From the Big Screen:
This Week's Highlights:
Two absorbing — and unusual — works of cinematic art arrive this week. One of Mexico's best-regarded works of political cinema, "Canoa: A Shameful Memory" (1976), reimagines a real-life incident that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel de Canoa, who had been manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were communist revolutionaries. Intercutting footage from a fictional documentary about the village with gruesome scenes of the crime itself, director Felipe Cazals produced a daring commentary on the climate of violence and repression in Mexico during that era, including the military's infamous massacre of demonstrating students in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. With its gritty newsreel style, Canoa is a visceral expression of horror as well as an important historical document. On Blu-ray and DVD, in a new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Felipe Cazals, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … The life of a beautiful, young and pious teenaged girl is thrown into chaos when her parents take in a dashingly handsome lodger in "Story of Sin" (1975 — Poland). Having embarked on a torrid affair with the girl, taking her innocence, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife. Unable to live apart from her beloved, the young woman leaves home only to fall prey to the infatuations and lusts of a band of noble admirers, unsavory criminals and utopian do-gooders. The only feature cult filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk ("The Beast," "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne") made in his native Poland, "Story of Sin" transforms Stefan Zeromski's classic melodrama into a deliriously surrealistic meditation on l'amour fou. It's probably also the least erotic romance of Borowczyk's ouvre. 2K restoration from the original film negative. On Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.
From TV to DVD:
"Drunk History: Season 4" (2016) is a single disc with all 11 episodes. Host Derek Waters is back with a whole season's worth of historical tales told by some of the most captivating (and totally wasted) storytellers around. It's the history they never taught you, narrated by guest stars who never thought they'd drink this much. From Paramount … "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season Two" (2016) is a two-disc set with 13 episodes. As Kimmy continues to learn the ways of New York City, she's got her roommate Titus and socialite Jacqueline by her side to tackle all social matters that are hashbrown: relevant. From Universal … "Z Nation: Season 3" (2016) is a three-disc set with all 14 episodes of one of our favorite series, a tongue-in-check post-zombie-apocalypitic series about a band of survivors traversing what's left of the U.S. to find a vaccine for the living dead. Three years after the devastating ZN1 virus gutted the country, a group of strangers band together to transport the only known survivor of the zombie attack- Murphy — from New York to California. As humanity's last hope to develop a vaccine, Murphy's dark secret could seriously endanger the mission. An epic road trip filled with non-stop thrills, chills, and blood-splattering zombie fun. In Season Three, with Operation Bite Mark in shambles and the group again on the hunt for Murphy (who holds the key to the vaccine), the fate of humanity rests not in the jaws of zombies, but in the rise of a new breed of hybrid "blends." Created and controlled by Murphy, the ever-growing army of blends is hell bent on spreading their message of "No Fear" across the land. With all new horrors like Wolf-Zombies, Electro-Shock Zombies, and the deadly Enders, "Z-Nation: Season 3" has a new mission with even more blood-splattering fun. "Z Nation: Season 1-3 Collection" (2014-16) is a nine-disc set with all 42 episodes to date of the series. From Universal.
Buzzin' the 'B's:
"American Violence" (2017), starring Denise Richards, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Columbus Short, Johnny Messner, Michael Paré, Bruce Dern, Stipe Miocic and Rob Gronkowski, is a thriller that follows one man’s path to execution and the strong-minded doctor brought in to take a deeper look at the violent circumstances that have doomed him. Jackson Shea (Lyman-Mersereau) has lived a life of deceit, brutality and corruption. But when a series of chilling, violent events lands him on Death Row, Dr. Amanda Tyler, a psychologist (Denise Richards) must determine whether his violent behavior is inherent in his soul, or if he is able to be rehabilitated. As the interview commences, and Jack's fate hangs in the balance, Amanda must determine whether or not a stay of execution should be granted. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Cinedigm … In "Solace" (2015), starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell and Abbie Cornish, when FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he enlists the help of a former colleague, Dr. John Clancy (Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. Soon, Clancy realizes that his exceptional intuitive powers are no match for the extraordinary powers of the vicious murderer (Farrell). On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate … "Red Dawn Collector’s Edition" (1984), starring Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton, Ron O’Neal, William Smith, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey and Powers Boothe. From writer-director John Milius comes the tale of what-could-have-been, had the Cold War gone another way. When Communist paratroopers descend on a Colorado high school football field, a group of students wages an all-out guerilla war to save their town — and their country. On Blu-ray Disc from Shout! Factory.