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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: January 31, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of January 31st, 2017 include the sequel "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" starring Tom Cruise, the true story drama "Queen of Katwe", the Tyler Perry comedy "Boo! A Madea Halloween" and the documentary "Dr. Feelgood".

We also have the first season of the historical drama series "Victoria", and the second season of HBO's "Ballers" starring Dwayne Johnson. The classic Blu-ray releases include Vincente Minnelli's musical "Bells Are Ringing", Disney's "Pinocchio" Signature Collection edition, and the Collector's Editions for "Poltergeist II" and "Poltergeist III".

Check out all the new movies and TV shows released on DVD and Blu-ray after the jump.





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MOVIES


JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK (2016)


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Product Description: Jack Reacher returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. When Army Major Susan Turner, who heads Reacher's old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed. Based upon Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, author Lee Child's 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, 4k Ultra HD, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Edward Zwick

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Holt McCallany,

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

Runtime: 118 min

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some bloody images, language and thematic elements

Language: English

Studio: Paramount

Special Features:
  • Featurettes




QUEEN OF KATWE (2016)


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Product Description: 'Queen of Katwe' is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. It is a remarkable story of perseverance against all odds that will leave viewers feeling humbled and inspired. According to director Mira Nair, "The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don't have but to focus on what we do have and allow that to take us to a place we never imagined possible."

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Mira Nair

Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o

Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

Runtime: 124 min

Rating: PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material

Language: English

Studio: Disney

Special Features:
  • Queen Of Katwe: Their Story – Discover the stories behind the people who came together to bring the film to life, and how they reflect the vibrant community, culture and spirit it celebrates.
  • A Fork, A Spoon & A Knight – Director Mira Nair's short film about Robert Katende, a boy who grows up to transform a Ugandan city into a globally renowned chess sanctuary.
  • In The Studio With Alicia Keys – Go behind-the-scenes with Alicia Keys for an inspiring look at the song's recording.
  • Alicia Keys "Back To Life" Lyric Video – Sing along with on-screen lyrics.
  • Young Cardamom & HAB "#1 Spice" Music Video – The Ugandan hip-hop duo bring the flavor in a music video directed by Mira Nair.
  • Audio Commentary – With Director Mira Nair.
  • Deleted Scenes (8) – With Introductions by Director Mira Nair.




BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN (2016)


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Product Description: To avoid trouble on All Hallows' Eve, Madea and her posse stay home to keep a watchful eye on Brian's (Tyler Perry) teenage daughter. But when the witching hour strikes, all hell-arity breaks loose.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Tyler Perry

Starring: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Bella Thorne

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Runtime: 103 min

Rating: PG-13 for drug use and references, suggestive content, language, some horror images and thematic material

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • "Why We Love Madea!” Featurette
  • "Boo! From the Crew” Montage




TYLER PERRY'S MADEA ON THE RUN (2015)


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Product Description: On the run from the law, Madea hides out at Bam's house, thinking she will lie low. Unfortunately, Bam's house is packed with rambunctious family and friends, and Madea finds herself needing to lay down her own law and drop the hammer!

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Tyler Perry

Starring: Cassi Davis, Tyler Perry

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 134 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • None




MASTERMINDS (2016)


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Product Description: Zach Galifianakis is armed and dangerously funny in this hilarious action-comedy inspired by an incredible but true story! David (Galifianakis) is an unassuming armored-truck driver who longs for adventure. Lured into the scheme of a lifetime by his beautiful work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and her cohort Steve (Owen Wilson), David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash. But when his partners-in-crime keep the loot and set him up for a fall, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hitman (Jason Sudeikis) and find a way to take back what he rightfully stole!

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Jared Hess

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

Runtime: 95 min

Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence

Language: English

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Special Features:
  • The Imperfect Crime




DR. FEELGOOD (2016)


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Product Description: The story of Dr. William Hurwitz - a preeminent pain specialist sentenced to 25 years in prison - provides a window into the ethical dilemma of prescription painkillers.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Eve Marson

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 81 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Special Features:
  • None




BOLT (2008)


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Product Description: Enjoy the ultimate BOLT experience with this action-packed Blu-ray(TM) + DVD Combo Pack. Disney's sensational animated comedy adventure is Super-Powered on Blu-ray with pristine picture and theater-quality sound. Bolt is the star of the biggest show in Hollywood. The only problem is, he thinks the whole thing is real. When the super dog is accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penny, his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt springs into action to find his way home. Together with his hilarious new sidekick Rhino, Bolt's #1 fan, and a street-smart cat named Mittens, Bolt sets off on an amazing journey where he discovers he doesn't need super powers to be a hero. Featuring the vocal talents of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus and loaded with totally awesome Blu-ray bonus features you can't see anywhere else, BOLT saves the day on Blu-ray Disc(TM).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Byron Howard, Chris Williams

Starring: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Malcolm McDowell

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 96 min

Rating: PG for some mild action and peril

Language: English

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video
  • Still Gallery
  • Interactive Game




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TELEVISION


BALLERS Season 2 (HBO)


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Product Description: In Season 2 of Ballers, things are getting more competitive and complicated for retired football star turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore. As the lines between professional and personal blur in his pursuit of lasting success and glory, Spencer must face demons from the past when he goes head-to-head with the biggest business manager on the scene. Meanwhile, Spencer's closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing. A humbled Ricky (John David Washington, former pro-football player) explores his options as a free agent, while getting to know the father who left him behind; Charles (Omar Miller) tries to balance a new baby and his future in the game; and Vernon (Donovan Carter) deals with the consequences of his life off the field. Returning to help Spencer juggle lucrative deals and big personalities are his outrageous business partner, Joe (Rob Corddry), level-headed agent, Jason (Troy Garity) and girlfriend/sports reporter, Tracy (Arielle Kebbel). In a business where it's go big or go home, Spencer and his crew are about to learn that having it all means being ready to fight for more dollars, deals and respect.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Stephen Levinson

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan W. Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport

Runtime: 300 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: HBO

Special Features:
  • Inside the Episode bonus segments that give the play-by-play on all 10 episodes, featuring interviews with executive producer Evan Reilly, star Dwayne Johnson and more.




VICTORIA Season 1 (ITV)


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Product Description: Created by Daisy Goodwin, this ambitious drama presents the early years of one of history's greatest monarchs. Stretching from the upper echelons of the royal court to the below-stairs staff, this is a story of passionate affairs, power struggles, and unrequited love, at the center of which stands the new Queen (Jenna Coleman) a strong, complex, and willful woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Daisy Goodwin

Starring: Jenna Coleman, Daniela Holtz, Adrian Schiller

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 415 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: PBS Distribution

Special Features:
  • None




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CLASSIC FILMS


BELLS ARE RINGING (1960)


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Product Description: The get-up in New York’s get-up-and-go comes from the switchboard operators of Susanswerphone. Need a wakeup call? Your appointments? Encouragement from “Mom”? A racetrack bet? It all comes from that dutiful nerve – or noive – center that keeps enterprises enterprising and, maybe, wedding bells ringing. Judy Holliday reprises her Tony-winning Broadway role of irrepressible switchboard girl Ella in a jubilant adaptation that marked her final movie and the final teaming of movie-musical titans Arthur Freed and Vincente Minnelli. Dean Martin costars as a struggling playwright in for a surprise when he learns “Mom’s” identity. The sparkling Jule Styne/Betty Comden/ Adolph Green score includes Holliday’s heartfelt “The Party’s Over” and the jolly Holliday/Martin duet “Just in Time.” You’ve dialed the right number, musical fans!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark, Jean Stapleton

Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance

Runtime: 126 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Warner Archive Collection

Special Features:
  • Featurette - Bells are Ringing: Just in Time
  • Outtake Musical Numbers
  • Alternate Take: The Midas Touch - Hal Linden & Chorus
  • Original Theatrical Trailer




PINOCCHIO: The Signature Collection (1940)


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Product Description: Now a part of the celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, the timeless story of PINOCCHIO inspires a new generation with its masterful animation, award-winning music, unforgettable characters and exclusive, all-new behind-the-scenes Bonus Extras! With his faithful friend Jiminy Cricket by his side, Pinocchio embarks on fantastic adventures that test his bravery, loyalty and honesty until he triumphs in his quest for his heart's desire: to become a real boy.

Purchasing Links: DVD (Signature Collection), Blu-ray (Signature Collection)

Director: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton S. Luske

Starring: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

Runtime: 88 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.
  • In Walt’s Words – “Pinocchio” – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.
  • The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.
  • Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers




PARENTS (1989)


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Product Description: Meet the Laemles- and taste the terror in this black comedy, Dad's (Randy Quaid) got a great job, Mom (Mary Beth Hurt) has all the modern conveniences a happy homemaker could ask for, and ten-year-old Michael (Brian Madorsky) has neat new friends and two parents that kill him with kindness. They're the all-American family of 1954...with one small exception.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Bob Balaban

Starring: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Runtime: 81 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Bob Balaban and Producer Bonnie Palef
  • Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interviw with Composer Jonathan Elias
  • 'Leftovers To Be' with Screenwriter Christopher Hawthorne
  • 'Mother's Day' with Actress Mary Beth Hurt
  • 'Inside Out' with Director of Photography Robin Vidgeon
  • 'Vintage Tastes' with Decorative Consultant Yolando Cuomo
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery




POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE (1986) - Collector's Edition


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Product Description: In this thrilling follow-up to the smash hit Poltergeist, the Freeling family (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins) settles into a new home following the annihilation of their former residence by terrifying visitors from the netherworld. But the spirits of the dead are still hell-bent on luring the family’s clairvoyant daughter Carol Anne to "the other side. ", This chilling sequel, directed by Brian Gibson (Breaking Glass) also stars Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Julian Beck (The Cotton Club) and Zelda Rubinstein (Anguish) returns as Tangina.

Purchasing Links: Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Director: Brian Gibson

Starring: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 91 min

Rating: PG-13

Language: English

Studio: Scream Factory

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with writer/producer Michael Grais (NEW)
  • Audio Commentary with Poltergeist II webmaster David Furtney (NEW)
  • Robbie's Return – an interview with Oliver Robins (NEW)
  • The Spirit World – an interview with special effects designers Richard Edlund, Steve Johnson and Screaming Mad George (NEW)
  • Ghosts of Giger – a look at the contributions of artist H.R. Giger featuring rare photos and illustrations and an interviews with Giger's friend and agent Les Barany and special effects designer Steve Johnson, Richard Edlund and Screaming Mad George (NEW)
  • Vintage Featurettes: They're Back: The Making of Poltergeist II, Monster Shop and Ghostmakers: The Magic of Poltergeist II
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and script pages)




POLTERGEIST III (1988) - Collector's Edition


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Product Description: They are back….again! And they’re looking for Carol Ann in this riveting finale to the POLTERGEIST trilogy. Sent by her parents to live in a Chicago highrise with her aunt (Nancy Allen, Carrie) and uncle (Tom Skeritt, Alien), Carol Ann discovers she must now face demons more frightening than ever before. Led by the Reverend Kane (now played by Nathan Davis), the spirits have moved from invading homes to taking over an entire skyscraper. They are lurking behind every mirror… waiting. Fortunately, Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) returns to battle these malevolent forces.

Purchasing Links: Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Director: Gary Sherman

Starring: Heather O'Rourke, Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Zelda Rubinstein, Lara Flynn Boyle

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 98 min

Rating: PG-13

Language: English

Studio: Scream Factory

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with director Gary Sherman (NEW)
  • Audio Commentary with Poltergeist III webmaster David Furtney (NEW)
  • High Spirits – an interview with screenwriter Brian Taggert (NEW)
  • Reflections – an interview with actress Nancy Allen (NEW)
  • Mirror Images – an interview with Special Effects Creator John Caglione, Jr. (NEW)
  • Alternate Ending (subtitled)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and script pages)




WAX MASK (1997)


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Product Description: There's a new attraction in town that's not for the fainthearted. A wax museum that recreates, for the thrills of a paying audience, some of the most gruesome murders ever committed by human hands. A young man makes a bet with his friends that he can spend an entire night in the museum but he is found dead the morning after. Who is the savage slayer? The police are unable to come up with a reason or a clue to identify the murderer. Weirdly enough, the museum starts featuring new murder scenes as the killing spree increases. Is the metal-clawed killer that haunted Paris years ago, prowling the streets of Rome, looking for fresh flesh and blood?

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Sergio Stivaletti

Starring: Robert Hossein, Romina Mondello, Riccardo Serventi Longhi

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 98 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English, Italian

Studio: One 7 Movies

Special Features:
  • Backstage Scenes
  • Special Effects Scenes




THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM (1988)


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Product Description: James D'Ampton (Hugh Grant) returns to his country castle in England. Legend has it that James' distant ancestor once slayed the local dragon- a monstrous white worm with a fondness for the sweet flesh of virgins. The young Lord dismisses the legend as folklore, until archaeology student, Angus Flint, unearths a massive reptilian skull and the ancient worship site of a pagan snake god on James' property. When James' virtuous girlfriend, Eve (Catherine Oxenburg), suddenly disappears, he and Angus set out to investigate the foreboding cavern said to be the worm's lair where a centuries-old mystery begins to uncoil.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Ken Russell

Starring: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Runtime: 93 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Two Audio Commentaries: Director Ken Russell, Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia
  • 'Worm Food: The Effects of The Lair of the White Worm' featurette
  • 'Cutting for Ken' an Interview with Editor Peter Davies
  • 'Mary, Mary' an interview with Actress Sammi Davis
  • 'Trailers from Hell' featuring Producer Dan Ireland
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery




BLOOD MANIA + POINT OF TERROR (1970)


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Product Description: First, in Robert Vincent O'Neill's BLOOD MANIA, Carpenter stars as Craig, lover of the unstable Victoria (Maria De Aragon), who's very keen to see her wealthy father reach an early grave so she can inherit his fortune. Deciding to speed up the process, she concocts a diabolical plan for his demise, only to be met with some unexpected obstacles... Playing like a sex and violence drenched soap opera, BLOOD MANIA is a mind-bending drive-in oddity that keeps you guessing until its final shocking twist.

Then, in Alex Nicol's POINT OF TERROR., Carpenter headlines as Tony Trelos, a lounge singer who mysteriously wakes up on Andrea's (Dyanne Thorne) private beach. The two quickly begin an affair, but things get complicated when Andrea decides to murder her wheelchair bound husband and Tony starts sleeping with Andrea's pretty stepdaughter... With its Tom Jones inspired musical interludes and DP Robert Maxwell's Bava-esque lighting scheme, POINT OF TERROR plays like a candy colored acid trip into the world of vanity themed exploitation.

Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings both of these jaw dropping classics to Blu-ray, newly restored from their original negatives and featuring their much sought after alternative TV versions (exclusive to this first pressing of 3,000 units)!

Purchasing Links: Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Directors: Robert Vincent O'Neill, Alex Nichol

Starring: Maria De Aragon, Leslie Simms, Vicki Peters, Dyanne Thorne, Jacqueline Dalya

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 168 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Vinegar Syndrome

Special Features:
  • Bonus DVD featuring alternate TV versions for both films!
  • Both films scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm camera negative
  • Commentary track on BLOOD MANIA with Robert Vincent O'Neill (Director), Leslie Simms (Actress) and Vicki Peters (Actress)
  • Video interview and introduction with director Robert Vincent O'Neill
  • Video interview with actress Leslie Simms
  • Theatrical trailers for both films
  • Theatrical trailers for both films
  • Promotional galleries for both films
  • Reverse cover artwork




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