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Jan 192019
 

ANNOUNCING A POWERHOUSE
NEW SVOD FILM STREAMING PLATFORM

OVID.TV

Planned launch in March, 2019

Jonathan Miller announced today an unprecedented collaborative effort between six of the most noteworthy independent film distributors in the U.S., each respected for the depth of their industry experience and the vitality of their collections. Together, they are supporting the launch of OVID.TV, an innovative new video-on-demand subscription service drawing from the catalogs of these leading content providers of quality arthouse, documentary, and social issue films.

The six founding content partners are Bullfrog Films, Distrib Films US, First Run Features, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films, and KimStim (details is below), with more companies expected to join soon.

This partnership will result in a powerhouse SVOD platform designed to provide North American viewers with access to 1000s of not yet streamable titles including documentaries, independent films, and notable works of international cinema.

Jonathan Miller, of Icarus Films, who will act as director of OVID states, “The time for this kind of partnership is now, as the streaming giants focus on generating fast-turnaround new content, this coalition will offer new access to high-quality catalogs found nowhere else, featuring some of the most celebrated filmmakers and films in the cannon.”

When launched, OVID.tv will be the home of hundreds of documentary films not available on existing services. Its initial offerings will fall into two categories: powerful films addressing urgent the social issues of climate change, and economic justice, and in-depth selections of creative documentaries by Chantal Akerman, Michael Apted, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Patricio Guzman, Heddy Honigmann, Chris Marker, Ross McElwee, Bill Morrison, Raoul Peck, Jean Rouch, Wang Bing, and Travis Wilkerson, among many others.

In the summer of 2019, OVID will add hundreds of arthouse feature films, including those directed by Bi Gan, Pedro Costa, Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Cheryl Dunye, Philippe Garrel, Nikita Mikhalkov, Eric Rohmer, Raul Ruiz, Dominga Sotomayor, Jean-Marie Straub and Danielle Huillet. Additional titles, most not available elsewhere, will be added monthly in curated collections that include both documentaries and narrative fiction.

OVID is an initiative of Docuseek, LLC, which operates Docuseek (www.docuseek2.com), an online SVOD streaming service for colleges and universities that was established in 2012, and currently makes available a library of over 1500 titles. John Hoskyns-Abrahall, director of Docuseek, remarks, “Docuseek now has six years’ experience developing and operating its platform—growing a customer base, building solid relationships with distributors—and we are profitable. We are strongly positioned, together with our content partners, to step forward and build on what we’ve accomplished so far.” 

THE SIX FOUNDING CONTENT PARTNERS ARE:

BULLFROG FILMS
The leading U.S. publisher of independently produced documentaries on environmental and related social justice issues, in business for more than 45 years, it currently distributes over 750 titles.
www.bullfrogfilms.com

DISTRIB FILMS US
An independent distributor of international feature films, Distrib Films US is known for its strong collection of French and Italian fiction feature films.
www.distribfilmsus.com

FIRST RUN FEATURES
Founded in 1979 by a group of filmmakers to advance the distribution of independent film, First Run has been honored with a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art for its significant contributions.
www.firstrunfeatures.com

GRASSHOPPER FILM
A distribution company founded in 2015 by Ryan Krivoshey, dedicated to the release of independent, foreign, and documentary film.
www.grasshopperfilm.com

ICARUS FILMS
A leading distributor of documentary films in North America, with a collection exceeding 1000 titles. It recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
www.icarusfilms.com

KIMSTIM
A distribution company dedicated to the release of exceptional independent, foreign, and documentary film.
www.kimstim.com

 

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Jan 172019
 

Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Announces its February 2019 Home Video Releases
 

Zacariah (1971)
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Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 5, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Western / 93 min / PG / Color

Director: George Englund
Starring: John Rubinstein, Don Johnson, Patricia Quinn, Elvin Jones, Dick Van Patten, Doug Kershaw

Synopsis: The First Electric Western! Firepower meets flower power in this outrageous western about two thrill-seeking cowboys who rock the range. Starring John Rubinstein (The Car), Don Johnson (TV’s Miami Vice), Dick Van Patten (High Anxiety) and featuring legendary musicians Country Joe and the Fish and White Lightnin’, this psychedelic trip through the Wild West is an utterly unique film experience. Two cowboys (Rubinstein and Johnson) set out for adventure and join up with a band of rock ‘n’ roll outlaws. But as the two friends are seduced by their own quick-draw ambitions, a deadly rivalry grows between them, and they must struggle to find a path to peace – before they lose more than their reputations… and kill more than their friendship. Hollywood veteran George Englund (The Ugly American) directed this one-of-a-kind cult classic.

Bonus Features: NEW Interview with star John Rubinstein | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson | Original Theatrical Trailer

Kotch (1971)

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Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 5, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy-Drama / 114 min / PG / Color

Director: Jack Lemmon
Starring: Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr, Charles Aidman, Ellen Geer, Biff Elliot

Synopsis: The iconic comedy duo of Walter Matthau (Charley Varrick) and Jack Lemmon (Irma La Douce) team up again, but this time with Lemmon behind the camera, in his outstanding directorial debut and Matthau in his Oscar-nominated leading performance as Joseph P. Kotcher. Kotch is a kindly, if occasionally exasperating widower who has worn out his welcome with his son, daughter-in-law and grandson. Despite his many pearls of wisdom, he soon finds himself feeling useless and unwanted. But just when he seems destined for a retirement home, Kotch befriends a feisty, unwed, teenage mother-to-be (Deborah Winters, Blue Sunshine) and embarks on the unlikeliest of adventures. Richard H. Kline (Mr. Majestyk) shot this delightful comedy-drama that bridges the proverbial generation gap with laughter, irony and compassion-with a script by John Paxton (Crossfire).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood | Promotional Trailer with star Walter Matthau and director Jack Lemmon | KLSC Trailers

Charly (1968)
BRAND NEW 2K MASTER!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 5, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 103 min / PG / Color

Director: Ralph Nelson
Starring: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Dick Van Patten, Ruth White, Leon Janney, Barney Martin

Synopsis: They freed his mind… she captured his heart! From the classic Daniel Keyes novel Flowers for Algernon comes this moving and unforgettable adaptation by director Ralph Nelson (Lilies of the Field) and screenwriter Stirling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night). This timeless tearjerker features an Academy Award-winning leading performance by Cliff Robertson (The Devil’s Brigade) and a rousing score by the legendary Ravi Shankar (Gandhi). When a mentally challenged man named Charly (Robertson) undergoes experimental brain surgery, he is miraculously freed from the prison of his own mind. As his IQ soars to genius proportions, Charly’s eyes are opened to a world he’s never truly seen. But when the effects of his operation inexplicably begin to fade, Charly must find a way to halt his regression… before his own mind destroys his life, his newfound romance and the man he’s become. Arthur J. Ornitz (The Boys in the Band) shot this classic drama co-starring Claire Bloom (The Haunting) and Dick Van Patten (Zachariah).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
Diamonds for Breakfast (1968)

BRAND NEW 2K MASTER!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 5, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy / 102 min / PG / Color

Director: Christopher Morahan
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Rita Tushingham, Rita Tushingham, Margaret Blye, Francesca Tu, Warren Mitchell, Bryan Pringle, Leonard Rossiter

Synopsis: Four thieves try to steal the Imperial Jewels of Russia! Swinging playboy Grand Duke Nicholas Wladimirovitch Goduno (Marcello Mastroianni, Marriage Italian Style), a direct descendant of the Romanov family who were overthrown in the Russian Revolution of 1917, learns that his family’s crown jewels will be exhibited at a London museum and plots to steal them. He gathers a crew of beautiful but dangerous women, led by Bridget Rafferty (Rita Tushingham, The Knack… and How to Get It), to assist in his plot against Popov (Warren Mitchell, The Crawling Eye), the Soviet functionary in charge of the exhibit. Wonderfully directed by Christopher Morahan (Clockwise) and beautifully shot by Gerry Turpin (Seance on a Wet Afternoon, The Whisperers).

The Group (1966)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 12, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 150 min / NR / Color

Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Shirley Knight, Jessica Walter, Elizabeth Hartman, Joanna Pettet, Mary-Robin Redd, Kathleen Widdoes, James Broderick, Larry Hagman, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mulligan

Synopsis: The Group is an ensemble film directed by the great Sidney Lumet (Network, The Verdict, Dog Day Afternoon), based on the novel by Mary McCarthy (The Company She Keeps) and adapted for the screen by legendary screenwriter Sidney Buchman (Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) – about a group of eight young women-all classmates, friends, and recent graduates from a certain single-sex liberal arts college-as they face the inevitable pressures to sand the rough edges off their personalities and to surrender their independence to the men in their lives and the institutions they represent. The stellar cast includes Candice Bergen (Rich and Famous) in her film debut, Joan Hackett (Support Your Local Sheriff), Elizabeth Hartman (A Patch of Blue), Shirley Knight (The Rain People), Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me), Joanna Pettet (Casino Royale), Kathleen Widdoes (TV’s As the World Turns), Larry Hagman (TV’s Dallas), Hal Holbrook (Magnum Force) and Richard Mulligan (Scavenger Hunt), James Congdon (4D Man). Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman (On the Waterfront) lends this tale his peculiar sense of lighting with rich, captivating colors.

Summer Lovers (1982)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 12, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 98 min / R / Color

Director: Randal Kleiser
Starring: Peter Gallagher, Daryl Hannah, Valérie Quennessen, Barbara Rush, Carole Cook, Lydia Lenosi

Synopsis: Peter Gallagher (The Idolmaker, The Underneath) and Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Legal Eagles) ignite the screen in this scintillating story of love, lust and obsession from Randal Kleiser, the director of The Blue Lagoon and Grease. Michael (Gallagher) and his childhood sweetheart Cathy (Hannah) go to Greece to spend the summer on the isle of Santorini-where, despite his love for Cathy, he finds himself lured by Lina (Valérie Quennessen, French Postcards), a vacationing French archaeologist. Lina’s exotic beauty mesmerizes Michael, and he becomes torn between the woman he loves and the woman he lusts after. But when he finally reveals his feelings to Cathy, she surprises them both by confronting Lina. When the two women discover that they are drawn to each other, the three lovers find themselves forever affected by the most passionate and inspiring summer of their lives. One of the film’s highlights is the haunting and beautiful score by legendary composer Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian).

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by writer/director Randal Kleiser | “The Making of Summer Lovers” (12:14) | Theatrical Trailers

The Real McCoy (1993)
Blu-ray Street Date: February 12, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Thriller / 105 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Starring: Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer, Terence Stamp, Gailard Sartain, Raynor Scheine, Marc Macaulay

Synopsis: After six long years in prison for a foiled bank robbery, legendary criminal Karen McCoy (Kim Basinger, L.A. Confidential, The Marrying Man) wants nothing more than to turn her life around. But her hopes are soon shattered: No one will hire her, she’s stuck with a sleazy parole officer, and her ex-husband has told their son that she’s dead. To make matters worse, crime lord Jack Schmidt (Terence Stamp, The Limey, Modesty Blaise) is forcing her to pull off a seemingly impossible $18 million bank job with the full knowledge that once she hands over the cash, she’s history. Cult filmmaker Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, Ricochet) directed this action-packed heist thriller that co-stars Val Kilmer (Real Genius, The Saint) as J.T. Barker, an eager but inept would-be thief Karen recruits for help.

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Director Russell Mulcahy | 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Lossless Audio | Theatrical Trailer

Youngblood (1986)

Blu-ray Street Date: February 12, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Drama / 110 min / R / Color

Director: Peter Markle
Starring: Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Gibb, Keanu Reeves, Ed Lauter, Jim Youngs, Fionnula Flanagan

Synopsis: Are you ready for exhilarating speed, invigorating competition and skating so sharp-edged you can feel the ice spraying in your face? Then prepare yourself for YOUNGBLOOD! Showcasing the talents of Rob Lowe (The Hotel New Hampshire, St. Elmo’s Fire) and Patrick Swayze (Point Break, Ghost), Youngblood is fist-flying, stick-smashing, body-checking thrills right up to the final buzzer. Teenager Dean Youngblood (Lowe) has out-skated just about everybody since he was six. Now he’s set his sights toward National Hockey League fame with the ragtag Hamilton Mustangs, an amateur Canadian team just across the border from his family’s farm. Certain that his swift moves on the ice will dazzle the crowds, Dean quickly learns that his speed and finesse won’t pack enough punch against the bad boys of the league, the Thunder Bay Bombers. And when the Mustangs’ top scorer (Swayze) gets knocked out, Dean has to turn from a rookie to an all-star fast. Directed by Peter Markle (Bat 21) and featuring Cynthia Gibb (Modern Girls), Ed Lauter (Breakheart Pass), Jim Youngs (The Wanderers) and Keanu Reeves (River’s Edge).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by director Peter Markle | Theatrical Trailer

Broadway Bound (1992 TV Movie)
DVD Street Date: February 19, 2019
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy-Drama / 90|94 min / NR / Color

Director: Paul Bogart
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Hume Cronyn, Jerry Orbach, Jonathan Silverman, Michele Lee, Corey Parker, Pat McCormick, Jack Carter

Synopsis: An All-Star Cast Brings the Final Chapter of Neil Simon’s Acclaimed Trilogy to the Screen! With Broadway Bound, legendary playwright Neil Simon completes the coming-of-age comedy trilogy that began with Biloxi Blues and Brighton Beach Memoirs in hilarious fashion. Corey Parker (Biloxi Blues) stars as Eugene Jerome, an aspiring writer who finds a world of humor in the passions and pain of his Brooklyn family. Anne Bancroft (The Graduate) and Jerry Orbach (TV’s Law and Order) are his parents, Hume Cronyn (Cocoon) is his feisty grandfather, and Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s) is his show-biz hungry older brother. Adapted for the screen from his acclaimed Broadway hit, Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound is a bravura performance filled with laughter and heart. Directed by Hollywood and television veteran Paul Bogart (Marlowe, Mr. Ricco). The wonderful supporting cast includes Michele Lee (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Pat McCormick (Big Enos of the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy) and Jack Carter (Alligator). This special edition includes both the original 90-minute cut and the 94-minute extended cut.

Bonus Features: Includes both the 90-minute original cut and the 94-minute extended cut | KLSC Trailers

The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996 TV Movie)

DVD Street Date: February 19, 2019
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 192 min / NR / Color

Director: Roger Young
Starring: Laura Dern, Randy Quaid, Kirsten Dunst, Joe Don Baker, Diane Ladd, Bradley Pierce, Bob Gunton, G.W. Bailey

Synopsis: On August 1992, 400 Federal agents armed with rifles, choppers and tanks surrounded the Ruby Ridge, Idaho, cabin of white supremacist Randy Weaver (Randy Quaid, The Long Riders). When Weaver resisted a federal arrest warrant, the U.S. government declared war on the separatist and his family. Following an 11-day standoff that left his wife (Laura Dern, Wild at Heart) and son (Bradley Pierce, Jumanji) dead, Weaver surrendered and inexplicably was brought to trial on trumped-up murder and conspiracy charges, in this Emmy-nominated docudrama based on the real-life events that shocked a nation. The stellar cast includes Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), G.W. Bailey (Police Academy), Joe Don Baker (Framed), Bob Gunton (The Shawshank Redemption) and Diane Ladd (Something Wicked This Way Comes). Directed by Roger Young (Lassiter, The Squeeze).

The Midnight Man (1974)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 26, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Mystery / 117 min / R / Color

Director: Burt Lancaster | Roland Kibbee
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Quarry, Ed Lauter, Catherine Bach, Morgan Woodward, Harris Yulin, Joan Lorring, Lawrence Dobkin, Mills Watson, Charles Tyner

Synopsis: Screen legend Burt Lancaster (The Train, Elmer Gantry) stars as Jim Slade, a former Chicago policeman who has just been released from prison for shooting his wife’s lover. He’s offered and takes a job as a campus night watchman at Jordon College. When a coed, the daughter of a prominent senator, is murdered and the local sheriff (Harris Yulin, Scarface) tries to pin the crime on a creepy night janitor (Charles Tyner, The Longest Yard), Slade decides to start his own unauthorized investigation that takes the lid off the hornets’ nest. Lancaster and Roland Kibbee (Valdez Is Coming) co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed this top-notch murder mystery with an amazing cast that includes Susan Clark (Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here), Cameron Mitchell (Blood and Black Lace), Morgan Woodward (Cool Hand Luke), Robert Quarry (Madhouse), Ed Lauter (Breakheart Pass), Joan Lorring (The Verdict) and Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke of TV’s The Dukes of Hazzard). The second and final film directed by Lancaster (The Kentuckian).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Films Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson | Theatrical Trailer

Desert Fury (1947)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 19, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Film Noir / 96 min / NR / Color

Director: Lewis Allen
Starring: Lizabeth Scott, John Hodiak, Wendell Corey, Mary Astor, Kristine Miller, William Harrigan, James Flavin, Jane Novak

Synopsis: Lewis Allen (A Bullet for Joey, The Uninvited) directed this classic film noir in Technicolor, starring Lizabeth Scott (Pitfall), Burt Lancaster (I Walk Alone), John Hodiak (Lifeboat), Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) and Wendell Corey (Harriet Craig). Eddie Bendix (Hodiak) and his henchman, Johnny Ryan (Corey), two gangsters in the gambling trade, return to a small desert town outside of Reno. Years ago, Eddie had left town under suspicion of murdering his wife and after running into some trouble in Las Vegas, Eddie now hopes to get involved with the local gambling house whose proprietor is his ex-flame Fritzi Haller (Astor). To complicate matters, Eddie falls for Fritzi’s daughter (Scott), who used to be involved with the local lawman Tom Hanson (Lancaster), who’s still in love with her. Desert Fury was adapted for the screen by filmmaker Robert Rossen (The Strange Love of Martha Ivers) from the far racier and more explicit novel by Ramona Stewart (The Possession of Joel Delaney).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Smith | Theatrical Trailer

A Bill of Divorcement (1940) aka Never to Love (UK title)
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Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 26, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama / 74 min / NR / B&W

Director: John Farrow
Starring: Maureen O’Hara, Adolphe Menjou, Fay Bainter, Herbert Marshall, C. Aubrey Smith, Dame May Whitty, Patric Knowles, Ernest Cossart

Synopsis: After fifteen years in a mental asylum, Hilary Fairfield (Adolphe Menjou, The Front Page) has suddenly regained his sanity, escaped from the institution and come home. But a few things have changed in his absence. For one, his strong-willed daughter Sydney (Maureen O’Hara, Lisbon) has grown up and is planning to marry. For another, his wife (Fay Bainter, The Children’s Hour) has divorced him and is planning to re-marry. It’s enough to drive a man crazy – or a woman, for that matter. Especially when Sydney learns it wasn’t “shell shock” that send her father to the asylum, but family madness – and now she’s sure she’s inherited it. Brilliantly helmed by director John Farrow (The Big Clock) and co-starring Herbert Marshall (The Letter), May Whitty (The Lady Vanishes) and C. Aubrey Smith (The Hurricane). This 1940 film was a remake of the 1932 film with the same title, directed by George Cukor and starring John Barrymore and Katharine Hepburn in her film debut.

The Rover (1967)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: February 26, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Adventure / 97 min / NR / Color

Director: Terence Young
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Rosanna Schiaffino, Rita Hayworth, Richard Johnson, Anthony Dawson, Luciano Rossi

Synopsis: After a wide-ranging life of piracy and adventure, Peyrol (Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek) comes ashore in the port of Toulon during the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution to deliver a message to the Port Commander. Wanted by authorities in nearly every port in the European world, Peyrol barely escapes arrest and flees to an isolated spot near the coast. While searching for a way to return to the open sea, he rescues a deranged girl, Arlette (Rosanna Schiaffino, Arrivederci, Baby!) from a mob of revolutionary “blood-drinkers.” The sweet girl asks Peyrol to stay at her house, where she lives with her Aunt Caterina (Rita Hayworth, Gilda). Peyrol is surprised to find that a French naval officer, Real (Richard Johnson, The Haunting), has also taken a room at the house and it’s not long before Real discovers that Peyrol is wanted by the police. Torn by his growing love of Arlette and his duties to the counter-revolutionaries, Peyrol must choose between his desires and the needs of an entire country. Great direction by Terence Young (Dr. No) with a memorable score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and co-starring Anthony Dawson (Death Rides a Horse), from a novel by Joseph Conrad (Lord Jim).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin and Dr. Eloise Ross | KLSC Trailers

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Jan 172019
 

This April, Jackie Chan smashes into the Criterion Collection through a plate-glass window with a double-bill edition of his action-comedy classics Police Story and Police Story 2, newly restored in 4K. Andy Griffith plays a boisterous folk hero turned TV demagogue in Elia Kazan’s eerily prescient satire A Face in the Crowd, appearing on Blu-ray for the first time. Jan Němec’s haunting and hallucinatory feature debut Diamonds of the Night, one of the most visionary films of the Czechoslovak New Wave, will make its first appearance on home video in a new 4K restoration. Australian auteur Gillian Armstrong will join the Collection with her coming-of-age classic My Brilliant Career, a breakthrough film for the director and for its magnetic star, Judy Davis. And there’s more: two beloved Jim Jarmusch films-the minimalist masterpiece Stranger Than Paradise and the taxicab odyssey Night on Earth will make their Blu-ray debuts.

April 9: Stranger than Paradise
April 9: Night on Earth
April 16: Diamonds of the Night
April 23: A Face in the Crowd
April 30: Police Story/Police Story 2
April 30: My Brilliant Career
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January 1:

Bad Reputation: An admiring documentary portrait of punk rock icon Joan Jett. (DVD release: Day & date)

The Demonologist: When detective investigates a string of brutal murders, he discovers a cult that worships the four King Demons of Hell, who plan on bringing them forth to destroy the Earth. (VOD only)

Lifechanger:A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. (VOD only)

Love, Gilda: An intimate look at the life and career of beloved comedienne Gilda Radner, told in her own words. (DVD release: Day & date)

The Old Man and the Gun: Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 15)

State Like Sleep: One year after her husband’s (Michiel Huisman) untimely death, a young widow (Katherine Waterston) receives an unsettling phone call that forces her to revisit her past. Also starring Luke Evans and Michael Shannon. (VOD, Digital only)

January 4:

Being Rose: After being diagnosed with serious health issues, ex-cop Rose Jones (Cybill Shepherd) goes on a road trip in a wheelchair to search for her estranged son. Along the way, she falls in love with Max (James Brolin), a handsome old cowboy, who has come to a crossroads of his own. (VOD only)

The Vanishing (aka Keepers): After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: a wrecked rowboat—with a chest full of gold. As a mysterious boat heads toward the island, the three men make a choice that will change their lives forever, ensnaring them in a web of greed, paranoia, and murder. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 5)

January 8:

The Car: Road to Revenge: In the stylized, unrated sequel to the unconventional horror cult classic “The Car” (1977), an unscrupulous District Attorney in a dilapidated cyberpunk city plagued by crime is savagely murdered and tossed out of a building onto his brand new car: but he and his car come back to life as a single being with a thirst for vengeance. (DVD release: Day & date)

Family Guy 20 Greatest Hits: Celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary with this marvelously musical collection of 20 song-and-dance-filled episodes. (DVD: Day & date)

First Man: A look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 22)

The Hate U Give: Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 22)

Johnny English Strikes Again: When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, the country’s only hope — Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson is called out of retirement. English’s new mission is his most critical to date: Dive head first into action to find the mastermind hacker. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 22)

The Spy Gone North: A gripping, fact-based spy saga about a loyal South Korean agent caught in the political vortex plotted by the ruling classes of two Koreas. Set in 1993 Korea, the only country where the Cold War continues, where tensions surrounding the development of nuclear weapons escalate. (VOD only)

Terror Tales: Three horrific tales of the macabre including a demon, a serial killer and an evil deity. (VOD only)

January 11:

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Season Two: Jay Ward’s squirrel and moose duo return in this all-new series, alongside rivals Boris and Natasha and Fearless Leader. (Amazon Prime Video)

Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom: Norm, the newly crowned polar bear king of the arctic, travels to New York to accept the keys to the city, but he goes from hero to villain when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. The animated feature is Dove Family-Approved for all ages. (VOD only)

January 14:

My Brilliant Friend: Adapted from the first book in Elena Ferrante’s acclaimed “Neapolitan Novels,” this drama series follows Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman who discovers the most important friend in her life has disappeared. (Digital only)

January 15:

Blood Bound: Bound to an ancient pact, a family of unlimited power descends upon a small rural town to sacrifice four human lives — one being a member of their own family. (VOD only)

Boy Erased: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 29)

Hunter Killer: An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy SEALs to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 29)

Jonathan: In this sci-fi-tinged drama, Ansel Elgort plays two brothers living very separate lives – inside the same body. Previously content to live life in shifts with one another, their delicate balance is ruined when they become emotionally involved with the same woman (Suki Waterhouse). (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

Once Upon a Deadpool: A PG-13 fairytale twist on Deadpool 2 the whole family can enjoy. (Blu-ray release: Day & date)

Reign of the Supermen: The world must cope with the loss of Superman — and the sudden emergence of four would-be heirs to the title in the second half of a two-part animated DC Universe Movies experience that began in August 2018 with “The Death of Superman.” (Blu-ray release: January 29)

Speed Kills: Speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire Ben Aronoff (John Travolta) leads a double life that lands him in trouble with the law and drug lords. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

A Star Is Born: Third remake of the classic film. A successful musician (Bradley Cooper) helps a young singer (Lady Gaga) find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 19)

Suspiria: The reimagining of the 1977 horror cult-classic about the horrific darkness that swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 29)

January 18:

Close: Action-thriller inspired by the life of the world’s leading female bodyguard, Jacquie Davis. The film stars Noomi Rapace as Sam, a counter-terrorist expert used to war zones, who takes on the job of protecting Zoe (Sophie Nélisse), a young and rich heiress — a babysitting job for her. But a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run. (Netflix only)

The Last Man: In this chilling dystopian thriller, Hayden Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question — but local street prophet Noe (Harvey Keitel) says it’ll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. (VOD only)

January 21:

Miss Sherlock: Re-envisioned and set in modern day Tokyo, HBO’s “Miss Sherlock” is a bold interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, where the iconic characters are played by women. (Digital only)

January 22:

Alipato: The Very Brief Life of an Ember: In 2025, a group of kid—members of the Kostka gang terrorize the slums of Manila … until the Boss is sentenced to 20 years in prison. When he gets out to reunite, the surviving Kostkas begin to disappear one by one. (VOD only)

American Renegades: A team of Navy SEALs discovers an underwater treasure hidden in a Bosnian lake by the Nazi, and try to retrieve it before the enemy catches up with them. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

The Apparition: A modern-day ecclesiastical thriller about a respected journalist whose belief system is profoundly shaken when he’s recruited by the Vatican to investigate an apparition of the Virgin Mary, witnessed by a beguiling young woman. (DVD: Day & date)

Bohemian Rhapsody: The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid in 1985. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 12)

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch: The latest film based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale about a cynical grouch who goes on a mission to steal Christmas from others only to feel his own heart grow three sizes larger through unexpected friendships. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 5)

The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials in the next chapter of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 5)

The Sisters Brothers: Based on Patrick DeWitt’s novel, the Western revolves around the colorfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who’s being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 5)

West of Sunshine: A social-realist story from debut feature filmmaker Jason Raftopoulos, the film — hot from an outstanding response, complete with standing ovation, at the Venice Film Festival — tells of a father who has less than a day to pay back a gambling debt, while looking after his young son. (VOD only)

The Widowed Witch: After losing her house and husband, a rural woman leads a stranded life with her 10-year-old brother-in-law in a modified “recreational vehicle.” To find a warm place to survive the cold winter, she pretends to be a shaman who can rid villagers of evil spirits, and ironically, her juggled deceits often become real. (DVD: Day & date)

Widows: Four women — with nothing in common except a debt left by their dead husbands’ criminal acts — conspire to take fate into their own hands and plan a risky heist.(DVD, Blu-ray release: February 5)

The Wife: A revealing look into the 40-year relationship of Joan and Joe Castleman, (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) and the world of literature for female writers. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, the win threatens to expose the details and arrangements that define their marriage. (DVD, Blu-ray release: January 29)

January 29:

At Eternity’s Gate: During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin, van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship with eternity rather than the pain his art causes him in the present. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 12)

Blood Brother: When an ex-con takes murderous revenge against childhood friends whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they collectively committed, one of the friends, now a cop, risks his life to stop him in this gritty crime-drama. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker,” 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) travels to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking adventures plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice … and no shortage of surprises. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & date)

Past Digital Releases January-December 2018

Past Digital Releases June-December 2017

Digital and Streaming News

 

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Jan 172019
 

THE PRIZE (1963) New 2018 1080p HD Master

After unexpectedly winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, closet crime novelist Andrew Craig (Paul Newman) finds himself in Sweden to accept the award but is swept up into Cold War intrigue. More comfortable at the bar than at the abacus, affable souse Craig nonetheless sniffs a whiff of wrongdoing when Dr. Max Stratman (Edward G. Robinson), winner of the Physics prize, undergoes a mysterious personality change. A truly Hitchcockian thriller, with a screenplay penned by North by Northwest scribe Ernest Lehman, The Prize comes with fully realized characters, sweeping surprises and danger-filled denouement – not to mention the always delightful Elke Sommer and a masterful score by Jerry Goldsmith! This sweeping saga of espionage and suspense reveals a multitude of hidden delights on this pristine baby blue transfer in high definition. 16×9 Letterbox

 

JUDGMENT NIGHT (1993) New 2018 1080p HD Master

Noted producer/director Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, 24, Predator 2) navigates this harrowing journey of four suburban men into the nightmarish neighborhood of Chicago’s crime-infested underworld. On their way to a boxing match, four young men (Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Stephen Dorff, Jeremy Piven) in a state-of-the-art RV take a wrong turn and witness a gang murder. Now, the killer’s boss (Denis Leary) cannot let them live, and starts hunting the friends down through Chicago’s meanest streets…  With a powerhouse cast this edge-of-your-seat thriller takes viewers on a life and death road-trip into terror. This ’90s cult action fan favorite comes roaring to life thanks to this crackling new rendition in 1080p HD. 16×9 Letterbox

 

CLASSICS NEW TO DVD

MEN MUST FIGHT (1933) New to DVD

In the early days of World War I, nurse Laura Mattson (Diana Wynyard) enjoys a tryst with Lt. Geoffrey Aiken (Robert Young), who promptly is mortally wounded on his first mission. Pregnant and alone, Laura accepts the marriage proposal of soldier Ned Seward (Lewis Stone) who promises to raise her child as his own – a child Laura swears, that will know no war. A generation later, Ned now Secretary of State, desperately tries to negotiate peace with the increasingly belligerent country of Eurasia while Laura’s grown son Bob gets engaged to Peggy Chase (Ruth Selwyn). The forces of history coalesce to tear Laura’s family apart as drawing room differences come up against technological terrors and treachery most foul. An eerily prescient parable of the coming  wars of 1940s, this  makes a number of remarkably accurate predictions including the blitzkrieg, bombing raids, television and video phones!

 

PACIFIC LINER (1939) New to DVD

Doctor Tony Craig (Chester Morris) pursues old flame nurse Ann Grayson (Wendy Barrie) aboard the SS Arcturus, bound from Shanghai to San Francisco. Challenging Craig’s courtship is Crusher McKay (Victor McLaglen), the ship’s chief engineer. The rivalry comes to a sudden halt when a Chinese stowaway unknowingly brings along an unexpected passenger – cholera. As the disease ravages its way from below decks towards the passenger berths, Crusher must maintain control over a terrified, mutinous crew while Craig and Grayson frantically try to keep the disease in check. Initially conceived as the bottom half of a bill, thanks to its A-list cast of players (including Alan Hale and Barry Fitzgerald), Lew Landers’ lean direction, an impressive deco set from Van Nest Polglase, cinematography from the great Nicholas Musuraca and a soaring score from Robert Russell Bennett, Pacific Liner quickly sailed to top-liner status.

 

ASSIGNMENT IN BRITTANY (1943) New to DVD

Jean-Pierre Aumont (billed as “Pierre Aumont”) makes his American film debut in this war-time espionage thriller adapted from the blockbuster book by the famed “Queen of Spy Novels,” Helen MacInnes. Aumont plays dual roles, Bertrand Corlay, a Breton farmer with Nazi sympathies and Pierre Metard, a captain in the Free French Army. After Corlay ends up in British custody his astonishing resemblance to Captain Metard is recognized and Pierre is tasked with memorizing another man’s life in order to take his place inside Nazi occupied Britanny. His assignment? Locate and sabotage a secret U-boat pen hidden along the coast. His complications? Corlay’s suspicious mother (Margaret Wycherly), Corlay’s collaborative mistress (Signe Hasso) and Corlay’s beautiful, righteous fiancé (Susan Peters). Turncoats, twists and torture are all in the mix under the assured guidance of director Jack Conway culminating in a thrilling commando assault on an underground submarine base.

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

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Jan 172019
 

 

Soon Trending: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Latest In-Home Release
Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
Access Granted on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26

Fans can browse exclusive extras revealing the creation of the film’s eye-popping internet
and its off-the-wall content, deleted scenes, hidden Easter eggs and much more!

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the animated adventure featuring video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman), raced to No. 1 opening weekend (the second biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time), winning the top spot at the domestic box office for three consistent weeks and grossing more than $435.1 million to date. In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the besties risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is available instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD/SD and Movies Anywhere Feb. 12 and physically on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 26.
 
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” arrives home with a wide-range of exclusive extras, taking fans behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to explore how artists created the film’s vibrant version of the internet — from comical cat videos to the intense online game Slaughter Race to shady characters on the Dark Net. Features also reveal some Easter eggs — inside jokes and references to other Disney films and characters hidden throughout the film — and filmmakers introduce some never before revealed deleted scenes.  
 
Directed by Rich Moore (Academy Award-winning “Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” welcomes back favorite cast and characters introduced six years ago, including Reilly, who provides the voice of Ralph, and Silverman, who returns as the voice of Vanellope. Lending a virtual hand to Ralph and Vanellope is Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot, a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces — so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson, the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site BuzzzTube, makes Ralph a viral sensation. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch return as the voices of Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun, respectively, and Disney Animation’s good luck charm, actor Alan Tudyk was called on to voice a search engine named KnowsMore — literally a know-it-all — who runs a search bar and helps Ralph and Vanellope on their quest. Lots of exciting cameos are also featured in the film including a scene that reunites all of the original (living) Disney Princess voice cast.
 
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be packaged and released several different ways, offering families the flexibility to watch the movie instantly and on a variety of different devices of their choosing. The film is available in Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD and physically as a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Copy), a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy) and a single DVD.
 
BONUS FEATURES:
 
Blu-ray & Digital:

  • How We Broke the Internet –Go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to get an in-depth look at how the filmmakers brought a world to life that billions of people visit every day but never actually see – the internet. Take a front-row seat as the team reveals the inspirations for the story and what it took to bring it to the screen. Discover all that went into developing the characters of the film including netizens like KnowsMore as well as characters like Double Dan. See the lengths the team took to create the car chase scenes in Slaughter Race and much, much more.
  • Surfing for Easter Eggs – Surf the web for the near-countless Easter Eggs, inside jokes and references hidden throughout the movie.
  • The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet – Take a look at the music of Ralph Breaks the Internet with appearances by Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, Alan Menken, Sarah Silverman and more.
  • Deleted Scenes – Five deleted scenes with intros from directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Scenes include Into the Internet, Opposites, Domestic Hell, Bubble of One & Recruiting “Grandma.”
  • BuzzzTube Cats – Many videos were created by the animators to fill the screens of the Internet world…and lots of them are of cats! Check out the BuzzzTube to watch this hilarious cat compilation.
  • Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.

 Digital Exclusive:

  • Baby Drivers – Slaughter Racing School – Take a spin behind the wheel with the artists behind Ralph Breaks the Internet as they go to race car driving school.

DVD:

  • Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Product SKUs:
Digital = 4K Ultra HD, HD, SD
Physical = 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray +DVD+Digital) and DVD
 
Feature Run Time:                                 
Approximately 112 minutes
Rating:                                                                                
PG in U.S., G in CE, and G in CF
Aspect Ratio:                              
16 x 9; 2.39
 
Audio:                                        
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish & French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish & French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Spanish & French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
4K Ultra HD Digital: English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
Digital HD:  English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
Digital SD:  English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
 
 
Languages/Subtitles:        
4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish & French
Blu-ray: English SDH & ESL, Spanish & French; DVD: English SDH & ESL & Spanish
Digital: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish
Digital & DVD Captions: English
 
SOCIAL MEDIA:
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Website:                                                                             Disney.com/ralphbreakstheinternet
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Instagram:                                                                       Instagram.com/wreckitralph

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Jan 152019
 

From the Big Screen:

“Halloween,” “The Old man and the Gun” and “Goosebumps 2” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets

“Crimson Peak (Limited Edition)” (2015): From the imagination of Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro comes this lavish, stunningly realized journey into the dark heart of Gothic romance. Beginning in Buffalo, New York, during the 1880s, “Crimson Peak” stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer who is haunted by the death of her mother. Edith’s falls in love with seductive stranger Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), who whisks her off to Allerdale Hall, his baronial, yet dilapidated English mansion built upon a mountain of blood-red clay. Here Edith meets Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas’s sister who at times seems photo for Crimson Peak )Limited Edition) hostile and jealous. As Edith struggles to feel at home in the imposing residence, she gradually uncovers a horrendous family secret and encounters supernatural forces that will help her discover the terrible truth behind Crimson Peak. Boasting incredibly intricate and ornate production design and a rich visual style, del Toro’s film is a grandiose, boldly baroque triumph of Gothic decadence, which expertly combines and contrasts the sublimely beautiful with the shockingly grotesque. On Blu-ray, loaded with tons of extras and a limited edition 80-page, hard-bound book featuring new writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with Guillermo del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … “Notorious” (1946): With this twisting love story, Alfred Hitchcock summoned darker shades of suspense and passion by casting two of Hollywood’s most beloved stars starkly against type. Ingrid Bergman stars as Alicia, an alluring photo for Notorious woman of ill repute recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant), a suave but mysterious intelligence agent, to spy for the U.S. Only after she has fallen for Devlin does she learn that her mission is to seduce a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains) hiding out in South America. Coupling inventive cinematography with brilliantly subtle turns from his mesmerizing leads, Hitchcock orchestrates an anguished romance shot through with deception and moral ambiguity. A thriller of rare perfection, “Notorious” represents a pinnacle in both its director’s legendary career and the pantheon of classic Hollywood cinema. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection … “The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion” (1970 — Italy): Before the influence of Dario Argento’s “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” permeated every corner of the giallo genre, another strain of these distinctive Italian thrillers enjoyed considerable success. These “melodrama photo for The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion gialli”, heavily inspired by Clouzot’s “Les diaboliques,” relied less on graphic violence and high body counts and more on psychological tension. Minou (Dagmar Lassander) leads a pampered but dull life with her frequently absent husband, Peter (Pier Paolo Capponi). One night, while out walking on the beachfront, Minou is accosted by a mysterious blackmailer (Simón Andreu) who informs her that Peter is a murderer. Driven by misplaced loyalty to her husband, Minou gives in to the blackmailer’s every perverted whim in exchange for his silence. But as the blackmailer ups the ante, demanding that she submit to his increasingly obscene demands, can Minou hold on to what little remains of her sanity? Written by the prolific Ernesto Gastaldi (“Torso”), infused with a seductive score by the great Ennio Morricone and featuring a memorable turn by Nieves Navarro a.k.a. Susan Scott in the role of Minou’s best friend, “The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion” is a trippy giallo delight that brings together the talents of many of the genre’s leading lights on both sides of the camera. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“The Bookshop” (2017), starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne and Patricia Clarkson, takes place in England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel. From Universal … In “The Dark” (2018 — Austria), starring Nadia Alexander, Toby Nichols and Karl Markovics, an undead teenage girl befriends a blind boy that she meets in a forest she haunts and hunts in. Both have been victims of unimaginable abuse, and each finds solace in the other. On the outskirts of a small town lies Devil’s Den, a mysterious tract of woods where many have entered but no one has ever left. The local legend is that the spirit of a girl who was horrifically murdered there haunts this dense forest, brutally slaying anyone who dares to step into her terrain. When a young man with a dark past crosses her path, a series of events are set in motion that may lead to redemption for two tragically tortured souls. From Dark Sky Films … photo for After Darkness “After Darkness” (2018), starring John Patrick Amedori, Valorie Curry, Natalia Dyer, Kyra Sedgwick and Tim Daly, is a Sci-fi thriller about a family’s fight to survive a solar disaster. As skies darken and hopes grow dim, the Beatys try to stay sane in a lavish home with every possible comfort … except sunshine. Raymond plans to have his family transported to a secure underground bunker. But as he makes a gruesome discovery, the greatest threat to the Beatys’ survival may be near — or inside — their home. From Lionsgate … In “8 Minutes Ahead” (2019), starring Theresa Wong and Tseng Chang, a successful Vancouver businessman returns home when he finds out his father is dying. Instead of making peace with him, he finds out that he has a half-brother and that his father has made a sudden change to his will. Now he must decide what he values most — money or family and what he is willing to do, to protect his money. From IndiCan Pictures … In “Speed Kills” (2018), starring John Travolta, Katheryn Winnick, Jennifer Esposito, Michael Weston and Jordi Molla, Ben Aronoff (Travolta) is a speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire living the American Dream. But Ben hides a dangerous secret life: His boats are being used to move cocaine through Miami. Suddenly caught in a crossfire between DEA agents and the mob, Ben makes a desperate stand to save his family and his empire in this action-thriller based on an incredible true story. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … photo for Speed Kills In the sci-fi-tinged drama “Jonathan” (2018), starring Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse, Patricia Clarkson and Matthew Bomer, Elgort plays two brothers living very separate lives — inside the same body. Previously content to live life in shifts with one another — and communicate only via daily video sessions to recount the day’s activities — their delicate balance is ruined when they become emotionally involved with the same woman (Waterhouse). On DVD, Blu-ray from Well Go USA … There’s three fine Blu-ray debuts this week from Shout Factory/Scream Factory: “Howling III” (1987), starring Barry Otto, William Yang and Imogen Annesley. The third entry in the popular werewolf horror franchise. The race is on as a colony of marsupial werewolves attempts to outwit and outlast their human counterparts. Long ago, the now-extinct marsupial wolf (a.k.a. Tasmanian Tiger) roamed the Australian Outback. Today, a werewolf colony that has descended from these marsupials has taken over the land. This race of human-like creatures roams the outback, feeding its need. The race for survival is on as the humans struggle to contain these out of control creatures. New digital transfer sponsored by the National Film and Sound Archive of photo for Obsession Australia … “Obsession” (1976): A 10th wedding anniversary celebration ends tragically when Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) discovers that his wife (Geneviève Bujold) and 9-year-old daughter have been kidnapped. When an attempt to thwart the captors goes awry, Courtland’s wife and daughter are never recovered. Several years later while vacationing in Florence, Courtland falls in love with a young woman who is an exact double of his dead wife. On the eve of their wedding, the woman disappears and Courtland finds a ransom note … a duplicate of the one found several years earlier. A riveting Hitchcockian mystery thriller from Brian De Palma … “The Plague of the Zombies” (1966), starring André Morell, Diane Clark and John Carson. In a remote 19th-century Cornish village, an evil presence lurks within the darkness of the witching hour. A mysterious plague relentlessly consumes lives at an unstoppable rate. Unable to find the cause, Dr. Peter Tompson enlists the help of his mentor, Sir James Forbes. Desperate to find an antidote, they instead find inexplicable horror: empty coffins with the diseased corpses missing! Following a series of strange and frightening clues, they discover a deserted mine where they discover a world of black magic and a doomed legion of flesh-eating slaves … the walking dead.

Foreign Films:

Startling tales of sex, betrayal and corruption unravel in a Copenhagen hotel, where nine disparate lives intersect by chance or fate, in “Room 304”
(2011 — Denmark), starring Mikael Birkkjær, Stine Stengade, David Dencik, Luan Jaha, Ariadna Gil and Lourdes Faberes. A hotel manager peers into the abyss of his empty life, leading to devastating consequences for himself, his wife and his photo for Room 304 mistress. A Spanish stewardess reaches out for intimacy and finds it in a most unexpected way. A reserved concierge is forced out of his shell by a shocking event, and an Albanian refugee gets a chance to avenge his wife, but ends up discovering something surprising instead. An Official Selection in Competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. From Film Movement … “Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor” (2014 — France), starring Vincent Lacoste and Reda Kateb, is a darkly comic portrait of a Paris hospital as seen through the eyes of a young intern, Benjamin, who begins his internship at the hospital ward run by his father. Confident and determined to be a success, Vincent soon realizes that the reality of practicing medicine is a lot grimmer than what he had imagined. Vincent finds himself overshadowed by a more talented intern Abdel, who is disadvantaged by his status as an immigrant. When Vincent makes a critical error, his father quickly covers it up, but Abdel is not fooled. Directed by Thomas Lilti, a former medical doctor. From Icarus Films.

For the Family:

“Oddsockeaters” (2016 — Czech Republic) is a Dove-approved animated tale. Ever wonder where your missing socks go? The Oddsockeaters eat them! (though, to be fair, their mantra is “never take the full pair”). Based on the international bestselling books by Pavel Srut, “Oddsockeaters” brings home audiences into the little known world of these mischievous creatures unknown to humans. In a photo for whimsical, heartwarming and unique adventure perfect for family viewing, Hugo is a small Oddsockeater venturing out into the big world for the first time. After moving in with his uncle “Big Boss” and his two nutty cousins, he encounters the Professor, a human determined to proving the existence of Oddsockeaters, as well as The Blades, a crosstown gang of rival sock thieves. Wild adventures ensue as Hugo learns the ropes of being an Oddsockeater as well as valuable lessons about family, love and the true meaning of loyalty. From Omnibus Entertainment … “Garfield: 20 Stories” (2019) features new adventures from the classic Saturday morning animated program, “Garfield.” Fans of the furry feline will follow along on a journey of fairy tales, history lessons, crime solving and more, including a tour of a movie museum to learn about famous cats in films in “Films and Felines,” and the real story of the Pied Piper, who happened to have a cat, in “The Pie-Eyed Piper.” From Public Media Distribution.

Special Interest:

“The Lost Village” (2018)is a devastating expose of how Greenwich Village, the epicenter of the counterculture in the 1960s and ’70s, is being turned into a wasteland of chain stores, banks and multi-million dollar condos. This award-winning documentary follows filmmaker Roger Paradiso on a journey through today’s Village as he tries to figure out how this “gentrification on steroids” got started. Talking to journalists, activists, shop-owners, professors and more, he uncovers how the landlords, politicians and NYU turned the Village into a place that is losing its heart and soul. From First Run Features … What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who here, in “Tea With the Dames” (2018), invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. From IFC Films.

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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Jan 152019
 

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Announces Month-Long, Foot-Stomping

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Fan Celebrations

Fans Can Join the Party in Person via a Multi-City Sing-Along
Bus Tour and “Get Loud” Extravaganza

Take Part at Home and Online via #StompforQueen & New “Ay-Oh”
Call-Back Amazon Alexa Skill

Golden Globe® Winner for Best Motion Picture, Drama
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Arrives on Digital and Movies Anywhere January 22 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD February 12

To celebrate the fans that made BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY the number one music biopic of all time, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites them to join the ultimate Queen celebration at events across the country, in their own homes and on social media. Are you ready, Freddie?

Rock Like Queen Tour Bus
Fans in New York City (January 25), Austin (January 30), Las Vegas (February 5) and Los Angeles (February 12) will have a chance to hop on board the double-decker Rock Like Queen Tour Bus and sing-along to their favorite Queen songs from “We Will Rock You” to “Radio Ga Ga”. Fans can sign up for a spot via Rock Like Queen Tour registration site www.rocklikequeen.com. Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

“Get Loud” Extravaganza
The Rock Like Queen Tour will culminate in the ultimate Queen fan experience at the legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go on the famed Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. This BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY super-fan celebration will include musical tributes to Freddie and Queen, a performance by Queen Extravaganza and more. Free tickets are available online on a first come, first served basis here: gofobo.com/getloudwithqueen.

“Alexa, play Ay-Oh live!”
For fans in the US who can’t make the Rock Like Queen Tour or the Los Angeles event, they can join the fun at home via a new Amazon Alexa skill that will enable fans to sing “Ay-Oh” with Freddie when they call out “Alexa, play Ay-Oh live!” Freddie will sing “Ay-Oh” with you just like Queen’s audience did during the band’s iconic Live Aid 1985 performance. US Fans can activate the skill via Amazon Alexa devices starting January 22 through March 31.

#StompforQueen Social Media Celebration
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites fans around the world to show us your best “Stomp, Stomp, Clap” to become a part of the Bohemian Rhapsody family. A worldwide $100,000 donation will be made to the Mercury Phoenix Trust founded by Brian May and Roger Taylor in memory of Queen’s iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury.

To join #StompforQueen fans can re-share the just released video found on Bohemian Rhapsody official channels (Facebook/Instagram @bohemianrhapsodymovie & Twitter @BoRhapMovie) or show us their very own “Stomp, Stomp, Clap” on any social platform. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment may include their video in a tribute video to the legendary singer launching in February.

Bohemian Rhapsody arrives on Digital and Movies Anywhere January 22 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD February 12. For the first time, fans can experience a truly one-of-a-kind music movie event with the complete “Live Aid” Movie Performance featuring two never-before-seen songs (“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Will Rock You”) packed into a 22-minute collective experience recreating the original event. In addition, on Blu-ray & Digital, fans will get a look behind the making of the film including interviews with Queen, the cast and creative team.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is rated PG-13.

 

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Jan 152019
 

Kanopy, the free-to-user streaming service, has partnered with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) to stream films from SFMOMA’s Turn It On: China Film, 2000-2017.  Artist Ai Weiwei and filmmaker Wang Fen’s co-curated series will highlight documentaries from the last two decades that investigate the political, social, economic and cultural conditions on contemporary China.

Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017, a free documentary series presenting 20 independent films by more than a dozen of China’s most daring artists and filmmakers will accompany the exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) this winter. These films, many rarely shown in the United States, will investigate the political, social, economic and cultural conditions of contemporary China. Co-curated by Weiwei and  Wang Fen, 13 films will be screened in the Phyllis Wattis Theater, January 10–27, 2019, and special guest speakers will offer talks with three of the films. A number of these films will also be available  Kanopy, a free on-demand streaming platform.

Kanopy will provide U.S. users with free access to NOW 15 featured documentaries, including acclaimed titles like Readymade, Plastic China, Disturbing the Peace (By Ai Weiwei), Fairytale (by Ai Weiwei) and many others.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION

 

DISTURBING THE PEACE

Ai Weiwei’s documentary on the events surrounding the 2009 trial of civil rights advocate Tan Zuoren offers a shocking, eye-opening examination of government corruption and police injustices as witnesses are prevented from presenting evidence or speaking out.

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PLASTIC CHINA

This moving portrait of poverty and ambition follows two Chinese families who make a living recycling plastic waste imported from other countries, putting a human face on global social inequality and the struggle to eke out a living no matter the effort.

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IN SEARCH OF LIN ZHAO’S SOUL

A landmark work of Chinese independent documentaries, this film draws upon first-hand witnesses to illuminate the inspiring dedication of political dissident Lin Zhao, who spoke out against Mao Zedong’s rule at the cost of her life.

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FALLING FROM THE SKY

As the site of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, a small Hunan Province county copes with the regular fall of dangerous debris. In this insightful documentary, the contrast between the residents’ daily lives and the state’s pursuit of glory is put into sharp, thought-provoking relief.

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Jan 142019
 

MISS SHERLOCK

Available for Digital Download January 21

 

Re-envisioned and set in modern day Tokyo, HBO’s Miss Sherlock is a bold interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, where the iconic characters are played by women. Experience an all-new homage to the classic story when the eight-part series is available for Digital Download on January 21st.

British-born Miss Sherlock Holmes heads to Japan, working for the local police, where she meets Dr. Wato Tachibana, a surgeon who has just returned from Syria volunteering for a medical mission. The two women spark a friendship and partnership, and the series captures the dynamic duo in their element, investigating peculiar and challenging mysteries. Miss Sherlock maintains the quintessential qualities of Sherlock Holmes, having insightful observation and reasoning skills in a new depiction as a strong female investigator.

In co-production with Hulu in Japan, the eight part series is HBO’s first Japanese original. Yuko Takeuchi (Dog in a Sidecar, Flashforward) stars in the titular role as Sherlock, while her crime-solving partner, Dr. Wato Tachibana, is played by Shihori Kanjiya (Chiritotechin, Kuchizuke). Miss Sherlock is also the latest edition of locally produced international programming, made available to US subscribers, from HBO’s international partners.

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