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Apr 262017
 

This July, Criterion will travel to the Zone with Andrei Tarkovsky's hypnotic, philosophical sci-fi masterpiece "Stalker" — making its U.S. Blu-ray debut in a new 2K restoration, with special features that explore this endlessly mysterious film's production and significance, including interviews with the crew as well as a new conversation with author Geoff Dyer. Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty drop out of society and hit the road in "Lost in America," a hilarious satire of yuppie dreams and delusions written and directed by Brooks, featuring new interviews with the cast and crew. Robert Bresson presents a world stripped of illusion in his final film, "L'argent," an unsparing tale of crime and corruption adapted from a Tolstoy novella, on Blu-ray for the first time in a new, restored 4K digital "War Trilogy" — intensely humane portraits of resistance, mourning, and hope filmed in the rubble of the Second World War — will arrive on Blu-ray in new restorations.

July 11: L'argent
July 11: Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy
July 18: Stalker
July 25: Lost in America

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Apr 262017
 
      
MAY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK!
Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Guillermo del Toro, Blow Out, Zatoichi and timeless classics (that were booed at Cannes)!
Tuesday, May 2
Tuesday's Short + Feature: The Sea Horse* and L'Atalante

Taking to the water, this week's Short + Feature offers two very different – but equally dazzling – visions of the life aquatic. Jean Painlevé's mesmerizing short The Sea Horse (1933), a fourteen-minute science film that goes below the surface of the sea to glimpse the strange world of the titular creature, sets the stage for Jean Vigo's timeless masterpiece L'Atalante (1934), an intoxicating love story that takes place aboard a run-down river barge on the Seine.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, May 3
Blow Out*: Criterion Collection Edition #562

A conspiracy thriller for the ages, Brian De Palma's 1981 masterpiece features dazzling stylistic flourishes and John Travolta in one of his most memorable performances. The movie hits the Channel alongside all of the supplemental features from our release, including an hour-long interview with De Palma conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach, and De Palma's 1967 feature Murder à la Mod, which itself makes a cameo appearance in a scene in Blow Out.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Thursday, May 4
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Criterion Collection Edition #679

Japan's longest-running action series centers on the adventures of Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu), a blind masseur who also happens to be an incomparable swordsman. The inspiration for the blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) in Rogue One, this charismatic action dynamo remains one of cinema's most iconic heroes. Our massive edition of the series features digital restorations of all twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, along with supplements that include an interview with Asian-film expert Tony Rayns and a 1978 documentary about Katsu, who portrayed Zatoichi through the entire length of the series and directed the twenty-fourth installment.
Friday, May 5
Friday Night Double Feature: The Element of Crime* and Europa*

This week's double bill brings together the bookends of Lars von Trier's Europa trilogy, two bold visions from his early career. The expressionist mystery The Element of Crime (1984), the director's stunning debut feature, takes place in a postapocalyptic future, while the Kafkaesque Europa (1991) immerses the viewer in a strangely futuristic Frankfurt in the aftermath of World War II.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Monday, May 8
John Bailey and Haskell Wexler on Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick's 1978 sophomore feature is a period drama of extraordinary visual beauty, depicting labor and leisure amid the wheat fields of the Texas panhandle in ravishing magic-hour images. In this piece, cinematographers John Bailey and Haskell Wexler share their memories of working on the film with Malick and Nestor Almendros, who took home an Oscar for the film's photography.
Tuesday, May 9
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Borom sarret* and Black Girl

The most renowned figure of twentieth-century African cinema, the Senegalese writer-director Ousmane Sembène crafted stark, stirring dramas that addressed urgent social and political concerns. This week's Short + Feature shows that his mastery of the form came early: his acclaimed short Borom sarret (1963), about a luckless cart driver on the streets of Dakar, bears witness to the personal effects of the postcolonial order, as does his harrowing first feature, Black Girl (1966), about a Senegalese woman mistreated by her white employers in a small town on the French Riviera.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, May 10
The Secret of the Grain*: Criterion Collection Edition #527

Six years before winning the Palme d'Or in 2013 for his controversial coming-of-age romance Blue Is the Warmest Color, Tunisian French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche delivered this bustling, multigenerational saga about family and food. Our complete edition of the film arrives this week on the Channel, complete with Sueur, Kechiche's reedit of the film's climactic belly-dancing sequence, as well as interviews with the writer-director and many of his key collaborators.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Friday, May 12
Friday Night Double Feature: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words and News from Home

In celebration of Mother's Day this weekend, we've paired two moving portraits of maternal love. Stig Björkman's 2015 documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words assembles Super 8 and 16 mm home-movie footage, taken by the icon herself, into an intimate view of her complex life as an artist, wife, and mother. Chantal Akerman's melancholy 1976 urban portrait News from Home pairs meditative shots of New York City, where the director relocated in the early seventies, with readings of letters from her mother on the voice-over.
Monday, May 15
Booed at Cannes!

From Michelangelo Antonioni to Lars von Trier, some of the world's most lauded auteurs have elicited derisive responses at their Cannes premieres, only to have their polarizing films later hailed as masterpieces. With the seventieth edition of the festival opening this week, we're gathering a selection of these controversial works: Antonioni's L'avventura (1960), Carl Th. Dreyer's Gertrud (1964), Robert Bresson's L'argent (1983), Jane Campion's Sweetie (1989), and von Trier's Antichrist (2009).
Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Butter Lamp* and Yi Yi

The complex role of photography in everyday life is explored in Hu Wei's 2013 Oscar-nominated short Butter Lamp and Edward Yang's 2000 masterpiece Yi Yi. Hu's film charts the story of a photographer and his assistant as they take family portraits in a remote Tibetan village, in the process observing the erosion of local culture by the forces of globalization. Yang's intimate epic captures the tensions lying beneath the surface of contemporary middle-class Taipei, highlighting the perspective of a young boy who becomes obsessed with his camera.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, May 17
Fish Tank*: Criterion Collection Edition #553

This week, we're turning the spotlight on British filmmaker Andrea Arnold and her Cannes Jury Prize-winning Fish Tank. This gritty work of social realism follows the coming-of-age of a fifteen-year-old housing project resident (the remarkable Katie Jarvis) struggling with her burgeoning sexual attraction toward her mother's predatory new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender). The supplements from our edition include a conversation with Fassbender and three of the director's short films: Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and the Oscar-winning Wasp (2003).
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Thursday, May 18
Blow Up of Blow Up: A 2016 Documentary

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Antonioni's countercultural masterpiece last year, Italian journalist Valentina Agostinis created this documentary portrait, which revisits key locations in the film, explores the auteur's meticulous approach to art direction and photography, and features interviews with dialogue assistant Piers Haggard, fashion photographer David Montgomery, former Yardbirds manager Simon Napier-Bell, and others.
Friday, May 19
Friday Night Double Feature: A Man Escaped and La Haine

This week, we've paired two films that share a spirit of rebellion and skillfully align our sympathies with the underdogs they portray: Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped (1956) and Mathieu Kassovitz's La haine (1995). Both Bresson's suspenseful yet humane jailbreak masterpiece and Kassovitz's gritty look at cultural volatility in contemporary France received the best director award at Cannes.
Monday, May 22
All the Screen's a Stage

This series lifts a curtain on the passions, triumphs, illusions, and foibles of theater people-and shows how such cinematic masters as Ingmar Bergman, Jean Renoir, and Max Ophuls have drawn inspiration from the art of stagecraft. The lineup – which includes Marcel Carné's Children of Paradise, Jean Renoir's The Golden Coach, and Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander – features a series introduction by Criterion Channel programmer Michael Sragow.
Tuesday, May 23
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Next Floor* and Babette's Feast

Treat yourself to a two-course meal: an early short by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) gives a grotesque new meaning to the phrase "all you can eat," while Gabriel Axel's Oscar-winning adaptation of a story by Isak Dinesen serves up a feast for the spirit.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, May 24
I Knew Her Well: Criterion Collection Edition #801

Antonio Pietrangeli cuts commedia all'italiana with a dose of melancholy in this underappreciated classic, an episodic portrait of a beautiful young woman making her way through the celebrity-obsessed and sexually liberated Rome of the 1960s. This edition's supplements include a recent interview with actor Stefania Sandrelli (The Conformist), as well as archival footage from her audition for the film.
Thursday, May 25
Adventures in Moviegoing with Guillermo del Toro

In the latest installment of our Adventures in Moviegoing series, the director of Pan's Labyrinth and Cronos joins MythBusters' Adam Savage to talk about his cinematic passions and influences. To accompany their conversation, del Toro has selected some of the inspirations – including Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face and Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast – that have helped fuel the nightmares and fantasies that play out in his own visionary films. Past contributors to the series include Jonathan Lethem, Mary Karr, Roger Corman, and Michael Cera.
Friday, May 26
Friday Night Double Feature: Rome Open City and Brief Encounter

What does Roberto Rossellini's revolutionary portrait of a city under occupation have in common with David Lean's achingly sad story of a love affair? Both of these heartbreakingly humane films were among the winners of the top prize at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.
Monday, May 29
Observations on Film Art No. 7: Staging in The Rules of the Game

In the latest installment of our Observations on Film Art series, Professor Kristin Thompson maps out the intricate staging of Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game. Famed for its deep-focus photography, the film nimbly traces the intersecting loves, rivalries, aggressions, and jealousies that play out over the course of a weekend at a country estate. Watch Thompson's analysis to learn how Renoir sets his tragicomic machine in motion, then check out the other entries in the series for more insights from her and her fellow authors of the canonical textbook Film Art: An Introduction, David Bordwell and Jeff Smith. Previous subjects include the music in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, the editing in Akira Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata, and landscapes in the work of Abbas Kiarostami.
Tuesday, May 30
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Cailleach* and I Know Where I'm Going!

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger set their sprightly romantic comedy I Know Where I'm Going! in the gloom of the remote Scottish Hebrides. That story of a headstrong woman's unexpected romance with a handsome naval officer is paired with Cailleach, a short documentary from 2015 that profiles another independent woman in the same location-one who knows where she's staying above all. Rosie Reed Hillman's tender portrait of Morag, an elderly sheep farmer who has lived her whole life in the rugged area, makes for a poetic complement to the Archers' effervescent fable.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

May 1
Bitter Victory, Nicholas Ray, 1957

May 2
The Sea Horse, Jean Painlevé, 1933

May 3
Blow Out, Brian De Palma, 1981

May 5
The Element of Crime, Lars von Trier, 1984
Europa, Lars von Trier, 1991
The Marriage of Chiffon, Claude Autant-Lara, 1942
Douce, Claude Autant-Lara, 1943
Sylvia and the Phantom, Claude Autant-Lara, 1946

May 9
Borom sarret, Ousmane Sembène, 1963

May 10
The Secret of the Grain, Abdellatif Kechiche, 2007

May 12
Nacional III, Luis García Berlanga, 1982
Barrios altos, Luis García Berlanga, 1987
La boutique, Luis García Berlanga, 1967

May 16
Butter Lamp, Hu Wei, 2013

May 17
Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold, 2009

May 19
Katzelmacher, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969
Chinese Roulette, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976
Satan's Brew, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976
Querelle, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982

May 23
Next Floor, Denis Villeneuve, 2008

May 30
Cailleach, Rosie Reed Hillman, 2014

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Apr 262017
 
FROM HELL IT CAME (1957) New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster   
from-hell-warnerPerhaps the greatest tree-terror feature ever made, this Allied Artists' drive-in dynamo FINALLY gets the presentation it demands – a high-contrast, pristine black and white image as only Blu-ray can deliver. It's so sharp we can even see the seams on Tabonga, the famed Paul Blaisdell designed demon tree. And how does a man turn into a killer tree? An ancient tribal curse. Modern atomic testing. A native prince taking the fall for murder. (Allied/Monogram never missed a chance to mash-up genres like horror, monsters and noir – long before it was fashionable. And with this curse, the prince gasps his last… and transforms him into the hollow stump that is BARANGA! Sorry, (the trailer gets the monster's name wrong!) we mean — TABONGA! Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer (HD) 16×9 Widescreen

THE WHEELER DEALERS to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster  
The great James Garner headlines this con comedy that's awash in mid-Sixties modern style and panache. When 'over-achieving' office gal Molly Thatcher (Lee Remick) gets set-up as a financial statement sacrifice, fast-talking flim-flam Texan, Henry Tyroon (Garner) rides to the rescue, ready to rope her into the wild world of wheelin' and dealin'. But this new kind of cash cowboy may just end up the mark and not the marquee. Tyroon's yes-men chorus is an all-star assembly of Phil Harris, Chill Wills and Jim Backus with Louis Nye along for the ride parodying Jackson Pollock. Also features John Astin and Pat Harrington, Jr. This Arthur Hiller gem of a sweet satire looks as fresh as a 1963 minted piece of cool cash in this sparkling 1080p HD Blu-ray presentation. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer (HD) 16×9 Widescreen

NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection, WB Shop.com, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Apr 252017
 

photo for La La Land
"La La Land" was the exhilarating widescreen musical that set hearts thumping in the latter part of 2016, just in time to ameliorate (somewhat) a presidential election that tore the country apart. From the original and creative opening dance number staged on a freeway overpass during Los Angeles rush hour traffic to the alternative, dreamlike film ending, this original, post-modern musical was a breath of fresh air with gorgeous visuals, flashy dance sequences, catchy songs, and jazzy score — not to mention terrific performances by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (who woulda thought he could be so cute AND sing and dance). The storyline — kind of "New York, New York" meets "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" — follows Stone and Gosling as Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts; it's an uplifting movie about everyday life that explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Winner of six Academy Awards (Stone won for Best Actress) and a record-breaking seven Golden Globes.
Vitals: Director: Damien Chazelle. Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 128 min., Musical, Box office gross: $148.644 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: Audio Commentary with writer-director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz; “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” featurette; “La La Land's Love Letter To Los Angeles” featurette; “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” featurette; song selection. Blu-ray adds “La La Land's Great Party” featurette; "Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” featurette; "Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project” featurette; "The Music of La La Land” featurette; “John Legend's Acting Debut” featurette; “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land” featurette; “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream” featurette that explores the unusual ending to the film; "Damien & Justin Sing: The Demo." 4 stars

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Apr 252017
 

In a year of political incorrectness, "Hidden Figures" has to be the most politically correct film of the year. Based on a true story and adapted from the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, the film follows a group of African-American female mathematicians who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Since this was the early 1960s, and Jim Crow photo for Hidden Figures laws were still in effect — either overtly or covertly — the black women, despite their talents and abilities, were segregated and ostracized by the white NASA workers. The film revolves around three of these women, known as "human computers," who quickly rise up the ranks of NASA alongside many of this country's greatest minds to specifically calculate Glenn's trip into space and to guarantee his safe return. The visionary trio, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), had to fight rampant sexism and racism to cross all gender, race, and professional lines to succeed. And succeed they did, outsmarting the smug white scientists who just couldn't belive that these women could be as smart as them. The film is predictable and by the book — we just know the women are going to win over the scientists, headed up by a curmudgeonly Kevin Costner — but it's oh so much fun. Co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell.
Vitals: Director: Theodore
Melfi. Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin
Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen
Powell.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 127 min., Drama, Box office gross: $153.291
million, Fox.

Extras: "It All Adds Up – The Making of Hidden Figures" five-part featurette: "No Limits – The Life of Katherine Johnson," "The Right People for the Job," "Recreating an Era – The Look of Hidden Figures," "A Spiritual Journey – The Music of Hidden Figures" and "Moving the Decimal – Honoring Katherine Johnson": deleted scenes; "Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia": audio commentary by Theodore Melfi and Taraji P. Henson; gallery.
3 stars

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Apr 252017
 

"Lion" is a superbly directed and acted film that got great reviews but just didn't find the audience it deserved. Based on a true story, the film follows five-year-old Indian boy Saroo (Sunny Pawar) who gets lost on a Calcutta train traveling away photo for Lion from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham), and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. As an adult, not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, Saroo (Dev Patel) suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. Armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, Saroo sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. An uplifting film, with top-notch performances by Patel, Pawar, Kidman and Wenham.
Vitals: Director: Garth Davis. Stars: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Sunny Pawar.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 119 min., Drama, Box office gross: $25.852 million, The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay.
Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes gallery, “Never Give Up” official lyric video performed by Sia.
3 stars

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Apr 242017
 

From the Big Screen:

"La La Land" and "Underworld: Blood Wars." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

There's plenty of cool collectibles this week, starting off with "Caltiki the Immortal Monster" (1959 – Italy), a collaboration between two giants of Italian cult cinema — Riccardo Freda ("The Vampires," "The Horrible Dr Hichcock") and Mario Bava ("Five Dolls for an August Moon," "Blood and Black Lace"). A team of archaeologists led by Dr John photo for Caltiki the Immortal MonsterFielding (John Merivale) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters — the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki. Though Riccardo Freda received sole directing credit, a significant portion of the film was in fact the work of Mario Bava, who also served as its cinematographer and was responsible its striking special effects. Drawing on a diverse array of influences, from "The Quatermass Experiment" to the works of HP Lovecraft, "Caltiki the Immortal Monster" is a unique and unforgettable sci-fi chiller which showcases these two legendary filmmakers at their most inventive. In a Blu-ray/DVD combo, presented for the first time in a newly restored high definition transfer: a new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … Also from Arrow is "Django Prepare a Coffin" (1968 – Italy), a classic sixties Spaghetti Western from Ferdinando Baldi ("Texas Addio," "Comin' At Ya!") in which Django the drifter, played by Terence Hill ("They Call Me Trinity"), is hired as executioner to a corrupt local politician who is framing innocent men, sending them to hang in an evil scheme to take hold of their land. But Django has other ideas and, cleverly faking the deaths of the condemned men, he assembles them into a loyal gang who'll help him take down the boss, a man who had a hand in the death of Django's wife years before. In a Blu-ray/DVD combo with a new High Definition digital transfer of the film in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio.

Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye star in the spooky, pre-code "The Vampire Bat" (1933). When corpses drained of blood begin surfacing in the small European village of Kleines Schloss, town elders suspect a vampire is on the loose, but photo for The Vampire Batpoliceman Karl Brettschneider doubts the existence of such blood-sucking creatures. Arguing the contrary is mad scientist Dr. Otto von Niemann, who is caring for the patients and terrifying his lab assistant, Brettschneider’s love interest Ruth Bertin. Amid mass hysteria, fingers point at the village idiot, Herman Gleib, who has a creepy affinity for bats. But after local vigilantes eliminate him from the picture, the killings continue — and Brettschneider tries to keep a cool head as he reluctantly starts searching for supernatural answers. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, digitally mastered from new 35mm film elements preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. From The Film Detective.

"Tampopo" (1985 — Japan) is the tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe in a rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami; it's an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges: our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko photo for Tampopo Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal "Tampopo" is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food-on-film ever made. On DVD and Blu-ray in a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … In "Rumble Fish" (1983), a deeply personal tale of estrangement and reconciliation between two rebellious brothers, set in a dreamlike and timeless Tulsa, Francis Ford Coppola gives mythic dimensions to intimate, painful emotions. After releasing the classically styled "The Outsiders" earlier the same year, the director returned to the work of S. E. Hinton, this time with a self-described “art film for teenagers.” Graced with a remarkable cast headed by Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid, Vincent Spano, Nicolas Cage and Chris Penn; haunting black-and-white visuals that hark back to German expressionism and forward to Coppola’s own "Tetro"; and a powerful, percussive score by Stewart Copeland that underscores the movie’s romantic fatalism, "Rumble Fish" pulsates throughout with genuine love and dread. On DVD and Blu-ray with a new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Stephen H. Burum and approved by Coppola, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Also from Criterion.

From TV to DVD:

"Animal Kingdom: The Complete First Season" (2016) is a three-disc DVD or two-disc Blu-ray set with all 10 episodes. Inspired by the critically acclaimed 2010 Australian movie by the same name, the series centers on 17-year-old "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of an overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch "Smurf" Cody and her right-hand Baz, who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family. It isn't long before J is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle. From Warner.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "The Girl with All the Gifts" (2016) starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating "hungries." Only a small group of children seems immune to its effects. At an army photo for The Marine 5: Battleground base in rural England, these unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. When the base falls, one little girl escapes and must discover what she is, ultimately deciding both her own future and that of the human race. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Lionsgate … "The Marine 5: Battleground" (2017), starring Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Maryse, Naomi, Heath Slater and Anna Van Hooft, is the fifth installment in the Marine franchise. After returning stateside and now working as an EMT, Jake Carter (Mike "The Miz" Mizanin) finds himself trapped with an injured, marked man he's sworn to save. As a ruthless biker gang bent on revenge gains speed, Carter must use his killer Marine instincts to end the rampage. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Sony … In "Detour" (2016), starring Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen and Bel Powley Harper, a naive young law student (Sheridan) blindly enters into a pact with a volatile grifter who offers to kill his stepfather, whom he feels is responsible for the accident that sent his mother into a coma. Complicating matters is the man's stripper companion, Cherry. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment.

On the Indie Front:

An outrageously madcap and political dark comedy, "Catfight" (2017), starring Sandra Oh, Anne Heche and Alicia Silverstone, follows the rivalry between one-time college pals Veronica (Oh) and Ashley (Heche), whose old wounds are violently ripped open after an unexpected reunion at a cocktail party. Teeth are bared, roles are reversed, and blood is drawn as each woman jockeys for dominance and refuses to go down without a fight. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Dark Sky Films/MPI … In "Those Left Behind" (2017), starring Daphne Zuniga, Michael Hogan, Debra Mooney and Jack Griff, a family finally comes to terms with the grief over their son's suicide 25 years earlier. From Random Media.

For the Family:

"Peanuts by Schulz: Go Team Go!" (2017) is a new collection that features sports-themed cartoons from the newly launched "Peanuts "cable television series. The two-disc DVD set includes 19 episodes; the new cartoons are based directly on original Peanuts print comics, which are brought to life via beautifully animated vignettes that recreate the look and feel of Schulz’s iconic strip. From Warner.

"Mifune: The Last Samurai" (2015) is a documentary that explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, photo for Mifune: The Last Samurai including "Rashomon," "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo." Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only "The Magnificent Seven" and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough, "A Fistful of Dollars," but also George Lucas’ "Star Wars." Narrated By Keanu Reeves and with interviews with Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. From Strand Releasing … "We Are X" (2017) is a transcendent and beautifully shot rock ‘n' roll story about the Japanese band X Japan, one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Under the enigmatic direction of Yoshiki, composer, classically-trained pianist, drummer/percussionist, and the creative force behind the group, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined, captivating such a wide range of admirers such as George Martin, Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Stan Lee, and the Japanese Emperor, while pioneering a spectacle-driven style of visual rock called Visual Kei, a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon. "We Are X" is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted — but truly unstoppable — virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world's most devoted fans. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Check out the trailer:

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Apr 172017
 

From the Big Screen:

"Split," "Sleepless" and "The Founder." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

Heading up this week's highlights are three off-beat films, including a limited editin of "Donnie Darko" and the Blu-ray debuts of "The Handmaid’s Tale" and "Tales From the Hood."

Fifteen years before "Stranger Things" combined science fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template — and the high-water mark — with his debut feature, "Donnie Darko" (2011). Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time photo for Donnie Darko Limited Edition continuum. Described by its director as "The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick," "Donnie Darko" combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast — pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katherine Ross, and television favorite Noah Wyle — and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. The "Donnie Darko Limited Edition" features brand new 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director's Cut from the original camera negatives produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster, with original 5.1 audio. Extras on the four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo include audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal on the Theatrical Cut; audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval on the Theatrical Cut; audio commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith on the Director's Cut; new interviews with Richard Kelly and others; "The Goodbye Place," Kelly's 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films; "The Donnie Darko Production Diary," an archival documentary charting the film's production with optional commentary by cinematographer Steven Poster; 20 deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly; archive interviews with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala, and cinematographer Steven Poster; three archive featurettes: "They Made Me Do It," "They Made Me Do It Too" and "#1 Fan: A Darkomentary"; storyboard comparisons; B-roll footage; "Cunning Visions" infomercials; "Mad World" music video by Gary Jules; galleries; trailers; TV spots; illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing by Nathan Rabin; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

"The Handmaid’s Tale" (1990), helmed by the great German director Volker Schlöndorff and starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn and Elizabeth McGovern, is based on Margaret Atwood's controversial and critically acclaimed best-selling novel. In the not-so-distant future, the strong-willed and beautiful Kate photo for The Handmaid’s Tale BLU-RAY DEBUT (Richardson) possesses a precious commodity that most women have lost and most men want to control… fertility. Having committed a crime by trying to escape the country, she is sentenced to life as a Handmaid. Leaving a brain-washing bootcamp that turns fertile women into surrogate mothers for elite men and their infertile wives, Kate thinks she's made out well when she's assigned to an eminent party leader (Duvall). But when she learns that he's sterile, she's faced with the impossible choice: produce him an heir or die. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Shout! Factory’s Shout Select.

The cult horror anthology"Tales From the Hood" (1995) from director Rusty Cundieff and executive producer Spike Lee was lauded for its take on complex social issues like police brutality and domestic abuse. Stack, Ball and Bulldog arrive at a local funeral parlor to retrieve a lost drug stash held by the mortician Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III). But Mr. Simms has plans for the boys. He leads them on a tour of his establishment, introducing them to his corpses. Even the dead have tales to tell and Mr. Simms is willing to tell them all. And you better listen — because when you’re in the ‘hood, even everyday life can lead to extraordinary terror. On Blu-ray Disc from the Scream Factory.

Rarely seen outside of Japan, "Ocean Waves" (1993) is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer photo for Ocean Waves student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships. "Ocean Waves" was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling novel ("Ocean Waves" was also a rare Studio Ghibli made-for-TV film). Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, "Ocean Waves" is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery. The film received a limited US run in 2016. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from GKIDS/Universal.

And, last but not least, Sony has for us a Blu-ray versiob of "A League of Their Own 25th Anniversary Ediiton" (1992), directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Megan Cavanagh, Tracy Reiner, Bitty Schram, Ann Cusack andAnne Ramsay. Extras include the new "“Bentonville, Baseball & The Enduring Legacy of A League of Their Own” featurette that includes a visit to the annual softball game at the Bentonville Film Festival, featuring all-new interviews with Geena Davis, and more; 15 deleted scenes; nine-part documentary featuring interviews with the cast and filmmakers; Madonna’s “This Used to Be My Playground” music video; filmmaker commentary; theatrical trailer.

From TV to DVD:

"Masterpiece: Home Fires: Season 2" (2016) is a two-disc set with six episodes of the BBC series that follows the story of a group of inspirational women in an English village during World War II. As the conflict takes hold and the separation from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers becomes more painful, the women rely on one another and the friendships forged through village life. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "Bigger Fatter Liar" (2017), starring Ricky Garcia, Barry Bostwick and Jodelle Ferland, Kevin Shepherd (Garcia) has gotten away with lying his entire life, but when scheming producer Larry Wolf (Bostwick) steals Kevin's idea for a hot new video game, the tables get turned, and Kevin must team with his best friend (Ferland) to plot a series of devious pranks to set the record straight. From Universal … "A Cowgirl’s Story" (2017), starring Bailee Madison, Chloe Lukasiak, Aidan Alexander, Froy Gutierrez and Pat Boone, follows the adventures of Dusty Rhodes (Madison), who goes to live with her grandfather (Boone) while her military parents are serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan. When she starts an equestrian club at her new school in an effort to support the troops, she unites the community like never before. From Samuel Goldwyn Films/Sony.

On the Indie Front:

What if all your life you were told that you were the son of the Francis Ford Coppola? Myth and real-life intertwine in "Apocalypse Child" (2015), a slice-of-life relationship drama from the Philippines. After Coppola shot Apocalypse Now on the sun-drenched Philippines beaches of Baler, his crew unintentionally transformed the small town into a future surfing destination after a surfboard from the movie set was left behind. Fast forward to today, where Ford (Sid Lucero), a surfing instructor, is content to while away the hours on the azure blue waves and in the arms of his pretty runaway girlfriend (Annicka Dolonius). But there is a restlessness about him that is about to unravel. From Candy Factory Films … When a divorced mom tries to start dating again, her kids and the family dog set out to sabotage the dates. They're successful until her high school sweetheart shows up and he quickly catches on. Now the kids find themselves in a comedic battle of wits to sway their mom's heart away from the new man in her life, and back to their father in "In the Doghouse" (2014), starring Kim Hamilton, Matt Masella and Alana Baer. From Breaking Glass Pictures.

For the Family:

"Teen Titans: The Judas Contract" (2017) is a new feature-length animated film inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. Led by Starfire, the Teen Titans — Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing — have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious, and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows — both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them, in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Warner.

Special Interest:

"Disturbing the Peace" (2016) is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. The film follows former enemy combatants — Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison — who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say "enough." The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of the group Combatants for Peace. From Virgil Films.

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Apr 122017
 

arrow-mayMay sees the release of a fantastic slate of cult cinema from Arrow Video, with a healthy mix of giallo, cult crime and gore to keep fans happy.

 First comes The Climber, starring cult actor Joe Dallesandro (Flesh for Frankenstein, Blood for Dracula). The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema and follows the rise and fall of Dallesandro's smalltime drug dealer, Aldo. Filled with brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions, this is an excellent action-thriller. The other big crime release of May is Cops vs Thugs, Kinji Fukasaku's masterpiece and one of the greatest films to come out of 1970s Japan. Echoing other great crime films, Cops vs Thugs is set in a world where there is no honor among thieves – or cops for that matter – and personal honor and duty among friends means everything. Wolf Guy, meanwhile, sees Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba star as a lycanthropic detective who uses his wolfish powers to solve crimes. One of the rarest and most sought after films from Japan's Toei Studio, Wolf Guy is pure 1970s with violence, action, nudity, and a psychedelic score.

For gorehounds, May also sees the arrival of two grisly Limited Edition classics. Brain Damage is Frank Henenlotter's bad taste head trip that follows parasitic Elmer (voiced by late night TV horror host, John Zacherley) and his ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in the people he comes across. However, his trips come with a nasty side effect and leave the victims scouring the streets for Elmer's favourite food – brains! – resulting in some of the best bad taste gags in cinematic history. Later in the month, Evil Ed gets a Dual Format Special EDition release. This ode to the splatter flicks of the 1980s unfolds gore scene after gore scene as a mild-mannered film tech loses his grip on reality after being forced to watch hours of grisly film footage. The result is a smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures! A must for splatter fans everywhere.

BRAIN DAMAGE Limited Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 9th)

IT'S A HEADACHE FROM HELL!
From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker, comes Brain Damage – the ultimate head-trip, now finally on Blu-ray!
Meet Elmer. He's your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag. When young Brian comes under Elmer's addictive spell, it's not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite's preferred food source – brains!

Featuring late TV horror host John Zacherley as the voice of Elmer, Brain Damage boasts some of the most astonishing bad taste gore-gags ever realized, including the notorious "brain-pulling sequence" and a blow-job that ends with a distinctly unconventional climax.

FEATURES
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original Mono and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio Options
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Isolated Score
– Brand new audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter
– Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage – brand new documentary featuring interviews with actor Rick Herbst, producer Edgar Ievins, editor James Kwei, first assistant director Gregory Lamberson, visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti and makeup artist Dan Frye
– The Effects of Brain Damage – FX artist and creator of "Elmer" Gabe Bartalos looks back at his iconic effects work on the film
– Animating Elmer – featurette looking at the contributions of visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti
– Karen Ogle: A Look Back – stills photographer, script supervisor and assistant editor Karen Ogle recalls her fond memories of working on Brain Damage
– Elmer's Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage – featurette revisiting the film's original shooting locations
– Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession – an interview with superfan Adam Skinner
– Brain Damage Q&A with Frank Henenlotter recorded at the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival
– Image Galleries
– Original Theatrical Trailer
Bygone Behemoth – animated short by Harry Chaskin, featuring a brief appearance by John Zacherle in his final onscreen credit
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
– Limited Edition O-card with exclusive artwork
– Collector's Booklet with new writing on the film by Michael Gingold, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

SPECS
SKU: AV090
UPC: 760137992882
Street Date: 05/09/17
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 86 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1988
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Actors: Rick Hearst, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes
Territory: US

Language: English

THE CLIMBER [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 16th)

After shooting cult favorites Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France, he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi (Savage Three, Season for Assassins) to nunsploitation (Killer Nun).

The Climber follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge…

Written and directed by Pasquale Squitieri (Gang War in Naples, I Am the Law), The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema – a high-octane action-thriller full of brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions!

FEATURES
– Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original Italian soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono with optional newly-translated English subtitles
– Alternative English-language soundtrack with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Little Joe's Adventures in Europe, a brand-new interview with Joe Dallesandro on his numerous European film appearances during the 1970s and early 1980s
– Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980

SPECS
SKU: AV089
UPC: 760137992783
Street Date: 05/16/17
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 102 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1975
Director: Pasquale Squitieri
Actors: Joe Dallesandro, Stefania Casini, Benito Artesi
Territory: US
Language: Italian

COPS VS THUGS [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 23rd)

Considered by many to be director Kinji Fukasaku's greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre, Cops vs Thugs was made at the height of popularity of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories taken from contemporary headlines. Returning to the screen after completing their Battles Without Honor and Humanity series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, composer Toshiaki Tsushima and star Bunta Sugawara to create one of the crowning achievements of his career, and a hard-boiled classic which is still ranked as one of the best Japanese films of the 1970's.

It's 1963 in the southern Japanese city of Kurashima, and tough-as-nails detective Kuno (Sugawara) oversees a detente between the warring Kawade and Ohara gangs. Best friends with Ohara lieutenant Hirotani (Hiroki Matsukata), he understands that there are no clear lines in the underworld, and that everything is colored a different shade of gray. But when random violence interrupts the peace and an ambitious, by-the-books lieutenant (Tatsuo Umemiya) comes to town, Kuno's fragile alliance begins to crumble. Greedy bosses and politicians alike seize the opportunity to wipe out their enemies, and Kuno faces the painful choice of pledging allegiance to his badge and keeping a promise to his brother. Echoing the great crime films of Sidney Lumet and Jean-Pierre Melville, in Fukasaku's world, there's no honor among thieves or

Kasahara's shattering screenplay and Fukasaku's dynamic direction support an all-star, ensemble cast to create one of the most exciting, and deeply moving films about cops and criminals ever made.

FEATURES
– High Definition digital transfer
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original uncompressed mono audio
– Optional English subtitles
Beyond the Film: Cops vs Thugs, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
– A new visual essay on cops & criminals in Fukasaku's works by film scholar Tom Mes
– Theatrical trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias

SPECS
SKU: AV091
UPC: 760137992981
Street Date: 05/23/17
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 100 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1975
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Actors: Bunta Sugawara
Territory: US
Language: Japanese

WOLF GUY [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 23rd)

Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.

Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind.

Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister StreetfighterWandering Ginza ButterflyKarate Bear Fighter), Wolf Guy truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970's Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.

FEATURES

– High Definition digital transfer
– Original uncompressed mono audio
– New optional English subtitle translation
– New video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba
– New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
– New video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
FIRST PRESSING ONLY Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp

SPECS
SKU: AV088
UPC: 760137985785
Street Date: 04/25/17
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 86 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1975
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Actors: Sonny Chiba
Territory: US
Language: Japanese

EVIL ED Limited Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 30th)

WHEN HIS MIND BLOWS, ANYTHING GOES!
A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the '80s, video rental favorite Evil Ed returns in a brand-new Special EDition featuring an extended cut of the feature and hours of stomach-churning bonus features!

Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the "Splatter and Gore department", where he's forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality – with ghastly (and bloody) consequences…

Owing a debt to films such as The Evil Dead, Re-animator and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson, Evil Ed is a veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures!

3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
– Two versions of the film!
– Original Stereo and 5.1 Audio Options
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
– Collector's booklet with new writing on the film

DISCS 1 & 2 (BLU-RAY + DVD) – THE SPECIAL ED-ITION CUT
– World premiere of the newly-extended version of the feature [95 min]
Keep 'Em Heads Rollin' – making-of documentary
Reconstructing Edward – featurette on the creation of the Special EDition cut
– Deleted scenes
– Bloopers
– Teasers and Trailers
– Still Gallery
DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) – THE ORIGINAL CUT [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
– Original Cut [93 mins]
Lost in Brainland – never-before-seen extended 3 hour version of the making-of documentary
– PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!!!

SPECS
SKU: AV092
UPC: 760137993087
Street Date: 05/30/17
Label: Arrow Video
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 95 mins
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1995
Director: Anders Jacobsson
Actors: Johan Rudebeck, Olof Rhodin, Gert Fylking
Territory: US
Language: English
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Apr 112017
 

“Action-Packed and Full of Heart” –Access Hollywood

 

DON’T MISS THE HILARIOUS FAMILY ADVENTURE OF THE YEAR WHEN

THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE

ARRIVES ONTO ULTRA HD BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, BLU-RAYÔ 3D COMBO PACK, BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL HD FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Own it early on Digital HD on May 19

Blu-ray debuts on June 13

 Lego Batman 4K 2D

Bring home the year’s funniest family adventure when “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The film features Will Arnett who reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie,” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne.

The film also features Zach Galifianakis (the “Hangover” films, “Muppets Most Wanted”) starring as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

The LEGO Batman Movie” is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, who worked together on “The LEGO Movie.” Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis serve as executive producers. The story by Seth Grahame-Smith is based on LEGO Construction Toys characters from DC and the screenplay is written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington.

The LEGO Batman Movie” will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc of the film in high definition, and a digital version of the film in Digital HD with UltraViolet*.The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own “The LEGO Batman Movie” via purchase from digital retailers beginning May 19.

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, new original shorts, featurettes, deleted scenes and 360° videos, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of “The LEGO Batman Movie” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

SYNOPSIS

 

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

 

The LEGO Batman Movie Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Original Animation Shorts
    • Dark Hoser
    • Batman is Just Not That Into You
    • Cooking with Alfred
    • Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
  • The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
    • One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie
    • Inside Wayne Manor
    • Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman
    • Behind the Brick
    • Me and My Mini Fig
    • Comic Con Panel
  • Rebrick Contest Winners
  • Film Trailers
  • Lego Life Trailer
  • Social Promos
    • Follow Me Online
    • Don't Skip
    • Happy Holidays Jingle
    • Batsby New Year's
    • Team Cutdown
  • Director and Crew Commentary

 

The LEGO Batman MovieStandard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Original Animation Shorts
    • Dark Hoser
    • Batman is Just Not That Into You
    • Cooking with Alfred
    • Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
  • The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
    • One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie
    • Inside Wayne Manor
    • Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman
    • Behind the Brick
    • Me and My Mini Fig
    • Comic Con Panel
  • Rebrick Contest Winners
  • Film Trailers
  • Lego Life Trailer
  • Social Promos
    • Follow Me Online
    • Don't Skip
    • Happy Holidays Jingle
    • Batsby New Year's
    • Team Cutdown
  • Director and Crew Commentary

 

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

 

On May 19, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Fandango Now, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. It will also be available for streaming in 4K Ultra HD from select digital retailers including Vudu and Google Play. On June 13, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

 

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