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Tuesday, March 12 -- Monday, March 18

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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward

    photo for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward At the end of the first film ("Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"), the powerful Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. Vitals: Director: David Yates. Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol,Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Carmen Ejogo. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 134 min., Fantasy Adventure, Box office gross: $159.165 million, Warner. Extras: "J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed," "Wizards on Screen, Fans in Real Life," "Distinctly Dumbledore," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: The Return to Hogwarts," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Newt’s Menagerie," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Credence, Nagini and the Circus Arcanus," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Paris and Place Cachée," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Ministere des Affaires magiques," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Grindelwald’s Escape and the Ring Of Fire," deleted scenes. 2 stars


  • Green Book

    photo for Green Book Inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Vitals: Director: Peter Farrelly. Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 130 min., Drama, Box office gross: $49.078 million, Universal. Extras: "Virtuoso Performances" behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali; "An Unforgettable Friendship" featurette; "Going Beyond the Green Book" featurette. 3 stars

  • Mortal Engines

    photo for Mortal Engines Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) -- who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London -- finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future. Vitals: Director: Christian Rivers. Stars: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Joel Tobeck, Frankie Adams, Colin Salmon. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 128 min., Sci-Fi Fantasy, Box office gross: $15.951 million, Universal. Extras: "End of the Ancients," "Character Series," "Welcome to London," "In the Air," "Film New Zealand," feature commentary with director Christian Rivers. 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    March 11:

    Manhunt: Based upon the memoirs of former London Metropolitan police detective DCI Colin Sutton, the three-part feature length series is the real-life story of how the murder of French National Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004, was eventually linked to two other murders. (Acorn TV only)

    March 12:

    A.I. Rising: On a lonely mission to Alpha Centauri, an intimate relationship between a human and an android tests the boundaries of human nature. (DVD: Day & date)

    Glorious Seven: Ex-military commander David Guerra is hired by a shady millionaire to rescue his wife, who was kidnapped by the leader of a guerrilla group. Guerra hires six of his former special forces comrades to join him on the mission. (DVD release: Day & date)

    If Beale Street Could Talk: From Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins, adapted from James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, comes this timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem. Newly engaged 19-year-old Tish and her fiancé Fonny have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 26)

    The Last Man: In this chilling dystopian thriller, Hayden Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question — but local street prophet Noe (Harvey Keitel) says it’ll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    Marquise: Sophie Marceau stars as a beguiling street performer who seduces her way into Moliere’s theatre troupe in this rollicking period dramedy set in 17th century France. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    Mary Poppins Returns: Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 19)

    Piercing: In this twisted love story, a man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & Date)

    Second Act: A big box store worker (Jennifer Lopez), struggling with the frustrations of not having achieved more in life, reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 26)

    Vice: Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in this epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Co-starring Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, "Vice" is a darkly comic look behind the scenes of American politics. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 2)

    Welcome to Acapulco: A video game designer gets involved in an international conspiracy while on his way to the Video Game Awards in New Mexico. (Digital only)

    March 15:

    Iceman: In 1991, a melting glacier revealed the body of a man. At first, people assumed he was a hiker. But then scientists discovered that he'd been dead for over five thousand years. This is his story. (VOD only)

    Mission of Honor: Based on a true story, the film follows the brave pilots of Squadron 303, a group of fighter pilots enlisted by the British Royal Airforce after a war-torn Europe has been ransacked by the Germans during WWII. (Digital only)

    Triple Frontier: A group of former Special Forces operatives (Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal) reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. (Theatrical/Netflix)

    March 18:

    The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley: Academy Award winner Alex Gibney directs a documentary investigating the rise and fall of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes that was going to revolutionize healthcare by devising blood tests that only needed very small amounts of blood. In 2014, Theranos was valued at $9 billion, making Holmes, who was touted as “the next Steve Jobs,” the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. Just two years later, Theranos was cited as a “massive fraud” by the SEC, and its value was less than zero. (HBO Streaming, VOD only)

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    All DVD Releases

    photo for The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends: The Complete Series The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends: The Complete Series (1959-1964) "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends" introduced some of the most unforgettable characters in TV history. Premiering in 1959 from Jay Ward Productions, the original series was comprised of 163 episodes featuring Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, Aesop and Son, Fractured Fairy Tales, Peabody's Improbable History and more. Starring Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, Natasha, Dudley Do-Right, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, this comprehensive 18-disc collection includes every unforgettable adventure, insightful bonus features and an episode guide. The series was officially known as "Rocky and His Friends" from 1959 to 1961, "The Bullwinkle Show" from 1961 to 1964, and "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" (or "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" or "The Adventures of Bullwinkle and Rocky") in syndication. Formats: DVD. (Universal).

    Ancient Aliens: Season 11, Volume 2 (2016) Two-disc set with nine episodes. This season explores incredible new developments in the search for evidence of extraterrestrial contact in our distant past -- and even today. In Egypt, new technology has detected a previously unknown void in the Great Pyramid; on the island of Sardinia, ancient statues of giants with robotic faces are being shown to the public for the first time; and, in the north of England, scientists claim to have discovered what could be biological evidence of alien life. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

    A.I. Rising (2019 -- Serbia) Stoya, Sebastian Cavazza, Maruša Majer. On a lonely mission to Alpha Centauri, Sebastian is teamed up with Nimani 1345, a female cyborg designed to fulfill his every need. At first thrilled to be able to control her, Sebastian grows tired of having his desires fulfilled so easily. Longing for human intimacy, Sebastian alters Nimani’s programmed responses, but in doing so he risks the mission’s security — and his own life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

    And Then There Was Eve (2018) Karan Soni, Tania Nolan, Rachel Crowl, Mary Holland. Alyssa, a successful photographer, wakes one morning to find her apartment ransacked and her husband mysteriously missing. Left without even a photograph to offer the police, she turns to his colleague Eve, a talented jazz pianist with a flirtatious charm and disarming grace. Eve helps her confront her husband’s longtime struggle with depression and to, over time, accept his absence. While getting to know this woman through such unusual circumstances, Alyssa is surprised to find herself falling in love again. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

    photo for The Craft [Collector’s Edition] The Craft [Collector’s Edition] (1996) Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich. This horror thriller stars Campbell as Sarah, the new kid at St. Benedict’s Academy. Having always been a bit unusual, she fits right in with the school’s outsiders. There’s something different about them though, and it's not just that they won't settle for being a group of powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft ... and they are going to use it. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Directing The Craft" interview with co-writer and director Andrew Fleming; new "Producing The Craft" interview with producer Douglas Wick; new "Writing The Craft" interview with co-writer Peter Filardi; new "Effecting The Craft" interview with makeup effects supervisor; audio commentary with director Andrew Fleming; vintage featurette "Conjuring The Craft"; vintage featurette "The Making of The Craft"; deleted scenes' theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).

    Dark River (2017) Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Jonah Russell, Sean Bean. Following the death of her father, Alice (Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years to claim from her estranged brother (Stanley) the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Filmrise).

    photo for Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Documentary deftly fuses the personal, the political and the just plain surreal as it charts the rise and fall of Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes. Variously called a bulldog, a kingmaker, and the Ernest Hemingway of campaign advisors, Ailes was a key media consultant to presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, powerfully shaping American political history over the last 50 years. After creating a ratings powerhouse, with more viewers than all its direct competitors combined, in 2016 Ailes was forced out of Fox amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. He died in May 2017 at the age of 77. This is the origin story of one of the most powerful and divisive figures in American media, as well as a clear-eyed look at how we got where we are today. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward (2018) Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, photo for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwardJude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol,Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Carmen Ejogo. The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed," "Wizards on Screen, Fans in Real Life," "Distinctly Dumbledore," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: The Return to Hogwarts," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Newt’s Menagerie," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Credence, Nagini and the Circus Arcanus," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Paris and Place Cachée," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Ministere des Affaires magiques," "unlocking scene secrets: grindelwald’s escape and the ring of fire," deleted scenes. (Warner).

    Green Book (2018) Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini. A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Virtuoso Performances" behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali; "An Unforgettable Friendship" featurette; "Going Beyond the Green Book" featurette. (Universal).

    The Kid Brother (1927) Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespectacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a traveling medicine show rphoto for The Kid Brotherolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces -- including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship -- with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, "The Kid Brother" is a hilarious and heartwarming high-water mark of early screen comedy. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration. Extras: Orchestral score by composer Carl Davis from 1989; alternate archival organ score performed by Gaylord Carter; audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, film historian Annette D’Agostino Lloyd, and Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd; "Harold’s Leading Ladies," a new conversation between author Cari Beauchamp and Suzanne Lloyd; "Anatomy of a Gag: Monkeyshoes," a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns; behind-the-scenes stills gallery curated by Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Simonton Jr.; "Close to Home, a new video essay on the film’s shooting locations by author John Bengtson; Dutch television interview with Lloyd from 1962; featurette from 2005 about Greenacres, Lloyd’s estate, hosted by Suzanne Lloyd; two restored rare early Lloyd shorts: "Over the Fence" (1917) and "That’s Him" (1918), with new Wurlitzer theater pipe organ scores and a discussion of their early film formats by archivist Dino Everett; new tour of the Wurlitzer organ with composer Nathan Barr and organist Mark Herman; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for Kolobos Kolobos (1999) "The Real World" meets "Saw" by way of "Suspiria" in this super-smart, super-gory -- and, sadly, super-overlooked -- late '90s slasher effort from filmmakers Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk, released in the midst of the post-"Scream" slice-and-dice revival. A group of youngsters arrive at a snow-covered house under the guise of participating in a "grounding-breaking" new experimental film. With the entire property fitted out with cameras, their every move will be recorded. But when the house locks down, trapping the youngsters within, it soon becomes clear that something sinister is afoot. Scream -- you're on camera ... Marketed as little more than a generic horror flick at the time of its release, "Kolobos," far from being a run-of-the-mill slasher clone, has much more in common with the booby-trap stylings of "Cube" (1997) and the reality TV theme of "My Little Eye" (2002), which it preempted by some three years. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with co-writers and co-directors Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk; "Real World Massacre: The Making of Kolobos" new featurette, with interviews with Daniel Liatowitsch, David Todd Ocvirk and co-writer/producer Nne Ebong; "Face to Faceless," a new interview with “Faceless” actor Ilia Volok; "Slice & Dice: The Music of Kolobos" new interview with composer William Kidd; behind-the-scenes image gallery; Super 8 short film by Daniel Liatowitsch with commentary; original trailer. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    The Last Man (2019) Hayden Christensen, Harvey Keitel. In this dystopian thriller, Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question -- but local street prophet Noe (Keitel) says it’ll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. As Kurt heeds Noe’s advice and readies for the apocalypse, he meets sultry Jessica, who also begins to believe. Yet even as the planet falls apart, Kurt finds his life finally coming together. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

    Lifechanger (2018) Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Elitsa Bako, Rachel VanDuzer, Steve Kasan. A murderous shape-shifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Drew has an identity problem. Every few days, he has to shape-shift, or face a painful death. He has to find someone and make a copy. He takes everything: their looks, memories, hopes, and dreams. Their entire life. He becomes them, and they die horribly. Enter Julia, the object of Drew’s affection. How can he make things right when he’s never the same person for very long? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Justin McConnell;l commentary with actors Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Sam James White, Steve Kasan and writer-director Justin McConnell; trailers, still gallery, storyboards. Blu-ray adds "Change and Adapt: The Making of Lifechanger"; Deleted Scenes; original score by Sean Motley. (Uncork’d Entertainment).

    London Fields (2018) Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton. Dark, suspenseful thriller based on Martin Amis’ best-selling novel. Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six (Heard) has a premonition about her impending murder. Yet rather than try to save herself, she engages in the elaborate seduction of three men, one of whom she knows will be her murderer. One, an American author with a fatal illness (Thornton), decides her story will form the basis of his final novel. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Fox).

    photo for The Magic Flute The Magic Flute (1975) This scintillating screen version of Mozart’s beloved opera showcases Ingmar Bergman’s deep knowledge of music and gift for expressing it cinematically. Casting some of Europe’s finest soloists -- Josef Köstlinger, Ulrik Cold, Håkan Hagegård, and Birgit Nordin among them -- the director lovingly recreated the baroque theater of Sweden’s Drottningholm Palace to stage the story of the prince Tamino and his zestful sidekick Papageno, who are sent on a mission to save a beautiful princess from the clutches of evil. A celebration of love and forgiveness that exhibits a profound appreciation for the artifice and spectacle of the theater, "The Magic Flute" is among the most exquisite opera films ever made. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with director Ingmar Bergman recorded in 1974 for Swedish television; new interview with film scholar Peter Cowie; "Tystnad! Tagning! Trollflöjten!" (1975), a feature-length documentary produced for Swedish television about the making of the film; an essay by author Alexander Chee. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for Man's Best Friend BLU-RAY DEBUT Man's Best Friend BLU-RAY DEBUT (1993) Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen. When an ambitious news journalist (Sheedy) breaks into a genetic research facility, she uncovers the biggest story of her career and unleashes the lab's most dangerous experiment: Max -- a genetically enhanced guard dog with a vicious killer instinct. Superior sight, hearing, strength, and intelligence make him faster, stronger, and smarter than almost any other animal alive -- and deadlier. Without the neuropathic drugs needed to curb his aggressive nature, his predatory urge runs out of control ... and once he tastes blood, nothing can stop him. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director John Lafia, theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, TV spots. (Scream Factory).

    Marquise (1997 -- French) Sophie Marceau, Bernard Giraudeau, Patrick Timsit. Nominated for photo for MarquiseBest Foreign Language Film at the British Independent Film Awards, the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest and a César Award for music direction, this is a lavish costume dramedy set in 17th century France. Presented in a new 2K digital restoration. Born into poverty, Marquise (Marceau) is a beautiful street dancer who found fame and notoriety among the 17th century aristocratic elite under the stage name Mademoiselle Du Parc. When the distinguished Molière (Giraudeau) and his theatre troupe come to town, Marquise mesmerizes the men, and joins the troupe. She marries Gros René (Timsit) and becomes a favorite of King Louis XIV, but it is not until Marquise becomes the mistress of rival playwright Racine that she finally realizes her ambition to become a great actress. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Véra Belmont, new essay by author and professor Laurence Marie. (Film Movement Classics).

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Special Edition) (2018) Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck. In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians. Once there she finds an unconventional family in fellow "sinners" Jane and Adam. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Filmrise).

    photo for Mortal Engine Mortal Engines (2018) Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Joel Tobeck, Frankie Adams, Colin Salmon. In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "End of the Ancients," "Character Series," "Welcome to London," "In the Air," "Film New Zealand," feature commentary with director Christian Rivers. (Universal).

    Piercing (2018) Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa. In this twisted love story, a man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own. A playful psycho-thriller game of cat-and-mouse based on Ryû Murakami’s novel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

    photo for The Prisoner The Prisoner (1955) Banned from the Cannes and Venice Films Festivals for being anti-Communist and excoriated elsewhere as pro-Soviet propaganda, Peter Glenville's "The Prisoner" stoked controversy at the time of its original release and remains a complex, challenging and multifaceted exploration of faith and power. In an unnamed Eastern European capital, an iron-willed Cardinal (Alec Guinness) is arrested by state police on charges of treason. Tasked with securing a confession from him by any means necessary is a former comrade-in-arms from the anti-Nazi resistance (Jack Hawkins). Knowing the Cardinal will never fold under physical torture, the Interrogator instead sets out to destroy him mentally, breaking his spirit rather than his body. Adapted by acclaimed playwright Bridget Boland ("Gaslight") from her own stage-play and showcasing powerhouse performances by two actors at the height of their game, "The Prisoner" is a tense, thought-provoking and disturbing drama about the endurance of the human spirit. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Interrogating Guinness," a new video appreciation of the film by author and academic Neil Sinyard; select scene commentary by author and critic Philip Kemp; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).

    photo for Showdown Showdown (1993) Kenn Scott, Billy Blanks, Christine Taylor, Patrick Kilpatrick, James Lew, Brion James. Ken Marks (Scott) finds a dangerous enemy on his first day at his new school; an enemy who makes his living as the champion of an illegal fighting operation. School janitor and ex-cop Billy Grant (Blanks) trains Ken to defend himself. What Billy doesn't know is that the man behind it all is the one man from his past who wants him dead. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "The Making of Showdown" feature-length documentary with director Robert Radler, writer Stuart Gibbs and stars Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott, John Asher, Patrick Kilpatrick and Michael Genovese; new "Robert Radler: Portrait of a Director" featurette; new "Billy Blanks: Martial Arts Legend" featurette; new "The Fights of Showdown" featurette; new "Showdown: Anatomy of a Scene"; photo gallery; original theatrical trailer; collectible mini-poster. (MVD Rewind Collection).

    The Simple Heist (2018) Two-disc set with six episodes. When two women find themselves overlooked and underappreciated as they face their older years, they resort to drastic measures to get payback. Jenny is a teacher struggling to stay afloat during a messy divorce, while her best friend, gastroenterologist Cecilia, has financial problems from a failed stock investment. After Cecilia learns of a bank robbery plan from a dying patient, she convinces Jenny that a crime spree is just what they need to take control of their lives. As the robbery sets off a chain of events exposing them to blackmail, car chases, and a dangerous biker gang, Jenny and Cecilia quickly learn that money won’t solve all their problems. Rich with dry humor, this Swedish-language comedy-drama combines crime caper with sharp social critique. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).

    photo for Tyrel Tyrel (2018) Christopher Abbott, Trust Arancio, Nicolas Arze. Drama follows Tyler, who joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn’t know. As soon as they get there, it’s clear that (1) he’s the only black guy, and (2) it’s going to be a weekend of heavy drinking. Although Tyler is welcomed, he can’t help but feel uneasy in “Whitesville.” The combination of all the testosterone and alcohol starts to get out of hand, and Tyler’s precarious situation starts to feel like a nightmare. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    Vengeance: A Love Story (2017) Nicolas Cage, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Deborah Kara Unger, Don Johnson. On the Fourth of July, single mother Teena is brutally assaulted by a local gang in front of her daughter Bethie. Despite Bethie's ability to identify the attackers, the defense hires a hot-shot attorney who manipulates the law. When the criminals are set free, a veteran-turned-detective (Cage) is dismayed at the lack of justice and plots revenge against the men on Teena's behalf. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Filmrise).

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