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


Mar 152017

It's cowboys versus dinosaurs as FX man extraordinaire Ray Harryhausen pays tribute to his mentor, Willis O'Brien, in this stop-motion monster fest. James Franciscus stars as a Wild-West showman who leads his riding and roping crew into Mexico's Forbidden Valley in search of world-wide fame and untold wealth after the discovery of a midget horse, thought to be of a species fifty-million years old. Once in the valley, they are met by prehistoric monsters, including "Gwangi," a giant dinosaur that decimates their ranks. Franciscus' character then decides to demonstrate he is likely a forebear of Carl Denham by capturing the dino… Harryhausen's hand-crafted motion picture stop-motion magic enchants as never before in this 1080p HD Blu-ray presentation. 16×9 Widescreen

DEMON SEED (1977) NEW 2017 1080p HD REMASTER
A powerful supercomputer achieves sentience, and with awareness comes ambition. Yearnings to escape its digital bounds, the computer Proteus (hauntingly voiced by Robert Vaughn) oedipally targets Susan (Julie Christie), the wife of its creator (Fritz Weaver). Trapped in her own home by the machine, Susan gradually realizes the computer's aim …to her everlasting horror. This seminal Seventies shocker delivers the shivers and unsettles the soul like never before in 1080p HD on Blu-ray. Fear for her. Fear for mankind. Based on a novel by Dean Koontz. 16×9 Widescreen


Wise-cracking Lee Tracy (Bombshell, Blessed Event) and screen beauty Gloria Stuart (The Invisible Man, Titanic) co-star in this rollicking RKO comedic mystery about a pair of top-notch US Mail Postal Inspectors hot on the trail of mail thieves. After a daring and deadly mail truck robbery that sees the culprit ghost it past the feds, the Postmaster General assigns the case to tough guy Tom Mallory (Tracy) and savvy sweet Doris Martin (Stuart) – there’s a catch, however, they can’t stand each other! Between bickering banter and cut-to-quick quips, the duo claw out a real clue, a mysterious “General Delivery” letter jam-packed with cash addressed to one “Jane Turner”. Trailing the letter from the East Coast to Los Angeles, things get more complicated for Tom and Doris when two different Jane Turners come calling!

Jailbird Nick Burton (Lee Tracy) has a secret – while the warden may run the prison, he runs the men. Big or small, Nick can out-scheme, out-talk and out-fight 'em all. So when an unexpected bumper crop of millionaires end up in his prison purview, Nick gets to work pounding swine into silk. Nick’s new subjects number five – two fools (Raymond Walburn, Thurston Hall), two crooks (Morgan Conway, Chester Clute), and one MD (Truman Bradley). Nick is soon juggling multiple schemes – play the two fools, stop the two the two crooks from fleecing his fellow felons and setting the doc on the path to parole. And this doesn’t even include the planned prison break, unexpected romance, and a lesson in prison grub (Lobster is NOT on the menu!). Linda Hayes and Virginia Vale bring the swoon, while a true crew of characters including Shemp Howard, Paul Guilfoyle and Horace McMahon share cells with the money men.

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

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Mar 142017

From the Big Screen:

"Elle," "Passengers," "Fences" and "Collateral Beauty." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

Two absorbing — and unusual — works of cinematic art arrive this week. One of Mexico's best-regarded works of political cinema, "Canoa: A Shameful Memory" (1976), reimagines a real-life incident that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel de Canoa, who had been photo for Canoa: A Shameful Memory manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were communist revolutionaries. Intercutting footage from a fictional documentary about the village with gruesome scenes of the crime itself, director Felipe Cazals produced a daring commentary on the climate of violence and repression in Mexico during that era, including the military's infamous massacre of demonstrating students in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. With its gritty newsreel style, Canoa is a visceral expression of horror as well as an important historical document. On Blu-ray and DVD, in a new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Felipe Cazals, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … photo for Story of Sin The life of a beautiful, young and pious teenaged girl is thrown into chaos when her parents take in a dashingly handsome lodger in "Story of Sin" (1975 — Poland). Having embarked on a torrid affair with the girl, taking her innocence, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife. Unable to live apart from her beloved, the young woman leaves home only to fall prey to the infatuations and lusts of a band of noble admirers, unsavory criminals and utopian do-gooders. The only feature cult filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk ("The Beast," "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne") made in his native Poland, "Story of Sin" transforms Stefan Zeromski's classic melodrama into a deliriously surrealistic meditation on l'amour fou. It's probably also the least erotic romance of Borowczyk's ouvre. 2K restoration from the original film negative. On Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

From TV to DVD:

"Drunk History: Season 4" (2016) is a single disc with all 11 episodes. Host Derek Waters is back with a whole season's worth of historical tales told by some of the most captivating (and totally wasted) storytellers around. It's the history they never taught you, narrated by guest stars who never thought they'd drink this much. From Paramount … "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season Two" (2016) is a two-disc set with 13 episodes. As Kimmy continues to learn the ways of New York City, she's got her roommate Titus and socialite Jacqueline by her side to tackle all social matters that are hashbrown: relevant. From Universal … photo for Z Nation: Season 3 "Z Nation: Season 3" (2016) is a three-disc set with all 14 episodes of one of our favorite series, a tongue-in-check post-zombie-apocalypitic series about a band of survivors traversing what's left of the U.S. to find a vaccine for the living dead. Three years after the devastating ZN1 virus gutted the country, a group of strangers band together to transport the only known survivor of the zombie attack- Murphy — from New York to California. As humanity's last hope to develop a vaccine, Murphy's dark secret could seriously endanger the mission. An epic road trip filled with non-stop thrills, chills, and blood-splattering zombie fun. In Season Three, with Operation Bite Mark in shambles and the group again on the hunt for Murphy (who holds the key to the vaccine), the fate of humanity rests not in the jaws of zombies, but in the rise of a new breed of hybrid "blends." Created and controlled by Murphy, the ever-growing army of blends is hell bent on spreading their message of "No Fear" across the land. With all new horrors like Wolf-Zombies, Electro-Shock Zombies, and the deadly Enders, "Z-Nation: Season 3" has a new mission with even more blood-splattering fun. "Z Nation: Season 1-3 Collection" (2014-16) is a nine-disc set with all 42 episodes to date of the series. From Universal.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"American Violence" (2017), starring Denise Richards, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Columbus Short, Johnny Messner, Michael Paré, Bruce Dern, Stipe Miocic and Rob Gronkowski, is a thriller that follows one man’s path to execution and the strong-minded doctor brought in to take a deeper look at the violent circumstances that have doomed him. Jackson Shea (Lyman-Mersereau) has lived a life of deceit, brutality and corruption. But when a series of chilling, violent events lands him on Death Row, Dr. photo for Solace Amanda Tyler, a psychologist (Denise Richards) must determine whether his violent behavior is inherent in his soul, or if he is able to be rehabilitated. As the interview commences, and Jack's fate hangs in the balance, Amanda must determine whether or not a stay of execution should be granted. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Cinedigm … In "Solace" (2015), starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell and Abbie Cornish, when FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he enlists the help of a former colleague, Dr. John Clancy (Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. Soon, Clancy realizes that his exceptional intuitive powers are no match for the extraordinary powers of the vicious murderer (Farrell). On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … "Red Dawn Collector’s Edition" (1984), starring Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton, Ron O’Neal, William Smith, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey and Powers Boothe. From writer-director John Milius comes the tale of what-could-have-been, had the Cold War gone another way. When Communist paratroopers descend on a Colorado high school football field, a group of students wages an all-out guerilla war to save their town — and their country. On Blu-ray Disc from Shout! Factory.


In "Being 17" (2016 — France), directed by André Téchiné and starring Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein and Corentin Fil, Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can’t stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien’s mother Marianne to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires. From Strand Releasing.

For the Family:

Music, friendship, fashion and girl power unite in "Spacepop: Princess Power" (2017), the first full-length feature film based on the YouTube webseries. Five teenage intergalactic princesses — headstrong Athena, sassy Rhea, free spirit Hera, punk rock Juno and fashionista Luna — fight to save the universe from the evil Empress Geela, disguised as the out-of-this-world band, SpacePOP. From Sony … "Daniel Visits the Farm" (2017) features four grr-ific stories from the popular PBS KIDS series "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood," produced by The Fred Rogers Company. In this new collection, Daniel rides a horse for the first time with encouragement from Dad Tiger, helps his sister Margaret feed adorable ducks, plays “farm” with O the Owl, and helps his mom give photo for The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlmaniababy sister a bath. From PBS Distribution … In the animated "The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlmania" (2017), the favorite futuristic family travels back in time to team up with some of today’s biggest WWE Superstars to save Orbit City from a wrestle-bot army in an all-new original animated movie. In the midst of an exhibition match, a powerful snow storm freezes Big Show solid. One hundred years later, Big Show has finally thawed and is discovered by George Jetson. His first mission is to revive wrestling in 22nd century Orbit City. With Big Show’s help, Elroy and George build robotic Superstars. But Big Show had big plans of his own. The wrestle-bot army manages to capture Orbit City, leaving George and the Jetsons family one option: travel back in time to enlist WWE Superstars Alicia Fox, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Sheamus to help defeat the Big Show and his wrestle-bot army in the future. From Warner … "Robo-Dog: Airborne" (2017) is a sequel to 2015’s family film "Robo-Dog." When the world’s most advanced K-9 loses his family and his memory chip, it’s up to his best friend Tyler and his scientist dad to find Robo-Dog and bring him home. From Lionsgate.

Special Interest:

"To Tell the Truth" (2012) includes two films that explore the development of the documentary, from the emergence of political filmmaking during the Great Depression to using documentary in the battle of ideas during World War II. "Working for Change" is a history of the early development of documentary filmmaking in the US and UK from 1929 to 1941. It is focused on the social and political movements of the times, the Great photo for To Tell the TruthDepression, and the New Deal. "The Strategy of Truth" is an examination of documentary filmmaking in 1933 to 1945 during World War II, and how film was used as propaganda in the US, the UK, and Germany. Extras include Alec Baldwin on the importance of documentaries; Agnes Varda on the making of documentaries; film historian Kevin Brownlow on Leni Riefenstahl, propagandist for the Nazis; two World War II documentaries by John Huston ("Let There Be Light" and "The Autobiography of a Jeep"). From Icarus Films … Credited as the father of modern documentary film, Robert Flaherty is also a controversial figure. The minute he chose to stage scenes in his seminal Inuit film project, "Nanook of the North," he was opening documentary's Pandora's Box. "A Boatload of Wild Irishmen" (2010) is an entertaining portrait of Flaherty that looks beyond standard polemical positions to present a complex view of the man and his work. From Icarus Films … "The Creeping Garden" (2014 – UK) is an award-winning feature-length creative documentary exploring the extraordinary world of the plasmodial slime mould as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them. photo for The Creeping GardenLong overlooked by biologists, in recent years this curious organism has become the focus of much research in such areas as biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot engineering, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. The film transports us from the laboratory into its natural habitat, depicting these otherworldly lifeforms using startling time-lapse macro-cinematography to reveal hidden facets of the world around us. Co-directed by the artist film-maker Tim Grabham and author and film critic Jasper Sharp, with an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Grizzly Man), "The Creeping Garden" is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, immersing the viewer within the worlds of the observers and the observed. On Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

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Mar 142017







People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what…but who? STX Entertainment (Bad Moms, The Boy) redefines horror with an-all new iconic villain in The Bye Bye Man, arriving on Digital HD on March 28, 2017 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on April 11, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Doug Smith (Ouija), Lucien Laviscount (“Scream Queens”), Cressida Bonas (“Doctor Thorne”), Jenna Kanell (“The Vampire Diaries”), Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix), Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair), Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Michael Trucco (“Battlestar Glactica”), The Bye Bye Man introduces a psychological force of evil who grows in power every time you think of his name or say it out loud. Be the first to own the all-new unrated version with shocking never-before-seen footage, available on Blu-ray and Digital HD!

From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man.  When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control, making you see and do the most unspeakable acts committed by man. Is there a way to survive his possession?  Starring Douglas Smith (Ouija) and Carrie Anne-Moss (The Matrix), see the chilling thriller that critics are calling “a paranormal thrill ride that will echo in your nightmares” (Elizabeth Rayne, Den Of Geek).
The film will be available on Blu-ray with DIGITAL HD and UltraViolet and DVD.

  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6x the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet lets you watch movies anywhere, on any device. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles and more.

Website: http://uni.pictures/BBM
Trailer: http://uni.pictures/BBMTrailer
Cast: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway
Casting By: Anne McCarthy, Kellie Roy
Music Supervisor: James Curd
Music By: The Newton Brothers
Special Make-up Effects: Robert Kurtzman
Costume Designer: Leah Butler
Edited By: Ken Blackwell, ACE
Production Designer: Jennifer Spence
Director of Photography: James Kniest
Co-Executive Producer: Jonathan Penner
Executive Producers: Seth William Meier, Patrick Murray, Marc D. Evans, Donald Tang, Robert Simonds, Adam Fogelson, Oren Aviv
Produced By: Trevor Macy, p.g.a., Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman
Based on: “The Bridge to Body Island” by Robert Damon Schneck
Screenplay By: Jonathan Penner
Directed By: Stacy Title


Street Date: April 11, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 64179295
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 For terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements,
partial nudity, somelanguage and teen drinking
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS DD 2.02
Run Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes / 1 hour, 40 mins


Street Date: April 11, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 64179291
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 For terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements,
partial nudity, somelanguage and teen drinking
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.02
Run Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

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Mar 132017

la-la-land-post“Pure movie magic”
– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


Winner of 6 Academy Awards

and a Record-Breaking 7 Golden Globes

From Academy Award-Winning Director Damien Chazelle and Starring Oscar Best Actor Nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar Best Actress Winner Emma Stone, La La Land, Arrives on Digital HD April 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 25 from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment Label

Lionsgate announced today that the dazzling Academy Award and Golden Globewinning music-filled masterpiece La La Land arrives on Digital HD on April 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand April 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate Company. Written and directed by Academy Award winning director Damien Chazelle and starring Oscar Best Actor nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar Best Actress winner Emma Stone, La La Land tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

“The movie of the year” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival to unanimous critical praise. La La Land won 6 Academy Awards including Best Director for writer-director Damien Chazelle, won a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe Awards and has become a global box office phenomenon grossing over $400 million globally. The film also features ten-time Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter John Legend who contributed the single “Start a Fire” to the soundtrack which also includes the tracks “City of Stars” (Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song – Motion Picture), and “Audition.”

La La Land is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year — it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

 Damien Chazelle’s magical interpretation of the City of Angels is destined to be a modern classic and an icon of the era. The home entertainment release includes the breathtaking film to watch again and again, as well in-depth bonus material revealing the untold story of how Damien’s passion project came to life. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD special features include audio commentary by writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz, and 10 behind-the-scenes featurettes including: “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” which gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Damien Chazelle and his team had only two shoot days to make the film’s spectacular opening number a reality; “La La Land’s Great Party,” looking at the creation of the Hollywood Hills party scene; “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” showing how hard Ryan Gosling worked to truly play the piano as Sebastian; “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project,” that uncovers the story of La La Land’s origins; “La La Land's Love Letter To Los Angeles,” in which the term La La Land is explained; “The Music of La La Land” delving into the process of creating the iconic music; “John Legend’s Acting Debut” featuring the Grammy-Winning singer’s thoughts on being in the film; “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land,” with interviews with the film’s design team; “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm,” marking the third time in which Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have starred on screen together, and “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream,” exploring the extraordinary ending to the film. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD also feature “Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos”, showing the original pitches for the film. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray of La La Land will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

The La La Land DVD features audio commentary with Chazelle and Hurwitz, “La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles,” and “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm.” All releases include song selection.  La La Land will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.



  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
  • “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” Featurette
  • La La Land's Great Party” Featurette
  • “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” Featurette
  • “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project” Featurette
  • La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles” Featurette
  • “The Music of La La Land” Featurette
  • “John Legend's Acting Debut” Featurette
  • “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land” Featurette
  • “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” Featurette
  • “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream” Featurette
  • Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos
  • Song Selection



  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
  • “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” Featurette
  • La La Land's Love Letter To Los Angeles” Featurette
  • “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” Featurette
  • Song Selection


Trailer: https://youtu.be/5PtGVOt1jy4

Website: OwnLaLaLand.com

Facebook: facebook.com/LaLaLand

Instagram: @LaLaLand

Twitter: @LaLaLand

#CityofStars  #LaLaLand




Year of Production: 2016

Title Copyright: © 2016 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: PG-13 for some language

Genre: Musical, Romance

Closed Captioned: None

Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 128 minutes

4K UHD Format: 2160p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.55:1)

BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.55:1)

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.55:1)

4K UHD Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio

BD Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio

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

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Mar 112017

photo for The Salesman After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," are forced to move into a new apartment. Eventually, an incident linked to the previous tenant — a prostitute — of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, and the husband goes on a crusade to restore his manhood and self-worth. The film is a psychological and moral drama. Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Vitals: Director: Asghar Farhadi. Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati. 2016 — Iran, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 125 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.784 million, Cohen Media Group. Extras: TBA.

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Mar 092017

photo for The Comedian An aging comic icon, Jackie Burke (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in surprising consequences. Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people. Vitals: Director: Taylor Hackford. Stars: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone, Lois Smith, Harvey Keitel. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $1.653 million, Sony. Extras: TBA.

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Mar 072017


S.O.B. (1981) NEW 2017 1080p HD REMASTER 
Blake Edwards' savage satire on all things Hollywood comes with all the deep blacks of this black farce on full display as only 1080p HD can deliver. In the decades since its release, this semi-autobiographical trip through the show biz looking glass has only seen its parody become prescient, and its absurdities an everyday reality. Richard Mulligan anchors an amazing ensemble cast, as tragicomic producer Felix Farmer, a man with a singular cinema dream – to see America's movie sweetheart (and his spouse) Sally Miles (Julie Andrews) bare it all onscreen in a sex farce. With William Holden, Larry Hagman, Loretta Swit, Robert Vaughn, Robert Loggia, Marisa Berenson, Robert Preston, Shelly Winters, and Stuart Margolin. 16×9 Widescreen

Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy's monster smash musical fantastique took its time to journey to Hollywood, but in the process drew a cinema icon back to the big screen and gave a future cinema titan his second stint behind the camera. Fred Astaire plays the titular Finian, a bona-fide Irish rogue who has made off with Og (Tommy Steele) the leprechaun's pot of gold. Arriving in the fine state of Missitucky with his daughter, Sharon (a lovely and luminous Petula Clark), Finian finds his dreams magically multiplying gold coins become fouled by the machinations of a racist Senator (Keenan Wynn) and the dreams of some sharecroppers (Don Francks and others). Meanwhile, Og is in pursuit, his immortality on the line. Director Francis Ford Coppola's vision of blending the real and the super-real has never been more clear than in this glimmering 1080p HD presentation. SPECIAL FEATURES: Watch Finian's Rainbow With Francis Ford Coppola: Introduction and Commentary by the Director; Featurette: The World Premiere of Finian's Rainbow; Original Theatrical Trailer (HD). 16×9 Widescreen

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

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Mar 072017

From the Big Screen:

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

Buzzin' the 'B's:

In "The Brand New Testament" (2016), starring Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde and Catherine Deneuve, God exists … and He’s a jerk. Or so it appears in the world of this irresistible and irreverent comedy-fantasy from veteran Belgian filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael. In the beginning things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe. “God” (Benoit Poelvoorde), you see, rules the universe from a high-rise photo for The Brand New Testament apartment in Brussels and rarely changes out of His T-shirt and ratty bathrobe. Sitting behind a computer, He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new “laws” to torment humanity and tyrannizes His wife (Yolande Moreau) and 10-year-old daughter, Ea (Pili Groyne). Like her brother JC before her, Ea has had enough of her Father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world — by text message — the only thing He has over them: everyone’s inevitable death date. As the world’s denizens react (and over-react) to the information, Ea takes the elevator down to Earth — with daddy in pursuit — and gathers apostles to help write her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Music Box Films … "Bloodrunners" (2017) is a thriller that centers on a turf war between a crooked cop and a power-hungry vampire over a small town soaked in illegal hooch during the height of Prohibition. Stars Ice-T, Michael McFadden, Chris James Boylan and Airen DeLaMater. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Speakeasy Pictures/IMPULSE-FX … "Resistance" (2011) starring Michael Sheen, Iwan Rheon, Tom Wlaschiha and photo for Bloodrunners Andrea Riseborough, is an alternate universe drama based on the acclaimed novel by Owen Sheers and set in Nazi-occupied Britain. D-Day has failed, and, as Panzer divisions and Nazi troops sweep westward across the dispirited countryside, the British Resistance Organization (BRO), Churchill's top-secret and highly trained civilian army designed to wreak havoc on occupying enemy forces, mount resistance to the German invaders. From Film Movement … "Cold War 2" (2016 — Hong Kong), starring Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung and Chow Yun-fat, is a sequel to the 2012 Hong Kong box-office smash, and continues the saga of intra-police rivalry, picking up some time after the events in the first movie. Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) is now the Commissioner of Police. A suspected criminal mastermind escapes from police custody, throwing the city into turmoil. Things get worse when Lau's wife and daughter are kidnapped and he must seek help from a former rival (Tony Leung) to save their lives. With the police department now divided, rival police chiefs are forced to take their fight to the streets of Hong Kong — with deadly consequences. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA … In "The Eyes of My Mother" (2016), starring Kika Magalhaes Will Brill and Olivia Bond, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy photo for Cold War 2 and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, however, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Magnolia Home Entertainment … In "Incarnate" (2017), starring Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno and David MazouzAaron, Eckhart stars as Dr. Seth Ember, an unconventional exorcist who uses science instead of religion to tap into the minds of the possessed to remove the demon from their subconscious. When an 11-year-old boy becomes possessed by a creature of unspeakable evil, Ember enters the mind of the boy to attack the vengeful demon, but he finds himself facing the battle of his life and the horrors of his own past. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal … "The Lesson" (2015), starring Robert Hands, Evan Bendall and Rory Coltart, is a UK horror thriller about a bullied school teacher who has a mental breakdown, resulting in a terrifying act of revenge on his students. ON DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Shout! Factory … In "Man Down " (2015), starring Shia LaBeou, Jai Courtney, Charlie Shotwell, Kate photo for Man Down Mara and Clifton Collins Jr., LaBeouf stars as a former U.S. Marine who returns home from Afghanistan to a completely different world, and sets out on a mission to find his estranged wife and son. When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Courtney), a hard-nosed Marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the location of his estranged son, Johnathan (Shotwell), and wife Natalie (Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles (Collins Jr.), a man carrying vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel’s family. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … Thr ensemble drama "100 Streets" (2016), starring Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, Franz Drameh, Kierston Wareinga and Ken Stott, follows three contrasting and interwoven stories as they play out in one square mile of modern day London. A former rugby player struggles to find a life off the field while fighting to save his marriage to a former actress; a small time drug dealer desperately seeking a way off the street meets a local thespian, who gives him the push he needs out of his dead end life and into a very different, creative world; a cab driver and his wife Kathy dream of having kids but a devastating road accident puts their hopes on hold even testing their otherwise strong marriage. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Sony … In "Trespass Against Us" (2016), starring Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Georgie Smith, a man looks to find a way to escape the photo for Incarnate criminal ways of his outlaw family. Set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of a rich countryside. Chad Cutler (Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, from Lionsgate … At a time where online dating could prove fatal, Jack and Kristy decide they're ready to meet in person in "Slasher.com" (2017). Aiming for an adventurous first date, they plan a weekend getaway to a cozy cabin deep in the woodlands of rural Missouri. While discovering each other, they soon learn of the terrorizing horrors that the forest, and the family lurking there, has in store for outsiders. Stars Jewel Shepard, R.A. Mihailoff, Ben Kaplan, Morgan Carter. From Firefly Films/ITN Distribution.

From TV to DVD:

In "Kendra On Top: Season 4 & 5" (2015-16), Kendra Wilkinson is back series that follows the life and times of the reality queen. After the scandal that nearly ripped her marriage apart, Kendra aims to strengthen her relationships both in her career and at home. From MPI/Dark Sky Films … "Mama's Family: The Mama's Family Favorites Collection" (1983-90) is a six-disc set featuring 37 complete episodes hand-picked photo for Mama's Family: The Mama's Family Favoriteby Mama (Vicki Lawrence) herself, packaged together for the very first time at retail. After breaking out from "The Family" sketches on "The Carol Burnett Show," Thelma "Mama" Harper's home-spun humor earned its own well-loved sitcom which ran for six seasons. Set in the fictional city of Raytown, "Mama's Family" revolves around the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by Mama Harper, who does not suffer fools gladly. In fact, she makes everybody suffer a little with her patented snappy retorts that truly put the "diss" in dysfunction. From Time Life … "Suspects, Series 5" (2016 — UK) is a two-disc set with six episodes. Filmed from an eyewitness perspective with improvised dialogue, this one-of-a-kind procedural delivers an immersive, authentic look at police investigations. "Suspects" relies on the cast to develop their own dialogue, creating a photo for Wentworth, Season 2uniquely realistic tone. DS Jack Weston and DC Charlie Steele are shocked when their boss, DI Martha Bellamy, is shot dead in her home. DCI Daniel Drummond joins Jack and Charlie to lead the investigation into Martha’s murder, also bringing in detectives Alisha Brooks and Gary Roscoe. The new team soon realizes that Martha’s murder could be connected to a cold case she was investigating. Could one of those suspects have killed her? From Acorn Media … "Wentworth, Season 2" (2014 – Australia) is a four-disc set with all 12 episodes of the second season of the critically acclaimed Australian prison series. Drastic changes are in store for the women at Wentworth Prison. In Season 2, Bea languishes in solitary, plotting revenge for her daughter’s murder, while Franky runs the prison unopposed. But the arrival of sadistic new governor Joan Ferguson threatens Franky’s top-dog status. With Franky’s contraband operation in her crosshairs, Ferguson attempts to recruit informants, and the inmates are forced to choose a side. From Acorn Media.

On the Indie Front:

After his house is destroyed by a tornado (what his insurance company deems an "act of God"), former hotshot lawyer David Frank is determined that someone must pay. He decides to serve God … with a lawsuit in "Frank vs. God" (2014), starring Henry Ian Cusick, Ever Carradine and Natalya Oliver. From Random Media … In the Dove approved (for ages 12+) romantic drama "New Life" (2016), starring Jonathan Patrick Moore, Erin Bethea, James Marsters, Bill Cobbs, Irma P. Hall and Terry O’Quinn, seven-year-old photo for New Life Benjamin Morton’s life changed forever the day he met Ava, the little girl next door. What began as a childhood friendship grows into a meaningful relationship as the two plan out their lives together. When life takes a turn neither of them expect, their entire future is called into question. From Broad Green Pictures … "Departure" (2016 — UK), starring Juliette Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Phénix Brossard, Finbar Lynch and Patrice Juiff, is an intimate and restrained story of an English mother (Stevenson) and her son, a 15-year-old dreamy eyed would-be writer (Lawther) who is exploring his dawning sexuality. When they take an emotional journey to the South of France, they become embroiled in a love triangle with a rugged, handsome French boy. From Wolfe Video … In "Fair Haven" (2017), starring Tom Wopat, Michael Grant, Josh Green and Gregory Harrison, a young man returns to his family farm, after a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy, and is torn between the expectations of his emotionally distant father, and the memories of a past, loving relationship he has tried to bury. From Breaking Glass Pictures.


"Tanna" (2016 — Australia) was an Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film. On a remote island in the South Pacific, Wawa, a young girl, falls in love with her chief’s grandson. But when war with their enemies escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by warriors of both tribes. With their lives on the line, the star-crossed photo for Tanna lovers must choose between their hearts and the peaceful future of the tribe. The film is based on a true story — an event that occurred in 1987 in one of the world’s last tribal societies. The people of Yakel, on the island of Tanna, are fully aware of the outside world, but have chosen to live according to the ways of their ancestors, after resisting the colonial powers that used to control the area, the missionaries that tried to assimilate them to a Western way of life, and finally the lure of money. The film was crafted in full collaboration with the islanders, and is the first feature film to be shot entirely in the nation of Vanuatu, which is an archipelago of 83 islands and an estimated 110 different languages. The island of Tanna is dominated by an active volcano, which plays an important part in the film, as well as the tribe’s culture. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Momentum Pictures/Sony Home Entertainment.

For the Family:

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara ("Colorful") and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G ("Ghost in the Shell") comes "Miss Hokusai" (2016), a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history's most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently, creating the photo for Miss Hokusai paintings sold under her father's name. Shy in public, in the studio O-Ei is brash and uninhibited. Seeking to come into her own as an artist, O-Ei sets out into the bustling city of Edo (present-day Tokyo), where she encounters spirits, dragons, courtesans, and rival artists. Set in 19th century Japan as the age of the samurai draws to a close. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal … The latest PAW Patrol collection, "PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies" (2017), features seven new heroic rescues, including a double-length mission to save Adventure Bay's Easter Egg Hunt. Kids can watch as the pups try to protect Farmer Yumi's vegetable garden, save Mayor Goodway's tulip garden, investigate the disappearance of the songbirds and look for the lost sheep. From Paramount … photo for Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon In the new animated feature "Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon" (2017) , the lovably simple residents of peaceful Kikoriki Island are thrown kicking and screaming into big adventure when their resident scientist invents an amazing device (a helmet called "the Improverizor") which takes personality traits from one person and swaps them with someone else’s. But when spineless young Wally tries to use the untested device to cure his cowardice, he ends up even more spineless: by getting accidentally body-switched with a squirmy little caterpillar. Now he’s got more to fear than he ever dreamed, and so do his fellow villagers, as they’re dragged into a madcap adventure packed with plane crashes, mistaken identities, erupting volcanoes and angry natives on the warpath. From Shout! Factory … "The Legend of Chupacabras" (2016 — USA/Mexico) is an animated adventure about a heroic boy and some magical friends uncovering the mystery of a legendary monster from popular Latin American folklore. Fourth installment in the "La Leyenda" franchise. From Lionsgate.

Special Interest:

One out of two people will get cancer in their lifetime. Until recently, we thought that cancer was only due to a genetic predisposition, or to an unlucky draw. "The C Word" (2016) presents a distinguished look into the connection between the current cancer epidemic and our western lifestyle from a scientific, documented and optimistic point of view. The latest research findings clearly show that up to 70% of cancer deaths are linked to our daily behaviors: smoking, a diet of processed foods, a sedentary lifestyle, excessive stress, and a continued exposure to daily contaminants. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. From Virgil Films.

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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, a 2017 Academy Award-Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, is arriving to DVD and Digital HD from Magnolia Home Entertainment on May 2.
Adapted from James Baldwin’s book, “Remember This House,” and narrated by academy award nominee Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO revisits the assassinations of America’s most influential civil rights activists.


In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck (Sometimes In April) envisions the book Baldwin never finished.

The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

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Universal City, California, March 1, 2017 – Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Visit) delivers his most gripping film yet with SPLIT, an original psychological thriller available on Digital HD on April 4, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 18, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Jason Blum (Insidious, Ouija, The Visit, The Purge series) returns to collaborate with Shyamalan in the box-office hit, starring James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse, Victor Frankenstein). The frightening thriller SPLIT delves into the mysterious depths of one man’s fractured mind as a terror unlike the world has seen prepares to be unleashed. SPLIT offers viewers a closer look at the movie fans are raving about with a never-before-seen alternate ending, deleted scenes, character spotlight, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

Heralded as “one of his best films – period” (Alex Welch, IGN), M. Night Shyamalan returns to the screen with SPLIT. Kevin Crumb’s (McAvoy) fractured mind has revealed 23 personalities, but one remains dangerously submerged, set to materialize and dominate the others.  McAvoy delivers “the role of his career” (Peter Debruge, Variety) as Kevin reaches a war for dominance among all those that rage within him, threatening his stability and impacting the survival of everyone around him.

Producer Marc Bienstock (Before I Fall) and executive producers Ashwin Rajan (Devil, The Visit) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity series) who collaborated on The Visit reunite with SPLIT. Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Betty Buckley (The Happening, “Oz”), Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen, Follow) and Jessica Sula (“Recovery Road”), critics hail SPLIT as “a nerve-shredding thriller” (Tim Grierson, Screen International).


  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Split Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss what attracted them to the project and how they were able to bring such a unique premise to life.
  • The Many Faces of James McAvoy- A look at how James McAvoy approached the challenge of playing so many different identities.
  • The Filmmaker’s Eye: M. Night Shyamalan Director and writer M. Night Shyamalan has a singular, big-picture vision of his projects. Producers, cast, and crew discuss how Night’s process gives them the freedom to execute their roles to the fullest.
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Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula
Casting By: Douglas Abel, C.S.A
Music By: West Dylan Thordson
Music Supervisor: Susan Jacobs
Costume Designer: Paco Delgado
Edited By: Luke Ciarrocchi
Production Designer: Mara LePere-Schloop
Director of Photography: Michael Gioulakis
Executive Producers: Steven Schneider, Ashwin Rajan, Kevin Frakes
Produced By: M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock
Written and Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

Street Date:
April 18, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61182941(US)/ 61182945 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/ DVS DD 2.03 4, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Run Time: 1 Hour, 57 Minutes

Street Date: April 18, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61182934 (US)/ 61182944 (CDN)
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1/ DVS DD 2.03 4, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 Hour, 57 Minutes

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