(2018) Three-disc set with three feature-length episodes. Based on M.C. Beaton’s bestselling books, Agatha Raisin stars Ashley Jensen as a London PR whizz turned amateur sleuth, who becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem, and murder when she opts for early retirement in a small village in the Cotswolds. Drawn into the town’s murders, Agatha attempts to solve the crimes ... often in rather unorthodox ways. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "Agatha Asks." (Acorn Media).
All About Lily Chou Chou
(2001 -- Japan) Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Ito, Takao Ohsawa, Yu Aoi. Shunji Iwai's acclaimed and profound Japanese coming-of-age story. For young people around the world, music is often the only salvation when pain and suffering becomes too much to bear. Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) is in 8th grade and worships Lily Chou-Chou, a Björk-like singer whose lush and transcendent music provides the perfect escape from his brutal surroundings. Yuichi also finds solace as the moderator of an online chat room dedicated to his pop idol, but as his real life nightmare of teenage prostitution, crime and bullying grows more untenable, will Lily be enough to save him from isolation and despair? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, new essay by Deputy Director of the NY Asian Film Festival, Stephen Cremin with prologue by Shunji Iwai. (Film Movement).
Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
(2018 -- Germany) 2019 marks the centennial of the Bauhaus Movement. Nearly a hundred years ago, a radical artistic utopia was born in Germany. Founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius, Bauhaus was supposed to unite sculpture, painting, design and architecture into a single combined constructive discipline. Bauhaus constituted one of the most significant contributions to everyday 20th-century culture, but it was never just an artistic experiment. Confronted with the social conditions of the time, as well as the experience of World War I, the movement concerned itself with the political and social connotations of design from the very outset. Bauhaus’s history is not just the history of art, but also the history of an era that stretches from the early 20th century to the modern day. This documentary describes the fascinating story of Bauhaus as a statement, but also the failure and renewal of a social utopia. It tells of artists, scientists and architects today, and how their challenges might relate to Bauhaus. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
Better Call Saul: Season Four
(2018) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. In the critically acclaimed drama’s fourth season, his brother’s death catalyzes Jimmy McGill’s transformation into “Saul Goodman.” Now Jimmy steps into the criminal world, putting his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim Wexler — in deep jeopardy. Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut’s work for Gustavo Fring throws the cartel into chaos, with tragic results. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Gag Reel, "Slippin' Kimmy" featurette, cast & crew audio commentaries for all 10 episodes, 10 Madrigal Security training videos with Mike Ehrmantraut, short film: "No Picnic." Blu-ray adds seven deleted scenes, two featurettes: "Flashing Forward, Looking Back" and "Constructing the Superlab," storyboard comparisons and directorial walk-through with introductions by co-creator and executive producer Peter Gould. (Sony).
(2018) Directed, co-written, and produced by four-time Academy Award-nominee Ethan Hawke, this musical biopic is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey), the unsung songwriting legend of the outlaw music movement that gave the world the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. "Blaze" weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present, and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat); his last, dark night on Earth; and the impact his music had on his fans, friends, and foes. Featuring unforgettable performances and stylish direction, "Blaze" is a glorious exploration of the profound highs and lows of Foley’s life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras:
Audio commentary by director Ethan Hawke, "Behind the scenes of Blaze" featurette, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2018 -- Spain) Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín. Laura (Cruz) and her children travel to her hometown, a small Spanish village, to attend her sister's wedding. An unexpected crisis soon exposes the family's hidden past, and dark secrets long hidden come to light. A thriller from Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Universal).
George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy
(1997) Broadcast live from the Wheeler Theater in Aspen, Colorado, this was the great comedian's 10th special for HBO. Different from all of Carlin's previous specials, this award-winning program is a career retrospective hosted by a young Jon Stewart, who conducts a lengthy interview with his comedic hero. During the interview, Carlin talks about his early life and how his upbringing prepared him for a career in comedy. Highlights from this special include Carlin performing three new, thought-provoking pieces of material: "Advertising," "Pets" and "American Bullshit." Some of the material performed here is unique to this special and was not repeated again. Also features classic Carlin clips from the first four decades of his career, a treasure trove of the work of one of stand-up comedy's most original, hilarious and enduring artists. Formats: DVD. (MPI Media Group).
The Grand Duel
(1972) "The Grand Duel" is an archetypal Spaghetti Western that boasts many of the genre's classic hallmarks, including action-packed gunfights, wild stunts and an impressive climactic showdown. Genre stalwart Lee Van Cleef stars as a gnarled ex-sheriff called Clayton who comes to the aid of a young Philipp Wermeer (Alberto Dentice), a fugitive framed for the murder of a powerful figure called The Patriarch. Clayton helps Philipp fend off attacks from bounty hunters in a series of thrilling gunfights before the two make their way to Jefferson to confront three villains known as the Saxon brothers, and reveal who really killed The Patriarch. A complex tale of revenge penned by prolific giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi ("Torso," "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail"), "The Grand Duel" benefits from a beguiling central performance from Lee Van Cleef and assured helmsmanship from Giancarlo Santi (assistant director to Sergio Leone on "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and "Once Upon a Time in the West"). Add to this brew a memorable and tuneful score by composer Luis Bacalov ("Django") and the stage is set for one of the grandest of all the Italian westerns. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince; "An Unconventional Western," a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi; "The Last of the Great Westerns," a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi; "Cowboy by Chance," an interview with the actor Alberto Dentice (AKA Peter O'Brien); "Out of the Box," a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch; "The Day of the Big Showdown," a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig; "Saxon City Showdown," a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher; original Italian and international theatrical trailers; extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin; "Two Different Duels," a comparison between the original cut and the longer German cut of "The Grand Duel"; "Game Over," an obscure sci-fi short film from 1984 directed by Bernard Villiot and starring "The Grand Duel's" Marc Mazza; "Marc Mazza: Who Was the Rider on the Rain?", a video essay about the elusive actor Marc Mazza by tough-guy film expert Mike Malloy. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(1949) Directed with a keen sense of ambiguity by William Wyler, this film, based on a hit stage adaptation of Henry James's "Washington Square," pivots on a question of motive. When shy, fragile Catherine Sloper (Olivia de Havilland, in a heartbreaking, Oscar-winning turn), the daughter of a wealthy New York doctor, begins to receive calls from the handsome spendthrift Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she becomes possessed by the promise of romance. Are his smoldering professions of love sincere, as she believes they are? Or is Catherine's calculating father (Ralph Richardson) correct in judging Morris a venal fortune seeker? A graceful drawing-room drama boasting Academy Award-winning costume design by Edith Head, "The Heiress" is also a piercing character study riven by emotional uncertainty and lacerating cruelty, in a triumph of classic Hollywood filmmaking at its most psychologically nuanced. New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between screenwriter Jay Cocks and film critic Farran Smith Nehme; New program about the film's costumes featuring costume collector and historian Larry McQueen; "The Costume Designer," a restored 1950 short film featuring costume designer Edith Head; appearance by actor Olivia de Havilland on a 1979 episode of "The Paul Ryan Show"; excerpts from a 1973 tribute to director William Wyler on "The Merv Griffin Show," featuring Wyler, de Havilland, and actors Bette Davis and Walter Pidgeon; Wyler's acceptance speech from the American Film Institute's 1976 "Salute to William Wyler"; interview with actor Ralph Richardson filmed in 1981 for the documentary "Directed by William Wyler"; trailer; an essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson. (The Criterion Collection).
Just Say Goodbye
(2018) Katerina Eichenberger, Max MacKenzie, William Galatis, Jesse Walters, Pamela Jayne Morgan, Charlotte Cusmano Zanolli. After enduring years of abuse from his alcoholic father and the school bully Chase, Jesse Peterson tells his best friend Sarah that he plans on committing suicide. After promising to tell no one, Sarah takes it upon herself to try to stop him, taking any means necessary. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Leomark Studios). Due May 10.
(2019) Arye Gross, Alexandra Barreto, Peter Shinkoda, Christina Grance, Shaun Parker. Homicide detective Pete Martel gathers his old college frat brothers for a reunion game of high-stakes sexual conquest. Joined in their escapades by two new players, the men commit several crimes in their quest for bragging rights. Once the new winner is crowned, the real game begins as one-by-one the men turn up dead. Formats: DVD. (Indican Pictures).
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
(2018) Voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Jadon Sand, Brooklynn Prince, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade. It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.
Read more about "The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Fun behind-the-scenes commentary by the filmmakers; "They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2" featurette; "Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short": "LEGO Sets in Action" animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2; "LEGO Designers"featurette; outtakes and deleted Scenes; "Super Cool Music Video" by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island; promotion spots. Blu-ray adds "Everything is Awesome Sing-along" with trivia, games and more. (Warner).
My Scientology Movie
(2015) Documentarian Louis Theroux is denied admittance to the Church of Scientology's headquarters, setting into motion a clever, confrontational and funny plan to try and reveal the inner workings of the mysterious organization. Inspired by the Church’s use of filmmaking techniques, and with the aid of real ex-scientologists, Theroux uses unconventional methods to expose and antagonize the Church. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2016 - France) Mathieu Amalric, Julia Roy, Jeanne Baliba. Based on Don DeLillo's acclaimed novella "The Body Artist," the film swirls around a self-centered filmmaker, Rey, (Amalric) who, while attending a museum retrospective of his work, wanders into an adjoining gallery and becomes mesmerized by a beautiful young performance artist, Laura (Roy). The two fall madly in love and embark on a wild and delirious affair. Living together in Rey's secluded seaside estate, the lovers believe they have found eternal bliss. Months later, Rey dies in a tragic accident, leaving Laura alone in the house by herself ... or so she thinks. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).
No Offence, Series 3
(2018) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the female-driven police procedural with fierce characters and a shrewd, irreverent take on crime that follows an unorthodox team of cops in Manchester, England. Series 3 finds dynamic DI Vivienne Deering (Joanna Scanlan) and her team providing security at a contentious election debate, but tragedy strikes when a gunman attempts to assassinate one of the candidates. Deering and her right-hand woman, DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy), vow to apprehend the culprit, despite warnings from their superiors that the investigation could jeopardize an undercover officer who has infiltrated an extreme right-wing group. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(2019) Jackson Robert Scott, Taylor Schilling, Peter Mooney, Colm Feore. A mother concerned about her young son's disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him. Read more about "The Prodigy" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director Nicholas McCarthy, promotional featurettes, gallery. (Fox).
Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection
(2019) Elmo and his Sesame Street friends explore every letter of the alphabet in this new collection, brought to you in Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary year. Highlights include classics "The Beetles Perform Letter B" and "C is for Cookie," animations, pop culture parodies, and favorite segments from recent seasons. Exploring the alphabet alongside their furry friends is an all-star lineup of celebrity guests. Norah Jones duets with the letter Y, Tori Kelly tries a little kindness, and Pharrell Williams belts it out for the letter B. Maya Angelou stops by to talk hugs, Sheryl Crow helps "I" soak up some sun, and Ricky Gervais tries singing a lullaby to a sleepy Elmo. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (Shout! Kids/Sesame Workshop).
Sex Madness Revealed
(2018) Patton Oswalt, Rob Zabrecky, Patrick Cooper. Playfully exploring the outer reaches of cult film fandom, "Sex Madness Revealed" is both an ingenious twist on the audio commentary and a satire of the wisecrack track (featuring the voice of "MST3K" regular Patton Oswalt). Using as it foundation a low-budget sex hygiene picture from 1938 ("Sex Madness," aka "Human Wreckage"), Jimmy Morris (Oswalt) of the popular "Film Dick" podcast hosts an irreverent conversation with the filmmaker's grandson, the eerily emotionless Chester Holloway (Rob Zabrecky) while the film streams behind them. But as the on-screen plot unfolds, a much darker story unravels within the recording booth, about the sinister mastermind behind the film, and the unorthodox methods he employed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
Shoah: Four Sisters
(2018) Completed shortly before Claude Lanzmann's death at 92 in July 2018, this is the long-awaited follow-up to his monumental "Shoah", which shook the world upon its release in 1985 as a profound cinematic memorial to the Holocaust. Four Jewish women, survivors of unimaginable Nazi horrors during the Holocaust, tell their individual stories. Each of their testimonies was filmed more than 40 years ago as Lanzmann collected first-hand accounts in preparation for what would become the nine-and-a-half-hour "Shoah." Starting in 1999, Lanzmann made several films that could be considered satellites of "Shoah," comprising interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn't make it into the final, monumental work. In the last years of the director's life, he decided to devote a film to each of four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies, each finding herself improbably alive after war's end: Ruth Elias from Ostravia, Czechoslovakia; Paula Biren from Lodz, Poland; Ada Lichtman from further south in Krakow; and Hannah Marton from Cluj, or Kolozsva´r, in Transylvania, Romania. The four films that make up "Shoah: Four Sisters" are titled "The Hippocratic Oath," "The Merry Flea," "Noah's Ark" and "Baluty," and together they remind audiences of the immense courage it took for these witnesses to return to their painful past as they retell personal tragedies that represent the larger tragedy of the Holocaust. Formats: Two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. (Cohen Film Collection).
Strawberry Flavored Plastic
(2018) Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo. When Errol and Ellis, two aspiring documentarians embarking on their first feature, put out a feeler to their local community for individuals with interesting stories, they hear back from and settle on the tale of Noel, a man who has just been released from prison after a nine-year incarceration for a crime of passion. After several weeks of shooting, they inadvertently discover that Noel’s story is fabricated: he has never been to prison. They soon find out that he is an at-large and very active serial killer who has never been apprehended by authorities. Now too entangled and implicit in Noel’s horrific crimes, the duo are stuck between deciding on the right thing to do and possibly making the most sensationalized and infamous documentary ever made. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Unforgotten, Season 3
(2018) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the British procedural. When human remains are found by a motorway near London, the crime-solving duo Cassie and Sunny are called to the scene. Dogged work leads the team to Hayley Reid, a 16-year-old girl who went missing on the eve of the millennium. The police’s failure to find out what happened to Hayley wrecked her family’s life. Cassie’s compassion makes her determined to correct the mistakes made by the original investigating team - whatever the cost is to herself. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
What Men Want
(2019) Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Erykah Badu, Max Greenfield, Tracy Morgan. A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts.
Read more about "What Men Want" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Commentary with director Adam Shankman; Deleted & Extended Scenes; Gag Reel; "The Dream Team" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Flipping the Narrative" to discover how the film flips the script on what women must do to succeed in a man's world; "What DO Men Want?"; "Poker Night" featurette; "Ali + Athletes" with cameos from superstar athletes; "Sister Spills the Tea" infomercial. (Paramount).
(2019) Dane Cook, Udo Kier, Levi Miller. Based on an incredible true story, this crime-thriller stars Dane Cook as Charlie, a desperate father who steals a million-dollar painting from Anton, a shady art dealer. With time running out, he flees to the California desert with his rebellious teen son, Leo. But when Anton and his henchman come seeking revenge, the situation explodes into violence. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) A cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission -- the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Apollo 11: Discovering the 65mm" featurette: The process of digitizing the newly discovered 65mm archival footage, never before seen by the public, which resulted in the highest resolution and digital quality of the historic Apollo 11 mission in existence, evolving beyond filmmaking into one of film curation and historic preservation; theatrical trailer. (Universal).
(2019) Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Joe Anderson, Alisha Bailey. The sequel to the 1991 hit, follows an investigator with the Chicago F.D., who has to track down an arms dealers who use deadly fires as a distraction. Sean McCaffrey (Anderson), son of late Steven "Bull" McCaffrey, now works at the same firehouse with his uncle Brian (Baldwin). When investigating a fire, Sean and partner Maggie realize they are dealing with something bigger. With the help of arsonist Ronald Bartel (Sutherland), Sean must stop who is behind the fire and their devious plans. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Universal).
(2006) Artie Lange, Ralph Macchio, Anthony DeSando. An unemployed slacker inspires his softball teammates to improve their game so they won't get kicked out of the local league. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Theatrical trailer, photo gallery, unrated trailer, raw interviews, "In the Studio with Artie: Jokes and Ringtones," "Live from Cine Vegas!," behind-the-scenes featurette. (Filmrise).
The Big Clock
(1948) Adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Jonathan Latimer from a novel by the equally renowned crime author Kenneth Fearing, "The Big Clock" is a superior suspense film that classily combines screwball comedy with heady thrills. Overworked true crime magazine editor George Stroud (Ray Milland) has been planning a vacation for months. However, when his boss, the tyrannical media tycoon Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), insists he skips his holiday, Stroud resigns in disgust before embarking on an impromptu drunken night out with his boss's mistress, Pauline York (Rita Johnson). When Janoth kills Pauline in a fit of rage, Stroud finds himself to have been the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time: his staff have been tasked with finding a suspect with an all too familiar description ... Stroud's very own. Directed with panache by John Farrow, who stylishly renders the film's towering central set, the Janoth Building, "The Big Clock" benefits from exuberant performances by Milland and Laughton, who make hay with the script's snappy dialogue. A huge success on its release, it is no wonder this fast-moving noir was remade years later as the Kevin Costner vehicle "No Way Out." In a high definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements with uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin; "Turning Back the Clock," a newly filmed analysis of the film by the critic and chief executive of Film London, Adrian Wootton; "A Difficult Actor," a newly filmed appreciation of Charles Laughton and his performance in "The Big Clock" by the actor, writer, and theater director Simon Callow; rare hour-long 1948 radio dramatization of "The Big Clock" by the Lux Radio Theatre, starring Ray Milland; original theatrical trailer; gallery of original stills and promotional materials; reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Christina Newland. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Big White
(2005) Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Blake Nelson, W. Earl Brown, Woody Harrelson. After finding a frozen corpse in a dumpster, on-the-verge-of-being-bankrupt Alaskan travel agent Paul (Robin Williams) decides to use it to claim his long-lost brother's life insurance policy. However, the body is also sought by two dangerous hitmen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Trailer, photo gallery, behind the scenes. (Filmrise).
The Buster Keaton Collection: The General and Steamboat Willie, Jr.
"The General" (1926) and "Steamboat Willie, Jr." (1928), high points not only of Buster Keaton's incomparable career but of all silent cinema, and both included on the National Film Registry -- are presented in new 4K restorations and feature orchestral scores by Carl Davis ("Pride and Prejudice," "The World at War"). Many critics and historians consider "The General" to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the finest films of all time on international critics' polls. It is No. 18 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Greatest American Films, and is No. 34 on the latest Sight & Sound critics poll of the Greatest Films of All Time. "Steamboat Willie, Jr." contains what many consider Keaton's most memorable -- and potentially deadly -- film stunt: One side of a house falls on him while he stands in the perfect spot to pass through a window frame unharmed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: "Reflections on The General" and "Buster Keaton: The Luminary," trailers. (Cohen Film Collection).
(20189) Liam Neeson, Tom Bateman, Emmy Rossum, Laura Dern.
A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film 'In Order of Disappearance'. Read more about "Cold Pursuit" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Welcome to Kehoe: Behind the Scenes on Cold Pursuit” featurette.Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, interview with Liam Neeson, interview with director Hans Petter Moland. (Lionsgate).
The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 - 5
(1958-66) Originally airing on ABC-TV, "The Donna Reed Show" is one of the most popular and enduring family sitcoms in television history. Starring Academy Award winner Donna Reed as homemaker Donna Stone, Carl Betz as her pediatrician husband Alex, Shelley Fabares as daughter Mary, Paul Petersen as son Jeff and, later, Patty Petersen as adoptee Trisha, the series is a humorous and heartwarming slice of Americana that has earned a legion of new fans through showings on Nick at Nite, TV Land and MeTV. This special collection presents all 186 episodes from Seasons 1 through 5 in complete versions and digitally remastered. Formats: DVD. Extras: New featurettes and interviews with Shelley Fabares and Paul and Patty Petersen, vintage promotional spots, original cast and sponsor commercials, Donna Reed's tribute on "This Is Your Life," rare footage and much more. (MPI Media Group).
(2018) Luciana Faulhaber, Jeff Berg, Jarrod Robbins, Curtis K. Case, Lindsay Eshelman. This female-directed twist on horror films centers on five New York City Millennials who escape the big city for a rustic Thanksgiving weekend in the country. But as will happen in horror, something threatens to shatter their peaceful getaway and they are targeted for murder. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wild Eye Releasing).
Fighting With My Family
(2019) Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Merchant, Kim Matula, Nick Frost. A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. Read more about "Fighting With My Family" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, "A Family’s Passion: A Making Of" featurette, "Learning the Moves" featurette, feature commentary with writer-director Stephen Merchant. Blu-ray adds director's cut. (Universal).
(1997) Michael Haneke's most notorious provocation, "Funny Games" spares no detail in its depiction of the agony of a bourgeois family held captive at their vacation home by a pair of white-gloved young men. In a series of escalating "games," the sadistic duo subject their victims to unspeakable physical and psychological torture over the course of a night. A home-invasion thriller in which the genre's threat of bloodshed is made stomach-churningly real, the film ratchets up shocks even as its executioners interrupt the action to address the audience, drawing queasy attention to the way that cinema milks pleasure from pain and stokes our appetite for atrocity. With this controversial treatise on violence and entertainment, Haneke issued a summation of his cinematic philosophy, implicating his audience in a spectacle of unbearable cruelty. New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with Haneke and actor Arno Frisch; new interview with film historian Alexander Horwath; press conference from the 1997 Cannes Film Festival featuring Haneke and actors Susanne Lothar and Ulrich Mühe; trailer; an essay by critic Bilge Ebiri. (The Criterion Collection).
Happy Death Day 2U
(2018) Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Steve Zissis. Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead in this genre-bending follow-up to Blumhouse's hit thriller "Happy Death Day." Read more about "Happy Death Day 2U" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scene, "The Never-ending Birthday," "Web of Love: Tree's Nightmare," "Multiverse 101." (Universal).
House of Games
(1987) The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet sat in the director's chair for the first time for this sly, merciless thriller. Lindsay Crouse stars as a best-selling author and therapist who wants to help a client by making restitution for the money he owes to a gambler. After she meets the attractive cardsharp (Joe Mantegna), her own compulsions take hold as he lures her into his world of high-stakes deception. Packed with razor-sharp dialogue delivered with even-keeled precision by a cast of Mamet regulars, "House of Games" is as psychologically acute as it is full of twists and turns, a rich character study told with the cold calculation of a career con artist targeting his next mark. High-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchía, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Director-approved special edition. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director David Mamet and consultant and actor Ricky Jay; interviews with actors Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna from 2007; David Mamet on "House of Games," a short documentary shot on location during the film's preparation and production; detail from a storyboard of a short con not used in the film; trailer; an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from Mamet's introduction to the published screenplay. (The Criterion Collection).
Impossible Mission (aka The Vibe)
(2018) Jimena Gala, Ben Vinnicombe, James Giblin. Rosa, a master assassin with a knack for poisons, sets out on a search and destroy mission against a spiritual leader, but conflicts within her own organization spell disaster for her long before she ever closes in on her target. Formats: DVD, VOD. (High Octane Pictures).
(1970) Dir.: Hal Ashby; Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Pearl Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Anspach, Diana Sands, Robert Klein. Legendary filmmaker Hal Ashby makes his directing debut with this acclaimed social satire starring Beau Bridges as a wealthy young man who leaves his family's estate in Long Island to pursue love and happiness in a Brooklyn ghetto. When Elgar Enders (Bridges) buys a Park Slope tenement, he fully intends to evict the occupants and transform the building into a chic bachelor pad. But after meeting the tenants, Elgar adopts a "love thy neighbor" policy instead: first he falls head-over-heels for a sexy young go-go dancer ... then he begins an affair with the sultry, married "Miss Sepia 1957." Featuring brilliant performances by Lee Grant in an Oscar-nominated role, Pearl Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Klein, Trish Van Devere, Hector Elizondo, Gloria Hendry and Susan Anspach, and with a potent script by Bill Gunn based on the novel by Kristin Hunter, "The Landlord" is one of the most original and provocative screen comedies to deal with race relations in urban America. Produced by Norman Jewison and shot by Gordon Willis. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Racial Gap" interview with Bridges, "Reflections" new interview with Grant, "Norman Jewison and Hal Ashby: Style and Substance" new interview with producer Jewison, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber).
(2019) Drew Van Acker, Addison Timlin, James D’Arcy, Steven Strait. In this futuristic thriller, Sophie and James purchase a lifelike robot to cook and clean at their sprawling new home. At first, android Henry is quiet and hard-working. But as his artificial-intelligence programming kicks in, Henry starts to anticipate the couple’s needs and desires, ones they themselves cannot fully understand. Will Henry’s terrifying behavior destroy Sophie and Julian’s relationship—and their lives?Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) James DeBello, Glenn Hetrick, Brick Bronsky. In 1994, a production team in Eastern Pennsylvania brought together a group of local pro wrestlers and young actors to make a horror-action film. A quarter of a century later, the movie was finally finished: After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, a professional wrestler takes a job at a group home for youth offenders. But when a psychopath wearing a wrestling mask begins butchering the teenage residents, their rehabilitation will become a no-holds-barred battle for survival.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews, audio commentary with cast & crew, audition tapes. (Intervision Picture Corp.).
(2005) Dan Byrd, Denise Crosby, Stephanie Patton. A family moves to a small town in California where they plan on starting a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Trailer, behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary by director Tobe Hooper. (Filmrise).
Never Grow Old
(2019) Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Déborah François. A once-peaceful frontier town is now a den of vice after vicious outlaw Dutch Albert (Cusack) and his gang arrived -- and began gunning down their opposition. Undertaker Patrick Tate (Hirsch) must choose between the blood money he makes burying the murderers’ victims and the threats he and his family face in this intense action-drama. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: “Dire Consequences: The Making of Never Grow Old” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Never Look Away
(2018 -- Germany) Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl. A romantic historical drama inspired by real events and the life of legendary artist Gerhard Richter follows two German students who fall in love and soon realize the girl’s father has a devastating secret and vows to end their relationship. Read more about "Never Look Away" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Q&A with writer=director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. (Sony)
(2018 -- Poland) Julia Kijowska, Eliza Rycembel, Andrzej Konopka. Struggling in her marriage and yearning for change, Nina longs to have a child but is unable to conceive. Multiple failed attempts have left her disillusioned and at a breaking point, but an accidental encounter with Magda renews her hope. Young and independent, Magda may be a possible solution to their pregnancy problem. But while her husband fails in his attempts to engage Magda as a surrogate, Nina also becomes ensnared by thoughts of Magda. And as her thoughts shift from surrogacy to a more intimate curiosity, Magda awakens a repressed desire in Nina, causing her life to suddenly and unexpectedly spiral out of control. The feature film debut of Polish director Olga Chajdas. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Film Movement).
Princess Mononoke Collector’s Edition Set
(1997 - Japan) This limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase and includes a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio is a Blu-ray of the film paired with hours of special features, and the film’s soundtrack made available on CD for the first time in North America. From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this epic fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time. The set’s 40-page book features new essays by film critic Glenn Kenny (The New York Times, RogerEbert.com) alongside amazing imagery and statements from director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, and Miyazaki’s poems about the characters.
The first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, "Princess Mononoke" is Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity. Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi and the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Feature-length storyboards, original theatrical trailers, TV spots, "Princess Mononoke in USA." "Behind the Microphone." (Studio Ghibli, GKIDS, and Shout! Factory).
The Return of the Hero
(2018 -- France) Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Noémie Merlant. France, 1809: The charming Captain Neuville (Dujardin) is set to marry the naïve Pauline (Merlant) when the war breaks out, forcing Neuville to depart for the battlefield. After not hearing from the captain for months, Pauline grows sick with worry, and her sister Elizabeth (Laurent) decides to write letters on Neuville’s behalf to cheer her up.
Neuville returns home in glory and is welcomed as a hero, but unbeknownst to everyone, he is a coward and a war deserter. A suspicious Elizabeth is determined to expose the real Neuville, and the two imposters find themselves in a ruthless fight. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
(2013) Jason Dugre, Katy Sullivan, Peter Iasillo Jr. A hallucinatory epic follows an unhinged orchestra conductor named Bernard (Dugre) as he graphically descends into a surreal odyssey of chaos and psychosis. Features a performance by punk legends The Damned. Transferred from the original negative and unleashed beyond the underground festival circuit for the first time ever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Making of Saint Bernard," trailer. (Severin Films).
The Shape of Now
(2018) According to estimates, approximately 200,000 people lost their lives in the 50-year Colombian civil war. Another 25,000 were kidnapped, and many are still considered missing. When the peace deal between the government and the FARC rebels was made in November 2016, guns were banned from the conflict. But since then, Colombians have faced the nearly impossible task of having to agree on a common past. The film follows scientists, academics and activists who are attempting to normalize war-torn Colombia after the disarmament of the country's oldest guerrilla organization. At the same time, a group of elderly mothers searches for a direct way to approach the possible killers of their missing children, forging a necessary and genuine encounter in an attempt to find clues about their whereabouts -- or get closure. Director Manuel Correa attempts to shed light on the difficult process of reconciliation and healing with this powerful documentary about memory and shared experiences during wartime. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiPix Films).
(2018 -- Mexico) John Noble, Rupert Graves, Melina Matthews. Sci-fi time displacement drama in whixh a woman must find a powerful stone -- originally discovered in the Zone of Silence, the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico, by her grandfather -- in order to save her son’s life. Along the way, she stumbles upon family secrets and enemies who believe the stone’s power is worth killing for. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
Surviving Birkenau: The Dr. Susan Spatz Story
(2019) A compelling and powerful Holocaust documentary follows one woman's courageous struggles and ultimate escape from the Nazis Final Solution. The documentary -- vividly and emotionally narrated by Dr. Susan Spatz at the age of 96 -- recounts her astonishing life, from an idyllic childhood in Austria to the unimaginable horrors she and her family suffered at the hands of the Third Reich. Born in Vienna in 1922, Spatz was an only child who lived a life of privilege until the Nazis invaded, and she and her mother found themselves "in the trap," experiencing many of the terrors of her fellow European Jews: early Nazi oppression in Berlin; post-"Anschluss" Vienna and Nazi-occupied Prague. But, after being deported to Theresienstadt, the true nightmares awaited in Birkenau, the notorious woman's death camp in Auschwitz. After three years of brutal internment and a transfer to Ravensbrück, a death march led not to the grave, but to freedom. With the assistance of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, filmmaker Ron Small brings Susan's story to rich life for future generations in this second film to be released from the newly launched Holocaust Education Film Foundation (HEFF).Formats: DVD, Digital. (Dreamscape Media).
(2018 -- Thailand/China) Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping, Celina Jade, Jeeja Yanin. When a hit contract is taken out on a billionaire’s daughter (Jade) intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate, a team of wanted mercenaries (Jaa,Chen) must take on a group of professional assassins (Adkins, White, Bisping) to stop them from hitting their target. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Well Go USA).
Valentine: The Dark Avenger
(2019 - Indonesia) Estelle Linden, Matthew Settle, Arie Dagienkz. The City of Batavia has been infested with robbery and violence. Srimaya, a waitress at a café, dreams of a glamorous life as an actress, but a chance meeting with a film director and his assistant leads to a life-changing series of events for her, as they take her on a thrilling adventure that finds the waitress-turned-actress transforming into the person Batavia City needs and deserves most: the consummate kick-ass superhero. Taking to the streets as "Valentine," she becomes a role model to the people of Batavia, and a foil to the city's lowlifes and ne'er-do-wells. But when a sinister masked villain emerges from the shadows of the night, Srimaya realizes that all of her vigilante exploits were a mere dress rehearsal for the ultimate showdown. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
(2019) Aurora Perrineau, Rachel Hendrix, Susan Walters, Jessica Miesel, Harold Perrineau, Julia Keefe, Eyas Younis, Aaron Hill. Two young women embark on an illuminating 24-hour journey, unlocking memories of their childhood, exploring a world of fantastical creatures and buried memories with comical and touching results. Formats: DVD. (Indican Pictures).
(1969 -- Japan) Director Teruo Ishii, the Godfather of J-sploitation, presents this gruelling anthology of torture, spawning three district periods of Japanese history and bringing to the screen some of the most brutal methods of torment ever devised. In this deep dive into the world of the Yakuza, meet the violent men who rule the Japanese underworld and the cruel punishments inflicted on those who transgress them. The carnage begins in the Edo Period with a violent tale of samurai vengeance starring Bunta Sugawara ("Battles Without Honor and Humanity"), before shifting to the Meiji Period as the exiled Ogata (Minoru Oki, "Shogun Assassin") returns to face punishment for his past transgressions ... and, ultimately, to take his revenge. Finally, the action is brought right up to date with a tale of gang warfare set in then-present-day 60s Japan and headlined by Teruo Yoshida (Ishii's "Orgies of Edo"), as a powerful crime syndicate seeks bloody vengeance for the theft of one hundred thousand yen. Brutal, bewildering and definitely not for the faint-hearted, "Yakuza Law" represents Japanese popular cinema at its most extreme ... and most thrilling. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by author and critic Jasper Sharp; "Erotic-Grotesque and Genre Hopping: Teruo Ishii Speaks," a rare vintage interview with the elusive director on his varied career, newly edited for this release; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tom Mes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2018 -- Hong Kong) Martial arts legend Donnie Yen stars as a former soldier recruited for his toughest mission yet – teaching a class of teen delinquents. As he kicks his way into their school and home lives, it becomes clear that his unconventional teaching style might be just what they need. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(1984) Jessica Tandy, Vanessa Redgrave, Linda Hunt, Christopher Reeve, Madeleine Potter. Adaptation of Henry James's 1886 novel of political intrigue and forbidden romance in post-Civil War Boston. Olive Chancellor finds her infatuation with young activist Verena Tarrant challenged by a Southern lawyer who also loves her. An intricately drawn study of the impact of women's suffrage on society. 4K restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: New interview with director James Ivory, "Conversations From the Quad: James Ivory on The Bostonians," original trailer and the 2018 re-release trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
(1992) Dir.: Roman Polanski; Peter Coyote, Emmanuelle Seigner, Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Victor Banerjee, Sophie Patel. Roman Polanski ("Chinatown," "Rosemary's Baby," "Repulsion") explores the sexy side of obsession and the wild side of romance in this outrageous look at the dark side of love. A mild-mannered man (Grant) attempts to rekindle the sexual fire in his marriage while on a cruise, but he develops an irresistible infatuation with an eccentric paraplegic's wife (Seigner). Offbeat and original, this voyage of wild obsession puts a whole new twist on the concept of marital bliss. Featuring dazzling performances and nasty comic moments, "Bitter Moon" is a hilarious walk on the wild side. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with star Peter Coyote, new audio commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
A Dark Place
(2019) Andrew Scott, Bronagh Waugh, Denise Gough, Christa Beth Campbell. A small-town sanitation truck driver (Scott) whose friendship with a young boy on his route leads to an obsession over uncovering the truth about the boy’s sudden disappearance. The more that Donny recalls the boy’s kindness, the more he becomes consumed by the discrepancies with the sheriff’s theory that he just ran away … and as Donny investigates and analyzes, he finds a steady and surprising resistance that mounts until the whole town seems to be against him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Featurette, trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2019) Shane O’Meara, Jim Sturgeon, James Robinson, Margaret Ann Bain. Simon, a young man with exceptional powers, tracks down a serial killer, battling not only his own demons but a government agency that has decided Simon is too dangerous to be allowed to roam free. Based on the bestseller “First & Only”by Peter Flannery. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
(2018) Voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, F. Murray Abraham, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. In this next installment, the heroic pair finally fulfill their destinies. Read more about "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening; two DreamWorks Shorts: "Bilby" and "Bird Karma"; deleted scenes; "How to Voice Your Viking": "Creating an Epic Dragon Tale"; "How I Learned from Dragons"; "Brave Wilderness Presents: Nature + Dragons = Awesome"; "The Dragon Sheep Chronicles"; "A Deck of Dragons"; "Growing Up with Dragons"; "The Evolving Character Design of Dragons"; "Drawing Dragons"; "Epic Villain"; "Astrid’s Whole Dragon Trilogy in 60 Seconds"; "Welcome to New Berk"; feature commentary with writer-director Dean DeBlois, producer Bradford Lewis and head of character animation Simon Otto. (Universal).
(2017 -- Germany) Jürgen Vogel, André Hennicke, Susanne Wuest, Sabin Tambrea. In 1991, a melting glacier revealed the body of a man. At first, people assumed he was a hiker. Later, his true Stone Age origins were revealed. Set in the stunning Ötztal Alps, more than 5,300 years ago. Kelab, leader of a Neolithic clan, is also the appointed keeper of the group's holy shrine, Tineka. But, one day, while out hunting, his village is attacked by a bloodthirsty band of marauders. Everyone in the tribe is brutally murdered, including Kelab's wife and son, and Tineka is stolen. Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab now has one sole purpose -- vengeance -- and he sets off on a treacherous odyssey through the mountains to confront his family's killers. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Making-of "Iceman" featurette. (Film Movement).
The Image Book
(2018 -- France) Director: Jean-Luc Godard; starring: Jean-Luc Godard, Dimitri Basil, Buster Keaton. The legendary Jean-Luc Godard adds to his influential, iconoclastic legacy with this provocative collage film essay, a vast ontological inquiry into the history of the moving image and a commentary on the contemporary world. Winner of the first Special Palme d'Or to be awarded in the history of the Cannes Film Festival. Displaying an encyclopedic grasp of cinema and its history, Godard pieces together fragments from some of the greatest films of the past, then digitally alters, bleaches, and washes them, all in the service of reflecting on what he sees in front of him and what he makes of the dissonance that surrounds him. He uses his own voice to guide us through the fascinating labyrinth of his mind. In some cases, it is to reflect on the metaphysical properties of the world -- time, and space, and where meaning is found -- but more importantly it is the image, the thing that has obsessed Godard for his entire career, that anchors this film. His ontological enquiry into the image continues to be one of the most moving in history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
Isn't It Romantic
(2019) Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin, Brandon Scott Jones, Jennifer Saunders. A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy. Read more about "Isn't It Romantic" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "I Wanna Dance!" featurette. (Warner).
Let the Sunshine In
(2017 -- France) Two luminaries of French cinema, Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche, unite for the first time in this piercing look at the elusive nature of true love, and the extent to which we are willing to betray ourselves in its pursuit. In a richly layered performance, Binoche plays Isabelle, a successful painter in Paris whose apparent independence belies what she desires most: real romantic fulfillment. Isabelle reveals deep wells of yearning, vulnerability, and resilience as she tumbles into relationships with all the wrong men. Shot in burnished tones by Denis's longtime collaborator Agnès Godard and featuring a mischievous appearance by Gérard Depardieu, "Let the Sunshine In" finds bleak humor in a cutting truth: we are all, no matter our age, fools for love. 4K digital master, approved by cinematographer Agnès Godard, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with director Claire Denis and actor Juliette Binoche; "Voilà l'enchaînement" (2014), a short film directed by Denis and adapted from a text by author Christine Angot, featuring actors Norah Krief and Alex Descas; trailer; an essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek. (The Criterion Collection).
Masterpiece: Les Misérables
(2018) A blockbuster novel for over 150 years comes vividly to life in award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies’s multi-layered retelling of "Les Misérables" by Victor Hugo. This six-episode adaptation on two discs stars Dominic West as Jean Valjean, the most famous fugitive in literature, David Oyelowo as his relentless pursuer, Javert, and Lily Collins as the tragic seamstress, Fantine; Ellie Bamber plays her adolescent daughter, Cosette; Academy Award-winner, Olivia Colman and Adeel Akhtar are Cosette’s cruel overseers, the Thénardiers; and Josh O'Connor is the student and reluctant revolutionary Marius, who falls in love with Cosette at first sight. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (PBS Distribution).
Reb Elimelech and the Chassidic Legacy of Brotherhood
(2018) A multi-media experience presenting and explaining the origins of the Chassidic movement and the transformation it rendered to Jewish life at the time. Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk was one of the Chassidic world’s most celebrated founders. His legacy of loving your fellow man, regardless of personal connection, affiliation or religiosity, has guided his followers ever since. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of" featurette, trailer, "People Review." (SISU Home Entertainment).
Ruben Brandt, Collector
(2018 -- Hungary) Iván Kamarás, Gabriella Hámori, Zalán Makranczi, Csaba Márton. Animated adventure. Famous psychotherapist Ruben Brandt is plagued by terrible nightmares, and to make the dreams stop, Ruben is compelled to steal 13 paintings from the world’s most renowned museums. Soon, accompanied by four of his own patients, he and his crew of thieves strike regularly and with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, MoMA and more! Named by the press, ‘The Collector,’ he quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and head-hunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
The Seduction BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Steamy stalker thriller starring Morgan Fairchild and Andrew Stevens. L.A. anchor woman Jamie Douglas (Fairchild in her big screen debut) has it all: a glamorous career on a top-rated news show, a luxurious house in the hills, and a devoted young admirer named Derek (Andrew Stevens). But when Jamie rebuffs his romantic advances, Derek becomes an obsessed stalker who plays out an increasingly psychotic courtship with the frightened newswoman. Soon he is threatening every part of her life, secretly watching even her most intimate moments. Her tough-talking lover (Michael Sarrazin) can't console her. A by-the-book cop (Vince Edwards) can't protect her. But Jamie is far from helpless -- and ready to fight back with all the weapons at her command. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New “Beauty and Strength” interview with Morgan Fairchild; new “The Seducer” interview with Andrew Stevens; new “Flashbacks” interview with producer Bruce Cohn Curtis; audio commentary with producer Irwin Yablans, Bruce Cohn Curtis and writer-director David Schmoeller; “Remembering The Seduction” featurette featuring interviews with Bruce Cohn Curtis, Irwin Yablans, David Schmoeller, actress Colleen Camp, actor Kevin Brophy and associate producer Tom Curtis; “Remembering the Locations and Production” featurette with Bruce Cohn Curtis and location manager Charles Newirth; “Remembering The Seduction and The Law” featurette; original theatrical trailer and TV spot; still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
She-Devils On Wheels
(1968) Wild! Vicious! With motorcycles as their lovers! Experience sights and sounds beyond your very imagining as "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis ("Blood Feast," "Two Thousand Maniacs!") tackles the biker chick sub-sub-genre. Have you ever heard the saying "it's a man's world"? Well don't dare repeat that to The Man-Eaters -- a raucous, rowdy and randy gang of female bikers who ride their men just as viciously as they do their motorcycles. When they're not racing each other to get first pick of the "stud line-up", these female hellcats are busy terrorizing the town and clashing with the rival male gangs. Billed as "by far the most exciting picture of its type ever filmed", "She-Devils on Wheels" sees splatter pioneer H.G. Lewis going full throttle with the most shocking biker flick of its kind -- now accompanied by his other vicious gang opus "Just for the Hell of It" (1968) for a thrilling, pulse-racing double-bill. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Introductions to both films by Herschell Gordon Lewis; feature-length audio commentary with H.G. Lewis and Something Weird’s Mike Vraney; "The Shocking Truth!": filmmaker and Grindhouse Releasing head honcho Bob Murawski on his discovery of the films of H.G. Lewis; "Garage Punk Gore": filmmaker and musician Chris Alexander discusses the films and music of H.G. Lewis; H.G Lewis on his 1968 film "The Ally Tramp"; H.G. Lewis promo gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) John Travolta, Toby Sebastian, Shania Twain. When their winning streak begins to fail, legendary father and son racing duo Sam (John Travolta) and Cam (Toby Sebastian) have a falling-out. A rival racing giant takes advantage of this rift and offers Cam a lucrative opportunity racing for the adversary. Cam accepts and the gap between father and son grows even bigger. Engines rev and sparks fly as the two are set against each other in an ultimate high-stakes race -- and the most dangerous competition between father and son. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Golshifteh Farahani, Aja Naomi King, Nicole Kidman. A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him. Remake of the French film "The Intouchables" (2011). Read more about "The Upside" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; "Onscreen Chemistry: Kevin and Bryan"; "Creating a Story of Possibility" with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston; "Bridging Divisions"; "Embracing Positivity"; "Presenting a Different Side of Kevin Hart"; theatrical trailer. (Universal).
(2018) Shauna MacDonald, Oded Fehr. The United Kingdom in the near future. Civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hellbent on squashing the opposition. A woman wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell, where General Zakarian uses increasingly sophisticated and cruel methods to torture her for information -- information she claims not to have. As questions of trust are placed both on captor and captive, they find themselves embroiled in an increasingly spiraling journey into the nature of authority. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Dark Sky Films).
(1986) Home from college, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) makes an unsettling discovery: a severed human ear, lying in a field. In the mystery that follows, by turns terrifying and darkly funny, David Lynch burrows deep beneath the picturesque surfaces of small-town life. Driven to investigate, Jeffrey finds himself drawing closer to his fellow amateur sleuth, Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), as well as their prime suspect, lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini)-- and facing the fury of Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), a psychopath who will stop at nothing to keep Dorothy in his grasp. With intense performances and hauntingly powerful scenes and images, "Blue Velvet" is an unforgettable vision of innocence lost, and one of the most influential American films of the past few decades. New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both supervised by director David Lynch.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Alternate original stereo soundtrack; "Blue Velvet Revisited," a feature-length meditation on the making of the film by Peter Braatz, filmed on-set during the production; "The Lost Footage," 51 minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes assembled by Lynch; "Mysteries of Love," a 70-minute documentary from 2002 on the making of the film; trailer; more. (The Criterion Collection).
(2018 -- France) Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Claude Gajan Maull. Another truly unique and sensual vision from filmmaker Gaspar Noé ("Enter the Void") that stirred up a buzz upon its premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. A hypnotic, shock-filled story of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. In an empty and remote school building in the 1990s, a French dance troupe has gathered for rehearsal. The rehearsal morphs into a party -- and then turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they've been drinking sangria laced with LSD. Passions and violence erupt as the night moves from jubilation to full-fledged anarchy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “A Visceral Experience: Making Climax” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Steven Seagal, Sonia Couling, Byron Gibson. After CIA agent Jake Alexander (Seagal) sees a member of his team killed during a sting operation, he demands revenge against the guilty mob boss. But the CIA won’t sanction the hit, so Jake and his crew quit the agency and form a task force with just one mission: vengeance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Director: Neil Jordan. Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Zawe Ashton, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, Isabelle Huppert, Stephen Rea, Jeff Hiller.
A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her. Read more about "Greta" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Greta: Enemies and Friends"look at the film’s three main characters and their intertwined relationships. (Universal).
One Sings, the Other Doesn't
(1977) In the early 1960s in Paris, two young women become friends. Pomme is an aspiring singer. Suzanne is a pregnant country girl unable to support a third child. Pomme lends Suzanne the money for an illegal abortion, but a sudden tragedy soon separates them. Over a decade later, they reunite at a demonstration and pledge to keep in touch via postcard, as each of their lives is irrevocably changed by the women's liberation movement. A buoyant hymn to sisterly solidarity rooted in the hard-won victories of a generation of women, "One Sings, the Other Doesn't" is one of Agnès Varda's warmest and most politically trenchant films, a feminist musical for the ages. New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnès Varda and cinematographer Charlie Van Damme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Women Are Naturally Creative," a 1977 documentary directed by Katja Raganelli, featuring an interview with Varda shot during the making of the film, plus on-set interviews with actors Valérie Mairesse and Thérèse Liotard; "Réponse de femmes," a 1975 short film by Varda, on the question "What is a woman?"; "Plaisir d'amour en Iran," a 1976 short film by Varda, starring Mairesse and Ali Raffi; trailer; an essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from the film's original press book. (The Criterion Collection).
(1977) Peter Cushing, Ray Milland, Joan Greenwood, Donald Pleasence, Samantha Eggar, Susan Penhaligon. Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror. Scanned from an inter-negative recently discovered in a London vault.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Cat's Victim: Interview with Actress Susan Penhaligon," trailer. (Severin Films).
(2018) Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett. After escaping her violent husband, Sadie (Wilde) makes it her life’s mission to help free others in danger. Now, after months of rigorous training in survival skills, boxing, and lethal martial arts, Sadie is back with a vengeance as an avenger who lives to defend victims of domestic abuse. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Catharsis: Creating a Vigilante” featurette. (Lionsgate).
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