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The Wachowski/Twyker collaboration Cloud Atlas debuts on home theater this week. The film adaptation of David Mitchell‘s epic novel interweaves six stories spanning multiple generations, continents, and characters who shapeshift through ethnicity, time, and space.  The Wachowskis and Twyker took a risk with Cloud Atlas by releasing themselves from the bounds of linear storytelling, and the result is both challenging and rewarding.  Starring Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, and many more, Cloud Atlas comes in a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD pack with UltraViolet and Digital Download with seven featurettes and retails for $35.99.

CBS Entertainment and Paramount have officially announced the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Redemption and Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 4 on Blu-ray on July 30, 2013. Redemption will feature a newly remastered 1080p video with a DTS-HD Master audio 7.1 surround track. The offering will consist of an edited, feature-length presentation of the end-of-season-four cliffhanger and the season five premier.

Arrow Video will bring Ferdinand Baldi‘s Preparati la Bara, better known as Django, Prepare a Coffin to Blu-ray on May 27, 2013. This 1968 spaghetti western stars Terrence Hill as vigilante gunslinger Django. The Blu-ray will have optional English and Italian audio tracks, English subtitles and English SDH, a collector’s booklet by Howard Hughes, the original trailer, and an interview with expert Kevin Grant. Django, Prepare a Coffin will be available for purchase online and at retailers throughout the UK.

Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines will be released by StudioCanal on August 5, 2013. The film, starring Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta, Ryan Gosling, and Eva Mendes, follows a motorcycle stunt rider who takes up a life of crime robbing banks to provide for his growing family. The past haunts the future as an ambitious cop catches scent of his trail.

Dexter: the Seventh Season hit the racks today. The Showtime Blu-ray retails for $65.99 with audio rendered in a lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack. The set comes with an UltraViolet code to watch Showtime’s Ray Donovan and…that’s about it. Dexter Blu-ray sets are usually light on extras and this one is no exception.

Cartoon Network plans to release Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons on DVD and Blu-ray July 16, 2013. The discs will be packed with 40 11-minute episodes for a total of 440 wacky minutes of their totally original, Emmy Award-winning series by J. G. Quintel. Both sets will also include over two hours of bonus content, including audio commentary from Quintel, the unaired series pilot, and Quintel’s video pitch for the series.

Imagine Entertainment will reintroduce the world to A Band Called Death via Blu-ray on August 13, 2013.  The documentary explores the very origins of punk music with an African-American trio of  brothers who formed a punk rock band in their bedroom before punk was even thought of.  The group lasted long enough to produce a demo tape before disbanding, only to be rediscovered years later by a new generation of fans.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley on Blu-ray September 10, 2013.  The seminal film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Cate Blanchett depicts a charismatic con man who inserts himself into the life of a carefree, wealthy young man then decides he prefers his life of privilege to his own life of deception.  As part of its distribution deal with Paramount, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release three additional catalogue titles on September 10th:  Brian de Palma’s Snake Eyes, Bruce Robinson‘s Jennifer 8, Phillip Noyce‘s Sliver.  Warner will also release another classic, John Schlesinger‘s Marathon Man (1976), on September 10th.  The thriller stars Sir Laurence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, Marthe Keller, and William Devane. Warner Bros. has not announced details on extras, specs, or pricing information for its September releases.

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