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That Time of The Week: DVD & Blu-ray Releases From 9/15 & 9/22

And here we are.  Caught up.  Keep in mind, as of tomorrow, I’m behind again, but let’s celebrate this small victory.

This time out we’ve got the ultimate collection of Agent 007, plus a whole bunch of television including my favorite new show of last year, The Flash, plus seasons of Arrow, Aquarius, Sleepy Hollow, Empire, Carol Burnett, CPO Sharkey and more.  Plus movies including Pitch Perfect 2, Moby Dick and the bio-pic, Love & Mercy.

Fire up that queue and prep that shopping cart, it’s that time of the week.

The Ultimate James Bond Collection

20th Century Fox/ Released 9/15/15

Exclusively available at Amazon.com, The Ultimate James Bond Collection features all 23 iconic Bond films together in one Blu-ray box-set, which includes a 24th space for SPECTRE and, for the first time, digital copies of the collection. Also included is a new bonus disc exclusive featuring Everything or Nothing, a 90-minute documentary on the untold story of 007 and a pocket-sized James Bond 50 Years of Movie Posters book including the best posters from Dr No through to SPECTRE. Other extras included among the collection are featurettes, commentaries, music videos, photo galleries, trailers, tv spots, radio spots, storyboard sequences, deleted scenes, promotional films, television specials, documentaries, test footage, interviews, screen tests, tributes, press conferences, alternate and expanded angle scenes, outtakes, retrospectives, location tours, FX reels, isolated music tracks, and more.

Includes the following films:

  • Dr. No: Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of MI6 agent John Strangways. He finds his way to Crab Key island, where the mysterious Dr. No awaits.
  • From Russia With Love: When MI6 gets a chance to get their hands on a Lektor decoder, Bond is sent to Turkey to seduce the beautiful Tatiana, and bring back the machine. With the help of Kerim Bey, Bond escapes on the Orient Express, but might not make it off alive.
  • Goldfinger: The Bank of England has detected an unauthorized leakage of gold from the country, and Bond is sent to investigate. The suspect is one Auric Goldfinger, the richest man in the country. Bond catches Goldfinger cheating at cards, with the assistance of Jill Masterson, who is killed and painted gold in revenge. Bond must foil his plots, while avoiding the deadly Korean, Oddjob.
  • Thunderball: Emilio Largo, the Number 2 at SPECTRE, has stolen two nuclear warheads. He threatens to destroy a city in the United States and England unless a large ransom is paid. Bond is sent to the Bahamas to investigate.
  • You Only Live Twice: Ernst Stavro Blofeld is hijacking American and Russian space shuttles, in an attempt to start a war between the two nations. Bond is sent to Japan to investigate, with the help of Tiger Tanaka, the head of station in Tokyo. Armed with over 100 trained ninjas, Bond infiltrates Blofeld’s volcano lair.
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Bond rescues the suicidal Tracy Di Vicenzo, and is brought at gunpoint to meet her father, Marc-Ange Draco, the head of one of the largest criminal organization in Europe. Draco strikes a deal with Bond, agreeing to reveal the location of Blofeld, if Bond will look after his daughter.
  • Diamonds Are Forever: Sean Connery is back for a fast paced hunt through a diamond smuggling pipeline. MI6 arrests small time smuggler Peter Franks, and Bond takes his place, meeting courier Tiffany Case. He follow the trail of the diamonds, as everyone who touches them gets killed. The end of the pipeline is Blofeld, with another plan for World Domination.
  • Live and Let Die: Several British agents are killed in a short period of time, during routine surveillance of dictator Dr. Kananga. Bond is sent to New York to investigate, and falls into a trap of gangster Mr. Big, thanks to his psychic tarot card reader, Solitaire.
  • The Man with the Golden Gun: MI6 is sent a golden bullet with 007 engraved onto it. M fears that Bond will be assassinated by Francesco Scaramanga, the $1 million a shot hitman, known for his golden gun, and sends Bond to find him first.
  • The Spy Who Loved Me: British and Russian submarines have been hijacked, and the two countries come together, sending 007 and Russian Agent Anya Amasova to track down a stolen microfilm and investigate. The tension rises as Amasova discovers that Bond had killed her lover in the course of duty. Bond needs to get Amasova on his side as a life insurance policy against her threat to kill him when their mission is over.
  • Moonraker: A space shuttle, on loan to MI6 by Hugo Drax, is hijacked in mid-air. Bond is sent to investigate Drax, on the pretence of an official apology. Bond discovers that Drax hijacked the shuttle himself, and stumbles upon a secret lab with fatal poisons. Drax plans to create a space colony and commit a global genocide, to regenerate a perfect species.
  • For Your Eyes Only: A ship containing an Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), which can control ballistic missile attacks, is sunk. Bond is sent to retrieve the ATAC before the Russians do. MI6 had sent archaeologist Timothy Havelock to discretely locate the ship, but he and his wife were murdered in front of their daughter Melina. Bond tracks down their killer, Hector Gonzales, and must complete his work before Melina takes her revenge.
  • Octopussy: Agent 009 is stabbed and crashes through a window of the British Embassy in Berlin, holding a forged Fabergé egg. Bond is sent to investigate, and begins at the Southerby’s auction for the real Fabergé counterpart. 007 is lead to India, finding corrupt Prince Kamal Khan and his beautiful associate Octopussy.
  • A View To A Kill: Bond investigates a drugged horse racing scandal, and is led to Max Zorin, an eccentric industrialist who plans to destroy Silicon Valley, so that he can create a monopoly on microchip technologies. The chase leads Bond to the Eiffel Tower, and a Blimp ride that eclipses in a tense climax atop the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • The Living Daylights: Bond is assigned to protect Georgi Koskov, an ex-KGB officer who is defecting to the British. Koskov is to escape during the intermission at the Bratislava concert hall, and must be protected from a KGB sniper. Bond sets up across the street, but decides against assassinating the sniper, when he realizes she is an amateur women.
  • Licence to Kill: Bond and Felix Leiter catch drug lord Franz Sanchez during a raid in Miami, but Sanchez escapes after bribing DEA agent Ed killifer. Sanchez kills and rapes Leiter’s wife, and Leiter is fed to a shark, losing a leg. Bond must infiltrate and destroy Sanchez’s operation, and avenge the death of Leiter’s wife.
  • Goldeneye: Xenia Onatopp and Colonel Ourumov hijack a special helicopter that is immune to electromagnetic pulse. The pair then go to a soviet bunker that is the control base for the Goldeneye satellite weapons. They kill the staff and destroy the base with an electromagnetic pulse from one of the satellites, themselves protected by the helicopter. Bond must investigate the attack.
  • Tomorrow Never Dies: Media mogul Elliot Carver plans to use a stolen encoder to start a war between China and the United Kingdom, and boost ratings for his cable networks. Carver’s wife Paris is an ex-girlfriend of Bond’s, and her assistance costs her her life. Bond must fight Carver with the help of Chinese spy Wai Lin.
  • The World is Not Enough: Renard, a terrorist who feels no pain, and is slowly dieing due to a bullet lodged in his brain, assassinates billionaire Robert King. Bond is assigned to protect his daughter, Electra King, and must fight Renard with the help of Valentin Zukovsky and Christmas Jones.
  • Die Another Day: Bond is betrayed during a mission in North Korea, and is captured and tortured for 14 months. After revealing nothing, Bond is released in a deal with MI6, who release a terrorist in return. Bond escapes from MI6 to find the traitor, and kill the terrorist he was traded for.
  • Casino Royale: In a reboot of the series, Casino Royale opens with Bond gaining his 00 status, by killing two enemy agents, and earning his license to kill. Bond must win a high stakes poker game against terrorist financer Le Chiffre, to bankrupt him so that he will be murdered by his bankers.
  • Quantum of Solace: In a continuation from Casino Royale, Bond is set to eliminate Dominic Green, a wealthy business man who is trying to control the water supply of Bolivia to extort it’s government. He also seeks to avenge the death of Vesper Lynd.
  • Skyfall: James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 itself comes under attack, Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Last Word: Every Bond.  Every Bond girl.  Every car. Every gadget.  Every M, Q, Felix and Moneypenny.  Every criminal mastermind and colorful henchman.  Every exotic locale. Every theme song. Every quip.  This set has it all.

There’s no doubt that anyone who’s ever seen more than a few films in this series has an opinion on everything.  From their favorite 007 to whether or not the reboot is in canon or rather a completely fresh start.  And, it’s in my opinion, there’s also the question of who your first Bond was.

My first theatrical James Bond experience was Moonraker, which I saw when it debuted in 1979.  Obviously a reaction to the success of Star Wars, Moonraker puts Bond into space.  It’s far from a great film, but seeing it at eight years old, it pretty much had everything awesome in it; including Richard Kiel’s steel toothed Jaws and, duh, outer space.

Although Sean Connery is credited as the best Bond, I believe one’s favorite is the one your are first exposed to.  After his initial few performances, Moore’s take on the role was a bit more campy and tongue in cheek.  A View To A Kill Roger Moore is a bit silly, but The Man With a Golden Gun Moore is awesome.  Yet, you can’t dismiss A View To A Kill’s awesome bad guys Christopher Walken and Grace Jones, as well Duran Duran’s amazing title theme.

And that’s in a nutshell why Bond works and continues to work.  He appeals to the twelve year old in everyone and continues to do so as they grow up.  There’s no question that the films look and sound fantastic, but what really makes it unique is what an overview of the history of pop culture the films represent.  From Dr. No kickstarting the spy crazy of the sixties, to the blackspoitation-esque Live and Let Die to the early nineties more emotionally available Bond of GoldenEye to the more cynical, darker take in Casino Royale.

The Ultimate James Bond Collection is a must have for any fan of film or pop culture with not only twenty three feature films, but virtually hundreds of hours of supplemental material.  Highest recommendation.

 The Connection

Drafthouse Films / Released 9/29/15

A stylish, 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection.

In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing–including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations–to ensure the crime ring’s demise, Zampa’s La French always seems one step ahead.

As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family’s safety, before it’s too late.  Extras include making of, interviews, trailers, deleted scenes and booklet.

Last Word: The Connection continues the drug trade drama of ’70s crime classic The French Connection, focusing on the French counterpart of the notorious heroin ring. Set in Marseilles, the film takes place after the events of The French Connection. While it’s not on par with William Friedkin’s gritty Oscar-winning film, it’s a tense, stylish policier that stands on its own merit.

The film focuses on magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin), and his six-year attempt to take down seemingly untouchable drug lord Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche). Much like Gene Hackman’s dogged cop Popeye Doyle, Michel becomes obsessed with his target, to the exclusion of all else. Everyone is well aware that Zampa is the man behind the heroin trade, but everyone is too scared – or too well paid – to challenge his rule, until the fearless Michel.

Dujardin is terrific as the driven, idealistic Michel, a far more demanding role than the lightweight The Artist, which earned him the Best Actor Oscar. When we meet him, he’s a magistrate dealing with juvenile junkies, whom he’s not only trying to save, but use to find their supplier. His crusading efforts don’t go unnoticed: He’s soon tapped for a big promotion to Marseilles, where he shakes up the weary police force. He begins cutting corners and bending the law to get results and soon his marriage suffers.  We learn Michel is a recovered gambling addict and his new addiction is, of course, catching Zampa. The only real weak spot in the film is the limited role of his wife (Céline Sallette of The Returned), whose scenes consist mostly of complaints about Michel’s obsession and threats to leave him.

Lellouche (Mesrine: Killer Instinct) plays the ruthless Zampa.  In a scene Quentin Tarantino would love, Zampa chastises a colleague with a story about the tradition of his Neapolitan forefathers, then exacts an unpleasant lesson to illustrate it. The film spends nearly as much time with Zampa and his men, a well-oiled syndicate reminiscent of the close-knit clan in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.

The two adversaries meet in only one scene: To compare it to the sitdown between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat would be a stretch, but it’s a great moment. Instead of the grudging professional admiration between Michael Mann’s cop and criminal, we see two immovable objects intent on destroying the other, with neither willing to back down. (– Sharon Knolle)

All American High Revisited

Virgil Films / Released 9/15/15

In 1984, young filmmaker Keva Rosenfeld (Twenty Bucks) set out to make a film about the experience of being in high school. He spent a year following the senior class at a typical California school and edited the footage into All American High. Told through the eyes of a visiting foreign exchange student, the film presented an uncensored view of teens in an era of big hair and parachute pants.

But the film was locked away in a storage vault and remained unseen until Rosenfeld came upon it three decades later. In that vault, Rosenfeld also uncovered a review that said the film captured “the values and attitudes of middle-class teenagers who will lead America into the 21st century.” Wondering if this prediction came true, the director set out to locate those 17-year-old students he’d met 30 years earlier. After many phone conversations and much planning, Rosenfeld began to film the very same people he profiled long ago. By bringing this story full circle, then and now – a generation later, All American High Revisited was born.

All American High Revisited is the ultimate high school documentary. This rediscovered, unusually honest film captures a year in the life of a group of students on the cusp of their adult lives. The year is 1984 – an era bursting with neon fashion, punk posing and Princess Di hairdos. Flash forward three decades and this rollicking, embarrassing ’80s time capsule surprises as these same students look back at their teen selves.

Their memories are fond, bittersweet and hilarious. This unique case study of former students looking back on the exuberance of their youth highlights the differences between being a teenager now and one from a pre-digital era. The poignant interviews and humorous memories reveal dreams both fulfilled and forgotten, and remind us that life can be fleeting and full of surprises. It’s a timeless story for anyone who survived high school.

American Experience: Walt Disney

PBS Distribution / Released 9/15/15

From Steamboat Willie to Pinocchio to Mary Poppins, Disney’s movies grew out of his own life experiences. He told stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work became increasingly celebratory of the American way of life that made his unlikely success possible.

Yet despite the success he achieved, he was driven and restless, a demanding perfectionist on whom decades of relentless work and chain-smoking would take their toll. He wanted his films to make people feel deeply, yet often buried his own emotions. Aspiring to create great artistic films, he felt he wasn’t taken seriously by the movie industry, and was stung when critics panned his productions. Never satisfied with his previous efforts, he always pushed forward to a “new adventure,” but his attention to detail and quest for innovation frequently meant delays and cost overruns. When his employees organized and went on strike, Disney felt betrayed, not able to understand how people who worked for him could be unhappy; years later he called them “communists” before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

A polarizing figure – though true believers vastly outnumber his critics – Disney’s achievements are indisputable. He created one of the most beloved cartoon characters in history, Mickey Mouse; conceived the first ever feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; pioneered the integration of media and marketing with thousands of branded products; and conceived Disneyland, the world’s first theme park and a three-dimensional realization of his own utopian universe.

Walt Disney includes interviews with artists who worked at the studio, including Rolly Crump, Robert Givens, Don Lusk, Floyd Norman and Ruth Tompson, Imagineer Marty Sklar, Disney producer Don Hahn, costume designer Alice Davis, composer Richard Sherman, son-in-law Ron Miller, and academics and authors who have written extensively about Walt Disney including Neal Gabler, Susan Douglas, Richard Schickel, Steven Watts, Ron Suskind, and Carmenita Higginbotham.

Aquarius: The Complete First Season

Starz/Anchor Bay / Released 9/15/15

Los Angeles, 1967. Welcome to the Summer of Love. Aquarius stars David Duchovny as Sam Hodiak, a seasoned homicide detective whose investigations dovetail with the activities of real-life cult leader Charles Manson in the years before he masterminded the most notorious killings of a generation, the Tate-LaBianca murders. A small-time but charismatic leader with big plans, Manson has begun to build up his “family”, recruiting vulnerable young men and women to join his cause. Teaming up with a young cop who will help him infiltrate Manson’s circle, Hodiak is forced to see things through the questioning eyes of someone who came of age amongst the current anti-establishment counterculture. Edgy, addictive and visually stunning, the Age of Aquarius is here. Extras include webisodes and featurette.

Episodes include:

  • Everybody’s Been Burned: Detective Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) and undercover officer Brian Shafe (Grey Damon) begin their search for a missing teen girl in the premiere of this crime series about a lawman in the 1960s trying to hunt down cult leader Charles Manson.
  • The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game: Hodiak and Shafe clash when they investigate the murder of an elderly woman. Meanwhile, Manson coerces Emma’s father to introduce him to a music executive.
  • Never Say Never to Always: A drug dealer is murdered, and the prime suspect is Shafe’s snitch. Meanwhile, Shafe and rookie Charmain Tully go undercover into the Manson family in a mission that comes with serious consequences.
  • Home Is Where You’re Happy: Hodiak looks into the murder of Art Glader by scrutinizing his wife Lucille who runs a burlesque establishment. Manson hides Emma but, in the end with pressure from Grace, Hodiak finds her and brings her home.
  • A Change Is Gonna Come: Sam’s investigation into the murder of Cassius Thomas ratchets up tension with the Black Panthers. They won’t help Sam unless he investigates the death of 15-year old Michael Younger. Walt shows up at Sam’s place late at night. Emma goes missing which Grace blames on Sam. With both murder investigations at a dead end and Grace’s accusations, Hodiak pours a drink and loses control – but Shafe comes to the rescue.
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale: Charles recovers from his beating. Hodiak hands Charmain a case when the head USC cheerleader and girlfriend to the Rams’ hotshot quarterback is found beaten outside a bar. After a brick is thrown through the window, Hodiak looks for the man who’s been harassing Shafe’s family. Ken admits to Grace that Charlie holds something over him that could ruin their lives. Shafe aids Sam in getting a message to his son.
  • Cease to Resist: Cutler gets a surprise visitor while at Opal’s house. Hodiak and Shafe work the murder of a famous Hollywood closeted star which sends Shafe undercover within the gay sub-world of Los Angeles. Charlie goes gun shopping.
  • Sick City: Hodiak loses an old friend.  Karn and Banyin worry about their shared dark secret involving a missing hooker. After a record producer isn’t impressed with his audition, Manson throws a tantrum and takes it out on his family. Roy partners with Lucille and Shafe gets thrown a curveball.
  • Why?: Charmain’s first ride-along ends when her fellow officers are gunned down, the first in a series of cop killings. Her resolve is put to the test as Hodiak and Shafe enlist Bunchy and his Panthers to help find the shooter. Hodiak is determined to do what it takes to make sure a cop killer didn’t get set free. Charmain is sucked in by Hodiak’s end game and ends up feeling disgusted with herself.
  • It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding): Charlie tests Emma’s loyalty. Shafe goes deeper into the criminal world and passes Guapo’s drug shipment task . After his first acid trip, courtesy of Manson, Hodiak helps Detective Moran with a secret and the repercussions of ’60s bigotry.
  • Your Mother Should Know: Bunchy asks Hodiak to solve his brother’s murder. Hodiak does his best to keep Walt safe and get the classified war documents exposed. Shafe goes to work for Guapo. Manson’s mother pays a visit. Emma is set up by a member of Manson’s family. 
  • (Please Let Me Love You And) It Won’t Be Wrong: Emma’s absence is felt when the Manson family makes a documentary. Charlie’s distorted madness screws up his big musical break. Hodiak and Schafe actively pursue the murderer of the Hollywood actor – the case they were told to drop – after one of the gay men Schafe met while doing undercover questioning turns up dead. Hodiak makes a deal with Karn to drop the investigation of the dead prostitute if Karn pulls some strings to help Walt. 
  • Old Ego is a Too Much Thing: In the Season 1 finale, Emma returns to the family just as Mary goes into labor. Hodiak’s deal for Walt goes south. The conclusion to Hodiak and Shafe’s murder investigation has unforeseen consequences. Karn takes care of an old problem.

The Big Picture

Mill Creek / Released 9/15/15

Today’s Hollywood is hilariously lampooned in The Big Picture, a behind the scenes look at the costs of making it in the hip and happening world of show business. Kevin Bacon stars as Nick Chapman, a naive kid from Ohio who wins the Best Student Film award from the prestigious National Film Institute. Suddenly hot, Nick jumps out of the ivory tower headlong into the Hollywood fast lane, where he’s seduced by manic agents, power happy producers, and the irresistibly quirky Jennifer Jason Leigh. Giving in to temptation, Nick sells out, sacrificing his friends, his true love and his self-respect. But when his career comes to a screeching halt, his dream turns into a comic nightmare and he discovers beneath the Hollywood tinsel lies a system that breaks ’em as fast as it make ’em.

The Bold Ones: The Protectors: The Complete Series

Shout! Factory / Released 9/15/15

Investigate riveting television at its finest with The Bold Ones: The Protectors, an indelible crime drama that stars Leslie Nielsen as the deputy chief of police in a volatile California city. The cinematic feel of the series was boldly set from the pilot movie, which was directed by Lamont Johnson (The McKenzie Break, That Certain Summer) and featured cinematography from Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind). An unusual lack of background music further heightened the sense of authenticity as The Bold Ones: The Protectors brought an edgy realism to Sunday night television.

Sam Danforth (Nielsen) is a no-nonsense, conservative lawman brought in from Cleveland to try and rein in the city of San Sebastian, California, but often finds himself at odds with the city’s idealistic, liberal D.A., William Washburn (Hari Rhodes).

Top-notch guest stars including Edmond O’Brien, James Broderick, John Rubinstein, Robert Drivas, Fred Williamson and Louise Sorel pumped up the series’ gritty stories with a powerful dramatic flair. Also includes the pilot telefilm, Deadlock.

Includes the Episodes:

  • A Case of Good Whiskey at Christmas Time: The builder of a high profile public housing project is murdered just as construction begins. District Attorney William Washburn has to walk a delicate line when he uncovers massive corruption during his investigation, as the publicity could jeopardize the project and lead to civil unrest.
  • If I Should Wake Before I Die: Washburn decides to retry a well-spoken and charming convicted murderer who has managed to avoid execution for seven years through appeals he filed and argued on his own behalf. Washburn’s case hinges on a newly discovered poem the man wrote the night of his first scheduled execution, which Washburn believes the jury will interpret as a confession.
  • Draw a Straight Man: Deputy Police Chief Danforth is under the microscope when accusations of police corruption surface after a series of robberies.
  • The Carrier: The death of a man carrying a plague from Asia leads the DA’s office to a people-smuggling ring.
  • A Thing Not of God: The DA’s office gets involved with a case involving a church and an Army deserter who sought refuge there.
  • Memo from the Class of ’76: The DA’s office comes under the scrutiny of a group of angry parents when the police arrest a busload of students as part of a drug bust.

The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

Time Life /Released 9/15/15

During the late-’60s, CBS was The Carol Burnett Show network, a joking reference based on the program’s widespread popularity and huge ratings. Yet the first five seasons have never resurfaced – no reruns, streaming video, DVDs or other formats – until now. Time Life introduces The Lost Episodes, which bring back many unforgettable moments from the show’s groundbreaking years. Once again, fans can see the debuts of Lucille Ball and Tim Conway on the show, as well as rare appearances by Burt Reynolds and Flip Wilson. JIm Nabors, the lone guest on the show’s premiere, proves why he became Carol’s “good luck charm” and returned to kick off each new season. There’s also the birth of the classic sketches – “As The Stomach Turns,” “Carol and Sis,” and “The Old Folks.”

The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes features original broadcast episodes from Seasons 1-5 (1967-1972), hand-picked by Carol herself. And across 16 magical episodes – true treasures from the vault, not seen since their original airing more than forty years ago – consumers will see the very first steps of a TV icon, the magic of Carol’s cast coming together, and an incredible array of guest stars.

Showcasing the early days of one of the most honored and beloved shows in television history, the 6-disc Collector’s Set features episodes from the program’s first five seasons – unseen by the public for more than 40 years. Extras include back stage tour, outtakes, featurettes, bonus sketches and interviews with Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Vikki Carr, Carol Channing, Bill Hader, Jack Jones, Gloria Loring, Jim Nabors, Queen Latifah, Burt Reynolds, Don Rickles, and Lesley Ann Warren.

Includes the episodes:

Show #108 Original Air Date: November 4, 1968
  Guest Starring: Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Nancy Wilson

Show #422, Original Air Date: February 22, 1971
  Guest Starring: Chita Rivera, Bob Newhart

Show #107, Original Air Date: November 11, 1968
  Guest Starring: Don Rickles, Mel Tormé, Nanette Fabray

Show #003, Original Air Date: September 11, 1967
  Guest Starring: Jim Nabors

Show #510, Original Air Date: November 3, 1971
  Guest Starring: Bing Crosby, Paul Lynde

Show #522, Original Air Date: March 1, 1972
  Guest Starring: Tim Conway, Eydie Gorme

Show #521, Original Air Date: February 23, 1972
  Guest Starring: Nanette Fabray, Burt Reynolds

Show #013, Original Air Date: November 27, 1967
  Guest Starring: Lesley Ann Warren, Don Adams

Show #006, Original Air Date: October 2, 1967
  Guest Starring: Lucille Ball, Tim Conway, Gloria Loring

Show #112, Original Air Date: January 6, 1969
  Guest Starring: Tim Conway

Show #008, Original Air Date: October 16, 1967
  Guest Starring: Bobbie Gentry, Phyllis Diller, Gwen Verdon

Show #309, Original Air Date: November 17, 1969
  Guest Starring: Andy Griffith

Show #503, Original Air Date: November 10, 1971
  Guest Starring: Bernadette Peters, Cass Elliot

Show #316, Original Air Date: January 19, 1970
  Guest Starring: Flip Wilson, Vikki Carr

Show #506, Original Air Date: October 6, 1971
  Guest Starring: Carol Channing, Steve Lawrence

Show #016,Original Air Date: March 18, 1968
  Guest Starring: Tim Conway, Jack Jones, Ruth Buzzi

Clarence: Dust Buddies

Cartoon Network / Released 9/15/15

Clarence (Spencer Rothbell) is an optimistic, spirited boy who sees the best in all things and wants to try everything—because everything is amazing! Along with his two best friends Sumo (Tom Kenny, Adventure Time) and Jeff (Sean Giambrone, The Goldbergs), Clarence embarks on a host of everyday adventures involving lizards, dollar hunts and a money broom wizard!

Includes the episodes:

  • Dust Buddies: Belson’s mother offers cleaning services for Clarence and his mom.
  • Money Broom Wizard: Clarence, Jeff and Sumo try to have fun at the local arcade Pizza Swamp with only $1.00 to spend.
  • Clarence Gets a Girlfriend: Clarence tries to become a gentleman before his “date” with Ashley.
  • Dinner Party: When Clarence attends a dinner party at Breen’s house with Mary and Chad, he tries to have fun wherever he can.
  • Dollar Hunt: Clarence tries to make new friends through his “dollar hunt” game and unwittingly buries the 20 dollars Mary gave him for groceries.
  • Puddle Eyes: Clarence believes he’s gone blind when gets mud in his eyes. Meanwhile Jeff prepares to compete in the school’s “Vision Bee.”
  • Nature Clarence: Clarence, Jeff, Sumo and Percy go hiking in search of a legendary hot spring with Josh, but it veers off course, prompting Clarence to take the lead. 
  • Lizard Day Afternoon: Clarence and Sumo chase a lizard while Jeff tries to get a turn playing with Belson’s new game system.
  •  The Forgotten: Clarence and Brady are the only kids who did not get a ride from school, so they have to find their own way home.
  • Jeff Wins: Clarence helps Jeff prepare for a cooking competition because, due to past failures, Jeff cannot keep his head.
  • Patients: To combat the boredom of a waiting room, Clarence creates a game where the prize is candy from the reception desk.
  • Rough Riders Elementary: Clarence stands up to Buckey O’Neill, the sponsor of Rough Riders Chicken, because it turns out the sponsorship is taking over the school.

Closer to the Moon

IFC / Released 9/15/15

Based on audaciously true events, Closer to the Moon stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, Up in the Air) and Mark Strong (The Imitation Game, Kingsman: The Secret Service) in beguiling performances as participants in one of the most confounding crimes ever perpetrated. In 1959 Bucharest, five high-ranking Jewish members of the Communist Party staged a bank heist that baffled the repressive regime and left the public in an uproar. Their motives were never known. Having been captured, arrested and sentenced to death, the unusual gang is given one last punishment before facing the execution squad: reenact the heist for the benefit of a Communist propaganda film. Game of Thrones‘ Harry Lloyd co-stars in this slyly comic yet sincerely heartfelt story ripped from the strange-but-true pages of history.

The Seven Five

IFC / Released 9/15/15

During the crack cocaine explosion of the late 1980s and early ’90s, Michael Dowd, a New York City police officer, brazenly led a crew of crooked cops to build his own empire in East New York, one of the toughest sections of Brooklyn. Labeled “The Dirtiest Cop Ever,” Dowd turned the department’s 75th Precinct into a den of corruption, both protecting and robbing drug dealers while lining his own pockets to the point of bursting with cash and drugs. His arrest in 1992 led to the largest police corruption scandal in New York City history. Packed with interviews with both those who broke the law and those who protected it, The Seven Five is the ultimate investigation of the notorious events, for the first time putting the audience inside the cars – and the minds – of these crooked cops.

Reality

Shout! Factory / Released 9/15/15

A mysterious VHS tape, a giant rat, and killer televisions… Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) and Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) star in this head-spinning Hollywood satire from the writer and director of Rubber.

In the alternate reality of the entertainment industry, a cameraman (Alain Chabat, The Science of Sleep) has 48 hours to pull off the impossible: find the world’s greatest groan sound effect for the movie he dreams of directing or it doesn’t get made. As he embarks on a hilariously bizarre odyssey, fact, fiction, reality and dreams collide in a surreal swirl of comic absurdity. With brilliant turns by top comedians, Reality is a wondrously weird and wild ride through director Quentin Dupieux’s extraordinary imagination.

The Legacy

Shout! Factory / Released 9/15/15

Evil Beyond Exorcism… How far would you go to inherit everlasting life? When Margaret (Katharine Ross, The Stepford Wives) and her boyfriend Pete (Sam Elliot, Frogs, Road House) have a car accident in the English countryside, the other driver offers to take them to his lavish country estate to make amends. But once there, they are surprised to learn that all of the other houseguests are already expecting them! It’s not long before the couple’s fear turns into terror when the guests (including Roger Daltrey, Tommy) begin dying in unspeakable ways. Now it’s clear, the true master of the house is a supernatural force that will stop at nothing to find the rightful heirs for an unimaginably horrible legacy. Extras include interviews, trailer, tv spot, radio spot, and gallery.

Sleepy Hollow: Season 2

20th Century Fox / Released 9/15/15

Nothing is as it seems as the second exhilarating season of the witty, addictive series begins! After Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) risks his life to rescue Police Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) from Purgatory, the two face even greater danger as sinister forces in Sleepy Hollow gain momentum. With Katrina held captive by the Headless Horseman, and Frank Irving mysteriously back from the dead, Ichabod and Abbie must rely on instinct to know who to trust in their quest to permanently vanquish Moloch – and stop the apocalypse. Help arrives from a completely unexpected source, and the season ends with a shocking climax in this well-crafted show with plot twists, hair-raising chills and a truly unique take on American history! Extras include commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes and gag reel.

Includes the episodes:

  • This Is War: With Ichabod buried alive and Abbie trapped in Purgatory, Ichabod’s son, the Horseman of War, has free reign over Sleepy Hollow… and soon, the world.
  • The Kindred: To defeat the Horseman, Ichabod and Abbie seek out a patchwork man that Franklin and the Sisterhood built to oppose Moloch’s servants. Meanwhile, the new sheriff arrests Jenny and Frank explains that demons killed his supposed murder victims.
  • Root of All Evil: Ichabod and Abbie discover that Henry is trying to spread a curse of violence, unleashing the darkness in individuals so that they kill. Meanwhile, Jenny discovers who was responsible for her mother’s imprisonment at Terrytown, and Frank learns the truth about his lawyer.
  • Go Where I Send Thee…: When a child in Sleepy Hollow goes missing, Ichabod and Abbie realize that a Pied Piper-like creature that serves Moloch is responsible.
  • The Weeping Lady: A ghostly spirit, the Weeping Lady, kills Ichabod’s friend Caroline. After it attacks Abbie, Ichabod realizes that the ghost is going after his loved ones… and Katrina is her next intended victim.
  • And the Abyss Gazes Back: Corbin’s son Joe returns from overseas after receiving an honorable discharge after his platoon is wiped out in a bizarre attack. Ichabod and Abbie soon realize that something is wrong with him. Meanwhile, Henry tells Irving that there is a way for him to free his soul, but it has a cost that Irving may not want to pay.
  • Deliverance: Henry brings in a doctor to monitor Katrina’s condition after her sudden illness. She manages to escape and Ichabod finds her, and they realize that Moloch has a new plan to manifest on Earth. To stop him, Ichabod reaches out to Henry to use his powers to save his mother.
  • Heartless: Ichabod and Abbie join forces with Katrina to take on a succubus that Henry has sent out to drain the life force from her victims, killing them.
  • Mama: Abbie and Jenny investigate strange suicides at Tarrytown that may be connected to their mother Lori. Meanwhile, Katrina realizes the nature of the baby and prepares to banish it back to Purgatory.
  • Magnum Opus: Ichabod and Abbie discover the existence of the Sword of Methuselah, the only weapon capable of killing Moloch. They race to find it, only to discover that Henry has learned of the weapon’s existence and sent the Horseman of Death to get it first.
  • The Akeda: The End of Days draws nigh, and Ichabod and Abbie capture Abraham in the hopes of learning where they can find Moloch and Henry. However, Abraham reveals that the Sword of Methuselah can only be used at a terrible cost.
  • Paradise Lost: While questioning their purpose now that Moloch is dead, Ichabod and Abbie discover that a group of demons have escaped from Purgatory… as has an angel, Orion. Meanwhile, Katrina offers Abraham the chance to restore his humanity.
  • Pittura Infamante: Ichabod and Katrina attend the Sleepy Hollow Historical Soiree and become embroiled in a murder. Meanwhile, Abbie receives an unexpected visit.
  • Kali Yuga: Nick’s godmother, the woman who raised him after his parents died, asks for his helping stealing a mystic artifact. He reluctantly agrees, putting him at odds with Abbie, Ichabod, and Jenny. Meanwhile, Irving is cleared of the charges against him but Cynthia still has concerns.
  • Spellcaster: Solomon Kent, a warlock who set off the Salem Witch Trials to protect himself, seeks out a Grimoire that will give him the power to undo the mistake in his past that turned him into a warlock. Meanwhile, Irving approaches Abbie, while Henry contemplates his past and decides on his future.
  • What Lies Beneath: Ichabod and Abbie find a new series of tunnels beneath Sleepy Hollow and have an encounter with an old friend of Ichabod’s. Meanwhile, Katrina receives a visit from Henry, and Jenny receives a visit from Irving.
  • Awakening: Ichabod and Abbie try to stop Henry’s scheme to use a mystic bell to create a new cult of witches. However, they learn that he has an unexpected ally. Meanwhile, Irving comes after Jenny. 
  • Tempus Fugit: Trapped in the past, Abbie tries to convince Ichabod that they are future partners while trying to stop Katrina from assuring the Horseman’s victory.

Spaced Invaders – 25th Anniversary Series

Mill Creek / Released 9/15/15

They’re hip! They’re hilarious! Earth will never be the same! It’s a close encounter of the hilarious kind when five of the universe’s coolest aliens crash-land on planet Earth! Piloted by an ultrahip Martian, the cosmic crew ends up in a sleepy Midwestern town. Unfortunately, it’s Halloween night and the citizens mistake these spaced invaders for harmless trick-or-treaters. Instead of the global invasion they planned on, these misguided Martians bungle their way into a series of madcap misadventures! Get set for an outrageous blast of intergalactic fun and outlandish special effects in this wacked-out comedy-adventure!

LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles

Walt Disney Home Ent. / Released 9/15/15

In LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles, Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine’s clutches — causing Master Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi to seek out holocrons to further Luke’s training. But a certain Sith named Darth Vader is also looking for the mystical objects. Meanwhile, superclone Jek-14, a Force-sensitive clone, joins the side of the Rebels. LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles brings together characters and locales from across the Star Wars saga like never before; everything is awesome, indeed. Also includes an alternate ending to Clash of the Skywalkers.

The new collection includes:

  • Escape from the Jedi Temple: Luke’s poor judgment nearly gets him and his friends captured by Darth Vader, and, after witnessing this bit of immaturity, both Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan make the decision to expand Luke’s training and bring out the last of the Jedi Holocrons.
  • Race for the Holocrons: The Republic is in turmoil. The Lord of the Sith have taken possession of the Halocrons, and it’s up to Master Yoda to save the day once again.
  • Raid on Coruscant: When the Emperor uses information on the recovered Holocrons to launch devastating attacks on planets sympathetic to the Rebellion, Luke plots a daring raid on Coruscant to get the Holocrons back.
  • Clash of the Skywalkers: Angry at the Holocrons’ destruction, the Emperor sends Darth Vader to destroy Luke but Luke plots to lure them into a trap using inspiration from the last remaining Holocron.

Empire: The Complete First Season

20th Century Fox/ Released 9/15/15

After music mogul Lucious Lyon (Oscar Nominee Terrence Howard) is diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease, he must choose which of his three sons will succeed him at the legendary Empire entertainment company. The game changes when ex-wife Cookie (Oscar Nominee Taraji P. Henson) returns from prison. This groundbreaking series features a pulsating soundtrack from legendary music hit maker Timbaland. From the award-winning Lee Daniels, Brian Grazer and Danny Strong comes the smash hit of the year.  Extras include uncut performances, featurettes, music medley and commentaries.

Includes the episodes:

  • Pilot: A music mogul plans for the future of his empire after learning he has a disease in the series premiere of this drama, which follows his struggle to choose an heir as his three sons and his ex-wife battle each other to take over the hip-hop throne.
  • The Outspoken King: Lucious goes into damage control when controversy arises around the involvement of one of his artists in a shooting ahead of Empire’s IPO launch; and Cookie proves to be invaluable by helping turn a crisis into a triumph. However, Lucious’s plan to stage a huge performance for Hakeem, but not Jamal, doesn’t sit well with his ex. Meanwhile, the police begin to investigate Bunkie’s murder.
  • The Devil Quotes Scripture: The Lyons visit Philadelphia and get a taste of what their lives could have been like if Lucious never became a giant success in the music biz; and tensions rise when another woman tries to catch Hakeem’s eye; at the same time, Lucious is trying to promote Hakeem’s relationship with hip-hop star Tianna.
  • False Imposition: Lucious makes an attempt to steal a hot artist who’s topping the charts from his rival at Safe House Records. Meanwhile, Jamal struggles with writer’s block; and Cookie tries to mend her broken relationship with Hakeem.
  • Dangerous Bonds: An anonymous gift from a secret admirer is received with trepidation from Cookie, who suspects it’s a veiled threat from a person from her prison past. Meanwhile, Lucious takes charge of Hakeem’s first video shoot.
  • Out, Damned Spot: Lucious asks Cookie to manage a star who hasn’t produced an album in years; and hires a new head of security at Empire Entertainment. Meanwhile, Vernon finds himself caught in a very sticky situation; Jamal’s newfound ambition threatens to stir up trouble in his relationships; and a mystery woman from the family’s past shows up with a big, not particularly welcome surprise.
  • Our Dancing Days: Lucious tries to brand Empire Entertainment as a tight-knit, family-run business which, ironically, complicates the already tense relationship between Hakeem and Jamal. Meanwhile, Cookie and Anika don’t hold anything back when it comes to taking over the company.
  • The Lyon’s Roar: It’s time for the Lyon family to come together to record a legacy album with Lucious, Hakeem and Jamal, who steps into the spotlight with news that surprises everyone. Meanwhile, Cookie and Camilla finally come face-to-face; and Andre struggles with some inner demons.
  • Unto the Breach: Cookie declares war on Anika after discovering the big, backstabbing secret that her ex-husband’s girlfriend has been keeping; at the same time, Lucious comes face-to-face with a longtime rival; and Jamal cozies up to a famous artist when he and his brothers take drastic measures to save Empire Entertainment.
  • Sins of the Father: Andre enters into a musical relationship with Michelle; and a woman from Lucious’ past reenters the picture. Meanwhile, Hakeem, under the influence of Camilla, hopes to show his father that he’s a true artist and a good businessman at a family gathering.
  • Die But Once: In Part 1 of the two-part Season 1 finale, Lucious has a secret that’s about to change everything as he and Jamal seem on their way to forming a music-centered relationship. Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy; at the same time, he’s trying to figure out what’s the best move for his career; and Cookie cooks up a plan to get herself back on top.
  • Who I Am: In the conclusion of the two-part Season 1 finale, Lucious has a secret that’s about to change everything as he and Jamal seem on their way to forming a music-centered relationship. Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy; at the same time, he’s trying to figure out what’s the best move for his career; and Cookie cooks up a plan to get herself back on top.

Sisters: Seasons One & Two

Shout! Factory / Released 9/15/15

Sometimes controversial, sometimes whimsical, and always compelling, Sisters follows the trials and triumphs of the four Reed sisters – Teddy (Sela Ward), Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), Georgie (Patricia Kalember) and Frankie (Julianne Phillips) – as they contend with the challenges within their very different lives. Praised for its frank discussion of many highly charged issues that continue to resonate today, Sisters was considered by many to be a game changer in how television explored the lives of women and family. Supporting and guest cast includes Ed Marinaro, Chris Sarandon, David Dukes, Heather McAdam, Garrett M. Brown, Ashley Judd, and Raphael Sbarge. Extras include a Conversation With Series Creators Ron Cowen And Daniel Lipman, the developers of Queer As Folk.

Masterpiece: Arthur & George

PBS Distribution / Released 9/15/15

Adapted from Julian Barnes’s acclaimed novel of the same name, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the English-speaking world.

Martin Clunes stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, in a real-life case that inspired the great author to put down his pen and turn detective. This program traces a string of notorious animal mutilations alleged to involve an attorney named George Edalji (Arsher Ali), a mixed-race solicitor living in the English Midlands.

The Edalji case saw an improbable defendant, mild-mannered lawyer George Edalji, convicted for mutilating a pony and, by implication, a host of other farm animals in a slashing spree known as the Great Wyrley Outrages. The anonymous misdeeds also included poison pen letters and intimidation aimed, oddly enough, at George’s family. To Doyle, the whole affair suggested blatant racism, targeting a family viewed as outsiders by the local people and officials.

Arthur & George opens with the illness and death of Doyle’s wife, Louisa. Wracked with guilt because he fears that Louisa suspected his attachment to another woman, Jean Leckie, Sir Arthur is at a low ebb—until he receives a letter from the recently paroled George, who wants the world-renowned author of Sherlock Holmes to help him clear his name so he can resume his legal career.

Unfamiliar with the Edalji affair, Doyle arranges to meet George and uses a Sherlock-style observation to deduce his innocence. He takes the case but soon finds that he attracts a great deal of unwelcome attention. For instance, in calling on the trial judge, Doyle is greeted with open arms—and a stack of the judge’s Sherlock Holmes books to autograph. Turning to business, the justice sternly warns Doyle that by meddling in the case, “You will taint not only yourself … but the world’s favorite consulting detective!”

Sir Arthur is also being tainted by his increasingly public relationship with Jean, which is deemed unseemly for such a recent widower. With Wood acting as his Watson, Doyle uncovers a rush to judgment against Edalji that provides plenty of suspects and even a connection to the real criminal mastermind who inspired Professor Moriarty.

Moby Dick

Kino Lorber / Released 9/15/15

This spectacular retelling of Herman Melville’s classic, masterfully directed by John Huston (The Unforgiven), is unsurpassed in entertainment, imagination and high adventure. From the screenplay by Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and Huston, Moby Dick is a brilliant film – consumed by an insane rage, Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck, On the Beach) has but one purpose in life – revenge on Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him. The obsessed skipper of a whaling boat, Ahab uses his command as an excuse to sail the seven seas in an unrelenting search of his prey while battling a mutinous crew, tropical heat and violent storms in this epic struggle of non-stop fury and inevitable doom. The amazing cast includes Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, Harry Andrews, Bernard Miles, Royal Dano and the great Orson Welles.

Postcards From The Edge – 25th Anniversary Series

Mill Creek / Released 9/15/15

Based on actress Carrie Fisher’s best-selling autobiographical novel, Postcards From The Edge is a wickedly witty expose of life in the Hollywood fast lane. In a brilliant comic performance, Meryl Streep stars as Suzanne Vale, a wisecracking, vulnerable actress determined to jump start her failing career. As her aging movie star mother, Shirley MacLaine offers the definitive portrait of Hollywood’s gutsy glamour queens in scenes spiked with razor-edged humor and searing honesty. Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner and an all-star cast offer a bird’s-eye view of Hollywood has-beens and wanna-bes. Funny and uncompromising, Postcards from the Edge dishes the Tinseltown dirt with style and wit, serving up a delicious behind-the-scenes comedy that no film lover can resist.

The Returned

A & E / Released 9/15/15

The Returned is based on the popular French suspense series adapted by Fabrice Gobert and inspired by the feature film, Les Revenants, directed by Robin Campillo. The Returned focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, having not aged and unaware of their own fatality. As they attempt to resume their lives, strange phenomena and gruesome murders begin to occur. The cast includes Kevin Alejandro, Agnes Bruckner, Adam Douglas, India Ennenga, Michelle Forbes, Sandrine Holt, Sophie Lowe, Carl Lumbly, Mark Pellegrino, Jeremy Sisto, Mat Vairo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Tandi Wright. Extras include featurettes and inside the episode specials.

Includes the episodes:

  • Camille: In Caldwell, Washington, the Winship family is shocked when Camille, who died 4 years earlier in a bus crash, returns home with no memory of what happened to her. Dr. Julie Han encounters a mysterious mute boy whom she takes into her care. Meanwhile, other mysterious people arrive in Caldwell who set in motion unforeseen consequences.
  • Simon: The Winship family tries to deal with the fact that Camille is back from the dead. Simon tries to see Rowan, who believes that Simon is a hallucination. Julie continues to look after Victor. Tommy leans on a suspect in Lucy McCabe’s attack.
  • Julie: Julie learns from Nikki that another person has been attacked in the same way Julie was 7 years earlier. Jack suggests that the family move away so Camille can have a fresh start. Peter learns that Lena has seen Simon and seeks him out. Lena becomes concerned about a growing wound on her back. Tony Darrow find his brother Adam, another person like Camille and Simon.
  • Victor: Camille is accused of hurting Lena, who is rushed to the hospital because of her scar; Rowan grows closer to Simon and discovers Tommy has an obsessive secret; Julie has reason to believe Victor was possibly involved in a horrific death.
  • Tony and Adam: Julie and Nikki come together to look for Victor after he disappears from the community center; Tony makes a confession that has a profound impact on Adam; and Helen suspects the town may be evil.
  • Lucy: Lucy recovers from the stabbing, but perhaps irrevocably changed by the experience; Claire and Jack scramble to find Lena as she receives help from Adam; and Peter makes a frightening confession to Victor.
  • Rowan: Camille opens up to the parents of the support group and tries to help them; Victor comes between Julie and Nikki; Rowan lashes out at Simon and makes a surprising choice.
  • Claire: Claire’s secret is revealed; Lena returns home; police arrest the suspected killer who makes a full confession; Victor goes to extreme lengths to protect Julie; Camille learns the horrifying consequences of her attempt to help.
  • Helen: Simon tries to regain what was taken from him. Helen sets her deadly plan for the town in motion. Camille seeks guidance from Peter. Nikki tries to prove that Victor is a danger to Julie.
  • Peter: Rowan and Tommy’s celebration is overshadowed by a mysterious premonition; Julie makes Victor face his tragic past; Camille realizes she will never be normal; and Helen’s plan meets a mysterious end.

Love & Mercy

Lionsgate / Released 9/15/15

This remarkable story of The Beach Boys’ genius singer-songwriter Brian Wilson is filled with the best of his musical masterpieces. Until now, few have known the truth behind his mysterious disappearance from the world’s stage. Follow the unforgettable story of the pop icon who fell under the complete control of his controversial therapist, made an acclaimed return to music, and, ultimately, found his salvation through a chance meeting with the woman who became his wife. Extras include deleted scenes, commentary, and featurettes.

Last Word: Paul Dano and John Cusack do a fairly impressive job playing Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson at two different points in his life, despite that neither shares much of a resemblance to one another.  Yet, Wilson, who suffered from a number of mental issues, is portrayed by both actors, as a sweet, innocent and somewhat tormented artist.  It’s hard to look at the film as one cohesive narrative, although it plays fairly well as one.  Dano knocks it out of the park, as the creatively enthusiastic songwriter who struggles with everything else in his life; the band, his relationship with his father, his marriage and to a certain extent his sanity.  Dano underplays Wilson’s mental struggles, revealing the creative genius within.

Cusack plays a very different Wilson, one recovering after a long mental meltdown.  Now under the care of Dr. Eugene Landy (played by Paul Giamatti, who served as Wilson’s therapist and doctor, Wilson is at the m ercy of Landy who has not only financial control, but also psychologically abuses, overmedicates and virtually imprisons the singer. Fortunately, Wilson meets Melinda Ledbetter (played by Elizabeth Banks), who not only leaves him smitten, but leads him toward his independence and ultimate clarity. Love & Mercy isn’t a typical Behind The Music tale, but rather a touching portrait of a troubled artist just trying to share his message with the world. Highly recommended.

NCIS Best of Abbey

Paramount / Released 9/15/15

Everybody loves Abby! Featuring the pigtailed Pauley Perrette as forensic scientist Abigail “Abby” Sciuto, the super-smart goth-girl character this special DVD set collects the 12 favorite Abby episodes as chosen by her fans… with intros and commentaries by Pauley Perrette.

Includes the episodes:

  • Béte Noir:A foreign agent enters the autopsy room via an unconventional method; he then takes captive Ducky, Gerald, and, later, Kate. He demands evidence pertaining to a body in the room. He eventually asks to see Gibbs, who obliges him; he loses.
  • SWAK: Tony opens a letter, literally SWAK, dispersing a fine white powder; the gang does the drill. Kate and Tony get a free trip to Bethesda. Gibbs and company find both the bad lady and the solution of a two-year-old rape case at the USNA.
  • Bloodbath: A couple enter a room at a Navy Lodge and find bloody human body parts; the Gibbs team investigate. Gibbs and Ducky agree that the scene was a setup. An imbalanced former boyfriend stalks Abby. The gang chase the clues and figure them out.
  • Witch Hunt: On Halloween the Gibbs team investigate a gunshot wound to a Marine and the kidnapping of his 7-year-old daughter. The kidnapper demands $100K, and the mother disappears. The gang find the mother, the bad guys, the girl, and the answers.
  • Cover Story: Gibbs and company investigate a crime scene; while doing so McGee recognizes that key details duplicate details in his second novel, still unfinished and in progress. The gang find two bodies; they eventually find the delusional bad guy.
  • Dog Tags: While seeking to serve a warrant, the Gibbs gang find cocaine, cash, and the dead body of the subject person; a dog bites McGee, who shoots the dog. Abby goes to bat for the dog, who helps to solve the case. The team nab the bad person.
  • Toxic: Local cops find the body of an enlisted Marine on UA; Gibbs and company investigate. The FBI haul Abby to a classified lab to replace a missing man, who was a target of the dead Marine. The gang figure it out and tie up the loose ends.
  • Cracked: A Naval Reserve lieutenant, who’s a chemical engineer, dies when a city bus accidentally hits her on a street in Washington, DC; Gibbs and company investigate. Abby deciphers mysterious writings; the gang figures it out and nab the perp.
  • Enemy on the Hill: When a contract killer murders a Navy Lieutenant Commander, the NCIS has to find out the motive behind it, and Abby learns valuable information about the case after going through a series of kidney donation tests.
  • Up in Smoke: The team’s search for a terrorist targeting the Navy takes a bizarre turn when a high-tech bug is found in Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget’s tooth.
  • Recovery: Abby has more nightmares; Navy Seabees continue to work on the building; a shrink does mandatory psychologic evaluations on all hands; the body of an armory worker appears four months after the explosion; Abby and the rest work out it all.
  • Hit and Run: Two passersby find the bodies of a Marine and a young woman in a wrecked car; Gibbs and company investigate; Ducky raises questions. Flashbacks trouble Abby. The gang find anger, hostility, a feud, a history, a solution, and the bad guy.

The Hee Haw Collection

Time Life / Released 9/15/15

The 3-disc collection features 5 episodes never-before-available at retail from the longest-running weekly syndicated series in television history.

These vintage episodes from the late 60s and early 70s, rarely seen since their original broadcasts and feature all the Kornfield Kounty regulars (including co-hosts Roy Clark and Buck Owens) and their hilarious comedy plus country legends like Conway Twitty performing “Hello Darlin’,” Merle Haggard singing his classic “Okie from Muskogie,” Tammy Wynette performing her #1 hit “Ways to Love a Man,” an unforgettable duet with Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn performing “Pickin’ Wild Mountain Berries,” plus other country legends like Charlie Rich, Hank Williams Jr. and many other chart-toppers. Rife with pickin’ and grinnin’, singin’ and spinnin’ tall tales and corny jokes, the set also includes bonus interviews with show regulars including Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, George Lindsey, Charlie McCoy and Jim and John Hager.

All the classic skits that you love and remember including PFFT! You Were Gone, Korn News, The Haystack, The Confield, Doc Campbell, The Joke Fence, Gloom, Despair & Agony, on Me, Sample Sales, Pickin & Grinnin , The Moonshiners and many more! Musical performances including Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Rich, Donna Fargo and Tennessee Ernie Ford. And of course the whole Hee Haw gang : Roy Clark ,Buck Owens, Archie Campbell, Gordie Tap, Junior Samples, Lulu Roman, Minnie Pearl, Stringbean and many more. Extras include Hee Haw’s Laffs featurette, and cast interviews.

The American Dreamer 

Etiquitte Pictures/ Released 9/22/15

In 1970, actor/director Dennis Hopper, who catapulted into stardom with his 1969 counterculture road movie, Easy Rider, was in the midst of finishing his follow-up work, The Last Movie, a film which was deeply personal— but ultimately disastrous. That moment in time became the window through which noted photojournalist Lawrence Schiller and avant-garde filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson entered to preserve Hopper’s life, who in their opinion had submerged himself in the myth of his character in Easy Rider.

What resulted was the quasi-documentary The American Dreamer, a unique portrait of the pathologically rebellious Hopper, which chronicled the late artist’s agonizing, alcohol- and drug-fueled post-production of The Last Movie. The result of Schiller and Carson’s work was a multi-faceted look into the unique mind and strange life of one of the 20th century’s great, cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success.

The film is a mesmerizing journey into the indulgent and tumultuous private life of one of Hollywood’s most hypnotic stars. It shifts between an insightful look at a complex and unconventional artist (considered one of the true “enfant terribles” of Hollywood) in the midst of his creative process, surrounded by his entourage in Taos, N.M., and is a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes.

The American Dreamer was first released on college campuses back in the ’70s and then largely vanished. In the 1990s, Hopper himself brought the film back to life when he asked for it to be screened as a companion piece to The Last Movie at film festivals and art houses.

EP, in partnership with the Walker Art Center and Bond 360 Studios, brings this forgotten masterpiece to home video for the very first time in a new, director-approved, 2k restoration, painstakingly reconstructed from four 16mm prints housed in the Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.  Extras include featurettes, photo gallery and essay.

Arrow: The Complete Third Season

Warner Home Video / Released 9/22/15

Oliver Queen’s Arrow has become a hero to the citizens of Starling City – but he will quickly discover that doesn’t mean he can lead a normal life in the spectacular third season of the hit series based on the DC Comics character. A new wave of diabolical masterminds – including the insidious and pervasive havoc wrought by the lethal and secretive League of Assassins – threatens all he holds dear. Team Arrow has grown into a powerful force, but the dangers and secrets that bind them together often put them at odds with each other, as the shadows cast by Malcolm Merlyn and the omnipotent Ra’s al Ghul trigger shifts in loyalties and alliances that test them to their core. Extras include featurettes, SDCC panel, commentaries, gag reel and deleted scenes.

Includes the episodes:

  • The Calm: Now that Arrow has crime in Starling City under control, Oliver tries to have a personal life. However, he and Roy are forced to forgo their personal plans when a new Count Vertigo begins dealing drugs, and a charming scientist makes a bid for Queen Consolidated. Meanwhile, Diggle has a new child, Quentin gets a promotion, and Laurel joins Arrow’s crimefighting efforts.
  • Sara: Oliver and his team look for Sara’s killer and the trail leads to an assassin, Komodo, who is methodically eliminating his targets. While they hunt down the killer, Roy tells Oliver why Thea isn’t returning his phone calls. In the past, Maseo informs Oliver that he has to kill Tommy Merlyn.
  • Corto Maltese: Oliver goes to Corto Maltese to bring Thea home, while Lyla asks Diggle to find a missing ARGUS operative. Meanwhile, Ray gives Felicity her first assignment.
  • The Magician: Nyssa believes that Malcolm is Sara’s killer, but Oliver isn’t convinced. As they seek the truth, Laurel seeks revenge for her sister’s murder and Roy tries to repair his relationship with Thea.
  • The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak: Felicity’s mother Donna arrives in Starling City just as a terrorist group calling itself Brother Eye unleashes a wave of cyber-terror on the city. as Felicity struggles to find the villains, she realizes that they’re using a computer virus that she created. Meanwhile, Oliver and Thea try to address their differences, and Laurel makes an error of judgment because of her guilt.
  • Guilty: A killer frames Ted for multiple murders, and Arrow tries to find out who is really responsible. Meanwhile, Felicity runs a blood test on Roy at his request. In the past, Tatsu reluctantly helps Oliver track down a missing envelope.
  • Draw Back Your Bow: Arrow gets a stalker when a woman he once rescued decides to start killing criminals in the hopes that the two of them can be together. Meanwhile, Thea gets a new DJ and Ray invites Felicity out to dinner. In the past, Oliver helps Tatsu when Maseo goes missing.
  • The Brave and the Bold: Barry travels to Starling City with Caitlin and Cisco, and ends up helping defend Lyla against an assassin determined to get his revenge on her despite Arrow and his friend’s best efforts. In the past, Oliver is ordered to acquire information from a prison using whatever means necessary.
  • The Climb: Ra’s al Ghul gives Oliver 48 hours to find Sara’s murderer… or watch as the League kills 50 citizens a day. Meanwhile, Ray tries to apologize to Felicity for kissing her, and Oliver discovers who Sara’s killer is.
  • Left Behind: Oliver has disappeared for three days, but Felicity refuses to accept that he’s dead. Meanwhile, Diggle and Arsenal go after a new crime lord: Brick. Meanwhile, Malcolm travels to Tibet, Ray continues testing his battle armor over Felicity’s objections, and Laurel steps outside the law to fight crime.
  • Midnight City: Brick abducts three city alderman and demands that the mayor remove the police from the Glades. With Oliver gone, Arsenal and Diggle are all that stands between the crime lord and control of the district. However, Laurel insists on helping them, carrying on her sister’s legacy as Black Canary. In the past, Maseo reveals to Oliver that he will do anything to save his family.
  • Uprising: Malcolm suggests an alliance to take down Brick, but Felicity objects. Meanwhile, Oliver leaves Tibet while in the past, Malcolm discovers who killed Rebecca and goes after him with murder in his heart.
  • Canaries: Laurel faces her greatest fear when Vertigo drugs her with the vertigo drug. Meanwhile, Oliver deals with the team’s changes in his absence, and Chase makes his move against Thea.
  • The Return: Malcolm engineers Slade’s escape to train Oliver and Thea in how to survive. Meanwhile, five years ago Amanda brings Oliver and Maseo to Starling City to recover the Omega bio weapon, and Oliver must decide whether to stop China White or stay with his friends and family who are falling apart without him.
  • Nanda Parbat: After discovering how he used her, Thea betrays Malcolm to the League. Oliver tries to stop them to spare Thea the guilt of killing her parent, and travels to Nanda Parbat with Diggle. Meanwhile, Felicity tries to get Ray to focus when she learns that he’s on the ragged edge.
  • The Offer: Oliver returns from Nanda Parbat with Malcolm and Diggle after hearing Ra’s out, and questions his mission. Meanwhile, a new villain, Murmur, steals a shipment of industrial diamonds. And Quentin turns against Arrow after learning the vigilante knew the truth about Sara’s death.
  • Suicidal Tendencies: After their second wedding, Lyla and Diggle are called away by Amanda to run a Suicide Squad mission to rescue a captive U.S. senator in Kasnia. Oliver tries to track down the Arrow imposter only to discover that there are more than one, and Ray learns that Oliver is Arrow.
  • Public Enemy: While Felicity decides whether she will help an injured Ray with an experimental treatment that could kill him, Oliver and his team go on the run when Quentin issues a warrant for the hero’s arrest. Complicating matters, Ra’s abducts Quentin as the next stage in his plan to discredit Oliver.
  • Broken Arrow: Deathbolt, a metahuman who can fire plasma blasts from his eyes, goes on a killing spree in Starling City. Oliver is forced to lie low after Roy claims to be Arrow and lets himself be arrested, so Ray offers to help against the new threat. In the past, Oliver finds out who is responsible for the attacks on him and Maseo’s family.
  • The Fallen: Ra’s al Ghul makes Oliver an offer he can’t refuse. The team join Oliver on his journey to Nanda Parbat where a heartbroken Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands.
  • Al Sah-Him: While Ra’s grooms Oliver to become his successor, Nyssa continues her training of Laurel in Starling City. However, Ra’s soon sends men to bring his daughter home, and Laurel asks Diggle and Felicity to help protect her friend.
  • This Is Your Sword: The mole within the League of Assassins sends an unexpected ally to Starling City to summon Diggle, Felicity, and Laurel. Meanwhile, Thea is reunited with Roy.. In the past, Oliver and Maseo capture Shrieve and attempt to get the cure from him.
  • My Name Is Oliver Queen: To stop Ra’s from wiping out Starling City’s population, Oliver is forced to reveal his true loyalties. However, when Ra’s escapes, Oliver is forced to turn to his friends for help… but they still don’t trust him after his betrayal.

Last Word: In the third season, Arrow suffers some growing pains as the series has some issues determining it’s direction and tone.  Relationships between the main characters are strained and much of the tension has little payoff, despite considerable time to set up.  The series continues to place itself firmly within the DC Universe with appearances from such characters as Ray Palmer (The Atom),  Lyla Michaels, Amanda Waller, Tatsu Yamashiro (Katana), Komodo, Ted Grant (Wildcat), Mark Shaw (Manhunter), Judson Pierce (Skel), Ra’s al Ghul, Brother Eye, Cupid, Digger Harkness (Captain Boomerang), The Flash, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon, Brick, Count Vertigo, Slade Wilson, Murmur, and Deathbolt.  The season’s metaphor was evolution, with Amell’s Queen, Cassidy’s Laurel, Ramsey’s Diggle, Holland’s Thea, Rickards’ Felicity, Haynes’ Harper, Routh’s Palmer, and Lotz’s Sarah all undergoing significant personal challenges and upheavals that change the character’s motivations, personalities and in some cases, direction, leading to an unexpected happy ending?  Which after this season, I’m even more enthusiastic to see where the series is headed.

Chain of Command

Lionsgate / Released 9/22/29

Special Operative James Webster (Michael Jai White) just returned home from duty, only to witness the brutal slaying of his brother. Webster immediately tries to retaliate and hunt down the perpetrators, but as he delves deeper into the secret world of corruption and murder, he finds himself at the center of a deadly conspiracy that cuts deep inside the walls of the US Government. With the most ruthless military assassin (Steve Austin) hot on his trail, Webster must expose the corrupt high-ranking officials before he becomes just another victim of the nefarious plot.

CPO Sharkey: The Complete Season Two

Time Life / Released 9/22/15

As a 24-year naval veteran, Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey had seen and heard it all. He was politically incorrect before the term existed, and the recruits he whipped into shape at the San Diego naval training center received most of his shards of wisdom. They may have been hockey pucks, but they were his hockey pucks – ready, willing, and able to endure one verbal Shark attack after another, and CPO Sharkey: The Complete Season Two finds Sharkey trying to cope with two new characters. Raw recruit Apodaca likes to “tawk” and Sharkey can’t find the off button, but it’s new commanding officer Captain Buckner who makes his life a living hell. They get plenty of in-your-face time during a submarine mission in San Francisco. Buckner cringes at the thought of Sharkey hosting a Japanese CPO, and almost blows a gasket when a child is born in the barracks while crusading Congresswoman Bagley inspects the base. Sharkey is under constant pressure. His girlfriend gives him an ultimatum. He deals with a bout of Russian flu. He trains Rocky-style for a boxing match with a rival Marine. Sharkey gleefully bails out his guys by foiling a crooked used-car salesman. He’s earned his gotcha moment – and it sure beats squirming all day… Extras include cast reunion.

Pitch Perfect 2

Universal / Reviewed 9/22/15

Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and the Barden Bellas are back to pitch slap the world! After a scandal threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that they’ve lost their harmony for good. With one chance left at redeeming their legacy, they must face off against the toughest competition on the planet: German supergroup Das Sound Machine and fight for their right to win at the World Championships of A Cappella. Extras include commentary, featurettes, extended musical performances, gag reel, deleted extended and alternate scenes, never before seen performances and more.

Last Word: Perhaps I’ve been starved for something entertaining. Perhaps I’m biased because I thoroughly enjoy A cappella. Regardless, I loved Pitch Perfect 2.

The Barden Bellas are back as three time national champions, dazzling crowds with sequins, powerful ballads and fun choreography. But of course, their derailment occurs upon the untimely exposure of Rebel Wilson’s lady parts. News of “muffgate” ensues and their name is disgraced. Banned from collegiate-level performances, the only hope for redemption is to win the World Championships. And who better to rival than the overwhelming accented reigning champions from Germany, Das Sound Machine? Beautifully tall, clad in tight leather, the ensemble was incredible to watch. The percussion alone was mind-blowing. The back and forth digs between DSM and Bellas was endlessly silly and too clever to be realistic, but nevertheless remained amusing.

One thing I couldn’t wrap my head around was why DSM’s accents remained so damn thick as they sang. Don’t accents usually disappear during musical numbers for the most part? I mean, I didn’t know the Spice Girls were British for a long time… Many scenes of Pitch Perfect 2 are over-the-top. An example: David Cross’ cameo as an A cappella obsessed host to an underground singing competition. Which was phenomenal. The songs never stopped and they were all great. Harmonious and well-produced.

The camera work makes each performance exciting and wild with a combination of swarming pans and slow motion sequences always paired with awesome beats. The soundtrack, for those children of the nineties (like me), is friggin’ dope. Song compilations are intriguing, complex and sounded wonderful. I just would have liked to hear more live performances instead of the digitally enhanced ones necessary for the best possible film presentation. Now, the new aspects of Pitch Perfect 2. The newest member of the Bellas is Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), a legacy of the singing group desperate to share her original songs. I didn’t like her and the group didn’t really like her – she annoyingly overacted and the chemistry between her and the rest of the cast was unnatural. I much prefer her as the vengeful and quietly fierce young lady in True Grit. Comedy isn’t her thing.

Beca (Anna Kendrick) also has decided to think outside of her A cappella life and has begun working at a production company. She gets a hard dose of reality from her full-of-insults boss played by Keegan Michael Key – she isn’t original, a problem she must face as her group tumbles towards the World Championships. Admittedly, I was mildly disappointed with Kendrick’s performance in comparison to her role in the first Pitch Perfect. She bumbled about and didn’t have that confident, quick-wit, badass attitude that made her so lovable. She’s still amazing because she’s Anna Kendrick, but I felt her character could have been stronger.

To be fair, the film didn’t focus much on characters, and when it did, it was goofy and light. On that note, a quick shout out to Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine – always bizarrely delightful. And of course, Brittany Snow and Skylar Astin are respectively adorable and charming as usual. For those sensitive to endless offensive gender and race jokes, I warn you they make up the majority of the script – which is almost absent as the film is essentially a non-stop song fest – and usually come from the hilarious A cappella hosts, Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins). Banks and Higgins really can do no wrong, delivering lines using inflected dry tones with fluid chemistry. HI-larious.

I will say, if you’re not into crude humor, I don’t recommend the movie. It’s non-stop. Really. Pitfalls aside, Pitch Perfect 2 is a great follow-up for the fans of the first film. Girl-power fun, scary German dances, and constant pleasurable excess of offensive jokes. (– Caitlyn Thompson)

Dirty Work

Olive Films/ Released 9/22/15

Shortly after leaving the “Weekend Update” anchor slot on Saturday Night Live, Norm Macdonald resurfaced in this comedy about smart-aleck Mitch Weaver who teams with buddy Sam McKenna (Artie Lange of Mad TV). They open a revenge-for-hire business (Dirty Work Inc.) in order to raise $50,000 so Sam’s father (Jack Warden) can get a heart transplant. After they bring down a dictatorial movie theater manager (Don Rickles), they next hire prostitutes to pose as dead bodies during an auto dealer’s live TV commercial. Millionaire real-estate developer Travis Cole (Christopher McDonald) is bothered when Mitch and Sam interfere with his plan to wipe a woman’s home out of existence. Cole hires Dirty Work to trash a building, so he can have it condemned. However, Cole doesn’t own the building, and problems arise, mainly since the grandmother of Mitch’s girlfriend lives in the building. The feud escalates. Cameos by Chevy Chase, the late Chris Farley, former child star Gary Coleman, Adam Sandler, and John Goodman.

Requiescant

Arrow Video / Released 9/22/15

Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, The Hills Run Red) and with a superb soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Day of Anger, Cannibal Holocaust), Requiescant – Latin for ‘Rest in Peace’ – ranks among the finest Spaghetti Westerns. Alex Cox named it the “one film to prove that the Italian Western was not solely Sergio Leone’s”. Lou Castel (Fists in the Pocket, A Bullet for General) plays a young man who was raised to be a pacifist by a travelling preacher after Confederates massacred his family. But when his step-sister runs away, the pursuit reveals a natural talent as a sharp-shooter as well as a bloody and unexpected confrontation with his past. Joining Castel are an impressive array of performers, including Mark Damon (Black Sabbath, The Fall of the House of Usher) as the sadistic aristocratic villain, Franco Citti (Accattone, The Godfather) as his henchman, and the great Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò) in a rare acting role as a revolutionary priest.  Extras include new subtitles, full restoration, interviews, and trailer.

Some Kind of Hero

Olive Films / Released 9/22/15

Richard Pryor gives a compelling performance in Some Kind of Hero, playing a Vietnam veteran who tries to readjust to civilian life. Pryor plays Eddie Keller, who has just spent five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. Most of the time there, Eddie was able to hold his own against his captors, but he eventually was forced to sign a statement denouncing United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Eddie decided to sign the document in order to insure that his friend Vinnie (Ray Sharkey) would be given proper medical treatment. Because of this denunciation, when Eddie returns home from the war he is denied his back pay. He also discovers that his wife has left him for another man, his business has fallen apart, and his mother has been sent to an asylum. Eddie falls into a deep depression and hits rock bottom. But he meets a friendly prostitute, Toni (Margot Kidder), who helps him straighten out his life.

The Flash: The Complete First Season

Warner Home Video / Released 9/22/15

Central City forensic investigator Barry Allen is smart, charming and – as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry – now the fastest man alive! He’s The Flash, zigzagging through the action-packed new series from the creative team behind Arrow and based on the supersonic DC Comics character. With his life shadowed by his mother’s murder and his father wrongly convicted of the crime, Barry finds that his newfound power of super-speed grants him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. However, Barry quickly discovers he’s not the only “metahuman” created by the explosive disaster – and not all of them are using their new powers for good. Now, to protect the innocent, Barry and his close friends who know his secret race to combat evildoers in one astonishing adventure after another. Extras include featurettes, screen test, SDCC 2014 DC Comics Night, commentary, deleted scenes and gag reel.

Episodes include:

  • City of Heroes: CSI investigator Barry Allen acquires superspeed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive. Barry puts his new powers to work when another meta-human attacks the city.
  • Fastest Man Alive: Barry tries to take on six gunmen robbing a university award ceremony, but inexplicably passes out. While the S.T.A.R. scientist try to find out what’s wrong with him, Iris becomes intrigued by the “red streak.”
  • Things You Can’t Outrun: A metahuman killer goes after his enemies using his ability transform into poison gas. Meanwhile, Caitlin revisits the site where her fiancé Ronnie died, and Joe visits Henry in prison.
  • Going Rogue: Career criminal Leonard “Len” Snart acquires a cold gun stolen from S.T.A.R. Labs and goes after a rare diamond… intent on stopping Flash cold after an earlier defeat. Meanwhile, Felicity comes to town to check on Barry, and Joe continues to give Iris and Eddie the cold shoulder after he learns that they’re dating.
  • Plastique: General Wade Eiling takes over the police investigation of a thief who uses explosives, and Barry soon discovers that the thief is a metahuman who detonates anything that she touches. Meanwhile, Joe asks Barry to convince Iris to stop writing her blog about the Streak.
  • The Flash Is Born: Flash battles a new metahuman, Tony, who can turn into superstrong steel at will. Things become personal when Barry realizes that Tony is the boy who bullied him in high school… and now he’s abducted Iris. Meanwhile, Joe asks Harrison to help him investigate Nora’s murder, but the scientist soon realizes that Joe considers him a suspect.
  • Power Outage: The Flash loses his powers while battling Farooq, a metahuman who can drain electricity from power systems and human beings alike. . Meanwhile, the Clock King–William Tockman–escapes during a prisoner transfer and takes Joe and Iris hostage.
  • Flash vs. Arrow: Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle come to Central City to track down a boomerang used in a murder, and team up with Barry. However, when Barry falls under the influence of a villain who puts him into a fit of rage, Oliver must battle his friend before he kills someone. Meanwhile, Eddie tries to form an anti-Flash task force when he believes that the speedster poses a danger to the city.
  • The Man in the Yellow Suit: Barry finds the man who killed his mother, but soon discovers that his opponent is faster than he can imagine. He turns to Joe and Harrison for help trapping his opponent, but things don’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Caitlin discovers that Ronnie is alive and enlists Cisco’s help to find him, and Eddie asks Iris to move in with him.
  • Revenge of the Rogues: Captain Cold recruits a partner to take on Flash and dispose of the hero once and for all. However, when Barry chooses to focus on his rematch with Reverse-Flash, the villains take Caitlin hostage to force the speedster’s hand. Meanwhile, Iris prepares to move out, and Cisco tries to redeem S.T.A.R. Lab’s reputation.
  • The Sound and the Fury: Hartley Rathaway, a former S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who tried to warn Harrison about the generator, comes back looking for revenge. While he launches a wave of sonic-based attacks, Iris gets a new job, and Joe has Eddie secretly investigate Harrison.
  • Crazy for You: Barry and Caitlin go looking for new love, but only Barry is successful when he meets a sports reporter. Meanwhile, Cisco considers a surprising offer, the team take on a teleporting metahuman, and Henry is injured at Iron Heights.
  • The Nuclear Man: When the merged Martin and Ronnie attack a physicist, the team sets out to bring in “Firestorm”. Meanwhile Joe recruits Cisco to help him investigate the house where Nora was murdered.
  • Fallout: After the nuclear explosion outside of Central City, Eiling comes after Firestorm, intent on using him to develop super-soldiers. Meanwhile, Mason asks Iris to help him investigate S.T.A.R. Labs, and Martin and Barry discuss the possibility of time travel after Joe shows Barry what he found at the old house.
  • Out of Time: Mark Mardon, Clyde’s brother, recovers from his injuries and comes looking for Joe, the man who killed his brother. As Flash tries to cope with Mark’s weather control powers, Cisco discovers the truth about Reverse Flash.
  • Rogue Time: After traveling 24 hours into the past, Flash stops Mardon from unleashing a tidal wave on the city. However, his altering time brings a greater menace: Captain Cold and Heat Wave, who arrive in Central City with Cold’s sister Lisa to wreak havoc on the town.
  • Tricksters: A new terrorist calling himself Trickster launches an attack on Central City, and Joe and Barry reluctantly meet with the original Trickster, imprisoned for 20 years after a homicidal rampage. Meanwhile, in the past the events leading up to Harrison becoming Reverse Flash are revealed.
  • All Star Team Up: Two scientists fall victim to killer bee attacks, and Barry’s friends figure that a metahuman is responsible. Meanwhile, Felicity and Ray come to Central City to recruit Cisco’s help in repairing Ray’s Atom suit, and Ray offers to help. Meanwhile, Iris suspects that Eddie is keeping something from her and demands answers.
  • Who Is Harrison Wells?: While Joe and Cisco take a road trip to Starling City to find evidence confirming Harrison’s guilt, Flash deals with Everyman, a metahuman who can take the shape of anyone he touches.
  • The Trap: Barry and the others manage to access Cisco’s visions and try to recreate the conditions where Harrison confessed to Nora’s murder in the original timeline. Meanwhile, Eddie asks a favor of Joe but is surprised at his partner’s refusal.
  • Grodd Lives: Reverse Flash unleashes Grodd on Central City as a distraction from his own plans, and the telepathic gorilla abducts Joe.
  • Rogue Air: Barry turns to Captain Cold for help when Harrison’s plans threatens the imprisoned metahumans. Meanwhile, Iris makes a decision concerning herself and Eddie after the team rescues the officer from Harrison’s underground base.
  • Fast Enough: Martin and Ronnie return to S.T.A.R. Labs to help the team as Barry must make a life-changing decision thanks to Harrison’s machinations.

Last Word: Absolute perfection.  Embracing every aspect of the comic book mythology, The Flash accomplishes what amazingly has become the hardest thing to achieve in any comic adaptation; it’s fun.  That doesn’t mean that it’s light or silly, but it’s got a hero that smiles.  With plenty of nods to all of the various incarnations of the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash also utilizes some of comic’s greatest tropes from talking gorillas to time travel to crossovers and team-ups to alternate timelines to a rogue’s gallery of villains, it captures the magic of much of comic writer Mark Waid’s work on the character and pushes the notion of what a comic book bases series can be.  Highest recommendation.

The Sentinel

Shout! Factory / Released 9/22/15

When a beautiful model, Alison Parker (Christina Raines), rents an apartment in a gloomy New York brownstone little does she realize the unspeakable horrors that await her behind its mysterious doors.

Based on Jeffrey Konvitz’s best-selling novel, this contemporary gothic chiller features jump-out-of-your-seat special effects and an incredible assemblage of stars including Ava Gardner, Jose Ferrer, John Carradine, Burgess Meredith, Deborah Raffin, Chris Sarandon, Eli Wallach and Martin Balsam. Alison likes her eccentric new neighbors, so it comes as a shock when she’s told that, except for a strange old priest, she’s the only tenant. Director Michael Winner comes up with something to terrify everyone in this spin-tingling exercise in supernatural suspense. Extras include commentaries, interview, trailer, tv spots, stills, press photos, lobby cards and posters.

The Last Man on Earth: Season 1

20th Century Fox / Released 9/22/15

The year is 2020, and after a deadly virus has swept the planet, only one man is left on earth: Phil Miller (Forte). He used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one. As he returns to his hometown of Tucson, Phil comes to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth. All he wants is for someone – anyone – to find him in Tucson – preferably a woman. Extras include commentaries, deleted scenes, Q&A panel, featurette and gag reel.

Episodes include:

  • Alive in Tucson: A deadly virus leaves Phil Miller thinking he is the last man on earth. He travels across the country looking for survivors and then heads back home to Tucson, Arizona.
  • The Elephant in the Room: Things don’t go as well as expected when Phil finds another person on Earth.
  • Raisin Balls and Wedding Bells: Phil settles into his new mansion in Tucson, but his days of living alone are not without their surprises.
  • Sweet Melissa: Phil races against the clock to save the human race.
  • Dunk the Skunk: Phil attempts to discuss re-population with both Carol and Melissa.
  • Some Friggin’ Fat Dude: Carol tries to play matchmaker while Phil tries to break the couple up.
  • She Drives Me Crazy: Phil is forced to clean his pool. Melissa and Todd develop their relationship.
  • Mooovin’ In: Phil finds a cow and tries to use it to his advantage. Carol begins to demand to move in with her husband.
The Do-Over: Depressed Phil asks god for a do-over and just then two new women appear.
  • Pranks for Nothin’: All of Phil’s lying makes him an outcast from the group.
  • Moved To Tampa: Phil is finally happy with his situation, but things go wrong when he tries to alter his “Alive in Tucson” signs.
  • The Tandyman Can: A re-election is held by the cul-de-sac to choose a new U.S. president.
  • Screw the Moon: Phil and Carol make peace in the Season 1 finale.

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

PBS Distribution / Released 9/22/15

Often described as the most complex job in the entertainment business, a showrunner is the chief writer/producer on a TV series and, in most instances, the show’s creator. Waging a daily battle between art and commerce, showrunners manage every aspect of a TV show’s development and production, including the creative, financial, and logistical.

This program is the first-ever feature-length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of American television’s showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. Meet the people responsible for creating, writing, and overseeing every element of production on one of the United States’ biggest exports–television drama and comedy series, including JJ Abrams (Felicity, Alias), Hart Hanson (Bones), Mike Kelley (Revenge), Robert & Michelle King (The Good Wife), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Greg Plageman (Person of Interest), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and many others.

The Red Road Season 2

Starz/Anchor Bay / Released 9/22/15

The Red Road is a cutting-edge drama that centers around two clashing communities: a Native American tribe, and the small town of which they are forced to coexist. The long awaited federal recognition of the tribe has exacerbated decades-old tensions and history.

Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones, Road to Paloma) is on parole trying to stay out of trouble. But things have changed, Sheriff Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson, Devil s Knot, The Ring) has become lieutenant and the tribe is now officially recognized by the government and in talks to build a casino.

Kopus must endure his own version of an ordeal, a Native American test of courage and fortitude that leads either to redemption or to death. These trials take the form of threats to his family and tribe. Junior (Kiowa Gordon, The Twilight Saga) must decide if he will follow in Kopus footsteps or if he will choose another life for himself with Rachel (Allie Gonino, The Lying Game, Hidden Away).

The tribe and the community must decide their futures after they are ravaged by the deaths of some of their most prominent members. Values, allegiances and allies are more in question than ever before.

Includes the episodes:

  • Gifts: Kopus finds new conflicts and surprises at home. The Walpole citizens make no effort to mask their anger for the Lenape  tribe’s federal recognition. 
  • Graves: Kopus becomes the focal point for all of the suspicion from the tribe. Harold protects Junior, jeopardizing his standing in the police department.
  • Intruders: Kopus is shaken when outsiders threaten Marie’s life. Frank and Harold pull together to hunt down the dangerous intruders.
  • A Cure: Harold is surprised by an unexpected but fortunate turn of events. Junior and Marie argue about casinos. Kopus attempts to prove his innocence.
  • The Hatching: Harold makes a startling discovery in an abandoned mine. Kopus finds Harold to tell him that Junior went to kill Levi.
  • Shadow Walker: Harold and Kopus find Junior in Connecticut. Rachel assumes the role of parent as Jean spirals out of control. Kopus defends the tribe from an attack.

Swamp Monsters: Season 1

Cinedigm / Released 9/22/15

The hunter becomes the hunted each time the Bayou Enforcement Agency for Supernatural Threats (B.E.A.S.T.) wades deep into the heart of the Louisiana swamps. But still they search-whether for the infamous pack of Grunch lurking in the middle of the swamp, the notorious 400-pound Honey Island Swamp Monster, or the Cajun werewolf known as Rougarou-B.E.A.S.T. will not stop until they have tracked down, proven the existence of, and eliminated the threat posed by these illusive creatures. Step in, if you dare, and slosh through the southern swamps alongside the B.E.A.S.T… but time will only tell whether you’re the predator or the prey.

Includes the episodes:

  • The Grunch: Elliot Guidry and his team of B.E.A.S.T battle the elements as they track down a pack of the infamous Grunch. After following these monsters into the middle of the swamp, Elliot and his team realize that the hunter has become the hunted.
  • Honey Island Swamp Monster: In the murky bayous of Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp, Elliot Guidry and his team of B.E.A.S.T. (the Bayou Enforcement Agency on Supernatural Threats) have their hands full with the notorious 400 pound Honey Island Swamp Monster. 
  • Cajun Werewolf: Deep in the heart of the swamplands of Louisiana, Elliot Guidry and his team of B.E.A.S.T. (the Bayou Enforcement Agency on Supernatural Threats) are in hot pursuit of the legendary – and deadly – Rougarou.

King of the Hill: The Complete 12th Season

Olive Films / Released 9/22/15

A hilarious slice of middle-class life in small-town America, King of the Hill has become one of the most beloved and long-running prime-time animated series in television history. Outrageously funny but remarkably truthful, the series follows the exploits of propane salesman Hank Hill (Mike Judge) as he reigns over a family of underachievers, a group of beer-guzzling friends, and the everyday challenges of life in Arlen, Texas. Comprised of all 22 episodes from season twelve, this three-disc collection features guest appearances by Ed Begley, Jr., Fred Willard, Patrick Bristow, Abby Elliott, Melinda Clarke, David Koechner, Chris Elliott and Ted Danson.

Includes Episodes:

  • Suite Smells of Excess: Bobby finally takes a liking to football. Not wanting him to loose interest, Hank and the gang decide to take Bobby to a Texas vs. Nebraska game. While there Bobby wanders into the luxury box of former Nebraska quarterback, Jack Middleton. Eventually Hank and the gang join him. When Hank (acting as Jake) calls a play that wins the game for Nebraska, all the Texas fans are out to get him, and they have to escape, without Bobby knowing what is going on. Peggy and Luanne watch from home, and Luanne gets scared off Peggy’s aggressiveness.
  • Bobby Rae: After Bobby gets rid of soda machines in the school, because he feels they are the reason he is single, he attracts the attention of a girl. When the teachers and Principal Moss put in a ticker advertising energy bars to help pay for a teacher’s retreat, Bobby finds this as the perfect opportunity to protest and win over the girl. However, he takes it too far and the students all walk out and riot in the town. Dale wants to put a book together of quotes from the gang, but no one has anything to say.
  • The Powder Puff Boys: When Bobby is asked to join the Powder Puff cheerleading squad, Hank is excited but Bobby thinks it’s stupid. He tries quitting, but can’t go through with it, and eventually starts to love it. Peggy joins the PTA and when she reveals to the head of the PTA about what happens at the Powder Puff game, the head decides to shut it down.
  • Four Wave Intersection: When Arlen gets hit by a heat wave Bobby convinces Hank to take him to a water park that has a new surfing ride. The surfers who run the ride refuse to let Bobby and his friends on. Boomhauer, who use to be a surfer agrees to help out, but winds up embarrassing himself, and Bobby and his friends still can’t get on. Boomhauer goes soul searching to figure out what to do. Bill because the “Heat Waver” out on the high way.
  • Death Picks Cotton: After an incident at a restaurant leaves Cotton on his death bed, Hank struggles with his feelings towards his father. Luanne and Lucky practice parenting on Bobby when they look after him.
  • Raise the Steaks: Hank starts going to an organic food place to get fresh meat. He reluctantly becomes a member as it is the only way they will allow him to shop there. Soon he starts making a lot of good changes and really enjoys the food and people. When Mega Lo Mart buys out the store, and sells bad food, Hank has to find a way to get back the organic food in his life.
  • Tears of an Inflatable Clown: Bobby becomes the leader of a carnival committee. When the school decides to run a diversity project with his group, they stop planning the carnival and focus on all the evil from history and decide to make the carnival a learning day. Lucky gets hurt and everyone tries to get him to go to the hospital.
  • The Minh Who Knew Too Much: Kahn and Minh want to escape the redneck neighbors and decide to make one final attempt at getting into the Nine Rivers Country Club, by having Minh skeet shoot. In order to practice she joins the Arlen Gun Club. After she gets in to Nine Rivers and can no longer shoot at the Gun Club, she starts to feel guilty and Dale and his Gun Club want revenge. Hank is appalled when someone keeps putting their garbage in his cans.
  • Dream Weaver: Nancy gets Hank to convince Dale to go on a “vocation vacation”, so he can become a breadwinner. Dale chooses basket weaving, but is terrible at it. At first he thinks the supervisor is just giving him constructive criticism, but when he overhears Hank making fun of him, he realizes he is bad, and gets angry. Bobby, Boomhauer, Peggy, Bill and Kahn, try and recreate a cool event, and make it into a viral video.
  • Doggone Crazy: Ladybird starts acting strange and bites Hank. After she’s put on a vicious dog list, Hank is urged by a veterinarian to take Ladybird to a “dog spiritualist.”
  • Trans-Fascism: After Arlen bans trans fats, Sugarfoot’s gets shut down. Hank, who thinks the ban is wrong, agrees to run an illegal food truck with Strickland. However, they wind up being chased by the media, and in a turf war with another illegal food truck. Bill feels good that he is sticking to his legal, no trans, diet, but doesn’t realize he is getting fatter. Peggy is turned on by Hank’s illegal activities.
  • Untitled Blake McCormick Project: When Bill starts dating a single mother Dale has a strange feeling about her daughter, Kate. He does some digging and soon finds out that her daughter and Joseph have the same father (which Dale believe is himself, due to aliens impregnating her). Not wanting Bill to raise his kid, Dale gets John Redcorn to seduce Bill’s girlfriend and break off the relationship. Joseph and Kate start to like each other so Peggy gets Bobby to intervene since they are unknowingly half siblings.
  • The Accidental Terrorist: Hank buys Peggy a new car, and like he has always done he pays sticker price for it. However, after he realizes that he has been ripped off for years, he plots revenge against the car salesman.
  • Lady and Gentrification: Hank reluctantly agrees to speak at Enrique’s daughter’s quinceañeara (15th birthday party), but struggles with his speech. Peggy starts moving in a bunch of Hipsters into Enrique’s latino community, and rent sky rockets and Enrique can no longer afford to stay at his house.
  • Behind Closed Doors: After Dooley runs away, Peggy attends a meeting, where she is told she is a bad parent, and Bobby could also run away. This leads to her becoming over-protective and Hank and Bobby try to escape her tyranny. Dale adds a soundtrack to conversations in the alley.
  • Pour Some Sugar on Kahn: When Minh’s father, General Gum, who hates Kahn, comes for a visit, Kahn can’t stand being at home, and finds solace in a karaoke bar, where he becomes a hit. General Gum can’t stand Kahn being popular, so he steals his song at the Nine Rivers Fundraiser, where Kahn was suppose to sing, sending Kahn into a depression. Bobby and Peggy make bets for bragging rights.
  • Six Characters in Search of a House: Peggy has trouble selling a house. When she realizes that the current residents are scaring away the buyers, she hires actors to play their parts. When the dress rehearsal, at the Hill’s house, is well received, someone puts an offer on the house, and Peggy agrees to sell it.
  • The Courtship of Joseph’s Father: Spencer Academy, a prestigious middle school, wants Joseph to come to their school to become their next quarterback. Despite Joseph wanting to stay at Tom Landry, Dale agrees to go to Spencer Academy, since they gave him a bunch of free stuff. However, the Gribbles find it hard to fit in to the rich life style.
  • Strangeness on a Train: Peggy, who always has disastrous birthdays, is determined to make this year’s better. She plans a disco themed murder mystery on a train. But when Luanne, who is asked to replace an actress, blurts out the murderer before the murder even happens, Peggy becomes distraught. When Hank follows her to the bathroom, they wind up having sex, which creates a new mystery, when someone finds evidence. Bobby, Connie and Joseph, try and make a club house.
  • Cops and Robert: After being framed for throwing a soda can at the school cop, Bobby is forced to be his partner. They wind up having a lot of fun, as the officer gets back out on the road for the first time in a while. Hank thinks a man has stolen his wallet and takes it back. When he realizes he stole the wallet, he tries to return it, but the man, who is tired of being a victim, doesn’t take it so well. Dale applies for a job as a waiter in hopes to sue for sexual discrimination when they say no, but they wind up hiring him.
  • It Came From the Garage: It is time for the annual “Arlen Homemade Boat Regatta” and Bobby wants to build a boat with Hank. Hank is excited to finally be able to work on a project with his son, but Bill, Dale and Boomhauer are upset as they usually are on Hank’s team. When a bat gets into the garage Hank, who is afraid, refuses to go in to finish the boat, leaving it up to Bobby to finish. Bobby leaves out some key structural elements and when he goes to show off to his friends, Hank must face his fear of bats, in order to save a sinking Bobby. Peggy finds a bunch of books on psychology, sociology, etc. and tries to use them to help Hank get over his fear.
  • Life: A Loser’s Manual: Hoyt, Luanne’s father and Peggy’s brother, shows up in Arlen, to the excitement of Luanne, who has been longing to have a normal family for the baby who is about to come. What no one (besides Peggy) knows, is that he has been in prison and not on an oil rig. Lucky, who, with the help of Hank, was trying to get all his identification and credit cards, takes the fall for Hoyt when he commits a crime, to avoid having Luanne’s heart broken. Peggy decides that Hoyt’s gone too far and decides to set him up. Dale decides to go and build his dream tower, and just skirt the regulations so he can’t get in trouble.

Dog Day Afternoon

Warner Home Video / Released 9/22/15

Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet’s 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. Shortly before closing time, scheming loser Sonny (Al Pacino) and his slow-witted buddy, Sal (John Cazale), burst into a Brooklyn bank for what should be a run-of-the-mill robbery, but everything goes wrong, beginning with the fact that there is almost no money in the bank. The situation swiftly escalates, as Sonny and Sal take hostages; enough cops to police the tristate area surround the bank; a large Sonny-sympathetic crowd gathers to watch; the media arrive to complete the circus; and police captain Moretti (Charles Durning) tries to negotiate with Sonny while keeping the volatile spectacle under control. When Sonny’s lover, Leon (Chris Sarandon), tries to talk Sonny out of the bank, we learn the robbery’s motive: to finance Leon’s sex-change operation. Sonny demands a plane to escape, but the end is near once menacingly cool FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick) arrives to take over the negotiations. Extras include commentary, making of documentary, doc Lumet: Filmmaker, two short films, extended interviews and feature length documentary, I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale.

I Knew It Was You: John Cazale’s resume as a film actor isn’t long, but it’s distinguished. Cazale appeared in five feature films, and each one received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, while three of them — The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and The Deer Hunter — won the category. Al Pacino, who made three films with Cazale, considered him one his finest acting partners, and many film buffs cite Cazale as one of the best actors of his generation. But Cazale was thirty-seven years old before making his film debut after distinguishing himself in the New York theater community, and shortly after completing work on The Deer Hunter, cancer claimed his life in the spring of 1978. I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale is a short documentary celebrating the life and art of Cazale, featuring clips from his memorable performances and interviews with friends, colleagues and fans, including Meryl Streep (who was also Cazale’s wife), Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and many others. I Knew It Was You was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Blumenthal

Olive Films / Released 9/22/15

“He died laughing” becomes the very definition of irony when renowned playwright Harold Blumenthal (Brian Cox) literally drops dead during an interview while laughing at one of his own jokes. Now, Harold’s estranged and jealous brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups to deliver himself from an epic bout of constipation. Meanwhile, Saul’s wife Cheryl and son Ethan must grapple with their own personal obstacles through a set of circumstances so improbably ironic they might as well have been lifted from one of Harold’s plays.

This inspired comedy is written, directed by and stars Seth Fisher and co-stars Mark Blum, Laila Robins, Lisa Masters and Fred Melamed.

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