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Bad Reputation

(2018) An admiring documentary portrait of punk rock icon Joan Jett, Joan Jett became mega-famous from the number-one hit "I Love Rock n Roll," but that’s only part of the story. That fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV, world tours and many hits to follow, like "I Hate Myself for Loving You," but that staple of popularity can’t properly define a musician. Jett put her hard work in long before the fame by ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, starting her record label out of the trunk of a car after being rejected by 23 labels, and influencing many musicians - both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands - with her no-bullshit style. Bad Reputation is a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell fans how it really was in the burgeoning ‘70s punk scene and the rocky road that led to rock stardom decades on. Their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage and the theme is clear: Even though people tried to define Jett, she never compromised. She will kick your ass, and you’ll love her all the more for it. Extras: Theater performance: "Bad Reputation" and "Fresh Start"; "Backstage: Rock & Roll Hal of Fame Induction ceremony"; music videos. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

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Bad Times at the El Royale

(2018) Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Nick Offerman. Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell. Read more about "Bad Times at the El Royale" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making Bad Times at the El Royale," gallery. (Fox).

The City of Gold

(2018) Vernon Wells, Christopher Atkins, Branscombe Richmond. An anguished media magnate, Jonathan Davenport, accompanies his estranged lover to the Peruvian Amazon in pursuit of a reclusive artist living in rebel occupation. Despite its philanthropic intentions, the mission proves to be the harbinger of something dark and ominous rooted deep within Jonathan. Formats: DVD, VOD. (High Octane Pictures).
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Love, Gilda

(2018) In her own words and voice, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes and rare home movies, the documentary opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of the beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story. The unforgettable documentary also includes interviews with original “Saturday Night Live” cast and crew, such as Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and longtime friend, Martin Short, and diaries read by modern-day comedians who were inspired by Gilda, including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong. Radner puts a smile on the faces of people who remember watching her as one of the original cast members of “Saturday Night Live,” where she created and portrayed now-classic comic characters such as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. She quickly rose to meteoric fame in television, movies and on Broadway, and was declared one of America’s sweethearts. Director Lisa D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her life with Gene Wilder and ultimately, her struggle with cancer. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
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Night School

(2018) Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Romany Malco. Comedy follows a successful hustling salesman (Hart) and his new group of misfit friends who are forced to attend adult classes in hopes of getting their GED – good enough diploma. Read more about "Night School" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Extended cut, alternate opening, deleted scenes, feature commentary with director Malcom D. Lee. Blu-ray adds Gag reel; "Night School’s In Session" band of misfits; "Who’s the Student? Who’s the Teacher?" featurette on the friendship between Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish; "Prom Night Revisited" featurette; "Cap ‘n Gown ‘n Giggles" behind-the-scenes of Teddy's heartfelt graduation speech that turned into a full blown standup comedy show; "Making of the Dance Battle"; "Christian Chicken" commercial; "Game Over" featurette that discusses the complicated relationship between Maya and Teddy; extended performance “El Sueno.” (Universal).

Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox

(2018) Matt Hullum, Gus Sorola. Follows two groups of soldiers in the distant future who are battling for control of the least desirable piece of real estate in the known universe: a box canyon in the middle of nowhere. A simple trip out for pizza ends with the Reds and Blues scattered and lost in time. Their ridiculous adventures in history inadvertently make them pawns in a war between Gods and Titans, which has been raging since before the dawn of time. Based on the longest running web-series on the internet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Cinedigm).

Scaffolding

(2018 -- Israel) Asher Lax, Ami Smolartchik, Yaacov Cohen, Keren Berger, Naama Manor. Based on the real life experiences of director Matan Yair, the drama follows 17-year-old Asher, compelled by rage, but still endowed with charm and street wisdom, as he is torn between his ailing father wanting him to join the family scaffolding business, and a favorite professor who pushes him toward a more studious life. When tragedy strikes, Asher must take the ultimate test of maturity. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).



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January 8

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Bent

(1997 -- UK) Ian Mckellen, Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Mick Jagger, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Paul Bettany, Brian Webber. Set amidst the decadence and terror of pre-war Germany, "Bent" is a harrowing yet inspirational tale of struggle against oppression, based on the landmark play by Martin Sherman. A chance encounter at a Berlin nightclub exposes Max (Owen) and his partner Rudy (Webber) as homosexuals during the "Night of the Long Knives" purge. After two years on the run, they are captured and put on a train to Dachau, where Rudy is savagely beaten to death. Inside the camp, Max finds the will to survive through the help of a fellow prisoner, Horst (Bluteau), and the two men develop an unbreakable bond. Winner of the Prix de la jeunesse (Award of the Youth) at Cannes Critics' Week in 1997, the film has been digitally restored. Nominated "Outstanding Film" at the GLAAD Media Awards, and captured the Best Feature Award at the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, Mick Jagger "Streets of Berlin" music video, behind the scenes footage, new essay by Steven Alan Carr. (Film Movement Classics).

Blind Date

(1984) Joseph Bottoms, Kirstie Alley, Keir Dullea, Marina Sirtis, Lana Clarkson, James Daughton. Struck by sudden blindness, ad executive Jonathon Ratcliff (Bottoms) is frustrated when doctors can find nothing wrong with him. With the aid of his girlfriend (Alley), he consults a top eye doctor (Dullea) who fits him with an experimental device allowing him to see with the aid of a computer interface and brain electrodes. Meanwhile, a taxi driver is taking young women up to their apartments, sedating them, and performing a little fatal amateur surgery. Their paths inevitably converge as the serial killer starts cutting too close to home. From cult director Nico Mastorakis. Scorpion Releasing proudly presents this cult classic from a brand new 4k scan of the original director's cut, supervised by the director. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Music videos, trailers, still gallery, "The Films of Nico Mastorakis." (Kino Lorber).

The Captain

(2017 -- Germany) Max Hubacher. Based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland, the film is a World War II tale like no other -- a searing historical drama with undertones of absurd black comedy that presents the evils of Nazism and fascism as a devastating kind of game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous. It follows a young German army deserter, Pvt. Willi Herold (Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and embarks on a brutal mission of torture and slaughter, all in the name of “justice.” Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, the enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader ... whomever that may be. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD. Extras: Filmmaker Q&A with director Robert Schwentke from Chicago premiere at the Music Box Theatre; interview with Schwentke; interviews with cast and crew; behind-the-scenes featurettes; storyboard-to-film comparison. The DVD of "The Captain" was released December 18. (Music Box Films).
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The Car: Road to Revenge

(2019) Grant Bowler, Kathleen Munroe, Martin Hancock, Micah Balfour, Burt Grinstead, Nina Bergman, Jamie Bamber, Ronny Cox. In the stylized, unrated sequel to the unconventional horror cult classic "The Car" (1977), an unscrupulous District Attorney in a dilapidated cyberpunk city plagued by crime is savagely murdered and tossed out of a building onto his brand new car. Mysteriously, he and his car come back to life as a single being with a thirst for vengeance. The eerie driverless car embarks on a vicious rampage exacting revenge on the criminals. In an homage to the original, Ronny Cox returns as The Mechanic. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Universal).

Castle Rock: The Complete First Season

(2018) Welcome to Castle Rock, the small rural town carved out of the deepest woodland in Maine, in which many of acclaimed, best-selling author Stephen King’s most-loved works of fiction come to life. The first season of Castle Rock follows Henry Deaver (André Holland), a Death Row attorney who returns to Castle Rock, Maine, his hometown, after he receives an anonymous phone call from the infamous Shawshank State Penitentiary. The call is about a nameless young man (Bill Skarsgård) who is found locked in an underground cage that’s located in a long-abandoned cell block beneath the prison. Upon his discovery, the mysterious young man, with a sinister and unnerving presence, whispers Henry’s name. Curious about how and why someone left this boy imprisoned, Henry is drawn into the case and attempts to help him. But there are reasons why “The Kid” was imprisoned. And reasons why he should never be set free. Permeated with a sense of foreboding and dread, the haunting small town of Castle Rock is not willing to let Henry leave. Aside from now having to deal with the strange young man found in the prison, Henry is faced with the fact that his adoptive mother (Sissy Spacek), who lives in Castle Rock with retired Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn), is struggling with the onset of dementia. Reluctantly, Henry stays to figure out just who “The Kid” is and how he wound up imprisoned under such appalling circumstances. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Four-Disc Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Blood on the Page" featurette, "A Clockwork of Horror: Merging the styles of Stephen King & J.J. Abrams" featurette, 10 "Inside the Episode" featurettes. (Warner).
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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).

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

(2018) Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch, Craig Robinson. Lulu Danger's unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called "An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only” in this offbeat indie comedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

Family Guy 20 Greatest Hits

(2019) Celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary with this marvelously musical collection of 20 song-and-dance-filled episodes. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "300 Episodes, Two Cancellations, and One Mural," “I Need a Jew” lyric video, “Drunken Irish Dad” lyric video, “It’s a Wonderful Day for Pie” lyric video, Music Machine. (Fox).

The Great Battle

(2018 -- South Korea) In-sung Jo, Sung-woong Park, Joo-Hyuk Nam. Set during the Tang dynasty, the action-packed film is based on the historic 80-day battle between the Goguryeo and Tang forces known as The Siege of Ansi, that took place while the two groups were at war between 645-668 AD. The Goguryeo forces held their fortress against 200,000 invading Tang soldiers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Well Go USA).

Hell Fest

(2018) Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tony Todd. A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest” featurette, theatrical trailer. (Lionsgate).

Intensive Care

(2018) Tara Macken, Jai Rodriguez, Leslie Easterbrook, Kevin Sizemore. Three low life criminals plan to rob an elderly woman’s home, but her caregiver turns out to be a former special ops agent with an agenda of her own. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Screen Media Films).
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Kusama: Infinity

(2018) Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time on the cusp of her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are now experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Let the Corpses Tan

(2017 -- Belgium) Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin. A deliriously thrilling homage to Spaghetti Westerns and 1970s Italian crime films. Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshipping first two films ("Amer," "The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears") for blistering sun, creaking leather and raining bullets. After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood. Based on a classic pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid and featuring vintage music cues by Ennio Morricone, "Let the Corpses Tan" is a deliriously stylish cinematic fever dream that will fire up your senses like buckshot to the brain. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
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Memoir of War

(2018 -- France) Mélanie Thierry, Emmanuel Bourdieu, Benoît Magimel. Based on Marguerite Duras’s semi-autobiographical novel that follows the famed author as she navigates her way through Nazi-occupied France during World War II. The great novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker is widely considered one of the leaders of the “Nouveau Roman” literary movement. Her script for Alain Resnais’s 1959 masterpiece "Hiroshima Mon Amour" earned her a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the 1961 Academy Awards. In the film, it’s 1944 and Marguerite Duras (Thierry) is an active Resistance member along with her husband Robert Antelme (Bourdieu) and a band of fellow subversives. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, Marguerite becomes friendly with French Nazi collaborator Rabier Magimel) to obtain information of her husband’s whereabouts. But as the months wear on with no news of Robert, Duras must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. France’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the upcoming 91st Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Q&A with director-screenwriter Emmanuel Finkiel from Film Society of Lincoln Center; "From Melanie to Marguerite"; "A Conversation with the Film’s Technicians"; costume and make-up screen tests; deleted scenes. (Music Box Films).
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Mid90s

(2018) Written and directed by Jonah Hill, Mid90s follows Stevie, a 13-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop. Read more about "Mid90s" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, audio commentary with writer-director Jonah Hill and ëinematographer Christopher Blauvelt. (Lionsgate).

The Oath

(2018) Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, Nora Dunn, Jon Barinholtz, Meredith Hagner, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, John Cho. Gleefully wicked comedy about surviving life in politically divided America. When high-strung Chris (Barinholtz) and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath, their refusal to sign—along with the arrival of two government agents (Cho and Magnussen) —- sends an already tense holiday dinner completely off the rails. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, “Fake News or Facts” featurette, “Turkey Day Trauma” featurette, photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Lionsgate).

A Paris Education

(2018 -- France) Andranic Manet, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam. A sweeping love letter to cinema from filmmaker Jean Paul Civeyrac ("My Friend Victoria"). Etienne (Manet), a serious and impressionable shaggy-haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend (Rouxel) in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. It's a seemingly idyllic life of the mind -- until more complicated matters of the flesh, as well as jealous creativity, intrude. Shooting in timeless black and white and interweaving references to philosophy, music, and cinema-from Pascal to Mahler to Parajanov-Jean Paul Civeyrac conjures a bittersweet ode to student life that evokes the films of the French New Wave. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Three short films by director Jean Paul Civeyrac, booklet essay by critic Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, trailer. (Kino Lorber).

The Purge: Season One

(2018) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes, Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a night where all crime is legal for 12 hours. During a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal, a group of seemingly unrelated characters cross paths in a city in an altered America. While the clock winds down, some will fight, some will hide, others will embrace what it means to Purge to its fullest extent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Universal).

Street Law

(1974 -- Italy) Franco Nero, Barbara Bach, Giancarlo Prete, Renzo Palmer, Massimo Vanni, Romano Puppo. The legendary Franco Nero stars as Carlo Antonelli, an average citizen until the day he is brutally beaten during a violent robbery. When the police drop the case and the suspects remain free, Carlo is pushed beyond his breaking point. Now he launches an all-out war against the criminal scum who plague our cities, where justice has its own rules, vengeance needs no badge and the only thing that matters is "Street Law." New HD Scan of the longer Italian cut. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with star Franco Nero, alternate US cut in HD, theatrical trailer. (Code Red/Kino Lorber).
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Time Freak

(2018) Asa Butterfield, Sophie Turner, Skyler Gisondo. If you could turn back time ... could you win back the love of your life? That’s the problem puzzling Stillman (Butterfield), a physics genius recently dumped by his stunning girlfriend Debbie (Turner). So, after creating a timeline of their romance and a machine to rewind the past, he grabs his wing man Evan (Gisondo) and sets off to right every wrong he made with Debbie. But as this insane comedy proves, there are some mistakes too perfect for science to fix. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Andrew Bowler and producers Raymond Mansfield, Matthew Rhodes, and executive producer Gigi Causey; "Time Freak," the original Academy Award-nominated short film; "Making Time Freak” featurette; trailer gallery. (Lionsgate).
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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. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. 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).

What They Had

(2018) Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner. Bridget (Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Danner) and her father's (Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Universal).
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When Harry Met Sally... (30th Anniversary Edition)

(1989) Director Rob Reiner, screenwriter Nora Ephron, and stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan take you on a journey of love and friendship like no other in this magnificently witty love story that has been deservedly hailed as one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time. Will sex ruin a perfect relationship between a man and a woman? That’s what Harry Burns (Crystal) and Sally Albright (Ryan) debate while sharing a drive from Chicago to New York. Eleven years of friendship later, they’re still no closer to finding the answer. Will these two best friends ever accept that they’re a perfect match ... or will they continue to deny the attraction that exists between them? Also stars Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby. Features a new transfer restored from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Scenes from a Friendship" interview with Reiner and Crystal, audio commentary with Reiner, Ephron and Crystal, audio commentary with Reiner, "How Harry Met Sally" documentary, vintage featurettes, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, music video by Harry Connick Jr. (Shout Select).
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Willie Dynamite

(1974) Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala. "The hands-down winner of the all-out best blaxploitation movie of the seventies," declares author and artist Darius James in "That's Blaxploitation!" Willie Dynamite may not be as well-known as John Shaft, Sweet Sweetback or "Super Fly's" Youngblood Priest, but he certainly deserves to be. Who is Willie Dynamite? He's the flashiest pimp in New York -- he drives a personalised purple-and-gold Cadillac and wears some of the most eye-catching outfits ever seen on a cinema screen. He wants to be No. 1, but with the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail, can a man as arrogant and amoral as Willie D avoid a downfall? "Willie Dynamite" competes with the best of blaxploitation on all levels. Roscoe Orman dominates with his central performance -- a star turn that's the equal of Richard Roundtree in "Shaft" or Pam Grier in "Coffy." Multi-award-winning director Gilbert Moses balances action and social commentary as deftly as Gordon Parks, Jr. did with "Super Fly." And the score by J.J. Johnson, featuring Motown legend Martha Reeves, is as catchy as anything composed by Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield or James Brown. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Kiss My Baad Asss," a guide to blaxploitation hosted by actor and musician Ice-T, and featuring interviews with Richard Roundtree, Melvin van Peebles, Isaac Hayes and others; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Cullen Gallagher. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).




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January 15

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After Darkness

(2018) John Patrick Amedori, Valorie Curry, Natalia Dyer, Kyra Sedgwick, Tim Daly. Sci-fi thriller about a family’s fight to survive a solar disaster. As skies darken and hopes grow dim, the Beatys try to stay sane in a lavish home with every possible comfort ... except sunshine. Raymond plans to have his family transported to a secure underground bunker. But as he makes a gruesome discovery, the greatest threat to the Beatys’ survival may be near -- or inside -- their home. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

The Best Friends Volumes 1 & 2

(2018) Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero. Starring the creators of "The Room," the cult film that inspired "The Disaster Artist," "Best Friends Volume 1" is a comedy-thriller featuring Wiseau as a mortician named Harvey and Sestero as Jon, a drifter -- two unlikely friends/business associates whose partnership is tested by creeping paranoia and issues of loyalty and trust. In "Best Friends Volume 2," the laughs and thrills continue with Harvey out of the way and Jon and his girlfriend escaping to the Arizona desert … but their quest to open a safe full of loot leads them into a gang of desperate, deadly characters, leaving Jon, fighting to survive, haunted by freakish memories of the long-lost Harvey. Formats: Blu-ray, OD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero; “Welcome to My Paradise” featurette; “Tommy and Greg: Best F(r)iends Forever” featurette; “The Tommy Diaries” featurette; eight deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

The Bookshop

(2017) Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne, Patricia Clarkson. England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Universal).
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Crimson Peak (Limited Edition)

(2015) From the imagination of Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro comes this lavish, stunningly realized journey into the dark heart of Gothic romance. Beginning in Buffalo, New York, during the 1880s, "Crimson Peak" stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer who is haunted by the death of her mother. Edith's falls in love with seductive stranger Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), who whisks her off to Allerdale Hall, his baronial, yet dilapidated English mansion built upon a mountain of blood-red clay. Here Edith meets Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas's sister who at times seems hostile and jealous. As Edith struggles to feel at home in the imposing residence, she gradually uncovers a horrendous family secret and encounters supernatural forces that will help her discover the terrible truth behind Crimson Peak. Boasting incredibly intricate and ornate production design and a rich visual style, del Toro's film is a grandiose, boldly baroque triumph of Gothic decadence, which expertly combines and contrasts the sublimely beautiful with the shockingly grotesque. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by co-writer and director Guillermo Del Toro; "The House is Alive: Constructing Crimson Peak," a newly edited, feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind the scenes footage; previously unseen Spanish language interview with Guillermo Del Toro; "The Gothic Corridor," "The Scullery," "The Red Clay Mines," "The Limbo Fog Set": four featurettes exploring different aspects of Allerdale Hall; "A Primer on Gothic Romance," the director and stars talk about the key traits of Gothic romance; "The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak," the cast and crew talk about the film’s use of color; "Hand Tailored Gothic," a featurette on the film’s striking costumes; "A Living Thing," a look at the design, modelling and construction of the Allerdale Hall sets; "Beware of Crimson Peak," a walking tour around Allerdale Hall with Tom Hiddleston; "Crimson Phantoms," a featurette on the film’s amazing ghosts; "Kim Newman on Crimson Peak and the Tradition of Gothic Romance," a newly filmed interview with the author and critic; "Violence and Beauty in Guillermo Del Toro’s Gothic Fairy Tale Films," a new video essay by the writer Kat Ellinger; deleted scenes; original trailers and TV spots; double-sided, fold-out poster; four double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; limited edition packaging newly designed by "Crimson Peak" concept artist Guy Davis; limited edition 80-page, hard-bound book featuring new writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with Guillermo del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

The Dark

(2018 -- Austria) Nadia Alexander, Toby Nichols, Karl Markovics. An undead teenage girl befriends a blind boy that she meets in a forest she haunts and hunts in. Both have been victims of unimaginable abuse, and each finds solace in the other. On the outskirts of a small town lies Devil's Den, a mysterious tract of woods where many have entered but no one has ever left. The local legend is that the spirit of a girl who was horrifically murdered there haunts this dense forest, brutally slaying anyone who dares to step into her terrain. When a young man with a dark past crosses her path, a series of events are set in motion that may lead to redemption for two tragically tortured souls. Formats: DVD. (Dark Sky Films).

8 Minutes Ahead

(2019) Theresa Wong, Tseng Chang. A successful Vancouver businessman returns home when he finds out his father is dying. Instead of making peace with him, he finds out that he has a half-brother and that his father has made a sudden change to his will. Now he must decide what he values most -- money or family and what he is willing to do, to protect his money. Formats: DVD. (IndiCan Pictures).
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The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion

(1970 -- Italy) Before the influence of Dario Argento's "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" permeated every corner of the giallo genre, another strain of these distinctive Italian thrillers enjoyed considerable success. These "melodrama gialli", heavily inspired by Clouzot's "Les diaboliques," relied less on graphic violence and high body counts and more on psychological tension. Minou (Dagmar Lassander) leads a pampered but dull life with her frequently absent husband, Peter (Pier Paolo Capponi). One night, while out walking on the beachfront, Minou is accosted by a mysterious blackmailer (Simón Andreu) who informs her that Peter is a murderer. Driven by misplaced loyalty to her husband, Minou gives in to the blackmailer's every perverted whim in exchange for his silence. But as the blackmailer ups the ante, demanding that she submit to his increasingly obscene demands, can Minou hold on to what little remains of her sanity? Written by the prolific Ernesto Gastaldi ("Torso"), infused with a seductive score by the great Ennio Morricone and featuring a memorable turn by Nieves Navarro a.k.a. Susan Scott in the role of Minou's best friend, "The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion" is a trippy giallo delight that brings together the talents of many of the genre's leading lights on both sides of the camera. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of "Diabolique Magazine"; "Private Pictures," a newly-edited documentary featuring archival interviews with actress Nieves Navarro and director Luciano Ercoli, and new interview material with writer Ernesto Gastaldi; "The Forbidden Soundtrack of the Big Three," a new appreciation of the music of "Forbidden Photos" and 70s Italian cult cinema by musician and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon; "The Forbidden Lady", a Q&A with actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films; original Italian and English theatrical trailers; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Michael Mackenzie. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Garfield: 20 Stories

(2019) 20 new adventures from the classic Saturday morning animated program, “Garfield.” Fans of the furry feline will follow along on a journey of fairy tales, history lessons, crime solving and more, including a tour of a movie museum to learn about famous cats in films in "Films and Felines," and the real story of the Pied Piper, who happened to have a cat, in "The Pie-Eyed Piper." Formats: DVD. (Public Media Distribution).
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Goosebumps 2

(2018) Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong. Slappy the devious ventriloquist dummy returns to run amuck, in this second installment of the family-friendly franchise based on R.L. Stine’s beloved book series. Read more about "Goosebumps 2" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel; three deleted scenes; five featurettes: “Thrills & Chills – The Making of Goosebumps 2," “Meet the Monsters,” “Science With Slappy,” “Junk Brothers – Call Now” and “Slappy's Audition”; three Slappy-Oke sing alongs. (Sony).

Halloween

(2018) Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she photo for Halloweennarrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Read more about "Halloween" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, "Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween," "The Original Scream Queen," "The Sound of Fear," "Journey of the Mask," "The Legacy of Halloween." (Universal).

Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor

(2014 -- France) Vincent Lacoste, Reda Kateb, A darkly comic portrait of a Paris hospital as seen through the eyes of a young intern, Benjamin, who begins his internship at the hospital ward run by his father. Confident and determined to be a success, Vincent soon realizes that the reality of practicing medicine is a lot grimmer than what he had imagined. Vincent finds himself overshadowed by a more talented intern Abdel, who is disadvantaged by his status as an immigrant. When Vincent makes a critical error, his father quickly covers it up, but Abdel is not fooled. Directed by Thomas Lilti, a former medical doctor. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).

Howling III BLU-RAY DEBUT

(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).

Jonathan

(2018) Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse, Patricia, Matthew Bomer. In this sci-fi-tinged drama, Ansel Elgort plays two brothers living very separate lives -- inside the same body. Previously content to live life in shifts with one another -- and communicate only via daily video sessions to recount the day’s activities -- their delicate balance is ruined when they become emotionally involved with the same woman (Waterhouse). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

The Lost Village

(2018) A devastating expose of how Greenwich Village, the epicenter of the counterculture in the 1960s and '70s, is being turned into a wasteland of chain stores, banks and multi-million dollar condos. This award-winning documentary follows filmmaker Roger Paradiso on a journey through today's Village as he tries to figure out how this "gentrification on steroids" got started. Talking to journalists, activists, shop-owners, professors and more, he uncovers how the landlords, politicians and NYU turned the Village into a place that is losing its heart and soul. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five short films: "The Best of the Roman Empire" by Anthony Gronowicz, "Mark Crispin Miller and His Battles with NYU," "Michael Hudson College Tour Guide from Hell." "Student Protest Election Night 2016," "Mandy's Story." (First Run Features).

Notorious

(1946) With this twisting love story, Alfred Hitchcock summoned darker shades of suspense and passion by casting two of Hollywood's most beloved stars starkly against type. Ingrid Bergman stars as Alicia, an alluring woman of ill repute recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant), a suave but mysterious intelligence agent, to spy for the U.S. Only after she has fallen for Devlin does she learn that her mission is to seduce a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains) hiding out in South photo for NotoriousAmerica. Coupling inventive cinematography with brilliantly subtle turns from his mesmerizing leads, Hitchcock orchestrates an anguished romance shot through with deception and moral ambiguity. A thriller of rare perfection, "Notorious" represents a pinnacle in both its director's legendary career and the pantheon of classic Hollywood cinema. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentaries from 1990 and 2001 featuring Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer; new interview with Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto; new program about the film's visuals with cinematographer John Bailey; new scene analysis by film scholar David Bordwell; "Once Upon a Time . . . Notorious," a 2009 documentary about the film featuring actor Isabella Rossellini, filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, Claude Chabrol, and Stephen Frears, and others; new program about Hitchcock's storyboarding and previsualization process by filmmaker Daniel Raim; 1948 newsreel footage of actor Ingrid Bergman and Hitchcock; 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of "Notorious," starring Bergman and Joseph Cotten; trailers and teasers; an essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién. (The Criterion Collection).

Obsession BLU-RAY DEBUT

(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).
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Oddsockeaters

(2016 -- Czech Republic) Dove-approved animated tale. Ever wonder where your missing socks go? The Oddsockeaters eat them! (though, to be fair, their mantra is "never take the full pair"). Based on the international bestselling books by Pavel Srut, "Oddsockeaters" brings home audiences into the little known world of these mischievous creatures unknown to humans. In a whimsical, heartwarming and unique adventure perfect for family viewing, Hugo is a small Oddsockeater venturing out into the big world for the first time. After moving in with his uncle "Big Boss" and his two nutty cousins, he encounters the Professor, a human determined to proving the existence of Oddsockeaters, as well as The Blades, a crosstown gang of rival sock thieves. Wild adventures ensue as Hugo learns the ropes of being an Oddsockeater as well as valuable lessons about family, love and the true meaning of loyalty. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Omnibus Entertainment).
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The Old Man and the Gun

(2018) Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpte, Keith Carradine, Elisabeth Moss. Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Read more about "The Old man and the Gun" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Everything Else We Shot," "Prison Cats"," On Filmmaking," "31 Wake-Ups," "Joining the Hunt," audio commentary by writer/director David Lowery, gallery. (Fox).

Once Upon a Deadpool

(2018) A fairy tale twist on "Deadpool 2" the whole family can enjoy, with more than 20 minutes of new footage. Formats: Blu-ray. Digital. (Fox).

The Plague of the Zombies BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1966) André Morell, Diane Clark, John Carson. In a remote 19th-century Cornish village, an evil presence lurks within the darkness of the witching hour. A mysterious plague relentlessly consumes lives at an unstoppable rate. Unable to find the cause, Dr. Peter Tompson enlists the help of his mentor, Sir James Forbes. Desperate to find an antidote, they instead find inexplicable horror: empty coffins with the diseased corpses missing! Following a series of strange and frightening clues, they discover a deserted mine where they discover a world of black magic and a doomed legion of flesh-eating slaves ... the walking dead. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker Constantine Nasr and author-film historian Steve Haberman; new audio commentary with author-film historian Troy Howarth; "World of Hammer -- Mummies, Werewolves & The Living Dead"; "Raising the Dead: The Making of The Plague of the Zombies"; restoration comparison; theatrical trailers; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
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Room 304

(2011 -- Denmark) Mikael Birkkjær, Stine Stengade, David Dencik, Luan Jaha, Ariadna Gil, Lourdes Faberes. Startling tales of sex, betrayal and corruption unravel in a Copenhagen hotel, where nine disparate lives intersect by chance or fate. A hotel manager peers into the abyss of his empty life, leading to devastating consequences for himself, his wife and his mistress. A Spanish stewardess reaches out for intimacy and finds it in a most unexpected way. A reserved concierge is forced out of his shell by a shocking event, and an Albanian refugee gets a chance to avenge his wife, but ends up discovering something surprising instead. An Official Selection in Competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Formats: DVD. (Film Movement).

Speed Kills

(2018) John Travolta, Katheryn Winnick, Jennifer Esposito, Michael Weston, Jordi Molla. Ben Aronoff (Travolta) is a speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire living the American Dream. But Ben hides a dangerous secret life: His boats are being used to move cocaine through Miami. Suddenly caught in a crossfire between DEA agents and the mob, Ben makes a desperate stand to save his family and his empire in this action-thriller based on an incredible true story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

Tea With the Dames

(2018) What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who here invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).



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January 22


American Renegades

(2017) J.K. Simmons, Sullivan Stapleton, Ewen Bremner, Charlie Bewley, Sylvia Hoeks. While on assignment in war-torn Bosnia, a team of Navy SEALs discovers the existence of a treasure hidden at the bottom of a lake by the Nazis. In an effort to help the locals, the SEALs engineer a covert operation to retrieve the gold and return it to its rightful owners. After a deadly turn of events, the team is detected by the enemy -- and left with only 10 hours to carry out the mission. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Covert Operation: Story and Cast” featurette, “Keeping it Real: Production and Shooting on Location” featurette, “Can-Do Attitude: Stunts, Weapons, and Vehicles” featurette, “Underwater Adversity: A Deep-Dive Heist” featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Apparition

(2018 -- France) Vincent Lindon, Galatéa Bellugi. A modern-day ecclesiastical thriller that follows a respected journalist whose belief system is profoundly shaken when he’s recruited by the Vatican to investigate an apparition of the Virgin Mary, witnessed by a similarly beguiling young woman. Jacques Mayano, a writer with a large regional newspaper in France, is tapped by the Vatican to lead a committee to explore the legitimacy of saintly apparitions in a small French village. Traveling to the village for this canonical investigation, he meets the young and sensitive Anna, who claims to have witnessed a vision of the Virgin Mary. Though she has gained a captive audience following her declaration, Anna is torn between her faith and the many solicitations she receives. Confronted with opposing views from clergy members and skeptics, Jacques finds his own ideologies and values challenged as he works to uncover the hidden mysteries, motivations, and pressures surrounding Anna’s vision. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interviews with director Xavier Giannoli and the cast. (Music Box Films).

Cobra Collector's Edition

(1986) Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni SantoniLt. Police Lt. Cobretti is a one-man assault team whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crime-stopping venom. Stallone stars as Marion Cobretti. But to those who know him -- and those who wish they didn’t -- he’s Cobra, a street-tough, big-city detective who does jobs nobody else wants or dares to do. This thriller pits Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but also an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a "New Order" -- and killing a witness along the way. Fortunately, her protector is Cobra, a man who delivers vigilante justice like no other. New 2K Scan of the original film elements Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Stalking and Slashing" interview with actor Brian Thompson, new "Meet the Disease" interview with actor Marco Rodriguez, new "Feel the Heat" interview with actor Andrew Robinson, new "Double Crossed" interview with actress Lee Garlington, new "A Work of Art" interview with actor Art LaFleur, audio commentary with director George P. Cosmatos, vintage featurette, teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, still galleries: stills, movie posters and lobby cards. (Scream Factory).

The Dick Cavett Show: Inside The Minds Of: Vol. 2(

Since 1968 Dick Cavett has been host of his own talk show, in a variety of formats and on a number of television and radio formats. These episodes were taken from shows that aired between 1990 through 1995 and feature some of the insightful, thought provoking and satirical brilliance of George Carlin, Martin Mull and Steve Martin. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
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Double Dragon (Collector's Edition)

(1994) Robert Patrick, Scott Wolf, Mark Dacascos, Alyssa Milano, Julia Nickson. The cult classic movie based on the video game smash hit roars to life with amazing special effects, spectacular action sequences, and a knock-about sense of humor. It's the year 2007, and what remains of LA is now "New Angeles," a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Patrick) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the "Double Dragon," which will give him awesome mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Dacascos) and Billy Lee (Wolf) find themselves in possession of the amulet's missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New "The Making of Double Dragon" (full length documentary featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould & Michael Davis and producer Don Murphy); new "Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer" featurette; archival "Making of" featurette; behind-the-scenes featurette; 1993 "Double Dragon" animated series pilot episode #101: "The Shadow Falls"; storyboard gallery; press photos, marketing and behind-the-scenes photo galleries; TV spots; VHS home video trailer; original theatrical trailer; collectible mini-poster; reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork. (MVD Rewind Collection).
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First Man

(2018) Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jon Bernthal, Pablo Schreiber, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas. A look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Read more about "First Man" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Shooting for the Moon"; "Preparing to Launch"; "Giant Leap in One Small Step"; "Mission Gone Wrong"; "Putting You in the Seat"; "Recreating the Moon Landing"; "Shooting at NASA"; "Astronaut Training"; commentary with director Damien Chazelle, screenwriter Josh Singer and editor Tom Cross. (Universal).

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 photo for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Daysthe 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. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Cristian Mungiu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. 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).

Fuller House: The Complete Third Season

(2007) Two-disc set with all 18 episodes. Major life events take place on the third season of "Fuller House." Steve and C.J. make plans to get married in Japan and the gang heads overseas for the big wedding, but before anyone has a chance to say “I do,” a big revelation has an impact on the nuptials. Plus, Stephanie makes plans to get in-vitro fertilization, D.J. tries to get Tommy into a prestigious preschool, and Fernando buys Kimmy’s childhood home and restores it to its former glory. Meanwhile, Jackson and Ramona start high school where Ramona tries out for her school’s dance team while Jackson becomes a joke at his school after slipping on a piece of bologna during lunch. And Joey, Jesse and Danny come home to celebrate 30 years since they initially moved in together to raise the Tanner girls. Guest appearances by original "Full House" cast including John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
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The Hate U Give

(2018) Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russel Hornsby, K.J. Apa, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, Anthony Mackie. Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. Read more about "The Hate U Give" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by George Tillman, Jr., Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Angie Thomas and Craig Hayes; extended scenes; five featurettes: "Starting a Conversation," "The Talk," "Code Switching," "The Heart of Georgia," "Thank U Georgia." Blu-ray adds "Starr: Shine Your Light" featurette. (Fox).
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Johnny English Strikes Again

(2018) Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy and Emma Thompson. After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker. Read more about "Johnny English Strikes Again" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Comedy Genius Of Rowan Atkinson," "The Johnny English Legacy," "Virtual Reality Johnny English Style," "The Gadgets," "The Cars," "Locations and Design," "A Cast Of Characters," feature commentary with director David Kerr. (Universal).

Mikey and Nicky

(1976) Elaine May crafted a gangster film like no other in the nocturnal odyssey "Mikey and Nicky," capitalizing on the chemistry between frequent collaborators John Cassavetes and Peter Falk by putting them on-screen together as small-time mobsters whose lifelong relationship has turned sour. Set over the course of one night, this restless drama finds Nicky holed up in a motel after the boss he stole money from puts a hit on him. Terrified, he calls on Mikey: the one person he photo for Mikey and Nickythinks can save him. Scripted to match the live-wire energy of its stars -- alongside supporting players Ned Beatty, Joyce Van Patten, and Carol Grace -- and inspired by real-life characters from May's childhood, this unbridled portrait of male friendship turned tragic is an unsung masterpiece of American cinema. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Elaine May, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New program on the making of the film featuring interviews with producer Michael Hausman, distributor Julian Schlossberg, and actor Joyce Van Patten; new interviews with critics Richard Brody and Carrie Rickey; audio interview from 1976 with actor Peter Falk; trailer. (The Criterion Collection).

Peppa Pig: When I Grow Up

(2019) With 12 adorable Peppa-sodes, preschoolers are in store for lots of snorts of laughter with Peppa, her little brother George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and friends. Peppa and her friends use their imaginations to decide what they want to be when they grow up, as they work to help others in “The Police,” “Doctors,” and “The Fire Engine. Later, the playgroup gets excited for showtime; in “Move to Music,” the friends dance along with Madame Gazelle and learn how to play instruments for an oinktastic performance in “Shake, Rattle and Bang.” Formats: DVD. (Fox).

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).

West of Redemption

(2010) Billy Zane, Kevin Alejandro, Mariana Klaveno, Charles Leggett. Late one night, a knock on the door interrupts a husband and wife’s evening, changing their lives forever. When Hank Keller (Zane) opens the door to a traveler (Alejandro) whose truck broke down, it opens a nightmare for everyone, unwinding a complicated web of mysteries that ends with a kidnapping, a dead body and several suspects. Formats: DVD. (IndiCan Pictures).



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January 29

Blood Brother

(2018) Trey Songz, Jack Kesy, China Anne McClain, Hassan Johnson, Tanee McCall, Fetty Wap. Gritty crime drama takes place on the mean streets of a city in decay, where a recently released convict begins to take murderous revenge against his childhood friends, whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they collectively committed. As the bodies start piling up, one of the friends, now a cop, will stop at nothing to put an end to the murderous rampage and to right the many wrongs of their tragically violent past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio Commentary with director John Pogue and actor Trey Songz, “Blood Brother: Behind the Scenes” featurette. (Lionsgate).
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Boy Erased

(2018) Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Jesse LaTourette. The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. Read more about "Boy Erased" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes; "Jared Revealed" discussion with actor Lucas Hedges and Garrard Conley, upon which the story is based; "Becoming the Eamons" with Nicole Kidman Russell Crowe; "Man Consumed: Joel Edgerton" production featurette. (Universal).

Hunter Killer

(2018) Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Toby Stephens. An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. Read more about "Hunter Killer" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Donovan Marsh, “Surface Tension: photo for Hunter KillerDeclassifying Hunter Killer” (two-part featurette). (Lionsgate).

In the Heat of the Night

(1967) Passing through the backwoods town of Sparta, Mississippi, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes embroiled in a murder case. He forms an uneasy alliance with the bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger), who faces mounting pressure from Sparta's hostile citizens to catch the killer and run the African American interloper out of town. Director Norman Jewison splices incisive social commentary into this thrilling police procedural with the help of Haskell Wexler's vivid cinematography, Quincy Jones's eclectic score, and two indelible lead performances -- a career-defining display of seething indignation and moral authority from Poitier and an Oscar-winning master class in Method acting from Steiger. Winner of five Academy Awards, including for best picture, "In the Heat of the Night" is one of the most courageous Hollywood films of the civil rights era. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Norman Jewison; new interview with actor Lee Grant; new interview with Aram Goudsouzian, author of "Sidney photo for In the Heat of the NightPoitier: Man, Actor, Icon"; audio commentary from 2008 featuring Jewison, Grant, actor Rod Steiger, and cinematographer Haskell Wexler; "Turning Up the Heat: Movie-Making in the '60s," a 2008 program about the production of the film and its legacy, featuring Jewison, Wexler, producer Walter Mirisch, and filmmakers John Singleton and Reginald Hudlin; "Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound," a 2008 program about Jones's innovative soundtrack, including its title song sung by Ray Charles, featuring interviews with Jones, lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and musician Herbie Hancock; trailer; an essay by critic K. Austin Collins. (The Criterion Collection).

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

(2018 -- Japan) Winner of the 2018 Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Feature. As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as “The Girl with Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife, all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart. Featuring boundless imagination and visual wit, "The Night is Short, Walk on Girl" is a celebration of the unconventional, confusing routes that life and love can take, from one of the most exciting voices in anime today. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with director Masaaki Yuasa, trailers, TV Spots. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

(2018) Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Jayden Fowora-Knight. Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale the beloved ballet "The Nutcracker," 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) travels to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking adventures plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice ... and no shortage of surprises. Read more about "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland"; "Unwrapping The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" featurette on production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie; deleted scenes; music videos: “Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli featuring Matteo Bocelli and “The Nutcracker Suite” performed by Lang Lang. (Disney).

Reign of the Supermen

(2018) Voices of Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Jason O’Mara, Rosario Dawson. The world must cope with the loss of Superman -- and the sudden emergence of four would-be heirs to the title -- in the all-new, action-packed animated film, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies and the second half of a two-part saga that began in August 2018 with "The Death of Superman." Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – are dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital. Extras: "Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis" featurette; sneak peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five"; from the DC Vault: "Justice League Unlimited, Panic in the Sky"; (Warner).

Sarah T. -- Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic

(1975) Linda Blair, Larry Hagman, Verna Bloom, William Daniels, Michael Lerner, Mark Hamill. Sarah Travis (Blair) is an average teenager who is introduced to drinking alcohol at local parties. As a means of coping with problems in her life, most notably her parents' divorce, Sarah starts to drink regularly and tries to keep her addiction a secret, even from her boyfriend (Hamill). Eventually, Sarah's increasingly severe drinking almost leads to tragedy, and she enters Alcoholics Anonymous, beginning an ongoing struggle to get sober and stay that way. First time on any home entertainment format. New 2K scan of the original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Linda B. on Sarah T." interview with Linda Blair; new "Richard D. and David L. -- Portrait of A TV Movie" interview with director Richard Donner and producer David Levinson; still gallery. (Shout! Factory).

Slice

(2018) Zazie Beetz, Chance the Rapper, Rae Gray, Chris Parnell. When a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job in a spooky small town, two daring survivors (Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper) set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes; audio commentary with director Austin Vesely, producer Elijah Alvarado, and actor Paul Scheer. (Lionsgate).
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Suspiria

(2018) Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz. The reimagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror cult-classic about the horrific darkness that swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company. Read more about "Suspiria" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The Making of Suspiria” featurette, “The Secret Language of Dance” featurette, “The Transformations of Suspiria” featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Wife

(2018) Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Annie Starke. A revealing look into the 40-year relationship of Joan and Joe Castleman, (Close and Pryce) and the world of literature for female writers. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, the win threatens to expose the details photo for The Wifeand arrangements that define their marriage. Read more about "The Wife" in the January Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Keeping Secrets: Glenn Close on The Wife." "In Conversation With the Cast of The Wife": Q&A featuring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Annie Starke, Christian Slater and Björn Runge; Q&A with author Meg Wolitzer and Glenn Close. (Sony).

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