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From the Big Screen:
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Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions, in “Fists in the Pocket” (1965 — Italy), the astonishing debut from Marco Bellocchio. Characterized by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, “Fists in the Pocket” was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema. On Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Marco Bellocchio, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. The Criterion Collection.
From TV to Disc:
“Bull: Season Three” (2018-19) is a five-disc set with all 22 episodes of the drama series inspired by the early career of talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw. The show follows the brilliant, brash and charming Dr. Bull, the ultimate puppet master, as he combines psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail. His personal life proves harder to manage as he tries to live a healthier lifestyle following a heart attack and learns he is expecting a child with his ex-wife. Season Three picks up as Bull returns to work following his’ heart attack. Now, he must work with his team at TAC to help defend an insurance company that is being sued by a young mother who was denied coverage for a liver transplant. From CBS/Paramount … “NCIS: The Sixteenth Season” (2018-19) is a six-disc set with all 24 episodes. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful special agents who investigate all crimes — from murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines — with Navy or Marine Corps ties. The latest season continues one month after Director Leon Vance is kidnapped by a terrorist who tortured Special Agent Sloane years ago in Afghanistan. Now, Special Agent Leroy Gibbs assumes his role as Acting Director while the team searches to locate their missing leader. From CBS/Paramount … “Young Sheldon: The Complete Second Season” (2018) is a two-disc set with all 22 episodes from the top-rated prequel to “The Big Bang Theory.” From Warner.
Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:
In “Dragon Kingdom” (2018), starring Ross O’Hennessy, Ben Loyd-Holmes, Rebecca Dyson-Smith, Zara Phythian, Jessica-Jane Stafford, and Jemma Moore, a mighty and courageous legion of warriors must travel through the forbidden lands fighting the fearsome fire breathing monsters of The Dark Kingdom, a land that swallows all who enter, in order to rescue their King and save their Kingdom from the Dark Lord’s army. From Uncork’d Entertainment … In “Into the Ashes” (2019), starring Luke Grimes, Robert Taylor, Frank Grillo and James Badge Dale, Nick Brenner, with an honest job and a loving wife, believed he had safely escaped his violent, criminal history. But his old crew hasn’t forgotten about him or the money he stole, and when they take what Nick now values the most – his wife – he has nothing left to lose. Confronted by the town sheriff, who is also his father-in-law, Nick must decide if he will stay on his new path or indulge in his need for revenge and force his enemies to pay for what they have done. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … In “Darlin'” (2019), starring Lauryn Canny, Bryan Batt and Pollyanna McIntosh, feral teenager Darlin’, found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a “good girl.” However, Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman (McIntosh), equally fierce and feral, who raised her is ever present and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to stand in her way. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Dark Sky Films … After being arrested for the murder of a white classmate, a young black man’s father fights in court for his son’s vindication in “Canal Street” (2019), starring Bryshere Y. Gray, Mykelti Williamson, Mekhi Phifer, Kevin Quinn, Woody McClain and Lance Reddick. Against all odds, they embrace their undying trust in each other and find faith in God. From Cinedigm.
In “The Third Wife” (2018 — Vietnam), set in 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May starts to develop an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As she observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice: to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom. From Film Movement.
EVIL CANNOT BE CONTAINED WHEN
Annabelle Comes Home
ARRIVES ONTO BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK,
DVD AND DIGITAL FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Blu-ray and DVD debut on October 8
“Annabelle Comes Home” stars Mckenna Grace (TV’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” “Gifted,” “Captain Marvel”) as Judy, Madison Iseman (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”) as her babysitter Mary Ellen and Katie Sarife (TV’s “Youth and Consequences,” TV’s “Supernatural”) as troubled friend Daniela. Patrick Wilson (“Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” films, the “Insidious” films) and Vera Farmiga (“The Conjuring” films, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Dauberman directed the film from a screenplay he wrote, from a story by Dauberman and Wan. Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Michelle Morrissey and Judson Scott served as executive producers.
Dauberman’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Michael Burgess (“The Curse of La Llorona”), production designer Jennifer Spence (“Annabelle: Creation,” “The Nun”), editor Kirk Morri (“Aquaman”) and costume designer Leah Butler (“Annabelle: Creation”). The music is by Joseph Bishara (“The Conjuring” films).
New Line Cinema presents, an Atomic Monster/Peter Safran Production, “Annabelle Comes Home.”
“Annabelle Comes Home” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 8. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.
“Annabelle Comes Home” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “Annabelle Comes Home” via purchase from digital retailers beginning September 17.
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc on innocent victims, demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) lock the possessed doll in their home’s special artifact room, placing her behind sacred glass. But when the doll escapes and awakens the room’s evil spirits, it conjures up an unholy night of horror for the Warrens’ daughter and her friends as they desperately battle to bring Annabelle’s reign of terror to an end.
“Annabelle Comes Home” Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
- Deleted Scenes
- The Artifact Room & the Occult
- The Light & the Love
- Behind the Scenes: The Ferryman/Demon, The Bloody Bride, The Werewolf
Street Date: 10/22/19
Blu-ray™ + Digital SRP: $21.99
DVD SRP: $19.98
It won’t be a quiet death when Tone-Deaf arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital October 22 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. An entertaining, over-the-top genre bender, the home invasion thriller has been called “pure insanity” by Film Threat and was an official selection of SXSW 2019. The “unflinchingly brutal” (Boston Hassle) film stars Robert Patrick and Amanda Crew. Written and directed by Richard Bates, Jr., the Tone-Deaf Blu-ray and DVD will include a making-of featurette, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
After being dumped by both her boss and her boyfriend, Olive (Amanda Crew) flees the city for the weekend and rents an ornate country house from an old-fashioned widower named Harvey (Robert Patrick). She’s hoping for a few days of peace. What she gets is a weekend of sheer terror, as Olive awakens Harvey’s darkest urges—and is plunged into a blood-soaked fight for her life.
BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- “The Struggle Is Real: Making Tone-Deaf” Featurette
Robert Patrick Terminator 2: Judgment Day, TV’s “The X-Files,” “True Blood”
Amanda Crew TV’s “Silicon Valley”
Year of Production: 2018
Title Copyright: Tone-Deaf © 2019 Yodo Film, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2019 Saban Films LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for violence, language throughout, sexual content and some drug use
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 88 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 2.39:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 2.39:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
Judd Nelson and C. Thomas Howell star in a powerful tale of survival and hope under the shadow of war.
By June 1942, the Japanese Navy has swept across the Pacific. In an effort to change the course of the war, a United States carrier group is positioned off the coast of Midway, tasked with springing a trap on the enemy. During this pivotal battle, the two-man crew of a U.S. Navy dive bomber is forced to ditch into the sea. Set adrift, the men look toward their comrades for rescue; namely the ragtag crew of an amphibious aircraft, who are sent to search for survivors. Lost in the vast openness of the Pacific, with days passing and the chance of rescue fading, the men are forced to face their own mortality.
SQUADRON 303: THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
Release Date: September 3, 2019 on VOD and Digital
Directed by Denis Delić
Cast: Maciej Zakościelny, Piotr Adamczyk, Antoni Krolikowski, Cara Theobold, Anna Prus
“An entertaining film. It is beautifully shot, well-acted and sharply directed. And a mention must be made of the excellent aerial battles.” – Britflicks.com
Based on Arkady Fiedler’s bestseller, Squadron 303 relates the true story of the Polish pilots who were heroes in the Battle of Britain. Jan Zumbach is recovering from a plane crash in a sanatorium when WWII breaks out. The Nazi onslaught forces him to escape from occupied Poland. A similar fate awaits the heroic flight instructor, Witold Urbanowicz. Both make their way to Great Britain and carry on the fight against the Nazi Luftwaffe. Quickly, their heroism and skill catch the attention of commanders, and an elite, Polish fighter squadron is created: Squadron 303. At first they are underestimated and mocked, but thanks to the outstanding patriotism and bravery of its members, the squadron quickly wins respect.
Filmmakers have for many years addressed the topic of gambling in casinos for a number of reasons, most notably to drive along the plot. However, over time, the image of the casino in films has gradually transformed. As the industry developed, the essence of the services provided changed. Keeping pace with the times, filmmakers have pictured casino styles differently.
Stylish casino masters: Ocean’s 11
In the 1960s, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Dean Martin were the kings of laughter and music in Las Vegas. Thanks to the subtle combination of charm, charisma, style and musical talent, representatives of the “Rat Pack” lit the scenes of the entertainment venues of Sin City at night and personified the spirit of the casinos of that time.
Well dressed, always in the limelight, Sinatra, Davis, and Martin were obvious candidates for the lead roles of Lewis Milestone’s 1960 Ocean 11. The style of this trio and their connection with Las Vegas made it possible for Milestone to be on the crest of the wave of popularity of the casinos of that time with this classic movie about robbery.
According to the plot, Danny Ocean is going to rob five casinos in one night, collecting 11 colleagues from the Second World War. Although Milestone’s film tells of the robbery of the five largest casinos, it also reflects the spirit of the times.
Extreme Culture: The Hangover Party
In recent years, The Hangover (2009) has become one of the most popular casino films. In it, you will no longer see the old images of classic Vegas, where nifty artists tirelessly play at parties. Instead of sitting at the gambling table with a few glasses of wine in a three-piece suit, the guys in bright T-shirts tumble into the casino hall, where drinks pour over the edge.
One of the most famous scenes in the film is the game in which one of the main characters plays against the casino. Wanting to win back the money lost by a friend, he starts the game, armed with a strategy that goes far beyond the knowledge of the basic rules. As a result, he wins thousands of dollars, and with the help of friends, they leave the casino safe and sound, taking the winnings with ‘em.
Another important character in casino films who did a good job with his role is James Bond. Starting with an insignificant mention of the casino world in the classic Goldfinger (1964) and ending with the explicit motive for gambling at Casino Royale (2006), Bond has somehow always been connected with this industry. However, given that digital technology is increasingly being used in the gaming industry, could this be the end of Bond and gambling? Nope. Given how popular online gambling and mobile casinos are today, it’s quite possible that James Bond will become an online player on his next screen appearance.
Competition in the video streaming industry will get tough starting with the end of 2019, as Disney+, an upcoming subscription video-on-demand service owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, will launch on November 12 in the United States.
American citizens, as well as people abroad through free VPN sites, will get access to film and television content from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Since the new service will compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and will complement ESPN+ and Hulu, let’s see what will be the main benefits for consumers.
Disney+ main features
The new Disney service will operate side by side with Hulu, which is also controlled by the company following the purchase of a major stake in 20th Century Fox. Bob Iger, the current CEO of the company, already stated that the content provided will focus mainly on family-oriented entertainment and Hulu will remain oriented towards general entertainment.
Based on the present expectations, Disney+ will host approximately 7,000 television episodes and about 500 films. Starting with the launch of the service, all new Disney releases will stream exclusively, with the exception of the releases from 20th Century Fox, due to an output deal with HBO until 2022. Still, customers won’t lack available content right from the launching date, as the company prepared a lot of interesting surprises for them.
In terms of devices supported, Disney already announced the service will be available via web browsers or PCs, smart TVs, mobile platforms, video game consoles, and digital media players.
Content available on the platform
The first theatrical Disney film streaming exclusively on the new service will be Captain Marvel and eventually, the entire Disney library film will be hosted there. All thirty seasons of The Simpsons will be there, as well as the first six films of the Star Wars franchise.
Original scripted content like The Mandalorian, a television series between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and What If animated series, will be produced and streamed by Disney on its new service. In terms of non-fiction content, the reality cooking competition Be Our Chef plus products created by National Geographic (Magic of the Animal Kingdom, or The World According to Jeff Goldblum) are just a few of the major highlights.
Is Disney+ plus affordable?
Based on the information revealed by the company at the beginning of 2019, its new streaming service will pose great challenges to other competitors, mainly due to the pricing. Disney already announced the service will be available for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, half the price of HBO Now, and a significant discount compared to the $8.99 Netflix subscription plan. Although it may seem affordable, people won’t be able to find every movie or show on the platform, which makes it very likely that customers will begin to consider taking on multiple subscription plans, not just switching entirely to another provider.
Considering live streaming as a personal hobby or job opportunity? Here are the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing it on a full-time basis.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Becoming a Full-time Live Streamer
The ability to stream high-quality videos from smartphones and the availability of streaming services such as Twitch, UStream, and Periscope has opened up the streaming space for many individuals. However, only a few carve a niche in which they excel and can support as a permanent job. Whether you are a gamer or graphic designer, choosing to go into full-time streaming has its positive and negative aspects.
Here are a few benefits that a streamer will enjoy from taking on the trade on a full-time basis.
Varied Sources of Income
You will not want to take on a full-time occupation if you are going to struggle to pay your essential bills. However, if your dedicated efforts make you an established streamer in a specific field, you do not have to be worried about that.
If you are a student, you may often wonder, “Who will write and edit my paper?” A lot of popular streamers make six-figure annual incomes for the time and resources they utilize to build up an audience, which means you can obtain assistance from professionals. Applications such as Twitch have a subscription button that will allow you to earn stable and sustainable proceeds from followers.
However, subscription fees are not the most lucrative sources of income. Generous followers will often give you tips as one-time payments as an appreciation for what you are doing. As a streamer, you can attract revenue from advertisement payments based on the number of people that tune in to your streaming channel. It consists of a significant proportion if you are a popular streamer with a high volume of views.
Lastly, big brands looking to expose their products to your large audience can pay top dollar in sponsorship or brand deals to incentivize you to use and feature their products during streams. However, you will have to put in a lot of work to generate a substantial income.
Requires Little Resources
Contrary to popular belief, live streaming is unbelievably cheap. You do not need any special equipment or software to begin round-the-clock streaming. It can be completely free if you already possess a smartphone or laptop with a good camera and an active account with one of the streaming services such as Periscope and Facebook Live.
As opposed to conventional blogging or producing other kinds of content that require various types of software programs such as hosting, you can access live streaming by only clicking. Besides, you can stream from any place or event. Live streaming will enable you to connect easily with your audience from around the globe.
Currently, you do not have to search for a 9-to-5 job or get stuck in one if you are already working. Live streaming offers you a chance to pursue your passion without having to be constantly stressed and worried over being laid off or underpaid.
However, you have to take concrete steps while deciding to go into full-time live streaming. It gives you a chance to have more control over your work, create networks by meeting new and exciting people, nurture your passion, and create more time to pursue personal hobbies and interests.
Besides, as a successful streamer, you can exceed the income that you will probably make in most large corporates. You will need to manage your finances similarly to any entrepreneur to take care of periods when revenue declines.
Although live stream on a full-time basis has its advantages, there is a high likelihood of also experiencing its adverse effects. Below are some of its drawbacks.
Can Be Overwhelming
One of the most significant challenges that you can experience after establishing yourself as a popular full-time streamer is when to take a break. It is common to build an audience that incorporates people from different time zones. Although they may be loyal, it is difficult for most of them to wake up during night hours to watch your live stream.
Therefore, you must identify ways in which you will maintain your relevance and extend your reach across different regions. One way of addressing the challenge is to utilize data analytics to determine when a lot of your followers are online. Besides, you can notify your audience when you will be posting your live stream.
No Room for Mistakes
As a live streamer, you will not have a chance to correct serious errors because you produce content while broadcasting it instantaneously. However, most followers understand this and can be forgiving for common bloopers when it comes to live streams because they understand the human factor of it.
To be successful and maintain an excellent reputation, it is vital for you to be well-prepared by having all equipment and other material that will be utilized in a session ready and within reach. As you gain the experience of full-time streaming, you will get better at it and minimize grave mistakes.
One of the significant hindrances you are likely to experience as a full-time streamer involves technological mishaps that interrupt the relaying of the video to your audience.
Internet access is critical for continuous streaming. Although wireless connections will provide you with plenty of bandwidth, hardwired cable connection is preferred because it is not prone to regular interruptions.
Also, your computer or phone may reboot during a live stream. You can use a hardware encoder to prevent such disruptions even though such an approach is not ideal for all streamers. The most suitable option is to utilize multiple devices to ensure that your stream is not interrupted when one fails.
The popularity of social media has catapulted live streaming as a viable way of reaching vast audiences. As a full-time streamer, you will be able to share real-time, high-quality content over the Internet via a one-to-many connection.
However, taking it on a full-time basis has some positive and negative aspects, which you should consider before pursuing such a career path.