John Wayne: The Epic Collection
To commemorate one of America’s most iconic film heroes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will introduce a comprehensive new DVD set — John Wayne: The Epic Collection,’ now available. This release, just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving, contains 38 discs with 40 Wayne films, including The Searchers, once called one of the most influential movies in American history and the film for which Wayne won his Best Actor Academy Award, True Grit (1969). The collection comes packaged in a handsome book with unique collectibles and hours of special features. The coffee table book includes a chronological presentation of Wayne films, enhanced with wonderful photographs; the hours of special features include commentaries, documentaries, featurettes, vintage shorts and classic cartoons; and the special John Wayne collectibles include personal correspondence, script pages/covers, pages with Wayne’s notations and behind-the-scenes artifacts. Wayne’s legacy also was celebrated at the 4th annual John Wayne Film Festival in Dallas from April 24th through the 27th. The four-day festival featured screenings of some of Wayne’s classic feature films, Q + A sessions with Wayne family members and co-stars, and parties celebrating the John Wayne heritage and legacy. All the proceeds from the festival will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne first worked in the film business as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from U.S.C., which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies and dramas. It was Ford who recommended Wayne for his first leading role. For the next nine years, Wayne worked in a multitude of B-Westerns and serials in between bit parts in larger features. Wayne’s big break came in 1939, when Ford cast him as the Ringo Kid in the adventure Stagecoach. Wayne nearly stole the picture from his more seasoned co-stars, and his career as a box-office superstar began. During his 50 year film career, Wayne played the lead in more than 140 movies, an as yet unsurpassed record, and was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning the Best Actor award for his performance in True Grit (1969). Buy the Epic collection right here.
Action, romance and the most famous volcanic event in recorded history collide in the epic adventure ‘Pompeii,’ now available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Kit Harington (TV’s “Game of Thrones”), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), and Kiefer Sutherland (TV’s “24”) star in this heroic tale of a young slave-turned-gladiator in a race against time to save his true love during the cataclysmic eruption of Italy’s deadly volcano, Mount Vesuvius. The ‘Pompeii’ Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD each feature hours of bonus features, including commentary with filmmakers, and two making-of featurettes: “The Assembly – Cast and Characters” and “The Volcanic Eruption – Special Effects.” The Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray exclusively feature deleted and alternate scenes, plus four additional making-of featurettes focusing on the stunts, production design and costume design in the film, along with a behind-the-scenes look at ancient history’s greatest disaster. ‘Pompeii’ is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Retribution, The Three Musketeers). Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix series), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead), and Jared Harris (TV’s “Mad Men”) co-star in the film. Set in 79 A.D., ‘Pompeii’ tells the epic story of Milo (Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator (Sutherland). As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. ‘Pompeii’ is a Constantin Film International and Impact Pictures (Pompeii) production. It was written by Janet Scott Batchler & Lee Batchler (Batman Forever) and Michael Robert Johnson (Sherlock Holmes) and produced by Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil franchise), Robert Kulzer (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), and Don Carmody (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones). Executive producers are Martin Moszkowicz, Peter Schlessel and Jon Brown. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
The Monuments Men
George Clooney’s action thriller ‘The Monuments Men‘ is now available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter, the film pays tribute to the real men and women who risked their lives to recover and return thousands of cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with bonus materials, including two all-new featurettes that highlight the making of the film. The first, “George Clooney’s Mission,” features interviews with Clooney, as well as the rest of the cast, on the elements that went into completing ‘The Monuments Men.’ The second featurette, “Marshaling the Cast,” features a cast discussion on the real men and women they brought to life on screen. Exclusively available on the Blu-ray are two additional exclusive featurettes. “In Their Own Words” is a unique piece that offers the most comprehensive and direct insight into the hearts and minds of these heroes, featuring an interview with Harry Ettlinger, one of the last surviving members of the Monuments Men. “A Woman Amongst the Monuments Men” features a discussion with Cate Blanchett on the historic, wartime female character she plays in the film (Claire Simone). A Smokehouse production, ‘The Monuments Men’ is directed by Clooney, and written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. Starring in the film is an exceptional ensemble cast, including two-time Academy Award winner Clooney (Argo, Best Motion Picture of the Year, 2012), Academy Award winner Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, 1997), Bill Murray (The Grand Budapest Hotel), John Goodman (Argo), Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, 2011), Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Hugh Bonneville (TV’s “Downton Abbey”) and Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, 2013). Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, ‘The Monuments Men’ focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, whose job it was to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves so they could be returned to their rightful owners. In a seemingly impossible mission, the Monuments Men, as they were called, find themselves risking their lives in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
About Last Night
Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man, Ride Along), Michael Ealy (Last Vegas, Think Like a Man), Regina Hall (The Best Man Holiday, Think Like A Man) and Joy Bryant (TV’s “Parenthood) form an all-star cast in the sexy, romantic comedy ‘About Last Night,’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In a modern reimagining of the 1986 original film starring Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, ‘About Last Night’ follows two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom, and as their relationships are eventually put to the test in the real world. Directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), the film also stars Paula Patton (Jumping the Broom), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore) and Adam Rodriguez (Magic Mike). Fans can go behind-the-scenes with in-depth bonus materials, including four all-new featurettes. Exclusive to the Blu-ray, the cast and filmmakers share their tips for relationship success in “About Last Night Advice.” Continuing with the theme of the movie – Love — “I Love You?” polls the cast on who says “I love you” first and the impact on relationship dynamics. “Word on the Street” takes to the street to ask strangers for their best (and funniest) love advice. The final featurette, “An Un-Romantic Comedy,” explores the making of the film and differences from the original 1986 film and is also available on the DVD. In the insightful, hilarious romantic comedy ‘About Last Night,’ four Los Angeles singles get a thorough workout in the ups and downs of today’s dating world. On yet another night of playing wingman to his loud-mouthed best friend Bernie (Kevin Hart), kind-eyed Danny (Michael Ealy) meets Debbie (Joy Bryant), a beautiful, smart and successful woman who is as skittish about relationships as he is. When the chemistry proves to be undeniable, they end up falling into bed together that night…then another night, and another night. What these starry-eyed lovers soon find is that despite their good intentions and genuine feelings for each other, what started out as a casual and intoxicating intimacy quickly falls prey to the usual trappings of togetherness and monogamy. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
One of television’s favorite families returns with the release of ‘Happy Days’ Season 5, now available on DVD. The nostalgic comedy set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin follows the Cunninghams and their two kids, Richie and Joanie and their relationship with Fonzie, a motorcycle-riding Casanova who became a pop-culture phenomenon. This four-disc collection features the iconic “jump the shark” scene and a collection of famous guest stars includingRobin Williams (Mork & Mindy),Christopher Knight (The Brady Bunch), Rance Howard (Gentle Ben), Dr. Joyce Brothers, Morgan Fairchild (Falcon Crest)and Suzi Quatro as fan favorite Leather Tuscadero! Relive all the music, the laughs, and the good times with the hilarious series that is sure to get “two-thumbs-up.” Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.
Heed the call of the wild with the release of ‘Mountain Men‘ Season 2 on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Returning to History after a viewership growth of 57% from season one, five men attempt to fend off America’s harsh and unforgiving landscape. Packed with over eight hours of content and over 30 minutes of never-before-seen-on-TV webisodes, this 2-disc set arrives just in time for the highly anticipated premiere of Season 3. History ventures back across America’s most treacherous terrain in ‘Mountain Men’ Season 2. Traveling from Montana to Alaska to Maine, Tom Oar, Rich Lewis, Eustace Conway, Marty Meierotto and Charlie Tucker each confront menacing elements including grizzly bears and sub-zero temperatures to stepping away from their beloved family and the threat of losing the lifestyle they love. Time and the environment are unforgiving, but they’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done. Watch as these wildlife masterminds fearlessly brave nature’s onslaught on their quest to live for a living. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.
At the unforgiving intersection of Chained Heat, TV’s Spartacus and Orange Is the New Black stands ‘Raze,’ a viscerally thrilling new action-horror film where it’s every woman for herself. The brutal shocker, director Josh C. Waller’s debut, is now available on DVD from IFC Films and MPI Media Group. After she is drugged and abducted, Jamie (Rachel Nichols, Star Trek, Continuum) awakens to find herself in a concrete bunker where she meets fellow abductee Sabrina (stuntwoman-turned-action star Zoe Bell, Death Proof, Kill Bill, Oblivion). Before long the two women discover that they are in a modern-day coliseum, where they and 48 other women have been selected to fight to the death. If they refuse, their loved ones will be killed. Co-starring genre favorites Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) as the sadistic organizers of the battles, ‘Raze’ is director Josh C. Waller’s (McCanick) a no-holds-barred assault on the senses, featuring some of the most brutal fist-to-the-face combat ever put on film. In this contest, may the best woman win. Extensive bonus features on the DVD include filmmaker commentary, cast and crew interviews, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, extended fight scenes, a gag reel and more. Buy the DVD right here.
Martial Arts Movie Marathon
Shout! Factory has collected four of the most sought-after martial arts action classics into one DVD package with the ‘Martial Arts Movie Marathon.’ The 2-disc collection features Manchu Boxer (1974), The Association (1975), The Skyhawk (1974) and Dragon Tamers (1975) — and includes such renowned talent as Director John Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II, Broken Arrow, Hard Target), marital arts icon Angela Mao Ying (Stoner, Queen’s Ransom) and celebrated action choreographer Sammo Hung (Ip Man series). Fans will love the opportunity to own these hard-to-find titles available for the first time on DVD. Buy the DVD right here.
This classic 1967 Doctor Who six-part adventure has been restored and digitally remastered, thanks to the discovery of a batch of missing episodes last year. Previously available exclusively on iTunes, ‘The Enemy of the World’ features Patrick Troughton as both the Second Doctor and his antagonist (Ramon Salamander). The TARDIS lands on an Australian beach in the 21st century. But this is no seaside vacation – within minutes, the Doctor, Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Victoria (Deborah Watling) are under attack. They soon discover that the Doctor bears a startling resemblance to Leader Salamander, a would-be dictator intent on world domination. Before long, the Doctor and his companions are plunged into a dangerous game of espionage, intrigue and deceit as they face off against the enemy of the world.Buy the Enemy of the World DVD right here.
Dalziel & Pascoe
The British crime solving odd couple of grumpy, straight-talking Detective Superintendant Andy Dalziel (Warren Clark, Call the Midwife, Bleak House) and his well-mannered partner Inspector Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan, Casualty, A Touch of Frost) return with their fiery brand of detective work. Season 9 features four two-part murder mysteries that take the duo from a private zoo where they unearth a possible organ-trafficking racket, to a community hospital where patients are dying and staff are under attack. Meanwhile, crimes of passion and chance occurrences bring a past murder case back to haunt Dalziel. Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.
Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group is tickled pink to announce that ‘Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure’ is now available on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD. The super-cute, talented two-some of Sophia Grace and Rosie sang and danced their way to stardom on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Now you can see the little, lovable performers in their first original live-action movie! Following the success of their first book, “Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie,” these pint-sized stars are sure to knock your socks off in their first movie, which includes marvelous bonus features. Buy the DVD right here.
Biggest Bundle of Them All
An inept criminal gang plans a daring train robbery in this hilarious Euro-comic caper starring Raquel Welch, Robert Wagner and Edward G. Robinson. When deported Chicago mobster Cesare Celli (Vittorio De Sica) is kidnapped by five amateur thieves (including Welch, Wagner and Godfrey Cambridge), he soon finds himself on the top 10 unwanted list. Considered a poor credit risk, no one will pay Cesare’s ransom. Down but not out, the proud Mafioso persuades his none-too-bright abductors to join him in the heist of the century – a great train robbery worth millions! Enlisting the aid of wily criminal mastermind “The Professor” (Robinson), these unlikely conspirators risk life and limb in a mad scramble to gain the ultimate prize – $5 million in platinum ingots. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
Chased by Dinosaurs
This monstrous triple feature from the creators of ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ takes viewers around the world and brings the lizards of the past to life. The Giant Claw journeys back to the sand dunes of Mesozoic Mongolia and discovers the therizinosaurus, a gigantic dinosaur with enormous, 28-inch claws. Land of Giants travels to South America’s Patagonia, where dinosaurs shook the earth 100 million years ago, and presents the animal kingdom’s most awesome hunt. And finally, Allosaurus goes back 150 million years in a stunning recreation of the life of “Big Al, the dinosaur whose complete fossil skeleton was discovered in Wyoming. Bonus material includes “Big Al Uncovered,” a 30-minute look at the science behind Allosaurus. Buy the DVD right here.
The weather is heating up in anticipation with the release of ‘Duck Dynasty: The Duck Days of Summer,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. After becoming the biggest TV on DVD franchise of 2013 with more than 3.8 million units sold, the Robertsons are tracking another successful year, saying “Aloha” to Hawaii in a special double-length episode in Duck Dynasty: The Duck Days of Summer. The DVD also includes two additional classic vacation-themed episodes as well as a brand-new bonus interview with Uncle Si Robertson. Time to pack up your sunscreen, bathing suit and your camo beach-towel and get ready for a hysterical vacation with everyone’s favorite family, the Robertsons. The quacktastic DVD features three classic episodes, including the double-length episode of the family trip to Hawaii. Buy the Duck Days of Summer DVD right here.
Challenge of the Gobots: The Series
They’re back-at last! Cy-Kill! Leader-1! Cop-Tur! Turbo! Crasher! Scooter! The noble Guardian GoBots and the nefarious Renegade GoBots continue the war begun in The Battle for Gobotron across time and space in their epic series that comes to you factory fresh! With Earth as their chosen staging ground, the Renegades deploy Earth’s worst such as the deranged Dr. Braxis (voiced by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Rene Auberjonois), in the quest to conquer Earth and then Gobotron, so it’s a good thing the Guardians have Matt, Nick and Ad of UNECDM on their side! This 30-episode, three-disc collection finds the amazing, metamorphing cyborgs taking their fight to Ancient Rome, lost Atlantis and back to Gobotron in a series of adventures that will leave you shouting for “MOAR”! Buy the Volume 1 DVD at WBshop.com.
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog’s ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’ has not only become one of the director’s most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. A must for both cinephiles and horror-fans alike, the award-winning ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’ is now available oon Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani (Camille Claudel, Possession) and Bruno Ganz, Nosferatu the Vampyre comes loaded with extras, including audio commentary with Werner Herzog, a vintage featurette on the making of Nosferatu, theatrical trailers, as well as both German and English versions of the film. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Waking the Dead
In the knuckle-biting final episodes of cold-case detective drama ‘Waking the Dead,’ Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve, Troy, She’s Out of My League) and his team tackle their most challenging and personal cases to date. A new team member, Inspector Sarah Cavendish (Eva Birthistle, Breakfast on Pluto), is foisted upon Boyd by the top brass of the Police Force. She is a brilliant counter-terrorism officer who matches Boyd in rank, but he knows she must have fallen from grace to end up with the Cold Case squad alongside him – but how? As the team picks up on Sarah’s ongoing symptoms of post-traumatic stress, she repeatedly challenges Boyd’s unorthodox take on police procedure – something, she warns, he will pay for one day…Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.
In 1860s Paris a young bride engages in a smoldering affair with catastrophic results in the can’t miss thriller, ‘In Secret,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The captivating 2014 theatrical release features indie film favorites Elizabeth Olsen and Golden Globe nominee Oscar Isaac alongside Tom Felton and Hollywood icon and Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (Best Actress, Blue Sky, 1995). The provocative film based on the Émile Zola 19th century novel “Thérèse Raquin” and the stage play “Thérèse Raquin” by Neal Bell; is written for the screen and directed by Charlie Stratton. Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Thérèse Raquin (Olsen), is a beautiful young woman trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Felton), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (Lange). After she meets her husband’s alluring friend, Laurent (Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences. Buy the DVD right here.
Way of the Wicked
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the DVD and Blu-ray release of ‘Way of the Wicked.’ The thriller is directed by Kevin Carraway (7 Below) and stars Christian Slater (Stranded, True Romance), Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Snatch), Emily Tennant (Juno, Mr. Young) and Jake Croker. After a series of inexplicable murders sweeps a small, isolated community, Father Henry (Slater) goes to a local police detective (Jones) with a theory on why the murders are occurring. The two learn that a troubled teen with a dark past has recently moved to town and has set his sights on the cop’s beautiful, young daughter. Father Henry, who turns out to have secrets of his own, finds himself pitted against a demonic force more diabolically evil and twisted than any of them could have imagined. Buy the DVD right here.
Academy Award winners William Holden (Stalag 17) and Ernest Borgnine (Marty) star in the action-packed western ‘The Revengers.’ Decorated Civil War veteran and father of four, John Benedict (Holden), lives a quiet life on his ranch in Colorado. After a hunting trip, he returns to discover his family murdered. Enraged and consumed by vengeance, he recruits a team of convicts to find the men responsible, yet has no way of knowing if the lawless group will stay true to his plan. A classic not to be missed, ‘The Revengers’ also stars Woody Strode (Spartacus) and Susan Hayward (I Want To Live). Buy the DVD right here.
Television’s favorite legal eagles from fictional Los Angeles law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak are back for another docket of cases loaded with both high emotions and irreverence with the release of ‘L.A. Law’ for a second season on DVD. Shout! Factory has released the long-awaited L.A. Law: The Complete Second Season,’ featuring all 20 memorable episodes in a 5-DVD set. Created by award-winning writers/producers Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, the critically acclaimed television series L.A. Law held court in primetime during the course of its eight-season run on network television from 1986 through 1994. All 20 episodes from the second season showcase the quality writing and acting that has made ‘L.A. Law’ one of television’s finest dramas in TV history. Season Two of L.A. Law boasts an outstanding ensemble cast including Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michele Greene, Jimmy Smits, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, Blair Underwood and Richard Dysart. The high powered legal team adds some new faces to their ranks: the charismatic young associate Jonathan Rollins and Benny Stulwicz, a developmentally disabled clerk. Together, they tackle some of the City of Angels’ toughest trials – both in the courtroom and in their personal lives. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
Often referred to as “the funniest woman in the world,” the iconic African-American comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley broke racial and gender boundaries as the first black female headliner at the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall. In her directorial film debut, modern-day comedy legend and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) pays homage to this pioneering talent with the release of ‘Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,’ now available on DVD and Digital Download from HBO Home Entertainment. This HBO Documentary Films presentation brings together an impressive roster of A-list entertainers and historians celebrating Mabley’s storied life and career. Born Loretta Mary Aiken in Brevard, N.C., on March 19, 1894, Jackie “Moms” Mabley was one of the most successful entertainers to perform on the black vaudeville stage, also known as the “chitlin’ circuit.” Her monologues touched on traditional topics such as family, as well as more controversial subjects that were typically avoided by comedians of the era, regardless of race, including infidelity, poverty, welfare and alcohol. Her successful career spanned five decades (though white audiences generally did not learn of her until the early 1960s), throughout which she recorded more than 20 comedy albums and appeared in numerous films. ‘Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,’ includes vintage clips and recordings of her performances, as well as recent interviews with some of the world’s top comedians, and Mabley fans, including Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby and Goldberg. A true passion project for first-time director Goldberg, the documentary shows Mabley’s historical significance and profound influence as a performer vastly ahead of her time. Buy the DVD right here.
More Than a Miracle
What does a beautiful peasant woman have to do to land a prince? Consort with witches, cast a spell, roll away to sea trapped inside a barrel, confer with a flying monk and compete in a manic dishwashing contest. Sophia Loren and Omar Sharif play peasant and prince in the sumptuous fantasy More Than a Miracle. Dolores Del Rio, still breathtaking 42 years after her film debut, adds even more star power. The story begins when the prince prefers riding his stallion to choosing among the seven princesses his steely mother (Del Rio) presents as his prospective bride. So off he gallops into eye-popping magical adventure that’s part fairy tale, part action adventure, and part bawdy romp. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
The seventh film in the After Dark Originals 2 series brings home the twisted tale, ‘Mischief Night,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Brooke Anne Smith (MTV’s “Awkward”), Marc Valera (TV’s “Melrose Place”) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Mischief Night follows the unexpected relationship between a predator and his prey the night before All Hallows Eve. On the night before Halloween, young Kaylie is at work babysitting when she’s warned by a local night watchman not to answer the door, because nothing good can happen on ‘Mischief Night.‘ Soon, Kaylie realizes someone is stalking her, but on the night before Halloween, nothing is as it seems. They say “Danger is on the other side of the door.” But they never said which side of the door you’re on. Buy the DVD right here.
Director Josh C. Waller (Raze) assembles an all-star cast for the complex crime drama ‘McCanick,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. Set over the course of one long, hot day, the mystery follows a narcotics detective who hunts for a seemingly harmless young criminal who knows a damaging truth about the cop’s past. The cast includes David Morse (World War Z, The Hurt Locker), Cory Monteith (TV’s “Glee”), Mike Vogel (The Help, TV’s “Under the Dome”), Rachel Nichols (Alex Cross, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Tracie Thoms (Looper, Death Proof, The Devil Wears Prada, TV’s “Wonderfalls”) and Ciarán Hinds (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, TV’s “Game of Thrones”). Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette, as well as deleted and extended scenes. When narcotics detective Eugene “Mack” McCanick (David Morse) discovers that Simon Weeks (Cory Monteith) has been released from prison, he instigates a brutal manhunt, without permission from the Chief of Police (Ciarán Hinds). The frenzy of paranoia and violence that follows pushes Mack and his partner to the edge of the law. The closer Mack gets to his prey, the closer he gets to a secret from his past - one that only Weeks can expose. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers
Money is power in the television adaptation of Arthur Hailey’s bestselling book, ‘The Moneychangers.’ The tale of corruption and greed in the banking business stars Christopher Plummer (A Beautiful Mind, The Sound Of Music) in his Emmy-winning role as the suave, hypocritical and skilled Roscoe Heyward and Kirk Douglas (Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea) as the honest, hard-charging and focused Alex Vandervoort, both of whom are vying for the top position in one of the nation’s largest banks. Buy the DVD right here.
Weekend of a Champion
A nearly forgotten film by Roman Polanski, made at the height of his fame, has resurfaced to thrill fans of the director as well as lovers of auto racing. ‘Weekend of a Champion’ is Polanski’s you-are-there look at racing great Jackie Stewart as he competes in the renowned Monaco Grand Prix. In 1971, Oscar-winning filmmaker and racing fan Roman Polanski (The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Tess) spent a weekend with world champion Formula One driver Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the premier events in the sport. Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart’s world for three days, both on the track and off. The result was an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. The film, produced by Polanski and credited to documentary director Frank Simon, premiered at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival and played throughout Europe. But it then sat dormant for 40 years until Polanski restored and recut the film, adding a new epilogue showing Polanski and Stewart reminiscing in present-day Monaco, having a conversation about their friendship, the evolution of racing, and life in general. The revitalized film premiered as an Official Selection at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and went on to a successful theatrical U.S. release. Buy the DVD right here.