(2019) Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis. On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. Olivia Wilde's directorial debut.
Read more about "Booksmart" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by Olivia Wilde, "Booksmart: The Next Best High School Comedy,” "Pliés and Jazz Hands: The Dance Fantasy," "Dressing Booksmart," deleted scenes, gallery. (Fox).
Bull: Season Three
(2018-19) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes of the drama series inspired by the
early career of talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw. The show follows the brilliant, brash and charming Dr. Bull, the ultimate puppet master, as he combines psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail. His personal life proves harder to manage as he tries to live a healthier lifestyle following a heart attack and learns he is expecting a child with his ex-wife. Season Three picks up as Bull returns to work following his' heart attack. Now, he must work with his team at TAC to help defend an insurance company that is being sued by a young mother who was denied coverage for a liver transplant.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Bull Session: A Look at Season 3" featurette, "MacKenzie Meehan: Taylor Made" featurette, "Something About New York" location featurette, deleted/extended scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
(2019) Bryshere Y. Gray, Mykelti Williamson, Mekhi Phifer, Kevin Quinn, Woody McClain, Lance Reddick. After being arrested for the murder of a white classmate, a young black man's father fights in court for his son's vindication. Against all odds, they embrace their undying trust in each other and find faith in God. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras:
"Canal Street: Behind-the-Scenes" featurette, "The Women of Canal Street," "The Men of Canal Street," "Behind the Music of Canal Street." (Cinedigm).
CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015
Ten-disc set packed with 127 Classics from a Country Music Who's Who. For 50 years, the CMA Awards have spotlighted the genre's top performers, capturing the songs and artists who've long provided a soundtrack for our lives. In addition to the yearly accolades presented to the biggest stars in country music, the program is famous for historic performances and collaborations - many of which are the first time legendary songs were featured on television.
This set features performances from many of the premiere artists in the genre who've helped to shape the history of country music - Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Barbara Mandrell, Buck Owens and Kenny Rogers as well as artists who've nurtured the sound over the past decade and taken the music to new heights, like Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Across the 10 packed discs, home audiences will discover a who's who of country artists, which also includes Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, and dozens more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Newly produced bonus interviews with country legends including Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Naomi Judd, Ronnie Milsap and more. Plus CMA bonus features with Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and many other country music stars; 44-page memory book including show photos, a history of the CMA Awards, plus a year-by-year guide to 50 years of Award winners. (Time Life).
(2019) Lauryn Canny, Bryan Batt, Pollyanna McIntosh. Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin' is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a "good girl." However, Darlin' holds a secret darker than the "sins" she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman (McIntosh), equally fierce and feral, who raised her is ever present and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to stand in her way. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Dark Sky Films).
(2018) Ross O'Hennessy, Ben Loyd-Holmes, Rebecca Dyson-Smith, Zara Phythian, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Jemma Moore. To save their Kingdom from the Dark Lord's army, a mighty and courageous legion of warriors must travel through the forbidden lands fighting the fearsome fire breathing monsters of The Dark Kingdom, a land that swallows all who enter, in order to rescue their King. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
Fists in the Pocket
(1965 -- Italy) Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions, in this astonishing debut from Marco Bellocchio. Characterized by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, "Fists in the Pocket" was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema. Formats: Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Marco Bellocchio, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Interviews from 2005 with Bellocchio, actors Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora, editor Silvano Agosti, critic Tullio Kezich, and filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci; new interview with scholar Stefano Albertini; trailer; an essay by film critic Deborah Young. (The Criterion Collection).
Ghosts of Attica
(2001) Attica. Like Watergate and Vietnam, it is an icon of recent history. Gov. Rockefeller's brutal re-taking of the prison -- a nine-minute, 1600-bullet assault that took the lives of 29 inmates and 10 guards held hostage -- put an end to the four-day rebellion. But the struggles for justice, by both prisoners and guards, endured for three decades. Eventually inmates wrested a historic $12-million settlement from the state, and that bittersweet victory spurred a new round of agitation by guards and their survivors. This documentary offers a definitive account of America's most violent prison rebellion, its suppression, and the days of torture that ensued-using exclusive, just-released images, documents, and interviews.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Includes archival footage and recordings. (Icarus Films).
Into the Ashes
(2019) Luke Grimes, Robert Taylor, Frank Grillo, James Badge Dale. With an honest job and a loving wife, Nick Brenner believed he had safely escaped his violent, criminal history. But his old crew hasn’t forgotten about him or the money he stole, and when they take what Nick now values the most – his wife – he has nothing left to lose. Confronted by the town sheriff, who is also his father-in-law, Nick must decide if he will stay on his new path or indulge in his need for revenge and force his enemies to pay for what they have done.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Building the Fire: The Making of "Into the Ashes," "Shooting the South: On Location." (RLJE Films).
(2019) Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Corey Fogelmanis and Luke Evans. A lonely woman (Spencer) befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their crazy host. Read more about "Ma" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate ending; "Creating Sue Ann" look at the character of Sue Ann, and how trauma from people’s past can manifest itself later in life; "Party at Ma’s" behind-the-scenes featurette; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer. (Universal).
Men in Black: International
(2019) Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, Les Twins: Laurent Bourgeois & Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson. The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Read more about "Men in Black: International" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag Reel; “New Recruits, Classic Suits” cast featurette; “Let's Do This! Inside the Action & Stunts”; “Look Right Here: Gadgets, Weapons, & Rides”; “Expanding the Universe of MIB” featurette with international locations, aliens and more as the universe expands; “Frank & Pawny's Peanut Gallery”; “Les Twins Leave It on the Floor”: dance sensations Les Twins show off their signature style and how they devised their alien moves; “In Case You've Been Neuralyzed: MIB Recap” rapid-fire recap of the MIB franchise; “The MIB Meet the NBA.” Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes; “Alien-cestry.com”: Everyone has a little alien in them. Trace your roots with Alien-cestry.com; “Neuralyzer: Like It Never Even Happened”: As NOT seen on Alien TV, order now to get your very own Neuralyzer and erase life’s embarrassing moments like a pro. (Sony).
NCIS: The Sixteenth Season
(2018-19) Six-disc set with all 24 episodes. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful special agents who investigate all crimes -- from murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines -- with Navy or Marine Corps ties. The latest season continues one month after Director Leon Vance is kidnapped by a terrorist who tortured Special Agent Sloane years ago in Afghanistan. Now, Special Agent Leroy Gibbs assumes his role as Acting Director while the team searches to locate their missing leader.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Best Kept Secrets" (deleted scene); "NCIS Season 16: Rules of Engagement" in which the producers and cast take fans on a journey through the season and discuss major story arcs, the roles of each character and their involvement in the long running television success; "Welcome to the Team, Kasie Hines" featurette; "NCIS Season 16: The Conversation" cast and crew in-depth discussion about the show. (CBS/Paramount).
Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion
Packaged in a limited edition collectible mystery mansion giftset that includes all 41 episodes of the original series, "Scooby-Doo! Where are You!," released on Blu-ray for the first time, as well as a Digital Copy of the series. Includes an exclusive Scooby-Doo Funko keychain, and a mini Scooby-Doo Encyclopedia. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. Extras:New: "My Life with Scooby – Frank Welker’s Animated Journey" (Frank Welker is the only voice actor to work on Scooby-Doo in its many incarnations, since the very first series debuted in 1969); "A Scooby-Doo for Everyone" featurette; "50 Years of Scooby Snacks" featurette; "Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold" trailer; Vintage: "Scooby-Doo’s Ultimate Fans: Hail the Gang’s Followers and Memorabilia Collectors"; "Get the Picture: How to draw Scooby-Doo and the Gang"; "Funky Fashion;" "America Loves Scooby-Doo" music video; "Scooby-Doo Street Smarts": Favorite cases of Scooby-Doo fans; "Take the Scooby-Doo Challenge"; "Hanna-Barbera: From H to B" featurette about the studio’s artists and animators; "Scooby-Doo The Whole World Loves You!" featurette; "The Eerie Mystery of the Scooby-Doo History" featurette talks about the beginnings of Scooby-Doo and how the show came to exist from the point of view of the executives and creative team behind the show; "The Scooby-Doo Gang: In Their Own Words." (Warner).
Young Sheldon: The Complete Second Season
(2018) Two-disc set with all 22 episodes from the top-rated prequel to "The Big Bang Theory." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Warner).
(2019) Brenna D’Amico, Reylynn Caster. Inspired by the true animal friendship of a Jack Russell Terrier and a rescued miniature horse, the story of Dally & Spanky’s bond has generated millions of video views and is now the inspiration for this feature film. Addy and Ella are teenaged half-sisters with little in common. When 17-year-old Addy loses her father, she retreats from her family and struggles to deal with his loss. Ella, with her dog Dally, reaches out to create a bond with Addy and Spanky, the miniature horse she’s just inherited from her father. Not only do the animals get along, but they quickly become a dynamic duo, their act quickly goes viral and they win their high school talent show, bringing the girls closer. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).
(2018) Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar. Live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic. A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Read more about "Aladdin (2019)" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Aladdin’s Video Journal: A New Fantastic Point Of View"; deleted song: “Desert Moon”; "Guy Ritchie: A Cinematic Genie"; "A Friend Like Genie"; six deleted scenes; bloopers; three music videos: "Speechless" by Naomi Scott, “A Whole New World” by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward and A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) by ZAYN and Becky G. (Disney).
(1992) Disney’s tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin, self determined Princess Jasmine and the all-powerful Genie has remained a family favorite for over a quarter of a century. With the voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: CLASSIC BONUS: More than 40 bonus features from previous releases including "The Genie Outtakes," “Aladdin: Creating Broadway Magic," and "Unboxing Aladdin.” NEW: "Sing Along With the Movie"; "Aladdin on Aladdin"; “Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin”; alternate endings: enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended. (Disney).
(2018) Three-disc set with 10 episodes. Chilling crimes of 19th century New York City set the stage for this Emmy Award-winning thriller. Starring Daniel Brühl ("Rush"), Dakota Fanning ("American Pastoral") and Luke Evans ("The Girl on the Train"). Based on the award-winning novel by Caleb Carr, the series follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a brilliant and obsessive "alienist" in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Murder mystery like none other: the story of emergence of the world's most powerful city that will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary,"Pixel by Pixel," which explores the visual effects houses that won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role. (TNT/Warner).
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
(2018) Documentary explores the vision behind the iconic American jazz record label (celebrating its 80th anniversary). Since its inception in 1939, Blue Note created an environment for creativity to flourish, encouraging artists to push creative boundaries in search of uncompromising expressions. The result was music with heart, originality and social conscience. The perhaps unlikely originators of Blue Note were two jazz-loving German immigrants, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, escaping Nazism for a new life in the US. Their principle of respect for freedom both underpinned the label and won them the friendship and trust of the jazz community. The original Blue Note team was completed by a New Jersey optometrist moonlighting as a recording engineer (Rudy Van Gelder), a classical music-loving commercial designer (Reid Miles), and of course the most incredible musicians that have ever walked the Earth. Through current recording sessions, rare archives, and conversations with iconic Blue Note artists as well as current label president Don Was, the film reveals an intimate perspective of a label legacy that continues to be vital in today’s political climate. Legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter come together with today’s generation of ground-breaking Blue Note artists such as Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire. These reflections lead us back to the highly influential figures of the past on which the legacy of Blue Note is built: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Miles Davis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Eagle Vision).
The Cloud-Capped Star
(1960 -- India) Directed by the visionary Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, "The Cloud-Capped Star" tells the story of a family that has been uprooted by the Partition of India and come to depend on its eldest daughter, the self-sacrificing Neeta (Supriya Choudhury). She watches helplessly as her own hopes and desires are pushed aside time and again by those of her siblings and parents, until all her chances for happiness evaporate, leaving her crushed and ailing. Experimenting with off-balance compositions, discontinuous editing, and a densely layered soundtrack, Ghatak devised an intellectually ambitious and emotionally devastating new shape for the melodrama, lamenting the tragedies of Indian history and the inequities of traditional gender roles while blazing a formal trail for the generations of Indian filmmakers who have followed him.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani; stills gallery of Ghatak family photographs curated by writer and photographer Nabarupa Bhattacharjee; an essay by film scholar Ira Bhaskar. (The Criterion Collection).
Curious George: Royal Monkey
(2019) Voices of Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett. New animated feature. After disrupting a meeting with a stuffy royal family, George accidentally trades places with the king’s snooty monkey, Philippe. While Philippe puzzles Ted with his flawless manners, George travels to the castle where his fun-loving antics raise eyebrows and bring shy Princess Isabel out of her shell. Featuring all-new music from Andy Grammer. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
The Dead Don’t Die
(2019) Dir: Jim Jarmusch; Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, Tom Waits. The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves in Jim Jarmusch's black comedy riff on zombie films, politics and pop culture. Read more about "The Dead Don’t Die" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Bill Murray: Zombie Hunting Action Star"; "Behind-the-Scenes of The Dead Don’t Die"; "Stick Together": Jim Jarmusch’s frequent collaborators talk about his filmmaking style, and what makes "The Dead Don’t Die" stand out from other zombie films.
Echo in the Canyon
(2019) A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas. Contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful), their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last filmed interview). Read more about "Echo in the Canyon" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Greenwich Entertainment).
Hawaii Five-0: The Ninth Season
(2018-19) Six-disc set with all 25 episodes. The island's best task force returns to stop trouble in paradise in this contemporary take on the classic series about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands' beaches. The series revolves around Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu after Hawaii's former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt-down the biggest "game" in town. In this season, McGarrett must endure sensory deprivation torture to hunt a friend's killer, track down a dirty CIA agent, and open a bro-mantic restaurant, while wiping out crime and protecting the shores of the 50th state. The latest season also includes guest appearances by Joey Lawrence ("Melissa & Joey"), Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr., Duane "Dog" Chapman ("Dog the Bounty Hunter") and Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight and more. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Shorelines: Season 9" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Five-0 @ 200" featurette celebrates the landmark 200 episode; "Giving Thanks" with executive producer Peter M. Lenkov and wine connoisseur and bon vivant Chi McBride (Captain Lou Grover) as they discuss the script and creation of the Thanksgiving episode over dinner; deleted and extended scenes; gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
(2018) Michael Ironside, Nicola Correia-Damude. On June 6, 1985 Hellmington Asylum closed their doors for good. On June 6, 2009 it was re-opened as the very first Psychological Extreme Haunted House, where people could live out their own personal horror fantasies. Willing participants would be pushed to their limits, blurring the lines between what's real and what's in your head. Katie Owens, a true horror fanatic and online blogger was invited as one of the first people to partake in the Hellmington experience. Only Katie never left.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
(2019) Meg Foster, Stephanie Hernandez, Patrick Flanagan, Robert Paget, William Alexander. Incorporating traditional narrative story-telling, as well as numerous forms of pioneering technology, including found footage, hand-held cameras, surveillance cameras, and smart glasses, this new-age fright-fest chronicles the tale of a group of college science students investigating the urban legend of The Mole Man, an ex-patient said to still be residing within the walls of the Black Grove Asylum. When members of the group turn up missing, they soon learn that this myth is more real than they thought. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
(2019) Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Marc Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane. Super assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive.
Read more about "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table” featurette; “Excommunicado” featurette; theatrical trailers; "John Wick Hex Game" trailer; “Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex” featurette. Blu-ray adds “Check Your Sights” featurette; “Saddle Up Wick” featurette; “Bikes, Blades, Bridges, and Bits” featurette; “Continental in the Desert” featurette; “Dog Fu” featurette; “House of Transparency” featurette; “Shot by Shot” featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Juniper Tree BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990 -- Iceland) Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring. An unsung talent in her lifetime, director, professor and Fulbright scholar Nietzchka Keene’s stark, stunning debut feature is loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name and stars Björk in her first on-screen performance. The film premiered to glowing reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 and led Keene to further direct "Heroine of Hell" (1996) starring Catherine Keener and "Barefoot to Jerusalem" (2008), the latter completed after her tragically early death in 2004. Set in medieval Iceland, "The Juniper Tree" follows Margit (Björk) and her older sister Katla (Bryndis Petra Bragadottir) as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection with Johan (Valdimar Orn Fygenring), and his resentful young son, Jonas (Geirlaug Sunna Pormar), the sisters help form an impromptu family unit that’s soon strained by Katla’s burgeoning sorcery. Photographed entirely on location in the stunning landscapes of Iceland in spectacular black-and-white by Randy Sellars, the film is a deeply atmospheric film, evocative of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s "Day of Wrath" and Ingmar Bergman’s "The Virgin Spring," and filled with indelible waking dream sequences (courtesy of legendary experimental filmmaker Pat O’Neill). A potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies, "The Juniper Tree" is a major rediscovery for art house audiences. New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by The George Lucas Family Foundation. Extras: Three newly remastered short films by Nietzchka Keene; new video interview with cinematographer Randy Sellars; archival video interview with Nietzchka Keene; never before seen outtakes; U.S. theatrical trailer; new essays by Amy Sloper and Angeline Gragasin, plus a short story by Lorrie Moore. (Arbelos Films).
Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank
(2004) A transformative artist and one of the most insightful chroniclers of American life, legendary Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank continues to fascinate generations of casual observers and aspiring photographers alike. This documentary is the definitive account of Frank's life and the unique ways his biography and art intersect to produce powerful, richly textured images. Shot in cinema-verité style between New York and Nova Scotia, where Frank (94)
now lives, the film captures Frank reflecting on a lifetime of image making that most famously produced "The Americans," probably the most influential photographic book of the last 60 years. From the Lower East Side to Coney Island, Frank revisits places where he lived and photographed, unsentimentally yet humorously noting the erosion of the New York he once knew. He recalls his collaborations with the Beat generation, including his film "Pull My Daisy," narrated by Jack Kerouac, as well as his infamous "Cocksucker Blues" with The Rolling Stones. Unembellished and unflinching, this portrait captures the life and art of one of the most significant and uncompromising artists of the 20th century.
Formats: DVD. (Kino Lorber).
The Mad Adventures of "Rabbi" Jacob
(1973 -- France) A cult classic riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities. Victor Pivert (Louis de Funès), a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Mohammed Larbi Slimane (Claude Giraud), an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assassins from Slimane's country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who's returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert's dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who's about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dario). Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1974 Golden Globe Awards, the Blu-ray features a stunning 4K restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Interview with co-screenwriter Danièle Thompson, new essay from author Phoebe Maltz Bovy. (Film Movement).
Mirage (Special Edition)
(1965) Dir.: Edward Dmytryk; Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy, George Kennedy, Jack Weston, Leif Erickson, Walter Abel, Anne Seymour. A psychological thriller where danger, deception and even murder lurk around every corner. Bewildered accountant David Stillwell (Peck) believes he must be suffering from some form of amnesia and enlists the help of a private detective (Matthau) to help determine his identity. Experiencing flashbacks of a disturbing past and perplexed by the woman (Baker) in his life, Stillwell struggles to make sense of his perilous situation before a murder plot ensnares him. Filmed on location in New York City, "Mirage" is an edge-of-your-seat suspense film that remains one of the genre's timeless classics. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with Diane Baker; audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson; animated image gallery; theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classic).
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert
(2019) Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music's pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it's these extraordinary induction ceremonies -- featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s - that have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate. This 11-disc set gives home audiences front row seats to the unforgettable ceremonies from 2010-2017, and feature nearly 30 hours of mind-blowing performances and collaborative jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary, covering eight memorable induction ceremonies and 160 live performances from such rock giants as Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Electric Light Orchestra,, Heart, James Taylor, Journey, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Simon and Garfunkel, Sting, U2, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Metallica, and many more. The set is comprised of three separate collections: "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert - Encore (2010-2013)," "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert (2014-2017)" and the complete "25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts" from 2009, which has been called "the Big Mother of Rock Concerts," and features Crosby, Stills & Nash; Paul Simon; Simon & Garfunkel; U2; Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, plus special guests including Jackson Browne, B.B. King, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, and more. Additionally, the set includes collectible booklets, as well as the 26-page collector's edition of Rolling Stone with behind-the-scenes stories of the 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame concerts. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
Seal Team: Season Two
(2018-19) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The series follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior's existence. This season picks up after the team has returned home from deployment. Meanwhile, Bravo Team heads to the Gulf of Guinea to rescue American hostages after an oil platform has been over taken by armed militants. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew: "The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday" and "Operation Puerto Rico"; "Nothing Fake About It: The Props of SEAL Team" featurette; deleted and extended scenes; gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
Scars of Dracula BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1970) Christopher Lee is back as Dracula, bringing unspeakable horrors upon a local village that defies his evil reign. But when a young man and his luscious girlfriend unwittingly visit the Count's castle, they find themselves trapped in a face-to-face frenzy of bloodthirsty vixens, religious blasphemy and sadistic henchmen. The prince of darkness has returned like never before, but will his horrific mark remain forever? The Hammer horror cult classic was injected with bloody bravado by Hammer veteran Roy Ward Baker ("Quatermass and the Pit," "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde") Presented in two aspect ratios - 1.66:1 and 1.85:1. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr and film historian Randall Larson, "Blood Rites: Inside Scars of Dracula,"
audio commentary with star Christopher Lee and director Roy Ward Baker, moderated by Hammer film historian Marcus Hearn, theatrical trailers, still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
Shed of the Dead
(2019) Spencer Brown, Ewen MacIntosh, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Brian Blessed. Zombie comedy thriller that follows two slackers, who whittle their days away playing Dungeons & Dragons and painting figurines. As life pressures build up for Trevor (Brown) and Graham (MacIntosh), events take an unexpected turn when the undead turn up in their little gardening spot. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season
(2018-19) All 20 episodes. The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. This season the boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones. Formats: Five DVD, three Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Supernatural Homecoming: Exploring Episode 300" featurette, "The Winchester Mythology: The Choices We Make" featurette, "Supernatural: 2018 Comic-Con Panel," audio commentaries with talent & producers, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
The Third Wife
(2018 -- Vietnam) In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May starts to develop an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As she observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice: to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Bonus short film: "Grasshopper" (directed by Ash Mayfair, Vietnam: A young girl saves a pig's life and incidentally changes her own; director Ash Mayfair audio commentary; NYAFF Chat -- Interview with director Ash Mayfair. (Film Movement).
(2015 -- Japan) When Alice transfers to a new middle school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home, now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find that their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle. This unusual and charming film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai is a shaggy-dog mystery tale that ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with Yu Aoi and Anne Suzuki (voice actors), film completion press conference, film premiere stage greeting, interview with director Shunji Iwai, message from Makoto Shinkai (animator), theatrical trailers and TV spots. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Cassandro the Exotico!
(2018 --France) Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, 47-year-old Saul Armendariz -- known in the Mexican wrestling ring as Cassandro -- is a champion "exotico" wrestler, a luchador who performs in drag with generous doses of camp vamping between back-breaking suplexes. His trailblazing ascent as one the industry's first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century -- the story of an underdog and a queer icon simultaneously fragile and mighty. This documentary (English and Spanish with English subtitles) captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure. Shot entirely on 16mm film, it follows the "Liberace of the Lucha Libre" in his final years of competition, struggling with opponents and the cruel passage of time, while melding tender encounters and larger-than-life fight scenes into a stylish whole that reflects the vivid textures and hues of a dazzling life in sport. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
(1978 -- Australia) Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor. Fred Schepisi's internationally acclaimed masterpiece, based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, is the shocking tale of an indigenous man driven to madness and revenge. Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis) is a young Aboriginal half-caste raised in central New South Wales at the turn-of-the-century, a boy initiated by his tribe but also educated by a stern Methodist minister (Jack Thompson). Looking to gain respectability in white society, Jimmie finds a white bride while performing back-breaking work on local farms, but cannot escape his skin color, suffering ongoing racism and oppression. Discovering that he may not be the father of his wife's child, and red without pay, Jimmie explodes in a fury of violent revenge and escapes into the bush with his brother Mort, cutting a bloody path of retribution upon the society that has forsaken him. In 1901, the year Australian democracy is born, Jimmie Blacksmith finally faces his fate, and with it the fate of his people. This two-disc set includes the 117-minute international version and the 122-minute Australian version. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with Fred Schepisi and DP Ian Baker; "The Chant of Tom Lewis," an interview with star Tommy Lewis; trailer; audio commentary by Fred Schepisi; introduction by Schepisi. (Kino Lorber).
(1997) Paul Dillon, Michael Ironside, Michael Shannon, Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, John C. Reilly, Gillian Anderson, Kevin J. O'Connor John Cusack, Julianne Moore. It's 6 a.m. and 20 degrees below zero on a December morning in Chicago and a cab driver picks up his day's first passengers. This sets into motion 14 hours in the life of a cab driver as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city while emotionally connecting to many of them, including a depressed rape victim, stoners, randy lawyers, a drug runner and a pregnant womanr with whom he races to get to the hospital. The film was based on the play "Hellcab" by Will Kern and was misleadingly marketed as a horror film, which it's not. "Chicago Cab" is interesting and well done and while we don't learn anything too specific about the cab driver, the personalities of his various fares are revealing. Soundtrack features Chet Baker, Pearl Jam, Lena Horn and The Grifters. Formats: DVD. (Liberation Hall).
(2019) Linnea Quigley, Eileen Deitz, Rachel Lagen, John O'Hara, Joel D. Wynkoop. Cursed demonic circus clowns set out on a vengeful massacre using tornadoes. A stripper, Elvis impersonator, truck driver, teen runaway, and a dude get caught in the supernatural battle between femme fatal and the boss clown from hell. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (WildEye Releasing).
(1946) The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, this zany, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise director's most effervescent creations. Jennifer Jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down -- with plenty of help from Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), an eccentric continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from. Sending up British class hierarchy with Lubitsch's famously light touch, "Cluny Brown" is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme on unconventional female characters in Ernst Lubitsch's films; new video essay by film scholar Kristin Thompson; "The Lubitsch Touch," an interview with film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz from 2004; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1947, featuring Olivia de Havilland and Charles Boyer; an essay by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt. (The Criterion Collection).
Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns
(2019) Coinciding with the national broadcast on PBS. The eight-hour series focuses on the personal stories of the fascinating characters who created and shaped the genre – from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills, to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times and places in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people. "Country Music" digs deep to uncover the roots of the music, including ballads, minstrel music,hymns and the blues, and its early years in the 1920s, when it was first recorded and called “hillbilly music.” It then shows how the music sprouted many new branches during the twentieth century: Western swing and singing cowboys, bluegrass and honky tonk, rockabilly and the "outlaws," the smooth Nashville Sound and harder-edged Bakersfield Sound, and many others––showing that country music never was just one style but a broad American mixture that became a major cultural force. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Over three hours of extra bonus footage that will not air, including a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made and additional material gleaned from hours of interviews. (PBS Distribution).
(2018) Casper Van Dien, Brianne Davis, Griff Furst, Judd Nelson. When a relaxing getaway turns deadly, a former Marine must risk his life to save his wife and best friend from a modern-day pirate while facing the ghosts of the war he left behind. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Good Fight: Season Three
(2019) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of CBS All Access' first original scripted series -- a spin-off and sequel to "The Good Wife." A year after the series finale of "The Good Wife," an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) and wipes out the savings of her mentor, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). The pair join Diane's former employee, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), at Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad, a prestigious African American–owned firm making waves by taking on Illinois police brutality cases. This season, Diane tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
In the Aisles
(2018 -- Germany) Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth, Sandra Huller. A warmly poignant glimpse into the shared connections of a motley group of workers who spend their nights working in a big box superstore. When the reclusive Christian takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, his new manager, Bruno from the Beverage Departmen, teaches him the lay of the land and the delicacy it takes to operate a forklift. Christian becomes enamored by his charming but mysterious co-worker "Sweets Marion," with whom he begins to share flirtatious break room coffees and conversations. But Marion has secrets of her own and when she suddenly goes on sick leave, Christian is tempted to fall into the habits of his dark past. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Music Box Films).
Kung Fu League
(2018 -- China) Yu-Hang To, Wenzhuo Zhao, Jay Chou, Ashin. When his manager prevents comic book artist Fei Ying Xiong from getting the girl he loves, he summons help from four legendary Kung Fu masters to learn the highest level of martial arts to get what he wants most. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Mock & Roll
(2017) Roger Earl, Michael Stanley, Alex Ortiz, Aditi Molly Bhanja, Chris Wolfe, Andrew Yackel. Ohio parody band Liberty Mean is tapped out, clueless and struggling to raise the needed money to get to the South by Southwest Music Festival where their dreams can become reality. Unfortunately, bad decisions and absurd circumstances lead the band down a dark and stormy road in this frenetic caricature of rock and roll reverie. This is not a story of "has-beens" but it's the tale of "never-beens," where visions go screwy and time plays against the odds. Features the music of Foghat and Black Owls. Formats: DVD. Extras: M&M scene, Rick talks Bun into staying with the band, house party performance -- getting kicked out, OJ and Mountain Dew. (Soundview).
(2017 -- France) Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent. In the middle of the night, a 7-year-old boy has gone missing. The crisis draws the child's father Julien (Canet) back to a small, snowy town in eastern France in an effort to help. Julien has been abroad for work and has been essentially absent from his son's life since splitting with his wife (Laurent) a few years earlier. Fueled by his sense of guilt about neglecting his family, Julien is determined to do whatever it takes to find his son. That includes using physical force against anyone he thinks could be a suspect in the kidnapping --and stepping outside the law -- as he begins to unfold the mystery of the boy's disappearance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes with director Christian Carion and actor Guillaume Canet. (Cohen Media Group).
Noir Archive Volume 3: 1957-1960
Three-disc set with nine films. From out of the shadows comes this final collection of hard to find noir classics in high definition with original aspect ratios: "The Crimson Kimono" (1959) directed by Samuel Fuller with Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta; "The Lineup" (1958) directed by Don Siegel with Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Warner Anderson; "Man on a String" (1960) directed by Andre DeToth with Ernest Borgnine, Kerwins Mathews, Colleen Dewhurst, Alexander Scourby; "The Shadow in the Window" (1956) directed by William Asher with Phil Carey, Betty Garrett, John Barrymore, Jr.; "The Long Haul" (1957) directed by Ken Hughes, with Victor Mature, Diana Dors, Patrick Allen; "Pickup Alley" (1957) directed by John Gilling with Victor Mature, Anita Ekberg, Trevor Howard; "The Case Against Brooklyn" (1958) directed by Paul Wendkos with Darren McGavin, Maggie Hayes, Bobby Helms; "She Played With Fire" (1957) directed by Sidney Gilliat with Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Bernard Miles, Ian Hunter; "The Tijuana Story" (1957) directed by László Kardos with Rodolfo Acosta, James Darren, Robert McQueeney. Formats: Blu-ray. (Kit Parker Films).
(1989) Brian Thompson, Jack Starrett, Robert Tessier, Elizabeth Kaitan, Alisha Das. Using sensory deprivation techniques, a doctor of parapsychology provokes his students to examine their own deaths in evermore horrifying circumstances. Roles are exchanged and shuffled as reality and fantasy become indistinguishable and each new dreadful death proves more terrifying than the last. Their paranormal explorations lead them to an abandoned mansion in a desolate area that natives call the "Valley of Fear," where years of drinking chemically tainted water have lead to a genetically damaged population and mutant wildlife. Local legends also tell stranger stories of extraterrestrials which the students attempt to explore. Reality, the supernatural and dreams weave into a tight tapestry of horror and sublimated desire from which there may be no escape. Video store era cult classic makes its HD debut in a new 4k Mastering with restored color correction from the original camera negative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with Paul White and Stephen Biro, trailers, first print run gets a Limited Edition alternate slip cover, first print run gets an exclusive detailed booklet on "Nightwish." (Unearthed Classics).
(1981) For his first studio picture, filth maestro John Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to allow his muse Divine to sink his teeth into a role unlike any he had played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine worthy of a Douglas Sirk melodrama. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering Francine turns to the bottle as her life falls apart -- until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). Enhanced with Odorama technology that enables you to scratch and sniff along with Francine, "Polyester" is one of Waters' most hilarious inventions, replete with stomach-churning smells, sadistic nuns, AA meetings, and foot stomping galore.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Waters from the 1993 Criterion laserdisc release of the film; new conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto; new program featuring interviews with Waters collaborators Tab Hunter, Dennis Dermody, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Mary Garlington, and Greer Yeaton; interviews from 1993 with cast and crew members Waters, Divine, Moran, Peranio, Edith Massey, and Van Smith, featuring footage from the making of the film; archival interviews; deleted scenes and alternate takes; trailer; scratch-and-sniff Odorama card; an essay by film scholar Elena Gorfinkel. (The Criterion Collection).
Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season
(2018-19) All 22 episodes. In Season Four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before -- a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of? Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018," "Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds," "Villains: Modes of Persuasion," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
(2019) An artful and intimate meditation on the life of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in Lorain, Ohio to 70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her riverfront writing room. Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. Featuring interviews with Hilton AL's, Angela Davis, Fran Leibowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison's novel “Beloved” into a feature film. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, photo gallery portraits by director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
(2019) James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee. During a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey s transformed into the infinitely powerful and dangerous DARK PHOENIX. As she spirals out of control, the X-Men must unite to face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own. Read more about "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Five deleted scenes, "Rise of the Phoenix: The Making of Dark Phoenix"(five-part documentary), "How to Fly Your Jet to Space With Beast," audio commentary by director Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker. (Fox).
Who Saw Her Die?
(1972) Former Bond star George Lazenby ("On Her Majesty's Secret Service") headlines this classic giallo directed by Aldo Lado -- as compelling for its haunting atmosphere, twists and turns as for its parallels with another great Venetian horror/thriller - Nicolas Roeg's "Don't Look Now." Sculptor Franco Serpieri (Lazenby) welcomes Roberta (Nicoletta Elmi) -- his young daughter from a failed marriage -- to Venice, unaware that a disturbed child-killer is stalking the city's canals. When Roberta's body is found floating face-down in the river, the lives of Franco and his estranged wife Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg) are ripped asunder. Desperate for vengeance, Franco turns detective in a bid to track down his daughter's killer, and in the process unearths shocking evidence of depravity and corruption which implicates some of the most respected figures in Venetian society. Released at the height of the giallo boom, this mystery thriller boasts some of the most iconic names associated with the genre on both sides of the camera. Co-starring Dominique Boschero and Adolfo Celi, and featuring one of the all-time greatest scores from maestro Ennio Morricone. New 2K restoration of the full-length Italian version of the film from the original 35mm camera negative, with uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio. Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by author and critic Travis Crawford; "I Saw Her Die," a new video interview with director Aldo Lado; "Nicoletta, Child of Darkness," a new video interview with actress Nicoletta Elmi; "Once Upon a Time in Venice," a new video interview with co-writer Francesco Barilli; "Giallo in Venice," a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie; original Italian and English theatrical trailers; poster and fotobusta gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love'. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) Dir.: Luc Besson; Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren.
Beneath Anna Poliatova's (Lussd) striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world's most feared government assassins. Read more about "Anna" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Dressing a Doll: Costumes of Anna," "Anatomy of a Scene: Restaurant Fight," "Unnesting a Russian Doll: Making Anna," "Constructing the Car Chase" featurettes. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Francesca Eastwood, Malik Yoba, William Forsythe. A man (Meyers) wakes up in a hospital bed with no recollection of who he is or why he is there, but quickly learns he’s the lead suspect in a series of murders and is now wanted by the police. With the help of a trusting nurse (Eastwood), he manages to stay one step ahead of the detectives hunting him down but, as he uncovers some hard truths about his past, he quickly realizes some nightmares happen after you’re awake. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
The Black String
(2018) Frankie Muniz, Chelsea Edmundson, Ravi Patel, Mary K. DeVault. Jonathan, a lonely twentysomething, is stuck in his hometown working night shifts at the local convenience store. When an unexpected encounter with a mysterious woman turns his life upside down, Jonathan is stricken by illness and nightmarish visions. Friends and family believe he's losing his mind, but Jonathan is convinced he's the target of something far more sinister.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with Director/co-writer Brian Hanson and producer Charles Bunce, "String Theory: The Making of The Black String” Featurette, deleted scenes and alternate takes. (Lionsgate).
Child's Play (2019)
(2019) Voice of Mark Hamill, Aubrey Plaza, Tim Matheson, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman.. Re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic. After moving to a new city, young Andy Barclay receives a special present from his mother -- a seemingly innocent Buddi doll that becomes his best friend. When the doll suddenly takes on a life of its own, Andy unites with other neighborhood children to stop the sinister toy from wreaking bloody havoc. Read more about "Child's Play (2019)" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Child’s Play," "Bringing Child’s Play’s Chucky to Life," soundtrack trailer, "Toy Massacre," "A.I. Mayhem," gallery. (Fox).
(1928/1969) In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin's Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe's bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin's finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer's career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. Rereleased in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, "The Circus" is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema's most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin's 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary featuring Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance; interview with Chaplin from 1969; new interview with Chaplin's son Eugene Chaplin; "In the Service of the Story," a new program on the film's visual effects and production design by effects specialist Craig Barron; "Chaplin Today: The Circus," a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica; excerpted audio interview with Chaplin musical associate Eric James; unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, and related outtakes with audio commentary by Chaplin historian Dan Kamin; newly discovered outtakes featuring the Tramp and the bareback rider; original recording of the film's opening song, "Swing, Little Girl," by Ken Barrie; footage of the 1928 Hollywood premiere; rerelease trailers; an essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson. (The Criterion Collection).
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season
(2018-19) Four-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray with all 16 episodes. After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death last season,the Legends of Tomorrow join John Constantine and Ava Sharpe’s Time Bureau to save their world – and their legacy – from magical creatures from myths, fairytales and legends who have escaped and infected history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: :DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary Storytelling," "Post Production Theater," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Fear No Evil BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Stefan Arngrim, Elizabeth Hoffman, Kathleen Rowe McAllen. God has appointed three archangels to fight against Lucifer, who has assumed human features. Archangel Raphael, in the guise of Father Damon, kills Lucifer and ends his life in jail. But his sister, Archangel Mikhail, knows that one day the Devil will reappear. Eighteen years later, Lucifer returns, now in the form of Andrew, a brilliant but shy schoolboy at Alexandria High who becomes conscious of his devilish nature on his birthday. Extras: New interview with actor Stefan Arngrim, new interview with special effects artist John Eggett, audio Commentary with writer-director Frank LaLoggia and cinematographer Frederic Goodich, theatrical trailer, TV spots, still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
The First King
(2019 -- Italy) Romulus and Remus are two shepherds and loyal brothers who are destined to found the greatest empire the world has ever seen - but only one can rule. The journey to greatness is paved with blood and the fate of the chosen one lies in the hands of their brother.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, trailers. (Well Go USA).
(1987) Stephen King was once famously quoted as saying, "I have seen the future of horror... his name is Clive Barker." That future was realized in 1987 with the release of Barker's directorial debut. Based on his own novella "The Hellbound Heart," Barker's "Hellraiser" sees Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife Julia (Clare Higgins) move into their new home, unaware that something evil lurks beneath the floorboards of the dilapidated house -- something that wants human blood ... Introducing the world to the iconic Pinhead and his sadistic band of Cenobites, "Hellraiser" became an instant genre classic upon release and remains one of the most frighteningly original visions in horror. Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Clive Barker; audio commentary with Barker and actress Ashley Laurence; "Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser" new version of the definitive documentary on the making of "Hellraiser," featuring interviews with key cast and crew members; "Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser": actor Sean Chapman talks candidly about playing the character of Frank Cotton in Barker’s original; "Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score": ex-Coil member Stephen Thrower on the "Hellraiser" score that almost was;
"Hellraiser: Resurrection" vintage featurette including interviews with Barker, actors Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence, special make-up effects artist Bob Keen and others; "Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser"; original EPK featuring on-set interviews with cast and crew;
draft screenplays [BD-ROM content]; trailers and TV spots; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
(1988) Picking up right where "Hellraiser" left off, "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" expands upon the terrifying universe created in Clive Barker's original film -- taking the story into the very depths of Hell itself. Having escaped the clutches of Pinhead and the demonic Cenobites, Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) awakens to finds herself detained at the Channard Institute, a hospital for the mentally ill. But her torments are far from over -- the chief doctor at the institute is determined to unleash the powers of Hell to achieve his own twisted ends. "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" is one of the most celebrated horror sequels of all time, offering a vision that is both more gruesome and fantastical than its predecessor. Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with director Tony Randel and writer Peter Atkins; audio commentary with Randel, Atkins and actress Ashley Laurence; "Leviathan: The Story of Hellbound: Hellraiser II" new version of the definitive documentary on the making of "Hellbound," featuring interviews with key cast and crew members; "Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellbound": actor Sean Chapman talks about reprising the role of Frank Cotton in the first "Hellraiser" sequel; "Surgeon Scene": the legendary excised sequence; "Lost in the Labyrinth" vintage featurette including interviews with Barker, Randel, Keen, Atkins and others; "Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound: Hellraiser II"; on-set interview with Clive Barker; on-set interviews with cast and crew; behind-the-scenes footage; rare and unseen storyboards; draft screenplay [BD-ROM content]; trailers and TV Spots; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Hills Have Eyes 2 [Limited Edition]
(1984) The hills are once again alive with the sound of screaming in Wes Craven's hugely entertaining follow-up to his own groundbreaking 1977 "The Hills Have Eyes." A motocross team on their way to trial a new super-fuel head out across the desert lead by Rachel, who, unbeknownst to the rest of the group, is a survivor of the cannibal clan that menaced the Carter family several years before. Opting to take an ill-advised shortcut across the desert, the busload of youngsters drive straight into the path of the remnants of Rachel's demented cannibal kin -- the menacing Pluto, and a hulking, blood-hungry brute by the name of The Reaper. Made by Wes Craven immediately prior to his smash-hit "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Hills Have Eyes Part II" diverges from the grim tone of its predecessor in favor of fun action-horror thrills and spills replete with mutants, motorbikes, and - oh yes - dog flashbacks. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues; "Blood, Sand, and Fire: The Making of The Hills Have Eyes Part II" new making-of documentary featuring interviews with actor Michael Berryman, actress Janus Blythe, production designer Dominick Bruno, composer Harry Manfredini; stills gallery; original theatrical trailer; six postcards; reversible fold-out poster. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Holocaust BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1978) Meryl Streep, James Woods, Michael Moriarty. Garnering eight Emmy Awards including Best Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actor (Michael Moriarty), two Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, this two-disc edition marks the first presentation of the groundbreaking miniseries on Blu-ray. "Holocaust" follows the tragedy and triumph of the Weiss family of Berlin and intertwines their fate as European Jews with the story of a German family, the Doffs, whose members include a high-ranking Nazi officer. Filmed on location in Germany and Austria, "Holocaust" uses the stories of these fictional families to portray the atrocities against the Jewish people from the 1930s to 1945, and presents a heart-wrenching portrait of their struggle. (CBS/Paramount).
Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection
Four newly 4K restored classics directed by Ida Lupino. "Not Wanted" (1949), starring Sally Forrest and Leo Penn; "Never Fear" (1949), starring Sally Forrest and Hugh O'Brian; "The Hitch-Hiker" (1953), starring Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy and William Talman; and "The Bigamist" (1953), starring Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmond O'Brien and Edmund Gwenn. Each title is also available separately. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Ida Lupino: Auteuress" by Ronnie Scheib (80 Page Booklet); "Not Wanted": audio commentary by Barbara Scharres, director of programming at Gene Siskel Film Center with filmmaker/historian Greg Ford; "Never Fear": audio commentary by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; "The Hitch-Hiker": audio commentary by film historian Imogen Sara Smith; "The Bigamist: audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger, trailers. Read more here.
(Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
In the Aftermath
(1988) Following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman protégé Carl Colpaert made his directorial debut by combining repurposed excerpts from a foreign film -- in this case, Mamoru Oshii's ("Ghost in the Shell") spellbinding 1985 anime "Angel's Egg" -- with new live-action footage shot in America. The result is this haunting post-apocalyptic vision like no other. In a radiation-soaked wasteland, two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies amid the rubble. After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of an angelic young girl holding a giant egg, herself a refugee from another world altogether. Could the egg be the key to saving both their worlds? A unique mash-up of 1980s B-movie nuclear paranoia and hauntingly lyrical animation, "In The Aftermath" is presented in a stunning new restoration that highlights Oshii's visionary genius and Colpaert's low-budget ingenuity. Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Path To Aftermath," a newly filmed interview with producer Tom Dugan; "Apocalypse Then," a newly filmed interview with star Tony Markes; "Before the Aftermath: The Influence of Angel’s Egg," a new appreciation of Mamoru Oshii’s original film by anime expert Andrew Osmond (author of Arrow Books’ "Ghost in the Shell"); still and poster gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley. FIRST PRESSING ONLY: booklet featuring essay on the film by Jon Towlson. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
John Carpenter's Vampires
(1998) James Woods, Thomas Ian Griffith, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee. "Forget everything you've ever heard about vampires," warns Jack Crow (Woods), the leader of Team Crow, a relentless group of mercenary vampire slayers. When Master Vampire Valek (Griffith) decimates Jack's entire team, Crow and the sole team survivor, Montoya (Baldwin), set out in pursuit. Breaking all the rules, Crow and Montoya take one of Valek's victims hostage - a beautiful but unlucky prostitute (Lee). She is the sole psychic link to Valek and they use her to track down the leader of the undead. As Valek nears the climax of his 600-year search for the Berziers Cross, Jack and the new Team Crow do everything possible to prevent him from possessing the only thing that can grant him and all the vampires the omnipotent power to walk the world in daylight.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Time to Kill Some Vampires" an interview with composer/director John Carpenter, producer Sandy King Carpenter and cinematographer Garry B. Kibbe; new "Jack the Slayer" interview with James Woods; new "The First Vampire" interview with Thomas Ian Griffith; new "Raising the Stakes" interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero; new "Padre" interview with actor Tim Guinee; audio commentary by composer-director John Carpenter; isolated score; vintage making-of featurette; theatrical trailer; TV spots, still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
(1989 -- Italy) Richard Anthony Crenna, Pietro Genuardi, John Harper, Sherrie Rose, Van Johnson. More than a decade after the Spielberg blockbuster, a dream team of shock maestros – including producer-turned-director Fabrizio De Angelis ("Dr. Butcher M.D.," "Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals"), screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti ("Bay of Blood," "Demons"), gore guru Giannetto De Rossi ("Zombie," "The Beyond") and Oscar-nominated composer Riz Ortolani ("Mondo Cane," "Cannibal Holocaust") – created one of the most ridiculously entertaining "Jaws" rip-offs in ItaloSleaze history. When a humongous crocodile begins chomping on a tropical island community, a group of idealistic young environmentalists clash with a crusty redneck hunter to destroy the monster reptile spawned by toxic waste. Scanned in 2k from the original negative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with makeup FX artist Giannetto De Rossi, interview with actor Pietro Genuardi, interview with cinematographer Federico Del Zoppo. Also avaialble in the "Killer Crocodile Limited Edition" set, a two-disc set with "Killer Crocodile 1 and 2." (Severin Films).
(1983) Bill Forsyth put Scottish cinema on the map with this delightfully eccentric culture-clash comedy. Riffing on popular representations of Scottish life and folklore, "Local Hero" follows the Texas oil executive Mac (Peter Riegert), who is dispatched by his crackpot boss (Burt Lancaster) to a remote seaside village in Scotland with orders to buy out the town and develop the region for an oil refinery. But as business mixes with pleasure, Mac finds himself enchanted by both the picturesque community and its oddball denizens -- and Texas starts to feel awfully far away. Packed with a near nonstop stream of droll one-liners and deadpan gags, this enchanting cult hit finds Forsyth surveying the idiosyncrasies of small-town life with the satirical verve of a latter-day Preston Sturges, arriving at a sly commentary on conservation, corporate greed, and the legacies we leave behind.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between Forsyth and film critic David Cairns; "Shooting Fro
m the Heart," a 1985 documentary about the work of cinematographer Chris Menges; episode of "The South Bank Show" from 1983 about the production of the film; "The Making of Local Hero," a documentary made during the film's production, featuring interviews with actors Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert; "I Thought Maybe I'd Get to Meet Alan Whicker," a 1983 interview with Forsyth on his early career in documentaries, his first narrative features, and the success of "Local Hero"; an essay by film scholar Jonny Murray. (The Criterion Collection).
Madam Secretary: Season Five
(2018-2019) Five-disc set with all 20 episodes. The series stars Tea Leoni as Elizabeth McCord a college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons. Elizabeth - returned to public life at the request of President Conrad Dalton, who values McCord's apolitical leanings, deep knowledge of the Middle East, flair for languages and ability to think outside the box. As McCord debates third-world problems, confronts issues related to her decision to run for president, finesses foreign dignitaries at work and does battle with the president's combative chief of staff, that's just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband, theology-professor-turned-intelligence operative Henry McCord (Tim Daly), and their three children, where "politics" and "compromise" take on new meaning. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
Madness in the Method
(2019) Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Gina Carano, Vinnie Jones, Danny Trejo, Stan Lee, Teri Hatcher. Conic actor Jason Mewes is tired of Hollywood's perception of him. Upon advice from best friend Kevin Smith, Mewes tracks down a secret method acting book to reinvent himself as a serious actor - with disastrous consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
The Major and the Minor
(1942) From one of Hollywood's most acclaimed auteurs, Billy Wilder, comes this charming comedy classic Legendary actress and dancer Ginger Rogers stars as Susan Applegate, a struggling young woman who pretends to be an 11-year old girl in order to buy a half-price train ticket. Fleeing the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby (Ray Milland). The Major believes Susan is a child and takes her under his wing, but when they arrive at the military academy where Kirby teaches, his fiancée (Rita Johnson) grows suspicious of Susan's ruse. Co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett, "The Major and the Minor" assumes the guise of a light romance narrative in order to cleverly explore themes of identity and deception. Wilder's American debut is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin; "Half Fare Please!," a newly filmed video appreciation by film critic Neil Sinyard; archival interview with Ray Milland; rare hour-long radio adaptation from 1943 starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland; image gallery; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet with essay bY Ronald Bergan. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud
(1995 -- France) Emmanuelle Béart, Michel Serrault, Jean-Hugues Anglade. The profoundly moving final film from masterful French director Claude Sautet. Nelly (Be´art), 25, is stuck in a loveless marriage while barely making ends meet. A friend introduces her to the wealthy and much older Arnaud (Serrault) in order to help him write his memoirs. Thus begins a playful, tentative flirtation that is forever threatening to bloom into a romance. But instead Nelly gets involved with Arnaud's charming editor (Anglade). Arnaud and Nelly get stuck in a silent dance of sideways glances and off-hand gestures, the secret choreography of unrequited love. "Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud," winner of Best Actor (Serrault) and Best Director at the Cesar Awards, is a poignant, bittersweet, and beautifully performed romance that stands as an exquisite capstone to Sautet's brilliant career. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger, booklet essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, original theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber).
(2019) A wonderfully intimate portrait of Luciano Pavarotti, the most beloved opera singer of all time. Interweaving Pavarotti's genre-defining performances with revealing, never-before-seen footage, the documentary is a movie experience as singularly entertaining as its legendary subject. Read more about "Pavarotti" in the September Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Friends of Pavarotti" featurette, "The Entertainer" featurette, "Ron Howard on Pavarotti" featurette. (Lionsgate).
(1981) Isabelle Adjani, Alan Bates, Maggie Smith, Anthony Higgins. Marya (Adjani), a vulnerable but complicated West Indian, finds shelter in the home of a manipulative and lecherous English art patron (Bates) and his painter wife (Smith) after her shady husband is imprisoned. The twisted dynamic that develops between this trio plays out against a stunning re-creation of the golden age of 1920s Paris and its culture and extravagant nightlife. In adapting Jean Rhys' 1928 autobiographical novel, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory -- working with their longtime screenwriter Ruth Prawer-Jhabvala and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme -- achieved an artistic breakthrough that remains one of the finest works of the team behind such acclaimed and distinguished films as "Howards End," "The Remains of the Day," "A Room With a View" and "The Bostonians." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Quartet: A Conversation With James Ivory and Pierre Lhomme," two new interviews with director James Ivory, conversations with the filmmakers, the film's original trailer and the restoration trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).
A Score to Settle
(2019) Nicolas Cage, Noah Le Gros, Karolina Wydra, Mohamed Karim, Benjamin Bratt. Diagnosed with a fatal condition, Frankie Carver (Cage) is released from prison after serving 19 years of hard time. With only a short time left to live, Frankie must desperately try to make amends with the son he left behind while he plots a bloody course of revenge - tracking down his old gang to make them pay one by one. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Story & Character," "On Set," "Sins of the Father." (RLJE Films).
(2018) Trevor Long, Andrea Chen, Garr Long, Kevin Breznahan. When his increasingly depraved behavior spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. But instead of finding solace, Marcus is haunted by his darkest fears and deepest desires. Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Marcus must fight to save his crumbling sanity and protect Lily, his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(2019) Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree, Avan Jogia, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria, Luna Lauren Velez, Method Man. JJ Shaft, a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death. Read more about "Shaft" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Warner).
(2019 -- Italy/USA) Dolph Lundgren, Cosimo Fusco, Marta Gastini. Years ago, the wife and daughter of Aiden (Lundgren) were abducted and killed during a vacation. A decade later, a detective with new evidence calls Aiden to the scene of the crime — but Aiden arrives to find the cop murdered and the police refusing to help. Now, Aiden must use his skills as a sniper and warrior to unravel the vast conspiracy behind his loved ones’ murders. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Un coeur en hiver (A Heart in Winter)
(1992 -- France) Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Beart and Andre´ Dusollier star in this sublimely sensual, provocative and critically acclaimed film from director Claude Sautet. Camille (Be´art), a concert violinist, becomes intrigued by her lover's business partner Stephane (Auteuil), an aloof restorer of musical instruments. She interprets his distance as a kind of flirtation, but Stephane is more of a voyeur, preferring to watch than engage in romance. A bizarre love triangle forms in which each member slowly unveils their imperfections and insecurities. Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter) is a sexy and enthralling film that unearths the origins of desire. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger, trailers. (Kino Lorber).
The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin'
(2009) Documentary takes us on an unforgettable trip through the extraordinary life of beatnik poet, clown, activist and former Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavor Wavy Gravy. Through candid interviews with Wavy's family and friends, including Jackson Browne, Odetta and Bonnie Raitt, and close encounters with Wavy himself, "Saint Misbehavin'" paints a moving and surprising portrait of his lifelong commitment to peace, justice and compassion. This riveting film shows how we can all make a difference -- and have fun doing it. From keeping the peace at Woodstock to his present-day mission providing for sight-saving operations in developing countries and co-directing Camp Winnarainbow, this entertaining and captivating documentary reveals the deep determination of a truly one-of-a-kind individual. A testament to the sheer joy of living a life of service to humankind and our planet, Wavy's message is timeless, and needed now more than ever before. Formats: DVD. Extras: New interview with Wavy Gravy and his wife Jahanara Romney, new audio commentary with Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney, and director Michelle Esrick, extra scenes. (Kino Lorber).
The Wax Mask
(1997 -- Italy) Robert Hossein, Aldo Massass, Gabriella Giorgelli. In the mid-‘90s, Dario Argento approached a physically and professionally ailing Lucio Fulci to direct one final production, an over-the-top shocker about grisly murders at a Paris wax museum. But when Fulci died only weeks before filming began, Argento turned to Sergio Stivaletti – the FX genius on "Phenomena," "Opera," "Demons" and "Cemetary Man" – to make his feature directing debut. From a screenplay co-written by Fulci with cinematography by Sergio Salvati ("Zombie," "The Beyond"), and now featuring a 4k scan from the original negative supervised by Stivaletti. Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in Rome a new wax museum is opened, whose main attractions are lifelike recreations of gruesome murder scenes. A young man bets that he will spend the night in the museum but is found dead the morning after. Soon, people start disappearing from the streets of Rome and the wax museum begins filling with new figures. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray Limited edition with CD, limited to 4000 copies. Extras: Audio commentary with director / special effects artist Sergio Stivaletti and Michelangelo Stivaletti; "Beyond Fulci" interviews with producer Dario Argento, pirector Sergio Stivaletti, producer Giuseppe Columbo, production designer Massimo Geleng, actress Gabriella Giorgelli, and filmmaker Claudio Fragasso; "The Chamber Of Horrors" interviews with producer Argento, Stivaletti, Columbo, Geleng and Giorgell; "Living Dolls" interviews with Argento, Stivaletti, Columbo andGiorgelli; "The Mysteries of the Wax Museum" interview with SFX artist Sergio Stivaletti; "The Waxworks Symphony" interview with soundtrack composer Maurizio Abeni; "The Grand Opening" interviews with Argento, Stivaletti and Columbo; "Wax Unmasked" interview with film writer Alan Jones; vintage featurettes: "Behind the Scenes," "Special Effects," "On Set with Dario Argento." (Severin Films).
(2019) Dir.: Danny Boyle; Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon.
Struggling songwriter Jack Malick's life is changed forever when he discovers he is the only person on Earth who remembers the music of The Beatles and must decide if he truly wants the spotlight, or if all he needs is love, after all. Read more about "Yesterday" in the September Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening; alternate ending; 12 deleted scenes; gag reel; "Live at Abbey Road Studios" in which Himesh Patel perform "Yesterday," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Let it Be"; "Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen"; "Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon"; "A Talented Duo" featurette about screenwriter Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle, who team up for the first time; "Playing for Real" featurette about the re-interpreting of the Beatles songs by Himesh Patel, who spent months learning to play the songs perfectly as the production decided to take the more challenging route of recording the musical numbers live on set; "Soul Mates" love story featurette; "A Conversation With Richard & Ed" (long-term friends Richard Curtis and Ed Sheeran); feature commentary with Boyle and Richard Curtis. (Universal).
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