(2016 -- South Korea) Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min. The first project from Warner Bros. Korea, "The Age of Shadows" takes place in 1920s Korea and Shanghai during the Japanese occupation. The stylistic espionage-thriller is based on real people and incidents surrounding the dramatic events that transpired between the Korean resistance and their occupiers. Lee Jung-chool, a Korean police captain in the Japanese police force, is given a special mission to infiltrate the armed resistance fighting for the independence of Korea, which is led by an old acquaintance of his, Kim Woo-jin. After an intel leak and the death of a resistance leader, pressure on Captain Lee to take down the resistance grows -- but as he works deeper into their web, it becomes more unclear who is actually playing who and where true allegiances lie.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (CJ Entertainment).
Beyond the Gates
(2017) Chase Williamson, Graham Skipper, Barbara Crampton. A creepy homage to 80s horror and a love letter to the VHS Golden Age of home video. After their father's unexplained disappearance, two estranged brothers -- responsible Gordon and reckless John -- reunite to sift through the contents of his stubbornly anachronistic VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they find an old interactive VCR board game. Intrigued, the brothers pop in the tape ... and soon discover that this video is no ordinary game, but a portal to a nightmarish alternate reality, one with deadly consequences for anyone who dares to press ‘play.’
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentaries with director Jackson Stewart, actress Barbara Crampton and the cast and crew; behind-the-scenes featurette; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer; retro-style "Beyond the Gates" commercial. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2016) Dir.: Taylor Hackford; Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny
DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman,
Patti LuPone, Lois Smith, Harvey Keitel. An aging insult comic (De
Niro) struggles to reinvent himself. Read more about "The Comedian" in the May
Calendar.Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Comedian at AFI Fest: Q&A Featuring Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito and Taylor Hackford,” “Backstage With The Comedian” featurette.
Counting for Thunder
(2015) Phillip Irwin Cooper, Mariette Hartley, John Heard, Peter Stebbings, Alison Elliott. Inspired by his own life experiences, actor-director-writer Phillip Irwin Cooper tells a story of a son's return home to Alabama, where he is faced with caring for his ill mother (Hartley) and reconciling with his supportive father (Heard) while also coming out later in life and discovering romantic feelings for a childhood friend from a life he left behind in the deep South. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wolfe Video).
A Dog’s Purpose
(2017) Josh Gad (voice), Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson. A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Read more about "A Dog’s Purpose" in the May
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, "Lights, Camera, Woof!" behind-the-scenes featurette, "A Writer's Purpose" featurette on author W. Bruce Cameron Cameron and his best-selling novel.
(2016) Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Craig T. Nelson. Tale about one man’s pursuit of the American dream -- to discover gold. Matthew McConaughey stars as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, who teams up with a similarly eager geologist, and they set off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. The film is inspired by a true story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Deleted sequence, commentary with director Stephen Gaghan, “The Origins of Gold” featurette, “The Locations of Gold” featurette, “Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells” featurette. (Dimension Films/Anchor Bay).
I Am Not Your Negro
(2017) Documentary explores race in America through writer James Baldwin's unfinished novel, "Remember This House." Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Read more about "I Am Not Your Negro" in the
May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview and Q&A session with director Raoul Peck, Q&A with Samuel L. Jackson, photo gallery of notable photographs featured in the film. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Last Ship: The Complete Third Season
(2016) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the TNT’s action-drama in which Navy Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew set sail again in its quest to save humanity after a devastating pandemic. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "From America's First Fighting Ship to The Last Ship" documentary that details the fascinating history behind the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the vessel that serves as the inspiration behind the U.S.S. Nathan James in the series; "Inside the Episodes"; "Behind the Scenes"; four character pieces; "Women of The Last Ship"; Season One and Two recap. (Warner).
(2015 - Austria) Tom Payne, Sam Neill, Dominique Tipper, Oliver Stark. A group of brilliant young students create a wireless neural network, linking multiple minds via a quantum computer. Capable of transferring motor skills from one brain to another, they have brought into existence the first shareware for human motor skills. They freely spread this technology, believing it to be a first step towards a new equality and intellectual freedom. But they soon discover that they themselves are part of a much greater and more sinister experiment, as dark forces emerge that threaten to subvert this technology into a means of mass-control.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of MindGamers" featurette. (Universal).
The Red Turtle
(2016) Marking the much-anticipated return of Studio Ghibli, this masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolate island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, soon he comes upon a young woman, also lost at sea, and they create a family together. The film was an Academy Award-nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, and won both the Annie Award for Best Independent Animated Film and the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: "The Birth of The Red Turtle" and "The Secrets of The Red Turtle," AFI Fest Q&A with director Michael Dudok de Wit. (Sony).
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
(2016) Brett Dalton, Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney, Shawn Michaels. Gavin Stone is a former child star whose hard-partying ways get him in trouble, forcing him to do 200 hours of community service at a church in his hometown. Gavin pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in the church's annual Passion Play and discovers that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Church Uniform Advice," cast interviews, deleted scenes. (Universal).
(2017) Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, Vincent D’Onofrio. A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days. Read more about "Rings" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Terror Comes Full Circle," "Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back," "Scary Scenes," deleted/extended/alternate scenes.
Rugrats: Season 1 and Rugrats: Season 2
(1991-1993) A baby's gotta do what a baby's gotta do. Told from the perspective of a group of adventurous and imaginative toddlers, Rugrats transformed the most mundane activities into unforgettable adventures. Led by fearless leader Tommy Pickles, the gang can turn an ordinary trip to the park into a journey across the Sahara in search of water, a visit to the plant nursery into a jungle trek to find a cure for "jungle beaver," or a search for cookies into a prehistoric fantasy. Together, there's no adventure too big and no problem they can't solve ... or at least nothing that a good nap won't help.
"Rugrats: Season 1" ($14.99) contains 25 episodes on two discs; "Rugrats: Season 2" ($19.99) contains 51 episodes on four discs. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2017 -- Iran) Dir.: Asghar Farhadi; Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh
Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati. The story of a couple --
performing in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" -- whose
relationship is altered due to events beyond their control when they
move to a new apartment. Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
about "The Salesman" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Conversation With Writer-Director Asghar Farhadi." (Sony).
Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Blu-ray
(1977) John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Donna Pescow, Bruce Ornstein, Julie Bovasso. Director John Badham worked with Paramount in 2016 to restore the film in 4K using the original negative and to update the surround sound mix. During this process he added scenes to the theatrical R-rated version that round out character and plot, making this new Director’s Cut the definitive representation of his original vision.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "‘70s Discopedia," "Catching the Fever," "Back to Bay Ridge," "Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese," "Fever Challenge!", deleted scene. Blu-ray adds Theatrical Version in high definition, commentary by director John Badham (theatrical version only). (Paramount).
(2016) When art collector and preservationist Brian Greif decides to save an iconic work hailing from the world's most renowned street artist, it sets off an art world struggle. The eponymous street artist originally painted the "Haight Street Rat" in San Francisco in 2010, in lieu of interviews for the premiere of the Banksy doc, "Exit Through the Gift Shop." Enter Greif, who spent months negotiating with the owners of the vandalized Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast to carefully remove 10 redwood siding planks, with every intention of preserving Banksy's work for the public. However, years pass before Greif is able to show the work to the public -- no major museum will display it without proper authentication and greedy collectors and dealers simply want to sell or own it -- for up to three quarters of a million dollars. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Behind-the-scenes" featurette with footage and interviews not seen in the theatrical version. (Candy Factory Films).
The Shadow Effect
(2017) Cam Gigandet, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brit Shaw, Michael Biehn. Obsessed with gene regeneration, and fascinated by the phenomenon of the waking dream, Dr. Reese (Rhys Meyers) explores the psyche of Gabriel Howarth (Gigandet), a young man whose life is turned upside down when his violent dreams begin to blend with reality. When Gabriel's dreams mirror political assassinations, he must race against the clock to not only save himself and his wife Brinn (Shaw), but stop an experimental government program. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Momentum Pictures).
(2016 - South Korea) Ha Jung-woo, Doona Bae, Oh Dal-su. South Korean superstar Ha Jung-woo ("The Handmaiden") plays a car salesman fighting for survival inside a collapsed tunnel while rescue workers race against time to free him. With draining cell phone battery power and a rescue effort that might end before they locate him, days pass by without success, and people start to lose hope as the rescue operation becomes an ordeal when incompetence, the media and government interference slow down the process. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2015 -- Sweden) Amalia Holm, Rebecka Nyman. Teen lesbian romance/horror film based on the internationally acclaimed graphic novel by Kim W. Andersson. With a traumatic event in her recent past, Alena transfers to a posh private all-girls school where her decidedly lower class roots makes her an outsider. While a gang of mean rich girls are determined to make Alena’s life a living hell, she's mysteriously defended by a shadowy and jealous, yet beautiful guardian angel.
Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom
(2017) In this latest adventure in the animated franchise, wolf pups Stinky, Claudette, and Runt must defend Bear Kingdom’s royalty and their forest home from the evil Rogue Wolves. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1988) Meet Elmer. He's your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag. When young Brian comes under Elmer's addictive spell, it's not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite's preferred food source -- brains. Features late TV horror host John Zacherley as the voice of Elmer. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with original mono and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio options. Extras: New audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter; "Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage" new documentary; "The Effects of Brain Damage"; "Animating Elmer" featurette looks at the contributions of visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti; "Karen Ogle: A Look Back" with stills photographer, script supervisor and assistant editor Karen Ogle; "Elmer's Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage"; "Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession" interview with superfan Adam Skinner; "Brain Damage" Q&A with Frank Henenlotter recorded at the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival; image galleries; original theatrical trailer; "Bygone Behemoth" animated short by Harry Chaskin, featuring a brief appearance by John Zacherley in his final onscreen credit; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck; Limited Edition O-card with exclusive artwork; collector's booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold, illustrated with original archive stills and posters. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Chef's Wife
(2014 -- France) Karin Viard, Emmanuelle Devos, Roschdy Zem. Overshadowed by her Michelin-starred chef husband, Carole takes a course at an adult training center where she meets Marithé, who wants to help Carole create a new, fulfilling life. The two women hit it off immediately, bonding over their desire for change, but complications arise when Marithé encounters Carole's charming husband. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Divorce: The Complete First Season
(2016-17) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in this new comedy series. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage with Robert (Thomas Haden Church), and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The story of a very, very long divorce, the first season follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing union, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends. Finding sharp, observant humor in tense situations ranging from awkward public encounters to bitter private therapy sessions, Divorce is about two people at the most difficult moment in their lives, feeling more intense emotions for each other than they've felt in years. The ensemble cast includes Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: Commentaries, bonus feature with Parker and executive producer-writer Paul Simms, and writers Tom Scharpling and Adam Resnick. (HBO).
Fifty Shades Darker
(2017) Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Bella Heathcote. Sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey." While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her. Read more about "Fifty Shades Darker" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "A Tease to Fifty Shades Freed," the next Fifty Shades film; "Writing Darker" featurette with author E.L. James and screenwriter Niall Leonard; "Dark Reunion" featurette with filmmakers and cast. Blu-ray adds "A Darker Direction" featurette with director James Foley; "New Threats" introduction to some new, dark and threatening characters; "The Masquerade" featurette about one of the film’s most iconic scenes; "Intimate With Darker" featurette.
The Greasy Strangler
(2016) Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Gil Gex. Ronnie runs a disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love ... and also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night. Formats: DVD. (FilmRise/MVD Visual).
Heat: Director’s Definitive Edition
(1995) Dir.: Michael Mann; Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Dennis Haysbert, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman, Tom Noonan. New restoration overseen by Michael Mann. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: New 2016 Academy Panel reuniting Mann, Pacino and De Niro and moderated by Christopher Nolan; New Toronto International Film Festival Q&A with Mann; commentary by Mann; three-part "The Making of Heat": "True Crime," "Crime Stories" and "Into the Fire"; "Pacino and De Niro: The Conversation"; "Return to the Scene of the Crime": additional footage - deleted scenes: Scene 5 - Season's starting early, Scene 42 - Nicest guy on the block, Scene 55 - Albert and Hanna (Alternate Take), Scene 62 – Shakedown, Scene 76 - Murder in C-Block, Scene 96A - Let's Dance, Scene 125 - Late arrival, Scene 148/147 - Where's Anna?, Scene 177B - Double the worst trouble, Scene 191 - Nate delivers, Scene 204A - No response; theatrical trailers: Surprise of a Lifetime, Two Actors Collide, Closing In. (Fox).
(2016) In 1985, film school graduate Will Allen joined a spiritual community in West Hollywood, which centered on the mysterious leader they called the "Teacher." Allen became quickly immersed and with his camera in hand began to document life inside the group. Slowly over time, hidden truths about their Teacher began to surface until finally his darkest secrets were revealed. Now, using 22 years of intimate archival footage, Allen takes us on an emotional journey behind closed doors and into a world no one, not even its participants, could have imagined.
Formats: DVD. Extras: More than 75 minutes of bonus material, including intimate never before seen footage. (The Film Sales Company).
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
(1975) A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow (Delphine Seyrig) -- whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman's film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or one of cinema's most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades. New 2K digital restoration undertaken by the Royal Belgian Film Archive, supervised by director of photography Babette Mangolte, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Autour de Jeanne Dielman," a 69-minute documentary-shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnes Ravez and director Chantal Akerman, made during the filming of "Jeanne Dielman"; interviews from 2009 with Akerman and Mangolte; excerpt from "Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman," a 1997 episode of the French television program "Cinéma de notre temps"; interview from 2007 with Akerman's mother, Natalia; excerpt from a 1976 television interview featuring Akerman and actor Delphine Seyrig; "Saute ma ville" (1968), Akerman's first film, with an introduction by the director; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies. (The Criterion Collection).
(2015) Marvin Young , Lochlyn Munro, Lance Henriksen, Gail O’Grady. Three people whose loved ones were victims of crimes in which the accused perpetrator was inexplicably exonerated are given a second chance to re-litigate the crime in a private setting, acting as judge, jury, and executioner, all under the auspices of “Justice.” Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism Limited Edition
The work of Kiju Yoshida is one of Japanese cinema's obscure pleasures. A contemporary of Nagisa Oshima ("Death by Hanging," "In the Realm of the Senses") and Masahiro Shinoda ("Pale Flower," "Assassination"), Yoshida started out as an assistant to Keisuke Kinoshita before making his directorial debut at age 27. In the decades that followed he produced more than 20 features and documentaries, yet each and every one has proven difficult to see in the English-speaking world. This collection brings together three works from the late sixties and early seventies, a loose trilogy united by their radical politics and an even more radical shooting style. "Eros + Massacre," presented here in both its 169-minute theatrical version and the full-length 220-minute director's cut, tells the parallel stories of early 20th-century anarchist (and free love advocate) Sakae Osugi and a pair of student activists. Their stories interact and intertwine, resulting in a complex, rewarding work that is arguably Yoshida's masterpiece. "Heroic Purgatory" pushes the dazzling cinematic language of "Eros + Massacre" even further, presenting a bleak but dreamlike investigation into the political discourses taking place in early seventies Japan. "Coup d'état" returns to the past for a biopic of Ikki Kita, the right-wing extremist who sought to overthrow the government in 1936. Yoshida considered the film to be the culmination of his work, promptly retiring from feature filmmaking following its completion. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with high definition digital transfers supervised by Kiju Yoshida, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations for all films, uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio on all films. Extras: "Yoshida ... or: The Explosion of the Story," a 30-minute documentary on "Eros + Massacre" with contributions from Yoshida and film critics Mathieu Capel and Jean Douchet; introductions to "Heroic Purgatory" and "Coup d’etat" by Yoshida; newly-filmed discussions of all three films by David Desser, author of "Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave," recorded exclusively for this release; scene-select commentaries by David Desser on all three films; "Heroic Purgatory" theatrical trailer; "Coup d’etat" theatrical trailer; limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm; illustrated 80-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the films by David Desser, Isolde Standish (author of "Politics, Porn and Protest: Japanese Avant-Garde Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s") and Dick Stegewerns (author of "Kiju Yoshida: 50 Years of Avant-Garde Filmmaking in Postwar Japan." (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Millie and the Lords
(2015) Jessica Carmona, Mateo Gomez, Alex Hernandez, Alfredo Huereca. The story of Milagros Baez, a young, working class under-confident Puerto Rican woman whose life is changed for the better when she begins to learn about the Young Lords Party, a revolutionary group from the later '60s, and her rich Puerto Rican history. Marrying a deeply emotional story and inventive cinematography with documentary footage and original presentations from the founding members of the Young Lords Party, the film is an inspirational and poignant film about one woman's journey from isolation and helplessness to strength and empowerment. Formats: DVD. (IndiePix Films).
Orange Is the New Black: Season Four
(2016) Thirteen episodes. From Jenji Kohan, the creator of "Weeds," "Orange Is the New Black" is a thought-provoking, funny, and evocative show about life in a women’s prison. Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, the newest season delves into the racial and economic tensions that run rampant in the halls of Litchfield. Overrun with new inmates and overseen by inexperienced guards, the prison undergoes an unprecedented culture war. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "Visitation: Set Tour" featurette, commentaries with cast and crew on select episode. (Lionsgate).
Serial Mom Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1994) Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Patricia Hearst, Matthew Lillard, Mary Jo Catlett, Traci Lords, Suzanne Somers. If you are ill-mannered, have a poor sense of social etiquette or just plain irresponsible, then beware of the cheerfully psychotic housewife Beverly Sutphin from John Waters’ wickedly hilarious cult classic. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation with director John Waters, actress Kathleen Turner and actress Mink Stole; "Serial Mom: Surreal Moments" featuring interviews with Waters, Stole, actress Patricia Hearst, actress Ricki Lake, actor Matthew Lillard, casting director Pat Moran, production designer Vincent Pirano and more; commentary with John Waters and Kathleen Turner; commentary with John Waters; "The Making Of Serial Mom" original promotional featurette; "The Kings Of Gore: Herschel Gordon Lewis and David Friedman" featurette; original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(1972) Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy, Meredith Baxter. Sequel to "Willard," also making its DVD and Blu-ray debut this week. When detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland (Joseph Campanella) investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats, he discovers that the rats are now an organized army, and he must destroy the murderous rodents before it is too late. But the rats, led by Ben, the only survivor of the Willard attack, take to the challenge with full force and little fear. New HD transfer of the best surviving archive print. Extras: New audio commentary with actor Lee Montgomery, new interview with Montgomery, theatrical trailers, TV Spots, "Ben"/"Willard" Double feature trailer and TV spot, radio spot, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Bubble Guppies: Super Guppies
(2017) New collection featuring five heroic "tails." Whether they're diving into a comic book, going on a treasure hunt or helping to keep the streets safe, the Bubble Guppies prove that being a hero is a lot more than just fighting crime. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(1975) After shooting cult favorites "Flesh for Frankenstein" and "Blood for Dracula" in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the 70s making movies on the continent. In France, he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi ("Savage Three," "Season for Assassins") to nunsploitation ("Killer Nun"). "The Climber" follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as "The Public Enemy" and "Scarface" as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge... . Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with new 4K restoration of the film from the original negative, the original Italian soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono with optional and alternative English-language soundtrack. Extras: "Little Joe's Adventures in Europe," a new interview with Joe Dallesandro on his numerous European film appearances during the 1970s and early 1980s; reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016) Madeline Merlo, Munro Chambers, Sophie Tweed-Simmons. The drama from Andrew Cymek follows city girl Nancy Taylor (newcomer Merlo) who meets Charlie Bishop (Chambers) on her way to a party in the country. He returns with her to New York City where her music career is beginning to flourish, and despite the reservations of her best friend Ainsley, their romance continues. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Digimon Adventure Tri. – Reunion
(2015 -- Japan) Digimon’s first feature-length movie since 2000 reunites the characters and original cast from the classic series and picks up where the beloved Digimon adventure 2002 series ended. It's been six years since that summer adventure when Tai (now in high school) and the rest of the “DigiDestined” crossed over to the Digital World, and nearly three years since the frenzied final battles between warring factions. With the gate to the Digital World closed, time continues to pass, until the adventure “digi-volves” once again. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: New interviews with director and members of the English voice cast, inside look at the Los Angeles movie premiere. (Shout! Factory).
(2017) Eion Bailey, Barkhad Abdi, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danny Glover. At a Caribbean resort, a family takes a carefree boat ride that turns tragic when they’re stranded on an island. Near death, they’re rescued by a local fisherman, who demands a million dollars, forcing the father to find his dying wife and son on an unknown island before their time runs out. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The Making of Extortion” featurette, director’s commentary. (Lionsgate).
(1959) A lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu's perennial theme of the challenges of intergenerational relationships, "Good Morning (Ohayo)" tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking as an act of resistance after their parents refuse to buy a television set. Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his childish protagonists. Shot in stunning Technicolor and set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors' new washing machine and unemployed men look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy reworks Ozu's own silent classic "I Was Born, But ..." to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan. New 4K digital restoration from Shochiku Co., with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "I Was Born, But ...", Yasujiro Ozu's 1932 silent comedy masterpiece, with a score composed by Donald Sosin in 2008; surviving excerpt from "A Straightforward Boy," a 1929 silent film by Ozu; new video essay on Ozu's use of humor by critic David Cairns; new interview with film scholar David Bordwell; new English subtitle translation; an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. (The Criterion Collection).
Ice: Season One
(2016-17) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the DIRECTV high-impact crime series starring Jeremy Sisto, Cam Gigandet, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone. "Ice" follows a prestigious diamond-dealing family as they plunge into the high-stakes underbelly of the Los Angeles diamond trade. After the accidental death of a diamond smuggler, the prestigious Green family finds itself under the thumb of a powerful crime boss who draws them into the dangerous world of blood-diamonds. While the family fights to keep their business legitimate, their relationships threaten to fracture under the pressure. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Premise" featurette, interviews with Sisto and Gigandet, "Diamond Girl" music video by Rachele Royale. (Entertainment One).
(2016) Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Cary Joji Fukunaga. Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy (Malone). Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director So Yong Kim, theatrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
A Mermaid's Tale
(2017) Jerry O'Connell, Barry Bostwick, Caitlin Carmichael, Nancy Stafford.
When a young girl is forced to move with her father to a small seaside town, she struggles to fit in and make new friends. One day she discovers a secluded cove where she befriends a mysterious mermaid, and together they uncover a secret that could help save the town and heal an age-old feud between humans and sea people. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of A Mermaid’s Tale: Behind the Scenes, Beneath the Waves" featurette, commentary.
(2017) Victoria Justice, Eden Sher, Ashley Rickards, Peyton List, Avan Jogia. Mindy and Jodi are two world-class high school geeks who have been tormented for years by Whitney, the most popular girl in school, and Mackenzie, her second in command. When Jodi becomes the target of Whitney's worst prank yet -- embarrassing her at a party in front of a potential love interest -- the two outcasts conspire to unite the other nerds and put the bully clique in their place. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
(2017) Dir: Paul W.S. Anderson; Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, William Levy. Alice returns to where the nightmare began, The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. Read more about "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two Featurettes: "Explore the Hive," "The Badass Trinity & The Women of Resident Evil." Blu-ray adds "Retaliation Mode" (in which Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson break down pivotal scenes from the movie and discuss the world of Resident Evil; sneak peek of the CG animated feature "Resident Evil: Vendetta"; "Stunts & Weaponry" featurette. (Screen gems/Sony).
The Space Between Us
(2017) Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson.
The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time,
experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks
on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to
be. Read more about "The Space
Between Us" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet
(cloud). Extras: Alternate
ending, deleted scenes, "Love" featurette, commentary with Director
(2016) Award-winning documentary that chronicles the lives of four patients living with the rare and life-threatening blood disease Hereditary Angioedema (HAE). Failed by a healthcare system that is largely ignorant of their existence, patients Ava, Noah, Kelsie, and Lora join their voices together to conquer adversity and create change. Natalie Metzger, a filmmaker as well as an HAE patient herself, directed and produced the film. The film will be released in conjunction with the fifth national HAE Day. May 16 has been an important day of awareness for the HAE community ever since the US Congress signed a resolution in 2012 to make May 16 national HAE Day, now celebrated internationally. Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic disease that causes unpredictable attacks of extreme swelling. Attacks can happen anywhere in the body and range from inconvenient hand swelling to grotesque facial distortion to throat swelling that can lead to suffocation and death. HAE is very rare, only affecting 1 in 50,000 people. Because of its rarity, many healthcare professionals have never heard of it, causing patients to often be misdiagnosed or treated incorrectly, sometimes even having unnecessary surgeries. In America, it takes nine years on average for an HAE patient to get diagnosed; that is almost a decade of not knowing what is wrong and of not having proper treatment. The delay in diagnosis is appalling, but more troubling is that six to ten patients still die every year from HAE, despite the recent development of life-saving medication. Many of these deaths are a result of ignorance about the disease or lack of access to medication. Some deaths even happen within a hospital setting, where the patient could have easily been saved. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
Willard BLU-RAY AND DVD DEBUT
(1971) Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine. Willard Stiles (Bruce Davison) is a young man with a big problem. He lives alone in a crumbling house with his ailing mother. His boss, Al Martin is a vulgar, cruel man who stole his business from Willard’s father and is now working Willard to death at his factory job. Lonely, depressed and isolated, Willard is on the verge of a breakdown when he makes a new friend: Ben, one of the many rats who inhabit his dilapidated home. Not only can Willard communicate with the rodent, but he can actually command him to do his bidding. Using Ben and his furry friends as instruments of retaliation, Willard commands his pets to carry out his vengeance. New 4K scan of the original camera negative. Extras: New audio commentary with actor Bruce Davison, new interview with Davison, theatrical trailer, TV spot, radio spots, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition
(2016) Re-release of the 2009 DC Universe Original Movies feature with the voices of Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Virginia Madsen, David McCallum, Marg Helgenberger, Oliver Platt, Vicki Lewis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "What Makes a Wonder Woman" featurette, sneak peek: "Batman and Harley Quinn," "Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream" featurette, " Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth." (Warner).
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
(2017) Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Rory McCann, Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Toni Collette. When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is recruited back into action. Read more about "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Third Time’s the Charm: Xander Returns," "Rebels, Tyrants & Ghosts: The Cast," "Opening Pandora’s Box: On Location," "I Live for This Sh#t!: Stunts," gag reel. (Paramount).
The Frank Sinatra Collection: The Timex Shows Vol. 1
The Frank Sinatra Collection brings together some of Frank Sinatra’s finest performances on television and in concert. This release combines his first two Timex TV shows from the late ‘50s. The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: First broadcast by ABC on October 19, 1959. This was the first of four Timex-sponsored television specials that Sinatra hosted. It’s a fun and energetic show that captures Frank Sinatra at the top of his game. Guests include Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby, who join forces for an opening rendition of “High Hopes” and later Jimmy Durante makes a surprise appearance. An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra: First broadcast by ABC on December 13, 1959, this was the second of Sinatra’s four Timex television specials. The show includes guest appearances from Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, The Hi-Lo’s, Red Norvo’s jazz combo, dancer Juliet Prowse and the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Sinatra sings such hits as “I’ve Got The World On A String,” "I'll Never Smile Again" and duets on "Can't We Be Friends" with Ella. Formats: DVD Digital. (Eagle Rock Entertainment).
The Frank Sinatra Collection: The Timex Shows Vol. 2
The Frank Sinatra Collection brings together some of Frank Sinatra’s finest performances on television and in concert. This release combines his two final Timex TV shows from 1960. To the Ladies: First broadcast by ABC on February 15, 1960, this show surrounded Frank Sinatra with a host of wonderful female performers for his third Timex-sponsored television special. It’s a mix of comedy, opera, dancing and great songs. Guests include Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and special guest star Eleanor Roosevelt. Welcome Home Elvis: First broadcast by ABC on May 12, 1960, this was Sinatra’s fourth and final Timex special. It marked Elvis Presley’s first TV appearance after coming home from military service. Elvis performs “Fame And Fortune” and “Stuck On You” then Presley and Sinatra join forces on great renditions of “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender.” Joining in the fun is Nancy Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Formats: DVD Digital. (Eagle Rock Entertainment).
(2016) Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald,
Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism,
providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream,
corporate news outlets. This documentary follows them as they expose
government and corporate deception -- just as the ground-breaking
independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Extended Interviews.
(First Run Features).
American Wrestler: The Wizard
(2016) Jon Voight, William Fichtner, Ali Afshar, George Kosturos. In
this inspiring tale, based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani
comes to live with his cynical uncle in a California town. Because Ali
is different, he’s met by a very unwelcoming community, and faces a
mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. Spurned by everybody and
determined to fit in, Ali signs up for his high school’s losing
wrestling team. With the hope of changing the way people perceive him,
Ali must meet a number of challenges, not the least of which is to
become a hero.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Revisiting the Past" in which
the filmmakers and cast share the experience of returning to Petaluma,
CA to bring Ali Afshar’s inspiring story to life; "Script to Screen"
featurette; "Behind the Scenes" featurette; "American Wrestler:
American Dream" cast featurette; “Rise” music video by Andy Madadian
and Shani Rigsbee.
Cops vs Thugs
(1975) Considered by many to be director Kinji Fukasaku's greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre, "Cops vs Thugs" was made at the height of popularity of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories taken from contemporary headlines. Returning to the screen after completing their "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, composer Toshiaki Tsushima and star Bunta Sugawara to create one of the crowning achievements of his career, and a hard-boiled classic which is still ranked as one of the best Japanese films of the 1970s. It's 1963 in the southern Japanese city of Kurashima, and tough-as-nails detective Kuno (Sugawara) oversees a detente between the warring Kawade and Ohara gangs. Best friends with Ohara lieutenant Hirotani (Hiroki Matsukata), he understands that there are no clear lines in the underworld, and that everything is colored a different shade of gray. But when random violence interrupts the peace and an ambitious, by-the-books lieutenant (Tatsuo Umemiya) comes to town, Kuno's fragile alliance begins to crumble. Greedy bosses and politicians alike seize the opportunity to wipe out their enemies, and Kuno faces the painful choice of pledging allegiance to his badge and keeping a promise to his brother. Echoing the great crime films of Sidney Lumet and Jean-Pierre Melville, in Fukasaku's world, there's no honor among thieves or lawmen alike, and the only thing that matters is personal honor and duty among friends. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with a high definition digital transfer and original uncompressed mono audio. Extras: "Beyond the Film: Cops vs Thugs," a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane; new visual essay on cops and criminals in Fukasaku's works by film scholar Tom Mes; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games
(2017) Class is back in session at Super Hero High in the second
feature in the new, animated universe celebrating young girls. Wonder
Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and
Katana square off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games,
but trouble is in the air as Lena Luthor takes advantage of the
gathering of the Supers to enact her villainous plan. It’s up to the
DC Super Hero Girls to fight the forces of evil and protect their
school. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: “That’s My Girl” by Fifth
Harmony music video, seven animated shorts. (Warner).
(2015) With this Palme d'Or-winning drama, which deftly combines seemingly disparate genres, French filmmaker Jacques Audiard cemented his status as one of the titans of contemporary world cinema. In an arresting performance, the nonprofessional actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan (himself a former child soldier) stars as a Tamil fighter who, along with a woman and child posing as his wife and daughter, flees war-torn Sri Lanka only to land in a Paris suburb riddled with drugs. As the makeshift family embarks on a new life, Dheepan settles into an intimate social-realist mode, before tightening, gradually and organically, into a dynamic turf-war thriller, as well as an unsettling study of the psychological aftereffects of combat. Searing and sensitive, Audiard's film is a unique depiction of the refugee experience as a continuous crisis of identity. High-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary from 2015 featuring director Jacques Audiard and coscreenwriter Noé Debré, new interview with Audiard, new interview with actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan, deleted scenes with audio commentary by Audiard and Debré, trailer, an essay by critic Michael Atkinson. (The Criterion Collection).
The Future of Work and Death
(2016) In this provocative documentary, worldwide experts in the fields of
futurology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy consider the
impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life:
work and death. Charting human developments from early man, past the
Industrial Revolution, to the digital age and beyond, this documentary
looks at the astonishing exponential rate at which mankind creates
technologies to ease the process of living. As we embark on the next
phase of our "advancement," with automation and artificial
intelligence driving the transformation from man to machine, the film
gives a shockingly realistic look into the future of human life.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (First Run Features).
(2016) Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Whitford, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Keith Stanfield, Betty Gabriel, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson. A young African-American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate and is introduced to her parents -- and their friends -- and discovers a disturbing truth about the family. Read more about "Get Out" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Alternate ending with commentary by writer-director Jordan Peele, deleted scenes with commentary by Peele, "Unveiling the Horror of Get Out" behind-the-scenes featurette, Q&A discussion with Peele and the cast hosted by Chance the Rapper, commentary with Peele. (Universal).
The Great Wall
(2017) Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau. European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. Read more about "The Great Wall" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Matt Damon in China," "Working With Director Chang Yimou," "The Great Wall Visual Effects," "Man vs. Monster," "Weapons of War," "Designing a Spectacular World." (Universal).
The High Schooler's Guide to College Parties
(2015) Nate Rubin, Kris Kiley, Brina Palencia, Rebekah Kennedy, Juan Felipe Barrientos. High schooler Shaquille has grown up below the radar and believes that his ticket to a better life lies in throwing a college party -- he wants to raise himself up from "loser" status so he can get into a good college and fraternity. But all hell breaks loose as Shaq tries to fix the party -- and his future. Formats: DVD. (FilmRise/MVD Visual).
I Am Heath Ledger
(2017) Adored by many fans and audiences, Heath Ledger was one of Hollywood's most gifted young actors. Starring in break-out hits like "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Dark Knight," Ledger quickly rose to fame before his tragic and unexpected death at the age of 28. This documentary recounts his remarkable acting career, from his early days performing in Australia to his rapid rise in the Hollywood spotlight. The documentary also showcases footage captured through the lens of Ledger's own camera, offering a unique look into his personal life. In addition to never before seen footage, "I Am Heath Ledger" features a wide range of interviews, from close friends and family members to industry colleagues including directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke; actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch; musicians Ben Harper, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), N'fa, and Grace Woodroofe; and the Ledger family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Virgil Films).
(2017) David Ramsey, Vivica A. Fox, McKinley Freeman, Dean Cain. A well-liked parole officer and a beautiful former model enjoy a successful marriage until she gets the itch to go back to work. As the wife forms an “unlikely friendship” with an emerging photographer, the husband is dealing with a parolee who proves to be more than he
bargained for. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Jacques Rivette Collection Limited Edition
In 1975, Jacques Rivette reunited with "Out" 1 producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff with the idea of a four-film cycle. He would create a quartet of interconnected films, each in a different genre. One was to be a love story, another a Western, and there was to be a fantastical thriller and a musical comedy starring Anna Karina and Jean Marais too. Ill health intervened, and only two of the films were completed. "Duelle (une quarantine)" (1976) sees Rivette in fantasy territory, cross-pollinating Val Lewton, Jean Cocteau and film noir as the Queen of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) and the Queen of the Night (Juliet Berto) search for a magical diamond in present day. Its parallel film, "Noroît (une vengeance)" (1976), is a pirate tale -- and a loose adaptation of "The Revenger's Tragedy" -- starring Geraldine Chaplin ("Nashville"). A third film began production -- "Marie et Julien" starring Albert Finney and Leslie Caron -- but Rivette succumbed to nervous exhaustion and shooting was abandoned. When he did return to filmmaking, Rivette borrowed some of the elements of "Duelle" and "Noroît" and came up with" Merry-Go-Round" (1981). Joe Dallesandro ("Trash," "Flesh for Frankenstein") and Maria Schneider ("Last Tango in Paris," "The Passenger") are summoned to Paris, which leads to one of the most surreal and mysterious tales in a career that was dominated by surrealism and mystery. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of all three films from brand new 2K restorations, with original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays). Extras: "Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers" archive interview with the director, in which he discusses "Duelle (une quarantaine)," "Noroît (une vengeance)" and "Merry-Go-Round"; "Remembering Duelle": Bulle Ogier and Hermine Karagheuz recollect their work on the 1976 feature; interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who reported from the sets of both "Duelle" and "Noroît"; exclusive perfect-bound book containing writing on the films by Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens and Nick Pinkerton plus a reprint of four on-set reports from "Duelle" and "Noroît"; reversible sleeves with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook, Dafne Keen. In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces. Read more about "Logan" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray extras: "Logan Noir," a black and white version of the film that gives the acclaimed story an all-new look; audio commentary by director James Mangold; deleted scenes; "Making Logan" behind-the-scenes documentary. (Fox).
Max 2: White House Hero
(2017) Zane Austin, Francesca Capaldi, Carrie Genzel, Lochlyn Munro.
Duty calls again, and hero dog Max returns to action. His new
assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S.
president's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with
his precocious daughter Alex, tensions arise between both countries.
First Son TJ, along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that
puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. Formats: DVD,
Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Kids on the Case: Making of Max
2," "Max 2: A Ruff Life" canine blooper reel. (Warner).
My Life as a Zucchini
(2016 -- French) Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, this is a delightful and touching tale about the uplifting power of friendship in the face of adversity. After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. Though he struggles to find his place at first, with the help of his new friends, Zucchini learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own. With a band of unforgettable characters, "My Life as a Zucchini" stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of My Life as a Zucchini," "The Genie in a Tin of Ravioli" short film by "Zucchini" director Claude Barras. (Universal).
On the Road, Somewhere (Algun Lugar)
(2015 -- Dominican Republic) Follows three high-school best friends, Oliver (Arnold Martínez), Moises (Javier Grullón), and Hemingway (Victor Alfonso), on a summer road-trip through the Dominican Republic -- their last together before college. Along the way, the car breaks down frequently, leaving the three boys stranded with nearly every character under the Dominican sun: a Haitian hitchhiker, a famous photographer and an intriguing artist. And when these strangers trigger a series of adventures unexpectedly changing their travel plans, their celebratory journey may well become a final farewell.
Formats: DVD. (IndiePix Films).
Outsiders: Season Two
(2017) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. A struggle for power and control continues in the rugged hills of Appalachia as the battle between the clan and the town escalates with the Farrells becoming more isolated than ever before. The uneasy truce that had previously existed between the townspeople and the family tribe came to an abrupt end when Big Coal headed up the mountain and the standoff continues to have repercussions. Formats: DVD. Extras: Twenty-nine deleted scenes. (Sony).
Outsiders: Seasons One and Two
(2016-17) Eight-disc set with all 26 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes from Season One; 47 deleted scenes from both seasons. (Sony).
(2016) Voices of J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson. When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Finding the Fire: The Making of Rock Dog," "Mic Check: Casting the Voices” featurette, "A Rockin’ New World: Animating Rock Dog" featurette, "Rock Dog and Roll: Exploring the Music" featurette, “Glorious” music video. (Lionsgate).
Shaquille O’Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam: Live from Sin City
(2017) Hosted by stand-up entertainer Lavell Crawford, this live recording presents some of the hottest comedians around, including K-Dubb, Cocoa Brown, Donnell Rawlings and Earthquake. Formats: DVD. (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate).
Unlocking the Cage
(2016) This documentary by Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he tries to break down the legal
wall that separates animals from humans. Arguing that cognitively
complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants
deserve to be treated as sentient, self-aware and autonomous beings,
Steve and his legal team are making history by fighting to transform a
chimpanzee from a "thing" with no rights to a "person" with limited
legal protections. This riveting film captures a monumental shift in
our culture as the public and judicial system show increasing
receptiveness to Steve's impassioned arguments.
Formats: DVD, Digital.
(First Run Features).
VIXEN: The Movie
(2017) Animated feature combines the first two seasons of the CW Seed
digital series into a single uniform story. Originally from Africa,
Mari McCabe grew up an orphan after her parents were killed by local
greed, corruption and wanton violence. But Mari refuses to succumb to
the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family's Tantu Totem, Mari
can access the powers of animals – anything from the strength of a
gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to
protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Vixen: Spirit Animal"
featurette, two Vixen-focused episodes of Justice League Unlimited
handpicked by Bruce Timm. (Warner).
Voodoo Black Exorcist
(1974 - Spain) Aldo Sambrell, Fernando Sanchez, Eva León. New 2K scan from a rare 35mm archival print. The mummy of a Caribbean voodoo priest stalks the passengers of a South Seas ocean liner in this sexy, quirky, ’70s Euro horror-thriller from director Manuel Caño. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (The Film Detective).
Welcome to the Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1
(2016) Two-disc set contains the first 13 episodes of the first season of the Nickelodeon series that introduces Lincoln Loud, an 11-year old boy who is the middle child of 10 sisters. The series follows Lincoln and his sisters for an inside look at what it takes to survive growing up in a huge family. Lincoln remains the man with the plan to stay one step ahead of the chaos, but whether or not it works is where the adventures begin. Inspired by creator and executive producer Chris Savino's ("Rocko's Modern Life," "The Powerpuff Girls") life growing up in a family of 10 kids. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(1975 - Japan) Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is "Wolf Guy," one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of "8 Man"), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers. At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind. Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi ("Sister Streetfighter," "Wandering Ginza Butterfly," "Karate Bear Fighter"), "Wolf Guy" truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness. High Definition digital transfer with original uncompressed mono audio. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba; new video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi; new video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) A new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and
directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark ("St. Vincent") rocks her directorial
debut with "The Birthday Party"; Karyn Kusama ("The Invitation," "Girl Fight") exorcises "Her Only Living Son"; Roxanne Benjamin ("Southbound" screams "Don't Fall"; and Jovanka Vuckovic ("The Captured Bird") dares to open "The Box." Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo ("La Casa Triste") wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
(2012-16) Twenty-disc set with all 70 episodes. Starring Kristen Kreuk as NYPD detective Catherine "Cat" Chandler and Jay Ryan as the mysterious Vincent Keller, the series follows the pair as they work to uncover the curse behind Jay's unnatural abilities, all while risking their lives. When Cat, a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective with a troubled past, falls in love with Vincent, a handsome doctor who was reportedly killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2002, it becomes anything but a fairy tale romance. While investigating a new case, Cat and Tess (Nina Lisandrello) discover fingerprints, which prove that Vincent is still alive. For mysterious reasons, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years. With the help of his childhood friend J.T. Forbes (Austin Basis), Vincent has been able to guard his dark secret -- when he is enraged he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his superstrength and heightened senses.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary, gag reels, "Seasos in Review" featurettes, "A Day in the Life Of the Writers' Room" featurettes, "From Script to Screen," more. (Paramount).
Before I Fall
(2017) Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris. February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's losing. Read more about "Before I Fall" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
The Blackcoat’s Daughter
(2017) Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka. Beautiful and haunted Joan (Roberts) makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all-girls prep school, where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. As Joan gets closer, Rose watches in horror while Kat suffers terrifying visions and becomes possessed by an unseen force.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Osgood Perkins, “The Dead of Winter: Making The Blackcoat’s Daughter” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(1972) John Hart, Ivory Stone, Joe De Sue. Two restored versions: Theatrical release (78 Minutes) and video release (87 Minutes). You may have heard of this infamous Blaxploitation/Horror hybrid, but the real story is even more bizarre: In 1973, criminal-lawyer-turned-wannabe-monster-movie-mogul Frank R. Saletri wrote and produced this grindhouse hit about a Black soldier mortally wounded in Vietnam transformed into a rampaging monster by an L.A. mad scientist. Almost a decade later, Saletri himself would be murdered gangland-style in a crime that remains debated -- and unsolved -- to this day. John Hart (TV's "The Lone Ranger"), '40s Hollywood starlet Andrea King ("The Beast With Five Fingers") and even former mob moll/stripper Liz Renay ("Desperate Living") star in this jaw-dropper directed by William A. Levey ("The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington").
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Monster Kid": Interview with writer-producer Frank R. Saletri's Sister, June Kirk; archive news broadcast o the murder of Saletri; producers-directors-actors Ken Osborne and Robert Dix remember Saletri; "Bill Created Blackenstein": interview with creature designer Bill Munns; theatrical trailer.
Code of a Killer
(2015) The three-part British miniseries -- from the director of "Broadchurch" and the producers of "Line of Duty" -- tells the extraordinary true story of how a brilliant scientist and a progressive police detective united to create the biggest advance in modern criminal investigation. David Threlfall stars as tenacious detective David Baker, who heads up the investigation into the brutal murders of two Leicestershire schoolgirls during the 1980s. Only a few miles away, Dr. Alec Jeffreys (John Simm) a scientist at Leicester University, invents a remarkable technique to read each individual's unique DNA fingerprint. Together they attempt what has never been done before – to solve a crime through DNA profiling. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast, crew, and the real-life Dr. Alec Jeffreys and Detective David Baker. (Acorn Media).
(2017) Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Felicity Jones. After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Hopkins). Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette before Hagen gets his hands on her, and sets out on an adrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). (Universal).
(1957-1958) Three-disc set with all 39 episodes of the TV series that was not only the first in American television to explore the life of a New York City policewoman, it was also the first series to feature an actress as the star protagonist in a full-season, dramatic series. The show follows Detective Casey Jones, played by the talented Beverly Garland ("My Three Sons," "Swamp Woman," "Airport 1975"), as she walks the streets of New York City, solving a new case each week. Case narratives were based on experiences told to Garland by the show’s technical director, Margaret Leonard, a former NYPD detective herself. The significance of her role was at a time when the “female detective” had virtually disappeared from film and created a strong new archetype that would set the standard for years to come. "Decoy" was filmed on location throughout the stunning backdrop of 1950s New York City, with sweeping shots of the Manhattan Bridge, Beat-era Greenwich Village, Penn Station and many other iconic NYC landmarks. In addition to its on-location shots, "Decoy" was unique for its time due to a documentary style of shooting; beautifully framed, noir shots; and an extremely brave approach to its gritty subject matter, with performances influenced by the method school.
Formats: DVD. (Film Chest).
(1995) A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the '80s. Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the "Splatter and Gore department," where he's forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality -- with ghastly (and bloody) consequences. Owing a debt to films such as "The Evil Dead," "Re-animator" and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson, "Evil Ed" is a veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures. Three-disc limited edition: DISCS 1 & 2 (Blu-ray + Dvd) The Special EDition Cut: World premiere of the newly-extended version of the feature [95 min]; "Keep 'Em Heads Rollin'" making-of documentary; "Reconstructing Edward" featurette on the creation of the Special EDition cut; deleted scenes; bloopers; teasers and trailers; still gallery. DISC 3 (Blu-ray) The Original Cut [Limited Edition Exclusive]: original cut [93 mins]; "Lost in Brainland" never-before-seen extended three-hour version of the making-of documentary. Includes reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys and a collector's booklet with new writing on the film. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kumail Nanjian. When one school teacher unwittingly causes another teacher's dismissal, he's challenged to an after-school fight on the last day of the school year. Read more about "Fist Fight" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds Georgia Film Commission. (Warner).
(2001) Terry Zwigoff's first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that's at once bleakly comic and wholly endearing. Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, "Ghost World" follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist suburbia. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred spirit: a sad-sack record collector many years her senior (Steve Buscemi). With its parade of oddball characters, quotable, Oscar-nominated script, and eclectic soundtrack of vintage obscurities, "Ghost World" is one of the 21st century's most fiercely beloved comedies. New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by writer-director Terry Zwigoff, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Zwigoff, comic-book creator and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, and producer Lianne Halfon; new interviews with actors Thora Birch and Illeana Douglas; extended excerpt from "Gumnaam" (1965) featuring the Bollywood musical number that appears in "Ghost World'"s opening title sequence; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by critic Howard Hampton. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) After five decades of law-abiding, tax-paying citizenship, retired couple Martha (Virginia McKenna) and Arthur (Bernard Hill) are forced into an unexpected life of crime. The financial industry has stolen their hard-earned pensions, so they’re going to steal them back, at the same time helping friends who are down on their luck, and saving their social club from becoming a supermarket. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Acorn Media).
Hart to Hart: The Complete Series
(1979-94) Twenty-nine disc set featuring the original pilot and all 110 episodes from the original series. Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers take you on a jet-setting mystery tour in the charming and elegant "Hart to Hart" mystery series. Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy and glamorous couple, always manage to find themselves caught up in intrigue and adventure. Along with their loyal and gravel-voiced servant Max (Lionel Stander), these stylish sleuths delighted audiences throughout "Hart to Hart’s" five-season run on network television. Created by Sidney Sheldon, both a bestselling novelist ("Master of the Game," "The Other Side of Midnight") and hit television producer ("I Dream of Jeannie," "The Patty Duke Show"), "Hart to Hart" is a smart and sexy detective drama featuring sparkling and witty dialogue, gorgeous costumes, and the sort of thrilling exploits that are never out of style. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Hart of Season One" featurette, commentary on the 97 minute long pilot with Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers and writer-director Tom Mankiewicz. (Shout! Factory).
The Last Kingdom: Season Two
(2017) Two-disc set with eight episodes. In 872, many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Major Crimes: The Complete Fifth Season
(2016-17) Five-disc set with all 21 episodes. In Season Five, the squad continues to work some of the most challenging murders in the City of Angels. From searching for a missing teenage girl who vanished while helping the homeless, to hunting down the killer of a potentially dirty cop and following up on a beheading in an isolated corner of Los Angeles, the major crime investigators work to arrest and deal out a succession of criminals and killers. Outside of their work, each member of the team must balance their work and personal lives. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 2
Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the Film Foundation's World Cinema Project has maintained a passionate commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of more than two dozen restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often-overlooked areas of cinema history. This collector's set gathers six important works, from the Philippines ("Insiang"), Thailand ("Mysterious Object at Noon"), Soviet Kazakhstan ("Revenge"), Brazil ("Limite"), Turkey ("Law of the Border"), and Taiwan ("Taipei Story"). Each title is an essential contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience.
Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Disc Combo. Extras: 2K, 3K, or 4K digital restorations of all six films, presented courtesy of the World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays; remastered digital soundtrack of "Limite" created almost entirely from archival recordings of the same musical performances director Mário Peixote and his musical arranger Brutus Pedreira originally selected to accompany the film, presented in uncompressed monaural sound on the Blu-ray; new introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese; new interview programs featuring film historian Pierre Rissient (on "Insiang"), director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (on "Mysterious Object at Noon"), director Ermek Shinarbaev (on "Revenge"), filmmaker Walter Salles (on "Limite"), producer Mevlüt Akkaya (on "Law of the Border"), and actor and cowriter Hou Hsiao-hsien with filmmaker Edmond Wong (on "Taipei Story"); three Blu-rays and six DVDs, with all content available in both formats; a booklet featuring essays by Phillip Lopate, Dennis Lim, Kent Jones, Fábio Andrade, Bilge Ebiri, and Andrew Chan
(The Criterion Collection).
Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season
(2016) All 13 episodes. From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, the series tells the story of the Bordelon family, as three estranged siblings return home after a family tragedy forces them back together. Based on Natalie Baszile’s best-selling book, "Queen Sugar." The series follows the life of three siblings--brother Ralph-Angel (trying to rebuild his life after jail) and sisters, Nova Bordelon (social activist, root woman, and herbalist) and Charley Bordelon (L.A. basketball wife), who, with her teenage son Micah, moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father -- an 800-acre sugarcane farm.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Making Queen Sugar" featurette, Oprah Winfrey and the cast Q&A, "Inside Queen Sugar: Origins," deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2017) Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw. Based on the worldwide best-selling novel and inspirational story of faith and love -- with over 22 million copies in print. A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack." The film has been awarded the Dove Faith Friendly Seal of Approval. Read more about "The Shack" in the May Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Stuart Hazeldine; “Touched by God: A Writer’s Journey” featurette; "God’s Heart for Humanity” featurette; ”Heaven Knows: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” featurette; “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” featurette; “Premiere Night: A Blessed Evening” featurette; deleted scene. (Lionsgate).
Spotlight on a Murderer
(1961) When the terminally ill Count Hervé de Kerloquen (Pierre Brasseur) vanishes without trace, his heirs are told that they have to wait five years before he can be declared legally dead, forcing them to devise ways of paying for the upkeep of the vast family château in the meantime. While they set about transforming the place into an elaborate son et lumière tourist attraction, they are beset by a series of tragic accidents -- if that's really what they are ... . The little-known third feature by the great French maverick Georges Franju ("Eyes Without a Face," "Judex") is a delightfully playful romp through Agatha Christie territory, whose script (written by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac of "Les Diaboliques" and "Vertigo" fame) is mischievously aware of the hoariest old murder-mystery clichés and gleefully exploits as many of them as possible. They're equally aware of the detective story's antecedents in the Gothic novel, a connection that Franju is only too happy to emphasize visually at every opportunity thanks to his magnificent main location. A young Jean-Louis Trintignant ("The Conformist," "Amour") is amongst the Kerloquen heirs. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the feature, restored by Gaumont, with uncompressed French Mono 1.0 PCM Audio. Extras: Vintage production featurette from 1960, shot on location and including interviews with Georges Franju and actors Pascale Audret, Pierre Brasseur, Marianne Koch, Dany Saval and Jean-Louis Trintignant; original theatrical trailer reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2016 -- France) Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry. The follow-up to visionary filmmaker Alain Guiraudie’s "Stranger by the Lake," the adventurous film follows filmmaker Leo, whose amorous encounter with a free-spirited shepherdess results in a baby he’s forced to raise. Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, while simultaneously struggling to find inspiration for his next film, Leo will do whatever it takes to stay standing. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Strawberry Shortcake: Dance Berry Dance
(2017) Kids can dance along with Strawberry Shortcake and her friends' adventures: Apple causes “The Berry Bitty Dance Disaster” when she invents groove booties to keep up with her pals’ moves. Strawberry and Plum use the booties to teach puppies ballet, but one will become a “Doggie Dance No-Show.” And Cherry Jam must find a solution when she can’t escape the popularity of her “Dance Puppy Dance” song. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Fox).
Suits: Season Six
(2016-17) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, "Suits: Anatomy of an Episode," "Goodbye, Jessica Pearson." (Universal).
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