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-- Federico Fellini
Jul 252021
 

From the Big Screen:

A Quiet Place: Part II

photo for A Quit Place: Part II (2021) Following the deadly events at home in “A Quiet Place,” the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path in this thriller written and directed by John Krasinski. Vitals: Director: John Krasinski. Stars: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, John Krasinski, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 97 min., Horror, US box office gross: $150.849 million, worldwide $279.149 million, Paramount. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: “Director’s Diary: Filming With John Krasinski,” “Pulling Back the Curtain,” “Regan’s Journey,” “Surviving the Marina,” “Detectable Disturbance: Visual Effects and Sound Design.” Read more here. 3 stars

This Week’s Best Bets:

In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with “The Bird With the Crystal Plumage” (1970– Italy), a film that redefined the “giallo” genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam photo for The Bird With The Crystal Plumage [UHD Limited Edition]Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall). A staggeringly assured debut, “The Bird With the Crystal Plumage” establishes the key traits that would define Argento’s filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this brand new 4K Ultra HD presentation. On Blu-ray in a UHD Limited Edition from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … photo for In “Brotherhood of the Wolf” (2001 — France), in a rural province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside, savagely killing scores of women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. King Louis sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may bring the beast down. But the true nature of the beast is not what anyone could have anticipated. Director’s extended cut. In a Blu-ray debut from Scream Factory. Read more here … In the mid-1960s, the runaway success of Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy gave rise to an explosion of similar productions as filmmakers by the dozen sought to capitalize on this new, uniquely Italian take on the Western, characterized by their deeply cynical outlook, morally compromised antiheroes and unflinching depictions of savage photo for Vengeance Trails: Four Classic Westerns [Limited Edition]violence. The specially curated selection “Vengeance Trails: Four Classic Westerns [Limited Edition]” gathers together four outstanding examples of the genre from the height of its popularity, all centered around a theme of revenge. In Lucio Fulci’s “Massacre Time” (1966), Franco Nero and George Hilton star as estranged brothers forced to band together against the powerful businessman and his sadistic son who’ve seized control of their hometown. In Maurizio Lucidi’s “My Name is Pecos” (1966), Robert Woods stars as the eponymous Mexican gunslinger, returning to Houston to settle a long-standing score against the racist gang boss who wiped out his entire family. In Massimo Dallamano’s “Bandidos” (1967), Enrico Maria Salerno plays a former top marksman who, years after being maimed by a former protégé, teams up with a fresh apprentice to get his revenge against the man who betrayed him. Finally, in Antonio Margheriti’s “And God Said to Cain” (1970), the inimitable Klaus Kinski stars as a man who has spent the last decade in a prison work camp photo for The Dead Zone Collector’s Editionfor a crime he didn’t commit and who, upon his release, immediately sets out to wreak vengeance on the men who framed him. Featuring a wealth of key Euro cult talent both behind and in front of the camera, these four classic westerns are presented in sparkling high definition restorations, three of them produced specially for this release, alongside a plethora of brand new bonus materials. In a four-disc Blu-ray set from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … In “The Dead Zone” (1983), school teacher Johnny Smith (Chistopher Walken) had a beautiful fiancée, a rewarding career and a fortunate life … until one tragic accident changed everything. After slamming into an 18-wheeler, Johnny is plunged into a five-year coma. When he awakens, he finds his true collision was with destiny – he now has the remarkable gift (or curse) of seeing into the future. From horror master Stephen King and director David Cronenberg, this supernatural thriller turns an everyday guy into a reluctant hero … saving children in danger, helping the police and finding a serial killer. But Johnny’s next vision may be his most terrifying yet. New 4K scan of the original camera negative. In a Blu-ray debut from Scream Factory … photo for Nashville Director Robert Altman’s seminal film “Nashville” (1975) remains an essential classic of 70s cinema with its complexly textured portrayal and critique of America’s obsession with celebrity and power. Newly remastered from a 4K scan of original elements, the film is presented on Blu-ray with a new featurette entitled “24 Tracks: Robert Altman’s Nashville.” The disc also includes a previously released commentary by Altman. Fittingly, “Nashville” is Volume 24 of the Paramount Presents line as the film follows 24 distinct characters with intersecting storylines over five days in the titular city. The phenomenal ensemble cast includes Ned Beatty, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Geraldine Chaplin, Henry Gibson, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Shelley Duvall, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum and Barbara Harris. Formats: Blu-ray. The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-rays come in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of each film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. Each disc also includes access to a digital copy of the film … photo for A Place in the Sun BLU-RAY DEBUT Director George Stevens’ masterwork “A Place in the Sun” (1951) won six Academy Awards and is widely considered one of the finest works of America cinema. Remastered from a 4K film transfer in celebration of its 70th anniversary, the film is presented on Blu-ray with a brand-new Filmmaker Focus featuring film historian Leonard Maltin talking about Stevens and the innovative film techniques he used for this unforgettable story of ambition, passion, and betrayal. The disc also includes previously released bonus content, including commentary by George Stevens, Jr. and Ivan Moffat, retrospective cast and crew interviews, and a segment on George Stevens featuring filmmakers who knew him. Montgomery Clift stars as George Eastman, a young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Shelley Winters is the factory girl whose dark secret threatens Eastman’s professional and romantic prospects. The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-rays come in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of each film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. Each disc also includes access to a digital copy of the film. From Paramount Presents.

From TV to Disc:

“American Gods: Season Three” (2021) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes. In Season Three of “American Gods,” dangerous secrets intensify the inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and the New Gods of technology. When Shadow Moon discovers that his boss, Mr. Wednesday, is not only one of the Old Gods but is also his father, Shadow attempts to break away and find his own path. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow puts down roots in the idyllic, snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — but this small town holds dark and bloody secrets that force him to accept his destiny. Rather than facing a choice between divinity or humanity, Shadow must now decide just what kind of god he wants to be. On DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, from Lionsgate.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

The crazy family comedy “Joey & Ella” (2021), starring Ashton Leigh, Britt Allen and Skip Schwink begins as two bumbling jewel thieves lose the mysterious Mazinski Diamond. The jewel is pocketed by a baby circus kangaroo that escapes to a nearby barn and is found by Ella, a lonely teen who names the critter Joey. But the magical gem causes Joey to grow quickly and gain the power of speech. Soon the thieves, the cops, and Joey’s owners are all hunting for the mischievous roo and the alien crystal. From Lionsgate … photo for Baise-Moi (aka Rape Me) The shocking French thriller “Baise-Moi (aka Rape Me)” (2000) tells the story of two young women who go on a violent spree against a society in which they feel marginalized. One of them, Manu, is brutally raped by a group of savage thugs. The other, Nadine, sells her body but refuses to give up her soul. Chance unites them and together they decide to alter their destinies. Angry at the world, they embark on a twisted, rage-filled road trip, leaving a trail of mischief and dead bodies in their wake. Written and directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi from Despentes’ novel, this raw, explosive film continues to stir controversy with its graphic mix of high-impact violence and explicit sex scenes. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber Studio Classics … Adapted from the prolific author’s books, the “V.C. Andrews’ Landry Family 4-Movie Series” (2021) follows the story of Ruby Landry as she digs deeper into the roots of her mysterious family tree. Raised by her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, Ruby gets caught up in a web of dark secrets and betrayal over the course of four Lifetime Original movies — “Ruby”, “Pearl in the Mist,” “All That Glitters” and “Hidden Jewel” — starring Raechelle Banno, Karina Banno, Naomi Judd, Gil Bellows, Lauralee Bell, and Ty Wood. From Lionsgate … photo for Midnight in the Switchgrass In “Midnight in the Switchgrass” (2021), starring Megan Fox, Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch, Lukas Haas, Colson Baker, Caitlin Carmichael and Sistine Stallone, while in Florida on another case, FBI agents Helter (Willis) and Lombardo (Fox) cross paths with state cop Crawford (Hirsch), who’s investigating a string of female murders that appear to be related. Lombardo and Crawford team up for an undercover sting, but it goes horribly wrong, plunging Lombardo into grave danger and pitting Crawford against a serial killer in a twisted game of cat and mouse. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate. Read more here.

On the Indie Front:

In “Welcome Matt” (2021), starring Tahj Mowry, Deon Cole and Jazsmin Lewis, Matt, a well known writer and director, suffers a traumatic experience that leads to him being deathly afraid to go outside … so he decides to write, direct, and star in a feature film, all from his apartment. From Gravitas Ventures … In “Women” (2021), starring Anna Marie Dobbins, Anna Maiche and Denise Gossett, a small town detective while investigating the disappearance of a local woman comes across an unassuming sociology professor who lives a double life. From Gravitas Ventures.

Foreign Films:

“Wet Season” (2019 — Singapore/Taiwan), starring Yann Yann Yeo, Jia Ler Koh, Christopher Ming-Shun Lee and Shi Bin Yang, was Singapore’s official submission to the 93rd Academy Awards. Ling is a Chinese language teacher at a high school in Singapore. Her life is fraying as she struggles with a subject her students are disinterested in, a distant husband at home, the care of her elderly father-in-law, and her fight to conceive a child, all in a country that’s not her own. But when she orders extra lessons for her student Wei Lun, the two become close and Ling finds a new way to reaffirm her identity as a woman. From Strand Releasing.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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Jul 182021
 

From the Big Screen:

Spiral (From the Book of Saw)

photo for Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game. Vitals: Director: Darren Lynn Bousman. Stars: Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisol Nichols, Dan Petronijevic, Richard Zeppieri, Patrick McManus, Ali Johnson, Zoie Palmer. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Horror, US box office gross: $22.746 million, worldwide $36.536 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio Commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman, co-screenwriter Josh Stolberg, and composer Charlie Clouser; audio commentary with producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg; “The Consequences of Your Actions: Creating Spiral”; “Drawing Inspiration: Illustrated Trap Breakdowns”; “Decoding the Marketing Spiral”; theatrical teaser; trailer; theatrical trailer. Read more here. 2 stars

This Week’s Best Bets:

The bright sun of the French Riviera is deceptive in “La piscine” (1969 — France), a languorously alluring exercise in slow-burn suspense from thriller specialist Jacques Deray photo for La piscine and legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. Ten years after their breakup, one of European cinema’s most iconic real-life couples, Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, reunited for this film, bringing a palpable erotic chemistry to their performances as the bronzed and beautiful vacationers whose blissed-out summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur is interrupted by the arrival of an old acquaintance (Maurice Ronet) and his eighteen-year-old daughter (Jane Birkin) —- unleashing a gathering tidal wave of sexual tension, jealousy, and sudden violence. A paragon of 1960s modernist cool thanks to effortlessly chic clothes and a loungy Michel Legrand score, “La piscine” dives deep to reveal sinister undercurrents roiling beneath its seductive surfaces. On DVD, in a Blu-ray debut, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection … “Flight to Mars” (1951) blasted into theaters at the dawn of the 1950s science-fiction boom from legendary producer Walter Mirisch (“Some Like It Hot,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “West Side Story,” “The Great Escape”, “The Pink Panther”). Filmed in gorgeous Cinecolor with special effects ahead of its time, the film arrives as a special edition DVD and Blu-ray. Starring Marguerite Chapman and Cameron Mitchell, the film follows five Earthlings who land a successful space expedition on Mars, where they encounter seemingly welcoming Martians. To their surprise, the Martians fear they have depleted the key mineral used to power their life support systems and are determined to get off the red planet by any means necessary, including stealing the Earthlings’ ship and invading Earth. Restored via a 4K transfer sourced from the original 35mm Cinecolor separation negatives. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cinedigm/The Film Detective … Kino Lorber has three classic films due for release this week: “Thunderbolt” (1929), from Josef von Sternberg, the legendary director of “The Blue Angel,” “Morocco” and “Blonde Venus,” comes this Pre-Code proto-noir that mixes electrifying photo for Flight to Mars thrills with torrid romance. Condemned gangster Thunderbolt Jim Lang (George Bancroft) plots revenge on the young man (Richard Arlen) who stole his girlfriend (Fay Wray) and landed next to him on death row. Featuring script work by Charles Furthman (“Underworld”) and Jules Furthman (“The Big Sleep”) with Hollywood greats Herman J. Mankiewicz (“Citizen Kane”) and Joseph L. Mankiewicz (“All About Eve”), “Thunderbolt” is an emotional drama renowned for its pioneering use of early sound technology, expressionistic visuals and bold blending of genres. On DVD, Blu-ray … “Whirlpool of Fate” (1925) is Jean Renoir’s debut feature, a lyrical tale of the tragic life of an orphan girl. An independent feature shot on family friend Paul Cézanne’s property, La Nicotiere, it is a dreamy episodic melodrama that follows the poor girl as she endures the loss of her father, the abuse of her alcoholic uncle, and a perilous fall down a well that erases her memory and triggers surreal dreams. Presented in a beautiful new 4K restoration,” on Blu-ray … “Nana” (1926) is Renoir’s second feature, and one of his most ambitious productions, presented here in a new 4K restoration. It is an elaborately mounted adaptation of Émile Zola’s novel that tracks the doomed romances of its title character — an actress who would go on to be the most notorious courtesan of her era. When her father dies, a young girl is sent to live with her uncle. Mistreated, she runs away to lead a vagabond’s life in the forest. When she is found, she becomes Nana, a fashionable actress of loose morals, becoming first the mistress of a count, and then of the Emperor’s chamberlain. On Blu-ray.

From TV to Disc:

“Code 3: LA Sheriff’s Case Files” (1957) is a three-disc set with 39 episodes. In 1957, Hal Roach Studios and producer Ben Fox brought the fast paced police drama “Code 3” to television. It starred Richard Travis as Sheriff George Barrett of the Los Angeles County Police Department with Denver Pyle as Sgt. Murchison and Fredd Wayne as Sgt. Bill Hollis. Like its sister series “Dragnet,” “Code 3” featured true crime cases — this time from the files of the search & rescue branch of the Los Angeles Police Department — always “changing the names to protect the innocent.” At the end of most of the broadcasts, the real-life Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Eugene W. Biscailuz, made an appearance to recap that night’s adventure. From MPI Media Group … “Gangs of London: Season 1 “ (2020) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes. The series tells the story of London being torn apart by the turbulent power photo for Code 3: LA Sheriff's Case Filesstruggles of its international gangs and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family is assassinated. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … “Shameless: The Eleventh and Final Season” (2020-21) is a three-disc set with all 12 episodes. The final season finds the Gallaghers at a crossroads…and they aren’t leaving without a fight. As Frank confronts his own mortality, Lip struggles with the prospect of becoming the family patriarch. Newlyweds Ian and Mickey figure out their committed relationship, while Deb embraces her individuality and single motherhood. Lastly, Carl finds an unlikely new career in law enforcement, while Kevin and Veronica struggle to keep the Alibi profitable during a pandemic. From Warner … “The Spanish Princess Part 2” (2020) is a two-disc set with all eight episodes. Drawn from the best-selling novels “The King’s Curse” and “The Constant Princess” written by Philippa Gregory. The story of Queen Catherine and King Henry VIII continues in this conclusion to the dramatic miniseries. Beloved by their people and presiding over the most glamorous court in Europe, Catherine and Henry see photo for Star Trek: Discovery - Season Three their relationship tested as Catherine prepares to give birth to an heir, and England wars with France. From Lionsgate … “Star Trek: Discovery – Season Three” (2020-21) is a four-disc set with all 13 episodes. After following Commander Burnham into a wormhole in the second season finale, season three finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery landing in an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must work together to restore hope to the Federation. On DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, from CBS/Paramount … “The Walking Dead” Season Ten” (2019-2021) is a six-disc set with all 22 episodes. Winter has turned to spring, and the collected communities are grudgingly respecting the new borders imposed upon them by the ever-brutal Alpha. But having organized themselves into a militia-style fighting force, the survivors are keenly aware that the Whisperers, and the horde of dead they mingle with, pose a threat unlike any they’ve ever faced. Paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, infighting – all of these will test the group, individually and collectively, with the survival of civilization in a world filled with the walking dead hanging in the balance. Featuring the six additional episodes of the extended 10th season, including Negan’s long-awaited backstory, “Here’s Negan.” On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Gully” (2021), starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jacob Latimore and Charlie Plummer, three teens living in LA, all victims of extreme childhoods, wreak a hedonistic riot across the city over the course of 48 hours, unbound by societal norms. They take us on a rip-roaring ride of drugs and murder across the city. From Paramount … photo for Hydra In “Hydra” (2019 — Japan), starring Masanori Mimoto, Miu and Tasuku Nagase, after retiring as an assassin, Takashi leads a quiet life as a chef at a sushi bar, where he secretly watches over the daughter of a former associate. His peace is short-lived: soon, he is recruited for a final job that he simply can’t refuse. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Well Go USA. Read more here … In “Jakob’s Wife” (2021), starring Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden and Bonnie Aarons, Anne, married to a small-town minister, feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with “The Master,” she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … photo for Born for Hell In “Born for Hell” (1976), Montreal filmmaker Denis Héroux — future director of “The Uncanny” and Oscar-nominated producer of “Atlantic City” — adapted the true story of Chicago mass murderer Richard Speck to war-torn Belfast, where a disturbed Vietnam vet drifter (Mathieu Carrière of “Malpertuis” and “Bilitis” fame) brutalizes a dorm full of student nurses. Re-edited by its video distributor and released as “Naked Massacre,” Héroux’s harrowing director’s cut has remained unseen in America until now. Debra Berger (“The Inglorious Bastards”), Leonora Fani (“Giallo in Venice”), Christine Boisson (“Emmanuelle”), Ely Galleani (“Baba Yaga”) and Carole Laure (“Sweet Movie”) co-star in this uncompromising and unfathomably grim work of art, scanned in 2K from an uncut 35mm print discovered in The National Archives of Canada. U.S. Blu-ray premiere of the director’s cut. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Severin Films. Read more here … In “Initiation” (2021), starring Jon Huertas, Lochlyn Munro, Isabella Gomez, Froy Gutierrez, Bart Johnson, Yancy Butler and Gattlin Griffith, during a university’s pledge week, the carefree partying turns deadly serious when a star athlete is found impaled in his dorm. The murder ignites a spree of sinister social-media messages,  sweeping the students and police into a race against time to uncover the truth behind the school’s dark secrets … and the horrifying meaning of a recurring symbol: a single exclamation mark. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate. Read more herephoto for Siege From co-directors Paul Donovan and Maura O’Connell (“DEFCON-4”) comes “Siege” (1983), one of the most disturbing — and rarely-seen — Canadian shockers of the 80s, inspired by the actual 42-day Halifax police strike: When a local group of right-wing vigilantes massacres the patrons of a gay bar, the sole survivor seeks refuge in a nearby apartment building whose residents must now defend themselves in a night of hate, terror and bloodshed. Doug Lennox, Tom Nardini, Jack Blum and Keith Knight star in this dark and intense thriller, still uncomfortably relevant 35 years after it was made — released in the U.S. as “Self Defense” — scanned in 2K from the original negative recently discovered in a Nova Scotia archive. The worldwide Blu-ray premiere of both the theatrical & extended versions of the 80s Canuxploitation shocker. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Severin Films. Read more here … Forty years ago, Room 9 of the Johnson/Bedford Inn, located in a remote small town, was the site of a gruesome double murder. In “Room 9” (2021), starring Michael Berryman, Scout Taylor-Compton and Kane Hodder, with the town terrorized once again by a string of bloody ritual killings, a mysterious woman named Star arrives to investigate and suffers bizarre flashbacks related to the inn’s slayings. From Lionsgate. Read more herephoto for Skinned Deep For his 2004 debut as writer-producer-director, Gabe Bartalos created “Skinned Deep” (2004), a demented gift from the B-Movie Gods about a rural clan of psychotic freaks, the killing spree that takes us places and shows us things we’ve never seen before and the final girl that may be their depraved undoing. Warwick Davis and Jason Dugre star — with an appearance by fandom legend Forrest J. Ackerman — in this brutal, bloody forgotten masterpiece, now scanned uncut in 2K from the original negative for the first time ever. Worldwide premiere of the unrated version. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Severin Films. Read more here … In “The Wraith” (1986), starring Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn and Randy Quaid, when four glowing orbs crash into each other over the Arizona desert, they leave in their wake a badass Dodge Turbo Interceptor — and its enigmatic, helmeted driver. The next day, the mysterious Jake (Sheen) appears in the town of Brooks, catching the eye of Keri (Fenn) and the ire of Packard (Cassavetes), the ruthless leader of a gang of street racers. When gang members start losing races — and lives — to the Interceptor, the recent death of Keri’s boyfriend suddenly seems connected to the arrival of Jake, the unbeatable car … and an avenging entity called The Wraith. On Blu-ray from Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate … In photo for Royal Deceit “Royal Deceit” (1994), starring Christian Bale, Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, Kate Beckinsale, Andy Serkis and Tom Wilkinson, a young prince (Bale), after discovering that his father has been murdered, vows to avenge the death and regain the crown. Plotting his revenge, he cleverly bides his time waiting and watching — and hoping — for the precise moment to execute the deadly plan. Written and directed by Gabriel Axel, director of the Academy Award Winning “Babette’s Feast.” On DVD, Blu-ray from Bleiberg Entertainment … In the horror- thriller “32 Malasana Street” (2020 — Spain), starring Begoña Vargas, Iván Marcos, Bea Segura, the Olmedo family decides to leave their village behind for a fresh start in the city and buy an old apartment at 32 Malasana Street photo for Close Range + Savage Dog (Scott Adkins Double Feature) for a suspiciously reasonable price. But soon after they’ve unpacked their bags, they discover something about their new home: they aren’t alone. From RLJE Films … “Close Range + Savage Dog” is a Scott Adkins Double Feature: “Close Range” (2015): After rescuing his kidnapped niece from a powerful drug cartel, Colton MacReady (Scott Adkins) begins a relentless fight to save his family. The cartel has descended upon his secluded ranch with a thirst for revenge. In tow are a corrupt local sheriff and his crew of deputies, ensuring that help won’t be coming any time soon. “Savage Dog” (2017): In Vietnam in 1959, in the worst prison in the land, a European, former-champion boxer Martin Tilman (Scott Adkins) has made a name for himself fighting tournaments, on which wealthy criminals gamble in high stakes events. When Tilman is due for release, he just wants to return home, but the corrupt forces running the jail will do everything in their power to keep him locked down. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Bleiberg Entertainment.

On the Indie Front:

In “Rock Paper Scissors” (2021), starring Vahe Sevani, Bjorn Yearwood, Jenna Aitken, Joey De Marco and Jeremy Dozier, best friends Kelvin and Cheddar, invariably avoiding the constant threat of wedgies, will do anything to stop being losers and start being the cool kids in school. Permanently placed in the friend zone by ladies, bullied on a daily basis by the jocks and dying to be noticed by anyone, they have one final chance: to win the ultra-cutthroat International Tournament of Rock Paper Scissors. From Indican Pictures … photo for An American in Paris “An American in Paris” (2018), starring David Seadon-Young, Haydn Oakley, Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild, is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning film, that tells the impassioned story of love in the “City of Light.” Jerry Mulligan is an American GI struggling as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a romance of art, friendship, and love. Features the original London company. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Liberator Films … “Dream Horse” (2021), starring Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Owen Teale and Peter Davison, is the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town Welsh bartender Jan Vokes (Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream in the hopes he can compete with the racing elites. The group’s investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks with grit and determination and goes on to race in the Welsh Grand National, showing the heart of a true champion. From Bleecker Street/Universal.

Foreign Films:

In “Fire (aka No Escapes; Ogon [original title])” (2020 — Russia), Alexey Sokolov, who commands a team of Aerial Forest Protection Service firefighters, is a tough, decisive man who will fight ruthlessly for every last tree in the forest. His daughter Katya is dating Roman, a rookie firefighter from Moscow, whom Alexey takes along with his battle-tested team to the scene of a forest fire deep in the Russian interior. As the inferno engulfs everything in its path, Alexey will have to learn to rely on Roman, as the firefighters all band together to save a village and its residents from total destruction. Stars Konstantin Khabenskiy, Andrey Smolyakov, Irina Gorbacheva and Victor Dobronravov. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Shout! Factory.

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“The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films” (2014) is a documentary about two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream, photo for The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Directed by Sundance Grand Jury Price nominee Hilla Medalia, this is an up close and personal documentary that examines the complex relationship between two contradictory personalities whose combined force fueled their success and eventual collapse. Featuring interviews with Jean Claude Van Damme, Michael Dudikoff, Eli Roth, Boaz Davidson along with Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus themselves, as well as archive footage of Sylvester Stallone, Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris in the definitive documentary about Cannon Films. On DVD, Blu-ray, from MVD Rewind … In “Women Composers” (2021), when Leipzig pianist Kyra photo for Women Composers Steckeweh realized that her repertoire almost exclusively consisted of music composed by men, she began searching for pieces written by female composers. Her research in archives, libraries, and publishing houses quickly brought to light a variety of remarkable piano pieces that have been buried in history (19th and early 20th centuries) and rarely performed. Steckeweh sees a lot of catching up to do, which is why the focus of her piano recitals and recordings has since shifted to the music of women composers, particularly Mel Bonis, Lili Boulanger and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel. In addition to the in depth examination of the music, Steckeweh, as a pianist and historian, seeks to look behind the notes: How did these women live? What barriers did they have to overcome and how did they manage to cope with the obstacles of their time? From Film Movement.

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