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Jun 292020
 

This Week’s Best Bets

In the definitive Spaghetti Western “Django” (1966 — Italy), 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 photo for Djangoante 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. On Blu-ray and Blu-ray Steelbook. Includes 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; and much, much more. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … photo for Come and See “Come and See” (1985 — USSR), the 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. On DVD, Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration by Mosfilm, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“Evil: Season One” (2019) is a 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) photo for Evil: Season One 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. From CBS/Paramount … In ” 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. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Acorn Media.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Force of Nature” (2019), starring Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, Mel Gibson, David Zayas, Stephanie Cayo, Will Catlett, Swen Temmel, Tyler Jon Olson and Jorge Luis Ramos, is an 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. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In photo for Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash In “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash” (2020) a plane carrying Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd mysteriously runs out of gas mid-air en route to a concert in 1977, 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. Stars Ian Shultis, Sean McNabb, Tom Jenkins, Kelly Lynn Reiter, Anthony Traina and Mark Dippolito. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cleopatra Entertainment/MVD Entertainment … 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 “The Complete Lenzi/Baker Giallo Collection” 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). On Blu-ray from Severin Films … photo for Narrow Margin (Special Edition) “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. On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … photo for The Lurker In “The Lurker” (2019), starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Naomi Grossman, Ari Lehman and 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. From Indiecan Pictures … “Four Kids and It” (2020), starring Paula Patton, Matthew Goode, Russell Brand, and the voice of Michael Caine, is based on iconic children’s author Jaqueline Wilson’s “Four Children and It,” and 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? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate.

Foreign:

Based on true events that took place at the outset of the Georgian Civil War in 1992, the drama “Dede” (2018 — Georgia), starring Natia Vibliani, Nukri Khachvani and George Babluani. 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 photo for Dede 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. From Corinth Films.

Special Interest:

“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. On DVD from Utopia Distribution. Due July 3.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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Jun 222020
 

This Week’s Best Bets

Passion brews quietly between an artist and her subject, until they together create a space in which it can briefly flourish, in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (2019 — France), a sumptuous 18th-century romance from Céline Sciamma, one of contemporary French cinema’s most acclaimed auteurs. Summoned to an isolated seaside estate on a secret assignment, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) must find a way to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who is resisting chattel marriage, by furtively observing her. What unfolds in exquisite tension is an exchange of sustained gazes in which the two women come to know each other’s gestures, photo for Portrait of a Lady on Fireexpressions, and bodies with rapturous intimacy, ultimately forging a subversive creative collaboration as well as a delirious romance. Charged with a yearning that almost transcends time and space, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” mines the emotional and artistic possibilities that emerge when women can freely live together and look at one another in a world without men. On DVD and Blu-photo for Tokyo Olympiad ray with a new director-approved 4K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … Also from Criterion is a Blu-ray edition and new DVD of the long out-of-print “Tokyo Olympiad” (1965 — Japan). A spectacle of magnificent proportions and remarkable intimacy, Kon Ichikawa’s documentary remains one of the greatest films ever made about sports. Supervising a team of hundreds of technicians using more than a thousand cameras, Ichikawa captured the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo in glorious widescreen images, using cutting-edge telephoto lenses and exquisite slow motion to create lyrical, idiosyncratic poetry from the athletic drama surging all around him. Drawn equally to the psychology of losers and winners — including legendary Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, who receives the film’s most exalted tribute — Ichikawa captures the triumph, passion, and suffering of competition with a singular humanistic vision, and in doing so effects a transformative influence on the art of documentary filmmaking. The Blu-ray has a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.

From TV to Disc:

“South Park: The Complete Twenty-Third Season” (2019) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes. This uncensored collector’s edition is all about “Tegridy,” featuring the 300th episode of the series. Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, and Randy as they explore the wonders of the human biome, tackle the consequences of immigration, and get banned in China. The season includes fan-favorite characters Randy and Towelie, the PC Babies, Scott Malkinson, and different theme songs for almost every episode, a first for the series. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. From Paramount … “Stuck With You” (2020) is a single disc with all six episodes. At first glance, Candace and Luvell seemed like the perfect story storybook couple. The marriage of the former R&B princess and Hollywood’s leading man was envied by all, especially after the release of their hit tell-all relationship book. But while their careers were being catapulted to new heights overnight, their model marriage was falling apart. Ultimately, they agree that the best way to protect their brand and status as the “it” couple is to hold off on a divorce and live separate lives … while under one roof. From UMC.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In stark contrast to the monochrome naturalism of his earlier masterwork “Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji,” visionary master director Tomu Uchida took inspiration from Bunraku and kabuki theater for arguably his strangest and most lavishly cinematic film, “The Mad Fox” (1962 — Japan). Amidst a mythically-depicted medieval Japan, a court astrologer foretells a great disturbance that threatens to split the realm in two. His bitter and treacherous wife conspires to have the astrologer killed, as well as their adopted daughter, Sakaki. The astrologer’s photo for The Mad Fox master apprentice, Yasuna, who was in love with Sakaki, is driven mad with grief and escapes to the countryside. There, he encounters Sakaki’s long-lost twin, Kuzunoha, and the pair meet a pack of ancient fox spirits in the woods, whose presence may be the key to restoring Yasuna’s sanity, and in turn bringing peace to the fracturing nation. Finally available outside Japan for the first time, Uchida’s stunning, wildly stylized widescreen tableaux – using expressionist sets and color schemes – are highlighted in a world premiere Blu-ray release. Brand new restoration by Toei. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, recorded exclusively for this release; original theatrical trailer; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Ronald Cavaye and Hayley Scanlon. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … In “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” (2019 — UK), starring Sarah Bolger, Edward Hogg, Andrew Simpson, Jane Brennan and Caolan Byrne, Sarah Collins (Bolger) is a single mother struggling to raise two young children while searching for answers about the unsolved murder of her husband. After being coerced into helping a low-level drug dealer, she finds herself the target of a dangerous crime boss. Desperate to keep her family safe, Sarah turns the tables on her victimizers in one final act of brutal vengeance. Set in the dark underbelly of Northern Ireland. From Film Movement … When misfits Barry and Evan design their ideal woman as a robot “Sex and the Future” (2020), they realize a fortune could be made if they had the money to mass produce their prototype. A wealthy prince soon finds out about their invention and the three hatch a plan to rule the world and change sex and the future. If life were that simple. Stars Ellie Patrikios, Torrey Richardson and Janet Lopez. From Indican Pictures … A young bride-to-be’s anxieties over her upcoming wedding take on a horrifying, demonic form in this underseen 1988 “rubber reality” shocker “Dream Demon” (1988) from director/co-writer Harley Cokeliss (“Black Moon Rising”), starring Timothy Spall and Jemma Redgrave. As her marriage to decorated photo for Dream Demonwar hero Oliver draws near, well-heeled Diana moves into her sprawling new London home where she starts to experience strange and terrifying nightmares. But are these blood-curdling night terrors merely the symptom of an unsettled mind, or the sign of something far sinister at work? Hounded by a pair of sleazy journalists (Spall and Jimmy Nail), Diana soon crosses paths with American tourist Jenny, who appears to have a strange connection to the foreboding house and its sinister past. Long dormant on home media since its original VHS release, “Dream Demon” – a terrific blend of psychological horror and late 80s practical gore effects – has at long-last been stirred from its analogue slumber. Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by director Harley Cokeliss. Includes Director’s Cut and Original Theatrical Version. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … “Powerbomb” (2019), starring Matt Cross, Wes Allen, Cash Allen, Britt Baker, Roni Jonah and Aaron “Pants” Sechrist, is an indie horror thriller about a wrestling fan who takes things too far when he kidnaps and tortures one of his idols in order to make him a better wrestler. From Indiecan Pictures.

Foreign:

In “Dark Fortune” (2016 — Switzerland), late at night, child psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital to take care of Yves, an 8-year-old boy, who has just lost his parents and siblings in a car accident. Eliane is both shocked and curiously drawn to the photo for Dark Fortune traumatized boy. As time goes by, she loses her professional distance to the patient, and when Yves’ relatives begin a heavy dispute about the boy’s future, Eliane makes an unorthodox decision, that throws her life off track. From Corinth Films … There’s romance and rebellion in “And Then We Danced” (2019 — Georgia, Sweden), a passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society. The film follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli — gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak — throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Music Box Films … In “Perfect Nanny” (2019 — France), Myriam and Paul are your typical pair of bourgeois Parisian parents of two young children, toddler Adam, and 5-year-old Mila, who are taking up all of Myriam’s time. When Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctance, the couple starts looking for a nanny. After a very selective process, they finally photo for The Perfect Nanny find the perfect candidate, Louise, a poised 40-year old woman who is an instant hit with both kids and parents. The couple soon learns, however, that appearances can be deceiving.From Icarus Films … Jan Komasa’s acclaimed feature “Corpus Christi” (2019 — Poland) — nominated for the 2020 Academy Award for best international film — is a powerful, provocative drama about religion, faith and redemption. After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy – but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk – even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn’t revealed in the confessional booth. Inspired by true events. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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Jun 152020
 

This Week’s Best Bets

Buster Keaton is at the peak of his slapstick powers in “The Cameraman” (1928), the first film that the silent-screen legend made after signing with MGM, and his last great masterpiece. The final work over which he maintained creative control, this clever farce is the culmination of an extraordinary, decade-long run that produced some of the most innovative and enduring comedies of all time. Keaton plays a hapless newsreel cameraman desperate to impress both his new employer and his winsome office crush as he zigzags up and down Manhattan hustling for a scoop. Along the way, he goes for a swim (and winds up photo for The Cameraman soaked), becomes embroiled in a Chinatown Tong War, and teams up with a memorable monkey sidekick (the famous Josephine). The marvelously inventive film-within-a-film setup allows Keaton’s imagination to run wild, yielding both sly insights into the travails of moviemaking and an emotional payoff of disarming poignancy. On DVD and Blu-ray, with a new 4K digital restoration undertaken by the Cineteca di Bologna, the Criterion Collection, and Warner Bros. From The Criterion Collection … From Karel Reisz, the renowned director of “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,” “Isadora,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “Sweet Dreams,” comes the cult classic “Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment” (1966), starring screen great Vanessa Redgrave and legendary character actor David Warner in one of his few starring roles. A gorilla-fixated artist with distinctly anarchist tendencies, Morgan (Warner) tries to regain the affections of his divorced wife Leonie (Redgrave) by variously kidnapping her, attempting to blow up her future mother-in-law and attacking her fiancé (Robert Stephens). Cut with scenes from King Kong and Tarzan films, Morgan’s depiction of madness, dark humor and vintage performances made it one of the wildest, funniest and most provocative comedies of the ’60s. Nominated for two Oscars: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Redgrave) and Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Jocelyn Rickards). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber) … photo for Universal Horror Collection Vol. 5 The “Universal Horror Collection Vol. 5” includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. A mobster’s brain is transplanted into an ape who carries out his revenge in “The Monster and the Girl” (1941). A mad scientist turns an ape into a beautiful, but deadly woman in “Captive Wild Woman” (1943). “Jungle Woman” (1944), the sequel to “Captive Wild Woman,” is an eerie thriller with all the danger of wild animals on the loose and a sexy killer on the prowl. And in “The Jungle Captive” (1945), a scientist has experimented on re-animating animals … but now he has decided to go one step further and re-animate a human. New 2K scans from fine grain film elements on all films except “Captive Wild Woman.” On Blu-ray from Scream Factory … Famed Japanese auteur Takashi Miike, best known for cult classics “Audition,” “Ichi the Killer” and “The City of Lost Souls,” redefines the spaghetti Western with “Sukiyaki Western Django: Collector’s Edition” (2007 – Japan), an epic tale of blood, lust and greed starring Hideaki Ito, Yusuke Iseya, Kaori Momoi and Quentin Tarantino. Two clans (the reds and the whites) battle for a legendary treasure hidden in a desolate mountain town. One day, a lone gunman, burdened with deep emotional scars but blessed with incredible shooting skills, drifts into town. The two clans try to woo the lone gunman to their sides, but he has ulterior motives. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire and love collide as the situation erupts into a final, explosive showdown. In English.On DVD, Blu-ray, from FilmRise … photo for Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations The comedy films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have been beloved around the world since they were first released between 1927 and 1940. Unfortunately, many of the available copies are blurred dupes printed from worn-out negatives. Now, the best of their short comedies and two of their finest features have been fully restored in “Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations”. They look and sound as spectacular as when they were first released. World premieres of Laurel and Hardy’s legendary 1927 silent “pie fight” film “The Battle of the Century” makes its video debut after being “lost” for 90 years and the only reel of L&H bloopers and out-takes, “That’s That!” Includes classic short comedies “Berth Marks,” “Brats,” “Hog Wild,” “Come Clean,” “One Good Turn,” “Helpmates,” “The Music Box” (the legendary Academy Award winning “piano moving” short), “The Chimp,” “County Hospital,” “Scram!,” “Their First Mistake,” “Towed in a Hole,” “Twice Two,” “Me and My Pal,” “The Midnight Patrol,” and “Busy Bodies” In addition to the feature films “Sons of the Desert” and “Way Out West” (which includes the team’s famous soft shoe dance routine). 2K and 4K transfers from the finest original 35mm nitrate materials. Restorations provided by Jeff Joseph/SabuCat in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive and Library of Congress. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kit Parker Films/MVD Entertainment … photo for What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late 20th century, “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael” (2020) tells the story of Kael’s turbulent life and work, through never-seen archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen. Kael is voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and participants include Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola, and daughter Gina James. Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was likely the most powerful, and personal, movie critic of the 20th century. Writing for The New Yorker and publishing a dozen best-selling books, she ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor’s performance work, or not, and why. Her passion made her both admired and despised amongst her readers and her subjects. Kael’s own story is one of struggle and obsession: The fight to establish her voice and have it heard, and to raise a daughter on her own in a time when the obstacles were high. The latter golden age of movies of the 1960s and 1970s are the focus of this film that pursues the question of what made Kael’s work so individual, so controversial — and so damned good. From Juno Films/MVD Entertainment … And, lastly, there’s the “Friday the 13th Killer 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook.” Originally released in May of 1980, “Friday the 13th” captured audiences’ imaginations and permeated our collective psyche. The film spawned one of the longest-running and most successful horror franchises in film history with 11 subsequent movies and, 40 years later, the iconic machete-wielding killer continues to haunt, fascinate and terrify new generations. Features artwork from the original movie poster and includes the uncut, unrated version of the film, as well as access to a digital copy of the original theatrical version. The film stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Kevin Bacon. On Blu-ray from Paramount.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Burden” (2020), starring Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker, Tom Wilkinson, Tess Harper, Austin Hebert and Usher Raymond, tells the incredible true story of Michael “Mike” Burden (Hedlund), an ardent young member of the South Carolina Ku Klux Klan who rose to the rank of Grand Dragon — and walked away from all of it with the help of a new love and an unlikely ally, the African American religious leader and social activist Reverend David Kennedy (Whitaker). Set in a small South Carolina town scarred from deep-rooted racism in the mid-nineties, an unlikely friendship forms when Kennedy shelters Mike Burden, along with his girlfriend Judy, a single mother. Through his faith and love, Reverend Kennedy helps Mike leave his violent past in the Klan, ultimately helping to heal the community. From Universal … photo for Impractical Jokers: The Movie “Impractical Jokers: The Movie” (2020), starring Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto, James Murray, Sal Vulcano and Paula Abdul, tells the story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road competing in hidden-camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four Jokers. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … Years after a bacterium killed 31 million people, David Oscar must come out of hiding and face his past in “Kill Mode” (2020), starring Dave Mantel, Julia Batelaan, Cyriel Guds and Yasmin Blake. David is tracked down by the remaining members of his former rebel group, who persuade him to take part in an important mission which they believe will lead to a cure for the infected and will destroy the pharmaceutical company they believe to be responsible for the sickness. As they break into a secure facility expecting to find the cure, they discover a young girl who has been held captive and subjected to experiments for years. As David and his companions help her escape the company facility, the mutation inside her body manifests itself and the rebels discover why she has been kept under lock and key all this time. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … From the novel by Damon Galgut comes the thriller “The Quarry” (2020), starring Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon, Catalina Sandino Moreno in a tale of sin and redemption set in the wilds of Texas. After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter (Whigham) travels to a small town and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter’s sermons of forgiveness, the local police chief (Shannon) is suspicious of the man. Soon a gruesome discovery at a local quarry forces the killer to fight for his freedom. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … photo for Sniper: Assassin’s End In “Sniper: Assassin’s End” (2019), starring Chad Michael Collins, Sayaka Akimoto and Tom Berenger, Special Ops sniper Brandon Beckett (Collins) is set up as the primary suspect for the murder of a foreign dignitary on the eve of signing a high-profile trade agreement with the United States. Narrowly escaping death, Beckett realizes that there may be a dark operative working within the government, and partners with the only person whom he can trust: his father, legendary sniper Sgt. Thomas Beckett (Berenger). Both Becketts are on the run from the CIA, Russian mercenaries and Lady Death, a Yakuza-trained assassin (Japanese actress and singer Sayaka Akimoto in her Hollywood film debut) with sniper skills that rival both legendary sharpshooters. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Sony … After his impressions of a comedian named Marques (Katt Williams) make him an online sensation, Deandre (Jay Pharoah) goes to L.A. with dreams of stand-up stardom in “2 Minutes of Fame” (2020). But his girlfriend (Keke Palmer) needs him to be a stand-up guy and help raise their young son. Marques, the reigning king of comedy, isn’t about to give up his throne, and plots a rude awakening for Deandre. Co-stars RonReaco Lee, Deon Cole and Keke Palmer. From Lionsgate … photo for Horrors of Spider Island Produced in 1960 as “Body in the Web,” “Horrors of Spider Island” (1960 — Germany), starring Harald Maresch, Helga Franck and Alexander D’Arcy, became a notorious Adults Only feature throughout Europe (though banned in the UK). Three years later and sheared of its nudity, it was repackaged for American audiences as a brain-melting monster movie filled with stripper-cat-fights, skimpy lingerie, and radioactive arachnids. The completely uncensored version, scanned from the Düsseldorf dupe negative, as well as the alternate U.S. release, scanned from a pristine low con print, are now together for the first time. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Severin Films … In “Driven” (2019), starring Casey Dillard, Richard Speight Jr., Jessica Harthcock, Nicholas Roylance, Andy Field, Bill Luckett and Leah Hudspeth, Emerson Graham’s nights as a cab driver are filled with annoyances and inconveniences, but until tonight, never attacks and disappearances. After picking up a mysterious passenger her evening goes from working a job to performing a quest as they must race against the clock to stop demons from invading the world. From Uncork’d Entertainment … photo for Satan’s Slave With “Satan’s Slave” (1982 — Indonesia), starring Ruth Pelupessi, W.D. Mochtar and Fachrul Rozy, Indonesian exploitation studio Rapi Films and writer-director Sisworo Gautama Putra unleashed a chiller that rocked the Muslim nation, transformed the country’s genre film industry, and remains one of the most influential shockers in Asian horror history. While mourning the death of his mother, a troubled teen discovers a nightmare world of restless spirits, supernatural vengeance and occult terror. Scanned from the original negative. A 2017 remake became an international festival favorite and one of Indonesia’s biggest hits ever. On DVD, Blu-ray from Severin Films … When a group of young microbiologists head deep into the Australian wilderness to test water samples, they inadvertently enter the domain of a mysterious local in “The Marshes” (2018 — Australia), starring Dafna Kronental, Mathew Cooper, Sam Delich and Eddie Baroo. As they travel through the marshes, he stalks their every move, determined to kill anyone who enters his land. On DVD, Blu-ray,from RLJE Films … photo for A Soldier's Revenge< In “A Soldier’s Revenge” (2020), starring Neal Bledsoe, Rob Mayes, AnnaLynne McCord, Val Kilmer and Jake Busey. Civil War soldier-turned-bounty-hunter Frank Connor (Bledsoe), haunted by wartime horrors, spends his time post-war polishing off two things: whiskey and fugitives. When two desperate children arrive on his doorstep and enlist his help to find their missing mother (McCord), Frank must face his past in order to take down the notorious Major Briggs (Mayes), with whom he has a score all his own to settle. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Well Go USA … In “The Luring” (2019), starring Rick Irwin, Dan Berkey, Molly Fahey, Henry Gagliardi and Michaela Sprague, a man tries to recover a lost memory by returning to his family’s Vermont vacation home where an unspeakable act took place leaving him institutionalized as a child. From Wild Eye Releasing … In “Wrestlemassacre” (2018), starring Richie Acevedo, Tony Atlas and Julio Bana Fernandez, Randy is an awkward groundskeeper who is obsessed with professional wrestling. Longing for a sense of belonging with grandiose dreams of becoming a wrestling superstar, he is only met with abject humiliation. A brutal shaming at a local wrestling school pushes Randy over the edge and he sets out on a blood soaked rampage to punish those who wronged him. From Wild Eye Releasing.

On the Indie Front:

In “The Etruscan Smile” (2018), starring Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette, JJ Feild, Thora Birch, Tim Matheson, Peter Coyote and Treat Williams, Cox stars as Rory MacNeil, a rugged Scotsman who is forced to leave behind his beloved home and seek medical treatment in San Francisco. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, when he least expects it, through the redemptive power of love. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lightyear Entertainment … In “Saint Frances” (2019), starring Kelly O’Sullivan, Ramona Edith-Williams, Jim True-Frost, Francis Guinan, Lily Mojekwu, Mary Beth Fisher and Charin Alvarez, flailing 34-year-old Bridget (O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying 6-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’ moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Foreign:

Film Movement has three Romy Schneider films debuting on Blu-ray this week. “Claude Sautet & Romy Schneider Duo: César et Rosalie & Les choses de la vie” Best known for her turns as the youthful Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi) — whose 19th-century reign spawned a trilogy of popular German films in the late 1950s — and for French films of the late ’60s and ’70s, Romy Schneider wooed international audiences with a mix of aristocratic poise and sex appeal. photo for Two Films by (Claude) Sautet/(Romy) Schneider: César et Rosalie & Les choses de la vie In “Les choses de la vie” (1970), Pierre (Michel Piccoli), a middle-aged engineer, has his life flash before his eyes after being involved in a horrific car accident. While falling in and out of consciousness, he reflects on the recent events that have transpired between him and estranged wife, Catherine (Lea Massari), and his young lover, Hélène (Romy Schneider). Based on the acclaimed Paul Guimard novel “Intersection.” In “César et Rosalie” (1972), sometimes two and two make three. Rosalie and David … Rosalie and César … César and David …. After her marriage ends in divorce, the beautiful Rosalie (Schneider) begins dating César (Yves Montand), a wealthy playboy and businessman. But when her old flame, David (Sami Frey), unexpectedly re-enters her life, the two men simultaneously vie for her affections. Both films are digitally restored in HD from original elements. Also released this week is “L’important c’est d’aimer” (1975), in which Schneider delivers a César Award-winning performance as a down-on-her-luck actress. Forced to earn a living by accepting demeaning roles negotiated by her erratic husband, Nadine Chevalier (Schneider) encounters tabloid photographer Servais (Fabio Testi) on the set of her latest film. Desperate to win her affections, Servais secretly uses money borrowed from a shady associate to bankroll her next project, a production of “Richard III” with Nadine starring opposite the maniacal German thespian Karl-Heinz Zimmer (Klaus Kinski). Digitally restored in HD from original elements.

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Dear Readers:

I wanted to thank everyone who sent their good wishes (and GoFundMe donations) for my best friend — Buddy (a pit mix) — who was recently diagnosed with a tumor on his spleen. He had surgery last week but the internal damage was too much and we lost him. He was only six years old. I’ve been devastated. Thankfully it’s a short column this week.

From the Big Screen:

“The Hunt.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets

“An Unmarried Woman” (1978): One woman’s journey of self-discovery brings about a warmly human cultural conversation about female liberation, in this wonderfully frank, funny chronicle of changing 1970s sexual politics by Paul Mazursky. When her husband of 16 years abruptly leaves her for a younger woman, Manhattan gallery worker Erica (a fantastic, Oscar-nominated Jill Clayburgh in her defining role) finds herself alone and adrift — but also newly empowered photo for An Unmarried Womanto explore her needs and desires as she tests the waters of a new relationship with a charismatic artist (Alan Bates). Candidly addressing issues of sex, intimacy, loneliness, and divorce from an unabashedly feminist perspective, “An Unmarried Woman” makes the simple but radical assertion that a woman’s most important relationship is the one she has with herself. On DVD, Blu-ray, with New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … The “Deanna Durbin Collection” features three classic films starring screen legend Deanna Durbin. “100 Men and a Girl” (1937) – Durbin shines in this delightful story of an inventive and determined young woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The daughter of an unemployed musician, Patricia Cardwell (Durbin) decides she will persuade conductor Leopold Stokowski to help her launch an orchestra that will employ her widowed father (Adolphe Menjou) and 99 other out-of-work musicians. Though faced with this seemingly impossible task, Patricia leads her unemployed orchestra to the home of the unsuspecting Stokowski and conducts them in Liszt’s “Second Hungarian Rhapsody” from the top of his staircase. His reaction is priceless, as are the numerous musical numbers, including “It’s Raining Sunbeams” and “A Heart That’s Free.” This enchanting musical treat is a triumphant celebration of Hollywood and a tribute to one of the cinema’s best-loved stars. “3 Smart Girls Grow Up” (1939) – Penny (Durbin) has a knack for matchmaking and realizes that her photo for Deanna Durbin Collection own two sisters Joan (Nan Grey) and Kay (Helen Parrish) could use her help since one of them is in love with the other’s boyfriend. In attempting to manipulate the situation so that both sisters end up with the ideal fiancé, Penny only creates further problems until her father is forced to intervene on her behalf. Often noted as Durbin’s first young adult role, this breezy, lighthearted entry co-stars Robert Cummings, Charles Winninger and William Lundigan. “It Started With Eve” (1941) brings together the exceptional talents of Durbin and Charles Laughton in a hilarious misadventure of love and romance. An old millionaire (Laughton), believed to be in his final days, wishes to meet the young lady that his son Johnny (Robert Cummings) is planning to wed. When the future bride-to-be is unavailable, the dutiful son finds a quick replacement in a random hat check girl (Durbin). Surprisingly, she quickly steals his heart and when his father makes a remarkable recovery, Johnny must juggle the phony bride-to-be with the newly arrived true bride of his heart. All three films were directed by the great Henry Koster. On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … “Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III”: Three Noir films from 1949-50. “Abandoned” (1949) – Noir great Dennis O’Keefe and Gale Storm expose a baby-selling racket in this searing crime drama co-starring Jeff Chandler and Raymond Burr. When Paula Considine (Storm) arrives in Los Angeles to find her sister Mary, she soon learns the unwed mother is dead and her newborn infant is missing. Teaming up with a cynical reporter named Mark Sitko (O’Keefe), Paula discovers Mary was the victim of a black market adoption ring run by Mrs. Leona Donner (Marjorie Rambeau) and her sleazy assistant Kerric (Burr). Hoping to entrap the pair, Paula and Sitko devise a plan but the sting operation proves to have deadly consequences. “The Lady Gambles” (1949) – From Michael Gordon, the outstanding director of “The Web,” “An Act of Murder,” “Pillow Talk” and “Portrait in Black,” comes this classic film noir starring screen legend Barbara Stanwyck as a once respectable and vibrant wife who has become a desperately out-of-control high-roller gambler. A chance visit into a Las Vegas casino introduces Joan Boothe (Stanwyck) to the seductive allure of poker and the craps table. All too soon, she ignores her devoted husband (Robert Preston) and older sister (Edith Barrett) as she compulsively chases after hard-hearted Lady Luck. “The Sleeping City” (1950) – Drug pushing and gambling set the stage for murder in this hardboiled film-noir thriller shot on the streets of New York. When a doctor is shot dead outside Bellevue Hospital, detective Fred Rowen (Richard Conte) is assigned to find the killer. Posing as an intern, Rowen is befriended by the hospital’s elevator operator and a ward nurse (Coleen Gray) he begins to date. As his investigation continues and potential witnesses wind up dead, Rowen finds himself next on the murderer’s list when he uncovers a narcotics ring. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect and he doesn’t know whom he can trust. Directed by George Sherman (“Larceny,” “Big Jake”).On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

From TV to Disc:

“Modern Family Season 11” (2019-20): All 18 episodes of the acclaimed series’ final season. The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker extended clan is a wonderfully large an blended family that gives us a look at the hilarious and warm — and sometimes twisted — lives of an American modern family. As Haley and Dylan and the twins move in with Phil and Claire, Manny heads for college, Alex tries out life beyond academics, and Luke seeks his next move. Mitch and Cam try to understand their gifted teen, and Jay and Gloria navigate their now seasoned marriage. From Fox.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Outback” (2019 — Australia), starring Kym Cramp, Brendan Donoghue and Lauren Lofberg, tells the terrifying tale of a young couple lost in the wilderness and fighting for survival. Wade and Lisa head to Australia hoping to recharge their failing romance. When their GPS fails, they leave their car and head off on foot to find a new route. As night falls, they must spend the night in the bush without food, water, or weapons, surrounded by snakes, scorpions, and wild dogs. Now, one decision could mean the difference between life … and certain death. Based on a true story. From Lionsgate … In “We Summon the Darkness” (2020), starring Alexandra Daddario, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth, Logan Miller, Austin Swift and Johnny Knoxville, Alexis (Daddario) and two girlfriends — on the way to a heavy metal concert — hear a news report of a local murder believed to be tied to a series of satanic photo for We Summon the Darkness killings. After the show, the girls invite three guys to join them at the estate owned by Alexis’s father, a fire-and-brimstone preacher (Knoxville). What starts as a party suddenly turns dark and deadly. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In “The Dinner Party” (2020), starring Bill Sage, Jeremy Lodon, Lindsay Anne Williams and Mike Mayhall, renowned surgeon and culinary enthusiast Carmine Braun invites playwright Jeffrey Duncan and his wife to join his eccentric friends at their semi-annual dinner party, having promised to fund Duncan’s new play to Broadway. As the evening descends into madness, the group’s true intentions are revealed, along with an ancient secret that will change the Duncans’ lives and fortunes forever. From Uncork’d Entertainment … In “The Candy Witch” (2020), starring Kate Lush, Abi Casson Thompson, Heather Jackson and Richard D Myers, two ghost hunters are called upon to help a distressed family who claim they are being tormented by an evil spirit known as The Candy Witch. As the mystery of her curse is uncovered, surprising and sinister turns are discovered around The Candy Witch’s identity. Can the evil curse be stopped before more people are killed by the demonic spirit? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Uncork’d Entertainment … For the first time ever, experience the complete legacy of writer-producer-director Al Adamson, with 31 remastered films on 14 Blu-ray discs, plus the award-winning documentary “Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson” in “Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection Box Set.” Adamson’s oeuvre spans a wild beyond-belief world of bloody brains, vicious cowboys, naughty nurses, decrepit actors, sexy photo for Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection Box Setstewardesses, mad scientists, brutal bikers, Blaxploitation mayhem, kung fu killers and “scenes so SICK the Movies could never show them before!” The life and career of B-movie maverick Adamson – known for such low budget classics as “Satan’s Sadists,” “Dracula vs. Frankenstein” and The Naughty Stewardesses (as well as his own grisly 1995 murder) – reveals perhaps the most bizarre career in Hollywood history. Films Included:”Angels’ Wild Women,” “Black Heat,” “Black Samurai,” “Blazing Stewardesses,” “Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death Of Al Adamson,” “Blood Of Dracula’s Castle,” “Blood Of Ghastly Horror,” “Brain Of Blood,” “Carnival Magic,” “Cinderella 2000,” “Death Dimension,” “Dracula Vs. Frankenstein,” “Dracula’s Castle,” “Five Bloody Graves,” “Girls For Rent,” “Half Way To Hell,” “Hell’s Bloody Devils,” “Horror Of The Blood Monsters,” “Jessi’s Girls,” “Lost,” “Mean Mother,” “Nurse Sherri,” “Nurses For Sale,” “Psycho A-Go-Go,” “Satan’s Sadists,” “Sunset Cove,” “The Dynamite Brothers,” “The Fakers,” “The Female Bunch,” “The Fiend With The Electric Brain,” “The Naughty Stewardesses,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” In a limited, numbered edition release of only 2000 units. On Blu-ray, with an illustrated 126-page book, from Severin Films.

On the Indie Front:

“This Teacher” (2018), starring Hafsia Herzi, Sarah Kazemy and Lucy Walters, follows a French Muslim woman (Herzi) as she travels to New York City from the rough neighborhoods outside of Paris to visit her childhood best friend. But when their reunion turns disastrous, she escapes to a cabin upstate. However, she soon finds she is not alone, and her sojourn in nature gradually descends into a terrifying study of the intolerance and suspicion she encounters and reflects back to an Islamophobic America. From Breaking Glass Pictures … In “A Simple Wedding” (2019), starring Tara Grammy, Christopher O’Shea, Rita Wilson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Maz Jobrani and Houshang Touzie, Iranian-American Nousha has a habit of sabotaging her relationships and frustrating her parents as she is their only hope for a real Persian wedding. Nousha falls fast when she meets Alex, a bisexual artist, activist and DJ living in an old warehouse. When her parents discover that she and Alex are living together before marriage, chaos unfolds as they prepare for a wedding that’s anything but simple. Rita Wilson is an executive producer of the film. From Breaking Glass Pictures.

Foreign:

In “Home” (2018 — Belgium), starring Sebastian Van Dun, Mistral Guidotti, Loïc Bellemans and Karlijn Sileghem, 17-year-old Kevin is released from prison for violent behavior and goes to live with his aunt and her family, including Sammy, his cousin. While apprenticing as a plumber he starts to integrate with Sammy’s group of friends who are still in high school. Like all teenagers, they just want to party and ignore any responsibilities, but one of them is hiding a problem at home that will put the entire group in jeopardy. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Altered Innocence.

For the Family:

“Think Like a Dog” (2020), starring Gabriel Bateman, Kunal Nayyar, Julia Jones, Janet Montgomery, Bryan Callen, Todd Stashwick, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel, is a family comedy that follows 12-year-old Oliver, a tech prodigy whose middle-school science fair experiment goes awry, creating a telepathic connection between him and his furry friend, Henry. The bond brings Oliver and Henry even closer as they join forces to comically overcome complications at school, and help Oliver’s parents rekindle their marriage along the way. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate.

Special Interest:

“Lost in America” (2018): Director Rotimi Rainwater’s shocking documentary sheds light on the millions of youth living on the streets everyday in America. The film follows Rainwater as he takes an all-encompassing look at youth homelessness, highlighting issues such as human trafficking, the foster care system, youth rejected because of their sexuality, domestic violence, abuse and more. Executive produced by Rosario Dawson, Jewel Kilcher, the documentary features interviews with Dawson, Jewel, Halle Berry, Tiffany Haddish, Jon Bon Jovi, Sanaa Lathan among many others. From Indican Pictures … “Seadrift” (2019): In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against refugees along the Gulf Coast. Taking place after the Fall of Saigon, when hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese nationals desperately fled the communist takeover of their home country, the documentary Seadrift examines the events leading up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, revealing the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today. From First Run Features.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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