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Nov 162017
 
PRESENTS
CROOKED HOUSE
Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner,
Starring Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Stefanie Martini,
with Gillian Anderson & Christina Hendricks
On Demand November 21, 2017
In Theaters December 22, 2017
In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).

 

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Nov 162017
 

 

“IT will creep you out big time”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

EXPERIENCE SHEER TERROR WHEN

IT

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

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Own it early on Digital on December 19, 2017

Blu-ray debuts on January 9, 2018

 

You’ll float too when “IT” arrives onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. New Line Cinema’s blockbuster horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

IT” stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops and Robbers”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Tales of Halloween”), Nicholas Hamilton (“Captain Fantastic”) and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut.

Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti are the producers, with Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison, Jon Silk and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers.

IT” will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack also include a digital version of the movie in HD. Fans can also own “IT” via purchase from digital retailers beginning December 19, 2017.

4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.

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

Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs of “IT” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Additionally, all the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, featurettes and deleted scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

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

 

SYNOPSIS

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

  

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

 IT Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD contain the following special features:

  • Pennywise Lives!Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown
  • The Losers’ Club Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of “IT” as they bond together during the production,
  • Author of Fear Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise
  • Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film

 

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

 On December 19, 2017, “IT” will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On January 9, 2018, “IT” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

 

About Movies Anywhere

Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers.  Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers at launch are Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,300 digital movies at launch, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere is available to residents of the United States, its territories, and certain associated states. For more information, visit www.moviesanywhere.com.

 

BASICS

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack                                        $44.95

Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                              $35.99

DVD Amaray (WS)                                                                $28.98

 

Standard Street Date: January 9, 2018

EST Street Date: December 19, 2017

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

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

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French

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

Running Time: 135 minutes

Rating: Rated R for violence/horror, bloody images and for language

DLBY/SURR   DLBY/DGTL   [CC]

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Nov 152017
 

Human Flow, the piercing global migrant crisis documentary from world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei, comes to Digital HD on January 16.

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

Amazon Studios and Participant Media present, in association with AC Films, Human Flow, a film directed by Ai Weiwei. Human Flow is produced by Ai Weiwei, Chin-Chin Yap and Heino Deckert and executive produced by Andrew Cohen of AC Films with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media.

Trailer: http://www.humanflow.com/videos/

Film Site: http://www.humanflow.com/

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Nov 132017
 

From the Big Screen:

"Wind River" and "Atomic Blonde." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

DVD Collectibles:

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first narrative feature, "Desert Hearts" (1985), was groundbreaking upon its 1985 release: A love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a self-financed shoestring budget, by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian photo for Desert Hearts Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breathtaking desert landscape. With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, "Desert Hearts" beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Robert Elswit and created by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and the Sundance Institute, with uncompressed photo for Le samouraï monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … Also from Criterion this week is the superb French masterpiece "Le samouraï" (1987), starring Alain Delon in a career-defining performance. Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville, "Le samouraï" is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture — with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.

The folks at Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment have put together a fitting homage to the great director George A. Romero, who died this year at age 77. "George Romero "Between Night and Dawn"" is a limited Edition six-disc box set. Three films made between "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead" showcase the extraordinary versatility and dynamism of this irreplaceable American auteur. When Romero passed away in July, the film world didn't just lose its beloved "King of Zombies," but also a groundbreaking and fearless innovator who inspired not only generations of genre directors, but also experimental and guerilla filmmakers for whom he laid down the template. The three films collected in this box set — two early Seventies "lost films" and a classic plague panic thriller — show there's more to the legendary director than simply gut-munching ghouls. The comedy romance "There's Always Vanilla," psychological thriller "Season of the Witch," and infection horror "The Crazies" — all filmed in and around Pittsburgh — serve to photo for George Romero Between Night and Dawndisplay the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre. "The Crazies" is one of his strongest horror offerings, with memorable performances from Lynn Lowry and Richard Liberty. Romero managed to inject his films with subtle social allegories, nuanced examinations of the human condition, and just the right amount of black humor, so that they were immediately recognized as his and his alone. The box set showcases the director feeling his way towards the mainstream and showing a formidable assurance in three very distinct genres. Includes brand new restorations of the three films, a lavish 60-page booklet featuring new writing on this fascinating chapter of Romero's career, a wealth of extras including interviews, featurettes and behind the scenes documentaries, reversible sleeves for all three films featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork, and a beautifully designed and striking slipcase featuring an iconic image of the man himself. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

From TV to DVD:

"D.C. Follies: The Complete Series" (1987-89) is a four-disc set with all 44 episodes. Brought to you by those masters of trippy TV, Sid & Marty Krofft ("H.R. Pufnstuf," "Land of the Lost"), "D.C. Follies" stars the one and only Fred Willard as the bartender in the hottest joint our nation’s capital has ever seen … and where the clientele is made up of puppet caricatures of the biggest names in show biz and affairs of state. From the world stage to the puppet stage, Fred and his most-irregular regulars sock it to the culture of the day with a satiric style like none other: President Reagan tries to wipe out the national debt with a TV home shopping show, Dolly Parton gives photo for D.C. Follies: The Complete Seriesmakeup tips to Barbara Bush, Margaret Thatcher confers with Madonna to find a new image, and Nixon’s Presidential Library … is a bookmobile. Includes non-puppet guest stars such as Betty White, Martin Mull, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Leslie Nielsen, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and many more. From Shout! Factory … "Indiscretion" (2016) is a TV movie starring Mira Sorvino, Cary Elwes, Katherine McNamara, Christopher Backus. While her politician husband (Elwes) and precocious teenage daughter (McNamara) are away, New Orleans psychiatrist Veronica Simon (Sorvino) enjoys a weekend fling with Victor (Backus), an alluring young sculptor. But after Veronica calls off the affair, Victor refuses to let go — and will stop at nothing to have Veronica for himself. From MPI Home Video … "Preacher: Season Two" (2017) is a three-disc set with all 13 episodes. The second season is a genre-bending thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his bad ass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God (upon learning He is absent from Heaven) and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between. Finding themselves in New Orleans, the gang must dodge local gangsters, dangerous secret agents and the Saint of Killers, an unstoppable murderous cowboy from Hell.On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Sony … "Thanks For The Memories: The Bob Hope Specials Deluxe Collection": Bob Hope, America's greatest entertainer of the 20th century, is celebrated with the most complete collection of his television specials ever assembled, culled from the very best of Hope's 250 network specials spanning five decades, many in support of the photo for Thanks For The Memories: The Bob Hope Specials Deluxe CollectionU.S. Armed Forces. This one-of-a-kind collection is packed with comedy, music, dancing, movie stars, and, of course, Bob's memorable monologues — all perfect for family viewing. Across 19 DVDs, fans will find more than 37 hours of specials, including 20 that have not been seen since their original broadcast, as well as an incredible collection of celebrity guest appearances from the biggest stars of the era such as John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Raquel Welch, Desi Arnaz, Jack Benny, Don Rickles, Barbra Streisand, George Burns, Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Lucille Ball, Steve McQueen, Lola Falana, Tom Jones, Carol Burnett, Angie Dickinson, Andy Williams, Lana Turner, Jayne Mansfield, Redd Foxx, Zsa Zsa Gabor and many others. Included here: "Thanks for the Memories: The Bob Hope Specials" (six discs) featuring 13 specials from 1956 to 1996; "Bob Hope: Entertaining the Troops" (four discs) featuring 10 shows from 1950 to 1993, including several USO Christmas specials filmed in front of troops serving in locations all over the world, from the Cold War through the Vietnam years to the Persian Gulf; "Bob Hope: TV Legend" (eight discs), a collection of 16 classic variety specials from 1958-1973; "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Bob Hope" (one disc). Includes a 32-page memory book filled with rare, archival photos and stories, all housed in a deluxe collector's box. Formats: On DVD, $249.95 from Time Life.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In director Michael Apted's action-thriller "Unlocked" (2017), Noomi Rapace stars as Alice Racine, one of the CIA’s top interrogators, whose career is sidelined after she fails to unlock a prisoner in time to save the lives of dozens of innocent people from a terrorist attack in Paris. Now, leading a quiet life in London as a caseworker, Alice is unexpectedly called back into action when the CIA apprehends a suspect believed to have direct knowledge of another imminent attack. Turning to the few people she can trust (Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, and Toni Collette), Alice seeks out the responsible parties as she races against the clock to prevent a deadly biological attack on the citizens of London. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … photo for J.D.'s Revenge It wasn't long before the 1970's Blaxploitation boom moved into the horror market, bringing the world "Blacula," "Blackenstein," "Abby" (Blaxploitation's "The Exorcist") and cult favorite "J.D.'s Revenge" (1976) Law student Ike is enjoying a night on the town with his friends when his life changes dramatically. Taking part in a nightclub hypnosis act, he becomes possessed with the spirit of a violent gangster murdered in the 1940s. Believing himself to be the reincarnation of murderous J.D., Ike launches a revenge campaign against those who had done "him" wrong all those years ago. Directed by Arthur Marks ("Bucktown," "Friday Foster") and starring Glynn Turman ("Cooley High") and Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr., "J.D.'s Revenge" is alternately tough and terrifying — a Blaxploitation gem waiting to be rediscovered. New 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … In "Amityville: The Awakening" (2017), starring Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Spreitler, Belle and her family move photo for The Incredible Shrinking Woman BLU-RAY DEBUT into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur, she begins to suspect her mother isn’t telling her everything. She soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981), starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty and Henry Gibson, makes its Bli-ray debut this week. Exposed to a heady mix of household chemicals, housewife Pat Kramer (Tomlin) contracts a strange side effect: She begins to shrink! Baffling doctors, Pat’s diminishing size starts to really bring her down — until her story captures the hearts of the American people and the attention of a sinister group of scientists bent on world domination. Getting out of this predicament while still taking care of her family will be no small feat. 2017 high-definition transfer. From Shout! Factory.

Foreign Films:

"Kedi" (2017 — Turkey) is a documentary profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat. Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Oscilloscope Laboratories … photo for Afterimage "Afterimage" (2016 — Poland), legendary director Andrzej Wajda's final film, is a passionate portrait of renowned avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who challenged Stalinist orthodoxy. Looking at the last years of the controversial and visionary artists' life, "Afterimage" follows Poland's best-known interwar artist and theoretician as he wages war against Stalinism. Though he didn't start painting until after becoming a double amputee, the ever-compelling and charismatic Strzeminski eventually became a professor at the National School of Fine Arts in Lodz. It's there that students treat him like the "messiah of modern painting," but university authorities and the Ministry of Culture have a differing opinion. Refusing to comply with Party regulations, the rebellious artist is eventually expelled from the university and the artists' union. And as the Communist authorities continue their efforts to ruin him, Strzeminski, brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda, remains steadfast in his political and artistic convictions. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Film Movement … "Eight Films By Jean Rouch": Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film "The Mad Masters" through 1969’s darkly comic "Little By Little," these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch’s practice of “shared anthropology" — a process of collaboration with his subjects. Astonishing on their own terms, now restored in high definition and released for the first time, "Eight Films By Jean Rouch" is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole. The four-disc set includes eight newly restored films, a 24-page booklet with two essays about Rouch and his methodology, and a new documentary about Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema: "The Adventurous Filmmaker." The eight titles: "The Mad Masters" (1955), "Mammy Water" (1956), "The Human Pyramid" (1961), "The Lion Hunters" (1965), "Jaguar" (1967), "Little By Little" (1969), "The Punishment" (1962) and "Jean Rouch, The Adventurous Filmmaker" (2017). In French & English w/English subtitles. From Icarus Films … photo for The Sissi Collection "The Sissi Collection" (1955-57 — Austria): At the age of 17, Romy Schneider vaulted to international stardom through her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria in the first of three lavish films directed by Ernst Marischka. And, while she would go on to work with some of the most influential and daring European directors of the era, Schneider will always be remembered by this defining role in the internationally beloved series. Five-disc set, newly restored in 2K and available for the first time ever on Blu-ray in North America. Includes the Cannes Golden Palm-Nominated "Sissi Trilogy" along with "Victoria In Dover" (1954), a precursor to the Sissi films in which Schneider plays Britain's Princess Victoria; and "Forever My Love" (1962), a condensed English-dubbed version of the trilogy. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Includes a 20-page collector's booklet. From Film Movement … "Tormentero" (2017 — Mexico), starring Jose Carlos Ruiz, Gabino Rodríguez and Monica Jimenez, is an award winning-film that uses the beautiful backdrop of a Mexican fishing village to tell a story of betrayal, love, honor and delusion. Ruiz plays Romero Kantun, a retired fisherman who discovered an oil field in his village. This discovery caused his friends and neighbors to lose their livelihoods, leaving him alienated. Now an alcoholic schizophrenic haunted by his past, Romero sets out to reclaim the love and honor he lost decades ago after he betrayed his village. From FilmRise … photo for Zoology "Zoology" (2016 — Russia) is writer-director Ivan I. Tverdovsky's prize-winning sophomore feature (Special Prize of the Jury at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Best Picture at Fantastic Fest) that deftly mixes the deadpan humour of Aki Kaurismäki with a poignant examination of social issues including loneliness and aging. Natasha is a middle-aged admin employee at a zoo where her female co-workers take pleasure in making fun of her. She lives with her God-fearing mother and leads a dull existence without prospects, until one day she grows a tail. Medical examinations follow where she meets Peter, a young radiologist and her dreary life is turned upside down. Described as "Kafka meets Cronenberg," Tverdovsky's film is a beautifully photographed portrait of Eastern Europe that recalls the recent New Romanian Cinema and features a brave and brilliant central performance from Natalya Pavlenkova. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

For the Family:

In the animated "Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature" (2017), with the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudoplh, Bobby Moynihan, Isabela Moner, Jeff Dunham and Gabriel Iglesias, Surly Squirrel (Arnett) and the gang are back, returning to Liberty photo for Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature Park after they are forced to leave their easy life at the nut store. Getting back to nature is the last thing Surly wants to do, but when a greedy mayor decides to destroy the park to build an amusement park, Surly and his ragtag critter friends must band together to save the place they call home. The film introduces new characters including Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan), the adorable but deadly city mouse, and Frankie, the love-struck bulldog (Bobby Canavale). On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Universal … Narrated and executive produced by Mariah Carey, the animated family film "Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You" (2017) follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true. Joining Carey in the voice cast are Breanna Yde as little Mariah; Henry Winkler as Grandpa Bill; Lacey Chabert as Mariah’s mother Penelope; and Phil Morris as Mariah’s father Bud. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. From Universal.

Special Interest:

"Hamilton: Building America" (2017) is a HISTORY documentary that captures the amazing life and times of our nation’s forgotten founding father: Alexander Hamilton. Explores the iconic American political and financial institutions he helped to create — from the U.S. Mint and Wall Street to the two-party political system. Ron Chernow, whose biography of Alexander Hamilton served as the basis for the hit Broadway play, along with other notable names including Tom Brokaw and Maria Bartiromo, contribute to an all-encompassing look at one of our nation’s most accomplished leaders. From Lionsgate … photo for Whose Streets? Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, "Whose Streets?" (2017) is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis. Grief, long-standing racial tensions, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military-grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. 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.

 Posted by on November 13, 2017 No Responses »
Nov 132017
 

You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Died
with Academy Award Nominee Ellen Page, Diego Luna & Nina Dobrev

FLATLINERS

Debuting on Digital December 12
On Blu-ray & DVD December 26

Digital & Blu-ray Include Deleted Scenes & Four Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes!

 

Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page (Best Actress, Juno, 2007), Diego Luna (Rogue One) and Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”) star in the contemporary take on the 90’s fan favorite FLATLINERS, debuting on digital December 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD December 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The supernatural thriller follows five medical students obsessed with what lies beyond the confines of life. They embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. Also experiencing the chilling consequences of exploring the one line that should never be crossed are James Norton (“War & Peace”), Kiersey Clemons (Justice League) and Kiefer Sutherland (the original Flatliners).

The bonus content for FLATLINERS on digital, Blu-ray and DVD includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes.  “Just What the Doctor Ordered” catches the cast and crew reflecting on working with Director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Dead Man Down), along with an interview from Niels on his directing style and vision. In “The Ultimate Question,” the cast and crew decide whether or not they would flatline if they could and offer the revealing reasons behind their decisions.

The FLATLINERS digital and Blu-ray releases are loaded with additional exclusive bonus material, including deleted and extended scenes, plus two more behind-the-scenes featurettes. The featurette “Reviving a Cult Classic” explores the differences in tone, concepts and creative design from the original film and the update, featuring comments from producer and film icon Michael Douglas, while in “Making the Rounds,” the cast shares what intrigued them most about their characters, their experiences on the set, and their favorite film moments.

Synopsis:
Five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience. As the investigation becomes more and more perilous, they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts, as well as contend with the supernatural consequences of trespassing to the other side.

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev with a story by Peter Filardi and a screenplay by Ben Ripley, FLATLINERS was produced by Laurence Mark, Michael Douglas and Peter Safran and executive produced by Michael Bederman, Robert Mitas, David Blackman, Brian Oliver and Hassan Taher.

Digital & Blu-ray Bonus Materials Include:

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Four Featurettes
    • “Reviving a Cult Classic”
    • “Making the Rounds”
    • “Just What the Director Ordered”
    • “The Ultimate Question”

DVD Bonus Materials Include:

  • Two Featurettes:
    • “Just What the Director Ordered”
    • “The Ultimate Question”

FLATLINERS has a run time of approximately 110 minutes and is rated PG-13 for violence and terror, sexual content, language, thematic material, and some drug references.

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Nov 132017
 

Discover A New Breed of Hero

 

The Mane 6 are Joined by Fun New Friends Voiced by an All-Star Cast in this Magical Adventure Arriving on Digital December 19 and Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on January 9 from Lionsgate

 Join the “truly magical adventure” (Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend) of the Mane 6 and their new friends when My Little Pony: The Movie comes home on Digital December 19 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 9 from Lionsgate. Best friends Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rarity team up in their most epic adventure yet!  This new installment of the global phenomenon features the Mane 6 voices of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” accompanied by Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Into the Woods, 2015), Primetime Emmy® winner Kristin Chenoweth (Best Supporting Actress, “Pushing Daisies,” 2009), Golden Globe® nominee Liev Schreiber (Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama, “Ray Donovan,” 2017), Michael Peña (The Martian, Ant-Man franchise), Sia, Taye Diggs (Chicago, “Private Practice”), Golden Globe® nominee Uzo Aduba (Best Supporting Actress – Television, “Orange Is the New Black,” 2016), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise).

When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 go on a journey beyond Equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and exciting challenges along the way.

Directed by “My Little Pony” veteran Jayson Thiessen (“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”) and including original music and songs performed by Sia, Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana, Kristin Chenoweth, and Emily Blunt, My Little Pony: The Movie is full of music, fun, and laughter for the whole family. The My Little Pony: The Movie Blu-ray and DVD include all-new special features, including a deleted scene, a music video, three featurettes starring the Mane 6, an exclusive Equestria Girls Short and a Hanazuki short, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.95 and $39.99, respectively.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scene
  • Equestria Girls Short
  • “Baking with Pinkie Pie” Featurette
  • “Making Magic with the Mane 6 and Their New Friends” Featurette
  • “The Journey Beyond Equestria” Featurette
  • “I’m the Friend You Need” Music Video (Sung by Taye Diggs)
  • “Hanazuki: Full of Treasures” Featurette

Trailer: https://youtu.be/S4JfvKR9Yw8

Website: OwnMyLittlePonyTheMovie.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyLittlePonyMovie/

Instagram: @mylittleponymovie

Twitter: @MLPMovie

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2017

Title Copyright: My Little Pony: The Movie © 2017 My Little Pony Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. MY LITTLE PONY and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: PG for mild action

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles:  Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 99 Minutes

BD Format: 1080p High Definition, 16X9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation

BD Audio: English DTS HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio

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Nov 132017
 

It’s a Festivus Miracle!

Seinfeld: The Complete Series Available to Download to Own on Digital For The First Time Including All Nine Seasons


Festivus comes early this year for Seinfeld fans! For the first time ever, Seinfeld: The Complete Series is now available to download to own on Digital today from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring the multiple award-winning quartet of Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander, Seinfeld is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made and is ranked among the best television shows of all time by publications such as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and TV Guide.

Fans now have an all-access pass to all 180 episodes across the series’ nine seasons and have the option to purchase individual episodes, full seasons or the entire series. From classic episodes like “The Soup Nazi,” “The Bubble Boy,” and “The Muffin Tops,” to historic moments such as Jerry’s Today show appearance in the infamous Puffy Shirt and George’s scenes with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to the emergence of iconic catch phrases like “Yada Yada Yada,” “Double-dipping,” “No soup for you!” and “Shrinkage,” fans can finally complete their digital collection with all things Seinfeld.

Created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, Seinfeld premiered on NBC on July 5, 1989.  Following the professional and personal lives of four single friends living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side —
Jerry Seinfeld, a stand up comedian; his childhood friend, George Costanza (Alexander); his ex-girlfriend, Elaine Benes (Louis-Dreyfus); and his wacky neighbor, Cosmo Kramer (Richards) — the sitcom about nothing quickly became a cultural phenomenon and television’s top-rated show, eventually drawing more than 30 million regular viewers each week.  The series was nominated for 68 Emmy® Awards (winning 10) and 15 Golden Globes® (winning three) over the course of its run.

Seinfeld was produced by Shapiro/West Productions in association with Castle Rock Entertainment and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Seinfeld: The Complete Series, from the broadcast years of 1989-1998 is not rated.

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Nov 072017
 

“Mesmerizing” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone 

“Spectacular” – Guy Lodge, Vanity Fair

 

ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNERS* JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND JAVIER BARDEM STAR IN ONE OF THE MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING FILMS OF THE YEAR

mother!

 

Director Darren Aronofsky’s Visually Arresting Psychological Thriller Comes Home on
Digital HD December 5 and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs December 19, 2017

Acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) delivers “a mind-blowing masterpiece” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) with the extraordinarily original mother!, arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD December 19, 2017.  The film arrives on Digital HD December 5, 2017.

Described as “darkly exhilarating” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times) and “Aronofsky’s most daring film yet” (Ben Croll, Indiewire), mother! stunned critics and audiences around the world.  Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in the visually arresting psychological thriller that will leave your heart pounding and your mind blown.  The film also stars Oscar® nominees Ed Harris** and Michelle Pfeiffer***, along with Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Jovan Adepo.

The mother! 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include over 35 minutes of in-depth bonus content. Join director Darren Aronofsky and cast as they discuss the production of the movie and take us through its spectacular finale. Plus, check out the incredible makeup effects that made mother! a visual tour de force.

mother! also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. In addition, the 4K Ultra HD disc features Dolby Vision™ high dynamic range (HDR), growing Paramount’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Together with the captivating sound of Dolby Atmos, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience.

 

mother! Blu-ray Combo Pack

The mother! Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby® TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital®, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
    • mother! The Downward Spiral
    • The Makeup FX of mother!

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition

 

 

mother! 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack

Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray Disc detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

 

mother! Single-Disc DVD

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

 

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iTunes: http://paramnt.us/GetMotherNow

 

 

PARAMOUNT PICTURES Presents

A PROTOZOA Production

A Film by DARREN ARONOFSKY

JENNIFER LAWRENCE JAVIER BARDEM “mother!” ED HARRIS MICHELLE PFEIFFER

Costume Designer DANNY GLICKER Edited by ANDREW WEISBLUM, ACE

Production Designer PHILIP MESSINA Director of Photography MATTHEW LIBATIQUE, ASC

Executive Producers JEFF WAXMAN JOSH STERN MARK HEYMAN

Produced by SCOTT FRANKLIN, p.g.a. ARI HANDEL, p.g.a.

Written and Directed by DARREN ARONOFSKY

 

 

mother!

Street Date:            December 19, 2017 (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand)

                                    December 5, 2017 (Digital HD)

U.S. Rating:                 R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language

Canadian Rating:        14A – violence, disturbing content

 

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Nov 072017
 
WITH JENNIFER O'NEILL, JAMES WHITMORE, SHAWN WAYANS, MARLON WAYANS, GARRETT MORRIS, TAB HUNTER & TROY DONAHUE
SUMMER OF '42 (1971) New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster
A true sleeper hit, Robert Mulligan's tender coming-of-age during wartime classic took the studios by surprise while stealing the hearts of a Vietnam War weary nation. Set during a previous generation's "good war," Summer of '42 recounts the season of wonders experienced by the "Terrible Trio" of Hermie, Oscy, and Benjie (Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser and Oliver Conant) stranded amidst the sun-and-salt-drenched wonders of Nantucket as their country gears up for war. Hermie in particular has his eyes on an older woman, the 22-year-old, married Dorothy (Jennifer O'Neill). Thanks to the war, this innocent obsession takes an unexpected turn. Setting the template for memoir movies to come, Summer of '42 arrives in memory still green on this new 1080p presentation. 16×9 Widescreen
BATTLE CRY (1955) New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster
Master of the thick-as-a-brick paperback pot-boiler, Leon Uris always lathered on plenty of soap with his sweeping historical sagas, and this all-star and "up-and-comers" ensemble adaptation of his World War II epic hearts his mark. The even hand of master director Raoul Walsh matches all the swoons with stoic sacrifice which created a smash-hit war flick that broke hearts and busted box offices. The film follows the triumphs and tragedies endured by a group of Marines making their way to boot camp, through their grueling training and ultimate fateful, fatal mission in the Pacific. Thanks to the bevy of curvaceous complications, our boys have all kinds of encounters along the way. Starring Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Nancy Olson, James Whitmore, Tab Hunter, Anne Francis, Dorothy Malone, L.Q. Jones, Raymond Massey, Mona Freeman and Fess Parker. Raoul Walsh's scope and scale is brought to fine focus thanks to this Marine trim 1080p HD presentation. 16×9 Letterbox
THE WAYANS BROS.: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1996-97) New to DVD
Returning for its third season, The Wayans Bros. ' continues to deliver its unique blend of classic physical comedy and hip '90s situation comedy with Shawn and Marlon Wayans playing brothers with little in common save an innate ability to disagree, disrupt and dis'. Shawn continues to run the newsstand next to Pops' (John Witherspoon) diner, Marlon pursues an acting career while security gal Dee (Anna Maria Horsford) keeps the peace at the Niedermeyer Building. Pops is none too pleased when his mother-in-law Grandma Ellington (Ja'Net DuBois) sells her house, but Shawn and Marlon pay the price when she moves in with them and promptly starts running their lives. Things return to almost normal when Grandma moves in across the hall, letting the brothers get back to romantic rivalries, career conundrums, and flat-out foolishness. 3-Disc, 22-Episode Collection.
CLASSIC MOVIES AND MUSICALS BACK IN PRINT
BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) Back on DVD
Ray Harryhausen's monster-piece roars back to life on DVD. Near the Arctic Circle, an atomic bomb is detonated. This fearsome experiment disturbs the sleep of a giant rhedosaurus encased in ice for over 100 million years and sends it southward on a destructive, deadly rampage! The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms was the first screen adaptation of a work by fantasy-fiction titan Ray Bradbury. It also marked the first time Ray Harryhausen had total control over special effects. (Also available on Blu-ray!)
PARRISH (1961) Back on DVD
Troy Donahue, Claudette Colbert, and Karl Malden star in this melodrama about a young man who learns about life and love while living with his mother on a tobacco plantation and struggling for self-respect and independence. When Parrish's mother, Ellen, marries one of two competing tobacco growers in the Connecticut River Valley, Parrish is alienated by his harsh new stepfather, Judd. And when Parrish falls for the daughter of Judd's arch-rival, a chain of events leads to a showdown Claudette Colbert's final screen appearance. Directed by Delmer Daves.
SUSAN SLADE (1961) Back on DVD
Delmer Daves directs this sweeping melodrama that tackles the post-Code taboo of teenage pregnancy. Innocent, virginal Susan Slade (Connie Stevens) is returning home after ten years abroad when she has an ill-fated shipboard romance with mountain-climber Conn White (Grant Williams). Left single and pregnant, Susan ends up trapped pretending her child is her sister.
ROME ADVENTURE (1962) Back on DVD
Suzanne Pleshette stars as a young American girl who goes to Italy to learn about love, finds a handsome Italian attracted to her, and realizes that she's attracted to an architectural student who is having an affair with an heiress. Starring '60s screen heartthrob Troy Donahue, Angie Dickinson and Chad Everett.
PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND (1963) Back on DVD
Troy Donahue toplines as Jim Munroe, captain of the West's #1 college basketball team, on vacation with his buddies for a fast-break frolic of fun, sun and romance. Jim meets true love Bunny (Stefanie Powers) while Gail (Connie Stevens) falls for the wrong guy (Robert Conrad) but emerges with reputation unsullied thanks to Stretch (Ty Hardin) while team nerd Biff (Jerry Van Dyke) finds he doesn't need the "romance machine" he's invented when the real thing (Zeme North) comes along.
LADY BE GOOD (1941) Back on DVD
Eleanor Powell passes the baton to Ann Sothern in this tale of feuding spouse songwriters from the legendary Arthur Freed musical unit. Dixie Donegan (Sothern) and Eddie Crane (Robert Young) are once-married songwriting partners who, although now divorced, are still in love with each other. As they work together on a new collaboration, their friend tries to persuade them to remarry in this musical comedy.
NANCY GOES TO RIO (1950) Back on DVD
Pert and precocious Nancy Barklay (Jane Powell) is up for the leading role in a Broadway musical set in Brazil, but her seasoned stage-star mother, Frances (Ann Sothern), thinks she's got the part! A sticky situation becomes impossibly complicated after Nancy follows her mother to Rio – where they both fall for the same man! Sourced from the same material as 1940's It's a Date. Carmen Miranda co-stars.
TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE (1950) Back on DVD
Kittenish teens Patti (Jane Powell) and Melba (Debbie Reynolds) make the most out of a turn-of-the-century family Catskills vacation. Patti is fluttery over a suave older man (Ricardo Montalban) and thinks romance will bloom if her disapproving parents let her wear…a corset! Meanwhile, Melba stalks a local boy (Carleton Carpenter) with lovestruck determination. In a sensational showstopper, Reynolds and Carpenter tear into a version of "Aba Daba Honeymoon," so frisky and charming it became a smash-hit record. Busby Berkeley directs all the musical numbers.

 

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Nov 062017
 

From the Big Screen:

"Cars 3" and "The Glass Castle." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

DVD Collectibles:

Two classics from the 1940s make their way to home entertainment shelves this week:

When a Los Angeles police officer is savagely gunned down, a city-wide manhunt ensues for his cunning and ruthless killer in "He Walked by Night" (1948), starring Richard Basehart, Scott Brady and Jack Webb. But finding the murderer, chillingly played photo for He Walked by Night by Basehart in only his third film, proves difficult for Detective Marty Brennan (Brady) and his colleagues as Basehart’s Roy Morgan is always one step ahead of the law. Will modern police methods and sheer determination be enough to find the elusive cop-killer before he strikes again? Visually stunning, cinematographer John Alton’s brilliant use of light and shadows shine in this groundbreaking police procedural that paved the way for the TV series "Dragnet"; which itself spawned an entire sub-genre of television crime-dramas that are still popular to this day. Based on true events, "He Walked by Night" was directed by Alfred L. Werker, along with an uncredited Anthony Mann (who is believed to be responsible for the film’s most iconic scenes). Restored, with uncompressed mono soundtrack on the Blu-ray. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from ClassicFlix … With the furiously witty comedy of manners "The Philadelphia Story" (1940), Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s photo for The Philadelphia Story most iconic leading lady — thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play "The Philadelphia Story," Hepburn snapped up the screen rights, hand-picking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award–winning performance). A fast-talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regrets and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to DVD:

In "American Dad! Volume 12" (2017), the Smith family is in a flood of trouble aboard Stan’s modern-day ark, a time-traveling Steve tries to save his cool future self, Roger decides to quit all his personas, and everyone fights to survive the post-apocalyptic 200th episode.In a three-disc DVD set from Fox … "The Crown: Season One" (2016) is a four-disc set with 10 episodes. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Jared Harris, John Lithgow. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne … a new era is dawning. Queen photo for The Crown: Season One Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The show explores the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Winner of three Emmy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Sony … In "Doctor Who: The Complete Tenth Series" (2017), the beloved series sees Peter Capaldi embark on his thrilling final chapter as the Twelfth Doctor as well as the first introduction of companion Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole. Fantastic adventures await the team of heroes as they journey through space and time in this latest instalment of the globally-renowned drama. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from BBC Home Entertainment … "Family Guy Season 15" (2016-17) is a three-disc set with 20 episodes (16 are totally uncensored), in which viewers are taken way too far behind the scenes, Stewie and Brian run a bed-and-breakfast brothel, Peter gets into a sackful of trouble as a mall Santa, and the cast takes a novel approach to reenacting American literary classics. From Fox … "Poldark Season 3" (2017) is a three-disc set with all nine episodes that follows Ross Poldark, who returns home after the American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new photo for Poldark Season 3business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it. Follows the latest thrilling exploits of Ross Poldark and his fiery partner, Demelza, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson as the intrepid eighteenth-century duo as they encounter new loves and new enemies. Also enlivening the new season are a mysterious plague of frogs, a thwarted famine, and Aunt Agatha’s eagerly anticipated one-hundredth birthday party, which has a catastrophic catch. But the most stirring action involves the French Revolution, which manages to ensnare one of the program’s main characters in its Reign of Terror, prompting Poldark’s most dangerous mission yet. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution … "The Red Skelton Hour In Color: Deluxe Collection" (1951-71) is a 22-disc set with 130 remastered episodes. Red Skelton, America's Clown Prince, was a brilliant performer, a passionate patriot, and a master of simple, photo for  The Red Skelton Hour In Color: Deluxe Collection hilarious and classic comedy. Featuring over 65 hours of episodes from The Red Skelton Hour, many of which have been unseen for over 50 years. With a heart of pure gold, uproarious jokes and an unparalleled gift for physical comedy, Skelton kept TV audiences in stitches for 20 groundbreaking seasons on CBS-TV's The Red Skelton Show. Each week, viewers were treated to his memorable lineup of inimitable characters including country bumpkin Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye and lovable hobo Freddie the Freeloader, as well as the biggest movie and TV stars of the day who all clamored to appear on Red's show including John Wayne, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Milton Berle, Jackie Cooper, Tim Conway, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Simon and Garfunkel, Phyllis Diller, Merv Griffin, Audrey Meadows, Mickey Rooney, Nipsey Russell, Robert Goulet, Audrey Meadows and many more. Included here are The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years (8 discs), The photo for The TowerRed Skelton Hour: In Color (10 discs), The Complete 20th Season: In Color (3 discs), Red Skelton: The Farewell Specials (1 disc), a full-length biography and a collectible memory book. $199.99 from Time Life … The two-part miniseries "The Tower" (2012 — Germany) is a sweeping, monumental look at the decline of Communist East Germany in the 1980s as seen through the eyes of one privileged suburban family. Based on the acclaimed novel "The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land," which won the 2008 German Book Prize and was heralded by the German national weekly newspaper Die Zeit as “one of the most important books of European post-War literature,” the series casts its gaze on the Hoffman family of suburban Dresden. But even for the cultivated few living in the villas of Dresden's noble suburbs, the growing cracks in their repressive police state’s façade begin to take their toll in 1982. Under pressure against increasingly tense climate and the secret police lurking around, the Hoffmann family make difficult choices with unsettling repercussions. As the 1980s come to a close and East Germany’s citizens publicly clamor for more freedom (arriving in the form of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989), the Hoffmann family must come to terms with the lives they’ve lived and have been forever changed. From Music Box Films … photo for Westworld: Season One "Westworld: Season One" (2016) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the HBO series. Based on the film written by best-selling author Michael Crichton, "Westworld" is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and a reimagined past, the series explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Features a star-studded cast led by Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins, Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson and Shannon Woodward. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo-Pack (six discs), from Warner.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "Gun Shy" (2017 — UK), starring Antonio Banderas, Olga Kurylenko and Mark Valley, an aging and pampered rock star's (Banderas) supermodel wife is suddenly kidnapped by renegades while vacationing in Chile. Unable to navigate more than ordering a sandwich from room service, now he must take to the back streets of Santiago to save her. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … photo for Ingrid Goes West In "Ingrid Goes West" (2017), starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen and Pom Klementieff, Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing "likes" for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Olsen)is an Instagram-famous "influencer" whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid's latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star's life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Universal … "Patti Cake$" (2017) is a drama centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey. Stars Danielle Macdonald and Bridget Everett. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Fox … photo for The Limehouse Golem In "The Limehouse Golem" (2016), starring Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays and Eddie Marsan, the city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer — dubbed The Limehouse Golem — is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Nighy) — a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from RLJ Entertainment … In "Slamma Jamma" (2017), starring Chris Staples, Michael Irvin, Jose Canseco, Porter Maberry and Ryan Gunnarson, a former basketball star, wrongfully accused and sent to prison, prepares for the national slam dunk competition while finding redemption in himself and in those he loves. Five-time world slam dunk champion and former Harlem Globetrotter Chris Staples, makes his acting debut playing the lead role of Michael Diggs. Relying on the strength of his faith and conviction to family, Michael faces the challenges presented to him on and off the court in this story of defying all odds. From Sony … photo for Overdrive In "Overdrive" (2017), starring Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas and Gaia Weiss, two car thief brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities, wind up in the cross hairs of the local crime boss. The legendary car thieves get caught in the act of stealing from notorious crime boss Jacomo Morier and, in order to win back their freedom, they're put to the ultimate test — the theft of a priceless car from Morier’s sworn enemy. While putting together a crew to pull off the daring heist they're joined by two beautiful women, who are more dangerous than they look. The team has one week to put the plan in motion, steal the car, and make their escape or lose everything, including their lives. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Paramount … "The Show" (2017), starring Josh Duhamel, Giancarlo Esposito and Famke Janssen, is a thriller about a reality show that exploits the on-camera deaths of photo for Into the Night BLU-RAY DEBUT its players — on live TV. After a dating show ends in violence, its host Adam Rogers (Duhamel) and a ratings-hungry network exec (Janssen) launch a terrifying new program that promises fresh kills every week. The tension mounts as a kindhearted janitor (Esposito) joins the deadly program, hoping to help his struggling family survive … at any cost. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … Shout! Factory Select's Blu-ray debut this week is "Into the Night" (1975), directed by John Landis and starring Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, David Bowie and Dan Aykroyd. Unhappily married, unsatisfyingly employed and unsurprisingly depressed, aerospace engineer and insomniac Ed Okin (Goldblum) needs to get away. But getting away proves to be no easy feat when Ed drives to the airport and a gorgeous smuggler, Diana (Pfeiffer), leaps his car, pursued photo for  A Puppy for Christmas by four killers. Chased across the landscape of a truly mythical Los Angeles, Ed and Diana encounter an endless array of intriguing nocturnal characters (played by a bevy of famous directors) and a charming English hitman (Bowie) … We haven't even hit Thanksgiving yet, and already Christmas merchandise is in the air. This week Monarch Home Entertainment has four holiday-themed releases on tap: "Christmas With the Andersons": After an affluent patriarch gets fired for being too greedy, the prospects of a merry Christmas are grim … until wacky Aunt katie shows up and teaches the family that the importance of the holidays is the people, not the presents …"A Cinderella Christmas": When Angie helps her mean cousin get an invitation to a famous Christmas-querade Ball by a wealthy bachelor, she goes instead when her cousin gets sick — and immediately falls for the man … "Married By Christmas": Due to an antiquated clause in her grandmother's will, an ambitious young executive must marry by Christmas or lose her place in the family company … "A Puppy for Christmas": After her destructive new puppy causes Noelle to lose her boyfriend, her apartment and her job, she spends the holidays on a family farm with her rugged co-worker.

On the Indie Front:

"Inheritance" (2017), starring Mark Webber, Daniel Ahearn, Jessica Kaye and Louis C. Oberlander, chronicles one woman's efforts to reconcile her past with her present. As she returns to her childhood home in Belize, successful television actor Mara is faced with the death of her photo for Inheritanceestranged father, the ire and instability of her brother, and her increasingly frayed relationship with her new lover. Everything comes to the surface as she struggles to get through her father's tense all-night wake. From Breaking Glass Pictures … "The Journey" (2016 — UK), stars Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens and John Hurt. In 2006, amid the decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner was Ian Paisley, the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other was Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each began to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual. From IFC Films.

Foreign Films:

"The Untamed" (2016 — Mexico), starring Ruth Ramos and Simone Bucio, is a psychological thriller that follows young mother Alejandra, whose life is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious woman, Veronica. She introduces her to an isolated cabin in the woods where an otherworldly creature dwells, a source of great pleasure but also great danger. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Strand Releasing.

Special Interest:

The documentary "Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait" (2017) chronicles the personal life and public career of the celebrated artist and filmmaker. Written and directed by Italy's Pappi Corsicato, the film details the Brooklyn-born Schnabel's formative years in Brownsville, Texas; the beginning of his professional career in New York City in the late 1970s; and his rise in the '80s to superstar status in Manhattan's art scene as well as international acclaim as a leading figure in the Neo-Expressionism movement. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Cohen Media Group.

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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