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Nov 262021
 
New from Arrow Video US

Giallo Essentials [Yellow Edition]
[Blu-ray] (12/7)

My Stepmother Is An Alien
[Blu-ray] (12/14)

Shawscope Volume One: Limited Edition Box
[Blu-ray] (12/28)

via MVD Entertainment Group
Arrow’s December Lineup Includes Giallo Essentials, Kung Fu Classics, and Out-of-this-World In-Laws

Arrow closes 2021 out with two new must-own box sets and a late eighties sci-fi comedy. The party starts on December 7 with Giallo Essentials [Yellow Edition]. Arrow continues to celebrate Italian cult cinema with three more black-gloved thrillers, all remastered in stunning 2K restorations from the original camera negatives. Set includes Sergio Martino’s Torso, Andrea Bianchi’s Strip Nude for Your Killer, and Massimo Dallamano’s What Have They Done to Your Daughters? The 3-disc set represents the best of what giallo has to offer, from psychosexual disorders to motorcycle-rider killers and everything in between.

On December 14, Arrow takes a more light-hearted approach with the release of Richard Benjamin’s sci-fi/comedy, My Stepmother Is an Alien. Kim Basinger stars as an alien sent to Earth on a secret mission to seduce a single father (Dan Aykroyd) that has accidentally disrupted her planet’s gravity. The film was a box-office bomb and panned by critics upon its initial release but has gained cult status in recent years with fans praising the performances of Basinger and Jon Lovitz. Young future Buffy stars Alyson Hannigan and Seth Green co-star. The Arrow release features a brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and a new interview with Benjamin.

Releasing on December 28 is Shawscope Volume One. This 10-disc mega-box set containing 8 blu-rays and 2 CDs is not only the most anticipated release of the year but is arguably one of the most anticipated releases since Blu-ray first launched as a format in 2006. Shaw Brothers Studios officially originated in 1958 as the successor to the Tianyi Film Company. Under the leadership of Run Run Shaw, the company popularized kung fu films and launched many careers of some of Hong Kong’s biggest stars. The studio’s films have had a lasting impact, going on to influence the likes of Quentin Tarantino and the Wu-Tang Clan. With the release of Shawscope Volume One, Arrow looks to shine a much-deserved light on 12 kung fu classics from the Godfathers of Hong Kong Cinema.

King Boxer, also known as Five Fingers of Death, is the story of two martial arts schools preparing for a big tournament. The film helped launch the kung fu craze in North America, earning praise for director Chang-Wha Chung’s distinct style and fast-paced action.

Boxer from Shantung follows a poverty-stricken fighter (Chen Kuan-tai) that heads to Shanghai with hopes of finding a life of luxury. Instead, he gets caught up in a world of corruption and gang warfare, forcing him to rely on his unique fighting style to survive. A young John Woo served as assistant director.

After the destruction of the Shaolin Temple, five students seek vengeance by mastering their own individual fighting styles in Five Shaolin Masters. Known in some regions as 5 Masters of Death, this bonafide kung fu classic was directed by Chang Cheh and features action choreography from Lau Kar Leung and Lau Kar Wing.

The Shaolin Temple stands as the lone place capable of resisting and defeating the Qing Dynasty. With the Qings determined to exterminate the Shaolin, the temple realizes they must quickly train more fighters in their obscure style in order to protect the ways of the Shaolin.

Looking to capitalize on the 1976 King Kong remake, the Shaw Brothers took a stab at the giant ape genre with The Mighty Peking Man. Hailed by Film School Rejects as “a true work of genius” and awarded three-out-four stars by Roger Ebert for “general goofiness,” The Mighty Peking Man is a one-of-a-kind film certain to thrill all audiences.

In Challenge of the Masters, a young Gordon Liu stars as a teenager that is constantly beaten by students at a rival school. Desperate to be trained by a father that refuses to do so, the teen sets out to learn from his father’s teacher and avenge those that have wronged both him and his school.

Based on the life of Hung Hsi-kuan, Executioners from Shaolin is about a son that must learn both the fighting styles of his father and mother in order to defeat Pai Mei. Executioners from Shaolin was dubbed an “essential old school classic” by Mark Pollard of Kung Fu Cinema and sampled by the Wu-Tang Clan.

Tan Tung (Alexander Fu Sheng), a young street fighter, escapes the murderous violence of Hong Kong by moving to San Francisco in Chinatown Kid. Unfortunately, he becomes tangled up with the local gangs and crosses the feared crime boss, the White Dragon (Kuo Chui).

Chang Cheh’s Five Venoms, also known as Five Deadly Venoms, is one of the most famous kung fu films ever made. A dying martial arts teacher instructs his five last students to track down the previous five and defeat any that are evil. The film’s cultural impact stretches wide, being referenced in Kim’s Convenience, Kill Bill, and by rappers 2Pac and the Wu-Tang Clan.

In Cheh’s Crippled Avengers, four men are brutally injured by martial arts master Chu Twin (Chen Kuan Tai) and his son, Chu Cho Chang (Lu Feng). The four men, now each suffering from a different disability, join forces to train and get revenge on the men that crippled them.

Gordon Liu stars as Chinese kung fu student Ho Tao in Heroes of the East. After an arranged marriage to a Japanese woman, he inadvertently insults her family in an argument over which country has the better martial arts style. To prove himself, Ho must square off with seven of Japan’s top martial artists. Heroes of the East is notable for portraying Japanese martial artists as heroes alongside the more traditional kung fu fighters from the Hong Kong movies of the day.

Unlike most Shaw Brothers’ productions, Dirty Ho trades in the revenge plot and instead delivers the story of a prince posing as a jeweler that hires a thief to protect him from those attempting to assassinate him and take his throne. This martial arts comedy reunites Gordon Liu with The 36th Chamber of Shaolin director, Lau Kar-leung.

This limited-edition set includes hours of bonus content including new and archived interviews, newly commissioned artwork for each film, and a 60-page booklet with writing on the films, including cast and crew info and trivia. This is the first of multiple Shawscope volumes Arrow plans to release in the future.

 Posted by on November 26, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 262021
 

'Bongee Bear' Sings and Dance on VOD Dec. 2

'Bongee Bear' Sings and Dance on VOD Dec. 2

An orphan bear sets out to break a witch’s spell and return the gift of dance to the people of the Kingdom.
Featuring award-winning recognizable voices! ROB PAULSEN (The voice behind many popular animated films: Pinky and the Brain, The Ant Bully, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), RUTH BUZZI (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Freaky Friday), DEBI DERRYBERRY (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Addams Family), JUNE LOCKHART(Lost in Space, The Big Picture), JULIAN SANDS (A Room with a View, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), DANICA MCKELLAR (Cartoon Network’s Young Justice, Where Hope Grows, The Wonder Years), DARYL SABARA (Spy Kids Movies, The Green Inferno), JESS HARNELL (Ironside in Transformers Movies, Toy Story, Cartoon Network Series Animaniacs), JEFF BENNETT (The Lion King, Mulan), BILL FARMER (Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe, Despicable Me), PHIL PROCTOR(Monsters University, Toy Story), TATYANA YASSUKOVICH (Chocolat, Hasbro’s TV Channel TheHub series G.I. Joe: Renegades), RICHARD VAN VLEET (Hercules Saves Christmas, Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure).

LANGUAGE: English

YEAR: 2021

COUNTRY: USA

TRAILER: https://youtu.be/ek1Y2q052yU

SYNOPSIS

In a land known as The Kingdom of Rhythm, a young bear, Bongee, vows to protect the young Princess Katrina with his life. When the evil witch Bandrilla casts a spell on the people of the kingdom, Bongee sets out with the aid of his friend Myrin to break the spell and return singing and dancing to the land, while Bandrilla and her henchmen, Barnabas and Ivan, do all they can to stop them. 

 Posted by on November 26, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 262021
 

Top Three Best Casino Movies of All Time

Involving the Mafia, high-risk taking, incredible settings and a lot of action, it is no surprise that casino related movies tend to be quite popular – who doesn’t love gambling and glamour? We have put together a list of the top three best casino movies of all time, so you don’t have to wonder what movie to watch next.

The most popular casino movies have gained lots of popularity primarily because of their use of dramatic surroundings, criminal masterminds and likeable main characters. The best casino movies often involve a lot of action and entertainment, and typically contain a complex and captivating storyline. Though casino movies mostly have an entertaining output, you might also learn something while watching.

For a lot of people, who haven’t tried playing poker or tried gambling before, gambling can seem quite complex. But you can learn a lot about gambling by watching casino movies. Having said this, there will be a lot of stuff you need to know about gambling, which you can’t learn exclusively by watching movies.

So, if these movies inspire you, and you find yourself wanting to try out online gambling, you can go to https://www.americancasinoguide.com/. Here you’ll find a guide to the best American online casinos.

#1. An All-time Favorite: “Casino Royale” (2006)

Almost everyone interested in casino-related movies knows the movie “Casino Royale.” The movie was released in 2006 and features the British secret agent, James Bond, who sets out to save the world. This is the first movie where the reliable Bond gets played by actor Daniel Craig, who has earned a lot of popularity through his career starring as 007. If you are a fan of the Bond movies, the latest one, “No Time to Die,” just had its premiere and will soon arrive on DVD and Blu-ray.

#2. If You Like to Laugh: “The Hangover” (2009)

The Hangover” is one of the most hilarious and perhaps also the most ridiculous casino movies. This American comedy movie was released in 2009 and centers around the slogan “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” which is quite adequate taking the narrative into perspective. Two days before his wedding, the main character, Doug, along with his three buddies, travel to Las Vegas. But on what was supposed to be one of the most memorable nights of his life, everything goes completely wrong. If you like gambling and laughing a lot, we highly recommend watching “The Hangover” with your friends.

#3. The Classic One: “Casino” (1995)

The movie “Casino” is a good old casino classic, which contributed to making Las Vegas famous. The main character, former criminal Sam Rothstein, is played by Robert De Niro. The American gangster film from 1995 is directed and written by Martin Scorsese, and tells the story of a Mafia boss who lets the gambler, Rothstein, manage his casino, which as you can probably imagine, ends up offering a lot of conflicts, action and drama. You can read more about several other casino movies at https://onvideo.org.

Top Three Best Casino Movies of All Time

 Posted by on November 26, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 242021
 

Own it on Digital 11/30
Own it on Blu-ray & DVD 12/14

 

The Card Counter

General Info

R – for some disturbing violence, graphic nudity, language and brief sexuality.

Drama

111 minutes

Synopsis

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader’s (writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull) The Card Counter is told with Schrader’s trademark cinematic intensity. An ex-military interrogator turned gambler is haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions. Redemption is the long game in this revenge thriller featuring riveting performances from stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, and Tye Sheridan.

Cast

Oscar Isaac
Tiffany Haddish
Tye Sheridan
Willem Dafoe
 Posted by on November 24, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 242021
 

“An astonishingly vivid vision of the future.”

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

Dune 4K 2D.jpg

“Dune”

COMES HOME FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Premium Digital Ownership

Debuts Early on December 3

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Arrive on January 11, 2022

Embark on a mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey when Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on December 3. The critically acclaimed film, which has garnered more than $350 million at the global box office, was directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. “Dune” stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (TV’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” TV’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” TV’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men, “Skyfall”). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on January 11.

The film was produced by Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr., with Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert executive producing.

On December 3, “Dune” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $24.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

  • On January 11, “Dune” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “Dune” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

SYNOPSIS

Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — Spice, a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

“Dune” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features:

  • The Royal Houses
  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape

“Dune” DVD contains the following special features:

The Royal Houses

 

Running Time: 155 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images and suggestive material.

 Posted by on November 24, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 232021
 

WITH OVER TWO HOURS OF NEW CONTENT INCLUDING AN 
ALL-NEW SHORT AND KATIE’S EXTENDED CUT ON KATIE MITCHELL’S SPECIAL EDITION.
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY

SYNOPSIS

An old school father and his plugged-in, filmmaker daughter struggle to relate as their family embarks on a road trip to her new college. Their drive is interrupted by a machine apocalypse that threatens to tear these unlikely heroes apart unless they can find a way to join forces and save humanity.

BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS MATERIALS 

  • Katie’s Cabinet of Forgotten Wonders: Take a rare look inside Katie Mitchell’s filmmaking process as she gives you an exclusive look into how the movie was made.
    • Katie-Vision!
    • Dumb Robots Trailer
    • The Original “Mitchells” Story Pitch
    • The Furby Scene – How? Why?
    • PAL’s World
  • The Mitchells Vs. The Machines: Or How a Group of Passionate Weirdos Made a Big Animated Movie: Go inside the story of The Mitchells vs the Machines and meet a group of first-time filmmakers & talented cast who banded together to take a collective risk on making a unique, original, and totally off-the-wall film about an everyday, epic, world-saving family!
  • How To Make Sock Puppets: Katie Mitchell opens the door to her film school. Learn how to make sock puppets who could be extras in your next short film!
  • How To Make Katie Face Cupcakes: Enjoy making cupcakes only a mother could love.
EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY BONUS MATERIALS

  • Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter: Katie Mitchell is back and creating the most hilarious film of her young career – check out an all-new mini-movie, Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter. In a world where the holidays are being haunted by the Candy Cane Kidnapper, there is only one Dog with the skills to solve the case.
  • Katie’s Extended Cinematic Bonanza Cut! Prepare to witness Katie’s director’s cut, an extended version of the original film with over 40 minutes of deleted scenes.
  • 8 Bonus Scenes: Get more Mitchells with over 20 minutes of Deleted & Extended Scenes.
  • Filmmakers’ commentary
CAST AND CREW

Directed By: Mike Rianda
Co-Director: Jeff Rowe
Written By: Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe
Producers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Kurt Albrecht
Executive Producers: Will Allegra, Louis Koo Tin Lok
Cast: Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre and Olivia Colman

SPECS

Runtime: 109 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG for action and some language
Blu-ray: Feature: 1080p High Definition 1.85:1 | Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD MA
DVD: Feature: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

 Posted by on November 23, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 232021
 

Blu-ray, DVD, & EST Digital
on Tuesday, December 7, 2021

 

SYNOPSIS:                            
With stirring songs of faith, love, and hope, the Jesus Music movement rose from America’s 1960s counterculture to become a worldwide phenomenon. This fascinating documentary reveals Jesus Music’s uplifting, untold story — from its humble beginnings at the Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, through its transformation into the multi million-dollar industry of Christian Contemporary music. Featuring intimate interviews with the genre’s biggest stars — including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, and Kirk Franklin — this love letter to CCM fans reveals the trials and triumphs of the artists who have devoted their lives to sharing their faith through the universal power of music.

Genre: Documentary, Music

Rating: PG-13 for some drug material and thematic elements

Previous Theatrical Release:  Friday, October 1, 2021

Running Time: =109 minutes

Featuring Interviews With: Amy Grant, Kirk Franklin, Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, Bill Gaither, Bill Reeves, Chris Tomlin, Eddie DeGarmo, Glenn Kaiser, Greg Laurie, John Thompson, Kevin Max, Lauren Daigle, LeCrae, Mandisa, Michael Tait, and more

Produced by: Brandon Gregory, Joshua Walsh

Written by:  Jon Erwin

Directed by: The Erwin Brothers  (American Underdog, I Can Only Imagine)

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Title Copyright: The Jesus Music © 2021 Believers, LLC. Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2021 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio
Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Special Features: “Sing Again” Lyrical Video
Digital MSRP: $14.99
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital MSRP: $21.99
DVD MSRP: $19.98

 Posted by on November 23, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 222021
 

POND LIFE

Indican Pictures’ latest coming-of-age film, Pond Life, arrives on DVD and On Demand on December 14. Starring Tom Varey (“Game of Thrones”), Esme Creed-Miles (“Hanna”) and Angus Imrie (The Kid Who Would Be King), watch as the story of a small town is turned upside down by a legendary giant carp.

It’s the summer of 1994 in a world of broken families, cassette tapes, and a down-trodden economy, life is simple but harsh for the local kids of one quiet town. Picked on, ignored, and trying to figure out how to survive, the local teens are looking for anything to change their life. When a rumor stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby ponds, Trevor, 17, decides to lead a rag-tag brigade of friends on a fishing expedition to land the big one! So begins an adventure that starts with fish, but leads to everlasting friendship as they decide to finish the summer with a moment of glory!

TECH SPECS:

Runtime: 93 minutes
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby Sr.
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: Pending
Genre: Drama

 Posted by on November 22, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 222021
 

'Who Is Amos Otis?' Arrives on Digital, VOD Dec. 28

 
SYNOPSIS
After assassinating the President, Amos Otis (Josh Katawick pleads self-defense and must convince the jury that America was not only under attack by its unhinged ruler – but that his actions saved the country and the world. The assassin’s provocative testimony and ingenious defense turns the proceedings upside down and puts our country on trial.

He confronts our political climate head-on while daring the jury to side with a murderer on a suicide mission to save them. No one can tell if he’s a mad man, con man or savior of the world. Not even his attorney (Rico Reid). This searing, mind-bending political thriller is in the spirit of TheTwilight Zone and based on a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play. As one reviewer noted, “If you are wondering how fiction could read like our current reality, this is the story for you.”

'Who Is Amos Otis?' Arrives on Digital, VOD Dec. 28
 
DIRECTOR / WRITER / PRODUCER
 Greg Newberry
 
PRODUCER
Jeff Kraemer 
 
EDITOR
 Mark Cretcher 
 
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
 David Morrison 
 
COMPOSER
 Sean Shafer Hennessy 
STARRING
Josh Katawick, Rico Reid, Michael G. Bath,  A.J. Ford, Christine Brunner, Derek Snow, Christine Jones, Mike Dennis, Donald Volpenhein, Peggy Allen, Denise Dal Vera, Carol Brammer

 

 
GENRE
Independent | Drama | Political | Thriller | SCI-FI
 
RATING 
NR
 
RUNNING TIME
1:44:38 
 Posted by on November 22, 2021 No Responses »
Nov 222021
 

'You Can't Kill Meme' Gets Political on VOD Dec. 7

Utopia is set to release YOU CAN’T KILL MEME, an all new feature documentary that explores the silently powerful world of political meme culture and how it can be used and exploited for political gain, on digital platforms on December 7th, 2021.

A political meme is a purposefully designed visual framing of a position that is created to deliver an inside joke, trigger an emotional reaction and create a sense of belonging. Memes are an entirely new form of political communication and attempts to use them for good and ill are growing rapidly.

'You Can't Kill Meme' Gets Political on VOD Dec. 7

A feature debut by director/cinematographer Hayley Garrigus, YOU CAN’T KILL MEME follows her three-year descent into the anonymous internet underworld to explore the genesis of “memetic magic” and how memes have provided an entirely new way of articulating beliefs. The documentary includes interviews with individuals that post memes online from both sides of the political aisle, as well as with “lightworkers” and author of Memetic Magic: Manipulation of the Root Social Matrix and the Fabric of Reality, R. Kirk Patwood. The film also features interviews with Billy Brujo, Carole Michaella, Sean Bell, Nick Peterson, Mason Inglaessia, “User 666” and “Marianne” among others.

YOU CAN’T KILL MEME was produced by Samuel Gursky and Kerry Mack, with editing by Michael Beuttler and Hayley Garrigus, and original music by Tom Moore and Michael Beuttler.

 Posted by on November 22, 2021 No Responses »