"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini


May 232017

From the Big Screen:

"Get Out," "Logan" and "The Great Wall."For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

The films of Jacques Rivette (1928-2016) — unarguably the grand master of the French New Wave Cinema — have long been the Holy Grail of cinema. Most of his 28 films have had little or no distribution on the big screen — and have appeared sporadically on DVD. And not because of their quality — his films are brilliant if not genius — but, like so many works of art, they are at times difficult to fathom. His first feature, "Paris Belongs to Us" (1961), began production as the first New Wave feature in 1958 but, because of financing difficulties, was not released until 1961 (previously, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer all worked with Rivette on his early short films). photo for Jacques Rivette Collection Limited Edition The cinematic themes that he would deal with for the rest of his career — the theatricality of film, the thin line between dream and reality, the prominence of the actor and improvisation, the importance of magic and imagination, and the stand of the individual against the institutional conspiracies that want to control us — all came forth in his early films and were refined in his subsequent productions. Last year Carlotta Films released a DVD/Blu-ray box set of Rivette's magnum opus, the nearly 13-hour "Out 1: Noli me tangere" (1970), a gigantic canvas on which he made a major break from the confines of narative film structure. Now, Arrow Academy has done a great service for cinema history by releasing the "Jacques Rivette Collection Limited Edition," a six disc DVD/Blu-ray combo set with three of Rivette's late-1970s outings. In 1975, Rivette reunited with "Out" 1 producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff with the idea of a four-film cycle. He would create a quartet of interconnected films, each in a different genre. One was to be a love story, another a Western, and there was to be a fantastical thriller and a musical comedy starring Anna Karina and Jean Marais too. Ill health intervened, and only two of the films were completed. "Duelle (une quarantine)" (1976) sees Rivette in fantasy territory, cross-pollinating Val Lewton, Jean Cocteau and film noir as the Queen of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) and the Queen of the Night (Juliet Berto) search for a magical diamond in the present day. Its parallel film, "Noroît (une vengeance)" (1976), is a pirate tale — and a loose adaptation of "The Revenger's Tragedy" — starring Geraldine Chaplin ("Nashville"). A third film began production — "Marie et Julien" starring Albert Finney and Leslie Caron — but Rivette succumbed to nervous exhaustion and shooting was abandoned. When he did return to filmmaking, Rivette borrowed some of the elements of "Duelle" and "Noroît" and came up with" Merry-Go-Round" (1981). Joe Dallesandro ("Trash," "Flesh for Frankenstein") and Maria Schneider ("Last Tango in Paris," "The Passenger") are summoned to Paris, which leads to one of the most surreal and mysterious tales in a career that was dominated by surrealism and mystery. Now if someone would just release a DVD/Blu-ray version of Rivette's most accessible and populkar film, the playful, mysterious and shape-shifting 1974 "Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris" ("Celine and Julie Go Boating") — along with the "Godfather," "Citizen Kane," "El Topo" and "The Searchers," for me one of the greatest films of all time — cineastes would be in seventh heaven. Extras on the "Jacques Rivette Collection" include "Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers," an archive interview with the director, in which he discusses "Duelle (une quarantaine)," "Noroît (une vengeance)" and "Merry-Go-Round"; "Remembering Duelle": Bulle Ogier and Hermine Karagheuz recollect their work on the 1976 feature; interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who reported from the sets of both "Duelle" and "Noroît"; and an exclusive perfect-bound book containing superb writing on the films by Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens and Nick Pinkerton plus a reprint of four on-set reports from "Duelle" and "Noroît." Distributed by MVD Entertainment.

With the Palme d'Or-winning drama "Dheepan" (2015), which deftly combines seemingly disparate genres, French filmmaker Jacques Audiard cemented his status as one of the titans of contemporary world cinema. In an arresting performance, the nonprofessional photo for Dheepan actor Antonythasan Jesuthasan (himself a former child soldier) stars as a Tamil fighter who, along with a woman and child posing as his wife and daughter, flees war-torn Sri Lanka only to land in a Paris suburb riddled with drugs. As the makeshift family embarks on a new life, Dheepan settles into an intimate social-realist mode, before tightening, gradually and organically, into a dynamic turf-war thriller, as well as an unsettling study of the psychological aftereffects of combat. Searing and sensitive, Audiard's film is a unique depiction of the refugee experience as a continuous crisis of identity. On DVD and Blu-ray from a high-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … "Cops vs Thugs" (1975), Considered by many to be director Kinji Fukasaku's greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre, was made at the height of popularity of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories taken from photo for Cops vs Thugs contemporary headlines. Returning to the screen after completing their "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, composer Toshiaki Tsushima and star Bunta Sugawara to create one of the crowning achievements of his career, and a hard-boiled classic which is still ranked as one of the best Japanese films of the 1970s. It's 1963 in the southern Japanese city of Kurashima, and tough-as-nails detective Kuno (Sugawara) oversees a detente between the warring Kawade and Ohara gangs. Best friends with Ohara lieutenant Hirotani (Hiroki Matsukata), he understands that there are no clear lines in the underworld, and that everything is colored a different shade of gray. But when random violence interrupts the peace and an ambitious, by-the-books lieutenant (Tatsuo Umemiya) comes to town, Kuno's fragile alliance begins to crumble. Greedy bosses and politicians alike seize the opportunity to wipe out their enemies, and Kuno faces the painful choice of pledging allegiance to his badge and keeping a promise to his brother. Echoing the great crime films of Sidney Lumet and Jean-Pierre Melville, in Fukasaku's world, there's no honor among thieves or lawmen alike, and the only thing that matters is personal honor and duty among friends. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo with a high definition digital transfer and original uncompressed mono audio. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

From TV to DVD:

"Outsiders: Season Two<" (2017) is a four-disc set with 13 episodes. A struggle for power and control continues in the rugged hills of Appalachia as the battle between the clan and the town escalates with the Farrells becoming more isolated than ever before. The uneasy truce that had previously existed between the townspeople and the family tribe came to an abrupt end when Big Coal headed up the mountain and the standoff continues to have repercussions. Also available today is "Outsiders: Seasons One and Two" (2016-17), an eight-disc set with all 26 episodes. From Sony.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is a martial arts "manimal" in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is "Wolf Guy" (1975 – Japan), one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of "8 Man"), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of photo for Wolf Guy ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers. At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind. Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi ("Sister Streetfighter," "Wandering Ginza Butterfly," "Karate Bear Fighter"), "Wolf Guy" truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo in a high Definition digital transfer with original uncompressed mono audio. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … In the inspiring tale "American Wrestler: The Wizard" (2016), starring Jon Voight, William Fichtner, Ali Afshar and George Kosturos, 17-year-old Ali Jahani comes to live with his cynical uncle in a California town. Because Ali is different, he’s met by a very unwelcoming community, and faces a mountain of photo for The High Schooler's Guide to College Parties adversity everywhere he turns. Spurned by everybody and determined to fit in, Ali signs up for his high school’s losing wrestling team. With the hope of changing the way people perceive him, Ali must meet a number of challenges, not the least of which is to become a hero. Bbased on true events. From Warner … In "The High Schooler's Guide to College Parties" (2015), starring Nate Rubin, Kris Kiley, Brina Palencia, Rebekah Kennedy and Juan Felipe Barrientos, high schooler Shaquille has grown up below the radar and believes that his ticket to a better life lies in throwing a college party — he wants to raise himself up from "loser" status so he can get into a good college and fraternity. But all hell breaks loose as Shaq tries to fix the party — and his future. From FilmRise/MVD Visual … "XX" (2017) is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark ("St. Vincent") rocks her directorial debut with "The Birthday Party"; Karyn Kusama ("The Invitation," "Girl Fight") exorcises "Her Only Living Son"; Roxanne Benjamin ("Southbound" screams "Don't Fall"; and Jovanka Vuckovic ("The Captured Bird") dares to open "The Box." Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo ("La Casa Triste") wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label … photo for XX "VIXEN: The Movie" (2017) is an animated feature that combines the first two seasons of the CW Seed digital series into a single uniform story. Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe grew up an orphan after her parents were killed by local greed, corruption and wanton violence. But Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family's Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals – anything from the strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family.On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Warner … In "Illicit" (2017), starring David Ramsey, Vivica A. Fox, McKinley Freeman and Dean Cain, a well-liked parole officer and a beautiful former model enjoy a successful marriage until she gets the itch to go back to work. As the wife forms an “unlikely friendship” with an emerging photographer, the husband is dealing with a parolee who proves to be more than he bargained for. From Breaking Glass Pictures … In "Voodoo Black Exorcist" (1974 – Spain), starring Aldo Sambrell, Fernando Sanchez and Eva León, te mummy of a Caribbean voodoo priest stalks the passengers of a South Seas ocean liner in a sexy, quirky, ’70s Euro horror-thriller from director Manuel Caño. In a new 2K scan from a rare 35mm archival print. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from The Film Detective.


"On the Road, Somewhere (Algun Lugar)" (2015 — Dominican Republic) follows three high-school best friends, Oliver (Arnold Martínez), Moises (Javier Grullón), and Hemingway (Victor Alfonso), on a summer road-trip through the Dominican Republic — their last together before college. Along the way, the car breaks down frequently, leaving the three boys stranded with nearly every character under the Dominican sun: a Haitian hitchhiker, a famous photographer and an intriguing artist. And when these strangers trigger a series of adventures unexpectedly changing their travel plans, their celebratory journey may well become a final farewell. From IndiePix Films.

For the Family:

"Welcome to the Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1" (2016) is a two-disc set that contains the first 13 episodes of the first season of the Nickelodeon series that introduces Lincoln Loud, an 11-year old boy who is the middle child of 10 sisters. The series follows Lincoln and his sisters for an inside look at what it takes to survive growing up in a huge family. Lincoln remains the man with the plan to stay one step ahead of the chaos, but whether or not it works is where the adventures begin. Inspired by creator and executive producer Chris Savino's ("Rocko's Modern Life," "The Powerpuff Girls") life growing up in a family of 10 kids. From Paramount … photo for Rock Dog< In "Rock Dog" (2016), when a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. With the voices of J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black and Kenan Thompson. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … When duty calls again hero dog Max returns to action in "Max 2: White House Hero" (2017), starring Zane Austin, Francesca Capaldi, Carrie Genzel and Lochlyn Munro. His new assignment brings Max to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex, tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ, along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Warner … photo for My Life as a Zucchini Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, "My Life as a Zucchini" (2016 — French) is a delightful and touching tale about the uplifting power of friendship in the face of adversity. After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. Though he struggles to find his place at first, with the help of his new friends, Zucchini learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own. With a band of unforgettable characters, "My Life as a Zucchini" stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal … Class is back in session at Super Hero High in "DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games" (2017), the second feature in the new, animated universe celebrating young girls. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee and Katana square off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games, but trouble is in the air as Lena Luthor takes advantage of the gathering of the Supers to enact her villainous plan. It’s up to the DC Super Hero Girls to fight the forces of evil and protect their
school. From Warner.

Special Interest:

Adored by many fans and audiences, Heath Ledger was one of Hollywood's most gifted young actors. Starring in break-out hits like "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Dark Knight," Ledger quickly rose to fame before his tragic and unexpected death at the age of 28. The documentary "I Am Heath Ledger" (2017) recounts his remarkable acting career, from his early days performing in Australia to his rapid rise in the Hollywood spotlight. The documentary also showcases footage captured through the lens of Ledger's own camera, offering a unique look into his personal life. In addition to never before seen footage, photo for I Am Heath Ledger "I Am Heath Ledger" features a wide range of interviews, from close friends and family members to industry colleagues including directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke; actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch; musicians Ben Harper, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), N'fa, and Grace Woodroofe; and the Ledger family. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Virgil Films … "Shaquille O’Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam: Live from Sin City" (2017) is hosted by stand-up entertainer Lavell Crawford; the live recording presents some of the hottest comedians around, including K-Dubb, Cocoa Brown, Donnell Rawlings and Earthquake. From Codeblack Films/Lionsgate … There's three important documentaries this week from First Run Features: "Unlocking the Cage" (2016) by Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he tries to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Arguing that cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants deserve to be treated as sentient, self-aware and autonomous beings, Steve and his legal team are making history by fighting to transform a chimpanzee from a "thing" with no photo for All Governments Lie rights to a "person" with limited legal protections. This riveting film captures a monumental shift in our culture as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve's impassioned arguments … Independent journalists like Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Matt Taibbi are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, adversarial alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. "All Governments Lie" (2016) follows them as they expose government and corporate deception — just as the ground-breaking independent journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago … In the "The Future of Work and Death" (2016), worldwide experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life: work and death. Charting human developments from early man, past the Industrial Revolution, to the digital age and beyond, this documentary looks at the astonishing exponential rate at which mankind creates technologies to ease the process of living. As we embark on the next phase of our "advancement," with automation and artificial intelligence driving the transformation from man to machine, the film gives a shockingly realistic look into the future of human life.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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May 222017

finding kim

FINDING KIM, an honest, intimate and inspiring documentary that follows three years of a transgender man’s journey as he transitions from female to male, makes its highly-anticipated debut in 15 cities, including New York and Los Angeles, on May 31 and becomes available on Digital platforms on June 6, 2017, from Random Media.  

The groundbreaking film showcases the incredible and honest story of a truly remarkable individual managing the beginnings of gender re-assignment.  Documenting the entire process including top surgery, it navigates the delicate world of friendships and the torment of what to tell one’s family; finally offering the chance to share joy as Kim experiences life the way he always felt he should: as a happy, confident, human being.

Captured by documentary filmmakers Aaron Bear and Gabriel Bienczycki, FINDING KIM is a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.  Set in the backdrop of progressive Seattle, the film features insights, advice and real-life experience from Dan Savage, Carmen CarreraCalpernia Addams, Buck Angel and more.

In creating FINDING KIM, it was Bear and Bienczycki’s goal for Kim’s voice to resonate with anyone struggling with gender identity or self-acceptance.

The film’s message is one that speaks beyond gender.  It’s about knowing and understanding oneself and who one truly is as an individual.   It unveils Kim’s story in the most organic way possible while staying true to the documentary filmmaking process.

The film covers the most intimate parts of Kim’s life, including his top- surgery, struggles and moments of happiness.  To capture this, Bear and Bienczycki interviewed the individuals closest to Kim, discovering their thoughts on his process and how the transition affects their relationship.   The film also includes others who have gone through the process of gender reassignment.
Ultimately their goal is to allow audiences to walk away with a new outlook on gender.

Theatrical Release
FINDING KIM is the first film to be released in a unique new theatrical arrangement with Tugg, Inc., the web-platform that enables fans, content owners, and brands to choose the films that play in their local theaters and community venues.   The film’s May 31 release will include theatres in top markets including New York and Los Angeles.  A complete list of markets is forthcoming.

Full Synopsis:
Fifty-year-old Kim has made a decision. A decision a lifetime in the making: transitioning to a man.

FINDING KIM allows audiences to join him through the fearful, powerful, freeing journey of which he’s only dreamed.  The film documents the entire process including top surgery, navigating friendships and the torment of what to tell one’s family; and finally the chance to watch Kim’s joy as he experiences life the way he always felt he should: as a happy, confident, human being.
Captured by documentary filmmakers Aaron Bear and Gabriel Bienczycki, FINDING KIM is a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. Set in the backdrop of progressive Seattle, this film features insights, advice and real-life experience from Dan Savage, Carmen Carrera, Calpernia Addams, Buck Angel and more.

An intimate and inspiring documentary following fifty-year-old Kim who has made a decision. A decision a lifetime in the making: transitioning to a man.

Official Film Site :  www.FindingKim.com

Social Media

Facebook:   @FindingKimMovie   / https://www.facebook.com/findingkimmovie/

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May 202017

May 2:
I Am Not Your Negro: Documentary explores race in America through writer James
Baldwin's unfinished novel, "Remember This House." Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
Operation Mekong: A band of elite narcotics officers are sent by the Chinese government to uncover the truth behind the ambush of two Chinese commercial vessels traveling down the Mekong River. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 6)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: Alice returns to where the nightmare began, The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 16)
The Space Between Us: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes, and he embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 16)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage: When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is recruited back into action. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 16)

May 9:
Get Out: A young African-American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate and is introduced to her parents — and their friends — and discovers a disturbing truth about the family. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 23)
The Great Wall: European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 23)
My Life as a Zucchini: After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 23)
Rock Dog: When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 23)
Sky on Fire: A security guard becomes embroiled in a battle to protect stem cell research, which can potentially cure cancer, from falling into the wrong hands. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 6)

May 16:
American Wrestler: The Wizard: Based on true events: 17-year-old Ali Jahani comes to live with his cynical uncle in a California town and, because he's is different, he’s met by a very unwelcoming community, and faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 23)
Collide: An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Germany's high-speed Autobahn. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 30)
Fist Fight: When one school teacher unwittingly causes another teacher's dismissal, he's challenged to an after-school fight on the last day of the school year. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 30)
Logan: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border, but his attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives. (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 23)
The Shack: Based on the worldwide best-selling novel and inspirational story of faith and love — with over 22 million copies in print. A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack." (DVD, Blu-ray release: May 30)

May 19:
Bambi Signature Collection: "Bambi" celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 6)
The LEGO Batman Movie: LEGO Batman stars in his own big-screen adventure where he has to drop the lone vigilante thing to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 13)

May 23:
I Am Heath Ledger: New documentary provides an intimate look at the performer's life and personal journey.
John Wick: Chapter Two: After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life. Sequel to the 2014 surprise hit. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 12)
The Sense of an Ending: A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 6)
A United Kingdom: The inspiring true story of the forbidden love between the king of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940s. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 6)

More Streaming News

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

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

June 13:
CHIPS: A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may
involved some crooked cops. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 27)
Power Rangers: A group of high-school students, infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world. (DVD, Blu-ray release: June 27)

June 27:
The Fate of the Furious: When a mysterious woman named the Cipher seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. Includes director's extended cut (on Digital versions only). (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 11)

July 11:
LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Blowout Beach Bash!: Scooby and the gang are back to solve a brand new supernatural crime mystery as the Ghost Pirates invade Blowout Beach. (DVD, Blu-ray release: July 25)

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May 182017





The #1 action film in the world, The Fate of the Furious, goes full-throttle on Digital HD on June 27, 2017, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on July 11, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The latest exhilarating installment of the nitro-fueled blockbuster action franchise features a gripping new storyline, the most outrageous collection of vehicles yet, and an all-star cast of fan favorites and series newcomers. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the close-knit crew criss-crosses the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing world chaos – and to bring home the man who made them a family. With more than an hour of never-before-seen bonus features and an Extended Director's Cut, The Fate of the Furious will be the crowning glory of every fan's collection.

Now that Dom (Vin Diesel, XXX, Riddick), and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez, Avatar, Resident Evil) are married, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team seems to have found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Snow White and the Huntsman) lures Dom back into the world of crime and convinces him to betray those closest to him, the crew faces new trials that will test them as never before.

The Fate of the Furious reunites Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson (Baywatch, The Other Guys), Jason Statham (The Transporter, The Expendables), Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson (Transformers, Ride Along 2) and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges (No Strings Attached, Max Payne) in a heart-stopping new adventure that also features Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Hateful Eight) and Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino, Suicide Squad).


  • The Cuban Spirit – As the first major studio motion picture to shoot in Cuba in decades, the country's effusive spirit permeates the making of the film.
  • In the Family – In The Fate of the Furious, family ties are put to the ultimate test. Get an inside look at the family divide.
  • Car Culture – It's time to put yourself in the driver's seat of the supercharged vehicles showcased in The Fate of the Furious.


  • All About the Stunts – Go behind the scenes to witness how The Fate of the Furious accomplished the most epic stunts in franchise history.
  • Extended Fight Scenes
  • Feature Commentary with Director F. Gary Gray

Director F. Gary Gray's never-before-seen extended cut and the Theatrical release are available on all physical products (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD) that will include digital codes for both versions.  Also available on digital platforms.

The Fate of the Furious will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital HD. The 4K Ultra HD combo pack will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • 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.
  • DIGITAL HD lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

Website: http://uni.pictures/FateFuriousExtended
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/FateFuriousTrailer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FastandFurious/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fastandfuriousmovie
Hashtag: #F8

Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood
Music By: Brian Tyler
Costume Designer: Marlene Stewart
Edited By: Christian Wagner, Paul Rubell ACE
Production Designer: Bill Brzeski
Director of Photography: Stephen F. Windon ACS, ASC
Executive Produced By: Amanda Lewis, Samantha Vincent, Chris Morgan
Based on Characters Created By: Gary Scott Thompson
Produced By: Neal H. Moritz p.g.a, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell
Written By: Chris Morgan
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

Street Date: July 11, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61187516 (US) / 61187517 (CDN)
Layers: BD-66
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content and language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French (Canadian) Subtitles
Sound: DTS:X Immersive Audio; 2.0 DTS Headphone:X; DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital1, Spanish and French (Canadian) DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes

Street Date: July 11, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61180959 (US) / 61180971 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content and language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French (Canadian) Subtitles
Sound: English DTS Headphone X, DTS X, Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes

Street Date: July 11, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61180964 (US) / 61180968 (CDN)
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content and language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French (Canadian) Subtitles
Sound: English Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes

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May 182017

In August, Criterion will take you into uncharted waters with the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz's unsung classic The Breaking Point – a white-knuckle Hemingway adaptation starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal – on Blu-ray for the first time. The films of Sacha Guitry have long been celebrated in France, including the late-career black comedy La poison, the writer-director's first collaboration with wildly expressive performer Michel Simon, making its home video debut. Mike Leigh's Meantime, appearing in a new 2K restoration, was a revelation in 1984, exposing filmgoers to the character-based social realism Leigh had honed working in British theater and television, as well as to two young actors whose electrifying performances heralded incredible careers: Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. The latter was soon to costar alongside Chloe Webb in Sid & Nancy, Alex Cox's crash-and-burn punk romance, which we'll present in a new 4K digital restoration. Finally, Walter Matthau exudes wily charm in the lovable cat-and-mouse spy comedy Hopscotch, on Blu-ray in a new 2K digital restoration.

August 8: The Breaking Point
August 15: Meantime
August 15: Hopscotch
August 22: La Poison
August 22: Sid & Nancy


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May 182017



“Some sequels are worth the wait.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“A wild ride from start to finish!” – Julian Roman, Movieweb


Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller & Robert Carlyle Return

In the Acclaimed Sequel From Oscar® Winner Danny Boyle



The Year’s Must-Own Movie Reunion Debuts on Digital June 13   

On 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ & DVD June 27


~ Including More Than 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes Plus Exclusive Cast Interviews ~


T2 TRAINSPOTTING, the critically acclaimed sequel to the pop culture phenomenon Trainspotting, debuts on digital June 13 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ and DVD June 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Ewan McGregor (Angels & Demons, Big Fish), Ewen Bremner (Snatch, Black Hawk Down), Jonny Lee Miller (TV’s “Elementary,” Dark Shadows) and Robert Carlyle (TV’s “Once Upon a Time,” The Full Monty) return in their signature roles as Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie twenty years later, for the on-screen reunion critics are calling  “funny, touching, and vital” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, T2 TRAINSPOTTING was directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Best Director, Slumdog Millionaire, 2008) and co-stars Shirley Henderson (Marie Antoinette), Kelly Macdonald (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”) and Anjela Nedyalkova (The Paradise Suite).


The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of T2 TRAINSPOTTING include over 30 minutes of deleted scenes, commentary with Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge and the featurette “20 Years in the Making: A Conversation with Danny Boyle and the Cast,” where Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle hold a candid and lively discussion about the 20 year journey that brought them full circle with their iconic characters.


Synopsis: First there was an opportunity… then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.


T2 TRAINSPOTTING was written by John Hodge (The Beach, Trainspotting), based on the novels by Irvine Welsh. It was produced by Andrew Macdonald (Ex Machina, Trainspotting), Danny Boyle, Christian Colson (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) and Bernard Bellow (Steve Jobs, 127 Hours). Executive producers are Irvine Welsh and Allon Reich.


Bonus Materials Include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “20 Years in the Making: A Conversation with Danny Boyle and the Cast” Featurette
  • Commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Screenwriter John Hodge


T2 TRAINSPOTTING has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is rated R for drug use, language throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence.
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May 172017

‘I find that the most inexplicable behavior is motivated by very relatable human impulses,’ comments Louis Theroux (“TV Nation”) as he heads to Los Angeles for his feature documentary, in collaboration with director John Dower and double Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn, exploring the Church of Scientology. Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behavior, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church’s headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humor and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is stranger than fiction.

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May 162017

From the Big Screen:

"Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" and "The Space Between Us."For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

"Good Morning" (1959) is a lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu's perennial theme of the challenges of intergenerational relationships, "Good Morning (Ohayo)" tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking as an act of resistance after their parents photo for Good Morning refuse to buy a television set. Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his childish protagonists. Shot in stunning Technicolor and set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors' new washing machine and unemployed men look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy reworks Ozu's own silent classic "I Was Born, But …" to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with a new 4K digital restoration from Shochiku Co., with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

Shout! Factory has a pair of ratty releases making Blu-ray debuts this week: In "Willard" (1971), starring Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester and Ernest Borgnine, Willard Stiles (Davison) is a young man with a big problem. He lives alone in a crumbling house with his ailing mother. His boss, Al Martin is a vulgar, cruel man who stole his photo for business from Willard’s father and is now working Willard to death at his factory job. Lonely, depressed and isolated, Willard is on the verge of a breakdown when he makes a new friend: Ben, one of the many rats who inhabit his dilapidated home. Not only can Willard communicate with the rodent, but he can actually command him to do his bidding. Using Ben and his furry friends as instruments of retaliation, Willard commands his pets to carry out his vengeance. New 4K scan of the original camera negative. "Ben" (1972), starring Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy and Meredith Baxter, is a sequel to "Willard." When detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland (Campanella) investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats, he discovers that the rats are now an organized army, and he must destroy the murderous rodents before it is too late. But the rats, led by Ben, the only survivor of the Willard attack, take to the challenge with full force and little fear. New HD transfer of the best surviving archive print.

After shooting cult favorites "Flesh for Frankenstein" and "Blood for Dracula" in Europe, photo for The Climber Joe Dallesandro spent much of the 70s making movies on the continent. In France, he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi ("Savage Three," "Season for Assassins") to nunsploitation ("Killer Nun"). "The Climber" (1975) follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as "The Public Enemy" and "Scarface" as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge… . On Blu-ray/DVD Combo with new 4K restoration of the film from the original negative, the original Italian soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono with optional and alternative English-language soundtrack. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

From TV to DVD:

"Ice: Season One" (2016-17) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the DIRECTV high-impact crime series starring Jeremy Sisto, Cam Gigandet, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone. "Ice" follows the prestigious diamond-dealing Green Family, as they plunge into the high-stakes underbelly of the Los Angeles diamond trade. From Entertainment One.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "A Mermaid's Tale" (2017), starring Jerry O'Connell, Barry Bostwick, Caitlin Carmichael and Nancy Stafford, a young girl is forced to move with her father to a small seaside town, where she struggles to fit in and make new friends. One day she discovers a secluded cove where she befriends a mysterious mermaid, and together they uncover a secret that could help save the town and heal an age-old feud between humans and sea people. From Lionsgate … "Extortion" (2017), starring Eion Bailey, photo for The Outcasts Barkhad Abdi, Bethany Joy Lenz and Danny Glover, a family vacationing at a Caribbean resort takes a carefree boat ride that turns tragic when they’re stranded on an island. Near death, they’re rescued by a local fisherman, who demands a million dollars, forcing the father to find his dying wife and son on an unknown island before their time runs out. From Lionsgate … In "The Outcasts" (2017), starring Victoria Justice, Eden Sher, Ashley Rickards, Peyton List and Avan Jogia, Mindy and Jodi are two world-class high school geeks who have been tormented for years by Whitney, the most popular girl in school, and Mackenzie, her second in command. When Jodi becomes the target of Whitney's worst prank yet — embarrassing her at a party in front of a potential love interest — the two outcasts conspire to unite the other nerds and put the bully clique in their place. From Monarch Home Entertainment.

On the Indie Front:

In "Country Crush" (2016), starring Madeline Merlo, Munro Chambers and Sophie Tweed-Simmons, follows city girl Nancy Taylor (newcomer Merlo) who meets Charlie Bishop (Chambers) on her way to a party in the country. He returns with her to New York City where her music career is beginning to flourish, and despite the reservations of her best friend Ainsley, their romance continues. From Shout! Factory … In "Lovesong" (2016), starring Riley Keough, Jena Malone and Cary Joji Fukunaga, Sarah (Keough), neglected by her husband, embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy (Malone). Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding.From Strand Releasing.

For the Family:

"Digimon Adventure Tri. – Reunion" (2015 — Japan) is Digimon’s first feature-length movie since 2000; it reunites the characters and original cast from the classic series and picks up where the beloved Digimon adventure 2002 series ended. It's been six years since that summer adventure when Tai (now in high school) and the rest of the photo for Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition“DigiDestined” crossed over to the Digital World, and nearly three years since the frenzied final battles between warring factions. With the gate to the Digital World closed, time continues to pass, until the adventure “digi-volves” once again. On DVD, Blu-ray from Shout! Factory … "Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition" is a re-release of the 2009 DC Universe Original Movies feature with the voices of Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Virginia Madsen, David McCallum, Marg Helgenberger, Oliver Platt and Vicki Lewis. From Warner … "Bubble Guppies: Super Guppies" (2017) is a new collection featuring five heroic "tails." Whether they're diving into a comic book, going on a treasure hunt or helping to keep the streets safe, the Bubble Guppies prove that being a hero is a lot more than just fighting crime. From Nickelodeon/Paramount.

Special Interest:

"Special Blood" (2016) is an Award-winning documentary that chronicles the lives of four patients living with the rare and life-threatening blood disease Hereditary Angioedema (HAE). Failed by a healthcare system that is largely ignorant of their existence, patients Ava, Noah, Kelsie, and Lora join their voices together to conquer adversity and create change. Natalie Metzger, a filmmaker as well as an HAE patient herself, directed and produced the film. The film will be released in conjunction with the fifth national HAE Day. May 16 has been an important day of awareness for the HAE community ever since the US Congress signed a resolution in 2012 to make May 16 national HAE Day, now celebrated internationally. Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic disease that causes unpredictable attacks of extreme swelling. Attacks can happen anywhere in the body and range from inconvenient hand swelling to grotesque facial distortion to throat swelling that can lead to suffocation and death. HAE is very rare, only affecting 1 in 50,000 people. Because of its rarity, many healthcare professionals have never heard of it, causing patients to often be misdiagnosed or treated incorrectly, sometimes even having unnecessary surgeries. In America, it takes nine years on average for an HAE patient to get diagnosed; that is almost a decade of not knowing what is wrong and of not having proper treatment. The delay in diagnosis is appalling, but more troubling is that six to ten patients still die every year from HAE, despite the recent development of life-saving medication. Many of these deaths are a result of ignorance about the disease or lack of access to medication. Some deaths even happen within a hospital setting, where the patient could have easily been saved. From Random Media … Eagle Rock Entertainment will photo for he Frank Sinatra Collection: The Timex Showsrelease on May 19 two volumes of "The Frank Sinatra Collection: The Timex Shows," bringing together some of Frank Sinatra’s finest performances on television and in concert. Vol. 1 combines his first two Timex TV shows from the late ‘50s. The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: First broadcast by ABC on October 19, 1959. This was the first of four Timex-sponsored television specials that Sinatra hosted. It’s a fun and energetic show that captures Frank Sinatra at the top of his game. Guests include Dean Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Bing Crosby, who join forces for an opening rendition of “High Hopes” and later Jimmy Durante makes a surprise appearance. An Afternoon With Frank Sinatra: First broadcast by ABC on December 13, 1959, this was the second of Sinatra’s four Timex television specials. The show includes guest appearances from Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, The Hi-Lo’s, Red Norvo’s jazz combo, dancer Juliet Prowse and the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Sinatra sings such hits as “I’ve Got The World On A String,” "I'll Never Smile Again" and duets on "Can't We Be Friends" with Ella. Vol. 2 combines his two final Timex TV shows from 1960. To the Ladies: First broadcast by ABC on February 15, 1960, this show surrounded Frank Sinatra with a host of wonderful female performers for his third Timex-sponsored television special. It’s a mix of comedy, opera, dancing and great songs. Guests include Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and special guest star Eleanor Roosevelt. Welcome Home Elvis: First broadcast by ABC on May 12, 1960, this was Sinatra’s fourth and final Timex special. It marked Elvis Presley’s first TV appearance after coming home from military service. Elvis performs “Fame And Fortune” and “Stuck On You” then Presley and Sinatra join forces on great renditions of “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender.” Joining in the fun is Nancy Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

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May 152017

“An ending you will never see coming.” ~ Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider

“Grabs you and doesn’t let go.” ~ Max Evry, ComingSoon.net

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson & Ryan Reynolds Star in the Edge-of-Your-Seat Sci-Fi Thriller



Debuting on Digital June 2
On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray& DVD June 20

Includes Never-Before-Seen Astronaut Diaries & Three Immersive Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

Experience extraterrestrial life like you’ve never seen it before, in the heart-pounding sci-fi thriller LIFE, debuting on digital June 2 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Skydance Productions. Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain, 2005), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) star as a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station who discover a rapidly evolving life form that threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Also starring Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Ariyon Bakare (Rogue One), and Olga Dihovichnaya (House of Others), the film was directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and written by Deadpool screenwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Hailed by critics as a “non-stop thrill ride, with high stakes, terror, and intense moments around every corner” (Brandon Davis, ComicBook.com), LIFE also features the ultimate twist ending.

Packed with bonus materials, the Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of LIFE include deleted scenes, three behind-the-scenes featurettes and the never before seen “Astronaut Diaries”. In “Claustrophobic Terror: Creating a Thriller in Space,” director Daniel Espinosa and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick take fans through their dynamic approach to creating the tense cinematic thriller. Fans dive deep into the scientific reasoning behind the creation of Calvin and learn why it inspires wonder and fear in “Creating Life: The Art and Reality of Calvin.” In “Life: In Zero G,” the cast and crew dive into the challenges of filming an entire film mimicking zero gravity. Finally, in “Astronaut Diaries,” Rory Adams, Miranda North and Hugh Derry reveal their inner most feelings about their mission and life, in video diaries pulled directly from the station.

LIFE is an intense sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life-form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, LIFE was produced by
David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn; with Don Granger and Vicki Dee Rock serving as executive producers.

Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD & Digital Bonus Materials Include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Three Featurettes:
    • “Claustrophobic Terror: Creating a Thriller in Space”
    • Life: In Zero G”
    • “Creating Life: The Art and Reality of Calvin”
  • “Astronaut Diaries”

LIFE has a run time of approximately 102 minutes and has an R rating for language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror.

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May 122017

A tale as old as time, more magical than ever”

– Mike Wilber, NBC News


Bring home the timeless tale beloved by generations

Arrives on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere on June 6

Bring Home the Timeless Tale Beloved by Generation and Go Beyond the Magic &

Music in Ways Like Never Before, and for the first time, experience how this film was brought to life

Includes 3 ways to watch the movie, an enchanted table read, over 10 minutes of deleted scenes

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. Now the stunning, cinematic event arrives home on June 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

Fans who bring home “Beauty and the Beast” can celebrate the release with three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.

Bonus features include*:


  • Enchanted Table Read – Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.

  • A Beauty of a TaleExplore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.

  • The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast” – Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.

  • Making a Moment with Celine Dion – Celine Dion shares what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast.”
  • From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.”

    • Belle” — Filmmakers and cast reveal how it felt to shoot this memorable scene.
    • Be Our Guest” — Discover all that went into creating this epic, primarily virtual performance.
    • Gaston” — Join the cast for rehearsals and filming of this rousing, high-energy number.
    • Beauty and the Beast” — You’re invited on set for the filming of this beloved, classic scene.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Introduction by Director Bill Condon — Director Bill Condon presents a collection of scenes that, for one reason or another, ended up on the cutting-room floor.
    • Gaston Courts Belle — Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle.
    • Bread and Jam for Agathe — On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.
    • Storming the Ice Gates — The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle’s defenses.
    • Lumière Torches LeFou — As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette … until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated interruption.
    • Monsieur Toilette — LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he's startled by a castle resident.
    • Cogsworth Rescues Lumière — When Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumière, Cogsworth leaps into the fray.
    • Treacle the Lasses — Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou – Madame Garderobe’s dog-turned-footstool – into the kitchen, where a surprise awaits.
    • LeFou and Monsieur Toilette Reunite — After the spell is broken and the castle residents are returned to human form, LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again.
  • Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon.
  • Beauty and the Beast” Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.
  • Making the Music Video – Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video.
  • Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.
    • Belle”
    • How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Music Box)
    • Belle” (Reprise)
    • Gaston”
    • Be Our Guest”
    • Days in the Sun”
    • Something There”
    • How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Montmartre)
    • Beauty and the Beast”
    • Evermore”
    • The Mob Sing”
    • Beauty and the Beast” (Finale)


  • Beauty and the Beast” Music Video

Beauty and the Beast” features an extraordinary ensemble cast, including Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Hattie Morahan as the enchantress and Nathan Mack as Chip with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. The film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers.

As Condon explains, “There’s something about this story – and specifically the score, which was written 25 years ago – that is just magical, and I think that’s what still draws people in and is what makes this such a special experience.”

Thanks to the artistry and imagination of Condon and a brilliant creative team, audiences of all ages are sure to be captivated by the story’s music, adventure and romance once again.


Product SKUs: Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time: Approximately 123 minutes

Rating: PG in U.S., PG in CE, and G in CF

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / Widescreen 2.40

DVD Feature Film = Widescreen 2.40

Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French

DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French


Facebook: Facebook.com/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast

Website: Movies.Disney.com/beauty-and-the-beast-2017

Twitter: Twitter.com/BeOurGuest

Instagram: Instagram.com/BeautyAndTheBeast


Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it easy to buy Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere. Viewers can enjoy their digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple mobile platforms by simply adding the free DMA app or channel to their devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android mobile phones and tablets, Android TV, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Xbox 360, and connecting to their DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and Fios by Verizon. DMA users can explore Disney’s library of over 450 digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, redeem Digital Movie codes found in eligible Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars product, and earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.


For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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