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


Nov 062017

ROOM 104 

Available November 13th for Digital Download 

Check-in and explore the minds of Mark and Jay Duplass (Togetherness, Animals.) when Room 104 becomes available for digital download.

Set in a seemingly average motel room, this critically-acclaimed anthology series, that the LA Times calls “wildly creative,” plays like a mini-movie and features different characters, storylines, and genres, in each half-hour episode. Performances by James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Orlando Jones (American Gods), and Mae Whitman (Parenthood, Arrested Development), will “leave you wanting more” (The Atlantic).

Whether you’re a fan of comedy, horror, or drama, Room 104 offers “something new around every corner” (Guardian). Bonus Content includes an Invitation to the Set.

About HBO Home Entertainment®   
HBO Home Entertainment develops, distributes and markets an extensive array of critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking programs in three formats—Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD—throughout the world.  Releases include the global hit Game of Thrones®, the #1 selling TV on DVD/Blu-ray title in major territories throughout the world over the past four years, in addition to current hits and classic favorites including True Detective®, Girls®, The Sopranos®, Sex and the City® True Blood®, The Wire® and Entourage®. The company’s catalog contains hundreds of titles including multiple Emmy® Award-winning mini-series The Pacific® and Band of Brothers®, which holds the record through 2014 as the all-time best selling TV on DVD/Blu-ray title in the US; provocative programs from HBO Documentary Films including The Jinx: The Life & Deaths of Robert Durst and The Case Against 8; innovative movies from HBO Films including Game Change and The Normal Heart; hit Cinemax® original series including BansheeSM and Strike Back®; and comedy specials featuring stand-up performers like Bill Maher and Billy Crystal.  Launched in 1984, HBO Home Entertainment has offices in New York, London and Toronto. The company’s releases are sold in more than 70 territories around the world and are digitally distributed on a transactional basis across an expanding number of territories and platforms.

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Nov 052017

Atomic Blonde

Set in 1980s Berlin. The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, photo for Atomic Blondewilling to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Vitals: Director: David Leitch. Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgard, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Daniel Bernhardt, James Faulkner, Roland Moller, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Sam Hargrave, Attila Arpa, Daniel Hargrave, Declan Hannigan.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 115 min., Action/Mystery/Suspense, Box office gross: $51.151 million, Universal.
Extras: Deleted/extended scenes; "Welcome to Berlin" location featurette; "Blondes Have More Gun"; "Spymaster" cast and crew behind-the-scenes featurette; "Anatomy of a Fight Scene"; "Story in Motion" storyboards with optional commentary by director David Leitch; feature commentary with Leitch and editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir.
2 stars
Available: 11/14.

Cars 3

A fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic "Cars" friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young photo for Cars 3 technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage. The third chapter of race car McQueen’s story pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. The film features a score by Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars”), instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Grammy-winner Dan Auerbach.
Vitals: Director: Brian Fee. Stars: Voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Chris Cooper, Isiah Whitlock Jr., team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson, Kerry Washington, Margo Martindale, Nathan Fillion, Lea DeLaria, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: G, 103 min., Family Animation, Box office gross: $151.484 million, Disney.
Extras: Commentary with Brian Fee (director), Kevin Reher (producer), Andrea Warren (co-producer) and Jay Ward (creative director); theatrical short “Lou”: When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. Blu-ray adds "Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool" new mini-movie; "Let’s. Get. Crazy." featurette that takes a look at the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race; "Legendary" look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited; "Ready for the Race" in which Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers; "World’s Fastest Billboard" featurette on all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible; "Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could" featurette on the filmmakers' journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer; "Generations: The Story of Cars 3" behind-the-scenes featurette; "My First Car" collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew; deleted scenes, with an introduction as to why each scene was removed from the film: “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint”; "Cars to Die(cast) For" takes a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the "Cars" universe;
2 stars
Available: 11/07.



The Glass Castle

Chronicles the adventures of a young girl growing up in a an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family of nonconformist nomads. Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling photo for The Glass Castlememoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
Vitals: Director: Destin Daniel Cretton. Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 127 min., Drama, Box office gross: $9.705 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: Nine deleted scenes, "The Glass Castle: Memoir to Movie," "A Conversation with Jeannette Walls," "Making of Summer Storm by Joel P West," "Scoring The Glass Castle."
2 stars
Available: 11/07.

The Hitman's Bodyguard

The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men (Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for photo for The Hitman's Bodyguardyears, and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades, and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.
Vitals: Director: Patrick Hughes. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 118 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $74.660 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: “Big Action in a Big World” featurette, director’s commentary. Blu-ray adds outtakes, deleted scenes, extended scenes, alternate scenes, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard: A Love Story” featurette, “Hitman vs. Bodyguard” featurette, “Dangerous Women” featurette. 2 stars
Available: 11/21.


Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream — to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend, Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative, exuberant boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own — to become a famous inventor. In a leap photo for Leapof faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But there’s a catch: Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.
Vitals: Director: Eric Summer, Éric Warin. Stars: Voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, Mel Brooks, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 89 min., Animated Family, Box office gross: $12.760 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: “In the Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler” featurette; Behind-the-scenes video gallery: "The Birth of a Dream," "Animating the Dance" and "Reconstructing 19th Century Paris."
3 stars
Available: 11/21.



Logan Lucky

Hoping to reverse a "curse" that’s hung over his family for generations, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) hatches a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR'S biggest race of the year. He convinces his bartender brother Clyde (Adam photo for Logan LuckyDriver) and hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to help him pull everything off — but first they have to break the safecracker Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) out of jail in broad daylight. Hilary Swank plays a no-nonsense FBI agent determined to bring the Logans to justice and keep them from racing away with the loot.
Vitals: Director: Steven Soderbergh. Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $27.663
million, Universal.

Extras: Deleted scenes.
3 stars
Available: 11/28.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Based on the best-selling French comic series “Valérian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, published by Dargaud — visionary writer-director Luc photo for Valerian and the City of a Thousand PlanetsBesson ("The Fifth Element," "Lucy") advances this iconic source material into a contemporary and unique science fiction saga. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha — an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force that threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Vitals: Director: Luc Besson. Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rihanna, Rutger Hauer, Herbie Hancock.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 137 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $40.479 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: “Citizens of Imagination: Creating the Universe of Valerian” five-part documentary: "Paper, Ink, Flesh, Blood: Origins and Characters," "To Alpha and Beyond: Production and Stunts," "Denizens of the Galaxy: Humans and Aliens," "The Final Element: Visual Effects" and "Wrap Up"; Enhancement Pods; “The Art of Valerian” photo gallery.
2 stars
Available: 11/21.

Wind River

A rookie FBI agent (Olsen) who teams up with a game tracker with deep community ties and photo for Wind Rivera haunted past (Renner) to investigate the mysterious killing of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation.
Vitals: Director: Taylor Sheridan. Stars: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Martin Sensmeir, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones.
2017, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $32.789 million, Lionsgate.
Extras: Behind-the-scenes video gallery, deleted scenes.
3 stars
Available: 11/14.



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Nov 052017

South Korea’s Foreign Language Oscar Submission

“A richly imagined tribute to a working-class hero.” ~ Sheri Linden, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“… a heartfelt appreciation of ordinary people turned heroes in extraordinary circumstances.”
~ Barbara VanDenburgh, ARIZONA REPUBLIC

“Song’s brilliantly layered performance … is almost certain to garner the actor serious awards attention.” ~ James Marsh, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST


Directed by Jang Hoon
and Starring Song Kang-Ho & Thomas Kretschmann

Available on Digital November 7

Based on a true story, A TAXI DRIVER, which will represent South Korea as its official entry in the 2018 Academy Awards® best foreign-language film category, debuts on digital November 7 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Described by Rob Hunter of Film School Rejects as a “powerful film set in the relatively recent past, but with messages and themes that remain every bit as relevant in today’s world,” the film follows A TAXI DRIVER from Seoul, who accidentally gets involved in a German journalist’s reporting of the events of the Gwangju Uprising in 1980.  Directed by Jang Hoon (The Front Line), the fifth-highest-grossing domestic film of all time in South Korea stars Song Kang-Ho (Snowpiercer), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Wanted), Yoo Hai-Jin (Veteran, Pirates) and Ryu Jun-Yeol (The King).

In this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in the history of modern South Korea.

Country of Origin: South Korea

A TAXI DRIVER has a runtime of approximately 137 minutes and is not rated.


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Nov 052017



Doppelgänger to Distribute Three Horror Classics by the Italian Horror Maestro Dario Argento onto Blu-ray and DVD

Music Box Films has entered a distribution deal with specialty label Scorpion Releasing to distribute select Scorpion titles on Blu-ray and DVD. The first titles will be three classic horror films presented by legendary Italian filmmaker Dario Argento: Opera (1987), The Church (1989) and The Sect (1991). 

Music Box will release the titles through its Doppelgänger Releasing imprint, which was launched in 2013 and specializes in genre titles. The three upcoming cult horror gems will be issued as Collector Editions, featuring remastered/restored editions of each film, vintage supplemental materials, and newly-produced bonus features.

The deal was negotiated by Lisa Holmes, Director of Sales for Music Box Films Home Entertainment, and Walter Olsen of Scorpion Releasing. 

“We are excited to work with Scorpion Releasing on bringing these special collector’s editions to Dario  fans across the U.S. and are looking forward to announcing more projects in the coming months” said Holmes. 

The first title on the schedule is Opera (1987), which is slated to be released before the end of 2017. The Church (1989) and The Sect (1991) will be released during the first quarter of 2018, with additional titles to be announced at a later date. 

Opera, written and directed by Argento, follows a young opperata who is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself. 

In  Church, directed by Michele Soavi with screenplay written by Argento, and featuring Asia Argento, people become trapped inside an old Gothic cathedral filled with ancient demonic spirits. 

The Sect is another collaboration with Soavi as director and Argento as screenwriter, which follows a spree of grisly murders by a group of Satan worshippers. 

Best known for his work in the horror, thriller and “” genres, for which he is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the past half-century, Italian filmmaker Dario  has been making movies for more than 40 years. His films include The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), Deep Red (1975),  (1977) and Demons (1985). 

About Music Box Films:  

Music Box Films is a North American distributor of acclaimed international, American independent and documentary features. Recent releases include Terence Davies’ A QUIET PASSION starring Cynthia Nixon, Martin Provost’s THE MIDWIFE starring Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, and CHAVELA a documentary about the legendary Mexican ranchera singer  Vargas. Upcoming releases include Alon and Shaul Schwarz’s AIDA’S SECRETS, Daniela Thomas’ first solo feature VAZANTE, Cédric  BACK TO BURGUNDY and OUR BLOOD IS WINE a documentary that explores the ancient process of Georgian winemaking. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated the Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates the Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films. For more information, please visit www.musicboxfilms.com.

About Doppelgänger Releasing: 

The genre label of Music Box Films, Doppelgänger Releasing launched in 2013 and kicked off its slate with EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL, followed by the  award-winner 100 BLOODY ACRES, Santiago Segura’s action-comedy TORRENTE series and Fabrice Du Welz’s psychosexual thriller ALLELUIA, winner of four awards including Best Picture at Fantastic Fest 2014. For more information, please visit www.musicboxfilms.com/doppelganger-releasing.

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Nov 052017
New from Arrow Video US and Arrow Academy US
J.D.'s Revenge [Dual Format] (11/14)
Hellraiser [Limited Edition Steelbook] (11/14)
Animal Factory [Blu-ray] (11/28)

Zoology [Blu-ray and DVD] (11/14)

via MVD Entertainment Group

Winter chills just mean that it's November, and Arrow Video are set to heat things up with a George Romero box set, a blaxploitation chiller, classic horror in steelbook form, a modern-day Russian black comedy, and a cult thriller directed by Steve Buscemi! With plenty of lavish packaging and limited edition items, Christmas has come early for film collectors!

Legendary horror cinema innovator, George A Romero, is responsible for arguably the most influential zombie films of all time. But he doesn't just make undead epics, and the three films collected here in the box set George Romero Between Night and DawnThere's Always Vanilla, Season of the Witch and The Crazies – showcase the versatility and dynamism of this American auteur. As well as the films there are Romero interviews and documentaries and much more.
Next is the stunning debut of of the blaxploitation favorite JD's Revenge, a story about a man possessed by the spirit of a murderous gangster. Featuring Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr (An Officer and a Gentleman), this is alternately tough and terrifying – a Blaxploitation gem waiting to be rediscovered.
Stephen King was once famously quoted as saying, "I have seen the future of horror…his name is Clive Barker." That future was realized in 1987 with the release of Barker's directorial debut Hellraiser. Introducing the world to the iconic Pinhead and his sadistic band of Cenobites, Hellraiser became an instant genre classic upon release and remains one of the most frighteningly original visions in horror. Now fans can own it in the form of an incredibly awesome steelbook with tons of extras.
The last of the Arrow Video titles for November is Animal Factory. Directed by Steve Buscemi, the film stars Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong as they make their way through life inside a maximum security prison. This was Buscemi's second stint in the director's chair and sees him marshalling a formidable ensemble cast, for a powerful and sincere account of the men caught up in the penal system.
Finally, there is one release from Arrow Academy US – Zoology, an extraordinary film about a zoo worker who grows a tail, that proves that challenging, thought-provoking art house cinema is alive and well in the 21st century. In turns, disturbing, uplifting, and blackly comic, this is a challenging and irresistible contemporary fable, that deftly mixes the deadpan humour of Aki Kaurismäki with a poignant examination of social issues including loneliness and aging.
George Romero's name may be synonymous with the living dead subgenre, but his filmography is far richer and more varied than his reputation as "the zombie guy" would suggest. Following the breakout success of his debut feature Night of the Living Dead, the director would embark upon a series of projects which demonstrate a master filmmaker with more than mere gut-munching on his mind.
In There's Always Vanilla, young drifter Chris and beautiful model Lynn embark upon a tumultuous relationship which seems doomed from the outset. Season of the Witch (released theatrically as Hungry Wives) follows the exploits of Joan Mitchell – a housewife who seeks to escape the confines of her humdrum suburban existence through a flirtation with witchcraft. Lastly, The Crazies sees Romero returning to firmer horror territory as a small rural town finds itself in the grip of an infection which send its hosts into a violent, homicidal frenzy.
Taken together, these three films, made in the period between Romero's celebrated living dead outings Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, serve to shine a light on the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre.
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
– Original Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Reversible sleeve for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
– Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger, Kier-La Janisse and Heather Drain
– Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– Affair of the Heart: The Making of There's Always Vanilla – brand new documentary featuring interviews with producers John Russo and Russell Streiner, stars Judith Streiner and Richard – Ricci, and sound recordist Gary Streiner
– Digging Up the Dead – The Lost Films of George A. Romero – archive interview with Romero discussing his early films There's Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch
– Location Gallery with audio commentary by Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz
– Memorabilia Gallery
– Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
– Brand new 4K restoration of the original theatrical version from the camera negative [90 mins]
– Alternate extended version [104 mins]
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– When Romero Met Del Toro – filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro in conversation with George Romero
– The Secret Life of Jack's Wife – archive interview with actress Jan White
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Location Gallery with audio commentary by Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz
Memorabilia Gallery
– Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
– Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– Romero Was Here: Locating The Crazies – Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz takes us on a guided tour of Evans City, PA and the locations used in The Crazies
– Crazy for Lynn Lowry – cult star Lynn Lowry discusses her early career including her role in The Crazies
– Q&A with Lynn Lowry filmed at the 2016 Abertoir Film Festival
– Audio interview with producer Lee Hessel
– Behind-the-scenes footage with optional commentary by Lawrence DeVincentz
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Image Galleries
– Trailers & TV Spots
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV108
UPC: 760137051084
Street Date: 11/14/17
PreBook Date: 09/19/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Horror

Run Time: 92 / 90 / 104 mins
Number of Discs: 6
Year of Production: 1971 – 1973

Director: George Romero
Actors: Lane Carrollm Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $99.95

J.D.'s Revenge [Dual Format] (11/14)
It wasn't long before the Blaxploitation boom moved into the horror market, bringing the world BlaculaBlackensteinAbby (Blaxploitation's The Exorcist) and cult favorite J.D.'s Revenge.
Law student Ike is enjoying a night on the town with his friends when his life changes dramatically. Taking part in a nightclub hypnosis act, he becomes possessed with the spirit of a violent gangster murdered in the 1940s. Believing himself to be the reincarnation of murderous J.D., Ike launches a revenge campaign against those who had done 'him' wrong all those years ago…
Directed by Arthur Marks (Bucktown, Friday Foster) and starring Glynn Turman (Cooley High) and Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), J.D.'s Revenge is a alternately tough and terrifying – a Blaxploitation gem waiting to be rediscovered!


– Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original 1.0 mono sound
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
– Brand new interview with producer-director Arthur Marks
– More interviews to be announced!
– Original theatrical trailer
– Arthur Marks trailer reel
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies
Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
SKU: AV110
UPC: 760137051183
Street Date: 11/14/17
PreBook Date: 09/26/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 96 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Year of Production: 1976
Director: Arthur Marks
Actors: Glynn Turman, Louis Gossett Jr, Joan Pringle
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95

Hellraiser [Limited Edition Steelbook] (11/14)

Stephen King was once famously quoted as saying, "I have seen the future of horror…his name is Clive Barker." That future was realized in 1987 with the release of Barker's directorial debut


Based on his own novella The Hellbound Heart, Barker's Hellraiser sees Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife Julia (Clare Higgins) move into their new home, unaware that something evil lurks beneath the floorboards of the dilapidated house – something that wants human blood…
Introducing the world to the iconic Pinhead and his sadistic band of Cenobites, Hellraiser became an instant genre classic upon release and remains one of the most frighteningly original visions in horror.
– Limited Edition SteelBook featuring brand new Mondo artwork by Matt Ryan Tobin
– Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon
– High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
– Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and Lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Audio commentary with writer-director Clive Barker
– Audio commentary with Barker and actress Ashley Laurence
Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser – brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellraiser, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members
Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser – actor Sean Chapman talks candidly about playing the character of Frank Cotton in Barker's original
Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score – Coil member Stephen Thrower on the Hellraiser score that almost was
Hellraiser: Resurrection – vintage featurette including interviews with Clive Barker, actors Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence, special make-up effects artist Bob Keen and others
Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser
– Original EPK featuring on-set interviews with cast and crew
– Draft Screenplays [BD-ROM content]
– Trailers and TV Spots
– Image Gallery
– New artwork by Mondo artist Matt Ryan Tobin
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV109
UPC: 760137071488
Street Date: 11/14/17
PreBook Date: 09/26/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 93 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 1987
Director: Clive Barker
Actors: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95

Animal Factory [Blu-ray and DVD] (11/28)

Troubled youth Ron Decker (Edward Furlong, American History X) is sentenced to a ten-year stint in the notorious San Quentin State Prison for a drug-dealing conviction. Inexperienced in the ways of prison life, he's taken under the wing of Earl Copen (Willem Dafoe, To Live and Die in LA), an experienced con with the entire prison in the palm of his hand – inmates and guards alike. But as Ron grows increasingly cocky in his privileged role as Earl's confidant, is he in danger of biting off more than he can chew with some of the jail's more volatile inhabitants?
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Eddie Bunker (Reservoir Dogs), Animal Factory was Steve Buscemi's (Lonesome Jim, Interview) second stint in the director's chair and sees him marshaling a formidable ensemble cast, including Bunker, Danny Trejo (Machete) and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), for a powerful and sincere account of the men caught up in the penal system and the deals they cut with each other, and themselves, in order to survive.
– High Definition digital transfer
– Lossless original 2.0 stereo audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Interview with critic Barry Forshaw covering Eddie Bunker's varied career
– Audio commentary by novelist/co-writer/actor Eddie Bunker and co-producer/actor Danny Trejo
– Theatrical trailer

– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips

First Pressing Only: Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Glenn Kenny
Blu-ray Specs:
SKU: AV115
UPC: 760137066187
Street Date: 11/28/17
PreBook Date: 10/17/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 94 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 2000
Director: Steve Buscemi
Actors: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $34.95
DVD Specs:
SKU: AV116
UPC: 760137066293
Street Date: 11/28/17
PreBook Date: 10/17/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 94 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 2000
Director: Steve Buscemi
Actors: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo
Box Lot: 0
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $24.95
Zoology [Blu-ray and DVD] (11/14)
Writer-director Ivan I. Tverdovsky's prize-winning sophomore feature (Special Prize of the Jury at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Best Picture at Fantastic Fest) deftly mixes the deadpan humour of Aki Kaurismäki with a poignant examination of social issues including loneliness and aging.
Natasha is a middle-aged admin employee at a zoo where her female co-workers take pleasure in making fun of her. She lives with her God-fearing mother and leads a dull existence without prospects, until one day she grows a tail. Medical examinations follow where she meets Peter, a young radiologist and her dreary life is turned upside down.

Described as "Kafka meets Cronenberg" (Hollywood Reporter) Tverdovsky's film is a beautifully photographed portrait of Eastern Europe that recalls the recent New Romanian Cinema and features a brave and brilliant central performance from Natalya Pavlenkova.


– High Definition 1080p Presentation
– Optional English Subtitles
– 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround sound
– Trailer
– More to be announced!
First Pressing Only: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Michael Brooke
Blu-ray Specs:
SKU: AA018
UPC: 760137056881
Street Date: 11/14/17
PreBook Date: 10/10/17
Label: Arrow Academy »
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 91 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 2016
Director: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Actors: Natalya Pavlenkova, Masha Tokareva, Aleksandr Gorchilin
Territory: US
Language: Russian
SRP: $29.95
DVD Specs:
UPC: 760137056997
Street Date: 11/14/17
PreBook Date: 10/10/17
Label: Arrow Academy »
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 91 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 2016
Director: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Actors: Natalya Pavlenkova, Masha Tokareva, Aleksandr Gorchilin
Territory: US
Language: Russian
SRP: $19.95
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Oct 312017
 MPI Media Group logo

MPI Media Group Launches Classic Series 'Dark Shadows'
On Subscription Streaming Service
Subscription Service Will, for the First Time, Provide Unlimited Streaming Access to the Entire Gothic Serial Drama In Addition To Bonus Content
MPI Media Group, premier independent producer and distributor of films, TV series and specialized programming, today announced a major new avenue for the company: a subscription streaming service of one of its crown jewels – DARK SHADOWS. The gothic TV series, which MPI has distributed for decades on VHS and DVD, will be available for the first time in its entirety for unlimited streaming, beginning October 31, 2017.

The new streaming service will give fans access to the entire original series at www.darkshadows.tv, as well as exclusive bonus content and behind-the-scenes archival footage. Subscribers also will get a first look at the DARK SHADOWS feature-length documentary due out in 2018.

Fans can have streaming access to the series at a subscription price of $7.99 a month, or $79.99 a year. The company is offering a free 14-day trial. Customers signing on before November 22, 2017, will be entered in a contest to win a free lifetime subscription to the complete series at www.darkshadows.tv.

The remarkable DARK SHADOWS has rarely been out of the public consciousness over the last 50 years. Creator Dan Curtis' one-of-a-kind series was a first for daytime television when it debuted on ABC in 1966. What began as a soap opera with an eerie edge grew into a gothic horror and supernatural drama. In the years before VCRs, DVDs and DVRs, fans in growing numbers tuned in every afternoon to catch the ongoing saga at Collinwood, an immense, gloomy mansion situated high above the rocky Maine shore. With the introduction of Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid), a vampire released after more than a century chained inside a coffin, the series had a bona fide hero who would remain its tormented heart and soul until the show's end in 1971.

MPI is home to the largest Dark Shadows library in the world. The company has been catering to fans for years, releasing various collections of episodes on VHS and DVD, supplemented by new interviews and bonus material, as well as the deluxe "coffin box" containing all 1,225 episodes on 131 discs. MPI has also been instrumental in organizing conventions where fans can meet the stars.

The streaming service, available through the Vimeo subsidiary VHX, will also will offer curated playlists of select episodes grouped by theme – e.g., episodes set in 1897 or 1795, the "parallel time" arc, werewolves! – to give viewers a different way to experience the series. Additional bonus content will be added regularly.

MPI Media Group President and Co-founder Malik Ali said, "Like vampire Barnabas Collins himself, DARK SHADOWS can never die, and this exciting new digital service puts the entire series at the fingertips of fans old and new."

About MPI and Dark Sky Films
The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world's most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI's wholly owned subsidiary, Dark Sky Films is an independent film production and distribution label founded in 2008, working with emerging talent as well as established veterans to develop, package, produce and finance feature films and episodic television projects. Representing films from some of most talented directors working today, such as Ti West's The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, and Jim Mickle's Stake Land, Dark Sky continues to identify original talent and projects to bring a vibrant slate of films to the world market, with original productions and releases such as We Are Still Here, Deathgasm, Emelie, Catfight and, most recently, Bitch and M.F.A. | Follow us on twitter: @darkskyfilms @mpimediagroup


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Oct 302017

From the Big Screen:

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

Happy Halloween

With the orange spectre of Halloween rising Tuesday night, the home entertainment studios wisely figured that October 31 would not be good day to release first-tier offerings. Hence, this week's slim pickings:

From TV to DVD:

"Outcast: The Complete First Season" (2017) is based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, the series follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now,with the help of Reverend Anderson, a country preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers to obtain a normal life he has never known. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever. On four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. From Fox.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

The martial arts epic "Broken Sword Hero" (2017 — Thailand) introduces a variety of fighting styles practiced in Thailand, including Muay Thai, and recounts the story of Thongdee, a real warrior from Thailand’s Ayutthaya period who later became a national hero for continuing to fight despite having a badly broken sword. Stars Buakaw photo for Broken Sword Hero Banchamek. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Well Go USA … In "Age of Kill" (2015), starring Martin Kemp, Patrick Bergin, Dexter Fletcher, Philip Davis, April Pearson and Nick Moran, a special ops sniper is forced to assassinate six targets in six hours on the streets of London in order to win back his kidnapped daughter from a psychotic terrorist known as “Jericho.” From Sony … A romantic escape into nature becomes the ultimate moment of reckoning "Serpent" (2017) when a husband and wife are trapped in a tent with a deadly snake. Unable to escape and with certain death looming, the tent becomes a heated confessional to a cataclysmic truth, and the couple finds themselves spiraling into a dark and dangerous game of survival. Stars Sarah Dumont and Tom Ainsley. From Sony … photo for The Tormenting When Amy, a medical researcher with ambitions to open her own health care facility, visits a property up for sale, she begins to experience tormenting supernatural visions of a young girl who experienced a horrific death in "The Tormenting" (2017), starring Laura Mitchell, Steve Baran, Eric Schweig and Gemma Martini. Amy's life takes a turn when she begins to piece together glimpses of the girl’s last living moments, and starts to understand the spirit’s plea for help to cross over. Seeking a detective’s assistance, Amy becomes determined to seek justice for the girl’s death and bring her soul to peace — even at the risk of being perceived as insane. From Breaking Glass Pictures … In "The Shadow Man (aka The Man in the Shadows)" (2017), starring Sarah Jurgens and Adam Tomlinson, Rachel Darwin is pregnant, shackled, giving birth to something terrible, attended to by a dark man in a brimmed hat, a multidimensional being, a shadow that feeds upon human souls. She seeks the aid of William, who puts her under hypnosis and guides her deeper than mere dreams into astral projecting. But it is getting harder to know what is real and what is not and that includes the Hat Man. From Sony.

On the Indie Front:

"Person to Person" (2017), starring Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Michaela Watkins and Bene Coopersmith, is an ensemble comedy that follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day. A record collector hustles for a big score while his heartbroken roommate tries to erase a terrible mistake, a teenager bears witness to her best friend’s new relationship, and a rookie reporter, alongside her demanding supervisor, chases the clues of a murder case involving a life-weary clock shop owner. From Magnolia Home Entertainment.

Special Interest:

"I Called Him Morgan" (2016) is a haunting documentary film about the life of jazz great Lee Morgan and his wife, Helen, by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin. The film exquisitely presents the complex relationship between Lee and his wife through an exclusive interview with Helen one month before her death in 1996 and never-before-seen photo for I Called Him Morganarchival photos of Morgan within the NYC Jazz scene from the 50s through the 70s. Lee Morgan started his career playing with Dizzy Gillespie when he was just 17 years old. His age and his musical ability quickly became a buzz within the jazz community, establishing him as a child prodigy. Jazz fans would travel to see him whether he was playing with Dizzy, Art Blakey and The Messengers, or with his own band later on, The Lee Morgan Quartet. Morgan was one of the most recorded artists in the Blue Note catalog. His sound was unique and he played from his soul. But unfortunately he succumbed to an addiction with heroin that disabled his ability to play. Then he met Helen, who nursed him through his heroin addiction and made him a functioning musician again. Their life was intertwined: Helen cooked, cleaned, managed Lee’s bookings, and collected his pay. Lee did what he did best — composed and played music. Their life together ended tragically, however. On a snowy night in February 1972, Lee was shot dead by Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from FilmRise.

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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Oct 272017


MHz Choice Announces November Premieres
from France and Italy
Nero Wolfe
Magellan –  Season 2

In November, MHz Choice premieres an Italian adaptation Nero Wolfe and the second season of the MHz fan favorite Inspector Magellan. 

• • •
Nero Wolfe
Mystery • Italy • Italian with English Subtitles

Curmudgeonly aesthete Nero Wolfe may be one of Rome’s finest investigators, but he’d rather tend to his orchids. Newly transplanted from the US, detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, are eager to solve seemingly impossible crimes ready for clients who pay well and don’t irritate them excessively. This modern and highly-stylized series is the second Nero Wolfe adaptation produced by the Italian television broadcaster RAI and based on the venerable character created by the American writer Rex Stout.

The first episode of this eight-part series premieres November 14 with subsequent episodes released each Tuesday.


• • •
Magellan  –  Season 2
Mystery • France • French with English Subtitles

MHz Choice fan favorite Inspector Magellan is back for a second season. He may have one daughter who’s flown the coop, but life is still busy with his youngest, Cordelia and his quirky friend, Paul. Then there’s the day job – solving crimes in the beautiful town of Saignac. For that, he’s got two secret weapons: an intrepid assistant and his journalist girlfriend, Florence. But there’s always time to sit around his favorite restaurant, enjoying his friend Nabil's cooking and discussing cases with Paul and Florence. As the French say, Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup — “Eat well, laugh a lot, love abundantly.”

The first episode of this eight-part series premieres November 28 with subsequent episodes released each Tuesday.

+ + +

MHz Networks offers U.S. viewers access to a library of the best international television mysteries, dramas, comedies and documentaries subtitled in English on DVD and its digital platform, MHz Choice. MHz Networks' unique international programming is also available on its national channel, MHz Worldview. MHz Worldview is available nationwide on DirecTV ch. 2183 and on 25+ select public television affiliates.

New MHz Choice customers receive a free 30-Day Trial. For more information or to subscribe, go to mhzchoice.com.


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Oct 262017

Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Barry Jenkins,
four films by Shohei Imamura, and Luis Buñuel's Belle de jour!

Wednesday, November 1
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold*: Criterion Collection Edition #452
The best-selling novel by John le Carré, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. Richard Burton is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with the beautiful librarian Nan, played by Claire Bloom, puts his assignment in jeopardy. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller, suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt's career. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with le Carré; a selected-scene commentary featuring director of photography Oswald Morris; an audio conversation from 1985 between director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan; and a trailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Thursday, November 2
Masterclass: Alex Ross Perry and Robert Greene on Big Ideas and Small Budgets
Known for his piercingly intelligent, stylistically ambitious explorations of alienation and misanthropy, independent filmmaker Alex Ross Perry has been busy at work on two projects: the soon-to-be-released Golden Exits and a live-action take on Winnie-the-Pooh. For our third Masterclass, his frequent collaborator Robert Greene, the director of the acclaimed narrative-documentary hybrids Kate Plays Christine and Actress, gets him to open up about how he brings his acerbic ideas to the big screen on a shoestring budget. Watch video of the complete event, hosted by the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, Missouri, and catch up on Perry's first three features: Impolex*, The Color Wheel*, and Listen Up Philip*.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Friday, November 3
Friday Night Double Feature: That Hamilton Woman and Anna Karenina
The luminous Vivien Leigh takes the lead in these two lavishly mounted period dramas. In Alexander Korda's 1941 That Hamilton Woman – reportedly Winston Churchill's favorite movie – she is transported back to the Napoleonic Wars, injecting glamour and intrigue into the story of an ambassador's wife who has a scandalous affair with a British Royal Navy officer (played by Leigh's real-life husband, Laurence Olivier). And in Julien Duvivier's 1948 adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, she embodies the tragic dimensions of the iconic titular heroine, a married woman who falls into a fateful romance with a count.

Monday, November 6
Still Walking*: Criterion Collection Edition #554
Contemporary Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda pays tribute to his late mother in this deeply personal film, which depicts one day in the life of a family gathered for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear. Rather than focus on big dramatic moments, Kore-eda relies on simple gestures and domestic routines (especially cooking) to evoke his characters' deep regrets and daily joys. Featuring vivid, heartrending performances and a gentle naturalism that harks back to the director's earlier, documentary work, Still Walking is an extraordinary portrayal of the ties that bind us. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: interviews with Kore-eda and director of photography Yutaka Yamazaki; a documentary on the making of the film, featuring on-set footage; and a trailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Tuesday, November 7
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Washingtonia* and Dogtooth
With Yorgos Lanthimos's The Killing of a Sacred Deer now in theaters, revisit the eccentric, award-winning breakthrough that catapulted him to the forefront of contemporary Greek cinema. In 2009's Dogtooth, the director penetrates the twisted world of three adults who have been held in captivity their entire lives by their manipulative parents. This brilliantly constructed provocation is preceded by another taste of the Greek Weird Wave, Konstantina Kotzamani's Washingtonia, an expressionistic short that evokes the sweltering heat of a summer in Athens.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Wednesday, November 8
Belle de jour: Criterion Collection Edition #593
Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters' and its viewers'), as well as a gently absurdist take on social mores and class divisions. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary featuring Michael Wood, author of the BFI Film Classics book Belle de jour; a video piece featuring writer and sexual-politics activist Susie Bright and film scholar Linda Williams; an interview with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière; a segment from the French television program Cinéma, featuring interviews with Carrière and Deneuve; and original and rerelease trailers.

Friday, November 10
Friday Night Double Feature: Chevalier and Attenberg
One of the most exciting voices to emerge from contemporary Greek cinema's recent renaissance, Athina Rachel Tsangari is a favorite on the Criterion Channel, having been the first subject profiled in our exclusive series Meet the Filmmakers. This program highlights two of her features: Chevalier, a dryly farcical comedy in which a sextet of chest-puffing men decide to submit to an increasingly absurd series of competitions at sea to determine who is "the best in general," and Attenberg, a look at the strangeness of the human species through the eyes of a misanthropic young woman living in a small industrial town.

Monday, November 13
Everlasting Moments*: Criterion Collection Edition #520
Swedish master Jan Troell, director of the beloved classics The Emigrants and The New Land, illuminates the heartrending story of a woman liberated by art at the beginning of the twentieth century. Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen, in a beautifully nuanced portrayal) finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. With a burnished bronze tint that evokes faded photographs, and a broad empathetic palette, Everlasting Moments – based on a true story – is a miraculous tribute to the power of image making. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: Troell Behind the Camera, a short documentary made during production; The True Story of Maria Larsson, a collection of photographs by Larsson, with narration by writer Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell; Troell's Magic Mirror, an hour-long documentary on the director's career; and a trailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Tuesday, November 14
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Pickle* and Gates of Heaven
Do all dogs go to heaven? Two documentary filmmakers explore mortality and mourning through the experiences of pet owners. In Pickle, Amy Nicholson profiles a couple of extreme animal lovers, interviewing them about the menagerie they've cared for and buried over the years, including paraplegic possums, emaciated cats, and morbidly obese chickens. Errol Morris's debut feature, Gates of Heaven, immerses viewers in the community surrounding two pet cemeteries in Napa Valley, California, blending sincerity and satire to spin its quirky subject into a surprisingly expansive study of human nature.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Tuesday, November 14
Desert Hearts*: Criterion Collection Edition #902
Donna Deitch's swooning and sensual first narrative feature was groundbreaking upon its release in 1985: a love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a shoestring budget, by a woman. In this 1959-set film, adapted from a beloved novel by Jane Rule, a straitlaced East Coast professor arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up catching the eye of a free-spirited young woman, touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breathtaking desert landscape. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch; a conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch; interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau; a new program featuring Deitch, director of photography Elswit, and production designer Jeannine Oppewall; and an excerpt from Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, a 1994 documentary about the author of Desert of the Heart, the 1964 novel on which the film is based.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Wednesday, November 15
Stalker: Criterion Collection Edition #888
A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, and a meditation on film itself, Andrei Tarkovsky's final Soviet feature takes a metaphys­ical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, where a hired guide leads a writer and a professor into a restricted disaster site known as the Zone. There the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one's most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere, enveloping the viewer in a multitude of possible meanings. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, and interviews from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky, set designer Rashit Safiullin, and composer Eduard Artemyev.

Thursday, November 16
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me*: Criterion Collection Edition #898
In the town of Twin Peaks, everybody has their secrets – but no one more than Laura Palmer. In this prequel to his groundbreaking 1990s series (which returned to television this year to rapturous reviews), David Lynch resurrects the teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show, following her through the last week of her life and teasing out the enigmas that surround her murder. Homecoming queen by day and drug-addicted thrill seeker by night, Laura leads a double life that pulls her deeper and deeper into horror as she pieces together the identity of the assailant who has been terrorizing her for years. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: The Missing Pieces, ninety minutes of deleted and alternate takes from the film, assembled by Lynch; an interview from 2014 by Lynch with actors Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, and Grace Zabriskie; interviews with Lee and composer Angelo Badalamenti; and trailers.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Friday, November 17
Friday Night Double Feature: Police, Adjective* and Insomnia
Moral ambiguities abound in these unconventional detective stories from Romania and Norway. In Corneliu Porumboiu's low-key procedural Police, Adjective, a cop has a crisis of conscience as he struggles with an assignment to book a high-school kid for smoking pot. Reluctant to ruin the boy's life with a jail sentence, he starts to question the letter of the law, leading to an unforgettable climax in which a dictionary becomes the ultimate instrument of power. And in Erik Skjoldbjærg's Nordic thriller, a disgraced detective (Stellan Skarsgård, in one of his most magnetic performances) investigating the death of a teenage girl becomes uneasily complicit with her killer as the Arctic midnight sun erodes his sense of reality.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Monday, November 20
Babette's Feast: Criterion Collection Edition #665
One of the ultimate food films, this adaptation of a lovingly layered tale by Isak Dinesen shows what happens when a mysterious French housekeeper brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers. Set in nineteenth-century Denmark, Gabriel Axel's Oscar-winning film combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: interviews with Axel and actor Ste´phane Audran; a 1995 documentary about Dinesen; a visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda; an interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson about the significance of cuisine in French culture; and a trailer.

Tuesday, November 21
Tuesday's Short + Feature: The Vampire* and Nosferatu
The vampire as we know it is unimaginable without F. W. Murnau's groundbreaking horror film, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that brought the creature to the screen with the wildly expressive powers of German expressionism. Jean Painlevé, France's brilliant scientist of the surreal, spotted the kinship between this iconic monster and the Brazilian vampire bat. His short The Vampire, soundtracked by Duke Ellington, explores this nocturnal creature's feeding rituals, making for an unusually spooky entry in the filmmaker's series of imaginative wildlife portraits.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Wednesday, November 22
Heart of a Dog*: Criterion Collection Edition #846
Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson meditates on death and other forms of absence in her first feature in thirty years. This haunting essay film seamlessly weaves together thoughts on Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, the modern surveillance state, and the artistic lives of dogs, with an elegy for the filmmaker's beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, at its heart. Narrated by Anderson with her characteristic wry wit, and featuring a plaintive, free-form score by the filmmaker, the tender and provocative Heart of a Dog continues Anderson's four-and-a-half-decade career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: a conversation between Anderson and coproducer Jake Perlin; footage of Anderson's 2016 Concert for Dogs; deleted scenes; Lolabelle's video Christmas card; and a trailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Thursday, November 23
Adventures in Moviegoing with Barry Jenkins
The director of Moonlight, the exquisite coming-of-age drama that took home this year's best picture Oscar, recounts some of his own formative experiences as a cinephile in this month's episode of our guest programmer series Adventures in Moviegoing. In conversation with Criterion president Peter Becker, Jenkins talks about how he fell in love with the art of storytelling, his "rude awakening" at film school, and his experience programming at the Telluride Film Festival. To go alongside the interview, Jenkins has also curated a selection of personal favorites, an eclectic group of films that includes Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy (1993-94), Lucrecia Martel's La Ciénega (2001), and a number of titles by indie trailblazer John Cassavetes.

Friday, November 24
Friday Night Double Feature: Permanent Vacation* and Smithereens
These idiosyncratic first features capture a hardscrabble New York at the dawn of the eighties, tagging along with protagonists who are struggling to find a foothold in the city that never sleeps. A drifter confronts his own state of estrangement, and a number of distinctive characters besides, in Jim Jarmusch's characteristically droll Permanent Vacation (1980); a striver tries in vain to make a name for herself in the punk scene in Susan Seidelman's blistering breakout Smithereens (1982).
*Premiering on the Channel this month.

Monday, November 27
Observations on Film Art No. 13: Flashbacks in The Phantom Carriage

Illustrating that a story's telling often means as much as the tale itself, this month's episode of Observations on Film Art – a Channel-exclusive series in which film scholars David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, and Jeff Smith offer in-depth yet concise discussions of cinematic style – goes along for a twisty ride with Victor Sjöström's intricately structured The Phantom Carriage (1921). The touchstone of silent cinema presents a handful of extended flashbacks out of chronological sequence – a narrative design that, in Prof. Thompson's estimation, is key to establishing the dynamics between the film's characters and the strength of its themes of evil and salvation.

Tuesday, November 28
Tuesday's Short + Feature: In Paris Parks and Zazie dans le métro

Children take to the parks and streets of Paris in these urban symphonies, transforming the city into a landscape of playful chaos. Shirley Clarke's documentary In Paris Parks short observes the teeming life she finds in the recreational spots where city dwellers bring their children, uncovering the wonders of a seemingly mundane space. And Louis Malle's Zazie dans le métro brings Raymond Queneau's celebrated novel to the screen, spinning a brash ten-year-old's weekend visit to a Parisian relative into an anarchic comedy packed with stream-of-consciousness effects, visual gags, and editing tricks.

Wednesday, November 29
Amarcord: Criterion Collection Edition #4
This Oscar-winning carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the fascist period is among Federico Fellini's most personal films. Now revered as one of cinema's enduring treasures, it satirizes the director's youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nino Rota's classic, nostalgia-tinged score. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke; American release trailer; a deleted scene; Fellini's Homecoming, a forty-five-minute documentary on the complicated relationship between the celebrated director, his hometown, and his past; an interview with star Magali Noël; archival audio interviews of Fellini and his friends and family, by critic Gideon Bachmann; and a restoration demonstration.

Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

November 1
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Martin Ritt, 1965

November 2
Impolex, Alex Ross Perry, 2009
The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry, 2011
Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry, 2014

November 3
Utamaro and His Five Women, Kenji Mizoguchi, 1946
The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, Yasujiro Ozu, 1941
Burden of Life, Heinosuke Gosho, 1935
Black Lizard, Umetsugu Inoue, 1962
Ronin-Gai, Masahiro Makino, 1957
November 6
Still Walking, Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008

November 7
Washingtonia, Konstantina Kotzamani, 2014

November 10
Stolen Desire, Shohei Imamura, 1958
Intentions of Murder, Shohei Imamura, 1964
The Pornographers, Shohei Imamura, 1966
Profound Desire of the Gods, Shohei Imamura, 1968

November 13
Everlasting Moments, Jan Troell, 2008

November 14
Pickle, Amy Nicholson, 2016
Desert Hearts, Donna Deitch, 1986

November 16
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch, 1992

November 17
Police, Adjective, Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009
Eva, Gustaf Molander, 1948
Scrubbers, Mai Zetterling, 1982
Girl with Green Eyes, Desmond Davis, 1964

November 21

November 22
Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson, 2015

November 24
Permanent Vacation, Jim Jarmusch, 1980
Bergman Island, Marie Nyreröd, 2006
The Challenge, Milton Rosmer and Luis Trenker, 1938
Fanfan la Tulipe, Christian Jacque, 1952

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Oct 252017

Due to unforeseeable production delays, the TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY ENDOARM 4K UHD LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION and 4K Ultra HD have been postponed and will not be released on the previously announced date.

Lionsgate does not have a new street date to announce at this time, but please know that they are working as quickly as possible to resolve these issues and deliver a product worthy of Terminator 2: Judgment Day’s biggest fans.

We apologize for the delay and hope you will continue to support this amazing title as Lionsgate aims to work diligently towards the creation of a quality product that collectors are sure to love.

The set was originally schedule for October 3, then moved to October 31.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Limited Collector’s Edition

(1991) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick. Director James Cameron’s iconic sci-fi action classic returns when "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" arrives in a Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box set including a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD). Still lauded by critics today as one of the greatest action films of all time, only 6,000 of the Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box sets will be released in the U.S., allowing fans to own a life-sized replica of the T-800 photo for Terminator 2: Judgment Day Limited Collector’s EditionEndoArm mounted on a uniquely numbered stand with James Cameron’s signature. Say “hasta la vista, baby” to SD and relive each quintessential moment in four times the resolution with Full HD and High Dynamic Range on the film’s first-ever 4K scan. "The Terminator 2: Judgment Day" EndoArm Limited Collector’s Edition 4K Combo Pack box set is loaded with bonus content, including an all-new, never-before-seen documentary featuring commentary from the cast and crew (including James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Edward Furlong), and will be available for the suggested retail price of $174.99. The groundbreaking masterpiece will also be available as a standalone 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD for the suggested retail price of $22.99. Extras: New “T2: Reprogramming the Terminator” 55 Minute Documentary including exclusive interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Edward Furlong and more; two feature commentaries including 23 members of the cast and crew, including Cameron and co-author William Wisher; “The Making of T2” 30 minute featurette; seamless branching to view three different versions of the movie; two deleted scenes with audio commentary; trailers. (Lionsgate).

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