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


Sep 172019

Street Date: 10/29/19

DVD SRP: $19.98

The greatest secret is hidden in the most unlikely of places in Them That Follow, arriving on DVD October 29 from Lionsgate. Set in the rugged wilderness of Appalachia, follow a pastor’s daughter who must hide a devastating secret that threatens her father’s church of Pentecostal snake handlers. From first-time directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage, the thrilling film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and stars Academy Award® winner Olivia Colman (2018, Best Actress, The Favourite), Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Emmy® winner Jim Gaffigan (2016, Outstanding Morning Program, Contributing Commentator, TV’s “CBS News Sunday Morning”), Emmy® nominee Walton Goggins (2010, Best Supporting Actor, TV’s “Justified”), Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman. The Them That Follow DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of Pentecostal snake handlers. As his devoted daughter Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Olivia Colman), Mara reveals a deadly secret that threatens to shatter the entire community. Also starring Kaitlyn Dever, Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman.

Olivia Colman             The Favourite, The Crown, TV’s “Broadchurch”, The Night Manager
Kaitlyn Dever              Beautiful Boy, Outside In, Detroit
Alice Englert               TV’s “Top of the Lake”, Beautiful Creatures
Jim Gaffigan               TV’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show”, American Dreamer, Chappaquiddick
Walton Goggins          The Hateful Eight, Tomb Raider, TV’s “Justified”, “Vice Principals”
Thomas Mann             Kong: Skull Island, Me Earl and the Dying Girl
Lewis Pullman            Lean on Pete, Bad Times at the El Royal, Battle of the Sexes

Trailer: https://youtu.be/Jd0bDqWCL5k

Year of Production: 2018
Title Copyright: Them That Follow © 2018 12300 Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for for some disturbing violence.
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Drama
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English SDH
Feature Run Time: 98 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 2.35:1 Presentation
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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Sep 172019

THE LETTER (1940) New 2019 1080p HD Master

In a career packed to the rafters with show-stopping performances, Bette Davis delivers up one of her best in this W. Somerset Maugham adaptation directed by the great William Wyler. In this torrid, tropical melodrama, Davis plays Leslie Crosbie, a wealthy socialite who stuns her island community when she guns a man down on the steps of her plantation estate. Leslie’s claim of self-defense develops serious cracks when a blackmailer turns up with incriminating correspondence. While her attorney (James Stephenspn) risks his legal career, Leslie’s husband Robert (Herbert Marshall) struggles to understand her heart. Meticulously restored for this new 1080p HD presentation, Wyler’s masterful camerawork, Davis’ layered and chilling performance, and the outstanding contributions from an superb supporting cast are all given in life in this revelation of a release of an acknowledged piece of classic cinema. Special Features: Alternate Ending Sequence; 2 Audio-Only Bonuses: Lux Radio Theater adaptation starring Davis, Marshall and Stephenson from 4/21/41 and Lux Radio Theater adaptation starring Davis and Marshall from 3/6/44; Theatrical Trailer (HD)


THE SET-UP (1949) New 2019 1080p HD Master

Robert Wise directs film noir icons Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter in this real-time film noir boxing drama that portrays the final fight in palooka pugilist Stoker Thompson’s (Ryan) career. While Stoker’s wife Julie (Totter) implores him to give up the ring, Stoker’s simple credo of “fighters gotta fight” keeps him tied to the squared circle. But Stoker is in the dark about this particular fight – his manager has promised a gangster that Stoker will take a dive. Too bad he didn’t tell Stoker… A miracle of lean and luscious direction, all of The Set-Up’s grit and glory sparkles in this scintillating 1080p HD transfer that packs a wallop. Special Feature: commentary by director Robert Wise and Martin Scorsese.


A TOUCH OF CLASS (1973) New 2019 1080p HD Master

Director Melvin Frank’s bittersweet comedy romance about an attempted illicit affair between a married American (George Segal) and a divorced Englishwoman (Glenda Jackson) proved a surprise smash hit thanks to its charm, humor and fine performances all around including Paul Sorvino and Hildegard Neil. After a chance encounter, Vickie Allesio (Jackson) and Steve Blackburn (Segal) attempt to have a tryst far from prying eyes in Málaga, but a series of mishaps and muscle spasms throw a monkey wrench into the romance. Growing closer through adversity, they decide to continue their affair back in London, but the relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn. A Touch of Class arrives looking love-at-first-sight fresh thanks to this new HD master that shines with warmth and immediacy. 16×9 Widescreen.


MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982) New 2019 1080p HD Master 

Mark Linn-Baker makes his debut and Peter O’Toole is a delight in this tale from director Richard Benjamin inspired by producer Mel Brooks’ experiences working for Sid Caesar’s legendary Your Show of Shows. Young Benjy Stone (Baker), tyro comedy writer/production assistant on “King” Kaiser’s (Joseph Bologna) Cavalcade of Comedy TV show, is overjoyed when his childhood idol, swashbuckling screen star Alan Swann (O’Toole), gets booked as the host. But when Swann is discovered living on the dipsomaniac side of the street, King wants to sack him from the show. Desperate to defend his hero, Benjy makes a plea on his behalf. Annoyed by Benjy’s temerity, King puts Swann under Benjy’s charge with the caveat that if Swann falls off the wagon while they are rehearsing, it will cost Benjy his job. All goes almost smoothly until Swann finds out Cavalcade is broadcast live and he’s “not an actor, (he’s) a movie star!” The production’s skillful recreation of early 1950s New York, Richard Benjamin’s comedic gifts as a director thoroughly infused with a human touch, and one of O’Toole’s most celebrated performances effervesce as never before thanks to this intoxicating High Def Master. Special Feature: commentary by director Richard Benjamin. 16×9 Widescreen


POPEYE THE SAILOR THE 1940s VOLUME THREE (1948-49) New 2019 1080p HD Masters From 4K Scans of the Original Negatives

This set finishes out Popeye’s second decade of screen stardom with cartoons originally released to movie theaters in 1948 and 1949. In these cartoons, Popeye and Olive travel back to prehistoric times, ancient Greece and the Sherwood Forest. They visit Plymouth Rock and the Old West, then battle assorted baddies in the Egyptian desert, the freezing Arctic and the Ozarks. Of course, Bluto is back as Popeye’s number-one nemesis, tackling the sailor man as a rival lumberjack, a fanatic flying ace and a lecherous vaudeville hypnotist. But that’s not all! Popeye also has his fists full with a pair of pet dogs, irritating houseflies and a quartet of spinach-hating, sound-alike nephews. He ultimately meets his match when Olive decides to throw her hat in the ring and makes a run for U.S. president! Collection includes Olive Oyl for President; Wigwam Whoopee; Pre-Hysterical Man; Popeye Meets Hercules; A Wolf in Sheik’s Clothing; Spinach vs Hamburgers; Snow Place Like Home; Robin Hood-Winked; Symphony in Spinach; Popeye’s Premiere; Lumberjack and Jill; Hot Air Aces; A Balmy Swami; Tar with a Star; Silly Hillbilly; Barking Dogs Don’t Fite; The Fly’s Last Flight. Also available on DVD!

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

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Sep 162019

From the Big Screen:

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

Fred Schepisi’s internationally acclaimed masterpiece, “The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith”
(1978 — Australia), based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, is the shocking tale of an indigenous man driven to madness and revenge. Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis) is a young Aboriginal half-caste raised in central New South Wales at the turn-of-the-century, a boy initiated by his tribe but also educated by a stern Methodist minister (Jack Thompson). Looking to gain respectability in white society, Jimmie finds a white bride while performing back-breaking work on local farms, but cannot escape his skin color, suffering ongoing racism and oppression. Discovering that he may not be the father of his wife’s child, and red without pay, Jimmie explodes in a fury of violent revenge and escapes into the bush with his brother Mort, cutting a bloody path of retribution upon the society that has forsaken him. In 1901, the year Australian democracy is born, Jimmie Blacksmith finally faces his fate, and with it the fate of his people. Co-stars Freddy Reynolds and Angela Punch McGregor. This two-disc set includes the 117-minute international version and the 122-minute Australian version. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber … photo for Cluny Brown “Cluny Brown” (1946), the final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, is a zany, zippy comedy of manners set in England on the cusp of World War II, and is one of the worldly-wise director’s most effervescent creations. Jennifer Jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down — with plenty of help from Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), an eccentric continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from. Sending up British class hierarchy with Lubitsch’s famously light touch, “Cluny Brown” is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … For his first studio picture, “Polyester” (1981). filth maestro John Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to allow his muse Divine to sink his teeth into a role unlike any he had played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine worthy of a Douglas Sirk melodrama. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering photo for POLYESTERFrancine turns to the bottle as her life falls apart — until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). Enhanced with Odorama technology that enables you to scratch and sniff along with Francine, “Polyester” is one of Waters’ most hilarious inventions, replete with stomach-churning smells, sadistic nuns, AA meetings, and foot stomping galore. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … “Noir Archive Volume 3: 1957-1960” is a three-disc set with nine films. From out of the shadows comes this final collection of hard to find noir classics in high definition with original aspect ratios: “The Crimson Kimono” (1959) photo for Noir Archive Volume 3: 1957-1960 directed by Samuel Fuller with Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta; “The Lineup” (1958) directed by Don Siegel with Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Warner Anderson; “Man on a String” (1960) directed by Andre DeToth with Ernest Borgnine, Kerwins Mathews, Colleen Dewhurst, Alexander Scourby; “The Shadow in the Window” (1956) directed by William Asher with Phil Carey, Betty Garrett, John Barrymore, Jr.; “The Long Haul” (1957) directed by Ken Hughes, with Victor Mature, Diana Dors, Patrick Allen; “Pickup Alley” (1957) directed by John Gilling with Victor Mature, Anita Ekberg, Trevor Howard; “The Case Against Brooklyn” (1958) directed by Paul Wendkos with Darren McGavin, Maggie Hayes, Bobby Helms; “She Played With Fire” (1957) directed by Sidney Gilliat with Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Bernard Miles, Ian Hunter; “The Tijuana Story” (1957) directed by László Kardos with Rodolfo Acosta, James Darren, Robert McQueeney. On Blu-ray from Kit Parker Films/MVD Entertainment.

From TV to Disc:

“The Good Fight: Season Three” (2019) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of CBS All Access’ first original scripted series — a spin-off and sequel to “The Good Wife.” A year after the series finale of “The Good Wife,” an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) and wipes out the savings of her mentor, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). The pair join Diane’s former employee, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), at Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad, a prestigious African photo for The Good Fight: Season ThreeAmerican–owned firm making waves by taking on Illinois police brutality cases. This season, Diane tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. From CBS/Paramount … “Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season” (2018-19) comes in a five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray with all 22 episodes. In Season Four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before — a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of? From Warner.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

When his manager prevents comic book artist Fei Ying Xiong from getting the girl he loves, he summons help from four legendary Kung Fu masters to learn the highest level of martial arts to get what he wants most in “Kung Fu League” (2018 — China), starring Yu-Hang To, Wenzhuo photo for Kung Fu League Zhao, Jay Chou, Ashin. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Well Go USA … In “Dead Water” (2018), starring Casper Van Dien, Brianne Davis, Griff Furst and Judd Nelson, a relaxing getaway turns deadly when a former Marine must risk his life to save his wife and best friend from a modern-day pirate while facing the ghosts of the war he left behind. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … Tired of flying sharks? Then get ready for “Clownado” (2019), starring Linnea Quigley, Eileen Deitz, Rachel Lagen, John O’Hara and Joel D. Wynkoop. Cursed demonic circus clowns set out on a vengeful massacre using tornadoes. A stripper, Elvis impersonator, truck driver, teen runaway, and a dude get caught in the supernatural battle between femme fatal and the boss clown from hell. From WildEye Releasing … “Chicago Cab” (1997) boasts an amazing cast including Paul Dillon, Michael Ironside, Michael Shannon, Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, John C. Reilly, Gillian Anderson, Kevin J. O’Connor John Cusack, Julianne Moore. It’s 6 a.m. and 20 degrees below zero on a December photo for Chicago Cabmorning in Chicago and a cab driver picks up his day’s first passengers. This sets into motion 14 hours in the life of a cab driver as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city while emotionally connecting to many of them, including a depressed rape victim, stoners, randy lawyers, a drug runner and a pregnant womanr with whom he races to get to the hospital. The film was based on the play “Hellcab” by Will Kern and was misleadingly marketed as a horror film, which it’s not. “Chicago Cab” is interesting and well done and while we don’t learn anything too specific about the cab driver, the personalities of his various fares are revealing. Soundtrack features Chet Baker, Pearl Jam, Lena Horn and The Grifters. From Liberation Hall … In “Mock & Roll” (2017), starring Roger Earl, Michael Stanley, Alex Ortiz, Aditi Molly Bhanja, Chris Wolfe and Andrew Yackel, Ohio parody band Liberty Mean is tapped out, clueless and struggling to raise the needed money to get to the photo for Mock & RollSouth by Southwest Music Festival where their dreams can become reality. Unfortunately, bad decisions and absurd circumstances lead the band down a dark and stormy road in this frenetic caricature of rock and roll reverie. This is not a story of “has-beens” but of “never-beens,” where visions go screwy and time plays against the odds. Features the music of Foghat and Black Owls. From Soundview … Former Bond star George Lazenby (“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”) headlines the classic giallo “Who Saw Her Die?” (1972), directed by Aldo Lado — as compelling for its haunting atmosphere, twists and turns as for its parallels with another great Venetian horror/thriller – Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now.” Sculptor Franco Serpieri (Lazenby) welcomes Roberta (Nicoletta Elmi) photo for Who Saw Her Die? — his young daughter from a failed marriage — to Venice, unaware that a disturbed child-killer is stalking the city’s canals. When Roberta’s body is found floating face-down in the river, the lives of Franco and his estranged wife Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg) are ripped asunder. Desperate for vengeance, Franco turns detective in a bid to track down his daughter’s killer, and in the process unearths shocking evidence of depravity and corruption which implicates some of the most respected figures in Venetian society. Released at the height of the giallo boom, this mystery thriller boasts some of the most iconic names associated with the genre on both sides of the camera. Co-starring Dominique Boschero and Adolfo Celi, and featuring one of the all-time greatest scores from maestro Ennio Morricone. New 2K restoration of the full-length Italian version of the film from the original 35mm camera negative, with uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio. Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … In “Nightwish” (1989), starring Brian Thompson, Jack Starrett, Robert Tessier, Elizabeth Kaitan abd Alisha Das, a doctor of parapsychology provokes his students to examine photo for Nightwishtheir own deaths in evermore horrifying circumstances by using sensory deprivation techniques. Roles are exchanged and shuffled as reality and fantasy become indistinguishable and each new dreadful death proves more terrifying than the last. Their paranormal explorations lead them to an abandoned mansion in a desolate area that natives call the “Valley of Fear,” where years of drinking chemically tainted water have lead to a genetically damaged population and mutant wildlife. Local legends also tell stranger stories of extraterrestrials which the students attempt to explore. Reality, the supernatural and dreams weave into a tight tapestry of horror and sublimated desire from which there may be no escape. Video store era cult classic makes its HD debut in a new 4k Mastering with restored color correction from the original camera negative. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Unearthed Classics.

Foreign Films:

Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, 47-year-old Saul Armendariz — known in the Mexican wrestling ring as Cassandro — is a champion “exotico” wrestler, a luchador who performs in drag with generous doses of camp vamping between back-breaking suplexes. His trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first photo for Cassandro the Exotico! openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century — the story of an underdog and a queer icon simultaneously fragile and mighty. The documentary “Cassandro the Exotico!” (2018 –France) (English and Spanish with English subtitles) captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure. Shot entirely on 16mm film, it follows the “Liberace of the Lucha Libre” in his final years of competition, struggling with opponents and the cruel passage of time, while melding tender encounters and larger-than-life fight scenes into a stylish whole that reflects the vivid textures and hues of a dazzling life in sport. From Film Movement … In “My Son” (2017 — France), starring Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent, a 7-year-old boy has gone missing in the middle of the night. The crisis draws the child’s father Julien (Canet) back to a small, snowy town in eastern France in an effort to help. Julien has been abroad for work and has been essentially absent from his son’s life since splitting with his wife (Laurent) a few years earlier. Fueled by his sense of guilt about neglecting his family, Julien is determined to do whatever it takes to find his son. That includes using physical photo for In the Aisles force against anyone he thinks could be a suspect in the kidnapping –and stepping outside the law — as he begins to unfold the mystery of the boy’s disappearance. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cohen Media Group … “In the Aisles” (2018 — Germany), starring Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth and Sandra Huller, is a warmly poignant glimpse into the shared connections of a motley group of workers who spend their nights working in a big box superstore. When the reclusive Christian takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, his new manager, Bruno from the Beverage Departmen, teaches him the lay of the land and the delicacy it takes to operate a forklift. Christian becomes enamored by his charming but mysterious co-worker “Sweets Marion,” with whom he begins to share flirtatious break room coffees and conversations. But Marion has secrets of her own and when she suddenly goes on sick leave, Christian is tempted to fall into the habits of his dark past. From Music Box Films.

For the Family:

In “The Case of Hana & Alice” (2015 — Japan), when Alice transfers to a new middle photo for The Case of Hana & Alice school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home, now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find that their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle. This unusual and charming animated film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai is a shaggy-dog mystery tale that ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life. On Blu-ray from GKIDS/Shout! Factory.

Special Interest:

“Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns” (2019) coincides with the national broadcast on PBS. The eight-hour series focuses on the personal stories of the fascinating characters who created and shaped the genre – from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills, to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times and places in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people. “Country Music” digs deep to uncover the roots of the music, including ballads, minstrel music,hymns and the blues, and its early years in the 1920s, when it was first recorded and called “hillbilly music.” It then shows how the music sprouted many new branches during the twentieth century: Western swing and singing cowboys, bluegrass and honky tonk, rockabilly and the “outlaws,” the smooth Nashville Sound and harder-edged Bakersfield Sound, and many others––showing that country music never was just one style but a broad American mixture that became a major cultural force. On DVD, Blu-ray, from PBS Distribution … photo for Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (2019) is an artful and intimate meditation on the life of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in Lorain, Ohio to 70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her riverfront writing room. Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. Featuring interviews with Hilton AL’s, Angela Davis, Fran Leibowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. From Magnolia Home Entertainment.

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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Sep 162019

Be prepared: Disney’s “The Lion King,” the worldwide phenomenon that brought the Pride Lands’ iconic characters to life in a whole new way, arrives on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Oct.11 and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Oct. 22. Directed by Jon Favreau, the summer blockbuster, which reigned supreme with audiences worldwide — earning over $1 billion at the global box office and an A CinemaScore — journeys home with all-new bonus features, music videos and an exclusive extra for Digital consumers.xxx Continue reading »

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Sep 162019

Kino Lorber Announces its October 2019 Home Video Releases

Hercules in the Haunted World (Kino Classics, 2 Disc Blu-ray and DVD)
Bluray and DVD Street Date: October 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP: $29.95

1961 / Horror / 84 min / NR / Color

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Reg Park, Christopher Lee, Leonora Ruffo, George Ardisson

Synopsis: Immediately following the success of Black Sunday, Mario Bava was recruited to direct (and photograph) the second of Reg Park’s Hercules films for producer Achille Piazzi. Freely departing from Roman mythology, the film gave Bava the opportunity to reimagine the sword-and-sandal genre. On its surface a jovial comedy adventure, Hercules in the Haunted World features a striking use of color, which would become one of Bava’s directorial hallmarks. But this playful peplum is tinged with a sense of genuine foreboding, voiced by a masked oracle Medea (Gaia Germani) in one of the film’s most stunning sequences. When Hercules descends into the depths of hell and confronts Lico (Christopher Lee), who has the power to call forth corpses from their tombs, the film plunges into the eye-popping, bone-chilling horror for which Bava had recently become famous.

Bonus Features:
* 2K restoration from the original camera negative
* U.S. release version: Hercules in the Haunted World (with optional English SDH captions)
* European release version: Vampire gegen Hercules; aka Ercole al centro della Terra (Italian dialogue with optional English subtitles)
* U.K. release version: Hercules at the Center of the Earth
* Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
* Interview with actor George Ardisson
* U.S. theatrical trailer
* U.K. theatrical trailer

Three Peaks (Greenwich Entertainment, DVD)

DVD Street Date: October 8, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 89 min / NR / Color

Director: Jan Zabeil
Starring: Alexander Fehling, Bérénice Bejo, Arian Montgomery

Synopsis: Fatherhood, suspicion and resentment are a combustible formula in Jan Zabeil’s elegant, unnerving domestic thriller Three Peaks, in which a family vacation becomes a harrowing fight for survival. German Aaron (Alexander Fehling, Homeland) has found the woman of his life in his French girlfriend Lea (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) but her young son Tristan still imagines his mother reconciling with his American father. On what should be an idyllic vacation in the soaring Italian Dolomites, Aaron fights to win over Tristan and cement his place in this family, while Lea wrestles with conflicting loyalties to her son and her lover. Yet when Tristan disappears into the mountains, it’s unclear who is in the most danger. Complex, deceptive and gripping to the last second, Three Peaks chips away at our darkest nightmares to reveal the everyday anxieties on which they feed.

Our Hospitality (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1923 / Comedy / 75 min / NR / Color Tinted

Director: Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone
Starring: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge, Joe Keaton

Synopsis: Our Hospitality (1923) broadened the boundaries of slapstick and proved that Buster Keaton was not just a comedian, he was an artist. Keaton stars as youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to find that his inheritance is a rundown shack. On top of that he learns that the object of his affection (Keaton’s real-life wife Natalie Talmadge) is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. McKay’s personal struggles are punctuated by brilliant slapstick setpieces that involve an exploding dam, raging waterfalls, and a primitive steam engine. Keaton supervised the design and construction of the train, which he revived two years later for the short The Iron Mule (1925).

Bonus Features:
Audio commentary by film historians Farran Smith Nehme and Imogen Sara Smith
Un duel à mort (A Duel to the Death, 1947, a short film starring Buster Keaton)
The Iron Mule (1925, a short film starring Al St. John)
A presentation on Our Hospitality by Serge Bromberg
Booklet essay by Jeffrey Vance
Scoring for Buster, a documentary on the recording of Robert Israel’s score

The Bloody Brood (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1959 / Drama 72 min / NR / B&W

Director: Julian Roffman
Starring: Jack Betts, Peter Falk, Barbara Lord, Ron Hartmann, Ron Taylor

Synopsis: Two years before directing the 3-D cult favorite The Mask (1961), Julian Roffman made his feature directorial debut with this early canuxploitation film, The Bloody Brood (1959). When his brother turns up dead after eating a hamburger laced with ground glass, Cliff (Jack Betts) sets out to investigate the murder, venturing into the underground world of beatnik culture and its sinister underbelly of drugs and vice. Peter Falk (TV’s Columbo) makes his feature debut as Nico, sinister mentor and drug-dealer to the tuned-in kids of the beat generation. This 60th anniversary release has been newly mastered from archival 35mm elements, and showcases the moody cinematography of d.p. Eugen Schüfftan, who would two years later win an Academy Award® for his cinematography of The Hustler (1961, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White). – Jason Pichonsky

Bonus Features:
* “Beatniks and Broken Glass: Remembering The Bloody Brood” (2019, 16 min.)
* Audio Commentary by Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com and Film Historian Jason Pichonsky
* FDR Hyde Park (1949, 16 min., directed by Julian Roffman) with commentary by the director’s son, Peter Roffman
* Freedom To Read (1954, 14 min., directed by Julian Roffman)
* Theatrical trailer

Covergirl (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray and DVD)
Brand New 2K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1984 / Drama-Romance / 93 min / R / Color

Director: Jean-Claude Lord
Starring: Jeff Conaway, Irena Ferris, Cathie Shirriff, Kenneth Walsh, Deborah Wakeham, Charles Dennis

Synopsis: A Scorpion Release! Splashed with high-fashion glamour, romance and fantasies-come-true, Covergirl tells the story of one girl’s meteoric rise to superstar model – and the man who makes it all happen. Covergirl also depicts, the heartaches and struggles involved in the climb to success… the result is a provocative insight into the world of beauty and fashion. Behind-the-scenes of New York’s racy world of high fashion and glamour, Kit Paget (Irena Ferris, TV’s Cover Up), a New York model who is cynical of ever reaching the top, meets T.C. Sloane (Jeff Conaway, Grease and TV’s Taxi), a video and computer whiz entrepreneur, whose visions bring the magic of Covergirl to life. Directed by Jean-Claude Lord (The Vindicator) and co-starring Kenneth Walsh (The Day After Tomorrow).

Talking Walls (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray and DVD)

Brand New 2K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1987 / Drama-thriller / 85 min / R / Color

Director: Stephen Verona
Starring: Sybil Danning, Stephen Shellen, Sally Kirkland, Barry Primus, Marie Laurin, Don Calfa

Synopsis: A Scorpion Release! Like any red-blooded American male, Paul Barton (Stephen Shellen, The Stepfather) lives for romance and intimacy. But in his desire to find the key to a lasting relationship, Barton carries voyeurism to the point of obsession and beyond. Armed with state-of-the-art equipment, Barton begins a very unusual college research project. Determined to find the source of true passion, he knocks a hole in the wall of his motel room and begins taping the intimate moments in the adjoining room. But his passionate research does not stop there. Soon, the entire motel is under his watchful eye. His research yields some very interesting and steamy findings. Findings about love, his college professor, himself and Jeanne (Marie Laurin, Creature), the girl of his dreams. Talking Walls is a high-tech, high-octane drama where temperatures rise, sparks fly and where morality is thrown out the window. Directed by Stephen Verona (The Lords of Flatbush) with a top-notch cast that includes Sybil Danning (Chained Heat), Sally Kirkland (Anna), Barry Primus (Night Games), June Wilkinson (Macumba Love) and Don Calfa (The Return of the Living Dead).

Tamango (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1958 / Drama / 99 min / NR / Color

Director: John Berry
Starring: Dorothy Dandridge, Curd Jürgens, Jean Servais

Synopsis: Tamango (1958) is a racially-charged adventure on the high seas starring Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones) and directed by blacklistsed American director John Berry (He Ran All the Way). This French-Italian international co-production follows Dutch sea captain Reiker (Curt Jürgens, The Spy Who Loved Me), who is leading a slave ship on a voyage to Cuba. He brings along his enslaved mistress Aiche (Dandridge), who is recruited by the captured slave Tamango (Alex Cressan) to join a revolt. The ensuing mutiny leads to a tense standoff in which Aiche is forced to choose between her lover and her people.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by film critic Peter Tonguette

The Eagle (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1925 / Drama / 73 min / NR / B&W

Director: Clarence Brown
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, Louise Dresser, James A. Marcus

Synopsis: In a departure from his onscreen persona of Latin lover, silent-era sex symbol Rudolph Valentino delivered one of the most nuanced and powerful performances of his career in this epic romance set in 18th-century Russia, directed by Clarence Brown (Flesh and the Devil, Anna Karenina). Valentino stars as Vladimir Dubrovsky, a lieutenant in the Imperial Guard who becomes a fugitive after he rejects the amorous attentions of the Czarina Catherine II (Louise Dresser). Returning to the land of his father, Dubrovsky becomes a masked defender of justice known as the Eagle, and swears vengeance upon a nobleman (James A. Marcus) who has been victimizing the poor and weak. But before he can right the wrongs of the evil Kyrilla Troekouroff, Dubrovsky’s true identity is revealed and he must face the judgement of the spurned Catherine.

Bonus Features:
* 2K Restoration from 35mm material
* New musical score composed and performed by Alloy Orchestra
* Audio commentary by film historian Gaylyn Studlar

The Sentence (Kino Lorber, DVD)
DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 86 min / NR / Color

Director: Rudy Valdez
Featuring Cindy Shank

Synopsis: Winner of the 2018 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, The Sentence explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing through the story of Cindy Shank, a mother of three young children serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement in a Michigan drug ring years before. A lyrical, intimate story documented over 10 years by Cindy’s younger brother, filmmaker Rudy Valdez, The Sentence follows Cindy’s struggles to be present in her children’s lives from behind bars and her daughters’ experiences growing up without their mother at home, while her husband, parents and siblings fight for her release before the last months of the Obama administration’s Clemency Project.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary with director Rudy Valdez, Theatrical trailer

The Chambermaid (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Drama / 102 min / NR / Color

Director: Lila Avilés
Starring: Gabriela Cartol, Agustina Quinci, Teresa Sánchez

Synopsis: In her feature debut The Chambermaid, theater director Lila Avilés turns the monotonous work day of Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail. Set entirely in this alienating environment, with extended scenes taking place in the guest rooms, hallways, and cleaning facilities, this minimalist yet sumptuous movie brings to the fore Eve’s hopes, dreams, and desires. As with Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, set in the same city, The Chambermaid salutes the invisible women caretakers who are the hard-working backbone of society. – New Directors/New Films

La Marseillaise (Kino Classics, Blu-ray and DVD)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 29, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

1938 / Drama-History / 131 min / NR / B&W

Director: Jean Renoir
Starring: Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet

Synopsis: In Jean Renoir’s La Marseillaise one of the greatest French directors tells the epic story of the French Revolution with scope and intimacy. Disregarded in its time, it is only now emerging as a remarkably innovative work of historical excavation. Made towards the end of France’s left wing Popular Front government when Europe was on the brink of war, La Marseillaise is a markedly political film about a country in flux. Funded by a public subscription service and filmed in a jaunty newsreel style, it follows a cross-section of people-from the citizens of Marseilles to Louis XVI-who are affected by the shifting political and social forces in the early days of the French revolution.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton * Booklet essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew

Landscape Film: Roberto Burle Marx (Kino Lorber, DVD)

DVD Street Date: October 29, 2019
DVD SRP: $29.95

Documentary / 72 min / NR / Color

Director: Joao Vargas Penna
Featuring: Burle Marx, Amir Haddad

Synopsis: A journey through the art, life and legacy of the Brazilian landscape architect and painter best known for the iconic black-and-white mosaic promenades that line Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach.

This documentary shows the full contribution of the landscape artist to the national flora of Brazil. Directed and written by João Vargas Penna, the film is a walk through the art and personality of Roberto Burle Marx, who was also a painter, cook and singer, facets little known to the general public.

Born in São Paulo, the son of a German Jew and Catholic from Pernambuco, Burle Marx was a forerunner of ecology and defense of the environment. The landscaper valued native plant conservation and discovered many new species on collecting and research trips.

The 3-D Nudie-Cuties Collection (Kino Classics, Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Street Date: October 29, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95

1951-1962 / Comedy / 166 min / NR / B&W and Color

Director: Fritz Umgelter and Francis Ford Coppola, John Wallis

Starring: June Wilkinson, Randy Brent, Gabrielle Bennett, Marianne Bennett, Shelly Forbes, Leigh Sands, Lorraine Sheldon, Barbara Stanley

Synopsis: Nudie-Cuties were popular in grindhouse theaters in the early 1960’s but they were eventually replaced with more explicit fare. 3-D was a natural for this genre with such titillating promises as “A girl in your lap” and “They dance right off the screen into your arms.”

For The 3-D Nudie-Cutie Collection the 3-D Film Archive has restored two rare features from this era of sexploitation. The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962) stars June “The Bosom” Wilkinson and includes new scenes directed by 22-year-old Francis Ford Coppola, including a finale in “The New Depth Perception.” Adam and Six Eves (1962) was filmed with the venerable Natural Vision camera rig in 1962 but was never released in 3-D.

We also present two Golden Age 3-D short subjects: Love for Sale (1953) features the gorgeous Bella Starr and Beauty in 3rd Dimension is a newly curated collection of Figure Studies in Kodachrome Stereo from 1951.

The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)
Starring June Wilkinson
Directed by Fritz Umgelter and Francis Ford Coppola
1.85:1 * 94 minutes

Adam and Six Eves (1962)
Directed by John Wallis
Starring Randy Brent, Gabrielle Bennett, Marianne Bennett, Shelly Forbes, Leigh Sands, Lorraine Sheldon, Barbara Stanley
1.66:1 * 60 minutes

Love for Sale (1953)
1.37:1 * 10 minutes

Beauty in 3rd Dimension (1951)
1.37:1 * 2 minutes

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Sep 162019

Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Announces its October 2019 Home Video Releases

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987)
Brand New 2K Master!
Blu-ray Street Date: October 1, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Action-Thriller / 106 min / R / Color

Director: Gary Sherman
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Gene Simmons, Robert Guillaume, Mel Harris, William Russ, Jerry Hardin, Hugh Gillin,

Synopsis: When the Hunter Becomes the Prey, Somebody’s Going to Pay! From Gary Sherman, the director of Raw Meat, Dead & Buried and Vice Squad! Nick Randall (Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner, Flesh+Blood) is an urban bounty hunter, a lethal professional who collects society’s garbage for a living. Malak Al Rahim (KISS legend Gene Simmons, Runaway) is an international terrorist with a plan to turn Los Angeles into a bloody battlefield. But when the CIA uses Randall as bait to trap the madman, the hunter becomes the hunted. And when the violence hits Randall’s home, the bounty becomes a mission of very personal vengeance. Robert Guillaume (TV’s Benson), Mel Harris (TV’s Thirtysomething) and William Russ (Disorganized Crime) co-star in this action-packed thriller which features a final showdown that critics and fans alike call one of the most explosive climaxes of the ’80s.

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Director Gary Sherman and Executive Producer Arthur M. Sarkissian | Interview with Gary Sherman | Interview with star Mel Harris | Two Theatrical Trailers

Ffolkes (1980) aka North Sea Hijack

Blu-ray Street Date: October 1, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Action Adventure / 95 min / PG / Color

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Starring: Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks, Jack Watson, David Hedison, George Baker

Synopsis: Screen legends Roger Moore (The Spy Who Loved Me), Anthony Perkins (Psycho) and James Mason (Lolita) star in this fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller. Madman Lou Kramer (Perkins) captures and threatens to destroy a vital North Sea oil rig in 24 hours unless the British government delivers a huge ransom. Only one man has the skills to defeat him — Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes (Moore), a reclusive underwater expert who leads an elite commando team in a race-against-the-clock high-seas assault. Veteran filmmaker Andrew V. McLaglen (The Wild Geese, The Devil’s Brigade) directed this entertaining, action-packed, humorous and offbeat thriller in a genre all its own.

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson | Reversible Art | Theatrical Trailer

Storm of the Century (1999 TV Mini-series)

DVD Street Date: October 1, 2019
DVD Street Date: $29.95

Horror-Fantasy / 257 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Starring: Colm Feore, Tim Daly, Debrah Farentino, Casey Siemaszko , Jeffrey DeMunn, Stephen King

Synopsis: An Unspeakable Evil Has Arrived! From Stephen King (The Shining, Salem’s Lot, Misery, Needful Things), the best-selling novelist of all time, comes the terrifying tale of a town besieged by evil. The inhabitants of a picturesque, sleepy little town on a small island off the coast of Maine find themselves completely cut off from the rest of the world when they are hit by the worst storm of the century. As snow steadily buries everything familiar and an eerie darkness envelops the town, terror arrives in the form of an enigmatic stranger who somehow knows the innermost secrets of the residents. After a succession of bizarre murders, and with no end to the storm in sight, the townspeople are forced to take drastic action before it’s too late. Starring Colm Feore (The Chronicles of Riddick), Tim Daly (TV’s Wings), Debrah Farentino (Son of the Pink Panther), Casey Siemaszko (Young Guns) and Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile) with top-notch direction by Craig R. Baxley (I Come in Peace and TV’s Rose Red).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Stephen King and Director Craig R. Baxley | Trailers

Death Dreams (1991 TV Movie)
DVD Street Date: October 1, 2019
DVD SRP: $19.95

Thriller-Horror / 94 min / NR / Color

Director: Martin Donovan
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Marg Helgenberger, Fionnula Flanagan , Taylor Fry, Conor O’Farrell, George Dickerson

Synopsis: A Murder Mystery That Begins in the Beyond! George Westfield (Christopher Reeve, Superman, The Aviator) and his wife Crista (Marg Helgenberger, Species and TV’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) enjoy wealth, beauty and social rank. But when Crista’s daughter Jennie tragically drowns, their perfect world unravels. Without warning, Jennie contacts Crista from the beyond… to tell her mother how she really died. Bit by bit, clues pile up, evidence is found and what follows is a riveting murder-mystery that will haunt you long after the credits roll. Fionnula Flanagan (The Others) co-stars in this chiller directed by Martin Donovan (Apartment Zero).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Author Amanda Reyes | Trailers

Nightmare Beach (1989)

Brand New 4K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror / 91 min / R / Color

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Starring: John Saxon, Michael Parks, Nicolas De Toth, Sarah Buxton, Lance LeGault, Rawley Valverde

Synopsis: From Umberto Lenzi, notorious director of such Euro-sleaze classics as Paranoia, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, Spasmo, Eyeball and Cannibal Ferox comes Nightmare Beach, a shockingly gory tale of a madman in a motorcycle helmet who is taking out young co-eds all over the sparkling sands of South Florida during Spring Break. As the body count creeps up, Miami detective John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Black Christmas, Evil Eye) tries to keep ahead of the curve in this carnage-packed slasher gem from the maestro of macabre. Featuring a rollicking score by Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti (Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, The Heroin Busters) and co-starring the great Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2 and TV’s Then Came Bronson).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan | Nightmare Rock: Interview with Composer Claudio Simonetti | Includes both English and Italian Audio | Theatrical Trailer

Baby Blood (1990)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror / 87 min / R / Color

Director: Alain Robak
Starring: Emmanuelle Escourrou, Jean-François Gallotte, Christian Sinniger, Alain Chabat, Jacques Audiard, Roselyne Geslot

Synopsis: It’s Time to Feed the Baby! It is a voracious parasite from the dawn of creation, surviving centuries in search of the one thing it needs: to be born of a human. But when this cunning creature slithers inside a sexy circus performer (voluptuous French starlet Emmanuelle Escourrou, Lady Blood), it demands gallons of fresh blood to grow stronger. Now this reluctantly expectant mommy and her chatty mutant fetus are off on a cross-country killing spree, where pre-natal care means violent carnage and the ultimate mother’s milk is Baby Blood! Also known as The Evil Within, this French shocker is now presented totally uncut and uncensored with all its infamous womb-raiding, gore-spewing and flesh-baring beautifully restored in HD! Co-written and directed by Alain Robak (Adrénaline).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin and Film Critic Jarret Gahan | Includes both Original French and English Audio | Theatrical Trailer

My Boyfriend’s Back (1993)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy-Horror / 85 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Bob Balaban
Starring: Andrew Lowery, Traci Lind, Edward Hermann, Mary Beth Hurt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Austin Pendleton, Matthew Fox, Paul Dooley, Jay O. Sanders, Bob Dishy, Matthew McConaughey, Cloris Leachman

Synopsis: Teenager Johnny Dingle (Andrew Lowery, Color of Night) will do anything to keep his date with the hottest girl in school-even come back from the grave! You see, Johnny had the perfect scheme to win the heart of Missy McCloud (Traci Lind, Class of 1999), the town beauty. Unfortunately, Johnny’s scam goes sour and he winds up dead. Even so, Johnny’s determined to keep his date-unaware of the hilarity waiting for him upon his return. The wonderful cast includes Edward Herrmann (The Lost Boys), Mary Beth Hurt (D.A.R.Y.L.), Austin Pendleton (Hello Again), Matthew Fox (Bone Tomahawk), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Boogie Nights), Paul Dooley (Popeye), Jay O. Sanders (V.I. Warshawski), Bob Dishy (The Big Bus), Matthew McConaughey (A Time to Kill) and Cloris Leachman (Scavenger Hunt) as Maggie the Zombie Expert. Produced by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th), written by Dean Lorey (Major Payne) and directed by Bob Balaban (Parents).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Director Bob Balaban with Actors Mary Beth Hurt and Austin Pendleton | Interview with Star Andrew Lowery | Interview with Director Bob Balaban | Interview with Composer Harry Manfredini | Interview with Actor Austin Pendleton | Reversible Art | Theatrical Trailer

The Monster (1994) (Il Monstro)
Brand New 4K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Comedy-Mystery / 118 min / R / Color

Director: Roberto Benigni
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Michel Blanc, Nicoletta Braschi, Jean-Claude Brialy, Dominique Lavanant, Massimo Girotti

Synopsis: From Roberto Benigni, the legendary star, writer and director of Johnny Stecchino and Life Is Beautiful! Hapless grifter Loris (Benigni) is always willing to take a stab at something new-so he lets Jessica (Nicoletta Braschi, Down by Law), an attractive stranger, move in. What he doesn’t know is that Jessica is an undercover cop who suspects him to be a serial killer and certified sex fiend-and she’ll stop at nothing to get her man. Beautifully shot by the great Carlo Di Palma (Blow-Up, Hannah and Her Sisters) and co-starring acting greats Michel Blanc (Monsieur Hire) and Jean-Claude Brialy (Claire’s Knee), The Monster was a monstrous box-office smash and a riotous showcase for Benigni’s slapstick genius.

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Peter Tonguette | Theatrical Trailer

Father Hood (1993)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 8, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $11.95

Comedy-Drama-Adventure / 95 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Darrell Roodt
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Halle Berry, Michael Ironside, Diane Ladd, Adrienne Barbeau, Sabrina Lloyd, Brian Bonsall, Bob Gunton, Josh Lucas

Synopsis: Father Hood is a hilarious action-packed hit in which Patrick Swayze (Point Break) stars as Jack Charles, a lovable small-time crook with big-time dreams. Jack’s latest scheme of hitting it big is interrupted when two strangers-his kids-suddenly appear on his doorstep to reclaim him as their dad. Before long, Jack and the kids are racing towards the biggest heist of his career-pursued by cops and the FBI on a hair-raising, action-packed, cross-country chase! Father Hood delivers an arresting combination of action and comedy sure to entertain everyone.

And Soon the Darkness (1970)
Brand New 4K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror-Thriller-Mystery / 99 min / NR / Color

Director: Robert Fuest
Starring: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice, Sandor Elès, John Nettleton, Hana Maria Pravda, Clare Kelly, Jean Carmet

Synopsis: Two young British nurses bicycling through the desolate French countryside. A mysterious stranger on a lonely stretch of road. The women become separated and soon after, one of them disappears. Now the remaining girl, alone and frightened, begins an increasingly desperate search for answers among the strangely uncooperative locals. Where is her friend? Was there a murder? And as the darkness approaches, is the killer now stalking her? Pamela Franklin (The Legend of Hell House) and Michele Dotrice (The Blood on Satan’s Claw) co-star in this unsettling shocker directed by Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. Phibes). And Soon the Darkness remains a favorite of thriller fans for its sexual menace, sinister style and one of the most quietly chilling final twists in ’70s British cinema. Original story and screenplay by Brian Clemens (See No Evil) and Terry Nation (The House in Nightmare Park) with top-notch cinematography by Ian Wilson (The Crying Game, Below).

Bonus Features: Audio commentary with Director Robert Fuest and Co-Writer/Co-Producer Brian Clemens, moderated by Journalist Jonathan Sothcott | Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth | Radio Spot | Theatrical Trailer

Sudden Terror (1970) aka Eyewitness

Brand New 4K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Thriller-Horror / 91 min / NR / Color

Director: John Hough
Starring: Mark Lester, Susan George, Lionel Jeffries, Jeremy Kemp, Peter Vaughan, Peter Bowles, Tony Bonner

Synopsis: Pins You to the Edge of Your Seat! Living on the island of Malta, Ziggy (Mark Lester, Crossed Swords) is an 11-year-old boy with an overactive imagination and a habit of telling wild lies. But when he sees the brutal assassination of a visiting African president by two rogue policemen, nobody will believe his story. Can Ziggy convince anybody that he is telling the truth before the psychotic cops are able to hunt down and murder the only eyewitness? This is no ordinary boy-who-cried-wolf story. Legendary director John Hough (Twins of Evil, The Legend of Hell House) packs Sudden Terror with plenty of tense style, stunning locations and startling violence. Susan George (Straw Dogs), Lionel Jeffries (The Quatermass Xperiment), Jeremy Kemp (The Blue Max), Peter Vaughan (Game of Thrones), Peter Bowles (The Offence) and Tony Bonner (Quigley Down Under) co-star in this shocking and terrifying suspense-thriller featuring music by legendary British art-rock bands Fairfield Parlour and Van der Graaf Generator.

Bonus Features: Audio commentary with director John Hough and writer (uncredited)/executive producer Bryan Forbes | Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson | Interview with star Mark Lester | SUDDEN TERROR – U.S. Trailer | EYEWITNESS – UK Trailer | Reversible Eyewitness Art

The Mindbenders (1963)
Brand New 4K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Thriller-Mystery / 109 min / NR / B&W

Director: Basil Dearden
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, Wendy Craig, John Clements, Michael Bryant, Geoffrey Keen, Norman Bird

Synopsis: When the Dark Side of the Mind Is Opened, Can It Ever Be Closed Again? A government scientist commits suicide while clutching a briefcase full of cash, and the police accuse him of being a Communist spy. But when his friend Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde, Accident, Modesty Blaise) suspects that the death may have been the result of brainwashing, he decides to prove his theory by subjecting himself to sensory deprivation. Can the doctor resist the experiment’s sadistic side effects… or will he fall under the control of The Mind Benders? Mary Ure (Where Eagles Dare) and Wendy Craig (The Servant) co-star this classic 1963 sci-fi thriller directed by Basil Dearden (Dead of Night, The Man Who Haunted Himself) that went on to influence Ken Russell’s mind-bending Altered States. Written by James Kennaway (Tunes of Glory) and beautifully shot by Denys N. Coop (Billy Liar) with a rousing score by Georges Auric (The Wages of Fear).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson | Theatrical Trailer

The Queen of Spades (1949)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror-Drama / 95 min / NR / B&W

Director: Thorold Dickinson
Starring: Anton Walbrook, Dame Edith Evans, Yvonne Mitchell, Anthony Dawson, Miles Malleson, Mary Jerrold, Ronald Howard

Synopsis: A gambling craze is sweeping 19th-century St. Petersburg, yet a dashing Russian army captain (Anton Walbrook, The Red Shoes) is too impoverished to participate. But when he learns that an aging countess (Three-time Oscar-nominee Dame Edith Evans, The Whisperers) may hold the ultimate key to gambling riches, the desperate young officer will stop at nothing to steal the sinister secret for himself. When fortunes are won and lost with the turn of a card, will one man wager his very soul on a final twist of fate? Yvonne Mitchell (Demons of the Mind) co-stars in this brilliant British chiller directed by Thorold Dickinson (Gaslight), featuring extraordinary cinematography by Otto Heller (Peeping Tom, The Ipcress File) and based on the celebrated short story by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (The Eagle).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton | Introduction by Martin Scorsese | An Analysis by Film Critic/Author Philip Horne | 1951 Interview with Thorold Dickinson at the British Federation of Film Societies | 1968 Screening Introduction by Thorold Dickinson | Theatrical Trailer

A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 15, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $14.95
DVD SRP: $11.95

Comedy-Drama / 106 min / PG-13 / Color

Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Starring: Steve Martin, Gabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, Catherine O’Hara, Stephen Baldwin, Alana Austin, Alyssa Austin

Synopsis: Steve Martin (Father of the Bride) shines in this heartwarming movie about a single dad who discovers the joys and pain of fatherhood after adopting a daughter. All is well with this special relationship until a local politician attempts to come between them. As they fight to remain a family, the bond between father and daughter is strengthened. With an all-star cast that features winning performances from Gabriel Byrne (Miller’s Crossing), Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects) and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone), A Simple Twist of Fate is a captivating and moving drama.

Trilogy of Terror II (1996)
Newly Restored in HD!
Blu-ray Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95

Horror-Thriller / 90 min / R / Color

Director: Dan Curtis
Starring: Lysette Anthony, Matt Clark, Geoffrey Lewis, Geraint Wyn Davies, Blake Heron, Richard Fitzpatrick

Synopsis: Unleashed in the original classic hit Trilogy of Terror, the demonic Zuni fetish doll carved its way into horror movie history. Now the black-magic headhunter returns to life, headlining this diabolical anthology of fear. The Graveyard Rats – After bumping off her wealthy husband, a money-hungry wife faces an unexpected complication: a cemetery crawling with flesh-eating rodents. Written by Richard Matheson (The Night Stalker) and Henry Kuttner (The Twonky) and directed by Dan Curtis (The Night Strangler). Bobby – Monstrous consequences result when a mother strikes a devilish bargain to bring her drowned son back from the dead. Written by Matheson and directed by Curtis. He Who Kills – When an African Zuni fetish doll is tied to multiple grisly murders, a young scientist investigates… and awakens an unspeakable ancient evil. Written by William F. Nolan (Burnt Offerings) and Dan Curtis and directed by Curtis. Starring Lysette Anthony (Krull), Matt Clark (White Lightning) and Geoffrey Lewis (High Plains Drifter).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth, MY DAYS WITH DAN: Interview with Star Lysette Anthony, PRACTICAL MAGIC: The Creature Effects of TRILOGY OF TERROR II with Second Unit Director Eric Allard and Special Makeup Effects Artist Rick Stratton, Trailers

Parasite 3-D (1982)

Newly restored in HD from a 4K scan of the original camera negative!
3-D restoration by the 3-D Film Archive!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror-Science Fiction / 85 min / R / Color

Director: Charles Band
Starring: Demi Moore, Robert Glaudini, Cherie Currie, Cheryl ‘Rainbeaux’ Smith, Vivian Blaine, James Davidson, Luca Bercovici

Synopsis: In the future, cities are ravaged by atomic fallout and controlled by evil corporations that have developed a mutant pair of flesh-eating parasites. One is feeding inside the man who created it. The other has escaped. Now with the help of a young woman left orphaned in the wasteland (Demi Moore, The Scarlet Letter), a scientist (Robert Glaudini, Wavelength) on the run must destroy these horrific creatures before they can reproduce. But the more a parasite feeds, the bigger it becomes. And the more it grows, the hungrier and angrier it gets. Released to theaters as “The First Futuristic Monster Movie in 3-D,” this sick shocker co-stars rocker Cherie Currie (Foxes), drive-in goddess Cheryl ‘Rainbeaux’ Smith (Caged Heat) and Broadway legend Vivian Blaine (Guys and Dolls). Directed by cult great Charles Band (Trancers, Blood Dolls) and featuring juicy creature effects by Academy Award-winner Stan Winston (The Terminator, Aliens), Parasite is now available for the first time in HD and 3-D!

Bonus Features:
* Newly Restored in HD from a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
* The BD includes both the 3-D and 2-D Version of the Film
* FROM THE INSIDE OUT: WRITING PARASITE – Featuring all-new interviews with writers Alan J. Adler and Michael Shoob
* THREE DIMENSIONS OF TERROR: FILMING PARASITE – Featuring all-new interviews with director Charles Band, co-writer Alan J. Adler, production manager Charles Newirth, art director Pamela B. Warner, and make-up department head Karen Kubeck
* SYMPHONY FOR SLIMY SLUGS: COMPOSING PARASITE – Featuring an all-new interview with composer Richard Band
* Interview with Creature Designer and Creator Lance Anderson
* Audio Commentary with Writer Alan J. Adler and Filmmaker/Historian Daniel Griffith
* Restoring Parasite in 3-D
* Still and Promotional Gallery
* 2 TV Spots
* Reversible Blu-ray Art
* Theatrical Trailer

Zoltan…Hound of Dracula (1977) aka Dracula’s Dog
Brand New 4K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Horror / 87 min / R / Color

Director: Albert Band
Starring: José Ferrer, Michael Pataki, Reggie Nalder, John Kirby, Jan Shutan, Libby Chase, John Levin

Synopsis: There’s More to the Legend Than Meets the Throat! When the Russian army unearths the vault of Dracula, they accidentally unleash his undead human slave (Reggie Nalder, Mark of the Devil) and the Count’s vampire hellhound Zoltan. But these friends need a new master and head for Los Angeles to find Dracula’s last living descendant, family man Michael Drake (Michael Pataki, Grave of the Vampire). With the help of an international vampire hunter, Inspector Branco (José Ferrer, The Sentinel), can Drake destroy Zoltan and his pack of blood-crazed devil-dogs-before “man’s best friend” fetches the final soul of the damned? Also known as Dracula’s Dog, this ferociously fun horror film was directed by Albert Band (I Bury the Living, Ghoulies II) and features makeup effects by Academy Award-winner Stan Winston (Parasite, Aliens).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Lee Gambin and John Harrison | Radio Spot | Reversible Dracula’s Dog Art | Theatrical Trailer

Phobia (1980)

Brand New 4K Master!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Thriller-Horror / 91 min / R / Color

Director: John Huston
Starring: Paul Michael Glaser, Susan Hogan, John Colicos, Lisa Langlois, Alexandra Stewart, Kenneth Walsh

Synopsis: Murder Put an End to Their Fears! The phobia-ridden patients undergoing a unique therapy treatment with Dr. Peter Ross (Paul Michael Glaser, Detective Dave Starsky of TV’s Starsky and Hutch) now face a new terror-murder! One by one they’re being killed off, and the finger points to… everyone! Set ’em up. And whittle ’em down. It’s a favorite technique in whodunit suspense-thrillers. And one of the masters is Phobia director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Prizzi’s Honor). See if you can identify the killer as the legendary filmmaker propels you into the most terrifying realm of all: your deepest fears. Screenplay by Lew Lehman (The Pit), Jimmy Sangster (Horror of Dracula) and Peter Bellwood (Highlander), based on a story by Gary Sherman (Dead & Buried) and Ronald Shusett (Alien). The top-notch cast includes Susan Hogan (The Brood), John Colicos (The Changeling), Lisa Langlois (Transformations), Alexandra Stewart (Goodbye Emmanuelle) and Kenneth Welsh (The Day After Tomorrow).

Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com and Film Historian Jason Pichonsky | Interview with Lead Actress Susan Hogan | Interview with Actress Lisa Langlois | Theatrical Trailer

Billy Bathgate (1991)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 22, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $14.95
DVD SRP: $11.95

Crime Drama / 106 min / R / Color

Director: Robert Benton
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Loren Dean, Steve Buscemi, Steven Hill, Stanley Tucci, Mike Starr, Moira Kelly, Kevin Corrigan, Xander Berkeley

Synopsis: The legendary Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) stars in the action-packed gangster epic Billy Bathgate, which details the rise and fall of notorious mobster Dutch Schultz. His story is told through the eyes of his young protégé Billy Bathgate (Loren Dean), who is an ambitious and streetwise kid seduced by the power, money, and glamour of crime. He soon begins to seriously question if his passport to the good life will come from the fiery Dutch and his gang. Directed by Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer) and featuring an all-star cast of Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Steve Buscemi (Fargo) and Stanley Tucci (Big Night), Billy Bathgate is a modern mob movie classic.

Nightmare in Badham County (1976)

Brand New 2K Masters!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 29, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Thriller-Drama / 101 min | 93 min / NR|R / Color

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Starring: Deborah Raffin, Chuck Connors, Tina Louise, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy, Lynne Moody, Fionnula Flanagan, Della Reese, Lana Wood

Synopsis: Where Innocence Is a Punishable Crime! Deborah Raffin (Death Wish 3) and Lynne Moody (Scream Blacula Scream) star as two young and attractive college students who become enmeshed in a trap of local prejudice and greed when their car breaks down outside a small, sleepy town. Insulted by the girls’ rejection of his amorous advances, the local sheriff (Chuck Connors, The Big Country) arrests them for trespassing and prostitution. After a mockery of a “trial,” they are sentenced to a womens’ prison farm run by brutal guards and a sex-crazed superintendent. Cut off from contact with friends and family, the girls realize that they are at the mercy of a crooked justice system, designed to supply local farms with cheap prison labor. Their only hope is to escape this nightmare, at the risk of their lives. Nightmare in Badham County exposes the terror and corruption of a vicious tyranny that actually exists in certain communities where “justice” is no more than a charade for greed. The great John Llewellyn Moxey (The Night Stalker) directed this realistic and shocking action-drama. Written by Jo Heims (Play Misty for Me) and co-starring Fionnula Flanagan (Death Dreams), Tina Louise (TV’s Gilligan Island), Robert Reed (TV’s The Brady Bunch), Della Reese (TV’s Touched by an Angel), Lana Wood (Diamonds Are Forever) and Ralph Bellamy (Trading Places).

Bonus Features: Includes both the TV cut and the R RATED Theatrical cut | Interview with Director John Llewellyn Moxey | Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Author Amanda Reyes and Author/Podcaster Justin Kerswell (TV Cut) | Trailers

Kundun (1997)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 29, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $39.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Drama-History / 134 min / PG / Color

Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang, Tencho Gyalpo, Robert Lin

Synopsis: From Martin Scorsese, the legendary director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas! Praised as one of the best films of 1997, Kundun received 4 Oscar nominations for Art Direction-Set Decoration (Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo), Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Costume Design (Dante Ferretti) and Score (Philip Glass). It’s the incredible true story of one of the world’s most fascinating leaders-Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama-and his daring struggle to rule a nation at one of the most challenging times in its history. Powerfully told, deeply spiritual and visually elegant, the film chronicles the life of the young Dalai Lama as he matures in both age and learning. Greeted with both controversy and acclaim upon its release, Kundun is often considered the second film in an unofficial trilogy about crises of faith from director Scorsese, positioned between 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ and 2016’s Silence.

Bonus Features: Interview with Director Martin Scorsese (32:20)
Interview with Composer Philip Glass (43:38)
Interview with Screenwriter Melissa Mathison (36:40)
IN SEARCH OF KUNDUN with Martin Scorsese – Documentary (85:00)
Interview with IN SEARCH OF KUNDUN Director Michael Henry Wilson (53:36)
Compassion in Exile – Documentary (62:00)
EPK Extras with Cast and Crew (38:52)
Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Peter Tonguette
Booklet Essay by Filmmaker Zade Constantine
Theatrical Trailer

New York Stories (1989)

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 29, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95

Comedy-Drama / 124 min / PG / Color

Director: Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Nick Nolte, Woody Allen, Giancarlo Giannini, Rosanna Arquette, Mia Farrow, Talia Shire, Mae Questel, Larry David, Julie Kavner, Mike Starr, Chris Elliott, Carole Bouquet, Patrick O’Neal, Steve Buscemi, Peter Gabriel, Illeana Douglas, Debbie Harry, Victor Argo, Kirsten Dunst

Synopsis: An anthology of wildly diverse, star-studded short films about life in the big city, New York Stories features the creative collaboration of three of America’s greatest filmmakers, Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) and Woody Allen (Annie Hall). Martin Scorsese’s Life Lessons – Nick Nolte (North Dallas Forty) stars in this passionate tale of a world-famous painter torn between his obsession for his art and his infatuation with his sturdy but unresponsive assistant (Rosanna Arquette, Desperately Seeking Susan). Francis Ford Coppola’s Life Without Zoe – Talia Shire (Rocky) and Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties) star in this whimsical fantasy as the childlike parents of Zoe, a very grown-up 12-year-old girl who brings charm and magic to life in New York. Woody Allen’s Oedipus Wrecks – Woody Allen (Take the Money and Run) directs and stars in this hilarious comedy as a neurotic lawyer who cannot escape the one woman who looms large in his life: his mother (Mae Questel, the legendary voice of Betty Boop). Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby) and Julie Kavner (Radio Days) star as the “other women” who further complicate his situation.

Life with Mikey (1993)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: October 29, 2019
Blu-ray SRP: $14.95
DVD SRP: $11.95

Comedy-Family / 91 min / PG / Color

Director: James Lepine
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper, David Huddleston, Christina Vidal, David Krumholtz, Victor Garber, Christine Baranski, Dylan Baker, Mandy Patinkin

Synopsis: Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future) is at his best in Life with Mikey, a hilarious showbiz comedy. Fox stars as Mikey, a former child star having a little trouble with his new role as a kids’ talent agent. He’s desperate to find a way to keep his third-rate talent agency from going under, when he meets Angie (Christina Vidal), a young con artist. With her streetwise smarts and irresistible charm, she’s a natural for TV commercials and could be their ticket to the big time-if they don’t drive each other crazy first. Life with Mikey is a fun-filled comedy treat that’s sure to entertain everyone.

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Sep 162019
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Comes to DVD on Oct. 1, 2019
“A banquet for Stones aficionados” – Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle

Throughout his three-decade career as a founding member of and bassist for The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman was known to the world as the “quiet one” in the band. Now, in
THE QUIET ONE, the famously private music legend speaks out about his extraordinary life and experiences as part of “the greatest rock and roll band in the world.” Opening up his vast personal archive – a lifetime’s worth of previously unseen home movies, photographs and memorabilia – Wyman reflects on his early years with The Stones, the band’s meteoric rise to fame, and his search for a sense of “normalcy” amid the whirlwind of sex, drugs, and rebellion. Endearingly humble and down to earth, Wyman pulls back the curtain to offer a one-of-a-kind perspective on life as a reluctant rock star who let his pulsating bass do all the talking on “Brown Sugar,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black” and countless other Stones classics.

THE QUIET ONE also includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Bob Geldof, and Stones record producer Andrew Oldham and engineer Glyn Johns. The

San Francisco Chronicle‘s Joel Selvin said, “After umpteen previous documentaries, concert films and video biographies, that this film consists almost entirely of previously unseen footage of the band qualifies as something of a minor miracle.” Al Alexander of

The Patriot Ledger wrote, “You get the feeling Wyman has seen it all from the perspective of both a participant and an observer. And he has the photos and home movies to prove it.” Glenn Kenny, writing in

The New York Times, called the film “an engaging documentary.”
About MPI and Dark Sky Films
The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI’s wholly owned subsidiary, Dark Sky Films is an independent film production and distribution label founded in 2008, working with emerging talent as well as established veterans to develop, package, produce and finance feature films and episodic television projects. Representing films from some of most talented directors working today, such as Ti West’s The House of the Deviland The Innkeepers, and Jim Mickle’s Stake Land, Dark Sky continues to identify original talent and projects to bring a vibrant slate of films to the world market, with original productions and releases such as We Are Still Here, Deathgasm, Emelie, Catfightand, most recently, Bitch and M.F.A.| Follow us on twitter: @darkskyfilms @mpimediagroup
Street date: October 1, 2019
SRP: $24.98
Running time: 98 minutes
Not rated
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Sep 152019
A Student’s Sexual Desire Leads to Death in

A Young Man With High Potential 

English Language German Thriller Coming to VOD September 17th

Linus de Paoli’s A Young Man With High Potential is a unsettling psychological thriller about a painfully shy graduate student and his increasingly unsettled relationship with a female student. Amanda Plummer (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pulp Fiction) co-starsThe film had its International Premiere at London’s FrightFest and will be released September 17, 2019 on various VOD/Streaming Outlets including iTunes, AmazonOnDemand, YouTube/Google and Vimeo.

SYNOPSIS:  Piet (Adam Ild Rohweder) is a brilliant grad student but also painfully shy and socially inept. His lonely and sexually frustrated existence changes when he is forced to partner on a school project with the pretty and outgoing Klara (Paulina Galazka). As they spend time together, Piet misinterprets her friendly personality and awkwardly professes his love to her. When Klara rejects his advance, Piet retreats into himself, becoming more obsessed with his “love” until one night when he drugs Klara and attempts to have sex with the unconscious woman, but when she begins to fight him off, he reacts in a violent way. What follows is a very long and horrifying aftermath that sends the man down a dark and despicable path. A disquieting tale reminiscent of the works of Lars von Trier and Michael Haneke.

A Young Man with High Expectations; Director: Linus de Paoli; Country: Germany; Year: 2018; Running Time: 85 minutes; Language: English; Aspect Ratio:  1.78:1

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Sep 152019

Early EST: 10/1/19
Street Date: 10/15/19
DVD SRP: $19.99

An “unmissable” (David Fear, Rolling Stone) film comes home when Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love arrives on Digital October 1 and on DVD October 15 from Lionsgate. An official 2019 selection at the Sundance Film Festival, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love chronicles the beautiful, yet tumultuous, love story of the legendary Leonard Cohen and his muse Marianne Ihlen, which inspired Cohen to write classics like “So Long, Marianne.” Directed by award-winning filmmaker and personal friend of Marianne, Nick Broomfield (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Whitney: Can I Be Me), the film features Leonard Cohen, Marianne Ihlen, and commentary from Oscar® nominee Judy Collins (1974, Best Documentary, Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman, with producer Jill Godmilow), and Helle Goldman (Bright Nights). “Incredible, remarkable, fantastic…a powerful love story that spans decades” (Chris Gore, Film Threat), the Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s most personal and romantic film of his storied career. The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of a community of expat artists, writers, and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960’s bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.
Trailer: https://youtu.be/eyVHJOU18HM

Year of Production: 2018
Title Copyright:  Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love © 2019 Words and Poems Limited. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for some drug material, sexual references and brief nudity.
Genre: Documentary, Music
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English SDH
Feature Run Time: 101 Minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 (1.85:1) Presentation
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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Sep 152019


In 1989, the Whitbread Around the World Race was considered to be the most dangerous sailing competition on earth.  When 26-year-old Tracy Edwards wanted to participate, she was met with resistance and sexism – no team would take her.  Left with no other choice, she started an all-female crew, one who would not only take on the vast and foreboding ocean, but also the doubts and attacks from her male competitors and press.  In this incredible true story, watch Edwards and her crew attempt to turn the impossible into reality as they take on fifty-foot waves, icebergs and all of the dangers of the great and powerful sea.  MAIDEN is a stunning, emotional film that is “a cause for celebration”! (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

  • An Evening with Maiden – In this Q&A, Director Alex Holmes and Skipper of Maiden Tracy Edwards answer questions on the state of sailing, life after the historic race, and the enduring work of The Maiden Project; moderated by Briana Dekeyser.
  • Women Making Waves – Director Alex Holmes, Producer Victoria Gregory, and Skipper of Maiden Tracy Edwards discuss how Maiden’s exhilarating archival footage captured the personalities of the crew and why the film’s story is so significant today.



Director: Alex Holmes
Executive Producer: James Erskine
Producers: Victoria Gregory, Alex Holmes
Screenplay: Alex Holmes
Cinematographer: Chris Openshaw
Editor: Katie Bryer
Music: Rob Manning, Samuel Sim


Run Time: 93 minutes
Rating: Rated PG

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