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June 30, 2016 - Now in theaters, The BFG marks Steven Spielberg's first film for Walt Disney Pictures. This adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1980s novel
sees a British orphan meeting a big friendly giant...and his bigger, less friendly fellow giants. Starring Academy Award winner Mark Rylance in the title role, this effects-heavy PG-rated family film opens wide in 3D. Film review.

Also in theaters, The Legend of Tarzan gives us a new take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' old hero. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates sends the aristocratic Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgεrd) back to the wilds of Africa where he grew up and into a trap set by a nasty Belgian captain (Christoph Waltz). Co-starring Margot Robbie as Jane and Samuel L. Jackson as comic relief, this PG-13 adventure uses some of its big budget on an entirely CG animal cast. Our review.

Meanwhile, expanding nationwide today after a strong debut last weekend, Swiss Army Man stars Paul Dano as a Pacific Ocean castaway whose dire life changes when a dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) washes ashore and becomes an inexplicably powerful new companion. This offbeat comedy is written and directed by "Daniels", a duo making its big screen debut. Read more...

Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack cover art -- click to read the press release

A September 13th Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release for
Captain America: Civil War has just been announced. Marvel's superhero-studded blockbuster will be joined by audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, making-of featurettes, a Doctor Strange sneak peek and a gag reel on Blu-ray, while going movie-only on DVD. See the press release for cover art, preorder links, and full details.

Our newest review looks at Precious Cargo, a crime action film starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar as a cunning thief whose pregnant ex (Claire Forlani) gets him to do a big job to clear her debt with a crime boss (Bruce Willis). After limited theatrical release in April, this R-rated Lionsgate thriller hit Blu-ray and DVD this week with a making-of featurette, cast and crew interviews, Digital HD, and the trailer. Our review.

June 29, 2016 - Coverage of this week's new discs continues with a review of Eye in the Sky. This British thriller from Tsotsi director Gavin Hood sees a variety of officials around the globe contemplating whether to authorize a drone strike on a terrorist safe house in Africa. Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, and, in his final live-action performance, Alan Rickman star in this critically acclaimed film. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes two making-of shorts. Check out the full review.

June 28, 2016 - The new documentary Elstree 1976 interviews ten actors who held supporting roles in the original Star Wars, playing such iconic characters as Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Greedo. It hits DVD today. Our review.

June 27, 2016 - Twenty-nine years after the release of the original Touchstone Pictures comedy, Disney Channel gives us a new version of Adventures in Babysitting. This TV-G remake stars Sabrina Carpenter ("Girl Meets World") and Sofia Carson (Descendants) as rivals who find themselves on a wild night in the big city while babysitting a total of five kids from two households. Available tomorrow, Disney's DVD includes a blooper reel and a magnetic photo frame. Don't miss our full review.

June 26, 2016 - The 1993 drama A Home of Our Own stars Kathy Bates as a hardworking, strong-willed widow who moves with her six kids to rural Idaho for a new start in 1962. Co-starring Terminator 2's Edward Furlong and Soon-Tek Oh, this esteemed film hit Blu-ray last week from Olive Films. Full review.

June 25, 2016 - Our latest Blu-ray review looks at Cornbread, Earl and Me, the 1975 drama that marked Laurence Fishburne's film debut. NBA All-Star Jamaal Wilkes plays Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton, a college-bound star basketball player who is the hero of his poor neighborhood. When he is mistaken for a criminal and shot to death by police, Cornbread's family and community rallies to clear his name. Olive Films' Blu-ray includes the theatrical trailer. Our review.

June 24, 2016 - Disney has announced Beauty and the Beast as the second film to be released in the Walt Disney Signature Collection of animated classics. The 1991 Academy Award winner and Best Picture nominee will be treated to a new 25th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack with four versions of the movie and a number of new bonus features. Check out the press release to watch the trailer and see full details.

Now in theaters, The Neon Demon, from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, sees a new to Los Angeles 16-year-old aspiring model (Elle Fanning) turn heads and produce an array of reactions from peers and colleagues. It's...different. Full film review.

June 23, 2016 - The Brothers Grimsby stars Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen as a soccer-loving Brit who reconnects with his brother (Mark Strong) after 28 years of estrangement, only to become involved in a deadly international conspiracy. Directed by Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk), this crude R-rated action-comedy is now on Blu-ray from Sony with deleted scenes, extended scenes, making-of featurettes, line-o-rama, gag reel, and Digital HD with UltraViolet. Our Blu-ray review.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Review Knight of Cups Blu-ray Review

June 22, 2016 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the sequel to 2002's crowd-pleasing indie, is our latest Blu-ray review subject. This time around, Toula (Nia Vardalos) tries to rekindle the spark in her marriage to Ian (John Corbett), while her daughter weighs college plans and her parents discover they need to get married. Now available, Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes a gag reel, a cast discussion at the Dancing Zorba's, and a making-of featurette. Opa! Full review.

June 21, 2016 - Our coverage of today's new Blu-ray and DVD releases continues with a review of Knight of Cups, the latest film from The Tree of Life writer-director Terrence Malick. Four years in the making, this artsy drama explores the life and loves of a womanizing screenwriter (Christian Bale). The star-studded cast includes Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Wes Bentley, and Brian Dennehy. Broad Green's Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette. Don't miss our full review.

June 16, 2016 - Pixar Animation Studios returns to the universe of what was once their biggest blockbuster in Finding Dory, now in theaters. The follow-up to the beloved 2003 film sees amnesia-addled Dory trying to remember and find her parents, while being "rescued and rehabilitated" at the Marine Life Institute. Marlin and Nemo search for their friend. Just keep swimming towards our full review.

The British film Eddie the Eagle dramatizes the inspiring run of UK ski jumper Eddie Edwards (Kingsman's Taron Egerton) in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Hugh Jackman plays his alcoholic American coach, while Jim Broadbent and Christopher Walken also appear. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes 43 minutes of featurettes, the trailer, and a photo gallery. Here is our full review.

June 14, 2016 - Midnight Special, the fourth film from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) finds a powerful otherworldly boy with glowing eyes (Jaeden Lieberher) on the run from the FBI and cult members alike with guardians (Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton). Available next Tuesday, Warner's Blu-ray includes five origin shorts, a making-of featurette, and Digital HD UltraViolet. Full review.

10 Cloverfield Lane: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Review

June 13, 2016 - Our latest review looks at 10 Cloverfield Lane, the sorta (mostly not) sequel to the J.J. Abrams-produced 2008 found footage film Cloverfield. This self-contained thriller finds a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) suddenly living in the underground shelter of a doomsdayer (John Goodman) who insists the surface is uninhabitable following attack. Available tomorrow, Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes an audio commentary and seven short making-of featurettes. Full review.

June 12, 2016 - Today's review covers 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling's Oscar nominee for Best Leading Actress. This British drama from director Andrew Haugh tells the story of an aging married couple (Rampling and Tom Courtenay) about to celebrate their 45th anniversary, whose relationship is shaken by a discovery from his past. This IFC film reaches Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount on Tuesday. Here is our Blu-ray review.

June 11, 2016 - Zootopia, Disney's acclaimed animated blockbuster, is now on home video. Set in a world where animals are anthropomorphic, the film lets rookie rabbit cop Judy Hopps and sly fox con man Nick Wilde team up to solve the mystery of an animal's disappearance. The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes filmmaker roundtables, an epic deleted scenes section, a featurette on deleted characters, making-of featurettes, a guide to Easter eggs hidden in the film, and Shakira's "Try Everything" music video. Don't miss our full review.

June 10, 2016 - Our newest DVD review covers the independent drama One More Time, which stars Amber Heard as a struggling musician who has to move in with her father (Christopher Walken), an accomplished crooner on the verge of a second act. Now available, this unrated limited theatrical release co-stars Hamish Linklater, Kelli Garner, and Oliver Platt. Full review.

June 9, 2016 - Now in theaters, Now You See Me 2 brings back magicians/modern day Robin Hoods the Horsemen for a new international adventure at the behest of a young businessman (Daniel Radcliffe) who faked his death. Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, and Dave Franco return, as does Woody Harrelson in two roles, while Lizzy Caplan replaces Isla Fisher, and Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman lend support. Look closely at our review before it vanishes!

Our latest DVD review covers Love Finds You in Valentine, an UP TV movie adapted from the third in the romance novel series. In it, a California woman (Michaela McManus) inherits her family's ranch in Valentine, Nebraska and has second thoughts about selling it upon learning of its history. Here is our full review of the now-available disc from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

June 7, 2016 - One of 2015's last films to hit home video does so today and we've got a review. Anomalisa, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature, is an R-rated stop motion romantic dramedy written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Adapted from Kaufman's 2005 sound play, it tells the story of a lonely customer service guru (voiced by David Thewlis) visiting Cincinnati to deliver a speech who meets a woman (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh) who stands out from the rest. Paramount's combo pack includes a half-hour making-of documentary, two featurettes, and an Easter egg. Don't miss our full review.

We've got an early review of The Conjuring 2. In this sequel to 2013's acclaimed hit, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) journey to England to investigate a family's claims of demonic possession. Director James Wan returns and contributes to the script that is based on the real case files of the Warrens. Our film review.

Anomalisa: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Review

June 6, 2016 - Our latest Blu-ray review looks at the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!. The comedy looks at the issues concerning a studio fixer (Josh Brolin) in 1952 Hollywood, most significantly the abduction of a movie star (George Clooney) by Communist screenwriters. Co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Alden Ehrenrich, and Jonah Hill, the film hits stores tomorrow. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes four making-of featurettes. Full review.

The Spoils Before Dying, IFC's follow-up miniseries to The Spoils of Babylon sees a 1950s jazz pianist (Michael Kenneth Williams) wrongly accused of murder. Co-starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Michael Sheen and Will Ferrell as author Eric Jonrosh (and J. Edgar Hoover), this six-episode comedy hits DVD tomorrow. Our review.

June 4, 2016 - From I, Robot director Alex Proyas, Gods of Egypt sees the desert god Set (Gerard Butler) usurp the throne from his nephew Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), whose perfect eyes he steals. This big budget flop, also starring Brenton Thwaites and Geoffrey Rush, is now available in a Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook, presenting the film in a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo. Here is our review.

June 3, 2016 - Jake Lipson provides a disabled person's perspective on Me Before You, the romance film adapted from Jojo Moyes' bestselling novel that is now in theaters. The PG-13 sees Louisa (Emilia Clarke) become caregiver to a wealthy young man (Sam Claflin) who must use a wheelchair after an accident. Full review.

Now in theaters, the mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping tells the riches-to-rags story of a popular musician (Andy Samberg) experiencing a sophomore slump as a solo artist. Written by, directed by, and starring comedy trio The Lonely Island, this cameo-loaded R-rated film is produced by Judd Apatow. Our review.

Zoolander 2: The Magnum Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Review

May 30, 2016 - Today's new review covers Zoolander 2, the untimely sequel to Ben Stiller's 2001 male model comedy. Bringing back the original cast, this one pulls Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) out of retirement and Mugatu (Will Ferrell) out of prison while an INTERPOL agent (Penelope Cruz) tries to uncover conspiracy. Now available, Paramount's The Magnum Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack presents the film in an unrated director's cut with four bonus features plus a Digital HD code for the original movie. Full review.

May 27, 2016 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. This Disney drama tells the true story of an incredible rescue by U.S. Coast Guard officers of the crew of a sinking oil tanker during a 1952 nor'easter. Now available, the Blu-ray + Digital HD edition includes two deleted scenes and a number of featurettes. Full review.

May 26, 2016 - Now in theaters, Alice Through the Looking Glass brings back the cast of Disney's 2010 blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, with Tim Burton producing and James Bobin (The Muppets) directing. This sequel sees Alice having to journey through time (using a device stolen from Time, a new character played by Sacha Baron Cohen), to help the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and protect his family. Full review.

May 25, 2016 - Our coverage of this week's new discs continues with a review of The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, a long-unavailable 1947 drama starring George Sanders and Angela Lansbury. Adapted from the novel by Guy de Maupassant, the film tells the story of a 19th century French scoundrel (Sanders). It reaches Blu-ray and DVD from Olive Films. Full review.

May 23, 2016 - Tomorrow, The Player rejoins The Criterion Collection more than twenty years after its laserdisc release. Chockfull of star cameos, Robert Altman's 1992 Hollywood satire tells the story of a studio exec (Tim Robbins) who winds up killing a disgruntled screenwriter. Criterion's Blu-ray includes audio commentary, a new documentary, deleted scenes, an hour-long Cannes Film Festival press conference, and more. Full review.

The Player: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

May 21, 2016 - Today's Blu-ray review looks at How to Be Single, a romantic comedy adapted from the novel by "Sex and the City" writer-editor Liz Tuccillo. This R-rated ensemble tale follows newly-single Alice (Dakota Johnson), where she learns the scene from a co-worker (Rebel Wilson) as Alice's older sister (Leslie Mann) tries to get pregnant and another woman (Alison Brie) searches for a soulmate. Available Tuesday, Warner's Blu-ray includes outtakes, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and Digital HD. Full review.

May 20, 2016 - Our newest Blu-ray review covers Zoolander. Directed and co-written by Ben Stiller, who also stars as the titular male model, this 2001 comedy made its Blu-ray debut in The Blue Steelbook, a Walmart-exclusive limited edition Blu-ray + Digital HD which includes loads of extras (including a never-before-seen alternate brainwashing scene) plus a Zoolander headband wig. Check out our full review in anticipation of our upcoming review of the sequel's Blu-ray combo.

Zoolander: The Blue Steelbook Blu-ray + Digital HD Review

Now in theaters, The Nice Guys stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as an enforcer and private eye who team up to investigate a missing young woman in 1977 Los Angeles. From Lethal Weapon writer and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, this R-rated action comedy is earning some of 2016's best reviews to date. Here's ours.

May 16, 2016 - The critically acclaimed horror film The Witch comes to Blu-ray tomorrow and we've got a review. From first-time writer-director Robert Eggers, this "New-England Folk Tale" sees unusual occurrences befall a banished Puritan family in 1630s America. Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, a Q & A panel, a making-of featurette, a design gallery, and a hidden outtakes reel. Full review.

The Witch: Blu-ray + Digital HD Review

May 13, 2016 - In theaters today, Money Monster stars George Clooney as a TV personality whose cable finance show gets interrupted by an angry young man with a gun (Jack O'Connell) demanding a big corporation that has just lost him thousands be held accountable. Co-starring Julia Roberts and Giancarlo Esposito, this R-rated drama is directed by Jodie Foster. Film review.

May 10, 2016 - Two years before the launch of "Charles in Charge", Scott Baio and Willie Aames starred in Zapped!, an R-rated comedy released to profit in the summer of 1982. Baio plays a high school science nerd who becomes equipped with telekinetic powers after a lab mishap. Naturally, he uses them to win a baseball game and to blow girls' clothes off. Don't miss our full review of Olive Films' upcoming Blu-ray debut.

Joy Blu-ray + Digital HD Review

May 8, 2016 - Today's new Blu-ray review covers Joy, the third straight collaboration of writer-director David O. Russell with actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro. Lawrence alone stars as Joy, a single mother who invents a self-wringing mop and bets everything on it. Now available, Fox's disc includes a 20-minute making-of featurette, an image gallery, and an hour-long Times Talks Q & A session with Lawrence and Russell. Don't miss our full review.

May 6, 2016 - Our newest DVD review looks at next week's release of "The Jim Gaffigan Show": Season One. This scripted single camera TV Land sitcom depicts a fictionalized version of life for food-loving stand-up comic Jim Gaffigan, his wife, and five young children. The two-disc set holds the series' first eleven episodes. Full review.

The summer movie season kicks off today with the release of Captain America: Civil War. This threequel prominently surrounds Captain America with much of the Avengers gang, including Iron Man, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Ant-Man, plus newcomers Black Panther and Spider-Man, as the superheroes clash over whether to accept measures for them to answer to a United Nations panel before acting to save the world. Don't miss our film review.

May 5, 2016 - Regression marks the return of writer-director Alejandro Amenαbar (The Others, The Sea Inside) after a several-year hiatus.
This psychological thriller follows a detective (Ethan Hawke) as he investigates the accusations of a teenager (Emma Watson) of satanic ritual abuse in 1990 Minnesota. Also starring David Thewlis, this limited release flick is joined by four short making-of featurettes in The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Blu-ray + Digital HD release. Full review.

May 3, 2016 - Our latest review looks at the horror movie The Boy, in which an American woman (Lauren Cohan) comes to the rural UK to be nanny...to a porcelain doll. From the director of The Devil Inside and Stay Alive, this PG-13 thriller hits Blu-ray next week from Universal with Digital HD. Our review.

May 1, 2016 - Adapted from the first of a best-selling series of young adult novels, The 5th Wave stars Chloλ Grace Moretz as an Ohio teen who is separated from her family after alien attacks wipe out most of the planet. In the vein of The Hunger Games and Divergent, this teen-oriented PG-13 flick is joined by audio commentary, a number of deleted scenes, a gag reel, and making-of featurettes on this week's Blu-ray + Digital release from Sony. Our review.

The Jungle Book (2016) Film Review

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• Keanu - The stars of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" play two Angelenos in over their heads after they pose as gang members to retrieve their beloved stolen kitten in this R-rated crime action comedy.
• The Jungle Book Adding to Disney's trend of big-budget, live-action adaptations of their most beloved animated classics, this PG-rated adventure from Iron Man director Jon Favreau uses CGI to bring the animals of India's wild to life around the man-cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi). The voice cast includes Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa.
• Demolition - Dramedy from director Jean-Marc Vallιe (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) sees a New York investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of his wife. Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper co-star in this R-rated indie.
• Everybody Wants Some!!, Billed a "spiritual sequel" to the writer-director's Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater's follow-up to Boyhood explores the first weekend of college for a Texas university's baseball team during Labor Day Weekend 1980.
• Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Zack Snyder's much-anticipated follow-up to Man of Steel gives us a new Batman (Ben Affleck), a new Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), and a new Alfred (Jeremy Irons), while attempting to usher in a new age of DC Comics Universe on film.

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Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
• Top Gun: 30th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Steelbook - Limited Edition holds the loaded 2008 Blu-ray and Disc 1 of Tom Cruise's first blockbuster's 2004 DVD in collectible new packaging.
• Son of Saul (Blu-ray) - Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this Hungarian Holocaust drama tags along with a member of the Sonderkommando (Gιza Rφhrig) at Auschwitz as he tries to get a proper Jewish burial for his adolescent son. Sony's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, an hour-long Q & A, a deleted scene, the trailer, and Digital HD with UltraViolet.
• The Driftless Area (DVD) - Adapted from Tom Drury's novel, this noir drama sees a young man (Anton Yelchin) obtaining a bag full of money from a career criminal (John Hawkes) who isn't about to let it go without a fight. Co-starring Zooey Deschanel, Alia Shawkat, Ciaran Hinds, and Frank Langella, this R-rated film is joined by a 15-minute making-of featurette on this straight-to-DVD release.
• Jane Got a Gun (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Overcoming a troubled production full of personnel changes and distributor bankruptcy to receive an ill-attended wide theatrical release last January, this western stars Natalie Portman as a frontier mother who enlists her ex (Joel Edgerton) to protect her home from a coming outlaw onslaught. Ewan McGregor and Noah Emmerich co-star in this R-rated film from director Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, Miracle).
• The Lady in the Van (Blu-ray) - Adapted from Alan Bennett's memoir that was previously brought to stage and radio, this British comedy tells the "mostly true" story of an old woman (Maggie Smith) who lives in a van in London's Camden Town, parking in the driveway of the playwright (portrayed by multiple Alex Jenningses). A Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, the film hits Blu-ray with audio commentary, two featurettes, deleted scenes, and the trailer.
• Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser (DVD) - The fourth Comedy Central stand-up special from the host of "Tosh.0" is presented in both its broadcast form and an extended, uncensored edit.
• Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The seventh installment in the blockbuster space saga launched nearly 40 years ago by George Lucas, this J.J. Abrams-directed sequel has grossed more than any other film at the domestic box office. Disney's combo pack includes hours of bonus features, highlighted by the thorough documentary "Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey."
• Tumbledown (Blu-ray) - Independent film stars Rebecca Hall as a musician's widow and Jason Sudeikis as the Hofstra University pop culture professor who agrees to help her write her husband's biography. Co-starring Blythe Danner, Richard Masur, and Dianna Agron, this limited release R-rated dramedy romance hits Blu-ray with two making-of featurettes.
• Concussion (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Tells the true story of forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovering a unsettling link between NFL players and brain damage. Co-starring Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, this PG-13 drama is now on Blu-ray with director's audio commentary, deleted scenes, two making-of featurettes, and Digital HD with UltraViolet.
• The Hunger Games: Complete 4-Film Collection (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Lionsgate's epic 6-disc box set of the popular and successful YA sci-fi franchise adds the Blu-ray debut of final film Mockingjay, Part 2 and an exclusive disc of somewhat new extras to the four loaded platters already bestowed upon the first three films. The set includes three audio commentaries, four feature-length making-of documentaries, a bevy of featurettes, plus never-before-seen extras including over 20 minutes of deleted scenes from the original film.
• The Hateful Eight (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Set in Wyoming years after the Civil War, Quentin Tarantino's bloody western mystery sees a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell), a Union major (Samuel L. Jackson), an outlaw (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a sheriff (Walton Goggins) and four others wait out a blizzard together amidst thick suspicion of one another in Minnie's Haberdashery. Weinstein/Anchor Bay's combo pack includes two short making-of featurettes and the multiplex theatrical cut of the film, which was nominated for three Oscars and won for Best Original Score.
• Sisters (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - "Saturday Night Live" and NBC Thursday alumnae Amy Poehler and Tina Fey play...sisters, who decide to throw one last big party in the childhood home their parents are selling. Universal's combo pack presents the film in its profitable R-rated theatrical cut plus an unrated extended cut running 5 minutes longer. Extras include a cast and crew audio commentary, 40 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, a host of improvisations, a gag reel, and a making-of featurette.
• Daddy's Home (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Hit comedy stars Will Ferrell as a loving man whose relationship with his new stepkids becomes instantly complicated by the appearance of his wife's intimidating ex (Mark Wahlberg). Paramount's combo pack adds nearly an hour of bonus features to a dynamic feature presentation.
• The Good Dinosaur ( Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The 16th (and 16th highest-grossing) film from Pixar Animation Studios imagines an alternate universe where dinosaurs and humans co-exist, sending one of each on an episodic adventure. The combo pack includes deleted scenes, audio commentary, making-of featurettes, animated Dino Bites, and a look at a Pixar employee dinosaur-building competition.
• Carol (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - From director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) comes this adaptation of a 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train) about a New York housewife (Cate Blanchett) who begins a relationship with a department store worker (Rooney Mara) while finalizing her divorce. Nominated for six Oscars including both Lead and Supporting Actress, this 1950s drama is joined by over a half-hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes and nearly a half-hour of cast & crew Q & A panel highlights on Blu-ray.
• Brooklyn (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Critically acclaimed romantic drama that was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Set in the 1950s, it follows a young Irish woman (Saoirse Ronan) to New York, where she falls for an Italian-American plumber (Emory Cohen), only to return home and find another viable life with another charming suitor (Domhnall Gleeson). Co-starring Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, this PG-13 film sees Nick Hornby adapting Colm Tσibνn's novel for director John Crowley. Fox's disc adds 11 exclusive deleted and extended scenes with commentary to six promotional featurettes, a director's audio commentary, a photo gallery, and the original trailer.
• The Big Short (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Nominated for five Academy Awards and winner of Best Adapted Screenplay, this R-rated dramedy from Anchorman director Adam McKay tells the story of the 2008 financial collapse through the eyes of those who see it coming. Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt headline a large ensemble cast. The Blu-ray includes over an hour of bonus features including deleted scenes.
• The Spoils of Babylon (DVD) - Six-episode IFC comedy miniseries sends up 1970s melodrama with its tale of a boy who grows up as the adopted son of an oil baron. Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins head a cast that also includes Will Ferrell in bookending segments as pompous author Eric Jonrosh.
• Grease Live! (DVD) - Without commercial breaks, the three-hour Fox broadcast comes down to 131 minutes, which is more than enough time to provide a new theatrical adaptation pulling from both the stage musical and the blockbuster 1978 movie. Julianne Hough is Sandy, Aaron Tveit is Danny, and Vanessa Hudgens plays Rizzo in this ambitious production which also features Carly Rae Jepsen, Keke Palmer, Mario Lopez, Boyz II Men, Joe Jonas, and Didi Conn. Paramount's disc includes a half-hour of bonus features.
• The Night Before (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Raunchy holiday comedy from 50/50 director Jonathan Levine tells of three longtime friends (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie) upholding their tradition of a rowdy Christmas Eve together in New York City. Sony's Blu-ray has deleted/extended scenes, a gag reel, and a host of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
• Don Verdean (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Latest PG-13 comedy from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess and his wife/co-writer Jerusha stars Sam Rockwell as the titular character, a Biblical archaeologist whose work is less than scientific. Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Danny McBride, and Will Forte co-star. Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes director's audio commentary and two making-of featurettes.
• Room (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - The recent winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay as a mother and son who have spent years in the grimy captivity of a soundproof, code-protected 11' x 11' shed. Adapted from Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel, the movie depicts life for the two on the inside and out. Lionsgate's release includes three featurettes and an audio commentary.
• Capture the Flag (DVD) - Spanish animated film follows two American kids and a grandpa into space, as they try to get to the moon before a billionaire businessman can mine it for Helium-3.
• Creed (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The seventh film in the Rocky franchise takes things in a new direction, with Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) training Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the illegitimate son of Rocky's friend and competitor, Apollo Creed. Co-written and directed by Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler, this acclaimed reboot earned Stallone his first Academy Award nomination since the original 1976 film, for Supporting Actor. Now available, Warner's combo pack includes two featurettes and a long reel of deleted scenes on Blu-ray.
• "Drunk History": Season 3 - The Comedy Central series adapted from Funny or Die shorts sees more history lessons being told by people under the influence of alcohol and re-enacted with stars as historical figures. Season 3's guests include Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Josh Hartnett, Kat Dennings, Maya Rudolph, Colin Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Dennis Quaid, Ellie Kemper, Greg Kinnear, Michael Cera, Patton Oswalt, Topher Grace and Octavia Spencer. The 2-disc set includes all thirteen episodes completely uncensored plus nearly an hour of bonus features.
• Secret in Their Eyes (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - In this English language remake of the Oscar-winning Argentine mystery, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a former FBI agent obsessed with solving the 13-year-old murder of the teenaged daughter of his former partner (Julia Roberts). Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, and Michael Kelly co-star in this PG-13 thriller adapted and directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games). Universal's combo pack includes filmmakers' audio commentary and two short making-of featurettes.

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