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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, March 12 -- Monday, March 18

All DVD Releases

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    photo for Mary Poppins Returns Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) -- just a child when Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane -- is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Dick Van Dyke) -- bringing life, love and laughter back into the home. Vitals: Director: Rob Marshall. Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 130 min., Musical, Box office gross: $171.224 million, Disney. Extras: Deleted song “The Anthropomorphic Zoo”; four-part featurette "The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns”; four-part "Seeing Things From a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns"; "Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns"; "Practically Perfect Bloopers"; deleted scenes; play movie in sing-along mode. 3 stars


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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    photo for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse After a bite from a radioactive spider grants him superpowers, Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) becomes the one and only Spider-Man. When a gateway into the multiverse opens up, Miles soon realizes he isn't the only spider superhero out there, as he meets many different versions of himself pulled in from other universes, including the original Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld). Together they fight off the evil Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) and attempt to save the world. Vitals: Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman. Stars: Voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld,, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Nicholas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 117 min., Animated Adventure, Box office gross: $184.924 million, Sony. Extras: "We Are Spider-Man" takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters in the film; "Spider-Verse: A New Dimension" featurette; "The Ultimate Comics Cast"; "A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko"; "The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge"; "Designing Cinematic Comics Characters"; "Heroes & Hams": Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse; "Scorpions and Scoundrels" classic villains who wreak havoc on the Spider-Verse; "Alternate Universe Mode" offers alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide; two lyric videos: “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee and “Familia” by Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA (feat. Bantu); all-new original short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham.” 3 stars



    This Week's Digital Releases

    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)

    The Last Movie: Dennis Hopper’s 1971 cult classic follow-up to the acclaimed "Easy Rider" stars the actor as a disillusioned stunt coordinator who begins to question the film industry and attempts to leave it all behind in the hopes of something more. (Kanopy)

    March 19:

    Becoming Astrid: The true story of a character-defining period in the young life of the legendary Swedish author Astrid Lindgren of Pippi Longstocking fame is revealed in the touching biographical drama. (DVD release: Day & date)

    Bumblebee: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 2)

    Red Room: A young woman kidnapped off the street after a night out wakes up in an isolated house with two other captives, where they are informed by their sadistic captors that they must wait their turn to enter the Room before they will be released. (DVD: Day & date)

    The Second Time Around: Katherine Mitchell, a widowed yet vibrant senior, wasn’t looking for love a second time -- not at her age, and certainly not with grumpy Isaac Shapiro. Despite the nosey bunch of seniors in the residence where Katherine convalesces after breaking her hip, she and Isaac warm to each other over their shared love of music. (DVD: Day & date)

    She Wolf: She Wolf is a serial killer who traps her men in the subway in Buenos Aires: She seduces them, has sex with them and then kills them. (DVD release: Date & date)

    March 22:

    The Dirt: Based on the bestselling autobiography from Mötley Crüe, the film is an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame. (Netflix)

    March 24:

    Action: Four-part documentary explores the legalization of sports gambling and its evolving impact on the gambling community as the industry navigates a landmark 2018 court ruling. (Showtime)

    March 25:

    O.G.: Filmed in Indiana's Pendleton Correctional Facility, an active maximum-security prison, "O.G." follows Louis (Jeffrey Wright), once the head of a prominent prison gang, in the final weeks of his 24-year sentence. His impending release is upended when he takes a new arrival, who is being courted by gang leadership, under his wing. (HBO Digital only)

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    All DVD Releases

    Accident (2017 -- South Africa & France) Stephanie Shield, Roxane Hayward, Tyrone Keogh, Keenan Arrison. When four teens “borrow” a car for one night of fun, what starts as a wild joy ride turns into a nightmare. After a violent crash, they discover that being stuck at the bottom of a ravine in an overturned car is the least of their problems. The psychotic owner of the car that they stole has them in his crosshairs and will stop at nothing to get both the car and its contents back. Formats: Blu-ray. (Well Go USA).

    photo for Becoming Astrid Becoming Astrid (2018 -- Sweden/Denmark) Alba August, Trine Dyrholm, Henrik Rafaelsen, Maria Bonnevie, Björn Gustafsson. Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking. Teenaged Astrid Lindgren (August leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie. Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg's offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Berlinale Film premiere featurette, interviews with actress Alba August and director Pernille Fischer Christensen. (Music Box Films).

    photo for Born In East L.A. [Collector’s Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUT Born In East L.A. [Collector’s Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUT (1987) Cheech Marin wrote, directed and starred in this hip, outrageous comedy that's more timely than ever. The story follows Rudy (Marin), an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico -- without speaking a word of Spanish! Unable to contact his vacationing family or his newly immigrated cousin (played by comedian Paul Rodriguez), Rudy is in for a crazy ride as he tries every legal -- and illegal -- scheme he can think of to get back home. Extras: New audio commentary by director-writer-star Cheech Marin; new interview with Marin; New interview with actress Kamala Lopez; new interview with actor Paul Rodriguez; extended television cut (standard definition); theatrical trailer; photo gallery; production notes. (Shout! Factory Select).

    photo for The Deadly Mantis BLU-RAY DEBUT The Deadly Mantis BLU-RAY DEBUT (1957) Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton. What’s worse than a horde of locusts? A gigantic man-eating praying mantis, released from a million years of deep, frozen sleep and ready to claw its way to world domination. This menacing insect kills everything in its path while scientists and military men work feverishly to stop it. Stevens stars as the commander in charge of putting an end to this beastly insect with Hopper as the paleontologist and Talton as his beautiful assistant, a photojournalist, assigned to help in this epic battle between man and insect. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter, "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" episode “The Deadly Mantis,” theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Scream Factory).

    Detour (1945) From Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) finds himself photo for Detourwith a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run -- a waking nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Ann Savage’s snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. Working with no-name stars on a bargain-basement budget, B auteur Edgar G. Ulmer turned threadbare production values and seedy, low-rent atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long unavailable in a format in which its hard-boiled beauty could be fully appreciated, "Detour" haunts anew in its first major restoration. "Detour" was restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen," a 2004 documentary featuring interviews with filmmakers Roger Corman, Joe Dante, and Wim Wenders and actor Ann Savage; new interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, author of "Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins"; new program about the restoration of "Detour"; trailer; an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito. (The Criterion Collection).

    Far From Heaven (Special Edition) (2002) Dir.: Todd Haynes; Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn. Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid star in this seductive story of a seemingly perfect family, and the forbidden desires that threaten to tear it apart, set in 1950s Connecticut. Cathy Whitaker (Moore) has it all -- a lovely home, two wonderful children and a handsome husband (Quaid) who is successfully climbing the corporate ladder. But Cathy's idyllic existence is just an illusion, and she eventually must choose between living a lie or following her heart. Written and directed by Todd Haynes ("Carol"), "Far From Heaven" garnered rave reviews and was nominated for four Academy Awards® including Actress (Moore), Original Screenplay (Haynes), Original Score (Elmer Bernstein) and Cinematography (Edward Lachman). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with director Todd Haynes, "The Making of Far From Heaven," "Anatomy of a Scene," "A Filmmaker's Experience with Julianne Moore and Todd Hayes," theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).

    photo for The Last Resort The Last Resort (2018) Before the arrival of "Miami Vice" and "MTV Spring Break," South Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country. Drawn by the small apartments, low cost of living, sunny weather, and thriving cultural life, they came by the thousands seeking refuge from the Northeast's brutal winters. By the 1970s, these former New Yorkers had turned from seasonal visitors to year-round residents, making Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish. "The Last Resort" takes audiences on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of that era through the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe. With cameras in hand, they embarked on an ambitious 10-year project to document this unique chapter in the city's history, which would soon be erased by the turbulent 1980s. Featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchanan, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, photographer Gary Monroe, and more, The Last Resort is a stunning testament to a community all but forgotten ... until now. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, Q&A with the directors, "Cherry Pop: The Story of the World's Fanciest Cat" (2014), a short film by Kareem Tabsch, Andy Sweet photo gallery, Gary Monroe photo gallery, South Beach architecture gallery, trailer. (Kino Lorber).



    Losin' It (1983) Dir.: Curtis Hanson; Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, Jackie Earl Haley, John Stockwell, Henry Darrow, Rick Rossovich, Joe Spinell. Hollywood icon Tom Cruise in his first starring role has everything to gain -- and a certain something to lose -- when he crosses paths with Shelley Long in this rambunctious road-trip comedy set in the wild and wacky sixties. When all-American high-schooler Woody (Cruise) and his Sinatra-obsessed pal Dave (Haley) decide that it's time to lose their virginity, they enlist the help of their "more experienced" friend Spider (Stockwell) and head south-of-the-border. Now, in a hilariously raunchy search for cheap booze -- and even cheaper thrills == the intrepid trio will run into fast-food floozies, crooked cops and a close encounter with a doubting would-be divorcée (Long) that will change Woody's life forever. Wonderfully directed by Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential") with a screenplay by B.W.L. Norton ("Convoy"). In a brand new 2K master. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).

    photo for Mary Poppins Returns Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Director: Rob Marshall. Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke. 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. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted song “The Anthropomorphic Zoo”; four-part featurette "The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns”; four-part "Seeing Things From a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns"; "Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns"; "Practically Perfect Bloopers"; deleted scenes; play movie in sing-along mode. (Disney).

    The Minion (1988) Dolph Lundgren, Françoise Robertson, Roc LaFortune, David Nerman, Allen Altman. International action star Dolph Lundgren stars in this non-stop action-packed thriller. When a beautiful and ambitious archaeologist (Françoise Robertson) unearths a mysterious key beneath the streets of 1999 New York City, the Templar Knights of Christ send Lucas (Lundgren) to retrieve it. With no time to lose, he must convince her to give him the key before unspeakable evil is unleashed upon the world by the Minion, a demonic servant of the Antichrist who will do everything in its power to possess the key and see that its sinister master is freed. And only Lucas-a modern-day warrior trained in the ancient arts-can defeat the ultimate evil. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by director Jean-Marc Piché, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).

    On Her Shoulders (2018) At only 23-years-old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings -- from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of one-on-one meetings with top government officials. Though it all takes an enormous toll, this once ordinary girl has survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village, as she fights to bring ISIS to justice and save her people from extinction. After the documentary was completed, Murad was named as one of two winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Formats: DVD. (Oscilloscope Films).

    PawParazzi (2018) Sara Fletcher, Jay Mohr, Kristy Swanson as the voice of Latte. The cushy Hollywood life of Latte the dog is turned upside down when her owner, superstar actress London Bridges, heads to the boonies to make a new film. The pampered pooch tries to stop thieves from stealing London’s diamond necklace from a farmhouse, but they escape with the jewels. With the help of hunky farmer Tom, can London track down the priceless stones before a scandal breaks out? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Hot Off the Press with PawParazzi” featurette. (Lionsgate).

    photo for The Quake The Quake (2018 -- Norway) Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Kathrine Thorborg Johansen. The ground beneath the residents of Oslo, Norway can’t be trusted. For Norwegian geologists like Kristian Eikjord, studying the daily quakes proves that it's no longer a matter of if, but when the next catastrophic event will strike. Will it surpass the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that devastated the city in 1904? Can anyone survive it? The thriller follows Kristian as he makes a perilous attempt to help his wife, daughter and others escape a crumbling skyscraper when nature takes its course. What if a massive earthquake is looming? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Seven behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Emergency," "Facts," "Family," "Set Design," "Spectacular," "Stunts," "VFX Breakdown." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    Red Room (2017 -- Ireland) Brian Fortune, Eddie Jackson, Cristina Ryan. Kyra, a young woman kidnapped off the street after a night out, wakes up in an isolated house with two other captives. They are informed by their sadistic captors that they must wait their turn to enter the Room before they will be released. Once they discover they will never leave the house alive, they plot to escape before it is their turn to enter the Red Room. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

    photo for Ritual - A Psychomagic Story Ritual - A Psychomagic Story (2013 -- Italy) Fragile Lia (Désirée Giorgetti) once had a strong, passionate relationship with her lover Viktor (Ivan Franek), but a series of traumatic events sends her spiraling into a dark depression. Desperate to find a cure, she visits her old Aunt Agata (Anna Bonasso) at her creepy 18th century villa in Mason, a small Italian village steeped in magic, popular beliefs, traditional culture, myths and legends. Passionate about psychomagic and popular medicine, Agata is the local healer who has learned these methods from Fernando (Alejandro Jodorowsky), her dead Chilean husband. And it's here, in Mason, that Lia is taken on a powerful psychomagic journey to liberate her unconscious mind from its emotional turmoil. Inspired by the philosophy of and featuring an appearance by Chilean director and cult icon Jodorowsky, the legendary filmmaker of "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain," the explores the territory of maternity, psychomagic, madness, superstition and popular beliefs. Formats: DVD VOD. (Omnibus Entertainment).

    The Second Time Around (2017) Linda Thorson, Stuart Margolin. Katherine Mitchell, a widowed yet vibrant senior, wasn't looking for love a second time -- not at her age, and certainly not with grumpy Isaac Shapiro. Despite the nosey bunch of seniors in the residence where Katherine convalesces after breaking her hip, she and Isaac warm to each other over their shared love of music. Against unforeseen obstacles, their love blooms and together they set out to fulfill Katherine's lifelong dream of going to the opera in Milan. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Feature).

    photo for She Wolf She Wolf (2013 -- Argentina) Mónica Lairana, Guadalupe Docampo, Luján Ariza. A female serial killer is stalking the shadowy streets and underground subways of Buenos Aires. Capable of shifting between three manifestations of her inner self, this cunning seductress lures unwitting men to a night of unbridled ecstasy that ends in their blood-soaked demise. The trail of bodies she leaves behind threatens to lead the police to her door but the titular she-wolf is so lost in her fractured psyche that the threat to her own safety barely seems to register. But when one of her intended victims turns out to be an undercover police detective, her frantic escape leads her into the arms of a charming young drug dealer, whose love could provide the key to her salvation. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Omnibus Entertainment).

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld,, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Nicholas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber. This animated adventure introduces Brooklyn teen photo for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseMiles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the iconic mask. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "We Are Spider-Man" takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters in the film; "Spider-Verse: A New Dimension" featurette; "The Ultimate Comics Cast"; "A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko"; "The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge"; "Designing Cinematic Comics Characters"; "Heroes & Hams": Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse; "Scorpions and Scoundrels" classic villains who wreak havoc on the Spider-Verse; "Alternate Universe Mode" offers alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide; two lyric videos: “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee and “Familia” by Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA (feat. Bantu); all-new original short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham.” (Sony).

    photo for Strip Nude for Your Killer Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975 -- Italy) As the 1970s wore on and audiences began to tire of the tried and tested giallo formula popularized by the thrillers of Argento, Fulci and their contemporaries, filmmakers sought to reinvigorate the ailing movement by injecting elements from other genres. Some took inspiration from the then-burgeoning crime thriller movement, with tales of organized crime and corrupt police officials, while others decided to sex things up by crossing serial killer thrills with salacious soft-core antics. A spate of highly sexualized murders is rocking a prestigious Milanese fashion house. Ambitious photographer Magda (Edwige Fenech) and her on-off boyfriend, love rat Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo), team up to crack the case. But, with the motorcycle helmet-wearing killer bearing a grudge against the agency's employees, it's surely only a matter of time before they too end up feeling the force of his wrath. A sleazy Euro cult experience, with kitschy fashion shoots, back alley abortions, blow-up sex dolls and some very indelicate humor. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by HORRORPEDIA.com's Adrian J. Smith and David Flint; "Sex and Death with a Smile," a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech; "A Good Man for the Murders," a newly edited video interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo; "The Blonde Salamander," a new video interview with actress Erna Schurer; "The Art of Helping," a new video interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi; "Jack of All Trades," a new video interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi; two versions of the opening scene: tinted and untinted viewing options; original Italian and English theatrical trailers; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Rachael Nisbet. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    photo for Wanda Wanda (1970) With her first and only film -- a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in -- Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men -- including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, "Wanda" is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Film Foundation, and Gucci, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "I Am Wanda," an hour-long documentary by Katja Raganelli featuring an interview with director Barbara Loden filmed in 1980; audio recording of Loden speaking to students at the American Film Institute in 1971; segment from a 1971 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" featuring Loden; "The Frontier Experience," a short educational film from 1975 about a pioneer woman’s struggle to survive, directed by and starring Loden; trailer; an essay by film critic Amy Taubin. (The Criterion Collection).

    The Witches (The Devil's Own) BLU-RAY DEBUT (1967) Joan Fontaine, Alec McCowen, Kay Walsh. Classic Hammer Films thriller. Haunted by the terrors of her experience with African witch-doctors, school teacher Gwen Mayfield (Fontaine) accepts an appointment as headmistress at the Haddaby School run by Alan Bax (McCowen) and his sister Stephanie (Walsh). Gwen initially revels in the peacefulness she has found in the quiet English countryside but soon begins to sense "undercurrents." Before long, a local boy falls into a coma and Gwen discovers a voodoo doll impaled by pins. The danger that follows brings her face to face with witchcraft as a series of disasters unfold and lead her to the horrible truth. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker/historian Ted Newsom, "Hammer Glamour" featurette on the women of Hammer, U.S. trailer "The Devil’s Own." double feature trailer "Prehistoric Women" and "The Devil’s Own," still gallery. (Scream Factory).


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