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    July 3
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    The Complete Sartana [Limited Edition)

    (1968) Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name spawned imitations, variations and shameless rip-offs keen to emulate his success at the box office. Within months of "A Fistful of Dollars" release, Giuliano Gemma was playing Ringo, who was then followed by Franco Nero's Django, Tony Anthony's The Stranger and Gianni Garko's Sartana -- each providing their own twist on the Eastwood antihero, and each of them then subject to their own spate of unofficial sequels, spoofs and cash-ins. Sartana tapped into more than just his Spaghetti Western predecessors -- a mysterious figure, he has a spectral quality, aided by his Count Dracula-like cloak that also nods towards comic strip figure Mandrake the Magician, with whom he shares a penchant for card tricks. He takes pride in his appearance unlike Eastwood's dusty wanderer or Nero's mud-caked drifter. And there's a dose of James Bond too in his fondness for gadgetry and the droll sense of humor. Unsurprisingly, this unique figure in the genre was treated to four official follow-ups. "The Complete Sartana" collects all five films, presented here in brand-new restorations: "If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death," "I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death," "Have a Good Funeral My Friend... Sartana Will Pay," "Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming," and "Sartana's Here... Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin," in which George Hilton replaced Garko in the lead role. Formats: Six-disc Blu-ray set. Extras: Commentaries; interviews; galleries; Brand-new video essay on the major actors and supporting players in the official Sartana films; limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Roberto Curti and an extensive Spaghetti Western timeline by Howard Hughes.(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).


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    July 10
  • Godmonster of Indian Flats

    (1973) Christopher Brooks, Stuart Lancaster, E. Kerrigan Prescott. The story of an eight-foot-tall toxic sheep monster that blows up gas stations, smashes crooked politicians, and terrorizes stoners! From the surreal "wild west" locations to the outrageous monster effects, this film from the Something Weird collection is easily the most berserk, out-of-control, and inexplicably deranged creature feature in the history of forever. This includes the scene where the Godmonster crashes a children's picnic. New 4K preservation from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print. Extras: Rampaging monster trailers from the AGFA vaults; Berserker shorts from the Something Weird vaults; bonus movie: "Legend Of Bigfoot" (1975), a new 2K preservation from an original 35mm theatrical print; reversible cover art with illustration by Shana Cleveland. (American Genre Film Archive [AGFA]).



    July 24
  • Dagon

    (2017) H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic tale comes to life when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the modern retelling of the horror classic "Dagon" on limited edition Blu-ray. Directed by horror mastermind Stuart Gordon and starring Ezra Godden, evil rises and a legend unleashes the rage of Hell after a yacht crashes on the Spanish coast and the survivors are forced to face their nightmares. Restored and remastered. Extras: Audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon and screenwriter Denis Paoli; audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon and star Ezra Godden; New “Gods & Monsters” discussion with Gordon, interviewed by filmmaker Mick Garris; New “Shadows over Imboca” interview with producer Brian Yuzna; New “Fish Stories” interview with S.T. Joshi, author of "I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft"; vintage EPK; archival interviews with Gordon, Godden, and other cast and crew; theatrical trailer; New conceptual art gallery from artist Richard Raaphorst; storyboard gallery; still gallery; (Lionsgate).

  • In the Mouth of Madness [Collector’s Edition]

    (1994) Dir.: Jhn Carpenter; Jürgen Prochnow, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill. Sutter Cane (Prochnow) is the best-selling author whose newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When he inexplicably vanishes, his publisher (Heston) sends special investigator John Trent (Neill) to track him down. Drawn to a town that exists only in Cane's books, Trent crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape. 4K scan of the original film elements. Extras: New audio commentary with director John Carpenter and producer Sandy King Carpenter; new "Horror’s Hallowed Grounds" look at the film’s locations today; new "The Whisperer of the Dark" interview with actress Julie Carman; new "Greg Nicotero’s Things in the Basement" interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero including behind-the-scenes footage; new "Home Movies from Hobb’s End" behind-the-scenes footage from Greg Nicotero; audio commentary with director John Carpenter and cinematographer Gary B. Kibbe; vintage featurette: "The Making of In the Mouth of Madness"; theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Scream Factory).

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    Memoirs of an Invisible Man

    (1992) Dir.: John Carpenter; Chevy Chase, Sam Neill, Daryl Hannah. takes center stage in 1992’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man. Thanks to a nuclear accident, Nick Halloway (Chase) has become invisible. Invisibility makes it easier to spy on agents (particularly chief adversary Neill) who've put him in his predicament. And he can romance a lovely documentary producer (Hannah) in a way she's never "seen" before. New 2K scan of the original film elements. Extras: "How to Become Invisible: The Dawn of Digital F/X," vintage interviews with Carpenter, Chase and Hannah; behind-the-scenes footage; outtakes; theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Scream Factory)

  • Someone’s Watching Me

    (1978 -- TV) Dir.: John Carpenter; Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbea. Los Angeles newcomer Leigh Michaels (Hutton) moves into a chic high-rise apartment building. She loves the view. So does the Peeping Tom who lives somewhere in the adjacent tower. Leigh fights back, matching her tormentor's obsession with her own relentless drive to uncover his identity. The prey is now predator -- and that escalates the stalker's game to a deadly new level. New 2K scan from the original film elements -- in both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 aspect ratios. Extras: New audio commentary with author Amanda Reyes ("Are You in the House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999"); new "Adrienne Barbeau: Looking Back at Someone’s Watching Me"; new "Carpenter’s Enforcer" interview with Charles Cyphers on his career in John Carpenter’s films; new "Horror’s Hallowed Grounds" look at the film’s locations today; "John Carpenter: Director Rising"; TV promo; still gallery. (Scream Factory).


    July 31
  • Piranha II: The Spawning

    (1981) Tricia O’Neil, Lance Henriksen, Steve Marachuk, Ricky Paull Goldin. While investigating the mysterious death of a diver, scuba instructor Anne Kimbrough makes a horrific discovery: Piranha-like fish, with wings that enable them to fly, are responsible for the death. As the body count rises, Anne desperately tries to convince the manager of the Club Elysium resort to call off the annual fish fry on the beach, but he’s determined to give his guests the ultimate feeding frenzy. Sequel to Joe Dante’s original "Piranha." James Cameron’s directorial debut in a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative. Extras: New interview with actor Ricky Paull Goldin, new interview with special effects artist Brian Wade, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).


    August 14
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    The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

    (1982) Forced to run from the Texas Rangers after a heated misunderstanding leads to the death of a lawman, Mexican American farmer Gregorio Cortez sets off in desperate flight, evading a massive manhunt on horseback for days. Producer-star Edward James Olmos, seeking to shed new light on a historical incident that had been enshrined in a corrido (folk song), enlisted director Robert M. Young, a longtime practitioner of socially engaged realism, to helm this trailblazing independent film, a landmark of Chicano cinema. Shifting its perspective between the pursuers and the pursued, "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" is a thrilling chase film and a nuanced procedural that peels away the layers of prejudice and myth surrounding Cortez, uncovering the true story of an ordinary man persecuted by the law and transfigured by legend. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with actor and producer Edward James Olmos; new interview with Chon A. Noriega, author of "Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema"; cast-and-crew panel from 2016 including Olmos, director Robert M. Young, producer Moctesuma Esparza, cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos and actors Bruce McGill, Tom Bower, Rosana DeSoto, and Pepe Serna; an essay by film scholar Charles Ramírez Berg. (The Criterion Collection).


    August 21
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    Heaven Can Wait

    (1982) Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter through the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry's sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch's "Heaven Can Wait," nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace. New 4K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Conversation from 2005 between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris; "Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson" (1982), a 30-minute program exploring the screenwriter's life and career; audio seminar with Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977; home recordings of director Ernst Lubitsch playing the piano; trailer; an essay by film scholar William Paul. (The Criterion Collection).

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    Smithereens

    (2012) Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of 1980s New York with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (Susan Berman) -- a sparkplug in fishnets who lives dangerously downtown -- moves to the city with the mission of becoming famous. When not pasting up flyers for herself or hanging at the Peppermint Lounge, she's getting involved with Paul (Brad Rijn), the nicest guy to ever live in a van next to the highway, and Eric (Richard Hell), an aloof rocker. Shot on 16 mm film that captures the grit and glam of the setting, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others, "Smithereens" -- the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d'Or -- is an unfaded snapshot of a bygone era. New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Susan Seidelman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Seidelman; new interviews with Seidelman and actor Susan Berman; "And You Act Like One Too" (1976) and "Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern" (1979), two early shorts by Seidelman, with new introductions by the director; an essay by critic Rebecca Bengal. (The Criterion Collection).


    August 28
  • Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder

    (1998) Michael Rooker, Leslie Hope, Kevin Zegers, Tony Todd. A demon is summoned to take the soul of a young boy, who has the potential to become a saint. If the demon succeeds, it will open a doorway to Hell, blazing a terrifying trail of destruction, possession and mayhem and destroy humanity. Now the fate of the world hinges on the final outcome of a renegade priest's battle with the soul eating Shadowbuilder. Extras: Audio commentary from director Jamie Dixon; new "Making of Shadowbuilder" featurette; new "Shadowbuilder: Visual Effects" featurette; new "Shadowbuilder: Kevin Zegers" featurette; reversible, 2-Sided artwork; original theatrical trailer; collectible poster. (MVD Rewind Collection).

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    Memories of Underdevelopment

    (1968 -- Cuba) This film by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea is the most widely renowned work in the history of Cuban cinema. After his wife and family flee in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the bourgeois intellectual Sergio (Sergio Corrieri) passes his days wandering Havana in idle reflection, his amorous entanglements and political ambivalence gradually giving way to a mounting sense of alienation. With this adaptation of an innovative novel by Edmundo Desnoes, Gutiérrez Alea developed a cinematic style as radical as the times he was chronicling, creating a collage of vivid impressions through the use of experimental editing techniques, archival material, and spontaneously shot street scenes. Intimate and densely layered, "Memories of Underdevelopment" provides a biting indictment of its protagonist's disengagement and an extraordinary glimpse of life in postrevolutionary Cuba. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with film critics B. Ruby Rich and José Antonio Évora; new interview with novelist and screenwriter Edmundo Desnoes; "Titón: From Havana to Guantanamera," a 2008 feature-length documentary on director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's life and career; segment from a 1989 audio interview with Gutiérrez Alea; segments from 2017 interviews with actor Daisy Granados and editor Nelson Rodríguez from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Visual History Collection archives; trailer; an essay by author Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. (The Criterion Collection).



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