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Jan 222021
 

Milla Jovovich Is the

MONSTER HUNTER

On Digital February 16 (Amazon, iTunes)

and DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD March 2

From Sony

 

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.

Based on the global video game series phenomenon MONSTER HUNTER.

Written for the Screen and Directed by:
Paul W.S. Anderson

Produced by
Jeremy Bolt, Paul W.S.Anderson, Dennis Berardi, Robert Kulzer,  Martin Moszkowicz

Cast
Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung,  and Ron Perlman

2020
Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

 

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 Posted by on January 22, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 212021
 

The Electrifying Theatrical & Premium VOD Release Arrives to Own on Digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD March 2

 

A suspenseful, provocative psychological thriller comes home when FATALE arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and Digital on March 2 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available on Premium Video on Demand and in select theaters (1100 screens), where the film has had a successful opening run. Featuring an all-star cast including Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank (2004, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry, Logan Lucky, TV’s ”BoJack Horseman”), Michael Ealy (Barbershop, The Intruder, TV’s “Stumptown”), Mike Colter (Black and Blue, TV’s “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones,” “The Defenders”), Danny Pino (TV’s “Cold Case,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Scandal”), Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society, Meet the Blacks, TV’s “Black-ish”), and Damaris Lewis (BlacKkKlansman, TV’s “Pose,” “Titans”), the film was directed by Deon Taylor, written by David Loughery, and produced by Roxanne Avent Taylor, Deon Taylor, and Hilary Swank.

After a wild one-night stand, successful sports agent Derrick (Michael Ealy) watches his perfect life unwind when he discovers the mysterious woman he risked everything for is a police detective (Hilary Swank) who has entangled him in her latest investigation. In this suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller, Derrick desperately tries to put the pieces together, plunging him into a dangerously unpredictable game of cat and mouse that risks his family, his career, and even his life.

Take home Fatale and go behind the scenes of the thriller with an audio commentary with the filmmakers, featurettes, and an alternate ending. The Fatale Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
· Commentary with Director-Producer Deon Taylor and Producer Roxanne Avent Taylor
· Making Fatale
· The Right Direction
· Cinematography: Finding the Killer Look
· Alternate Ending

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Twitter: @fatalemovie
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PROGRAM INFORMATION
Title Copyright: Fatale © 2020 Fatale, LLC. Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2021 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical,Premium Video On Demand Release
Rating: Rated R for violence, sexual content and language.
Genre: Suspense / Thriller
Feature Run Time: 106 Minutes
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, French, English SDH
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio

 Posted by on January 21, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 212021
 

Prepare for a FREAKY take on the body-swap movie which only Blumhouse, makers of Happy Death Day & The Purge franchise, could bring: a teenage girl switches bodies with a relentless serial killer! From the deliciously debased mind of writer-director Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, the Paranormal Activity franchise) and prolific horror producer Jason Blum (Halloween, The Purge franchise), comes a horror-comedy about a stalker, a high school senior, and the brutal truth about surviving high school available on Digital on January 26 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on February 9. FREAKY is “the most purely enjoyable horror movie made in years” (David Sims, THE ATLANTIC). Hailed as “an absolute blast – fun, frantic, horror/comedy mash-up” (Drew Taylor, COLLIDER), the Killer Switch Edition continues the fun and scares with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a feature commentary with Co-writer/Director Christopher Landon. With an 83% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes and critical praise for Vaughn and Newton as “the new killer comedy scream team” (Rachel Smith, CELEBRITY PAGE), Vaughn won a Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Movie.

High school senior Millie (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) is just trying to survive being the unpopular kid when she becomes The Butcher’s (Vince Vaughn, Wedding Crashers, Couples Retreat) next target. Their fateful encounter gets twisted and wake up in each other’s bodies. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever.  With some help from her friends—ultra-woke Nyla (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife), ultra-fabulous Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate)—Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little Homecoming killing spree.

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAYTM, DVD and Digital:

  • Deleted Scenes
    • The Butcher Lends a Hand
    • Charlene Hears a Rumor
    • Late for the Party
  • Split Personalities: Millie vs. The Butcher – Two opposing characters. One killer chemistry! Go behind-the-scenes to see how Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton worked together to bring these two very different characters to life and how they created distinct personal traits for both. This piece will focus on the magnetism between Vaughn and Newton, and how that chemistry raised the stakes for two characters stuck in such a strange situation.
  • Crafting the Kills – This feature will take viewers into the “Wood Shop” set to see how all of the various elements and departments come together to create an extraordinary kill that fans will talk about for years to come. We will also discuss the inspiration behind this bilateral bisection, what makes it both fun and horrifying, and how it is different from anything else you have seen in other horror films.
  • Christopher Landon’s Brand of Horror – Blending horror and comedy is a difficult task that not many can achieve, but Christopher Landon has proven time and time again that he is uniquely skilled at it. FREAKY is no different. Learn how Christopher’s vision brought new energy to the concept and elevated the story, all while creating a fun and proficient working environment. This behind-the-scenes look at how he weaves humor and gore together will give fans an intimate understanding of why a Christopher Landon film is a genre of its own.
  • Final Girl Reframed – The concept of a “Final Girl” is nothing new in the horror genre. However, Millie isn’t your typical Final Girl. We take a closer look at all the ways FREAKY takes your genre expectations and smashes them
  • Feature Commentary with Co-writer/Director Christopher Landon

FREAKY will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.
Website: https://www.uphe.com/movies/freaky
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/FreakyTrailer
Facebook: /FreakyMovie
Twitter: @UniversalHorror
Instagram: @FreakyMovie2020
#FreakyKillerSwitch

FILMMAKERS
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich and Alan Ruck
Casting By: Terri Taylor C.S.A, Sarah Domeier Lindo C.S.A
Music By: Bear McCreary
Costume Designer: Whitney Anne Adams
Edited By: Ben Baudhuin
Director of Photography: Laurie Rose
Executive Producers: Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno
Produced By: Jason Blum
Written By: Michael Kennedy & Christopher Landon
Directed By: Christopher Landon
Produced by Blumhouse in association with Divide/Conquer

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: February 9, 2020
Selection Number: 61213863 (US) / 61213868 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2:39.1
Rating: Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, sexual content, and language throughout
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 5.1 and Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Run Time: 1:41:55
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date:
February 9, 2020
Selection Number: 61213862 (US) / 61213867 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
Rating: Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, sexual content, and language throughout
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, French Canadian Dolby Digital 5.1 and Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1:41:55
 Posted by on January 21, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 202021
 

Streaming Now on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, xfinity, Vudu, Goodle Play, FandangoNOW, YouTube, Microsoft and most cable services

On DVD/Blu-ray Combo (with digital code) and 4k Ultra HD (with digital code) March 23

This Winter, Universal Pictures is proud to present Tom Hanks starring in News of the World, a moving story written and directed by Paul Greengrass, reuniting for the first time with his star from their 2013 Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips.

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe.

In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel, System Crasher), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will.

Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home.

News of the World is directed by Greengrass (the Bourne films, United 93) from his screenplay with Luke Davies (Lion), based on the National Book Award finalist and best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles. The film is produced by Gary Goetzman (Mamma Mia! franchise, Greyhound), Gail Mutrux (The Danish Girl, Donnie Brasco) and Gregory Goodman (22 July, 8 Mile). The executive producers are Steven Shareshian and Tore Schmidt. The film’s music is by eight-time Academy Award® nominee James Newton Howard.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel

Director: Paul Greengrass

Screenplay By: Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies,
based upon the novel by Paulette Jiles

Producers: Gary Goetzman, Gail Mutrux, Gregory Goodman

Executive Producers: Steven Shareshian, Tore Schmidt

 Posted by on January 20, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 202021
 

HIGH-OCTANE ACTION THRILLER
PREMIERES AT HOME ON-DEMAND, DIGITAL,
AND NATIONAL HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES
MARCH 2, 2021

Get ready to jump into action this spring. Highly anticipated action feature 400 BULLETS, written and directed by Tom Paton (Black Ops, Redwood, Black Site), hits VOD, digital and national home entertainment shelves for watch-at-home on March 2, 2021 from Shout! Studios. An edge-of-your-seat, military actioner about what it means to fight for honor instead of profit, 400 BULLETS combines gun battles, epic hand-to-hand fight sequences and the banter of hardened soldiers into a lean, two-fisted film that packed with a wallop. The film boasts a stellar British cast of Jean-Paul Ly (Jailbreak, I Am Vengeance), Andrew Lee Potts (The Crown, Primeval, Alice in Wonderland), James Warren (The Gentlemen, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Adele Oni (The Witcher, Years and Years), Steve Blades (All the Devil’s Men, Recoil), and Wayne Gordon (Into the Badlands, Cinderella Man).

The collectible Blu-ray™ and DVD release boast a spectacular movie presentation with special bonus content, including commentary with writer/director Tom Paton and behind-the-scenes featurette. A must-have for action movie enthusiasts and collectors, 400 BULLETS will be available in stores at Walmart and other fine online retailers. Pre-order is available now at Shoutfactory.com

400 BULLETS | Movie Synopsis
One cold winter night in Afghanistan is about to get a whole lot worse for Rana Rae (Jean-Paul Ly), a Gurkha soldier left to guard a British military outpost, when Captain Noah Brandt (Andrew Lee Potts) arrives looking for refuge from a group of rogue special ops and a cell of heavily armed Taliban. The two soldiers must fight for their lives as they attempt to call for backup before the rogue squad, led by the backstabbing Sergeant Bartlett (James Warren), can hunt them down to retrieve a case of missile guidance chips that Noah intercepted. But Bartlett and his men do not count on Rana, whose ferocious Gurkha training makes him a force to be reckoned with. Rana and Noah, armed with only 400 bullets and the Gurkha’s deadly weapon of choice – the kukri blade – must battle their way through multiple enemies in a brutal showdown to the death in the film’s jaw-dropping finale.

A Mosley Studios Picture in association with Jump Jet Films
Written and Directed by Tom Paton
Executive Producers: Steve Mosley, Tom Paton
Producers: George Burt, Alexa Waugh
Edited by Thomas Jane Linton and Tom Paton

Shout! Studios

400 BULLETS
Hits On-Demand, Digital, Blu-ray and DVD for Watch-At-Home on March 2, 2021

 Posted by on January 20, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 182021
 

 

Relocating to the United States from Nigeria, Dayo (Abraham Attah) finds himself simultaneously balancing the culture shock of immigration with the growing pains of being a college freshman. His adjustment to U.S. life is further complicated as he gets to know his previously estranged father (played by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine), a devout Christian pastor with strict rules and very high expectations for his son. Dayo quickly finds himself at odds with his father simply because he wants to live the life of a typical American college student. The father/son conflicts come to a head when Dayo decides to pledge Tau Alpha Zeta, a fraternity whose members are ironically known on campus as “The Devils”.

Drama | 118 Minutes

 Posted by on January 18, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 182021
 

This February, Scream Factory and Shout! Studios will release the mind-bending new film The Pond. Deeply unsettling in the tradition of folk horror, this esoteric thriller premieres in home theaters on Digital and On Demand February 23, 2021.

Directed by Petar Pasic, The Pond is the story of an anthropologist on the verge of an apocalyptic discovery who begins to descend into madness, as his hallucinations reveal something sinister is after him. Set in an Balkan village rich with supernatural dread, the film’s evocative cinematography creates an ominous, slow-burn atmosphere that’s sure to linger with the viewer long after the film has ended.

 

 

 Posted by on January 18, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 182021
 

Gravitas Ventures has announced the release of Victor Neumark’s debut feature First Blush.  The modern millennial romantic comedy follows a young married couple who re-examine their relationship when they both form an attraction to Olivia. A passionate and compassionate display of the highs and lows of a polyamorous relationship, First Blushwill be available February 2nd on a number of digital and cable platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Comcast, Spectrum, and Cox.

Nena and Drew are a young, happy-ish married couple whose relationship is thrown off its axis when they meet Olivia. The trio’s attraction to each other is undeniable, but when they become romantically involved, they struggle to navigate the complications of a polyamorous relationship. The three push each other’s boundaries to their limits as they discover painful truths about who they are, what they want, and how to love in turbulent times. In turns both hilarious and heartbreaking, the film tenderly explores the anxieties that shape a generation, and celebrates the bravery that it takes to make genuine connections.

 First Blush: 107 minutes / USA / English
 Posted by on January 18, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 172021
 

 

VOD & DVD RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, 2/2/21

Available soon on:  Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Fandango and InDemand

I’ll See You Around explores a day in Lucas’s life, a 30-year-old African-American man living in Ithaca, New York, who is trying to finish his degree at community college. After discovering that his older brother, Kenji, who has just been released from jail, may be responsible for stealing his laptop to buy drugs, Lucas embarks on an emotional journey to learn how to cope with betrayal and dangerous blood ties. We follow Lucas as he navigates his relationships with his mother, child’s mother, and Ivy League girlfriend while most importantly striving to be a good father to his daughter. Will he be able to reconcile with those he loves, or will his troubled past destroy his chances?

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

My creative vision for I’ll See You Around developed out of a collaboration with my childhood friend, Lucas Monroe, a thirty-year-old man living in Ithaca, NY, where his family fled after his father was murdered in Poughkeepsie. A few years ago, Lucas approached me about helping him write his memoir, which quickly transitioned into making a short film with him titled “While I Was Gone.” After the short’s successful festival run at LA Film Festival, Dallas International, Flickers’ Rhode Island, Denver Film Festival, and Palm Springs International ShortFest, we immediately decided to make a micro-budget feature and dove further into developing the storyline together.

Sharing his personal life felt important and brave. I discovered that Lucas’ story and his natural talent on screen were a kind of hidden magnificence. He had so much to say about his past and constantly struggled to share his feelings. I was motivated to make this film for so many reasons, but most deeply because I want to build empathy. We worked together to create a dramatic narrative that uses incidents from his real-life to convey his struggle to come to terms with his father’s murder, cope with his brother’s addiction and incarceration, and learn to accept the responsibility of fatherhood.

The film is an intimate and mysterious portrait that probes specific incidents and relationships in his real-life revealed with an improvised quality rarely seen. It became an opportunity to explore Lucas’s story, and it gave him a platform to develop as an artist and explore his psyche. We become intimately familiar with Lucas and his family in ways that challenge our notion and perception of race, family dynamics, empathy, and forgiveness.

— Daniel Fermín Pfeffer, Writer, Director

Director:  Daniel Pfeffer
Writer:  Lucas Monroe, Daniel Pfeffer
Producer: Alexandra Brown, Khaula Malik
Cast: Lucas Monroe, Roger Guenveur Smith, Maria Wilson, Darlene Monroe, Lazifa Gurbanova, Zanura Monroe, Kenji Monroe
Genre: Drama / Urban
Language: English
Production Country: United States
Runtime: 80 Min
 Posted by on January 17, 2021 No Responses »
Jan 172021
 

From the Big Screen:

Dreamland

photo for Dreamland Set during the Great Depression, Eugene Evans (Finn Cole) dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber (Margot Robbie). Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he’s ever loved. Vitals: Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. Stars: Finn Cole, Margot Robbie, Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon, Darby Camp. 2020, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.294 million, Paramount. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.

The Climb

photo for The Climb An oftentimes awkward examination of the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him. Vitals: Director: Michael Angelo Covino. Stars: Kyle Marvin, Michael Angelo Covino, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt, Judith Godreche. 2020, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Comedy Drama, Box office gross: $.234 million, Sony. Extras: Filmmaker commentary, original short film, deleted & alternate scenes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital.

This Week’s Best Bets

Before “Oldboy,” before “The Handmaiden,” visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook helmed “JSA: Joint Security Area” (2000), a gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war. Gunfire breaks out in the demilitarized zone between North and South photo for JSA: Joint Security AreaKorea, leaving two North Korean soldiers dead while a wounded South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-hun) flees to safety. With the tenuous peace between the two warring nations on a knife-edge, a neutral team of investigators, headed by Swiss Army Major Sophie Jean (Lee Young-ae), is dispatched to question both sides to determine what really happened under cover of darkness out in no-man’s land. The recipient of multiple accolades, including Best Film at South Korea’s 2001 Grand Bell Awards, “JSA – Joint Security Area” showcases Park’s iconic style in an embryonic form, and demonstrates that humanity and common purpose can be found in the most unlikely places. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … In 1975, in an America defined by both the self-mythologizing pomp of the upcoming bicentennial and ongoing sociopolitical photo for Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese<turmoil, Bob Dylan and a band of troubadours –including luminaries such as Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and Joni Mitchell — embarked on a now-legendary tour known as the Rolling Thunder Revue, a freewheeling variety show that was part traveling counterculture carnival, part spiritual pilgrimage. In “Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese” (2019), director Scorsese blends behind-the-scenes archival footage, interviews, and narrative mischief, with a magician’s sleight of hand, into a zeitgeist-defining cultural record that is as much a concert “documentary” as it is a slippery, chimerical investigation into memory, time, truth, and illusion. At the center of it all is the magnetic Dylan, a sphinxlike philosopher-poet singing, with electrifying conviction, to the soul of an anxious nation. On DVD, Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection … photo for Giant from the Unknown In the cult classic “Giant from the Unknown” (1958), Dr. Frederick Cleveland (Morris Ankrum) and his daughter Janet (Sally Fraser) are joined by scientific researcher Wayne Brooks (Ed Kemmer) in the pursuit of ancient artifacts from Vargas, a giant 500-year-old Spanish conquistador. When a lightning storm interrupts their search, the team finds much more than artifacts when the long-lost Vargas returns to life, with a murderous rage and an axe to grind. Resurrected from the original camera negative with a stunning 4K transfer. A Limited-Edition Giant Cult Film Box Set (DVD or Blu-ray) features exclusive collectibles that will thrill any cult classic film fan, including a 13-month cult film calendar, bookmark, magnet, custom playing card deck and lapel pin inspired by Vargas the Giant himself. Each box set will also include a surprise, TFD Vault cult film, recently restored from the original camera negative in stunning 4K and a one-year subscription to The Film Detective app, unlocking thousands of classic film and television titles available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. On DVD, Blu-ray, from The Film Detective … photo for Bartender: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition The cult-favorite anime anthology series “Bartender” makes its North American Blu-ray debut this week. The “Bartender: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition” (2006 — Japan) comes housed in an elegant home entertainment packaging which collects all 11 episodes of the series and bonus content in a two-disc Blu-ray set, with nine cocktail recipe cards and four collectible coasters. Situated in the Ginza district of Tokyo is the Eden Hall, a quiet bar that few people manage to come across. It is run by the legendary bartender Ryu Sasakura, a genius at mixing the right drink for the right customer. Throughout his period at Eden Hall, customers from all walks of life, carrying all sorts of burdens, arrive for a godly glass at the Hall and a kind word with Ryu, both of which assist in clearing their problems up and reviving them for another go at life. Based on the best-selling Japanese manga of the same name by Araki Joh and illustrated by Kenji Nagatomo. From Anime Limited/Shout! Factory.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “A Cold Hard Truth” (2019), starring Simone Missick, Dorian Missick, Michael Beach and Shanola Hampton, after his cousin, Lanie Cooper (Missick), commits suicide, journalist Stewart Cooper (Missick) begins to unravel a web of shaming, lies, and secrets. Following the leads he discovers the involvement of the police, his cousin’s ex and the man she had an affair with – her church pastor, Kenneth Little (Beach). Driven by his own emotional turmoil, he turns the tables on them all to avenge his cousin’s demise. From Indican Pictures … photo for Max Cloud When teen gamer Sarah finds an “easter egg” and accidentally opens a portal into her favorite side-scroller, she becomes trapped in a notorious intergalactic prison, home to the galaxy’s most dangerous villains in “Max Cloud” (2020), starring Scott Adkins, John Hannah, Tommy Flanagan and Lashana Lynch. To escape, she must finish the game with a little help from her not-so-savvy friend on the outside … or remain a 16-bit character forever. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Well Go USA … In “The Cleansing Hour” (2019), starring Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis, Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams “live exorcisms” watched by millions around the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But their fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage. In front of a rapidly growing audience, the demon subjects the crew to a series of violent challenges, threatening to expose the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other unless they come clean and reveal they’re impostors before the show is over. From RLJE Films … In “The Kid Detective” (2020), starring Adam Brody, Sophie Nélisse, Tzi Ma, Wendy Crewson and Sarah Sutherland, a once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naïve client brings him his first adult case — to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.On DVD, Blu-ray, from Sony … The thriller photo for Wander “Wander” (2020), starring Aaron Eckhart, Katheryn Winnick, Heather Graham and Tommy Lee Jones, follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same “conspiracy cover up” that caused the death of his daughter. From Paramount … In “Always and Forever” (2020), starring Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robbie Jones, Wood Harris, Lauren London, Loretta Devine and Joely Fisher, Nicole Taylor, a successful criminal prosecutor with both beauty and brains, has everything going right – until it all goes wrong. When Nicole’s childhood friends begin to die under mysterious circumstances, she becomes convinced their deaths are tied to dark secrets from her past. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJ Entertainment … In photo for Toys of Terror“Spiral” (2019 — Canada), starring Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte, Ty Wood, Chandra West and Lochlyn Munro, a same-sex couple moves to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life as they raise their 16-year-old daughter. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighborhood. And when they see that the folks next door are throwing a very strange party, being the new family in town suddenly feels extremely dangerous. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … In “Toys of Terror” (2020), starring Kyana Teresa, Georgia Waters, Verity Marks, Dayo Ade, Saul Elias and Zoe Fish, just before Christmas young Zoe, her brother Franklin and their family move into a secluded mansion with a dark past. While the adults focus on renovating the place, the bored kids find a toy chest hidden in the attic, and are delighted when the toys inside magically come to life. But bizarre events soon begin to take place – events that threaten the family’s lives. As the special day dawns with gifts piled under the tree, the body count rises and the blood starts to flow. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner.

Foreign Films:

“Spacewalker” (2017 — Russia), starring Konstantin Khabenskiy, Evgeniy Mironov, Aleksandra Ursulyak and Elena Panova takes place in the heat of the Cold War, when the USSR and USA competed for supremacy in outer space. Both superpowers raced to be the first nation to have a man complete a spacewalk. No price was too high and no risk is too great. To set off one of man kind’s most ambitious missions, the USSR paired the unlikely duo of a seasoned war veteran, Pavel Belyayev, and a fearless test-pilot, Alexei Leonov. Without proper testing, and inside a tiny spaceship, the two astronauts launch into the unknown to take on what no man has done before. On DVD, Blu-ray, from MPI Media Group.


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“Welcome to Chechnya” (2020) is a powerful,eye-opening documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya. With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, the documentary puts a glaring spotlight on the Russian republic as reports of gay and bisexual men being abducted, tortured, beaten and even killed at the hands of authorities started coming to the forefront. From Music Box Films … photo for Shusenjo: Comfort Women and Japan's War on History “Shusenjo: Comfort Women and Japan’s War on History” (2019 — Japan): One of the most heated issues in Japan and Asia today is over something that occurred 80 years ago: the Japanese Imperial Army’s sexual enslavement of an estimated tens of thousands of Korean women and others in military brothels during World War II. Many nationalist Japanese conservatives, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (with the surprising support of Western media influencers), believe the women were willing prostitutes, not “sex slaves,” and that the estimated number is far smaller than are claimed. But contemporary historians, activists and – most significantly – the surviving victims and their families, believe otherwise; the denial of their suffering so long ago has created an entirely new trauma. Director Miki Dezaki, a second-generation Japanese American who learned about comfort women from his Japanese immigrant parents, questions why accounts in the Western media have often sided with the Nationalists. With a keen eye for detail and precision, he interviews historians, advocates and lawyers who discuss the evidence: historical documents related to the Japanese military’s direct role in managing the brothels, and harrowing testimonies by former comfort women. From First Run Features.

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