(1985) What happens when you put five strangers in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant film, writer-director John Hughes established himself as the bard of American youth, vividly and empathetically capturing how teenagers hang out, act up, and goof off. "The Breakfast Club" brings together an assortment of adolescent archetypes -- the uptight prom queen (Molly Ringwald), the stoic jock (Emilio Estevez), the foul-mouthed rebel (Judd Nelson), the virginal bookworm (Anthony Michael Hall), and the kooky recluse (Ally Sheedy) -- and watches them shed their personae and emerge into unlikely friendships. With its highly quotable dialogue and star-making performances, this film is an era-defining pop-culture phenomenon, a disarmingly candid exploration of the trials of adolescence whose influence now spans generations. On DVD and Blu-ray, with 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray and alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2008 featuring actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson; new interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy; new video essay featuring director John Hughes’s production notes, read by Nelson; documentary from 2008 featuring interviews with cast and crew; 50 minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes; rare promotional and archival interviews and footage; excerpts from a 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes; 1999 radio interview with Hughes; segment from a 1985 episode of NBC’s "Today" show featuring the film’s cast; audio interview with Molly Ringwald from a 2014 episode of "This American Life"; trailer; an essay by critic David Kamp.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2017) Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, James Darren. Follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out-lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2015) Eric Roberts, Kim Poirer, Felissa Rose, Justin Beahm, Joshua Benton. Campy horror with political satire. Lewis Cutterman is a well respected brain surgeon and happily married with two beautiful children who run the family business. They are model citizens within the community. A simple visit to their home by a solicitor is greeted by an invitation to dinner; except dinner takes a macabre turn when the solicitor finds himself drugged by the family. Waking up, the solicitor soon discovers they will be slowly eaten piece by piece and that the kid's family business is to farm out internal organs to needy patients.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2017) Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Katie Leung, Orla Brady, Charlie Murphy, Michael McElhatton. A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities. Read more about "The Foreigner" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of The Foreigner," interviews, trailers. (Universal).
(2017) Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of
young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. Based on the Stephen King novel. Read more about "It" in the January
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Pennywise Lives! featurette with Bill Skarsgård and how he prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown; "The Losers’ Club" with the teenage stars; "Author of Fear" with Stephen King as he reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise; deleted scenes.
My Little Pony: The Movie
(2017) Voices of Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain.Cathy Weseluck, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba, Zoe Saldana. After a dark force conquers Canterlot, the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their homeland. Read more about "My Little Pony: The Movie" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scene, Equestria Girls short, “Baking with Pinkie Pie” featurette, “Making Magic With the Mane 6 and Their New Friends” featurette, “The Journey Beyond Equestria” featurette, “I’m the Friend You Need” music video (sung by Taye Diggs), “Hanazuki: Full of Treasures” featurette.
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold
(2018) Super sleuths Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter) along with a bevy of fiends from Scooby-Doo lore (Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, Miner 49er, Ghost Clown). Avid Scooby-Doo fans know this isn’t the first time the Caped Crusader has partnered with Mystery Incorporated. Forty-five years ago, Batman (and Robin) were the featured guest stars in a pair of "The New Scooby-Doo Movies." Premiering in 1972, the renowned detectives worked to solve crimes together in the hour-long television movies entitled "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" and "The Caped Crusader Caper."
Formats: DVD, Digital.
Young Mr. Lincoln
(1939) Few American historical figures are as revered as Abraham Lincoln, and few director-star collaborations embody classic Hollywood cinema as beautifully as the one between John Ford and Henry Fonda. This film, their first together, was Ford’s equally poetic and significant follow-up to the groundbreaking western "Stagecoach," and in it, Fonda gives one of the finest performances of his career, as the young president-to-be as a novice lawyer, struggling with an incendiary murder case. Photographed in gorgeous black and white by Ford’s frequent collaborator Bert Glennon, "Young Mr. Lincoln" is a compassionate and assured work and an indelible piece of Americana. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New audio commentary featuring film scholar Joseph McBride ("Searching for John Ford: A Life"); "Omnibus: John Ford, Part One": director Lindsay Anderson’s profile of the life and work of director John Ford before World War II; talk show appearance by actor Henry Fonda from 1975; audio interviews from the seventies with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the filmmaker’s grandson Dan Ford; Academy Award radio dramatization of the film; an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and an homage to Ford by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2016 -- UK) An urgent response to the political realities of contemporary Britain, this bracing drama from celebrated filmmaker Ken Loach takes a hard look at bureaucratic injustice and ineptitude through the eyes of an unassuming working-class hero. After a heart attack leaves him unable to hold a job, the widowed carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) begins a long, lonely journey through the Kafka-esque labyrinth of the local welfare state. Along the way, he strikes up a friendship with a single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children, at the mercy of the same system after being evicted from their home. Imbued with gentle humor and quiet rage and conceived for maximum real-world impact, the Palme d’Or–winning "I, Daniel Blake" is a testament to Loach’s tireless commitment to a cinema of social engagement. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital master, supervised by director Ken Loach, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2016 featuring Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty; "How to Make a Ken Loach Film," a 2016 documentary on the production of "I, Daniel Blake," featuring interviews with Loach, Laverty, actors Dave Johns and Hayley Squires, director of photography Robbie Ryan, producer Rebecca O’Brien, and casting director Kahleen Crawford; "Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach," a 93-minute documentary from 2016, directed by Louise Osmond; deleted scenes; trailer; n essay by critic Girish Shambu.
(The Criterion Collection).
Eclipse Series 45: Claude Autant-Lara -- Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France
Too often overlooked after his work was spurned by the New Wave iconoclasts as being part of the “tradition of quality,” Claude Autant-Lara was one of France’s leading directors of the 1940s and 50s. He began as a set and costume designer and went on to direct French-language versions of comedies in Hollywood, but it was back in his home country that Autant-Lara came into his own as a filmmaker. He found his sophisticated and slyly subversive voice with these four romances, produced during the dark days of the German occupation. Sumptuously appointed even while being critical of class hierarchy, these films -- all made with the same corps of collaborators, including the charmingly impetuous star Odette Joyeux -- endure as a testament to the quick wit and exquisite visual sense of the director whose name they established. "Le mariage de Chiffon" (1942): This delightful comedy brought Claude Autant-Lara his first popular success as a director. Chiffon is being pushed by her mother to wed a dashing military officer but finds herself drawn to her stepfather’s penniless brother. "Lettres d’amour" (1942): A transporting period piece with ornate costumes by Christian Dior, "Lettres d’amour" paints a blithely pointed portrait of life in a highly stratified society. "Douce" (1943): Elegantly shot, "Douce" is a dizzying romantic roundelay that contains a biting critique of France’s rigid social order. This film, which ultimately takes a tragic turn, found Claude Autant-Lara in full command of his craft. "Sylvie et le fantôme" (1946): With this film, conceived during the occupation and released after the war, Claude Autant-Lara entered the realm of pure fantasy, marrying a playful script, artful special effects, and wistful performances.
(The Criterion Collection).
Opera BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987 -- Italy) Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charlston, Umberto Barberini, Daria Nicolodi, William McNamara. Italian filmmaker Dario Argento’s (best known for his work in the horror and thriller genres and regarded as one of the most influential artists of the past half-century) 1987 cult classic film "Opera" will arrive for the first time on Blu-ray, remastered/restored in high definition, with over 45 hours of color correction,and a brand new 5.1 soundtrack. When young opera singer Betty (Cristina Marsillach, Every Time We Say Goodbye) takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces her to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will her recurring childhood nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath, or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings? Extras: Rare interview with Argento, never-before released to U.S. audiences; new interview with star William McNamara; original trailer. (Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing).
(1931 -- Germany) When a coal mine collapses on the frontier between Germany and France, trapping a team of French miners inside, workers on both sides of the border spring into action, putting aside national prejudices and wartime grudges to launch a dangerous rescue operation. Director G. W. Pabst brings a claustrophobic realism to this ticking-clock scenario, using realistic sets and sound design to create the maze of soot-choked shafts where the miners struggle for survival. A gripping disaster film and a stirring plea for international cooperation, "Kameradschaft" cemented Pabst’s status as one of the most morally engaged and formally dexterous filmmakers of his time.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with German film scholar Hermann Barth on the film’s production; 1988 interview with editor Jean Oser; 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak on the historical context of the film; an essay by author and critic Luc Sante.
(The Criterion Collection).
(1930 -- Germany) G. W. Pabst brought the war movie into a new era with his first sound film, a mercilessly realistic depiction of the nightmare that scarred a generation, in the director’s native Germany and beyond. Digging into the trenches with four infantrymen stationed in France in the final months of World War I, Pabst illustrates the harrowing ordeals of battle with unprecedented naturalism, as the men are worn away in body and spirit by firefights, shelling, and the disillusion that greets them on the home front. Long unavailable, the newly restored "Westfront 1918" is a visceral, sobering antiwar statement that is as urgent today as when it was made. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Hour-long French television broadcast of World War I veterans reacting to the film in 1969; 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak; new restoration demonstration featuring Martin Koerber and Julia Wallmüller of the Deutsche Kinemathek; an essay by author and critic Luc Sante.
(The Criterion Collection).
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