(2018) Constance Wu, Amanda Fuller, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahue, Graham Skipper. Ho, ho, no! The joyful spirit of the holidays is about to take one dark turn after another. From sadistic office parties and last-minute shopping nightmares, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to keep you from getting out of bed to see what’s under the tree this holiday season. Constance Wu ("Crazy Rich Asians") and Jonathan Kite (“2 Broke Girls”) headline a ensemble cast in this devilish stocking stuffer of a movie. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(2017 -- Russia) Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov. A sinister unidentified flying object plummeting to Earth changes our view of humanity and life beyond our planet in this sci-fi spectacular. Moscow finds itself on the brink of destruction after a mysterious spaceship crash-lands in the center of the city. While the government seeks to find out what the ship's passengers want and how to protect the local population, the rest of the city's residents break into conflicting factions. Some view the aliens as a threat that should be extinguished, while others hope that the visitors are peaceful and offer an opportunity to learn more about the world beyond. When a young woman finds herself torn between her seemingly normal life and the alluring promise offered by one of the all-too-human extraterrestrials, the fate of the entire world is left hanging in the balance. From Fedor Bondarchuk, the director of "Stalingrad." Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Young Actors," "Superstars," promo reel, VFX breakdown, trailer, teaser. (Dark Sky Films).
Becoming Iconic: Jonathan Baker
(2018) Fascinating Hollywood documentary explores the process of directing a big-budget feature, from the ground up, through the eyes of top directors as they tell their own stories in talking with Jonathan Baker. Then, after listening to their words of wisdom, Baker distills the lessons learned from his experience making his first feature film, "Inconceivable," with Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Faye Dunaway. Features some of the industry's most iconic directors, including Jodie Foster, Taylor Hackford, Adrian Lyne, Nicolas Cage, John Badham and Warren Beatty.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
(2018) Single disc with all eight episodes from Season 1 of the Urban Movie Channel Original Series that follows the pursuits of homicide detective Jimmy Blue (Brian White). Jimmy suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and after a string of appalling homicides cause outrage in the city, he's commissioned to head up an elite unit of investigators tasked with solving the most heinous crimes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (RLJ Entertainment).
(2018 -- Sweden) Caitlin Crommett, Christopher Lee Page, Erik Kammerland. A young American couple, Rose and Harry, are on their way to visit Harry's family cabin -- both as a nostalgic vacation and as a way to rekindle their relationship. But they’re not the only one that decided to visit the cabin this weekend ... The vacation is quickly turned into a living nightmare for Rose and Harry as they meet a vicious sociopath who invites them into a involuntary cat and mouse game. Formats: DVD, VOD. (High Octane Pictures).
Christmas at Rosemont
(2015) Brad Dourif, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Gros. Caught in a blizzard five days before Christmas, pregnant 23-year-old Lisa and her friend Brad, a professional snowboarder, take shelter at The Rosemont. A once-great winter resort, The Rosemont has seen better days. After losing her daughter and granddaughter, the cantankerous owner Josephine has let it fall into disrepair. But now, stranded by the blizzard and with Lisa giving birth, everyone comes together to provide what they all need most -- a family. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
(2018) Robert Kovacs, Daniel Baldwin, Richard Tyson, Eva Hamilton, Stormi Maya, Leia Perez, Reese Austyn, Sam Story. A vigilante with a mysterious past moves to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child. Formats: DVD. (Uncorked Entertainment).
(2018) Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Carla Gugino. A beautiful young newlywed (Abbey Lee) arrives at the palatial estate of her brilliant scientist husband Henry (Hinds). Ensconced in modernist luxury with an obedient -- if slightly unsettling -- house staff (Gugino), she has seemingly everything she could want. But one mystery tantalizes her: What is behind the locked door to Henry’s laboratory that he has forbidden her to enter? When an inquisitive Elizabeth dares to find out, everything she thought she knew about her husband -- and about herself -- will change. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
Family Guy Season Sixteen
(2017-18) Three-disc set with 20 episodes. In its 16th season, “Family Guy” continues to entertain its die-hard fans with razor-sharp humor, spot-on parodies, awesome animation and orchestra-backed original music. Guest voices this season include Ian McKellen, Ryan Reynolds, Amanda Seyfried, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo. The season also includes the long-running series’ 300th episode and an Emmy-winning performance from Alex Borstein* for the episode “Nanny Goats.” Formats: DVD. (Fox).
God Bless the Broken Road
(2018) Tells the inspirational story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence. The film focuses on the importance of faith, friends, and family, while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States military.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Delivering God’s Message: Casting God Bless the Broken Road” featurette, “Restoring Faith: Mending the Broken Road” featurette, “Pedals and Prayers: Racing Alongside God” featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Happytime Murders
(2018) Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks. A raunchy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show. A hilarious buddy cop murder mystery comedy at heart, the film is unapologetically bold and keeps audiences entertained from start to finish.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; Line-O-Rama;
"Virtual Environments" behind the scenes to see the transformation of the film’s virtual environments, including visual effects through backdrops, action scenes, and the movements of the puppets themselves; "Avatars Demo": VFX supervisors discuss how The Happytime Murders created a new realm of puppet movies by using avatars to make the puppets come to life; "VFX Breakdown" overview of the impact of visual special effects in the film; theatrical trailers; feature commentary with director Brian Henson and voice actor Bill Barretta. (Universal).
The House That Never Dies: Reawakening
(2017 -- China) Joan Chen, Julian Cheung, Mei Ting, Gillian Chun. A hundred years after the mysterious murders of the entire Zhisheng household, a cultural relic restorer Song Teng experiences strange events at the ancient mansion. After discovering baby skeletons and weird spells, the intricate weaving of the past and present begin to emerge and reveals a haunting tale of the wrongly deceased still seeking justice from the living world. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
I Am Paul Walker
(2018) Feature-length documentary film explores the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker. Features interviews with those who knew Paul best -- the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster "Fast and Furious" movie franchise -- both professionally and personally, along with an extensive personal archive of never-before-seen candid video and still photographs provided by family and friends of the late actor. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Virgil Films).
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
(1986) From the Piney Woods School in the Mississippi Delta to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, this toe-tapping music film tells the story of the swinging, multi-racial all-women jazz band of the 1940s. A 16 piece band with a strong brass section, heavy percussion, and a deep rhythmic sense, the Sweethearts were not just a novelty but featured many of the best female musicians of the day. Starring Anna Mae Winburn, Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, Vi Burnside, Roz Cron, Evelyn McGee Stone, Helen Jones, Helen Saine, and Pauline Brady, of whom drummer Panama Francis says, "She played drums like a man!"
Formats: DVD. (Kino Lorber).
(2018) Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin. Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time to save the world from nuclear destruction after a mission gone wrong. Read more about "Mission: Impossible—Fallout" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "Behind the Fallout": Light the Fuse, Top of the World, The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown, Rendezvous in Paris, The Fall, The Hunt Is On, Cliffside Clash; deleted scenes montage; foot chase musical breakdown; "The Ultimate Mission"; storyboards; theatrical trailer; commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise; commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton; commentary by composer Lorne Balfe; isolated score track. (Paramount).
(2018) Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Demian Bichir, Jonny Coyne. A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun. Read more about "The Nun" in the December
Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A New Horror Icon," "Gruesome Planet," "The Conjuring Chronology," deleted scenes.
(2018) Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Haley Lu Richardson. A team of secret agents set out to track down Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust. Read more about "Operation Finale" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Inside the Operation" featurette, commentary with director Chris Weitz. (Universal).
(2017) Bella Thorne, Jessie T. Usher, Will Brill. A struggling actor by day, James pays his bills by driving people around Los Angeles for a ride sharing service. His night starts out like any other, but he can’t believe his luck when he picks up the beautiful Jessica, and they immediately hit it off. His next fare, the fast-talking Bruno, convinces James to go back and invite her to join them for a wild night out. But things take a shocking turn when Bruno, armed with a gun and a twisted idea of fun, forces them on a terrifying, white-knuckle ride that quickly spirals out of control. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
The Serpent's Egg
(1977) In 1977, legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman teamed up with the equally legendary Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis for what would be the director's one and only Hollywood feature. Berlin, 1923. Out-of-work circus performer Abel Rosenberg (David Carradine) is living in poverty. When his brother commits suicide, he moves into the apartment of his cabaret singer sister-in-law (Liv Ullmann), but the pair soon attract the attentions of both the police and a professor with a terrifying area of research when they start to make inquiries about his mysterious death. One of Bergman's darkest -- and most unlikely -- films, "The Serpent's Egg" is a hypnotic, Kafkaesque tale of paranoia in a poisoned city. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by David Carradine; "Bergman’s Egg" newly filmed appreciation by critic and author Barry Forshaw; "Away From Home" archival featurette including interviews with Carradine and Liv Ullman; "German Expressionism" archival interview with author Marc Gervais; stills gallery
theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring two artwork choices; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Geoffrey Macnab. (Arrow Academy).
(2018 -- Germany) Erkan Acar, Xenia Assenza, David Masterson, Alexander Schubert. Hunting down the murderer of their families in an anarchic near-future Berlin, two outlaws find themselves trapped in the wicked fairy tale of a mysterious screenplay that entangles them in a vicious circle of revenge -- apparently all written by a clueless dentist. In their quest for vengeance, they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairy tale assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
Support the Girls
(2018) Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula. Lisa (Hall) is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side "sports bar with curves," but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An instinctive den mother, she nurtures and protects her "girls" on the staff fiercely -- but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction. Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2017) Ian Beattie, Will Mellor, Terence Stamp, Anna Demetrio. A Viking princess is forced to flee her kingdom after being framed for the murder of her father, the king. Under the guidance of the god Odin, she travels the world gaining wisdom and building the army she needs to win back her throne. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “One True Heir: A Warrior’s Destiny” featurette, “Of Gods, Women & Men: The Cast” featurette, “Strength from Within: Staging the Battles” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Westworld Season 2: The Door
(2018) Three-disc with all 10 episodes. In Season Two, viewers are welcomed back to Westworld, where the puppet show is over and the newly liberated “hosts” are coming for humankind. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) takes charge, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a mission and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is back. Chaos takes control in this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, the birth of a new form of life and the evolution of sin.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Bring Yourself Back Online": "Reflections on Season Two – Dolores, Teddy and Bernard," "Of Love and Shogun – Maeve, Hector and Lee," "Journeys and Technology – Stubbs, Logan and Clementine"; "The Buzz: On the Red Carpet"; "Return to Westworld"; 10-part "Creating Westworld’s Reality": An Evocative Location, Fort Forlorn Hope, The Delos Experiment, Shogun World, Inside the Cradle, Chaos in the Mesa, Ghost Nation, Deconstructing Maeve, The Valley Beyond, The Drone Hosts; "Paved with the Best Intentions: The Evolution of the DELOS Corp."; "Violent Delights Have Violent Ends." (Warner).
(2017 -- Denmark) A film set in a rural chalk-mining community during a cold winter. The film follows two brothers working in this harsh environment focusing on the younger one, Emil, who distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals from the factory. He is an outsider, an oddball, who made a conscious choice for loneliness and is only accepted by the mining community due to his older brother Johan. Emil longs for passion, for being wanted and loved. When a fellow worker becomes sick, the moonshine and Emil are prime suspects. Gradually a violent feud erupts between him and the tightly-knit mining community. Emil feels betrayed by his brother when he finds out that the neighbor girl Anna, the subject of his unfulfilled desires, chooses his older brother instead of him. Revenge, loneliness, and lack of love pervade this modern brother odyssey.
Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Yellowstone Season One
(2018) Three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD with all 10 hour-long episodes. Kevin Costner's family drama about a ranching family in Montana that faces off against others encroaching on their land. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Inside Yellowstone," "Kevin Costner on Yellowstone," "Cowboy Camp," sic character spots; "Working the Yellowstone: Production Design," "Working the Yellowstone: Special Effects," more. (Paramount).
New Wave: Dare to Be Different
(2017) The story of the most influential radio station in America. In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries at WLIR Long Island, knew they couldn't compete with the mega radio stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. Program director Denis McNamara, the crew at the station and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, mega-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America -- including bands like U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode and Blondie. Features Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, Nick Rhodes, Denis McNamara, Jim Kerr, Vince Clarke, Curt Smith, Fred Schneider, Thomas Dolby, Midge Ure, Gary "Baba Booey" Dell' Abate, Seymour Stein, Paul McGuinness, Dave Wakeling, Annabella Lwin, Miles Copeland, Joel Peresman, Larry Dunn, Donna Donna, Max Leinwand, "Malibu Sue" McCann, Michael Pagnotta and Steve Thompson. Formats: DVD, Digital. (MVD Visual).
(2018) Over half a million people are homeless in the United States -- 25 percent of whom are in California. Amid public outcry over the ballooning homeless population in Los Angeles -- nearly 54,000 people on any given night -- three advocates with three different organizations show what the lost ideal of care in the community looks like amid a changing policy landscape. Intensely human and humanizing, this documentary provides a sweeping look at the historic and current causes of LA's unprecedented crisis, largely due to defunded affordable housing. It goes behind the headlines with pragmatic stories of the transformative work that is possible when the right resources, funding, and compassion are applied. Formats: DVD. (Cinema Libre).
Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds
(2017 -- South Korea) Ha Jung-woo, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Hyang-gi, Lee Jung-jae. The fantasy epic that smashed box office records in Korea reaches its thrilling climax. As the deceased soul Su-hong and his three afterlife guardians face the remaining trials to obtain their reincarnation, the guardians come face to face with the buried truth of their tragic time on earth a thousand years ago, culminating in a final battle with a rogue god. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, character intros. (Well Go USA).
In 1960, following the success of their collaboration on "Some Like it Hot," director Billy Wilder reteamed with actor Jack Lemmon for what many consider the pinnacle of their respective careers: "The Apartment." C.C. Bud Baxter (Lemmon) is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement with the firm s personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), his career prospects begin to look up ... and up. But when he discovers that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the girl of his dreams, he finds himself forced to choose between his career and the woman he loves ... . Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, "The Apartment" features a wealth of Hollywood's finest talent on both sides of the camera at the top of their game. By turns cynical, heart-warming and hilarious, Wilder's masterpiece now shines like never before in this all-new, 4K-restored edition from the original camera negative, with original uncompressed PCM mono audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with film producer and historian Bruce Block; "The Key to the Apartment," a new appreciation of the film by film historian Philip Kemp; select scene commentary by Philip Kemp; "The Flawed Couple," a new video essay by filmmaker David Cairns on the collaborations between Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon; "A Letter to Castro," a new interview with actress Hope Holiday; "The Writer Speaks: Billy Wilder," an archival interview from the Writers Guild of America's Oral Histories series; "Inside the Apartment," a half-hour making-of featurette from 2007 including interviews with Shirley MacLaine, executive producer Walter Mirisch, and others; "Magic Time: The Art of Jack Lemmon," an archive profile of the actor from 2007; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Await Further Instructions
(2018 -- UK) Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, Abigail Cruttenden, David Bradley. It's Christmas Day and the Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house. Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, but what exactly -- an industrial accident, a terrorist attack, nuclear war? Descending into terrified arguments, they turn on the television, desperate for any information. On screen a message glows ominously: "Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions." As the television exerts an ever more sinister grip, their paranoia escalates into bloody carnage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Dark Sky Films).
(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: 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).
(2017 -- Norway) Stig Henrik Hoff, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen, Truls Svendsen, Marte Sæteren. A psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing Norway for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you've been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and arrest the bearded serial killer. Will they manage to stop this demented St. Nick before he kills again? Formats: DVD, VOD. (Artsploitation Films).
(2018) Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Ray Panthaki, Aiysha Hart, Denise Gough. Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name but, upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms. Read more about "Colette" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Story Behind Colette," "Notes on a Scene," costume design photo gallery. (Universal).
(2018) Luke Arnold, C. Thomas Howell, Richard Riehle, M.C. Gainey. In this bloodcurdling true tale of the Wild West, a sheriff, a madam, and a dying boy risk their lives to save a troubled town.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.
(2018) Cody Longo, Cortney Palm, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman, Barbara Crampton, Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Lloyd Kaufman, Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, Dee Wallace. During an exclusive tour, a power breakdown inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings is their only chance for survival. Formats: DVD. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
De Palma & De Niro: The Early Films (Limited Edition)
In 1963, Robert De Niro stepped in front of a movie camera for the first time. The resulting film, a low-budget black and white comedy called "The Wedding Party," would take three years to complete, and another three years to be released, but it would also establish a hugely important working relationship for the aspiring actor. One of the filmmakers, long before he became synonymous with suspense thanks to "Carrie", "Dressed to Kill" and other classics, was Brian De Palma. He and De Niro would team up again in the next few years for two more comedies, both with a countercultural bent. "Greetings", the first to receive an X certificate in the United States, is a freewheeling satire focusing on a trio of twentysomething friends -- a conspiracy theorist, a filmmaker, and a voyeur played by De Niro -- as they try to avoid the Vietnam War draft. "Hi, Mom!", originally named "Son of Greetings," returns to De Niro's voyeur, now an aspiring maker of adult films, for another humorous glimpse at late-sixties society, this time turning its attentions to experimental theater, cinéma vérité, the African American experience, and the white middle classes. Brought together for the first time -- and each newly restored by Arrow Films especially for this release -- these three films offer a fascinating insight into the early careers of two of American cinema's major talents. New restoration from a 2K scan of "The Wedding Party" from the original film negative; new restoration from a 2K scan of "Greetings" and "Hi, Mom!" from original film materials. Original uncompressed mono soundtracks. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New commentary on "Greetings" by Glenn Kenny, author of "Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor"; new appreciation of De Palma and De Niro's collaborations by critic and filmmaker Howard S. Berger; new interviews with Charles Hirsch, writer-producer of "Greetings" and "Hi, Mom!"; new interview with actor Gerrit Graham on "Greetings," "Hi, Mom!" and his other collaborations with Brian De Palma; new interview with actor Peter Maloney on "Hi, Mom!"; "Hi, Mom!" theatrical trailer; newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; limited collector's edition booklet featuring new writing on the films by Brad Stevens, Chris Dumas and Christina Newland, plus an archive interview with Brian De Palma and Charles Hirsch. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
A Dry White Season
(1989) With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indictment of South Africa's racist government -- and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal repression comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities. Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, "A Dry White Season" is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas; "Five Scenes," a new program featuring Palcy; interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland; excerpt from a 1995 interview Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela; footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards; an essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry. (The Criterion Collection).
The Equalizer 2
(2018) Dir.: Antoine Fuqua; Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo. Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? Read more about "The Equalizer 2" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Seconds Till Death: Action Breakdown” featurette; “Through Antoine’s Lens: The Cast” featurette; two NBA promos.Blu-ray adds “Retribution Mode” with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua; 11 deleted & extended scenes; “Denzel as McCall: Round Two” featurette; "The Equalizer 2" pop up trivia track. (Sony).
(1957) Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck saddled up with writer-director Samuel Fuller for the pulp maestro's most audacious Western, a boldly feminist spin on the genre that pivots effortlessly between ribald humor, visceral action, and disarming tenderness. High-riding rancher Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) commands a 40-strong posse of cowboys, ruling Cochise County, Arizona, without challenge. When U.S. marshal Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers arrive in town with a warrant for one of her hired guns, Jessica begins to fall for the lawman even as he chips away at her authority. With astonishing black-and-white CinemaScope photography, hard-boiled dialogue laced with double entendres, and a fiery performance by Stanwyck at her most imperious, "Forty Guns" is a virtuoso display of Fuller's sharpshooting talents.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Samuel Fuller's widow, Christa Lang-Fuller, and daughter, Samantha Fuller; "A Fuller Life" (2013), a feature-length documentary by Samantha Fuller about her father, featuring admirers and collaborators Wim Wenders, William Friedkin, Mark Hamill, James Franco, Monte Hellman, Jennifer Beals, Bill Duke, Constance Towers, and others; new interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith, author of I"n Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City"; stills gallery; an essay by film scholar Lisa Dombrowski and excerpts from Fuller's 2002 autobiography, "A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking." (The Criterion Collection).
(2018) Dir.: Mélanie Laurent; Ben Foster, Elle Fanning, Beau Bridges, Lili Reinhart, Robert Aramayo. Roy (Foster) is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky (Fanning), a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them while trying to outrun the demons from his and Rocky’s pasts. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(2018) Jake Borelli, Evan Hall, Aley Underwood, Jacob Grodnik. Jon returns home on his first trip from college to visit his friends Michelle and Cole, but when he's challenged to a dangerous bike race by his nemesis, Erik, Jon discovers a magical locket during a horrific crash. He then embarks on an auspicious journey, finding much more than love and friendship as he becomes a man. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Indican Pictures).
I Still See You
(2018) Bella Thorne, Richard Harmon, Dermot Mulroney. Thorne stars in this spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with Kirk, a mysterious classmate, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead -- and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Deleted scenes; “Remnants: Manifesting I Still See You” featurette; “Break My Heart 1,000 Times: Novel to Screen” featurette; audio Commentary with director Scott Speer and actress Bella Thorne.
Instinct: Season One
(2018) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. Alan Cumming stars as Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. He is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when tenacious top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case and comes out of retirement. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted and extended scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
(2018) Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens. A chilling reimagining of the Lizzie Borden murder case, this psychological thriller reveals many layers of the strange and fragile Lizzie Borden, who stood accused of the infamous 1892 axe murder of her family in Fall River, Massachusetts. An unmarried woman of 32 and a social outcast, Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) lives a claustrophobic life under her father’s cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart), a young maid, comes to work for the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit -- and a secret intimacy soon blossoms into a wicked plan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Understanding Lizzie” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2017 -- Germany/France) Set in 18th century Vienna, this is the true story of Maria Paradis, a gifted piano player and friend of Mozart, who lost her eyesight as a child. Desperate to cure their talented daughter, her parents entrust Maria to the famous Dr. Franz Mesmer, whose theory about animal magnetism had attracted a wide following. Using the doctor's controversial technique, Maria recovers her sight. But this miracle comes at a price as Maria progressively starts to lose her gift for music. She will have to choose: an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life in darkness, as a virtuoso. Formats: DVD, Digital. (First Run Features).
The Mangler BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Dir.: Tobe Hooper; Ted Levine, Robert Englund. New 4K print of the original camera negative from the uncut version. Based on Stephen King’s short story, this white-knuckle chiller follows a cop (Levine) as he investigates a series of grisly accidents -- and uncovers a deadly town secret that has been hidden for years -- a terrifying entity that threatens to destroy everything in its path -- a laundry-folding machine has been possessed by a demon. With time running out and a young girl's life in the balance, he races to destroy the beast before it's too late. Extras: New audio commentary with co-writer Stephen David Brooks, new "Hell’s Bells" interview with actor Robert Englund, rare behind-the-scenes footage, theatrical trailer, TV spot. (Scream Factory).
(1980) New three-disc limited edition (two Blu-rays, soundtrack CD) 4K restoration from original camera negative with 3D lenticular slipcover -- only 10,000 available. Frank Zito (a career performance by writer-executive producer Joe Spinell of "Rocky" and "The Godfather" fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of "The Spy Who Loved Me"), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a Maniac. Directed by William Lustig and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini, this relentlessly shocking and disturbing film was originally banned or censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Now Blue Underground is thrilled to present MANIAC in a brand-new 4K Restoration from its recently discovered 16mm original camera negative, overflowing with hours of new and archival extras. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras:Disc 1: Audio commentary #1 with producer-director William Lustig and producer Andrew W. Garroni; audio commentary #2 with Lustig, special make-up effects artist Tom Savini, editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's assistant Luke Walter; theatrical trailers; TV spots; radio spots. Disc 2: New outtakes; new "Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig"; "Anna and the Killer" interview with Caroline Munro; "The Death Dealer" interview with special make-up effects artist Tom Savini; "Dark Notes" interview with composer Jay Chattaway; "Maniac Men" interview with songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky; "The Joe Spinell Story"; "Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2" promo reel; "Maniac" publicity; "Maniac Controversy." (MVD Entertainment).
Nathan For You
(2013-17) Nine-disc set with all 30 episodes of Comedy Central’s series. Comedian Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan’s genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio commentary on select episodes, the full “Dumb Starbucks” press conference, deleted scenes, more. (Paramount).
Our Cartoon President: Season One with World Class Amenities
(2018) Three-disc set with 18 episodes. From executive producer Stephen Colbert comes a caricature of a president without character in an animated series that goes straight for the heartless. Go inside the revolving door that is Trump’s inner circle for an unfiltered free-for-all even Canadian healthcare would be proud of. From the president’s attempt to “win” the State of the Union to the army of Trump impersonators employed to comfort disaster victims, it’s the kind of rampant absurdity that can only be matched by the day-to-day reality of Trump’s America. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(2018) Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juana Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh. Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.
Read more about "Peppermint" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Justice" behind-the-scenes featurette with Jennifer Garner and director Pierre Morel, feature commentary by Morel. (Universal).
Perry Como's Olde English Christmas
The best friend a Christmas song ever had, the legendary and beloved Perry Como celebrated the yuletide season on television, radio and records for 50 years, delighting millions worldwide. In 1977, Mr. C traveled to England for his annual holiday TV special with much of the music and merriment taking place in an historic, festively decorated castle. British singing star Petula Clark joins Como along with recording artist Leo Sayer, Olympic figure skater John Curry and Irish actress Gemma Craven for a jolly song-filled excursion featuring traditional favorites such as "Silent Night," "Joy to the World", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Ave Maria," and more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage from Como's television appearances spanning the 1950s through the 1980s. (MPI Media).
River Runs Red
(2018) Taye Diggs, George Lopez, John Cusack, Luke Hemsworth, Gianni Capaldi. Respected Judge Charles Coleman (Diggs) and his wife have devoted their lives to law enforcement. The two are thrilled when their son is accepted into the police academy, but everything changes when he is shot by two corrupt cops and the official investigation finds no wrongdoing. After his trusted friend detective Horace (Cusack) finds evidence to the contrary, Charles joins forces with an anguished mechanic (Lopez) whose son was killed by the same cops and together they take the law into their own hands. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 Collector’s Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1984) Ricky is being released from a mental hospital, and he takes with him the terrifying memory of his brother Billy’s death and the memory of the Mother Superior who brought about his brother’s demise. For Ricky, starting a new life means avenging his brother’s death, which sets him on a blind journey of relentless revenge, leading ultimately to Mother Superior. And when he gets to her, not even her faith will be enough to stop Ricky as he follows in the family tradition of Christmas carnage. New 2K Scan of an archival theatrical print. Extras: New audio commentary with director Lee Harry, actors Eric Freeman and James Newman; new "Slay Bells Ring Again: The Story of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2"; new "Garbage Days Are Here Again" location featurette; new "Ricky Today" short film featuring a 2018 interview with Ricky Chapman/Caldwell; new "I Don’t Sleep" extended interview with makeup effects artist Christopher Biggs; audio Commentary by co-writer/director Lee Harry, co-writer Joseph H Earle and actor James Newman; theatrical trailer.
(2018) Joey Lawrence, Sara Fletcher, David Arquette (voice of Buddy). Everyone in Tommy’s life — his sister, his dad, his neighbor, even his dog — is an awesome skateboarder. Everyone except Tommy himself! Sick of getting teased for being a klutz, Tommy accepts a skate-off challenge from the local bully, Frankie. Can his friend Alice and his pooch, Buddy, teach Tommy to flip, ollie, grab, and slide in time for the big showdown? Recipient of the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Sk8 Dawg: Ramping Up” featurette.
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
(2018) Based on an incredible true story and featuring an all-star voice cast including Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter and Gerard Depardieu, this computer-animated feature shares the unbreakable bond between a young soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats in World War I, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army's working dog program. Returning home to a hero's welcome, Stubby and Conroy toured the country leading victory parades and met three sitting U.S. presidents, among other honors. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
(2018) Voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito. A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist. An animated adventure for all ages. Read more about "Smallfoot" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Yeti Set Go! Sing-Along," "Super Soozie" mini movie, "Migo in The Secret of the Yeti Stones," "Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining Smallfoot," three music videos: Nial Horran "Finally Free," Cyn "Moment of Truth" and "Wonderful Life" in 28 languages, sung around the world, five promotional featurettes.
The Sound and the Fury
(2014) James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze Scott Haze, Loretta Devine and Ahna O'Reilly. A look at the trials and tribulations, decline and fall, of the Comptons, a once proud, aristocratic family living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century, revealing the secrets and betrayals that tarnished the family name and continues to haunt the Compton children. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner -- considered among the 20th century's greatest works -- "The Sound and the Fury" encapsulates the universal themes of social injustice, forbidden love and the death of honor. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1994) Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Jacks. Collector’s edition featuring both the theatrical and director’s cuts of the fourth installment of the terrifying franchise. When a helpful family invites two lost couples in for a good ol' down-home massacre, the prom night teens find themselves all dressed up ... with no place to escape. To their dismay, the old farmhouse is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Kim Henkel (on Director’s Cut); new "The Buzz is Back" interview with director of photography Levie Isaacks; new "Marked for Death" interview with actor Tyler Shea Cone; new "If Looks Could Kill: The Return of a “Chainsaw Massacre” interview with special makeup effects artist J.M. Logan and production designer Deborah Pastor; still gallery; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2018 -- Cuba) Dir.: Brothers Rodrigo and Sebastián Barriuso; Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Álvarez, Milda Gecaite. In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Malin (Santoro), a Russian literature professor at the University of Havana, is sent to translate for the Soviet children who have been brought to Cuba for medical treatment. While adapting to this emotionally demanding job, the Berlin Wall falls and a deep economic crisis hits the island. But Malin is so entrenched in the lives of the Chernobyl Children that he fails to notice his own family suffering. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Bonus short film: "For Dorian" (Written and directed by Rodrigo Barriuso. A father fears the sexual awakening of his son, a teenager living with Down syndrome, and struggles with the notion of letting him grow up. (Film Movement).
(2013 -- Afghanistan/France) Mustafa Abdulsatar, Wajma Bahar, Haji Gul Aser. A Grand Jury Prize Nominee and Winner of the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at Sundance and an Official Selection at Cannes. In Kabul, Mustafa, a handsome waiter, charms a pretty young law student named Wajma. The pair begin a clandestine relationship, ever mindful of the societal rules that forbid intimacy. But when Wajma discovers she is pregnant and Mustafa refuses to commit to marriage, she is left to face the terrifying consequences of their actions on her own. The volatile situation quickly turns violent when Wajma's father enters the picture, and is compelled to take action. But how will he direct his anger, and who will ultimately bear the brunt of his rage? Formats: DVD. (Film Movement).
(2018 -- China) Ye Liu, Bruce Willis, Nicholas Tse, Su Ma, William Wai-Ting Chan, Bingbing Fan, Wei Fan, Adrien Brody. Action-adventure about the courage of China's citizens during WWII. As a U.S. Army colonel (Willis) trains Chinese aviators to battle Japanese fighters, a hotheaded pilot begs to fly a powerful bomber that could stop the attacks. Meanwhile, a team of spies and refugees must carry a game-changing decoder device through the war-torn countryside.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Abra. High school senior Lily and her three best friends live in a world of selfies, emojis, snaps and sexts. But when their town of Salem is besieged by a massive data hack, resulting in half the citizens' private info spewed into the public view, the community descends into anarchy. Lily is targeted after being falsely blamed for the hack—and bands together with her friends to survive a long, blood-soaked night.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, gag reel, trailers.
(1981) The Bad Seed meets Halloween in this deliciously twisted early '80s slasher offering directed by Ed Hunt ("The Brain") and starring the always loveable Lori Lethin ("Return to Horror High," "The Pre"y). Debbie, Curtis and Steven may seem cute as buttons. But their angelic facade conceals the wicked, murderous streak given to them having all been born under the same solar eclipse. With the grown-ups around them blissfully unaware of their little darlings' homicidal tendencies, the evil brats begin to bump off the adults one-by-one. By gun. By arrow. By cake. Bye-bye! Mixing the killer-kid subgenre with elements of the then-booming slice-and-dice movie, "Bloody Birthday" shocks and appalls with its scenes of young children shooting, strangling and bludgeoning their way through the local population. Formats: Blu-ray with original uncompressed mono audio. Extras: New audio commentary with director Ed Hunt; new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues, new interview with actress Lori Lethin, "Bad Seeds and Body Counts" new video appreciation of "Bloody Birthday" and the killer kid sub-genre by film journalist Chris Alexander,
archival interview with producer Max Rosenberg, original theatrical trailer, reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides.
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Lee Gambin. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2017) In the small town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, deep in the American Midwest, Suzanna begins a gender transition to become a boy, named Coby. Throughout this period of transformation, Coby and his loved ones must confront their own preconceived notions of gender and sexuality while facing difficult decisions and prejudice. Combining excerpts from Coby's video dairy with candid, heartfelt interviews from his closest friends and family, Christian Sonderegger's debut feature is an intimate and sensitive look at this timely subject. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Film Movement).
The Dick Cavett Show: And That's The Way It Is
Since 1968 Dick Cavett has been host of his own talk show, in a variety of formats and on a number of television and radio formats. These releases were taken from episodes that aired between 1968 through 1996 and feature some of the best known news reporters of the era including Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Walters, Barbara Wallace and Diane Sawyer.
Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
The Dick Cavett Show: Inside The Minds Of: Vol. 1
Since 1968 Dick Cavett has been host of his own talk show, in a variety of formats and on a number of television and radio formats. These releases were taken from episodes that aired between 1968 through 1996 and feature some of the wittiest, edgy comics of the era including Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait, Richard Lewis and Gilbert Gottfried.
Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Dracula Prince of Darkness
(1966) This ghoulish tale from Hammer’s golden era includes both the UK and US version of the film and a new 4K scan of the US version of the interpositive from the 20th Century Fox vaults. Four English tourists find themselves stranded in the mysterious village of Karlsbad, a sinister and remote place with a deadly, dark legend. Their journey leads them to an abandoned castle where a nightmarish destiny awaits them: an evil in need of resurrection, a blood-craving beast known only as Count Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Christopher Lee). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with author Troy Howarth; new audio commentary with filmmaker Constantine Nasr and write-producer Steve Haberman; audio commentary with cast members Christopher Lee, Suzan Farmer, Francis Matthews, Barbara Shelley; "World of Hammer" episode “Dracula and the Undead”; "Back to Black – The Making of Dracula - Prince of Darkness"; Super 8mm behind-the-scenes footage; theatrical trailers; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Dust 2 Glory Special Edition
(2018) From acclaimed director Dana Brown ("Step Into Liquid," "Highwater"). This much-anticipated follow-up to "Dust to Glory" tracks the world’s toughest point-to-point desert race, the SCORE Baja 1000. Chronicles the brutal beauty of the race and high-octane action sequences as these ground-pounding, 900-horsepower Trophy Trucks, Motorcycles, ATVs and everything in between roar through the Baja Peninsula. The two-disc set also includes the mini-documentary "Baja Desert Championship: Origins," which explores the terrain, beauty, culture and people who make the world’s longest point-to-point race as unique as it is.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Bruce Brown’s last interview, Dana Brown Interview. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
(2018) Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements. Read more about "Fahrenheit 11/9" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Briarcliff Entertainment).
The House With a Clock in its Wall
(2018) Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic, Kyle MacLachlan. Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Jsck Black) in a creaky and creepy mansion with an eerie tick-tocking heart. But when Lewis soon finds out he’s in the presence of magic practiced by his uncle and neighbor Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), his new town’s dreary aura boosts to life in an exciting and dangerous way: he must locate a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. Based on the beloved children’s classic book written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey.
Read more about "The House With a Clock in its Wall" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, gag reel, "Warlocks and Witches" featurette, "Movie Magic," "Tick Tock: Bringing the Book to Life," "Eli Roth: Director's Journals," "Owen Goes Behind the Scenes," "Theme Song Challenge," "Do You Know Jack Black?," "Abracadabra!," :Jack Black's Greatest Fear," "The Mighty Wurlitzer," commentary with director Roth and Black. (Universal).
Jane Fonda: Lean Routine and Lower Body Solution
Two of the best-selling fitness videos of all time, digitally remastered. "Lower Body Solution" is a complete workout for abs, buns, and thighs. Adaptable for all fitness levels, the low-impact choreography is user friendly to beginners, while optional bench aerobics add variety and challenge for intermediate and advanced exercisers. "Lean Routine" is the ultimate fat-burning workout for everyone. It includes low impact high energy aerobics, applicable for beginners through advanced. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lightyear Entertainment).
The Jerk BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1979) Dir.: Carl Reiner; Steve Martin (in his feature film debut), Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner, Bill Macy, M. Emmet Walsh. Martin stars as Navin Johnson, the adopted son of a poor black sharecropping family in Mississippi. When he learns that the world is a much bigger place than he’d ever imagined, Navin sets out on a quest to find his “special purpose.” His adventures lead him to encounter a would-be assassin, jobs in carnivals and gas stations, a life-saving dog, romance with the girl of his dreams and more money than he could ever spend. But his life in the clouds may come crashing down when the source of his new fame and fortune creates disastrous side effects. 40th Anniversary Edition remastered from a brand-new 2K scan. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner; new conversation with writers Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb; "Learn How to Play Tonight You Belong To Me"; "The Lost Film Strips of Father Carols Las Vegas De Cordova"; trailers & radio spots. (Shout! Factory).
(2018) Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Samuel L. Jackson. The tale of two long-lived lovers highlights the splendors of life. From their lighthearted romance to the arrival of their baby, every rewarding aspect of life is touched upon. Though the couple endures a series of hardships, the moral is that life's wonders invariably eclipse periods of woe. With a healthy dose of laughter, love, and resilience, this New York duo discovers a profound appreciation for both the certainties and unpredictabilities in life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
Mantovani -- The King of Strings
(2014) Annunzio Mantovani was the most successful orchestra leader ever, selling 70 million records from the 1950s to the 1970s. Known for his unmistakable cascading strings, this documentary is the story of the man and his music. Performing for sell-out crowds across the world throughout the '50s with hits such as “Charmaine,” “Moon River” and “Some Enchanted Evening,” he was Britain’s most successful recording star before The Beatles. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus performances from Mantovani's 1959 television series. (Filmrise).
(2018) Julian McMahon, Robin Tunney, Sam Strike, Erin Moriarty, Lance Reddick, Brandon Micheal Hall, Virginia Gardner, Diego Boneta. Three thieves plan a daring heist posing as waiters at a fancy Malibu mansion dinner party in hopes of paying off an urgent debt. When their plan goes horribly wrong, the trio realizes the dinner guests are not as innocent as they seem and their simple cash grab becomes a violent and desperate battle to get out of the house alive.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
Not of this World
(1999 -- Italy) Margherita Buy, Silvio Orlando. A magical story of love, family, and self-discovery. The Academy Award-winning film follows the lives of a nun named Caterina, a lonely laundry owner named Ernesto, a baby named Faunto, and everyone else that are unknowingly a part of this dramatic tale. Caterina, a young nun, is about to take her final vows, but her life is turned upside down when fate literally places an abandoned infant, Faunto, into her arms. As she searches for the child's mother, she meets Ernesto. Together, they search for Faunto's mother, and re-evaluate their own lives. Formats: DVD (Studio).
(1946) Proud, eccentric, and antisocial, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself. But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbors are only too ready to be suspicious of him, and is framed for the murder. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Julien Duvivier's first film after his return to France from Hollywood finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique exposes the dangers of the knives-out mob mentality, delivering as well a pointed allegory of the behavior of Duvivier's countrymen during the war.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "The Art of Subtitling," a new short documentary by Bruce Goldstein, founder and co-president of Rialto Pictures, about the history of subtitles; new interview with author Pierre Simenon, the son of novelist Georges Simenon; conversation from 2015 between critics Guillemette Odicino and Eric Libiot about director Julien Duvivier and the film's production history; Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer; essays by film scholar James Quandt and Borger. (The Criterion Collection).
(2018) Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey. When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race. Read more about "The Predator" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Touch of Black" featurette, "Predator Evolution" featurette, "The Takedown Team" featurette, "Predator Catch-Up," gallery. (Fox).
Sawdust and Tinsel
(1953) Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival of humiliation in "Sawdust and Tinsel," one of the master's most vivid early works and his first of many collaborations with the great cinematographer Sven Nykvist. The story of the charged relationship between a turn-of-the-20th-century circus owner (Åke Grönberg) and his younger mistress (Harriet Andersson), a horseback rider in the traveling show, the film features dreamlike detours and twisted psychosexual power plays, making for a piercingly brilliant depiction of physical and spiritual degradation.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; introduction by Bergman from 2003; an essay by critic John Simon. (The Criterion Collection).
A Simple Favor
(2018) Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, Eric Johnson, Jean Smart, Sarah Baker, Gia Sandhu, Henry Golding, Kelly McCormack. Read more about "A Simple Favor" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Three audio commentaries with cast and crew; six featurettes; gag reel; deleted scenes; flash mob. Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes.
Starman Collector’s Edition
(1984) Dir.: John Carpenter; Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel. Visionary filmmaker John Carpenter presents a romantic science fiction odyssey starring Jeff Bridges as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a man in love. When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, Starman (Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), and clones the form of her dead husband. The alien convinces Jenny to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he isn't picked up by his mothership in three days, he'll die. Hot on their trail are government agents, intent on capturing the alien, dead or alive. En route, Starman demonstrates the power of universal love, while Jenny rediscovers her human feelings for passion. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "They Came from Hollywood: Re-visiting Starman" featuring Carpenter, Bridges, Martin Smith and script supervisor Sandy King-Carpenter; audio commentary with director Carpenter and Bridges; vintage featurette; teaser trailer; theatrical trailer; TV spots; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2017) Patrick John Flueger, Val Kilmer, Louisa Krause. Former cop Phil takes a job as a superintendent in a Manhattan apartment building. When a teen goes missing, along with several other tenants, Phil suspects a sadistic murderer may be roaming the eerie corridors and that his daughters' lives are in danger. But whom can he trust when everybody around him has something to hide? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “He Has Your Keys: Making The Super” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Topper Takes a Trip
(1938) Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Verree Teasdale, Franklin Pangborn. Second in the "Topper" series. To gain entry to heaven, ghost Marion Kirby (Bennett) has to do some good on earth. That means reuniting a divorcing couple, Cosmo (Young) and Clara Topper (Burke). To be fair, Marion played a part in their troubles: Clara mistakenly thought Marion was Cosmo's mistress. Formats: Blu-ray. (VCI Entertainment).
(2018) Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson. The evolution story of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass character. Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary superpowers -- transforming him into Venom. Will these powers be enough for this new lethal protector to defeat great evil forces, especially against the far ""stronger and more weaponized symbiote rival, Riot?
Read more about "Venom" in the December Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Venom Mode with informative pop-ups throughout the film to provide insight on the movie’s relationship to the comics, and to reveal hidden references that even a seasoned Venom-fan may have missed; deleted & extended scenes; "From Symbiote to Screen" mini documentary about the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen; "The Lethal Protector in Action" behind-the-scenes with the production crew and the stunts; "Venom Vision"; "Designing Venom"; "Symbiote Secrets" hidden references throughout the film; eight select scenes pre-vis sequences; “Venom” by Eminem music video; “Sunflower” by Post Malone, Swae Lee (From "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"). (Studio).
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
(2018) Judd Apatow’s remarkable portrait of the exceptionally complex, deeply spiritual and endlessly funny comedy icon Garry Shandling. From a 10-year-old Garry losing his big brother Barry to cystic fibrosis at age 13 in 1960, to a chance encounter with comic legend George Carlin and an impulsive, post-college move to Los Angeles in 1976, Shandling’s unlikely path toward commercial success consistently remained at odds with his own personal search for inner peace. The documentary spans the decades from Shandling’s early childhood in the 1950s in Arizona up to his untimely death in 2016, taking viewers on an intimate journey through a collage of personal testimonials, archival footage and most importantly Shandling’s own handwritten words on life, loss, love, meditation and more, captured in an extensive library of personal notebooks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Extended interviews with Jim Carrey and spiritual leader Ram Dass, archival stand-up performances, un-aired conversation with Jeff Goldblum, never-before-seen and extended conversations with Garry and Jerry Seinfeld, a tribute performance of “Dear Mind” by Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Judd Apatow, live from the Bonnaroo festival in 2016. (HBO).
(2018) Ryan LaPlante, Alysa King, Michael Rawley. After a spate of violence wipes out half of his congregation, Father Augustus Bane has had enough. This man of the cloth turns not the other cheek, but to the Holy Hell - his revolver. Life will never be the same for criminals as this preacher hunts down the gang who killed his parishioners. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Indican Pictures).
White Boy Rick
(2017) Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie. Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, the film is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, 15-year-old Rick Wershe Jr. -- the youngest FBI informant in history -- who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Six deleted scenes; three featurettes: “The Unknown True Story of Rick Wershe Jr.,” “The Three Tribes of Detroit: The Cast” and “The Making of White Boy Rick”; feature trivia track. (Sony).
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