(2018) Ryan Carnes, Jordan Hinson, Martin Sensmeier, Don Stark, Peter Stormare, Dee Wallace. Chris Norton (Carnes) has been hearing about alien abductions his entire life but, in his gut, he knows they are not real. Setting out to disprove the alien abduction phenomenon once and for all, he attends a UFO convention to meet alleged abductees and reveal the truth behind their experiences. It is only when he meets Emily, who claims to have been abducted every seven years on her birthday, that Chris realizes there may be more to these claims than meets the eye. With Emily’s 28th birthday only days away, Chris helps her to uncover the truth as they come face to face with the reality that we are not alone.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with Travis Walton, alien abductee and author of “Fire in the Sky”; Interview with Navajo Artist at the International UFO Congress.
(2018) John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Corey Hawkins, Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin, Ryan Eggold, Paul Walter Hauser. Spike Lee's film of the incredible true story of Ron Stallwortth, an African-American police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s Read more about "BlacKkKlansman" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Spike Lee Joint" featurette in which producer Jordan Peele, cast and film subject Ron Stallworth discuss the unique experience of working with iconic director Spike Lee; "BlacKkKlansman" extended trailer featuring Prince’s “Mary Don’t You Weep.” (Universal).
Blood, Sweat and Terrors
(2018) John Hannah, Ed Speleers, Neil Maskell. Nine blood-soaked, ass-kicking tales of action and horror with a lethal dose of gangsters, hit men, crooked cops and guerilla fighters. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(2018) Colin Critchley, Nathan Kress, Madeleine Mantock, Louis Gossett Jr., Vondie Curtis-Hall. Filled with energetic song and dance numbers, the film tells the story of a homeless young dancer and his brother who are taken in by an old Broadway showman when their father is arrested. When one of the young men learns that their new guardian could lose his theater, they enter a dance contest to save it. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Trailer gallery.
(2018) Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Chris O'Dowd, Toby Jones, Jim Cummings, Peter Capaldi, Mark Gatiss, Brad Garrett, Sophie Okonedo. Live-action film in which Winnie the Pooh and friends venture into mid-century London to help grown-up Christopher Robin. Read more about "Christopher Robin" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "In Which ... A Movie Is Made for Pooh": Filmmakers and cast share their passion for this story in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie; "In Which ... Pooh Finds His Voice": Discover what it’s like to voice Winnie the Pooh, from voice actors Sterling Holloway to Jim Cummings"; "In Which ... Pooh and Walt Become Friends": How did Walt Disney and Pooh meet? Take a journey through time to explore the legacy of Walt’s first encounter with Pooh; "In Which ... Pooh and Friends Come to Life": See how Winnie the Pooh and Friends were brought to life as walking and talking stuffed animals in this magical live-action world.
(2018) Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder. Reeves and Ryder star as the socially awkward Frank and Lindsay. When they meet on the way to a destination wedding, they soon discover they have a lot in common: they both hate the bride, the groom, the wedding, themselves, and most especially each other. As the weekend's events continually force them together -- and their cheerlessness immediately isolates them from the other guests - Frank and Lindsay find that if you verbally spar with someone long enough, anything can happen. When debate gives way to desire, they must decide which is stronger: their hearts or their common sense. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
Girls vs Gangsters
(2018 -- China) Fiona Sit, Ivy Yi-Han Chen, Janine Chun-Ning Chang, Mike Tyson. A wild bachelorette weekend in a foreign city spins hilariously out of control in this over-the-top sequel to the box office smash Girls. After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits, three friends wake up naked on a beach to discover two are handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before. When they soon find themselves pursued by local gangsters, their only shot at making it home -- and to the altar -- is to piece together the previous night’s events while on the run. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Good Fight: Season Two
(2018) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. Season Two of the spin-off from "The Good Wife" follows Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) as she continues to fight her way to the top. With the world going insane and the Chicago murder rate on the rise, Diane, Lucca (Cush Jumbo), Maia (Rose Leslie) and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging. After a copycat murder, the firm begins to look at its own clients suspiciously, while Diane battles with a new partner at the firm. Meanwhile, Maia becomes harder and tougher after her parents' scandal puts her on trial and Lucca is brought back into Cohn's (Justin Bartha) orbit.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel.
(2018) Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini. Read more about "Incredibles 2" in the November Calendar.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Theatrical short: “Bao,” commentary. Blu-ray adds “Auntie Edna” mini-movie; deleted scenes; "Super Stuff" featurette; "Heroes & Villains" mini-docs; "Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird"; outtakes & stories; more. (Disney).
An Interview with God
(2018) David Strathairn, Brenton Thwaites. After covering the war in Afghanistan, journalist Paul Asher returns home to find his life falling apart. With his marriage near collapse, he's in the grips of a personal crisis he's struggling to understand. But the young reporter's life takes a strange turn when he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime -- an interview with a mysterious man claiming to be God. A thought-provoking film that connects conflicts of faith to the miracles that can occur when we are confronted with a living hope. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Universal).
The Little Witch
(2018 -- Germany) Karoline Herfurth, Axel Prahl, Luis Vorbach, Momo Beier, Suzanne von Borsody. The Little Witch has a big problem: she's only 127 years old, which is much too young to dance on the Brocken Mountain on Walpurgis Night. When she unsuccessfully tries to sneak into this most important of all witches' dances, her punishment is she must learn all 7,892 spells in the great book of magic within one year. Hard work and ambition are not exactly the Little Witch's strengths, and the evil witch Rumpumpel is trying everything she can to prevent the Little Witch from learning all the spells. With her talking raven Abrazas, the Little Witch sets out to discover what makes a good witch, and puts the entire witches' world to the test while she is at it. 12+ Dove Foundation Approved adventure.
Formats: DVD, VOD,
(Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2017) Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz. Bardem and Cruz star in the true story of drug lord Pablo Escobar and his passionate love affair with journalist Virginia Vallejo that led to his downfall. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
(2018) Olga Kurylenko, Craig Conway, Javier Botet, Rosie Fellner.
Based on famous folklore, the film’s story line tells the tale of
criminal psychologist Kate Fuller, who starts to experience the same
terrifying symptoms as the victims of an ancient demon who kills
people in their sleep.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Mara: A Legacy of Evil”
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
(2017 -- Indonesia) In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina (Marsha Timothy), a young widow, is attacked and robbed of all her livestock by a gang of seven bandits. She then defends herself, setting out on a journey to find justice, empowerment, retribution and redemption. But the road is long, especially when she begins to be haunted by the ghost of her victim. A stunning Scope western set to a Morricone-inspired score, this unique tale of female cinematic revenge takes no prisoners. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage. (Icarus Films).
(2018) Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Yorick van Wageningen, Roland Moller, Tommy Flanagan. Based on the international best-selling autobiographical books "Papillon" and "Banco," this true story follows the epic life of Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape. A powerful portrait of the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of utter inhumanity. Remake of the 1973 "Papillon" starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Universal).
Pat Boone and Family: Christmas & Thanksgiving Specials
(2018) Two holiday entertainment programs come to DVD for the first time. Pat Boone is joined by his four singing daughters -- Debby, Cherry, Lindy and Laurie -- and his wife Shirley in these music and comedy specials that first aired on ABC in 1978 and 1979. The Christmas show includes classic holiday songs and comedic moments with the hyper-charged Hudson Brothers plus stars from ABC's "Three's Company," "Happy Days" and "The Love Boat," as well as appearances by songbirds Dinah Shore and Rosemary Clooney. The Thanksgiving special features Bob Hope and the Hudson Brothers.
Extras: "The Pat Boone Family: Christmas in Bethlehem," Christmas carols, a Boone family photo album.
Poldark Season 4
(2018) Three-disc set with eight episodes. The PBS Masterpiece series returns for a fourth season of action-packed episodes, starring Aidan Turner as the roguish Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as his fiery partner, Demelza. In Season 4, it’s 1796, and to defend Cornwall and those he loves from an empowered George, Ross must play the political game on a journey that takes him to the nation’s capital and into new perils.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital.
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
(2018) The deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became confidante, aide-de-camp and lover to many of Hollywood's greatest male -- and female -- stars. In the 1940s and '50s, Scotty ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his friends with actors and actresses who had to hide their true sexual identities for fear of police raids at gay bars, societal shunning and career suicide. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities -- straight and gay -- for decades. While the studio PR machines were promoting their stars as wholesome and monogamous, Bowers was fulfilling the true desires of many of them. This cinéma-vérité documentary by director Matt Tyrnauer ("Valentino: The Last Emperor") tells his story, as well as presents eyeopening takes on icons from the Hollywood Golden Age including Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and many more.
Formats: DVD. (Kino Lorber).
Sleepwalkers Collector's Edition
(1992) Brian Krause, Alice Krige, Mädchen Amick. A terrifying tale of modern-day vampires who move from small town to small town to prey on virtuous young women. Imperceptibly inhuman to everyone except for felines, these vicious shape-shifters have their eyes on a new victim: Tanya, the sexually curious virgin who falls for Charles, the new boy in school. Mutating at will from golden boy to savage monster, Charles stalks Tanya to feed his seductive mother. As the tension mounts (and the casualties pile up), the town's tabbies gather for a final, chilling showdown with the monsters in their midst. Features cameo appearances by Stephen King and horror legend Clive Barker.
Extras: New audio commentary with director Mick Garris and actors Mädchen Amick and Brian Krause; new "Feline Trouble" interview with Garris;new "When Charles Met Tanya" conversation with Amick and Krause; new "Family Values" interview with Krige; new "Feline Trouble: The FX of Stephen King's Sleepwalkers" interviews with special make-up effects creator Tony Gardner and prosthetics designer Mike Smithson; behind-the-scenes footage; theatrical trailer; TV spots; still gallery.
A Story From Chikamatsu
(1954) One of a string of late-career masterworks made by Kenji Mizoguchi in the early 1950s, "A Story from Chikamatsu" (a.k.a. The Crucified Lovers) is an exquisitely moving tale of forbidden love struggling to survive in the face of persecution. Based on a classic of 18th-century Japanese drama, the film traces the injustices that befall a Kyoto scroll maker's wife and his apprentice after each is unfairly accused of wrongdoing. Bound by fate in an illicit, star-crossed romance, they go on the run in search of refuge from the punishment prescribed them: death. Shot in gorgeous, painterly style by master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, this subtly sensuous indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a "great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi."
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with actor Kyoko Kagawa; "Mizoguchi: The Auteur Behind the Metteur-en-scène," a new illustrated audio essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew; an essay by film scholar Haden Guest. (The Criterion Collection).
Succession: The Complete First Season
(2018) All 10 episodes. The saga of a fictional, American media family whose wealth and power are matched only by their dysfunctional dynamic. Set in New York City, the series follows the Roy family – headed by the aging patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox;) and his four children – who together control one of the biggest media
communications and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The Roy’s story is compelling and often comedic, as they out-maneuver each other through cut-throat family and business dynamics, while contemplating what’s in store once their father passes.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: “Anatomy of a Scene" behind-the-scenes featurette about the series’ season finale.
(2018) Kodi Smit-McPhe, Jóhannes Hakur Jóhannesson, Leonor Varela. In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a bison hunt; along the way he finds a lost wolf and starts a friendship that would change humanity. Read more about "Alpha" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: “The Wolf Behind Alpha” and “Boy & Wolf.” Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes: “Building the World” and “A Hero’s Journey”; director’s cut;
alternate opening and ending; deleted scenes. (Sony).
The Children Act
(2017) Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead. A British High Court judge (Thompson) who, in the midst of a crisis with her husband ( Tucci), must rule on a case concerning a teenage boy whose religious convictions prevent him from accepting the blood transfusion that would save his life. Directed by Richard Eyre ("Iris") and based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio commentary with director Richard Eyre, writer Ian McEwan, and producer Duncan Kenworthy. (Lionsgate).
A Christmas Story Live!
(2018) Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Ana Gasteyer,Chris Diamantopoulos, Andy Walken. The live musical event based on the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production "A Christmas Story: The Musical," is a three-hour live television production that originally aired on Fox. The musical is based on the motion picture "A Christmas Story," which was written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and the novel, "In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash," which was also written by Shepherd. The now classic 1983 feature film, which became a sleeper hit, has since taken on a new life, along with growing critical acclaim, to become a perennial holiday favorite. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner).
The Crown: Season Two
(2017) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Victoria Hamilton, Matthew Goode. Season Two sees an end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s, following Queen Elizabeth II from 1956 to 1964 as she continues to navigate her changing role on the global stage, from the Suez Canal crisis to the resignation of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan under scandal, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Royal Rules of Etiquette," "Horses & Hounds: The Queen’s Companions," photo gallery. Blu-ray adds "Fact or Fiction with Historical Advisor Robert Lacey," "Tea Time Trivia" on every episode. (Sony).
Dances With Wolves BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Kevin Costner stars in and directs the triumphant cinematic masterpiece. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture, this modern classic tells the story of Lt. Dunbar (Costner), a Civil War hero who befriends a tribe of Native Americans while stationed at a desolate outpost on the frontier. What follows is a series of unforgettable moments -- from Dunbar’s tender scenes with Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), to the thrilling, action-packed buffalo hunt. Based on the novel by Michael Blake. The three-disc Steelbook Collector’s Edition includes the original theatrical cut for the first time on Blu-ray, an extended cut of the film (both with commentary) and an entire disc of bonus features. Extras: "A Day in the Life on the Western Frontier," the original "Making of Dances with Wolves," "The Creation of an Epic - A Retrospective Documentary," music video, five vignettes ("Second Wind," "Confederate March and Music," "Getting the Point," "Burying the Hatchet," "Animatronic Buffalo"), TV spots, theatrical trailer, poster and photo galleries. (Shout! Factory).
Dating Game Killer
(2018) Guillermo Diaz, Carrie Preston, Alma Martinez. A scripted film based on the true crime story following the investigation and eventual capture of serial killer Rodney Alcala, who appeared on “The Dating Game” amid a string of grisly murders in the 1970s. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition
Celebrate the 100th birthday of television's original genius and his groundbreaking, rule-breaking, surreal and charmingly silly comedy. Across nine discs and 22 Hours, home audiences will find a cornucopia of Ernie Kovacs' greatest and most memorable "hits," showcasing an utterly unique sensibility that has influenced such comedy institutions as Monty Python and "Saturday Night Live" including episodes from his local and national morning shows, episodes from his NBC prime-time show, his five ABC-TV specials, the rare color version of his legendary silent show, "Eugene", three complete episodes of his offbeat game show "Take a Good Look", "A Pony for Chris", Kovacs' rarely-seen pilot for "Medicine Man" co-starring Buster Keaton, the only existing filmed solo interview with Kovacs himself, his award-winning commercials for Dutch Masters Cigars, a collection of short films, tributes rarities and much more. While best known as "Television's Original Genius", Kovacs' groundbreaking work in the early days of television has been his legacy, though he also starred in movies, recorded LPs, hosted radio shows, wrote novels, and worked as a columnist for his hometown paper, "The Trentonian". Many of his fans, however, may not know that the creative giant was also an artist, never without a pen and paper -- and the chronic insomniac often worked well into the night. Early in his career, one of Kovacs' favorite TV segments was his "Illustrated Profuselies." And during this "visual improv" set to music, the viewing audience got to watch his fertile mind at work, as he quickly sketched doodles. Frequently drawn in pencil and sometimes using colors, these abstract, sometimes surrealistic images soon took shape and were eventually revealed on camera. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
(2017) Dave Bautista, Ray Stevenson, Pierce Brosnan, Amit Shah. After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Scott Mann, writer Jonathan Frank, actor Amit Shah, and editor Robert hall; deleted scenes; “Setting the Final Score” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Gas Food Lodging
(1992) Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk. Adapted from the novel "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt" by Richard Peck, Allison Anders whipped up a storm at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival with her masterfully crafted tale of a young woman trying to find love while struggling to bring up her two daughters. Abandoned by her husband, Nora (Adams) waitresses to keep her head above water while raising two teenagers in a small New Mexico town trailer park. Beautiful and rebellious, Trudi (Skye) quits school to work alongside her mother, while her sister Shade (Balk) whittles away her time watching old movie matinees. Their life is turned on its head when Trudi finds that she has fallen pregnant after a string of promiscuous relationships and the girls' absent father returns with hopes of mending the relationships he broke when he left. A wonderfully engaging story of the woes of teenagers reaching adulthood, "Gas Food Lodging" is a distinctly American portrayal of a mother trying to raise two wayward teens with growing pains, who are learning about love, life and each other. This director-approved restoration finally affords this 90s modern classic the home video treatment it rightly deserves. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Road to Laramie: A Look Back at Gas Food Lodging, italicise title and remove commas a brand new interview with Allison Anders and Josh Olson
Cinefile: Reel Women italicise" (1995), a documentary looking at the challenges women face in the film industry from independent to studio filmmaking, featuring interviews with Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Penny Marshall;
reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2018) Sian Reese-William, Sion Alun Davies, Rhodri Meilir, Gwyneth Keyworth. A compelling blend of police procedural, serial-killer thriller, and dark mystery set in the beautiful but foreboding mountains of northern Wales. After years away from her isolated hometown, DI Cadi John (Reese-Williams) returns to help her sisters care for their ailing father. Paired with the capable but overloaded DS Owen Vaughan, she soon begins investigating a young woman’s suspicious drowning. With bruises on the victim indicating that she was shackled before her death, Cadi realizes that someone is abducting women and holding them captive. When another girl goes missing, the detectives rush to apprehend the culprit before she becomes his next casualty. Three-disc set with all eight episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition
(2015) Arthur Curry discovers his heroic roots, contends with diabolical foes and takes his place as Aquaman beside new “super” allegiances in the original story for the underwater hero -- now remastered for 4K presentation.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/ Combo, Digital. Extras: New featurette "Aquaman: The New King"; new commentary with former DC Editor and current Creative Director of Animation Mike Carlin, Creative Director of Animation, and Throne of Atlantis screenwriter Heath Corson; "Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep" featurette; "Robin and Nightwing" bonus sequence"; "Throne of Atlantis": 2014 New York Comic Con Panel; "Villains of the Deep" featurette; sneak peek at "The Death of Superman"; sneak peek at "Reign of the Supermen"; bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault: "Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!", "Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Evil Under the Sea!", "Aquaman, Menace of The Black Manta" and "Aquaman: The Rampaging Reptile-Men," "Justice League Unlimited: Far from Home."
(2018) Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd. Annie (Byrne), the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan (O’Dowd), develops an unlikely transatlantic romance with the once-admired, now washed-up singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession. Based on the novel by best-selling author Nick Hornby.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Making Juliet, Naked” featurette.
The Last Movie
(1971) Dir.: Dennis Hopper; Dennis Hopper, Stella Garcia, Don Gordon,
Tomas Milian, Daniel Ades, Julie Adams, Samuel Fuller, Peter Fonda.
New 4K restoration. Dennis Hopper’s radical, much-mythologized lost
masterpiece -- widely unseen for nearly 50 years. Consciously
self-reflexive and co-written by Hopper and "Rebel Without a Cause"
screenwriter Stewart Stern, T"The Last Movie" follows a Hollywood
movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian
village. When production wraps, Hopper, as the baleful stuntman
Kansas, remains, attempting to find redemption in the isolation of
Peru and the arms of a former prostitute. Meanwhile, the local Indians
have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic
re-enactment of the production -- with Kansas as their sacrificial
lamb. Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era,
Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial
feature after the tremendous commercial success of "Easy Rider", and
writer-director-star took the money and ran – literally – staging "The
Last Movie" in Peru at farthest remove from the Hollywood machine,
with an on-screen entourage in tow that included Kris Kristofferson,
Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil,
Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller. Although
it won a special award at the Venice Film Festival, the film would
effectively end Hopper’s career for many years -- the Hollywood
establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman.
Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably
contemporary – influenced greatly by the work of Bruce Conner and the
French New Wave, as well as the Pop and Abstract artists Hopper
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Original 1971 theatrical
trailer, original 1971 product reel, 2018 U.S. theatrical trailer,
"Scene Missing": New documentary directed by Alex Cox, "Some Kind of
Genius: Profile of Dennis Hopper" directed by Paul Joyce, "The Last
Movie" featurette with new video interviews, "The Dick Cavett Show"
1971 Interview with Dennis Hopper, Dennis Hopper 2007 "The Last Movie"
introduction clip, restoration demo.
The Marine 6: Close Quarters
(2018) WWE Superstars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Shawn Michaels, Becky Lynch. Jack Carter (Mizanin) and another former Marine, Luke Trapper (Michaels), join forces to rescue a kidnapped girl (Louisa Connolly-Burnham) from a gang of international criminals headed up by Maddy Hayes (Becky Lynch). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes:
“Making Maddy & The Marines” and “The Breakdown: Epic Fights.” (Sony).
(2018) Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao.
A deep-sea submersible filled with an international research crew lies disabled at the bottom of the Pacific after having been attacked by a massive shark previously thought to be extinct. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao) to save the crew -- and the ocean itself -- from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Read more about "The Meg" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Chomp on This: Making The Meg," "Creating the Beast," New Zealand Film Commission. (Warner).
(2018) Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich. An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. Read more about "Mile 22" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Overwatch" featurette about “Overwatch”, the para-military division in the film; "Introducing Iko" spotlight on world-renowned action star Iko Uwais; "Iko Fight" interview with Iko Uwais; "Bad Ass Women" behind-the-scenes with stars Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey; "BTS Stunts"; "Modern Combat" featurette; "Colombia" tour Bogota, Colombia with the cast and filmmakers; trailers. (Universal).
The Owl's Legacy
(1989) Long unavailable, Chris Marker’s "The Owl’s Legacy" has been recently restored by the Cinematheque Francaise. Each episode of the 13-part series takes as its starting point a different word that originated in ancient Greece -- including "symposium," "democracy" and "nostalgia" -— inspiring a wide-ranging exploration of that concept in contemporary culture. Interviewees include Elia Kazan, Theo Angelopoulos, Laurence Braunberger, Cornelius Castoriadis, Arielle Dombasle, Angelique Ionatos, Michel Jobert, Michel Serres, Guilia Sissa, and George Steiner among others, while the free play of ideas and the marvelous, mercurial motion of the work is totally, unmistakably Marker. "The Owl's Legacy" was shot in Paris, Athens, Berkeley, Tbilisi and Tokyo. Includes a 24-page booklet, with essay by film historian Jean-Michel Frodon. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
(2018) Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman. After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband and sons, Agnes has found something that she wants to do: puzzling. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and an assertiveness that finds her pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: “Completing the Puzzle” featurette, director commentary, alternate ending.
School Daze BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Dir.: Spike Lee; Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy. Celebrate 30 years of iconic filmmaker Spike Lee’s music-filled, offbeat comedy that takes an unforgettable look at black college life. Amidst gala coronations, football, fraternities, parades and parties, the students of Mission College find themselves caught up in romance and relationships, rituals and rivalries during one outrageous homecoming weekend. With dynamic music, including EU’s hit “Da Butt,” and dance numbers choreographed by Otis Sallid ("Fame"), Lee successfully challenges viewpoints about self-identity and self-esteem in this original and unforgettable musical comedy. Extras: New 2018 Q&A with Spike Lee and select cast and crew members, with some special guests; commentary with Spike Lee; cast commentary with Tisha Campbell-Martin, Rusty Cundieff, Bill Nunn, Darryl Bell and Kadeem Hardison; three featurettes: “Birth of a Nation,” “College Daze” and “Making a Mark”; music videos: “Be Alone Tonight” from the Rays, “Be One” from Phyllis Hyman and “Da Butt” by EU. (Sony).
Single White Female BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992) Dir.: Barbet Schroeder; Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber, Peter Friedman. The perfect roommate or a perfect nightmare? An innocent wanted ad –- "SWF seeks female to share apt in West 70s; Non-smkr, professional preferred" -- opens the door to murderous, psychotic terror. After an unfaithful fiancé leaves her suddenly single, Allison Jones (Fonda) advertises for a roommate to share her spacious apartment. But when the introverted Hedra (Leigh) moves in, she doesn't just take over Allie's spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes, her boyfriend ... and her identity. Extras: New audio commentary with director Barbet Schroeder,editor Lee Percy, and associate producer Susan Hoffman; new interview with director Barbet Schroeder; new interview With actor Peter Friedman; new interview with actor Steven Weber; new interview with screenwriter Don Roos; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(1989) Timothy Dwight, Joan Bechtel, John Flynn. Sci-fi story about a man in a society of complacent people who can see the stifling control exerted on humankind by beings from another dimension. Living on garbage and in ever-changing disguise, Starker bounces from one person to another, trying to wake the world from its slavery. But as his ideas start to gain traction, he becomes the singular target of the Agency Director, a formidable dictator. Starker must race against advanced surveillance technology and evade countless agents to get his message out to the masses before he is neutralized by the forces of order. New 2K restoration from the original negatives.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Includes both the original release version and the never-before-released extended cut of the film; director commentary on both versions; unused footage with director commentary; new interview with actress Joan Bechtel; new interview with actor John Flynn; original, remastered trailer. (Verboden Video).
Star Trek: Discovery: Season One
(2018) Four-disc set with all 15 episodes. Follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Discovering Discovery: The Concepts and Casting of Star Trek: Discovery"; "The Star Trek Theme"; "Creature Comforts" makeup and prosthetics featurette; "Designing Discovery"; "Creating Space" featurette about how the VFX team pushes the envelope to create the reality of space, planets, and starships; "Prop Me Up" voyage through the world of Discovery props; "Feeding Frenzy" look at the on-set food stylist who creates a galaxy of cuisine; "A Female Touch"; "Dress For Success"; "Star Trek Discovery: The Voyage of Season One."
The Third Murder
(2017 -- Japan) In this compelling, slow-burning thriller, high-powered attorney Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama) takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi (Koji Yakusho), though he does so with reluctance, knowing that the man already provided a full confession and had been previously convicted of murder 30 years earlier. But as Shigemori digs deeper into the evidence and hears Misumi's own conflicting testimony, the once-confident lawyer begins to doubt whether his client could be the murderer after all. A gripping and morally complex crime procedural that incisively explores the meaning of truth and innocence. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Bonus short film: "A Gentle Night," directed by Qiu Yang: In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night. Winner of the "Best Short Film" Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2017; making-of featurette; message from the cast. (Film Movement).
(1941) The third and final entry in Hal Roach's famed "Topper" trilogy may very well be the best of the lot. Returning for their third portrayal of Mr. and Mrs. Cosmo Topper, Roland Young and Billie Burke are consistently upstaged by a sparkling new addition to the "Topper" troupe, Jack Benny's famed manservant, the loveable and irascible Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. This time around there is a "new" ghostly presence in the shapely form of Joan Blondell, who is unceremoniously dispatched by a cloaked knife murderer in a case of mistaken identity. Naturally, Joan floats over to the Topper's quiet abode and nags Cosmo into investigating her death. Formats: Blu-ray. (VCI Entertainment/MVD Visual).
The Wizard of Gore
(1970) Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay. From the crazed madman of the macabre, late splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis ("Blood Feast," "Two Thousand Maniacs!"), comes his most fiendish feat of terrifying onscreen trickery yet -- behold, The Wizard of Gore! You've all seen the trick in which the magician saws his glamorous assistant in half -- but what about the spike through the brain gag? Or the good old smashing punch-press? Montag the Magnificent's blood-curdling onstage performances shock and dazzle his audiences in equal measure. But when his participants start winding up dead, local TV talk show hostess Sherry Carson suspects his gruesome "act" may be more sinister than it first seems. Featuring some of the most notorious gory setpieces in all of director H.G. Lewis' blood-soaked career, this is a stomach-churning, Grand Guignol production that's less sleight of hand and more slice of hand. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Bonus Feature: 1968’s "How to Make a Doll"; audio commentary with Herschell Gordon Lewis and Mike Vraney; "Montag Speaks" interview with actor Ray Sager; "Stephen Thrower on The Wizard of Gore"; "The Gore the Merrier" interview with Jeremy Kasten, director of the 2007 "Wizard of Gore" remake; "The Incredibly Strange Film Show" episode of the cult documentary series focusing on the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Limited Edition Steelbook)
(1991) Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves. In this sequel, the titular time travelers aren’t making history -- they are history. When an evil doer from the future sends eviler robot twins of Bill & Ted to assassinate and replace good, non-robot Bill & Ted, the guys wind up face to face with the Grim Reaper (William Sadler) Can the now-dead duo escape, defeat their evil doppelgangers, and win their Battle of the Bands contest? Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Bill & Ted Go to Hell – Revisiting a Bogus Journey" featurette, commentaries. (Shout! Factory).
(2018) Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kevin Carroll. A raw glimpse into three days in the life of a parolee and the struggles of race, class, and police brutality in Oakland, California. Read more about "Blindspotting" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted Scenes, “Straight From the Town: Making Blindspotting” featurette, “Carlos López Estrada: A Director’s Featurette," audio commentary with director Carlos López Estrada, audio commentary with writers/actors Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal.
Candyman Collector’s Edition
(1992) Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmon. This gut-wrenching thriller follows a graduate student whose research summons the spirit of the dead. When Helen Lyle hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt a notorious housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for her thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can't really exist ... until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, grisly slayings. Two-disc set with theatrical and unrated cuts. 2K restoration from a new 4K scan of the original negative, supervised and approve by writer-director Bernard Rose and director of photography Anthony B. Richmond. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Featurettes, commentaries, interviews, more. (Scream Factory).
Clouzot: The Early Works
Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot ("The Wages of Fear," "Diabolique") spent 10 years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, one has to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects: six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set includes his directorial debut -- the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come. Two-disc set.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Booklet essay by film critic Peter Tonguette. (Kino Classics).
Crazy Rich Asians
(2018) Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O. Yang, Chris Pang, Sonoya Mizuno, Jing Lusi, Ronny Chieng, Pierre Png. This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. Read more about "Crazy Rich Asians" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director Jon M. Chu and novelist Kevin Kwan.
(2017 -- Japan) Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his animated mega-hit "Your Name" with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist. Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke are both enraptured by the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-colored ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world -- until they risk losing sight of reality altogether. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
(2018 -- Finland) Johannes Holopainen, Minka Kuustonen, Ville Tilhonen (Hilska), Max Ovaska, Smuli Jaskio, Antii Heikkinen, Chike Ohanwe. Rock mockumentary. Turo (Holopainen) is stuck in a small village in the Finnish countryside where his greatest passion is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem is that he and his fellow headbangers have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig. But that’s all about to change when the guys meet the promoter of a huge heavy metal music festival in Norway and decide it’s now or never. Hitting the road in a stolen van with a corpse, a coffin, and a new drummer from a local mental hospital in tow, Impaled Rektum travels across Scandinavia to make their dreams a reality.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Blooper reel; behind-the-scenes featurette; seven mockumentaries from SXSW screenings; real bands discuss "Impaled Rektum" featurette; karaoke video.
(Blood Disgusting/Doppelgänger Releasing).
(2018) David Arquette, Allie Gonino, Perrey Reeves, Luke Wilson. A struggling rock band, led by washed-out rock star Jimmy Kleen (Arquette), strikes a deal with cynical record executive Rick (Wilson). Things take a sinister turn when the band's lead singer, Rachel (Gonino), and her controlling stage mother, Barb (Reeves) both get struck by lightning and killed. Rachel is brought back to life, but she is different than before: confident, sexy, with an irresistible stage presence. Lightning courses through her veins and she uses her new supernatural electrical powers to drain the life from men and turn it into electrifying stage performances. Her bandmates discover her dark secret and have to decide just how far they are willing to succeed. A mashup combining horror, thriller, musical, and noir into a bloody rock 'n' roll fantasy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (SP Releasing).
Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema
In honor of Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday, the Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive collection of his films ever released on home video. One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. The struggles of faith and morality, the nature of dreams, and the agonies and ecstasies of human relationships -- Bergman explored these subjects in films ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family life. Arranged as a film festival with opening and closing nights bookending double features and centerpieces, this selection spans six decades and 39 films -- including such celebrated classics as "The Seventh Seal," "Persona," and "Fanny and Alexander" alongside previously unavailable works like "Dreams," "The Rite," and "Brink of Life." Accompanied by a 248-page book with essays on each program, as well as by more than 30 hours of supplemental features, "Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema" traces themes and images across Bergman’s career, blazing trails through the master’s unequaled body of work for longtime fans and newcomers alike. Thirty-nine films, including 18 never before released by Criterion. Digital restorations of the films, including a new 4K restoration of "The Seventh Seal" and new 2K restorations of "Crisis," "Persona," Fanny and Alexander, and many others, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks.
Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Eleven introductions by director Ingmar Bergman; six audio commentaries; over five hours of interviews with Bergman; interviews with Bergman’s collaborators, including actors Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Bergman, Erland Josephson, Gunnel Lindblom, Liv Ullmann, and Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist; "Daniel" and "Karin’s Face," two rarely seen documentary shorts by Bergman; documentaries about the making of "Autumn Sonata," "Fanny and Alexander," "The Magic Flute," "The Serpent’s Egg," "The Touch," and "Winter Light"; extensive programs about Bergman’s life and work, including "Bergman Island," "... But Film Is My Mistress," "Laterna Magica," "Liv & Ingmar," and others; behind-the-scenes footage, video essays, trailers, stills galleries, and more; a lavishly illustrated 248-page book, featuring essays on the films by critics, scholars, and authors including Cowie, Alexander Chee, Molly Haskell, Karan Mahajan, Fernanda Solórzano, and many others, along with selections from remarks and texts by Bergman himself. (The Criterion Collection).
(2018) Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis Quaid, James Franco, Myles Truitt. A sci-fi actioner about a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother who find themselves on the run from a vengeful criminal, the feds, and a group of relentless soliders, with only a mysterious and powerful weapon at their side. Read more about "Kin" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and screenwriter Daniel Casey; “Thicker Than Water: The Making of Kin” 8-Part documentary; “Enhanced Visual FX Breakdown” featurette; “Bag Man: Original Short” with optional audio commentary by co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker; 10 Deleted scenes; “Learned Behavoir: Special Features at Work” hour-long round table discussion between Jonathan and Josh Baker and "10 Cloverfield Lane" director Dan Trachtenberg, "Swiss Army Man" directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, legendary special features producer Laurent Bouzereau ("Jaws," "Back to the Future," "Ready Player One") and special features godfather Kevin Smith. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Voices of Lisa “Lisbug” Schwartz, Jon Heder, Haylie Duff, Norm MacDonald . In this animated family adventure, YouTube star Schwartz plays a plucky ladybug named Ruby. Longing for the beauty and freedom of Golden Canyon, she escapes her laboratory cage and joins forces with Master Dan, a crafty dragonfly. With help from a hungry frog king, an artistic earwig, and a stinky dung beetle, they make their way to this magical land. Recipient of the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio" featurette.
(2018) Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen, Alyssa Milano, Danny Aiello, Jane Seymour. Former childhood pals Nikki (Roberts) and Leo (Christensen) are attracted to each other as adults -- but will their feuding parents’ rival pizzerias put a chill on their sizzling romance?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew interviews.
Longmire: The Sixth and Final Season
(2017) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Season Six of Longmire finds Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), his deputies Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and The Ferg (Adam Bartley), his best friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), and daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman) facing the biggest personal and professional crises of their lives. Walt’s job and home are under threat by a powerful, unscrupulous lawyer. Vic must decide what to do about her secret pregnancy. Ferg struggles to balance a new relationship with his commitment to his job. Cady is torn between her loyalties to her father and Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez). Henry’s life is in danger with an old nemesis bent on revenge. With their world in turmoil, Walt and everyone he cares about must ultimately face the most difficult decision of their lives: Is it time to pack it in? Or will they fight to the end? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital.
(2018) Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
No Offence, Series 2
(2017) Two-disc set with seven episodes of the female-driven police procedural that follows an unorthodox team of cops in Manchester, England. In Series 2, vivacious DI Vivienne Deering (Joanna Scanlan) returns to work from bereavement leave after her husband’s death, but only Viv’s impulsive subordinate, DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy), knows the brutal truth of what really happened to him. Then in her first week back, a bomb blast at a funeral plunges Deering and her team headfirst into a gang war inflamed by a crime family matriarch (Rakie Ayola) who is just as ferocious as Deering herself. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Orgies of Edo
(1969 -- Japan) Legendary Toei director Teruo Ishii tells three stories of moral sickness set during Japan's prosperous Genroku era in this bloody follow-up to his sexploitation classic "Shogun's Joy of Torture," and the fourth entry in Toei's "abnormal love" film series. Ishii's politically incorrect moral lessons paint a trio of tales of tragic heroines caught up in violence, sadomasochism, incest and torture. Told in anthology style by an impassive physician (Teruo Yoshida), the first story follows Oito (Masumi Tachibana), an innocent young girl deceived by a handsome yakuza and sold into prostitution who finds herself in a doomed love affair with the man who brought her to ruin. The tale of Ochise (Mitsuko Aoi) is about the daughter of a rich merchant whose insatiable appetite for filth and perversion draws her deeper into violence, darkness and betrayal. Finally, the story of Omitsu (Miki Obana) follows a sadistic lord (Asao Koike) whose eye is caught one day by a beautiful member of his harem who shares his strange taste for pain and blood, but who holds a secret of her own that will destroy his entire household. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Orgies of Ishii" exclusive, newly filmed interview with author Patrick Maccias, theatrical trailer, reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin, FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Tom Mes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers
In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through this six-disc presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: 80-page booklet with essays and photos, interviews with historians and archivists, audio commentaries for select films. (Kino Classics).
(2018) Rachelle Vinberg, The Skate Kitchen, Jaden Smith. In the first narrative feature from "The Wolfpack" director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, has a falling-out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skateboarder guy (Smith), but a relationship with him proves to be trickier to navigate than a kickflip. The film precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells a story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Behind the Scenes: Chinatown Skate Shoot," "Behind the Scenes: Skate Park Shoot," "Skate Kitchen" photo gallery, deleted scenes.
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Some Like It Hot
(1959) One of the most beloved films of all time, this sizzling masterpiece by Billy Wilder set a new standard for Hollywood comedy. After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, in landmark performances) skip town by donning drag and joining an all-female band en route to Miami. The charm of the group's singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, at the height of her bombshell powers) leads them ever further into extravagant lies, as Joe assumes the persona of a millionaire to woo her and Jerry's female alter ego winds up engaged to a tycoon. With a whip-smart script by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, and sparking chemistry among its finely tuned cast, "Some Like It Hot" is as deliriously funny and fresh today as if it had just been made.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 1989 featuring film scholar Howard Suber; new program on Orry-Kelly's costumes for the film, featuring costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and costume historian and archivist Larry McQueen; three making-of documentaries; appearance from 1982 by director Billy Wilder on "The Dick Cavett Show"; conversation from 2001 between actor Tony Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin; French television interview from 1988 with actor Jack Lemmon; trailer; an essay by author Sam Wasson. (The Criterion Collection).
Streets of Fire (35th Anniversary Edition Steelbook)
(1984) Amid a brooding rock & roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), kidnap diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune Tom Cody (Michael Paré) and his sidekick, the two-fisted beer-guzzling McCoy (Amy Madigan). Joined by Ellen's manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), the trio plunges headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars, and deadly assassins in this cult favorite. Original songs written by Jim Steinman, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and Ry Cooder and performed by The Blasters and The Fixx. Directed by cult filmmaker Walter Hill. 2K scan of the interpositive with a new DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1 created from the 70mm six-track magnetic audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Shotguns & Six Strings: Making of a Rock N Roll Fable" featurette with Hill, Paré and others; "Rumble on the Lot: Walter Hill's Streets of Fire Revisited" feature-length documentary, music videos, theatrical trailer, on air promos, still gallery. (Shout! Factory).
(1999 -- France) Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez, Marcello Mozzarella, Chiara Mastroianni. Raúl Ruiz’s most ambitious literary adaptation and considered his greatest cinematic achievement. Ruiz’s "Time Regained" distills all of Marcel Proust’s iconic "In Search of Lost Time" into a single epic feature. The film opens in 1922, as Proust is on his deathbed pouring through old photographs that summon the events of his life. Gradually, we watch as his own experiences merge with his own literary creations. Idyllic memories of youth alternate with rich recollections of 19th century Parisian society where the drama of the Great War and the anxieties of the emerging modern era are skewered in the spectacular staged soirees and lush grand parties. In Ruiz’s deft cinematic hands the film becomes a phantasmagorical comedy of manners as well as a powerful reflection on cinema’s ability to seize and preserve moments of time. The result is a montage of moving snapshots and feverish dreams that makes the film the ultimate in Proustian cinema. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Icarus Films).
(2016) Adam Deacon, Diana Vickers, Ed Hayter, Freddie Thorp. Two self-destructive teenagers in London won't let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan, but when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Random Media).
Urban Legend Collector’s Edition
(1998) Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Joshua Jackson, Loretta Devine, Tara Reid, Michael Rosenbaum, Robert Englund. When New England college student Natalie (Witt) finds herself at the center of a series of sadistic murders seemingly inspired by urban legends, she resolves to find the truth about her school's own legend: a 25-year-old story of a student massacre at the hands of an abnormal Psych professor. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Urban Legacy" eight-part documentary on the making of the film; Behind-the-Scenes footage; new extended interviews from the eight-part documentary; archival making-of featurette; gag reel; deleted scene; TV spots; commentary. (Scream Factory).
Urban Legends: Final Cut
(2000) Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Joseph Lawrence, Anthony Anderson, Loretta Devine. At Alpine University, someone is determined to win the best film award at any cost -- even if it means eliminating the competition. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "The Legend Continues: Urban Legends: Final Cut" featurette; commentaries; vintage making-of featurette; gag reel; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2016 -- Germany) Samuel Schneider, Alexander Srtschin, Alexandra Schmidt. A young woman is murdered, her body dismembered, its parts dumped across Vienna and two suspects emerge without a clear motive: Christian, a law student who sells concessions part-time at a movie theater, and Alex, an image-obsessed rapper/boxer. Each young man is trapped in his expectations, set against the abstraction of a violent post-moderns news-scape. And one of them goes berserk and becomes a violent killer. This directorial debut from David Clay Diaz -- and Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival and Fantast Fest -- is a split-narrative character study comparing two distinct millennials whose stories don't necessarily overlap, save for the fact that they both live in Vienna -- if not two very distinct Viennas. Poignant questions of sexual identity are deftly brought to light in this dark thriller based on the true story of a shocking and inexplicable murder. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).
The Critters Collection
Four-disc Blu-ray set with "Critters," "Critters 2: The Main Course," "Critters 3" and "Critters 4." New 2K scan from the original film elements for "Critters" and "Critters 2." In "Critters" (1986), the terrified Brown family are trapped in a deadly nightmare and must fight for their lives against a litter of extraterrestrial, bloodthirsty monsters. But it's a losing battle until two intergalactic bounty hunters arrive, determined to blow the creatures off the planet! In "Critters 2: The Main Course" (1988), some eggs have survived and are popping open, bringing another horde of the little creatures! Brad Brown (Scott Grimes) returns to fight them along with three bounty hunters. "Critters 3" (1991)stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Josh, a beleaguered Angelino who must lead the fight against the little monsters as they invade an L.A. apartment building. In the final film, "Critters 4" (1992), a super strain of genetically engineered monsters are designed to take over the universe. This time, Brad Dourif and Angela Bassett must battle the little bloodthirsty hairballs.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries, additional scenes, alternate endings, theatrical trailer, TV spots, still gallerys, new "They Bite!: The Making of Critters," new "The Main Course: The Making of Critters 2", new "You Are What They Eat: The Making of Critters 3," new "Space Madness: The Making of Critters 4," much much more. (Scream Factory).
Elf 15th Anniversary Buddy’s Sing & Cheer Along Edition
(2003) Dir.: Jon Favreau; Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Faizon Love, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris, Andy Richter, Edward Asner. Formats: DVD, Digital. Includes original theatrical version. Extras: Sing Along version interactive content: Follow Buddy’s elf cap as it bounces over the lyrics when one of the glorious and goofy songs comes on; "Buddy’s Best Lines"; "Buddy’s Big Book of Elf Culture"; "Sweet Treats": throughout the movie you will be treated to Buddy’s recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth; "The Clausometer": tracks Buddy’s holiday spirit every time you see the Clausometer in the corner of the screen; "Buddy’s Buddies": During special moments in the movie, one of Buddy’s North Pole playmates will animate on screen; fun facts and trivia. Original special features: Commentaries by Will Ferrell and Jon Favreau; deleted/alternate scenes; nine featurettes including "Tag Along with Will Ferrell," "Film School for Kids," "How They Made the North Pole," "Kids on Christmas," "Santa Mania," and more. (Warner).
(2001) "Tea at Four. Dinner at Eight. Murder at Midnight." In 2001, Robert Altman took the unexpected step into Agatha Christie territory with "Gosford Park," a murder-mystery whodunit set in an English country house starring a host of British acting greats and with an Oscar-winning screenplay by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes. It would become a huge success with audiences and critics alike. Set in 1932, the action unfolds during a weekend shooting party hosted by Sir William McArdle (Alan Bates), and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) at his estate, Gosford Park. Among the guests are friends, relatives, the actor and composer Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam), and an American film producer (Bob Balaban). When Sir William is found murdered in the library, everyone -- and their servants -- becomes a suspect. Also starring Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson and many more, Altman produced another masterpiece deserving to be ranked alongside "Nashville" and "Short Cuts" as one his finest forays into ensemble drama. Brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan, carried out by Arrow films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director of photography Andrew Dunn. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by director Robert Altman, production designer Stephen Altman and producer David Levy; audio commentary by writer-producer Julian Fellowes; new audio commentary by critics Geoff Andrew and David Thompson (author of "Altman on Altman"); introduction by critic Geoff Andrew; new cast and crew interviews recorded exclusively for this release; "The Making of Gosford Park" archive featurette; "Keeping Gosford Park Authentic" archive featurette; Q&A session with Altman and the cast; 15 deleted scenes with optional Altman commentary; trailer; reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Sheila O’Malley and an archive interview with Robert Altman. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Jack Irish, Season 2
(2018) Three-disc set with all six episodes. Guy Pearce reprises his iconic role as Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer and part-time debt collector with a penchant for getting dragged into unsavory situations. In Season 2, Jack’s life has hit a rough patch: the horse-racing world is in turmoil; Jack’s beloved local pub may be sold; and his journalist girlfriend, Linda (Marta Dusseldorp), has left him. Then the suspicious death of an international student at a dubious Australian college plunges Jack into a high-stakes investigation. To crack the case, Jack will need Linda’s help, along with assistance from a beautiful, enigmatic psychiatrist, Dr. Rory Finch (Danielle Cormack). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Season 1 recap, cast interviews, tweet readings, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
The Magnificent Ambersons
(1942) Orson Welles's beautiful, nostalgia-suffused second feature -- the subject of one of cinema's greatest missing-footage tragedies -- harks back to turn-of-the-20th-century Indianapolis, chronicling the inexorable decline of the fortunes of an affluent family. Adapted from an acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel and characterized by restlessly inventive camera work and powerful performances from a cast including Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, and Agnes Moorehead, the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clan -- at the same time as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled. Though RKO excised over 40 minutes of footage, now lost to history, and added an incongruously upbeat ending, "The Magnificent Ambersons" is an emotionally rich family saga and a masterful elegy for a bygone chapter of American life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Two audio commentaries, featuring film scholars Robert Carringer and James Naremore and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum; new interviews with scholars Simon Callow and Joseph McBride; new video essay on the film's cinematographers by scholar François Thomas; new video essay on the film's score by scholar Christopher Husted; Welles on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1970; segment from "Pampered Youth," a 1925 silent adaptation of "The Magnificent Ambersons"; audio from a 1979 AFI symposium on Welles; two Mercury Theatre radio plays: "Seventeen" (1938), an adaptation of another Booth Tarkington novel by Welles, and "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1939); trailer; an essay by critic Molly Haskell and (Blu-ray only) essays by authors and critics Luc Sante, Geoffrey O'Brien, Farran Smith Nehme, and Jonathan Lethem, and excerpts from an unfinished 1982 memoir by Welles. (The Criterion Collection).
Memories of Me
(1988) Dir.: Henry Winkler; Billy Crystal, Alan King, Jobeth Williams, Robert Pastorellui, Sean Connery. Billy Crystal and Alan King star in a heartwarming comedy about a feuding father and son who discover that love is a family trait.
They say, "like father, like son," but for Abe (King) and Abbie (Crystal) Polin, nothing could be further from the truth. Abe is king of the Hollywood extras. As an actor he's an expert at being a face in the crowd. His son Abbie is a respected New York heart surgeon who's always felt like a bit player in his father's life. When Abbie suffers a mild heart attack, he decides it's time to mend family ties ... or break them altogether. So he heads out to Hollywood, where his efforts at reconciliation lead to hilarious consequences. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Original theatrical trailer. (MVD Visual).
The Original Christmas Specials Collection: Deluxe Edition
Features five unforgettable stories. Produced by Rankin/Bass, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" and "The Little Drummer Boy" feature iconic "Animagic" stop-motion animation and "Frosty the Snowman" and "Cricket on the Hearth" are beautifully animated. Starring the voice talents of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives and many more, these favorites also feature some of the most beloved songs of the season and are sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras:Disc 1:"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: "The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass," "Restoring the Puppets of Rudolph," "Reimagining Rudolph in 4D," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Attraction Film," "T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games." Disc 2: Frosty the Snowman: "The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass;" original pencil test; commentary by animation historian Mark Evanier; Disc 3: Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town:
"The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass"; commentary by animation historian Greg Ehrbar. (Universal).
(2017 -- Japan) Takeshi Kitano, Toshiyuki Nishida, Ren Osugi. All the betrayal, double-crossing, and action-filled gun battles of "Outrage" are here in the final chapter of Takeshi Kitano's acclaimed underworld film series. Five years after surviving the all-out war between the Sanno and Hanabishi crime families, former yakuza boss Otomo (Beat Takeshi) now works in South Korea for Mr. Chang, a renowned fixer whose influence extends internationally. But when a relatively minor incident causes tensions to escalate out of control between Chang Enterprises and the Hanabishi, Otomo must return to Japan to settle the score once and for all. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Outrage Offstage" making-of documentary, "Beat" Takeshi trailers. (Film Movement).
Picnic at Hanging Rock
(2018) Two-disc set with six episodes. This penetrating re-imagining of the iconic and timeless Australian novel, depicts the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900. The complex, interwoven narrative charts the subsequent investigation and the event’s far-reaching impact on the students, families, and staff of Appleyard College and on the nearby township. Theories abound, long-held secrets are exposed, and paranoia and hysteria set in, as in vastly differing ways their lives are changed forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Cast interviews, crew interviews,behind-the-scenes footage. (Acorn Media).
(2018) John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La. Stopping at no lengths to find his missing daughter, a determined father, (Cho) explores her social media accounts, emails, pictures, videos and more to aid in the police investigation. Read more about "Searching " in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Changing the Language Of Cinema” featurette, “Update Username: Cast and Characters” featurette, “Searching for Easter Eggs,” audio commentary with writer-director Aneesh Chaganty & writer-producer Sev Ohanian. (Sony).
(2018) Al’Jaleel McGhee, Amber Stonebraker, Alan Burrell, Martin Bannon Beaudet.
On the morning after the premiere of his new film, a sleepy-eyed Darrel (McGhee) wakes to find himself in bed with his crew member Sydney (Stonebraker). As they begin to discuss the previous evening and tepid reviews of the film, emotions give rise to a passionate and thoughtful relationship that once could have been if either had taken the chance.
Formats: DVD, VOD.
(Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2018) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Matt Craven,
Henry Czerny. HBO eight-episode limited series, based on Gillian Flynn’s ("Gone Girl") bestselling novel of the same name. Set in a small town in southern Missouri, "Sharp Objects" follows troubled journalist Camille Preaker (Adams) as she returns home to investigate the murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Creating Wind Gap" featurette. Digital adds "Inside the Mind of Gillian Flynn," "Anatomy of a Scene: Calhoun Day," character pieces. (HBO).
(1986) Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make this sole foray into feature film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. Byrne plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In "True Stories," Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show-all in the service of uncovering the rich mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Byrne and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, supervised by Byrne, on the Blu-ray. Extras: New documentary about the film's production, featuring Byrne, Lachman, writer Stephen Tobolowsky, executive producer Ed Pressman, coproducer Karen Murphy, fashion-show costume designer Adelle Lutz, consultant Christina Patoski, actor Jo Harvey Allen, and musician Terry Allen; CD with 23 songs, containing the film's complete soundtrack compiled here for the first time (Blu-ray only); "Real Life" (1986), a short documentary by Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel made on the set of the film; "No Time to Look Back," a new homage to Virgil, Texas, the fictional town where "True Stories" is set; new program about designer Tibor Kalman and his influence on Byrne and role in the film, featuring Byrne and Kalman's wife, artist Maira Kalman; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by critic Rebecca Bengal, along with, for the Blu-ray edition, new pieces by journalist and author Joe Nick Patoski and Byrne, a 1986 piece by actor Spalding Gray on the film's production, some of the tabloid stories that inspired the film, and a selection of Byrne's preproduction photography and writing about the film's visual motifs. (The Criterion Collection).
Zombie 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
(1979 -- Italy) Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Al Clive, Richard Johnson. New 4K Restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative. In Italy, it was considered the "unofficial sequel" to "Dawn of the Dead." In England, it was known as "Zombie Flesh Eaters" and banned as obscene. In America, it was called "Zombie" and advertised with the depraved tag line "We Are Going To Eat You!" It remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time. Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. Formats: Two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews, commentaries, theatrical trailers, TV spots, radio spots, poster & still gallery, Guillermo del Toro intro, original motion picture soundtrack CD by Fabio Frizzi (with an exclusive bonus track), a collectible booklet with a new essay by Stephen Thrower. (Blue Underground).
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