(2018) Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Jennifer Blanc, Matthew Ziff. When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer, but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions -- and even their own sanity. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Synkronized Films).
Avatar - The Last Airbender: The Complete Series Blu-ray
Nine-disc set with every episode from this fan-favorite show. Fans of this classic will be able to relive the full three-season saga, as young Airbender Aang fulfills his destiny of being the long-lost Avatar. Katara and Sokka, siblings and members of the Water Tribe, help Aang master the four elements needed to become the Avatar - master of water, earth, fire and air. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary on select episode, "Avatar Super Deformed Shorts," interviews, making-of featurettes, more. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
The Big Country (60th Anniversary Special Edition)
(1958) Dir.: William Wyler; Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford, Chuck Connors. A bold, sweeping tale of a ship's captain (Peck) who ventures west to find a hotbed of jealousy, hatred and dangerous rivalries. As the reluctant hero is thrust into the maelstrom, he must summon all of his resolve to save not only his own life, but also the life of the woman he loves. An action-packed adventure that triumphs as a work of art. The film's legendary rousing score by Jerome Moross was nominated for an Oscar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by noted cultural historian Christopher Frayling; "Directed by William Wyler" documentary; interviews with Cecilia Peck, Carey Peck and Tony Peck; interview with Fraser Heston; interview with Catherine Wyler; "Fun in the Country featurette; "Larry Cohen on Chuck Connors"; original theatrical trailer; TV spot; two animated image galleries; reversible Blu-ray art. (Kino Lorber Classics).
(2018) Bruce Willis, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise. Reimagining and updating of the 1974 revenge thriller "Death Wish" that starred Charles Bronson. Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving lives. After an attack on his family, Paul embarks on his own mission for justice. Read more about "Death Wish" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with Eli Roth and producer Roger Birnbaum, deleted scenes, extended scenes, "Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish" featurette, grindhouse trailer. (Fox).
(2017) Amanda Schull, Milo Ventimiglia, Shawn Ashmore, Jonathan Frakes. When a woman and her son mysteriously vanish, FBI agent Daria Francis (Schull) is dispatched to the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota to investigate the number one suspect: religious fanatic Jackson Pritchard (Ventimiglia), husband and father of the missing persons. But when Francis and local deputy Colt Salter (Ashmore) arrive at Pritchard’s foreboding property, they discover much more than they bargained for lurking in the basement. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Midnight/Shout Factory).
Ducktales: Destination Adventure!
(2018) Six episodes. An ancient tomb in Toth-Ra, the mountain peak of Mt. Neverrest, a vacation island for Greek gods…global expeditions await! Thanks to Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby, trillionaire Scrooge McDuck is back in action, leading the way to death-defying exploits stretching all the way from Duckburg to legendary destinations around the world. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two classic DuckTales episodes: "New Gizmo-Kids on the Block," "Ducky Mountain High." (Disney).
(2018) Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Larry Pine, Abigail Breslin, Laverne Cox, AnnaSophia Robb. Billy Bloom (Lawther) is one-of-a-kind: a fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager whose razor-sharp wit is matched only by his outrageous, anything-goes fashion sense. When his glamorous mother (Midler) is forced to send him to live with his straight-laced father (Pine), Billy finds himself a diva-out-of-water at his new ultra-conservative high school. Undaunted by the bullies who don’t understand him, the fearless Billy sets out to make a big statement in his own inimitable way: challenging the school’s reigning mean girl (Breslin) for the title of homecoming queen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Films/Shout! Factory).
Genetically Modified Children
(2018) Can Monsanto chemicals permanently alter your child s genes? Low-income tobacco farmers face skyrocketing cancer rates with more devastating repercussions affecting their children: severe physical deformities and mental disabilities. Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers have no choice but to use harmful chemicals such as the herbicide glyphosate (aka Monsanto's Roundup) and Bayer s insecticide Confidor if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco. As patent and regulatory laws continue to favor the profits of Monsanto and chemical companies, the tobacco makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers' blood and are modifying the human genome, creating genetically modified children. This is the first documentary to detail the unholy alliance between Philip Morris and Monsanto, exploiting generations of impoverished Argentinian farmers, and causing devastating disease and disability among their children. A US-based legal team has taken on the David vs Goliath battle against these corporations to seek justice for these exploited families and their genetically modified children. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Greaser’s Palace BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1972) Alan Arbus, Albert Anderson, Luana Landers, Michael Sullivan, George Morgan, Don Calfa, Pablo Ferro, Toni Basil, Don Smolen. The surreal and outrageous parable on the life of Christ set in a rundown Wild West town makes its worldwide Blu-ray and DVD debut remastered with a high-definition transfer via a brand-new HD scan with extensive color correction of the original negatives. Robert Downey’s deliciously irreverent film is an acid comedy Western of incredible extremes, playing like a lighter version of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s "El Topo" minus the ultra-violence, while still retaining every ounce of religious blasphemy and taboo-smashing absurdity. The cult favorite is the story of Christ's sufferings, “updated” and set in the wild and woolly Old West, where a zoot-suited drifter named Jessy (Allan Arbus) performs miracles and attracts a large following. But what he really wants to do is sing and dance. He finally gets a chance to bring his act to the The Palace, a saloon run by the ruthless Seaweedhead Greaser (Albert Anderson), and he's a big hit. But Jessy’s got more miracles to do ... like restoring life to Greaser's son Lamy (Michael Sullivan), who’s been killed by his father, and then contending with Greaser's envious daughter Cholera (Luana Anders). Meanwhile, an unnamed woman (Elsie Downey) struggles to reach the town after her husband and son are murdered.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: On-camera interview with Robert Downey Sr. by writer Rudy Wurlitzer; liner notes by academy award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme. (Scorpion Releasing and Doppelgänger Releasing.).
The Great Silence
(1968 -- Italy) Landmark Spaghetti Western, scored by Ennio Morricone, in a stunning 50th anniversary restoration. Restored in 2K from original elements, the film is directed by Sergio Corbucci and stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski. The release features both the original Italian and English language versions. On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Kinski) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. Only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Trintignant) stands between the innocent refugees and the corrupt bounty hunters. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong are not always clear, and good does not always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Morricone, Corbucci's bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless West is widely considered to be among the best Westerns ever made. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Cox on Corbucci": Alex Cox pays tribute to the maestro; "Western, Italian Style" 1968 documentary featurette; two alternate endings; original theatrical trailer; "Ending the Silence" new essay by film critic Simon Abrams. (Film Movement Classics).
(2018) David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, Sharlto Copley, Thandie Newton. An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, "Gringo" joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues (Edgerton and Theron), local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary (Copley). Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth -- or two steps ahead? Read more about "Gringo" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Who is Harold?," "The Stunts of Gringo," "Filming Gringo in Mexico," "The Making of Gringo." (Universal).
(2018) Laura Austin, Conor Donnally, Jay Alan Christianson. Follows 18-year-old hustler Jack and his boyfriend Tom. They're an item, close and very much in love. However, Jack tends to be very impulsive with his body and emotionally explosive. Matt, a married man who hasn't come out of the closet, decides to take Jack from NYC to Miami with the intention of helping him before it’s too late. Not just a cautionary tale of life on the streets, a percentage of the profits from the film will be donated to non-profits and partner organizations to support the homeless LGBTQ youth demographic. In the US, LGBTQ youth are 8 times more likely to end up homeless, and those homeless individuals are 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence and more than twice as likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. It’s common for non-LGBTQ shelters to simply refuse service to transgender teens. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Hurricane Heist
(2018) Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten. As a massive hurricane builds, criminals infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility. Their plan: to steal $600 million and escape using a Category 5 hurricane as cover. But a treasury agent and a storm chaser have a plan of their own, desperately racing against time -- and the hurricane -- to save hostages and stop the thieves before their town is reduced to rubble. Read more about "The Hurricane Heist" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Eye of the Storm” featurette, “Hollywood Heist: A Conversation with (director) Rob Cohen” featurette,
VFX Reel, audio commentary with Cohen. (Lionsgate).
The Midnight Man
(2016) Gabrielle Haugh, Grayson Gabriel, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye. Two teenagers discover a mysterious box hidden away in the attic in a sprawling mansion, with instructions for The Midnight Game, an ancient pagan ritual said to summon the player’s greatest fears. It all seems like harmless fun to the pair — until they unleash the terrifying spirit of The Midnight Man, an unholy force who pits them against their darkest demons and dares them to survive. Includes the original 2013 Irish feature film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Midnight/Shout Factory).
(2018 -- Japan) Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Shioli Kutsuna, Koji Yakusho, Reiko Aylesworth, Megan Mullally. Bored Tokyo office lady Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) breaks free of her monotonous life when her niece, Mika (Shioli Kutsuna), convinces her to enroll in an unorthodox English class. There, she adopts a blonde-haired alter ego named "Lucy" and develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). But after his sudden disappearance, Setsuko follows his trail halfway around the world to Southern California, where family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to fulfill the promise of "Lucy." The darkly comical East-meets-West feature was expanded from director Atsuko Hirayanagi's festival favorite short film of the same name, which garnered admiration, accolades and 35 awards at prestigious festivals the world over, including Cannes and Sundance. Executive produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the feature-length version was shot in Tokyo and Los Angeles with a supremely talented ensemble cast in 2016.
100% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, NYAFF Chat interview with director Atsuko Hirayanagi. (Film Movement).
(2018 -- France) Thriller based on a true story. Before the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 caused chaos in world markets and misery for millions of homeowners, another financial apocalypse was already under way at one of France’s most prestigious banks. The Outsider tells the true story of France’s greatest financial scandal and Jérôme Kerviel (Arthur Dupont) the low-profile young trader who was held responsible. When all was said and done, the bank suffered a loss of €4.9 billion and Kerviel was fired, sued, arrested and imprisoned, making Kerviel the most famous Frenchman to ever sit in front of a Bloomberg Terminal and pay the price. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Icarus Films).
(1953) In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Disney’s beloved flight of fantasy, “Peter Pan,” comes out of the vault and joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. In “Peter Pan,” fantastic adventures await the Darling children -- Wendy, John and Michael -- when Peter Pan, the hero of their stories, whisks them away to the magical world of Never Land. After flying with Peter and the delightfully impish Tinker Bell past the “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” they explore the enchanted island and Peter’s secret hideout with the Lost Boys, and leap into high-flying battles with swashbuckling pirates and the infamous villain Captain Hook.
Formats: Blue-Ray/DVD Combo, Digital, Movies Anywhere.
Extras: "Stories from Walt’s Office: Walt & Flight"; "A 'Darling' Conversation with Wendy & John: Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John)"; You Can Fly”: A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the classic Disney song, “You Can Fly,” with fun lyrics on screen; "Never Smile at a Crocodile” new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the deleted song, “Never Smile at a Crocodile”, with fun lyrics on screen; legacy "DisneyView"; legacy sing-along version of the film; legacy "Growing Up with Nine Old Men"; deleted songs and scenes; Disney Song Select; commentary Hosted by Roy Disney; backstage Disney, more.
(2018) Shenae Grimes-Beech, Rachel Melvin, Izabella Miko. Chilling tale of siblings who return home 20 years after the shocking murder of their parents and discover that the horrible crime may have a startling connection to a local urban legend.
Formats: DVD, Digital.
Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
(2014 - South Korea) Animated sci-fi-romance. An out of commission satellite picks up a lovelorn ballad on her radio antenna and descends to Earth to find the source of such sincere emotions. But on the way she is caught in a raging magical battle and transforms into Satellite Girl, complete with rocket shoes and weapon-firing limbs. Meanwhile, the balladeer in question -- a loser twentysomething at a café open mic -- meets the fate that befalls all broken-hearted lovers: he is turned into a farm animal. But love knows no bounds, and aided by the wise and powerful Merlin -- a wizard who has been turned into a roll of toilet paper -- the duo must evade the all-consuming incinerator monster, the wily pig witch, and other nefarious adversaries in an attempt to be together. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Coffee Vending Machine and Its Sword" short film, trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1954) Features a new 1080p HD master from a 2018 2K scan in its original 2.55 CinemaScope aspect ratio, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio (based on the original 4-track magnetic mix, but re-built from recording session masters and original stems). Includes the rarely-seen alternate widescreen (1.77 aspect ratio) alternate version presented for the first time in 1080p HD. Of note is that two versions of the film exist, one in CinemaScope and the other in traditional widescreen. In 1953 when CinemaScope was brand new, MGM was concerned that if it was a fad they would have an unusable film in the long-run, so for protection they shot the film twice. Two different takes of each shot with different staging was filmed which reflect the different frame size of traditional widescreen (which is less wide and more rectangular) and CinemaScope. By the time the film was released, CinemaScope had proven a huge success and the alternate version was rarely seen until its release on DVD in 2004. The story: Adam (Howard Keel), the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly (Jane Powell) to marry him that same day. After they return to his backwoods home she discovers he has six brothers -- all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness... kidnap the women they want from the surrounding villages. Extras: Audio commentary by Stanley Donen (Recorded 2004); "MGM Jubilee Overture" 1954 MGM’s "30th Anniversary" Theatrical; short subject shot in CinemaScope and Color, featuring the M-G-M Symphony Orchestra, led by Johnny Green, playing a medley of 11 well-known songs used in some of the studio's best-known musicals; documentary "Sobbin' Women: The Making of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," hosted by Howard Keel (Produced 1996, updated and revised 2004); Radio City Music Hall Premiere, July 22, 1954; "MGM's 30th Anniversary" (1954 MGM Newsreel). (Warner).
The Steam Engines of Oz
(2018) Voices of Ron Perlman, William Shatner, Julianne Hough. Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Arcana Studio, this is an animated steampunk twist on "The Wizard of Oz." Set a century after Dorothy first clicked her ruby slippers together, the Emerald City is no longer a magical land but a toxic, heavily industrialized wasteland ruled by the iron fist of the once beloved hero, the Tin Man, who has seemingly lost all heart. Oz's only hope rests with a young engineer named Victoria Wright, who assembles a motley crew of ill-mannered munchkins, mischievous flying monkeys and, of course, the not-so-Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow for a quest to find the tin man's heart. Along their journey, they ultimately learn that friendship and determination can overcome any obstacle. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
(2018) Ryan Kwanten, Maggie Grace, Mike Epps, Russell Peters, Clancy Brown, John Malkovich. A rag-tag group of former TV stars and comic book artists, who make their living working at conventions, decide to steal the loot from a crooked promoter and an overbearing former TV icon.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras:
Commentary with director Zak Knutson and production designer Freddy Waff; filmmaker commentary with director, editor and writers. (Sony).
(2018) Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks, Francie Swift. Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost. Read more about "Thoroughbreds" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Look of Thoroughbreds," character profiles. (Universal).
A Wrinkle In Time
(2018) Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe. Struggling eighth-grader Meg Murry journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin and younger brother Charles Wallace in search of her father, a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago. Read more about "A Wrinkle In Time" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Blu-ray extras: Extended featurette "A Journey Through Time" provides inside access to the A-list cast and crew; audio commentary by director Ava DuVernay and team; deleted scenes; bloopers; two music videos: “I Believe” performed by DJ Khaled and featuring Demi Lovato, and “Warrior,” performed by Chloe x Halle. (Disney).
Thirty-six disc set with all 10 seasons featuring all 135 episodes and over 100 hours of Ancient Aliens content. Since its premiere on HISTORY a decade ago, "Ancient Aliens" has enthralled millions of fans as it endeavors to seek out and evaluate evidence of extraterrestrial contact with humans. The epic series explores the ancient and unexplained -- all in search of humankind’s origins and even the secrets of the universe. From the age of dinosaurs to the mysteries of ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to present-day sightings and cover-ups, "Ancient Aliens" takes viewers on a provocative, thought-provoking journey around the world and across the universe, beyond our wildest imagination.
Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Dogs of Democracy
(2016 -- Australia/Greece) A documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them. Filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs and peoples' experience. Shot on location in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary is about how Greece has become the "stray dogs of Europe," and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti-austerity movement. A universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals. Formats: DVD. (EPF Media).
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Emerald City Season One Volume Two
(2018) Dorothy, the plucky Kansas farm girl and her adorable dog Toto, star in 10 episodes of the animated kids series. After the Wicked Witch of the West’s defeat, Queen Ozma has appointed Dorothy the Princess of Emerald City. With her feet firmly grounded in her ruby slippers, Dorothy tackles her royal duties with enthusiasm, bravery and farm girl feistiness. And whether it’s magic, munchkins, flying monkeys or her arch-nemesis Wilhelmina, the wicked witch-in-training and niece of the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy is ready to track down and put a stop to any problem that comes Oz’s way.
Formats: DVD, Digital.
Edward II BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1991) In 1593, Christopher Marlowe penned "Edward II," based on the life of Britain's only openly gay monarch. In 1991, legendary artist and director Derek Jarman radically adapted the Elizabethan drama in a highly stylized feature starring Jarman muse and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton and Steven Waddington. Jarman's postmodern adaptation delivers filmgoers to the court of Plantagenet King Edward II (Waddington), a weak gay monarch with a tenuous grasp on the throne. The stage is set for palace revolt when the King rejects his wife, Queen Isabella (Swinton), and takes a male lover, the ambitious commoner Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan) upon whom he bestows gifts and power. The spurned Queen and the sober court officials become enraged and the plotting begins in this festival favorite, a Golden Lion nominee at Venice. With anachronistic imagery, gay activists battling riot police and a rare film appearance by Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter's 1944 classic "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," the story of Edward and the persecution he suffered is given contemporary resonance in one of Jarman's most powerful and personal films.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Documentary featurette "Derek s Edward"; "Queenie Queens on Top," a new essay by filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, with a prologue by star Tilda Swinton. (Film Movement).
(2016) Jon Weinberg, Tyler Labine, Suzy Nakamura, Dominic Rains, Tygh Runyan, Kristen Carey, Jed Rees, Rahnuma Panthaky, Sarah Adina. Dark, quirky story of Scott, a neurotic man, who thinks he's found a lump on his testicles and fears he might be dying, so he skips his friend's funeral -- a friend who, in fact, has died of cancer. Instead -- all in the course of a day -- he quits his job; begs for a second chance at love; attempts to look death in the face and of course gets his prostate milked -- all in the name of "living life to the fullest.” Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
George Carlin Commemorative Collection
A 10-disc DVD, CD and Blu-Ray boxed set that features all 14 HBO specials plus more than five hours of previously unreleased bonus material including rare performance footage from Carlin’s personal archive. George Carlin was not only one of America’s greatest comedians whose albums topped the charts, he was a pioneer of cable TV’s concert format that has become a benchmark of success for all humorists ever since. All of Carlin’s pointed, often controversial but always hilarious specials originally shown on HBO have been gathered here for the first time. Encompassing over five decades of his groundbreaking career, all 14 of the legendary funnyman’s Emmy nominated HBO specials are now available, plus a previously unreleased HBO special entitled "40 Years of Comedy" hosted by Jon Stewart plus Carlin’s posthumous audio release, "I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die." One of the key bonus pieces of material is Carlin’s first stand-up special from 1973, "The Real George Carlin," which has not been seen since it first aired. Additional bonus material includes "APT 2C" (a never-aired HBO pilot from the ’80s) plus two one-hour stand-up comedy club performances that features material performed by Carlin for the first time. There is also never-before-released material from the 1960s -- when Carlin was a clean-cut, suit-wearing guest on the variety shows such as "Talent Scouts," "The Jackie Gleason Show" and "Hollywood Palace." The box set features also includes both DVD and Blu-ray discs of the HBO specials "Life Is Worth Losing" and "It’s Bad for Ya" plus liner notes written by comedian Patton Oswalt. (MPI Home Video).
I Can Only Imagine
(2018) J. Michael Finley, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Carroll. The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness. Read more about "I Can Only Imagine" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Seven deleted scenes, “MercyMe: The Early Days” featurette, “Imagine Forgiveness With Bart Millard” featurette, “Casting I Can Only Imagine” featurette, “The Power of the Song” featurette, "Creating Imagine” featurette, “The Music of Imagine” featurette, "Dennis Quaid: On My Way to Heaven” featurette, audio commentary. (Lionsgate).
King of Hearts
(1966 -- France) Director Philippe de Broca's film, which brought a modern 1960s sensibility to a story set during World War I, laid the groundwork for such dark war comedies as "How I Won the War" and "M*A*S*H." Scottish soldier Private Plumpick (Oscar nominee Alan Bates) is sent on a mission to a village in the French countryside to disarm a bomb set by the retreating German army. Plumpick encounters a strange town occupied by the former residents of the local psychiatric hospital who escaped after the villagers deserted. Assuming roles like Bishop, Duke, Barber and Circus Ringmaster, they warmly accept the visitor as their "King of Hearts." With his reconnaissance and bomb-defusing mission looming, Plumpick starts to prefer the acceptance of the insane locals over the insanity of the war raging outside. Since its 1966-67 release, "King Of Hearts" has become a worldwide cult favorite and stands out as one of the most memorable films by Philippe de Broca ("That Man From Rio," "Dear Inspector"). The superb cast also includes Oscar nominee Geneviève Bujold, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Serrault, Adolfo Celli and Pierre Brasseur. The score is by Oscar winner Georges Delerue. 4K restoration.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary track by Wade Major, film critic with NPR affiliate KPCC-FM and co-host/producer of the IGN DigiGods podcast; a new conversation between Geneviève Bujold and IndieWire's Anne Thompson; a new interview with cinematographer Pierre Lhomme; the 2018 rerelease trailer, and the French rerelease trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2017 -- Russia) Aleksey Rozin, Maryana Spivek, Matvey Novikov. A heart-breaking story of a couple whose bitter divorce leads to the disappearance of their son. Their subsequent search for him provides provocative insights into their loveless marriage, current Russian culture and modern society in general. Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page -- even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears. Russia’s Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed and co-written by Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose last film, "Leviathan," also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Fil. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Sony).
(2018) Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp. Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. Read more about "Love, Simon" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Deleted scenes; five featurettes: The Adaptation," "The Squad,” “#FirstLoveStoryContest," “Dear Georgia," “Dear Atlanta"; # gallery; audio commentary by director Greg Berlanti, producer Isaac Klausner and co-screenwriter Issac Aptaker.
Manila in the Claws of Light
(1975 -- Philippines) Lino Brocka broke through to international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, the second film in the director’s turn to more serious-minded filmmaking after building a career on mainstream films he described as “soaps.” A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend, who was lured there with the promise of work and hasn’t been heard from since. In the meantime, he takes a low-wage job at a construction site and witnesses life on the streets, where death strikes without warning, corruption and exploitation are commonplace, and protests hint at escalating civil unrest. Mixing visceral, documentary-like realism with the narrative focus of Hollywood noir and melodrama, "Manila in the Claws of Light" is a howl of anguish from one of the most celebrated figures in Philippine cinema. On DVD and Blu-ray, with a new 4K digital restoration by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata, in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, LVN, Cinema Artists Philippines, and cinematographer Mike De Leon, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Introduction Martin Scorsese;
"Signed: Lino Brocka," a 1987 documentary about the director by Christian Blackwood;
"Manila ... A Filipino Film," a 1975 documentary about the making of the film, featuring Brocka and actors Hilda Koronel and Rafael Roco Jr.; new piece with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns; an essay by film scholar José B. Capino. (The Criterion Collection).
(2017 -- South Korea) Yum Jung-Ah, Park Hyuk-Kwon, Shin Rin-Ah, Heo Jin, Kil Hae-Yeon, Lee Yool. Based on the classic mythological “Tiger of Mt. Jang” Korean ghost story, in which a legendary ghost mimics humans to lure them. The mother of a missing child takes in a lost girl she finds in the woods near the mysterious Mt. Jang and soon begins to wonder if she is even human as mystifying things begin to happen to her and her family. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
My Letter to the World
(2018) Takes viewers on a journey through the seasons of Emily Dickinson’s life in mid-1800s New England, exploring her experiences and relationships via her impassioned letters?and poems. As new theories come to light about both Dickinson’s life and poetry, experts bring their often conflicting opinions to the screen. The film also features behind-the-scenes clips from the filmmaker Terence Davies’ award-winning Emily Dickinson 2016 biopic "A Quiet Passion," which was co-produced by and stars Cynthia Nixon, who serves as this documentary's narrator.
Formats: DVD, VOD, (Music Box Films).
Nickelodeon Favorites: Great Summer Campout!
Five episodes about sleepovers, camping, summer celebrations and more from popular preschool series "Bubble Guppies," "Shimmer and Shine," "Blaze and the Monster Machines", "Sunny Day" and "Nella the Princess Knight." Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Ninja III: The Domination [Collector’s Edition)
(1984) Lucinda Dickey, Shô Kosugi. Aerobic instructor Christie Ryder (Dickey) becomes possessed by the spirit of an evil ninja when she comes to his aid after he was shot down. Dominated by the killer’s vicious and relentless rage, she sets out to brutally attack his enemies. Her boyfriend, confused by Christie’s changing personality and afraid that he might be her next victim, enlists the help of Yamada (Kosugi). In a life-threatening exorcism and ultimate fight to the death, Yamada proves that he is Christie’s only chance for survival. In a new 4K scan from the original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with actress Lucinda Dickey; new interview with actor Jordan Bennett; new interview with producer and stuntman Alan Amiel; new audio interviews with production designer Elliot Ellentuck and co-composer Misha Segal featuring isolated tracks from the original score; theatrical trailer; audio commentary by director Sam Firstenberg and stunt coordinator Steve Lamber. (Scream Factory).
An Ordinary Man
(2018) Ben Kingsley, Hera Hilmar, Peter Serafinowicz. An infamous war criminal and former general (Kingsley), spending his life on the run from international authorities, is suddenly moved to a new hideout, where he develops a relationship with the maid that looks after him. But when he discovers that she is actually an agent hired to protect him, he makes a decision that will drastically change both of their lives.
Formats: DVD, Digital.
(2017) Emily Rudd, Colin Ferguson, Maria Dizzia, Siobhan Williams. After the death of her father, 17-year-old Miranda Merchant reluctantly arrives on the shores of Selkie Island to live with her estranged mother, Amelia. As Miranda settles into island life, she learns about the Seawalkers -- who, according to local legend, are half-human and half-sea creature -- and she begins to believe that they could be real. As she uncovers more about her family's past, Miranda makes a startling discovery about her own connections to the Seawalkers. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Voices of Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Mary J. Blige, Maggie Smith, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Stephen Merchant. When Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) discover their friends and family have gone missing, there’s only one gnome to call -- the legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). Working together, the mystery takes them beyond the garden walls and across the city on an unforgettable journey to save the day and bring the gnomes home. Read more about "Sherlock Gnomes" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "Gnome is Where the Heart Is" behind-the-scenes; "All Roads Lead to Gnome" London locations;l "Miss Gnomer: Mary J. Blige and the Music of Sherlock Gnomes"; "Stronger Than I Ever Was" music video performed by Mary J. Blige; "How to Draw": Sherlock Gnomes, Watson, Moriarty, Goons; "Animating Sherlock Gnomes." (Paramount).
(1980 -- Netherlands) Dir.: Paul Verhoeven; Renée Soutendijk, Rutger Hauer, Hans van Tongeren, Jeroen Krabbé, Toon Agterberg, Maarten Spanjer. From legendary filmmaker Paul Verhoeven ("Robocop") and screenwriter Gerard Soeteman ("Soldier of Orange") comes this unrated director's cut of the explosive, fast-paced and thrilling coming-of-age drama. Raw, intense and unabashedly sexual, "Spetters" is a wild ride that will knock the unsuspecting for a loop. Rien, Eef and Hans are three young guys stuck in an industrial town on the outskirts of Rotterdam. They couldn't be more different except for one thing: their shared passion for motorcycle racing, which each sees as his ticket to a better life. But a deeper passion will soon rule each of their lives, when a sexy, ambitious blonde (Renée Soutendijk) comes between them and provokes unforeseen events that will rock their worlds. Co-starring Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbé. New 4K restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio Commentary by Verhoeven, animated image gallery, original theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
The Strangers: Prey at Night Unrated
(2018) Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman. A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Read more about "The Strangers: Prey at Night" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Alternate ending; “Prep for Night” music video, director’s cut; "A Look Inside The Strangers: Prey at Night"; "Family Fights Back" featurette; "The Music of The Strangers: Prey at Night." (Universal).
(2018) Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu. Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. Read more about "Tomb Raider" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: TBA.
Will & Grace (The Revival): Season One
(2017-18) Two-disc set with all 16 episodes. A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy's fabulous foursome is back as Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their acclaimed roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen. The new season picks back up right where it left off -- best friends navigating life together once again. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; "Back to the Beginning" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Reuniting the Team": What started as a PSA, turned viral and sparked the revival of a new era of "Will & Grace"; "Classic Comedy" with series director, James Burrows and the cast on creating the funny and keeping the laughter going. (Universal).
(2018) Soccer superstar Alex Morgan, Siena Agudong, Jerry Trainor, Matt Cornett. Teenager Reagan Willis (Agudong) has one dream – to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras:"Getting to Know Alex," "Aspire to Inspire: Success in Hard Work," "Soccer, Script to Set: A Playbook on Alex & Me," outtake.
Back To Burgundy
(2018 -- France) Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot. From celebrated French writer-director Cédric Klapisch ("L'Auberge Espagnole," "Russian Dolls," "Chinese Puzzle") comes this comedy-drama that is an absorbing tale of three thirtysomething siblings who reunite at their vineyard in Burgundy to save the family wine business while re-examining their life choices and relationships.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: “Shooting Back to Burgundy” and “The Wine of Burgundy”; "The Genesis of the Film"; commentary by director Klapisch; additional scenes; blooper reel. (Music Box Films).
Bowling for Columbine
(2002) In the wake of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, the intrepid documentarian Michael Moore set out to investigate the long, often volatile love affair between Americans and their firearms, uncovering the pervasive culture of fear that keeps the nation locked and loaded. Equipped with a camera and a microphone, Moore follows the trail of bullets from Littleton, Colorado, and Flint, Michigan, all the way to Kmart’s Michigan headquarters and NRA president Charlton Heston’s Beverly Hills mansion, meeting shooting survivors, militia members, mild-mannered Canadians, and musician Marilyn Manson along the way. An unprecedented popular success that helped usher in a new era in documentary filmmaking, the Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine" is a raucous, impassioned, and still tragically relevant journey through the American psyche.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Michael Moore Makes a Movie," a new documentary featuring Moore, chief archivist Carl Deal, field producers Jeff Gibbs and Meghan O’Hara, and supervising producer Tia Lessin; programs covering Moore’s return to Colorado in 2002, his 2003 Oscar win, and three film-festival Q&As with Moore; excerpt from a 2002 episode of "The Charlie Rose Show" featuring Moore; "Corporate Cops," a segment from Moore’s 2000 television series "The Awful Truth II"; trailer; an essay by critic Eric Hynes.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Death of Stalin
(2018) Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine. Follows the tyrannical ruler’s hapless inner circle in and depicts the chaos of the regime in the days after his death. As they scramble to come up with the next evolution of the revolution, it’s clear everyone is really out for themselves. Parody follows the Soviet dictator's last days. Read more about "The Death of Stalin" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette “Dictators, Murderers, and Comrades…Oh My!”, deleted scenes. (Paramount).
(1983 -- Spain) Ten years after making his mark on Spanish cinema with "The Spirit of the Beehive," Víctor Erice returned to filmmaking with this adaptation of a novella by Adelaida García Morales, which deepens the director’s fascination with childhood, fantasy, and the legacy of his country’s civil war. In the North of Spain, Estrella grows up captivated by her father, a doctor with mystical powers -- and by the enigma of his youth in the South, a near-mythical region whose secrets seem to haunt him more and more as time goes on. Though Erice’s original vision also encompassed a long section set in the South itself, which was never made, "El Sur" remains an experience of rare perfection and satisfaction, drawing on painterly cinematography by José Luis Alcaine to evoke the enchantments of memory and the inaccessible, inescapable mysteries of the past.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Interview from 2003 with director Víctor Erice; new piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2012 with actors Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, and Icíar Bollaín; cinematographer José Luis Alcaine; and camera operator Alfredo Mayo; episode of "¡Qué grande es el cine!" from 1996, featuring film critics Miguel Marías, Miguel Rubio, and Juan Cobos discussing "El Sur"; an essay by novelist and critic Elvira Lindo, and a new edition of the 1985 novella by Adelaida García Morales on which the film is based.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2017) Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Tim Heidecker, Adam Scott. Coming-of-age film tells the story of an outspoken rebellious teenage girl who conspires with her new stepbrother to expose a high school teacher’s dark secret. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Max Winkler and Zoe Deutch. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Beverly D’Angelo, Richard Alan Reid, Danny Trejo, Rachel Risen, Lochlyn Munro, Hana Mae Lee. When Moira (D’Angelo) decides to marry into a larger-than-life American family, her son, Elliot (Reid), is dragged on a road trip across the country with his soon-to-be stepbrothers and their sweet, sensible neighbor, Skylar (Risen), for an epic alumni-weekend fraternity rager. On the road, the gang meets drug dealers, tattoo artists, snooty clerks, and party gals who don’t act like ladies. All the while, Elliot’s dying to make a pass at cute Skylar -- but will he pass out instead?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Trailer gallery.
(2017 -- Russian) Ilya Malakov, Alexander Ilyin Jr., Yuliya Khlynina, Alexey Serebryakov. Russian historical epic. A story of a legendary battle, where 17 fearless warriors defend their land against an army of thousands of well-trained soldiers. In the 13th-century, Mongol warrior hordes and their leader, Batu Khan, control most of the known world. As the Mongols move towards Europe, they invade the last Russian principality standing in their way. Little do they know, their plans are about to be ruined by a small detachment of heroic men led by a mysterious warrior. This is a story about courage, endurance and self-sacrifice for the sake of one’s country. This is the story of Evpaty the Furious.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2017 -- Belgium | France | Lebanon) Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis. Berlin Film Festival Audience Award Winner shows the civilian side of a war too often ignored by the media ... a unique look at one of the most troubling humanitarian crises in recent memory. Trapped in a city under siege, mother of three Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass) struggles to keep her family and neighbors safe by converting her Damascus apartment into a barricaded shelter. But with war raging outside and snipers preventing any means of escape, their situation grows even more dire when armed bandits infiltrate the building and begin to threaten them from within. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus Short Film: "Le Pain" (Directed by Hiam Abbass: French with English subtitles -- In rural France, a woman goes out to buy bread for her family's lunch and makes a devastating discovery. (Film Movement).
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
(1975) Elly Stone, Mort Shuman, Joe Masiell, Jacques Brel. A freewheeling adaptation of the perennial cabaret-style musical, "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" is a kaleidoscopic romp through the Brel songbook. Songwriter (and original cast member) Mort Shuman worked with stage producer Eric Blau to transform Brel's chansons into lushly romantic yet unsentimental English-language tunes. Shuman, Elly Stone and Joe Masiell give voice to Brel's tangos and boleros in an explosion of settings that are inexhaustively imaginative and intimate. But the true showstopper offers Brel himself singing his signature "Ne Me Quitte Pas," in a sequence that ranks as one of the most powerfully understated and sincere musical performances ever captured on film. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Bret Wood, with Addison Wood; interview with Edie Landau; "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera," a promotional film for the American Film Theatre; gallery of trailers for the American Film Theatre. (Kino Classics).
(1974)Glenda Jackson, Susannah York, Vivien Merchant. Glenda Jackson and Susannah York provide a volatile mixture of class confrontation, Freudian passion, and criminal mischief in this unbridled, expertly cinematic rendering of the play by Jean Genet, one of the most creative and provocative minds of the 20th Century. Solange and Claire are Paris maids who tend to the domestic needs of a cruel socialite (Vivien Merchant). Whenever Madame is away, the bonnes obsessively act out complex psychodramas of domination and control that fuel a lust for revenge upon the haughty woman they serve. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with director Christopher Miles; interview with Edie Landau; "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera," a promotional film for the American Film Theatre; gallery of trailers for the American Film Theatre. (Kino Classics).
(2018) Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle. 17-year-old Katie Price (Thorne) has been sheltered since childhood with a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. During the day she is housebound, but after nightfall, Katie can venture out to the local train station and play her guitar for travelers. One night, her dreams come true when she's noticed by Charlie (Schwarzenegger), whom she has secretly admired for years, and decides to hide her condition from him as the two embark on a uniquely powerful romance over one nearly perfect summer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Midnight Sun: An Inside Look." (Universal).
Night of the Lepus BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1972) Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley. Giant mutant rabbits are on the loose in this campy 70’s cult classic. A hormone intended to alter the breeding cycle of rabbits overrunning Arizona ranchlands ends up turning them into flesh-eating, 150-pound monsters. New 2K scan of the original film elements. Extras: NEW audio commentary with author Lee Gambin ("Massacred by Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film"), new audio commentary with pop culture historian Russell Dyball, theatrical trailer, TV spot, radio spot, still gallery. (Shout! Factory).
Pacific Rim Uprising
(2018) John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Charlie Da, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Tian Jing, Adria Arjona. Ten years after the events of the first film, the Kaiju return in Pacific Rim Uprising with a new deadly threat that reignites the conflict between these otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and Jaegers, the human-piloted super-machines that were built to vanquish them. Read more about "Pacific Rim Uprising" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: Deleted scenes; "Hall of Heroes" about the awesome weaponry and cutting-edge enhancements of the latest generation of Jaegers featured in the film; "Bridge to Uprising" in which the cast and crew discuss how the world of Pacific Rim has changed in the 10 years since the events of the original film; "The Underworld of Uprising" tour of the coastal “Relief Zones”; "Becoming Cadets"; "Unexpected Villain"; "Next Level Jaegers"; "I Am Scrapper" backstory of Scrapper, Amara’s incredible self-built Jaeger and its many unique abilities; "Going Mega" about the technical and creative challenges of creating the most deadly threat the Pan Pacific Defense Corp has ever faced: the Mega Kaiju"; "Secrets of Shao"; "Mako Returns"; commentary with director Steven S. DeKnight.
Pressing On: The Letterpress Film
(2018) The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretaker’s age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived in a digital age? Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives -- joyful, mournful, reflective and visionary -- are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed. Captivating personalities blend with wood, metal and type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian and collector in us all. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Giant Interactive/Bayonet Media).
(2018) Claire Foy, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving, Joshua Leonard. A young woman is committed to a mental institution after being terrorized by a stalker, where she's confronted by her greatest fear -- but is it real or is it a product of her delusion? Read more about "Unsane" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital, Movies Anywhere. Extras: "Unsanity" featurette. (Universal).
(2017) Dir.: Tyler Perry; Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Crystle Stewart, Ajiona Alexus, Antonio Madison. A faithful wife, tired of standing by her devious husband, is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. Read more about "Acrimony" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Unleashing Acrimony” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(1995) Dir.: Abel Ferrara; Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco, Paul Calderon. Philosophy student Kathleen (Lili Taylor) is dragged into an alleyway on her way home from class by Casanova (Annabella Sciorra) and bitten on the neck. She quickly falls ill but realizes this isn't any ordinary disease when she develops an aversion to daylight and a thirst for human blood. She now must learn to come to terms with her new lifestyle. Shot in stunning black and white on the streets of New York, "The Addiction" is a raw and shocking vampire film that only Abel Ferrara could make. New restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative by Arrow Films, approved by director Abel Ferrara and director of photography Ken Kelsch. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Abel Ferrara, moderated by critic and biographer Brad Stevens; "Talking with the Vampires"(2018), a new documentary about the film made by Ferrara especially for this release, featuring actors Christopher Walken and Lili Taylor, composer Joe Delia, Ken Kelsch, and Ferrara himself; new interview with Ferrara; new interview with Brad Stevens; "Abel Ferrara Edits The Addiction," an archival piece from the time of production; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by critic Michael Ewins. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2007 -- Russia) Konstantin Lavronenko, Maria Bonnevie, Aleksandr Baluev. Andrey Zvyagintsev ("Loveless," "Leviathan") proffers an ambitious exploration of the human condition in his second feature. Much like his critically acclaimed debut "The Return" (2003), the film investigates the bonds of family, this time tackling the relationship between a husband and wife. A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city. Eschewing easy answers and tackling a wide array of themes, "The Banishment" poetically renders the persistent human state of exile from our surroundings. Based on the novel "The Laughing Matter" by William Saroyan.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, interview with director Andrey Zvyagintsev, trailers.
Black Lightning: The Complete First Season
(2017) Two-disc set with all 13 one-hour episodes of the series about a crusading school principal who gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Black Lightning Comic-Con panel, "A Family of Strength," "Black Lightning Come Visit Georgia," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2017) Mike Tyson, Steven Seagal, Dong-Xue Li, Janicke Askevold, Li Ai, Eriq Ebouaney. Based on a true story, the film tells of a dangerous adventure in Africa where a Chinese engineer/salesman comes face-to-face with a corrupt competitor over the contract for the first African mobile telecom technology. Local tribesman Kabbah (Tyson) and mercenary Lauder (Seagal) get drawn into the conflict in a classic, brutal hand-to-hand fight while the entire country faces civil war battles. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (MVD Entertainment).
The Curse of the Cat People BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1944) Filled with wonderful atmosphere and fine, moody fantasy, this continuation of 1942’s "Cat People" follows Oliver Reed (Kent Smith), now remarried, living in idyllic Tarrytown, New York, and the father of six-year-old Amy. When Amy becomes withdrawn and speaks of consorting with a new “friend,” Oliver worries that she may be under the influence of the spirit of first wife. Is it just Amy’s imagination that has manifested the enigmatic Irena (Simone Simon), who long believed herself to be descended from a race of Cat People? Extras: New audio commentary with author/historian Steve Haberman; audio commentary with historian Greg Mank, with audio interview excepts with actress Simone Simon; new "Lewton’s Muse: The Dark Eyes of Simone Simon" video essay by filmmaker Constantine Nasr ("Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy"); new audio interview with Ann Carter, moderated by Tom Weaver; theatrical trailers; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2017) Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Emily Montague, Lew Temple, Tate Ellington, James Jordan. A mind-bending supernatural thriller about two brothers who revisit the UFO death cult they escaped as teens, only to find there may have been truth to the cult’s otherworldly beliefs all along.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Escape of Prisoner 614
(2018) Ron Perlman, Martin Starr, Jake McDorman. Irreverent contemporary Western in which two sheriff's deputies, who have just been fired from their jobs, decide to go after an escaped prisoner in hopes of getting their jobs back. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1974) Glamour has never been more grotesque than in "Female Trouble," which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. Divine, director John Waters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport -- who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chair -- in the ultimate expression of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty.” Shot in Baltimore on 16mm, with a cast drawn from Waters’ beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), this film, the director’s favorite of his work with Divine, comes to life through the tinsel-toned vision of production designer Vincent Peranio and costume designer/makeup artist Van Smith. An endlessly quotable fan favorite, "Female Trouble" offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Waters; new conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto; new and archival interviews with cast and crew members Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, and more; interview from 1975 featuring Waters and cast members Stole, Divine, and David Lochary; deleted scenes and alternate takes; rare on-set footage; an essay by film critic Ed Halter.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2017 -- Germany) Three German tales of love, sex and death in Berlin from Germany’s most shocking directors. This German horror anthology features three films -- all of which focus on the dark, violent, and disturbing nature of love and sex were written and directed by three controversial underground filmmakers: the legendary Jörg Buttgereit ("Nekromantik" (1987), "The Death King" (1990); Andreas Marschall ("Tears of Kali" (2004); and Michal Kosakowski ("Zero Killed" (2014). Formats: Blu-ray. Read more. (Artsploitation Films).
The Martian Chronicles
(1980) Rock Hudson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Bernie Casey, Darren McGavin, Roddy McDowall, Bernadette Peters, Joyce Van Patten, Fritz Weaver, Maria Schell, James Faulkner. Making contact was the beginning of the end ... From the mind of legendary writer Ray Bradbury springs what is perhaps his most epic vision. Capturing mankind's first venture into the colonization of another planet -- and its tragic first contact with another species -- "The Martian Chronicles" is a stunning achievement that will take you from the edge of your seat and to the stars. Earth is on the verge of extinction. To survive, mankind must find another place to live. And when three expeditions to Mars, headed by Col. John Wilder (Rock Hudson), find suitable conditions for relocations, humans pour in by the shipload, bringing the old evils of Earth with them. As Wilder begins to heed the lessons of the dying Martian civilization, can he save humanity from repeating its own doom? The three-part miniseries has been fully remastered. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(2003 -- Russia) Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko. This is the stunning debut feature of Russian master Andrey Zvyagintsev ("Leviathan," "Loveless"), which won the Golden Lion for Best Picture, as well as the Best First Film award, at the Venice Film Festival. Young brothers Andrei (Vladimir Garin) and Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) have grown close in a household their father (Konstantin Lavronenko) abandoned. But when they least expect it, the man the boys have never known returns. Eager and bewildered, Andrei and Ivan join this mysterious stranger for a week-long fishing trip. As they travel deeper into the Russian wilderness, their journey devolves from vacation to boot camp, turning into a violent test of wills. Disturbing, tender and transcendent, "The Return's" skillful marriage of psychological complexity and mythic imagery effortlessly evokes the watershed films of Andrei Tarkovsky. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with director Andrey Zvyagintsev, trailer. (Kino Lorber).
(2018) Guy Pierce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Jamie Kennedy. When a 17-year-old girl goes missing, family man and distinguished college professor Evan Birch’s (Pearce) life is turned upside down as circumstantial evidence convinces gruff Detective Malloy (Brosnan) that Birch is a prime suspect. As Malloy begins to peel back the layers of Birch’s past indiscretions with female students, and Birch’s wife (Driver) begins to question his alibi, Birch’s life starts to unravel, and suddenly the questions that he faces aren’t merely academic -- they’re a matter of life and death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director’s commentary, “Inside Spinning Man” featurette; deletes scenes. (Lionsgate).
A Taste of Phobia
(2017) A horror anthology in which 14 international directors delve into the terrifying truths and horrors of phobias. Formats: DVD. Read more. (Artsploitation Films).
(2018) Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons, Dexter Fletche. In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, "Terminal" follows the twisting tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life. Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind hell-bent on revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: “The Cast of Terminal” featurette, “Building the World of Terminal” featurette, “From Concept to Creation” featurette, photo gallery. (RLJE Films).
(2015) Voices of Mikey Bolts, Noah Schnacky, Tom Arnold, Ambyr Childers, Lydia Hull, Mary Rachel Dudle. Family adventure awarded the Dove Seal of Approval. Follow the adventures of sassy, outspoken box turtles Rafi and Hank and their friend, a gruff snapping turtle named Goliath. After vandals break into a nature park and kidnap Hank, it’s up to Rafi and Goliath to hit the trail in search of their missing friend.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Giving the Turtles a Voice: At the Recording Studio” featurette, “The Making of Turtle Tale” featurette, trailer gallery.
(1984 -- New Zealand) Vincent Ward -- once described as "the Antipodean Werner Herzog" -- made his feature debut with "Vigil," heralding his status as one of New Zealand's most distinctive filmmaking talents. An 11-year-old grow attempting to get over the death of her father is determined to protect her family from a mysterious stranger that she believes to be the Devil. This New Zealand classic was the first from the country to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and the film's young star, Fiona Kay, was rewarded with a standing ovation. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand-new ; on-set report from the long-running New Zealand television programme Country Calendar; extract from a 1987 Kaleidoscope television documentary on New Zealand cinema, focusing on "Vigil" and Vincent Ward; theatrical trailer; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Carmen Gray. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Virgin Spring
(1960 -- Sweden) Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign-language film, Ingmar Bergman’s "The Virgin Spring" is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge, and savagery in medieval Sweden. With austere simplicity, the director tells the story of the rape and murder of the virgin Karin, and her father Töre’s ruthless pursuit of vengeance, set in motion after the killers visit the family’s farmhouse. Starring frequent Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow, the film is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between paganism and Christianity. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2005 by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene; new video interviews from 2005 with actors Gunnel Lindblom and Birgitta Pettersson; introduction by filmmaker Ang Lee from 2005; an audio recording of a 1975 American Film Institute seminar by director Ingmar Bergman; alternate English-dubbed soundtrack; a booklet featuring essays by film scholar Peter Cowie and screenwriter Ulla Isaksson and the medieval ballad on which the film is based.
(The Criterion Collection).
Scream for Me Sarajevo
(2017) During the longest siege a capital city has faced in the history of modern warfare, and amid the mortars and grenades, a heavy metal band agreed to play a concert. This documentary is the astonishing story of the most unlikely of rock concerts, performed by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994. Risking their lives, they were smuggled into the besieged city to play a concert for its citizens amidst the chaos of war. The film is far from a straight concert movie and provides an insight into a wider story of the people of Sarajevo taking drastic measures to endure the privations of war and pushing the boundaries to survive. It reflects a thriving underground arts community who were living their lives in the shadow of war and making music in the face of devastating loss, and the huge impact the concert had on the people of Sarajevo at a time when they thought they had been forgotten by the rest of the world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Eagle Vision).
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