(2018) Single-disc with all eight episodes. Get ready for a change of scenery with the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who's buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Archer must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts and pirates. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Inside Look: Making Archer," "Crackers' Costumed Playings." (Fox).
(2018) Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider. On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
Read more about "Bumblebee" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Sector 7 Archive: "Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7," "Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome" (all-new motion comic); deleted and extended scenes; outtakes, "Bee Vision: The Transformers of Cybertron"; "Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen." (Paramount).
Drowning Echo (aka Nereus)
(2019) Itziar Martinez, Dennis Mencia, Raul Walder. During a visit to friends, a young woman begins having visions and is attacked by an unearthly creature in her friend's swimming pool; she soon discovers that anyone who comes into contact with the water is in danger. Formats: DVD, VOD. (High Octane Pictures).
The Great Buster: A Celebration
(2018) Famed director and movie historian Peter Bogdanovich's acclaimed new film is an award-winning portrait of one of silent cinema's greatest artists, Buster Keaton. Celebrates the life and career of one of America's most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians, Buster Keaton, whose singular style and fertile output during the silent era secured his legacy as a true cinematic visionary. Chronicles Buster Keaton's life and career, from his beginnings on the vaudeville circuit through the development of his trademark physical comedy and deadpan expression that earned him the lifelong moniker "The Great Stone Face," all of which led to his career-high years as the director, writer, producer and star of his own short films and features. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2018) Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s -- "Harold and Maude," "The Last Detail," "Shampoo," "Coming Home," "Being There" -- he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Director Amy Scott’s exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist. Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood, but also a unique soul with an unprecedented insight into the human condition and an unmatched capacity for good. His films were an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity. Through the heartrending and inspiring HAL, you feel buoyed by Ashby’s love of people and of cinema... a little like walking on water. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Feature-length audio commentary with director Amy Scott, producers Christine Beebe, Brian Morrow, Jonathan Lynch and Lisa Janssen; "The Cutting Room Floor": interview outtakes; behind the scenes; theatrical trailer. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
The Heart Guy, Series 3
(2018) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. This hit Australian dramedy stars Rodger Corser as Hugh Knight, a brilliant but arrogant heart surgeon forced to give up his high-flying job in Sydney to work as a GP in his rural hometown of Whyhope after his personal life spins out of control. In Series 3, Hugh’s probation for his misdeeds is coming to a close, but he has mixed feelings about leaving his budding relationship with hospital boss Penny. Then tragedy rocks the Knights, and Hugh learns he has inherited the family farm -- along with $11 million in debt. With his family in chaos and his career on the line, Hugh is faced with a difficult choice: return to his glamorous life in Sydney or stay with the people who need him in Whyhope. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(2016 -- France) Banned in France (released as "Salfistes"), "Jihadists" goes deep into the heart of the Salafi movement, to reveal the inner workings of extremist Islam. A pair of Western filmmakers were granted unparalleled access to fundamentalist clerics of Sunni Islam who proselytize for a purer form of Islam -- including jihad of the sword -- in Mali, Tunisia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Their theoretical interpretations are juxtaposed against images and footage from recruitment videos to show the hard-line application of sharia law. Without experts contextualizing these events, the film, which inspired the Oscar-nominated feature, "Timbuktu," paints a stark portrait of everyday life under jihadi rule. An earlier version of the film was released in the days following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, where it was mistakenly interpreted as an empathetic portrayal of jihadism. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinema Libre Studio).
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot
(2019) Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Ron Livingston, Caitlin FitzGerald, Larry Miller, Ellar Coltrane. Follows the epic adventures of an American legend that no one has ever heard of. Since WWII, Calvin Barr (Elliott) has lived with the secret that he was responsible for the assassination of Adolf Hitler. Now, decades later, the US government has called on him again for a new top-secret mission. Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and is carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Making of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot," audio commentary with writer-director Robert D. Krzykowski, deleted scenes, concept art gallery, interview with composer Joe Kraemer. (RLJE Films).
The Man With the Magic Box
(2017 -- Poland) Piotr Polak, Olga Boladz, Sebastian Stankiewicz. This Orwellian sci-fi thriller reverberates with such wildly different influences as Terry Gilliam, Steven Spielberg, Philp K. Dick, Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville" and Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris." Set in the dystopian future of 2030 Warsaw, a man wakes up without any memory of his previous life and finds an old radio from the 1950s that triggers mysterious visions of another past life. As he tries to piece together his past identity with the help of his beautiful but aloof boss, he runs afoul of a totalitarian government willing to do anything to stop him. A beguiling sci-fi love story that is at turns bleak, absurd, unsettling, and oddly affecting. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Artsploitation Films).
(2018) Director: Clint Eastwood. Stars: Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne, Alison Eastwood, Dianne Wiest, Manny Montana, Clifton Collins Jr. A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel. Read more about "The Mule" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Warner).
The Mummy Reborn
(2019) Becca Hirani, Tara MacGowran, Rita Siddiqui. A group of teens in financial ruin decide to rob an ancient amulet from a tomb in the local antique store. But what they don't realize is that this tomb is cursed, and when the amulet is separated from it's master he'll do anything to get it back. Formats: DVD, VOD. (High Octane Pictures).
My Brilliant Friend
(2018 -- Italy) Valentina Acca, Antonio Buonanno, Gennaro Canonico. When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and – in a way – both her best friend and her worst enemy. Formats: DVD, Digital. (HBO).
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
(2019) Sophia Lillis, Sam Trammell, Linda Lavin. The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film. After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull ... until she's asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner is back for revenge? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Sleuth, A Girl and an Inspiration" featurette, "Pink Footprints: Touring Twin Elms" featurette, gag reel. (Warner).
(2019) Inspired by Norman Ohler's revelatory international best-seller, "Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich," this compelling two-part documentary series reveals how both Hitler and Nazi Germany were heavily addicted to drugs throughout World War II. Through recently unearthed journals of Hitler's personal doctor, as well as archival documents and interviews with historians, scientists and WWII experts, "Nazi Junkies" unveils the depths of German addiction in surprising fashion. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Omnibus Entertainment).
(2018) Harry Hamlin, Kathryn Erbe, Michaela Cavazos, Conor Proft, Chloe Levine, Aria Shahghasemi. A teen drama that drills a hole into the world of suburban American teenagers in the early 90s and is set against a backdrop steeped in grunge and punk rock music. Thomas Harrison is determined to start his own grunge band, an obsession that blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse, or eruption of musical genius, of his younger sister, Bridget. Bridget boldly rejects her brother’s music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of a gangsta’ rapper named “Bri Da B.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Gravitas Ventures).
(2019) Rita Siddiqui, Andrew Hollingworth, Kate Milner Evans. A group of friends are tormented by the Grim Reaper and his sinister pet after they undergo an experiment that allows them to revisit the dead. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
Rake, Series 5: The Final Season
(2018) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. The final season of this Australian comic-drama tackles the contentious world of politics, with disbarred lawyer Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) having won an Australian Senate seat on a campaign promise to do nothing. But even Cleaver’s low expectations fall short of the absurd reality, as he contends with a right-wing nemesis, a noxious gas attack believed to be the work of terrorists, and a disastrous visit from the US defense secretary (Anthony LaPaglia). Can Cleaver outmaneuver his cutthroat colleagues, or will his self-destructive behavior destroy his budding new career? Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
A Silent Voice
(2016 -- Japan) Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yoshitoki Oima, the anime is a gorgeous film with a powerful message about bullying, depression and forgiveness. When a deaf elementary school girl named Shoko is forced to transfer to a new school after a boy named Shôya constant bullies her, Shôya suffers over the consequences of his guilt for years. Upon entering high school, Shôya finally decides he must find Shoko, to make amends for what he did in elementary school and to become her friend. Along the way, he meets new and old faces, and struggles with many complicated relationships and feelings. Winner of the 40th Japan Academy Award for Excellent Animation of the Year. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
(2016 -- Japan) Rinko Kikuchi, Rila Fukushima, Shun Oguri. The ever-prolific Takashi Miike, the director behind the likes of "Audition," the "Dead or Alive" trilogy and "Blade of the Immortal," returns with this intergalactic epic in which a team of space explorers find themselves pitched against a horde of oversized anthropomorphic cockroaches. In the mid-21st century, humankind has been forced to look to colonizing other planets as a means of combating overcrowding on Earth -- their first stop, Mars. With a population of cockroaches having been introduced on Mars some 500 years prior to help prepare the way for human colonization, a manned mission sets out to the red planet with the aim of clearing away the bugs. Upon arrival, however, they discover that the roaches have evolved to huge, vicious creatures capable of wielding weapons. Based on the popular Manga series of the same name, "Terra Formars" is an action-packed space adventure brought to life by one of Japan's most celebrated contemporary filmmakers. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Making of Terra Formars" feature-length documentary on the film’s production featuring a host of cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; extended cast interviews; footage from the 2016 Japanese premiere; outtakes; image gallery; theatrical and teaser trailers; reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Tom Mes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2016 -- Argentina) Playfully based on urban legends and featuring a group of young people all coming face-to-face with their inner demons. First-time directors Sebastian and Federico Rotstein use a local political crisis in Argentina as the backdrop to five stories that unfold to horrific conclusions -- Think bondage, torture, zombies…and governmental corruption. While most of the residents of a small Argentinian town attend a funeral procession following a tragic building collapse, the few who do not will face terrors of their own. Hernán and Gabriela are going to a motel without realizing that inside the room, behind the mirror, there is something waiting for them. Lucio and Paulo have a plan to swap girlfriends without realizing what will really happen. A group of friends are watching a snuff movie ignoring that the real terror is sitting next to them. Juan attends a date with Sonia thinking he is going to get laid, when he realizes that she has bigger plans for him. As their primal urges distract them all, local officials are judged innocent of the neglect that caused the building collapse -- and then the horror really begins. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Artsploitation Films).
(2018) Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell. Epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider, Dick Cheney, quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Read more about "Vice" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Three deleted scenes, "Gaming the System: The Making of Vice," "The Music of Power," gallery. (Fox).
(2019) Aurora Perrineau, Rachel Hendrix, Susan Walters, Jessica Miesel, Harold Perrineau. Two young women, torn apart by a childhood tragedy, unexpectedly reunite and embark on an illuminating 24-hour journey, where they unlock memories of long-forgotten innocence and what it means to truly believe. Formats: DVD, VOD. (IndiCan Pictures).
(2017) Award-winning documentary about one of the last remaining
drive-in theaters in the country, The Mahoning Drive-in in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. From sleeping in the concession stand to working entirely for free, the quirky film fanatics at the struggling Mahoning Drive-in face uncertainty when Hollywood announces it will switch to digital projection for all new movies. Unable to purchase an expensive digital projector, the Mahoning gang pin their hopes of survival on showing only vintage 35mm film prints on their original 1949 projectors. Relive their underdog story to save film, the Mahoning Drive-in, and drive-in theaters everywhere.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Over 17 minutes of deleted scenes, three separate feature length commentary tracks (two with cast and one with director), 30-minute Q&A from Alamo Drafthouse screening, trailer. (MVD Visual).
Berlin, I Love You
(2019 -- Germany) Anthology contains 10 romantic stories set against the backdrop of the German capital, with an ensemble cast headed up by Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Luke Wilson. From the producers of "Paris, Je T’Aime."Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Lionsgate).
(2014 -- Italy) Antonia Liskova, Alessia Piovan, Sveva Alviti. After being passed over for an advertising agency job, Alice (Antonia Liskova) launches a sexy webcam site with three of her friends. Using her marketing savvy, the site becomes an instant hit and expands rapidly. But what started as a lucrative business venture quickly spirals out of control as the cam girls enter a world of dangerous risks, violent excesses and bitter rivalries. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Omnibus Entertainment).
(2017) Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann. Esmail (Esmaili) is a darkly handsome Iranian immigrant to Denmark, on the verge of being thrown out of the country if he can't find a Danish woman to marry. He dresses well and frequents posh bars, easily ingratiating himself with attractive Danes who are seduced by his good looks, gentle manners, and apparent decency. But he's a man caught between his self-interest and self-respect. Things get a lot more complicated when he meets a beautiful fellow countryman (Iranian singer Soho Rezanejad) who immediately grasps his game plan, but finds herself attracted to him nonetheless. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Bonus Short Film - "Summer" (Directed by Pearl Gluck, USA: Two teenage girls in a Hasidic sleepaway camp secretly consult a taboo book that leads them to a sexual awakening for which neither of them are prepared. (Film Movement).
A Dog's Way Home
(2019) Director: Charles Martin Smith. Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Barry Watson, Alexandra Shipp, Edward James Olmos, Wes Studi. A female dog travels four hundred miles in search of her owner throughout a Colorado wilderness.
Read more about "A Dog's Way Home" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "DIY Doggie Treats With Shelby," "Unforgettable Journey" with novelist W. Bruce Cameron, director Charles Martin Smith and the cast and crew, "Dog Days: Shelby’s Production Diary," deleted scenes. (Sony).
(2018 -- Hong Kong) Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, Chin Ka Lok, Jerry Lamb. A group of former mercenaries reunite to plan an epic heist: boosting a truck full of medicine held by a foreign intelligence agency to supply a refugee camp in need. But when they find the truck is actually filled with stolen gold, the band of brothers realize they’ve been double-crossed by one of their own -- and putting the situation right will be all out war. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Holmes & Watson
(2018) The world’s greatest detective and his loyal sidekick & biographer join forces to solve a murder at Buckingham Palace. They soon realize that they only have 5,760 minutes to solve the case, or the Queen will be next. Will Ferrell, John Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, Pam Ferris, Ralph Fiennes. Read more about "Holmes & Watson" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Line-O-Rama: Laugh-out-loud outtakes with the cast, deleted & extended scenes, "Will & John: Together Again," "Seriously Absurd: A Look at the Cast," "Mrs. Hudson's Men: Exclusive Testimonials With Mrs. Hudson's Suitors." (Sony).
The Iguana With the Tongue of Fire
(1971 -- Italy) One of several "animal-in-the-title" cash-ins released in the wake of Dario Argento's box-office smash "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage," this gloriously excessive giallo boasts a rogues gallery of perverse characters; violent, fetishized murders, and one of the genre's most nonsensical, red-herring laden plots (which sees almost every incidental character hinted at potentially being the killer). Set in Dublin (a rather surprising giallo setting), the film opens audaciously with an acid-throwing, razor-wielding maniac brutally slaying a woman in her own home. The victim's mangled corpse is discovered in a limousine owned by Swiss Ambassador Sobiesky (Anton Diffring) and a police investigation is launched, but when the murdering continues and the ambassador claims diplomatic immunity, tough ex-cop John Norton (Luigi Pistilli) is brought in to find the killer. Benefitting from a sumptuous score by Stelvio Cipriani and exuberant supporting performances from Valentina Cortese and Dagmar Lassander, "The Iguana With the Tongue of Fire" is a luridly over-the-top latter-day entry in the filmography of acclaimed director Riccardo Freda. New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by giallo connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint; "Of Chameleons and Iguanas," a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic Richard Dyer; "Considering Cipriani," a new appreciation of the composer Stelvio Cipriani and his score to "The Iguana With the Tongue of Fire" by DJ and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon; "The Cutting Game," a new interview with "Iguana’s" assistant editor Bruno Micheli; "The Red Queen of Hearts," a career-spanning interview with the actress Dagmar Lassander; original Italian and international theatrical trailers; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2018) Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (John Forbes-Robinson) meet again in this spectacular Kung Fu horror thriller set in the village of Ping Kuei. After learning about the seven golden vampires of the village, Hsi Ching (David Chiang), Vanessa Buren (Julie Ege) and Mai Kwei (Szu Shih) offer to guide Van Helsing and his son to Ping Kuei to free it from the curse of Count Dracula. Presented here for the first time in high definition is Hammer’s original uncut version. It was released in the US in an edited version called "The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula," which is also included here in high definition as a bonus feature. Extras: New audio commentary with author-film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck; new "When Hammer Met Shaw" interview with actor David Chiang; new "Kung Fear" interview with Hong Kong Film Expert Rick Baker; theatrical trailers; TV spot; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2018) Charlie Blackwood, Scott Vickers, Julie Hannan, Alan Cuthbert. Pregnant Rachel and her husband, Matt, are stranded after wrecking their car on a remote Scottish road. Though hostile at first, a nearby farmer and his wife welcome them in after learning that Rachel is with child. Suddenly, Rachel realizes the family’s “daughter” is a local girl who’d gone missing years before, but when she and Matt attempt to escape, they’re held at gunpoint—just as Rachel goes into labor. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Mega Time Squad
(2018) Anton Tennet, Jonny Brugh, Morgan Albrecht. When a low-level criminal steals an ancient Chinese time-travel device, he may not survive the demonic consequences of tampering with time in this time travel/sci-fi comedy out of New Zealand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Dark Sky Films).
(1986 -- France) Master director Alain Resnais ("Last Year At Marienbad") blurs the line between cinematic technique and theatrical artifice in his acclaimed "Mélo," adapted from Henri Bernstein's classic play about a doomed love triangle in 1920s Paris. Pierre (Pierre Arditi) and Marcel (André Dussollier) are both celebrated concert violinists and lifelong friends, in spite of their differing temperaments. Pierre is modest, sensitive and content with his lot; Marcel is hungry, driven, and pursues a solo career that takes him to the four corners of the world. After years apart, the two friends reunite when Pierre invites Marcel to his home for dinner. It is then that Marcel first meets Pierre's wife Romaine (Sabine Azéma), sparking a passionate affair that can only end in tragedy before the curtain falls. As thrillingly intimate on film as it was on the stage, "Mélo's" César award-winning cast and inventive direction are highlighted in a stunning new restoration, revealing a hidden gem in Resnais' celebrated body of work waiting to be rediscovered. Brand new 2K restoration of the film. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Newly-filmed introduction by critic Jonathan Romney; archive interview with director Alain Resnais; archive interview with producer Marin Karmitz; archive interviews with actors Pierre Arditi and André Dussolier; archive interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot; archive interview with set designer Jacques Saulnier; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original artwork; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Bilge Ebiri. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2018 -- Japan) When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai(meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. Kun becomes increasingly jealous of her, until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future -- including his sister Mirai as a teenager! Together, Kun and Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story, in this magical and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Interview with Director Mamoru Hosoda"; "Visiting Studio Chizu" in which Gen Hoshino (voice of Father) gets a special tour of Studio Chizu guided by director Mamoru Hosoda; trailers & TV spots. Blu-ray adds Japanese cast interviews; "Mirai at Cannes Film Festival"; "The New World of Mamoru Hosoda" behind-the-scenes at Studio Chizu with Mamoru Hosoda as he builds a
new world for Mirai; "Mirai in Japan"; "Mamoru Hosoda Visits Toyoma Prefecture"; “My Future” by Hosoda and the Japanese voice cast. (Universal).
(2016 -- Thailand) Prapamonton Eiamchan, Vasuphon Kriangprapakit. In an unusual motel on the outskirts of Bangkok, four lives intertwine and change forever. A father with kinky and somewhat dangerous sexual fetishes brings his latest partner, a school girl, to his custom-made erotic chamber in Room 7. A former child actor in the midst of wild media speculations checks into Room 5, hiding from the aliens he believes are out to get him. Throw into the mix a motel staffer determined to start a new life, and a beautiful vixen determined to save her friend from a deadly sexual fantasy by any means necessary. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2018) Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) did not just live in the 20th century, he strode across it: a colossus of ideas and a man of deeds. He was an influential intellectual and sociologist, policy specialist, ambassador and long-serving senator. In an age of rigid ideologies, he was a man who embraced the contradictions and complexity of public policy without ever despairing of the role of government in the lives of its citizens. Fifteen years after his death, as the nation sinks further into hyper-partisanship and politics has become dominated by the frenzy of social media, the first feature length documentary about his life captures Moynihan as never before. Formats: DVD, Digital. (First Run Features).
Night on Earth
(1991) Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, and Roberto Benigni) for this quintet of transitory tales of urban displacement and existential angst, all staged as encounters between cabbies and their fares. Spanning time zones, continents, and languages, "Night on Earth" winds its course through scenes of uproarious comedy, nocturnal poetry, and somber fatalism, set to a moody soundtrack by Tom Waits. Jarmusch’s lovingly askew view of humanity from the passenger seat makes for one of his most charming and beloved films, a freewheeling showcase for the cosmopolitan range of his imagination.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with High-definition digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Selected-scene commentary from 2007 featuring director of photography Frederick Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin; Q&A with Jarmusch from 2007, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans; Belgian television interview with Jarmusch from 1992; A booklet featuring essays by authors and critics Thom Andersen, Paul Auster, Bernard Eisenschitz, Goffredo Fofi, and Peter von Bagh, and the lyrics to Tom Waits’s original songs from the film. (The Criterion Collection).
On the Basis of Sex
(2018) Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Cailee Spaeny, Jack Reynor, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Sam Waterston, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. Read more about "On the Basis of Sex" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Supreme Team: Making On the Basis of Sex," "Legacy of Justice" deeper look at how Ruth Bader Ginsburg pioneered gender equality in America and gained her seat on the Supreme Court, "Martin and Ruth: A Loving Partnership" intimate look at the symbiotic marriage between Martin and Ruth Ginsburg. (Universal).
Project Blue Book: Season 1
(2019) Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Neal McDonoug.h From Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis, the series is inspired by the real-life experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek. A brilliant college professor, Hynek is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation, code-named Project Blue Book, which investigates UFO sightings and alleged extraterrestrial encounters. Each episode draws from those actual case files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Soldier of War (aka Aux)
(2018) John Rhys-Davies, Tanya Franks, Rosie Fellner. Deep in the forest, two boys discover the entrance to a secret military bunker hidden since World War II and inadvertently awaken an undead soldier, who embarks on a grotesque, ritualistic killing spree. A police investigation begins, but one by one the police and other locals are murdered. Only a World War II veteran holds the secret to stop the killings, but will anybody believe him? Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
Stranger Than Paradise
(1994) With this breakout film, Jim Jarmusch established himself as one of the most exciting voices in the burgeoning independent-film scene, a road-movie poet with an affinity for Americana at its most offbeat. Jarmusch follows rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and his visiting 16-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) as they drift from New York’s Lower East Side to the snowy expanses of Lake Erie and the drab beaches of Florida, always managing to make the least of wherever they end up. Structured as a series of master-shot vignettes etched in black and white by cinematographer Tom DiCillo, "Stranger Than Paradise" is a nonchalant masterpiece of deadpan comedy and perfectly calibrated minimalism. On DVD and Blu-ray, with high-definition digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Permanent Vacation" (1980, 75 minutes), Jarmusch’s first full-length feature, presented in a high-definition digital restoration supervised by the director; "Kino ’84: Jim Jarmusch," a 1984 German television program featuring interviews with cast and crew from "Stranger Than Paradise" and "Permanent Vacation"; "Some Days in January, 1984," a behind-the-scenes Super 8 film by Tom Jarmusch; U.S. and Japanese trailers; a booklet featuring Jarmusch’s 1984 “Some Notes on Stranger Than Paradise,” critics Geoff Andrew and J. Hoberman on "Stranger Than Paradise," and author and critic Luc Sante on "Permanent Vacation." (The Criterion Collection).
Welcome to Marwen
(2018) Steve Carell, Eiza Gonzalez, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Gwendoline Christie, Janelle Monae. Based on the true story of Mark Hogancamp, the survivor of a vicious attack who found peace and recovery through an unusual creative outlet. Read more about "Welcome to Marwen" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Marwen‘s Citizens" in which the cast discuss their experiences; "A Visionary Director"; "Building Marwen" behind-the-scenes look at how the wondrous town of Marwen and its residents were crafted; "Living Dolls VFX featurette. (Universal).
(2018) David Fletcher-Hall, Kyler Beck, Ben Hall. In this live-action family adventure, a teen boy adopts and hatches a baby T. rex, but then must rescue the creature from a mad scientist who wants to clone a whole new breed of dinosaurs. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1936) Director: Rouben Mamoulian; Starring: Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Cedric Hardwicke, Billie Burke, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray. In the years just preceding Waterloo, best friends Becky Sharp (Miriam Hopkins) and Amelia Sedley (Frances Dee) graduate from Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Girls. The wealthy Amelia invites the penniless Becky into the bosom of her family home while the manipulative Becky plots her climb up the social ladder. Entirely lacking in scruples and unhampered by conscience or morality, Becky ascends to the very pinnacle of society, crushing anyone who stands in her path. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, Rouben Mamoulian's adaptation of Thackeray's epic novel "Vanity Fair" was the first film to be produced in three-strip Technicolor. Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh ("Little Caesar," "Frankenstein"). Brand new 4K restoration from the 35mm nitrate negative & positive separations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Jack Theakston, trailers. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
Bend of the River
(1952) Director: Anthony Mann; Starring: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, Harry Morgan , Jay C. Flippen, Chubby Johnson, Stepin' Fetchit, Royal Dano. Man-with-a-past James Stewart guides a band of pioneers from Missouri over the Oregon Trail to a new life in the Columbia River Basin in this western adventure directed by the great Anthony Mann. When the settlers are cheated out of their supplies and cattle, Stewart crosses rivers, climbs mountains and out-guns greedy hijackers to ensure their survival through the first winter. Along the way, he is double-crossed by ally Arthur Kennedy and assisted by handsome San Francisco gambler Rock Hudson and beautiful farmer's daughter Julia Adams. Screenplay by Borden Chase ("Red River"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Toby Roan, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(2018) Scout Taylor-Compton, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Robert LaSardo, Rebecca Marshall, James Karen. Robin and Michael are college sweethearts who have everything – a perfect marriage, adorable cat, a beautiful home, but one thing is missing from this idyllic setting -- a baby. After years of fertility treatments their dreams come true when Robin finds out she is pregnant. But their conception grows into a slimy six-fingered one-legged nightmare that terrorizes the entire neighborhood. Detectives embark on a monster-baby hunt of epic proportions as Cynthia munches her way home to mommy, leaving nothing but girls and corpses behind. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Indican Pictures).
Diamonds of the Night
(1964 -- Czechoslovakia ) With this simultaneously harrowing and lyrical debut feature, Jan Nemec established himself as the most uncompromising visionary among the radical filmmakers who made up the Czechoslovak New Wave. Adapted from a novel by Arnošt Lustig, "Diamonds of the Night" closely tracks two boys who escape from a concentration-camp transport and flee into the surrounding woods, a hostile terrain where the brute realities of survival coexist with dreams, memories, and fragments of visual poetry. Along with visceral camera work by Jaroslav Kucera and Miroslav Ondrícek -- two of Czechoslovak cinema’s most influential cinematographers -- Nemec makes inventive use of fractured editing, elliptical storytelling, and flights of surrealism as he strips context away from this bare-bones tale, evoking the dizzying plight of consciousness lost in night and fog. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Interview from 2009 with director Jan Nemec; "A Loaf of Bread," Nemec’s 1960 student thesis film, based on a short story by Arnošt Lustig; "Arnošt Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan Nemec," a short documentary on Lustig from 1993; new interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova; new video essay on the film’s stylistic influences by scholar James Quandt; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson. (The Criterion Collection).
Escape at Dannemora
(2018) Three-disc set with all seven episodes of the limited series directed by Ben Stiller and starring Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Lange and David Morse. Follows the true story of two convicted murderers, Richard Matt (Del Toro) and David Sweat (Dano), who escaped Clinton Correctional Facility with the help of Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell (Arquette), a female prison employee. Tilly, a working class wife and mother who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with the two prisoners, ultimately assisting them in their escape. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary on each episode; "Primary Sources," featurette that looks at the real life circumstances of the 2015 prison break; "Making of "Sweat's Run" 17-minute Episode Five opening scene. (Showtime/Paramount).
(2019) Dir.: M. Night Shyamalan; James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L. Jackson. Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") completes a mind-bending "superhero" trilogy created nearly 20 years ago.Following the conclusion of "Split," "Glass" finds Dunn ("Unbreakable") pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price (Mr. Glass) emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. Read more about "Glass" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening; deleted scenes; "A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan." Blu-ray adds "The Collection of Main Characters"; "Bringing the Team Back Together"; "David Dunn vs. The Beast"; "Glass Decoded"; "Breaking Glass: The Stunts"; "Connecting the Glass Universe" explore Shyamalan's stylistic approach to the Glass trilogy and the unconventional concept of a comic book movie grounded in reality; "M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens"; "Enhancing the Spectacle" VFX featurette; "Raven Hill Memorial" in which the cast and crew describe the eerie location as its own character in the film; "Night Vision - A look at the early stages of Glass by examining the storyboards and their remarkable similarity to the final shots in the film. (Universal).
Justice League vs. The Fatal Five
(2019) The Earth’s future hangs in the balance when the Justice League faces a powerful new threat – the Fatal Five in this latest DC Universe original animated feature. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman seek answers as the time-traveling trio of Mano, Persuader and Tharok terrorize Metropolis in search of budding Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz -- whom they need to free remaining Fatal Five members Emerald Empress and Validus in order to carry out their sinister plan. But the Justice League discover an ally from another time in the peculiar Star Boy --brimming with volatile power, could he be the key to thwarting the Fatal Five?Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Battling the Invisible Menace" featurette; "Justice League vs. Fatal Five: Unity of Hero" featurette; audio commentary; From the DC Vault: "Justice League Unlimited Far From Home”; From the DC Vault: "Legion of Superheroes Man of Tomorrow.” (Warner).
(1976 -- Italy) A strikingly original Spaghetti Western with a unique elegiac tone, "Keoma" truly is a one-of-a-kind classic of its genre. The legendary Franco Nero stars in the titular role as a half-breed gunfighter who returns from the killing fields of the Civil War to find his hometown riddled with the plague, its inhabitants terrorized (with the help of Keoma's own estranged half-brothers) by tyrannical gang leader Caldwell (Donald O'Brien). Keoma's father (Willian Berger) welcomes his prodigal son's return, but when Keoma saves a vulnerable pregnant woman (Olga Karlatos) from Caldwell's thugs, the stage is set for a violent confrontation. With the help of his father and his friend, the freed slave George (Woody Strode), Keoma prepares to take a savage revenge on Caldwell and his gang. Directed with immense flair and virtuosity by veteran Enzo G. Castellari (who channels Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone in equal measure), "Keoma" is an epic film of Shakespearean and biblical allusions, which boasts compelling performances and thrilling violent action. The film is presented here in a stunning new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by Spaghetti Western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke; "The Ballad of Keoma," a new interview with the legendary star Franco Nero; "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust," a new interview with director Enzo G. Castellari; "Writing Keoma," a new interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori AKA George Eastman; "Parallel Actions," a new interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci; "The Flying Thug," a new interview with actor Massimo Vanni; "Play as an Actor," a new interview with actor Volfango Soldati; "Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western," a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher; "An Introduction to Keoma" by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director; original Italian and international theatrical trailers; gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Kid Who Would Be King
(2019) Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Denise Gough, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Noma Dumezweni, Rebecca Ferguson. A band of kids in the present embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace. Read more about "The Kid Who Would Be King" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Origins of a King," "Young Knights," hair, makeup & costume tests, "Merlin’s Magic." Blu-ray adds *Knight School," "The Two Merlins," "Meet Morgana," "Movie Magic," "Be the King,” "Lay Lay music video. (Fox).
Master of Dark Shadows
(2019) A comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series "Dark Shadows" and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. Includes interviews with key actors and filmmakers involved in the undyingly popular story of vampire Barnabas Collins and all the eerie goings-on at the gloomy Maine mansion Collinwood. In 1966, a phenomenon was launched when "Dark Shadows" debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans who have kept the legend alive for five decades. Formats: DVD, Digital. (MPI Media).
(2018) Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, Emily Alyn Lind, Emjay Anthony, John Ortiz. A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident. Read more about "Replicas" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and executive producer James Dodson, “Imprint Complete: The Making of Replicas” featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(1937) Newly transferred and restored. Humphrey Bogart stars as a film producer in this riotous, lacerating satire on the motion picture industry. Directed by Tay Garnett ("The Postman Always Rings Twice") and produced by Walter Wanger ("You Only Live Once"), "Stand-In" leaves no Tinseltown target untouched while serving up a sprightly mix of slapstick, send-up and sentiment with screwball-inspired romance for seasoning. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Twilight Time Movies).
Steven Universe: Season 2 Giftset
(2018) Two-disc set with 22 episodes. "Steven Universe" is set in Beach City on the American East Coast, where the four Crystal Gems live in an ancient beachside temple, protecting the world from evil. As immortal alien warriors, they project female humanoid forms from magical gems that are the core of their being. The Crystal Gems are Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl and Steven, a young half-human, half-Gem boy who inherited the gem of his mother Rose Quartz, the former leader of the Crystal Gems. As Steven tries to figure out his powers, he spends his days with his human father Greg, his friend Connie or the other Gems, whether to help them save the world or just to hang out. He explores the abilities passed down to him by his mother, which include fusion -- the ability of two Gems to temporarily merge their identities and bodies to form a distinct new personality. Created by Rebecca Sugar, "Steven Universe" continues to resonate with fans and galvanize massive followings across demographics. Receiving high acclaim from critics for its art, music, voice performances, storytelling and characterization, the series has received one Primetime Emmy while being nominated for four others. It has also received nominations for five Annie Awards, two GLAAD Media Awards, a Kids’ Choice Award and three Teen Choice Awards. Formats: DVD. Extras: Animatics. Plus, an exclusive Garnet fusion keychain is enclosed in every DVD disc package. (Cartoon Network).
"In space no one can hear you scream." The terrifying sci-fi adventure, "Alien", celebrates 40 years with an all-new 4K Ultra HD master, available April 23. A limited edition 4K UHD steelbook of "Alien 40th Anniversary Edition" will also be available exclusively at Best Buy. In the film that birthed the wildly successful "Alien" franchise, the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo awaken from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426. While investigating, one of the crew, Kane (John Hurt), is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and he is rushed back to the Nostromo to receive medical treatment. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the ship’s warrant officer, advises against Kane’s return due to quarantine regulations -- but her orders are ignored by Ash (Ian Holm), bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious, extraterrestrial apex predator with violent and lethal survival instincts. The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans done at EFilm.
Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Comb. Extras: 1979 theatrical version, 2003 director’s cut, 2003 audio commentary by Ridley Scott and the cast and crew, 1999 audio commentary by Scott (1979 theatrical version only), final theatrical isolated score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 theatrical version only), composer’s original isolated score – Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 theatrical version only), deleted scenes. (Fox).
Death Is a Number
(1951) Terrence Alexander, Denis Webb, Lesley Osmond. A numerologist relates the family history of a friend, racing driver John Bridgeman (Denis Webb), whose mysterious death may have been the final act of an ancient family curse related to the number nine. This classic British makes its HD North American debut. Formats: DVD. (Juno Films Selects/MVD Entertainment).
(2018) Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford. A police detective (Nicole Kidman) hunts down the people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace. Read more about "Destroyer" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Karyn Kusama, commentary with writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, "Breakdown of an Anti-Hero: The Making of Destroyer," gallery. (Fox).
(2018) Bob Shafer, Andy Dick, Richard Grieco. Saga of Dick Dickster, a washed-up director who has a big ego and a bad attitude. His manager wants to ditch him, his wife can't wait to divorce him and he owes the mob $50,000. And District Attorney Ed Lawler is re investigating statutory rape charges against Dick from his cult movie "Cult of Doom." But things change when a film school student begins filming a documentary about him and hen a mysterious XXX producer offers Dick 100-K to turn "Cult of Doom" into:" Cult of Poon." Dick can't say no. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
(2019) Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, Yorick van Wageningen. Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, and must use their wits to survive. Read more about "Escape Room" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate ending; alternate opening; deleted scenes; three featurettes: “Games, Set, Match,” “The Lone Survivors” and “Would You Ever Part 1 & 2.” (Sony).
A Face in the Crowd
(1957) "A Face in the Crowd" chronicles the rise and fall of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a boisterous entertainer discovered in an Arkansas drunk tank by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal), a local radio producer with ambitions of her own. His charisma and cunning soon shoot him to the heights of television stardom and political demagoguery, forcing Marcia to grapple with the manipulative, reactionary monster she has created. Directed by Elia Kazan from a screenplay by Budd Schulberg, this incisive satire features an extraordinary debut screen performance by Griffith, who brandishes his charm in an uncharacteristically sinister role. Though the film was a flop on its initial release, subsequent generations have marveled at its eerily prescient diagnosis of the toxic intimacy between media and politics in American life.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New interview with Ron Briley, author of "The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan"; new interview with Andy Griffith biographer Evan Dalton Smith; "Facing the Past," a 2005 documentary featuring actors Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa, screenwriter Budd Schulberg, and film scholars Leo Braudy and Jeff Young; trailer; an essay by critic April Wolfe and a 1957 "New York Times Magazine" profile of Andy Griffith. (The Criterion Collection).
Noir Archive Volume 1: 1944-1954
Stalwart "noir" directors and casts highlight these hard to find features. "Address Unknown" (1944) director William Cameron Menzies, stars Paul Lukas, Carl Esmond, Peter Van Eyck; "Escape in the Fog" (1945) director Oscar (Budd) Boetticher, stars Otto Kruger, Nina Foch, William Wright; "The Guilt of Janet James" (1947) director Henry Levin, stars Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Sid Caesar; "The Black Book" (aka "The Reign of Terror") (1949) director Anthony Mann, stars Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Arlene Dahl; "Johnny Allegro" (1949) director Ted Tetzlaff, stars George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready; "711 Ocean Drive" (1950) director Joseph M. Newman cast Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger; "The Killer That Stalked New York" (1950) director Earl McEvoy stars Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop; "Assignment Paris" (1952) director Earl McEvoy, stars Dana Andrews, Marta Toren, George Sanders; "The Miami Story" (1954) director Fred F. Sears, cast Barry Sullivan, Luther Adler, John Baer. Presented in high definition in their original aspect ratios. Curated from the Columbia Pictures Library. Formats: Blu-ray. (Kit Parker Films/MVD Entertainment).
The Gospel According to Andre
(2017) André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimate portrait takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Green Inferno
(2013) Two-disc Collector’s Edition set, with the film on Blu-ray and the original motion picture soundtrack by Manuel Riveiro on CD. From Eli Roth, the mastermind behind the "Hostel" franchise and "Cabin Fever." A group of student activists fly to Peru determined to protect the Amazon rainforest, only to crash-land deep in the jungle. Captured by a pack of bloodthirsty cannibals, the survivors suffer unspeakable acts of butchery at the hands of the very tribe they were trying to save. A non-stop barrage of carnage and chills, the film is an unhinged blast. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Into the Green Inferno" interview with co-writer/producer/director Eli Roth; new "Uncivilized Behavior: Method Acting in The Green Inferno"; new hour-long behind the scenes footage; audio commentary with Roth, producer Nicolás López and cast members Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton and Daryl Sabara; original publicity featurettes including "The Making of The Green Inferno"; trailer; TV spots; still galleries – storyboards and makeup tests, behind-the-scenes photos, village construction, and movie stills. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
(1994 -- France/Italy) In the 18th century during Handel's time, no man could eclipse the fame or passion of the opera singer Farinelli. Filled with romance and eroticism, this is the incredible, true story of the legendary castrato. Castrated as a child to preserve his angelic voice, Farinelli (Stefano Dionisi) tours the royal courts of Europe with his brother and composer Riccardo (Enrico Lo Verso). The two are inseparable, seducing audiences both on and off the stage, while sharing everything -- even lovers -- until rivalry and obsession threaten to tear them apart. Winner of the 1995 Best Foreign Language Golden Globe. In a new 2K digital restoration. formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Farinelli: Nostalgia for a Lost Voice" making-of featurette, new essay by film critic Kenji Fujishima. Blu-ray adds behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews. (Film Movement Classics).
(2017 -- Germany) Celina Peter, Aleksandra Cwen, Claudia Martini, Tanja Petrovsky. A haunting pagan death trip -- a startling vision of psychedelic horror set in a dark past when Europe suffered from the paranoia and superstition that swept the land. In the 15th Century in the remote Austrian Alps, the orphan Albrun grows up to be a simple goatherd living in solitude ... and a marked woman. As a scapegoat of ancient myths and monstrous misogyny, Albrun finds herself tormented by the local townsfolk, driving her to unleash the inner darkness that swells within her. A self-styled witch, Albrun soon exercises her other-worldly birthright and conjures a plague that makes the surrounding human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Doppelgänger Releasing).
Naples in Veils
(2017 -- Italy) A young woman crosses paths with a mysterious gentleman, only to find herself in the center of a murder investigation where nothing is as it seems. One night during a party, Adriana crosses the seductive and powerful gaze of Andrea, a charming and self-confident young man. They are immediately attracted to each other and spend a passionate night together. Adriana begins to think this could be the beginning of a great love that could change her life and they agree to meet the next day, but Andrea doesn’t show up. Disappointed, Adriana goes back to her normal life, but an unexpected breakthrough comes: Andrea is suddenly found dead. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
A Place to Call Home, Season 6 – The Final Chapter
(2018) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. A sweeping romantic drama set in 1950s rural Australia and dealing with important social issues of the time: homosexuality, single motherhood, racism and the lingering effects of war. The final chapter of the Bligh saga brings love and healing to Australia’s first family as each member finds their true meaning in life and a place to call home. Also available: "A Place To Call Home: The Complete Collection (Limited Edition)"
in a 20-disc set with all 67 episodes in special collectible packaging with two hours of bonus features. Also includes a set of six drink coasters and stirrers, six note cards and envelopes, and an eight-page booklet featuring an interview with series creator and writer Bevan Lee. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(1987) TV star Mary Page Keller ("Pretty Little Liars") appears alongside Andrew Stevens ("10 to Midnight," "The Fury") as a couple terrorized by an age-old curse in this much-underrated late-80s offering from director Richard Friedman. Keller plays Kate Christopher, a singer who moves into an old colonial mansion with her son and psychologist boyfriend David (Stevens). But when they make a strange and gruesome discovery in the boarded-up attic, it soon becomes clear that the mansion carries with it a dark and blood-stained past -- and one that is about to terrorize them in the present. The second feature helmed by Richard Friedman, who went on to direct such genre favorites as Doom Asylum and "Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge," "Scared Stiff (AKA The Masterson Curse)" builds to an astonishing practical FX-laden climax sure to please fans of 80s horror. Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with director Richard Friedman, producer Dan Bacaner and film historian Robert Ehlinger; "Mansion of the Doomed: The Making of Scared Stiff" new documentary featuring interviews with Richard Friedman, Dan Bacaner, Robert Ehlinger, actors Andrew Stevens and Joshua Segal, special effects crew Tyler Smith, Jerry Macaluso and Barry Anderson; new interview with composer Billy Barber; image gallery; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options. FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by James Oliver. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Shameless: The Complete Ninth Season
(2018) Four-disc set with 14 episodes. In the ninth season, political fervor hits the South Side of Chicago as the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. While Frank (William H. Macy), sees financial opportunity in giving voice to the underrepresented working man, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) tries to build on her real estate success and takes an expensive gamble. Debbie (Emma Kenney) fights for equal pay, and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) considers attending West Point. Ian (Cameron Monaghan) faces the consequences of his crimes and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) becomes a sober coach for a famous actress. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Warner).
Target: St. Louis
(2016) This stunning documentary about environmental racism during the Cold War exposes the secret history and conspiracy surrounding the U.S. Army aerosol radiation testing in segregated neighborhoods of North St. Louis. After Hiroshima, the United States Army, eager for new ways to weaponize atomic power, engaged in a series of classified open-air studies designed to test the effects of aerosol radiation in a metropolitan setting. At first, the tests were described as defensive, the latest strategy against the threat of Russian bombers. But as later declassified documents suggest, the goal of the testing (performed primarily in low-income and African-American neighborhoods of North St. Louis), was to develop offensive capabilities which could match the climate and terrain of downtown Moscow. Consequently, generations of St. Louis inhabitants were unwitting participants in a government testing program which, like the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Project, was facilitated by the U.S. Department of Public Health. Investigating the historical catalyst for these events, the survivors' quest for answers and the subsequent Federal legislation requiring informed consent by human subjects, Target: St. Louis is a compelling and shocking documentary audiences won't soon forget. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).
(2016) After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking -- the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Tito and the Birds
(2018 -- Brazil) Animated film about a little boy and his journey to save the world. Tito, a shy 10-year-old boy, lives in a world on the brink of pandemic. Fear is crippling people, making them sick and transforming them. Tito realizes, based on his father’s past research, that there may be a way to utilize the local pigeon population and their songs to create a cure for the disease. His father was forced to leave when Tito was only six and the struggle to find a cure becomes linked with the search to find his father again, along with his own identity. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with filmmaker Gustavo Steinberg and director Gabriel Bitar, theatrical trailer. (Shout! Studios).
Torment (Paper Gallows)
(1950) Dermot Walsh, Rona Anderson, John Bentley, Dilys Laye. Brothers Cliff and Jim Brandon are a successful writing team specializing in murder mysteries, but Cliff and Jim are almost as disturbed as some of the characters they've created. While researching their latest novel, one of the brothers commits murder, simply to experience the thrill. He then attempts to frame his secretary Joan for the crime, since she's in love with the other brother. The saner of the two races against time to save Joan from the gallows and to bring his sibling to justice. (also known as 'Paper Gallows') First time ever on disc in North America. Formats: DVD. (Juno Films Selects/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smaradottir. A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown. Read more about "Arctic" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Story Behind Arctic," Mads Mikkelsen featurette. (Universal).
The Brain BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale. Imagine a pulsating mass of grey matter, exploding in size and strength as it takes control of human minds and devours human bodies. It could never happen, right? Just watch Independent Thinking, starring Dr. Anthony Blakely, a hot new TV program. But as the show’s ratings continue to soar, so does the suicide and murder rate among its viewers. What they don’t know is that Dr. Blake has teamed with an alien brain and plans to gain control of all humanity. New 4K scan of the original negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New Audio commentary with director Ed Hunt; new audio commentary with composer Paul Zaza; new audio commentary with actor Tom Bresnahan; new "Canada on the Mind" interview with actress Cynthia Preston; new "From Monster Kid to Monster Man" interview with actor George Buza; new "Brain Art" interview with assistant art director Michael Borthwick; new "Food for Thought: A Love Letter to THE BRAIN"; still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
Dragged Across Concrete
(2018) Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Jennifer Carpenter, Michael Jai White, Don Johnson, Udo Kier. Two hard-boiled veteran cops attempt to hijack a bank heist after they're suspended after a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Elements of a Crime” three-Part documentary, “Moral Conflict: Creating Cinema that Challenges” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Khrustalyov, My Car! [Limited Edition]
(1998 -- Russia) Named after the apocryphal exclamation of Soviet security chief Lavrentiy Beria as he rushed to Stalin's deathbed, this blackly funny, deliriously immersive satire distils the anticipation and anxiety in the Moscow air as the Soviet despot lay dying. Late winter 1953. The lives of nearly half the planet are in Stalin's hands. A military surgeon, General Yuri Georgievich Klensky (Yuri Tsurilo), finds himself a target of the "Doctors' Plot": the anti-Semitic conspiracy accusing Jewish doctors in Moscow of planning to assassinate the Soviet elite. Pursued, abused, and marked for the gulags, Yuri is chased and dragged through a Stalinist Soviet nightmare. His desperate, jolting journey encapsulates the madness of the era. Directed by Aleksei German ("Hard to Be a God"), "Khrustalyov, My Car!" proved wildly provocative when it was screened at the 1998 Cannes film festival, despite being championed as the best film of the festival by the president of the Cannes jury that year, Martin Scorsese. A one-of-a-kind collision of nightmare and realism, German's film is presented here in a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by producer Daniel Bird; "Between Realism and Nightmare," a new video essay on "Khrustalyov, My Car!" and the films of Aleksei German by historian and film critic Eugénie Zvonkine; "Diagnosis Murder: Jonathan Brent on The Doctors' Plot," the academic talks about Stalin's anti-Semitic campaign that provides the backdrop for "Khrustalyov, My Car!"; "Aleksei German": the veteran film historian and critic Ron Holloway interviews the Russian director; "German ... At Last," an interview with Aleksei German by producer Guy Séligmann; re-release trailer; double-sided fold-out poster; limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Gianna D'Emilio, an archival essay by Joël Chaperon and original reviews. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2018 -- Argentina) Walter Rodríguez, Catalina Saavedra, Germán de Silva. Marcos, a 17-year-old farm worker, discovers his sexuality in a hostile environment. Nicknamed Marilyn by other teenagers in town, he becomes the target both of human desire and discrimination. While his father and brother handle the heavier tasks, Marcos stays home close to his mother. Each one has their future laid out before them, but Marcos is just waiting for the arrival of Carnival, the one moment when he can let his true self out to shine and show everyone just the way he feels inside. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Mission of Honor
(2018 -- UK/Poland) Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson, Stefanie Martini, Krystof Hádek, Marcin Dorocinski. The story of Squadron 303, a group of heroic pilots who fought in the skies over England in the Battle of Britain during WWII. These brave men were not just fighting to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the memories of their own countries; which had been caught in the crossfire as Germany tore across Eastern Europe. Equipped with nothing more than obsolete RAF planes and second-hand uniforms, they flew for all of those who had become casualties. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A with director David Blair, five on-set interviews. (Cinedigm).
(2019) Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime when she tries to rescue a kidnapped friend in Mexico. Based on the 2011 Spanish-language film. Read more about "Miss Bala" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Eight deleted scenes and extended scenes; three featurettes: “Gina: The Unstoppable Strength of a Woman,” “The Bigger the Bang: Action on Set” and “Making of Miss Bala”; "A Look into the Stunts and Costumes with Catherine Hardwicke"; feature commentary with director Catherine Hardwicke, executive producer Jamie Marshall, and associate producer Shayda Frost. (Sony).
Moscow Never Sleeps
(2017 -- Russia) Anastasiya Shalonko, Yuriy Stoyanov, Aleksey Serebryakov. A multi-narrative drama about the hidden bonds that connects people: the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people: An ENTREPRENEUR whose business empire comes under siege by powerful bureaucrats, a TEENAGE GIRL mired in the misery of a broken home, A YOUNG MAN forced to choose between his girlfriend and his grandmother, a beautiful SINGER torn apart by the pursuit of two men, and an ailing FILM STAR who gets embroiled in a bizarre kidnapping. Over the course of one day, their lives will change forever. These stories weave through Moscow's choked cityscape as it celebrates its birthday with a massive fireworks display. Formats: DVD, VOD. (IndiCan Pictures).
Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
(2018 -- Japan) This documentary offers a new look at the rarely-interviewed filmmaker as he faces the challenges of working with unfamiliar CGI technology to create a new short film. In 2013, Academy Award-winning film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he can’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarks on a new project to utilize CGI for the first time ever. But the artist, who has been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronts many challenges that threaten to cancel the film. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film "Boro the Caterpillar" using CGI. This release contains two different versions: a 70-minute version in Japanese with English subtitles, and an alternate cut, a 48-minute broadcast version with English narration, which includes footage not included in the 70-minute version. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
My Brilliant Career
(1979 -- Australia) For her award-winning breakthrough film, director Gillian Armstrong drew on teenage author Miles Franklin’s novel, a celebrated turn-of-the-twentieth-century Australian coming-of-age story, to brashly upend the conventions of period romance. Headstrong young Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis, in a star-making performance), bemoans her stifling life in the backcountry, where her writerly ambitions receive little encouragement, and craves independence above all else. When a handsome landowner (Sam Neill), disarmed by her unruly charms, begins to court her, Sybylla must decide whether she can reconcile the prospect of marriage with the illustrious life’s work she has imagined for herself. Suffused with generous humor and a youthful appetite for experience, My Brilliant Career is a luminous portrait of an ardently free spirit.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, approved by director Gillian Armstrong, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Armstrong; new interview with Armstrong; interview from 1980 with actor Judy Davis; new interview with production designer Luciana Arrighi; trailer; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey. (The Criterion Collection).
Police Story/Police Story 2
(1985/1988 -- Hong Kong) The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in these breathtakingly inventive action comedies, two smash hits that made Jackie Chan a worldwide icon of daredevil spectacle. The director/star/one-man stunt machine plays Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police inspector whose methods are, ahem, unorthodox; the phenomenal Maggie Cheung, in a star-making role, plays his much-put-upon girlfriend, May. Packed wall-to-wall with astoundingly acrobatic fight choreography, epic explosions, charmingly goofball slapstick, and awesomely 1980s electro soundtracks, "Police Story" and "Police Story 2" set a new standard for rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem that established Chan as a performer of unparalleled grace and daring and would influence a generation of filmmakers, from Hong Kong to Hollywood. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restorations of both films, with alternate 5.1 surround and English-dubbed soundtracks for both films.
Extras: Hong Kong-release version of "Police Story 2," presented in a high-definition digital transfer for the first time; new programs on Chan's screen persona and action-filmmaking techniques featuring author and New York Asian Film Festival cofounder Grady Hendrix; archival interviews with Chan and actor and stuntman Benny Lai; television program from 1964 detailing the rigors of Peking-opera training, akin to the education that Chan received as a child; Chan stunt reel; trailers; an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019) Diane Lane, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou. A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems when his ex-wife tracks him down with a desperate plea for help to save them from her new, violent husband. Read more about "Serenity" in the April Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Universal).
Tarantula BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1955) Biochemist Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll) has a plan to feed the world by using a special growth formula on plants and animals. Instead he creates terror beyond imagining when his work spawns a spider of mammoth proportions. Feeding on cattle and humans, this towering tarantula has the people of Desert Rock, Arizona running for their lives. Can this horrifying creature be stopped, or will the world succumb to this oversized arachnid? This classic sci-fi film from director Jack Arnold ("Creature From the Black Lagoon," "It Came From Outer Space") stars John Agar and Mara Corday and features a cameo by Clint Eastwood as a jet squadron leader. New 2K scan of the original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss and David Schecter; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream factory).
(2019) Documentary takes viewers inside the lives and experiences of a group of men who spend a summer fighting wildfires. Every summer the American West burns. As climate change has increased, average temperatures have risen, resulting in a swift rise in wildfires in both frequency and intensity. Inside every one of these fires are small crews who work to contain the fire by hand -- using shovels, pickaxes and methods that haven’t changed in 60 years. "Wildland" goes inside the lives and experiences of the men who battle these fires by following a 20-man wildland firefighting crew over the course of a single fire season. Together these men are tasked with facing nature’s most elemental force and finding their way through boredom, fear, and a job that is frequently described as "long hours of hard labor punctuated by moments of sheer terror." Late in the film, the crew is dispatched to the largest fire in the country. It’s here that they’ll make a stand and engage in a hectic final battle that they’ll carry with them forever.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (FilmRise).
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