(2020) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the AMC series centered around four ordinary people who feel there’s something missing in their lives, but they can’t quite put their finger on what it is. This diverse foursome is brought together by chance – or perhaps it’s by design – when they stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. As they begin to accept the mysterious "Dispatches from Elsewhere" challenges, they come to find that the mystery winds deeper than they imagined, and their eyes are opened to a world of possibility and magic. Features Sally Field, Richard E. Grant, André Benjamin, and newcomer Eve Lindley.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, character profiles, "Love Letter to Philly." (AMC).
The Good Doctor Season 3
(2019-20) Five-disc set with all 20 episodes. Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. As his friendships deepen, Shaun works harder than he ever has before as he starts dating while navigating his environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his talents as a surgeon will save lives. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel. (Sony).
His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season
(2019) Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the HBO series that takes place in a world parallel to our own, where a human’s soul exists outside one’s body in the form of a talking animal called a “daemon.” The all-powerful Magisterium rule over this world where they suppress any knowledge that attempts to challenge its ideas, particularly around the theory that multiple worlds exist. Season One follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a young orphan who was left as a baby at Oxford’s Jordan College by her uncle Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and desires a life of adventure beyond the confines of her bookish, scholarly surroundings. But when Lyra’s best friend goes missing, her search for her kidnapped friend uncovers a plot involving stolen children and transforms into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon known as Dust. Over the course of the season, as she journeys through the different worlds – including our own – Lyra encounters extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living and the dead at stake. Adapted from Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy of the same name, which has sold over 22 million copies worldwide. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Making His Dark Materials" eight-part featurette. (Warner).
House of Hummingbird
(2018 -- South Korea) Ji-hu Park, Sae-byuk Kim, Seung-Yeon Lee, In-gi Jeong. Positioned against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old girl moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, the girl roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When a new teacher arrives, she becomes the first adult the young girl feels really understands her. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2016) Charlotte Gould, Phoebe Delikoura, Tony Fadil, Jon-Paul Gates, Nigel Thijs, David Shaw. UK science-fiction thriller about a group of addicts who attend therapy to avoid being sent to prison, while a TV journalist goes undercover and joins the group to try and expose this as a scam. However, all of their lives are thrown into chaos by the beginning of an alien invasion. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Midnight Releasing).
(2019) James Purefoy, Veronica Cartwright, Lew Temple, Scottie Thompson. A murderer finds himself on trial in Hell, caught between a bitter prosecutor and an inexperienced defense attorney. Formats: DVD. VOD. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
(1975 -- Germany) When a young woman spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum" portrays an anxious era in West Germany amid a crumbling postwar political consensus. Katharina, though apparently innocent, suddenly becomes a suspect, falling prey to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist that tests the limits of her dignity and her sanity. Crafting one of the most accessible and direct works of 1970s political filmmaking, Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta deliver a powerful adaptation of Heinrich Böll's novel, a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom, and media manipulation that is as relevant today as when it was released.
Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Volker Schlöndorff and producer Eberhard Junkersdorf, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Interview from 2002 with directors Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta; interview from 2002 with director of photography Jost Vacano; excerpts from a 1977 documentary on author Heinrich Böll; trailer; an essay by film critic Amy Taubin. (The Criterion Collection).
NCIS: Los Angeles: The Eleventh Season
(2019-20) Five-disc set with all 22 episodes. Following the Season 10 finale, Special Agent "G" Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) find themselves aboard the USS Allegiance working alongside Navy Captain Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr. to capture dangerous spies on the ship. Meanwhile, Deeks and Kensi Blye are trapped in a mobile CIA unit in Iraq under ambush by an ISIS platoon and Hetty Lange has recruited Lieutenant Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie to help neutralize a missile strike in the Middle East. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Season 11: An Evolution." "Mother: The 250th Episode," "On Set: Offset," deleted and extended scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
NCIS: New Orleans: The Sixth Season
(2019-20) Five-disc set with all 20 episodes. The series centers on the local field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) a.k.a. "King," a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. In the latest season, it's business as usual for Agent Pride and his team at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, including kidnappers, cults, traffickers and murderers. But, with the tragic loss of one of their own, the situation has become personal and these agents suddenly find themselves driven by more than duty. Will Pride stay loyal to the law or will vengeance push him over the edge? Formats: DVD. Extras: "Six of One" season six retrospective, "The Demise of Christopher Lasalle." (CBS/Paramount).
The Resistance Fighter (a.k.a. Kurier)
(2019 -- Poland) Philippe Tlokinski, Patricia Volny, Julie Engelbrecht, Bradley James, Zbigniew Zamachowski. Tells the incredible true story of the Polish war hero Jan Nowak-Jezioranski, a man of extraordinary courage, who served as an emissary between the commanders of Poland's resistance movement and the Polish government in exile in London at the height of the Second World War. Hunted by all the Axis Powers' secret services, he is smuggled out of Poland on a mission to make his way to London with information that would decide the fate of the war. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Shout! Studios).
Ride Your Wave
(2019 -- Japan) The latest film by anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa, director of" The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl." Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song. But can the two really remain together forever? Features an all-star Japanese voice cast made up of J-Pop royalty including Ryôta Katayose (Generations From Exile Tribe) and Rina Kawaei (AKB48). The home entertainment release also includes an all new English language version of the film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with producer Eunyoung Choi, animated storyboards, character still gallery, trailers and TV spots, exclusive 12-page booklet with director’s statement and art. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
(2017 -- Indonesia) Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Dimas Aditya, Endy Arfian, Nasar Anuz. After Rini's mother dies from a mysterious illness, her ghost begins to appear throughout the house. Terrorizing the family, she lurks in the hallways and calls out to them at night. To protect her little brothers, Rini traces back the roots of the evil and discovers the horrifying truth: Their mother has made a deal with the devil, and she has not returned to visit ... she wants to take one of them with her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
(1995 -- China) Wang Xiaoxiao, Gong Li, Li Baotian. Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao, naive teenager Shuisheng is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai's crime syndicates in the 1930s. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao Jinbao's affections. Director Zhang Yimou's inventive take on the gangster film is assured and attention-grabbing. New digital restoration and first time on Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Trouble in Shanghai" video essay by author Grady Hendrix; booklet with new essay by film critic and lecturer John Berra. (Film Movement Classics).
(2019) Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell. On the surface, Hunter Conrad appears to have it all. A newly pregnant housewife, Hunter seems content to spend her time tending to an immaculate home and doting on her Ken-doll husband, Richie. However, as the pressure to meet her controlling in-laws and husband's rigid expectations mounts, cracks begin to appear in her carefully created facade. Hunter develops a dangerous habit, and a dark secret from her past seeps out in the form of a disorder called pica - a condition that has her compulsively swallowing inedible, and oftentimes life-threatening, objects. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2020) Three-disc set with 48 episodes -- more than 10 hours -- of friendship-themed Arthur adventures. Arthur learns how to work with teams, look out for friends and family, and navigate the everyday situations that he and his friends find themselves in. Arthur plays on a baseball team, Muffy temporarily stays with her friend, Francine, where she has to share a room (and even eat leftovers), Buster returns home after a long exotic vacation, and Arthur gets nervous their friendship won’t be the same, among many other classic episodes. Formats: DVD. (PBS Kids).
The Blacklist Season 7
(2019-20) Five-disc set with all 19 episodes. After being abducted by Katarina Rostova, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) finds himself alone in hostile territory, unsure of who, if anyone, he can trust. Surrounded by old enemies and new allies, Red must stay one step ahead of the Blacklist’s most dangerous criminal, who will stop at nothing to unearth the very truth Red wants no one to know about. To find it, Katarina will insinuate herself into the life of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), who has finally reunited with her daughter Agnes. Katarina’s presence will bring danger to Liz’s doorstep and forever alter her relationship with Red. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel, "Behind The Blacklist: Season 7," cast and crew episode commentaries, Brian Dennehy tribute. Blu-ray adds "Uncharted Territory: A Season Cut Short." (Sony).
The Complete Films of Agnès Varda
The Criterion Collection is celebrating the boundless creative vision of Agnès Varda with a comprehensive collection of her genre-blurring, culture-shaping films. Bringing together all 39 of her features, shorts, and documentaries for the first time, this 15-Blu-ray box set also contains extensive special features - many created by Varda herself - including introductions to the films, interviews with and tributes from family and friends, once-banned and unfinished works, behind-the-scenes footage, archival programs, and more. The edition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated 200-page book, with notes on the films and essays on Varda's life and work, as well as a selection of her photography and images of her installation art. A founder of the French New Wave who became an international art-house icon, Varda was a fiercely independent, restlessly curious visionary whose work was at once personal and passionately committed to the world around her. In an abundant career in which she never stopped expanding the notion of what a movie can be, Varda forged a unique cinematic vocabulary that frequently blurs the boundaries between narrative and documentary, and entwines loving portraits of her friends, her family, and her own inner world with a social consciousness that was closely attuned to the 1960s counterculture, the women's liberation movement, the plight of the poor and socially marginalized, and the ecology of our planet. This comprehensive collection places Varda's filmography in the context of her parallel work as a photographer and multimedia artist - all of it a testament to the radical vision, boundless imagination, and radiant spirit of a true original for whom every act of creation was a vital expression of her very being. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here.
Diva (Special Edition)
(1981 -- France) Director Jean-Jacques Beineix ("Betty Blue") launched the Cinéma du look movement with this stylish cult thriller that remains as innovative today as when it premiered in 1981. Jules (Frédéric Andréi), a young postal carrier, illegally tapes a concert of a reclusive opera singer (American soprano Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez). Jules’ attempts to woo the diva are interrupted when Taiwanese bootleggers come after the recording. His problems worsen when a prostitute slips another tape, one that incriminates a police chief, into his bag. Now, Jules must escape the police chief, the cop’s henchmen and the bootleggers to keep both precious tapes safe -- and to stay alive. Featuring a celebrated chase through the Paris Metro and an early appearance by Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Amélie") favorite Dominique Pinon, Diva earned César Awards for Beineix, Vladimir Cosma’s ("Le Bal") sumptuous music and Philippe Rousselot’s ("Henry & June") eye-popping cinematography. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film critic and author Simon Abrams; scene specific audio commentary by director Jean-Jacques Beineix; introduction by professor Phil Powrie (Author of "Jean-Jacques Beineix") and Eric Grinda; interview with composer Vladimir Cosma; interview with casting director Dominique Besnehard; interview with star Frédéric Andréi; interview with actors Anny Romand and Dominique Pinon; interview with actor Richard Bohringer; "Holding Ground With Director Jean-Jacques Beineix"; "In the Café With Director Jean-Jacques Beineix"; interview with cinematographer Philippe Rousselot; interview with set designer Hilton McConnico; theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(2019) Stephen Moyer, Tala Gouveia, Shayne Ward, Casper Van Dien, John Rhys-Davies. With Earth virtually destroyed, Bran Marshall flees to the Rhea, a planet hostile to Earthlings. Escaping onto a Rhean supply ship, he finds the crew slaughtered, with the only survivor a female warrior named Ohsha. As the two try to kill one another, the ship is damaged by meteorites. Bran (Moyer) and Ohsha must join forces to salvage the craft before it impacts the planet below — and the humans that live there. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the BBC One's romantic drama starring Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes about a woman who meets a much younger man on her 60th birthday. As the pair’s relationship grows, her three adult children and ex-husband wonder if their mother’s new boyfriend is in it for love or for money. A dark family secret has also been buried for several decades -— a trauma that has impacted their personalities and decisions in the present.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
The High Note
(2020) Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Bill Pullman, Zoë Chao, Eddie Izzard, Ice Cube. Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Johnson) is Grace's overworked personal assistant who's stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace's manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Grace must choose between playing it safe or listening to her heart in a decision that could change her life forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; "The Dream Team: Inside the Creation of The High Note" behind-the-scenes featurette including screenwriter Flora Greeson's story and experience as a real Hollywood assistant, how filmmakers created the look of the film, the musical team behind the original tracks and some of the iconic Los Angeles locations; "Making A Legend: The Grace Davis Story" featurette; "Like I Do" original song music video. (Universal).
How to Build a Girl
(2019) Beanie Feldstein, Alfie Allen, Paddy Consindine, Chris DOd, and Emma Thompson. Johanna Morgan is a bright, quirky, 16-year-old who uses her colorful imagination to regularly escape her humdrum life in Wolverhampton, England, and live out her creative fantasies. Desperate to break free from the overcrowded flat she shares with her four brothers and eccentric parents, she submits an earnestly penned and off-beat music review to a group of self-important indie rock critics at a weekly magazine. Despite being brushed off initially, Johanna clamors to the top of the 90s rock music scene by reinventing herself as Dolly Wilde, a venerable, impossible-to-please music critic with an insatiable lust for fame, fortune, and men.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Films).
I Am Vengeance: Retaliation
(2020) Stu Bennett, Vinnie Jones. Former professional wrestler Bennett stars as ex-special forces soldier John Gold in this sequel to "I Am Vengeance" (2018). When he’s given the chance to retrieve Sean Teague —- the man who betrayed Gold’s team on their final mission in Eastern Europe —- and transport him to a military prison, Gold, who’d rather kill Teague, is reluctant. But when a government operative promises to expunge the crimes that’ve forced Gold into a life on the run, Gold agrees —- and prepares for the fight of his life against Teague’s band of mercenaries and a mysterious sniper. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Ross Boyask and actor Stu Bennett, “Propelling a Franchise — Making I Am Vengeance: Retaliation” featurette, six deleted and extended scenes. (Lionsgate).
Michael BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) John Travolta, William Hurt, Andie MacDowell, Robert Pastorelli, Bob Hoskins. Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise. He's a party animal who knows his way around a dance floor, smokes, drinks and has an eye for the ladies. (Warner Archive).
(2020) Anna Shields, Rachel Finniger, Grant Schumacher. Sylvia, a lonely 20-something, goes searching for answers after her friend mysteriously vanishes in Whitehall, NY, an Adirondack town known for its Bigfoot sightings. She sets off with a mysterious, charming young woman, Alex, hellbent on getting to Whitehall for different reasons. Sylvia soon learns that hiding in the woods is an evil more sinister than she could ever imagine. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(2018 -- Germany) Mara Scherzinger, Katerina Clark, Thomas Kellner. Saturday night in Berlin; a bunch of friends go out to have fun. Others are also out exploring the city and their relationships. A colorful mix of singles, couples, heteros, gays, poly-amorous. Different personalities, for different reasons, give a spectrum of contemporary approaches to nightlife. They go all the way, exceeding their limits. An erotic dramedy written and directed by Stratos Tzitzis and winner of the "Achtung Berlin! - New Berlin Film Award" at the Berlin Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Corinth Films).
The Phantom of the Opera
(1962) Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza. Lom stars as The Phantom in Hammer Films' celebrated production of Gaston Leroux's horror classic. Mysterious mishaps bedevil a London opera house, but when tragedy strikes during an opening night performance, it's clear that these "accidents" are the deliberate work of a deranged madman - The Phantom. When Christine, the young star of a new musical is contacted by the shadowy specter, her producer investigates, tracking the ghostly Phantom to his secret underground lair. A new 2K scan from the interpositive, with both 1.85:1 and 1.66:1 aspect ratio options available. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; new "The Men Who Made Hammer: Anthony Hinds"; new "Phantom Triumphant: Edwin Astley and Hammer's Horror Opera" an interview with author David Huckvale; new "Herbert Lom: The Soul Behind the Mask" interview with film historian/screenwriter/novelist C. Courtney Joyner; new interview with special effects artist Brian Johnson; "The Making of Phantom of the Opera" narrated by Edward De Souza plus interviews with Richard Golen, Alan Lavender and Edward De Souza; the longer TV version (in standard definition); theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Playing for Keeps
(2020) Two-disc set with all eight episodes of the Aussie murder mystery dramedy set on the sidelines of professional football, told from the unique perspective of the real power players: the wives. The real action is away from the grandstands and locker rooms; it’s on the red carpets, in the beauty salons and in the designer bedrooms. It’s love, power, and status all the way – until the death of a team member adds investigation into the mix. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Valley of the Gods
(2019) Josh Hartnett, Bérénice Marlohe, John Malkovich. Fantasy thriller contrasts abundance and poverty through three separate storylines, featuring a middle-class writer, an eccentric trillionaire and a struggling Navajo community. Post-divorce, copywriter John Ecas undertakes the biography of the richest man on earth, who is dead-set on mining sacred lands for uranium. When modernity runs afoul of long-dormant guardians from ancient legend, even the most unimaginable wealth may soon meet its match.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
A White, White Day
(2019 -- Iceland) Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir. An off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes Critics' Week award for Best Actor for his performance) in a remote Icelandic town begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).
(2019) John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, Jamison Jones. Following his parents’ separation, a rebellious teenage boy, Ben, is sent to live with his father for the summer. The idyllic tourist town offers little solace for him, however, as he is forced to deal with the local, privileged teens and his father’s new girlfriend. Ben’s problems grow increasingly disturbing when he makes a chilling discovery: a thousand year-old witch is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with directors Brett and Drew Pierce, commentary with composer Devin Burrows. (IFC Midnight).
(2018) Kate Davies-Speak, Mark McKirdy, Makenna Guyler, Matt Swales. A group of friends sets off for a relaxing weekend away on the canals of the glorious British countryside, unaware of the flesh-eating mutants lurking in the water ... ready and waiting to feed.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
Batwoman: The Complete First Season
(2019-20) Five-disc set with all 20 episodes. Kate Kane never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. After Batman disappeared, Gotham was in despair… until she returned. Armed with a passion for justice and a flair for speaking her mind, she soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before becoming Gotham’s symbol of hope. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "On the Set," "The Best of DC TV's Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019," deleted scenes, gag reel. A limited-edition bonus disc featuring all five DC Crossover Event "Crisis on Infinite Earths" episodes will be available exclusively in the Blu-ray set. (Warner).
Biography: Kenny Rogers
(2020) The documentary chronicles the life of one of the best-selling solo artists of all time, from his childhood through the rise and fall of The First Edition band to the iconic release of "The Gambler" to the height of his career as a country music star, actor, and pop-culture icon. Featuring intimate interviews with Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, and many other friends and fellow artists, along with footage from Rogers's 2017 star-studded farewell concert in Nashville. Formats: DVD. Extras: (Lionsgate).
(2020) Documentary chronicles the remarkable journey of hemophiliac mountaineer Chris Bombardier as he embarks on a historic mission to complete the Seven Summits, and inspire an international community to help those with hemophilia around the globe. He's completed five of the climbs already, and is preparing for his journey to Nepal to reach the summit of the world's tallest peak: Everest. Under the supervision of his doctors and with the support of his wife and uncle, Chris is prepared for the mountain. What he's not prepared for are the Nepalese children with destroyed joints and the stricken mothers who have lost their sons due to the lack of medications for hemophilia. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Believe Limited).
Cannibal Corpse Killers
(2018) Dennis Haggard, Ron Jason. After a simple virus has led to a legion of demons overwhelming the planet and systemically killing humans, turning the world into an apocalyptic wasteland, a man leads a group of survivors fighting demonically possessed corpses through the new America to try to make it to the epicenter - Jawbone. In his way stands The Magistrate, an amoral leader using an army of cannibal corpses to serve him as he attempts to lead the new world. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Greetings from the Wasteland," "Sounds from the Wasteland." (Indican Pictures).
Clara's Heart BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan. A Jamaican woman becomes the housekeeper for a rich Baltimore family and bonds with a disillusioned teenage boy. (Warner Archive).
The Comfort of Strangers
(1990) Adapting the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan, playwright and screenwriter Harold Pinter lends his trademark unnerving dialogue and air of creeping menace to this spellbinding study of power, control, and the frighteningly thin line between pleasure and pain. Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson are the prey, a beautiful British couple working on their relationship while on holiday in Venice; Christopher Walken and Helen Mirren are the hunters who draw them into the sinister web of their opulent, old-world palazzo. What plays out is an unsettling, sadomasochistic seduction imbued with an atmosphere of sumptuous dread by the elegantly gliding tracking shots of cinematographer Dante Spinotti, lush score by Angelo Badalamenti, and carefully controlled direction of Paul Schrader, who choreographs a mesmerizing pas de quatre of sustained erotic and emotional tension.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Dante Spinotti, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with Spinotti, director Paul Schrader, actor Christopher Walken, and editor Bill Pankow; interviews from 1981 and 2001 with novelist Ian McEwan and actor Natasha Richardson; trailers; an essay by critic Maitland McDonagh. (The Criterion Collection).
(2020) Five-part documentary series that explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions. From plane accidents and bombings during the making of "The Omen," to the rumored use of real human skeletons on the set of "Poltergeist," to targic events associated with "The Exorcist," "The Crow" and "Twilight Zone: The Movie." These stories are legendary amongst film fans and filmmakers alike. Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances? Stars Phil Nobile Jr. (Fangoria editor-in-chief), Linda Blair ("The Exorcist"), Kane Hodder ("Friday the 13th" franchise), Michael Berryman ("The Hills Have Eyes"), Mitch Horowitz ("As a Man Thinketh"), Ryan Turek (VP of development, Blumhouse Pictures), Richard Donner ("The Omen") and Gary Sherman ("Poltergeist III").< B>Formats: DVD, VOD, Blu-ray, Digital. (RLJE Films).
A Dog’s Courage
(2018 -- South Korea) Jacob, a feisty, playful dog abandoned by his owners joins a pack of strays and comes to terms with his unwanted and abrupt freedom in this new animated adventure. With his new friends in tow, Ralph heads north and finds the perfect place of safety and peace -- the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. In both the original Korean language and an all-new English dub. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2020) Dayo Okeniyi, James Cromwell, Kat Graham, Naturi Naughton, Mykelti Williamson, Ben Robson, Bruce Dern. A captivating and emotional story of courage, the film is based on the iconic American freedom fighter and legend Shields “Emperor” Green (Okeniyi), a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave. The film tells the astonishing tale of Green’s escape from slavery as he fights his way north, joining the daring raid on Harper’s Ferry, the key battle of the abolitionist movement that helped spark the beginning of the Civil War and alter the course of American history. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
Escape: Puzzle of Fear
(2020) Tommy Nash, Aubrey Reynolds, Omar Gooding, Naina Michaud, Nicholas Turturro, Sara Stretton. Hot-shot Hollywood agent Matthew Blake has a dark past. He thinks that he is on his way to a double date with his oldest friend to a new Escape Room in Los Angeles. When the couples are locked into the Escape Room, Matthew quickly finds himself at the center of a revenge plot meant to right the wrongs of his past, with deadly results. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
Gamera: The Complete Collection Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset
Limited collectors' edition packaging, housed in a large-format rigid box, fully illustrated by Matt Frank; case bound, fully-illustrated disc book containing eight Blu-ray discs; High Definition (1080p) versions of all 12 films ("Gamera the Giant Monster," "Gamera vs. Barugon," "Gamera vs. Gyaos," "Gamera vs. Viras," "Gamera vs. Guiron," "Gamera vs. Jiger," "Gamera vs. Zigra," "Gamera Super Monster," "Gamera the Guardian of the Universe," "Gamera 2: Attack of Legion," "Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris," "Gamera the Brave"), with lossless original Japanese audio and a complete collection of English dub tracks, including classic American International dubs on the Showa-era films remastered from original MGM elements; hardback 130-page comic book including a full-color reprint of the four-issue Gamera comic series originally released by Dark Horse Comics in 1996, and the first-ever English-language printing of the prequel comic The Last Hope by Matt Frank and Joshua Bugosh; perfect-bound 80-page book including a new retrospective on the series by Patrick Macias, an archive interview with Noriaki Yuasa by David Milner, kaiju X-ray illustrations by Jolyon Yates, Fangoria set reports on the Heisei trilogy by Norman England, a viewers' guide to the English-dubbed versions of the films; double-sided four-panel poster of "Gamera's Map of Japan" in both Japanese and English; collectors' artcards for each film, featuring new artwork by Matt Frank. Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) Alice Lowe, Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, Jo Hartley. Blood-soaked comedy in which Ruth’s misanthropic unborn baby speaks to her from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(1992) Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair Duncan, Michael J. Pollard, Pete Postlethwaite. In the year 2008, the cops are better armed than before, but nothing has prepared them for this. Swift, sharp-clawed and deadly, something moves among them on the streets, in the alleyways, on the rooftops, tearing out human hearts and devouring them. Maverick cop "Harley" Stone (Hauer) lost his partner to the beast, and now it looks like his girlfriend Michelle (Cattrall) is next on the killer's list. Even in the future, there aren't guns big enough to stop the creature's deadly force, but Stone has no choice. Teamed with rookie detective Durkin (Duncan), Stone must stalk the edge of his own sanity if he is to destroy the rampaging Evil on the outside and banish the very real demons within. High Definition (1080p) presentation in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, newly scanned, restored and color graded in 4K from the 35MM internegative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by action film historian Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne Venema; new "Great Big Bloody Guns!": Producer Laura Gregory & actor Alastair (Neil) Duncan on "Split Second"; new "Call Me Mr. Snips!" interview with composer Stephen W. Parsons; new "Stay In Line!" interview with line producer Laurie Borg; new "More Blood!" interview with creature effects designer Cliff Wallace; new "Shoot Everything!" interview with cinematographer Clive Tickner; original 1992 "Making of" featurette that includes interviews with stars Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair (Neil) Duncan, Michael J. Pollard, writer Gary Scott Thompson and more; original 1992 behind the scenes featurette with effects creator Stephen Norrington, cast and crew; "Split Second" Japanese cut, full frame with burnt-in Japanese subtitles; deleted scenes from the Japanese cut (English, burnt-in Japanese subtitles); seven promotional TV clips; U.S. VHS home video promo; theatrical trailer; MVD Exclusive: Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Dude Designs created exclusively for this release; collectible mini-poster featuring original VHS style artwork. (MVD Rewind Collection).
S.W.A.T. Season 3
(2019-20) Five-disc set with all 21 episodes. Follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. sergeant and his team of highly-trained men and women as they solve crimes in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Shemar Moore) has everything it takes to be an excellent leader and bridge the divide between his two worlds. With Hondo leading the charge, his team of dedicated men and women bravely put themselves at risk to protect their community and save lives. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel. (Sony).
Town Bloody Hall
(1979) On April 30, 1971, a standing-room-only crowd of New York's intellectual elite packed the city's Town Hall theater to see Norman Mailer -- fresh from the controversy over his essay "The Prisoner of Sex" and the backlash it received from leaders of the women's movement -- tangle with a panel of four prominent female thinkers and activists: Jacqueline Ceballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling. Part intellectual death match, part three-ring circus, the proceedings were captured with crackling, fly-on-the-wall immediacy by the documentary great D. A. Pennebaker and a small crew, with Chris Hegedus later condensing the three-and-a-half-hour affair into this briskly entertaining snapshot of a singular cultural moment. Heady, heated, and hilarious, "Town Bloody Hall" is a dazzling display of feminist firepower courtesy of some of the most influential figures of the era, with Mailer plainly relishing his role as the pugnacious rabble-rouser and literary lion at the center of it all.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Chris Hegedus, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Hegedus; audio commentary from 2004 featuring Hegedus and author Germaine Greer; footage from a 2004 celebration of the film, which brought together participants Greer, Jacqueline Ceballos, and Jill Johnston and directors Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker; appearance from 1971 on "The Dick Cavett Show" by Mailer, promoting his book "The Prisoner of Sex"; archival interviews with Greer and Mailer; an essay by film critic Melissa Anderson. (The Criterion Collection).
Deluxe box set includes the latest film by the great Chilean French artist/filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, "Psychomagic, A Healing Art," as well as "Fando y Lis," "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" restored in 4K on Blu-ray, along with new bonus features and CD soundtracks of the latter two titles.
At the age of 91, Jodorowsky is as relevant as he's ever been. In addition to completing "Psychomagic, A Healing Art," he supervised the color correction of the 4K restorations of his essential films using the original 35mm elements, with stunning and vibrant results.
"Psychomagic, A Healing Art" is an intimate exploration of the visionary director's theory of trauma therapy. Jodorowsky's unique concept of healing uses performance art as a vehicle to counter deep, debilitating psychic suffering with literal "acts of confrontation" in real world applications. Drawing from a life-long study of philosophy, psychology, ethnology, and world religions, from Freud to Shamans, from Kabbalah to Gurdjieff and everything in between, Jodorowsky works directly with people in pain who are eager to face, resolve and transcend their personal dilemmas through the use of radical performative art therapy. His healing concepts extend beyond the individual to the global, offering humanity a collective catharsis to a higher consciousness. “The world is ill, we need to make therapy pictures,” said Jodorowsky of his work. “If art is not a medicine for society, it's a poison.”
The cult classic "El Topo" is presented in 1:33 aspect ratio as it was shown in theaters in 1970. It is also available for the first time in 1.85:1 widescreen. Jodorowsky originally envisioned the film with this aspect ratio as an homage to Sergio Leone, and a half century later, that dream has finally been fulfilled. "El Topo" was followed with "The Holy Mountain," which firmly established Jodorowsky as an auteur of Surrealist Cinema and sparked controversy at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival due to its sacrilegious imagery. The mythical, mystical masterpiece follows an elite group of thieves who embark on a spiritual journey to displace the immortal Gods who secretly rule the universe. Jodorowsky's first feature, "Fando y Lis," is a brutal and scathing examination of destructive co-dependence between two lovers conflicted by anguish and the demands they put on one another. Its grotesque and salacious imagery caused a riot at the 1967 premiere in Acapulco, which he narrowly escaped after having his life threatened. The set also contains the 1957 short film "Le Cravate," a mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story about a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads. The box set features a book with photos and essays as well as newly filmed interviews with Jodorowsky and his long time personal assistant Pablo Leder. Jodorowsky's son Brontis, who made his acting debut as the young boy in "El Topo," is also interviewed. In addition, there are new introductions by Columbia University professor Richard Peña, a mini-documentary "A to Z of The Holy Mountain," narrated by Jodorowsky biographer Ben Cobb, and CD soundtracks for "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain." Formats: Blu-ray. (ABKCO Films).
(1987 -- Italy) Jared Martin, Lara Lamberti, Ulli Reinthaler. For his final horror hit of the ‘80s, writer-director Lucio Fulci combined elements of "Carrie," "Phenomena" and "Suspiria" with the grisly surrealism of his own past classics for one last shocker. When a bullied student at a New England girl's school becomes comatose after a prank gone wrong, her tormenters suffer graphic telepathic punishment that includes the infamous "death by snails" scene. Scanned in 4k from the original negative for the first time ever in America.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of "Splintered Visions - Lucio Fulci & His Films" and Mondo-Digital.com's Nathaniel Thompson; "Writing Nightmares" interview with screenwriter Giorgio Mariuzzo; "Italian Aenigm: Appraising Late Day Fulci" featurette; trailer. (Severin Films).
All I Desire
(1953) From Douglas Sirk, the legendary director of "Magnificent Obsession," "All That Heaven Allows" and "Imitation of Life," comes this classic melodrama starring screen legend Barbara Stanwyck as a stage actress who returns to the small town and family she once abandoned. Ten years ago, a turn-of-the-century scandal forced Naomi Murdoch (Stanwyck) to desert her husband (Richard Carlson) and their children for a stage career. Now, returning to their small Wisconsin town to see her daughter in a play, she has hopes of reconciliation. Her husband, a high school principal, is involved with one of his teachers (Maureen O’Sullivan) and her children have mixed feelings about her. After an unexpected turn of events leads to another scandal, Naomi’s hopes of starting over are suddenly in jeopardy.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Imogen Sara Smith, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
The Beast Must Die
(1974 -- UK) Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Michael Gambon. A ‘70s whodunit like no other. An eccentric millionaire has invited a group of eight colleagues to his island estate to hunt the deadliest game of all -- one of the guests is a werewolf, and will be stalked and slaughtered for sport. But who is the lycanthrope, and do they have a shocking plan of their own? Fully restored from a brand new 4k scan. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with director Paul Annett and filmmaker Jonathan Sothcott; "And Then There Were Werewolves" audio essay by horror historian Troy Howarth; "Directing the Beast" archival interview with director Paul Annett audio interview excerpt of Milton Subotsky on "The Beast Must Die" interviewed by Philip Nutman; audio interview with producer Max J Rosenberg – interviewed by Sothcott; original theatrical trailer with optional commentary by genre scholars Kim Newman and David Flint. (Severin Films).
(1983 -- France/Belgium/Spain) Muriel Montossé, Antonio Mayans, Antônio do Cabo, Olivier Mathot. Cecilia, a haughty aristocrat who enjoys taunting her servants with her flawless physique, finds her life turned upside down when she is violated by the victims of her vicious games. This eye-opening experience leads the newly enlightened libertine into a sordid series of swingin' socialite soirees, mind-bending bohemian happenings, and brazen backwoods orgies. But when her loving husband also embraces this omnisexual lifestyle, and her amorous antics arouse violence in her sadistic suitors, can Cecilia escape the cruel consequences of her own erotic excess? Also known as "Sexual Aberrations of a Housewife." New restoration from the uncut and uncensored original negative; the Blu-ray features Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Aberraciones Sexuales De Una Mujer Casada, director Jess Franco's rare original cut in Spanish with English subtitles; "Sexual Aberrations of Cecilia" interview with Franco; "Amoral Fantasies" interview with Stephen Thrower, author of "Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco"; "Franco-Philes: Musings on Madrid's B-Movie Maverick" feature-length documentary examining the career of Jess Franco; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Blue Underground).
Deep Blue Sea 3
(2020) Tania Raymonde, Nathaniel Buzolic, Emerson Brooks, Bren Foster, Reina Aoi. Second sequel in the franchise. Emma Collins, an eminent marine biologist, and her crew have set up a mid-ocean laboratory over a sunken island town in the ocean where they are observing the first known Great White mating area. Unfortunately, the enhanced Bull Sharks that escaped in" Deep Blue Sea 2" are also there with their own evolutionary goal: cross-breeding with the bigger faster Great Whites. The mission’s patron, Richard Lowell, believes that the Bull Sharks contain the key to intelligence enhancement, which he secretly intends to sell for big profits. Now, Emma and her crew are trapped on crumbling stilt houses mere feet over the ocean, caught between predators above and below the water. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Deep Blue Sea 3: Fight to the Death," "Sinking Sets and Sharks: Making Deep Blue Sea 3." (Warner).
(1990 -- Italy) Brett Halsey, Meg Register, Lino Salemme. Nunsploitation shocker. In what fans consider his last great film, Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci returns to the startling imagery and bloody excesses of his ‘70s/‘80s classics for an unholy saga of demonic nuns and supernatural carnage. When a Canadian archeological team begins excavating the ruins of a medieval Sicilian monastery, they unleash the vengeance of a crucified coven of satanic sisters with full-on Fulci fury. Scanned in 4k from the original negative recently discovered in the attic of a Collevecchio convent.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Holy Demons" interview with uncredited co-writer/assistant director Antonio Tentori; "Fulci Lives" interview with Lucio Fulci on the set of "Demonia"; "Of Skulls and Bones" interview with camera operator Sandro Grossi; audio commentary with Stephen Thrower, author of "Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci"; original trailer. (Severin Films).
(1979) Based on the bestseller by Nigel Calder, this acclaimed documentary, narrated by Peter Ustinov -- now remastered and digitally restored -- gives viewers front row seats to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity and much more. At the renowned University of Texas-Austin McDonald Observatory, Ustinov is thoroughly enlightened on Einstein's greatest achievements, especially General Relativity, by a renowned team of scientists. Included are experiments to help understand gravity, warped space, how light responds to gravity, the "Doppler effect" and how radio waves, as used in police radar, are an unbeatable way of measuring speed. From these simpler experiments much larger concepts are drawn, such as the discovery of a Binary Pulsar, the nature of black holes and how they are created, and the ultimate theory of how the universe was formed.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Corinth Films).
The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season
(2019-20) Four-disc set with all 19 episodes. Last season, Team Flash spent the year dealing with not one, but two Cicadas, the return of Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse Flash, and the surprise arrival from the future of Barry and Iris’ daughter, Nora West-Allen, aka XS. The stakes were higher than ever during the season five finale. In season six, Team Flash contends with not one, but two all-new villains -- Bloodwork and Mirror Master.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach - Noir” (Special Episode), “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach - Noir” commentary by showrunner/executive producer Eric Wallace, "The Best of DC TV's Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019, deleted scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds Bonus disc with all five epic episodes of the DC Crossover Event "Crisis on Infinite Earths" from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. (Warner).
Fulci for Fake
(2019 -- Italy) He was known as The Maestro of Splatter and The Godfather of Gore. But who was the real Lucio Fulci? When an actor (Nicola Nocella) agrees to portray the infamous director, he sets out to research the triumphs, tragedies and truths behind Fulci’s life, work, and legacy. Through never-before-seen home movies, rare behind-the-scenes footage from his classic films, audio confessions from Fulci himself, and revealing interviews that include composer Fabio Frizzi, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, a former actor/assistant Michele Soavi and for the first and final time, the dual participation of daughters Antonella and Camilla Fulci, writer-director Simone Scafidi creates an unflinching portrait of one of the most visceral, controversial and immortal horror filmmakers of all time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with director Simone Scafidi; crew interviews; "Camilla Fulci Uncut": The first and only video interview with Lucio Fulci's daughter; "Lucio Fulci & Friends" interview outtakes with Sergio Salvati, Fabio Frizzi, Paolo Malco, Michele Soavi and Enrico Vanzina; "The Eye of the Witness": Biographer Michele Romagnoli recalls his relationship with the director; "Looking For Lucio" rare home movies from Fulci's private life and location scouts, with accompanying commentary by Romagnoli and Fulci; "Lucio Fulci’s Audio Tapes" audio highlights from conversations between Fulci and Romagnoli for the writing of Fulci’s memoir; Zombie Parade at the Venice Film Festival; tailer. (Severin Films).
Gunsmoke: The Complete Movie Collection
Features three Gunsmoke movies starring James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon: In "Return to Dodge" (1987), Will Mannon (Steve Forrest) is released from prison and begins looking for revenge on Dillon and Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) for putting him there. In "The Last Apache" (1990), Dillon responds to a letter from “Mike” Yardner (Michael Learned), an old friend, and discovers his ranch has been raided by Apaches and Mike’s daughter, Beth, has been kidnapped by ‘Wolf’, a rogue Apache. The film follows Dillon as he begins his search and rescue for Beth. Lastly, "To The Last Man" (1994), retired Marshal Matt Dillon finds trouble in regards to rustlers stealing his cattle. Dillion tracks down rustlers in Pleasant Valley, Arizona, where a land-grab war arises. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
One Night in Bangkok
(2020) Kane Kosugi, Mark Dacascos, Julie Condra. A hit man named Kai flies into Bangkok, gets a gun, and orders a cab. He offers a professional female driver big money to be his all-night driver. But when she realizes Kai is committing brutal murders at each stop, it’s too late to walk away. Meanwhile, an offbeat police detective (Kane Kosugi) races to decode the string of slayings before more blood is spilled.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Pat and Mike BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1952) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Aldo Ray, Charles (Bronson) Buchinski. The sun will sneak by a rooster before sports promoter Mike Conovan (Tracy) lets opportunity pass him by. So the first time he sees genteel Pat Pemberton (Hepburn) swing a five-iron, he decides to ink her to a pro contract. “Not much meat on her ,” Mike later says, “but what’s there is cherce.” For this chercest of romantic comedies, George Cukor directs, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin provide the Oscar-nominated screenplay. (Warner Archive).
The Sign of the Cross
(1932) Cecil B. DeMille's classic and turbulent biblical tale starring screen greats Fredric March, Claudette Colbert and Charles Laughton. Ancient Rome comes to life on a grand scale in this spectacular epic. In the year 64 A.D., the corrupt and maniacal Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar (Laughton) torches the city so he can blame the ensuing destruction on the unsuspecting Christians. Meanwhile, Roman Prefect Marcus Superbus (March) falls for an innocent and beautiful Christian maiden, Mercia (Elissa Landi). When the seductive and wicked Empress Poppaea (Colbert) learns that she has a romantic rival for Marcus’s attentions, she conspires with Nero to send all Christians to a chilling death. Filled with some of the most outrageous and breathtaking scenes ever filmed, including the infamous “milk bath,” this pre-Code classic is a dynamic testament to DeMille’s visionary style. The great Karl Struss ("Sunrise") received an Oscar nomination for his stunning cinematography. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Mark A. Vieira, new audio commentary by film historian David Del Valle, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(1999) Daniel Benzali, Louis Mandylor, Lori Loughlin. Benzali stars as Reggie, a pit bull of a car salesman who trains his crew to bilk customers out of as much cash as possible. Bobby DeLuca (Mandylor) gets pressure from his wife (Loughlin) to find a job at the dealership. Owing money to loan sharks and desperate for cash, Bobby reluctantly becomes an expert at screwing over his customers. Things go astray in Reggie’s tightly-run venture when loan sharks call in Bobby’s substantial debts. All-new 4K remaster supervised and approved by writer-director Roger Nygard, with new 5.1 surround sound remix. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Roger Nygard, writer-actor Joe Yannetty, cinematographer Nathan Hope, actor-composer Jimmie Wood and composer JJ Holiday; deleted scenes, raw takes, and the original trailer. Blu-ray adds Bonus double feature presentation of "Six Days In Roswell." (Synapse Films).
Strike Back: Complete Seventh and Final Season
(2019-20) All 10 episodes. The members of a top-secret anti-terrorist organization known as Section 20 work to bring down the deadliest international terrorists in this action-packed series. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner).
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (Collector’s Edition)
(1990) Horror anthology from the clever and creepy minds of Stephen King, Michael McDowell ("Beetlejuice"), George A. Romero and Arthur Conan Doyle. To keep from being eaten by a modern-day witch (Deborah Harry), a young paperboy weaves three twisted stories to distract her. In "Lot 249," a vengeful college student (Steve Buscemi) resuscitates an evil mummy to teach unsuspecting student bodies (Julianne Moore, Christian Slater) a lesson in terror. Then, "The Cat From Hell" is a furry black feline who cannot be killed ... he may have nine lives, but those who cross his path are not so lucky. Finally, in "Lover's Vow," a stone gargoyle comes to life ... to commit murder. In this classic cult favorite, fear comes in threes.
Formats: Blu-ray debut. Extras: New audio commentary with co-producer David R. Kappes; new "Tales Behind the Darkside: The Making of Four Ghoulish Fables," a six-chapter, feature-length documentary; audio commentary with director John Harrison and co-screenwriter George A. Romero; theatrical trailer; TV spots; radio spots; stills gallery; behind-the-scenes gallery; behind-the-scenes footage compilation. (Scream Factory).
There’s Always Tomorrow
(1955) From Douglas Sirk, the legendary director of "Magnificent Obsession," "All That Heaven Allows" and "Imitation of Life," comes this romantic melodrama starring screen legends Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Joan Bennett. Clifford Groves (MacMurray) feels ignored and unappreciated by his wife Marion (Bennett) and his children. While attempting to rekindle the spark between him and his wife, Clifford runs into Norma Miller Vale (Stanwyck), an old flame who is now successful, divorced and seemingly eager to be with him. "There’s Always Tomorrow" features beautiful black-and-white cinematography by the legendary Russell Metty ("Touch of Evil") and an intelligent script by Bernard C. Schoenfeld from a story by Ursula Parrott. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(1934 -- France) In 1934, Jean Renoir stepped off the soundstage and headed to the South of France, where he captured vivid human drama amid the bucolic splendor and everyday social rituals of the countryside. Based on a true story and set in a community of immigrants living, working, and loving on the margins of French society, "Toni" follows the eponymous Italian migrant (Charles Blavette), whose tempestuous affairs with two women -- the faithful Marie (Jenny Hélia) and the flirtatious Josefa (Celia Montalván) -- unleash a wave of tragedy. Making use of nonprofessional actors, on-location shooting, and the resources of the great Marcel Pagnol's Provence studio, Renoir crafts a marvel of poetic feeling that became a precursor to Italian neorealism and a favorite of the directors of the French New Wave.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2006 featuring critics Kent Jones and Phillip Lopate; introduction by director Jean Renoir from 1961; episode of "Cinéastes de notre temps" from 1967 on Renoir, directed by Jacques Rivette and featuring a conversation with actor Charles Blavette about the film; new video essay about the making of "Toni" by film scholar Christopher Faulkner; an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau. (The Criterion Collection).
The Trip to Greece
(2020) Actors Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan travel from Troy to Ithaca following in the footsteps of the Odysseus. When Odysseus left Troy it took him 10 years to get back to his home in Ithaca. Steve and Rob have only six days on their own personal odyssey. On the way they argue about tragedy and comedy, astronomy and biology, myth, history, democracy and the meaning of life. Follows "The Trip," "The Trip to Italy" and "The Trip to Spain."
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Films).
Universal Horror Collection Volume 6
Includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. Boris Karloff stars as a doctor who risks his own life to save the captives of a mad count in "The Black Castle" (1952). Vengeance is sworn against six men who witness a ceremony where beautiful women turn into serpents in "Cult of the Cobra" (1955). In "The Thing That Couldn’t Die" (1958), when a young psychic discovers a box that contains the living head of an executed devil worshiper … heads will roll! A cat witnesses the murder of her owner ... and this cat is hell-bent on revenge in "The Shadow of the Cat" (1961). New 2K scans from a fine grain film element. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries, trailers, featurettes, TV spots, more. (Scream Factory).
Without Love BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1945) Every rental is rented, every sublet is let in crowded wartime Washington, D.C. So Jamie Rowan does her part for the wartime lodging crunch by sharing her home with military inventor Pat Jamieson. There are a few conditions, however. First, for appearances, they must get married. Second, there’s plenty of room for each other ... but no room for love. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn team for the third time. (Warner Archive).
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