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November 1

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At Close Range

(1986) A teenage farm boy looking for excitement finds himself on a collision course with his smooth-talking gang leader father in this tale based on the story of real-life killer Bruce Johnston. Oscar-winner Sean Penn and Oscar-winner Christopher Walken star in this horrifying saga of an American criminal family. Juvenile delinquent Brad Whitewood, Jr. (Penn) knows about petty theft, but he wants big money - enough to blow the lid off his boring life, enough to get out of town and to find his ol' man (Walken). He wants to be like his dad, a big-time thief, who knows "the business." Seductive and sinister, Brad's father is full of toxic wisdom that makes his illicit life appear eerily sexy. But when Brad witnesses his father deliberately killing someone, he realizes he may not only be in over his head ... he may also lose it for good. Co-stars Candy Clark, Stephen Geoffreys, David Strathairn, Kiefer Sutherland, Christopher Penn, Crispin Glover, Mary Stuart Masterson and Tracey Walter. Formats: Blu-ray. (MVD Rewind Collection).
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Daisies

(1966 -- Czechoslovakia) If the entire world is bad, why shouldn’t we be? Adopting this insolent attitude as their guiding philosophy, a pair of hedonistic young women (Ivana Karbanová and Jitka Cerhová), both named Marie, embark on a gleefully debauched odyssey of gluttony, giddy destruction, and antipatriarchal resistance, in which nothing is safe from their nihilistic pursuit of pleasure. But what happens when the fun is over? Matching her anarchic message with an equally radical aesthetic, director Vera Chytilová, with the close collaboration of cinematographer Jaroslav Kucera, unleashes an optical storm of fluctuating film stocks, kaleidoscopic montages, cartoonish stop-motion cutouts, and surreal costumes designed by Ester Krumbachová, who also cowrote the script. The result is Daisies, the most defiant provocation of the Czechoslovak New Wave, an exuberant call to rebellion aimed squarely at those who uphold authoritarian oppression in any form.Formats: Blu-ray debut, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).


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Euphoria: Seasons 1 & 2

(2019-22) Five-disc set with all 15 episodes plus the 2 special episodes that bridge seasons 1 and 2. Multimedia superstar Zendaya stars in this HBO drama series that follows a group of high-school students as they navigate a mine field of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship in today's increasingly unstable world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Warner).

The Good Boss

(2022 -- Spain) Academy Award Winner Javier Bardem stars as Blanco, proprietor of Básculas Blanco, a Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town, which awaits the imminent visit from a committee that will decide if they merit a local Business Excellence award: everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, Blanco pulls out all the stops to address and resolve issues with his employees, crossing every imaginable line in the process. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Cohen Media Group).

Hex

(2022) Kayla Adams, Matthew Holcomb, Bryan David Roberts. Six extreme thrill-seekers get more excitement than they can handle in this intense, pulse-pounding action-horror tale. Loner Sarah joins a team of skydivers to help them execute a dangerous formation jump called “The Hex,” ignoring warnings that the act may be cursed. While successfully performing the stunt, one of the jumpers vanishes into thin air. Later, as the survivors search for him, surreal and deadly events afflict each of them in turn – but will Sarah likewise succumb to the wrath of The Hex? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Moved from August 16. (Lionsgate).

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul

(2022) Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown, Austin Crute, Nicole Beharie. A satirical comedy starring Hall as Trinitie Childs - the proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who together with her husband Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown), once served a congregation in the tens of thousands. But after a scandal forces their church to temporarily close, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, gag reel. (Universal).

Loving Highsmith

(2022) Gwendoline Christie (voiceover), Marijane Meaker, Monique Buffet, Tabea Blumenschein, Judy Coates, Courtney Coates, Dan Coates. "Loving Highsmith" is a unique look at the life of celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith based on her diaries and notebooks and the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends and family. Focusing on Highsmith’s quest for love and her troubled identity, the film sheds new light on her life and writing. Most of Highsmith’s novels were adapted for the big screen; the best known of these are "Strangers on a Train" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley." "Carol," a partly autobiographic novel, was the first lesbian story with a happy ending to be published in 1950s America. But Highsmith herself was forced to lead a double life and had to hide her vibrant love affairs from her family and the public. Only in her unpublished writings did she reflect on her private life. Excerpts from these notes voiced by Gwendoline Christie, beautifully interwoven with archival material of her and her most famous novel adaptations, create a vivid, touching portrait of one of the most fascinating female writers. Formats: DVD. (Zeitgeist Films).
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Summer Ghost

(2021 -- Japan) An urban legend says that lighting fireworks at an abandoned airfield will beckon the “summer ghost,” a spirit that can answer any question. Three teenagers, Tomoya, Aoi, and Ryo, each have their own reason to show up one day. When a ghost named Ayane appears, she reveals she is only visible to those “who are about to touch their death.” Compelled by the ghost and her message, Tomoya begins regularly visiting the airfield to uncover the true purpose of her visits. Inspired by one of his own drawings, the directorial debut from the celebrated Japanese illustrator loundraw brings his lush visual sensibility to a supernatural drama about the pains of growing up, and the importance of living life to the fullest. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "To You Before Dawn" documentary, feature animatic, interview with loundraw. (GKIDS/Shout Factory).

Top Gun: Maverick

(2022) After more than 30 years of service as a top naval aviator, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test photo for Top Gun: Maverick pilot. Yet, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past when he returns to TOP GUN to train a group of elite graduates and comes face-to-face with Lt. Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his former wingman, “Goose”. Bitter rivalries ignite as the pilots prepare for a specialized mission, which will require the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.Vitals: Director: Joseph Kosinski. Stars: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Bashir Salahuddin, Jon Hamm, Charles Parnell, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Glen Powell, Ed Harris. 2022, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 130 min., Action, North American box office gross: $673.822 million, worldwide $1.378 billion, Paramount. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray Extras: “Cleared For Take Off,” “Breaking New Ground – Filming Top Gun: Maverick,” “A Love Letter to Aviation,” “Forging the Darkstar,” two music videos. Read more here 3 stars

Two Films by Patrice Leconte: Felix and Lola & Love Street

"Felix and Lola:" (2001) Bumper car operator Felix (Philippe Torreton) falls in love with Lola (Charlotte Gainsbourg) one night as she rides the cars round and round, alone. He's touched by the sadness in her eyes. When she vanishes, he discovers that she's tied to a mysterious past - a past that he will have to confront. How far will he go to set her free? "Love Street" (2002) In 1945 Paris, the Oriental Palace brothel is about to be closed down. Marion (Laetitia Casta) is one of the Palace's prostitutes, but she dreams of a singing career. Petit Louis (Patrick Timsit) was raised in brothels and is the Palace's handyman. He is madly in love with Marion, but knows she will never be his, so he tries to make her dreams of another life come true. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Cohen Film Collection).



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November 8

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm

(2022) Features everyone’s favorite rascals, the Aqua Teens: the brainy Frylock, the mouthy Master Shake, the loveable Meatwad, and everyone’s favorite perverted neighbor, Carl, as they split up then get back together to fight everyone’s favorite corporate overlord, Amazin, led by everyone’s favorite tech mogul, Neil and his trusty scientist sidekick, Elmer. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary, music video, alternate cut, behind the scenes. (Warner).
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Audrey Rose

(1977) Anthony Hopkins, Marsha Mason, John Beck, John Hillerman, Susan Swift, Norman Lloyd, Ivy Jones. Master filmmaker Robert Wise began his career with horror classics The Curse of the Cat People and "The Body Snatcher" for producer Val Lewton. His career would go on to include westerns, thrillers, science fiction and musicals, earning him two academy awards for Best Director. In 1963 he returned to his Lewtonian roots with the classic ghost story "The Haunting." In 1977 he returned once more with the supernatural thriller "Audrey Rose." All Bill and Jane Templeton wish for is a quiet, peaceful life with their 11-year-old daughter Ivy. But their dreams turn to nightmares as Ivy is besieged first by terrifying "memories" of events that never occurred ... and then by a mysterious stranger who stalks her every move, and claims that Ivy was in fact his daughter in another life. Released in the wake of "The Exorcist" and "The Omen," "Audrey Rose" is an intelligent, heartfelt drama that approaches its subject with an open mind and seriousness of intent that caught many off guard but typifies Wise's previous genre forays. Sensitively played by a sterling cast at the top of their game, this underseen gem deserves a place on the shelf of any fan of classic horror. Brand new 2K restoration by Arrow Films from a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
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Christmas Cruelty

(2013 -- Norway) Horror-thriller from Norway follows a serial killer and his victims as they all prepare for Christmas in their own ways. This year it doesn't matter if you have been naughty or nice, Santa is coming to town no matter what, and he knows where you live.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio Commentary with Per-Ingvar Tomren and Raymond Volle, "How Cruelty Changed Our Lives" featurette, interview with Morten Haagensen, "Endless Highway" music video by The Last Rebels, press conference, bloopers, watch-a-long with Flesh Wound Horror, "Tradition" short film, teaser trailer, photo gallery. (Unearthed Films).

Dig

(2022) Thomas Jane, Emile Hirsch, Liana Liberato, Harlow Jane. Scott Brennan is trying to piece together a life shattered by a road rage incident that killed his wife and left his teen daughter, Jane, deaf and resentful of him. Still hoping to mend things with Jane a year later, Brennan accepts a contract for a high-paying demolition job in the desolate New Mexico sprawl outside Las Cruces. When he and Jane arrive at the site, they are suddenly taken hostage by a dangerous couple, who will stop at nothing to retrieve what lies beneath the property. Now father and daughter must work together to outsmart their captors and survive the grueling night. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Lionsgate).

Heartland of Darkness

(1989) Nick Baldasare, Linnea Quigley, Dino Tripodis. In the small town of Copperton, Ohio, Paul Henson, a former big-city journalist, buys a small local newspaper. He quickly falls into a wide-reaching conspiracy of ritualistic murder and cult mind control when he discovers that the entire town may be under the spell of a Satanic reverend and his flock. As the clues and corpses pile up, Henson and his family are thrust into a life-or-death struggle to expose the truth and stop the demonic cabal's reign of evil. After distribution false starts for over 30 years, "Heartland of Darkness" finally arrives on home video for the very first time and is packed with bonus features that spotlight the original creators and document the film's long history and final completion. Formats: Blu-ray. (Visual Vengeance).

I Love My Dad

(2022) Patton Oswalt, James Morosini, Claudia Sulewski. Inspired by writer, director and star James Morosini's true life experience, the comedy follows Chuck (Oswalt), a hopelessly estranged father who desperately wants to reconnect with his troubled son, Franklin (Morosini). Blocked on social media and concerned for his son's life, Chuck impersonates a waitress online and starts checking in with Franklin. But, things begin to spiral when Franklin falls for this imaginary girl and wants nothing more than to meet her in person, as Chuck has inadvertently catfished his own son. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment). Read more here
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Incredible But True

(2022 - France) Quirky, deadpan humor, an absurdist eye for French social etiquette and a keen sense of the folly of existence are among the hallmarks of the oddball comedies of director Quentin Dupieux ("Rubber," "Deerskin"), and this film is no different. Alain (Alain Chabat) and Marie (Léa Drucker) are a middle-aged bourgeois couple who move to their new house in a quiet suburb. A key feature of their new abode that the estate agent points out to them is a mysterious tunnel in the basement. Little do they realize that it will turn their lives upside down. "Incredible But True" is an inventive and nimble tale that perfectly showcases the singular and eccentric vision that has made Dupieux the most exciting director working in France today. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

The Power of the Dog

(2021) Jane Campion returns to the kind of mythic frontier landscape—pulsating with both freedom and menace—that she previously traversed in "The Piano" in order to plumb the masculine psyche in "The Power of the Dog," set against the desolate plains of 1920s photo for The Power of the DogMontana and adapted by the filmmaker from Thomas Savage’s novel. After a sensitive widow (Kirsten Dunst) and her enigmatic, fiercely loving son (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) move in with her gentle new husband (Jesse Plemons), a tense battle of wills plays out between them and his brutish brother (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose frightening volatility conceals a secret torment, and whose capacity for tenderness, once reawakened, may offer him redemption or destruction. Campion, who won an Academy Award for her direction here, charts the repressed desire and psychic violence coursing among these characters with the mesmerizing control of a master at the height of her powers. Vitals: Director: Jane Campion. Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 128 min., Drama, Netflix/Criterion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: Read more here 2 stars



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November 15

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Adieu Godard

(2022 -- India) Ananda, an older resident of a small, conservative Indian village, has a problem: he's addicted to pornography. Much to the chagrin of his wife and daughter, he's a frequent renter of films at a local video store, and he brings them home and watches with friends. One day, he accidentally brings home a DVD with a Jean Luc Godard film inside the case. And though his friends are disappointed and leave, Ananda is fueled by curiosity with the French director, develops an obsession and begins to rent all of Godard's films. Eventually, he decides to host a village film festival dedicated to the filmmaker - and that's when things start to become interesting. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).

Allegoria

(2021) Krsy Fox, Adam Busch, Bryce Johnson, Scout Compton. A group of artist's lives become unwittingly entangled as their obsessions and insecurities manifest monsters, demons and death. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews with the cast, Cast Q&A with American Cinematheque at the Los Angeles Feliz 3 Theatre co-presented by Beyond Fest. (RLJE Films).
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Amazing Grace: Country Stars Sing Songs of Faith and Hope

(2022) Comprehensive 10-disc collection brings together 153 performances from music legends including George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys, and more. plus, over a dozen exclusive interviews, a 36-page collector’s booklet, and two bonus DVDs of Opry gospel classics. Formats: DVD. (Time Life). Read more here

Christmas in Paradise

(2022) Kelsey Grammer, Elizabeth Hurley, Billy Ray Cyrus. Three quirky sisters chase their estranged dad (Grammer) down to his beachside pad in the Caribbean and enjoy a little fun in the sun. But why did he disappear to the islands? Only Joanna (Hurley) knows for sure, and she’s sworn to secrecy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Paramount). Read more here

Death Game

(1977) Seymour Cassel, Sondra Locke, Colleen Camp. John Cassavetes veteran Seymour Cassel stars as George Manning, a family man whose perfect life is turned into a nightmare of sex and torture when he allows himself to be seduced by two nubile young strangers (Locke and Camp) who show up at his door on a rainy night. Considered lost for many decades, "Death Game" is being presented for the first time on home video in its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio, meticulously restored in 4K from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: In-depth interviews with cult movie legend Colleen Camp and director Peter Traynor, conducted by Eli Roth; additional interviews with co-star Sondra Locke, producer Larry Spiegel, cinematographer/editor David Worth, and screenwriter Michael Ronald Ross; audio commentaries by Colleen Camp & Eli Roth, and Larry Spiegel and David Worth; liner notes by cinema historian David Szulkin; extensive still galleries; embossed slipcover with new art by esteemed painter Dave Lebow; trailer; deleted scenes; more. (Grindhouse Releasing/CAV).

A Discovery of Witches: The Complete Trilogy

(2018-22) Six-disc set with all 25 episodes. Adapted from Deborah Harkness’ best-selling trilogy of novels, the series is a bold and romantic thriller that uncovers a secret underworld of vampires, witches and daemons hiding in plain sight for fear of persecution by humans. Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her own heritage. But when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript, Ashmole 782, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of the enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "About the Characters," "Mythology, TV Magic, The Story of The Discovery of Witches," "Can Love Survive," "Creating Elizabethan London," "Story So Far," "Blood Rage," set tour, "Creating the Worlds. (RLJE Films).

Gigi & Nate

(2022) Marcia Gay Harden, Charlie Rowe, Josephine Langford, Zoe Colletti. In this uplifting drama inspired by actual events, Nate (Rowe) suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic just weeks before departing for college. As Nate tries to adjust to his new life challenges, his mother (Oscar-winner Harden) helps him bring home an unlikely service animal, Gigi - a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Nate and Gigi form an unbreakable bond, but when it's threatened by a group trying to outlaw capuchins, Nate's family rallies behind him to help him regain what he needs most: hope. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Lionsgate).

HALO: Season One

(2022) Five-disc set with all nine episodes. Season One takes place in the universe that first came to be in 2001 through the launch of Xbox’s first “Halo” videogame. After years of human civil war and growing political unrest, mankind’s very future is threatened when our outermost colonies intrude upon the sacred worlds of an alien threat known as the Covenant. As this fanatical powerful alliance destroys world after human world, only one soldier slows their advance – a cybernetically enhanced “Spartan” supersoldier, the Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber). As the mystery of the Covenant's true ambitions are revealed, the Master Chief must find a way to save humanity from the alien threat while also coming to terms with the secrets of his own enigmatic past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: "Dissecting the Battle of Madrigal," "Becoming Spartans," "Creating the Costumes of Halo," "Weapons and Vehicles of Halo," "The World of Halo," "Adapting Halo," "The Culture of The Covenant," "The Lake of Eternal Life: A Song from Halo’s Score," "The Making of Cortana." (Showtime/Paramount).
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Hansan: Rising Dragon

(2022 - South Korea) Park Hae-il, Byun Yo-Han, Ahn Sung-ki. A prequel to "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" -- the most-watched film in Korean cinema history -- this film depicts the historical Battle of Hansando. In 1592, Admiral Yi and his fleet face off against the might of the invading Japanese navy and its formidable warships. As the Korean forces fall into crisis, the admiral resorts to using his secret weapon, the dragon head ships known as geobukseon, in order to change the tide of this epic battle at sea. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary, new English dub. (Well Go USA).

The Infernal Affairs Trilogy

The Hong Kong crime drama was jolted to new life with the release of the "Infernal Affairs" trilogy, a bracing, explosively stylish critical and commercial triumph that introduced a dazzling level of narrative and thematic complexity to the genre with its photo for The Infernal Affairs Trilogygripping saga of two rival moles -- played by superstars Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Andy Lau Tak-wah -- who navigate slippery moral choices as they move between the intersecting territories of Hong Kong’s police force and its criminal underworld. Set during the uncertainty of the city-state’s handover from Britain to China and steeped in Buddhist philosophy, these ingeniously crafted tales of self-deception and betrayal mirror Hong Kong’s own fractured identity and the psychic schisms of life in a postcolonial purgatory. Three-disc set with "Infernal Affairs" (2002), "Infernal Affairs II" (2003) and "Infernal Affairs III" (2003). Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restorations, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

The Lost One

(2022) Emily Rowbottom, Stephanie Ranty, Daniel Nelson, David Cook. When several teen girls go missing, retired police detective Shae Conway (Rowbottom) discovers an alarming pattern in her sleepy community. What starts as a simple missing persons case becomes an investigation into the underground world of human trafficking. She joins forces with Riley (Ranty), a vigilante who has been trying to break into this elite ring and expose corruption as the highest levels of power. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures ).

Pearl

(2022) Mia Goth, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland. Filmmaker Ti West returns with another chapter from the twisted world of "X" in this astonishing follow-up to the year's most acclaimed horror film. Trapped on her family's isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the bitter and overbearing watch of her devout mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she's seen in the movies, Pearl's ambitions, temptations, and repressions all collide in the stunning, Technicolor-inspired origin story of "X's" iconic villain. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Lionsgate).
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Queen of Glory

(2021) Sarah Obeng (Nana Mensah), a doctoral student at Columbia University, is weeks away from following her very married boyfriend to Ohio when her mother suddenly passes away. Her inheritance? King of Glory, a small Christian bookstore serving a Ghanaian immigrant community in the Bronx. Tasked with arranging her mother's funeral according to her family's traditional expectations, Sarah must simultaneously navigate her plans to relocate as well as the unexpected return of her estranged father, all while grappling with the bookstore. Aided by an only-in-New York ensemble of Eastern European neighbors, opinionated aunties, and a no-nonsense ex-con employee, Sarah must face her new responsibilities while figuring out how to remain true to herself. Winner of the Tribeca Film Festival Best New Narrative Director Award for director-star Mensah. (Film Movement).

Section 8

(2022) Ryan Kwanten, Dolph Lundgren, Dermot Mulroney, Scott Adkins, Mickey Rourke. After avenging the murder of his wife and child, a former soldier (Kwanten) is sent to prison with a life sentence. He’s given a shot at freedom when a shadowy government agency recruits him for an off-the-books assignment. He soon realizes Section 8 isn’t what it seems. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Film).

Three Thousand Years of Longing

photo for Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022) Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic - content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both. Vitals: Director: George Miller. Stars: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Pia Thunderbolt, Berk Ozturk, Anthony Moisset, Alyla Browne. 2022, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Fantasy Drama, North American box office gross: $8.286 million, worldwide $18.677 million, MGM. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. 3 stars
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Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour: Live at the Royal Festival Hall

(2021) Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" is one of the most iconic pieces of music ever created. Recorded when Oldfield was just 19 years old, the album was released on May 25, 1973, as the debut album from Virgin Records. While initial sales were positive, the album became a worldwide phenomenon when the first track was used as part of the soundtrack for "The Exorcist." Despite only being featured in a couple of scenes, Tubular Bells has become closely associated with the film, with many referring to it as "the theme of The Exorcist," and the haunting sounds regularly earning a spot on horror playlists. In the fifty years since its release, the album's popularity has not waned, racking up more than 17.5 million copies sold and 18 million streams. In celebration of the album's 50th anniversary, a live concert performance was held over three days at London's Royal Festival Hall. The music was accompanied by dance and acrobatic feats by the Circa Contemporary Circus to create a beautiful and memorable experience that truly brings this masterpiece to life. This once-in-a-lifetime performance was captured in 4K and will be available in both a 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD set. Two-disc set includes a feature-length documentary on the history of the Tubular Bells.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Cleopatra Entertainment). Due November 18.

Wendy O. Williams: Live And F'ing Loud From London!

(2022) Rare live concert footage of the indomitable High Priestess of Metal, Wendy O. Williams, featuring special guests Lemmy and Wurzel from Motorhead. Shot at London’s Camden Palace in London in 1985 and originally broadcast on Sky TV, the footage captures Williams in a rare and pinnacle moment in her now iconic and legendary career - with trademarked backbend screams and scorching vocals at an unmatched, blood-pumping, high-energy athletic pace. The largely speed-metal set features an appearance by Lemmy and Wurzel from Motorhead, who join Wendy onstage for the song “Jailbait,” as well as audience sing-alongs for “Bump and Grind,” with lead guitarist Michael Ray on Wendy’s shoulders, “Fuck and Roll,” the song “You’ll Succeed,” a crowd pleaser that never made it onto an album, Wendy’s “Banana Rap,” and much more. Formats: DVD.(Pandemonium). Due November 18.



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November 22

The Book Keepers

(2021) Follows the uplifting journey of a husband who keeps his wife's dream alive by becoming the spokesperson for her book after her death. Carol Wall's debut memoir – about cancer, friendship, and cultivating an open heart – was a breakout success. But joy turned to tragedy when the breast cancer she wrote about returned, and she died months after its publication. Carol’s husband, Dick, determined to help her life-affirming message find its audience, becomes the book’s unlikely spokesperson and embarks on a nationwide book tour. He’s joined by the couple’s filmmaker son, Phil, who captures his dad’s efforts to ensure her dream lives on. The result is an intimate portrait of love and loss – an ode to the healing power of storytelling. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: (First Run Features). Read more here

Bros.

photo for Bros (2022) The first romantic comedy from a major American studio about two gay men stumbling towards love. Bobby is a neurotic podcast host who's happy to go on Tinder dates and content not to have a serious relationship. That all changes when he meets Aaron, an equally detached lawyer who likes to play the field. Repeatedly drawn to each other, both men begin to show their vulnerable sides as their undeniable attraction turns into something resembling a commitment. It's also the first studio film featuring an all-LGBTQ+ cast in both queer and straight roles, and its creator, Billy Eichner, is the first openly gay man to write and star in his own studio film. Vitals: Director: Nicholas Stoller. Stars: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Ts Madison, Monica Raymund, Guillermo Diaz, Guy Branum, Amanda Bearse. 2022, CC, MPAA rating: R, 116 min., Comedy, North American box office gross: $11.452, million, worldwide $11.452, million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; "Representation Matters"; "From Start to Finish" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Introducing Bobby and Aaron"; "The Cast and the Cameos"; "The Art of the Rom-Com with Billy and Nick"; "The BROS National LGBTQIA+ History Museum." Read more here 2 stars
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Contraband

(1980 -- Italy) Naples, Italy: An idealistic cigarette smuggler, Luca, runs into problems when a sadistic drug dealing gangster from France decides to muscle his way into operations. As he tries to wipe out the competition, all hell breaks loose and the bodies start piling up. Luca joins forces with rival smugglers and the local mafia to counteract the power play, which only increases the body count until the explosive gun powder and gut bursting conclusion. Directed by Lucio Fulci ("The Beyond"), Contraband stars Fabio Testi, Marcel Bozzuffi), Ivana Monti and Saverio Marconi. Featuring gruesome practical special effects by Germano Natali and Roberto Pace, with music by legendary composer Fabio Frizzi, "Contraband" is a hard hitting mafia story filmed through the eye of an unrelenting horror master - you have been warned. "Contraband" makes its worldwide Blu-ray. 4K restoration from the negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New Interview with writer Giorgio Mariuzzo; new interview with actress Ivana Monti; new interview with actor Saverio Marconi; archival interview with actor Fabrizio Jovine archival interview with actor Venantino Venantini; archival interview with cinematographer Sergio Salvati; archival interview with composer Fabio Frizzi; new audio commentary by film historians Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck; image gallery; trailers; reversible Blu-ray wrap with alternate artwork. (Cauldron Films).
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5-25-77

(2022) John Francis Daley, Austin Pendleton, Colleen Camp, Neil Flynn. The True life comedy about the very first fan of the movie that changed everything: "Star Wars." Writer-Director and visual effects artist Patrick Read Johnson recounts how he became the first outsider to see the almost-finished cut of "Star Wars," and how this event changed his life. The story is set in the spring of 1977, in the tiny town of Wadsworth, IL., where Pat is a sci-fi obsessed teenager making increasingly ambitious 8mm films in the hopes of heading for Hollywood one day. As he tries (and fails) to balance running his “studio" with chasing the girl of his dreams, Linda, a courageous phone call, placed by his concerned mother, results in Pat taking "the ultimate trip" to Hollywood, meeting a couple of industry titans, and getting an early look at an upcoming sci-fi film, unlike any he’s ever seen before. Now, Pat is forced to choose - between chasing a seemingly impossible dream -- or accepting the comforting familiarity of home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary, Q&A from 2014 Fantasia Film Festival, trailers, and three behind-the-scenes photo galleries. (MVD Visual).
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Madame Claude

(1977 -- France) Following the worldwide smashes "Emmanuelle" (1974) and "The Story of O" (1975), influential French filmmaker Just Jaeckin returned in 1977 with the sensual real-life drama "Madame Claude." Starring French New Wave icon Françoise Fabian in the title role along with a sinister Klaus Kinski and lovely Dayle Haddon, "Madame Claude" is an incredibly timeless look at one of the most controversial figures in recent French history. Originally released as "The French Woman" in the United States, the film is a mesmerizing mixture of elegant eroticism and potent political thriller powered by Jaeckin’s inventive direction and an unforgettable score by legendary French composer Serge Gainsbourg. 2-disc limited edition with CD soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg. New 4K HD Transfer (from original 35mm negative). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Jeremy Richey (author of the upcoming book "Sylvia Kristel: from Emmanuelle to Chabrol"); interview with Just Jaeckin (2020); vintage French theatrical trailer; promotional gallery; double-sided sleeve first printing. (Cult Epics).
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Malcolm X

(1992) One of the most electrifying heroes of the 20th century receives an appropriately sweeping screen biopic, rich in both historical insight and propulsive cinematic style, courtesy of visionary director Spike Lee. Built around an extraordinary performance from Denzel Washington, "Malcolm X" draws on the iconic civil rights leader’s autobiography to trace his journey of empowerment, from a childhood riven by white-supremacist violence to a life of petty crime to his conversion to Islam and rebirth as a fearless fighter for Black liberation, whose courage and eloquence inspired oppressed communities the world over. An epic of impeccable craft that was made with Lee’s closest creative collaborators and is buoyed by commanding performances from Delroy Lindo, Angela Bassett, Al Freeman Jr., and others, this is a passionate monument to a man whose life continues to serve as a model of principled resistance. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. For the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).
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Murder in a Blue World

(1973 -- Spain) In a violent, dystopian consumer-fed future, David (Chris Mitchum) blackmails nurse Ana (Sue Lyon) after witnessing her commit a murder. When Ana and Victor (Jean Sorel) discover David is a known gang member with an extensive criminal past, they make a plan to turn the tables and use him for their own clandestine purposes. In 1971 Stanley Kubrick changed dystopian cinema forever with "A Clockwork Orange." Two years later, transgressive Spanish genre director Eloy de la Iglesia unleashed this thought provoking and beautifully shot future-world that was also known as "A Clockwork Terror." Now available for the first time on Blu-ray. 2K restoration of the Spanish producer's cut from the negative. English and Spanish audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Newly edited archival interview with Chris Mitchum; "Dubbing in a Blue World"; video essay by film scholar Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes; commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; image gallery. (Cauldron Films).
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Ski Patrol

(1990) The lease on the Snowy Peaks Lodge, a popular ski resort, is up for renewal and its owner Pops (Ray Walston) has no worries about signing a new lease. Despite his Ski Patrol, an out-of-control group of skiers led by Jerry (Roger Rose) and Iceman (T.K. Carter), the resort has an impeccable safety record. However, a devious land developer (Martin Mull) has other plans in mind for the resort and hires the talents of a young blonde named Lance (Corby Timbrook) to undermine the Ski Patrol's efforts to keep the slopes safe. Featuring extraordinary aerial stunts, impressive snowboarding with an incredible downhill showdown. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Trailer, reversible artwork, limited edition slipcover (first pressing only). (MVD Rewind).

Unidentified

(2021 -- Romania) In a small city in Northern Romania, despite growing debts and a complicated personal life, police detective Florin Iespas is determined to solve a hard case that no one else seems to care about. Ordered to put down the file, the cop continues photo for Unidentifiedhis off-the-record investigations, soon turning up a strong lead for two hotel fires that resulted in several deaths. The suspect is Banel, a security guard of Roma descent, but he denies everything. Faced with the refusal of the police chief to support his inquiry, the mistrust of his colleagues, and his own inner demons, Florin resorts to extraordinary measures to achieve a form of justice. Under the surface of a sharp, tightly woven mystery, the film is a seething neo-noir touching on police corruption, prejudice, and toxic masculinity. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director Bogdan George Apetri, deleted scenes. (Film Movement).




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Don't Worry Darling

photo for Don't Worry Darling (2022) Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. The 1950's societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank (Chris Pine) — equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach — anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia. While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the "development of progressive materials," their wives — including Frank's elegant partner, Shelley (Gemma Chan) — get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with every resident's needs met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause. But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive facade, Alice can't help questioning exactly what they're doing in Victory, and why. Vitals: Director: Olivia Wilde. Stars: Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Kate Berlant, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll. 2022, CC, MPAA rating: R, 122 min., Thriller, North American box office gross: $45.304 million, worldwide $86.704 million, New Line. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. 2 stars
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Emergency Declaration

(2021 -- South Koream) Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil, Kim So-jin, Park Hae-joon. While investigating a terroristic threat that goes viral online, Korean authorities discover that a suspect has recently boarded an international flight bound for the United States. When a healthy passenger on the same flight suddenly dies a gruesome death of unknown cause, panic erupts both in-flight and on the ground. With steadily decreasing fuel and international refusals to offer aid, the captain and crew will be forced to take unprecedented emergency measures in an attempt to save the lives of their passengers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).

Entre Nous

(1983 -- French) In this bittersweet, often funny, semi-autobiographical period drama, director Diane Kurys reimagines the post-War years of her parents and the passionate friendship between two women. We first meet Léna (Isabelle Huppert, playing a role modeled after Kurys' mother) in 1942, a young Jewish woman in an internment camp run by the Vichy authorities. She accepts a proposal of marriage by one of the camp workers in the hopes of escaping deportation to Nazi Germany. They escape on foot, crossing the Alps to Italy, and settle in Lyon after the war to raise two daughters. At a school event she meets another mother, Madeleine (Miou-Miou), a charismatic artist, and the two form a special bond that offers the promise of escaping the mundane domestic life they've grown dissatisfied with. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Cohen Film Collection).

The Flight Attendant: The Complete Season 1 & 2

(2021) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes. Starring Kaley Cuoco, the HBO series is a story of how an entire life can change in one night. A flight attendant (Cuoco) wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. The dark comedic thriller is based on the novel of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Inside the Series," "Invitation to the Set," episode commentary. (Warner).

Ghosts: Season One

(2021-22) Two-disc set with 18 episodes. Freelance writer Samantha (Rose McIver) and aspiring chef Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) throw both caution and money to the wind to leave NYC and convert a rundown country estate they inherited into a bed & breakfast — only to find that it’s inhabited by a close-knit, eclectic group of spirits of deceased former residents. Adding to the supernatural surprises, Samantha discovers that she can see and hear ghosts everywhere, including those with whom she now shares a home. Old-school haunting and oddball humor fuel this sharp-witted, quirky comedy series that gives new meaning to the real estate phrase, “It’s got great bones.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code. (Lionsgate).

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul

(2022) Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown, Austin Crute, Nicole Beharie. A satirical comedy starring Hall as Trinitie Childs - the proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who together with her husband Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown), once served a congregation in the tens of thousands. But after a scandal forces their church to temporarily close, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, gag reel. (Universal).

A Knife in the Head

(1978 -- Germany) Bruno Ganz gives a tour-de-force performance as Hoffman, an innocent bystander who survives a gunshot to the head by the police during a raid on a group of revolutionaries. In order to justify the shooting, the police claim he is a dangerous radical who attacked a policeman. The leftist revolutionaries in turn claim him as a hero and victim of police brutality. As Hoffman struggles to recover from the trauma to his brain and memory loss, he must try to piece together what really happened that fateful night. Featuring a stunning first solo score by Irmin Schmidt, co-founder of the legendary krautrock band CAN. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Cohen Film Collection).

Origins of Hip-Hop

(2022) Two-disc set. The eight-part docuseries delves into the compelling, inspiring stories of some of hip-hop’s most celebrated and groundbreaking artists in their own words. Narrated by renowned rapper Nas and featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with family, friends, and collaborators, the hour-long episodes chronicle the rise of eight culture-defining hip-hop legends across multiple generations and styles — including Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T, Ja Rule, Lil Jon, and Uncle Luke — as they share the experiences that shaped their music and made them icons. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

Summertime Dropouts

(2022) Nicholas Podany, Crystal Lake Evans, Quinton Aaron with a special appearance by Simple Plan. Dave and his pop-punk band Summertime Dropouts are clean-cut, straight-edge kids looking for their big break. At a battle of the bands, Dave runs into his old high school crush Amy, and her own rockin’ trio. Will Dave and Amy get to play in the must-see music tour hitting town? Will they finally get together? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate). Read more here

Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land

(2022) It’s time to chase that holiday spirit with a new animated Tom and Jerry. With magic in the air, Jerry and his nephew, Tuffy, make a snow mouse that miraculously comes to life. To keep their new friend, Larry the snow mouse from melting, Tuffy and Jerry must race him to the fabled Snowman’s Village. In hot pursuit, Tom and devious Dr. Doublevay have their own plans for Larry’s magic. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Three classic episodes. (Warner).

Westworld: Season 4 - The Choice

(2022) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. The fourth season picks up over seven years after the protracted war between A.I. hosts and sentient humans – humanity is finally free. Or so it seems. Maeve and Caleb soon begin to suspect that Hale and a host version of The Man in Black are seeding a conspiracy to regain control of the human race. Meanwhile, Bernard returns from The Sublime with a new power. And a young writer, by the name of Christina, begins to question the nature of her reality. Westworld continues to thrill as it deftly weaves together stories about the complicated relationship between man and machine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras:" Westworld on the Road," "Westworld: An Exploration of Humanity," "Westworld’s Temperance: A Set Tour," "Creating Westworld’s Reality Episodes 1-8." (Warner).

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