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Jan 162021
 

Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of Sheep Without a Shepherd, a 2019 film that grossed over $192,000,000 in it theatrical Chinese release.

Malaysian director Sam Quah’s debut feature film is a big budget noirish thriller and a remake of the 2013 Indian film, Drishyam. The film follows family man and self-described movie-geek who is thrown into a battle of wits with the law after his daughter accidentally kills a fellow student who was blackmailing her. The dead boy’s mother (Twin Peaks’ Joan Chen) is  the morally “flexible” police chief determined to find her son’s killer.
This inventive tale of blackmail, murder and corruption and justice will be released on DVD and Streaming March 23rd.

Country:  China
Language: Mandarin and Thai with English Subtitles

Year:  2019
Running Time:   93 minutes
Director: Sam Quah
Producer: Sicheng Chen, Eric Zhaowei Zhang
Writers: Kaihua Fan, Jeethu Joseph, Sheng Lei, Peng Li, Yuqian Qin, Weiwei Yang, Pei Zhai

Cast:  Joan Chen, Yang Xiao, Zhuo Tan, Philip Keung, Audrey Hui, Tianyang Bian, Xiran Zhang, Paul Chun, Ming-Shuai Shih, Jerry Chih-Wei Huang, Yang Gu, Julian Chen

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Jan 162021
 

Random Acts of Violece DVD, stream

Available On VOD, Digital HD, DVD & Blu-ray February 16, 2021

 “brutal and merciless” – Bloody Disgusting

 “truly terrifying” – Daily Dead

 “visually arresting, viscerally violent and strikingly physical” – Ghastly Grinning

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE will be released on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on February 16, 2021.

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, based on the comic of the same name by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, stars Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious franchise), Niamh Wilson (Saw franchise) and Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2). Baruchel also directed and co-wrote the film with Jesse Chabot (Goon: Last of the Enforcers). RLJE Films will release RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and Blu-ray for an SRP of $28.96.

Random Acts of Violence DVD, streaming

 

In RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, comic book creator Todd Walkley, his wife, assistant and best friend, are heading to NYC Comic Con when bad things start to happen—people start getting killed. It soon becomes clear that a crazed fan is using his “SLASHERMAN” comic as inspiration for the killings. And as the bodies pile up, and Todd’s friends become victims themselves, he is forced to face the killer and put an end to his notorious comic once and for all.

 

Check out the trailer:

https://youtu.be/M8agWXQUatk

 

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE  DVD and Blu-ray include the following bonus features:

  • Interview with Director Jay Baruchel
  • More Than Just a Scary Movie
  • Inside the Making Of an Action Scene
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Jan 162021
 

Adverse DVD streaming

Adverse movie streaming

 

IN THEATERS: February 12, 2021 (through Black Jellybeans Productions)

ON DEMAND, DIGITAL, DVD: March 9, 2021 (through Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment Group, a Lionsgate Company)

DIRECTOR: Brian A. Metcalf

SCREENPLAY BY: Brian A. Metcalf

CAST: Thomas Nicholas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin, Penelope Ann Miller, Mickey Rourke

SYNOPSIS: Thomas Nicholas (“Red Band Society”) and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) star in this gritty, intense urban thriller about one man’s quest for revenge. Struggling to make ends meet, rideshare driver Ethan (Nicholas) learns his sister Mia is deep in debt to a sleazy drug dealer. When Mia goes missing, Ethan discovers that crime boss Kaden (Rourke) is behind the act, and to get close to him Ethan takes a job as Kaden’s driver. One by one Ethan hunts down members of Kaden’s crew to wreak bloody vengeance as he prepares to confront Kaden himself. The stellar cast also includes Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin, and Penelope Ann Miller.

RUN TIME: 94 minutes

RATING: R

GENRE: Thriller, Action, Crime

YOUTUBE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AlFtnQ3dho

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Jan 152021
 
This April, Bong Joon Ho blows up the police procedural with his breakthrough second feature Memories of Murder, based on the true story of a notorious Korean serial killer, now in a new 4K restoration. Maggie Cheung stars in Olivier Assayas’s live-wire international breakthrough Irma Vep, a postmodern blend of silent cinema and martial-arts flicks. Appearing on Blu-ray for the first time, Frank Borzage’s History Is Made at Night stars Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur in one of the most intoxicatingly romantic love stories ever dreamt up by Hollywood. And that’s not all: Anthony Mann’s crackling western-melodrama hybrid The Furies and Jean-Luc Godard’s restless study of 1960s youth Masculin féminin will make their Blu-ray debuts.
April 13: History Is Made at Night
April 20: The Furies
April 20: Memories of Murder
April 27: Irma Vep
April 27: Masculin féminin
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Jan 122021
 

Host Movie DVD

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to HOST from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. HOST will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 2, 2021. The film is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100 percent score on the Tomatometer.

HOST was shot remotely during quarantine and features groundbreaking scares, stunts, and surprises, all filmed by the actors in their own homes. The project was commissioned, written, produced and will be released in under three months. HOST is the feature directorial debut of Rob Savage who co-wrote the film with Gemma Hurley (Shoot for the Moon) and Jed Shepherd (Multiplex). The film stars Haley Bishop (Angel Has Fallen), Radina Drandova (“Pickled Eggs”), Jemma Moore (Wonder Woman), Caroline Ward (The IMAX Nutcracker), Emma Louise Webb (“The Crown”), and Edward Linard (Golden Years). RLJE Films will release HOST on DVD for an SRP of $12.98 and Blu-ray for an SRP of $14.98.

In HOST, six friends hire a medium to conduct a séance during lockdown for their weekly Zoom call. Jemma decides to pull a prank and makes up a story about a boy she knew in high school who hanged himself. By doing this, Jemma inadvertently invites a demonic presence to cross over. Soon the friends begin noticing strange occurrences in their homes as the evil spirit begins to make itself known, and they all realize this night may be their last.

HOST  DVD and Blu-ray include the following bonus features:
·       Behind-the-Scenes of HOST
·       Bloody Disgusting presents “The Boo Crew Podcast: HOST Episode”
·       Séance with the Cast of HOST and Crew of /Film

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Jan 122021
 

PEGGY LEE: THINGS ARE SWINGIN’

Coming to DVD on February 2nd

Peggy Lee movie

PEGGY LEE performer without peer—a singer, songwriter, actress and artist who spanned genres and generations with music that remains vital and captivating. Sultry and swinging, Peggy’s biggest hits are featured here: Fever; I’m A Woman; Alright, Okay You Win; Lover; Big Spender; It’s A Good Day and the Grammy Award-winning Is That All There Is. This special collection of Peggy’s television appearances also offers an enticing variety of more favorites: I Can’t Stop Loving You, Unforgettable, I Don’t Know Enough About You, Somebody Loves Me, Mañana, Me & My Shadow, The Lonesome Road, He’s Gone Away, So What’s New, Louisville Lou and Things Are Swingin’—plus duets with Johnny Cash, Petula Clark, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, a featurette with Michael Feinstein and a salute from Paul McCartney.

PEGGY LEE: THINGS ARE SWINGIN’

Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Distributor: MPI Media Group
Run Time: 90 minutes

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Jan 122021
 

Let Him Go DVD Streaming

Let Him Go DVD Streaming

Witness how far one family will go to rescue one of their own in the riveting and emotionally charged action-drama LET HIM GO, available to own for the first time on Digital on January 19, 2021 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 2, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the novel of the same name by New York Times acclaimed author Larry Watson, the intense thriller reunites Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane (Trumbo, Unfaithful) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Yellowstone,” Hidden Figures) as a husband and wife who set out to save their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family. Hailed as “original and suspenseful” (Owen Gleiberman, Variety), the visually stunning, Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh® film is set in the 1960’s American West and explores the bonds of family, the power of love and the necessity of sacrifice. Featuring never-before-seen bonus content with the film’s cast and crew, LET HIM GO on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital includes exclusive extras taking audiences behind the scenes with the cast and crew diving deeper into the western-tinged drama.

After their life is set off course following the tragic loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) leave their Montana ranch on a mission through the North Dakota desert to rescue their young grandson from a dangerous family living off the grid. Navigating tragedy and tumult, the couple soon discover that the Weboy family, a deep-rooted local clan led by ruthless matriarch Blanche (Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville; Phantom Thread, Ordinary Love)  has no intention of letting the child go, forcing George and Margaret to ask how far they will go to fight for their family. Proclaimed by critics as “beautifully acted by Costner and Lane” (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times), LET HIM GO is filled with powerful performances and explores the strengths of family ties, the bittersweet and brutal cost of vengeance and the true stakes of heroism set against an iconic American backdrop.

Writer and director Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone, Big Eden) delivers a “compelling” (Pete Hammond, Deadline) and intensely visceral adaptation that authentically brings a bygone era to life in the heart-pounding revenge rescue tale. With an exceptional cast lead by Lane, Costner and Manville, LET HIM GO is rounded out by Jeffrey Donovan (“Fargo,” Sicario), Kayli Carter (Bad Education, “Mrs. America”), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga, The Grizzlies) and Will Brittain (Kong: Skull Island, Everybody Wants Some). Accompanied by a hopeful and haunting score by Academy Award® winning composer Michael Giacchino (Up, Jurassic World series) that pulls the audience deeper into the story, LET HIM GOs phenomenal performances and majestic landscapes are punctuated by palpable tension and shocking moments of terror, raising the ominous mood of the “searing thriller” (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times) that will have everyone on the edge of their seats throughout the film.

With the purchase of LET HIM GO on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards special rewards via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, signed collectables, box sets, win exclusive prizes and more! For FREE registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL:

  • The Blackledges: Kevin Costner & Diane Lane – Stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner share personal insights into their characters and why finally having the chance to work together was an opportunity neither party could pass up.
  • The Making of LET HIM GO – Take a deeper look at the emotional journey the Blackledges embark on, the period specific production design, and Director/Writer Thomas Bezucha’s inspiration in adapting the novel for screen.
  • Lighting the Way: Thomas Bezucha – Director/Writer Thomas Bezucha shares his process in developing the story while the cast and crew discuss what makes him the perfect person to bring this film to life.

LET HIM GO will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.

Film Website: https://www.focusfeatures.com/let-him-go
UPHE Website: https://www.uphe.com/movies/let-him-go 
UPHE Trailer: https://www.uni.pictures/LetHimGoTrailer 
Facebook: @LetHimGomovie // https://www.facebook.com/lethimgomovie 
Twitter: @LetHimGomovie // https://twitter.com/LetHimGoMovie 
Instagram: @LetHimGomovie // https://www.instagram.com/lethimgomovie/?hl=en 
#LETHIMGO

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Lesley Manville
Casting By: Avy Kaufman, CSA
Music By: Michael Giacchino
Costume Designer: Carol Case
Edited By: Jeffrey Ford, ACE  Meg Reticker
Production Designer: Trevor Smith
Director of Photography: Guy Godfree, CSC
Executive Producers: Jeffrey Lampert, Josh McLaughlin, Kimi Armstrong Stein, Kevin Costner
Produced By: Paula Mazur, Mitchell Kaplan, Thomas Bezucha
Based on the Novel By: Larry Watson
Written for the Screen and Directed By: Thomas Bezucha

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: February 2, 2021
Selection Number: 62211532 (US) / 62214399 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: R for Violence
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, French European DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1, Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround Sound 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French-Canadian, French European and Latin American Spanish Subtitles
Run Time: 1:53:28

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: February 2, 2021
Selection Number: 62211531 (US) / 62212616 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R for Violence
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, French European and Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, French European and Latin American Spanish Subtitles
Run Time: 1:53:28

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Jan 122021
 

 

Now In Select Theaters, On Digital & On Demand

                                                On DVD February 23, 2021

Starring: Gary Dourdan, Serinda Swan, Martin Donovan, Ernie Hudson, Samy Naceri, Andy Garcia

Directed By:    Hicham Hajji

Written By:  Sam Chouia, Hicham Hajji

Synopsis:   Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton’s (Gary Dourdan) wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.

Genre:  Action

Run Time:   100 minutes

Rating:  Rated R for violence and language

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Jan 112021
 

Comedy-Horror Happy Times Coming to DVD & VOD on February 9th

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A Dinner Party Descends into Murderous Mayhem

 

Happy Times movie

 

Artsploitation Films will be releasing the decidedly raucous Happy Times directed by Michael Mayer on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming platforms this February 9th. An Israeli American co-production, the film marks a stylistic departure for director and co-writer Michael Mayer who directed the 2012 gay romance Out in the Dark.

An Israeli American couple invite friends and family over to their Hollywood mansion for a Shabbat dinner party. But a deadly mix of alcohol, inflated egos, inappropriate lust and raging jealousy turns the sedate affair into a cauldron of murderous mayhem.

Filmed with a mix of English and Hebrew, this Jews Behaving Badly story stars Israeli actor Michael Aloni (Out in the Dark, Netflix’s Shtisel), Shani Atias (Ten Days in the Valley, Shameless, MacGyver) Guy Adler (The Angel, Big Bad Wolves) and Israeli TV star Liraz Chamami (Manayek, Unchained, Asylum City, Malkot).

  • Initial reviews
“Gleefully sadistic and wholly unpredictable, Happy Times takes the Tarantino template, sprinkles liberally with some insightful social and cultural context, and lets loose with a torrent of inspired mayhem.”
John W. Allman, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

“A bloody hilarious and hilariously bloody movie.”
Michael Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“A wildly amusing dark comedy with every impulsive-driven and tension-wrought scene chock full with bated breath.”
Steven Lewis, It’s Bloggin’ Evil

Happy Times
Country:             USA, Israel
Language:          English, Hebrew with English Subtitles
Year:                    2019
Running Time:   93 minutesDirector:             Michael Mayer
Producer:           Tomer Almagor, Paola Porrini Bisson, Michael Mayer
Screenplay:        Guy Ayal, Michael Mayer

Cast: Michael Aloni, Liraz Chamami, Iris Bahr, Alon Pdut, Stéfi Celma, Ido Mor, Guy Adler, Shani Atias, Daniel Lavid, Mike Burstyn, Ziv Berkovich

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