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September 14, 2014 - Today's review covers The Criterion Collection's recent Blu-ray + DVD Dual Format Edition release of Love Streams. Written and directed by John Cassavetes (Faces, A Woman Under the Influence),
this 1984 dramedy stars Gena Rowlands as a long-troubled, newly-divorced middle-aged woman and Cassavetes as her alcoholic playboy brother. The three-disc set includes an hour-long making-of documentary, new interviews with Seymour Cassel, Diahnne Abbott, and cinematographer Al Ruban, a video essay celebrating Rowlands, the trailer, and an essay booklet. Our full review.

September 12, 2014 - Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, and Mystic River author Dennis Lehane makes his screenwriting debut on The Drop, adapting his short story Animal Rescue. In theaters today, this crime drama set at a Brooklyn bar that launders money on the side places a simple bartender (Tom Hardy) in the middle of robbery and a puppy's rescue. Co-starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and, in his final film role, James Gandolfini, The Drop marks the English language debut of director Michaël R. Roskam (Academy Award nominee Bullhead). Our film review.

Any Given Sunday: 15th Anniversary Director's Cut Blu-ray + Theatrical Cut DVD Review

September 10, 2014 - Today's new review analyzes Any Given Sunday, Oliver Stone's 1999 drama set in the world of professional football. In it, a third string quarterback (Jamie Foxx) gets promoted to the starting lineup and helps turn around the fortunes of the Miami Sharks and their longtime coach (Al Pacino).
Now available, Warner's 15th Anniversary edition adds a new HD half-hour documentary and a theatrical cut DVD to the film's abundant Blu-ray bonus features which include a half-hour of deleted and extended scenes, two audio commentaries, three music videos, and stills galleries. Our review.

September 8, 2014 - The low-budget film Dead Within looks at a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a young married couple trying their hardest to survive it. This psychological thriller premieres on DVD tomorrow, which sees it joined by deleted scenes with optional commentary and its trailer. Full review.

Sony has scheduled a November 18th DVD and Blu-ray combo pack release for the hit comedy sequel 22 Jump Street. The DVD will include five deleted & extended scenes, audio commentary by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, Line-O-Rama, and the featurette "The Perfect Couple of Directors." To that, the Blu-ray will add 17 deleted and extended scenes, five featurettes, four more Line-O-Ramas, and two extra videos. Check out cover art and preorders here.

22 Jump Street: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet cover art -- click for larger view

Our newest review looks at Borgman, a Dutch thriller from writer-director Alex van Warmerdam (Voyeur). In it, a wild vagrant refused hospitality slowly takes revenge on a wealthy family with a team of assassins posing as gardeners. After a limited summer US theatrical release, this dark film hits Blu-ray tomorrow from Cinedigm, flanked by deleted scenes, the trailer, and a 28-page booklet. Our review.

September 7, 2014 - Today's new review covers Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the present day, World War II hero Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and fellow Avenger Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are at the center of a deadly S.H.I.E.L.D. conspiracy involving a formidable and familiar foe. Available Tuesday, Marvel's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, filmmakers' audio commentary, a gag reel, and three making-of featurettes. Don't miss our complete review.

Fed Up Blu-ray Review

September 5, 2014 - Our newest review looks at Fed Up, a documentary about the planet's obesity epidemic that assigns blame to giant processed food corporations and the government agencies that do not regulate them. Narrated and executive-produced by Katie Couric, this PG-rated Radius-TWC release hits stores on Tuesday joined by deleted scenes, a Spanish language version narrated by Kuno Becker, and a free one-year subscription to Eating Well magazine. Our Blu-ray review.

September 4, 2014 - Today's new Blu-ray review covers Man Hunt. Directed by Fritz Lang (Metropolis, M), this 1941 thriller tells the story of a British captain (Walter Pidgeon) who finds himself targeted by Nazis (led by Rebecca's George Sanders) after he fixes his precision rifle on Adolf Hitler. Co-starring Joan Bennett, Roddy McDowall, and John Carradine, this classic noir is now available from Twilight Time, joined by a making-of retrospective, an audio commentary, an isolated score, its trailer, and an essay booklet. Full review.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: 75th Anniversary Blu-ray cover art Tammy: Extended Cut Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet cover art

Sony has scheduled a December 2nd Blu-ray debut for Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. One of the most esteemed classics of Hollywood's legendary 1939, this drama stars James Stewart as a naive, honest man picked to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. Packaged in a Digipak with an essay and rare photos, the film will be joined by the new Ron Howard-narrated feature-length documentary Frank Capra's American Dream in addition to audio commentary and reflections from Frank Capra Jr. and original trailers. Check out the press release for cover art and complete details.

September 3, 2014 - Tammy, a comedy reinforcing Melissa McCarthy's popularity, is coming to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on November 11th.
The Blu-ray Disc will offer both the theatrical cut and an extended cut, each rated R. The theatrical-only DVD will include a gag reel. To it, the Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, "Tammy's Road Trip Checklist", and unspecified "Fun Extras." Click here for a look at the DVD cover art.

Our newest review covers Draft Day, a drama set against the NFL Draft. Kevin Costner stars as an unpopular general manager of the Cleveland Browns instructed to make a splash. He does so by trading the team's 7th overall pick (and two future ones) for the #1 selection, although he hasn't yet decided who to use it on. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, and Ellen Burstyn, this film from Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman is joined by an audio commentary, an hour-long making-of documentary, a featurette about the draft, deleted scenes, and the trailer in Summit's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack. Don't miss our full review.

Paramount Home Media Distribution has announced a November 11th DVD-only release for Happy Christmas, an independent comedy from Drinking Buddies writer-director Joe Swanberg that was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures over the summer. The Sundance debut stars Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, and Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham. Click here for a look at the DVD cover art.

Jersey Boys Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet cover art Moms' Night Out Blu-ray Review

September 2, 2014 - Warner Bros. has announced that Jersey Boys, the Clint Eastwood-directed filming of the long-running Broadway jukebox musical, will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on November 11th. The formation of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in 1960s New Jersey is told with the group's enduring songs including "Sherry" and "Walk Like a Man." The DVD will include the featurette "'Oh, What a Night' to Remember", while the Blu-ray combo adds "From Broadway to the Big Screen" and "Too Good to Be True." Click here for cover art and preorders.

Moms' Night Out is something different: a Christian comedy. Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, and Trace Adkins star in this romp about three wives who have a chaotic Saturday night out on the town. A non-starter in theaters, this film from the directors of October Baby is now on Blu-ray with audio commentary, deleted scenes, several making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet. Our review.

August 31, 2014 - Our coverage of this week's new discs begins with a review of "The Originals": The Complete First Season. The CW's spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries" centers on a family of powerful vampires looking to take back New Orleans, the city they helped build three hundred years ago. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet combo pack holds the first 22 episodes plus an audio commentary, Q & A panels from Comic-Con and Paleyfest, nearly an hour of deleted scenes, plus three making-of featurettes. Don't miss our review.

The Originals: The Complete First Season Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Review The Buddy Holly Story Blu-ray Review

August 29, 2014 - Thirty-five years ago, Gary Busey earned an Academy Award nomination for Lead Actor for his turn in The Buddy Holly Story. This 1978 biopic looks at the short life and career of the influential rock and roll singer from Texas with a sound unlike any before him. Now available in limited quantities, Twilight Time's Blu-ray retains an audio commentary by Busey and director Steve Rash (Can't Buy Me Love) and the film's original trailer. It also adds a music-only track and an essay booklet. Read our review.

Before making such acclaimed films as Gravity, Children of Men, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón got the world's attention with Y Tu Mamá También. This racy 2001 Mexican coming-of-age drama follows two immature teenagers (Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal) and an older woman (Maribel Verdú) on an aimless road trip to the beach. The Criterion Collection's recent 3-disc Dual-Format Edition (consisting of 1 Blu-ray and 2 DVDs) includes over an hour of making-of featurettes and retrospectives, deleted scenes, US marketing, an epic booklet preserving the director's detailed character biographies, and a short film directed by the film's co-writer Carlos Cuarón. Don't miss our thorough review.

Expanding in theaters today is The Trip to Italy. In this follow-up to 2011's The Trip similarly adapted from a BBC television series, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play mildly fictionalized versions of themselves on vacation in Italy, where they take in historical sites and local cuisine, while entertaining us with impressions of famous actors. No reservations needed for our film review.

August 28, 2014 - Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-TWC have announced an October 21st Blu-ray and DVD release date for Snowpiercer. One of 2014's most acclaimed films, Bong Joon Ho's post-apocalyptic thriller starring Captain America's Chris Evans will be packed with bonus features. Its two-disc sets will include a critics audio commentary and much more. For artwork, preorders, and complete details, see the full press release.

Snowpiercer Blu-ray cover art -- click to read the press release

August 27, 2014 - Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite for a third romantic comedy in Blended. From The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci, this film sends a widower (Sandler), a divorcée (Barrymore), and their total of five kids to Africa for one lavish vacation intended for a blended family. Now available, Warner's combo pack includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a host of making-of featurettes. Our review.

Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from Marvel films and television shows) wrote, directed, produced and stars in Trust Me, which tells the story of a struggling Hollywood agent to child actors whose spirits are lifted by a promising new client (Saxon Sharbino). Featuring Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, Felicity Huffman, and Allison Janney, this independent film is now on DVD. Read our review.

August 26, 2014 - Paramount has announced a September 30th Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release for Transformers: Age of Extinction. This fourth and latest installment of director Michael Bay's blockbuster action franchise sees Mark Wahlberg assume the lead human role. It will be joined by over three hours of extras on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D, which arrive two weeks after the film becomes available on Digital HD. For cover art and complete details, see the press release.

Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series DVD Review

Our newest review covers "Low Winter Sun": The Complete Series. Remaking the 2006 British miniseries of the same name, this AMC hour-long drama stars Mark Strong (reprising his role) as a Detroit homicide detective trying to cover up the fact that he and a colleague have killed one of their own. Now available, the 3-disc, 10-episode collection includes deleted scenes, episode featurettes, and three behind-the-scenes shorts. Our complete DVD review.

August 25, 2014 - Our coverage of this week's new discs begins with "Portlandia": Season Four. The IFC sketch comedy series, nominated for two awards at tonight's Primetime Emmys, brings back a host of eccentric characters played by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Guest stars include Emmy-nominated Steve Buscemi, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Wilde, Kirsten Dunst, the Portland Trail Blazers, and k.d. lang. VSC's two-disc DVD has no Blu-ray alternative or bonus features. Our review.

August 21, 2014 - John Turturro writes, directs, and stars in Fading Gigolo, a comedy about a New York florist who steps into the lucrative world of male prostitution. Co-starring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara, Liev Schreiber, and Vanessa Paradis, this independent film was a minor hit in limited spring release. It is now on Blu-ray, joined by a Turturro audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a trailer. Our review.

August 20, 2014 - Writer-director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Dead Man) turns our attentions to a bohemian vampire couple in Only Lovers Left Alive. Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, and John Hurt star in this film about cultured undead who haven't aged in centuries. Now available, Sony's DVD includes a 49-minute documentary, nearly a half-hour of deleted/extended scenes, a music video, and the film's trailer. Our review.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Review

August 19, 2014 - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 extended the tradition of diminishing returns that have met what was twice last decade the biggest attraction in films. Director Marc Webb continues to chart the dual lives of Peter Parker and Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). In this installment, Peter/Spidey graduates from high school, reconnects with an old friend, gets dumped by Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and does battle with three new villains (played by Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and Paul Giamatti). Available today, Sony's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack serves up over five hours of bonus features, including commentary, 13 deleted/alternate scenes (including a jaw-dropping one), an Alicia Keys music video, and a feature-length making-of documentary. Don't miss our full review.

August 18, 2014 - Better late than never! We're closing the book on last year with a final update to our The Films of 2013: Ranked and Reviewed feature. In it, 225 films released theatrically in 2013 are ranked from worst to first and revisited with a one-sentence review and a link to our full theatrical or home video coverage. Start with the worst or skip ahead to the top 75. Either way, use this exhaustive resource to decide what you need to see, as well as what you can skip, from a good chunk of last year's output. Begin the final countdown!

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad & Fun & Fancy Free: 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review

August 17, 2014 - Our newest review details The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad & Fun & Fancy Free. Disney's newest 2-Movie Collection actually holds three films, including The Reluctant Dragon, the entertaining 1941 "documentary" taking you behind the scenes of the Disney studio. Consisting predominantly of half-hour animated shorts, Ichabod and Fun stand above most of their fellow 1940s anthology films. On DVD, they're joined by virtual storybooks and a 1997 retrospective on Fun's making. Our review.

August 15, 2014 - Disney has announced another wave of Studio Ghibli Blu-ray + DVD combo packs to release on November 18th. Receiving their US Blu-ray debuts will be The Wind Rises, the last film of Hayao Miyazaki released to North American theaters earlier this year; Kiki's Delivery Service, the 1988 fantasy that became Disney's first dub in the late 1990s; and Princess Mononoke, a PG-13 which is now being branded Disney after previously carrying the Miramax Films name. Each set will carry a $36.99 SRP and include the standard supply of storyboards, trailers, English voice cast featurettes, and more. Click the thumbnails below for larger cover art and Amazon preorders:

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August 14, 2014 - After favorable reviews and strong word-of-mouth weren't enough to make it stand out this summer, Warner Bros. looks to downplay the generic title for the home video release of Edge of Tomorrow. From Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, this sci-fi action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt looks at a future where one man can relive an important day of combat against a formidable race until he gets it right. In stores October 7th with cover art emphasizing the tagline Live Die Repeat, the film will be joined by deleted scenes and a number of featurettes, two of which also make it to the DVD. See the press release for cover art and full details.

Edge of Tomorrow: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack cover art -- click to read press release. Toy Story of Terror! Blu-ray + Digital HD Digital Copy Review

Tarzan: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy Review Muppets Most Wanted: The Unnecessarily Extended Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy Review Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

Recent Film Reviews:
Guardians of the Galaxy - Marvel introduces us to a new team of superheroes in this action comedy from director James Gunn (Slither, Super) tells the story of an American abducted in childhood (Chris Pratt) and the eccentric allies with whom he attempts to escape a high security space prison.
Mid-Year Report - Counting down the ten best and ten worst films released this year and looking ahead with teasers and trailers to twenty upcoming releases worth anticipating.
Boyhood - Twelve years in the making, this drama from writer-director Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused) looks at the coming-of-age of one Texas boy (Ellar Coltrane). Met with near-universal acclaim and the best reviews of 2014 so far, this nearly three-hour film casts Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the boy's separated parents.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a surprisingly excellent follow-up to the 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Changing directors and human cast, while moving the focus to the apes, this sequel from Cloverfield director Matt Reeves grips with its tale of human-ape tension. No wonder it's become one of 2014's best-reviewed films.

Hercules (1997): Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy Review Divergent: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Review Need for Speed: Blu-ray + Digital HD Digital Copy Review

Recent Blu-ray and DVD Reviews:
Toy Story of Terror! (Blu-ray + Digital HD Digital Copy) - Pixar's first television special finds the toys at a hotel, where they start disappearing one at a time. The low-priced Blu-ray + Digital HD Digital Copy release is loaded with bonus features including all three Toy Story Toons shorts, audio commentaries on those shorts and the special, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and vintage toy commercials created for this.
"Peppa Pig": The Balloon Ride - Serves up an hour of the animated British children's television series that airs on Nick Jr. In twelve 5-minute episodes, Peppa and her family rides bikes and hot air balloons, visit relatives and a museum, go ice skating, use a movie camera, and eat ice cream.
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The three titular characters star in their first single narrative feature together, playing clumsy janitors who have long dreamed of becoming Musketeers. This direct-to-video comic adventure celebrates its 10th anniversary by adding a short new dance video to recycled extras including deleted scenes, character commentary, a making-of featurette, and Disney Song Selection.
The Railway Man (Blu-ray + Digital HD) - Tells the true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a train enthusiast in 1980s England still haunted by his harrowing experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II. Co-starring Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, and Stellan Skarsgård, this British-Australian drama is now on Blu-ray from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay, accompanied by filmmakers' audio commentary and a half-hour making-of featurette.
Tarzan (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - Adapted from the first of many Edgar Rice Burroughs novels on the character, the 1999 adventure revived provided Disney with their biggest in-house animated hit since The Lion King. Featuring songs by Phil Collins including the Oscar-winning "You'll Be in My Heart", the film tells the story of a boy raised by apes in the jungles of Africa. Available tomorrow, the Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy includes hours of bonus features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, music videos, character and effects featurettes, trailers, a storyboard comparison, and a progession reel.
Muppets Most Wanted (The Unnecessarily Extended Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - The Jim Henson franchise's eighth theatrical film, takes the colorful gang on a world tour, where Kermit switches places with a fugitive criminal, who teams with their manager (Ricky Gervais) to target the crown jewels and other European treasures. Disney's combo pack lives up to its name with an elongated cut of the film. It also includes Statler & Waldorf's preferred edit of the film, a Bret McKenzie music video, a short clip featuring Rizzo the Rat, and an historically long blooper reel.
Hercules (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - This 1997 Disney animated musical comedy tells the story of Hercules, son of Zeus and Hera, trying to become heroic as a mortal against the wishes of underworld leader Hades. From Aladdin and The Little Mermaid directors Ron Clements and John Musker, the film is joined by a making-of featurette, a fiery Ricky Martin music video, and a "Zero to Hero" sing-along.
Bears (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy) - The newest film from Disneynature lives up to its title with a look at the first year of life for two brown bear cubs and their mother as they go searching for food. Disney's combo pack includes four short making-of featurettes and an Olivia Holt music video.
Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Documents the first thirty years of the franchise, from its humble beginnings as a limited print comic in New Hampshire to the extremely popular late '80s and early '90s animated show, toy line, and film franchise that followed. This feature-length documentary includes interviews with creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, licensors, toy manufacturers, voice cast members, filmmakers, and fans.
Need for Speed (Blu-ray) - In this adaptation of the long-running Electronic Arts driving video game series, "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a mechanic and racer who looks to clear his name after serving a two-year jail sentence. Co-starring Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, and Kid Cudi, this PG-13 action movie is now on Blu-ray, joined by deleted scenes, an audio commentary by Paul and director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor), and a number of making-of featurettes.
Divergent (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - The hit adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel. In a dystopian future where the public is divided into five factions, one teenage girl (Shailene Woodley) discovers she is the rare outlier suited for all five. Now available, Summit's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack includes two audio commentaries, more than an hour of making-of content, deleted scenes, trailers, and an Ellie Goulding music video.
Ping Pong Summer (Blu-ray) - In this independent coming-of-age comedy set in Ocean City, Maryland during the summer of 1985, shy 13-year-old Radford Miracle makes a new best friend, develops a crush, and runs afowl of a couple of rich residents, one of whom he challenges to a ping pong showdown. Featuring Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, and Amy Sedaris, this unrated release hits home video from Millennium Entertainment, joined by a making-of featurette and an audio commentary by writer-director Michael Tully and producer George Rush.
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music (40th Anniversary Revisited Blu-ray) - Released the spring after the iconic Bethel, New York concert attended by half a million, this winner of the 1970 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award is presented in its nearly four-hour 1994 director's cut and joined by six hours of bonus features. The brand new bonus disc's extras include 16 previously unreleased song performances and an additional 35 minutes of featurettes. They join the nearly four hours of performances and retrospectives from a recycled bonus disc and are packaged alongside an iron-on concert patch, ticket replicas, and color reproductions of newspaper and magazine articles.
"The Birthday Boys": The Complete First Season - The LA comedy troupe makes the leap to IFC in this sketch comedy series executive produced by and featuring Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller. Available next Tuesday, Anchor Bay's 2-disc DVD holds the first ten episodes, all with audio commentary, plus nearly an hour of additional extras including a making-of featurette, stage show excerpts, assorted bonus video, and promos.
Noah (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Darren Aronofsky, the Academy Award-nominated director of Black Swan and The Wrestler, brings an Old Testament story to the big screen. Russell Crowe plays the early man, who builds a giant ark following premonitions of a great flood. Co-starring Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Anthony Hopkins, this Biblical epic grossed $100 million in theaters. Paramount's combo pack holds an hour of making-of featurettes.
"Secret State" - The four-episode UK political thriller stars Gabriel Byrne as a Deputy Prime Minister who runs for Prime Minister in the wake of two tragedies, he subsequently must address. Acorn's two-disc DVD includes four behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Insomnia (Criterion Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - The 1997 Norwegian thriller that Christopher Nolan remade in 2002, is reissued in this Dual-Format Edition. Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia!, Thor) stars as a Swedish detective investigating the murder of a teenaged girl while battling sleeplessness during Norway's 24-hour summer sunlight. The two-disc set includes a new conversation between Skarsgård and director Erik Skjoldbjærg, Skjoldbjærg's two half-hour student shorts, a trailer, and an essay booklet.
We're in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking (Blu-ray + DVD) - Flicker Alley's combo collects two documentaries and five bonus shorts. When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose reflects on the filming and locations of the 1914 Wausau, Wisconsin short The Lumberjack. Then, Palace of Silents: The Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles celebrates and chronicles a longtime LA institution. The two are joined by silents and itinerant shorts plus a booklet essay.
Transcendence (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Accomplished Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut on this sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp as a dying brilliant scientist who takes steps to live on in a computer system. Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Kate Mara, this spring box office dud hits Blu-ray combo pack this week, joined by a number of trailers and short featurettes.
Blue Ruin (Blu-ray) - This acclaimed revenge drama finds a Delaware drifter (Macon Blair) looking to avenge his parents when their killer is released from jail. Featuring Home Alone's Devin Ratray and "The Brady Bunch"'s Eve Plumb, this feature from writer-director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier is joined by an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, two deleted scenes, and a camera test on the Weinstein-Anchor Bay Blu-ray.
Lullaby - From first-time writer-director Andrew Levitas, this independent drama tells the story of a young musician (Garrett Hedlund) who returns to New York to visit his dying father (Richard Jenkins). Co-starring Amy Adams, Jessica Findlay Brown, Anne Archer, Jennifer Hudson, and Terrence Howard, this R-rated film is joined by its trailer on ARC Entertainment's slipcovered DVD.
Heaven Is for Real (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - Based on the true story detailed in a bestselling 2010 book, this PG-rated spring box office hit looks at the family of a Nebraska pastor (Greg Kinnear), whose son claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. Co-starring Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, and Margo Martindale, this film is directed and co-written by Braveheart's Randall Wallace. Sony's combo pack includes deleted scenes and three featurettes.

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Love Streams (CC Combo)
Any Given Sunday (Combo)
Dead Within
Borgman (Blu-ray)
Captain America: Winter BD
Fed Up (Blu-ray)
Man Hunt (Blu-ray)
Draft Day (Combo)
Moms' Night Out (Blu-ray)
The Originals: S1 (Combo)
Buddy Holly Story (Blu-ray)
Y Tu Mamá También (Combo)
Blended (Combo)
Low Winter Sun: Series
Portlandia: Season 4
Fading Gigolo (Blu-ray)
Only Lovers Left Alive
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Adv. of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
+ Fun & Fancy Free
Toy Story of Terror! (BD)
Peppa Pig: Balloon Ride
Three Musketeers (Combo)
The Railway Man (Blu-ray)
Tarzan (Blu-ray Combo)
Muppets Most Wanted (BD)
Hercules (Blu-ray Combo)
Bears (Blu-ray Combo)
Turtle Power: Ninja Turtles
Need for Speed (Blu-ray)
Divergent (Blu-ray Combo)
Ping Pong Summer (BD)
Draft Day: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Review
Woodstock (40th Revisited)
The Birthday Boys: S1
Noah (Blu-ray + DVD)
Secret State
Insomnia (Criterion Combo)
We're in the Movies (Combo)
Transcendence (Combo)
Blue Ruin (Blu-ray)
Heaven Is for Real (Combo)
Born Yesterday (Blu-ray)
Radio Days (Blu-ray)
13 Sins (Blu-ray)
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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
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