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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, December 1 -- Monday, December 7

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    December 1

    Alt Space: A young New York City couple struggles to deal with a worsening case of agoraphobia and the heightened sense that their lives may not be what it seems. The truth dissolves into lies while the line between reality and imagination disappears. (Digital, VOD only)

    Backwoods: High school cheerleader Molly woke bound and gagged in the trunk of her boyfriend's car and, after escaping and fleeing into the nearby forest, she comes face-to-face with the town urban legend: The Hangman, a deformed zealot said to lynch male trespassers and keep the women as "brides". (VOD)

    Disco: 19-year-old Mirjam is a champion disco freestyle dancer and the stepdaughter of a charismatic evangelical pastor. As she starts to question her family and faith, she is lured by a highly conservative Christian sect. (Digital, VOD only)

    18 to Party: It’s 1984 and outside a small-town nightclub, a group of 8th graders gather, grappling with a spate of recent suicides, UFO sightings, their absentee parents, and each other. This homage to lassic 80s teen movies spans a single evening in the lives of these kids, but manages to transport us fully to a time when waiting for something to happen felt just as significant as the thing itself. (VOD only)

    Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound Of Thunder: The Grammy-nominated 1988 concert, restored, re-edited and remixed from the original film reels and master tapes. Filmed at the Nassau Coliseum (Long Island, NY) and featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright at their incendiary best, this engrossing event uses an innovative mix of lighting and staging, balancing the then-new material and classic Pink Floyd songs. (Digital, VOD only)

    Thirst: Icelandic drug addict Hulda is arrested and accused of murdering her brother. After she's let go because of insufficient evidence, she meets Hjörtur, a thousand-year-old gay vampire, and together they fight a cult while being investigated by a rouge detective. (DVD release: Day & date)

    December 4

    Dear Santa: Shines a light on the 100-year-old Operation Santa Program of the United States Postal Service. Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive at Post Offices around the country. Through Operation Santa, the USPS makes it possible for the public to safely adopt these letters and make children’s dreams come true. (Amazon, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, Xfinity, Spectrum & DirecTV)

    Free Lunch: A satirical, surreal story about Bernie Sanders and his long trip to trying to get nominated for president of the US. His journeys through the decades take him through marijuana infused visits with Ben & Jerry, debates with Hillary Clinton and cocktails with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Digital, VOD only)

    Sunny Side Up: Gregory Samuel’s debilitating social anxiety and self-deprecating inner voice prevent him from leading the “normal life” he so desires. The young funeral director’s fears are confronted when he is given a 30-day leave of absence and tries to take comfort in a self-imposed house arrest ... but is challenged by a curious female neighbor. (Digital)

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    All DVD Releases

    Beast Mode (2020) C Thomas Howell, Leslie Easterbrook, Ray Wise, James Hong, James Duval. This 80s throwback horror tells the story of a has-been Hollywood producer, who after accidentally killing his lead star, turns to an ancient herbal elixir, in the hope that it will save his career. He makes a dark deal that unleashes a band of bloodthirsty, shape-shifting, ferocious beasts on LA. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Devilworks Pictures).

    Bobbleheads: The Movie (2020) Voices of Jennifer Coolidge, Karen Fukuhara, Khary Payton, Julian Sands, Brenda Song, Luke Wilson, Cher. Get ready for a big shake-up when misfit bobbleheads take on trashy humans and a slobbery dog who crash their home with plans to swap a new baseball player bobblehead for a valuable one of them. With some guidance from Bobblehead Cher, they find the courage to bobble-up for an outrageous battle of wits and wobble. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

    photo for Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Available in a collector’s gift set that includes a full-size glitter Funko figure. Three-disc collection features 60 shorts along with bonus content, including 10 episodes of Looney Tunes Cartoons, a documentary and collectible memorabilia. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (Warner). Read more here.

    Crash (1996) For this icily erotic fusion of flesh and machine, David Cronenberg adapted J. G. Ballard’s future-shock novel of the 1970s into one of the most singular and provocative films of the 1990s. A traffic collision involving a disaffected commercial producer, James (James Spader), and an enigmatic doctor, Helen (Holly Hunter), brings them, along with James’s wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger, in a sublimely detached performance), together in a crucible photo for Crashof blood and broken glass -- and it’s not long before they are all initiated into a kinky, death-obsessed underworld of sadomasochistic car-crash fetishists for whom twisted metal and scar tissue are the ultimate turn-ons. Controversial from the moment it premiered at Cannes -- where it won a Special Jury Prize “for originality, for daring, and for audacity” -- "Crash" has since taken its place as a key text of late-20th-century cinema, a disturbingly seductive treatise on the relationships between humanity and technology, sex and violence, that is as unsettling as it is mesmerizing. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration supervised by director of photography Peter Suschitzky, and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both approved by director David Cronenberg. Extras: Audio commentary from 1997 featuring Cronenberg; press conference from the 1996 Cannes Film Festival featuring Cronenberg, Suschitzky, author J. G. Ballard, producers Robert Lantos and Jeremy Thomas, and actors Rosanna Arquette, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, James Spader, and Deborah Kara Unger; Q&A from 1996 with Cronenberg and Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London; behind-the-scenes footage and press interviews from 1996; trailers; an essay by film critic Jessica Kiang. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for The Curse Of Frankenstein BLU-RAY DEBUT The Curse of Frankenstein BLU-RAY DEBUT (1957) The first, and perhaps the best of the long-running series of horror films from the house of Hammer. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in this landmark interpretation based on the famous Mary Shelley story. Baron Victor Frankenstein becomes friends with one of his teachers, Paul Krempe. At first, both men are fascinated by the potential of their re-animating experiments. Eventually, though, Krempe refuses to help with Frankenstein's human experiments. However, he is drawn back into the plot when Frankenstein's creature kills a member of the house staff. A deluxe 2 Disc Special Edition, featuring two theatrical aspect ratio presentations, meticulously remastered and restored in 4k scans from preservation separations, as well as bonus disc with the restoration presented in "open-matte" format, as was seen for years on television. Extras: New feature commentary by screenwriter/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr; new featurettes: "The Resurrection Men: Hammer, Frankenstein and the Rebirth of the Horror Film," "Hideous Progeny: The Curse of Frankenstein and the English Gothic Tradition," "Torrents of Light: The Art of Jack Asher," "Diabolus in Musica: James Bernard and the Sound of Hammer Horror"; original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).

    photo for Dream Factory Dream Factory (2019 -- Germany) Svenja Jung, Emilia Schüle, Dennis Mojen, Nikolai Kinski. Summer 1961, Germany. Emil (Mojen) arrives at DEFA Studio Babelsberg to begin working as an extra when he falls in love with a French dance-double, Milou (Schüle). Though it‘s love at first sight, they are torn apart when East Germany closes its border and erects the Berlin Wall just days after they first meet. Milou returns to Paris. Emil remains in East Germany, crushed by the fact that the love of his life just slipped through his hands ... that is, until he sets in motion a daring and adorably romantic plan. Formats: DVD. (MPI).

    Evergreen (2019) Tanner Kalina, Amanda Maddox, Olivia Grace Applegate, David Bianchi. Set against the rustic winter backdrop of the Colorado Western Slope, the film is an intimate character study of an interfaith couple's relationship over a tumultuous Christmas weekend. Paul, a contemporary Catholic, plans to propose to his girlfriend, while pragmatic Gena wants to finally take their celibate relationship to the next level. When expectations clash, the two set aside their prior notions and agree to a brutally honest, no-holds-barred weekend of "question and answer," unearthing long-buried secrets and manifestations from relationships past. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).

    photo for Green Eggs and Ham: The Complete First Season Green Eggs and Ham: The Complete First Season (2019) A single disc with 13 animated episodes of the Dr. Seuss series featuring an all-star cast including Michael Douglas, Adam Devine, Keegan-Michael Key, Eddie Izzard, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Diane Keaton. A chance meeting at a diner and a briefcase switch-up results in two unlikely companions Sam (Devine) and Guy (Douglas) getting mixed up on an adventure that takes them on a road trip to save an endangered animal – the elusive Chickeraffe – from a far-off zoo. The two mismatched souls cross paths with the overprotective Michellee (Keaton), whose daughter, EB (Glazer) desperately wants a pet and falls in love with the Chickeraffe … despite her mother’s fears that it will eat off her face (it won’t). As Michellee’s walled-up heart connects with the heart-hardened Guy, a laborious love story begins. With the foursome also unknowingly pursued by a bounty-hunter Goat, two bad guys, McWinkle and Gluntz and Snerz, a tiny, evil overlord who’s out to get the Chickeraffe as his ultimate trophy, they set out on a cross-country road trip, learning to try new things along the way – like hope, friendship … and a certain delectable dish. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).

    Holiday Affair BLU-RAY DEBUT (1949) RKO's resident "bad boy" Robert Mitchum surprised audiences with his softer side in this classic Yule-themed romantic comedy. Mitchum portrays Steve Mason, a department-store clerk who loses his job, yet buys an electric train set for a child he scarcely knows. It must be Christmastime. Mitchum and Janet Leigh are warmly matched in a seasonal favorite scripted by Isobel Lennart (later to adapt Mitchum's "The Sundowners") and directed by Hope/Crosby "road movies" veteran Don Hartman. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Lux Radio Theater broadcast (12/18/50) with Robert Mitchum and Laraine Day, original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).

    Intersection (2020 -- Australia) Matt Doran, Lianne Mackessy, Lucy Fry. When white-collar extortionist (Doran) discovers his son is kidnapped, he is forced to drive the city streets, completing an escalating series of tasks to appease his child’s abductor. Writer-Director Samuel Bartlett sets out to create a tightly-woven kidnapping thriller, and has flipped the genre on its head by making the kidnapper the good-guy, and the victim the villain. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

    photo for Made in Italy Made in Italy (2020) Liam Neeson, Michael Richardson, Valeria Bilello, Lindsay Duncan. A heart-warming father-son story set in glorious Tuscany about bohemian London artist Robert (Neeson), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Richardson) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair. Renovations go badly, with father and son soon finding themselves at odds. Robert's comical lack of DIY experience leads him to seek help from some colorful locals including the no nonsense Kate (Duncan), an ex-pat making her living selling villas who quickly captures his attention. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

    Perry Mason: The Complete First Season (2020) Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the HBO series that follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason, set in a noirish 1930s Los Angeles. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself. Stars Matthew Rhys, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Executive producer Robert Downey Jr. & star Matthew Rhys conversation; Downey Jr. & executive producer Susan Downey conversation; "The Characters of Perry Mason" featurette, "Under the Fedora" featurette. (Warner).

    Popeye BLU-RAY DEBUT (1980) 40th Anniversary of director Robert Altman’s vision of the famous cartoon character, starring Robin Williams. Looking for the father (Ray Walston) who deserted him as a baby, a sailor named Popeye (Williams) journeys to the port town of Sweethaven. Popeye befriends an assortment of eccentrics and falls in love with Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall), who already has a suitor, the bully Bluto (Paul L. Smith). Popeye also discovers an abandoned baby, Swee'Pea, whom he raises as his own. But when the spurned Bluto kidnaps Olive and the child, Popeye takes action, with the help of his magic spinach. Legendary producer Robert Evans and screenwriter Jules Feiffer worked for nearly three years to get "Popeye" into production. The film combined the talents of director Altman, composer and lyricist Harry Nilsson, numerous filmmaking artisans, and an outstanding cast of actors, mimes, athletes and street performers to bring the world of the beloved character to life. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Return to Sweethaven: A Look Back with Robin and the Altmans," "The Popeye Company Players," "Popeye’s" premiere, "The Sailor Man Medleys," theatrical trailer. (Paramount).

    photo for The Rental The RentalTwo couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. Before long, what should have been a celebratory weekend trip turns into something far more sinister, as well-kept secrets are exposed and the four old friends come to see each other in a whole new light. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).

    Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume Two Single-disc with 21 cartoons. Welcome back for another three-ring circus of animated comedy from the legendary leader of cartoon fun – director Tex Avery. In the first ring, Avery serves up some of his finest one-shot creations: cartoons featuring cats who hate people, wacky cuckoo clocks, kooky cavemen and lovelorn French fleas. We also meet up again with Avery's attractive Red Riding Hood, a pair of amorous wolves and his durable all-around fall guy, Spike. The second ring is a showcase for Avery's ironically deadpan "Happy Hound": Droopy. The third ring offers a whimsical glimpse into the future – or at least a future from the POV of the mid-20th century – with a plethora of zany postwar inventions. While none of the cartoons "of tomorrow" foresaw smartphones or Blu-ray players, these far-fetched contraptions, gadgets, houses and farms, televisions, and various modes of transportation could only come from the madcap mind of Avery and his MGM crew. Uncut, restored and remastered in high definition for the first time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner Archive).

    photo for Thirst (2019 -- Iceland)Thirst (2019 -- Iceland) Hjörtur Sævar Steinason, Hulda Lind Kristinsdóttir, Jens Jensson. An Icelandic adrenaline-pumping vampire epic. The drug addict Hulda is arrested and accused of murdering her brother. After she's released because of insufficient evidence, she meets Hjörtur, a thousand-year-old gay vampire, and together they fight a cult while being investigated by a rouge detective. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment).

    The Trip: Four Course Meal (2020) Actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on multiple road trips through Europe including the UK, Italy, Spain, and Greece, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way. As the brilliant comic duo, freestyling with flair, drive each other mad with constant competition and showdowns of competing impressions of famous celebrities, Coogan and Brydon create a brilliantly comic rumination on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. Four-disc set with "The Trip: Greece," "The Trip: Italy," "The Trip: Spain" and "The Trip: UK." Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

    Werewolf (2019 -- Poland) Kamil Polnisiak, Nicolas Przygoda, Sonia Mietielica. Children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious dogs in an abandoned mansion surrounded by the forest. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Indiecan Entertainment).

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