(2017) Scott Adkins, Ashley Greene, Ray Park, Ray Stevenson, Michael Jai White, David Paymer. Based on the underground British comic "Toxic!" by Pat Mills (creator of the “Judge Dredd” comic) and Tony Skinner. Mike Fallon is the Accident Man -- a stone cold killer and the best at what he does. But when a loved one is dragged into the London underworld and murdered by his own crew, Fallon (Adkins) is forced to rip apart the life he knew in order to avenge the one person who actually meant something to him -- and face off against a rogue’s gallery of ruthless assassins. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: “Assassin’s Roll Call,” “Violent Ballet: Filming The Fights,” commentary with Scott Adkins and Stu Small. (Sony).
A Bad Moms Christmas
(2017) Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Wanda Sykes, Peter Gallagher. As their own mothers drop in unexpectedly, three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for mothers: Christmas. Read more about "A Bad Moms Christmas" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel, additional scenes, crew music video, trailers. (Universal).
Batman: Gotham By Gaslight
(2018) A steampunk Batman hunts Jack the Ripper through the shadows of turn-of-the-century Gotham City. New animated adventure takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City. But while the world prepares to witness the glittery glory of Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city’s darkest shadows. Preying on the city’s women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman enacts his own detective work -- with the help of confident, capable Selina Kyle -- to stop the Ripper’s murderous spree. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: “Caped Fear: The First Elseworld featurette; "Batman: Gotham by Gaslight" commentary with executive producer Bruce Timm, director Sam Liu and writer Jim Krieg; sneak peek at the next DC Universe Movie, "Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay"; From the DC Vault: “Showdown” episode from "Batman: The Animated Series" and “Trials of the Demon!” episode from "Batman: The Brave and the Bold." (Warner).
Cruel and Unusual
(2017) A profound documentary telling the story of three African-American men -- Robert King, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox, known as the Angola 3. Wrongfully convicted for murdering a prison guard in 1972 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, these men have spent longer in solitary than any other prisoners in the US. On his release, Albert Woodfox had spent 43 years in a six foot by nine foot cell for a crime he did not commit. For over 40 years, the Angola 3 have maintained their innocence and have been fighting to correct the terrible human rights injustice they have endured. Attorneys, civil rights advocates, friends, family, and strangers have joined together with the Angola 3 in a fight against the U.S. criminal "injustice" system, arguing for their innocence, fighting for their freedom and against their unprecedented long term solitary confinement. This confinement was never ordered by any judge, but exacted by the Louisiana department of corrections for decades, in spite of the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishment." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise).
Day of the Dead: Bloodline
(2017) Johnathon Schaech, Sophie Skelton. Fear goes viral in this terrifying retelling of George A. Romero’s zombie horror classic. Five years after an epidemic nearly wiped out the world’s population, Dr. Zoe Parker lives in an underground bunker among a small group of military personnel and survivalists, working on a cure while fighting armies of the undead. When a dangerous patient from Zoe’s past infiltrates the bunker, he just might hold the key to saving humanity ... or ending it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Day of the Dead: Bloodline: Reviving Horror” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Duckman: The Complete Series
(1994-97) He’s crude. He’s rude. He’s lewd. Yes, he’s the total dick: Duckman (Jason Alexander), the slovenly, smart-mouthed, private eye ladies don’t like and men don’t want to be like. Together with Cornfed, his portly, porcine partner in crime-solving, this defective detective amazingly manages to solve crimes and be a single parent to his hilariously dysfunctional sons at the same time. Now, every irreverent episode from all four outrageous seasons of this Emmy-nominated series is available in this collection. You have been warned. Ten-disc set. Formats: DVD. Extras: "What the Hell Are You Staring At?: A Special Investigation Inside Duckman, Private Dick/Family Man"; "Duckman: Inside the Creation of an Anti-Hero From Comic Book Character to Screen Star"; "Six Degrees of Duckman" (interactive); video of the original animatic drawings and animation from the unaired pilot; walk cycles, expressions, storyboards and pencil tests. (Paramount).
Elevator to the Gallows
(1958) For his feature debut, 24-year-old Louis Malle brought together a mesmerizing performance by Jeanne Moreau, evocative cinematography by Henri Decaë, and a now legendary jazz score by Miles Davis. Taking place over the course of one restless Paris night, Malle's richly atmospheric crime thriller stars Moreau and Maurice Ronet as star-crossed lovers whose plan to murder her husband (his boss) goes awry, setting off a chain of events that seals their fate. A career touchstone for its director and female star, Elevator to the Gallows was an astonishing beginning to Malle's eclectic body of work, and it established Moreau as one of the most captivating actors to ever grace the screen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interview from 2005 with Moreau; archival interviews with Moreau, Malle, actor Maurice Ronet, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger; footage of Miles Davis and Malle from the soundtrack recording session; program from 2005 about the score featuring jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and critic Gary Giddins; Malle's student film "Crazeologie," featuring Charlie Parker's song "Crazeology"; trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Malle, and a tribute by film producer Vincent Malle. (The Criterion Collection).
(2017 -- China) Huang Xuan, Yihong Duan, Jiadong Xing. Lin Kai is an undercover officer assigned to penetrate the Twin Eagles drug cartel. To gain cartel boss Eagle’s trust, Kai is forced into gradual drug addiction while attempting to locate the cartel’s production base. Stakes are further complicated when Kai realizes Eagle has been plotting a violent revenge against his supervisor Li Jianguo for over a decade, and his loyalties are put to the test. From the direcors of the great 2002 cop/gangster film "Infernal Affairs," which Martin Scorsese remade as "The Departed." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Cinedigm).
From Hollywood to Rose
(2017) Eve Annenberg stars as the focal point of a group of interconnected eccentric strangers over the course of one long night on the LA Metro system. Annenberg leads a talented cast of Angeleno artists, including Bradley J. Herman, Maxx Maulion, stage actress Nija Okoro, local standup Isadora O'Boto, MMA champion Krzysztof Soszynski, Linda Bisesti and Chia Chen. In the city of Angels, everyone is on a quest. A disheveled, middle-aged woman in a bridal gown boards a Metro bus on Hollywood Blvd in the middle of the night. As the bus heads further west, she meets an assortment of eccentrics and social outcasts who make her question where she's been and where she's going. Each person she meets is at their own personal crossroads, who in turn shape the course of her bizarre journey.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Random Media).
The Gruesome Twosome
(1967) Chris Martell, Rodney Bedell, Gretchen Wells, Karl Stoeber. After dabbling in the unlikely world of children's entertainment with the likes of "Jimmy, the Boy Wonder" and "The Magic Land of Mother Goose," in 1967 "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis returned to the genre he helped create with the delightfully depraved "The Gruesome Twosome." The young women of a small-town American college have more than just split-ends to worry about ... Down at the Little Wig Shop, the batty Mrs. Pringle and her socially-inept son Rodney are procuring only the finest heads of hair -- by scalping the local co-eds. Can they be stopped before they clear the entire campus of luxuriant-haired ladies? Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Bonus Feature: HG Lewis' Dracula-inspired 1967 vampire epic "A Taste of Blood"; introductions to the films by HG Lewis; archive audio commentaries for both films by HG Lewis; "Peaches Christ Flips Her Wig!": San Francisco performer Peaches Christ on "The Gruesome Twosome";
"It Came from Florida": Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray ("Scalps," "The Alien Dead") on Florida filmmaking; "HG Lewis vs. the Censors": HG Lewis discusses some of the pitfalls of the blood-and-guts business including local censorship and angry moviegoers; trailers and radio spot; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil. (Arrow VIdeo/MVD Entertainment).
The Guardian: The Complete Series
(2001-04) Eighteen-disc set with all 67 episodes. Simon Baker ("The Mentalist") stars as Nick Fallin, a handsome hotshot attorney busted on a drug charge and ordered to perform 1500 hours of community service. Just when Nick thought he had lost everything, he finds a true calling to help the less fortunate. However, making a difference isn’t always easy. Nick is caught between his father (Dabney Coleman), the founder of Pittsburgh’s legendary law firm Fallin & Associates, and Alvin Masterson (Alan Rosenberg), who runs the firm where Nick follows his passion as a child advocate lawyer. To help him through, Nick leans on his girlfriend Lulu (Wendy Moniz) and his friend and colleague Jake (Raphael Sbarge). Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
(2009) In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot, the acclaimed director of thriller masterpieces "Les Diaboliques" and "Wages of Fear," began work on his most ambitious film yet. Set in a beautiful lake side resort in the Auvergne region of France, "L'Enfer (Inferno)" was to be a sun-scorched elucidation on the dark depths of jealousy starring Romy Schneider as the harassed wife of a controlling hotel manager (Serge Reggiani). However, despite huge expectations, major studio backing and an unlimited budget, after three weeks the production collapsed under the weight of arguments, technical complications and illness. In this compelling, award-winning documentary, Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea present Inferno's incredible expressionistic original rushes, screen tests, and on-location footage, while also reconstructing Clouzot's original vision, and shedding light on the ill-fated endeavor through interviews, dramatizations of unfilmed scenes, and Clouzot's own notes. Formats: Blu-ray with original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras: "Lucy Mazdon on Henri-Georges Clouzot": The French cinema expert and academic talks at length about the films of Clouzot and the troubled production of "Inferno"; "They Saw Inferno," a featurette including unseen material, providing further insight into the production of "Inferno"; filmed introduction by Serge Bromberg; interview with Serge Bromberg; stills gallery; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil; First Pressing Only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Ginette Vincendeau. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Homeland – The Complete Sixth Season
(2017) Twelve episodes. Now living in New York City, Carrie (Claire Danes) gets swept up in the aftereffects of the U.S. presidential election as she struggles to deal with an injury-ravaged Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) and an increasingly suspicious Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). When the president-elect battles the CIA during her transition to power, Carrie finds herself caught in the crossfire. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. (Fox).
House of Demons
(2018) Amber Benson, Dove Meir, Chloe Dykstra, Morgan Peter Brown, Tiffany Smith, Taliesin Jaffe, Whitney Moore, Jeff Torres, Kaytlin Borgen. Four old friends, torn apart by a terrible tragedy, reunite 10 years later in a rented house for a destination wedding. What they don't know is that in the late ‘60s, the house was home to a Manson Family-like cult run by Frazer, a charismatic former scientist pushing the boundaries of human consciousness. His experiments echo through time and manifest everyone's darkest fears and memories, blurring time as Frazer's cult and the present day collide over the course of one long night, where everyone must confront their darkness or be destroyed by it. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, director’s commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes “Meet the Cast & Crew,” “Bringing the Story to Life,” and “Composers of House of Demons.” (Sony).
(2017) Danielle Harris, Jeff Denton, Katie Keene, Chris Hahn. Scream queen Harris stars as Amy, a young woman who wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. She realizes the storm has awakened malevolent forces, trapping her in a time loop. She must escape the hospital before the storm passes or she will be trapped in its halls forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with writer-producer-director Christopher Lawrence Chapman, writer-producer Jeff Miller, actors Jeff Denton and Katie Keene; trailers. (ITN Distribution).
The Jackie Gleason Show in Color
Everything about Jackie Gleason was big: his huge talent, his outsized personality, and his expansive waist line. Even bigger was "The Jackie Gleason Show," his successful TV Variety show, taped in color from beautiful Miami Beach from 1966 to 970. "The Jackie Gleason Show" had been broadcast live and later taped in New York City since 1952, but in 1964, Gleason wanted to be based where he could play golf all year round. Hank Meyer, a longtime South Florida publicist, knew just the spot and convinced Jackie 1to bring his show to Miami Beach, the sun and fun capital of the world. However, back in the '60s, it was a novel undertaking to broadcast from Miami Beach, and more than a hundred families relocated to stay with the show. Plus, there was barely any production infrastructure in South Florida, which all had to be created by Jackie and his team. However, it all paid off and the revamped show was a huge success. Gleason was everyone's working-class hero, and his smash-hit show delivered an hour of non-stop entertainment every single week. Enthralled home audiences were treated to entertainment of the highest order -- singing, dancing, hilarious comedy and Jackie at his very best as Ralph Kramden and on stage with all his famous friends -- Milton Berle, Red Buttons, George Carlin, Nipsey Russell, Phil Silvers and more -- and all in brilliant color. This single disc release features four never-before-released, remastered episodes of the show -- including three unreleased Honeymooners sketches -- all unseen for more than 50 years since the master tapes had resided in a vault in South Florida ... until now. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
(2017) Bella Thorne, Chandler Riggs, Natalie Martinez, Ioan Gruffudd. A family imprisoned by intruders is forced to play a terrifying game of “Kill or Be Killed.” As the night unfolds, the game's mysterious rules become clear, and the family realizes their nightmare is streaming live to riveted viewers all over the world, who are compelled to KEEP WATCHING ... not knowing if what they're seeing is real or staged.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
(2017) Chris Mark, Daniel Park, Denis Akiyama, Melee Hutton, Jessica Clement, Jason Gosbee, Reuben Langdon, Alain Moussi. Chaos erupts when a group of armed men break into a high school classroom. They target David, a quiet kid who secretly suffers from unexplained memories of a horrifying past. Tapping into a previously unknown strength, David fights off his attackers and goes on the run. With his life and the lives of his loved ones in jeopardy, David must master the use of his new superhuman strength and fighting skills to find the people responsible and get his revenge. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(2017) Dir.: Rob Reiner; Woody Harrelson, Michael Stahl-David, Richard Jenkin, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Brings to life both the complexity and the humanity of Lyndon B. Johnson (Harrelson) as he goes from being a powerful Senate majority leader to a powerless vice president before he becomes the president of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Read more about "LBJ" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
Only the Brave
(2017) Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly. Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire. Read more about "Only the Brave" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; audio commentary with director Joseph Kosinski and Josh Brolin; three featurettes: “Honoring the Heroes: The True Stories,” “Behind the Brotherhood: The Characters” and “Boot Camp: Becoming a Hotshot”;
Dierks Bentley featuring S. Carey’s “Hold The Light” music video & featurette. (Sony).
Red Dog: True Blue
(2016 -- Australia) Levi Miller, Bryan Brown, Jason Isaacs. The heartwarming tale of an 11-year-old boy (Miller) who is shipped off to his grandfather’s ranch, where he finds adventure and friendship with a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that will change his life forever. Prequel to the 2011 Australian hit film "Red Dog." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Discover Pilbara” featurette, “Koko’s View on a Red Dog Sequel” featurette, deleted scenes and alternate ending, storyboards, still gallery. (Lionsgate).
(2017 -- China) Yang Mi, Wallace Huo, King Shih-Chieh, Liu Chang, Hummer Zhang, Wang Lidan. In the near future, scientist Xia Tian (Yang Mi) is on the verge of a major discovery: time travel. After she successfully sends living tissue back in time by 110 minutes, her years of work seem to have paid off, but everything unravels when her young son is kidnapped and held for a hefty ransom -- all of her research. When the drop goes sour and her son is killed, Xia Tian desperately sends herself back in time using her prototype, where she discovers multiple versions of her future self. Now, all of the Xia Tians must band together to save their son in this action-packed sci-fi thriller from producer Jackie Chan. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2017) Lester Speight, Torrei Hart, Kennedy Slocum, John J. York, Ella Joyce, Cedric Williams. An inspiring drama about two families torn apart by tragedy. When misfortune strikes, a young man’s family begins rebuilding trust and seeking healing through the only thing that speaks through pain: the healing power of music. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
(2017 -- Canada) James Fanizza, Alex House, Brian "Katya" McCook, Guifré Bantjes-Ràfols, Amanda Martinez. In this urban gay love story, sexy Argentinian hunk Sebastian (House) arrives in Toronto on a one week visit and meets his cousin's boyfriend, Alex (writer-director, Fanizza). Instant attraction leads Alex to question his rocky relationship with his boyfriend. As he and Sebastian decide to explore their forbidden passion, they connect deep in emotion. Alex must confront his conflicted feelings for his boyfriend and Sebastian, as well as some surprising, long buried secrets from his past. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Wolfe Video).
Shimmer and Shine: Beyond the Rainbow Falls
(2017) In this fantastical collection of seven episodes from Nickelodeon, Shimmer, Shine and Leah travel beyond the Rainbow Falls for all-new magical adventures where they explore wondrous locales and meet exciting new friends. Whether they're recovering a magical Genie Gem, searching for Zac in the forest, or rescuing Zeta from a wild whirlpool, Shimmer, Shine and Leah are always ready to work together and lend a helping hand. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2017) Dir.: George Clooney; Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Julianne Moore. The idyllic town of Suburbicon is the perfect place for Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon*) to make a home. But beneath this tranquil surface lies a disturbing reality, where nothing is as it seems. When a break-in leads to the shocking murder of his wife, Gardner must navigate the town’s underbelly of deceit and violence to protect his family from further harm. Read more about "Suburbicon" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Commentary by George Clooney and writer Grant Heslov, "Welcome to Suburbicon" featurette, "The Unusual Suspects: Casting," "Scoring Suburbicon." (Paramount).
(2017) Scott Townsend, Deirdre Lovejoy, Jonny Beauchamp, Cole Canzano, Christopher Rivera, Malina Weissman. Award-winning, post-queer musical. The true-life story of Scott Townsend, who, from a tender age, was ruled by his slippery gender. Growing up a girly-boy in the projects of Cambridge, Mass, under the watch of Doris, his dysfunctional, single mom, Scott was prey to bullying and assault. Already a talented singer and performer, Scott grew up to be revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington, and to delight club-goers in Provincetown, Mass, with her spot-on impersonation of Cher. But even in a gay mecca, being Thirsty comes at a price. Inspired by events in Scott/Thirsty's life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
24 Hours to Live
(2017) Ethan Hawke, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer. Travis Conrad (Hawke) is a former special-ops marine turned mercenary who is lured out of retirement by the covert company that used to employ him. After Travis is killed during a brutal firefight, a new regeneration surgery gives him a second chance at life—and one last shot at redemption. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Set a decade after the events of the "Hatchet" series' first three films, this sequel reunites "Hatchet" mainstays Kane Hodder and Parry Shen for an all-new journey into the haunted, blood-drenched bayou. In 2007, over 40 people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong's claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).
(2017) Josh Wiggins, Matt Bomer. An estranged father and son are forced to rely on one another to survive an unforgiving wilderness in this thriller. Once a year, 14-year-old David travels from his mother’s home in Texas to visit his loner father, Cal, in the remote mountains of Montana. There, the two embark on their annual hunting excursion, during which the taciturn Cal attempts to connect with his smartphone-addicted son. But when a terrifying turn of events leaves Cal critically wounded, it’s up to the teenage David to summon enough strength for both of them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, trailer. (IFC Films/Shout! Factory).
(2018) Timothy Omundson, Thaila Ayala, Graham Verchere, Jordana Largy, and Eric Bauza as the voice of Woody. Woody Woodpecker is a legendary icon created by Walter Lantz in 1940, and "Woody Woodpecker & Friends" has entertained kids for more than 75 years. Woody Woodpecker cartoons first appeared in theaters until they debuted on television in 1957. Now Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son, Tommy (Verchere), and fiancée, Vanessa (Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Guess Who? The Evolution of Woody," "The Making of Woody Woodpecker" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Working with Woody." (Universal).
A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof On W. B. Yeats
(2017 -- UK -- TV) Musician and advocate Bob Geldof examines the life and work of one of the 20th century's greatest poets, William Butler Yeats. "A Fanatic Heart" is the extraordinary story of revolution, nation-birth, mythology and disillusion and how one poetic genius dreamed and sang an entire country into being from the ravages of poverty and famine and into the raw dawn of a modern state. With over 30 unique performances of W. B. Yeats' epic poetry by leading Irish and British cultural figures, Geldof argues why Yeats and his circle built the cultural scaffolding of a modern, pluralist Ireland but was pushed aside by the narrow-minded Catholic elite of the new Free State -- the "Banana Republic" that Geldof in turn rebelled against half a century later. Written by Geldof and biographer Roy Foster, this incisive and moving documentary features readings by celebrity contributors Sting, Noel Gallagher, Elvis Costello, Edna O'Brien, Bono, Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan, Olivia O'Leary, Liam Neeson, Stephen Fry, Dominic West, Richard E. Grant, Bill Nighy, Anne Enright, Colin Farrell, Ardal O'Hanlon and many others. Formats: DVD/CD Combo. Extras: Over two hours of additional commentaries and readings by dozens of celebrities; two songs based on Yeats' poems by: Bono "Mad as the Mist and Snow," and Elvis Costello "A Drunken Man's Praise of Sobriety"; "Yeats Remembered" soundtrack by Pete Briquette; 73 poetry readings and 23 discussion pieces. (MVD Entertainment).
(2015 -- Russia) This captivating documentary film tells the story of the Russian all-girl punk rock band Pussy Riot, who stood up to the Russian government’s human rights oppression and paid the price by being incarcerated in 2011. But rather than silencing their voices, the incident only amplified them, turning the band into a global symbol of feminist political activism, culminating in their widely seen concert at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where band members were attacked by a group of Cossacks hired as security guards. Russian activists Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevich decided to separate from the well-known activist group Voina and created their own group named Pussy Riot to express their ideas of female independence, combining activism, feminism and punk rock music. Pussy Riot quickly drew public attention after a show on the Lobnoye Mesto in the Red Square, where they accused the authorities of sexism, singing the song "Putin Turned Chicken." This performance landed them in a police station amid much mass media attention. Pussy Riot then decided to conduct a punk rock church service in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, sparking interest from journalists and cameramen who managed to film it. Three of the girls were arrested and threatened with seven years in prison, as a number of world stars expressed their support for the artists. They were offered liberty if they agreed to confess and repent for their "crime." Refusing to budge, the court sentenced them instead to two years in prison. Formats: DVD. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
Animal Kingdom: The Complete Second Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes of the TNT series. As the second season opens, the Cody clan is back to their old ways and in the midst of a fun, high-adrenaline heist. But when things don’t go as planned, the family dynamics become more fractured than ever as some members advocate for independence from Smurf. Adding fuel to the fire is an external threat from Smurf's past that has come back to haunt her.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: “Dissecting Pope” featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2015) Are technology and the Internet changing the art world forever? In the timely and revealing documentary, "#artoffline" -- an Official Selection at the Rotterdam International Film Festival -- director Manuel Correa documents the crisis facing the contemporary art world. Can the Internet change the way art is controlled in terms of reception, production and distribution? Leading artists, curators, philosophers and art critics interviewed believe that endless reproduction liberates artwork from a muddled marketplace and an undemocratic exhibition circuit, while wondering whether the urge for physical objects is just a nostalgic fetishism. And, despite enormous resistance, it has become apparent that digital technologies have effectively transformed the experience of art forever. Shot in Vancouver and in Berlin during the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, this provocative documentary takes audiences behind the scenes, and inside the ideas that are already shaping the art of tomorrow. Formats: DVD. (IndiePix Films).
The Ballad of Lefty Brown
(2017) Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel. Set in the vast, desolate plains of Montana, the film is an ode to the traditional revenge Western. When famed frontier lawman and Montana’s first elected senator Eddie Johnson (Fonda) is brutally murdered, his longtime sidekick and friend, Lefty Brown (Pullman), will stop at nothing to avenge his death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Bringing the Truth to Myth: Inside the Characters of The Ballad of Lefty Brown” featurette, “Designing the Look of The Ballad of Lefty Brown” featurette, audio commentary with director Jared Moshe and Pullman. (Lionsgate).
The Best of Elmo 4
(2017) Elmo is back with hours of fun for his biggest (and littlest) fans, who can join their favorite friendly monster for a trip down memory lane to revisit some of his best Sesame Street moments. But in Elmo’s World, wherever there is fun to be had, there are also lessons to be learned. In "Elmo’s Sweet Ride," a new episode from Season 47, Elmo teaches patience and sharing when he lets his pal Zoe take a ride on his scooter, waiting his turn while she practices and learns how to ride. Elmo also makes some new friends along the way: He learns what it means to be enthusiastic from Mindy Kaling when they dance with their friends, the chickens; he learns why skin comes in all different textures and shades of color from Lupita Nyong’o; he throws a fiesta with Viola Davis; he plays tug-of-war with Wendi McLendon-Covey to learn the word “strenuous”; he busts a move with Jason Derulo; and he sings about books and reading with Pharrell Williams. Formats: DVD. Extras: Animated storybook "Elmo Loves You." (Warner).
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage Blu-ray
(1970 -- Italy) In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage," a film that redefined the "giallo" genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall). A staggeringly assured debut, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, this landmark film has never looked or sounded better. Formats: Blu-ray with new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release; with original mono Italian and English soundtracks. Extras: New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films"; "The Power of Perception," a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of "Devil's Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study"; new analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinge; new interview with writer-director Dario Argento; new interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp); reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp; double-sided fold-out poster; six lobby card reproductions; limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook. A Blu-ray/DVD Combo was released June, 2017. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Blade of the Immortal
(2017 -- Japan) Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi. The 100th film by master director Takashi Miike. Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Manji vs. 300," poster gallery, cast interviews, trailers, Takuya Kimurainterview. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
Broad City: Season Four
(2017) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time. Abbi and Ilana find themselves growing up in Season 4 as they contend with gray hairs, the prospect of real relationships and, of course, living under a T***p presidency. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield
(2017 -- China) Chang Chen, Yang Mi, Zhang Yi, Lei Jiayin, Xin Zhilei, King Shih Chieh. An imperial guard searches for the truth behind a conspiracy that framed him and his partners. The proof of his innocence lies with a wanted woman named Bei Zhai ... but will she reveal what she knows? In this intense prequel to "Brotherhood of Blades," the only thing he can truly trust is his sword. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage. (Well Go USA).
The Deuce: The Complete First Season
(2017) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. Set during the early 1970s in New York City's Times Square, The Deuce, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, gives viewers an up-close look at the gritty world of sex and crime, as the porn industry begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence, and billion-dollar profitability.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Audio commentaries from the cast and crew, including James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal and David Simon; "The Wild West: New York in the Early '70s": cast interviews on this unique period in history; "The Deuce in Focus." (HBO).
Drag Me to Hell Collector’s Edition
(2009) Dir.: Sam Raimi; Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is on her way to having it all: a devoted boyfriend (Justin Long), a hard-earned job promotion, and a bright future. But when she has to make a tough decision that evicts an elderly woman from her house, Christine becomes the victim of an evil curse. New HD masters of the theatrical and unrated cuts, both taken from the 2K digital intermediate. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras:Disc One: Production diaries with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with co-writer/director Sam Raimi, actors Allison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Dileep Rao, Lorna Raver, special effects guru Greg Nicotero, director of photography Peter Deming, and more; vintage interviews with Raimi, Lohman and Long; TV spots; theatrical trailer. Disc One: New "To Hell and Back" interview with Lohman; new "Curses!" interview with actress Lorna Raver; new "Hitting All the Right Notes" interview with composer Christopher Young; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2017) A real-life romance filmed over a five-year period. Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell document their relationship’s every beat, from their adventurous sex life and spur-of-the-moment Maldives getaway, to their performance art collaborations and various altercations. But when the romantic vacation doesn’t exactly go as planned, the now-former couple are left to decide what to do with their film-in-progress; and for these two filmmakers, the end of the relationship isn’t the end of the story. An Official Selection at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs 2017 and Michael Moore’s 2017 Traverse City Film Festival, “Flames” not only documents Zefrey and Josephine’s white-hot passion of first love and heartbreak, but also allows them to reconstruct what happened and where it all went wrong as they continued filming and editing. Lines began to blur between what was real and what was “the film,” and if there was even a difference anymore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Short film “Madonna Mia Violenta,” originally created by Throwell for a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition in 2011 that inspired Throwell and Decker to extend it into the full-length feature documentary “Flames.” (FilmRise).
Hazlo Como Hombre (Do It Like an Hombre)
(2017 -- Mexico) Mauricio Ochmann and Aislinn Derbez star in this bro-mantic comedy. Alpha male Raúl isn’t shy about telling his best amigos, Santiago and Eduardo, how to live their lives. But when Santi -- who’s engaged to Raúl’s sister -- announces he’s gay, Raúl’s world turns upside down. With ridiculous interventions and shameless schemes, Raúl does everything he can to change Santi -- and learns an unforgettable lesson about what it means to be a real hombre. Mexico’s #1 grossing domestic movie of 2017. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Hazlo Como Hombre (Do It Like an Hombre)” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Randy Wayne, Heather Langenkamp, Paul T. Taylor, Rheagan Wallace. The dreaded Pinhead returns in the next terrifying chapter (the 10th) of the classic Hellraiser series. Three detectives trying to stop a diabolical serial killer are sucked into a maze of otherworldly horror, where hellish denizens including the Auditor, the Assessor, and the Jury await to pass judgment. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted & extended scenes, gag reel. (Lionsgate).
Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie
(2017) TV Movie storyline picks up where the original TV series ended in 2004, following the kids on the field trip of a lifetime, where Arnold and his friends embark on a quest to achieve his dream of finding his missing parents. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(2015 -- Germany) Documents a Holocaust and Lodz Ghetto survivor's return to today's Lodz (Poland). Until now, Natan Grossmann had repressed his desire to learn about the fate of his brother he lost contact with in 1942. 70 years later, Grossmann starts a search for his missing sibling. His search crosses paths with Jens-Jurgen Ventzki, son of the former Nazi Head Mayor of Lodz. Ventzki is pursuing his family's dark secret. In tracing their family histories, they inevitably confront each other. The title refers to the streetcar line that would pass through the ghetto, making the suffering of the imprisoned Jewish people plainly viable to the Polish passengers. Formats: DVD. (Film Movement).
Night of the Living Dead
(1968) Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, "Night of the Living Dead," directed by horror master George A. Romero, is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero's claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, "Night of the Living Dead" is back, in a new 4K restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc supervised by director George A. Romero, co-screenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner; new restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Night of Anubis," a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film; new program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez; never-before-seen 16mm dailies reel; new piece featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key "Night of the Living Dead" filmmakers got their start; audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O'Dea, and more; archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley; new programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls; new interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner; trailer, radio spots, and TV spots; an essay by critic Stuart Klawans. (The Criterion Collection).
(1978) Made in 1978 for Italian television, "Orchestra Rehearsal" is possibly Fellini's most satirical and overtly political film. An allegorical pseudo-documentary, the film depicts an Italian television crew's visit to a dilapidated auditorium (a converted 13th-century church) to meet an orchestra assembling to rehearse under the instruction of a tyrannical conductor. The TV crew interviews the various musicians, who each speak lovingly about their chosen instruments. However, as petty squabbles break out amid the different factions of the ensemble, and the conductor berates his musicians, the meeting descends into anarchy and vandalism. A destructive crescendo ensues before the musicians regroup and play together once more in perfect harmony. Abounding with its director's trademark rich imagery and expressive style, "Orchestra Rehearsal" marks the last collaboration between Fellini and the legendary composer Nino Rota (due to the latter's death in 1979) who provides one of his most beautiful themes in the film's conclusion. Formats: Blu-ray with new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, with original 1.0 mono sound. Extras: Richard Dyer on Nino Rota and "Orchestra Rehearsal": the film scholar talks about the great composer and his last collaboration with Fellini; "Orchestrating Discord," a visual essay on the film by Fellini biographer John Baxter; gallery featuring rare poster and press material on the film from the Felliniana collection of Don Young; reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options; First Pressing Only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Martin. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2017 -- Russia) Julia Vysotskaya, Christian Clauss, Philippe Duquesne, Victor Sukhorukov. Director Andrei Konchalovsky's latest film, winner of the Silver Lion at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. Olga is a beautiful Russian countess and member of the French Resistance; Jules is a French-Nazi collaborator who is assigned to investigate her case; and Helmut is a handsome, high-ranking, yet naïve German SS officer who once fell madly in love with Olga and meets her again when she is shipped to a concentration camp. While they recount their stories, the film drifts between the bloody end of World War II and the gilded, halcyon days when their destinies first crossed. Victim, bystander, or monster? Konchalovsky collapses these identities, offering a new perspective on the Holocaust. Shot in stunning black and white, the film depicts the morally complex choices that one must make during dark times in search of PARADISE. Formats: DVD. (Film Movement).
PBS KIDS: Ocean Adventures
(2018) Ten underwater expeditions from eight popular PBS KIDS series, including Splash and Bubbles, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Caillou, WordWorld, SuperWHY!, Dinosaur Train, Wild Kratts, and Reading Rainbow. Kids will have a blast exploring the ocean with some of their favorite characters as they learn more about the deep sea and underwater creatures. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
PBS KIDS: Outer Space Adventures
(2018) Ten stories from eight popular PBS KIDS series including, Ready Jet Go!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Caillou, WordWorld, Super WHY!, Peg + Cat, Dinosaur Train, and Nature Cat. Kids will have a blast exploring outer space with some of their favorite characters as they learn about the moon, the stars and more. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agent
(2017) Discover the secret agency that helped Queen Elizabeth I while she was in power for more than 40 years. During a time when Britain and Queen Elizabeth’s realm was divided, unstable, and violent, the world’s first secret service was born. Run by William and Robert Cecil, this father-and-son team had the duty of protecting the Queen and the Country. Leading historians study the period from different principals’ points of view. They dissect the minds and motivations of key players, to uncover an intricate, covert spy network, revealing how Elizabethan England really was. In three in-depth episodes, the program takes us through the biggest events of Elizabeth’s reign, the entrapment and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, the capture and escape of catholic fugitive John Gerard and the most infamous terrorist conspiracy in British history, the Gunpowder Plot. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(1985) One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic "Re-Animator" returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features. When medical student Dean Cain advertises for a roommate, he soon finds one in the form of Dr. Herbert West. Initially a little eccentric, it soon becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories -- specifically, the possibility of re-animating the dead. It's not long before Dean finds himself under West's influence, and embroiled in a series of ghoulish experiments that threaten to go wildly out of control. Based on H.P. Lovecraft's classic terror tale "Herbert West – Reanimator" and featuring a standout performance from Jeffrey Combs as the deliciously deranged West, "Re-Animator" remains the ground-zero of '80s splatter mayhem and one of the genre's finest hours. Formats: Blu-ray Disc with
4K restorations of the Unrated versions of the film, with Mono, Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio Options. Extras: Isolated score; audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon; audio commentary with producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara
Crampton, Bruce Abbott, and Robert Sampson; "Re-Animator Resurrectus," documentary on the making of the film, featuring extensive interviews with cast and crew; interview with Gordon and Yuzna; interview with writer Dennis Paoli; interview with composer Richard Band; music discussion with Band; "Barbara Crampton In Conversation," a career-spanning discussion with journalist Alan Jones; "The Catastrophe of Success: Stuart Gordon and The Organic Theater" in which Gordon discusses his early theater roots and his continued commitment to the stage; "Theater of Blood - Re-Animator": in which the musical lyricist Mark Nutter talks about adapting the cult classic for musical theatre; deleted and extended scenes; trailer & TV spots; still gallery; screenplay (BD-ROM Content); reversible sleeve with newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson. A Limited two-disc edition of the film, with a second disc and a book, was released in August 2017. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Rebels on Pointe
(2017) Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, this is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all-male, drag ballet company was founded over 40 years ago in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has a passionate cult following around the world. The film juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character driven stories, and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan. A creative blend of gender-bending artistic expression, diversity, passion and purpose, "Rebels on Pointe" is story which ultimately proves that a ballerina can be an act of revolution in a tutu. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: bonus footage, including backstage outtakes and interviews. (Icarus Films).
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
(2017) Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Amanda Warren, Sam Gilroy. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney who is recruited to join a firm led by an ambitious lawyer (Colin Farrell); a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test. Read more about "Roman J. Israel, Esq." in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Eight deleted scenes, three featurettes: “Denzel Washington: Becoming Roman,” “The Making of Roman J. Israel, ESQ.,” “Colin Farrell: Discovering George.” (Sony).
Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years Vol. 1
Youth on the loose and rebels without causes in the unruly Seishun Eiga Youth movies of Japanese iconoclast Seijun Suzuki. Making their home-video debuts outside Japan, this diverse selection of Nikkatsu youth movies (Seishun Eiga) charts the evolving style of the B-movie maverick best known for the cult classics "Tokyo Drifter" (1966) and "Branded to Kill" (1967). "The Boy Who Came Back" (1958) marks the first appearances of "Nikkatsu Diamond Guys" and regular Suzuki collaborators Akira Kobayashi and Jo Shishido, with Kobayashi cast as the hot-headed hoodlum fresh out of reform school who struggles to make a clean break with his tearaway past. The "Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass" (1961) is a carnivalesque tale of a young student who hooks up with a down-at-heels travelling circus troupe. "Teenage Yakuza" (1962) stars Tamio Kawaji as a high-school vigilante protecting his community from the extortions of mobsters from a neighboring city. "The Incorrigible" (1963) and "Born Under Crossed Stars" (1965), both based on Toko Kon's novels about young love, represent Suzuki's first films set in the 1920s era later celebrated in his critically-regarded "Taisho Trilogy." Formats: Four-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
The Silence of the Lambs
(1991) In this chilling adaptation of the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, the astonishingly versatile director Jonathan Demme crafted a taut psychological thriller about an American obsession: serial murder. As Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee who enlists the help of the infamous Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter to gain insight into the mind of another killer, Jodie Foster subverts classic gender dynamics and gives one of the most memorable performances of her career. As her foil, Anthony Hopkins is the archetypical antihero -- cultured, quick-witted, and savagely murderous -- delivering a harrowing portrait of humanity gone terribly wrong. A gripping police procedural and a disquieting immersion into a twisted psyche, "The Silence of the Lambs" swept the Academy Awards (best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress, best actor) and remains a cultural touchstone. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director of photography Tak Fujimoto, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray; alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 1994 featuring Demme, Foster and Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas; new interview with critic Maitland McDonagh; thirty-five minutes of deleted scenes; interview from 2005 with Demme and Foster; "Inside the Labyrinth," a 2001 documentary; "Page to Screen," a 2002 program about the adaptation; "Scoring The Silence," a 2004 interview program featuring composer Howard Shore; "Understanding the Madness," a 2008 program featuring interviews with retired FBI special agents; behind-the-scenes featurette; trailer; an essay by critic Amy Taubin along with, in the Blu-ray edition, a new introduction by Foster; an account of the origins of the character Hannibal Lecter by author Thomas Harris; and a 1991 interview with Demme. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Nichole Bloom, Fabianne Therese, Pat Healy, Joshua Leonard, Michelle Borth.High school student Annie (Bloom) is having trouble adapting to her new school after a move. She's bullied by fellow students and can't connect with her classmates until she meets Jules (Therese), a free-spirited girl with dreams of escaping their small town. The two become fast friends and soon spend all their free time together. After a romance starts to bloom between them, Annie's inhibitions begin to fade and she discovers Jules makes extra cash by performing flirtatious and seductive webcam shows. Jules convinces Annie to join her, and the two start performing together in order to make enough cash to run away. But when their show attracts a lonely family man (Healy) who becomes obsessed with the two girls, he offers them an opportunity that may lead them toward a darker series of events than they could have ever imagined. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (MPI/Dark Sky Films).
(1984) In September 1984, "Threads" aired on the BBC and shocked tens of millions of UK viewers. Four months later, it was broadcast in America and became the most watched basic cable program in history. After more than three decades, it remains one of the most acclaimed and shattering made-for-television movies of all time. Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly and Karen Meagher, in a stunning debut performance, star in this graphic docudrama about the effects of a nuclear attack on the working-class city of Sheffield, England as the fabric of society unravels. Directed by Mick Jackson from a screenplay by novelist/playwright Barry Hines and nominated for seven BAFTA Awards, "The most terrifying and honest portrayal of nuclear war ever filmed" (The Guardian) has now been fully restored from a 2K scan for the first time ever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio Commentary with director Mick Jackson, moderated by film writer Kier-La Janisse and Severin Films' David Gregory; "Audition For the Apocalypse": Interview with actress Karen Meagher; "Shooting the Annihilation": Interview with director of photography Andrew Dunn; "Destruction Designer": Interview with production designer Christopher Robilliard; interview with film writer Stephen Thrower; US trailer. (Severin Films).
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
(2016) Based on the bestselling bedtime story book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury -- which has sold over 11 million copies globally -- the animated film follows siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby, and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure through whirling snowstorms, oozing mud, and dark forests in search of bears. Formats: DVD. (Public Media Distribution).
(2017) Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Julia Roberts. Based on the New York Times bestseller, the film tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Read more about "Wonder" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Conbo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio, “Brand New Eyes” music video, "Wonder Soundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes" featurette. Blu-ray adds “A Child’s Sense of Wonder” featurette, “What a Wonderful World” featurette, “Summer of Fun” five-part documentary: “A (com)Passion Project,” "Family Matters,” “A Technical Wonder,” “A Note of Kindness,” “We All Deserve a Standing Ovation at Least Once in Our Lives.” (Lionsgate).
(1963 -- Japan) A uniquely prolific and chameleonic figure of world cinema, Kon Ichikawa delivered a burst of stylistic bravado with this intricate tale of betrayal and retribution. Set in the cloistered world of 19th-century kabuki theater, the film charts a female impersonator's attempts to avenge the deaths of his parents, who were driven to insanity and suicide by a trio of corrupt men. Ichikawa takes the conventions of melodrama and turns them on their head, bringing the hero's fractured psyche to life in boldly experimental widescreen compositions infused with kaleidoscopic color, pop-art influences, and meticulous choreography. Anchored by a magnificently androgynous performance by Kazuo Hasegawa, reprising a role he had played on-screen three decades earlier, "An Actor's Revenge" is an eye-popping examination of how the illusions of art intersect with life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Rare 1999 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by critic and filmmaker Yuki Mori; new interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns; an essay by critic Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016) Nicholas de Pencier’s gripping documentary examines the global impact the Internet has on free speech and privacy. Based on Ronald Deibert’s 2013 book of the same name, "Black Code" offers a startling report on how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens. With stories from exiled Tibetan monks circumventing China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists using social media to distribute alternative news, and Pakistani online violence against women, we see firsthand the high-stakes consequences that our unprecedented level of digital communication can produce. As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy will be challenged to the very core. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Human Rights Watch discussion with Ronald Deibert and Edward Snowden; filmmaker Q&A from Nicholas de Pencier from Hong Kong International Film Festival. (Music Box Films).
Daddy’s Home 2
(2017) Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson. Father and stepfather Dusty and Brad from "Daddy's Home" join forces to make Christmastime perfect for the children, but their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho dad and Brad's gentle father arrive to turn the holiday upside down. Read more about "Daddy’s Home " in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making a Sequel," "Look Who’s Back," "Co-Dads: Will & Mark," "The New Dads in Town: Mel & John," "Captain Sully," deleted/extended/alternate scenes, gag reel. (Paramount).
(2017) Corin Nemec, Mike Hatton, Robert Carradine. Two FBI agents trying to arrest several crooks find an ancient Japanese artifact of enormous power. Now, they must stop the crooks from delivering the stone to the criminal mastermind, who turns out to be a rich businessman with a nefarious plan. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Florida Project
(2017) Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World. Read more about "The Florida Project" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Under the Rainbow: Making The Florida Project” featurette, bloopers and outtakes, cast and crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
The Girl Without Hands
(2016 -- France) Beautiful and dreamlike take on the Brothers Grimm story, hand-painted with lush, evocative details and featuring the voices of Anaïs Demoustier and Jérémie Elk. It's the story of a young woman who is sold to the devil by her miller father in return for a river of gold. She is so pure of heart that she is able to elude him, but not before losing her hands. So begins her long journey towards the light … but in spite of her resilience and the new protection of a handsome prince’s estate, the Devil devises a plan of his own. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Making of The Girl Without Hands," interview with director Sébastien Laudenbach, short films by Laudenbach, theatrical trailer. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory,).
(1966 -- India) In this psychologically rich character study, written and directed by Satyajit Ray, Bengali film star Uttam Kumar draws on his real-world celebrity to play Arindam Mukherjee, a matinee idol on the brink of his first flop. When Mukherjee boards an overnight train to Delhi to accept an award, a journalist (Sharmila Tagore) approaches him seeking an exclusive interview, which initiates a conversation that sends the actor reeling down a path of self-examination. Seamlessly integrating rueful flashbacks and surreal dream sequences with the quietly revelatory stories of the train's other passengers, "The Hero" is a graceful meditation on art, fame, and regret from one of world cinema's most keenly perceptive filmmakers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 2K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interview from 2008 with actor Sharmila Tagore; new program featuring film scholar Meheli Sen; an essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to Kumar by Ray. (The Criterion Collection).
Rise of the Footsoldier Part II
(2017) Ricci Harnett, Craig Fairbrass, Charlie Heaton. The follow-up to 2007’s cult hit "Rise of the Footsoldier," follows football-hooligan-turned-professional-criminal Carlton Leach, who’s still mourning the loss of his friends and is convinced that it’s only a matter of time before he’s next. For him, the only way out is to go back in and work his way back up the criminal ladder…but the higher he gets, the more violent the jobs become, until his quest for power turns into an obsession. With life and family on the line, can he hold his nerves together one last time in order to get out alive?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director’s commentary, “Making of Rise of the Footsoldier Part II” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Same Kind of Different as Me
(2017) Renée Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt. International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. Read more about "Same Kind of Different as Me" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Commentary by director Michael Carney, writer Ron Hall and writer Alexander Foard; "Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind -- The Making of Same Kind of Different As Me"; "Filming in Mississippi"; deleted and extended scenes. (Paramount).
(2017) Voices of Steven Yeu, Aidy Bryant, Keegan-Michael Key, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Plummer. A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. Read more about "The Star" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends"; "Life Is Good Dance-Along"; "Lyric Sing-Along Videos": “The Star” by Mariah Carey, “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony, “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini, “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin, “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World; craft video "Sweet and Sparkly Stars": Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round; craft video: "Star Mason Jar Votives": Let the light shine with this simple craft; "Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin": A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film; "An All-Star Cast": Meet the stars. (Sony).
(1982) The feature debut of director Frank Henenlotter ("Brain Damage," "Frankenhooker"), 1982's "Basket Case" is perhaps his most revered -- a riotous and blood-spattered midnight movie experience, now immortalized in a lavish new 4K restoration by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Duane Bradley is a pretty ordinary guy. His formerly conjoined twin Belial, on the other hand, is a deformed, fleshy lump whom he carries around in a wicker basket. Arriving in the Big Apple and taking up a room at the seedy Hotel Broslin, the pair set about hunting down and butchering the surgeons responsible for their separation. But tensions flare up when Duane starts spending time with a pretty blonde secretary, and Belial's homicidal tendencies reach bloody new extremes. Filmed on a shoestring budget against the backdrop of 1980s New York (where the movie would become a staple of the infamous 42nd Street grindhouse circuit), "Basket Case" has clawed its way from its humble origins to become one of the most celebrated cult movies of all time. Formats: Blu-ray with 4K restoration with original uncompressed mono audio Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Frank Henenlotter and star Kevin Van Hentenryck; "Basket Case 3-1/2: An Interview with Duane Bradley": Frank Henenlotter revisits Duane Bradley decades after the events of the original "Basket Case"; "Seeing Double: The Basket Case Twins": a brand new interview with Florence and Maryellen Schultz, the twin nurses from "Basket Case"; new making-of featurette containing new interviews with producer Edgar Ievins, casting person/actress Ilze Balodis, associate producer/effects artist Ugis Nigals and Belial performer Kika Nigals; "Blood, BASKET and Beyond": a brand new interview with actress Beverly Bonner; "Belial Goes to the Drive-In": a brand new interview with film critic Joe Bob Briggs; outtakes featurette; "In Search of the Hotel Broslin" archive location featurette; "Slash of the Knife" (1972) short film by Frank Henenlotter; "Belial's Dream" (2017, 5 mins): brand new "Basket Case"-inspired animated short by filmmaker Robert Morgan; "Behind-the-scenes of Belial's Dream"; trailers, TV spots and radio spots; extensive still galleries; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(1988) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sho Kosugi, Doran Clark, Bruce French, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Dorota Puzio. After an F-11 gets shot down over the Mediterranean Sea, the US government can't afford to lose the top-secret laser tracking device that was on board. But unfortunately, the KGB team, lead by the infamous Andrei (Jean-Claude Van Damme), are beating the CIA in the race to find it. The CIA has no choice but to call in their best man, master martial-artist Ken Tani (Sho Kosugi, code name ... BLACK EAGLE. In response, the KGB resorts to an all-out war, with powerful Andrei matching Ken blow for blow. Original 2.0 Stereo Audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and Dolby Digital 5.1. Includes 93 minute theatrical version + 104 minute uncut extended version of the film. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Sho Kosugi: Martial Arts Legend" (featuring new interviews with Sho Kosugi and Shane Kosugi and more); "The Making of Black Eagle" (featuring new interviews with director-producer Eric Karson, screenwriter Michael Gonzalez and stars Sho Kosugi, Doran Clark, Shane Kosugi and Dorota Puzio); "Tales of Jean-Claude Van Damme" (new interviews with cast and crew; "The Script and the Screenwriters" (featuring Michael Gonzales, Eric Karson and more); deleted scenes; original theatrical trailer; collectible poster. (MVD Rewind).
(2016) Mick Foley, Chris Marquette, Amada Crew, Michael Eklind, Niall Matter. A mild-mannered deli clerk finally gets a second chance to pursue his high school sweetheart, a notorious female professional wrestler, when she returns for their 10-year reunion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (MVD Entertainment).
(2017) Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal. A boy who dreams of becoming a great musician embarks on a journey to uncover the mysteries behind his ancestor's stories and traditions. Read more about "Coco" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital,
UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Filmmaker commentary; "Dante": How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dogs that inspired Dante. Blu-ray adds "The Music of Coco”; "Paths to Pixar: Coco”; "Welcome to the Fiesta"; "How to Draw a Skeleton"; "A Thousand Pictures a Day" travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries, and small villages during the Día de los Muertos holiday; "Mi Familia"; "Land of Our Ancestors" in which Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from many eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life; "Fashion Through the Ages"; "The Real Guitar"; "How to Make Papel Picado"; "Un Poco Coco” montage of original animated pieces used to promote “Coco”; “Coco" trailers. Read more here. (Disney).
Copyright Criminials: The Funky Drummer Edition
(2017) Documentary examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money. From director Benjamin Franzen, this acclaimed doc, which originally aired on PBS' "Independent Lens," traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than 30 years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a "borrowed melody" became a "copyright infringement." Showcasing many of hip-hop music's founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground -- while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more, the film also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown's drummer and the world's most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton. Formats: Two-disc DVD. Extras: "The Art of Sampling With Cee-Lo Green" featurette; "The Funky Drummer in the Studio with Chuck D" featurette; "Eclectic Method Uncut Audio-Visual Remixes (15 Videos); "Fair Use Explained: Four Featurettes by the Center for Social Media"; extended interviews with Chuck D, De La Soul, and Clyde Stubblefield; "Music Player Featuring 15+ Songs from Copyright Criminals Soundtrack" by El-P and RJD2; "Clyde Stubblefield's Ultimate Breaks and Beats" (Hi-Res WAV files); "Copyright Criminals All Star Band Funky Drummer" remix video; "Copyright Criminals All Star Band Megamix" video. (Indipix).
(2017) Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane, Nicholas Jones, Samuel West. During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (Oldman). Read more about
"Darkest Hour" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Into Darkest Hour," "Gary Oldman: Becoming Churchill," feature commentary with director Joe
Gate II BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Louis Tripp, Pamela Segall, Simon Reynolds, James Villemaire. Picks up again with Terry, the teenage sorcerer who summons beings from the other side and whose powers can be used to grant any wish. Unfortunately, before the Gate closes again, a "minion" -- a tiny disciple of Satan himself -- manages to slip through to our dimension. When the creature is kidnapped -- all hell breaks loose. New 2K scan of the interpositive. Extras: New "Return to the Nightmare" look back at "Gate II" featuring interviews with director Tibor Takacs, screenwriter Michael Nankin, and special visual effects creator Randall William Cook; new "From the Depths" interview with make-up effects artist Craig Reardon; theatrical trailer; video promo and video store contest promo; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2017) Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow. Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Urban) to catch one of the city's notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of the child’s game Hangman, while journalist Christi Davies (Snow) reports on the crime spree, shadowing the detectives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Al Pacino: Insight From a Hollywood Legend” featurette, “Hangman: In Their Own Words” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017) Animated with the voices of Jen McAllister, Anthony Padilla, Ian Hecox, Jon Heder, Chevy Chase. A mischievous hedgehog named Bobby leaves his wilderness home and joins Hubert, a featherbrained pigeon, on a wild and unpredictable journey. They make their way to the big city, where stressed-out humans are losing their minds, and Bobby and Hubert must calm the nervous citizens by being their cute, cuddly selves. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Bringing the Characters to Life: At the Recording Studio" featurette, trailer gallery.(Lionsgate).
Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films, 1968-1971
After finishing his film "Weekend" in 1967, Jean-Luc Godard shifted gears to embark on engaging more directly with the radical political movements of the era, and thus create a new kind of film, or, as he eventually put it: "new ideas distributed in a new way." This new method in part involved collaborating with the precocious young critic and journalist, Jean-Pierre Gorin. Both as a two-person unit, and as part of the loose collective known as the Groupe Dziga Vertov (named after the early 20th-century Russian filmmaker and theoretician), Godard and Gorin would realize "some political possibilities for the practice of cinema" and craft new frameworks for investigating the relationships between image and sound, spectator and subject, cinema and society. Included in this six-disc set are five films, all originally shot in 16mm celluloid, that serve as examples of Godard and Gorin's revolutionary project: "Un film comme les autres [A Film Like Any Other]," "British Sounds, aka: See You at Mao," "Vent d'est [Wind From the East]," "Lotte in Italia/Luttes en Italie [Struggles in Italy]," "Vladimir et Rosa [Vladimir and Rosa]." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "A Conversation With JLG": Interview with Jean-Luc Godard from 2010 by Dominique Maillet and Pierre-Henri Gibert; 100-page full-color book containing English translations for the first time of writing by, and interviews with, Godard and Gorin, and more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Just Getting Started
(2017) An ex-FBI Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman), the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, have to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit. Read more about "Just Getting Started" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA.
(Broad Green Pictures).
Lady and the Tramp
(1955) As one of the greatest love stories ever told, “Lady and the Tramp” is sure to melt the hearts of generations with its beloved characters, brilliant animation, memorable music and sweet sentiment. The animated treasure tells the story of Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold. Through the Signature Collection edition, viewers can relive the pair’s thrilling adventures, sing along with the film’s unforgettable songs like “Bella Notte,” and swoon over one of the most memorable movie moments of all time -- the iconic scene in which Lady and Tramp share a plate of spaghetti and an accidental kiss. The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition offers three ways to view the film: the original theatrical edition; a Sing-Along Mode; and "Inside Walt’s Story Meetings": As you view the film, hear reenactments of Walt’s story sessions with animators and see how their ideas were realized on-screen. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. New extras: "Walt & His Dogs": Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime; "Stories from Walt’s Office: Take a tour of Walt’s office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it; "How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About Lady and The Tramp”: Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle. Classic extras: "Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad": Walt’s daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland’s early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse; never-recorded song: “I’m Free as the Breeze” song originally meant to be sung by Tramp; deleted scenes; 1955 original trailer; 1972 and 1986 re-release trailers. (Disney).
Let There Be Light
(2016) For all his far-reaching fame, Sol Harkens, the world's most famous atheist, is a lonely soul and a lousy part-time dad. After a near death experience challenges his simplest assumptions about this world, Sol finds his purpose and re-imagines his life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Murder on the Orient Express
(2017) What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of 13 strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect and it's up to Hercule Poirot to solve the case. Read more about "Murder on the Orient Express" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Agatha Christie: An Intimate Portrait," "Let’s Talk About Hercule Poirot," "Unusual Suspects (Part One, Two and Three)," "The Art of Murder," "All Aboard: Filming Murder on the Orient Express," "Music of Murder," deleted scenes, director commentary by Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green, theatrical trailers, gallery. (Fox).
(2012 -- Germany) From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin ("The Edge of Heaven," "Head-On," "In the Fade"), this powerful environmental documentary, an official selection at Cannes Film Festival, chronicles the struggle of villagers in Turkey’s Black Sea village of Camburnu with the government's decision to turn their community into a garbage dump. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
(2017) Two-disc set with eight episodes. Ida Engvoll ("The Bridge") stars as Rebecka Martinsson, an unconventional lawyer in Stockholm with a successful career and a handsome boyfriend. When a childhood friend suddenly dies, Rebecka returns to her remote hometown above the Arctic Circle for the funeral. Although the death had been ruled an accident, Rebecka finds evidence of murder and contacts her friend in the police force, Anna Maria Mella (Eva Melander). Together they hunt for a killer, but what they uncover might shake Rebecka to her core. With more cases to solve, and Rebecka proving herself an asset to Mella’s police team, Rebecka must decide whether to go back to her big-city life in Stockholm or stay in Kiruna and confront her past. Based on Asa Larsson’s award-winning crime novels. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(1977) US television staple Robert Lansing stars as a deranged surgeon in this twisty-turny psychological thriller from "Blood Rage" director John Grissmer. Lansing plays Dr. Phillip Reynolds, a man whose daughter Heather (Judith Chapman) had run away from home a year prior following the suspicious death of her boyfriend. When he happens across a young woman one night, her face beaten beyond recognition, the unhinged Reynolds sees this as an opportunity to put his trusty scalpel to use -- hatching a plan to "reconstruct" her face in the image of his missing daughter, and so claim her sizeable inheritance. Photographed by celebrated cinematographer Edward Lachman, who would go on to serve as DP on the likes of "Erin Brockovich" and "The Virgin Suicides," "Scalpel" is an exemplary slice of Southern-fried gothic, finally rescued from VHS obscurity in this revelatory new Blu-ray edition from Arrow Video. Formats: Blu-ray with new 2K restoration from original film elements, with original uncompressed mono audio. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith; new crew interviews; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil; First Pressing Only: Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Bill Ackerman. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Sect (aka The Devil's Daughter
(1991 -- Italy) Kelly Lee Curtis, Herbert Lom, Maria Angela Giordano, Michel Adatte, Carla Cassola, Angelika Maria Boeck, Tomas Arana. An American schoolteacher in Germany is terrorized by a murderous Satanic cult that is plotting to plunge the world into darkness. Miriam has been relocated to what appears to be a pleasant town in Germany. One afternoon, she accidentally hits an elderly pedestrian, Moebius with her car, prompting her to take him back to her house to recuperate. What Miriam doesn’t know is that their meeting was no accident and that Moebius is the elder of a dangerous Satanic sect. Co-produced and co-written by Dario Argento and directed by Argento protégé Michele Soavi. Remastered in 2K high definition from the original negative..
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with actor Tomas Arana. (Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing).
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(2017) Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, Clarke Peters, Samara Weaving, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage. A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit. Read more about "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Crucify ‘Em: The Making of Three Billboards,” "Six Shooter" (short film). (Fox).
(1963) In the early 1960s, at the height of the British New Wave, a movement whose gritty realism they had helped establish, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful narrative territory. Tom Jones brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fielding's canonical 18th-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title (Albert Finney, in a career-defining turn), whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the wellborn Sophie Western (Susannah York). This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in England's rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restorations of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director's cut, both supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks on the Blu-ray. Extras: New program on the film's cinematography featuring a conversation between Lassally and critic Peter Cowie; excerpt from a 1982 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" featuring Finney; new interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on director Tony Richardson, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1967; new interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie's impact on British cinema; illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film; new interview with the director's-cut editor, Robert Lambert; an essay by scholar Neil Sinyard. (The Criterion Collection).
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