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Tuesday, May 14 -- Monday, May 20

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  • Cold Pursuit

    photo for Cold Pursuit Liam Neeson stars as Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver whose quiet family life is upended after his son’s murder. Nels begins a vengeful hunt for Viking, the drug lord he holds responsible for the killing, eliminating Viking’s associates one by one. As Nels draws closer to Viking, his actions bring even more unexpected and violent consequences, as he proves that revenge is all in the execution. Director Hans Petter Moland here remade his 2014 Norwegian film, "Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance)." Vitals: Director: Hans Petter Moland. Stars: Liam Neeson, Tom Bateman, Emmy Rossum, Laura Dern. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 118 min., Action, Box office gross: $31.982 million, Lionsgate. Extras: “Welcome to Kehoe: Behind the Scenes on Cold Pursuit” featurette.Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, interview with Liam Neeson, interview with director Hans Petter Moland. 3 stars


  • Never Look Away

    photo for Never Look Away In his third feature film, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the writer-director of Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film "The Lives of Others," returns to his native Germany. Inspired by real events and the life of legendary artist Gerhard Richter and spanning three eras of German history, "Never Look Away" tells the story of young art student Kurt (Tom Schilling), who falls in love with classmate, Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie’s father and famous doctor, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of a boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither Kurt nor Ellie know is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Vitals: Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 189 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.179 million, Sony. Blu-ray extras: Q&A with writer=director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. 3 stars

  • Fighting With My Family

    photo for Fighting With My Family A heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star. Vitals: Director: Stephen Merchant. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Merchant, Kim Matula, Nick Frost. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 108 min., Comedy Drama, Box office gross: $22.727 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, "A Family’s Passion: A Making Of" featurette, "Learning the Moves" featurette, feature commentary with writer-director Stephen Merchant. 2 stars

  • Happy Death Day 2U

    photo for Happy Death Day 2U It's déjà vu all over again for Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), the snarky sorority sister who solved her own murder by repeatedly reliving her death. When the masked campus killer mysteriously returns to terrorize new targets, Tree cycles through another time-loop of clever chills and slick suspense in the genre-bending follow-up to Blumhouse's hit thriller "Happy Death Day." Blu-ray adds Vitals: Director: Christopher Landon. Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Steve Zissis. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Horror, Box office gross: $28.051 million, Universal. Extras: Deleted scene, "The Never-ending Birthday," "Web of Love: Tree's Nightmare," "Multiverse 101." 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    May 10:

    Just Say Goodbye: After enduring years of abuse from his alcoholic father and the school bully Chase, Jesse Peterson tells his best friend Sarah that he plans on committing suicide. After promising to tell no one, Sarah takes it upon herself to try to stop him, taking any means necessary. (DVD release: Day & date)

    May 13:

    Veep Season 7: The new season finds Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) trying to gain traction in early primary states, wooing uber-wealthy donors while navigating threats from primary challengers, including aide-turned-congressman Jonah Ryan. Selina’s band of misfits is also back, except for Mike, who’s been banished from her orbit and is now covering the presidential campaign, having been replaced by his ongoing nemesis in the press, reporter Leon West. (HBO Download)

    Arthur Miller: Writer: One of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century, Arthur Miller created such celebrated works as "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible," which continue to move audiences around the world today. He also made headlines for being targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee at the height of the McCarthy Era and entering into a tumultuous marriage with Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Told from the unique perspective of his daughter, filmmaker Rebecca Miller. (HBO Download)

    May 14:

    Apollo 11: A cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, "Apollo 11" takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission -- the one that first put men on the moon. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: All-new, feature-length animated thriller finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra's al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan -- leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 4)

    The Buster Keaton Collection: The General and Steamboat Willie, Jr.: Both films -- high points not only of Buster Keaton's incomparable career but of all silent cinema, and both included on the National Film Registry -- are presented in new 4K restorations and feature orchestral scores by Carl Davis ("Pride and Prejudice," "The World at War"). (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    Greta: A young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert) who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 28)

    High Moon: A mash-up of action and horror, motorcycles and so much blood. Colt (Chad Michael Collins) -- a gunslinging werewolf slayer from the old west -- mysteriously rises from the grave, only to find that the band of werewolves that brutally murdered his wife are still running rampant generations later. (Digital, VOD only)

    Never Grow Old: Western about a vicious outlaw who takes over a peaceful frontier town, leaving debauchery, greed, and murder in his wake. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    Never Look Away: A romantic historical drama inspired by real events and the life of legendary artist Gerhard Richter follows two German students who fall in love and soon realize the girl’s father has a devastating secret and vows to end their relationship. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    Silencio: Sci-fi time displacement drama in which a woman must find a powerful stone -- originally discovered in the Zone of Silence, the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico, by her grandfather -- in order to save her son’s life. (DVD release: Day & date)

    The Upside: A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him. Remake of the French film "The Intouchables" (2011). (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 21)

    May 17:

    Slaughterhouse Rulez: Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness…until their well-organized world is thrown into a bloody mess when pupils and teachers become embroiled in a battle with a hoard of subterranean monsters, unleashed from a gaping frack site sinkhole. (DVD release: June 18)

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    All DVD Releases

    American Exit (2019) Dane Cook, Udo Kier, Levi Miller. Based on an incredible true story, this crime-thriller stars Dane Cook as Charlie, a desperate father who steals a million-dollar painting from Anton, a shady art dealer. With time running out, he flees to the California desert with his rebellious teen son, Leo. But when Anton and his henchman come seeking revenge, the situation explodes into violence. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Apollo 11 Apollo 11 (2019) A cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission -- the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Apollo 11: Discovering the 65mm" featurette: The process of digitizing the newly discovered 65mm archival footage, never before seen by the public, which resulted in the highest resolution and digital quality of the historic Apollo 11 mission in existence, evolving beyond filmmaking into one of film curation and historic preservation; theatrical trailer. (Universal).

    photo for Backdraft 2 Backdraft 2 (2019) Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Joe Anderson, Alisha Bailey. The sequel to the 1991 hit, follows an investigator with the Chicago F.D., who has to track down an arms dealers who use deadly fires as a distraction. Sean McCaffrey (Anderson), son of late Steven "Bull" McCaffrey, now works at the same firehouse with his uncle Brian (Baldwin). When investigating a fire, Sean and partner Maggie realize they are dealing with something bigger. With the help of arsonist Ronald Bartel (Sutherland), Sean must stop who is behind the fire and their devious plans. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Universal).

    Beer League (2006) Artie Lange, Ralph Macchio, Anthony DeSando. An unemployed slacker inspires his softball teammates to improve their game so they won't get kicked out of the local league. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Theatrical trailer, photo gallery, unrated trailer, raw interviews, "In the Studio with Artie: Jokes and Ringtones," "Live from Cine Vegas!," behind-the-scenes featurette. (Filmrise).

    photo for The Big Clock The Big Clock (1948) Adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Jonathan Latimer from a novel by the equally renowned crime author Kenneth Fearing, "The Big Clock" is a superior suspense film that classily combines screwball comedy with heady thrills. Overworked true crime magazine editor George Stroud (Ray Milland) has been planning a vacation for months. However, when his boss, the tyrannical media tycoon Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), insists he skips his holiday, Stroud resigns in disgust before embarking on an impromptu drunken night out with his boss's mistress, Pauline York (Rita Johnson). When Janoth kills Pauline in a fit of rage, Stroud finds himself to have been the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time: his staff have been tasked with finding a suspect with an all too familiar description ... Stroud's very own. Directed with panache by John Farrow, who stylishly renders the film's towering central set, the Janoth Building, "The Big Clock" benefits from exuberant performances by Milland and Laughton, who make hay with the script's snappy dialogue. A huge success on its release, it is no wonder this fast-moving noir was remade years later as the Kevin Costner vehicle "No Way Out." In a high definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements with uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin; "Turning Back the Clock," a newly filmed analysis of the film by the critic and chief executive of Film London, Adrian Wootton; "A Difficult Actor," a newly filmed appreciation of Charles Laughton and his performance in "The Big Clock" by the actor, writer, and theater director Simon Callow; rare hour-long 1948 radio dramatization of "The Big Clock" by the Lux Radio Theatre, starring Ray Milland; original theatrical trailer; gallery of original stills and promotional materials; reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Christina Newland. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    The Big White (2005) Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Blake Nelson, W. Earl Brown, Woody Harrelson. After finding a frozen corpse in a dumpster, on-the-verge-of-being-bankrupt Alaskan travel agent Paul (Robin Williams) decides to use it to claim his long-lost brother's life insurance policy. However, the body is also sought by two dangerous hitmen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Trailer, photo gallery, behind the scenes. (Filmrise).

    The Buster Keaton Collection: The General and Steamboat Willie, Jr. "The General" (1926) and "Steamboat Willie, Jr." (1928), high points not only of Buster Keaton's incomparable career but of all silent cinema, and both included on the National Film Registry -- are presented in new 4K restorations and feature orchestral scores by Carl Davis ("Pride and Prejudice," "The World at War"). Many critics and historians consider "The General" to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the finest films of all time on international critics' polls. It is No. 18 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Greatest American Films, and is No. 34 on the latest Sight & Sound critics poll of the Greatest Films of All Time. "Steamboat Willie, Jr." contains what many consider Keaton's most memorable -- and potentially deadly -- film stunt: One side of a house falls on him while he stands in the perfect spot to pass through a photo for Cold Pursuitwindow frame unharmed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Two featurettes: "Reflections on The General" and "Buster Keaton: The Luminary," trailers. (Cohen Film Collection).

    Cold Pursuit (20189) Liam Neeson, Tom Bateman, Emmy Rossum, Laura Dern. A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film 'In Order of Disappearance'. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Welcome to Kehoe: Behind the Scenes on Cold Pursuit” featurette.Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, interview with Liam Neeson, interview with director Hans Petter Moland. (Lionsgate).

    The Donna Reed Show: Seasons 1 - 5 (1958-66) Originally airing on ABC-TV, "The Donna Reed Show" is one of the most popular and enduring family sitcoms in television history. Starring Academy Award winner Donna Reed as homemaker Donna Stone, Carl Betz as her pediatrician husband Alex, Shelley Fabares as daughter Mary, Paul Petersen as son Jeff and, later, Patty Petersen as adoptee Trisha, the series is a humorous and heartwarming slice of Americana that has earned a legion of new fans through showings on Nick at Nite, TV Land and MeTV. This special collection presents all 186 episodes from Seasons 1 through 5 in complete versions and digitally remastered. Formats: DVD. Extras: New featurettes and interviews with Shelley Fabares and Paul and Patty Petersen, vintage promotional spots, original cast and sponsor commercials, Donna Reed's tribute on "This Is Your Life," rare footage and much more. (MPI Media Group).

    Don’t Look (2018) Luciana Faulhaber, Jeff Berg, Jarrod Robbins, Curtis K. Case, Lindsay Eshelman. This female-directed twist on horror films centers on five New York City Millennials who escape the big city for a rustic Thanksgiving weekend in the country. But as will happen in horror, something threatens to shatter their peaceful getaway and they are targeted for murder. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Wild Eye Releasing).

    Fighting With My Family (2019) Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Merchant, Kim Matula, photo for Fighting With My FamilyNick Frost. A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, "A Family’s Passion: A Making Of" featurette, "Learning the Moves" featurette, feature commentary with writer-director Stephen Merchant. Blu-ray adds director's cut. (Universal).

    Funny Games (1997) Michael Haneke's most notorious provocation, "Funny Games" spares no detail in its depiction of the agony of a bourgeois family held captive at their vacation home by a pair of white-gloved young men. In a series of escalating "games," the sadistic duo subject their victims to unspeakable physical and psychological photo for Funny Gamestorture over the course of a night. A home-invasion thriller in which the genre's threat of bloodshed is made stomach-churningly real, the film ratchets up shocks even as its executioners interrupt the action to address the audience, drawing queasy attention to the way that cinema milks pleasure from pain and stokes our appetite for atrocity. With this controversial treatise on violence and entertainment, Haneke issued a summation of his cinematic philosophy, implicating his audience in a spectacle of unbearable cruelty. New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with Haneke and actor Arno Frisch; new interview with film historian Alexander Horwath; press conference from the 1997 Cannes Film Festival featuring Haneke and actors Susanne Lothar and Ulrich Mühe; trailer; an essay by critic Bilge Ebiri. (The Criterion Collection).

    Happy Death Day 2U (2018) Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Steve Zissis. Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead in this genre-bending follow-up to Blumhouse's hit photo for thriller "Happy Death Day." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scene, "The Never-ending Birthday," "Web of Love: Tree's Nightmare," "Multiverse 101." (Universal).

    House of Games (1987) The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet sat in the director's chair for the first time for this sly, merciless thriller. Lindsay Crouse stars as a best-selling author and therapist who wants to help a client by making restitution for the money he owes to a gambler. After she meets the attractive cardsharp (Joe Mantegna), her own compulsions take hold as he lures her into his world of high-stakes deception. Packed with razor-sharp dialogue delivered with even-keeled precision by a cast of Mamet regulars, "House of Games" is as psychologically acute as it is full of twists and turns, a rich character study told with the cold calculation of a career con artist targeting his next mark. High-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photo for House of Gamesphotography Juan Ruiz Anchía, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Director-approved special edition. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2007 featuring director David Mamet and consultant and actor Ricky Jay; interviews with actors Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna from 2007; David Mamet on "House of Games," a short documentary shot on location during the film's preparation and production; detail from a storyboard of a short con not used in the film; trailer; an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from Mamet's introduction to the published screenplay. (The Criterion Collection).

    Impossible Mission (aka The Vibe) (2018) Jimena Gala, Ben Vinnicombe, James Giblin. Rosa, a master assassin with a knack for poisons, sets out on a search and destroy mission against a spiritual leader, but conflicts within her own organization spell disaster for her long before she ever closes in on her target. Formats: DVD, VOD. (High Octane Pictures).

    photo for The Landlord The Landlord (1970) Dir.: Hal Ashby; Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Pearl Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Anspach, Diana Sands, Robert Klein. Legendary filmmaker Hal Ashby makes his directing debut with this acclaimed social satire starring Beau Bridges as a wealthy young man who leaves his family's estate in Long Island to pursue love and happiness in a Brooklyn ghetto. When Elgar Enders (Bridges) buys a Park Slope tenement, he fully intends to evict the occupants and transform the building into a chic bachelor pad. But after meeting the tenants, Elgar adopts a "love thy neighbor" policy instead: first he falls head-over-heels for a sexy young go-go dancer ... then he begins an affair with the sultry, married "Miss Sepia 1957." Featuring brilliant performances by Lee Grant in an Oscar-nominated role, Pearl Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Klein, Trish Van Devere, Hector Elizondo, Gloria Hendry and Susan Anspach, and with a potent script by Bill Gunn based on the novel by Kristin Hunter, "The Landlord" is one of the most original and provocative screen comedies to deal with race relations in urban America. Produced by Norman Jewison and shot by Gordon Willis. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Racial Gap" interview with Bridges, "Reflections" new interview with Grant, "Norman Jewison and Hal Ashby: Style and Substance" new interview with producer Jewison, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber).

    Life Like (2019) Drew Van Acker, Addison Timlin, James D’Arcy, Steven Strait. In this futuristic thriller, Sophie and James purchase a lifelike robot to cook and clean at their sprawling new home. At first, android Henry is quiet and hard-working. But as his artificial-intelligence programming kicks in, Henry starts to anticipate the couple’s needs and desires, ones they themselves cannot fully understand. Will Henry’s terrifying behavior destroy Sophie and Julian’s relationship—and their lives?Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

    Masked Multilator (2019) James DeBello, Glenn Hetrick, Brick Bronsky. In 1994, a production team in Eastern Pennsylvania brought together a group of local pro wrestlers and young actors to make a horror-action film. A quarter of a century later, the movie was finally finished: After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, a professional wrestler takes a job at a group home for youth offenders. But when a psychopath wearing a wrestling mask begins butchering the teenage residents, their rehabilitation will become a no-holds-barred battle for survival.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews, audio commentary with cast & crew, audition tapes. (Intervision Picture Corp.).

    Mortuary (2005) Dan Byrd, Denise Crosby, Stephanie Patton. A family moves to a small town in California where they plan on starting a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Trailer, behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary by director Tobe Hooper. (Filmrise).

    Never Grow Old (2019) Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Déborah François. A once-peaceful frontier town is now a den of vice after vicious outlaw Dutch Albert (Cusack) and his gang arrived -- and began gunning down their opposition. Undertaker Patrick Tate (Hirsch) must choose between the blood money he makes burying the murderers’ victims and the threats he and his family face in this intense action-drama. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: “Dire Consequences: The Making of Never Grow Old” featurette. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Never Look Away Never Look Away (2018 -- Germany) Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl. A romantic historical drama inspired by real events and the life of legendary artist Gerhard Richter follows two German students who fall in love and soon realize the girl’s father has a devastating secret and vows to end their relationship. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Q&A with writer=director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. (Sony)

    Nina (2018 -- Poland) Julia Kijowska, Eliza Rycembel, Andrzej Konopka. Struggling in her marriage and yearning for change, Nina longs to have a child but is unable to conceive. Multiple failed attempts have left her disillusioned and at a breaking point, but an accidental encounter with Magda renews her hope. Young and independent, Magda may be a possible solution to their pregnancy problem. But while her husband fails in his attempts to engage Magda as a surrogate, Nina also becomes ensnared by thoughts of Magda. And as her thoughts shift from surrogacy to a more intimate curiosity, Magda awakens a repressed desire in Nina, causing her life to suddenly and unexpectedly spiral out of control. The feature film debut of Polish director Olga Chajdas. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Film Movement).

    Princess Mononoke Collector’s Edition Set (1997 - Japan) This limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase and includes a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio is a Blu-ray of the film paired with hours of special features, and the film’s soundtrack made available on CD for the first time in North America. From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this epic fantasy film is one of the best-photo for selling and internationally renowned films of all time. The set’s 40-page book features new essays by film critic Glenn Kenny (The New York Times, alongside amazing imagery and statements from director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, and Miyazaki’s poems about the characters. The first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, "Princess Mononoke" is Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity. Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi and the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Feature-length storyboards, original theatrical trailers, TV spots, "Princess Mononoke in USA." "Behind the Microphone." (Studio Ghibli, GKIDS, and Shout! Factory).

    The Return of the Hero (2018 -- France) Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Noémie Merlant. France, 1809: The charming Captain Neuville (Dujardin) is set to marry the naïve Pauline (Merlant) when the war breaks out, forcing Neuville to depart for the battlefield. After not hearing from the captain for months, Pauline grows sick with worry, and her sister Elizabeth (Laurent) decides to write letters on Neuville’s behalf to cheer her up. Neuville returns home in glory and is welcomed as a hero, but unbeknownst to everyone, he is a coward and a war deserter. A suspicious Elizabeth is determined to expose the real Neuville, and the two imposters find themselves in a ruthless fight. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Icarus Films).

    Saint Bernard (2013) Jason Dugre, Katy Sullivan, Peter Iasillo Jr. A hallucinatory epic follows an unhinged orchestra conductor named Bernard (Dugre) as he graphically descends into a surreal odyssey of chaos and psychosis. Features a performance by punk legends The Damned. Transferred from the original negative and unleashed beyond the underground festival circuit for the first time ever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Making of Saint Bernard," trailer. (Severin Films).

    photo for The Shape of Now The Shape of Now (2018) According to estimates, approximately 200,000 people lost their lives in the 50-year Colombian civil war. Another 25,000 were kidnapped, and many are still considered missing. When the peace deal between the government and the FARC rebels was made in November 2016, guns were banned from the conflict. But since then, Colombians have faced the nearly impossible task of having to agree on a common past. The film follows scientists, academics and activists who are attempting to normalize war-torn Colombia after the disarmament of the country's oldest guerrilla organization. At the same time, a group of elderly mothers searches for a direct way to approach the possible killers of their missing children, forging a necessary and genuine encounter in an attempt to find clues about their whereabouts -- or get closure. Director Manuel Correa attempts to shed light on the difficult process of reconciliation and healing with this powerful documentary about memory and shared experiences during wartime. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiPix Films).

    Silencio (2018 -- Mexico) John Noble, Rupert Graves, Melina Matthews. Sci-fi time displacement drama in whixh a woman must find a powerful stone -- originally discovered in the Zone of Silence, the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico, by her grandfather -- in order to save her son’s life. Along the way, she stumbles upon family secrets and enemies who believe the stone’s power is worth killing for. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork'd Entertainment).

    photo for Surviving Birkenau: The Dr. Susan Spatz Story Surviving Birkenau: The Dr. Susan Spatz Story (2019) A compelling and powerful Holocaust documentary follows one woman's courageous struggles and ultimate escape from the Nazis Final Solution. The documentary -- vividly and emotionally narrated by Dr. Susan Spatz at the age of 96 -- recounts her astonishing life, from an idyllic childhood in Austria to the unimaginable horrors she and her family suffered at the hands of the Third Reich. Born in Vienna in 1922, Spatz was an only child who lived a life of privilege until the Nazis invaded, and she and her mother found themselves "in the trap," experiencing many of the terrors of her fellow European Jews: early Nazi oppression in Berlin; post-"Anschluss" Vienna and Nazi-occupied Prague. But, after being deported to Theresienstadt, the true nightmares awaited in Birkenau, the notorious woman's death camp in Auschwitz. After three years of brutal internment and a transfer to Ravensbrück, a death march led not to the grave, but to freedom. With the assistance of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, filmmaker Ron Small brings Susan's story to rich life for future generations in this second film to be released from the newly launched Holocaust Education Film Foundation (HEFF).Formats: DVD, Digital. (Dreamscape Media).

    Triple Threat (2018 -- Thailand/China) Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping, Celina Jade, Jeeja Yanin. When a hit contract is taken out on a billionaire’s daughter (Jade) intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate, a team of wanted mercenaries (Jaa,Chen) must take on a group of professional assassins (Adkins, White, Bisping) to stop them from hitting their target. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Well Go USA).

    Valentine: The Dark Avenger (2019 - Indonesia) Estelle Linden, Matthew Settle, Arie Dagienkz. The City of Batavia has been infested with robbery and violence. Srimaya, a waitress at a café, dreams of a glamorous life as an actress, but a chance meeting with a film director and his assistant leads to a life-changing series of events for her, as they take her on a thrilling adventure that finds the waitress-turned-actress transforming into the person Batavia City needs and deserves most: the consummate kick-ass superhero. Taking to the streets as "Valentine," she becomes a role model to the people of Batavia, and a foil to the city's lowlifes and ne'er-do-wells. But when a sinister masked villain emerges from the shadows of the night, Srimaya realizes that all of her vigilante exploits were a mere dress rehearsal for the ultimate showdown. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).

    Virgina Minnesota (2019) Aurora Perrineau, Rachel Hendrix, Susan Walters, Jessica Miesel, Harold Perrineau, Julia Keefe, Eyas Younis, Aaron Hill. Two young women embark on an illuminating 24-hour journey, unlocking memories of their childhood, exploring a world of fantastical creatures and buried memories with comical and touching results. Formats: DVD. (Indican Pictures).

    photo for Yakuza Law Yakuza Law (1969 -- Japan) Director Teruo Ishii, the Godfather of J-sploitation, presents this gruelling anthology of torture, spawning three district periods of Japanese history and bringing to the screen some of the most brutal methods of torment ever devised. In this deep dive into the world of the Yakuza, meet the violent men who rule the Japanese underworld and the cruel punishments inflicted on those who transgress them. The carnage begins in the Edo Period with a violent tale of samurai vengeance starring Bunta Sugawara ("Battles Without Honor and Humanity"), before shifting to the Meiji Period as the exiled Ogata (Minoru Oki, "Shogun Assassin") returns to face punishment for his past transgressions ... and, ultimately, to take his revenge. Finally, the action is brought right up to date with a tale of gang warfare set in then-present-day 60s Japan and headlined by Teruo Yoshida (Ishii's "Orgies of Edo"), as a powerful crime syndicate seeks bloody vengeance for the theft of one hundred thousand yen. Brutal, bewildering and definitely not for the faint-hearted, "Yakuza Law" represents Japanese popular cinema at its most extreme ... and most thrilling. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by author and critic Jasper Sharp; "Erotic-Grotesque and Genre Hopping: Teruo Ishii Speaks," a rare vintage interview with the elusive director on his varied career, newly edited for this release; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tom Mes. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

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