(2018) Milo Gibson, Sylvia Hoeks, William Fichtner. A team of hardened military operatives go on a relentless manhunt through the backstreets of London. A battle-scarred mercenary in the War on Terror is forced to go on an overseas mission to find a disavowed CIA operative, which turns into a deadly running battle with a former military comrade and his private army. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “All the Devil’s Men: Working in the Shadows” featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Cloverfield Paradox
(2018) David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, Chris O'Dowd, Zhang Ziyi, Aksel Hennie, John Ortiz. Orbiting above a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Things Are Not as They Appear: The Making of The Cloverfield Paradox," "Shepard Team: The Cast." (Paramount).
The Deuce: The Complete Second Season
(2018) Three-disc set with all nine episodes. The Second Season continues to trace the evolution and power dynamics of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square neighborhood in the 1970s. Picking up in late 1977, five years after season one, The Deuce's backroom massage parlors and hotels have exploded into sprawling emporiums, while the New York Mafia's grip on the porn business is beginning to slip as talent migrates to the West Coast – but for now, the city is flush with movies, music and art. Season 2 also captures the disco era in all its excesses before developers, crack cocaine, AIDS, and videotapes conspire to end the debauched glory of Times Square. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "The Deuce Season 1 Recap," "Candy's Back" look at where Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is headed in Season 2, "Height of Porn" featurette explores the proliferation of porn in late '70s NYC. (HBO).
The Girl in the Spider's Web
(2018) Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, Stephen Merchan. Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials in the next chapter of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" franchise. Read more about "The Girl in the Spider's Web" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentaries with director Fede Álvarez and screenwriter Jay Basu; four featurettes: “Claire Foy: Becoming Lisbeth,” “All About the Stunts,” “Secrets of the Salander Sisters” and “Creating the World: The Making Of”; eight deleted scenes (Sony).
(2018 -- Denmark) Jakob Cedergren. When police officer Asger Holm (Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
(2018 -- Japan) Winner of Best Animated Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival and awarded Best Film for Fantastic Discovery at Spain’s Sitges Film Festival. Though only 15, Maquia knows she will live for centuries without aging past adolescence. She belongs to the Iorph, a clan of ageless beings just like her. Maquia's elders warn her not to fall in love with anyone outside their realm, lest she wish to encounter true loneliness in the end. But fate pushes Maquia out into the mortal world one night, when an invading territory separates her from the clan. There she discovers an orphaned baby, Arial, and takes him in as her own child. From this point, Maquia will suffer extreme heartbreak in the name of motherhood, as she watches Arial grow and seeks to reconnect with her lost Iorph friends, all torn apart by the cruel world of Mesate. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: “Making of Maquia” featurette, trailer promo videos, TV commercials. (Shout! Factory).
PJ Masks: Butterfly Brigade
(2019) Preschoolers can join the trio of heroes, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, on their nighttime adventures as they work together to stop the baddies and save the day in six episodes. When Luna Girl pushes her moths aside and steals butterflies to be her new sidekicks, can Catboy learn to make friends with the butterflies and stop her? And Owlette is so amazed by Night Ninja’s new school bus fortress, she forgets all of the reasons why she loves the PJ Masks HQ. Formats: DVD.(Fox).
A Private War
(2018) Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Faye Marsay, Tom Hollander, Greg Wise. One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. Read more about "A Private War" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Becoming Marie Colvin," "Women in the World Summit Q&A," "Requiem for A Private War."
Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost,
(2019) The Mystery Inc. gang heads to the snowy peaks of the Himalayan mountains to track down a lost chest that contains the spirits of 12 captured ghosts in this all new animated feature. After the Mystery Inc. gang goofed up a case and nabbed an innocent man, they’re forced into early retirement from crime solving. It’s not long however, before their old friend Vincent Van Ghoul needs help and pulls the team right back into action. The gang has unfinished business they must tend to, which involves catching a ghost that previously got away. It all happened one summer while Velma and Freddy where away at camp. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Daphne secretly hunted down 12 of the world’s spookiest ghosts but failed to catch the most evil one of them all…the 13th ghost. Now the elusive spook is wreaking havoc. Vincent needs help having him captured and confined to the chest of demons, a box that contains the other 12 captured ghosts. With the 13th ghost still on the loose, the gang will have to come out of retirement and finish the job once and for all. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Bonus episodes: "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before," "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Horror-Scope Scoob."
(1968) Directed by Ingmar Bergman, "Shame (Skammen)" is at once an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote island farm, until the civil war that drove them from the city catches up with them there. Amid the chaos of the military struggle, vividly evoked by pyrotechnics and by cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s handheld camera work, the two are faced with impossible moral choices that tear at the fabric of their relationship. This film, which contains some of the most devastating scenes in Bergman’s oeuvre, shows the impact of war on individual lives. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Interviews with director Ingmar Bergman and a brief excerpt from a press conference for the film, recorded in 1967 and 68 for Swedish television; new interview with actor Liv Ullmann; "An Introduction to Ingmar Bergman," a 1968 documentary made during the film’s production, featuring an extensive interview with Bergman; an essay by critic Michael Sragow.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Sisters Brothers
(2018) John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rebecca Root, Allison Tolman, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane. Based on Patrick DeWitt's novel, the Western revolves around the colorfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who's being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer. Read more about "The Sisters Brothers" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Striking Gold: Making a 'Modern Day' Western"; Q&A Panel; promotional featurettes: "Brothers Forever," "Wanted Dead or Alive"; gallery; theatrical trailer. (Fox).
(1980) Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, 15-hour "Berlin Alexanderplatz," based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age 34, had already made over 30 films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time. On DVD and Blu-ray, with high-definition digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
Extras: Two documentaries by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one from 2007 featuring interviews with the cast and crew, the other from 2006 on the restoration; Hans-Dieter Hartl’s 1980 documentary "Notes on the Making of “Berlin Alexanderplatz”; Phil Jutzi’s 1931 feature-length film of Alfred Döblin’s novel, from a screenplay co-written by Döblin himself; interview from 2007 with Peter Jelavich, author of “Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture"; a book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections on the novel by Fassbinder and author Thomas Steinfeld, and an interview with Schwarzenberger.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Happy Prince
(2018) Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson. In a cheap Parisian hotel, Oscar Wilde lies on his deathbed and recalls his past with wit and irony. Was he once the most famous man in London? He reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long-suffering wife, the ensuing reprisal of his love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the devotion of Robbie Ross, who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris, Oscar is a penniless vagabond, shunned by his old acquaintances, but still revered by a strange group of outlaws to whom he tells the old stories -- his incomparable talent still sharp. Written and directed by Rupert Everett. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Screen Actors Guild Q & A with Rupert Everett, “making of” featurette, deleted scenes. (Sony).
(1960) Beautiful, troubled Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot) came to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover (Sami Frey). As the trial commences and the lawyers begin tangling over Dominique’s fate, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Oscar-nominated "La vérité" delves into her past, reconstructing her struggle to find a foothold in the city. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of an impulsive young woman misunderstood and mistreated by those around her, and of her ultimately tragic affair with an up-and-coming conductor. With an astonishing performance by Bardot, Clouzot’s affecting and intricately constructed film -- a huge late-career success for the French master -- renders a harsh verdict against a hypocritical and moralistic society. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Le scandale Clouzot," a 60-minute documentary from 2017 on director Henri-Georges Clouzot; interview from 1960 with Clouzot; interview with actor Brigitte Bardot from the 1982 documentary "Brigitte Bardot telle qu’elle"; an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2018) Ryan Guzman, Sylvester Stallone, Matthew Modine, Christopher McDonald. After suffering a brain injury from a bank heist gone wrong, Macdonald (Modine) develops amnesia and is put into a prison psychiatric ward. Following his seventh year of evaluation, he is coerced by an inmate (Guzman) and a ward doctor to break out of prison and injected with a serum that forces him to relive the life he’s forgotten. Macdonald must now elude a local detective (Stallone), a tough FBI agent (McDonald), and the drug’s dangerous side effects in order to recover the stolen money, all while confronting his past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Making Backtrace,” cast/crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
Death in Venice
(1971) Based on the classic novella by Thomas Mann, this late-career masterpiece from Luchino Visconti is a meditation on the nature of art, the allure of beauty, and the inescapability of death. A fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert, Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde, in an exquisitely nuanced performance) travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy named Tadzio (Björn Andrésen), his infatuation developing into an obsession even as rumors of a plague spread through the city. Setting Mann’s story of queer desire and bodily decay against the sublime music of Gustav Mahler, "Death in Venice" is one of cinema’s most exalted literary adaptations, as sensually rich as it is allegorically resonant. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Luchino Visconti: Life as in a Novel," a 2008 documentary about the director, featuring Visconti; actors Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, and Marcello Mastroianni; filmmakers Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli; and others; "Alla ricerca di Tadzio," a 1970 short film by Visconti about his efforts to cast the role of Tadzio; new program featuring literature and cinema scholar Stefano Albertini; interview from 2006 with costume designer Piero Tosi; excerpt from a 1990 program about the music in Visconti’s films, featuring Bogarde and actor Marisa Berenson; interview with Visconti from 1971; "Visconti’s Venice," a short 1970 behind-the-scenes documentary featuring Visconti and Bogarde; trailer; an essay by critic Dennis Lim.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Last Race
(2018) An intimate portrait of a small-town stock car racetrack -- the Riverhead Raceway on Long island, NY -- and the tribe of passionate blue-collar drivers that call it home, struggling to hold onto an American racing tradition as real estate development threatens its survival. Michael Dweck’s stirring imagery takes you inside the world of grassroots racing and eye to eye with the cars’ snarling grills and white roll bars that protrude like bones out of scarred metal. The racetrack is tied to a deep sense of identity in its community, but it's on the only piece of undeveloped land in the area -- worth millions -- and the only thing keeping the bulldozers at bay is track owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty’s love of the track and its community. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
A Star Is Born
(2018) Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Rafi Gavron, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chappelle, Alec Baldwin, Marlon Williams, Brandi Carlile, Ron Rifkin. Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent. But as Ally's star rises, Maine has his own demons to battle. Read more about "A Star Is Born" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Ten minutes of never-before-seen musical performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, including “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “Midnight Special” and “Is That Alright”; “The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born”; music videos for “Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “Look What I Found” and “I’ll Never Love Again.” (Warner).
(1990) A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends. In short order, Harry’s presence turns a seemingly peaceful household upside down, exposing smoldering tensions between parents and children, tradition and change, virtue and temptation. Interweaving evocative strains of gospel and blues with rich, poetic-realist images, "To Sleep with Anger" is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of black mysticism and folklore. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Charles Burnett, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New interview program featuring Burnett, actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and associate producer Linda Koulisis; "A Walk with Charles Burnett," a new hour-long conversation between Burnett and filmmaker Robert Townsend that revisits Burnett’s films and shooting locations; short video tribute to Burnett produced for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards ceremony in 2017; an essay by critic Ashley Clark.
(The Criterion Collection).
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