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Mar 252019
 

From the Big Screen:

“Aquaman,” “Stan & Ollie,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Second Act.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live appearance on American television on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” ratcheting up the frenzy of a fanbase whose ecstatic devotion to the band heralded an explosive new wave of youth culture. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” (1978) looks back to that fateful weekend, following six teenagers, each with their own reasons for wanting to see the Fab photo for I Wanna Hold Your Hand Four, from New Jersey to Manhattan on a madcap mission to meet the band and score tickets to the show. With this rollicking first feature, director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale established themselves as a filmmaking team par excellence, adept at mining America’s cultural memory for comedy and adventure with a winning mixture of sweet nostalgia and playful irreverence. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … Set in the 1930s Depression era during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, “The Tarnished Angels” (1958) covers three days in the lives of a trio of flying-circus performers, headlined by former WWI fighter-pilot hero Roger Shumann (Robert Stack) and his beautiful blonde wife, LaVerne (Dorothy Malone). Romantic complications arise when newspaper reporter Burke Devlin (Rock Hudson) falls in love with LaVerne while covering their daredevil aerial show. Legendary filmmaker Douglas Sirk (“Magnificent Obsession,” “All That Heaven Allows,” “Written on the Wind,” “Imitation of Life”) directed this masterpiece based on a novel by William Faulkner, adapted for the screen by George Zuckerman. Features Troy Donahue in one of his earlier roles. Also stars Robert Middleton, Alan Reed and William Schallert. On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … photo for Japon In “Japón” (2002 — Mexico), the preternaturally assured feature debut by Carlos Reygadas, a man (Alejandro Ferretis) travels from Mexico City to an isolated village to commit suicide; once there, however, he meets a pious elderly woman (Magdalena Flores) whose quiet humanity incites a reawakening of his desires. Recruiting a cast of nonactors and filming in sublime 16 mm CinemaScope, Reygadas explores the harsh beauty of the Mexican countryside with earthy tactility, conjuring a psychic landscape where religion mingles with sex, life co-exists with death, and the animal and spiritual sides of human experience become indistinguishable. A work of soaring ambition and startling visual poetry, “Japón” is an existential journey through uncharted cinematic territory that established the singular voice of its director. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Carlos Reygadas, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “The Vault” (2017), starring James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood and Scott Haze, two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order photo for The Vault to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault — home to something truly evil. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Filmrise … In “King of Thieves” (2018), a star-studded cast (Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone) pulls off one of the biggest bank heists in history when a band of misfit criminals plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. The thieves, all in their 60s and 70s except for one, manage to escape with allegedly £200. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In “Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz,” one of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz finally receives his due with this collection of his work, the first of its kind, bringing together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his lengthy cinematic career. In Larraz’s debut feature, the hitherto ultra-rare “Whirlpool” (1970), Vivian Neves photo for Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer’s secluded country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat — but soon transpires to be anything but. 1974’s “Vampyres” — perhaps the best known and most widely-released of all José Larraz’s films — sees a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowling the British countryside, from where they lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion for draining… in more ways than one. Meanwhile, in 1978’s “The Coming of Sin (La Visita del Vicio),” a young gypsy girl experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality. By turns terrifying, titillating, artful and scandalous, these three films collected here — all newly restored from original film elements, with “Whirlpool” and “The Coming of Sin” making their Blu-ray world premieres — collectively offer film fans a unique perspective on the fascinating, highly-varied career of one of the horror genre’s most overlooked auteurs. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … In photo for Greasy Strangler (Special Director's Edition) “Greasy Strangler (Special Director’s Edition)” (2017), starring Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo and Darrell Keith Harris, when Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie’s Disco Walking Tour — the best and only disco walking tour in the city — a fight for Janet’s heart erupts between father and son, and the infamous “Greasy Strangler” is unleashed. On Blu-ray from Filmrise … “Nemesis 2/Nemesis 3/Nemesis 4: Triple Feature”
brings together three sequels to 1992’s “Nemesis,” about cyborgs fighting humans in the near future. “Nemesis 2: Nebula” (1995) takes place 73 years later; humans have lost the Cyborg Wars and they are now slaves to the cyborg masters. Rebel scientists have developed a new DNA strain, which could signal the end of the cyborgs, and it is injected it into a pregnant volunteer. When the cyborgs learn of the woman and photo for Nemesis 2/Nemesis 3/Nemesis 4: Triple Feature her baby, both are listed for termination. To escape, the woman steals a cyborg ship and is transported back in time to East Africa in 1980, where the mother is killed, but the baby — named Alex — is saved. In “Nemesis 3: Time Lapse” (1996), Alex has grown up and discovers she has 20 half-sisters who are waiting for her to return to the year 2077. In “Nemesis 4: Death Angel” (1996), Alex is making a living in the future working as a cybernetically-enhanced assassin but, when she accidentally targets the wrong man and kills the son of a major crime syndicate head, she finds herself on the run once again as every assassin in town comes to collect the bounty on her. On Blu-ray from MVD Rewind … “The Street Fighter Collection” (2018) Contains all three “Street Fighter” films with uncut versions and new 2K scans of the original film elements. Meet the meanest and most lethal karate master ever to rule the streets. He’s Sonny Chiba, one of the greatest martial arts actors to ignite the screen. In “The Street photo for The Street Fighter Collection Fighter,” Chiba stars as Terry Tsurugi, a mercenary who has been hired by both the yakuza and the mafia to kidnap a wealthy heiress, but when he isn’t paid, a violent clash ensues. Chiba is back in “Return of the Street Fighter.” This time Tsurugi is hired by the mob to kill two informants, but when he realizes one is an old friend, he refuses, and he becomes the one being hunted. When Tsurugi is double crossed by the Ôwada clan, he takes off with something they want in “The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge.” Soon he’s being chased by a group of deadly assassins. On Blu-ray from Shout! Factory Select … Shout! Factory/Scream Factory has three Blu-ray debuts this week: In “The Body Snatcher” (1945), the two titans of horror, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, come photo for The Body Snatcher BLU-RAY DEBUTtogether in their last on-screen pairing. Karloff plays the title role in the Val Lewton adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s fictional short story “The Body Snatcher,” directed with subtle calculation by versatile Robert Wise (“West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music”). A doctor (Henry Daniell) needs cadavers for medical studies and Karloff is willing to provide them one way or another. New 4K scan of the original camera negative … “Warning Sign” (1985), stars Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto. In the rolling Utah countryside, a small town is host to a fortress-like research facility that the townspeople believe is developing new advancements in agriculture. But deep within is a top-secret project to create a bioweapon that turns anyone exposed to it into a raging, psychotic killer. When the unthinkable happens and the facility is locked down, Sheriff Cal Morse (Waterston) must choose between keeping the town safe and rescuing his wife Joanie (Quinlan), who is trapped inside. But for Major Connolly (Kotto), there is only one remorseless solution: contain the deadly virus … at all costs … photo for Brighton Beach Memoirs BLU-RAY DEBUT “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1986) stars Jonathan Silverman, Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy and Judith Ivey. Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome (Silverman) is desperately trying to uncover life’s mysteries, but his family keeps hiding the clues. Even so, he manages to keep his priorities — baseball and girls — firmly in order. Neil Simon’s hilarious adaptation of his Broadway smash about growing up in Brooklyn is a wonderful, semi-autobiographical comedy with heart, wit and hysterical insights into family life and growing up just a little off-center.

Foreign Films:

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, “Capernaum” (Chaos) (2018 — Lebanon), a new film by Nadine Labaki, depicts the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain Al Rafeea, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and, to assert his rights, takes them to court, suing them for the “crime” of giving him life. On DVD, Blu-ray, photo for Perfect Blue from Sony … “Perfect Blue” (1997 — Japan) is the directorial debut of acclaimed director Satoshi Kon (“Paprika,” “Millennium Actress”). The critically-acclaimed animated film has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. This new Blu-ray edition features both a newly digitally remastered version of the film and an original definition presentation. Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from GKIDS/Shout! Factory.

Special Interest:

photo for Life After Flash The documentary “Life After Flash” (2017) looks at the roller coaster life of Sam J. Jones since his role as Flash Gordon, his struggles and successes, and the aftermath of when he went up against one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood. Features Melody Anderson, Brian Blessed, Topol, Peter Wyngarde, Richard O’Brien, Deep Roy, Brian May, Peter Duncan, Howard Blake, Stan Lee and Brian May. From Cleopatra Entertainment.

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

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Mar 252019
 

The Space between life and death can kill.

The first trailer has been released for PET GRAVEYARD, a new supernatural thriller from Proportion Productions and Millman Productions.

PET GRAVEYARD concerns a group of friends tormented by the Grim Reaper and his sinister pet after they undergo an experiment that allows them to revisit the dead.  The film marks the directorial debut of Rebecca J. Matthews (producer of MOTHER KRAMPUS), from a screenplay by Suzy Spade.  Scott Jeffrey (THE BAD NUN) produces.  Jeff Miller (THE TOYBOX, OUIJA HOUSE) is executive producer.

The movie stars Jessica O’Toole, David Cotter, Rita Siddiqui, Hindolo Koroma, Kate Milner-Evans, Georgina Jane, T’Jean Uter-Dinh, and Hattie Willow.

PET GRAVEYARD is scheduled for release on DVD/digital on April 2nd.  Uncork’d Entertainment is handling worldwide distribution.

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Mar 252019
 
 
WAS HITLER A JUNKIE?
 

This April, Omnibus Entertainment Unveils A
Shocking Documentary Revealing The Secret Addictions That Fueled The Third Reich And All Of Germany During World War II

 
NAZI JUNKIES
 
Street Date: April 2, 2019
DVD/Digital SRP: $24.95
 
NAZI JUNKIES - Official Trailer
NAZI JUNKIES – Official Trailer

SYNOPSIS
 
Inspired by Norman Ohler’s revelatory international best-seller, Blitzed: Drugs In The Third Reich, this compelling two-part documentary series reveals how both Hitler and Nazi Germany were heavily addicted to drugs throughout World War II. Through recently unearthed journals of Hitler’s personal doctor, as well as archival documents and interviews with historians, scientists and WWII experts, NAZI JUNKIES, unveils the depths of German addiction in surprising fashion.

EPISODE 1: HITLER THE JUNKIE

Cocaine, opiates, steroids… Hitler consumed an assortment of drugs as he ruled over Nazi Germany. The secret journals of Dr. Théodore Morell, Hitler’s personal physician, have suggested that the Führer was a full-fledged addict. Archival documents and testimonies from historians, scientists and World War II specialists reveal new evidence showing the true extent of his addiction. But will an examination of Hitler’s skull uncover the ultimate proof of his drug habits?

EPISODE 2: NAZI JUNKIES

The year is 1939. Hitler plunges Europe into war. In a few weeks the Wehrmacht brings Poland to its knees and crushes the French Army. Nothing seems to be able to stop the Reich, and yet only two years later, their armed forces are destroyed in Russia. How can such a collapse be explained? Nazi Germany was an entire nation binging on speed, and on the battlefield the drug was systematically used to keep soldiers awake and to maximize their endurance and stamina.

PROGRAM INFORMATION
 
Type: DVD & Digital (Amazon, iTunes, Vudu)
Running Time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
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Mar 252019
 

SHOUT! FACTORY AND ELEVEN ARTS ANIME STUDIO PRESENT

A SILENT VOICE

ON BLU-RAY™ + DVD COMBO PACK, DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

APRIL 2, 2019

“Intricate, romantic and bright as a jewel.” – Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph

The captivating anime feature A Silent Voice will be released on Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack, DVD and digital download on April 2, 2019 from ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio and Shout! Factory. Winner of the 40th Japan Academy Award for Excellent Animation of the Year, A Silent Voice makes its highly anticipated debut on home entertainment following its North American theatrical release in late 2017. This release is presented in Japanese with subtitles, and with an English dub.

A Silent Voice comes from the lauded director Naoko Yamada (Liz and the Blue Bird) and writer Reiko Yoshida. Among the film’s many accolades are Tokyo Anime Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay and the Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yoshitoki Oima, A Silent Voice is a gorgeous anime film with a powerful message about bullying, depression and forgiveness. The moving coming-of-age drama depicts the struggles of adolescence through its memorable characters and stunning animation.

When a deaf elementary school girl named Shoko is forced to transfer to a new school after a boy named Shôya constant bullies her, Shôya suffers over the consequences of his guilt for years. Upon entering high school, Shôya finally decides he must find Shoko, to make amends for what he did in elementary school and to become her friend. Along the way, he meets new and old faces, and struggles with many complicated relationships and feelings in “this beautifully rendered anime” (Total Film).

 

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Mar 252019
 

Apple’s Original Video Subscription Service in the All-New Apple TV App will Give Users Access to Exclusive Original Shows, Movies and Documentaries

According to a press release, Apple today announced Apple TV+, the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers featuring exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries, coming this fall. Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will feature a brand new slate of programming from the world’s most celebrated creative artists, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more. On the Apple TV app, subscribers will enjoy inspiring and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters from all walks of life, ad-free and on demand.

Additionally, Apple debuted the all-new Apple TV app and Apple TV channels coming in May 2019. The all-new Apple TV app brings together the different ways to discover and watch shows, movies, sports, news and more in one app across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, smart TVs and streaming devices. Users can subscribe to and watch new Apple TV channels — paying for only services they want, like HBO, SHOWTIME and Starz — all on demand, available on and offline, with incredible picture quality and sound; enjoy sports, news and network TV from cable and satellite providers as well as purchase or rent iTunes movies and TV shows all within the new, personalized Apple TV app.

Beginning in May, customers can subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them in the Apple TV app, with no additional apps, accounts or passwords required. Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.

The new Apple TV app personalizes what viewers love to watch across their existing apps and services while developing a secure and comprehensive understanding of users’ viewing interests. The app will offer suggestions for shows and movies from over 150 streaming apps, including Amazon Prime and Hulu, as well as pay-TV services such as Canal+, Charter Spectrum, DIRECTV NOW and PlayStation Vue. Optimum and Suddenlink from Altice will be added later this year.

Additionally, the Apple TV app will become the new home to the hundreds of thousands of movies and TV shows currently available for purchase or rent in the iTunes Store.

Availability
  • Pricing and availability for the Apple TV+ video subscription service will be announced later this fall.
  • The all-new Apple TV app is coming to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV customers in over 100 countries with a free software update this May, and to Mac this fall.
  • Through Family Sharing, users can share Apple TV+ and subscriptions to Apple TV channels.
  • The Apple TV app will be available on Samsung smart TVs beginning this spring and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future.
  • Later this year, customers with eligible VIZIO, Samsung, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone or iPad directly to their smart TVs with AirPlay 2 support.
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Mar 252019
 

 

STREAMING THIS APRIL

AN IMPECCABLE LINE-UP OF PROGRAMMING ON THE PBS MASTERPIECE PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL:

“LES MISÉRABLES,” “MRS. WILSON,”

“UNFORGOTTEN, SEASON 3” AND

TWO NEW WALTER PRESENTS

INTERNATIONAL CRIME DRAMAS

 

This April, PBS Distribution will begin streaming five new programs on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel that will have fans of drama, intrigue and suspense reeling with excitement.  Leading the line-up is the extraordinarily haunting adaptation of LES MISÉRABLES, Victor Hugo’s epic tale and one of the greatest novels of all time. Starring Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire) the 6-episode mini-series is an epic television experience that is worthy of the original novel.

As the saying goes, “truth is stranger than fiction,” and Ruth Wilson’s (The Affair, Luther) true family story proves just that. MRS. WILSON is a dramatic story about Ruth’s own grandmother’s search for her husband’s true identity, after his sudden death uncovers secrets about his life.  Ruth plays her grandmother in this suspenseful and unbelievable story of espionage and disloyalty that will captivate not only fans of James Bond novels but also fans of all mystery and thrillers.

UNFORGOTTEN, SEASON 3 takes fans of the compelling crime drama into a desperate search as detectives Cassie and Sunny uncover the tragic and shocking truth behind human remains found by a motorway near London.

And from Walter Presents, two captivating binge-worthy thrillers begin streaming on the Channel. LIFELINE is a sensational Spanish thriller that centers on a doctor’s insatiable drive to become the best surgeon in Europe – no matter what the cost.  The highly anticipated third season of the Dutch psychological thriller, THE ADULTERER, continues to stun as the plot combines extramarital affairs, disloyalty, and murder to create a compelling storyline.

 

LES MISÉRABLES

A blockbuster novel for over 150 years comes vividly to life in award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies’s multi-layered retelling of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This enthralling six-episode adaptation (not a musical) stars Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire) as Jean Valjean, the most famous fugitive in literature, David Oyelowo (Selma, Small Island) as stars his relentless pursuer, Javert, and Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply; Love, Rosie) as the tragic seamstress, Fantine; Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) plays her adolescent daughter, Cosette; Academy Award winner, Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Adeel Akhtar (Unforgotten) are Cosette’s cruel overseers, the Thénardiers; and Josh O’Connor (The Durrells in Corfu) is the student and reluctant revolutionary Marius, who falls in love with Cosette at first sight.

Joining the extensive cast are David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) as Marius’s formidable grandfather, Monsieur Gillenormand, and Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, Last Tango in Halifax) as the kindly Bishop of Digne, who rescues Valjean at his lowest ebb. The Guardian called it “A rich feast…c’est magnifique!”

  • 6 episodes
  • Season begins to stream on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel on April 15, 2019, available to Prime members for $5.99/month after a 7-day free trial.
  • Available with Passport beginning April 14, 2019. PBS Passport is a member benefit for PBS station donors that offers extended access to a rich library of public television programming. Contact your local PBS station for details.

 

MRS. WILSON

At the outset of World War II, Alison McKelvie took a secretarial job with the Secret Intelligence Service. There, she fell in love with an older man—Major Alexander Wilson, a popular author of spy novels, then doing real intelligence work for the war effort. Little did Alison know, but she was entering a plot as tangled as one of the Major’s mind-bending fictions.

Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Luther) stars as her own grandmother, Alison, in the true story of a woman’s search for her husband’s real identity.  Wilson also served as executive producer, playing a pivotal role in bringing her family saga to television. “I would tell various people the story, and they all said to me, ‘you’ve got to get this made,’” she says.

Iain Glen (Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones) co-stars as Alec, a glamorous and seductive operative in the mold of James Bond, which is no accident, since Alec’s novels pioneered the character of the debonair spy, based on Alec’s own qualities. Ian Fleming later exploited this personality type in his Bond books.

  • 3 episodes
  • Program begins streaming on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel on April 1, 2019, available to Prime members for $5.99/month after a 7-day free trial.
  • Available with Passport beginning April 15, 2019. PBS Passport is a member benefit for PBS station donors that offers extended access to a rich library of public television programming. Contact your local PBS station for details.

 

 UNFORGOTTEN, SEASON 3

When human remains are found by a motorway near London, the crime-solving duo, Cassie and Sunny are called to the scene. Dogged work leads the team to Hayley Reid, a 16-year-old girl who went missing on the eve of the millennium. The police’s failure to find out what happened to Hayley wrecked her family’s life. Cassie’s compassion makes her determined to correct the mistakes made by the original investigating team – whatever the cost is to herself. A close-knit group of old school friends hold the key to what happened – Doctor Tim Finch, television host James Hollis, failing salesman Pete Carr, and artist Chris Lowe. As the four suspects find themselves under the spotlight, their tight bond is put to the test. They all have secrets in their past – events that have pulled their lives apart. None of them are quite who they seem to be, but is one of them capable of murder?

  • 6 episodes
  • Season begins streaming on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel on April 8, 2019, available to Prime members for $5.99/month after a 7-day free trial.
  • Available with Passport beginning April 7, 2019. PBS Passport is a member benefit for PBS station donors that offers extended access to a rich library of public television programming. Contact your local PBS station for details.

 

LIFELINE 

Alex is a surgeon with an insatiable ambition. He wants to get into the Mayer Hospital the most prestigious private clinic in Europe. To build up his profile and reputation he takes on a grueling working regime. And to cope with the pressure he starts using drugs, but no one suspects. Just as he’s about to crown his career dreams, he has a massive heart attack. A heart transplant saved his life. From that moment, Alex starts having strange nightmares and hallucinations. To try to make sense of these horrific visions he starts researching scientific and philosophical theories about the memory of the heart.  Could the transplant be responsible for the resurfacing memories of the dead man whose heart is beating inside him? Alex becomes compelled to investigate his donor’s death,but getting close to the truth threatens to destroy his own life, and those of the ones he loves.  LIFELINE is a slick, clever, roller coaster thriller ride filled with moral dilemmas that will hook audiences in. Theartsdesk.com called LIFELINE a “Spanish sci-fi drama on speed.”

Walter Iuzzolino, curator of Walter Presents says, “A top neurosurgeon fuelled by performance enhancing drugs has a massive coronary attack and is saved only by an emergency heart transplant. What follows is an epic tale of scandal, medical conspiracy and affairs of the heart guaranteed to set pulses racing. Lifeline will draw you in and leave you panting for more.”

Spanish with English Subtitles

  • 13 episodes
  • Season begins streaming on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel on April 1, 2019, available to Prime members for $5.99/month after a 7-day free trial.

 

THE ADULTERER: SEASON 3

The debut of THE ADULTERER was so successful in The Netherlands, that it caught the attention of U.S. TV producers and an American version of the show was created airing on ABC called “Betrayal.” Season 3 of THE ADULTERER picks up where the action left off two years ago —  Couwenberg is finally where he belongs, in prison. But justice has not been served, as he’s only been convicted for blackmail. Willem finds this quite difficult to accept considering the attempt on his own life and everything else he’s had to suffer at the hands of his former client. At least now he’s free to marry Iris and they can build a new life together. However, wedded bliss doesn’t last long when Anna, a mysterious, attractive woman appears on the scene bearing an equally large grudge against Willem’s old enemy. Despite Iris’ objections, Willem finds it difficult to leave the past behind him and agrees to join forces with Anna to go in search of justice.

Savvy Screener describes THE ADULTERER  as a “steamy drama”  and

Theuerotvplace.com warns, “The story is very compelling and could very well keep you watching until stupid o’clock in the morning.”

Dutch with English Subtitles.

  • 10 episodes
  • Season begins streaming on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel on April 8, 2019, available to Prime members for $5.99/month after a 7-day free trial.

 

About WALTER PRESENTS

Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, founded by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award-winning foreign language drama, the service is named after its curator Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan.  In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent’. In November 2017 Walter Presents launched in Australia through pay-TV service Foxtel and in Italy September 2018, its first roll-out in mainland Europe, on Discovery’s Nove, Giallo and Dplay channels. In October 2018, Walter Presents partnered with PBS Distribution on Amazon Prime Video to launch over 300 hours of quality foreign language drama on PBS MASTERPIECE.

 

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Mar 252019
 

“Sparkling and lovable, this tween-friendly film ably updates Nancy Drew for the “future is female” generation.” — Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media

 

 

Uncover the Mystery When

Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase

Arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on

Digital March 26, 2019 and on

Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on April 2, 2019

 

Based on the Bestselling Book!

 

The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end!  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase on Digital starting March 26, 2019 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on April 2, 2019. Executive Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the film stars Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”), and Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” andAlice”) and follows Nancy Drew in her new town, making new friends and on a mission to solve the case!  The film carries a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Digital, $19.98 for the DVD and $28.98 for the Blu-ray Combo Pack.

 

After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights.  But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference.  Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion.  Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature?  Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

 

“Nancy Drew has been a source of inspiration to countless girls as she has her wits and ingenuity to solve intriguing mysteries.  Now, Nancy is back in an all-new film from Ellen DeGeneres,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. “Cast perfectly with Sophia Lillis as Nancy Drew, this mystery has a modern-day edge as Nancy learns about responsibility and friendship while solving mysteries.”

 

Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase is produced by A Very Good Production and A Red 56 Productions. Based on the novel by Carolyn Keene, the film is Executive Produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams (Free Ride), with Jeff Kleeman (The Man >From U.N.C.L.E.) and Chip DiggIns (A Walk In The Woods) serving as producers and Rachel Abarbanell (“Splitting Up Together”) as Co-Producer. Katt Shea (Poison Ivy) directed from the script written by Nina Fiore & John Herrera (“The Handmaids Tale”).

 

 

BONUS FEATURES

 

  • A Sleuth, A Girl and an Inspiration (Featurette)
  • Pink Footprints: Touring Twin Elms (Featurette)
  • Gag Reel

 

BASICS

Street Date: April 2, 2019

Total Runtime: Approx. 89 minutes

DVD: $19.98 SRP

BD: $28.98 SRP

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Mar 252019
 

Dark Sky Films Proudly Announces The Release Date and Trailer Debut
For WHITE CHAMBER 

 

Shauna MacDonald and Oded Fehr Star In

WHITE CHAMBER  

IN SELECT THEATERS AND ON VOD
MARCH 29, 2019

The United Kingdom in the near future. Civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hellbent on squashing the opposition. A woman (Scottish BAFTA nominee Shauna MacDonald, The Descent) wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell, where General Zakarian (Oded Fehr) uses increasingly sophisticated and cruel methods to torture her for information – information she claims not to have. As questions of trust are placed both on captor and captive, they find themselves embroiled in an increasingly spiraling journey into the nature of authority.

Tense, shocking, and all-too relevant, WHITE CHAMBER poses the question: can there even be such a thing as certainty in these most uncertain of times?

WHITE CHAMBER 
Dark Sky Films
Written and Directed by: Paul Raschid
TRT: 89 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Language: English
Genre(s): Thriller

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING…
“a time-leaping narrative structure interrogates the viewer’s prejudices, turning the tables on our moral orientation to reveal the double game that almost everyone here is playing. – SIGHT AND SOUND  

“although contained almost entirely within the space of an experimental facility, White Chamber cooks up – in microcosm – a challenging crystallisation of the absurdity and addictiveness of war.”SCIFINOW

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Mar 252019
 

Long-awaited Horror fantasy Flay, from director Eric Pham, will be released April 2 from Phame Factory.

Flay hails from a filmmaker who cut his teeth working VFX work on some of Robert Rodriguez’s best known films, including Grindhouse and Sin City.

The film features Alita : Battle Angel‘s Elle LaMont, Violett Beane (The Flash) and Phantasm star A. Michael Baldwin. Dalton Gray (Lazer Team, Dumber and Dumber To), Johnny Walter, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells, Peggy Schott, Kaylee King and Noe de la Garza also star.

After the death of her mother, an estranged daughter struggles to save her brother, and those around her from a malevolent faceless spirit.

Flay is available digitally 4/2 from Phame Factory.

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Mar 252019
 

There was the Lost Generation, there was the Beat Generation,
and in the ‘90s the Suicide Generation.

NO ALTERNATIVE 

Starring Harry Hamlin, Kathryn Erbe, Chloe Levine,
Aria Shahghasemi and introducing Michaela Cavazos and Conor Proft

Premiering On Demand and Blu-ray & DVD April 2, 2019

Flashback to the ‘90s with NO ALTERNATIVE, starring Harry Hamlin (TVs “Law & Order,” “Mad Men”), Kathryn Erbe (“Law & Order,” “Oz”), up-and-comers Michaela Cavazos and Conor Proft, Chloe Levine (TVs “The Defenders”), and Aria Shahghasemi (TVs “Legacies”). Directed by William Dickerson and based on his book of the same name, NO ALTERNATIVE is a teen drama that drills a hole into the world of suburban American teenagers in the early ‘90s and is set against a backdrop steeped in grunge and punk rock music. NO ALTERNATIVE is Dickerson’s fourth feature film, the others being Detour, The Mirror and Don’t Look Back.

Set for release on demand, including iTunes and Amazon Prime Video, and Blu-ray & DVD on April 2 by Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, NO ALTERNATIVE addresses important issues of mental health, suicide, drug use, gun control and the powerful impact music can have on the human spirit. With a screenplay by Dickerson and Dwight Moody, the film was produced by Carrie LeGrand, and also stars Matthew Van Oss, Eli Bridges and Logan Georges. The movie’s award-winning soundtrack has been selected by Record Store Day as a featured title and will be released on vinyl April 13 by Rhyme & Reason Records. Featured artists include Latterday Saints, Mudhoney, Lisa Loeb, The Pork Guys, Superdrag, Low Flying Jets, and others.

SYNOPSIS:
There was The Lost Generation, there was The Beat Generation, and in the ‘90s The Suicide Generation. Thomas Harrison (Conor Proft) is determined to start his own grunge band, an obsession that blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse, or eruption of musical genius, of his younger sister, Bridget (Michaela Cavazos). Bridget boldly rejects her brother’s music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of a gangsta’ rapper named “Bri Da B.”

NO ALTERNATIVE has a run time of approximately 97 minutes and is unrated.

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