Hot Tips and Top Picks: DVDs, Blu-rays and digital debuts for the week of September 6

New Releases:

Now You See Me” (Lionsgate, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, VOD), a high concept heist movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco as a team of guerilla magicians who execute their robberies in plain sight, plays fast and loose with logic and credulity but it’s a colorful and playful lark that zips along from scene to scene with the momentum of an adrenaline-charged action film. Videodrone’s review is here, and we have an interview with director Louis Letterier here.

Michael Shannon is “The Iceman” (Magnolia, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand), a contract killer with a seemingly normal family life, in this drama based on a real-life story.

Blancanieves” (Cohen, Blu-ray and DVD), an inventive retelling of Snow White as a silent-movie melodrama in the 1920s world of bullfighting royalty and flamenco style in Spain, is our foreign language pick this week.

Stories We Tell” (Lionsgate, DVD, On Demand), the third directorial effort from actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley, is the non-fiction pick of the week and “From Up on Poppy Hill” (Cinedigm, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand), the gentle coming-of-age drama directed by Goro Miyazaki and produced by animation legend Hiyao Miyazaki, is the animation pick.

Also new this week: “The English Teacher” (Cinedigm, Blu-ray and DVD) with Julianne Moore, British horror comedy “Cockneys vs. Zombies” (Shout Factory, Blu-ray and DVD), and “Empire State” (Lionsgate, Blu-ray and DVD) with Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts, and Dwayne Johnson.

Three SyFy original “super”-sized disaster movies — “Super Storm” (Anchor Bay), “Seattle Superstorm” (Arc), and “Super Eruption” (Arc) — lead off the monthly B-Sides Round-up of direct-to-disc and made-for-cable films.

Iron Man 3” (Disney/Marvel) is available on HD Digital and HD Digital 3D this week, before the disc editions arrive on September 24.

Most releases are also available as digital download and VOD via iTunes, Amazon, and other web retailers and video services.

Browse the complete New Release Rack here

Cool and Classic:

The Best of Warner Bros.: 20 Thrillers” (Warner, DVD) continues the year-long celebration of Warner Bros. 90th anniversary with a box set of 20 landmark gangster films, crime thrillers, cop dramas, and action films, from the original gangster movie “The Public Enemy” (1931) to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” and “Inception” (2010). Videodrone’s review is here.

The Fugitive: 20th Anniversary” (Warner, Blu-ray) arrives with a new documentary and other supplements.

A Bay of Blood” (Kino, Blu-ray and DVD) and “Five Dolls for an August Moon” (Kino, Blu-ray and DVD) are the latest remastered arrivals in Kino’s “Mario Bava Collection” and “Hell’s Angels on Wheels” (Hen’s Tooth, Blu-ray+DVD Combo) starring Jack Nicholson debuts on Blu-ray.

All of the Cool and Classic here
Streams and Channels:

Turner Classic Movies is running the 15-part documentary series “The Story of Film: An Odyssey” every Monday through early December, accompanied by a festival of films featured in the respective episodes. Videodrone previews the event here.

The series is also on Netflix Instant, if you need to catch up or would like to watch along on your own schedule, and you can see some of the featured silent films of the first two weeks on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Fandor, and Hulu Plus.

New on Netflix Instant: “War of the Buttons” (2011) from France with Laetitia Casta and Guillaume Canet (two weeks before disc) and “Downfall” (2004) from Germany with Bruno Ganz as Adolph Hitler. Hulu has Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989) and Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” (1966), and Fandor has “Night Across the Street” (2012), the final feature from Raul Ruiz.

Browse more streaming and/or cable offerings here

New On Demand:

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” the buzzworthy horror hit of 2006 film festivals that disappeared down the rabbit hole of distribution paralysis for years, debuts On Demand and VOD starting Friday, September 6, in advance of its long-awaited theatrical release.

Arriving same day as theaters is “Adore” with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright and film “Bounty Killer” with Gary Busey, and arriving same day as disc is the magician heist film “Now You See Me,” the thriller “The Iceman” with Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder, the animated “From Up on Poppy Hill,” Sarah Polley’s first-person documentary “Stories We Tell,” among others.

The TV on Disc guide, which spotlights the first season of “Revolution” this week, is at TV Buzz here.

More current and upcoming releases here

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