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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, June 30 -- Monday, July 6

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    June 28

    Legacy of Lies: An ex-MI6 agent ( Scott Adkins) is thrown back into the world of espionage and high stakes to uncover the shocking truth about operations conducted by unknown secret services. (DVD release: Day & date)

    June 30

    Earth: Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans - with shovels, excavators and dynamite. This documentary observes people, in mines, quarries and large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet. (VOD only)

    Force of Nature: A cop, a doctor, and a retired detective team up to battle a deadly gang of thieves as a brutal hurricane engulfs the city. Stars Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, Mel Gibson. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

    Viena and the Fantomes: Viena (Dakota Fanning), a beautiful, young roadie, travels with the Fantomes, an edgy post-punk band, as they tour through America in the 1980s. But what starts out as a wild ride of concerts and parties quickly descends into an alcohol and drug induced haze. (Digital, VOD only)

    July 1

    Big Dogs: The new series exists in an alternate reality of New York City. Businesses are shuttered, crime is rampant, black markets thrive. Drug are run via taxis and NYPD detectives use taxis for undercover teams trying to rein in the chaos. (VOD only)

    July 3

    Black Magic for White Boys: In an almost ruined theater, among bizarre characters, a businessman decides to appeal to his old book of "real" magic spells to modify his financial crisis while a middle-aged man gets in trouble when his new girlfriend becomes pregnant. (Digital, VOD only)

    Cut Off: German thriller set in the world of Forensic Pathology. Coroner Paul Herzfeld finds a capsule in the head of a heavily mutilated corpse, containing a phone number and single word: the name of his daughter. (Digital only)

    Family Romance, LLC: Werner Herzog's latest film -- the story of a Tokyo-based company that offers the perfect stand-ins for absent family members, friends or admirers, available to rent for any occasion -- streams for free on MUBI one day only. (VOD only)

    SUZI-Q: The official Suzi Quatro documentary is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock’n’roll. (DVD, release: Day & date)

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    All DVD Releases

    photo for Come and See Come and See (1985 -- USSR) This legendary film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in Belorussia, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko, in a searing depiction of anguish) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty -- rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camera work and expressionistic sound design. Nearly blocked from being made by Soviet censors, who took seven years to approve its script, "Come and See" is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration by Mosfilm, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins; new interview with director Elem Klimov’s brother and frequent collaborator German Klimov; "Flaming Memory," a three-film documentary series from 1975–77 by filmmaker Viktor Dashuk featuring firsthand accounts of survivors of the genocide in Belorussia during World War II; interview from 2001 with Elem Klimov; interviews from 2001 with actor Alexei Kravchenko and production designer Viktor Petrov; "How Come and See Was Filmed," a 1985 short film about the making of the film featuring interviews with Elem Klimov, Kravchenko, and writer Ales Adamovich; theatrical rerelease trailer; essays by critic Mark Le Fanu and poet Valzhyna Mort. (The Criterion Collection).

    The Complete Lenzi/Baker Giallo Collection Italian writer/director Umberto Lenzi helmed popular peplums, created extreme poliziotteschi, and invented the Italian cannibal phenomenon. Hollywood actress Carroll Baker was the Golden Globe winning/Academy Award nominated star of "Baby Doll," "Giant" and "The Carpetbaggers." Together in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, they made four landmark films that changed the erotic thriller and Giallo genres forever. For the first time, here's the complete Lenzi/Baker collaboration on six discs, featuring restored uncensored versions, alternate edits, remastered soundtracks, exclusive special features, and more. In a limited, numbered edition release of only 4,000 units. The four titles: "Orgasmo" (1969), "So Sweet ... So Perverse" (1969), "A Quiet Place to Kill" (1970) and "Knife of Ice" (1972). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Two CDs with "Orgasmo" remastered soundtrack, "So Sweet ... So Perverse" and "A Quiet Place to Kill" remastered soundtracks plus bonus track: "Knife of Ice" main title theme. (Severin Films).

    photo for Dede Dede (2018 -- Georgia) Natia Vibliani, Nukri Khachvani, George Babluani. Based on true events that took place at the outset of the Georgian Civil War in 1992, the drama takes place in the rural and isolated community of Svaneti, where a Caucasus Mountain people far removed from the modern world live, a patriarchal society that revolves around forced marriages, pride and a tradition that dictates the code of daily life. Dina is a young woman promised by her draconian grandfather to David, one of the soldiers returning from the war. Once a marriage arrangement is brokered by two families, failure to follow through on the commitment is unthinkable. Unfortunately, Dina finds herself unable to love her fiancée, and instead falls for his handsome friend, Gegi, who saved David's life during the war. Humiliated after she reveals her true feelings, David attempts to kill his friend, but fails, and takes his own life rather than lose face. Dina is rattled, but relieved at the same time and quickly marries Gegi. The pair then flee the village and attempt to make a new life in a nearby community, but the ill sentiment harbored by David's family doesn't subside any more quickly than the harsh, unforgiving conditions that are an ever present part of life in Svaneti. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Corinth Films).

    photo for Django Django (1966 -- Italy) In this definitive Spaghetti Western, Franco Nero gives a career-defining performance as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. After saving imperiled prostitute Maria (Loredana Nusciak), Django becomes embroiled in a brutal feud between a racist gang and a band of Mexican revolutionaries. With "Django," director Sergio Corbucci upped the ante for sadism and sensationalism in Westerns, depicting machine gun massacres, mud-fighting prostitutes and savage mutilations. A huge hit with international audiences, "Django's" brand of bleak nihilism would be repeatedly emulated in a raft of unofficial sequels. The film is presented here in an exclusive new restoration with a wealth of extras including the newly restored bonus feature "Texas Adios," which also stars Franco Nero, and was released as "Django 2" in several territories. New restoration from a 4K scan of "Django" from the original camera negative; new restoration from a 2K scan of "Texas Adios" from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray, Blu-ray Steelbook. Extras: Six double-sided collector’s postcards; double-sided fold-out poster; limited edition 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Roberto Curti, and original reviews; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince; newly filmed interview with star Franco Nero; newly filmed interview with assistant director Ruggero Deodato; newly filmed interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti; newly filmed interview with Sergio Corbucci’s wife Nora Corbucci; archival interview with co-writer Piero Vivarelli; archival interview with stuntman and actor Gilberto Galimberti; "Discovering Django," newly filmed appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher; "An Introduction to Django" by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director; gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive; original trailers. For "Texas Adios": Audio commentary for by Spaghetti Western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke; newly filmed interview with star Franco Nero; newly filmed interview with co-star Alberto Dell'Acqua; newly filmed interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti; "Hello Texas." newly filmed appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher; gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive; original trailer. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

    photo for Evil: Season One Evil: Season One (2019) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. A psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. That’s the mysterious – and dangerous – line explored by skeptical psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) when she teams up with priest-in training David Acosta (Mike Colter) to explore the evil humanity is capable of. Together, they dive into the Catholic Church’s files of occult phenomena to bring them to rational conclusions… or attempt to. Angel sightings, demonic possessions, prophecies and conspiracies will test their faiths and push them to their limits as they learn that the world’s darkness may run deeper than they ever thought possible. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Evil: Season One: Genesis" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Does Evil Exist?" featurette, deleted and extended scenes. (CBS/Paramount).

    Force of Nature (2019) Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, Mel Gibson, David Zayas, Stephanie Cayo , Will Catlett, Swen Temmel, Tyler Jon Olson, Jorge Luis Ramos. Action-thriller takes place during a violent Category 5 hurricane. As disgraced cop Cardillo (Hirsch) races to evacuate an apartment building, he comes across Dr. Troy (Bosworth) and her retired detective father, Ray (Gibson). When a murderous gang of thieves arrives to rob a wealthy tenant, they must join forces to battle the criminals and escape with their lives before the entire city is deep underwater. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

    Four Kids and It (2020) Paula Patton, Matthew Goode, Russell Brand, voice of Michael Caine. Based on iconic children’s author Jaqueline Wilson’s "Four Children and It," the story is a modern twist based on E. Nesbit’s 1902 classic "Five Children and It." On a seaside holiday, four kids from a blended family visit the beach, where they discover a floppy-eared creature that grants their wishes. But there’s a catch: the kids’ adventures in rock-climbing, pop stardom, and flying end promptly at sunset — leaving them in danger each time. Can they learn to control the magic before something dreadful happens? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

    The Lurker (2019) Scout Taylor-Compton, Naomi Grossman, Ari Lehman, Adam Huss. A group of high school students, celebrating their final performance of "Romeo and Juliet," begin to slowly disappear one at a time. As students and faculty begin to die, it’s a race against time for the cast to find the killer and escape with their lives or face their final curtain call. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indiecan Pictures).

    Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) Phryne Fisher embarks on an exhilarating new journey of mystery and mayhem through exotic 1920s British Palestine and the opulence of grand London manors. Fisher frees a Bedouin girl, Shirin Abbas from unjust imprisonment in late 1920s Jerusalem, and unravels a wartime mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe. Partially crowd-funded by the series’ die-hard fans. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Q&A with cast and crew, behind-the-scenes featurette, interview with star Essie Davis. (Acorn Media).

    Narrow Margin (Special Edition) (1990) From Peter Hyams, the writer-director of "Busting," "Capricorn One," "Outland," "The Star Chamber" and "2010," comes this suspenseful remake of the classic 1952 film noir. Screen legend Gene Hackman stars as an L.A. District Attorney attempting to take an unwilling murder witness (Anne Archer) back to the United States from Canada to testify against a top-level mob boss. Frantically attempting to escape two deadly hitmen sent to silence her, they board a Vancouver-bound train only to find the killers are onboard with them. For the next 20 hours, as the train hurls through the beautiful but isolated Canadian wilderness, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues in which the ability to tell a friend from foe is a matter of life and death. James B. Sikking, J.T. Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh, Susan Hogan and Harris Yulin co-star in this action-packed thriller. In a brand new 4K master. Formats: Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).

    photo for Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash (2020) Ian Shultis, Sean McNabb, Tom Jenkins, Kelly Lynn Reiter, Anthony Traina, Mark Dippolito. In 1977, a plane carrying Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd mysteriously runs out of gas mid-air en route to a concert, crashing into a dangerous Mississippi swamp while killing several of the band members, crew and both pilots. This dramatization tells the story through one of the survivors, drummer Artimus Pyle, who not only survived the fatal crash (that claimed the life of the band's founder and front man Ronnie Van Zant amongst others), but who also bravely pulled the remaining survivors out of the plane wreckage before staggering towards the nearest farmhouse in rural Mississippi to seek help. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Cleopatra Entertainment).

    SUZI Q (2020) Charts the 54-year career of the pioneering female rocker, positioning Suzi as the trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of women who were to follow after her in the next decade, but whose trailblazing status was not sufficiently recognized by the music industry and contemporary audiences, especially in North America. "SUZI Q" reminds contemporary audiences of her pioneering influence, white-hot talent and string of incandescent rock hits, like "Can The Can," "48 Crash" and "Daytona Demon" that were the vehicle for her explosion of gender stereotypes in rock n roll, rewriting the rule book for the expected image of women in rock music and reaching millions of people worldwide in the process. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Utopia Distribution). Due July 3.

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