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Apr 172018
 

ACORN and the Firestorm

A film by Reuben Atlas & Sam Pollard
84 minutes, color, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were impoverished and politically voiceless, ACORN hoped to change your mind. For 40 years,
the community-organizing group sought to empower marginalized communities. Its critics, though,
believed ACORN exemplified everything wrong with liberal ideals.

Fueled by a YouTube video made by two young conservatives who posed as pimp and prostitute
in a sting, ACORN’s very existence would be challenged. ACORN and the Firestorm goes
beyond the 24-hour news cycle and cuts to the heart of the great political divide.

"Documentary of the Week. Filmmakers Rueben Atlas and Sam Pollard show how
a simple lie travels faster than a complicated truth."
-WNYC

"Disturbingly relevant…very much a documentary of our age.
A refreshingly clear and balanced narrative about the controversy that swept up
the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

during the 2008 presidential election."
–Salon

"Brings us the often sordid tale of the takedown of this once-proud-and-successful
agency. No matter where one stands on the ideological spectrum,
this movie is an excellent bit of documentary history and journalism."

–Hammer to Nail

"Infuriating…a nimble analysis of the FOX echo chamber."
–Flavorwire

World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival |  In Theaters Now

A film by Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic) and Sam Pollard (Academy Award®-nominated documentary Four Little Girls as well as HBO’s When the Levees Broke and Eyes on the Prize)

On iTunes May 1 | On DVD May 15

Acorn and the Firestorm – Trailer from First Run Features on Vimeo.

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PRESENTS…

THE IT’S ALIVE TRILOGY

FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY,

WITH NEW BONUS FEATURES,

ON MAY 15, 2018

For the first time on Blu-ray, and in a new, deluxe box set, the It’s Alive trilogy is reborn! On May 15, Scream Factory will release the It’s Alive Trilogy in a 3-disc set packed with bonus features, including new interviews, and new 2K scans of each film.

It's newborn and … It's Alive … and murder is what it knows best! A proud couple's bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen's cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel It Lives Again as two brave parents try to stop them by becoming the bait for their spree. The now global mutants are rounded up and relocated to a far-flung island in It's Alive III: Island of the Alive. Will a parent's greatest nightmare become the world's gravest fear? Find out … if you dare.

It's Alive is the first film of the classic trilogy from writer/director Larry Cohen about murderous mutants – and its birth was chillingly midwived by the crucial contributions of two Academy Award® winners*: makeup master Rick Baker (who created the makeup and "played" the infant monster) and composer Bernard Herrmann.

Is it human? Is it a beast? Whatever it is, It Lives Again in this second film in cult filmmaker Larry Cohen’s Alive Trilogy. Once again, Cohen brings to the screen a hideous threesome of mutant baby monsters that are the evolutionary response to man’s polluted environment. These frightened creatures lash out with deadly claws at what they don’t understand. There are only three, but they could reproduce into uncontrollable millions if someone doesn’t destroy them. Fredric Forrest (Apocalypse Now) and Kathleen Lloyd (The Car) star as the loving parents of one of the monstrous creatures. Parental love, however, is no match for these hell-spawned mutants. Their wild blood binge must be stopped. Will the next stage of their evolution become our last?

In It’s Alive III: Island Of The Alive, Michael Moriarty (Q: The Winged Serpent) and Karen Black (Trilogy of Terror) star as Stephen and Ellen Jarvis, the distraught parents of one of the new mutant children. They’ve watched in horror as government death squads roamed the earth, shooting the humanoids on sight. They’ve suffered through the court hearings that sentenced their child and other surviving mutants to a remote, uninhabited island. And their nightmare continues … because the abandoned creatures are now grown … and they are coming back home to the society that created and rejected them. And no one who stands in their way will live.

IT’S ALIVE TRILOGY SPECIAL FEATURES

IT’S ALIVE:

·        NEW 2K scan of the original film elements

·        NEW Cohen’s Alive: Looking Back at the It’s Alive Films featuring interviews with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen, actors James Dixon, Michael Moriarty and Laurene Landon and more…

·        NEW It’s Alive at the Nuart: The 40th Anniversary Screening with Larry Cohen

·        Audio Commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen

·        Radio Spots

·        TV Spots

·        Theatrical Trailer

·        Still Gallery

IT LIVES AGAIN:

·        NEW 2K scan of the original film elements

·        Audio Commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen

·        Theatrical Trailer

·        Still Gallery

IT’S ALIVE 3: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE:

·        NEW 2K scan of the original film elements

·        NEW interview with Special Effects Makeup Designer Steve Neill

·        Audio Commentary with writer/director Larry Cohen

·        Trailer

·        Still Gallery

*Rick Baker: Best Makeup for 1981: An American Werewolf In London; 1987: Harry And The Hendersons; 1994: Ed Wood; 1996: The Nutty Professor; 1997: Men In Black; 2000: How The Grinch Stole Christmas; 2010: The Wolfman

Bernard Herrmann – 1941: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture, All That Money Can Buy

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Apr 172018
 

Academy Award® Winner for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Certified “Fresh” ~ Rotten Tomatoes

“A Fantastic Movie.” ~ A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A Knockout. Extraordinary.” ~ David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

A FANTASTIC WOMAN

A Film by Sebastián Lelio,
Starring Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes & Luis Gnecco

On Blu-ray & Digital May 22 and Includes an Exclusive Making-of Featurette
and Director Commentary

Starring Daniela Vega, the first transgendered Oscar® presenter in history, comes A FANTASTIC WOMAN, the Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film and the first Chilean movie to win an Oscar®, debuting on Blu-ray and digital May 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From the producers of Jackie, Spotlight and Toni Erdmann, the acclaimed drama stars acclaimed newcomer Daniela Vega, in the story of a young transgender aspiring singer who must confront society and her older lover’s family when he dies unexpectedly. Directed by Sebastián Lelio (Disobedience, now filming Gloria with Julianne Moore), A FANTASTIC WOMAN also stars Francisco Reyes (Neruda) and Luis Gnecco (Neruda, No).

In “The Making of A Fantastic Woman” featurette, available on the Blu-ray release, fans will delve into the passionate storytelling and incredible artistry of the film with this in-depth profile highlighting the extraordinary performances, stunning visuals and flawlessly crafted direction. Also included is an audio commentary with director Sebastián Lelio.

A FANTASTIC WOMAN also won Best International Film at the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards, won Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and was named one of the Top Five Foreign Language Films by the National Board of Review.

Synopsis:
Marina is a young transgender waitress and aspiring singer. A story of Marina and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic.

A FANTASTIC WOMAN was directed by Sebastián Lelio from a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza. The film was produced by Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín, with Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Rocío Jadue, Mariane Hartard and Ben von Dobeneck serving as executive producers.

Blu-ray Bonus Materials Include:

  • “The Making of A Fantastic Woman” Featurette
  • Commentary with director Sebastián Lelio

A FANTASTIC WOMAN is in Spanish with English subtitles, has a run time of approximately 104 minutes and is rated R for language, sexual content, nudity and a disturbing assault.

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(VOD, ON DEMAND & BLU RAY RELEASE MAY 29 in US & CANADA)

GIANT INTERACTIVE AND PALADIN PRESENTS


THEY REMAIN

Directed by: Philip Gelatt

Starring: William Jackson Harper (“Paterson,” “True Story”) and Rebecca Henderson (“Mistress America”)

Available On Demand and Special Edition Blu-ray Tuesday, May 29 (US & CANADA)

On all major VOD platforms including: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Xbox/ Microsoft Store, PlayStation, Vimeo, Vudu, Fandango Now, Kanopy. Also on Movies onDemand via Comcast, Spectrum, Cox and other cable operators

Pre-order on iTunes Tuesday, May 1

Following a successful festival run and multi-city theatrical release Philip Gelatt’s THEY REMAIN will be available on VOD and on Demand on Tuesday, May 29.

Based on the 2010 short story, "-30-" by award-winning author Laird Barron, THEY REMAIN explores the evolving relationship between Keith and Jessica, two scientists who are employed by a vast, impersonal corporation to investigate an unspeakable horror that took place at the remote encampment of a mysterious cult. Working and living in a state-of-the-art, high tech environment that is completely at odds with their surroundings, they spend their days gathering physical evidence, analyzing it, and reporting on their findings.

The intensity of their work, and their extreme isolation, bring the pair closer. But, when Jessica discovers a mysterious artifact of unknown origin, the dynamic between them changes: secrets are kept, sexual tensions arise, and paranoia sets in. Keith begins to have visions and is unable to distinguish whether they are nightmares or hauntings. Having lost all sense of what is real and what is imagined, all he knows is that the horror he and Jessica have been sent to uncover—a horror that could be biological, psychological, or supernatural— now threatens his very survival.

Gelatt’s acclaimed debut feature, "The Bleeding House," premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. He combines multi-disciplinary experience as a graphic novelist and comic book creator for the “Indiana Jones” franchise, and for such companies as Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press, with his background as a video game writer for such companies as Crystal Dynamics and Frictional Games, and on “Rise of The Tomb Raider” (for which he won the WGA Award).

Barron’s novels, short fiction, and poems have earned him a substantial following among aficionados of fantasy, noir, horror, and sci-fi, and have twice won him the Shirley Jackson Award.

THEY REMAIN stars William Jackson Harper (“Paterson,” “True Story”) and Rebecca Henderson (“Mistress America”) as Keith and Jessica.  The film's third "star" is cinematographer Sean Kirby, whose hallucinatory images contribute immeasurably to its disorienting, disturbing mood.  Kirby's credits include the acclaimed documentaries "Racing Extinction," and "The Tillman Story," as well as Robinson Devor's notorious "Zoo," which created a sensation at both Sundance and Cannes.

Feature Film, USA, Running Time: 102 Minutes</strong

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Apr 172018
 
WITH GENE KELLY, KAY KENDALL, BRONSON PINCHOT, MARK LINN-BAKER, KAY FRANCIS, BASIL RATHBONE AND WINNIE LIGHTNER
LES GIRLS (1957) New to Blu-ray with a 2018 1080p HD Remaster
George Cukor's romantic comedy with music arrives on Blu-ray with a show stopping transfer that underscores Cukor's lyrical direction and highlights George Hoyningen-Huene's lush color coordination. A reverie on reminiscence, Les Girls uses the occasion of a libel trial to deploy a Rashomon-style narrative as former members of the "Barry Nichols and Les Girls" song and dance troupe recount their former lives from decidedly different perspectives. Gene Kelly stars as Barry Nichols, while Mitzi Gaynor, Taina Elg and Kay Kendall are "Les Girls". Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Special Features: Cole Porter in Hollywood: Ca C'est L'Amour, hosted by Taina Elg; Vintage Cartoon Flea Circus; Trailer (HD) 16×9 Letterbox
TV PARTY TIME
PERFECT STRANGERS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1987-88) New to DVD
Season three of this sitcom classic brings with some changes and some new faces. Larry (Mark Linn-Baker) escapes the discount store and lands a new job as an assistant at the Chicago Chronicle newspaper. Cousin Balki (Bronson Pinchot) comes to visit Larry at work and in a 'redikolus' twist of fate, land a job in the Chronicle's mail room! While Balki's supervisor Sam Gorpley (Sam Anderson) connives to get Balki fired, the cousins befriend strong-willed working woman Harriette Winslow (JoMarie Payton), who suffers no fools from within the confines of the elevator she operates. Thankfully, the big-hearted Harriette thinks of Larry and Balki as family, and family matters to Harriette Winslow. Larry and Balki's friends from upstairs Jennifer (Melanie Wilson) and Mary Anne (Rebeca Arthur) continue to help out in matters of life and love as the boys continue to chase their dreams, culminating in Balki's graduation from night school!
THE MIGHTY ORBOTS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1984) New to DVD
This Japanese-American co-production may have lasted merely one season, but thanks to its veteran director Osamu Dezaki (Astro Boy) and character designs from Akio Sugino (Kimba the White Lion), it's one of the sleekest and most striking action cartoons broadcast in a decade brimming with them. So, get ready to cheer for six special robots as they defend the agents of the Galactic Patrol from the menace of the criminal organization SHADOW, joining together to fight for what's right!
NOW HEAR THIS – ENTER THE TALKIES!
LIGHTS OF NEW YORK (1928) New to DVD
"It's Hear!" the ads wittily declared, announcing yet another first from Warner Bros. Following up on the feature-with-synchronized music Don Juan (1926), and the part-talkie feature The Jazz Singer (1927), Warner Bros. pushed their Vitaphone sound-on-disc process to the ultimate – an all talkie feature. This brisk crime saga tells "a story that might have been torn out of last night's newspaper" – an approach that would shortly become the studio's signature style. Small-town yokels Eddie (Cullen Landis) and Gene (Eugene Palette) get suckered by a pair of bootleggers into buying a Manhattan barber shop that is really a speakeasy. While Eddie re-connects with his hometown honey-turned-chorus-girl Kitty (Helene Costello), the boys get fitted for a frame by a gangster that has the hots for Kitty. Despite its basic plot, this technological breakthrough went on to become a box office smash and hasten the demise of the silent cinema. Special Features: a selection of Vitaphone shorts from 1928, including MAYER AND EVANS in THE COWBOY AND THE GIRL; Kjerulf's Mayfair Quinette in "A Musical Melange"; Gilbert Wells "A Breeze from the South"; The Croonaders in "Melodious Moments".
THE SHIP FROM SHANGHAI (1930) New to DVD
It all starts light enough – a band plays "Singin' In The Rain" in Chinese in a Shanghai night club while a supercilious playboy (Conrad Nagel) pursues a beautiful if overly serious member of the English aristocracy (Kay Johnson). A married couple (Holmes Herbert and Carmel Myers) of fellow members of the smart set then proposes the lark of a lifetime: a leisurely three-month voyage to the States aboard a borrowed sailing yacht. American playboy, English girl and her dowager aunt (Zeffie Tilbury) all enthusiastically agree and a crew is hastily assembled. But it's a haste the upper-class party will soon regret, as the ship's steward (Louis Wolheim) is secretly simmering with a psychotic hatred for the super-rich. After a typhoon cripples the ship and sends them adrift, class warfare erupts into murderous mutiny and the English girl may be all that stands between the sailing party and the sharks.
A NOTORIOUS AFFAIR (1930) New to DVD
Billie Dove stars as the British heiress Lady Patricia Hanley who ditches high society for love when she marries penniless musician Paul Gherardi (Basil Rathbone). Exiled from both country home and family coffers, Patricia keeps her man hale and hearty while his considerable talent propels him to the top. Paul's ascent is not based solely on artistic merit, however, but the patronage of the Countess Olga Balakireff (Kay Francis). The Countess expects a most singular payment for her services, and the sensitive and selfish Paul is left as shattered as his marriage when she is done extracting it. With no one to turn to and nowhere to go, Paul must rely on Patricia's tender mercies for his physical and emotional recovery. Fulling coming into her own as a film star with her riveting performance as the Countess, Kay Francis captures the screen as the voracious man eater that dispenses with her conquests as casually as she seduces them.
MANHATTAN PARADE (1931) New to DVD
A theatrical costume company is centerstage for this pre-Code look at the business of Broadway. Doris Roberts (Winnie Lightner) is the super-efficient operations manager for the Roberts Costume Company, a firm she co-founded with her husband, John (Walter Miller). Doris has all the plates properly spinning in the air, whether it's juggling the fussiness of finicky costume designer Paisley (Bobby Watson), the eccentricities of head researcher Herbert T. Herbert (Charles Butterworth), or the demands of addled Broadway producers Lou and Jake Delman (vaudeville comedy duo Smith & Dale), Doris is the woman for the job. When John preys on Doris' maternal guilt, she steps down from the job to be full-time mother to their son, Junior (Dickie Moore). But while Doris plays stay-at-home mom, John skips town for the continent with Doris' former secretary Charlotte (Greta Granstedt). Can Doris save the company before creditors close its doors?

 

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Only a fraction of all the movies made each year make it to cinemas. The majority of films (not TV movies but standalone productions) are released either directly on physical media — DVD and Blu-ray — or through the ever-increasing variety of streaming services like Netflix. Today, watching a movie has become as easy as checking out the-casinobonus.com for news — people tune in to their favorite streaming provider on their smartphones and start watching their preferred shows and movies whenever they want, wherever they are. Media is apparently increasingly transitioning toward streaming. How will this influence the release of movies on physical media in the future?

Even Netflix releases Blu-rays

Whenever a new movie or TV show is released, it first completes its primary run — on the silver screen and TV — and only then it gets its release on streaming/VOD and DVD/Blu-ray. The same goes for Netflix and the rest of streaming-first original content creators — the original programming has to run its course online before being released on a disc. For Netflix, of course, the "primary run" is usually longer, considering that there is a lot of interest from users to watch — and re-watch — its original programming, sometimes even years after its initial release. But there is some Netflix original content available on physical media — "House Of Cards," "Orange Is the New Black," and "Arrested Development" are just a few that come to mind. And "Stranger Things," one of the streaming giant's biggest hit series, has also been released as a collector's edition DVD/Blu-ray — in a VHS-like packaging, exclusively through Target stores.

There are still people who are not connected

Although Netflix has a massive user base of close to 120 million (perhaps more by the time you read this), it clearly doesn't reach all the people that could potentially be interested in watching its shows — and neither do the rest of the contenders. And we have an ever-increasing number of such contenders to go around — Amazon, Apple, Disney, HBO, CBS, and many others want a slice of this big and tasty cake. But even if we count them — their user base often overlaps with that of Netflix — the number of their subscribers is minuscule compared to those who don't follow movies and TV shows, let alone original programming, through streaming services.

It's easy to conclude that unless the significant majority of potential customers goes online and subscribes to one streaming service or another, physical releases will not go out of style.

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Apr 172018
 

From the Big Screen:

"The Post" and "The Commuter." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Best Bets:

"Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years. Vol. 2 Limited Edition": Boundary-breaking early crime thrillers, mob dramas and action movies from legendary cult director Seijun Suzuki. Includes: "Eight Hours of Terror" (1957), "The Sleeping Beast Within" (1960), "Smashing the 0-Line" (1960), "Tokyo Knights" (1961), "The Man with a Shotgun" (1961). Available for home-viewing for the very first time ever outside of Japan, this collection of bleak crime thrillers, brash mob dramas and photo for Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years. Vol. 2 Limited Editionexuberant action movies, made across the first five years of Seijun Suzuki's career within Nikkatsu's Borderless Action (mukokuseki akushon) line, presents a heady mix that laid the ground for what was to come. "The Sleeping Beast Within" (1960) is a gripping crime thriller that sees a newspaper reporter's search for his girlfriend's missing father lead him into heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama's Chinatown. Its companion piece, "Smashing the 0-Line" (1960), follows two reporters' descent into a scabrous demimonde of drug and human trafficking. In "Eight Hours of Terror" (1957), a bus making its precarious way across a winding mountain road picks up some unwelcome passengers. In "Tokyo Knights" (1961), a college student takes over the family business in the field of organized crime, while "The Man with a Shotgun" photo for Sleeping Dogs (1961) marks Suzuki's first entry into the territory of the "borderless" Japanese Western. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … "Sleeping Dogs": (1977) Adapted from C.K. Stead's novel "Smith's Dream," "Sleeping Dogs" almost single-handedly kickstarted the New Zealand New Wave, demonstrating that homegrown feature films could resonate with both local and international audiences, and launching the big-screen careers of director Roger Donaldson ("No Way Out," "Species") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park," "Possession"). Neill — in his first lead role in a feature — plays Smith, a man escaping the break-up of his marriage by finding isolation on an island off the Coromandel Peninsula. As he settles into his new life, the country is experiencing its own turmoil: an oil embargo has led to martial law and civil war, into which Smith reluctantly finds himself increasingly involved. Co-starring Warren Oates as the commander of a US army unit drawn into the conflict, "Sleeping Dogs" is simultaneously a political thriller, a personal drama and a true landmark in New Zealand cinema. On Blu-ray, from Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment.

"The Awful Truth" (1937): In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other's infidelities, resolve to file for divorce. Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can't help but meddle in Lucy's ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman (Ralph photo for The Awful TruthBellamy), and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead. Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey, a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, "The Awful Truth" is a warm but unsparing comedy about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection … "The Color of Pomegranates" (1969 — Russia): A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov's masterwork overflows with images and sounds that burn into photo for The Color of Pomegranates the memory. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, "The Color of Pomegranates" revives the splendors of Armenian culture through the story of the 18th-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative. The film's tapestry of folklore and metaphor departed from the realism that dominated the Soviet cinema of its era, leading authorities to block its distribution, with rare underground screenings presenting it in a restructured form. This edition features the cut closest to Parajanov's original vision, in a restoration that brings new life to one of cinema's most enigmatic meditations on art and beauty. In Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian with English subtitles. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, undertaken by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

"The Accident (L’accident)" (2016 — France) is a two-disc set with six episodes. Kindhearted construction boss Gabriel Cauvy lives with his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Luna, in Sainte Lune, a picturesque but struggling village in Brittany, France. One day, Gabriel notices his wife behaving strangely, and hours later she is killed in a car wreck. Amid his grief, Gabriel also contends with the bizarre circumstances of the crash. Why was Rebecca’s car stopped in the middle of photo for The Accident (L’accident)passenger seat when she didn’t drink liquor? Was it truly an accident? Or could it have been something more sinister? When the police and the rest of Sainte Lune blame Rebecca for the crash, Gabriel determines to clear her name. But as he starts his own investigation, the residents of his quaint little town all seem to be hiding something — and the search for the truth is more dangerous than he could have imagined. From Acorn Media … "Claws: The Complete First Season" (2017) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a South Florida nail salon. It follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. Claws is about good women caught in bad places with worse men. It's the story of hardworking women trying to get by in this economy, set against the surreal, bright, gritty landscape of Florida and the luscious, absurd, extreme excesses of the crime world. From Warner.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

Written and directed by Floyd ("The Hollywood Knights," "American Hot Wax") Mutrux, "Aloha, Bobby and Rose," (1975), in a Blu-ray debut this week, sets its sights on the good-looking titular twosome: Bobby (Paul le Mat), who has a souped-up ‘68 Camaro and a dead-end job; and Rose (Dianne Hull), who’s got a 5-year-old son and a nowhere life. The two meet and quickly fall in love, which gives way to Rose’s photo for Aloha, Bobby and Rose fantasy of leaving the Hollywood streets behind and saying “aloha” to life in exotic Hawaii. But when a seemingly safe attempt to rob a liquor store to bankroll their journey goes tragically awry, Bobby and Rose find themselves on the run from the law … and for their lives. Barreling across nighttime L.A. in a bid to make it to the tropics, the young lovers learn that “aloha” can also mean “goodbye.” Remastered in high definition transfer with extensive color correction. Co-stars Robert Carradine, Tim McIntire, Edward James Olmos and Noble Willingham. From Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing … On the eve of an abandoned hospital’s demolition, evil walks its empty corridors to the pulsating echo of 150 beats per minute in "Rave Party Massacre (aka DeadThirsty" (2017), starring Sara Bess, Evan Taylor Williams and Melissa Kunnap. It’s 1992, an uncertain time of uprising, of violent revolution against the so-called New World Order. When Rachel, Branson, and others attend an illegal rave party held in the facility, they encounter the malevolent presence lurking within. From Breaking Glass Pictures … "Deep Blue Sea 2" (2018), starring Danielle Savre, Michael Beach, Rob Mayes, Nathan Lynn and Kim Syster, is a sequel to the 1999 hit directed by Renny Harlin that featured Thomas Jane, Samuel L. Jackson, Saffron Burrows and LL Cool J. Shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Savre) is invited to photo for Deep Blue Sea 2consult on a new, top secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Beach). She believes the project, performed at a remote, sea-based facility, focuses on extracting shark antibodies to help work toward cures for human diseases. However, Dr. Calhoun is shocked to learn that the company is using unpredictable bull sharks as its test subjects, and Durant has bio-engineered a shiver of highly intelligent, super-aggressive bull sharks. When science meddles with the time-tested process of nature and nurture, the outcome can be deadly. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Warner … With an interminable case of writer’s block and a personal family crisis, playwright Nate (Jemaine Clement) is forced to move into his father’s (Elliott Gould) retirement community in "Humor Me" (2017). But a chance encounter with the local community theatre group may help turn his life around — or signal the end of his once promising career for good. Co-stars Ingrid Michaelson, Annie Potts and Bebe Neuwirth. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Shout! Factory … In "Honor Up" (2018), starring Damon Dash, Cam’ron, Murda Mook, Blackface, Smoke DZA and Nicholas Turturro, OG is a drug lord’s lieutenant struggling to maintain the code of honor — protect the family — within his unruly crew after a Harlem shootout. The film reveals a deadly underworld where beats pound as bullets fly, and even outlaws must live by the code. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate.

On the Indie Front:

In "The Happys" (2018), starring Melissa McBride, Janeane Garofalo, Stephen Guarino, Rhys Ward, Tim Abell, Jack DePew, Brian Jordan Alvarez and Arturo Del Puerto, 212-year-old Tracy walks in on her newly minted "movie star" boyfriend having sex with a man and, after assessing her limited options, she returns to him with a deal — if he agrees to marry her, she’ll forget the whole thing ever photo for Russian Dollhappened. Their relationship quickly deteriorates, but Tracy’s world blossoms when she befriends the quirky residents in her Los Feliz (The Happys) neighborhood. As she discovers her sense of self and true passion for cooking, she's a catalyst that forces everyone around her to grow and connect in unforeseen ways. Features an original score by Patrick Sansone (Wilco). From Indican Picture … In "Russian Doll" (2016), starring Melanie Brockmann Gaffney, Kristine Sutherland, Sarah Hollis, Marem Hassler and Jason T. Gaffney, veteran lesbian police detective Viola Ames (Gaffney) is assigned to investigate the case of a missing woman who uncovered a murder plot set in the theatre world, behind the scenes of a play called "The Russian Doll." As the play moves towards opening night, Viola and her police partner uncover a complicated and enigmatic series of twists and turns to uncover the identity of the kidnapper as well as a surprising murder suspect. At the same time that Viola deciphers clues to solve the case, Viola's tough and emotionally closed world begins to change as she falls for a new woman in her life, Faith. From Wolfe Video.

Foreign:

In "A Taxi Driver" (2017 — South Korea), a powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck photo for A Taxi Drivertaxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in the history of modern South Korea. South Korea's official entry in the 2018 Academy Awards best foreign-language film category. Stars Song Kang-Ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-Jin and Ryu Jun-Yeol. On Blu-ray from Well Go USA.

Special Interest:

"Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey" (1991) is a celebration of one of Hollywood's biggest and most beloved stars. Doris Day began her legendary career as a big band singer in the 1940s, made her motion picture debut in 1948 and became box office magic for the next two decades in musicals, comedies and dramas such as "Calamity Jane," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "The Pajama Game," "Please Don't Eat photo for Doris Day: A Sentimental Journeythe Daisies," "The Thrill of It All" and three iconic romantic comedies with Rock Hudson, including her Oscar-nominated "Pillow Talk." In the late 1960s, Doris moved to television with her top-10 self-titled sitcom followed by music specials in the 1970s and "Doris Day's Best Friends" in the 1980s. Since retiring from show business, Day has devoted herself to her first love with the Doris Day Animal Foundation.This documentary details her dramatic life story and career, guided by Doris along with famous friends (Betty White, Clint Eastwood) and admirers (film critics Roger Ebert and Molly Haskell). Also featured is rare footage and archival materials from the star's own collection.From Dark Sky Films/MPI … March 30, 1985: Derek and Nancy Haysom are discovered brutally murdered at their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. The arrest and conviction of the couple's daughter Elizabeth, a scholarship student at the University of Virginia, and her boyfriend Jens Söring, the brilliant son of a German diplomat, set off a media frenzy, becoming the first trial of its kind to be nationally televised. But what if the justice system got it all wrong? The gripping true crime documentary "Killing for Love" (2016) untangles the web of romantic obsession and betrayal that may have led an innocent man to make the ultimate sacrifice for love: take the fall for a murder he didn't commit. Features the voices of Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots. From IFC Films

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Apr 162018
 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE OZ!

 

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT IS SET TO RELEASE

DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD OF OZ:

EMERALD CITY SEASON ONE VOLUME TWO

ON DVD JUNE 12, 2018

 

DVD Includes 10 Entertaining Episodes from the Hit Series

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is taking viewers over the rainbow, to the magical Land of Oz with the DVD release of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Emerald City Season One Volume Two, available in stores June 12, 2018. Close your eyes and click your heels together three times for more animated adventures featuring Dorothy, the plucky Kansas farm girl and her adorable dog Toto, as they star in 10 delightful episodes featured on this entertaining, new release.  Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Emerald City Season One Volume Two will retail for $14.97 SRP. All episodes featured on Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Emerald City Season One Volume Two are also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

After the Wicked Witch of the West’s defeat, Queen Ozma has appointed Dorothy the Princess of Emerald City. With her feet firmly grounded in her ruby slippers, Dorothy tackles her royal duties with enthusiasm, bravery and farm girl feistiness. And whether it’s magic, munchkins, flying monkeys or her arch-nemesis Wilhelmina, the wicked witch-in-training and niece of the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy is ready to track down and put a stop to any problem that comes Oz’s way.  Packed with memorable melodies and iconic Oz imagery, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is also sure to delight fans of the original books and the classic film The Wizard of Oz.

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.  Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer with Jeff DeGrandis (Dora the Explorer) as producer.  Voice cast includes Kari Wahlgren (Bunnicula) as Dorothy and Queen Ozma, Jess Harnell (Animaniacs) as Lion, JP Karliak (New Looney Tunes) as Tin Man, Bill Fagerbakke (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Scarecrow and Jessica DiCicco (DC Super Hero Girls) as Wilhelmina.

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is a series that delves into the prolific anthology of the original Oz book series. L. Frank Baum left us with so many wonderful adventures surrounding Dorothy and her friends that go beyond the initial tale. This series puts the spotlight on some of those remarkable stories that we don’t often get exposed to,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “If you’re a fan of The Wizard of Oz or if just love great storytelling, we think you will enjoy this beautifully animated series.”

 

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Emerald City Season One Volume Two

featured episodes:

 

  1. Jinxed
  2. Rise of the Nome King
  3. One-Winged Wally
  4. Wand-erful
  5. No Sleep Sleepover
  6. Lion Catches a Bug
  7. Tik Tok and Tin Man
  8. If I Only Had Some Brawn
  9. The Beast Royales
  10. Time After Time

 

Digital HD

All 10 episodes featured on Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Emerald City Season One Volume Two will be available to own on May 28, 2018 on Digital HD. Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital HD is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others.

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Apr 162018
 

                      

 AIR BUD ENTERTAINMENT

 INVITES FAMILIES TO GO AROUND THE WORLD!

 

Announcing The Debut of an Exciting All-New Movie in the Hugely Popular Franchise

 

PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR

 

Action-Packed Talking (and Singing) Family Adventure

Debuts on NETFLIX and Digital HD

MAY 5, 2018

 

Air Bud Entertainment, the proud creators of beloved family entertainment, including ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Disney Air Buddies,’ announces the biggest doggone adventure of the year, with an exciting all-new addition to the hugely popular PUP STAR live-action film franchise — PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR.   Debuting on NETFLIX and Digital HD, May 5, 2018, the fantastic family film takes audiences around the world, as the action-packed spin on popular TV singing competitions goes global when ‘Tiny,’ the adorable singing Yorkie pup, packs her bags for far-away places from Africa to India and beyond.  Along the way, Tiny and her fellow judges find a rich tapestry of fantastic new songs and meet exciting new canine singers, including ‘Julio, a Mexican heartthrob who’s not all he appears to be, but ultimately helps them discover that music really is the universal language that brings us all together as one pack, one voice, singing in harmony!

TRAILER:  https://youtu.be/lZZolKtQWJ0

Featuring a soundtrack of paw-tapping new songs, PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR is the newest feature-length addition to the popular dog-filled PUP STAR family film franchise.   The franchise launched in 2016 with overwhelming hit PUP STAR and continued in 2017 with PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER, which recently (3/23/18) had its world broadcast premiere on Disney Channel.  Both films are currently available on NETFLIX.

The PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR global adventure reunites the film’s live-action cast including Makenzie Moss (Steve Jobs) as Tiny’s owner, Lou; David Deluise (The Wizards of Waverly Place) as her father, Denisse Ojeda as the family’s loyal nanny ‘Ida’; Reggie De Leon (Disney’s stage version of Aladdin) as her manager ‘Shep;’ and features the return of Jed Rees (Deadpool) as the delightfully bad ‘Roland.’

A tail-waggin selection of talent returns to provide voices for the film’s canine stars, including top music icon Ziggy Marley (as ‘Dog Gnarly’); John Ratzenberger voices ‘Grandpa Growl; YouTube sensation Mackenzie Sol (The X-Factor) returns as ‘P.U.P’; and 13-year old singing sensation Kaitlyn Maher (America’s Got Talent) returns as the voice of Tiny and sister Scrappy.   The film also returns the voices of George NewbernDiedrich BaderNikki BlonskySteve ValentineBrian Hull and Jonathan Mangum.  Exciting new vocal talents include Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) as ‘Raji,’ the slumdog crooner from India; and Jorge Diaz (Disney’s Elena Of Avalor) as ‘Julio,’ the Mexican heartthrob.

PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR is produced by Air Bud Entertainment, the creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-home movies in the family category.  The film is directed by “Air Bud” and “Disney Air Buddies” veteran Robert Vince, produced by Anna McRoberts and written by Robert Vince.

Official (FULL) Film Synopsis: PUP STAR is back and bigger than ever as the hit singing-pup competition show goes global!  After achieving international stardom, Tiny the adorable Yorkie joins the celebrity judges for the first-ever Pup Star World Tour. The judges each welcome their favorite contestant from around the world to the Pup Star pack, training them to compete for the new title of global pup star champion. India's Raji joins Team Growl, China's Ming joins Team Paw-Paw, Nigeria's Mobo joins Team Gnarley, and Mexico's dashing telenovela star Julio joins Team Tiny. Talented, irresistible, and massively arrogant, Julio throws a wrench into Tiny's personal life when he invites himself to stay with the family in Chicago while they rehearse for the grand finale. But while Tiny’s distracted by her protégé, Bark, Roland and Kano have other plans. The Mean Team are up to their old antics, doing everything they can to take Tiny down and regain control of Pup Star.

When the families of the judges go missing, and Bark’s plan becomes exposed, an incredible secret is revealed! Can Tiny stop Bark from ruining the spirit of Pup Star? A fun, big scale musical adventure, Pup Star: World Tour features a rich tapestry of fantastic new songs, and a heart-warming story where they discover that family is being one pack, one voice, singing in harmony!

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Apr 162018
 

 

Bring the boys together for the wildly hilarious and raunchy Frat Pack, arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand June 19 from Lionsgate.

When Moira (Beverly D’Angelo) decides to marry into a larger-than-life American family, her son, Elliot (Richard Alan Reid), is dragged on a road trip across the country with his soon-to-be stepbrothers for an epic alumni-weekend fraternity rager. The out-of-control comedy also stars Danny Trejo, Lochlyn Munro, and Hana Mae Lee. The Frat Pack DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

 

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

You’re invited to an insane wedding, a decadent frat party, and a filthy, funny, 700-mile road trip! When Elliot travels to his mother’s wedding, he gets dragged along on a decadent adventure with his new brothers-in-law — and their sweet, sensible neighbor, Skylar. On the road, the gang meets drug dealers, tattoo artists, snooty clerks, and party gals who don’t act like ladies. All the while, Elliot’s dying to make a pass at cute Skylar — but will he pass out instead?

 

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Trailer: https://youtu.be/eZCgcCh6NuM

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