back at Raviga after her fallout with Laurie (Suzanne Cryer). On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO … "This Is Us: The Complete First Season" (2016-17) is a five-disc set with all 18 episodes of the series that chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s and 1990s to their now adult kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love, fulfillment and healing in the present day. This dramedy reveals how the events in our lives — both big and small — impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death. From Fox … photo for VEEP: The Complete Sixth Season "VEEP: The Complete Sixth Season" (2017) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes. In the sixth season, President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is now out of office for the first time in years after her loss in a Senate vote to resolve an Electoral College tie last season. Forging ahead to secure her legacy and find her place in the world, while much of her staff pursues endeavors of their own, Selina and her band of fellow misfits hilariously attempt to make their mark while navigating the political landscape in Washington and beyond. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"The Ghoul" (2016) is a mind-bending British psychological thriller. Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest. On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague — and former girlfriend — Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect's photo for The Ghoul psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland, who has a taste for the occult. The debut feature of writer-director Gareth Tunley, starring Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe and Dan Renton Skinner, "The Ghoul" is the latest standout addition to a thriving new wave of British cinema. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … "The Resurrected" (1991), making its Blu-ray debut this week, stars John Terry, Jane Sibbett, Chris Sarandon, Laurie Briscoe and Robert Romanus. Since the beginning of time, man has struggled with death. Now Charles Dexter Ward (Sarandon), a wealthy scientist, may have found a way to beat it. Using an ancient diary and human remains, Ward begins a terrifying and bloody pursuit for immortality. By the time his wife Claire (Sibbett) hires private investigator John March (Terry) to halt the horrible experiments, it's too late … the dead have been resurrected. Based on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by H.P. Lovecraft. In a new 2K transfer from the film’s vaulted interpositive film element. From Scream Factory … In "Drone Wars" (2016), starring Corin Nemec, Whitney Moore, Nathin Butler and Sean Gunnell, a small team of scientists hiding in Los Angeles are tasked with the impossible mission of stopping an invasion of drones from slaughtering all of humanity and stripping the Earth of its resources. From Lionsgate … photo for Dead Again in Tombstone In "Dead Again in Tombstone" (2016), Danny Trejo is back as the infamous gang leader Guerrero de la Cruz. The devil's outlaw and reluctant servant, Guerrero, returns from the dead again and is forced to protect a stolen relic from getting into the hands of Jackson Boomer (Jake Busey and his gang of soldiers, but Jackson will stop at nothing to raise his comrades from the dead and bring the wrath of hell upon earth. Guerrero must use all his dark powers in order to defeat Jackson and find redemption … or die again trying. Co-stars Jake Busey, Elysia Rotaru, Dean McDermott, Elizabeth Lavender, Peter Skagen, Michelle Rios and Joe-Norman Shaw. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Universal … In "The Hatred" (2016), starring Sarah Davenport, Andrew Divoff and David Naughton, when recent college grad Regan goes to a family’s photo for Mamaboy house to babysit their daughter for the weekend, she invites her three best gal pals along. What starts as a girls’ getaway becomes a journey into hell, as the young women discover the house is haunted by a dark and violent history involving a Nazi, his daughter, and an ancient artifact that feeds on fear. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay/Lionsgate … In "Mamaboy" (2017), starring Sean O'Donnell, Alexandria DeBerry, Gary Busey, Stephen Tobolowsky, Dylan Riley Snyder and Michael Eric Reid, when Kelly Hankins, the heartthrob of Butterhill High, discovers that his girlfriend is pregnant, he turns to his eccentric scientist uncle, whose latest experiment is Adam, a male monkey who has received an embryo transfer and is carrying a baby. Kelly decides to become the first human experiment, but high school life becomes increasingly tough as he has to hide his pregnancy from his family, friends and faculty. From MVD Visual.

On the Indie Front:

In "I Love You Both" (2016), starring Doug Archibald, Kristin Archibald, Lucas Neff, Artemis Pebdani and Charlene Archibald, twins, Krystal and Donny, played by real life siblings Doug and Kristin Archibald, have been co-dependent for 28 years, still living together in a converted one-bedroom house. As Krystal struggles to get over her ex- boyfriend and Donny struggles to come to grips with the fact that his new music manager might not be all that he claims, they both meet and starting falling for the same guy, Andy. Fearing the idea of having to go their separate ways, they remain in denial about the fact that they’re both dating him, until he eventually picks only one of them. His decision forces them to confront the fact that they can no longer live the same life. From Magnolia Home Entertainment.

Foreign Films:

In director Zhang Yang's acclaimed film "Soul on a String" (2016 — China), a young Tibetan wanderer confronts a series of mystical events and earthly adversity. After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a slain deer, Taibei, a young Tibetan wanderer, embarks on a mission of redemption in order to bring the divine artifact back to its rightful home, the holy mountain of Buddha. Danger and treachery await at every step, as black market traders and two brothers in search of vengeance stand in his path. Along the way, however, Taibei encounters a motley band of followers that help him on his strange and mystical journey. From Film Movement.

For the Family:

"LEGO Nexo KNIGHTS — Season 3" (2017) is a single disc with all 10 episodes. With the evil Book of Monsters destroyed and Jestro, the dark court jester, on an apology tour throughout the Kingdom, the NEXO KNIGHTS have returned home. Due to the Knights’ valiant efforts peace has come again to Knighton. But all is not what it seems. Evil forces are lurking in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to attack the unassuming kingdom. From Warner.

Special Interest:

Sixteen years after Buena Vista Social Club sparked a global wave of appreciation for Cuban jazz, captivating audiences and receiving an Academy Award nomination (Best Documentary, Features, 1999), "Buena Vista Social Club: Adios" (2017) revisits the remaining original members of the Grammy-nominated group as they embark on one last farewell tour. The film follows five of the original band members from the first film, as the legendary musicians recall their ups and downs over the years, including award-winning performances and losing many of their fellow band members. From Green Pictures … "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" (2016):New Yorkers and others who love the city hold its beautiful and historic Greenwich Village close to their hearts — but this iconic neighborhood was nearly destroyed by one all-powerful public official in the 1960s. The David-and-Goliath story of the woman who stood in his way and fought to save the heart of Lower Manhattan is told in the acclaimed new documentary, a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power photo for Citizen Jane: Battle for the City for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who argued that urban communities need to be protected from destructive development projects. Her 1961 book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," became a clarion call for the preservation of livable metropolises. Director Matt Tyrnauer ("Valentino: The Last Emperor") vividly brings to life Jacobs' 1960s dramatic showdown with the ruthless, egomaniacal construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze a wide swath of Lower Manhattan to make way for a highway that in theory would rush commuters out of the city to their homes in the outer boroughs and suburbs. For decades, power broker and construction czar Moses had succeeded in transforming the New York City metropolitan area with bridges and tunnels. He also uprooted residents of poorer sections to make way for dehumanizing housing projects and multi-lane highways. But this seemingly all-powerful figure came up against a formidable opponent in Jacobs, who fought Moses' monstrous plans to destroy Washington Square Park and the historic brownstones of Greenwich Village in order to lay his expressway. The film powerfully and movingly shows how Jacobs bravely and nearly singlehandedly took on the establishment and won, not only preserving a precious part of New York, but signaling the triumph of a new, more thoughtful approach to urban renewal nationwide. Marisa Tomei reads the words of Jane Jacobs while Vincent D'Onofrio provides the voice of Robert Moses. From IFC Films … "Newman" (2015): In 1979, at the age of 43, American asocial self-educated inventor Joseph Newman, living in the backwoods of Mississippi, claimed to develop a motor that defied the laws of physics. Mainstream news stations, and even an appearance on "The Tonight Show", spread the revolutionary potential of his magnetic perpetual motion machine, potentially ending the world's need for oil, gas and nuclear dependency. Instead, as detailed in Jon Fox’s stranger-than-fiction documentary debut, the maverick faced a decades long, and increasingly paranoid, battle against the U.S. Patent Office and the scientific establishment. This film documents a creator’s infinite passion to have his unique invention realized, tragically resulting in his self-destruction. From FilmRise.

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From the Big Screen:

"All Eyez on Me," "Megan Leavey," "Lowriders," and "Paris Can Wait." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

Two thrillers, a heart-wrenching love story, and a comedy anthology come to the fore this week. Mere months after delivering one of the definitive examples of film noir with "Kiss Me Deadly," Robert Aldrich brought a noir flavor to Hollywood with his classic adaptation of Clifford Odets' stage play, "The Big Knife" (1955). Charles Castle, one of Hollywood's biggest stars, looks like he has it all. But his marriage is falling apart and his wife is threatening to leave him if he renews his contract. Studio boss Stanley Shriner Hoff isn't taking the news too well, and he'll do anything he can to get his man to sign on the dotted line — even if means exposing dark secrets. Winner of the Silver photo for The Big KnifeLion at the 1955 Venice Film Festival, "The Big Knife" boasts a remarkable cast list including Jack Palance as Castle and Rod Steiger as Hoff, plus Shelley Winters, Ida Lupino, Jean Hagen and Everett Sloane. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo with new 2K restoration from original film elements, with original English mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray). From Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment … Romance becomes psychodrama in Alfred Hitchcock’s elegantly crafted "Rebecca" (1940), his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking. A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the film stars the enchanting Joan Fontaine as a young woman who believes she has found her heart’s desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (played with cunning vulnerability by Laurence Olivier). But upon moving to Manderley — her groom’s baroque ancestral mansion — she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts not only the home but the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well. The start of Hitchcock’s legendary collaboration with producer David O. Selznick, this elegiac gothic vision, captured in stunning black and white by George Barnes, took home the Academy Awards for best picture and best cinematography. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K photo for Rebecca digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, director James Ivory's "Maurice" (1987) is a moving story of coming to terms with one's sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. It is based on E.M. Forster's novel, which was written at the height of his career but which he withheld from publication until after his death due to its controversial nature. The story centers on students Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant), who find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for "the unspeakable vice of the Greeks," Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Maurice, however, struggles with his identity and self-confidence, seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his undeniable urges. But while staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice is seduced by the affectionate and yearning servant Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves), an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice's life and outlook. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, in a new 4K restoration from the original negative, overseen and approved by director James Ivory and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme. From the Cohen Film Collection … The four-disc "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete First Season" (1968)features 14 remastered episodes from the landmark Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series. The '60s gave us "in-crowds," "be-ins" and "love-ins," and photo for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete First Season starting in 1968, the happening place for free-form comedy was "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," broadcast from "beautiful downtown Burbank." Straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin led a gaggle of goofballs through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. Anything and anyone in the public eye was a target. Political correctness? Forget it! The off-the-wall groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning show would go on to anchor the Monday 8 p.m. time slot on NBC until March 12, 1973, transforming both pop culture and the medium of television. Tim Conway and Cher as John Smith and Pocahontas; a silent salute to presidential candidate George Wallace; a Mod, Mod World look at the Olympics — are just a few of the zaniest things crammed into Season 1. Also making their appearances for the first time: Goldie Hawn's giggly blonde, Judy Carne's "Sock-It-to-Me" girl, Jo Anne Worley's anti-chicken-joke militant, Ruth Buzzi's perpetually-frustrated spinster and Arte Johnson's "verrry interesting" German soldier. The show's first season was also highlighted by long-running fan favorite features including "Sock It to Me," "Cocktail Party," the "Joke Wall," and Sammy Davis Jr. introducing the all-time classic sketch "Here Comes the Judge". From Time Life.

From TV to DVD:

"Criminal Minds: Season 12" (2016-17) is a six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The series revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most—experienced agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Other photo for Criminal Minds: Season 12 members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer "JJ" Jareau (A.J. Cook), the team's former unit liaison-turned-profiler who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as solving cases; Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), the team's indispensable computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; and Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they're captured to determine if they are able to stand trial. From CBS/Paramount … "The Flash: The Complete Third Season" (2016-17) is a six-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray with all 23 episodes. Struck by the supercharged fallout of a particle accelerator explosion, forensic scientist Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive: The Flash. With his newfound time-warping speed and help from the S.T.A.R. Labs team — Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Harrison Wells –- and his adoptive family, Detective Joe West and Joe’s daughter Iris, the Scarlet Speedster runs circles around other metahumans set on wreaking havoc in Central City, while traveling between alternate universes and protecting our world from otherworldly threats. In Season Three, Barry faces the unknown — as he irrevocably alters the timeline by saving his mother from the clutches of the Reverse-Flash. From Warner … photo for Hawaii Five-O: The Seventh Season "Hawaii Five-O: The Seventh Season" (2016-17) is a six-disc set with all 22 episodes. A contemporary take on the classic series about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands' sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve MeGattetr (Alex O'Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu to investigate his father's murder and stayed after Hawaii's former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest "game" in town. Joining McGarrett are Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan), a relocated ex-New Jersey cop — a working man in paradise who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but who's committed to keeping the islands safe for his young daughter; Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), an ex-Honolulu police detective and former protëgë of McGarrett's father, who was wrongly accused of corruption. Includes a special appearance from original "Hawaii Five-0 "cast member Jack Lord and other guest stars including Claire Forlani, Darius Rucker, Julie Benz, Jimmy Buffett and Christine Lahti. From CBS/Paramount … photo for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks In "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (2017), starring Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Reg E. Cathey, Courtney B. Vance, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Leslie Uggams, Reed Birney, Rocky Carroll and John Douglas Thompson, an African-American woman becomes the unwitting pioneer for multiple medical developments, such as the Polio vaccine, when her cells are harvested to create the first immortal human cell line in this story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty, and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people. In this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" is told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey). The film chronicles her search, along with journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO … "Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series" (1997-2003) is a 19-disc set with all 148 episodes. Laura San Giacomo, David Spade, Wendie Malick, Enrico Colantoni and George Segal star as sharp-tongued coworkers in the fast-paced world of high-fashion publishing, from catwalk to casting couch. Set in the bustling editorial photo for Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series offices of fashion magazine Blush, "Just Shoot Me!" chronicles the daily grind of the magazine's quirky staff, serving up all the laughter that's fit to print. From Shout! Factory … "Kevin Can Wait: Season One" (2016-17) is a three-disc set with 24 episodes. Kevin Gable (Kevin James) is a Long Island cop who retires at 45, looking forward to day-drinking with his buddies, going to Mets games, and finally having some “me-time.” He quickly learns, however, that his family’s needs don’t leave a lot of “me-time” after all. His 14-year old daughter Sara (Mary-Charles Jones) and 10-year old son Jack (James DiGiacomo) are having issues at school and 20-year old Kendra (Taylor Spreitler) is expected home soon on a visit from college — with a few surprises of her own. To supplement his pension, Kevin’s wife Donna (Erinn Hayes), a school nurse, wants to rent out their converted garage apartment which turns into quite a complicated competition for occupancy. From Sony … "Masterpiece Mystery:! Endeavour Season 4" (2017) is a two-disc set with all four feature-length episodes. Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford. It’s the summer of 1967, and the effects of the Cold War and sixties counterculture are being felt in Oxford. It has barely been two weeks since the events depicted in the season three finale, and Oxford’s finest are picking up the pieces of their personal and professional lives. Endeavour waits to hear the result of his Sergeant’s Exam, and self-medicates to numb his heartache over Joan, but whisky and Tännhauser will only get a man so far. Meanwhile, Thursday and Win deal with their own sense of grief. Their home is empty, Sam gone to the Army and Joan … who knows where? photo for Narcos: Season 2 On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution … "Narcos: Season 2" (2016) is a four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray with all 10 episodes. The manhunt for one of the most infamous criminals in history still rages on. Unforseen alliances form between Columbian authorities, rival cartels, and DEA agents to put an end to Pablo Escobar's ruthless activities. After drug lord Escobar escapes from prison, the Colombian police, rival cartels, and DEA agents try to take him down in the second season of the hit series. From Lionsgate … "Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season" (2016-17) is a six-DVD, four Blu-ray set with all 23 episodes. In the show’s 12th season, Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) are reunited with their mother, Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith), newly resurrected by the apocalyptic force known as the Darkness. But Mary Winchester is not the only family appearing this season. In addition to Lucifer being sprung from Hell, he’s also expecting a son. Now, the Winchesters — with Castiel’s help — must not only contend with Crowley, Lucifer and his spawn, and the arrival of the conniving British Men of Letters (who’ve come to “complicate” their hunting days), but they’ll also have to relearn what it is to be a family again after all these years. From Warner.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "The Last Face" (2016), starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, a director of an international aid agency in Africa meets a relief-aid doctor in the middle of a political/social revolution, and together they face tough choices surrounding humanitarianism and life during civil unrest. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … In "Iron Protector" (2016 — China), after the death of his clan master, Wu-Lin — not just a regular man, but the successor of an ancient, once powerful Chinese clan, the “Iron Feet” — leaves the village for the City of Stone-cold to protect the daughter of the richest family in the city, Fei-Fei. When the city’s most dangerous gang attempts to kidnap Fei-Fei, Wu-Lin is photo for Iron Protector forced to fight them alone and discovers an even more sinister power is taking over the city. A mixture of action-packed Kung Fu film and super heroes. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA … In "First Kill" (2016), starring Hayden Christensen, Bruce Willis, Gethin Anthony and Ty Shelton, in an attempt to reconnect with his son Danny (Shelton), successful Wall Street broker Will (Christensen) takes his family on a vacation to the cabin where Will grew up. While Will and Danny are hunting, their trip takes a deadly turn when they witness the murder of a crooked police officer as a bank robbery goes awry. When Danny is taken hostage by the criminals, Will is forced to help them evade the police chief (Willis) investigating the murder and recover the stolen photo for Revelator money in exchange for his son’s life. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … The horror film "Revelator" (2017), starring J. Van Auken, Nicholas Thurkettle, Mindy Rae and Alex Klein, centers around John Dunning, a disgraced psychic detective who is thrust into the midst of the mysterious Bellvue family empire — whose future fortunes rely on a vast secret island cache of water — and must investigate the suspicious death of the troubled Jacob, the last heir to the family fortune, while being dogged by a suspicious journalist and a feckless, ruthless young family member Elias. When John is accused of the murder that he himself is investigating, he must venture into the depths of madness to uncover the truth about the family and their power, before he loses his mind, his life … or worse. From Maxim Media Marketing.

On the Indie Front:

"Band Aid" (2017), starring Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally and Fred Armisen, is the story of a couple, Anna and Ben, who can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist to try and work through their grievances unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into song, and with the help of their neighbor Dave, they start a band. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Shout! Factory.

Foreign Films:

"Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!" (2017 — Brazil) is a tale about love and war as a young Brazilian boy and an indigenous Paraguayan girl confront the region’s violent past and their families’ secrets. In this war-torn region, Joca (Macedo) is a 13 year-old boy on the Brazilian side of the river. Basano (Gonzales), an indigenous Paraguayan girl, lives on the other side. The two regions are in constant conflict, between the big Brazilian farmers and groups of native indigenous who are still there resisting a silent genocide of their culture and memories. Joca’s brother Fernando (Reymond) is a member of a gang of Brazilian bikers, and Basano’s family are Paraguayan photo for The Wedding Plan bikers. Amongst all the bloodshed and violence, a romantic Joca falls deeply for Basano, creating great internal and external conflict for both. They are forced to choose between their family loyalties and their innocent, pure love. A South American "Romeo & Juliet." On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from FilmRise … "The Wedding Plan" (2017 — Israel) is a poignant and funny romantic comedy about love, marriage, and faith in life’s infinite possibilities. Michal, blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off their wedding with only a month’s notice, is unwilling to return to single life. Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no suitor appears, Michal puts everything on the line to find happiness. From Lionsgate … In "Like Crazy" (2016 — Italy), Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse — the world of sane people. From Strand Releasing.

For the Family:

"LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu: Season 7" (2017) is a single disc with all 10 episodes as the Ninja encounter new enemies, Krux and Acronix. From Warner … In the six-episode, swash-buckling adventure "PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue!" (2017), the PAW Patrol take to the high seas for some epic rescues. Kids can join Ryder, Chase and the rest of the gang as they discover a secret pirate cave, embark on a treasure hunt, rescue whales and more. From Fox.

Special Interest:

Filmed over three years in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake,"Monsieur Le President" (2014) follows the ascension and confusing downfall of Gaston Jean Edy. Volunteering in Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Victoria Campbell encounters Gaston, a charming voodoo priest who shows leadership during the emergency, and later manages to open a small, much-needed medical clinic with the support of a foreign funder. He becomes a local hero, a symbol of ingenuity in defiance of the failure of conventional relief efforts. Over three years, he also becomes the filmmaker's close friend-until an unexpected development causes Victoria to re-examine her entire experience in Haiti. From Virgil Films.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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