(2018 -- France) Based on real events, French filmmaker François Ozon’s drama is a compelling and urgent account of a group of survivors who band together to expose and dismantle the French Catholic Church’s code of silence surrounding Pastoral abuse. The film tells the story of three adult men -- Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), François (Denis Ménochet) and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud) —- who come together to expose the code of silence that continues to enable the priest who abused them as boys. The men go to great lengths to denounce the perpetrator and the institution that has always protected him, a risky endeavor that endangers their relationships with their families, along with compromising their own fragile selves. The true story upon which the film is based is an ongoing scandal in France, with Philippe Barbarin, Cardinal of Lyon, convicted in March 2019 for concealing the conduct of Father Preynat. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Music Box Films).
Carol of the Bells
(2019) RJ Mitte, Lee Purcell, Andrea F. Friedman, Yuly Mireles, Donna Pescow, Donna Mills. A young man with a troubled past seeks out his biological mother. His world is turned upside down upon discovering that she is developmentally disabled. Unable to work through this new discovery on his own, the man's wife takes matters into her own hands forcing her husband to face the truth and heal the past. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
CMA Awards Live Greatest Moments: 2008-2015,
The first Blu-ray installment in the top-selling CMA Awards Live home entertainment line features country's biggest and brightest stars - Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and more. For more than 50 years, the CMA Awards have spotlighted the top performers of America's favorite music, capturing the songs and artists who have provided a soundtrack for our lives. This collection features unforgettable collaborations that could only happen on "Country Music's Biggest Night" - including "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, and Loretta Lynn, "Cowgirls Don't Cry" by Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire, "Tennessee Whiskey/Drink You Away" by Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake, "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by Alan Jackson and George Strait, and more. Formats:Blu-ray. Extras: Behind the scenes, candid artist interviews, interview with Robert Deaton, executive producer of the CMA Awards. (Time Life).
(2019) Dir.: Todd Haynes; Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, William Jackson Harper, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, Bill Camp. A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution. Read more about "Dark Waters" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Uncovering Dark Waters," "The Cost of Being a Hero," "The Real People." (Universal).
(1996) Returning to the city of his birth for inspiration, legendary maverick director Robert Altman helms an evocative, bullet-riddled tribute to the music and movies of his youth in this Depression-era gangster flick as only he could make one. Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) resorts to desperate measures when her low-level hood husband Johnny (Dermot Mulroney) gets caught trying to steal from Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), a local crime boss operating out of jazz haunt The Hey-Hey Club. Out on a limb, Blondie kidnaps laudanum-addled socialite Carolyn (Miranda Richardson), hoping her influential politician husband can pull the right strings and get Johnny out of Seldom Seen's clutches. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and featuring a remarkable soundtrack performed live by some of the best players in contemporary jazz, one of Altman's most underrated and idiosyncratic films finally makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by director Robert Altman; newly filmed appreciation by critic Geoff Andrew; "Gare, Trains et Deraillement," a 2007 visual essay by French critic Luc Lagier, plus short introduction to the film narrated by Lagier; "Robert Altman Goes to the Heart of America and Kansas City: The Music," two 1996 promotional featurettes including interviews with cast and crew; electronic press kit interviews with Altman, Leigh, Richardson, Belafonte and musician Joshua Redman, plus behind-the-scenes footage; four theatrical trailers; TV spots; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Dr Nicolas Pillai, original press kit notes and an excerpt from Altman on Altman. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(2019 -- China) Internationally-acclaimed animated fantasy-adventure from first-time feature film director Jiaozi brings to the screen the enchanting story of a boy with unique powers who is recruited to fight demons and save the community that initially fears him. A young boy, Nezha, is birthed from a heavenly pearl by the Primeval Lord of Heaven. Born with unique powers, Nezha finds himself as an outcast who is hated and feared. Destined by prophecy to bring destruction to the world, the young boy must choose between good and evil in order to break the shackles of fate and become the hero. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Playmobil the Movie
(2019) Daniel Radcliffe, Jim Gaffigan, Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor. In this animated family film, a top-secret organization has caused citizens from different lands to vanish into thin air. When her younger brother Charlie also unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of Playmobil, unprepared Marla must team up with the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Radcliffe) and the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Gaffigan) to rescue them. Against unthinkable odds, the trio go on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds as they gather clues for their rescue mission. As they venture through the mythical world of Playmobil, their journey leads to unlikely friendships and exhilarating challenges that must be overcome against all odds. Based on the global, multi-billion-dollar toyline. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
Queen & Slim
(2019) Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Chloe Sevigny, Bokeem Woodbine, Sturgill Simpson, Kenneth Kynt Bryan. Slim and Queen's first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer's gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. Read more about "Queen & Slim" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Feature commentary with director-producer Melina Matsoukas and writer-producer Lena Waithe; "A Deeper Meaning": Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith and filmmakers discuss the complicated journeys of Queen & Slim; "Melina & Lena" behind-the-scenes look at the creative partnership between director-producer Melina Matsoukas and screenwriter-producer Lena Waithe; "Off the Script" screenplay featurette; "On the Run With Queen & Slim" behind the scenes with cast and crew in Cleveland and New Orleans. (Universal).
(2019) Anthony Bewlz, Dennis Andres, Lindsay Seim. The little town of Wakefield, founded by a man whose post-mortem crimes stained the entire town, becomes the center of a temporary shift in atmospheric energies when unprecedented solar flares target North America. For 24 hours, the living find the dead walking among them. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
(2020) In this family adventure, a boy named Noah finds a broken A.R.I.-9 robot at his dad’s tech job. After he accidentally reboots "Ari," the smart, playful robot comes to life. Then, when Noah brings Ari to school to show his friend Bethany, they are amazed to learn he can turn invisible — and even fly. But Ari’s angry creators want to steal his circuitry for a new droid. When they send a signal that puts the robot into battle mode, will Noah’s new best friend become his most dangerous enemy?Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Affair: The Final Season
(2019) Four-disc set with all 11 episodes of the series that begins when a struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives. Chronicling the aftermath of last season's horrific events, the characters come to terms with the consequences of their choices -- as they make the realization that, if they really want to change their futures, they must first face the past. Helen (Maura Tierney) begins the season involved in an intoxicating new affair with charismatic movie star Sasha Mann (Claes Bang), who offers to give her everything she's been missing. Meanwhile, Noah (Dominic West) has to swallow his pride and jealousy and step in to take care of his family in her absence. Just when things seem to have stabilized, a chance encounter with someone from the distant past sets in motion a sequence of events that brings them both to their knees. Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Cole's (Joshua Jackson) now adult daughter, Joanie Lockhart (Dominic Paquin), returns some years in the future to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Where Does It End?" featurette in which executive producer and co-creator Sarah Treem reflects on how the show and the characters evolved from their introduction through the emotional ripples created by the initial affair. (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).
The Affair: The Complete Series
(2014-19) Nineteen-disc collection with all five seasons -- 53 episodes -- and special features, including featurettes, character profiles, behind-the-scenes content and more. Formats: DVD. (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).
The Alpha Test
(2020) Rae Hunt as Alpha, Wynn Reichert, Brad Belemjian, Mack Bayda, A suburban family drives their new gadget, The Alpha Home Assistant, to a killing rampage after mistreating and abusing it, leading to a full A.I. uprising. Formats: DVD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
(2019) Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Alice Eve, Jennifer Morrison, Mark Duplass, Tricia Helfer, D'Arcy Carden, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Allison Janney. Based on the real scandal, this is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the three women newscasters who brought down the infamous man -- Roger Ailes -- who created it. Read more about "Bombshell" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “No Easy Truths: The Making of Bombshell” seven-part documentary: “Convergence: Genesis of the Film,” “Quid Pro Quo: Charlize, Nicole, Margot, John,” “Human Dynamics: The Ensemble Cast,” “Breaking the Fourth Wall: Visual Design,” “Layer by Layer: Makeup, Hair & Clothing,” “A Unique Skill Set: Jay Roach” and “Catalyst for Change: Parting Thoughts.” (Lionsgate).
(2019) Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Djimon Hounsou, Patrick Stewart. Sabina Wilson (Stewart), Elena Houghlin (Scott), and Jane Kano (Balinska) are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend (Robert Clotworthy), whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world's smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere. Under the guidance of Bosley (Elizabeth Banks), the Angels have to protect a revolutionary technology from becoming weaponized. They will have to rely on each other as their assignment becomes increasingly treacherous and even those closest to them can no longer be trusted.
Read more about "Charlie's Angels" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel; five deleted scenes; four behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Stronger Together: The Sisterhood of the Angels,” “Elizabeth Banks: As BOSSley,” “Warriors on Set: Angels in Action” and “Tailored for Danger: Styling the Angels”; “Don’t Call Me Angel” music video featuring Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey. (Sony).
(2018) Told through the eyes of 15-year-old Jamil Sunsin, this is a modern-day immigrant tale of one family’s desperate struggle after deportation leads to family separation, and the elusive search for the American dream. Jamil is the only person in his family born in the U.S. His parents and sister came from Honduras and lived in America for a decade before Jamil’s father was arrested for being undocumented. The entire family was forced to return to Honduras, a country wracked with violence. After a knife attack traumatizes Jamil, his family makes an excruciating choice to send him back to the America – alone. This intimate portrait is a rare look into the aftermath of deportation and family separation, amidst the current backlash against America’s immigrants. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
(2019) Gabe Fazio, Augie Duke, Peter Greene, Federico Castelluccio. A young couple set out on a weekend getaway in hopes of mending their failing relationship but their seemingly innocent weekend turns dark when the man discovers a videotape chronicling the events of a murder in their hotel room from years before. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Ghost Killers vs Bloody Mary
(2018 -- Brazil) Dani Calabresa, Léo Lins, Danilo Gentili. Looking for an easy way to Internet stardom, a quartet of self-proclaimed ghost hunters take an assignment at a local school to rid its halls of the newly unleashed spirit of "Bloody Mary." But despite their efforts to stage the perfect supernatural hoax, the group discovers instead that the ghost is very real and very much out for blood. An exercise in bad taste, featuring gratuitous sex, violence, profanity and one seriously pissed-off ghost.
Formats: DVD. (Dark Sky Films/MPI).
Inherit the Viper
(2019) Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva, Owen Teague, Valorie Curry, Chandler Riggs, Dash Mihok, Bruce Dern. Crime thriller about three siblings in Appalachia getting by as local opioid dealers, trying not to get caught in the spiral of violence that comes with the territory. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019 -- UK) Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor. Alice Woodward (Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it "Little Joe." But as their plant grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creation may not be as harmless as its nickname suggests.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A session with actress Emily Beecham and director Jessica Hausner. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2018 -- Germany) Luana Velis, Jan Bluthardt, Julia Riedler, Johannes Benecke, Nadja Stübiger, Lilli Lorenz. Luz, a young cabdriver, drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police station. A demonic entity follows her, determined to finally be close to the woman it loves. Shot entirely on 16mm and featuring a hypnotic synth-driven score, this first-time feature film from director Tilman Singer pays homage to the Euro Horror sensibilities of Andrzej Zulawski's "Possession" while subverting and reinventing the genre along with contemporaries like Panos Cosmatos ("Mandy"). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Two short films by Tilman Singer, new interview with Singer, international teaser trailer, U.S. theatrical trailer, pull-out poster, reversible cover art. (Altered Innocence).
Masked and Anonymous BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003) The legendary Bob Dylan leads an incredible all-star cast in the dark and unusual musical tale. Dylan plays the enigmatic Jack Fate, a former traveling troubadour who is sprung from jail by his scheming manager to headline a highly sketchy and misguided benefit concert for a decaying America. Fate’s journey finds him crossing paths with a host of humanity, played by an ensemble cast that reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood, including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Penélope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Mickey Rourke, and many more. Featuring musical performances by Dylan himself, "Masked and Anonymous" is an uncommonly original film from Larry Charles, the director of "Borat."
Extras: New interview with director Larry Charles, commentary by Charles, deleted scenes, "The Making of Masked And Anonymous," trailers. (Shout Select).
Salesman BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1969) This radically influential portrait of American dreams and disillusionment from Direct Cinema pioneers David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin captures, with indelible humanity, the worlds of four dogged door-to-door Bible salesmen as they travel from Boston to Florida on a seemingly futile quest to sell luxury editions of the Good Book to working-class Catholics. A vivid evocation of midcentury malaise that unfolds against a backdrop of cheap motels, smoky diners, and suburban living rooms, "Salesman" assumes poignant dimensions as it uncovers the way its subjects’ fast-talking bravado masks frustration, disappointment, and despair. Revolutionizing the art of nonfiction storytelling with its nonjudgmental, observational style, this landmark documentary is one of the most penetrating films ever made about how deeply embedded consumerism is in America’s sense of its own values.
Formats: Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, undertaken by the Academy Film Archive, The Film Foundation, and the George Lucas Family Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
Extras: Audio commentary from 2001 featuring directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin; new appreciation of the film by actor Bill Hader; “Globesman,” a 2016 episode of the television series "Documentary Now!" that parodies the film, starring Hader and Fred Armisen; television interview from 1968 with directors David and Albert Maysles, conducted by critic Jack Kroll; audio excerpt from a 2000 episode of NPR’s "Weekend Edition" profiling James Baker, one of the salesmen featured in the film; trailer; an essay by critic Michael Chaiken. (The Criterion Collection).
Spies in Disguise
(2019) Voices of Will Smith, Tom Holland, Reba McEntire, Mark Ronson, Rachel Brosnahan, Jarrett Bruno. When the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. Read more about "Spies in Disguise" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Super Secret Spy Mode (an immersive, in-movie experience that takes you deeper into the story with Easter eggs, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the film), "Infiltrating Blue Sky Studios," "The Top Secret Guide to Gadgets," “Then There Were Two” music video, “Freak of Nature” music video, "Making the Soundtrack: Then There Were Two,” "Making the Soundtrack: Freak of Nature,” galleries: color keys and moment paintings, character designs, locations, props and gadgets concept art. (Fox).
(2019) Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Kevin Garnett, Judd Hirsch, Weeknd, Tilda Swinton, John Amos, Trinidad James. An electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win. Read more about "Uncut Gems" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Money on the Street: The Making of Uncut Gems” featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Witch: Subversion
(2018 -- South Korea) Kim Da-mi, Choi Woo-shik. Ten years ago, Ja-yoon escaped from a secret government facility in the midst of an inexplicable incident. An old couple finds her alone near death in the woods and takes her in even though she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. She grows up to be a bright high school student and enters a nationally televised audition program to win the top prize and help her struggling family. But as soon as she appears on TV, strange people start appearing in her life and Ja-yoon falls into turmoil as her seemingly ordinary life turns upside down in a blink of an eye. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2019 -- Russia) Tinatin Dalakishvili, Eddie Marsan, Rinal Mukhametov. Abigail's town has been closed for years due to a mysterious epidemic that caused most of the people in town to be taken away, including Abigail's father. When Abby discovers her father could still be alive, she sets out on a journey that will completely overturn everything she thought she knew about the world, her family and herself. Set in a cutting-edge magical steampunk world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2000) With this blisteringly funny, unapologetically confrontational satire, writer-director Spike Lee examined the past, present, and future of racism in American popular culture, issuing a daring provocation to creators and consumers alike. Under pressure to help revive his network’s low ratings, television writer Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) hits on an explosively offensive idea: bringing back blackface for a “new-millennium minstrel show.” The white network executives love it, and so do audiences, forcing Pierre and his collaborators to confront their public’s insatiable appetite for dehumanizing stereotypes. Shot primarily on unvarnished digital video and boasting spot-on performances from Savion Glover, Tommy Davidson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport, Mos Def, and Paul Mooney, Bamboozled is a stinging indictment of mass entertainment at the turn of the twenty-first century that looks more damning with each passing year. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Ellen Kuras and approved by director Spike Lee, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Lee; new conversation between Lee and film programmer and critic Ashley Clark; new interviews with choreographer and actor Savion Glover, actor Tommy Davidson, and costume designer Ruth E. Carter; "On Blackface and the Minstrel Show," a new interview program featuring film and media scholar Racquel Gates; "The Making of Bamboozled” (2001), a documentary featuring members of the cast and crew; deleted scenes, music videos for the Mau Maus’ “Blak Iz Blak” and Gerald Levert’s “Dream with No Love,” and alternate parody commercials created for the film; poster gallery and trailer; an essay by Clark.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2019) Imogen Poots, Cary Elwes, Brittany O'Grady, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Madeleine Adams, Ben Black, Lucy Currey, Simon Mead, Caleb Eberhardt. A group of female students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. That is until the young sorority pledges discover that the killer is part of an underground college conspiracy. Read more about "Black Christmas" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Universal).
By Days End
(2018) Andrea Nelson, Lyndsey Lantz. Follows a lesbian couple down on their luck and on the verge of breaking up who find themselves fighting against the undead when a pandemic disease that causes insatiable hunger ravages the world around them. Battling depression and a ravenous horde of flesh-eating zombies, they try to survive the apocalypse armed with only a video camera and a quickly dwindling supply of weapons. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Cannibal Apocalypse (aka Cannibal in the Streets/Invasion of the Flesh Hunters)
(1980 -- Italy) The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law after taking a bite out of an unwilling victim, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King). Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax no one will soon forget. One of the most infamous Italian horror films of all time, "Cannibal Apocalypse" was heavily censored in many countries where it played under such titles as "Cannibals in the Streets" and "Invasion of the Flesh Hunters." Experience this thrilling collision of action-packed combat and monstrous horror from cult director Antonio Margheriti ("The Long Hair of Death," "Castle of Blood," "Take a Hard Ride," "Killer Fish") in its original gory splendor for the first time in fully restored HD. Not for the faint of heart or those with full stomachs! New 4K restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas; "Cannibal Apocalypse Redux" documentary featuring John Saxon, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and director Antonio Margheriti; "Apocalypse in the Streets" video tour of filming locations; European theatrical trailer; Japanese teaser; alternate U.S. opening sequence. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent: The Final Show
(2007) Documentary offers a rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the legendary designer: both larger-than-life, yet astonishingly reclusive and fragile, while revealing his integral relationship with partner Pierre Bergé, who initially had the film banned upon the film’s initial release in 2007 for being too revealing. The film also highlights many of the personalities instrumental to the success of the house Saint Laurent, including Loulou de la Falaise, Betty Catroux, Monsieur Jean-Pierre and Dominique Deroche. An essential addition to the fashion doc canon and an opulent tribute to the last of the great Parisian couturiers.
Formats: DVD. (KimStim).
(1971) Tom Stern, Telly Savalas, Robert Vaughn, John Marley, Burgess Meredith. Joe Ryan (Stern), a returning Vietnam veteran, thinks his life is on "borrowed time" because he jumped over a grenade to save his platoon and it didn't go off. He just wants to be left alone to collect scrap, pay his rent, and smoke his "weed." Into his life comes "Redford" (Savalas), a CIA operative looking for a drug kingpin, Neilson (Vaughn), running heroin, cocaine and other habit-forming illegal drugs into the LA area. The CIA names "Joe" as the Kingpin in order to draw him out into the open, where they can catch him, making Joe the "Clay Pigeon." Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).
Crashing: The Complete Third Season
(2019) All eight episodes. The series draws on Peter Holmes' own experiences as a comedian as he navigates a happy balance between his old, faith-based self and the new, more ambitious comic he's becoming. "Crashing's" third season finds a reinvigorated Pete (Holmes) fresh off of his two-month college comedy tour, returning to New York with newfound confidence in his comedic abilities. No longer crashing on other people's couches -- he's got his own place in Ridgewood! - Pete reenters the NYC stand-up comedy world with newfound vigor, but soon discovers that just because he's improved, it doesn't mean he's at the head of the pack. This season, Pete starts to explore what he really wants out of comedy as he grows more assured of his talents but continues to struggle over finding a happy balance between his old, faith-based self and the new, more ambitious comic he's becoming. While Pete continues to orbit around fellow comic and ex-girlfriend Ali (Jamie Lee), he connects with a new woman, Kat (Madeline Wise), who has a unique perspective on the comedy world as someone not trying to make it big by telling jokes. Continuing to feature a who's-who of comedy talent and rising stars, "Crashing" takes a nuanced, but hilarious look at the state of comedy today, as Pete edges closer to success, one stand-up set at a time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (HBO).
A Hidden Life
(2019 -- Germany/US) Dir.: Terrence Malick; August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser, Tobias Moretti, Ulrich Matthes. Based on real events, this is the story of an unsung hero, Bl. Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife, Fani, and children that keeps his spirit alive. Read more about "A Hidden Life" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Fox).
Jumanji: The Next Level
(2019) Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito. In this sequel, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game. Read more about "Jumanji: The Next Level" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Body Swapping: Snapping Into Character"; “Back Together: Reuniting the Cast”; “Level Up: Making Jumanji: The Next Level”; AR Game: An interactive collectible map that employs Augmented Reality to bring Jumanji to life through a smart phone, allowing users to create their own 8-bit Avatar, navigate a series of mini games and much more. Blu-ray adds Gag reel; “Rhys Darby Wants To Jingle”; “Scene Breakdown: Ostrich Chase”; “Scene Breakdown: Mandrill Bridges”; “Awkwafina Cat Burglar”; “NPC Confessions: Jurgen The Brutal”; “Grow Up": Danny DeVito and Danny Glover help Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart get in touch with their inner grumpy old men; “Telenovela”: Kevin Hart gets lost in translation in this melodramatic promo; “VFX Pre-Vis: Zeppelin Battle”; “VFX Pre-Vis: Ostrich Chase.” (Sony).
Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity
(2019) Director: Roger C. Memos. In 1935, 17-year-old aspiring actress Marsha Hunt was discovered in Hollywood. She signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at MGM. She made 54 films in 17 years before a series of unfortunate events led to her being unfairly blacklisted. After the blacklist, she championed humanitarian causes, forging a career as one of Hollywood's first celebrity activists. She was the first Angelina Jolie. As far back as 1955, Eleanor Roosevelt was a mentor of hers as they both worked tirelessly to support the work that the United Nations Association was accomplishing in this country. At age 102, Marsha continues to fight for causes she believes in. This film is a call to action for activists of all ages. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Indie Rights).
(2019) Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, Nina Arianda, Paul Walter Hauser, Ian Gomez. Tells the true story of the security guard who discovers a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Games and takes swift, heroic action, saving countless lives. But in a turn of events, he becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by the press and public alike. Read more about "Richard Jewell in the March Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Real Story of Richard Jewell." Blu-ray adds "The Making of Richard Jewell." (Warner).
(2019 -- Norway) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. One part thriller, one part character driven drama, this limited series from Norway starring "Game of Thrones" Kristofer Hivju is the story of Erik and Adam (both played by Hivju), identical twin brothers, who live completely different lives. Erik is a broke surfer bum. Adam is a successful family and business man. When Erik seeks out his brother for the first time in 15 years, a quarrel ends with Adam's wife, Ingrid (Rebekka Nystabakk), accidentally killing her husband. To avoid getting arrested for murder, and save his brother's family, Erik takes over Adam's identity. However, it soon turns out that the biggest challenge is not avoiding getting caught -- it's pretending to be someone you're not. Formats: DVD. (MHz Networks).
Universal Horror Collection Volume 4
Volume 4 includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. Boris Karloff ignites the screen as an inventor who is kidnapped by a gang of burglars and forced to help them commit robberies in "Night Key" (1937). Bela Lugosi stars in a creepy tale of strange characters, secret passages and a murderer who masters the art of "mind over matter" in "Night Monster" (1942). In "The Climax" (1944), Karloff is terrifying as a mad doctor whose insane jealousy over a beautiful opera singer may drive him to murder. A giant of a man is used as an instrument of evil by a mad sculptor in "House of Horrors" 1946). New 2K scans. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentaries, a new featurette, stills. (Scream Factory).
(2019) A creepy, surreal and bloody horror anthology told in three chilling tales culled from rock legend Glenn Danzig's long-running edgy comic imprint of the same name. The first segment tells the story of a woman with eyeballs for nipples who conjures a giant, murderous albino man-spider every time she falls asleep. In the second story, a disfigured dancer collects other women's faces. The third and final segment is a take on the Elizabeth Bathory legend, about a countess who bathes in the blood of virgins in order to remain youthful. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Bonus audio CD soundtrack. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
(1986) When Muffy St. John (Deborah Foreman) invited her college friends up to her parents' secluded island home for the time of their lives, she just forgot to tell them it just might be the last time of their lives. As soon as the kids arrive on the island, someone starts trimming the guest list ... one murder at a time. And what starts out as a weekend of harmless "April Fool's Day" pranks turns into a bloody battle for survival. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Horror With A Twist" interview with director Fred Walton; new "Well of Lies" interview with actress Deborah Goodrich Royce; new "Looking Forward to Dessert" interview with actor Clayton Rohner; new "Bloody Unforgettable" interview with composer Charles Bernstein; new "The Eye of Deception" interview with cinematographer Charles Minsky; theatrical trailer; TV spots. (Scream Factory).
Back to the Fatherland
(2017 -- Austria) Gil and Kat have been friends since college. Gil is from Israel and the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors; Kat is from Austria, and her grandfather was a Nazi officer. Through them we meet other young men and women whose grandparents were murdered or persecuted during the war, and whose families fled Germany and Austria. What's interesting is that many have decided to move back to "the Fatherland," a choice their families don't agree with or understand. Why do they choose to return? This revealing documentary explores the challenges and opportunities for reconciliation and understanding between the generations on both sides of the Shoah. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
Come to Daddy
(2019) Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson, Ronald Plum, Madeleine Sami. Norval Greenwood, a privileged man-child, arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn't seen in 30 years. He quickly discovers that not only is Dad a disapproving jerk, but he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. Now, hundreds of miles from his cushy comfort zone, Norval must battle with demons both real and perceived in order to reconnect with a father he barely knows. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Cranes Are Flying
(1957 -- Russia) This landmark film by the virtuosic Mikhail Kalatozov was heralded as a revelation in the post-Stalin Soviet Union and the international cinema community alike. It tells the story of Veronica and Boris, a couple who are blissfully in love until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. With Boris at the front, Veronica must try to ward off spiritual numbness and defend herself from the increasingly forceful advances of her beau’s draft-dodging cousin. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, "The Cranes Are Flying" is a superbly crafted drama with impassioned performances and viscerally emotional, gravity-defying cinematography by Kalatozov’s regular collaborator Sergei Urusevsky.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New interview with scholar Ian Christie on why the film is a landmark of Soviet cinema; audio interview from 1961 with director Mikhail Kalatozov; "Hurricane Kalatozov," a documentary from 2009 on the Georgian director’s complex relationship with the Soviet government; segment from a 2008 program about the film’s cinematography, featuring original storyboards and an interview with actor Alexei Batalov; interview from 2001 with filmmaker Claude Lelouch on the film’s French premiere at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival; an essay by critic Chris Fujiwara. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019) Documentary traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The documentary weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music and never-before-seen archival material.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Anatomy of Creating 'Summerspace.'" (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(1936) Newly restored in 2019 by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive and The Film Foundation in association with the Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. William Wyler directs this superb adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel for master producer Samuel Goldwyn featuring an amazing ensemble of actors led by the great Walter Huston. A tale of middle-aged regret and recriminations and the rebirth of long dormant passions, Wyler cannily gets by the production code and delivers a decidedly adult drama that more comfortably sits alongside the pre-Codes than the post-Codes. Millionaire motor magnate Sam Dodsworth (Huston) sells the Dodsworth auto works in the small midwestern burg of Zenith to a large combine and embarks on a long-postponed honeymoon abroad. But long-time bride Fran (Ruth Chatterton) turns runaway when her head is turned by the swells of the continent (David Niven, Paul Lukas, Gregory Gaye). Bereft and adrift, Dodsworth furthers his friendship with young American widow Edith (Mary Astor) and the relationship uncorks long-buried desires in Dodsworth. But Fran is not done with Dodsworth, yet. Long unavailable, "Dodsworth" returns to print in a stunning restoration that properly gives new life to one of the greatest pictures of the 1930s - resplendent with glorious Black and White cinematography, fabulous art direction and superb mise-en-scene in service to a truly sophisticated cast. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Lux Radio Theater radio version with Walter Huston. (Warner Archive).
Frankenstein: The Real Story
(1973) James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Nicola Pagett, Michael Sarrazin. Retells Mary Shelley’s unforgettable story. Victor Frankenstein’s medical experiments result in the shocking discovery that he can revive the dead. But when the creature he brings forth becomes a killer, is anyone safe? New 2K scan of the original telefilm elements to the two-part, 3 hr. and 6 min. version, including the introduction by actor James Mason. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker/film historian Sam Irvin, new "Off With Her Head" interview with actress Jane Seymour, new "Victor’s Story" interview with actor Leonard Whiting, new "Frankenstein’s Diary" – with writer Don Bachardy. (Scream Factory).
(2020) Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver. A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Read more about "The Grudge" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Cast of the Cursed” featurette, “Designing Death” featurette, “Easter Egg Haunt” featurette: writer-director Nicolas Pesce brings to light the plethora of hidden Easter Eggs throughout the film which are homages to the previous works in the Ju-On franchise, extended scenes, alternative ending. (Sony).
(2020) Thomas Jane, Jay Mohr, Sean Patrick Flanery, Katrina Bowden, Juliet Delaney, Amanda Wyss, India Ennenga. When their parents leave town, three teenage girls decide to throw a party in their new country home. But when a gang of dangerous local boys with sinister intentions turn up, the women are forced to not only defend themselves from the evil inside of the house, but an unseen bloodthirsty predator that is hunting them one by one outside of the house.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019 -- Tibet) On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver who has accidentally run over a sheep, chances upon a young man who is hitching a ride. As they drive and chat, the truck driver notices that his new friend has a silver dagger strapped to his leg. He comes to understand that this man is out to kill someone who wronged him earlier in life. As he drops the hitchhiker off at a fork in the road, little does the truck driver realize that their short time together has changed everything, and that their destinies are inexorably intertwined. A story of revenge and redemption.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).
Leave Her to Heaven
(1945) Novelist Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) seems to have found the perfect woman in Ellen (Gene Tierney), a beautiful socialite who initiates a whirlwind romance and steers him into marriage before he can think twice. Yet the glassy surface of Ellen’s devotion soon reveals monstrous depths, as Richard comes to realize that his wife is shockingly possessive and may be capable of destroying anyone who comes between them. A singular Hollywood masterpiece that draws freely from the women’s picture and film noir alike, "Leave Her to Heaven" boasts elegant direction by melodrama specialist John M. Stahl, blazing Technicolor cinematography by Leon Shamroy, and a chilling performance by Tierney, whose Ellen is a femme fatale unlike any other: a woman whose love is as pure as it is poisonous.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox, the Academy Film Archive, and The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith, trailer, an essay by novelist Megan Abbott. (The Criterion Collection).
(2017) Lyndsey Lantz, Max Lesser, Sean Wei Mah. A woman searches for her missing son in the remote wilderness of Washington with the help of her estranged husband and a Native American guide. When an evil creature starts to hunt them, their journey becomes a fight for survival.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
Love & Temptation: 3-Film Collection
Lifetime's first steamy book-to-screen series from New York Times best-selling author Jane Green -- with stars Alyssa Milano, Zane Holtz, Erika Christensen, Antonio Cupo, Andy Favreau, Justina Machado, and Elisabeth Rohm -- tell tales of forbidden lust, shocking secrets, and desperate love. "The Love & Temptation: 3-Film Collection" set includes the telefilms "Tempting Fate," "Family Pictures" and "To Have and to Hold." Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Dir.: Sam Mendes; George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch. April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap. Read more about "1917" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Weight of the World" Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1; "Allied Forces: Making 1917": shows how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award-winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Mendes’ vision to life; "The Music of 1917"; "In The Trenches" behind the scenes with the cast; "Recreating History" production design featurette; commentary with director/co-writer Sam Mendes; commentary with director of photography Roger Deakins. (Universal).
The Passion of Darkly Noon
(1995) Described by critic Mark Kermode as an "extraordinary filmmaker" and "one of the UK's most imaginative talents," visionary British director Philip Ridley followed his sensational debut "The Reflecting Skin" with another surreal incursion into the dark heart of the "American dream" in "The Passion of Darkly Noon." Darkly Noon (Brendan Fraser) is the sole survivor of a military-style attack on an isolated religious community. Stumbling through a forest in a daze, he is rescued by the free-spirited and enigmatic Callie (Ashley Judd). Darkly finds himself feeling strange new desires for Callie as she nurses him back to health ... only to watch her jump into the arms of her returning mute lover Clay (Viggo Mortensen). Lost in the woods with only his fundamentalist upbringing to make sense of his unrequited passions, Darkly soon descends into an explosive and lethal rage. Now available for the first time worldwide on Blu-ray, Ridley's talent for spellbinding, hallucinogenic dream imagery is on full display in a glittering new transfer of his most formally inventive and electrifying film. The mesmerizing soundtrack includes two songs co-written by Ridley for the film, "Look What You've Done (To My Skin)" performed by Gavin Friday and "Who Will Love Me Now?" performed by PJ Harvey. New 2K restoration from the original camera negative, approved by Philip Ridley. Extras: New audio commentary by writer-director Philip Ridley; isolated score track in lossless stereo, including never-before-heard extended and unused cues, and the two songs from the film; "Sharp Cuts," a newly filmed interview with editor Leslie Healey; "Forest Songs," a newly filmed interview with composer Nick Bicât; "Dreaming Darkly," an archive featurette from 2015 featuring interviews with Ridley, Bicât and Mortensen; Previously unreleased demos of the music score, written and performed by Bicât before filming started; theatrical trailer; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring a new Philip Ridley career retrospective written by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. Formats: Blu-ray. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Shooting the Mafia
(2019 -- Italy) Award-winning director Kim Longinotto's shocking and powerful film about a photojournalist who, at great personal risk, devoted herself to covering organized crime in Italy. Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to abandon traditional family life and become a photojournalist in the 1970s - the first female photographer to be employed by a daily Italian newspaper - Battaglia found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy's recent history. She fearlessly and artfully captured everyday Sicilian life - from weddings and funerals to the grisly murders of ordinary citizens - to tell the story of how the community she loved in her native Palermo was forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra. Weaving together Battaglia's striking black-and-white photographs, rare archival footage, classic Italian films, and the now 84-year-old's own vivid memories, the documentary paints a portrait of a remarkable woman whose bravery and defiance helped expose the Mafia's brutal crimes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Conversation With Director Kim Longinotto." (Cohen media Group).
The Song of Names
(2019) Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack, Jonah Hauer-King, Gerran Howell, Luke Doyle.
An emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century. Several years after his childhood friend, a violin prodigy, disappears on the eve of his first solo concert, an Englishman travels throughout Europe to find him. Beneath the film's stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Behind the Song of Names" featurette on bringing Norman Lebrecht’s acclaimed novel to life; "Howard Shore: Composing & Scoring"; "Howard Shore & Ray Chen" (the incredible violin playing heard in the film). (Sony).
(1989) Haunted by a family tragedy, and desperate to get to California, young Jimmy Woods (Luke Edwards) flees with his conniving brother, Corey (Fred Savage). Along the way they encounter Haley (recording artist and actress Jenny Lewis), a street-smart teen on her way to Reno. Together, they make their way to California, pursued by a sinister bounty hunter, as well as the boys' father (Beau Bridges) and brother (Christian Slater). Meanwhile, their ticket to California just might be found in Jimmy's hidden talent: video games. New 4K scan. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with director Todd Holland; Deleted Scenes; Trailers; "The Road to Cali-forn-ia" look back at "The Wizard" including brand-new interviews with Todd Holland, Fred Savage and Luke Edwards, writer-producer David Chisholm, producer Ken Topolsky; and more; "How Can I Help You? Confessions of a Game Play Counselor"; "A Clinical Analysis of The Wizard"; post screening Q&A From Let's Play Gaming Expo 2019 with Luke Edwards, David Chisholm and Ken Topolsky; photo gallery. (Shout! Select).
(2005) The time is 1979. Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg) is respected and loved as the neighborhood protector. When he is betrayed and brutally murdered by a corrupt cop (Michael T. Weiss, Bones’ elegant brownstone becomes his tomb. Twenty-two years later, the neighborhood has become a ghetto and his home a gothic ruin. Four teens renovate it as an after hours nightclub, unknowingly releasing Jimmy’s tortured spirit. It’s thrills and chills when Jimmy’s ghost sets out to get his revenge. New 4K scan from the negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: (Scream Factory).
(2019 -- China) Hanyu Zhang, Hao Ou, Jiang Du. On the morning of May 14th, 2018, Airbus flight A319 is thrown into a state of panic when the cockpit windshield shatters after takeoff. Cabin temperatures plummet, passengers are losing consciousness, and all communication to control is lost. Heading into an enormous storm with the co-pilot sucked halfway out of the cockpit window, the plane’s strong-willed captain, Liu Chuan Jian, is determined to bring everyone home safely. Based on a true incident. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Current War: Director's Cut
(2019) Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Fisher. The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. Read more about "The Current War: Director's Cut" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. (Universal).
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
(1980) 40th Anniversary Edition. A subgenre of 1970s cinema, Bruceploitation clung to the box office success of the Bruce Lee legacy after the star’s untimely demise in 1973, utilizing Lee lookalikes and archival footage from the legend himself. Carving a niche within the grindhouse market, Bruceploitation not only appealed to fans of the day, but has generated a cult status in recent years. True to Bruceploitation fashion, "Fist of Fear, Touch of Death" features eye-popping combat scenes viewers will have to see to believe, putting the 1979 World Karate Championship at center stage, where martial artists take their shot at eliminating the competition and claiming the title of “successor to the Bruce Lee legacy.” Using mockumentary-style interviews in the film, hosted by Academy Award-nominee Adolph Caesar, martial arts masters Fred Williamson and Ron Van Clief, among others, emerge from every corner of the martial arts world to give their take on whether any competitor can be deemed worthy of the Bruce Lee legacy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "That’s Bruceploitation" featurette, new interviews with Fred Williamson and Ron Van Clief, limited-edition Blu-ray copies will feature a special liner note booklet written by Justin Decloux and Will Sloan, hosts of The Important Cinema Club podcast. (The Film Detective).
Munster, Go Home!
(1966) Following the wildly popular Munsters series, original cast members Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster), Al Lewis (Grandpa) and Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) are reunited in this movie as you’ve never seen them before -- in spooky color. Herman inherits a mansion in England and moves the family into an estate full of ghosts and other surprises. Also starring Terry-Thomas, Hermione Gingold, Richard Dawson, Bernard Fox and horror film legend John Carradine. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with actor Butch Patrick and musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie; bonus television film - "The Munsters’ Revenge" in HD – (1.33:1); vintage cast radio interviews; radio spots; theatrical trailer; extensive still galleries for both films: behind-the-Scenes photos, movie stills and posters. (Scream Factory).
The Prince of Tides
(1991) For her acclaimed second feature as a director, Barbra Streisand crafted a sumptuous, emotionally wrenching adaptation of Pat Conroy’s best-selling novel -- which she also produced and starred in. Summoned to New York after his sister attempts suicide, Tom Wingo (Nick Nolte) must serve as her memory, reckoning with the traumas of their southern childhood so that her psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Lowenstein (Streisand), can help her recover. But Tom’s sessions with Lowenstein will plunge him into the depths of his own long-repressed pain -- and reawaken the possibility of love within him. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Nolte’s soulful performance, "The Prince of Tides" is a life-affirming tale of healing and renewal from a triple-threat filmmaker with a keen and humane insight into her characters’ sorrows, joys, and yearnings.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Barbra Streisand, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Streisand, recorded in 1991 and updated in 2019; making-of featurette from 1991; excerpt from a 2018 interview with Streisand, conducted by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez on El Rey Network’s "The Director’s Chair"; audition and rehearsal footage; deleted scenes and alternate takes; costume and makeup tests; alternate end credits with vocal performance by Streisand; behind-the-scenes footage; gag reel; production-stills gallery and other archival materials; interview with author Pat Conroy from a 1992 episode of "Cinema Showcase" with Jim Whaley; interview with Streisand from a 1992 episode of the British television show "Aspel & Company" with Michael Aspel; trailers; an essay by film historian Bruce Eder. (The Criterion Collection).
(1936) Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s immortal musical adaptation of Edna Ferber’s sprawling novel receives its most faithful and enduring cinematic adaptation under the elegant direction of James Whale. A rich portrait of changing American entertainment traditions and race relations, "Show Boat" spans four decades and three generations as it follows the fortunes of the stage-struck Magnolia (Irene Dunne), an aspiring actor whose journey takes her from her family’s humble floating playhouse in the 1880s South to the height of fame in the 1930s North. The cast of show-business legends includes Helen Morgan, Hattie McDaniel, Charles Winninger, and the great Paul Robeson, whose iconic, soul-shaking rendition of “Ol’ Man River” is one of the crowning glories of the American stage and screen.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Audio commentary from 1989 featuring American-musical historian Miles Kreuger; new interview with James Whale biographer James Curtis; "Recognizing Race in Show Boat,” a new interview program featuring professor and author Shana L. Redmond; "Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist" (1979), an Academy Award-winning short documentary by Saul J. Turell, newly restored; two performances from the sound prologue of the 1929 film version of "Show Boat," plus 20 minutes of silent excerpts from the film, with audio commentary by Kreuger; two radio adaptations of Show Boat, featuring stage and screen cast members Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, and Charles Winninger; actor Orson Welles, and novelist Edna Ferber; an essay by critic Gary Giddins. (The Criterion Collection).
(2020) Drew Van Acker, Poppy Delevingne, Blake Anderson. When Corey Gage, the world's greatest spy, suddenly meets the woman of his dreams, he decides to abandon his adventurous existence and settles for the security of suburbia -- a quaint existence he's never known. It doesn't take long for him to be completely bored and while he refuses to admit it, when an evil plot to ruin the world pushes his former spy friend to enact a "spy intervention," he is easily convinced that if he returns to his old life, the adventure will not only help save his listless marriage, it will also save the world. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).
Standing Up, Falling Down
(2020) Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer. After years of chasing his stand-up comedy dream in Los Angeles, 34-year-old Scott (Schwartz) crashes and burns. Left with little money and a failed career, he has no choice but to regroup and return to his parent’s house in Long Island. Trying to figure out what to do next, he pines after his ex (Mumford), a successful photographer who had since married a former mutual friend. During a night out at the bar, he meets an eccentric dermatologist (Crystal) who, having regrets of his own, helps Scott find the courage to face his failures. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Matt Ratner and stars Crystal and Schwartz, three-part look at the making of "Standing Up, Falling Down," theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
(2019) Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Greg Grunberg, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell. Last entry in the Skywalker saga.The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences. Read more about "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Skywalker Legacy" feature-length documentary; "Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase"; "Aliens in the Desert"; "D-O: Key to the Past"; "Warwick & Son": Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison; "Cast of Creatures." (Disney).
Their Finest Hour: 5 British WWII Classics
Five-disc set brings together some of the most celebrated British war films, digitally restored and available for the very first time on Blu-ray. Titles include the Ealing Studios-produced, Graham Greene adaptation "Went The Day Well?" (1942), Michael Anderson's Oscar-nominated "The Dam Busters" (1955), and three box-office hits starring John Mills: "The Colditz Story" (1955), "Dunkirk" (1958) and "Ice Cold in Alex" (1958). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews, documentaries, newsreels, making-of featurettes, more. (Film Movement).
What's My Name: Muhammad Ali
(2019) One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali's incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is presented through archival footage and recordings of his own voice. The film explores Ali's challenges, confrontations, comebacks and triumphs both in and out of the ring. Formats: DVD. (HBO/Warner Archive).
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