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May 232018
 

Another season of wise-crackin’ Deadite-slayin’ insanity” – Mike Cecchini, Den of Geek

 

A SUPERNATURAL WAR IS BREWING!

SEASON 3

 

The Final Season Buzzes onto Digital May 25 and on

Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 21 from Lionsgate

 Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Franchise) stars in the “truly insane, awe-inspiring, and gruesome” (Merrill Barr, Forbes) final season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3, arriving on Digital May 25 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD August 21 from Lionsgate. Experience the final season of the hilarious, critically acclaimed, most-watched comedy series on Starz® that follows-up the classic horror film The Evil Dead. Alongside Campbell, “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 also stars Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Ray Santiago (Meet the Fockers), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas), and newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill (TV’s “Worst Year of My Life, Again!” and “Suburbs”).

“Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 features Ash, who – having gone from urban legend to hometown hero –discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns to warn Ash and Pablo.

The “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary with executive producer Rob Tapert on every single episode, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97 and $34.98, respectively.

 

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Rob Tapert on every episode

Trailer: https://youtu.be/68YmFCge8Fg

Facebook: facebook.com/ashvsevildead/

Twitter: @AshvsEvilDead

Instagram: @AshvsEvilDead

#AshVsEvilDead

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2018

Title Copyright: Ash vs Evil Dead © 2018 Starz Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: TV-on-DVD

Rating: TV-MA (for Adult Content, Adult Language, Graphic Violence)

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Action

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: approx. 300 Minutes

Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation

Blu-ray Audio: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround

 

 

 Posted by on May 23, 2018 No Responses »
May 232018
 

 

KANSAS CITY PRINCESS (1934) New to DVD 
Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell team up to play a pair of gold diggers with hearts of gold in this tale of manicurists on the run from the mob. When Rosie Sturges (Blondell, Blonde Crazy) loses her diamond engagement ring from mobster Dynamite Carson (Robert Armstrong, King Kong) to a slick operator with whom she goes on an illicit date, she does the sensible thing and takes it on the lam. Accompanied by gal pal Marie Callahan (Glenda Farrell, Torchy Blane), they go undercover as Girl Scouts and head to New York. When their cover gets blown, they attach themselves to cuckolded millionaire Junior Ashcroft (Hugh Herbert, Sh! The Octopus) and talk their way onto a transatlantic voyage. Things are looking rosy for Rosie and Marie until they meet Junior’s new bodyguard – Dynamite Carson! Joan and Glenda are in fine comic form in this rollicking fable that climaxes with a table-turning triumph in the boudoirs of Paris.

 

THE GREAT MEADOW (1931) New to DVD 
When Daniel Boone comes calling, young Berk Jarvis (John Mack Brown) hears the message loud and clear: It’s time to go west, young Americans. Quickly convincing his mother, Elvira (Lucille La Verne), and brother, Jack, to leave colonial Virginia behind for the wilderness of Kentucky’s Great Meadow, Berk also asks his favorite girl, Diony Hall (Eleanor Boardman), to join him on their wagon train as his wife. The western trek takes a toll on the settlers, but Berk and his bride arrive at Fort Harrod with a baby soon on the way. Tragedy strikes when Elvira and Diony are attacked outside the fort by the psychotic Black Fox, and Elvira is killed. Berk is driven to distraction by the taunts of Black Fox and his horrific trophy, and he abandons his wife and child for the path of vengeance. By the time Berk makes it back, he discovers that the wilderness waits for no man.

 

CALM YOURSELF (1935) New to DVD 
Unflappable ad executive “Pat” Patton (Robert Young) hits upon the idea of a lifetime while getting fired for kissing Mary Elizabeth Allenby (Betty Furness), his boss’ daughter. While admonishing the apoplectic Colonel Allenby (Claude Gillingwater) to “calm yourself,” Pat decides there is a future in doing deeds others find unpleasant. Pat sets up shop as Confidential Services, Inc. (backdating the firm to 1908), an agency that specializes in the quiet performance of the unpleasant and the unsavory. Pat quickly creates the illusion of a thriving concern, but business is lacking. Pat’s salvation comes in the form of an assignment from banker K.S. Rockwell (Ralph Morgan): Keep a beautiful girl (Madge Evans) away from the stepmother (Shirley Ross) who doesn’t know she exists. It turns out to be a rather pleasant “unpleasant” task – minus the kidnapped baby and the mob!

 

BROADWAY HOSTESS (1935) New to DVD 
Small-town lass Winnie Wharton (real-life Ziegfeld Follies star Wini Shaw) is gifted with a golden voice and gumption to boot. Thanks to the assistance of her streetwise manager, Lucky Lorimer (Lyle Talbot), she rises to the top on Broadway as a torch singer. It’s an ascent built from broken dreams, however, as Wini’s piano player, Tommy (Phil Regan), has fallen for her while she only has eyes for Lucky. But Lucky has his heart set on high-society dame Iris Marvin (Genevieve Tobin). While Lucky’s sidekick, Fishcake Carter (Allen Jenkins), succeeds in wooing the wealthy widow Mrs. Duncan-Griswald-Wembly-Smythe (Spring Byington), Lucky’s proposal to Iris is rebuffed. Determined to prove his worth to Iris, Lucky opens a gambling house, and Iris’ brother, Ronnie (Donald Ross), a poisonous snob, soon ends up in hock to Lucky. It’s a debt that soon proves costly to both torch singer and manager…

 

ABSOLUTE QUIET (1936) New to DVD 
When a millionaire’s machinations catch up with him in the form of a heart attack, his doctors order him to convalesce in absolute silence. Fate has other plans for G.A. Axton (Lionel Atwill), however, when a pair of escaped, condemned criminals (Bernadene Hays and Wallace Ford) crash Axton’s recovery and cause a plane to crash on his ranch. On board the downed plane are citizens whom Axton has crossed – ex-mistress Zelda (Ann Loring); her lover, Gregory (Louis Hayward); political opponent Governor Pruden (Raymond Walburn); and scandal-mongering newsman “Chubby” Rudd (Stuart Erwin). Taken hostage by the criminal pair, the survivors face their greatest threat: – the clash between Axton’s cruel manipulations and the craven cowardice of the governor. Atwill’s wry villain makes for a most unusual hero, while Wallace Ford and Bernadene Hays’ vaudevillians-turned-Bonnie-and-Clyde tug at the heart.

 

ALL AMERICAN CHUMP (1936) New to DVD 
Crane’s Colossal Carnival receives a radical downsizing after rubes rise up and the carnival’s assets are repossessed, leaving ace pitchman “Honest” Bill Hogan (Robert Armstrong), owner Jeffrey Crane (Edmund Gwenn) and Crane’s daughter Betty (Betty Furness) in desperate need of funds. Venturing to the local bank, Bill encounters aptly named Elmer Lamb (Stuart Erwin), a country bumpkin possessed of an extraordinary brain working as a human adding machine, trying to earn enough money to buy the dairy farm of his dreams. Bill quickly dubs Elmer “Chain Lightning” and drafts him into showman service. Alas, Bill’s best-laid plans prove a bust, but things turn around thanks to a bridge game aboard a train, where Elmer bests famed bridge champion J. Montgomery Brantley (E.E. Clive) alongside low-grade gangster Pudgy Murphy (Edward Brophy). But Pudgy has his own plans, and it might be time for Chain Lightning to fizzle out.

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

 Posted by on May 23, 2018 No Responses »
May 222018
 

“Ready Player One is classic Steven Spielberg.” Erik Davis, Fandango

 

EXPERIENCE THE EPIC ADVENTURE WHEN

READY PLAYER ONE

ARRIVES ONTO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY,  3D COMBO PACK, BLU-RAY  COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL HD FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Own it early on Digital HD on July 3

Blu-ray debuts on July 24

 

Join an immersive virtual universe when “Ready Player One” arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures, along with filmmaker Steven Spielberg, comes the action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” TV’s “Bloodline”). The ensemble cast also includes Lena Waithe (TV’s “Master of None”), T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” TV’s “Silicon Valley”), Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).

Three-time Oscar® winner Spielberg* directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. It is based on the novel by Cline, which has now spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List, recently climbing to the No. 1 spot, as well as reaching No. 1 on Amazon’s Most Read Fiction chart. “Ready Player One” was produced by Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg and Dan Farah. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris deFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

Ready Player One” will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the theatrical version and a Digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a Blu-ray disc with the special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Ready Player One” will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.

Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs of “Ready Player One” 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. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Ready Player One” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own “Ready Player One” via purchase from digital retailers beginning July 3.

 

SYNOPSIS

In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spend their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone—the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the OASIS to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends—known as the High Five—are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.

 

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

 Ready Player One 4K Ultra HD 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Game Changer: Cracking the Code
  • Effects for a Brave New World
  • Level Up: Sound for the Future
  • High Score: Endgame
  • Ernie & Tye's Excellent Adventure
  • The '80’s: You’re The Inspiration

 

Ready Player OneStandard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • The '80’s: You’re The Inspiration

 

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

 On July 3, “Ready Player One” will be available to own in 4K HDR from select digital retailers including iTunes, Google and Vudu. It will also be available in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others.

On July 24, “Ready Player One” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

4K Ultra 3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack                                        $44.95

Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                              $35.99

DVD Amaray (WS)                                                                $28.98

 

Standard Street Date: July 24

EST Street Date: July 3

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

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

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

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

Running Time: 140 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language

 

 Posted by on May 22, 2018 No Responses »
May 222018
 

From the Big Screen:

"The 15:17 to Paris," "Red Sparrow," "Game Night" and "Wonderstruck." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Best Bets:

There's so many good, collectible titles this week that we can almost forgive the studios for the duds they sent us this week (see above). In alphabetical order:

"Beyond the Hills" (2016 — Romania): With this arresting drama based on notorious real-life events, Cristian Mungiu mounts a complex inquiry into faith, fanaticism, and indifference. At photo for Beyond the Hillsa desolate Romanian monastery, a young novice nun, Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), reunites with her former companion Alina (Cristina Flutur), who plans to take her to Germany. But Voichita proves unwilling to abandon her calling, and Alina becomes increasingly desperate to reclaim her devotion, putting the outsider at odds with the monastery’s ascetic priest — and precipitating a painfully misguided, brutal attempt to save her soul. A naturalistic tragedy with the dark force of a folktale, anchored by the fraught dynamic between cinema newcomers Flutur and Stratan (who shared the best actress prize at Cannes), "Beyond the Hills" bears powerful witness to individuals at cross-purposes and institutions ill-equipped to help those most in need. On DVD and Blu-ray, with 2K digital transfer, approved by director Cristian Mungiu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

"Black Venus" (2010): Between "The Secret of the Grain," winner of three César Awards, and the Cannes triumph of "Blue Is the Warmest Colour," Abdellatif Kechiche made "Black Venus," a photo for Black Venusstark portrait of the life of Saartjie Baartman, also known as the "Hottentot Venus." Baartman was taken from South African home as a 21-year-old and shipped to Georgian London, where she would be caged and exhibited as a freak show. Presented semi-nude, her physique — especially her large buttocks — was the source of much curiosity. But as her "fame" spread, so too did her exploitation. Centered on a remarkable performance by Cuban actor Yahima Torres as Baartman, Black Venus provides a bleak but barbed exploration of sex, science, race, colonialism and social attitudes. With optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

"The Bloodthirsty Trilogy" (1971-74 — Japan): Inspired by the runaway success of the British and American gothic horror films of the sixties, Toho studios brought the vampiric tropes of the Dracula legend to Japanese screens with "The Vampire Doll" (1970), "Lake of Dracula" (1971) and "Evil of Dracula" (1974) — three spookily effective cult classics collectively known as "The Bloodthirsty photo for The Bloodthirsty TrilogyTrilogy." In "The Vampire Doll," a young man goes missing after visiting his girlfriend’s isolated country home. His sister and her boyfriend trace him to the creepy mansion, but their search becomes perilous when they uncover a gruesome family history. "Lake of Dracula" begins with a young girl suffering a terrifying nightmare of a vampire with blazing golden eyes. Eighteen years later, the dream is revealed to be a hellish prophecy when a strange package containing an empty coffin mysteriously turns up at a nearby lake. In "Evil of Dracula," a professor takes up a new post at an all-girls school only to discover the school’s principle conceals a dark secret and the pupils are in grave danger. Abounding with images of dark thunderous nights, ghostly mansions and bloody fangs, Michio Yamamoto’s trilogy emphasises atmosphere and style and is sure to please both fans of classic gothic horror and Japanese genre cinema. On Blu-ray, with high definition presentation transferred from original film elements, with uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

"Death Smiles on a Murderer" (1973): A haunting and dreamlike gothic horror/giallo hybrid, "Death Smiles on a Murderer" is a compelling early work from the legendary sleaze and horror film photo for Death Smiles on a Murdererdirector Joe D’Amato, here billed under his real name Aristide Massaccesi. Set in Austria in the early 1900s, the film stars Ewa Aulin as Greta, a beautiful young woman abused by her brother Franz (Luciano Rossi) and left to die in childbirth by her illicit lover, the aristocrat Dr. von Ravensbrück (Giacomo Rossi Stuart). Bereft with grief, Franz reanimates his dead sister using a formula engraved on an ancient Incan medallion. Greta then returns as an undead avenging angel, reaping revenge on the Ravensbrück family and her manically possessive brother. Presented here in a stunning 2K restoration, D’Amato’s film is a stately and surreal supernatural mystery which benefits from an achingly mournful score by Berto Pisano, several shocking scenes of gore, and a typically sinister performance from Klaus Kinski as a morbid doctor. On Blu-ray, with new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and original Italian and English soundtracks with uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

"Graduation" (2016 — Romania): Blending rigorous naturalism with the precise construction photo for Graduationof a thriller, this Cannes award–winning drama from Cristian Mungiu sheds light on the high stakes and ethical complexities of life in contemporary Romania. As his daughter nears high-school graduation, Romeo (Adrian Titieni), an upstanding doctor, counts on her winning a competitive scholarship that will send her to university in England. But when an injury sustained during a sexual assault compromises her performance on an important exam, Romeo’s best-laid plans for her threaten to crumble, leading him to seek favors in a world that runs on backscratching and bribery. Suffused with quiet dread, "Graduation" takes a humane and deeply ambiguous look at how corrosive rampant corruption is to moral convictions. On DVD and Blu-ray, with 2K digital master, approved by director Cristian Mungiu, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

"Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters"
(1985) Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collagelike portrait of the acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and photo for Mishima: A Life in Four Chapterscontradictions of a man who attempted the impossible task of finding harmony among self, art, and society. Taking place on Mishima’s last day, when he famously committed public seppuku, the film is punctuated by extended flashbacks to the writer’s life as well as by gloriously stylized evocations of his fictional works. With its rich cinematography by John Bailey, exquisite sets and costumes by Eiko Ishioka, and unforgettable, highly influential score by Philip Glass, "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" is a tribute to its subject and a bold, investigative work of art in its own right. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer (Blu-ray) and restored high-definition digital transfer (DVD) of the director’s cut, both supervised and approved by director Paul Schrader and cinematographer John Bailey, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

"Savannah Smiles (Collector's Edition)"
(1982) Savannah (Bridgette Andersen) is the precocious six-year-old daughter of a busy politician photo for Savannah Smiles (Collector's Edition)who is consumed by his re-election campaign. She decides to run away from home and sneaks into a car driven by two escaped convicts, Alvie (Mark Miller) and Boots (Donovan Scott), in a crazy comedy of errors. Hiding in an abandoned house, the two bumbling crooks initially try to hold the adorable Savannah for ransom to obtain a hefty reward for her return, but an unexpected bond grows among Savannah, Alvie and Boots, creating a surrogate family they have never known before. Their relationship is tested when the convicts, now seen as kidnappers, must choose between their freedom and their new friend in this classic comedy. Written and produced by the film's star Mark Miller ("A Walk in the Clouds"), "Savannah Smiles" features an all-star supporting cast that includes Academy Award-nominee Pat Morita, Michael Park, John Fiedler, Fran Ryan and Golden Globe-winner Peter Graves and boasts a brand new 2K transfer from a 35mm print from the Library of Congress. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo with original Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). From MVD Rewind.

From TV to Disc:

"Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season, Volume One" and "Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season, Volume Two" (1967-68) continue the adventures of U.S. Marshall Matt Dillon (James Arness) alongside the loyal Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), sexy saloon proprietress Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) and lovable Deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis). The 13th season of television's beloved Western follows Dillon as he corrals dangerous outlaws and deals with problems of the Wild West: epic gunfights, photo for gunsmoke-boxbrawls, cold-blooded murderers and bank robbers. Volume 1 is a four-disc set with 15 episodes, Volume 2 is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. From CBS/Paramount … "Hostages: Season 1" (2013 — Israel) is a two-disc set with 10 episodes. When four masked men violently break into the Danon family home, taking them hostages, the family of four will be shaken to the core and their lives will change forever. In season one, the kidnappers demand that Yael, the matriarch of the family and a brilliant surgeon, kill the Israeli Prime Minister during a routine surgery. If the Prime Minister does not die, Yael's family soon will. Desperate to save her family but keep her patient alive, Yael uses her wits to delay the decision until the last possible moment. During this terrifying time in which the kidnappers and hostages are bound together, a tangled web of secrets and lies are revealed. From Kino Lorber … "The Loud House: It Gets Louder – Season 1, Volume 2" (2016) is a two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the chaotic animated family comedy in which Lincoln Loud is an 11-year-old boy who lives with 10 sisters. With the help of his right-hand man Clyde, Lincoln finds new ways to survive in such a large family every day. From Nickelodeon/Paramount.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

When not mired in the corporate rat race, Wall Street executive Bart Hughes is king of his sleek Manhattan brownstone –until he finds his castle under siege by the most determined of home intruders in "Of Unknown Origin" (1983), starring Peter Weller, Jennifer Dale, Lawrence Dane, Kenneth Welsh, Louis Del Grande, Shannon Tweed, Keith Knight and Maury Chaykin. Forced to enter a rat race of an entirely different sort, Bart takes a stand, with his survival and sanity at stake. New 2K scan from the interpositive. On Blu-ray from Scream Factory … photo for Night Zero In "Night Zero" (2018), starring Katie Maloney, Eric Swader, Dawnelle Jewell, Vincent Bombara and Umar Faraz, a dinner party turns deadly when a group of friends are trapped inside of their house after a massive alien invasion threatens to take over the world. Things take a turn for the worse when they discover that the chemical the military is using to destroy the aliens is also turning humans into zombie-like savages. From Conquest Pictures/MVD Entertainment … In "The Party" (2017), starring Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall, an intimate gathering of friends goes haywire when an unexpected announcement sets off a chain reaction exposing secrets, sex, and betrayal within the room — ending with a bang. A black comedy from Sally Potter, the acclaimed director of "Orlando" and "Ginger & Rosa." From Lionsgate … In "I Kill Giants" (2017), starring Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe and Sydney Wade, teen Barbara Thorson (Wolfe) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldly confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Saldana) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. Based on the critically acclaimed “Man of Action” graphic novel written by Kelly and Ken Niimura (“Henshin”). On DVD, Blu-ray from RLJE Films … Set against the backdrop of a country divided, "Masterpiece: Little Women" (2018), starring Emily Watson, Michael Gambon, Angela Lansbury, Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy, Kathryn Newton and Dylan Baker, follows the four March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father is away at war. Under the guidance of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage. Accompanied by the charming boy next door Laurie Laurence, their cantankerous wealthy Aunt March and benevolent neighbor Mr. Laurence, "Little Women" is a coming-of-age story that is as relevant and engaging today as it was on its original publication in 1868. On DVD, Blu-ray, from PBS Distribution.

On the Indie Front:

"Swung" (2017), starring Owen McDonnell, Elena Anaya and Elizabeth McGovern, is based on Ewan Morrison's internationally acclaimed novel of the same name The film is a no-holds-barred look at sex in the modern world.David (McDonnell) is a recently out of work designer going through a divorce. Lately, he's been having difficulties in the bedroom with his girlfriend Alice (Anaya), a journalist, so the two begin to investigate ways to shake things up. After a stimulating encounter with two swingers adds the missing spice to their relationship, they decide to expand their sexual boundaries and explore even more intimacy with strangers. From Film Movement.

Foreign Films:

"A Fantastic Woman" (2017 — Chile), starring Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes and Luis photo for A Fantastic Woman Gnecco, is the story of a young transgender aspiring singer who must confront society and her older lover’s family when he dies unexpectedly. Marina, a young transgender waitress and aspiring singer, and Orlando, an older man, are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic. Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language film of the year. On Blu-ray from Sony … In "Souvenir" (2016 — France), Liliane (Isabelle Huppert) lives a modest and monotonous life. By day, she works in a pâté factory, and by night, she sits on the couch and watches TV. One day, a new worker named Jean (Kévin Azaïs) arrives. The two form a platonic relationship, but Jean grows increasingly convinced that he recognizes Liliane from a European singing contest he saw as a child. Eventually, Jean convinces Liliane to confront her past. A beautiful portrayal of a friendship between two people from different generations, who come together to make a life changing comeback. From Strand Releasing.

For the Family:

From Aardman, the award-winning tribe that created "Wallace & Gromit," "Chicken Run," and "Shaun the Sheep Movie," this claymation animated prehistoric romp "Early Man" (2018), with the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend, Hognob, as they unite their tribe against a mighty enemy — Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City — to save their photo for Early Man home. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Lionsgate … "A Sunny Day" (2018) features four episodes from the preschool series' first season that follows 10-year-old master hairstylist and entrepreneur Sunny. Along with the help of her best friends Blair and Rox, and her loyal and lovable puppy Doodle, Sunny confidently takes on any challenge thrown her way. The characters in the series celebrate individuality and self-expression, while the show's social-emotional curriculum highlights leadership, innovative thinking and teamwork. From Nickelodeon/Paramount … In "Daphne & Velma" (2018), starring Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman, Scooby-Doo's leading ladies star in their very own live-action feature film. State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state — lifeless shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner.

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.

 Posted by on May 22, 2018 No Responses »
May 212018
 

“A fun-filled family adventure” – Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly

GET READY FOR A PHE-GNOME-NAL ADVENTURE WITH NEW MUSIC FROM ELTON JOHN, BERNIE TAUPIN, AND MARY J. BLIGE

SHERLOCK GNOMES

The Gnomes Come Home on Digital June 5, 2018

On Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD June 12

 

A hilarious and heartfelt adventure the whole family can enjoy, SHERLOCK GNOMES brings the fun home on Digital June 5, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 12 from Paramount Home Media Distribution and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM).

Boasting an all-star cast of voices including Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy and Mary J. Blige, SHERLOCK GNOMES is a rollicking adventure from the director of Kung Fu Panda!

The Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with nearly 45 minutes of bonus content. Meet the all-star cast including Johnny Depp, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and discover how this hilarious family adventure was brought to life.  Plus, enjoy the new music video "Stronger Than I Ever Was," learn how to draw some of your favorite Gnomes, and much, much more!

Working together, the mystery takes them beyond the garden walls and across the city on an unforgettable journey to save the day and bring the gnomes home.

SHERLOCK GNOMES Blu-ray Combo Pack

The SHERLOCK GNOMES Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dutch 5.1 Dolby Audio, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Audio, French Parisian 5.1 Dolby Audio, German 5.1 Dolby Audio, Italian 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, Castilian Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Latin American Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, Dutch, French Canadian, French Parisian, German, Italian, Portuguese, Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish subtitles.  The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles.  The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
  • Gnome is Where the Heart Is – Go behind-the-scenes with the all-star cast
  • All Roads Lead to Gnome: London Locations in Sherlock Gnomes
  • Miss Gnomer: Mary J. Blige and the Music of Sherlock Gnomes
  • Stronger Than I Ever Was – Enjoy the brand new music video performed by Mary J. Blige
  • How To Draw – Learn how to draw your favorite characters:
    • Sherlock Gnomes
    • Watson
    • Moriarty
    • Goons
  • Animating Sherlock Gnomes – Discover the magic behind the movie’s animation

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition

 

SHERLOCK GNOMES DVD

The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES and METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES Present

A ROCKET PICTURES Production “SHERLOCK GNOMES”

Music Supervisor NICK ANGEL Original Score Composed by CHRIS BACON

Edited by PRAKASH PATEL MARK SOLOMON Executive Producer ELTON JOHN

Produced by STEVE HAMILTON SHAW, p.g.a. DAVID FURNISH, p.g.a. CAROLYN SOPER, p.g.a.

Story by ANDY RILEY & KEVIN CECIL AND EMILY COOK & KATHY GREENBERG Screenplay by BEN ZAZOVE

Directed by JOHN STEVENSON

SOUNDTRACK ALBUM ON VIRGIN-EMI RECORDS

© 2018 PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

SHERLOCK GNOMES

Street Date:                 June 5, 2018 (Digital)

                                    June 12, 2018 (Blu-ray, DVD)

U.S. Rating:                 PG for some rude and suggestive humor

Canadian Rating:        G

 

SHERLOCK GNOMES Social Handles

Hashtag: #SherlockGnomes

Facebook: /SherlockGnomes

Twitter: @SherlockGnomes

Instagram: @SherlockGnomes

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May 212018
 

Adrian Grenier, Mimi Rogers, David James Elliott, Thora Birch, Grace Victoria Fox and David Corenswet star in the sexy political thriller AFFAIRS OF STATE, coming to select theaters and On Demand Friday, June 15 from Lionsgate.

 

SYNOPSIS

In his quest for power, D.C. aide Michael Lawson (David Corenswet) will do anything to take part in Senator Baines’s (David James Elliott) White House campaign, including blackmailing Baines’s shady advisor (Adrian Grenier, TV’s “Entourage”) and sleeping with the candidate’s wife (Mimi Rogers). But when he gets involved with the senator’s alluring daughter (Grace Victoria Fox), Lawson learns his dangerous game could have a deadly payoff. Also starring Thora Birch (Patriot Games), this pulse-pounding thriller is a perfect match for today’s turbulent political climate.

TRAILER
https://youtu.be/Lil6d-lelSc

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May 212018
 

GEORGE CARLIN

COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION

 

CLASSIC TV CONCERTS AND RARE AND NEVER-RELEASED MATERIAL ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME

 

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All 14 HBO Specials Plus Much More From the Stand-Up Genius

Come to DVD on June 12, 2018

MPI Home Video and The George Carlin Estate are proud to announce a special gift to his fans – the GEORGE CARLIN COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION, a 10-disc must-have DVD, CD and Blu-Ray boxed set which features more than five hours of previously unreleased bonus material including rare performance footage from Carlin’s personal archive. The GEORGE CARLIN COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION will be released on Tuesday, June 12th and the announcement today ties in with what would have been Carlin’s 81st Birthday.  Carlin was born May 12, 1937 and passed away at the age of 71 in June of 2008.

George Carlin’s daughter, Kelly, who helped compile material for the Box Set commented, “While digging around in dad’s stuff, we found a few gems that we just couldn’t keep for ourselves. It’s amazing to think that ten years after his death, we keep finding stuff I’d never seen before!”

George Carlin was not only one of America’s greatest comedians whose albums topped the charts, he was a pioneer of cable TV’s concert format that has become a benchmark of success for all humorists ever since.

And now, all of Carlin’s pointed, often controversial but always hilarious specials originally shown on HBO have been gathered for the first time in the GEORGE CARLIN COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION. Encompassing over five decades of George Carlin’s groundbreaking career, all 14 of the legendary funnyman’s Emmy nominated HBO specials are now available in one package – a remarkable set that also contains a previously unreleased HBO special entitled 40 Years of Comedy hosted by Jon Stewart plus Carlin’s posthumous audio release, I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die.

One of the key bonus pieces of material is Carlin’s first stand-up special from 1973, The Real George Carlin which has not been seen since it first aired. Additional bonus material includes APT 2C (a never-aired HBO pilot from the ’80s) plus two one-hour stand-up comedy club performances that features material performed by Carlin for the first time.  There is also never-before-released material from the 1960s – when Carlin was a clean-cut, suit-wearing guest on the variety shows such as Talent Scouts, The Jackie Gleason Show and Hollywood Palace.

The box set features also includes both DVD and Blu-ray discs of the HBO specials Life Is Worth Losing and It’s Bad for Ya plus liner notes written by comedian Patton Oswalt.

GeorgeCarlin, a fearless commentator on society and a champion of free speech, now finally gets the boxed set he and fans of great, enduring comedy deserve and the GEORGE CARLIN COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION represents the most complete collection of Carlin performances to date.

About George Carlin

George Carlin was a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor and New York Times best-selling author whose career spanned more than five decades and literally changed the face of stand-up comedian. His most famous routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" sparked a free speech controversy that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2008, Carlin was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and in 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him the “Second Best Stand-up Comic of All Time.” To date, Carlin is also the only comedian to have a dedicated SiriusXM radio channel solely to his work.

 

GEORGE CARLIN COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION

Street date: June 12.2018

DVD SRP: $99.98

Running time: 22 Hours (10 discs)

Not rated

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May 212018
 

 JOHN CENA, LESLIE MANN AND IKE BARINHOLTZ CRASH THE PARTY IN THE HILARIOUS HEARTFELT COMEDY

BLOCKERS

FEATURING OUTRAGEOUS UNRATED BONUS CONTENT

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL JUNE 19, 2018
BLU-RAY™, DVD AND ON DEMAND JULY 3, 2018
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Hysterical and over-the-top parental trio John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters), Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40) and Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) will do anything to foil their daughters’ prom night sex pact in BLOCKERS, the uproarious hit coming to Digital and the all-new digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on June 19, 2018, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 3, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as the “perfect comedy for the current era” by Vanity Fair, BLOCKERS is a gender-swapped spin on the classic teen sex comedy, filled with outrageous antics from the parents as their daughters take control of their epic prom night. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital feature unrated bonus content with even more wild shenanigans including deleted scenes, gag reel, line-o-rama and more!

Making her directorial debut, Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series), along with the producers of Neighbors and This Is the End, bring laugh-out-loud moments in the outrageous comedy BLOCKERS. When three parents (Cena, Mann and Barinholtz) stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. BLOCKERS also features teenage newcomers led by rising actress, Kathryn Newton (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Big Little Lies), Geraldine Viswanathan (EMO The Muscial), Gideon Adlon (“American Crime,” “Girl Meets World”), Graham Phillips (“Riverdale,” “The Good Wife”), Miles Robbins (“Mozart in the Jungle”) and Jimmy Bellinger (“The Middle”). Also joining in on the fun are comedic supporting cast members Gary Cole (“Veep,” Office Space), Gina Gershon (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City,” Neighbors 2), Colton Dunn (“Key and Peele,” “Superstore”) and June Diane Raphael (“Grace and Frankie,” “New Girl”).

BONUS FEATURES:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel – The entire cast contributes to these on-set flubs.
  • Line-O-Rama – The laughs continue after the take!
  • Rescue Mission – Being a parent isn't easy, as Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena make abundantly clear. Hear them and director Kay Cannon discuss parental mistakes and lessons learned. They even top it off with a good old-fashioned car explosion!
  • Prom Night – Filmmakers and cast discuss how they achieved the perfect prom look and also share some of their own personal prom stories.
  • The History of Sex with Ike Barinholtz – Ike Barinholtz explains the origins of human sexuality and its evolution through time.
  • John Cena’s Prom Survival Kit for Parents – John Cena shows off a survival kit filled with items that will help parents survive the most stressful time of year – prom season!
  • Chug! Chug! Chug! – The film introduced the world to the concept of "butt chugging." Hear cast, crew, and butt-chugger John Cena discuss how they handled this standout scene.
  • Puke-a-Palooza – One memorable scene involves copious amounts of projectile vomit. See what cast, filmmakers, and crew went through to make sure the puke was as authentic as possible.

BLOCKERS will be available on Blu-ray combo pack which includes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, and Movies Anywhere.

  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • Movies Anywhere is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena
Casting By: Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera
Music Supervisor: Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe
Music By: Mateo Messina
Costume Designer: Sarah Mae Burton
Edited By: Stacey Schroeder
Production Designer: Brandon Tonner-Connolly
Director of Photographer: Russ Alsobrook ASC
Produced By: Evan Goldberg p.g.a, Seth Rogen, James Weaver p.g.a, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Chris Fenton
Written By: Brian Kehoe & Jim Kehoe
Directed By: Kay Cannon

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY:
Street Date: July 3, 2018
Copyright: 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 611935790 (US) / 611936930 (CDN)
Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity.
Layers: BD- 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/ Dolby Digital 2.0, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 1 Hour and 41 Minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
Street Date: July 3, 2018
Copyright: 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 611935780 (US) / 611936920 (CDN)
Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity.
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1/ Dolby Digital 2.0, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 1 Hour and 41 Minutes

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May 212018
 

“Perhaps the first queer film to directly address the subject of alt-right influence on outsider identity in middle America.” — Variety

 

Directed, Written and Produced by Travis Mathews
Produced by Don Swaynos, Joao Federici, Johnny Mars, Chris Ohlson & PJ Raval
Cinematography by Drew Xanthopoulos
Edited by Travis Mathews & Don Swaynos
Distributed by Uncork’d Entertainment
"Tension builds rhythmically to a chilling conclusion. Mathews takes a decisive leap forward.” — IndieWire

SYNOPSIS

After years in hiding and struggling to control his demons, an eccentric drifter returns home and discovers that his childhood abuser, the center of his pain, is still alive. Armed with this knowledge, the drifter plots his revenge, all the while navigating the perilous land of masculine fragility in modern-day America.

“A dizzying cinematic reckoning, it’s finger on the pulse of the American zeitgeist.” — Michael Stipe, REM

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Late in the summer of 2015, I needed to do something that felt urgent and unafraid. I was driving around central Texas in a borrowed van that was a radio/cassette situation, so I indulged in talk radio. Having grown up in rural Ohio, I was familiar with the A.M. dial, but what I heard sounded noticeably different, like the drumbeat to war. There was an unhinged desperation in these voices and the rumbling sounds of the “alt-right”.

In Texas towns, both big and small, I turned on gay hookup apps like Grindr and Hornet to see how 2015 was translating among locals. I expected to find closeted guys, but I wasn’t prepared for the degree of racism, internalized homophobia, and the general fear of being seen, that was rampant. What fascinated me most were the profiles labeled discreet, and the men hiding behind black boxes in lieu of faces or even anonymous torsos.  Shame was feeding the darkness, amplifying mythologized ideas of what a real man should be. It was the same wholesome mythology being propagated by rural -assumed straight- white conservatives.  Many of these guys on the apps are no different than the men on conservative radio. They’re both terrified of being outed as a lesser version of this kind of a Marlboro man ideal. It’s fear of being emasculated.

I think in all my work I’ve put a premium on men who express vulnerabilities very candidly. I’ve explored this with sex and intimacy, but also in terms of loneliness and isolation.  I wanted to write something that embodied this kind of “nation on the edge” anxiety.  I set out to write a story that explored the ways in which populist insecurities about losing power intersected with, and informed, individual views on masculinity and sexuality. Alex, the hero in the film, is a distillation of this caustic soup.

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May 212018
 
"Excellent….affectionate. Not only an essential piece of our community’s history that should be seen by everyone; it is also a rather fabulous movie.” -EdgeMediaNetwork
 
 
Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz
Produced by John Boccardo & Jeffrey Schwarz
 
SYNOPSIS
Armed with a limitless Rolodex and a Benedict Canyon enclave with its own disco, Allan Carr threw the Hollywood Parties that defined the 1970’s.  A producer, manager, and marketing genius, Carr built his bombastic reputation amid a series of successes including the mega hit musical film GREASE and the Broadway sensation LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, until it all came crashing down after he produced the notorious debacle of the 1989 Academy Awards. 
FILMMAKER’S COMMENTS:
I was delighted to discover Robert Hofler’s Allan Carr biography PARTY ANIMALS, and knew right away it had all the elements I look for when choosing a subject. A film adaptation would tie together themes of all my previous documentaries – stories of visionary outsiders (William Castle, Jack Wrangler, Divine, and Tab Hunter for example) who create larger than life personas to make their dreams a reality – all stories of outsiders becoming insiders.  The challenge with THE FABULOUS ALLAN CARR was to look beyond the caricature, and explore the inner life of a complicated, contradictory man.  It is a story of a star-maker who became a star.  

In a pre-Twitter landscape, Allan Carr was a master of spin, and knew how to cajole and manipulate the press.  He controlled the narrative, even spinning his failures into successes, as long as they kept on talking about him.  Today’s obsessive curation of our public personas on social media has its roots in Carr’s celebrity, as we’re all now presenting a carefully crafted image of ourselves to the world.  The work he produced was infused with a gay aesthetic impossible not to notice today.  With this film, I also to explore the gay experience in Hollywood in the 1970’s and 80’s – the new freedoms that could be enjoyed, and what the limitations were.   It was an opportunity to tell a social history from the era when homosexuality was never discussed and gays sought solace in the movies through the hedonistic 1970’s, embracing the sensual and then the 1980’s when AIDS came along and ruined the party. With LA CAGE AUX FOLLES he presented the first Broadway musical featuring a gay love story at its center.  It was a revolutionary portrayal, made more poignant by the fact that it was released at the height of the AIDS crisis. Allan Carr was the last great showman of the 20th century.   
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