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Oct 182021
 

From the Big Screen:

Old

photo for Old (2021) M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day. Vitals: Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Stars: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Emun Elliott, Kathleen Chalfant, Thomasin McKenzie. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 108 min., Thriller, US box office gross: $40.849 million, worldwide $88.583 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; “Shyamalan Family Business” look at what Night’s two daughters, Ishana and Saleka, contributed to the film; “All The Beach Is a Stage” about shooting a film in a wide-open space; “Nightmares In Paradise” location featurette; “A Family In the Moment” cast featurette. Read more here. 2 stars

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

photo for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) The origins of the iconic G.I. Joe hero, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding). Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Storm Shadow (Andrew Koji), Snake Eyes joins the battle against the terrorist group COBRA. Pushing him to the limits, Snake Eyes will become the ultimate ninja warrior. But, when past secrets are revealed, his honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing everything he has been fighting for. Vitals: Director: Robert Schwentke. Stars: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Iko Uwais. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 121 min., Action, US box office gross: $27.504 million, worldwide $35.204 million, Paramount. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Morning Light: A Weapon with Stories to Tell” featurette about the secrets of Snake Eyes’ legendary sword; deleted scenes; “Enter Snake Eyes” behind-the-scenes featurette; “A Deadly Ensemble” cast featurette; “Arashikage” featurette dives into the elite ninja warrior world of the Arashikage clan. Read more here. 2 stars

The Night House

photo for The Night House (2021) Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep it together – but then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly allure. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, yearning for answers. What she finds are secrets both strange and disturbing – a mystery she’s determined to unravel. Vitals: Director: David Bruckner. Stars: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Evan Jonigkeit. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Horror Thriller, US box office gross: $7.082 million, worldwide $14.586 million, Fox. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. 2 stars

The Protege

photo for The Protege (2021) Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival – is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves even tighter. Vitals: Director: Martin Campbell. Stars: Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Malahide, David Rintoul, Ori Pfeffer, Ray Fearon, Caroline Loncq, Robert Patrick. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Action Suspense, US box office gross: $7.307 million, worldwide $7.900 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Read more here. 3 stars

Joe Bell

photo for Joe Bell (2021) The intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying. Vitals: Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Briton, Gary Sinise. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Drama, US box office gross: $1.369 million, worldwide $1.369 million, Vertical Entertainment. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Read more here. 2 stars

This Week’s Best Bets:

In “Corridor of Mirrors” (1948), starring Edana Romney, Eric Portman, Barbara Mullen and Christopher Lee, Portman plays an artist obsessed with the past. He surrounds himself with Renaissance artwork, infatuated with the notion that he and his lover (Romney) are reincarnations of the lovers in a centuries-old painting. Portman’s delusions have deadly consequences. One of the most unusual British films of the 1940s, “Corridor of Mirrors” incorporates aspects of gothic horror, film noir, melodrama, fantasy, romance and thrillers. The first feature by director Terence Young (“Dr. No,” “Wait Until Dark”), it was heavily influenced by Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” and David Lean’s “Brief Encounter”, and includes the feature film debut of Christopher Lee. In a new digital restoration on DVD and Blu-ray from Cohen Film Collection … photo for Yokai Monsters Collection From the makers of “Daimajin” comes “Yokai Monsters Collection,” a trilogy of terror ripped from the pages of Japanese folklore, with ghosts and monsters from ancient myths and legends brought to life through stunning special effects, alongside an epic, big-budget reboot of the series from a modern-day master of the macabre, now available together on Blu-ray for the first time. In the first film in the trilogy, “100 Monsters” (1968), a greedy slumlord’s attempts to forcefully evict his tenants invite the wrath of the titular spirits when a cleansing ritual is botched, with terrifying results. The second film, “Spook Warfare” (1968) tells the tale of an evil Babylonian vampire inadvertently awakened by treasure hunters, and a brave samurai that teams with the yokai to defeat the bloodthirsty demon. In the final film, “Along With Ghosts” (1969) (released only 12 months after “100 Monsters”), the yokai are roused to defend a young girl on the run from deadly yakuza. Decades later, none other than Takashi Miike (“Audition”) helmed “The Great Yokai War” (2005), a loose remake of “Spook Warfare” that used cutting-edge digital effects to renew the franchise for a new generation. In it, a young boy is given a grave responsibility: to band together with a group of yokai to defend humanity against a vengeful and powerful demon that has sworn retribution against modern-day Japan. Three-disc set with high definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all four films. From Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … photo for Ratcatcher In her breathtaking and assured debut feature “Ratcatcher” (1999), Lynne Ramsay creates a haunting evocation of a troubled Glasgow childhood. Set during Scotland’s national garbage strike of the mid-1970s, “Ratcatcher” explores the experiences of a poor adolescent boy as he struggles to reconcile his dreams and his guilt with the abjection that surrounds him. Utilizing beautiful, elusive imagery, candid performances, and unexpected humor, Ramsay deftly contrasts urban decay with a rich interior landscape of hope and perseverance, resulting in a work at once raw and deeply poetic. On Blu-ray, with a new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Lynne Ramsay and cinematographer Alwin Küchler, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. From The Criterion Collection … Originally released in 1921 at the height of the nation’s appetite for motion pictures, the epic romantic drama “The Sheik” (1921) became a massive sensation, breaking box office records and earning over $1 million during its first year of release. 100 years later, Paramount Pictures celebrates this towering classic of the silent film era with a brand-new Blu-ray release, arriving as part of the Paramount Presents line. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, “The Sheik” was directed by George Melford and stars the legendary Rudolph Valentino as the title character. The role helped propel Valentino into stardom and sealed his status as a Hollywood heartthrob — and the original “Latin Lover” — at the age of 26. Valentino is Ahmed Ben Hassan, a charming Arabian sheik who becomes infatuated with the adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman Lady Diana Mayo, played by Agnes Ayres. When the sheik abducts Lady Diana, the two clash, but ultimately profess their love for one another in this quintessential “desert romance” that effectively capitalized on the popularity of the genre. On Blu-ray + Digital … photo for The Incredible Shrinking Man Existentialism goes pop in “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957), a benchmark of atomic-age science fiction, a superlative adaptation of a novel by the legendary Richard Matheson that has awed and unnerved generations of viewers with the question, What is humanity’s place amid the infinity of the universe? Six months after being exposed to a mysterious radiation cloud, suburban everyman Scott Carey (Grant Williams) finds himself becoming smaller … and smaller … and smaller — until he’s left to fend for himself in a world in which ordinary cats, mousetraps, and spiders pose a mortal threat, all while grappling with a diminishing sense of himself. Directed by the prolific creature-feature impresario Jack Arnold with ingenious optical effects and a transcendent metaphysical ending, “The Incredible Shrinking Man” gazes with wonder and trepidation into the unknowable vastness of the cosmic void. On DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“Smallville: The Complete Series” (2001-11) is a 42-disc set with all 218 episodes along with over 28 hours of bonus features from all 10 incredible seasons. On Blu-ray from Warner … “Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season” (2021) is a three-disc set with extended versions of all 15 episodes. After years of facing super-villains, monsters, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, one of the world’s greatest super heroes (Tyler Hoechlin) and comic books’ most famous journalist (Elizabeth Tulloch) come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever – dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Badland Doves” (2021), starring Jessica Y. Martin, Sandy Penny, Michelle Nuquay and Elizabeth Selby, when masked men burst into the Silva family’s cabin in the Old West, gunning them all down as they sit at their dinner table, their daughter Regina is the only survivor of the grisly attack. Learning how to handle a gun, Regina hits the trail to seek justice, but when she takes a job at a brothel where a prostitute has recently been brutally murdered, she realizes they are seeking the same man, Pete Chalmers. However, the town is run by Pete’s father … and the local sheriff and town leaders are not only refusing to help but protecting him. Along with the madam, Victoria, and the other ladies of the house, Cora and Ekta, these women are out for revenge and they’re up to the fight. From Green Apple Entertainment … photo for Injustice “Injustice” (2021) is a new DC animated movie inspired by the popular game and graphic novel “Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One.” “Injustice” finds an alternate world gone mad – where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes. But when Super Heroes go to war, can the world survive? On Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, from Warner … “Fear PHarm 2” (2021), starring Tiana Tuttle, John Littlefield and Aimee Stolte, picks up where “Fear PHarm” left off. After fighting for her life within a corn field maze and trying to outrun a number of murderous psychos, Melanie (Tuttle) has regained consciousness to discover that she is now being held hostage by the Walker family, so they can continue to harvest her skin for their breakthrough skin care cream. Business is booming for the Walkers and Melanie soon finds that she’s not alone. Dozens of others are being held captive for their skin, as the family has plans to grow the business internationally. With one failed escape attempt under her belt, Melanie must once again fight for the opportunity to survive. From Indican Pictures. Read more herephoto for The Survivalist In “The Survivalist” (2021), starring John Malkovich, Rhys Meyers, Ruby Modine and Jenna Leigh Green, after a viral pandemic decimates the world, a survivalist is forced to take on a group of heavily armed religious fanatics who believe that he is harboring a woman who could be the key to ending the virus and repopulating the world. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Quiver Distribution … If love is in the form of a circle, what lines would you cross to be with your soulmate? In the near-future love story “Needle in a Timestack” (2021), starring Leslie Odom Jr, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto and Jadyn Wong, Nick and Janine (Odom, Jr. and Erivo) live in marital bliss, until Janine’s ex-husband (Bloom) warps time to try to tear them apart using Nick’s college girlfriend (Pinto). As Nick’s memories and reality disappear, he must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto — or let go of — everything he loves. Can love endure in a future where time is fluid, and all of life may be just an illusion? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate. Read more here … In his American feature-film debut “Mad Love” (1935) Peter Lorre turns in one of his creepiest performances as a renowned plastic surgeon whose sadistic obsession with an actress drives him over the edge of sanity. Dr. Gogol (Lorre) is in love with Yvonne Orlac (Francis Drake), an actress whose appearance in a Grand Guignol-like horror theater has mesmerized him. She quits the theater to travel with her concert pianist husband, Stephen (Colin Clive), enraging Gogol. But when Stephen’s hands are crushed in a train accident, Yvonne turns to Gogol as a last resort. Motivated by sadistic intentions, Gogol secretly replaces Stephen’s hands with those of a guillotined murderer, hoping that the operation will send Yvonne rushing into his arms as the murderer’s hands take on a life of their own. In a Blu-ray debut from Warner Archive … photo for Demons & Demons 2 “Demons & Demons 2” (1986) is regarded by horror fans as two of the greatest Italian horror films ever made, Lamberto Bava’s “Demons” films are not only major cinematic nightmare fuel, but also hugely entertaining splatterfests of the highest order. Synapse’s 2013 Blu-rays remain two of their most popular releases, and now they’re bringing these favorites to 4K UHD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new spectacular 4K restorations. In Demons, a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theatre lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon. One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. Can anyone escape this gory orgy of terror? In 1986’s ambitious sequel “Demons 2,” the apocalyptic terror continues. A televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape Hell on Earth. Two versions of the film: the full-length original cut in English and Italian, and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects. On Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, from Synapse Films … The low-budger horror film “Frankenstein’s Daughter” (1958), starring John Ashley, Sandra Knight, Donald Murphy and Sally Todd, finds Dr. Oliver Frank (Murphy) carrying on the legacy of his late grandfather, the notorious Dr. Frankenstein, by building his own hulking beast with the transplanted brain of a beautiful, young woman. Bringing a fresh twist to Frankenstein films, “Frankenstein’s Daughter” takes place in “modern” Los Angeles, where — despite news reports of a female monster menacing the neighborhood — nothing stops the local sun-soaked teenagers from partying poolside. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cinedigm/The Film Detective … “No Man of God” (2021), starring Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino and Robert Patrick, takes yet another look at serial killer Ted Bundy. In 1980 he was sentenced to death by electrocution and in the years that followed, he agreed to disclose the details of his crimes, but only to one man. During the early days of the agency’s criminal profiling unit, FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier met with the incarcerated Ted Bundy in the hopes of understanding the psychology of the serial killer and providing closure for the victim’s families. As Hagmaier delves into Bundy’s dark and twisted mind, a strange and complicated relationship develops that neither man expected. Based on actual transcripts of interviews between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and Bundy. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films.

Foreign Films:

In “Final Set” (2021 — France), starring Alex Lutz, Ana Girardot and Kristin Scott Thomas, middle-aged Thomas (Lutz), once described as a young professional tennis prodigy, never had the career in the game he had hoped for. At 37, he decides to return to the French Open at Rolland Garros, in spite of his declining physical fitness and shattered knee. Although his wife Eve (Girardot) and mother Judith (Scott Thomas) advise him to give up on his photo for Final Set unlikely ambition, Thomas obsessively perseveres. He will have to face his own demons as well as the intense competitive qualifying rounds to reach the tournament and eventually face a young tennis genius who disturbingly reminds him of his younger self. From Film Movement … “The Weasels’ Tale” (2019 — Argentina), starring Graciela Borges, Oscar Martínez, Luis Brandoni and Marcos Mundstock, is the story of a group of four long-time friends … a beautiful actress from cinema’s golden age, an actor in the twilight of his life, a frustrated scriptwriter, and an old director … who will do the impossible to try and preserve the world they have created in an old mansion in the countryside outside Buenos Aires. When faced with the threat of a young couple who could put everything in danger, financial gain, seduction, betrayal, and memories run amok to create the recipe for this delightful game of cat … and weasel. From director Juan José Campanella, who gave us the great “The Secret in Their Eyes” (2009). From Outsider Pictures/Strand Releasing. Read more here.

For the Family:

In “Coppelia” (2021 — Netherlands/Belgium/Germany), starring Michaela DePrince, Daniel Camargo, Vito Mazzeo, Sasha Mukhamedov, Igone de Jongh, Irek Mukhamedov and Darcey Bussell, photo for Coppeliawhen everyone in town falls under the spell of charismatic cosmetic surgeon Doctor Coppelius, feisty Swan must act to save her sweetheart Franz, before his heart is used to spark life into Coppelia – the ‘perfect’ robot-woman the Doctor has created. A modern tale for young and old, told through a unique combination of 2D animation and live action dance. Based on tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the innovative family feature is a twist on a story that was first made into a ballet in 1870, combining enchanting animation and live action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful robotic protégée Coppelia. On Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Shout! Factory.

Special Interest:

“Country Legends: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner & Friends” (2021): The day after Dolly Parton graduated from high school in rural Tennessee, she was off to Nashville and quickly became a giant in country music. As a singer, songwriter and actress, she became one of the world’s most iconic and beloved entertainers. In 1967, Porter Wagoner hired Dolly to sing on his weekly TV show. They worked together for over a decade and enjoyed many hit duets before and after Dolly’s solo career took off with her classics “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You” and others. This special collection features historic performances from The Porter Wagoner Show and the Dolly series spanning 1967-1977 and includes favorite songs not only by Dolly and Porter but other great country artists such as Tom T. Hall, Bobby Bare, Hank Locklin, Freddy Fender, Nat Stuckey, Jack Greene and others, including a special appearance by Dolly’s musical family. From MPI Media Group … “Tiger: Parts One & Two”
(2021) is a two-part HBO documentary illuminating detailing the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner Archive.

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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Oct 102021
 

From the Big Screen:

Free Guy

photo for Free Guy (2021) A bank teller (Ryan Reynolds) who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game decides to become the hero of his own story – one he rewrites himself. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way – before it’s too late. Vitals: Director: Shawn Levy. Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 115 min., Comedy, US box office gross: $58.812 million, worldwide $111.912 million, 20th Century Studios/Disney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Dude vs. Guy” featurette; “Creating Molotovgirl” featurette; “It’s Taika’s World” featurette; “Welcome to Free City” featurette; gag reel; deleted and extended scenes. Read more here. 2 stars

The Green Knight

photo for The Green Knight (2021) Tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom. Vitals: Director: David Lowery. Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan, Ralph Ineson. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 132 min., Action Adventure, US box office gross: $16.951 million, worldwide $17.725 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Copy, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Boldest of Blood and Wildest of Heart: Making The Green Knight,” “Practitioners of Magic: Visual Effects,” “Illuminating Technique: Title Design,” theatrical trailer. Read more here. 3 stars

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

photo for Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) It’s not where you go. It’s what you leave behind. Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. This documentary is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him. Vitals: Director: Morgan Neville. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 119 min., Documentary, US box office gross: $5.249 million, worldwide $5.249 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Read more here. 2 stars

This Week’s Best Bets:

Marking the moment when the gritty gangster sagas of the 1930s began giving way to the romantic fatalism of 1940s film noir, “High Sierra” (1941) also contains the star-making performance of Humphrey Bogart, who, alongside top-billed Ida Lupino, proved his leading-man mettle with his tough yet tender turn as Roy Earle. A career criminal plagued by photo for High Sierra his checkered past, Earle longs for a simpler life, but after getting sprung on parole, he falls in with a band of thieves for one last heist in the Sierra Nevada. Directed with characteristic punch by Raoul Walsh — who makes the most of the vertiginous mountain location — Roy and Lupino’s Marie, a fellow outcast also desperate to escape her past, hurtle inexorably toward an unforgettable cliffside climax and a rendezvous with destiny. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: “Colorado Territory,” director Raoul Walsh’s 1949 western remake of “High Sierra”; new conversation on Walsh between film programmer Dave Kehr and critic Farran Smith Nehme; “The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh,” a 2019 documentary by Marilyn Ann Moss; “Curtains for Roy Earle,” a 2003 featurette on the making of “High Sierra”; “Bogart: Here’s Looking at You, Kid,” a 1997 documentary aired on The South Bank Show; new interview with film and media historian Miriam J. Petty about actor Willie Best; new video essay featuring excerpts from a 1976 American Film Institute interview with “High Sierra” novelist and coscreenwriter W. R. Burnett; radio adaptation of “High Sierra” from 1944; trailers. From The Criterion Collection … After changing the face of science fiction cinema forever with “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” director Ridley Scott turned his visionary eye to the fantasy genre, teaming with writer William Hjortsberg (“Angel Heart”) to create the breathtaking cinematic fairytale “Legend” (1985), with one of the screen’s most astonishingly rendered depictions of photo for Legend [Limited Edition]Evil. In an idyllic, sun-dappled forest, the pure-hearted Jack (Tom Cruise) takes his true love Princess Lili (Mia Sara) to see a pair of unicorns frolicking at the forest’s edge. Little do they know, however, that the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry, in a remarkable make-up designed by “The Thing’s” Rob Bottin) has dispatched his minions to capture the unicorns and sever their horns so that he may plunge the world into everlasting night. After Lili and the unicorns are taken prisoner, Jack must team with a group of forest creatures and descend into Darkness’ subterranean lair to face off against the devilish creature before it is too late. Despite a troubled production in which the elaborate full-size forest set was accidentally incinerated and a lengthy post-production that resulted in multiple versions of the film (with competing music scores by Jerry Goldsmith and Tangerine Dream), Legend has since been restored to Scott’s original cut and embraced by generations of film fans eager to see a master director’s unique vision of a world beyond our imagination. Two-disc set with the original theatrical cut and director’s cut. In a Blu-ray limited edition from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

From TV to Disc:

“Black Lightning: The Fourth and Final Season” (2021) contains all 13 episodes. In the fourth and final season, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) returns as Black Lightning, the superpowered protector of Freeland with the ability to harness electricity. Jefferson isn’t the only one with powers. His older daughter, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) is able to drastically increase her density, giving her invulnerability and super strength. His younger daughter, Jennifer (China Anne McClain), is a fiery teen whose body generates pure electrical energy, giving her the potential to be more powerful than either Anissa or Jefferson. Lynn (Christine Adams), Jefferson’s ex-wife, is an expert in metahuman medicine. Together the Pierce family, along with covert superspy Peter Gambi (James Remar) and the metahuman Painkillerer (Jordan Calloway), faces the challenges of the eroded urban community that is Freeland, including a war between a criminal cartel backed by the infamous gangster Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) and a menacing gang that calls itself The 100. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner Archive … “The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season” (2021) contains all 18 episodes. It’s time photo for Superman: The Complete Animated Series to escape the Mirrorverse, resurrect the Speed Force and make every second count: The Flash is back to protect Central City with his lightning-fast reflexes. After last season’s cliffhanger which saw the brilliant and powerful Eva McCulloch victorious and still-at-large in Central City, Barry Allen/The Flash must regroup in order to stop her and bring back his missing wife. With help from the rest of Team Flash, Barry must defeat Mirror Monarch and reunite with Iris West-Allen. But in doing so, he unleashes two more devastating threats: one that could tear his marriage apart… and another that will lay siege to Central City and change the future forever. On Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray, from Warner … “Superman: The Complete Animated Series” (1996-2000): Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC are celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Superman: The Animated Series” with a fully remastered Blu-ray box set containing six-discs with all 54 episodes. An imaginative, heartfelt look at Superman’s adventures in Metropolis alongside Lois Lane and opposite the villainous likes of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid and more.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

From director Wes Craven comes “Deadly Friend (1986), a terrifying tale of technology gone haywire. A lonely teenage genius, a specialist in brain research, has two best friends: his remarkable robot and a beautiful girl next door. When tragedy strikes both of his friends, he desperately tries to save them by pushing technology beyond its mortal limits into a terrifying new realm. Like a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein, he discovers too late that he has created a rampaging monster. New 2K scan of the interpositive. Stars Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey. In a Blu-ray debut from Scream Factory … In “Survive the Game” (2021), starring Chad Michael Murray, Bruce Willis, Swen Temmel and Sarah Roemer, when cop David (Willis) is injured in a drug bust gone wrong, his partner, Cal photo for Survive the Game(Temmel), pursues the two criminals who shot him to a remote farm owned by troubled vet Eric (Murray). As Cal and Eric plot their defense, more of the gang arrives — along with a wounded David — and, outnumbered, the three heroes must use stealth, smarts, and marksmanship to take down the drug-dealing mob. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate. Read more here … In the sci-fi thriller “The Colony” (2021), from executive producer Roland Emmerich, Earth has been decimated by climate change, pandemics, and war. Years after the ruling elite escaped to another planet, a mission was launched to find out if a return to an uninhabitable Earth were possible. That mission was lost. Now, a lone astronaut in search of answers struggles to survive the hostile planet, and she must ultimately make a choice that will seal the fate of the wasteland’s remaining populace. Stars Nora Arnezeder, Iain Glen, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina and Sope Dirisu. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate. Read more here … When ex-mob boss and cancer sufferer Ben Myers (Richard Dreyfuss) is targeted in a home robbery, he goes on a deadly rampage of vengeance in “Crime Story” (2021). But with his family caught in the cross hairs, Myers must finally face the consequences of his dark past. Co-stars Mira Sorvino. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Paramount … In “Lady Usher” (2021), starring John Tupy, Billie D. Merritt, Allyson Cristofaro and Theresa Santiago, when Roderick learns that his father has taken ill, he tells his fiancé Morgan that he must leave photo for Lady Ushercollege and head to his gothic-style southern home to be with his family. Though he warns her not to come, Morgan is encouraged by her friend Liz to follow Roderick, making a surprise and unannounced trip to be by his side and meet his family. Shocked by her arrival, Roderick is forced to introduce Morgan to everyone – who are all learning about her for the first time – including the family matriarch, Lady Usher, who makes it evidently and venomously clear that she is unwelcome. With a household cursed by madness and unrequited love, Morgan’s arrival spells the beginning of the end as Roderick’s family will stop at nothing to prevent their marriage. From Indican Pictures. Read more here … In the chilling horror film “99.9” (1997 — Spain), Lara (Mario Barranco) is the host of a “psychic phenomena” radio show, whose ex-lover has been found dead in a small Spanish village. When she travels to the location, she discovers that he had been performing experiments to connect with tormented spirits, trapped between worlds. Upon arrival at the abandoned building where he conducted the experiments, she finds something she never expected. The third feature film directed by Agustí Villaronga (“In a Glass Cage,” “Moon Child”) that was made during the 90s wave of Spanish supernatural thrillers. On Blu-ray with a new 2K transfer. From Cult Epics.

On the Indie Front:

In “Sweet Thing” (2021), starring Lana Rockwell, Nico Rockwell, Jabari Watkins, M.L. Josepher, Karyn Parsons and Will Patton, two children in contemporary New Bedford, Massachusetts spend one eventful summer in a beach house with their mother and her boyfriend. photo for sweet-thing-boxBillie, a 15-year-old girl who fantasizes Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother, has to navigate the evolving challenges of her life while she plays mother to her 11-year-old brother, Nico. They meet up with another adolescent, run away from home, and together roam the area free from their parents’ watchful eye. They discover freedom and enchantment among New Bedford’s boats and railway tracks. They fantasize about a life of luxury when they break into a posh home, and are able to carry the taste of affluence into their adventures. The film is an ode to that trying age when young people prepare to take their first step into adulthood. From Film Movement.

Foreign Films:

“Casanova, Last Love” (2019 — France), makes its Blu-ray debut this week. London, 18th century. Casanova, famous for his taste of pleasure and gambling, arrives from Paris, forced into exile. In this city he knows nothing about, the libertine meets on several occasions a young prostitute, Marianne de Charpillon. She attracts him to the point that he starts disregarding all other women. The legendary seducer is ready to do anything to get her, but La Charpillon always escapes under various excuses. She challenges Casanova: “You will only have me if you stop desiring me!” Stars Vincent Lindon, Stacy Martin, Valeria Golino, Julia Roy, Nancy Tate and Anna Cottis. From Cohen Media Group.

Special Interest:

The documentary “Witkin and Witkin” (2019) explores the worlds of identical twins born in 1939, Joel-Peter, a world famous photographer (whose Dali-inspired arrangements are often constructed with cadavers and body arts) and Jerome, a painter and life-long educator (whose work explores political, social photo for Witkin and Witkinand cultural themes). An intensely human film that addresses the philosophy of their practices, their art and personal relationship. A film about perception and growing older, two artists working in different media who shared a childhood but whose lives took very different directions. Filmed over four years, “Witkin and Witkin” documents the changes they experience as time tells its own distinct and disparate narrative. From Indiepix Films … “The Titans That Built America” (2021) is a three-part miniseries that chronicles the evolution and intense rivalries of five post-war giants of industry: Pierre du Pont, Walter Chrysler, J.P. Morgan Jr., Henry Ford, and William Boeing. Out of the ashes of WWI and the Great Depression, a new crop of bold innovators creates new industries — from automobiles and airplanes to buildings and munitions — and rebuilds our nation. After years of competing with each other, these industry titans must unite during World War II to help defeat the world’s greatest enemy. From Lionsgate.

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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Oct 032021
 

From the Big Screen:

Space Jam: A New Legacy

photo for Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Remake of 1996’s “Space Jam,” which combined live-action and animation and paired basketball legend Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes characters against a team of monsters from outer space. In this version, basketball champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny in a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way. Vitals: Director: Malcolm D. Lee . Stars: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Ceyair J Wright, Harper Leigh Alexander, Xosha Roquemore. 2019, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 115 min., Family, US box office gross: $68.075 million, worldwide $144.875 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds four featurettes: “First Quarter: Game On,” “Second Quarter: Teamwork,” “Third Quarter: Out of This World” and “Fourth Quarter: The Looniest.” Read more here. 2 stars

This Week’s Best Bets:

“Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection”: From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. This 4K Uktra HD set showcases four of the most iconic monsters in motion picture history. New Blu-ray photo for Universal Classic Monsters Icons of Horror Collection editions of “Dracula” (1931, 90th Anniversary), “Frankenstein” (1931, 90th Anniversary), “The Invisible Man” (1933) and “The Wolf Man” (1941, 80th Anniversary). Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code. From Universal … The Blu-ray release of “Audrey Hepburn 7-Film Collection” is timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the beloved classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which was originally released on October 5, 1961, this collection sparkles with luminous performances from Hepburn in “My Fair Lady,” “Funny Face,” “Sabrina,” “Roman Holiday,” “Paris When It Sizzles,” “War and Peace,” and, of course, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The new collection also includes access to Digital copies of each film and the hours of bonus content. From Paramount. Read more herephoto for The Power and the Glory “The Power and the Glory” (1961) is adapted from the Graham Greene novel that made the world gasp, about a priest who somehow stumbled onto the road to martyrdom. In the 1930s, a cynical Catholic priest is sent to Mexico to preach in post-revolution Mexico: a cleric who risks his life by continuing to conduct the Catholic Mass in secret after the totalitarian government has outlawed the Catholic Church. In order to confer the Christian sacraments, the priest must have wine but his attempts to obtain wine will call attention to his clandestine activities. Featuring an all-star cast (Laurence Olivier, Julie Harris, George C. Scott, Martin Gabel, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn, Patty Duke) the film was released theatrically in Europe and was nominated for Emmy and DGA awards. The novel was recommended reading by Barack Obama in 2008. Read more herephoto for Onibaba In “Onibaba” (1964 — Japan), deep in the windswept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished older woman and her daughter-in-law murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for the most meager of sustenance. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from battle, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio’s tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals their horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, the chilling folktale Onibaba by Kaneto Shindo conjures a nightmarish vision of humankind’s deepest desires and impulses. On Blu-ray, with restored high-definition transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. From The Criterion Collection. Read more here.

From TV to Disc:

“Clarice: Season One” (2021) is a four-disc set with all 21 episodes. A deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life. From CBS/Paramount … “The Nevers: Season 1 Part 1” (2021) is a two-disc set with all six episodes of the science fiction drama set in Victorian London. In August, 1896, London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people – mostly women – abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular “turns,” all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans.” To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … photo for The Paul Newman Trilogy “The Paul Newman Trilogy” includes three early live TV performances starring Paul Newman … as a college kid, a clothing manufacturer, and a cowardly soldier. Produced by David Susskind for inclusion in various TV anthology series, these shows have not be seen since their original air dates in 1956-57. Featuring all star casts, headed by Paul Newman and starring Jack Lord, Nehemiah Persoff, Sydney Pollack, and Frank Campanella, each episode contains the original commercials and previews of future shows. “Five In Judgment” has two hitch hiking college kids forced to seek shelter from a storm in a small town diner where they’re falsely accused of committing murder. The diner customers and owner terrorize the boys in the belief they committed the murder, only to discover the horrible truth. “The Rag Jungle” has Newman working for his father as a clothing manufacturer. They run up against racketeers demanding protection money; Newman refuses to pay and after his father is attacked, he organizes other manufacturers to stand up against the gangsters. “The Army Game” portrays Newman as a spoiled mama’s boy, a nine-letter man in college and a narcissist who doesn’t want to be in the Army. His efforts to get a discharge anger his friends and barrack mates and it’s not until he’s attacked in the barracks that he’s given his discharge. Formats: DVD, Digital. From David Susskind Archive/MVD Entertainment Group. Read more here“The Stand” (2020-21) is a three-disc set with all nine episodes. Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man. Based on King’s best-selling novel of the same name, CBS All Access’ “The Stand” will close with a new coda written by the famed author himself. Stars James Marsden, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear, Odessa Young. On DVD, Blu-ray., from CBS/Paramount … Fans of Stephen King will be treated to a two-pack Blu-ray and DVD collection of “The Stand” in “The Stand 2-Pack”Composed of all episodes from the 2020 adaptation, the four-disc Blu-ray set and five-disc DVD set will also include all four parts of the six-hour Emmy Award-winning 1994 original miniseries. On DVD, Blu-ray, from CBS/Paramount.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “The Amityville Moon” (2021), starring Cody Renee Cameron, Tuesday Knight and Augie Duke, what if a house of holiness turned out to be a haven of evil? As Alyssa and Karla try to escape from the church home that holds them captive, Karla is slaughtered by a vicious, semi-human creature. After Detective Kimball tracks down Alyssa at a rowdy biker bar, she tells Kimball that women inmates disappear every full moon, and shows him the silver bullets in her gun. Now the two must return to the halfway house to confront the priest and nuns—and the snarling, savage evil—that dwell within. From Lionsgate). Read more here photo for Fried Barry In “Fried Barry” (2020 — South Africa), starring Gary Green, Chanelle de Jager and Brett Williams. Barry is a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as his alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as Barry’s alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films. Read more here … In the coming-of-age tale “Saving Sloane” (2021), starring Taylor Foster, Augustine Frizzell, Gerardo Davila and Bryan Massey, Sloane Emerson struggles to do right, but her high school friends are leading her into trouble. Frustrated, her stepmom sends Sloane to stay with family at a ranch in the country. There, Sloane finds a kindred spirit in Glory, a horse with potential who’s hard to tame. Sloane bonds with Glory, but is horrified to learn that the creature will soon be sold. With time running out, Sloane makes a dangerous decision that could save – or threaten – both herself and Glory. From Lionsgate. Read more here“Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” (2021), starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Isabelle Fuhrman, Thomas Cocquerel and Holland Roden, is the sequel to the 2019 box office hit. Six people unwillingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive. Joining forces with two of the original survivors, they soon discover they’ve all played the game before. On DVD + Digital Code, Blu-ray + Digital Code, from Sony … “Night of the Animated Dead” (2021), with the voices of Josh Duhamel, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis revisits George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic “Night of the Living Dead” in an altogether unprecedented animated presentation. Siblings Barbara and Johnny visit their father’s grave in a remote cemetery in Pennsylvania when they are suddenly set upon by zombies. Barbara flees and takes refuge in an abandoned farmhouse along with stranded motorist Ben and four local survivors found hiding in the cellar. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Warner. Read more here … In photo for Six Minutes to Midnight “Six Minutes to Midnight” (2021), starring Nigel Lindsay, Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, Jim Broadbent, Maria Dragus and Luisa-Céline Gaffron, it’s the summer of 1939, just before the outbreak of WWII, and influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But the authorities believe he is the problem. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Universal … In “The Amazing Mr. X” (1948), starring Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari and Cathy O’Donnell, Bey stars as Alexis, a mystery man who claims to communicate with spirits. Appearing on the beach one night, Alexis easily charms a depressed widow and her sister. The sly Alexis makes a living by separating gullible people from their money, but before this tale is over, he will learn that the living are far more dangerous than the dead. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cinedigm/The Film Detective … “Star Vehicle (aka Bleading Lady)” (2010 — Canada), starring Dan Ellis, Sindy Faraguna and Nathan Durec, is a gruesome and gory horror thriller that follows the downward spiral of movie driver Donald Cardini, a self-professed movie buff with a penchant for explosive violence. When a young and self-absorbed director challenges Don’s authority, murder and mayhem ensues. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Unearthed Films … They say the boy was scared to death. When the death of a child at a boarding school is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it in “The Awakening” (2011), starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton, making its Blu-ray debut this week. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. From Cohen Media Group … In “Night Shift” (1982), starring Henry Winkler, Shelley Long and Michael Keaton, making its Blu-ray debut this week, the world of Wall Street drove Charles Lumley III up the wall. His new job at the New York City Morgue is quieter – until Billy “Blaze” Blazejowski shows up with a cool idea on how to liven things up. Directed by Ron Howard, “Night Shift” is a breakneck farce rife with hysterical ideas thanks to veteran comedy writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. Winkler is low-key Lumley in a delightfully offbeat performance. Long also scores as a hapless happy hooker. But the casting triumph is film-debuting Keaton as Billy Blaze, launching a career rich in comedic and dramatic highlights. From Warner Archive … photo for Elvira’s Haunted Hills “Elvira’s Haunted Hills” (2001) is a camp outing from the iconic horror TV hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. With her voluptuous figure, voluminous black hair and hilarious one-liners, the essence of camp oozes from her pores. The film culls its outrageousness from the classic Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe/Roger Corman films of the early 60s, along with a little “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Fearless Vampire Killers” for good measure. The tale begins in 1851, when Elvira and her maid Zou Zou are en route to perform in the Parisian Revue “Yes I Can Can,” but inadvertently end up at the sinister Lord Vladimere Hellsubus’ medieval castle. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Vladimere’s long-dead wife, Elvira learns of the Hellsubus curse and finds her life in danger. Will she escape the family curse and the evil Vladimere? And can she keep her hands off of the stable hand long enough to save the day? New restoration from a 4K Scan of the original camera negative. On Blu-ray from Scream Factory … In “Witching and Bitching” (2013 — Spain), starring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto and Carolina Bang, when a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages, speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles, as they soon make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside and find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual. On Blu-ray from IFC Midnight.

Foreign Films:

“Spring Blossom” (2021 — France), the charming debut feature from 20-year-old Suzanne Lindon, offers a bold and exploratory twist on a coming-of-age tale. Lindon plays Suzanne, a 16-year-old student daydreaming through a mundane high-school spring. While walking home, she catches sight of a handsome theater actor, Raphaël (Arnaud Valois), similarly lost in his own thoughts. They’re intrigued by each other, and their conversations eventually whisk them into a world of their own, which Lindon brings to life with freewheeling musical numbers and oneiric vignettes. From Kimstim). Read more here.

For the Family:

“Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 3”: After altering the face of cartoon comedy at Warner Bros. with his development of characters such as Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, Avery headed to M-G-M to further his reign of mayhem with the likes of Screwball Squirrel, Red Hot Riding Hood and Droopy. All of Avery’s star characters are featured here: Droopy, as a Mountie, a bullfighter and a Western deputy; Spike, as a hibernating bear’s weary watchdog; Red, as both Cinderella and a frontier cowgirl; and Screwball Squirrel, as – what else? – an escapee of a lunatic asylum. But it’s the stories, premises and gags that are front and center in Avery’s films – and this collection features his absolute best. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner Archive … “Little Vampire” (2021 — France) is an animated family film. Little Vampire has been 10 years old for the last 300 years. Despite living in a haunted house with a merry group of monsters, he is bored to death. His dream? Going to school to meet other kids. Unfortunately, his parents won’t let him leave the mansion, because they believe the outside world is way too dangerous! Accompanied by his trusted bulldog Phantomato, Little Vampire secretly sneaks out on a quest for new friends. He soon meets a human boy, Michael, but their friendship catches the attention of the terrifying Gibbus, an old enemy that has been chasing Little Vampire and his family for centuries. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Shout! Kids). Read more here.

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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Sep 172021
 

“Candyman,” the sequel to the 1992 horror thriller about a murderous soul with a hook for a hand who is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster’s myth, will head home on VOD on September 17 via all the usual suspects (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu, Youtube, Redbox, and a host of cable carriers). Continue reading »

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