(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).
Bernie the Dolphin
(2018) Lola Sultan, Kevin Sorbo, Patrick Muldoon, Logan Allen. Set in St. Augustine, Florida, this Dove Foundation approved film is a family adventure about a brother and sister who befriend a badly sunburned dolphin separated from his family and uncover a secret plan that could destroy the beach and their new friend's home. The kids must devise a clever plan to stop the bad guys, protect the sea life, and, most importantly, save their new friend, Bernie.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the scenes 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).
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
(2018) Voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury, Pharrell Williams. Animated film based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale about a cynical grouch who goes on a mission to steal Christmas from others only to feel his own heart grow three sizes larger through unexpected friendships. Read more about "Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, 3D/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Who’s Who in Who-ville" (interactive map); "You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” lyric video; Grinch minimovie "Dog Days of Winter"; two Minions minimovies, "Yellow is the New Black" and "Santa’s Little Helpers"; "The Making of the Mini-Movies"; "From Green to Screen" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Illuminating The Grinch" production featurette; "My Earliest GRINCH Memories"; "Grinchy Gadgets"; “I Am The Grinch” lyric video; "Songs From His Little Heart"; "X-mas Around the World"; "Cindy-Lou’s Yule Log"; "Production Babies" celebration of the babies born to the filmmakers during the production; "Any Who Can Draw."
Double Dragon (Collector's Edition)
(1994) Robert Patrick, Scott Wolf, Mark Dacascos, Alyssa Milano, Julia Nickson. The cult classic movie based on the video game smash hit roars to life with amazing special effects, spectacular action sequences, and a knock-about sense of humor. It's the year 2007, and what remains of LA is now "New Angeles," a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Patrick) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the "Double Dragon," which will give him awesome mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Dacascos) and Billy Lee (Wolf) find themselves in possession of the amulet's missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New "The Making of Double Dragon" (full length documentary featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould & Michael Davis and producer Don Murphy); new "Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer" featurette; archival "Making of" featurette; behind-the-scenes featurette; 1993 "Double Dragon" animated series pilot episode #101: "The Shadow Falls"; storyboard gallery; press photos, marketing and behind-the-scenes photo galleries; TV spots; VHS home video trailer; original theatrical trailer; collectible mini-poster; reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork. (MVD Rewind Collection).
(2019) Mia Serafino, Zachary Mooren, Matt Bush, Victoria Fratz. Follows four couples as they traverse modern dating in Los Angeles utilizing popular dating apps like Tinder and Grindr. Emma and Adam swipe right and fall head first into a passionate relationship, ignoring red flags along the way. Greg deals with obstacles in finding a genuine connection on the Grindr scene when a sudden match may have turned his luck around. Director Aaron Fradkin drew from real-life experiences for some of the hilarious bad date stories depicted in the movie. Real-life Grindr stories shared by Grindr users were used to authenticate the feel of the same-sex dating storyline. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Gravitas Ventures).
Fighting the Sky
(2018) Angela Cole, Matthew Ward, Nicole Ann Hicks, Alison Headrick, Jinette Faraj, Judith Faraj. Strange other-worldly sounds are echoing around the world. A group of researchers, led by expert ufologist Lorraine Gardner, begin an expedition to track down the point of origin from which the sounds emerge. Yet as their journey deepens, they begin to discover more than they bargained for. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
The Fifth Cord
(1971) The success of Dario Argento's "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" ushered in a host of imitators, seeking to capitalize on this new, modern take on the giallo thriller. Many were highly derivative, but a number nonetheless rose above the crowd thanks to skillful execution and a willingness to experiment stylistically. One such example is "The Fifth Cord" - which, in the hands of director Luigi Bazzoni, turns a conventional premise into a visually stunning exploration of alienation and isolation. When a man barely survives a brutal assault en route home from a New Year's party, washed-up, whisky-swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) is assigned to report on the case. Before long, the maniac strikes again, this time with fatal results. As the body count rises, Andrea falls under suspicion himself, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. His only clue lies in a series of black gloves found at the location of every attack, each with a finger cut off ... Adapted from a novel by David McDonald Devine, The Fifth Cord boasts a complex, Agatha Christie-esque plot and outstanding cinematography courtesy of future Oscar-winner Vittorio Storaro. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford; "Lines and Shadows," a new video essay on the film’s use of architecture and space by critic Rachael Nisbet; "Whisky Giallore," a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie; "Black Day for Nero," a new video interview with actor Franco Nero; "The Rhythm Section," a new video interview with film editor Eugenio Alabiso;
rare, previously unseen deleted sequence, restored from the original negative; original Italian and English theatrical trailers; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kat Ellinger and Peter Jilmstad. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
40 & Single: Season 1
(2018) Six episodes of the series about a bisexual, mixed race, single bridal fashion designer who maneuvers life and business in post colonial Africa. Formats: DVD. (Urban Movie Channel/RLJ Entertainment).
Grand-Daddy Day Care
(2019) Reno Wilson, Danny Trejo, Barry Bostwick, Linda Gray, Julia Duffy, Garrett Morris, Hal Linden, George Wendt. When Frank Collins (Wilson) suffers from writer's block, he decides to start a day care for his father-in-law (Trejo) and other seniors as a way to make quick cash, while giving him time to still work on his next book. Eventually getting a small group to care for, Frank soon learns that these are not your typical seniors and they can't be easily corralled. With a code enforcement officer challenging the legality of his business, and his senior charges getting into all kinds of trouble, Frank's work days become anything but effortless. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
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).
Gunsmoke: The Fourteenth Season, Volumes One & Two
(1968-69) Seven-disc set with 26 digitally remastered episodes. James Arness returns to the Wild West as the legendary Marshal Matt Dillon. Hellbent on serving justice in the Old West, Dillon finds himself going head-to-head with Dodge City's most dangerous outlaws. Often surrounded by epic gunfights, brawls, cold-blooded murders and bank robbers, Dillon continues his adventures alongside the loyal Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), sexy saloon proprietress Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) and lovable Deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis). This season, Dodge City is counting on Dillon to bring justice to the badlands and set order in the west. At the untamed edge of civilization, Dillon faces off with remorseless bounty hunters, a vengeful ex-lawman and a 103-year-old horse thief. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
Higher Learning BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Connelly and Tyra Banks. First-term freshmen get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality when people from all different walks of life encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus. Extras: Commentary by director John Singleton, theatrical trailer. (Sony).
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).
Mermaid Lake of the Dead
(2018 -- Russia) Viktoriya Agalakova, Efim Petrunin, Sofia Shidlovskaya. For years, she has lurked in the depths ... waiting. Some people believe that if you go walking by the lake a night, a mermaid will get you, seduce you with her singing. Once a young woman sent to a tragic and watery grave, she has since become something unholy. Cursed to swim the waters in which she met her untimely death, the mermaid has risen once again. This unspeakable wraithlike creature hungers for love -- and has set her hook for Marina's fiancé, Roman. The bond between Marian and Roman is steadfast and true. But if you spurn the mermaid, she'll punish you and take from you that which you love most. Now locked in a desperate battle with pure, undying evil, Marina must overcome her fear of the dark water to save all that she holds dear from a terrifying fate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Scream 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).
Poetic Justice BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1993) Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry. Jackson and Shakur made their film debuts in director John Singleton’s ("Boyz N the Hood") street-smart love story. A mismatched pair pushed together for a road trip from South Central L.A. to Oakland, Justice (Jackson) and Lucky (Shakur) have only one thing in common: they can’t stand each other. But as their friends Iesha and Chicago (King and Torry) fight -- and make up -- in the back of the van, Justice and Lucky find themselves reluctantly drawn together before being confronted once again by the shocking violence they thought they’d left behind. Featuring the music of Naughty by Nature and Tony! Toni! Tone!, and the poetry of Maya Angelou. Extras: Ten never-before-seen deleted & extended scenes; new Janet Jackson & Tupac Shakur's rare original screen test; new retrospective interview with writer-director John Singleton; commentary by Singleton; theatrical trailer. (Sony).
(1965 -- Italy) "The Possessed" is a wonderfully atmospheric proto-giallo based on one of Italy's most notorious crimes, The Alleghe killings, and adapted from the book on that case by acclaimed literary figure Giovanni Comisso. Peter Baldwin stars as Bernard, a depressed novelist who sets off in search of his old flame Tilde (Virna Lisi), a beautiful maid who works at a remote lakeside hotel. Bernard is warmly greeted by the hotel owner Enrico (Salvo Randone) and his daughter Irma (Valentina Cortese), but Tilde has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Bernard undertakes an investigation and is soon plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder ... Co-written by Giulio Questi and co-directed by Luigi Bazzoni, "The Possessed" masterfully combines film noir, mystery and giallo tropes, whilst also drawing on the formal innovations of 1960s art cinema (particularly the films of Michelangelo Antonioni.) A uniquely dreamlike take on true crime, "The Possessed" is presented here in a stunning new restoration. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas; "Richard Dyer on The Possessed," a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic; "Cat’s Eyes," an interview with the film's makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi; "Two Days a Week," an interview with the film's award-winning assistant art director Dante Ferretti; "The Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers," an interview with actor/director Francesco Barilli, a close friend of Luigi and Camillo Bazzoni; original trailers; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich, Roberto Curti and original reviews. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
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).
When It Comes Around
(2018) Jackée Harry, Brad James, Shanica Knowles, Denyce Lawton, Chico Benymon. Dexter (James) is a man with all the moves: with the ladies, on the basketball court and in the cutthroat business of sports management. But this player is about to be played. When his company hires a new agent named Jerry and Jerry turns out to be a stunning, competitive woman with moves of her own ... Dex will learn a thing or two about relationships and what it feels like to lose. Formats: DVD. (Urban Movie Channel/RLJ Entertainment).
(2018) Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson. Four women — with nothing in common except a debt left by their dead husbands’ criminal acts — conspire to take fate into their own hands and plan a risky heist. Read more about "Widows" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "Widows Unmasked: A Chicago Story": "Plotting The Heist: The Story," "Assembling The Crew: Production," "The Scene of the Crime: Locations"; gallery.
(2017) The freshman season of the Netflix Original Series that's a true-crime satire investigating the high school prank of-a clever criminal. Follows aspiring student documentarian Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) as he investigates the crimes of a high school prankster with the help of his friend, Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck). On behalf of the suspected culprit, Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro), the two examine the aftermath of the prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. Through highly-intense and hilarious interviews with students, staff and witnesses, Peter and Sam attempt to collect evidence, connect the dots and finally solve the crime that has the whole school talking. Was it really Dylan? Or is this a major high school conspiracy? Two-disc set with all eight episodes.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended scenes, including the "School Board Hearings," extended interviews with characters Dylan Maxwell, Mr. Krazanski (Ryan O'Flanagan), Alex Trimboli (Calum Worthy) and The Wayback Boyz. (CBS/Paramount).
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
(2018) A vibrant time capsule of the decadent world of '70s haute couture as viewed through the eyes of Antonio Lopez, the dominant fashion illustrator of the era whose distinctive drawings graced the pages of Vogue and Elle. A Puerto Rican native raised in the Bronx, Antonio was a seductive arbiter of style and glamour who brought urban street elements to a postwar fashion world desperate for change and diversity. Counted among Antonio's discoveries were iconic beauties such as Grace Jones, Jessica Lange and Jerry Hall. Antonio's inner circle was also comprised of celebrated photographer Bill Cunningham and rival designers Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. All these characters and more come together to create a vivid portrait of Antonio Lopez and the revolutionary fashion world he helped create. Through archival footage and stills of studio life in Carnegie Hall, infamous venues such as Max's Kansas City and Hotel Chelsea and original interviews with principal characters from the time, the documentary takes audiences back to the swinging seventies when fashion designers and their entourages gained the prominence of rock stars. Features interviews with Lange, Pat Cleveland, Warhol superstars Donna Jordan, Jane Forth and Patti D'Arbanville, as well as revered fashion photographer Bill Cunningham in his very last interview, and fashion world luminaries including Grace Coddington, Joan Juliet Buck, Michael Chow, Bob Colacello, Corey Tippin, and Paul Caranicas, among others. The film perfectly captures Lopez and his entourage, blithely on a quest for beauty and pleasure before the decade, saturated by drug use, addiction and sexual promiscuity came to a crashing halt. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Rare archival footage; Bill Cunningham interview excerpts; bonus short film -- "You Can't Do Everything at Once, But You Can Leave Everything at Once" (Directed by Marie-Elsa Sgualdo, Switzerland, 15 minutes): A mesmerizing and fantastic tale of a young woman's life constructed from a variety of archival footage. (Film Movement).
At Eternity's Gate
(2018) Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Mads Mikkelsen, Oscar Isaac. Unbridled portrait of the painful but productive final years in the life of Vincent van Gogh (Dafoe). During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin, van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship with eternity rather than the pain his art causes him in the present. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Made by a Painter” featurette, “Channeling Van Gogh” featurette, “Vision of Van Gogh” featurette, commentary with director Julian Schnabel and co-writer and co-editor Louise Kugelberg. (Lionsgate).
(1999 -- Japan) One of the most shocking J-horror films ever made, "Audition" exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult director Takashi Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as "Ichii the Killer" and "The Happiness of the Katakuris." Recent widower Shigeharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, so he seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. They take advantage of their position in a film company by staging an audition to find the perfect woman. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn't what she seems to be... Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time. Brand new 2K restoration of original vault elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan; brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel; introduction by Miike; "Ties that Bind" new interview with Miike; interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi; "Damaged Romance: An appreciation" by Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns; trailers; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(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).
(2018) Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers. The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Read more about "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: The Complete Live Aid movie performance not seen in theaters. Blu-ray adds "Rami Malek: Becoming Freddie," "The Look and Sound of Queen," "Recreating Live Aid." (Fox).
Down By Love
(2016 -- France) Adéle Exarchopoulos, Guillame Gallienne. Life is turned upside down for newly incarcerated Anna when she meets Jean, the warden of her detention center. As the pair quickly becomes immersed in a whirlwind romance, their high stakes relationship leads to grave consequences. Based on a stunning true story, this steamy prison romance explores the power of right, wrong and impossible love. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Four Weddings and a Funeral (25th Anniversary Edition)
(1994) Hugh Grant, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas,
David Bower, Charlotte Coleman, Andie MacDowell. New 4K scan from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "The Wedding Photographer" interview with director of photography Michael Coulter; audio commentary with director Mike Newell, producer Duncan Kenworthy, and writer/co-executive producer Richard Curtis; “The Wedding Planners” documentary; “Four Weddings And A Funeral ... In The Making” featurette; “Two Actors and a Director” featurette; deleted scenes; promotional spots; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory Select).
The Front Runner
(2018) Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton, Ari Graynor, Kaitlyn Dever. American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair. Read more about "The Front Runner" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Filmmaker commentary, “The Unmaking of a Candidate” featurette, three deleted scenes. (Sony).
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).
(1972) Horror royalty and Hammer alumni Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee reunite for this tale of mad monks, primitive humanoids and bloodthirsty zombies set aboard a train bound for Moscow -- all aboard the Horror Express! Renowned anthropologist Saxton (Lee) boards the Trans-Siberian Express with a crate containing the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid which, he believes, may prove to be the missing link in human evolution. But all hell breaks loose when the creature thaws out, turning out to be not quite as dead as once thought. Directed by Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Martin, "Horror Express" remains one of the most thrilling (and, quite literally!) chilling horror efforts of the early 1970s. Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with Stephen Jones and Kim Newman; introduction to the film by film journalist and "Horror Express" super-fan Chris Alexander; "Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express" interview with director Eugenio Martin; "Notes from the Blacklist": "Horror Express" producer Bernard Gordon on working in Hollywood during the McCarthy Era; "Telly and Me" interview with composer John Cacavas; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector's booklet with new writing by Adam Scovell. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Ken Follett's The Key to Rebecca
(1985) Based on the best-selling novel by Ken Follett, this two-part television movie adaptation stars Cliff Robertson as British Major William at. In Cairo,
during World War II, German spy Alex Wolff (David Soul) attempts to infiltrate the British command during General Erwin Rommel's (Robert Culp) conquest of Egypt. In hopes of drawing out the elusive spy, Vandam enlists the help of exotic dancer Sonja El Aram (Lina Raymond) and Elene Fontana (Season Hubley). Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(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).
Maria by Callas
(2018) Brings to life the remarkable story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer Maria Callas. Told completely in her own words, the film includes performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs, most of which have never been seen by the public. The documentary reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time. The film is narrated by contemporary opera star Joyce DiDonato. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A with narrator and legendary opera singer Joyce DiDonato, Q&A with director Tom Volf. (Sony).
Man’s Best Friend BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1993) Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen. When an ambitious news journalist (Sheedy) breaks into a genetic research facility, she uncovers the biggest story of her career and unleashes the lab's most dangerous experiment: Max, a genetically enhanced guard dog with a vicious killer instinct. Superior sight, hearing, strength, and intelligence make him faster, stronger, and smarter than almost any other animal alive -- and deadlier. Without the neuropathic drugs needed to curb his aggressive nature, his predatory urge runs out of control ... and once he tastes blood, nothing can stop him. New 2K scan of the original film elements.Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director John Lafia, theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, TV spots. (Scream Factory).
(2017 -- Trinidad and Tobago) Vanna Girod, Jeremy Thomas. A gothic punk Caribbean love story arises in the ruins of a coconut plantation in rural Trinidad. Set in 1990 against the backdrop of the country's failed coup attempt, Young Asha has just returned from her home in England to her native island seeking her roots. What should be a brief visit turns into much more as she's drawn to Roger, an idealistic, pan-platying, crab-catching Afro-Caribbean fisherman across the road. The taboo attraction between the two teenagers grows despite family disapproval, political turmoil, a clash between cultures, and mysterious hauntings by ancestral spirits. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary from the director and cinematographer. (IndiPix Films).
Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom
(2018) Dove Family-Approved sequel to the 2016 animated "Norm of the North." Norm, the newly crowned polar bear king of the Arctic, travels to New York to accept the keys to the city. But Norm goes from hero to villain when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. While he's trying to clear his good name, back in the Arctic a vicious bottled-water company has moved in and is starting to steal the ice. Norm must rely on his friends, both old and new, to clear his good name and help save his kingdom in a winner-take-all hockey match. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1978 -- France) Captures a particular moment in the tumultuous life and development of two young people. Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) and Frederique (Odile Michel) are teenage sisters in 1963 France, torn between divorced parents and struggling with the confines of their strict school. Along the way, they undergo an awakening both political and romantic. Diane Kurys' celebrated film -- with cinematography by Oscar winner Philippe Rousselot -- revels in the comedy and tragedy of the seemingly mundane, weaving a complex tapestry of everyday existence that also touches on the universal. The film received a 2K restoration for its 40th-anniversary theatrical re-release in 2018. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Interviews with Diane Kurys and actress Eléonore Klarwein; "A Meeting with Yves Simon" featurette, a scrapbook of the film, the French restoration trailer, 2018 re-release trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
The Poison Ivy Collection BLU-RAY DEBUT
The delightfully sleazy neo-noir sinister psychodrama "Poison Ivy" films make their Blu-ray debut in a four disc box set with both the rated and unrated versions of each film: "Poison Ivy" (1992) with Drew Barrymore, "Poison Ivy 2: Lily" (1996) with Alyssa Milano, "Poison Ivy: The New Seduction" (1997) with Jaime Pressly, and "Poison Ivy: The Secret Society" (2008) with Miriam McDonald. Extras: New audio commentary with co-writer/director Katt Shea on "Poison Ivy"; trailers. (Scream Factory).
(2018) Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong. Philip (Harris), a disgraced children's puppeteer, returns to his dilapidated childhood home and lecherous stepfather, Maurice (Armstrong). Philip is intent on destroying "Possum," a hideously malformed spider-puppet he carries with him in a brown leather case. Unfortunately, and horrifically, Possum refuses to be abandoned. Philip's mind is flooded with painful half-memories and nightmarish visions, and when he finds himself embroiled in a local investigation surrounding a missing boy, he grows progressively unsure of what's real and what's not. All the while Possum seems to mock his suffering at every turn. Formats: DVD. (Dark Sky Films).
Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-3
(2013-17) Three-disc set with all 31 episodes of the animated series that follows the bizarre exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson. From creators Dan Harmon ("Community") and Justin Roiland ("Adventure Time"), the award-winning comedy has amassed a major following to become a pop culture phenomenon, garnering almost 1.6 billion views since its launch in December 2013. Featuring fan favorites such as “The Ricklantis Mixup,” the #1 watched telecast in Adult Swim’s history, “Total Rickall” and “Pickle Rick,” the Rick and Morty box set is bursting with laugh-out-loud hilarity including all bonus content from the three previous seasons on DVD. The box set also includes an exclusive poster that features a custom, never-before-seen robot illustration of Rick and Morty.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary, animatics, featurettes. (Warner).
(2018 -- Japan) Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka. On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love -- not blood -- that defines a family. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film from Japan. Formats: DVD, Digital.
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Valentine BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) David Boreanaz, Denise Richards, Marley Shelton, Katherine Heigl. Be my Valentine ... or else. Broken hearts and other mortal wounds await a cast of contemporary young stars when they play dating-scene veterans dying for love in this humor-laced, twist-filled teen slasher about a Cupid-masked killer. New 2K scan of the original film elements supervised and approved by director Jamie Blanks and director of photography Rick Bota. Extras: New audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks and filmmaker Don Coscarelli, moderated by author Peter Bracke. new "Thrill of the Drill" interview with actress Denise Richards; new "The Final Girl" interview with actress Marley Shelton; new "Shot Through the Heart – an interview with actress Jessica Cauffiel;
mew "Writing Valentine" interview with co-writers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts; new "Editing Valentine" interview with editor Steve Mirkovich; new "Scoring Valentine"interview with composer Don Davis; new behind-the-scenes footage from director Jamie Blanks’ personal archive; audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks; vintage “making of” featurette featuring cast and crew; extended interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the electronic press kit; deleted Scenes including extended death scenes; music video; teaser trailer; theatrical trailer; TV spots; still gallery; hidden Easter Egg. (Scream Factory).
American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
(2019) The first major film documentary to examine the performer’s vast career and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, vast in scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was a veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions and worked tirelessly to stay relevant, even as he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. Davis was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to that of another persecuted minority. In Duke Ellington’s words, he was “beyond category.” Features interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
Backbeat BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1993) An energetic musical drama chronicling the pre-fame Beatles as they head to Hamburg in search of success. As they gain popularity, the “fifth Beatle,” bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), falls in love and ultimately must choose between his best friend John Lennon (Ian Hart), his new love Astrid Kirchherr (Sheryl Lee), and what will become the greatest band in the world. Extras: "A Conversation with Astrid Kirchherr"; deleted scenes; interviews with director Iain Softley and actor Ian Hart; Iain Softley interview for the Sundance Channel; audio commentary with Iain Softley, Ian Hart, and Stephen Dorff; TV featurette; casting session. (Shout! Factory Select).
(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).
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
(2018) Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Jane Curtin, Stephen Spinella. Melissa McCarthy is masterful in the captivating account, based on a true story, of Lee Israel, a best-selling celebrity biographer in the 1970s and ’80s. When Lee (McCarthy) comes to the realization that she’s no longer en vogue, she spins her art form into a perilous web of lies, deceit and outright crime -- by forging letters -- to get back on top. Read more about "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes with commentary by director Marielle Heller; four promotional featurettes; audio commentary by Marielle Heller and Melissa McCarthy; Lee Israel letter gallery; unit photography gallery. (Fox).
Color Me Blood Red
(1965) Gordon Oas-Heim, Candi Conder, Elyn Warner. For the third and final instalment in his infamous "Blood Trilogy," splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis turned to the world of fine art for this tortured tale of a troubled artist turned homicidal maniac. Painter Adam Sorge has found himself in a bit of a creative lull. But when his girlfriend accidentally cuts her finger, he realizes what his work has been missing all this time -- human blood. With pressure mounting from local gallery owner Farnsworth to deliver his next masterpiece, Adam sets about procuring as much glorious haemoglobin as he can muster -- first from himself, and then from anyone unfortunate enough to pass by his sickening studio of slaughter. The final filmic collaboration between H.G. Lewis and producer/master exploiteer David F. Friedman, who collectively delivered the equally demented ""Blood Feast"" and "Two Thousand Maniacs!" Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Bonus feature: 1967’s "Something Weird"; introductions to the films by H.G. Lewis; audio commentary on "Color Me Blood Red" with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman; audio commentary on "Something Weird" with Lewis and Friedman; "The Art of Madness" video essay on the recurring motif of mad artists as killers in horror films; "Weirdsville": film scholar Jeffrey Sconce on "Something Weird"; "H.G. Lewis on Jimmy, The Boy Wonder"; "A Hot Night at the Go Go Lounge!" 1966 dance short; "Color Me Blood Red" outtakes; "Color Me Blood Red" trailer; "Something Weird" trailer; "Jimmy, The Boy Wonder" trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
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).
(1947) Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, John Hodiak, Wendell Corey, Mary Astor, Kristine Miller, William Harrigan, James Flavin, Jane Novak. Lewis Allen directed this classic film noir in Technicolor. Eddie Bendix (Hodiak) and his henchman, Johnny Ryan (Corey), two gangsters in the gambling trade, return to a small desert town outside of Reno. Years ago, Eddie had left town under suspicion of murdering his wife and after running into some trouble in Las Vegas, Eddie now hopes to get involved with the local gambling house whose proprietor is his ex-flame Fritzi Haller (Astor). To complicate matters, Eddie falls for Fritzi's daughter (Scott), who used to be involved with the local lawman Tom Hanson (Lancaster), who's still in love with her. "Desert Fury" was adapted for the screen by filmmaker Robert Rossen from the far racier and more explicit novel by Ramona Stewart. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask
(1995) This innovative film biography explores the preeminent theorist of the 20th century anti-colonial movement, and a man whom Jean-Paul Sartre recognized as the figure "through whose voice the Third World finds and speaks for itself." Starring British actor Colin Salmon, the film undertakes an intellectual and poetic exploration of Fanon's life, influence and legacy, weaving together interviews with family members and friends, documentary footage, readings from Fanon's work and dramatizations of crucial moments in the theorist's life. And, cultural critics Stuart Hall and Françoise Verges position Fanon's work in his own time and draw out its implications for our own, restoring the theorist to his rightful place at the center of contemporary discussions around post-colonial identity. From his early years in Martinique (then a colony of France) to his professional life as a psychiatric doctor and revolutionary in Algeria during the bloody war of independence with France, the brief, though remarkable life of Fanon, the influential author of "Black Skin, White Masks" and "The Wretched of the Earth," comes to rich life in this film being released to Blu-ray for the very first time in North American featuring a new 2K digital restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Booklet with essays by filmmakers Isaac Julien and Mark Nash. (Film Movement).
Iceman: The Time Traveler
(2018 -- Hong Kong) Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Shengyi Huang, Kang Yu, Simon Yam, Yasuaki Kurata. During the Ming Dynasty, a palace guard, Ying (Yen), is buried and frozen in time by an avalanche during a fierce battle. Brought back to life in the present day, Ying embarks on a quest for the only thing that can correct the wrongs of history – The Golden Wheel of Time. Ying sets out on his dangerous journey, never knowing every step he takes is leading him closer to a deadly trap.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
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).
The Midnight Man
(1974) Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Quarry, Ed Lauter, Catherine Bach, Harris Yulin, Lawrence Dobkin, Mills Watson, Charles Tyner. Screen legend Burt Lancaster stars as Jim Slade, a former Chicago policeman who has just been released from prison for shooting his wife's lover. He's offered and takes a job as a campus night watchman at Jordon College. When a coed, the daughter of a prominent senator, is murdered and the local sheriff (Harris Yulin) tries to pin the crime on a creepy night janitor (Charles Tyner), Slade decides to start his own unauthorized investigation that takes the lid off the hornets' nest. Lancaster and Roland Kibbee co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed this top-notch murder mystery. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
My Name Is Julia Ross
(1945) Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready. After a promising start on Poverty Row quickies, Joseph H. Lewis ("Gun Crazy") made his first film at Columbia and established himself as a director to watch with this Gothic-tinged Hitchcockian breakout hit, which later proved so popular that Columbia promoted it to A-feature status. The morning after Julia Ross (Nina Foch) takes a job in London as secretary to wealthy widow Mrs. Williamson Hughes (May Whitty), she wakes up in a windswept Cornish mansion, having been drugged. Mrs. Hughes and her volatile son, Ralph (George Macready), attempt to gaslight Julia into believing she is Ralph's wife, Marion. Her belongings have been destroyed, the windows barred and the locals believe that she is mad. Will Julia be able to escape before she falls prey to the Hughes' sinister charade? And what happened to the real Marion Hughes? A briskly paced and brilliantly stylized mystery. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by noir expert Alan K. Rode; "Identity Crisis: Joseph H. Lewis at Columbia" featurette; trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Adrian Martin. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2018) Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk, John Magaro, Bokeem Woodbine. Twisted thrill ride about a team of American paratroopers who come face-to-face with Nazi super-soldiers unlike the world has ever seen. Read more about "Overlord" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD,Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Horrors of War" six-part featurette: "Creation," "Death Above," "Death on the Ground," "Death Below," "Death No More," "Brothers in Arms." (Paramount).
The Return of the Vampire BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1943) Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch, Miles Manders. In 1918, Armand Tesla (Lugosi), a 200-year-old Hungarian Vampire, prowls the English countryside, feeding from the jugulars of the villagers. But Tesla's reign of terror is interrupted when a pair of scientists, Lady Jane and Sir John Ainsley, drive a railroad spike through his heart. The "un-dead" Tesla remains safely entombed for two decades until the impact from a stray Nazi bomb accidentally releases him. Along with his werewolf servant Andreas Obry, the resurrected vampire now plots vengeance on the family that put a halt to his nocturnal feasting. Extras: New audio commentary with film historian Troy Howarth; new audio commentary with author/film historian Gary Don Rhodes; new audio commentary with film historian Lee Gambin; silent 8mm presentation; trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2018) Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan. A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in this retelling of the Robin Hood legend. Read more about "Robin Hood" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo,VOD, Digital. Extras: “Outlaws and Auteurs: Reshaping Robin Hood” (seven-part documentary), outtakes, deleted scenes.
Sgt. Will Gardner
(2019) Max Martini, Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe, Dermot Mulroney, Robert Patrick. A forgotten Iraq war veteran with severe PTSD is trying to pick up the pieces of his life. After a series of set backs he decides to steal a motorcycle and embarks on a cross-country road trip to reunite with his wife and son. Along the way he tries to pick up the pieces of the life he lost since returning from combat, experiencing frequent flashbacks to the Iraq War and having conversations with his best friend and war buddy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
So Dark the Night
(1946) Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden. Like his contemporaries Howard Hawks and Billy Wilder, Joseph H. Lewis ("Gun Crazy") dabbled in many genres, but excelled in the film noir tradition. A Hitchcockian tale of mystery and intrigue, "So Dark the Night" was one of his finest pictures. Inspector Cassin, a renowned Paris detective, departs to the country for a much-needed break. There he falls in love with the innkeeper's daughter, Nanette, who is already betrothed to a local farmer. On the evening of their engagement party, Nanette and the farmer both disappear. Cassin takes up the case immediately to discover what happened to them and who is responsible. Lewis elevates the twisty, pulpy material with some of the finest noir touches the genre has to offer, beautifully shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Burnett Guffey ("Bonnie and Clyde"). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by critics Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme; "So Dark ... Joseph H. Lewis at Columbia" featurette; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tonci Zonjic; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns. (Arrow Academy/MVD 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).
(2018) Nicolas Cage, Franka Potente, Penelope Mitchell,Garrett Clayton. Cage stars in this twist-filled supernatural thriller that follows Joe (Cage), a struggling truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and daughter. Joe’s life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Julie (Potente), a woman with mysterious spiritual powers, whose daughter, Billie, lies in a coma. Julie enlists Joe’s help to stop Billie from crossing over to the spirit world, but when Billie awakes, her body is possessed — by the vengeful spirit of Joe’s dead wife. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
A Bill of Divorcement
(1940) Maureen O'Hara, Adolphe Menjou, Fay Bainter, Herbert Marshall, C. Aubrey Smith, May Whitty. After 15 years in a mental asylum, Hilary Fairfield (Adolphe Menjou) has suddenly regained his sanity, escaped from the institution and come home. But a few things have changed in his absence. For one, his strong-willed daughter Sydney (Maureen O'Hara) has grown up and is planning to marry. For another, his wife (Fay Bainter) has divorced him and is planning to re-marry. It's enough to drive a man crazy -- or a woman, for that matter. Especially when Sydney learns it wasn't "shell shock" that sent her father to the asylum, but family madness -- and now she's sure she's inherited it. Brilliantly helmed by director John Farrow ("The Big Clock"), this film was a remake of the 1932 film with the same title, directed by George Cukor and starring John Barrymore and Katharine Hepburn in her film debut. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
The Little Mermaid
(1989) In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, “The Little Mermaid” was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. It features the voice talents of Jodi Benson as Ariel, Pat Carroll as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes as Eric, Kenneth Mar as Triton, Buddy Hackett as Scuttle, Jason Marin as Flounder and René Auberjonois as Chef Louis. The film was originally released in theaters on Nov. 15, 1989 and is the 28th film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the first in what many described as a new Disney animation renaissance. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Sing-Along Mode; "Alan Menken & the Leading Ladies Song": Join Alan, Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas Singing Voice), Lillias White (Calliope) and Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel) to celebrate the music of their films; “What I Want From You ... Is YOUR VOICE” original recording sessions; "Stories From Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos"; "#TreasuresUntold" with Ruby Rose Turner and Olivia Sanabia from the Disney Channel Original Series “Coop and Cami Ask the World” as they take a deep dive to explore some hidden treasures and fun facts about “The Little Mermaid”; DCapella “Part of Your World” music video; classic bonus features: four bonus features from previous releases including: "Deleted Character: Harold The Merman," "Under The Scene: The Art Of Live Action Reference," "Howard’s Lecture"; audio commentary With Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken. (Disney).
Mary Queen of Scots
(2018) Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant, Guy Pearce. Two powerful Queens battle for one throne in the riveting and extraordinary drama based on a true story of two strong woman (Mary I of Scotland and Elizabeth I of England) pitted against each other in an age of male dominance in the 16th century. Filled with manipulation, betrayal and deceit from start to finish. Read more about "Mary Queen of Scots" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras:Extras: "An Epic Confrontation" deeper look at the film's most significant scene and how the two actresses prepared for their characters first encounters; "Something About Marys" behind the scenes look at how the Marys' onset chemistry was formed and how it created a bond between the entire cast and crew; "Tudor Feminism" exploration of how Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth ruled in a time when men called the shots; feature commentary with director Josie Rourke and composer Max Richter. (Universal).
The Mole People BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1956) John Agar, Hugh Beaumont, Nestor Paiva. Three archaeologists discover the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia. The party of archeologists come upon an unusual race of albino beings who shun all forms of light and have mutant mole men as their slaves. Because of their “magical cylinders of fire” (what we know as flashlights), these archaeologists are treated like gods -- until they try to liberate the mole people. Can the archaeologists escape this hallowed mountain in Asia -- or will they be destroyed in a strange underground world? The film is presented in two aspect ratios – 1.85:1 and 2.00:1. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter; new "Of Mushrooms and Madmen: The Making of The Mole People"; Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode “The Mole People” (2/15/97) in standard definition; still galleries: movie stills, posters and lobby cards; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
The Possession of Hannah Grace
(2018) Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Nick Thune, Kirby Johnson, Louis Herthum, Stana Katic. Mitchell stars as a cop just out of rehab, who takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue where she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses. Read more about "The Possession of Hannah Grace" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: “The Killer Cast” and "An Autopsy of Hannah”; Deleted Scene, "Megan’s Video Diary Night One,"
"Megan’s Video Diary Night Two." (Sony).
Ralph Breaks the Internet
(2018) Voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O'Neill. In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the besties risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush. Read more about "Ralph Breaks the Internet" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "How We Broke the Internet" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Surfing for Easter Eggs," "The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet," deleted scenes, "BuzzzTube Cats" (Many videos were created by the animators to fill the screens of the Internet world ... and lots of them are of cats), music videos: “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels. (Disney).
(2018 -- South Korea) Hyun-Bin, Jang Dong-Gun, Jo Woo-Jin, Man-Sik, Kim Eui-Sung. A darkness looms over ancient Korea: murderous creatures known as Night Demons have overrun the country. Returning from a long imprisonment abroad, Prince Ganglim discovers that it will take the strength of his entire kingdom to stop the bloody rampage spreading across the nation in this fresh new take on zombie horror from the studios that brought you "Train to Busan." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two behind-the-scene featurettes. (Well Go USA).
(2013 -- Turkey) The feature-length debut from award-winning filmmaker Elif Refig, "Ships" centers on Ali (Ugur Uzunel), a young shipyard worker and restless romantic who, during the day, thinks about the importance of coincidences. One such coincidence is his encounter with the strong and energetic Eda (M. Sitare Akbas), a graffiti artist. Together, they embark on a quixotic adventure through Turkey's industrial port-cities hoping to escape the suffocating routine of their daily lives by finding the ship that Ali has only seen in his dreams. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Refig's Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Filmmaker award-wining short film, "Man to Be." (IndiePix Films).
To Sleep With Anger
(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).
Willard BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) New version of the classic 1971 film. For years, Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover) has been trapped in a dead-end job with no friends and no future. Willard's life seems hopeless until he makes an eerie discovery: he shares a powerful bond with the rats that dwell in his basement. Now a guy who has been trampled in the rat race his entire life is suddenly ready to tear up the competition ... beginning with his boss. New 2K scan of the original film elements. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan; new audio commentary with animal trainers Mark Harden and David Allsberry of Animals for Hollywood; new "The Road to Willard" interview with Morgan; new "Destination Willard" interview with McLachlan; new "The Rat Trainer’s Notebook" behind-the-scenes footage from Animals for Hollywood; audio commentary with Morgan, producer James Wong, actors Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey; "The Year of the Rat" documentary on the making of "Willard"; "Rat People: Friends or Foes?" real rat documentary; deleted/alternate scenes with optional commentary; music video "Ben" by Crispin Hellion Glover with optional commentary; behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the electronic press kit; theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Scream Factory).
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