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March 15, 2013 - Stand Off sends Brendan Fraser to Belfast, where his cousin's antiques shop becomes the site of a hostage situation involving a desperate young man with a special connection to him.
Colm Meaney and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1's David O'Hara co-star in this Irish film directed and co-written by Hotel Rwanda's Terry George. It hits DVD on March 26th with a trailer and "digital copy." Read our review.

Rust and Bone Blu-ray Review

March 14, 2013 - Today's new Blu-ray review covers Rust and Bone. This French romantic drama competed for two Golden Globe Awards earlier this year in the Best Actress - Drama and Best Foreign Language Film categories. From the writer and director of A Prophet, the film stars Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as an orca trainer who endures a workplace tragedy and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) as a broke single father and former kickboxer trying to get back on his feet. The Blu-ray, releasing next Tuesday from Sony Pictures Classics, includes an audio commentary, an hour-long making-of documentary, deleted scenes, visual effects demonstrations, a Toronto International Film Festival red carpet featurette, and the trailer. Our review.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

March 13, 2013 - After an undistinguished Christmastime theatrical release, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away hit home video yesterday and we've got a review of Paramount's three-disc Limited 3D Edition, a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack.
The popular, prosperous Las Vegas franchise samples its current shows around a narrative involving a young woman's search for an aerialist who has fallen into a dream world. Written and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) and executive produced by James Cameron, the film is joined by "A Day in the Life with Erica Linz" (the lead actress), a making-of short, a commercial for Las Vegas shows, a coupon for 20% off select US and Canada shows, and UltraViolet. Don't miss our review.

Side Effects, the supposed final theatrical credit of director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic), will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on May 21st, two weeks after being made available for digital download. Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in this psychological thriller about a patient prescribed an experimental drug. Extras will include commercials for the fictional drugs, the company website, and a behind-the-scenes featurette. For more, see the press release.

We've just launched a new giveaway in which one US or Canadian reader will win a trio of award-nominated Blu-rays and DVDs from Mill Creek Entertainment, including the Blu-ray edition of "That '70s Show": Season One. Entering is easy and you can pick up more chances every day from now through April 14th: Mill Creek Blu-ray & DVD Giveaway.

This Must Be the Place Blu-ray Review Mulan & Mulan II: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review

March 12, 2013 - The independent film This Must Be the Place stars Sean Penn as an aging former glam rock star living in Dublin who returns to America for his father's death and winds up searching for the old Nazi war criminal who tormented his father in Auschwitz. Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino makes his English language debut on this strange film, which co-stars Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, and Harry Dean Stanton. After a limited US theatrical release last fall by The Weinstein Company, it came to stores today and we've got a Blu-ray review.

With one week to go until the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner has issued an infographic with fun facts and figures about Hobbits, Dwarves, and Elves, three species featured in the film adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel. Click here to check it out and look for our review of the film's three-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack in the coming days.

Another Disney animated musical makes its Blu-ray debut today with its sequel in tow. Fifteen years ago, Mulan stuck to the renaissance formula and was better received by critics and moviegoers than its immediate predecessors. Based on the ancient Chinese legend, it tells the story of a young woman who poses as a man to take her aging father's place in China's army assigned to defend against Hun invasion. The 1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD 2 Movie Collection combo pack pairs the film with its 2005 direct-to-video follow-up and accompanies them with an audio commentary, 11 deleted scenes, 6 music videos, and numerous making-of shorts. Don't miss our review.

In the busiest DVD and Blu-ray date of 2013 so far, today sees the release of DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians; Disney's 2 Movie Collection combo packs of Mulan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Brother Bear and their respective sequels; Cecil B. DeMille's Old Testament epic Samson and Delilah; the Sean Penn drama This Must Be the Place; the 3D feature film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away; and Flicker Alley's two-disc Blu-ray Nanook of the North, The Wedding of Palo and Other Films of Arctic Life. Those that aren't already reviewed will be soon. In the meantime, check out our March 12 Schedule for more info and Upcoming Cover Art for artwork.

March 11, 2013 - The Disney animated films given the 8-bit treatment have been revealed and a winner crowned in our Wreck-It Ralph Giveaway. Thanks to all who entered and look for a new giveaway to launch tomorrow!

Zero Dark Thirty DVD Review

March 10, 2013 - Another one of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees comes to home video on March 19th and we've got an early review! Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden. A young CIA agent (Jessica Chastain) dedicates herself to the mission, going to great lengths to establish a connection that will help locate the terrorist leader and bring him to justice. From The Hurt Locker's Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, this acclaimed drama features a large cast of talented actors. Sony's DVD includes four featurettes and UltraViolet. Review.

Today is the last day to enter our Wreck-It Ralph Giveaway. Even if you already entered, remember that you can return and pick up some additional entries to increase your odds. The sources of the 8-bit Disney film images will be revealed and a winner chosen on Monday. Wreck it!

March 8, 2013 - Today's new DVD review critiques "MADtv: The Complete Second Season". Shout! Factory picks up where Warner Home Video left off nine years ago, releasing the 22 episodes of the 1996-97 season of Fox's answer to "Saturday Night Live." With guest hosts including Christina Applegate, Neve Campbell, Queen Latifah, Rodney Dangerfield, Mark Curry, and Pauly Shore, the season sends up the likes of Michael Jackson, Demi Moore, Toy Story, The Godfather, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dennis Rodman, Kathie Lee Gifford, O.J. Simpson, Snoop Doggy Dogg, John Grisham, Jane Eyre,
Ike and Tina Turner, Sinbad, and the '96 presidential election with parodies, impressions, animated shorts, sketches, and musical performances. In stores March 26th, you can read all about this four-disc set right now.

In theaters today, Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful serves as a prequel to one of the most beloved films of all time. Directed by Spider-Man's Sam Raimi, this big budget fantasy sends a carnival magician (James Franco) from 1905 Kansas to the magical world of Oz, where he is greeted by witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) as the wizard who will fulfill a prophecy. Expected to be the first big hit of 2013, the film opens in the same off-season time of year in which Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland soared and John Carter flopped. Our review.

March 7, 2013 - Our latest review takes a thorough look at Rise of the Guardians, the holiday adventure that became one of DreamWorks Animation's rare flops. Based on William Joyce's book series, the film finds Jack Frost joining the super team of legendary figures (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman) to save the world from nasty boogeyman Pitch Black. It hits stores Tuesday in a set designed for Easter business. The two-disc combo pack includes an audio commentary, a making-of documentary, a voice cast featurette, an interview with Joyce, two BD-exclusive games, DVD-ROM printables, a downloadable digital copy, UltraViolet, and, for a limited time, two hopping egg toys. Read our review.

Gangster Squad Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack -- click for the press release The Hunchback of Notre Dame: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review

Warner has announced that Gangster Squad will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on April 23rd. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn star in this true drama about an undercover squad trying to eliminate organized crime in 1949 Los Angeles. Extras will include an audio commentary by director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), deleted scenes, UltraViolet, and more. For full details, see the press release.

March 6, 2013 - Today's new review covers next week's Blu-ray debut of Disney's 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Victor Hugo's novel comes to life in the Broadway-esque fashion of the studio's renaissance with songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz and the directors of Beauty and the Beast. It hits stores in a 2 Movie Collection, 3-Disc Special Edition alongside its direct-to-video 2002 sequel The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. Extras include an audio commentary, the Jason Alexander-hosted Disney Channel making-of special, a multi-language reel, a Movie Surfers look at the sequel with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Hugo's poem, and DVD games and activities. Read all about the set in our review.

Jack Reacher Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack -- click for the press release Lincoln Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack -- click for the press release

March 5, 2013 - Paramount has scheduled a May 7th DVD and Blu-ray release date for Jack Reacher. That will make the Tom Cruise action thriller, adapted from the best-selling novels of Lee Child, one of 2012's last films to hit stores. The Blu-ray combo pack will include two audio commentaries, three featurettes, a digital copy, and UltraViolet. For artwork and more, see the announcement.

As expected, Disney has announced a pre-Easter home video debut for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. The acclaimed hit drama about the passing of the Fourteenth Amendment recently won Oscars for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Production Design. In just three weeks from today, it will be available to own in a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD, and a four-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. For cover art, complete details, and preorders, see the full press release.

Today, we launch our first new giveaway in a while and it's a good one! One DVDizzy.com reader from the US or Canada will win Disney's new four-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack of Wreck-It Ralph. Entering is as simple as submitting your full name and address, but you can take many more chances by identifying Disney animated films by 8-bit versions of their frames, reading our review, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and tweeting about the giveaway. The giveaway runs through this Sunday and you can come back every day for more entries. Good luck: Wreck-It Ralph Giveaway!

March 4, 2013 - Our newest review looks at Wreck-It Ralph, the 52nd film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. This Oscar-nominated comedic adventure follows the titular dejected villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) of a 30-year-old 8-bit video game into the colorful universes of his arcade neighbors. Available tomorrow, Disney's 4-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition presents the film on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and Digital Copy. Extras include Best Animated Short Oscar winner Paperman, a Disney Intermission "Gamer's Guide" hosted by Chris Hardwick, a making-of featurette, deleted and alternate scenes, plus faux video game commercials. Read our review.

Samson and Delilah DVD Review

March 2, 2013 - Today's new review covers the long-awaited DVD debut of Samson and Delilah. Seven years before The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille produced and directed this Biblical epic, which tells the ancient story of a super strong man (Victor Mature) and the Philistine woman (Hedy Lamarr) in love with him. Co-starring Angela Lansbury and George Sanders, this Oscar-winning 1949 hit finally, legally hits five-inch disc on March 12th with a dramatic new restoration. Don't miss our review.

February 28, 2013 - Our last review of February looks at "Tosh.0": Cardigans Plus Casual Sweaters, the DVD-only third release of Comedy Central's web video commentary series. The Walmart exclusive 3-disc set holds fifteen chronological episodes from Seasons 1 and 2, extending Web Redemption to the likes of Tron Guy, the Nintendo 64 Kid, and David After Dentist. Nearly two hours of extras include Daniel Tosh's extended spoil of the movie Orphan, blog crew member interviews, and extended Web Redemption interviews. Our review.

February 27, 2013 - Longtime DVDizzy.com critic and reporter Aaron Wallace has written a book! The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom is the first installment in a projected series of books that will go into detail about the various attractions at Disney's assorted theme parks. You can now request a free excerpt from the book from publisher The Intrepid Traveler in advance of its April 16th release date. You can also pre-order through Amazon.com, where it is currently 45% off list price and eligible for the e-tailer's pre-order price guarantee.

February 26, 2013 - Our newest review covers The Intouchables, the highest-grossing worldwide foreign film. This French dramedy tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a poor young black man (Omar Sy) and a wealthy widowed quadriplegic (Franηois Cluzet). A huge hit in most parts of the world and respectable performer in limited U.S. release, this award-winning Weinstein Company release comes to Blu-ray via Sony with deleted scenes and UltraViolet. Our review.

It's Tuesday! Today's new releases include Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-nominated drama The Master, the acclaimed French film Holy Motors, Anchor Bay's revenge thriller Girls Against Boys and the family adventure My Lucky Elephant.

February 25, 2013 - The 85th Academy Awards were held last night and for the second straight year, the wealth was shared. This time, no film won more than four Oscars. Winners now available on DVD and Blu-ray include Best Documentary Searching for Sugar Man, Best Animated Feature Brave, and Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Picture, Argo, which became the first film since 1989's Driving Miss Daisy to win the top Oscar without a directing nomination.

You get a look behind the curtain in our new article Studios That Care About DVDizzy.com Readers... and Those That Don't, which details what studios are most and least on the ball when it comes to having their releases covered on this site. From the fruitful to the frustrating, find out about a little more about what goes into running this site and join us for a look back at the 2012 DVD and Blu-ray releases we'd have loved to review, but were unable to. Full article.

February 23, 2013 - Today's new review covers Girls Against Boys, a revenge thriller whose recent theatrical engagement will qualify it for next year's Oscars, though it most likely will not compete. The film tells of a New York City college student (Danielle Panabaker) and her fellow bartender (Nicole LaLiberte) who take drastic action against men who have wronged them. Available Tuesday, Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Panabaker and writer/director Austin Chick (XX/XY and August). Our review.

February 22, 2013 - Hey, have you heard? The Oscars are this Sunday! In honor of that, we bring you predictions and thoughts on all 24 of the categories whose awards will be announced. What will win? What should win? What did the Academy overlook? Who do DVDizzy.com readers want to win? Get the answers to all the questions and more in 85th Academy Awards Preview & Predictions.

With Sunday's Academy Awards marking the official end of the cinema year, we've put together a list ranking and succinctly reviewing every one of 2012's theatrical films that we've seen. Find out where your favorites and least favorites place and learn more about the good, bad, and mediocre movies you've missed. If the single sentence summaries don't fill you up, be sure to explore the 87 full DVD, Blu-ray, and film reviews we've written on the crop. Don't miss The Films of 2012: Ranked and Reviewed.

February 21, 2013 - In theaters last December, Lay the Favorite grossed less than 1/100th of its production budget. Based on a true story, this R-rated comedy follows a young Florida woman (Rebecca Hall of The Town and Iron Man 3) to Las Vegas, where she finds work placing bets for a legendary sports gambler named Dink (Bruce Willis). From the screenwriter of High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank and the director of The Queen and Dangerous Liaisons, this film co-stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, and Vince Vaughn. It hits Blu-ray in a couple of weeks with deleted scenes and we've got an early review.

Our newest review covers next week's Blu-ray release of the acclaimed French film Holy Motors. Written and directed by Leos Carax, this film follows Mr. Oscar (Denis Lavant), a man whose work out of a limousine requires him to make himself over for various bizarre scenarios. It features appearances and songs by Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes. The Blu-ray includes an English language interview with Minogue, two trailers, and a 47-minute making-of documentary. Our review.

February 20, 2013 - Sony has set a March 19th home video debut for Zero Dark Thirty. Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal's follow-up to The Hurt Locker, the esteemed Best Picture-nominated docudrama about the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden will be available in a DVD and a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, each with four making-of featurettes and UltraViolet. See cover art and read much more in the full press release.

The Master Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

Today's new review covers The Master, the critically acclaimed, publically divisive newest film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood). Joaquin Phoenix plays an ill-adjusted World War II veteran whose path crosses with that of a charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Nominated for three acting Oscars, this Weinstein Company drama hits stores next week in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes 20 minutes of deleted scenes, 16 minutes of trailers, behind-the-scenes looks, and John Huston's military documentary Let There Be Light. Don't miss our thorough review.

Warner has chosen May 14th as the date for the Blu-ray combo pack and DVD release of Cloud Atlas, the ambitious flop from the directors of The Matrix and Run Lola Run. The film, which features Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Grant in multiple roles, will be joined by seven featurettes on Blu-ray, one of which will also be included on the DVD.

Paramount will release the feature film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away on DVD as well as Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo packs on March 12th. Produced by James Cameron and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe), the film follows a small town Midwestern girl into the dreamlike world of the famous circus troupe. Check out cover art here.

Cast your vote for Best Picture in our final 2013 Oscars poll! As long as you're there, why not go back and catch up on other categories you may have missed.

February 19, 2013 - Today's new review covers the Blu-ray debut of the 1996 drama Marvin's Room. Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep star as sisters who break a 20-year estrangement when one of them requires a bone marrow transplant. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, and Gwen Verdon co-star in this Miramax film, adapted from an award-winning play, that drew notice for its acting. Available now at Best Buy and reaching other stores at the end of March, Echo Bridge's low-priced Blu-ray includes a previously unreleased look at Streep and Carly Simon's recording of the end credits song "Two Sisters." Full review.

Argo: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review

February 18, 2013 - Argo, the most decorated film of 2012, hits stores tomorrow, five days before its dreams of making Oscar history are dashed or realized. Based on an improbable true story, this Ben Affleck-directed drama also stars Affleck as a CIA agent who decides posing as a Canadian science fiction film crew scouting Middle Eastern locations is the best way to extract six American diplomats hiding out in Iran during the heated hostage crisis at the turn of the 1980s. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes an audio commentary by Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio, a picture-in-picture mode with reflections from the real people who experienced this episode (including President Jimmy Carter), a 2004 Canadian television documentary, and three making-of featurettes. Watch the 29-minute "Argo: Declassified" as part of our complete review.

February 17, 2013 - Today's new review covers My Lucky Elephant, a family film about an orphaned boy and the abandoned elephant that becomes his best friend, as well as a street dancer and painter in Thailand. It his DVD next Tuesday from ARC Entertainment and we've got an early look.

On the Waterfront: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review The Insider Blu-ray Review

February 16, 2013 - On Tuesday, On the Waterfront, the Oscars' 1954 Best Picture, will make its Blu-ray debut in a two-disc set from The Criterion Collection. A winner of eight Oscars on twelve nominations, this drama stars Marlon Brando as a former prize fighter who now works as a longshoreman amidst corrupt union practices. Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie Saint co-star in this Elia Kazan-directed classic, which Criterion presents in three different aspect ratios. Extras include an audio commentary and two features from Sony's Special Edition DVD, an hour-long 1982 documentary on Kazan, new interviews with Saint and Martin Scorsese, new documentaries on the score, the film, and the waterfront, and the original trailer. For more on 2013's best Blu-ray to date, see our full review.

Undefeated DVD Review

Fun Size Blu-ray + Digital Copy Review Flight: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review The Hunger Games Blu-ray Review

Recent Film Reviews:
• Beautiful Creatures - Adapting the first in a young adult novel series, this PG-13 supernatural teen romance pairs South Carolina insomniac bookphile Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena (Alice Englert), the new-in-town niece of a famous recluse (Jeremy Irons). Co-starring Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, and Emmy Rossum, this Twilight-esque film is primed to do some strong Valentine's Day business.
• Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Puts a new twist on an old fairy tale, following the threatened siblings into adulthood, where they (The Avengers' Jeremy Renner and Prince of Persia's Gemma Arterton) become a town's top option for putting an end to a wave of missing children. Norway's Tommy Wirkold (Dead Snow) wrote this R-rated action film, which co-stars Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare.
• Gangster Squad - Tells the true story of an undercover police unit assigned to take down Mickey Cohen, the most powerful criminal in 1949 Los Angeles. Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling lead the good guys, Sean Penn is the infamous Cohen, while Emma Stone and Nick Nolte also appear. From Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and "Castle" writer Will Beall, this violent period crime drama opens four months after it was scheduled to, with some re-edits.

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• The Insider (Blu-ray) - This 1999 Touchstone Pictures drama nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Writer/director Michael Mann's follow-up to Heat tells the true story of a fired research scientist (Russell Crowe) who becomes a whistleblower against Big Tobacco with help from "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino). The Blu-ray includes a featurette and a trailer, though two of the case's claims are inaccurate.
• Senseless (Blu-ray) - In this 1998 comedy, Marlon Wayans stars as a cash-strapped senior who participates in drug trial that heightens his senses and then randomly dulls one of them, as he vies for a junior analyst position at a prestigious financial firm. Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World), co-written by Craig Mazin (Identity Thief, one of Wayans' Scary Movie successors), and co-starring David Spade, Rip Torn, and Brad Dourif, this R-rated film is joined by a never-before-released behind-the-scenes featurette.
• Undefeated - Last year's winner of the Best Documentary Feature Oscar spends a season with the football team of North Memphis, Tennessee's underprivileged Manassas High School as they try to reverse a history of losing and aim to win their first playoff game in the school's 110-year history. After five weeks of Walmart exclusivity, this Weinstein Company release hits DVD and Blu-ray with directors' audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and a black and white teaser.
• Fun Size (Blu-ray) - Written by "The Colbert Report" scribe Max Werner and directed by "Gossip Girl" creator Josh Schwartz, this PG-13 Nickelodeon Movies comedy follows teenagers (Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann) and a younger sibling around Cleveland for a Halloween night full of excitement and embarrassment. Co-starring Chelsea Handler and an uncredited Johnny Knoxville, this flop hits BD with a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a Carly Rae Jepsen music video and making-of short, a digital copy, and UltraViolet.
• The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Disney's dramatic fantasy tells the story of a boy (CJ Adams) with leaves on his legs who shows up one night in response to the wishes of an infertile married couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton). We take a look at its December Blu-ray + DVD combo pack which includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, two making-of featurettes, and a Glen Hansard music video.
• The Package (Blu-ray + DVD) - "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Rocky IV's Dolph Lundgren star in this direct-to-video action thriller about a mobster's enforcer (Austin) braving danger to deliver an important, mysterious parcel to an old colleague named "The German" (Lundgren).
• The Factory - The thriller stars John Cusack and "Dexter"'s Jennifer Carpenter as Buffalo, New York detectives puzzled by a string of prostitute abductions and murders. Their investigation grows more pressing when Cusack's teenaged daughter (Mae Whitman) goes missing by the same pattern.
• Heaven's Gate (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Two-disc edition of the epic Western that helped bankrupt United Artists and irreversibly derailed the promising career of Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning director of The Deer Hunter. Kris Kristofferson plays a Harvard-educated Marshal in 1890 Wyoming whose populace faces mob justice in the form of a death list compiled by wealthy stock growers. The film co-stars Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, and John Hurt, also featuring one of the first and last film appearances, respectively, of Mickey Rourke and Joseph Cotten. The Blu-ray includes an illustrated new audio interview with Cimino, a video interview of Kristofferson, additional interviews, trailers, and an essay booklet.
• Bully (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - The subject of a high-profile MPAA ratings battle and maker of an Oscar shortlist, The Weinstein Company's documentary is presented in its PG-13 version along with an abbreviated edit suitable for young children, deleted and extended scenes, a "Good Morning America" excerpt, shorts catching up with the film's subjects, a Meryl Streep speech, and more.
• Mafia - Crime drama stars Ving Rhames as an urban gangster in 1975 being tracked by a pair of detectives (Pam Grier and Robert Patrick). It is joined by its trailer.
• Celeste & Jesse Forever - Indie romantic comedy stars Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") and Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") as a separated Los Angeles couple that remains extremely close and friendly. The possibility of reconciliation hangs over their other potential relationships in this R-rated film that Jones wrote with co-star Will McCormack. Sony's Blu-ray includes cast and creator audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a Q & A session from the LA Film Festival, and the trailer.
• Here Comes the Boom - Kevin James plays a Massachusetts biology teacher who tries to raise the funds needed to save his school's music program by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Co-written by James, produced by Adam Sandler, and co-starring Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler, this PG-rated comedy hits DVD on Tuesday with deleted scenes, a gag reel, a cast featurette, and UltraViolet.
• Peter Pan (Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD) - One of the most beloved films from Walt Disney's era, this 1953 release adapts J.M. Barrie's play and novel in which three London kids are whisked away to Never Land for adventures with pirates and Indians. Our review covers the three-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Storybook App set, which adds never-before-seen deleted scenes and songs, a Diane Disney Miller introduction, and the new 40-minute documentary "Growing Up with Nine Old Men", in which Ted Thomas meets up with fellow children of Walt's loyal animators.
• Robot & Frank - This independent dramedy stars Frank Langella as an increasingly disoriented former jewel thief whose son (James Marsden) buys him a robot companion (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard). Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, and Jeremy Sisto co-star. After an acclaimed buy limited theatrical run, it hits DVD alone wielding an audio commentary from its first-time writer and director as well as a gallery of robot posters.
• Paranormal Activity 4 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Domestic disturbances of the inexplicable kind continue in this latest entry to Paramount's annual horror series, which focuses on a Nevada family who took in a strange neighbor boy. It's now available to own in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes theatrical and unrated cuts on both formats, an additional 29 minutes of "Recovered Files" (deleted scenes), and UltraViolet.
• Flight (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) returns to live-action filmmaking on this Oscar-nominated R-rated drama about a pilot (Denzel Washington) whose quick-thinking heroics save most aboard a doomed commercial plane, but subject him to an investigation of his alcoholic lifestyle. Co-starring Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly, and Melissa Leo, this acclaimed film hits stores in combo pack that includes making-of featurettes, highlights from a cast and crew Q & A session, and UltraViolet.
• "Above Suspicion": Set 2 - The British crime drama series stars Kelly Relly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight) and Harry Potter's Ciarαn Hinds as London police detectives looking to solve the drug-related murder of a retired colleague. In stores next week, Acorn Media's Set 2 DVD includes all three parts of third season "Deadly Intent" along with interviews, behind-the-scenes, filmographies, biographies, and a photo gallery.
• The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (Blu-ray + DVD) - This 1976 movie crosses the paths of Victorian Era sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) and influential Austrian psychiatrist Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin). At the request of Watson (Robert Duvall), Freud helps Holmes overcome his addiction to cocaine, before the three gentlemen try to solve a kidnapping case involving another of Freud's patients (Vanessa Redgrave). An Academy Award nominee for Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design, this mystery hits high def in a combo pack that includes a substantial new interview with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan writer/director Nicholas Meyer, who penned the screenplay and the bestselling novel on which it is based.
• Seven Psychopaths - In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh brings a similar sensibility with meta twists to this Los Angeles crime comedy. As an alcoholic Irishman (Colin Farrell) struggles to make progress on his new screenplay, his best friend (Sam Rockwell) takes the wrong Shih Tzu as part of his dognapping scam. Co-starring Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson, this CBS Films is joined by UltraViolet, the cat trailer "Seven Psychocats", and making-of shorts on DVD.
• Hotel Transylvania (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - This computer-animated family comedy is set in a hotel for monsters owned and operated by Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), who remains overprotective of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) even as she turns 118. This Sony Pictures Animation hit marks the feature directorial debut of "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky. Available on Tuesday, Sony's three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes a filmmakers' audio commentary, a new traditionally-animated Tartakovsky short, a featurette on the celebrity voice cast, a making-of short, three deleted scenes, progression reels, a music video by Becky G featuring will.i.am (with accompanying making-of), DVD-ROM content, and UltraViolet.
• The Hunger Games (Blu-ray) - This blockbuster first adaptation of Suzanne Collins' line of bestselling post-apocalyptic young adult novels finds teenaged Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteering in place of her younger sister to compete in the deadly 74th Annual Hunger Games alongside baker's son Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Lionsgate's 2-disc Blu-ray includes a two-hour making-of documentary, six featurettes, trailers, galleries, digital copies, and more.
• Searching for Sugar Man (Blu-ray) - In the early 1970s, American folk singer Rodriguez had no success at home, but his music would be embraced by the people of South Africa, where legend had it that he died. Fans go looking for answers in this acclaimed 2012 theatrical release. Extras on this Best Documentary Oscar nominee include an audio commentary, a making-of documentary, a featurette from the film's Tribeca Film Festival premiere, and the trailer.
• Fat Kid Rules the World - Adapted from the K.L. Going young adult novel of the same name, this comedy tells the story of an obese teen (Terri's Jacob Wysocki) saved from a suicide attempt by a troubled young musical rebel (Matt O'Leary). The two new friends start a band, or hope to, over parental concerns (The Rocketeer's Billy Campbell). After a limited theatrical run, this Matthew Lillard-directed indie hits DVD with over 20 minutes of bonus features.

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