On DVD and Blu-ray either individually or in 2-Movie DVD or Blu-ray Collections, with "Addams Family Values" making its Blu-ray debut -- just in time for the new animated feature film hitting theaters October 11. "The Addams Family" (1991): When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead. But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester's uncommonly "normal" behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune? "Addams Family Values" (1993): It's love at first fright when Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) welcome a new addition to the Addams household -- Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilinksy (Joan Cusack), Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) discover she's a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Paramount).
Anna and the Apocalypse
(2017) Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire. Musical-horror film. A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven -- at Christmas -- forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Anna and the Apocalypse: Behind the Scenes." (Cinedigm).
Brother Can You Spare A Dime? From Dust Bowl To Tinseltown
(1975) Writer-director Philippe Mora's chronicle of an unforgettable piece of American history. The Great Depression, in both its bleak lows and its artistic highs, is presented in this classic documentary. Featuring the grim reality that many Americans faced during the era, largely in the form of newsreel clips, the film also depicts how Hollywood dealt with this period of widespread poverty and unemployment. Much of the movie footage showcases glamour and extravagance, providing lively moments of escapism that contrast starkly with day-to-day life during the 1930s. Mora would go on to cult status in the 1980’s with “The Beast Within,” “Howling II” and “Howling III." Formats: Blu-ray. (VCI Entertainment).
(2019) On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion resulting in one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history. This six-hour limited series tells the story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation. Jared Harris portrays Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist. As part of the response team, he was one of the first to grasp the scope of the unparalleled disaster that occurred. Stellan Skarsgard plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, who is assigned by the Kremlin to lead the government commission on Chernobyl in the hours immediately following the accident. Emily Watson portrays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the mystery of what led to the Chernobyl disaster.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (HBO).
The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set
Numbered, limited edition box set of the combined animated films "The Death of Superman" (2018) and "Reign of the Supermen" (2019). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. Extras: "Long Live Superman" featurette, "The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All" featurette, "Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis" featurette, "From the DC Vault: Legion of Superheroes Dark Victory: Part 1,” "From the DC Vault: Legion of Superheroes, Dark Victory: Part 2,” "From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, Heavy Metal,” "From the DC Vault: Justice League Unlimited, Panic in the Sky.” (Warner).
(2019) Amy Manson, Dominic Mafham, Luke Allen-Gale, Louis Mandylor, Clayton Adams. Based on the popular original video game, Doom: Annihilation is an explosive, terrifying thrill ride. On the darkest moon of Mars, scientists have found an ancient portal which allows teleportation throughout the universe. Considered to be mankind's greatest discovery, it's actually a gateway from hell, unleashing a swarm of demons looking to steal the souls of everyone who gets in their way. It's up to Lieutenant Joan Dark and an elite unit of Marines to destroy an ever-growing horde of bloodsucking and soul-stealing beasts and prevent them from taking over planet Earth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Universal).
Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season
(2018) Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray with all 15 episodes from the first season of the DC Universe original series revolving around misfit DC Super Heroes. Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader, Dr. Niles Caulder ("The Chief"), the reluctant heroes find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
(2019 -- South Korea) Fierce gang boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) is violently attacked after a fender bender on a rainy night. After fighting back, he barely escapes; however his reputation as a feared leader is damaged beyond repair. The only way to restore his image is to find his attacker and exact revenge. Jang teams up with Detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to find the assailant, but soon discovers the attacker is actually a serial killer. With no support from the police department, Detective Jung is forced to use gang boss Jang’s resources in order to track down the killer. The two men must work together to find a man simply known as “K”.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Making of featurette, "The Characters," trailers. (Well Go USA).
Gunsmoke: The Fifteenth Season, Volume One and Volume 2
(1969-70) The iconic TV Western, starring nominee James Arness as the legendary Marshal Matt Dillon, returns in 26 digitally remastered episodes in full color and high-definition, available for the first time on DVD. The unprecedented fifteenth season of the fan-favorite classic series features appearances from guest stars such as Jodie Foster, Ron Howard, Eileen Heckart and Hal Needham. Marshal Dillon continues his adventures alongside the loyal Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), sexy saloon proprietress Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) and lovable Deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis). Confounding bank robbers, misleading mail-order brides, Kitty departing Dodge City, and a ruthless psychopath push Matt Dillon to the edge. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
Lost City of the Jungle
(1946) Following the end of WWII, war-monger Sir Eric Hazarias (Lionel Atwill) sets the wheels in motion for WWIII. His search for Meteorium 245, the only practical defense against the atomic bomb, leads him to mythical Pendrang. Obstructing his sinister plan to rule the world are Rod Stanton (Russell Hayden), United Peace Foundation investigator; Tal Shan (Keye Luke), Pendrang native; and Marjorie Elmore (Jane Adams), daughter of scientist Dr. Elmore (John Eldredge), unwilling assistant to Sir Eric. Formats: Blu-ray. (VCI Entertainment).
(2018) In 1989, the Whitbread Around the World Race was considered to be the most dangerous sailing competition on earth. When 26-year-old Tracy Edwards wanted to participate, she was met with resistance and sexism - no team would take her. Left with no other choice, she started an all-female crew, one who would not only take on the vast and foreboding ocean, but also the doubts and attacks from her male competitors and press. In this incredible documentary, Edwards and her crew attempt to turn the impossible into reality as they take on 50-foot waves, icebergs and all of the dangers of the great and powerful sea. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "An Evening with Maiden" Q&A with director Alex Holmes and the skipper of Maiden, Tracy Edwards; "Women Making Waves" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).
Four-disc collection includes nine television specials packaged in a limited edition collectible Snoopy Doghouse giftset. " It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," " It’s Magic, Charlie Brown," "Charlie Brown’s All-Stars," "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," "The Mayflower Voyagers," "Play It Again, Charlie Brown," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," " It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown" and "It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown." Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "It’s Not the Holidays Without Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown!" featurette, new audio commentary for "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas." (Warner).
The Quiet One
(2019) Throughout his three-decade career as a founding member of and bassist for The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman was known to the world as the "quiet one" in the band. Now, in this documentary, the famously private music legend speaks out about his extraordinary life and experiences as part of "the greatest rock and roll band in the world." Opening up his vast personal archive -- a lifetime's worth of previously unseen home movies, photographs and memorabilia -- Wyman reflects on his early years with The Stones, the band's meteoric rise to fame, and his search for a sense of "normalcy" amid the whirlwind of sex, drugs, and rebellion. Endearingly humble and down to earth, Wyman pulls back the curtain to offer a one-of-a-kind perspective on life as a reluctant rock star who let his pulsating bass do all the talking on "Brown Sugar," "Gimme Shelter," "Paint It Black" and countless other Stones classics. The film also includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Bob Geldof, and Stones record producer Andrew Oldham and engineer Glyn Johns.
Formats: DVD. (MPI/Dark Sky Films).
Robin Williams: Comic Genius
Robin Williams started performing stand-up comedy in the mid-70s, amazing audiences with his frenetic energy and razor-sharp wit. Graced with comedic brilliance, rapid-fire improvisation, and a deep well of warmth and compassion that translated to everything he did, America quickly fell for him in his first role as the naïve and hilarious alien from the planet Ork in ABC-TV's "Mork & Mindy." Rocketing to stardom, Williams would go on to do five HBO stand-up specials and dozens of feature films, performing steadily for nearly four decades and entertaining audiences across the globe. Time Life celebrates Williams' memorable, inimitable 40-year career with "Robin Williams: Comic Genius." Decades in the making, the TV DVD archivisists at Time Life have collected all his most memorable stand-up and television performances across three singular collections: a five-disc Collector's Set (available exclusively at Walmart), a handsomely-packaged 22-disc set featuring 50+ hours of comedic genius, and a single disc featuring Robin's first HBO stand-up special. All DVD releases also feature newly produced featurettes and exclusive interviews. Read more information here.Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
(2019) Voices of Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Kate Micucci. New animated adventure feature. Scooby-Doo and his pals win an all-expense paid vacation and embark on a trip of a lifetime to a tropical paradise. Their destination however, turns out to be Zombie Island. As soon as they arrive, they realize the place looks strangely familiar and is reminiscent of a trip they took years ago, in which they became wrapped up in a mystery involving zombies. The gang soon learns that their trip to paradise comes with a price when the zombies re-emerge and attack their hotel. Will Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang finally solve the mystery behind Zombie Island? Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting
Two-disc set features some of the greatest Sesame Street moments from yesterday and today: fan-favorite animations like "Ladybug Picnic" and "Pinball Number Count"; new and classic songs from Kermit the Frog's soulful "It's Not Easy Being Green" to will.i.am's empowering anthem, "What I Am"; timeless interactions between children and the Sesame Street Muppets; and a collection of the most iconic "Street Story" segments. Part of Sesame Street's yearlong 50th anniversary. Read more here.Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sesame Workshop/Shout Kids).
The Silent Revolution
(2018 -- Germany) A film about the extraordinary courage of young individuals in a time of political oppression, "The Silent Revolution" is the gripping true story of a group of students in 1956 East Germany, and how their lives are changed forever by a harmless human act of solidarity. During a visit to the cinema in West Berlin, high school students Theo (Leonard Scheicher) and Kurt (Tom Gramenz) see dramatic newsreel footage of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously decide to hold a moment of silence in solidarity with the victims of the uprising. The gesture causes bigger ripples than expected. The People’s Educational Minister (Burghart Klaußner) condemns the action as counterrevolutionary and demands that the ringleader be named within a week. But the students stick together, facing a decision that will change their lives forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Icarus Films).
Spider-Man: Far From Home
(2019) Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Tony Revolori, with Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal. Peter Parker (Spider-Man)'s plans to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks while on a European vacation are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Read more about "Spider-Man: Far From Home" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: New original short, "Peter’s To – Do - List": Peter has a few errands to run before he can leave on his class trip; "Teachers’ Travel Tips": Mr. Harrington & Mr. Dell present a few tips on how to traverse the European continent: "Stepping Up": Explore how Spider-Man was introduced in the MCU, the ways Tom Holland transformed the character of Peter Parker, and what the future holds for Spider-Man; "Suit Up": The suit doesn't make the hero - but it does play a big role in who they are and who they can become; "Far, FAR, Far from Home": The film's illustrious locations serve story points and establish tone, but they're also amazing to travel to. This featurette is from the cast on their experiences filming on-location; "It Takes Two": A special look at the chemistry between Jon Watts and Tom Holland; "Fury & Hill": MCU stalwarts Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson are back as Agent Maria Hill & Nick Fury; "The Ginter-Riva Effect": A look at the villain sub-plot and how William Ginter-Riva ties "Spider-Man: Far From Home" all the way back to the beginning of the MCU; "Thank You, Mrs. Parker": A look at Marisa Tomei's reimagining of Aunt May; "The Brother’s Trust": A quick look into some of the amazing work Tom Holland and his brothers have done through their charity, The Brothers Trust; "The Jump Off": Interviews with the cast & crew take on the amazing stunts; "Now You See Me" examines the evolution of Mysterio and why Jake Gyllenhaal was the perfect fit for the role; "Stealthy Easter Eggs"; "Select Scene Pre–Vis" side by side comparison of the Pre-Vis with the film; gag reel & outakes; alternate & extended scenes. (Sony).
The Truth Will Out
(2019) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. The top-rated Swedish drama is an addictive eight-part series about a police detective who is commissioned to form a new team to reopen unsolved murder cases. Inspired by true events. Returning to work following a mental breakdown, Detective Peter Wendel (Robert Gustafsson) is tasked with creating an elite team of investigators to crack cold cases. When the police find a note on a dead body that claims Sweden’s most notorious serial killer is a fraud, Wendel gets a chance to redeem himself -- but only the dregs of the force are available to work the case. Under pressure to mobilize quickly, Wendel is forced to hire two cops who hate each other, plus a forthright woman who isn’t even a police officer. Can his lowly group solve this high-profile crime? Formats: DVD, VOD. (Acorn Media).
(2019) Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her "safely" behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest's holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room. Third in the franchise. Read more about "Annabelle Comes Home" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Behind the Scenes Part 1: The Ferryman/Demon," "Behind the Scenes Part 2: The Bloody Bride," "Behind the Scenes Part 3: The Werewolf," "The Artifact Room and The Occult," "The Light and the Love," deleted scenes. (Warner).
Art of Deception
(2018) Anzu Lawson, Micah Fitzgerald, Keenan Johnston. After uncovering the CIA’s ruthless master plan for world domination by gaining complete mind control over the entire population, top scientist Joseph Markham is ultimately left with a choice: save the lives of billions ... or the life of his wife, who has been kidnapped, interrogated, and brutally tortured as she viciously fights for her life. A nationwide manhunt ensues, deadly assassins pursue, and one man’s decision will determine the fate of the world.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Deadwood: The Movie
(2019) Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens, Gerald McRaney. Continuing the story begun in the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning HBO series, this movie follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after 10 years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. Extras: (HBO).
(2017 -- Israel) Veronica Kedar, Mira Awad, Tommy Baremboem, Eli Danker, Evgenia Dodina. Home is where the hurt is. Lily would do anything to make it go away. In a perfect world, she would have grown up with a loving father, a caring mother, a sane sister and a brother who wasn't madly in love with her. But you can't always get what you want, and Lily finds herself in the living room, staring at four dead bodies. She goes to her therapist after hours, to confess and make sense of her confusing day. But her therapist isn't home. Instead, her judgmental insensitive teenage daughter ... is. Lily finds herself, once more, locked in a battle of wills for some serious adult attention. Formats: DVD, VOD. (IndiePix Films).
(2018) Eleanor Worthington-Cox , Maxine Peake. Gwen is a young girl whose life seems to be collapsing around her. Struggling with her mother’s mysterious illness, her father's absence and a group of angry villagers threatening to take her farm, Gwen must find the strength to guide her family through the darkness. But as a malevolent presence begins to take grip of her home, it becomes apparent there is a greater evil that may be too strong to overcome. Atmospheric arthouse folk tale set in the hills of Wales during the industrial revolution. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with Maxine Peake, interview with Eleanor Worthington-Cox. (RLJE Films).
Hamlet in the Golden Vale
(2018) Roll The Bones -- a New York-based immersive theater company -- took over a five-hundred-year-old castle in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Over three weeks, a threefold creative endeavor emerged ... a live immersive performance, a 360° virtual reality experience, and this feature film. Modern in spirit while faithful to Shakespeare’s text, each medium tackled a different perspective of the same story: eight actors living in close quarters, each taking multiple roles in the productions, immersed in the world of Hamlet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Random Media).
Kung Fu Monster
(2018 -- China) Louis Koo, Zhou Dongyu, Haden Kuo, Cheney Chen. Wuxia fantasy about an animal trainer in the Ming Dynasty who releases a gentle, gremlin-like ball of fur he names Lucky into the world after he witnesses its mistreatment by Crane, an evil eunuch. This infuriates Crane, who immediately puts a huge bounty on both Ocean and Lucky’s heads. From all corners of China, bounty hunters with the most diverse backgrounds and masters of the martial arts sign up for the hunt. What they are unaware of though, is that Luck is harmless -- as long as he’s happy. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
Life With Lucy: The Complete Series
(1986) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes; five of which have never-before been seen since the show was canceled after eight episodes. Lucille Ball stars as Lucy Barker, a widowed grandmother who has inherited half of her husband's hardware store with his business partner, Curtis McGibbon (Gale Gordon). Things take a turn for the hilarious as Barker insists on hilarious out in the store despite knowing nothing about the business. Guest stars include John Ritter, Peter Graves and Audrey Meadows. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Hour Magazine" featuring Ball and Gordon, promos, "Entertainment Tonight" segments.(CBS/Paramount).
Light of My Life
(2019) Written, directed by and starring Casey Affleck, co-stars Anna Pniowsky, Tom Bower, Elisabeth Moss. A decade after a plague has wiped out nearly all of the world’s female population, a father (Affleck) and daughter live on the outskirts of what’s left of civilization as they once knew it. Disguising his daughter as a boy, the father struggles to protect her from newfound threats as they are forced from their home into dangerous territory. Prepared to defend his daughter at all costs, their bond and the character of humanity is tested. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
(2019 -- USA/Sweden) Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter. A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. Read more about "Midsommar" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Let the Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar" featurette, "Bear in a Cage" promo. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Joey Klein, Evalena Marie, Kip Gilman, Pascal Yen-Pfister, Nick Latrenta. Henry Long desperately seeks a cure for congenital analgesia, a condition that renders him unable to feel physical pain. But when he meets a mysterious woman offering him what he has always desired, he gets much more than he bargained for. sFormats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
3 Silent Classics By Josef Von Sternberg BLU-RAY DEBUT
Vienna-born, New York-raised Josef von Sternberg ("Shanghai Express") directed some of the most influential and stylish dramas ever to come out of Hollywood. Though best known for his later star-making collaborations with actor Marlene Dietrich, von Sternberg began his career during the final years of the silent era, dazzling audiences and critics with his films' dark visions and innovative cinematography. The titles in this collection, made on the cusp of the sound age, are three of von Sternberg's greatest works, gritty evocations of gangster life ("Underworld," 1927), the Russian Revolution ("The Last Command," 1928), and working-class desperation ("The Docks of New York," 1928) rendered as shadowy movie spectacle. High-definition digital restorations of all three films. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Six scores: by Robert Israel for all three films, Alloy Orchestra for "Underworld" and "The Last Command," and Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton for "The Docks of New York"; two video essays from 2010, one by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom and the other by film scholar Tag Gallagher; Swedish television interview from 1968 with director Josef von Sternberg; a booklet featuring essays by critic Geoffrey O'Brien, scholar Anton Kaes, and author and critic Luc Sante; notes on the scores by the composers; Ben Hecht's original treatment for "Underworld"; and an excerpt from von Sternberg's 1965 autobiography, "Fun in a Chinese Laundry," on actor Emil Jannings. (The Criterion Collection).
Toy Story 4
(2019) Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Joan Cusack, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, the late Don Rickles and Estelle Harris. When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Read more about "Toy Story 4" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Toy Stories" featurette in which the "Toy Story 4" cast and crew share their love of toys; "Woody & Buzz" looks at the relationship between these two legendary characters; "Bo Rebooted" featurette on the character; "Toy Box" collection of mini-docs on the film’s memorable new characters, featuring the voice actors, director Josh Cooley and Pixar artists; "Let’s Ride With Ally Maki" look at Pixar’s dialogue recording process from director Josh Cooley and his team; six deleted Scenes; audio commentary; trailers; more. (Pixar/Disney).
Toys Are Not for Children
(1972) Psychological trauma and aberrant sexuality abound in this twisted tale of a young woman whose severe daddy issues send her on an unforgettably bleak downward spiral. Yearning for the love of her absentee father, Jamie inhabits an infantilized world surrounded by toys, including those which her wayward pops bizarrely continues to send her. Unable to consummate her new marriage with dashing colleague Charlie, Jamie's chance encounter with aging sex worker Pearl leads her into the murky world of prostitution where her most disturbing erotic fantasies begin to play out. Grim, quirky and strangely affecting in equal measure, Stanley H. Brasloff's film is a truly one-of-a-kind effort from the heyday of the American exploitation independents, which builds to a haunting and devastating climax that lingers long after the credits roll. Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain; newly-filmed appreciation by "Nightmare USA" author Stephen Thrower; "Dirty Dolls: Femininity, Perversion and Play," a new video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; original theme song “Lonely Am I," newly transferred from the original 45-RPM vinyl single; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil. FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanity Celis. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Vikings: Season 5, Volume 2
(2018-19) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. As the explosive second half of "Vikings Season Five" begins, Ivar the Boneless’ tyrannical reign as king of Kattegat ushers in a new Dark Age for Scandinavia. And while Bjorn and Lagertha flee Ivar’s murderous forces with Bishop Heahmund, Duke Rollo’s return brings even more upheaval. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Extended versions of all 10 episodes, audio commentary with creator Michael Hirst and actor Gustaf Skarsgard, "The Epic War of Ragnar's Sons," "The King and the Warrior Bishop," deleted scenes. (Fox).
The Wedding Guest
(2018 -- UK) Globetrotting thriller from acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom is a breathless tour through the shadowy underworlds and hidden realms of Pakistan and India. Jay ("Slumdog Millionaire's" Dev Patel) is a man with a secret who travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding -- armed with duct tape, a shotgun and a plan to kidnap the bride-to-be (Radhika Apte). Despite Jay's cool efficiency, the scheme quickly spirals out of control, sending Jay and his hostage on the run across the border and through the railway stations, back alleys and black markets of New Delhi -- as all the while attractions simmer, loyalties shift and explosive secrets are revealed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (MPI/Dark Sky Films).
(2018 -- France) A gripping drama about French union workers who battle their corporate bosses -- and are willing to do everything -- to save their jobs. Laurent Amédéo, a blue-collar union rep who acts as spokesperson for the 1100 employees of Perrin Industries, an automotive parts plant in southwest France, who have waived bonuses and unpaid hours to keep the operation going for five years. Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of the employees and a record profit that year, the distant German management orders the plant closed, having deemed it "non-competitive." As the film opens, the workers are already two months into a labor strike, halting all operations at the plant to protest its impending shutdown and the move to the cheaper labor market of Romania. Stars Vincent Lindon as Amédéo; the rest of the cast is comprised largely of non-professional actors. An Official Competition selection at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Cinema Libre Studio).
(2019) Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper. As a hurricane tears through Florida, Haley (Scodelario) rushes to find her father (Pepper), who is injured and trapped in the crawl space of their home. With the storm intensifying and water levels rising, the pair face an even bigger threat lurking below the surface. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Intro to alternate opening, alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, "Beneath Crawl," "Category 5 Gators: The VFX of Crawl," "Alligator Attacks." (Paramount).
(2019) Co-produced, co-written and starring William Shatner; co-stars Jeri Ryan, Jason Brooks, Ciara Hanna, AnnMarie Giaquinto, Michael Yahn, Patrick O'Brien. John Brock is a down-on-his-luck archaeologist who returns from an expedition to the caves of rural Kentucky after unsuccessfully trying to locate a mysterious relic that his family has sought for generations. Upon his return, John starts to see dream-like visions of a ferocious bird-like creature from ancient folklore. John soon learns that the cave he came into contact with on his last expedition was indeed the cave that contains the relic and also a portal to Hell and a place of worship for the Occult. John discovers that the only way to stop the increasingly realistic visions is to go back to the cave with his family, find the relic once and for all, and destroy it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Blu-ray includes a soundtrack CD. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond
(2018) An eclectic collection of short animated stories from 12 acclaimed directors, available for the first time ever in North America. "Genius Party" consists of seven connected and visually experimental stories while "Genius Party Beyond" includes five. The directors: Masaaki Yuasa ("Mind Game"), Shinichiro Watanabe ("Cowboy Bebop"), Hideki Futamura, a key animator on the cult-classic anime "Perfect Blue," as well as Atsuko Fukushima, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Yoji Fukuyama, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohira and Tatsuyuki Tanaka. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
The Haunting of Hill House
(2018) Three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets with all 10 episodes. The critically acclaimed, modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson's legendary novel about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they're reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their pasts ... some of which lurk in their minds ... and some of which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary, director's cut on select episodes. (Paramount).
Häxan BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1922) Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary silent film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. Far from a dry dissertation on the topic, the film itself is a witches' brew of the scary, the gross, and the darkly humorous. Christensen's mix-and-match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re-creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema.
Formats: Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration. Extras: Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film-music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra in 2001, presented in 5.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio; audio commentary from 2001 featuring film scholar Casper Tybjerg; "Witchcraft Through the Ages" (1968), the 76-minute version of "Häxan," narrated by author William S. Burroughs, with a soundtrack featuring violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; director Benjamin Christensen's introduction to the 1941 rerelease; short selection of outtakes; "Bibliothèque Diabolique": a photographic exploration of Christensen's historical sources; essays by critic Chris Fujiwara and scholar Chloé Germaine Buckley, as well as remarks on the score by Anderson. (The Criterion Collection).
(1979 -- Italy) Aging blonde-bombshell Anita Ekberg gives a full-bodied performance as a sex-crazed sister with some seriously bad habits in this lurid cult classic. One of the most notorious "nunsploitation" films, "Killer Nun" tells the sordid story of Sister Gertrude, a disturbed woman of the cloth who degenerates into a perverse mire of drug taking, sexual perversion, sadistic torture and murder. Joe Dallesandro ("Flesh for Frankenstein"), Alida Valli ("Suspiria") and the ample Paola Morra ("Behind Convent Walls") offer spirited performances and able support to Ekberg, in this shocking tale based on real events. Boasting an incongruously classy score by legendary composer Alessandro Alessandroni and stylishly rendered scenes of sex and murder, "Killer Nun" takes the viewer on hair-raising journey from the heights of religious ecstasy to the depths of devilish degeneracy. Giulio Berruti's sleazy classic is presented in a stunning new 2K restoration. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by Italian genre film connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint; "Beyond Convent Walls," a new video essay on nunsploitation and "Killer Nun" by critic Kat Ellinger; "Starry Eyes," a new interview with director Giulio Berruti; "Cut and Noise," a new interview with editor Mario Giacco; "Our Mother of Hell," a new interview with actress Ileana Fraia; original Italian and international theatrical trailers; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Daryl Joyce. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2018 -- Hong Kong) Athena Chu, Louis Cheung, Bob Chang, Terry Zou, Lee Fung, Wei Lai. Dawa and his mother spend a terrifying night alone on New Year's Eve in the basement after being tormented by a strange and dangerous presence. Years after his mother's death, Dawa is forced to return, again facing the presence that once tortured him as a child. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
Malevolence 3: Killer
(2018) Katie Gibson, Kevin McKelvey , Adrienne Barbeau, Ashley Wolfe. Tortured and abused at the hands of his psychotic captor, Graham Sutter, Martin Bristol is damaged beyond repair. Lurking in the shadows of suburbia, he stalks and kills without remorse. Special Agent William Perkins follows Martin's trail of terror, desperate to capture him before he kills again. Martin's family, mourning his disappearance for years, is informed not only that he is alive, but that he is responsible for the wave of murder sweeping through their town. Will they be able to reunite with their long lost son before it's too late, or will Perkins have
to use excessive force to bring him down? This final chapter celebrates the 15th anniversary of the launch of the cult classic independent horror trilogy.
Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo. (MVD Entertainment Group).
(2004) R. Brandon Johnson, Samantha Dark, Heather Magee. Taken from his backyard swing at the age of six, Martin Bristol was forced to witness and participate in the horrific crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery ... until four bank robbers, on the run from the law, meet up at an abandoned house to split up the loot. They chose the WRONG house. Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Malevolence 2: Bereavement Director's Cut
(2010) Michael Biehn, Alexandra Daddario, Brett Rickaby. There are some evils, so unspeakable, they will scar you for life. The horrific account of 6-year-old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman.
Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
(2019) Chronicles the beautiful, yet tumultuous, love story of the legendary Leonard Cohen and his muse Marianne Ihlen, which inspired Cohen to write classics like “So Long, Marianne.” Directed by award-winning filmmaker and personal friend of Marianne, Nick Broomfield ("Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer," "Whitney: Can I Be Me"), the film features Leonard Cohen, Marianne Ihlen, and commentary from Judy Collins. The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of a community of expat artists, writers, and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960’s bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another 50 years before their deaths in 2016. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
My Samurai (Collector's Edition)
(1992) When young Peter McCrea (John Kallo) witnesses a gang murder, he's thrust into a dangerous world where strength and power are the keys to survival. His only hope is Young Park (Julian Lee), a powerful martial arts master with a gift for destroying any opposition. On the run from the gang and the police, Young Park must teach Peter the secrets of self defense -- and inner strength. From one action-packed sequence to the next, Peter learns about courage, force, and himself -- so that he may confront the ultimate challenge of his life. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with stars Julian Lee & Mark Steven Grove; new "Watching My Scenes" with actor Jim Turner; new interview with actor Christophe; photo gallery; Julian Lee personal photo gallery; original theatrical trailer; collectible mini-poster. (MVD Rewind).
(2019) Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Alexandra Daddario, Stanley Tucci. When police detective Marshall (Cavill) and local vigilante Cooper (Kingsley) arrest a serial killer targeting women, they discover his game has just begun. The hunt is on as the murderer masterminds a series of deadly attacks from behind bars. Now in a desperate race against time, Marshall and Cooper fight to stay one step ahead of their suspect’s deadly plan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
The Omen Collection Deluxe Edition
All four original films as well as the 2006 remake. Five-disc Blu-ray set includes 1976's "The Omen" (new 4K remaster); "Damien: Omen II" (1978), in which Damien discovers his destiny; "The Final Conflict" (1981) in which he realizes his full power; and "Omen IV: The Awakening" (1991), in which a demonic force returns in the form of a wicked young girl. The haunting legacy comes full circle with the 2006 version. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras:Complete list of bonus features here.(Scream Factory).
(2019 -- Germany) Voices of Ruby Barnhill, Bella Ramsey, Franka Potente, John Hannah. Princess Emmy is a young girl with a secret gift -- she is the only one in the Kingdom of Kandis who can speak to horses. Up until now, life for Emmy has been wonderful: exploring and hanging out with her best friends -- a stable full of horses; spending time with her family at the castle and not having a care in the world. That is, until her jealous, scheming cousin Gizana appears, challenging her at every turn, threatening Emmy's chances of becoming an officially inaugurated princess and generally making her life hell. And on top of all that, Emmy must undergo the ultimate test to earn the right to keep her gift. If she fails, she loses the gift and her best friends forever. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Shout! Kids!).
The Returned ('Les Revenants'): Season Two
(2018) The second season of the highly acclaimed French television series (winner of a 2014 Peabody Award, an 2013 International Emmy Award, and nominated for BAFTA Award in 2014). Based on the 2004 feature film "Les Revenants" by Robin Campillo, the gripping and stylish supernatural drama television series was created and directed by Fabrice Gobert and made its American debut in 2014 to critical acclaim currently holding a collective 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for seasons one and two. It tells the gripping story of a group of people returning to their alpine village in a state of confusion. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. The first eight episodes in Season One portray their struggle to reintegrate with their families and past. Buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. Season Two, featuring the conclusion of this 16-part series, picks up six months after season one leaves the village in a state of turmoil and distress. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. (Music Box Films).
Star Trek: Picard Movie & TV Collection
Six-disc set with two feature-length TV episodes and four "Next Generation" films: “Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Chain of Command,” "Star Trek: Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact," "Star Trek: Insurrection" and "Star Trek: Nemesis." Includes a 16-page comic book from IDW. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Ten hours of features including commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel,interviews, featurettes, more. (CBS/Paramount).
(2019) Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Betty Gilpin, Iko Uwais, Mira Sorvino, Jimmy Tatro, Natalie Morales, Karen Gillan. When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, Stu is thrust into a harrowing ordeal in which he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating. Read more about "Stuber" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, Joke-O-Rama, Georgia Film Works, audio commentary by Michael Dowse and Kumail Nanjiani, gallery, theatrical trailer, sneak peak. (Fox).
3 From Hell
(2019) Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Danny Trejo, Sid Haig. Written and directed by horror master Rob Zombie, the film follows three of the director’s most vicious creations as they leave a trail of corpses in their wake. After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley), and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained, and a firestorm of murder, madness, and mayhem will be released in this terror ride to Hell ... and back. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio Commentary with writer-director Rob Zombie, “To Hell and Back: The Making of 3 From Hell” featurette (four-part documentary available on 4K and Blu-ray only; Part 1 Available on DVD). (Lionsgate).
Ulysses & Mona
(2018 -- France) Éric Cantona, Manal Issa. Ulysses (Cantona) is a 55-year-old contemporary artist who ran away from his family and ended his career four years earlier. Now, he spends his days in seclusion hitting tennis balls or listening to horror movie soundtracks. Mona (Issa) is a 20-year-old art student. Between nude drawing workshops and boring theory classes, her life couldn't be more uneventful. But everything changes when Mona decides to meet Ulysses. After a failed first attempt and some misfortune, both set out on a journey that will change their lives forever. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).
(1974 -- Spain) David Rocha, Helga Liné , Inma de Santis, Elisenda Ribas Marina Ferri, Lupe Rocha, Salvador Buchila, Alejandra Del Rio. In this bizarre and totally unique piece of Spanish horror, David Rocha plays Paul, a young man thrown out of medical school due to his inability to deal with the sight of blood. He goes home to Montpellier in France where his father is a gardener on a huge estate. But the fear of blood is not Paul’s only quirk: He was raised as a girl after his sister died and likes to play with dolls, performing strange operations on them, attempting to extract their hearts. Meanwhile, in the park surrounding the estate, a number of young girls have been found murdered. The killer seems to be a mysterious individual wearing a black wig, a white doll mask and speaking with a woman’s voice. As the killings multiply around him, Paul sinks ever deeper into a world of hallucination and nightmare. Brand new 4k transfer from the film negative.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Exclusive interview with actor David Rocha, audio commentary, Mondo Macabro previews. (Mondo Macabro).
The Lion King
(2019) Dir.: Jon Favreau; voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Penny Johnson Jerald , Keegan-Michael Key, Eric André, Florence Kasumba, Billy Eichner, Amy Sedaris.
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Read more about "The Lion King" in the October Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Journey to The Lion King: The Music, The Magic, The Timeless Tale"; "More to Be Scene" recording studio and layer-by-layer progressions of some of most iconic moments; music videos: “Never Too Late” (lyric video) by Elton Johnand “Spirit” performed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter; filmmaker introduction; audio Commentary by director Jon Favreau; song selection: “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Hakuna Matata,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Spirit” and “Never Too Late”; "Protect the Pride: Favreau, the Lion Recovery Fund and conservationists highlight efforts to protect the majestic lions and their home. (Disney).
She's Just a Shadow
(2019) Tao Okamoto, Haruka Abe, Loka pop star Kihiro. A beautiful Japanese madam. A deranged, drug-addled Tokyo gangster and his crew. A sadistic serial killer on the loose. The intersection of these stories, and the interior worlds of these characters, plays out against a dreamlike backdrop of ultra-violence and orgiastic sex as everyone tries futilely to rewrite their futures and cheat death. A dreamlike yet modern take on the gangster genre," She’s Just a Shadow" is the action-packed story of a matriarchal crime family engaged in a vicious gang war, while a deranged killer is leaving his victims on railroad tracks all over Tokyo. The only thing more dangerous than the killer is the vicious love triangle within the family itself. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2019) Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick. After being dumped by both her boss and her boyfriend, Olive (Crew) flees the city for the weekend and rents an ornate country house from an old-fashioned widower named Harvey (Patrick). She's hoping for a few days of peace. What she gets is a weekend of sheer terror: Olive awakens Harvey's darkest urges and is plunged into a blood-soaked fight for her life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Struggle Is Real: Making Tone-Deaf" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season
(2019) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. Television’s favorite super-sleuth is back, and on a mission to save Neptune -- with more secrets, snooping, and seduction. Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town's lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son's killer, Veronica (Kristen Bell) is drawn into a mystery that pits the enclave's wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast's answer to Daytona Beach.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019." (Warner).
When We Were Kings
(1996) In 1974, Leon Gast ("Our Latin Thing") traveled to Africa to film Zaire 74, a music festival planned to accompany an unprecedented sports spectacle: the Rumble in the Jungle, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title -- "a fight between two blacks in a black nation, organized by blacks," as a Kinshasa billboard put it. When the main event was delayed, extending Ali's stay in Africa, Gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, capturing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career while basking in his role as black America's proud ambassador to postcolonial Africa. Two decades in the making, "When We Were Kings" features interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton that illustrate the sensational impact of the fight, rounding out an Academy Award-winning portrait of Ali that captures his charm, grace, and defiance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Soul Power," a 2009 documentary about the Zaire 74 music festival directed by Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte; new interviews with producers Taylor Hackford and David Sonenberg; interview from 1997 with director Leon Gast; trailer; an essay by critic Kelefa Sanneh. (The Criterion Collection).
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
(2019) Latest entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America -- setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana’s paradise home.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "DC Showcase: Death" (animated short), "The Cheetah: Ferocious Archenemy" featurette, sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie" "Superman: Red Son." (Warner).
Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999-2001) Six-disc set with all 52 episodes, digitally remastered for this Blu-ray debut, individually numbered for a Limited Edition release of 50,000. The animated adventures of The Dark Knight were taken to even greater heights with this series, providing an edgier, faster-moving, more contemporary take on crime-fighting in Gotham. Extras: Fifteen featurettes, select commentaries, "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker" feature-length film), an exclusive chrome Batman Beyond Funko POP, and four beautifully-designed lenticular art cards. (Warner).
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
(2019) Laura Marano, Gregg Sulkin, Barclay Hope, Johannah Newmarch. Contemporary musical take on Cinderella follows Katherine “Kat” Decker, who dreams of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick, the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Look and Costumes of A Christmas Wish" featurette, "The Mic and the Stage" featurette. (Warner).
Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954-1975
Criterion celebrates the arrival of spine number 1000, a Blu-ray collector's set fit for the granddaddy of all movie monsters. This landmark edition gathers for the first time all the Godzilla films from Japan's Showa era: 15 kaiju rampages, presented in high-definition digital transfers and accompanied by a slew of supplemental material, including a giant deluxe hardcover book with notes on each film and new illustrations from sixteen artists, new and archival interviews with cast and crew members, and much, much more. In 1954, an enormous beast clawed its way out of the sea, destroying everything in its path -- and changing movies forever. The arresting original "Godzilla" soon gave rise to an entire monster-movie genre (kaiju eiga), but the King of the Monsters continued to reign supreme: in 14 fiercely entertaining sequels over the next two decades, Godzilla defended its throne against a host of other formidable creatures, transforming from a terrifying symbol of nuclear annihilation into a benevolent (if still belligerent) Earth protector. Collected here for the first time are all 15 Godzilla films of Japan's Showa era, in a landmark set showcasing the technical wizardry, fantastical storytelling, and indomitable international appeal that established the most iconic giant monster the cinema has ever seen. Formats: Eight Blu-ray Discs, $224.95. More information, and a list of bonus features, can be found here. (The Criterion Collection).
(2018 -- Australia) Sam Smith, Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad, Amir Shah Talash. Australia's pick for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2019 Oscars. A unique look at the impact of war on both sides, and specifically at the war in Afghanistan, where armies from all over the world have fought for the United States. Here, a former Australian soldier returns to a village where he was involved in war crimes. Seeking relief from his torment, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system - the "Jirga." Shot in Afghanistan after the Pakistani Secret Service cancelled permission to film, director Benjamin Gilmour took his star Sam Smith and filmed in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan, using some incredibly natural non-actors, a few being former members of the Taliban itself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Lightyear Entertainbment).
(1987) Written and directed by John Sayles, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners' struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all-out war in 1920. When the town of Matewan's miners go on strike, organizer Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper, in his screen debut) arrives to help them, uniting workers white and black, Appalachia-born and immigrant, while urging patience in the face of the coal company's violent provocations. With a crackerjack ensemble cast-including James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, and Will Oldham -- and Oscar-nominated cinematography by Haskell Wexler, "Matewan" taps into a rich vein of Americana with painstaking attention to local texture, issuing an impassioned cry for justice that still resounds today.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Sayles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Sayles and cinematographer Haskell Wexler; new documentary on the making of the film featuring Sayles, producer Maggie Renzi, production designer Nora Chavooshian, and actors Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, and David Strathairn; new interview with composer Mason Daring on the film's soundtrack; new program on the film's production design featuring Chavooshian; trailer; an essay by critic A. S. Hamrah. (The Criterion Collection).
Mike Wallace Is Here
(2019) An archival look at the legendary career of investigative journalist Mike Wallace. For over 50 years, "60 Minutes'" fearsome newsman Mike Wallace went head-to-head with the 20th century's most influential figures. Relying exclusively on archival footage, this documentary interrogates the interrogator, tracking Mike's storied career and troubled personal life while unpacking how broadcast journalism evolved to today's precarious tipping point. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
10 Minutes Gone
(2019) Bruce Willis, Michael Chiklis, Crime boss Rex (Willis) hires Frank (Chiklis) and his crew to steal a priceless jewel stash -- but the job goes wrong when someone tips off the cops. After Frank suffers a blow to the head, he wakes up to find the jewels gone and no memory of his attacker. Now, Frank must confront his team members one by one to find the traitor -- before Rex covers his tracks by having Frank murdered. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Making 10 Minutes Gone” featurette, cast/crew interviews. (Lionsgate).
Them That Follow
(2018) Walton Goggins, Alice Englert, Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Mann, Lewis Pullman. Unique thriller tells the story of a community of snake handlers dealing with a terrible secret that endangers their livelihood. Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Goggins) presides over an isolated community of Pentecostal snake handlers. As his devoted daughter Mara (Englert) prepares for her wedding under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Colman), Mara reveals a deadly secret that threatens to shatter the entire community. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Two Evil Eyes
(1990) Three-disc set; new 4K restoration from the original camera negative; 30th anniversary. The Masters of Modern Horror -- George Romero and Dario Argento -- bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. In Romero's "The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar," a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Argento's "The Black Cat," a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend's new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own? Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, John Amos and Tom Atkins co-star in this wild horror hit that also features grisly makeup effects by Tom Savini. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Disc 1: new audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of "Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento"; theatrical trailer; poster & still gallery. Disc 2: "Two Masters' Eyes" interviews with directors Dario Argento & George Romero, special make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento, and Asia Argento;
"Savini's EFX " behind-the-Scenes look at the film's special make-up effects; "At Home With Tom Savini" personal tour of Tom Savini's home; Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero; new "Before I Wake" interview with star Ramy Zada; new "Behind the Wall" interview with star Madeleine Potter; new "One Maestro and Two Masters" interview with composer Pino Donaggio; new "Rewriting Poe" interview with co-writer Franco Ferrini; new "The Cat Who Wouldn't Die" interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi; new "Two Evil Brothers" interview with special make-up assistant Everett Burrell; new "Working With George" in interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson; Disc 3 (CD): "Two Evil Eyes" original motion picture soundtrack by Pino Donaggio.
BONUS: Collectable booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold. (Blue Underground).
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