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Sep 112019






Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, available on Digital on October 15, 2019, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on November 5, 2019, amps up the high-stakes action and sharp-edged humor like never before, taking fans down an exhilarating new road. Unforgettable franchise favorites Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson; “Skyscraper,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham; “The Meg,” “Spy”) forge an unlikely partnership that provides fresh insight into their backstories. Johnson and Statham’s “sheer movie star charisma” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) take the action, spectacle, thrills and humor to a new level and have already earned the film more than $680 million at the global box office.

Hobbs & Shaw features over 80 minutes* of never-before-seen bonus content including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes and several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that take fans further into the thrilling story. A hit with audiences, Hobbs & Shaw earned an “A-” CinemaScore and is “the most exciting movie of the year” (Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV), with non-stop action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.

For years, hulking lawman Luke Hobbs and lawless outcast Deckard Shaw have traded smack talk and body blows. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba; “Thor: Ragnarok,” “The Dark Tower”) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, Hobbs and Shaw must partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. Joining the cast as Shaw’s sister Hattie, Vanessa Kirby (Mission: Impossible-Fallout, “The Crown”) “is convincing as a woman who can take care of herself” (Rafer Guzman, Newsday). Directed by David Leitch from a story by longtime Fast & Furious narrative architect Chris Morgan and a screenplay by Morgan and Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3), Hobbs & Shaw is produced by Johnson, Statham, Morgan and Hiram Garcia (Skyscraper, Rampage).

*Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray™


  • JOHNSON & STATHAM: HOBBS & SHAW – Why this film duo works so well together on and off the set.
  • PROGRESS OF A FIGHT SCENE WITH DIRECTOR DAVID LEITCH – From script, to storyboard, to finally arriving on set and working with cast and crew, this piece will illustrate the progression of fight scenes from concept to execution.
  • PRACTICAL ACTION – Any film featuring Jason Statham or Dwayne Johnson is sure to be action packed and feature some over-the-top fight scenes. For the film, each fight sequence was carefully choreographed and shot ahead of time for the actors to use in training and ultimately in shooting the scene.
  • THE BAD GUY* – Fans can explore what makes the ultimate baddie, as well as Brixton’s backstory, casting Idris Elba, special effects for his cyber features and what makes him tick.
  • THE SISTER* – This piece will highlight Vanessa Kirby as Hattie Shaw – she may be Deckard Shaw’s little sister, but don’t be fooled, she’s equally capable of kicking just as much ass as he does.
  • HOBBS’ FAMILY TREE* – This character piece will highlight the extended family of the Hobbs heroes. From Hobbs’ daughter, mother and brothers, take a high-energy, behind-the-scenes look at their time on set.
  • THE MATRIARCH* – With her brief appearance in HOBBS & SHAW, audiences are reminded of the matriarchal might of Helen Mirren as mother Shaw. This piece will feature Mirren in her return to the role.
  • NEW FRIENDS – Featuring hilarious moments with the cameos featured in the film, this piece will showcase some of the best moments from their days on set.
  • ELEVATOR ACTION* – The elevator scene in the trailer – yes, you know the one.  This is just one of the crazy stunts in the film – now fans can see how it was done.
  • STUNT SHOW AND TELL* – Along with film clips and stunt vis, this firsthand look at some of the key sequences in the film will peel back the layers of the stunt process.
  • KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: A CONVERSATION WITH ROMAN AND DWAYNE* – In this intimate conversation, Roman Reigns and Dwayne Johnson discuss their personal relationship, coming from a long lineage of wrestlers, and what it’s like to be working side by side on a project so close to Johnson’s heart.
  • BLIND FURY* – Dwayne reveals the inspiration behind one of the film’s key scenes – his grandfather!
  • DWAYNE AND HOBBS: LOVE AT FIRST BITE* – We know how important family is to Dwayne Johnson, and his French Bulldog Hobbs is no exception. In this fun piece, fans can learn more about Dwayne and man’s best friend.

* Exclusive to Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray™

Hobbs & Shaw will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack (4K Ultra HD+ Blu-rayTM + Digital Code).

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for 4X sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio.
    • Hobbs & Shaw 4K Ultra HD is available with HDR10+™, providing a premium HDR picture quality. HDR10+ transforms your movie watching experience with incredible brightness and contrast for each scene, delivering brighter brights and deepest darks.
  • Blu-rayTM delivers a pristine HD picture and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that 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. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com
Website: http://uni.pictures/HobbsShaw
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/HobbsShawTrailer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HobbsAndShaw/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HobbsAndShaw
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/HobbsAndShaw/

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Cliff Curtis and Helen Mirren
Score By: Tyler Bates
Editor: Christopher Rouse ACE
Production Designer: David Scheunemann
Director of Photography: Jonathan Sela
Executive Producers: Dany Garcia, Kelly Mccormick, Ethan Smith, Ainsley Davies, Steven Chasman
Produced By: Dwayne Johnson p.g.a., Jason Statham, Chris Morgan p.g.a., Hiram Garcia p.g.a.,
Story By: Chris Morgan
Screenplay By: Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce
Directed By: David Leitch

Street Date: November 5, 2019
Copyright: 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61201433 (US) / 61201434 (CDN)
Layers: BD-100 / Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language.
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Video: 2160p UHD Dolby Vision/HDR10+/HDR 10
Sound: English Dolby Atmos/Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time:  2 hours 17 minutes
Street Date: November 5, 2019
Selection Number: 6120143 (US) / 61201432 (CDN)
Layers:  BD-50 / Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language.
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Languages/Sound: English Dolby Atmos/Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time: 2 hours 17 minutes

Street Date: November 5, 2019
Selection Number: 61200707 (US) / 61200731 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9 / Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language.
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Languages/Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 2 hours 17 minutes


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Sep 092019

From the Big Screen:

“Aladdin (2019),” “The Dead Don’t Die,” “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” and “Echo in the Canyon.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

“Mirage (Special Edition)” (1965), directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy, George Kennedy, Jack Weston, Leif Erickson, Walter Abel and Anne Seymour, is a psychological thriller where danger, deception and even murder lurk around every corner. Bewildered accountant David Stillwell (Peck) believes he must be suffering from some form of amnesia and enlists the help of a private detective (Matthau) to help photo for Aladdin (1992) determine his identity. Experiencing flashbacks of a disturbing past and perplexed by the woman (Baker) in his life, Stillwell struggles to make sense of his perilous situation before a murder plot ensnares him. Filmed on location in New York City, “Mirage” is an edge-of-your-seat suspense film that remains one of the genre’s timeless classics. On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classic … “Aladdin (1992)” (1992) comes out of the Disney vault timed for the release of the live-action version. Disney’s tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin, self determined Princess Jasmine and the all-powerful Genie has remained a family favorite for over a quarter of a century. With the voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, with new an classic bonus features. From Disney … “The Mad Adventures of “Rabbi” Jacob” (1973 — France) is a cult classic riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities. Victor Pivert (Louis de Funès), a blustering, photo for The Mad Adventures of bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Mohammed Larbi Slimane (Claude Giraud), an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assassins from Slimane’s country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who’s returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert’s dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who’s about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dario). Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1974 Golden Globe Awards, the Blu-ray features a stunning 4K restoration. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement … photo for The Cloud-Capped Star Directed by the visionary Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, “The Cloud-Capped Star” (1960 — India) tells the story of a family that has been uprooted by the Partition of India and come to depend on its eldest daughter, the self-sacrificing Neeta (Supriya Choudhury). She watches helplessly as her own hopes and desires are pushed aside time and again by those of her siblings and parents, until all her chances for happiness evaporate, leaving her crushed and ailing. Experimenting with off-balance compositions, discontinuous editing, and a densely layered soundtrack, Ghatak devised an intellectually ambitious and emotionally devastating new shape for the melodrama, lamenting the tragedies of Indian history and the inequities of traditional gender roles while blazing a formal trail for the generations of Indian filmmakers who have followed him. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“The Alienist “ (2018) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. Chilling crimes of 19th century New York City set the stage for this Emmy Award-winning thriller. Starring Daniel Brühl (“Rush”), Dakota Fanning (“American Pastoral”) and Luke Evans (“The Girl on the Train”). Based on the award-winning novel by Caleb Carr, the series follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a photo for The Alienist brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Murder mystery like none other: the story of emergence of the world’s most powerful city that will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets. From TNT/Warner … “Hawaii Five-0: The Ninth Season” (2018-19) is a six-disc set with all 25 episodes. The island’s best task force returns to stop trouble in paradise in this contemporary take on the classic series about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands’ beaches. The series revolves around Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu after Hawaii’s former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt-down the biggest “game” in town. In this season, McGarrett must endure sensory deprivation torture to
photo for Hawaii Five-0: The Ninth Season hunt a friend’s killer, track down a dirty CIA agent, and open a bro-mantic restaurant, while wiping out crime and protecting the shores of the 50th state. The latest season also includes guest appearances by Joey Lawrence (“Melissa & Joey”), Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr., Duane “Dog” Chapman (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”) and Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight and more. From CBS/Paramount … “Seal Team: Season Two” (2018-19) is a six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The series follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the photo for Seal Team: Season Two most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. This season picks up after the team has returned home from deployment. Meanwhile, Bravo Team heads to the Gulf of Guinea to rescue American hostages after an oil platform has been over taken by armed militants. From CBS/Paramount … “Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season” (2018-19) includes all 20 episodes. The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. This season the boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones. From Warner.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Shed of the Dead” (2019), starring Spencer Brown, Ewen MacIntosh, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman and Brian Blessed, is a Zombie comedy thriller that follows two slackers, who whittle their days away playing Dungeons & Dragons and painting figurines. As life pressures build up for Trevor (Brown) and Graham (MacIntosh), events take an unexpected turn when the undead turn up in their little gardening spot. From Indican Pictures … “HELLmington” (2018) stars Michael Ironside and Nicola Correia-Damude. On June 6, 1985 Hellmington Asylum closed their doors for good. On June 6, 2009 it was re-opened as the very first Psychological Extreme Haunted House, where people could live out their own personal horror fantasies. Willing participants would be pushed to their limits, blurring the lines between what’s real and what’s in your head. Katie Owens, a true horror fanatic and online blogger was invited as one of the first people to partake in the Hellmington experience. Only Katie never left. From Uncork’d Entertainment … Incorporating traditional narrative story-telling, as well as numerous forms of pioneering technology, including found footage, hand-held cameras, surveillance cameras, and smart glasses, the new-age fright-fest “Investigation 13” (2019) chronicles the tale of a group of college science students investigating the photo for Scars of Dracula urban legend of The Mole Man, an ex-patient said to still be residing within the walls of the Black Grove Asylum. When members of the group turn up missing, they soon learn that this myth is more real than they thought. Stars Meg Foster, Stephanie Hernandez, Patrick Flanagan, Robert Paget and William Alexander. From Uncork’d Entertainment … 1970’s “Scars of Dracula” makes its Blu-ray debut this week, and Christopher Lee is back as Dracula, bringing unspeakable horrors upon a local village that defies his evil reign. But when a young man and his luscious girlfriend unwittingly visit the Count’s castle, they find themselves trapped in a face-to-face frenzy of bloodthirsty vixens, religious blasphemy and sadistic henchmen. The prince of darkness has returned like never before, but will his horrific mark remain forever? The Hammer horror cult classic was injected with bloody bravado by Hammer veteran Roy Ward Baker (“Quatermass and the Pit,” “Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde”). Presented in two aspect ratios – 1.66:1 and 1.85:1. From Shout! Factory/Scream Factory.

Foreign Films:

An unsung talent in her lifetime, director, professor and Fulbright scholar Nietzchka Keene’s stark, stunning debut feature “The Juniper Tree” (1990 — Iceland), starring Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir and Valdimar Örn Flygenring, is loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name and stars Björk in her first on-screen performance. The film premiered to glowing reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 and led Keene to further direct “Heroine of Hell” (1996) starring Catherine Keener and “Barefoot to Jerusalem” (2008), the latter completed after her tragically early death in 2004. Set in medieval Iceland, “The Juniper Tree” follows Margit (Björk) and her older sister Katla (Bryndis Petra Bragadottir) as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection with Johan (Valdimar Orn Fygenring), and his resentful young son, Jonas (Geirlaug Sunna Pormar), the sisters help form an impromptu family unit that’s soon photo for The Third Wife strained by Katla’s burgeoning sorcery. Photographed entirely on location in the stunning landscapes of Iceland in spectacular black-and-white by Randy Sellars, the film is a deeply atmospheric film, evocative of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Day of Wrath” and Ingmar Bergman’s “The Virgin Spring,” and filled with indelible waking dream sequences (courtesy of legendary experimental filmmaker Pat O’Neill). A potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies, “The Juniper Tree” is a major rediscovery for art house audiences. New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by The George Lucas Family Foundation. From Arbelos Films … In “The Third Wife” (2018 — Vietnam), set in 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May starts to develop an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As she observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice: to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom. From Film Movement.

For the Family:

“Curious George: Royal Monkey” (2019) is a new animated feature with everyone’s favorite monkey. After disrupting a meeting with a stuffy royal family, George accidentally trades places with the king’s snooty monkey, Philippe. While Philippe puzzles Ted with his flawless photo for Curious George: Royal Monkey manners, George travels to the castle where his fun-loving antics raise eyebrows and bring shy Princess Isabel out of her shell. Featuring all-new music from Andy Grammer. From Universal … “Adventures of Dally & Spanky” (2019), starring Brenna D’Amico and Reylynn Caster, was inspired by the true animal friendship of a Jack Russell Terrier and a rescued miniature horse. The story of Dally & Spanky’s bond has generated photo for Adventures of Dally & Spanky millions of video views and is now the inspiration for this feature film. Addy and Ella are teenaged half-sisters with little in common. When 17-year-old Addy loses her father, she retreats from her family and struggles to deal with his loss. Ella, with her dog Dally, reaches out to create a bond with Addy and Spanky, the miniature horse she’s just inherited from her father. Not only do the animals get along, but they quickly become a dynamic duo, their act quickly goes viral and they win their high school talent show, bringing the girls closer. From Sony.

Special Interest:

“Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes” (2018) is a documentary that explores the vision behind the iconic American jazz record label (celebrating its 80th anniversary). Since its inception in 1939, Blue Note created an environment for creativity to flourish, encouraging artists to push creative boundaries in search of uncompromising expressions. The result was music with heart, originality and social conscience. The perhaps unlikely originators of Blue photo for Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Note were two jazz-loving German immigrants, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, escaping Nazism for a new life in the US. Their principle of respect for freedom both underpinned the label and won them the friendship and trust of the jazz community. The original Blue Note team was completed by a New Jersey optometrist moonlighting as a recording engineer (Rudy Van Gelder), a classical music-loving commercial designer (Reid Miles), and of course the most incredible musicians that have ever walked the Earth. Through current recording sessions, rare archives, and conversations with iconic Blue Note artists as well as current label president Don Was, the film reveals an intimate perspective of a label legacy that continues to be vital in today’s political climate. Legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter come together with today’s generation of ground-breaking Blue Note artists such as Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire. These reflections lead us back to the highly influential figures of the past on which the legacy of Blue Note is built: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Miles Davis. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Eagle Vision … A transformative artist and one of the most insightful chroniclers of American life, legendary Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank continues to fascinate generations of casual observers and aspiring photographers alike. The documentary “Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank” (2004) is the definitive account of Frank’s life and the unique ways his biography and art intersect to produce powerful, richly textured images. Shot in cinema-verité style between New York and Nova Scotia, where Frank (94) now lives, the film captures Frank reflecting on a lifetime of image making that most famously produced “The Americans,” probably the most influential photographic book of the last 60 years. From the Lower East Side to Coney Island, Frank revisits places where he lived and photographed, unsentimentally yet humorously noting the erosion of the New York he once knew. He recalls his collaborations with the Beat generation, including his film “Pull My Daisy,” narrated by photo for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert Jack Kerouac, as well as his infamous “Cocksucker Blues” with The Rolling Stones. Unembellished and unflinching, this portrait captures the life and art of one of the most significant and uncompromising artists of the 20th century. From Kino Lorber … Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music’s pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it’s these extraordinary induction ceremonies — featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s – that have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate. The 11-disc set “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert” (2019) gives home audiences front row seats to the unforgettable ceremonies from 2010-2017, and feature nearly 30 hours of mind-blowing performances and collaborative jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary, covering eight memorable induction ceremonies and 160 live performances from such rock giants as Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Electric Light Orchestra,, Heart, James Taylor, Journey, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Simon and Garfunkel, Sting, U2, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Metallica, and many more. The set is comprised of three separate collections: “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert – Encore (2010-2013),” “Rock and Roll Hall photo for Echo in the Canyon of Fame In Concert (2014-2017)” and the complete “25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts” from 2009, which has been called “the Big Mother of Rock Concerts,” and features Crosby, Stills & Nash; Paul Simon; Simon & Garfunkel; U2; Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, plus special guests including Jackson Browne, B.B. King, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, and more. Additionally, the set includes collectible booklets, as well as the 26-page collector’s edition of Rolling Stone with behind-the-scenes stories of the 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame concerts. From Time Life … “Echo in the Canyon” (2019) is a look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas. Contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last filmed interview). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Greenwich Entertainment.

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

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Sep 092019

A survival weekend turns sinister in Hyde Park Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions’



Cinedigm Corp (NASDAQ: CIDM) has officially announced that it will release PREY, directed by Franck Khalfoun (Amityville: The Awakening), theatrically and on VOD September 27, 2019. From Hyde Park Entertainment, ImageNation and Blumhouse Productions, the terrifying thriller stars Logan Miller (Escape Room, “The Walking Dead”) and Kristine Froseth (Apostle) as two young strangers forced to run and fight for their lives against a mysterious and deadly force lurking deep in the jungle of a secluded island retreat.

Other members of the PREY ensemble include Jolene Anderson (“Harrow”), Jerrica Lai (Crazy Rich Asians), Phodisdo Dintwe (“The Cul De Sac”), Anthony Jensen (Nazi Overlord, The Gallows Act II) and Jody Mortara (“Blood Relatives”). PREY is written by David Coggeshall and Franck Khalfoun, and produced by Ashok Amritraj, Jason Blum, Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff. Executive Producers include Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno, Alix Taylor, and Priya Amritraj.

For Blumhouse Productions, PREY marks the latest in a lengthy run of chilling films tailor-made to get under the skin of horror fans everywhere. With Blumhouse and Franck Khalfoun reuniting following the debut of 2017’s Amityville: The Awakening, Khalfoun has taken his signature, spine-tingling style and moved it from the iconic and creepy Long Island, New York locale to PREY’s perilous jungle island.

PREY will open in several major theatrical markets including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas and Houston.


This horror-thriller from Blumhouse & Hyde Park with Director Franck Khalfoun (Amityville: The Awakening) follows Toby Burns (Logan Miller), a millennial coldly floating through life and disconnected from his family. After his father is tragically killed in a carjacking, Toby is left stricken with guilt. He is begrudgingly enrolled in a “Lost and Found” program, in which he will spend three days and three nights on a remote jungle island. Toby soon finds that this “uninhabited” island is not so lonely when he meets a mysterious girl named Madeleine (Kristine Froseth). It soon becomes clear that neither of them are safe here and time is running out. Someone or SOMETHING bloodthirsty lurks in the jungle, and Toby must find a way off this island before becoming its PREY.


Distribution Company: Cinedigm
Theatrical/VOD Release Date:  September 27, 2019
Written by: David Coggeshall, Franck Khalfoun
Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
Starring: Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth
Running Time: 85 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Theatrical Trailer: https://youtu.be/gJsQuL7yUHo
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PreyHorrorMovie/

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Sep 092019



From writer/director Roger Avary, the Oscar®-winning writer of Pulp Fiction and Killing Zoe, comes Lucky Day, an explosive crime saga about a paroled safe-cracker and his family confronting a psychotic hit-man out for revenge. Lucky Day stars Luke Bracey, Nina Dobrev and Crispin Glover and will be playing in select theaters and everywhere On Demand on Friday, October 11 from Lionsgate.


Director Roger Avary, the Oscar®-winning writer of Pulp Fiction and Killing Zoe, lends his high-energy, bone-crunching style to this crime saga starring Crispin Glover (“American Gods”), Nina Dobrev (Flatliners), and Luke Bracey (Point Break). Finally out of prison, safe-cracker Red (Bracey) rejoins his wife (Dobrev) and daughter and vows to go straight. But psychotic French hit-man Luc (Glover) has also come to town, seeking revenge against Red for the death of Luc’s brother — leading to a very unlucky showdown.

Genre: Action, Thriller
Rating: R for bloody violence, language throughout, and sexual content
U.S. Release Date: October 11, 2019 (In Select Theaters and On Demand)
Run Time: 99 Minutes

Cast: Luke Bracey (Red), Nina Dobrev (Chloe), Crispin Glover (Luc), Clifton Collins Jr. (DPO Ernesto Sanchez), Introducing Ella Ryan Quinn (Beatrice)

Written and Directed by: Roger Avary
Produced by: Samuel Hadida, Don Carmody
Executive Producers: Gala Avary, Victor Hadida
Director of Photography: Brendan Steacy, C.S.C.
Production Designer: Aidan Leroux
Editor: Sylvie Landra, ACE
Music by: Tomandandy
Costume Designer: Brenda Shenher
Casting Director: Deirdre Bowen

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Sep 092019

One of the funniest unlikely duos of all time!”-ABC-TV, Mark S. Allen



Your ride is about to arrive, with Stuber coming home on Digital October 1 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD October 15.

Get ready for the ride of your life in this high-speed buddy comedy fueled by huge laughs and nonstop action! When a mild-mannered driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani; “Silicon Valley”) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista; Guardians of the Galaxy) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, Stu is thrust into a harrowing ordeal in which he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.

Loaded with gut-busting laughs and visceral action that reframes the timeless buddy-comedy genre for modern audiences, the all-star cast includes Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”), Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Jimmy Tatro (“American Vandal”), Natalie Morales (“Abby’s”) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy). Bonus features include deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel, audio commentary with director Michael Dowse (Goon) and Kumail Nanjiani and more!

STUBER 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Joke-O-Rama
  • Georgia Film Works
  • Audio Commentary by Michael Dowse and Kumail Nanjiani
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peak

STUBER 4K Ultra HD Specifications:

Street Date: October 15, 2019

Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9

Audio: English Dolby Atmos 2, English AD DD 5.1, Spanish (Latin Spanish) DD 5.1,French DTS 5.1, Castilian DTS 5.1, German DTS 5.1, Italian DTS 5.1, Japanese DTS 5.1, Czech DD 5.1, Hungarian DD 5.1, English COMMENTARY DD 2.0

Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish (Latin Spanish) +TXT, French (Parisian) + TXT, Castilian + TXT, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German + TXT, Italian + TXT, Japanese, Japanese TXT, Norwegian, Swedish, Czech + TXT, Hungarian + TXT, Korean, English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing COMMENTARY

Total Run Time: Approximately 120 minutes

U.S. Rating R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity

STUBER Blu-ray™ Specifications:

Street Date: October 15, 2019

Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9

Audio: English DTS-HD-MA 7.1, Spanish (Latin Spanish) DD, Portuguese (Brazilian) DD 5.1, Czech DD 5.1, Hindi DD 5.1, Hungarian DD 5.1, Polish VO DD 5.1, English COMMENTARY DD 2.0 Stereo

Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish (Latin Spanish) +TXT, Portuguese (Brazilian) + TXT, Bulgarian, Yue Chinese (Cantonese), Croatian, Czech + TXT, Icelandic, Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Traditional), Polish + TXT, Portuguese (Iberian), Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Korean COMMENTARY

Total Run Time: Approximately 120 minutes

U.S. Rating R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity

STUBER DVD Specifications:

Street Date: October 15, 2019

Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9

Audio: English DD 5.1, English AD DD 5.1, Hindi DD 5.1,


Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish (Latin Spanish) +TXT, Portuguese (Brazilian) + TXT, Yue Chinese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Simplified) TXT, Mandarin (Traditional), Korean COMMENTARY

Total Run Time: Approximately 120 minutes

U.S. Rating R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity


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Sep 082019

September 3

  • Booksmart

    photo for Booksmart In this fresh, unfiltered modern comedy, best friends and academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) realize they’ve missed out on pretty much all fun during high school. So, on the eve of graduation, they decide to make up for lost time with one wild adventure in this coming-of-age story about the meaningful bonds we create. Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut. Vitals: Director: Olivia Wilde. Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 102 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $22.680 million, Fox. Extras: Audio commentary by Olivia Wilde, “Booksmart: The Next Best High School Comedy,” “Pliés and Jazz Hands: The Dance Fantasy,” “Dressing Booksmart,” deleted scenes, gallery. 3 stars

  • Men in Black: International

    photo for Men in Black: International The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe but so have the villains of the universe. To keep everyone safe, decorated Agent H and determined rookie M join forces — an unlikely pairing that just might work. When aliens that can take the form of any human arrive on Earth, H and M embark on a globe-trotting adventure to save the agency — and ultimately the world — from their mischievous plans. And they must tackle a mole in the Men in Black organization. Vitals: Director: F. Gary Gray. Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, Les Twins: Laurent Bourgeois & Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 114 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $79.289 million, Sony. Extras: Gag Reel; “New Recruits, Classic Suits” cast featurette; “Let’s Do This! Inside the Action & Stunts”; “Look Right Here: Gadgets, Weapons, & Rides”; “Expanding the Universe of MIB” featurette with international locations, aliens and more as the universe expands; “Frank & Pawny’s Peanut Gallery”; “Les Twins Leave It on the Floor”: dance sensations Les Twins show off their signature style and how they devised their alien moves; “In Case You’ve Been Neuralyzed: MIB Recap” rapid-fire recap of the MIB franchise; “The MIB Meet the NBA.” Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes; “Alien-cestry.com”: Everyone has a little alien in them. Trace your roots with Alien-cestry.com; “Neuralyzer: Like It Never Even Happened”: As NOT seen on Alien TV, order now to get your very own Neuralyzer and erase life’s embarrassing moments like a pro. 2 stars

  • Ma

    photo for Ma Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer) is a lonely woman who keeps to herself in a quiet Ohio town. When local teenager Maggie (Diana Silvers) asks Sue Ann to buy booze for her group of friends, she decides to make some new friends of her own and offers her basement for the kids to party. They just have to follow a few simple house rules: Someone has to stay sober, don’t curse, never go upstairs and call her “Ma.” As Ma’s hospitality curdles into obsession, her place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth. Vitals: Director: Tate Taylor. Stars: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Corey Fogelmanis and Luke Evans. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 99 min., Horror Thriller, Box office gross: $43.315 million, Universal. Extras: Alternate ending; “Creating Sue Ann” look at the character of Sue Ann, and how trauma from people’s past can manifest itself later in life; “Party at Ma’s” behind-the-scenes featurette; deleted scenes, theatrical trailer. 2 stars


September 10

  • Aladdin (2019)

    photo for Aladdin (2019) Live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic. A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Vitals: Director: Guy Ritchie . Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar .2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 128 min., Family, Box office gross: $352.774 million, Disney. Blu-ray extras: Aladdin’s Video Journal: A New Fantastic Point Of View”; deleted song: “Desert Moon”; “Guy Ritchie: A Cinematic Genie”; “A Friend Like Genie”; six deleted scenes; bloopers; three music videos: “Speechless” by Naomi Scott, “A Whole New World” by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward and A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) by ZAYN and Becky G. 2 stars

  • The Dead Don’t Die

    photo for The Dead Don’t Die In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behavior. No one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing the town: The dead rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living — and the citizens must battle for their survival. Jim Jarmusch’s black comedy riff on zombie films, politics and pop culture. Vitals: Director: Jim Jarmusch. Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, Tom Waits. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Horror Comedy, Box office gross: $6.563 million, Universal. Extras: “Bill Murray: Zombie Hunting Action Star”; “Behind-the-Scenes of The Dead Don’t Die”; “Stick Together”: Jim Jarmusch’s frequent collaborators talk about his filmmaking style, and what makes “The Dead Don’t Die” stand out from other zombie films. 4 stars

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    photo for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, skilled assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn. Vitals: Director: Chad Stahelski. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Marc Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 130 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $170.462 million, Lionsgate. Extras: “Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table” featurette; “Excommunicado” featurette; theatrical trailers; “John Wick Hex Game” trailer; “Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex” featurette. Blu-ray adds “Check Your Sights” featurette; “Saddle Up Wick” featurette; “Bikes, Blades, Bridges, and Bits” featurette; “Continental in the Desert” featurette; “Dog Fu” featurette; “House of Transparency” featurette; “Shot by Shot” featurette. 3 stars

  • Echo in the Canyon

    photo for Echo in the Canyon Celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon in the mid-1960s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. 1965-67 was a moment when bands came to L.A. to emulate The Beatles, and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on American popular music. Featuring musician Jakob Dylan as interviewer, the film explores the Laurel Canyon scene via never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs, and how that music continues to inspire listeners and musicians today. Contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last filmed interview). Also interviewed are contemporary musicians influenced by their music such as Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones. Vitals: Director:. Stars:. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 82 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $3.285 million, Greenwich Entertainment. 3 stars


September 17

  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix

    photo for X-Men: Dark Phoenix During a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey s transformed into the dark and ancient infinitely powerful and dangerous DARK PHOENIX. This power has destroyed everything it comes in contact with, until her. Now that this power is becoming unstable, she releases it with destruction and anger. Now that this foreign power is consuming her, and the world is threatened, the X-Men have to face an important truth: they must save either the world, or their friend who threatens it. Vitals: Director: Simon Kinberg. Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 133 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $65, 158 million, Fox. Extras: Five deleted scenes, “Rise of the Phoenix: The Making of Dark Phoenix”(five-part documentary), “How to Fly Your Jet to Space With Beast,” audio commentary by director Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker. 2 stars


September 24

  • Yesterday

    photo for Yesterday Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter .. .but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel) discovers he is the only person on Earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James) – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Vitals: Director: Danny Boyle. Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Romance Fantasy Music, Box office gross: $72.662 million, Universal. Extras: Alternate opening; alternate ending; 12 deleted scenes; gag reel; “Live at Abbey Road Studios” in which Himesh Patel perform “Yesterday,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Let it Be”; “Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen”; “Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon”; “A Talented Duo” featurette about screenwriter Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle, who team up for the first time; “Playing for Real” featurette about the re-interpreting of the Beatles songs by Himesh Patel, who spent months learning to play the songs perfectly as the production decided to take the more challenging route of recording the musical numbers live on set; “Soul Mates” love story featurette; “A Conversation With Richard & Ed” (long-term friends Richard Curtis and Ed Sheeran); feature commentary with Boyle and Richard Curtis. 3 stars

  • Pavarotti

    photo for Pavarotti A wonderfully intimate portrait of Luciano Pavarotti, the most beloved opera singer of all time. Interweaving Pavarotti’s genre-defining performances with revealing, never-before-seen footage, the documentary is a movie experience as singularly entertaining as its legendary subject. Pavarotti quickly gained notoriety worldwide for singing the aria “Nessun dorma” at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Featuring testimonies from his fellow Three Tenors members Jose Carreras and Plácido Domingo, the film also includes archive footage featuring Spike Lee, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, and Stevie Wonder. Vitals: Director: Ron Howard. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 115 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $4.600 million, Lionsgate. Extras: “Friends of Pavarotti” featurette, “The Entertainer” featurette, “Ron Howard on Pavarotti” featurette. 3 stars

  • Shaft (2019)

    photo for Shaft JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher), may be a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal. Vitals: Director: Tim Story. Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree, Avan Jogia, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria, Luna Lauren Velez, Method Man. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Action, Box office gross: $21.346 million, Warner. Extras: TBA. 2 stars

  • Child’s Play (2019)

    photo for Child's Play (2019) Re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic. Realizing that her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) is lonely, Karen (Aubrey Plaza) buys him a seemingly innocent, AI-enhanced Buddi doll that he names Chucky. But Chucky’s safety restrictions have been disabled, and soon, a gruesome series of events unfolds. Unable to convince his mom that the doll is responsible for the carnage, Andy becomes the target of the bloodthirsty Chucky. Vitals: Director: Lars Klevberg. Stars: Voice of Mark Hamill, Aubrey Plaza, Tim Matheson, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 90 min., Horror, Box office gross: $29.208 million, Fox. Extras: “The Making of Child’s Play,” “Bringing Child’s Play’s Chucky to Life,” soundtrack trailer, “Toy Massacre,” “A.I. Mayhem,” gallery. 2 stars

  • Anna

    photo for Anna Anna Poliatova (Sasha Luss) has always been the rare type of woman who can captivate a room. With her bold beauty, she is able to secure a modeling career that others can only dream of. But investigators quickly begin to discover that Anna is so much more than just another pretty face. With the brains and strength to overcome any opponent, Anna dazzles government officials with her skills and ingenuity. Pitted against some of the most daunting enemies around, she finds herself in a world of trouble as she become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. Vitals: Director: Luc Besson. Stars: Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 119 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $7.743 million, Lionsgate. Extras: “Dressing a Doll: Costumes of Anna,” “Anatomy of a Scene: Restaurant Fight,” “Unnesting a Russian Doll: Making Anna,” “Constructing the Car Chase” featurettes. 3 stars


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Sep 082019

Friday, September 6
Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals – a “festival of festivals” – the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The 2019 Fest just kicked off on September 5, and to commemorate the occasion, Film Movement Plus will premiere STYX, a 2018 Official Selection.
In this acclaimed thriller, ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) leaves behind her everyday life to fulfill a long-held dream: a solo crossing of the Atlantic. But when she boards the Asa Gray, her gleaming white sailboat, in Gibraltar, she has no way of knowing the troubles or personal transformations that await her on the open seas. Following a rough storm, she happens upon an overloaded, damaged boat teeming with dozens of refugees. When emergency calls to the Coast Guard and nearby commercial vessels go unreturned and rescue seems unlikely, she’s forced to take matters into her own hands in a film that David Ehrlich of Indiewire said is “Told with the intensity of a ticking-clock thriller” and Variety calls, “brisk, efficient and thrillingly dynamic.”
Film Movement Plus also invites movie aficionados to curate their own film festival with Official TIFF Selections from the past years with everything from Rungano Nyoni’s acclaimed I AM NOT A WITCH (2017), the U.K.’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s AFTER THE STORM (2016) and Koji Fukada’s Un Certain Regard winner HARMONIUM (2016). Other TIFF films include:
  • IN BETWEEN (2016, Director Maysaloun Hamoud)
  • SOUL ON A STRING (2016, Director Yang Zhang)
  • THE APPRENTICE (2016, Director Boo Junfeng)
  • EVA DOESN’T SLEEP (2015, Director Pablo Aguero)
  • SCHNEIDER VS. BAX (2015, Director Alex van Warmerdam)
  • THE ARDENNES (2015, Director Robin Pront)
  • THE OTHER SIDE (2015, Director Roberto Minervini)
Styx - Official U.S. Trailer
STYX Official Trailer

Friday, September 13
As summer turns to fall, and kids of all ages trade their carefree lives for the rigors of the classroom, Film Movement Plus offers up an academic collection of A+ films both educational and entertaining, leading off with the streaming premiere of ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU, Shunji Iwai’s lyrical coming of age tale.
For kids around the world, music is often the only salvation when the pain and anxiety of teenage life becomes too much to bear. Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) is in the 8th grade and he worships Lily Chou-Chou, a Bjork-like chanteuse whose epic music is lush and transcendent. Yuichi only lives for Lily Chou-Chou’s big Tokyo concert, where the lies and violence can be washed away by the presence of his goddess and her powerful music. But fate has yet another obstacle in store for Lily’s devoted fan in this acclaimed drama that Ernest Hardy of LA Weekly called “One of the most haunting, viciously honest coming-of-age films in recent memory.”
Film Movement Plus also invites movie lovers to go back to school with these additional streaming selections:
  • 1981 (2009, Director Ricardo Trogi)
  • BLUSH (2015, Director Michael Vinik)
  • BREATHE (2014, Director Mélanie Laurent)
  • CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD (2012, Director Benjamín Ávila)
  • FOREIGN LETTERS (2012, Director Ela Thier)
  • SECRETS OF WAR (2014, Director Dennis Bots)
  • THE TEACHER (2016, Director Jan Hrebejk)
All About Lily Chou-Chou - Film Movement Classics Trailer
ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU Film Movement Classics Trailer


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Film Movement Plus joins the celebration with a collection of acclaimed films from around the world, from Arturo Ripstein’s stunning directorial debut TIME TO DIE (Mexico, 1966) , from an original story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (“One Hundred Years of Solitude”), and featuring dialogue by Mexican novelist/essayist Carlos Fuentes (“The Death of Artemio Cruz”, “The Old Gringo”) to MIDAQ ALLEY (Mexico, 1995), from Director Jorge Fons, starring Salma Hayek in her breakthrough role.
Other FM+ films for HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH include:
  • ALAMAR (Mexico, 2009, Director Pedro González-Rubio)
  • EVA DOESN’T SLEEP (Argentina, 2015, Dirtector Pablo Aguero)
  • INSEPARABLES (Argentina, 2016, Director Marcos Carnevale)
  • LA BOYITA (Argentina, 2009, Director Julia Solomonoff)
  • LAKE TAHOE (Mexico, 2008, Director Fernando Eimbcke)
  • MADEINUSA (Peru, Spain, 2006, Director Claudia Llosa)
  • THE IGNORANCE OF BLOOD (Spain, 2014, Director Manuel Gómez Pereira)
  • THE VIOLIN (Mexico, 2005, Director Francisco Vargas)
  • THE WIND JOURNEYS (Colombia, Argentina, 2009, Director Ciro Guerra)
  • VIVA CUBA (Cuba, 2005, Director Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti)

Friday, September 20
On September 19, 1991, a melting glacier revealed the body of a man. At first, people assumed he was a hiker. Later, his true Stone Age origins were revealed. ICEMAN is his story, and the film that The Hollywood Reporter calls “a visceral thrill ride through the Alpine Copper Age” makes its streaming premiere on Film Movement Plus.
From writer/director Felix Randau, ICEMAN is set in the stunning Ötztal Alps, more than 5,300 years ago. Kelab (Jürgen Vogel), leader of a Neolithic clan, is also the appointed keeper of the group’s holy shrine, Tineka. But, one day, while out hunting, his village is attacked by a band of marauders. Everyone in the tribe is brutally murdered, including Kelab’s wife and son, and Tineka is stolen. Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab now has one sole purpose – vengeance – and he sets off on a treacherous odyssey through the mountains to confront his family’s killers.
“A bloodthirsty prehistoric revenge movie.”
— Sight & Sound
— Los Angeles Times
ICEMAN Official Trailer
ICEMAN Official Trailer

Friday, September 27
In the 18th century during Handel’s time, no man could eclipse the fame or passion of the opera singer Farinelli. Coinciding with the start of the new Metropolitan Opera season (9/23) comes the streaming premiere of FARINELLI, the incredible true story of the legendary castrato.
Castrated as a child to preserve his angelic voice, Farinelli (Stefano Dionisi) tours the royal courts of Europe with his brother and composer Riccardo (Enrico Lo Verso). The two are inseparable, seducing audiences both on and off the stage, while sharing everything – even lovers – until rivalry and obsession threaten to tear them apart. Filled with romance and eroticism, this Oscar®-nominated drama from acclaimed producer Véra Belmont lavishly recreates the life and loves of one of history’s most fascinating musical artists
“Does for the singer what Amadeus did for Mozart.”
— The Times
“A triumph… artistry abounds in every aspect of the film.
— Los Angeles Times 
FARINELLI - Digitally Remastered, Film Movement Classics Trailer
FARINELLI Digitally Remastered, Film Movement Classics Trailer
FILM MOVEMENT PLUS (www.filmmovementplus.com) opens up a world of provocative, compelling and award-winning films from Film Movement’s singular library. Priced at $5.99 per month with a free 14-day trial, the SVOD subscription service, currently available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, mobile (iOS and Android), and Chromecast, offers consumers immediate access to 250 festival favorite feature films and 100 short films, including: THEEB, the 2016 Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Film; AFTER THE STORM, a powerful family drama from 2018 Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda; HUMAN CAPITAL, a political thriller from Paolo Virzi (The Leisure Seeker) that was Italy’s Best Foreign Film submission for the 87th Academy Awards® and MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER, an unforgettable documentary about true love that transcends generations and cultures and is South Korea’s most successful film of all time. Classics from the Film Movement catalog include Bille August’s PELLE THE CONQUEROR, an Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996 and much more.
About Film Movement
Founded in 2002 as one of the first-ever subscription film services with its DVD-of-the-Month club, Film Movement is now a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. It has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide.  Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra, King Hu and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, Sergio Corbucci and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com.
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Film Movement Plus Trailer
Film Movement Plus Trailer


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Sep 062019



Now in Theaters, on Digital and On Demand

Blu-ray & DVD Arrive October 15, 2019 at Participating Retailers



Henry Cavill and Academy Award® winner* Ben Kingsley star in the pulse-pounding thriller NIGHT HUNTER, now in theaters, on Digital, and On Demand. The movie will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD October 15, 2019 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

When police detective Marshall (Henry Cavill) and local vigilante Cooper (Ben Kingsley) arrest a serial killer targeting women, they discover his game has just begun. The hunt is on as the murderer masterminds a series of deadly attacks from behind bars.  Now in a desperate race against time, Marshall and Cooper fight to stay one step ahead of their suspect’s deadly plan. Also starring Alexandra Daddario (“True Detective”) and Golden Globe winner** Stanley Tucci, NIGHT HUNTER is an action-packed thriller that will shock you at every turn.


The NIGHT HUNTER Blu-ray includes access to a Digital copy of the film.


Costume Designer SANDY SOKE Edited by JIM PAGE, ACE Production Designer TAAVO SOODOR Director of Photography MICHAEL BARRETT, ASC




Street Date:                October 15, 2019 (Blu-ray & DVD)

U.S. Rating:                 R for disturbing and violent content, language throughout, and some sexual references

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Sep 052019

“No endgame for Spidey—he’s flying higher than ever!” – Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE



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Sep 042019

“a taut, tense and breathtaking tale of deception and power”
 – Joshua Brunsting, The CriterionCast

Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, has announced that Cohen Film Collection will release QUARTET, Merchant Ivory’s classic drama of sexual intrigue starring Isabelle Adjani, Alan Bates and Maggie Smith, on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as digital platforms, on September 24, 2019.

QUARTET, originally released in 1981 and now restored for Cohen Film Collection’s deluxe home video release, is based on the novel by acclaimed author Jean Rhys. Isabelle Adjani (The Story of Adele H., Possession) won the 1981 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her performance as the vulnerable but complicated West Indian Marya, who, after her shady husband Stephan (Anthony Higgins, The Draughtsman’s Contract, Malice in Wonderland) is imprisoned, finds shelter in the home of a manipulative and lecherous English art patron (Alan Bates, King of Hearts, Women in Love) and his painter wife (Oscar winner Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie).

The twisted dynamic that develops between this trio plays out against a stunning re-creation of the golden age of 1920s Paris and its café culture and extravagant nightlife. In adapting Jean Rhys’ 1928 autobiographical novel, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory – working with their longtime screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and César-winning cinematographer Pierre Lhomme – achieved an artistic breakthrough that remains one of the finest works of the team behind such acclaimed and distinguished films as Howard End, The Remains of the Day, A Room with a View and The Bostonians.

Andrew Sarris, the dean of American film critics, wrote in The Village Voice, “QUARTET is a brilliantly articulated expression and a lively entertainment to boot.” “Powerhouse acting infuses [the film] with depth and meaning,” wrote Life magazine. “The direction, intimate yet retaining a sense of distance, is true both to Rhys and to Ivory,” said Time Out London. The New York Post’s Archer Winsten, raved, “QUARTET must be ranked as one of the few excellent movies of this year.”

The QUARTET Blu-ray and DVD both contain a wealth of bonus material, including “The Making of QUARTET: A Conversation with James Ivory and Pierre Lhomme,” two new interviews with director James Ivory, conversations with the filmmakers, the film’s original trailer and the restoration trailer.

Street date: September 24, 2019
SRP: $30.99 (Blu-ray), $25.99 (DVD)
Running time: 173 minutes (including extras)
In English and French, with English subtitles
Rated R
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