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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Jan 302017
 

From the Big Screen:

"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," "Tyler Perry’s BOO! A Madea Halloween," "Gimme Danger," "Masterminds," and "Queen of Katwe." For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week's Highlight:

"Pinocchio" was the second film in the Disney animated canon, made in response to the enormous worldwide success of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Based on the book by Carlo Collodi, the film stars a puppet — brought to life by a fairy — who tries to earn his right to become a real boy, as he faces the challenges and dangers of a dark, hostile world of crooks, villains and monsters. Although the film wasn't a boxoffice photo for Pinocchio Signature Collection
success on its release in 1940, it has gone on to become a Disney evergreen, with re-releases in 1945, 1954, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1984, and 1992, and is now considered to be Walt Disney's greatest achievement and representative of the Disney studio at the peak of its golden age, as well as one of the greatest achievements in animation. Disney has brought the film out of its vault (it was last released in 2009 as a Blu-ray/DVD combo) in this "Pinocchio Signature Collection" available on DVD, in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo, on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). The copious bonus features include "Walt's Story Meetings: Pleasure Island": The Pleasure Island scene in "Pinocchio" had much more development than what is seen in the film. Pixar's Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman explore artwork recently discovered in Disney's animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games that Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen; "In Walt's Words: Pinocchio": Walt Disney discusses the making of "Pinocchio" through archival recordings and interviews; "The Pinocchio Project: When You Wish Upon a Star": Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney's Maker Studios gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film's signature song, "When You Wish Upon a Star," and produce a fresh new music video; "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Poor Papa" recently restored and scored 1927 short that features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit; vintage features from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of "Pinocchio," deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.

From TV to DVD:

"Ballers: The Complete Second Season" (2016) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that looks at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of photo for Ballers: The Complete Second Season former and current football players in sun-soaked Miami. In Season 2, things are getting more competitive and complicated for retired football star turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson). As the lines between professional and personal blur in his pursuit of lasting success and glory, Spencer must face demons from the past when he goes head-to-head with the biggest business manager on the scene. Meanwhile, Spencer's closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing. Returning to help Spencer juggle lucrative deals and big personalities are his outrageous business partner, Joe (Rob Corddry), level-headed agent, Jason (Troy Garity) and girlfriend/sports reporter, Tracy (Arielle Kebbel). On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO.

Buzzin' the 'B's:

There's one new 'B' release this week, followed by a bevy of remastered re-releases. In "Clandestine" (2016), starring Nick DeMatteo, Chris Ryan, Janine Laino, Kate A. McGrath and Tom Sizemore, hard drugs invade the picture-perfect suburbs on Long Island's North Shore and Officer Charles Cooper is faced with a difficult decision: either live a life of denial or acknowledge the new threats forced upon himself and his family. photo forClandestine Navigating the minefield of local political officials and confidential junkie informants, an anti-drug task force must uncover a network of meth cooks and dealers in a situation that's threatening to quickly spiral out of control. From Candy Factory … In "The Black Dragon’s Revenge" (1975), when news of Bruce Lee’s sudden death breaks, an elite martial artist is enlisted to investigate the mysterious circumstances and find Lee’s lost “finger fighting” manual. From the heyday of 1970s “Blaxploitation” and Kung Fu flicks, the film boasts the crude dialog and cut-rate film techniques typical of those genres. Restored in HD from the original 35mm negative. Stars Ron “The Black Dragon” van Clief and Charles “The Latin Panther” Bonet.photo for The Lair of the White Worm On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from The Film Detective … From Scream Factory comes Blu-ray collector's editions of "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1986), starring JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins, Will Sampson, Julian Beck, Zelda Rubinstein; and "Poltergeist III" (1988), starring Nancy Allen,releases feature a new 2k scan of the inter-positive, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks, and come loaded with brand-new bonus features including audio commentaries, interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more … Lionsgate has added two more Blu-ray debut titles to its Vestron Video Collector's Series: "The Lair of the White Worm" (1987), directed by Ken Russell and starring Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe and Catherine Oxenberg. In a remote corner of England's Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker; and "Parents" (1988), starring Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis and Bryan Madorsky. A young boy in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

On the Indie Front:

Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD restoration, "The Watermelon photo for The Watermelon WomanWoman" (1996) is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye, who also directed), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as "The Watermelon Woman." While uncovering the meaning of Fae Richards' life, Cheryl experiences a total upheaval in her personal life. Her love affair with Diana (Guinevere Turner), a beautiful white woman, and her interactions with the gay and black communities, are subject to the comic yet biting criticism of her best friend Tamara (Valerie Walker). Meanwhile, each answer Cheryl discovers about the Watermelon Woman evokes a flurry of new questions about herself and her future. On DVD from First Run Features.

For the Family:

photo for Barbie: Video Game Hero"Barbie: Video Game Hero" (2017) is the latest release in the very successful Barbie DVD franchise. When Barbie magically gets pulled into her favorite video game, she's excited to see she's transformed into a fun roller-skating character. In the game, she meets Cutie, a lovable cloud-shaped friend, and Bella, a roller-skating princess. Together, they soon discover a mischievous emoji is trying to take control of the game and they travel from level to level to save her team and beat the game. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal.

Special Interest:

"Danny Says"(2015) is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. The film follows Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to director of publicity at Elektra Records, to "punk pioneer" and beyond. Danny's taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. From Magnolia Home Entertainment.

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