(1963) From David Miller, the director of "Sudden Fear," "Midnight Lace," "Lonely Are the Brave" and" Executive Action," comes this realistic look at life and love inside a stateside military hospital’s psychiatric ward during World War II, starring screen great Gregory Peck. This classic comedy-drama follows the affable Captain Newman (Peck) as he uses both humor and compassion to reach patients whose wartime injuries plague their minds instead of their bodies. Co-starring Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert, Robert Duvall, Dick Sargent and Bobby Darin, this critically acclaimed film is just what the doctor ordered. Captain Newman, M.D. was nominated for three Oscars: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Darin), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Richard L. Breen, Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron) and Best Sound (Waldon O. Watson). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: new audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
Love and Monsters
Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, in which monsters have taken over the world, Joel (Dylan O'Brien) and the rest of humanity are forced to live underground. Believing he's lost everyone he has ever loved, Joel finds his high school sweetheart Aimee (Jessica Henwick) living just 80 miles away. Facing unknown dangers that stand in his way, Joel must discover his inner hero as he makes the impossible journey across a monster-infested land to be with the girl of his dreams. Vitals: Director: Michael Matthews. Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Ariana Greenblatt, Dan Ewing.
2020, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 108 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $1.07 million, Paramount.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with digital code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital.
Blu-ray extras: Deleted scenes, "Bottom of the Food Chain: The Cast of Love and Monsters," "It’s a Monster’s World: Creating a Post-Apocalyptic Landscape."
The 100: The Complete Seventh and Final Season
(2020) Three-disc set with all 16 episodes. Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. The seventh and final season opens with our heroes picking up the pieces of the society they destroyed on Sanctum. Still reeling from her mother's death, Clarke (series star Eliza Taylor), perhaps more than anyone, feels the toll of years upon years of fighting and loss. The group soon finds that maintaining order among the competing factions is no easy feat, and one that has them questioning whether their commitment to doing better was worth the price. At the same time, our heroes must contend with new obstacles on a scale beyond any that they previously experienced as they unravel the mysteries of the Anomaly. What they encounter on this epic journey pushes them to their limits both physically and emotionally, challenging their long-held conceptions of family, love, and sacrifice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner Archive).
Three Films By Luis Buñuel
More than four decades after he took a razorblade to an eyeball and shocked the world with "Un chien andalou," arch-iconoclast Luis Buñuel capped his astonishing career with three final provocations -- "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," "The Phantom of Liberty" and "That Obscure Object of Desire" -- in which his renegade, free-associating surrealism reached its audacious, self-detonating endgame. Working with such key collaborators as screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and his own frequent on-screen alter ego Fernando Rey, Buñuel laced his scathing attacks on religion, class pretension, and moral hypocrisy with savage violence to create a trio of subversive, brutally funny masterpieces that explore the absurd randomness of existence. Among the director’s most radical works as well as some of his greatest international triumphs, these films cemented his legacy as cinema’s most incendiary revolutionary. THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972): Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to a dinner that is continually delayed, their attempts to eat thwarted by vaudevillian events both actual and imagined, including terrorist attacks, military maneuvers, and ghostly apparitions. Stringing together a discontinuous, digressive series of absurdist set pieces, Buñuel and his screenwriting partner Jean-Claude Carrière send a cast of European-film greats -- including Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyrig, and Jean-Pierre Cassel -- through a maze of desire deferred, frustrated, and interrupted. THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (1974): Buñuel’s vision of the inherent absurdity of human social rituals reaches its taboo-annihilating extreme in what may be his most morally subversive and formally audacious work. Zigzagging across time and space, from the Napoleonic era to the present day, "The Phantom of Liberty" unfolds as a picaresque, its main character traveling between tableaux in a series of Dadaist non sequiturs. Unbound by the laws of narrative logic, Buñuel lets his surrealist’s id run riot in an exuberant revolt against bourgeois rationality that seems telegraphed directly from his unconscious to the screen. THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (1977): Buñuel’s final film brings full circle the director’s lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Mathieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. With subversive flair, Buñuel uses two different actors in the latter role -- Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty, and Ángela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from the surrealist favorite Pierre Louÿs’s classic erotic novel "La femme et le pantin (The Woman and the Puppet," 1898), "That Obscure Object of Desire" is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harks back to Buñuel’s avant-garde beginnings.
Formats: Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras:
"The Castaway of Providence Street," a 1971 homage to Luis Buñuel made by his longtime friends and fellow filmmakers Arturo Ripstein and Rafael Castanedo; "Speaking of Buñuel," a documentary from 2000 on Buñuel’s life and work; "Once Upon a Time: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” a 2011 television program about the making of the film; interviews from 2000 with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière on "The Phantom of Liberty" and "That Obscure Object of Desire"; archival interviews on all three films featuring Carrière, actors Stéphane Audran, Muni, Michel Piccoli, and Fernando Rey, and other key collaborators; documentary from 1985 about producer Serge Silberman, who worked with Buñuel on five of his final seven films; "Analysis of The Phantom of Liberty" from 2017 by film scholar Peter William Evans; "Lady Doubles," a 2017 documentary featuring actors Carole Bouquet and Ángela Molina, who share the role of Conchita in "That Obscure Object of Desire"; "Portrait of an Impatient Filmmaker, Luis Buñuel," a 2012 short documentary featuring director of photography Edmond Richard and assistant director Pierre Lary; excerpts from Jacques de Baroncelli’s 1929 silent film "La femme et le pantin," an adaptation of Pierre Louÿs’s 1898 novel of the same name, on which "That Obscure Object of Desire" is also based; alternate English-dubbed soundtrack for "That Obscure Object of Desire"; trailers; essays by critic Adrian Martin and novelist and critic Gary Indiana, along with interviews with Buñuel by critics José de la Colina and Tomás Pérez Turrent. (The Criterion Collection).
12 Hour Shift
(2020) Angela Bettis, Chloe Farnworth, Nikea Gamby-Turner, David Arquette. Set in a small-town Arkansas hospital in 1999, the film follows Mandy (Bettis) a drug-addicted nurse who gets caught in the middle of a black market organ-trading scheme after her ruthless cousin, Regina (Farnworth), misplaces a kidney scheduled for delivery that night. Death soon descends on the hospital as a mob boss and an injured convict (Arquette) terrorize patients, while Mandy and Regina scramble to replace the lost organ by any means necessary. Nothing is off the table and every patient is at risk as Mandy fights to restore order and appease the ruthless black market bosses.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2020) Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan, Lea Salonga. A Filipina teen from a small Texas town fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has ever known. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Sony).
(2021) Luke Bracey, Michiel Huisman, Nick Stahl, Agnieszka Grochowska. Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski ("Saving Private Ryan") directs this intense thriller about the brutal struggle for success. Desperate for cash, entrepreneurs Scott (Bracey) and Nicky (Huisman) turn to Russian mobster Yuri (Stahl). After they refuse the funding he offers, Yuri gets revenge by trying to take over their construction project. The partners are terrified, until Nicky’s tough Russian girlfriend, Ana, decides to take action herself.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2020) In 1840s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.
Vitals: Director: Francis Lee. Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu, Fiona Shaw.
2020, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.160 million, Universal.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "The Making of Ammonite."
(2021) Camden Toy, Jason Sedillo, Caitlin Rose Williams, Akasha Villalobos, Taylor James Johnson, Roman Garcia. Former superheroes must come out of retirement to fight evil once again. When Lord Menace returns from the dead to terrorize San Antonio, TX, the old superhero gang must reassemble to save the city. Unfortunately, the superheroes have sat comfortably in retirement since their last group adventure and normal day-to-day responsibilities have taken precedent. Now toting families, day jobs and excess weight gain, they have to learn how to come together and fight otherworldly evil again. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
(2020) Kearsten Johansson, Gavin R. Downes, Sean Rey, Sebastian Deery. After trying a new version of the drug Changa, Maryssa (Johansson) finds herself transported to a dimension in hell where the demon, Belial (Gavin R. Downes, Still Me), latches onto her. Through Maryssa, Belial claws his way out from the depths of hell by slaughtering her friends, one-by-one.
Formats: DVD. (Indican Pictures).
(2019) Exploring the complexities of obesity and weight loss, this documentary follows the epic journey of five men who must create healthier lifestyles or risk losing their lives. With free resources from a team of professionals, the documentary subjects attempt to lose between 100 and 200 pounds each over the course of a year. Watch as It’s Huge attempts to begin a global movement towards healthy living along with a broader perspective on the obesity risks that 70 percent of the American population is currently faced with. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
Jonathan Scott's Power Trip
(2020) Solar is a bountiful, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective source of energy, but fossil fuel monopolies, with the help of their government allies and groups funded by the Koch brothers, are stifling the growth of renewables to protect their own wealth and control. Jonathan Scott, the famed HGTV “Property Brothers” personality, is on a mission to dismantle this system. This documentary is an exploration into the production of energy, something taken for granted but crucial to everyday living, and takes us across the USA to learn the obstacles and opportunities for achieving energy freedom. Scott's path from celebrity contractor to energy choice activist began in 2015 when he decided to install solar panels on his own home in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of the sunniest areas in the world. As he was in the process of the installation, Nevada's Public Utility Commission, in an effort to suppress the competition, slashed reimbursements for selling excess electricity back to the grid, effectively killing the fast-growing industry in Nevada. Scott soon discovers that Nevada is not alone, as he investigates stories of solar suppression in California, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and beyond. When an attempt to approach the fight on a federal level fails, Scott is encouraged to find specific examples of how solar is helping to improve the lives of ordinary Americans on a daily basis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (MPI Media Group).
(2019) Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell, Jonathan Majors. Stanley (Hunnam) and Lion (O’Connell) are two brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing. When Stanley fails to pay back a dangerous crime boss (Majors), they’re forced to deliver an unexpected traveler as they journey across the country for a high stakes fighting tournament. While Stanley trains Lion for the fight of his life, a series of events threaten to tear the brothers apart, but their love for one another and belief in a better life keep them going in this gripping drama that proves family pulls no punches. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Paramount).
Legacies: The Complete Second Season
(2019-20) All 16 episodes. Last season, the supernatural students at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted and their beloved headmaster, Dr. Alaric Saltzman, came face-to-face with a stunning assortment of monsters and mythological creatures. A dragon. A gargoyle. The Headless Horseman. Making matters even worse, Malivore, the ancient evil they all serve, was found to have a shocking connection to one of their own – Landon Kirby. But Hope Mikaelson, the only tribrid in existence, sacrificed herself to save the boy and the school she loves. As a result, when Season Two begins, no one remembers Hope ... and she must decide whether to return to the school that has become her home and the friends who have become her family or move on without them and face the Malivore monsters on her own. Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
Lena & Snowball
(2021) Robert Knepper, Wade Williams, Melissa Collazo. Bullied at school and lonely at home, Lena keeps hoping she’ll have a true friend someday. One afternoon, her dreams come true — in the shape of a cuddly white lion cub! Lena tries to keep playful Snowball out of trouble, but the clumsy poachers who kidnapped the valuable cub, and the cruel trophy collector who paid for him, are desperate to get him back. As Lena races to rescue poor Snowball, her new friend Jake will do anything to help.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Lupin III: The First
(2019) Introduces the beloved characters in CG animation for the first time. The iconic “gentleman thief” returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning caper, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made "Lupin the 3rd" one of the most storied animation franchises in the world. This release will be presented in both the original Japanese version and a new English dubbed version. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Steelbook Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: CG model gallery, animation breakdown, yellow carpet premiere, theatrical trailers and promos.Blu-ray adds Interviews with director and Japanese cast, English voice cast reunion. (GKIDS/Shout Factory).
Manifest: The Complete Second Season
(2020) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. In this supernatural drama, a commercial plane inexplicably disappears on a transoceanic flight and, more mysteriously, returns five years after being presumed lost at sea. While only hours have passed for those on the flight, years have gone by for their loved ones at home who have learned to live with their losses. As the passengers and flight crew wrestle with their interrupted lives and relationships, the government continues to investigate the anomaly. Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
Minding the Gap
(2018) This extraordinary debut from documentarian Bing Liu weaves a story of skateboarding, friendship, and fathers and sons into a coming-of-age journey of courageous vulnerability. Over the course of several years and with his camera always at the ready, Liu records the rocky paths into adulthood of Keire and Zack, two friends from his own skateboarding community in Rockford, Illinois. As he does so, deeper parallels gradually emerge that ultimately draw the filmmaker into a heartrending confrontation with his own past. With an eye for images of exhilarating poetry and a keen emotional sensitivity, "Minding the Gap" is a powerfully cathartic portrait of fledgling lives forged in trauma and fighting to break free.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital master, approved by director Bing Liu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary featuring Liu and documentary subjects Keire Johnson and Zack Mulligan; new follow-up conversation between Liu and documentary subject Nina Bowgren; new programs featuring interviews with professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and with Liu, "Minding the Gap" executive producer Gordon Quinn, and producer Diane Quon; four outtake scenes with introductions by Liu; "Nu?c" (2010), a short film by Liu about two Vietnamese immigrants growing up American; trailer; an essay by critic Jay Caspian Kang. (The Criterion Collection).
(1994 -- Hungary) One of the greatest achievements in recent art-house cinema and a seminal work of “slow cinema,” director Béla Tarr’s "Sátántangó," based on the novel by László Krasznahorkai, follows the members of a humble agricultural community living in a bleak and punishing backwater after the fall of Communism. As a few of the villagers secretly conspire to take off with all of the community's annual earnings for themselves, a mysterious messiah, long thought dead, returns to the village and alters the course of everyone’s lives forever. Shot in stunning black-and-white by Gábor Medvigy and filled with exquisitely composed long takes, "Sátántangó" unfolds in 12 distinct movements, alternating forwards and backward in time, echoing the structure of tango dance. Tarr’s vision, aided by long-time partner and collaborator Ágnes Hranitzky, is enthralling and his portrayal of rural Hungary beset by drunken revelry, treachery, and near-perpetual rainfall is both transfixing and uncompromising. 4K restoration from the original negative and sound materials.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New video interview “A Sense of Rhythm” with composer and actor Mihály Víg; new video essay “Orders of Time in Motion” by Kevin B. Lee; 2007 archival interview with director Béla Tarr; theatrical trailer; new essay “How to Watch Sátántangó” by Janice Lee and Jared Woodland.
(2020) Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine. While flying to his father's funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise's (Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
(1952) In this rediscovered masterpiece of film noir directed by David Miller ("Midnight Lace," "Lonely Are the Brave" and" Executive Action"), Joan Crawford plays a successful playwright who marries a less than stellar actor (Jack Palance) with a troubling secret. She soon discovers that he not only married her for her money but that he plans to murder her with the help of his lover (Gloria Grahame). Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Crawford), Best Supporting Actor (Palance) and Best Black & White Cinematography (Charles Lang Jr.), this taut thriller also features a score by Elmer Bernstein that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Formats: DVD. (Cohen Film Collection).
Twilight Zone: Season Two
(2020) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes. This updated version of Rod Sterling’s 1959 classic series consists of tales revolving around science fiction, mystery, and horror. Each episode features its own mind-bending and insane journey into a different dimension filled with endless possibilities. The conscious storytelling consists of a standout cast that includes Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani, Seth Rogen, Tracy Morgan, John Cho, Zazie Beatz, and many others. This modern take is hosted by Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Jordan Peele.
Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(2020) Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robbie Jones, Wood Harris, Lauren London, Deborah Ayorinde, Rocsi Diaz, Vanessa Curry, Loretta Devine, Joely Fisher. Nicole Taylor, a successful criminal prosecutor with both beauty and brains, has everything going right – until it all goes wrong. When Nicole's childhood friends begin to die under mysterious circumstances, she becomes convinced their deaths are tied to dark secrets from her past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment).
Bartender: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
(2006 -- Japan) Cult-favorite anime anthology series makes its North American Blu-ray debut. The Anniversary Collector’s Edition comes housed in an elegant home entertainment packaging which collects all 11 episodes of the series and bonus content in a two-disc Blu-ray set, with nine cocktail recipe cards and four collectible coasters. Situated in the Ginza district of Tokyo is the Eden Hall, a quiet bar that few people manage to come across. It is run by the legendary bartender Ryu Sasakura, a genius at mixing the right drink for the right customer. Throughout his period at Eden Hall, customers from all walks of life, carrying all sorts of burdens, arrive for a godly glass at the Hall and a kind word with Ryu, both of which assist in clearing their problems up and reviving them for another go at life. Based on the best-selling Japanese manga of the same name by Araki Joh and illustrated by Kenji Nagatomo. Formats:
The Cleansing Hour
(2019) Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis. Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams “live exorcisms” watched by millions around the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But their fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage. In front of a rapidly growing audience, the demon subjects the crew to a series of violent challenges, threatening to expose the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other unless they come clean and reveal they’re impostors before the show is over. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director commentary, "On the Set of The Cleansing Hour," "The Cleansing Hour Short Film." (RLJE Films).
(2020) Kyle Marvin, Michael Angelo Covino, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt, Judith Godreche. An oftentimes awkward examination of the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Filmmaker commentary, original short film, deleted & alternate scenes.
A Cold Hard Truth
(2019) Simone Missick, Dorian Missick, Michael Beach, Shanola Hampton. After his cousin, Lanie Cooper (Missick), commits suicide, journalist Stewart Cooper (Missick) begins to unravel a web of shaming, lies, and secrets. Following the leads he discovers the involvement of the police, his cousin’s ex and the man she had an affair with – her church pastor, Kenneth Little (Beach). Driven by his own emotional turmoil, he turns the tables on them all to avenge his cousin’s demise. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
(2020) Finn Cole, Margot Robbie, Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon, Darby Camp. Set during the Great Depression, Eugene Evans (Cole) dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber (Robbie). Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he’s ever loved. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
Giant from the Unknown
(1958) Dr. Frederick Cleveland (Morris Ankrum) and his daughter Janet (Sally Fraser) are joined by scientific researcher Wayne Brooks (Ed Kemmer) in the pursuit of ancient artifacts from Vargas, a giant 500-year-old Spanish conquistador. When a lightning storm interrupts heir search, the team finds much more than artifacts when the long-lost Vargas returns to life, with a murderous rage and an axe to grind. Resurrected from the original camera negative with a stunning 4K transfer. A Limited-Edition Giant Cult Film Box Set (DVD or Blu-ray) features exclusive collectibles that will thrill any cult classic tfilm fan, including a 13-month cult film calendar, bookmark, magnet, custom playing card deck and lapel pin inspired by Vargas the Giant himself. Each box set will also include a surprise, TFD Vault cult film, recently restored from the original camera negative in stunning 4K and a one-year subscription to The Film Detective app, unlocking thousands of classic film and television titles available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with author/historian Tom Weaver and guests; audio commentary with co-star Gary Crutcher; "You're a B-Movie Star, Charlie Brown," an all-new interview with actor/screenwriter Gary Crutcher; "The Man With A Badge: Bob Steele in the 1950s," an all-new interview with author/film historian C. Courtney Joyner; original trailer; Blu-ray collector's booklet with still gallery and liner notes by Tom Weaver. (The Film Detective).
JSA: Joint Security Area
(2000) Before "Oldboy," before "The Handmaiden," visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook helmed this gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war. Gunfire breaks out in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, leaving two North Korean soldiers dead while a wounded South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-hun) flees to safety. With the tenuous peace between the two warring nations on a knife-edge, a neutral team of investigators, headed by Swiss Army Major Sophie Jean (Lee Young-ae), is dispatched to question both sides to determine what really happened under cover of darkness out in no-man's land. The recipient of multiple accolades, including Best Film at South Korea's 2001 Grand Bell Awards, "JSA - Joint Security Area" showcases Park's iconic style in an embryonic form, and demonstrates that humanity and common purpose can be found in the most unlikely places. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by writer and critic Simon Ward; isolated music and effects track; newly recorded video interview with Asian cinema expert Jasper Sharp; "The JSA Story" and "Making the Film," two archival featurettes on the film’s production; "About JSA," a series of archival introductions to the film by members of the cast; behind the scenes montage; opening ceremony footage; two music videos: "Letter from a Private" and "Take the Power Back"; theatrical trailer; TV spot; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Kieran Fisher. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Kid Detective
(2020) Adam Brody, Sophie Nélisse, Tzi Ma, Wendy Crewson, Sarah Sutherland. A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naïve client brings him his first adult case -- to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Sony).
(2020) Scott Adkins, John Hannah, Tommy Flanagan, Lashana Lynch. When teen gamer Sarah finds an “easter egg” and accidentally opens a portal into her favorite side-scroller, she becomes trapped in a notorious intergalactic prison, home to the galaxy’s most dangerous villains. To escape, she must finish the game with a little help from her not-so-savvy friend on the outside...or remain a 16-bit character forever.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese
(2019) In 1975, in an America defined by both the self-mythologizing pomp of the upcoming bicentennial and ongoing sociopolitical turmoil, Bob Dylan and a band of troubadours --including luminaries such as Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and Joni Mitchell -- embarked on a now-legendary tour known as the Rolling Thunder Revue, a freewheeling variety show that was part traveling counterculture carnival, part spiritual pilgrimage. Director Martin Scorsese blends behind-the-scenes archival footage, interviews, and narrative mischief, with a magician’s sleight of hand, into a zeitgeist-defining cultural record that is as much a concert “documentary” as it is a slippery, chimerical investigation into memory, time, truth, and illusion. At the center of it all is the magnetic Dylan, a sphinxlike philosopher-poet singing, with electrifying conviction, to the soul of an anxious nation.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital transfer, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with Scorsese, editor David Tedeschi, and writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman; restored footage of never-before-seen Rolling Thunder Revue performances of “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” and “Romance in Durango,” and of a never-before-seen cut of “Tangled Up in Blue”; trailer; an essay by novelist Dana Spiotta and writing from the Rolling Thunder Revue tour by author Sam Shepard and poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. (The Criterion Collection).
Shusenjo: Comfort Women and Japan's War on History
(2019 -- Japan) One of the most heated issues in Japan and Asia today is over something that occurred 80 years ago: the Japanese Imperial Army's sexual enslavement of an estimated tens of thousands of Korean women and others in military brothels during World War II. Many nationalist Japanese conservatives, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (with the surprising support of Western media influencers), believe the women were willing prostitutes, not "sex slaves," and that the estimated number is far smaller than are claimed. But contemporary historians, activists and – most significantly – the surviving victims and their families, believe otherwise; the denial of their suffering so long ago has created an entirely new trauma. Director Miki Dezaki, a second-generation Japanese American who learned about comfort women from his Japanese immigrant parents, questions why accounts in the Western media have often sided with the Nationalists. With a keen eye for detail and precision, he interviews historians, advocates and lawyers who discuss the evidence: historical documents related to the Japanese military's direct role in managing the brothels, and harrowing testimonies by former comfort women. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
(2017 -- Russia) Konstantin Khabenskiy, Evgeniy Mironov, Aleksandra Ursulyak, Elena Panova. In the heat of the Cold War, the USSR and USA compete for supremacy in outer space. Both superpowers race to be the first nation to have a man complete a spacewalk. No price is too high and no risk is too great. To set off one of man kind's most ambitious missions, the USSR pair the unlikely duo of a seasoned war veteran, Pavel Belyayev, and a fearless test-pilot, Alexei Leonov. Without proper testing, and inside a tiny spaceship, the two astronauts launch into the unknown to take on what no man has done before.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (MPI Media Group).
(2019 -- Canada) Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte, Ty Wood, Chandra West, Lochlyn Munro. A same-sex couple moves to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life as they raise their 16-year-old daughter. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighborhood. And when they see that the folks next door are throwing a very strange party, being the new family in town suddenly feels extremely dangerous. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
Toys of Terror
(2020) Kyana Teresa, Georgia Waters, Verity Marks, Dayo Ade, Saul Elias, Zoe Fish. Just before Christmas, young Zoe, her brother Franklin and their family move into a secluded mansion with a dark past. While the adults focus on renovating the place, the bored kids find a toy chest hidden in the attic, and are delighted when the toys inside magically come to life. But bizarre events soon begin to take place - events that threaten the family's lives. As the special day dawns with gifts piled under the tree, the body count rises and the blood starts to flow. This original "scary-tale" will have the kids screaming for the holidays!
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Toys of Terror Come to Life," "A Terrifying Weekend: Making of Toys of Terror." (Warner).
(2020) Aaron Eckhart, Katheryn Winnick, Heather Graham, Tommy Lee Jones. Thriller follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same "conspiracy cover up" that caused the death of his daughter.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
Welcome to Chechnya
(2020) A powerful,eye-opening documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya. With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, the documentary puts a glaring spotlight on the Russian republic as reports of gay and bisexual men being abducted, tortured, beaten and even killed at the hands of authorities started coming to the forefront.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Music Box Films).
(1977 -- The Soviet Union) The crowning triumph of a career cut tragically short, Larisa Shepitko’s final film won the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival and went on to be hailed as one of the finest works of late-Soviet cinema. In the darkest days of World War II, two partisans set out for supplies to sustain their beleaguered outfit, braving the blizzard-swept landscape of Nazi-occupied Belarus. When they fall into the hands of German forces and come face-to-face with death, each must choose between martyrdom and betrayal, in a spiritual ordeal that lifts the film’s earthy drama to the plane of religious allegory. With stark, visceral cinematography that pits blinding white snow against pitch-black despair, The Ascent finds poetry and transcendence in the harrowing trials of war.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-rayExtras: New selected-scene commentary featuring film scholar Daniel Bird; new video introduction by Anton Klimov, son of director Larisa Shepitko and filmmaker Elem Klimov; new interview with actor Lyudmila Polyakova; "The Homeland of Electricity," a 1967 short film by Shepitko; "Larisa," a 1980 short film tribute to his late wife by Klimov; two documentaries from 2012 about Shepitko’s life, work, and relationship with Klimov; program from 1999 featuring an interview with Shepitko; an essay by poet Fanny Howe. (The Criterion Collection).
Batman: Soul of the Dragon
(2021) Latest in the popular series of animated feature-length DC Universe Movies. Set in the midst of the swinging 1970s, this Elseworlds adventure finds Bruce Wayne training under a master sensei. It is here that Bruce, along with other elite students, is forged in the fire of the martial arts discipline. The lifelong bonds they form will be put to the test when a deadly menace arises from their past. It will take the combined efforts of Batman, world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva, and their mentor O-Sensei to battle the monsters of this world and beyond!
Formats: Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Batman – Raw Groove" featurette; "Producer Jim Krieg’s Far Out Highlights" featurette; "A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie" advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection, "Justice Society: World War II"; "Look Back: Superman: Red Son" featurette; "Look Back: Batman: Gotham By Gaslight" featurette; " "From the DC Vault: Batman: The Animated Series, Day of the Samurai"; "From the DC Vault: Batman: The Animated Series, Night of the Ninja.” (Warner).
Born a Champion
(2021) Sean Patrick Flanery, Katrina Bowden, Dennis Quaid. After a blood-soaked jujitsu match in Dubai, fighting legend Mickey Kelley (Flanery) falls to superstar Blaine. But years later, an online video proves that Blaine cheated, and the world demands a rematch. Can the aging underdog get back into shape in time to vanquish his foe, get revenge, and claim his prize?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director’s commentary, two scenes with alternate music scores. (Lionsgate).
(2020) Desperate for a friend, Oliver (Azhy Robertson), a lonely boy who feels different from everyone else, seeks solace and refuge in his ever-present cell phone and tablet. When a mysterious creature uses Oliver’s devices against him to break into our world, Oliver’s parents (Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.) must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen.
Vitals: Director: Jacob Chase. Stars: Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr., Azhy Robertson, Winslow Fegley.
2020, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Horror, Box office gross: $9.584 million, Universal.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with digital code, VOD, Digital.
The Court Jester 65th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1956) The outrageous comedy was originally shot in Paramount’s trademark “VistaVision” widescreen format, capturing a grander scope of information on the film negative. For this new restoration, the original negative was scanned at 6K and one of the “separation masters” was also scanned and recombined with the negative scans to address color fading in the negative. The result is an incredibly vibrant picture that faithfully captures the colors and textures of Edith Head’s sensational costumes and Hal Pariera’s sparkling art direction. Danny Kaye earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical for his leading role in this comic farce, which was added to the National Film Registry in 2004 and included on the AFI’s list of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time. The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. Danny Kaye is the kind-hearted entertainer Hawkins who disguises himself as the legendary king of court jesters, Giacomo, to help a Robin-Hood-like The Fox unseat an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful King. Hawkins infiltrates the usurper's court, headed up by an evil villain (Basil Rathbone), but when a sorceress hypnotizes him, royal chaos ensues. Alternating identities at the snap of a finger, between swordplay and wordplay, Kaye’s comic genius shines through. The stellar supporting cast includes Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury, Mildred Natwick, Cecil Parker, and John Carradine. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital copy. Extras: "Filmmaker Focus" with film historian Leonard Maltin, theatrical trailer. (Paramount Presents).
Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season
(2020) All nine episodes. DC's strangest group of Super Heroes are back again to save the world – that is if they can find a way to grow up … both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the DOOM PATROL now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff's toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage. As each Super Hero faces the challenge of moving beyond trauma and failure, they must come together to protect the newest family member, Niles’ daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "The Transformers: Doom Patrol’s Make-up FX," "Doom Patrol – Come Visit Georgia PSA." (Warner).
(2003) Jared Barsky, Gary Betsworth, Ray Bland. Over the course of seven years, three short films about the brutal dissolution of the American family – "Cutting Moments" (1997), "Home" (1998), and "Prologue" (2003) -- elicited both horrified gasps and standing ovations at film festivals around the world. When combined into a theatrical feature, this trilogy by writer/producer/director/editor Douglas Buck -- whose directing credits would eventually include the "Sisters" remake and "The Accident" segment of "The Theatre Bizarre" -– was hailed as “nightmarish” (The New York Times), “like Todd Solondz on crack” (Digitally Obsessed) and “the most chilling portrait of the loss of humanity in the manicured lawns of Middle America ever made” (LA Weekly). All three scanned in 2k from the original negatives. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with director Douglas Buck; commentary with film writer Maitland McDonagh; early short film "After All"; "Cutting Moments" interviews, Circa 1998; "That’s Dark" podcast on "Cutting Moments with interview with Buck; deleted scene; behind the scenes; stills galleries; trailer. (Severin Films).
(2020) To save his declining business, Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson), also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly-skilled assassin (Walton Goggins), hired by a precocious 12-year-old after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. 'Tis the season for Fatman to get even, in the action-comedy that keeps on giving.
Vitals: Stars: Walton Goggins, Mel Gibson, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Chance Hurstfield, Shaun Benson, Paulino Nunes, Mark Day, Deborah Grover, Michelle Lang, Robert Bockstael.
CC, MPAA rating: R, 99 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $.192 million, Paramount.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season
(2020) All 10 episodes of the series set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and centering on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series and the film from Academy Award-winner Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”). Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Overview. "Class Warfare," "Jennifer & Daveed" behind-the-scenes Interview, "The Train," "Behind the Curtain: Art of the Frozen World." (Warner).
(2006) In 2001, writer-director Richard Kelly achieved cult status with "Donnie Darko," an assured debut feature exploring deep existential questions through the lens of 80s nostalgia. Five years later, he followed up with a more ambitious and even more beguiling sophomore effort, in which forces of totalitarianism and anarchism collide against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic, near-future world -- the beguiling and baffling "Southland Tales." Los Angeles, 2008. As the city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental chaos, the fates of an eclectic set of characters -- including an amnesia-stricken action star (Dwayne Johnson), an adult film star developing her own reality TV project (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and a police officer whose identity has split in two (Seann William Scott) -- intertwine with each other and with the whole of humanity. A darkly comic futuristic epic that speaks as presciently to our turbulent times as it did to the American socio-political climate in 2006, "Southland Tales" receives a fresh -- and timely -- lease of life with this new, director-approved restoration. New 2K restoration by Arrow Films, approved by Kelly and director of photography Steven Poster. Includes both versions of the film: the 145-minute theatrical cut and the 160-minute “Cannes cut,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary on the theatrical cut by Richard Kelly; "It’s a Madcap World: The Making of an Unfinished Film," a new in-depth retrospective documentary on the film, featuring contributions by Richard Kelly and members of the original crew; "USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland," an archival featurette on the making of the film, featuring interviews with the cast and crew; "This is the Way the World Ends," an archival animated short set in the Southland Tales universe; theatrical trailer; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey; limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Peter Tonguette and Simon Ward. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Swimmer - Deluxe Edition
(1968) In one of his finest performances, Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merrill, a man who confronts his destiny by swimming home, pool by pool, through the suburban nightmare of upper-class East Coast society. Based on the acclaimed short story by John Cheever, and directed by Frank Perry ("Diary of a Mad Housewife," "Mommie Dearest"), "The Swimmer" is a film like no other, a feature-length "Twilight Zone" episode by way of The New Yorker. Co-stars Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Joan Rivers. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo in a new digital restoration created from 4K scans, with original soundtrack CD album by Marvin Hamlisch, newly remastered in stunning 24 bit/192khz sound from the original master tapes. Extras: "The Story of The Swimmer" new, five-part, 2-1/2 hour documentary by Oscar-winner Chris Innis featuring in-depth interviews with stars Janet Landgard, Joan Rivers and Marge Champion, composer Marvin Hamlisch, film editor Sidney Katz, assistant directors Michael Hertzberg and Ted Zachary, UCLA Olympic swim coach Bob Horn, and Joanna Lancaster; the original New Yorker short story read by author John Cheever; 12-page booklet with liner notes by legendary director Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator"), rare production stills from the lost alternate scenes, extensive still galleries, trailers, TV spots. (Grindhouse Releasing).
(2020) Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton, Ally Ioannides. When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Mackie) and Dennis (Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality—and the flow of time itself.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with directors and producer, making-of featurette, previsualization, VFX breakdown, deleted scene, alternate ending. (Well Go USA).
Tales of the Uncanny
(2020) When Covid-19 hit, Severin Films chief David Gregory and "House Of Psychotic Women" author Kier-La Janisse decided to ask their industry friends which Top 5 films and segments would make the ultimate horror anthology. The result became an international Zoom-enabled documentary featuring Eli Roth, Joe Dante, Greg Nicotero, Mark Hartley, Mick Garris, Ernest Dickerson, Joko Anwar, Ramsey Campbell, David DeCoteau, Kim Newman, Jovanka Vuckovic, Luigi Cozzi, Tom Savini, Jenn Wexler, Larry Fessenden, Richard Stanley, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Brian Yuzna, Gary Sherman, Rebekah McKendry and Roger Corman in a candid discussion of the best portmanteaus in film/TV history. As a Bonus, Severin has included the rarely-seen 1919 German compendium "Eerie Tales" and the thought-lost 1949 French/Belgian anthology "Histories ExtraordinairE/Unusual Tales." Formats: Blu-ray. (Severin Films).
The Theatre Bizarre
(2011) The concept was unprecedented: enlist seven of horror’s most transgressive filmmakers -- Douglas Buck ("Family Portraits"), Buddy Giovinazzo ("Combat Shock"), David Gregory ("Plague Town"), Karim Hussain ("Subconscious Cruelty"), Jeremy Kasten ("The Attic Expeditions"), splatter FX legend Tom Savini and Richard Stanley ("Hardware") -- and give them total creative freedom to create their own short films inspired by the Grand Guignol. The result --starring genre icons like Udo Kier, Catriona MacColl, Lynn Lowry and Debbie Rocho -– has been called “wildly unique” (Dread Central), “hilarious, grotesque and scary” (Bloody Disgusting) and “one of the best horror anthologies of all time” (Paste). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: 2020 filmmakers audio commentary; 2012 filmmakers audio commentary; "Backstage: The Making of The Theatre Bizarre" new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with directors Douglas Buck, Buddy Giovinazzo, David Gregory, Karim Hussain, Jeremy Kasten, Tom Savini, Richard Stanley, producers Daryl J. Tucker, Fabrice Lambot, Michael Ruggiero, actors Udo Kier, Catriona MacColl, Lynn Lowry, Victoria Maurette, Kaniehtiio Horn and more; French TV On-Set Report on Richard Stanley's Return to Genre Filmmaking; trailers; more. (Severin Films).
You: The Complete Second Season
(2019) All 10 episodes. Bookstore clerk Joe transplants his tongue-in-cheek attitude regarding modern dating, social media and obsessive love from New York to Los Angeles in Season Two of the surprise hit series. In a new city with a new identity and object of desire – the aptly named Love – Joe, now known as Will, attempts to turn over a new leaf in a city that admires the young, the beautiful and the rich. But Will soon discovers that Love’s life is even more complicated than his own ... and the twists just keep on coming. FFormats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
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