(2018 -- US/Cuba) Skateboards are contraband in Cuba, but for 40 years an underground skate culture survived on splintered decks and worn-out wheels. Now, Cuba’s renegade skaters are teaming up with a charity group out of Miami that smuggles skateboards into the blockaded country. Their mission -- overcome old prejudices and build a skate park in Havana to inspire Cuba’s at-risk youth. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
(2020) Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe. Successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The History in Front of Us: Deconstructing Antebellum" (two-part documentary), "A Hint of Horror: The Clues of Antebellum," "Opening Antebellum," deleted scenes, theatrical trailers. (Lionsgate).
Attack of the Demons
(2019) The year is 1994. For centuries, a demonic cult has been plotting the destruction of mankind. When a small Colorado town is overrun by a legion of mutating demons, three non-demon hunter friends must use every skill their minds can fathom to stave off the demon apocalypse. Animated. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Dark Star Pictures).
(2020) Susan Sarandon, Sam Neil, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Rainn Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Anson Boon. Lily (Sarandon) and Paul (Neil) summon their loved ones to their country house for one final gathering after Lily decides to end her struggle on her own terms after a long battle with ALS. The couple plans a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface between Lily's daughters Jennifer (Winslet) and Anna (Wasikowska). Joining the collective farewell are Lily's son in law (Wilson), her lifelong friend (Duncan), daughter's partner (Taylor-Klaus) and grandson (Boon). Her story is ultimately one of hope, love and a celebration of life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Screen Media).
(2019) Sarah French, Jed Rowen, Tyler Gallant, Ben Kaplan, Caroline Williams. Faye, a former actress who lost her vision due to botched laser eye surgery, struggles to put her life back together while living alone in her dream house in the Hollywood Hills. She soon starts opening to Luke, a personal trainer who is mute and can only communicate through his cell phone. Trouble begins when a masked stranger named Pretty Boy shows up. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
Catherine The Great: An HBO Limited Series
(2019) Two-disc set. Oscar-winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) stars as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part miniseries charts Catherine’s reign as the intelligent, resourceful, and utterly determined Empress who fights off threats to her crown, wages war with the Ottoman Empire, and expands Russia’s borders as far as the Black Sea and Crimea. A sweeping epic, the miniseries also depicts the love affair between Catherine and Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke), this most extraordinary woman and man of their age who formed a singular and powerful relationship, turned the nation into a great global power, and shaped the future of Russian politics. Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
The Crown: The Complete Third Season
(2020) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes. Traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 through to the early part of the 21st century. Season Three covers the time period between 1964 and 1977 and introduces an outstanding new ensemble cast led by Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies. Beginning with Harold Wilson’s election as the Queen’s first Labour prime minister and ending with the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II, it follows pivotal moments such as the death and state funeral of Winston Churchill, the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing and investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: “Behind The Crown: The Making of Season 3,” “Charles’ Investiture: Growing Up Royal,” "Royal Fabrics: A Look at the Costumes,” “Majestic Comparison: A Photo Gallery.”
Emily and the Magical Journey
(2020) Harriet Slater, Tipper Seifert-Cleveland. Emily and her mother live alone after losing her father. She wants to help her mother find happiness and to learn about the father she never knew. When Emily finds a mysterious chest that transports her to a magical world, she meets fantastic and mythical creatures that become her new friends. After discovering her new friends are in danger, Emily must face her worst fear to complete her journey. Formats: DVD, Digital, VOD. (Uncork'd Entertainment).
(2020) Jesse Metcalfe, Bruce Willis, Natalie Eva Marie.When billionaire tech CEO Donovan Chalmers (Willis) hires a team of mercenaries to protect a lethal piece of technology, security expert and team leader Derek Miller (Metcalfe) finds himself in a deadly showdown with an old enemy. The mission becomes even higher risk when Chalmers’ daughter is kidnapped by a terrorist group who will stop at nothing to obtain the tech. Miller and his team must race against the clock to save her and protect the fate of the human race before it’s too late. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Lake Michigan Monster
(2018) All aboard! The combined spirits of H.P. Lovecraft, early Sam Raimi and Mystery Science Theater 3000 inhabit this action-packed tale of nautical derring-do and monster mayhem - winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival. On the shores of Lake Michigan, the eccentric Captain Seafield (Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, who also writes and directs) enlists a colorful crew of misfits in a bid to slay the hellish sea monster that prowls the murky depths. But as Seafield's obsession with exacting revenge on the creature that killed his father threatens to consume him, can weapons expert Sean Shaughnessy (Erick West), sonar whiz Nedge Pepsi (Beulah Peters) and former N.A.V.Y. - Nautical Athletes and Adventure Yunit - officer Dick Flynn (Daniel Long) hold the show together? Shot in gloriously retro black and white on a shoestring budget, with most of the cast also performing multiple roles behind the camera, "Lake Michigan Monster" is an inventive, irreverent and riotously entertaining ode to the classic monster movies of yesteryear: an absurdist urban legend guaranteed to appeal to the big kid in all of us. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Two cast and crew audio commentaries featuring writer-director-actor Ryland Tews and actors Daniel Long, Beulah Peters, Erick West and editor Mike Cheslik; critics’ audio commentary with Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Emma Westwood; effects breakdown comparison of the film’s underwater sequence, including storyboards and pre-composited footage; "Dear Old Captain Seafield": the Captain Seafield theme song, performed by the Seafield Monster Sextet; "Interview in a Cabin" with Ryland Tews and Daniel Long at the Fantasia International Film Festival; "Interview in a Bar" with the cast and crew at the Beloit International Film Festival; :Interview by a Fire" with Mike Cheslik on Mark Borchardt’s Cinema Fireside radio show; the first season and pilot episode of "L.I.P.S.", Ryland Tews and Mike Cheslik’s hybrid animation/live action sci-fi comedy web series; theatrical trailer; behind the scenes photos; reversible sleeve featuring original artwork by Jade Watring and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch;
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2020) Michael Pare, Eileen Davidson, Kennedy Turner, Michael Varde, Trevor Stines. Vivacious high school senior Samantha finds herself attracted to Max, the quiet new kid at her prestigious private school, Middleton Prep. The trouble is: Sam already has a boyfriend, basketball star Lucas. While Sam wrestles with her feelings about both guys, her mother, school dean Alana, recruits Max and his father Johnny, the new maintenance man, to help out with a Christmas fundraiser that could save the school from being closed. But when Sam’s life is threatened in a serious car accident, Alana and Johnny grow closer, even as Max and Lucas both realize how much they each care for her, culminating in a decision that will change their lives forever. With Christmas approaching, everyone in Middleton must question their values about sacrifice, family, and love -- and learn what it means to just be thankful for another Christmas. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
The Mortal Storm BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1940) Masterful director Frank Borzage's brilliance behind the camera empowers this story of Hitler's rise to power as seen through the microcosm of one German family. What on the surface seems small and personal, is instead a towering bold revelation of the brutality of the Nazi regime. James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan lead an impressive cast in a sweeping tale of the political and human chaos that rips a family apart, leading to savagery, sacrifice, and ultimately heroism.
Formats: Blu-ray. (Warner Archive).
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
(2020) SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe -- until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage to prove that the power of optimism really can save the world. This one-of-a-kind musical event boasts the full, extended-length broadcast of the hit Broadway musical, plus an exclusive sing-along version only available on this DVD.
Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
(2020) Mary Madaline Roe, Morgan Chandler, Eden Campbell, Kyan Zielinski, Elizabeth Rhoades, Ash Calder. Its 1979, and a 13-year-old science nerd stumbles upon a possessed tape player and accidentally unleashes a demonic entity. She recruits her two best friends to fight the beast before it devours more souls in the small town of Clarkston. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(1987) A madcap send-up of late-night TV, low-budget sci-fi films and canned-laughter-filled sitcoms packed with off-the-wall sketches. Centered around a television station that features a 1950s-style sci-fi movie interspersed with a series of wild commercials, wacky shorts and weird specials, this lampoon of contemporary life and pop culture skewers some of the silliest spectacles ever created in the name of entertainment. Co-directed by Joe Dante, John Landis, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton and Robert K. Weiss; and written by Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland. The hilarious cast includes Steve Allen, Rosanna Arquette, Belinda Balaski, Paul Bartel, Ralph Bellamy, Ed Begley Jr., T.K. Carter, Sybil Danning, Griffin Dunne, Carrie Fisher, Steve Forrest, Monique Gabrielle, Donald Gibb, David Alan Grier, Steve Guttenberg, Arsenio Hall, Phil Hartman, Howard Hesseman, Peter Horton, Lou Jacobi, B.B. King, Mike Mazurki, Russ Meyer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joe Pantoliano, Kelly Preston, Henry Silva, Rip Taylor and Henny Youngman.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Bullshit or Not: The True Story of Amazon Women on the Moon" new featurette with directors John Landis, Joe Dante, co-editor Marshall Harvey, casting director Julie Selzer and others; Audio commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Mike McPadden; newly discovered outtakes and dailies from Joe Dante's personal archive; deleted scenes; outtakes; theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
Bill & Ted Face the Music
(2020) Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Jillian Bell, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Kristen Schaal, William Sadler, Holland Taylor, Kid Cudi. The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William "Bill" S. Preston Esq. and Theodore "Ted" Logan. Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they're helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends -- to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: The Official Bill & Ted Face The Music Panel at Comic-Con@Home; "Be Excellent to Each Other"; "A Most Triumphant Duo"; "Death’s Crib"; "Social Piece (Excellence)." (Warner).
(1982 -- Japan) "Burst City" is an explosive Molotov cocktail of dystopian sci-fi, Mad Max-style biker wars against yakuza gangsters and the police, and riotous performances from members of the real-life Japanese punk bands The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers and INU. In a derelict industrial wasteland somewhere on the outskirts of Tokyo, two rival punk bands and their unruly mobs of fans gather for a Battle of the Bands-style protest against the construction of a nuclear powerplant, bringing them head to head with the yakuza industrialists behind the development of their turf. This extraordinary celebration of Japan's punk music scene of the early 1980s thrust Sogo Ishii (now known by the name of Gakuryu Ishii), the underground filmmaking wunderkind behind such works as "Half Human: Einstürzende Neubauten" (1986), "Angel Dust" (1994) and "Electric Dragon 80,000V "(2001), to the next level and is regularly cited as an early landmark in Japanese cyberpunk cinema. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film expert Tom Mes; "The Punk Spirit of ’82: Sogo Ishii on Burst City," an exclusive new 56-minute interview with the director; "Bursting Out," an exclusive 27-minute interview with the academic and independent filmmaker Yoshiharu Tezuka on jishu eiga and the making of "Burst City": original trailer; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Player. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Charlie’s Christmas Wish
(2019) Aiden Turner, Diane Ladd, Toni Hudson, John O'Hurley. In this heartwarming holiday film, a troubled war vet’s family finds new hope from a scrappy little rescue dog. Discharged and sent home for the holidays, John (Turner) tries hard to adapt to civilian life —- and to son Jimmy’s new pet, a feisty terrier named Charlie. As the family meets other struggling local veterans, they know it’ll take a miracle to bring peace to them and to John. Good thing Charlie has a direct line to the Man Upstairs. Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.
Formats: DVD VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(1978) When her best friend and roommate abruptly moves out to get married, Susan (Melanie Mayron), trying to become a gallery artist while making ends meet as a bar mitzvah photographer on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, finds herself adrift in both life and love. Could a new job be the answer? What about a fling with a married, older rabbi (Eli Wallach)? A wonder of American independent filmmaking whose remarkably authentic vision of female relationships has become a touchstone for makers of an entire subgenre of films and television shows about young women trying to make it in the big city, this 1970s New York time capsule from Claudia Weill captures the complexities and contradictions of women’s lives and relationships with wry humor and refreshing frankness.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Claudia Weill and director of photography Fred Murphy, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Weill; new interview with Weill and actors Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, and Bob Balaban; new interview with screenwriter Vicki Polon; new interview with Weill and writer and director Joey Soloway; "Joyce at 34," a 1972 short film by Weill and Joyce Chopra; "Commuters," a 1973 short film by Weill; trailer; essays by critic Molly Haskell and scholar Carol Gilligan. (The Criterion Collection).
A Girl Missing
(2019 -- Japan) Mariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa, Miyu Ogawa. One of the finest Japanese directors to emerge in the last decade, Kôji Fukada has earned renown for crafting suspenseful dramas. Following 2016's
"Harmonium", which captured Cannes' prestigious Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, he returns with this tense portrait of a woman caught up in a spiral of defamation. In this slow-burning thriller, Ichiko (Tsutsui) works as a home-care nurse to the elderly matriarch of the Oisho family -- long enough to feel like part of the family. She's closest to the eldest sister, Motoko (Ichikawa), who's studying to follow in Ichiko's footsteps. However, their happy routine is disrupted when Motoko's sister, Saki (Ogawa), is abducted. The girl is eventually returned, but it's discovered that her kidnapper was Ichiko's nephew - a fact that Motoko insists they keep between them. It's this shared secret that forges an even closer bond between the two, yielding further confessions -- some of which may be turned into weapons.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Film Movement).
(2019) Pauly Shore, Aimee Teegarden, Mike Castle, Steve-O, Chris Kattan, Bobby Lee, Erik Griffi. When engaged couple Sarah (Teegarden) and Blake (Castle) buy their dream home, there’s a catch: There's a party animal named Randy (Shore) in the guest house who refuses to leave. When Randy throws a wild, sexy pool party, the cops show up, and Blake gets arrested, ruining their backyard wedding and their marriage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2020) Neal Ward, Samantha Loxley, Frank Jakeman, Nadia Lamin, Lee Hunter, Jennifer Preston, Buddy Skelton. On Christmas Eve, an innocent couple become hosts to a malicious entity. Throughout the night they proceed to terrorize a family of five in unimaginably violent and disturbing ways. But these demonic possessions won't end with this unfortunate family; they mark just the beginning of a horrific worldwide epidemic. Beneath its nerve-jangling suspense, the film offers a dark and bloody insight into how lying to your loved ones can not only alienate them, it can completely destroy your bonds with them forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Dark Sky Films).
Le choc du futur (aka The Shock of the Future)
(2019 -- France) Alma Jodorowsky, Laurent Papot. Takes place in the Paris of 1978, when old musical formulas no longer charm listeners, creating the need for new music to arise in its place. In an extremely male-dominated industry, Ana (Jodorowsky, granddaughter of Alejandro Jodorowsky) uses her electronic gadgets to make herself heard, creating a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
Love Express: The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk
(2018 -- Poland) How does a filmmaker go from creating cutting-edge work and competing in Cannes to being labelled a failed erotic filmmaker? The debut documentary feature from Polish critic and academic Kuba Mikurda investigates the work of Walerian Borowczyk, a director of unparalleled creativity and sensitivity, revered in the 1970s for creations including "Goto," "Island of Love," "The Beast" and "Immoral Tales." The documentary interviews his closest collaborators, filmmakers, and leading intellectuals who put his work into perspective, including Terry Gilliam, Bertrand Bonello, Neil Jordan, Patrice Leconte, Slavoj Žižek, and the late Andrzej Wajda.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview outtakes. (Altered Innocence).
Marona’s Fantastic Tale
(2019 -- France) Lizzie Brocheré, Bruno Salomone, Thierry Hancisse. Animated adventure tells the poetic and life-affirming story of Marona, an optimistic stray dog who looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life. Born the last in the litter, little Marona’s adventures take her through a series of names and owners – a colorful acrobat, a sensitive construction worker, and a little girl – with dazzling style, pushing animation in bold new directions. But through all of her ups and downs, "Marona’s Fantastic Tale" is told with the patient, boundless love of a dog, reminding us that happiness is a small thing. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Both the French version with subtitles, and an English language version are included. Extras: Interview with director Anca Damian, Q&A at Animation Is Film Festival, art gallery, trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
(2020 -- Norway) Nat Wolff, Priyanka Bose, Iben Akerlie. A fantasy adventure origin story about a young man, Eric, who discovers he has God-like powers based on ancient Norwegian mythology. While hiding in the wilderness of western Norway, Eric, an American, accidentally kills a teenager in an inexplicable way and is subsequently arrested. Before being interrogated, he meets Christine, a young psychologist trying to figure out what really happened. She believes Eric and feels sympathy with him. Soon the American embassy shows up wanting Eric extradited, but he manages to flee with Christine. On the run, with both Norwegian and American authorities after him, Eric finally discovers who, or what, he really is. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Dark Hero: The Making of Mortal.” (Lionsgate).
(2020) Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Li Gong, Rosalind Chao. Live-action remake of Disney's animated adventure. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Disney).
The Other Side of Madness
(1971) Available on DVD and Blu-ray or on limited-edition Blu-ray and DVD — marking the 50th anniversary of its original release — "The Other Side of Madness" was the first cinematic depiction of the Manson murders, filmed so astonishingly close to the time of the events that the Manson trial was still in progress. Portrayed as a modern “noir,” it proved so shocking to audiences at the time that the film was banned in Los Angeles. Superbly photographed and directed by award-winning filmmaker Frank Howard and produced by Wade Williams, the film was partially shot in Kansas City with a cast of mostly unknown actors. However, the film transports audiences closer to the real events than most recreations have dared to go, partially filmed at the famed Spahn Ranch before the compound was destroyed by fire in the ‘70s. Selections from the original motion picture soundtrack, including “Mechanical Man” and “Garbage Dump,” written and performed by Charles Manson, will be offered on a limited-release Bonus CD (2,000 copies made) included with the purchase of the collector’s deluxe anniversary edition Blu-ray or DVD. 4K transfer from the original 35mm camera negative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: original documentary, "The Other Side of Manson: An Interview With Producer Wade Williams"; "Mechanical Man: Wade Williams Meets Manson"; 12-page, Blu-ray exclusive collector's booklet with commentary from award-winning film director Alexander Tuschinski; Original theatrical trailers from both theatrical releases of the film, "The Other Side of Madness" (1971) and "The Helter Skelter Murders" (1976). (The Film Detective).
A Rainy Day in New York
(2020) Dir.: Woody Allen; Kelly Rohrbach, Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Suki Waterhouse, Liev Schreiber, Diego Luna, Cherry Jones. The film follows the romantic exploits of a young college student (Chalamet) on a weekend trip in his hometown of New York City, trying to further bond with his college girlfriend (Fanning) while she is in the city to interview a famous film director (Schreiber). But they're met with bad weather and a series of misadventures.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (MPI).
(2020) Grant Schumacher, Dylan Grunn, Rick Montgomery Jr., Chris Cimperman, Ariella Mastoianni. Set in the Adirondack High Peaks of Upstate New York, two best friends, Gus and Adam, set out for a winter backpacking trip. After a horrifying encounter with a monster, Gus finds himself alone and lost. Now, he must fight for his life while keeping his grip on reality as he’s tormented both physically and psychologically by the evil Native American legend, The Wendigo. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment)).
Sasquatch Among the Wildmen
(2020) Throughout history, ape-like humanoids have appeared in myths and legends of cultures from around the world. The best known wildmen that people still say they see roaming the wilds of North America are known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot. Discover the history of relic hominids (The Russian Almasty, the Chinese The Yeren, the Himalaya's The Yeti and more) from around the world in this documentary.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
Schitt’s Creek: The Complete Collection
(2015 - 2020) Six-disc set with all six seasons. Created by and starring Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, this irreverent and original character-driven comedy centers on the “reversal of fortune” story of the once filthy-rich Rose family. Suddenly finding themselves broke, the Roses are forced to rebuild their empire in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke. As the seasons go on, we see the family thrive in a place they begin to call home, ready to take their personal relationships, business pursuits and, for some, exit strategies, to the next level.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers, outtakes. (Lionsgate).
(2018 -- Vietnam) Set in 1980’s Saigon, the film is a gritty underworld noir hiding a tender, romantic heart. At the film’s core is the unlikely bond that develops between hunky, brooding Dung (Lien Binh Phat), a tough debt collector for a ruthless loan shark, and Linh Phung (V-pop star Isaac), a charismatic young opera singer for a struggling company that performs Cai-Luong, a modern form of traditional Vietnamese folk opera. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2020) Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji, Hayley Law, Rob Huebel, Piper Perabo. When students in their high school begin inexplicably exploding (literally ...), seniors Mara (Langford) and Dylan (Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. As an unexpected romance blossoms between them, Mara and Dylan discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today! Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
(1942) This film provided M-G-M an opportunity to showcase the impressive talents of studio newcomer Van Heflin, who had just earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar(r) for the 1941 crime hit Johnny Eager. The studio found an ideal role for Heflin in Andrew Johnson, the Tennessee tailor-turned-senator who broke with the South, rose to the vice presidency under Abraham Lincoln and soon became - after Lincoln's assassination - the first U.S. president to face impeachment. With inspired direction by William Dieterle. Studio stalwart Lionel Barrymore portrays Johnson's nemesis, Thaddeus Stevens, and Ruth Hussey plays Johnson's devoted wife.
Formats: Blu-ray. (Warner Archive).
(2020) Jordan Knapp, Nicole Fahel, Lucas Mogerley, Antonia Morais, Marlon Samuda, Marcelo Serrado. An extreme interpretation of the phrase “actions have consequences” that follows five lawless teenagers as they execute an armed robbery. Outfitted with guns and masked by hoodies and full-face hockey masks, the group sets in motion a life or death struggle. The film is a story of conflict fueled by alcohol and adolescent naivety that ultimately crumbles friendships, destroys trust and leads to irrevocable mayhem. When one victim survives what should have been a fatal gunshot, the group is divided by one question: whose humanity remains? Formats: DVD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
Blindspot: The Fifth And Final Season
(2020) Three-disc set with all 11 episodes. In the emotional, action-packed fifth and final season, Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), Edgar Reade (Rob Brown), Tasha Zapata (Audrey Esparza), Patterson (Ashley Johnson ) and Rich DotCom (Ennis Esmer) attempt to carry out a mission with the highest stakes yet. The season begins in the aftermath of the explosion that left Jane watching as a drone targeted the team’s safe house. Now on the run and without the extensive resources of the FBI, Jane and the survivors race against the clock to clear their names in the wake of Madeline Burke’s (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) rise to power. Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
The Broken Hearts Gallery
(2020) Geraldine Viswanathan,, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Bernadette Peters. What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? Lucy (Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Gag reel, behind-the-scenes vignettes. (Sony).
The Chronicles of Melanie
(2016 -- Latvia) Based on the memoirs of Melanija Vanaga, the film is a terrifying account of the mass deportation of residents of Soviet-occupied Latvia that occurred in June of 1941 as Stalin tightened his grip on power. Melanie, one of over 17,000 people deported to Siberia under suspicion of “collaborating with the enemy,” is separated from her husband Aleksandrs shortly after Soviet troops barge into her home at gunpoint and force her, Aleksandrs and their son Andrejs into a lorry to be transported to awaiting cattle cars. The journey to Siberia lasts three weeks, during which a diet of scraps of bread, dirty water and no bathrooms are just the beginning of a long and brutal exile. Out of her detailed notes that later became the literary work of her 16 years spent in Siberia, Melanija Vanaga prepared a book of documentary prose that was published in 1991, soon after Latvia regained independence. Latvia's entry for the 90th Academy Awards. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Corinth Films).
Death of Me
(2020) Maggie Q, Alex Essoe, Luke Hemsworth. Vacationing on an island off the coast of Thailand, Christine (Maggie Q) and Neil Oliver (Hemsworth) awake hungover and with no memory of the previous night. They find footage on Neil’s camera, and watch, horrified, as Neil appears to murder Christine. With 24 hours until the next ferry and a typhoon threatening the island, Christine and Neil attempt to reconstruct the night’s events -- and are snared in a web of mystery, black magic, and murder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Island Magic: Conjuring Death of Me." (Lionsgate).
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
(1999) Jim Jarmusch combines his love for the ice-cool crime dramas of Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki with the philosophical dimensions of samurai mythology for an eccentrically postmodern take on the hit-man thriller. In one of his defining roles, Forest Whitaker brings a commanding serenity to his portrayal of a Zen contract killer working for a bumbling mob outfit, a modern man who adheres steadfastly to the ideals of the Japanese warrior code even as chaos and violence spiral around him. Featuring moody cinematography by the great Robby Müller, a mesmerizing score by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, and a host of colorful character actors (including a memorably stone-faced Henry Silva), "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" plays like a pop-culture-sampling cinematic mixtape built around a one-of-a-kind tragic hero.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Alternate isolated stereo music track; new Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans; new conversation between actors Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankolé, moderated by film scholar Michael B. Gillespie; new interview with casting director Ellen Lewis; new interview with Shifu Shi Yan Ming, founder of the USA Shaolin Temple; new video essay on RZA’s original score for the film; "The Odyssey: A Journey into the Life of a Samurai," a 2000 program on the making of the film; deleted scenes and outtakes; archival interviews; trailer; an essay by critic Greg Tate and quotations from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, by the early-eighteenth-century monk Yamamoto Tsunetomo. (The Criterion Collection).
Mission: Impossible: The Original TV Series
(1966-73) Forty-six-disc set with all 171 episodes about the elite covert operations unit that carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture. "As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds." Stars Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus,
Leonard Nimoy, Lynda Day George, Steven Hill, Lesley Ann Warren.
Formats: Blu-ray. (CBS/Paramount).
(1987) A full moon, a New York City night, and love and music in the air ... One of the most enchanting romantic comedies of all time assembles a flawless ensemble cast for a tender and boisterously funny look at a multigenerational Italian American family in Brooklyn, wrestling with the complexities of love and marriage at every stage of life. At the center of it all is a radiant Cher as Loretta, an unlucky-in-love bookkeeper whose feelings about her engagement to the staid Johnny (Danny Aiello) are thrown into question after she meets his hot-blooded brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage), and one night at the opera changes everything. Winner of the Academy Awards for best actress (Cher), supporting actress (Olympia Dukakis), and original screenplay (by playwright John Patrick Shanley), this modern-day fairy tale is swept along on passionate Puccini melodies, and directed by master storyteller Norman Jewison with the heightened emotion to match.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with screenwriter John Patrick Shanley; new interview with scholar Stefano Albertini about the use of opera in the film; introduction from 2013 featuring Cher; interviews from 1987 with director Norman Jewison and actors Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis; interview from 2002 with actor Danny Aiello; audio interview from 1989 with Shanley about screenwriting and the development of "Moonstruck"; "At the Heart of an Italian Family," a 2006 program about the making of the film; "The Music of Moonstruck,” a 2006 program featuring interviews with Jewison and composer Dick Hyman; audio commentary from 1998 with Cher, Jewison, and Shanley; trailer; an essay by critic Emily VanDerWerff. (The Criterion Collection).
(2018 -- South Korea) Myung-Min Kim, In-kwon Kim, Hyeri Lee. It’s the 22nd year of Jung Jong. A plague has taken over Joseon, and fear runs rampant in the streets. When rumors of a vicious beast roaming Mount Inwangsan – called “Monstrum” by the terrified masses – begin to spread, fear turns into panic. In order to quell the rising panic, Jung Jong brings back his most trusted general Yoon Gyum from retirement. Joined by his daughter Myung, his right-hand man Sung Han, and royal court officer Heo Yoon, Gyum sets out to find the mysterious creature. Is the creature, Monstrum real? Or a figment of the fearful mass’ imagination? Will the people of Joseon ever live in peace again?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(2020) Two-disc set with five episodes. Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle star in this suspenseful five-episode Acorn TV Original Scottish miniseries as a wealthy couple who would do anything to have a baby. When Emily (Rundle) accidentally hits Kaya (Mirren Mack), a down-on-her-luck 18-year-old, with her car, the two make an instant connection. After learning about her desperate situation, Kaya offers to carry Emily’s last embryo as a surrogate. Although Emily’s husband, successful businessman Dan (Compston), warns about the legal and moral implications of such an agreement, the women are adamant. But as buried secrets emerge about Kaya’s past, Dan and Emily start to wonder if they’re the ones being used. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
The New Mutants
(2020) Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Happy Anderson, Mickey Gilmore, Thomas Kee. Another action film based on the Marvel comic series: Five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage, who creates illusions from other people's fears; Rahne Sinclair, who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie, who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot, who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik. The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities. Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five "patients" come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Origins & Influences," "Meet the New Mutants," deleted scenes, director Josh Boone chats with Marvel Comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz. (Fox).
The New Pope: The Complete Series
(2019) Three-disc set. The follow-up to 2017’s “The Young Pope,” this series dives into the inner workings of the Vatican, while exploring the very human desires, vices and fragilities of those in power and the complexities inherent in faith today. The series picks up where “The Young Pope” left off, with Lenny Belardo (Jude Law), known as Pope Pius XIII, in a coma. Following an unpredictable and mysterious turn of events, Secretary of State Voiello (Silvio Orlando) succeeds in having Sir John Brannox (John Malkovich), a charming and sophisticated moderate English aristocrat, placed on the papal throne, adopting the name John Paul III. The new pope seems ideal, but he conceals secrets and has a certain fragility, and Voiello immediately understands that it will not be easy to replace the charismatic Pius XIII. Hanging between life and death, Lenny Belardo has become a Saint, with thousands now idolizing him, fueling the contrast between fundamentalisms. Meanwhile, the Church is under attack from external threats and scandals striking the symbols of Christianity and risking irreversibly devastating the hierarchies.
Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
Nomad: In The Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin
(2020) Filmmaker Werner Herzog traveled the world to craft a deeply personal chronicle of his decades-long friendship with the late English travel writer and novelist Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe. “[Bruce] Chatwin was a writer like no other. He would craft mythical tales into voyages of the mind. In this respect, we found out we were kindred spirits: he as a writer, I as a filmmaker,” says Herzog of his dear friend, who died in 1989. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin: A Conversation with Werner Herzog”; theatrical trailer. (Music Box Films).
(2020) Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote. When elderly mother Edna inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam rush to the family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(1972) In 1968, visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull ("The Andromeda Strain," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind") contributed to the ground-breaking special photographic effects of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." Four years later, he stamped his own indelible mark on the science fiction genre with his mesmerising directorial debut - "Silent Running." In the not-so-distant future, Earth is barren of all flora and fauna, with what remains of the planet's former ecosystems preserved aboard a fleet of greenhouses orbiting in space. When the crews are ordered to destroy the remaining specimens, one botanist, Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern), rebels and flees towards Saturn in a desperate bid to preserve his own little piece of Earth that was, accompanied only by the ship's three service robots. Featuring a captivating central performance by Dern, visual effects that rival anything in 2001 and a powerful ecological message, "Silent Running" is a haunting and prescient sci-fi classic that resonates even more strongly today than it did at the time of its original release. Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, approved by director Douglas Trumbull and produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new audio commentary by critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw; original audio commentary by Douglas Trumbull and actor Bruce Dern; isolated music and effects track; "No Turning Back," a new interview with film music historian Jeff Bond on the film’s score; "First Run," a new visual essay by writer and filmmaker Jon Spira exploring the evolution of "Silent Running’s" screenplay; "The Making of Silent Running," an archival 1972 on-set documentary; "Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull" and "Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now," two archival interviews with the film’s director; "A Conversation with Bruce Dern," an archival interview with the film’s lead actor; theatrical trailer; extensive behind-the-scenes gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Arik Roper; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Peter Tonguette. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2020) Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay. Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she's resistant. It's not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (IFC/MPI).
Then Came You
(2020) Craig Ferguson, Kathie Lee Gifford, Ford Kiernan, Phyllida Law, Elizabeth Hurley. Suddenly widowed, Annabelle Wilson (Gifford) makes a sudden decision to sell her home and travel the world. On her first stop, she meets Lord Howard Awd (Ferguson), the weathered inn-owner of the castle she's residing in for the week. As time progresses, Annabelle and Howard find themselves drawn to one another, becoming closer as they share secrets they've never told anyone else. There's only one issue in what seems to be a match made in heaven: Howard is getting married at the end of the week. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2020) Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten. By the year 2067, Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. An illness caused by the synthetic O2 is killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: “Send Ethan Whyte.” Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is suddenly thrust into a terrifying new world full of unknown danger as he must fight to save the human race.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Director's commentary, "Behind-the-Scenes of 2067." (RLJE Films).
(2020) Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Jimmi Simpson, Gabriel Bateman. Psychological thriller that explores something we've all experienced — road rage — to an unpredictable and terrifying conclusion. Rachel (Pistorius) is running late to work when she has an altercation at a traffic light with a stranger (Crowe) whose life has left him feeling powerless and invisible. Soon, Rachel finds herself, and everyone she loves, the target of a man who decides to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse that proves you never know just how close you are to someone who is about to become unhinged. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Derrick Borte, cinematographer Brendan Galvin, production designer Fredrick Waff, and costume designer Denise Wingate; “This Side of Rage” featurette. (Lionsgate).
We Are Little Zombies
(2019 -- Japan) Keita Ninomiya, Mondo Okumura, Satoshi Mizuno. There is a bond formed when four orphans meet at a crematorium where their parents are being turned to ash and the respective funerals are being held. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes — just enough to start a band -- and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Westworld Season Three: The New World
(2020) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. Following the aftermath of last season’s Westworld massacre, “hosts” Dolores, Maeve, Bernard and Charlotte Hale begin a new chapter – outside of the park – exploring the “real world” and who they will become in the wake of their liberation. Over the course of eight hour-long episodes, Season Three finds Dolores prepared to wage war on humanity and Bernard trying desperately to stop her, while Maeve reunites with familiar faces in a new realm – and all discover that the world outside is as full of deception and predetermination as the one they’ve always known. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. Extras: "We Live in a Technocracy," "Rico," "Westworld on Location," "Escape from Westworld," "Exploring War World," "Creating Westworld's Reality: Parce Domine," "Creating Westworld's Reality: The Absence of Field," "Creating Westworld's Reality: The Mother of Exiles," "Creating Westworld's Reality: Genre," "Creating Westworld's Reality: Decoherence," "Creating Westworld's Reality: Passed Pawn," "Creating Westworld's Reality: Crisis Theory," "Welcome to Westworld: Evan Rachel Wood & Aaron Paul – Analysis," "Welcome to Westworld: Evan Rachel Wood & Aaron Paul - Who Said It?," "Welcome to Westworld: Thandie Newton & Tessa Thompson – Analysis," "Welcome to Westworld: Thandie Newton & Tessa Thompson - Who Said It?" (HBO/Warner).
Words on Bathroom Walls
(2020) Charlie Plummer, Andy Garcia, Taylor Russell, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Molly Parker, Walton Goggins. Adam (Plummer) is a witty, introspective teen pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. When Adam is diagnosed with a mental illness, he lives in fear of being exposed -- until he meets Maya (Russell), an outspoken and fiercely intelligent girl who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Lionsgate).
(2019) An archive of '90s culture and a philosophical study of fame via the intimate video-diary of Shannon Hoon, the late lead singer of alt-rock band Blind Melon. Hoon filmed himself religiously from 1990-1995 with a video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life — his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame, and his struggle with addiction. Created solely with his own footage, voice, and music, this rare autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
(2020) Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Common, Geena Davis, Colin Farrell, Ioan Gruffudd, Joan Chen. Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Lionsgate).
Babylon Berlin: Season 3
(2020) Three-disc set with all 12 episodes. The ambitious, award-winning German series is a dizzyingly crime drama. Season 3 opens in the fall of 1929 in Berlin, during the tumultuous weeks before Black Friday’s stock market crash. Inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) and Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries) are assigned to investigate the death of an actress, only to realize that the film industry is as rotten as the underworld. In the meantime, the fascist Black Reichswehr are regathering
their forces for their next attempt to bring down democracy and provoke more clashes with the Communists. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber).
Better Call Saul: Season Five
(2020) Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Giancarlo Esposito. Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Jimmy McGill’s decision to practice law as “Saul Goodman” creates unexpected and profound waves of change throughout Albuquerque’s legal and illegal circles. Kim Wexler finds herself at a crossroads as her connection with Jimmy deepens. Wracked with guilt and regret, Mike Ehrmantraut hits rock bottom. Meanwhile, Nacho Varga tries to survive as Gus Fring’s covert war on the cartel becomes a life-and-death chess match with the mercurial and relentless Lalo Salamanca. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Cast & crew commentaries on every episode, gag reel, Mesa Verde Bank and Trust TV spots; "Ethics Training With Kim Wexler," “Crystal Balls” featurette. Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, “Tell Me Again” featurette, “The Good, The Bags and The Ugly” featurette, “Bagman - The Ambush," “Bagman - The Cannon Roll," “The Effects for This!” (Sony).
(2019) Dan Bakkedahl, Kevin Dillon, Josh Duhamel, Olivia Munn, James Roday, Dax Shepard, Nick Swardson. After six lifelong friends have a five year falling out, Bob (Duhamel), aka “The Bobfather”, reunites his pals for the Buddy Games, an insane competition of absurd physical and mental challenges with the chance to win a $150,000 pot. Now all bets are off, as the determined dudes fight, claw, and party for the big bucks. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
One hundred years after his birth, Federico Fellini still stands apart as a giant of the cinema. The Italian maestro is defined by his dualities: the sacred and the profane, the masculine and the feminine, the provincial and the urbane. He began his career working in the slice-of-life poetry of neorealism, and though he soon spun off on his own freewheeling creative axis, he never lost that grounding, evoking his dreams, memories, and obsessions in increasingly grand productions teeming with carnivalesque imagery and flights of phantasmagoric surrealism while maintaining an earthy, embodied connection to humanity. Bringing together 14 of the director’s greatest spectacles, all beautifully restored, this centenary box set is a monument to an artist who conjured a cinematic universe all his own: a vision of the world as a three-ring circus in which his innermost infatuations, fears, and fantasies take center stage.
The fifteen Blu-ray special edition collector’s set features "Variety Lights" (1950), "The White Sheik" (1952), I vitelloni" (1953), "La strada" (1954), "Il bidone" (1955), "Nights of Cabiria" (1957), "La dolce vita" (1960), "8 1/2" (1963), "Juliet of the Spirits" (1965), "Fellini Satyricon" (1969), "Roma" (1972), "Amarcord" (1973), "And the Ship Sails On" (1983) and "Intervista" (1987). Extras: New 4K restorations of 11 theatrical features, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks for all films; new digital restorations of the short film "Toby Dammit" (1968) and the television film "Fellini: A Director’s Notebook" (1969), with uncompressed monaural soundtracks; feature documentaries "Fellini: I’m a Born Liar" (2002) and "Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember" (1997), the latter presented in its 193-minute version; two-hour, four-part 1960 interview with Fellini by filmmaker André Delvaux for Belgian television; four behind-the-scenes documentaries: "Reporter’s Diary: Zoom on Fellini” (1965), "Ciao, Federico!" (1969), "The Secret Diary of Amarcord” (1974), and "Fellini racconta: On the Set of And the Ship Sails On” (1983); "Fellini racconta: Passegiatte nella memoria," a 2000 documentary featuring interviews with a late-in-life Fellini; "Giulietta Masina: The Power of a Smile," a 2004 documentary about Fellini’s wife and frequent collaborator; "Once Upon a Time: La dolce vita,” a French television documentary about the film; audio commentaries on six of the films; program from 2003 on Fellini's 1980s television advertising work; archival interviews with Fellini stars and collaborators, including Mastroianni, Sandr a Milo, Anouk Aimée, and Magali Noël; archival audio interviews by film critic Gideon Bachmann with Fellini, Mastroianni, and Fellini's friends and family; video essays; trailers. In deluxe packaging, including two lavishly illustrated books with hundreds of pages of content: notes on the films by scholar David Forgacs, essays by filmmakers Michael Almereyda, Kogonada, and Carol Morley; film critics Bilge Ebiri and Stephanie Zacharek; and novelist Colm Tóibín, and dozens of images spotlighting Don Young’s renowned collection of Fellini memorabilia. $199.96. (The Criterion Collection).
Frontline: Policing the Police 2020
(2020) A provocative journey inside one police force that's been ordered to reform by the Department of Justice: the Newark Police Department in New Jersey, which was found to have a pattern of civil rights abuses against the city's black residents. A raw and complex look at the challenge of changing how cops operate in a place like Newark: a poor city plagued by violent crime, where the victims and the perpetrators are usually black, and the police force itself is largely black and Latino. The documentary examines the difficulties of fixing a broken relationship with the community after decades of mutual mistrust. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
The Haunting of Mary Celeste
(2020) Emily Swallow, Dominic Devore, Alice Hunter, Pierre Adele, Richard Roundtree. A researcher and her crew set out to sea to prove that the disappearance of a family and crew from a merchant ship was for reasons having to do with the supernatural. Her theory, that those on the Mary Celeste vanished into a "rift" between dimensions, proves true as their boat breaks down and her crew begins to vanish one-by-one. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
He Came From the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection
Killer sharks and human jellyfish and living mummies, oh my! Arrow Video presents the first ever collection of works by William "Wild Bill" Grefé, the maverick filmmaker who braved the deep, dark depths of the Florida everglades to deliver some of the most outrageous exploitation fare ever to go-go dance its way across drive-in screens. Bringing together seven of Grefé's most outlandish features, all new to Blu-ray, "He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection" packs in a macabre menagerie of demented jellyfish men ("Sting of Death"), zombified witch doctors ("Death Curse of Tartu"), homicidal hippies ("The Hooked Generation") and seductive matrons ("The Naked Zoo") - not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids - to create one of the most wildly entertaining box-sets of all time. Seven William Grefé films, all newly restored from the best surviving film elements: "Sting of Death" (1966), "Death Curse of Tartu" (1966), "The Hooked Generation" (1968), "The Psychedelic Priest" (1971), "The Naked Zoo" (1971)," Mako: Jaws of Death" (1976) and "Whiskey Mountain" (1977). Brand new, extended version of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures’ definitive documentary "They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé." Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an extensive, never-before-published interview with William Grefé and a new foreword by the filmmaker; reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil; reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork for each of the films by The Twins of Evil; commentaries; featurettes; galleries; behind-the-scenes; more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) Martin Scorsese’s cinematic mastery is on full display in this sweeping crime saga, which serves as an elegiac summation of his six-decade career. Left behind by the world, former hit-man and union truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) looks back from a nursing home on his life’s journey through the ranks of organized crime: from his involvement with Philadelphia mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) to his association with Teamsters union head Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) to the rift that forced him to choose between the two. An intimate story of loyalty and betrayal writ large across the epic canvas of mid-20th-century American history, "The Irishman" (based on the real-life Sheeran’s confessions, as told to writer Charles Brandt for the book "I Heard You Paint Houses") is a uniquely reflective late-career triumph that balances its director’s virtuoso set pieces with a profoundly personal rumination on aging, mortality, and the decisions and regrets that shape a life.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Newly edited roundtable conversation among Scorsese and actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, originally recorded in 2019; new documentary about the making of the film featuring Scorsese, the lead actors, producers Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Jane Rosenthal, and Irwin Winkler, director of photography Rodrigo Prieto, and others from the cast and crew; new video essay written and narrated by film critic Farran Smith Nehme about "The Irishman’s" synthesis of Scorsese’s singular formal style; "The Evolution of Digital De-aging," a 2019 program on the visual effects created for the film; archival interview excerpts with Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran and International Brotherhood of Teamsters trade union leader Jimmy Hoffa; trailer and teaser; an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019 -- Russia) Jackie Chan, Jason Flemyng, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Xingtong Yao, Anna Churina, Rutger Hauer, Li Ma, Charles Dance. For the first time ever, screen legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan face off against each other in this fantasy-adventure. In order to save his homeland from certain doom, a kung fu master (Chan) must escape from the maniacal James Hook (Schwarzenegger) in order to send his daughter a secret talisman that will allow her to control a massive and mythical dragon. The globe-trotting tale – ranging from the impenetrable Tower of London to the fabled Silk Road and China’s Great Wall – also stars Rutger Hauer in one of the screen icon’s final performances.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Killing Floor
(1985) Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, Clarence Felder, Moses Gunn, Dennis Farina. Praised by The New Yorker as "a revelatory historical drama" and by The Village Voice as the most “clear-eyed account of union organizing on film,” "The Killing Floor" (1985) is the first feature film directed by Bill Duke and explores a little-known true story of an African American migrant in his struggle to help build an interracial union in the Chicago Stockyards. The screenplay by Obie Award-winner Leslie Lee is from an original story by producer Elsa Rassbach and is based on actual characters and events, tracing ethnic and class conflicts seething in the city’s giant slaughterhouses, when management efforts to divide the workforce fuel racial tensions that erupt in the deadly Chicago Race Riot of 1919. Damien Leake stars as Frank Custer, a young black sharecropper from Mississippi who lands a job on "the killing floor" of a meatpacking plant — one of tens of thousands of southern blacks who journeyed to the industrial north during World War I, hoping for more racial equality. Frank finally succeeds in bringing his wife Mattie (Alfre Woodard) and family up north, but when he decides to support the union cause, his best friends from the South, distrustful of the white-led union, turn against him. The film was shot in Chicago in 1983 by a small indie production firm in the midst of the union-busting Reagan Era just as Chicago’s first African-American mayor, Harold Washington, was elected. Available on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever in North America, the film was the Official Selection at Cannes and Winner of the 1985 Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Introduction by director Bill Duke; Q&A with Damien Leake and Elsa Rassbach; pandemic era conversations with Damien Leake, Clarence Felder and Bill Duke; "The Making of The Killing Floor" interview with producer-writer Elsa Rassbach; booklet with new essays by Professor James R. Barrett, University of Illinois and Professor Joe William Trotter, Jr., Carnegie Mellon University. (Film Movement).
(2016 -- Latvia) Elina Vaska, Andzejs Janis Lilientals, Ruta Birgere. Harsh circumstances force a resourceful and determined Latvian teen to mature beyond her years in this compelling, bittersweet coming-of-age story from first-time feature helmer-writer Renars Vimba. Following the death of their father and emigration of their mother to England to find work, 17-year-old Raya (Vaska) and her younger brother, Robis (Lilientals), are forced to share a squalid rural cottage with their paternal grandmother (Birgere), whom they despise. When Raya returns from school one day to find their grandmother dead, they uneasily bury her in the garden to avoid the local social worker who has been snooping about and go about their lives as if nothing has happened. So when a high school English competition promising a trip to London for the finalists provides hope for Raya to escape her desperate situation -- maybe even help them find her mother -- she ultimately makes a series of decisions that bring her to an unenviable crossroad. Winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Feature Film at the Berlinale.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Corinth Films).
Riders of Death Valley
(1941) Two-disc set with 14 cliffhanger episodes. This Western serial has cowboy heroes escaping various perils devised by the evil Wolfe Reade and his pack of outlaws, who wish to lay claim to the fabled Lost Aztec Mine. The stable of stars includes Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, Buck Jones, Charles Bickford, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Lon Chaney Jr., and Noah Beery Jr. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (VCI Entertainment).
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
(2019) Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, John. D Micheals. Four years after South Korea's total decimation in 2016's "Train to Busan," the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us this next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best — or worst — of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. (Well Go USA).
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for some special editions, box sets and collections.
All DVDs are screened on a reference system consisting of a
Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a
Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center),
and 50 (rear) speakers and Power 10 subwoofer.