(2017) Andy Lau, Tony Yang, Shu Qi, Jean Reno. Hong Kong Superstar Andy Lau plays a charismatic thief pursued by French icon Jean Reno as a tenacious detective in this globetrotting caper film. The infamous and charismatic Cheung (Lau), who has recently been released from prison, his former partner in crime, Xiao (Yang), and beautiful chameleon Ye (Qi), join forces to pull off the heist of a lifetime. But when they find themselves pursued across Europe by a legendary French detective (Reno), they have to take their game to the next level. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Three-part making-of featurette. (Well Go USAs).
(2017) Dir.: Doug Liman; Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke, Connor Trinneer, Benito Martinez, Jed Rees, April Billingsley, Mickey Sumner, Juan Gaspard, Mike Pniewski, Jonnah-Blaine Bowling. The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair. Read more about "American Made" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "American Storyteller"; "Cruise and Liman: A Conversation"; "In the Wings": Sarah Wright Olsen, Caleb Landry Jones, and Domhnall Gleeson discuss their characters; "Shooting American Made"; "Flying High": Tom Cruise and Doug Liman discuss the aerial stunts in the movie; "The Real Barry Seal." (Universal).
Babes With Blades
(2018) Cecily Fay, Lauren Okadigbo, Yennis Cheung, John Robb. On the dark streets of Draiga, a mining colony occupied by the Visray Empire, lives Azura, the last of a fearsome warrior race known as the Sarnians. After witnessing her once beautiful home world turn into a lifeless husk, Azura must fight to the death in the gladiatorial ring to stay alive. Meanwhile, a group of human freedom fighters form a resistance, seeking to try and protect their families from the oppressive and cruel rule of the Visray Section Commander Sorrentine. Unbeknownst to Azura, the fate of all humans on Draiga is about to rest in her hands. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Battle of the Sexes
(2017) Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Jessica Mcnamee, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Martha MacIssac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Read more about "Battle of the Sexes" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Raw Footage: Billie Jean’s Grand Entrance," "Reigniting the Rivalry," "Billie Jean King: In Her Own Words," galleries. (Fox).
(2017) Ben Stiller, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Shazi Raja, Austin Abrams, Adam Capriolo, Erin Agostino, Pamela Figueiredo. A trip to Boston with his college-bound son triggers a crisis of confidence for Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) as he reassesses his own life choices. Read more about "Brad's Status" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Look at Ben Stiller as Brad," "A Culture of Comparing Ourselves," "Mike White on Directing His Own Script," "The Story of Brad's Status." (Universal).
The Breakfast Club
(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).
Hell Night BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Suki Goodwin, Jimmy Sturtevant. As an initiation rite into Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity, four pledges must spend a night in Garth Manor, 12 years to the day after the previous resident murdered his entire family. Two of the pledges, Marti and Jeff, ignore the rumors that the now-deserted mansion is haunted by a crazed killer, until one by one, members of their group mysteriously disappear. Could this be a part of a fraternity prank -- or is a demented former occupant seeking revenge? NEW 4K scan of the film taken from the best surviving archival print. Extras: New interviews with actors Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Suki Goodwin, Kevin Brophy and Jenny Neumann; commentary with Blair, director Tom DeSimone, prodcuers Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis; original theatrical trailer & TV spots; new interview with DeSimone; new interview with Curtis; new interview with writer Randolph Feldman; new "Anatomy of the Death Scenes" with DeSimone, Feldman, make-up artist Pam Peitzman, art director Steven G. Legler and special effects artist John Eggett; new "On Location at the Kimberly Crest House" with DeSimone; new "Gothic Design in Hell Night" with Steven G. Legler; original radio spot; photo gallery featuring rare, never-before-seen stills. (Scream Factory).
The Houses October Built 2
(2017) Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson. Sequel to the 2014 cult film. Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton -- a group who take “extreme haunt” to another level-- five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (RLJE Films).
(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. Extras: "A Few Words From Harry Dean Stanton," "Behind the Scenes: Harry Dean Stanton's Final Film Take," interview with director John Carroll Lynch, interview with writer-producers Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja, trailer. (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) In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement. After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance -- but will he take it? This documentary plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame as a painter and denizen of the Lower East Side, through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world. Before Banksy, there was Hambleton.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Additional footage, deleted scenes. (Film Movement).
(2017 -- China) Andy Lau, Jiang Wu. Set on the busy streets of Hong Kong. Cheung Choi-san is a bomb disposal expert working to protect his city from attack. When a terrorist who specializes in explosives, Hung Kai-pang, takes hold of the busy Cross-Harbor Tunnel, he threatens to kill hostages if his demands are not met. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Cinedigm).
(2017) Alice Eve, Graham McTavish, Jack Davenport. Charlotte Lockton (Eve) has settled in the South Island of New Zealand with her wealthy British husband, David, but her dreams of a new life and prosperous future are shattered when David is murdered and her baby son is kidnapped. When a ransom note arrives, she realizes her only option is to track him down on her own. Charlotte's quest forces her on a dangerous journey of survival through an untamed world to fight to the death for what she holds most dear. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
(2017) Nigel O’Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowsku, Stuart Graham, David Pearse, Brian Milligan, Anna Prochniak, Stella McCusker, Ian McElhinney. In this witty and ultra-violent thriller, a mild-mannered farmer sets off on a bloody quest for vengeance after his elderly mother is brutally murdered. As he tracks her killers through the criminal underworld of Belfast, he begins to realize that there was a darker side to his beloved mother -- and to himself. The film made its world debut in the Midnight section at the Sundance Film Festival. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2017) Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich. After a heist gone tragically wrong, three career criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse with the law closing in. But, inside the warehouse, a more dangerous threat awaits -- as the fugitives are plunged into a furious battle for their lives.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Canine Point of View: Writing and Directing Bullet Head” featurette, “Career Criminals and Fighting Dogs: The Iconic Cast of Bullet Head” featurette, "Preparation and Performance: The Animal Actors of Bullet Head” featurette, “Hymns and Fanfare: The Score of Bullet Head” featurette, “Bullet Head: Proof of Concept” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Gregory Lay, Richard Short, Ajay Naidu, Catherine Curtin. Bob is an average Joe whose obsession to be famous lands him in a mental hospital. When a patient claims Bin Laden is still alive, Bob escapes with a band of misfits in a last-ditch effort to get Bin Laden and the fame he so deeply desires. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Gravitas Ventures).
(2017) Documentary follows a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan who has made a career out of counseling suicidal people. A 44-year old Tokyo native, Ittestsu Nemoto has dedicated his life to helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between those he counsels and himself. “The Departure” captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living? As director Lana Wilson follows Nemoto, with complete access to his daily life, the film unfolds as Nemoto reaches a pivotal moment -- he must confront what’s perhaps most frightening of all – the meaning and value of his own life, and how he should be living it.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise).
(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) Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Liesl Ahlers. Laura (Debnam-Carey) is a popular college student who lives her college life to the fullest and gladly shares it with her 800 Facebook friends. But when she accepts a friend request from her mysterious classmate Marina (Ahlers), she unwittingly sets a terrible curse in motion. One after another, her closest friends die horrendous deaths, leaving Laura with only a few days to solve the enigma of this haunting curse to save the few friends she has left, as well as her own life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Extras: “Friend Request: The Social Nightmare” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(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.
Jesus Meets The Gay Man
(2017) A story of reconciliation, forgiveness and renewal wrapped in Monty Python-like sketches and a jazzy dance number, this mocumentary will have you see Jesus in a new light, while at the same time convincing you to work on your abs. Developed by looking at the questions of what Jesus would have said or done if He had met a gay person, the film aims to bridge the gap between Christians and the homosexual community, who have been at odds on this issue, with critical thinking and humor. In this age of so much information on the Bible and on the topic of homosexuality, can the LGBTQIA and the Christians find forgiveness? Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Deleted scenes, additional interview footage, more. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
(2017) Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Lucas, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Brian D'Arcy James, Maika Monroe, Michael C. Hall, Bruce Greenwood, Noah Wyle, Eddie Marsan. Tells the story of “Deep Throat,” the G-Man who leaked information to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal and bring down the president. The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much public curiosity and speculation for more than 30 years. That is until, in 2005, special agent Mark Felt shockingly revealed himself as the tipster. This unbelievable true story chronicles the personal and professional life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything -- his family, his career, his freedom -- in the name of justice.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted & extended scenes, “The Secrets of Making Mark Felt” featurette, commentary withdirector Peter Landesman. (Sony).
(2017) Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad. Based on the incredible true story of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and one of the landmark cases of his life. It follows the young lawyer (Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Brown) charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer (Hudson). Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer (Gad) and together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and anti-Semitism. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
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.
(2017) Chloë Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Jared Kemp, Catherine Keener, David Strathairn. College bound friends, Phoebe (Moretz) and Addison (Elgort) find themselves falling for one another. After the mysterious murder of their friend and classmate Kevin Broadus (Kemp), they defy the authorities and put themselves at risk to uncover the truth from the lies and rumors. Inspired by Sam Munson’s 2010 novel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: “Taking Care -- Making November Criminals” featurette. (Sony).
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Second Season
(1968-69) The latest installment of TV's legendary, star-studded, pop culture variety show. Six-disc set features 26 complete, remastered episodes from the iconic and groundbreaking Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series. Guest stars include Mel Brooks, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr., Kirk Douglas, Hugh Hefner, Jack Lemmon, Liberace, Bob Newhart, Richard Nixon, Don Rickles and many more. When, in 1968, presidential nominee Richard Nixon rhetorically queried "Sock it to me?" on "Laugh-In," it helped to elevate him to the White House and was named by Time Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Presidential Pop Culture Moments." That's just one of the many unforgettable pop culture highlights in a transformative season full of them. The '60s gave us "in-crowds," "be-ins" and "love-ins," and starting in 1968, the happening place for free-form comedy was "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," broadcast from beautiful downtown Burbank. Straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin led a gaggle of goofballs including Goldie Hawn, Judy Carne, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Gary Owens, Jo Anne Worley and Alan Sues through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. This set includes such classic, long-running features as "Sock It to Me," "Cocktail Party," "The Fickle Finger of Fate" and "Gladys and Tyrone,"; lighthearted salutes to higher education, machines, pollution, dancing class, police, the telephone company, the post office, and Raquel Welch; Pigmeat Markham, reclaiming his "Here Comes the Judge" routine, dispensing justice with a large rubber gavel to the noggin; Tiny Tim singing and exploring Burbank and more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Dick Martin interview, Gary Owens interview, Ruth Buzzi interview. (Time Life).
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.
(2017) Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord. It started with a couple dead bodies and $68,000 in stolen cash. Chip Taylor's girlfriend Liza had the perfect plan to rip off her rich sugar daddy. It should have been an easy in and out kind of deal. Nobody would get hurt and they would come out of it with enough loot to solve their problems. But things started going wrong as soon as they were inside the rich man's house, and for Chip it was only the beginning of the longest, most terrifying ride of his life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
So B. It
(2016) Talitha Bateman, Alfre Woodard, John Heard, Jessica Collins, Jacinda Barrett, Dash Mihok, Cloris Leachman, Michael Arden. A young girl named Heidi, who lives with her mentally disabled mother, travels solo across the country to find out about her and her mother's past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes and interview footage from the cast and filmmakers. (Good Deed Entertainment/Cinedigm).
(2016 -- Czech Republic) Zuzana Mauréry, Eva Bandor, Peter Bebjak, Monika Certezn, Tamara Fischer. In a middle school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, a new teacher, Maria Drazdechova (Maurery), asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils' grades are related to how willing their guardians are open to helping her out with her errands, her housecleaning, and other random services. After one of the students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school has no choice but to call for an emergency parents' meeting to remove the teacher, but because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out. In a classroom behind the Iron Curtain, the future of all the families are at stake, as each family must wrestle with standing up for what they believe in or silently keeping the status quo. Formats: DVD. (Film Movement).
The Tiger Hunter
(2016) Danny Pudi, Karen David, Jon Heder, Rizwan Manji, Sam Page, Parvesh Cheena, Kevin Pollak. Sami Malik is a young Indian man who travels to 1970s America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father -- a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami's job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he's far more successful than he truly is -- or perhaps ever could be. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: “Not Just an Immigrant Story: The Making of The Tiger Hunter” feaurette, original theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2017 -- Dominican Republic) Nominated for Sundance Grand Jury Prize World Cinema, the film follows inmate Julián who finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic’s Najayo Prison. His romance with prisoner Yanelly must develop from behind the bars of the men’s prison as he uses “woodpecking” (sign language) to talk to the female inmates without the knowledge of the guards and keeping his secret from his cellmates. Formats: DVD. Extras: Trailers. (Strand Releasing).
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).
(2003) Intriguing and darkly humorous thriller. Neurotic businessman Greg Brentwood throws an extravagant anniversary party for his wife, Linda, at their English country home. One of the caterers, Marcey, quietly admires the couple’s love for each other -- until she sees an intimate moment between Linda and Greg’s business partner, Martin. When Marcey later returns to the house to retrieve her handbag, she walks in on a frightening scene: Greg moving Martin’s lifeless body. After the initial shock, Greg assures her it was an accident, and Marcey offers to help him dispose of the corpse. As the police investigate the death, Greg becomes increasingly anxious, while Marcey urges him to remain calm. But as she starts to uncover the Brentwoods’ darkest secrets, she begins to wonder what she has gotten herself into. Formats: Three-disc DVD with six episodes. (Acorn Media).
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 2
(2017) Two-disc set with 13 new 22-minute episodes. High school ends and summer vacation begins for the Scooby-Doo gang. Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred and Scooby-Doo set out on a road trip in search of fun and adventure: they visit an old prison known as “The Vault,” which is haunted by the ghost of a man who once tried to escape from its confines. They board a flight on Air Gigantica, a plane that’s tormented by a gremlin. The hijinks continue in the bayous of New Orleans, where the gang encounters a swamp monster. Next on the route is a visit to a ski resort where Scooby-Doo and his pals confront a snow monster. And more. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Better Call Saul: Season Three
(2017) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. The acclaimed second season of "Better Call Saul" ended with a pair of cliffhangers: determined to prevent his brother from practicing law, Chuck staged an elaborate con, secretly recording Jimmy’s confession to a felony, and when Mike set his sights on sociopathic cartel boss Hector Salamanca, an ominous intervention stopped him from pulling the trigger, raising questions as to what other dangerous players may be in the game. As Season Three begins, the repercussions of Chuck’s scheme test Jimmy and Kim’s fledgling law practices -- and their romance -- as never before. Jimmy’s faltering moral compass is pushed to the limit, leading to a shattering climax. Meanwhile, Mike searches for a mysterious adversary, which brings him to the doors of Los Pollos Hermanos, and into the orbit of the enigmatic Gus Fring.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras:
Cast & crew audio commentaries for all 10 Episodes; Gag Reel; Emmy-winning “Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training” videos; two featurettes: “Gene of Omaha” and “In Conversation: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Rhea Seehorn.” Blu-ray adds deleted & extended scenes; three more featurettes: Three Featurettes: “It’s a Bad, Bad World,” “Signs of Saul” and “The Return of Gus Fring.” (Sony).
Blade Runner 2049
(2017) Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto. A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for 30 years. Read more about "Blade Runner 2049" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Blade Runner 101: Blade Runners," "Blade Runner 101: The Replicant Evolution," "Blade Runner 101: The Rise of Wallace Corp," "Blade Runner 101: Welcome to 2049," "Blade Runner 101: Joi," "Blade Runner 101: Within the Skies." Blu-ray adds "Designing the World of Blade Runner 2049," "To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049," "Prologues: 2036: Nexus Dawn," "Prologues: 2048: Nowhere to Run," "Prologues: 2022: Black Out." (Warner).
Blue World Order
(2018) Billy Zane, Jake Ryan, Stephen Hunter. After a nuclear war decimated the Northern Hemisphere, the surviving population was infected with a deadly bacterium. In an attempt to rebuild civilization, a self-appointed government called The Order distributed an immunization to the bacteria, which inadvertently killed all the children. Only one man, Jake Slater, remained immune. The only child that survived is his daughter, Molly. Now, Jake scavenges the wasteland searching for a way to keep her alive, unaware that she is the key to the survival of humankind. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
(2013 -- Austria) Documentary about the immense Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest laboratory for particle physics, operated by world-renowned research organization CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). Including interviews with the leading experts who operate and maintain this gigantic Big Bang machine, the film provides fascinating insights into not only this complex experimental research institution, but the quirky geniuses behind the scenes. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Icarus Films).
The Commander: The Complete Collection
(2003-2008) Seven-disc set with 17 episodes (seven complete TV movies). "Prime Suspect" creator Lynda La Plante is the reigning expert on ambitious, reckless female cops. Her gritty crime drama introduces Clare Blake, the steely head of the elite Murder Review Team and the highest-ranking female officer in New Scotland Yard. Portrayed by Amanda Burton, she’s sexy, driven, and prone to taking risks. Letting her personal life bleed into her career, she always gets too close to her cases, making her vulnerable to those who wish to take her down.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with star Amanda Burton, character retrospective with creator Lynda La Plante, supporting cast featurette, more. (Acorn Media).
(2017) Cathryn Michon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Gary Anthony Williams, Niecy Nash, Diedrich Bader. Mockumentary based on Cathryn Michon’s book "The Grrl Genius Guide to Life." As a buffet of quirky contestants prepare for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to win a one million-dollar prize. The filmmakers follow them as the foodie media and celebrity judges descend on a hotel convention area to see which contestants rise, which ones fall, who will reveal their true nature, and who will find love with the contest’s costumed Muffin Man mascot.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Cook-Off: The Ultimate Food Fight” featurette, 11 deleted scenes, outtakes. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks. In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Close). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: “Whodunnit? -- The Characters of Crooked House,” “Elegance & Innovation: The Design of Crooked House.” Blu-ray adds “Agatha Christie: A Timeless Fascination.” (Sony).
(2017) Leland Klassen, Shari Rigby, Karen Abercrombie, Kirk Cameron. Tells the amazing true story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well. Although proud of his incredible athletic accomplishments and the impact he has on his students, David's family continuously pays a high price for his years of competitive running. Following his open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, Nancy is ready for Dave to hang up his racing shoes for good and focus his boundless energy on their family. Instead, feeling called by God to "inspire people one last time," Dave sets off for a 2,900-mile race across America. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The David Horton Story," "The Extraordinary Woman" featurette, "Filmmakers of Extraordinary," "Keys to an Extraordinary Marriage." (Universal).
Happy Death Day
(2017) Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine. A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's identity. Read more about "Happy Death Day" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "Cupcakes & Killers," "You’ve Killed Me!," "Tree’s Final Walk of Shame," "Worst Birthday Ever" with the filmmakers and cast discussing the challenges of executing the time-loop concept at the center of the film, including how to make each day feel different despite the fact it's being repeated, "Behind the Mask: The Suspects," "The Many Deaths of Tree." (Universal).
I, Daniel Blake
(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; an essay by critic Girish Shambu.
(The Criterion Collection).
In Her Name (aka Kalinka)
(2016 -- France) Based on the true Kalinka Bamberski murder case that shook France for three decades. In 1982, André Bamberski -- powerfully played by the Cannes, Cesar and BAFTA best actor winner Daniel Auteuil -- learns about the death of his 14 year-old daughter, Kalinka, while she was on vacation with her mother and stepfather (Sebastian Koch) in Germany. Convinced that Kalinka’s death was no accident, Bamberski begins to investigate. A gripping and emotional legal drama based on a true story of a father's determination to bring his daughter’s murderer to justice. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
Macon County Line BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1974) Max Baer, Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Joan Blackman, Geoffrey Lewis, Cheryl Waters, James Gammon, Doodles Weaver, Leif Garrett. Louisiana, 1954: Brothers Chris and Wayne Dixon (Alan Vint and Jesse Vint) are joyriding through the South before enlisting in the Army. When the wife of a local sheriff is brutally killed by a pair of psychotic drifters, Chris and Wayne are mistaken for the murderers. Far from home, on the run and out of time, they find themselves hunted by a crazed lawman in a tragedy of rage and revenge that explodes in a shocking climax ... once they cross Macon County Line. Best known for playing goofy Jethro Bodine on "The Beverly Hillbillies," Max Baer forever changed his image by producing, co-writing and co-starring in this powerful movie. Extras: New interview with editor Tina Hirsch, commentary with director Richard Compton, vintage featurette: “Macon County Line: 25 Years Down The Road,” theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory ).
(2017) Gay men have made great progress toward acceptance and equal rights in recent decades, but among the gains there have been losses. Told with humor and candidness, this film charts the revolution through a countdown of one man's most unforgettable trysts. Director Paul Oremland sets out to track down and talk to some of the memorable men he's met through sex. In the process, he finds himself exploring four decades of changing attitudes toward homosexuality. But this is not a film about sex; it's really about social change -- told through the prism of Paul's journey as he meets up with men he has not seen for years. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (MPI/Dark Sky Films).
(2017 -- France) Provocative exposé on the modern-day porn industry. Directed by former French adult film director Ovidie, the investigative documentary, which was an Official Selection at SXSW 2017, captured international audiences with its shocking and informative presentation of the current changes in the multi-billion dollar X-rated industry. Interspersing interviews with former and current porn stars, directors, studio heads, and CEOs of Internet companies that now run the streaming websites, Ovidie investigates how the arrival of free streaming websites, which feature amateur and pirated clips, has transformed the way porn is created and consumed. In her investigation, she exposes how a group of programmers hijacked the adult industry to create a mysterious multinational corporation that virtually controls the entire adult industry worldwide. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise).
(2017) Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons. Based on the New York Times bestselling thriller series by Jo Nesbo. When elite crime squad's lead detective Harry Hole (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. Read more about "The Snowman" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Cast of Characters" featurette, "Creating Jo Nesbø’s World," "The Snowman Killer," "Norwegian Landscape" featurette, "Stunt Files: The Sinking Lake."
(1978) Costa Dillon, John De Bello, J. Stephen Peace. A splat of a cult classic. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the supermarket, you're face to face with terror so bold, so frightening it has never been seen on-screen before or since (not until the sequel, anyway). After a series of bizarre and increasingly horrific attacks from pulpy, red, seeded fruit, Mason Dixon (David Miller) finds himself leading a "crack" team of specialists to save the planet. But will they be quick enough to save everyone? Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, with original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). Extras: Audio commentary from writer-director John DeBello, writer/co-star Steve Peace and "creator" Costa Dillon; deleted scenes; six exclusive featurettes: "Legacy of a Legend," a collection of interviews, including comments from John DeBello, Costa Dillon, film critic Kevin Thomas, fans Kevin Sharp and Bruce Vilanch, future "Tomatoes" mainstay John Astin and actors Steve Peace, Jack Riley, and D.J. Sullivan, "Crash and Burn," a discussion about the famous helicopter crash that could have killed everyone because the pilot was late on his cue, "Famous Foul," about the San Diego Chicken and his role in the climatic tomato stomping ending, "Killer Tomatomania," a smattering of interviews with random people on the streets of Hollywood about the movie, "Where Are They Now?" fills viewers in on what the cast and crew have been up to over the past couple of decades, "We Told You So!" takes a hard-hitting look at the conspiracy of silence surrounding the real-life horror of killer tomatoes; "Do They Accept Traveler's Checks in Babusuland" (the original 8mm short that inspired "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"); original theatrical trailer; radio spots; collectible poster. (MVD Rewind Collection).
Best of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Neighborhood Friends Collection
(2018) Eight engaging stories from the hit PBS KIDS series, produced by The Fred Rogers Company. Daniel Tiger and his friends teach children all about cooperating, playing together, and helping out neighbors in the fun-filled stories. Young viewers can join Daniel as he uses his imagination to play “outer space” with Miss Elaina, celebrates Prince Wednesday’s birthday with his friends at the castle, helps Katerina Kittycat after she accidentally knocks her tea set on the floor, and more. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
Chasing the Dragon
(2017 -- Hong Kong) Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Kent Cheng, Philip Keung, Wilfred Lau, Yu Kang, Michelle Hu, Raquel Xu. Based on a true story, Yen plays an illegal immigrant from Mainland China who sneaks into corrupt British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963 and transforms himself into a ruthless drug lord. Lau reprises the role of the corrupt cop seeking money and power he originated in the Lee Rock franchise.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
A Dog and Pony Show
(2017) Mae Whitman, Ralph Macchio, Mira Sorvino. Family comedy tells the story of Dede, a famous performing circus dog who gets left behind when her show leaves town. She’s discovered by Billy, a lonely city kid who’s just moved to a ranch nearby. Billy decides to adopt the vain and arrogant dog, but will she get along with the farm’s eccentric critters, including a sleep-deprived rooster, a gassy cow, and a hypochondriac horse? And can Dede outwit the bumbling thieves from a rival circus who are plotting to kidnap the priceless pooch? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
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).
(2017 -- Senegal) Félicité is a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in the Congo’s capital Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into turmoil when her 14-year-old son gets into a terrible car accident. To raise the money to save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa -- a world of music and dreams. Grand Jury Prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Félicité" is also an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival, and will be this year’s official entry for Senegal for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Trailers. (Strand Releasing).
(2017) Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia. When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. Read more about "Geostorm" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: "Search for Answers": Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm. Blu-0ray adds "“Wreaking Havoc": Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm; "An International Event": A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm. (Warner).
Goodbye Christopher Robin
(2017) Domhnall Gleeson, Will Tilston, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald. A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son Christopher Robin Milne. Read more about "Goodbye Christopher Robin" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Commentary by director Simon Curtis and writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, eight promotional featurettes, photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Fox).
In Search of Fellini
(2017) Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello, Mary Lynn Rajskub. Coming-of-age adventure follows 20-year-old Lucy (Solo), a small-town girl from Ohio -- who has never kissed a boy, never had a job and never really had friends -- who discovers the delightfully bizarre films of the legendary Italian filmmaker and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. The film is inspired by the experiences of Emmy Award-winning star Nancy Cartwright, who before creating the voice of Bart Simpson went off hunting the auteur of "La Strada." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-producer Nancy Cartwright and director Taron Lexton, behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer. (Ambi Films/Samuel Goldwyn).
Indiepix Festival Favorites, Volume 2
Value-priced, three film set of music documentaries: "Icons Among Us: Jazz In the Present Tense," about the modern jazz scene, with Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Donald Harrison Jr., Anat Cohen and Esperanza Spalding; "Echotone," a lyrical documentary providing a telescopic view into the lives of Austin's vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city; and "Roaring Abyss," a stunning audiovisual poem, the product of filmmaker Quino Piñero's two years of field recording traditional and modern music from around every corner of Ethiopia, a country of eighty different nationalities and cultures spread amongst mountains, deserts and forests. Formats: DVD: $59.95. (IndiePix).
(2017) Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris. Retired prizefighter Jimmy McCabe (Harris) steps back into the ring decades after his stardom as a boxing teen have faded. Jimmy tries to regain his magic by training hard and fighting tough. But to earn real money, he must take part in a savage, unlicensed match that could end his career -- and his life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The Making of Jawbone” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoot, Callum Keith Rennie, Brittany Allen, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson. Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for 10 years. Read more about "Jigsaw" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block; “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” featurette. Blu-ray adds “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” seven-part documentary: “A New Game,” “You Know His Name,” “Survival of the Fittest,” “Death by Design,” “Blood Sacrifice,” “The Source of Fear” and “The Truth Will Set You Free.” (Lionsgate).
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
(2017) Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Sunny Suljic, Raffey Cassidy.
Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister. Read more about "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "An Impossible Conundrum” featurette. (Lionsgate).
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
(2017) Animated film with the voice cast of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, Alex Karpovsky, John Cameron Mitchell. Dash (Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School, muckraking on behalf of their widely-distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Rudolph). But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens the boys’ friendship, Dash learns of an administration cover-up that puts all the students in danger. As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it-all (Dunham) and a lunch lady (Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director and acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw, short films, a spotlight on the film’s unique artwork. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
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).
(2017) Award-winning filmmaker Marina Willer creates an impressionistic visual essay as she traces her father's journey as a member of one of only 12 Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Photographed by Academy Award nominee Ce´sar Charlone ("City of God"), the documentary travels from war-torn Eastern Europe to the color and light of South America and is told through the voice of Willer's father, Alfred (as narrated by Tim Piggot-Smith), who witnessed bureaucratic nightmares, transportations and suicides but survived to build a post-war life as an architect in Brazil. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Marina Willer. (Cohen Media Group).
(2017) Zachary Booth, David Rysdahl, Raymond McAnally, Lucy Faust, Stephen Ellis. When Eli (Rysdahl) begins preaching at his father’s old church, he is desperate to open the minds of the fire-and-brimstone congregation. His plans are quickly derailed when he strikes up a relationship with fascinating drifter Daniel (Booth). Tensions soon come to a head, with simmering resentments and repressed emotions all leading to a revival that will shake this sleepy Arkansas town to its core. Based on Samuel Brett Williams' 2010 hit play. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Director's commentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Sword and the Claw
(1975 -- Turkey) They took his money. They took his family. And now, they've taken his hands. But they can never take his revenge! Exploding from the same hallucinogenic netherworld as "Turkish Star Wars," "The Sword and the Claw" stars Turkish genre legend Cuneyt Arkin in his most iconic role. It's "Conan the Barbarian" meets The Three Stooges meets "Dolemite" with more lo-fi bloodshed, pop-art visuals, and bizarro dubbing than the boundaries of reality can handle. New 4K transfer from the only 35mm theatrical print in existence. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus movie: "Brawl Busters" (1981), a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print; reversible cover art with illustration by Alexis Ziritt ("Space Riders"). (AGFA).
Thank You for Your Service
(2017) Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey, Jayson Warner Smith. Follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield. Read more about "Thank You for Your Service" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Staging a War," "The Battle at Home." (Universal).
Trump: The Art of the Insult
(2017) Thirty years after he authored "The Art of the Deal," Donald Trump used The Art of the Insult to brand political opponents and bash the media all the way to the White House. While critics insisted "The Donald" was merely a chaotic sideshow, Trump was dominating the 24-hour news cycle with a master plan of political incorrectness. Hurling insults like Low-Energy Jeb, Lyin' Ted, Crooked Hillary, Little Marco, Pocahontas, and Fake News, Trump emerged in 2016 as an unstoppable political phenomenon who transformed the Presidential race into the greatest show on earth. This documentary tells the story of Donald Trump's improbable journey from Trump Tower to rallies across America to the debate stage, where he reveled in mocking and taunting rivals with targeted insults and nicknames, leaving them gasping for air. Not only did he push frontrunner Jeb Bush out of the presidential race early on, Trump proved him wrong when Bush lectured during a debate "Donald, you can't insult your way to the Presidency."
Formats: DVD. (Highway 61 Entertainment/MVD Visual).
(2017) For two years, women had been disappearing from Mount Pleasant -- a poverty-stricken, African-American neighborhood in Cleveland -- with little investigation from police and city officials. Then in 2009, a reported rape led Cleveland police to a grisly discovery— the bodies of eleven women decomposing in the house and yard of known sex offender Anthony Sowell. How was it that a serial killer was able to operate virtually in plain sight for two years? Told in riveting detail by the women who were able to escape Sowell’s deadly clutches, “Unseen” draws viewers into a world where marginalized women, plagued by drug use, shunned by society and dismissed by the police, became easy prey for a predatory monster. “Unseen” questions not only the police failures in this case but also why Sowell’s neighbors turned a blind eye to his bizarre activities. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise ).
(2016 -- Germany) The discovery of records from World War II sparks a family’s quest for answers as two brothers separated as babies and dispersed to different continents reunite with each other and their elderly mother, who hid more from them than they ever could have imagined. Izak Szewelwicz was born in Germany’s Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and was sent by his mother, Aida, to Israel to be raised by foster parents. Though Izak was able to form a relationship with his birth mother, his life was turned upside down years later when he located not only his birth certificate, but also proof that he had a brother he never knew existed. Documentary filmmakers Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers for Izak, uncovering questions of re-shuffled identities, resilience, and the traumatic plight of displaced persons. The detective work culminates in Izak and his brother Shep -- both nearly 70 years old -- finally meeting in Canada before traveling to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Music Box Films).
Class of 1999 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, Malcolm McDowell. The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive. Restored and remastered. Extras: Commentary with producer-director Mark L. Lester, “School Safety” interviews with Lester and co-producer Eugene Mazzola, “New Rules” interview with screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, “Cyber-Teachers from Hell” interviews with special effects creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton, “Future of Discipline” interview with director of photography Mark Irwin, theatrical trailer, TV spots, still gallery, video promo.(Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate).
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has made the strategic decision to move "Death Race: Beyond Anarchy" and the "Death Race 4-Movie Collection" from January 30 to a later (unspecified) date in the year. (2018) Zach McGowan, Danny Glover, Danny Trejo, Fred Koehler, Christine Marzano. After a failed attack on inmate and legendary driver, Frankenstein, Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson (McGowan) infiltrates a super-maximum federal prison with one goal -- enter the immoral and illegal Death Race and take Frankenstein down. Connor enlists the help of Baltimore Bob (Glover) and Lists (Koehler), and unexpectedly falls in love with bartending beauty, Jane (Marzano). Connor will have to fight for more than his life in this brutal world of no guards, no rules, no track, and no fear. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Inside the Anarchy" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Time Served: Lists & Goldberg," "On the Streets of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy," commentary with director/co-writer Don Michael Paul and star Zach McGowan. (Universal).
(1987) Dir.: Ken Russell; Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson. Fictional retelling of the night Mary Shelley developed the story of Frankenstein. While under the influence of experimental substances, she and a group of friends experience terrifying visions that bend reality into her horrific tale. Formats:Limited edition Blu-ray Disc Extras: Commentary with Lisi Russell and film historian Matthew Melia, isolated score selections and audio interview with composer Thomas Dolby, “The Soul of Shelley” featurette with Sands, “Fear Itself” featurette with screenwriter Stephen Volk, “One Rainy Night” featurette with director of photography Mike Southon, theatrical trailer, TV spot, still gallery. (Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate).
It Takes From Within
(2017) David Brownell, Kristin Duarte, James Feagin. Inspired by arthouse films of the 1960s, writer-director Lee Eubanks creates a menacing world of dread, isolation, and unease in his feature film debut. An ominous, bleak atmosphere permeates a desolate town where an unnamed man and woman make preparations to attend a burial. Tension builds as the two experience increasingly disturbing incidents as the internment draws near. Expressive cinematography, brooding sound design, and minimal use of spoken dialogue help create a surreal cinematic examination of the human condition in conflict with death. Tailored for audiences who take pleasure in interpreting a film on their own terms, "It Takes From Within" is a cryptic journey into the dark void between reality and nightmare.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Lee Eubanks. (First Run Features).
(2017 -- UK) Harry Gilby, Scot Williams, Patricia Potter, Karen Bryson, Ewan Mitchell, Joshua Pascoe. Set in Tamworth, a gritty, small working class Midland town in the UK, teenage soccer star Charlie and his family see soccer as a way out of a dead-end factory life for him. But Charlie is struggling with gender dysphoria, and is torn between his father's expectations and shedding his male identity. With dramatic yet surprising results for himself, his family, and his community, Charlie begins a gender transition while continuing to pursue the dream of becoming a soccer star. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
(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).
Last Flag Flying
(2017) Dir.: Richard Linklater; Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Yul Vazquez, J. Quinton Johnson, Cicely Tyson. Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Read more about "Last Flag Flying" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, “An Unexpected Journey: Making Last Flag Flying” featurette, “Veterans Day” featurette, outtakes. (Lionsgate).
Legend of the Naga Pearls
(2017 -- China) Darren Wang, Crystal Zhang, Sheng Guansen, Simon Yam, Xing Yu. After being defeated by humans centuries ago, the Winged Tribe has lost their ability to fly. Seeking vengeance, a royal descendant of the tribe has begun searching for the magical Naga Pearls, which he plans to use to destroy the humans. When the legendary pearls fall into - and out of - the hands of Heiyu, a wily human street punk, he must join a team of unlikely heroes as they race to prevent the destruction of their people in this magical fantasy adventure. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Masterpiece: Victoria Season 2
(2017) Three-disc set with eight episodes. Jenna Coleman returns for a new season as the young queen who wants it all -- romance, power, an heir, and personal freedom. Season 2 finds Victoria adapting to motherhood after the birth of her first child, a daughter (to the disappointment of many). Meanwhile, the disaster of the Anglo-Afghan War unfolds abroad, and the catastrophic Irish potato famine begins to wreak havoc. In other foreign affairs, a royal state visit to France is in the offing. Most intriguing to Prince Albert is the budding Industrial Revolution, which is now sweeping England. There is Charles Babbage’s mechanical calculator, a collaborative project with the bewitching Ada Lovelace, daughter of the scandalous Lord Byron. Then there is William Fothergill Cooke’s miraculous electrical telegraph, not to mention Marc Isambard Brunel’s daring -- and dangerous -- Thames Tunnel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(2016) Laurie Simmons, Lena Dunham, Parker Posey, Blair Brown, Robert Clohessy, John Rothman, Josh Safdie, Barbara Sukowa. Contemporary artist Laurie Simmons makes her directorial debut with this quirky and acclaimed dramedy. Ellie Shine (Simmons) is a single artist living in New York City; she has a good life, a stable teaching job, successful friends, and a loyal, aging dog named Bing. As her decades-old dream of a respectable place in the art world becomes more elusive, her frustration with her lack of recognition feels alarmingly urgent. When she is offered the summer house and studio of a famous friend in Upstate New York, she seizes the opportunity to hit the reset button on her life and work. There she unwittingly finds inspiration in two out-of-work actors who maintain the gardens at her summer retreat. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director-star Simmons. (Film Movement).
(2017 -- Japan) From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama ("Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" and "Eden of the East") comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation, which was nominated for Best Animated Feature – Independent, at this year’s Annie Awards. The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa often dozes off, entering a dream-world called Heartland full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But when her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is kidnapped for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him. Together they realize that Kokone’s dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen tech, uncovering a trail of clues to her father’s disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone’s family. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with Kenji Kamiyama, special interview with cast, intro at Japanese release, Okayama scenery, special TV program, trailers and TV spots. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
(2017) Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote. Based on the bold and illuminating true superhero origin story depicting the creation of the beloved comic book character Wonder Woman in 1941 by Dr. William Moulton Marston (Evans), the Harvard psychologist who helped invent the modern lie detector test. Marston’s polyamorous relationship with wife Elizabeth Holloway (Hall) and their lover, Olive Byrne (Heathcote) was key to the creation of Wonder Woman as their feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital. Extras: "A Dynamic Trio: Birth of a Feminist Icon," "A Crucial Point of View: Directing -- Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." Blu-ray adds "The Secret Identity of Charles Moulton" motion comic, deleted scenes. (Fox).
Ray Donovan: The Fifth Season
(2017) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes. Stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Jon Voight, with notable guest Stars Susan Sarandon, Lili Simmons, C. Thomas Howell and Donald Faison. In this season, Ray's ongoing family upheaval has taken an emotional toll, leaving him more vulnerable than ever. LA's preeminent fixer is heading into uncharted territory and will soon discover that some damage can't be controlled. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Dog the Dog" documentary, three-part featurette "On Death & Dying," "Nothing Goes Right for Bunchy," "Terry Donovan and Parkinson's," commentary on Episode 508. (Showtime/Paramount).
Shockwave: Countdown to Disaster
(2018) Stacey Oristamo, Rib Hillis, Ed Amatrudo, Brace Thomas. When a pair of military robots crash on a deserted pacific island, a team of Navy SEALs goes to destroy them, with disastrous consequences: they set off a chain reaction of volcanic storms. It's up to geophysicist Kate Ferris, her daughter and estranged husband to travel to the San Andreas fault line to find a way to stop the destruction. Formats: DVD. (Monarch).
Slavery and the Making of America
(2005) Four episodes, narrated by Morgan Freeman. Landmark series documents the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies through the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. The program examines the integral role slavery played in shaping the new country’s development, challenging the long held notion that it was exclusively a Southern enterprise.Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(2017 -- Sweden) Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West. A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit. Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it's difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square." The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes clips, photo gallery. (Magnolia Pictures).
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
(2017) Dir: Tyler Perry.; Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, Diamond White, Lexy Panterra, Andre Hall. Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a
haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed. Read more about "Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Outtakes, deleted scenes, “Caddy Whack Boo” featurette, "Why We Love Joe!” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(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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