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Tuesday, March 9 -- Monday, March 15

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    photo for Vanguard (2020 -- China) Martial arts legend Jackie Chan leaps into action as Tang, CEO of the covert security company Vanguard in this action-thriller reuniting him with director Stanley Tong ("Rumble in the Bronx"). After wealthy businessman rats out his corrupt partner in an arms deal gone fatally wrong, he and his family become targets of the world’s deadliest mercenary organization — and the fighting power of Tang’s team is their only hope to survive. Set in locations across the globe — including London, Zambia, India, an Arabian desert, and Dubai. Vitals: Director: Stanley Tong. Stars: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Lun Ai, Miya Muqi. 2020, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Action, US box office gross: $.793 million, worldwide boxoffice: $50.8, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with digital code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Vanguard." Read more here. 2 stars

    This Week's Digital Releases

    March 9

    Adverse: Struggling to make ends meet, rideshare driver Ethan learns his sister Mia is deep in debt to a sleazy drug dealer. When Mia goes missing, Ethan discovers that crime boss Kaden is behind the act, and to get close to him Ethan takes a job as Kaden’s driver. One by one Ethan hunts down members of Kaden’s crew to wreak bloody vengeance as he prepares to confront Kaden himself. (DVD release: Day & date)

    Blood on the Crown: Based on actual events, the film presents the concealed account of how Maltese citizens fought for their independence against England in 1919. Immediately following the end of World War I, in a plea for their country’s independence, Maltese people united to lead an uprising against the British. The Army was sent to quell the riots and unarmed protestors were brutally killed. Due to a cover-up by the British government, the revolution is not documented and not widely known. (VOD)

    The Dead of Night: Alone and isolated at the family ranch, a dysfunctional brother and sister suddenly find themselves being terrorized and hunted by a pair of nomadic killers. (VOD, digital)

    Eddie: The documentary follows the life and legacy of famed basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who coached across the Universities of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma State, becoming one of the winningest coaches in sports history. (Digital)

    Ip Man: Kung Fu Master: The latest in the Ip Man franchise travels back in time to Ip’s early days as a police captain who is framed for the murder of a ruthless, yet honorable mobster. Driven to quit the force, the legendary martial artist soon has to contend with the vengeful daughter of the mob boss and the arrival of the Japanese army in Guangzhou. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    News of the World: A Civil War veteran — who moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe — agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home. (VOD: Jan. 20; DVD, Blu-ray release: March 23)

    The Winter Lake: When Holly’s dark secret is accidentally uncovered by her new emotionally unstable neighbor Tom, they are pulled into a violent confrontation with her father, who will do anything to keep the secret hidden. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 23)

    March 12

    Trust: New York art gallery owner Brooke, and her husband Owen's marriage is tested by temptation when Brooke flies to Paris with her handsome new artist, leaving Owen alone with a seductive admirer who has every intention but good. (VOD)

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    All DVD Releases

    Adverse (2021) Thomas Nicholas, Mickey Rourke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin, Penelope Ann Miller. Struggling to make ends meet, rideshare driver Ethan (Nicholas) learns his sister Mia is deep in debt to a sleazy drug dealer. When Mia goes missing, Ethan discovers that crime boss Kaden (Rourke) is behind the act, and to get close to him Ethan takes a job as Kaden’s driver. One by one Ethan hunts down members of Kaden’s crew to wreak bloody vengeance as he prepares to confront Kaden himself. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Read more here. (Lionsgate).

    American Skin (2021) Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Beau Knapp. A Marine veteran working as a school janitor tries to mend his relationship with his son after a divorce. When his son is killed by a police officer found innocent without standing trial, he takes matters into his own hands. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

    Blood Brothers: Civil War (2021) Shane Patrick Kearns, Christian Coulson, Diane Guerrero, Jacqueline Bisset, Gordon Clapp. Tells the story of two brothers, John (Kearns) and Peter (Coulson), whose relationship strains when one of them receives news of a strange inheritance. Deepening the divide between the two, they both grow attracted to a mysterious young woman named Lucia (Guerrero) who arrives on their island. Based on Guy de Maupassant’s 19th-century seaside novel “Pierre et Jean,” which is widely credited for changing the course of narrative fiction through its complex and intense psychological characterizations of a family brought to the breaking point by startling revelations. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).

    photo for Blood Ceremony Blood Ceremony (1973 -- Spain) Lucia Bosè, Espartaco Santoni, Ewa Aulin, Ana Farra. In 19th century Europe, the people are in the grip of ancient superstitions and the fear of vampires runs riot through the land. Strange rituals are enacted to seek out the resting places of the undead and macabre trials are held over disinterred corpses. The Countess barely notices what is going on. She is more concerned that her beauty is fading and that her husband seems only interested in his birds of prey and observing the behavior of the superstitious locals. Her faithful companion tells the Countess that there are ways to reignite her husband’s passion – and also ways to preserve her looks. She reminds the Countess of her ancestor, the notorious Erzebeth Báthory, who bathed in the blood of virgins to maintain her youth. The Countess is unsure, but then one day the blood of a servant girl drips onto her hand and she is convinced that her skin has become whiter as a result. Soon she is searching for more blood and to her surprise, her husband becomes the one to provide it for her. New 4k transfer from the original negative. Fully uncut International version and alternate Spanish version. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Two archive interviews with director Jorge Grau; trailers; audio commentary from Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; audio commentary from Robert Monell and Rod Barnett. (Mondo Macabro).

    Crock of Gold (2020) Deep dives into the life of the tortured Irish vocalist, Shane MacGowan, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Pogues, who famously combined traditional Irish music with the visceral energy of punk rock. Featuring unseen archival footage from the band and MacGowan’s family, as well as animation from legendary illustrator Ralph Steadman, director Julien Temple’s ("The Filth and the Fury") rollicking love letter spotlights the iconic frontman up to his 60th birthday celebration, where singers, movie stars, and rock ‘n’ roll outlaws gather to celebrate the man and his legacy. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    Ip Man: Kung Fu Master (2020 -- China) Yu-Hang To, Michael Wong, Wanliruo Xin. Latest outing in the Ip Man franchise travels back in time to Ip’s early days before the Communist Revolution in 1949. Taking on the role of Ip for the third time, Dennis To portrays the legendary martial artist in his early years as a police captain who is framed for the murder of a ruthless, yet honorable mobster. Driven to quit the force, Ip soon has to contend with the vengeful daughter of the mob boss and the arrival of the Japanese army in Guangzhou. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Read more here. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    photo for Mafia Inc. Mafia Inc. (2019 -- Canada) Sergio Castellitto, Marc-André Grondin, Gilbert Sicotte. 1994. Frank Paterno, a Montreal mafia boss, hopes to legitimize his criminal operations by investing $180 million in an ambitious bridge project that would connect Sicily with southern Italy. First, however, he has to recover the necessary funds from his Greek creditor. Frank entrusts this mission to his protégé Vincent, the son of tailor Henri Gamache, who has been dressing the Paternos for three generations. But after Vincent executes a ruthless plan to smuggle millions in drugs out of Venezuela, his reprehensible tactics ignite a war between the two families. Based on the non-fiction bestseller “Mafia Inc: The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada’s Sicilian Clan” by André Cédilot and André Noël. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Read more here. (Film Movement).

    On-Gaku: Our Sound (2019 -- Japan) Animated almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamato, "On- Gaku: Our Sound" presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lo-fi buddy film with a blaring musical finale. When you’re a bored teenager looking for thrills, sometimes the only thing you can turn to is rock ‘n’ roll. Having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, a feared trio of high school delinquents nevertheless decide they are destined for musical glory in a quest to impress their only friend, avoid a rival gang, and -- most importantly -- jam out. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "The Making of On-Gaku: Our Sound," "Our Movie: Behind the Scenes," live musical performance, "On-Gaku" (demo), rock festival pencil test, four short films by Kenji Iwaisawa, Storyboards Gallery, Trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).

    photo for Panic Beats Panic Beats (1982 -- Spain) Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Lola Gaos, Silvia Miro, Frances Ondiviela. Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy wrote, directed and stars in this dark and macabre tale of lust, betrayal, and ghostly vengeance. Naschy plays a descendent of the Alaric de Marnac character first seen in his 1973 film "Horror Rises from the Tomb." Desperate to salvage his crumbling financial empire, Paul Marnac (Naschy) decides to kill his heiress wife, Geneviève (Julia Saly). He enlists the help of a sexy and ambitious younger woman, Julie (former Miss Spain, Frances Ondiviela). Unfortunately, one murder is not enough to satisfy Julie’s blood lust, and greed. As the corpses pile up, she heads for a confrontation with an ancient and unstoppable evil. Remastered for the first time in HD, this fully restored Blu-ray is the complete uncut version of the film and contains all the notorious gore and violence. Brand new 4k transfer from a film negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Two interviews with Paul Naschy; audio commentary from The Naschycast (Troy Guinn & Rod Barnett). (Mondo Macabro).

    photo for Queens of Evil Queens of Evil (1970 -- Italy) Haydee Politoff, Silvia Monti, Evelyn Stewart, Ray Lovelock. In this dark, gothic fairy tale for adults, Ray Lovelock plays David, a lone hippie motorcyclist, cruising the highways, in search of a better world. One night on a lonely mountain road he stops to help out the owner of a Rolls Royce with a flat tire. The middle-aged driver of the car gives David a lecture about responsibility and, unknown to David, punctures the front tire of his motorbike before driving off. Furious, David gives chase. There is an accident and the car crashes, killing the driver. Fearing trouble from the police, David heads off down a side road into a dark forest and spends the night in a deserted barn. He is awakened the next morning by three beautiful young women who live in a luxurious villa nearby. These three women appear to be toying with David, playing an elaborate and sinister game, involving perplexing rituals and night-time vigils. The climax of their game takes place at a party in a nearby castle where David appears to be the guest of honor ... but for what purpose? New 4k transfer from a film negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan, trailer, alternative sequences. (Mondo Macabro).

    Rent-A-Pal (2020) Brian Landis Folkins, Wil Wheaton, Kathleen Brady. Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother. While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy’s friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

    Russian Raid (aka Russkiy Reyd) (2020 -- Russia) Long after the murder of his father -- a secret agent killed in a missile factory raid -- former special forces operative Nikita (played by renowned stuntman Ivan Kotik) returns to Russia as a mercenary. He leads an elite team on a top-dollar heist targeting the same facility, but no one else knows his true objective is revenge in this MMA thriller. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).

    photo for Touki Bouki Touki bouki (1973 -- Senegal) With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a fractured portrait of the disenchantment of postindependence Senegal in the early 1970s. In this picaresque fantasy-drama, the disaffected young lovers Anta and Mory, fed up with Dakar, long to escape to the glamour and comforts they imagine France has to offer, but their plan is confounded by obstacles both practical and mystical. Alternately manic and meditative, "Touki Bouki" has an avant-garde sensibility characterized by vivid imagery, bleak humor, unconventional editing, and jagged soundscapes, and it demonstrates Mambéty’s commitment to telling African stories in new ways. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with 2K digital transfer, restored by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the family of director Djibril Diop Mambéty, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Introduction from 2013 by The Film Foundation’s founder and chair, Martin Scorsese; interview from 2013 with filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako; interview program from 2012 featuring musician Wasis Diop and filmmaker Mati Diop, Mambéty’s brother and niece, respectively; "Contras’ City," a 1968 short film by Mambéty, in a new 4K restoration by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the Cineteca di Bologna; an essay by film programmer and critic Ashley Clark. (The Criterion Collection).

    Vanguard (2020 -- China) Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Lun Ai, Miya Muqi. Covert security company Vanguard, headed up by Jackie Chan, is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world's deadliest mercenary organization. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with digital code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Vanguard." Read more here. (Lionsgate).

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