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Oct 082018
 

From the Big Screen:

“Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Skyscraper” and “Eighth Grade.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bet:

“Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day” (1972-73): Commissioned to make a working-class family drama for public television, up-and-coming director Rainer Werner Fassbinder took the assignment and ran, dodging expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical — yet far from cynical — perspective. photo for Eight Hours Don't Make a DayOver the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen (Gottfried John) and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves (Hanna Schygulla), his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened since its popular but controversial initial broadcast, “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day” rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder’s earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

There’s two classic sets of Golden Age TV series due this week from VCI Entertainment (distributed by MVD):
“I Married Joan: Classic TV Collection Vol 4” (1952-55): The show centers on Joan (Joan Davis), a scatterbrained housewife, and her husband, Bradley Stevens (Jim Backus), who was a staid and settled domestic court judge. Beverly Wills, Joan Davis’ real-life daughter, also co-starred on the show playing the part of her sister. The show was cut from the same mold as the “I Love Lucy” series, with Davis’ comedy antics derived from the physical school of humor. This hilarious series ran for three seasons on the NBC Network from 1952 to 1955. This Collection photo for I Married Joan: Classic TV Collection contains 10 episodes from all three seasons. On DVD … and “Television’s Lost Classics Volume 2: Rare Pilots,” which contains four rare pilot episodes. Pilot 1 – “Case of the Sure Thing” with Reed Hadley, Louise Currie and Milburn Stone. This introduced the series “Racket Squad”, which lasted for three seasons and was nominated for two Primetime Emmys. Broadcast on CBS, Thursday, June 7, 1951. Pilot 2 – “Cool and Lam” with Billy Pearson, Benay Venuta, Alison Hayes, Sheila Bromley. A light-hearted, detective yarn featuring characters first created by Erle Stanley Gardner. Bertha Cool runs a detective agency and Donald Lam is her junior partner, hence “Cool and Lam.” Pilot 3 – “The Life of Riley” with Lon Chaney, Jr., Rosemary DeCamp, John Brown. A heretofore lost pilot which starred Lon Chaney, Jr. as Chester Riley. This stand-alone episode was produced in 1948 but by the time the first season went into full production in 1949, Chaney had been replaced by no less than Jackie Gleason. Pilot 4 – “Nero Wolfe” with Kurt Kasznar, William Shatner, Alexander Scourby. Includes a bonus CBS Blooper Reel hosted by James Arness.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“A Prayer Before Dawn” (2018), starring Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm and Nicolas Shake, is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most violent prisons. When the prison authorities allow Billy to participate in Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he goes from one savage fight to the next in a relentless, action-packed journey to preserve his life and regain his freedom. Shot in an actual Thai prison with a cast comprised of real inmates. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In photo for Making A Killing “Making a Killing” (2018), starring Mike Starr, Jude Moran, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Jai White, Gillian White and Aida Turturro, Arthur Herring is the mayor, priest and mortician in a quaint small town nestled in the mountains of New Mexico. He and his brother, Vincent, are well-respected pillars of the community. Arthur and Vincent once agreed to safeguard fellow mortician Lloyd’s (Lloyd) rare coin collection worth a small fortune while he served time in prison, but when Lloyd is released and requests that his coins be returned, the brothers hatch an elaborate scheme to keep his treasure for themselves. From Cleopatra Entertainment … “Her Stolen Past” (2018), starring Shanice Banton and Barbara Eve Harris, is a Lifetime Movie Network movie. Based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author Lynette Eason, this thriller follows a young woman trying to uncover the connection between her mother’s murder and a kidnapped baby’s birth certificate hidden in her mother’s house, but it soon becomes clear that someone will stop at nothing to prevent her from discovering the truth. From Lionsgate … Forty years after William Castle’s 1959 cult classic, Warner Bros. did this remake, “House on Haunted Hill Collector’s Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT” (1999), starring Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Ali Larter, Bridgette Wilson, Peter Gallagher, and Chris Kattan. Rush plays twisted theme park bigshot Stephen Price, who’s hosting a photo for House on Haunted Hill birthday bash for his wife (Janssen) at a house that was once an institute for the criminally insane. Five strangers are each offered a chance to earn one million dollars if they can survive a night in the house. But what starts out as a harmless birthday prank soon turns into a night of horrific terror. New 2K scan of the film. With collectible slipcover featuring newly rendered artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original key art. On Blu-ray from Scream Factory … “Trick ‘r Treat Collector’s Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT” (2007) features four interwoven tales set on Halloween night. A high school principal (Dylan Baker) moonlights as a vicious serial killer; the quest of a young virgin (Anna Paquin) for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens carries out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; and a cantankerous old man (Brian Cox) battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon. From Scream Factory … “A Prayer Before Dawn” (2018), starring Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm and Nicolas Shake, is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most violent prisons. When the prison authorities allow Billy to participate in Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he goes from one savage fight to the next in a relentless, action-packed journey to preserve his life and regain his freedom. Shot in an actual Thai prison with a cast comprised of real inmates. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … “The Man in the Iron Mask 20th Anniversary Edition” (1998) stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, Anne Parillaud and Judith Godrèche, in a new 4K scan of the film. Louis XIII, King of France, had a son, Louis, who succeeded his father to the throne. But, known to very few, the heir had a twin brother, Philippe, hidden away after birth and forced to languish in prison, his identity unknown behind an iron mask. His brother, now grown and King Louis XIV, proved to be both corrupt and a photo for The Man In The Iron Mask 20th Anniversary Edition tyrant. Louis sends Athos’ (one of the Musketeers) son, Raoul off to certain death in war, so that he could have his woman for himself. Athos, together with two of the other Musketeers, Porthos and Aramis, swear revenge. Only D’Artagnan remains loyal to the crown, but will he join his former compatriots to free Philippe from prison, kill the king, and put Philippe on the throne in his place? On Blu-ray from Shout! Factory Select) … In the DC Entertainment animated film “Constantine: City of Demons” (2018), a decade after a tragic mistake, family man Chas and occult detective John Constantine set out to cure Chas’s daughter Trish from a mysterious supernatural coma. With the help of the mysterious Nightmare Nurse, the influential Queen of Angels, and brutal Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli, the pair just might have a chance at outsmarting the demon Beroul to save Trish’s soul. In a world of shadows and dark magic, not everything is what it seems, and there’s always a price to pay. The path to redemption is never easy, and if Constantine is to succeed, he must navigate through the dark urban underbelly of Los Angeles, outwit the most cunning spawns of hell, and come face to face with arch-nemesis Nergal – all while battling his own inner demons. Based on the acclaimed DC animated series from CW Seed. On 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Warner.

Foreign Films:

“Angels Wear White” (2018 — China), starring Vicky Chen, Meijun Zhou, Ke Shi and Le Geng, is a film by Vivian Qu, the first ever female director to be awarded the “Oscars of Asia,” the Golden Horse Award. In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only Extras:witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their photo for Angels Wear White own way out. From Icarus Films … “The Official Story” (1985 — Argentina) features a 2K restoration of director Luis Puenzo’s universally hailed debut feature, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film of 1985. A stirring character drama and a haunting rumination on the sins of the past. Set in Buenos Aires during the final years of the Argentinean military dictatorship’s “Dirty War” against its own people, it tells the story of Alicia (Oscar nominee Norma Aleandro), the wife of a wealthy businessman, who discovers that their adopted child may be the progeny of a desaparecido, a victim of the forced disappearances that occurred during the dictatorship’s reign of terror. This revelation forces her to reveal the truth about her country’s legacy of corruption and murder. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cohen Film Collection.

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Oct 022018
 

From the Big Screen:

“The First Purge,” “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and “Three Identical Strangers.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

“The Naked Prey” (1965): Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and ’70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than “The Naked Prey.” In the early 19th century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends a group of South African hunters, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. A lone marksman (Wilde) is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he begins a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and unflinchingly ferocious action sequences, “The Naked Prey” is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the concept of civilization. On Blu-ray Disc, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. photo for The Naked Prey From The Criterion Collection … “The Spiral Staircase” (1945), directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Rhonda Fleming, Elsa Lanchester and Kent Smith, is one of the all-time great Hollywood chillers. A murderer is targeting disabled young women in a New England town, and Helen (McGuire), a mute servant in a Gothic mansion, is terrified she’s next. Mrs. Warren (Barrymore), the invalid, bullying mistress of the house, warns Helen to leave at once, rather than rely on her weak son and stepson for protection. But even as Helen is packing her things, she suspects she may be too late and the murderer is closer than she ever imagined. Newly remastered in 4K. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … “Confessions of a Young American Housewife / Sin in the Suburbs / Warm Nights Hot Pleasures”: A pioneer of sexploitation cinema, American film director and photo for The Spiral Staircasescreenwriter Joseph W. Sarno’s (1921-2010) prolific career spans the evolution of the genre. “One of the true pioneers of celluloid erotica,” he was also dubbed the “Chekov of soft-core” by The Village Voice. Film Movement Classics has partnered with Film Media and Something Weird to debut three new Sarno classics, remastered in HD and on Blu-ray for the very first time with the third installment in the Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series. Sarno first explored the dark side of the American dream in his 1964 drama “Sin in the Suburbs”; 10 years later, his return to this theme resulted in one of the most critically and commercially successful films of his career, “Confessions of a Young American Housewife” (1974). Presented with these two major works is Sarno’s immediate follow-up to “Sin in the Suburbs”, “Warm Nights Hot Pleasures” (1964). Read more here. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement.

From TV to Disc:

“The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fifth Season” (1966-67)is a four-disc set with all 30 episodes, digitally remastered. Starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., Raymond Bailey and Nancy Kulp (“The Love Boat”). The Clampett family, the Beverly Hillbillies, are the ultimate fish-out-of-water. After unexpectedly striking rich in oil, the newfound millionaires move photo for The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Fifth Seasonfrom their backwoods mountain cabin to the upscale neighborhood of Beverly Hills. Despite their culture shock, the hilarious Clampett family tries their best to fit in among their affluent neighbors by living a lavish lifestyle while still retaining their mountain-grown values and essential decency. Two of the season’s best stories have Jed being targeted for blackmail by a pair of slick con artists, played by Leon Ames and Gayle Hunnicutt, and one in which Granny forces a trained gorilla (actually a costumed stunt man) to take over the chores at the Clampett estate. The fifth season includes special appearances from John Wayne, Gloria Swanson, Robert Strauss and Ted Cassidy. On DVD from CBS/Paramount … “The Love Boat: Season Four – Volumes One and Two” (1980-81) consist of two four-disc sets with all 28 episodes. The anthology series follows crew members aboard the Pacific Princess Cruise Ship, including Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod), Doc (Bernie Kopell), Gopher (Fred Grandy), Isaac the Bartender (Ted Lange) and Cruise Director Julie McCoy (Lauren Tewes). Guest stars from the fourth season include Debbie Reynolds, Tom Hanks, David Cassidy, Ted Knight, Rue McClanahan, Connie Stevens, Zsa Zsa Gabor and many more. On DVD from CBS/Paramount … In the cult TV classic “The Night Stalker (Special Edition)” (1972), starring Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Ralph Meeker, Claude Akins, Charles McGraw, Kent Smith, Elisha Cook Jr., Stanley Adams, Barry Atwater and Larry Linville, an photo for investigative journalist takes a stab at the supernatural. This unforgettable first entry in the “Night Stalker” series introduced the world to the quirky reporter with a penchant for the paranormal and became one of the top-rated TV movies of all time. Investigating a series of Las Vegas murders, Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) discovers that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of blood. Though Kolchak’s outlandish theory about the murders gets him nowhere with the police, his initiative to apprehend the killer himself gets him into hot water … with a modern-day vampire. New 4K restoration. On DVD, Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … Supernatural phenomena, baffling murders and offbeat humor mark the second “Night Stalker” offering, “The Night Strangler (Special Edition)” (1973), with a great cast and suspense so palpable, it’ll feel like a presence right there in the room with you. Surfacing in Seattle, Kolchak (McGavin) uncovers another maddening mystery: Every 21 years — for the past century — a serial killer commits a spree of murders, drains his victims’ blood and then quietly disappears. But Kolchak is onto this monster and is about to discover a shocking underground lair … an army of rotting corpses … and the ageless madman behind it all. New 4K restoration. Stars Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Scott Brady, Jo Ann Pflug, John Carradine, Margaret Hamilton, Wally Cox, Al Lewis. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. By the way, McGavin springboarded from these TV movies into “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” TV series, which ran for 20 episodes from 1974–1975 … “The Originals: The Fifth and Final Season” (2018) is a three-disc set with all 13 episodes. The final season of The Originals begins seven years after the core members of the Mikaelson family – Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah and Kol – each absorb a quarter of the Hollow’s dark energy and flee New Orleans to keep their beloved photo for Saved By the Bell: The Complete Collection city and young Hope safe. In the interim, Vincent and Josh preside over the Big Easy almost devoid of conflict, while Hayley and Freya watch Hope grow into a teenager, eventually opting to send her to the Salvatore School so that Caroline can keep an eye on her. With Marcel following Rebekah out of town and Elijah stripped of his memory, the danger seems to be contained. … Until a sudden tragedy forces the siblings to return home. From Warner … “Saved By the Bell: The Complete Collection” (1989-1993) is a 16-disc set. Set in the fictional town of Palisades, California and in the hallways of Bayside High, the breezy adventures of Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his friends — Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Myrtle Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), and Samuel “Screech” Powers (Dustin Diamond) — were a cultural touchstone for a generation of teens, changing teen programming forever and launching the careers of its break-out stars. Now, home audiences can relive the laughter, lessons, and love all over again with this loaded set containing more than 46 incredible hours of Bayside bliss, including every episode from “Saved By the Bell,” every episode from 1988’s “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” which became “Saved By the Bell: The Junior High Years,” “Saved By the Bell: The College Years” and the two feature-length TV movies that followed. From Shout! Factory … “Vikings Season 5 Part 1” (2017-18) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. Season Five begins with Ivar the Boneless asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar’s murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar’s sons plot their next moves after avenging their father’s death. Bjorn follows his destiny into the Mediterranean Sea and Floki, who is suffering from the loss of his wife Helga, takes to the seas submitting himself to the will of the Gods. This season is full of startling alliances and unbelievable betrayals as the Vikings fight to rule the world. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Fox.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In a barren landscape ravished by war, a super-powered young woman, “Molly” (2017 — Germany), roams the violent post-apocalyptic landscape, armed only with a bow and arrow, to confront the dangers around her. When a sadistic ringmaster who runs an underground fight club hears of her supernatural abilities, he sends his sociopathic marauders to capture her and make her a star attraction in his cage fights. Meanwhile, Molly has discovered a young child living alone in the wasteland, waiting for the return of her parents, who are probably dead. Molly has to protect the child and fight off the marauders at the same time.Stars Julia photo for Molly Batelaan, Emma de Paauw, Joost Bolt, Annelies Appelhof. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Artsploitation … “The Catcher Was a Spy” (2018), starring Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce and Paul Giamatti, is the incredible true story of how a professional baseball player became a World War II spy. A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Moe Berg was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the U.S. government’s wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His mission: go behind enemy lines in Europe to assassinate the Nazi’s chief nuclear scientist before the Germans develop an atomic bomb. Trading in his catcher’s mitt for a trench coat, Berg must rely on his formidable, steel-trap intellect in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. From Paramount … A washed-up private security agent has to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai but is ambushed en route in “S.M.A.R.T. Chase” (2017), starring Orlando Bloom, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Hannah Quinlivan and Lei Wu. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Universal … photo for Tales From the Hood 2 In “Tales From the Hood 2” (2017), starring Keith David, horror is back in the hood. The sequel to the original film “Tales from the Hood” reunites executive producer and Honorary Academy Award winner Spike Lee and writers-directors-producers Rusty Cundieff (“Chappelle’s Show,” “The Wanda Sykes Show”) and Darin Scott (“Menace II Society,” “Caught Up”) for an all-new gripping, horrifying and oftentimes devilishly comical anthology. Keith David stars as Mr. Simms to tell bloodcurdling stories about lust, greed, pride and politics through tales with demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms’s haunting stories will make you laugh … while you scream. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Universal … “Death Race: Beyond Anarchy — Unrated and Unhinged” (2018), stars Zach McGowan, Danny Glover, Fred Koehler, Christine Marzano and Danny Trejo in the wildest, bloodiest, Death Race ever, the deadliest fururistic competition on wheels, where brutal fights and explosive car races abound. After a failed attack on inmate and legendary driver, Frankenstein, Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson (Zach McGowan) infiltrates a super-maximum federal prison with one goal — enter the immoral and illegal Death Race and take Frankenstein down. Connor enlists the help of Baltimore Bob (Danny Glover) and Lists (Fred Koehler), and unexpectedly falls in love with bartending beauty, Jane (Christine Marzano). Connor will have to fight for more than his life in this brutal world of no guards, no rules, no track, and no fear. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Universal … photo for Afraid In “Afraid” (2017), starring Alanna Masterson and George Byrne, a couple on a getaway to a cabin in the woods starts out as a romantic weekend but turns into a nightmare when they discover they are being watched by the cabin’s voyeuristic owner. From Well Go USA … In “Housewife” (2017), starring Clementine Poidatz, David Sakurai, Alicia Kapudag, Ali Aksoz and Defne Halman, Holly (Poidatz) has been haunted by a horrific childhood trauma for 20 years and struggles with vivid, disturbing nightmares that leave her detached and unable to live a normal life. When an old friend recommends Holly meet with charismatic cult leader Bruce O’Hara (Sakurai), she is led on a twisted journey of waking dreams that will begin to unravel the fabric of reality and reveal the truth about Holly’s family … a terrifying destiny. From RLJE Films … photo for Leave No Trace “Leave No Trace” (2018), starring Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, takes audiences into the lives of war veteran Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) who have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. Directed by Debra Granik, who gave us 2010’s “Winter’s Bone.” On DVD, Blu-ray, from Universal … In “Sleep No More” (2018), starring Keli Price, Lukas Gage, Yasmine Aker, Brea Grant, Stephen Ellis and Christine Dwyer, five graduate students are conducting a study to prove the theory that once you’ve passed 200 hours without sleep, you will never need sleep again. As the hours tick by and their struggle to stay awake intensifies, they each start to have strange and unsettling experiences. Visions from the past, violent impulses and terrifying waking nightmares begin to take hold and turn the experiment into a desperate fight for survival. From RLJE Films … photo for Feral In “Feral” (2017), starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Olivia Luccardi, Lew Temple, Renee Olstead, Brock Kelly, Landry Allbrigh and George Finn, a wild animal attacks six medical students on a weekend hike in the woods. One by one, they become infected with a “feral disease”, turning them into rabid, bloodthirsty creatures, and the vacation becomes a nightmare as they fight to survive each other. On DVD, Blu-ray, from IFC Midnight/Scream Factory … “The Landing” (2018) is a riveting faux documentary that questions history in today’s world of “fake news.” “The Landing’s” fascinating story ostensibly revisits Apollo 18 more than 25 years after the mission’s controversial catastrophe that left two American astronauts dead and which marked the end of U.S. moon missions. A unique blend of perceived fact and fiction that demonstrates just how easy it is to be fooled, “The Landing” follows the feasible disaster and subsequent 20+ years of legal wrangling, as investigators take a disorienting look into what could be real … Or is it? An extraordinary work of filmmaking that, in today’s “fake news” environment, demonstrates how easy it is to fool the world. The story: In 1973, the United States manned space program experienced an extraordinary tragedy, an event that, despite its place as one of the most disturbing episodes of the “Space Race,” was nevertheless all but ignored during the emerging Watergate scandal that ultimately claimed the presidency of President Richard M. Nixon. Returning from a successful lunar landing mission, NASA’s Apollo 18 suffered a computer error that forced command module pilot Bo Cunningham to take the controls and fly the spacecraft to an emergency landing in the remote Taklamakan Desert of western China, far from the intended splashdown target in the Pacific Ocean. Thirty-six hours would pass before NASA located the spacecraft, by then the site of a national tragedy. What happened during the astronauts’ time in the desert, the inquiry that followed and the mystery surrounding the event is the subject of “The Landing.” (In reality, there were only 17 Apollo missions. Apollo 18 — scheduled for February 1972 — was scrubbed due to budget cuts.) From Random Media).

On the Indie Front:

In “No Postage Necessary” (2017), starring George Blagden, Charleene Closshey, Robbie Kay, Michael Beach and Raymond J. Barry, wrong decisions seem apparent for Sam (Blagden), a convicted computer hacker, who is single, jaded and barred from using the Internet. Forced to crash on his brother’s couch, he makes ends meet by working at the local Twistee Treat and stealing mail while disguised as a postal worker. Then, a single pink envelope changes everything. Handwritten by a heartsick Josie (Closshey) to her late husband and fallen Marine, the tender missive awakens something in Sam. Desperate to be worthy of such love, he conspires to meet the beautiful, young war widow, longing to become a better man. As the two grow closer, she warms to the idea of a new chance at love, but not before Sam’s past comes knocking in the form of an FBI agent looking for missing bitcoins. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Two Roads Picture Co.

Foreign Films:

“Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc” (2017 — France), starring Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Aline Charles, Elise Charles and Nicolas Leclaire, is a weird, wild musical. France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc. Features a musical score by renowned death metal artist Igorrr (Gautier Serre) and dance sequences staged by world acclaimed choreographer Philippe Découflé (Lyon Opera Ballet, the Cirque du Soleil). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Icarus Films … “La Familia” (2017– Venezuela) is the acclaimed debut from director Gustavo Rondón Córdova, is the first Venezuelan film to ever compete at Cannes Critic’ Week, and was Venezuela’s official submission for Best Foreign-Language Film. Twelve-year-old Pedro roams the concrete jungle of Caracas with his friends, learning how to live by the law of the streets. His single father, Andrés, struggles to provide for his son, working multiple odd jobs in order to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. But when Pedro fatally injures another photo for The Misandristsboy during an altercation, Andrés realizes they face imminent danger. Fearing retribution, the two flee the city and go into hiding, setting into motion a series of events that will bring father and son closer to each other than they have ever been before. From Film Movement … In “The Misandrists” (2017 — Germany), starring Susanne Sachse, Viva Ruiz and Kembra Pfahler, when an injured male leftist on the run discovers the remote stronghold of the Female Liberation Army — a radical feminist terrorist group whose mission is to usher in a female world order — one of the members takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. However, the man in the basement is just one of many secrets threatening to disrupt the FLA’s mission from within. Balancing sharp social commentary and salacious popcorn entertainment, iconic filmmaker Bruce LaBruce has created an experience that’s a blast to watch and just as much fun to dissect afterwards. From Strand Releasing … In “Number One Fan” (2014 — France), starring Sandrine Kiberlain and Laurent Lafitte, Muriel (Kiberlain), a beautician who for the past two decades has been French crooner Vincent Lacroix’s (Lafitte) number one fan, spends most of her free time keeping up with his new songs and going to his performances. She also is a big talker who lies compulsively. One night, Muriel opens her door to find Vincent — her idol –standing on her doorstep. His arrival turns Muriel’s life upside down as she embarks on a journey that even she could have never invented. A comedy that turns into a Hitchcockian thriller. From Icarus Films.

For the Family:

“DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis” (2018) is the newest feature in the popular, groundbreaking universe celebrating young girls. It seems like an uneventful day at school until the powerful Book of Legends is suddenly stolen from Super Hero High. In order to uncover the mystery, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee and the rest of the Super Crew must journey through the depths of the ocean to Atlantis. There, the girls encounter Mera and Siren, the ocean-dwelling thieves, who prove to be a formidable match. In order to recover the stolen tome and return it to its rightful place, DC Super Hero Girls must band together and use their collective powers to successfully get back to land…and back to class. From Warner … photo for Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores! “Sesame Street – Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores!” (2018) is a two-hour collection of “Elmo’s World” episodes, appearing for the first time on DVD. Using the power of his imagination, Sesame Street’s little red monster explores kid-friendly topics such as painting, cooking, and habitats from a child’s point of view. Joined by the hilarious Mr. Noodle, Smartie the Smartphone, and his pet goldfish Dorothy, Elmo asks questions that lead to fun discoveries. An age-appropriate launch pad for imagination and learning,” Elmo’s World: Elmo Explores!” indulges children’s natural sense of curiosity about the world around them. Each engaging installment of this newly-reimagined Sesame Street segment presents young viewers with lessons to help them grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. From Shout! Factory … “The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes” (2018) is a collection of nursery rhymes that Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony have selected, arranged and performed. Families all around the world have sung nursery rhymes to each other for many generations, and nearly everybody has a favorite nursery rhyme from when they were children. Simon tells us his favorite was, and still is, “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”, Emma can’t go past “Three Little Kittens”, Lachy loves “Wheels on the Bus”, while Anthony’s favorite is “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” Children learn best through play and “The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes” will encourage children to sing, dance, play and tell stories inspired by these great renditions. From Kino Lorber.

Special Interest:

“Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” (2018) is a celebrity-filled special that celebrates “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the pioneering PBS series that premiered nationally 50 years ago and became an iconic and enduring landmark in the world of children’s television and beyond. Cast members from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights in this new program, which pays tribute to television’s longest-running children’s series, still broadcast on many PBS stations today. The program also features interviews with numerous celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers, a modest man who always said, “I am not a teacher, I simply help children learn.” From PBS Distribution … “Strangers on the Earth” (2017) Europe’s most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, an American cellist who walks the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way. From First Run Features.

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Sep 252018
 

From the Big Screen:

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Uncle Drew.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

“Andrei Rublev”: (1966) Tracing the life of a renowned icon painter, the second feature by Andrei Tarkovsky vividly conjures the murky world of medieval Russia. This dreamlike and remarkably tactile film follows Andrei Rublev as he passes through a series of poetically linked scenes — snow falls inside an photo for Andrei Rublevunfinished church, naked pagans stream through a thicket during a torchlit ritual, a boy oversees the clearing away of muddy earth for the forging of a gigantic bell — gradually emerging as a man struggling mightily to preserve his creative and religious integrity. Appearing here in the director’s preferred 185-minute cut as well as the version that was originally suppressed by Soviet authorities, the masterwork “Andrei Rublev” is one of Tarkovsky’s most revered films, an arresting meditation on art, faith, and endurance. On DVD, Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection … “The Day of the Jackal”: (1973) In 1971, Frederick Forsythe shot to bestseller status with his debut novel, “The Day of the Jackal” — taut, utterly plausible, almost documentarian in its realism and attention to detail. Two years later, director Fred Zinnemann (“High Noon”) turned a gripping novel into a nail-biting cinematic experience. August 1962: the latest attempt on the life of French President Charles de Gaulle by the far-right paramilitary organization, the OAS, ends in chaos, with its architect-in-chief dead at the hands of a firing squad. Demoralized and on the verge of bankruptcy, the OAS leaders meet in secret to plan photo for their next move. In a last desperate attempt to eliminate de Gaulle, they opt to employ the services of a hired assassin from outside the fold. Enter the Jackal (Edward Fox): charismatic, calculating, cold as ice. As the Jackal closes in on his target, a race against the clock ensues to identify and put a stop to a killer whose identity, whereabouts and modus operandi are completely unknown. Co-starring a plethora of talent from both sides of the Channel, including Michael Lonsdale (“Munich”), Derek Jacobi (“The Odessa File”) and Cyril Cusack (“1984”) and featuring striking cinematography by Jean Tournier (“Moonraker”), “The Day of the Jackal” remains one of the greatest political thrillers of all time. And Edward Fox, whom many viewers will recognize from “A Bridge Too Far” (1977) and “Gandhi” (1982), plays one of the most frightenly perfect hitman of all time. Trivia: He’s the older brother to actor James Fox, who starred alongside Mick Jagger in “Performance” (1970). On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … “Exorcist II: The Heretic”: (1977) Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Paul Henreid, James Earl Jones. Following upon the enormous success of the original, this sequel opened in June 1977 and has come to be labeled one of the worst films of all-time; director photo for Exorcist II: The Heretic Williamn Friedkin thought it diminished the value of the original and called it “one of the worst films I’ve ever seen” and director John Boorman has disowned it. Still, it has gathered some cult status by now: here’s your chance to be the judge with two different cuts of the film, the original and a second cut by Boorman to salvage the work. New 2K scans from original film elements of the 118 minute and 102 minute cuts. On Blu-ray from Scream Factory … “The Farmer’s Daughter”: (1947) Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford, Harry Davenport. Young is The Farmer’s Daughter – blonde, brash and so hilariously heartwarming that she won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. As Katrin, she romps through one uproarious romantic adventure after another, an independent farm girl who becomes a politician and captures the heart of a Congressman along the way. The outrageous antics begin when Katrin, fresh from the farm, arrives in Capitol City ready to take on the metropolis. She takes the very first job she can find: housemaid in the wealthy home of urbane Congressman Glenn Morley, charmingly played by Cotten. But she’s no sooner tied the apron strings around her waist than she’s running for Congress. To complicate matters further, Morley is developing a case of infatuation for Katrin — and it’s looking like love that knows no political bounds. Directed by H. C. Potter (“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House”).On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … photo for A Raisin in the Sun
“A Raisin in the Sun”: (1961) Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” was the first play by a black woman to be on Broadway and is now an immortal part of the theatrical canon. Two years after its premiere, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie. The original stars — including Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee — reprise their roles as members of an African-American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. Following the death of their patriarch, the Youngers await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how best to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s intimate observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America. On DVD, Blu-ray. from The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“Billions: The Third Season” (2018) is a four-disc set with all 12 episodes about the battle between two powerful New York figures, hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. The third season finds Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Axelrod (Damian Lewis) in a world that has shifted on its photo for Billions: The Third Seasonaxis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Sift), Chuck’s wife and Axe’s performance coach, is all in for both men, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably. Money, power, justice and revenge are all on the line. From Showtime/Paramount … “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special” (2017): When “The Carol Burnett Show” turned 50, CBS honored the groundbreaking comedy series with this Anniversary Special, which aired to a whopping 15.4 million viewers on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special, the one-night event, which was filmed at the series’ original soundstage at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, features Burnett, original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, costume designer Bob Mackie, and a slew of special guests, including Jon Batiste, Beth Behrs, Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Kaley Cuoco, Bill Hader, Steve Lawrence, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Amy Poehler, Tracee Ellis Ross, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and more. Highlights include the most uproarious clips from the landmark series; Carol’s beloved Q&A with the star-studded 50th Anniversary audience including questions from Pat Boone photo for The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Specialand Tom Selleck; Carol’s guests try out her famous Tarzan yell – Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Tracee Ellis Ross all give it a go; Stephen Colbert, Steve Lawrence, Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth and Carol all come together for a brand-new musical number; more. From Time Life … “C.B. Strike: The Series” (2017) is Cinemax’s compelling detective drama adapted from popular crime novel trilogy by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke), a war veteran turned private detective, operates out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. He is wounded both physically and psychologically but his unique insight and his background as an SIB investigator prove crucial in solving complex cases, which the police seem unable to solve. Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) is Strike’s new office temp who is in charge of managing his chaotic life. She soon becomes involved with his caseload and begins to see her true potential. Together they crack some of London’s most intriguing cases. From Warner … “The Chi Season One” (2018) includes all 10 episodes. On Chicago’s South Side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life-or-death consequences. The series is a timely coming-of-age drama series, centered on a group of South Side residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. From Fox … “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Third Season” (2017-18) includes all 18 episodes. After defeating the Legion of Doom, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow face a new threat created by their actions. By revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they’ve essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms all across time! In Season Three, the Legends must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, from Warner … photo for Dynasty: Season One “Dynasty: Season One” (2017-18) is a four-disc set with all 22 episodes. A modern re-imagining of the iconic primetime soap that follows two of America’s wealthiest families as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series centers on the lavish and powerful Carrington family as they defend their throne against the Colbys, new rivals and threats, and even each other. Fallon Carrington is a charismatic, cunning young woman, poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire — or so she thinks. When her father, Blake Carrington, summons Fallon and her brother, Steven, home to the family compound in Atlanta, Fallon is horrified to learn that the reunion isn’t to announce her promotion, but rather to meet her stepmother-to-be, Cristal. Cristal is stunning — and almost as young as Fallon — but she isn’t just some gold-digger to be scared off. Cristal is a driven, principled and savvy publicity maven at Carrington Atlantic, and she truly loves Blake. However, the wealth and privilege of the Carringtons’ world proves challenging to her, as she clashes with Fallon, who all make it very clear Cristal doesn’t belong. Family dynasties flow through blood, and Fallon would sooner draw blood than call Cristal “Mom,” so she asks Cuihane, the family’s chauffeur — and Fallon’s secret lover — to help expose Cristal for the fraud Fallon thinks she is. But, when that backfires and Blake chooses Cristal over his own daughter, Fallon sides up to Blake’s biggest rival, Jeff Colby, mixing business and pleasure to seek her revenge, leaving a jealous Cuihane to watch from the sidelines. From CBS/Paramount.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Gotti” (2018), starring John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Chris Mulkey and Spencer Lofranco, is a biographical crime-thriller that follows infamous crime boss John Gotti’s (Travolta) rise to become the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Spanning three decades, and recounted by his son John Jr. (Lofranco), Gotti examines Gotti’s tumultuous life as he and his wife (Preston) attempt to hold the family together amid tragedy and multiple prison sentences. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In “Hot Summer Nights” (2018), starring Timothée Chalamet, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe, Maia Mitchell, William Fichtner and Thomas Jane, a likable but socially awkward high school graduate finds confidence — and trouble — when he spends the summer dealing marijuana with the local bad boy and beginning a secret romance with his new partner’s younger sister. From Lionsgate … photo for The Seagull “The Seagull” (2018), starring Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen, Billy Howle and Brian Dennehy, is based on the play by renowned Russian author Anton Chekhov. One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. From Sony … “All Styles” (2018), starring Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall, Keon Motakhaveri, Tetona Jackson, Erica Klein and Heather Morris, is a teen dance drama about a young hip hop artist who’s rejected by his old dance crew for heading off to college before a major competition. As result, he assembles his own ragtag crew — a break-dancer, a performance artist, a Bhangra dancer, an animator, a ballerina, and a ballroom dance mom — to face off against his former friends. From Shout! Factory … photo for The Row In “The Row”(2018), starring Lala Kent, Shea Buckner, Dylan Sprayberry, Natali Yura, Mia Frampton, Jennifer Titus, Colin Egglesfield and Randy Couture, the anxiety of rush week turns into sheer terror when sisters of a sorority are slain — and turned into dolls — by a serial killer. New pledge Riley (Kent) and her best friend, Becks (Frampton), must endure late-night hazing rituals as the murderer watches and waits. Can Riley uncover the terrible secret shared by her cop father (Couture) and deceased mother, a former Phi Lambda sister, before becoming a victim herself? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … “Epidemic” (2018), starring Andrew Hunsicker, Amanda K. Morales, Gina Destra and Mike Sutton, is a psychological horror film, examining how human beings are beset by addiction and sickness that arises when our desire to feel good gets out of control and turns into a disease. A deadly pathogen is unleashed and unknowingly carried to Dana’s 30th birthday party, where her estranged father, Rufus, is coming to make amends. What begins as a family drama soon escalates to a horrific turning point as the epidemic spreads and Rufus fights to save his daughter’s life. From Breaking Glass Pictures … After their small Australian country town is annihilated by an overwhelming airborne attack, a group of civilians evade capture and discover they are now among the last photo for Occupationremaining survivors of an extraterrestrial invasion engulfing the entire planet in “Occupation” (2018), starring Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison and Stephany Jacobsen. As humanity falls under world-wide occupation, they form a home-grown army to fight back against vastly superior enemy forces. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich” (2018), starring Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Michael Paré, Barbara Crampton ande Udo Kier, recently divorced Edgar (Lennon) returns to his childhood home where he finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room. He decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … In “Cynthia” (2018), starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Sid Haig, Rebecca Marshall, Bill Moseley and Robert LaSardo, Robin and Michael are college sweethearts who have everything — a perfect marriage, adorable cat, a beautiful home. But one thing is missing from this idyllic setting — a baby. After years of fertility treatments their dreams come true when Robin finds out she is pregnant. But the dream turns into a nightmare when the conception grows into a slimy six-fingered one-legged nightmare that terrorizes the neighborhood. Due Sept. 28. from Indiecan Pictures … photo for Scarlet Diva Italian actress-writer-director Asia Argento, daughter of famed genre director Dario Argento, has spent much of her life in the spotlight and under the glare of media scrutiny. In her dark, voyeuristic and semi-autobiographical directorial debut, “Scarlet Diva” (2000), Argento plays Anna Battista, a rising young actress who, despite her popularity and success, experiences despair and degradation at the hands of the film industry. Her harrowing journey towards redemption leads her on a sordid spree of excess across America and Europe while trying to recapture her innocence and find true love. Co-stars Jean Shepard, Herbert Fritsch, Gianluca Arcopinto and Joe Coleman. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement … “The [REC] Collection” (2007, 2009, 2012, 2014 — Spain) is a four-disc Blu-ray set featuring a quadrilogy of terror, including “[REC],” “[REC] 2,” “[REC] 3: Genesis,” and “[REC] 4.” In the first film, “[REC],” a TV reporter and her crew are asked to cover a crew of firemen on duty. What seems like a routine story about a night at the fire station soon turns into a nightmare. Trapped inside a quarantined building, the crew must try to survive the terror that rages inside. “[REC] 2” picks up minutes after the end of “[REC].” The authorities have lost contact with the people trapped inside the quarantined building and chaos reigns. A Special Operations Unit has been tasked with entering the premises … only to discover that this is anything but a straightforward mission. “[REC] 3: GENESIS” leaves the confines of the quarantined building to follow the wedding of Koldo and Clara. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom are enjoying a wonderful day … until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness and unleash a torrent of violence. “[REC] 4: APOCALYPSE” returns focus to Ángela Vidal, the young reporter who has managed to make it out of the building alive. But she hasn’t made it out of the building alone as she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is taken to a provisional quarantine facility: the perfect location for the virus to be reborn. On Blu-ray, from Scream Factory … photo for The Baby In “The Baby” (1973), still traumatized by the loss of her husband, well-meaning social worker Ann Gentry (Anjanette Comer) throws herself into her latest assignment: the case of “Baby” (David Mooney), a 21-year-old man with the mind of an infant — who crawls, cries and has yet to make it out of nappies. But Baby’s family — the tyrannical “Mama” Wadsworth (Ruth Roman) and her two demented daughters — aren’t the only ones with a warped conception of familial relations, and the full horror only begins when Ann sets her sights on liberating the drooling man-child … and in so doing unleashes the wrath of the Wadsworth women. Forty-five years after its original release, this film remains one of the most bizarre horror movies ever committed to celluloid. Directed by Ted Post (“Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “Magnum Force”) and co-starring Marianna Hill, “The Baby” is a twisted, psychedelic nightmare of suburban depravity. 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 versions of the feature. On Blu-ray, from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … “The Bride” (1985), starring Sting, Jennifer Beals, Clancy Brown and David Rappaport, is a remake of “The Bride of Frankenstein.” On Blu-ray from Scream Factory … “The Trouble With Terkel” (2010) is an animated film with the voices of Toby Stephens, Danny Trejo, Craig Ferguson, Carrie Keagan, Eve Mauro. Terkel is a miserable sixth grader constantly picked on by two merciless bullies, Nigel and Saki. So what’s a modern kid to do when bullied? Tease the other oddball in class — a girl. Doris finds the abuse unbearable and throws herself out a window, which ironically makes Terkel popular. Terkel now embraces everything American: booze, violent videogames and rap. But life takes a turn for the weird when he starts receiving strange death threats and, unable to confide in his annoying sister, alcoholic Uncle or dimwitted parents, Terkel turns to his sexually inappropriate hippie teacher for guidance. Due Sept. 28. from Indiecan Pictures.

On the Indie Front:

“Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town” (2018), starring Mackenzie Davis, Alia Shawkat, Haley Joel Osment, Carrie Coon and Alex Russell, is a charmingly profane indie dramedy and a delightfully chaotic look at Los Angeles. Riot grrrl rocker photo for Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Townand shameless hot mess Izzy wakes up hungover AF to find out that her ex-boyfriend is celebrating his engagement to her ex-best friend tonight at a bougie party across town. Enraged and desperate, Izzy embarks on a frenetic quest across Los Angeles to break up the party in order to fulfill what she believes to be her destiny … before it’s too late. On DVD, Blu-photo for Pin Cushion ray, from Shout! Studios … In “Pin Cushion” (2017 — UK), starring Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, Loris Scarpa, Sacha Cordy-Nice and Bethany Antonia, super close Mother Lyn and daughter Iona are excited for their new life in a new town. Determined to make a success of things after a tricky start, Iona becomes “best friends” with three local girls and Lyn makes friends with her neighbor, Belinda. As much as Lyn and Iona pretend to each other that things are going great, they aren’t: Iona struggles with the girls, who act more like frenemies than friends, and Belinda won’t give Lyn her stepladders back. Both Mother and Daughter retreat into fantasy and lies. From Cleopatra Entertainment.

For the Family:

“Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series” (1983-97) is a 12-disc set with all 96 episodes, remastered in HD with lossless audio. Described by its legendary creator Jim Henson as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp,” “Fraggle Rock” stars a cast of puppet creatures called Fraggles, quirky cave-dwellers who live in an underground world alongside their industrious green neighbors, the Doozers, and a family of enormous Gorgs. The series follows the fun adventures of the furry photo for Fraggle Rock: The Complete Seriessubterranean creatures and features a unique mix of music from all genres including folk, blues, gospel, country and rock, all while embracing themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity and caring for the planet. From Sony … In “Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series” (1986), “Fraggle Rock” gets animated. The fun-loving Fraggles — Gobo, Red, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, and all their friends — explore new horizons, frolicking about in the wondrous maze of colorful caverns that make up the fantastic, fairy-tale landscape that the Fraggles call home. From Sony … “Power Rangers: Chojin Sentai Jetman: The Complete Series” is a fan-favorite installment of the original Japanese series that inspired the iconic Power Rangers franchise. Available for the first time on DVD. The hugely popular season “Chojin Sentai Jetman” is the last Sentai season released that was not adapted for Power Rangers. Sky Force, a defense organization tasked with guarding peace on Earth, has developed a new technology that gives the subjects superhuman powers. These people, now known as Jetmen, must band together to protect the planet after an attack by Vyram, an evil outer-dimensional organization bent on inter-dimensional domination. From Shout! Factory … “Freaky Friday: A New Musical” (2018), starring Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Heidi Blickenstaff, Ricky He, Alex Désert and Jason Maybaum, is a Disney Channel musical based on Disney Theatrical Productions’ stage adaptation of the Disney comedy — filmed three times so far, in 1976, 1995, and 2003 — about a mother and her teen daughter who magically switch bodies for one day. From Disney.

Special Interest:

“King Cohen” (2018): Buckle up for the true story of writer, producer, photo for King Cohendirector, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (“Black Caesar,” “It’s Alive,” “Q: The Winged Serpent,” “The Stuff”). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide. On Blu-ray from La-La Land Entertainment.

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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Sep 172018
 

From the Big Screen:

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

“My Man Godfrey” (1936): Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy, directed by Gregory La Cava — a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and Depression-era social critique. Irene (Lombard), an photo for My Man Godfreyeccentric Manhattan socialite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding one of the “items” on the list, a “lost man” (Powell), at a dump. She gives the man she believes to be a down-and-out drifter work as the family butler, and soon falls head over heels in love. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the dysfunctional ways of the household make for an unbeatable series of madcap hijinks. La Cava’s deft film was the first to garner Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, and it is one of Hollywood’s greatest commentaries on class and the social unrest of its time. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … “The Hired Hand” (1971): Having been at the forefront of America’s here-and-now with “Easy Rider” and the counterculture movies of Roger Corman, Peter Fonda retreated to the past and the American West for his directorial debut. Fonda photo for The Hired Handplays Harry, a man who deserted his wife and child to explore the wide-open plains with his best friend Archie (Warren Oates). “Tired of the life,” he decides to finally return home in order to rekindle his marriage and reacquaint himself with his daughter. Scripted by Alan Sharp, shot by Vilmos Zsigmond and with a standout score by folk musician Bruce Langhorne, “The Hired Hand” is a beautiful, elegiac picture that ranks alongside “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” as one of the finest Westerns the seventies had to offer. Co-stars Verna Bloom. On Blu-ray from Arrow Academy … “Horrors of Malformed Men” (1968 — Japan): Cult director Teruo Ishii presents a nightmarish, hallucinogenic tale drawn from the feverish pen of Japan’s celebrated pioneer ofero-guro (“erotic grotesque”) literature, Edogawa Rampo. Medical student Hirosuke Hitomi slips out of the asylum in which he has been wrongfully confined and stealthily assumes the identity of a recently deceased nobleman with whom he bears an uncanny resemblance. Hirosuke eases his way into photo for Horrors of Malformed Men the nobleman’s household and his dead double’s marital bed. But as long-repressed memories begin to bubble to the surface, he soon finds himself drawn to a remote isle where he is confronted by a mad scientist and his malformed men, and discovers the key that will unlock some long-suppressed mysteries of his own. A dark labyrinth of the monstrous and perverse that fuses mystery and horror while incorporating motifs from a myriad of Rampo’s tales, “Horrors of Malformed Men” boasts astonishing carnivalesque art design and haunting performances. Withdrawn from cinemas by its own studio after its original scandalous release nearly 50 years ago, the film is among the very best screen interpretations of the author’s macabre brand of horror-fantasy fiction, and a unique oddity of Japanese cult cinema. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video … “The Pyjama Girl Case” (1977): Throughout the late 1960s and into the 70s, the Italian giallo movement transported viewers to the far corners of the globe, from swinging San Francisco to Soviet-occupied Prague. Only one, however, brought the genre’s unique brand of bloody mayhem as far as Australia: director Flavio Mogherini’s tragic and poetic “The Pyjama Girl Case.” The body of a young woman is found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pyjamas. With the Sydney police stumped, former Inspector Timpson (Ray Milland) comes out of retirement to crack the case. Treading where the “real” detectives can’t, Timpson doggedly pieces together the photo for The Pyjama Girl Case sad story of Dutch immigrant Glenda Blythe (Dalila Di Lazzaro) and the unhappy chain of events that led to her grisly demise. Inspired by the real-life case which baffled the Australian police and continues to spark controversy and unanswered questions to this day, “The Pyjama Girl Case” is a uniquely haunting latter-day giallo from the tail end of the genre’s boom period. Co-stars Michele Placido, Howard Ross. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video … “The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 3 (1968-69)” includes 22 Pink Panther cartoon from 1968 to 1969. By the end of the 1960s, The Pink Panther had achieved the status of iconic cartoon character, and the cosmopolitan cat left his big-city habitat and began crossing into more universal comedy settings: a military base (“G.I. Pink”), caveman times (“Prehistoric Pink” and “Extinct Pink”) and Olde England (“Pink Valiant” and “Pinkcome Tax”). But the panther never completely changed his stripes. In color-splashed urban landscapes (a hallmark of the DePatie-Freleng studios), the sublime feline continued to engage in duels of wits-with the establishment “Little Man” as well as the occasional inanimate object (a cuckoo clock in “In The Pink of the Night”). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

From TV to Disc:

“An American Murder Mystery Collection” (2016-17) is a three-disc set collection of murder mystery documentaries. Through riveting interviews and real-life footage, this collection reopens the files of seven sensational cases that captivated the nation. Explore the mysteries of Casey Anthony, Scott Peterson, JonBenét Ramsey, Jodi Arias, Chandra Levy, and Natalie Wood in this compelling set that delivers stunning revelations from beginning to end. From Lionsgate … “Fahrenheit 451” (2018) stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon in a TV remake of the famous 1966 François Truffaut classic (and Ray Bradbury novel). photo for Fahrenheit 451 Imagine a society where books are outlawed and “firemen” have been tasked to burn and destroy any remaining literature, erasing history right before our eyes. Based on Ray Bradbury’s classic sci-fi novel of the same name, the thought-provoking parable depicts a frighteningly plausible future where media is an opiate, history is purged and dissent is outlawed. The dystopian thriller centers on Montag (Jordan), a young fireman who forsakes his world and struggles to regain his humanity as he battles his mentor, fire captain Beatty (Shannon). On DVD, Blu-ray, from HBO … “The Looming Tower” (2018) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Hulu series that chronicles the events that led to the deadliest terrorist attacks ever to take place on American soil. The series traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how at the time, the FBI and the CIA may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington D.C., the counter terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information. Adapted from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Lawrence Wright. Stars Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, Tahar Rahim, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bill Camp, Wrenn Schmidt. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “Madam Secretary: Season Four” (2017-18) is a six-disc set with 22 episodes. It’s never politics as usual for Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni). In Season 4, McCord faces everything from international issues to personal upheavals. Whether she’s being accused of murdering a foreign diplomat, trying to contain a smallpox outbreak, or sending her daughter off to college, there s no crisis she can’t handle. Her husband, CIA Agent Henry (Tim Daly), stirs controversy by recruiting a former member of the Russian military to work for the Agency. She continues to advise President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine), even as she goes toe-to-toe with the White House Chief of Staff Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek). photo for Madam Secretary: Season Four Navigating the complicated twists and turns of the D.C. machine gets even more challenging when loyal State Department insider Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth) decides to retire. From CBS/Paramount … “Supergirl: The Complete Third Season” (2017-18) includes all 23 episodes. In Season Three, Kara Danvers grapples with the sacrifices she’s made personally while saving National City as Supergirl. She even considers covering up her human identity altogether. As Kara struggles with her path forward, she continues to work with Hank Henshaw and her sister, Alex, at the Department of Extranormal Operations to battle all threats to National City, including new villains Morgan Edge, and the “Worldkiller,” known as Reign. In five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray sets, from Warner … “The X-Files Season 11” (2018): The next chapter of “The –X-Files” is a three-disc, 10-episode installment of the classic, mind-bending series. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, investigating unsolved cases rife with government conspiracies, unexplainable mysteries, and alien cover-ups. Mulder and Scully’s pursuit of the truth continues with a search for their long-lost son, William. But they aren’t the only ones looking for him; dark forces gather, and the very fate of the world could be at stake. One thing is certain: secrets will be revealed… and the truth may finally be within reach. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Fox.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Damsel” (2017), starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Forster, Samuel Alabaster (Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Wasikowska). As his group traverses the West, not everything goes quite as planned, and the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain, and photo for Siberia damsel. From Lionsgate … In “Siberia” (2018), starring Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Dmitry Chepovetsky, James Gracie and Eugene Lipinski, U.S. diamond merchant Lucas Hill (Reeves), in Russia to sell rare jewels to a businessman with underworld connections, falls into a torrid affair with Katya (Ularu), a local café owner. When the deal suddenly goes south, Lucas and Katya are caught in a deadly crossfire between the buyer and Russian agents, as Lucas takes up arms in a furious fight to save Katya and himself. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In the gospel-driven drama “Saving Faith” (2018), starring Donny Richmond, Jenn Gotzon, Jim Chandler, Henry Cho, Amy Grant, Vince Gill and Victoria Jackson, poor Faith is ready to give up hope. Her struggling small-town theater is about to get foreclosed by the bank — when her charming Uncle Donny convinces his famous friends to play live and save the business. But when a local developer decides to sabotage the concert, it’ll take a miracle to make the show go on. From Lionsgate … In “The ToyBox” (2018), starring Denise Richards, Mischa Barton, Jeff Denton and Brian Nagel, Jennifer (Richards) and her family go on a summer road trip in a used RV with her husband’s estranged father and brother. Along the way, they find Samantha (Barton) and her brother, broken down on the side of the highway. After driving into the middle of nowhere, the RV takes on a mind of its own, crashing and stranding them in the scorching and isolated desert. Little by little, the unsuspecting group of travelers is blindsided by the terrible secrets within the walls of the RV and find themselves fighting to survive. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Skyline Entertainment/Uncork’d Entertainment … photo for Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum Based on the local legends and stories of people who’ve visited the real-life abandoned hospital, the horror thriller “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum” (2018 — South Korea) follows the crew of a horror web show who plan to stream live from inside the asylum. To attract more viewers, the show’s host arranges some scares for the team, but as they move further into the nightmarish old building, they begin to encounter much more than expected. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Well Go USA … In “Lost Child” (2018), starring Leven Rambin, Jim Parrack, Taylor John-Smith and Landon Edwards, Army veteran Fern, suffering from PTSD, returns home to the Ozarks to look for her estranged brother, only to discover an abandoned boy lurking in the woods behind her childhood home. After taking in the boy, she searches for clues to his identity, and discovers the local folklore about a malevolent, life-draining spirit that comes in the form of a child; the Tatterdemalion. From Breaking Glass Pictures … There’s three horror film Blu-ray debuts this week: In “Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead” (1994), starring A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm, The Tall Man is back with a vengeance. Fifteen years after the original horror classic, writer-director Don Coscarelli reunites brothers Mike and Jody to help their friend Reggie destroy The Tall Man (Scrimm) once and for all. Is the photo for Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead BLU-RAY DEBUT ultimate of evil any match for a bald, former ice cream vendor with a 70 Hemicuda and a four-barrel shotgun? An insane sequel packed with violence and gore galore that takes the Phantasm series to a whole new dimension. From Well Go USA … In “Phantasm IV: Oblivion” (1996), Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) has once again escaped from the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) who had begun to transform him. Leaving Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and his spherical brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), he travels through various dimensions and time in order to discover more about his nemesis and find out what really happened the night his brother died. Also from Well Go USA … Terror invades an upper-class New York community as 17-year old Christie Cromwell cleverly uncovers her stepfather’s horrifying plot to murder her wealthy mother in “Scream for Help” (1984), starring Rachael Kelly, Marie Masters and David Allen Brooks. She’s on to him, yet no one will believe her because she’s just a kid: smart, imaginative, maybe she’s just taken a crazy idea to the limit. Suspense builds when a series of shocking events confirms her worst fears. Alone, afraid and helpless, terrified Christie and her mother are held prisoner in their own home at the mercy of ruthless killers. New 2K scan from the original film elements, from Scream Factory.

Special Interest:

“Nana” (2016) is the story of an Auschwitz survivor who spent her life fighting intolerance. Born in Poland, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant survived Ravensbruck, Malchow and Auschwitz, where she was the forced translator for the “Angel of Death,” Josef Mengele. Maryla dedicated her life after the war to publicly speaking about her survival to younger generations. Directed by her 25-year-old granddaughter, “Nana” documents Serena’s journey with her mother Alice as they retrace her grandmother’s story. They explore how Maryla’s outspoken activism continues today, in a world where survivors are disappearing, and intolerance, racism and antisemitism are on the rise. From First Run Features … Available for the first time at retail on any format, the Four Hall of Fame Ceremonies featured (2010-2013) in “Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Concert: Encore” (2018), include 44 iconic performances from inductees such as Genesis, The Stooges, The Hollies, Tom photo for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert: Encore Waits, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Freddie King, Donovan, Small Faces/Faces, Heart, rare artist collaborations and more. Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music’s pioneering figures during a prestigious black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it’s these singular induction ceremonies-featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s-that have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate. Highlights include Alice Cooper ripping into ferocious versions of “Eighteen” and “Under My Wheels” before closing the set with Rob Zombie on “School’s Out,” “The Hurdy Gurdy Man” Donovan is joined onstage by John Mellencamp for a chilling performance of “Season of the Witch,” complete HOF induction speeches including Don Henley inducting Randy Newman, Neil Young inducting Tom Waits and many more. Four-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Due Sept. 21, from Time Life … When Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs met at Columbia University in the 1940s, they spawned a movement, then called the Beats, that set precedents for the political, hippie and spiritual movements of the 1960s and 70s. “The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation” (1999), a comprehensive portrait of the Beat Generation, includes interviews with virtually every surviving figure from this period. Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper and John Turturro perform dramatized readings of works by Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg. The Source is the definitive film portrait of the Beat Generation and the countercultural movements that followed, directed with flair by Academy Award- winner Chuck Workman. From Kino Lorber.

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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From the Big Screen:

“Ocean’s Eight” and “SuperFly.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

Long unavailable, Olivier Assayas’s deeply felt coming-of-age drama “Cold Water” (1994) has until now been a missing link in one of contemporary cinema’s richest bodies of work. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of photo for Cold Water teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. The visceral realism of the movie’s narrative and the near experimentalism of its camera work come together effortlessly thanks to a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period. With one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film as a centerpiece, “Cold Water” is a heartbreaking immersion in the emotional tumult of being young. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most photo for The Tree of Life rapturous vision to date, “The Tree of Life” (2011), tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space. Reaching back to the dawn of creation, Malick sets a story of boyhood memories on a universal scale, charting the coming of age of an awestruck child (newcomer Hunter McCracken) in Texas in the 1950s, as he learns to navigate the extremes of nature and grace represented by his bitter, often tyrannical father (Brad Pitt) and his ethereal, nurturing mother (Jessica Chastain, in her breakout role). Shot with nimble attention to life’s most fleeting moments by Emmanuel Lubezki, the Palme d’Or-winning “The Tree of Life” marks the intimately personal, cosmically ambitious culmination of Malick’s singular approach to filmmaking. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. New extended version of the film featuring an additional 50 minutes of footage. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season” (2017-18) is a two-disc set with all 24 episodes. Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists – geniuses in the laboratory but socially challenged everywhere else. Insert beautiful, street-smart neighbor Penny, who endeavors to teach them a thing or two about the “real” world. Despite their on-again, off-again relationship history, Leonard and Penny have tied the knot. Even Sheldon has entered into a “Relationship Agreement” with neurobiologist Amy, and he recently took their relationship to the next level by proposing marriage. Will the possibility of domestic bliss alter the chemistry between these two extreme achievers? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “The Watcher in the Woods” (2017), starring Anjelica Huston, Tallulah Evans, Nicholas Galitzine, Dixie Egerickx and Rufus Wright, is Lifetime’s reimagining of the ’80s cult classic film. When Jan Carstairs and her family rent a manor in the idyllic British countryside, the owner, Mrs. Aylwood, notices that Jan bears a striking resemblance to her daughter, Karen, who disappeared over 20 years ago. Mrs. Aylwood warns Jan to stay out of the surrounding woods, and when strange occurrences unnerve the family, Jan suspects they are linked to what happened to Karen. As Jan begins to unravel the truth, she and her little sister, Ellie, may not be able to escape The Watcher in the Woods. From Lionsgate.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Goldstone” (2016 — Australia), starring Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, photo for GoldstoneJacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil and Cheng Pei-Pei, is a noir thriller set in the Outback. Indigenous Detective Jay Swan (Pedersen) arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons inquiry. What seems like a simple investigation opens a web of crime, corruption, trampling of indigenous people’s land rights, and human trafficking. Jay must pull his life together and bury his differences with young local cop Josh (Russell), so together they can bring justice to Goldstone. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lightyear Entertainment.

Foreign Films:

“The Guardians” (2017 — France), starring Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin and Nicolas Giraud, is the story of the Paridier family and their farm in the French countryside, where life revolves around everyday chores that service the farm’s seasonal cycle of planting and harvesting. With the breakout of World War I in 1915, the women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of family matriarch Hortense (Nathalie Baye), must grapple with the workload while the men, including Hortense’s two sons, are at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter, Solange (Laura Smet, Baye’s real-life daughter). New tools and technology allow the women to triumph over the land and newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred, especially when the men return on short leaves. Regardless, it is the Paridier women who are the “guardians” of their land and its traditions. Adapted from Ernest Pérochon’s 1924 novel. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Music Box Films.

For the Family:

“Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost” (2018) is an all-new original animated film featuring celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurnetiis and Marcus Samuelsson. Scooby-Doo and the gang of teen sleuths go on an adventure to New England, where they investigate the haunting of a historic colonial inn that’s been turned into a state-of-the-art, culinary resort. From Warner.

Special Interest:

Experience a year in the life of a surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean in “Between Land and Sea” (2016 — Ireland). Set against the backdrop of Ireland’s stunning west coast, this documentary — at times intimate, at times epic — embeds itself within Irish surf town Lahinch’s passionate surfing photo for Between Land and Sea community. Following this dedicated group of diehards who want their local waves to be known around the world, this observational documentary combines exhilarating footage with insightful, moving and often humorous portraits of the ocean-going natives of County Clare. Features some of the best surfers on the Emerald Isle, with a cameo by Hawaiian legend Shane Dorian. From Film Movement … Welcome to Grey Gardens … as you’ve never seen it before. Three years before Albert and David Maysles’ landmark documentary introduced the world to Edith and Edie Beale — the unforgettable mother and daughter (and Jackie O. relatives) living in a decaying dream world on Long Island — renowned photographer Peter Beard chronicled life at their crumbling estate during the summer of 1972 in “That Summer” (2017). For the first time, director Göran Olsson assembles this long-lost footage — featuring glimpses of luminaries like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Truman Capote — into a one-of-a-kind family portrait bursting with the loving squabbles, quotable bon mots and impromptu musical numbers that would make Big and Little Edie beloved cultural icons. From IFC Films… Leon Vitali was a rising British television actor when Stanley Kubrick picked him for the role of Lord Bullingdon in “Barry Lyndon.” That first encounter with the famed auteur proved decisive — he swiftly resolved to devote the rest of his life working for the director, this time behind the scenes, and took on just about every job available: casting director, acting coach, location scout, sound engineer, color corrector, A.D., promoter, and photo for Filmworker eventually restorer of Kubrick’s films. Tony Zierra’s affecting documentary “Filmworker” (2017) enthusiastically recounts Vitali’s days with the notoriously meticulous, volatile and obsessive director. The experiences brought both tremendous sacrifice and glowing pride. “Filmworker” celebrates the invisible hands that shape masterpieces, reminding us that behind every great director, there is a Leon Vitali. From Kino Lorber … What do you get when you cross a dispossessed drug dealer, his derelict companions, a “warrior” who talks to spirits, a virgin prostitute and the gritty underbelly of Medellín? You get “Mambo Cool” (2013 — Columbia), the debut feature documentary from anthropologist-cum-filmmaker Chris Gude. Confronting displacement, sickness, and cultural decay in the back alleys of a claustrophobic city — Medellin — filled with hustle and bustle, these down-and-out denizens struggle to survive on their own terms in this experimental documentary blending fine-art cinematography by Jose Ignacio Pardo and Felipe Loaiza with melancholic street music by David Oquendo. With hypnotically naturalistic performances, meandering storylines infused with impromptu salsa music and addictive cinematography, Gude — who fixed his gaze on the indigents in Medellín where he lived and worked for several years — illuminates this gritty world by matchlight. From IndiePix … “Revolution: New Art for a New World” (2016 — UK/Russia) is a feature-length documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde movement. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers, as well as personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, this compelling documentary tells the stories of iconic artists such as Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich — pioneers who flourished in response to the Utopian challenge of photo for Revolution: New Art for a New Worldbuilding a “New Art for a New World,” only to be broken after 15 short years by Stalin’s rise to power. Yet their inventive paintings, sculptures and posters miraculously survived and continue to exert a lasting influence to this day. Features paintings previously banned and unseen for decades. From Film Movement … Directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney and Emmy-winner Blair Foster and narrated by Jeff Daniels, “Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge” (2016 chronicles the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture. This six-part HBO Documentary special offers the unique perspective of a celebrated magazine that always understood that rock ‘n’ roll was more than just music — it was a cultural force that helped shape America and defined generations. An exhilarating visual and musical experience of the magazine’s history, the series features performances by a dazzling array of artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Ice-T, and music from some of the cultural icons it heralded, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac and Chance the Rapper. In the process, it also showcases the superb, groundbreaking work of its writers, spotlighting Rolling Stone’s impact on society and providing an engrossing inside look at how the magazine helped shape the zeitgeist and has endured for a half-century. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Shout! Factory.

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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