(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).
(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.
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).
(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”
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.
(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).
(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).
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."
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) 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).
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).
(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."
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) 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.
(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).
(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).
(2017 -- Germany) Max Hubacher. Based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland, the film is a World War II tale like no other -- a searing historical drama with undertones of absurd black comedy that presents the evils of Nazism and fascism as a devastating kind of game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous. It follows a young German army deserter, Pvt. Willi Herold (Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and embarks on a brutal mission of torture and slaughter, all in the name of “justice.” Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, the enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader ... whomever that may be.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD,. Extras: Filmmaker Q&A with director Robert Schwentke from Chicago premiere at the Music Box Theatre; interview with Schwentke; interviews with cast and crew; behind-the-scenes featurettes; storyboard-to-film comparison.
(Music Box Films).
(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).
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