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    July 2
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie

    (1971) The original "take-off" cult classic from the highly successful team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker. Directed by John Landis, the spoof features a lewd, loosely connected collection of skits that spoof blaxploitation films, news shows, porno movies, TV commercials, kung fu flicks and more. Includes well-known stars such as Bill Bixby, Donald Sutherland, Tony Dow, George Lazenby and Henry Gibson in 22 segments including "Cleopatra Schwartz," "The Wonderful World of Sex," "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble," "A Fistful of Yen" and more. Extras: Commentary by director Landis, writers Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and producer Robert K. Weiss; a conversation with David and Jerry Zucker: a feature-length interview with the co-creators; original mono audio. (Shout! Factory).
  • The Producers: Collector's Edition

    (1968) Dir.: Mel Brooks; Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Lee Meredith, Christopher Hewett, Renee Taylor. New HD transfer. Extras: "Mel and His Movies: The Producers," theatrical trailer, photo gallery. (Shout! Factory).


    July 9
  • Blood and Sand

    (1941) Dir.: Rouben Mamoulian; Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Anthony Quinn, J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine. Extras: Commentary by Richard Crudo, director of photography. (Fox).
  • Cohen & Tate

    (1988) Roy Scheider, Adam Baldwin, Harley Cross. Two mismatched hitmen kidnap a 9-year-old boy -- an eyewitness to a recent mob rub-out -- and endeavor to deliver him to Houston where he'll be elimianted. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Eric Red, more. (Shout! Factory).
  • The Life of Oharu

    (1952 -- Japan) A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society throughout its history, Kenji Mizoguchi had already been directing movies for decades when he made "The Life of Oharu" in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the incredibly talented Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained its director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him. In Japanese with English subtitles. New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Introductory commentary by scholar Dudley Andrew; "Mizoguchi's Art and the Demimonde," an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew; "Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure," a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor's 1949 goodwill tour of the United States; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez. (The Criterion Collection).

    July 16
  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (Director's Cut)

    (2009) Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz, Peter Fonda, Judd Nelson. Two-disc set with theatrical and director's cut versions, UltraViolet. Extras: Filmmaker and cast commentaries, deleted scenes, seven behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Sony).
  • Heavy Traffic

    (1973) Ralph Bakshi's animated masterpiece about an underground cartoonist who contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork. (Shout! Factory).
  • Lord of the Flies

    (1963) In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel on the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. Taking an innovative documentary-like approach, Brook shot "Lord of the Flies" with an off-the-cuff naturalism, seeming to record a spontaneous eruption of its characters' ids. The result is a rattling masterpiece, as provocative as its source material. New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by cameraman and editor Gerald Feil, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Commentary featuring director Peter Brook, producer Lewis Allen, director of photography Tom Hollyman, and editor Gerald Feil; audio recordings of William Golding reading from his novel, accompanied by the corresponding scenes from the film; deleted scene, with optional commentary and reading by Golding; interview with Brook from 2008; collection of behind-the-scenes material, featuring home movies, screen tests, outtakes, and stills; new interview with Feil; excerpt from Feil's 1972 documentary "The Empty Space," showcasing Brook's theater methods; "Something Queer in the Warehouse," a piece composed of never-before-seen footage shot by the boy actors during production, with new voice-over by Tom Gaman, who played Simon; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab and an excerpt from Brook's book "The Shifting Point." (The Criterion Collection).

    July 23
  • Babette's Feast

    (1987 -- France) At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning "Babette's Feast" is a deeply beloved cinematic treasure. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, this is the layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late 19-century Denmark. "Babette's Feast" combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne. In Danish, French, and Swedish with English subtitles. New 2K digital film restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: New interview with actor Stephane Audran; "Karen Blixen: Storyteller," a 1995 documentary about the author of the film's source story, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen; new visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda; new interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson about the significance of cuisine in French culture; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu and Dinesen's 1950 story. (The Criterion Collection).
  • The Ice Storm

    (1997) Suburban Connecticut, 1973. While Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" speech drones from the TV, the Hood and Carver families try to navigate a Thanksgiving break simmering with unspoken resentment, sexual tension, and cultural confusion. With clarity, subtlety, and a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee renders Rick Moody's acclaimed novel of upper-middle-class American malaise as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls. Featuring a tremendous cast of established actors (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver) and rising stars (Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes) "The Ice Storm" is among the finest films of the 1990s. Restored high-definition digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Ang Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: Commentary featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus; documentary featuring interviews with actors Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver, and Elijah Wood; interview with novelist Rick Moody; deleted scenes; footage from a 2007 event honoring Lee and Schamus at New York's Museum of the Moving Image; visual essays featuring interviews with the film's cinematographer and production and costume designers; theatrical trailer; essay by critic Bill Krohn. (The Criterion Collection).
  • The 300 Spartans

    (1962) Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker. Extras: original theatrical trailer, TV spots. (Fox).

    July 30
  • Bus Stop

    (1956) Dir.: Joshua Logan; Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart. Extras: Theatrical trailer, other Monroe movie trailers. (Fox).
  • The Devil's Backbone

    (2001 -- Spain) The most personal film by Guillermo del Toro is also among his most frightening and emotionally layered. Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, "The Devil's Backbone" tells the tale of a 10-year-old boy who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro effectively combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish concoction that reminds us -- ­as would his later "Pan's Labyrinth" -- ­that the scariest monsters are often the human ones. In Spanish with English subtitles. New 2K digital film restoration, approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: Commentary featuring Del Toro; video introduction by Del Toro from 2010; new interviews with Del Toro about the process of creating the ghost Santi and the drawings and designs made in preparation for the film; "¿Que es un fantasma?," a 2004 making-of documentary; "Spanish Gothic," a 2010 interview with Del Toro about the genre and its influence on his work; interactive director's notebook, with Del Toro's drawings and handwritten notes, along with interviews with the filmmaker; four deleted scenes, with optional commentary; new featurette about the Spanish Civil War as evoked in the film; program comparing Del Toro's thumbnail sketches and Carlos Gimenez's storyboards with the final film; selected on-screen presentation of Del Toro's thumbnail sketches alongside the sections of the final film they represent; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Kermode (The Criterion Collection).
  • The Incredible Melting Man

    (1977) Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, Myron Healey, Michael Alldredge, Ann Sweeny. Extras: TBA. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory.)
  • Love Me Tender

    (1956) Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley. Extras: Commentary Elvis Historian Jerry Schilling; featurettes: "Elvis Hits Hollywood," "The Colonel & The King," "Love Me Tender: The Birth & Boom of the Elvis Hit"; "Love Me Tender: The Soundtrack." (Fox).
  • Niagara 60th Anniversary

    (1953) Dir.: Henry Hathaway; Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter. Extras: theatrical trailer, more Monroe movie trailers. (Fox).
  • Peggy Sue Got Married

    (1986) Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola; Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks, Joan Allen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Jim Carrey, Maureen O'Sullivan, Leon Ames. Also available on DVD. (Image Entertainment).
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4

    photo for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4 BLU-RAY DEBUT (1990-91) From the season premiere -- the epic conclusion of the two-part cliffhanger "The Best Of Both Worlds" -- to its thrilling finale "Redemption Part 1," "Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4" is distinguished as one of the most favored among fans. Six-disc set with 26 episodes. Extras: Episode commentaries with writers Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga, director Rob Bowman,scenic artists/Star Trek consultants Mike & Denise Okuda; "Relativity: The Family Saga of The Next Generation," a multi-part documentary that examines both the show's explosion into a pop culture phenomenon after its third season and the Enterprise crew's interpersonal bonds and family relationships, as depicted in "Brothers" and "Reunion"; "In Conversation: The Art Department," a look at some of TNG's most-iconic designs, complemented by fresh interviews with production team members Herman Zimmerman, Doug Drexler, Rick Sternbach, the Okudas, Dan Curry and more; Departmental Briefing Year Four: Production; Mission Overview Year Four; Selected Crew Analysis Year Four; New Life and New Civilizations; Chronicles from the Final Frontier; Season 4 Gag Reel; episodic promos. $129.99. (Paramount).
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Redemption

    photo for Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Redemption BLU-RAY DEBUT (1991) A two-part "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode re-edited as a feature-length presentation. Captain Picard and Lieutenant Worf fight to end a Klingon Civil War. Extras: Commentary with writer-producer Ronald D. Moore and scenic artists/Star Trek consultants Mike & Denise Okuda; "Survive and Succeed: An Empire at War" special featurette explores the Klingon mythology of Star Trek: The Next Generation and features all-new interviews with writer/producer Moore, who, in addition to "Redemption," wrote some of the franchise's most memorable Klingon story lines, and some of the actors who played the most renowned Klingon characters including Dorn (Worf), Robert O'Reilly (Gowron) and Gwynyth Walsh (B'Etor); two episodic promos. $24.99. (Paramount).


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