(2018) Welcome to Castle Rock, the small rural town carved out of the deepest woodland in Maine, in which many of acclaimed, best-selling author Stephen King’s most-loved works of fiction come to life. The first season of Castle Rock follows Henry Deaver (André Holland), a Death Row attorney who returns to Castle Rock, Maine, his hometown, after he receives an anonymous phone call from the infamous Shawshank State Penitentiary. The call is about a nameless young man (Bill Skarsgård) who is found locked in an underground cage that’s located in a long-abandoned cell block beneath the prison. Upon his discovery, the mysterious young man, with a sinister and unnerving presence, whispers Henry’s name. Curious about how and why someone left this boy imprisoned, Henry is drawn into the case and attempts to help him. But there are reasons why “The Kid” was imprisoned. And reasons why he should never be set free. Permeated with a sense of foreboding and dread, the haunting small town of Castle Rock is not willing to let Henry leave. Aside from now having to deal with the strange young man found in the prison, Henry is faced with the fact that his adoptive mother (Sissy Spacek), who lives in Castle Rock with retired Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn), is struggling with the onset of dementia. Reluctantly, Henry stays to figure out just who “The Kid” is and how he wound up imprisoned under such appalling circumstances.
Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Four-Disc Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Blood on the Page" featurette, "A Clockwork of Horror: Merging the styles of Stephen King & J.J. Abrams" featurette, 10 "Inside the Episode" featurettes.
(2017) For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Kiarostami selected 24 still images -- most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife -- and digitally animated each one into its own subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignette, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of image making, "24 Frames" is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Abbas Kiarostami's son Ahmad Kiarostami, who helped finish the film after his father's death; new conversation between Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami and film critic Godfrey Cheshire; new short documentary about the making of the film by Abbas Kiarostami collaborator Salma Monshizadeh; trailer; an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri. (The Criterion Collection).
(1946) With this twisting love story, Alfred Hitchcock summoned darker shades of suspense and passion by casting two of Hollywood's most beloved stars starkly against type. Ingrid Bergman stars as Alicia, an alluring woman of ill repute recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant), a suave but mysterious intelligence agent, to spy for the U.S. Only after she has fallen for Devlin does she learn that her mission is to seduce a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains) hiding out in South America. Coupling inventive cinematography with brilliantly subtle turns from his mesmerizing leads, Hitchcock orchestrates an anguished romance shot through with deception and moral ambiguity. A thriller of rare perfection, "Notorious" represents a pinnacle in both its director's legendary career and the pantheon of classic Hollywood cinema.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentaries from 1990 and 2001 featuring Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer; new interview with Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto; new program about the film's visuals with cinematographer John Bailey; new scene analysis by film scholar David Bordwell; "Once Upon a Time . . . Notorious," a 2009 documentary about the film featuring actor Isabella Rossellini, filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, Claude Chabrol, and Stephen Frears, and others; new program about Hitchcock's storyboarding and previsualization process by filmmaker Daniel Raim; 1948 newsreel footage of actor Ingrid Bergman and Hitchcock; 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of "Notorious," starring Bergman and Joseph Cotten; trailers and teasers; an essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién. (The Criterion Collection).
(2007) Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu shot to international prominence with this rigorously realistic Palme d'Or-winning second feature. In 1987, during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, college roommates Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) seek an illegal abortion for Gabita. In unflinching but empathetic detail, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" recounts the events of 24 perilous hours in their lives, culminating in their encounter with a manipulative and menacing abortionist (Vlad Ivanov). With powerful performances that accentuate the characters' flawed humanity, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is a gutting account of the impossible choices women face when taking control of their bodies means breaking the law.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Cristian Mungiu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Mungiu; new interview with film critic Jay Weissberg on the New Romanian Cinema; press conference from the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, featuring Mungiu; director of photography Oleg Mutu, and actors Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, and Alexandru Potocean; "The Romanian Tour," a short documentary from 2007 on the film's reception in Romania; alternate and deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by critic Ella Taylor. (The Criterion Collection).
Fuller House: The Complete Third Season
(2007) Two-disc set with all 18 episodes. Major life events take place on the third season of "Fuller House." Steve and C.J. make plans to get married in Japan and the gang heads overseas for the big wedding, but before anyone has a chance to say “I do,” a big revelation has an impact on the nuptials. Plus, Stephanie makes plans to get in-vitro fertilization, D.J. tries to get Tommy into a prestigious preschool, and Fernando buys Kimmy’s childhood home and restores it to its former glory. Meanwhile, Jackson and Ramona start high school where Ramona tries out for her school’s dance team while Jackson becomes a joke at his school after slipping on a piece of bologna during lunch. And Joey, Jesse and Danny come home to celebrate 30 years since they initially moved in together to raise the Tanner girls. Guest appearances by original "Full House" cast including John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin.
Mikey and Nicky
(1976) Elaine May crafted a gangster film like no other in the nocturnal odyssey "Mikey and Nicky," capitalizing on the chemistry between frequent collaborators John Cassavetes and Peter Falk by putting them on-screen together as small-time mobsters whose lifelong relationship has turned sour. Set over the course of one night, this restless drama finds Nicky holed up in a motel after the boss he stole money from puts a hit on him. Terrified, he calls on Mikey: the one person he thinks can save him. Scripted to match the live-wire energy of its stars -- alongside supporting players Ned Beatty, Joyce Van Patten, and Carol Grace -- and inspired by real-life characters from May's childhood, this unbridled portrait of male friendship turned tragic is an unsung masterpiece of American cinema.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Elaine May, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New program on the making of the film featuring interviews with producer Michael Hausman, distributor Julian Schlossberg, and actor Joyce Van Patten; new interviews with critics Richard Brody and Carrie Rickey; audio interview from 1976 with actor Peter Falk; trailer. (The Criterion Collection).
(1967) Passing through the backwoods town of Sparta, Mississippi, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes embroiled in a murder case. He forms an uneasy alliance with the bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger), who faces mounting pressure from Sparta's hostile citizens to catch the killer and run the African American interloper out of town. Director Norman Jewison splices incisive social commentary into this thrilling police procedural with the help of Haskell Wexler's vivid cinematography, Quincy Jones's eclectic score, and two indelible lead performances -- a career-defining display of seething indignation and moral authority from Poitier and an Oscar-winning master class in Method acting from Steiger. Winner of five Academy Awards, including for best picture, "In the Heat of the Night" is one of the most courageous Hollywood films of the civil rights era.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Norman Jewison; new interview with actor Lee Grant; new interview with Aram Goudsouzian, author of "Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon"; audio commentary from 2008 featuring Jewison, Grant, actor Rod Steiger, and cinematographer Haskell Wexler; "Turning Up the Heat: Movie-Making in the '60s," a 2008 program about the production of the film and its legacy, featuring Jewison, Wexler, producer Walter Mirisch, and filmmakers John Singleton and Reginald Hudlin; "Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound," a 2008 program about Jones's innovative soundtrack, including its title song sung by Ray Charles, featuring interviews with Jones, lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and musician Herbie Hancock; trailer; an essay by critic K. Austin Collins. (The Criterion Collection).
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl
(2018 -- Japan) Winner of the 2018 Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Feature. As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as “The Girl with Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife, all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart. Featuring boundless imagination and visual wit, "The Night is Short, Walk on Girl" is a celebration of the unconventional, confusing routes that life and love can take, from one of the most exciting voices in anime today. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with director Masaaki Yuasa, trailers, TV Spots. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Reign of the Supermen
(2018) Voices of Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Jason O’Mara, Rosario Dawson. The world must cope with the loss of Superman -- and the sudden emergence of four would-be heirs to the title -- in the all-new, action-packed animated film, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies and the second half of a two-part saga that began in August 2018 with "The Death of Superman." Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – are dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital. Extras: "Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis" featurette; sneak peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five"; from the DC Vault: "Justice League Unlimited, Panic in the Sky";
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