(2019) Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche, John Gallagher Jr., Bruce McGill. Civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Henson) faces off against C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. Read more about "The Best of Enemies" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Make a Connection" featurette, "Ann Atwater" featurette, "An Unlikely Friendship" featurette, trailer. (Universal).
Crown and Anchor
(2018) Michael Rowe, Matt Wells. Follows James Downey, who is living a disciplined and straight edge lifestyle as a result of growing up with an abusive alcoholic father. His estranged cousin Danny is drowning his own trauma with drugs and booze. When their lives are forced to intersect once more, they each begin to unravel as the past returns with violent and tragic consequences.Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
(2018) Liv Collin, Adam Seybold. Mara Madigan (Collins) is a pregnant police officer about to go on maternity leave. But on her last day on the job, she wakes up to a world ravaged by a nightmarish and bloody plague of the living dead. Amidst the chaos and violence, she finds Ben Neilson (Seybold), a man who is virtually blind, helpless, and has a mystery shrouding his past. Somehow these two must put their heads together and find a way to safety to escape this living hell. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(2017) Dolph Lundgren, Autumn Reeser, Romeo Miller, Isaiah Washington. After a mysterious virus kills billions and creates scores of zombies, the government develops a video game – Dead Trigger – that simulates the outbreak, then recruits the game’s best zombie killers to combat the real-life horde. Led by Captain Kyle Walker (Lundgren) to Terminal City, the virus’s point of origin, the players’ mission is simple: find the team of scientists working on a cure. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Escape Plan: The Extractors
(2019) Sylvester Stallone, Jaime King, Dave Bautista, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Devon Sawa, Daniel Bernhardt. After security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend (King) is also captured. Now he and his team must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The Making of Escape Plan: The Extractors” featurette, commentary with director John Herzfeld and Stallone, Sawa and Bernhardt. (Lionsgate).
(1978) The airwaves crackle with the delectable sound of smooth rock in FM, a comedy about the heady world of late-70s US radio. Michael Brandon stars as Jeff Dugan, the ultra-cool program director at Q-SKY Radio, LA's number one rock station. Dugan encourages a free-wheeling culture at work, employing an array of eccentric DJ personalities: Mother (Eileen Brennan), a husky, world-weary ex-hippie; Eric Swan (Martin Mull), a mad-cap romantic looking for love, and The Prince of Darkness (Cleavon Little), a cool cat who keeps the night-time airwaves alive. But when the station's future is thrown in to jeopardy by corporate bosses looking to cash-in, the Q-SKY troupe are forced to batten down the hatches and turn up the volume -- will a fully-fledged rock 'n' roll rebellion save the day? Legendary cinematographer John A. Alonzo ("Chinatown", "Scarface") directs this slickly-produced rock film, which combines studio hijinks with epic footage of Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett in concert. "FM" also boasts an incredible platinum-selling soundtrack featuring a pantheon of AOR greats including Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Eagles and Tom Petty (who also cameos). Now, High Fidelity meets High Definition as "FM" debuts on Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "No Static at All," a newly filmed interview with Michael Brandon, the star of "FM"; "Radio Chaos," a newly filmed interview with Ezra Sacks, the writer of "FM"; "The Spirit of Radio," a newly filmed video appreciation of the era of FM radio and the FM soundtrack by the film and music critic Glenn Kenny; extensive gallery of original stills, promotional images and soundtrack sleeves; original trailers; reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options;
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's book. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
High on the Hog
(2019) Sid Haig, Robert Z’Dar, Joe Estevez. With a potent strain of pot sweeping the City, DTA agents attempt to infiltrate a small town farming operation that has a strong leader and interesting family members. Formats: DVD, VOD. (IndieCan Pictures).
Mia and the White Lion
(2018 -- France) Daniah De Villiers, Mélanie Laurent, Langley Kirkwood, Ryan Mac Lennan. Filmed over the course of three years, the film centers on a willful young girl named Mia whose life is turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia finds happiness once again and develops a special bond with the growing cub. As Charlie grows to full size, Mia uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught that Charlie could be in danger, Mia decides to rescue him. The two friends set out on an incredible journey across the South African savanna in search of a sanctuary where Charlie can live out his life in freedom. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Gilles de Maistre, interview with actress Daniah De Villiers, "The Making Of Mia and the White Lion" featurette, "The Extraordinary Friendship" featurette, deleted scenes, casting footage, theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Shout! Factory).
(2019 -- Japan) From the famed anime studio Madhouse. After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional inn near an ancient spring said to have healing waters. Okko soon discovers there are spirits living there only she can see -- welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. Okko strives to be a gracious host, and this is soon put to the test by a string of challenging guests with different stories. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Interview with the director, interview with Seiran Kobayashi (Okko), Q&A with director and producers at Japanese premiere, trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory.).
(2018) Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Michael K. Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Che “Rhymefest” Smith. When an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati, some homeless patrons turn the a public library building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
(2019 -- Germany) ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) leaves behind her everyday life to fulfill a long-held dream: a solo crossing of the Atlantic. But when she boards the Asa Gray, her gleaming white sailboat, in Gibraltar, she has no way of knowing the troubles or personal transformations that await her on the open seas. Following a rough storm, she happens upon an overloaded, damaged boat teeming with dozens of refugees. When emergency calls to the Coast Guard and nearby commercial vessels go unreturned and rescue seems unlikely, she's forced to take matters into her own hands. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director Wolfgang Fischer and star Susanne Wolff. (Film Movement).
(2019) Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Selma Blair, Inanna Sarkis, Shane Paul McGhie, Jennifer Beals, Peter Gallagher. A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship. Based on the novel by Anna Todd. Read more about "After" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Universal).
In 1977, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was 32-years old and had already directed more than 25 feature films. That summer, he embarked on a project to trace the postwar history of West Germany in a series of films told from the perspectives of three remarkable women. Fassbinder's "The Marriage of Maria Braun" (1979), "Veronika Voss" (1982) and "Lola" (1981) -- "The BRD Trilogy" -- would garner him his greatest commercial success, both at home and abroad, and cement his position as one of the foremost figures of the New German Cinema. Formats: Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restorations of The "Marriage of Maria Braun" and "Lola," with uncompressed monaural soundtracks; and high-definition digital restoration of "Veronika Voss," with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentaries from 2003 featuring filmmaker Wim Wenders and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus ("The Marriage of Maria Braun"), film critic and author Tony Rayns ("Veronika Voss"), and film scholar Christian Braad Thomsen ("Lola"); interviews with actors Hanna Schygulla, Rosel Zech,and Barbara Sukowa; interviews with cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger, screenwriter Peter Märthesheimer, and film scholar Eric Rentschler; "Life Stories: A Conversation with R. W. Fassbinder," an interview filmed for German television in 1978; "I Don't Just Want You to Love Me," a feature-length 1992 documentary on director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's life and career; "Dance with Death," a program from 2000 about Ufa studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder's inspiration for the character Veronika Voss; conversation between author and curator Laurence Kardish and film editor Juliane Lorenz; trailers; an essay by film critic Kent Jones and production histories by author Michael Töteberg (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). (The Criterion Collection).
The Buster Keaton Collection Volume 2: Sherlock Jr. and the Navigator
(1924) Two-disc set with 4K restorations of the Buster Keaton classics. In "Sherlock Jr.", Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries. This landmark cinematic achievement features jaw-dropping special effects as Buster repeatedly enters the film within the film. In the equally hilarious "The Navigator," Keaton and his sweetheart are cast adrift on a deserted ocean liner. The ship finally runs aground on a desert island where the two unfortunates are chased by cannibals. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: "Buster Keaton: The Great Stone Face" and "Buster Keaton: The Comedian," trailers. (Cohen Film Collection).
The Dark Within
(2019) Paul Flannery, Kendra Carelli, Stephanie Lynn Styles. Horror-thriller concerns a disturbed man with unknown psychic abilities who tries to unravel the mystery of his parent's disappearance while battling his own demons. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(1990) As World War II splits Europe, 16-year-old German Jew Salomon (Marco Hofschneider) is separated from his family after fleeing with them to Poland, and finds himself reluctantly assuming various ideological identities in order to hide the deadly secret of his Jewishness. He is bounced from a Soviet orphanage, where he plays a dutiful Stalinist, to the Russian front, where he hides in plain sight as an interpreter for the German army, and back to his home country, where he takes on his most dangerous role: a member of the Hitler Youth. Based on the real-life experiences of Salomon Perel, Agnieszka Holland's wartime tour de force "Europa Europa" is a breathless survival story told with the verve of a comic adventure, an ironic refutation of the Nazi idea of racial purity, and a complex portrait of a young man caught up in shifting historical calamities and struggling to stay alive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnieszka Holland, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Holland; new interviews with Holland and actor Marco Hofschneider; new video essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf; an essay by critic Amy Taubin. (The Criterion Collection).
Gotham: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
(2019) All 12 episodes. The fifth and final season of "Gotham" wraps up the iconic series in an unforgettable event that focuses on Bruce Wayne’s ultimate transformation into the Caped Crusader, while Jim Gordon struggles to hold together a city on the edge of chaos. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Gotham Season 5: Best Moments at NY Comic Con, 2018," "Modern Mythology," deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2019) Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth. Visionary director Claire Denis brings this eerie sci-fi film to life. Monte (Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. The crew -- death-row inmates led by a doctor (Binoche) with sinister motives -- has vanished. As the mystery of what happened unravels, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Audacious, Passionate, and Dangerous: Making High Life” featurette, “Visualizing the Abyss: The Look of High Life” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Regina Hall, Issa Rae and introducing Marsai Martin. Comedy about a business woman who is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel; "More Than a LITTLE Talent" behind-the-scenes look at the cast that brings Black Girl Magic to the silver screen; "Regina Goes Method" look at Regina Hall’s unique approach to playing the character of Jordan Sanders; "Marsai Martin Presents set tour; "Black Momma Whuppin’ Situation" behind-the-scenes of the parking lot fight with Issa Rae and Marsai Martin; "Issa Rae’s Assistant Survival Guide." (Universal).
(1981) Willem Dafoe, Robert Gordon, Marin Kanter. They're going nowhere... Fast! The United States, late 1950s. A time of generational conflict, of immense social change, of bold fashions and toe-tapping music -- just some of the elements that collide in thrilling fashion in the feature debut of both its star, Willem Dafoe, and its directors, Monty Montgomery (producer, David Lynch's "Wild at Heart") and future Academy Award-winner* Kathryn Bigelow. A motorcycle gang roars into a small southern town en route to the Daytona races, unnerving and angering the locals with their standoffish attitude and disrespect for social niceties. When one of their number, the charismatic Vance (Dafoe), hooks up with sports car-driving Telena (Marin Kanter), he incurs the wrath of the girl's father, setting the gang on a collision course with the rest of the town as simmering tensions boil over into violent retribution. Raw, angry and honest, "The Loveless" evokes, with unflinching clarity, both an attitude and a bygone era, exploring the tensions between two very different Americas. Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films, approved by co-writer/co-director Monty Montgomery and director of photography Doyle Smith. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with co-writer/co-director Monty Montgomery, moderated by Elijah Drenner; "No Man’s Friend Today: Making The Loveless," new video interviews with actors Willem Dafoe, Marin Kanter, Robert Gordon, Phillip Kimbrough; "U.S. 17: Shooting The Loveless," new video interviews with producers Grafton Nunes and A. Kitman Ho; "Chrome and Hot Leather: The Look of The Loveless," new interviews with production designer Lilly Kilvert and director of photography Doyle Smith; "Relentless," new audio interview with musician Eddy Dixon; extensive image gallery, including on-set photographs, storyboards and original production; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Peter Stanfield. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Mojin: The Worm Valley
(2018 -- China) Yusi Chen, Taishen Cheng. Sequel to "Mojin: The Lost Legend" and based on the bestselling novel series. In this mystical action-adventure, legendary tomb explorer Hu Bayi sets off with the Mojin Six on a dangerous mission across an island of monstrous creatures to find the Tomb of Emperor Xian. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2019) Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Hugo & Lucas Lavoie, John Lithgow. After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King. Read more about "Pet Sematary" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Alternate ending; deleted and extended scenes; "Night Terrors – Family Haunting Visions": Louis, Rachel, Ellie; "The Tale of Timmy Baterman:' "Beyond the Deadfall": "Chapter One: Resurrection" in which the directors, screenwriters and cast discuss bringing this classic back to life; "Chapter Two: The Final Resting Place" deeper look into finding the right location for the terror to unfold; "Chapter Three: The Road to Sorrow" inside the film’s tragic themes and creating the iconic cat “Church”; "Chapter Four: Death Comes Home" with the creepy elements behind the climax and final scenes of the film. (Paramount).
(2018) Johnny Depp, Roasmarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, Zoey Deuth. After learning he has six months to live, Richard (Depp), a buttoned-down college lecturer, transforms into a rebellious party animal. To the shock of his wife (DeWitt) and school chancellor (Livingston) -- and the delight of his students -- Richard leads a hilarious crusade against authority and hypocrisy in this dark comedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Death and How to Live It: Making The Professor” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Silent Hill Collector’s Edition
(2006) Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen, Alice Krige, Jodelle Ferland. Based on the best-selling horror/action video game. Rose is a desperate mother who takes her adopted daughter, Sharon, to the town of Silent Hill in an attempt to cure her of her ailment. After a violent car crash, Sharon disappears, and Rose begins a desperate search to get her back. She descends into the center of the twisted reality of a town’s terrible secret. Pursued by grotesquely deformed creatures and townspeople stuck in permanent purgatory, Rose begins to uncover the truth behind the apocalyptic disaster that burned the town 30 years earlier. HD master approved by director Christophe Gans. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with cinematographer Dan Laustsen, theatrical trailer, new interview with director Christophe Gans, new "A Tale of Two Jodelles," new "Dance of the Pyramid," new interview with makeup-effects artist Paul Jones, "Path of Darkness: The Making of Silent Hill" six-part documentary, "The Making of Silent Hill" vintage featurette, on set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, photo galleries – still photos and posters. (Scream Factory).
This Island Earth BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1955) Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason. One of the all-time classic sci-fi films comes to Blu-ray this week. When atomic scientist Dr. Meacham (Rex Reason) is chosen to take part in a top-secret research experiment in a remote lab, he quickly discovers that he is really involved in a scheme by alien Metalunans to create a new weapon to fight their enemies. After he and the gorgeous Dr. Adams (Faith Domergue) make their escape shortly before the lab explodes, they are whisked away in a flying saucer to Metaluna, where they discover that the Metalunans have been fighting with the warlike people of the planet Zagon and, in lieu of a new weapon that they had hoped that the Earth scientists would help them build, they would now have to take over the Earth. New 4K scan of the inter-positive: Two aspect ratios: 1.85:1 and 1.37:1. New: The original Perspecta Stereophonic Sound restored by 3-D Film Archive. Extras: New audio commentary with author and Academy Award winning visual effects artist Robert Skotak; new audio interview with film historian David Schecter on the music of "This Island Earth"; new "Alien Ideas" interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi ("Starcrash"); new "Facts about Perspecta Stereophonic Sound" by Bob Furmanek; This Island Earth - Two and A Half Years in the Making: The Extended Documentary" look at the making of the film; "War Of The Planets" 1958 Castle Films release for the home market including both the 50-foot silent headline edition and the 200-foot sound complete edition; "Trailers from Hell – This Island Earth" with commentary by filmmaker Joe Dante; theatrical trailer; still galleries – poster and lobby cards, publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos. (Scream Factory.
The Tough Ones
(1976 -- Italy) Umberto Lenzi, the legendary director of "Cannibal Ferox," kicked off the Italian police film craze with this hyper-kinetic, ultra-violent, brain-blasting action thriller. Maurizio Meril stars as an Italian Dirty Harry, punching and shooting his way through the sleazy drug, sex, and crime infested cesspool of mid-70s Rome, on the trail of a sadistic, machine gun-toting hunchback, played by Tomas Milian (star of "The Big Gundown"). Original unrated, uncensored director's cut. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Mike Malloy, director of "Eurocrime!"; new, in-depth interviews with director Umberto Lenzi, actors Tomas Milian, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Sandra Cardini, Maria Rosaria Riuzzi and Corrado Solari, screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti, and composer Franco Micalizzi; special tribute to Marizo Merli with appearances by Enzo Castellari and Ruggero Deodato; vintage VHS intro by cult movie superstar Sybil Danning; original international theatrical trailer; liner notes by Italian crime film expert Roberto Curti; bonus CD: original soundtrack album by Franco Micalizzi, newly remastered in stunning 24 bit/192khz sound from the original master tapes. (Grindhouse Releasing).
(2019 -- Germany) Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batmann, Maryam Zaree. Fleeing from German-occupied Paris to the port city of Marseille and assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer, a refugee meets a young woman desperate to find her missing husband -- the man whose identity he has stolen. Read more about "Transit" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making of Transit" interview featurette with Franz Rogowski; interview with director Christian Petzold; "Franz Rogowski: Shooting Star"; filmmaker Q&A from the Film Society of Lincoln Center; press conference with the cast and crew from the Berlin film premiere; "In Transit: Thrown Into the World," a conversation with Christian Petzold and Barbara Auer; collector's booklet featuring interviews and an essay by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. (Music Box Films).
(2018 -- China) This film finds writer-director Jia Zhangke ("Still Life," "A Touch of Sin," "Mountains May Depart") revisiting familiar themes while continuing to observe modern Chinese society with an urgent, empathetic eye. It centers on Qiao (Zhao Tao, Jia's wife and frequent star), who is in love with Bin (Liao Fan), a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, Qiao fires a gun to protect Bin -- which gets her sentenced to five years in prison. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off. Beginning in 2001 in the postindustrial city of Datong and then expanding out into an epic narrative spanning 17 years and revealing how abstract forces shape individual lives, "Ash Is Purest White" continues Jia Zhangke's body of work as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Directors Dialogue" with Jia Zhangke recorded at the 2018 New York Film Festival. (Cohen Film Collection).
The Baker's Wife
(1938) The warmth and wit of celebrated playwright turned cinema auteur Marcel Pagnol shine in this enchanting slice-of-life comedy. Returning to the Provençal countryside he knew intimately, Pagnol draws a vivid portrait of a close-knit village where the marital woes of a sweetly deluded baker (the inimitable Raimu, praised by no less than Orson Welles as "the greatest actor who ever lived") snowball into a scandal that engulfs the entire town. Marrying the director's abiding concern for the experiences of ordinary people with an understated but superbly judged visual style, "The Baker's Wife" is at once wonderfully droll and piercingly perceptive in its depiction of the complexities of human relationships.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett Bowles; introduction by Pagnol from 1967; excerpt from a 1966 interview with Pagnol for the French television series "Cinéastes de notre temps"; short French news program from 1967 revisiting the village of Le Castellet, where the film was shot; an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau. (The Criterion Collection).
The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
(2017 -- France) Three interlocking animated stories of animal misfits. The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly strange: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again. Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner's own acclaimed graphic novel in this delirious slapstick comedy about family and the anxieties of modern life.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Interview with the directors, "The Making of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales," Q&A at New York International Children's Film Festival, English dub featurette, trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
(2019) Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert. When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed. Read more about "Breakthrough" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Tapestry of Miracles: Making Breakthrough," “Carry My Soul” Phil Wickham deleted scene, "Trapped in Icy Waters," audio commentary by DeVon Franklin and Roxann Dawson, gallery. (Fox).
Broad City: Season 5
(2019) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Comedy Central series that follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Hack Into Broad City," outtakes & deleted/extended scenes. (Paramount).
Broad City: The Complete Series
(2014-19) Ten-disc set with all 50 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, outtakes, photo galleries, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Paramount).
The Chill Factor
(1993) "The Exorcist" meets the Winter Olympics in this tale of demonic possession and snowbound slashing from director Christopher Webster, producer of "Hellraiser" and "Hellraiser II: Hellbound." For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of their number is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artifacts. As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil. Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled "Demon Possessed"), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up The Chill Factor from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan! New 2K restoration from original film elements with original uncompressed stereo audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley; new on-camera interview with makeup artist Jeffery Lyle Segal; new on-camera interview with production manager Alexandra Reed; new on-camera interview with stunt coordinator Gary Paul; still gallery; original VHS trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Mike White. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Criminal Minds: The Fourteenth Season
(2018-19) Four-disc set with all 15 episodes. The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit returns to celebrate their landmark 300th episode. Follows an elite team of FBI profilers who delves into the country's most puzzling crimes and twisted minds. Led by special agent, and founding member of the BAU, David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), the team is faced with a difficult challenge in the 14th season when two of their own, Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) and Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), are taken by the "Believers," a mysterious cult seeking vengeance for the death of their leader a decade before. Formats: DVD. Extras: "300: A Celebration" featurette; "4th Time's a Charm" featurette about Special Agent Rossi's wedding day; "Season 14: The Truth of the Matter" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Ready to Roll: The Actors on Directing"; deleted scenes; gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
(2018 -- Italy) Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano. In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Don't Look at Me That Way
(2015 -- Germany) Mongolian-born documentary director Uisenma Borchu makes her
feature film debut with this compelling, surrealistic film. Hedi (director Borchu, in her first role) and single mother Iva (Catrina Stemmer) live in the same building. After Hedi meets
Sophia, Iva's daughter, the two women become acquainted and eventually begin an intimate affair. And though their relationship is passionate, Hedi is also attracted to men, and Iva, desperately in love, becomes deeply jealous. It seems, however, that only one world exists for Hedi: her own. One day, Iva's father (Josef Bierbichler) makes plans to look after his granddaughter so the two women can spend time together, but when he doesn't arrive, Hedi goes searching and the story takes a surprising twist. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiPix Films).
(2018) Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Strathairn, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney. Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff, she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother and daughter, and unearths the depths of the power within her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Julia Hart and writer-producer Jordan Horowitz, “A Mother’s Power: Making Fast Color” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Hold Back the Dawn
(1941) From one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood's golden era, Mitchell Leisen ("Remember the Night"), comes this heart-rending romantic drama. Charles Boyer gives an enthralling performance as Georges Iscovescu, a Romanian-born gigolo who arrives at a Mexican border town seeking entry to the US. Faced with a waiting period of eight years, George is encouraged by his former dancing partner Anita (Pauline Goddard) to marry an American girl and desert her once safely across the border. He successfully targets visiting school teacher Emmy Brown (Olivia de Havilland), but his plan is compromised by a pursuing immigration officer, and blossoming feelings of genuine love for Emmy. A moving and thoughtful film with a wonderful script (co-written by Billy Wilder), "Hold back the Dawn" benefits from evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland, and an over-arching sense of romantic melancholy. An enduring classic of its era, Leisen's film was nominated for no-less than six Academy Awards and is presented here in High Definition for the first time, transferred from original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin, "Love Knows No Borders," a newly filmed video appreciation by film critic Geoff Andrew; "The Guardian Lecture: Olivia de Havilland," a career-spanning onstage audio interview with Olivia de Havilland recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1971; rare hour-long radio adaptation of "Hold Back the Dawn" from 1941 starring Charles Boyer, Paulette Goddard and Susan Haywood; gallery of original stills and promotional images; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer and critic Farran Smith Nehme. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) Dennis Budesheim, Alejandro La Rosa, Markus Kelle. Danny is your average Brooklyn party boy. This year, he and his friends couldn't be more excited about the upcoming "Brooklyn Annual Enema Party"; one of Brooklyn's biggest party events. While the night starts out fun, it quickly takes a turn when Danny is attacked by a stranger. He survives, but now a year later, Danny decides to give his social life a second chance. Wrong choice -- as Danny and everyone else who helped him that night are in danger. A man wearing a unicorn mask is killing off Brooklyn, one queen at a time, and he won't stop until he has his revenge. Formats: DVD, VOD. (IndieCan Pictures).
(1971) With her Oscar-winning turn in "Klute," Jane Fonda arrived full-fledged as a new kind of movie star. Bringing nervy audacity and counterculture style to the role of Bree Daniels -- a call girl and aspiring actor who becomes the focal point of a missing-person investigation when detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) turns up at her door -- Fonda made the film her own, putting an independent woman and escort on-screen with a frankness that had not yet been attempted in Hollywood. Suffused with paranoia by the conspiracy-thriller specialist Alan J. Pakula, and lensed by master cinematographer Gordon Willis, Klute is a character study thick with dread, capturing the mood of early-1970s New York and the predicament of a woman trying to find her own way on the fringes of society. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by camera operator Michael Chapman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between actors Jane Fonda and Illeana Douglas; new documentary about Klute and director Alan J. Pakula by filmmaker Matthew Miele, featuring scholars, filmmakers, and Pakula's family and friends; "The Look of Klute," a new interview with writer Amy Fine Collins; archival interviews with Pakula and Fonda; "Klute in New York," a short documentary made during the shooting of the film;. (The Criterion Collection).
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection
Four-disc collection of 14 hours of vintage episodes from the most beloved children’s television host in the world, Fred Rogers. Fans will walk down memory lane with Mister Rogers in these 30 hand-picked episodes to revisit the puppets in the Neighborhood of Make Believe. The collection also includes a bonus episode -- a visit to the crayon factory -- as well as episodes where performers like the group Stomp and world-renowned cellist, Yo Yo Ma, stop by for a visit.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS KIDS).
Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956
Collection highlights nine more hard to find features from high definition masters with correct aspect ratios; these rare film noir pictures are curated from the Columbia Pictures Library: "Bait" (1954) directed by Hugo Haas and starring Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, John Agar; "The Crooked Web" (1955) directed by Nathan Juran and starring Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning; "The Night Holds Terror" (1955) directed by Andrew Stone and starring Jack Kelly, Hildy Parks, Vince Edwards, John Cassavetes, David Cross; "Footsteps in the Fog" (1955) directed by Arthur Lubin and starring Bill Travers, Ronald Squire, Finlay Currie, Belinda Lee; "Cell 2455, Death Row" (1955) directed by Fred F. Sears and starring William Campbell, Robert Campbell, Marian Carr; "5 Against the House" (1955) directed by Phil Karlson and starring Alvy Moore, William Conrad, Kerwin Mathews; "New Orleans Uncensored" (1955) directed by William Castle and starring Arthur Franz, Beverly Garland, Helene Stanton; "Spin a Dark Web" (1955) directed by Vernon Sewell and starring Faith Domergue, Lee Patterson, Rona Anderson, Martin Benson; "Rumble on the Docks" (1956) directed by Fred F. Sears and starring Laurie Carrol, James Darren, Michael Granger. Formats: Blu-ray. (Kit Parker Films).
(2019) Stephen Hill, Jade Johnson, Sills-Evans. Writer-director Darien Sills-Evans combines humor and drama to create a portrait of a relationship at the end of its journey. Set in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, the whirlwind tale of Melissa and Nate's courtship is told through vivid flashbacks. Melissa and Nate have been through a lot together, but sometimes Black Love gets broken: Love Means Never Having to Give Up Your Apartment. Premiered at the Tallahassee Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. It went on to have a healthy festival life, including being officially selections at the Brooklyn Film Festival, Bushwick Film Festival, and New Voices in Black Cinema. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2018) Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland. Doom and gloom are on the way. The Y2K apocalypse can't be stopped. Abbes older brother issues him the ultimate challenge before it goes down: beat the infamous level 256 in Pac-Man and no getting up from the couch until he does so. Abbie’s survival story begins here; inside a rotting living room with no food or water, and a revolving door of numb-nut friends and acquaintances. It’s "The Exterminating Angel" by way of "Slacker"; "a masterpiece of depraved ’90s nostalgia." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
(2019) Documentary about Alvin Schwartz’ iconic "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" book series explores the history of one of the most controversial works of modern children's literature, the best-selling teen classic that scared a generation of young readers and became one of the most banned books of modern times. Cody Meirick’s doc features more than 40 interviews, from family members of author Schwartz, to fellow children's book horror authors like R.L Stine ("Goosebumps") and Q.L. Pearce, to folklorists, artists and fans discussing the impact that the books have had on both themselves as well as the culture at large. The documentary also explores the various times in which the books were banned or targeted by parent and religious groups as "satanic" or otherwise too macabre for its targeted teen scholastic audience. Penned by Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a three-volume series consisting of short horror stories for pre-teens and children that were adapted from American folklore and urban legends. Because of some of the violent illustrations and the subject matter, parent groups, religious organizations and school boards had the books pulled from libraries and schools at various times. A feature film adaptation of the books, produced by horror icon Guillermo del Toro, is due in theaters this summer. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wild Eye Releasing).
(2019) We all have a superhero inside of us -- it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson's case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do -- have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he'll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam's magical abilities. Read more about "Shazam!" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Shazam exclusive motion comic, "The Magical World of Shazam," "Super Fun Zac," "Carnival Scene Study," "Shazamily Values," "Who is Shazam?", deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Space: 1999 – The Complete Series
(1975-77) Thirteen-disc set with all 48 episodes, released for the first time in North America. Includes an entire disc of bonus features. September 1999: A nuclear waste dump on the lunar surface unexpectedly detonates, blasting the moon out of Earth’s orbit and taking the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha on an unbelievable voyage of discovery and adventure. Stars Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse and Catherine Schell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Mission to Moonbase Alpha" interview with Barbara Bain; "Into the Uncertain Future" interview with actor Nick Tate; "Brain Behind the Destruction" interview with director Kevin Connor; "Moonbase Merch: A Tour of Space 1999 Ephemera with author John Muir; commentaries; memories; interviews; behind-the-scenes featurettes; promos; trailers; photo galleries; 16-page episode guide. (Shout! Factory).
Titans: The Complete First Season
(2019) All 11 episodes of the new live-action DC Super Hero franchise. Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes from across the world of DC as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Fifteen featurette. (Warner).
(2019) Dir.: Robert Rodriguez; Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keenan Johnson. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned cyborg Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes her to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past. Read more about "Alita: Battle Angel" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/3D//Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Alita’s World" motion comics: "The Fall," "Iron City," "What it Means to be a Cyborg" and "Rules of the Game"; "From Manga to Screen" behind-the-scenes look into the origins of Yukito Kishiro’s manga, “Gunnm,” and the long road to bring it to life on the big screen. Blu-ray adds "Evolution of Alita": how Alita was brought to life, from the casting of Rosa Salazar, to performance capture, and final VFX by WETA Digital; "Motorball" inside Iron City’s favorite pastime featurette; James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and cast Q&A moderated by Jon Landau; "Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate"; "2005 Art Compilation" (2019), James Cameron’s original compilation of concept art for the then-titled “Battle Angel: Alita,” presented with new voiceover and music; four scene deconstructions. (Fox).
(2018) Andréa Winter, Patrick von Barkenberg, Christer Cavallius, Rolf Brunnström, Martina Novak, Lars Brunnström. Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. Instead of relaxation, she comes across an assortment of peculiar and possibly dangerous characters. The beautiful and stylish young woman soon discovers just how dangerous farm life can be. English-language, filmed-in-Swedish horror-thriller. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. Extras: Deleted scenes, music videos: "Dreamer" and "You and Me" by Baby Yoga. (Artsploitation Films).
(2019) Dee Wallace, Tashiana Washington, Ava Preston, Jack Fulton, Jaeden Noel Newest entry in the bloody, live-action, horror/sci-fi film series. Inspired by the film series from the 80s and 90s, this one follows 20-year-old Drea (Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children Trissy and Jake, along with her own little brother Phillip, Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Digital. Extras: Three featurettes: "Engineering Gore: Designing Critters," "Critters: An Out-of-this-World Experience" and "The Critter Ball,"
scene specific commentary with director Bobby Miller and a Critter. (Warner).
Do the Right Thing
(1989) Set on one block of Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy Do or Die neighborhood, at the height of summer, this 1989 masterpiece by Spike Lee confirmed him as a writer and filmmaker of peerless vision and passionate social engagement. Over the course of a single day, the easygoing interactions of a cast of unforgettable characters -- Da Mayor, Mother Sister, Mister Señor Love Daddy, Tina, Sweet Dick Willie, Buggin Out, Radio Raheem, Sal, Pino, Vito, and Lee's Mookie among them -- give way to heated confrontations as tensions rise along racial fault lines, ultimately exploding into violence. Punctuated by the anthemic refrain of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," "Do the Right Thing" is a landmark in American cinema, as politically and emotionally charged and as relevant now as when it first hit the big screen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 1995 featuring director Spike Lee, Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee; introductions by Lee; "Making "Do the Right Thing," a documentary from 1988 by St. Clair Bourne; new interviews with costume designer Ruth E. Carter, camera assistant Darnell Martin, New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., and writer Nelson George; interview with editor Barry Alexander Brown from 2000; programs from 2000 and 2009 featuring Lee and members of the cast and crew; music video for Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," directed by Lee, with remarks from rapper Chuck D; behind-the-scenes footage; Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1989; deleted and extended scenes; original storyboards, trailer, and TV spots; an essay by critic Vinson Cunningham, and (on the Blu-ray) extensive excerpts from the journal Lee kept during the preparation for and production of the film. (The Criterion Collection).
(2016 -- Poland) A startling new vision of childhood genius and teenage angst. An exceptionally gifted teenage boy is about to start studying physics at a university specializing in the theory of parallel worlds. He has an extraordinary mind and a wounded soul, which his mother, who steers his life, seems incapable of healing. Then a Man appears in their lives and, as the Boy passes from the hands of the Mother into his care, a new order is established. Their torturous road forms a bond between the three central characters, but their shared happiness is not to last long. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Altered Innocence).
The Fate of Lee Khan
(1973 -- China) Wuxia never before available on Blu-ray in North America. In the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed "A Touch of Zen," trailblazing Chinese filmmaker King Hu -- the foremost genius of the high-flying, sword-swinging wuxia film -- brings together an all-star female cast, including Hong Kong cinema stalwart Li Li-hua and ingenue Angela "Lady Whirlwind" Mao, in this lively martial arts adventure. When Lee Khan, an official working for Mongolian Emperor Yuan of the Yuan Dynasty, procures the battle map of the Chinese rebel army, Chinese resistance fighters, aided by an undercover girl-gang, strive to corner him at an inn. Featuring stunning action sequences choreographed by Jackie Chan's "kung fu elder brother" Sammo Hung. New 2K digital restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: New York Asian Film Festival chat: "The Fate of King Hu" video discussion, new essay by Chinese-language film expert and author Stephen Teo. (Film Movement Classics).
(2019) David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, Thomas Haden Church. Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge. Read more about "Hellboy" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, previsualizations. Blu-ray adds “Tales of the Wild Hunt: Hellboy Reborn” (three-part documentary). (Lionsgate).
Manifest: The Complete First Season
(2018-19) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes of the NBC series. A plane inexplicably disappears on a trans-oceanic flight and returns five years later after being presumed lost at sea. While no time has passed for those on the flight, years have gone by for their loved ones who have learned to live with their loss. In addition to the outward mystery of what happened on that flight, there’s also an inward mystery of what has happened to the passengers…and why.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy
(2018 -- China) The next entry in the critically acclaimed Ip Man franchise. After his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi makes a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. It’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2019) Voices of Hugh Jackman, David Walliams, Stephen Fry,Matt Lucas, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, Zoe Saldana, Amrita Acharia, Emma Thompson. Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend. Read more about "Missing Link" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by Chris Butler, "Creating Mr. Link," "Bringing the Final Battle on the Ice Bridge to Life," "Animation Inspiration," "VFX Breakdown Reel – Realizing the Potential of Stop Motion," "Oh What a Mystery: Pulling the Camera Back on Missing Link’s Magic," "Making Faces," "Inside the Magic of Laika," gallery. (Fox).
(1984) This masterly adaptation of George Orwell's chilling parable about totalitarian oppression gives harrowing cinematic expression to the book's bleak prophetic vision. In a rubble-strewn surveillance state where an endless overseas war props up the repressive regime of the all-seeing Big Brother, and all dissent is promptly squashed, a profoundly alienated citizen, Winston Smith (thrillingly played by John Hurt), risks everything for an illicit affair with the rebellious Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) in a defiant assertion of humanity in the face of soul-crushing conformity. Through vividly grim production design and expressionistically desaturated cinematography by Roger Deakins, Michael Radford's 1984 conjures a dystopian vision of postwar Britain as fascistic nightmare-a world all too recognizable as our own.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Roger Deakins, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with director Michael Radford and cinematographer Roger Deakins; new interview with David Ryan, author of "George Orwell on Screen"; behind-the-scenes footage; trailer; an essay by writer and performer A. L. Kennedy. (The Criterion Collection).
Rock, Paper, Scissors
(2018) Luke Macfarlane, Michael Madsen, Tatum O’Neal. A tale of a serial killer who’s been cured ... or has he been? Released from a mental hospital, Peter (Macfarlane) is haunted by memories of childhood abuse and murder victims while being menaced by the cop who put him away (Madsen). His only friend is pretty neighbor Monica, who says she wants to interview him for a book. But does she have a more sinister motive in mind? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Universal Horror Collection Vol. 2
Undertake four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the home of classic horror. A maniacal hunter and collector of wild animals uses them to dispose of rival and enemies in "Murders in the Zoo" (1933). An unhinged scientist flees the San Francisco police and continues his bizarre experiments on a remote tropical island in "The Mad Doctor of Market Street" (1942). A mysterious avenger is murdering acquitted criminals while dabbling in brain transplants in "The Strange Case of Doctor Rx" (1942). And a doctor’s experiments with nerve gas turn his assistant into a grave-robbing freak in "The Mad Ghoul" (1943). Extras: Commentaries, still galleries, trailers, Formats: Blu-ray. (Scream Factory).
(2018 -- Haiti) Set in Haiti five years after the devastating earthquake, this captivating magical realist tale was the country's first official entry for Best Foreign Language Film. A grieving young boy discovers he has a superpower. An old fisherman realizes the cure for his ailing wife can be found in the sea. A muse struggles to exit the story her author is penning. And in Kabic, a coastal fishing village town forgotten by the rest of the world, the sea is gaining ground. In Guetty Felin's magical neorealist tale, these stories intertwine, collide and co-exist to create a poetic portrait of the island nation. Set five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, "Ayiti Mon Amour" avoids the images of the disaster that filled screens the world over. Instead, the director, making her narrative feature debut, taps into her past documentary work to infuse verité-style moments along with lyrical elements to capture the realities of modern-day Haiti through a unique lens. Shot on location with local actors and crew. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).
Body at Brighton Rock
(2019) Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus. Wendy, a part-time summer employee at a mountainous state park, takes on a rough trail assignment at the end of the season, trying to prove to her friends that she’s capable enough to do the job. When she takes a wrong turn and ends up deep in the backcountry, she stumbles upon what might be a potential crime scene. Stuck with no communication after losing her radio and with orders to guard the site, Wendy must fight the urge to run and do the harder job of staying put -- spending the night deep in the wilderness, facing down her worst fears and proving to everyone -- including herself -- that she’s made of stronger stuff then they think she is. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Commentary With Roxanne Benjamin (director) & Karina Fontes (Wendy), "A Wild Place to Film," "A Walk in the Woods," "Working With a Bear," photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2019) Dir.: Brian De Palma; Nikolaj Coster-Wealdau, Carice van Houten, Guy Pearce. A Copenhagen police officer, Christian (Coster-Wealdau), seeks justice for his partner’s murder by ISIS member Imran. Determined to hunt Imran down, Christian and Alex (van Houten), a fellow cop and his late partner’s mistress, are unwittingly caught in a deadly cat-and-mouse chase with a duplicitous CIA agent (Pearce) who is using Imran as a pawn to trap other ISIS members. Their quest for revenge becomes a race against time to save their own lives. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, this documentary is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane ("Nuts!," "Our Nixon"). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, "Hail Satan?" offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2019) Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Joseph Sikora, Dennis Quaid. A young married couple buy a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property. Read more about "The Intruder" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making a Modern Thriller" featurette; alternate ending; six deleted scenes; gag reel; feature commentary with director Deon Taylor, writer David Loughery, producer Roxanne Avent, Meagan Good, and Michael Ealy. (Sony).
(2018 -- China) Huang Bo, Shu Qi, Wang Baoqiang, Zhang Yixin. News of a meteorite bound to strike the Earth doesn’t have much effect on Ma Jin's everyday life; he still gets up and goes to a job where he spends his time daydreaming of a romance with his colleague Shanshan, and of winning the lottery. But when this cataclysmic event occurs during a team-building trip, he finds himself shipwrecked on an island with an odd group of coworkers ... and the winning lottery ticket in his pocket. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Leopard Man BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1943) Dennis O’Keefe, Margo, Jean Brooks. From legendary horror film producer Val Lewton and from Jacques Tourneur, the director of the original "Cat People," "The Leopard Man" is one of the first American films to attempt a remotely realistic portrayal of a serial killer. Is it man, beast or both behind a string of savage maulings and murders? An escaped leopard provides the catalyst for a foray into fear in which a cemetery is the rendezvous for death and love, and a closed door heightens rather than hides the horror of a young girl’s fate. New 4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr, audio commentary with filmmaker William Friedkin, theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2019) Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis. Fred Flarsky (Rogen), a hard-partying journalist has got it bad for Charlotte Field (Theron), his first crush turned presidential candidate. After Charlotte hires Fred as a speech writer, he's a fish out of water on her elite team. But sparks fly as he turns her on to a wild new world of raging parties, secret rendezvous, and hilarious rule-breaking. Read more about "Long Shot" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “All’s Fair in Love & Politics: Making Long Shot” featurette, “Seven Minutes in Heaven: Seth + Charlize Uncensored” featurette, “Secret Weapons” featurette, “Epic Flarsky Falls” featurette, “Prime Minister Steward O-Rama” featurette, “Hanging with Boyz II Men” featurette, “Just Kinda Crushing It!” featurette, “The First Mister: A Portrait” featurette, “An Imperfect Union” featurette, “Love & Politics” featurette, “Friends Like These” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Lust for a Vampire
(1971) A Hammer Film classic. A mysterious man performs rites of black magic, bringing the notorious female vampire Carmilla Karnstein back to life. Looking to quench her bloodlust for the fairer sex, she enrolls at an exclusive girl’s school as the young debutante Mircalla (Yutte Stensgaard), and begins to feast on her fellow students as well as indulging in her unholy desires for a teacher. New 4K scan of the negative, presented in two aspect ratios: 1.66:1 and 1.85:1
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by author/film historian Bruce Hallenbeck; new interview with actress Mel Churcher; audio commentary by director Jimmy Sangster, star Suzanna Leigh and Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn; theatrical trailer; radio spots;
still galleries. (Scream Factory).
Portraits of Andrea Palmer
(2017) Andrea Palmer (Katrina Zova) spends her days working as a cam girl. After having an online breakdown, she receives an unexpected and too-good-to-be-true offer to come to Los Angeles and work full time as an erotic model. Jumping on what seems like a perfect opportunity for financial independence, Andrea immediately travels to LA but no sooner than arriving, discovers that she's been conned and finds herself stranded and alone. Relying on what she knows best, she begins working as an escort, losing a bit of herself with each new client and becoming more and more willing to perform the vilest of sexual services; a decision which can only end in tragedy and violence. Uncensored 2k Scan from Original 16mm Reversal Film. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with directors C. Huston and J Lyons; behind-the-scenes photos and stills; original uncut trailer. (Tomorrow Productions).
Quatermass 2 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1957) The second and most talked about of the three science fiction stories written by Nigel Kneale and based on his critically acclaimed 1955 BBC series. Professor Quatermass, played by Hollywood veteran Brian Donlevy reprising his role from "The Quatermass Xperiment," is Britain's most clever scientist. Investigating a series of bizarre incidents that have been reported from a deserted area, he finds a group of soldiers and government officials that appear to be controlled by aliens from another world. When a close friend is brutally murdered by these beings, Quatermass leads a mob of local workers to a showdown with the extraterrestrials. Directed by Val Guest and produced by Anthony Hinds, "Quatermass 2" was retitled "Enemy From Space" for its U.S. theatrical release. 2K scan of a pristine archival film print. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker/film historian Ted Newsom; new audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr; new interview with Academy Award-winning special effects artist Brian Johnson ("Alien"); new interview with assistant director Hugh Harlow; vintage interview with director Val Guest; audio commentary with director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale; "World of Hammer – Sci-Fi"; U.S. theatrical trailer – "Enemy From Space"; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Quatermass and the Pit BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1967) Hobbs End, Knightsbridge, London. While working on a new subway tunnel for the London Underground, a group of construction workers uncover a strangely shaped skull. Nearby, another discovery: a large, mysterious and impenetrable metal object. Initially mistaken for an unexploded bomb, the object and its strange power turn out to be far more horrific than anybody could have possibly imagined. Is it of this Earth? Could it be the ancestral link to mankind's evolution? Or could it be an ancient link to the unleashing of the ultimate evil? There's only one man capable of unraveling the clues, and his name is Professor Bernard Quatermass, a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world. Written by legendary screenwriter Nigel Kneale, "Quatermass and the Pit" stars Andrew Keir, James Donald, Barbara Shelley and Julian Glover. The film is directed by Roy Ward Baker ("A Night to Remember)". For its U.S. theatrical release, it was re-titled "Five Million Years to Earth." Extras: New audio commentary with film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck; new audio commentary with filmmaker Constantine Nasr and author/film historian Steve Haberman; new interview with actor Hugh Futcher; new interview with Academy Award-winning special effects artist Brian Johnson ("Alien"); new interview with clapper loader Trevor Coop; new interview with focus puller Bob Jordan; interview with author Judith Kerr; interview with actor Julian Glover; interview with actor/writer Mark Gatiss; interview with filmmaker Joe Dante; interview with author/film historian Kim Newman; interview with author/Hammer Film historian Marcus Hearn; audio commentary with director Roy Ward Baker and writer Nigel Kneale; "World of Hammer – Sci-Fi"; theatrical trailers; TV spots; alternate U.S. credits; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(1966) A Hammer Film classic. A deadly epidemic is spreading through the remote Cornish village of Clagmoor Heath. As darkness falls, its victims are found foaming at the mouth with savage wounds on their necks. After his brother falls prey to the “black death,” Harry Spalding (Ray Barrett) travels with his new wife (Jennifer Daniel) to Clagmoor to investigate his sibling’s mysterious death. With little help from the unfriendly locals, Harry follows a trail of clues that leads him to the sinister Dr. Franklyn (Noel Willman), the doctor’s strange, but beautiful daughter (Jacqueline Pearceo) ... and a horrific family secret. Presented in two aspect ratios: 1.66:1 and 1.85:1. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film historians Steve Haberman, Constantine Nasr and Ted Newsom; new interview with 1st assistant director William P. Cartlidge; "The Serpent’s Tale – The Making of The Reptile," "World of Hammer – Wicked Women," theatrical trailers, TV spot, still galleries. (Scream Factory).
(2017 -- South Korea) Yoo Ji-tae, Hyun Bin, Bae Seong-woo, Park Sung-woong, Nana. High stakes and fast talk are the game in this crime caper that brings together unlikely allies from different sides of the law. Each member of the team has their own motives, but they’ll have to work together to achieve their common goal -- trapping the world’s most legendary con man. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1997) The evil space alien Divatox plans to unleash the dark forces of Maligore, a powerful, fiery creature imprisoned inside a volcano on the magical island of Muiranthias. She can reach the island only by traveling through the dangerous Nemesis Triangle, and for that she needs the special powers of the magician Lerigot. But Lerigot flees to Earth, to see the only people who can stand against Divatox and her evil plan — the Power Rangers. Extras: "Ranger Tales: A Look Back at Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie," original featurette, trailer. (Shout! Factory).
UglyDolls Sing-Along Edition
(2019) Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton, Wanda Sykes, Wang Leehom, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, Lizzo, Nick Jonas and Pitbull. Animated film centers around the adorably unique town of Uglyville. The film follows Moxy and her friends as they confront what it means to be different and discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. Inspired by the global plush phenomenon and based on the UglyDoll characters created by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. Read more about "UglyDolls" in the July Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Sing Along Tease," "Fun with the Cast of UglyDolls," "Making UglyDolls," theatrical trailers. (Universal).
The White Crow
(2019) Oleg Ivenk, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Chulpan Khamatova, Ralph Fiennes, Lexey Morozov. The incredible true story of legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, from his poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming career as a dancer in Leningrad, to his nail-biting defection to the West at the height of the Cold War.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A Look Behind the Curtain: Making The White Crow," Q&A with director Ralph Fiennes, writer David Hare, and Oleg Ivenko. (Sony).
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