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It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini

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Jun 262017
 

From the Big Screen:

"Power Rangers," "CHIPS" and "T2: Trainspotting." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

Shout! Factory's Shout Select Line has pulled out all the stops for "The Pink Panther Film Collection Blu-ray Set," a new, long-awaited complete collection of the classic movie comedies, many of which have been out of print for years. The legendary Peter Sellers stars as the irrepressible and incompetent Inspector Jacques Clouseau in this six-photo for The Pink Panther Film Collection film collection, which consists of "The Pink Panther" (1964), "A Shot in the Dark" (1964), "The Return of the Pink Panther" (1975), "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (1976), "Revenge of the Pink Panther" (1978), and "Trail of the Pink Panther" (1982), each directed by Academy Award-winner Blake Edwards ("Victor/Victoria," "Breakfast at Tiffany’s"). For the first time in any home entertainment issue, all six Clouseau comedies are available together in a single collection, with four making their debuts on Blu-ray, including "A Shot in the Dark" and "The Pink Panther Strikes Again," both presented in new 4K scans of the interpositives. Includes a 24-page book with an essay by animation historian and film critic Jerry Beck. There's too many extras to list here, including new and vintage featurettes, commentaries, photo galleries, trailers, TV spots and more. Check out a complete rundown here.

There's two very provocative "men under stress and duress" films this week from The Criterion Collection: "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog" (1927), Alfred Hitchcock's third feature film, one in which he took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man (matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London boardinghouse, just as a killer who preys on blonde women, known as the Avenger, descends upon the city. The film is animated by the palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing the director’s formal and thematic obsessions. In this edition, "The Lodger" is accompanied by "Downhill," another 1927 photo for Straw Dogs silent exploration of Hitchcock’s “wrong man” trope, also headlined by Novello — making for a double feature that reveals the great master of the macabre as he was just coming into his own. On DVD and Blu-ray, with a 2K digital restoration, with a new score by composer Neil Brand, performed by the Orchestra of Saint Paul’s … In the thriller "Straw Dogs" (1971), arguably Sam Peckinpah’s most controversial film, David (Dustin Hoffman), a young American mathematician, moves with his English wife, Amy (Susan George), to the village where she grew up. Their sense of safety unravels as the local men David has hired to repair their house prove more interested in leering at Amy and intimidating David, beginning an agonizing initiation into the iron laws of violent masculinity that govern Peckinpah’s world. Working outside the U.S. for the first time, the filmmaker airlifts the ruthlessness of the Western frontier into Cornwall in "Straw Dogs," pushing his characters to their breaking points as the men brutalize Amy and David discovers how far he’ll go to protect his home — culminating in a harrowing climax that lays out this cinematic mastermind’s eloquent and bloody vision of humanity. On DVD, and Blu-ray, in a new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.

Warner Archive has just released the Blu-ray debut of the prototypical ex-1970s-militants-on-the-photo for Running on Empty run film "Running on Empty" (1988). In this poignant drama from director Sidney Lumet, ex-radicals Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti have raised their family in hiding, constantly moving and changing aliases to flee facing charges from an inadvertent crime they committed as war protestors 15 years earlier. As their eldest son River Phoenix (who rose to stardom and a nomination for his performance) comes of age, he is torn between running with his beloved fugitive parents, or developing his musical talents and pursuing his own life, which includes a new girlfriend (Martha Plimpton). The chemistry on display between the two young stars still burns the screen decades later.

From TV to DVD:

In the darkly comic French crime series "Caïn," wheelchair-bound police captain Fred Caïn is quicker and more mobile than most able-bodied people. In his investigations, he spins circles around suspects and digs deep inside the darkest hidden corners of the human mind. A motorcycle accident caused by speeding and his own use of narcotics has left photo for Caïn him unable to walk, but clear-eyed about criminality and motive. He’s left the drugs behind but a dark sense of humor remains, and his disdain for "bipeds" can make him difficult to work with. He uses his disability to his advantage by breaking with convention and the law without an ounce of shame or trepidation. Only army veteran Lucie Delambre can handle him as a partner, and his friend and boss Jacques Moretti runs interference for him with the higher-ups. Set in Marseille, "Caïn" is a crime drama with a twist, a police procedural that focuses on psychology and the human being behind the criminal. Each three-disc set — "Caïn: Season 1" (2012) and "Cain: Season 2" (2014) contain eight episodes. From MHz … "Detective Montalbano: Episodes 28 & 29" (2017) contains the latest installments in the long-running Italian TV series, "Detective Montalbano": A Nest of Vipers" and "According to Protocal." Based on the blockbuster crime novels by Andrea Camilleri, the episodes depict life in the fictional Sicilian town of Vigata — where the pace of life is slower, there’s few cars and home cooking abounds. Detective Montalbano (Luca Zingaretti) heads the police department, solving crimes with his always loyal and sometimes effective police squad who find themselves crossing paths with housewives and fisherman, priests and liars, saints and Mafia dons. From MHz … photo for Dirty Dancing "Dirty Dancing" (2016), starring Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Sarah Hyland, Nicole Scherzinger and Katey Sagal, is a reimagining of the beloved 1987 hit film and global pop-culture phenomenon. This three-hour ABC original movie event features the story from the original film told from a fresh perspective. Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and nothing is ever the same for anyone in the Houseman family. Modernized, updated versions of memorable, favorite songs including “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” “Love Man,” “Do You Love Me,” “Hungry Eyes,” and “She’s Like the Wind” are teamed with well-known songs new to the world of Dirty Dancing (such as “Fever” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”), woven into the story. Discover what happens to Baby and Johnny after that summer, and learn more about the supporting characters from the original film. From Lionsgate … "Midsomer Murders, Series 19, Part 1" (2017) is a two-disc set with four episodes in which the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) investigates photo for Striking Outthe cozy villages of Midsomer’s most sinister secrets: "The Village That Rose from the Dead," "Crime and Punishment," "Last Man Out" and "Red in Tooth & Claw."On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Acorn Media … "The Strain: The Complete Third Season" (2016) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes. The war between the bloodthirsty strigoi and the remaining human survivors of New York intensifies. Although Dr. Ephraim Goodweather’s bioweapon initially helped stave off the vampiric creatures, they have evolved into a bigger threat to humanity than ever. Now, distraught over his kidnapped son, Eph teams with Dutch to search for signs of weakness in the strigoi. Meanwhile, Abraham Setrakian’s discovery of a mysterious shipment from Egypt brings a shocking realization. From Fox … "Striking Out" (2017) is a two-disc set with four episodes. When Dublin-based solicitor Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman) discovers that her fiancé and fellow solicitor, Eric (Rory Keenan), has been cheating on her with a colleague, she breaks up with him, quits her job at the prestigious law firm where they worked together, and begins accepting clients out of a makeshift office in the back of a café. From Acorn Media.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"Correspondence" (2016), starring Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko, is a story of forbidden love that finds an aging astrophysics professor in a six-year affair with Amy, a beautiful PhD student. But after the professor abruptly ends their romantic trysts, Amy continues to receive his intimate gifts and messages, which leads her to question his photo for Correspondencedisappearance … and come to terms with her own past. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso"). From Fox … "Absolutely Anything" (2015), starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard, and the voice of Robin Williams (his last role), is a sci-fi comedy that has an ordinary schoolteacher granted extraordinary powers by a group of mischievous space aliens (voiced by the legendary Monty Python team) as a test of mankind’s worthiness. Little does he know that the fate of our planet hangs in the balance as he struggles to control the chaos he creates with every wave of his hand. His loyal canine companion is voiced by Williams. From Fox … "The Unholy" (1988), starring Ben Cross, Ned Beatty, William Russ, Jill Carroll, Hal Holbrook and Trevor Howard, takes place in New Orleans, a city with a dark underside of black magic and satanic worship, where two priests have been brutally murdered at St Agnes Church. The diocese calls in Father Michael (Cross) to fight the powerful demon — disguised as a photo for The Autopsy of Jane Doestunningly beautiful woman — who seduces men and kills them in the act of sinning.On Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate/Vestron Video Collector’s Series … In "The Autopsy of Jane Doe" (2017), starring Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond and Michael McElhatton, it appears to be just another night at the morgue for a father (Cox) and son (Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse comes in. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe — eerily well preserved and with no visible signs of trauma — is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. On DVD and in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. From IFC Films … Shout! Factory Shout Select this week offers the Blu-ray debut of "Trespass" (1992), starring Bill Paxton, William Sadler, Ice-T and Ice photo for Trespass BLU-RAY DEBUT Cube. In the rubble of a four-alarm blaze, two Arkansas firemen (Paxton and Sadler) discover a map leading to a fortune in stolen gold hidden in an abandoned East St. Louis tenement. What they don't know is the building is headquarters to a vicious mob, led by the notorious King James (Ice-T) and Savon (Ice Cube). When the firefighters accidentally witness the mob executing some of their enemies, they become the gang's next targets … In "Grey Lady" (2016), starring Eric Dane, Natalie Zea, Adrian Lester, Carolyn Stotesbery, Chris Meyer, Rebecca Gayheart and Amy Madigan, a clue given to him by his murdered partner and lover leads detective James Doyle to Nantucket to track down a serial killer before he becomes the next victim. From Anchor Bay Entertainment/Lionsgate … In "Money" (2016), starring Jamie Bamber, Kellan Lutz, Jesse Williams, Jess Weixler and Lucía Guerrero, two pharmaceutical executives are about to get away with stealing $5 million after selling trade secrets to the highest bidder. But a charismatic con artist shows up to derail their plans and holds them hostage at gunpoint during an all-night standoff where loyalties are tested and true motives revealed. From Fox.

On the Indie Front:

In "Life of Significant Soil" (2016), a couple is forced to relive the same day in their relationship in an intriguing sci-fi love story. Named after the last line in T.S. photo for Life of Significant Soil Eliot's poem "The Dry Salvages," the film is a cross between "The Lobster" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." An intimate look at the anatomy of a relationship, "Life of Significant Soil" follows Conor (Alexis Mouyiari) and Addison (Charlotte Bydwell), as they trudge through their failing union. Upon realizing they're inexorably trapped, they begin working together in an attempt to escape what seems like their last, animosity-filled day together. What they soon come to realize is that they've gone through the exact same process again and again: from animosity to delusion, delusion to love and back again. And as they exist in this painful microcosm, reliving the entire arc of their relationship in a smaller cycle, they can't help but feel like the monotony is permanent. But, something has to give. From Candy Factory Films.

For the Family:

"Bunnicula: Season 1 Part 1" (2016) is a two-disc set with 20 episodes of the series that brings to life the vampire rabbit from the best-selling children’s book photo for Bunnicula: Season 1 Part 1series. The series follows the paranormal comedy adventures of Bunnicula, the vampire rabbit, who has an insatiable appetite for fresh vegetable juice, which boosts his paranormal powers. Upon moving to the mysterious Orlock Apartment building in New Orleans, 13-year-old Mina discovers Bunnicula locked away in a chamber way down in the basement. Mina falls instantly in love with Bunnicula, and adopts him as a pet, not knowing he has supernatural abilities. From Warner … "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions" (2017) celebrates the 20th anniversary of the global phenomenon, which remains one of the top trading-card games in the world. In this installment, Yugi Muto and his friends reunite to battle their enemies in a fight that transcends time and space. Features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator, Kazuki Takahashi. Includes an exclusive collectible trading card. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate.

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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Jun 262017
 
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - The Complete Series
Order this title directly from TimeLife.com


 SOCK IT TO ME! 

"Before there was Saturday Night Live,
there was Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
The New York Times

IN TIME FOR ITS LANDMARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY,
COMMEMORATE A GROUNDBREAKING VARIETY SHOW
WITH A DELUXE COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTOR'S
SET AVAILABLE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN:
THE COMPLETE SERIES

Time Life Brings Together All Six
Seasons (1968-1973) of This Emmy and
Golden Globe-Winning, Star-Laden,
Genre-Busting Series in One Stunning
DVD Set Featuring 140 Complete Episodes
Remastered from Original Broadcast
Masters – 63% of Which Have NEVER Been
Available Before on Any Format – Hours
of Specially-Produced Extras, a
2-Page Collector's Book and More!

Available Exclusively Online
at TimeLife.com/LaughIn;

Named by TV Guide as one of the "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time," Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In was also one of the most groundbreaking. A fast-moving barrage of rapid-fire one-liners, on-going sketches, musical numbers, and hilarious social and political satire, it was an instant hit following its NBC prime-time debut in 1968. Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, the unique variety series – a psychedelic take-off of a '60s-style happening – perfectly captured the spirit of an era, launched the careers of many a comic actor and writer, and fed a new generation's conversations with hip catchphrases like "Sock it to me!," "You bet your sweet bippy!," and "Here come da judge!" Laugh In would go on to become one of the most popular shows in the history of television.

Never before available in its entirety on any format, beginning May 9, ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SERIES will be offered as a deluxe 38-disc collector's set from Time Life and Proven Entertainment with David DiVona. Featuring all 140 original broadcast episodes plus the pilot, hours of specially-produced extras and featurettes, a bonus disc featuring hours of specially-produced extras, a 32-page collectible memory book featuring "liner notes" from producer/creator George Schlatter and more, ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SERIES will be available to order exclusively at TimeLife.com/LaughIn for $249.95.

"Laugh-In was a free fall of television without a net. It was dangerous. It was controversial. It was totally unpredictable and always funny." – George Schlatter

Laugh-In originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967, and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8pm. With seasoned comedy team Rowan and Martin presiding over the zippy hour-long variety show, which capably mixed sketch comedy and sight gags with trenchant political commentary, the comic regulars resonated loudly and hilariously – Goldie Hawn's giggly blonde, Lily Tomlin's snorting telephone operator, Judy Carne's "Sock-It-To-Me" girl, JoAnne Worley's anti-chicken-joke militant, Ruth Buzzi's perpetually-frustrated spinster, and Arte Johnson's "verrry interesting" German soldier, to name a few. And over the next six seasons, from 1968-1973, the off-the-wall NBC staple would become a pop culture phenomenon and the #1 rated show during the 1968-69 and 1969-70 television seasons.

The pioneering series – which would go onto to capture 6 Emmy Awards (for Outstanding Variety Series, 1971) and 31 nominations, as well as 2 Golden Globe Awards, including "Best TV Show" (1969) – can also be remembered by the seemingly endless parade of guest stars who flocked to the red-hot variety show for memorable appearances and cameos…including Tim Conway, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, Liberace, Raquel Welch, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jonathan Winters, Carol Channing, The Monkees, Sonny and Cher, Barbara Feldon, Bobby Darin, Andy Griffith, Diana Ross, James Garner, Michael Landon, Buddy Hackett, Steve Lawrence, Jack Lemmon, Kirk Douglas, Robert Goulet, Flip Wilson, Don Rickles, John Wayne, a ukulele-strumming Tiny Tim, and many more. The series' most famous single moment, however, came in 1968 when presidential candidate Richard Nixon surprised viewers with a brief appearance in which he deadpanned "Sock it to me?," before capturing the White House.

Initially, exclusively available online at TimeLife.com/LaughIn, ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE SERIES commemorates the influential program's landmark 50th anniversary with a handsomely-packaged DVD set from the TV-DVD archivists at Time Life. Across 38 discs and 150+ hours of transformative entertainment, fans of classic TV, comedy and variety will be treated to the series in its entirety for the very first time: all 140 episodes, complete and uncut and remastered from the original broadcast elements for optimal viewing. 89 of the episodes (63%) have never before been released on any format, making this eagerly-anticipated completist's set a valuable – and highly entertaining – collection.

Also included in the collection is the rare pilot episode, a collectible 32-page memory book loaded with archival photos, show images, classic jokes and one-liners, "liner notes" from creator/producer George Schlatter, and an exclusive bonus DVD.

The collection includes more than 6 hours of exclusive bonus features including the complete 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion and interviews with Lily Tomlin and George Schlatter that are only available in this complete collection.

Other exclusive bonus features include:

  • Interviews with Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Arte Johnson, Alan Sues
  • The Laugh-In Pilot Episode
  • Still Laugh-In: A Tribute to George Schlatter
  • Laugh-In Bloopers
  • How We Won the Emmys
  • …and more!

With the combined efforts and input from one of the most talented ensemble casts and the largest, most creative groups of writers, editors, composers, directors, scenic and costume designers ever assembled, Laugh-In became an instant classic, transforming pop culture and the medium of television. And today, 50 years after the show first aired, it remains one of the most memorable and beloved shows in TV history.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - The Complete Series

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Jun 262017
 

“It’s almost hard not to have fun with this movie”
Perri Nemiroff, Collider

 

DON’T MESS WITH THE BORN KING WHEN

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

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

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

  Own it early on Digital on July 25th

Blu-ray debuts on August 8th

King-Arthu-BD 2

 

Don’t miss the royal showdown when “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Entertainment, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” stars Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”) and Oscar® nominee Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”), along with Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) as Mage; Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “In America”) as Bedivere; Aidan Gillen (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) as Goosefat Bill; and Eric Bana (“Star Trek”) as Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon.

Guy Ritchie (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films) directed the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold (“Awake”) and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by David Dobkin (“The Judge”) and Joby Harold.  The film is produced by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”), Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell (“Awake,” “Holy Rollers”), and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Sherlock Holmes” producers Steve Clark-Hall, Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram.  David Dobkin and Bruce Berman are executive producers.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition and hi-definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the movie with UltraViolet.  Fans can also own “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” via purchase from digital retailers beginning July 25th.

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

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

SYNOPSIS

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown.  Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city.  But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.

 

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” 4K, 3D and 2D Blu-ray Combo Packs contain the following special features:

  • Arthur with Swagger – Charlie Hunnam is a gentleman, a hunk and a rebel, setting new standards as king and new rules with the ladies.
  • Sword from the Stone – Director Guy Ritchie as he breathes 21st Century life and luster into England’s most iconic legend and he creates Camelot for a new audience!
  • Parry and Bleed – Charlie Hunnam and other cast members get a crash course in swordplay. Vikings versus Saxons style!
  • Building on the Past – Londinium comes to life with a new design of Medieval Urban life, built from scratch.
  • Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur – Join stunt choreographer Eunice Huthart as she teams with Director Guy Ritchie to create the mind-blowing action of King Arthur
  • Camelot in 93 Days – Friendships and romances strengthen and fray as the realities of a 93 day shoot set in.
  • Legend of Excalibur – The world’s most famous sword is brought to life for a new generation.
  • Scenic Scotland – Wrapping a monumental production on location in glorious Scotland.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Arthur with Swagger – Charlie Hunnam is a gentleman, a hunk and a badass, setting new standards as king and new rules with the ladies.

 DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

 On July 25th, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On August 8th, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

 

BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

Ultra HD Blu-ray                                                                    $44.95

3D Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                        $44.95

Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                              $35.99

DVD Amaray (WS)                                                                $28.98

 

Standard Street Date: August 8, 2017

EST Street Date: July 25, 2017

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French

BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese

Running Time: 126 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language

DLBY/SURR   DLBY/DGTL   [CC]

 

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Jun 262017
 
JULY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK!
Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Brad Bird, Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story,
and Andrew Haigh's Weekend!
Saturday, July 1
Changing Faces

What does a face tell us even when it's disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Face of Another (1966).
Tuesday, July 4
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*

Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami in two films that take place entirely within moving cars. In Enger's 2012 short Premature, a pregnant Spanish woman has an agonizing encounter with her boyfriend's family upon arriving in Norway, while in the 2002 feature Ten, Kiarostami takes a boldly minimalist approach to the fissures within Iranian society, capturing ten conversations between a female driver and a series of passengers.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, July 5
Weekend*: Criterion Collection Edition #622

A casual hookup between two young men teeters on the cusp of something more in this bittersweet romance, the breakout film by British director Andrew Haigh (45 Years). Our edition includes interviews with Haigh and his cast and collaborators, footage from the film's shoot, and two of the director's early shorts.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Thursday, July 6
Grand Illusion: Criterion Collection Edition #1

"If I had only one film in the world to save, it would be Grand Illusion," said Orson Welles. No wonder it was our first DVD edition! Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, and Erich von Stroheim star in Jean Renoir's masterpiece, a prison-escape film that sounds an elegiac note for the doomed nobility of Europe. We're commemorating the eightieth anniversary of this masterpiece – and the ongoing World War I centennial – with our edition, which includes video footage of Renoir discussing his experiences in combat.
Friday, July 7
Friday Night Double Feature: Breaker Morant and Mister Johnson

Australian director Bruce Beresford, celebrated for American hits like the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy and Tender Mercies, broke through internationally with Breaker Morant (1980), the riveting drama of three Australian soldiers who are court-martialed and made scapegoats for the crimes of the British Empire during the Boer War. Ten years later, he again trained his eye on the human costs of colonialism in Mister Johnson, which adapts Joyce Cary's novel about a Nigerian villager who seeks to ingratiate himself with the British authorities in hopes of realizing his ambitions.
Tuesday, July 11
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Taris and Three Colors: Blue

In 1931's Taris, Jean Vigo uses every trick in his toolbox-including underwater photography, whiplash editing, and slowed and reversed motion-to capture the athletic prowess of a champion swimmer. We've paired this short with another film that makes evocative use of water: the mournful first entry in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy, in which a grief-stricken Juliette Binoche finds solace in a blue-lit swimming pool.
Wednesday, July 12
Senso: Criterion Collection Edition #556

Period melodrama doesn't get more operatic than this Luchino Visconti masterpiece from 1954, adapted from a novella by Italian author Camillo Boito. The film's lush Technicolor palette glistens anew in a celebrated restoration by The Film Foundation and the Cineteca di Bologna featured on our edition, which also includes The Wanton Countess, the rare English-language version of the film, and documentaries on the production and Visconti's work in opera.
Thursday, July 13
Tokyo Story: Criterion Collection Edition #217

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 family drama follows an aging couple as they pay a visit to their increasingly distracted adult children in the city, giving profound expression to the director's recurrent theme of intergenerational conflict. Supplements on our edition include I Lived, But . . ., a feature-length documentary about Ozu's life and career, as well as Talking with Ozu, a tribute to the master with reminiscences by filmmakers such as Lindsay Anderson, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Wim Wenders.
Friday, July 14
Friday Night Double Feature: The Earrings of Madame de . . . and Elena and Her Men

Journey back to the belle epoque with two films that revolve around dazzling women in high society, both by master filmmakers: Max Ophuls's 1953 The Earrings of Madame de . . ., a romantic tragedy swept along by the director's famously fluid camera work, stars Danielle Darrieux as a general's wife who falls in love with a baron, while Jean Renoir's 1956 Elena and Her Men, a freewheeling farce shot in lavish Technicolor, stars Ingrid Bergman as a Polish princess whose allure ultimately steadies the French government.
Monday, July 17
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff*

Jack Cardiff, who in 2001 became the first honorary Oscar recipient to win primarily for his work as a cinematographer, gets a close-up of his own in this 2010 documentary by Craig McCall. The film surveys a career that included collaborations with King Vidor, Alfred Hitchcock, and, most famously, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. We're showcasing two of the most stunningly vibrant Technicolor films he made with the Archers: the gripping convent drama Black Narcissus (1947) and the bewitching ballet fantasia The Red Shoes (1948).
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Tuesday, July 18
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Asparagus* and Eraserhead

Reuniting two movies that made a mark playing back-to-back on the midnight-movie circuit in the late seventies, this week's Short + Feature pairs off David Lynch's unnerving black-and-white family nightmare Eraserhead with Suzan Pitt's colorful animated short Asparagus, a psychosexual phantasmagoria that, like Lynch's film, goes all in on surrealist imagery.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, July 19
Cameraperson*: Criterion Collection Edition #853

Deftly weaving together outtake footage she shot while on assignment for other films, veteran documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson's lauded directorial debut takes viewers all over the world, from a hospital in Nigeria to a farm in Bosnia to a boxing match in Brooklyn, as it reflects on the nature of nonfiction filmmaking and a life spent on the road. Our complete edition features a program on the editing of the film, interviews with Johnson and her collaborators, and more.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Thursday, July 20
The Thin Blue Line: Criterion Collection Edition #753

A watershed work in the history of the documentary form, and a stylistically influential film featuring staged reenactments and a swirling score by Philip Glass, Errol Morris's 1988 true-crime masterpiece The Thin Blue Line closely examines the case of a man on death row for the murder of a police officer – a crime he may not have committed. New interviews with Morris and The Act of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer are among the supplements on our director-approved edition.
Friday, July 21
Friday Night Double Feature: The Rocking Horse Winner* and Oliver Twist

The young British actor John Howard Davies headlines two classic literary adaptations about the fickle fortunes of boyhood: Anthony Pelissier's 1949 The Rocking Horse Winner, a little-known gem based on a short story by D. H. Lawrence, tells the tale of a child who discovers a magical talent for predicting the outcomes of horse races; David Lean's 1948 masterpiece Oliver Twist, based on the Dickens novel, tags along with the titular orphan as he lands in a den of thieves in the notorious underworld of nineteenth-century London.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Saturday, July 22
Split Screen Season 6

Two decades after it premiered on IFC, the pioneering television series Split Screen has a streaming home on the Channel, with batches of episodes from the show's four-year run going up every month. A priceless time capsule of independent American cinema at the turn of the millennium, the series features producer and host John Pierson guiding viewers across the country for an irreverent look at filmmaking communities and movie-loving culture. This month's newly available installments include appearances by Billy Wilder, George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, and Jonas Mekas.
Monday, July 24
Adventures in Moviegoing with Brad Bird and Joe Morgenstern

The director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and some of the most acclaimed animated films of the past few decades (Ratatouille, The Incredibles, The Iron Giant), Brad Bird speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Joe Morgenstern about his journey through cinema. Alongside the interview is a selection of films that have had an impact on Bird's life, including The Red Shoes (1948), Yojimbo (1961), and Stranger Than Paradise (1984). This program marks the eighth installment of Adventures in Moviegoing, a Channel-exclusive series in which artists from a variety of backgrounds discuss their formative cinematic experiences. Previous contributors include Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Lethem, Mary Karr, Roger Corman, and Bill Hader.
Tuesday, July 25
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Kitty* and Fat Girl

Actor Chloë Sevigny made her directorial debut with Kitty, a luminous adaptation of a 1980 Paul Bowles short story in which a young girl finds herself transformed into a cat. Sevigny's film, which had its premiere at Cannes, serves as a prelude to a provocative feature that the director has selected herself: Catherine Breillat's 2001 Fat Girl, a shocking portrait of adolescent sexuality and strained sisterhood.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
Wednesday, July 26
The Graduate: Criterion Collection Edition #800

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Mike Nichols's The Graduate, one of the most influential American films of the 1960s. In this bitingly funny tale of postcollegiate existential confusion, a young Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a recent graduate who has an affair with an older, married friend of the family (Anne Bancroft). Our edition features an audio commentary with Nichols and Steven Soderbergh, screen tests, a program on Harold Michelson's innovative storyboards, and interviews with Hoffman, screenwriter Buck Henry, and Paul Simon, whose songs form the centerpiece of the film's iconic soundtrack.
Thursday, July 27
Observations on Film Art No. 9: Chaplin's Comedy of Murders

Our Channel-exclusive series Observations on Film Art offers thought-provoking doses of film school for movie lovers, delivered by professors David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, and Jeff Smith, the authors of the canonical textbook Film Art: An Introduction. This month's episode features Bordwell examining how Charlie Chaplin jettisoned his iconic tramp persona to portray a cold-blooded serial killer in the 1947 satire Monsieur Verdoux. Previous subjects in this series include offscreen sound in Claude Chabrol's La cérémonie, camera movement in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors: Red, music in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, editing in Akira Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata, and landscapes in the work of Abbas Kiarostami.
Friday, July 28
Friday Night Double Feature: La tête d'un homme and Stray Dog

Go on the chase with some of cinema's most charismatic detectives in this pair of thrillers inspired by the writing of Georges Simenon. In Julien Duvivier's 1933 La tête d'un homme, Harry Baur stars as the author's most iconic creation, Inspector Maigret, who spends the film investigating an American woman's murder in Paris. Toshiro Mifune's rookie homicide detective scours a sweltering Tokyo for his stolen gun, with the help of a seasoned detective (Takashi Shimura), in Akira Kurosawa's 1949 psychologically penetrating drama Stray Dog.

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

July 1
A Woman's Face, George Cukor, 1941
The Face Behind the Mask, Robert Florey, 1941
July 4
Premature, Gunhild Enger, 2012
Ten, Abbas Kiarostami, 2002
July 5
Weekend, Andrew Haigh, 2011
July 7
Young and Innocent, Alfred Hitchcock, 1937
July 14
What Did the Lady Forget?, Yasujiro Ozu, 1937
Ornamental Hairpin, Hiroshi Shimizu, 1941
Princess Yang Kwei-fei, Kenji Mizoguchi, 1955
Samurai Saga, Hiroshi Inagaki, 1959
The Third Shadow Warrior, Umetsugu Inoue, 1963
Sincere Heart, Masaki Kobayashi, 1953
July 17
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, Craig McCall, 2010
July 18
Asparagus, Suzan Pitt, 1979
July 19
Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson, 2016
July 21
Fallen Angels, Wong Kar-wai, 1995
Chinese Odyssey 2002, Jeffrey Lau, 2002
Miao Miao, Cheng Hsiao-tse, 2008
The Eagle Shooting Heroes, Jeffrey Lau, 1993
The Rocking Horse Winner, Anthony Pelissier, 1949
July 25
Kitty, Chloë Sevigny, 2016
July 28
And the Ship Sails On, Federico Fellini, 1983
Il bidone, Federico Fellini, 1955
Le petit soldat, Jean-Luc Godard, 1963
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Jun 252017
 
IT STAINS THE SAND RED
IN THEATERS & ON VOD JULY 28 FROM DARK SKY FILMS
 "The most original zombie movies since 28 Days Later." – Alan Jones, Horror Channel Frightfest

In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, Molly, a troubled woman from Las Vegas, finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone ravenous zombie on her trail. At first, she's easily able to outpace her undead pursuer, but things quickly become a nightmare when she realizes the zombie doesn't need to ever stop and rest. Running low on supplies and beat down by the harsh environment, Molly will have to summon the strength she never knew she had to ultimately face both the zombie and the demons that have chased her all her life. The film will play this year's LA Film Festival and will be released in theaters by MPI Media Group's genre division, Dark Sky Films in Summer 2017
Director: Colin Minihan (Extraterrestrial)
Cast: Brittany Allen (forthcoming SAW 8: Legacy, All My Children), Juan Riedinger (Narcos), Merwin Mondesir (Grave Encounters), Kris Higgins (The Devils Knot), Michael Filipowich (True Blood, 24), Andrew Supanz (All Saints) and Nico David (Her).
Written by: Stuart Ortiz & Colin Minihan

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Jun 252017
 

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Ultimate Anniversary Catalog Features over 70 Seasons of the Most Beloved Animated Series including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear and Many More!

 Rollout Includes New Digital Content, Celebratory Repackaging, Free Digital Episodes timed to Anniversary, Repriced Titles and Holiday Giftsets

 

Jinkies! Yabba dabba doo! Heavens to Murgatroyd! To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s animation studio on July 7, 1957, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is releasing a comprehensive catalog of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons to date. The 60th anniversary catalog collection is a celebration of the lovable gang of animated characters that children and adults alike remember and continue to influence pop culture around the world.  The Diamond Collection will include over 70 seasons of the most popular animated titles of the 50s, 60s and 70s, many of which have not been released on DVD or Digital until now. The Diamond Collection will feature brand-new packaging, new digital content, discount pricing and select free episodes throughout the summer surrounding the milestone anniversary. The collections have begun to release as of May 2017 and are rolling out through December 2017.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the milestone 60th anniversary of the legendary Hanna-Barbera animation studio with the Diamond Collection releases this Summer,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Television Marketing, Family and Animation.  “Hanna-Barbera created some of the most beloved animated characters of all time. We are honored to celebrate this legacy with this new collection that has something for everyone, from first time viewers to avid collectors.”

For their achievements, Hanna and Barbera won eight Emmy Awards, seven Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Governor’s Award and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Between the two, the company released over 3,500 half-hours of animated programming, hit television features, PSAs, shorts, commercials, and specials. Many of the duo’s cartoons were seen internationally and distributed in over 175 countries and 45 languages around the world. Whether it be four teenagers and their lovable but cowardly Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, packed into their signature Mystery Machine to fight supernatural forces, or the space age story of America’s favorite futuristic family, The Jetsons, or even the comedic rivalry of the iconic cat and mouse adversaries, Tom and Jerry, Hanna-Barbera cartoons are beloved by adults, children and families around the world.

The following titles are currently available on SD DVD, with additional titles becoming available throughout 2017 on DVD and Digital.

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Title Street Date SD DVD Price
The Flintstones: The Complete First Season 05/23/17 $19.98
The Jetsons: The Complete First Season 05/23/17 $19.98
Scooby-Doo Where Are You?: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons 05/23/17 $24.98
Dastardly & Muttley in their Flying Machines: The Complete Series 06/06/17 $19.98
Hong Kong Phooey: The Complete Series 06/06/17 $19.98
The Huckleberry Hound Show: Season 1 Volume 1 06/06/17 $19.98
Jonny Quest: The Complete First Season 06/06/17 $19.98
Magilla Gorilla: The Complete Series 06/06/17 $19.98
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop: The Complete Series 06/06/17 $19.98
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?: The Complete Third Season 06/06/17 $24.98
The Best of The New Scooby-Doo Movies 06/06/17 $24.98
Top Cat: The Complete Series 06/06/17 $19.98
Wacky Races: The Complete Series 06/06/17 $19.98
The Yogi Bear Show: The Complete Series 06/06/17 $19.98
Josie And The Pussycats: The Complete Series 06/20/17 $19.98
The Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Show: The Complete Series 06/20/17 $19.98
The Smurfs: The First Season 06/20/17 $19.98

 

DIGITAL

Select titles will be available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others.

 

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Jun 232017
 

 

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SNATCHED
AMY SCHUMER and GOLDIE HAWN get more action than they bargained for in the mother of all comedies! After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mom, Linda (Hawn), to travel with her to paradise. When the trip takes an unexpected turn, the polar opposite mother/daughter duo realize they must settle their differences and work together to escape the outrageous jungle adventure they’ve fallen into. Schumer and Hawn are “a dream team not to be missed!” – Mark S. Allen, ABC TV

Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • Deleted Scenes
    • Emily Calling Friends
    • In the Jeep with James
    • Secret Beach
    • Escape Attempt
    • Calling Dad
    • Expired Passport
    • Strip Poker
    • Anaconda
    • Morgado's Drum
    • Hotel Lobby
  • Extended and Alternate Scenes
    • Store
    • Break Up
    • Dinner
    • Taxi
    • Cantina
  • Gag Reel
  • Director Commentary by Jonathan Levine

4K Ultra HD Specifications
Street Date:                              August 8, 2017
Screen Format:                        16:9 (2.40:1)
Audio:                                       English DTS-HD-MA 7.1, Spanish DD 5.1, French DTS 5.1
Subtitles:                                  English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
Total Run Time:                        90 Minutes
U.S. Rating:                             R
Closed Captioned:                   No

Blu-ray Specifications:
Street Date:                              August 8, 2017
Screen Format:                        16:9 (2.40:1)
Audio:                                       English DTS-HD-MA 7.1, English AD DD 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1,
French DD 5.1
Subtitles:                                  English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French
Total Run Time:                        90 Minutes
U.S. Rating:                             R
Closed Captioned:                   No

DVD Specifications:
Street Date:                              August 8, 2017
Screen Format:                        16:9 (2.40:1)
Audio:                                       English DD 5.1, English AD DD 5.1, Spanish DD 2.0 Surround,
French DD 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:                                  English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French
Total Run Time:                        90 Minutes
U.S. Rating:                             R
Closed Captioned:                   Yes

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Jun 232017
 

June 2:
Life: A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 20)

June 6:
Beauty and the Beast: Disney's reworking of the classic animated "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) into a live action film.
Land of Mine: Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Explores the relationship between a hardened Danish sergeant and the young German prisoners of war who are conscripted to defuse thousands of land mines from the Danish coast.

June 13:
CHIPS: A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may
involved some crooked cops. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 27)
Power Rangers: A group of high-school students, infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 27)
3 Generations: An inspirational and witty film about one teen’s courageous journey through gender reassignment, starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan.

June 20:
Kong: Skull Island: A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain
of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 18)
The Zookeeper’s Wife: The true story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 3)

June 27:
Correspondence: A story of forbidden love that finds an aging astrophysics professor in a six-year affair with Amy, a beautiful PhD student. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso"). (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & Date)
The Fate of the Furious: When a mysterious woman named the Cipher seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. Includes director's extended cut (on Digital versions only). (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 11)
First Run Features: a documentary on jazz giant Vince Giordano and a documentary on "The Penguins Counters" (DVD: July 11)
Song to Song: Love, obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas. The latest from Terrence Malick. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 3)

June 30:
Their Finest: A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 11)

More Streaming News

July 4:
The Boss Baby: A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 25)

July 7:
Ghost in the Shell: In the near future, Major Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind:
A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 25)

July 11:
Going in Style: Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded
with their money. (DVD, Blu-ray release: August 1)
Love at First Child: A single mother turns to the father of her pregnant daughter's boyfriend for help in this French comedy.
Not My Day: German comedy about a mild-mannered bank teller — kidnapped by a robber — who throws all caution to the wind and dives into adventure with the bandit.
LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash!: Scooby and the gang are back to solve a brand new supernatural crime mystery as the Ghost Pirates invade Blowout Beach. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 25)

July 18:
The Circle: A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity. (DVD, Blu-ray release: August 1)
Unforgettable: A woman (Katherine Heigl) sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband's new wife (Rosario Dawson) (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 25)

August 15:
Batman and Harley Quinn: New animated DC Universe Original Movie (DVD, Blu-ray release: August 29)
Chuck: Bio of the fighter who went 15 rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and was the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. (DVD, Blu-ray release: Day & Date)

August 22:
The Commune: Drama examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune.

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Jun 222017
 

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Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included) and Academy Award® nominee Salma Hayek (Best Actress, Frida, 2002) lead an all-star cast in How to Be a Latin Lover, arriving on Digital HD August 1 and Blu-ray™ (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand August 15 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by Pantelion, How to Be a Latin Lover is a laugh-out-loud comedy about an aging “ladies’ man” who is thrust back into real life after years of being pampered, and onto the doorstep of his estranged sister and nephew. Directed by comedy veteran Ken Marino (“Childrens Hospital,” “Party Down”) and written by Jon Zack (The Perfect Score) & Chris Spain, the film features a standout ensemble cast, including Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”), Kristen Bell (Frozen), Raquel Welch (Legally Blonde), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Raphael Alejandro (“Once Upon a Time”).

When aging Latin lover Maximo (Derbez) is suddenly dumped by the older woman he married for money, he moves in with his estranged sister Sara (Hayek) and her 10-year-old son, Hugo (Alejandro). Determined to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo uses Hugo to meet a rich widow—and learns that love and trust must be earned.

The home entertainment release of How to Be a Latin Lover features exclusive bonus content, including over 30 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, two behind-the-scenes featurettes and audio commentary with director Ken Marino, producer Ben Odell and editor John Daigle. How to Be a Latin Lover will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD /DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • “Show Me Your Sexy! Learning How to Be a Latin Lover” Featurette
  • “A Little Help from My Friends” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director Ken Marino, Producer Ben Odell and Editor John Daigle

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production:  2017
Title Copyright: © 2017 Pantelion, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG-13 for Crude Humor, Sexual References and Gestures, and for Brief Nudity
Genre: Comedy
Closed-Captioned: NA
Subtitles: Spanish and English SDH
Feature Run Time: 115 minutes
Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1) Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1) Presentation
Blu-ray™ Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
DVD Audio: English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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Jun 212017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New from Arrow Video US

PULSE [BLU-RAY & DVD] (July 11)

STORMY MONDAY [BLU-RAY & DVD] (July 11)

NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR & HUMANITY [LIMITED EDITION]  (July 18)

RE-ANIMATOR [LIMITED EDITION]  (July 25)
via MVD Entertainment Group
The summer fun continues for film fans in July, as Arrow deliver a bulging picnic basket packed with splatter flicks, J-Horror, crime classics, superior sequels and unmissable documentaries.
Firstly, J-Horror fans are in for a big treat with a Dual Format release of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's haunting Pulse, which sees people in Tokyo compelled to commit suicide after visiting a mysterious website. The special edition features a High Definition transfer and brand new interviews with the filmmakers.

July sees two fantastic releases for connoisseurs of crime cinema. Firstly, the arrival on Dual Format of Mike Figgis' acclaimed 1988 'UK Geordie noir', Stormy Monday, starring Sean Bean, Melanie Griffith, Tommy Lee Jones and Sting. Set in Newcastle, the film sees Bean as a nightclub janitor caught in a dangerous love triangle with Griffith and Jones.

Then there is the Dual Format release of New Battles Without Honour and Humanity – The Complete Trilogy, the 1970s Japanese crime classic series making its UK English-language home video debut. From legendary Battle Royale director Kinji Fukasaku, starring Bunta Sugawara in three separate yakuza stories set in various parts of Japan, the films are hard-boiled and action packed, and the limited edition set features new subtitle translations, a host of extras and a collectible book.

And finally, Re-Animator… One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time! Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with tons of special features including an array of interviews, audio commentaries, a brand new featurette entitled "A Guide to Lovecraftian Cinema," plus the original 1991 comic book adaptation, reprinted in its entirety.

PULSE [BLU-RAY & DVD] (July 11)

Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered one of the finest entries in the "J-Horror" cycle of films with this moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa's dark and apocalyptic film foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives.
A group of young people in Tokyo begin to experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends, technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the compelling question, "Do you want to meet a ghost?" After the unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.
Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi (Ring, Dark Water), a dark and unsettling tone which lingers long after the movie is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story which anticipates 21st century disconnection and social media malaise, Pulse is one of the greatest and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark mirror for our contemporary digital world.
Features
– High Definition digital transfer
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
– New optional English subtitle translation
– New interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
– New interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You're Next)
– Archive 'Making of' documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurettes
– Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
– Cast and crew introductions from opening day screenings in Tokyo
– Trailers and TV Spots
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens
Specs
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV076
UPC: 760137960287
Street Date: 07/11/17
PreBook Date: 06/06/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 119 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 2001
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Actors: Haruhiko Katô, Kunmiko Asô, Kuyuki
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95
Product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE
Stills and photos HERE
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STORMY MONDAY [BLU-RAY & DVD] (July 11)

In 1988, Mike Figgis (Internal AffairsLeaving Las Vegas) made his feature directorial debut with
Stormy Monday, a taut, noir-influenced gangster movie that drew on his key formative influences, including his youth in the Newcastle of the late '50s and early '60s, and the city's vibrant jazz scene.
Sean Bean (Ronin) plays Brendan, a young loafer taken under the wing of jazz club owner Finney (Sting, Quadrophenia), who's under pressure from American mobster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones,
The Fugitive) to sell up in exchange for a cut of a local land development deal. Brendan just wants to earn an honest crust, but his burgeoning relationship with Cosmo's ex-lover Kate (Melanie Griffith, Body Double) threatens to drag him into the middle of the impending showdown…

A romantic crime thriller with genuine heart, Stormy Monday features striking, rain-drenched cinematography by Roger Deakins (The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men) and a seductive jazz score provided by the director himself. Presented here for the first time in high definition in the US, there has never been a better time to discover one of this iconic filmmaker's most assured and uniquely haunting efforts.

Features

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original stereo audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray Disc)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Audio commentary with Mike Figgis, moderated by critic Damon Wise
– New video appreciation by critic Neil Young, and a "then and now" tour of the film's Newcastle locations
– Theatrical trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacey
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing by critic Mark Cunliffe
Specs
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV093
UPC: 760137030980
Street Date: 07/11/17
PreBook Date: 06/06/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 93 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1988
Director: Mike Figgis
Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Sting, Sean Bean, Melanie Griffith
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $29.95
Product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE
Stills and photos HERE
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NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR & HUMANITY [LIMITED EDITION]  (July 18)

In the early 1970s, Kinji Fukasaku's five-film Battles Without Honor and Humanity series was a massive hit in Japan, and kicked off a boom in realistic, modern yakuza films based on true stories. Although Fukasaku had intended to end the series, Toei Studio convinced him to return to the director's chair for this unconnected, follow-up trilogy of films, each starring Battles leading man Bunta Sugawara and telling separate, but fictional stories about the yakuza in different locations in Japan.
In the first film, Bunta Sugawara is Miyoshi, a low-level assassin of the Yamamori gang who is sent to jail after a bungled hit. While in stir, family member Aoki (Lone Wolf and Cub's Tomisaburo Wakayama) attempts to seize power from the boss, and Miyoshi finds himself stuck between the two factions with no honorable way out.
In the second entry, The Boss's Head, Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki (Tampopo's Tsutomu Yamazaki) goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to make good on financial promises to him, Kuroda targets the family bosses with a ruthless vengeance.
And in Last Days of the Boss, Sugawara plays Nozaki, a laborer who swears allegiance to a sympathetic crime boss, only to find himself elected his successor after the boss is murdered. Restrained by a gang alliance that forbids retributions against high-level members, Nozaki forms a plot to exact revenge on his rivals, but a suspicious relationship with his own sister (Chieko Matsubara from Outlaw: Gangster VIP) taints his relationship with his fellow gang members.

Features

– High Definition digital transfers of all three films
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original uncompressed mono audio
– New optional English subtitle translation for all three films
Beyond the Films: New Battles Without Honor and Humanity, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
New Stories, New Battles and Closing Stories, two new interviews with screenwriter Koji Takada, about his work on the second and third films in the trilogy
– Original theatrical trailers for all three films
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
– Illustrated collector's book featuring new writing on the films, the yakuza genre and Fukasaku's career, by Stephen Sarrazin, Tom Mes, Hayley Scanlon, Chris D. and Marc Walkow
Specs
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV097
UPC: 760137030881
Street Date: 07/18/17
PreBook Date: 06/13/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 98 mins
Number of Discs: 6
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1974
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Actors: Bunta Sugawara
Territory: US
Language: Japanese
SRP: $99.95
Product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE
Stills and photos HERE
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RE-ANIMATOR [LIMITED EDITION]  (July 25)

HERBERT WEST HAS A GOOD HEAD ON HIS SHOULDERS… AND ANOTHER ONE ON HIS DESK.

One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features!

When medical student Dean Cain advertises for a roommate, he soon finds one in the form of Dr. Herbert West. Initially a little eccentric, it some becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories – specifically, the possibility of re-animating the dead. It's not long before Dean finds himself under West's influence, and embroiled in a serious of ghoulish experiments which threaten to go wildly out of control…

Based on H.P. Lovecraft's classic terror tale Herbert West – Reanimator and featuring a standout performance from Jeffrey Combs as the deliciously deranged West, Re-Animator remains the ground-zero of '80s splatter mayhem and one of the genre's finest hours.

Features
– 4K restorations of the Unrated and Integral versions of the film
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson
– Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer Michael Gingold

Re-Animator – the original 1991 comic book adaptation, reprinted in its entirety

Disc 1 – Unrated Version
– Unrated version [86 mins]
– Audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon
– Audio commentary with producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott, and Robert Sampson
Re-Animator Resurrectus – documentary on the making of the film, featuring extensive interviews with cast and crew
– Interview with director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna
– Interview with writer Dennis Paoli
– Interview with composer Richard Band
– Music Discussion with composer Richard Band
– Interview with former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone
Barbara Crampton In Conversation -the Re-Animator star sits down with journalist Alan Jones for this career-spanning discussion
– Deleted and Extended Scenes
– Trailer & TV Spots
Disc 2 – Integral Version – Limited Edition Exclusive
– Integral version [105 mins]
A Guide to Lovecraftian Cinema – brand new featurette looking at the many various cinematic incarnations of writer H.P. Lovecraft's work
Specs
SKU: AV100
UPC: 760137031086
Street Date: 07/25/17
PreBook Date: 06/20/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 86 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1985
Director: Stuart Gordon
Actors: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95
Product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE
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