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January 8
  • 8MM BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1999) Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald, Chris Bauer. An electrifying thriller about one man’s obsessive search for the truth about a six-year-old crime and his ultimate discovery of the truth about himself. Cage plays a private investigator hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not. Extras: New "8MM in 35MM" interview with producer-director Joel Schumacher, audio commentary with Schumacher, vintage behind-the-scenes featurette, theatrical trailer, TV spots, still gallery. (Scream Factory).

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    24 Frames

    (2017) For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected 24 still images -- most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife -- and digitally animated each one into its own subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignette, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, "24 Frames" is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema. 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: New interview with director Abbas Kiarostami's son Ahmad Kiarostami, who helped finish the film after his father's death; new conversation between Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami and film critic Godfrey Cheshire; new short documentary about the making of the film by Abbas Kiarostami collaborator Salma Monshizadeh; trailer; an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri. (The Criterion Collection).


    January 15
  • Howling III

    (1987) Barry Otto, William Yang, Imogen Annesley. The third entry in the popular werewolf horror franchise. The race is on as a colony of marsupial werewolves attempts to outwit and outlast their human counterparts. Long ago, the now-extinct marsupial wolf (a.k.a. Tasmanian Tiger) roamed the Australian Outback. Today, a werewolf colony that has descended from these marsupials has taken over the land. This race of human-like creatures roams the outback, feeding its need. The race for survival is on as the humans struggle to contain these out of control creatures. New digital transfer sponsored by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Philippe Mora, moderated by filmmaker Jamie Blanks; new "A Conversation with Philippe Mora" interview with the writer-director; vintage interviews from the documentary "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!" by director Mark Hartley; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).

  • Obsession

    (1976) A 10th wedding anniversary celebration ends tragically when Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) discovers that his wife (Geneviève Bujold) and 9-year-old daughter have been kidnapped. When an attempt to thwart the captors goes awry, Courtland's wife and daughter are never recovered. Several years later while vacationing in Florence, Courtland falls in love with a young woman who is an exact double of his dead wife. On the eve of their wedding, the woman disappears and Courtland finds a ransom note ... a duplicate of the one found several years earlier. A riveting Hitchcockian mystery thriller from Brian De Palma. Extras: New audio commentary with author Douglas Keesey ("Brian De Palma’s Split-Screen: A Life in Film"); new "Producing Obsession" interview with producer George Litto; new "Editing Obsession" interview with editor Paul Hirsh; "Obsession Revised" vintage featurette featuring interviews with director De Palma, Robertson and Bujold; theatrical trailer; radio spots; still gallery. (Scream Factory).


    January 22
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    4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    (2007) Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu shot to international prominence with this rigorously realistic Palme d'Or-winning second feature. In 1987, during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, college roommates Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) seek an illegal abortion for Gabita. In unflinching but empathetic detail, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" recounts the events of 24 perilous hours in their lives, culminating in their encounter with a manipulative and menacing abortionist (Vlad Ivanov). With powerful performances that accentuate the characters' flawed humanity, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is a gutting account of the impossible choices women face when taking control of their bodies means breaking the law. New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Cristian Mungiu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: New interview with Mungiu; new interview with film critic Jay Weissberg on the New Romanian Cinema; press conference from the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, featuring Mungiu; director of photography Oleg Mutu, and actors Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, and Alexandru Potocean; "The Romanian Tour," a short documentary from 2007 on the film's reception in Romania; alternate and deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by critic Ella Taylor. (The Criterion Collection).

  • 10 to Midnight BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1983) Charles Bronson, Gene Davis, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens. Bronson plays Leo Kessler, a cynical Los Angeles cop on the trail of Warren Stacy (Davis), a homicidal maniac who turns rejection from beautiful women into the ultimate revenge. When the legal system sets Stacy free, Kessler plants evidence to put him behind bars for good. But Kessler's plan backfires, leaving him with only one option: to hunt down Stacy on his own ... before the crazed killer can strike again. New 4k scan of the original camera negative. Extras: New "Charlie’s Partner" interview with actor Andrew Stevens; new "Producing Bronson" interview with producer Lance Hool; new "Remembering Bronson" interview with actor Robert F. Lyons; new "Undressed to Kill" interview with actress Jeana Tomasina Keough; new audio commentary with writer-historian Paul Talbot (the "Bronson’s Loose!" books); audio commentary with producer Pancho Kohner, casting director John Crowther and film historian David Del Valle; theatrical trailer; radio spots; still gallery. (Scream Factory).


    January 29
  • Screamers BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1995) The year is 2078. The man is rebel Alliance Commander Col. Joseph Hendrickson (Peter Weller), assigned to protect the Sirius 6B outpost from ravage and plunder at the hands of the New Economic Bloc. His state-of-the-art weaponry are known as Screamers; manmade killing devices programmed to eliminate all enemy life forms. Screamers travel underground; their intent to kill announced by piercing shrieks. They dissect their victims with precision, then eradicate all traces of the carnage. They are lethal. Effective. Tidy. And somehow, they are mutating ... self-replicating into human form ... and slaughtering every beating heart on the planet. Based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick and featuring a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon. Extras: New "Northern Frights" interview with director Christian Duguay; new "Orchestrating the Future" interview with producer Tom Berry; new "More Screamer Than Human" interview with co-writer Miguel Tejada-Flores; new "From Runaway to Space" interview with actress Jennifer Rubin; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).

  • Suburbia Collector’s Edition

    (2018) Written and directed by Penelope Spheeris (Decline of Western Civilization, Wayne’s World), and featuring Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers in his acting debut, Suburbia is Spheeris's study of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the early 1980s. Featuring live performances by T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I., and starring Bill Coyne, Chris Pederson, Jennifer Clay and Christina Beck, 1984’s Suburbia deftly explores the punk rock generation and follows the unforgettable journey of runaway teens who have escaped unhappy homes, punks who have banded together to form their own family. Dubbing themselves “The Rejected,” (aka T.R.), the teens have taken squatters’ rights in a filthy, abandoned house, and are bound together by tragedy and punk rock until they’re confronted by the “Citizens Against Crime,” a group of irascible adults from the suburbs who blame the punks for the ruin of their town. Extras: Audio commentary with director Penelope Spheeris; audio commentary with Spheeris, producer Bert Dragin, and actress Jennifer Clay; still gallery; trailers. (Shout! Factory Select).


    February 5
  • Higher Learning BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1995) Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Connelly and Tyra Banks. First-term freshmen get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality when people from all different walks of life encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus. Extras: Commentary by director John Singleton, theatrical trailer. (Sony).

  • Poetic Justice BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1993) Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry. Jackson and Shakur made their film debuts in director John Singleton’s ("Boyz N the Hood") street-smart love story. A mismatched pair pushed together for a road trip from South Central L.A. to Oakland, Justice (Jackson) and Lucky (Shakur) have only one thing in common: they can’t stand each other. But as their friends Iesha and Chicago (King and Torry) fight -- and make up -- in the back of the van, Justice and Lucky find themselves reluctantly drawn together before being confronted once again by the shocking violence they thought they’d left behind. Featuring the music of Naughty by Nature and Tony! Toni! Tone!, and the poetry of Maya Angelou. Extras: Ten never-before-seen deleted & extended scenes; new Janet Jackson & Tupac Shakur's rare original screen test; new retrospective interview with writer-director John Singleton; commentary by Singleton; theatrical trailer. (Sony).

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    Shame

    (1968) Directed by Ingmar Bergman, "Shame (Skammen)" is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote island farm, until the civil war that drove them from the city catches up with them there. Amid the chaos of the military struggle, vividly evoked by pyrotechnics and by cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s handheld camera work, the two are faced with impossible moral choices that tear at the fabric of their relationship. This film, which contains some of the most devastating scenes in Bergman’s oeuvre, shows the impact of war on individual lives. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews with director Ingmar Bergman and a brief excerpt from a press conference for the film, recorded in 1967 and 68 for Swedish television; new interview with actor Liv Ullmann; "An Introduction to Ingmar Bergman," a 1968 documentary made during the film’s production, featuring an extensive interview with Bergman; an essay by critic Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).


    February 12
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    La vérité

    (1960) Beautiful, troubled Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot) came to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover (Sami Frey). As the trial commences and the lawyers begin tangling over Dominique’s fate, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Oscar-nominated "La vérité" delves into her past, reconstructing her struggle to find a foothold in the city. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of an impulsive young woman misunderstood and mistreated by those around her, and of her ultimately tragic affair with an up-and-coming conductor. With an astonishing performance by Bardot, Clouzot’s affecting and intricately constructed film -- a huge late-career success for the French master -- renders a harsh verdict against a hypocritical and moralistic society. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Le scandale Clouzot," a 60-minute documentary from 2017 on director Henri-Georges Clouzot; interview from 1960 with Clouzot; interview with actor Brigitte Bardot from the 1982 documentary "Brigitte Bardot telle qu’elle"; an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau. (The Criterion Collection).

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    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    (1980) Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, 15-hour "Berlin Alexanderplatz," based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age 34, had already made over 30 films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time. On DVD and Blu-ray, with high-definition digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: Two documentaries by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one from 2007 featuring interviews with the cast and crew, the other from 2006 on the restoration; Hans-Dieter Hartl’s 1980 documentary "Notes on the Making of “Berlin Alexanderplatz”; Phil Jutzi’s 1931 feature-length film of Alfred Döblin’s novel, from a screenplay co-written by Döblin himself; interview from 2007 with Peter Jelavich, author of “Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture"; a book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections on the novel by Fassbinder and author Thomas Steinfeld, and an interview with Schwarzenberger. (The Criterion Collection).

  • Man’s Best Friend

    (1993) Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen. When an ambitious news journalist (Sheedy) breaks into a genetic research facility, she uncovers the biggest story of her career and unleashes the lab's most dangerous experiment: Max, a genetically enhanced guard dog with a vicious killer instinct. Superior sight, hearing, strength, and intelligence make him faster, stronger, and smarter than almost any other animal alive -- and deadlier. Without the neuropathic drugs needed to curb his aggressive nature, his predatory urge runs out of control ... and once he tastes blood, nothing can stop him. New 2K scan of the original film elements.Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director John Lafia, theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, TV spots. (Scream Factory).

  • The Poison Ivy Collection

    The delightfully sleazy neo-noir sinister psychodrama Poison Ivy films make their Blu-ray in a four disc Blu-ray box set with both the rated and unrated versions of each film: "Poison Ivy" (1992) with Drew Barrymore, "Poison Ivy 2: Lily" (1996) with Alyssa Milano, "Poison Ivy: The New Seduction" (1997) with Jaime Pressly, and "Poison Ivy: The Secret Society" (2008) with Miriam McDonald. Extras: New audio commentary with co-writer/director Katt Shea on "Poison Ivy"; trailers. (Scream Factory).

  • Valentine

    (2001) David Boreanaz, Denise Richards, Marley Shelton, Katherine Heigl. Be my Valentine ... or else. Broken hearts and other mortal wounds await a cast of contemporary young stars when they play dating-scene veterans dying for love in this humor-laced, twist-filled teen slasher about a Cupid-masked killer. New 2K scan of the original film elements supervised and approved by director Jamie Blanks and director of photography Rick Bota. Extras: New audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks and filmmaker Don Coscarelli, moderated by author Peter Bracke. new "Thrill of the Drill" interview with actress Denise Richards; new "The Final Girl" interview with actress Marley Shelton; new "Shot Through the Heart – an interview with actress Jessica Cauffiel; mew "Writing Valentine" interview with co-writers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts; new "Editing Valentine" interview with editor Steve Mirkovich; new "Scoring Valentine"interview with composer Don Davis; new behind-the-scenes footage from director Jamie Blanks’ personal archive; audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks; vintage “making of” featurette featuring cast and crew; extended interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the electronic press kit; deleted Scenes including extended death scenes; music video; teaser trailer; theatrical trailer; TV spots; still gallery; hidden Easter Egg. (Scream Factory).


    February 19
  • Backbeat

    (1993) An energetic musical drama chronicling the pre-fame Beatles as they head to Hamburg in search of success. As they gain popularity, the “fifth Beatle,” bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), falls in love and ultimately must choose between his best friend John Lennon (Ian Hart), his new love Astrid Kirchherr (Sheryl Lee), and what will become the greatest band in the world. Extras: "A Conversation with Astrid Kirchherr"; deleted scenes; interviews with director Iain Softley and actor Ian Hart; Iain Softley interview for the Sundance Channel; audio commentary with Iain Softley, Ian Hart, and Stephen Dorff; TV featurette; casting session. (Shout! Factory Select).

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    Death in Venice

    (1971) Based on the classic novella by Thomas Mann, this late-career masterpiece from Luchino Visconti is a meditation on the nature of art, the allure of beauty, and the inescapability of death. A fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert, Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde, in an exquisitely nuanced performance) travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy named Tadzio (Björn Andrésen), his infatuation developing into an obsession even as rumors of a plague spread through the city. Setting Mann’s story of queer desire and bodily decay against the sublime music of Gustav Mahler, "Death in Venice" is one of cinema’s most exalted literary adaptations, as sensually rich as it is allegorically resonant. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Luchino Visconti: Life as in a Novel," a 2008 documentary about the director, featuring Visconti; actors Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, and Marcello Mastroianni; filmmakers Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli; and others; "Alla ricerca di Tadzio," a 1970 short film by Visconti about his efforts to cast the role of Tadzio; new program featuring literature and cinema scholar Stefano Albertini; interview from 2006 with costume designer Piero Tosi; excerpt from a 1990 program about the music in Visconti’s films, featuring Bogarde and actor Marisa Berenson; interview with Visconti from 1971; "Visconti’s Venice," a short 1970 behind-the-scenes documentary featuring Visconti and Bogarde; trailer; an essay by critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection).

  • The Return of the Vampire BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1943) Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch, Miles Manders. In 1918, Armand Tesla (Lugosi), a 200-year-old Hungarian Vampire, prowls the English countryside, feeding from the jugulars of the villagers. But Tesla's reign of terror is interrupted when a pair of scientists, Lady Jane and Sir John Ainsley, drive a railroad spike through his heart. The "un-dead" Tesla remains safely entombed for two decades until the impact from a stray Nazi bomb accidentally releases him. Along with his werewolf servant Andreas Obry, the resurrected vampire now plots vengeance on the family that put a halt to his nocturnal feasting. Extras: New audio commentary with film historian Troy Howarth; new audio commentary with author/film historian Gary Don Rhodes; new audio commentary with film historian Lee Gambin; silent 8mm presentation; trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).


    February 26
  • The Mole People BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1956) John Agar, Hugh Beaumont and Nestor Paiva star as three archaeologists who discover the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia. The party of archeologists come upon an unusual race of albino beings who shun all forms of light and have mutant mole men as their slaves. Because of their “magical cylinders of fire” (what we know as flashlights), these archaeologists are treated like gods -- until they try to liberate the mole people. Can the archaeologists escape this hallowed mountain in Asia -- or will they be destroyed in a strange underground world? The film is presented in two aspect ratios – 1.85:1 and 2.00:1. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter; new "Of Mushrooms and Madmen: The Making of The Mole People"; Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode “The Mole People” (2/15/97) in standard definition; still galleries: movie stills, posters and lobby cards; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).

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    To Sleep With Anger

    (1990) A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends. In short order, Harry’s presence turns a seemingly peaceful household upside down, exposing smoldering tensions between parents and children, tradition and change, virtue and temptation. Interweaving evocative strains of gospel and blues with rich, poetic-realist images, "To Sleep with Anger" is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of black mysticism and folklore. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Charles Burnett, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview program featuring Burnett, actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and associate producer Linda Koulisis; "A Walk with Charles Burnett," a new hour-long conversation between Burnett and filmmaker Robert Townsend that revisits Burnett’s films and shooting locations; short video tribute to Burnett produced for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards ceremony in 2017; an essay by critic Ashley Clark. (The Criterion Collection).

  • Willard

    (2003) New version of the classic 1971 film. For years, Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover) has been trapped in a dead-end job with no friends and no future. Willard's life seems hopeless until he makes an eerie discovery: he shares a powerful bond with the rats that dwell in his basement. Now a guy who has been trampled in the rat race his entire life is suddenly ready to tear up the competition ... beginning with his boss. New 2K scan of the original film elements. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan; new audio commentary with animal trainers Mark Harden and David Allsberry of Animals for Hollywood; new "The Road to Willard" interview with Morgan; new "Destination Willard" interview with McLachlan; new "The Rat Trainer’s Notebook" behind-the-scenes footage from Animals for Hollywood; audio commentary with Morgan, producer James Wong, actors Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey; "The Year of the Rat" documentary on the making of "Willard"; "Rat People: Friends or Foes?" real rat documentary; deleted/alternate scenes with optional commentary; music video "Ben" by Crispin Hellion Glover with optional commentary; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the electronic press kit; theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Scream Factory).


    March 12
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    The Kid Brother

    (1927) Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespectacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a traveling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces -- including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship -- with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, "The Kid Brother" is a hilarious and heartwarming high-water mark of early screen comedy. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration. Extras: Orchestral score by composer Carl Davis from 1989; alternate archival organ score performed by Gaylord Carter; audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, film historian Annette D’Agostino Lloyd, and Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd; "Harold’s Leading Ladies," a new conversation between author Cari Beauchamp and Suzanne Lloyd; "Anatomy of a Gag: Monkeyshoes," a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns; behind-the-scenes stills gallery curated by Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Simonton Jr.; "Close to Home, a new video essay on the film’s shooting locations by author John Bengtson; Dutch television interview with Lloyd from 1962; featurette from 2005 about Greenacres, Lloyd’s estate, hosted by Suzanne Lloyd; two restored rare early Lloyd shorts: "Over the Fence" (1917) and "That’s Him" (1918), with new Wurlitzer theater pipe organ scores and a discussion of their early film formats by archivist Dino Everett; new tour of the Wurlitzer organ with composer Nathan Barr and organist Mark Herman; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey. (The Criterion Collection).

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    Man's Best Friend BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1993) Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen. When an ambitious news journalist (Sheedy) breaks into a genetic research facility, she uncovers the biggest story of her career and unleashes the lab's most dangerous experiment: Max -- a genetically enhanced guard dog with a vicious killer instinct. Superior sight, hearing, strength, and intelligence make him faster, stronger, and smarter than almost any other animal alive -- and deadlier. Without the neuropathic drugs needed to curb his aggressive nature, his predatory urge runs out of control ... and once he tastes blood, nothing can stop him. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director John Lafia, theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, TV spots. (Scream Factory).


    March 19
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    Born In East L.A. [Collector’s Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1987) Cheech Marin wrote, directed and starred in this hip, outrageous comedy that's more timely than ever. The story follows Rudy (Marin), an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico -- without speaking a word of Spanish! Unable to contact his vacationing family or his newly immigrated cousin (played by comedian Paul Rodriguez), Rudy is in for a crazy ride as he tries every legal -- and illegal -- scheme he can think of to get back home. Extras: New audio commentary by director-writer-star Cheech Marin; new interview with Marin; New interview with actress Kamala Lopez; new interview with actor Paul Rodriguez; extended television cut (standard definition); theatrical trailer; photo gallery; production notes. (Shout! Factory Select).

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    The Deadly Mantis BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1957) Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton. What’s worse than a horde of locusts? A gigantic man-eating praying mantis, released from a million years of deep, frozen sleep and ready to claw its way to world domination. This menacing insect kills everything in its path while scientists and military men work feverishly to stop it. Stevens stars as the commander in charge of putting an end to this beastly insect with Hopper as the paleontologist and Talton as his beautiful assistant, a photojournalist, assigned to help in this epic battle between man and insewct. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter, "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" episode “The Deadly Mantis,” theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Scream Factory).

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    Detour

    (1945) From Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run -- a waking nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Ann Savage’s snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. Working with no-name stars on a bargain-basement budget, B auteur Edgar G. Ulmer turned threadbare production values and seedy, low-rent atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long unavailable in a format in which its hard-boiled beauty could be fully appreciated, "Detour" haunts anew in its first major restoration. "Detour" was restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen," a 2004 documentary featuring interviews with filmmakers Roger Corman, Joe Dante, and Wim Wenders and actor Ann Savage; new interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, author of "Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins"; new program about the restoration of "Detour"; trailer; an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito. (The Criterion Collection).

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    Wanda

    (1970) With her first and only film -- a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in -- Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men -- including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, "Wanda" is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Film Foundation, and Gucci, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "I Am Wanda," an hour-long documentary by Katja Raganelli featuring an interview with director Barbara Loden filmed in 1980; audio recording of Loden speaking to students at the American Film Institute in 1971; segment from a 1971 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" featuring Loden; "The Frontier Experience," a short educational film from 1975 about a pioneer woman’s struggle to survive, directed by and starring Loden; trailer; an essay by film critic Amy Taubin. (The Criterion Collection).

  • The Witches (The Devil's Own) BLU-RAY DEBUT

    (1967) Joan Fontaine, Alec McCowen, Kay Walsh. Classic Hammer Films thriller. Haunted by the terrors of her experience with African witch-doctors, school teacher Gwen Mayfield (Fontaine) accepts an appointment as headmistress at the Haddaby School run by Alan Bax (McCowen) and his sister Stephanie (Walsh). Gwen initially revels in the peacefulness she has found in the quiet English countryside but soon begins to sense "undercurrents." Before long, a local boy falls into a coma and Gwen discovers a voodoo doll impaled by pins. The danger that follows brings her face to face with witchcraft as a series of disasters unfold and lead her to the horrible truth. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker/historian Ted Newsom, "Hammer Glamour" featurette on the women of Hammer, U.S. trailer "The Devil’s Own." double feature trailer "Prehistoric Women" and "The Devil’s Own," still gallery. (Scream Factory).


    March 26
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    I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    (1978) On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live appearance on American television on "The Ed Sullivan Show," ratcheting up the frenzy of a fanbase whose ecstatic devotion to the band heralded an explosive new wave of youth culture. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" looks back to that fateful weekend, following six teenagers, each with their own reasons for wanting to see the Fab Four, from New Jersey to Manhattan on a madcap mission to meet the band and score tickets to the show. With this rollicking first feature, director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale established themselves as a filmmaking team par excellence, adept at mining America’s cultural memory for comedy and adventure with a winning mixture of sweet nostalgia and playful irreverence. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg; new interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure; audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale; "The Lift" (1972) and "A Field of Honor" (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis; trailer; an essay by critic Scott Tobias; more. (The Criterion Collection).

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    Japón

    (2002 -- Mexico) In this preternaturally assured feature debut by Carlos Reygadas, a man (Alejandro Ferretis) travels from Mexico City to an isolated village to commit suicide; once there, however, he meets a pious elderly woman (Magdalena Flores) whose quiet humanity incites a reawakening of his desires. Recruiting a cast of nonactors and filming in sublime 16 mm CinemaScope, Reygadas explores the harsh beauty of the Mexican countryside with earthy tactility, conjuring a psychic landscape where religion mingles with sex, life co-exists with death, and the animal and spiritual sides of human experience become indistinguishable. A work of soaring ambition and startling visual poetry, "Japón" is an existential journey through uncharted cinematic territory that established the singular voice of its director. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Carlos Reygadas, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between Reygadas and filmmaker Amat Escalante; video diary shot by actor Alejandro Ferretis during the film’s production; "Adulte," a short film directed by Reygadas in 1998; deleted scene; trailer; a new essay by novelist Valeria Luiselli. (The Criterion Collection).

  • Perfect Blue

    (1997 -- Japan) The directorial debut of acclaimed director Satoshi Kon ("Paprika," "Millennium Actress"), the critically-acclaimed animated film has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. This new Blu-ray edition features both a newly digitally remastered version of the film and an original definition presentation. Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New lectures by Satoshi Kon featurette; new "Into the Blue" interviews featurette, new "Angel of Your Heart" recording sessions; theatrical trailers and TV spots; cast and crew interviews. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).


    April 9
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    Night on Earth

    (1991) Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, and Roberto Benigni) for this quintet of transitory tales of urban displacement and existential angst, all staged as encounters between cabbies and their fares. Spanning time zones, continents, and languages, "Night on Earth" winds its course through scenes of uproarious comedy, nocturnal poetry, and somber fatalism, set to a moody soundtrack by Tom Waits. Jarmusch’s lovingly askew view of humanity from the passenger seat makes for one of his most charming and beloved films, a freewheeling showcase for the cosmopolitan range of his imagination. On DVD and Blu-ray, with High-definition digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Selected-scene commentary from 2007 featuring director of photography Frederick Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin; Q&A with Jarmusch from 2007, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans; Belgian television interview with Jarmusch from 1992; A booklet featuring essays by authors and critics Thom Andersen, Paul Auster, Bernard Eisenschitz, Goffredo Fofi, and Peter von Bagh, and the lyrics to Tom Waits’s original songs from the film. (The Criterion Collection).

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    Stranger Than Paradise

    (1994) With this breakout film, Jim Jarmusch established himself as one of the most exciting voices in the burgeoning independent-film scene, a road-movie poet with an affinity for Americana at its most offbeat. Jarmusch follows rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and his visiting 16-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) as they drift from New York’s Lower East Side to the snowy expanses of Lake Erie and the drab beaches of Florida, always managing to make the least of wherever they end up. Structured as a series of master-shot vignettes etched in black and white by cinematographer Tom DiCillo, "Stranger Than Paradise" is a nonchalant masterpiece of deadpan comedy and perfectly calibrated minimalism. On DVD and Blu-ray, with high-definition digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Permanent Vacation" (1980, 75 minutes), Jarmusch’s first full-length feature, presented in a high-definition digital restoration supervised by the director; "Kino ’84: Jim Jarmusch," a 1984 German television program featuring interviews with cast and crew from "Stranger Than Paradise" and "Permanent Vacation"; "Some Days in January, 1984," a behind-the-scenes Super 8 film by Tom Jarmusch; U.S. and Japanese trailers; a booklet featuring Jarmusch’s 1984 “Some Notes on Stranger Than Paradise,” critics Geoff Andrew and J. Hoberman on "Stranger Than Paradise," and author and critic Luc Sante on "Permanent Vacation." (The Criterion Collection).


    April 16
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    Diamonds of the Night

    (1964 -- Czechoslovakia ) With this simultaneously harrowing and lyrical debut feature, Jan Nemec established himself as the most uncompromising visionary among the radical filmmakers who made up the Czechoslovak New Wave. Adapted from a novel by Arnošt Lustig, "Diamonds of the Night" closely tracks two boys who escape from a concentration-camp transport and flee into the surrounding woods, a hostile terrain where the brute realities of survival coexist with dreams, memories, and fragments of visual poetry. Along with visceral camera work by Jaroslav Kucera and Miroslav Ondrícek -- two of Czechoslovak cinema’s most influential cinematographers -- Nemec makes inventive use of fractured editing, elliptical storytelling, and flights of surrealism as he strips context away from this bare-bones tale, evoking the dizzying plight of consciousness lost in night and fog. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interview from 2009 with director Jan Nemec; "A Loaf of Bread," Nemec’s 1960 student thesis film, based on a short story by Arnošt Lustig; "Arnošt Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan Nemec," a short documentary on Lustig from 1993; new interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova; new video essay on the film’s stylistic influences by scholar James Quandt; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson. (The Criterion Collection).


    April 23
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    A Face in the Crowd

    (1957) "A Face in the Crowd" chronicles the rise and fall of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a boisterous entertainer discovered in an Arkansas drunk tank by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal), a local radio producer with ambitions of her own. His charisma and cunning soon shoot him to the heights of television stardom and political demagoguery, forcing Marcia to grapple with the manipulative, reactionary monster she has created. Directed by Elia Kazan from a screenplay by Budd Schulberg, this incisive satire features an extraordinary debut screen performance by Griffith, who brandishes his charm in an uncharacteristically sinister role. Though the film was a flop on its initial release, subsequent generations have marveled at its eerily prescient diagnosis of the toxic intimacy between media and politics in American life. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Ron Briley, author of "The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan"; new interview with Andy Griffith biographer Evan Dalton Smith; "Facing the Past," a 2005 documentary featuring actors Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa, screenwriter Budd Schulberg, and film scholars Leo Braudy and Jeff Young; trailer; an essay by critic April Wolfe and a 1957 "New York Times Magazine" profile of Andy Griffith. (The Criterion Collection).


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