From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Best Bet:
Ingrid Bergman appeared in 10 films in her native Sweden before the age of 25, and while that work tends to be overshadowed by her time in Hollywood, it showcases the actor summoning an impressive depth of emotion to deliver astute, passionate performances. Under the guidance of filmmakers including the prolific studio director Gustaf Molander, Bergman embraced a range of roles and worked with some of the most celebrated actors in the Swedish film industry, including Gösta Ekman, Karin Swanström, Victor Sjöström, and Lars Hanson. Comedies, romances, and thrillers, the six fascinating films collected in “Eclipse Series 46: Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years” — including “Intermezzo,” the movie that brought Bergman to America — exhibit the precociously assured talent of a young artist with an illustrious international career ahead of her. The films included here: “The Count of the Old Town” (1935), “Walpurgis Night” (1935), “Intermezzo” (1936), “Dollar” (1938), “A Woman’s Face” (1938) and “June Night” (1940). On DVD from The Criterion Collection.
From TV to Disc:
“Outlander: Season Three” (2017) is a five-disc set with all 13 episodes. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie’s epic time-traveling love story continues. Based upon “Voyager,” the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling “Outlander” series about a British WWII nurse who is mysteriously swept back in time to Scotland in 1743. The third season picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank. Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make lives apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them, and the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago? on DVD, Blu-ray, and with a Limited Edition that features special packaging, including 28 pages of behind-the-scenes photographs. From Sony … “Vice Principals: The Complete Series” (2016-17) is a three-disc set of the comedy series that tells the story of a southern suburban high school and the two people who conspire to run it, the vice principals. Danny McBride and Walton Goggins star as Neal Gamby and Lee Russell, a pair of ambitious administrators wagged in an epic power struggle to become school principal. After the long-time principal steps down to tend to his ailing wife, these bitter antagonists are forced to put their mutual disdain aside to form an unholy alliance in order to sabotage the new appointed principal, Dr. Belinda Brown. From HBO.
Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:
“Gone Are the Days” (2018), starring Tom Berenger, Lance Henriksen, Meg Steedle and Danny Trejo, is a Western saga about a fading gunman’s quest for justice. Seeing his days are growing short, Taylon (Henriksen) rises from his deathbed, puts on his spurs, and hits the trail in search of redemption. He crosses the desert to a gold-rush town, where he finds his estranged daughter working in a brothel. But to earn her freedom, he must confront the town’s vengeful sheriff (Berenger) — who has an old score to settle with Taylon. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Lionsgate … “Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay” (2018) is a feature-length animated film that finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” — Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead — on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, from Warner … In “Braven” (2018), starring Jason Momoa, Garret Dillahunt and Stephen Lang, Joe (Momoa) and his father (Lang) arrive at their remote hunting cabin, hoping for a quiet weekend. What they find is a stash of heroin, hidden in the cabin by drug traffickers. When the criminals suddenly descend upon the cabin, Joe and his father must make a kill-or-be-killed stand for survival. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … The restored version of the giallo film “Enigma Rosso (Red Rings of Fear)” (1978 — Italy), starring Fabio Testi, Christine Kaufmann, Ivan Desny, Jack Taylor and Helga Liné, begins when the brutally violated body of a young woman is dragged from the river. The investigating law officer, Inspector Gianni Di Salvo (Testi), is drawn to dark deeds at an exclusive girls’ school where the beautiful members of a group known as “The Inseparables” are being targeted with sinister letters and murder attempts. Following a clue in the dead girl’s diary, Di Salvo meets an unlikely ally in the form of the victim’s young sister, and as the pair begins to put the pieces together, he realizes that the school’s web of sex and homicide is more tangled then he ever could have imagined. A prime slice of sordid shocks from the golden age of the Italian giallo, “Enigma Rosso” is the final film in a trilogy of schoolgirl thrillers following Massimo Dallamano’s “What Have You Done to Solange?” (1972) and “What Have They Done to Your Daughters?” (1974). And, like all giallo entries, it comes complete with the genre’s requisite plot twists, psychological terror, startling violence and stylized eroticism. From Doppelgänger Releasing/Scorpion Releasing.