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Tuesday, September 21 -- Monday, September 27

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    F9: The Fast Saga

    photo for F9: The Fast Saga (2021) The ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious Saga, which has endured for two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world. Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob. Vitals: Director: Justin Lin. Stars: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 143 min., Action, US box office gross: $171.034 million, worldwide $661.357 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Read more here. 3 stars

    Cruella

    photo for Cruella (2021) New live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinema's most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. Vitals: Director: Craig Gillespie. Stars: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Joel Fry. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 134 min., Crime Comedy, US box office gross: $85.872 million, worldwide $221.972 million, Disney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Bloopers; two deleted scenes; “The Two Emmas” featurette about the two lead actresses and how they prepared for their roles; “The Sidekick Angle” featurette; “Cruella Couture” behind-the-scenes look at some of the most fashionable moments in the movie; “The World of Cruella” exploration of the city locations and elaborate sets of Cruella; “New Dogs … Old Tricks” look at the animal actors of the film; “Cruella 101” look at Easter eggs hidden in the film and connections to other movies. Read more here. 3 stars





    This Week's Digital Releases

    September 21

    Hudson: After learning about his mother's death, Hudson, a reclusive but charming man, embarks on a journey with his distant cousin to scatter his mother's ashes in the Hudson Valley. Along the way they meet an unusual hitchhiker and their simple road trip turns into a dysfunctional adventure of self discovery, mini-golf, and broken Volvos. (Digital)

    Little Vampire: Little Vampire has been 10 years old for the last 300 years. Despite living in a haunted house with a merry group of monsters, he is bored to death. His dream? Going to school to meet other kids. Unfortunately, his parents won’t let him leave the mansion, because they believe the outside world is way too dangerous! (DVD, Blu-ray release: October 5)

    Night of the Animated Dead: Revisit George A. Romero's 1968 horror classic "Night of the Living Dead" in this altogether unprecedented animated presentation. (DVD, Blu-ray release: October 5)

    The Protege: Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) is the world's most skilled contract killer. When Moody is brutally killed, she vows revenge for the man who taught her everything she knows. (DVD, Blu-ray release: October 19)

    This Is the Night: Set in the summer of 1982 with its backdrop the release of "Rocky III." The story tells of an average teen who embarks on a quest in his Rocky Balboa-obsessed town that swirls in his family members. Stars Naomi Watts and Frank Grillo. (Digital, VOD)

    September 24

    Chernobyl 1986: The first major Russian feature film about the aftermath of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station, when hundreds of people sacrificed their lives to clean up the site of the catastrophe, and to successfully prevent an even bigger disaster that could have turned a large part of the European continent into an uninhabitable exclusion zone. The unlikely hero of the film is Alexey, a fireman at the power station. (Digital)

    Time Is Up: A highly accomplished student with a passion for physics and keen to get into a prestigious American university meets up with a troubled and problematic young man who, due to a trauma suffered as a child, sees his desires continually hindered by a past that seems to constantly haunt him. (Digital, VOD)

    Venus As a Boy: A struggling artist, living a life in limbo between who he is and who he wants to be, is interrupted by a beautiful woman who forces him to choose. (VOD)

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    Batwoman: The Complete Second Season (2021) All 18 episodes. At the end of the first season, Crows Commander Kane (Dougray Scott) has declared war on Batwoman, forcing everyone around them to choose sides. Season two kicks off with a major game-changer that alters Gotham City and The Bat Team forever. A new hero emerges from the shadows. Relatable, messy, loyal, and a little goofy, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) couldn’t be more different than the woman who wore the Batsuit before her, billionaire Kate Kane. But she discovers that it’s not the suit that makes Ryan Wilder powerful, it’s the woman inside of it who finds her destiny in changing Gotham City for good. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray + Digital Code. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Villains Analyzed," "Never Alone: Heroes and Allies." (Warner).

    Biography: WWE Legends, Volume 1 (2019-20) The ultimate ringside seat to the men behind the most iconic characters in WWE history. The documentaries are helmed by some of the industry’s foremost directors and top storytellers, and feature WWE executives and Superstars. Learn about the tragedies, triumphs, and meteoric rise to fame of WWE giants “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and “Booker T.” Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Lionsgate).

    Biography: WWE Legends, Volume 2 (2019-20) This collection pulls back the curtain on the twists, turns, and triumphs on the paths to fame and icon status for these WWE Legends. Helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers, these programs reveal that there is more than meets the eye in the over-the-top athleticism and alter-ego swagger of Shawn Michaels, Ultimate Warrior, Mick Foley, and Bret “Hitman” Hart. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Lionsgate).

    photo for Black Mgic Live: Stripped Black Magic Live: Stripped (2021) Journey behind the scenes of Las Vegas’ only black male revue show and uncover the often complicated lives of its male strippers with this no-holds-barred documentary. Through the eyes of owner Eurika Pratts and CEO Jean-Claude LaMarre, and its all-black staff and cast, explore the challenges, struggles and growing pains the show and its core group of dancers have overcome during their four successful years on the Strip. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Lightyear). Read more here.

    Boys From County Hell (2021) Jack Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland, Michael Hough, Fra Fee, John Lynch. Strange events unfold in Six Mile Hill when construction on a new road disrupts the ancient burial ground of Abhartach, a legendary Irish vampire said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s famed “Dracula.” Deadly and sinister forces terrorize the construction crew, and they're forced to fight to survive the night, while exposing the true horror that resides in the town’s local myth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Filmmaker commentary, "Boys From County Hell" short film, storyboards, "The Making of Boys From County Hell," behind-the-scenes photo gallery. (RLJE Films).

    photo for Breakdown BLU-RAY DEBUT Breakdown BLU-RAY DEBUT (1997) Featuring a director-approved remaster from a new 4K film scan, presented in a limited-edition with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. Kurt Russell is Jeff Taylor, headed toward a new life in California with his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan). When their car dies on a remote highway, a seemingly helpful trucker (J.T. Walsh) offers Amy a ride to the local diner while Jeff waits with the car. Then Jeff discovers his vehicle was deliberately tampered with, and by the time he gets to the next town, his worst fears are about to come true. Extras: Commentary by director Jonathan Mostow and Kurt Russell; "Filmmaker Focus: Director Jonathan Mostow on Breakdown"; "Victory Is Hers - Kathleen Quinlan on Breakdown"; "A Brilliant Partnership - Martha De Laurentiis on Breakdown"; alternate opening; isolated score; theatrical trailers. (Paramount Presents).

    The Center: Gibbons and Guardians (2021) Documentary is the charming and sometimes funny, sometimes startling story of The Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, California (just north of Los Angeles) and features interviews with a number of the leading women who tirelessly champion these charming apes globally including Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace and The Gibbon Conservation Center’s director Gabriella Skollar. The film is a riveting cinematic documentary that follows the unexpected dramas at a remote nonprofit wildlife center in the California desert, weaving together the lives of endangered gibbons alongside those who care for them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Gravitas Ventures).

    photo for A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange (1971) Director: Stanley Kubrick; Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, Adrienne Corri. The film created quite a controversy for its violence and sex when first released; it was banned in several British towns and even was cited as a factor in several manslaughter cases and protests over the film began to spread -- including outside Kubrick's home. In early 1973 Kubrick asked Warners to pull the film from the British cinemas, and it was never to be seen in that country until after his death in 1999. In an England of the future, Alex (McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," while jauntily warbling "Singin' in the Rain." After he's jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to a behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims.In an England of the future, Alex (McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," while jauntily warbling "Singin' in the Rain." After he's jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to a behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims. Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital. Extras: Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Nick Redman, "Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange" [2000 Channel 4 Documentary], "Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange," "Turning Like Clockwork," "Malcolm McDowell Looks Back," "O Lucky Malcolm!" (Warner). Read more here.



    Coronavirus Conspiracy (2021) Joseph D. Reitman, John Lehr, Kimberley Crossman, Larry Layfield. When a mysterious virus causes the world to halt, an economist thinks he has found the answer in a link between animals, a renowned zookeeper and a secret cabal. As he sets out to find answers alongside his crazy sidekicks, the economist kidnaps the retired zookeeper amidst the COVID-19 lockdown to try to unlock the grand mystery and discover who is truly at fault. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).

    photo for Cruella Cruella (2021) Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Joel Fry. An all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinema's most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Bloopers; two deleted scenes; “The Two Emmas” featurette about the two lead actresses and how they prepared for their roles; “The Sidekick Angle” featurette; “Cruella Couture” behind-the-scenes look at some of the most fashionable moments in the movie; “The World of Cruella” exploration of the city locations and elaborate sets of Cruella; “New Dogs … Old Tricks” look at the animal actors of the film; “Cruella 101” look at Easter eggs hidden in the film and connections to other movies. (Disney). Read more here.

    The Equalizer: Season One (2021) All 10 episodes of this reimagining of the classic series that follows Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah), an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).

    The Evil Next Door (2021 -- Sweden) Dilan Gwyn, Linus Wahlgren, Eddie Eriksson Dominguez. New to her stepmom role, Shirin moves into a duplex with her partner, Frederik, and his son, Lucas. The new home feels like the right place to start becoming a family. But, when Frederik leaves for work and Lucas begins talking to an imaginary friend next door, strange things are heard from the other, uninhabited side. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).

    photo for F9: The Fast Saga F9: The Fast Saga (2021) Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron. Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Universal). Read more here.

    God of War II (2020 -- China) Charles Lin, Yuxi Liu. Years after escaping, Lü Bu has no memory of his hellish early life as a test subject for a ruthless imperial sorceress. Now, he is feared across the land as the conquering general under warlord Dong Zhuo, for whom he has blazed a trail of victories on the battlefield. But when a woman arrives at the palace claiming to be his long-lost love, the facade begins to fade, and he begins to realize that his closest allies may yet be his most dangerous foes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

    photo for Hardball BLU-RAY DEBUT Hardball BLU-RAY DEBUT (2001) Keanu Reeves, Diana Lane, John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney, Michael B. Jordan. Follows Conor O’Neill (Reeves), a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team. The “team” turns out to be a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago’s inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. But the stakes are higher than Conor imagined: the kids need someone to believe in. As Conor wrestles with his past, the kids start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future -- that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places. Extras: Commentary by director Brian Robbins and writer John Gatins; "The Making of Hardball"; deleted scenes; music video “Hardball” by Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Zane and Sammie; interstitials; theatrical trailer. (Paramount).

    I Carry You With Me (Te Llevo Conmigo) (2020 -- Mexico) Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz. A love story spanning decades is sparked by a chance encounter between two men in provincial Mexico. Based on a true story, ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate and make the treacherous journey to New York, where life will never be the same. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Sony).




    photo for Lady of the Manor Lady of the Manor (2021) Melanie Lynskey, Judy Greer, Justin Long, Luis Guzmán, Ryan Phillippe. Past and present collide in this supernatural buddy comedy when stoner-slacker Hannah (Lynskey) is hired to portray Lady Wadsworth (Greer), a Southern belle who died in 1875, in a tour at Wadsworth Manor. Hannah, a hot mess, figures she can fake it —until the ghost of Lady Wadsworth appears. Lady Wadsworth tells Hannah it’s time to change her wild ways — and she’ll haunt her until she does. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writers-directors Christian Long and Justin Long, "A Fart-Warming Tale of Friendship & Vengeance: Making Lady of the Manor," outtakes, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate). Read more here.

    Last Call (2021) Jeremy Piven, Taryn Manning, Zach McGowan, Jamie Kennedy, Bruce Dern. A local success story and real estate developer, Mick (Piven), returns home to his offbeat blue collar Irish neighborhood in the shadows of Philadelphia for a funeral and is obligated to stay to ensure his parents’ ailing family business gets back on course. Amidst all of this, he grows closer to his childhood crush (Manning) who is also back in town, while enduring the constant ridicule from his old hometown crew. As Mick begins to reconnect with the neighborhood he grew up in, he finds himself at a crossroads when forced to either raze or resurrect the family bar. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

    photo for Love & Basketball Love & Basketball (2000) Sparks fly both on and off the court in this groundbreaking feature debut by writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, which elevated the coming-of-age romance by giving honest expression to the challenges female athletes face in a world that doesn’t see them as equal. Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps make for one of the most iconic screen couples of the 2000s as the basketball-obsessed next-door neighbors who find love over flirtatious pickup games, fall apart under the strain of high-pressure college hoops and families, and drift in and out of each other’s lives as they pursue their twin aspirations of playing professionally. Aided by stellar supporting performances and an eclectic R&B soundtrack, "Love & Basketball" captures the intoxicating passions, heartbreaking setbacks, and sky-high ambitions that mark a young woman’s journey to the top of her game and to lasting love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Gina Prince-Bythewood, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2000 featuring Prince-Bythewood and actor Sanaa Lathan; "Playing for Your Heart," a new making-of documentary featuring Prince-Bythewood, Lathan, actors Omar Epps and Alfre Woodard, Reggie Rock Bythewood, and basketball adviser Colleen Matsuhara; "Editing Love & Basketball,” a new program featuring Bythewood and editor Terilyn A. Shropshire; new conversation on the film’s impact among Prince-Bythewood, founding WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes, and writer-producer-actor Lena Waithe; audition tape excerpts and six deleted scenes; three short films by Prince-Bythewood: "Stitches" (1991), "Progress" (1997), and "Bowl of Pork" (1997), with a new introduction by Prince-Bythewood; trailer; an essay by author Roxane Gay. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for Nuclear Nightmares Nuclear Nightmares (1980) From the late science writer Nigel Calder comes this visually frightening examination of the world's Cold War era nuclear weapon infrastructure. Host Peter Ustinov utilizes his wit and charm to narrate for the viewer how the US command and control system functions in both training and in the event of an actual retaliatory nuclear strike, and the chilling means by which airpower, nuclear submarines and underground ICBM launch pads are employed to ensure absolute vengeance on the aggressor. Throughout the film, Ustinov colorfully illustrates several scenarios of what might happen if the missiles are unleashed and so commences "the war that must never happen." Although the world's political climate has mellowed since the Cold War era, this documentary takes viewers back in time to gain a perspective on what it was like to live under a very real nuclear threat. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Corinth Films).

    The Power (2021 -- UK) Rose Williams, Charlie Carrick, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Emma Rigby, Shakira Rahman. 1974: a young nurse is forced to work the night shift in a crumbling hospital as striking miners switch off the power across Britain. But inside the walls lurks a terrifying presence that threatens to consume her and everyone around her. Formats: DVD. (RLJE Films).

    Sophie Jones (2021) Inspired by true experiences of grief, girlhood, and growing up, Jessie Barr’s film provides a stirring portrait of a sixteen year old. Stunned by the untimely death of her mother and struggling with the myriad challenges of teendom, Sophie (played with striking immediacy by the director’s cousin Jessica Barr) tries everything she can to feel something again, while holding herself together, in this sensitive, acutely realized, and utterly relatable coming-of-age story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by director Jessie Barr, Jessie Barr in Conversation with ensemble cast, "Secrets of Sophie Jones" behind-the-scenes featurette, "In Process": Q&A with Jessie Barr and executive producer Nicole Holofcener, theatrical trailer. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).

    photo for Throw Down Throw Down (2004) One of the most personal films by the prolific Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art and philosophy of judo. Amid the neon-drenched nightclubs and gambling dens of Hong Kong’s nocturnal underworld, the fates of three wandering souls -- a former judo champion now barely scraping by as an alcoholic bar owner (Louis Koo), a young fighter (Aaron Kwok) intent on challenging him, and a singer (Cherrie Ying) chasing dreams of stardom -— collide in an operatic explosion of human pain, ambition, perseverance, and redemption. Paying offbeat homage to Kurosawa’s debut feature, "Sanshiro Sugata," To scrambles wild comedy, flights of lyrical surrealism, and rousing martial-arts action into what is ultimately a disarmingly touching ode to the healing power of friendship. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Interview from 2004 with director Johnnie To; new interviews with co-screenwriter Yau Nai-hoi, composer Peter Kam, and film scholars David Bordwell and Caroline Guo; short making-of documentary from 2004 featuring To and actors Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying, and Tony Leung Ka-fai; trailer; an essay by film critic Sean Gilman. (The Criterion Collection).

    photo for The Vigil The Vigil BLU-RAY DEBUT (2019) Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman. Supernatural horror film set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Borough Park. Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov (Davis) reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante to take on the responsibility of an overnight shomer — fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the departed’s dilapidated house to sit in vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong. Formats: DVCD, Blu-ray. (IFC/Shout! Factory).

    Violation (2020 -- Canada) Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli, Jesse LaVercombe. A troubled woman on the edge of divorce returns home to her younger sister after years apart. But when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust, she embarks on a vicious crusade of revenge. Formats: Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).


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