From the Big Screen:
This Week's Highlights:
In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage," a film that redefined the "giallo" genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall). A staggeringly assured debut, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, this landmark film has never looked or sounded better. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo with new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release; with original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc). From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.
From TV to DVD:
"Incorporated: Season One" (2016-17) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes. As the year 2100 approaches, the world is in chaos. As governments fell, corporations took control. The haves and the have-nots find themselves living in the Green and Red Zones. One man — Ben Larson — escapes the Red Zone, infiltrating the Green Zone and the all-controlling corporate world to save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system — with deadly consequences. From CBS/Paramount … "Workaholics: The Final Season" (2017) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes: Adam, Blake and Ders get weird for a final season of booze, weed and serious lapses in judgment. (And, if they can squeeze it in, work.) Also available: "Workaholics: The Complete Series" (2011-17), a 15-disc set with all seven seasons. On DVD from Paramount.
Buzzin' the 'B's:
In "Wilson" (2017), starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Isabella Amara, Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope, reunites with his estranged wife when he learns he has a teenage daughter he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. Based on Daniel Clowes' graphic novel of the same name. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Fox … In "Altitude" (2016), starring Denise Richards, Greer Grammer, Chuck Liddell, Dolph Lundgren, a headstrong FBI agent (Richards) is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. When she finds out that his ex-partners (Grammer, Liddell, Lundgren) are leading the deadly operation, she must choose sides and do whatever it takes to keep the plane from going down. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … "Isolation" (2015), starring Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Tricia Helfer and Stephen Lang, is inspired by the true events of a couple vacationing on a remote island in the Bahamas who are hunted by a group of modern-day pirates who want their identities and their lives. Hoping to restore their flagging marriage, Lydia (Helfer) and Creighton (Mably) journey to a remote island in the sun-drenched Bahamas. One drunken night, they return to their cabin to find it ransacked. Turning to a nearby couple, Max (Purcell) and Nina (Avgeropoulos), for help, they quickly realize that things are not what they seem and that the couple's ulterior motives may prove to be more harmful than helpful. From Lionsgate … "Railroad Tigers" (2016 — China), starring Jackie Chan, Huang Zitao, Jaycee Chan, Wang Kai, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi and Alan Ng, is an action-comedy caper harkening back to Jackie Chan’s classic Hong Kong films. A railroad worker (Chan) and his ragtag group of freedom fighters in 1941 China find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed Japanese military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits, in a series of dazzling set pieces. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Well Go USA … It's just a typical day in the lives of the employees, customers and passersby of a Los Angeles car wash. There's a would-be robbery … an assembly line of the weirdest, baddest, shadiest characters you've ever met … and lots of '70s music to pass the hours till quitting time. It's "Car Wash" (1976), making its Blu-ray debut. Featuring outrageous performances by George Carlin, Professor Irwin Corey, the Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor as Daddy Rich — a flamboyant reverend who preaches the goodness of the dollar — "Car Wash" is a cult classic celebrating an era devoted to living life in the fast lane. From Shout! Factory Shout Select.
In September, Murray Lerner's Festival will join the Criterion Collection in time for its 40th anniversary. The era-defining documentary caught the crest of a musical movement at the Newport Folk Festival from 1963 to 1966 and includes performances by giants like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, and the Staples Singers; the Criterion release's special features will showcase rare additional footage from the festivals. Austrian maestro Michael Haneke strikes a jagged chord in The Piano Teacher, a twisted psychological study dominated by a steely performance from Isabelle Huppert, whose collaboration with Haneke will be explored in a number of special features on our release. Alfred Hitchcock entered a bold new phase of his legendary career with his first American film, the Oscar-winning gothic melodrama Rebecca, appearing in a stunning new 4K restoration in an edition packed with special features that illuminate the Master of Suspense's transition to Hollywood. And there's more: three of contemporary cinema's greatest actresses share the screen in Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women, which stars Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, and Kristen Stewart alongside revelatory newcomer Lily Gladstone in a keenly observed triptych of stories set against the lonely backdrop of rural Montana. Plus: David Lynch: The Art Life, fresh from its theatrical release, offers an intimate portrait of the famously elusive director of Eraserhead and Twin Peaks.
September 5: Rebecca
September 12: Festival
September 19: Certain Women
September 26: The Piano Teacher
September 26: David Lynch: The Art Life
"John Wick: Chapter Two" is the sequel to the 2014 surprise hit about legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) — nicknamed "The Boogeyman" — who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog and the theft of his prize vintage mustang by a group of Russian mobsters. In this episode (we say episode because the ending leaves the way open for a second sequel), Wick's desire to retire is foiled by Santino D'Antonio, a member of The High Table, a secret international organization of gangsters and assassins, who holds a marker given to him by Wick; the marker is a blood oath that forces him to do D'Antonio's bidding. His mission — to assassinate D'Antonio's sister, who is scheduled to be "coronated" as the new head of The High Table. Wick then travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers and, after dispatching dozens and dozens of assassins, he returns to New York, where he discovers that D'Antonio has placed a large bounty on his head, and he's forced to dodge and kill dozens and dozens more assassins. "Chapter 2" pretty much picks up almost immediately after the first actioner, giving little time for Wick — or audiences — to take a breath before the slaughter begins. And it continues throughout the movie, non-stop — to an almost numbing degree — which, I suppose, is the reason de arte for the whole thing. Still, it's a thrillingly choreographed, immensely fun and watchable affair. But have a mop handy for the blood. Vitals: Director: Chad Stahelski. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Riccardo Scamarcio, Tobias Segal. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $90.851 million, Lionsgate. Extras: "RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success of John Wick" featurette, "As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick" featurette, audio commentary with Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski. Blu-ray adds Deleted Scenes, "Training John Wick" featurette, "WICK-vizzed" featurette, "Friends, Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership" featurette, "Car Fu Ride-Along" featurette, "Chamber Deck: Evolution of a Fight Scene" featurette, "Wick’s Toolbox" featurette, "Kill Count" featurette, "Dog Wick" short.
Official Selection Of The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival
Written And Directed by BAFTA Nominee Thomas Vinterberg (Jagten),
The Look At The Highs and Lows Of Communal Living Arrives On Digital HD On August 22 From Magnolia Home Entertainment
“**** Emotionally Rewarding” -Time Out
"Infectious. Vinterberg Captures Family Dysfunction Like No Other” -Film Comment
The new film by lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration,” Oscar® Nominated “The Hunt”) examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune. Trine Dyrholm (“A Royal Affair”) won a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival for her role as Anna, a television newswoman; her husband, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen – The Blacklist), teaches architecture at a university, but the grim reality of mentoring people whose career prospects are brighter than his own has left him disgruntled and bored. When Erik's father passes away, the couple must decide what to do with the huge house that Erik grew up in, as it's too expensive for them to occupy on their own. Erik prefers selling, but Anna — who has become frustrated with Erik's dour outlook and longs for something new — suggests that they use this opportunity to experiment with communal living (which was all the rage in Scandinavia at the time). Energized by the era's relaxed taboos, Anna and Erik assemble a diverse, rather motley crew of cohabitants and embark on their adventure, but soon take very different paths. While Anna is anxious to stay home and experience life with her new extended family, Erik finds a more traditional way of reinvigorating himself: an affair with one of his students. When Anna tries to reconcile these two situations, the commune — and the marriage at its core — begins to unravel. Driven by brilliant lead performances from Vinterberg's “Celebration” stars Thomsen and Dyrholm and supporting turns from Lars Ranthe (“A Funny Man) and Fares Fares (“Zero Dark Thirty”, THE COMMUNE is a sharply observed study of how new values can quickly come into conflict with old habits and affiliations.
Street Date: August 22, 2017
Run Time: 111 min.
There's a Future in the Past
A film by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards
90 minutes, color, 2016
What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21st century? Two words: Vince Giordano — a bandleader, musician, historian, scholar, collector, and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements. This beautifully crafted documentary offers an intimate and energetic portrait of a truly devoted musician and preservationist, taking us behind the scenes of the recording of HBO’s Grammy award-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, and alongside Giordano as he shares his passion for hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans.
"CRITIC'S PICK! The next best thing to dancing on air." – THE NEW YORK TIMES
"IT SWINGS! For anyone who appreciates early jazz and swing, Vince Giordano’s lifelong passion is welcome on dual fronts: the history he’s preserving, and the new energy he’s breathing into a century-old lineage through masterful, joyous performance." – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Packed with sizzling performances, this illuminating documentary tells the story of Giordano’s struggle to carry the torch for a vanishing musical era." – LOS ANGELES TIMES
"ROUSING!" – THE VILLAGE VOICE
"One of the best music docs ever." – FILM JOURNAL
On iTunes June 27 | On DVD July 11
THE PENGUIN COUNTERS
A film by Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon
68 minutes, color, 2016
Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. THE PENGUIN COUNTERS follows Ron and his ragtag team of field biologists to one of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health by counting penguin populations.
The documentary takes us from the tip of Argentina to the ominous Deception Island on a treacherous yet heartwarming journey by a 21st century Dr. Doolittle who dreams of conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.
"AWE-INSPIRING… magnificent…hopeful…wonderful!" – THE NEW YORK TIMES
"STUNNING…ENGROSSING! Facing very challenging conditions, the filmmakers rendered some exquisite cinematography, shooting eye-popping scenery and wildlife at one of the world’s most remote destinations, footage that gives armchair travelers a ‘you-are-there’ feel." – EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL
"‘The Penguin Counters’ is loaded with heartwarming shots of the flightless birds, as well as gorgeous panoramas of the Antarctic, lovingly photographed." – THIS WEEK IN NY
On iTunes June 27 | On DVD July 11
UNDER THE MILKY WAY PRESENTS
LOVE AT FIRST CHILD
Directed by: Anne Giafferi
Starring: ISABELLE CARRÉ, PATRICK BRUEL
Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, July 11 on all major platforms includingiTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.
Gabrielle (Isabelle Carré) is a single mother, her 17-year-old daughter Claire is pregnant, however the child’s father Simon has no desire to be involved with his future baby. When Gabrielle takes matters into her own hands and asks Simon’s father Ange (Patrick Bruel) for help, an unexpected relationship begins.
91mins / Comedy /France /Color / Distributor: Under The Milky Way
In French with English Subtitles
UNDER THE MILKY WAY PRESENTS
NOT MY DAY
Directed by: Peter Thorwarth
Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Axel Stein, Jasmin Gerat, Anna Maria Mühe,Nele Kiper, Ralf Richter
Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, July 11 on all major platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.
Till, a bank teller in his mid-30s, is living an uneventful and average life. His marriage to Miriam is happy, but in danger of getting into a rut after all these years of harmony. Suddenly, Till is torn from his routine when a bank robber storms his branch and takes Till and his car hostage. When the kidnapper takes his mask off, Till recognizes Nappo, a former convict and unsuccessful loan applicant at Till’s bank.
As the police set up roadblocks, Nappo decides to abandon Till in the trunk of the car and disappear with his loot. But things do not work out that way and Till and Nappo escape together. After the first shock, Till throws all caution to the wind and dives into adventure with his kidnapper.
110mins / Comedy /Germany /Color / Distributor: Under The Milky Way
In German with English Subtitles