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Feb 252017
 

“****! A great American movie.”– Kyle Smith, New York Post

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Patriots Day

A STORY OF BRAVERY IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

Mark Wahlberg Stars in the Powerful and Emotional Action-Thriller Arriving on Digital HD March 14 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, and DVD March 28 from Lionsgate and CBS Films

 Witness the heroism behind one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history in the critically acclaimed film Patriots Day, arriving on Digital HD March 14 and 4k Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand March 28 from Lionsgate and CBS Films. Director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon) and Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (Best Supporting Actor, The Departed, 2006) reunite in this intense and courageous story of a tragedy that shocked the nation. Patriots Day is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics raving that it is a moving tribute that “showcases the bravery and heart of everyday heroes” (IGN.com) and features an all-star cast including Golden Globe® winner Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), Golden Globe® winner John Goodman (Argo), Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor, Whiplash, 2014) and Golden Globe® nominee Michelle Monaghan (TV’s “True Detective”). Story by Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Screenplay by Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer.

Based upon the dramatic real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, this powerful action-thriller follows Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) as he joins brave survivors, first responders, and investigators in a race against time to find the bombers before they strike again. Directed by Peter Berg and featuring a stellar cast, Patriots Day is a stirring tribute to the Boston community’s strength and courage in the face of adversity.

The Patriots Day 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD releases have over 90 minutes of bonus material including five behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” tells the true stories of three first responders, “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” reveals, through the eyes of the cast and crew, how a city that was challenged by tragedy rose above it to thrive; “The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories” highlighting the real heroes from the marathon bombing; “The Cast Remembers,” featuring Mark Wahlberg and the cast discussing what drew them to the film; “Researching the Day,” showing how Peter Berg worked with an FBI technical advisor and researcher to tell this story as accurately as possible, as well as a two-part series showing the actors meeting their real-life counterparts. The Patriots Day DVD bonus material includes the “Researching the Day” as well as”Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” featurettes. Patriots Day will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

Trailers: https://youtu.be/jeDPvS0DHpY

Website: http://www.patriotsdayfilm.com/

 

4K UHD /BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • ““Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” Vignettes
  • “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” Featurette
  • “The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories” Featurette
  • “The Cast Remembers” Featurette
  • “Actors Meet Real-Life Counterparts: A 2-Part Series”
    • John Goodman and Ed Davis
    • Jimmy O. Yang and Dun Meng
  • “Researching the Day” Featurette

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” Vignettes
  • “Researching the Day” Featurette

PATRIOTS DAY PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2016

Title Copyright: © 2016 CBS Films Inc. and Lions Gate Films Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: R for Violence, Realistically Graphic Injury Images, Language Throughout and Some Drug Use

Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama

Closed-Captioned: NA

Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH, French SDH

Feature Run Time: 133 Minutes

4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Audio: English DTS:X AudioTM, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, DTS Headphone XTM

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS:X AudioTM, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, DTS Headphone XTM

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio

 

 Posted by on February 25, 2017 No Responses »
Feb 242017
 

“EPIC” ~ Chris Parente, FOX DENVER

“THRILLING” ~ Richy Rosario, VIBE.COM

“ENTERTAINING” ~ Scott Mantz, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD

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PASSENGERS

Starring Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt
Directed by Academy Award Nominee Morten Tyldum

Two Academy Award® Nominations for Music (Original Score) & Production Design  

Debuting on Digital March 7
On 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray& DVD March 14

Bonus Materials Include Deleted Scenes, Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes & a First Look at the Passengers Awakening VR Experience

CULVER CITY, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2017) – Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum (Best Director, The Imitation Game, 2014) brings together Hollywood’s two hottest stars in the high stakes action adventure PASSENGERS, debuting on digital March 7 and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray 3D™/Blu-ray™   Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD March 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) are among the 5,000 passengers who decided to board the Avalon spaceship for a 120-year journey that offers them the opportunity to wake up in a new century, on a new planet. However, the trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. PASSENGERS also stars Michael Sheen (Twilight franchise) and Academy Award® nominees Lawrence Fishburne (Best Actor, What's Love Got to Do with It, 1993) and Andy Garcia (Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather: Part III, 1990).

The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of PASSENGERS bring fans all the behind-the-scenes action with three featurettes, plus “Outtakes from the Set.” In “Casting the Passengers,” the cast and filmmakers provide insight into the joys and challenges of populating a ship built for thousands, with four key players. Guy Hendrix Dyas, nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Achievement in Production Design for this film, takes audiences through the impressive sets constructed to represent The Avalon in “Creating The Avalon;” while fans step onto the set for an unforgettable visit in “On Set with Chris Pratt.” The Blu-ray and digital releases of PASSENGERS include additional exclusive material, including deleted scenes and the featurette “Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers,” a deep dive on the effects used in the zero gravity pool scene. The Blu-ray and DVD also offers a first look at the Passengers Awakening Virtual Reality Experience.

Synopsis:
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in a high-stakes adventure about two passengers, Aurora and Jim, onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.

Directed by Morten Tyldum and Written by Jon Spaihts, PASSENGERS is Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher and Ori Marmur, with David Householter, Ben Browning, Jon Spaihts, Bruce Berman, Greg Basser, Ben Waisbren, and Lynwood Spinks as Executive Producers.

Blu-ray & Digital Exclusive Bonus Materials Include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers” Featurette

Additional Bonus Materials Include:

  • Outtakes from the Set
  • Three Featurettes:
    • “Casting the Passengers
    • “Creating the Avalon”
    •  “On Set with Chris Pratt”
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PASSENGERS has a run time of approximately 116 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sexuality, nudity and action/peril.

 Posted by on February 24, 2017 No Responses »
Feb 232017
 

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THE MISSION COMES HOME

GET “ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY” EARLY

ON MARCH 24TH on Digital HD, and on Blu-ray April 4th

rogue-one-logoFans go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for a revealing look at the stories behind the first Star Wars standalone film

Brand New Trailer Now Available!

Announced today on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th. This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. “Rogue One” has established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S.

Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen “Rogue One” bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

Bonus features include*:

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, p.g.a., Allison Shearmur, p.g.a. (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Cinderella”) and Simon Emanuel, p.g.a. (“The Dark Knight Rises”). Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) whom shares a long history with the Star Wars films, is executive producer alongside Jason McGatlin (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “War of the Worlds”). The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta (“The Book of Eli,” “After Earth”), and the screenplay was written by Chris Weitz (“The Golden Compass,” “About a Boy”) and Tony Gilroy (“The Bourne Legacy,” “Michael Clayton”).

Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything,” “Like Crazy”) heads up the cast and stars opposite Diego Luna (“Milk,” “Elysium”). Joining them are Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline,” “Animal Kingdom”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Casino Royale,” TV’s “Hannibal”), Alan Tudyk (“Frozen,” “I, Robot”), Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler,” “Jason Bourne”) and Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland,” “The Butler”). The film also welcomes two of China’s biggest stars, Donnie Yen (“Ip Man,” “Blade II”) and Jiang Wen (“Let the Bullets Fly,” “The Sun Also Rises”). In addition, Anthony Daniels (“Star Wars: A New Hope,” “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”) reprises his role of C-3PO, marking his eighth appearance in a Star Wars film.

To create the distinctive and contemporary look of the film, Edwards chose revered cinematographer Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”). Visual effects supervisors John Knoll and Mohen Leo (Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” “The Martian”) team up with special effects supervisor Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Saving Private Ryan”) and ILM animation supervisor Hal Hickel (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,” “Iron Man”). Star Wars veteran Doug Chiang (Star Wars Episodes I and II, “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director on “The Force Awakens” and the “Harry Potter” film series) join forces as production designers, and Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) returns to do special creature effects, having recently worked on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Additional key crew include costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor on The Force Awakens and the “Harry Potter” film series) and Glyn Dillon (“The Force Awakens” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” costume concept artist), as well as stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“The Force Awakens,” “World War Z”).

The music is by composer Michael Giacchino (“Star Trek Beyond,” “Zootopia”), with original Star Wars music by John Williams. The editors for the film are John Gilroy, ACE (“Nightcrawler,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Jabez Olssen (“The Hobbit” trilogy) and Colin Goudie (“Monsters”).

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 133 min.

RATING: PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray 3D Feature Film =2.39:1

Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.39:1

DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1

AUDIO: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio Language Tracks

LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Website: http://www.starwars.com/rogue-one

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StarWarsMovies

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWars

Instagram: http://instagram.com/StarWarsMovies

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/starwars

ABOUT “ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY”:

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

 Posted by on February 23, 2017 No Responses »
Feb 212017
 

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THE BOY FRIEND (1971) BLU-RAY – NEW 2017 1080p HD REMASTER

Working at the height of his formidable powers, cinema provocateur Ken Russell braids a whole new layer of story onto the original hit stage musical that made Julie Andrews a star and opens it up to some astonishing flights of fancy. Disaster looms for the Hollywood dreams of a small seaside theatre troupe when their lead actress (Glenda Jackson, in a cameo) takes ill. The  stage manager (Twiggy)for their musical production of The Boy Friend gamely dives in to save the show, while the rest of cast (and ousted actress) do all they can to attract the attention of visiting Hollywood producer, Mr. Cecil B. De Thrill. Wrapping a narrative frame around the original – a seaside theatrical company mounts a production of the '20s musical spoof The Boy Friend – allows Russell, in turn, to explore and parody the conventions of '30s musicals with elaborate fantasy sequences, slapstick, and sentiment. Also featuring Tommy Tune. This restored Director's Cut/Roadshow presentation features an Intermission and Entr'acte, as Ken Russell intended the film to be seen. SPECIAL FEATURE: vintage "behind the scenes" making-of featurette.

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

 Posted by on February 21, 2017 No Responses »
Feb 202017
 

From the Big Screen:

"Manchester by the Sea," "Nocturnal Animals," "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Bad Santa 2." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Best Bets:

Women come to the fore in this week's pair of offerings from The Criterion Collection:

Melodrama casts noirish shadows in "Mildred Pierce" (1945), a portrait of maternal sacrifice from the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford's career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent's tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and photo for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain's rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional. On DVD and Blu-ray, in a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray … Pedro Almodóvar makes telephones, a mambo taxi, and a burning mattress into delirious plot points and indelible images in his international breakthrough, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988). Melding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award–nominated black comedy secured the auteur's place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema. Continuing Almodóvar's exploration of the female psyche, the film tells the story of Pepa, an actor — played by the director's frequent collaborator Carmen Maura — who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a string of visitors, setting in motion a deliciously chaotic series of events. The filmmaker channeled inspiration by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk into his own unique vision, arriving at the irreverent sense of humor and vibrant visual sense that define his work today. With a sensational ensemble cast of early Almodóvar regulars that also includes Antonio Banderas and Rossy de Palma, this film shows an artist in total control of his craft. On DVD and Blu-ray, in a new high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and producer Agustín Almodóvar, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray.

From TV to DVD:

"Grace and Frankie: Season 2" (2016) is a three-disc set with 13 episodes. After learning their ex-husbands plan to marry one another, lifelong rivals Grace and Frankie have bonded in an uneasy friendship. The second season of this acclaimed comedy series photo for Grace and Frankie: Season 2 has Grace and Frankie tackling the challenges of family and relationships — while driving each other crazy on a regular basis. Stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen. From Lionsgate … "The Level" (2016) is a two-disc set with all six episodes of the Acorn TV Original detective thriller series. Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin is a good cop with a dark secret: she’s loyal to drug trafficker Frank Le Saux, who is like a father to her. But when their clandestine meeting turns violent, leaving Frank dead and Nancy with a bullet wound, Nancy fears her double life may soon be exposed. Assigned to Brighton to investigate the crime, Nancy must track down Frank’s killer while concealing her role — and her injury — from her enigmatic new partner, DS Gunner Martin, and her old friend, DS Kevin O’Dowd. Can Nancy stay one step ahead of her colleagues — and the real killer? On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Acorn Media.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers)" (1973) is a tale of zombie bikers who run amok in southern England. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) photo for Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning. Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp ("The Kiss of the Vampire") and co-starring Beryl Reid ("Dr. Phibes Rises Again") and George Sanders ("Village of the Damned"), "Psychomania" is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure. 2K restoration from … "Joe Bullet" (1973 – South Africa) is an all-African cast “Blaxploitation” film originally banned by the apartheid government. A local soccer team, the Eagles, is just a week from the championship final when it falls prey to the deadly demands of a mysterious gangster. Desperate, the team implores the one man who can help them fight this underworld corruption, the James Bond-esque Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu). To help the Eagles, Bullet goes up against everything from hired assassins to exploding booby traps. Fully restored from the original 35mm assets. From The Film Detective … photo for Fatal Instinct In "Fatal Instinct" (2014), starring Ivan Sergei, Masiela Lusha and Dominique Swain, a police detective follows a trail of evidence in search of a serial killer in Los Angeles that eventually seems to lead to his trusted partner's ex-con brother — who he helped put in prison years ago. From Monarch … In "Heaven Sent" (2016), starring Christian Kane, Marley Shelton, Mallory James Mahoney and Ernie Hudson, a young couple, on the eve of their painful divorce, receive a surprising houseguest — an 8-year-old runaway from Heaven. Cleverly guided by Divine intervention, she helps them rediscover their hope and faith in the power of love. Lifetime network faith-based family film. From Lionsgate … When an American woman takes an impromptu journey to Mumbai to get away from her overbearing mother, she befriends an Indian woman striving to balance her family's culture with modern-day demands in "Tie the Knot" (2016), starring Parvesh Cheena, Tara Reid, Karishma Ahluwalia and Omi Vaidya. From Monarch.

On the Indie Front:

"The King of New Orleans" (2017), starring David Jensen and Richard Brien, is a slice-of-life drama following one genial cabbie's experiences in one of the world's most colorful cities. Larry Shirt (Jensen) is a United Cab driver whose passengers are the city's hustlers, tourists, socialites, musicians, housekeepers, weirdos and reporters. photo for The Great & the SmallBobby Cohn (Brien), a Harvard student home from school and in the middle of a personal crisis, is one of those passengers. The circumstances that bring them together lead to a bond that is ultimately turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina, but instilled by the love of the city that they both call home. From Candy Factory Films … In "Fare" (2017), a ride-share driver finds himself transporting the man who is secretly sleeping with his wife. The movie was shot entirely inside a moving car, in just three days. Written by, directed and starring Thomas Torrey. From Random Media … In "The Great & the Small" (2016), starring Nick Fink, Ritchie Coster, Melanie Lynskey, Louisa Krause and Ann Dowd, 26-year-old Scott is living on the streets and trying to find his way back into society while on probation for petty crimes. He attempts to navigate his relationship with his two-bit criminal of a boss and an enigmatic detective, while at the same time winning back the heart of his ex-girlfriend, a working single mom. From Breaking Glass Pictures.

Foreign Films:

"3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol" is the Blu-ray debut of a collection of films by Chabrol, one of the most prolific and widely respected of French film directors. As one of the prime instigators of the French New Wave, Chabrol directed lean narrative films whose keenly observed realism typically drew inspiration from the suspense film and psychological thriller. The films: "Betty" (1992), "Torment (L'enfer)" (1994) and "The Swindle" (1997). From Cohen Film Collection.

Special Interest:

"Blood on the Mountain" (2016) is a shocking in-depth investigation of the coal mining industry that showcases the haunting and long term devastating impacts of coal mining on people and the planet. Shedding light on the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia, the documentary examines the harsh conditions of the coal industry and the haunting effects on the photo for Blood on the Mountain American workers. Over the course of many years, the coal industry has transformed and impacted the development of coal. The need and appetite for coal and labor has placed a massive burden on many people including the workers and the land of Appalachia. The film delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests, and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them. This documentary details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich, natural resources of their land. From Virgil Films … After traveling the world alongside migrating birds ("Winged Migration") and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays ("Oceans"), filmmaker Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground in "Seasons" (2016): the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Following a winter that had gone on for 80,000 years, the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, a cycle of seasons was established, and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later that man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then as settled agriculturalists, and later via industry and warfare. Filled with exceptional footage of a variety of animals in the wild, "Seasons" offers an awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world. From Music Box Films.

 Posted by on February 20, 2017 No Responses »
Feb 202017
 

DANGER UNFOLDS WHEN FANTASY BECOMES REALITY AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES

WESTWORLD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD MARCH 6

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Includes All 10 One-Hour Episodes and New Bonus Content!

 

What happens in a world free of consequences and morality? From creators Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight films) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), and executive producer J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek), Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings one of the most viewed HBO series ever to Digital HD for the first time: Westworld: The Complete First Season. In its critically acclaimed inaugural season, Westworld averaged a gross audience of 13 million Total Viewers, boasting a higher audience than Game of Thrones and True Detective in their introductory seasons, to be HBO’s most watched freshman series ever. Westworld: The Complete First Season features a star-studded cast led by Academy Award® winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs), Golden Globe winner Ed Harris (The Truman Show), Golden Globe and Emmy® nominee Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) and Golden Globe nominee Thandie Newton (Crash). Westworld: The Complete First Season will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD/SD on March 6, 2017 for $38.99/$28.99 SRP.

Based on the film written by best-selling author Michael Crichton (ER, Jurassic Park films), Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and evolution of sin. The futuristic park, set at the intersection of the near future and reimagined past, explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how depraved or noble, can be indulged. In addition to Hopkins, Harris, Wood and Newton, the cast of this 10-episode phenomenon includes Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins, Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson and Shannon Woodward. Executive produced by Abrams, Nolan, Joy, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk, Westworld is produced by Kilter Films in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

 Acclaimed by fans and critics alike, Westworld earned three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Television Series – Drama; Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Evan Rachel Wood; and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Thandie Newton.  In addition, the series received a nomination from the PGA for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama; two Writers Guild of America nominations for New Series and Dramatic Series, a Directors Guild of America nomination for Jonathan Nolan, and three nominations from the Screen Actors Guild including Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series; Thandie Newton for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series; Finally, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood were both recognized for their outstanding performances at the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards, which awarded the show as Most Exciting New Series. Thandie Newton secured Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and Evan Rachel Wood won Best Actress in a Drama Series, reinforcing Westworld as one of the most acclaimed new television series this season.

“Enthusiasm for Westworld was swift and continues to grow amongst fans as they await the adventures that lie ahead in Season Two,” said Rosemary Markson, Senior Vice President Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, “We are excited to release Westworld: The Complete First Season on Digital HD to allow new fans to discover HBO’s science fiction blockbuster.”

 

Westworld: The Complete First Season will also be released on Blu-rayTM and DVD ahead of the show’s highly-anticipated second season.

Westworld: The Complete First Season include 10 one-hour episodes:

  1. The Original
  2. Chestnut
  3. The Stray
  4. Dissonance Theory
  5. Contrapasso
  6. The Adversary
  7. Trompe L’Oeil
  8. Trace Decay
  9. The Well-Tempered Clavier
  10. The Bicameral Mind

Special Features:

  • Welcome to Westworld (NEW)
  • Crafting the Narrative (NEW)
  • An Invitation to The Set
  • Reality of A.I.: Westworld
  • Welcome to Westworld: About the Series
  • The Big Moment
    • “The Big Moment: Bernard Faces an Unlikely Saboteur”
    • “The Big Moment: Teddy Versus the Man in Black”
    • “The Big Moment: A Host Self-Sabotages”
    • “The Big Moment: Maeve Gets An Answer”
    • “The Big Moment: Dr. Ford's Blood Sacrifice”
    • “The Big Moment: The Truth About Bernard”
    • “The Big Moment: Dr. Ford's New Narrative”

*Special Features are available at select digital retailers

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February 3:
American Violence: Thriller examines the violent circumstances that have landed one man on Death Row. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 14)
Don't Knock Twice: "Knock once to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead …"

February 7:
Cold War 2: A suspected criminal mastermind escapes from police custody, throwing the city into turmoil, in this sequel to the 2012 Hong Kong hit. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 7)
Hacksaw Ridge: The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector medic Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 21)
Loving: The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Manchester by the Sea: A solitary Boston janitor unexpectedly becomes the sole guardian of his 16-year-old nephew and must come to terms with a past that separated him from his wife and his hometown. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 21)
Nocturnal Animals: A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 21)
Peter and the Farm: Documentary on Peter Dunning, a rugged individualist in the extreme, a hard-drinking loner and former artist who has burned bridges with his wives and children, and lives on the Mile Hill Farm in Vermont.
Underground Kings: An undercover officer navigates the treacherous underworld of police corruption and drug trafficking in Philadelphia.

February 10:
Havenhurst: A woman battles her own demons while trying to uncover what happened to her apartment's previous tenant in a gothic New York building.

February 14:
Allied: Good-looking spies and counterspies (Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard) during WWII. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 28)
Doctor Strange: After a tragic car accident, talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 28)
Rules Don’t Apply: An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and the eccentric billionaire who they work for. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 28)

February 21:
Bad Santa 2: Sequel to 2003's cult hit. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.
Fences: Adapted by legendary writer August Wilson from his own renowned play, "Fences" follows former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) in 1950s Pittsburgh as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 14)
Jackie: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Porter) grapples with unimaginable grief and trauma following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 7)
Man Down: A former U.S. Marine returns home and searches desperately for the whereabouts of his wife and son. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 7)
We Are X: Documentary on Japanese rock group We Are X. (DVD, Blu-ray, VOD release: March 7)

February 28:
Deserted: A recently released felon looking to start fresh with the brother she left behind joins him on a trip to the desert where their group finds themselves hopelessly lost in one of the most beautiful but unforgiving places on the planet.
Lost Cat Corona: A play-it-safe guy must search for his wife's missing cat, bringing him face-to-face with the colorful, wacky, and sometimes, dangerous element of his neighborhood.
Moonlight: Chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

More Streaming News

March 3:
Sing: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.(DVD, Blu-ray release: March 21)

March 6:
Westworld: The Complete First Season

March 7:
Capture Kill Release: Romantic bloodbath that blends the true horrors of the Barbie and Ken Killers with the tropes of found footage, to stomach-curling effect.
Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word: When a young man is executed for committing murder, he leaves behind a curse letter, promising vengeance for all those connected to his unfair trial.
Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens: Documentary explores a Midwestern city (Columbus, Ohio) with an extraordinary and unexpected drag scene, and the larger theme of exactly what gender is and means.
Live By Night: A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during
the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku
Klux Klan. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 21)
Moana: An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people, teaming up with the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson).
Sword Master: Wuxia martial arts epic about an elite swordsman who is haunted by his skill, and a challenger who aims to take his place at all costs. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 11)
Three: Showdown between cops, criminals and everyone else caught in the crossfire when a gangster is wounded and taken to a hospital, where all hell breaks out. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 4)

March 14:
Elle: A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.
Harry Benson: Shoot First: Fascinating documentary follows the decades-long career of famed photographer Harry Benson, the man behind some of history's most iconic photos, including images of The Beatles, Winston Churchill, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and more.

March 21:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 28)
Julieta: Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte share the title role as older and younger versions of the same character in Pedro Almodovar's story of a brokenhearted woman who faces the painful mystery of her long alienation from her daughter during flashbacks on her life and the most important events concerning her estranged daughter.
Office Christmas Party: When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 4)

March 24:
All Nighter: A workaholic father (J.K. Simmons) who attempts to visit his daughter during a layover in L.A. discovers that she's disappeared and he's forced to team up with her awkward ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) to find her over the course of one transformative night.

March 28:
Actor Martinez: Full-time computer repairman Arthur Martinez hires two indie filmmakers to make a feature film with him as the lead. (DVD release: April 4)
Lion: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 11)
The Marine 5: Battleground: The fifth installment of the Marine franchise. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 25)
20th Century Women: During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist the help of her three young tenants.
Why Him?: A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when an over-protective father realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question.

April 4:
Paterson: The film chronicles the quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life via Paterson (Adam Driver), a hardworking bus driver in Paterson, N.J., who follows the same routine every day, observing the city, listening to fragments of conversations, and writing heartfelt poems.
Sleepless: An undercover homicide detective (Jaimie Foxx) seeks revenge on his son’s kidnappers during one sleepless night. (DVD, Blu-ray release: April 18)

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Feb 172017
 

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“An utterly original gangster epic.” Mark S. Allen, ABC-TV

 

DISCOVER THE PRICE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM WHEN

LIVE BY NIGHT

ARRIVES ONTO BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL HD FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Own it early on Digital HD on March 7

Blu-ray debuts on March 21

 

Ben Affleck Collection Also Available on March 21

 

What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Witness the price of the American Dream when “Live By Night” arrives onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in “Live By Night.”

 

Live By Night” features an all-star cast, including Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”), Brendan Gleeson (“In the Heart of the Sea,” the “Harry Potter” films), Chris Messina (“Argo,” “The Mindy Project”), Sienna Miller (“American Sniper,” “Foxcatcher”), Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avatar”) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (“Adaptation,” “The Town”).

 

Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in the action-packed crime thriller. Affleck also wrote the screenplay, based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane. The film is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, under the Appian Way banner; and Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd for Pearl Street Films. Serving as executive producers are Chris Brigham, Dennis Lehane and Chay Carter.

 

Live By Night” will be available on Blu-ray for $29.98 on March 21, and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet*. Fans can also own “Live By Night” via purchase from digital retailers beginning March 7.

 

The Blu-ray disc of “Live By Night” 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.

 

In addition, the Ben Affleck Collection will also be available digitally on March 7 and on Blu-ray on March 21.  The collection includes “Live By Night” along with 2010’s “The Town,” directed by Affleck and starring Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and Blake Lively; 2012’s “Argo,” which won three Academy Awards® (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing) and was directed by Affleck and starred Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman; and 2016’s “The Accountant” starring Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, and Jon Bernthal.  The “Ben Affleck Collection” will be available on Blu-ray for $ 59.99. Fans can also own the “Ben Affleck Collection” via purchase from digital retailers beginning March 7.

 

SYNOPSIS

 

What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s nature. Instead, the WWI vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love.  Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that it comes at a price.

 

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

 

“Live By Night” Blu-ray contains the following special features:

  • Angels with Dirty Faces: The Women of Live By Night
  • The Men of Live By Night
  • Live By Night’s Prolific Author
  • In Close Up: Creating a Classic Car Chase
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes Commentary
  • Director’s Commentary

 

“Live By Night” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes Commentary

 

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

 

On March 7, “Live By Night” 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, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On March 21, “Live By Night” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

 

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Feb 152017
 
May17SellSheets_13This May, Criterion will present a special edition of Orson Welles's Othello, featuring two different versions of this visually astonishing Shakespeare adaptation as well as a host of special features chronicling its tumultuous production. Our second World Cinema Project collector's set will feature restorations of hard-to-see classics from the Philippines (Insiang), Thailand (Mysterious Object at Noon), Soviet Kazakhstan (Revenge), Brazil (Limite), Turkey (Law of the Border), and Taiwan (Taipei Story), along with introductions by Martin Scorsese and interviews with renowned film figures including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Pierre Rissient, and Walter Salles. For the title character of Dheepan and his makeshift family, the flight from war-torn Sri Lanka to the banlieues of Paris is just the beginning of a dramatic, genre-bending story brought viscerally to life in Jacques Audiard's 2015 Palme d'Or winner. Yasujiro Ozu's wistfully comic Good Morning presents a gentler portrait of family life in postwar Japan, reworking the scenario of his silent classic I Was Born, But . . ., also included in this release. Bringing it all back home, our edition of Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World – a cult favorite sketching the coming-of-age foibles of two sardonic teens (Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) against a backdrop of all-American kitsch – features new interviews with the cast. Plus: a Blu-ray upgrade of Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 BruxellesChantal Akerman's revolutionary study of a woman's work.

Note that the existing DVD editions of Good Morning and Jeanne Dielman are being replaced with new SKUS. 

My 9: JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES
May 16: GOOD MORNING
May 23: DHEEPAN
May 23: OTHELLO
May 30; GHOST WORLD
May 30: MARTIN SCORSESE'S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT NO. 2
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Feb 152017
 

photo for Arrival As far as alien arrival films go, this has to be one of the tamest ever. No cities destroyed. No humans pulverized. No flying saucer attacks. Instead, we get an arrival by 12 strange space crafts — aligned in different sectors of the world — occupied by aliens who just want to communicate with us. Each major government puts together a team of scientists to try to figure out the aliens' language — the U.S. team is headed up by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner). As Banks and Donnelly get closer to understanding the aliens' language — and hence the reason for their visit to Earth — the Russians and Chinese get skittish and demand that the aliens leave or face nuclear weapons. As the world prepares for war, Banks figures out the meaning of the aliens' language, but has very little time in which to prevent total annihilation. Thanks to director Denis Villeneuve ("Sicario") for nicely handling a thinking person's sci-fi film that slowly builds in excitement and revelations, and thanks for Eric Heisserer's cerebral screenplay based on Ted Chiang's story "Story of Your Life." And kudos to Adams for putting in an understated, nuanced, emotionally warm performance. A real viewing pleasure. Vitals: Director: Denis Villeneuve. Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $94.213 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: "Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival," "Acoustic Signatures: The Sound Design," "Eternal Recurrence: The Score," "Nonlinear Thinking: The Editorial Process," "Principles of Time, Memory & Language." 3 stars

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