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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Apr 292018
 
WITH EMMY ROSSUM, WILLIAM H. MACY, RONALD COLMAN, MYRNA LOY, LORETTA YOUNG, JOEL MCCREA, MIRIAM HOPKINS, JUDY GARLAND AND THE VOICE OF PHIL LAMARR
SHAMELESS: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON (2017-18) New to Blu-ray
Are the Gallaghers finally on an upswing? Join William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and an incomparable cast for all 12 unabashed, unapologetic episodes. As Season Eight begins, Frank emerges from a drug-induced haze determined to make amends and become a contributing member of society. Fiona strives for independence and discovers the pitfalls of being a successful landlord. Lip faces unexpected sacrifices to maintain his sobriety, while Ian takes up a new cause in his quest to win back Trevor. Debbie hopes welding school will secure a future for her and Franny, as Carl finds creative ways to pay for his tuition after he loses his scholarship. And Kev and V must deal with Svetlana after she tricks them into giving up their bar, turning The Alibi into Putin’s Paradise. Special Features: 2 All-New Featurettes, “My Shameless Sister” and “My Shameless Mentors”; Unaired Scenes. 16×9 Widescreen
STATIC SHOCK: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (2004) New to DVD
Static Shock‘s fourth and final season cements Static’s arrival as an A-list super hero thanks to a Bat-charged flash forward that sees Static (voiced by Phil Lamarr) bounce from the present-era Bruce Wayne Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) to Batman Beyond ‘s Terry McGinnis (voiced by Will Friedle) – and take a glimpse at his own future self. After confronting the future incarnation of Kobra (voiced by Lance Henrickson), Virgil returns to present-day Dakota City where he and Gear (voiced by Jason Marsden) tackle faux Bang Baby wannabe hero She-Bang, as well as assist African hero Anansi and try to take down Static’s idol, Green Lantern (voiced by Phil Lamarr). It all comes to a head when a cure is discovered for the Bang Babies – a cure that threatens also Gear and Static’s abilities too! This collection also includes the Justice League Unlimited two-part episode Once and Future Thing that follows up on elements from Static Shock‘s time-bending season opener.
SAMUEL GOLDWYN CLASSICS
CONDEMNED (1929) New to DVD
A suave, self-centered thief learns to give instead of steal. A fear-fraught shut in finds the courage to brave fate. A cold-blooded killer finds something worth dying for. An all-powerful prison warden discovers how small and weak he is. These fours souls are condemned to be forever transformed within the crucible of Devil’s Island – a French prison in a South American jungle from which where there’s no escape! Michel (Ronald Colman), sent to Devil’s Island for bank robbery where, thanks to his Parisian sophistication, he catches the warden’s (Dudley Digges) attention. While Michel’s bunkmate, the killer Jacques, gets hard labor, Michel gets to serve his time softly as a servant to the warden’s wife (Ann Harding). But when Michel’s labors soon prove to be as hard as Jacques, he plans an escape. Ronald Colman’s performance as Michel, along with his Bulldog Drummond in the same year solidly secured his transition from silent star to talkie A-lister.
THE DEVIL TO PAY (1930) New to DVD
Loveable rogue Willie Hale (Ronald Colman) just frittered away another fortune in British East Africa, so he auctions off his belongings and returns to England. While Lord Leland (Frederick Kerr), Willie’s father, fumes about Willie’s latest failures, Willie buys a dog with his last pounds and rekindles a romance with saucy and actress Mary Crayle (Myrna Loy). Finally returning to the home estate, Willie wins over his father yet again and makes the acquaintance of nouveau riche linoleum heiress Dorothy Hope (Loretta Young). Engaged to a Russian nobleman, Dorothy is besotted by Willie’s freewheeling ways and soon breaks it off for a life of poverty with new man. But there’s one condition – Willie must never see Mary again. This light and airy character romance’s charms are as winning today as they were when freshly minted.
WOMAN CHASES MAN (1937) New to DVD
It’s like father, unlike son in this screwball comedy re-teaming Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea. Ex-millionaire B.J. Nolan (Charles Winninger) has frittered away his fortune on one mad scheme after another while his millionaire son, Kenneth (McCrea), is quite tight with his fortune – unless he’s “tight” on alcohol when he tries to buy everything in sight! Desperate to save his latest project – a low-income housing development – B.J. drafts lady architect Virginia Travis (Hopkins) to help him extract the funding he needs from his frugal son. Kenneth has returned from Europe with a complication or two, a fiancé (Leona Maricle) and her ‘uncle’ (Erik Rhodes), who are both really gold digging grifters. While Virginia gets wise to what’s up with Kenneth’s fiancé, she realizes she has no choice but to “fight firewater with firewater.” While Kenneth ping-pongs between pliable and intractable, Virginia realizes she has fallen for him.
BACK IN PRINT ON BLU-RAY
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944) Back on Blu-ray
The beloved Judy Garland musical classic returns to Blu-ray with the same sparkling 1080p HD presentation and scintillating special features, but now wrapped up in gorgeous period artwork. Judy Garland stars in a timeless tale of family, captured with warmth and emotion by director Vincente Minnelli. The enduring popularity of Meet Me in St. Louis comes from a terrific blend of music, romance and humor with co-stars Margaret O’Brien (awarded a special Oscar® as 1944’s outstanding child actress) and Mary Astor. The film’s memorable original score by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane includes  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song” Special Features: Introduction by Liza Minnelli; Audio Commentary by Garland Biographer John Fricke with Margaret O’Brien, Composer Hugh Martin, Screenwriter Irving Brecher and Barbara Freed-Saltzman; Lux Radio Theater Broadcast (Audio Only); Music Only Audio Track.

 

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