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Jun 122017
 

From the Big Screen:

"John Wick: Chapter Two," "The LEGO Batman Movie," and "Table 19." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with the lyrical film noir "They Live By Night" (1948), the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley photo for They Live By NightGranger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come. On DVD, Blu-ray in a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to DVD:

"Bones Season 12: The Final Chapter " (2017) contains all 12 episodes of the last season. One of television’s most popular crime series draws to a close with even more suspense, fun and sexiness than ever. Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) uncanny forensic skills help resolve even grislier cases, including a retirement home murder, a possible death by robot, and the slaying of a close friend. Along the way, family tragedy strikes and Booth (David Boreanaz) lands in the crosshairs of a serial killer. And a former Jeffersonian accused of murder kidnaps Brennan, prompting a shocking move by Booth. From Fox … photo for The Borgias: The Complete Series "The Borgias: The Complete Series" (2011-13) is a nine-disc set with all 29 episodes from the series' three seasons. The Borgias is the epic saga of one of the most powerful crime families in history. Led by Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons, the critically acclaimed series follows family patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Irons) as he ascends to the papal throne and rules 15th century Italy with a heavy hand, seizing enormous control, wealth, and influence for his clan while also gaining a formidable list of enemies that conspire to overthrow his growing empire. To defend the family name, son Cesare (Francois Arnaud) commands armies across Renaissance Europe, daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) seduces political friends and foes alike, and both hold desires that threaten to bring down the dynasty from within. From Showtime/Paramount … "Grimm: Season Six" (2017) includes all 13 episodes of the final season of the series about Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovers he's descended from a long line of Grimms, who are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick tackles gruesome and bizarre crimes linked to creatures of lore. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Universal … photo for Hee Haw: Pfft! You Was Gone! "Hee Haw: Pfft! You Was Gone!" is a two-disc collection that showcases four classic episodes (1969-1973) featuring favorite Kornfield Kounty Sketches such as "Pfft! You Was Gone," "Pickin' and Grinnin," "Hey Grandpa, What's for Supper?" and "Archie's Barbershop," along with live performances from country music legends including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette and more. From Time Life … "Power: The Complete Third Season" (2016) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Starz series about James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering for the city's elite and dreaming big, who lives a double life as a drug kingpin. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … "Shooter" (2016-17) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Ryan Phillippe stars as Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. When Swagger's former commanding officer, Isaac Johnson (Omar Epps), solicits Swagger's expertise for the clandestine operation, Swagger discovers that he has been framed and must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name. From Universal … "South Park: The photo for South Park: The Complete Twentieth SeasonComplete Twentieth Season" (2016) is a two-disc set with 10 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated series about four boys living in a screwed-up Colorado town. Between tragedies global and local, as well as parental and celebrity interference, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny manage to have themselves a time.On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Paramount … "The Vampire Diaries: The Eighth and Final Season" (2016-17) includes all 16 episodes. In season eight, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) continue their killing spree, both following the commands of a sinister and unnatural force. While Bonnie (Kat Graham), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) are grieving their loss, they team up to investigate who or what may be the cause of their disappearance at the end of season seven. Alaric (Matt Davis) joins the search and continues to look for clues on how they escaped the Armory vault, and Matt’s (Zach Roerig) family history will reveal a deeper connection to Mystic Falls and how he may be able to save the town from destruction. Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray from Warner.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

"Alone in Berlin" (2016 — UK) stars Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson and Daniel Brühl in a thriller set against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working-class husband and wife doing their best to ride out the war. Everything changes, however, when their son is killed fighting on the front lines. They begin pouring their rage and grief into postcards emblazoned with anti-Nazi slogans, risking everything to disseminate their messages of protest across the city. But this seemingly small act of subversion rattles the regime, including a police inspector who will not rest until the culprits have been caught. Based on the bestselling novel" Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada. From IFC … photo for Madhouse Helmed by legendary producer-director Ovidio Assonitis, the man behind such cult favorites as "The Visitor" and "Piranha II: The Spawning," "Madhouse" (1981) is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme. Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary … but Mary hasn't forgotten. Escaping hospital, where she's recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia's sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year — promising a birthday surprise that she'll never forget. An Italian production shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia, "Madhouse" (aka "And When She Was Bad" and "There Was a Little Girl") fuses slasher elements with the over-the-top excess of '80s Italian terror — resulting in a cinematic bloodbath so gut-wrenching that the British authorities saw fit to outlaw it as a "video nasty." In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo with new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and original stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray). From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … photo for 3 Generations "3 Generations" (2017) stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan in an inspirational and witty film about one teen’s courageous journey through gender reassignment. Ray (Fanning) is a teenager who has struggled with the body assigned to him at birth and is determined to start transitioning. His single mother, Maggie (Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Sarandon), Ray’s lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … photo for Chapter & Verse: A Harlam Story "Chapter & Verse: A Harlam Story" (2015) stars Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, Selenis Leyva and Justin Martin. After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram (Beaty) reenters society and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house, and unable to find a job that will let him use the technological skills he gained in prison, Lance is forced to take a job delivering for a food pantry. He befriends Ms. Maddy (Devine), a strong and spirited grandmother, and assumes responsibility for her 15-year-old grandson, Ty, a promising student who is pulled into a dangerous street gang. When gang members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the "law of the streets," Lance risks sacrificing his "second chance" at freedom so that Ty photo for Bitter Harvest can have a "first chance" at a better life. From Anchor Bay … "Bitter Harvest" (2017), starring Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper and Terence Stamp, is set during one of the most overlooked and tragic periods of the 20th century. The film is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin's policies of intolerance against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Irons) overcomes famine, imprisonment, and torture to save his childhood love, Natalka (Barks), from the "Holodomor," the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this explosive backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine. Filmed on location in Ukraine, and based on true historical events. From Lionsgate … In "Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire" (2017), starring Patrick Stewart, Tom Rhys Harries, Jessamine-Bliss Bell, André Eriksen, Richard Cordery and Marlin Hutson, Stewart voices Drago, the magnificent dragon who became bonded with King Gareth. When the king dies, his potential heirs, twin grandchildren who possess the dragon's unique strengths, use their inherited powers against each other to vie for the throne. When Drago's source of power — known as the Heartflre — is stolen, more than the throne is at stake; the siblings must end their rivalry with swords and sorcery or the kingdom may fall. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Universal … photo for Cheech and Chong's Next Movie BLU-RAY DEBUT Shout! Factory Shout Select has released the Blu-ray debut of "Cheech and Chong's Next Movie" (1980). In his follow-up to 1978's "Up in Smoke," the zany pair is back for some smoke-enhanced misadventures. Cheech must deal with an angry neighbor and losing his job, all while trying to score with a sexy young lady. Meanwhile, Chong meets Cheech's cousin, Red (Cheech Mann in a dual role), and the two buds have a wild time buzzing around Hollyweird in a bad Ferrari. Along the way, the dynamic duo find time for some mishaps at a movie set, the welfare office, a hotel, a brothel, a music store, a rich girl's house, a comedy club, the ultimate weed field and on a UFO! Features early film appearances by Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens, Edie McClurg, Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, John "Jambi" Paragon and Phil Hartman … In "Mine" (2016), starring Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen, Clint Dyer, Geoff Bell and Juliet Aubrey, a U.S. soldier who, in the desert for 52 hours after a mission falls apart, trapped with one foot resting on a landmine, unable to move if he wants to stay alive, must fight for survival against his enemies, the hostile environment and the creeping psychological toll of his situation. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Well Go USA.

On the Indie Front:

In the midst of mourning the untimely death of her wife, Jo resolves to move forward with their plan to have a baby, and asks her brother-in-law to be her sperm donor. But unexpected dalliances photo for The Wedding Partywith her two best friends change the equation in "As Good As You" (2017), starring Bryan Dechart, Raoul Bhaneja and Karis Campbell. From First Run Features … In "The Wedding Party" (2016), starring Debia Adkeniz, Michael Adler, Molly Burnett, Meg Cionni and Blake Lee, chaos ensues at Paul and Margene's wedding and Jim, a recently heartbroken groomsman, is tasked with managing the reception. In part with his former high school sweetheart, Alex, he's forced to wrangle his unruly friends to maintain order, all while learning to love again. Stakes rise and cakes fall throughout an unforgettable evening of chaos. One of the very few feature-length films in cinematic history to be captured in one single, continuous 119 minute take. From Candy Factory Films.

Foreign:

Ivan Poddubny was a rare champion, having a professional career for over 40 years. This richly rendered biopic "The Iron Ivan" (2014 — Russia), starring Mikhail Porechenkov, Katerina Shpitsa, Yuri Kolokolnikov and Denis Lavant, follows the incredible journey of an early 20th century world celebrity, from his modest roots in rural Russia, to the world photo for The Iron Ivan stage in Paris and 1920s America. From Synergetic Distribution/MVD Entertainment) … Set in Germany and France in the aftermath of the First World War, "Frantz" (2016 — France), directed by Francois Ozon and starring Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Ernst Stötzner and Marie Gruber, recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation.” They are Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a French war veteran who shows up mysteriously in Anna’s town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz. What follows is an exploration of how Anna and Adrien wrestle with their conflicting feelings — survivor’s guilt, anger at one’s losses, the overriding desire for renewed happiness, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. Director Ozon drew his inspiration from a post-WWI play by Maurice Rostand that inspired the 1932 film adaptation by Ernst Lubitsch under the title "Broken Lullaby." On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Music Box Films … photo for Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse) In "Un Padre No Tan Padre (From Dad to Worse)" (2016 — Mexico), starring Hector Bonilla, Benny Ibarra de Llano, Jacqueline Bracamontes and Sergio Mayer Mori, 85-year old Don Servando Villegas (Bonilla), an old-fashioned Mexican patriarch, gets kicked out of his retirement home for bad behavior and his estranged son, Francisco (de Llano), is forced to take him into the house full of hippies he shares with his girlfriend and young son. "New age" collides with old age as Don Servando and his son experience a series of conflicts and situations that put their home's stability in jeopardy. From Lionsgate … In "Tomcat" (2016 — Germany), starring Philipp Hochmair, Lukas Turtur, Andreas and Stefan lead a happy and passionate life: together with their beloved tomcat Moses, they live in a beautiful old house in Vienna’s vineyards. They work as a musician and as a scheduler in the same orchestra and they love their large circle of friends. An unexpected and inexplicable outburst of violence suddenly shakes up the relationship and calls everything into question — the blind spot that resides in all of us. From First Run Features.

For the Family:

"Dinosaurs Take Flight" (2016) include eight episodes of the five-time Emmy-nominated PBS kids series set in a whimsically realistic, prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes and oceans. Each day, the show helps kids ages 3 to 6 apply scientific thinking as they discover new types of dinosaur species, compare and contrast dinosaurs to today’s creatures and embrace the living sciences of paleontology and natural science. In four of the eight episodes on this DVD, viewers take to the sky with Buddy and his family as they ride in one of Dinosaur Train Industry’s newest creations — the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin. As they soar above the clouds, the Pteranodon family visits a waterfall, explores a crater made by an asteroid, and more. From PBS Distribution … photo for Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby! "Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby!" (2017) features 14 episodes from Season One of Gwen Stefani's Nick animated series, created for girls to encourage and celebrate creative self-expression, imagination and individuality. The show's setting is inspired by the exuberant street fashion and creative youth culture of the Harajuku district but takes place in a magical fantasy world. HJ5 is a super cool band made up of five super cool girls: Love, Angel, Music, Baby and their inspirational leader G. With help from their lovably incompetent manager Rudie, HJ5 travels all over to put on shows for their fans, but every time they start a gig, something wild and crazy happens: they're attacked by space aliens, adorable (and ravenous) monster pets or hunger (you don’t want to mess with Baby when she’s hungry). No matter what challenges (or creatures) come their way, they always work together to save the day. Fom Shout! Factory Kids … In "Americano" (2016 — Mexico), with the voices of Rico Rodriguez, Kate Del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Lisa Kudrow and Edward James Olmos, Cuco is a Mexican boy parrot that would rather imitate the crazy stunts of his TV parrot superhero, El Americano, than help with his chores at the family bird circus. Yet when a gang of bully birds threatens his ringmaster father and takes over the circus, Cuco sets off on a hilarious and perilous journey to Hollywood to enlist his hero in his fight, only to discover the true hero within himself. In Spanish and English. From Lionsgate.

Special Interest:

"Three Sisters" (2012 — France/Hong Kong)is a documentary that follows the lives of 10-year-old YingYing, 6-year-old Zhenzhen and 4-year-old Fenfen, who live alone in Xiyangtang — a tiny rural village located in the high mountains of China's Yunnan province. Their father is away working in the city; their mother left the family long ago. The eldest, Yingying, is the primary caretaker and shoulders responsibilities far beyond photo for Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Shefferher years. The girls spend their days at grueling tasks: herding sheep, goats and pigs, searching for firewood and collecting dung. When they're not working, the siblings do homework or play, which consists of standing in a field looking at herds and picking lice off of each other. Composed entirely of hand-held footage, Wang Bing's observational style film beautifully captures the region's dramatic landscapes as well as the everyday lives of the three young sisters. From Icarus Films … "Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer" (2016) is a documentary on Isaiah Sheffer, one of New York’s great Renaissance men, who left an indelible mark on music, theater, television, and culture across three decades in the Big Apple. He was the founder and artistic director of Symphony Space, the originator of Bloomsday on Broadway, and the comic genius behind the Thalia Follies. He hosted the popular WNYC program Selected Shorts and earned an Emmy nomination for his Road to the White House series on NBC. A celebration of his life and work, this warmly affectionate documentary includes archival material, stage performances, and interviews with friends and colleagues. From First Run Features.

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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Jun 072017
 

photo for Beauty and the Beast Disney reworked the classic animated "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) into a live action version and came up with an enchanting edition that — to date — has been one of the company's highest grossing live-action fairy tales — with a domestic box office take of just north of $500 million. Though it's fairly faithful to the animated version, and though it showcases the talents of Emma Watson (as Belle), Dan Stevens (as The Beast), Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline and Audra McDonald, the zest and edginess of the original is lacking here. Director Bill Condon, who broke into Hollywood with the off-kilter "Gods and Monsters" (1998) and "Kinsey" (2004), has lately taken a more domesticated route with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2," and here clamps down on the singing and dancing high-jinks. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. For a spectacular live-action "Beauty and the Beast," however, look elsewhere: the 1946 version by Jean Cocteau and René Clément. The Blu-ray edition of the film is so loaded with extras that it takes hours to get through them — and if you have kids, you can let them play with the bonus features while you wander into another room to watch "Get Out." Vitals: Director: Bill Condon. Stars: Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald. 2017, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 123 min., Fantasy Musical, Box office gross: $502.1 million, Disney.

Extras: “Beauty and the Beast” music video with Ariana Grande and John Legend.
Blu-ray adds:
Enchanted Table Read: Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.
A Beauty of a Tale: Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.
The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast”: Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.
Making a Moment with Celine Dion: Celine Dion shares what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast.”
From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences" See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast”:

  • “Belle” — Filmmakers and cast reveal how it felt to shoot this memorable scene.
  • “Be Our Guest” — Discover all that went into creating this epic, primarily virtual performance.
  • “Gaston” — Join the cast for rehearsals and filming of this rousing, high-energy number.
  • “Beauty and the Beast” — You’re invited on set for the filming of this beloved, classic scene. Deleted Scenes:
  • Introduction by Director Bill Condon — Director Bill Condon presents a collection of scenes that, for one reason or another, ended up on the cutting-room floor.
  • Gaston Courts Belle — Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle.
  • Bread and Jam for Agathe — On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.
  • Storming the Ice Gates — The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle’s defenses.
  • Lumière Torches LeFou — As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette … until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated interruption.
  • Monsieur Toilette — LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he's startled by a castle resident.
  • Cogsworth Rescues Lumière — When Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumière, Cogsworth leaps into the fray.
  • Treacle the Lasses — Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou – Madame Garderobe’s dog-turned-footstool – into the kitchen, where a surprise awaits.
  • LeFou and Monsieur Toilette Reunite — After the spell is broken and the castle residents are returned to human form, LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again.
    Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon.
    “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video: Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.
    Making the Music Video: Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video.
    Disney Song Selection: Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie. (Disney).

 

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Jun 072017
 

 

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THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE (1970) New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster

Slo-mo action deconstructionist Sam Peckinpah foregoes the blood-and-guts for this off-the-beaten-path portrait of an eccentric bent on making fate bend to his will. Peckinpah revisits the West at the start of the 20th Century and walks away with work as wholly unique as Ride The High Country and The Wild Bunch. Jason Robards serves up a career defining performance as the eponymous Hogue, a prospector bent on revenge on the pair of dastards that left him to die. Discovering a watering hole in the wilderness, Hogue turns enterprising and sets up a stage coach stop that turns into a trap for the pair that done him wrong. Stella Stevens stuns as the call girl with a heart of gold, while David Warner charms as a lecherous man of the cloth. Peckinpah's grit and sympathy (as well Lucien Ballard's fine cinematography) are shown to fine advantage in this astounding new 1080p transfer on Blu-ray. Also features Western stalwarts Slim Pickens, Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones. Special Features: Commentary by Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle; Featurette "The Ladiest Damn'd Lady: An Afternoon with Stella Stevens"; Theatrical Trailer (HD). 16×9 Widescreen

THE GUMBALL RALLY (1976)

New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster 70s star Michael Sarazin steers the roadshow in this seminal underground interstate road race action comedy that solidified the genre for a decade to come. Inspired by the real-life unofficial road race, Cannonball Rally, co-writer/director Charles Bail assembled an auto race ensemble par-excellence and vaulted a little known auto-enthusiasts naughty secret into a legend whose fast thrills and furious fun are still  emulated today. Bored moneyman Michael Bannon issues the code word "Gumball" to a wide array of characters who all share a thirst for the glory of the gumball trophy awarded to the first amateur auto-enthusiast to cross the country, from New York to California, any way they can. Now all the comedy, crashes, action and antics are brought back to sun-washed 70s super-cool style on this freshly minted 1080p high-performance high definition Blu-ray transfer. Also stars Gary Busey, Norman Burton, and a show-stealing Raul Julia. Includes Theatrical Trailer (HD). 16×9 Widescreen

BONUS! JOHN WATERS BACK IN PRINT

PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) Back on DVD

John Waters' cinema celebration of bad taste stars the amazing Divine as Babs Johnson, the female felon who will go to any length to claim the title of "filthiest person alive". Also stars David Lochary, Mink Stole and Edith Massey.

DESPERATE LIVING (1977) Back on DVD

Two sisters-in-crime hide out in a safe haven for Baltimores least savory characters. With Liz Renay, Mink Stole and Edith Massey.

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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Jun 072017
 

FilmStruck Now Available on Roku Platform

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From the Big Screen:

"Beauty and the Beast" and "A Cure for Wellness."For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlights:

"Bambi Signature Collection": “Bambi,” which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, was released in 1942 during World War II and took over five years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Beloved by generations, “Bambi” holds the No. 3 spot on the American photo for Bambi Signature CollectionFilm Institute’s “10 Top 10,” honoring the 10 greatest animated films of all time. The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl — and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest. New extras include "The Bambi Effect": “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time, and this featurette takes a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today; "Studio Stories: Bambi”: Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi”; deleted scene: "Bambi’s Ice and Snow"; deleted scene: "The Grasshopper"; Bambi Fawn Facts; "Oswald The Lucky Rabbit: “Africa Before Dark” Oswald Short. Vintage extras include four deleted scenes; a five-part "The Making of Bambi: A Prince Is Born"; "Trick of the Trade" (excerpt); "Inside the Disney Archives"; "The Old Mill" animated short; original theatrical trailer; "The Golden Age." On DVD, Blu-ray from Disney.

"Ugetsu": (1953) Having refined his craft in the silent era, Kenji Mizoguchi was
an elder statesman of Japanese cinema — fiercely revered by Akira Kurosawa and other younger directors — by the time he made "Ugetsu." And with this exquisite ghost story, a fatalistic wartime tragedy derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, he created a touchstone of his art, his long takes and sweeping camera guiding the viewer through a delirious narrative about two villagers whose pursuit of fame and fortune leads them far astray from their loyal wives. Moving between the terrestrial and the otherworldly, "Ugetsu" reveals essential truths about the ravages of war, the plight of women, and the pride of men. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc in a new 4K digital restoration undertaken by The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to DVD:

"Becker: The Complete Series" (1998-2004) is a 17-disc set with all 129 episodes of the fan-favorite series, now available in a newly packaged complete series collection. The comedy follows Dr. John Becker (Ted Danson), a dedicated and talented physician who's extremely devoted to his Bronx medical practice. However, because Dr. Becker looks at the photo for Becker: The Complete Series world around him and sees a society gone mad, he has no qualms about saying anything that comes to mind — anything. Becker often unleashes his views on his friends: Jake (Alex Desert), the blind proprietor of the local newsstand; Bob (Saverio Guerra), the annoying but somehow likable super of Becker's apartment building; Margaret (Hattie Winston), his head nurse; and Linda (Shawnee Smith), his slightly ditzy nurse's aide. He also has to deal with his neighbor — and on-again, off-again love interest — Chris (Nancy Travis). Even though he seems to be insulting them at every turn, the people in his life persist in trying to connect with him to find the nice guy they know is in there somewhere. From CBS/Paramount … "Damien" (2016) features all 10 episodes of the series follow-up to the classic horror film "The Omen" that centers on the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist. From Fox … photo for Kingdom: Seasons One and Two "Kingdom: Seasons One and Two" (2014-15) is a nine-disc set with all 30 episodes of the series that centers on a family of fighters set against the backdrop of their Mixed Martial Arts gym. Frank Grillo stars in this gritty drama as former pro fighter Alvey Kulina, who, along with his girlfriend, Lisa (Kiele Sanchez), runs a Mixed Martial Arts gym in Venice, California. Tensions mount when Alvey’s estranged ex-wife, Christina (Joanna Going), stops being estranged. Meanwhile, Lisa’s ex-fiancé, Ryan (Matt Lauria), returns from prison to resurrect his fighting career — with Alvey as his trainer. And although Alvey and Christina’s sons, Jay (Jonathan Tucker) and Nate (Nick Jonas), show promise as fighters, each contends with demons and secrets of his own. From Shout! Factory … "Numb3rs: The Complete Series:" (2005-10). Thirty-one disc set with all six seasons. When cases defy ordinary solutions, dedicated FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) turns to his younger sibling, Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz), a mathematical prodigy. As a seasoned photo for investigator, Don deals in hard facts and evidence whereas Charlie, a math professor at a California university, functions in a world of mathematical probability and equations. Their father, Alan (Judd Hirsch), is happy to see his sons working together even though he doesn't understand what Charlie does for a living. When Charlie has doubts about the collaboration, he turns to his physicist friend, Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol), as he understands that math is the language of human nature and can be used to solve some of life's biggest mysteries. Inspired by actual cases, the series depicts how the-confluence of police work and mathematics provides unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions. From Paramount … "Queen of the South" (2016) features all 13 episodes of the dramatic adaptation of Arturo Pérez-Reverte's bestselling novel "La Reina Del Sur" (aka “Queen of the South”), the story of Teresa Mendoza, who after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America. There, she teams with an unlikely photo for The Young Pope figure from her past to bring down the leader of the same drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the cartel. From Fox … "Van Helsing: Season One" (2016) includes all 13 episodes of the series set in the near future where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton) is humanity's last hope for survival, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray from Universal … " The Young Pope" (2017) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the limited series that delves into the life of a newly elected pope (Jude Law) — the youngest in history and first-ever American — whose audacity, independence and arch-conservatism wreaks havoc within the Vatican. Co-stars Diane Keaton, Scott Shepherd, James Cromwell, Ludivine Sagnier, Silvio Orlando, Cécile De France. Directed and edited by Paolo Sorrentino, co-writer and director of "The Great Beauty" and winner of an Academy Award for the Best Foreign-Language Film in 2014. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

  • "Aaron’s Blood" (2017): James Martinez, Trevor Stovall, Farah White, Michael Chieffo. Single father Aaron fights to save his 12-year-old hemophiliac son after becoming infected with vampire blood. He enlists the help of a local vampire hunter and embarks on a frantic search to find the source of the infection to stop the transformation before it’s too late. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Gravitas Ventures.photo for Aftermath
  • "Aftermath" (2017): Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers, Martin Donovan. Schwarzenegger stars as a husband fearlessly seeking revenge on the air traffic controller responsible for his family’s death. On DVD, Blu-ray from Lionsgate.
  • "All Nighter" (2017): J.K. Simmons, Analeigh Tipton, Shannon Woodward, Emile Hirsch, Kristen Schaal, Hunter Parrish. When a globetrotting, workaholic father trying to visit his daughter on a last-minute layover in Los Angeles discovers that she’s disappeared, he forces her awkward, nervous ex-boyfriend to help him find her over the course of one increasingly crazy night. From Fox.photo for The Assignment
  • "The Assignment" (2016): Dir.: Walter Hill; Michelle Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, Sigourney Weaver. Revenge thriller. Hit-man Frank Kitchen (Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he’s not the man he thought he was — he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person who transformed him, Dr. Rachel Kay (Weaver), a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Lionsgate.
  • "Enter the Warriors Gate" (2015): Uriah Shelton, Dave Bautista, Sienna Guillory, Mark Chao, Ni Ni. After a mysterious chest opens a gateway through time, teen gamer Jack (Shelton) is transported to an ancient empire terrorized by a cruel barbarian king (former WWE Superstar Bautista), where he'll need all of his gaming skills as he battles to defeat the barbarian, protect a beautiful princess, and somehow find his way back home. On DVD, Blu-ray from Lionsgate.
  • "Juice BLU-RAY DEBUT and 25th Anniversary DVD" (1992): Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Vincent Laresca, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Cindy Herron. A powerful morality tale steeped in 90s urban culture, "Juice" marked the feature directorial debut of Spike Lee’s acclaimed cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson and the first starring roles for Omar Epps and an electrifying Tupac Shakur. Twenty-five years later, the gritty and influential film continues to be celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Harlem life, the early New York hip-hop scene, and the fate of four friends in pursuit of the power and respect they call the Juice. From Paramount.
  • "Kill’em All" (2017): Jean-Claude Van Damme, Daniel Bernhardt, María Conchita Alonso, Peter Stormare, Autumn Reeser, Kris Van Damme. After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death. Soon after, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down and his nurse, the sole surviving witness to the follow-up shootout, must face an FBI interrogation that unlocks a plot of international intrigue and revenge. On DVD, Blu-ray from Sony.photo for The Last Word
  • "The Last Word" (2017): Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Adina Porter, Shirley MacLaine, Alanna Ubach, Tom Everett Scott, Thomas Sadoski. When Harriet Lauler (MacLaine), a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life, reflects upon her accomplishment, she's suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Seyfried), to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal.
  • "Manhattan Undying" (2016): Luke Grimes, Sarah Roemer. A vampire seeks out an artist to paint her a portrait so that she can see her image for the first time, and hires a hyper-realist artist who has squandered his life with drugs and excess until he learns that he has only weeks to live with advanced lung cancer. From Momentum Pictures.photo for Operation Mekong
  • "Operation Mekong" (2016 — Hong Kong): Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Chen Baoguo, Sun Chun, Feng Wenjuan, Wu Xudong, Carl Ng. Inspired by a true story, acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam ("Stool Pigeon," "Unbeatable") brings his “shoot first, ask questions later” cinematic approach to this violent crime thriller. A band of elite narcotics officers are sent by the Chinese government to uncover the truth behind the ambush of two Chinese commercial vessels traveling down the Mekong River. When it’s discovered the drugs seized from the ships had been planted by a notorious drug cartel, a multi-country joint task force is assembled to stop the criminals. The road to justice is, however, paved with dangerous and deadly obstacles. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Well Go USA.
  • "Prisoner X" (2016): Michelle Nolden, Romano Orzari, Damon Runyan, Julian Richings. As the world rages in war and civil strife, CIA agent Carmen Reese (Nolden) arrives at a secret underground prison to interrogate a captured terrorist with links to recent attacks on American soil. But the prisoner (Orzari) is more than he appears — he has arrived from the future with 98 other time travelers who are still at large and wreaking havoc across the globe. Now it’s a race against the clock as Carmen and the prisoner engage in a battle of wills to see whose version of the future will triumph. From RLJ Entertainment.
  • "The Sense of an Ending" (2017): Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Charlotte Rampling. Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long-buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling), and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. Based on the acclaimed novel by Julian Barnes. From Lionsgate.photo for Sky on Fire
  • "Sky on Fire" (2016 — Hong Kong): Daniel Wu, Zhang Ruoyun, Zhang Jingchu, Chang Hsiao Chuan, Amber Kuo. Legendary filmmaker Ringo Lam (City on Fire, Full Alert) returns to his Hong Kong roots with this explosive crime drama packed with high-speed car chases, dramatic plot twists and fiery gunfights. The chief security officer at a top-secret medical facility (Wu) finds himself caught in an explosive battle when a young thief and his accomplices steal a groundbreaking curative medicine derived from stem cell research, which can potentially cure cancer. After discovering the true origins of the medicine, the officer must decide whom he can trust to protect the cure from falling into the wrong hands and prevent an all-out war from bringing the city to its knees. On DVD, Blu-ray from Well Go USA.
  • "A United Kingdom" (2016): David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, Laura Carmichael. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in this inspiring true story of the forbidden love between the king of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940s. When they decided to marry just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. But their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history. On DVD, Blu-ray from Fox.photo for Where The Buffalo Roam BLU-RAY DEBUT
  • "Where The Buffalo Roam BLU-RAY DEBUT" (1980): Comedy legend Bill Murray is at his wildest as America's leading "Gonzo" journalist, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, the legendary underground reporter whose passion for writing was second only to his love of weird chemicals, alcohol, violence and insanity. Along with his best friend Carl Lazlo, Esq. (Peter Boyle), Thompson takes us on a manic look back at the Sixties and Seventies as an eyewitness to everything from a free-for-all San Francisco drug trial to a one-on-one bathroom interview with then Presidential candidate Richard Nixon. This off-the-wall comedy also boasts a musical score by rock superstar Neil Young. From Shout! Factory Shout Select).

On the Indie Front:

"Handsome Devil" (2016), starring Andrew Scott, Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Moe Dunford and Michael McElhatton is an Irish coming of-age comedy/drama that follows Ned, the bullied outsider, and Conor, the new boy and star athlete, who are forced to room together at their rugby-mad boarding school. The boys take an instant dislike to each other, and seem destined to remain enemies until an English teacher, Mr. Sherry, begins to drill into them the value of finding one's own voice. This lesson, however, isn't appreciated by everyone, particularly rugby coach Pascal, who has his own agenda and harbors some deep suspicions about the boys' teacher. From Breaking Glass Pictures.

Foreign:

photo for Land of Mine "Land of Mine" (2015 — Denmark), starring Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, was an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Explores the relationship between a hardened Danish sergeant and the young German prisoners of war who are conscripted to defuse thousands of land mines from the Danish coast. As World War II comes to an end, a group of young German POWs are captured by the Danish army and forced to defuse and clear 2 million land mines from the Danish coast. With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over. Inspired by true events, the film exposes the untold story about the young men who faced overwhelming odds in a post-war world. From Sony.

For the Family:

Welcome to the safari of learning as everyone’s favorite furry monster and the rest of the gang set off on an adventure to discover all the different types of animals in "Sesame Street: Elmo Loves Animals" (2017). In the latest DVD from the preschool powerhouse, Elmo is back to continue his quest to learn more about the animal kingdom. With a little help from Elmo and Grover, preschoolers everywhere can learn about what it is like to live in the wild and get to meet the creatures and beasts on a safari. From Warner … photo for Heidi "Heidi" (2015 — Germany), starring Anuk Steffen, Bruno Ganz, Peter Lohmeyer and Isabelle Ottmann, is the classic take retold — based on one of the bestselling books (written by Johanna Spyri) of all time. Dove Foundation approved. Orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood together with her eccentric grandfather, cut off from the outside world in a simple cabin in the Swiss mountains. Together with her friend Peter, she tends to her grandfather's goats and enjoys freedom in the mountains to the fullest. But those carefree times come to an abrupt end when Heidi is taken to Frankfurt by her Aunt Dete to stay with the family of the wealthy Mr. Sesemann and be a playmate for his wheelchair-bound daughter Klara. Although the two girls soon become friends and Klara's grandmother awakens a passion for books in Heidi, Heidi's longing for her beloved mountains and her grandfather grows ever stronger. From Omnibus Entertainment.

Special Interest:

"Political Animals" (2017) celebrates the legendary civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state politicians — all women — who took the photo for Political Animals fight for equality from the streets and into the halls of government to create social justice and equality. Fierce and determined, these women had the courage to create lasting social change. An inspiring portrait of four defiant politicians — Carole Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe — who refused to let hatred and homophobia stop them from making history and achieving legal recognition for LGBT people throughout California and the United States. The film documents the tough struggles they endured together, and celebrates their pioneering success in the fight for Equality and the sweet victories the women created to pave the way for lasting and significant social change. From Gravitas Ventures.

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Jun 042017
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New from Arrow Video US
Madhouse [Blu-ray + DVD] (6/13)
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage [Limited Edition Blu-ray+ DVD] (6/20)
Doberman Cop [Blu-ray + DVD] (6/27)
via MVD Entertainment Group

As spring begins to turn into summer, Arrow Video has some real treats in store for cult film fans, with a fantastic blend of horror and action in June.

First up, Arrow Video brings you the classic Madhouse, a terrifying bloodbath that is fantastically gruesome. Directed by Ovidio Assonitis (The Visitor,Piranha II: The Spawning) this Italian production was shot entirely on location in Savannah, Georgia and blended the OTT excesses of Italian horror with the traits of the US slasher movie trend. A must-view for fans of grisly cinema.


This month's Limited Edition release comes in the form of Dario Argento's acclaimed directorial debut, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. This is the film that redefined the giallo genre and began Argento's golden era of filmmaking. With the Dual Format release gorgeously showing off
Vittorio Storaro's sumptuous cinematography and Ennio Morricone's seductive score, the film has never looked or sounded better as it does here with its brand new 4K restoration.

Last but not least is a treat for fans of Japanese cinema with the release of Kinji Fukasaku's Doberman Cop. Never before released on video outside Japan, this oddity is based on a popular manga and was released just as the popularity of the yakuza movie was waning. Starring Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba, this American-style crime film is an action-comedy that's one of Fukasaku and Chiba's most enjoyable films as Chiba channels a Japanese Dirty Harry. A real missing link in 1970s Japanese cinema.
 
As always, all of the Arrow Video releases are packed with fascinating special features for cult film fans to really sink their teeth into.

Madhouse [Blu-ray + DVD] (6/13)

MANY PEOPLE VISIT … NO ONE EVER LEAVES.

Helmed by legendary producer/director Ovidio Assonitis, the man behind such cult favourites as
The Visitor and Piranha II: The SpawningMadhouse is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme.

Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary… but Mary hasn't forgotten. Escaping hospital, where she's recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia's sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year – promising a birthday surprise that she'll never forget.

An Italian production shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia, Madhouse (aka And When She Was Bad and There Was a Little Girl) fuses slasher elements with the over-the-top excess of '80s Italian terror – resulting in a cinematic bloodbath so gut-wrenching that the British authorities saw fit to outlaw it as a "video nasty".

FEATURES

– Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations
– Original Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
– Brand new interviews with cast and crew
– Alternate opening titles
– Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film

SPECS

SKU: AV094
UPC: 760137022282
Street Date: 06/13/17
PreBook Date: 05/09/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 92 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1981
Director: Ovidio Assonitis
Actors: Trish Everly, Michael MacRae, Dennis Robertson
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95
Product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE
Stills and photos HERE

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage [Limited Edition Blu-ray+ DVD] (6/20)

In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep RedSuspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom.
Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo).
A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this new, 4K-restored limited edition.
FEATURES
– Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
– English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil's Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study
– New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger
– New interview with writer/director Dario Argento
– New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp)
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
– Double-sided fold-out poster
– 6 Lobby Card reproductions
– Limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook
 
SPECS
SKU: AV095
UPC: 760137022381
Street Date: 06/20/17
PreBook Date: 05/16/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 98 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1970
Director: Dario Argento
Actors: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi
Territory: US
Language: Italian
SRP: $49.95
Product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE
Stills and photos HERE

Doberman Cop [Blu-ray + DVD] (6/27)

Released just as the popularity of yakuza movies was waning in Japan, and as the country's film industry was undergoing some fundamental shifts, Doberman Cop is a unique entry in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Cops vs Thugs), and reunited him with star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba (The Street Fighter, Wolf Guy) in an American-style crime movie that mixes gunplay and pulp fiction with martial arts and lowbrow comedy to create one of their most entertaining films.
Based on a popular manga by "Buronson" (creator of Fist of the North Star), Doberman Cop follows the fish-out-of-water adventures of Joji Kano (Chiba), a tough-as-nails police officer from Okinawa who arrives in Tokyo's Kabuki-cho nightlife district to investigate the savage murder and mutilation of an island girl who had been working as a prostitute. Initially dismissed as a country bumpkin (complete with straw hat and live pig in tow!), Kano soon proves himself a more savvy detective than the local cops, and a tougher customer than anyone expected. As he probes deeper into the sleazy world of flesh-peddling, talent agency corruption and mob influence, Kano uncovers the shocking truth about the girl, her connection to a yakuza-turned-music manager (Hiroki Matsukata), and a savage serial killer who is burning women alive.

Made to appeal both to the youth market with its biker gangs and popular music, as well as to old-time yakuza movie fans, Doberman Cop is an surprising oddity in Fukasaku's career, his sole film adapted directly from a manga and never before released on video outside of Japan. Featuring Chiba at his charismatic best — channeling a Japanese Dirty Harry while doing all his own stunts — and Fukasaku at his most fun, deftly showcasing the combined talents of his "Piranha Army" stock company of actors and other regular players — Doberman Cop is a classic action comedy and a missing link in 1970's Japanese cinema deserving of rediscovery.

FEATURES
– High Definition digital transfer
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
– Original uncompressed mono audio
– New optional English subtitle translation
Beyond the Film: Doberman Cop, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
– New video interview with actor Shinichi 'Sonny' Chiba
– New video interview with screenwriter Koji Takada
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's book featuring new writing on the films by Patrick Macias and Tom Mes.
SPECS
SKU: AV096
UPC: 760137022480
Street Date: 06/27/17
PreBook Date: 05/23/17
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure
Run Time: 90 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1977
Director: Kinji Fukusaku
Actors: Sonny Chiba
Territory: US
Language: Japanese
SRP: $39.95
Product details and hi res cover art, can be found HERE
Stills and photos HERE
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Jun 042017
 

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY

Civil rights doc THE FREEDOM TO MARRY will release digitally on June 6th via Ro*Co Films in the U.S. and Canada. This is the epic, untold story of how same-sex marriage became law of the land. 
Documenting one of the greatest civil rights stories of our time, THE FREEDOM TO MARRY is a nail-biting, behind-the-scenes story that traces the marriage equality movement's historic progress, and reveals the masterminds of the movement they lead the fight to win same sex marriage throughout the United States.
 
THE FREEDOM TO MARRY follows Evan Wolfson, the architect of the marriage movement, attorney Mary Bonauto, and their team through their decades long battle, culminating in a dramatic fight at the United States Supreme Court. More than the saga of one of the most importnant civil rights stories of our time, this is an inspiring tale of how a real change occurs, even against the biggest odds.
Directed by veteran doc filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein, produced by Jenni Olson & Amie Segal. After a successful national theatrical run this spring, THE FREEDOM TO MARRY will now be available digitally in June, timed to national LGBT pride celebrations this summer.
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The essence of the right to marry is the freedom to marry the person you choose.
-Evan Wolfson, architect of the Freedom To Marry movement
 
When something is wrong, you do something to change it.
-Mary Bonauto, landmark civil rights attorney (Obergefell vs. Hodges)
"Thoroughly moving and inspiring"
-Boston Globe
 
"Landmark…this summer's hot documentary."
-Curve Magazine
Ro*Co Film presents
THE FREEDOM 
TO MARRY

USA / 2016 / Documentary / 86 minutes / HD

Directed & Produced by: Eddie Rosenstein
Producers: Jenni Olson, Amie Segal

Exec. Producer: Randi Blanco
FeaturingEvan Wolfson (Founder/President, Freedom to Marry), Mary Bonauto (Civil Rights Attorney, GLAD), Marc Solomon (National Campaign Director, Freedom to Marry), April Deboer-Rowse, Jayne Deboer-Rowse (Supreme Court same-sex marriage plaintiffs)
RELEASE PLATFORMS:
THE FREEDOM TO MARRY will be released in the U.S. and Canada via Ro*Co Films June 6 on VOD and across digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.
Synopsis:
THE FREEDOM TO MARRY traces the marriage equality movement's historic progress through the four decades of work by Evan Wolfson, the architect of the movement (who is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry), and pioneering civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, who argued many of the key cases, including the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision. This doc follows the team's audacious battle over decades, starting in the 80s when gays and lesbians were a despised minority, through their final case before the United States Supreme Court seeking the right for all Americans to marry the person of their own choice. With fascinating depth, this film profiles the LGBT heroes who worked tirelessly for decades to make the dream of marriage equality a reality.
Filmmaker Bio:
Eddie Rosenstein is a veteran documentary filmmaker based in NYC. His award-winning films, which have been seen around the world, include: TICKLE IN THE HEART, WAGING A LIVING, SCHOOL PLAY, SANDHOGS, BOATLIFT, REALITY PEOPLE and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MR. ALLEN. He has produced television programming for networks including A&E, TruTV, History, Discovery ID, HBO. PBS and AMC and has won dozens of international awards. Rosenstein teaches documentary filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, lectures frequently, and is extremely active in the non-profit world, particularly for children's causes. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and two sons.
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Jun 032017
 

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Technology and innovation have always been a driving force behind the film industry, from the introduction of sound to black and white pictures to the integration of 3D special effects in movies. The cloud is one of the newest innovations to revolutionize the modern film industry, with services such as Ultraviolet and Disney Movies Anywhere allowing you to watch content whenever and wherever you want.

Cloud storage is impacting how movies are made by providing vast amounts of affordable computing power that speeds up and improves processes such as 3D rendering. This not only helps Hollywood giants such as Disney and Paramount to create more realistic special effects but also allows smaller movie makers to compete. The cloud can handle massive file sizes that digital filmmaking entails, allowing filmmakers to store and manipulate vast amounts of raw footage without having to spend a fortune on computing power.

While the cloud has been an important driving factor in how movies are produced, it’s also been changing how the public consumes visual media. Using cloud-based services, you can access your favorite movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere. You can also build and store a media library that’s as big as you like without having to worry about shelf space. Check out some of our favorite cloud video services that allow you to turn your TV, laptop, or even mobile phone into your own home theater.

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Stream or download your favorite movies on-demand with either UltraViolet or Disney Movies Anywhere. With low prices and thousands of titles to choose from, you’re bound to find something perfect for your next movie night.

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Film enthusiasts can join this thriving community to learn about new movies, meet other movie buffs, and share their thoughts on the latest Hollywood hits. Users share film reviews and ratings, helping you to decide which movie or TV show to watch next.

  • Instantly see Rotten Tomatoes scores
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  • Compatible with UltraViolet
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Purchase movies to add to your home collection or rent from a huge collection of new and classic films, all without a subscription. You can watch your favorite movies on almost any screen, from mobile devices to gaming systems.

  • Take advantage of bundle deals and regular sales
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Buy or redeem UltraViolet movies and TV shows, watching your favorite films both online and offline. Your library will be available on several devices, including TV, tablet, computer, and smartphone.

  • Share your library with up to five people
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Enjoy thousands of movies in digital HD through this premium service, buying and renting movies or redeeming UltraViolet movies. You can build your movie library up in a number of ways, including both physical and digital copies.

  • Buy Blu-ray or DVD discs through your account
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This international provider of on-demand videos offers seamless playback of movies and TV shows from the cloud. You can rent new releases, or see the latest episode of your favorite shows the next day.

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Jun 032017
 
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Coming Soon To Blu-ray, DVD and VOD From Doppelgänger Releasing

Wes Craven’s 1978 Cult Classic
Summer of Fear
Special Collector’s Edition

Starring Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, and Fran Drescher

Chicago, IL (June 1, 2017) – In the early Seventies, he convinced us that The Hills Have Eyes…In the Eighties, he plunged audiences into A Nightmare on Elm Street…In the Nineties, he made audiences Scream

 

This summer, Master of Horror Wes Craven returns with his 1978 cult favorite Summer of Fear, also known as Stranger in Our House, starring Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate, Jeff East and Fran Drescher.

 

Thirty-nine years later, Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear will finally make its Blu-ray debut with a Special Collector’s Edition alongside a DVD and VOD. The disc—available this summer from Doppelgänger Releasing—will contain a slew of exciting special bonus features that will be announced shortly.

 

Based on the best-selling young adult novel by Lois Duncan of You Know What I Did Last Summer fame, Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear tells the tale of plucky teenaged Rachel (Linda Blair) whose life is turned dangerously upside down when her cousin Julie (Lee Purcell) moves in following the death of her parents in a car crash. Julie enchants everyone in the family and appears to be a loving relative, but Rachel knows her cousin is up to something creepy…something like witchcraft!

 

Music Box Films Home Entertainment acquired U.S. domestic rights to the 1978 film and will be released under the Doppelgänger Releasing banner, which includes genre titles such as The Cairnes Brothers’ 100 Bloody Acres, the Dutch action-thriller Black Out, the psychological six-part thriller Penance by acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa and more.

About Doppelgänger Releasing

The genre label of Music BoxFilms, Doppelgänger Releasing launched in 2013 and kicked off its slate with EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL, followed by the Slamdance 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 http://www.musicboxfilms.com/doppleganger-releasing.

 

 

About Music Box Films

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films is a North American distributor of acclaimed international, American independent and documentary features. Recent releases include Hannes Holm’s A MAN CALLED OVE nominated for Best Foreign LanguageFilm and Best Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling at the 89th Academy Awards and Anne Fontaine’s World War II drama THE INNOCENTS. Current and upcoming releases include Terence Davies’ A QUIET PASSION starring Cynthia Nixon, François Ozon’s FRANTZ, Martin Provost’s THE MIDWIFE starring Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, and CHAVELA a documentary about the legendary Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. 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.

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Jun 022017
 

SCARLETT JOHANSSON STARS IN THE VISUALLY STUNNING AND
ACTION-PACKED FILM

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GHOST IN THE SHELL

Breathtaking Vision of the Future Debuts July 25, 2017 on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and
Blu-ray Combo Packs

 

Get It Early on Digital HD July 7

“Totally riveting” (Bill Zwecker, FOX-TV) and filled with “heart pounding excitement” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the thrilling and eye-popping GHOST IN THE SHELL arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand July 25, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The future comes early on Digital HD July 7.

Set in a world where people are enhanced with technology, GHOST IN THE SHELL follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), who believes she was rescued from near death.  The first of her kind, Major is a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime. While investigating a dangerous criminal, Major makes a shocking discovery – the corporation that created her lied about her past life in order to control her. Unsure what to believe, Major will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of her true identity and exact revenge against the corporation she was built to serve.  A “visually stunning”
(Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly) “classic in the making” (Dan Casey, Nerdist), GHOST IN THE SHELL also stars Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han, and Juliette Binoche.

The GHOST IN THE SHELL 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs are loaded with over 50 minutes of fascinating special features. Scarlett Johansson, director Rupert Sanders and other cast and crew take you behind-the-scenes to talk stunts, special effects and intricate fight sequences. Plus, take an in-depth look at the real-life science behind robotics; discover how cyber-enhancements give each character specialized super–soldier abilities; and learn about the original anime as well as the inspirations behind the visually stunning view of the future. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Ghost in the Shell Blu-ray Combo Pack

The GHOST IN THE SHELL Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
    • Hard-Wired Humanity: Making Ghost in the Shell
    • Section 9: Cyber Defenders
    • Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition

 

Ghost in the Shell 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack

Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

Ghost in the Shell Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), Parisian French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Castilian Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, German 5.1 Dolby Digital, Italian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, along with English (UK), English (UK SDH) Bahasa Malaysian, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Castilian Spanish, Czech, Danish, Dutch, European Portuguese, Finnish, Parisian French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Mandarin Simplified, Mandarin Traditional, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Ukrainian subtitles.  The Blu-ray Disc in the combo pack is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), Canadian French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Latin American Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, and English Audio Description and English, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. The Blu-ray includes the same content listed above and the Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

Ghost in the Shell Single-Disc DVD

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

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Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment present an Arad Productions/a Steven Paul production, a Rupert Sanders film: Scarlett Johansson “Ghost in the Shell.”  “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han, and Juliette Binoche.  Music by Clint Mansell and Lorne Balfe.  Costume designers Kurt and Bart.  Editors Neil Smith and Billy Rich.  Production designer Jan Roelfs.  Director of photography Jess Hall, BSC.  Executive producers Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura, Yoshinobu Noma and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.  Produced by Avi Arad, p.g.a., Ari Arad, p.g.a., Steven Paul and Michael Costigan.  Based on the comic “The Ghost in the Shell” by Shirow Masamune, published in Japan by Kodansha Ltd.  Screenplay by Jamie Moss and William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger.  Directed by Rupert Sanders.

 

About Paramount Home Media Distribution

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

 

About Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.

 

GHOST IN THE SHELL

Street Date:                 July 7, 2017 (Digital HD)

July 25, 2017 (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD)       

U.S. Rating:                 PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images

Canadian Rating:        PG, not recommended for young children, violence

 

 

* To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

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