(2019) Two-disc set with all seven episodes. Meryl Streep joins the all-star cast in Season Two, along with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz. In Season Two, on the surface, everything seems the same in the seaside town of Monterey, CA: mothers continue to dote, husbands support, children are adorable, houses are beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the "Monterey Five" bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Meanwhile, Perry's grieving mother Mary Louise Wright (Streep) comes to town in search of answers after son's death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "The Lies Revealed: A Conversation With the Cast" about Season Two. (Warner).
(2019) Ed Ackerman, David Foy Miles Dougal, Jess Allen, Silvia Moore. Private investigator Abel Walker, along with his cameraman, Jim, are on the hunt for a missing woman. As they unravel the mystery of her disappearance, they become caught in a sick and violent game that will end in murder. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
(1944) Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Lon Chaney Jr., Mary Nash Lois Collier. From Robert Siodmak, the legendary director of "Phantom Lady," "The Spiral Staircase," "The Killers," and "The Crimson Pirate" comes this romantic action-adventure starring Maria Montez and Jon Hall, the stars of "Arabian Nights," "White Savage," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." After Ramu (Hall) discovers that his fiancée Tollea (Montez) has been kidnapped by a lost tribe and taken to a Pacific isle, he and his friend Kado (Sabu) set out across the seas to find her. They soon discover that the island paradise is ruled by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who commands all strangers to be killed on arrival. Not only does Naja have designs on her new prisoner Ramu, but she also desires to eliminate any competition from her benevolent sister.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: new audio commentary by film historian Phillipa Berry. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(2019) Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman, Tichina Arnold, P.J. Byrne, Peter Facinelli. A young nurse downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die. With only three days left to live and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
(2018) Two-disc set with four episodes. British psychological thriller and Sundance Now Original Series chronicles the collapse of a marriage in the aftermath of a tragedy and explore the myths and truths of motherhood. The abduction of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman as she and her husband deal with an unthinkable tragedy, under both the white light of public scrutiny and in their private lives. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(1940) Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton, Paul Fix, Victor Killan. From Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper, the legendary team behind "King Kong," "The Most Dangerous Game" and "Mighty Joe Young," comes this early Technicolor science-fiction classic about a brilliant but deranged physicist who learns how to shrink his enemies to one-fifth their normal size. Four explorers are summoned to the remote jungle laboratory of the legendary scientist Dr. Thorkel (Dekker). When they arrive, they discover that his brilliant mind has been warped by radiation and decide to return him to civilization for help. But the half-blind, half-mad Dr. Cyclops will have none of that and uses his experimental body-shrinking device to stop them. Now, harmless items and small creatures suddenly become giant-sized instruments of death. The impressive use of landmark special effects, which garnered an Oscar nomination (Best Effects, Special Effects), helped make this sci-fi yarn one of the most imaginative and memorable horror-fantasy films of all time. New 4K master. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: new audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith, "Trailers From Hell with Jesús Treviño." (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
Girl on the Third Floor
<2019) Phil "C.M. Punk" Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Elissa Dowling, Travis Delgado. Bursting pipes, rotting walls, and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch (WWE legend Brooks) expected when he convinced his wife, Liz (Dunn), that he could rehab their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress, and tempted by his old weaknesses, Don soon discovers that the house has its own dark, sordid history and won't be so easy to renovate after all. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Dark Sky Films).
(1938) Two years before stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant and director George Cukor would collaborate on "The Philadelphia Story," they brought their timeless talents to this delectable slice of 1930s romantic-comedy perfection, the second film adaptation of a hit 1928 play by Philip Barry. Grant is at his charismatic best as the acrobatically inclined free spirit who, following a whirlwind engagement, literally tumbles into the lives of his fiancée’s aristocratic family — setting up a clash of values with her staid father while firing the rebellious imagination of her brash, black-sheep sister (Hepburn). With a sparkling surface and an undercurrent of melancholy, Holiday is an enchanting ode to nonconformists and pie-in-the-sky dreamers everywhere, as well as a thoughtful reflection on what it truly means to live well. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Holiday" (1930), a previous adaptation of Philip Barry’s play, directed by Edward H. Griffith; conversation between filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and film critic Michael Sragow; excerpts from an American Film Institute oral history with director George Cukor, recorded in 1970 and 71; costume gallery; an essay by critic Dana Stevens. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019) Juan Pablo Raba), Juana Acosta, Laurence Fishburne, Edward James Olmos, John Heard. Dylan Burke attempts to move on from his former life as a criminal with his true love, Maria. He soon realizes that his past will continue to haunt him, when he learns the new local prison warden, Daniel Calvin, has not forgiven him for an old crime. Calvin does everything in his power to make sure that Burke pays for his past mistakes, even going as far as to frame him for a murder he didn't commit, landing him back in jail. When the prison erupts into a riot, Burke and Calvin are each forced to make a choice between righteousness and revenge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, interview with Olmos, "Filmmaking With Equitas Entertainment Partners," trailers. (Cinema Libre Studio).
(2019) Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen. Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) longs for any light to shine on him. Trying his hand as a stand-up comic, he finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events. Read more about "Joker" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Joker: Vision & Fury," "Becoming Joker," "Please Welcome… Joker!," "Joker: A Chronicle of Chaos." (Warner).
(2019) Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Read more about "The Lighthouse" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Lighthouse: A Dark & Stormy Tale" featurette, audio Commentary with co-writer & director Robert Eggers, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Dominiquie Vandenberg, Louis Mandylor, Carmen Argenziano. Maxx (Vandenberg) is a legionnaire turned mercenary. When a mission in South America goes wrong, Maxx is left for dead, but is nursed back to health and reborn with a new outlook on life. He tries to live tranquilly within the confines of his new beliefs surrounded by his new friends at a church. But his peaceful days are short-lived when mercenaries he used to work with cross his path again and he is forced to revisit and face his own demons. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(2018 -- Brazil) Daniel de Oliveira, Fabiula Nascimento, Bianca Comparato, Marco Ricca. Stênio (Oliveira) works the graveyard shift in the morgue of a vast, violent city. Each night he prepares the lifeless corpses for examination, but he's never alone. For Stênio can talk to the dead…and they talk back. But when the whispers of the dead reveal secrets of his own life, Stênio unleashes a curse that brings forth unimaginable danger and darkness. Formats: DVD. (RLJE Films).
(2019) Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen, Frank Whaley, Siobhan Fallon Hoga, Timothy Bottoms. Stan and his best friend Dommer have put up with bullies their entire lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a murderous vampire living in his shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has to find a way to destroy it. But Dommer has a much more sinister plan in mind.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
(2020) Houston Rhines, Michael Teh, Nicola Posener, Michael Madsen. After the tragic loss of his wife battling the forces of darkness, Gabriel is persuaded to rejoin his former team of demon hunters traveling from relatively obscurity in America to the deep unknown regions of Europe. He is joined by his estranged best friend Michael who harbors a dark secret, the mystical Hannah, whose visions predict the future, and a motley crew of demon slayers. After losing part of his team Gabriel must confront his tragic past and decide who really is friend or foe.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
The Big Trip
(2020) Voices of Drake Bell, Pauley Shore. Adventure about a gang of misfit animals on an exciting quest to return a panda cub to its family when a stork accidentally delivers it to the wrong place. Received the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Drake Bell and Pauly Shore” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Brewster’s Millions [Collector’s Edition]
(1985) Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee. Minor league baseball pitcher Montgomery Brewster (Pryor) gets the surprise of his life when he learns a rich, distant relative has died and left him his entire fortune. But there's a catch: he must spend $30 million in 30 days as a condition of receiving his real inheritance of $300 million. And to complicate matters, he can't tell anyone why he's "throwing away" all that cash ... or he will forfeit everything. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold, hosts of the podcast Critically Acclaimed; new interview with screenwriter Herschel Weingrod; "Brewster's Millions" 1945 adaptation starring Dennis O'Keefe and Helen Walker; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Shout! Select).
Britt-Marie Was Here
(2019 -- Sweden) Pernilla August, Vera Vitali, Peter Haber, Olle Sarri. Housewife Britt-Marie'e 40-year-old marriage has just ended because she learned her husband was unfaithful. Now, at 63 years old, she is faced with making a new start in life in the small Swedish town of Borg. Told she is nothing but a nagging, passive-aggressive aunt, the only job Britt-Marie can find is a true challenge for which she has had zero training: to coach the town's youth soccer team. She knows nothing about soccer or coaching, and the team is the town's pride and joy, but she takes the job anyway, beginning a journey filled with struggles and challenges but also humor, warmth and love. The comedy is based on the best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, author of "A Man Called Ove." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Cohen Media Group).
The Fugitive Kind
(1960) Four Oscar-winning actors — Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton — shine in this enthralling film, which also brings together the legendary talents of director Sidney Lumet and writer Tennessee Williams. A smoldering, snakeskin-jacketed Brando is Val Xavier, a drifter trying to go straight. He finds work and solace in a small-town southern variety store run by the married, sexually frustrated Lady Torrance (Magnani), who proves as much a temptation for Val as does local wild child Carol Cutrere (Woodward). Lumet captures the intense, fearless performances and Williams’s hot-blooded storytelling and social critique with his customary restraint, resulting in a drama of uncommon sophistication and craft.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Sidney Lumet, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Three Plays by Tennessee Williams," an hour-long 1958 television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet and starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others; program from 2010 discussing Williams’s work in Hollywood and "The Fugitive Kind"; an essay by film critic David Thomson. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019) Will Smith stars as retired hitman Henry Brogan, forced on the run by a young, highly skilled operative -- a clone of his younger self -- who will stop at nothing to eliminate his target. Read more about ">Gemini Man" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening, deleted scenes, "The Genesis of Gemini Man," "Facing Your Younger Self," The Future Is Now," "Setting the Action," "Next Level Detail," "The Vision of Ang Lee." (Paramount).
The Golden Glove
(2019 -- Germany) Jonas Dassler, Margarete Tiesel. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin delivers a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka as he haunts Hamburg’s red light district in the 1970s, frequenting his favorite bar of boozy castaways, the “Golden Glove,” and chasing after any lonely woman he might just be able to lure into his attic.Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
House by the River (Special Edition)
(1950) Dir.: Fritz Lang; Louis Hayward, Jane Wyatt, Lee Bowman, Dorothy Patrick, Ann Shoemaker, Jody Gilbert. Exiled to Republic Pictures,Fritz Lang created this shocking and mordant low-budget thriller. Like fellow cinema giants Orson Welles and John Ford, Lang enjoyed a freedom at Republic that allowed him to make a truly unique and personal film. Cahiers du Cinéma declared, "Lang's main erotic obsession is displayed more clearly than in any of his other films." Victorian ne'er-do-well Stephen Byrne (Hayward) assaults and accidentally murders his wife's virginal housekeeper. With the reluctant assistance of loyal brother John (Bowman), Stephen remorselessly consigns the girl's corpse to the river. But as John's affection for Stephen's wife Marjorie (Wyatt), police suspicion about the girl's disappearance, and the depths of Stephen's depravity all escalate, the river itself provokes a horrifying reunion between victim and murderer. Boasting an ingenious script by "The Spiral Staircase" scribe Mel Dinelli and evocative photography by seven-time Oscar nominee Edward Cronjager, "House by the River" is a criminally underrated American film, both a work of art and a moral nightmare. New 2K restoration.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. From Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
(2019) Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, Justin Hartley, Michael Peña, Rose Byrne. Phil has a major dependency issue -- he's addicted to his phone. He has no friends, he has a job writing pop culture "Top 10" lists, and his love life is non-existent. But his Facebook status is about to change. When he is forced to upgrade his phone, the latest model comes with an unexpected feature ... Jexi - an A.I. life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader. With her help, Phil begins to get a real life. But as he becomes less dependent on his phone, Jexi's artificial intelligence morphs into a tech nightmare determined to keep Phil all to herself, even if it means ruining his chances of finding success. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras:
"Jexi: Making Life Better" featurette, "Unboxing Jexi" featurette, "Filming in Fog City" featurette, "Tech Bros" featurette, "Phone Fixation" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season
(2019) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that tells an entirely new story in the mythology of DC’s iconic Superman universe. Season Two brings us back to a changed Kandor, locked in a battle over its freedom and its future. With Zod now in control, he’s on a ruthless mission to rebuild Krypton according to his ideals and to secure its future by conquering the universe. Faced with a bleak outlook, Superman’s ancestor, Seg-El, attempts to unite a dispersed group of resisters in an effort to defeat Zod and restore hope to their beloved planet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "The Fate of Superman," "Villains: Modes of Persuasion." (Warner).
Krypton: The Complete Series
(2018-19) Four-disc set with all 20 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner).
Line of Duty
(2019) Aaron Eckhart, Courtney Eaton, Jessica Lu, Dina Meyer, Ben McKenzie, Giancarlo Esposito. Eckhart stars as Frank Penny, a disgraced cop looking for a shot at redemption. When the police chief’s 11-year-old daughter is abducted, Frank goes rogue to try and save her. But to find the girl, Frank will need the help of Ava Brooks (Eaton), whose live-streaming news channel is broadcasting Frank’s every move. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Steven C. Miller, “Meaningful Action: Making Line of Duty” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
(2019) Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson, Sam Riley,
Chiwetel Ejiofor. Sequel to 2014's "Maleficent," in which Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Read more about "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Extended scenes, "Origins of the Fey" featurette, "Aurora's Wedding " featurette, "If You Had Wings" visual effects featurette, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" VFX reel, outtakes," "You Can't Stop The Girl" music video performed by Bebe Rexha. (Disney).
(2019) Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Terri Parks. Mocumentary has a freshman filmmaker following comedian Tim Heidecker's attempt to enter the world of politics. After beating a murder charge for selling faulty e-cigarettes at an EDM festival, Heidecker seeks revenge by running a campaign to unseat the San Bernardino District Attorney. Fueled by ego and ignorance, he tries to surmount a lack of experience, funds and likability by personally connecting with unsuspecting constituents. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with the filmmakers, campaign ads, "On Cinema at the Cinema" special edition, theatrical trailer, deleted scene. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2019) David Arquette, Jennifer Esposito, Robert Davi, Danny A. Abeckaser, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, PJ Byrne. True crime thriller, inspired by the notorious mob summit of 1957, when over 50 mafia leaders across America converged on a small town in upstate New York to honor the “capo dei capi.” Stumbling upon their illegal operations, Sgt. Ed Croswell (Arquette) risks his life to stand up for justice, shedding light on the massive web of corruption to change the face of law enforcement forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
(2017) Daniel Hall, Jennifer Jordan, Ric Vince, Tony Goodall. Noam, a frightened amnesiac, has taken himself away from society, living life as a homeless man. When his only friend is murdered in cold blood, Noam sets out in search of justice and truth, but at the cost of unlocking his own checkered past. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
A Rough Draft
(2018 -- Russia) Nikita Volkov, Severija Janusauskaite, Vilen Babichev. Written by Sergei Lukianenko, author of the Russian blockbuster "Night Watch," the fantasy film is set in and around the concept of open world video gaming, following a man without an identity nor memories who plays middle-man to corresponding worlds. Kirill’s identity has been eliminated, erased from the memories of everyone around him, and he's forced to serve as the gatekeeper of a portal that connects parallel worlds. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
The Turkey Bowl
(2019) Ryan Hansen, Matt Jones, Kristen Hager, Brett Cullen, Barry Switzer, Alan Ritchson. Patrick Hodges, a former small-town high school quarterback and now a high-powered Chicago businessman, is lured back to his tiny Midwestern town at Thanksgiving by his old friends to finish the legendary Turkey Bowl -- a football game that was snowed out 15 years ago. Patrick must risk his future to lead his ragtag team against their bitter crosstown rivals, ultimately realizing how much he misses the simpler life and the girl that got away. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Greg Coolidge and co-writer Kirk Ward, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Dean Cain, David Vaughn, Irina Abraham, Devin Fuller, Stefanie Bloom, Stormi Maya, Jace Nicole, Shannone Holt, Hope Blackstock. Satiric comic sci-fi fantasy tells the story of a married video game developer who is introduced to a warehouse that customizes androids for human companionship. Formats:DVD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
Veep: The Final Season
(2019) Two-disc set with all seven episodes. Former vice president and onetime president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is back in the campaign trail in the seventh and final season of the acclaimed HBO comedy series. As Selina woos uber-wealthy donors while navigating threats from primary challengers, including aide-turned Congressman Jonah Ryan (Timothy C. Simons), her band of misfits is also back. Meanwhile, Amy (Anna Chlumsky) is figuring out how she feels about her pregnancy vis-a-vis Dan (Reid Scott), who seems unwillingly to give up his playboy ways for fatherhood. And rounding out the team are ever-faithful bagman Gary (Tony Hale), cantankerous Ben (Kevin Dunn), numbers-obsessed Kent (Gary Cole) and new staffer Richard (Sam Richardson). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Character retrospectives, "Invitation to Set," audio commentaries. (Warner).
Veep: The Complete Series
(2012-19) Thirteen-disc set. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Character retrospectives, "Invitation to Set," audio commentaries, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2019) Voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler And Allison Janney. The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams' friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families. Read more about "The Addams Family" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Welcome to the Family" making of/character profiles, "Life of a Scene" storyboards, "Charades with Thing," "Addams Family Throwback," "Haunted Heart" lyric video performed by Christina Aguilera, "My Family" lyric video performed by Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia & Snoop Dogg. (Universal).
Black and Blue
(2019) Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp. Action-thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Line of Fire" behind-the-scenes with director Deon Taylor; "Be the Change in the Big Easy" with Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson. (Sony).
I See You
(2019) Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague, Libe Barer, Greg Alan Williams, Erika Alexander, Allison King. When a 12-year-old boy goes missing, lead investigator Greg Harper (Tenney) struggles to balance the pressure of the investigation and troubles with his wife, Jackie (Hunt). Facing a recent affair, great strain is put on the family that slowly gnaws away at Jackie's grip on reality. But after a malicious presence manifests itself in their home and puts their son, Connor (Lewis), in mortal danger, the cold, hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
Le petit soldat
(1963 -- France) Before his convention-shattering debut, "Breathless," had even premiered, Jean-Luc Godard leapt into the making of his second feature, a thriller that would tackle the most controversial subject in France: the use of torture in the Algerian War. Despite his lack of political convictions, photojournalist Bruno Forestier (Michel Subor) is roped into a paramilitary group waging a shadow war in Geneva against the Algerian independence movement. Anna Karina (in her first collaboration with Godard, whose camera is visibly besotted with her) is beguiling as the mysterious woman with whom Forestier becomes infatuated. Banned for two and a half years by French censors for its depiction of brutal tactics on the part of the French government and the Algerian fighters alike, "Le petit soldat" finds the young Godard already retooling cinema as a vehicle for existential inquiry, political argument, and ephemeral portraiture -- in other words, as a medium for delivering “truth twenty-four times per second.”
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with high-definition digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with Godard from 1965, interview with actor Michel Subor from 1963, audio interview with Godard from 1961, an essay by critic Nicholas Elliott. (The Criterion Collection).
Pain and Glory
(2019 -- Spain) Dir.: Pedro Almodóvar; Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano, Penélope Cruz. A film director (Antonio Banderas) reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him in Pedro Almodóvar's semi-autobiographical film. Read more about "Pain and Glory" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A with Almodóvar and Banderas, "Pedro Almodóvar: In His Own Words" featurette. (Sony).
Summer Days with Coo
(2007 -- Japan) A stunning fantasy film based on Japanese mythology. One day, Koichi Uehara, a fourth-grader living in the suburbs of Tokyo, picks up a fossil that looks like a large stone while on his way home from school. To his surprise, he has picked up a baby Kappa (a Japanese mythical water creature), who has been asleep underground for the past 300 years. Koichi names this baby creature “Coo” and brings him to live with his family, and soon the two are inseparable friends. However, trouble abounds as Coo struggles to adjust to modern life, and begins to miss his family, leading Koichi and Coo to embark on a summer road trip adventure in search of other Kappa. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Zombieland: Double Tap
(2019) Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, Avan Jogia, Thomas Middleditch. Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family 10 years after the apocalypse. Read more about "Zombieland: Double Tap" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Extended bloopers & outtakes; alternate & extended scenes; "The Doppelgangers": In-depth piece breaks down doppelgangers Flagstaff and Albuquerque and comes complete with interviews, demonstrations, and multiple cameras to snag all the action in their wild scenes; "The Rides of Zombieland" featurette; "Rules of Making a Zombie Film"; "Making Babylon"; "New Blood"; "Single Take Doppelganger Fight"; commentary with director Ruben Fleischer; "Zombieland Ad Council." (Sony).
(1999) This Oscar-winning melodrama, one of Pedro Almodóvar’s most beloved films, provides a dizzying, moving exploration of the meaning of motherhood. In an instant, nurse Manuela (Cecilia Roth) loses the teenage son she raised on her own. Grief-stricken, she sets out to search for the boy’s long-lost father in Barcelona, where she reawakens into a new maternal role, at the head of a surrogate family that includes a pregnant, HIV-positive nun (Penélope Cruz); an illustrious star of the stage (Marisa Paredes); and a transgender sex worker (Antonia San Juan). Beautifully performed and bursting with cinematic references, "All About My Mother" is a vibrant tribute to female fortitude, a one-of-a-kind family portrait, and a work of boundless compassion.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by executive producer Agustín Almodóvar and approved by director Pedro Almodóvar, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Documentary from 2012 on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, actors Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Cecilia Roth, and Antonia San Juan, production manager Esther García; and author Didier Eribon; television program from 1999 featuring Almodóvar and his mother, Francisca Caballero, along with Cruz, San Juan, Paredes, and Roth; 48-minute post-screening Q&A in Madrid from 2019, featuring Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, and Paredes; an essay by film scholar Emma Wilson, along with (Blu-ray only) an interview with Pedro Almodóvar and a tribute he wrote to his mother, both from 1999. (The Criterion Collection).
Ballers: The Complete Fifth Season
(2019) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) is settling into retirement and reflecting on his past when an offer that's too good to refuse comes his way and sends him back into the lion's den, this time as a team owner. In the wake of his split with Spencer, an ambitious Joe (Rob Corddry) gambles aggressively to make Sports X greater than ever with the help of his new partner, Lance (Russell Brand). Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
(2019) Milena Gorum, Alice Tantayanon, Michael New. In this post-apocalyptic action thriller, two young women cling to life in an abandoned resort. They must survive in silence, in mortal fear of attracting the hordes of undead that roam the Earth. When their compound runs out of fuel, they are forced into the countryside to find gas, resulting in a nightmarish encounter with survivors. But that is nothing compared to the horrors that await them back at home, leading to a deadly confrontation with the evil that surrounds them. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1964) This unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly details an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military’s chain of command and sends the country hurtling toward nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Working from a contemporary best seller, screenwriter Walter Bernstein and director Sidney Lumet wrench harrowing suspense from the doomsday fears of the Cold War era, making the most of a modest budget and limited sets to create an atmosphere of clammy claustrophobia and astronomically high stakes. Starring Henry Fonda as a coolheaded U.S. president and Walter Matthau as a trigger-happy political theorist, "Fail Safe" is a long-underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2000 featuring Lumet, new interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films, “Fail Safe Revisited," a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy; an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri. (The Criterion Collection).
Give Me Liberty
(2019) Chris Galust, Lauren "Lolo" Spencer, Max Stoianov, Steve Wolski, Michelle Caspar, Darya Ekamasova, Ben Derfel. Medical transport driver Vic (Galust) is late, but it's not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather, émigré friends, and a burly Russian boxer to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy, a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Q&A with filmmakers and cast from the NY Film Premiere at BAMcinemaFest; scenes from the Milwaukee Film Premiere; "Sitting Pretty with Lolo Spencer: Why Representation matters" featurette; 16mm performances by Theater Freylekhs Russian Choir; poster gallery; on set photo gallery; illustrated tree gallery; social media teasers; teaser & theatrical trailers. (Music Box Films).
(2019) Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monáe. The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Read more about "Harriet" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Her Story" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Becoming Harriet" featurette, commentary with Co-writer and Director Kasi Lemmons. (Universal).
(2019) Dir.: Edward Norton; Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Mann, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Suplee, Alec Baldwin, Dallas Roberts, Michael Kenneth Williams, Fisher Stevens, Cherry Jones. In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.
Read more about "Motherless Brooklyn" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Warner).
My Name Is Myeisha
(2009) Rhaechyl Walker, John Merchant, Dee Dee Stephens, Dominique Toney, Alexander Brown-Hinds, Kate O'Toole. Chronicles the life of a young black woman in California's Inland Empire. Set in 1998, Myeisha Jackson (screen newcomer Rhaechyl Walker) vividly recounts the events of her life leading to a fateful encounter with local police. Based on the internationally acclaimed, NAACP-award-winning stageplay "Dreamscape" by Rickerby Hinds.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Shout! Studios).
(2019) Kang Ho Song, Sun Kyun Lee, Yeo Jeong Cho, Woo Shik Choi, So Dam Park
Directors: Joon Ho Bong Kim Ki-taek and his family don't put a lot of effort into steady jobs and hard work. They live in a dirty apartment in a basement and make a small amount of money, enough to survive, by completing low-paying side jobs and gigs. One day, Ki-taek's son, Ki-woo, receives an offer that could help improve the family's situation: Ki-woo's friend, Min-hyuk, plans to study abroad and suggests that Ki-woo take over his English tutoring job with a wealthy family. Ki-woo is hired immediately, but uses his position, manipulation and lies to get the rest of the staff fired and replaced with the members of his family, setting up a winner-take-all class war. Read more about "Parasite" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Universal).
Terminator: Dark Fate
(2019) Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta. In this sequel to "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," an augmented human and Sarah Connor must stop an advanced liquid Terminator, from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the survival of the human race. Read more about "Terminator: Dark Fate" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "A Legend Reforged," "World Builders," "Dam Busters: The Final Showdown," "VFX Breakdown: The Dragonfly." (Paramount).
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