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Nov 132019
 
Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Announces its December 2019 Home Video Releases

Konga (1961)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: John Lemont
Starring: Michael Gough, Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon, Margo Johns, Jack Watson

Horror / 90 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Lost in the African jungles for over a year, Dr. Charles Decker (Michael Gough, The Crimson Cult) has returned to England with Konga, a baby chimpanzee. Disappearing into his lab, the mad botanist begins work on what he believes will be his greatest achievement. Having witnessed a Baganda witchdoctor’s use of a rare carnivorous plant to produce accelerated animal growth, Decker injects Konga with the same serum-then hypnotizes the gorilla-sized chimp into brutally murdering his enemies! But when the berserk ape overdoses on the serum and grows to gargantuan size, suddenly the city of London comes under attack-and only the British army can reckon with Konga’s uncontrollable rage. John Lemont (The Frightened City) directed this monstrously enjoyable cult classic.

Bonus Features:
Brand New 2K Master | Radio Spot | Image Gallery | Theatrical Trailer

The Magic Sword (1962)

Brand New 2K Master 
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Starring Basil Rathbone, Gary Lockwood, Estelle Winwood, Anne Helm, Danielle De Metz

Adventure-Fantasy / 80 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Mythical monsters and noble knights come to colorful life in this enchanting fantasy-adventure from Bert I. Gordon, legendary director of cult classics The Cyclops, The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth vs. the Spider, Picture Mommy Dead and Empire of the Ants! When the evil sorcerer Lodac (Basil Rathbone, Tales of Terror) kidnaps the beautiful Princess Helene (Anne Helm, Follow That Dream) and threatens to turn her into dragon food, the brave Sir George (Gary Lockwood, 2001: A Space Odyssey) makes it his mission to rescue her-and earn her royal hand in marriage. But George must first survive the seven curses that plague the way to Lodac’s castle. Though he has a speedy horse, invincible armor and a magic sword, will George’s weapons and resolve be enough to defeat Lodac’s ghastly ghouls and deadly demons? Filled with special effects sure to amuse and horrify, The Magic Sword is a rousing good time! Co-starring the wonderful Estelle Winwood (The Producers).

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas | Brand New 2K Master | Theatrical Trailer

She (1985)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Avi Nesher
Starring Sandahl Bergman, Gordon Mitchell, David Goss, Quin Kessler, Elena Wiedermann

Science Fiction / 106 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: Sandahl Bergman (Conan the Barbarian, Programmed to Kill, Red Sonja) stars as She — the beautiful warrior-queen who rules by the sword in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Women battle, men are used for ritual sex and sacrifice, but the arrival of three Strangers plunges She into a nightmare quest for survival. Together, She and her ill-matched companions cross the Forest of Yellow Death to encounter a tribe of innocents by day and man-eating werewolves by night, and an invisible sailor who literally multiplies when attacked. They make a last stand on Blood Bridge against The Norks, a master warrior tribe that lives only by war and pillage. Written and directed by Avi Nesher (Timebomb, Doppelganger) and based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard (King Solomon’s Mines).

Bonus Features:
NEW Interview with Writer/Director Avi Nesher | Theatrical Trailer

Stick (1985)

Blu-ray Street Date: December 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Burt Reynolds
Starring Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, George Segal, Charles Durning, Dar Robinson

Action / 109 min / R / Color

Synopsis: Screen legend Burt Reynolds (Gator, Fuzz, Malone) stars in and directs Stick, a fast-paced thriller co-starring Candice Bergen (The Hunting Party), George Segal (Where’s Poppa?) and Charles Durning (True Confessions). Ernest “Stick” Stickley is an ex-con who’s trying to stay clean on the rough streets of Miami. When his former cellmate is murdered during an illicit payoff, Stick finds himself at the center of a high-class circle of criminals, including a nervous drug kingpin, a shady film producer, a stock market whiz with his own gorgeous financial adviser, and a psychotic albino named Moke (legendary stuntman Dar Robinson, Sharkey’s Machine). With a screenplay by Elmore Leonard (52 Pick-Up) and Joseph Stinson (Sudden Impact) based on Leonard’s bestselling novel, Stick blends cons and con artists into a suspenseful tall tale of creative swindling.

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton | Behind-the-Scenes/Promotional Image Gallery | Theatrical Trailer

Amazons (1984)
DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring Madeleine Stowe, Stella Stevens, Tamara Dobson, Jennifer Warren, Jack Scalia

Thriller / 95 min / PG / Color

Synopsis: THEIR TARGET: THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES… THEIR GOAL: WORLD DOMINATION! When her patient — a prominent U.S. Congressman — dies in a bizarre accident just after surgery, Dr. Sharon Fields (Madeleine Stowe, China Moon) is framed on a charge of malpractice. With the help of Lt. Tony Monaco (Jack Scalia, The Rift), the tough-edged but charming detective assigned to look into the “accident,” the beautiful young surgeon makes a chilling discovery of a secret legion of Amazons, descendants from the legendary nation of women warriors who have vowed eternal war on the enemy race of Man. Now, the President-elect, who has carried into power the first woman Vice President, is slated to be the next “Stallion Kill.” Tense, fantastic, sinister, Amazons is a riveting and fast-paced action-thriller directed by Paul Michael Glaser (Band of the Hand, The Running Man). Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones), Stella Stevens (The Silencers), Jennifer Warren (Night Moves) and Leslie Bevis (Alien Nation) co-star as the leaders of the Amazons. Wonderful score by the great Basil Poledouris (RoboCop) and co-starring William Schallert (In the Heat of the Night), Nicholas Pryor (Risky Business) and Peter Scolari (TV’s Newhart).

Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Author Amanda Reyes | Trailers

Running Delilah (1993)

DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Richard Franklin
Starring Kim Cattrall, Billy Zane, Diana Rigg, François Guétary, Yorgo Voyagis

Thriller / 97 min / Color / PG-13

Synopsis: A SECRET AGENT IS KILLED! AN INVINCIBLE CYBERNETIC AGENT IS BORN! When beautiful secret agent Delilah (Kim Cattrall, TV’s Sex and the City) is killed while working undercover against a powerful international arms dealer, Paul (Billy Zane, Titanic), her handsome control agent and would-be lover, races her lifeless body to the agency’s top-secret experimental laboratory. Five weeks later Delilah emerges a virtually invincible cybernetic super-agent equipped with high-tech robotic body parts. With Paul’s help, she learns to harness her incredible powers for her ultimate mission: to stop a terrorist from buying enough plutonium to build a nuclear weapon. The seller turns out to be the same arms merchant who ordered Delilah killed! Directed by Richard Franklin (Link, Psycho II) with a teleplay by Ron Koslow (Lifeguard), based on a story by Koslow and Robert J. Avrech (A Stranger Among Us). Co-starring screen and television legend Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Emma Peel of TV’s The Avengers).

Dog Day (1984)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Yves Boisset
Starring Lee Marvin, Miou-Miou, David Bennent, Tina Louise, Victor Lanoux

Action Thriller / 101 min / NR / Color

Synopsis: The manhunt is on! Screen legend Lee Marvin (Prime Cut, Monte Walsh, Gorky Park) stars as American gangster Jimmy Cobb, on the lam in France with millions in stolen cash. The air and ground are swarming with police and Cobb’s old partners in crime, uniting for one purpose-to kill Cobb and take the loot. His only refuge is a seemingly innocent farm in the rural Beauce region. The heat of the Dog Day reaches a boiling point as two farmers hatch a sinister plan to bargain for Cobb’s life-and each wants a distinctly different form of payment. Like a hounded animal Cobb has nowhere to hide… his predators are always lurking in the violent inferno of the Dog Day. Stylishly directed by Yves Boisset (Dupont Lajoie) and featuring a haunting and beautiful score by legendary composer Francis Lai (Love Story). Based on a novel by Jean Herman (Farewell, Friend) and co-starring Miou-Miou (Going Places), Jean Carmet (Circle of Deceit), Victor Lanoux (Cousin Cousine), David Bennent (The Tin Drum) and Tina Louise (Day of the Outlaw).

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson | Includes both French and English Audio | Theatrical Trailer

Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: John Glen
Starring Louis Gossett Jr., Rachel McLish, Sonny Chiba, Horst Buchholz, Mitchell Ryan

Adventure / 98 min / Color / R

Synopsis: Unofficial Mission! Unconventional Tactics! Unbelievable Courage! Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Enemy Mine) returns as Charles “Chappy” Sinclair, the leader of a unique brand of international war aces, in this spectacular conclusion to the high-flying Iron Eagle trilogy. Gossett and his team of aces, Leichman (Horst Buchholz, The Magnificent Seven), Horikoshi (Sonny Chiba, The Street Fighter) and Palmer (Christopher Cazenove, Until September) join the beautiful and courageous Anna (two-time Ms. Olympia Rachel McLish) to save her Peruvian village held hostage by a Latin American drug cartel led by a German madman (Paul Freeman, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and his henchman Escoves (Juan Fernández, Crocodile Dundee II). Veteran director and editor John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights) directed this action-packed finale to the hit series that co-stars Fred Dalton Thompson (Die Hard 2: Die Harder), Mitchell Ryan (Lethal Weapon), Rob Estes (TV’s Silk Stalkings), J.E. Freeman (Miller’s Crossing), Tom Bower (River’s Edge) and boxing legend Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (Body and Soul).

Bonus Features:
Image Gallery | Theatrical Trailer

A Stranger Among Us (1992)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring Melanie Griffith, Mia Sara, Eric Thal, James Gandolfini, John Pankow

Thriller / 110 min / Color / PG-13

Synopsis: In a dangerous world of mystery and intrigue, she’s going undercover searching for truth! From Sidney Lumet, the legendary director of 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and The Verdict comes this crime drama about tough New York City cop Emily Eden (Melanie Griffith, Working Girl), who goes undercover to investigate the murder of a member of a closely-knit Hasidic community. Her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten laws and unspoken power-a world where the only way out is deeper in. Delivering edge-of-your-seat excitement that won’t let you go, this action-packed thriller is sure to entertain you with its sizzling star power, electrifying story and non-stop surprises! The stellar cast includes Eric Thal (The Puppet Masters), John Pankow (To Live and Die in L.A.), Mia Sara (Legend), Tracy Pollan (TV’s Family Ties), Lee Richardson (Prizzi’s Honor), Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead) and James Gandolfini (TV’s The Sopranos). Written and co-produced by Robert J. Avrech (Body Double).

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Robert J. Avrech | Theatrical Trailer

Terminal Velocity (1994)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Deran Sarafian
Starring Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski, James Gandolfini, Christopher McDonald, Melvin Van Peebles

Thriller / 102 min / Color / PG-13

Synopsis: IT’S NOT THE FALL THAT KILLS YOU… Superstar Charlie Sheen (Platoon, No Man’s Land) brings fast-paced excitement to this high-flying action-adventure by writer David Twohy (Pitch Black) and director Deran Sarafian (Death Warrant). Sheen stars as Richard “Ditch” Brodie, a daredevil skydiving instructor who falls hard when a sexy, mysterious beauty (Nastassja Kinski, Tess, Cat People) walks through his door looking for a lesson-and apparently plunges to her death during a parachute jump. Ditch suddenly finds himself hurled headlong into a nightmare world of intrigue and deceit-and caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Russian Mafia. With pulse-pounding suspense and sensational skydiving, high-speed adventure doesn’t move any faster than Terminal Velocity. The wonderful cast features James Gandolfini (TV’s The Sopranos), Christopher McDonald (The Rich Man’s Wife) and Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song).

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Entertainment Journalist and Author Bryan Reesman | 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo | Theatrical Trailer

Playing God (1997)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Andy Wilson
Starring David Duchovny, Angelina Jolie, Timothy Hutton, Peter Stormare, John Hawkes

Thriller / 94 min / Color / R

Synopsis: It’s high-voltage thrills as David Duchovny (The X-Files), Angelina Jolie (Salt) and Timothy Hutton (Q & A) square off in an edgy confrontation where the stakes are high… and the action is deadly. Duchovny plays Eugene Sands, an ex-surgeon lured into a dark underworld by the hip-but lethal-mobster Raymond Blossom (Hutton). Sands gets caught in a web of murder and mayhem as he grows far too close to Blossom’s dangerously seductive mistress (Jolie). Playing God is a potent action-thriller where passion and deception meet in a battle between good and evil. Co-starring Peter Stormare (John Wick: Chapter 2), Michael Massee (Lost Highway), Gary Dourdan (Alien: Resurrection), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) and Tracey Walter (The Hunter).

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Producer Laura Bickford and Screenwriter Mark Haskell Smith | 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo | Theatrical Trailer

Blue Collar (1978)

Blu-ray Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Paul Schrader
Starring Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Ed Begley Jr., Cliff De Young

Crime Drama / 114 min / Color / R

Synopsis: Whatever Became of the “American Dream”? From Paul Schrader, the legendary director of Hardcore, American Gigolo, Cat People and Light Sleeper! When Detroit auto workers Zeke (Richard Pryor, Bustin’ Loose), Jerry (Harvey Keitel, Bad Lieutenant) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto, Truck Turner) find bills piling up and pressures bearing down, they decide to rob their corrupt union office. In a cruel twist, their small haul becomes a nightmare when the heist goes horribly wrong and their once-loyal friendship turns to fear, betrayal and murder. Co-writer/director Schrader showcases the dark side of the American working class, creating a brutal vision of the low wage and huge debt that traps workers between big industry and big labor. Co-written by Leonard Schrader (Old Boyfriends, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and featuring Pryor in a rare, brilliant dramatic performance.

Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Paul Schrader and Journalist Maitland McDonagh | Theatrical Trailer

The Nude Bomb (1980)
Blu-ray Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Comedy-Action / 94 min / PG / Color

Director: Clive Donner
Starring: Don Adams, Sylvia Kristel, Rhonda Fleming, Andrea Howard, Vittorio Gassman, Dana Elcar, Pamela Hensley, Norman Lloyd, Bill Dana, Joey Forman,

Synopsis: Join Don Adams as Maxwell Smart (aka Agent 86) of the original Get Smart TV series in The Nude Bomb! Agent 86 is assigned to battle an evil villain who is threatening to drop a “nude bomb” capable of destroying all the fabric in the world. With only 48 hours, some voluptuous assistants, and his questionable spy skills to help him, Maxwell Smart certainly has his hands full trying to save the world from severe nakedness. Directed by Clive Donner (What’s New Pussycat?) and featuring a hilarious cast that includes Sylvia Kristel (Emmanuelle), Rhonda Fleming (Inferno), Dana Elcar (The Sting), Pamela Hensley (Rollerball), Norman Lloyd (Saboteur) and Vittorio Gassman (Big Deal on Madonna Street). The Nude Bomb is a hilarious spoof that is sure to leave you in stitches!

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Peter Tonguette | Trailers From Hell with Alan Spencer | Theatrical Trailer

Iceman (1984)
Blu-ray Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring Timothy Hutton , John Lone, Lindsay Crouse, David Strathairn, Danny Glover

Science Fiction / 100 min / Color / PG

Synopsis: From Fred Schepisi, the director of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Barbarosa, A Cry in the Dark and Six Degrees of Separation comes an amazing, unforgettable journey of humanity. Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People), John Lone (The Last Emperor) and Lindsay Crouse (House of Games) star in this suspenseful drama about a team of Arctic researchers who find a 40,000-year-old man frozen in ice and bring him back to life. Anthropologist Stanley Shephard (Hutton) wants to befriend the Iceman (Lone) and learn about the man’s past; Dr. Diane Brady (Crouse) and her surgical team want to discover the secret that will allow man to live in a frozen state. When the Iceman becomes part of their lives, the results are emotionally shattering. Beautifully shot on location in Canada’s breathtaking snowy wilderness by Ian Baker (Plenty, Roxanne). The strong supporting cast includes David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck.), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Josef Sommer (Witness) and James Tolkan (Back to the Future).

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Director Fred Schepisi | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Peter Tonguette | Theatrical Trailer

Heartbreak Hotel (1988)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Chris Columbus
Starring David Keith, Tuesday Weld, Charlie Schlatter, Angela Goethals, John Hawkes

Musical Comedy / 97 min / Color / PG-13

Synopsis: From Chris Columbus, the director of Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone comes this rock-and-roll fantasy! It’s 1972 – Teenager Johnny Wolfe (Charlie Schlatter, 18 Again) borrows his mom’s (Tuesday Weld, Lord Love a Duck) pink Cadillac only to get swept up in a series of outrageous events. After successfully kidnapping Elvis Presley (David Keith, The Lords of Discipline), Johnny’s family and sleepy hometown will never be the same. Heartbreak Hotel is another critically acclaimed and lively hit from writer/director Columbus.

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Entertainment Journalist and Author Bryan Reesman | Theatrical Trailer

Paradise (1991)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue
Starring Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch, Sheila McCarthy

Romantic Drama / 111 min / Color / PG-13

Synopsis: They gave a boy a summer he’ll always remember… he gave them back the love they lost. Melanie Griffith (Two Much, A Stranger Among Us) and Don Johnson (TV’s Miami Vice, Born Yesterday) combine their impressive talents in this critically acclaimed romantic drama by writer/director Mary Agnes Donoghue (Beaches, Deceived). This extraordinary film is the touching story of the lost love between a young married couple and how a visiting youngster (Elijah Wood, The Good Son, Avalon) rekindles that love one memorable summer. Funny, poignant and uplifting, Paradise is a motion picture so full of natural beauty and heartfelt emotion, you’ll remember it for a long, long time. Co-starring Thora Birch (Hocus Pocus, American Beauty).

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Peter Tonguette | Theatrical Trailer

White Squall (1996)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring Jeff Bridges, Caroline Good, John Savage, Ryan Phillippe, Scott Wolf

Adventure / 129 min / Color / PG-13

Synopsis: From Ridley Scott, the legendary director of Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and The Martian comes this ultimate challenge of survival. Screen great Jeff Bridges (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Winter Kills, The Big Lebowski) captains a crew of prep school students on a sailing voyage intended to teach them fortitude and discipline. But just before their return, nature teaches them the toughest lesson of all, turning this journey at sea into a test of the crew’s courage and will to survive. Caroline Goodall (Hook), John Savage (The Deer Hunter), Scott Wolf (Go), Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions), Jeremy Sisto (Clueless) and Balthazar Getty (Lost Highway) co-star in this pulse-pounding, breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat motion picture.

Bonus Features:
Production Featurette with Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, Scott Wolf and Director Ridley Scott | 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo | Theatrical Trailer

Mad Love (1995)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Antonia Bird
Starring Drew Barrymore, Chris O’Donnell, Joan Allen, Matthew Lillard, Kevin Dunn

Romantic Drama / 93 min / Color / PG-13

Synopsis: Seductive Drew Barrymore (The Wedding Singer, Charlie’s Angels) and handsome Chris O’Donnell (Scent of a Woman, The Chamber) co-star in this wild and passionate story of two young people who take to the road for the most incredible adventure of their lives. Straitlaced Matt (O’Donnell) is immediately captivated by Casey (Barrymore), the beautiful and unpredictably rebellious new girl in town who refuses to play by the rules. But when they’re faced with permanent separation, they decide to leave everything behind and run away together. Matthew Lillard (Scream), Joan Allen (The Crucible) and Kevin Dunn (Transformers) also star in this box-office hit by the great Antonia Bird (Priest, Ravenous).

Bonus Features:
NEW Audio Commentary by Entertainment Journalist and Author Bryan Reesman | 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo | Theatrical Trailer

The Amy Fisher Story (1993)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Director: Andy Tennant
Starring Drew Barrymore, Tony Denison, Harley Jane Kozak, Tom Mason, Laurie Paton

Crime Drama / 96 min / Color / Unrated

Synopsis: Drew Barrymore (Mad Love, 50 First Dates) sizzles in this unbelievable true story! On May 19th 1992, 17-year-old high school student Amy Fisher (Barrymore) fired a bullet into the head of Mary Jo Buttafuoco (Laurie Paton, TV’s The Commish), the wife of the bodyshop owner with whom she claimed to have been having a sexual affair. But in the explosive media frenzy that followed, did the truth become the most innocent victim of all? This is the sensational true story of lust, greed and obsession that shocked the nation. Barrymore stars as the notorious “Long Island Lolita,” the scheming teen from an unhappy home whose torrid relationship with Joey Buttafuoco (Anthony Denison, TV’s The Closer) led to a shocking suburban nightmare of prostitution, murderous assault and attempted suicide. This is the international theatrical version of the top-rated broadcast event, now containing uncensored scenes of graphic sexuality that couldn’t be shown on TV. Directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) and co-starring Harley Jane Kozak (The Favor).

Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sally Christie | Additional Nude Scene | Trailer

The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 6 (1978-1980)
Blu-ray Street Date: December 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Animation / 116 min / NR / Color

Director: Friz Freleng, David H. DePatie, Art Leonardi
Starring: Bob Holt, Art Johnson, Bob Ogle, Larry D. Mann, Arnold Stang, Frank Welker, Art Johnson, Hazel Shermet, Paul Winchell, Tom Holland

Synopsis: In the sixth and final volume of Pink Panther shorts, produced primarily for The All New Pink Panther Show, the animators at DePatie-Freleng revisited some of the character’s most hilarious and endearing situations, haunting the nightmares of his long-time “Little Man” nemesis (Pinkologist), performing a Chaplinesque battle of cat vs. appliance (Pink Breakfast), and delving into the surreal with the space opera Star Pink and the high-concept String Along in Pink. The collection ends with the final short in the series, Supermarket Pink, a clever satire of consumer culture.

Bonus Features: NEW Audio commentaries for selected films, by author Mark Arnold, historian Jerry Beck, filmmaker Greg Ford and cartoon writer William Hohauser | PINK LINKS: New Featurette by Greg Ford | Remembering Friz (8:45)

 

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Directed by Rhys Ernst

Starring Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Leo Sheng, Chloë Levine
and Margaret Qualley

With Colton Ryan, Maxton Miles Baeza, Dana Aliya Levinson, Alisha B. Woods,
Jari Jones, Ana Gasteyer, Theo Germaine, Jac Bernhard and Mj Rodriguez

Available Tuesday, November 19th on
Electronic Sell-Through and Digital Download:
Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play/YouTube Movies, iTunes/Apple TV, VUDU, Wolfe On Demand

On DVD and VOD Tuesday, December 3rd
DVD includes Audio Commentary with Director Rhys Ernst

“Tenderly provocative and markedly vital. Superbly acted.”
– Carlos Aguilar, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Proves why trans filmmakers need To tell trans stories. A valuable addition to a growing canon.”
– Oliver Whitney, VANITY FAIR

“Demonstrates in intimate detail how far we’ve come in the last decade.With nuance and humor, Adam shows us that our previous dogmas and mistakes
are always worth another look. “
– Katie Anania, SLATE

“2019’s most controversial queer film – and its most important.”
– Jenni Olsen, NEW NOW NEXT

“This sweetly subversive movie represents a step forward in representation.”
– David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Works well both as a learning lesson and a conversation starter for transgender issues.”
– Danielle Solzman, OUT

“Director Rhys Ernst delivers a surprisingly hilarious, complicated look at a pivotal moment in queer culture.”

– Emily Wheeler, FILM INQUIRY

Synopsis:
Awkward, self-conscious Adam Freeman (Nicholas Alexander) has just finished his junior year of high school in 2006. When his cool older sister Casey (Margaret Qualley) suggests he visit her in New York for the summer, Adam has visions of meeting a girl and finally gaining some actual life experience. The fantasy doesn’t materialize exactly as expected. Casey has enthusiastically embraced life amidst Brooklyn’s young LGBTQ community and invites Adam to tag along with her to queer bars, marriage equality rallies and other happenings. When Adam falls at first sight for Gillian (Bobbi Salvör Menuez), a smart, beautiful young woman in this new crowd, she mistakenly assumes he is trans. Flummoxed and enamored, he haplessly goes along with her assumption, resulting in an increasingly complex comedy – and tragedy – of errors he’s ill-equipped to navigate.

About the Director:
Rhys Ernst is a filmmaker and artist. He is a Producer and Director on Amazon’s “Transparent” and created the title sequence for the series. He was nominated for a 2015 Emmy Award for directing and producing the webseries “Transparent: This Is Me,” which won a Special Recognition GLAAD Award. In 2016 he teamed up with Focus Featuresto create the online series, “We’ve Been Around.” In addition to the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Ernst has shown work at Sundance, Oberhausen, and The Hammer Museum; he has won awards at Outfest, Chicago International Film Festival and the LA Transgender Film Festival; and he was a Point Scholar, a Project Involve Fellow, and was awarded with the 2015 Point Foundation Horizon Award and the ACLU Liberty Award for his work on transgender representation in the media.
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Street Date: 1/7/19

Blu-ray™ + Digital SRP: $22.99

DVD SRP: $19.98


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Nicolas Cage stares down an assassin and a shipful of deadly animals when Primal arrives on Digital December 31 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD January 7 from Lionsgate. The film is available On Demand now. Directed by Nick Powell, in his second collaboration with Nicolas Cage (Outcast), and written by Richard Leder, Primal stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Nicolas Cage (Academy Award®: 1996, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas; Golden Globe®: 1995, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Leaving Las Vegas), Famke Janssen (X-Men franchise, TV’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Blacklist”), Kevin Durand (TV’s “The Strain,” “Swamp Thing,” X-Men Origins: Wolverine), LaMonica Garrett (TV’s “Designated Survivor,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Arrow”), and Golden Globe® and Primetime Emmy® nominee Michael Imperioli (Golden Globe®: 2003/2005, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “The Sopranos”; Emmy®: 2001/2003/2004/2006/2007, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “The Sopranos”). A thrilling and action-packed film that Nicolas Cage fans will love, Primal will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $22.99 and $19.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
When Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage), a hunter and collector of rare and exotic animals, bags a priceless white jaguar for a zoo, he figures it’ll be smooth sailing to a big payday. But the ship bearing Frank’s precious cargo has two predators caged in its hold: the cat, and a political assassin being extradited to the U.S. After the assassin breaks free – and then frees the jaguar – Frank feverishly stalks the ship’s cramped corridors in hot pursuit of his prey, right up until the thrilling, unpredictable climax.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • The Making of Primal

CAST
Nicolas Cage              Face/Off, Leaving Las Vegas, Lord of War, Mandy
Famke Janssen          X-Men franchise, TV’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Blacklist”
Kevin Durand              TV’s “The Strain,” “Swamp Thing,” X-Men Origins: Wolverine
LaMonica Garrett        TV’s “Designated Survivor,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Arrow”
Michael Imperioli         TV’s “The Sopranos,” “Californication,” Goodfellas
Trailer: https://youtu.be/tiCKjn9SRBg

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2019
Title Copyright: Primal © 2019 Primal Film Production, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for violence and language.
Genre: Action, Crime
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 97 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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From the Big Screen:

“Good Boys,” “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” “The Farewell” and “47 Meters Down: Uncaged.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

It must be getting close to the holiday gift-giving season — there’s a profundity of remastered classic and cult films to partake of this week.

An archetypal example of its genre, “The Far Country” (1954 is one of five superb Westerns the screen legend James Stewart made with acclaimed Hollywood auteur Anthony Mann (the others being “Winchester ’73” [1950], “Bend of the River” [1952], “The Naked Spur” [1953] and “The Man from Laramie” [1955]. Mann’s film tells of Jeff Webster (Stewart) and his sidekick Ben Tatum (Walter Brennen), two stoic adventurers driving cattle to market from Wyoming to Canada who come to logger heads with a corrupt judge (John McIntire) and his henchmen. Ruth Romai plays a sultry saloon keeper who falls for Stewart, teaming up with him to take on the errant lawman. An epic saga set during the heady times of the Klondike Gold Rush, “The Far Country” captures the scenic grandeur of northern Canada’s icy glaciers and snow-swept mountains in vivid Technicolor. Mann’s direction expertly steers the film to an unorthodox, yet thrilling ‘all guns-blazing’ finale. Two-disc limited edition with two presentations in both original photo for The Far Country aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and 2.00:1. Brand new 4K restoration from the original film elements by Arrow Films. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … “Charley Varrick” (1963), directed by Don Siegel and starring Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, Andy Robinson, John Vernon, Sheree North, Norman Fell, Benson Fong, Woodrow Parfrey, William Schallert and Marjorie Bennett, is a tough-as-nails action classic about a small-time crook who outfoxes the mob and the law. Screen great Walter Matthau stars as the titular career criminal, with the powerful Joe Don Baker as the tough Mafia hitman on his tail. Charley robs small banks with small payrolls. That keeps him out of trouble until he stumbles onto the mob’s secret stash. The chase is on as the Big Boys go after the “Last of the Independents.” It’s a heart-pounding ride that builds to a fiery airborne climax as Charley makes his last desperate run for the Mexican border and safety. Two of the film’s best features are the terrific photography by Michael C. Butler and original music score by Lalo Schifrin. On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … Hardboiled crime-drama “Madigan” (1968), directed by Don Siegel and starring Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens, Harry Guardino, James Whitmore, Susan Clark, Don Stroud, Sheree North, Warren Stevens and Raymond St. Jacques, takes a hard-hitting look at the lives and loves of New York City’s top cops. Directed in gripping documentary style by Siegel, Widmark portrays the veteran Big Apple detective who is given only a few hours to track down a vicious killer. Fonda is the humane yet relentlessly forceful police commissioner who orders Widmark into the streets to solve the case, even though it might be his last assignment. Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky and Howard Rodman with stunning CinemaScope cinematography by acclaimed DP Russell Metty (“Touch of Evil”). On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974), directed by Michael Cimino and starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis, Gary Busey, Catherine Bach, Vic Tayback and Dub Taylor, is a bold, witty and tough crime-thriller starring screen icons Eastwood and Bridges as a pair of modern-day outlaws. Thunderbolt (Eastwood) is a former thief whose razor-sharp wits and steely nerves made him a master of his profession, but he’s about to re-enter the criminal world with a new partner: Lightfoot (Bridges), a brash young drifter whose energy and exuberance give the veteran a new outlook on life. Their target: the seemingly impenetrable Montana Armored Depository. After forming an uneasy alliance with Thunderbolt’s former partners in crime, Red Leary (Kennedy) and Eddie Goody (Lewis), they launch an amazing scheme that will test the limits of their endurance, and the power of their friendship. Fueled by explosive action, fascinating characters and a powerfully moving climax, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is an adventure of the highest caliber and the directorial debut for Cimino, who also wrote the original screenplay. Wonderfully shot in Scope by Frank Stanley (“The Eiger Sanction”). On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … photo for With its droll humor and bittersweet emotional heft, “The Daytrippers” (1996), the feature debut of writer-director Greg Mottola, announced the arrival of an unassumingly sharp-witted new talent on the 1990s indie scene. When she discovers a love letter written to her husband (Stanley Tucci) by an unknown paramour, the distraught Eliza (Hope Davis) turns to her tight-knit Long Island family for advice. Soon the entire clan — strong-willed mom (Anne Meara), taciturn dad (Pat McNamara), and jaded sister (Parker Posey) with pretentious boyfriend (Liev Schreiber) in tow — has squeezed into a station wagon and headed into Manhattan to find out the truth, kicking off a one-crazy-day Odyssey full of unexpected detours and life-changing revelations. Performed with deadpan virtuosity by a top-flight ensemble cast, “The Daytrippers” is a wry and piercing look at family bonds stretched to the breaking point.
On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Greg Mottola, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection … In “Winter Kills “ (1975), starring Jeff Bridges, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden, John Huston, Elizabeth Taylor, Dorothy Malone, Tomas Milian, Belinda Bauer, Ralph Meeker, Toshirô Mifune, Richard Boone, Joe Spinell, Tisa Farrow and Erin Gray, Bridges stars as Nick Kegan, the son of world-famous tycoon Pa Kegan (Huston) and half-brother of the late US President Timothy Kegan, who was slain by a lone assassin 19 years earlier. But when a long-rumored “second gunman” makes a secret deathbed confession, Nick begins to unravel a trail of suspects that includes a billionaire war-freak (Hayden), a murderous mob boss (Meeker), a shady nightclub owner (Eli Wallach), a Cuban kingpin (Tomas Milian), an eccentric computer expert (Perkins) and a mysterious Washington madam (Taylor). One-of-a-kind black comedy-thriller from acclaimed writer-director William Richert and based on the best-selling novel by Richard Condon (“Prizzi’s Honor,” “The Manchurian Candidate”). In a new 4K master, on DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … In “Road Games” (1981), Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a lone trucker who plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Australian Outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead is a maniac in a van whose game may be butchering young women along the highway. But when the killer decides to raise the stakes, Quid’s game becomes personal … and the rules of this road are about to take some very deadly turns. On Blu-ray from Scream Factory … In “Heathers” (1988), starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty and Lisanne Falk, the Heathers — beautiful, popular and ruthless — are the picture-perfect queens of the social scene at Westerburg High that everyone wants to be. And photo for Spirited Away Collector's Edition Set that includes Veronica – or so she thought – until she meets JD. He’s the new bad boy in class with some extreme ideas about how to get even with the school bullies and mean girls. But is he prom date material or a dangerous psychopath? The classic, wickedly dark comedy still rules as the greatest high school movie that isn’t afraid of a little mayhem. On Blu-ray from RLJE Films … The limited-edition “Spirited Away Collector’s Edition Set” (2001 — Japan) comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase, with a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be a Blu-ray of the film paired with hours of special features and the film’s soundtrack on CD, now available exclusively on disc in North America. From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this wondrous fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time, becoming the highest-grossing film in Japanese history in 2001. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s epic adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of animation. Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress, Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. On Blu-ray from GKIDS/Shout! Factory.

From TV to Disc:

“The Big Bang Theory: The Twelfth and Final Season” (2018-19) is a three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray with all 24 episodes. For years, fans have been delighted watching their favorite physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) navigate the universe and everyday life along with Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and fellow scientists Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), as well as other beloved characters. Now that Sheldon has married neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, he’ll have to make some serious adjustments to their “Relationship Agreement” in Season 12. Will their equation for marital bliss alter the chemistry between these two beautiful minds? Perhaps Leonard and Penny will provide the data as they experiment with variable in their own marriage. Meanwhile, Howard and Bernadette explore the principles of parenthood, and Raj considers a traditional arranged marriage. Quantum comedy converges in the 12th dimension for the final season. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “Cobra Kai Seasons 1 & 2 Limited Collector’s Edition” (2018-19) is a four-disc set with all 20 episodes. The return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary “The Karate Kid” film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), has taken a rocky turn, but seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids.” On DVD, from Sony.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Brian Banks” (2019), starring Aldis Hodge, Sherri Shepherd and Greg Kinnear, the inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks photo for Brian Banks(Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Universal … In “After The Wedding” (2019), starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup and Abby Quinn, as if driven by an inescapable force, Isabel has devoted her life to running an orphanage in a Calcutta slum. With funds running dry, a potential donor, who requires she travel from India to New York, to deliver a presentation in-person, contacts Isabel. At first balking at the demand of an uncommitted philanthropist, she relents, and travels to a city she deliberately hasn’t returned to in over two decades. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Sony … In “Cross: Rise of the Villains” (2018) Brian Austin Green, Lori Heuring, Patrick Durham, Juhahn Jones, Vinnie Jones, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo. Armed with an explosive powerful ancient cross amulet, Callan (Brian Austin Green) is back with his extraordinary team of weapons experts to defend Los Angeles from its biggest threat yet — super villains Muerte (Danny Trejo) and Drago (Manu Intiraymi). Callan will have to join forces with his once mortal enemy, Gunnar (Vinnie Jones), to try to save the city. Tom Sizemore returns as Detective Nitti and Lou Ferrigno, DB Sweeney, Jeremy London and Eric Roberts return as The Contractors in this third installment in the franchise. From Sony … Welcome back to Tromaville High School! In “Return to … Return to Nuke ‘Em High Aka Volume 2” (2018), starring Asta Paredes, Catherina Corcoran, Lloyd Kaufman and Zac Amico, the once tone-deaf Glee Club has now turned into a vicious gang of Cretins, wreaking havoc upon Tromaville and two innocent lesbian lovers, Crissy and Lauren. As Lauren suffers the side-effects of a Cretin forced duck rape, Chrissy follows a trail of tainted toxic taco crumbs, leading her to the crux of all Tromaville High School’s mutating mires, the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate and its salacious CEO, Lee Harvey Herzkauf. On Blu-ray from Troma Entertainment … photo for Truth in “Truth” (2019), starring Eric Paul Erickson and Rachel Alig, after a long and bloody revolution, captured army officer Xavier Faraday is offered amnesty if he will detail his time at a notorious internment camp. When Xavier reluctantly agrees, his interrogator peels away the layers of his life, only to reveal he’s not the only one hiding something. The film unfolds with only two actors in a single location, in real time. As the story progresses, nothing is what it seems and both characters will sacrifice everything in order to achieve their goals and uncover the truth. From Random Media … When an elite group of American soldiers are ordered to take out a series of German machine gun nests in “D-Day: Battle of Omaha Beach” (2019), starring Weston Cage Coppola, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, they find themselves blindly venturing into hostile territory. Outnumbered and outgunned they must risk life and limb as they cross treacherous terrain, never knowing where the enemy might be hiding. Based on the incredible true story of heroes Lieutenant Colonel James Rudder, Lieutenant General Omar Bradley and Major Cleveland Lytle and a day that was destined to change history. From Cinedigm … In “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (2019), starring Zack Gottsagen, Thomas Haden Church, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson, Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from a residential nursing home to fulfill his dream of attending the pro wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Church). On the road, Zak meets Tyler (LaBeouf), a small-time outlaw who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together, they set out on a wild, life-changing journey and try to convince Eleanor (Johnson), a kind nursing-home employee charged with bringing Zak back, to join them. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … photo for In director James Franco’s drama “Pretenders” (2018), starring Franco, Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Shameik Moore, Juno Temple, Jack Kilmer and Jane Levy, life imitates deadly art as a French New Wave-obsessed film student finds his muse in a mysterious actress that both he and his best friend fall in love with. After years of sex, betrayal, and collateral damage, the three end up in a dangerous situation that leaves one of them fighting for his life. From Cleopatra Entertainment … Based on the romances between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Prince William and Kate Middleton, the “Royals & Romance 3-Film Collection” features three Lifetime movies: “Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal” (2019),” Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” (2018), and “William & Kate” (2011). From Lionsgate … In the romantic comedy “The Weekend “ (2019), starring Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, DeWanda Wise, Kym Whitley and Y’lan Noel, Zadie (Zamata) goes on an insane weekend getaway with her ex, Bradford (Bell) and his new girlfriend (Wise). At the B&B run by her nosy mom (Whitley), Zadie feels like a third wheel until handsome Aubrey (Noel) shows up. While crushing on Aubrey, Zadie gets a little drunk and makes a lot of trouble for everyone — including herself. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … photo for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping In the rock mockumentary “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” (2016), starring Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack and Imogen Poots, after a two-year, sold-out, worldwide tour, Conner4Real (Samberg) is the biggest name in music. Go behind the scenes as Conner faces a crisis of popularity after this sophomore album flops, leaving fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when Conner4Real is no longer the dopest star of all. The hilarious comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow is loaded with cameos from the biggest names in comedy and music, including Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Mariah Carey and more. In a Blu-ray Steelbook from Shout! Factory … “The Gun Runners” (1958), directed by Don Siegel and starring Audie Murphy, Eddie Albert, Patricia Owens, Everett Sloane, Jack Elam and Richard Jaeckel, is an action-packed adventure-yarn about Florida gun-smuggling during the Cuban Revolution. In order to pay off debts, cabin-cruiser skipper Sam Martin (Murphy) rents his boat to a ruthless gun merchant who sells his illegal arms to a revolutionary group in Cuba. Soon Sam finds himself in deep water as director Siegel ratchets up the tension in this sea-faring thriller based on the classic Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have and Have Not.” On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … photo for Werewolf In a Girls' Dormitory “Werewolf In a Girls’ Dormitory” (1961 — Italy) is a twisted Italian horror EuroShocker. When an all-girl reform school is rocked by a series of grisly murders, it unleashes a nightmare of sexual corruption and lupine depravity. Carl Schell, Barbara Lass (aka Roman Polanski’s first wife Barbara Kwiatkowska) and Luciano Pigozzi star in this infamous Italian/Austrian co-production – originally titled “Lycanthropus,” directed by Paolo Heusch from a screenplay by giallo maestro Ernesto Gastaldi with a classic score by Armando Trovajoli, newly scanned in 2k from archival elements recently discovered in a Rome lab vault. On DVD, Blu-ray + CD, from Severin Films … “Yesterday Was a Lie” (2009) is digitally remastered shot-by-shot for the 10th anniversary edition of the jazzy neo-noir that explores mind-twisting sci-fi themes including the nature of time, reality and human consciousness. Kipleigh Brown stars as Hoyle, a girl with a sharp mind and a weakness for bourbon who finds herself on the trail of a reclusive genius (John Newton). But her work takes a series of unforeseen twists as events around her grow increasingly fragmented, disconnected and surreal. With a sexy lounge singer (Chase Masterson) and a loyal partner (Mik Scriba) as her only allies, Hoyle is plunged into a dark world of intrigue and earth-shattering cosmological secrets. Haunted by an ever-present shadow (Peter Mayhew) whom she is destined to face, Hoyle discovers that the most powerful force in the universe — the power to bend reality, the power to know the truth — lies within the depths of the human heart. On DVD, Blu-ray, from IndiePix Films … photo for Flowers in the Attic In “Flowers in the Attic” (1987), when her husband dies in a tragic accident, widow Corrine Dollanganger (Victoria Tennant) takes her four children to the ancestral family home she fled before they were born. Locked away in the attic by their tyrannical grandmother (Louise Fletcher), it falls to older brother and sister Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams) and Cathy (Kristy Swanson) to care for their younger siblings. But with their mother growing increasingly distant and erratic and a mysterious sickness taking hold, will any of the Dollanganger children survive to escape the clutches of the house’s cruel matriarch? Originally published in 1979, VC Andrews’ novel “Flowers in the Attic” was a smash hit, spawning four sequels and going on to sell over 40 million copies worldwide. With undercurrents of incest and child abuse and a haunting score by Christopher Young (“Hellraiser”), “Flowers in the Attic” is a dark and chilling Gothic suspense thriller in the classic tradition. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

On the Indie Front:

photo for A Snow White ChristmasIn a “A Snow White Christmas” (2018), starring Michelle Randolph, Carolyn Hennesy, Liam McNeill and Rich Barnes, when Blanca Snow is faced with spending Christmas with her dastardly stepmother, Victoria, she attempts to fulfill her late father’s wishes and create new memories as a family. However, Victoria plots to edge Blanca out of her father’s inheritance and keep the money and his mansion, for herself. From Monarch Home Entertainment.

Foreign:

“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” (2018 — Spain) is a deeply affecting and humanistic animated portrait of a legendary artist hunting for his purpose. Filmmaker Luis Buñuel is left penniless after the scandalous premiere of his film “L’Age d’Or.” However, his good friend, the sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket with the promise that if he wins, he will pay for Buñuel’s next film. Incredibly, luck is on their side, so they set out to make the movie, an unconventional documentary about the desperately poor Las Hurdes region in Spain. Buñuel’s initially callous approach to the extreme poverty and situations he encounters (or creates) gradually leads to a filmmaking experience that will transform him forever. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from GKIDS/Shout! Factory.

For the Family:

photo for Steven Universe: The Movie In “Steven Universe: The Movie” (2019), with the voices of Zach Callison, Estelle, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno, Tom Scharpling and Grace Rolek, Steven thinks his time defending the Earth is over, but when a new threat comes to Beach City, Steven faces his biggest challenge yet. Two years have passed since Steven Universe resolved the ongoing conflict between Earth and the Diamonds and brought peace to the galaxy, seemingly allowing Steven and the Crystal Gems to live happily ever after. However, Steven’s past comes back to haunt him in the shape of a mysterious Gem hellbent on destroying him and everything he holds dear, including the Earth itself. From Cartoon Network.

Special Interest:

“Scared of Revolution” (2018) is the untold story of the godfather of rap. Umar Bin Hassan hasn’t even hit 70 yet, but he walks with difficulty and there’s sadness and fatigue in his eyes. As a member of The Last Poets, a group of performance poets who expressed the photo for Scared of Revolutionprogressive spirit of the times starting in the late 1960s, he was a major influence on later hip-hop artists. In one of his best-known pieces, “Ni****s Are Scared of Revolution”, he criticizes his black brothers’ destructive, macho behavior. The documentary, based on Christine Otten’s book, “The Last Poets,” concentrates on Hassan’s personal life, in which he still fights his demons. He grew up poor with a violent, unpredictable father, which in turn left him with an inferiority complex. In the course of his adult life, he has had a string of bad relationships and left children without a father figure. In his darkest hour, he also battled a crack addiction. Today, Hassan takes control of his life again, breaks the destructive cycle and does his best to be the devoted father and grandfather that he was never fortunate enough to have. From Film Movement.

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

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Tattoo Uprising
A film by Alan Govenar

From antiquity to the present, Tattoo Uprising reveals the artistic and historical roots of today’s tattoo explosion. This sweeping overview explores how tattoos were used in early Christian practices, how they were discovered halfway around the world during the voyages of Captain James Cook, and how they exploded in popularity in America beginning with artists like Ed Hardy.

Tattoo Uprising features some of the most extraordinary people of the tattoo world including Ed Hardy, Stoney St. Clair, Cynthia Witkin, Anne de Hey! and others, as well as unforgettable appearances by filmmakers Les Blank and Werner Herzog, who allows a rare glimpse at his Ed Hardy tattoo.

On DVD & VOD December 10
“Wide-ranging and interesting!”
-The Hollywood Reporter
“Alan Govenar’s forty-years-in-the-making documentary celebrates the art of inking human bodies. There’s plenty of tattooing, the camera getting up close and personal as needles buzz into flesh, creating complicated, daring, and exquisite designs, using the human body as a living canvas.”
-This Week in New York

“An eye-opening, engaging look at a practice that was once scorned and relegated to a few outliers of society.”
-High Times Magazine

“You’ve probably always wanted to see Werner Herzog’s tattoo, am I right? Now’s your chance. Folklorist, writer, and filmmaker Alan Govenar’s documentary features vintage footage of the mercurial auteur showing off his Ed Hardy design, as well as other footage dating from all the back to 1980 to the present day, and interviews with noted artists and tattoo aficionados.”
– Leslie Combemale, AWFJ

Featuring Ed Hardy, Stoney St. Clair, Cynthia Witkin,
Anne de Hey!, Les Blank & Werner Herzog

UPC: 7-20229-91793-3
Catalog #: FRF 917933D
MSRP: $24.95Run Time: 75 minutes
Language: English
Year of Release: 2019

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Available for the First Time in
Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and On Demand December 10
Including Dolby Vision®

One of legendary director Steven Soderbergh’s (Sex, Lies and Videotape; Contagion; the Ocean’s trilogy) most critically acclaimed films, The Limey, returns remastered in time for its 20th anniversary on Digital 4K Ultra HD and On Demand December 10 from Lionsgate. A modern-day film noir told in broad daylight, The Limey is “a masterful bit of revenge cinema” (Frederick Bilchert, Vice) worth revisiting in stunning 4K starring Terence Stamp (Unfinished Song; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Superman II), Lesley Ann Warren (Clue, TV’s “American Princess,” “The Cool Kids”), Luis Guzmán (Traffic, Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love), Barry Newman (Bowfinger, Daylight, Vanishing Point), and Academy Award® nominee Peter Fonda (1969, Best Original Screenplay, Easy Rider; 1997, Best Actor, Ulee’s Gold).

After his release from a British prison, a former professional thief (Terence Stamp) finds out his daughter has been murdered in Los Angeles and travels there to learn the truth about her death. With the investigative assistance of another ex-con, he comes face-to-face with the high-rolling record producer with whom his daughter was having an affair.

Experience four times the resolution of full HD with 4K Ultra HD, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing this stylish and inventive film to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The Limey Digital 4K Ultra HD will be available for the suggested retail price of $12.99.

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 1999
Title Copyright: The Limey © 1999, Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for violence and language.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Closed-Captioned: English
Subtitles: N/A
Feature Run Time: 89 Minutes
Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 (1.85:1) Presentation with Dolby Vision​
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio™

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ONLY AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DECEMBER 3, 2019 
4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD DECEMBER 17, 2019
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT, PACKED WITH OVER AN HOUR OF BONUS CONTENT, INCLUDING 2 ORIGINAL SHORTS, DELETED SCENES, CAST INTERVIEWS, AND MORE!

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production ABOMINABLE is a magical action-packed adventure for the whole family; with a 95% Audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, critics are calling this new animated classic “pure magic” (Dave Morales, Fox TV Houston). Yi, Everest and the gang come home just in time for the holidays on Digital December 3, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand December 17, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting the biggest opening for an original animated film this year, ABOMINABLE is “an epic, colorful journey home. Beautiful and exhilarating to behold” (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times). The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital versions feature tons of fun bonus content including 2 original shorts, deleted scenes, and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

This magical journey is brought to life with the voice talents of Chloe Bennet (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winner Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Tenzing Norgay Trainor (“Liv and Maddie”), Albert Tsai (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club) and Michelle Wong (“Scandal”). It is written and directed by Jill Culton (Open Season, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc.) and co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Open Season 2).  The film is produced by Suzanne Buirgy and Peilin Chou.

From the studio that brought you How to Train Your Dragon, this heartwarming and humorous story follows teenage Yi (Bennet) as she encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in China, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Trainor) and Peng (Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Paulson) to help Everest get home. Heartwarming and a visual masterpiece, “ABOMINABLE is a movie for all ages with laughter and life lessons and a little bit of wonder thrown in” (Allison Rose, Flick Direct).

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K Ultra Hd, BLU-RAYTM, DVD and digital:

  • DREAMWORKS SHORT – MAROONED – Marooned, tells the story of a cantankerous and selfish robot named C-0R13. Stranded on an abandoned lunar outpost, C-0R13 longs to return to Earth. With a partially built ship and his last power source, this determined robot will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
  • SHOW AND TELL – Back home in the Himalayan Mountains, Everest puts on a magical show-and-tell for his fellow yetis after he receives a special care package from Yin, Jing and Peng.
  • DELETED SCENES with Intros by Writer/Director Jill Culton and Co-Director Todd Wilderman
    • Play All
    • Spa Day
    • Villains at the Map
    • Magic Montage
    • Yak Attack
  • MAKING A MYTH (MOVIE) – In this entertaining ‘making of’ we learn from the filmmakers and stars how they brought the heartfelt and whimsical story of Abominable to life – from the use of magic, music and humor, to the themes of family and nature.
  • ANIMATING ABOMINABLE – From production design to storyboarding and animating, the creative team behind Abominable will take us through the design and animation of the film.
  • MEET THE CAST – This fun featurette introduces the audience to the cast of Abominable and the characters they play. Learn first-hand from the actors what their personal inspiration was for the role and how they went about performing the voicework.
    • Play All
    • Chloe Bennet as Yi
    • Tenzing Norgay Trainor as Jin
    • Albert Tsai as Peng
    • Tsai Chin as Nai Nai
    • Joe Izzo as Everest
  • YOUR YETI CARE GUIDE – Chloe, Albert and Tenzing provide tips and tricks to caring for your newly adopted “Yeti”. In this case YETI stands for pet – dog, kitten and bird.
  • COURAGE TO DREAM – This featurette explores the character Yi, the strong, independent and untraditional female lead at the center of Abominable. Actor Chloe Bennet and the filmmakers discuss what makes Yi special and why she is the ultimate role model for young girls and boys today!
  • AN ABOMINABLE TOUR WITH CHLOE BENNET – Like her father before her, Yi dreams of travelling across China to see the many beautiful, natural and culturally significant locations featured in Abominable. Chloe Bennet, the voice of Yi, will take viewers on their own magical journey.
  • EVEREST’S TALK BOX – Shooting on the DreamWorks Animation campus, we bring in some real kids to meet the man behind the voice of Everest, Joe Izzo, and the audio team from Abominable to learn about all the cool tech that went into Everest’s voice.
  • COOKING WITH NAI NAI – Can Tsai Chin, the voice of Nai Nai, learn to make Nai Nai’s famous pork buns in real life? Let’s find out!
  • HOW TO ABOMINABLE – Bring Everest, Yi and Nai Nai to life in your home with this How-to-Draw with a difference. Not only will we show you how to recreate your favorite characters from Abominable, but also how to magically bring them to life through a homemade Chinese style lantern!
    • How to Draw
    • Play All
    • Intro
    • Everest
    • Yi
    • Jin
    • Peng
    • Nai Nai
    • How to Make a Chinese Lantern
  • YOU CAN SPEAK YETI-ESE – Inspired by foreign language courses, viewers can learn how to speak Yeti-ese with these easy teaching guides hosted by Chloe Bennet.
  • NAI NAI SAYS – Narrated by Nai Nai, Yi’s wise grandma gives us life lessons on how to be a strong, independent, modern woman.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY – Writer/Director Jill Culton, Co-Director Todd Wilderman, Producer Suzanne Buirgy, Producer Peilin Chou, Production Designer Max Boas, Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Edwards, and Head of Character Animation John Hill

ABOMINABLE will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.

Website:  http://uni.pictures/Abominable
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/AbominableTrailer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AbominableTheMovie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwanimation
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abominablemovie/
Hashtag: #AbominableMovie
FILMMAKERS:
Written and Directed By: Jill Culton
Produced By: Suzanne Buirgy, Peilin Chou
Co-Director: Todd Wilderman
Co-Producer: Rebecca Huntley
Music By: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Executive Producers: Li Ruigang Zhu, Tim Johnson

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K ULTRA HD:
Street Date: December 17, 2019
Selection Number: 46201559 (US) / 46201864 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG for some action and mild rude humor.
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian, Latin American Spanish
Sound: English Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time: 00:97:04

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: December 17, 2019
Selection Number: 46201561 (US) / 46201866 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG for some action and mild rude humor.
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian, Latin American Spanish
Sound: English Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time: 00:97:04

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: December 17, 2019
Selection Number: 46201560 (US) / 46201865 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG for some action and mild rude humor.
Languages/Subtitles: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 00:97:10

 

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Nov 092019
 

IF THE DANCER DANCES

** New York Times Critic’s Pick** 

Produced by: Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler

Directed by: Maia Wechsler

 Official Selection: Dance On Camera 2018, Raindance 2018

Feature Documentary, 83 Minutes, USA

 IF THE DANCER DANCES will be released on VOD and all major digital platforms including  Itunes, Amazon, Vimeo, Google, Sony, and NMS on November 12, 2019.

IF THE DANCER DANCES invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, IF THE DANCER DANCES  is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009.

“The dance studio is a private and mysterious place. IF THE DANCER DANCES grants us rare access, bringing us into the studio to watch the staging of a Merce Cunningham masterwork on the Stephen Petronio Company. It’s the tracking of this intimate process, a dance being passed one body to another, that makes this film a great gift.”  Mikhail Baryshnikov on IF THE DANCER DANCES

Merce Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer who stood at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 60 years. As a choreographer, teacher, and leader of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Cunningham had a profound influence on modern dance and earned some of the highest honors bestowed in the arts, including the National Medal of Arts and the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship. Cunningham is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including the musicians Radiohead and John Cage (also his life partner), as well as visual artists Andy Warhol, who did the décor for  RainForest, the dance featured in If the Dancer Dances, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. 

Cunningham’s centennial is being celebrated worldwide in 2019 with performances, installations, films and other special events to honor his legacy. 

 Posted by on November 9, 2019 No Responses »
Nov 072019
 
Kino Lorber Announces its December 2019 Home Video Releases

George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Jeffrey Perkins
Starring: Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, Nam June Paik

Documentary / 128 min / Color / NR

Synopsis: George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus is a feature documentary as mercurial as its subject, George Maciunas, impresario of the international avant garde art movement Fluxus (1962-78). Fascinatingly contradictory interviews with artists including Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, and Nam June Paik, and inventive sound and screen design, shape this rich portrait of a visionary artist. Dedicated to cooperative methods and expanded processes, everything could be Fluxus: kits, shops, festivals, islands, weddings, food, or Flux Lofts – the first network of artist-owned lofts in SoHo, New York. The iconoclastic Maciunas and the spirit of Fluxus provoke questions still critical to artists working today.

Bonus Features: Theatrical trailer

Noon Wine (1985 American Playhouse) (Kino Classics, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Michael Fields
Starring: Fred Ward, Stellan Skarsgard, Pat Hingle, Lise Hilboldt

Western / Color / 83 min / NR

Synopsis: Originally broadcast on PBS as part of its American Playhouse series, Noon Wine is a hauntingly rich and mysterious tale of the old West. Adapted from Katherine Anne Porter’s short novel, it is set on a small Texas farm at the turn of the century, where a Swedish immigrant (Stellan Skarsgard, Mamma Mia!) asks for work and begins a new life. Through no fault of his own, he causes the downfall of his new employer, Royal (Fred Ward, Tremors), when a suspicious visitor comes to call (Pat Hingle, Batman). Written and directed by Michael Fields (Bright Angel) and produced by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory (Howards End), Noon Wine is a brilliantly tense and moody Western.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by writer/director Michael Fields

Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Millard Webb
Starring: Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, Rudy Vallee

Musical Comedy / 95 min / Color and B&W / NR

Synopsis: At the dawn of the talkies, Paramount Pictures poured its resources into a lavish movie intended to plant their flag in the American musical, even as it was evolving. Mary Eaton stars as an aspiring showgirl who must choose between her on-stage career and the love of a young musician (Edward Crandall). Having licensed the name of Broadway’s most extravagant showman, producer Monta Bell recruited costume designer John W. Harkrider to stage elaborate musical tableaux worthy of the Ziegfeld name, and filmed them in Technicolor. The filmmakers further stacked the deck by inserting musical and comedy numbers featuring the biggest names of the Great White Way: Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallee, and Helen Morgan (who performs her timeless torch song “What Wouldn’t I Do for That Man?”)

Bonus Features:
2K Master derived from the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s photochemical 35mm restoration | Audio commentary by Richard Barrios, author of A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film | Hollywood: City of Celluloid (7 min. travelogue) | Hearst Metrotone News (2 min. excerpt): backstage footage of Florenz Ziegfeld rehearsing dancers for a new stage production | La Cucaracha (1934 Technicolor musical short)

Camille Claudel (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 3, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Bruno Nuytten
Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grevill, Philippe Clevenot

Drama / Color / 173 min / NR

Synopsis: Nominated for the 1989 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, Camille Claudel is a lush depiction of the legendary romance between sculptor Auguste Rodin (Gérard Depardieu, Green Card) and his young pupil Camille (Isabelle Adjani, Possession). This is the true story of their passionate obsession with art-and with each other. Both an inspiring saga of artistic vision and the haunting portrayal of a doomed romance that would drive them to the brink of madness, Camille Claudel is an unforgettable drama with two stunning lead performances. The incandescent Isabelle Adjani was deservedly nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Actress.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan | Booklet essay by film critic Abbey Bender (Blu-ray only) | Theatrical trailer

Inside Moves (1980) (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray & DVD)
NEW 2019 HD Master
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Richard Donner
Starring John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright, Tony Burton

Drama / 113 min / Color / PG

Directed by Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon, Ladyhawke, The Goonies, The Omen) and featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Diana Scarwid, (Psycho 3, Strange Invaders), Inside Moves tells the inspiring story of Roary (John Savage, Hotel Colonial, The Deer Hunter, Hair), a former sports star left crippled by a failed suicide attempt. Hanging out in a neighborhood bar full of colorful misfits, Roary forges an unforgettable bond with the bartender, Jerry (David Morse, The Indian Runner, St. Elsewhere, Desperate Hours), an injured basketball player. Together with the rest of the bar regulars, Roary sets out to help Jerry triumph over adversity and fulfill his potential, in this powerful celebration of the human spirit. Also starring Academy Award winner Harold Russell, now watch this great drama from a brand new HD master.

Bonus Features:
NEW On-camera Interview with Director Richard Donner | NEW On-camera Interview with Star John Savage | Theatrical Trailer

Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection (5 Films) (1927-1931)

2-Disc Blu-ray and 3-Disc DVD
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $49.95
DVD SRP: $39.95

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Carl Brisson, Jameson Thomas, Betty Balfour, Edmund Gwenn

Drama/Comedy / B&W / 502 min / NR

Synopsis: Before he became known as the Master of Suspense in Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock had already established himself as a precociously talented filmmaker in England. Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection brings together five features he directed for the production company that first displayed his talents. Four of them are visually dynamic silent films: atmospheric boxing drama The Ring, sprightly comedies The Farmer’s Wife and Champagne, and a love triangle set on the Isle of Man, The Manxman. Also included is the 1931 sound feature The Skin Game, a rousing melodrama about feuding families. These features display Hitchcock’s command of visual language long before his Hollywood sojourn, proving he was a master from the beginning.

Bonus Features:
New scores by Meg Morley (The Ring), Jon Mirsalis (The Farmer’s Wife), Ben Model (Champagne), and Andrew Earle Simpson (The Manxman) | Hitchcock/Truffaut: Icon interviews Icon (Archival Audio) | Audio commentary on The Ring by film critic Nick Pinkerton | Audio commentaries on Champagne and The Manxman by film historian Farran Smith Nehme

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Greenwich Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

Directors: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Starring: Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne

Documentary / Color / 93 min / NR

Synopsis: Linda Ronstadt has been an icon for more than 50 years. Her extraordinary vocal range and ambition created unforgettable songs across rock, pop, country, folk ballads, American standards, classic Mexican music and soul. As the most popular female recording artist of the 1970s, Ronstadt filled huge arenas like no one had ever done and produced an astounding eleven platinum albums. Ronstadt was the first artist to top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts simultaneously, she won 10 Grammy® Awards on 26 nominations and attained a level of stardom the Tucson native never could have fathomed.

In Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ’70s and early ’80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; an early advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson’s disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her – and the sound of her voice.

Bonus Features:
Additional Interviews | Theatrical Trailer

The Great Mystical Circus (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Carlos Diegues
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Jesuita Barbosa, Mariana Ximenes, Antonio Fagundes

Drama / Color / 105 min / NR

Synopsis: Reality and fantasy collide in The Great Mystical Circus, the spectacular story of a family-owned circus that spans five generations of adventure, decadence, love and loss, as told by Cinema Novo master director Carlos Diegues (Bye Bye Brazil, Quilombo). This rousing, sensational tale of magical realism stars Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), is based on a poem by Jorge de Lima, and features a score by one of Brazil’s most renowned songwriters, Chico Buarque.

Bonus Features: Making-of Documentary | Trailer

Water & Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: December 10, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Fariborz Kamkari
Starring: Woody Allen, Abel Ferrara, Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lina Wertmuller

Documentary / Color / 94 min / NR

Synopsis: Fariborz Kamkari’s documentary about the life and career of Carlo Di Palma is as much a portrait of the late cinematographer — known for his inventive work with such directors as Woody Allen, Michelangelo Antonioni and Elio Petri — as it is a journey through the last 70 years of world cinema. From Di Palma’s early credits under Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, and Roberto Rossellini, to his trailblazing work on Red Desert and Blow-Up, to his 11-year collaboration with Woody Allen, Water and Sugar amounts to an illuminating celebration of a great artist. Featuring reflections and commentary by iconic filmmakers including Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Volker Schlöndorff, Wim Wenders, and more. – Film at Lincoln Center

Bonus Feature: Theatrical trailer

Long Day’s Journey into Night (Kino Lorber, DVD & 3-D Blu-ray [2 Discs])
3-D Blu-ray (2 Discs) and DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
3-D Blu-ray (2 Discs) SRP: $34.95

DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 140 min / NR / Color

Director: Bi Gan

Starring: Tang Wei, Huang Jue, Sylvia Chang, Lee Hong-chi, Chen Yongzhong

Synopsis: Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a noirish stunner about a lost soul (Huang Jue) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Tang Wei, Lust, Caution). Following leads across Guizhou province, the man crosses paths with a series of colorful characters, among them a prickly hairdresser played by Taiwanese superstar Sylvia Chang. When the search leads him to a dingy movie theater, the film launches into an hour-long, gravity-defying 3D sequence shot that plunges its protagonist-and us-into a dreamlike, labyrinthine cityscape. A monumental accomplishment from director Bi Gan (Kaili Blues), it is China’s biggest arthouse hit of all time, and has already become a modern cinematic landmark.

2-Disc Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Disc 1: 2D Feature
Interview with director Bi Gan
Interview with star Huang Jue
Making-of documentary
Trailers
Disc 2: 3D Feature

Booklet interview with Bi Gan by writer Aaron Stewart-Ahn

DVD Bonus Features:
Interview with director Bi Gan
Interview with star Huang Jue
Making-of Documentary
Theatrical trailer

Eldorado (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Director: Markus Imhoof

Documentary / Color / 95 min / NR

Synopsis: Eldorado draws inspiration from Academy Award® nominee Markus Imhoof’s (The Boat is Full, More Than Honey) personal childhood relationship with a young Italian girl during the aftermath of World War II. His Swiss family took her in as a refugee, but she was ultimately sent back to Italy. Imhoof delves into this life-changing experience of personal loss, and highlights parallels with the today’s refugee crisis – the largest mass displacement of people since WWII. With extraordinary access, he takes audiences through the Italian warships of Operation Mare Nostrum, refugee camps in Southern Italy, and asylum hearings with Swiss authorities, which reject refugees at all levels.

What emerges is a stark picture of an absurd and inhuman process that fails to address a human tragedy: a crisis caused by economic imbalances turning the rich countries of the North into the “Eldorado” that so many of the less fortunate try to reach at all costs.

Bonus Features: Theatrical trailer

The Boat is Full (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray and DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Markus Imhoof
Starring: Tina Engel, Hans Diehl, Martin Walz, Curt Bois, Ilse Bahrs

Drama / Color / 103 min / NR

Synopsis: Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film (1981), The Boat is Full is a tense and heartbreaking drama that captures the plight of refugees during WWII. A ragtag band of exiles from Germany sneak into Switzerland seeking asylum. They are allowed to stay at an isolated inn as long as they pretend to be a family. In order to maintain this deception they must communicate with a young French-speaking boy, who cannot understand the rest of the German-speaking refugees. They must impress upon him the importance of remaining silent, or else their plan, and their lives, could fall apart. Director Markus Imhoof (More Than Honey, Eldorado) keeps tightening the suspense until the final, breathtaking minutes. Pointedly relevant and nailbitingly tense, The Boat is Full is a WWII film for the ages.

Bonus Features: Interview with director Markus Imhoof | Trailers

A Sunday in the Country (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: December 17, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Starring: Sabine Azema, Louis Ducreux, Michel Aumont

Drama / Color / 94 min / NR

Synopsis: A Sunday in the Country is a lovingly photographed and exquisitely acted portrait of French family life on the brink of WWI. Monsieur Ladmiral (Louis Ducreux) is a widowed painter in his twilight years who welcomes his bourgeois son Gonzague (Michel Aumont) and free-spirited daughter Irene (Sabine Azema) (and their families) to his home for a lazy afternoon lunch. Over the course of the day buried resentments come to the surface – the passage of time has left no family member unscathed. Based on the novel by Pierre Bost and directed by the great Bertrand Tavernier (Coup de Torchon, ‘Round Midnight), A Sunday in the Country is a moving picture of the hopes, disappointments, and small joys of family as a father’s life reaches its autumn season.

Bonus Features: New audio commentary by director Bertrand Tavernier | Theatrical trailer.

 Posted by on November 7, 2019 No Responses »
Nov 072019
 
SCREAM FACTORY PRESENTS
THE FLY COLLECTION
ON BLU-RAY™ DECEMBER 10, 2019
Get ready for hours of skin-crawling terror as you witness a transformation like no other – from man to fly. On December 10, 2019, Scream Factory proudly presents the insect-morphing horror set The Fly Collectionin a definitive Blu-ray™ release. This massive 5-disc set consists of the chilling original trilogy, the eye-popping 80s remake and its terrifying sequel, and is packed with hours of fascinating special features.

The complete list of bonus features includes a bevy of new interviews and audio commentaries with cast and crew, including with producers Mel Brooks and Stuart Cornfeld, screenwriter Mick Garris and composer Howard Shore. The Curse of the Fly and The Return of the Fly are presented here for the first time on Blu-ray in North America.

Experience the ultimate in horror The Fly Collection, featuring 1958’s The Fly starring Vincent Price, The Return of the Fly, in which the son of the original scientist continues his father’s work and The Curse of the Fly, in which a woman finds she’s married into the wrong family. David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake of The Fly electrified audiences with its ground-breaking, gooey effects and the riveting performance by Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle, a scientist whose teleporting experiment takes a tragic toll. The hair-raising sequel to the remake stars Eric Stoltz as Seth Brundle’s son, who is beginning to show the effects of his father’s experiment.

Special Features:

Disc 1:
THE FLY (1958)
·        NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
·        Audio Commentary with actor David Hedison and film historian David Del Valle
·        Biography: Vincent Price
·        Fly Trap: Catching a Classic
·        Fox Movietone News
·        Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2:
RETURN OF THE FLY
·        NEW Audio Commentary with actor David Frankham
·        NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Tom Weaver
·        Audio Commentary with actor Brett Halsey and film historian David Del Valle
·        Theatrical Trailer
·        TV Spot
·        Still Gallery

Disc 3:
THE CURSE OF THE FLY
·        NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
·        NEW interview with actress Mary Manson
·        NEW interview with continuity Renee Glynee
·        Theatrical Trailer
·        TV Spot
·        Still Gallery

Disc 4:
THE FLY (1986)
·        NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian William Beard
·        NEW The Meshuggener Scientist – an interview with executive producer Mel Brooks
·        NEW Beauty and the Beast – an interview with producer Stuart Cornfeld
·        NEW A Tragic Opera– aninterview with composer Howard Shore
·        NEW David’s Eyes – an interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
·        NEW interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen
·        Audio Commentary with director David Cronenberg
·        Fear of the Flesh: The Making of THE FLY– covering all 3 stages of the production – Larva, Pupa and Metamorphosis
·        The Brundle Museum of Natural History with Chris Walas and Bob Burns
·        Deleted Scenes with Storyboard and Script versions
·        Extended Scenes
·        Alternate Ending
·        Test Footage (Main Titles, Lighting and Makeup Effects)
·        Vintage featurette/Profile on David Cronenberg
·        Still Galleries (Publicity, Behind-The-Scenes, Concept Art and Visual Effects)
·        Theatrical Trailers
·        TV Spots
·        George Langelaan’s short story
·        Charles Edward Pouge’s Original Screenplay
·        David Cronenberg’s Screenplay Rewrite
·        Magazine articles with photos and video
·        Trivia Track
·        Two Easter Eggs

Disc 5:
THE FLY II (1989)
·        NEW Fly in the Ointment – an interview with producer Stuart Cornfeld
·        NEW Original Visions – an interview with screenwriter Mick Garris
·        NEW Version 2.0 – an interview with screenwriter Ken Wheat
·        NEW Big and Gothic – an interview with composer Christopher Young
·        NEW Pretty Fly for A Fly Guy – aninterview with special effects artist Tom Sullivan
·        NEW interview with cinematographer Robin Vidgeon
·        Interview with director Chris Walas
·        Interview with producer Steven-Charles Jaffe
·        Audio Commentary with director Chris Walas and film historian Bob Burns
·        Transformations: Looking Back at The Fly II
·        The Fly Papers: The Buzz on Hollywood’s Scariest Insect
·        Video Production Journal – a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects
·        Composer’s Master Class: Christopher Young
·        Storyboard to Film Comparisons with optional commentary by director Chris Walas
·        Vintage Featurette
·        Extended Press Kit Interviews with Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga and Chris Walas
·        Alternate Ending
·        Deleted Scene
·        Teaser Trailer
·        Theatrical Trailer
·        Still Gallery
·        Storyboard Gallery
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