20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99/$49.99
The 2011 animated hit
Under the Skin
Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99
Available on VOD July 15.
One of the more unique, visionary films of the year, director
Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95
Though David Cronenberg's 1981 action-horror classic is best-remembered for its gruesome special effects — in particular the famous "exploding head" shot — the movie is also one of Cronenberg's most mainstream efforts, about a complex conspiracy involving an underground network of telepaths. And Criterion's DVD and Blu-ray set of "Scanners" is one of the company's better efforts, containing not just a nice-looking copy of the movie but also multiple interviews and behind-the-scenes documentaries, plus Cronenberg's avant-garde 1969 debut film, "Stereo," in full. The set puts "Scanners" in good context, explaining its existence as both a sensational exploitation film and a dark piece of pop art.
Orphan Black: Season 2
The first season of this BBC America sci-fi/mystery series came out of nowhere to become a cult hit, boosted by a knockout lead performance by Tatiana Maslany as … well, as a lot of people, since her heroine, Sarah, is one of a line of clones. The second season deepens the "Orphan Black" mythology, introducing more members of the "clone club" and sending Sarah to a scientific institute that may hold the secret of who she really is. At times, the narrative on Season 2 becomes needlessly twisty, but Maslany is as great as ever, playing strait-laced clones, deadly clones and even a transgender clone. She's one of the best things on TV right now. The "Orphan Black: Season 2" DVD and Blu-ray include 10 episodes and multiple featurettes.
Black Dynamite: Season 1
Criterion, $24.95; Blu-ray, $39.95