(2019) Noah Schnapp, Seu Jorge, Mark Margolis, Dagmara Dominczyk. Twelve-year-old Abe is an aspiring chef who wants his cooking to bring people together --but his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family has never had a meal that didn't end in a fight. Ditching his traditional summer camp, Abe begins working with Chico, an adventurous street chef who encourages him to think outside his old cuisines. But when Abe's deceit is uncovered, he must grapple with his family, his background, and his passions, and whether even the most lovingly-cooked family dinner can heal old wounds. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Blackout: Invasion Earth
(2019 -- Russia) Maksim Artamonov, Filipp Avdeev, Yuriy Borisov. Someone or something is plunging humanity into darkness. An unexplained phenomenon has struck the Earth. Contact between most towns on Earth has been severed. A small area in Eastern Europe is the only location that still has electricity. When military forces venture outside, they discover a shocking truth — corpses everywhere. In stores, in cars, on roads, in hospitals and railway stations. Who or what is destroying all life on Earth? And how long can the last outpost of mankind endure? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
Blood, Series 2
(2020) Two-disc set with six episodes. Adrian Dunbar (Superintendent Ted Hastings in UK’s 2019 #1 cop drama "Line of Duty") stars as Jim Hogan, a once respected, tormented ex-doctor in a small Irish town, with three adult children. In Series 1, his wife died, and everyone believed it was an accident, except his daughter, who grows suspicious of her father. In Series 2, Hogan returns home a year later, stripped of his medical license and determined to make amends to reconnect with his family. He finds that his eldest daughter Fiona Crowley is ailing, slowly succumbing to the same debilitating illness that afflicted her mother. Jim’s determined efforts to make amends and help his ailing family only seem to add to their grief, and things worsen when he stumbles upon suspicious activity at the farm where his son-in law Paul works. When Fiona’s car veers off the road and crashes into a canal, a disturbing discovery is found. As the police start investigating, shocking secrets emerge that deepen the rift within the family and derail Jim’s chance at a fresh start. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Q&A, interviews with the cast. (Acorn Media).
A Clear Shot
(2020) Mario Van Peebles, Mandela Van Peebles, Jessica Meza, David Fernandez Jr, Marshal Hilton, Glenn Plummer. Inspired by the true story of the 1991 Good Guys Electronics Store siege in Sacramento, California, the largest hostage siege negotiation ever attempted in the United States. The electronic store erupted into chaos as four gunmen stormed the premises. Rick Gomez, Sacramento Police Departments’ top negotiator, realized he needed to talk down the gunmen and keep everyone safe, all the while juggling government politics. The gunmen leader doesn't want to hurt anyone, but his brother is a different story. A peaceful surrender quickly turned this sleepy city into a national tragedy. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
Creepshow Season 1
(2019) Tobin Bell, Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, Cailey Fleming, Jeffrey Combs, Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi, DJ Qualls, Bruce Davison, David Arquette, Dana Gould, Tricia Helfer. New anthology series based on the 1982 horror comedy classic: A comic book comes to life in a series of 12 vignettes over six episodes, exploring terrors from murder to the supernatural and unexplainable, with haunted dollhouses, werewolves, murderous goblins, villainous trick-or-treaters, the dead, and medical marvels. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew interviews, featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, episode and comic art photo galleries, audio commentary tracks with the cast and crew for each of the episodes, 24-page comic art booklet. (Shudder/RLJE Films). Release date on DVD and Blu-ray moved from May 19.
Glengarry Glen Ross Collector’s Edition
(1992) Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce. Adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Glengarry Glen Ross" shows David Mamet at his searing, profane best. A group of Chicago real-estate salesmen-cum-con artists live on the edge. Life is good for the one on a roll. For the rest, life hangs in the balance. There is no room for losers. A-B-C: Always Be Closing, sell, or go under, is the salesman's mantra. With the pressure on, so begins a rainy night of cutthroat business and shattered lives. New 4K transfer from the original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "A Conversation With Director James Foley," new “God Bless Ricky Roma: Actor Joe Mantegna Remembers Working With David Mamet," audio commentary with James Foley, audio commentary with Jack Lemmon, "A.B.C. Always Be Closing," "Magic Time: A Tribute To Jack Lemmon." (Shout!Select).
Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season
(2019-20) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the adult animated action-comedy series. Harley Quinn has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy -- the Legion of the Doom. She’s got her eyes on the prize and nothing can stop her, except maybe Batman and Commissioner Gordon or her jealous, deranged ex. But don’t worry -- she’s got this. Or does she? Formats: DVD. (Warner).
One Cut of the Dead
(2017 -- Japan) Harumi Shuhama, Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama. While shooting a low-budget zombie film in an abandoned warehouse, the crew find themselves caught between actual zombies and a mad director who won't stop rolling. If you think you know what happens next, think again. Filmmaker Shinichiro Ueda turns the film on its head more than once for a wild, funny, and most surprising zombie movie.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Steelbook. Extras: Outtakes, POM! instructional video, photo gallery. (RLJE Films).
Sound! Euphonium: The Movie -- Our Promise: A Brand New Day
(2019 -- Japan) "Sound! Euphonium" is a popular franchise, starting as a series of YA novels and adapted into a manga and an anime series that ran for two seasons. Picking up where the series left off, "Our Promise: A Brand New Day" is a must-see new film for all fans of the Kitauji High School Concert Band. Kumiko is now in her second year at Kitauji High School, and with a new year comes new problems. As if making it to Nationals wasn’t hard enough, Kumiko is tasked with mentoring the concert band’s troublesome first years – each with their own distinct personality and problems to solve. With Kumiko busy juggling both the concert band and her new role as senpai, how does her relationship with Shuichi fit into the picture? Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interviews with the English voice cast.(Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory).
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
(1971 --Italy) George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi, Ivan Rassimov, Alberto de Mendoza. In English and Italian with English subtitles. Fenech stars as an unfaithful diplomat’s wife who finds herself hunted by a razor-wielding sex maniac while simultaneously haunted by her own depraved desires. Also known as "Blade of the Ripper" and "Next!" Newly scanned in 4k from the inter-negative.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Of Vice and Virtue" interview with director Sergio Martino; "Cold As Ice" interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi; "Vienna Vice" interview with actor George Hilton and Italian genre historian Antonio Bruschini; archive interview with actress Edwige Fenech; introduction by George Hilton;
audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, author Of "All The Colors Of Sergio Martino"; trailer. (Severn Films). This release was originally scheduled for May 28 but due to logistical delays caused by the current shelter-in-place-orders, is scheduled for June 2.
Tell Me I Love You
(2020) Kaniehtiio Horn, Sam Clark, Renee Morrison, Al Sapienza, Ashley Angel Parker. Ally, Ben and Melanie are best friends, music graduates and bandmates living together in Malibu. With fame at their fingertips and a desperate need for cash to finish their album, the trio devise an outrageous plan to get married and inherit a large sum of money, all the while attempting to keep it a secret from their nosey extended family. Romantic comedy with original music and LGBTQ themes. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Vision Films).
Tokyo Godfathers BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2003 -- Japan) "Tokyo Godfathers" is a humanist masterpiece from the legendary director Satoshi Kon ("Paprika," "Perfect Blue"). Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto ("Cowboy Bebop") and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, this beautiful tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds makes its Blu-ray, restored and remastered from a 4K transfer. The release also marks the first time the film is available with an English dub in addition to the original Japanese audio track. In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: Interview with actress Shakina Nayfack; "The Process of Animation" featurette; "The Unexpected Tours" featurette; "Making of Tokyo Godfathers" featurette; film introduction by K.F. Watanabe, deputy director of Film for the Japan Society, New York City; "Ohayo," a short film by Satoshi Kon; art gallery; trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Witches in the Woods
(2019) Hannah Kasulka, Craig Arnold, Sasha Clements, Corbin Bleu, Alexander De Jordy, Humberly Gonzalez, Kyle Mac, Ian Matthews. A tenacious college freshman abandons her studies one weekend for an off-the-grid snowboarding trip with six friends. Driving through the freshly-logged mountains of western Massachusetts, a road closure forces them onto an unmarked route into the dark forest. These are the very woods where centuries ago, a dozen women were convicted and hanged for witchcraft. Disoriented in the dense wilderness, the friends slam the SUV into a ditch, totaling the car. As nighttime falls and temperatures drop, the group dynamic begins to unravel. Hypothermia sets in, and violent hallucinations threaten the group’s sanity. With nowhere to go for help, the group risk freezing to death or facing the horrors that lie in the haunted wasteland beyond. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Shout! Studios).
For the first time ever, experience the complete legacy of writer-producer-director Al Adamson, with 31 remastered films on 14 Blu-ray discs, plus the award-winning documentary "Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson." Adamson’s oeuvre spans a wild beyond-belief world of bloody brains, vicious cowboys, naughty nurses, decrepit actors, sexy stewardesses, mad scientists, brutal bikers, Blaxploitation mayhem, kung fu killers and “scenes so SICK the Movies could never show them before!” The life and career of B-movie maverick Adamson – known for such low budget classics as "Satan's Sadists," "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" and "The Naughty Stewardesses" (as well as his own grisly 1995 murder) – reveals perhaps the most bizarre career in Hollywood history. Films Included:"Angels’ Wild Women," "Black Heat," "Black Samurai," "Blazing Stewardesses," "Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death Of Al Adamson," "Blood Of Dracula’s Castle," "Blood Of Ghastly Horror," "Brain Of Blood," "Carnival Magic," "Cinderella 2000," "Death Dimension," "Dracula Vs. Frankenstein," "Dracula’s Castle," "Five Bloody Graves," "Girls For Rent," "Half Way To Hell," "Hell’s Bloody Devils," "Horror Of The Blood Monsters," "Jessi’s Girls," "Lost," "Mean Mother," "Nurse Sherri," "Nurses For Sale," "Psycho A-Go-Go," "Satan’s Sadists," "Sunset Cove," "The Dynamite Brothers," "The Fakers," "The Female Bunch," "The Fiend With The Electric Brain," "The Naughty Stewardesses," "Uncle Tom’s Cabin." In a limited, numbered edition release of only 2000 units. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Dozens of trailers, featurettes, commentaries, outtakes and more. A 126-page booklet containing an in-depth analysis of all the films, illustrated throughout with rare stills. (Severin Films).
Blood & Flesh: The Real Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson
(2010) "Horror Film Director Found Slain, Buried Under Floor," screamed the 1995 headlines read around the world. But the truth behind the wild life of Al Adamson -- including the production of such low budget classics as "Satan's Sadists," "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" and "The Naughty Stewardesses" -- and his grisly death reveals perhaps the most bizarre career in Hollywood history. Told through over 40 first-person recollections from friends, family, colleagues and historians -- plus rare clips and archival interviews with Adamson himself -- this documentary is the award-winning chronicle of bikers, go-go dancers, porn stars, aging actors, freak-out girls, Charles Manson, Colonel Sanders, alien conspiracies and homicidal contractors. Formats: DVD (Blu-ray was released April 21). Extras: "Beyond This Earth" promo reel, trailer, bonus film "The Female Bunch," "The Bunch Speaks Out" featurette, "The Female Bunch" trailers. (Severin Films).
The Candy Witch
(2020) Kate Lush, Abi Casson Thompson, Heather Jackson, Richard D Myers. Two ghost hunters are called upon to help a distressed family who claim they are being tormented by an evil spirit known as The Candy Witch. As the mystery of her curse is uncovered, surprising and sinister turns are discovered around The Candy Witch's identity. Can the evil curse be stopped before more people are killed by the demonic spirit? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(1981) Al Adamson’s (see above) first children’s movie, a delightful tale of alcoholism, domestic violence, a talking chimp with a brassiere fetish, vivisection, suicide, "The Freak-Out Girl" Regina Carrol – in her final performance – flaunting an array of skintight/low-cut outfits, and not a single role for children. Don Stewart and Joe Cirillo co-star in the infamous ‘80s oddity that has been hailed as “Possibly the worst kiddie movie ever made.” Scanned from the only surviving pre-print 35mm elements. Includes his last complete feature, the Sandra Dee starrer "Lost" that reveals Aldamson's bizarre kiddie matinee legacy. Formats: DVD (Blu-ray was released April 21). Extras: "A Boom to Science" critical appreciation by Zack Carlson and Lars Nilsen; audio commentary with producer Elvin Feltner; outtakes; TV Spot; trailer; "The Happy Hobo" rushes for a promo from unproduced Adamson kids film; "Lost" trailer. (Severin Films).
Deanna Durbin Collection
This collection features three classic films starring screen legend Deanna Durbin. "100 Men and a Girl" (1937) - Durbin shines in this delightful story of an inventive and determined young woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The daughter of an unemployed musician, Patricia Cardwell (Durbin) decides she will persuade conductor Leopold Stokowski to help her launch an orchestra that will employ her widowed father (Adolphe Menjou) and 99 other out-of-work musicians. Though faced with this seemingly impossible task, Patricia leads her unemployed orchestra to the home of the unsuspecting Stokowski and conducts them in Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" from the top of his staircase. His reaction is priceless, as are the numerous musical numbers, including "It's Raining Sunbeams" and "A Heart That's Free." This enchanting musical treat is a triumphant celebration of Hollywood and a tribute to one of the cinema's best-loved stars. "3 Smart Girls Grow Up" (1939) - Penny (Durbin) has a knack for matchmaking and realizes that her own two sisters Joan (Nan Grey) and Kay (Helen Parrish) could use her help since one of them is in love with the other's boyfriend. In attempting to manipulate the situation so that both sisters end up with the ideal fiancé, Penny only creates further problems until her father is forced to intervene on her behalf. Often noted as Durbin's first young adult role, this breezy, lighthearted entry co-stars Robert Cummings, Charles Winninger and William Lundigan. "It Started With Eve" (1941) brings together the exceptional talents of Durbin and Charles Laughton in a hilarious misadventure of love and romance. An old millionaire (Laughton), believed to be in his final days, wishes to meet the young lady that his son Johnny (Robert Cummings) is planning to wed. When the future bride-to-be is unavailable, the dutiful son finds a quick replacement in a random hat check girl (Durbin). Surprisingly, she quickly steals his heart and when his father makes a remarkable recovery, Johnny must juggle the phony bride-to-be with the newly arrived true bride of his heart. All three films were directed by the great Henry Koster.
Formats: Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
The Dinner Party
(2020) Bill Sage, Jeremy Lodon, Lindsay Anne Williams, Mike Mayhall. Renowned surgeon and culinary enthusiast Carmine Braun invites playwright Jeffrey Duncan and his wife to join his eccentric friends at their semi-annual dinner party, having promised to fund Duncan’s new play to Broadway. As the evening descends into madness, the group’s true intentions are revealed, along with an ancient secret that will change the Duncans’ lives and fortunes forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III
Three Noir films from 1949-50. "Abandoned" (1949) - Noir great Dennis O'Keefe and Gale Storm expose a baby-selling racket in this searing crime drama co-starring Jeff Chandler and Raymond Burr. When Paula Considine (Storm) arrives in Los Angeles to find her sister Mary, she soon learns the unwed mother is dead and her newborn infant is missing. Teaming up with a cynical reporter named Mark Sitko (O'Keefe), Paula discovers Mary was the victim of a black market adoption ring run by Mrs. Leona Donner (Marjorie Rambeau) and her sleazy assistant Kerric (Burr). Hoping to entrap the pair, Paula and Sitko devise a plan but the sting operation proves to have deadly consequences. "The Lady Gambles" (1949) - From Michael Gordon, the outstanding director of "The Web," "An Act of Murder," "Pillow Talk" and "Portrait in Black," comes this classic film noir starring screen legend Barbara Stanwyck as a once respectable and vibrant wife who has become a desperately out-of-control high-roller gambler. A chance visit into a Las Vegas casino introduces Joan Boothe (Stanwyck) to the seductive allure of poker and the craps table. All too soon, she ignores her devoted husband (Robert Preston) and older sister (Edith Barrett) as she compulsively chases after hard-hearted Lady Luck. "The Sleeping City" (1950) - Drug pushing and gambling set the stage for murder in this hardboiled film-noir thriller shot on the streets of New York. When a doctor is shot dead outside Bellevue Hospital, detective Fred Rowen (Richard Conte) is assigned to find the killer. Posing as an intern, Rowen is befriended by the hospital's elevator operator and a ward nurse (Coleen Gray) he begins to date. As his investigation continues and potential witnesses wind up dead, Rowen finds himself next on the murderer's list when he uncovers a narcotics ring. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect and he doesn't know whom he can trust. Directed by George Sherman ("Larceny," "Big Jake"). Formats: Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(2018 -- Belgium) Sebastian Van Dun, Mistral Guidotti, Loïc Bellemans, Karlijn Sileghem. After 17-year-old Kevin is released from prison for violent behavior, he goes to live with his aunt and her family, including Sammy, his cousin. While apprenticing as a plumber he starts to integrate with Sammy’s group of friends who are still in high school. Like all teenagers, they just want to party and ignore any responsibilities, but one of them is hiding a problem at home that will put the entire group in jeopardy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Trailer. (Altered Innocence).
(2020) Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Hilary Swank. Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt.
Read more about "The Hunt" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Crafting the Hunt" in which the filmmakers and cast discuss how costumes and props were used to highlight the political commentary of this slaughterous thriller; "Death Scene Breakdowns"; "Athena vs Crystal: Hunter or Hunted?" behind-the-scenes featurette about the intense training and choreography actresses Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank had to master in order to execute their epic fight scene. (Universal).
Lost in America
(2018) Director Rotimi Rainwater's shocking documentary sheds light on the millions of youth living on the streets everyday in America. The film follows Rainwater as he takes an all-encompassing look at youth homelessness, highlighting issues such as human trafficking, the foster care system, youth rejected because of their sexuality, domestic violence, abuse and more. Executive produced by Rosario Dawson, Jewel Kilcher, the documentary features interviews with Dawson, Jewel, Halle Berry, Tiffany Haddish, Jon Bon Jovi, Sanaa Lathan among many others. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
Modern Family Season 11
(2019-20) All 18 episodes of the acclaimed series' final season. The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker extended clan is a wonderfully large an blended family that gives us a look at the hilarious and warm -- and sometimes twisted -- lives of an American modern family. As Haley and Dylan and the twins move in with Phil and Claire, Manny heads for college, Alex tries out life beyond academics, and Luke seeks his next move. Mitch and Cam try to understand their gifted teen, and Jay and Gloria navigate their now seasoned marriage. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
(2019 -- Australia) Kym Cramp, Brendan Donoghue, Lauren Lofberg. Tells the terrifying tale of a young couple lost in the wilderness and fighting for survival. Wade and Lisa head to Australia hoping to recharge their failing romance. When their GPS fails, they leave their car and head off on foot to find a new route. As night falls, they must spend the night in the bush without food, water, or weapons, surrounded by snakes, scorpions, and wild dogs. Now, one decision could mean the difference between life ... and certain death. Based on a true story. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against refugees along the Gulf Coast. Taking place after the Fall of Saigon, when hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese nationals desperately fled the communist takeover of their home country, the documentary Seadrift examines the events leading up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, revealing the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.
Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
A Simple Wedding
(2019) Tara Grammy, Christopher O'Shea, Rita Wilson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Maz Jobrani, Houshang Touzie. Iranian-American Nousha has a habit of sabotaging her relationships and frustrating her parents as she is their only hope for a real Persian wedding. Nousha falls fast when she meets Alex, a bisexual artist, activist and DJ living in an old warehouse. When her parents discover that she and Alex are living together before marriage, chaos unfolds as they prepare for a wedding that’s anything but simple. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Think Like a Dog
(2020) Gabriel Bateman, Kunal Nayyar, Julia Jones, Janet Montgomery, Bryan Callen, Todd Stashwick, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel. Family comedy follows 12-year-old Oliver, a tech prodigy whose middle-school science fair experiment goes awry, creating a telepathic connection between him and his furry friend, Henry. The bond brings Oliver and Henry even closer as they join forces to comically overcome complications at school, and help Oliver’s parents rekindle their marriage along the way.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras:
Audio commentary with writer-director Gil Junger, “Anything is Paw-sible: Making Think Like a Dog” featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Hafsia Herzi, Sarah Kazemy, Lucy Walters. Follows a French Muslim woman (Herzi) as she travels to New York City from the rough neighborhoods outside of Paris to visit her childhood best friend. But when their reunion turns disastrous, she escapes to a cabin upstate. However, she soon finds she is not alone, and her sojourn in nature gradually descends into a terrifying study of the intolerance and suspicion she encounters and reflects back to an Islamophobic America. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
An Unmarried Woman
(1978) One woman’s journey of self-discovery brings about a warmly human cultural conversation about female liberation, in this wonderfully frank, funny chronicle of changing 1970s sexual politics by Paul Mazursky. When her husband of 16 years abruptly leaves her for a younger woman, Manhattan gallery worker Erica (a fantastic, Oscar-nominated Jill Clayburgh in her defining role) finds herself alone and adrift -- but also newly empowered to explore her needs and desires as she tests the waters of a new relationship with a charismatic artist (Alan Bates). Candidly addressing issues of sex, intimacy, loneliness, and divorce from an unabashedly feminist perspective, "An Unmarried Woman" makes the simple but radical assertion that a woman’s most important relationship is the one she has with herself.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2005 featuring director Paul Mazursky and actor Jill Clayburgh; new interviews with actors Michael Murphy and Lisa Lucas; new interview with author Sam Wasson on Mazursky’s work; audio recording of Mazursky speaking at the American Film Institute in 1980; trailer; an essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién. (The Criterion Collection).
We Summon the Darkness
(2020) Alexandra Daddario, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth, Logan Miller, Austin Swift, Johnny Knoxville. On the way to a heavy metal concert, Alexis ( Daddario) and two girlfriends hear a news report of a local murder believed to be tied to a series of satanic killings. After the show, the girls invite three guys to join them at the estate owned by Alexis’s father, a fire-and-brimstone preacher (Knoxville). What starts as a party suddenly turns dark and deadly. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Envisioning Darkness” featurette, commentary with director Marc Meyers and writer Alan Trezza. (Lionsgate).
(1928) Buster Keaton is at the peak of his slapstick powers in the first film that the silent-screen legend made after signing with MGM, and his last great masterpiece. The final work over which he maintained creative control, this clever farce is the culmination of an extraordinary, decade-long run that produced some of the most innovative and enduring comedies of all time. Keaton plays a hapless newsreel cameraman desperate to impress both his new employer and his winsome office crush as he zigzags up and down Manhattan hustling for a scoop. Along the way, he goes for a swim (and winds up soaked), becomes embroiled in a Chinatown Tong War, and teams up with a memorable monkey sidekick (the famous Josephine). The marvelously inventive film-within-a-film setup allows Keaton’s imagination to run wild, yielding both sly insights into the travails of moviemaking and an emotional payoff of disarming poignancy.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with new 4K digital restoration undertaken by the Cineteca di Bologna, the Criterion Collection, and Warner Bros. Extras: New score by composer Timothy Brock, conducted by Brock and performed by the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2020, presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray; audio commentary from 2004 featuring Glenn Mitchell, author of "A–Z of Silent Film Comedy: An Illustrated Companion"; "Spite Marriage" (1929), Buster Keaton’s next feature for MGM following "The Cameraman", in a new 2K restoration, with a 2004 commentary by film historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance; "Time Travelers," a new documentary by Daniel Raim featuring interviews with Bengtson and film historian Marc Wanamaker; "So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM," a 2004 documentary by film historians Kevin Brownlow and Christopher Bird; "The Motion Picture Camera" (1979), a documentary by A.S.C. cinematographer and film preservationist Karl Malkames, in a 4k restoration; new interview with James L. Neibaur, author of "The Fall of Buster Keaton: His Films for MGM, Educational Pictures, and Columbia"; an essay by film critic Imogen Sara Smith. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019) Casey Dillard, Richard Speight Jr., Jessica Harthcock, Nicholas Roylance, Andy Field, Bill Luckett, Leah Hudspeth. Emerson Graham's nights as a cab driver are filled with annoyances and inconveniences, but until tonight, never attacks and disappearances. After picking up a mysterious passenger her evening goes from working a job to performing a quest as they must race against the clock to stop demons from invading the world. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
The Etruscan Smile
(2018) Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette, JJ Feild, Thora Birch, Tim Matheson, Peter Coyote, Treat Williams. Cox stars as Rory MacNeil, a rugged Scotsman who is forced to leave behind his beloved home and seek medical treatment in San Francisco. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory's life will be transformed, when he least expects it, through the redemptive power of love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lightyear Entertainment).
Friday the 13th Killer 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook
(1980) Originally released in May of 1980, "Friday the 13th" captured audiences’ imaginations and permeated our collective psyche. The film spawned one of the longest-running and most successful horror franchises in film history with 11 subsequent movies and, 40 years later, the iconic machete-wielding killer continues to haunt, fascinate and terrify new generations. Features artwork from the original movie poster and includes the uncut, unrated version of the film, as well as access to a digital copy of the original theatrical version. The film stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Kevin Bacon. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Previously released bonus content including commentary, interviews with cast and crew, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Paramount).
Horrors of Spider Island
(1960 -- Germany) Harald Maresch, Helga Franck, Alexander D'Arcy. Produced in 1960 as "Body in the Web," it became a notorious Adults Only feature throughout Europe (though banned in the UK). Three years later and sheared of its nudity, it was repackaged for American audiences as a brain-melting monster movie filled with stripper-cat-fights, skimpy lingerie, and radioactive arachnids. The completely uncensored version, scanned from the Düsseldorf dupe negative, as well as the alternate U.S. release, scanned from a pristine low con print, are now together for the first time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The History of Spider-Island" with Prof. Dr. Marcus Stiglegger, audio interview with actor Alexander D'Arcy by horror historian David Del Valle, alternate clothed scenes, trailer. (Severin Films). This release was originally scheduled for May 28 but due to logistical delays caused by the current shelter-in-place-orders, is scheduled for June 16.
Impractical Jokers: The Movie
(2020) Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Paula Abdul. The story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road competing in hidden-camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four Jokers. Read more about "Impractical Jokers: The Movie" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Warner).
(2020) Dave Mantel, Julia Batelaan, Cyriel Guds, Yasmin Blake. Years after a bacterium killed 31 million people, David Oscar must come out of hiding and face his past. He is tracked down by the remaining members of his former rebel group, who persuade him to take part in an important mission which they believe will lead to a cure for the infected and will destroy the pharmaceutical company they believe to be responsible for the sickness. As they break into a secure facility expecting to find the cure, they discover a young girl who has been held captive and subjected to experiments for years. As David and his companions help her escape the company facility, the mutation inside her body manifests itself and the rebels discover why she has been kept under lock and key all this time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with cast and crew. (RLJE Films).
Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations
The comedy films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have been beloved around the world since they were first released between 1927 and 1940. So beloved that many of the available copies are blurred dupes printed from worn-out negatives. Now, the best of their short comedies and two of their finest features have been fully restored. They look and sound as spectacular as when they were first released. World premieres of Laurel and Hardy's legendary 1927 silent "pie fight" film "The Battle of the Century" makes its video debut after being "lost" for 90 years and the only reel of L&H bloopers and out-takes, "That's That!" Includes classic short comedies "Berth Marks," "Brats," "Hog Wild," "Come Clean," "One Good Turn," "Helpmates," "The Music Box" (the legendary Academy Award winning "piano moving" short), "The Chimp," "County Hospital," "Scram!," "Their First Mistake," "Towed in a Hole," "Twice Two," "Me and My Pal," "The Midnight Patrol," and "Busy Bodies" In addition to the feature films "Sons of the Desert" and "Way Out West" (which includes the team's famous soft shoe dance routine). 2K and 4K transfers from the finest original 35mm nitrate materials. Restorations provided by Jeff Joseph/SabuCat in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive and Library of Congress. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries by L&H historians Randy Skretvedt and Richard W. Bann; 2,500 rare photos and studio documents; audio and film interviews with L&H co-workers; original music tracks and trailers plus a full restoration of their one surviving color film, "The Tree in a Test Tube." (Kit Parker Films/MVD Entertainment).
L'important c'est d'aimer
(1975) Romy Schneider delivers a César Award-winning performance as a down-on-her-luck actress. Forced to earn a living by accepting demeaning roles negotiated by her erratic husband, Nadine Chevalier (Schneider) encounters tabloid photographer Servais (Fabio Testi) on the set of her latest film. Desperate to win her affections, Servais secretly uses money borrowed from a shady associate to bankroll her next project, a production of "Richard III" with Nadine starring opposite the maniacal German thespian Karl-Heinz Zimmer (Klaus Kinski). Formats: Blu-ray. Digitally restored in HD from original elements. Extras: Interview with director Andrzej Zulawski, booklet with a new essay by film critic Kat Ellinger, original trailer. (Film Movement).
(2019) Rick Irwin, Dan Berkey, Molly Fahey, Henry Gagliardi, Michaela Sprague. A man tries to recover a lost memory by returning to his family's Vermont vacation home where an unspeakable act took place leaving him institutionalized as a child. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Wild Eye Releasing).
(2018 -- Australia) Dafna Kronental, Mathew Cooper, Sam Delich, Eddie Baroo. When a group of young microbiologists head deep into the Australian wilderness to test water samples, they inadvertently enter the domain of a mysterious local. As they travel through the marshes, he stalks their every move, determined to kill anyone who enters his land. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment
(1966) From Karel Reisz, the renowned director of "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning," "Isadora," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "Sweet Dreams," comes this cult classic starring screen great Vanessa Redgrave and legendary character actor David Warner in one of his few starring roles. A gorilla-fixated artist with distinctly anarchist tendencies, Morgan (Warner) tries to regain the affections of his divorced wife Leonie (Redgrave) by variously kidnapping her, attempting to blow up her future mother-in-law and attacking her fiancé (Robert Stephens). Cut with scenes from King Kong and Tarzan films, Morgan's depiction of madness, dark humor and vintage performances made it one of the wildest, funniest and most provocative comedies of the '60s. Nominated for two Oscars: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Redgrave) and Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Jocelyn Rickards).
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
(2020) Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon, Catalina Sandino Moreno. From the novel by Damon Galgut comes this searing thriller, a tale of sin and redemption set in the wilds of Texas. After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter (Whigham) travels to a small town and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter’s sermons of forgiveness, the local police chief (Shannon) is suspicious of the man. Soon a gruesome discovery at a local quarry forces the killer to fight for his freedom. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Kelly O'Sullivan, Ramona Edith-Williams, Jim True-Frost, Francis Guinan, Lily Mojekwu, Mary Beth Fisher, Charin Alvarez. Flailing 34-year-old Bridget (O'Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying 6-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances' moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else's family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
(1982 -- Indonesia) Ruth Pelupessi, W.D. Mochtar, Fachrul Rozy. Indonesian exploitation studio Rapi Films and writer/director Sisworo Gautama Putra unleashed this chiller that rocked the Muslim nation, transformed the country’s genre film industry, and remains one of the most influential shockers in Asian horror history. While mourning the death of his mother, a troubled teen discovers a nightmare world of restless spirits, supernatural vengeance and occult terror. Scanned from the original negative. A 2017 remake became an international festival favorite and one of Indonesia’s biggest hits ever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Satan's Box Office" interview with producer Gope T. Samtani; "Indonesian Atmosphere" interview with screenwriter Imam Tantowi; "Satan's Slave Obsession" audio interview with remake director Joko Anwar. (Severin Films). This release was originally scheduled for May 28 but due to logistical delays caused by the current shelter-in-place-orders, is scheduled for June 16.
Sniper: Assassin’s End
(2019) Chad Michael Collins, Sayaka Akimoto, Tom Berenger. Special Ops sniper Brandon Beckett (Collins) is set up as the primary suspect for the murder of a foreign dignitary on the eve of signing a high-profile trade agreement with the United States. Narrowly escaping death, Beckett realizes that there may be a dark operative working within the government, and partners with the only person whom he can trust: his father, legendary sniper Sgt. Thomas Beckett (Berenger). Both Becketts are on the run from the CIA, Russian mercenaries and Lady Death, a Yakuza-trained assassin (Japanese actress and singer Sayaka Akimoto in her Hollywood film debut) with sniper skills that rival both legendary sharpshooters. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Sony).
A Soldier’s Revenge
(2020) Neal Bledsoe, Rob Mayes, AnnaLynne McCord, Val Kilmer, Jake Busey. Haunted by wartime horrors, Civil War soldier-turned-bounty-hunter Frank Connor (Bledsoe) spends his time post-war polishing off two things: whiskey and fugitives. When two desperate children arrive on his doorstep and enlist his help to find their missing mother (McCord), Frank must face his past in order to take down the notorious Major Briggs (Mayes), with whom he has a score all his own to settle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Sukiyaki Western Django: Collector's Edition
(2007 - Japan) Famed Japanese auteur Takashi Miike, best known for cult classics "Audition," "Ichi the Killer" and "The City of Lost Souls," redefines the spaghetti Western with this epic tale of blood, lust and greed starring Hideaki Ito, Yusuke Iseya, Kaori Momoi and Quentin Tarantino. Two clans (the reds and the whites) battle for a legendary treasure hidden in a desolate mountain town. One day, a lone gunman, burdened with deep emotional scars but blessed with incredible shooting skills, drifts into town. The two clans try to woo the lone gunman to their sides, but he has ulterior motives. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire and love collide as the situation erupts into a final, explosive showdown. In English. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Sukiyaki Western Django" extended cut with optional Japanese Subtitles; "Making of Featurette," deleted scenes, sizzle reel, promotional clips, US and Japanese theatrical trailers and TV spots. (FilmRise).
Two Films by (Claude) Sautet/(Romy) Schneider: César et Rosalie & Les choses de la vie
Best known for her turns as the youthful Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi) -- whose 19th-century reign spawned a trilogy of popular German films in the late 1950s -- and for French films of the late '60s and '70s, Romy Schneider wooed international audiences with a mix of aristocratic poise and sex appeal. In "Les choses de la vie" (1970), Pierre (Michel Piccoli), a middle-aged engineer, has his life flash before his eyes after being involved in a horrific car accident. While falling in and out of consciousness, he reflects on the recent events that have transpired between him and estranged wife, Catherine (Lea Massari), and his young lover, Hélène (Romy Schneider). Based on the acclaimed Paul Guimard novel "Intersection." In "César et Rosalie" (1972), sometimes two and two make three. Rosalie and David ... Rosalie and César ... César and David .... After her marriage ends in divorce, the beautiful Rosalie (Schneider) begins dating César (Yves Montand), a wealthy playboy and businessman. But when her old flame, David (Sami Frey), unexpectedly re-enters her life, the two men simultaneously vie for her affections. Both films are digitally restored in HD from original elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "César et Rosalie" documentary "Symphonie Metallique"; "Les choses de la vie" featurette "Serenade for Three"; booklet with new essay by author David N Meyer. (Film Movement).
2 Minutes of Fame
(2020) Jay Pharoah, Katt Williams, RonReaco Lee, Deon Cole, Keke Palmer. After his impressions of a comedian named Marques (Williams) make him an online sensation, Deandre (Pharoah) goes to L.A. with dreams of stand-up stardom. But his girlfriend (Keke Palmer) needs him to be a stand-up guy and help raise their young son. Marques, the reigning king of comedy, isn’t about to give up his throne, and plots a rude awakening for Deandre. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Universal Horror Collection Vol. 5
The collection includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. A mobster's brain is transplanted into an ape who carries out his revenge in "The Monster and the Girl" (1941). A mad scientist turns an ape into a beautiful, but deadly woman in "Captive Wild Woman" (1943). "Jungle Woman" (1944), the sequel to "Captive Wild Woman," is an eerie thriller with all the danger of wild animals on the loose and a sexy killer on the prowl. And in "The Jungle Captive" (1945), a scientist has experimented on re-animating animals ... but now he has decided to go one step further and re-animate a human. Formats: Blu-ray. (Scream Factory).
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
(2020) Tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late 20th century, the film tells the story of Kael's turbulent life and work, through never-seen archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen. Kael is voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and participants include Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola, and daughter Gina James. Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was likely the most powerful, and personal, movie critic of the 20th century. Writing for The New Yorker and publishing a dozen best-selling books, she ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor's performance work, or not, and why. Her passion made her both admired and despised amongst her readers and her subjects. Kael's own story is one of struggle and obsession: The fight to establish her voice and have it heard, and to raise a daughter on her own in a time when the obstacles were high. The latter golden age of movies of the 1960s and 1970s are the focus of this film that pursues the question of what made Kael's work so individual, so controversial -- and so damned good. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Never before released interview of Pauline Kael with Alfred Hitchcock; Quentin Tarantino interview excerpts; Paul Schrader interview excerpts; deleted scenes. (Juno Films/MVD Entertainment).
(2018) Richie Acevedo, Tony Atlas, Julio Bana Fernandez. Randy is an awkward groundskeeper who is obsessed with professional wrestling. Longing for a sense of belonging with grandiose dreams of becoming a wrestling superstar, he is only met with abject humiliation. A brutal shaming at a local wrestling school pushes Randy over the edge and he sets out on a blood soaked rampage to punish those who wronged him. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wild Eye Releasing).
(2019 -- Georgia, Sweden) Levan Gelbakhiani, Ana Javakishvili, Bachi Valishivili. Romance and rebellion in this passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society. The film follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli -- gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak -- throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Music Box Films).
(2016 -- Switzerland) Late at night, child psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital to take care of Yves, an 8-year-old boy, who has just lost his parents and siblings in a car accident. Eliane is both shocked and curiously drawn to the traumatized boy. As time goes by, she loses her professional distance to the patient, and when Yves' relatives begin a heavy dispute about the boy's future, Eliane makes an unorthodox decision, that throws her life off track. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Corinth Films).
(2019 -- France) Karin Viard, Leïla Bekhti, Antoine Reinartz. Myriam (Bekhti) and Paul (Reinartz) are your typical pair of bourgeois Parisian parents of two young children, toddler Adam, and 5-year-old Mila, who are taking up all of Myriam’s time. When Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctance, the couple starts looking for a nanny. After a very selective process, they finally find the perfect candidate, Louise (Viard), a poised 40-year old woman who is an instant hit with both kids and parents. The couple soon learns, however, that appearances can be deceiving.Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
(2019 -- France) Passion brews quietly between an artist and her subject, until they together create a space in which it can briefly flourish, in this sumptuous 18th-century romance from Céline Sciamma, one of contemporary French cinema’s most acclaimed auteurs. Summoned to an isolated seaside estate on a secret assignment, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) must find a way to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who is resisting chattel marriage, by furtively observing her. What unfolds in exquisite tension is an exchange of sustained gazes in which the two women come to know each other’s gestures, expressions, and bodies with rapturous intimacy, ultimately forging a subversive creative collaboration as well as a delirious romance. Charged with a yearning that almost transcends time and space, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" mines the emotional and artistic possibilities that emerge when women can freely live together and look at one another in a world without men.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new direCtor-approved 4K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Extras: New conversation between director Céline Sciamma and film critic Dana Stevens; new interviews with actors Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant; interview with cinematographer Claire Mathon from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival; interview from 2019 with artist Hélène Delmaire on creating the paintings for the film, along with behind-the-scenes footage; an essay by film critic Ela Bittencourt. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019) Matt Cross, Wes Allen, Cash Allen, Britt Baker, Roni Jonah, Aaron "Pants" Sechrist. Indie horror thriller about a wrestling fan who takes things too far when he kidnaps and tortures one of his idols in order to make him a better wrestler. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Indiecan Pictures).
Sex and the Future
(2020) Ellie Patrikios, Torrey Richardson, Janet Lopez. When misfits Barry and Evan design their ideal woman as a robot, they realize a fortune could be made if they had the money to mass produce their prototype. A wealthy prince soon finds out about their invention and the three hatch a plan to rule the world and change sex and the future. If life were that simple.
Formats: DVD. (Indican Pictures).
South Park: The Complete Twenty-Third Season
(2019) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. This uncensored collector's edition is all about "Tegridy," featuring the 300th episode of the series. Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, and Randy as they explore the wonders of the human biome, tackle the consequences of immigration, and get banned in China. The season includes fan-favorite characters Randy and Towelie, the PC Babies, Scott Malkinson, and different theme songs for almost every episode, a first for the series. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Concept art. Blu-ray adds #SocialCommentary with fun trivia and behind-the-scenes tidbits on each episode. (Paramount).
(1965 -- Japan) A spectacle of magnificent proportions and remarkable intimacy, Kon Ichikawa’s documentary remains one of the greatest films ever made about sports. Supervising a team of hundreds of technicians using more than a thousand cameras, Ichikawa captured the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo in glorious widescreen images, using cutting-edge telephoto lenses and exquisite slow motion to create lyrical, idiosyncratic poetry from the athletic drama surging all around him. Drawn equally to the psychology of losers and winners -- including legendary Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, who receives the film’s most exalted tribute -- Ichikawa captures the triumph, passion, and suffering of competition with a singular humanistic vision, and in doing so effects a transformative influence on the art of documentary filmmaking.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2001 by film historian Peter Cowie; new introduction to the film by Cowie; eighty minutes of additional material from the Tokyo Games, with a new introduction by Cowie; archival interviews with director Kon Ichikawa; new documentary about Ichikawa featuring interviews with cameraman Masuo Yamaguchi, longtime Ichikawa collaborator Chizuko Osaka, and the director’s son Tatsumi Ichikawa; trailers; an essay by film scholar James Quandt. (The Criterion Collection).
(1985 -- USSR) This legendary film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in Belorussia, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko, in a searing depiction of anguish) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty -- rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camera work and expressionistic sound design. Nearly blocked from being made by Soviet censors, who took seven years to approve its script, "Come and See" is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration by Mosfilm, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins; new interview with director Elem Klimov’s brother and frequent collaborator German Klimov; "Flaming Memory," a three-film documentary series from 1975–77 by filmmaker Viktor Dashuk featuring firsthand accounts of survivors of the genocide in Belorussia during World War II; interview from 2001 with Elem Klimov; interviews from 2001 with actor Alexei Kravchenko and production designer Viktor Petrov; "How Come and See Was Filmed," a 1985 short film about the making of the film featuring interviews with Elem Klimov, Kravchenko, and writer Ales Adamovich; theatrical rerelease trailer; essays by critic Mark Le Fanu and poet Valzhyna Mort. (The Criterion Collection).
The Complete Lenzi/Baker Giallo Collection
Italian writer/director Umberto Lenzi helmed popular peplums, created extreme poliziotteschi, and invented the Italian cannibal phenomenon. Hollywood actress Carroll Baker was the Golden Globe winning/Academy Award nominated star of "Baby Doll," "Giant" and "The Carpetbaggers." Together in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, they made four landmark films that changed the erotic thriller and Giallo genres forever. For the first time, here's the complete Lenzi/Baker collaboration on six discs, featuring restored uncensored versions, alternate edits, remastered soundtracks, exclusive special features, and more. In a limited, numbered edition release of only 4,000 units. The four titles: "Orgasmo" (1969), "So Sweet ... So Perverse" (1969), "A Quiet Place to Kill" (1970) and "Knife of Ice" (1972). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Two CDs with "Orgasmo" remastered soundtrack, "So Sweet ... So Perverse" and "A Quiet Place to Kill" remastered soundtracks plus bonus track: "Knife of Ice" main title theme. (Severin Films).
Evil: Season One
(2019-20) Thirteen episodes of the psychological mystery series that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church's backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. Formats: DVD. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Force of Nature
(2019) Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, Mel Gibson, David Zayas, Stephanie Cayo , Will Catlett, Swen Temmel, Tyler Jon Olson, Jorge Luis Ramos. Action-thriller takes place during a violent Category 5 hurricane. As disgraced cop Cardillo (Hirsch) races to evacuate an apartment building, he comes across Dr. Troy (Bosworth) and her retired detective father, Ray (Gibson). When a murderous gang of thieves arrives to rob a wealthy tenant, they must join forces to battle the criminals and escape with their lives before the entire city is deep underwater.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Four Kids and It
(2020) Paula Patton, Matthew Goode, Russell Brand, voice of Michael Caine. Based on iconic children’s author Jaqueline Wilson’s "Four Children and It," the story is a modern twist based on E. Nesbit’s 1902 classic "Five Children and It." On a seaside holiday, four kids from a blended family visit the beach, where they discover a floppy-eared creature that grants their wishes. But there’s a catch: the kids’ adventures in rock-climbing, pop stardom, and flying end promptly at sunset — leaving them in danger each time. Can they learn to control the magic before something dreadful happens? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Scout Taylor-Compton, Naomi Grossman, Ari Lehman, Adam Huss. A group of high school students, celebrating their final performance of "Romeo and Juliet," begin to slowly disappear one at a time. As students and faculty begin to die, it’s a race against time for the cast to find the killer and escape with their lives or face their final curtain call. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indiecan Pictures).
Narrow Margin (Special Edition)
(1990) From Peter Hyams, the writer-director of "Busting," "Capricorn One," "Outland," "The Star Chamber" and "2010," comes this suspenseful remake of the classic 1952 film noir. Screen legend Gene Hackman stars as an L.A. District Attorney attempting to take an unwilling murder witness (Anne Archer) back to the United States from Canada to testify against a top-level mob boss. Frantically attempting to escape two deadly hitmen sent to silence her, they board a Vancouver-bound train only to find the killers are onboard with them. For the next 20 hours, as the train hurls through the beautiful but isolated Canadian wilderness, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues in which the ability to tell a friend from foe is a matter of life and death. James B. Sikking, J.T. Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh, Susan Hogan and Harris Yulin co-star in this action-packed thriller. In a brand new 4K master. Formats: Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
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