(2018) Darren Criss, Madalina Ghenea, James Remar. Tyler Hutton (Criss) is a young New York fashion executive whose business trip to Milan takes an unexpected turn when he is kidnapped for ransom and whisked off to a remote Alpine village. But little does he or his three bumbling abductors know that the rustic cottage where they spend the night is under a gypsy love spell. Upon waking up the next morning, each of the men fall in love with the first living soul that meets their eyes: which are, for the kidnappers: a homely spinster; a handsome woodsman; and one cute cow. Tyler, as luck would have it, gets smitten by Rosalia (Ghenea), a raven-haired beauty with a sharp tongue and reluctant heart. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Omnibus Entertainment).
The Andromeda Strain
(1971) Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olsen, Kate Reid. Before he created Westworld and Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton first blurred the line between science fiction and science fact with his breakout success "The Andromeda Strain." Two years after the novel's publication, Robert Wise directed the film adaptation, a nail-biting blend of clinically-realized docudrama and astonishing sci-fi visuals that ushered in a new subgenre: the "killer virus" biological thriller. A government satellite crashes outside a small town in New Mexico -- and within minutes, every inhabitant of the town is dead, except for a crying baby and an elderly derelict. The satellite and the two survivors are sent to Wildfire, a top-secret underground laboratory equipped with a nuclear self-destruct mechanism to prevent the spread of infection in case of an outbreak. Realizing that the satellite brought back a lethal organism from another world, a team of government scientists race against the clock to understand the extraterrestrial virus -- codenamed "Andromeda" -- before it can wipe out all life on the planet. Aided by innovative visual effects by Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey," "Silent Running") and an unforgettable avant-garde electronic music score by Gil Melle, Wise's suspense classic still haunts to this day, and is presented here in a stunning, exclusive new 4K scan and restoration from the original negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by critic Bryan Reesman; "A New Strain of Science Fiction," a newly-filmed appreciation by critic Kim Newman; "The Andromeda Strain: Making the Film," an archive featurette from 2001 directed by Laurent Bouzereau and featuring interviews with director Robert Wise and screenwriter Nelson Gidding; "A Portrait of Michael Crichton," an archive featurette from 2001 directed by Laurent Bouzereau and featuring an interview with author Michael Crichton; "Cinescript Gallery," highlights from the annotated and illustrated shooting script by Nelson Gidding; theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots; image gallery; BD-ROM: PDF of the 192-page "cinescript" with diagrams and production designs; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Peter Tonguette and archive publicity materials. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(2018) All-New, feature-length animated thriller finds Gotham City reaching New levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra's al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan -- leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Cowabunga, Batman! When Comic Worlds Collide" featurette, "Fight Night in Gotham" featurette, sneak peek at the next DC Universe Movie, "Batman: Hush." (Warner).
The Best of the New Scooby-Doo Movies: The Lost Episodes
(2019) Features eight never-before released episodes that are now available together on DVD for the first time. The Mystery Inc. Gang teams up with stellar celebrity guest stars who help them solve the most intriguing cases. The gang joins forces with heartthrob Davy Jones as well as Josie and the Pussycats. Released just in time for Scooby-Doo's 50th anniversary. All eight episodes are included in "The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection" (see below) .Formats: DVD. (Warner).
The Brady Bunch: 50th Anniversary TV & Movie Collection
Thirty-disc collection features all five years of the series (1969-74), the first-ever DVD release of "The Bradys" and "The Brady Brides" spinoff series, as well as all "The Brady Bunch" movies. "The Brady Bunch" made television history when it debuted 50 years ago on September 26, 1969. When widower Mike Brady (Robert Reed) marries a lovely lady named Carol Ann (Florence Henderson), their two families become one. The six children include Carol's daughters Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb) and Cindy (Susan Olsen), as well as Mike's sons Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight), and Bobby (Mike Lookinland). Together with their dog Tiger and quirky housekeeper Alice (Ann B. Davis), this wild clan became the Brady Bunch. Along with all five seasons of the series, the set includes "The Brady Kids: The Complete Animated Series," "The Bradys" and "The Brady Brides" spinoffs, alongside five television films "The Brady Bunch Movie," "A Very Brady Christmas," "The Brady Bunch in the White House," "Growing Up Brady" and "A Very Brady Sequel." Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, featurettes. (CBS/Paramount).
Cherry Grove Stories
(2018) LGBTQ documentary entertainingly recounts time in Cherry Grove including queer origins, Tennessee Williams visits, decadent parties, sexual liberation, HIV alienation and the continual swinging of indecent law enforcement ... all told through first person accounts and a treasure trove of fabulous, unseen archival footage of the beloved haven. In an era when it was illegal for two men to hold hands in public, the pristine beachfront hamlet of Cherry Grove on Fire Island, N.Y., was a safe haven for gays who were often targeted for arrest and prosecution. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Cleaning Lady
(2018) Alexis Kendra, Rachel Alig, Stelio Savante, JoAnne McGrath. On the surface, Alice (Kendra) seems like a woman who has it all: a gorgeous apartment, a booming career, a stunning physique, and a handsome boyfriend. The only problem is he's married to someone else. Looking for a way to simplify her life, Alice hires Shelly to clean her house. As Alice begins to confide in Shelly about her illicit affair, their friendship grows… and so does Shelly's twisted obsession with her new employer. It soon becomes clear that Shelly has motives that reach further than a normal cleaning lady. Shelly wants to cleanse Alice's entire life and will stop at nothing until she's done. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman
In 1960, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman began work on three of his most powerful and representative films, eventually presented as a trilogy. Already a figure of international acclaim for such masterpieces as The Seventh Seal and The Magician, Bergman turned his back on the expressionism of his fifties work to focus on a series of chamber dramas exploring belief and alienation in the modern age. Collaborating with the distinguished cinematographer Sven Nykvist, and eliciting searing performances from his refined cast of regulars-Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom, Ingrid Thulin, and Max Von Sydow among them-Bergman unleashed Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1963), and The Silence (1963)in rapid succession, exposing moviegoers worldwide to a new level of intellectual and emotional intensity. Drawing on Bergman's own upbringing and ongoing spiritual crises, the films of the trilogy examine the necessity of religion and question the promise of faith.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays.
Extras: Observations from 2003 on each film by film scholar Peter Cowie; "Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie," a five-part documentary by Vilgot Sjöman made for Swedish television during the production of "Winter Light"; poster gallery; original U.S. theatrical trailers; alternate English-dubbed soundtracks. Blu-ray adds Introductions to the films by director Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003; interview from 2012 with actor Harriet Andersson; audio interview from 1962 with actor Gunnar Björnstrand; illustrated audio interview with cinematographer Sven Nykvist, recorded in 1981. (The Criterion Collection).
(2018) Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rita Wilson, Sean Astin, Holland Taylor. A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs. Read more about "Gloria Bell" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "An Extraordinary Woman: Making Gloria Bell" featurette, audio commentary with director Sebastián Lelio. (Lionsgate).
(2018 -- France) Tom Dingler, Alex Lutz. Gauthier (Dingler), a young journalist, finds a letter suggesting he might be the son of Guy Jamet (Lutz in a Cesar award-winning performance), a 72-year-old French pop singer who was famous from the 60s to the 80s. As the old-time singer embarks on a tour to promote his newly released covers album, Guathier follows his maybe-biological father under the pretext of filming a documentary about Guy's career. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
(2019) Hilary Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Lydia Hearst. Based on one of Hollywood's most chilling murder cases, this thriller follows pregnant 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate (Hilary Duff), a rising star about to have her first baby with her husband, director Roman Polanski. Plagued by terrifying premonitions, Sharon sees her worst nightmares come to life with the appearance of Charles Manson and his deadly cult. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Daniel Farrands, "Premonitions: The Haunting of Sharon Tate" featurette. (Lionsgate).
I'll Take Your Dead
(2019) Aidan Devine, Ava Preston, Jess Salgueiro, Ari Millen. William has a simple job: he makes dead bodies disappear. This isn't something he likes or even wants to do, but through circumstances out of his control, his little farm house in the country has become a dumping ground for the casualties of the gang related murders in the nearby city. After a woman's body is dumped at the house, William begins his meticulous process when he realizes she's not actually dead. As the gang activity increases, William patches the woman up and holds her against her will until he can figure out what to do with her. As they begin to develop a very unusual respect for each other, the woman's murderers get word that she's still alive and make plan to finish what they started. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, script-to-screen comparison, trailers. (Shout! Factory).
(2018) Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess, Courtney Love, Diane Kruger. A young woman named Savannah Knoop (Stewart) spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author and cult status character JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law (Dern). The three books were purportedly semi-autobiographical accounts by a teenage boy of his experiences of poverty, drug use, and emotional and sexual abuse in his childhood and adolescence from rural West Virginia to California. Based on a true story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
(2018) Jake Schur, Leila Georg, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawk, Dane DeHaan. A young boy, Rio (Schur), is forced to go on the run across the American Southwest in a desperate attempt to save his sister (George) from his villainous uncle (Pratt). Along the way, he encounters Sheriff Pat Garrett (Hawke), on the hunt for the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid (DeHaan). Rio finds himself increasingly entwined in the lives of these two legendary figures as the cat-and-mouse game of Billy the Kid's final year of life plays out. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making of The Kid" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Lost in Space, The Complete First Season
(2018) All 10 episodes. Set 30 years in the future, this epic reimagining of the original family space adventure finds the Robinsons torn off course en route to what they hoped would be a fresh start on a distant space colony. Against all odds, but with endless hope and extensive training, the family bands together to survive on a dangerous alien planet.Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, "No Place to Hide" colorized unaired pilot episode from the original (Blu-ray Exclusive), "Bill and Max: Lost and Found in Space," "Bill Mumy Visits the Jupiter 2," "Designing the Robot," sizzle reel. (Fox).
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Power up with six incredible teens who out-maneuver and defeat evil everywhere as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. But this time, the Power Rangers may have met their match when they face off with the most sinister monster the galaxy has ever seen -- Ivan Ooze. Extras: "The Mighty Leap to the Silver Screen" look back at the movie with the cast and crew, including brand-New interviews with director Bryan Spicer and stars Johnny Yong Bosch and Paul Freeman; theatrical trailer; original featurette. (Shout! Factory).
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: The (Almost) Complete Collection
(2019) For the first time ever, nearly all episodes from "The New Scooby-Doo Movies," the Scooby-Doo series featuring celebrity guests, are available to own in one collection. Includes 23 episodes. That loveable Great Dane and the Mystery Inc. gang encounter some of pop culture's most legendary names, including Jonathan Winters, Dick Van Dyke, The Three Stooges, Cass Elliot of The Mamas & the Papas, Laurel & Hardy, Harlem Globetrotters, Batman and Robin and many more, as they embark on their mystery-solving adventures. Released just in time for Scooby-Doo's 50th anniversary. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Warner).
(2018) Luke Sorge, Brenna Otts, Ketrick "Jazz" Copeland, Gena Shaw. Paying homage to the grindhouse features of the 1960s and 70s, this is a darkly sexual, craftily stylized and wildly entertaining crime and revenge melodrama. Paul, a troubled young veteran, is told by a psychiatrist that sex is the solution to his dependency and drinking problems. But things turns out otherwise as Paul and his sister are sucked into a criminal underworld where sex and murder are daily specials and revenge is served piping hot. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Director's Commentary by director Drew Barnhardt, deleted scenes, selected music commentaries with composer Ryan Franks, the artwork of Rondo (poster art and lobby cards set to music). (Artsploitation Films).
Sara Stein -- From Berlin to Tel Aviv: The Complete Series
(2018) Two-disc set with four feature-length episodes of the internationally flavored crime series. As a criminal investigator of Jewish descent working in Berlin, Sara Stein was used to operating independently of everyone else. Her keen instincts and sound judgement enabled her to navigate sure-footedly through many sensitive cases. But it was not until she found herself investigating the murder of an Israeli DJ that politics and religion played such an important role in her life. Now, facing new challenges as a detective in Tel Aviv, Sara continues to strive for truth and justice while dreaming of peace for her beloved new home, Israel. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Omnibus Entertainment).
(2018) An irreverent, award-winning story of illegal drugs and famous baseball stars. Recounting the high-profile doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, director Billy Corben ("Cocaine Cowboys," "Magic City Hustle") takes us into the surreal Miami underworld that provided performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and other star players. The documentary plays like a madcap Floridian crime comedy in the vein of Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen and the Coen Brothers while it raises serious questions about the ethics of professional sports. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Greenwich Entertainment).
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season One
(2018) All eight episodes. John Krasinski stars as Tom Clancy's iconic CIA analyst in the new hit series already renewed for a second and third season on Amazon Prime Video. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the U.S. and her allies. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Paramount
(1988) Genre regular Cameron Mitchell stars in this thrilling tale of escaped hoodlums and underground-dwelling cannibals from director Leszek Burzynski and "Hellraiser" producer Christopher Webster. One wintry night, pals Robin and Monica are making their way to a Christmas party when they're carjacked by a gang of crooks recently escaped from the local penitentiary. With the two young women taken as hostages, things take an even darker turn when their vehicle plummets down an abandoned mine shaft, trapping them underground with the dangerous crooks -- and a mutant cannibal. Filmed in 1988 under the title of "Forever Mine" but not released until 1993, "Trapped Alive" was the first film to come out of Wisconsin's now-defunct Windsor Lake Studios, which would go on to produce a number of films under the Fangoria Films label in the early-90s, including 1992's Bruce Campbell-starring "Mindwarp." Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with director Leszek Burzynski; new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley; new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues; "There's EVIL Underground ..." new making-of documentary featuring interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, production manager Alexandra Reed and actors Alex Kubik and Sullivan Hester; "Upper Michigan Tonight" 1988 TV documentary on Windsor Lake Studios, featuring footage from behind the scenes of "Trapped Alive" and contemporary interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, producer Christopher Webster and production designer Brian Savegar; "Leszek Burzynski: The Early Years" in which the "Trapped Alive" director discusses his early forays into genre movie-making; reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Zach Carlson. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral
(2019) Director: Tyler Perry. Stars: Courtney Burrell, Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cassi Davis, Ciera Payton, Rome Flynn, Aeriel Miranda, KJ Smith, Joel Rush, David Otunga. A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets. Read more about "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, "Madea's Tips for Attending a Funeral" featurette, "Making a Madea Family Funeral: An Affair to Remember" featurette, "Hellllur: Looking Back on Madea" featurette.
Woman At War
(2018 -- Iceland) Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada. The humorous story of one woman's unique fight against climate change. The seemingly mild-mannered Halla blends in with her community during the day; at night, however, she is the vigilante known only as "The Woman of the Mountain", whose goal is to take down the aluminum industry. When she is presented with a world-changing opportunity -- the chance to adopt a child in Ukraine -- she must choose whether or not to continue her life in the shadows or move towards the new light in her life. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Terror in the Skies
(2018) Documentary explores hundreds of years of terrifying reports of encounters with massive, winged creatures around the Land of Lincoln. From Alton's man-eating Piasa Bird legends to recent Chicago sightings of a creature said to resemble West Virginia's infamous Mothman, "Terror in the Skies" takes an in-depth look at a centuries-old mystery. Small Town Monsters made waves in 2017 with their documentary "The Mothman of Point Pleasant," which "Terror in the Skies" acts as a "spiritual sequel" to and one that will be concluded in 2020 by the final chapter in their Mothman trilogy, "The Mothman Legacy."
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Small Town Monsters).
Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970
(2019) Celebrates the life and work of the legendary folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie, whose songs have become part of the bedrock of American life. Three years after Guthrie died of Huntington's disease in 1967, the California chapter of the Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease, now known as the Hereditary Disease Foundation, helped stage this concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to raise funds for Huntington's research. Although the concert took place one night only, four-time Emmy award winner Jim Brown filmed this historic event, with performances by Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Country Joe McDonald, Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Earl Robinson, and The Band along with narration by actors Will Geer and Peter Fonda.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Concert rehearsal footage, audio interviews with Arlo Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. (MVD Visual).
(2019) Four friends on a weekend retreat to the mountains encounter a deranged killer and their fun weekend becomes a deadly fight for survival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
(2018) Ashton Sanders, Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Madeline Brewer, D.B. Sweeney, Alan Ruck, Machine Gun Kelly, James Ransone, Kevin J. O'Connor, Kevin Dunn. Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, "Captive State" explores the lives on both sides of the conflict -- the collaborators and dissidents. Read more about "Captive State" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Igniting a War" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Building the World of Captive State" location featurette on shooting in Chicago, feature commentary with director/producer/co-writer Rupert Wyatt. (Universal).
(2018) Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou. Set in the 1990's, the film revolves around Carol Danvers, a crack air force pilot. Though trials and tribulations she becomes one of the galaxy's mightiest heroes and joins an elite outer space military team known as Starforce. Her membership in the Kree military team puts her in danger when Earth becomes hopelessly stuck in battle between two other alien worlds, forcing Danvers to take on the role of Captain Marvel and use her new powers for the greater good. Despite her mighty power, Captain Marvel will discover things about herself she never hoped to know. Read more about "Captain Marvel" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Introduction and commentary by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; six featurettes; six deleted scenes; gag reel. (Disney).
(2019) Corey Jackson, Christian Gabriel, Pano Tsaklas. A cynical counselor at a crisis hotline finds himself in a life or death situation when a young man calls and threatens to kill three people and then himself. Formats: DVD, VOD. (High Octane Pictures).
Devil's Kiss (Redemption)
(1976 -- France/Spain) Silvia Solar, Olivier Mathot, José Nieto, Evelyne Scott, María Silva. From the film vaults of Eurociné -- the mind-boggling company that brought you "Zombie Lake," "Crimson," and "Orloff Against the Invisible Man" -- comes this riotous French/Spanish co-production, originally titled "La perversa caricia de Satán" ("The Perverse Caresses of Satan")! When the Countess de Moncourt (Solar) is left destitute by the suicide of her husband, she resumes her former identity as Claire Grandier -- comely Goth and medium! Teaming up with Dr. Gruber (Mathot), a down-on-his-luck telepath, they accept an invitation from an eccentric duke to stage a séance at his candle-lit castle, as a follow-up to a funky fashion show of hilarious "avant garde" wear. Impressed by Claire's command of the supernatural, the duke invites her and Gruber to room at his chateau. Working from a dank cellar with the help of a lascivious dwarf, Claire -- aided by Gruber's telepathic powers -- succeeds in reanimating a pauper's mutilated corpse and sending it on a mission of revenge ... but how will she control this doddering zombie should Gruber succumb to his weak heart? "Devil's Kiss" was the first and only horror film directed by "Georges Gigo" -- the French pseudonym of Spanish-born Jorge Luís Gigó Aznar, who can be seen as the fashion show announcer. A moody mélange of Frankenstein, Dracula, Lovecraft, and Munster cheese, it's the sort of atmospheric, lecherous, ultimately insane witch's brew that could only come from the cauldrons at Eurociné. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
The Entity Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Dir.: Sidney J. Furie; Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, George Cole. Carla Moran (Hershey), a hard-working single mother whose life becomes a nightmare when she is attacked in her bedroom by someone -- or something -- that she cannot see. Disbelieved by her friends and dismissed by skeptical psychiatrists, Carla begins to lose her grip as she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and even in front of her children. Could this be a case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific? Seeking help from a group of daring parapsychologists, Carla will attempt an unthinkable experiment: to seduce, trap and ultimately capture the depraved spectral fury that is The Entity. (strong>Extras: New "Inner Strength" interview with actress Barbara Hershey; new "Seeing Is Believing" interview with actor David Labiosa; new "High Dread interview with composer Charles Bernstein; new "Spirits & Sprocket Holes" interview with editor Frank J. Urioste; new audio commentary with author/filmmaker Daniel Kremer ("Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films"); "Trailers From Hell -- The Entity" with audio commentary by Luca Guadagnino; "The Entity Files" featurette; theatrical trailer; TV spots; radio spots; still gallery.(Scream Factory).
Final Stab BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2001) Erinn Hayes, Jamie Gannon, Bradley Stryker. A murder mystery weekend is the perfect time for a perfect crime. At a secluded estate, a group of college friends have gathered together for a weekend of fun and games. Killer, victim, or innocent bystander, they all have their part to play. But when people begin disappearing -- and the bloodshed turns out to be real, everyone quickly realizes that the only way out of this killer game is to be the last one left alive. New 2k restoration from the 35mm original camera negatives, with uncompressed PCM audio. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: New audio commentary with director, David DeCoteau. (Massacre Video).
Five Feet Apart
(2019) Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Parminder Nagra. A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet in a hospital and fall in love, though their disease means they must avoid close physical contact. Read more about "Five Feet Apart" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Justin Baldoni, "Crossing It Off: Making Five Feet Apart" featurette, "On the Set of Five Feet Apart" featurette, "Attention to Detail" featurette, "An Artist's Eye" featurette, "Theatrical Fan Event" footage, deleted scenes, alternate ending. (Lionsgate).
Frankenstein Created Woman Blu-ray Collector's Edition
(1967) Peter Cushing, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris, Susan Denberg. A new 2K scan from the original film elements. Baron Frankenstein (Cushing) and Dr. Hertz (Walters) are embarking upon an experiment to capture the souls of the dead and impose them into other bodies. When their assistant, Hans (Morris), is unjustly accused of murdering his girlfriend Christina's father and put to death, the two men claim his body and trap his soul in their laboratory. Meanwhile, Christina (Denberg) is consumed with grief and commits suicide. Frankenstein and Dr. Hertz are able to transfer Hans' soul into Christina's healed body, which results in a vision of beauty. Their experiment appears successful until Frankenstein discovers that Christina's seductive appetites are being driven by the spirit of Hans and his passion for revenge. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr; new interview with actor Robert Morris; new interview with camera assistant/clapper loader Eddie Collins and 2nd assistant director Joe Marks; audio commentary by actors Derek Fowlds, Robert Morris and film historian Jonathan Rigby; "World of Hammer" episode "The Curse of Frankenstein"; World of Hammer episode "Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing"; "Hammer Glamour" featurette; theatrical trailers; TV spots; radio spots; still galleries: movie stills, posters and lobby cards. (Scream Factory).
(2019) Miles Doleac, Sherri Eakin, Ritchie Montgomery, Lindsay Anne Williams. A married couple, trying to rebuild their relationship after an affair, travels to a secluded cabin and stumbles into a blood feud between the Native American owners of the property and the neighboring clan, who obsessively guard their land and punish those who trespass on it in terrifying ways. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
(2018) Taylor Spreitler, Pepi Sonuga, Sai Bennett, Linden Porco, Mark Holton. The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first he must recover his powers with a killing spree -- and only the girls of AU can stop him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Going Green With Director Steven Kostanski" featurette, "Leprechaun Returns" behind-the-scenes footage, still gallery. (Lionsgate).
Magnum P.I: Season One
(2018-19) Five-disc set with all 20 episodes. Remake of 1980s series (which starred Tom Selleck) follows Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez), a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum-lives in a guest cottage on Robin's Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. The "majordomo" of the property is Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks), a beautiful and commanding disavowed Ml:6 agent whose second job is to keep Magnum in line ... with the help of her two Dobermans. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Aloha Magnum!" behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the pilot episode, "I Saw the Sun Rise," from casting, prep, shooting and scoring to its world premiere at ComicCon, featuring contributions from producers, cast and crew; "Magnum P.I. - The Rising of the Sun: Season One" highlights; "Scoring Magnum P.I."; "Kumu & Katsumoto" interviews with new cast members Amy Hill and Tim Kang; "Watch Magazine" shoot; deleted scenes; gag reel. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen
(2017) All chefs dream of a Michelin star, and those who have one (or more) work tirelessly to keep this distinction. This documentary goes behind the scenes to see how the stars are awarded, to talk to the chefs who work tirelessly to maintain their status, and the impact of the Michelin Guide on the world of haute cuisine. At a moment in time when more and more people are obsessed with food --photographing every dish, worshipping cooks and flaunting trophy meals on social media -- this documentary goes under the surface and offers an in-depth, honest and relevant view into the every day world of Michelin chefs and restaurants. The film is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on creativity, business, and the art of perfection, chronicling the inner-workings of the culinary world through the eyes of the chefs, the critics, and their customers. Formats: DVD. (Juno Films).
Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure
(2019) Dove-approved family friendly animated film. While Norm and his friends are preparing to celebrate his grandfather's wedding, trouble is stirring in Misty Mountain. There, Norm meets an archaeologist named Jin and learns that a priceless Chinese artifact has been stolen by Dexter, Jin's old partner. With the help of his lemming friends, Norm must embark on a journey across the world to help recover the artifact and return it to its rightful place. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Sinatra in Palm Springs -- The Place He Called Home
(2018) During his brief yet turbulent marriage to Ava Gardner, Palm Springs was center stage for Frank Sinatra. And for the rest of his life, the Rancho Mirage compound on Frank Sinatra Drive was the sanctuary he called "My Heaven." Palm Springs still feels the ghost of the legendary performer. In this documentary film, director Leo Zahn explores Sinatra's deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, capturing the spirit of the Sinatra era and paying tribute to his unique lifestyle. Featuring more than 70 movie and TV show clips and a plethora of rarely seen archival footage as well as revealing interviews with Barbara Sinatra, Mel Haber, Tom Dreesen, Trini Lopez, Nelda Linsk, Michael Fletcher and many others who knew and lived and played with Mr. Sinatra, Zahn offers a fascinating insight into a true icon of entertainment. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Shout! Factory.
(2017 -- France) Marine Francen's award-winning debut feature is a sensual, visually stunning romance set in the 19th century French countryside, part of a new wave of female-focused historical drama. The year is 1851, and France's autocratic president Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte has ordered the arrest of all the men of a remote mountain farming village following a Republican uprising. The women spend two years in total isolation, forced to tend the crops themselves. Some women have lost their husbands; others, like the shy but inwardly strong Violette, suddenly have no chance of experiencing physical love or motherhood. The women take an oath: if a man comes, they will share him as a lover. When a mysterious and handsome stranger arrives, he ignites passions and jealousies that threaten to destroy the tight-knit community. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).
(1936) In this irresistible musical, the legendary dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are at the pinnacle of their art as a feckless gambler and the shrewd dancing instructor in whom he more than meets his match. Director George Stevens laces their romance with humor and clears the floor for the movie's showstopping dance scenes, in which Astaire and Rogers take seemingly effortless flight in a virtuosic fusion of ballroom and tap styles. Buoyed by beloved songs by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern-including the Oscar-winning classic "The Way You Look Tonight"-Swing Time is an exuberant celebration of its stars' chemistry, grace, and sheer joy in the act of performance. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of "Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films"; archival interviews with performers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan; new interview with George Stevens Jr.; "In Full Swing," a new program on the film's choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer; new interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the "Bojangles of Harlem" number; an essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith.
(The Criterion Collection).
They Might Be Giants BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1971) George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Jack Gilford, Al Lewsi, Rue McClanahan, Kitty Winn, M. Emmet Walsh, F. Murray Abraham, James Tolkan, Eugene Roche. Wealthy, retired judge Justin Playfair (Scott) has a most peculiar eccentricity: he believes he is Sherlock Holmes. Betrayed by his scheming brother, "Holmes" comes under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Mildred Watson (Woodward). As Watson follows Holmes through Manhattan on a search for his elusive nemesis Moriarty, the unlikely pair are drawn into a world of danger and intrigue. Together, they discover an uncommon reality -- and a most magical love. Presented in a special expanded version, featuring additional footage not seen in the original theatrical release. Extras: Audio commentary with director Anthony Harvey and film archivist Robert A. Harris, "Madness ... It's Beautiful" featurette, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
The 27 Club
(2018) Maddisyn Carter, John Hennigan, Victoria De Mare. Why did Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Kobain all die at the age of 27? When an aspiring singer and a journalism student seek answers to the notorious curse of the so-called "27 Club," they find themselves trapped in an evil underworld that takes artists souls as payment for eternal fame. Features legendary singer, songwriter, and record producer Todd Rundgren. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
(2019) Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania LaVie Owen, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence. The misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious stoner rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Directed by Harmony Korine ("Kids," "Spring Breakers"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Universal).
Between the Lines
(1977) Dir.: Joan Micklin Silver; Jeff Goldblum, John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Gwen Welles, Bruno Kirby, Marilu Henner, Michael J. Pollard. Set in the offices of a Boston alternative newspaper where the writers and editors enjoy a positive and open-minded work environment. Music critic Max (Goldblum) uses his influence to score dates, while news reporter Harry (Heard) is dating the lovely Abbie (Crouse), the publication's lead photographer. However, it seems as though their relatively carefree days are numbered when the owner of a major publishing company buys the paper, leading to more money, but even more changes. 2K restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: New interview with director Joan Micklin Silver, original trailer, 2018 re-release trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
(2018) When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump's inner circle, known for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post -- though some say he still has a direct line to the White House -- he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker and market his nativist views as a global movement. The documentary follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the US, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself -- as he has many times before -- this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Additional scenes/interviews, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2019) Beau Knapp, Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth, Kurt Russell, Vincent Kartheiser. With the current rise of cryptocurrency, people find ways to exploit the system and the global economy. When Wall Street banker Martin (Knapp) is sent to a bank branch in upstate New York, he uncovers suspicious cash flow through a local gallery selling million-dollar paintings. As Martin traces links to a violent global mob, he realizes he's put his nearby family in grave danger.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1985 -- France) Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard; Laurent Terzieff, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Claude Brasseur, Nathalie Baye, Johnny Hallyday. Godard's "Detective" is an invigorating deconstruction of film noir that adds a dash of "Grand Hotel" (1932) melodrama and "Body and Soul" (1947) boxing drama, all tied into an arresting Godardian knot. In a luxury Paris hotel, two detectives (Terzieff and Leaud) are working on the vexing case of an assassinated prince. In a nearby room, boxing trainer Jim Fox Warner (Hallyday) is getting his young protege´ ready for a fight. But Jim owes big money to the mob, as well as to the Chenals, a bickering husband and wife (Brasseur and Baye). In Godard's fractured, poetic style, the tension ratchets up between these groups until they reach a bloody breaking point. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Booklet essay by Nicolas Rapold, editor of Film Comment, trailers, selected scene commentary by James Quandt, programmer for the TIFF Cinematheque. (Kino Classics).
(2013) Compelled by the inheritance of a mysterious box of letters, American aesthete Brian Pfeifle, a young man from Modesto, California, begins the journey of a lifetime to reach the source of the correspondence: the last heir of the Holy Roman Emperors, aging Archduke Otto von Habsburg, in this quirky documentary. Assuming the name of Felix Etienne-Eduoard Pfeifle, spiritual heir to the Habsburg Empire, the quest takes him from the barrio of Los Angeles to Vienna itself, with an unlikely detour to upstate New York, allowing him, along with viewers, to explore matters that are exceptionally timely within the context of contemporary American culture --questions of identity, sexuality, appropriation and use -- as well as issues that resonate within our own lives. What does it take to construct, and become, an independent self? Formats: DVD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).
First Name: Carmen
(1983 -- France) Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard; Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffé, Myriem Roussel, Christophe Odent. Godard's "First Name: Carmen" is a radical reinvention of Bizet's opera, updating the story of sexual obsession with bank robbery and kidnapping. Godard himself appears as doddering Uncle Jean, who lends his house to his niece Carmen (Detmers) while he is recovering in a mental institution. Carmen and her gang of youthful pals stage a bloody robbery of a bank, during which she falls in love with one of the security guards (Jacques Bonnaffé). Her gang is in the planning stages of an even bigger crime -- the kidnapping of an industrialist (or his daughter), using the shooting of a documentary on luxury hotels as a pretext. This bizarre crime spree of sex and death is told via Godard's dizzying deconstructive style and DP Raoul Coutard's eye-popping colors, creating a singular work of art to rival Bizet.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Le changement à plus d'un titre: Changer d'image" (a short film by Jean-Luc Godard; feature and short film commentary by film historian Craig Keller; booklet essay by film critic Kristen Yoonsoo Kim; trailers. (Kino Classics).
Helas Pour Moi
(1993 -- France) Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard; Gérard Depardieu, Laurence Masliah, Bernard Verley. Godard's "Hélas pour moi" is a provocative film about faith and desire. Inspired by the Greek myth of Alcmene and Amphitryon, it investigates the story of a god inhabiting the body of a man to experience the pleasures of the flesh. The incident is told through the eyes of a publisher, Abraham Klimt (Verley), who is interviewing the inhabitants of a Swiss village regarding the strange story of Rachel (Masliah) and Simon Donnadieu (Depardieu). One summer Simon leaves on a business trip, but soon after a doppelgänger arrives in the village purporting to be Simon. He appears to be a god in human form, and he pursues Rachel in a series of philosophical seductions that explore divine and physical ecstasy. One of Godard's most beautiful films (shot by DP Caroline Champetier), "Hélas pour moi" is a thought- provoking and sensuous work of art.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film critic Samm Deighan; booklet essay by film critic Jordan Cronk; trailers. (Kino Classics).
(2018) Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs. True story of humanity and heroism that vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Kher) and a waiter (Patel) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Hammer and Boniadi) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Four featurettes: "Story and Cast," "Finding the True Story," "Humanity Within Tragedy," "Real-Life Heroes." (Universal).
(2018 -- South Africa) Schalk Bezuidenhout, Hannes Otto, Germandt Geldenhuys. Drafted during apartheid by the South African Army, Johan Niemand's love for Boy George and Depeche Mode lands him a spot in the SADF Choir called the Canaries. Against a landscape where law and religion oppress individuality, Johan and the Canaries have to survive military training and go on a nationwide tour of the country, entertaining people whilst fortifying the belief in the military effort and promoting the cause of both Church and State. An unexpected romance on the battlefield forces Johan to reckon with his long-repressed sexual identity. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(1999) The transcendent second feature by Bruno Dumont probes the wonder and horror of the human condition through the story of a profoundly alienated police detective (the indelibly sad-eyed Emmanuel Schotté, winner of an upset best actor prize at Cannes for his first film performance) who, while investigating the murder of a young girl, experiences jolting, epiphanous moments of emotional and physical connection. Demonstrating Dumont's deftness with nonactors and relentlessly frank depiction of bodies and sexuality, L'humanité is at once an idiosyncratic police procedural and a provocative exploration of the tension between humankind's capacity for compassion and our base, sometimes barbarous animal instincts. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Bruno Dumont, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Dumont; conversation between Dumont and critic Philippe Rouyer from 2014; segment from a 2000 episode of the French television program "Tendances," featuring actress Séverine Caneele; segment from a 1999 French television-news program featuring Dumont; trailer; an essay by critic Nicholas Elliott. (The Criterion Collection).
La vie de Jésus
(1997) With his stunning debut feature, the risk-taking auteur Bruno Dumont immediately established his reputation as an uncompromising iconoclast on the cutting edge of French cinema. Blending unflinching realism with moments of startling, light-filled beauty, La vie de Jésusfinds unexpected philosophical richness in the quotidian, small-town existence of Freddy (nonprofessional David Douche in a revelatory, one-off performance), an aimless young man with epilepsy who, in his childlike simplicity, embodies both great tenderness and terrifying brutality. Leaving the film's cryptic title tantalizingly open to interpretation, Dumont dares viewers to see the divine in a seemingly dead-end world.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Bruno Dumont, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Dumont; conversation between Dumont and critic Philippe Rouyer from 2014; segment from the French television program "Tendences" featuring actress Séverine Caneele; segment from a 1999 French television news program featuring Dumont; trailer; an essay by critic Nicholas Elliott. (The Criterion Collection).
Lords of Chaos
(2019) Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira, Sam Coleman. Oslo, 1987. Seventeen-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create "true Norwegian black metal" with his band, Mayhem. He's joined by equally fanatical youths -- Dead and Varg. Believing that they're on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker, driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he's earned for the group's violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score and ultimately determine who the darkest black metal musician is. Inspired by a true story. Formats: DVD. (Unobstructed View).
(2018 -- Japan) Collection of three animated stories exploring ideas of heroism in their own unique way. "Kanini & Kanino" is directed by Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi ("When Marnie Was There", "Mary and The Witch's Flower"); "Life Ain't Gonna Lose," featuring the voice of Maggie Q ("Nikita," "Designated Survivor"), is helmed by Yoshiyuki Momose, who was a key animator on Isao Takahata's films at Studio Ghibli; and "Invisible" director Akihiko Yamashita was a key animator on many of Hayao Miyazaki's best-known films. Each is produced by Studio Ponoc's Yoshiaki Nishimura. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Modest Heroes of Studio Ponoc," film completion press conference, interviews with Japanese voice cast, art galleries, trailers, TV Spots. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
The Running Man
(1963) Over a decade after re-defining the thriller with "The Third Man," director Carol Reed returned to the genre with "The Running Man." Reuniting with that film's cinematographer Robert Krasker (BAFTA-nominated for his work here), Reed goes in the opposite direction visually, framing the twisty plot in sun-kissed widescreen color. Rex Black (Laurence Harvey) has successfully faked his death in a plane crash and escaped to sunny Málaga under a new identity, waiting for his wife Stella (Lee Remick) to arrive with £50,000 of life insurance money. It's the start of a blissful, trouble-free new life for the couple -- until Stephen (Alan Bates), the insurance agent in charge of investigating Rex's death, suddenly arrives in town. Is he just holidaying in Spain, as he claims, or is he on assignment to foil Rex's scheme? Adapted by John Mortimer (later the creator of "Rumpole of the Bailey") from the novel "The Ballad of the Running Man" by Shelley Smith, this underappreciated entry in Reed's celebrated oeuvre makes its official worldwide home video premiere. 2K restoration of the film by Sony Pictures. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Isolated music and effects track; audio commentary by Peter William Evans, author of "British Film-Makers: Carol Reed"; "On The Trail of The Running Man, all-new featurette with crew members such as script supervisor Angela Allen and assistant director Kits Browning; Lee Remick at the National Film Theatre, an audio-only recording of the actor's appearance at the NFT in 1970; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original artwork; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Run the Race
(2018) This faith family drama tells the dramatic journey of two high school athletes and brothers who see their relationship tested as they seek different paths out of their troubled lives. Reeling from his mother's death and his father's abandonment, Zach, an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers' ticket out of town. When a devastating injury puts Zach -— and his dreams -- on the sidelines, brother David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope. Stars Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher, Kristoffer Polaha and Tanner Stine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Heart of Run the Race" featurette,
"The Making of the Movie" behind-the-scenes; "The Cast Talk." (Universal).
(2019) Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Michael Sheen, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost. Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness... and they're about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations --literally -- when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole and an unspeakable horror is unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as pupils, teachers and the school matron become locked in a bloody battle for survival. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
Suits: Season Eight
(2018) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes of the series that centers on a fast-paced Manhattan corporate law firm led by legendary lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), his intelligent but delicate partner, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), and secretary-turned-COO Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty). After surviving leadership turmoil and the loss of key partners, the trio continues to tackle top corporate cases. After muscling her way into the firm, powerhouse attorney Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl) joins the ranks of Specter Litt and challenges the status quo. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel. (Universal).
(2018 -- South Korea) K-pop star Do Kyung-soo, Jared Grimes, Park Hye-Su, Oh Jung-Se, Kim Min-Ho. In this swinging musical drama set during the Korean War, the soldiers at a POW camp plan a tap show to distract both themselves and the prisoners from the hardships of war. Led by a former Broadway dancer and a rebellious North Korean soldier, the band of prisoners find a new sense of freedom in dancing. Formats: Blu-ray. (Well Go USA).
Swingtown: The First Season
(2018) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes. 1970s themed series follows married couple Susan Miller (Molly Parker) and Jack Miller (Jack Davenport) as they move into a suburban neighborhood in Chicago next door to Trina Decker (Lana Parrilla) and Tom Decker (Grant Show), a couple with a peculiar marriage arrangement. Seeking new connections with each other in the midst of the sexual revolution, the swinger couples explore newfound relationships through open marriages, rendezvous and provocative gatherings. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Spirit of 176: The Making of Swingtown," "Have a Nice Revolution: Sex & Morality in 1970's America," audio commentaries, gag reel, deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
Thirst BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2009 -- South Korea) Dir.: Chan-wook Park; Kang-ho Song, Dong-soo Seo, Hee-jin Choi, Hwa-ryong Lee, In-hwan Park, Ok-bin Kim, Mi-ran Ra, Eriq Ebouaney. From Chan-wook Park, the director of "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy," "Lady Vengeance" and "Stoker," comes a shockingly original vampire story with a chilling, erotic style. A blood transfusion saves the life of a priest (Kang-ho Song), but also transforms him into a vampire. He struggles to control his insatiable thirst for blood until a love affair unleashes his darkest desires in deadly new ways. Daring and operatic, "Thirst" is a truly wicked love story that takes classic vampire lore to twisted new heights. Extras: New audio commentary by entertainment journalist and author Bryan Reesman, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
Under the Silver Lake
(2018) Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace. Sam (Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Keough), frolicking in his apartment's swimming pool. When she vanishes, he embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy in the City of Angels. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “What Lies Under the Silver Lake” featurette, “Beautiful Specter” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Universal Horror Collection Vol. 1
Four-disc set with hi-def verions of four films celebrating horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi: "The Black Cat" (1934), "The Raven" (1935), "The Invisible Ray" (1936) and "Black Friday" (1940).
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New commentaries and featurettes, still galleries, trailers. (Scream Factory).
(2019) Dir.: Jordan Peele; Lupita Nyong'O, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker. A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them. Read more about "Us" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Duality of US" featurette in which Jordan Peele goes in-depth on some of the key themes and imagery in US - including Doppelgängers, Hands Across America, The Nutcracker dance scene, rabbits and the infamous 11:11 coincidence; "The Monsters Within US" about how the cast was able to find their characters, whether they were playing one of the Wilsons or their sinister doppelgängers; "Tethered Together: Making US Twice" featurette; "Redefining a Genre: Jordan Peele's Brand of Horror" featurette; "Becoming Red" behind-the-scenes footage; six deleted scenes; "We're All Dying" outtakes; "As Above, So Below: Grand Pas de Deux" extended version of the dance sequence from the film, cutting between adolescent Adelaide at her recital to Red in the Underpass. Blu-ray adds "Scene Explorations": The making of three iconic scenes from the film including the Tyler house massacre, Jason's abduction and Adelaide's underground flashback. (Universal).
Will & Grace (The Revival): Season Two
(2018) Two-disc set with all 16 episodes. Yasss, Queen! The witty ensemble of Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen for Season 2 of the revival. This season they return with new looks, new loves, and new guest stars. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original "Will & Grace" episode, returns with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel. (Universal).
(2019) Voices of Sofia Mali, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Matthew Broderick. The story of a young girl named June with a big imagination who makes an incredible discovery-the amusement park of her dreams has come to life. Filled with the world's wildest rides operated by fun-loving animals, the excitement never ends. But when trouble hits, June and her misfit team of furry friends begin an unforgettable journey to save the park. Read more about "Wonder Park" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "Gus Yodeling" deleted scene, "The Wonder Chimp Channel," "The Pi Song Sing-Along," "Making Noises (It's Actually a Job?!!)," "June's Guide to Wonderland," "June's Welcoming Crew," Boardwalk Caricatures: drawing Boomer, drawing the Wonder Chimp Pirate, drawing the Wonder Chimp Princess. (Paramount).
(2019) Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgård. Set in 1946, this drama follows Rachael Morgan (Knightley), a British woman whose colonel husband (Clarke) is charged with rebuilding war-ravaged Hamburg. When she joins him there during the bitter winter months, she learns they will be sharing their home with a German widower (Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. Before long, the unusual arrangement intensifies political divides and stirs deep personal wounds. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, VFX Progressions, audio commentary by director James Kent, gallery. (Fox).
American Horror Project Volume 2 [Limited Edition]
Continuing its mission to unearth the very best in weird and wonderful horror obscura from the golden age of US independent genre moviemaking, Arrow Video presents the long-awaited second volume in its American Horror Project series co-curated by author Stephen Thrower ("Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents"). Starting off with a little-seen 1970 offering from underrated cult auteur John Hayes, "Dream No Evil" is a haunting, moving tale of a young woman's desperate quest to be reunited with her long-lost father -- only to find herself drawn into a fantasyland of homicidal madness. 1976's "Dark August" stars Academy Award-winner Kim Hunter in a story of a man pursued by a terrifying and deadly curse in the wake of a hit-and-run accident. Lastly, 1977's Harry Novak-produced "The Child" is a gloriously delirious slice of horror mayhem in which a young girl raises an army of the dead against the people she holds responsible for her mother's death. All three films have been newly remastered from the best surviving film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil;
"American Horror Project Journal Vol. II" limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films by Stephen R. Bissette, Travis Crawford and Amanda Reye; filmed appreciations for each film by Stephen Thrower; commentaries; press books; interviews; trailers. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Cinderella 70th Anniversary Walt Disney Signature Edition
(1949) In honor of its upcoming 70th anniversary, the timeless animated classic waltzes into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. Recently added to the prestigious National Film Registry, the animated classic centers on kind and hardworking Cinderella, who is ordered around by her cruel stepmother, her awful stepsisters - even the big clock in the church tower tells her when to start another day of drudgery. But they can't stop her from dreaming, and Cinderella has faith that someday her wishes will come true.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras:New: "Cinderella" trivia and fun facts, hosted by Ruth Righi and Ava Kolker from Disney Channel's "Sydney to the Max," and "In Walt's Words: Enhanced Edition," a special edition of "Cinderella" featuring fascinating production details, original storyboards, archival photos, thumbnail sketches and transcripts throughout the feature film. Classic Bonus: "Diane Disney Miller Cinderella Film Intro"; "The Real Fairy Godmother" real-life inspiration, Mary Alice O'Connor, wife of Disney layout artist Ken O'Connor" "Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fairyland" at Walt Disney World featuring each of the Disney Princesses; "The Magic of the Glass Slipper": "The Art Of Cinderella": Concept Art, Character Model Sheets, Live-Action Reference, Pencil Animation, Behind-the-Scenes Stills, Feature Stills; Music and More: "Cinderella" title song, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," "Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale," "The Work Song" and "So This Is Love." (Disney).
(1969 -- Italy) In the post-war years, the proliferation of transnational European co-productions gave rise to a cross-pollination of genres, with the same films sold in different markets as belonging to different movements. Among these, Riccardo Freda's ("I vampiri," "The Horrible Dr. Hichock")"Double Face" was marketed in West Germany as an Edgar Wallace "krimi," while in Italy it was sold as a giallo in the tradition of Mario Bava's "Blood and Black Lace," combining elements from both genres for a unique and unforgettable viewing experience. When wealthy businessman John Alexander ( Klaus Kinski, giving an atypically restrained performance)'s unfaithful wife Helen (Margaret Lee) dies in a car crash, it initially looks like a freak accident. However, the plot thickens when evidence arises suggesting that the car was tampered with prior to the crash. And John's entire perception of reality is thrown into doubt when he discovers a recently-shot pornographic movie which appears to feature Helen -- suggesting that she is in fact alive and playing an elaborate mind game on him. Psychological, psychedelic, and at times just plain psychotic, "Double Face" stands as one of the most engaging and enjoyable films in Freda's lengthy and diverse career -- a densely-plotted, visually-stunning giallo. Formats: Blu-ray. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) Dir.: Tim Burton; Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Alan Arkin. A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. Read more about "Dumbo" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras:Blu-ray extras: "Circus Spectaculars" cast behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Elephant In The Room" production featurette; "Built to Amaze" production and costume design; deleted scenes; Easter Eggs; "Clowning Around" bloopers and goofs; "Baby Mine" video by Arcade Fire. (Disney).
Fatso BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1980) The only film written and directed by the legendary Anne Bancroft. This boisterous, heartwarming comedy about a man caught between his health, his self-esteem and his appetite, highlights Dom DeLuise's genius for blending pathos and comedy. All his life, Dominic DiNapoli (DeLuise) has found comfort in food. But when his sister Antoinette (Bancroft) implores him to stop eating himself into an early grave, Dominic begins bouncing from crash diets to the support group "Chubby Checkers" to all manner of binges in between. In the end, Dominic discovers that what he needs most is a steady diet of love -- from his family, from a new and lovely neighborhood acquaintance -- and most importantly, from himself. Extras: "Looking back on Fatso" featurette with Mel Brooks and producer Stuart Cornfeld; interview with Maya Montañez Smukler, author of "Liberating Hollywood - Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema." (Shout! Factory Select).
(2019 -- Vietnam) Veronica Ngo, Phan Than Nhien, Mai Cat Vi. When a little girl is kidnapped by a trafficking ring, they soon find they messed with the wrong child. Her mother, a notorious former gang leader, is close on their trail and will go to any lengths to bring her daughter home.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
(2001) With this trailblazing musical, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask brought their signature creation from stage to screen for a movie as unclassifiable as its protagonist. Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig (Mitchell) undergoes a traumatic personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an "internationally ignored" but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as a "beautiful gender of one." The film tells Hedwig's life story through her music, an eclectic collection of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is a tribute to the transcendent power of rock and roll. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank DeMarco, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco; new conversation between members of the cast and crew, including Mitchell, DeMarco, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, hairstylist and makeup artist Michael Potter, animator Emily Hubley, actor Miriam Shor, and visual consultant Miguel Villalobos; "Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig" (2003), an 85-minute documentary tracing the development of the project from its beginnings in a New York club to its theatrical premiere at the Sundance Film Festival; new conversation between Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the film's soundtrack; "From the Archives," a new program exploring "Hedwig's" production and legacy through its memorabilia; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by Stephanie Zacharek, along with, for the Blu-ray edition, production photos by Potter and costume designer Arianne Phillips, illustrations by Hubley, and excerpts from two of the films inspirations, "Plato's Symposium" and "The Gospel of Thomas." (The Criterion Collection).
Heroes Shed No Tears
(1986 -- Hong Kong) Never before released on Blu-ray in North America. In this explosive precursor to his breakout film "A Better Tomorrow," director John Woo demonstrates the genesis of his trademark style of hyperkinetic action and violence. The action movie that he identifies as his "first real film" broke a string of low-budget slapstick farces, and built the foundation for his over-the-top genre films that would follow. Hong Kong action veteran Eddie Ko stars as soldier-of-fortune Chan Chung, the leader of an elite Chinese commando force enlisted by the Thai government to capture General Samton, a powerful drug lord from the Golden Triangle. After a successful raid on the general's headquarters, the mercenaries cross into Vietnam and encounter a barbaric colonel (Lam Ching Ying), who is determined to stop them at any cost. Now pursued by both Samton's henchmen and the colonel's troops, the heroes flee for the border of Thailand, outmanned and outgunned by their enemies. 2K digital restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Digital. Extras: Interview with star Eddy Ko, new essay by author, film programmer, and Asian film expert Grady Hendrix. (Film Movement Classics).
Hot Doug's: The Movie
(2018) Inspired by chef Doug Sohn's love of "encased meats" and his desire to serve a better hot dog turned into a culinary and cultural phenomenon in Chicago. Hot Doug's opened in 2001 and quickly became a phenomenon, ushering in the era of gourmet-casual dining and attracting fans from around the world, including Anthony Bourdain, who included it as "one of the 13 places to eat before you die." Love for Doug and his crew, who operated like family, made the restaurant an institution, with hungry fans waiting in line for hours to try culinary delicacies that transcended the average hot dog, made with ingredients including foie gras, venison, curry pork, and escargot. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Random Media).
(2019) Single disc with three episodes. Based upon the memoirs of former London Metropolitan police detective DCI Colin Sutton, the three-part drama stars one of the most popular British actors on television in the United States, BAFTA- and SAG-award winning actor Martin Clunes. Clunes stars as DCI Sutton who determinedly and tenaciously pursued serial killer Levi Bellfield. When the battered body of a French student is found on Twickenham Green in London, hardworking and humble DCI Colin Sutton (Clunes) is appointed the lead detective on his first big case. After connecting the young woman’s murder to a previous attack, Sutton embarks on a quest to catch a serial killer. With the press in a frenzy and the public demanding answers, his team grows discouraged as they find no motive, witnesses, or forensic evidence. But Sutton’s commitment never wavers, often at the expense of his relationship with his wife. Realistically portraying the ins and outs of police investigations, "Manhunt" tells the story of one detective’s uncompromising search for justice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Exclusive interviews with Clunes and producer Philippa Braithwaite. (Acorn Media).
Marcella, Season 2
(2018) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. Emmy award-winning actress Anna Friel ("Pushing Daisies") reprises her role as DS Marcella Backland, a London detective who experiences violent blackouts. In Season 2, when a body is found inside a wall, Marcella is horrified to discover that she knew the victim: a young boy who went missing years ago while walking home with her son. As more corpses turn up, Marcella wades through a complex web to catch a serial killer, but her deteriorating mental state threatens to derail the investigation.
Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(2018 -- Ireland) Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann. Drama inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Director's commentary by Stephen Burke, short film "81" by Stephen Burke. (Lightyear Entertainment).
The New York Ripper
(1982) Exclusive Limited Collector's Edition includes Blu-ray, DVD, Soundtrack CD, collectible booklet, reversible sleeve, and 3D lenticular slipcover (First Pressing Only). New 4K restoration from its original camera negative, completely uncut and uncensored. A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) follows the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, the hunt is on for the killer that can't be stopped. Co-written and directed by acclaimed horror maestro Lucio Fulci ("Zombie," "City Of the Living Dead") and filmed on location in the mean streets of New York City, this is one of Fulci's most savage and controversial thrillers. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, author of "Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films," "The Art Of Killing" interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, "Three Fingers of Violence" interview with star Howard Ross, "The Second Victim" interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti, "The Broken Bottle Murder" interview with co-star Zora Kerova, "I'm an Actress!" 2009 interview with co-star Zora Kerova, "The Beauty Killer" interview with Stephen Thrower, author of "Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci," "Paint Me Blood Red" interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti, NYC locations then and now, theatrical trailer, poster & still gallery. (Blue Underground).
(1989 -- Italy) Peter Hooten, Tara Buckman, Richard Foster. Somewhere between "Zombie 4" and "Troll 2," writer-director Claudio Fragasso, here under the name Clyde Anderson, set out to direct a suspense thriller about a suicidal beauty, an unstable sleazebag and a masked killer with a razor-fingered glove. But when the producers received Fragasso's cut, they hired his former partner Bruno Mattei ("The Other Hell," "Robowar") to shoot additional scenes of graphic gore and released it in Italy as "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3". The result is part sicko giallo, part depraved slasher and 100% batsh*t insanity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Virginia Claw Massacre" interview with director Claudio Fragasso, "Mindf**k" interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi. (Severin Films).
Night of the Creeps Collector's Edition
(1986) Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow. Both theatrical and director's cut versions of the film. When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. Twenty-seven years later, his cryogenically frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges ... and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures whose victims turn into zombies. Director Fred Dekker's thoroughly enjoyable throwback chiller deftly mixes all sorts of genres while simultaneously having fun with them (the college and all the leading characters are named after famous horror movie directors). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Thrill Me!: The Making of Night of the Creeps" five-part documentary on the making of the film featuring interviews with writer/director Fred Dekker, actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, producer Charles Gordon, special makeup effects creator David B. Miller, special makeup effects artists Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman and more; "Tom Atkins: Man of Action" look at the actor's career; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer; audio commentary with writer-director Fred Dekker; audio commentary with actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow; new "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" look at the film's locations today; new "Real Good Plan" interview with actor Jason Lively; new "The Bradster" interview with actor Alan Kayser; new "I Vote For That One" interview with actor Ken Heron; new "Worst Coroner Ever" interview with actor Vic Polizos; new "Answering the Door" an interview with actress Suzann. (Scream Factory).
The Poison Rose
(2019) John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Brendan Fraser, Famke Janssen, Kat Graham, Peter Stormare, Ella Bleu Travolta, Robert Patrick. Travolta plays Carson Philips, a hard-drinking L.A. private eye who takes a case in his old hometown of Galveston, Texas. While searching for a missing woman, Philips must confront a crime boss (Freeman), a shady doctor (Fraser), a sexy club singer (Graham), his former lover (Janssen) -- and his own dark, disturbing past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director George Gallo and writer-producer Richard Salvatore. (Lionsgate).
(1988 -- Italy) Reb Brown, Catherine Hickland, Massimo Vanni, Jim Gaines. Brain-melting mash-up of "Predator," "Robocop" and Philippines war movie mayhem. When a team of badass commandos is hired for a jungle rescue mission, they instead find themselves hunted by a kill-crazed creature that is part man, part machine and all glorious 80s ItaloSleaze. Now scanned in 4k from the original negative. There will also be a limited Edition of 3,000 units with a Bonus CD soundtrack composed by Al Festa. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Robo Predator" interview with co-director/co-writer Claudio Fragasso; "Italian Rip Off" interview with co-writer Rossella Drudi; "Violence She Wrote" career interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; "Robo-Lady" interview with actress Catherine Hickland; "Papa Doc's War" interview with actor John P. Dulaney; "The Robowarrior" interview with actor Jim Gaines Jr.; " War in the Philippines" interview with actor-stuntman Massimo Vanni; Catherine Hickland's behind-the-scenes home movies; trailer. (Severin Films).
War and Peace
(1966-67) At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic tome in which the fates of three souls -- the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radiant, tempestuous Natasha -- collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and an array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power. As a statement of Soviet cinema's might, "War and Peace" succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky and filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk, son of Sergei Bondarchuk; two 1966 documentaries about the making of the film; television program from 1967 profiling actor Ludmila Savelyeva, and featuring Sergei Bondarchuk; new program with historian Denise J. Youngblood (Bondarchuk's War and Peace: Literary Classic to Soviet Cinematic Epic") detailing the cultural and historical contexts for the film; Janus rerelease trailer; an essay by critic Ella Taylor. (The Criterion Collection).
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